Friday, November 28, 2008

Going Green?

I've been debating this for a while. I know some people who shop on Etsy appreciate recycling efforts. I think most of those people are artists themselves. But...there are others who don't care for spending their money on something they feel is used or even a part of it used. I guess they feel like they aren't getting their money's worth. It is sad that people don't see the purchase as support for other's efforts to help save the earth. That should be a big motivating factor when people are deciding on a purchase.

I have recently been working on some jewelry that includes "upcycled" items. It has been so much fun watching the transformation. I just recently finished a necklace that includes bead from two different bracelets. The necklace is mainly composed of new items though. This was really an experiment for me. But it was great to be able to take two simple beaded stretch bracelets and use those beads to make this lovely necklace. I am really bad about not taking photos of my work. I hate that part. Hopefully I will be able to give you guys a preview soon though.

Just so you have an idea, the necklace is made with the upcycled resin beads from the bracelets, new glass beads, silver metal spacers and an epoxy and silver metal owl pendant. I didn't really understand the fascination with owls lately. But now they're growing on me. :)

I'm going to leave you with links to a few Etsy shops who concentrate on recycling and upcycling in their own unique ways. Hope you check them out and let me know what you think. :D


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Christmas Smiles

If you have a lady to buy for this Holiday season then you have got to check out this Gift Guide on the Southeastern US Team Shops blog!

Amber Leilani who is a fabulous jewelry artists herself, has picked five outstanding pieces from fellow Etsy artists in the Southeastern United States. If you like shopping local, but don't like the mall, Etsy is the place to find simply amazing handmade items. You can even search for items from local artists. Etsy has everything you can imagine! You can even find items from the Southeastern US Team right from their blog.

Amber's jewelry picks are outstanding! I'll say it again, I couldn't pick just one!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I love butterflies AND awards! They just keep coming.

I can't believe it. The awards just keep coming. I am so very flattered that so many people view my blog AND actually like it ! :D

I received this award from NanjoDogz at Indie Sista's blog. Thanks so much for this honor!

Here are the guidelines for receiving this award.
1. Put the logo on your blog (check)
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you (check)
3. Nominate 10 other blogs for this award (done)
4. Add links to those blogs (done)
5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs (done)
6. Give a reason why you consider their blogs cool (done)

Here are the 10 coolest blogs I have chosen to receive this award!

Feel Chic Boutique
Sewing Mom
Pink Pig Cottage
KiM's Art
Catherinette Rings
Michabella Creations
Night Time Helper Blog
Nina's Window
Sparkles N Eccentrics N More

Wow! Picking 10 cool blogs was harder than I thought. There are so many great blogs and I follow a lot of blogs also. Anyway, finally done! I hope they all enjoy their award as much as me!!!!! :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Pendant I must share

I hope you find this pendant as beautiful as I did. I found this at dicopebisuteria's shop on Etsy (of course) and I had to share it with you. This is so unique. I guess that is why I love it so much. It is part of her Glamour Colletion. While reading her shop profile I learned that the artists is Diana Costa from Barcelona, Spain and she is a fashion designer. She says that she loves to make jewelry and I can definitely see that love in her work.

You can see more of her items in her shop on Etsy and on her Flickr Photostream.

But, before you leave me and head on over to her shop and her Flickr photostream, let me share one more unique pendant I found in her shop. This one grabbed my attention at the last minute.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Wordless Wednesday