Category Archives: Color Inspirations


James Taylor inspired necklace

Here’s my latest Color Inspiration – JT in Concert and FREE DIY from so you can make your own beauty inspired by James Taylor!

James Taylor in concert this summer

I’m a HUGE James Taylor fan!

I’ve lost track of how many live concerts I’ve been to AND how many t-shirts I have. Each concert is like a treasure that I anticipate from the moment I buy the ticket! Don’t we all have a love affair with music? We can relive a past event with just the first few notes of a song. And many of our faves helped us get through some pretty rough times. That’s James Taylor for me in a nutshell.

I was so fortunate to recently go to JT’s outdoor concert in Colorado and it was magical. I took this picture and wanted to use it as an inspiration for a piece of jewelry. I loved the dramatic color pallet and of course the memory of that event will linger each time I wear the necklace.

I used a combo of gemstones, Czech glass and crystals for this piece. It’s a lot of wrapped loops so even if you’re not good at them in the beginning-you will be by the end of the project! Of course I had to use an actual guitar pick for the focal and a little musical charm for an accent.





Tropical Breeze

Here’s my latest Color Inspiration – Tropical Breeze and FREE DIY from so you can make your own Tropical Breeze crystal chain!

Tropical Breeze Color Inspiration

One look at this beachy delight and all problems disappear! If you take a few moments to really experience this image, I invite you to breathe in the seashore smells, feel the warm sunny breeze on your body and dip those toes into the ocean – take a deep breath and release with a loud sigh. Now, don’t you feel better? That’s what powerful images can do for you and your jewelry making!

I made this focal piece using traditional stained glass techniques of soldering with bevels and encasing a piece of my hand painted silk fabric. I considered using a simple commercial chain but I wanted to really pop the focal and pull in more depth with the complementary wire and texture using the lovely crystal links. When you need something simple and functional, consider making your own chain. Then see where it takes you! To add a focal piece or not – that is the question (sorry Shakespeare)!

Here’s the link for Tropical Breeze crystal chain FREE DIY!