Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The new Summer Crystal Jewelry Collection is here !

I managed finally to finish some pieces from my new summer collection and to list them. You will find most of them under the new Crystal Jewelry Category in my studio, and the best of all is that they are listed under the current storewide Mother's Day sale, which means that until May 8 you can buy them under the 15% discount. More will come, but in the mean time I will post here some of them for you to see. You will find the new crystal earrings too in the same category.









Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mega Mother's Day Sale is ON !


Mom will love these Gifts ! Don't miss the Mega Sale with 15% off all jewelry collection, from gemstones and pearls to Millefiori and Cloisonne, and everything in between, with prices starting at just 7.65 $  ! No coupon required ! Visit http://www.artfire.com/users/CRGDesigns for more than 250 items to choose from !

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Make a Statement !


Friday, February 4, 2011

February Birthstone FP collection - Amethyst


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Why pink ?


Pink is usually associated with Love and Romance, but the influence that is having in out lives is much more deeper than that. We wear pink jewelry, we offer pink flowers, we show our support and compassion with a pink ribbon, or we paint the nursery in pink. Most of the time, we just think that is cute and girly, but here are some interesting facts about pink that it might help you to better understand this color when you decide to buy something pink, design a piece a jewelry or craft something in pink :

Pink is proven to have a calming effect - researchers of color psychology have found that this effect only occurs during the initial exposure to the color. Pink symbolizes love, beauty, kindness, compassion and emotional love of self and others. Brings you in contact with your feelings of caring, tenderness, self-worth and love, acceptance. Heals grief and sadness. Smoothes difficulties in both romantic and family relationships and assists with self-esteem and self-love. Pink is a combination of red and white. The quality of energy in pink is determined by how much red is present. White is the potential for fullness, while red helps you to achieve that potential. Pink combines these energies. Wear pink when you are around people you care about and that care about you, or if you want to smooth over or encourage the one to one relationship, whether it be friendship or romantic love. Pink suggests softness, sweetness, innocence, youthfulness, tenderness, romance, nurturing, friendship, femininity, soft and kind people. A pink carnation means "I will never forget you.” Both red and pink denote love but while red is hot passion, pink is romantic and charming. Use pink to convey playfulness (hot pink flamingos) and tenderness (pastel pinks). Multiple shades of pink and light purple or other pastels used together maintain the soft, delicate, and playful nature of pink. Add strength with darker shades of pinks and purple and burgundy. Pale pink : sweetness of youth, fragility. Vibrant pinks : high spirits, energy, youth

Some of pink gemstones are Kunzite, Pink Optical Calcite, Leopard Skin Jasper, Rose Quartz, Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Pink Sapphire, Pink Tourmaline.


The best describing keywords for pink are love, compassion, affection, friendship, kindness, romance, caring, nurturing, tenderness, awareness of deepest feelings, unconditional love of self and others, harmony, feminine energy, receptive, yin, inner peace, loyalty, tolerance, faithfulness, motherhood, youthfulness, enthusiasm, happiness, softness, unselfish emotions, spiritual healing, infatuation, relaxation, relieve tension, emotional healing, charm and personal magnetism.

Note - Color information provided by Beading - Design - Jewelry

ART FIRE PINK FINDS

Pink and White Spirit Cord by Walk in the Woods




Bracelet Watch, Beaded, Hot Pink, Silver & Tibetan Silver by The Knitwit's Hues




Vintage Book Collection of Four Classics For Your Little Girlie Girl by Le Petit Poullailler




Scarf Pink Peppermint Fluff by Made for Me by Oaklie



Letter B Throw Cushion Decorate & Educate made to order by Cre8urname



Trio of Heart Charm Earrings with Swarovski Crystal in Pink by Letamariedesigns



 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A very special collection

I have seen so many AF collections .... By color, by artist, by occasion, by subject, etc, etc, but the one curated by Letamariedesigns is very special and original. It's a wonderful dedication for the "Good Friends" like she called it, and I am thrilled to be included, it means so much to me. Many great friendship relations are developed on the Internet among people who never met each other in person but they share the same hobbies, interests or they are members of the same online community. Isn't it that great ? And what better idea than dedicating an entire collection just for these special friends ? Thank you Leta, that's a very sweet way of saying "you are my good friend " !


Weird ? It's called being Original, baby !



OK people, let's clear something here : just because you never saw something like this before doesn't mean that it's weird, odd or strange ! It's called creativity, imagination and being original. Of course, you can find ugly things too ( that I would hardly call them "art" and I wonder who  would ever wear them) but most of the times they are  original pieces and that's what make the artist who created them truly unique. It's hard to come up with new designs, there are so many out there, that you would say " everything that could be invented was already discovered" !

