Thursday, February 28, 2008

Deirdre Ryan Photography


Deirdre Ryan is originally from the small, historic town of Bordentown, New Jersey. She graduated in 1996 with a BFA in photography from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. During college, she came to the conclusion that her purpose was photography when she found herself spending so much time in the darkroom.

But she has always loved photography. "Cameras were always a presence in my family. I love to shoot pictures, although it is hard work, and not always financially rewarding. Telling a story through my imagery and preserving images are passions of mine. I cannot remember a time when I said, 'I give up, I hate this, it's not for me.' Even in tough lean times I just couldn't give it up and work in an office."

She loves creating fine art, photo journalistic and funny images. Her current obsession is creating cards. She also has been going back to using film with her Holga camera as well as her Lomo -- a plastic Russian camera with a glass lens. She's excited to have a new archival printer that will allow her to create panoramic prints that are 13 inches wide and "however long she chooses."

Her inspirations come from her life and "odd" sense of humor. "I have a beautiful family that makes me want to get stuff done," she says with a big grin. Deirdre donates portions of her sales to benefit multiple schlerosis research and maintains a blog on positive thinking. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, Jayden, and the family dog. Deirdre is a proud member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Stock Artist Alliance, both of which help photographers understand the business of photography and how to maintain their copyrights.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Did It Myself/happi commi press


Erin, named after the Walton on "The Waltons" TV series, runs Did It Myself/happi commi press on Etsy when she's not busy working as an extra and stand-in on TV and in the movies. It's a great job, she says, because there is a lot of down time when she gets to craft at work. Her shop is an imaginative, charming nod to the 40s, 50s and 60s with a funky flare, while remaining unique. There is a little something for the whole family, she says.

Says Erin, "I was born in a building in Hollywood, CA that is currently occupied by an infamous coo-coo cult and still reside in the Los Angeles area. I'm one of the very few people who can claim they are a native of Los Angeles." Her interests include wallpaper design, photography, screen-printing, knitting, making jewelry, graphic design, cross-stitch, Chairman Mao and collecting odd things. "I try to incorporated at least one of these things in in my daily life."

Her first recollection of creative crafting goes back to when she was only seven, when she found violin parts discarded by her father's friend and promptly made a necklace of them. The thing she's most proud of making, however, is a purse made of chopsticks and kitchen twine. She doesn't need anything special to be inspired -- "I see things that I like and go 'ooo, I can make that.'" Erin likes creating things since the process itself makes her happy. "It also makes me happy to see somebody else enjoying something that I have created," she says. So what are you waiting for? Go visit her shop.

Featured by onathousandhills


Onathousandhills wrote the loveliest profile of my shop today. Please stop by and visit her blog and see the other wonderful artists she's featured. And don't miss a chance to look at her beautiful beadwork, either.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Red Bess Bonney


Susan of RedBessBonney has been crafting all her life. She started early in life with crossstich, but jewelry really caught her attention a few years ago. Her inspiration comes from years of being involved with renaissance festivals ("I'm mostly just attending these days," she says). She also draws on her heritage (Scottish), and that of her husband (Irish), so you will find many items with Celtic influence in her shop. Making jewelry led to her to beading in general, but she's recently diversified recently with picture frame cards.

Susan found out about Etsy in 2007, and thought it would be a great way to pay for her son's pre-school tuition and still be able to stay at home with him.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Amanda K. Lockrow Jewels


Amanda K. Lockrow is a born artist and her mother always knew it. But it took Amanda a while to realize her destiny as a metalsmith and jewelry designer. "I have always loved art and making since I was a young girl. My mother always knew I would be an artist in some way, while others pushed me to be more realistic and to 'use my brain.' I went to Syracuse University originally for communications. I bounced from there to fashion to art education to finally metalsmithing. All of this was prompted by a meeting with my faculty advisor. She asked me why was I not in the Visual Arts Program. Since I really had no answer I started working on my portfolio and taking drawing and painting classes."

