Friday, December 21, 2012

Favorite Jewelry Tools?

I am participating in the Jewelry Artists Network (JAN) Advent Calendar freebies and giveaways - one for each day of the calendar.  Tool give-aways, free tutes, inspiration from others... Now isn't that way too COOL???

Today's give-away is a mystery box of cool tools!

What is your favorite in your studio?  Here a few of mine!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Holly Daze Shoppe, Cary, NC

If you are in the Cary area, come on out to the new Pop-up Holly Daze Shoppe.

Here is a sampling of handmade creations offered in the Shoppe this week.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Share The Love - Featured Artist

Featured Artisan - Share the Love, Blogger's Unite

BreitWerk is this week's Featured Artisan! You will find Unique & One of a Kind Handmade Accessories and Gifts in her shop!

Deni Breitenbach,creates accessories, crafts, gifts and revalued items! She
does EMBROIDERY and bead-work.

You can find BreitWerk on:

Zibbet     Facebook     Blog     Google+

Grab the code for your blog HERE!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Featured Artisan

Featured Artisan

Share the Love... Blogger's Unite
This week's Featured Artisan is  Michele Wolfe - Aphrodite's Agttique! Beautiful Creations by a talented lady!  At Aphrodite's Attique  you'll find beautiful handmade originals, each one unique and carefully crafted with love.  From beaded and twisted wire jewelry and home decor, crocheted accessories and apparel, and printable graphics for crafting and more, indulge YOUR inner goddess with one-of-a-kind creations from Aphrodite's Attique! You can find all of Michele's Creations in her shop on Craft Cafe! Everything from A to Z!

 You can Find Aphrodite's Attic on: 

Craft Cafe  Blog  Facebook  Pinterest  Twitter            

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Great Finds a la On Fire for Handmade!

If you haven't heard of On Fire for Handmade, check them out - especially if you love, love all things handmade!

Again, one of my handmade creations has been selected in the wonderful collection for this week's Great Finds theme - Spice It Up!  

Please check the colorful selections and vote for your favorite.  I would love it if you voted my beads as your favorite!  The poll is at the bottom of blog page - - or you can click on the Great Finds Vote badge on the right side of my blog.

Friday, September 28, 2012

On Fire for Handmade

I have just recently found a great blog - dedicated to everything Hand Made, to help support Handmade artissans with promotions, contests, and Gift Guides - On Fire for Handmade.  

So if you are a Handmade artist or support your Handmade artisan/community, check this site for all the fabulous finds!

I am honored to be this weeks Featured Artist as a result of the Great Finds – “Hot” Fall Color Trends poll with my Tangerine Copper Earrings submission being voted as viewers Favorite!  BTW, besides myself, Lisa Boland Jewelry and Izzy's Place were also winners and we are all on

Last week's Featured Artist was Chrysalis Designs by Rm Featured Artisan.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Fall, Start of Festival Season!

Don't you just love when Fall comes around!!!  Cooler weather, excitement in the air, Mother Nature showing off her colors...

It's also when towns, villages and cities get busy with the start of the holiday season with festivals, bringing out the food, music and arts.

My first festival of the season is tomorrow and Sunday at the Central Carolina Pagan Pride Days Festival.  Would love to see you if you are in the local area!  Come out and support your local artists!

For the past couple of weeks, I have been rushing around preparing for it.  Even though I have done many shows in the past 3 years, there is so much in preparing for a one - no two shows are ever the same.  Depending on space allocation, venue location, venue type, etc., display setup is always a challenge.  I do stage my displays before each show.  Decisions on what items to bring, number of tables, table coverings, signage, how to display...

If you do shows, what are your challenges and how do you overcome them?

One challenge I have is making sure EVERYTHING fits in my car.  I take out the 2 back seats and store them away until the end of the show season.  That gives me optimum space and ease of packing.

When I first started shows, my car seemed not be large enough but with each show, packing has become more efficient, having learned what works and what doesn't.  

So now I am READY for my first show of this season!

