Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Oh Happy Morning...

...while busy losing myself in a morning watercolor sketch, something arrived..

New Arbonne products I ordered last Saturday. Oh the colors! (and lookie, hubby got a big thing of shaving gel!) I'm excited about this for several reasons. First and foremost the fact that these babies are very good for the skin and not tested on animals. More good reasons in a follow-up blog, I promise!

Aside from the warmth of my kitchen, my many areas of the house where I can practice art, and a fine hot cup of Joe (and Ginger prancing about) - the sight of the UPS guy made me giggle with glee. (I truly giggled aloud)

Here's what I received in my goodie box today:

Here's what I was playing with as I sipped my java...this exercise loosens me up and helps me greet each day. I do these paintings for my soul and to celebrate the joy of what is to come. (we never know what's around the corner, right?) So my Winter philosophy is - Get up and paint, drink coffee, laugh with hubby and love my furry animals!

My etsy sales are showing many views, this is fantastic. Honesty, more fantastic would be some actual sales. I know the site is brimming with jewelers, and there are so many great shops on etsy now, I think this simply complements my shop.
I have many items ready to ship, and baby they are built to last! I can't say if I love your soul, I don't know you, and didn't reinvent the jewelry-wheel, but my pieces are a part of me, from my soul to my smithing bench. My one woman shop.
I'm thinking it's time for a give-away vlog, in fact, the closer I get to my 1,000th etsy sale the the bigger the prize.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Day in the Life of my Etsy Shop

First, I thought I'd show you how cute Ginger is, right after returning from the vets for a check up. She had a little bump appear and grow on her elbow. (you can see it in this photo) Shortly after this was taken, she peed a bucket-load on the floor. She's sleeping at my feet as I type this, I can barely feel my toes, but the torture is worth it ;-) So, the bump was checked and found to have what the doctor described as Round cells. We'll watch the bump, and in about 6 weeks go back and have it checked again, hopefully the little lump will fade away. She just got off of a round of steroids and antibiotics for another issue. I had no idea how much maintenance puppies were!

Next, my super intriguing Vintage find from this week. I love hunting for Vintage items. Aside from specific type of older, colored glassware, I like to find the odd piece. This seems to fit in. I adore her. Not sure what era she is from, I'm thinking the 1950s or later? If anyone knows anything about Catholic Nun Dolls, could you please share?
Yesterday I spent a full day in my studio and yielded some fine pieces. I decided to make a Tomboy Spinner Ring for myself, and an extra for the shop inventory. Also, I had an order for a fire red copper spinner ring with a sterling silver spinner, and a chain added, I really loved making this piece (far right in photo). A wonderful customer, who is a repeat customer, from Canada order a sterling silver Golf Ball Marker, and (not shown) a little ring sizer was sent to someone in Germany. Oh, I also did a custom pendant that was ordered for a teen girl. I was a busy gal, and had so much energy.
Off to the Post Office I went, thank you sweet sweet customers!!!