Her passion for metalsmithing began when she took her first elective in college." I had no idea you could get a BFA in this and instantly fell in love. My college experience was amazing and strongly influences my designs now. I was able to explore fibers, sculpture, glass, painting, and photography along with my major." She utilizes techniques and materials from all of these when she creates her jewelry. "I do not think anyone should ever feel trapped in one material or technique so I consciously choose to not focus on one thing. I design a variety of lines within my line and believe this gives me great versatility. I am constantly inspired by the world around me. It may be a flower petal formation, the ocean waves, a piece of candy, a button, or a piece of discarded trash, all of it inspires a shape, color, or technique."

Amanda also believes in keeping an element of play in her studio and so an experiment will later inspire a finished piece. She makes all types of jewelry but focuses on rings and necklaces. Her jewelry is designed to be loved by the wearer. Amanda K Lockrow Jewelry is available in galleries and boutiques across the country and in Canada. Drop by and visit her blog

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Allie's Adornments


Alyssa of Allie's Adornments began her craft after inheriting some gorgeous buttons. "I found them too pretty not to want to look at over and over again so I started making jewelry as a way for me to wear and enjoy them as miniature pieces of art. That something as small and simple as a button can be so detailed with wonderful craftsmanship never ceases to amaze me."

Alyssa has always had a fondness and love of art. "My favorite places are galleries and museums and I am inspired by the craftsmanship of items that are well made and endure. I’ve been heavily influenced by antiques, especially those that down through my family, and find that a well made piece of furniture can be just as beautiful as a painting or piece of sculpture."

She subscribes to publisher William Randolph Hearst’s belief that in order to properly appreciate beautiful things, they must be utilized for the purpose that they were created. Eat off of the good china and silver, use the good crystal, and let them bring you joy every day instead of the once a year that they are brought out of the cabinet.

She also makes some "funkier" styles of jewelry with elements not always thought of as jewelry in the traditional sense -- things such as elongated pennies, taxidermy eyeballs, and foreign coins. However, her fascination remains with antiques, especially the tiny buttons because of their history.

And history is important to Alyssa. You will see many old family photos in the displays of her jewelry. Her avatar is one of her great-grandfather's cousins from the late 1800s or early 1900s. And she frequently uses several photos of three sisters Allie, Louise and Grace at various age; the two little girls in the photo of her hair pins are Allie (for whom the jewelry line is named), and her sister Louise, while the younger, pouty girl in the pram is Alyssa's great-grandmother, Grace.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Mommy and Me Boutique


Corline of MommyandMeBoutique loves to work with the designer fabrics, beautiful trims and ribbons that she uses to create her specialty, aprons designed for mothers and children who want to show off their sense of style. She works hard to make items that you can be proud to purchase and enjoy using. "Loving care and personal expression are put into each one. Whether it be cooking or entertaining, you can be sure "these are not your mother"s aprons," she says.

Corline is a member of the California Crafters Club of Etsy and has a blog that I encourage you to visit.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Simply Susan



Susan, proprietress of SimplySusan started scrapbooking almost ten years ago, which is how she found her path to cardmaking. "All the pretty things I buy tend to inspire me and guide my designs in one direction or another," she says. "Cards and paper crafts are my favorite projects to work on. With such a wide variety of fun designs and high quality paper and scrapbooking supplies out there, there is SO much to choose from and I really have fun shopping for supplies for my next project."

Susan is a stay at home mom and loves to craft almost anything. Her aim is to create fun and useful things at affordable prices. "You'll see a little bit of everything here. Cards, jewelry, who knows what else." Visit her shop and be sure to stop by and read her blog.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Penny Hall


"I love working with leather. It is unpredictable, much like our journey through life," says artist Penny Hall. "Attempts to force the leather into a specific shape can take lots of time and energy producing less than desirable results. If allowed to take on its own form the result is magnificent." These are her favorite pieces to make. "I love discovering the unexpected shapes hidden in the flat piece of leather. I also find all the character marks to be interesting. I include them in most of my pieces. Rough edges, brands, and scars add visual interest."

