Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Today was the big day. Our oldest grandchild, Gabriel, made his confirmation. It was a nice ceremony and of course Grammy got teary eyed. Another one of life's rite of passages. My family is growing up. After the ceremony we had a wonderful family dinner at my son's house. My daughter in law made a wonderful
Saturday, April 25, 2009
It is Wooley Creek's turn to be the featured ArtFire studio on the Crazy Train Ride. Here is this artisan's bio:
I have been beading since 1990. We also do other crafts. My husband and I set up at Powwows and Flea Markets to sell my crafts and Vintage Native American Jewelry. We also sell on Ebay. under the name of Wooleycreek. I am disabled and spend most of my time doing things I can sit at the table to work on. Beadwork helps pass the time when I can't walk!
So pop on over to ArtFire and check out all of Wooley Creek's items. You never know when you might just find that special gift you were looking for.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
So tonight we are at a Red Roof Inn in Loqust Grove, Georgia. And they have great internet services so I am able to do my post on Silver River Jewelry. It is her turn to be on the Crazy Train and get featured by all of her fellow artisans who are participating in the crazy train. Silver River has so many awesome items on her web page. Her tag line is Stones Metal Passion. And that is evident in her work. Here is Silver River's bio from her studio
I have a passion for my family, the outdoors and designing jewelry. I am also an avid reader and enjoy being on the water. I love summer and am not so thrilled with winter (this is an issue since I live in Ohio lol!).I love what I do. For me the whole process is fascinating. It is like treasure hunt, from finding the perfect combination of stones or beads, to manipulating the metal with hammer and fire. Digging a stone out of the ground that looks like nothing special only to open it up and find beauty inside. There is something elementally satisfying in that.
So be sure to hop on over to Silver River's site and check out all the great jewelry that is there.
Hopefully, we will be in Dayton tomorrow at my son's house. I will update then. I know he has good internet service. Yipee.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Today's featured ArtFire Studio is DJ Storeroom. She has many nice items in her studio. I love her pouches and handbags.
Here is her Bio:
DjStoreRoom is registered in Singapore as a sole-prop business in 2009 February and operated by myself, a work-from-home-mother. I operate my business daily, from Monday to Friday ending at 6pm each day to focus on my family, marriage, child, friends and other commitments.
Setting goals and priorities is important to me as I seek to bring forth my greatest potential and courage in achieving sweet victory and showing magnificent actual proof in my life.
Handmade Treasures by DjStoreRoom is my creative outlet where my handmade bags and crafts are being sold. Crafting and sewing allows me to focus on my hands and my projects, and it makes my happy which in turns fuels more passion for creating. Sharing tutorials for sewing bags and more helps to create value for others while creating value for my own growth. Vintage Treasures by DjStoreRoom is where collections of antiques, collections and artefact's are sold. Every piece has their own history and story. Once gone, they will not be easily found again. Our Environment::: Smoke-Free :::::: Fur-Free :::
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
One of the things that Jim and I wanted to do when we retired was travel. We wanted to be able to see other parts of the world while we could still travel relatively easily and not have to use a walker to get around. So we are getting ready to start another summer adventure. We have decided to do some of the things we can do and take Beau with us. He really does not do well in a kennel or even if we leave him with someone. Since Maddie's passing he has really become attached to me. And of course we are around all the time now so that contributed to it I am sure.
One of the things I love about selling my jewelry in an online format is that you can do it from anywhere. When we travel I just pack all my jewelry, beads, tools, packing supplies, and my laptop and the store goes where I go. I am totally and hopelessly addicted to the Internet so I would be on the computer regardless. When I go online to check email and the news, I also check the store. It is really a good situation for us. And when I have sales, and I hope I have sales as they have been slow, then I can mail them out from where ever I may wander.
So that is the plan for this summer. We are traveling all over the United States visiting family, attending important family events and just seeing this country we live in. The last 3 months of our trip (yes I said 3 months, we will be gone until September) will be Jim riding his bicycle with 4 other men from Oregon to Maine. And Beau and I will be following them in the van providing support, seeing the country and making new jewelry. He has a web page to document that trip and you can follow it at http://gramps5.blogspot.com if you are interested. Of course I will be providing up dates here as well. You know I can't keep my mouth shut for that long.
