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.


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.

Monday, October 4, 2010

sick day

 Im getting hooked on making beads. I have so many made now that I'm slowing coming around to stringing some of them together to make room for some newer ones. Love the bright translucent clays. The orange ones made me think of candy the whole time while stringing them. The Darker purple silver ones took me back to when I was seven years old and though space rocks where glittery and bright colors. Anyways beads are always fun to make, especially when the colors/shape can be customized to whatever you want.