February 2008


It’s about time!

Yesterday as I was web browsing I saw this little bit of news and I was quite happy to see it. The World Wide Web the information high way, is in deep need of people that can defend our reputations and images in cyber space.

Some people feel is is perfectly okay berate a person or a small business name for their own selfish reasons. When you are in your blog you are not in the privacy of your living room. You cannot talk about people as you see fit.

Reputation Defenders can make sure of that http://potw.news.yahoo.com/s/potw/62428/web-of-lies

Although this article and video clip is about a woman that was being defamed by a boy friend and it is in the more serious realm, the premise is the same, people can be hurt by what is said on the internet.

Names and businesses should be left out of your blog rants, otherwise you could be on the receiving end of some very bad news of your own. Don’t ruin your wonderful blogs and creative writing spaces with trash talk anyway -mkay

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I am a regular Flickr user (flickerett), don’t let this be confused with some drug induced coma but I do  sometimes find my self lost in flickr flies. I know they are good when I find my self on page 25 and I am fully engaged. That is what happen when I found M-C1. I had seen her before commenting on others photos but for some reason had not went in to her file, that was a big mistake! She is just interesting and the kindest person to her flickr friends.

MCI was especially happy to see she uploaded and commented every day on flickr. Then there was this- she looks good in everything, so I wanted her to model a piece of my jewelry. I was giddy at the thought because I not only knew she would look good in it but she would take an excellent photo of herself in it. Just perfect to M-C1 style, she did not fail me! My pitiful hand photography pales in comparison to what she can do for my jewelry wearing it. Oh to be rich and pay a sweet model such as her.

My new flickr friend would not take the jewelry for free so a trade we made. I love that she told me it looked like the famous artists work Joan Miro-she is way too kind. Here is the piece she is wearing.

Later next week I will show you just what she and I traded with a link to her shop. If you would like so see this wonderful muse- her flickr file is here M-C1 -Thanks Gal

I am not a painter nor a writer but do a little of both.

I think of my fused glass as a canvas, a tiny slick canvas at that. For a few years now I have been playing with glass enamels of all sorts. Low fire high fire, powders I mix, premixed enamels and toxic ones to boot. I feel rewarded by the experimentation and I feel lots of people benefit from what I have already tried.

This week I found my self painting on a piece, and asked my self how long it was taking? If I were to punch a time card I might be way in the hole I think. 40 mins into the painting I started evaluating how much I charge for my little tiny wearable works. I also thought about what others charge for what seems to be less effort and quality. I might be under valuing my creativeness? Well, my effort maybe.

3 visits to the kiln with 40 mins of hand painting detail. hand painted garden

foilage3.jpgI love photographing my jewelry in my hand. I wish I had pretty hands but they are the hands of a person that takes care of a family of 5- 3 being 12 yr old boys. I have my hands in unspeakable things LOL Oh and not to mention what I put my hands through to work on glass.

But I love to look at jewelry in hands it gives the true color of the piece, it shows how it looks on skin, it tells the size of the piece, although I have a small hand -so not sure how well it does that but you know what I mean. It give the piece some perspective it doesn’t have in other settings.

Some people have an aversion to seeing people “wear” the one of kind piece you are selling. It must give it a used feeling. So jewelry in your hand is about as close as you can get without wearing it. I my self love to see jewelry on but cater to the masses so my hand will do the job for now.

Hope my tiny crunchy artist hands don’t bother anyone? I guess if it dose I won’t know about it LOL

Have a look in my shop my hands have touched all the things I have made ha!- http://shoozles.etsy.com

nighthouse.jpgAnother find from my studio clean up. I did this little collage mixed media piece August 2006 for a gallery studio show. I sold about 3 or 4 pieces it was a new adventure for me and I need to revisit it. Mixing glass with my other loves of art, like paper and fabric and beads and paint, it all makes me happy. So I took new photos, when I photographed these last time it was with my old camera. This has been added back to my shop and I hope I can get back in to the swing of mixing my glass with all kinds of goodies.

Some very inspirational Artists to me in the mixed media world is Susan Sorrell of CreativeChickStudios.

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I am not a huge fan of wholesale orders. I am asked quite often what I offer as wholesale. This means a few things to me when I hear it. It means, I will work harder for less money and I will be doing the same items over and over. I have done it before, I am not really into making the same items over and over and no matter how ya toss it, I will be doing the work. Consistency is the key to wholesale. Big companies want to be able to offer an item that will look the same for 100s of customers based on a photo they have published. And to be honest, that is what whole sale is about. Large orders that is the only way money can really be made.
For an artists this is neither fun nor worth the effort in most cases. I am more about creative freedom than anything.
With all my complaints put out in the open now, I will tell you I have now found a way to offer wholesale that is neither taxing for me as an artist and now consistency is firmly in place.
First Up for wholesale are 2 products I call Tarts & Lollies®. They are colorful, petite and cute and easy to make. Lollies are a small round colorful pendant and the Tarts are a bit bigger and square colorful as well. The retail on the Lollies is $10 to $12, tarts retail for $12 to$15. The wholesale price is based on the number you order so you must inquire with memonetlolly31.jpg on those prices and you must have a whole sale ID. Larger orders are welcome in fact preferred. I would rather not be contacted about wholesale orders unless you plan to order more than 10-20 at a time. My first batch of Lollies is headed out the door and I am really excited (but nervous) about this new adventure.
I offer these cute little pendants in my shop for retail -1 pendant at a time if you are NOT looking for wholesale.  To inquire about Tarts & Lollies® you can contact me HERE

	
	

I search for the newest thing in fashion accessories all the time. I go to department stores and look around and see what is selling, I watch people shop. I sometimes engage with them about what they are looking at or even purchasing. For some reason I am completely comfortable doing this, must be the several years of craft shows and Home Jewelry Parties- heck I don’t know but they all talk to me and I find out just what I need to know. At least what I need to know to sell in my area/location.

This week my big adventure was Target, I saw lots of big earring hoops and bangles. I saw a lady pick up some bangles. I immediately said remember bangles when we were kids (we looked the same age) and she smiled and said yes and put them in her cart, I think target owes me commission LOL

My creative wheels started turning. I had to figure out a way to add my glass to the bangle cause ya know it is always about incorporating my glass. HA! It did not take me long. I ordered some nice hypoallergenic bangles some time ago thinking I could use them and this was the push I needed. So here is what I have new from the studio this weekend and fresh from my Target excursion. No trip or event is wasted, I must always take a piece from the places I have been and make them a special part of mybanglebirdcharm2.jpg creativity. New to My Etsy Shop.