Friday, July 3, 2009
"Larry Hamm over at Chelsea Lynn Designs on Artfire is a friend of many in the world of handmade, he is also the voice of The Crazy Train on Blockhead Radio. Larry has a fantastic wife Janet, and an 8 year old son Jacob who live with him in Lansing, NC deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Larry is a friend to everyone and just an all around swell guy. He is most definitely the “shirt off your back” kind of friend. Right now, all of Larry’s friends and Blockhead radio are teaming up to help him out in a tough time.
Larry is a disabled diabetic who currently has lost his health insurance. His medication alone monthly is over $2,000. Larry is not receiving disability, he has not been approved yet. His wife is the only source of income and she doesn’t make enough to cover his medications. Larry’s doctors have given him an outlook of only 18 months to live if he doesn’t receive a $17,000 gastric bypass surgery as soon as possible. Larry and his family need all the help from their family and friends they can get! Jacob and Janet need Larry to hang around here with them as long as he possibly can! All of his friends surely want Larry to stick around too!All of us at Blockhead Radio are gearing up for the biggest Radiothon you’ll ever be a part of! July 24th at 6pm until July 26th at 6pm, Blockhead Rod will be live on the radio for 48 hours straight raising money for our friend Larry. A silent auction of donated handmade goods will also be going up on the home page of Blockhead Radio with 100% of the proceeds going to Larry.If you would like to be a part of this wonderful event, please email DeDe Sorensen at: firstname.lastname@example.org Please donate any handmade items you can for the silent auction have your emails in with your donations by July 22nd. If you would like to donate cash for Larry’s prescriptions and surgery please visit Blockhead Radio July 24th through July 26th. There will be plenty of ways to get your donations in.Keep listening to Blockhead Radio for fantastic indie music, and how you can help Larry Hamm of Chelsea Lynn Designs. "
I ask that you take a moment and think if you are able to help Larry in any way. Whether it be a donation of something for the auction, a cash donation, purchasing from the auction, bloggins tweeting etc about this, and/or adding him and his family to your prayer/thought list. I know that he has done so much for the artisans on Artfire! Please help if you are able! Thank you for considering this worthy cause!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
So as sellers, we need to tags our items with CIJS which stands for Christmas in July Sale. So, if you have a studio on www.artfire.com and want to join in, the sale is going to fun July 15-26th to go along with the 12 days of Christmas theme. Just post a link to your studio on what special you are running at http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?mop=modload&name=Chatterbox&file=viewtopic&topic=13437&forum=11
If you just want to shop, please go to www.artfire.com and you can key in to CIJS to search for those items. Hope to see all of you there!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
So back in March, we picked out the apartment. Next week, we will be contacting all of the utility companies to get ready for his move, paying deposits and getting the utilities ready to be switched to his name, etc.
Just have to get to the local u-haul place to arrange the enclosed trailer. Neither one has much to take so a trailer, his car & trunk, and my SUV should handle everything! Oh it brings back memories when I could pack everything I owned into the back of a car. LOL!
Anyway...so that is why I have not been blogging a lot lately. Getting everything ready, signing financial aid paperwork, co-signing apartment paperwork, etc etc. You know how it is!
I will post more as exciting things happen. Wait...that would be never. We are so predictable in my house it is not funny. But we like it that way!
Don't forget to swing by my studio at http://shedesignsjewelry.artfire.com
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The list of all the Studios is available at http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=modules.php?mop=modload&name=Chatterbox&file=viewtopic&topic=13437&forum=11
I know that this sign up just started so more will be added daily, hopefully every hour! So, if you have an Artfire studio, you may want to join in. We are going to do a thread posting everyday titled according to the day of the sale. For example "On the first day..." and then the studios that are participating can post items from their studios to draw in attention. Everyone is going to blog, tweet, facebook, etc. Artfire Admin has agreed to tweet it for us! How exciting is that!?! Wonderful!!
Each studio can specify their own sale. For some studios it may be a certain percent off, for some it may be a buy one get one?, some may have special items in a Christmas in July catagory. You just don't know what you are going to find.
Since most of you are crafters/artisans yourself, you know how busy you get as Christmas nears. So eliminate some of your headache by doing your Christmas shopping at the Christmas in July sale on http://artfire.com .
I will blog again and update you as more details are discussed.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Check out http://capturingcreativitysampler.blogspot.com/ about an opportunity to get your Artfire crafts out there and get noticed!
