Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Welcome to the debut post of my new blog, Jewelry Art by Dawn!  As I learn my way around this format, I expect things to look more polished.  Meanwhile, please sit back and enjoy my (mostly jewelry related) musings.

Tis the season for ghost, goblins and witches.  Yes, Halloween is here and it's the topic for this month's Jewelry Artisans Community blog carnival.

Here in the United States, Halloween is a huge holiday eagerly anticipated with excitement by children and adults alike.  Some say it is close to passing Christmas as America's most popular holiday.

For children, it's a day for costumes and going around the neighborhood trick or treating.  Many communities hold Halloween Carnivals in a central location for the kids.  Adults also look forward to donning their store bought or home made get ups at costumes parties.  Neighborhoods and houses are decked out in lights and decorations with a Halloween and/or Autumn theme.

It is a day of fun and to scare yourself silly.  Boo!

Halloween wouldn't be complete without accessories to celebrate the holiday.  For those of us who make and design jewelry, it's impossible to resist creating Halloween themed jewelry, such as the these items that I entered in a recent Halloween Design Challenge.

Made of etched black onyx which reminded me of spider webs and orange cat's eye, these capture the Halloween theme without being too kitschy:

For fun, this bat pendant made of copper wire oxidized to almost black is the ticket:

These leather and paper bead earrings weren't part of the Halloween challenge, but they have the right vibe for the holiday:

I hope that this Halloween finds you celebrating in style, whether it's taking the kiddos around the neighborhood, staying home to hand out treats or attending a costume party with your friends.  Too bad it's only once a year!

To see what other members of the Jewelry Artisan Community have to say about Halloween, click on the links below.  We even have a black cat who blogs - how cool is that?

Cat's Wire

Ponder the Cat

The Crafty Chimp