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Friday, December 31, 2010

Play this game with me...show me the jewelry

Play this game with me...
Sometimes I'll go poking around on Etsy.com and find a unique outfit and then look around some more to figure out, what jewelry would go with it. Here is a peacock bodice knee length dress. (It's found here)

I know I have a lot of jewelry makers who read this blog...tell me, what do you have to go with it? Please post a link to a photo, listing or flickr page or whatever and show us what you've got.
Have a fun, safe evening and cheers to you and in with the new!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Time for Freud

Christmas is over and perhaps Santa brought you a little pocket change to burn. Personally, I have a "thing" for cool watches and lighting. This one caught my eye. It's a Dr. Freud watch with different words rotating at the top..".id, envy, sex, Dad, Mom" and more.

Freudian thoughts~ good for a smile and lucky you, it's in analog. I still prefer them over digital. You can find them of course at the Unemployed Philosopher's Guild website. One of my favorite haunts.

See you tomorrow

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Organizing is for Animals

Well I hate to stick my neck out like this over a giraffe purse organizer, but I think this looks rather handy for my "more is more" in my purse way of life.

I'm thinking I might need to get something like this to start out my annual New Year's Resolutions to be more organized. (note: I did say annual. Each year good intentions, but never ending the way I'd really like it.)

If you're like me and thinking your purse could use a little help, you can find this organizer and more fun fabric patterns here.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Next Holiday?

With New Year's just around the corner, I made a Champagne bottle and wired it onto a little Sterling silver bail for a quick celebration pendant. It can be found in my StudioMarcy Etsy shop.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Artists Wanted!

I just found out about www.ArtistsWanted.org has a quick deadline of this Friday for their all artist medium call to artists. Here is the link.

"During the first week of March, New York City will host artists, galleries, critics and curators from all over the world. Let this be your opportunity to shine in the spotlight of a feature booth at SCOPE, the premier showcase for international emerging contemporary art and one of the most influential presences in the expanding global art market." says the website.

Check it out and see if it's something you want to try.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

How Are You Doing?

How was your day yesterday? Recuperating? Wishing you a day of naps and chilling.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Christmas Song for You

Ho, ho, ho! Hope Santa was good to you. My friend here would like to sing you a little song..Click Here. My thanks to the Georgia Aquarium...and wishing you a perfect day.

And Sparky, if you're reading this, I miss you so much! Wishing you a perfect Christmas in Antarctica and good luck with your Art Show down there.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Color For Bead Artists

If you haven't discovered my friend, Margie Deeb's "Color For Bead Artists" blog, you might be missing out.

Margie is a color expert. She teaches classes across the country on this topic and I was lucky enough to take one. Wow, did I learn a lot in it, and I thought I had at least the basics down. Wrong. There's so much more.

On this blog, she explains all about color, gives different perspectives, includes different ways to look at it and in my opinion, is really very interesting. (yes, I'd say that even if she wasn't my friend) Margie has quite a few excellent books and publications out. You can find them on her website, http://www.margiedeeb.com.

And to you my readers and friends, I'm wishing you a happy Night Before Christmas. May all your dreams come true. (and don't forget the plate of cookies and glass of milk)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Donna Wins the Southern Flames Tree & Vote Reminder

I wanted to show you a photo of our Southern Flames Christmas Tree that we raffle off each year. Members of our Atlanta based glass beadmaking group create ornaments and for each one donated, receives 2 tickets for the drawing. We can also buy a ticket for a dollar a piece. Most of the fun is seeing what ornaments everyone makes and we spend a lot of the meeting admiring them and eating. (Not a bad combination, I must say)

This year, Donna Myrick, pictured above, was the lucky winner. I was excited for her win. One of those karma things, I think. She had just shown me a wonderful collie bead that she had made as a custom order and told me that she couldn't have made it if she hadn't taken my sculpture class. Hearing that not only delighted me, but made me doubly happy that she won the tree.

One quick reminder to please vote for my Elf and North Pole Pups glass entry to FlameTree's Christmas Contest. Here is the link and I really appreciate it. I'm hoping to win the Scorpion to work off of my concentrator. Thank you so much for your help.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Things You Might Not Know

Did you know that Wolffia arrhiza is the worlds smallest flowering plant? It's part of the Araceae family of plants including calla lilies. Each dot is an individual plant.

To learn more about it...(I think this is interesting) click here.

