October 16, 2014

Art Bead Scene Challenge: Milton Avery's Autumn



I thought I'd try my hand this month at the Art Bead Scene beading challenge. I was immediately drawn to the beautiful colors in Milton Avery's painting, Autumn from 1944.  I have to admit the colors were the inspiration behind the beads I chose.

I included art beads from Heather Millican of Swoon Dimples, some lampwork glass bicones from Two Turtles Designs. The wood beads are from Rich Kibbons out in Portland Oregon. The slider lamp work disc at the left, is from Outwest. The Pewter hook clasp was made by Green Girl Studios. And the etched River Rock pendant is from Riverstone Bead Co.

I really love that splash of bright red and orange by the black river rock pendant. Lots going on in this colorful necklace. It really was a joy to create!  I always love this beading challenge to get the juices flowing and it never ceases to spark tons of creativity. If you haven't tried submitting, I believe you should give it a shot! What have you got to lose?? NADA!!


October 15, 2014

Cicada

God I love this necklace. I love how the porcelain Round Rabbit components are perfect wings for this pretty little Cicada from Dwayne Thornton.  I tied linen cording to attach the wings to the body and then did a simple recycled glass tube and seed bead necklace so that the focus would be on that focal pendant.





























October 13, 2014

Columbus Day Sale


Sale TODAY ONLY! 
October 13, Columbus Day

Spend at least $15.00  in any of my shops to 
receive 20% off - Use the coupon code: COLUMBUS14





October 10, 2014

Smile, Sunshine

My favorite piece from yesterday.


This pretty Resin pendant from Jade Scott dangles below a piece of brass cutwork that I have embellished with a stamped piece of aluminum sheet.  I kept the necklace simple, with some brass cable chain, and wire wrapped brass heart beads that I got this year at Bead Fest.  I love how the whole piece turned out. It's cool when a plan comes together.
The only thing, I would do differently, is maybe add the Smile tag to the opposite side of the focal. If I had to do it again.


Smile, sunshine is for sale at Etsy.

October 9, 2014

Hey There Punkin


This little pumpkin has been sitting on my desk for about a week and a half begging me to use him in some sort of necklace design. Sometimes I like to leave new beads and components out on my work table for several days because they frequently get considered for projects and I know eventuallythey'll will land themselves into the perfect piece. This happened today. 

I dangled the little smiley guy below a pewter wheel that I have had for quite some time, from Lynn Davis.  The resin link at the left from Jade Scott, claims "Celebrate Today" and works great at the front of a necklace design. Pulled in more orange with this ceramic star connector from Diane Hawkey and added some lush black deerskin leather around the back of the necklace for comfort. 

The Guy Melamed lamp work tab is another one that's been waiting for a perfect place. I like the black white and orange color palette of the bead with this piece.  Purple has a nice Halloween feeling to it and this lavender patinaed ball chain from Patina queen lends well to my asymmetrical design.  


One can wear this with the pumpkin at the forefront of the necklace... but you can also slide it up and around, so that it sits at one side.



October 8, 2014

Inspiration


I caught a glimpse of this necklace on the website but also got to take a peek at it in person at Anthropologie in NYC last weekend. It's really a stunner. Thick waxed cotton cording, with brushed silver discs, folded over it into a scalloped design.  HECK, I thought. I can do that with tin.


and so.


I did.











October 7, 2014

New Pretties in the Shop


A very cool and unique beaded bracelet with Teal recycled glass beads, dotted glass shards, and a pewter hook clasp from Green Girl Studios. Added a riveted leather tag to cover the crimp.




An awesome new Crow pendant from Diane Hawkey, on a cotton cord, with 2 beaded strands, Hematite and metal tube beads with bits of color from Carnelian, jade and drop seed beads in the colors from the pendant. I used this really cool arrow toggle that I got from a brand new shop, Elements of Antiquity. Check them out!



