Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ship Ohoy!

The holiday crazies are sitting on my chest.  I can't take a deep breath.  I set out to try and make most of my gifts for my elder nieces and nephews and family.... I barely have made a dent! 
So in a desperate tribute to other procrastinators to ease their anxiety a bit or maybe just my own... I have decided to run a free shipping to domestic orders coupon called shipohoy just type that baby at check-out and you are good to go! 

I dunno about you but when I am shopping especially on etsy shipping is a big factor on whether or not I buy something.  Like I really want that bar of soap but a $5 dollar shipping is just the thing that will have me deleting said shopping cart. 

So hurrah free shipping enjoy!! It's on me!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cyber Monday Sale Starting Late Tonight!

I was a little slow on the black Friday sale *forehead Slap*.

 But better late than never so I am offering a coupon code actually starting tonight. for 10% off all orders in my shop and it lasts until Tuesday morning weee!

The code is CYBERMONDAY just type that in or copy and paste in the coupon area when you make your order! Super easy.   I have posted lots of new beads too!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Destash ... Pendants in my Shop 4-5 Dollars Woo Hoo!!

I don't know about you but I am a bead hoarder..  I have a ton of Ceramic stuff I have been hoarding.  I guess when I make new stuff the older stuff gets stuffed into tiny bags and and cubbyholes.

  So yesterday I finally got most of it out and took pictures, edited, and started posting them in my shop Whew! ...It's a lot of work!  But the good news is they are all only 4-5 dollars each!!

This Raku Leaf Pendant is in my Raku Section.. 4 dollars people!! I have a lovely green Raku Leaf too!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

More Gnomes... Wee!!

I am having a blast making these little guys...  They are about the size of your fingernail.. um short nails.  I have all sorts of idea's for Gnomeland so stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New Paisley Pendant And Bead Sets

Here are some new pendants and beads fresh out of the kiln.  I hand carved some new designs and made molds out of them at the end of summer.  These new items are the first using those designs. 

They took awhile longer to glaze but I am happy with how they turned out.  You can see them in my shop!  They are double sided!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

This Ain't No Picnik! Well Actually It IS! Picnik For Etsy!

How do you edit your photo's for your Etsy shop?

 I know some of you use Photo Shop, Gimp or even just Paint.  I am not lucky enough to own a copy of Photo Shop.  Gimp confused the heck out of me and made me want to pull my hair out.   And Paint? well lets just say there were tears. 

My first Etsy shop photo's were well ugh frightening!  I just could not seem to get the swing of it.  It kept me from posting in my shop for a very long time.  I built a light box, I bought special lighting, I scoured the web for answers.  Until one fateful day I came across Picnik.

It was the answer to my prayers.  It was simple to use. Easy to upload photo's and best of all it was free. 

After months of using it for free I did subscribe it's around 20$ for a YEAR!!   It opened up some member only features like I can upload 100 photos to edit at once and they have this handy clone feature that allows me to white out my background on especially difficult to edit pics!

This is my easy peasy picture routine.  I do my picture taking in the morning or on cloudy days.

 I get my tiny flexible tripod ( beetlejuice I like to call it) that I bought at Bestbuy for like 15 dollars.

I get my  Cannon Powershot.

I get my beads.

I get several sheets of white printer paper. ( yep white printer paper)

I go in my front yard where there is no shadows or direct sun.  I place my paper down and arrange my beads in a pleasing way.

I set my camera screwed onto its tripod looking down on the beads and set it to Macro, I set the lighting to +1 and I set the timer to 2 seconds.... and away we go!!!  It's picture time!!

Sometimes I need an elevated picture so I bring out a small box. I lay a piece of white paper over it and put up a white background behind it... more printer paper or whatever I have lying around.


It is simple and quick.  I load up my pictures and upload to Picnik and presto chango brilliant pictures that feature my beads and not some gray or grainy background. Here are some before and after pics!!

Wow what a difference!! 

In PicNik I crop it down.. 

Then I go to auto exposure where use the Highlights slider until I get the bright white background I love for my shop.  They have a shadows slider too. 

Now sometimes I can't get my background that bright white without washing out my lovely beads.  Never fear Clone is here!! 

Now I am pretty sure this is a paid for feature..  It is under the effects tab... then click on Effects and scroll down to clone. It may take a couple of minutes to figure this out but it is well worth it and after a couple of minutes you'll smack your forehead and say "Duh that was easy!"

 I re size it to fit how I like it to fit in my shop.

 To make things easier I make an "Edited" file so I can quickly find when I need to post in my shop... sometime the saved edited photo's thumbnails don't look edited which can put a hiccup in things if you don't already know about this bug.  I put up with it because I love how easy this program is.

Now that is how I edit my pics.. while written out it seems long... in reality it is not it was quick, easy and free!  Check it out especially if you are a new Etsian frustrated by the harrows of picture taking!

Monday, October 3, 2011

How's It Hanging Stud?

I made these for various shows I have done and as promised to my local customers I am finally putting them into my little etsy store

They are super cute! Super light Weight and Super affordable at $12 a pair!  I wrap them up nicely in a brown little box with hemp or cotton cord tied up with one of my sweet little ceramic charms.  Perfect of the up coming holiday season.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Gnomes Have taken over!

