Chemist by day. Jewelry artist by night. Mom 24/7. Somewhere in all that, my brain manages to stray to other places. Here I will rant, brag, share about my life, my experiences, my craft, my business, and just about anything else I'd like.
Spotted some cool finds while cruising the Etsy Time Machine this morning.
Rough morning with my son. He pulled a major drama act on me and made it terribly difficult to leave the daycare.
After a morning like that, this blurb was the perfect little pick-me-up:
Yes, I do have a strong-willed child, but not THAT strong!!
Swing by and check out what's on sale today!
Sandy Beach Necklace. Now just $24!!
Popped on to Etsy this afternoon, and this item on the front page caught my eye.
Brand new item from a brand new seller. This necklace appeals to the chemist in me. It has just the right geek factor, but is still totally cool. It puts a scientific twist on those inspirational word charms (which I love too!).
I hope that for many of you, the answer is "yes". But if not, take a few minutes to browse these totally awesome sites!
One of the risks of doing business at craft fairs and shows is being at the mercy of the weather. Unfortunately, what could have been a major day for me at this year's Arts Festival in Grayslake turned out to be nearly a bust. With a high temperature over 90 degrees and some really nasty humidity, most people chose wisely and stayed at home. After chatting with other vendors, I feel like I did OK...all things considered. Of course, it was a great experience and I learned a lot in getting ready for the show. I have some new ideas about how to set up my booth and display my pieces. And...a little something that I learned from a booth across the way...set up a mirror. Makes sense! Doesn't everyone want to see what a necklace looks like on them before they buy it??
Proof that you just have to go with the flow, and that there will be both good days and bad days...
Today was a happy day. One of my necklaces was featured in the Daily Ditties section on Wickedly Chic!!! Check it out!!
Another happy note today...
Some of my fabulous rings are on their way out east. They'll be taking up temporary residence in mymy's new shop. There they will wait patiently to be taken to their new homes with some lucky shoppers! Check out mymy online at http://mymy.us/ !!
This week's featured artist was picked from my long list of favorite Etsy shops.
Eye Pop Art
In addition to the items shown here, you will also find garden art, cuff bracelets, and even the Mod Mandalas Coloring Book. Take a few minutes to stop by and browse Eye Pop Art. Be sure to tell her you saw here here.
If you're in the Portland, Oregon area, visit Eye Pop Art's profile for her upcoming show schedule.
Kyanite, Blue Apatite, Chrysocolla
In the box along with my supply order last week, was the June-September catalog from Firemountain Gems and Beads. There on the first 2 pages were breathtaking shades of blue and green. Kyanite, Blue Apatite, Chrysocolla. I have always been fond of shades of blue and green, so it is no surprise that these pages totally drew me in.
Chrysocolla is similar to malachite, but more bluish. It is often confused with turquoise. blue/green color comes from copper. Due to its mineral composition, chrysocolla is a very delicate stone and should be treated much like pearls.
I was actually able to get a treasury this weekend. Its the first time I've even tried in a while. Personally, I think it was one of the best looking treasuries that I've put together.
That's a whole ton of blogs!!!
Several Etsy sellers have been keeping and evergrowing list of the blogs of Etsy sellers. Here's the list as it stands today...with a whopping 809 blogs!
mothtoflame, indiscretion and sixthandelm have all contributed to the efforts of maintaining this list. Kudos to you all!!
Looking for Unique handmade gifts of the crocheted varitey?? Then you should definitely check out this week's featured artist!
Keychain Lipbalm Holder
Never go anywhere withouth your lipbalm again! Available in a wide range of colors and 3 different sizes...this handy little creation is a must have!