Friday, December 30, 2011

Holiday Haul

I hope everyone enjoyed thier Christmas or any other holiday you celebrate.

Ours was very nice. We had my inlaws over as usual. Made a yummy turkey and exchanged gifts. Hubbs and I love cobalt glass, so it's become a traditon for his parents to give us a few cobalt items. This year we got a really nice spoon rest and a syrup dispenser. In previous years we've gotten a cream and sugar set, butter dish, pitcher, candy dish, cookie jar. I don't know where they get them from but they're always beautiful.

My favorite gifts this year were from my husband and my parents. For hannukah my parents got us an awesome panini press. I can't tell you how much I love it. We've been using it every day since we got it. Turkey leftover sandwiches on a panin press are AMAZING!!! And it's the kind that opens flat so we can use it as a grill too.


And from hubbs, my favorite movie!!! I've watched it like 5 times since I got it. I just love this movie!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Alive

Yes I'm alive!!! Oh it's been too long since I've posted hasn't it? I hope all of you had a great Christmas/Hannukah/holiday of your choosing.

For me the holiday season went pretty well for sales. Between Etsy and Ebay I was sending out almost a dozen necklaces a day. And fortunately the sales are still slowly coming it.

I'll try to keep updating regularly again, I promise.

Friday, April 22, 2011

My first one!

I've been talking about making tutorials for a while, but I actually did it!!! I made one for one of my favorite items, things I make all the time.....TREE PENDANTS. It's already listed in my shop!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Celesital bodies

I've been playing with the sun and moon theme recently. At first it was the crescent moon shape, which actally turned out to be much more difficult than I thought it would. I tried using different pens, markers, nail polishes, anything round as a mandril to get the curves just right. Finally I ended up shaping everything completely by hand in a very, very long process.
To make the sun, I thought the gold wire I had sitting around would be perfect. As well as the beautiful yellow citrine briolettes that I don't use very often. 

And the combination of the two


This one was difficult because I used a thicker gauge of wire. The whole thing, except for the wrapping was made with just one piece of wire.


Monday, April 11, 2011

What is it with cats and boxes?

Any box, big or small is not safe from the kitties. If there is a box...there will be a kitty in it.

Exhibit A

The box is clearly too small...but does she care? Nope. What I wasn't able to get a picture of was Kara in this same box. She's a little bigger than Peanut so she couldn't curl up like Peanut could. Instead she just kind of crouched into it....her sides spilling over like a muffin top.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Something new

A while ago I came across a few blank circuit boards. Of course my mind immediately began thiking about making jewelry out of them. It took me a while to get the pieces cut, but the first jewelry item is done!
I think it would be the perfect gift for a "geeky" guy. There isn't really a big supply of men's jewelry available on Etsy so I'm hoping these will go, especially around Father's Day. I also want to make cuff links an tie clips as well.

Funny story about making this pendant. You see those little holes? Well boy was it tricky to get my shiny sealant to not pour out all those holes and all over my table haha.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Names

I'm so sorry I've been neglecting the blog. But I've been pretty busy with my shop (knock on wood).

One day a few weeks ago I decided to add a listing for a custom wire name necklace. I didn't really think that people would be interested in it. Boy was I surprised when the listing sold the same day. Since then I've made probably close to 30 of those necklaces. And I've had so many custom orders for them in large quantities for bridesmaids and gifts!

This weekend I also added a listing for the name necklaces in GOLD, so we'll see if those sell as well.

I'm also super excited because I finally decided to go ahead and get a paypal debit card. Now if I have to go to the post office to send an international order, or if I'm going to the craft store for some supplies, I can draw money directly from my paypal account where money from my sales is saved. I almost feel like an actual business LOL


And since I'm loosing my day job in a few weeks I can definatly use all the sales I can get!

Monday, March 14, 2011

caged

Ok, now for a real update (sorry it's  been so long.

A while ago, I made this pendant with a beautiful center stone.

I loved making it, and loved the look of the finished piece. So I made a few more!

This beautiful blood red stone

I like the contrast of the teardrop cage with the round stone


These were tricky because the stones are so small. Wrapping the cage around the stones was quite the challenge

This pendant is my favorite I think. I absolutely love the color of the stone, and I used a different cage. Hearts instead of swirls and I really like it!

Etsy

I know right now many Etsy sellers are unhappy and are leaving for Artfire or other sites. But I'm not one of them. While I wasn't particularly happy with the loss of the forums, Etsy hasn't done much of anything to anger me. I've had a shop on Artfire for a long time and have neve had a single sale there. But I have been making sales fairly regularly on Etsy with minimal effort. So I am not joining the Anti-Etsy bandwagon. I am staying with Etsy


LOVE YOU ETSY!!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

I'm such a geek

I had a sudden inspiration last night. I can't believe I never thought of making this before. Especially after making those Hamsa pendants.

I don't know if I want to list this or keep it for myself

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I have the weirdest cat ever!

When it's on the chilly side, this is her favorite spot to sleep, pressed up against the heater. I was finaly able to get some pics of her in all her cute glory. Do you see that thing she's using as a pillow? that would be the leg of our exercise bike...oh well at least someone is using it LOL


Oops, I woke her up


Well this just proves that cats have no bones


I'm not really sure what this move is


Don't you want to rub that tummy???


This is what greeted me this morning, fortunately I still had the camera near by


Daddy has a flavor

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bursting out

Have you ever had an idea that had to be made right there on the spot, or you felt like you would burst? This happened to me recently. The husband and I were home, doing some cleaning and an idea popped into my head. I played around with the design in my mind while I was cleaning but it started to grow and grow and I just HAD to drop the cleaning and make it right then and there. It's a good thing I had the supplies for it or I might have gone crazy!

