Friday, April 23, 2010

Mini Gallery; Mixed Media Collage by guest JennaDesigns

This is such a fun gallery & I hope it gives it's curator, and my readers, some inspirations for their own projects... 
Thanks so much JennaDesigns!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Focus on... pixiedustfineries

Tell us who you are… what makes your crafty passion tick…
My name is Patricia however I go by Trish, I'm 52 years old, married, a mother of two daughters, three grandchildren one girl and two boys. I have one cat named Saxie, she is my 13 year old spoiled rotten baby.  I live in Arlington, Texas, which has been my home since 1984, prior to that I was all over the world, my Dad was in the Army.  Etsy has been my full time job since March 2008.

I have always loved jewelry and I love the relationship that women have with their jewelry.  It makes us feel beautiful, feminine, and powerful. It affects us in many ways, and even if a piece does not cost thousands of dollars, it is still precious to us.  Therefore, I choose Jewelry.

The part of jewelry making I find most enjoyable is designing the piece. Creating jewelry is very therapeutic for me.
Who, or what inspires your creations?
I have always been an artsy/crafty person. When I was a kid I was constantly doing some type of craft from macramé to knitting, to drawing, you name it I probably did it. In 2007, I lost my job; I started making jewelry as gifts for my family.   At one point, I made many more pieces than I needed so I decided to try my hand at selling some of them on Etsy.

I get a lot of my inspiration from watching TV and looking thru magazine.  Most people watch TV to watch the show or the news, I am only looking at the jewelry 80% of the time.

It seems that I constantly have new ideas popping in my head, to the point that I get up in the middle of the night and make a sketch so I will remember in the morning.

What item do you like to work on the most and why?
Swarovski Crystals are my favorite, I love the way they sparkle, and the smooth texture and they just look rich.  I also love natural gemstones no two are alike, and they most of them have interesting medicinal backgrounds.

What do you do besides working on your passion and shop?
Well with it being my full time job, I am working on my shop 24-7.  Nevertheless, if I do have free time, I love to watch movies on LMN and the newest DVD release for the week.  Play games on and on my PSP.

What is something that you don’t do well that you’d like to do better?
As far as my work goes, I taught myself how to make jewelry, so there are many things I would like to do better, but the most thing I am terrible at is wire wrapping and would love to really study and work on that.  

Do you have favorite Etsy peeps?
Yes, many, I am a team member of the Lab Rats Team and all of the people on that team are very supportive and friendly.  I meet up with them at least 5 times a week in the Virtual Labs. Besides the team, everyone that I have ever met with on Etsy has been very friendly.

What’s your fav thing about Etsy?
 I love the sense of community; it is comprised of so many talented people.

One tip you could give, about life, about Etsy, about the weather…
Focus on what you love and you will be successful.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wow... I can't believe it's been almost a MONTH!

Hi everyone!  Here is the rock I've been living under... yes it's a very big rock ;)
With the warmer weather I've been very busy with work around the house.  
We have a few fruit trees that we've had to prune.  
Some gooseberry & black currant bushes that needed to get cleared out.
Some flower beds to tend to.  
We are working on seedlings for the garden.  
My in-laws came out for a wonderful visit.  
My husband and I are trying to get his studio cleaned out and set up to get another wood fire going, and maybe start teaching throwing classes.  
On top of all of that the baby is mobile enough now that she keeps me on my toes for the whole day.  
We made our own maple syrup this year, with the help of the wonderful neighbor of ours!
The most wonderful part of the warm weather is that the kids and I are doing a lot more things outside together.  

My lack of internet presence has been a happy thing, but I do miss all of my wonderful readers.  I appreciate all of you checking in to make sure I'm still around & doing OK.  I'm going to try my best to post a bit more.  It may not be regular posts, but I'll do my best while I'm juggling all my chores & family fun.

And remember... I LOVE YOU GUYS!


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