Monday, August 31, 2009

The Maria Teresa - Black, Purple, and Lavender French Beaded Flower Brooch Pin

This flower was designed for my wonderful friend Maria Teresa who will be leaving soon to teach dance in India!!!  She told me she wanted black, purple, and lavender and on a brooch pin and this is what I created for her.  I love it! I'm gonna make one for myself soon because I love the combinations of black with purple...especially for Halloween! 

I'll make sure to remind her to send me pics of her wearing it in India.  I forgot my bead spinner at home (I made this in between classes) so I had to improvise with a pill tin and a bottle cap to hold my beads as I put them on the wire! Lol! But I made it work!

What I love about putting flowers on brooch pins is that you can easily slip a flat clip or bobby pin through it and put it in your hair! I need to make that more clear...maybe I'll start sending a clip with the brooch when people order it.

I was making this is the lobby of the theater building (where all us theater/dance people hang out) and I got a ton of compliments on it! Hope to make more sales soon!
My good friend, Michael Eynon, sporting this lovely brooch.  It can be for men, too! Lol!

Prayers go out to the Houar family! They lost their home in the Mammoth Lakes wildfires. All proceeds of this flower go towards them...

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Orange You Poppy Lure

So for those of you who aren't fellow Etsians (yes, we have a name for our community of crafters!), I'd like to explain a little about the Treasury feature on Etsy. The Treasury is a place where users can create a gallery of 12 items of whatever they want. They can have a theme, a similar color, a similar genre, or just random! It's a way to help other members get their product shown and just to show off your own style.

What's great about these lists is that Etsy will sometimes use them for their front page of their website. The front page is where you get MAXIMUM exposure for your product, so being on a treasury list is always extremely beneficial to your shop.

Now, creating a Treasury is the tricky part. You cannot create a list until the number of lists lower a certain number (they expire after a couple of days). This feature is really popular and a lot of fun, so most of the time, people are patiently waiting by the computer, obsessively looking at the number of lists or plotting when it will be down, then you look for the little button to create your own!

I was patient and fortunate enough to be able to create my own list finally! I named it "Orange You Poppy Lure" which was inspired by the Poppy Beaded Flower that I recently created of the same name. That flower was inspired by my wonderful photographer, Brandon, who loves the color orange and deserved a really special flower (thank you again!). I also figured that the orange/black combination would be good for Halloween.

I'm crossing my fingers that an Admin from Etsy sees it and uses it for the front page because I'm really proud of this list. All the products on it I really love!!! It's so exciting to see fellow artists create such wonderful, handmade, quality work! I can't wait to make another treasury soon!
Here' the link to the Treasury list:


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

College Rush

I've been in a flurry to get more beaded flowers done since I start classes Wednesday and I know once school starts, my free time will go from unlimited to zilch. So I've been beading all day and night making my babies. It has taken over my life at the moment...there is so much work starting a new business!!

The other day I had taken my bead supplies to a friend's party so that I could visit AND create more flowers. When I got home, I couldn't find my flowers anywhere (all of them!!!). I wanted to cry! I had spent countless hours and blistered my hands on these blooms and I couldn't find them anywhere!

They ended up being in the side pocket of my craft bag I had taken with me. I felt like a dummy. Lol.

We're doing a photoshoot today!!! Off to create a few more!!