I am beyond excited to announce my membership in Self-Representing Artists in Jewelry Design! The SRAJD is an international organization of jewelry designers who create and sell their own jewelry. If approved for membership, the benefits are numerous! I will be posting more on this great group in the days to come!
Artisouls is an online market place where those of us who sell our handmade arts and crafts, as well as vintage product sellers, can easily build a shop to flag our wares. As I wrote in an earlier post, I have opened a store at Artisouls and am pleased so far with the community aspect of the site.
I tweet about items I have for sale and I always identify the online marketplace where they can be purchased. Much to my delight and surprise, Artisouls tweeted to its 17.5K followers the recognition shown above for my shop (and 3 others). I’m so grateful for not only being noticed, which has never happened to me via Etsy in the 9 years I’ve had a shop on their website, but also having my shop tweeted to so many potential customers! Thanks again Artisouls!
After discovering that I had about a teaspoon of Irish genetics in my family tree, I began to participate in the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day a wee bit more. In honor of my Celtic genes, I designed and made this bracelet which sold rather quickly from my Etsy store. In recognition of the day I thought I share it here.
May the road rise up to meet ya!
I strive to make original pieces of jewelry and try never to duplicate an item. From time to time, I’d like to share some of my jewelry that has been sold and retired. Today I am sharing a personal favorite: my Waterlillies cha-cha/charm bracelet!
I have long been a fan of French Impressionist Claude Monet. A few years ago, I was most fortunate to view the Monet Waterlillies exhibit at the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. Seeing those famous canvases up close provided the inspiration for my bracelet.
A silver link chain was the foundation for a variety of glass pearls in shades of pink, purple, blue and green. These colors were used predominantly on each of different Waterlillies paintings. Small silver photo frame charms encircled the bracelet delicately displaying four of the famous versions Monet painted of the Waterlillies floating in his garden. Finally, sliver water lily flower charms and lily pad charms were interspersed around the bracelet to give the illusion of floating as they would in a pond.
I still love making the cha-cha style charm bracelet and usually have one or two available in my shop. My appreciation for Monet’s work has not diminished either and I am currently designing new jewelry influenced by his work. These pieces, however, will be based on his paintings Field of Poppies and Poppies.
I recently discovered that Interweave®, publisher of numerous beading and other crafts magazines, is having a sale that I just had to share! Now through March 31st, both hardcopy and digital editions of some of their most popular magazines are 50% OFF!! Not only are regular editions on sale, but also special/collectors editions. Some of the back issues on sale are: Beadwork, Jewelry Stringing, Step by Step Wire Jewelry, Create Jewelry, Beadwork Collection (annual editions), Favorite Bead Stitches (annual editions), Leather Jewelry, Create Jewelry 101 and many, many others!
I have already purchased several digital back issues and the checkout process is easy. You can download and view your magazines almost immediately. I have loved looking at the patterns and gorgeous jewelry filling the pages. To view the available back issues, in both print and digital editions, just click here: