Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Graphic Designing Fun!!

 New in my digital graphics shop!!  Ooh La La!!

New This Week...

Unique yet with a classic antique, vintage vibe, these earrings are the perfect accent to a classic outfit, especially if you pair them with a sweeping updo, you just can’t go wrong! The antique brass color of these leaf shaped earrings, combined with the simple pearl accent give them their antique vintage vibe. Simple, yet absolutely stunning, these earrings will fast become one of your “go to” pieces when you need that little something that pulls everything together, perfectly!

  - Click on link below to shop -
www.sparklingtwi.etsy.com

My favorite pieces of the week...






Tuesday, April 10, 2012

In need of a new Etsy Shop Banner?


Are you in need of an Etsy Spring shop makeover? I've been collaborating with fellow artist Ashley Davis of maybesparrowdesigns. Creating banners with her beautiful line of spring time photography. Check out her shop for some pretty banner listings along with other works of art

Also get your hands on a gorgeous 4x6 12 month Calendar. A photo for each month!
Makes a beautiful gift for you or a friend or family member. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New at ChellaBellaPapers


Get your craft on with these pretty decorative deco tapes. Perfect for all your crafting needs! Great for adding some touches to scrapbooking, clothespins decorating, making your boxes pretty etc. Time to let your creativity soar!  http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChellaBellaPapers?section_id=11220413

Parker meets his girlfriend ♥


So excited to get my mail today. Parker finally gets to meet his new girlfriend Chubby Pig. Aren't these 2 just the cutest? I love these little hand sculpted polymer clay figurines. They are absolutely adorable and Katie the artist from Kater's Acres is just as sweet to work with.
                                
 A link to Katie's Etsy shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/KatersAcres

Friday, January 13, 2012

Featured artist of the week

   This month's featured artist is Hena  from Belleville, New Jersey. I got a chance to interview her about her collection of photography! Here is what she had to say...

What type of artwork do you do?
I sell mostly architectural and nature photographs taken during my travels to various locations around the world.

How long have you been creating?
A little over 3 years.

How much time do you spend working on your craft?
I take photographs whenever I travel. Then the month or so after each travel is spent editing those photograph. The rest of my time usually goes into blogging and other forms or online promotion.

What inspires you to create?
Everything. I am inspired by the way a chair sits there with the sunlight highlighting its shape. I am inspired by architecture both new and old and the details that we overlook.

Where do you do your creating?
Photographs are taken on location and the editing is done at home.

Have you always been artsy?
A bit but not really. I always wanted to be a writer. But when I went to college i was actually headed off to be a lawyer. Photography I picked up as a minor and then dropped law altogether.

Do you have another job?
No. Though I think being a stay at home mom should count as being a job :)

Where do you sell your pieces?
On Etsy, I also have a website and currently also at a gallery.

Do you enjoy what you do?
Yes, I wouldn't be doing it if I didn't.

Do you have a favorite piece in your shop?
It is so hard to pick one. Each has a story, there are photographs I took in Pakistan the birthplace of my parents and are steeped in culture and things that feel like home. Others where taken with my little boy in tow or when my husband and I traveled through Europe. Picking a favorite would be like picking a favorite child.

Do you have a blog or website setup?

www.henatayebphotography.com
www.henatayeb.blogspot.com 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Featured artist of the week

 
  This month's featured artist is a mother and daughter duo from Louisville, Kentucky United States. I got a chance to interview them about their collection of fine jewelry! Here is what they had to say...
 
What type of artwork do you do?
A List Designs offers handcrafted earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings using sterling silver, 14k gold fill, precious/semi-precious gemstones and pearls. Custom made sterling silver metalwork is also available.

How long have you been creating?
We're actually a mother/daughter team. In 2004, I (the daughter) got into beading and started making sterling silver or 14k gold fill earrings and necklaces with semi-precious stones. In 2007, my mother showed an interest in making jewelry, too, so I taught her the basics of beading. She caught on quickly and has even taught me a thing or two since then! In 2009, I enrolled in classes with a professional metal smith and have been learning how to work in silver ever since. Together, my mother and I officially launched A List Designs in 2010.

How much time do you spend working on your craft?
We like to spend several hours a day during the week, and sometimes we'll work all day long on Saturdays and Sundays. It's so much fun that we don't really consider it work, though.

What inspires you to create?
Designing jewelry is a wonderful creative outlet and the perfect stress reliever!

Do you have a designing process?
Things like nature and architecture frequently influence my pieces. However, my mother literally dreams up her designs.