Over time, Penny has found that applications of identical colors and finishes react differently with each piece of leather creating delightful surprises. That is why each piece is one-of-a-kind. Her first leather bowl was crafted as a therapy project after eye surgery "to prove I was not blind. The journey through surgeries and ever changing sight brought many lessons. It was as if the leather bowls were reflections of life. I began seeing them as containers to hold all the good and positive things in life. They represented a willingness on my part to receive blessings, and became my 'blessing bowls.'"

The most asked question when someone sees the leather bowls for the first time is "What can you put in them?" Much like a basket, they hold anything that is not wet. "No matter what you choose to place in your bowl I trust you will add some of your own blessings as well," she says.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

MIZombie


David of MIZombie is based in Lansing, Michigan, which is home to the greatest car brand in the world the Oldsmobile, he points out. Keeping him company as he works his craft are three cats -- Darkness, Eight Ball (son of Darkness) and Dice. You can often find him in one of the Etsy chat rooms or working on his blog, listen to '80s music (he also maintains an '80s Web site).

David, a smoker for 23 years before he quit, tried using incense to try to cover up the smell of stale cigarettes. After trying some premade sticks that he describes as horrid, he started making his own sticks and cones and started selling on Etsy and on his own site. This busy man also maintains an online stop-smoking support group

His goal is to have a better way of life and to be self-sufficient without the need for working for a corporation. "Once I can really get going I plan to use some of the income to fix up my house and get new appliances and furniture. I had a decent first year for 2007 but I am ready to get to that next level. I have sold over 500 items (by Etsy's measure) and had nearly 300 total orders. I have now sold hundreds of items on my own site and now about 60 orders there."

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Creative Curves


Michelle of CreativeCurves was one of those children who made endless pasta necklaces, fascinated with the shapes and the designs they made, loving jewelry but never expecting that it would be the start of a career. In fact, though she pondered going to art school after high school, she chose college and one degree in sociology, followed by a master's in special education and early childhood education. She taught for several years, all the while making jewelry in her spare time. Finally, she stopped teaching full-time to focus on her love of glass and jewelry-making instead.

Michelle is self-taught in metals, and fell in love with making glass beads in a class she took. She has been making them off and on for the last three years. She found Etsy "almost by accident" while looking for an online outlet for her crafts. "It was the best find on the internet as I have not only met some wonderful artists and purchased some great work, I have made some great customers in the process." Her Etsy shop has one-of-a-kind pieces with her wire work and lampwork glass beads. As she describes it, "It has jewelry of all sorts that is vibrant and unusual and made for the individualistic woman. I strive for different and unique and let my mind run wild in the creation process."

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Orion Stars


Bredette of OrionStars has been blending oils for at least ten years, and she never tires of new scents/blends. "I love being able to combine the essence of plants together to help with certain ailments or just to excite that olfactory system!" She uses Pure Natural essential oils as opposed to fragrance/perfume oils, in part because her own nose is not equipped to deal with artificial ingredients. "I must use only the purest ingredients," she says emphatically. "Essential oils are the immunity to the plant it exists in. Wouldn't you want that immunity boost?"

Her favorite blend is Bitch Away (which helps with menstrual cramps/migraines and sore muscles). "It's helped so many people (as well as myself) and my feedback is always so wonderful! I love all my oils and I love to see how the world responds to them."

Bredette finds inspiration in every new day, whether it's from other herbalists, art, sewing, or even an interesting recipe. She also can't go without saying her son inspires her to the fullest. "Inspiration makes my world go 'round!"

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Southern Scraps


Fonda of SouthernScraps has always loved crafts -- of all kinds. But it's been paper crafts and scrapbooking that have held her heart since 2001. " I originally wanted to make cards. That led me to scrapbooks. Now I'm back to card making, which I like the best." Fonda also likes to make items digitally with digital art and templates and then print and embellish, "sort of like hybrid items." She finds herself inspired by magazines and sketches, and by surfing through art galleries. "I am most inspired by colors and love to play with cool color combinations," she says. When she's not crafting, she's running. "I will be running the Breast Cancer Marathon in Jacksonville, Florida on February 17. I've done 5k, 10k, 15k, and a 1/2 marathon already but this is the first full marathon." We wish her luck.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Crafty Moose


The name Craftymoose came about because of Debbie's love of crafts and her husband's love of all things moose. Her avatar is the head of a four-foot moose she made him one Christmas.

Debbie has been crafting for as long as she can remember. "I am self-taught and have enjoyed painting, needlework, quilting, polymer clay and jewelry making. I have tried most crafts at least once. I always return to my first love, beads, and have returned to the art of making french beaded flowers.

Her beaded art dolls and suncatchers were born out a need to do something else with beads. Some are "people," some animal-themed, all have a personality and a heart, she says.

Be sure to visit her blog.

Featured today by Catldy99


I was pleasantly surprised to find a feature of my shop this morning. Check it out here.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sweet Memory


Sweet Memory is a shop that is inspired by a desire to help others preserve their memories. "They're only young once," says the proprietress. Sheri is a stay at home mother of a two-year-old boy, so she draws from her own experience to create special items for other mothers.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Elektra Jewelry


At Elektra Jewelry you can find jewelry to suit your personality and moods.

Elektra, a self-described "sparkle freak" has loved things that shimmer and shine since childhood, when she "glittered everything I could get my hands on and always left a trail of glitter behind me." Her love of sparkle only intensified when she started to wear and admire jewelry. "My exposure to Greek artisan jewelers from a very young age and my Greek background have influenced my love of 18k and 24k gold and my choice to work with gold vermeil, which is 24k gold layered over sterling silver."

The name of her shop means bright and shining. "I make one of a kind jewelry pieces to accommodate many different styles and fashion trends. My time and energy is devoted to creating pieces that can be worn and enjoyed for years to come. I love to work with gold vermeil, Bali sterling silver, semi-precious stones and vintage glass beads. Lampwork beads and Venetian Murano glass have become some of my favorite materials. The colors of these beautful Venetian beads are so exceptional, they add another dimension to my jewelry." She selects top quality findings and stones to create her unique pieces which I do not duplicate. Each piece is yours alone.

Elektra is happy to customize pieces for her customers -- if you would like a piece lenghtened or shortened, she'll be happy to accommodate your request. All of her lovely jewelry pieces are wrapped in soft organza pouches or lovely handprinted paper packages ready to enjoy or give as a gift. Be sure and stop by to read her blog.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Featured on the EtsyGreetings blog


I'm on several Etsy street teams. EtsyGreetings has a blog where members are featured on a daily basis. Today was my day.

Prossack Designs



"I've always been involved in crafts, and I don't think I've ever wandered too far away from them. If I haven't been creating, I've been buying... I am a rather eclectic artist/crafter - always experimenting and playing with new ways of doing, and new materials," says Michelle of Prossack Designs.

"I was a professional calligrapher, and then I learned how to hand marble paper - and book arts just sort of naturally went hand in hand with both of those things. Unfortunately, because of growing chemical sensitivities, I haven't been able to produce new papers. But, being the computer geek that I am, I realized that I could use my computer so that I don't have to give up my marbling. I have been able to reproduce my original papers, and manipulate them into new variations - so I still get to play with my papers and make things from them. Although they're not all really quite paper anymore!

"I love making my journals, I think because it's so wonderful to know that people still like the tactile experience of writing out their thoughts, instead of just typing into their computers. I like being able to provide an artistic 'vehicle' for them to use.

