Friday, July 30, 2010

Sand Fibers is Having a 1,500 Giveaway!

In celebration of her 1,500th sale, Sand Fibers is giving away this beautiful Ivory Ndebele Lariat. I know I would love to own this! Join the fun and head over to her blog for details!
As many of you know, everyday, Etsy has a featured shop on the front page.  I always try to notice the seller because it's a great way to find new shops.  I love the name of this shop - Orangethyme.  She makes perfume oils, lip balms, soaps, and bath salts.  Here's what she had to say about being a featured artist.  "wow, thank you to etsy for making me this weeks featured seller! the response has far surpassed anything i could ever imagine. i ask for your patience and understanding in Shipping times, and regret that i will not be able to do any special orders or wholesale for a couple weeks. thank you!" 

So, I love to see sales go wild - and this is certainly what happened to Orangethyme.  Yesterday, she had 40 pages of sales, which equates into roughly 840 saes!!!  She's still going strong today.  Here's a couple of my favorites.  I think I'll be heading over to do some shopping.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Out of the Studio, Home, Etc.

I thought I'd post a picture of some beads I've been making for my website.  They are part of the combination series and I began experimenting with slight variations in color to see the effects.  As you can see, most of those are in the blue/green area.  I was really happy with the subtle variations - there's something very soothing about them.

And now, for my new toy.  For those of you, like myself, that have both Netflix (no affiliation - just a happy customer) and Wii, did you know that you can now get a Netflix instant streaming disc for Wii?  I didn't until a friend mentioned it.  What does this do?  It allows you to watch the special "watch instantly" netflix movies and tv programs through your t.v.!  The disc is free through Netflix.  There is one catch though.  You have to connect the Wii console to the internet. My disc arrived only days after ordering it through the Netflix site.  I had no idea what to expect in terms of set-up.  Fortunately for me, we have a wireless internet connection.  It was so simple.  It only took a matter of a few steps on the tv to connect the tv to the internet connection.  I would imagine it would be a little trickier without the wireless.  But well worth it.  Now, anyone in the family can load the Netflix software into the Wii, and just choose through the numerous "watch instantly" movies and tv series.  As you can see, there are 75 movies in the "thrillers" genre being offered currently . . .

and 75 tv series available for viewing.

Just another way to add more variety to the tv viewing!  Sure beats watching it on the little computer monitor!

And lastly, our house has been going through a few minor changes.  My daughter Lily has wanted to change her bedroom walls for a while.  Unfortunately, the color she wanted did not go well with her carpet.  That carpet was apparently not one of the better decisions we made when making that room.  It's a minty green flecked carpet.  What I called a "neutral".  And it wasn't even the 80's!  We built our house so I'm not taking responsibility - there were too many decisions to make in too little time!  Besides, I was pregnant and a little meshugana. Anyway, we have been putting this off forever talking about the different options we had with her room.  Until one day she said "why not make the computer room (the room with a beige carpet) my new bedroom?"   So . . . my computer room (the room with nice white walls) is in the process of being painted blue.  The color scheme will be brown and blue.  Win . . . win, right?  So I thought.

But then I realized the room I'll be acquiring is the room with the remains of the sticky Nickelodeon goop attached to the ceiling.  Not too bad though, as it's hardened beautifully over the years! 

. . . to be continued. 

Monday, July 26, 2010

Marvelous Monday

Courtney Starrett is an assistant professor at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.  She is married to Michael Gayk who is an instructional developer at York Technical College/3D Systems University.  They each make beautiful objects separately as well as collaboratively.  Their forms and textures are beautiful and created via repetition and layering.  Enjoy and have a marvelous Monday!

Tread, Squares & Suckers

Domestic Goddess

Instant Corsage

Loti - Collaboration Piece

Monday, July 19, 2010

Marvelous Monday

Mary & Spenser Watson originally met on the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.   Years later, Mary went to work for Spense in one of his companies.  Later, Spence sold the company and the two were married.  Mary took a few community courses in jewelry making and she was hooked.  She applied to an art fair, was accepted and Spence created the display.  After a few more art fairs, they decided to enter the next phase of their lives and the business of art jewelry.  And soon after, Spence decided to join the artistic endeavor and create sand blasted carvings on beach stones. As you can see, some of Mary's pins and pendants can also be placed on Spence's stone bases where they become beautiful small scale sculptures.  Bonus . . . bonus! To see more of their creative venture, go to their website.  Enjoy - and have a marvelous Monday!

