Saturday, June 15, 2013

Summer Elements Blog Hop

Rita from Toltec Jewels is hosting the Elements of Summer Blog Hop.
 It's an opportunity for participants to share the things they treasure about summer. 
I live in Northern New Mexico where the winters are cold and the summers are hot and dry.  We try to take advantage of the few short months we have to enjoy the sunshine.
My family
LOVES the outdoors.   
We camp, we hike, we fish, we cook out and we take road trips.
 Life is busy so this is how we enjoy each others company and RELAX.
 I love fireworks! 
The bright lights against a dark sky remind me that summer is here. 
 (D.C. is one of my favorite cities.)
4th of July Fireworks!
 Summer means gardening - a labor of love.
southwest garden

I look to nature for color combinations and work them into my jewelry designs. 
I am drawn to crystals. 
I used a combination of Swarovski crystals in various sizes for this simple bracelet. 

 A list of all participants of this blog hop are listed below.  Please stop by and say hello. 
Thank you Rita!
Toltec Jewels (Hostess)
Marlene Cupo         
Cheri Reed              
Ailsa Cordner          
Robin Reed             
Nan Smith               
Sherri Stokey           
Christie (Charis Designs)
Carolyn Lawson       
Susie Harris              
Andrea Glick-Zenith 
Nelly May                
Melissa Trudinger     
Dini Bruinsma           
Kathy Lindemer       
Cory Tompkins        
Robin Reed             
Gina Hockett           
Karen Martinez       
Jasvanti Patel           
Solange Collin          
Karla Morgan          
Anindita Basu           
Alicia Marinache      
Andrea Trank          
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell
Mischelle Fanucchi   
Tanty Sri Hartanti     
Shaiha Williams        
Mary Govaars          
Becca Sirevaag        
Lennis Carrier          
Regina Wood           
Sue Kennedy           
Kathleen Breeding   


  1. Lots of pretty flowers... Have a great summer :)

    1. Hey Mischelle I hope you have a great summer too. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Love the bracelet! Simple and stunning! xx

  3. Nice blend of images and I like the unexpected color combination of the bracelet.

  4. I love the color combinations in your bracelet. Happy summer!

  5. We had an RV for many many years, and your pictures of your travels have brought back some wonderful memories. Love the sparkle in your breacelet!

  6. Road trips are exciting adventures! Love your pictures and your bracelet definitely has picked up the colors from the garden! Hope you have a wonderfully fun and safe summer! :)

  7. I love what you did with the sea glass.

  8. Love to hear and see your inspirations, and the bracelet is lovely.

  9. Lovely bracelet, simple and elegant, beautiful photos. Enjoy your summer!

  10. 'Simple' can be very beautiful, and so it's here :-)
    Have a nice summer!

  11. I really love crystals so this a favorite of mine!!! Really love the pop of the teal color!!1 Have a Blessed Day!!!

    1. Thanks and thanks for stopping by fairies market.

  12. I love your blog! My shop name is "GemFairy's Jewels" -- yay, for fairies! And thank you for your summer celebration post! Seeing your camper and cool dog makes me remember my childhood, and how my father and sister and I loved camping! We owned a camp store called "Camper's Delight" and those years all came back to me from your post :)

    I love that you remind us to relax, to enjoy the fireworks, and stop to admire the sunflowers in nature and in your beautiful crystal bracelet! It must sparkle like fireflies and fairy dust with the abundance of gorgeous crystals. So pretty!

    I'll keep creating - and keep on camping! Thank you Karen for making summer special :)


    1. You are a special lady...thanks for sharing your special memories. Thanks for hosting the blog hop it was quite fun!!

  13. I love fireworks, too! Your photo of them is just lovely! I also love your Swarovski bracelet. It's just gorgeous! :)


    1. Andrea thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you like the bracelet. I usually do monochromatic designs so this was a stretch for me. Have a great summer.

  14. What a lovely post. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. Your garden looks amazing, I'm in awe, my garden is so crazy and uncontrolled. Love the colour choices for your braelet. Perfectly summery!

    1. The garden is hanging on despite the drought and heat. Hope you have a wonderful summer.

  15. Great post. Family, fireworks and flowers. Does it get better? Your bracelet reminds me of the end days of summer, when it's not quite fall yet but you know fall is coming and you have to saver every day. The bracelet is lovely, a crystal beauty!

  16. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love to hear from my readers. Your pictures are really pretty. I wish I had the talent of making jewelry, but I'm terrible at it. Keep up the good work!