Saturday, November 08, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
October! It's almost October! Oh my! Well let's see I didn't touch even a scrap of clay for about five weeks once the end of summer vacation hit and it was time to get back to school. Thankfully things have started to slow down a bit at school and I found some time to assemble some finished clay pieces in time for the show last weekend in Gruene. I did pretty good. Unfortunately, my sister-in-law and I aren't sure if we are going to have a booth there for Oct- Dec. like we hoped. Apparently the spots we have been in are from people who come back once the holidays come around. I'm trying to find some other local craft markets to try. There are quite a few to choose from, however I haven't actually attended them which makes me nervous. Things have been so crazy at school that this weekend is the first one that I've been able to relax a bit. Well, if relaxing equals catching up on mountains of laundry, cleaning the office which looks like DC Designs and school stuff exploded into each other, and cleaning the bathroom counts as relaxing. Hopefully next weekend I'll get back to claying and have some time to take pics of some new stuff. All the new stuff sold at Gruene so I didn't even have time to photograph it. Kinda cool. :)
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Okay so according to the wii fit I've lost 4.8lbs! Yippeeee Skippy! Don't you dare tell me it is just water weight or that it is natural for the body to fluctuate up and down 5 lbs as the month goes on. I'm going to believe what the cute little wii fit board told me. :) I've also been eating pretty healthy. Well, I did have some Mexican food yesterday with my sister-in-law while we were scouting out Gruene's Market Days as a potential venue (you can read all about our adventure and new business venture here), but other than that I've been super healthy. Breakfast has been 1.5 whole wheat mini bagels. Why 1.5? Well, that's the right number of bagel halves to equal the right number of ozs for a serving of whole grains. I've been topping it with a smidgen of whipped cream cheese. A side of sliced strawberries finishes the plate and makes it all worthwhile. I've also been having a mug of green tea which is supposed to help with migraines, weight loss, and adult acne (Wow!) and it sure does taste good. I'm reading the book Eldest in this pic, it was a good junk food kind of read. The place mat and napkin were made for me by my friend Jen of Winged Egg. She surprised me for my birthday with them. Aren't they the prettiest place mats ever? For lunch I've been sticking to this salad from Ellie Krieger. It's really tasty. If you decide to make it triple the amount of Grey Poupon you put in the salad dressing and use red wine vinegar instead of the balsamic. I left out the parsley because I forgot to put it on the grocery list and it still tasted really yummy. I've been working on finishing assembling all those finished clay components that are just waiting to be transformed into finished pieces of jewelry. Hopefully I will have some shots of new stuff to share soon.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Who doesn't love local stuff? Alamo Mama is a site maintained by a couple of groovy San Antonio Moms with a great eye for where the cool places are, from a motherly perspective of course. Want to know what restaurants have the best sand boxes? Maybe you've been wondering where you can go play dress up on a stage with your 4 year old. Then check out this really cool site all for moms, which also happens to have excellent taste in jewelry.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Learn not to procrastinate. Someday I will sport a "carpe diem" attitude. However, not today. Today I am allowing myself such trivial pursuits as playing my new Wii game, "Wii Fit." I hate my fat mii (the character you make to represent yourself changes according to your BMI, eeek!!!) and am determined to see it shrink. Today I did Hula Hooping a couple of times, hit the soccer balls with my head and managed to hit every damn shoe that was thrown at my poor mii as well. I tried out the running and got really tired. Then I did a few yoga poses (the lady trainer is really annoying with her perky boobies and teeny waist) and finished the session off with the Balance Ball game. I got some fitness credits in my piggy bank but I didn't play long enough to unlock a new game. I'm very jealous of the hubby who got to do boxing today. grrrrrrr........ The hubby has played the game three days longer than I and has been sore each day after. We'll see how I feel tomorrow. It really is a fun way to exercise and procrastinate all at the same time. :) I also procrastinated today by spending some time trying on some hair colors (turning 30 has made me a bit conscious of the grays that I started getting back when I was 20.). Seriously this Clariol Hair Studio thing is hysterical and a great way to put off doing something important like laundry. Someday I will have purple hair!!!! Seriously, someday. And that is totally not may hair. Someday I'll figure out how to use rollers effectively too.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Well okay, actually this is my entry for the Polymer Clay Guild of Etsy's April Challenge. The theme for April is "Covered Eggs." I wanted my egg to look like I had stolen it from a nest, dropped it, and caused it to crack. I never do anything realistic so it was a fun challenge to try to get my egg as realistic as possible. Trying to get a real looking crack and not just a cut was the most challenging part. Since the plastic easter egg I covered came hinged I knew I wanted to keep the hinge and hide something inside. I just couldn't resist the temptation and I had to do a bird. I thought the copper would look good with the pale blue and then I remembered I had some vintage copper birdcage beads. I pried the cage open with my pliers and put three tiny beads of turquoise dyed jasper. I like to think the mama bird's eggs have been stolen and put in the bird cage.
