Saturday, December 27, 2008

Featured in etsyBEAD "Tropical Dreams" Treasury

Here's a beautiful treasury with some of my fellow etsyBEAD members created by Kelly of Beadliotheque. This colorful Treasury will really get you out of the winter-time blues ! Thanks, Kelly !

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Community Theater Update

Well, thank goodness, my role is going to be a woman after all !! I'll be quite frank, I was NOT looking forward to making my acting debut dressed as a man. Rehearsals start picking up on December 3rd for our January 16th opening. I'll be really busy during the Christmas season, that's for sure!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Community Theater - HERE I COME !

A good friend of mine has been wanting to try out in our local community theater, so she convinced me to go along so she wouldn't be alone. Well, low and behold, I got a role ! I've never been on a stage in my life and I'm mortified, and the worst part is - I'M PLAYING A MAN !!! Good Lord, I'm definitely NOT built like a man. I think somebody has got a really weird sense of humor. The play is a pretty well-known one, "INHERIT THE WIND". I'll find out more tonight when the cast meets for the first time. Maybe, just maybe they decided to change some of the male roles into females (I can only hope !).

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

TeamSC Holiday Stocking Hunt Challenge !!!!!

Mark your calendars for NOVEMBER 6TH ...and join in the fun!!!

Our South Carolina Etsy Street Team (TeamSC) is preparing for a fabulous holiday game for all etsians.

Everyone who completes the hunt will win a shopping spree just in time for the holiday season.
The grand prize winner receives this gorgeous handmade stocking made by Ashley from Rocknrollmcmama. The stocking is stuffed full of items donated by South Carolina Artisans (see mosaic of some of the items in the stocking)!

The following TEAMSC members have donated a handmade item to the Holiday Stocking.

Ainsley Barrett
All About The Buttons
Banner Celebrations
Bead Dazzled
Beadiful World
Bitty Books
Custom Candy Creations
Its All About You
Its All About You Too
Lady Pippie
LullaBuy Bows Boutique
Minnie Maes
Nascar Nana
RockNRoll McMama
Shasha Jewelry
Strange Little Girl
Sweet Tea Designs
The Sheila Room

These TEAMSC member shops are taking part in the shopping spree for all players who correctly complete the Holiday Stocking Hunt....
Ainsley Barrett (20% off all items)
All About the Buttons (15% off all items)
Beach Cottage Studio (free set of paper butterflies with every order)
Beadiful World (20% off all items)
CurlyfrySC (20% off and free shipping on jewelry ONLY)
Custom Candy Creations (20% off all items)
Dottie Stripe Layne (20% off all items)
Estate Planet (25% off all items)
Everydaysies (20% off all items)
Fiazco (20% off total purchase)
Jack and Jane (Free shipping on all sized domestic international orders)
KWinkelerPhotos (10% off all items)
Lady Pippie (20% off all items)
Lullabuy bows boutique (15% off all items)
Meeting Street Designs (Free shipping)
Morgan Alexa Designs (20% off all CHRISTMAS banners)
Nascarnana (50% off shipping)
Naturally Vintage (20% off and free shipping on any one item)
Pink Ink Creations (20% off all items)
Pretty Purses (15% off all items)
Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry (25% off all items)
Roagom (20% off all items)
Rocknrollmcmama ( 15% off all items)
Simply Charming SC (10% off all items plus free Christmas gift wrapping)
Southern Creations (10% off all items)
Strange Little Girl (25% off total order including shipping)
Sugar Baby Designs ($5.00 off any necklace)
Sweet Tea Designs (25% off all items except CUSTOM items)
Your Name In A Frame ($5.00 off any item and buy 4 get one free)
Yum Yum Creations (15% off all items)

Information and rules for the hunt are available right now on our blog.

Watch for the official forum thread on etsy under Promotions on Thursday, November 6th at 5:00 pm.

We’ll be looking for you.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day Woes

Well, today is November 4th, Election Day, voting for the next President of our country which makes it a VERY important day in the lives of all Americans, and it also happens to be MY birthday. I hate it when my birthday falls on election day! (I'm sure that those that have their birthday on big holidays such as Christmas don't have any sympathy for me whatsoever!) It's so hard to plan on celebrating with family because everyone's schedule is all messed up, trying schedule when they have hours to stand in line to vote. My husband and I managed to get up early to get to the poll before they opened (but everyone else apparently had the same idea - LOL). We've made "tentative" dinner plans with our family, hoping that our daughter can join us. She has to wait until she a) gets off of work, and b) goes to vote before the polls closed. Oh well, fortunately this doesn't happen frequently enough to really be a bother !

