Wednesday, March 31, 2010

EASTER GIVEAWAY by Sapone Bolla Soap

A new Easter Giveaway with two wonderful prizes is now open for entries ! Please come and entry this joint giveaway between Sapone Bolla and CRG Designs, as you may have the chance to win a beautiful and complete bath soap package or a necklace handcrafted with natural gemstones, pearls and Austrian crystals ! Description and entry rules available at :
http://saponebolla.blogspot.com/2010/03/my-biggest-giveaway-ever.html

Please spread the word, this is a big event for Debbie, as it's her FIRST GIVEAWAY !!!!!

GOOD LUCK !









Thursday, March 25, 2010

My Evil Eye wall decor was featured on Treasury West

What a better way to cheer up a rainy day, than being featured on Treasury West ? My little Evil Eye wall decor is there, in the great company of other beautiful creations, thanks to "Jansue Boutique" on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/jansue !


Get romantic. Get colorful. Get Parisienne.

Perhaps you have noticed that lately I've been quiet .... Well, I was more than excited to get my new beads and start working on my new collection ! This morning I start listing some of them, and more are to come ! If you like the colorful, romatic style, then this should be the next addition to your spring collection ! As cloisonne will always be beautiful, elegant and up to date ! Here are some of them, available on my Etsy and ArtFire studios, and even more good news, Free Shipping is offered on ArtFire shop to celebrate the Easter and Mother's Day !



If you'd like to purchase them from my Etsy shop and still benefit the Free Shipping offer, please mention FREESHIP code in the "message to seller" window, and a full shipping charge refund will be issued to your PayPal account.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

AND THE WINNERS ARE ...

Good morning my dear Ladies !

We got finally to draw the two winners of Julie's and my giveaway, and first of all I would like to thank all of you for joining us and for your lovely comments. It was a fantastic opportunity to see here our good old friends and we got to make new great friends, and for what else we can be more grateful than that ? We had 19 registered contestants for the two prizes, and I want you to know that you all have been in my husband's lucky hands !!!! "cause he was the one to draw the lucky names, which are ....

For the First Prize - "Starry night glamour" and Julie's "Two Heart Cushion", the winner is
SAPONE BOLLA SOAPY

The Second Prize - "Mystic Orchids", the winner is SMALL FOOTPRINTS

Congratulations and once again THANK YOU !

I will send you an email asking for your mailing address, so we can send you the prizes !!!! Remember, the first prize is coming in two different shipments - one from me ( US ) and one from Julie ( Australia ).

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New listings

I have two new listings in both my ArtFire studio and Etsy shop. I hope you'll like them. If you want to purchase any of the, a discount is available for MCC members and my blog followers - FREE SHIPPING - just enter the code in the message to the seller, a shipping refund will be issued via PayPal. The necklace and earrings set is made with off white freshwater pearls, peacock glass beads, a metal butterfly charm and a gorgeous blue/white Shell pendant with metalic inlays. Matching dangle earrings complete this fabulous look !

The watch, I love to make these beaded watches, is handcrafted with peacock cultured pearls, natural Hematite beads and black glass beads. Black Geneva quartz watch, silver tone, and extension chain with pearl charm. Perfect for any special ocasion, party, cocktail or dinner !



Monday, March 15, 2010

I finally got to frame some of my paintings

Yes, once in a while I paint or I draw. I love it, but I have to be in the right mood, and curious thing, I don't feel like painting in the winter. Unfortunately, lately, I didn't paint as much as I used to, but at least I got to frame some of them. And maybe soon I will finish all the paintings that I start and are stored somewhere in a corner of my studio.




Friday, March 12, 2010

A gift to bright my day, and yours ! Please pass it on !