And (promise) only today and tomorrow are the final days for voting for the FlameTree Christmas Contest. Please click here. I'm hoping you'll vote for me.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Proposal- A Real Life Marriage Proposal via Muppets & a Movie Trailer

I'm the first to admit, I'm a sucker for a sweet romance and this real life marriage proposal and blog how it was done, touched me deeply.

You can read about it and watch it here. But the very short story is a young man had been with his darling for 10 years and decided it was time to propose. He went to great lengths to make it special and meaningful for her. Wait until you see and read about it. Click here and bring a tissue.

If you still have a spare moment, please click HERE, and vote for my Santa's Best Friends entry in the FlameTree Glass contest. Lots of great glass entries to view and you need to scroll to the bottom to vote.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Help Me! Please Vote for My Elves and Puppies

Today is the start of FlameTree Glass's first Christmas Glass Contest. I have to admit, I love Christmas and when there is the possibility of winning a torch involved, I got excited. You see, I would love a Scorpion and that is second place. I've been working off of my concentrator and I think it would give me a better flame for my bigger pieces. So my fingers are crossed!

So PLEASE, click here and take just a minute to vote. You scroll down through all of the entries. I love the variety and you will really enjoy all of them. A lot of them are my friends and so talented.

And one more bit...FlameTree Glass who is sponsoring this contest has a 35% off soft glass sale going on through the end of the year. Their shipping is super fast and customer service is great. Please consider shopping with them. Thanks! And don't forget to VOTE (for me!)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Butter Me Up

Okay, if you misunderstood, the title is not meant to be kinky, but a witty lead in to this adorable butter dish that I found on Etsy. It's made by Natalya Sots who grew up in Kazakhstan and now lives in Chicago. Natalya's shop can be found here. And Santa, if you are reading this, I've been a very good girl and would like this or her Sunshine Girl Tea Cup which also makes me smile.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Introducing...SNOW GLOBES In My Studio Marcy Etsy Shop

Woohoo! I have been making Snow Globes and they are now in my Etsy shop. Each one is one-of-a-kind and so much fun. If you love them like I do, pop by and visit...click here.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Stuff You Can't Have

I'm sure you've been wondering what baby shoes made from bologna would look like...so here's a photo. I found it on a fun blog, http://www.stuffyoucanthave.blogspot.com. Now the author is on a vacation, but feel free to poke around and examine past blogs. This particular post on edible baby shoes, can be found here. I'm rather partial to the lettuce ones with the red cabbage accents.

See you on Sunday!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Save the Date: One World One Heart

Save the dates for the 5th and final One World, One Heart Blog-arama. All the information can be found here.

Essentially, it's one huge connection of established bloggers who each offer a "door prize" or more, for all the folks who read their One World One Heart post and comment. Not only does it give you a chance to win some really cool stuff, but what I really like about it, is that it opens our worlds internationally to more interesting people who do interesting things. I've made some good friends from it and found some fascinating blogs.

So get into condition now...practice visiting other blogs and commenting, lift weights, drink coffee or whatever you need to get in shape. It's a lot of fun and of course, I'll be participating for its last year with something (or things) wonderful to give away. Mark your calendars Jan. 30th. Bet you didn't have any plans anyhow....

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

More Angel Making This Saturday at FlameTree Glass

Aw, I was so touched when my two hour class students a few weeks ago asked if I would continue on and teach another class for them (and open to everyone) on more angels, fun bead stands for them and maybe touch on other winged and fantasy folks.

So FlameTree added me in to their busy schedule and I have a 4 hour class this Saturday from 3-7 pm. It will be fun of course. But I also wanted to tell you the really reasonable price. It's only $75 for 4 hours. In this day and age, I think that's a really good deal.

So pop over to FlameTree's website and sign up, or give them a call.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

BIG SALE....20% Off EVERYTHING in StudioMarcy

So I said to myself, "Self? Why do you need to hang onto to every bead? Why not spring clean when folks can use these fun beads...before Christmas, instead of a post- holiday sale?"

So I responded to myself, "Self, you're right. Glad I listened to you."

(Well, I don't want to mention at least one of the folks in that conversation is a little off kilter, but with all the wassail hanging around the house and the chocolates, we'll let it go this time.)

But bottom line is that I am having a 20% off sale in my Studio Marcy Etsy shop through Saturday. Use the code "joy2010" at checkout to receive the discount automatically. I will be adding at least two new beads daily if not more. So also feel free to message me, if you have any requests. I might just have what you're looking for.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Cross Country Snowboarding- Need a Laugh?

