Thursday, May 28, 2009

These are a few of my Favorite Things.....

Come in and visit my Favorites and start shopping my favorite little shops! I will be shopping for something new next week, not sure what I will buy though! What would you choose?????


Drop into my shop for a FABULOUS store wide BUY ONE GET ONE sale! Read the annoucement for details!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Customers Love It!

I thought today would be an AWESOME day to show in photos, my gallery of a few of my favorite customer photos! Enjoy and hope you all had a great weekend!

Thanks so much everyone! Have a great day and be sure to check out my Buy One Get One Shop SALE!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE SALE!

TODAY I AM HAVING A HUGE BOGO SALE! Stop in an buy it all up! I have a new summer line coming in and I need to make room!!!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

NEW TEAM CHALLENGE!

It's time for my street teams new challenge! Please take a minute to VOTE
I'm number 5 if you want to vote for me :) Just Click Here.

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Once a month, the Eclectic Artisans Team holds a friendly challenge with one another, with the winner going on to choose the next month's theme.
How is the winner picked? By YOUR votes!!! :) You, our readers, get view each entry, read the participants comments and choose your favorite that you feel best represents the theme of the month.
Last month's winner was 'Miss Maisy' who brought in the most blog reader votes with her 'Spring' themed submission. As 'queen of the challenge', Maisy's choice for this month's challenge is "CARNIVAL!"
To Maisy, 'carnival' means:
"i was raised in st lucia in the west indies and have vivid memories of my childhood there - including the carnival celebrations that would take over the island! people came together and put on a carnival that celebrated creativity, colour, and cameraderie. no matter what their skills, or means, everyone seemed to get caught up in the spirit of carnival and either created amazing costumes, played music, or just danced along to show support and have a good time in the street processions and parties."

Below you will find the entries for this month's challenge.
More info and details on the submissions are found below the collages.
Please help us choose this month's winner and join in the fun!!!
(click on the images to enlarge for detailed view)
1. hairbowswonderworld: what carnival means to me- This is a headband with a handmade silk fabric rose attached with some curly peacock feathers. The first thing came to my mind when I think Carnival, was that peacock blue and the peacock feather, so I went ahead and made this headband , I think the gorgeous blue and the whimsical curly feathers give it a festive cheerful look.
2. indigoorchid: what carnival means to me- I call my bracelet the “Carnival Queen…of Hearts”
When I was looking on the net trying to find inspiration, I kept pulling up pictures of carnival queen from all over the Caribbean, Latin America, and Venice. I took what I saw in these photos and created my own version of a carnival queen in watercolor. From there I switched over to my more comfortable medium, jewelry design. I tried to incorporate all of the bright colors and shapes that I found while researching. Since I had used all of the colors that I had found to be more promonant during carnival in my painting, I just transferred the idea to my bracelet, hearts and all.So in my submission piece you will find bright, bold color with lots of shinny silver tones. I incorpoarted Czhech glass butterflies, stars, and of course, hearts. I mainly used glass in my design from czhech to lampwork and cain beads; however threr are also some pewter Bali style beads thouhout. I hop you like it, and I hope that the colors can give you a good memmory of St Lucia!
3. divadea: what carnival means to me- I am working on a series of tarot art, and when the Carnival challenge theme was announced, the colorful and mysterious carnival tents with the tarot and palm readers inside and the scent of incense wafting out immediately came to mind. These are mixed media pieces made mostly of polymer clay. They measure about 7 by 9 inches. For each piece, I research the card, its history and interpretations, and hundreds of various artists' renditions before creating my own unique drawing representing how the card resonates for me. Then from the drawing I build a piece of wall art with polymer clay cane work and other materials. Eventually, I hope to make the entire 78-card set and have a complete tarot deck printed. For this challenge, my entry is major arcana card number 4, the Emperor. Polymer clay cane work, mokume gane and sculpting techniques were all used for this piece.
4. TicTacTogs: what carnival means to me- I love masks and bright colors and I know that they are used in Carnival,so I decided to do a mask digi scrabble art set.
5. MichellesCharmWorld: what carnival means to me- For me a Carnival is all about the sweets. I love being able to just try anything and everythign sugary. The kids get candy, ice cream and the like. There seem to be no rules when it comes to Carnival Sweets! My Favorite is the Ice Cream Cone, so I put a large ice cream cone on a plaque to add the pearl cabochons surrounding it. The pearl cabochons are the big lights shining from the carnival at night.
6. pnkgeeni: what carnival means to me- 'Carnival' reminds me of when I was 5yrs old and I went on my first big wheel (actually is was a small wheel) with my brother and I HATED it! I cannot travel backwards - I have to face the way I am traveling! This challenge reminded me of teabag folding so I tried it in bright semi-neon colors.
7. Jeraly: what carnival means to me- It turned out nothing like I expected! I knew I wanted to make a necklace but I wanted to make something very bold with lots of yellow and green. That changed as soon as I found the focal! I wrapped it in wire and just started to build crazy wire links that were all different and incorporated bright primary colors - it reminds me of a scribbly sketch more than carnival but the energy and movement in it along with the bright colors help to tie it in!

