Well, I spent the weekend in Palm Springs...
There was a West Coast Swing Competition and My Aunt Susan invited me to tag along and showcase my Floral pieces at her table. She thought that there was suppose to be a huge Salsa Convention there as well and they would LOVE my flowers!
Unfortunately, the Salsa convention was canceled.
To the dismay of all the vendors we ALL took a HUGE HIT because of that.
I met a wonderfully nice gentleman named Chuck Molter that was there all the way from Arizona. Poor guy drove 5 hours, took 7 hours to unload and set up by himself...And I'm SURE spent a good chunk of change to simply stand around and chat with ME! He said out of the 10 years he has been doing this event it was the WORST ever! Thank Goodness he has a fantastic on line business! He runs like 5 sites! REALLY COOL STUFF! Here is the link to one of his sites! TOTALLY Check it out! "USA DANCE SHOP" at www.usadanceshop.com (there's a link on the right of my page)
I definitely recommend everyone to check them out. He sells a lot of retro 1950's stuff. Saddle shoes, Poodle skirts, Bowling shirts, Leather Jackets, Vintage Metal signs and all sorts of 1950's Accessories. REALLY FUN!!! Totally cool guy! Plus, from the looks of some of the designs that he showed me of silhouette dancers he made in to totally COOL stickers...he's a kick ass Lindy Swing dancer!!!
If ANYONE likes that era YOU MUST check out his shop!!!
Ah, but back to my trip...in the end, I'd say I was LUCKY making a whopping $10.00 out of the entire ordeal~!
Well, the BEST part is that I met a couple REALLY COOL people and sold 3 flowers!
It was a learning experience.
Monday, December 31, 2007
Well, I spent the weekend in Palm Springs...
Friday, December 21, 2007
I recently came across this talented artist named Mark Poulin. He makes the MOST DELIGHTFUL pieces! Being that I have ALWAYS wanted to know how to metalsmith and such, I am always in deep admiration to those who do it and do it well!
I have absolutely fallen head over heels in love with his little creations. Curiously cute with their stylized designs and expressions I can see how his pieces are loved by everyone at any age!
There is almost a childlike element to his Sterling Silver pendants. There are SO MANY that I want...I particularly am fond of the "Bandit" raccoon and "Prince" lion.
I recommend to visit his Etsy shop to see all of them!
You should also check out his personal site as well which has sketches and photos...and of course more jewelry.
*ALL photos have been borrowed from Mark Poulin's Etsy shop*
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Thursday, December 20, 2007
Alice Pleasance Bakery is my new FAVORITE place and I won't put on a single pound from her delicious treats!
If you are not familiar with this talented lady across the sea somewhere in Italy, then you MUST be introduced.
"My name's Anna, I'm 27 and I'm from Italy. I love childhood and fairy tales...they're my first inspiration and they're always in my mind when I design and make my funny and original jewelry. I love little toys, lucite and glass candy beads, briolettes and sparkling details and everything tiny, yummy, kitsch and cute. Miniature food is my obsession, as you could see!"
(from her profile)
I have seen many of this type of product (I'm Japanese and we're obsessed with miniature foods and things) however, Anna's pieces are truly extraordinary. Her attention to detail shows in her designs. My mouth waters seeing her little treats! I am amazed that they REALLY are NOT the real thing when I look at the photos of her work! They hold something special that can't be written and I think you will agree when you see them. They really are a stand out from the others! No mere slices...YOU get THE WHOLE CAKE!
Cakes, cookies, SUSHI, tarts and other fun items will be found in her shop!
Thank goodness for Etsy and my accidentally finding her!
I HAD TO SHARE her with the rest of you!
...*thinking*..."it's lunch time and I am craving sushi..."
PLEASE take a moment to visit her shop:
She also had a very fun Blog: The Cup Cake Diary
Both can be found at the right of my page in my recommendations.
*All photos are borrowed from Alice Pleasance Shop*
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
"Where you can find The Truly Authentic Japanese Handcrafts evolved by Certified Kimono Consultant of All Japan Kimono Consultant Association.
As a top quality artisan with the Expertise of Kimono, Geisha/Classical Japanese Dance, Tsumami Kanzashi, and Bingata/Katazome Dyeing Kimono techniques, I handcraft Particular Traditional & Modern Japanese pieces from the highest quality materials."
(from her shop announcement)
One of my FAVORITE Tsunami Kanzashi designers I have ever come across! Truly an AMAZING artisan I have wanted to share her shop and designs since the moment I first came across her products earlier this year. All I can say is that when I look at her pieces I see why She has the reputation that she does.
Below are excerpts from The Storque Interview.
