L’ Invitation

Musical: La Vie en Rose

(No, the above YouTube link is not me.)

L'Invitation - Musical cigar box purse by ChickieLou L'Invitation - Musical cigar box purse by ChickieLou L'Invitation - Musical cigar box purse by ChickieLou L'Invitation - Musical cigar box purse by ChickieLou L'Invitation - Musical cigar box purse by ChickieLou

Cigar Box Purses

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Cigar Box Decoupage


Cedar cigar box – I am told this is called a “coffin style” box for a single cigar.


Base layer of a distressed looking gingham fabric (printed scrapbook paper)


Glamour shots of the final box.

Unfortunately, I did not get “before” shots of the blue one. I should know better. Trust me when I say this was a cigar box.

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Mom’s Earrings

My Mother-in-Law got her ears pierced. I won’t say how old she is, but let’s just say it is quite the feat to get her ears pierced at this time in her life, and I sure got a kick out of it. Of course, I shipped her some earrings for Mother’s Day.

These are small danglies, really not much bigger than an inch long. For a change, I did not do mirror images. Sometimes, the colors and shape are abstract enough to get away with it. I also swapped out the post settings for fish hook settings so they were easy to get on and off. I hope she loves them.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Earrings for Betty. Photo is a snippet of water droplets on maple leaf. Czech glass beading, sterling silver


Detail of beading.

Photo Slideshow

I thought I would add a slideshow of some images that I plan on making photo jewelry from in the future. As you can see, there is no shortage of color here.

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ChickieLou is on Etsy

Oregon Sunshine Copyright 2012 Bruce Couch

Happy Spring!

So much has been happening in the ol’ studio. I appreciate the patience of those who have not given up on ever hearing from me again while I pursued some ideas and designs. As it turned out, I found a ton of inspiration in my husband’s photography. For the past few months, I have been tinkering with some of his flower macros and his photos of his camera collection. Looking at some of these lovely images, it struck me how novel it would be to “wear” a flower center, or adorn my ears with steampunk cameras, or embellish tiny vignettes of the gorgeous area where I live, Portland, Oregon.

I spent the greater part of three months simply prototyping the design of these, focusing on reproducibility and strength.  The images are already amazing, so I knew they would be beautiful. I settled upon earrings to start, because photos on earrings are so unexpected and I like that.

My first roll-out is of plant macros, but I plan to have more designs in weeks to come. For the findings and embellishments, I wanted to only use sterling silver and natural beads of shell, semi-precious, or other natural materials. Hopefully, the quality and care are reflected in these. All are handmade by me, with love and are available in my Etsy store. I’d love to know what you think.

Update: I have been informed by someone wiser in these matters than I that the flower depicted above is called Oregon Sunshine. I could not have given it a better name myself.