Saturday, February 8, 2014

I'm back!

I think I am finally back! I am feeling good about working again and creating is becoming easier. I just wish I had more time. There never seems to be enough of it!
I am trying to be better organized but with everything I have going on it's been the most challenging thing of all. I have to admit I am an utter failure at shipping. I try to get things out in a timely manner but with the sheer amount of things on my plate it's incredibly difficult. 
I need to find a couple more hours in the day maybe... At least there is a 5 day weekend creeping up on us, where kids stay home so I can't work since I need to stay home with them. Perhaps some miracles will happen in the studio those few days. Either that or I may have to actually pay attention to my children and the state of this house... Balance and do both? Good idea!
My creative juices are flowing and I am dying to share some of these with you! So enjoy the jewelry pictured here, if I am lucky there will be another post this weekend with more pretty pictures! Lol!
A lot of the items pictured here are newly listed in my Etsy shop, so please head over and have a look. The link is on the side bar. Hard to do a post link as I am writing this from my phone. Still working, even in bed ;)
Did I mention I also have new pendants listed? You can find those in my supply shop. I have a bunch more to add to the lot, so keep your eyes peeled.
So much to do and so little time! I guess I better get out of bed and get to it!!
Thanks for stopping by

Marie






Saturday, January 4, 2014

Pinterest, Art Bead Scene and me!

Image from Tesori Trovati and Erin Prais-Hintz
 
I was chatting with my good friend Heather of Humblebeads, creator of the Art Bead Scene. Heather has been amazingly patient with me in the last year keeping me on as a contributor even though I did very little contributing. Well that is about to change! Heather asked me the be the Pinterest administrator for the Art Bead Scene! What an amazing opportunity! I am a total Pinterest addict and I think Heather knows it, so I really feel I am a perfect fit!
Image from Humblebeads and Heather Powers
So I dove in feet first and started rocking the Pinterest boards! Woo! Having a blast! I have a really hard time sleeping so I took up pinning as my "what else am I going to do" treat ;)
Now I can pin with a purpose!
As a pinner I personally have over 5500 followers, 96 boards and over 14,000 pins! I was made for this job! lol
Textile Design for Cretonne, 1928? 
by Lois Mailou Jones
Tempera on Paper
To start things off my duties for the ABS Boards starts with the Monthly challenge! Above is this month's inspiration art piece. You can find the Pinterest Board HERE to see what we have so far... 
Next I created a board to promote our monthly sponsors. Here is our SPONSOR BOARD. I hope you follow the ABS or the individual boards.
My next duty as you leader, I mean as the Admin, is to create inspiration boards. I will then create a post for the ABS blog to highlight the board. So my first one is BIRDS OF INSPIRATION. Many of us pull our inspiration from nature, so what better place to start than with birds. They are one of my favorite things, with their bright plumage and the variety of shapes and sizes they come in. I understand of course that they are not everyone's favourites, so look for future boards that I will be creating over the next year.
 
So I leave you with these words and hope to see you repining our inspiration to your own boards :)
 
Marie
 
**Update**
The duties for the ABS Challenge board on Pinterest will actually be shared between Kaushambi and myself :)


Friday, January 3, 2014

Remembering...

I was sitting here remembering some of the things that made me the happiest. I feel like it has been too long since I have done anything for my business so I am here reminding myself and maybe some of you out there in cyberland that I did some noteworthy things and that I really need to start again. It's really me that needs the reminder. I have gotten some lovely emails from people out there telling me how much they miss seeing my new pieces and how they hope I will get back to it again.
I am still here, I have not forgotten how my hands work, I just need them to feel inspired. I felt a touch of inspiration over Christmas, I made some nice things for people on my Christmas list. It felt good. I ran out of time to take pictures of course, I am still not set up to tale any really. I moved my studio again. I was a little scattered around the house and now I am almost done organizing my new space. It is coming, the return to creativity. I want to get my hands dirty so to speak ;) I am almost ready. I have less pain in my hands now and I hope it stays away. I have to start back slow.
I have posted a couple pictures that I was able to pull up from the internet. I never did recover anything from my computer, so I lost all my pictures. I am moving on from that, I have a new year ahead of me to make new things and take new pictures.
I am realizing that this post is pretty random and somewhat depressing. Ugh! I need something fun to happen! lol Maybe I will start submitting to publications again... I miss getting the emails saying something was accepted. It has been so long! I remember the exhilaration it gave me!
So what is next? I don't really have a plan. I think I will just see where creation takes me. I do have some pendants started...maybe I will start by finishing those...

