Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Spring Means Cotton Print Handbags

The new year approaches which means spring is just around the corner. A cornerstone of my business has been fun and sometimes whimsical handbags made out of cheery cotton prints. These are just something fun to spice up your dreary winter days or they can be saved till spring. I am sewing and listing some as often as I can in my etsy store. The price cannot be beat either for only $20 each. The Quality is still the same as all my handbags are made with great care. These are fully lined and interlined for durability. These gently tapered bags are big enough for the basic essentials but small enough you can't carry the world in them. Click here for the latest selection.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Wedding Day: your something new?

Yes, indeed many a year ago I made wedding type items mainly ring bearer pillows and handbags for the bride. well, as I was working on my usual clean out the studio I found my neatly packed tub of remaining stock. As I hate to throw good stuff away i am selling both items for the bargain basement price of $10 each. The little bags might be cute of a girls costume. Click Here to see what is currently available. I only have 6 handbags and 7 pillows. Plus I am doing free worldwide shipping till Jan. 2nd.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

How To: Upcycled Counter Top Samples

With only a few supplies and some time you can create these fun up-cycled plastic laminate pieces. Perfect for use as ornaments, gift tags, bookmarks, or whatever.


Plastic Laminate counter top sample (aka Formica): you can get these at any home improvement store. They come in a couple of sizes but you may have to take what you can get. Only select a reasonable amount as the store is hoping to sell counter tops not give away crafting supplies. Remove any stickers from the back. You can purchase remnants or if you are having new PL counter installed in your home ask the installer for the remaining pieces from your sheets. then just cut them into sizes you would like.

Gel Medium: comes in a variety of finishes and is found in the fine art supplies section of most hobby/craft stores. I use Golden but you can use whatever brand you can find.

Papers: scrap booking paper, wrapping paper, pages from old books, paper of any type or kind. You could even use fabric if you wanted.

Images: you can use print outs of digital collage imagery which you can find on etsy or from Artchix Studio, photo copies of old book pages, old family photos (use photo copies), or you can use rubber stamps and ink.

Extras: scissors, exacto knife, paint brush (small craft type), craft glue, and ribbon/cording

Optional extras: glitter, paints, inks, color pencils, buttons, the ideas are endless.

Step 1: Select a paper for your background. On the back of the paper coat an area larger than your sample of plastic laminate with the gel medium. You want a nice even costing that is not too thick or too thin. You will take you sample the place it so that the brown backing material is the part that touches the gel medium. So the front will be facing you and it now what will be the backside of your project. Make sure the the paper is flat and no air bubble are trapped. Allow this to dry fully.
Step 2: Your piece should now be dry. Use the exacto knife to cut around the edge of the sample; freeing your piece from the background paper. If working with kids this is where an adult will need to do the work. Use a hole punch to punch out the hole at the top if you like.
Step 3: Now this is where you can get fun and creative. Using other papers, images, rubber stamps and ink you will design the front of your piece. Have fun and use your own imagination. If you are using layers of paper use the gel medium again to attach them like glue. I usually put the gel medium on the backside of the piece I am adding. Again allow to dry before adding another layer. This is also when you may wish to add things like glitter.
Step 4: After your piece has dried it must be fully coated on the front with the gel medium. It is better to do two or three thinner coats than 1 thick one. Allow the piece to dry fully in between. This will give it a nice finish and insure that all your pieces stay put.
Step 5: Now you can put ribbon or cording through the top hole to create an ornament or longer for a book mark and you are Done. Or if you want you can use a strong clear drying crafting glue or hot glue to attach things like buttons, ribbon, trim, feathers, and so on.
NOTE: I have found that these do not do well being exposed to heat. Anything you want to add that is going to require the use of an oven or heat gun you may want to reconsider. I find that heat such as that causes the oils in the plastic laminate to come out and make the paper look like a greasy fast food bag.
I hope these simple instructions have given you enough info that you can go out and make some of your own.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Silence is Deafening