"I'm also having fun using my new 'papers' to create jewelry, and sculptural pieces. I'm the kind of artisan that can't seem to do just one 'thing.'"

She finds inspiration everywhere and in everything -- "New ideas just seem to randomly pop into my head. Aren't all creative people like that?"

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Featured by MyCatLulu


Thanks so much to MyCatLulu who featured me in her blog today.

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The CCCOE voting ends tomorrow at midnight for our February monthly challenge, Science and Geekery. Go to this thread to vote and enter yourself in the drawing

Gleepsie


Gleepsie has always loved coloring and crafty projects. During high school (and the boredom of two study halls every day), she began to develop her drawing talents without benefit of taking a high school art class. (She was busy with band.) It wasn't until college that she took the advice of her mother, who suggested that she major in graphic design, and which, says Gleepsie, was the best advice her mom ever gave her.

These days, Gleepsie has multiple interests, including photography, tatting, crocheting, ACEO's, drawing, painting, reading, watching movies, UFC, LOST -- and picking on QuirkynBerkeley in the Etsy RedRoom, she adds with an emoticon grin.

But what she really loves is editing and creating in photoshop. "I love making custom banners and packages for fellow Etsians. I am expanding from offering just banners and avatars to including matching note cards, price tags, bookmarks (great promotional give-aways), business cards, product labels/tags, coupons, gift cards or anything else my customers can think of. There are so many possibilities! These are all delivered to the customer as digital files so they can pick their paper and print these out as often as they may need them."

She also applies her digital skills to making digital files for craft sheets. "I make a lot using vintage images of objects, as well as paintings. I have a few available using my photography and I plan on making some with digital illustrations that I create."

Gleepsie has so many new ideas everyday that it is hard to pick just one to work on! I'd love to do this and freelance graphic design as my full time job one day soon. Very soon, she adds.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

I was featured today


on this blog by Etsy's own jjmfinance, who makes wonderful spreadsheets designed with Etsy shop owners in mind.

Dancing Mooney


Janell of the Etsy shop DancingMooney loves variety. I cannot just do one thing, I like to bounce around and do a variety of things throughout the day. Sometimes I even battle with myself because I can't decide what to focus on in my shop. In the end, I've decided that my shop is a variety shop. In it you'll find an assortment of jewelry and collage items that are inspired by her love of brilliant and earth-toned colors, nature, and music. She likes working with glass and clay as much as other natural elements.

She has a degree in business, but has always wanted to have her own gift shop, "so here I am making and selling my little heart out!" Since many of her items are one-of-a-kind, her shop's motto is, "if you see something you like, get it before it's gone!

"Each day is a new day, and i'm always open to new ideas, and discovering new ideas."

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

JulieBCreative


Julie of the Etsy shop JulieBCreative was born and raised in Western Upstate New York in a small town on the Erie Canal. "The rural landscapes and rust belt towns I grew up in remain the inspiration for much of my work. In 1998, I moved to Rhode Island to attend Roger Williams University, where I received a Bachelors degree in Mathematics. I have been painting for more than five years and now work primarily in acrylics. My work is in private collections all over the U.S., France, and Canada.

"I paint because I am a constant communicator and, for me, a visual vocabulary provides a highly fluid, accessible, and expressive way to tell stories. My most recent works, executed primarily in acrylics, often begin with a single visual “word”-– an image that evokes a moment or person in my life, a book that leaves a lasting impression, a found object that piques my curiosity. From that beginning, I layer vibrant colors, bold lines, and often iconic images to fashion works that appear simple and balanced in tone and composition, but strive to articulate more complex and resonant stories beneath.

"I am open to custom work, and one of my best sellers seems to be stylized paintings of people's homes. I started this stylized series because to me, a house becomes a living breathing being with its own unique untold story of families past. These memories are a fingerprint on each house, which makes them not quite haunted, but each with its own ghosts. I also do custom paintings of many other things as well."

