Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Treasury Widget!

I have just discovered this new tool from - the Treasury Widget! You just select whether you want to get a snapshot of an Etsy Treasury made by you or a Treasury featuring your item. Then copy the code and post it on your blog or website.

I tried it out and found out I was in a Treasury that I didn't know about. Here are a few in which my jewelry or fabric have been featured:

Monday, November 22, 2010

Durham Art Walk Holiday Market - Photos

Just wanted to share a few photos of the recent Durham Art Walk Holiday Market at the Durham Arts Council building, IBM rehearsal hall location.

And also to thank all those behind the scenes who helped put this event together, all the volunteers who helped with setup, breakdown, and "break reliefs"! And a special "Thank You" to our location coordinator, Arthur (The Azul Ocean)!

Amanda Davis of LaTeDaJewels

Nataliya Strumila of Colors of Russia

Amy Yeager of Amy's Creative Corner

Caroline Sandlin of Caroline Sandlin Jewelry

Arthur Koch of The Azul Ocean

Macon Cathey Thornton of Tallulah Jewelry

Sara McCreary of No H Designs

Sandra Manheimer of Vintage Jewelry Encores

Yumi Okita of IRO

Didn't catch this vendor's name (she was sharing with Andrea Stephens of Scrapchique) or her cutey-pie pup - she was so well-behaved, no barking and sitting prettily in her bed!

My holiday booth setup - layering green fabric and red tablecloth onto white sheets and lace tablecloth.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Durham Art Walk Holiday Market / Durham / Nov 20-21, 2010

Save the dates!

If you are in the Durham area, come out and support your local artists! I will have my line of fine jewelry in metal and wire work. I will be located in the Durham Arts Council (DAC) building, IBM rehearsal hall (lower level), booth #2.

Saturday & Sunday, November 20-21, 2010
Saturday 10 AM-5 PM, Sunday 1-5 PM

The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is a festive celebration of the arts held in downtown Durham each November, featuring the work of over 200 talented artists in four large downtown venues including the Durham Armory, the Durham Arts Council, Golden Belt and Vega Metals.

Like the Durham Art Walk Spring Market, this event aims to help revitalize downtown Durham by bringing thousands of art lovers for a weekend of art and exploration of all that Durham has to offer. Sip hot cider, enjoy holiday musical performances and great food and find creative, local, handmade gifts for everyone on your holiday list.

Holiday Market visitors can get their purchases gift wrapped by our local nonprofit creative reuse center, The Scrap Exchange. And don’t miss the Burt’s Bees Giving Trees at the Durham Arts Council. See the holiday trees made of recycled materials, donate to the arts and receive a Burt’s Bees ornament filled with artwork or Burt’s Bees products.

This event is free and open to the public. Rain or shine. Take the Bull City Connector on Saturday and on Sunday, free shuttle service is provided. For more information visit or call 919-560-ARTS.

The Durham Art Walk is presented and produced by the Durham Arts Council in collaboration with MANY generous community sponsors.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Taking a Break in Vegas!

I will be taking a short break from jewelry making - going to Las Vegas Nov 6-13 - see the lights, shows, maybe a little gambling, Hoover Dam...!

Both of my shops, jewelry and fabric stash, will remain open while I am away. Purchases made during that period will be processed and shipped shortly after I return.

Thanks, I'll be back in a couple weeks!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

End of Summer Sale on Fabrics - Extended!

Just a reminder that I am running an End of Summer (EOS) Sale at my Fabric Stash shop and I have extended it through Oct 17!

Also, to make it easier to promote the sale, I am using a new Etsy application, Etsy On Sale. Check out my shop there - You will notice that original prices are red-lined and are marked down 15%. This will eliminate the need for me to do any refunds!

After the sale ends on October 17, then the Etsy application will revert the prices back to the original prices automatically.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fall Arts Fair @ Sertoma Art Center, Oct 2 - Photos

Oct 2 was a BEAUTIFUL day for the Fall Arts Fair at the Sertoma Arts Center and Shelley Lake in Raleigh!

Tables and chairs were provided to all vendors (indoors and outdoors), and tents for outdoors!

The FAIR provided lots of opportunities to buy pottery, paintings, jewelry, note / greeting cards, soaps and fiber arts.

Pottery demonstrations...

Jill and her sister of OrangeCatArt, prints, notecards, calendars ... - don'tcha love the orange tent?

Jill of LivnGoodJewelry, chainmaille jewelry

My booth setup ... indoors at the Sertoma Arts Centers.

Andry Crafts, Artisan Design for Special Occasions

Alice DeLisle, Ceramic Art

Kimberly Clark Riddell, watercolors, ornaments...

Megan Clark, jewelry designer (also a fabulous metalsmith instructor at Pullen Arts Center)

JMarc Designs, fused glass designs

Susan's Garden, Pressed Flower Art (Gingko Girl series)

Leigh of AraLeigh Studios, Merit Badge Jewelry

My purchase of the day - Blue Pine Cones bowl from Cheryl Weisz Pottery!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fall Arts Fair @ Sertoma Art Center, Oct 2

Join us on Saturday, October 2,
from 10am - 5pm for the Sertoma and Pullen Arts Centers' Fall Arts Fair at Sertoma Arts Center and Shelley Lake!

Visit our indoor & outdoor art markets, enjoy live entertainment, watch artists' demonstrations, enjoy a kids area, fishing derby, try out a music together class or Nia class and much more!

If you are in the area, come by, visit me, and help support the local artists.

I will be indoors at the Sertoma Arts Center. Other artists to look for - Jill of LivnGood Jewlery, Christina of ChristinaBellaBeads, Jill of OrangeCatArt, and Elena of TrendFemme.

Monday, September 27, 2010

September DDM Show - Photos

This was my 3rd show with Designers Downtown Market and will be the last one for me this year. I wanted to share a few photos of this event.

And how my booth setups have evolved from the 1st DDM show. This was the first time I set up fabrics for sale - I had fabrics in plastic storage bins on a single 6' table. I saw that it was difficult for customers to really see what was available with all items folded tightly in those boxes!

So I invested in several grid walls, shelving and baskets from A & B Fixtures. I was able to spread items around where people could touch, feel and unfold pieces of fabric to see all the fabulous colors and patterns.

And my jewelry setup has changed, again! Before I used empty boxes as risers to create height. But I found that when nature's elements (gusty wind, specifically) made an appearance, my displays ended up on the ground. Not good for the jewelry!

Now, my displays have more weight, have a neater look (since I used some of my fabrics to cover the pads in the display trays), and is easier to pack and unpack (items are pinned in each tray, is covered in bubble wrap and stacked in a single box).

I was able to visit a few vendors near me -2 sisters, Elisabeth Ashlie Jewelry and Kate of CardsbyK8

Christy of Hoot Creations - handmade jewelry

Jennifer of Sweet JAM Designs - jewelry, sewing, paper crafts, and crochet

Ashlee of Hepcat Roux's - funky jewelry, pet tees, cards, and gifts