Also, there are some Artfire.com studios that are planning a Christmas In July Sale from July 14th through the 28th. Watch out for some great deals and some great new products! More info to come on this one as well!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Each piece is so pretty and unique, they are simply gorgeous! So swing by her studio and check out her wonderful beads and jewelry!
Thanks, Sheila http://www.shedesignsjewelry.artfire.com/
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
So, stop by http://www.artfire.com/users/MichiganMud and check out her pieces as such low prices! It is really cool!
Monday, May 11, 2009
So, stop by her studio when you have time.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
The gemstone pieces are beautiful, but those that are the spirals and the woven pieces cannot be described. You simply have to go look at them and see what I mean. Oh those weavers must have the patience of a saint!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Prom...What a month! Not just a night...but a month!
Okay...my son is very much into his punk and rockabilly music. He wears the clothes, etc. So it is not uncommon for him to be wearing plaid pants, or the black tight bondage pants, minus the long straps. These pants are the tight denim with zippers everywhere.
So his girlfriend's parents convinced her that they needed to go to Prom. They go to separate schools so they decided to go to her Prom. I asked her what her dress looked like and what she wanted him to wear. This was done as he is a tri-color color deficient person. So he sees only black white and grey correctly. Well, her answer was "I don't care. He can wear what he wants"
So, he wanted a leopardprint faux fur. Guess what...They don't have those at rental places. So, after some research on the web, I found the exact fabric he wanted at a place in California. I made the purchase and got the fabric. Found a jacket pattern and spent the next 2 weekends and 18 hours ( give or take ) to sew him his jacket.
She had ordered her dress on line. She had decided to go a leopard print to match him. Well, the morning of Prom it still had not arrived so she went to a local shop and bought a very elegant little black dress. So I sewed a wrap of black and leopard print from extra from his jacket for her to wear.
So...one would think it is all over! However, graduation is in 3 weeks and now I have to get all of that organized!
So I have decided to kind of take the next few days off from designing or creating anything! I need a break to kind of regroup and re-energize. But I am glad that I did it as they looked fantastic!
The designs are simply classic and so beautiful! She has a great selection of bracelets so stop by and check out something for Mother's Day!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
http://www.artfire.com/users/janelsonarts to see what I mean. Not only does she have some wonderful lampwork beads, but she also has regular beads as well as jewelry she made from those gorgeous lampwork beads.
So, take a moment and go browse through her studio. You never know when you are going to stumble across that perfect bead!
Friday, May 1, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Check out the most wonderful bags at http://www.artfire.com/users/catfluff. The bags are recycled out of other items so you will feel great knowing that you have purchased “green”. There are sacks for wine bottles, bigger totes, all kinds of goodies. So stop by the wonderful world of CatFluff!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Bijoux Designs is a wonderful shop with a great variety of items. Great for Mother’s Day as well. She has jewelry,bookmarks, pot holders, such a gorgeous variety. You really need to stop by her artfire studio at http://www.artfire.com/users/bijouxdesignsforyou and check it out. There is something for everyone at this stunning studio!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
So, when thinking about something wonderful for your mother for Mother's Day, something made with all the love and caring that you would do, stop by her studio on artfire as well as many other caring artisans for wonderful gifts for mom.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Anyway...stop by and check out the wonderful pieces on Artfire!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Imagine my surprise when I signed into Artfire this morning and had 29 e-mails. I thought something was wrong. Then I saw that I had 13 sales! Those AF SNEAKERS had ambushed ME! I almost cried! The only reason I did not was that I was at work! And I had to try REALLY hard not to!
Some made purchases, some tweeted, some blogged, some posted threads. You are so wonderful in my book! Words simply cannot express my gratitude and appreciation for all those AF Sneakers and associates! I do appreciate what you did for me! I try to be a positive person and knew that sales would come. I just needed to be patient as I had posted several times when people were posting about 0 sales. I would always say 0 but waiting patiently. This just goes to show everyone that patience does pay off. And HOW!
I promise that I will be making purchases in the next few days and sharing the wealth, so to speak. Again…Thank you so much! I do appreciate it greatly! It made my day!
AF SNEAKERS ROCK!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
So please stop by her studio at http://www.alisuns.artfire.com as right now she is having a sale!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wonderful work and funny insight!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
The berets are small, about 4-4 1/2 inches but there are some wonderful little things. She crochets them and they are adorable. She is also now making some wonderful felt flowers if that is more along your lines.