You can see the making of this piece documented in this set of photos in my flickr photostream.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy has a challenge. For April, it's to cover an egg. I've never covered an egg before so it should be interesting to see what happens. I went to the fridge this morning and pulled out a real egg, but I just couldn't bring myself to poke the hole and blow the egg out. I don't like eggs. I can't stand the way they smell. Then I went to Walgreens to buy some Advil (darn those cramps) and I came across some hinged plastic Easter eggs. So I thought, why not? The bag came with lots of different sizes and I figure I have 14 opportunities to mess up so hey, for $2.50 and no yolks that isn't too bad. I have a feeling that I'm going to plagued with air bubbles. I haven't tried covering an object in years. Not since that Christmas with the infamous snowflake covered box that cracked and drove me mad. Of course that was over 3 years ago at the least. I'd like to think my clay skills have evolved since then and hopefully I'll be more successful this time. Or I'll just to a highly textured and antiqued egg so that the air bubbles are very sneakily disguised. hehehe, let the eggy claying begin!
Friday, March 21, 2008
The alarm rings at 5am. I run from the office/ clay room into the bedroom, flick on the lights, and jump on the bed. “Wake up! Wake up!” I shout as if it were Christmas morning and I were only 6 years old again. “Okay, Okay calm down please.” Says the no longer peacefully sleeping hubby as he rubs the sleepies out of his eyes and actually gets out of bed without hitting snooze once. He loads up the car as I run around the house frantically trying to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything. The car is packed and off we head to
In the car I try to fight off the urge to close my eyes after an all-nighter in the clay room. Seriously, I tried to go to sleep. Honestly, I really had every intention of sleeping, but I was just too gosh darn excited. I mean seriously it is my first time bringing DC Designs out to a craft show. Who wouldn’t be so excited!
So the hubby and I get there right on time even after stopping for breakfast at Chick-fil-a. Let’s all pause for a moment to appreciate the deliciousness of the Chicken Minis. Mmmmmm Chicken Minis. So we pull in to the parking lot, I meet Traci the organizer, in person. She is as sweet in person as she is on email. And I find my spot labeled, “DC Designs.” The hubby and I set up the tent (which a bar snapped on during the practice run so we had to duck tape it.). So begins the first problem. I can’t get my side up at all. I’m a wuss, what can I say. I have no upper body strength what so ever. Luckily, the really nice ladies next to me have some burly men with them who run over and help the hubby out. Gotta love that DIY spirit.
I throw up the folding tables and we get the tent weights my big brother made (my sister-in-law was doing the show too) and begin setting up. Somehow when the hubby put the vanity in the car and unscrewed the legs something happened to the molly bolts and the legs won’t screw back in. Luckily I’m able to prop the legs up and get it to work. We roll out the gorgeous banner my Dad made for me and I start making signs with prices on them.
