Monday, December 14, 2009

First craft show...

Boutique Kismet on display!

My first craft show "booth". Actually a 4 ft table on one side of a pop-up tent that I shared with my friend Jodi of Jewels by Jules. Can you tell what my favorite colors are?! ;)
The show was Friday and Saturday, December 4 & 5 from 9 am to 5 pm each day and it was very cold setting up the tent at 7 am on Friday morning! :)

The second day I brought my dolls/doll jewelry to display.

I sold 8 items, including these items pictured (I sold a pink version of the felt cupcake brooch).

It was a great first experience for me, and even though everyone at the show had hoped for better foot traffic and more sales, it was a good show. It was the first one held at Rincon Mountain Presbyterian church (Bear Canyon/Tanque Verde) and with more scheduled for that location in the future, I think future shows will be awesome! Thank you to everyone who came out to see us, and especially though who bought items from me. It is much appreciated!

Happy Creating!

Happy Holidays!


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving & Sales!

Today on my blog I wanted to highlight a couple of AZ Etsy shops who are having wonderful Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales! And also provide a link for a directory of Local Businesses in if you are in Arizona, you know where you can shop local for your holiday - or everday shopping needs!

Arizona Knitter
This offer is good from Thursday, November 26th to Saturday, November 28th and is for shipping within the continental U.S. only.

Awesome Lime Twist Hat Pattern - available for purchase as a PDF!

Unravel Me Designs
11/27-11-30 ~ 10% off all orders. 20% off orders $75 or more. Spend $25 or more and get free shipping.

Adorable Teddy Bear Beanie in the Unravel Me Designs shop!

Local Business Directory for Arizona:

And of course, you can always visit my shop/shops for a little holiday shopping if you feel like it. ;) In my Artfire shop am offering a selection of earrings marked down to $1 over the weekend (11/26-11/30) and will be adding more each day until Monday.

Were $4.90, now only $1 !!!

*****In my blog post for tomorrow, I will have details for a special Cyber Monday sale in my Etsy shop only.*****

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy creating!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Scrap Happy Sale!

I am featuring Scrap With Style in my blog today.

Become a fan of Scrap With Style today on Facebook and you can start taking advantages of Janelle's awesome Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale! Otherwise non-fans have to wait until Friday for the following discounts:

Scrap with Style Scrapbooking Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale! ---starts Wednesday November 25th for FB fans- Friday November 27th for non-fans and runs through Monday November 30th (see shop announcement for more details!)

Buy More- Save More:
up to $10 10% off

$10 to $20 15% off
$20 to $30 20% off
$30 to $40 25% off
over $40 30% off

Visit Janelle's Etsy & Artfire shops for these sales! Here is a preview of some of her fabulous scrapbooking items (a few of my faves):

Chipboard Album Kit Alterable Numbers

Happy Thanksgiving week!

Happy creating!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hello sales!


I am featuring Northern Watters Knitwear in my blog today to preview their Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale - more sale details will be revealed on Friday, so be sure to follow them on Twitter (@nwknitwear) and/or on Facebook !

Here are a few of my favorite items from their website -

1. These mini sheep are so adorable! And so affordable!

Handcrafted 4.5" mini sheep with raffia and bell

2. So luxurious! A cashmere hat!!!

Luxurious ultra soft cashmere hat...simpicilty of design but the ultimate in fashion.

3. Yummy yarn!!! Spun on PEI - local for Northern Watters Knitwear! Lovely colors!

MacAusland's Yarn
From the famous MacAusland's Woolen Mill on PEI, 100% virgin wool - basic 2ply, 220 yards per skein. No color dye lot colors are very consistent. Available in a range of natural and dyed colors.

Northern Watters Knitwear has many, many more other wonderful items to choose from for your holiday shopping! :) So be sure to check them out on Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

More preview of items that will be listed in my Etsy shop for a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale!

OOAK button bracelets:

Retro Pop earrings!

Happy Thanksgiving week!

Happy creating!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Catching Up & Sales

My laptop crashed several weeks ago. Luckily I have this desktop to use, but I lost lots of email that was only saved on my hard drive and more importantly saved passwords I'd long since forgotten. ;) I was fortunate that my husband was able to back up most of my photos & documents from my crashed computer, which is now saved on an external hard I've been doing lots of catching up. As well as getting ready for my very first appearance at a craft show. The craft show will be on Dec. 4 & 5 and I'll post an update on that later. This week I plan to have a Black Friday sale and am hoping over the next few days to also promote other sales - from fellow local handmade artisans or merchants or pretty much any Black Friday sales from handmade artisans around the world that I come across.

Today I'm featuring my Tucson friend Alex Keller's sales in her two Etsy shops.
Vintage by Alex Keller and Alex Keller Jewelry Recycled shops.

SALE vintage Crown Trifari brooch - gold tone crescent

in Vintage by Alex Keller

SALE - goldie locks - a necklace of vintage and recycled jewelry

in Alex Keller Etsy shop

Below are some new items I'm hoping to list in my own Etsy shop for the Black Friday sale:

OOAK button bracelets

Felt ornaments and brooches.

More sales & previews tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving week!

Happy creating!


Friday, July 31, 2009

1st 5 to post a comment win a prize!

The first 5 people to post a comment win a prize!

Pay It Foward

Everyone likes FREEBIES! Hurry, only the first 5 comments get one!

Thanks to (via for the great idea and fun PIF game!

Here's how it works:

I am entering into the following contract with the first 5 people who comment on this post and then commit to do the same on their blog. Just read below and if you feel up to the task copy the following into your blog and leave me a comment. I am willing to ship international, for all my friends not in the states (make sure you are willing to do the same).

1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. Whatcha get is whatcha get.

2. What I create will be just for you, with love.

3. It’ll be done this year (2009).

4. I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber.

5. I reserve the right to do something strange or weird.

6. In return, all you need to do is post this text on your blog and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to your blog post.

7. Send your mailing address – after I contact you. I'll send you a surprise (it will be something nice, I promise) if you agree to do the same for 5 other people!


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

awesome pink & black!

These photos are of my custom tote & clutch set with matching wallet created for me by Beth at

Beth is talented and AWESOME and very easy to work with for custom orders. I saw her Foldover Clutch and Tote w/ruffle designs and requested those two designs in the above fabric/color combination.


They are so perfect and fit my style perfectly!

Go to Beth's shop and see all of her wonderful bag & wallet designs, cute rings, and fun buttons!


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Harry Potter 6

I am...almost...ready to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 1:40 pm. Some call it Harry Potter 6...but since there will be "two" more movies, Book 7 having been broken up into two films...what will I call them? Harry Potter 7a & Harry Potter 7b?

But I digress...I am almost ready to see the latest Harry Potter movie tomorrow. Well, tomorrow for me, as it is 40 minutes until midnight here. I didn't have time to read the book yet again, and I had planned on a Harry Potter audiobook listening marathon, but ended up just listening to the Half-Blood Prince audiobook over the last 3 days. I plan to watch Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5) tomorrow morning. :0)

I am just a little excited about seeing the new movie. I know there will be lots of laughs, lots of darkness, and a sad ending...if the movie ends as the book does. (Sorry for the spoiler.) With the delay this movie release has already had, I have had many more months of anticipation to build up, so I'm glad the wait is finally...nearly...over.

A peek at my "Harry Potter Room":

Click on the rug for more photos.

Happy creating! ^0^

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

"cracks in the pavement"


Just a few photos of the disaster that my craft room had become.

I have a decent size room, enough storage space & plenty of storage containers. I might perhaps have too much stuff. I am a bit of a pack rat, though I do part with things on occasion, but since I like to trade, it doesn't always mean I end up with less things.

My sister pointed out my problem might be not having "like things together" and/or having the room separated in crafting "zones". Each "zone" would have supplies & tools stored neatly and easily accessible near a crafting surface suited for that particular craft. So that was my goal with this particular cleanup/reorganization, since I often clean up my craft room and had thought it was somewhat organized previously. LOL

It took me approx. 6 days to create these zones and get all of my supplies contained. I had no options for moving major furniture/storage shelves, so I had to work within those confines, but actually I think that was a good thing.


Of that I have gotten my craft room so well organized, I have absolutely no excuses not to complete all the dozens of projects that I have been planning & procrastinating on for many months now.

