Sunday, December 27, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
You see, we have been stalking her flickr and Artfire shop in hopes of snagging one of these beauties for a while. Always a day late or a dollar short, I was losing hope. Then a few months back I noticed she takes commissions and so I immediately got on the list. The list is long but well worth the wait!
I had just finished redesigning my shop logo and business cards to better capture the feel of what I sell so I asked Kyle if she could make a dress to match. The dress turned out wonderfully, I couldn't be happier!
The girls of course had a little fight over it, Thank God Kyle sent a little rubber chicken in the pocket of the dress, it helped Jesse calm down a little once she realized the dress wasn't for her. Little does she know that there is a surprise coming for her soon from frenchpants shhh! don't tell her!
The cool little comic above was created by me on my iphone with an app call Strip Designer. I LOVE this app and highly recommend it.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
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Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Today, I spent the day at the torch and made some beads I'm pretty excited about. The best part is, I can't wait to do it again tomorrow. I have ideas swimming in my head right now and it's such a good feeling!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
There have been a lot of threads in various forums lately requesting people show their work spaces. I recently cleaned up mine and thought I would share it with you, for a more accurate depiction just look at the pic of me making beads on the right side of my blog to see how creatively messy I get!
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Monday, October 5, 2009
Daily, I check the Etsy Blythe category for fun fabulous finds for my girls. I don't want to miss a thing! My wish list is long and grows quickly but I just could not pass up these cute and clever Halloween dresses when I saw them. These candy corn and Hostess cupcake dresses made by Pistachiolibby come complete with matching hair accessories. They are the best quality and you can't beat the price. I will definitely be back for more!
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Sunday, September 27, 2009
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Look at this gorgeous treasury on Etsy by my friend Lauren of Maybeads! She's picked some wonderful Halloween items and one my Blythe necklaces is one of them!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I have been a Wishpot member for a few years but recently signed up to be an Indie Expert. Not only can you post your shop to Wishpot and Facebook, when you update your blog it automatically posts it to Wishpot. Wishpot is another social networking site that is valuable for your shop and yet another great way to get yourself out there. Here is a list of reasons why every handmade artisan should sign up for Wishpot;
Get your badge, add it to your blog, Myspace and more
Share your shop on Facebook
Share your products and wishes on Twitter
Guest post on the Wishpot Blog
Submit an item to be featured as a Daily Featured Product
Promote your giveaways and contests
Even if you aren't a seller Wishpot is a wonderful tool to keep track of things you want all over the web. My family has been using Wishpot for a few years to keep track of the kids wish lists for birthdays and holidays, it's so easy for them, we have added the "add to Wishpot" button to our browser and the kids can add anything they find online to their wish lists, even Etsy items!
Here is a link to get the most out of wishpot as an Indie Expert. It goes into details and includes links about the features listed above.
Click the button below to go to my Wishpot and see my profile, I would love some more friends so please add me if you like!
Let me know if you have trouble, I have an email for a very friendly, very helpful lady at Wishpot that can help you set everything up.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
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Sunday, September 6, 2009
Jesse arrived today, I'm so excited. She's beautiful and will soon be modeling for the shop. I have a few new designs I've been holding off on releasing in anticipation of her arrival. Please check back this week to see them!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
They offer all kinds of sets including your own family, storybook sets, Scooby-Doo, pirates, you name it! They even have birthday party favor sets.
We all know I love Pippi Longstocking so I contacted Jenny from WeeKnit with my request and she whipped Pippi right up. I was so impressed with her quick, friendly response. I told her I wanted her for my Blythe doll and she even made her a little smaller than normal to accommodate me.
Pippi is the cutest little puppet, made with care and great quality and the price is a steal. So if you have kids, or your dolly needs a friend, I highly recommend WeeKnit!
Once Pepper saw Pippi, she immediately went to change her clothes. Don't they look cute together?