Then we notice the wind! The tent is blowing like crazy and displays keep falling down. So my big brother decides to go get cinder blocks and I take down the easel displays I just bought and put things down flat. My display is now way less interesting. It’s about 11:00 and we still haven’t seen any customers. Vendors start walking around and peeking at other people’s stuff. The tent is blowing forward inch by inch and seems like it’s going to blow away at any moment. Two people’s tents actually tumble and blow away. Necklaces fall and blow off. It was crazy. The hubby starts guessing whether people are customers or just coming to see a friend’s booth. By the end of the day the hubby counted only 18 real customers. Hardly any of them bought anything from any of the 40 vendors assembled in the parking lot.
My brother and his wife and son come up from
But all wasn’t lost. I learned that my tent is crappy and I’m going to exchange it for the one that has supports in the middle. Whatever you do don’t buy an EZ up Embassy II. The winds were only up to 15 mph. The EZ Up couldn’t handle it at all. The people next to me had an EZ Up with the trusses across the ceiling. This one didn’t move an inch and it was weighed down by only three bricks on each leg. I believe it was the Express. Apparently at Sam’s there is one for $149.00. That’s the one I got. Then there is one for $194.00. That’s the one they had. This is a circumstance where it is worth the extra money to get the better model. I also learned that my displays need to be heavier. I bought the most adorable antiqued copper racks. But they were easily blown over. I finally weighted them down with the hubby’s Stephen King novel once he realized he couldn’t read as he was going to have to spend the whole day holding the tent. He certainly gets a gold star.
So I learned a lot my first time out even though I didn’t sell a thing. And the best thing was right before we were getting ready to pack up I got to meet my friend Sam from Old But New live and in person! I have a great group of Etsy buddies online and we have been chatting it up together for almost a year now. We help each other out with promoting our shops through treasuries and bumping forum threads. It’s great to have people to go to who can help you out with crafty business questions. And quite frankly we just hang out and chat quite a bit. They are a great group of friends and I’m so lucky to have them. Sam and the boy and the hubby and I went out for some Chinese food afterwards and had a great time gabbing away. So even though the craft fair wasn’t profitable financially it was a great experience.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I 've been beading and claying as fast as my little hands will let me go. The Crafty Mama's Market is this Saturday the 15th and there is still so much I want to finish! Another tray of clay is curing in the oven and I decided I had to snap a shot of one of my earring racks. I've never made anything without polymer clay components before. It's been really fun to just sit with my box of brass and my box of beads and just go crazy making earrings. I decided since I'm short on time to focus on polymer clay necklace focals and mirrors and then make the earrings out of vintage beads. I got a ton of yummy glass vintage beads that complement the colors that seem to predominate my work. So here's a sneaky peeky!
Monday, February 18, 2008
So what did I give him? Well, normally we go out to eat or pick-up Pei Wei for Valentine's, but since it was the first day in almost two weeks that he wasn't having to close. I decided to do it up right and cook a special dinner. I bought some Bacon-wrapped Fillet Mignon and made a mushroom sauce to go with it. (I'll post the recipe on my blog sometime this week), cheesy scalloped potatoes (from a box, hey it was a work night!) and steamed haricot verts and parisienne carrots with lemon pepper and a bit of butter (It was Valentine's Day after all). I hadn't really cooked in so long. We both just sat there and went mmmmmmmmmmm.
The hubby is not one for fancy desserts so I brought him home the leftover un-frosted cupcakes I had ordered from the grocery store for school. In my book a cupcake has to have sprinkles and a cherry on top or it's just not a real cupcake.
Then we snuggled on the couch and watched Lost. What better night could we possibly have had?
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
The first exciting thing is that I got a really sweet convo (kind of like an email for you non-Etsy folk) on Etsy from Traci of MyHouseBoutique inviting me to participate in the first Crafty Momma's Market in Austin. I mailed off my application yesterday and I was just so thrilled that I practically did the Happy Joy Joy dance all the way to the mailbox. This will be the first time DC Designs has had a booth at an event and I just can't wait!!!!! *squeeeeeeeeee* Well that's assuming that I sent my application in on time and there is still space and all. I did it really early though so I should be okay. I'll keep you posted. The last couple of nights I've been lying awake envisioning my booth and dreaming up displays. This is the tent I'm thinking about purchasing. It got really great reviews from other sellers and it's a huge deal at the local Sam's Club. It's going to be so fun!!! And I love that it's outside. I love any excuse to spend the day outside.
