Sunday, February 26, 2012

Congratulations to Katrina Laflin of AnandaBijoux!

Katrina won the Advertising and Promotion Team Treasury Challenge #7 with her beautiful, blue treasury Sea Breeeze & Blue Skies.

Katrina's shop, Ananda Bijoux, specializes in beautiful Chakra balancing gemstone jewelry that "balances the flow of energy through our bodies". She is currently offering free shipping on purchases of two or more items.

Carnelian Root Chakra Necklace

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Barbara Lewis: Online Painting With Fire Workshop

If you've ever wanted to take one of Barbara Lewis' torch fired enameling classes but haven't been able to travel to one of the locations, now is your chance to take an e-course!

Barbara has created a ning group for an online Painting With Fire Workshop where you can view the videos when you want and how often you want.  Sounds great--right?  But, it gets even better because you might get to take that workshop for free!  If you promote the contest on your blog and/or Facebook and become a follower, you will be entered to win a spot in the workshop.  Don't forget to visit her blog and leave a comment about how you promoted the workshop & contest!  The winner will be announced on Monday.
Best of luck to all who enter!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bagatelle Designs

I'm a member of several Etsy teams.  Sophie Van Tiggelen of Bagatelle Designs is in two of those teams (Advertising and Promotion Team & Top Treasury Team) with me.  I've really admired her high-quality feminine, colorful designs and decided that I wanted to feature her lovely work on my blog.  I'm always a sucker for versatile jewelry that can be worn with both casual and dressier clothes.  I think her tassel charm pendant necklace and colorful Swarovski crystal hoops would be perfect for travel
because they are so versatile.

Sophie is originally from Belgium but she and her husband and their three daughters moved to the United States (Colorado) in 2000.  She enjoys the outdoors and sports so, Colorado is the perfect state for her as it offers her a beautiful location to indulge her fondness for biking and running. 

Bagatelle Designs reflects her passion for color, texture, and shapes.  She believes that what we wear is an expression of who we are and wants her work to make the wearer feel good and to brighten her day.  As is apparent in the photos above, much of her work features Swarovski crystals.  She loves them for their magical, sparkly quality that "reflects the beauty of the natural world surrounding us".  She also uses Bohemian glass, gemstones, lampwork glass beads, and repurposed vintage elements.  Sophie takes pride in her designs knowing that there is a story behind each piece that she handcrafts.

So, head over to Sophie's shop  and have a look.  Her well-crafted jewelry is sure to add sparkle and beauty to your day!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Team TuTas!

Team TuTas logo banner

I was invited to join in Team TuTas efforts to raise money for breast cancer research.  The ladies of Team TuTas will be participating in the Boston Susan G. Komen 3-Day on July 27-29 2012.  They will walk 60 miles in those three days to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.  This is a cause that is especially important to me.  My aunt died from breast cancer and a friend is currently fighting the battle.  But, this would be important even if I didn't have family and friends affected by this horrible disease.  Approximately one out of eight women will develop breast cancer so, we should all be fighting for better treatments and an eventual cure.  Raising money for research is the way to do that!

Team TuTas will be hosting an auction starting on Friday:!/media/set/?set=a.342475342441725.80650.226465664042694&type=1

For my donation, I decided to make a set inspired by traditional Roma (Gypsy) coin jewelry.  The necklace is approximately 17 inches (43.2 cm) long.  I made the hammered disks from 24 gauge copper sheet so that they are lightweight but durable.  This means that the earrings are not heavy and will not tug at your earlobes.  The jump rings and clasp are made from 20 gauge copper wire and the chain is antiqued solid brass.  The headpins are 22 gauge copper and the beads are turquoise glass.  The earrings have a total length of approximately 2 3/8" (6 cm) and hang approximately 1 3/4" (4.5 cm) from the bottom of the ear wires.  The set has a retail value of $125.

hammered copper & turquoise glass beads Gypsy necklace
Hammered Copper & Turquoise Glass Beads
Roma-inspired coin necklace
Antiqued Brass Chain
handmade copper clasp detail
Handmade Hammered Copper Clasp
Hammered Copper & Turquoise Glass Beads Chandelier Earrings
Hammered Copper & Turquoise Glass Beads Chandelier Earrings
completely handmade excluding beads
All Handmade Excluding Beads & Headpins

I'd like to give a big thank you and a hug to Trisha Pelletier of Tallulah and Belle for inviting me to help them reach their goal of raising $32,000.  Thank you for all your hard work and have fun walking this July!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Congratulations to Kristina Chierici of Krystarka!

Kristina won the Advertising and Promotion Team Treasury Challenge #6 with her treasury A Big Trip.

The Bridges of Venice Signed Photograph

Kristina's photos "live in the places of [her] heart, [her] home, the Po Valley and Italy."  Please visit her shop and enjoy her lovely photos.  Her carnival photos of Venice are especially timely; Mardi Gras is next Tuesday.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mark Your Calendars!

precious metal clay workshop flier 

My teacher and good friend, Teva Chaffin and I will be teaching two PMC classes in Jackson MS in June.  We'll be at the studio of another good friend, Rhonda Blasingame who is an amazing art quilter.  She and her art & studio partner, Anne Campbell have a great new studio.  Teva and I are lucky to be able to rent such a nice space!

