Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Necklace with Glass Pendant

In my last post, I mentioned that I made a necklace using one of Sue Ubertini's glass pendants and how much I loved it.

I am posting a picture of it here so that you can see why I love it so much.


This past weekend I was at a local craft show where I met a wonderful glass artist, Sue Ubertini. I was so impressed by her beautiful glass art that I spent more time looking at her table than I did watching mine.

By the end of the show I was able to exchange one of my necklaces for a glass pendant. I love the piece that I was able to make with this so much that I have decided I am going to keep it for myself. Her glass pendant made this particular necklace very special. For any other jewelry designer that might be interested in Sue's gorgeous work, I will be including her links here so that you can contact her. Let me say, that her work is even more wonderful in person than it is in the pictures

This very talented lady has been in love with glass art and sculpture for many years and subsequently took classes at Corning Glass and also learned fusing basics fom Sasha Zhitneva. She is also fascinated with cameo glass and has been experimenting with the technique and has successfully created some beautiful pieces.

You can see more of her work at:

and for more information on how her pieces ae created go to:

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Some Of My Latest Jewelry

I have been very bad these last few months, but I made up for it in the last two weeks by making quite a few new necklaces.

I guess I'm inspired because the weather has gotten warmer here and I will be doing craft shows again. Nice weather always seems to get me motivated.

I have already listed some of these in my etsy shop and I will be listing some more this week. I hope I can keep this up. Feels good to finally be creating again.

I will be doing a blog post on another featured seller and will have that ready next week. So many talented people and I hope to be bringing a lot more of them to you attention this summer.

Talk to you all later. Bye for now.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Featured Seller - Bizzarios

Deborah Wandler, the creator of Bizzarios, is another wonderful artist from Indie Junction. Deborah creates, what can only be described as truly unique folk art. I will let her describe Bizzarios in her own words:

"Bizzarios have been in my head for may years, but until recently they have only been fleeting thoughts. I did make one for my granddaughter when she was born. I was busy living my life and didn't have many opportunities to be creative. Then, I got remarried in 2007 and had to go about combining two households of possessions. The sad part is that something always gets put away and forgotten about because of lack of space. I had a wonderful thought one day. Why not display these precious memories in a picture instead of packing them away in boxes in the attic or garage.

Now Bizzarios are 3D pictures ready to hang, handcrafted with a focal point and adding an array of earth friendly items to compliment it. Beads and seed pods, tiles and jewelry are some of my favorite items to use in each bizzario. Some of the combinations are weird, some are "bizzare" and some are absolutely beautiful. Each Bizzario is different. No two are the same."

So now that Deborah has described her art in her own words, let me add a thought or two. When I first saw these, I was immediately drawn to her work. I love unusual, grass roots artwork. Deborah's work exemplifies both of these things and much, much more. This work is truly her own, inspired by her life and experiences and she can claim full credit for these thought provoking creations.

To see more of this artist's wonderful work visit:

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Featured Seller - Susan Morrow

I want to introduce you to a very talented lady, Susan Morrow.

I met Susan through Indie Junction and I have also seen her shop on Etsy and I immediately fell in love with her beautiful jewelry. I have been wanting to feature her on my blog for a while now, but because of her busy schedule it was difficult to speak with her.

Well last week I was finally able to ask Susan a few questions about her work and I am still in a little bit of shock. I asked her how long she has been making this wonderful jewelry and she told me it's been a little bit less than a year. And to add to my shock, she is entirely self taught. She reads books on jewelry making, gets a few ideas, and than makes these fantastic necklaces. I guess we are dealing with someone who is just naturally talented (boy am I jealous).

She did tell me that she has always had artistic ability and that she is also someone who trained as a chemist. She approaches the technical aspects of jewelry making as if she is working in her chemistry lab, which is why I am including a picture of her workspace. However, the beautiful designs that she creates have to do with her love of art and all things handmade.

Please visit Susan's links listed below to see more of her wonderful work. I love every design she makes and would have posted them all here, but I think you should go see them for yourselves. Besides, I am coveting her necklaces for myself so I'm being a little bit sneaky. Really, give yourselves a treat and visit Susan's wonderful shops, and if you buy something, well, I'll have to force myself to forgive you. I suppose I can't have them all.

Monday, April 5, 2010

New Listings

These are some of my latest listings in my etsy shop.
Hope you like these and I'm working on more. I'm inspired by Spring when I can climb out from under the blankets and actually get some work done.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Indie Junction

I am writing this short post to tell you about a wonderful site called Indie Junction. This is a great place for indie artists and crafters to come together, discuss their work, share their ideas on promotion and creative expression and just to support each other in a friendly and helpful atmosphere.