If you need a funny, tongue in cheek moment, watch this youtube video on cross country snowboarding. This pair had me dying of laughter. And listen to them "rock the triple entendre". Their Segway jousting (I think that concept looks like fun) on another video has its funny moments too.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cleaning For a Reason

My friend Vivian sent me this info, which sounds almost too good to be true. I am so impressed with this concept and am thankful that there are organizations like this. Please pass it on.

(oh and this cute photo is from here. A site that has just about everything!)


If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning - once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It's our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along.

http://www.cleaningforareason.org/


Friday, December 10, 2010

Ava The Snow Girl & Last Day of My BOGO 1/2 Off Sale

Meet Ava, the newest Snow Girl in my StudioMarcy shop on Etsy.com. She is wearing her Urban Outfitters accessories and wishes she had feet so she could wear some of their shoes too.

Ava can be easily wired to be worn as a pendant, but personally, I think she would make a great Christmas tree ornament too. She's unique and would stand out so well against an evergreen tree.

Stop by and visit soon. I have a show tomorrow, so my Etsy shop will close down for the day and I'll bring all my beads to sell too. Sunday, I'll reopen with more beads.

But the important news..(.oh why do I wait until the end to tell you?) Is through the end of today- Friday, I have a Buy One, Get the second less expensive One (BOGO) Half Off. You just buy in multiples of two in my Etsy shop, write BOGO in the note to seller at check out and voila, I will shoot you a Paypal with your BOGO 1/2 Off refund. Easy Peasy! Hope to see you there.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Artfire's Newsletter - Benefits?

Although I'm not too active selling on Artfire, I do have a shop. And because of that, I receive the newsletter.

I was interested to read about their partnership with the Craft and Hobby Association. Wow, what a great idea. This opportunity could help provide their members with an option for insurance, which plagues so many self employed artists and craftspeople. Being an Artfire member gives you a 20% discount off of CHA membership, the first year. There are more benefits too.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Uncommon Goods Supporting CERF


Now through December 31,UncommonGoods will once again donate $1 to CERF+ for every customer “vote” at checkout during its Better to Give campaign. Visit them atwww.uncommongoods.com to see the vast selection of goods they offer.

If you aren't familiar with CERF, they are a non-profit, (Craft Emergency Relief Fund) for self supporting American Artists who need financial help due to emergencies.

This photo isn't the best, but it's one of Uncommon Goods' offerings. It's a DIY Shower Curtain. What fun! You can find it here. I can just picture making one of these with my kids when they were young...and to be honest, I'm still tempted to make one.

Hats off to Uncommon Goods for supporting the artists who provide products for their website. In future blog posts, I'll highlight other groups who support artists during the holidays.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mosaic High Heel Outdoor Chair

I was cruising through Etsy and happened to find this high heel mosaic chair from LyonsMosaic. I love the reflective materieals plus the pattern. Doesn't really go on my back patio, but gee, it sure screams "fun", doesn't it?

It is only $600 and 40 lbs,. Available for pick up- I'm ready for a field trip to Colorado.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Thomas Straub- Eye Candy

Thomas Straub is a photographer who creatively presents jewelry, fashion and other topics as an artistic still life. Visit his website and look around. Then google him and see more of his work. For some reason I find that his work makes me feel emotion- which to me, takes a photograph from just being that, to an artistic piece. See if you agree and let me know.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Sting Wears Lampwork? Help Figure This One Out...

My friend, Robin Snuttjer sent me this photo of Sting (*sigh*) wearing a bead. She was wondering if we can track down who made it or any details? What a great idea. Who can help?
And while you're at it, if you too are a fan, feel free to post your favorite song. Here is one of my favorites at a James Taylor Tribute concert.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Glass Rings for Jewelry

I found these handmade glass rings in Venice, Italy when I visited this spring. I think they are a lovely rose colored hue. I bought a lot and now, I think it's actually too many. (this is a huge step for me to admit, for those of you who know me.)

So I'm selling some. And some turquoise and deep periwinkle rings too. Yes, I don't just buy one color, I buy a lot. (and there are more colors that I'm not ready to part with yet too)

But I wanted to show you. I take a chainmaille style jump ring and attach it to an earring finding. It looks lovely that way. (sometimes I embellish it more.) and for the remaining hoop, I attach it to a chain as the centerpiece and voila, I have a simple matching necklace as well.

If you are interested in any of them, I have them for sale in my Studio Marcy Etsy shop. I have enough for multiples, if you want a certain number. They make up quickly for shows and jewelry parties while having the handmade aspect, but simple and goes with everything look as well.