Saturday, October 27, 2012

Seeing RED! Holiday Preview...

I am lovin' all shades of red for this holiday season - drop by and find a festive lovely for your seasonal celebrations or that special someone on your gift list!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

One Person's Trash...

So, this week I've had a million things to do, many of which have been those boring, mundane everyday type things that build up (since I tend to avoid them as long as possible), and just wait for you to trip over them or you know, starve to death, before you take action.  In the middle of one of these chores (aka 'For the love all that is holy, clean your workbench'), I came across some good size scraps of copper sheet metal left over from some star ornaments I made awhile ago.  Well, I think I must have blacked out or something (I'm sure it was a reaction to the cleaning or maybe a flash of inspiration) because suddenly I was cutting, filing, hammering, polishing and torching like a madwoman! I guess it's true -- one person's trash is another person's treasure... 13 pairs of earrings were the result!
Now, back to that list...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Let's get Personal!

2012 Star Ornament
Over the last several months a number of customers have made inquiries about personalizing some of the pieces in my shop -- most frequently, wondering about adding the date or an initial or a special word to my beaded holiday ornaments.  I had been thinking of offering some custom add ons and ways to personalize gift giving for the coming holiday season and so I got to work! Handstamping metal bits are a wonderful opportunity to create that meaningful touch and I've had fun experimenting.  My first offering is a custom date or intial stamp for the ornaments (or any other item from my shop!).  Of course you know, once I get started, the options are endless -- here's what is available so far!
Stamped Monogram and Message Bangles
Sterling Silver Monogram Charm

Gemstone Bangles with Monogram Charm
Sterling Silver Monogram and Birthstone Necklaces
Swarovski Crystal Custom Birthstones


Friday, October 12, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you a day filled with family, friends and thankfulness!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Squiggle Bookmarks!

I've been making these funky Squiggle Bookmarks for a few years now, previously only available at local shows and in our seasonal shop.  I love playing with the wire to make these mod shapes and then I hammer them to help them hold their squiggles and spirals, ready for lots of use!  Recently I found a supplier for these fabulous hip colors of aluminum wire -- I could barely contain myself until I had time to create -- oh my, I LOVE these colors! And, I'm offering them in sets of three in my Etsy shop for this holiday season-- come on by and check them out!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

one fine October morning...

After a wet and dreary last few days, this morning dawned crisp, clear and with autumn perfection! This view is the reason we moved outside the city! Yesterday I made a post office run (now 15 minutes each way :), and noticed the fall color is really beginning...brilliant reds and oranges on the maple trees and yellow on the birches - life is good!
 I had a visitor today - a beautiful large piliated woodpecker usually drops by in the autumn to gorge on the dark blue berries on my virginia creeper.  He had his fill today -- isn't he gorgeous?!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fredericton Fall Craft Show was a huge success!

It was a mild rainy weekend, perfect weather for Fredericton's Fall Craft Show, held at the Capital Exhibit Center this past weekend. The show was expanded to three days this year giving plenty of time for the lovers of handmade to visit and indulge themselves!
Friday and Saturday were like old home week!  It was wonderful to see and chat with friends, family and many loyal local customers who dropped by the show. 
It was also great to catch up with several of my 'maker' friends that I haven't seen since last season and meet some new artisans too (hi Donna!). Wishing everyone a fabulous and busy holiday crafting season~
Many thanks to the those who began their holiday shopping or indulged themselves with one of my creations and also to the organizers for their hardwork and dedication to the handmade community right here in my hometown!