It's a laizy Friday morning, and almost everyone is sleeping in the house ( my better half is sick and high on NyQuil, and my oldest one is having a day off from the school ) , except our youngest one who decided that as long as he doesn't know the days of the week or how early it is, he should start his day. So I made my coffee as usual and I opened my laptop to read my emails, the news and to see if I have any new contestants on my giveaway - I always start my day in this order. I am a coffeine addict, but is also a neccesity because my blood pressure is usualy on the floor ( 8 or maybe 9 in my good days ) and I'm like a zombie without my morning coffee. Going back to my story, I was so happy to see one more comment on the giveaway post, so I rush to see who it is, and there is Della ! I found Della's blog ( http://della-gettingmylifebackonebeadatatime.blogspot.com/ ) browsing Kathie's blog, and I was so impressed with her jewelry and interesting blog, that I decided to follow her. I thought she've made  her entry, but to my big and nice surprize, she sent me the Beautiful Blogger award ! Shall I tell you how impressed I was ? Yes, I'll tell you even if you already figuered that. It's a beautiful award that if you're lucky enough to get it, you should pass it on to other bloggers as a recognition to their work, mind and for who they are.


I've already inserted it in my blog, and now I will follow the tradition and I will pass it on to 10 other great blogs and their creators ( was not an easy thing to decide which ones, among so many wonderful bloggers ), and here they are :

1. Tanya and her "Little Village Naturals" blog ( http://littlevillagenaturals.blogspot.com/ ) , always so cheerful and funny.
2. Debbie and "Baby Chick Designs"  ( http://babychickdesigns.blogspot.com/ ) for a wonderful blog and artist dedicated to bring the Art in our little ones lives.
3. Angie and "Tatted Adventures...of Complicated Girl" ( http://agasunset.blogspot.com/ ) for sharing with us all her thoughts on a very colorful blog.
4. Kat and "SassmowthDesigns" (http://sassmowthdesigns.blogspot.com/ ) for not giving up on her dreams.
5. Desiree and "Jewelry by Desiree" ( http://jewelrybydesiree.blogspot.com/ ) for a wonderful artist and blogger
6. Brenda and "Split Rock Ranch" ( http://splitrockranchllamas.blogspot.com/ ) for a very colorful and interesting blog
7. Debbie and " Sapone Bolla Soap Blog" ( http://saponebolla.blogspot.com/ ) for doing such a great job with her new blog.
8. Belinda and "Samplings from a Blur Ribbon Girl" ( http://blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com/ ) for being a fantastic blogger
9. Heather and "TataniaRosa" ( http://tataniarosa.blogspot.com/ ) for a wonderful artist and blogger
10. Cathy and " Jewelry Design-A Journey" ( http://catyannscreations.blogspot.com/ ) for a lovely blog.

To get your award and pass it on  just Copy and Paste the image.

Thank you Della ! And have a wonderful weekend !

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Mother's Day FREE GIVEAWAY - Last moment addition - RAISED PRIZE FOR THE FIRST WINNER - Cheers for Julie !!!

Welcome to “Mother’s Day Giveaway” !

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ! It seems that this giveaway is becoming more attractive and fun every day ! I have the pleasure to announce that our good friend Julie from "Cre8urname" ( http://www.artfire.com/users/cre8urname ) have decided to jump in and have some fun with me, adding one of her LOVELY CUSHIONS to the First Winner of this giveaway ! Since Julie doesn't have a blog or Google ID, she cannot follow this blog and make the two steps complete to make the entry; so she had the WONDERFUL idea to join me : one of her cushions for the first winner in exchange for her entry ! Isn't it cute ???? And, if she's one of the winners, than her cushion will go to an additional/possible  THIRD winner !!!!! I think is the most funny giveaway I've ever seen ! Thank you Julie for your great innitiative !

As I have promised, today is The Day ! The entries are open, and I will keep it that way for ten days, to give each and every one of you enough time to do what you have to do in order to qualify for the final drawing! This a celebration of colors and inspiration, dedicated to my beloved Mother, and to all the women in our lives ! We all are mothers, sisters, daughters or granddaughters in somebody’s life ! And when I was working on these two wonderful pieces of jewelry I only had in mind the inside and outside beauty of an woman. We all are unique, at heart and soul, but most of the time we are unique in the way we understand to express ourselves ! Because how you dress and what you wear is Who You Are !

