Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tuesday Treasuries and some Good News

Nicola of Murano Silver was sweet to place my Pirate Ship Pendant in her Clayology Treasury. Thanks Nicola! Its been a crazy couple of weeks. I am finally going on vacation this Thursday. Going home to Plymouth to visit the family, it should be a lot of fun. And once I get back I will be going off to the MetalClay World Conference in Bloomingdale, IL. I can't wait for that either.

So I do have some exciting news. My work is now being sold at Glass FX here in Champaign. Glass FX specializes in stain glass and fused glass but they also carry art clay. Glass FX does teach classes in fused glass, stained glass and metal clay. I am so excited they are carrying some of my pieces!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Tuesdays Treasuries

I was able to snag a team treasury. I tried to assemble a montage of lovely geometric modern shapes. Simplicity is hard to pull off. Check out my Modern Metals Treasury it should be around till Wednesday

Modern Metal Treasury

Nicola of MuranoSilver was nice enough to place me in her MetalClaymorphosis Treasury. Thank you Nicola!

MetalClayMorphosis Treasury

Friday, June 19, 2009

Blogs I Love

Zoe Nelson gave me the One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you Zoe! Zoe is a fellow EMC Team member who shares my addiction for metal clay. Zoe's jewelry have a very organic, earthy style to them. I love how she incorporates different gemstones into her pieces.

Zoe's Blue Hickoryite set in Fine Silver

I wanted to thank Zoe for giving me the One Lovely Blog Award and I would like to share with you the other blogs that I love to catch up on.

Blogs I Love:

Etsy MetalClay - A little bias here because I belong to the EMC Team and because I contribute to the Etsy MetalClay blog. Lori and I try and add tips, tricks, member interviews and team news to this blog.

Such and Such- Lora Hart is a the founder of our EMC Team. She blogs about her creative process, her metal clay classes and other artists that inspire her. I especially love her Weekend Eye Candy posts, where she post pictures of new work from artists she is interested in. I know Christine Street and myself have stolen her weekend eye candy idea but her's is still the best.

Inside the artisan - Ruth is a fellow EMC Team member but I love her blog because she has a variety of subjects. She talking about her latest creations, contests she has entered, her life but she also discusses the issues that comes with running a business.

All Things Metal Clay - This little blog has the pulse of the metal clay world so to speak. Calls for entries into books or contests, latest equipment reviews, tutorials, tips and book reviews, make this blog a must for anyone interested in metal clay.

Kraftomatic - Lora of Such and Such clued me into this hysterical blog. If you want to laugh out loud like I did this morning, check out this blog that pokes fun at some of the craft oddities that can be found on Etsy.

Sand Fibers - I am a huge fan of sand fibers work. I am a seed bead fan. I love what can be created with the peyote stitch for example but I don't like the 40 hours needed to create a bracelet. This is why I think I will stick to metal clay instant gratification in comparison with seed beading.

I actually have a very long list of blogs I follow. Most of the blogs I follow are my fellow EMC team mates. It's great to read about people who share my interest in metal clay and to learn about their lives and creative processes. With an ever expanding team it seems we have an ever expanding list:

So the EMC Team Blog List Includes:

C-lyn Studio

Chocolate and Steel

CNK Design

Destinys Creations

Happyday Art

Jennifer Kahn Jewelry

Kale Primitifs

Lulu Bug Jewelry

Mango Tango

Moda di Magno

Murano Silver

Peculiar Forest

Njia Studios

Hopefully I did not forget anyone! Have a great weekend everyone.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Tuesday Treasuries

I made it into two wonderful treasuries this week. My Winged Heart Charm was featured in Nicola's of Murano Silver "Something New" Treasury. And my Victorian Floral Charm was featured in Janice of Destiny's Creations "Bellezas Spanish for" Treasury. Thank you Nicola and Janice for placing me in your treasuries.
I have a treasury in my poster sketch itching to be posted. I will try and snag another EMC Team Treasury tonight. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Etsy Finds - Art I Want

It's hard to believe that two years ago this July my husband and I bought our first house in Champaign. If you told me three years ago I would own a home, I would tell you that you were nuts. Up until three years ago, I was quite use to living in a very small city apartment. Out here in the suburbs we have a lot more elbow room but one thing remains the same; empty walls. I am guilty of loving artwork but never being able to make up my mind on how to decorate my living space. Two years in this house and I still have uninspiring, empty walls. I love all types of art work but I can never find art that really goes with the feel of a room.

