Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bridesmaid earrings

Or what do you make for your daughters wedding?

It's been a busy summer! My daughter is getting married September 22, and I'm just starting her bridal jewelry! It's been challenging, her tastes run different from mine. Now that's a suprise-lol! She's going with a brass and filigree theme-I'm more of a sterling silver and clean line gal. Her fall colored theme of golden yellows, burnt orange, and copper tones make brass findings a natural choice. Here's a peek at how the earrings-or at least one of them will look.

Now only 13 more of these to go, plus three little pairs for the flower  girls, 7 necklaces, and the brides jewelry...Oh and mine too! I do have 10 days....

Friday, August 17, 2012

So what did you do this summer?

Well it's been another while since I've posted, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy! I've finally decided to create my own website-and Phew...It's been a lot of work!. My "official" launch isn't until next Friday, August 24th. But I thought I'd let you in on a sneak peek of my theme.
You wouldn't believe how much work there is involved in switching to you own website-all new business cards, banners, stickers. Not to mention uploading pictures, writing description, designing a logo,formatting a new site-a lot of work for sure. I'm pretty pleased with what I've accomplished so far. All this and getting read for my craft shows and my daughter's upcoming wedding...I really have been busy this summer!

All for now,

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pin it and win it!

Just when you're feeling like nothing is going your way. BAM! Something good comes along! Life's funny that way. My artfire studio  has been just languishing in January, I've been working hard on promoting, spending way to much time on Facebook, but I haven't been able to shake the January doldrums. Maybe it's the weather, or economy. Anyway, I haven't worried about it too much. I figure time has a way of evening out things-just like in life. At least I been busy taking some new soldering classes and being able to create a lot of new items!

Well Artfire started a new promotion-Pin it and win it.  What's Pin it? Well If you haven't heard about Pinterest yet you will soon. Think of it as a virtual scrapbook-anything you can see online you can pin, recipes, inspirations, pets, people, places, things, flowers, wedding ideas, cookies, holidays, Valentines, Christmas ,New Years, Easter, ......Oh it does get crazy and addictive! See how easy it is to get side-tracked...Well Artfire has jumped on to the Pinterest bandwagon to. To get Artfire members using Pintrest, that came up with a promotion, first Artfire members would tweet or post on facebook an item from their studio that they would like Artfire to promote, then Artfire would randomly select one of those items  and put it on the Artfire pin board. Members of Pinterest would (hopefully) repin the item and at the end of the week Artfire would buy it for one of the repinners. So have I confused and lost you? The details can be seen in this forum posting. "Pin it and win it!".

For the first item in this promotion my Sea Glass Bracelet was chosen! Not too bad, considering I only tweeted it and posted about it once. It is my lucky day!

So if you are on Pinterest here's the link to the Artfire board.  Maybe you'll be the lucky person that wins this! Anyway, be sure to check out Pinterest. it's fun, and oh gives you another excuse to stay up to 3 in morning!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

This is what I learned this week

I learned a new wire wrapping technique this week. This is the first wire wrapped pendant I've made. I think it came out pretty well! The stone is a faceted smoky topaz. I think it looks pretty good with the copper wire. I was happy to take a class locally at Armstrong Tool and Supply. If you need jeweler's tools or supplies you might want to check them out. Don and his staff are the greatest to work with. They specialize in all sorts of tools and in addition to jewelers' bench tool and supplies they carry casting equipment, mold materials, sheet metals, boxes, display items, silver chain, silver findings, and Sterling Silver sheet and wire in a variety of sizes.

I can't wait to get my order of wire in hand. I'm thinking about using some mixed metals in my next few pendants! I originally took this class so that I could wrap some of my sea glass pieces that I have. I can't wait to get started!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Complimentary Colors

My sea glass earrings have been featured in this collection today. Actually I've been having my items show up quite a few times this week in collections on Artfire. That makes me very happy! I hope you will take a look at some of the artisans that have been featured. BE sure to look for the sea urchins!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

I've been busy making earrings!

I thought I'd get busy and add a  few new pairs of earrings to my studio, so I sat down the other day and started making earrings. And when I stopped I had over 24 pairs of earrings! I really like this style of pearl earring. It's simple and elegant. I was lucky to find a great bunch of pearls at one of my favorite local jewelry suppliers. If you're in the Berkley, Michigan area you have to stop into Munro's  I just love to pick out my materials in person. Sometimes you find new shades of pearls, or great new stones. I find all sorts of new and exciting items. I know that after the big gem shows in Tuscon, I'll be able to see lots of new things.

How often do you get to sit down and just create?  I treasure the time when I'm all alone at home-and that's not often and can just sit down and make new pieces. Sometimes it hard to carve out time in our lives. But, all things in balance.

How do you create time for yourself?