Friday, July 16, 2010

My Hurricane by Dan Godlin

A while back I blogged about a friend's son who's trying to get into the music business. Just the other day, I heard a familiar voice coming from Lily's room. She was listening to one of Dan's songs she purchased on iTunes. What a kick!  Anyway, I had to go purchase and add it to my playlist.  A lot has happened in his life in terms of his career.  He's now living in NYC, got himself a band, making a debut album and is playing in the clubs.  If you want to hear My Hurricane, and a couple other songs, follow the link below.  If you like what you hear - I'm sure he'd love to hear from you!  

My Hurricane by Dan Godlin

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Out of the Studio Wednesday

My goal after the Bead & Button show was to work on my website.  I'd made a bunch of cabochons for the B & B show and I wanted to add them to the site.  Originally, I'd set it up showing pictures of the beads in basically one shape - 1 1/4" square.  But I do offer them in various shapes and sizes as well and was able to do that via drop down menus.  And now, I offer most of them as a 1 1/2" cabochon as well.  And because my website gives me the flexibility of adding more than a couple of drop down menus, I thought it would be nice to offer some of the beads in different colors

So, here's some of the beads/cabochons I've been working on over the past week or so. 


Monday, July 12, 2010

Marvelous Monday

Taking the art of feltmaking to new levels, Andrea Graham is a trailblazer in her craft.  She is a teacher who is passionate in educating the public about the complexities and quality of handmade felt.  Andrea has participated in international juried and invitational exhibitions throughout numerous countries and is featured in publications throughout the world. 

Her work has such a quiet, comforting quality to it - I hope you enjoy.  Have a marvelous Monday!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Out of the Studio - Mary Collier Fisher

Last week, I got together with a friend to talk art and see some of her recent finished work.  Mary is a woman I met way back when we were taking our first metals class together at the Brookline Adult Ed Center in Brookline, MA (what seems like centuries ago!).  These classes were held at the Brookline High School.  I can't imagine going to a high school that has a whole building devoted to the arts!  Mary and I have taken many classes/workshops since that time (years worth!) - mostly at Metalwerx in Waltham, MA.  Many times we took weekend workshops after weekend workshops.  What I found is that in doing so, you tend to accumulate many work-in-progress projects.  You know the kind - they sit on your bench one week, get pushed to the back the next, over to another space after that.  They never disappear.  We know they're all still there - just a little out of site.  It's always such a pleasure when one of those projects gets completed.  Mary had one of those projects that was a work-in-progress.  This was a very special chain - all done in 18K gold.  During the time that this chain was "in progress", she also took a class in wax casting.  She made a piece in sterling and gold set with a blister pearl that would serve as the focal to the chain.  Considering the fact that she works full time and is heavily involved in the Nor'East Daylily Society, it's quite a coup that she manages to find the time to complete any of these metal projects.  I blogged about my own flower garden, thanks to Mary and her fabulous daylilies, here.  Anyway, she doesn't have a website as of yet, but I was compelled to get my camera out and take a few shots. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Out of the Studio

Over the past few weeks, I've been adding some sea urchins to my website and Etsy shop.  They're done with a bit of an unrealistic twist but beautiful nonetheless and come in so many colors!  They come in bead form or as a cabochon.  I've included some of the colors below.  I've personally made one particular urchin into a necklace and made a pair of matching earrings. I wear them so much because they just seem to go with everything! And now, they're available in my shop

Monday, July 5, 2010

Marvelous Monday

What began as a curiosity and admiration of Asian art and culture has grown to become the driving force in the teaching and research of Jeremiah Donovan.  Since joining the department of Art and Art history at SUNY Cortland in the spring 1996, his work has focused on Chinese ceramic traditions and practices, which have opened doors to opportunities for research in rural China, Tibet and Korea  It's the fellowships which followed that enabled Donovan to visit China four of the last six summers for extended research and as a visiting professor, developing relationships among Chinese artisans and university officials.

His staggered and jagged inner ridges of the goblet style bowls have captured my eye and left me wanting more.  Have a marvelous Monday!