Saturday, March 31, 2012

Putting My Cards On The Table

Writing the opening sentence to this post is confusing me a bit as I have 2 things that I want to begin with that will look like contradicting ideas but just bear in mind that both things are true.

Statement 1: I will not be launching my Spring/Summer 2012 Jewelry line.

Statement 2:  I have an entire Spring/Summer 2012+ Jewelry line in stock.

I have been talking about my first official “Color Theory Line” and obsessing over it for so long now and I have spent months in preparation for this sale season but I am not crossing my Ts and there will be no debut.   The creating is over for now done and it is incomplete.   The reality is that I do not have the time to launch a successful collection this season while at the same time running successful online auctions for Honor Flight.  It is actually quite amazing how easy it has been for me to make the decision to abandon the last six months of my work (of my life) considering how much of myself I put into it.  The difficult part about “forfeiting” the sale season was not a hard choice to make for financial reasons but putting my blood, sweat, and tears into this season to abandon it where it will remain forever unfinished is something.   I still love the line I was creating and believe in its uniqueness and what I was trying to accomplish with it but at the end of the day it feels completely insignificant compared to what I am working on with Honor Flight.  
So that covers “Statement  1” of this post while offering a much simplified explanation as to why there will be no Spring/Summer 2012 Line.

Let us move onto “Statement 2:…”

So I have got 6 months worth of items that I have been working on and I'm scratching my head as what on earth to do with all the jewelry/accessories I have in stock that I no longer have the proper time to sell.  It is the Chernobyl of Jewelry Design and has been abruptly abandoned.   What I am looking at is a lot of great pieces but without any clear direction with what exactly to do with it.  I attached myself to it in a way that it hard to know even understand myself as it is now.
With the line I actually created 5 separate lines but they were created to cross each other.  Color Theory is my great passion and my vision was to create a line that would give people a chance to decide for themselves what colors were “in” for the season and make those colors pop in their own way using basic and advanced color theory principles.  The idea was that all the pieces could cross over and mix harmoniously with pieces from other categories in the line but in a way that gave the buyer the option to go right or left.   The 5 categories included metalwork, water color pieces, cabochon accessories, resin cuffs, and cluster necklaces.  Although the finalized working version of the collection has been shelved, I still have a ton of jewelry and accessories that have been made in preparation for the season.  

So what I am doing is having an Estate Sale in a way, and will be adding a new category to my pages on my blog.  I am going to sell items properly on Etsy when my schedule allows me to do so but I am still going to try and make sales in other ways if I can.  I will post pictures randomly in the "Estate Sale Table" and greatly reduced rates and if you see something you are interested in, just email me and I will set up an Etsy listing for the item/items.  As with an actual Estate Sale, feel free to make an offer.  I have an absurd amount in stock right now and I still need to try to sell it in some way.  In an attempt to maintain some integrity with the color theory work I already did, the first items listed are put together is small groups. 

It really is like an estate sale but no one died, just my Spring/Summer 2012 line.  And I’m okay with that because at the end of the day I am living a life I believe in plus I’m enjoying being a lowly blogger and I like ramen noodles.

* I know some of the resin cuffs are already posted in my shop but I just released some early along with some cluster necklaces as well.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Embroidery Hoop Art Giveaway by Jennifer Allevato

"Hello" Hoop Embroidery Art by Jennifer Allevato Giveaway!

Entry form is at the bottom of this post.

Prize Description:

A cheery "hello" to all!

This hand-embroidered hoop art piece has features an orange "hello" on soft peach cotton fabric, with a bunting of yellows, pink, and creamsicle draped above.

A perfect gift for a birthday, mother's day, baby shower, or a Tuesday!

Stretched and secured in a wooden oval embroidery hoop, this piece is ready to be hung or displayed out of the package!

100% cotton fabric with 100% cotton floss and wool-blend felt

Measures 5"x3.5"

Jennifer Allevato's Links:



Here are a couple of my favorite items from Jennifer's Etsy Shop! 

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Lewis Carroll Quotes & Alice in Wonderland on Etsy

Lewis Carroll Quotes & "Alice in Wonderland" on Etsy

"Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards. "

"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop. "

'But I don't want to go among mad people,' said Alice. 'Oh, you can't help that,' said the cat. 'We're all mad here.'

"But I was thinking of a way To multiply by ten, And always, in the answer, get The question back again. "

"Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic. "

"Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it."
"His answer trickled through my head like water through a sieve."

"I can't go back to yesterday - because I was a different person then."

"I have proved by actual trial that a letter, that takes an hour to write, takes only about 3 minutes to read! "
"If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there."
"It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards."

"No good fish goes anywhere without a porpoise. "

"Oh, 'tis love, 'tis love that makes the world go round."

"One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others."

"Sentence first, verdict afterwards."

"She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it). "

"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

"Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves."

"That's the reason they're called lessons, because they lesson from day to day."

"The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today."

"The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things: of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings."

"There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know. "

"There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation; and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration. "

"Twinkle, twinkle little bat How I wonder what you're at! Up above the world you fly, Like a tea-tray in the sky. "
"We called him Tortoise because he taught us. "

'What is the use of a book', thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations?'

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.'

"Which form of proverb do you prefer Better late than never, or Better never than late?"