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Last week on twitter I stumbled across the Aussie Handmade Giveaway. It's a blog featuring the work of Aussie artisans. I entered the giveaway featuring these wonderful hair clips by Vanilla Pixie on Etsy. I was surprised and happy when I heard I won. It's the first time I've won a giveaway. It was just in time too, Pepper's new hair needs some taming and what better, cuter way to do it?! Thank you to both Carley of Vanilla Pixie ans Jess of AHG. I love them!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thanks for sharing Silja!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
It may seem early but I have added some Halloween necklaces to the shop. Now you will have plenty of time to wear and enjoy them.
Stay tuned for more new designs plus a new line of Blythe necklaces coming very soon!
Monday, August 17, 2009
I have to say, out of everyone's suggestions, there was at least one name from each person that I really liked, making it a difficult decision. You all are so creative and suggested names I never would have thought of.
Because of all the great suggestions, I decided to have a drawing for a second necklace. My husband drew the name this morning and the winner is.....
I will contact each of you ladies to get your choice of necklaces and addresses. Thanks to everyone for participating. It was a lot of fun!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I really enjoy when my customers post pictures of their girls wearing my creations. Steph has a few of my necklaces and always posts pictures and blogs about them, it makes my day! Doesn't her girl look adorable wearing her new panda necklace?
I started a flickr group to showcase the girls and their jewels and would love it if you would join and post pictures of you or your girls wearing the jewelry I create. The group is open to everyone, even if you don't own any jewels from me yet, please stop by and browse.
On a side note, please don't forget the giveaway for a dolly necklace in the "Name that Girl" contest featured in my last post. The contest ends Sunday August 16th at midnight Pacific time. There are so many wonderful entries so far, it's going to be a tough decision, so I've changed things up a bit, the winning name will receive a necklace and I will also have a random drawing for a second necklace! Thanks everyone for your participation so far, it's been a lot of fun!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
So with her new do, she needs a name. I was thinking of having a little contest. I am not very creative when it comes to names and thought that I would ask you all for help.
To give you some insight, I will tell you a little about how she has inspired me and how she has evolved. You all know I make glass beads on a torch, I had always wanted to sell them but didn't really make anything that stood out, then I discovered Blythe and was so inspired to make tiny necklaces, I finally took the plunge and opened shop. So with that in mind, and her crazy orange hair, anything fire related is a possibility. Also, as a kid, I loved Pippi Longstocking and Orphan Annie, both are red headed ragamuffins. I like quirky names for dolls, but am open to any and all suggestions.
If I choose your name, you will win a doll necklace. If you don't own a doll, I will give you a coupon good for $10.00 off any item in my shop and free shipping. If for some reason, I still can't decide on a name, I will enter everyone into a drawing to determine the winner.
Please post a comment with your suggestions along with your email address.
The contest will run through next Sunday August 16th, midnight. I will announce the winner Monday August 17th by 12 noon Pacific time.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I have a few new necklaces in the shop. I wanted to add a few summery style necklaces before summer comes to a close. There is also a matching apple necklace set for back to school!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I recently found the blog Fashion Doll Review. It's interesting, has a lot of great links I want to explore and it's about dolls of course, all kinds of dolls! I was pleasantly surprised to find that Alison reviewed my doll necklaces. It made my day, thank you Alison!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
The picture above shows the 3 sets of tongs I own. They are 16mm, 10mm and now 6mm, I made some apple beads to show you what the finished beads look like.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Meanwhile I am still putting the finishing touches on my other doll. I sand matted her face, gave her freckles, blush, a Licca body and changed 2 sets of her eye chips. I just received a new wild orange mohair wig for her that I ordered from Sleeping Elf. After I ordered the wig, it dawned on me that two of my favorite girls as a kid were Orphan Annie and Pippi Longstocking, I guess they have been the inspiration for my girl. It's funny how I didn't consciously realize that until the very end. I will post pictures of her in a few days once I put the finishing touches on her.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I have been busy creating new items for my Etsy shop. A lot of these were suggestions made from the wonderful participants of my last giveaway. I have had a lot of fun creating these designs and have more on the way.
