I just sent out the December shipments for our earring clubs. This was the final month in our autumn round. The earrings this month are a little smaller and more casual than the two previous Autumnal offerings. I was thinking that after all the drama and sparkle, something that you could wear with a cozy sweater would be just about right and these are the perfect earrings for that!
I try to have a small bit of continuity between the two clubs each month. Sometimes it is the basic design or shape and sometimes a bead or stone. I like to keep the clubs related, but not matching. I thought turquoise would be a nice element for the December designs to have in common. I love turquoise and it just so happens that it is December’s birthstone.
The Fairy Tale club was designed around the tale of The Snow Queen.
I have always loved the story of The Snow Queen. In a nutshell, it goes like this. Once upon a time there was a boy and there was a girl, Kai and Gerda. Gerda loved Kai. Kai was a dolt and didn’t appreciate his good fortune. Naturally, shenanigans ensued. Enter the Snow Queen, who froze his heart with a shard of ice, swept him up into her sleigh, and took him away to her Ice Castle. Gerda, having none of that thank you very much, took it upon herself to save him and set out for the frozen north. Along the way she had many trials and in the best fairy tale tradition, she received help from the most unexpected sources, including a rather wise Bear. True Love did eventually triumph in the end. Gerda successfully made her way North without losing any toes to frostbite; she managed to defeat the Snow Queen, rescued Kai, thawed out his heart and then took him home to live happily ever after. The end.
I am fond of clever, plucky heroines who do the saving, as opposed to the ones who sit about wringing their hands, waiting to be rescued. Plucky heroines who are willing to talk to random Bears get bonus points and happy endings.
In honor of wise bears and girls who listen, our Fairy Tale earrings for December are simple Zuni turquoise bears with AB crystal beads and oxidized sterling silver wraps.
Our Teahouse Travel Club went to the Himalayas this month!
If I were to list all the places I’ve ever dreamed of traveling, Nepal and Tibet and Darjeeling would be right up in my top ten. I’d love to see the snows of Everest (though maybe just from a distance, I don’t think I’d like to climb it). I love the art from this region, the tea that is grown here, the many cultures that converge here, and I love the food! So much history, so much happening right now, and the mountains are such an epic backdrop for it all!
I loved these fun etched silver and turquoise Tibetan beads. I accented them with tiny faceted carnelian coin beads for a nice contrast of colors. These are light, funky and bohemian but still subtle enough that you could wear them just about anywhere!
Our Fairy Tales club got a sample of Snowbud tea from Adagio, in keeping with the snowy theme of the story, and our Teahouse Travel club got a sample of Golden Monkey from Harney&Sons. It is a particularly nice tea to enjoy with holiday treats.
Now that these are off in the mail, I’ll be turning my thoughts towards tea options and designing for the winter round. That runs January through March. Signups are live in the Etsy store and we still have spots left in both clubs. The new format of tea and shinies is getting a lot of great feedback from happy customers! I so hope you join us!