Monday, February 4, 2008

Elena Mary


"I have been an artist all of my 60-plus years and have never imagined doing anything else," says Elena Mary. "I was encouraged from a very young age to be creative.

"As I get older I find what influences me most are world affairs and politics. I am very fearful for our planet and what sort of polluted mess my granddaughter will eventually be living in. In the last 10 years I have been creating a whole range of unique bookworks and have found success with selling and showing these one of a kind creations. Increasingly these books are becoming more political and the most recent, BLOOD, was inspired by the profoundly disturbing and fascinating recent film, There Will Be Blood, about the beginning of our quest for oil on the West Coast. Other influences are the Surrealist, DADA and symbolist artists and writers..I love the writing of Italo Calvino and Jorge Luis Borges, as well as Arthur Rimbaud and lately the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen...very mysterious and surreal.

"Since I have opened my Etsy shop I have enjoyed creating assemblage jewelry and Day of the Dead shrines, which are also becoming more political. My political collages are in a new book called The Cost Of Freedom which can be found on Etsy in the shop of Whitney Trettien, who is one of the publishers of the book. And my unique books are handled by Vamp and Tramp booksellers in Birmingham, Alabama. I have so enjoyed meeting folks from all over the world through my Etsy shop, and the CCCOE street team is a wonderful supportive group which I am so pleased to be part of."

Sunday, February 3, 2008

terbearco


Many of us know Teri of terbearco on Etsy as the go-to person for handmade rubber stamps.

But she's also a crafter.For as long as I can remember, I have been crafting, says Teri of terbearco. One of her earliest memories of crafting was the enjoyment she got out of creating little dioramas out of wood scrap, knick knacks and dried flowers as a teen. "Those were pre-glue gun days!" she says. She discovered a passion for quilting about five years ago when her husband bought her first sewing machine. "At the time, I hadn't touched one in over 25 years. I was so afraid of it, it remained in its box for three months. Now, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't get on that machine and create something."

TeriI stumbled on Etsy "by mistake." She was shopping online for a special reward for herself. When she couldn't find what she was looking for on eBay, she decided to try Etsy. "I found just what I was looking for, and signed up and bought it. Being a salesperson by nature, I found a few supplies that I thought would sell well on Etsy and listed them within the next few days. I was very surprised when I got my first sale within only a day. I was hooked. I found it was a place for me to be creative and a place for me to sell the things I create. I get inspired every day seeing all the wonderful things the other Etsians create. I have so many projects floating in my head I am sure one day it will explode." Surprisingly, she still hasn't gotten up enough courage to sell one of her quilts on Etsy-- "it would be like selling one of my children."

Teri's son, Joshua, a self-proclaimed quilter, also has an Etsy shop. "One day, we sat down and make sock monkeys together. We both put them up on Etsy for sale. His sold right away…and he too was hooked. We decided to make smaller items from the pictures we took of the sock monkey, and currently that is what he is selling in his store. During winter break, he is planning on making some ATC's to sell. We followed all of Etsy's rules about minors and I basically run his store for him under his direction." Teri's favorite item from his store is his first sock monkey, whose face can be found on magnets and buttons that he sells in his store.

Like many of us, Teri has creative phase: her newest project is fabric embellished notebooks, and she also has wallets & coin purses in the works. "I have been collecting darling fabrics so that I will have a nice selection to work with." In a year, she hopes to have more sewn products in her store, because sewing is her passion.

Her favorite item in her shop is her Kleo flea market bag. Her favorite selling experience was when one of her super hero sock monkey dolls was sold to the editor of USA TODAY and was auctioned off at the APME (Associated Press Managing Editors) Foundation Auction. "It was really exciting for me!"

cserpent features my shop



Please stop by her blog and read her lovely feature on my shop.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

The Crafty Kitten


I am currently living with my darling husband, three cats, and one very spoiled pound rescue pup named Raisin, says Cassie Ogle. During warm months, she can be found in her studio blasting Ani Difranco on her stereo or on scaffolding working on a mural. During the cold months, she says she drives her husband crazy by taking over the rest of the house with her crafts. She also updates her blog several times her week.