Where do you do your creating?
Most of the time we work at my mother's house, but I also have the beginnings of my metalsmithing studio at mine.

Have you always been artsy?
Yes, we both also love drawing and painting. We also love working on various craft projects. My mother enjoys sewing and knitting, as well.

Do you have another job?
Yes, as an independent contractor, I work various promotional events. My mother is a grant writer for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Where do you sell your pieces?
We sell our pieces online on Etsy - AListDesign.Etsy.com We also sell our pieces in a couple of local shops, Edenside Gallery and Les Filles Boutique, in Louisville, KY.

Do you enjoy what you do?
Making jewelry started off as a hobby for both of us, and it's even better that something we really love doing has also become an extra source of income for us.

Do you have a favorite piece in your shop?
Our Sterling Silver Arrow Necklace with Gemstones is probably my favorite piece that we currently offer. It's part of our celebrity collection because it was inspired by a necklace Dianna Agron wore on the September 2011 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. Of course, each pendant is fully handmade and unique. Plus, the necklace is customizable with the buyer's choice of gemstones, which I think is really neat. Last but not least, it's been our best seller, so I can't help but love it!
www.etsy.com/listing/80411248/sterling-silver-arrow-necklace-with

Do you have a blog or website setup?
www.facebook.com/pages/A-List-Designs/143104472370851
twitter.com/#!/A_List_Designs
alistdesigns-jewelry.blogspot.com/
www.youtube.com/user/alistdesigns

New this week . . .

These earrings are sparkling and elegant. Features pretty light pink colored glass beads which have been accented with antiqued silver bling. A fabulous addition to any wardrobe and a great look for any occasion. Silver plated ear wires.

- Click on link below to shop -
www.sparklingtwi.etsy.com

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Featured artist of the week

This month's featured artist is Tara of Chicago, Illinois, United States. I got a chance to interview her about her collection of handwoven bracelets! Here is what she had to say...

What type of artwork do you do?
I primarily create handwoven bracelets including modern beaded macrame designs and unique friendship bracelets. I also enjoy making charm necklaces and earrings.

How long have you been creating?
I started making handwoven jewelry when I was a child and even tried to sell my work online when I was 14. Unfortunately, Etsy did not exist back in the 90s, so it was a bit harder to share my creations with the world.

How much time do you spend working on your craft?
I currently spend about 15-20 hours a week working on my designs, but would happily work on them all day if I had the time!

What inspires you to create?
I draw inspiration from styles and colors of various cultures from around the world. I am particularly drawn to Native American designs as my great-grandfather was part of the Shawnee nation.

Do you have a designing process?
I don't have a set process. Sometimes I get an idea for a new design and try different techniques until my vision becomes reality. Other times I'll just start working on a new piece with only a color scheme or basic pattern in mind and see what I end up with.

Where do you do your creating?
In Chicago space is not plentiful, but we are lucky enough to have a very small den in which I have a desk to work at. Sometimes I'll also bring my work into the living room so I can sit with my fiance while I work.

Have you always been artsy?
I have definitely enjoyed the artistic process my whole life and was a member of art club during high school, but I have never thought of myself as being artsy. I consider myself more of a craftsman than an artist.

Do you have another job?
Currently I am in a doctoral program for cognitive psychology. I just finished my Masters in December and I also work as a teaching assistant to pay the bills. Yeah, I'm kind of a nerd. :)

Where do you sell your pieces?
Currently I only sell my jewelry on Etsy, but I'm considering working with a local brick and mortar store here in Chicago that specializes in handmade goods.

Do you enjoy what you do?
I absolutely love creating jewelry! I find it both relaxing and gratifying, and I especially love that I can share my designs with people all over the world thanks to Etsy!

Do you have a favorite piece in your shop?
While I like every piece I put in my shop, I definitely have a few favorites. If I had to pick just one, I would say that my Navajo inspired friendship and chain bracelet is my favorite and it has become my signature design.

Do you have a blog or website setup?
I don't currently have a blog for my shop, but I do have a facebook page www.facebook.com/TaraLaneDesigns and twitter account www.twitter.com/TaraLaneDesigns

New this week . . .

New this week are a pair of freshwater pearl drop earrings. Classic fashion is all about simple yet stunning details and looking in style no matter what trend the world is wearing! These earrings will add a grace and elegance to your outfit that will have people wondering how you always look so put together! Also the perfect gift for a young lady entering into the career world!

- Click on link below to shop -
www.sparklingtwi.etsy.com