Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Oh where, oh where has my little blog gone?

Have you noticed that I've been missing for a couple of weeks?  No Treasury Tuesday last week, still none this week, and nothing else happening at all.  Of course, that just means that everything else has been happening in my real life (if this blog was my real life, it would be pretty boring, wouldn't it?). 

On April 13th, I participated in the first ever Pop-Up Market on Magnolia Green on the Near Southside of Fort Worth.  We had lovely weather and a great turnout of shoppers, so many thanks to Jamie and Jason Brown for an excellent first effort.  I was of course in a mad rush to get some more of my best-selling earrings made for the show.  I made a total of six pairs, three in colored copper and three in sterling, but somehow while packing everything up the night before, the sterling ones vanished.  I sold eight pairs of earrings and had a request for a custom order, making for a very successful day.  I'll be back for the May 11th market and hopefully several more, as it's scheduled monthly through October.  Here are some pictures....

the premiere of my makes my table look tiny

a bit of my display

the view from behind my table

my favorite visitor

the village of canopies from the northwest corner

picture courtesy of Pop-Up Market

The time since Pop-Up Market was filled with sad news from Boston, a great evening with the Bunko Babes, lunch with friends, another great evening with the Wednesday Night Book Club, more sad news from the little town of West, a weekend at Lake Limestone with the Bunko Babes, Keno at my house on Sunday evening and a lot more of this little girl....

a girl's got to have a happy meal with a toy now and then!

So who's got time for a blog?   Not me, apparently.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Treasury Tuesday

It's an April-showery, potentially stormy day here, so I'm wishing for some rainbows.  I went looking through newly published treasuries and found this one, which just happened to feature some of my favorite jewelry makers (even the curator of one of the treasuries I featured last week!), although my choice was based strictly on the cheery colorfulness.  I also like that it features mostly non-white, neutral backgrounds, which really make the bright colors stand out even more.  Perfect for breaking through the gloom of a rainy day, don't you think?

'Over the Rustic Rainbow' by sharonclancydesigns

Rustic Vintage Barrel - TheSouthernMermaid
Rustic Vintage Barrel
Woman in the Window as Storm Approaches - Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy - Fine Art Photograph - stevepreston
Woman in the Window as ...
Terracotta and Turquoise  Earrings - Earth Brown Dangles - Vintage Lucite Teardrops - Czech Glass - Gift Box - Under 25 - MySelvagedLife
Terracotta and Turquois...
Ochre Infinity Scarf - Sweater Knit Scarf - Golden Yellow Circle Scarf - Mustard Loop Scarves - EcoShag
Ochre Infinity Scarf - ...
Cherry blossom art print, pink and brown decorating idea for a nursery, spring, modern art by raceytay, pink  8x8 - Raceytay
Cherry blossom art prin...
Steady, Aim, Fire - Vintage Arrows - Vintage Wooden Arrows - Feathers - Tribal - Blue - Red - Southwestern - Boho - becaruns
Steady, Aim, Fire - Vin...
All Natural Lip Balm - Pink Grapefruit Beeswax Coconut Oil Slider Tin - ripeshop
All Natural Lip Balm - ...
Baby and Toddler handmade leather beaded wool-lined moccasin winter boots with wool felt insole and crepe rubber sole - needleheadcrafts
Baby and Toddler handma...
Turquoise Necklace, Blue Turquoise Teardrop Sterling Silver Chain Necklace Turquoise Jewelry - juliegarland
Turquoise Necklace, Blu...
Bird On Yellow Flowers - Rustic Original Painting On Wood Acrylic Painting Art - Popielnik
Bird On Yellow Flowers ...
Love Heart Pink Red Vintage French Ticking Lavender Sachet - KellinaDesigns
Love Heart Pink Red Vin...
3 Wool Felt Bow French Barrettes // 20% Discount // LoftFullofGoodies - LoftFullOfGoodies
3 Wool Felt Bow French ...
AUTUMN HILLS, oil painting landscape original 100% charity donation, oil landscape, 10x10, art board, clouds, sky, hills, mountains - PaintingWell
AUTUMN HILLS, oil paint...
Geometric Necklace /Pink Necklace/  / Wooden Necklace/Boho Necklace - JullMade
Geometric Necklace /Pin...
Homemade Soap, Unscented, Cold Process Soap, for Sensitive Skin, Dry Skin, Face Soap, handmade soap, large bar, organic, all natural soap - TheLittleRagamuffin
Homemade Soap, Unscente...
Aqua wings carved wood French Santos style wooden vignette shelf wall sculpture home decor Anita Spero - AnitaSperoDesign
Aqua wings carved wood ...

Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy Etsy-versary to me

If you visit my Etsy shop, you might notice that the date listed as the opening of my shop is March 30, 2009, but I listed my very first few items on April 1st (no fooling!).  I only listed five items that first day and this is the only one of those first listings that ever sold through my third sale, on August 19th.

By then I had also started this blog, so I was excited to reveal my first Etsy sale as one of my very first blog posts.  I really loved this necklace and it was a thrill to ship it off to California.

The matching earrings sold about three weeks later, to a different customer.

The rest of those first few items either sold in person or they ended up being given away, although I actually still have one pair of earrings, abandoned when the matching bracelet sold.  I keep them around to remind me how very unskilled I was when I made those first pieces, using tiny, inexpensive beads and store-bought earring wires and head pins.  I've learned a lot since then, so I hope that what you see now in my shop reflects that.