Upcoming shows:
Festifall, Chapel Hill, Sunday October 7, 2012
Cooke Street Carnival, Raleigh, Saturday October 13, 2012
Boylan Heights ArtWalk (pending acceptance)
NCSU Crafts Center Art Fair (pending acceptance)

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Furry Companions

In memory of my Loki who passed recently, I dedicate this posting to him.  
He came home with me when he was just a tiny thing, 
the runt of the litter but was very feisty and playful.  
My daughters named him Loki after the Norse god of Mischief 
which fit him to a "T".

Loki lived a long life (13 years), my loving companion, was such a chatty guy, 
always talking to me, and begging for food!

Here are a few items from CraftCafe
for those who love their "Furry Companions".

OOAK Fine Jewelry - Linda Searcy Jewelry Designs
Affordable Jewelry for Everyday Wear - Linda Searcy Designs, Too
Fabric Stash - LindaS Fabric Stash

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Laura of Peachie's Pasttime

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Tammy of B'eadUnique
Cat Earrings

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Michele of Aphrodites Attic
Yummmy for Doggie

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Rhonda of Variety Gifts and Services
Fluffy Charm

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012


"Tropics" what does that word conjure in your mind?

I have always loved anything tropical, 
whether it be vibrant colors (tangerines, golds, reds), 
citrus smells of tropical fruit (pineapples, passion fruit, and coconuts) or 
the landscapes of Hawaii or the Caribbean (palm trees, sunrises/sunsets, beaches).  
I don't know if it is because of my heritage 
(I was born in the Philippines, land of palm trees, coconuts, heat and monsoons) 
or having been raised in a family that traveled 
to many tropical or exotic locales, such as St. Lucia or Panama?  

I have inherited the love of traveling and 
it seems my daughters have continued that passion!  
When the girls were still in high school, we took our first family trip to Hawaii 
- we loved it and I have been back 3 more times.  
I think it is time for another visit.  

My younger daughter, Maureen, convinced me to travel back 
to my birth place for the first time after I had left when a child.  
She and I had a wonderful time including an all-day local culinary excursion, 
traveling to the remote rice terraces, and spending several days 
at an island resort spa where we were the only visitors.  
The whole experience made us have a greater appreciation of 
our home in the good USA!

Another adventure that both my daughters, Maureen and Anna, and I had 
was to Japan where that nation 
has had more than it's share of tropical heat and tsunami.  
We all three enjoyed the typical tourist sites, culture, and cuisine (real sushi and saki!).  
We included various off-the-beaten excursions, 
traveling by bullet train to places where not many spoke English 
(and we did not know a word of Japanese!).

And now here are a few featured shops and items from 
that conjure the "Tropics" for these selected CraftCafe members!

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MicheleWolfe of Aphrodite’s Attique

soothing tropical seas

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Tammy of B’eadUnique


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Gingerof GoatieGirls

lovely vintage tropical dress

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Terryof POP Embroidery

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OOAK Fine Jewelry - Linda Searcy Jewelry Designs
Affordable Jewelry for Everyday Wear - Linda Searcy Designs, Too
Fabric Stash - LindaS Fabric Stash

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

End of Summer...

It's mid-August and summer is almost gone!  What does end of summer mean to you?  

For me, it used to mean the end of staying inside where the A/C kept me comfy instead of being hot, humid and sticky, eating ice cream, or being at one of the fabulous beaches in NC!

Now, it means looking forward to cooler weather, enjoying the smells of fall weather (including the aroma of delicious NC State Fair food!) and the energetic atmosphere of art and craft festivals!

To get into the spirit of promoting for upcoming festivals, I'm starting a weekly blitz for promotions of fellow artists and crafters on where I now have 3 active shops (OOAK Jewelry, Affordable Everyday Jewelry, and Fabric Stash).

This first installment is around the theme "End of Summer".  I've asked several artists / crafters to recommend an item of another artist or crafter that reflects this theme.
Please be sure to stop by each shop, browse, and spread some CraftCafe Love!

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Tammy of B'eadUnique

Summer flies
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Terry of POPEmbroidery   

Totally love these canning jar hang tags!

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Ginger of GoatieGirls

And of course with the beginning of fall
you get autumn leaves.......... I really love these

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Laura of Peachie's Pasttime

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