My first ever jewelry give away was posted the other day for this pendant. All you had to do to win was to be a follower of my blog. That's it! No strings! No spam! Just fun! Stay tuned because I plan on having another free jewelry give away very soon.
And the winner is.... the lovely Tracy Long of Reston, VA. Yes! You my friend are the winner of the leaf and rose bead pendant. I'll be mailing this to you. So watch you mailbox and start deciding which outfit you will wear it with. Or is there a special friend that you will gift it to? Perhaps for Christmas? Perhaps you will keep it for yourself.
As for everyone else....don't fret...a new give away is only days away from being announced.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Now for the fun!
Friday, August 27, 2010
My jewelry shop is now open for business at http://www.artyzenstudio.etsy.com/ or by clicking the shop picure on the top, left side of my blog. The inventory is in it's beginning stage with about 40 pieces listed. In the next few weeks I will be busy getting a lot more pieces of jewelry listed. Everything needs to photographed, ad copy written, and then uploaded.
The prices that are listed are reduced from their normal price. I'm hoping that this temporary pricing will attract people to come look and maybe shop. The regular price structure will return in about 30 days.
I plan on always offering free shipping. I think it will be easier for everyone. I don't like the idea of how some on line shops offer a price and then you find out at checkout that the shipping charges are surprising.
Here are a few tasty treats that are listed.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
In participation of the Pay It Forward (PIF) social movement that is sweeping the world, free jewelry will be given away here at my blog.
I am hopeful that the participants who are awarded the free jewelry will in turn offer unconditional acts of kindness to others. All you need to do is add yourself as a follower to my blog. When I post a PIF on the blog you just need to speak up and write a comment that you plan on participating in PIF. I'll then put your name in a hat or bowl, or tool bag and randomly select a name. Then the PIF item will be mailed to you. How cool is that?!
So are you ready to add yourself as a follower and participate in PIF?
Pay It Forward is a social movement that has emerged from the book "Pay It Forward" written by Catherine Ryan Hyde. She defines the idea in her book as 'the act of voluntarily helping another without expectation of payback'. When you notice that somebody has done something nice for you, make a note in your mind to practice three acts of kindness towards other people.
Friday, August 20, 2010
What a perfect day at work. I loaded my briefcase (Not!) and took the commute to my back porch office. Traffic was light today. I only encountered one small delay, when Sadie tried to cut in front of me to get out the door.
Here's a picture off what I see when I look up from my hand tools. Those are the mountain tops in the Canaan Valley area, which are higher than the mountain my town is on.
And here's one of the pendants that came off the workbench, err table today. It's destined for my shop on Etsy.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Yesterday I went to the Augusta Festival in Elkins, WV. I wanted to see how large a crowd it attracted for my tent next year. It was lovely. All the tents were lining the paths, under a thick blanket of trees. There was a nice size crowd of shoppers. The first tent that I visited was by far the most interesting and talented. I spoke with Vie of http://www.zendik.org/. She was selling jewelry made primarily from handmade paper beads, made from disguarded magazines. Of course I 'had' to buy myself a necklace. After all, I'm supporting the arts. Right?! Besides it will look great with a tee shirt.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Here's the jewelry cabinet closed. It shares the wall with the shelving that holds tons (literally) of beads, findings and wire - don't panic, some of those bins are empty.
Use caution before looking at the next picture. It's fightening! Somehow, my work table has become the catch all for everything that still hasn't found the right home here in the studio. I dread confronting this clean up, but it's necessary if jewelry and fun are to be created.
Every studio needs a bistro'. The coffee station, with new pot rack is right outside the studio door.
And of course the joy of my life, Sadie on one of her many soft spots. It's been a long day, I think Sadie has the right idea.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Yesterday I ventured to my first ever bluegrass festival. I had so much fun. Not your Grandma's bluegrass! The bands were so talented, entertaining and funny. Who would have thought they would make me laugh? The biggest surprise for me was to meet Jamie Lynn Buckner. She began making jewelry just 2 weeks ago. She's a natural and I plan on following her progress.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
My blog is normally dedicated to hand crafted artisan wire and metal jewelry, but since my studio has moved to the beautiful Appalachian mountains I will be adding some of the regional events. If you are in the area, please checkout the 7th Annual Pickin' in Parsons. It's going to be fun!
The weather will be perfect!
The music will be fun!
Your foot will be tapping!
The food will be delish!
The memory will adorn your scrapbook!
For only $20 you can enjoy a half day of terrific professional music.
Want more music? Then plan on spending the day or the entire weekend.
For more information log on to: www.fiverivercampground.com and follow the Pickin' in Parsons link.