Thursday, October 30, 2008

What a Feeling!

I know I've talked about treasuries quite a bit but I have to say I've had an exciting week with them and I just want to share.

It started with this treasury, 'Shades of Maple'. This was my very first treasury that was picked to go on the front page. What a thrill!

Just two days later this treasury that featured my earrings was on. I was so happy that I actually was on-line at the time and could see it for myself. Lisa put this beautiful treasury together. You should check out her shop JustCharming on Etsy. While my earrings may have only been on for a few minutes the great news is that they sold!

Tuesday night, or should I say Wednesday morning, I was used as an alternate for this treasury when it posted on the front page. These 'Butterscotch Sundae" earrings got a little extra love at 3 a.m.!

Then today my 'Circle Game' treasury made it to the Front Page. I had just come home, walked in the door and checked Etsy and there it was. I was so glad that I hadn't missed it.

Two feet off the ground, flutter of the heart and a WhooHoo! Ah...the Front's a great feeling! I hope to see you there again soon.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Warm and Fuzzy

I always enjoy having a knitting or crocheting project on the go. I always find it a calm and relaxing thing to do. It's a bit of a break from the fine detail and itty bitty beads that I use when designing my jewellery.

Lately I've been having fun crocheting little wool flowers. Once they're done I felt them and then I make them into ponytail holders and pins.

The pins are great for adding some colour and flair to your jacket or coat, sweater or even your purse.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Spreading the Love

I think I've mentioned before how I enjoy making treasuries on Etsy. It's fun. It's creative. When all the stars happen to be aligned and I have the time, I'm at the computer at the right time and a treasury opens up it's pure pleasure filling in the twelve spots with gorgeous Etsy finds.
Last night I had the excitement of one of my treasuries making the front page. Can I say Whoa Hoo! I actually wasn't home at the time to see it in person but luckily was able to retrieve a screen shot. It was also great to find out that two of the items have sold. Sweet felted acorns by reyaveltman and a gorgeous bracelet by stringmealong. Awesome!

I've 'met' some really nice people from the treasuries, whether they were in one of mine or I was lucky enough to be featured in their treasury. The beautiful scarf in 'Shades of Maple' treasury was made by solidartcollective. (Check out her shop for other beautiful crocheted scarves!) I was thrilled to see I have been featured in her blog . Thank you so much!

Last week, also through a treasury I was featured in a blog by Celeste the super nice owner of cricketscreations who also makes gorgeous scarves. With the weather getting cooler I guess I've been drawn to all the beautiful knitwear on Etsy lately! All I can say is thank you, I really appreciate it!

Etsy is a great place to meet people with similar interests. I mean what was the chance of me meeting two great women from Utah and Colorado if it hadn't been for Etsy and making a treasury.

Who knows what my next treasury will bring and who I might meet. You can still visit my current treasurywest 'Darkened Skies' until Thursday at 11:26 p.m. Spread the love and don't forget to 'click'!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Gorgeous crimson red, pumpkin orange and golden graced the scenery in every direction. The last burst of colour before the November winds strip the trees of their coloured jewels.

My favourite time of year and such perfect weather. Warm sunshine kissed our cheeks as we kicked the leaves underneath our feet. Calm waters reflected a stunning array of colours. An absolutley beautiful weekend up in Muskoka with my family .

My Mom prepared our dinner that was equally beautiful and shared the colours of the forest with cranberry red, sweet potato orange and golden turkey. Everything was delicious. A perfect Thanksgiving weekend. Something to really be thankful for.

A beautiful hike through the woods. The orange leaves against the blue sky was breathtaking.

Our dog Mabel was in heaven as we unhooked her leash and let her run free through the forest.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

My Obsession.

It was a happy day yesterday when I went to my mailbox and found my package of supplies had arrived. I really didn't expect it to arrive for a few more days so it was extra special. No sooner had I ripped open the envelope and I was grabbing my jewellery tools. I've had fun playing with copper in the last few weeks so I had ordered more and also something new: brass and gunmetal. The brass daisy bead caps were even nicer in person and I had to use them right away. The result are these earrings. I call them Fairy Mist. They make me think of giant waterdrops that have landed on a flower petal in a fairy forest. The seagreen firepolish beads are gorgeous and have such subtle colour shifts.

It's amazing how such a small package can spur you on to creative delight. You jewellery artists out there know the feeling when you come out of a beading store with such a small bag and a $100 receipt in your hand. But what lies in that bag is pure excitement, enjoyment and creative satisfaction.

Enjoy your day, as I know I will, happily lost in my beads.