Monday, April 30, 2007

Just showing off my treasures!

Good Morning Everyone! Today I just want to show off the beautiful jewelry that I got from Jewelstreet.

The first photo is the beautiful twisted bracelet I got. The weaving on this bracelet is amazing. It has a beautiful hematite teardrop and hematite rondelles. I can't tell you how many compliments I have already received on it!

The second photo shows the heart pin. Simple in design with a green rhinestone-it's a great accent on my handbag.

The last photo is the fantastic ring that Jewel made me for being her 100th sale! It is perfect.

Imagine 100 sales! My etsyversary is coming up in a few weeks--dare I dream of 36?

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Climbing up, out of the ashes!

I'm a bit late with my blog today, but I couldn't put off the house cleaning any longer. Also had a few errands to run--so hopefully the weekend will be free for some crafting time.

Firstly, thanks to everyone for their nice comments on my last blog entry. I guess we all have times of self doubt. I know if I go too many days without creating something (anything), I get real crabby and start thinking unworthy thoughts! Anyway, your encouragement is much appreciated. Now down to business...

I'm not one to back down from a challenge, and creative challenge #48 is no different! The challenge was to be inspired by a favorite book. I chose, Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen. I love animals, and elephants hold a special meaning for me--but that's a subject for another blog! So, I painted this aceo called, "Sunset on the Seregetti". I love doing these challenges! I have to congratulate Jewelstreet for coming up with excellent ideas week after week!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Just putting thoughts to paper

I am giving lots of thought to this week's Creative Challenge. I seem to be in a bit of a rut here. I feel like I am doing the same thing over and over again. Does it look like that to you? Does my etsy shop look as stale as day old bread?
At the moment I can't even think of what my favorite book would be...let alone how to immortalize it in art!

I think I am too caught up in the promoting windmill and it has sapped my creative strength. I feel like I have been pimping my art all over the web-in as many free venues as I can find! I hope I can break free soon.

Sorry this is so rambling, just having a day of wondering if my work is good enough to even be doing this.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Ten Facts About Me

Drumroll, please......

1.I saved every fortune from every chinese meal I have ever eaten. I keep them in a jar in a kitchen cabinet.

2.I am working on visiting all 50 states. I have been to 31 so far-some of them more than once.

3.When I was small, I had a dream that I was adopted. It took many, many years for my parents to convince me that I wasn't. Exasperated, my mother finally found my birth announcement and gave it to me. I carry it in my wallet to this day.

4.I can curl my tongue.

5.In 1991, I flew a Cessna 172 Skyhawk for 1.6 hours and have my First Flight Certificate. This was under the supervision of a friend of ours who is a private pilot.

6.I graduated high school 35th out of a class of 570 students.

7.I met Stephen King in 1980 in a department store at a book signing. I acted like a complete dork--but he signed 2 of my books.

8.I take oil painting lessons from an 87 year old Dutchman! Just for fun and because he is one of the most interesting people I have every met.

9.When I was younger, I always wanted to go skydiving. Never made it and am too chicken now, but I did the next best thing. I went to a flying chamber in Las Vegas which simulated skydiving. Basically, it's an upright wind chamber with a jet engine mounted in the floor. You gear up and everything! My poor mother (who was always very supportive) had to watch her kid do this from an observation window. For those who know me from Etsy and this blog....are you sensing the connection? Skydiving simulation, plane flying, hot air ballooning....all this from someone who gets motion sick!

10.Most of you already know that I love Elvis and have even been to Graceland...but prior to that I was and still am a die-hard Beatles Fan. My favorite has always been Ringo Starr. When I was a kid, I had a Ringo Halloween costume. I made my own drum set out of boxes & tin pie plates. I remember sitting there, dressed up, playing the "drums" for hours. In the late 1990s I realized my dream & was able to see Ringo in concert.

So, there you have it!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Still Dreary Here

Since the weather is still dreary here, I decided the best thing would be to go out shopping. So I took off to my local craft store & had a very satisfying time. Two hours and three bags later, I returned home to daydream about what I am going to make with all these treasures!

I could seriously get lost in a good craft store--or even a bad one for that matter! I think for me, it is a tactile thing. I love to hold the beads, wire, art supplies-anything! I love the smell of the unfinished wood (got some of that, too!). I guess I kinda like the buying, too!

Anyway, on to Etsy creative challenge #47 news...this weeks' challenge was to show the evolution of your craft. I illustrated that by referring to Bella, one of my first beaded art dolls. My art dolls have evolved with better and more imaginative beading, many with themes. School Days-Easy as ABC is my newest beaded doll. I am very proud of her!

Ok, I know you are all waiting for my 10 things--I'll post tomorrow if I get a chance, but definitely Friday!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Rainy Days & Mondays....

Happy Monday Everyone! Except, I'm not that happy...

I guess I should be happy that it's not snow, but I am sick of the rain already. I know we don't have it that bad-only an inch or two in the basement boiler room. But the rugs in the basement are wet-again. I dragged out the steam cleaner and spent an hour sucking up all the water. Just went down & they are just as wet! I guess I know what I will be doing for the next 24-48 hours. Dennis is using the shop vac to dry up the boiler room-hopefully it won't keep seeping in. Done ranting!

I had a very productive weekend, and still feel on that roll; perhaps that is why the above is so distressing. Our daughter went to a sleepover party Friday-Saturday and we had a nice evening eating Chinese food & relaxing. Saturday morning I went to our library's Spring book sale-got a few paperbacks-nothing heady, mysteries and such. But I got a really neat children's book with neat illustrations that I plan to use to collage some ACEOs.