If you are new to online selling, as I am, or have been doing it for a while, you know that it can be a frustrating and time consuming experience. Having a vibrant on line artist community is wonderful .

If you are interested you can visit this site at: myindiejunction.com or visit their fan page on facebook at

At the top of this article you can see some of the beautiful work from various Indie Junction artists.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Featured Seller - Silver Drops

I hope that more people are reading my blog. The featured artists that I am writing about certainly deserve to have their work noticed and appreciated by as many people as possible.

The next artisan, Michael Johnson, is someone I met on Etsy.com through his online shop "Silver Drops". I have always had a love for handmade silver jewelry and a great admiration for the very talented people who make it. Now it's time for me to let Michael tell you about his craft in his own words.

"I have been making jewelry for 9 years, although I took 3 years off while I was living in China".

The techniques I use are sawing, soldering, grinding, filing, bezel setting, forming and texturing. As for training I took classes as adjuncts during college and took a a few full time classes then also. After college I moved to China for two and a half years and travelled extensively. When I moved back to the States I started to take metals class again in Chicago. Currently I live in Bloomington Indiana and am getting my Masters in Library Science. I have a small studio set up in my apartment.

My inspiration comes from many sources. The main drive is the idea of an asymmetrical piece that is designed in a way that the mind completes the symmetry. I always love playing with abstract designs that play with the mind. This can be seen in my cutouts that I do in some of my pendants or behind the stone settings. I am a big believer that all sides of a piece should be used, including the back side. The inspiration for my pieces and designs come from the natural world, fascination with different cultures and the general feeling I have at the time. "

Please check out the SilverDrops shop on etsy to see more of Michael's great work. The shop site is: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SilverDrops

Friday, March 12, 2010

Why Do Crafters and Artists Do This?

I could have called this Rant #4. Well I think I'm up to #4 or is it #3, but who's counting? But I am hoping to not be totally incomprehensible, as my son calls those my "incomprehensible rants". Therefore, I am hoping this won't fall into that category.

The other day while searching facebook for new fans for my facebook page, I came across another crafter, who shall remain nameless. I have now been thinking about this for two days and figured writing it down would make me feel better. This person was making handmade jewelry and had some fringe necklaces that looked hand sewn. They were not as elaborate as the ones that I've been doing or as others that I've seen. She didn't use as many beads or, obviously, take as many hours to make it. But still, she was selling a handmade necklace for $10.00. How much was she paying herself, maybe, $2.00 an hour. Is that all her labor is worth? Is that all mine is worth, or any other person who is making handcrafted items?

Never mind just the labor of making the item, how about the time and money spent to sell it? She was obviously on facebook looking for fans for her page. She has a shop on Etsy, so she has to pay a listing fee, and a percentage when she sells it. The monetary amount may not be much, but it takes time and effort to promote and sell.

Why should crafters or artists (I have known some who do the same thing) feel they should be willing to just give their work away? I understand times are rough, but they are rough for all of us. Until the right buyer comes along, I'll keep what I make. It's ok. I value my efforts a little bit higher than zero. Does this person think she will be able to sell more by keeping her prices down? Well maybe she can, but what's the point.

In all fairness to this unnamed person, she is not the only one doing this. I'm just using her as an example. Most crafters underprice. As far as I'm concerned, I'd rather see someone overprice their work than underprice it. And, I'd rather see that overpriced item sell. At least, it makes a statement that someone's work for any handmade item or painting or drawing is worth something. I think right now it's backwards. The public seems to think if it's mass produced it's valuable and that one of a kind, unique work should be sold on the cheap. And, I think, that as crafters, we are fostering this kind of thinking. Hell, maybe we're completely responsible for it.

If I followed her example, I'd sell my necklace that I'm posting here for $40 and lose money. I refuse to do it. I've told other artisans to raise their prices when I see them selling items for less than they are worth. Maybe not everyone loves what we do and won't pay our prices, but there will be someone that will.
Well I think I'm almost done, errrr, ranting. Maybe. If anyone out there happens to read this, please let me know what you think. You can disagree with me, I won't get upset....much. Maybe I'm totally out of line, but I really don't think so. I think this can, at times, be a dull, ugly, unhappy world and maybe, just maybe, when someone makes something that another person thinks is beautiful, it makes things ever so slightly less dull, ugly and unhappy. I think that is certainly worth something.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Me Being a Good Mommy - Just Call Me Mommy Dearest

I am writing this post to promote my son's blog. Of course, you would think he would do the same for his poor, unappreciated, wonderful mother (me) but what can a mother do.

