Monday, August 31, 2009

Etsy Artist Feature: JessiJewels!

Hello to everyone! This entry is the first in what will be a continuing series of features of Etsy sellers and crafters who sell their wares on the Internet.

Jessi owns JessiJewels, a shop on Etsy featuring all kinds of goodies, from affordable jewelry and stationery to felted items! Check out this pumpkin:

Jessi also runs the SuperStar BNR in Etsy's Promotions forum. This BNR enables Etsians to support each other through promotions, sales, and lots of fun!

my name is jessica (or jessi as family & friends like to call me)

i live in a small town in connecticut with my husband of 8 1/2 years and our kitty cat.
we have a small apartment that is half filled with all my crafting supplies. i love to make cards, jewelry, do needle & wet felting, rubber stamping, crocheting, scrapbooks and anything else i can either learn by family, friends or good ol' youtube. ;) i love searching for and using vintage beads and findings and turning then into ooak pieces. i also love working with natural stone, crystal, wood and so on. if i had to pick just one favorite from my shop... i think i'd go with the "frutti pebbles felted necklace" because it's one the first pieces i created using some felted beads that i made myself. 

 Thanks, Jessi! You rock!

Friday, August 28, 2009

A Nip in the Air.

Wow, it's back-to-school time again! Actually, it's perfect weather for a walk, which is why I've posted some pictures to share with you!

This is one of the big, black walnut trees in the graveyard across the street from our house. I love the way the light plays among the leaves at this time of year.

This is the little cove down the street. I'm not sure what its name is. This is the largest amount of boats that has been in this safe little harbor in quite some time.

Also, check out one of our great back-to-school bookmarks:

This terrific bookmark is 6" of beauty ready to keep you company time and time again as you dive into your favorite tome. 5 freshwater coin pearls, a shade of dark purple mother-of-pearl, are the dominant feature of this piece. Additionally, you will find four lovely, clear rock crystal beads peeking out from behind the pearls. Handmade. All findings are durable alloy.

And over at the outlet store:

These metallic acrylic beads are totally funky! They came from a vintage necklace and are various in size. We think there are about 30 - 40 beads in this set. The clarity in the shiny ones is so good, you can actually see Jen taking the picture! LOL!
Great for an ultra-snazzy craft project!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Perfect Day.

This day is perfect. So perfect, in fact, that it's a perfect day to take product shots for some Fall earrings I've created! I'm not going to show them yet, though. :)

Instead, here's something that just sold yesterday:
A modest set of vintage dichroic beads. We relisted it...but there aren't many left! This turned out to be more popular than we thought it would be. We're thinking of turning the Outlet shop into a partly-destash shop. We'll see where that goes, but I'll bet it'd be pretty successful!

Also popular is this Rooster Pendant:
This guy is flying off the shelves. Some of the roosters don't stand up very well. People don't seem to mind that, though - who could resist the draw of a giant, lampwork glass rooster hanging around your neck? I have one. They're a great conversation piece.

 Everything in the shop right now is on sale until Monday - 75% off! Huzzah!

Thanks for reading. :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble. And 1:1.618.

 Today is several days into the city water ban. We are boiling water for things like washing dishes. The hope is that it won't last too much longer (i.e. we can stop boiling as of tomorrow). Whoops - there's the kettle!

Also, went to acupuncture today. It's always so relaxing, I end up trying not to fall asleep on the table! The table is made by a company called Golden Ratio Woodworks. I know nothing about them beyond that. The name just cracks me up. It seems to me that they are destined to succeed with a name like that, which is probably why they chose it.

When I was in college, I had a classmate who actually exceeded the perfect ratio. She was as beautiful as you could imagine. When I told my cousin about it, she laughed: "How can you climb to the top of the mountain and keep going up?" But there it was. Somebody had taken her measurements and everything. Amazing!

We've got this lovely piece of artwork in our bedroom made by Donna Amero, an artist at Local Colors. It features half of a nautilus shell that has been polished so that the stripes are gone and the lovely, shiny shell patina has been enabled to show through. I've seen the perfect ratio superimposed onto nautilus shells, and I figure that this may be the closest thing to perfection we have in our quirky little house. Actually, our house is quirkily perfect.

Thanks for reading, and see you next time!

Monday, August 24, 2009

So here we are again.

My goodness, it's been since July 20th, 2008 since my last blog posting? How insane! The Top 10 Books list needs to be changed, I think.

Beyond that, here's what's going on at our house:

1. Our bathroom is in the act of moving upstairs. This means that our bathroom downstairs is going to turn into part of the kitchen, which will gain a lot of space. This also means that our toilet is behind a tarp. The logistics of this could be construed as awkward, but we've figured out a system: while one of us uses the toilet, the other will subtlely turn up the sound on the television. This eliminates the need for either of us to pretend to be in the Happy Place which, for me, is anywhere with a completed bathroom.

But seriously, the new john is looking lovely - the room is 10x10, the bathtub is in, we've got the tiles ready and waiting, and the sink is in the living room ready to be installed. Pics to come after completion!

2. We've got a kitty named Milkshake. She's 2 years old and a complete marshmallow. She'll come up to anyone who enters the house, sniff their hands, and ask to be petted. Right now, she is lounging on the bed and looking up at me every once in a while with green eyes.

3. We're making plans to have the attic finished off. That will be my new craft space. Yay!

4. The hydrangeas we planted last year, while not blooming profusely this year, have doubled in size thanks to the unseasonably profuse rains that took place throughout June. Hopefully, there will be a balance of foliage and flowers next year!

In other news, my Etsy shop is having a 75% off sale until August 31st!

And, I've opened an outlet:
At this particular shop, everything is $5 or less! Hooray!

Thank you for reading, and see you next time!