Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My next investment

My next investment should be photography lessons, and possibly a new camera!
I have a hard time getting my jewelry to look half as good in the photos as they do in real life. And I can't ever get anything to look like it was just thrown on to the background. I know the beautiful photos I've seen elsewhere are a result of arranging and posing, but they look natural and effortless. I promise these necklaces are really cute, but you'll just have to take my word for it!

This is a Chinook focal I bought a little while ago. I made the nest with brown speckled e-beads. I put the same beads on large jumprings, to form a chain. I thought the beads would all be on the lower side of the chain, but actually, when I wear it, the chain twists, and they kinda spiral up my neck, which I like better!

Here's a closer shot of the lovely Chinook focal...

This is another Chinook focal. I ALWAYS get a compliment when I wear this necklace. It's an old key from my stash, czech glass leaves, and inexpensive (read: Chinese) lampwork swirly beads.

Take a closer look at that focal! I'm dying to buy more stuff from Chinook, but think I should use some of what I already have first!

Monday, August 29, 2011

My brick and mortar spot

I am not an "etsian", as of yet (well, I'm buying, but not selling). I just don't seem to have the time (nor internet access at home). But I am in 2 "Brick and Mortar" shops. One is in Hyannis Port, MA. I have not seen the shop yet. I hope to get there before the season closes. I do not have my own space there. I think my jewelry is mixed in with other artists, which is fine. If you find yourself walking down Main Street, look for "Menagerie on Main", across from the Kennedy Museum.

The other place I sell my jewelry is Orchard Artworks. It's an artist's cooperative, run by the artists, on a volunteer basis. I work once a month, and in exchange, I get to display and sell my designs there. It's a great little shop, nestled in an old farmhouse in Bryn Athyn, PA. The community of artists is a great mix of jewelry, ceramics, fiber, painting, glass, etc. I am always inspired when I walk in the door. I recently took some photos of my little spot. It's in a 12" deep window - one of the original outside windows.

This is the whole window...

This is a closer shot of the shelves...

and this is an old screen that I hang earrings on...

If you are ever in Bryn Athyn, PA, stop in and say hi!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I'm a winna!

I just won these fabulous pendants form Jeannie! The first winner never claimed them, so now I'm the winner! I love fabric and I love beads, so these are way up my alley!

Aren't these so pretty?!?!?

Jeannie's got another give away going, for some really pretty hand made paper beads. So, check it out!