Thank you for joining in with us and hope you'll visit again soon!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

EART TEAM FEATURED ARTIST!

It's Friday! Welcome to another fabulous Friday edition of our featured artist! I would love for you to take a step into a shop that makes jewelry fun! The colors dance off the page and the pieces beg to be worn! Jeraly is a newer member of the EART TEAM and i'm so happy to be able to introduce her shop to you all! Enjoy!

Step into Aly's world and you will not be disappointed! There is so much to choose from all of it with it's own spirit! The perfect jewels to be wearing this summer while strolling the beach or relaxing on your boat!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Truly a garbage day??



Do you find that when it's garbage day your mood tends to be a bit cloudier? hahah! Well mine seems that way most of Thursday mornings! I think that I start getting so relaxed that the weekend is almost here, I just don't want to do anything. Today is going to be different though, I can feel it! We remembered to get the garbage out on time (no chasing the trash guys down the street!), breakfast was yummy (herb scrambled eggs and turkey bacon), and the kids have settled down into playing a game of Lucky Ducks and so far the noise hasn't annoyed the heck out of me! It could be that I took my morning cup of orange juice outside on the patio today. I usually pour it as i'm working up breakfast, but today I decided to take in that cool morning breeze. It was wonderful and could be a new start to every day. Just figured I would share that tip in case some of you out there are lagging on some mornings :) I wonder what it would do to me in the winter time?!? hahha!

King Me! Rock Royalty Checkers Crown Rings by MichellesCharmWorld


I did make an attempt to take my own advice and buy a new and brighter backround, but I couldn't find ANYTHING in yellow that wasn't plain! So I am off to check a new shoppe tonite! I did buy a bright purple one as seen in the King Me photo above, but it ended up looking the same shade as my other paper! haha! GO figure!


My Button Bracelet was featured in a treasury yesterday and I love how it looks!! If you get a chance please pop over and comment! It's a great treasury and features some AWESOME people from my Eclectic Artisans Street Team! Remember it's our new members joining period too! Feel free to join us!! We promote ALOT! MY most recent sale I had under the EART TEAM name led to me selling out over 50 items! It was a great thing!! Yay!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A picture is worth a thousand words...

The EART Team members are letting their pictures do the talking for them today. Please take a look at the special items that some of our members have proudly put out on display for you. Feel free to click the picture and visit the shops for a closer view of these great items!!







Summer Buttons Vintage Button Bracelet By Michelle'sCharm World



Custom One of a Kind Etsy Banner Free Avatar You Design



Sparkly Edward and Bella Twilight Inspired Ribbon Sculptures (The Skin of a Killer)




Brilliant Blue Hand Painted Candle Holder




SHABBY ELEGANCE Cream Rose BRIDAL BOUQUET -





Rose Garden Necklace





Pink Sweet as Sugar Treasure Box


Butterfly Brigade Rainbow Bracelet -OOAK-



Polymer clay covered crochet hooks, set of three


Felt applique butterfly and flower embellished alligator clips
By Two Angels Accessories







Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Happy New Week


Happy new week everyone! Have you all updated your shope featured items yet?? Let's start freshening up our shops! How about trying a new and brighter backround? Re-taking old photos? Taking items that are about to expire and revamp them! Try a gold chain instead of silver, add a charm or take away one. It's easy to breathe life into your shop if you are in a slump! Just get creative!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Fridays Featured Artist




Today we head into the world of Pink Patrice Boutique. Take wa stroll into her shop and see the cutest of cute paper items. Bright Colors, Creative Cards and and colorful papers make you think you've entered a candy shop!

Faux Cupcake 10.00

From faux sweets to altered tins, you are sure to find the perfect gift here! Please take a moment to visit our fellow Eart Team Members shop and you will be glad that you did! A feast for the eyes that will definately leave you wanting more!

Celebrate Card 2.50

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Little Ones....

I have 3 little ones and I love to teach them new things. I love seeing their little eyes light up when they actually understand and 'get' something! Our latest this season is our annual container garden. We started growing them when the kids were babies and figured it was time for them to tend to their own. Their 2 small boxes sit on their picnic table, so that they can actively participate in the growing. They planted them, water them and even bring them inside when the winds pick up or the rain gets to be too much. Children seem to really soak up knowledge at this age! Needless to say with a 4,3 and 1 year old they have already tipped one over a bit :) But it was a learning experience. They are seeing how it's now taking a bit longer for the strawberry seeds to sprout. I spend a lot of time with my kids often wearing me out by days end (which for me is 3am! haha), and sometimes I don't feel like it's enough! They get 1 hour of tv time in the morning that helps me get so much done, but I still feel guilty! haha! I will fully admit that I have about 3 loads of laundry sitting in the laundry room and my bedroom is a disaster. I have toys on the living room floor that should have been picked up before I sat down at the computer, but I like my quiet time. For me this time is for the children, I will never get older and say 'I wish I had cleaned up a bit more'.
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