Saturday, June 5, 2010
To stay up to date on her current activities you can also follow her on Twitter... which might be the easiest way seeing as how she is such a busy bee!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Our first blog ring concluded and I decided I loved being committed to learning about an artist every week, so I signed up for round two. We have several new artists coming although we start with Nancy of Jewelry by NaLa based out of Chicago, Il. You may recall I posted about her previously and you can read that article here, however, I look at this as a chance to challenge myself to learn and share even more about this fantastic woman who puts her heart and soul into the world of handmade and spends countless amounts of time promoting others. Since writing about Nancy in February I've had the chance to see many of her postings on FB, read her blogs about other artists and also chat with her on the HAForum. With a heart of gold, Nancy always has a kind word to share and positive outlook on life. She is an exception where so few artists have managed to diversify themselves across the multitude of social avenues available on the internet these days. Here's a listing of her sites so you too can join her where ever you haunt: Etsy, Facebook, Twitter, Office Live, Flickr, Artfire, Ning, StyleHive, and StumbledUpon. I also thought I would make an attempt at a new technique for showcasing her many gorgeous pieces. I love her signature wire wrapped briollettes (which made the front page on etsy) I also love how she combines a mixture of medias to create elegant pieces that transition well between day and evening wear as is eveident in the necklace I chose. Take some time, stop by and give NaLa some of your attentions, not only has she earned it, she will reciprocate as well.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Let me start by saying I know there are issues with commenting on my blog... I am researching into it. However since I'm tearing down my computer this evening for our move and will not have internet until Monday, when the cable guy comes to hook us up, I felt getting the feature for this week done was paramount. On to better things....
Sunday, April 18, 2010
"Whatever dreams you have or whatever echoes call to you from the past, present, or future, I believe you’ll find something here that resonates for you. " This quote is from the home page of
the Dreams and Echoes etsy shop. Linda aka Raedawn started her journey with jewelry thanks to her daughter. She is influenced by her life in Maryland and also gains flavor from time spent in Ontario, Oregon and New Mexico. Working both symmetrically and asymmetrically she creates pieces predominantly from bone, semi-prescious stones, glass and lampwork, although if something else speaks to her then it can be found in her work as well. Please take some time and visit her blog or her shop and see what pieces she has that may speak to you.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wow a crazy week has delayed me getting this feature done, my apologies first to Debbie for not being more timely and also to my dedicated readers for the delay. Enough about me...
I'd like to introduce to you Debbie of DreamRiver Designs. Aptly named in conjunction with her long awaited farm in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Debbie is a master chainmailler, an active member of Handmade Artist's Forum, Mailler's Worldwide and American Craft Guide Community. You can find many of her wares for sale at the Handmade Artists Shop and a few in her etsy shop. She also keeps up on Facebook with her fan page and maintains two great blogs, one highlighting her business, DreamRiver Designs and the other her farm, DreamRiver Farm (be sure to read about her crazy geese!). Her business blog features a wonderful picasso widget that displays a shifting gallery of her works, I spent a very long time sifting through the 400+ photos to bring you a few that I felt were a strong representation of her various talents. I'm also super pleased to find another "bug beader" how fun!!! Please visit her and enjoy all her works.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
