Gold Medal HAFteam

My new Etsy Treasury pays tribute to just a few of the talented people on the 
Etsy Handmade Artist's Forum Team

5oclockcrows

Another Talented Artist from the 
Etsy Handmade Artists Forum Team (HAFteam)
    Quarter Yard Quilter's Cotton Sateen
    Hand-dyed batik on 100% cotton sateen.
    Linen Tea Towel / Trellis Stripe Batik / Harvest Gold
    100% linen tea towel
    fabric coasters / set of 4 / passiflora shibori
    Reversible 100% cotton fabric coasters
    Chevron Lattice Quilt / Napping Size
    This beautiful quilt is made with the seller's original 3 color batik fabric:
    Chevron Lattice on the front and Swanson Stripe on the back. 

Farewell 2009 ...

From Mashable.com:


From the same folks at Whirled Interactive who brought us the excellently funny “Pulp Wave Fiction” comes another intelligent use of Google Wave as a video production medium — this time it’s used to encapsulate the year in news and social media.
In “Waving Goodbye to 2009,” we see a Google Wave rendition of the year’s most memorable moments. From the Obama inauguration to the Iran elections, from Susan Boyle to Kanye West, the video highlights the best — and worst — moments of 2009.

ParadoxMoxie!


Custom Shimmerstone Cabochon Set


Custom Shimmerstone Cabochon Set

Above: A small sample of the beautiful supplies you can find at ParadoxMoxie for all your jewelry making needs.

"I'm a happy member of the Big Damn Crafters Street Team! Search for 'teambdc' to see the wonderful creations of my fellow team members.
My other shop is: http://BrightCircle.etsy.com Both my shops are trade friendly.

I have:
Zines, beads, cabochons and other supplies in ParadoxMoxie
Chainmail, strung, wired, beadwoven and glass jewelry in BrightCircle (be sure to check all my shop sections)
500 Necklaces book by Lark Publishing
Beadwork Creates Beaded Beads book by Interweave Press




The Mural Wizard

This is just one selection from the amazing portfolio of murals and decorative finishes by Central Florida artist Cindy Hesse. Visit her website at http://www.muralwizard.com to see more of her beautiful works.

Pearls Pearls Pearls!




























Shimmering ivory glass pearls and lovely 6mm caramel and cream Tiger Eye rounds hang from a delicate antique brass chain held by tri-point antique brass connectors in these lovely chandelier style earrings. 

Earrings dangle 2 1/2 inches long from the lead and nickel free French hook ear wires.

Cafe Mocha II Earrings


Listed and Sold in the same day ...
I just love when that happens!!

Heartshaped Creations

"Clay creations made from the heart"

This sweet little shop on Etsy is inhabited by all sorts of cute creatures

 that can't wait to make you or someone you love smile.

Pearl Fusion



Three varieties of pearls in four gorgeous colors blend together beautifully in this design. Ivory cream and pure white glass pearls are joined by amber freshwater pearls and bronze pearls from the Crystallized Swarovski Elements collection. The pearls are joined together in a luminous cluster and dangle two inches from the tops of the stylish 20mm by 40mm lead and nickel free brass kidney ear wires.

Indian Sapphire Earrings on Indie Spotting


Sammis2shoes

Sammis2shoes is a handmade shop that incorporates unconditional, colorful and authetically crafted journals, paper goods, and personable items for you and the ones you love! 


"I am an environmentalist, and I endear to use recycled products during the handmade process. 

Every item is handmade, altered, or both is some way.

In a way, I believe that everyone must be able to purchase a product of mine, and that is why I price my products accordingly. 
Take a look around, handmade items are unique, one of a kind, and made always with love, and in an eco-friendly 
friendly way." :O)

Coptic Bound Handmade stitched Journal, Notebook ' Kiddiewinkles Series' (c)

Etsy Treasury "Celebration" Features My Candy Apple Cuties!