For this special Giveaway I decided to have TWO Winners. I had a hard time deciding which of two beauties should be the first prize and which one should be the second, and finally here they are :

FIRST PRIZE – STARRY NIGHT GLAMOUR SET
and
DOUBLE HEART CUSHION





A beautiful and elegant cobalt blue necklace and earrings set inspired by the mysterious and magnificent beauty of the night. Perfect for a special dinner, party or any special occasion that you have in mind. Something that when you wear, you instantly upgrade from “I’m pretty” to “Goddam ! I’m beautiful ! Actually, I’m GORGEOUS!” . I have worked this set with an amazing cobalt blue and gold lamp work beads, matched with gold tone findings and a long ball chain.

Second prize for the First Winner : Double Heart Cushion from "Cre8urname" ( http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&page_no=2&display=20&op=new&sterm=&sort_cats=&seller_id=49267&sc_id=0 )  Beautifully hand made Double Heart Shaped Novelty cushion. Made from cotton/polyester fabric, is fully machine washable and have a zipper for easy care. Decorate your room with beautiful shaped cushions, Looks fantastic on the bed or a chair. Show some-one you love them with a hand made cushion.
Colour: White with Red Lip Print and Red border with attached Small Red Heart
Size: 60cm (W) x 38cm (L) x 8cm (H)


SECOND PRIZE – MYSTIC ORCHIDS




As you may see, a refreshing and delicate set of jewelry to bright your every morning, and to always remind you that every day is new beginning ! Inspired by the delicate orchids, this beaded Genava watch and earrings set is speaking out loud for you “Forever Young” ! What else can be more refreshing than the beautiful Natural Amethyst and matching lavender lamp work beads ? This silver piece will be your day to day statement !

How to entry ?
In two steps ! As simple as that !

1. Follow my blog – so you can always be up to date with all the news and future Giveaways
2. Leave a comment on this post for me and Julie with an email address, so we can contact you in case you are a Winner !
Make sure you do both things ( do NOT leave a comment under "Anonymous", such entries will not be considered for the final drawing ). If you already follow me, then all you have to do is just to leave a comment !
The final drawing will be on Saturday- March 20, 2010 and the Winners will be announced here on the blog, on my Studio blog, my Facebook page and on My Craft Corner page. I will also contact them by email.

Now have fun, register your entry, share it on Twitter and Facebook if you feel like, and stay close ! Or maybe you want to explore a little bit my other creations and new studio at http://www.artfire.com/users/CRGDesigns .

Monday, March 8, 2010

Understanding the CHAKRA Jewelry

When you buy a Chakra jewelry, you don't just add another nice handcrafted piece to your collection. You buy a spiritual item with healing properties given by the stones vibrations. It would take me neverending pages to explain in detail, but I will try to give you some basic information about the gemstones I use to craft these beauties, the meaning of each color, the symbolism, the effects and the benefits, and as well a few words about the seven energetic points called Chakra.
RED - dyed Coral
ORANGE - orange Carnelian
YELLOW - yellow Jade
GREEN - olive Jade
BLUE - dyed Turquoise
INDIGO - blue Gold Stone
VIOLET - Amethyst

