Friday, July 23, 2010

Happy Friday!

Sorry I've been neglecting my muse has literally moved in with me, and I've been designing lots of new jewelry pieces, plus...I'm super excited about a new project I'm working on! I'm juggling quite a few tasks this month, but that's okay...cause that's how I like it. :D 

I received a convo yesterday from Anne @ Made for Me by Oaklie that my Pink Champagne necklace is going to be featured on her Great Finds page starting tomorrow! This will be my 2nd time to be featured. SO exciting!! Anne chooses a variety of handmade items and features them every Saturday to help promote fellow artisans. Is that cool or what?!  There is also a poll, and the winner receives a free ad by My Helping Hands Graphic Design and ad placement on all of Anne's sites. Also a free listing at The Gift Shop Handmade Directory. It's fantastic exposure, and I'm so happy for the experience and the chance to win!

My Christmas in July sale is still going on. Only 8 days left to save with my sweet shipping discounts.  Check out my shop for all the details. Have a wonderful Friday and a fantabulous weekend! :)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Save with

Recently, I received a nice little surprise in my mailbox from Artbeads. A Swarovski Sizing Guide, which will come in very handy, and a lovely purple Artbeads pen. did they know my favorite color is purple?! lol! I also received an exclusive savings discount code that I am happily sharing with all of you today. You can save 10% on future purchases with the code effective until July 31st. How cool is that? Here's the code, SCF10P-ARTBEADS-0125. Just insert the code in the appropriate box when you get to the checkout page. Easy peasy!  Click here to start shopping. Enjoy! :)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Christmas in July Sale?

What? Christmas is 5 months away! Exactly...which is why July is the perfect month to get a head start on some Christmas shopping .... and enjoy getting a discount on shipping fees too. I probably sound like one of those quirky car salesmen I used to see way back in ancient times on TV. LOL :D

But seriously, I thought I would join the masses on etsy and offer some sweet shipping deals for my Christmas in July sale. Free shipping for U.S.A.! Only $1 shipping to Canada AND only $1.50 shipping to any other country. Sound good? My listings are already updated to reflect these shipping deals, so there will be no waiting for a revised invoice, no special sale code to enter AND there are no shipping fees for multiple items. Wait! I already don't charge shipping fees for buying multiple items! lol!

While I'm at it, I might as well show off my newest pair of earrings, "Mystic." They are made with gorgeous Tanzanite bi-cones & crystals. The facets on the bi-cones catch the lights so beautifully! Just listed them for sale today!

Have a happy Saturday and please feel free to spread the news about my sweet Christmas in July Sale!
View my "Starry Nights" earrings in this pretty treasury.
Thanks for reading & Happy Creating!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Reach For "The Sky" Great Finds Feature

I received a surprise message that made my day!  My "Peace" earrings were chosen to be featured on Made For Me by Oaklie's "Reach For "The Sky" Great Finds" this week!

There is a poll on the page to vote for your favorite out of 18 artisans featured. The winner receives a free ad and an ad placement on "On Fire For Handmade." Pretty cool, huh?! Now I'm not asking to vote for me, although it would be nice....if you feel like sharing some love and voting, please vote for who you like the best, what item catches your eye or tickles your fancy. I'm just really happy that my earrings were noticed and to be participating with so many talented folks. Click here to vote and have a wonderful day!

Thanks for reading & Happy Creating!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Wow..Twice in one year...

my jewelry has been published in Bead Trends Magazine!

This is the photo of my "Pink Champagne" necklace currently featured in this month's (July) issue of Bead Trends. I scanned it, so please forgive the blurriness. I designed the necklace with Swarovski Components from Artbeads, and it was part of Artbeads "Design Partner" blogging too.

I fell in love with the Rose Silver Filigree Flower! It is set with genuine rose Austrian crystals.To make it really stand out, I made a wire design with Argentium Silver wire using my wig jig and my hammer & anvil.

This is the 2nd photo in the magazine. I wanted to use a special clasp, so I made the "S" clasp with my wig jig too. That thing really comes in handy! And I have to say....not too shabby for my first try at making an "S" clasp. ;) I wrapped tiny glass seed beads to one side of it to give it some bling.

Here is another view of my necklace. It is listed in my my etsy shop, and if you want to learn more about it, just click on any of the photos. 

I have to say that I'm SO thankful to Bead Trends for choosing to feature my jewelry. When my brother Robert, God rest his soul, and I would go grocery shopping, we would always take some time afterwards to check out the magazine section. Being new to jewelry making back then, of course I always grabbed the first beading magazine I found. I would "ohhh" and "ahhh" over all the gorgeous jewelry pieces (still do), and Robert would always say, "Sis, your jewelry should be in those magazines." I would shrug my shoulders and tell him "I don't know about that, but maybe one day bro...." He would nod his head and tell me "you will be." I wish he was here to see me now and to see that it's happened three times so far. He would know that he was right, and I'd like to think he would be proud of his lil sis. If it's meant to be, I'll be looking forward to a fourth publication. 

If you want to submit your creations to Bead Trends, check out their "Submissions" page. They  have a call out right now for January 2011, and the creations are not just limited to jewelry. They also have submissions for cards and scrapbooking with their "Scrapbook Trends" magazine. So, why not give it a shot? You never know until you try!
"Thanks for reading & Happy Creating!"