Some days are just better than others. Not only did I score own treasury curator gig for the first time, my Candy Apple Cuties are featured in this lovely holiday treasury by hjmart. Happy Happy Joy Joy!!

Golden Slumbers: My Very First Etsy Curator Gig!


I scored my first Etsy Treasury tonight, and I was so very excited to share it with everyone ... then my computer decided not to play nice, and I couldn't take a screen shot of it to post here. Balloon deflated! But I eventually figured out how I electronically zigged when I should have zagged and voila! It worked, and here it is!
So here's how it happened. One of those wonderful, sharing people in the forums was giving everyone a heads up that the treasury was opening up in about an hour, so I thought, "What the heck, maybe I should give it a shot," and began putting one together. I began making my choices, went to the treasury page, and I couldn't believe it when I saw that one was actually open! I think the whole thing from searching for the photos to the finished treasury took me about an hour, and I'm really happy with the way it turned out. It was a difficult process to weed my choices down to the final 12--there are just so many talented people in the Etsy community!

If you want to see the actual treasury to view larger photos of the wonderful works from these truly amazing artists, just click on the title above, and it will take you there. Enjoy!

Tiger's Eye Teardrop Necklace on Indie Spotting


Etsy Jewelry Artists Guild Team Donates Proceeds to St. Jude Children's Hospital


I'm proud to announce that my Vivacious Vitrail has sold in the Etsy Jewelry Artists Guild Street Team fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Hospital. Please stop in and see the rest of the wonderful items on sale for this worthy cause. Sale going on now until December 11th.

Opulence



These earrings remind me of the opulent glass Christmas ornaments of days gone by. Lustrous smoky grey 10mm Swarovski Crystallized pearls are held captive by antique silver metal bead caps and sit atop 4mm shimmering pink lilac glass pearls. Earrings dangle 1 1/2 inches from the tops of the lead and nickel free gun metal ear hooks. 

Decorate yourself!

Candy Apple Cuties are in this Etsy West Treasury




Love Your Life!


This necklace is the perfect way to demonstrate to the world that you hold the lock and key to a happy life. Delicate oval and round antique gold metal links, alternating with sparkling 4mm gold and peridot bicones which are wire wrapped and separated by spacers, are the components in the 19 1/2 inch chain. The drop is approximately 4 inches long with alternating links and bicones leading to the two inch wide antique gold metal heart. The heart surrounds two bicones and the metal lock and key to the "love your life" sentiment. 

A perfect gift for yourself or a wonderful gift for someone you know who's also loving life! 

Tiger's Eye Tear Drop Necklace Featured on the Handmade Artists Forum Blog

Tuesday, November 17, http://jewelrybynala.etsy.com/

Jewelry by Nala – she has a beautiful selection of jewelry to fit the most elegant taste.
Tiger's Eye Tear Drop Necklace
Quartz that is formed not of one single crystal but a number of finely grained microcrystals is known as chalcedony. Tiger’s eye is a member of this beautiful group of semi-precious chalcedony.
This 11mm x 9mm Tiger’s eye faceted teardrop has a red-brown silky luster and is mounted into an antique brass filigree bead cone, topped with a golden glass bead and coffee brown Swarovski bicone crystal. Two Czech glass beads hang gracefully on either side. An off-set antique brass flower connects a cable chain with a chain containing alternating oblong and round links. Finished necklace is 20 inches long. All brass components are lead and nickel free.

Spiritual and Healing Properties of Tiger Eye:
Tiger eye is a balancing stone that helps to calm fears and give perspective to upsetting circumstances. It can also help you become more attuned with planetary energies because it serves as a bridge linking sky and earth energies. Tiger eye offers light to dark energies.

