In preparation for the upcoming holidays, my local Etsy Team has challenged its members to reach 100 listings on Etsy by today. I took up the challenge and am proud to say that I have reached the goal! Here are a few of the new items you’ll find in my shop.
I picked my daughter up at the bus depot today and we stopped at our favorite Koren restaurant for lunch on the way home. Tomorrow one of my brothers and his wife will be arriving and my dad will be joining us for Thanksgiving, as well. My husband is a fabulous cook and he is taking care of the turkey, stuffing and a rice dish. My daughter and I will make the pie and veggies, plus I made some cranberry bread the day before.
But right now there is kind of a quiet break in the hub-bub and I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for following me on my blog and over at Art Jewelry Elements, as well. I am very thankful for every reader, for your comments and your thoughtfulness. People from all over the world read this blog, but if you’re from the US, then I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving this weekend. And no matter where you hale from, I hope you feel joy and gratitude for the goodness in life.
Although the sale in my 2 online shops starts on Thursday, I hope that most of my US readers will get to spend most of Thursday with family and/or friends. I am offering 20% off in both of my shops. This is the best sale of the year, so if you’ve been eying something special, now’s the time to nab it. I have a large local show the first weekend in December, a certainly some of the jewelry in my shops will be headed to new homes that weekend. But you can pick up gifts for yourself or others, now, while the shops are full and save 20% too! Here are the links to my Etsy and ArtFire shops. Just use the coupon code THANKS2013 at check out.
Check out the Art Jewelry Elements blog all day Friday for fun holiday posts, recipes, holiday jewelry and beads, as well as giveaways. The whole team is pitching in to bring you a short new post every 30 or so minutes! We’re hoping to make it festive and lighthearted like a virtual open house. Most of the members of our blog, including me, are offering coupons with great holiday savings. For complete info and a chance to get in on the fun, please visit the Art Jewelry Elements Blog today!
After a week’s delay, I’m back on track with my Tuesday Tours. Thank you to everyone who wished me a speedy healing. I’m still bruised and tender, but I’m feeling much better!
Each week I’ve been sharing items from some of my favorite shops and recently I’ve been featuring items from artisans living in the Pacific Northwest. I hope you will find some cool Christmas gifts here – for yourself or others on your list!
First off are handmade glass beads from my good friends, Jenelle and Dan, of Beads and Botanicals. Not only do they live in the Pacific NW, they even live in the same town that I do. At my shows, the past two weekends, I sold at least two bracelets and two pairs of earrings that included their lampwork glass beads. Aren’t these green disks awesome? I love the contrast between the smooth green centers and the rough-hewn edges. Is there a beader in your life? Make them happy when they discover these handmade, lampwork beads in their stocking.
Moving from beads to finished jewelry – I love this spectacular red poppy themed necklace by Janet of Honey from the Bee. It starts off with an exceptionally beautiful handmade glass focal bead that looks like a field of poppies in glass. The asymmetrical designs includes glass poppies vining up one side, accented by antique French brass centers. As if that weren’t enough, Janet wove a spiral of tiny glass beads to encircle your neck. This is an heirloom quality piece to give to someone really special in your life!
I really had a hard time selecting one item from Kristi Bowman Design. Kristi’s work is very imaginative. She has a great feel for color and interesting texture in her designs. I really like the way she wire-wrapped the fire opal on these earrings and suspended them from the small blue ruffled rings. Awesome!
You can also find great handmade Christmas gifts at Linda Landig Jewelry. Here’s the most recent addition to my shop. Titled the “Blue Danube Earrings”, they have copper connectors that are handmade by Kristi Bowman (featured above). Check out the gorgeous design in the copper! I suspended cornflower blue ceramic dangles, (by Elaine Ray), beneath the copper. I really love this combination of blue and copper. I’m thinking that I may have to make a similar pair for myself!
If you have questions about any these items arriving in time for Christmas, just send a message to the artist about it. There is a contact button at the bottom of the first page of each shop. Some of us (including me) are guaranteeing same or next day shipping.
I hope you enjoyed your fifth Tuesday Tour. I’d love to hear your comments!
By the way…did you notice that it’s snowing on my blog?! Move your mouse and it will change the direction the snow is falling! Enjoy! :)
Every Tuesday, from now until Christmas, I’m sharing some of the great Christmas gift ideas I’ve found on ArtFire. For the next couple of weeks, I’m going to focus on artisan items from the Pacific northwest (USA). There’s a lot of talent up here in the northwest corner of the country. And with internet connections, you don’t have to be here to own some of these great items. So get out your Santa bag and see what you’d like to add to it!
Wouldn’t some Santa’s helper on your list be glad to receive these earrings? I love the combination of gold and red, and these earrings are especially elegant! They are by gilliauna, an artist from Washington State.
I have added a Holiday Collection section to my ArtFire shop. It is on the right hand side of my first page. I also added a category for Gifts Under $25. These earrings are from my Holiday Collection and they are only $16! The fun glass Christmas “candy” beads look good enough to eat, (but please don’t!).
Every Tuesday, from now until Christmas, I’m sharing some of the great Christmas gift ideas I’ve found on ArtFire. We all need original Christmas gift ideas, right? Time to put aside stale old gift ideas and reach out for something unique and handmade.
Talking about stale old gift ideas….does anyone else have as much trouble as I do, shopping for the guys in your life? Books, puzzles, letter openers and then what? Rinse and repeat. The first item I want to share is not a big gift, but it could be a thoughtful stocking stuffer for a man or a woman. Billed as a gardeners soap, the product description says it is also an awesome soap for mechanics. I personally love receiving handmade soaps and I found lots to like at Appalachian Heritage Soaps.
The hand-woven bead jewelry by Mortira of Sage’s Cupboard is really amazing. You really should take some time to browse through her shop. I do some right angle weave bracelets with 4-6 mm beads, but Mortira works in tiny glass seed beads. This requires so much time, patience and attention to detail. I am always in awe of her work. The Kenya Bracelet (below) is just one example of her work. I chose it because it would work as a Christmas bracelet, while still being appropriate for year round use.
The color of these hand knit dishcloths, from Ewenique Essentials, is just yummy! It makes me want to make some melon colored jewelry!