Saturday, May 31, 2008

Good for Girls...GREAT for Guys!

I have been so lax...and my husband has been stealing a lot...but I have created some new necklaces geared for the guys! My husband has approved each one and is letting me share these with others. He thinks this is a good arrangement - his own personal jeweler

And, like all my jewelry, I do not create duplicates, so each piece is handmade, original, one-of-a-kind. I got tired of seeing the blah shell necklaces or millions made hemp necklaces that get pretty grubby (guys and gals treat their jewelry very differently!). And, the first men's pieces I made were for my now husband - a 6'3" man to be reckoned with if anyone said anything about his necklace. But, he hears plenty of "Oh, nice necklace!" which makes him feel like a king.

Berkeley - Shell & Onyx Necklace

African Grassland
Kambaba Jasper & Onyx Necklace

Mojave Desert -

Surreal Jasper, Shell & Wood Necklace

Pampas - Blackstone, Nephrite Jade & Serpentine

Outside -
Lapis & Wood Necklace

Motor Oil -
Blackstone & Hematite

Let me know if you are interested in purchasing any of these pieces; I'd even be excited to create a custom necklace just for you! Feel free to visit my Etsy shop or email me directly.

Friday, May 30, 2008

So, What is on Your List? Favorite Things from My Favorite List!

Etsy has a wonderful feature where a member can "add item to favorites" or "add seller to favorites". You can click a link and poof! you have added to your list of items and sellers that are particularly special to you.

I have a list of favorites; with the amount of talent on Etsy, needless to say, my list is fairly large! Torrie Smiley decided to create an Etsy Treasury with some of her favorites. And, elatedly, she included one of my ceramic pieces! You can view until Sunday, June 1st by clicking the image below.

Now, when you're finished peeking at this Treasury, check out Torrie's work! She's a fabulous artist and a lovely human being! Just click her banner below!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Customer Care Counts

It's a lost art. In a world where people relate to each other through computer screens and never see someone's facial expressions or hear someone's vocal tones, relationships can be confusing and awkward. Customer care gets thrown out the window far too often which can create a frustrating experience that turns people off...but not before they tell fifty of their friends!

I was lucky enough to create my own Etsy Treasury recently and dedicate it to some of the talented artists that I've had the absolute pleasure to meet and deal with. You can view by clicking below until Friday, May 30th.

Just in case you miss this treasury,
you can view each artist at their Etsy shops!

JUMA Jewelry

Alysa Merle Handcrafts

Simply Raevyn

La Beana

Torrie Smiley Original Works of Art

atelier marie mella - original and unique oil paintings

Donna Gill Colestock

Who's Your Daddy?

Based on Toby Keith's song "Who's Your Daddy", a very nice Etsy Treasury was born! I'd never heard the song before, and am not the hugest Country music fan, but I got to give a listen, and it's pretty cute. You can check it out here if you haven't heard it yet - just click the image to watch the video on YouTube.

The Etsy Treasury features fabulous work complimenting this song and includes one of my Magic Mirrors! You can view until Friday, June 3rd by clicking below.

Spoil Yourself
Anderson Soap Co.
Natural, Spa Quality, Handmade Bath Products
Making Soap is my full time job I recently decided it was time to do something that truly made me happy. I have been fortunate to be able to make a living making soapy products and Love it!

Click the banner to view his delicious work!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Featured Artist Staci Rose - by Pamela E Miller

I am always happy to support other living artists and, of course, over the moon when I am supported as well! I was glad to receive Pamela's message telling me that she had written a feature about my work on her blog Pamela E Miller Contemporary Abstract Art.

Pamela E Miller

I feel that creating art is a way of sharing your soul with others. As you will see in my artwork: sometimes I am very flamboyant and always colorful, sometimes confidant and peaceful, other times angry or chaotic. I think all of my emotions; passions come out in my works. Sometimes I layer it on thick (paint and words) and other times I flirt with the canvas with light feathery strokes. My art reflects my beliefs in love, warmth, generosity, loyalty, and honesty. I’m inspired by science, fantasy, martial arts, architecture, and nature (especially water).

Miller Modern Art provides art collectors original paintings and fine art prints by contemporary artist, Pamela Miller. Original Painting Styles Include: Urban Cityscapes, Impressionistic Seascapes, Asian Influenced, Geometric, Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism, Cubism, Fantasy, Abstract Impressionistic Animals, Figurative Abstract Nudes and MORE! NEW! Now offering hand-embelished giclees and limited edition prints signed by PMILLER. We have artwork in a wide variety of sizes.