I don't know about anyone else but I can't create without some sort of sound in the room. Rather it's music, TV or a movie I need something to watch or listen to while working.
I have been this way since I was a kid. I could never do homework in a quiet room. It keeps my mind busy but focused which probably sounds weird when I say it. Yet, it make sense to me.
Sometimes the music of the show that I am watching reflects what I am working on and sometimes not at all but rather reflects my mood. Lately, I have been creating new things while watching season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on dvd. It's been really fun and making the time move by at a much more enjoyable pace. I think i would go bonkers if I didn't have that distraction right now.
What do you find inspiring to create to? What do you like to use as a distraction while creating your art to make the more monotonous tasks go by quicker? Feel free to share because I am always look for new ideas.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Nov. 29th Item of the Day

I made about 7/8" diameter sterling silver circles out of 14 gauge wire. After they were soldered I hand hammered them so they would have some texture. I then wire wrapped using more sterling silver wire an 8mm round Prehnite beads and 9mm by 6mm faceted Amethyst beads. They hang on solid sterling silver ear wires. Total length is about 1 3/4".
Original Price $40 but until 12am PST on Nov 30th you can get these earrings for $28.00 that is a 30% mark down! Click here to purchase.

Item of the Day

I figured that it would be fun to feature an item of the day in my etsy shop during the holiday season. That item will be marked down by 30% for a complete 24 hours. I will pick an item for tomorrow Nov 29th and I will keep changing it everyday until December 16th. if it seems popular I may consider doing something similar through the new year.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

It's raining buttons!

It would be better if it were raining men and I could actually probably sell out of those. What can I do?
Make the best of my vintage button..err not really a collection more of a this would be cool to use not so bright idea taking them kind of thing.

The old lady that I used to live next to worked for one of the big fabric chains up here and she would take home the display cards when they were no longer needed. This was back in the day when stores would have these fancy displays for buttons. Anywoo...not really my point here. The point is I have tons of vintage buttons that I am listing in my still new supply shop. These are just so cool and they have never been used. I am selling some on the original store displays. Many of them I had to remove and put in lots based on color. Check out my supply shop Rainy Day Supplies on etsy and see the current offerings. I am just starting to get them listed and I have bunches.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

New Etsy Shop: Rainy Day Supplies

Yes, I am also RainyDaySupplies on etsy. I just opened it today. I will be selling off my own destashed supplies. Right now I am filling it with enameling supplies. Coming soon will be patterns, fabrics, laces, trims, beads, ephemera, and other goodies.Make sure to stop by often.
Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Cotton Print Handbags - a sneak peek

I figured before I even but out these bags why not give you a sneak peek at the great cottons prints that I have available. The plan is to make them all into simple and casual bags for under $30. You can see one of the first ones made using a modern bark-cloth that is completely inspired by the 1950's. On we go....

All With a Black Background
Yes, that is indeed sushi on the left. Black and white floral in the center, and a great colorful floral on the right.

Spring in Winter
Some colorful prints to liven on those dreary grey days of winter. I think the stripes will actually be used as lining for one of the floral and the cherry print.

What year is this?
More cotton bark-cloth inspired by the 1950's. I love this stuff but I haven't been able to find it anywhere and I bought this fabric over 3 years ago. It's doubtful i could find more.

For current selection of handbags and purses click here. These fabulous cotton ones will be added in the coming days/weeks.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

We have a winner!

The winner of the fused glass pendant is Dotty Jane! Congratulations, I hope you enjoy the pendant when you get it.
I am planning another giveaway soon. so stay tuned. I am thinking it might be a handbag of some sort.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Win a Pendant

Yes, I have decided to hold my first ever drawing. You will win the fun fused glass pendant shown above. It measures about 1" by 1.25". I will include a black cording necklace as well. The value on this is $12.00. So you are probably thinking well how do I win?
Simple! Just leave a comment on this posting and make sure that I have some way of getting a hold of you if you win. Only comment per person will be used as an entry.
Drawing will be held on Tuesday November 3rd at 2pm PST.

