Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Coolest Dragon Ever

Our 9-year-old collects dragon figurines, and we searched and searched for something suitable to give him for his birthday to add to his collection. The dragons we found were either far too expensive or too juvenile for him--but then I discovered LizArt. The most amazing collection of figurines, pins, and magnets I've ever seen, but there was not a single dragon in the shop. A few messages back and forth, and Daniel now owns what he calls "the coolest looking dragon" he's ever seen. This custom-made figurine has also made me the coolest stepmom he's ever had (no matter that I'm the only stepmom he's ever had).

Check out all the amazing creatures at LizArt now!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Bold, Bright, and Beautiful

The paintings at Contemporary Original Art by Pamela E. Miller are bold, bright, and beautiful. My favorites are her originals with lots of texture, but there are many lovely watercolor works and less-textured acrylic paintings in her shop. Make sure you check out her ACEOs while you're there, and ask about her buy 3, get 1 free special!

Origins Earth, $300

Moonseed Girl, $275

Midnight Sail, $300

Thursday, March 27, 2008

On a Thousand Hills

Cheryl of On a Thousand Hills makes very earthy necklaces. I love the way she combines colors to reflect colors naturally found in the outdoors and uses them to create pieces of wearable art!

Beachcomber necklace, $20

Autumn Jasper necklace, $20

Emerald Throne necklace, $20

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Polymer Pendants from Staci Rose

You can find a nice assortment of pretty and spunky jewelry at Staci Rose Designs, but I felt extremely lucky to discover her bright polymer clay pendants. The perfect thing gift for the pre-teens on my list, they're also terrific for days I want to feel young(er) and need something colorful and cheery.

"Hard Candy" Staci Rose Signature Swirl Pendant, $10

"Mojave" Staci Rose Signature Swirl Pendant, $10

"Spunk" Staci Rose Dotted Polymer Clay Pendant, $9

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Baby Bling!

Sparkly Strandz has one of the coolest things I didn't know I needed when my children were babies--a necklace for mom to wear that's been designed to hold baby's attention while nursing! Freedom from hair pulling and arm pinching--and hand-crafted from baby-safe materials--it's just perfect! You can find other types of handcrafted jewelry at Sparkly Strandz, but while you're there be sure to check out the adorable baby items!

Crochet Eyelash Trim Socks, $4 pair

Super Soft and Sassy Crochet Onesie, $20

Nursing Necklace for mom to wear, $15

Monday, March 24, 2008

CryZtalvisions, with a "Z"

Beth Alexander of CryZtalvisions says:
I've been creating unique pieces of jewelry for almost 20 years now, and I'm still excited by the process. I have an insatiable appetite for learning new techniques that push the boundaries of my creativity. Along the way I have also been drawn to studying and practicing various energy healing arts, like Reiki, chakra balancing, Earth based energy medicine, shamanic practices, and Angel Therapy. I have found combining my love of minerals, my artistic eye and skill in jewelry fabrication and design, along with my heightened sensitivity to energies creates a powerful synergy. I love to immerse myself in the creative process and I'm fascinated when some pieces seem to magically design themselves. I am pleased to share my passion with you here.

I delight in creating these pieces! Each one is unique, with its own energy that I feel as I work with the materials. They transport me to a place of deep knowing, relaxation and happiness as I work. My pieces not only look wonderful when worn, but also carry with them the special healing energies of each gemstone or crystal. My work is a constant exploration of the interconnectedness of all life.
And I am delighted that I discovered her shop!

Unisex Copper and Silver Squiggle Necklace, $22

Eye on the Sun Copper and Silver Necklace, $55

Silver Swirling Spiral Necklace, $30

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Some Things Need No Description

There's absolutely nothing I can say that will make these works of art from Alternate Bliss more enjoyable for you. I love them--and hope you do too!

"Delicious" original watercolor, $85

"Blossoms and Butterfly" Watercolor ACEO, $8

"Crisp Green" print, $20

Friday, March 21, 2008

Spring Bling for Your Ears

I found these gorgeous earrings at Elements by Dawn. I love basic geometry designs, and Dawn's obsession with circles, spheres, disks, and symmetry is expressed throughout her designs. She also has lovely bracelets and necklaces--so click on over and have a look--but it's her earrings that really got my attention.

14kt. Gold-filled Single Loop Earrings with Clear Swarovski Crystals, $33

Argentium Silver and 14kt Goldfill Chainmaille Earrings - Pyramid, $45

Sterling Silver and Swarovski Crystal Earrings, $22.75

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Wrap Your Hair Like a Goddess

Aly of KreativeMindz says that wearing one of these hair wraps makes her feel like a goddess--and she hopes that they'll have the same effect on you! I love the variety of colors and patterns she has available, and they come with step-by-step instructions for wrapping as shown in the photos. The wraps are versatile, and can also be worn as a sash, scarf, or long, trailing headband. The perfect thing to add a splash of color, or to camouflage a bad-hair day.