Remedy Benefits of Tiger Eye:
Gives clarity
Balances solar plexus chakra
Promotes intuition
Yin yang balancer
Reflects light



Mint Mocha


Apricot glass rounds and round wooden beads separated by antique brass daisy spacers decorate a 28" mocha  suede leather cord in this pendant style necklace. An antique brass leaf charm, transparent icy mint green Lucite leaf and chocolate trumpet flower with a glass daisy insert are held on the cord by antique brass swirl connectors. A 4mm copper AB Czech glass bead hangs along side for that little extra sparkle. Cord ties in back allowing this necklace to be worn at any desired length.

"Regretsy" Creator Unveiled

The personality behind the Etsy parody, "Regretsy", is revealed in this Speakeasy article by the Wall Street Journal.

Jewelry by NaLa Facebook Fan Page

Please join me on my Facebook Fan Page, not only to get a first look at my own latest creation, but as a great way to find and communicate with other talented artisans from every corner of the handmade movement.

From Pixie Treasures ...


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2009

Take the Homemade Pledge

I, personally, am taking the homemade pledge this holiday shopping season. Buying homemade items from sites such as Etsy.com, not only supports indie artists and crafters all around the world, but opens you up to an extraordinary community of talented men and women. You can find just about anything you may be looking for in any color, size, theme, or style! So hit the craft fairs and etsy.com to find one-of-kind gifts for your famliy, friends, and even to add to your own wish list! Here are some great shops to get you started!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCozyCollection
http://www.etsy.com/shop/corrnucopia
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ayoka
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Jewelrybynala
http://www.etsy.com/shop/PrayingforFall
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Aglimpseofreality

Have fun and Happy Holidays!

Jewelry by NaLa on Funky Finds


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009

Jewelry by NaLa

NaLa features a variety of beautiful jewelry designs. I love the sparkling pear-shapedolivine Swarovski crystal briolettes that are hand-wrapped in luminous sterling silver wire. One really unique design is theVictorian Gothic Part II piece, a striking & mysterious necklace. The Autumn Leaves earrings are the perfect accessories for the fall season. And I'm always looking for unusual pieces to spice up my wardrobe and the Bronze Beauty Necklace definitely fits the bill. Links of various shapes and sizes combine to make this unique antique bronze chain that showcases a beautiful antique bronze pendant with a peridot-colored butterfly on flowers dotted with multicolored stones. A cluster of amber and cream freshwater pearls, ivory pearls and antique bronze glass heart are the finishing touch to this fanciful design.


Race Track Needs Good Homes For 900 Greyhounds




Dairyland Greyhound Racetrack in Kenosha, Wisconsin will be closing on December 31, 2009. 900 Greyhounds need to be adopted or they will be euthanized. Please help get the word out. Contact Joanne Kehoe, Operations Director P: 312.559.0887 Or Dairyland Race Track Adoption Center direct at (262) 612-8256. If you have the time and means to provide a loving home for one of these deserving animals, won't you please consider adoption?

Victorian Gothic Part II


My second in the Victorian Gothic series, this strikingly beautiful necklace reminds me of a dark and mysterious time gone by. Shining black metal chain leads to 1/2 inch black and silver link chain, links of 4mm AB vitral Czech glass rounds and a second black metal chain. A beautiful Swarovski crystalized dangle, consisting of a blue grey mist crystal bicone, charcoal pearl, wooden bead, black cord, metal cage filigree bead and several lengths of chain hangs from one side. From the other side hangs a 10mm charcoal Swarovski crystalized pearl and a 8mm fire-polished AB vitrail Czech glass round. Entire necklace is 19 1/2 inches long.

Vitrail Ice by Jewelrybynala on Etsy


These earrings remind me of glistening icicles dripping in the warm sun on a frosty winter day. 4mm and 8mm AB Czech glass rounds sparkle and dance on 35mm x 18mm gun metal kidney ear wires. Earrings are approximately 2 1/2 inches long.

I've Been Indie Spotted Again!