To see the entire Interview please check out this link:
"Today, there are ONLY 15 acknowledged Tsumami Kanzashi artisans in the whole world. Most of them don't have successors to carry out this beautiful traditional art, so it is RAPIDLY dying out. I was blessed to be accepted as a private pupil by one of them in this summer, even though my master does not train anybody anymore due to serious illness. That meant so much to me that my master passionately taught me everything, because he wants this authentic art to remain in this world. I can not even put in words how much I was honored to inherit my master's spirit.
Today, I deeply regard my ancestors who were in Kimono business. I passionately strive to pass this "disappearing culture" on to the next generation throughout the world. I will be very happy if you enjoy my authentic Japanese art work."
Being a fourth generation and VERY Americanized Japanese American I am in AWE of such talent and dedication to keep this important part of our history alive. Atelier Kanawa designs are pieces that you will cherish for a lifetime and I imagine you could pass down generation to generation. If you haven't taken the time to check out her shop PLEASE do. I also HIGHLY recommend to read her entire article in The Storque where there are photos and videos as well.
I am blessed to see such beauty being created for all of us to enjoy.
PLEASE VISIT HER SHOP AT:
*All PHOTOS have been borrowed from Atelier Kanawa's shop.*
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Monday, December 17, 2007
I'm SO EXCITED to have found a new site called "weddingtulle"
As you know I have been venturing into the bridal arena for a while now and this is the perfect PUSH! If you haven't already visited this site it has a wonderful blog as well as a BEAUTIFUL SHOP. You can click over to them in my recommended blog/shops to the right. Even if you are not a bride it is such a lovely place to peek in and take a look.
I was thrilled to see a little post about my "Blushing Hue" flower!
I STILL get SO EXCITED when I see anything about my products! Just the thought that someone liked something of mine enough to share.
I am hoping to be one of the designers offered in her shop!
This is going to be very exciting.
Of course, I will be offering my most popular and beautiful Wedding floral designs to sell in her shop. Don't worry, I'll still do custom pieces as well.
It REALLY is such a PRETTY set up I couldn't refuse to want to be a part of it.
So, anyone even thinking of getting married or knows someone who is?!
I say check weddingtulle.com out regularly in the NEW YEAR!
"Wedding Tulle...for the uncommon bride."
Recently featured in Modern Bride August/Sept 2007.
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Saturday, December 15, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
For the last 3 days ALL I have done is make jewelry, take pictures, fix pictures and post pictures!
I was on a inspirational roll!
Have to take advantage of that when I have the time!!!!
This evening I have been playing catch up.
Internet business is SUCH A CHALLENGE! I mean, I don't have the big bucks to do the monster $$$ Addwords and internet keyword search stuff. That literally goes into thousands of dollars! Being that I hardly have that...going to do it the ground roots kinda way. One by one. Little by little. I figure, every place I touch is one more possibility that some one new will see my work.
...and Everyone that is in the same place as me knows, it's a heck of a lot of work!!!
So KUDOS to all of you Independant artisans out there!
*as I stand up with my right fist raised*
Don't give up!
...ok, not really, but that was great for dramatic effect huh?
Here's a few pictures of some of my new pieces.
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Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Just want to give everyone a heads up for this weekend!
I am offering 10% OFF EVERYTHING in my shop ALL WEEKEND! (gift wrap excluded)
(Other promotions are not eligible to be added with this promo)
This is the perfect time to get some HOLIDAY SPECIALS at even a BETTER DEAL!!!
PLEASE CHECK IT OUT!!!!
at 3:18 PM
Ah, so my Nikon is still under warranty and they are going to fix my camera!!! Hopefully I should get it back by Christmas. At least I still have my old camera. I have to do this whole song and dance with that one now...but it works! So, I am HAPPY!
Man, is it COLD!
I got my light box in order just in the nick of time! It's raining and cloudy dark outside!
I'm going to try the true test today! JEWELRY! Yikes!
I still have to photoshop my pictures but I am AMAZED at how well the colors are turning out.
I will surely post some pictures as soon as I have them done!
at 3:10 PM
ALL I have to say is, "TRUMPET BULBS ALL THE WAY!!!!"
My life is changed forever due to my purchasing of TRUMPET BULBS!
I ordered them online for like $14 something each. I am telling you they are worth every penny!
...I took less then 10 pictures when my BF basically BROKE my less then 6 months old $700.00 Nikon camera. I was freaking out! There was a black pepper something on my lens and I asked if he could take it out. Next thing I tell him is that the cloth that came with the camera leaves particles on the outside lens. I see him open up the camera and I tell him again thinking there's no way he's going to stick the cloth inside there to clean it after what I just said...yup. Next thing I hear him saying is, "Shit, there's stuff on the lens!" So he finds the air blowing thing and carefully tilts it away and the tube thing flies off splattering something at the camera. I thought I was going to have a heart attack! ...So, basically in a nutshell, My camera now makes a clicking sound and won't take pictures...ALL BECAUSE there was a speck of black on my lens that I wanted cleaned off.