Coming soon, Halloween themed necklaces for you and your girl!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
We are often our own worst critics and I found while looking through my jar that there were some beads in there that shouldn't have been. It shows that you shouldn't throw out that project that didn't come out quite right, put it aside and revisit it another day. You will most likely have a different perspective!
Beadmakers are lucky, our failed attempts are small and can enhance other items, like my cute house shaped jar, others sprinkle their beads in fish tanks and gardens. Think of a creative way that you can re-use or store your attempts, who knows, it might inspire something new.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I started out getting certified in Artclay Silver, and wanted to learn to make glass beads to compliment my work. One of the first beads I ever tried was a grape cluster. What a disaster that was!
The most important skill you need to master as a lampwork artist is heat control and making a base with a lot of little dots all over isn't easily done when you are just starting out, the dots would touch each other and then melt into big blobs or some would melt all the way in etc. I was very frustrated!
Friday, July 10, 2009
I mentioned her to my husband and he said he would make sure I could get her. He is so supportive, he has even been helping me with creative ideas for new necklaces. I am one lucky chick! So definitely keep an eye out in August for some fun new necklace designs.
Until then, I will be listing some new designs from the ideas generated from the participants of my giveaway. I really enjoyed reading everyone's comments and it has inspired my creativity. I am always open for ideas, if you have more, please share them with me.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I am always delighted to find myself in a treasury, I checked craftopolis this evening and found myself in not only one, but three wonderful treasuries!
Suzanneb2, features my all time favorite Blythe accessories theme, must-haves for your girl!
The Third is this wonderful treasury titled "small BUT MIGHTY". Created by my friend Lauren of Maybeads on Etsy. She is a fellow lampworker and makes fantastic lampwork beads of adorable little critters. Her beads always make me smile. Thank you Lauren!
If you want more exposure for your shop, I encourage you to check out the Etsy treasuries often and click and comment. People take notice and will often include you in their future treasuries!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I want to thank everyone who participated. This was a lot of fun and I will definitely do it again. For everyone who entered I am offering 20% off your next purchase from my shop through the month of July. Please convo me and I will set up a special listing for you. If you see something you like that has already sold, I will be happy to make one just for you.
Have a wonderful day!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I decided I today that I would use random.org for the drawing and in order to do that I need everyone's email addresses, I have some but not all. I should have posted that in the original giveaway post. If I don't receive them by 9am pacific time, I will push the drawing out a few hours. Sorry for the inconvenience. I should have researched it sooner. Thank you for your understanding and good luck to everyone!
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Follow my blog here on blogger
Fan my Facebook business page
Friend me on Facebook
Follow my blog through Facebook (click the blog tab, then click the follow button)
Follow me on Twitter
Add a link on your blog to mine
Add a picture of your girl wearing a necklace or pull charm you have received from me to my new Flickr Group
Include an item of mine in a treasury on Etsy.
Add a comment to this post telling me what items in my shop you like or what you would like to see.
You will receive an entry for each thing you do, if you already do one those things, I will still include it as an entry.
The drawing will be on July 1st!
Everyone that participates will receive 20% off of their next purchase.
Please leave a comment listing your entries and your blog addresses if you choose to add a link (I will reciprocate with a link on my blog and follow you back!)
Thank you and good luck!!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Here is my latest treasury on Etsy. Titled "Girls on Film" it's all photographs of Blythe. Part of the fun of having a Blythe doll is taking really fun, creative pictures of her. Flickr is a great place to go to see all the clever pictures people take. It's fun to look at them and comment on them and make new friends. Here are links to just a sampling of some of the fun groups on Flickr to see more....
Blythe Blythe Blythe
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
First and most important! I am participating in the Etsy Yart Sale. Everything in my shop is currently on sale for 20% off regular price (prices have already been adjusted). Sale runs from June 10th through June 14th. Now is the time to buy that necklace or pull charm you've had your eye on! If something is already sold, please convo me before the end of the sale and I will make one for you and honor the sale price!
