Sunday, June 24, 2007

High Tech Crafter

I always thought High Tech things were uhh...high tech! My husband is an optical engineer. Seems they needed someone to make a multiple layer insulation blanket for an optical detector. For seamstresses, my husband's company had to choice of me...or another engineer's grandmother. I resisted. I tried to bring up all of the high tech reasons I could think of to avoid doing it. I am not exactly precise when it comes to measuring. Really, I'm one of those just-drive-the-nail-into-the-wall-and-hang-up-the-damn-picture kind of people. Early on in our marraige, we decided to try to speak each other's languange during projects. Forever more, he was supposed to suggest new ideas with the preface "Why don't we just..." which speaks to my FINISH THE DAMN THING attitude, and I am to say "I have an idea..." which fits in with his "let's reengineer the whole thing and make it better" method of operation. We ARE still married! However, I got suckered into the high tech project. The fabric is about 20 layers of mylar or something similar, alternating with layers of exceedingly fine mesh. All totally unsecured and slippery as hell. YOU try sewing on saran wrap!! In case you are curious, the infrared detector needs it really, really cold (that is a scientific measurement to me...) to detect what it is looking for. I can't tell you what it is looking for...would have to kill you!! But you my friend, are looking at the very first Detector Cozy.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Etsy front page

Check it out! Eclectic Jewelry Artisans was featured on the front page of!!! There are my "Obi Earrings" third down on the right! It is always exciting to be on the front page as many people see your work and come to visit your shop. The Eclectic Jewelry Artisans are a wonderful group of very talented jewelry designers, and I feel privileged to work with them to market all of our work. You can visit our galleries at, where each artist has a banner that links to their store.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Soda Pop Earrings

The EtsyBEAD Theme of the Week is launched!! Every Sunday a new Theme is announced in the etsy forums, and etsyBEAD team members turn on the creative juices. First, we upload photos of our Theme Items to our EtsyBEAD Flickr group page...
Then we list our items on Etsy with special reduced prices for the week!! Buyers can easily find the new items by either visiting the Flickr Group, searching Etsy with the tags "EBTW" or the name of the Theme, which this week is, "Summer Lovin Color"
Happy Shopping!!

Friday, June 08, 2007

Felt Rocks! necklace

Here is the Sunset colored version that is now available in my etsy shop. The colors are actually just slightly warmer in real life than I see on my monitor. Maybe it is just that there isn't much of the orange felt showing in this photo. More photos in the etsy shop!

I am particularly excited because these necklaces have also been "buyer approved" for one of the BEST contemporary craft galleries in town!! As soon as the green one gets back from it's photo shoot, and I make a few more they will go to the gallery. This was the shop I used to wander through, in a reverent daze when we first moved to town. To actually SHOW there??? Wow! Feels really good just to think about it! I'll share a link to the shop just as soon as my items go into the case!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Another design in a book!!

Very exciting week at Pagano DesignWorks!
I have just been informed that a few of my felt designs will be included in a SECOND book published by Rockport/Quarry press next year!! This one is called Sweater Surgery by Stefanie Girard. Look too for my work to be displayed in a second gallery in Tucson...not there QUITE yet, but in the works!
This brand new necklace is a prototype design. Superlong, it can be worn looped many different ways. I would love to hear what you think about it, and if you have any creative names you would like to suggest!