So check out Lindsey's wonderful hats and see what you think!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Fast forward about 10 years and the place I worked at was always cold. The area I sat in always had a draft. We would sit with blankets around our laps to keep work ( while 10 foot way they were sweating like you would not believe ). I started cutting the fingers out of cheap gloves so that I could keep my hands work but still be able to type. But, the gloves eventually rip, snag, fray, etc from the cutting.
How I would have loved to have had these gloves!
( Sorry the link is not working! UGH !) But these are some gorgeous gloves that are made without the finger tips by a wonderful person at Pixie Pirate Crew on Artfire. So please, stop by their site and stroll through. There are wonderful hats, scarves, gloves, all kinds of things.
I know that is some areas it is starting into Spring, but it is never too late to prepare for next winter. Please take a look as there is some great stuff there! Thanks!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Also, the progress on my new design style lines I think is coming along. I have to tweak some things but I am making progress which is a good thing! I am hoping to get some more things done this week including a DIY lightbox. I hate to have to wait until the sun shines to take photos. So, I will give it a shot!
I will give some more details on my new line when I have some pieces completed which hopefully with be on Sunday! If not this week, then definitely the next weekend as my hubby goes back to nights after almost 7 years! But we are looking at the positive in that he still has his jobs and with all this economic turmoil, we are very thankful! We will take nights!
I have a couple of pieces that I need to complete for commissioned pieces that I am suppose to deliver this weekend. So I have to get busy on those tonight and tomorrow. Then I will also have Thursday to finish everything. I also have some sewing to get done for my son. Sewing some patches on a flannel jacket for him. It shouldn't take long but I have to rethread the machine since the thread that I have keeps breaking. I needed to buy something stronger.
I think that is enough to keep me busy this week! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you stop by again soon! please also visit my site at SheDesignsJewelry.artfire.com.
Friday, March 27, 2009
On top of that, I am working on a line of "different" pieces. It will still fit into the clean and simple idea, but it is different. When I get some of those pieces done, I will also post some photos so you can see. These would appeal to a completely different crowd than my other pieces.
Then, I decided to get a banner and avatar for my artfire studio. So I have been working with a lovely lady, Dawn at Lifes Moments Captured on Artfire, about that today. I think she was wonderful and I can't say enough about her. She took my basic thoughts and turned in to something wonderful! When I would ask her to change something several times, she never thought I was being picky. Hopefully, I will be able to get it downloaded this weekend and you all can give me your thoughts.
So, that is about it for now! I am going to go try a few things for that new "different" line and see how it goes! Thanks for stopping by and visit me at http://www.SheDesignsJewelry.artfire.com .
Monday, March 23, 2009
1. Get a banner soon. I just don't want to pick the first one that I like. I want to think about it and make sure it is really me. ( I hope to make a purchase by week's end ).
2. Think of a great tag line. I have one in mind but I still want to let it work for a few days. I will have to decide by the time I purchase my banner so this gives me a deadline.
3. Dawn on Beading Daily suggested that I have a classic clean line style. Which I think is a fair statement but I know that I am eclectic. So my style make be "Eclectic". Still working in this one.
4. I have thought about doing a few pieces as a collection so that those pieces are cohesive. But not that each collection has to be cohesive with the other. If that makes any sense?
I have a line working in my head and I ordered some of the pieces that I need. As soon as I get those pieces, I will be working on a few things. I figure that I can wear a piece or two myself for a while to make sure that it is comfortable and durable. This is something I have seen very little of so it is works, YEAH! I may have found a little touched market.
So thanks for your comments on my revamping, redesigning. I will keep you posted! Be sure to stop by http://shedesignsjewelry.artfire.com
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I find myself drawn to the older styles, more vintage. Someone suggested steampunk but when I read about steampunk, I am not sure that I am that either. So I am going to be doing some reseach at different styles or techniques to see if I can identify with something.
Have any of you done through this whole process? If so, I would love to hear from you so please send me a note. If you would like to look at my studio and give me your opinion, please visit me at http://shedesignsjewelry.artfire.com . Thanks!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I have a piece for a finished piece swap that I need to work on. On Beading Daily some of us swapped names and we are doing a completed piece swap. I have to have it done and in the mail by May 15th. That seems so far away, but time can slip by so quickly! It has been just over a month since we switched names! UGH! I have a picture in my mind of what I want the piece to look like but finding just the right beads has been the issue. At first is was the focal beads. I found those! But the beads to go with it right now are the problem. I know that when I see the right beads, they will stand out and scream at me "HELLO, HERE WE ARE! ". So until I hear the yell, the search goes on!
