Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Holiday Clearance - November 2008

Hi there!

I hope everything is fine for you and your loved ones.

I want to let you know that there is a Big Holiday Clearance going on at My Etsy Shop and maybe you would be interested in saving a lot buying great gifts for your loved ones or for yourself.

There is a lot of new additions and more coming soon this week. Any comment or suggestion will be very welcome.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Coming Soon.... "One of a Kind" Wearable Art

Just let me introduce my New Collection of OOAK Pendants, beautiful and unique wearable art made especially for you...

They are handmade from wood pieces of different sizes, decoupaged with recycled papers of my own selection and embellished using different mediums and techniques, resulting in beautiful and unique pieces of wearable art that will not be reproduced again.

Each pendant is made one by one with really deep inspiration and so much love for what I do, so I hope you enjoy looking at them or wearing them as much I enjoy creating them...

I will be listing them periodically and you can find them in this section of My Shop:

Now, some cute findings I would love to share...

Limited edition prints made with a technique called Digital Photo Fusion Collage. These beautiful and captivating collages are created by Lyse Marion, the artist behind Imagine Studio, inspired by master paintings or sculptures from Bouguereau, Barbier, Chase, Collier, Degas, Lautrec, Menzel, Modigliani, Pascin, Sargent, Waterhouse, Vigeland, Homer, Monet, Rousseau, Redon, Seurat, Klimt and others. They are printed on premium quality, acid free, matte archival paper, with ultra chrome pigmented inks, like the prints sold in galleries and museums... this kind of art is really spectacular...

Look at this! This is a perfect gift for people who like and enjoy making music... Sterling Silver Les Paul Electric Guitar Pick personalized with a message of your choice on the back. This beautiful piece of art was made with love and care in North Canton, Ohio by Andrew Gonzales from AndrosCreations ...own a custom piece by Andros Creations and enjoy the best!

Organically Green Necklace ... if you like a modern, unfussy and organic look, this piece is perfect for you :) I love it!! this combination of brown and aqua colors is one of my favorites... and the rustic, delicate and feminine look is unique... cool style of pottery jewelry and accesories you can find at Fireluster Pottery, a collaboration of two artists who are also mother and daughter; Helga Cruz and Denise Ferragamo. Congrats girls! Your work is AWESOME!

Well, that's it for today :) I hope you enjoy this article & thanks for staying with me...



Friday, August 29, 2008

New Collection: Glass Tile Pendants

I have been working on this new collection of pendants, some of them are already listed in My Shop and a lot more are coming soon!
This new line of graphic pendants are handmade from recycled glass tiles, they are so cute and are embellished mostly with eye catching photography pieces or stunning paper patterns.
I want to offer 20% discount On This Collection for all my readers, sucribers and previous customers, so if you are one of them, just let me know at checkout in a Message to the Seller with the words: Blog reader, Blog Sucriber or Previous Customer.
You can complete the transaction and I will make the exact refund to your Paypal Account, or you can request a revised invoice before paying... Happy Shopping!! :)

***My Findings Today

As usual, some cute findings I would like to share...

Look at this blue cutie... is not so adorable? Godolly is a new Etsy Shop where you can order a Custom Doll, I mean, you can choose EVERYTHING about them, eyes, clothes, hair, accesories, make up, etc... just take a look... and they are made from scratch... Amazing!!

If you like Ethnic and Rustic Jewelry, visit Mafershop on Etsy, there you will find cute necklaces at great prices, I specially love this big seeds necklace, is stunning!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Six common questions about sterling silver jewelry

Black Fused Glass and Sterling Silver 950k by earthexpressions

Author: Greg Peterson http://gilbertandfrech.com/

Sterling silver jewelry has been a popular commodity for thousands of years. One of the obvious reasons is the affordability over other precious metals gold and platinum. The large variety of sterling silver jewelry requires certain knowledge in order to choose the right piece and also keep it in good condition as long as possible. The followings are the most common questions concerning sterling silver jewelry.
How do I clean sterling silver jewelry?
It depends. Usually, it is sufficient to use a jewelry cloth (with two layers of cloths in different colors) that you can get from a jewelry accessory store. Don’t use any hard object to clean sterling silver jewelry; even paper towel could scratch the surface. You should rub any dirt off using a jewelry cloth, not fingernails. Silver-dip is another commonly used sterling silver jewelry cleaner, which can also be obtained from jewelry store. The entire silver jewelry is immerged in the solution for half a minute to a minute and then rinsed with water. Make sure the silver jewelry is not plated with any other metal before using the silver-dip or the plating will be damaged.

Where do I store sterling silver jewelry?
It is very important to store sterling silver jewelry properly when it is not used. The ideal place to store sterling silver jewelry is cool and away from sunlight. Heat and light will turn a silver jewelry yellow and cause it to tarnish quickly. Even indoor light source like florescent lights or light bulbs turn the color of silver jewelry over time. If you expect not to wear a certain piece for a long time, put it in a air-tight bag and store it in a drawer.

What types of silver jewelry plating are there?
Unlike gold and platinum, however, pure silver is rather unstable and oxides rather quickly. Therefore, silver jewelry is usually plated with another metal to protect it from tarnishing. There are two kinds of plating for silver jewelry: nickel and rhodium plating. Nickel plating has a more whitish look and rhodium plating has a darker look. Rhodium is used to plate white gold and platinum jewelry and is much more expensive than nickel, and it give better protection to the silver underneath. On the other hand, some silver jewelry is not plated. For instance, high polished sterling silver jewelry does not have any plating and the surface is polished by machine to render shininess. Also, “oxidized silver” jewelry is oxidized on purpose to give a dark antique look and is not plated with any other metals.

How do I know the purity of my silver jewelry?
The purity of sterling silver refers to 92.5% of silver in the alloy. In order to confirm the purity, the metal itself has to be sent to a laboratory to be tested. However, most of the sterling silver jewelry produced nowadays has a “925″ stamp to indicate the authenticity of the jewelry. Although there are cases where stamps are forged and the metal is either not silver or the purity is not as stated, they are very rare.

How about engraving and resizing?
Engraving and resizing of sterling silver rings is rather simple due to the ductility and relatively low melting point. However, make sure your jeweler understands the process of refinishing the ring and that they possess the necessary equipment to do so. Not all jewelers have the equipment to recoat the rhodium plating after cutting and welding the ring. Also, rings set with stones are sometimes not resizable because resizing might cause the stones to pop out. Such settings include channel and invisible settings.

Can I wear sterling silver jewelry if I am allergic to nickel?
Yes, just make sure the jewelry is pure sterling silver, not plated with nickel. Even Rhodium plated sterling silver jewelry sometimes contains a nickel layer between the silver and the rhodium to act as an adhesive. Hence, buy only high polished sterling silver jewelry if you are allergic to nickel.

This is a Cute Finding :)
Handcrafted silver interchangeable jewelry - rings, pendants & earrings


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Craft Show and Good News

Hi Dear readers :)

How have you been? I hope you have doing GREAT!!

My Booth

About my Craft Show, it was a good experience, not many sales but I think I learned something else about this bussines and I am sure next time will be better...

Another view of my booth

Now, I am working on revamping my Etsy Shop, some new line of products are coming soon and I would like to make a very very Special Promotion for all my suscribers and previous customers to clean most of my stock (kind of clearance). Also, I am thinking about to make a Monthly Giveaway for new suscribers (including you in the first one of course) bringing some of my stuff as a prize... What do you think? I am so exited planning about this and I would love if you take the time to share some ideas or suggestions with me posting on the comments.

Well, next time I will post some new picks from my Favorite Etsy Shops for you to enjoy and thanks a lot for staying with me :)


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

My Very First Craft Show...

I am so excited !! This will be my very first Craft Show and I am preparing all my items and planning about how to make this event the best possible :)
It calls "Spring into Summer Craft Boutique" and will be this June 20th and 21st at Findlay Crevrolet in Las Vegas, NV 89018.
We are 15 local crafters from Las Vegas , tell your friends... come and look aroud wonderful items from jewelry, crocheted items, hand sewn items all the way to handmade soaps & possibly baked goods. We encourage everyone to come shop & participate in our charity raffle & donation drive to benefit The Ronald McDonald House.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Some Cute Indie Finds I'd like to share with you...

Re-Opening of Kolenkos Shop
If you are a little crafty, don't miss out this opportunity. This Shop is opening again bringing handmade supplies for your small projects at really good prices. These are handmade glass cabochons with decoupage technique and you can use them to make pendants, rings, magnets, pins, bookmarks, scrapbooks, ACEOS, etc.... use your imagination :) Only $3!!!

So lovely and simple design handmade from sterling silver and hand-stamped with the artisan "signature" plum blossom... a feminine interpretation of the classic signet ring, can be made to order in your size at Smart Bird at only $22

at The Craft Pantry at only $7.
I am really in love with this Shop, every design is so pretty and original... you will find here cute paper goods and useful lovely bags.
A very classic and pretty color combination, Coral and Turquoise... You can find this beautiful Set at Casa Di Bella Jewelry at $42 and always FREE SHIPPING within the U.S.