Sunday, August 30, 2009

Custom Cuffs

I had a lot of fun making these. There is just something about making pieces that you know people are going to love and that will fit them perfectly.

Now on to my next customer order, a very unique one...based on crop circles...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

This too shall pass

I love the dreamy giraffe-both her artwork and the woman.
She adds sunshine to other's days, is kind, funny, witty and real. I love people who are real.
I have been hearting her beautiful art for quite a while now, but when I saw this piece, I knew it belonged with me.
It came in the mail yesterday, and I love it even more in person -I'm not the least bit suprised!
I can't wait to frame it and put it over my work desk :).

Buy your own copy here.
(by the way, she as a $10 print sale on now, hurry and see!)
Visit her blog here.
Follow her on twitter here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Over the past year I've fallen more and more in love with Czech pressed glass beads. I have a favourite seller who I'm willing to share my source of because I LOVE sending business her way :).
Bobbi This 'N That (I've blogged about her before) is my go to gal for my Czech bead obesession.
I just got some goodies from her in the mail this week. Some of them are for a couple of custom orders I have, but you know ;).
There are two sets in particular that I saw and went "MINE" over!

I played around with these little beauties a bit last night, but the right thing didn't work out yet.

These very well may be my (current) favorite ever. I say current because I'm fickle any time I see a new set of beads. What can I say???
These beads, as per usual, were so much better in person than in her shop.
I cannot imagine if I were to shop from her in person how many I'd come home with!!
So, I will make these into something for me at some close point in time. After all, what is the point of being able to beadweave if I don't treat myself as well? I can also use the excuse that it is great advertising.
Today though, I am going to work on piece one of said custom order. All wilst sipping on a caffinated beverage and visiting with my quilter friend at a local coffee shop. I love my day off :).

Friday, August 7, 2009

And the bride wore gold

Some already think I'm a little on the crazy side for working with my tiny little beads.
But I took it a step further with this piece.
I've fallen in love with fifteens...
For those of you who do not seed bead, fifteens are the smallest you can beadweave with. 25 of them will fit on an inch, whereas elevens, which I usually work with equals 20 to an inch. It's actually a significant difference, and it took a little getting used to. My husband calls them my mustard seed beads, and even I went a bit cross-eyed when I first tried to use them!
But the result is well worth the effort.
This piece almost appears fluid upon first glance, and almost look like spun gold.

This elegant piece is available here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Art Fire epic failure

So, I kept hearing about how much better Artfire's SEO was over Etsy's , so I thought I'd give it another go with a free account. If it got my name out there, what could it hurt? Maybe they'd gotten some of the bugs out by now.
Or not.

Fail #1:

Out of curiosity as to how much beadweaving was now on Artfire I did a search...which led to my finding MY old listings from months ago listed under AFAdmin's account!!!

I got a "oops, we're sorry, we had a trainee take down your account and when you started posting again this happened by mistake" email.
uh ok.

Fail #2
Days later, I went to check on my stats, and began scratching my head.
Nope, that piece is not mine ...

When I contacted admin they told me it was simply old stats from a necklace I has listed previously. I told them no, it was a bracelet and not mine.
They sent another generic email stating how much they wanted to help me and could I give them more details-more details than there is a bracelet that is not mine? I can't give more details, the listing won't really come up. It's still there in my stats two weeks later.

Fail 3: SEO
It's horrible.
I have a total of eleven, that's right count 'em eleven hits on my two pieces listed since July 16.
My etsy stats?
They were better than that during the whole SEO fiasco when they had handmade stuck in front of all our listings!
Granted some of that is from me promoting, but the whole point in me NOT promoting artfire was to see if the whole SEO promotings was true or not...turns out to be a resounding NOT.

Fail 4: When I listed my first item it did not save my price and had it listed for $0. yea. I know I entered an amount the first time through. Thankfully I had a lovely member of the community message me that it was on the front page for nothing at all.

I'm taking my items down...
Maybe they just need to grow up...
But I really don't think they will ever live up to the hype.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Purple Blush

It is so incredibly hard to photo light purple! Add a dash of light pink and ...well, still not 100% pleased with these photos, but what can you do?

Saturday, August 1, 2009

floral cuffs

Well, I DO have a slew of new pieces...
However, they need to be photographed and listed as of yet as I have been busy unpacking and with various other things in my busy life that have gotten in my way these last few weeks (how rude!)

In the mean time, I've decided to spotlight some of my floral cuffs :)