Archive for March, 2009

ARRRT!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Book Necklace - Steampunk Sunken Treasure

I love paper – almost as much as I love beads and gemstones and fabric. I started sewing when I was about 8 – which I think I’ve mentioned in the past. I haven’t sewn in years but I still can’t walk into a fabric stroe with my quilting friends without touching most of the fabric that I past. And it’s pretty much the same with paper — espcially handmade paper! I love going to art stores which carry  handmade paper — I just stand there and admire them and run my hands over the paper, feeling all the things that were used in the paper.

Alexia of ARRRT! uses lots of paper – and chipboard. She makes journals — I always admire journals — I think wouldn’t that be great? Get a journal and write down your thoughts, spend some time each day with a glass of wine or a drink of something fun and just relax and mull over the events of the day. And then reality sets in. Writing? Every day? Blecccchh! What were you thinking?????

However, for those of you who love to write in journals and actually use them, you really need to check out ARRRT! Alexia has some great things there — little card wallets that hold business cards, necklaces which are little handmade books and for the person like me who thinks about journaling — a one month journal. Give it a try! Hmmm, maybe I’ll start a journal. A glass of wine…….

Pretty Things all in a row!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009


Lori Anderson is a busy woman! Besides making jewelry, Lori is a published writer. BeadStyle, Easy Beading, Easy Wire, Wire Jewelry – even on the Bead A Day beading calendar. I know it’s not nice, but I envy her writing talents. It takes a lot of time and organization to set down, coherently write each step of your tutorial to make sure everyone understands what you mean plus take sharp, clear pictures of each step. I read on her blog she’s an insomniac — and I think she must put that ‘not sleeping time’ to good use – unlike me. When I can’t sleep, I’m the couch potato at 3 in the morning. I assume Lori from Lori’s website and blog she gets up and does something useful.

In her online store, Lori Anderson Designs, she has a variety of jewelry for any occasion. Lori is one of the few ladies I see that organizes her jewelry by categories — Classic, Whimsical, Vintage, etc. It makes for wonderful browsing through her shop and easy purchasing ideas. She also has a nice ‘Gift’ section, just in case you’re stuck for ideas.

If you visit her blog, Pretty Things, please feel free to leave her a comment about her birthday. She recently turned 40 and I think she had a pretty good time doing it!!

A Beaded Affair to remember

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

These wonderful pieces of jewelry are from Lois of A Beaded Affair. Lois loves working with copper — so much in fact, that she now sells copper wire in hard to find shapes and size at her Etsy store.

Lois, like most of us, has a ‘real’ job. Hers is in real estate. Her passion, however, is jewelry making. In addition to a love of copper, she loves working with wire. I think that’s why I’m so attracted to her work as it’s a different take on a lot of the same types of components that I use. We end up with totally different looking jewelry as our own thoughts take us down a different path in the use of the components.

During February of 2009, Lois participated in the One World One Heart Blog Give Away with many others in the blogging world. Lois had such a good time that she gave away 3 items instead of one as most did. The earrings pictured in the upper left corner of the screen are still waiting to be claimed by the winner.

I belong to a ‘street team’ on Etsy with Lois and I have to tell you she is so helpful and outgoing with things. If it wasn’t for Lois I’m not sure I’d have learned everything I have about Etsy and blogging. A very generous woman Lois is.

If you’re looking for a special piece of jewelry or even just some beads and sparklies to finish a project for yourself please consider checking out A Beaded Affair.

Gahoole Tree Supplies

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Huge Turritella Ovals (Ref. 029)

For those of you who are new to my blog, I have an online store on Etsy. While trying to learn how to navigate the Etsy system, I had the good fortune to learn about ‘street teams’ and especially a street team called eSmarts. Street teams are a group of people who band together to help each other. My good fortune is that I joined a street team called eSmarts. Etsy is primarily hand crafted items – and some stores for supplies. The first focus of the team is to try to help each other build traffic to our stores but we also lend moral support and encouragement to each other.

The leader of this merry band of artisans is Anna Lee Husband who lives in Ontario, Canada. She’s the woman in charge who seems to understand marketing and promotion and social networking. And she’s undertaken the task of trying to teach our artist group how and what to do. That’s in her spare time.

In her day job, Anna Lee deals with business management issues and the like. In her ‘other’ life, she is a jewelry designer making wonderful one of a kind pieces for weddings and other special events as well as beautiful pieces for everyday wear. In her left over hours, she is working to be a certified gemologist. I would guess that might be between midnight and 2 am.

In her Etsy store Gahool Tree Supplies she sells her overstock of beautiful gems and supplies. Right now I see she has some great looking azurite – I’ll be counting up my pennies to see if I can afford them right now.

Poetry surrounds us everywhere

Monday, March 9th, 2009

The Ties That Bind -- Simple and Sassy Vintage Corset Print Blank Notecard -- Boxed Set of 8 The Definition of Feminine -- Simple and Sassy Blank Notecards -- Boxed Set of 8

While my computer is being put back together, so to speak – not the nuts/bolts but the bits/bytes kind – I’ve been looking around at blogs by other artists. And this is one that I’ve seen that I really like.

Poetry surrounds us everywhere – this quote by Vincent Van Gogh is applicable to many mediums that we artists dabble in. And I think that Kelly of Macaroni and Glue is a poet with her use of images, paper and ink.

I think most folks assume that poetry lives only written on paper. I think they would be surprised in the poetry of colors that are used together or in the textures play off from each other in many artistic endeavors. While some folks don’t think of jewelry or card making as a poetic work, I think the poetry shows up in the delicacy of the line in the picture or in the gauge of wire used to accent a particular bead.

Please check out Kelly’s Etsy store if you are in the market for some lovely, handcrafted retro cards.

I never saw a purple cow

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

I never saw a purple Cow, I hope to never see one; But I can tell you this – I’d rather see one than be one!

Do you remember this from when you were a child? I do – but I haven’t thought of it in years, literally. I ran across it on the internet today and it made me smile. I can’t remember what context we repeated this rhyme but I know we chanted it back and forth for many years. Curious how things fade away from our memory, isn’t it?

It made me think of a blog I was reading earlier today that belongs to Terry of Magical Bead Stalk. Terry wrote about how she loved the color purple when she was a teenager. Her article made me think about the blog piece I wrote about last year  “The Color Purple”.  At her website, Magical Bead Stalk, Terry has some wonderful jewelry for sale – handmade one of a kind pieces.

In this day and age, where all clothing seems to often be the same, I find it to be a wonderful feeling to be able to make a one of a kind piece that sets the wearer apart from the crowd. I always like to see other jewelry artist’s blogs and websites as it thrills me when I see other artists making beautiful limited edition or one of a kind pieces also.