A few weeks ago I signed up to be part of an earring swap. Unlike Bead Soup Blog Party, the idea of this swap was to find out your swap partner’s likes and then make a pair of earrings for them. Since I love making earrings and I love wearing earrings even more than making them, I was pretty excited about this.
My swap partner turned out to be the beautiful and talented Silvia Sernicola who lives in Milan, Italy. A look through her blog, Pipa-the-Latest and her Etsy shop, Sobby, showed me that she’s got excellent taste and far more patience than I do. Silvia makes wonderfully complex beaded jewelry, mostly made with tiny little seed beads. I mean like 15°s!! (Those are tiny!) The star of the show, though are her unique and stunning pop tab earrings.
Silvia and I got to know one another and I swear she must be the most together person I know because she knew exactly what she wanted to make me and had my earrings in the mail right away. FOUR days later I received the package all the way from Italy! That must be some sort of record. Well, let me tell you…she did good. She had me figured out to a tee. She picked my favorite color and these earrings are just so incredibly perfect for me. I even wore them to my daughter’s high school graduation. Seriously, Silvia couldn’t have picked a better design for me. I truly love them!!
Silvia said that she wears a lot of gray and black, and I can tell that she has somewhat of a funky, fun edge to her classic style. So I made some of my Rustic Beads in a tribal motif accented with gray and black. I was running late, though, and had no faith that the postal service going to her was going to be as fast as it was coming to me. Here’s a confession for you. I was in such a hurry to send the package out that I forgot to take a picture. So this picture is of a similar pair that I made so you could see what I sent! (The good thing is that now I have a pair just like hers!)
Interestingly, both Silvia and I have tutorials available that explain how to make the earrings we sent in the swap. You can purchase instructions for making Silvia’s Can Tab earrings in her Sobby Etsy Shop. And you can learn how to make my tribal themed beads from the instructions in my Rustic Beads and Components Tutorial.
You can see the other participants in the Earring swap here. I think everyone must be busy as a lot of people are in the same boats as Silvia and I were…packages have not been received yet. So some of the blogs haven’t yet posted their reveal.
If you have a chance, sign up for a swap. It’s fun meeting someone new and it’s a great way to learn about another person’s work and their style. I’m really glad I got to meet Silvia!