The second thing that happened was that I hit my 100th sale!!!! *throwing confetti in your hair and handing out balloons* I wanted to make it to this landmark by the end of February so that I would have 100 sales my first year. (I actually listed my first item in Feb.) I was so excited to make it. And yes, I jumped up and down, grabbed the hubby's hand and started dancing around like a fool. :) And what was it that sold? *drum roll please........* The "If only you knew how beautiful you really are" mirror." Six of them to be exact! So my 100th sale was just over 100 dollars. That will go nicely towards buying some more supplies for the market. I need to build up that inventory.
The third and final bit of good news is that I decided to join the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy. I used to be in my local guild but I have been so busy lately that I was never able to make the monthly meetings. This guild is full of wonderfully talented and super welcoming artists who have shops selling polymer clay items on Etsy. Their website and flickr photo pool is shock-full of talent. You can also go to Etsy and enter the tag PCAGOE in the search bar to find items made by various sellers of this wonderful online community. The other day when I was on the phone with my clay buddy and she asked me if I had tried/ seen the new line of clay and tools out I realized how out of the clay loop I was. I had no idea there was new clay out there! It made me realize how important it really is to have keep up with the polymer clay community by belonging to a guild. It is also great fun to have other artists to bounce ideas off of and get feedback from.
That about sums up my three good things. So I guess now I better go email Mom and tell her that just maybe she is right and that good things certainly do come in threes.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Yep, that was a very self-centered post. But anybody who knows me would tell you that I'm so the opposite. So I thought they'd get a chuckle at that title. =) I came home from school today to find lots of fun convos in my inbox on Etsy. I love convos. Sometimes people send them to ask questions, to say how much they love something, or just to say hey. Today I got a convo from Jessica, creator of a really totally jawsome blog called Funky Finds. She talks about some of my Valentine's Day items today. How cool is that!?!?!?! Check it out and leave a comment! Pretty please. :) I'm really excited today because the shop hit 99 sales! My goal is to be at 100 by the end of February. At this rate, I think I might make it! So thankful to all my wonderful beautiful customers. :) I'm also contemplating bringing DC Designs out in person for the first time and participating in a local market. I'm not sure yet because I need to find a helper. I'll have to bribe a friend with some jewelery maybe. :) I'll keep ya posted. xoxoxoxoxo (Can you tell I'm quite chipper today with all my smiley faces and hugs and kisses.)
*edit* I'm one away from one hundred! Which is so crazy because all day today I celebrated the 100th day of school in kindergarten. It's a really big deal for the kinder kids and we do fun stuff with the number 100 all day, like making crowns with 100 stickers and necklaces with 100 fruit loops. How cool would it be to hit 100 sales on the 100th day of the school year. Well, I got six more hours and a showcase going on so maybe.....
Sunday, February 03, 2008
So I finally found a way to add a shopping cart to my actual website that I can understand. All that CSS, html, Xtml, etc. stuff is like Greek to me. I signed up for Big Cartel which is basically a shopping cart service you can subscribe to. It prompted me to think about changing things up a bit as far as the design and the layout of my site goes. I've been polling people on the Etsy forums, bugging my flickr buddies, and posting bulletins on Myspace asking for opinions. Surprisingly a majority of people really think the black and white shows off my work better. However a lot of people are big fans of the pink and green flowery look. My sweet friend Sylive of AlbinaRose has been quite a banner making diva and wiped out some really neat options to try to combine the two looks. I'd love to know what my blog readers think. If anybody is reading of course. :)
You can get a sneak peak at all the different home pages trying to mesh the two different styles.
*update* The new look is uploaded!
the new meshed together look!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
So I guess I better make this one count eh?
Buy one item of $15 or more and take 25% off a second item of equal or lesser value.
just enter coupon code "anniversary" at checkout.
