Monday, April 28, 2008

Etsy TradeAHolics

It's true. I love it, can't get enough of it, I am almost finished with my holiday shopping with some of the most gorgeous, handmade creations I have ever found! My name is Staci and I am a Trade-a-holic! I mean, I can quit anytime I want to...but why would I want to?!!

"The Etsy Trade-a-holic Team’s purpose is to trade amongst it’s members and other interested shops. Thru trading, we self & cross promote, receive feedback and build our sales plus gain wanted or needed items. We also strive to maintain an organized and updated list of people willing to barter for what they want & need."

If you are an Etsy seller and have an interest in this group, you can visit the blog and connect to sellers and other great links!

Now, on to a wonderful Etsy Treasury, created by the owner and creative operator of Raevyn77. It's a wonderful collection of artists and always a pleasant surprise to see that one of my picture frames was included! You can visit this Treasury until Wednesday, April 30th by clicking below!

Simply Raevyn - Handcrafted Jewelry
Hello! Welcome to my shop. I make handcrafted jewelry. I specialize in brick stitch, beaded earrings. However I also make chandelier earrings, drop earrings, and necklaces. Take a look, see if you spot anything you fancy.

Make sure to click the banner to view her shop!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

$25 and Under - Something for All!

I have been sucking on matzoh for quite some time now (don't get me wrong...Passover is my favorite holiday. what better thing to celebrate than 'once we were slaves and now we are free'?!!) , but there's been A LOT of matzoh and not a lot of variety. But, I was happily surprised to hear from Samantha of Anam Cara Candles. I love this girrl and just the thought of her delicious candles made me feel better!

She created a fabulous treasury featuring excellent artists and their affordable work...cuz' let's face it, the economy right now ain't so hot, but needs and wants don't always change as quickly. (The pursuit of happiness sometimes costs a few dollars...) And, I'm glad to say she included one of my gemstone bracelets; doubly glad to add that I do not mark up the cost of my work to indulge a reputation instead of having a self-assured confidence that shows in the things my customers say all the time. (major warm fuzzies there!) I've been thinking a bit about the economy lately, can you tell?

But, you can view this Etsy Treasury until Tuesday, April 29 by clicking the image below!

Anam Cara Candles - Warm your Spirit, Soul & Senses

Anam Cara is Irish-Gaelic for "soul friend"

Greetings & Welcome to Anam Cara Candles!
Anam Cara is the place to come to nourish your spirit. While candles are practical and ornamental, they are also healing and celebratory. Our candles are made from 100% soy, with NO chemical additives, dyes or petroleum by-products. We have beautiful collections for you to choose from, whether your candles are for decorative purposes or personal intentions, you may bask in the glow of your natural candle.

Now GO! Visit her shop because I KNOW from my own experience you will NOT regret it!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Gettin' Wiggy With It!

I love wiggy, squiggly, spirally round shapes, too!  Which is why I enjoyed Judy's Etsy Treasury; I especially appreciated that she included one of my Signature Swirl Polymer Clay Pendants!  You can view until Wednesday, April 23 by clicking the image below!

Juma Jewelry
Modern handcrafted jewelry made with the finest gemstones...Each piece of my jewelry is handmade, in that I do all of the metalsmithing and wirewrapping myself. I love combining sterling silver with gemstones -- it's something about the sparkle of the white precious metal with the facetting of the gemstones that get me all tingly! I only use the highest quality gemstones in creating my jewelry so you can rest assure that you'll get a heirloom quality piece of jewelry.  Click on the banner below to view her work!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Some Framed Goodies!

Attention! I created some new picture frames and am extremely excited to share them with you! For these frames, I had different inspirations.

1. The pieces themselves (I felt very clever and had a ton of fun using the glass pieces as bubbles for the drink!)

2. I also thought of one of my dearest friends and decided to create a Curious George picture frame. I love that girl and she loves Curious George!

3. A request I get a lot! Camping, hiking, outdoor sports are loved and those memories look fabulous in a frame like this one. (if I do say so myself...)

These frames have not yet been posted in my shops - please feel free to send purchase inquiries directly to my email address! Thanks for taking a peek!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Night, Dream, Black, Green: With an Owl, Other Night Birds, and Many Moons!

From Left to Right:
'My Guys' Chanukeah/Menorah, 'Spring' Serving Dish,
'Of the Earth' Candlesticks, 'Handle Me Gently' Bowl

Not long after I created my last post did I find Marie's wonderful Etsy Treasury. And, absolutely fabulously, she included my ceramic scroll bowl! Please enjoy this treasury by clicking below until Tuesday, April 15th!

atelier marie mella - original and unique oil paintings

my name is marie, I am a full time professional painter, living in germany. welcome! My preferred paintings are the old flemish highly colored so called primitive (:-) If one day one painting of mine gets the slightest flair of these jolly companions, I will be so happy (:-) Working hard on texture, color and detail, I'd like to see my artwork going towards a kind of "primitive abstract" style.