Visit her etsy shop by clicking the banner below to enjoy her wonderful work!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Artistic Inspiration

Inspiration comes from many places and it varies from artist to artist. I am inspired by textures for my pottery, colors for my paintings, the stones themselves for my jewelry, or even the desires of one of my customers!

I gain inspiration from the different artist groups I belong to, as well. One recent challenge had me creating a Hamsa. Also known as the Hand of Fatima, the Eye of Fatima, or the Hand of Miriam, it is a symbol used to protect against the evil eye. The word itself, in Hebrew and Arabic, literally means "five" - some associate the significance of the five fingers to the five books of the Torah for Jews, the Five Pillars of Islam for Sunnis, or the five People of the Cloak for Shi'ites. In Jewish culture you can find it incorporated in wall plaques, mobiles, keychains and necklaces. Sometimes they are inscribed with Hebrew prayers for the home or travelers.

I decided to take a random idea of wire, pewter charms, and glass beads and make it a reality in a 6 inch wall hanging. This is the first time I have ever created something like this and I had a fabulous time! I am happy to create one just for you - I welcome custom orders! Simply drop me a line at or request a custom order through my etsy shop at!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Returning the Love

I finally snagged an Etsy Treasury of my own! Woo Hoo!

And, as it has been my honor to meet and personally enjoy the arts and crafts of many artists, my most recent interactions have been wonderful. I thought it only fitting to feature these fabulous individuals in my Treasury! Click the image below to view until Friday, May 16th!

If you miss this treasury,
please visit their shops by clicking the links below:

atelier marie mella

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

I'd Rather Be Blue...EBSQ Has the Blues

And, she's right! I have the blues! I am recuperating from my attack earlier this week. It's amazing how much energy Pain can zap from your body and psyche.

And, it gives me the blues. But, Tracey has put together some beautiful blue work from fabulously talented artists of EBSQ - a group of guys and gals I adore and appreciate. She also included one of my gemstone bracelets! Her Etsy Treasury is wonderful, friendly, diverse and you can see it until Thursday, May 8th by clicking the image below.

Tracey Allyn Green creates fabulous work - her art is wonderful. Now go and visit her shop!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Another May Edition - So Many Happy Flowers and Colors

Today was not a good day. I've had an unexplained pain off and on for over a year and a half. My doctors have run blood tests, ECG, Xray - you name it! The pain is so severe, it makes me cry. It's sharp and feels like someone has harpooned me through the right side of my chest...and it doesn't go away for an hour or two. I try to focus on my breathing, but in the end I'm exhausted, spent and I get the hiccups for a week or so. But, today was a little different! My doctor came up with a hypothesis! She thinks have a pinched nerve between my ribs! I'm not that thrilled about the prognosis - BUT I HAVE A PROGNOSIS! For those of you not falling apart piece by piece, this is a big deal.

So, we'll work on it...

In the meanwhile, I was filled with warm fuzzies when I saw Marie's newest Etsy Treasury. Beautiful colors, lovely art focusing on Spring (a wonderfully transitional season!) which included a pair of my gemstone earrings! Click on the image below to view until Wednesday, May 7th.

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 absolutely lovely AND a fabulous artist! Click on her banner below to view the wonderful work in her shop!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

WWAO May Showcase - Seascapes

Welcome to the WWAO May online exhibit! May's theme is Seascape and you can view the entire show by clicking the image below and see each artist and their individual works and purchasing information. Relax and enjoy the view!

Artists Include:

Barbara Haviland

Staci Rose

Klaire L.Martin

Wendy Lee Hearn

Debi McSwain

Cathy O Lewis

Carolyn Osborne

Jordanka Yaretz

Teresa M. Turner

Dorothy Birch

Diane Clancy

Torrie Smiley

Sharon K. Shubert

Robin Hernandez

Carole Lago

Donna Ridgway

Michele C. Dodge

Beth Robinson

Linda Watson

Jane Carlstrom

Brenda Thour

Dawn Andersen

Madelaine Fedorowich

Carol Megivern

R. Tori Sudduth

Barbara Furlong

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.

Extra special thanks to Barb for hosting this exhibit! In the past three years Barbara has painted with oils non stop. Barbara took the Bob Ross certifications, times 3. After 360 hours of training she got certified in landscapes, seascapes, florals and wildlife. She has taken additional classes from Joyce Ortner, Buck Paulson, Susan Jenkins and soon from Valerie Stewart. She also is certified 4 ways with Donna Dewberry and has taught for Donna in the past at the BEE Painting and Crafting Expo in Florida. Before all of that she did tole painting too. Now she mainly loves to paint with oils.