I have more pendants available for sale in my Etsy Store.
Good luck!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Tarotscopes for the week of October 19 - 25

Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19): Knight of Swords rx
This may be the week where things just don't seem to be coming together for you. Don't let these delays get your worn down though.
Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20): The Moon rx
Been feeling like you have been left in the dark lately. Looks like things will suddenly be making sense this week and you will finally know where you are going
Gemini (May 21 - June 20): The Fool
This week is going to be the start of some new and wonderful adventures. Make sure you take time to explore your surroundings.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22): Queen of Cups
You will be getting in touch with your emotions this week in a way that is fully aware without tipping over into the overwrought side of things.
Leo (July 23 - Aug 22): 4 of Wands rx
Looks like you may have a small celebration coming up with friends or family. If not maybe you should plan one.
Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22): 9 of Wands
You are going to be feeling protective about something you have been working hard to achieve.
Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22): King of Cups rx
Try not to let your emotions overwhelm you this week. Things will work out and tomorrow is a new day.
Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21): The Hermit
Take some time out this week to have some "me" time. You can't be go, go, go all the time.
Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21): 5 of Swords
Try not to get baited into any fights this week. If you do try not to be a sore winner.
Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19): The Chariot
Things are moving forward and possibly at a fast rate. it's okay you can handle it. You may even be planning a car trip.
Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18): The Hierophant
Unconventional as you may be Aquarius this week will have you thinking about if you want more tradition in your life right now.
Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20): 4 of wands
You are working on something very stable right now that will be helping you in the future.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fused Glass Pendant Sale

I am having a fused glass pendant sale from now until the end of November. All of my fused glass pendants will be marked down to wholesale pricing. No need to wait for an updated paypal invoice or some special code word. Check out my etsy store for the latest pendants. More being added regularly.
I am considering creating a contest around getting the word out there on my sale. I just have to put together I think a neat gift basket of items worth having and I will let everyone know.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Tarotscopes for the week of October 12-18

This is the very first one of my tarotscopes concept so please let me know what you think. I have asked the same question (what does ____________ need to know for the upcoming week?) for each of the astrological signs and shuffled and cut the tarot deck. I do read reversals and they are noted with an rx at the end of the card name.
Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19): 3 of Swords
Looks like it might be a rough week with the sad thoughts, aries. Sorrow can come in many forms from the traditional heartbreak to even the heartache of being love sick. Don't let it overwhelm you this week.
Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20): Justice
Looks like you may be keeping the scales of justice balanced this week. Do your best to listen to all sides in order to come to fair conclusion for all. Sometimes not everything can be "right".
Gemini (May 21 - June 20): Queen of Swords rx
Looks like words might be your downfall this week. Try to avoid being too harsh or gossipy. Think before you speak; that extra moment may help you avoid a battle of words.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22): King of Swords
Looks like you will be using your logical thoughts and actions this week to get ahead. You may find yourself being surrounded by friend that have come to you for good advice or council.
Leo (July 23 - Aug 22): The Hanged Man rx
It looks like you aren't ready to make a sacrifice that could get you ahead this week. You may only be delaying the inevitable by refusing to move.
Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22): 5 of wands rx
Have you been feeling like you are fighting for no good reason? well, this week promises that you may get some time to discuss the issues fully and find new solutions without the need for fighting.
Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22): Page of Swords
Looks like you may be getting some news this week, Libra. This added information may clear up a situation you have going on.
Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21): The Emperor rx
Looks like there may be some leadership lacking this week at work or in the home. Take you time deciding on factors before jumping in a taking the reins.
Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21): The Hermit
Looks like you may be needing some alone time this week. If you can try to find a quiet place where you can be alone for a few minutes everyday. You can't help others if you are pulled to thin.
Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19): The Empress rx
Trouble might be brewing in your home life this week. Take some time to examine what might be going on before it becomes a big issue.
Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18): 7 of Swords rx
Looks like you will finally being hearing the truth this week. If you feel like you aren't getting the whole story on something then chance are you may learn more soon.
Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20): The Hanged Man
Looks like you are evaluating what things in your life are working for you and what aren't anymore. Take your time and when you feel ready let those things go. You can't move into tomorrow by holding on to yesterday.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Supplies shipping sale this weekend only!

