Tuesday, November 27, 2007
And a former ballerina.
And an amazing artist.
Patricia Vener of the Etsy shop SilverDragon, creates gorgeous, drool-worthy beaded jewelry. Just look at this Hot Pink Fuzzy necklace. Gorgeous! "Beaded wonders" is what comes to my mind when I see her work.
When we asked her about that project, she said, "Yes, Hot Pink Fuzzy did take a long time to complete. But at the same time, when I was working on it I also worked on other pieces at the same time. I enjoy the work because I feel that I am building something - Art.I love things that are detailed and intricate and completing such work makes me feel very competent and even, to a certain degree, powerful in a way.
What inspires her? "Inspiration comes from so many sources and facets of my life, both internal and external. A great many ideas come to me during that nebulus at the cusp between sleep and wakefulness - those would be the ideas that arise from the workings of my subconscious. Other ideas spring up when I see or feel or read or hear something outside myself - perhaps a gorgeous sunset or an image or a passage or a leaf or an equation - right now, for example, I feel my subconscious working on something from Maxwell's equations. Can't wait to see what I come up with!"
Thanks for chatting with us, SilverDragon! Check out Silver Dragon on Etsy and at http://vener-art.com/.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Do you know the rest of the song? We do!
I am a true Brady Bunch aficionado and have seen every episode except for ones that I can only imagine are lost episodes. I'll have to look in my Brady trivia book and list those episodes here, and see if anyone has seen them!
I had so much fun putting together this Brady Bunch in Hawaii necklace.
The hula dancer is a tribute to Alice: "It's my hula, Mrs. Brady. My 'hu' went one way, and my 'la' went the other.'" Right!
As you probably remember, Mike was sent to check out construction on a site in Hawaii. Of course, his boss sends not only Mike but his wife, all the kids, and underpaid-but-loyal housekeeper Alice to the Hawaiian Islands.
Bobby and Peter discover a tiki, which they find is cursed. It causes all sorts of problems--and they decide to try to return the tiki to its rightful destination, in a burial cave. What happens? You have to watch the show (a multi-episode adventure) to find out!
So which is your favorite episode?
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Ulixis is a fun and funky Etsy shop featuring handcrafted items ranging from jewelry to notebooks and everything in between. My favorites are the button bracelets, shown here. They are so cute!!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Anna, the creative force behind A Rose By Name, is a self-employed mother of two teenage daughters.
She says, "I enjoy beading and find that it is my therapy for stress!"
How did she get started in beading? "My daughters and I first tried beading many years ago. Over the years, the beads have gotten smaller and the designs more intricate."
It's a family affair, too! Anna explains, "My youngest creates cards. She thoroughly enjoys creating the original greeting cards that you will find here in my shop. She will also create custom cards...just let us know your preferences!"
A Rose By Name is involved with several Etsy street teams, including Etsy BeadWeavers Street Team, Cleveland Rocks Etsy Street Team, Boomers & Beyond Etsy Street Team. Be sure to visit A Rose By Name on Etsy, and see their blog, http://arosebyname.blogspot.com/.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Linda Chandler showcases her lovely jewelry in her Etsy shop, LChandler, and her Web site, http://www.jewelrybylinda.com/.
Linda works in gold, silver, and precious metals clay. She explains that her designs are uniquely her own and she never reproduces them.
Here is a lovely handmade basket-weave wire bracelet in her Arrowhead design.
Linda says, "I’m a self taught jewelry artist for over 20 years and still learning. Metal Smithing has been my passion for several years now. There is no rhyme or reason to my style of jewelry making, that pretty much ended years ago with so many fine art shows and repetitive work. My work derives from anything that’s pleasant looking to my eye. There’s never a plan or scheme, I can be intrigued by a simple curve of a stone or structure of a building. It’s all about design, variety and persuading unique pieces to come together with symmetry."Linda Chandler has been creating jewelry for over 20 years. Linda started with wire wrapping and evolved her own original style, with an emphasis on weaving. Passionate about her work, Linda has studied jewelry making all over the country: Arrowmount, the Midwest Federation, Metalsmithing Society in Illinois, the Gemological Institute (GIA), Indianapolis Art Center, The William Holland School of Lapidary Arts and, as taught and taken classes at (SFMS) Wildacres Retreat in North Carolina.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Cryztalvisions has been designing jewelry for over 20 years! I love this gorgeous dragonfly pendant, Handcrafted Silver Dragonfly Pendant "Believe", which Cryztal explains is a fine silver (.999) pendant handmade from scratch, gently oxidized and finished with a rainbow patina.