I haven't figured out how to make carnation jewelry yet!
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
I have to say it took more preparation and organization than the parties I have had at my own house. If I forgot something, I was just going to have to do without it!
Thanks so much to all the friends and neighbors who came to enjoy the afternoon. My mom was a wonderful hostess. And I would not have survived without my friend, Sandra, who is so fast and accurate at adding up numbers! I hope everyone is enjoying their purchases, or looking forward to giving it as a gift over the holidays. I also really appreciate all the custom orders for soap and jewelry.
Here are a few pics from the event: 1) the very reliable table guard, Gray C., 2) me, working till the very end, and 3) it's showtime!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
This is a great way for extra exposure about your craft. When all of us bloggers support each other, we can be a powerful force. Blog away...
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I love being busy. The trick is to keep "busy" from becoming "thrashing." Thrashing is what I used to do: flitting around from one task to the next, wasting a lot of time, and never quite completing anything. Now, I force myself to do just one thing at a time and see it through to completion before getting involved with something else. I discovered a unique feeling of accomplishment when I stopped the thrashing.
So here I go. But first, I think I'll make a pot of coffee to begin the day. Even "busy" requires caffeine!
Until next time, enjoy this picture of a monarch chrysalis that I found ready to hatch on my patio yesterday afternoon. When it hatches, it will be one of the longest living, 4th generation monarchs that flies to Mexico for the winter, then comes back in the spring to start next year's generations of monarchs. Unbelievable!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
For those that aren't scent savvy, I'll give a quick overview. Essential oils are distilled from plants - leaves, stems, flowers, bark, etc. Essential oils can be blended together for more complex scents. Essential oil soaps tend to be a bit less heavily scented, or less "perfumey." Fragrance oils are manmade, and the sky is the limit for variety and strength.
And the rest is about personal preference. Do you like your soap to perfume you? What is your favorite scent family?
Thanks for all the responses! Stay tuned for more soap listings on Etsy. Seaside Spa, Ambrosia, & Lavender Bliss are just about ready to come off the curing rack to get their handmade paper sleeve and sticker. (See photo above)
Bath & Body Bliss on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5186201§ion_id=5162662
Friday, October 5, 2007
That happened to me just recently. A co-worker wanted a pair of earrings to match a necklace she had recently purchased. We talked to get a general idea of what she wanted, and I made two pair for her to consider. The pair pictured in this post sparked an idea for a different handmade earwire, hammered on the end to anchor the stacked beads, then hammered above the beads so everything is secure. I'm sure this isn't a "new" technique. But the request for a pair of beaded "stick earrings" forced me to try something I had never done before!
As it turns out, I'm actually making a third pair of earrings for her to consider. It is going to be a combination of the first two pair I made. Ahhhhhh, customer satisfaction... :) This pair is now listed in my "Just Silver Stop" section on Etsy!
Etsy Shop: http://www.dlpom.etsy.com/
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Here's to another attempt at blogspot. So many others love it...so even after having a bad experience with it myself a few months ago (I tried adding a poll and it corrupted my entire blog whilst technical support was no where to be found!), I'm willing to give it another go.As you'll probably notice, jewelry is my creative anchor. But I'm one of those people that likes to branch out into other creative endeavors. If there were only enough time in the day! I've recently added a Bath & Body Bliss section to my Etsy shop, and I'm delighted with the "rave reviews" received so far! Thanks to everyone who has given my soap a try.
I make cold-process soaps only. Sometimes with essential oils and sometimes with cosmetic grade fragrances. They are all wonderful for your skin, and once you try it, you'll never go back to store bought bar or liquid soaps. They are tested on family and friends, never my cats -- and they never have any artificial colorants or preservatives.
So here's to blogspot and handmade soap! I hope nothing explodes on my computer screen when I click "Publish Post."