"While the laughter of joy is in full harmony with our deeper life, the laughter of amusement should be kept apart from it. The danger is too great of thus learning to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery, and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit. "

"Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle. "

Looking For Writers & Bloggers For A New Online Magazine.

*updated & edited 4/10/2012*

Hello again, Before I get into why I am updating this, I have GREAT news to share! - I have got a professional web designer on board to get things set up for us! Oh and the smartest book girl I know as signed on as our literary editor. Yey! :) 

And now onto the purpose of my update.  Some of you may already know but I have been super busy with setting up things for Honor Flight that I haven't had the time yet to follow up with everyone that contacted me and expressed interest in writing for this new online magazine.  I promise I will get back to everyone as soon as I can and right now what would really help would be to have a master list of everyone that in interested in being a part of this project .  SO that is what I would like to do now with the comments on this post.  Please leave your email, blog/website or any other links that you want to share with me.  I know that I am asking many of you to repeat an Etsy convo or an email you sent to me already so feel free ti copy and paste your original messages because this is just to get it together in one place. 

 Also please include what type of articles you are looking to contribute and how many are you thinking that you can commit to every month.  

I really think that this will help get this just a little better organized because I have messages on here, Etsy and in my email box and I would love to put it all in one place.   Thanks so so much!  I can't wait to get started on this :)

 <3 Jessssssssss

Hello Everyone!  As you all probably know my passion is art, writing, charity, and helping other artists in any way that I can.  I believe that it is important for artists to make a living and that is why I try to spotlight as many artists as I can through my blogs, but now I am aiming to do something a little bit bigger. I’m looking to start an online magazine in a similar style as my blog and am looking for anyone that might be interested in contributing articles to the magazine.   I have a couple of talented people already on board as writers but for it to be anything bigger than a blog I do need more…and so I am asking for your help.
I expect for the online magazine to officially launch in the fall of 2012.  You don’t have to be a professional writer; I am just looking for people that are passionate about whatever they are writing about.  I’m looking for writers to cover a huge variety of topics but a few examples would be:
Art (obviously)
Entertainment (music, theater, film, etc)
Home D├ęcor
 I am not able to pay anything at the moment as the website domain and design fees are already a stretch on a student budget however it would be a great opportunity to get your name out there.  If own an Etsy shop, we can include that in your writer profile.  This really is a baby project and I am working from the ground up.   My vision is to create a webpage where art, kindness, family and living can come together.  It will be a labor of love and if anyone is interested in working with me on the project, please contact me.  My email is
I really hope to hear from you!  Even if you want to contribute 1 article a month, I am just looking for sincerity. 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Laurimuks, Unique Knitwear & Accessories

Oh how I wish could knit so well! 
These are all items from laurimuks on Etsy. 
Below are my favorite items.  
To browse her entire shop for yourself:

Glass Slippers by Marc Jacobs?

Okay so they are not exactly glass, but definitely give a fairy tale feel.  The Transparent Pump by Marc Jacobs is actually made of PVC and Lucite...2 materials I work often with myself.  Perfect for anyone heading off to a royal ball. 

You can find them online at La Garconne.

"A dream is a wish your heart makes" - Cinderella

Just Packaging On Etsy

These are a couple little gift sets that I put together for the Beaver Island Historical Society and I wanted to say thanks to Just Packaging on Etsy for a great trade.  Even though I did trade a bracelet for these boxes, Just Packaging has great pricing! 

Zonky Donk on Etsy, Let Your Animal Out

Hola friends! I don't know if everyone knows this or not but I have been working very hard to organize online auctions for Honor Flight.
Honor Flight is an organization that brings WWII veterans to Washington D.C. to visit their own memorial.

If you want more info about Honor Flight or my auction:

Anyways.... Zonky Donk on Etsy is one of the shops that is sponsoring this auction and I could not be more grateful. Zonky Donk has the cutest are my favorites:

*Special Thanks to Zonky Donk!*

I can't wait to share with you all the items I have for the Honor Flight Auction! :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fine Art Photograpy by SeentoScene

Fine Art Photography of New York City by Seentoscene


 Seentoscene is Noha Mishriky, a New Yorker who has a passion for photography.

“My mission is to capture a part of something ordinary in an extraordinary city and use it to create a singular vision using color, light and icons that impact the visual and emotional senses of the viewer.”
Print sets are reduced in price...enjoy.
Prints are mailed in cello bags and bend proof mailers to ensure your new prints arrive to you in top condition.

A New York Story ---

"On Broadway in Manhattan one quiet Sunday morning, an older man and I crossed paths. I was taking a photo of a diner window when he stopped to ask me why. Why would I be taking photos of things so ordinary ... so everyday instead of the great historic monuments around The City?
As I tried to humor the man while simultaneously resuming my photography, I smiled to myself. I have lived in Manhattan for over twenty years. In my experience, there is little that is "everyday" in New York City. Things change minute to minute ... transportation routes get switched around, buildings get leveled to be built anew, and so on.
So as I photograph what seems ordinary at the moment, I realize the familiar icons of the present may be the relics of tomorrow.
Thank you so much old man for stopping to chat."

Special Thanks to Noha for allowing me to share these photos with you!

Don't forget to stop by SeentoScene on Etsy: