Friday, April 30, 2010

Twitter! Am I a TWIT now?

Joined the Twitter scene just to give it a whirl. I mean, why not?  Everyone else is doing it!!  I'm ready to tweet or chirp or cheep or whatever you want to call this virtual attention getter.  Who knows where it'll go?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Etsy Handmade Scrapbook Site of the Week

Just searching with the word "altered" brought up this fab handmade scrapbook:
created by The Scrap-a-Teeny Girls at
 This one is on travel, but there are other options too.  Check out the shop and you'll see what I mean. Really cute pre-made scrapbooks in a grungy, shabby style with lots of clever embellishments and touchy-feely goodness inside.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Etsy Jewelry Site of the Week

Here's a real find:

Etsian Alison Trowbridge

She has wonderful silver items that sparkle with gemstones.  I love what she has done- the designs are so simple, yet elegant.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Custom scrapbook

Just posted on Etsy- a custom 8x8 digital scrapbook, for all who of you love the look of an artistic scrapbook, but just don‘t have the time to put one together yourself. With this scrapbook, all you need to do is digitally send me photos you wish to include in the scrapbook and, voila- instant scrapbook.

I will create a 10-12 page 8x8 inch scrapbook using Photoshop Elements on my iMac, print out the pages on my home printer using premium photo paper, encase the pages in heavyweight protectors, then bind them using scrapbook binding equipment. The cover will be thick chipboard, covered with an additional page. You pick the theme- girl, boy, holiday, family, friends, grandparents, school days, whatever. If you have special journaling, please include that with your photos.

So, come on over to my etsy page to check out this great service!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

On Etsy now- now what?

I was excited to start on Etsy- finally a place to call home, where other like minded artisans and crafters hang out and sell their wares- a virtual craft show. I feel good about getting the shop up and running, and, hey, I got one sale in the first week. But I've been reading some gloomy stuff in the forums about low views, no sales, etc. Lots of folks saying they haven't had a sale in weeks, months. Should I worry? No, I say, because I am looking at this endeavor as something that will take years to really get going well. Since I work full time, I can't spend a lot of time creating or promoting my work. I know this and am able to accept slowness. All I really intend is to get myself started, so that when I retire from teaching, I have the beginnings of a second career. (But, hey, that doesn't stop me from wishing I had some more sales!!!!) A girl can dream, after all!


“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,"--that is all
Ye know on earth- John Keats “Ode on a Grecian Urn”

I have always been drawn to beautiful things. That’s probably a result of my father’s influence since he is an aficionado of art and antiques, anything lovely and fine. He especially loved small items, things that could fit on a shelf or on a desk, or best yet, in my mother’s jewelry box. On special occasions, my dad would take me to his favorite antique haunt where he would allow me to pick out my mom’s next gift. My “payment” was usually some bauble for myself, much more modest, of course. So began my interest in jewelry. I loved receiving jewelry, but I always was interested in the process, how the gold or silver became the bracelet on my wrist. But I thought I could never create jewelry because I didn’t think I had the skills, materials, or tools. About ten years ago I decided I would try creating jewelry for others and myself by starting with wire working and beading, eventually moving on to metal work. I characterize my style as rustic, organic, abstract, or geometric depending on my mood, using copper, silver, and brass, and semiprecious gemstone beads. To spice things up a bit, I’ll create in metal or polymer clay. I have a day job as a science teacher, so have always felt the need for artistic expression, a world away from my regimented schedule.

Memory art is another one of my talents and I have spent many years creating both traditional paper and digital memory albums. I also have a number of themed memory albums for sale (thus my business name of ScrapMetal). They are 8 x 8 books, with pre-made pages, all you have to do is attach your photo and write some journaling. Some themes include: Love is in the Air, About a Boy, Sugar and Spice, Home is Where the Heart Is, and Merry and Bright.