In the meantime, I made, Serena. As you can see, she wears her heart on her sleeve and her colors-lemon & strawberry suit her well. Just a little tartness & a lot of sweetness! When I'm done bailing out, I'll put her in my Etsy shop!

I've been tagged by Gillian & Aimee. I'm coming up with 10 little know facts about me and will post asap. I'll also try to think of some to tag.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

A Sense of Accomplishment

When you create something that you are really proud of, do you remember to stop and smell the sense of accomplishment? So often when you have a shop or website, the focus is on quantity-keeping up appearances and your shelves stocked so to speak. Well, I'm guilty of that, too. But today, right now, I am going to celebrate a job well done!

As some of you may know, I received a custom order to create three headpieces for flower girls. Here is the piece in my etsy shop my customer saw that inspired her to ask if they could be adapted. After several emails back and forth, we agreed on colors, methods, price, etc. By the time they were completed, and I sent the photos for approval, she ordered 2 more pieces--corsages for the 2 mothers!

I just mailed out all the above, and I must say that I do feel such a sense of accomplishment! And now that I've allowed myself this time....I'm off to try and stock my etsy shop!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I got a fast start on this week's creative challenge. The theme was create something inspired by what you want to be when you grow up. That was an easy one for me!

I always wanted to be an artist-from when I was little, this was all I dreamed of. For those of you who might remember-there was a "mail order" art school that used to send you a little "art test" for free, with, of course, the hope they could convince you to enroll in their school. Well...I sent away for one, completed it and send it back for comments--all without my parents knowledge. Don't you think I was mortified when a representative of the school showed up at our house, no call, letter or anything-just showed up at our house to give the critique!

I grew up in the late 60s-70s and although I wanted to go to art school, I thought I could not support myself as an artist. Remember, this was pre-computer, pre-graphic, artist online, etc.

So, I went with my second choice-wanted to help people--and became a Medical Assistant. I worked for nearly 15 years for an Australian Surgeon, a wonderful man who remains a part of my life. I had a rewarding career and several of his patients became close friends. I visited one on and off for many years until her death about 5 years ago. Another who I still correspond with, actually showed up at our wedding!

Around the time I got engaged, my boss decided to retire. To make a long story short, I got married, had our daughter, and was lucky to be a stay at home mom. Once she got old enough, with my husband's encouragement, I began to do local craft shows & eventually found Etsy.

I feel blessed and fortunate to have the love and support of my family to dabble in my dreams.

Here's my latest ACEO, called Supernova.It's in my Etsy shop.

If you've read this to the end, I thank you!

Monday, April 9, 2007

Better Late, than never!

Last week's creative challenge on etsy was to be...a little fun and a little revealing. It was to create something inspired by a little known fact about you. So I thought and thought and when I finally had my idea, I didn't have time to make it!
Then, after I did make it...well, I was so touched by all the heart wrenching stories people posted, that I think I subconsciously waited to list this week.

Although I have those stories in my life, know, the kind that tug at the heartstrings...I'm just not ready to be that revealing. So...I approached the challenge revealing my adventurous side. I have actually been hot air ballooning-one of the many thrills of my life! Plus I always wanted to do something "striking" in polymer clay, infact, I want to try EVERY craft I can! So the above is actually my entry to last week's challenge. It will be in my shop later today.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Time for Saturday Night Specials!

~~~~~~~~~~~It's Saturday Night Special Time!~~~~~~~~~~

From 5 p.m. to midnight Samoa time (6 a.m. EST) receive the following special in my shop. Please put "SNS" in notes to seller at check out & wait for an updated invoice.

20% off my whole shop including shipping-domestic & international included!

Happy Shopping!

As a special treat...for anyone who happens to read my blog...If you put "SNS Blog" in the notes to seller, I will give FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING AND 50% OFF INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING!

Thanks and have a wonderful holiday!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Almost Finished The Headpieces

I finished the first flower girl headpiece, and I am so excited! I emailed photos to my client and she thinks it is "gorgeous". What's more, she may be interested in me making corsages for the 2 mothers!

I should be finished with the other two in a day or so...but I couldn't wait to share this one with everyone!

The long wire is what allows this headpiece to be adjustable. I formed a loop at one end of straight wire, hid it with the first rose and attached all the roses down in a row. At the end, I passed the tail of wire through this loop. My client can then set it one the child's head & adjust the size to fit perfectly!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

My daughter, the shopaholic!

Yes, friends, it's true! My daughter loves to shop and she is becoming a designer fashionista! And she's only her first year of High School. Where is it going to go from here?

This week is Spring Break in our school district, so my daughter is off all this week. In fact, she is off an extra day until Tuesday, April 10, because we didn't use all of our snow days. Of course, shopping is tops on her to-do list.

Yesterday we took her to an outlet center about 45 minutes from where we live. I got 2 packs of Stash tea (Chai Tea and White & Green Tea)and 2 pairs of Rockport sneakers for our summer vacation. She got a pair of Saucony sneakers, black high heel pumps, 2 pairs of shorts, 3 shirts & a shorts/top pj set in Aeropostale, 2 shirts & a necklace in Guess, a little pouch in LeSportSac, and a pocket book and wristlet in COACH! She paid for the necklace, pouch & coach wristlet!

When I was in high school, designer was Levi's or Wrangler's and maybe if I was lucky, Nike.

I thought it was cute when she was about 4 or 5 years old and was stamping her foot because her outfit didn't match! I don't know where she learned this! Trust husband wears flannel shirts for pete's sake!

Fortunately, today she went off with good friends of ours (their daughter is our daughter's best friend)to pick up their older daughter at college. Otherwise, I think I'll be broke by the end of this week!

Me...I'm working hard to add things to my Etsy shop!