I have recently started a new line of necklaces made to match my Blythe doll necklaces. Right now I have 3 designs available and will be adding more. In the works is a Black Kitty Chococat inspired necklace, a Cute Little Monkey, some matching cupcakes, is there a particular design you would like to see? I would love your input, please leave a comment with suggestions.
I also have a few ideas for new Blythe necklace designs so please check back!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
I had been frequenting Etsy long before I had a shop there and Marcy's beads always stood out. They are fun and endearing and I admired them from the start. Every time I went there I would always come across her beads and I would say to myself, "who is that?" and every time I would check and it was Marcy. In my opinion, she is the first lampwork artist that was really successful on Etsy. I remember thinking, if she can do it so can I.
I truly enjoy reading her blog, to be featured on it, is an honor! So please stop by and take a look. Tell me what you think!
Friday, May 29, 2009
While searching the internet recently, I came across Blurb.com. They will print your blog in book form. How wonderful is that!?! It lays everything out nicely and even prints the comments people leave on your blog. You can edit it as much or as little as you like and it's really affordable. I sent the link to my friend, what a wonderful keepsake for her!
As for me, I am still getting the hang of blogging so I am not sure I will be turning my blog into a book yet but I might someday. I think it would make a great portfolio for artists and craftspeople and a great dolly diary!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Holiday! I have been busy this past week and want to share the new Blythe accessories I have added to my Etsy shop. Take a moment and stop by if you like! www.embellishyourself.etsy.com
Not only have I been adding to my shop but I finally got the courage to do some dolly surgery this weekend. She is getting 2 new sets of eye chips , a sand matte and some freckles! I can't wait, I will post some pictures of her when I am done. It has taken me forever to get the courage to do it, I have had the supplies for months. I have been so afraid of messing her up, come to find out, it was so much easier than I thought! Now I'm ready to tackle the hard stuff, like opening her up and rerooting her hair I am also saving up for an Obitsu body so she will be posable and better able to model for me, how fun!! I feel like a mad scientist! Dr. Frankenstein better watch out he has some competition!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I saw this list on my friends blog. In an effort to make my blog a little more interesting I thought I would give it a try! She said it's harder than it looks so here we go.
8 things that I am looking forward to:
1. Seeing my husband when he comes home, he works out of town a lot and I love spending time with him.
2. Going out for a drive to see wild flowers and taking a family picture amongst them!
3. Completing some creative projects that I keep putting on hold.
4. More sales in my Etsy shop, they truly make my day!
5. Listing more things in my Etsy shop.
6. Taking more creative pictures of Shawna, they are so fun!
7. Getting over how embarrassing it is going out for photo shoots of her (I'm a 38 yr old woman who plays with dolls!)
8. Yikes!! this is hard! Umm.....getting my back yard weeds cleaned up (I am not looking forward to doing it but can't wait till it's done!)
8 things I did yesterday:
1. Took my son to school
2. Promoted my shop online
3. Re-listed some Blythe necklaces with better pictures
4. Laughed quite often at my new twitter friends and their witty tweets!
5. Looked at my beads to try to making something, didn't get very far
6. Played Montezuma on my phone, I am hopelessy addicted to it!
7. Cooked dinner, I hate cooking so that was pretty major!
8. Spent some quality time with my husband
8 things I wish I could do:
1. Go on a really cool vacation
2. Move closer to where my husband works, he works 2 hours from home
3. Stay home forever to be a homemaker
4. Make my Etsy shop so successful that I don't have to worry about going back to work
5. Make my husband happy with his job
6. See my parents more often
7. Get an Apple computer and laptop
8. More creativity, I can always use that!
8 shows I watch:
1. America's Next Top Model
2. What not to Wear
3. Amazing Race
4. Tori & Dean Home Sweet Hollywood (starting at the end of this month, I just love Tori, she makes me laugh!)
5. Project Runway (starting again in August I think, I love that show!)
6. TLC's multiple kid shows Jon & Kate plus 8 and 18 Kids and Counting (I have a morbid curiosity)
7. Real World/ Road Rules Challenge
This was challenging! Why don't you try it, I love learning about people!