Tuesday, June 30, 2009
My first ever Clearance Sale. Items in both my on-line store and my Etsy.com shop are on clearance. These are just three of the many items you will find marked down:
Was $28. Now $24.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
I don't normally model my own jewelry or even like to take publicity photos for my business, but when Lucy of mummumscrafts, who is a fellow Etsy.com seller and makes the most wonderful mineral makeup, asked for entries of real women wearing her products, I submitted a few photos of me in her 3-in-1 "coral flush" mineral face color. I am wearing it on my cheeks and lips in the photos.
I wish the photos (and the model) were better. Photography is not my best thing and it was a glaringly hot and bright day so I photographed these in my courtyard in the shade. They turned out a little grey and don't show how truly pretty the coral flush color is.
I'm holding the camera at arm's length to take these--not the most conducive pose for natural looking shots . . .
The earrings I am modeling are available here.
Take a look at Lucy's shop:
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
wire cross magnet
TC Cunningham of Totally Crosses is a team mate of mine on CAST (Christian Artists Street Team) on Etsy.com. Her unique wire work crosses are simply fascinating. She makes them in a diverse range of styles and accepts custom orders. She's also a super sweet person and wonderful to work with.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
What color will you be wearing this summer? When you think of long, hot summer days what wardrobe and jewelry color pops into your mind first?
Do you gravitate toward those warm bright colors to reflect the season? Do you like to keep a cool countenance with sand, surf and sky tones? Are you a nature girl preferring forest greens and browns? Do you like a touch of the dramatic and opt for black? Or do you prefer classic, breezy white?
Vote in my summer color poll in the column to the right -->
Becky from SimplySweetShoppe on Etsy.com let me use the image above to illustrate this post. Check out the adorable tutus, hair accessories and other items in her shop.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
My son and his friends were playing in our backyard collecting pinecones out of the mulch. We recently finished the desert landscaping in the backyard with a lot of small river rocks.
This is what they came up with. I think it is very beautiful.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I've been meaning to do this for a while. Seems like people are often interested in seeing the studio spaces of artists and crafts people. So I tidied mine up and took a few shots. Being a military family, we move a lot. Therefore my studio space doesn't have as much style as one might expect from an artist. There just doesn't seem to be enough time in between moves to settle in. Looks like I should at least hang one of my art quilts on the wall.
Above: Even though the storage boxes above aren't particularly convenient, they are the best way for me to separate out my supplies and to not have a huge stack of brown cardboard mystery boxes to sort through whenever we move. The movers will just tape these up and throw them on the truck. No, these aren't all jewelry making supplies. There are several boxes of quilting fabrics, stained glass and basketry supplies, soap making supplies, paper craft, knitting, drawing, painting and tatting supplies and the list goes on. You can just see the closet door. I'm not photographing the inside of that closet! It's mostly full of winter clothes anyway ☺
Above: This is where I create my jewelry. It is also not very exciting. It's usually not this tidy either. On the floor is one of the many carpets my husband got while being stationed in Turkey.
Above: I have a small TV to keep me company here in my second storey studio. I usually watch HGTV while I work. My sewing machine sits under the table in case I get the urge to do some quilting.
Above: A necklace set ready to photograph. I just moved this set-up over by the window to get more natural light. Maybe my photographs will be better for it. I made my own neutral grey velvet backdrop for the light box.
Above: My photography area for jewelry. I have a light box set up on a tabletop with my camera tripod. Photography is my least favorite part of my job. I am slowly getting better at it though. On the floor along the wall you can see some of fabric covered backgrounds that I use to set up my shots. To the left is my garment steamer which I love and use all the time (not on jewelry). I've saved a spot next to it for the dress form I hope to get soon to use for jewelry photography. There is an ironing board hanging behind the door (not pictured) that I set up in this space when I need it.
Above: Props I use for photography. Most of my fabric backgrounds and props have a natural or Asian influence just like my jewelry designs.
Above: The view from my second storey studio window of about half of our small backyard. When we bought the house there was no landscaping and we just finished it this spring doing all the work ourselves. I'm very proud of the flagstone bench that my husband made for me and have been using it as a surface to photograph on lately. It makes a nice backdrop for jewelry. You can see a little of the apricot tree I also use to photograph earrings in the bottom left corner. Since we are in the desert, there is not a lot of green, but the things we planted should be getting established and starting to fill in--about the time we get ready to move again . . .
Sunday, June 7, 2009
It's good to have a few of those tried and true recipes that can be whipped up for a family meal in no time. This Southwestern style, hearty soup was invented by our friend, Tacy. Everything in it is a pantry staple in our home so I can make it any time. It has a creamy/cheesy tasting base that actually has NO cheese in it (shhhh, don't tell your family--they'll never guess).
2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup
3 cups chicken broth
28 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound chicken, cooked and shredded or chunked (canned or leftover works well)
7 oz can chopped green chiles (or two smaller cans)
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
chili powder to taste
salt to taste (you won't need any unless you used low sodium products)
black pepper to taste
Saute onion in olive oil. Add condensed soup (do not thin with water), stir. Slowly whisk in chicken broth. Add tomatoes, chicken, green chile and spices. Heat through.
Serves 8. This makes a large pot of soup and is great for leftovers. Serve with tortilla chips for a little crunch.
This is also something that I make when camping as nothing in it needs to be refrigerated if you use canned chicken.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
The other day I was on Facebook chatting with my best friend when she mentioned that she really liked the earrings photos I took this spring of earrings hanging on a branch of our blossoming purple leaf plum tree. That got me thinking. This past year we planted a nice apricot tree and the fruit is nearly ripe. It's the perfect time to get some new earring photos. Here are the first few:
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
My Homefront Team (military spouses) on Etsy.com is having a summer give-a-way of 11 hand-crafted items. All you have to do is go the Homefront Blog and leave a comment on what you plan to do this summer. One name will be chosen on June 10th from all those who comment. Even the shipping is FREE!