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Winner of TeamSC Weekly Challenge

I regularly participate in my South Carolina etsy team's (TeamSC) weekly challenges, and I won the challenge titled "I WANT CANDY"! Click here to read the article on the team blog. Just after I submitted the earrings for that challenge, I took them to a craft show and somebody stole them! Shame on them !!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

etsyBEAD Street Team EBTW "Wine Country" Sale ~ 9/21 - 10/4

Here's a few of my favorite listings from some of my fellow etsyBEAD members that are participating in the "Wine Country" theme sale:





Click HERE to find all the beautiful items in this theme sale.

Featured in Carolina Girls Treasury

Here's a beautiful treasury with some of my fellow TeamSC members created by Blanche of Sha-sha Handcrafted Jewelry. Thanks, Blanche !

Friday, September 12, 2008

etsyBead Theme Week, Blue Moon, September 7th - 20th

The bi-weekly theme is "Blue Moon". Here are a couple of my theme items that are 20% off during the theme sale. To see more of jewelry collection, visit my etsy shop at

Sunday, August 24, 2008

etsyBead Theme Week, Green with Envy, August 24 - September 6

The bi-weekly theme is "Green with Envy". Here are a couple of my theme items that are 20% off during the theme sale. To see more of jewelry collection, visit my etsy shop at

Monday, August 11, 2008

etsyBead Theme Week, Craving Colorful, August 10 - 23

The bi-weekly theme is "Craving Colorful". Here are a couple of my theme items that are 20% off during the theme sale. To see more of jewelry collection, visit my etsy shop at

Friday, August 1, 2008

Featured Artist - Lynda of Diva Designs

I am very pleased to feature Lynda of Lynda is a fellow member of etsy's TeamSC street team.

Where in South Carolina do you live, and were you born here? If not, how long have you been in SC?
I live near Barnwell and I was born in Orangeburg. I have lived in SC all my life. In fact, I am a 9th generation South Carolinian.

What do you like best about living in South Carolina?
Everything but the gnats and skeeters! Seriously, I love the friendly people, the mild winters, the beautiful landscape, the fact that we have beaches and mountains within a few hours’ drive. I love the state flag. I get all choked up seeing the Palmetto and Crescent on that indigo background. I love our manners and the fact that we still pull over on the side of the road for a funeral procession. I love the food and the various cultures represented in the diverse population of South Carolina. I love the slow, easy pace and the fact that neighbors still look out for each other here. I love knowing everyone and everyone knowing me. I love the fact that my family’s roots are here and have been since the 1600s. I am a Southern girl down to my soul, and I know if I was born anywhere North of the Mason-Dixon Line, I’d still have found my way to South Carolina somehow. I would never live anywhere else. You know that saying, “American by birth, Southern by the grace of God”? I changed it to American by birth, South Carolinian by the grace of God!

What kind of materials do you use in your creations?
I design jewelry around polymer clay focal beads and pendants I make myself. I absolutely love working with polymer clay as a medium for jewelry design. It offers an endless array of patterns and color combinations. I am limited only by my imagination. I pair the pendants with semi-precious gemstones and metals, a kind of unusual take on polymer clay jewelry design.

What inspires or influences you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials "speak" to you?
I find inspiration in just about everything. Nature is a wonderful source of inspiration. I pair my polymer clay pendants with semi-precious gemstones. My favorites are the Agates and Jaspers, both of which offer an endless array of pattern and color and compliment my polymer clay designs perfectly.

Art and architecture are also huge sources of inspiration for me. Watercolor is my favorite medium, although I am strictly a collector and observer. I personally cannot draw a straight line! Watercolor fascinates me because it is such an unforgiving medium.

History inspires me. I recently completed a series of necklaces inspired by women warriors through history. It was a very creative and empowering experience for me.

Colors inspire me. My favorites are the tertiary colors, especially those found in abundance in the landscapes of the Southwestern United States and in the Native American culture: Turquoise, mustard, salmon, burnt orange, teal, tomato red, etc. I may be the only person who can find inspiration in a tomato, but that color just calls to me!

