Friday, November 12, 2010

Thanks Cuteable!

Our new red bird earrings are featured on cuteable.com's flickr Friday post today. Check it out here, along with all the other cute finds!




They're also now available in the shop.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Earring experiment

Been dabbling with the idea of making matching earrings to go with my necklaces and bracelets. My old high school friend had requested a pair of simple earrings to match the necklace she bought from me. nothing too fancy but i still like the idea of making a matching set. I asked her to snag a photo of them for me since I forgot to before I sent them out.

I've also been practicing making my own findings and earrings from wire and metals. This is what I have so far for my first practice round.


Having a blast playing with them and of course will be incorporating more hand made polymer beads. <3 k

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Journey through a box of treasures: part 3

Still trekking along through the box! I've got a smaller batch of goodies this time, which hopefully will give me a chance to get up to date on listing things.

If you've missed previous parts of the journey:
part one
part two

Here's the third batch of things from the box:



And from them, I made:



I used the popsicle sticks as a template, the translucent clay as a base, and everything else for layers and layers of patterns and textures. I love the results.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Journey through a box of treasures: part 2

Click here for part one.

I'm still completely excited about this project, so I've already managed a whole new batch of creations. I don't expect that I'll be able to keep up at this pace for too long, but it does feel quite nice to have a large batch off accomplishments at the end of the day.

So, here's the second group of items I've excavated from the box.



It's rainy today, so I wasn't able to get any kind of proper photos, but I did my best. This also means none of my new creations will be listed in the shop until weather permits some natural lighting.

First, here's a better look at the earring I found that I had made years ago. They're just plastic toys with eyelets screwed into them, so I don't think I'll be putting them up for sale, but I will be taking credit for them in the tally of finished products from this box. I may also offer them as free gifts to our blog followers and/or facebook fans. We'll see.



And, here are the things I made today-


The main focus was on earrings today. Our shop is full of necklaces and rings, but low on bracelets and earrings, so it works out well that I found a bunch of ear wires in the box. The far left pair is made of the flamingo beads I found, the 4 pairs in the middle are polymer clay with the metallic accenting paste I found, and the far right pair is made of the clay I found, which was so hard to work with after having sat in the closet for years that I ended up tossing most of it.


I started making a pair of beaded earrings with the seed beads I found, and it was going okay, but I was hating every second of it. My stubby fingers don't get along well with beads that small. So, I scrapped this pair.


The lion ring here is made out of the difficult clay I found. I used the stencil brush to stipple a light texture into the clay. For the pig ring I used the stencil brush with paint to antique it.

The weather report says that there will be some sun tomorrow, so I'll get better photos tomorrow and most of these items should be available in the shop throughout the week. The flamingo earrings and the pig ring are mine, though ;)

The running tally for creations from the box is:

1 bracelet
1 necklace
6 rings
11 pairs of earrings

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Journey through a box of treasures: part 1



When I was moved into my current residence, a box of miscellaneous art and crafting supplies somehow got tucked into the back of my closet and forgotten about....for 5 years. Upon discovering it I realized there's a ton of jewelry making possibilities in there. So, I'm going to do a little self-challenge to excavate my way through it and see how many creations can come from it, all the while documenting the adventure here.

So, here's the first batch of treasures from the box:



And here are my creations:


I used the burgundy glass beads and the mix of brownish beads, along with some handmade polymer clay beads leftover from an earlier necklace and some new elephant charms I had been dying to use to make this funky necklace. It's available at our shop here.


The black buttons I found made perfect bases for another batch of button stack rings (I've flooded the shop with them lately). The little heart charm on the pink ring is snagged off that paper doll bookmark.


I used the spiral stamp to texture the polymer clay beads on this bracelet and strung them along with some more beads from the brownish mix on the stretch cord I found. This is definitely my favorite creation out of the batch. It looks really cool on.

So, the current tally is:
1 bracelet
1 necklace
4 rings

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

50 items in the shop!

Our Pink and Copper Beach Pebble Necklace makes 50 items in the shop! We've listed more than 50 over our 7 weeks since opening, but this is the first time we've had 50 items at one time.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Crown and Anchor



My lifelong friend and fellow jewelry maker, Cory, of crownandanchor31109 on etsy is included in the holiday showcase on the site today and is unable to see it for himself via his phone. So, here's a screencapture of the showcase page, serving as both a peek for him and a chance for me to show off his work. Check out his shop HERE.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Why buy handmade?

   If you haven't noticed yet global manufactures have left us all purchasing furniture, clothing and  all decorating the same. when visiting friends or family homes its easy to spot Ikea items or clothing bought from walmart/target. Personally im tired of everything/everyone looking the same and feeding giant corporations more of my hard earned money only for them to get larger and push more  mass produced items down our throats. Not to mention the impact mass production has on our environment. That is why I buy handmade items. Not only do you take production back and into the hands of the local community you support a way of life that is not dependent on mass production.

  Seems like a lot of people miss out on how much more a hand made item is worth compared to factory made items. Someone who buys handmade has the benefit of gifting an item that is one of a kind with significant details you could never find in a major chain store and at the same time support an artist/crafter who made the item with care and attention to details. Guaranteed its not something a machine popped out in a matter of seconds that looks exactly the same as the following. Handmade items add charm and details to a room separating it from it neighbors. Be it jewelery, clothing, decorations or furniture you gain something unique and one of a kind when its hand made. Someones time and effort and talent makes handmade items worth so much more.
So when your out shopping for the holidays try to remeber that handmade gives much more then you think.

space-rock-earrings

custom-heart-and-banner-rings
heavy-metal petal beaded necklace

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Busy week!

Our 5th week since opening our shop has been especially busy, and we're working hard to continue building up our inventory. The last 2 days have brought 9 new listings, and there's still many more new items that will be popping up within the remainder of the week.

You can click on the title of each item to go to the etsy listing for more photos and information.

We've introduced RINGS to our inventory!They're all either customizable fit (wire wrapped) or adjustable-

Lil Hippo Wire ring


lil Pink Strawberry wire wrapped ring



Lil Whale wire wrapped ring



Sky blue rose oversized cocktail ring


We're also branching out with some different necklace styles to suit a variety of occasions-


Pink rose and rose quartz necklace


Etched fox pendant



Spot and spiral necklace




Pink Envy Beaded necklace

Sunday, October 17, 2010

romancing the leaf

Our leaf cuff was put in this wonderful leaf-inspired treasury:



Take a closer look at all the lovely leaf finds here.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Amoeba Cuff

I got out the blue and yellow clay thinking they make good circus colors for our weekly theme, but once I had established this pattern and the unexpected amoebas emerged, I had to leave it as-is. I love this piece....and it's the first bracelet we've listed in our shop! Slowly but surely we're building up a pretty great inventory.





Available HERE.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Circus style

Kim and I had an idea to go with weekly themes to keep us motivated. This week's theme is CIRCUS. Kim had a really cute bearded lady in progress last I saw, and I just finished my first circus-themed piece this morning at 5AM, after many trials and tribulations.




Available on our Etsy shop HERE.


Here's the previous version with transfer printed charms. I've been doing all kinds of prints for years, but for some reason it took me all day to get the prints to come out well, only to find the didn't add much to the overall look.



Poor abandoned aerialist ladies. Perhaps I'll find a new home for them later in the week.