I suppose I have hoarded this gorgeous blue porcelain Square bezel bead from Round Rabbit Extra. I used some beading wire to string some seed beads, and a pewter bee from Green Girl studios, and then on the backside, included a stamped aluminum insert that reads Be You. Added some gorgeous and soft deerskin leather in blue and gray tones, but embellished it with some pewter bead caps that have a flower feel to them. Finished it off with a pewter hook clasp from Green Girl Studios.


These are all listed in my Etsy Store.

September 25, 2014

New Webinar Available for pre-order!


I will be teaching this online webinar, How to Sell Jewelry at Craft shows on Tuesday October 7, and 1pm EDT.  The webinar will last 1 hour, and there will be a question and answer session directly afterwards.  For $19.99!


I will be sharing all sorts of tips and tricks and I am so excited to be able to share my experiences and knowledge with you. If you have ever considered selling at Craft fairs, but feel intimidated, my webinar should make you feel a little bit more informed and comfortable with the whole process. 

If you cannot attend the live event, no worries! Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the event as well as any handouts referenced during the presentation. You do not have to attend the live event to get the recording of the presentation or the handouts.


WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:
  • Important information related to the application process including how to write a great artist statement
  • Pre-show Planning, and important checklists every artist should have
  • Bookkeeping and Payment details
  • Day of the show set up tips, and what to do when weather is unsettled
  • Overnight procedures including how to package your jewelry and keep it safe.
  • Packing up tips and tax write-off information you won't want to miss.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
  • Jewelry designers who are starting a jewelry business
  • Jewelry designers who have recently decided to sell locally at craft fairs
  • Jewelry designers who are new to the Craft Show scene
  • Jewelry designers eager to learn about all aspects of indoor and outdoor shows
  • Jewelry designers wanting to learn basics about Craft Show Etiquette
  • Jewelry designers wanting to learn basics about Payment options

Hope to see you there! 

September 24, 2014

Weekend Recap

How can it be Wednesday already?? I have had some serious trouble catching back up after the weekend at Harvest Festival.  It was a wonderful weekend show, really well attended, and the weather could not be better. We were a little nervous about Sunday's forecast of rain but it never hit us til we got home.  Thanks GOD!

This was the first year that Harvest Festival was sponsored by Etsy. I hope this do this again next year!  All participating Etsy sellers were segregated to one street downtown, Sharon Springs. At first I was a little hesitant with this location because it's kind of the edge of town and I worried that visitors wouldn't know to travel all the way down to get this area, but surprisingly traffic was quite heavy on Saturday. Lots of maps and signage directed people to our area.


It seemed tight at first but there was plenty of room for people to travel up the center of the road.  I dare say I feel like I got better traffic being in this location as opposed to my other locations in past years.  Etsy did a nice job of organizing everything, and they had a tent at the end of the street, where they gave out literature about signing up to sell and buy there.

Other than a little wind, the weather was fantastic. No cell service but that's no surprise. Why on earth they don't set up a hotspot for vendors for this show, is beyond me. It would have really helped me out a lot. Instead, I took down all credit card info and ran the cards from home each night using my Paypal Here app. Which I just switched to from Square and love it so much more. And the money ends up in my paypal account immediately, no waiting 3 days for the money to drop into my bank account!

I saw some vendors in Etsy alley that I recognize, but many that I just learned about this weekend. Met some fantastic people and bought a few things too. I got 2 flavors of jam from Palmer & Brown. I loved their graphics, the products are so tasty and they were so friendly! I recommend shopping from them! www.Palmerandbrown.com   I got the Blueberry Lime jam and the Apricot Vanilla jam. YUM. Be sure to check out their gorgeous website. And Etsy shop.

I also picked up a new little punch needle embroidery hoop from my friend Erin at Harp & Thistle.  I actually have the bluebird that I saw featured on Martha Stewart....and as I was walking by the booth, recognized it, exclaiming That is is my Bathroom!! Erin came right over and we hit it off right away. It was so cool to chat with her and meet the artist behind some fantastic artwork. I had to have this owl. had to!