The Retro Goddess Wrap, $18

Speckled Goddess Wrap, $18

Black Velour Goddess Wrap, $20

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Hope for Whirled Peas

I'm trying not to miss posting too many days, but with our upcoming move and closing the extra eBay store in addition to normal daily life stuff I'm pretty frazzled. Finding That's Headley! Jewelry Designs was enough to make me slow down and enjoy a minute of calm and peace, or I guess I should say peas. Although this artisan has a lovely and somewhat varied collection of jewelry, it was the Whirled Peas that caught my attention. Not only are these pieces lovely to wear and very affordable, a donation to an organization that supports families of injured military personnel, the Fisher House Foundation, is made for each purchase, and these pieces ship at no extra cost. It doesn't get much better than that!

Monday, March 17, 2008

And the Winner is . . .

Robin of My Melange! Check out her blog for a fabulous spaghetti carbonara recipe and mini-lessons in Italian. I packed Robin's dichroic pendant today and will take it to the post office tomorrow. I hope you all had a wonderful time at the Ultimate Blog Party 2008! I blog-hopped until my eyes went bleary, and I'm looking forward to doing it again next year. I'm already starting to plan what prize to offer!

Friday, March 14, 2008

I'm a Powerseller Now! (But I'm still closing my store)

A few days ago I got a "Congratulations New eBay Powerseller" message from eBay for the store we use to clear out or excess personal belongings. I reached this in just over a month, and I am sooo exhausted! I've been listing and cutting prices and shipping packages like crazy so that we can get this stuff cleared out before we move. I still have a pretty fair amount of stuff to list in the next few days--probably over 100 items but I'm afraid to count them--and anything that hasn't sold by March 28 or so is going to the local thrift store and that eBay store will cease to exist.

I'm not sure whether I'm more excited about moving into our new house and having my own studio space or living without all this clutter. Okay, never mind, my own studio space wins (yippee!).

If you're looking for a bargain, we have hundreds of books, CDs, PC games, war games, baseball cards, and miscellaneous stuff that need new homes. Come visit our giant online yard sale, I'd love for these things to go to people who really want them.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Crafted in Copper

Several times each day I am awed by the tremendous talent and creativity on Etsy. Today's find, Thumbelina Creations, has some truly sweet jewelry. My favorite pieces are those made from copper, but you can find plenty of non-copper beauties there too.

Turquoise and Copper Dragonfly Set, $15

Copper Spring Earrings, $8

Copper Necklace, $12

The Ultimate Blog Party 2008 Prize from Lucky Girl!

This fused glass pendant is the prize from Lucky Girl for the Ultimate Blog Party 2008. I made it with a beautiful coppery orange dichroic glass with bits of white. It's been wrapped in niobium that I anodized to a pretty medium green color. If you haven't already, head on over to 5 Minutes for Mom--our awesome party hostess--to get the details for the prize giveaways and check out the party prize list.

To celebrate this blog party, I'm also offering free shipping on orders from either my Etsy shop, and I also have an eBay store all week long! Put "Blog Party" in the notes to seller if you shop on Etsy, or use the Ask Seller a Question feature if you shop on eBay. I'll send you a no-shipping invoice before you check out, or if you're in a hurry, I'll refund your shipping charge.

Party on!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Brooches, Barrettes, and Ponies

You can find some really cute necklaces, bracelets, and earrings at Becki's Designs. My favorites, though, are her sweet hair accessories. They're affordable, so you can pick up enough to go with several outfits!

Grandma's Brooch Barrette, $5

Leatherette Ponies, $3.50

Patch Pony Tail Star Fire, $3

Monday, March 10, 2008


I love finding good luck symbols when I'm not specifically looking for them, and the Moonlight piece below with its lucky trunk-up elephant is my favorite find today. There are a lot of good luck symbols scattered throughout Yaslani, so browse a bit and you're sure to find something. I've included photos of only a few mixed media pieces here, but Yaslani also makes an amazing variety of bamboo pendants at very affordable prices.

Moonlight, 4x4 Mixed Media, $20

Citywalk, 4x6 Mixed Media, $25

Monkey Tree, 4x4 Mixed Media, $20

An Accidental Penguin

I've been playing with abstract designs, layering a few strips and odd-shaped bits of glass in interesting patterns, and mostly with dichroics. That makes for expensive experimenting, but gosh, it can be amazingly pretty!