My earrings are currently being featured on the front page of IndieSpotting 11-15-09.
Swarovski and Silver
Swarovski and Silver
            $22



Pale Peach and Petite


Faceted 8mm pale peach glass rounds sparkle different shades depending on the way the light hits them and are tucked neatly inside 15mm nickel free daisy style antique bronze bead caps. These pretty little dangle earrings hang approximately 1 1/4 inches from the tops of lead and nickel free antique copper French hook ear wires.

Sea Blue Quartz with Swarovskis


Lovely faceted 12x8 tear drop sea blue quartz briolettes are wrapped in sterling silver wire. Two crystal and two aqua 4mm Swarovski crystals drape down over the silver wrap to add dazzling sparkle. 

These earrings contain 92.5% pure silver. 92.5 sterling is mixed with copper to achieve a strength and stability level that will hold its shape and resist wear and tear. Sterling silver is an alternative metal choice for people who are allergic to nickel.

These earrings hang a little over 1 1/4 inches long from the top of the sterling silver French hook ear wires. 

Tiger's Eye Tear Drops



Quartz that is formed not of one single crystal but a number of finely grained microcrystals is known as chalcedony. Tiger's eye is a member of this beautiful group of semi-precious chalcedony. 

These 11mm x 9mm Tiger's eye faceted teardrops have a red-brown silky luster and are held by antique brass filigree bead cones, topped with golden glass beads and coffee brown Swarovski bicone crystals. Earrings hang approximately 1 3/4 inches from the top of lead and nickel free antique brass French hook ear wires.

Antique Apricot Ice




The stunning 8mm apricot AB Czech glass rounds and 4mm light copper AB Czech glass rounds in these earrings sparkle, dance and flash brilliant colors at the slightest movement. Antique brass connectors and delicate antique brass chains give these chandelier earrings that lovely old world feel. 

Earrings hang 2 1/4 inches long from the top of the lead and nickel free antique brass French hook ear wires.

Creative with Clay

Vitrail Verve


Multi-faceted 4mm vitrail AB Czech glass rounds capture light and reflect it back in a rainbow of colors and make this bracelet a sparkling attention-getter, perfect for the winter holidays or any time. Matte gray metal links and silver metal spacers showcase these little gems perfectly. 

IndieSpotting: Your Spot for Handmade Finds

My Autumn Leaves have been Indie Spotted!

Sapphire Splendor


Deep blue sapphire and royal amethyst AB Czech glass rounds dance together beautifully in this sparkling 18 1/2 inch necklace, creating the perfect look for the winter season. The antique silver metal bead caps and spacers add that little extra pizazz. 

Dainty Delights


These sweet and petite earrings are perfect for children or romantics of all ages. Subtle apricot orange Czech glass beads peek out from under 10mm x 6mm transparent coffee brown acrylic Lucite flower cap beads and 15mm nickel free daisy style antique bronze bead caps. Earrings dangle 1 1/4 inches from the top of the lead and nickel free antique copper French hook ear wires.

Sexy Sweet


This Victorian style necklace is as romantic as it is sexy sweet. The 18" antique brass chain is light and delicate with alternating oval and round links dropping down to a lovely antique brass swirl. A cluster of two ivory Swarovski pearls, two copper AB Czech glass rounds and two apricot AB Czech glass rounds sit atop a 10mm pale green glass pearl with antique brass leaf bead cap to add a just the right splash of beautiful color. Necklace closes in back with a prefectly matched toggle clasp.

Swarovski Black


Sparkling 12mm x 10mm tear drop faceted briolettes all wrapped up in sterling silver wire. Earrings are approximately 1 1/4 inches long from the top of the sterling silver ear wires.

Lavish Links


The main focus of this bold and beautiful necklace are alternating asymmetrical links of antique brass and grey and black metal in descending sizes. These large links are bound together by hexagon oxidized brass links and are connected to an oxidized brass link chain. 

Chains and links are lead and nickel free. Necklace is 19" long.