Anyway I am on a mission to tackle the very empty rooms in my house and the ones listed above have been on my Etsy favorite list for a while. Enjoy and have a great weekend everyone.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What Am I About Anyway?

Catherine Witherell of Happy Day Art tagged me the other day with the subject of "If you were going to write down the things you were about at this particular moment or day in time, what would they be?" She talks about what she is currently about in her Blog.

This summer is turning out to be extremely busy. I really need to organize myself. With a full time job, studying for the professional engineering exam, keeping on top of my Etsy Store, my blog, and keeping my commitments to friends, family and my EMC Team, I feel a little stretched. I also feel like I am trying to balance my time between two different worlds. My engineering job requires me to pass my professional engineering exam this fall. This will require a lot of studying and taking a review course in Chicago (2.5 hours away). I am also attending two metal clay workshops at the MetalClay World Conference in July. So there is my engineering life and then there is my metal clay artist life. So for my two worlds I have two lists:

Clever Endeavor to do list:
copper etching
breaking button habit
being a consistent blogger
fused glass
jewelry party in August
consignment at Glass FX
bezel settings
art fairs
polymer clay

Engineers to do list:
check to see if application has been accepted
sign up for PE Exam Review Class
sign up for October exam (a lovely 8 hour exam)
buy all review books (you do not know how much these cost its disgusting)
make a study schedule and stick to it!

And did I mention that I am hitting the big 3-0 this August. Yikes where the heck did my twenties go? I think keeping a very detailed calander may be in order soon.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tuesday Treasuries

A couple of different treasuries to talk about this Tuesday. I was able to capture a treasury for the team, I called it My Metallic Identity. I figured I would try and feature all of the cool custom lettering one can do with metal clay.Check out this lovely treasury, it will around till Friday.

I was in two treasuries this week. Thank you to my team mates for placing my Starfish Pendant and my Victorian Leaves Pendant in the treasuries below. Check out Oh my starry eyed surprise Treasury.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Wicked Sense of Humor

I like how my weekly Etsy Finds proves that I am a geek from Massachusetts. The Reverse the Curse Photo is a famous little sign on Storrow Drive. The Red Sox fan that upgraded the reverse curve sign is indeed brave. If you have ever driven on Storrow drive, you know how crazy that road can be. The curvy road, the highways speeds, and the extremely aggressive drivers make Storrow Drive very dangerous at times. So my hat is off to whoever hanged upside down over Storrow Drive to make this little masterpiece. Yankees Suck.

"Cool Beans" is a Massachusetts catch phrase. You think it would mean something was wrong or bad but actually its the opposite. Cool beans is usually used if you are happily surprised or excited about something. It took a whole semester while at college in Pennsylvania to be broken of my habit of using the word wicked as an adverb for everything. College was wicked cool. I still however use "cool beans" from time to time and the folks here in Champaign, IL still don't get it. We won free tickets to the game, cool beans!

I have a major rabbit problem in my back yard right now. There were two last year and now there are five this year. That's why the Buckling Bunny Tee Shirt got a snort from me. I can't catch the little critters and they seem to like to eat anything. Maybe wrangling them cowboy style would be such a bad idea.

The I'm Pregnant Coffee Stencil made me laugh out loud. Talk about waking up in the morning. No caffeine needed after that little tid bit of news. I don't think I could ever break the news to my husband in this matter. First I don't think he would notice and second I don't think he would find it that funny.

I am a nerd, therefore I love Star Wars. I love the R2D2 cuff links in Cufflinks shop and I absolutely love the Chewbacca mouse. If you have never been to the House of the Mouse please check out her shop. It is ridiculously cute and you will definitely find your next desk mate there.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tuesdays Treasuries

I am a big goof, there is no denying that. I love my crazy treasury titles though. Below is the latest treasury I was able to snag for the EMC team, it called the The Fonz digs Bronze. Aaaayy, its good stuff go check it out.

I was also in a treasury created by Nicola of Muranosilver. She placed my Silver Tree Frog in her Malleable Metal Treasury. Thanks Nicola! Check out the treasury she created below.