Well, here are some of the most original designs and/or used materials  that I found, and we should be grateful to these artists for being able to come up with something new !

Asymmetrical Zipper Necklace



RECYCLED CIRCUIT BOARD Earrings Geekery Steampunk Jewelry



Sapphire and Steel Adjustable Ring



Bead Sculpture Male Cardinal Necklace



Funky Unusual Hematite Cocktail Style Ring



Free form Wire Necklace SPRSWD



Unusual Blue and Silver Hardware Choker and Earrings Set




Note : these are random finds using the "odd, unusuall, original, strange, weird" keywords on Etsy and Art Fire

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday Featured Artist - Leo and Junie


I met Christine on Facebook, through Love Link, and the name of her online store, Leo And Junie got my interest; what is she selling ? I'm not usually a curious person, but this time I couldn't figure out ( just from the store name ) what is her craft, her hobby. So I clicked the link and there I am, on Etsy, looking at her beautiful jewelry with a touch of vintage, like she  like to say.

 The first "thing" that catched my attention was a gorgeous pair of Garnet earrings ( maybe because Garnet is my birthstone ! ) handcrafted by Christine in her studio in eastern Pennsylvania. The rich berry color of the natural Garnet and the Sterling Silver findings make out of these earrings a very special piece of jewelry that can be worn anytime anywhere. If you decide that this is a piece that should not miss from your personal collection, here is the direct link to the listing.


 Another piece that I want to mention here is  this beautiful Vintage Inspired Birdcage Flower necklace handcrafted in brass and featuring a birdcage pendant with a fuschia accent flower on a small link chain. The flower is wire wrapped and is having in the middle a light pink Swarovski crystal. The total lenght of the necklace is about 18'', and it will be delivered to you in a gift box or tin.


 Among so many wonderful pieces in her store, it was hard for me to decide which ones to feature here. But for the last item I decided to go for a very simple but elegant earrings in Sterling Silver. Delicate and precious, these earrings are made with 4 mm freshwater blue pearls, 6 mm Czech fire polished glass dark amethyst purple beads, Bali sterling silver daisy spacers and all sterling components or findings. Total lenght - 1 1/4'' . These absolutely lovely earrings are just 18.00 $, can you believe that ? You can make them your own or read the full description here .

Christine opened her Etsy store in January of last year ( so she's celebrating her first Etsy "birthday" this month), but she is an experienced jewelry artisan, crafting for the last six years. Take a minute of your time and visit her, and if you have any questions, she will be more than happy to answer you.

Where you can find "Leo and Junie" ? Right here :



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Handmade Pet Gift Finds

When you own a pet, most often they became part of your family. You love them, you take care of them, you spoil them, you cry next to them when they are sick and in return they give you that unconditional love that makes them so special. They make you laugh, they make you cry ( when they brake or distroy something ), they keep you company and they feel when you're not yourself or you are sick. You spend time training them, you use your lunch breaks to walk them, and you spend serious money on the best food and vets. But how about spoiling them with unique toys or accessories ? Buying your pet a handmade toy or blanket is not only a way of supporting the handmade community, is actually an act of love, giving him something unique, that you don't find in stores ( or Made in China ) and which was made by another pet lover ( most likely an owner herself/himself ) with love, care and passion !
Art Fire is offering a large variety of such items, for any budget and for (almost ) all pets. Here are some cute finds, I'm sure you'll find something to like !

Catnip Cat Toy Mouse Stuffed with Organic Catnip - 8.95 $



Dog toys, outdoor or indoor games, Tug of War, multi-colored#1 - $ 6.40



Catnip BunnyKicker Cat Toy Purple Stripe - $ 4.00



Feathered Catnip Cat Toy Stuffed with Organic Catnip - $ 5.95



THE BIJOU PET TAG pet tag 3/4 inch with a small sterling silver tag - $ 10.00



Fear Me --- 2 sided, aluminum, personalized pet ID tag - $ 9.95



Frantic Froggies small quilted pet blanket blanket - $ 20.00



THE QUICK SHOUT OUT

 Today' shout out is featuring Anna Kay Creations and her beautiful jewelry collection. Cute, cheerful and very colorful, Anna's jewelry would bright even the most gray day that you might have. And, she obviously love flowers, I can say that without a doubt ! Here are some lovely pics from her Smashion Online Store :