psst.. and visit my shop to see these inspirations turned into jewelry.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
on another note, I had a really terrific weekend with the family. We visited the poppy reserves and went to the beach. Here are a couple of my favorite pics from the weekend.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Getting a great portrait is a really difficult thing to do. You have to coordinate expression, lighting, background, cropping....
While looking through a bunch of portrait pics I noticed that getting an honest expression is not easy to do. Most people pose when they see a camera. I chose all of these pics because they had such beautiful honest expressions.
Please visit my friends to see what they have curated for their "Weekend Eye Candy".
Hammer Stitch Burn
I purchased the most beautiful stone from India. It was sent to me in America to assemble into a necklace. And now it is on it's way to a really sweet lady in Russia.
While I always am an advocate of all things local this was a really special moment outside my community.
In case you are curious, here's the piece. Isn't the turquoise stunning!!
and again, in case you are wondering. The felt that that is hung from is from Papaver Vert. She is a really sweet girl with a great talent. Here's another picture of the pot cozies.
Congrats to Autumn from Jedigirlz. She makes has a wonderful blog also and makes the most lovely quilts. Here is your prize:
Another giveaway will start next Tuesday. Ready to try your luck again? Thanks so much for your honest and thorough feedback during this giveaway. Your opinions are so useful to me.
Now, I am signing off for a few days. I am still working hard to catch up and prepare for a slew of shows. This is what I've been up to for the last week. My hands are tired.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
1. Lazy, 2. Bokeh Melody, 3. Golden Bokeh (Part 2/3) HBW!!!!, 4. ...one moment, only once.., 5. hands full of bokeh, 6. I'm dreaming of a bokeh Christmas, 7. 081031 / Heart Bokeh, 8. Untitled
Created with fd's Flickr Toys.
This edition of Weekend Eye Candy is all about Bokeh. According to Wikipedia "Bokeh (derived from Japanese, a noun boke 暈け, meaning "blurred or fuzzy") is a photographic term referring to the appearance of point of light sources in an out-of-focus area of an image produced by a camera lens using a shallow depth of field. Different lens bokeh produces different aesthetic qualities in out-of-focus backgrounds, which are often used to reduce distractions and emphasize the primary subject."
Isn't the effect so pretty? I've been playing around with it on my camera but never knew there was a term for it. Have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to visit other Weekend Eye Candy lists from LoraHart and Hammer Stitch Burn. Hope the Easter bunny brings you lots of chocolate:)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
and this is one of my favorite pieces of her's.
Here's some little experiment I've been working on with my camera. I just love the colors. I want to play with using photoshop on my pics and making them more interesting. I haven't had the time to play lately, but with all these shows coming up, can you blame me?
And I had to throw in this final picture of my little one. I asked him what his sad face was, and this was it. I love it:)
oh, I almost forgot. Here is a custom order I just finished up. I think I'm going to add something like this to my shop. Seems like people really enjoy jewelry that can be customize.
I call this "A beautiful mess". Such chaos:)
Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY!!!
This might be my longest post ever:) If you made it this far, thank you.
Monday, April 6, 2009
These are my favorite artists this week that are new to the scene (new Etsy shops). I usually bookmark things through out the week that I like and then feature them every Monday. Lately a few of those favorites end up making sales by the time this is posted. So congrats to them!! Hope you enjoy them.
Top row: Mary Poppins Print by Kat Takes Photos, Organic Circles and Pearl Pendant by Lisa Gent Jewelry , The Blizzard of Oz (woven copper) by Copper Cubes
Middle row: One for you, one for me (wishbone white) by Threefold, Podification Ring 1 by Reagan Hayhurst, Fred by Pacific Artworks
Bottom row: Flower Power by Slice Studio, Leather Birdie Wristlet by The Fig Leaf, Classic Modern Quilt by 3 Bees Design
Saturday, April 4, 2009
- cathy cullis
- dreambird designs
- edward and lilly
- fancy picnic
- felt at home
- half an acre
- helicopter studios
- her library adventures
- highland fairy
- kayla coo
- la pomme
- liebling designs
- miss kitty boo boo
- prairie wild rose designs
- r a w f i s h
- shabby vintage mom
- sidhe forest
- vicki leigh studios
- winsome hollow
Friday, April 3, 2009
Is everyone already familiar with Lora Hart's blog "Such and Such"? She has a great post that she does every friday called "Weekend Eye Candy". She always features the most beautiful jewelry. Well, she has allowed me to join her along with a couple friends to post our "Weekend Eye Candy" as well.
As I'm sure I've mentioned at least 10 times this week, I got a new camera last weekend. I've been taking lots of pictures of flowers because they are everywhere and flowers are beautiful already. So, this week my list is all about ttvf (Through the View Finder) pics of flowers.
This should inspire us all to see the beauty in every day.
credits: chiecarroll, AliciaBock, SusannahTucker, Scarletbeautiful2, grafixmode, and SusannahTucker (again)
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE wine, especially zinfandels and syrahs. If you didn't know this about me then you should definitely check out my other blog "The Brown Bag Sommelier", which my husband writes. Our goal is to find delicious wines under $12.99. It is not an easy task but I am up for the challenge. Anyways, I digress.
What I wanted to tell you about is the best "new" store in Los Angeles (new in quotes because they opened at the end of last year). Venokado is an adorable wine shop that also carries gift items. Can you see how adorable this mid-century dollhouse is? I want it for myself. More gifts I would love are the lomo camera, the lightbox frames, the sofa, the cardboard helicopter....
They are now carrying my collection there as well. Please pop over sometime if you are in Los Angeles. You will not be disappointed. The girls that run the store are awesome as well - Susan, Molli, and Traci (with a little help from Oscar).
If you have a special gift to buy you should look into their basket service. They put together the coolest baskets, ones that I would want.
7714 Fountain Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90046