A couple days ago I became a full member of the Handmade Artists' Forum which allowed me to set up as a vendor in the Handmade Artists' Shop. Now this may seem like a redundancy as I already have an etsy shop, however after some indepth research I've found several things that make HAF stand out. For starters they support ALL of US; whether you are a seller on Etsy, ArtFire, Zibbet, your own storefront, twitter, facebook or a blogger if you craft with your own talents on any level they support and love you for it. Secondly I don't know of any other format that has the experience and dedication behind it that HAF does, Andrew and Kimberly head up a team that provides round the clock support for all levels of their site. E.g. It's 4am and I just tried to create a new seller profile only to realize that I clicked the wrong link and created a buyer profile instead... emailed their admin page... fixed in MINUTES! I know emails to other companies can frequently have a 24-48 hour turn around time... You might be thinking perhaps I got lucky and they happened to answer my email quickly, well perhaps but I made several more mistakes/had questions throughout the day and each one was resolved in a matter of minutes. What other format has their admins working so hard not only to get you set up but also to promote their sellers? It has been disclosed they use 5 twitter accounts with a following of over 50,000 to keep everyone upto date on the latest and greatest from their shops and forum. I started out joining as a way to expand my online community and have found an extended family that is there through thick and thin. I accepted the offer of a 90 days shop for $1 as a very low risk way to try out another format, to see if I liked it better or if it was mearly another version of Etsy and Artfire (and there is nothing overtly wrong with either of those) and have discovered a whole new world that is woven into the online community. Fantastic people who put crafting and handmade first, yes, we all want to make money but we also want to be respected and appreciated for what we do. I am very proud to be a member of a new and rapidly growing community that is truely shaped by our own hands. Whether you appreciate handmade works or you do them yourself this is truely a fabulous place to be... please visit them and experience the love that is freely given! Come back and share your expierences, we can only grow through the input of those involved.
You can also find them at:
Facebook Fan Pages: Handmade Artists' Shop page and Handmade Artists' Forum page
On Twitter: @HAFshop and @HAFEtsyTeam
Monday, March 22, 2010
My feature HAFteam artist this week is Joan of LTD Beads. A wonderful artist that is active on numerous fronts, you can find her blogging at Bead Beat, tweeting on twitter as @LTDBeads or fan her on her newer FB page. Oh you mean you'd like to shop her wares, well in that case, take a pick from her numerous shops... her website features many of her items, as does her shops on etsy, artfire, ecrater, and bonazle. Based out of Syracuse, NY you can frequently find her where she started, at the local farmer's market tending a booth. Her shops may be only a few years old but her passion dates back to her childhood when she began a box called "Joan's Stones" which is still tucked away safely in a corner of her garage. I'd like to highlight a few of my favorite pieces below. Please enjoy :)
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
So allow me to introduce to you Violet (Karen Grant) a fabulous red head from down under (Sydney, Australia) who does a plethora of arts. Her blogs include Art Shu which features her fabulous photographic quality shoe paintings (yes I said paintings... you'll be amazed!), there's A Creative Spirit featuring phenominal paintings on everyday items such as hat boxes and cupboards, one can also head over to Culinary Delights by Karen Grant and delve into some culinary treats that will tempt your senses beyond reason. In the mood to shop rather then read? Visit her two fantastic shops on etsy Art Shu by Violet and Paris Accent. You can also visit her main webpage and get a taste of everything in one place. Below are a few of my favorite of her works. Please visit, comment and enjoy her works!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Have you heard? The Handmade Artists Forum (HAF) Etsy Street Team is running a sale in their shops. It began March 1st, 2010 and will go through March 15th, 2010 (yes that is the Ide's of March). My shop is offering 10% off all items and an additional bonus of upto $5 in free shipping. Several shops are doing discounted rates, free shipping, gifts with purchase etc. Want to know who's offering what? You'll have to hop on over to Etsy and do a search for HAFteam or visit the HAF Blog and read all the participating artists sales before you search.
Monday, March 1, 2010
I am honored to be a featured artist this week, however, since I have missed getting posts done for other artists I felt it was only fair to spend this week catching up and giving them their due time in the spotlight.
blog I learned she too is in limbo about whether or not to upgrade her artfire account, although I give her props because mine still isn't complete enough to post items. To really get a feel for her works you should visit her etsy store, because it's my belief that's where all the magic happens right now... She has a singature style of wire wrapping that she calls arrowheads, however, this doesn't begin to define her jewelry as a whole. Stop by and peruse her shops, follow her on twitter and give her the attention her work deserves.