In an effort to move some great loose beads I am offering free shipping in the US and a low flat rate shipping worldwide on all supplies this weekend. I have some great beads including: 8mm round Prehnite, 6mm by 9mm faceted Amethyst, 6mm round Garnet, rectangle shaped Fire Opal, tear drop shaped Pink Opal, Large nuggets of Peruvian Opal and Jasper Opal. I, also, have large faceted Chalcedony. I have a few highly detailed pewter beads from Green Girl Studios. Click here for current selections

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Coming Soon! Tarotscopes

So i came up with this sort of neat idea. I'm not very knowledgeable in astrology other than I know the basic signs. I figured why not take my love of tarot and peoples interest in reading their horoscope and blend the two. On Monday October 12th I will be posting my first tarotscope reading for the week. I will draw a single card for each of the signs and figure out what that card is trying to advise for you. Hopefully, this will be fun and interesting. If it works out well I will post another every Monday. I figure I will try it for a month as see how it goes. So it will help me to gauge interest on it if people can leave comments.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Handbags: accessorize with fun!

Swallow In Flight Handbag

Date Night Handbag
Yes, handbags are back. I am back at the sewing machine and you know what? it feels great to be making things again. These are just the first two. I will be adding more every few days as time allows. Why not dress up that boring old outfit with a new handbag?
Each handbag is made to my picky standards and out of quality materials. Custom orders welcome; just contact me.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Soaps and solid perfumes are back!

Yep, that is right my handmade vegan soaps and solid perfumes are back.
So far I have lemon cake and carrot cake soaps. In solid perfumes I have nag champa, and sandalwood vanilla.
All high quality to the best standards.
Click here for more info

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Supplies and Destash

In my effort to simplify my life and cut down on the general clutter that I have; I am now selling my destashed supplies in my etsy store. I will be listing everything from jewelry findings and supplies to fabrics. Click here to see the latest offerings. I will be adding new things hopefully one item a day until it is all listed.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Last Week Of Artfire Sale

Last week of the current items being listed in my artfire store. Come August the selection changes to a new round of sale and clearance items. So in order to move this I have placed my entire artfire store into sale mode and slashed prices by 40%. Don't miss out because I actually have a in person show to sell at on August first so all the items will in fact be removed from artfire so i can sell them at this other event. Click Here to visit my artfire shop.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Star XVII

I figured we could journey through the tarot together. Which I am hoping will help me understand the cards more. I thought, for today, I would start with my favorite card.
The Star card is my favorite of all the Major Arcana. Something about it's promise of faith and hope always makes me feel at ease. The Star offers a vision of tomorrow but it is not concrete. You still have to put in your energy and effort. It's not a fast moving card either. It is on that requires you to keep faith even if you don't see changes or help occurring. This is of course just the tip of the iceberg on meaning. The Star could mean something else entirely to you.
As you can see by the pic the Star is depicted in a variety of ways. It usually features a young woman with an urn or two; sometimes there is water in the image. Often times, several stars are depicted in the evening sky. As you know this can vary from deck to deck.
Next time we will start at the beginning with The Fool.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Golden Tarot

I own several tarot decks but one of my favorites has to be Kat Black's Golden Tarot. Based on RWS but I personally find the imagery more engaging and I prefer the coloring. She used renaissance art as the inspritation but there is a enough RWS symbolism there that even a beginner can feel comfortable working with this deck. Plus US Games Systems went all out for this deck. It comes in a durable box with a removable lid. It does have just a LWB but rather an actually little paperback book. The cards are printed on much thicker card stock. Plus the edges are gilted. This does make for a tougher wearing in period as the thicker cards can be more difficult to shuffle. The gilting can lead to the cards sort of clumping together. After a week or so of daily use those issues go away. Click here to Purchase I have two decks new and sealed available on ebay.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Artfire Store

My artfire store features 12 clearance and sale items every month with new items being added each month. Great bargains and amazing discounts. Click Here to check out my artfire store. no need to be a member to shop. Just buy and pay via paypal. Items are already clearance priced.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

