Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sparkling Boho Diva Bling with an Island Style Twist!

I am in love this new piece with its island girl boho glam..the little purple dyed clover flower is mother of pearl and is reminiscent of the little clover flower bling that dangles off of Louis Vuitton bags and key chains. And the mother of pearls is keeping to the island theme along with the freshwater pearls and the relaxed organic style of the knotted silk. It's one of the newest additions to my shop...and you can check out more pics of it here:

Fuschia Faceted Pearls and Purple Clover Flower Silk Cord Necklace

Here is a sneak preview of the matching earrings....still working on getting them priced and uploaded to the shop..

Jonara Blu Maui at Rubylane
Jonara Blu Maui at Etsy

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Panda Bear!

My fur child..not a real panda..but yes a baby goat with a shirt on (it was cold)

See more wordless wednesday posts here on the wordless Wednesday blog

and here on 5minutesformom

Jonara Blu Maui

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Project Accessory!!

Are you jewelry lovers watching this show? I'm so excited about's so much fun! I get so jealous that every time my husband gets into something be it sports, guns, knives, ATV's...hunting..etc..there is always a million shows on about it all day long it seems. I know we've had some craft shows in the past..but seems they aren't on least not here on Maui.

Project Accessory is high quality it's sister show Project Runway. Love that one too.

I love this necklace by Christina Caruso

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My other favorite was Nina Cortes shoes on episode 2...super cute and very boho..

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I love how this show challenges their creative abilities and helps you to see outside of the box. Especially the first episode where they had to get their supplies from two storage units of junk..and they only had 15 min to grab things. I could watch a show based just on that every week! Here's to hoping this sets off more ideas for crafty shows to watch!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Showing some love..

Here are a few pieces I've made for family members and friends recently..

This cool triple pendant boho necklace went to my has a colorful array of many different stones..mostly jaspers..the front middle pendant is Peruvian opal

These earrings are still waiting for their new home with my sister to match her necklace above...

This Boho Beachy necklace also went to my sister to hopefully match some earrings she bought from another friend jewelry designer that has beach glass in them.This has glass pearls and fire polish glass faceted beads with a pendant of hami jasper and synthetic chalcedony briolette.

This peacock pearl and Paua abalone shell crocheted necklace just went to a friend visiting from the mainland who used to live here. She also got one hot off the pics because I literally just finished making was turquoise blue crystal and a Hill Tribe silver little Honu charm for a pendant...super sparkly and cute!

There were a couple of necklaces and a bracelet that went out to a friend and my sis in law that I didn't get pictures of..kinda bummed about's always nice to at least have a pic for memories sake..I tend to get attached to any piece I'm working on ;-)

Monday, July 04, 2011

New Beachy Chic and Bohemian!

So my mom has been crocheting a lot lately..a family talent passed down from my grandmother...and she recently showed me some bracelets she wants to try and make. (she's decided to move on from blankets and booties..and pot holders..she made me some cool orange and green ones ;-)). It was more like a cuff with lots of beads in it..super cute..but when she showed it to reminded me of these necklaces I made for myself probably 10 years ago with bead crochet in just a simple chain stitch. I loved those necklaces..but never ventured very far with it since I also got into the silk knotting at that time and got blindly hooked on that and still have hardly looked back.

Since it got me thinking about it again I pulled out some of my old Stringth brand cord from Rio Grande and tried to make one. I forgot how much fun it was to make and how much I loved the look! But I needed more cording for it..I actually gave away almost all of my Stringth since I started using Griffin Silk. In doing some research online and asking questions at my bead group Beadingaholics I found an awesome nylon cording with beautiful color choices I never had 10 years least that I knew's called Superlon Nylon Beading thread..or S-Lon.

Finally I got my new S-Lon cord in but I think I need a smaller size because I'm a pearl girl and really want to add pearls to my work..and it just does not seem to fit through this size D.

Still I'm super excited about these new necklaces I made! So refreshing to do something a little different again. Being so into the look of silk when I knot my pearls..I always love to leave a little showing in between beads because I think it looks so much more natural and organic...these have a thicker fiber look that I am really digging.

Amazonite and Brown Cord Crocheted Necklace

Olive Opal and Dyed Sugilite Crocheted Organic Chic Necklace

This one I made for my mom :)

Blue Coral and Triple Gemstone Charm Crocheted Necklace

All can be found in my shop at Jonara Blu Maui

Saturday, June 25, 2011

New Beach Bride Pearl Necklaces

I've added a couple sweet and simple white silk knotted pearl necklaces to the shop...

White Mother of Pearl Shell Pendant Beach Bride Necklace

White Freshwater Pearl Silk Knotted Beach Bride Necklace

This on is a little more dramatic..created with top drilled pearls like the first one but they are larger and have points on the end for a more organic look. It also has mother of pearl and features a mother of pearl carved monstera leaf..very tropical!

Mother of Pearl Hawaiian Leaf and Pearl Necklace This link leads to my Etsy shop..trying to mix it up since I don't give Etsy enough love and it's really been doing well finally!

You can also find my work at ArtFire:
Jonara Blu Maui - Artfire

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Infamous Jewelry Octopus - Beachy Hawaiian Style

I couldn't help myself when I found this mother of pearl octopus...we've all seen this creature used again and again in jewelry over the last several years. Mostly in different metals..though I have seen it gem incrusted..that one was gorgeous! I think he's such an interesting subject :)

In Hawaii we call the octopus "tako" though that is a Japanese word. You will find Japanese words used here and there quite often in Hawaii. The Hawaiian word for octopus is one that I never even heard living here..I had to look it up! It's "he'e" which would be pronounced "hay-ay" as 'e' sound is 'a'.

This Mother of Pearl Octopus Necklace is available for purchase at Jonara Blu Maui

Or if you prefer Etsy you may find it here: Octopus Necklace in Mother of Pearl - Maui Style