Here's how Cassie describes her craftiness: "I have always been crafty. In December, I posted '30 Days of Kid Made' on my blog, which highlighted my crafty upbringing. I love to try new things and jump at the chance to do so. Quilting is my newest endeavor, and I am currently enrolled in a quilting class at my local college.

Her work can be found both in her Etsy shop and in Southwestern Virginia at the Appalachian Arts Center, near where she lives. "As far as my Etsy shop goes, it is currently full of hand-bound books with a mix of knit items. In 2006, I took part in a pilot program funded by Hand Made In America, where my local college was chosen to do several summer apprenticeships. I was one of the lucky people that participated and I am very proud to say that I have an Artisan Trade Apprenticeship Certificate in Hand Made Books. I had a slight book and paper obsession when I was a kid and the apprenticeship just seemed to fuse everything together, the books, paper, and crafting. I am currently working on developing a few sculptural pieces that I will be making as soon as it is warm enough to work in my studio again."

Cassie is also an avid knitter. "I also crochet, and I am currently learning to spin my own yarn on a drop spindle. I have also developed several knit patterns and one crochet pattern; a few can be found for free on my blog. I have plans to have a few of my knit patterns available for sale in my shop within the next year, after they have been through some rigorous pattern testing."

Friday, February 1, 2008

Whimsical Pam



I've always loved unique jewelry, says whimsical Pam. Her favorite items to make are necklaces and lanyards." I love the 'Hands of Time' necklaces that I've done. For some reason, the ideas for this particular series just keep popping into my head. I love doing the lanyards because you can make them so "whimsical" and fun with no central focal."
Pam finds inspiration in catalogs, which she has discussed on her blog. She particularly likes the way Coldwater Creek uses colors, combinations and wonderful photography. "Anything colorful inspires me, from paintings to tissue boxes. My Spring Mix necklace was based on the colors that I saw on the new Kleenex boxes."
Pam has managed upscale restaurants all of her adult life. "It takes quite a bit of creativity to be good in that business."

CCCOE January Challenge Entries - SCIENCE

These are the 27 entries for this month's challenge.

27. The Marie Curie Origami Peace Crane


26. dichroic DNA by jenifereadington


25. Theoretical No. 1 - blank note card set with visible green squid
by audelaine


24. Serotonin Necklace - for happiness by molecularmuse


23.A New Beginning Ring by AmandaKLockrowJewels


22. ALBERT EINSTEIN soldered glass pendant by DesignsbyTami


21. Starry Sky by RedBessBonney


20. I Am Having Heart Palpitations by NeedleWorks


19. Transistor Earrings by luchi


18. Phrenology tie by knittergirl


17. Star bracelet by appleandstar


16. bbzz by OhCuddles


15. A Heavenly Body by PamelaJean


14. Salute to Gregor Mendel by ArttoWearDiva


13. elemental aka chaos theory by mrsm


12. Dichroic Computer Chip Fused Glass Pendant by CalyxAnn


11. Shell Bracelet (Marine Biology) by PalleikoDesigns


10. Marching Prehistoric Lava Bugs Bracelet by cigarboxbeads


9. Paige the Wild Carrot by buttercupbloom


8. Victorian astronomy necklace by AlliesAdornmentss


7. Girls are Great Science Students by TresLocas


6. Albert Einstein Soft Sculpture by peggradyart


5. Sum of Two Halves Necklace (w/free matching earrings) by prettycheap


4. Science is Sexy by Surly


3. Scanning the Universe by ElenaMary


2. Intravenous by Tresijas


1. MI CORAZON by SandySimone