Monday, July 30, 2012

Learning to Fish: New Rhinestone Settings, Free Earring Kit and Tutorial from Bumbershoot Supplies

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
~Chinese Proverb
At Bumbershoot Supplies, we're about learning to fish.

With this in mind, we recently had manufactured for us several types of beautiful 2-stone pronged settings. These new antiqued brass settings will allow you to create your own beautiful dangles, drops, and charms, personalized to meet your needs. Together with our vintage rhinestones, and this tutorial on setting rhinestones in pronged settings, you are good to go!

With a 20ss pointed back rhinestone for the top and any number of shapes and sizes for the second stone, depending on the setting you choose, you will be able to create a customized look for your designs. Think of the shiny, sparkling possibilities!

And if you are a newsletter subscriber, you're going to get a chance to take these settings for a test drive for free.

Here's a sneak peek at the free bonus for newsletter subcribers this August. From August 1-31, all components to make these peridot teardrop vintage rhinestone earrings will be sent to newsletter subscribers, with a paid purchase. In order to receive this free earring kit, you have to be a newsletter subscriber and provide the coupon code with your purchase. Sign up for our newsletter here. By the way, signing up for the newsletter gets you a free shipping coupon code too, and yes, you can always combine coupon codes at Bumbershoot Designs and/or Bumbershoot Supplies. So you can have the earring kit and the free shipping in the same order.
Happy fishing!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

New on Pinterest: Vintage Seattle Board

Did you know that 2012 is the 50th anniversary of the World Fair in Seattle?
To see images from that era as well as other vintage images of Bumbershoot Designs and Supplies' home town, scroll down for a few photos and visit our Vintage Seattle board on Pinterest.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Review: The Quilts of Gee's Bend

The Quilts of Gee’s Bend is one book I turn to regularly, partly because my creative roots are in fiber, paper and fabric and those art forms still resonate for me, but also because I find it to be full of inspiration that translates to many forms of art and design.

When I look at the Gee’s Bend quilts, I learn about color. I learn about symmetry and asymmetry. I learn about looking to traditional design as a source of inspiration for creating something new. I learn about seeing pattern in the world around you and interpreting it in your art. I learn about how to create something beautiful and artistic with only the materials on hand. I learn about the impact of keeping it simple.

Recently I had a customer, a beginning jewelry artist and designer, ask how she could prevent tiny marks on the jump rings when she manipulated them. After providing a few tips, I also shared my belief that “…it is also OK to have some slight marks sometimes - it is a sign of the presence of you, the artist and designer, in the piece”. The prominence of the hand quilting in the design of many of the Gee’s Bend quilts allows me to see and feel the presence of the artists and continues to guide my approach to handmade jewelry design.

I was fortunate to see many of the Gees Bend quilts in person at the Tacoma Art Museum several years ago and I can say for sure that the experience of seeing these quilts in the flesh surpasses anything that can be presented in a 2 dimensional form. That said, the Quilts of Gee’s Bend is one book I turn to over and over again, as an endless source of design inspiration, and a touchstone to remind me of my path in handmade art and craft.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bumbershoot Supplies Now on Pinterest!

Bumbershoot Supplies is now on Pinterest, and we are loving it!
Come and visit us at our Pinterest Page.

There you will find our growing collection of boards and pins featuring vintage color palletes, vintage Seattle, craft and diy ideas, beautiful images of rain and umbrellas (!) and just plain vintage inspiration. 

If you are not a member and would like to join Pinterest, please send us your email, and we will be delighted to send you an invitation. 

Happy pinning!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Book Review: Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box

When serving the Clinton administration as Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright became known for her use of pins and brooches as a communication tool during her diplomatic duties.  This book, Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box was written in 2009 to accompany a touring exhibit of her pins.  I read the Kindle version of the book on my iPod, probably not the best format for viewing the pins.  However, while there were some unique and interesting contemporary and vintage pieces, most interesting to me were the stories about how Albright came by her collection, and how she used her jewelry to communicate specific messages in a subtle but very public way, highlighting a creative and very female approach to diplomatic negotiations.  This is a light and easy read, with lots of pretty pictures.