It is in the cards

So one of my interests several years ago was reading tarot cards. I admit at that younger age I didn't really dedicate myself. I was 17 or so when I got my first deck. I think by the time I was 19 I had pretty much abandoned it. So here we are about 10 years later. I find myself back in line with the cards. I'm not sure what triggered my return; perhaps a better understanding of myself and my place in this world. who knows...
So for my birthday my sister surprised me by getting me a deck. It surprised me because for several years she kind of would knock anything that wasn't in line with the teachings of her church. Anyway, she gave me this deck which I think i might sell on ebay because try as I might I just can't seem to connect with it.
So I have three decks that I use most of the time: the very first deck I bought which is the Londa deck, Kat Black's Golden deck, and Deviant Moon. I just got Deviant Moon this last week. As surreal as the Deviant Moon deck is I really enjoy reading with it.
I've been taking a class at my local community college which has been great. if anything just to get out more. I've been reading for family and friends. Plus I've been doing some readings online for people. It has been just so much fun to get back into.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Yart Sale

Yard + art = Yart. It is time for the 2nd annual Yart Sale on etsy. This year it is sponsored by Team ESST. I am participating! Check out my Yart sale section by clicking here. Plus all order $25 or more will ship via first class mail for free worldwide. You can either wait for an updated paypal invoice or you can just pay and I will refund the shipping. Yart Sale is from June 10th thru the 14th.

Monday, June 8, 2009

I'm an artist not a mess maker!

Over a week ago this thread was started in the etsy forums. "I'm an ARTIST not a mess maker!" This got me thinking about my own crafting area. I am an artist and mess maker! Don't let the boxes and storage things confuse you. They are there just to hide the jumbles of "things" and to make it look like I know where stuff is. About once or twice a year I get sick of it and clean and organize. Of course, after I do that I can't find anything.
Somehow I do manage to make things and get things done. You can check out my art in my etsy store by Clicking here. Get free worldwide shipping on your order from now until 10:00pm PST on June 10th. Just mention "mess maker" in notes to seller. I can either refund the shipping or send you a paypal invoice.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Custom Pendant

This is a custom sterling silver pendant I made for my mom. I bought her the Queensland Boulder Opal years ago and had set it. I decided that both my skill level and design ability had improved since that time so I wanted to reset it. I created sterling silver pendant and setting using both fusing and soldering. Yes, she does love it.

Monday, May 4, 2009

I am a buyer today!

I bought this really cool watch from blestbeads, today. I cannot wait to get it. I love the whole black and white leather cuff. Now, I might actually be on time for things.
Time is Black & White

Saturday, May 2, 2009

New Etsy Listing May 3rd

From my new line of jewelry is the Round and Round series. I used 16g square Sterling silver wire. Soldered and hand hammered into circles. The largest circle is about 1 1/8". I used 6mm round Garnet beads. These earrings are on sterling silver ear hooks. Total length is about 2"
Click here to purchase.

Monday, April 27, 2009

New Jewelry Line

Nothing quite like ordering new supplies to put you in a new frame of mind. I have been working on a new jewelry line. I cannot wait for everyone to see it. It is amazing if I do say so myself. I will give you a sneak peak of one of my new necklaces. This one is made out of sterling silver and features a beautiful labradorite bead.
so what this means is that I would like to clear out some of my older designs. I have created a new sale and clearance section in my etsy store with this in mind. Click here to check out the bargains.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Bracelet to Benefit Greyhound Adoption

The words "Adopt a Greyhound" are stamped on to this sterling silver bracelet. Each letter was hand stamped on to the bracelet. It was then antiqued and polished so that the wording can be seen. This is a cuff style bracelet and is a small size. My wrist is 6" and this fits very loosely. Probably 6.5" to 7" wrists would be better.
$10 of this purchase will go to Royal Hounds Greyhound Adoption.
Click here to Purchase Only one available.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Scrabble Tile Pendants

I have put all my scrabble tile pendants on sale (except for the twilight ones). the reason for this is I have decided I would like to make pendants using my own photographs. I always like to clear out the old before bringing in the new so all the olds once are now marked down to $2.75 each. a great bargain. Claick here to check out my available selections