Lastly, you may have noticed that my blog advatar has changed. That is my new summer travel one. I will find another one for Fall. I love to change "my look" and this affords me the opportunity to do it very easily.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I am a mom of a teenage boy-(he is the love of my life) I live with him, my boyfriend (sometimes, when I like him) and my 2 crazy cats- Oreo and Lilly. I own a brick and mortar shop called "The Cats Meow" it is a super cool shop which features many, many handmade items.
I am also a graphic designer and altered art/collage artist. My goal is to transition into being more of an artist/creator of fun things- I love my store, yet business is not so hot right now- so I need mulitiple streams of income. Plus, I am so creative and hyper that I cannot just sit in the shop all day doing nothing! lol
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Today's featured artisan is Amy from The Jewelry Shop. Here is what her Bio on ArtFire tells us about her shop
The handmade jewelry offered for sale at The Jewelry Shop is made by three family members - Amy, Jim, and Lynda. I'm Amy and I run the shop. In our shop you will find handcrafted wire wrap jewelry, beaded jewelry, and the occasional silver fabrication piece. The name of the person who created each piece will be on the listing.We have been creating jewelry for about 10 years now and are ready to share some of our creations with you. We hope you enjoy browsing the shop. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Most of the items in Amy's shop have a vintage look. Her items are very different from what you normally see on a jewelry web site. I love the items I have featured here but there are many
more in her shop. Please hop on over there and have a look. I know you won't be disappointed with what you see.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Products: Hat's, bags, armwarmers,legwarmers, scarves/cowels - soon to be added bunting and eye patches
Shop theme: Fun and adventure. When you buy one of my hats you become a member of the Pirate Pixie Crew. The story of how there came to be a Pirate Pixie Crew on Captain Skulduggery Dugs Galleon can be read on my website or in my profile. I want to encourage people of all ages to use their imagination to have fun. There is a new "Captains Log" on the website that is going to be updated most days with what has been happening in the world of Captain Skulduggery Dug. Hopefully soon we will have story pages where when people login they can add their name to the stories,so they become personalized. I want to encourage children and parents to read together and feel that by putting the children's names into the adventures this might do that.
Methods: Crochet, sewing and knit.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Easter egg hunt on Artfire.com !
What is this ?
Well hopefully it will be a very fun event that will benefit everyone in a different way.
Lots of Artfire studio's are participating and the Eatser Bunny is hiding an Easter egg in each of their shops. It's up to you to find them and fill your "basket".
How do you play?
You will find a form for this contest on the ArtFire Easter Egg Hunt Blog. This contains tips to help you navigate Artfire.com and find all the Easter Eggs.
When you find them all you will find that each egg has a letter on it ( or the word "space" ) !
Use all the letters to make a sentence.
The sentence has to be in exact order to score all points.
Even if you manage to assemble a sentence different from mine ( always a possibility I guess) with all those letters it will not be counted as correct.
When you start assembling the sentence you will see when it is correct :) ....( now that is a seriously big tip )
Fill in the answer form and submit.
The Easter Egg hunt starts on April 1st 2009 and will run for 3 weeks ! You have plenty of time to find the answer.
The participating studio's will be hiding their eggs in fun locations around their shop...you will receive a hint to find them.
Don't start looking now :) The eggs won't appear until April 1st !
What can you win ?
highest score : 50$ giftvoucher
second highest : 20$ giftvoucher
third highest : 10$ giftvoucher
These vouchers can be spent in all the participating studio's ! So plenty of choice .
So hurry on over to the ArtFire Easter Egg Hunt Blog to get your entry form. And then go to ArtFire and start looking for those eggs. There are fifty of them so you are going to be busy. And of course there is one in my shop. The hint for my shop is white jasper. So get going and in three weeks you just may be shopping on ArtFire and hopefully in my shop too.