I will have to admit, as much as I hate doing it, he is a decent writer. His blog is very often funny and thought provoking and he would love it if you would give him a good argument. I don't know where he gets the argumentative streak. Must be from his father.

If nothing else he is never dull.

I am also posting some of his photographs. He does that pretty well too. Hey, a mother is always allowed bragging rights.

Ok son - Mommy Dearest is signing off now.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Featured Seller - Jessica Wagner

I have to say, that in the short time that I have been involved with selling online, I have been amazed at the talented artists that are out there. Just so many gifted people, who are not getting the rewards that they deserve. If writing these articles helps in any way, than it's well worth it. Besides, I like writing and obviously don't have a problem with speaking my mind.

This next seller does chainmaille jewelry. In the past I have not been a huge fan of chainmaille, well not until I saw Jessica's work. Than I fell in love with it.

Incredibly, Jessica has only been doing chainmaille since last August. Her doctor had recommended a hobby, so she went on Amazon and bought a book on jewelry making. To her surprise this book was not about basic jewelry making, but instead entirely about chainmaille. She loved it and decided to give it a try. Jessica is a self-taught jewelry maker, teaching herself entirely from books. When she had enough practice, she put her own spin on her projects and experimented with different weaves. The results are, well, you can see for yourself, beautiful.

Even more amazing is that Jessica suffers from Myasthenia Gravis, an auto immune disease that causes muscle weakness. It makes repetetive tasks (like chainmaille) difficult to do. When you look at the beautiful work that she is creating it is truly inspirational knowing that she has worked through this disability to do something she loves.

For those people who read this blog and love things that are beautifully made by a talented and creative craftsperson, please go to these sites to see more of Jessica's work:

Thursday, March 4, 2010

No Guns in Starbucks or Rant #2

Hi to all my latte drinking friends. By the way, I am one of those latte drinking people - I love lattes, especially the chocolate mocha kind.

So some Starbucks customers don't want other customers to carry guns into Starbucks, even if the other customer is legally carrying that gun. They are putting pressure on Starbucks to ban guns in their stores. I guess the threat is to not drink their latte or cappucino or iced coffee, even though we all know this is a filthy lie and an empty threat. The latte addiction is just too great. I know this to be true. I too am a latte addict. I suppose, they're afraid that some madness might overtake the said gun carrier and the urge to shoot the latte cups off the shelf might become too strong to resist.

However, this pressure is not against those non latte drinking gun carriers who may, in fact, be going into Starbucks, not for the latte, but possibly for the cash register. Oh yes, I'll bet their guns aren't even legal. I'm just guessing here.

To all of you Starbucks customers who want this ban, I have one recommendation. Get a life. And I'll say this, as long as we have latte drinking, gun toting customers in Starbucks, the latte cups will remain safe and unharmed along with the cash register.

Featured Seller - FlowersFromFatima

FlowersFromFatima is an artist who creates decorative headbands, floral hair clips and floral corsages.

I am going to keep my comments regarding this very talented craftsperson to a minimum, since the bulk of this article was written by Fatima herself, and there is no way that I could improve on it in any way. I just want to say, this is a lady that I first noticed on Etsy. Her shop is beautiful, her headbands and clips are lovely, and I think after reading what she has to say you'll understand why.

"FlowersFromFatima is still a fairly new business, founded in December."

"My older brother came up with the idea to name my business FlowersFromFatima and he was the one who really encouraged me to begin a business."

"I have been inspired by hope, positive energy, and love for nature."

"When I was younger my father began a community beautification program. With him, my family planted flowers throughout the neighborhood. We transformed our low-income neighborhood into a paradise . We attracted exotic butterflies and beautiful birds. I never imagined that such beauty existed here in Cincinnati. And NO ONE ever expected to see such beauty in the "inner-city ghetto..."Where there were flowers, there was life."

"My father passed away shortly before I began my business, but his dream still lives on through my own flowers.

"I hope that I can pursue my business full-time after I graduate. I love designing floral accessories and my heart is truly in each piece. It would be a blessing to bloom with Flowers From Fatima.

Please go to Fatima's shop on etsy. She is currently having a spring break sale until March 8th.

The link is: