The Business Chat – Your Review

Yay! I survived another holiday season! I made it through several grueling shows, shipped all my online orders on time and still managed to make gingerbread cookies! That means I had better balance in life this year than I did last year! It’s all in the planning people, meticulous planning and sticking to it. Of course for every one thing I did manage to accomplish there are 5 other things that I’d hoped to do but didn’t. While I’m getting better at planning there is definitely room for improvement. It’s time to start working on the 2012 plan of action. …

More insanely fabulous book art

I had intended to post something different today, but I find I’m obsessing over book art since my post on Tuesday. Here’s more 🙂  Clicking on the image will take you to pinterest, then clicking on the image again, will lead you to the blog, or website where you can discover more information regarding the artists. It’s a slippery slope – time well worth wasted in this case. Source: bookliciousblog.com via Akemi on Pinterest Source: google.com via Brittany on Pinterest Source: mymodernmet.com via Candy on Pinterest Source: coloredmondays.tumblr.com via kleinkunst on Pinterest

New This Week

Our Week Off Hope you had a lovely holiday, and are having a nice, easy week. I know I’m not! I had a major computer hardware failure – which has resulted in days and days of reinstalling and re-patching and re-upgrading software. I can tell you right now which major software companies are big heroes with me for ease of recovery – and which aren’t! Nothing new this week – unless you count all the renovations at our new location! We are like a duck – outwardly we appear to be calmly and serenely sailing along – while under the …

Incredible Edible

We continue along with our week long series of articles I find particularly inspiring, and/or heartwarming, as I take the week off to spend with the kids. Happy holidays! The village of Todmorden is well on it’s way to self-sufficiency. Pick your carrots at the police station, your herbs near the graveyard, and your tomatoes along the riverbank. I love this! http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/todmordens-good-life-introducing-britains-greenest-town-1830666.html http://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk/home

It’s important that a story is not too long….

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday, and are recovering from food and drink overload! I’m taking the week off to spend with the kids, but I thought I’d share some fantastic little stories I’ve come across over the course of the week. Some may be old news, some new to you, but all have caused my heart to leap. Enjoy! To @edincityoflit ‘A gift’ LOST (albeit in a good book) This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas…. “No infant has the power of deciding….. by what circumstances (they) shall be surrounded.. Robert Owen Follow along …

Cluster Drops – A new way to make earrings

Jen commented in our currently running “Twelve Earrings of Christmas” – that she was relying pretty heavily on wire wrapping as a technique. Truthfully – there just aren’t that many ways to make earrings – the constraint of size and weight is a significant restriction – and 99% of earring-making boils down to beads and head pins. And while I really don’t believe that there is anything “truly new” under the sun – I think you might find this technique to be fresh, extremely versatile, easy, quick, and very gratifying. I certainly don’t seem to be able to stop making …

The Joy of Metal Clay – Metal Clay Blogs to check out….

Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate and a very happy day to anyone else. It was an early morning in my house, I had one child who wasn’t able to sleep since before 4 a.m. (I kept him in bed with me trying to avoid him disturbing the rest of the house listening to books on tape). It is mid afernoon and the presents are unwrapped and the turkey is getting nice and brown. The only thing missing is snow today is the snow. Oh well you can’t have it all. I have mentioned before in my posts …

The Business Chat – Happy holidays

Gifts, gifts, gifts, I have been up to my eyeballs in gifts for the past 6 weeks, all gifts for others. That’s what happens when you sell sparkly jewelry. All those lovely pieces off to good homes, I was sad to see some of them go. On Wednesday Dec 22 when I shipped my last piece there was one more gift left to make. My gift to me, which actually turned out to be 3 gifts because I couldn’t decide which one I wanted. I’ve talked a lot about all the different hats we wear when we own a small …

Inspiration Friday

Welcome to our newest version of Inspiration Friday. We thought we’d made a few changes, namely allowing folks to choose their own inspiration, and the biggie – we give you a lot more time! If you would like to participate in the next one, see the end of this post for complete details. I love the idea of using an inspiration palette to base your design on. We all tend to stick with our own comfortable colour palettes, and this is just such an easy way to expand your range. First up, we have a submission from Alicia: Fading Tones …

In praise of rusty things

Thought I’d post a quick share before I start trying to get my house in order for Christmas. While…ahem, procrastinating on said cleaning, I came across a beads baubles and jewels segment with Mary Hettmansperger. She shows off her organic style of jewelry while discussing patina’s and rust.  For those of you like me, who do not get Beads, Baubles and Jewels – it seems that quite a few of the segments are available on youtube!