Geeze, I REALLY HOPE this doesn't cost an arm and a leg to fix!
I am soo broke it isn't even funny. That camera was like the one and only investment of my year and then some! I'm sooo bummed! I need it for work!
WELL, So, I HAVE TO SAY , " Anyone wanting to take good pictures indoors NEED to get Trumpet Bulbs!"
Here are a few pictures I managed to take with my camera before it broke.
All taken in my DIY light box! These were particularly difficult colors to photograph by natural light even and I think they came out really great!!!
at 2:03 AM
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Here's a photo of my new piece. "Flight of Fancy"
I LOVE this piece and am very proud of it. It's one of those pieces I made that I don't want to sell. Ah, bit I know someone else will adore this too!
As you can see there is still a lot of distortion with the colors. My light box needs better lights.
I have been working like crazy!I have a couple of custom pieces that I want to get finished so I may get them in the mail!
I just got these beautiful Dogwood flowers and RED Orchids in the mail! Of course I want to smother them in Swarovski crystals. I'll post some pics when I get them finished. I wish I could figure out how to take pictures of them and show just how much they SPaRKLE! I was looking at some new lights...I should get my Trumpet bulbs tomorrow. Then , it will all about the light box AGAIN! I wasn't satisfied with the end result of photos I took the other night. 5 hours of disappointment. So, $70.00 later I hope to take better pictures!
...I'm starting to think I should have just gone to the store and purchased a light box there!
I saw a set on line for almost $300.00. It was pretty nifty though! Since I am literally BROKE now, that's NOT an option. All the more reason I HAVE to make this light box thing work!
I have been trying to figure out more ways to get my name and products out there...
I joined Indiepublic. Everyone is soo pleasant and friendly.
I also added more products to my Mindt shop.
I submitted another item to Indiejewelry.
After seeing others on there I added a few items on Craig's List. Hey, why not if they let me?!!
I figure you never know?!
My Etsy shop will always be my favorite and most important...until I finally get my personal site up. Then it will be my favorite public site.
I have neglected my Myspace...Do any of you do well there?
I see a TON of designers on Myspace. I have browsed through your pages...I don't know if it really does anything if you're not soliciting "actual friends" of yours. What do you think?
I'm always tired but I feel like there just isn't enough time in the day to get what I want done!
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Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Well, let's just say the results were NOT what I expected! I used a large shipping box and cut out the sides and top like in the DIY Light box posts I have seen on line. (I wanted it a little bigger for Busts and larger objects.) Used tracing paper over the openings to filter the light. THis was EASY and looked like the photos on line...close enough any way.
$37.44 later...( I purchased lights and the fixtures from OSH)
Thank GOODNESS there were A TON of people that gave me GREAT information in the Etsy forums...let me thank "mambetsy" she was awesome!
I am thinking it comes down to the lighting that I am using!
They all told me about the "white balancing" thing, which I can only change in manual. My Nikon D40 does it auto in Macro which is what I learned I need to be in when I shoot jewelry...so, I'm a bit confused. Meaning, I can't change it in Macro so, it's still dark and off color.
Ah, now the WORLD OF LIGHT BULBS!
Thanks again to "mamabetsy" she hooked me up with this awesome bookmark...I gotta find it and I will post it!
Now, if I can just make it work WITH this information!
I ordered 2 Trumpet Top bulbs..yes, I spent MORE money...But I figure I NEED to figure this out. I can't always work my life around the sun and when I can take pictures!
I have come to the conclusion that my lighting is off and this is why my color in my photos is off.
Uh, yeah, that's it.
I currently have 3 lights.
I purchased 2 reflector dome shaped ones at OSH and I am using my drafting lamp. I am thinking as long as the bulbs are correct that should be fine.
(If anyone knows better PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE ME A comment/POST ON ANYTHING to help me take better pictures!) :P
I am wondering if I need 2 more lights? I am still getting shadows, so I was thinking to put 2 on the sides, one on top and 2 in the front on each side?
All I know as of right now, my pictures look decent on the taupe/gray background I have already been using but that kinda defeats the purpose to me...LOL...I want a white "white" background. Plus, the colors are still a bit distorted.
This afternoon I took a few photos in the light box using the natural sun coming in my windows...I'll have to see how these came out.
I will be writing more on my light box experience.
at 3:19 PM
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Been trying to shake this bug...for the last 3 weeks!
I literally slept all day and just got up after 5:00p.m.
Ah, having a cup of veggie soup.
Unfortunately, nothing new to show!
...and STILL trying to get lights for my lightbox!
Any suggestions are WELCOME PLEASE!
at 6:19 PM
Friday, November 30, 2007
How FUN is this Treasury?!