So hopefully tomorrow, I will be able to post all the wonderful things that I was able to do tonight!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I also haven't blogged for a few days as nothing really has been going on. Last night, the weather was so nice that we took our St. Bernard for a walk to the local Dairy Queen which is about 5-6 blocks away. He LOVES an ice cream cone. He is well known at this walk up Dairy Queen and the wonderful employees always fix his cone and hand it out right away. You see...he stands with his head resting on the outside counter waiting patiently! Do I need to describe his huge, sad looking eyes?
Once they hand out his cone, I take him over to the grass where he proceeds to lick and bite at the ice cream until he gets a brain freeze. Yes! You can tell it as he will close his mouth and give a little shudder. Then he starts back in again. We have to make him take the cone in about 3-4 bites. He would like to eat it in one but I make him be patient.
By the time his cone is gone, and I have wiped him clean ( yes we take a hand towel with us ), our ice cream is ready and we start the walk home. The entire time he keeps stopping and looking at us as if to say " You aren't sharing!". Usually by the time we walk back, we are done with ours and he gets the left overs.
He is so spoiled that he knows that if we turn left out of our driveway, he is going to Dairy Queen! No...not spoiled at all!
We do this about once a week until the weather gets too hot for him...or too cold for us. Once it gets too hot for him, we will add trips into Petco and then either McDonalds or Dairy Queen depending on what we want. He prefers his hamburgers without pickles. He will spit them out immediately!
Anyway...that is how we spent out evening last night. We all enjoyed it. Soon we will be lighting fires in our fire pit. Our dog loves that as well as he will lay by our feet and wait for any dropped or unwanted toasted marshmallows!
Did I mention that our dog is spoiled? Anyway...thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out my artfire studio at www.shedesignsjewelry.artfire.com !
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
So my entry is done and gone. So the deadline is Monday and the winner is to be announced about one week later. Once the winner is announced, then I will post pictures. That is one of the rules, that you cannot post pictures until the contest is over.
I can't wait for the next one to start!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Once I have finished the piece and the swap actually happens in May, I will post pictures of the piece that I did as well as the piece that I receive. I can't wait!
On Artfire, some of us have decided to do a pendant swap. This way we can get a new piece without spending any actual money, other than the shipping. Just like the finished piece swap, it allows us to trade products without any out of pocket. I would recommend others giving it a try. You might be surprised by what you get!
Anyway...don't forget to check out Artfire.com. Some of the artisans are doing our own stimulus called the Artfire Stimulus Package. These are items that have basically been put on sale to try to help others afford wonderful handmade items. Visit www.artfire.com and search for Artfire Stimulus or AFTP.
Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
This will be an ongoing contest. I did this because I had been in a rut and felt I needed something to get me out of it. So, I purchased my kit. As soon as I saw the kit and the "Muse" I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Amazingly, it went together very easily and I think turned out very nicely! I am quite happy with it.
The finished piece is ours to do with what we want. I think this may be something that I keep. I don't know that I want to sell this one yet. Once the contest deadline has passed and we are allowed, I will post pictures of my piece to get your ideas.
This really helped to get me out of my rut! Now if I just had a little more time in the day to get some of my designs from paper into reality! Maybe soon things will calm down a little and I can get back to designing!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
So after a sleepless night in a hotel ( too much noise ) and a five hour drive back home, this posting will be short. I do apologize! I will post more tomorrow and get back on the jewelry track!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Since his girlfriend has also decided to go to college in the same town, we will also be looking for an apartment. That is the main reason for this visit so that we can look at some apartments, take some pictures, and then come home and think about it.
So I will not be creating any actual jewelry this weekend, however I am taking a notepad for some sketching and notes.
Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I work full time, am married, have one son who is 18 and a senior in high school. I also started designing and making jewelry in the summer of 2007. It started as a fund raiser for my sister who does a mission trip every year. However, by the time I stopped making stretch bracelets for her, I was addicted to making the jewelry.
Currently, I do simple stringing. I have tried wire work but find that I get easily frustrated. So I am always looking for other projects to try.
I spend my time on the internet on either Beading Daily or on Artfire.com. Beading Daily is a great source of information and friendship! Even if you are not into the whole beading thing, it does make for some hysterically funny reading at times. There are some wonderful people on that site!
Also, Artfire.com is a new place that I have listed some of my jewelry. You can find me at http://www.shedesignsjewelry.artfire.com/ . Please take a look and let me know what you think. I appreciate the constructive criticism! Have a great day and I hope you'll come back to visit often!