WINNER WINNER

Friday, November 30, 2012

Thanks so much for all who played along!
And the winner is (drawn randomly, of course)..........................
Drum roll please.......................................................................................................................................

My favourite Christmas cookie would be the gingerbread men. (I can't believe no one mentioned them yet).
sabinaj@xplornet.com (please let me win, please let me win...)
Congrats Sabina! 
p.s. gingerbreads are my favorites too- at least one of my favorites ;)

I have one set still available in my shop. After the holidays, I will be working on making more of these beads to stock separately in my shop. 

(taken on our trip to Charleston a few weeks ago)

GIVEAWAY! Birds of a Feather- art bead set

Sunday, November 25, 2012

It's giveaway time! 
Enter to win one Birds of a Feather art bead gift set. Included in the set:
1 bird bead
1 feather pendant
1 egg charm
1 birds on a wire pendant
all tucked inside a cute gift pouch.

Directions:
1. Leave a comment on this blog post- share your favorite Christmas cookie. Don't celebrate Christmas?  Just share your favorite cookie. Don't like cookies? Disqualified! not really...but, seriously, who doesn't like cookies... And make sure I have a way to contact you if you win!
mmm....now I could go for one of those sticky green cornflake wreaths...

2. For a 2nd/3rd/4th chance to win, share the giveaway on your blog, facebook or pinterest (hint- there is a pin it button at the bottom of the post). Leave a separate comment/link for each additional entry. 

I will be drawing a winner on Friday, November 30!

The art bead sets are also available in my shop!






Thankful

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A heartfelt THANK YOU for your kind support. Big or small, it truly means the world to me. 

I am thankful for your presence and encouragement. My cozy yellow studio would be drab without you. Thank you. 
To my US friends, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.





A reminder that my sale coupon won't go active until tonight (thursday) evening. 

***update*** I have loads of pendants and more ornaments to list in my shop but woke up with a really bad stomach bug. Hoping to get to it as soon as I feel better. xx

Craft'za 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

We kicked off the holiday season with a show last Saturday. The Craft'za in Minneapolis. It was held at the Soap Factory- a really hip gallery in an old factory with perfect views of the Minneapolis skyline. 
 Here are a few shots taken by a local paper. More can be seen here:
 I small glimpse of my birch branch bird necklace display.
 I had a big collection of my pendants and charms in a "build a necklace" station.
 This holiday season, I am excited to offer a cute "birds of a feather" art bead gift set. A fun treat for a beady friend (or yourself!). Details can be found in my shop.





Charleston

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Charleston is such a fun city.  After traveling abroad for so many years, we almost forgot how nice it is to travel in the states (that 3 hour plane rides was bliss compared to the 17 hour ride to Fiji). We hit the pavement downtown...strolling, taking in the sites, peeking through the gates/windows of the historic mansions (creepy...but we stoop to those levels). We went to parks, old graveyards and ate lots o good food. Luke has decided that when he grows up, he wants to be a bicycle rikshaw driver...errrm, no. 


 The Angel tree- majestic
 My favorite part of the south. When we were kids my mom brought some home from a trip and tried to get it to grow on a tree in our backyard (it didn't withstand a WI winter). 

 My brother, Kelsey, and his wife (the one we were visiting) Theresa
 Cypress Gardens

 The highlight of the trip- rowing around in the swamp. We saw gators and lots of turtles. 




clean up...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A couple big projects going on here since our return from Charleston (pics from that adventure coming soon!). 

I will be attempting to figure out my kiln issue (thanks for everyone that offered to help and I may still be taking you up on that offer!). I think it is a problem with my thermocouple. The wires in my charms basically disintegrated during my last firing. Now I have a bunch of little owls with no wires...little owl marbles (if someone wants to get creative...you can have them, they are really cute- just wireless).  I can't think of anything besides too much heat, that would cause that... My witness cones did seem a little droopier (not a lot...but a little). I am going to try replacing it and go from there! I sure am glad I purchased the upgraded thermocouple that is supposed to last forever *insert sarcastic face here*. 

Once I get that fixed, it will be rush, rush, rush to get ready for my next show coming up. It is in Minneapolis- details below! I will have a "build a necklace" station with lots of pendants/ charms, bird necklaces...actually lots of bird everything. An unintentional bird theme. New ornaments as well!







Most of the above can be found in my shop right now! (my shop will be closing down for the show next Friday). 

It is a rare- very rare- occurrence to see inside my studio. Usually I am too embarrassed by the mess. I am being forced to clean up my act for a local feature on artist studios...which I will give details on as soon as I know more. 

my packaging station (as clean as you'll ever see it)
If you've made it to the end of this post....thanks! and enjoy a coupon code (help me clean-up in spirit).