Hmmm...darn! LOL

Happy creating! ^0^

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tuesday's Featured Artisan: Danielle Murphy

Wrap it Up Size 4.5

Danielle Murphy is the creative force behind and she also sells jewelry kits she makes up herself along with tutorials, and her extra supplies, at her two shops and

I have gotten over 30 of her wondeful wire-wrapped rings and also admire her other jewelry designs. She is my blog's first featured artistan, though I hope to continue this artisan feature every Tuesday from now on.

I sent Danielle a short list of questions regarding her life and her craft and here are her answers and also photos of and links to her fabulous creations.

a ring suited for stripes SIZE 7.5

Where were you born and when?

I was born in boston mass march 8th of 1975 .. a pisces, it was fate that i became a crafter ... pisces are known for there creative talents

When did you first start creating/crafting?

I remember being a little kid (6ish) and when all other kids had there lemonaid stands I was attaching paper plates together, coloring them, decorating them and selling them door to door as mail holders

What inspired you to create your first piece of jewelry?

My first real job was working at a jewelry store ... There were always broken pieces of stuff laying around, i quickly learned how to put items together to create even better things ... First thing i remember officially creating was a belly chain ...

Futuristic Fun SIZE 7

List all of the types of crafts you enjoy?

* jewelry making, especially ring making
* scrapbooking
* sewing

How long does it typically take to complete one [wire-wrapped] ring?

If i already have the design it only takes about 6 or so minutes

Where are your favorite places to get [jewelry/beading] supplies?

I love etsy for the unique items .. I miss my bead stores back in [MA] ... bead creative, bead cachet, and definately the one in wilmington ...

What is your favorite piece of jewelry you have ever made?

my most memorable is a simple necklace that i made for my moms friend before she passed .. it was just a simple seed bead necklace

Red Crystal and pearld Necklace

If you could tell fellow crafters 1 thing what would it be?
that any dream is possible .. keep dreaming and move towards your dreams

Danielle's ultimate goal for her business is to have a successful (or successful chain of) "beading cafe's", where jewelry makers and other crafters can come to enjoy companionship, creative inspiration, and conversation - along with yummy goodies to eat and drink!

Sea glass inspired ring SIZE 5.5

Best of luck Danielle!!

Happy creating! ^0^

Friday, June 26, 2009

"shadows on your side..."


to ponder our own fragile mortality...

the passing of a dignified beauty...

the passing of an iconic enigma, mourned by some, yet some rejoice at the demise...

so many other deaths overshadowed...

and sadness for all around.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Scrapbooking with my sister...

My sister lives 800 miles away from me in Northern California, so we communicate a lot via text messaging, online instant messaging, phone, and occasionally webcam.

For several months now we have been trying to organize weekly scrapbook challenges that we will both participate in. But my sister, and I, have been busy with other things, so we are not always able to scrap regularly, especially "together".

We are currently exchanging a couple of boxes a month of scrapbooking supplies with each other as a way to "share" the extras from our individual stashes. We also bought some new scrapbook supplies for specific projects.

Recently, when some of the new supplies arrived the other, including some glitter chipboard shapes/letters, I immediately was inspired to create the following page:

Stephanie & Kimberly 1985

It' a simple page.
And it came together rather quickly for me...which is rarely the case for anything...even a simple page. ^0^

I had had the background paper on hand and the glitter chipboard shapes/letters coordinated with the paper pack this background paper came from. I had not previously used chipboard in any projects, even though I have lots of chipboard letters which were part of a large trade I made a month or so ago.

The photos are of my sister and I in 1985 (I was in 8th grade and my sister a junior in high school). These were taken as part of a series at Olan Mills. Our mother put us in color coordinated outfits of black & pink. When I look at it now, it looks very 80s preppy, even though that was not my personal "style" at that time.

I'm still trying to decide whether the page needs a titles. "Sisters" would be the perfect title, but after I added the name in white vinyl Thickers alphas, I decided the page looked very much done, so I am leaving it this way for now.

Since I put it together quickly and made a huge mess putting it together, I don't have photos of my progress...just the photos of the final product. And since I'm terrible at taking photos, these are really bad, but I wanted to put this blog post together, so for now these photos will stay. Unless I can get some really fabulous photos tomorrow in natural light with a clean background to change these out with. We'll see.

Happy creating! ^0^

Update June 25: No new photos as of yet.
If you think this page needs a title, please let me know. Thank you!