She's a doll AND a wonderful artist! Click on her banner below to view the wonderful work in her shop!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

When I Grow Up...I Want Be a Potter

And, really, don't we all. I mean, after seeing the movie Ghost, I think that did it for most women in America if not the entire movie watching world...

I first started working with clay when I was in High School. I had four classes my senior year, all Advanced English, Advanced History, blah blah, and Ceramics! I had to drag myself up to the school at 8am and it was my first class of the day. And it was great! I loved the handbuilding methods and the abundant creativity it allowed me! Our teacher had been a potter for years and had an excellent attitude, and I enjoyed hanging out at the back of the table with the other artsy weirdos like me.

Fast forward to an AWFUL lasted just about as long as our relationship. Did I say AWFUL?!! I had a need to pund something that wouldn't cry and I joined an open class at the local Jewish Community Center. It was affordable, I got to handbuild all the ceramic pieces my imagination could handle, and I got to pound wet clay until all the air bubbles were gone and maybe a little while longer if I wanted to.

I was very proud to see my ceramic scroll bowl featured in Torrie Smiley's Etsy Treasury. You can view it until Wednesday, April 16 just by clicking below.

Torrie is awesome, fabulous, talented as heck - check out her shop!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Life Gets in the Way & Two Great Gals!

¡Mi Dios! ¡No puedo utilizar mis manos! ¡Soy tan joven! ¿QuĂ© ha sucedido a mi vida?

Diva, 9x12" Oil on Canvas Paper

Hi. My name is Staci and it's been nine days since my last post. My life feels like a soap opera but not as interesting...

I just hate it when life gets in the way. For those of you just tuning in, the joints in my hands and arms have been sore and weak and it's causing me pain. They think it's arthritis (yeah! ...oh, wait.) and they've given me medication to help stop the deterioration, but it will take one to three months to kick in. And, as a side-effect, I could go blind. I'm also going nuts - thank goodness I still have a sense of humor!

So, I actually got a good smile on my face yesterday; two wonderful artists created Etsy Treasuries and included some of my work!

First, Torrie Smiley, an artist I love and adore and is excellently supportive, created a Treasury called Art: Original art from my friends at WWAO and EBSQ. They happen to be two of my favorite artist's groups, too, and it was a nice bonus that she included my Great for Guys Necklace!

Then, Tracey Allyn Greene, an artist I love and adore and mutually support, created a Treasury called Primaries: A few of my favorites. It's a fabulous display of primary colors in art and I was thrilled to see my ceramic splatter bowl included!

Please click on their banners to view their fabulous work!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

WWAO April Showcase - Beautiful Mother Earth

I am very happy to share the Worldwide Women's Art Organization April Showcase: Beautiful Mother Earth. These shows are particularly interesting, not only because of the fabulously talent women artists, but the excellently diverse interpretations.

To get a better view, find out more information on these pieces and the artists, or find the sale information click any of the images below or visit: Red Dirt Road Photography.

The Artists participating in this showcase:

Earthrising by Linda Watson

Guardians of the Earth by Deborah F Voizin

Rain Forest by Sharon K Shubert

Breezy Buckskins by Donna Ridgway

Mountain's Majesty by Klaire L Martin

Organic by Natalie Prevost-Mero

Mother Earth Among Her Blooms by Jane Carlstrom

Consciousness by Diane Clancy

Go Green by Jan A Sullivan

Encroachment by Cathy O Lewis

Fern Fronds by Dorothy Birch

Purple Lightning Strike by Barbara Furlong

Mother Nature by Jordanka Yaretz

Monk by Debi McSwain

Our Melting Planet by R Tori Sudduth

The Key to Happiness by Nora Swallows

Sterling Silver Flower Ring by Zbella

Mother Earth and Sky by Nora Blansett

Autumn Moon by K Markley-Reade

This Showcase was graciously hosted by Dorothy Birch of Red Dirt Road Photography.

Dorothy Clifford Birch and travels the country as the wife of a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter pilot. An avid naturalist and environmentalist, Birch received an undergraduate degree in environmental science from Virginia Tech and a master's in environmental education from Nova Southeastern University. She loves her work as an environmental educator, joining in the delight of natural discovery with children and adults alike, encouraging the critical thinking and action that help people to appreciate the wonderful web of life in which they are enveloped.As for these pictures and their role in Birch's environmental education efforts. . . if one picture is worth a thousand words, then these, she hopes, might just begin to describe the beauty of this small and precious, blue and green planet on which we are blessed to live.

Worldwide Women Artists is an international collective of women artists showing and selling our original art through the worldwide web. As women artists, we give birth to our ideas in a variety of styles and media. We embrace the diversity of each other's work, celebrating the joy of creating our art and sharing it with the world.