STONES HEALING PROPERTIES :
CORAL: Coral brings diplomacy and concurrence, quiets emotions, brings peace to innerself. Facilitates intuition, imagination, visualization, expedite, accelerate the transfer of knowledge. Strengthens both circulatory and bone structure in the body. Stimulates tissue regeneration and nourish blood cells. Helps with disorders of the spinal, alimentary canals, nervous system and thalamus. Different colors of Coral can be used alone, in combination, or all together. Sympathetic to both the skeletal structure and the circulatory system. Good stone for ailments of the bones and blood such as arthritis and anemia. Also benefits the cleansing organs and thymus. Helps battle mental illnesses. Has a true link with the past and can pass knowledge along.
CARNELIAN: This stone represents confidence, boldness, initiative, dramatic abilities, assertiveness and outgoingness. Precision, analysis, stimulates appetite, encourages celebration and brings awareness of feelings. It is the stone of passion and sexuality and is associated with the Sacral/Spleen Chakra. This stone helps you feel anchored and comfortable with your surroundings. Provides a connection to the past or to historical events. Carnelian can improve motivation. Helps one achieve greater success in career or personal matters. Helps ground people who meditate. Carnelian is one of the most helpful crystals for healing trauma, stress and emotional wounds that have accumulated in the etheric body or the Aura and are now manifesting as physical symptoms. JADE: Jade is considered the health, wealth and longevity stone. used also for courage, wisdom, justice, mercy, emotional balance, stamina, love, fidelity, humility, generosity, peace, harmony. Jade is known as androgynous, therefore it is considered having a gentle, steady pulse of healing energy. Jade is found in different colors and can be used on the appropriate Chakra based on its color. Properties common to all colors of Jade include its ability to mellow one's existence. Helps one rid themselves of negative thoughts and energy. Very beneficial to the heart in both physical and spiritual senses. It is a very protective stone and will keep its wearer out of harm's way. Jade bounds us to our earth energies and physical instincts. Jade is a humbling stone.
TURQUOISE : This stone is most famous as an amazing over all healer for illnesses in the physical body and mental/emotional issues. Turquoise is known as a stone of protection and communication on every level. It is a stone most attune to the thymus gland. The thymus is located in the upper part of the chest between the heart and the throat and produces T-lymphocytes (white blood cells that fight infections and destroy abnormal cells). It is an important organ of the immune system. This is exactly why turquoise has an effect on the entire body. Use turquoise at the Throat Chakra, to encouraging communication between heart and mind as well as expressing your desires and dreams. It opens the Throat Chakra, for clear communication, creativity, serenity, spiritual bonding and uplifting through verbal expression. Turquoise can be placed at the Heart Chakra to energize the thymus, heart and immune system. Opens this Chakra for giving and receiving. Symbolizes our source (spirit/sky) and spiritual love for healing and helping. It is known as the stone which connects heaven and earth. Balancing Yin and Yang, energizing the meridians and cleansing/clearing the Aura. Turquoise is used at the Third Eye Chakra for increasing our psychic connection to great spirit through intuition and allows for much deeper meditation.
GOLD STONE : Medium brown or dark blue with tiny coppery glitter. Goldstone is a man-made stone, just a type of glass with glittery metallic material in it. It is a valid classification, as it has many properties of NATURAL glasses, such as obsidian which are modified by its being man-made and having been doped with additives. Originally created when alchemists were working towards creating gold. Gently uplifting, mildly helpful to Solar plexus Chakra to reduce stomach tension, protect center of body. It is said to be the stone of ambition. It builds energy, courage and a positive attitude. Increases drive and confidence. A gently uplifting stone, Goldstone promotes vitality. Goldstone helps to reduce stomach tension and benefits arthritic conditions. It is helpful to bones, painful joints and circulation.
AMETHYST : The stone of spirituality and dream recall. Used for contentment and meditation. Provides common sense and flexibility in decisions. Strengthens and enhances psychic abilities, imagery and mind quieting. Wear when sleeping or when awake to reduce anger, impatience, and nightmares. Most effective on the Brow and Crown Chakra. Amethyst contains the grounding color of red with the energy of blue, which is expanding, spacious and flow of peace. Amethyst is considered a Master Healing stone.

CHAKRA COLORS, LOCATION AND MEANINGS :
Red - First chakra, base of the spine. Groundedness, trust, belonging, lessens feelings of mistrust.
Orange - Second chakra, belly just below the navel. Sensuality, emotion, creativity, lessens feelings of inferiority.
Yellow - Third chakra, solar plexus. Will, identity, commitment, lessens feelings of confusion.
Green - Fourth chakra, heart. Compassion, forgiveness, intimacy, lessens feelings of isolation.
Blue - Fifth chakra, throat. Expression, communication, power to manifest, generativity, lessens feelings of stagnation.
Indigo - Sixth chakra, third eye, between the eyes. Clear sight, intuition, integrity, lessens feelings of despair.
Violet - Seventh chakra, crown, top of the head. Spiritual connection, mastery, lessens feelings of distraction.