This special will expire at midnight, central time, Monday, January 28th 2008.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
free shipping and a free surprise gift with all orders of $15 or more.
I'm feeling really tired due to stuff going on at school. I have tons of ideas for new stuff, but I'm just kinda too exhausted mentally to work on anything new. Kinda sad. Maybe I will condition a bunch of clay tomorrow to work out some of my anxiety about stuff.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
*insert drum roll*
Buy 2 of anything in the shop
and get one item
of equal or lesser value
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
If you are looking for the blog special scroll down, I'm extending yesterday's till I post the new one late tomorrow.
I just listed this in the shop. Its pretty different for me; it's not antiqued, it's hearts and the clasp is in front. I think I might make another in turquoise this weekend. Nighty Night.
Monday, January 07, 2008
DC Designs One Year Anniversary Celebration!
31 Days of Specials!
January 7, 2008
Free Surprise Pair of Earrings
with any purchase from the shop of $10 or more.
|DC Designs’ Etsy Shop|
Please enter coupon code Blog 09 in the note to seller at checkout.
Offer valid until the new special is posted.
Friday, January 04, 2008
DC Designs One Year Anniversary Celebration!
31 Days of Specials!
Day 8 -10
January 4-6, 2008
Free Surprise Pocket Mirror
with any purchase from the shop of $10 or more.
|DC Designs’ Etsy Shop|
Please enter coupon code Blog 08 in the note to seller at checkout.
Offer valid until the new special is posted.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
31 Days of Specials!
January 3, 2008
Purchase anything from the
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Offer valid until the next special is posted.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
A couple nights ago I made the first prototype for my mean candy. I resisted the urge to go with the classic puffy heart candy shape because I figured these hearts are mean and they need to be a bit sassier. So I made an elongated heart with a little curve at the tip that should hit right at the cleavage. Now I was making mean and sassy candy hearts. I started to get even more excited about the project.
I wasn’t happy with the lettering and I didn’t want the hearts to need to be antiqued. So next I worked on solving that problem. Thanks to those new letters and the inkpad the problem was solved. At the last minute I decided it needed a bit more and I added a flat-back crystal. Now I had sassy, sexy, mean candy.
Last night I baked the piece off and I couldn’t wait to assemble it this morning. First I had to sand and buff the piece so it was nice and shiny. Then I opened up my box of vintage treasures since I decided sterling silver just wasn’t right for this piece. I took out a length of vintage copper chain that I bought a long time ago from EpochBeads on Etsy. Then I remembered the vintage glass dangle beads with copper headpins and an idea began to take shape. I had made some spiral topped copper headpins a while back but never used them. I got out a headpin and added some Swarovski bi-cones. Then I remembered the spiral jump ring type things I hade made while practicing my wire work and got one of those out too. I added the two dangle beads and had a nice little spiral dangly beaded thing-a-ma-bob to add to the chain. I was pretty happy with how they looked together and now I all I had left to do was to attach the clasp.
Little did I know that figuring out how to close the necklace was going to be a project unto itself. The vintage chain was too fine to get a jump ring or a piece of wire through. I couldn't figure out how in the world I was going to attach a clasp. I tried several different things but eventually I decided to use a length of beading wire and make the ends beaded. I have some vintage snap clasps but I thought they were too hard to open and close so I took it off and added my obligatory handmade hook and eye clasp.
So finally, here I have my first piece using my Mean Candy. I’m actually really excited about it. This piece is the first piece I’ve made that encompasses all of my jewelry making skills. I got to use some wirework, some bead stringing, some assembling, and of course some polymer clay skills. I plan on spending the rest of the day making some more “Mean Candy” with different sayings on them. I also promised the hubby I’d make some “Nice Candy” because as he so eloquently reminded me, “Valentines is supposed to be nice you know.”
If you are looking for today's special, well, thanks to too many glasses of wine for New Year's I forgot to post it last night at midnight. So yesterday's special is good until midnight tonight. Just look two posts down.