There are also many artists, jewelry designers and polymer clay artisans whose work I admire tremendously, and I always get inspiration from looking at their work: Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Andrew Wyeth, Jasper Johns (a fellow South Carolinian), and Gustav Klimt; glass designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, photographer Dorothea Lange, and sculptor Frederic Remington; as polymer clay artisans Donna Kato, Lisa Pavelka, Karen Lewis, Rebecca Geoffrey, Marcia Palmer and many others.

I try to plan, but I do believe in letting the clay speak to me. I love a “happy accident”. I never pick out gems and then do a pendant. I never have certain gems in mind when I create a pendant. I do the pendant first and then go look for things to compliment it.

Do you have a certain design style, and what is your favorite technique?
I’ve been told I’m a master (mistress?) of clay marbling. I don’t know about that, but I like clean lines, a glossy finish, a striking pattern. I think my designs, and my style, are unique and easily recognizable.

Polymer clay is baked in an oven and then sanded and sometimes buffed. I wet sand every piece through six grits of sandpaper, then bake it again for a second time, then sand again and I always buff with a modified Dremel outfitted with 1 ½” unbleached cotton muslin circles, which produces a glass-like shine if I’ve sanded correctly. It’s an obsession with me. I cannot stand to leave a bead nekid, even the tiny ones.

Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?
I’m only at Etsy for the time being. I don’t do craft shows and I haven’t put any designs in local shops yet, but I’m working on it. I use my Etsy store for local clients to shop. They see something they like, they call me and I take it to them to try out in person. I also do private “trunk shows”, and I have a few clients who call me to look at a new outfit or even a whole wardrobe, and I’ll jot down a few ideas, go back and make some designs, and call them to see if they are interested. I am trying to build up my inventory to show in local shops, but I can’t keep it full because of word-of-mouth sales, which is great! My local clients are very good to me.

How long have you been involved in your craft, and how did you get started?
I have been designing jewelry since I was a teenager, but only recently started working with polymer clay as a medium for design. I purchased my first block of clay last October. It took me a month to work up the nerve to open the package, and 600 or so beads later, I decided I was ready to start designing jewelry around the beads. It has quickly become an addiction, and I cannot see myself ever abandoning it. I wore one of my designs to work one day, and it got such a positive response, I went back home and made nine more necklaces. They all sold out within an hour, and I’ve been at it ever since.

Do you work from your home, or do you have a brick and mortar store?
I work from home. My studio currently occupies a spare bedroom, but that will hopefully change. A fellow Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy Member has put ideas in my head with her photos of her basement studio. It made me drool. I would love to not have to move everything every time someone comes to stay. It’s a major pain!

Do you have a method for remembering ideas you want to implement, such as a notebook or tape recorder, etc.?
I keep a notebook and pen with me always. I get inspiration from just about anything, but if I don’t write it down, I’ll forget it in a skinny minute.

What do you do when you hit a brick wall creatively and nothing is working?
One of two things: I either get in the car and take a drive down the coast with the top down, or I get in the kitchen and cook. I love to cook as much as I love designing jewelry.

What is the most rewarding, interesting, or even weirdest thing you’ve ever been asked to make?
I had a male friend who asked me to design a necklace, bracelet and earrings for his wife, whom he lovingly refers to as “Miss Thang” because she is a diva. She knows she’s a diva, so I’m not telling anything I shouldn’t! I’ve known her husband all my life, but I don’t know her very well, and I was very nervous about designing something for her. Her husband only told me her favorite color, which is red. I did something I loved myself, and it was very rewarding when she called me herself and told me how much she loved the set and asked me how did I know exactly what she’d like? I even called the piece “Miss Thang”.

What are some of your goals for your craft, and where do you hope it will take you? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I hope to be fabulously successful and financially comfortable so that I can retire from my 50- hour a week, day job as a real estate and probate paralegal and devote myself to jewelry design full time.

What is your favorite part of being a member of TeamSC?
Getting to know my fellow South Carolinians, and having the opportunity to help promote them and South Carolina. I am so happy I found the team. I really hope we’ll be a force to reckon with at Etsy for a long time. We have such a diverse group of artists on the team, I don’t think we can help but be successful!

What are your hobbies, or how do you like to spend your free time, assuming you have any?
I love to read and I collect first editions, church cookbooks and vintage children’s toys and kitchenware. I love to cook. I’m a genealogist and created and manage 3 DNA Surname Group Projects for genealogy purposes. I learned to tat several years ago, and I try to do that on a regular basis so I won’t forget how.

