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The Creative Brain

There is nothing more fun to me than being in the "Zone".

The feeling of creative flow for me is just like no other! When I am in this space, I can and only want to create all day long. Inevitably, I do have to stop at some point to take care of the people in my life...but, at times I really think I could just keep going for days! Especially because this state of mind isn't always readily available.

Creatives can be lauded for their talents, but what so many people don't know is that it can take days or weeks (or longer!) for a single creative idea to come through. These are the times when I get out rather than try to push through. I look for inspiration in other mediums like visiting the local art gallery or simply just getting outside. Nature and Architecture are both are huge sources of inspiration for me, and luckily are all around. 

When I recently returned from a nice long sabbatical to the Beach, it was completely necessary that I took that break. I didn't even try to think about creating. I was just soaking up the sun, the sand, the salt, my daughter and my family. It was amazing. But, it was eventually time to return to my craft. 

Now, here I am, finally caught up at last with my life that was on hold while I was away... and I had maybe my most creative idea in a very long time. I am really just so excited with the direction my mind went this week when I looked at a tray of semiprecious Watermelon Tourmaline and Aquamarine stones. I have had these stones for...ages. I have not known what I was going to do to really showcase their beauty, until this week. 

Introducing...my latest Semiprecious Bar Collection!

Gold Bar Necklaces with Semiprecious Stones by Laura James Jewelry

What do you think? Just plain yummy, right?!

I am so glad I took that break so that my brain could come up with these fresh new designs. Available very soon...just in time for the Holidays :).

Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!

xo-Laura

 

Vacation State of Mind

Photography by Laura James of Laura James Jewelry

photo taken by Laura James

 

Nothing refreshes me quite like a visit to the Ocean. Specifically, a very clear blue Ocean with sugar white sand! I frequent our family Florida retreat as much as I can, soaking up the relaxation and inspiration so that I can emerge fresh, renewed, and ready to tackle what's next. It's really the only way for me! 

I loved pulling out my camera to capture this shot at Sunrise this morning. The mix of colors was just what I was hoping for. I am continually inspired by the Ocean and the Beach! It was also fun to vary from my normal Product photography to Landscape photography. It's always nice to try a new route :)...I am already counting down the minutes till the Harvest Moon tonight to see what I can capture!

Where's your Vacation State of Mind?

A Jewelry Collector's Story

Gemstone Collection

As far back as I can remember, I collected jewelry.

It all began with my Father, giving jewelry to my Mother and me to mark occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. He always picked out interesting pieces  on his own- one of my favorites being a band of square channel set rubies for a birthday. I was used to seeing bands with round diamonds, so I especially loved that this was different. I think that began my quest for collecting jewelry.

I was lucky that we travelled as a family when Summertime came, and I began to seek out unique jewelry every new place we went. The thrill of the hunt for designs that I'd never seen before was always at the forefront of my brain, no matter where we went. I loved when I could take home something that was different and marked the occasion or place that we'd been. Everytime I wore it, I was instantly transported back to the place where I had found it, and got to relive the experience of where we had been. 

Years later, and I still love to collect jewelry. It's absolutely the very first thing that I think about when a Birthday arises... but these days I seem to settle for more practical necessities. Not to mention, my life is becoming more streamlined and clutter-free...so if I am going to buy something, it's got to be pretty special. And who has time anymore for that kind of search?! Maybe one day soon I'll devote an ENTIRE AFTERNOON to searching solely for a new sparkler to add to my collection. That would be amazing. I mean, the odds that I would be able to just focus on that are... slim to none. Just too many other online distractions to click on to lead me astray -like my four year old needs new cowgirl boots...but maybe one day it'll happen. I sure do love the hunt!
xox-Laura

 

Door Jewelry Has Arrived!

 

Since the Holiday wreaths are off (most of) the doors...my front door has never looked so bare! Now what?

Bee Door Knocker Design Sponge on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Well....what more perfect way is there to announce the fabulousness within your home than with an eclectic door knocker (door jewelry, in my mind!) like one of these pretties? I must, must have the Bumblebee!

Eclectic Door Knockers I Laura James Jewelry Blog

Now off to paint my door pink :). Valentine's Day is on the horizon, right?!

xox,

Laura 

p.s. grab your own Bumble Bee here for under $50 :)

 

photo cred. of bee by design sponge

 

Wallpaper How-To Tutorial

Wallpaper How To on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

I LOVE Wallpaper. Love it. The idea of transforming a single wall, small space or even a shelf with a fun pattern just makes me smile.

However, the idea of installing it myself has been too daunting to put into words. Then, Remove-able Wallpaper came out and I thought, this is PERFECT for me! But, the patterns are not as diverse at the moment so...I thought, the time is now to find out just how to install my own Wallpaper so that I CAN when I WANT to at some point in the near future!

Luckily, I found a fabulous tutorial online- so, here ya go!

Wallpaper Installation by Lovely Indeed:

Start by trimming the white edges at the printed trim lines. It helps if you have a nice wide open space, so clear out the floor or a large table in the room where you’ll be working. Then flip your first wallpaper panel over and dampen the back side with a wet sponge. You’ll want to hang it after about 10 minutes of being damp.

DIY Wallpaper Installation from Lovely Indeed on the Laura James Jewelry blog

While the wallpaper is sitting and soaking the water, start applying your wallpaper adhesive to the walls. (Here’s where the process differs from lots of other wallpapers we researched — the adhesive goes right on the wall.) Roll or brush on a coat of adhesive in the area where your panel will go up. When the adhesive is on, apply your first panel to the wall. Be careful that you hang your first one (especially) straight — use a level or a plumb line to ensure that you’ve got it nice and even. Smooth the wallpaper on the adhesive. The Murals Wallpaper pieces come with some extra pattern printed on all sides for overlap, so once the first piece is hung use a razor blade to cut into the corners and cut away the excess. You can use a straight edge like a yardstick or a ruler to press the paper into a corner while you cut. Also cut away any paper that is covering light switches, etc.

 

Lovely Indeed Wallpaper Installation on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Once the first panel is up and trimmed, use a squeegee or a similar flat-edged tool to smooth out any air bubbles. Smooth them toward the outside edges of the wallpaper. If any excess glue seeps out, wipe it away quickly with a damp cloth. Start the process again with your next panel. When you’re hanging your next panel on the wall, you’ll have to make sure that the patterns match up as you hang. There will be some overlap in the pattern; this is okay. Get this next panel hung and adhered. If you’re hanging around a window or a closet, it’s easiest to hang the full panel and then trim the general window area with scissors, being careful not to leave a couple of extra inches around the window frame to work with. Once the paper is adhered, use the same razor technique as you did in the corners to trim around the window.

Lovely Indeed Wallpaper Tutorial on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Then you’ll need to go back and trim your overlapped spots. Use a straight edge and cut the two overlapped papers, being careful not to cut too far to one side or the other — you want to cut in the middle of where they’re overlapped. Remove the excess paper from both sides. Then use a seam rolling tool (we used a brayer) to roll over the seam and ensure that it’s nice and flat. Repeat the process with every new panel of paper until your wall is covered!

 

Tutorial by Lovely Indeed. Murals Wallpaper featured. 

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