Tuesday, March 30, 2010

another new design!

I just created this fabulous cuff bracelet using recycled sweater felt. The colors range from deep purple through various blues to a soft green and back again. Feels really lightweight but is very dramatic. Lots of sophisticated color schemes are popping to mind for this design! I've got both silver and gold toned bracelets. Let me know what you think!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Custom Orders Accepted

I just finished making this custom order. Even though I don't have a line in this style, I do love it and often make such delicate things for myself or gifts. This one is a short length of sterling silver chain, embellished by dangles of semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls on handmade copper headpins. I love the mix of metals and the rustic-ness of the copper contrasted with the lightness of the stones. Super wearable!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

hula hoops?



New colorful earrings in lotsa colors! Each pair has its own personality and asymmetrical color mix. Some are soft and subdued, others hot and spicy. All are lightweight and fun! What do you think?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Memories


I found this book last week and with it, a flood of memories! This was one of those books from childhood that changed me. I think I already knew how to sew when I got it, but its imaginative illustrations left a mark. Clearly, it was creative all the way through and I loved it! I remember poring over the Scholastic and Lucky book catalogs that arrived from school, choosing which books I wanted to order. The days that books arrived to take home were the best! Couldn't wait to get home and go through my new purchases. Hmmm. The more things change, the more they stay the same, don't they?


Sewing and making stuff makes me happy too!



Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Rioting Necklaces

Today I finally got to do a little creative stuff! Still don't have a lot of energy as I recover from the Mother Of All Colds, and I (ahem) had to test the cable, as we have been having a lot of trouble with the signal. So I mostly camped out in the living room and worked on things that have been sitting out for awhile. Someone suggested that I create some sewn pendants, without the heavy stones, and I found some great ready made chokers at the gem show this year. Here is attempt number 1! I am trying to create more wearable, less expensive pieces.

In that same vein, it was also suggested that I sell ready made accompanying items, to help boost the bottom line. I am looking at some wholesale things that I could quickly add bits of sweater to, as well as things like rings that go with my jewelry, but that I don't make. What do other artists think of this concept? Is it a cop out in some way?
And those of you who just buy jewelry...do you think that dilutes my handmade things too much?
I am considering opening up a store front on my own website for my complete collection. I desperately want a REAL brick and mortar store, but that is just not likely to happen in this economy, with two kids in/on their way to college! So my concept may just have to go online... I want to offer a full line of housewares, lamps and furniture (to order) as well as all the vintage things I love to collect AND bits of jewelry!