Favorite color? Red
Favorite food? Fried Chicken and tomato sandwiches with Duke’s Mayonnaise
Favorite song or musical artist? Al Green’s “I’m Glad You’re Mine” and Michael McDonald’s version of “All In Love Is Fair” ; Bon Jovi
Favorite book or author? Ecology Of A Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray
Favorite movie, actor or actress? To Kill A Mockingbird, The Quiet Man, Hoosiers; Gene Hackman, Maureen O’Hara

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Featured in Clemson vs. Carolina Treasury

Here's a treasury with some of my fellow TeamSC members:

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Featured in Christmas in July Treasury

Felicia of "Fluffy Flowers" featured one of my keyrings in her treasury, which consists of items in a Christmas in July sale.

Friday, July 4, 2008

4th of July Treasury on etsy

One of my fellow estians apparently is in the mood to go to the beach, so she created a treasury of beachy items and featured one of my keyrings. Thanks KNITBLITZ for picking my Turquoise/Teal Wave Keyring to include in your list.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Featured Artist - Judy Richards of Cats Paw Artifacts

Judy Richards is a fellow artist and member of etsyBEAD, a bead group street team on etsy. Below Judy shares a brief glimpse into her artistic background:

I'm a lampwork artist who also designs jewelry - unique jewelry with semi-precious stones and my beads and also now precious metal clay pendants and charms.

I'm inspired by ancient pictographs, nature, and abstraction as well in an artistic sense.

I started out as a bead weaver and became familiar with and interested in lampwork beads and making them, took a class, and the rest is history!

Judy's items can be purchased in her online shop, Below are just a few pictures of some of her favorite pieces.

7/1/08 Treasury

Being featured on a treasury is always so much fun, and tlsexton0913 (Tammy of Ivonnardona's Creations) was able to get a Treasury and featured one of my keyrings on it! Many thanks, Tammy !

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Christian Artists Street Team "Christmas in July" Sale

One of the etsy Street Teams I belong to, the Christian Artists Street Team (CAST), is having a month-long "Christmas in July" Sale. There are several members of the group participating.

Here's a link to search for all the individuals items on sale:

Each store also has a list of all the participating stores.

Here's a couple of the items I have for the sale at 20% off. Both make great stocking stuffers !

Party-Time EarringsLime Green Lampwork Bead Keyring

Monday, June 30, 2008

etsyBead Theme Week, Catch the Wave, June 29-July12

The bi-weekly theme is "Catch the Wave". Here are a couple of my theme items that are 20% off during the theme sale. To see more of jewelry collection, visit my etsy shop at

Saturday, June 21, 2008

etsyBead Theme Week, Wild Thing, June 15-28

The bi-weekly theme is "Wild Thing". Here are a couple of my theme items that are 20% off during the theme sale. To see more of jewelry collection, visit my etsy shop at

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

etsyBead Theme Week, A Day at the Beach - June 1-14

The bi-weekly theme is "A Day at the Beach". Here are a couple of my theme items that are 20% off during the theme sale. To see more of jewelry collection, visit my etsy shop at

Monday, June 2, 2008

Etsybead Artist Spotlight

Part of the joy of being involved in etsy is the wonderful team streets. I belong to etsyBead, which is an amazing group of artists that are either jewelry designers or lampwork bead artists. On the team's blog, they feature interviews with different members. It was great to be a part of this. Here's a write-up on me:

Monday, April 21, 2008

Keeping in Touch

Today at work, one of my co-workers was telling us about childhood friends that she has kept in touch with over the years. Listening to her, I thought to myself that I've done a really lousy job keeping in touch with my friends. I left my hometown in Indiana to move to South Carolina two years after graduating from high school, and have pretty much lost touch with everyone I knew then. It made me really sad to think about all those people that I at one time had a strong connection and were no longer a part of my life. However, one of my very dearest friends that I’ve known since I was 3 years old still lives close to my hometown, her parents still live in the house across the street from the house I grew up in. She was the friend I had constant sleepovers with, did gymnastics in the front yard with, and played tag all evening long with. We have spoken only a handful of times over the course of our adult lives, and it’s probably been five years since we last spoke. I lost her email address years ago when my computer crashed, so I went to and found she and her husband were still living in the same house as they were the last time I saw her about 22 years ago. I called her during my lunch hour, and it was so wonderful to hear her voice again, telling me all about her daughters and grandkids, her chaotic pet-sitting business, her wonderful husband, the tragic loss of her brother. I vowed then that I would call or email often to stay in touch with her because I don’t want to lose that part of my life. My friends mean too much to me to lose them.