Just looking at it makes me feel HAPPY!
Crisp and clean, I can almost see my breath in the air!
(...Oh, that's because it's freezing in my apartment without the heater on!LOL)
Ah, and there is my "Silver Snow Set" bracelet in the bottom corner.
at 2:56 PM
Sunday, November 25, 2007
NOVEMBER 26th ALL REGULAR PRICED items in my shop are 20% OFF!!!!
"Convo" me with what you want BEFORE you purchase so I can "RESERVE" the items for you WITH THE DISCOUNT!
I am here to help you with your holiday shopping and you won't even need to leave your home!
No CRAZY PEOPLE STEALING YOUR PARKING SPOT!
Best of ALL, Beautifully Handmade unique High quality items that you won't find with mass produced items!
Complimentary Gift wrapping available.
BELOW are some other fantastic shops and products to check out as well!!!
Gotta promote fabulousness all the way around!!!!
at 6:19 PM
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Check out my shop because I just marked down a ton of items!
I'm getting ready for the holiday RUSH and making room for new items!!!!
Some pieces are up to 50% OFF!!!!!
Seriously, these items will be here only through the holiday and then will be taken down and most likely disassembled and made into new items...So, if you see something you like, I suggest you grab it while you can!
at 12:33 AM
Monday, November 12, 2007
With the "shopping Season" FAST approaching, I think WE SHOULD ALL shop from our favorite independent artists! Nothing is better then HAND MADE! But then again, you all already knew that.
Below are pictures from some of my FAVORITE shops and favorite items that I wanted to share with you. There were SO MANY items that I LOVE and wanted to share but I had to trim it down. I must confess that I "borrowed" all the photos from the sellers pages. Please feel free to click on the links below to check out more information on the items and THEIR shops.
I think these are some GREAT GIFT IDEAS!
Body Detail Gift Set For Men.
Some of the BEST SOAPS for hyper sensitive skin! Actually, really great soap for EVERYONE!
There are some AWESOME GIFT SETS... and even more gift ideas in her shop!
The Handbook to Handmade http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=6434091
THIS IS JUST A MUST HAVE...PERIOD! How amazing to have an entire book of all independent artists!!!
Brown Sugar Creamy Shea Butter Lip Balm http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7821967
This is the best lip balm! SUPER CREAMY, GORGEOUSLY shimmery and sheer. Plus, EVERYONE can use these! She has some of the BEST FLAVORS in her Shop!!!! OH! And THAT'S JUST THE BEGINNING!!!!!
at 11:25 AM
BUY HANDMADE CONT.
Cherry Messenger http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6624384
"A must for any urban woman or metrosexual. This great bag can be taken to work, do diaper duty, transport your laptop
to the neighborhood cafe, or help you study for your next final."
There are the CUTEST baby booties in her shop too!!!!
Floral Birthday Cards http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6229442
I wish I could have pictures of all of the FANTASTIC paper products she has in her shop! Such attention to detail! Really stand alone
Garland Choker OOAKhttp://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7780726
"Made entirely of leather, with nickel rivets and a stunning sterling silver heart toggle clasp, this necklace is sumptuous, generous and rather amorous."
Truly one of the most TALENTED ARTISTS EVER!!!! I could almost cry...well, I don't want to freak her out but seriously, I am completely in awe when I see the detail and subtle nuances to EVERY piece. ABSOLUTE GORGEOUSNESS!!!
Mustang Art Print http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7459840
One of MY FAVORITE artists!!! Her work is so joyful, colorful and simply makes me HAPPY when ever I look at it. These will make wonderful little gifts and GREAT to hang on anyone's walls...especially your little one's!!! You really should take a PEEK into her shop!
Fantastic little treasures these coin purses are! Stylishly COOL and very well made. How about whipping this one out to grab your change from?!
Breakfast Set of two
As soon as I saw the detailed work on her pieces I just knew I wanted these! Delicate and LOVELY. You MUST take a look in her shop at all her delightful pieces. Talk about GREAT gifts! ...My sister would LOVE these! hmmm.....
at 10:43 AM
Friday, November 9, 2007
I just found the COOLEST thing!
"the handbook to handmade"
I took the liberty of copying some of the information straight from the creators blog.
"the handbook to handmade is a monthly volume of 35-75 artists and their shops...this makes a great coffee table book.
How incredibly COOL is THAT??!!!!!
Everyone should definitely check this out!
Anyone that makes hand made items should take the opportunity to be in this amazing book!
I know I am!!!
at 8:41 PM
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Here are a few of my NEW pieces that I have been working on.
A little bit vintage feeling.
I should be loading these up to the site within the next few days!
I played a little bit with different lengths and as always I mixed different mediums to create beautiful texture and color.
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