Thursday, December 31, 2009

Art Design Store UP! and new Art Jewelry on the way!

I have a new etsy store that is now up and running with just a few of my prints from my art, but I have big plans for this store! I've been toying with the idea of transferring my art images to polymer clay for custom, one of a kind art jewelry. My latest experiment has yielded this so far!

Soon I'll be adding Mother's Day package commission deals to my Art & Design Shop. I'd offer packages where, along with the price of a custom drawing, you can order a matching bracelet, necklace, prints, notecards, etc. For instance Mother's Day Commission Package Plus One would allow you to choose one item from the list, Mother's Day Commission Package Plus Two would choose two items, etc. I'll offer similar package details for commissioned graphic and design pieces as well.
The drawing shown is one of my youngest daughter that I did of one of her baby portraits that I took when she was about 3 months old.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Children of the World!

I've added a new collection of jewelry that I call 'Children of the World."  The set features 3/8" beads and slices of millefiori faces with translucent backgrounds.  The coordinating items are wonderful swirled lentil beads and earrings made from the scraps from the face canes.  The items are warm and soft and subtle enough with the rich beige, tan, and brown flesh tones to be worn with any items.  These make a wonderful gift for any teacher or can be customized with faces to represent family children for any mother or grandmother.  I currently have the bracelet set featured above in 7.5" and 8.5" for sale at my online Jewelry Shop, along with the lentil earrings listed separately.  I will soon be adding chain bracelets with 12 wonderful mixed faces, drop and post earrings featuring each of the faces, and necklace sets.  Please look for more wonderful pieces in this beautiful collection that has become my favorite endeavor so far.

Iowa - would've thought it?

I'm very pleased to announce that I now carry a collection for the Dallas Center - Grimes Community School District.  In order to start production on a new school line of products, I generally require a 'seed' order - a $50-100 order to cover the cost of materials.  The rest is just time, which I invest with the hopes that the school can use my products for fundraising or just to enhance school spirit.  With the economy, budget cuts, and the endless hours that schools give to our children at a cost that should be priceless, it's the least I can do to give back.  I hope y'all in Grimes enjoy the new creations and use them with much Mustang spirit! Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve you!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

LOOK BOSS! The canes, the canes!

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the things I have on my to do list, but one more is finally checked off!

When I make my face beads, they have no background material, so I have to stretch the canes to reduce them to the size I use.  That always leaves a bit of tapered end material that is unusable unless I completely mash the faces.  I picked up some translucent clay - I used a mixture of fimo effects white transparent and premo translucent - and surrounded the ends with it, making sure it was thicker at the thicker end, then rolled it gently into usable 1/2" canes.  I'm keeping a bit to play with for some jewelry designs I have in my head, but have put the rest up for sale on my etsy store.  I'd love to see what the talented polymer clay artists out there can do with my designs!  

Monday, November 16, 2009

Welcome Churchill Chargers!!

I want to personally welcome all the Churchill High School students, parents & staff that find their way here!  It's an honor to be doing fundraising for the Churchill Band and I've been completely impressed with the quality of not only the program, but the wonderful people I've met along the way during my son's participation.   Please take the time to subscribe to this blog so that I can keep you informed of any specials or promotions that you may want to take advantage of.  

So let me explain quickly about fundraising for Churchill.  If you buy any school related item, I will automatically donate 20% of my profits to Churchill Band.  In addition, if you purchase any Custom Jewelry or any other school jewelry that I am not using for fundraising for that school with your Churchill Jewelry purchase, I will also donate 20% of my profits.  If you purchase or commission any custom art project I will donate 10%.  PLEASE NOTE:  If you purchase anything without a school item, i may not know that you belong to Churchill, so please either email me or send me an etsy conversation to let me know that you want Churchill to get credit for the sale.  I will record all sales along with the sale information and provide a copy of my records along with my donation check to the Band at the beginning of every month.   

PAYMENT & DELIVERY:  You may pay for any purchases using your credit card through paypal.  If you chose that option, but wish to pick up your piece from me in person, just send me an email or etsy conversation to let me know.  Once you have picked up your purchase, I will issue a rebate for the shipping through paypal.  If you wish to pay for your purchase when you pick it up, please choose the 'other' payment option and send me an email or etsy conversation so that we can arrange delivery.  I will allow a week for you to pick up and pay for any purchases before reposting the sales items.   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  

In the future, I will be adding school themed handmade figurines to my site along with other fun school related jewelry and art.  I will be posting any new fun stuff to my blog, so subscribe to be the first to find out what's new!  Thank you again and GO CHARGERS GO!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Welcome to my Blog

Oh my, but it's been a couple of very busy weeks for me.  After spending the last month setting up and polishing up my homepage with photos, schedules, and my class descriptions, I've now set up an account on Flickr with photos of most of my jewelry, artwork, photography (after taking many many new photos);  set up an account on etsy to showcase and sell my work; and now THIS!  I still have so much more to do, but I'm getting my feet wet in the community and want to thank the wonderful folks at PCAGOE for inspiring me.   


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