Friday, March 31, 2006

New bracelets coming

I made a small batch of glass beads the other day to use in some new bracelets and pendants. The bracelets page of my website has been looking kind of picked over. Hopefully sometime on Monday I'll be able to post some new ones :-)

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Carnival of the Creators #6

Welcome to Carnival of the Creators #6! I'm going to start with just a simple list of arts-related blogs that I think you should be reading regularly. But hey, no pressure!

Smithsonian Art Museum
Artella News
The Artful Manager
Creating Passionate Users
Art Biz Blog
Art Marketing Secrets

If you're not yet convinced that you should be spending time reading blogs regularly, here are a few specific blog posts to check out that I think might change your mind:

How to be an expert
The only thing standing between you-as-amateur and you-as-expert is dedication. All that talk about prodigies? We could all be prodigies (or nearly so) if we just put in the time and focused. At least that's what the brain guys are saying. Best of all--it's almost never too late.

A fantastic marketing presentation, which paid off with a solo exhibit at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton MA for the artist.

Art Marketing Secrets
If you do have a website, does it reflect the work of a professional, high-end artist or does it look like your Cousin Joe designed it in his spare time, as a personal favor or to try out his web coding skills?

Jewelry classes
For the jewelers in the crowd. Find yourself a class.

New Texas mystery
Bobbi C is excited to announce that her new mystery novel, Lone Star State of Death, is now available.

Just for fun ~ let Einstein write your message for you!

Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of the Creators using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Call for entries

Lark Books is going to publish a book called 500 Earrings. Here are the submission guidelines to have your work considered.

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Monday, March 27, 2006

"Floral Fantasy" finished

Floral Fantasy

Lots of vintage lucite flowers, pearls, and glass beads on a mother-of-pearl backing ~ perfect for Spring!

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Friday, March 24, 2006

My magnifier came home!

After being shipped off to be photographed for a magazine article, this magnifier necklace has made its way home.


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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

"Timeless Treasures"

"Timeless Treasures" Pins

I just updated my "pins" page. So many of them had sold, it was looking kind of barren :-)

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Did you know...

...that there are 7 e-courses on jewelry that you can take, absolutely free??? Head on over to Tammy's list on and sign up today!

Whaddaya got to lose?

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Friday, March 17, 2006

I'm going to try to pass :-)

For Irish, that is! I've been told that everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick's Day, and I figure that with my hair, skin, and small nose, it just might work :-) This is what I'm wearing:

My "Irish" Necklace

For my husband, who is actually Irish, I'm cooking a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner tonight.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Game Fish

Larry Fuente's "Game Fish"

Hi, I'm back from vacay. It wasn't the slightest bit relaxing, but I came home with hundreds of pictures for source material ~ both for my digital photography and collage work and for beading! Here's one that I have to share from our visits to some of the Smithsonian museums. It's *huge*!!

This masterpiece of beading and assemblage is located in the Renwick Gallery, which is up off the mall, nearer to the White House. We were able to go to the Hirshorn in the morning, the Renwick in early afternoon, and then hit the Museum of Natural Science late afternoon after an energizing lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. The Swordfish was the best example of beading that I saw, even though I think most of the items are glued on rather than stitched. I know it's hard to see, but one of the rows of "scales" on the dorsal fin are Ken dolls and GI Joes...this thing is really really big.

Treasure pins

"Timeless Treasures" Pins

Some of my pins are going to end up in a new jewelry projects book! I don't have a lot of them left after this Christmas...looks like I've got to make up a new batch!

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Friday, March 03, 2006

So little much to do

I am taking a break from my computer for a few days to see what I might be able to accomplish without the distraction! I'll see you all in a week :-)

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Two new offerings from BeadBox

A couple things that have caught my eye...

Ethnic charms

Gemstone links

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Flowered necklace, part 2

Here's the thing ~ I've got so many things going on right now that I'm not making the kind of progress that I'd like!

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Call for entries

For Tammy Powley's new book on making mixed media jewelry! Get the details here.

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