Wendy, I’ve missed you and I’m sorry I haven’t been there for you.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

etsyBead Theme Week, 'D' is for Delicious - April 20 - May 3

Sometimes beads are so wonderful, they seem "good enough to eat". Therefore, the etsyBEAD street team's theme of the week is "D is for Delicious". Here are a couple of my theme items, and of course, they are on sale 20% off for two weeks only.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

kiss the rain Treasury

One of the best compliments you can receive on etsy is to be featured in someone's treasury. I'm been listed in a few, but decided it would be nice to capture them here for posterity since they disappear off of etsy after just a few days.

This treasury is called "kiss the rain.....spring showers are headed your way". It was selected by starfactory.

etsyBead Theme Week, Stormy Weather - March 23-29

I don't know about the rest of the country, but here in the southeast we've been having some really wicked weather. The etsyBEAD street team's theme of the week is therefore "Stormy Weather". Here are a couple of my theme items, and of course, they are on sale for this week only.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

etsyBead Theme Week, Sunny Days - March 16-22

Each week, my Etsy street team, etsyBEAD, chooses a theme. Members select items from their shops and usually offer a discount off their themed items. The theme this week is "Sunny Days". Here are a couple of my theme items. A woman from my church was cleaning out her jewelry box, and realized she had more jewelry than she would ever wear. Knowing that I make jewelry, she brought me a bag full of stuff, and these beautiful pale yellow crystals were amongst them. I've had them for several months, and now that yellow is one of the "hot" colors for spring and summer, I knew now was the time to do something with these beauties. Thanks Tommie !

To see more of jewelry collection, visit my etsy shop at or my website at

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Taking out my frustrations !

It's been a really tough week. I'm taking two computer programming courses for my job, so I had a test in my Visual Basic class, plus my Javascript class was given two days to turn in an assignment, which interfered with my time to study for my VB test.

This morning I got up feeling the need to take out some of my frustrations, and the best way to do that is to get out my hammer. I have a variety of sizes of copper washers, so I hammered two different sizes, drilled a hole in the top and bottom and attached them with sterling silver jump rings. I then put three different sizes of Swarovski bicones in the color of Indicolite to help bring out that verdigris color that copper gets. I didn't want to use pre-manufactured earwires because they wouldn't blend with the rough hand-made look, so I made the ear wires by hand.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Bracelets for Bucks

One of my dearest friends, Pam Cuny, is very active in her community. One of the organizations she is involved with is the Animal Advocates of Barnwell County. This non-profit charitable organization is made up of volunteers, dedicated to rescuing, healing, safeguarding and giving new life to animals. They have taken on a project to open an "upscale" thrift store to raise money to eventually build an animal shelter.

Pam came up with the idea to have the organization purchase from me some inexpensive bracelets which could be sold for a small profit in their "Pick of the Litter" thrift store. Each bracelet would have either a cat or a dog charm on it and be for girls anywhere from elementary to high school. I used a variety of colors of Czech fire-polished beads and have been very busy making bracelets all week long. Here's just a few as a sample.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

First ETSY Sale !!!

Late December I found out about this awesome site, etsy. Don't know if my head has been in the sand for the last couple of years, because etsy has been around for a while, but I just found out about it. I opened up my store,, and have been anxiously waiting to see what happens. I finally made my first etsy sale !! Recently I went to a bead show and found some bea-u-tiful Blue Crazy Lace Agate buttons, so I whipped up an entire sterling silver ensemble using the Blue Agate, which I offset with Swarovski Caribbean Blue Opal AB Bicones, Swarovski round Smoked Topaz and Pink Opal Nuggets. The bracelet sold, which still leaves me with the necklace and earrings. I'm so excited to finally have made a sale since January is traditionally a slow months for retail sales, plus there are just tons of awesome jewelry designers on etsy so the competition is TOUGH!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

First Post to my blog

Just signed up for my blogspot, and so now I'm thinking.... now what? I'll have to do some pondering and see where my mind wanders off to.