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I recently had the opportunity to do several custom orders, including these great photo pendants!  The photo pendants seem to be a big hit, and they make great personal gifts!  Here are a few of the photo pendants I have created lately.

The first photo pendant is a picture of Teddy, a black and white Shitzu.  I love that his tongue is hanging out in this picture!  The second photo pendant is made from a sonogram photo to celebrate the upcoming birth of someone special!

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Pink Petals

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I had the priveledge of designing this necklace for a custom order.  This necklas incorporates freshwater pearls, rose quarts, and sterling silver. The bold shapes of the necklace provide a delightful contrast with the subtle pink tones and luster of the pearls.  I love the cut of the rose quarts, and how it gives the appearance of petals.  The clasp of this necklace is one of my favorites – it’s pretty enough to wear in the front of the necklace as well as at the back of the neck.  I had fun with this one!

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Rainy Days

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“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning how to dance in the rain!”
~Vivian Green

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Red Hot Earrings

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Silver Moon Earring

Silver Moon Earring

Cold forged sterling silver and crimson coin pearls.  I love the texture of the pearls against the hammered silver.

I designed these earrings for a custom order.  The design is based off the Sterling Moon earring, with pink/red pearls in place of the laboradorite and crystal quartz.

To see more of my work, please take a peek at my website:
www.KaraAnnis.com

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While in Hawaii, I had the opportunity to take a quick lesson in making a traditional Hawaiian Lei.  On our way to see the beautiful Waimea Falls, we bumped into a Lei lesson in progress.  Luckily for me, I have a very patient husband who, though eager to get to the falls, was kind enough to let me create!

I missed making jewelry during my two weeks of travels, so I couldn’t resist this little project!  This particular Lei is a Haku style Lei that incorporates a variety of fresh flowers and greens braided onto Ti leaves.  My husband thinks I should incorporate this into a new line of “organic jewelry” into my collection… What do you think?

We did end up making it to see Waimea Falls, a beautiful sight!  We even took a little dip in the chilly water!  If you’re ever in Hawaii, it’s definitely worth the trip to see the waterfall and the beautiful nature park surrounding the falls.

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Waimea Falls

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Recently, I had the opportunity to do some traveling with my husband.  We spent two weeks traveling in Japan and Hawaii!  The trip was truly amazing, filled with adventures, amazing sights, and great food!  One of our adventures took us into Asakusa Bashi, the bead and paper district of Tokyo.  As you can see in the pictures above, I got to do a little bead shopping!  This district is filled with bead shops, one after another along both sides of the streets.  Each shop was filled with beads – no bare surfaces to be found!  Each shop had it’s little niche in the bead business – one shop specialized in findings, another in pearls, and so on.  It was quite the experience!!  I came home with some great treasures, and I am looking forward to creating some new designs with my Tokyo beads!

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