>> Monday, July 28, 2008

Entering is now closed!

Paisley Pearl & Labradorite Earrings "Paisley Pearl & Labradorite Earrings" by Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir). July 2008. A beautiful pair of earrings that can totally dress up a casual outfit or take you out on a night on the town. All sterling silver wire, with peacock grey freshwater pearls, and faceted labradorite rondelles that have a flash of blue fire.

I'm participating in the
Bloggy Giveaways Carnival, and I'm hosting my first giveaway! YAY!
This week I am giving away this pair of gorgeous earrings made by me!

You don't have to be a blogger to participate, although you must leave your name and e-mail in your comment so that I can contact you. Leave it like this if you don't want to be spammed (eg. lagazdesigns AT mts DOT net ). I will ship anywhere, as I want everyone to participate. The draw will be made Aug 1, 2008 @ 6pm CDT. I will give 2 days for the winner to acknowledge, otherwise I will draw again.


  1. One entry per person (make sure to have valid e-mail address and name in your comment)
  2. Take a look around my blog, and leave a comment here on which piece of artwork or jewelry you like the most.
It's that easy! Please check out the other Bloggy Giveaways that are happening this week, by clicking the link or the button at the top of the page.



Tarot Card Project @ illustratedATCs.com

A bunch of us artists got together to publish a tarot card deck, with a "Zetti" twist to it. Everyone got to do 3-5 cards, and could use any medium they wished as long as they kept to the suit colours that were established.
It was very challenging to do these cards, as I am not familiar with doing "Zetti" style. It is a whimsical style, that I find hard to do, but I think I did okay. I did 3 cards, one of the Major Arcana, and 2 of the Minor Arcana.

Tarot card Series by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). June 2008. Prismacolor pencils, Sakura Glaze pens and ink.

Wheel of FortuneQueen of Pentacles Ace of Pentacles
"Wheel of Fortune" "Ace of Pentacles" "Queen of Pentacles"


ATCsforAll.com June Pick-A-Theme Swap

Stillness"Stillness" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). July 2008. Sharpies, ink, Prismacolor pencils, glaze and sparklie pens. Barbra Streisand theme, photoreferenced from here.

On the Road Again"On the Road Again" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). July 2008. Prismacolor Pencils, Sharpies, and ink. Elephant theme. Photoreferenced from NightOwlZA/iStockphoto.com

"Draco" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). July 2008. Sharpies, Prismacolor pencils, ink and metallic pens. Dragon theme. Tutorial from NeonDragonArt.com.

A Prince of Narnia "A Prince of Narnia" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). July 2008. Narnia theme. Sharpies, Prismacolor pencils, ink & metallic pens. Photoreferenced from here.


Hearts are for Healing, Remembering and to Inspire

>> Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Split Heart Ring - Side Split Heart Ring - Front "Split Heart Ring"
by Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir).
July 2008.
Hand-crafted ring, wrapped entirely in Sterling Silver wire. Tiny Hill Tribe beads surround each heart half, which is then filled in with 3mm Swarovski Crystal bicones, for a sparkling finish.

I made a new piece of jewelry, that has been in the works forever. It's a very special ring for a good friend from

ANg requested a ring from me a looong time ago, but with me being sick, super busy, broke and what have you I finally finished it. ANg wanted a broken heart ring, as a remeberance for her and her baby, so the closest I came to was a Split Heart ring.

Here is my initial drawing plan (you'll probably need to click on it):

DrawingI really struggled putting it together. This is one of the instances where theory is so much easier than the practical. Initially the heart halves were going to be smaller, but they got lost against the wire weaving, so I made them bigger, and put more Swarovski crystals in. It really makes a statement now! It's adjustable to a point, so it can be a bit bigger when you need it.

I enjoyed making this ring for ANg. She really gave me a challenge to do something this special for her. I thought alot about her and what this ring would mean while I was making it. So it has a part of me in it, but lots of ANg too! She also inspired me to make a whole heart ring, which I hope to make very soon.

For those of us who need healing, remembering or inspiration, whether it be from ours or someone else's, that's what our hearts are for.


Colorful Stylized Portrait Swap @ illustratedATCs.com

>> Friday, July 4, 2008

"Daphne (l), Eva (r) and Wendy (b)" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). Inspired by Martina Shapiro. May 2008.

"Lucy" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). Inspired by Martina Shapiro. July 2008.


Incan, Mayan, Aztec Swap @ illustratedATCs.com

"Aztec Temple" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). November 2007.

"Incan Statue" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). November 2007. Photoreferenced from ©iStockphoto.com/mcwhitey

"Mayan Jaguar" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). November 2007.

"Aztec Battle Dance" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). Photoreferenced from Melissa Chasse. February 2008.


Spring Pick A Theme 2008 @ IllustratedATCs.com

"Friends in the Dark" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). Baby Sumatran Tiger and Baby Orangutan. Endangered animals theme. Photoreferenced. April 2008.

"African Zetti Princess" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). African Zetti theme. April 2008

"Don't Slouch and Slurp" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). Goth Girl at Charm school theme. April 2008.

"What a Cutie!" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). Creepy Puppet theme. April 2008.

"On the Run" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). Film Noir theme. April 2008.

"Lady Liberty" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). Statue of Liberty theme. April 2008.

"Blue Satin Carnivale Mask" by Melissa Muir (Lagaz). Carnivale/Venetian Mask theme. Photoreferenced from ©iStockphoto.com/n1cky (?) . April 2008.


Long time No blog!

Well it's been a long time, but it is finally summer. And that means summer holidays!! YAY!!!
I've been catching up on some art, creating some art and thinking about art. Also some jewelry in there too.
So now that I have summer holidays, I'm hoping to get caught up on blogging, post some new stuff...and maybe have a GIVEAWAY!! I'm still thinking as to what I'm going to put into my giveaway, but I'll announce it when you all can enter. So I think I'll post some new stuff, probably not alot of entry writing with it, but at least you can see the pretty pictures.

So let's get this party started!


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