Friday, June 13, 2014

Hello, friends!

  It's been a whirlwind getting ready for the Indie Craft Experience, which is now just two weeks away. Two weeks, people. Who's excited? (me, me!) Be sure to come out and see me and my fellow vendors at Ambient Plus Studio June 28 & 29, from 11-6 each day. You can get directions and info here. And from the flyer below. Don't you love the yellow cheer?

Since it's been a little hectic getting ready for this event, I've taken a few minutes to take a break and check out some of my fellow vendors, and let me tell you, this is going to be an AMAZING event! So much talent and fun packed into a beautiful loft, you surely won't want to miss out. 

You can see the entire vendor list here yourself. King of Pops is going to be there, and I've never had a bad King of Pop experience... no.... quite the opposite. Fresh, vibrant, fruity yumminess awaits you as you browse isles of handmade loveliness. 

Anyway, as I said, I took some time to go through the vendors and I'm now attempting to narrow down my shopping list. (yes- even though I'll be there as a vendor- I still become super excited about what I'll want to buy for myself) I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you.

This is at the very top of my list- it's such a fun idea, and my notebooks and writing space are terribly important to me, so why not welcome one more to my world. The vendor is Roundabout Shop

Here's another little lovely by The Woolberry Press

Amy's mugs are beautiful. I love the colors and smooth, silky finish. Amy Robertson Ceramics

I don't know what rock I've been living under, but I was just introduced to So Worth Loving by my friend Andrea. (thanks, dlf) They'll be at the event as well, and I love the heart of their mission. 

Check out Morgan Blake Photography. She's inspired. 

And last but certainly not least, I'll be wanting some bath salts for some much needed relaxation after it's all over. Thanks for a little something to look forward to, The Soaking Tub. Sweet Red Hibiscus Botanical Soaking Salt

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Happy Saturday!

As you may have seen through the rest of my social media, my world has been taken over by ICE- the Indie Craft Experience! I am so excited to again be part of their Pop-Up Shop, and for the first time ever to be part of the Summer ICE Craft Market event!!! But seriously, I now have no free time... yipes. 

My 'lil brain has been flooded with plans for inventory, swag, display, and set up details. 

An outline of my thoughts:

Inventory~ need roughly double my current stock. Oh. my. goodness!! (so excited!!)
Swag~ 250 bags to the first ICE atendees each day = 500 (500 needed pieces of swag from me!!), oh wait- plus the  150 for the Pop-Up Shop swag = yikes. Especially considering that up 'till this point, I have always handmade my business cards. I like having that personal touch. However, I had to decide between making business cards and making inventory- inventory wins! I found a gal who has designed and is printing adorably cute business cards for me. I like them so much it made me feel better about not making all of them myself.
Display~ will be AMAzing! Keeping the details secret for now.

Yesterday was the first day in quite a while that I had nothing on the calendar. Knowing I wasn't going to need to leave the house, other than to walk the dog, I got up early, wore no makeup, barely got dressed, and simply tacked back my short hair morning bedhead with a big stretchy band. Beauty.

As I started the day, I took a few snapshots around my workspace. You'll be able to find these items at the ICE Summer Craft Market, June 28 & 29!

lots of druzy!

this one won my heart... because... it looks like a heart

sunstone, glittery!

potato pearl necklaces

murphy loves it when I'm working, 'cuz he gets to sit on a chair and look out the window

bamboo coral- gorgeous, striking red color-  to be made into pendant necklaces

my papery pals

a little inspiration.. to be hung on the wall someday

I love the morning light in my dining room/studio. Hope you enjoyed this peek into my work!

Here's the info for Summer ICE & the Pop-Up Shop. Hope to see you there!



Saturday, May 3, 2014

Happy Saturday!

I'm excited to present a necklace that I've dubbed the 'Droplet and Bar Necklace'. It's actually a design that I made probably over a year ago. I loved it so much that I decided to keep it for myself. (yes- that happens sometimes. job perk...) At first I thought that other people might not love it the way I did, because it's rather unusual and the gold bars shift in shape while you wear it. Something that I absolutely enjoy. One minute it's laying out like a clover and I feel like queen, the next the bars have flipped around and I feel all interesting and mysterious, like my necklace is an enigma. Anywho- I figured who was I to decide what people might and might not like? If I love wearing it so much, why not put it out there for others to have too??

I decided to go big and offer two colors. My original is a deep burnt orange. I struggled to find the same shade in the correct pear shape, but finally succeeded with these orange agate beads. While I was searching for the orange, I came across a pink aventurine- same shape and size, and I thought how pretty the pink and gold would be! So here we have it. A brand new Etsy listing as of today, offered in pink and orange! So you can pick your favorite... or.... you can choose to love them both!

I also thought you might like a peek at my process of putting them together, so I've taken advantage of this gorgeous Georgia day, opened my windows to a perfect breeze, enjoyed the sun streaming in, and taken some time to snap some pictures along the way!

The necessary supplies...
Isn't this shade of orange lovely? 

Coming together...


(hecho = done)

I still need to seal the knots so they won't fray. Otherwise, these guys are ready to go! You can purchase one of your own here.

Oops, look, they're shape shifting....

Have a fabulous Saturday!

Oh and here's a shot of me wearing my original :)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Being snowed in has certain advantages. I've had time to cook warm indulging meals, and even do some baking. I wanted to make some chocolate chip cookies, but I realized that the chocolate chips I had in my fridge were probably two years old, so even after some reassuring evidence from Google that they were probably fine, I decided to chop up a Lindt chocolate bar and use bits of that instead. I wasn't sorry, they were delicious.

I've also been able to make the updates to A Cranberry Day on Etsy! I'm not going to lie, finally after opening my shop more than two years ago, I'm really happy with the way it looks. I've simplified, reorganized, re-styled, and had a great time taking pictures with my friends. I tried to step back and find the things that I loved most about my designs, and refine it.

So, here it is, the big re-vamp & re-launch! Go to my shop to see it all, but here are some highlights for your viewing pleasure.

Gold Raw Crystal Bib Necklace

Long Blue Opal Necklace

I have several 'pick your pendant' options now available, like the coral shown below. You choose which piece you like, and I make it into a necklace for you!

Orange Pink Coral Pendant Necklace

White Bubble Necklace

Adjustable White Stone Leather Necklace

Small White Agate Necklace

Last but not least, the little fox.

Long Fox Necklace

Friday, January 24, 2014

Re-Vamp, Sneak Peek

Hello Friends,
    The re-vamp for A Cranberry Day on Etsy is right around the corner! I'm working as fast as my little fingers can go to get the new listings ready, and I'm anticipating being done by next weekend. 
(hope hope)

     But I like to share some of the excitement of anticipation, so here are a few shots with some brand new designs from my most recent photo shoot with my lovely friends~ Bria Washington of (re)define; Cortney of Mamma Ink, Andrea of The Yellow Cottage. Thanks girls, hats off you you and your beautiful selves!

Slouchy hat by Angela of Humble Handiworks

Look for 'Blue Row' with the re-vamp launch

Black Sparkle Bracelets

White Stone & Leather Necklace

Tiny White Druzy Necklace

I'll be back in touch soon, with the big announcement of re-vamp launch. I wish I could give you an exact date, but let's be frank- that would stress me out way too much. So I'll leave you dangling over the great sea of anticipation.