Monday, August 25, 2008

New Findings Shop Open on Etsy

I finally took the time to go through my ridiculously vast inventory of beads and findings, and grouped together the items I'm no longer using in my jewelry designs. So, I have opened a new shop on Etsy, Findings by ME (Myra Elizabeth). The shop currently includes an extensive collection of watch faces, and I have a few pieces of Hill Tribe Silver left. Coming soon, I will be adding sterling silver charms, Bali Silver toggles and much more!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My Niece's Wedding, Part 2

Erin's wedding to her fiance, Julius Park, was held at the Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club, overlooking the St. Lucie River in Stuart, Florida. The wedding ceremony was held in a covered pavillion overlooking the water. Although it was a bit breezy, the ceremony went off without a hitch! Being from opposite coasts, Erin is from the East and Julius is from the West, they performed a "Sand" Ceremony. Each gathered sand from their respective coasts and poured it together into a vase to mix it. Thought it was beautifully symbolic.

After the ceremony, the guests were entertained by a steel drum player and the a group of very friendly (well, expect for one) McCaws and Cockatoos. Pictured here are my three children and their cousin, Aly.
There was also a slide show set up inside, documenting both Erin and Julius' lives from birth to present. While we were enjoying the cocktail hour, Erin and Julius were getting changed into traditional Korean wedding celebration dress, called "homboks", which was a wonderful tribute to Julius' Korean heritage.

Following the cocktail hour, we had a sit-down dinner, Erin and Julius cut their wedding cake, and we danced the rest of the night away!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My Niece's Wedding, Part I

My niece, Erin, who I consider to be my "little sister", got married in beautiful, sunny Florida on June 14th. Pictured above are the bridesmaids, which include my daughter, Brittany (second from the left) and Erin's younger sister, Aly (second from the right). I created custom necklaces for them designed with blue glass briolettes and Swarovski crystals. Here's a photo of the main design:

As part of my niece's wedding present, I designed her necklace and earrings, as well:

The "Erin" Necklace is created with two strands of freshwater pearls, accented with crystal ab and golden shadow crystals finished with an elegant pearl and silver box clasp. The "Erin" Earrings are created with crystal and freshwater pearl dangles. Both designs are now available on my website in the Bridal section.

Here's a photo the happy bride immediately following the ceremony:

All the hard work and stress of wedding preparations really paid off--the ceremony and reception couldn't have been more beautiful!

A Little Bit About Me . . .

Growing up, I was always involved in some craft or another. My mother was a member of a crafting circle, a group of friends who got together every month to work on a particular craft. She also made many of our clothes, painted and created fresh flower arrangements. My dad's interests ran to any type of wood-working. Needless to say, creativity and crafting is in my genes! I have always loved accessories and jewelry. A number of years ago I made earrings from sculpted paper and sold them where I worked. Many years later, I went to a party where we could design our own bracelets. I had so much fun picking out different beads and creating a unique piece of jewelry, that I was hooked! That was 10 years ago. In January 2005, I founded Myra Elizabeth Designs. I currently reside in a private, 8,000 acre wildlife conservation lake community in the foothills of North Georgia, about 60 miles north of Atlanta, with my husband, 3 kids and 3 dogs.