Our Etsy Shop of the Week is bellabeadjewelry, where you can find handcrafted beads, findings, and even completed jewelry made from them! They are created by proprietor, Linda Lawrence. Her art and the the Etsy shop in which she sells it, are only one of the creative sides to her life. During the day, Linda is an art teacher in a local elementary school and, as she puts it, she "plays with fire by night!"
The latest issue of Step by Step Wire Magazine is due to hit the newslands any day. This issue features my Pearl Harbor Memories necklace, in rainbow niobium rings and dichoric glass cabachons I make. There are also many more variations in the weave I chose (which I'm keeping a surprise) including square rings, anodized aluminum rings and stainless steel rings.
Well, here I am, stuck at home with a broken foot. I have orders from the doctor that I am not allowed weight bearing for 3 months (I'm about half way there). There is not much to do but read, watch TV (thank goodness for Tivo), work on my jewelry and knit like crazy.
Imagine my joy when my neighbor brought my mail to me yesterday and in it was a review copy of Regretsy. I'd heard a lot about the book and was really curious to see what all the hype was about.
Author April Winchell had me hooked with a line in the introduction: "When I discovered Etsy in 2007, it was like I had died and went to Hemet." Dear readers, I grew up in Hemet so I know exactly what she means. Only someone who has been there could understand how much humor and satire can be packed in that one simple sentence.
Some people have accused Regretsyas being cruel, or mean spirited, but I beg to differ. April makes it very clear that she admires the vision and creativity of the artists who create the work shown in the book. That doesn't mean the art and craft work is good, or beautiful, but these people are doing something creative and that is a lot more than the rest of the world is doing
How can you not admire Kentucky Frilled Chicken, a poncho for a chick?
The sense of humor in Regretsy does have an edge, but if your own funny bone
leans that way, you'll have a lot of fun here. Thanks for cheering up
my day, April!
This weeks shop is from one of our most active members here on etsy twitter team. FoxyGknits, owned and created by Lois Stifel, is a beautiful shop. Within the shop you can find hand-knit, one-of-a-kind shawls, wraps and scarves that are fashioned by combining diverse yarn textures and color palettes. Designed for today’s woman, all items encompass both style and comfort. You can see that Lois world is truly inspired from colors and textures in the "everyday world around me". In everything Loise list in her shop you can tell that her "Knitting was my avocation long before it was my vocation, and each item is hand knit with love. I take great pride in my workmanship, and if something isn’t up to my standards, it doesn’t go into my shop."
Marbles are glass, and unfortunately you can’t tell what the COE is on a marble, nor can you tell if any of them will be compatible. Therefore you can’t fuse them into one unit inside the kiln. You can however melt them individually and do some nifty things with these globs of glass.
To begin, choose your paper. You need six sheets of matching paper (preferably a heavier weight). Choose one for your outside, a contrasting one for your lid, and 4 to create the inside boxes. Cut as follows (all measurement are in inches):