Month: October 2011


Amethyst Garden: A Handcrafted Jewelry Collection | Elysian Studios

Amethyst Garden is a collection of jewelry created by

Erin Fickert-Rowland exclusively for Elysian Studios.

All pieces are one of a kind and available for sale.

Inspired by a love of purple, the pieces in this collection are free-spirited and drenched in color and texture. Smooth glossy stones, rich silk and leather cording, and handcrafted focal pendants create pieces that will inspire and complement her wardrobe at the office and at play.

All pieces are individually handmade with high-quality materials and craftsmanship.

Elysian Studios guarantees 100% satisfaction with your purchase.

“Irreverent Flower”


This gorgeous necklace features beautiful silk fibers in Violet and Plum. These have been sewn into loops, creating a very unique style of construction for this piece.  The Gold-Plated toggle clasp is placed whimsically on the side of the necklace and is combined with a sparkling gold and chaton sphere with beautiful Czech Glass briolettes, hand wrapped in Gold-Plated wire.  A looped double-strand of shimmering glass beads in Amethyst, Lilac, Violet and Topaz features a stunning handmade focal by Janina Grigore Jewellery.

This Matinee Length necklace measures 30 inches long, and hangs 15 1/2 inches from the back of the neck to the  bottom of the focal flower.

Price: $140.00

“Lavender Fields” Bracelet


This pretty bracelet coordinates beautifully with the “Irreverent Flower” necklace, or is an elegant accessory on its own.  Matte Bohemian lampworked glass beads in Lilac and Lavender are complimented by pale purple glass rounds, shimmering Czech Fire-Polished faceted rounds, Topaz glass crystals, and Gold-Plated cornerless cubes.

The piece is finished with Gold-Plated wire guards and crimp covers for durability, and has an elegant Gold-Plated toggle clasp.  It measures 8 inches long.

Price: $32.00

“Lavender Fields” Topaz Drops


These earrings are elegant enough for evening, but will also look stunning during the day!  Czech Glass Topaz briolettes are hand wrapped in gold-plated wire, and accented with  wrapped Amethyst Fire-Polished Czech rounds.  The earrings have a 1 1/2 inch drop.

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“Lavender Fields” Drops of Amethyst


These luminous earrings boast hand-wrapped Gold-Plated links of shimmering Amethyst and Topaz. They are elegant and whimsical with their asymmetrical design.  Fire-polished faceted Czech Glass rounds, glass crystal, Gold-Plated cornerless cubes, and a Czech Glass briolette have been used in this earring set.  They have a 2 1/2 inch drop.

Price: $28.00

“Bella Luna {Fairy}”


This necklaces showcases a beautiful handmade Shibuichi Luna Moth pendant by Cynthia Thornton. The necklace can be worn with the fairy hidden, by displaying the moth side of the pendant, or to reveal the whimsical fairy in all her loveliness. 

Complimenting the gorgeous pendant are colorfully translucent Rainbow Snakeskin Agate faceted oval beads,  Green River Shell rounds, and shimmering golden Amethyst seed beads. 

This Princess length necklace measures 18 inches long, and has a drape of 11 inches from back of clasp to the bottom of the Moth pendant.  The pendant measures 50mm wide by 45mm high.  Wire guards have been used to ensure durability. Read More about Bella Luna {Fairy}      

Price: $140.00

“Monet’s Garden”



Inspired by the vivid colors of Monet’s paintings, and his love for his lush garden, this statement piece is rich with Grassy greens, Orchid purples and ornate metal components.  The focal is a Lavender-Enameled vintage key. The key holds a wonderful assortment of hand-wrapped dangles in beautiful Purples, Pinks and Greens, and even a sweet little brass sparrow.

Vintaj Brass components have been used exclusively on this necklace   A Nouveau Toggle bar and ring form the clasp, and a beautiful Tulip bead cap compliments it on the opposite side of the piece.  Strands of Orchid River Shell discs, Purple glass beads, shimmering Green Pearls, seed beads, and ornate Vintaj chain, hang elegantly at the front of this piece.

This Opera Length necklace measures 42 inches long and hangs 21 inches from the back to the bottom center of the brass chain.

Price: $140.00

“Monet’s Garden” Earrings


This earring set was designed to coordinate with “Monet’s Garden” Necklace, but will look gorgeous on their own.  Vintaj Deco Windows are the focal of the design, with hand-wrapped dangles of purple, pink and green hanging below.  Vintaj brass ear wires have been used, and the earrings have a drop of 2 1/4 inches.

Price: $28.00

“Wisteria Vines”


Strands of supple leather cord in Lavender, Chocolate and Nubuck intertwine to create this richly textured necklace that will be very fun to wear.  Large-holed ceramic beads in Lavender and Lilac connect the strands together and create a feeling of movement.

The strands are bound by white steel bullet ends, and the necklace is finished with Silver-Plated chain, and a silver metal clasp.  This Princess Length necklace measures 22 inches and hangs 11 1/2 inches from the clasp at the back to the front center of the necklace.

Price: $75.00

“Wisteria Vines” Earrings


These fun and funky earrings can be worn with the “Wisteria Vines” necklace, or on their own.  Lavender leather cord has been looped and knotted through each of the large-holed Lilac ceramic beads, and finished with Pewter spacers.  Large handmade and hammered Sterling Silver ear wires complete the design.  The earrings have a 3 1/2 inch drop.