Julie's "cre8urname" Studio

 
My shop is called “cre8urname” and I have been selling my cushions on line for about a year. I also sell Lingerie under another id that I've been doing since 2007.
I'm an upholsterer by trade and have been working with fabrics for what seems like forever, about 35 years, I love crafting and making things with my hands....I no longer do upholstery as my arms will no longer take the strain, I have had several opps on both elbows over the years, and last year the Dr told me no more or I wouldn't have the use of my arms as the muscles would not respond....so I thought ok what can I do that wont hurt and I still enjoy....that’s how I came up with the cushions, I also make formal dresses and lots of other crafty things....
All the cushions are made to order so you get to choose the fabric design and color as they are made just for the buyer....I get people here that find fabric on line they like and let me know where they see it and I get it for them and make the cushions they want....it's very personalized and contact between me and my buyer is also personal, as I want to keep my buyer happy.
The cushions are made of cotton or cotton/polyester and are machine washable you don't even have to take the fiberfill out to wash them. But they can be made from any fabric the buyer wants. They all have a zip so if you want to add more fill to them you can or alternately use them for pajama bags, or to hide your jewelry in !





Saturday, March 6, 2010

Spring clean up - Etsy shop in reorganization - please visit my ArtFire Studio for shopping alternatives

Greetings everyone from the beautiful South !
It's a wonderful sunny Saturday morning, I'm having my coffee, and I'm full of energy. I can smell the spring coming, and I cannot help myself not to start making changes; in the house, in my shops, wherever I can ! So I will start with one of my shops! I put the Etsy one on vacation mode because I'm planning to reorganize everything there; I have to adjust the prices to match the new lower ones on ArtFire studio, I have to delete some categories and make new ones, I have lots of new listings ( but I need some peaceful and quiet time to do that ) and I have to get rid off the old inventory - for that I make a new section.
The ArtFire studio will be open all this time, updated with all the new items that I'm working at, and new coupon codes will be available very-very soon ! I'm also planning to have here on the blog Giveaways, twice a month, but I'll let you all know when they will start. In the meantime, have fun, go shopping and enjoy the the fresh springtime air !

As a reminder, here are all the links where you can find me and my work, get in contact with me and stay updated with the latest news :

http://www.artfire.com/users/CRGDesigns







Thursday, March 4, 2010

Featured shop mini-series. Today "Colorado Catnip Toys"

Are you tired of looking to find a cute, useful and original gift for your beloved feline pet or dog ? Have you considered a handmade toy, blanket, bed or quilt, instead of going to store down the street or at the Mall ? Well, it might not be so hard to find if you take a look at these wonderful gifts created by
 "Colorado Catnip Toys" .
With plenty of choices of designs and colors, they are the perfect gift ! Washable, organic, 100% cotton, handcrafted with love by a cat lover, great prices, what else can you wish for ? And they also make custom orders, on top of everything ! Wonderful ! Here are some of their lovely creations !
I adore my cat, so I know how it feels ! I want for her to know how precious is for me, I want her to be spoiled and happy ! Wouldn't you ? Then do so, go ahead and buy her/him something that no one else is having !
A good opportunity also to receive a FREE CATNIP TOY with your purchase ! Just put "Rose" in the comments to the seller to get your free gift !
Isn't that great ?


Thank you Jana !





Monday, March 1, 2010

New listings *** Beautiful earrings, only 10 $ !

http://www.artfire.com/users/CRGDesigns

Just finished listing more earrings in my ArtFire Studio ! Gemstones, Millefiori, glass, freshwater pearls or Evil Eye -- not two of them are the same ! A wide variety of models, colors and designs, hope you'll like them ! I also made a beautiful and unique twisted braided bracelet with ceramic handpainted Peruvian beads, and a necklace. I'll post here just a few of them so you can have an idea. More of them, on the website.