Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Good news

Yesterday I hit 101 Hearts on etsy! It feels like a level-up. Someone from Greece sent me a convo about shipping, so I did a little research and updated my prices. It's now $2.90 to ship my jewelry to "everywhere else", plus $1 for each additional item. I learned that international first class really isn't that much, and other than filling out the customs form it doesn't really add much time to the selling process. I'm so thrilled that people from all over the world like what I do!

Someone from a little closer to home in Pennsylvania likes what I do to, I was interviewed yesterday by Erin of Ruju! You can read it here on her blog:

She found me through a thread on etsy's forums. Despite a lot of dramu that goes on there (woo internet fun) it is a good way to connect with other members. She sews some really nifty items, I really like these organizers that you can snap into different configurations, and this:

A purse made from a toy football, how cool! Thanks again for the feature Erin, I really appreciate it!

It's snowing, and it looks so magical. I'm biased because I don't have to shovel it, or drive in it much, but I really like how snow looks. I'm not looking forward to the rain later, that'll make everything a slushy icy mess. Hmm...too bad the park I work in is flat, I'd be tempted to go sledding. Maybe we'll have an office snowball fight later...

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Thinking Pink...

I tried out taking photos against a colored background, namely a scrap of pink fabric. Overall I'm pretty happy with them, but will look for a background paper so I don't have to iron the fabric everytime I do photos. I made lots of triple dangles~ I think the green pair was first! So far only the pinks are listed in my shop, but the rest will go up as the week goes on.

I also rephotographed my cards, and I'm much happier with them!

The {newnew} street team meeting on Saturday was really cool. I went in very intimidated, and that wasn't helped by the fact that I sat about 2 feet away from Maria, the CEO of etsy! I managed to overcome my shyness a bit, it helped that lots of other new people were there. It did take almost all day to get from Connecticut to Brooklyn and back, but it was definitely worth it.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Etsy Preview- New earrings!


Over the weekend a friend handed me a free decorating magazine and asked me if it would make cool stars. She knew full well how many thousands I already have, but a flip through the November 2008 edition of "Connecticut Cottages and Gardens" sealed it's fate. The blue stars are from an article on antique blue and white china, while the black and white are from an advertisement. Tonight I was in purple mode, and made three pairs with dangling glass beads.
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Saturday, January 17, 2009

New item, and a great article!

I listed this new necklace design in my etsy shop last night, as well as a new phone charm. I love these colored aluminum chains!
A few weeks ago I chatted with a reporter from the regional newspaper, and here's the article!
Crafting a Community

Hooray! I missed the paper yesterday, so I'll go to their office on Monday for a hard copy. Maybe I'll make it into stars...
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Monday, January 12, 2009

Glass, anyone?

This is what my husband and I woke up to yesterday morning: We're shaken, me moreso, and it's a big inconvenience, especially since the glove compartment was ransacked of Maggie, our beloved GPS. The window is getting repaired tomorrow, but while sweeping up I kept a large piece of the glass. It's in the found stuff jar waiting to become art. I'm not quite sure what to do with it yet. I adore dichroic glass jewelry, I have two pairs of studs from MoMo glassworks. These are really sexy, and reasonably priced-

Of course I checked out etsy, and see that one of my twittering buds, Chris1, makes beautiful glass pendants-

I love the colors of this turquoise pendant, and the setting compliments it very nicely. While reading the forums I saw that someone else had a car break-in. (I know I'm not alone!) So, not glass, but beautiful wire-wrapped earrings with Swarovski crystals (quartz, close enough!) from Cristy's Jewelry.

Maybe I'll foray into ACEOs with a car window glass collage, or set them into jewelry finding, hmm...

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Etsy Preview


The octopus is overloaded with goodies! I'm trying out some new designs, and working to get them all photographed today. The snow makes my apartment much brighter. I can't wait to move into the new co-op...there are windows that actually get sunlight. My standards are oh-so-high.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Decorating inspiration- birds!

Lately I've been favoriting bird-related art on etsy. Ornithology was a really fun course, even if my professor drove like a madman. On lab days we went all over the east end of Long Island to his birding haunts, his enthusiasm was contagious. I'm a very casual birder, I don't keep a life list or read birding blogs, but I still like to peek out the windows at them. While shopping with my mom at Chelsea Market we found an inexpensive vintage-inspired poster of North American birds. I really liked the look of it, and I think it's a good place to start for decorating my kitchen (whenever we get to move). I'm stuck with green laminate countertops, so this collage really popped out at me-I like the pop of red, the random bit of French, and of course the bright blue bird. Next is this painting from Clinecreations-

The birds look so peaceful! I think it's neutral enough to go anywhere, and I love the way she paints. I discovered this by accident on her blog, which is definitely worth a peek. Last is this set of photos-

The tufted titmouse in the snow is my favorite of the four, although red cardinals are always pretty. Plus, the red in the cardinal would go well with the first print...hmm...

I can't wait to move and decorate my new place! Come on co-op board, let's interview!
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Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year!

I haven't been that active with my shop lately, I got hit with a nasty bug on New Year's Eve. Vacation days seem to trigger lurking bacteria. C'est la vie. I did list these earrings tonight, and I'm just now realizing that one appears shorter than the other in photos, oops. Take pity on me etsy shoppers! I'll fix it later when I have sunlight.

In happier news- I was contacted by the local newspaper, they're doing a story on the "new wave" of crafters. Free adverstising, check! I didn't mention to the reporter that I'm moving in a few weeks...
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