Friday, July 17, 2009

July Featured Artisan

This month I am also featuring Haffina Creations! A wonderful blogger, artisan, designer and Guild Master. This wonderful woman not only writes articles for but also formed the Artfire Chainmaille Artisans Guild, creates some beautiful jewelry and sells it in her studio. She's even started to make polymer clay beads and opened a new studio just to sell them to other artisans. Check out her blog and learn all about her latest passions, what's news and how, like me, she just doesn't find enough time to do everything she wants to do.

Haffina is offering a special Christmas in July sale so check out her offerings at her Artfire studio.

Website Opening Delayed

Our web store is still not live :( and we're hoping to get it open by the end of the month. In the meantime, Twitter followers can still get their discount on any item in our Esty Shop or our Artfire Studio.

Please let us know how you feel, what you like, what you dislike. We really need feedback from our customers and would like to make a piece specially for you.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Latest Creation

I've been spending so much time online, trying to get the web store loaded up with my designs, promoting my fingers off to get more Facebook fans so I can reach 100 and lock in our name, Tweeting, photographing, describing, typing, etc... that I haven't had a lot of time to work on actually doing what I love to do, designing and making jewelry.

I'm lucky enough to have a new sister-in-law who just started her residency in Radiology on Monday. Amma and my brother, Noel, came down to Florida for a visit for this 4th of July weekend. They live up in Boston and I'm lucky if I get to see them once a year if that much. I wanted to give her something special so I created a design inspired by their love.
I've always liked the different "Tree of Life" pendants out there and decided to try my hand at making a pair of earrings. I call them Tree Heart because I used beautiful green and pink Tourmaline, the colors of the heart chakra.

Tourmalines are gems with an incomparable variety of colors. The reason, according to an old Egyptian legend, is that the tourmaline, on its long journey up from the center of the Earth, passed over a rainbow. In doing so, it assumed all of it's colors and that is why it is still referred to as the 'gemstone of the rainbow' today. It is available in a wide variety of colors
from black to bluish-black, dark brown, yellow, medium brown, blue to neon blue, lime to dark forest green, red and reddish purple, yellow, pink, and colorless.

Bi-colored and multicoloured tourmalines may be green at one end and pink at the other, watermelon tourmalines are green on the outside and pink on the inside. Some stones are dichroic meaning they appear to change color when viewed from different angles.

Tourmaline is believed to strengthen the body and spirit, especially the nervous system, blood, and lymphs, and enhance flexibility, happiness, objectivity, compassion, serenity, balance, positive transformation, healing, strength, tolerance, love, spirituality, joy, peace, and understanding. It is also thought to inspire creativity and was used extensively as a talisman by artists and writers.

The Heart Chakra is the center from which feelings of love emanate. It is also associated with other virtuous emotions, such as joy, happiness, honesty, respect, compassion, understanding, and generosity, and with loving oneself in a sincere, non-egotistic way. This is also the chakra through which we connect with others whom we love or have affection towards. Once forged, these links are very hard to break, which is why people suffer so much through the break-up of a relationship or the loss of a loved one.

The colors of the heart chakra are green (Emerald), red (Rose Quartz) and white (Silver). The red corresponds to the rose light of love, while the green signifies the lower or gross emotional body functioning of the heart center, which is focused on self, security, and accumulation of and attachment to and pride in physical and emotional possessions. The white or silver of course signifies spiritual purity.

I used a 20mm sterling silver square wire ring and tiny tourmaline chips. These aren't the most perfect earrings I've ever made but I love 'em. Wish I were a better photographer. I'll just have to make another pair and maybe I can get a better photo. Please, tell me what you think.


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

This and that

Blogging isn't easy when you're not used to it. I think I'm too stiff and need to loosen up a bit. So I'm going to do something that seems against all the marketing rules, but to me, means community and sharing. I'm going to tell you about a wonderful designer I found. Theresa aka Studio618 started following me on Twitter, and, as I do when anyone starts to follow me, I check out their Twitter page too.. which led me to her blog, which led me to her Etsy and Artfire shops. Viewing her designs and reading her wonderful blog, I could only wish to achieve her ability with metals, wire, beads and stones. These are some of the most breathtaking designs I've seen and I am honored that she thinks me worthy of following. Not that I tweet about anything more than my upcoming webstore opening. LOL But I think many of you would be well served to take a looksee at what a wonderful artisan this woman is.

I can only aspire to such talent and will keep working hard to increase my knowledge and skills. It's such a joy to make jewelry. Definitely satisfying and I am so glad to be a part of such a large community of talented women.


Well, our Grand Opening for our online shop is scheduled for this 4th of July weekend. Let me tell you it's been a hectic month here. First with finding the right web designer who can not only design the website but program the shopping cart, help with marketing and all the other stuff involved with getting a presence on the Internet. It's not easy. But a little bit fun. I found a wonder, wonderful designer and knowledgeable marketer in Delia Cumming of She has a ton of patience and actually listens! I love her logo design for us, though it may need a bit more tweaking. Still, I realize now how hard it is to program and design a website for someone else.

I haven't been designing or making much jewelry this month either. Just trying to get good photos and get as much inventory put online as possible is taking up a lot of time. I will be adding more and more this entire month, but not quickly. I still have the Etsy shop and Artfire studio and will maintain them for those who like to wander. If you find anything on either of the shops that's already sold, please email me and I'll be happy to provide a custom piece for you if possible.

So get ready for something to happen. Right now just what that is, is anyone's guess. {chuckle}



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