So, if you've ever been curious about precious metal clay, this is your chance to try it.  It's an amazing medium.  The first time that you torch fire a piece of clay, you'll feel like you're an alchemist!  At first, it can be hard to wrap your mind around the concept of fine silver in clay form.  I still get amazed each time I burnish a piece and watch it turn from matte white to shiny silver.  Working in PMC really offers almost immediate gratification.  You'll be amazed what you can learn and accomplish in just one or two classes.

You might have noticed that I blurred my last name on the flyer.  I'm very new to having a blog, Etsy shop, and being on Pinterest, Twitter, Wanelo, and StumbleUpon and it sometimes feels like I'm too exposed.  So, bear with this privacy fanatic.  Plus, you'll know my full name if you take the class! ;)

PMC tree of life pendant
Tree of Life Pendant Made In My First PMC Syringe Class

Friday, February 17, 2012

More Earrings For The Raffle

Diana Brower of Crop Circle Clay on Etsy was kind enough to donate handmade, stoneware disks to be made into earrings for the charity raffle.  Diana specializes in "shabby chic, rustic, earthy pottery thrown on the wheel with dark brown stoneware clay."  Her pottery is "infused with Reiki and adorned with the beautiful sacred geometry of crop circles and inspirational text. Each piece is one-of-a-kind ceramic art."

Here are the finished earrings:

Lavender & Brown Czech Glass Coin Beads With Copper
 Lavender & Brown Czech Glass Coin Beads With Copper

Turquoise Window Cut Czech Glass Beads With Sterling Silver
Turquoise Window Cut Czech Glass Beads With Sterling Silver

Brown Speckled Seafoam Czech Glass With Copper
Brown Speckled Seafoam Czech Glass With Copper

All ear wires were handmade by me, as well as, the bead caps on the third pair of earrings.  The bead caps on the first pair of earrings are commercially made, as are the copper beads in the third pair of earrings.

Earrings have a retail value of $35 per pair.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Supplies Giveaway!

WISHsupplies on Etsy is sponsoring a contest on the Etsy Greek Street Team blog.
The contest ends Saturday, February 25th and the winner will be drawn on the 26th.

The Very Generous Winner's Prize

Be sure to have a look around WISHsupplies on Etsy.  Some of my favorite items include ceramic beads from Mykonos and hand embroidered drawstring pouches that can be used as small gift bags or as sachets when filled with lavender.

Best of luck to all who enter!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Congratulations to Haley of FuzzyPandas!

Haley won the Advertising and Promotion Team Treasury Challenge #5 with her treasury INSPIRE.

Upcycled Arm Warmers
Take note, Catlovers:  "ALL of the money from every purchase is going toward a savings for a cat rescue sanctuary/facility."

Friday, February 10, 2012

Raffle Donation

Lately, I've been busy with my class and Etsy shop.  I've also been working on a necklace and earrings set for a charity raffle.  I finally decided which button mold I wanted to use to make the necklace I'm donating.  2011 was a hard year for a lot of my friends and 2012 has started out on a nasty note.  One of our most beloved friends found out that she has cancer.  So, the lucky four leaf clover button seemed like a good choice.  We all need as much good luck as we can get!

mold made from vintage Czech glass button

unfired PMC button pendant

Cicada Silver hallmark

PMC fine silver pendant
The pendant is approximately 7/8" (22 mm) in diameter and weighs 10 grams (just under 1/3 Troy oz.)

PMC fine silver shamrock pendant necklace
The necklace is approximately 21" (53.3 cm) long and can be shortened if needed.  The four leaf clover pendant was made from PMC3 (precious metal clay) and is 0.999 fine silver. The chain, wire, and clasp are all sterling silver (0.925).
green Czech glass & Bali sterling silver earrings
The coordinating earrings were also made from sterling silver wire and Bali sterling silver beads.  The faceted, green glass beads are Picasso finish, fire-polished Czech glass.  Interestingly enough, the color was listed as "Pontchartrain".

Cicada Silver hallmark
You'll notice that the hallmark says "Cicada Silver".  I'll be opening that shop on Etsy in the spring.

The retail value for this prize is $255.  I'll put a link to the raffle website on the blog right before the raffle goes "live".  There will be lots of wonderful prizes and the money raised goes to some wonderful causes

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Congratulations to Jackie Phillips of PreciousBeast!

Jackie won the Advertising and Promotion Team Treasury Challenge #4 with her treasury Peace & Love.

Abstract Beast Color 1
Jackie is offering free shipping and also has a 10% off code.  Just enter APTeam10 at check out.  Go check out her shop!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Sticky Lemon Rolls

O.k.  I wasn't working on jewelry the whole day.  I did take the time to make my mom some sticky lemon rolls.  She adores lemon.  So, when I found this recipe on Pinterest, I knew that I had to make them for her.
sticky lemon roll
Sticky Lemon Rolls

The only changes that I made to the recipe were substituting organic ingredients for conventional ingredients and they came out great.  They are very lemony and not quite as sweet as cinnamon rolls.  Delicious!


on custom earrings and raffle donations.  I'll post again soon!