See you soon!

Marie

Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Little Dresser Love!!

I have been slowly changing out all the crappy Ikea dressers that have fallen apart in our house over the last few years. I am finding that if I buy something old, it tends to be longer lasting and better made. So off I have gone scrounging the thrift shops and flea markets. Well a couple months ago I found...
Nothing too special other than the fact that it's funky vintage. I especially live that I paid about $10 for it! I wanted to do a plain white "chalk paint" look since it was going in my little girl's room. I am not 100% sure that I won't distress it a little bit, but for now I am happy with the way it looks. It is very shabby chic and Evie is thrilled!!
I am thinking for now that I will leave it this way and wait until inspiration strikes again. I think I may have to do her little night stand to match... It's the only brown thing in the room!
Here is a close up of the top drawer detail.
Kind of a sweet vintage touch. I like that this dresser does not need handles. Although hardware is never a problem for me to change out, I love the smooth fronts on the drawers.

So this project required a touch of sanding, a little scuffing to allow the paint to have a better grip. Once I cleaned off all traces of dust from sanding, I started layering thin coats of flat white spray paint. I must have done about 6 coats. Flat white paint had a tendency to have shadows, so you will need more coats. Do them thin and do more of them, this will help you avoid runs and will give you a nicer finish. Once everything was dry I did wax the runners do the drawers would move more smoothly.
That's it! Took a few hours and we are done!
Hope you share your projects with me 

Marie

Monday, September 9, 2013

M.I.A but not really

Too much going on as always. Sometimes I long for a quiet peaceful life and sometimes I crave the hectic one I already have. I like being busy, just not to the point where there is no room to fit in creating and the things I enjoy become a burden or a stress.
Having said that, I announced on Facebook last night that I need a little time off and a little time to regroup and reevaluate. So, the first thing to go is Etsy for the time being. That has been my biggest stress. No time to create, photograph or list and if by some miracle I managed to sell something then when the heck do I ship it!! Too much!
So, I'm not sure where all this is going. I know I will sell off some of my stuff and at least keep my favourite stuff to create for my wholesale accounts. I don't want to quit altogether, I just need to see what I need to keep and what I need to let go.
I have been doing some creative stuff. Working on fixing up some older furniture and reselling it.
This is the piece I started with. Bought it secondhand, made it a little more sturdy, sanded the top and stained it dark. I love dark stain! I wanted to do something different with the legs, so I covered the top and spray painted them ivory. It took about three coats to get it just right. Once the last coat had dried for about an hour, I added a coat of stain and wiped it off. The stain mixed a little with the paint because it was not 100% dry. It gave the legs a really antiqued look. I spattered a little stain on the legs to make it look even more rustic. I just love how it looks finished!
I added three coats of poly to the top so far and two to the base. It needs just one more on the top. Love it!! This one is pre sold already so I may have to make myself another ;)
Right now I have about a half dozen pieces waiting in the garage for just the same treatment so hopefully the weather holds so I can do a bit more.
Keep stopping in, I'm not completely gone, just taking a short break. I will hopefully be able to share a few more fun projects or experiences soon...
Marie

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A little Znet Shows Style!!