To my surprise (and total joy!) one of my experiments came out of the kiln looking much like a penguin! It's got a lot of clear and translucent areas, so gluing a bail is out of the question. I can't bring myself to drill a hole in the little guy, and I'm hesitant to wrap it in wire. He'll probably end up in my Etsy shop within a day or so as an abstract cabachon, and some kind-hearted and creative jewelry maker will adopt him.

Sunday, March 9, 2008


Pippit Carlington of Giftbearer makes some of the loveliest earrings I've seen in quite a while. She also makes beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and rings; but it's her earrings that have my attention. Her love of nature comes through in her work, and each piece is truly wearable art.

Hickory Spades, $27

Leafhearted--Fine Silver Violet Leaf Earrings with Amber, $75

Slender Tendrils Fine Silver Blackberry Leaf Earrings with Chrysoprase, $75

Saturday, March 8, 2008

More Than 4,000 Beads

Anna of A Rose by Name creates lovely beaded earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, as well as lip balm holders, card cases, and key chains. But my absolute favorites are her beaded candle holders: each one contains well over 4,000 beads, all woven and stitched by hand.

A Light for Easter, $77

Blue Key Tealight Holder, $77

Mardi Gras Tealight Holder, $77

Links Around the World

I got tagged by Seeking Serenity.
Let us all help each other out by doing each and everyone a little favor . . . building our Technorati ranks and probably our Google page rank! How? By doing this tag! ^_^ I am making this not only to build up my own blog, but of course, to build up yours as well! So tag along, and lend us your helping hands.

Disclosure: The image was taken from a very informative site about parenting:

This is the Links Around The World Tag.

Instructions: 1. Place your link after the list. If you have more than 1 blog, feel free to add them all here!

2. After placing your blog’s address/es, you must tag 5 or more bloggers that are not yet on the list, this is to keep the ball rolling. (Please remember to let the bloggers know they've been tagged!)

3. Here is the best part: Make sure to update your list every now and then, by getting the master list here. ^_^

Links around the world tag:
1 - Momhood Moments 2 - Business Mars 3 - A Simple life 4 - moms….. check nyo 5 - Mommy’s Little Corner 6 - Pampered 7- HappyHeart 8- Make Every Day Your Lucky Day 9- Place Your Link Here

I'm tagging Cigar Box Beads, Thumbelina Creations, My Cat Lulu, Kuddlebugz Threadz, and So and Sew Crafty.

Friday, March 7, 2008

From Astrophysics to Jewelry

The beaded pieces at Silver Dragon Creations are simply stunning. Owner-artist Patricia C. Vener's life is as intriguing as her beadwork:
My path as an artist, however, was a duet of both fine and performing arts. I am a (retired) ballerina as well as a published artist, having done illustrations for a CD picture book, Papa Cardinal Finds Breakfast, by Sandra Wellborn. One of my paintings accompanied an essay I wrote for an astronomy textbook. I also hold a Masters Degree in Astrophysics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and have worked as an astronomer and still teach astronomy as an adjunct professor for University of Maryland University College.
Take a look at two of my favorites, but don't stop there--this shop is worth a look!
Recycled Beauty Beaded Necklace with Vintage Brooch, $35

Hot Pink Fuzzy Beaded Necklace, $500

Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party 2008!

Welcome to Lucky Girl Trading’s party in the 2008 Ultimate Blog Party! I'm Peggy, and I create fused glass jewelry, braided Kumihimo jewelry, and fascinating Temari balls (at least they fascinate me!). Some of my work is available in my Etsy shop, and I also have an eBay store stocked with necklace chains, jewelry pouches and boxes, and some gemstone jewelry. To celebrate this blog party, I'm offering free shipping on orders from either store all week long! Put "Blog Party" in the notes to seller if you shop on Etsy, or use the Ask Seller a Question feature if you shop on eBay. I'll send you a no-shipping invoice before you check out, or if you're in a hurry, I'll refund your shipping charge.

I hope you enjoy the party and get to meet many new bloggers this week. I'm looking forward to reading as many new blogs as I can fit into my schedule!

If you haven't already, head on over to 5 Minutes for Mom--our awesome party hostess--and check out the party prize list. I'm giving away a fused glass pendant as a party prize--check back later this week to see a photo.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Gocco Note Cards

Becca of My Cat Lulu is a desktop publisher by day and an awesome custom card designer and printer by night. Purchase some of her cards and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to charities like Amnesty International or through Etsy for Animals. And best of all, she happily accepts custom orders--like the first item I've included here.

Custom Note Cards, $30

Gocco Animal Card, $3

Gocco Peace Dove Note Card, $3