So the gnomes have had enough of those noisy pesky fairies.  They kicked them out and moved in.  It's a much nicer neighborhood now.

I love how these little guys have turned out. I waited a very long time to put them in my shop because I wanted them for me!!  But if I kept everything that I loved  that came out of my kiln then I would have an empty shop tee hee.

I have more gnomes in the kiln as I am writing this so hopefully tomorrow after I take the kids to school I will have time to post them. Enjoy these cuties and head on over to my shop and check out some more!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Copper Diem

Amy  the super sweet blog host of the blog Copper Diem sent me a message yesterday that she wanted to profile my bead sets on her blog.  I am so super excited about how it turned out. Please go check it out there is a coupon for 15% off my shop, plus a giveaway of two of my sweet little amber bird beads!

While you are there check out her store Green Bead.  Her jewelry is colorful, unique and  beautiful! Her blog is exciting and fresh.  She has something different everyday with beautiful pictures, fun stories and lots of other interesting reads!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bracelets and Bangles

I posted some Bangles and Bracelets that I made sometime ago.  I have local customers that have been asking me to put them in my shop... so after some procrastinating a bit I did it yesterday.  It makes me want to make more! So take a look :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Posting Some Jewelry ... Finally!

I have lots of Jewelry that I have made out of my beads.  I have it stashed in little bags inside boxes and bins.  I have had people ask me to post my jewelry in my shop but for some reason I always get hung up on some detail. For example I have a ton of rings and bracelets but I worry about sizes and how to take pictures of them that would be appealing.. oh and about a thosand other details.

  This is exactly what happened to me when I opened my Etsy shop.  I got hung up on a thosand little details and it kept me from posting my beads forever.  I got over the fear and now posting my beads is a breeze.  So I am throwing caution to the wind and just doing it.  I am sure there will be a learning curve on how to present my jewelry but how will I learn if I don't just do it?

Here are some pictures of my new earrings I am posting and hopefully over the next few days I will be adding rings and bracelets too!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Tiny Turtles and Tiny Houses

So this is the fun stuff I have been making!  I love my turtles so much I can't wait to make more!  I my little houses are fun too and I did make some tiny little gnomes to go along with them but they didn't make this last glaze firing.

I have lot's of new beads that I am working on too. 

It has been a crazy summer so far. I am hoping to use these last few weeks will be more productive for me.

Friday, June 24, 2011

New Stuff New Start New Summer!

 I have been so busy with the kids and school the past couple of months that I have left my poor blog alone.  So now that summer has started  I will have more time to keep this poor blog updated. 

Here a some pictures of what I posted in my shop to today to kickstart the blog back up! Going to start rakuing again this summer and I have some non bead ceramic items in the works that I am excited about too!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sweet Little Birds

I pulled new stuff out of the kiln this morning.  I tried out some new glazes which I found underwhelming...  I am going to try out some more today. 

I did get two sets of bird beads that I am pleased with.
And these new lentil beads I made are fantastic! I love them so very much! All of these yummy new beads are available in my shop right now!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Handmade Buttons

Here are some lovely porcelain buttons I made.  I keep making them.  I wish someone would give them a good home because they are purty!

So if you know anyone who loves funky chunky handmade button please direct them to my store and help give these little fella's a home :P

Friday, February 25, 2011


These turned out so pretty.  I had set them aside for myself, but then I realized I was hording my treasure again.  I decide to put them up in my shop. I can always make more right??
I really like how this double sided large bead came out. Especially with that green glaze on it.  I will put this set up in my store tomorrow!

These were also hard to part with but now the too reside in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Treasury Crazy

So I have been making treasuries.  It took me awhile to figure out how to do it.  I like Artfires collection maker slightly more than the Etsy treasury maker.  But they look better on Etsy... Maybe it is because people take better photo's of their work on Etsy?
Anyhow I still have not figured out how to get a picture of it on my blog.

Here is a link to a couple I made.  Intergalactic Plantary. is based on me watching back to back seasons of BattleStar Galactica on the netflix.

Math Class Is a number based Treasury that I did because I saw some really great art based on numbers and wanted to pay tribute.

Buried is one I did with peoples items that were on the last pages of the Etsy search engine.

The picture is of a little house I made with a heart living inside.  I am loving it and will make some more.

Here is a new one I made tonight Spring is in the Air.. part of the I love treasury team challenge.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hippie Beads ... Man

I love how these babies turned out!  I am gonna try and make more. Lets hope the glaze fairies are kind.  These beads definitely tug on my heart strings, I wish I would have had them back in my Grateful Dead days.......

Peace man! Yeah I know I am a dork! These are dual sided with peace signs on one side and hearts on the other.
 Both sets and more are in my Etsy shop! Come on by and check out all my beads and baubles.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fatty Birds and Skinny Birds

Terrible pictures sorry! The dark bird is actually a dark blue and made from stoneware clay as is the white and black fatty bird.  The skinny birds are porcelain and glazed in a lovely light blue transparent gloss.