Sometimes I just feel so darn lucky!! This is one of those times. I was contacted by Znet Shows about making some samples! How fun! I have been buying from these guys for at least two years and just love their products and prices! I never have trouble finding enough stuff to reach the wholesale minimum! lol
 I received a lovely little box full of treasures the day before I left to visit Heather Powers in MI. So, I packed up the treasures and took them with me!! lol
 So while I was at Heather's I created this necklace and thus discovered my love for Annealed steel wire!! Where have you been all my life!!! I used the starfish and clear crystals from Znet and transformed them into this!
 I then decided to gift this to my sweet surrogate niece Hannah <3 Love those two girls!!
 I also fell in love with making clasps out of the steel wire. OMGosh!! New love!! Made a bunch more after getting home. Did not know where I could find this wire before I left MI so I stocked up from at least 3 shops while down there! What a trip right Heather? I plumb tuckered her out, thanks Roseanne for driving us around! lol
 Everything else I made when I got back. The peanut beads were a gift from Heather, she had a ton and did not care for the colour. <3 What a great friend!! Our theme might be said to be "One man's trash is another man's treasure" ;)
 I made a series of these bracelets. I used buttons for the clasps, got those in MI too. All the crystals in these are from Znet Shows whether they came in the sample box or not.
 Love these dark blue ones! They went perfectly with these funky lampwork I got ages ago. {Trying to use some of my older stash before it really gets out of hand! Oh wait! Too late!}
 More of the Annealed Steel wire mixed with Znet's amazing dark blue round crystals and one of the faux seaglass beads I have come to depend on! This has been sealed with Ren Wax to keep the patina of the wire.
 I am certainly putting these peanut beads to good use! lol! This bracelet is very delicate and feminine. These are a great seller for me at my shows. Looking forward to seeing these fly off my table at the next market!
I did make a few simple earrings with these frosted dangles, I have some more complex ones I am thinking up for later.
I love that they sent me a few pairs. I still have so much to work with! So much fun!!
This one has a whole series of Znet starfish! I just had to put them together and they stand out so well! I used one of the starfish as a clasp, they are almost like a shank button at the back, making them easy to use this way.
These are my favourite of the earrings I made. I used the discs and added some simple seashell charms over them. They are delicate and sweet!
This is one of two strung necklaces I created. I really love these!! I used the seaglass and a Conch shell and used one of the funky lampwork beads in the center to bring the green and blue together. More annealed steel for the side clasp and a nice secure end for the peanut seed beads to attach to.
If you have stayed with me to the end, Thank you! I know it is a long post, but I hope you have gotten some inspiration from it all.
This last necklace I used another shell for the pendant and wire wrapped a mix of crystals and seaglass with another focal lampwork. The little chain of pearls is also from Znet Shows. Loved this one so much I gave it to my wonderful mother in law to thank her for being there for me and my family throughout this last difficult year. She has really pretty blue eyes and this necklace just looked wonderful on her!!
So last but not least, I created a simple blue linked bracelet with these frosted oval rings and wore some chain through it. I added a dangle from a short length of chain for fun.

So make sure you check out Znet Shows for a wonderful selection and pricing! You won't be sorry! I have tons of their beads and I use them in so many things! You won't be sorry!

Marie
 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Skye Jewels at "Dang Blessed"

My first serious wholesale order! I am so excited!! This is why I create!! I am just finishing all the packing up and I am almost ready to ship it off! This happened very fast, but I seem to be more creative under pressure.
 I am showing you images of some of the pieces that will be on their way to the sweetest little shop in Driggs Idaho!! It is called "Dang Blessed" and you can find them on Facebook! I hope you will take a moment to go give them a like!
 I am very pleased with the selection I am sending down. I think some may even be my best work yet! I adore this top necklace with one of my new Butterfly pendants, it is a really unique piece.
 I have some wonderful new lentil lampwork beads that I made that I am including in some of my new designs. Above is a mix of a few of my favourite artisan beads ;)
 Jerri, one of the owners of the shop, really liked the idea of my handmade pendants, so most of the necklaces I am sending have those as the feature. I hope the folks in Idaho love my wood pendant jewelry as much as the locals here!
 These new bracelets I have up so far all have my new lentil beads. I have a few I can list but I am thinking I will just use them. I really love the way they turned out :)
 I added some favourites to the mix too. Birds and trees and such. I think these will sell quickly! (fingers crossed)
 Jerri Loved my Sunrise bracelet, so I made a similar one for the shop. It's one of my favourites too, so you may see another one pop up in my shop or on my newly redesigned website.
I need to make inventory for my own website after this, but for now you get to enjoy seeing what will be available at "Dang Blessed" So if you live in the area, stop by and say hello, pick up a piece or two and share this new shop with your friends!
 Last one for today, there are many other pieces including a boat load of earrings making their way down, so don't miss out!! Nothing better than owning a handmade piece of art!

I hope to see it for myself some day, Idaho is not that far away...

Thanks for stopping by!

Marie
 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

CLEARANCE SALE!! Both Etsy shops!!



 Just a quick note to let you all know that I am having a HUGE CLEARANCE sale right now!!! Both of my Etsy shops have items added for the sale. I have pendant bundles and jewelry on clearance and the deals are amazing!!
I have listed my older inventory that has been sitting around and I am practically giving it away! Most pieces are below cost!!
I hope you will take advantage of this and clear out my shops so I can bring you the newest and latest pieces!!

 You can find the charm, pendant and beads in my Supply Shop.
You can find all the deals on jewelry in my Jewelry Shop.

I hope you find something you like and at the same time help me make space in my studio for new creations to come out!! 

We are in a state of emergency here in Calgary and outlying areas. Flooding is extreme and a lot of places are being evacuated. This should not affect us, but if it does I will do my best to let you all know if shipping will be delayed.

Thank you so much!!

Marie