Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Vote to WIN!!

****EarthPath Artisans Winter Wonderland Challenge****

Heart your favorite entry in the Winter Wonderland Challenge and win an EarthPath Artisans PRIZE PACK! You can find the entries HERE!

The item with the most hearts wins! There will be a random drawing from among the voters who voted by hearting for PRIZE PACKS! there will be FOUR prize pack WINNERS!

If you want to take a shortcut and just vote for me, go HERE hehe

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Witchvox Front Page!

I'm on the front page of Witchvox again! The article is Caring for Your Feline Familiar. How exciting!!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Fantastic New York Times article about Etsy

The NYT has a fantastic article about Etsy! It covers everything from the philosophy behind not only Etsy, but much of the DIY, handmade movement.

It includes interviews with the founder of Etsy, the most well-known Etsy success story and other driving forces.

Read it here:

New York Times

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Forgive me if I'm pleased with myself

I apologize if this sounds like bragging, but I am totally digging this new ring I made for myself! It's bright, it's bold, it's electric blue! It's wrapped in sterling silver wire and I love it!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Winter Wonderland EartPath Artisans Challenge

One of the Etsy Street Teams I'm a member of, EarthPath Artisans, is having a Winter Wonderland Challenge. It's a contest wherein team members create something conforming to the challenge theme, in this case Winter Wonderland.

We've had some truly amazing entries so far. This is mine.

This magnet celebrates the warmth of the joy of the season in the midst of the icy cold of winter. The ice blue theme is contrasted with the cheery word “joy.” The background on the inside is shiny silver paper covered with deep blue mesh material. A silvery embellishment surrounds the word “joy” on a lead-free pewter bead. White and blue acrylic gems complete the interior. Glittery silver snowflakes are stamped on the inside of the glass top.

The outside is wrapped with a deep blue ribbon to which are glued more white and blue acrylic gems.

The magnet is a round tin with a glass top with a heavy-duty magnet attached to the back.
It is 2” (5.8 cm) across and 1” (2.5) deep.

Got to my Esty shop to see more pictures: Luminosities

You can see my teammates entries in our team shop, too: Winter Wonderland Entries

Sunday, December 09, 2007

New! Rings at Luminosities

I'm making rings now! It's so gratifying to take nothing but some wire and some beads and end up with a ring. I love doing it. Here are a few of the rings I have for sale in my shop, Luminosities

Mystic Moonstone Ring
This unusual wire wrap ring features a large luminous moonstone surrounded by five smaller moonstones.

The softly glowing moonstone is said to cultivate nurturing emotions, helping one both be more loving and feel more loved. Moonstone is associated with the astrological sign of Cancer, also called Moonchild.

The ring is wrapped in sterling silver wire, using a heavier gauge for the shank and a smaller wire to attach the beads.

Red Velvet Garnet Ring

The stones used in this ring are a gorgeous deep red velvet color.

Garnet is a stone of many metaphysical talents. Garnet is said to enhance romantic love and passion. It can also bring positive thoughts, boost energy and enhance self-esteem. Another of garnet’s metaphysical benefits is success in career matters. You really can’t go wrong with this exquisite multi-tasker.

The ring is wrapped in sterling silver wire, using a heavier gauge for the shank and a smaller wire to attach the beads.

Dark Star Ring

This fun and funky wire wrap ring features a star shaped genuine snowflake obsidian bead flanked by a tiny black faceted glass bead.

Snowflake obsidian is said to ground energy and absorb anger, fear and stress.

The ring is wrapped in sterling silver wire, using a heavier gauge for the shank and a smaller wire to attach the beads.

Deep Purple Ring

This bold wire wrap ring features a faceted glass bead in a brilliant purple. The faceted surfaces reflect light for maximum sparkle.

The ring is wrapped in sterling silver wire, using a heavier gauge for the shank and a smaller wire to attach the beads.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Rwanda Update

The efforts of the Intercultural Communication students have raised $4500 toward building a house in Rwanda! They need a total of $5700, so they have $1200 to go! Donations can be sent to:
SBCC/ICC Club - Rwanda Project
Communication Department
721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Donations are tax deductible. The Tax ID# is 52-1645262

Please make checks payable to:
SBCC/ICC Club - Rwanda Project
Make a difference - donate today!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Arts and Crafts Show to Benefit Rwandan Orphans

Last Saturday I did my very first show. It was held in the parking lot of the college, organized and put on by the Intercultural Communication students. The vendor fees and t-shirt sales went toward building a house for Rwandan orphans, victims of genocide.

It was a really small show with only about 20 vendors, but it was for a great cause.

The whole thing was promoted by the Chair of the Communication Department, my friend Tina.

It was so windy I had to finally give up on my upright displays and lay almost everything flat on the table. Some of my business cards are now floating somewhere on campus. I shared a table with my friend Julie, who brought candy canes which made us very popular with the kiddies!

Because of the wind and because the Gem Faire was in town, I didn't do very well in sales. I did go to the Gem Faire after the show was over and undid any gains I made at the show and then some!

If I thought of the show only in terms of income generated, I'd have to write it off as a loss. (Some vendors didn't sell anything at all, though, so I did better than most!) The thing is, there was so much more to be gained from this event.

They had two drumming bands play, which was awesome! One was a small band called Panzumo who kept us bopping with Africanesque beats.

The other band was a bunch of kids and their instructor from a local drum shop. These kids were fantastic! They played drums, trash cans and trash can lids. They had choreographed movements to match their playing. I was so impressed with these guys! Their name is Boom Chaka. The kid pictured below is about to do a backwards somersault off of that trash can!

Needless to say, they drew quite an audience.

The most impressive thing about this event, though, has to do with the Intercultural Communication students. They worked like demons to put this thing together in a short period of time. Seeing college students come together like this to make a difference in the lives of others much less fortunate than they was a real privilege. They actually had three days of events to raise money to build a home for orphans in Rwanda. It was the students themselves who came up with the ideas for all of this.

The event on Saturday may not have been lucrative for me personally, but it was fun. Between the bands and the joy of watching the students work to help those who need it, it was a much more fulfilling experience for me than just making a profit. I was so moved by their hard work and dedication that I contributed 10% of my sales (not much, but every little bit helps) to their cause.

For more information about the efforts of the Intercultural Communication students' efforts and events, go here:
3 Days of Change

For information on the situation in Rwanda, go here:
Rwanda: How the Genocide Happened