Price: $28.00

“Une Bicyclette”


A vintage bicycle image is featured on the handmade ceramic focal by Amanda Barr for this delightful necklace.  Hand wrapped dangles of Fire-polished Czech Glass and River Shell enhance the focal, adding shimmer and movement.  The body of the necklace features a beautiful variety of glass beads in Purple, Black and Orange, and White River Shell Rice beads add variety and texture.  One singular Yellow Czech Glass leaf adds a touch of whimsy to the design, which is finished with a double strand of Copper seed beads, and a Copper Hobnail Hook and Eye clasp.  

This Matinee Length necklace measures 23 1/2 inches long, and hangs 13 1/2 inches from the back to the bottom of the focal. 

Price: $55.00

Elysian Studios guarantees 100% satisfaction with your purchase.  All of our jewelry is handmade and designed for durability. Please email Elysian Studios with any questions or custom orders.


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Color Inspiration: {Big Sky & Open Prairie} | Elysian Studios

Color Inspiration: {Big Sky & Open Prairie}

Categories: Inspirations, Urban Prairie


There’s just something about the golden color of fall grasses and hay under a vast blue sky that stirs my soul. 

The way the feathered tips succumb to the wind and seem to bend in rippling waves is such a beautiful sight and soothing sound.


I love the worn, weathered textures found in old barns and this tough landscape.  

There aren’t many soft, delicate flowers on the prairie. Instead, thick hide, rusted metal, rugged leather and resilient reeds thrive here.  


Brilliant golden sunlight bathes these wide open spaces.  Colors become brilliant in such intense light, and clouds perform amazing feats of swelling and billowing.


The prairie is so beautiful in the fall.  The color is luminous. The air is crisp and fresh.  Boots, jeans, and long sleeves become appropriate attire again, and cozy quilts re-emerge to cuddle in the cool nights. 

What type of landscape inspires you?

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It's Time for a Giveaway! | Elysian Studios


I love to take pictures, and I take a lot of them.  I also love to create beautiful, colorful images for my blog.  I know that many of my favorite bloggers share this passion for photography and beautiful graphics, so I think many of you will appreciate what I am going to share:


Confession:  Though I have some photo tools that I have been using, I get frustrated when they won’t do everything I want them to.  I have also become victim to multiple memory cards and overloaded hard drives that diligently try to store all of my photographs, but end up disorganized and stuffed with outdated memories. 


My family’s photographs of vacations and life events are piling up, and I have relatives that kindly remind me how behind I am in sharing them.  Agh! I haven’t made a lot of photograph books with Snapfish or Kodak, because I feel limited by them, and don’t have hours on end to sit on their website.  Though I used to do traditional scrapbooking… there is NO WAY I have time for that now.  I have been stumped for years on what to do.  

We live in a digital age. There’s only so many digital picture frames you can own, and only so many places you can put printed pictures (and printing them is such a pain!)  I need a digital photo software that will work for my blog, my business, and my family.


Are you digging the images I have put up on this post so far?  I have had so much fun making them, and a whole new world of managing my photos and creating beautiful images and collages has opened up!

I am very excited to introduce a brilliant digital scrapbooking product, My Memories Suite from .

This software allows you to import your photographs and design either stand alone pages or entire albums.  It is easy to download, and has a very user friendly interface.  It comes with a nice variety of papers, templates, tools and embellishments to make hundreds of options available for you to design your project.


You can make photo albums, DVD albums, calendars, interactive albums, and convert your images into .jpeg files , all on up to three of your own computers. Now I can work on creating beautiful albums and collages with my photographs at home or on the go (that is huge for me!) is also a thriving online community and resource for all of your digital scrapbooking needs.  They have helpful tutorials, a fun blog that highlights contests and designers, an online store that offers a huge array of additional kits for your software (some are free!), and a printing service for your photobooks and calendars.  Just check out their Facebook page and see how much fun people are having with this!



I am giving away one FREE copy of the My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software

(a $39.97 value)

Here’s The Rules:

1. Leave a comment on this blog post between now and Friday,October 28, 2011.  I’d love to hear your ideas about how this software would be useful for you!

2. You must have your email attached with your comment.  I cannot notify you about winning if your email is set to not be shared.  Your email will not be used for anything other than an entry for this giveaway.

3. The winner will be announced on Saturday, October 29th, and you must respond within 3 days, or you will forfeit the prize to another participant.  I will email you the code for the free download once you have acknowledged that you have won.

It’s that easy!


All the images in this post were made using My Memories Suite.  These are my first attempts at using it, so I still have a lot to learn, but what I made was extremely easy!  In the next few weeks I will be sharing more fun projects that I am working on.

I am so impressed with this company and their product.  I hope you will be too- We can always use something that makes our life easier!  Feel free to connect with My Memories on their website, blog, Facebook, and Twitter!

The Giveaway is now closed.



There’s still some fun for you, too!

Here’s a coupon code for $10 off the purchase of My Memories Suite Scrapbook software.  Once you download the software you will receive an additional $10 in the store- a $20 value!

Simply enter this code at checkout:



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