The first day I set my booth up with one table at the forefront, and the other in an L shape inside.  For a little extra color in my booth I used some vintage floral tablecloths and some cute fabric bunting that my friend Tara let me borrow.





On day two, I moved the front table inside the tent, to the left side, and kept the other table at the right side. Creating a U shape, just for something a little different.

I sold several copies of my book *yay!, and lots and lots of tin stud and lever back earrings! Those were definitely what drew people into my booth and I wished I had made more!

All in all, the best show for me sales wise, ever. Really feels good to be able to sell my art, and make a little living on doing what I love. Life is good.


September 19, 2014

Round Rabbit Extra Update today!



If you're quick you can snag one of these gorgeous floral double sided box beads. But you have to be FAST. No, I'm serious. You can't just jump in and see everything listed first. Here's how the update happens. Nancy will begin listing new pieces at 12:00 noon est.  Each type of bead, will be listed in groupings. Every 20 minutes til all new listings are up.  So. 12:00. 12:20. 12:40 etc. You will have to keep refreshing your page to be able to view all of these listings as they go up but be prepared to add your favorites to your cart immediately. Once it's in your cart, you will have it for 10 minutes before you have to check out. SO be prepared to check out fast, and not to worry. If you see something listed at the next interval, Nancy will combine the shipping and refund any overpaid shipping fees.

Good luck everyone!

Round Rabbit Extra
12:00 noon est.

September 17, 2014

Jewelry for the Online shops

I feel bad that I've been completely neglecting my online shops this week as I am creating for the craft show this weekend in Sharon Springs. So I think I am in a good position now and spent today creating just for my online shop. However whatever doesn't sell the next few days will go with me to Sharon Springs. But at any rate, here are the new pieces.  The tin studs and telephone necklace are on Etsy and the other stuff is at my webstore.








September 16, 2014

Unexpected Findings Book Tour

Welcome!! 


Today I'm reflecting on a pretty cool project that landed on my doorstep in 2014. I was offered a contributor spot in an upcoming jewelry book written by my own book editor, Michelle Mach. She was a fantastic editor for Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry and I absolutely adored working with her, so I knew that I didn't need to hesitate about her upcoming project! Unexpected Findings: 50+ Clever Jewelry Designs Featuring everyday components is officially out in stores and online this month! 

What's the book about?

Michelle did an amazing job showcasing several contributors who have a knack for using findings in unexpected ways. You don't always have to use a toggle as a clasp, and have you ever thought about the outcome if you used a basic finding like a pendant bail or hook and eye clasp in a totally unique and different way? There are 50+ projects in this gorgeous book that will inspire you to start thinking outside the box when it comes to using different jewelry findings.

I guarantee you'll learn something fascinating and this book will be the book you grab first while working on your own projects this upcoming year. 

I was fortunate to have several designs published and here are just a few that are included in the book:





Botanica 

Use a lobster clasp as the FOCAL!























Owl at the Moon




A creative way to include bead frames in a design but without a bead in the centers!
















Sweet
Soire


Bead cones don't have to always have corral bead strands, what about dangling crystals!?












A book/blog tour would't be as fun without a great little incentive eh?  Michelle has some prizes up her sleeve and here is how to be entered to win! Leave comments on my post, or any of the contributors book tour posts this week to be entered to win the following prizes:


Grand Prize
$50 (Fifty Dollars) Etsy Gift Card (1 prize)

You can spend this on anything offered at the many individual shops on Etsy.  This could be fabulous art beads, cool jewelry findings, a hand painted coffee mug, a knitted scarf ... whatever you want.  (Note:  Not all Etsy shops accept gift cards, so if you win, you may want to do a search for those that do.)

