Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Lessons in Business

Today I received an email from Jane Pollak. For those of you who don't know who Jane Pollak is, you might want to take a look. She used to make gorgeous decorated eggs and eventually published a how-to book. And as life takes its twists and turns, Jane is now working as a professional coach, she wrote another book "Soul Proprietor"and she does speaking engagements as well (I had the pleasure of being at one of these events). Soul Proprietor is about 101 Lessons she learned while developing her business. And Jane is definitely what I call a media maven! I find myself referring to her book every now and again. It's packed with a lot of really good information. Here's what Carol Duvall said about the book: "A serious book that is also great fun to read. I found it to be helpful, interesting and incredibly informative. I believe that anyone in business for themselves, or just starting a business, will find this book valuable." Jane says "if she can make a successful business out of decorating eggs, you can make a business out of anything.

This book is listed in my sidebar for more information.

And if you're curious about the art of pysanky, here's a pretty good video that explains the process. And yes, I've done pysanky as well. I loved doing it with the kids as it had a very meditative quality to it.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Feeling the Love Friday

This week, actually today, I had the pleasure of being in one of Riskodesign's treasuries. It's titled "Hope" and it's still live and very clickable! Risko included my "Peering" bead.

I think Risko's ET would have looked smashing in this treasury! Thanks for selecting my work in your treasury - have a great weekend!

Friday, September 25, 2009

BAO Item of the Week

It's Friday and I couldn't let the day go by without a post about the BAO Item of the Week. This week, there's 11 members participating. Carol Dean Sharpe of SandFibers is the the amazing blogger who puts this all together week after week after week. Check out some of these specials - I'm sure you've seen some of them recently in Etsy or in Flickr!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Out of the Studio Wednesday - Stones & Bones

I've been working on some new pieces of jewelry. They're very different from what I usually do. They've got a lot less color. My original inspiration was this piece by Georgia O'Keefe called "Deer's Skull with Pedernal". I've always wanted to do something with the bone form and somehow it morphed into a wishbone. And a beach stone. Stones and bones. Big bones, medium bones and I'm working on some smaller bone shapes. And seeing as I'm making the bones, they don't really have to be off-white, right?

The necklace with the circle at the bottom was made after I had been playing with a few different shapes. I moved the pieces around until I came to this shape. An abstract person. I hope to have these listed in my Etsy shop by the end of the week!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Marvelous Monday

Eno Henze is a digital artist living in Berlin. His work is large-scale abstract art with organic texture and patterns. It is often computer generated - created from a place where code meets artist expression. I was mesmerized by these images and expecially drawn to where the lines overlap. Yet I was intrigued with the space of little color and seeing the form that he creates. Hope you enjoy - have a marvelous Monday!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Feelin' the Love Friday

This week I had the pleasure in being in one of calloohcallay's treasuries. It was called "warm fuzzies". It included one of my beads which is no longer available.So, I journeyed over to calloohcallay's shop to see what she sells. Using vintage items, she makes all kinds of buttons, necklaces, earrings, etc. And . . . she has 18 (count them) pages of items for sale! They're all pretty unusual so it was really hard to choose my item. Here's the winner - it's called "autumn plum vintage button necklace" (mention the word plum and I go no further). But I always notice how creative people are in their packaging. She makes (I'm assuming) these pretty little foldover boxes for her goodies. I couldn't help but share.

Thanks Calloohcallay for making my week a special one!

BAO Item of the Week

This week we have 11 people who participated in the BAO Item of the Week (including myself). I'm offering free shipping on a striking pair of black and silver earrings along with 10% off. To see what other members are offering, click here. Enjoy!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Marvelous Monday

As the dust settles from a whirlwind of a weekend, I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. I do find that my energy needs a little boost - more than what I got from my morning coffee. A lot more. My show went well. I got a very nice wholesale account - more on that in a few days. I managed to meet and talk with a few new people (new to me anyway) from the SCPCG. I saw Diane Villano's bead (massive) that won her first place in the Bead Dreams competition this year. As what seems to be the case more times than not when seeing something on the internet vs. in person - it was pretty spectacular! Oh, and one other thing, I surprised my daughter on my trip back home to a dinner out. It was nice seeing her and hearing about what's been happening at school - edited as it may have been.

Cheryl McNeill worked in politics for a number of years and served on a few successful campaigns. She loved her job but found it could be rigid and draining. Looking for an outlet to express her creativity, she decided one day she would explore glass. By the end of the day, her work changed from politics to glass art. Two years later, she showcases her work with interior designers and design showrooms across Arizona, where she currently resides. I couldn't find many photos of her work on the internet, but what I did find is pretty extraordinary. Hope you have a marvelous Monday!

Friday, September 11, 2009

CT. Bead Bazaar, BAO Item of the Week

This weekend, I'll be heading down to Connecticut for the CT. Bead Society's Bead Bazaar. It's being held at the Holiday Inn in North Haven. For more information, click here. I'll be in good company as Libby Mills along with several other members of the Southern CT. Polymer Clay Guild will also be there. I love shows in CT as that means I get to have a little r&r at the Balicki Spa (my sister's house). Fred's cooking is always a gastronomical delight, there's those late night walks (the exercise part of the spa), and the massage chair (I'm callin' it) - life is good!

This week, from September 11 - 17, 8 members participated in the Bead Art Originals Item of the Week (including myself). To find out what each artist is offering, click here.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Marvelous Monday

This weekend I came across Mandy Nash's website. She works from her studio in Wales and creates beautiful jewelry from anodized aluminum. They're bold and very colorful. I particularly enjoy the piercing of metal and layering. Her work is influened by textiles and her three passions are color, pattern and technique. You'll see she also makes clocks and funtional/non-functional textiles. If you love color, it's worth the trip. Have a marvelous Monday!

Friday, September 4, 2009

BAO Item of the Week

It's been a while since I've posted the BAO Items of the Week. Good intentions - just a tad weak on the follow through. As always, it's oozing with good stuff. You can check out the artist's specials by clicking here.

Feelin' the Love Friday

I don't know where this week has gone. It was just Monday - what happened? I've fallen off the blogging wagon due to my latest biking addiction. Once I get on, I feel the the Eveready bunny who keeps going and going. I did 22 miles on Wednesday - it was such a beautiful day here in the Boston area, I couldn't resist.

Have you gotten your copy of Lindly and Maggie's book yet (Polymer Clay Color Inspiration)? I just received mine yesterday and have only had a little bit of time to skim. Smashing colors!!! I know I'm going to love this book. Color Theory was my favorite class at RISD and I could use a refresher course. I look forward to following Lindly's blog as she posts her Weekend extras starting this Saturday to help move me along.

And now for my Etsy treasuries. I had the good fortune to be in a few treasuries this week. The first treasury I was in made the front page! And I'm sad to say (well, kind of) that the charcoal ring is no longer in my possession. This stunning treasury was created by fiveforty.

Her beautiful handwoven felted wool sweater rag rug of fiveforty's sure would have looked great in that treasury!

The next treasury was created by Dafnadagan. Thanks for making my bead POP off the page Dafna!

As I perused Dafna's shop, I saw that her fabulous black magma pebble belt would have looked awesome in her treasury as well! I love those beach stones!

And the last treasury (which is still live) was created by Riskodesign.

Riskodesign (who may look awfully familiar) had these fun twin earrings that would have shined in that treasury!

Thanks to the kind artists of Etsy for including me in their "other" creations! I'm sending the love back - hope you have a great weekend!