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


 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 :

Monday, January 24, 2011

New crochet projects soon to be listed - Cotton Summer Skirt and Extra Long Scarf

I know that I just have posted a new blog post with hats new listings, but I want to share with you some new projects that I'm working on and which are soon to be listed as well. It's about a new extra long crochet scarf and a beautiful summer A line cotton skirt.

The scarf is crocheted in a winter white and light raspberry soft yarn, and is a perfect match for two of my hats. It is 90 inches long by 6 inches wide and can be worn simple or double wrapped around your neck. A few finishing details and is ready to go on the shop.

The summer skirt is crocheted with white and multi pastel 100% cotton yarn. Beside the finishing details, I still think of putting a white lining. I made the skirt with a side buttons enclosure, and the measures are as follows ( laying flat and doubled ) :

Waist : 32 inches
Hips : 38 inches
Lenght : 25 inches

I hope that they will be ready by the end of the week and listed.

New Crochet Hats Listings - pick yours !

I finally managed to take pictures and list 7 new hats that were ready since December. The bright colors and "fuzziness" makes them just perfect for these cold mornings, just pick the one that you like and match your winter jacket, and I'll ship it right away to you via First Class mail. Please feel free to browse the entire collection available in my Art Fire Studio .

Friday, January 21, 2011

Vintage Friday Finds - Sterling Silver Jewelry

If you like as much as I do the vintage jewelry, especially the Sterling Silver ones, here are some beautiful ones that I found browsing the Art Fire vintage category. These are great finds, in good vintage condition and for reasonable prices, 25 $ and under. Now, if you like the shiny silver, all you have to do is to clean them with the special silver cloth after you bought them. If you like the antique patina, just wear them as they are. Enjoy the Vintage Friday Finds !

Vintage Sterling Silver Flower Earrings - Screw Back - 21.04 $

Charming Vintage Flower Bouquet Roses Brooch Signed Bond Boyd Sterling - 19.00 $

Vintage New Old Stock Native American Sterling Earrings - 25.00 $

Sterling Rose and Leaf Vintage Earrings - 14.00 $

Vintage Mexico Silver Sterling Butterfly Earrings Abalone Inlay - 20.00 $

New 2011 Vacations and Company Rules Circular Letter

SICK DAYS : From now on we will not accept anymore sick days notes from the doctor proving that you’ve been ill. If you can go to the doctor that means that you can come to the office too.

SURGERIES – are forbidden. As long as you are our employee, you will need all your organs. You will not eliminate any organ. We hired you intact. If you eliminate an organ we will consider that as an act of indiscipline at the working place.

DAYS OFF FOR PERSONAL USE – All employees will receive an equal number of 104 days off per year. They are called Saturday and Sunday.

VACATION DAYS – All employees will take their vacation in the same period of the year. The vacation days are as follows : January 1st and July 4th.

DAYS OFF FOR FUNERALS – This is not an excuse not to come to the office. Anyway, there is nothing that you can do more for your dead friends, relatives or colleagues. In very rare cases when an employee will have to attend a funeral, it is required the funeral to be planned late in the evening. We are more than glad to allow you to work during your lunch break in order to leave earlier, but you will have to finish your duties for that day.

ABCENCE BECAUSE OF YOUR OWN DEATH – This incident can be accepted as an excuse. Anyway, it is required a two weeks notice and a replacement should be ready to take over your job.

TOILET USAGE – Too much time is wasted in the toilet. From now on everybody will use the toilet in alphabetical order, like : employees name starting with “A” will go between 8:00 and 8:20, the ones with “B” from 8:20 to 8:40 and so on. If you cannot go in the designated frame of time you will have to wait until the next day when is your turn again. In situations of emergencies the employees can switch places, but both supervisors of the persons involved needs to approve in write this change. More, now there is a 3 minutes restriction for stationing in the toilet. At the end of the 3 minutes an alarm will be set on, the toilet paper will be automatic locked, the door will open and the felon will be photographed. At the second felony the picture will be published in the company’s newspaper under “felonies”.

LUNCH BREAK – the Skinny persons will be allowed 30 minutes in order to eat and look healthier. The persons with normal weight will be allowed 15 minutes in order to maintain their silhouette. The overweighed persons will get 5 minutes – enough to take their diet pill.

HOW WE DRESS – It is recommended to come to the office dressed  according with your salary. If you wear a 350 $ Prada shoes or a 600 $ Gucci purse we will assume that you are doing well from the financial point of view, therefore you don’t need a raise. If you are poorly dressed, you will have to learn how to manage better your money in order to buy nicer clothes, therefore you don’t need a raise. If you are properly dressed, then you are where you supposed to be and you don’t need a raise.

Wishing you a wonderful week,

The Management

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sweet sparkling raspberry pink !

I love pink ! Who doesn't ? I put my eyes on these earrings and watched them for the last few months, hoping that nobody will buy them by the time I will place my order. Actually, to be honest, I have a few more pair of earrings that I'm watching in Letamariedesigns's Studio on Art Fire, and the time will come when I will order all of them just like I did with these ones. Knowing that she made them with her own hands, with love, care and passion, is something that will always make me wear them with pleasure and appreciation, thinking of her. Visit Leta's store, she's having wonderful hand made jewelry, unique items that will bright your day and make you feel special !