Fun with Findings Prize Pack







First Prize
Fun with Findings Kit (2 prizes)

You can win some of the exact findings used in the book, plus a bunch of other findings that I thought were cool. (I ran out of room to add all the page numbers to the photo!) Prize packs include everything pictured here: jump rings, head pins (handmade by Miss Fickle Media and C-Koop), filigree links, clasps (hook-and-eye, ball chain, lobster), bead caps, cord ends, and more!

Second Prize (3 prizes)
To play off the "unexpected" in my book title, three winners will receive a small mystery pack of findings (valued at $8).  No photo or preview ahead of time.  It will be a surprise!

Rules

This giveaway is open to all visitors except the book's contributors and author (me).  Contributors are welcome (and encouraged!) to comment, but won't be entered in the drawing.  

One comment per person per blog post for a maximum of eight chances to win if you visit and comment on all eight book-related posts during the September 15-19, 2014 period.  

We'd love for you to help us spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.  No extra entries, but lots of good karma!

Michelle will contact the winners by email this weekend (Sept. 20-21) and post the winners here next week (Sept. 23).   Remember when you comment that we'll need an email address to contact you if you win.

Blog Tour Schedule - September 15-19, 2014



Have a good time hopping around the participants posts this week, here are the links and dates!


Monday, Sept. 15


Tuesday, Sept. 16
Lorelei Eurto You are here!


Wednesday, Sept. 17


Thursday, Sept. 18


Friday, Sept. 19

September 11, 2014

Show Season Prep

I only have 2 shows this season to prepare for. My open house, down the road in November (Nov.22) and the Sharon Springs Harvest Festival next weekend! (Sept20-21)  I wanted to also sign up for the Indie Garage Sale Holiday Shoppes but it falls on the same day of Joe's high school reunion so it didn't work out.  I'm kind of hoping something else pops up maybe in October but I'm not sure it'll happen.

At any rate, I have to some stock built up for the shows. Next weekend's Harvest Festival is my biggest show of the season. They get a ton of traffic, even though it's a tiny little town. The show always brings the big Beekman Boys crowd. But this year is a little different. Etsy will be there. Yep. ETSY!  So I got an email a few weeks ago asking if I'd like to be considered for the Etsy Makers Village, a separate section of the show dedicated only to Etsy sellers. They made us aware that we'd be "considered" but not everyone would be accepted (probably due to space constraints)  I finally got the email yesterday that I got in!

THIS IS WONDERFUL!  However, it adds that much more pressure to have a great looking booth!! For some reason, I feel panicked. I don't think I'll have time to make a lot of big changes to my booth and display. But it does have me thinking of how to bump it up a notch so that I stand out!
The potential to be near more jewelry booths is higher in this new location.


Here's what last years booth looked like.  Not sure I'm going to bring my mannequin this year. But we'll see, I like using it to display my long necklaces.  And I've already started making a bundle of them for the show.


People love this style, it's a nice long comfortable, and they're not too heavy. A nice little attention grabber and they can be worn any time. I tried doing a few different styles and colors.

I like the idea of maintaining collections for the show, so I may do this again with something like my multi-strand bracelets or mixed media Collections necklaces.  What would you do to build small collections. What are the most popular items that sell in your shows? Besides earrings?  I will definitely need to be amping up my earring selection too because that's probably the best thing that sells for me.



Might have to do a bunch of these leather and fabric bracelets too. They seem to get a lot of attention at shows.


Another idea I had, was to do a big bunch of beaded bangles and have a U PICK 3 for a set price.  I like this idea of people being able to choose their own. That is something that would definitely attract me at a booth.



Another great seller for me are these Tin Post earrings. So I definitely have to get some of those made up to have in a display by the checkout station!


busy busy busy, better get back to work!!


September 9, 2014

New Color Mixes at Jewelry Accord

I sat down yesterday and created several new color mixes, all inspired by the Fall season. Be sure to stop by Jewelry Accord: The Store to see what's new. And several of the current palettes are now discounted 50%- check out the RETIRED section!










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