And this is what came out of it
A bronze and silver Yin Yang pendant.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Another tiny item

After making the tiny key I wanted to try to make something else tiny. I think this is the smalles thing I've ever made

Thursday, February 10, 2011

a favor

I've entered a contest and I could really use a favor. Please please please vote for my necklace. Vote every day, tell your friends to vote every day!!

http://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/89825/voteable_entries/15750209?ogn=facebook

Keys!!

I can't stop making these little keys. It took me a while to perfect them,  but now I love making them! Last night I made a super teeny tiny one, it's so cute!


Monday, February 7, 2011

And the winner is....

Thanks to everyone who voted!! I'm pretty happy with how this first contest went. I will definately have more of these in th future.

Now, I've counted all the votes, and the winner is.....

Octopus and Mermaid Forbidden Love Necklace by Lithia

CONGRATS!!!!!! To claim your prize email me at vgrbabe@hotmail.com and give me your address (put something in the subject line so I know it's you) or convo me at Etsy.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Photos

I don't think I'm a great photographer or anything, but I've had a few people ask me about how I take my pictures and how I get the background so bright. Well let me tell you how

First, the most important step is the camera. It doesn't have to be a fancy camera. But it does have to have a white balance setting. My camera has an option that lets me set it manually. So to do this I select the option to set the white balance manually and point the camera at the white paper that I use as my background and hit the shutter button. This sets that white paper as pure white. Of course each camera is different so check your own specific camera's instructions on how to do this.

When taking pictures I do NOT use a lightbox. I have nothing against them, I just happen to not use one. I also don't have an opportunity to take advantage of natural light. I take all my pictures either before or after work, so it's dark outside when I do.

My set up is very simple. An old desk, a large sheet of white paper, two lamps and items that I use as props.

So after I set my white balance, and take a picture it looks something like this
It needs a lot of work! (and yes it's always that cluttered)

I don't use any fancy or expensive software to edit my photos. My favorite program to use is Microsoft Office Picture Manager...that's right, the one that came free with the computer. Ok, so the first step is to crop the picture.
And then it looks something like this
To brighten it up is pretty simple. There's a tool in this program that does the work for you. Click on the "EDIT PICTURE" button. Then click on "COLOR". There will be a button that says "ENHANCE COLOR". Click on that button then click on any area in your photo that you want to be pure white. In this photo I clicked on the upper right corner on the white background. This is how it comes out.
And that's it!

Monday, January 31, 2011

I'm going to extend the voting for another week. Hopefully we'll get some more votes in.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Voting Time!!!

I want to thank everyone who entered! There was a much better turn out than I was hoping (I was afraid I wouldn't get a single entry)

And now, here are the entries

1) Octopus and Mermaid Forbidden Love Necklace by Lithia
2) Rainbow Crystal Heart earrings by Abbyka (KraeheoftheCrows)
"The colors are of a rainbow, the colors that represent the gay community. They are still fighting for their right to love anyone that they want, so their love is still forbiddon to a lot of communities and people. Even in the military they have been asked not to serve or tell who they really are."

3) Jailed Heart Necklace by JewelrybyJaime

4) Siam on Brass Chandelier Earrings by Virukka 

5) Valentines Day Cute Cupcake Earrings by Marietejee


5) Purple Teardrop Earrings by DesireeBeadBoutique

6) Pewter Heart Necklace by BrightCircle


TO VOTE:
Just leave a comment in this post with the number of the entry that you think best captures the theme. Voting will end one week from today. The last vote counted must be posted by 11:59pm (EST) on Jan 30th.

Good luck everyone!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Not what I had in mind

With Valentines day coming soon, I've been trying to make some heart jewelry. But I guess I'm not in the heart zone because nothing was coming out right. I finally had an idea for a simple  heart pendant. I figured using bronze wire instead of silver would make it more romantic for some reason.

What I ended up with wasn't exactly romantic, but I don't hate it either.

I got a steampunk heart instead

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Caged

If you haven't seen it yet, make sure you check out BrightCircle's shop and her awesome shimmerstones. I recently bought a pretty purple one and have been playing around with various ways to turn it into a pendant. I tried various wrapping techniques but what finally worked was a sort of cage setting. I like how the silver looks against the purple stone. I may have to buy some more of these stones soon.

Monday, January 10, 2011

First Design Contest!

As I said before, I've  been thinking about this for a while and I'm anxious to get started!

Our first theme, will be FORBIDDEN ROMANCE. Your job is to come up with a piece of jewelry or accessory that is inspired by this phrase. The sky is the limit here!

Rules:
~One entry per person please
~To enter the contest simply leave a comment to this post with a link to your entry
~You will have 2 weeks from today to enter. Last entry accepted must  be posted by 11:59 EST on January 23rd.
~All entries will be posted and voting will begin on January 24th

PRIZE!!!
The person who's entry has the most votes will win these lovely earrings.


Try to spread the word around, get your friends involved! The more entries we have the more fun the contest will be. Good luck to all!

Fingerless fun

I love making these crochet fingerless gloves. Aren't they fun? The ones I made this weekend have been all about combining colors. I think they came out pretty cute


I've also  been looking at different stitches to make them a little fancier on the top. I haven't found too much. I did like this one though, but I'm not overly crazy about how it came out in real life.

I just absolutely love that shade of blue though

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

More Hoops

I've been playing around with more hoop earrings. On these I've modified the clasps. Unlike the previous hoops these are made with two pieces of wire. I like this style a lot too.




I've been thinking about these for a while, but kept putting them off. Making all those loops by hand and keeping them even and the same size was a scary thought. But when I started making these hoops I knew a pair of hoops with these pretty loops would be amazing. 

I still need practice making all the loops the same but I'm happy with how they came out