Thursday, January 28, 2010

It's A Good Thing!

Work - work - work!! The spring craft show season is fast approaching and I need new "springy" designs in my inventory. Also, I've been adding products to both my Artfire and Zibbet shops.



But that isn't the 'good' thing... (more)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Great Finds

I've entered the weekly contest sponsored by Anne at Made for Me By Oaklie. This week's theme is "LOVE IS IN THE AIR" and there are some beautiful items in pink and red this week. All About the Buttons entered a cute wall clock covered in hearts and I love the tote by Dee's DeeZigns! I may just have to order the red hair ribbons from Lil Princess Bowtique for my granddaughter Kendall. Several shops have entered earrings and I can't decide which ones I like the best; they are all so beautiful.

Click on Great Finds and check out all the shops entered and vote - hopefully for me! :) And while your surfing check out Anne's blog - Made for Me by Oaklie



Have a wonderful evening!

Hugs - Cathy

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I'ts HERE!!

I received my prize from VA Beach Quilters today and I LOVE IT!!!! Isn't this just about the cutest little thing I've ever seen. And I love small wallets because I have to carry small purses because of my surgeries. So this is going to work out GREAT!!!



And it arrived full of business cards from our Business Card Exchange on On Fire for Handmade! There are plenty of pockets for business or credit cards as well as MONEY!!




I like my wallet so much I went to her Artfire Shop and ordered a pink business card holder!! Check out her shop there's lots of neat things there!!


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Share the Love - Bloggers Unite Featured Artist







This weeks featured artisan is Tracy - owner of Braggin' Rights Bath. This is her new venue... wonderful yummy bath products..Tracy also has a shop called

Braggin' Rights filled with wonderful handmade gifts. You can find Tracy at:



MadeitMyself

Artfire

Etsy



She also has 2 blogs... Uses for Stuff Braggin Rights Finds



Stop by and see all her wonderful creations!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Time to get organized!!

Well, January is already half over and I am still trying to get organized. I am making progress though. We have a small room upstairs. We were told when we bought the house that it was a 3rd bedroom. It was hard for us to imagine a 5' x 10' bedroom, although we did use it as a nursery for our daughter after she was born. After she out grew the nursery it became a "collect all" room a.k.a junk room!

A light bulb went off over my head a couple of weeks ago and I decided that would be the perfect room for my studio. The short wall faces west and is all windows so I will have a lot of natural light (if the sun ever shines in NW Ohio again). So my darling hubby, Richard, and I spent an entire weekend cleaning and pitching and marking items for this spring's yard sale and finally the conversion was complete. Well....almost - there are still a few minor storage adjustments to be made. Here are the results:


There are storage shelves to the left and then my jewelry design table with lighted magnifier. Across the back wall under the windows is a work table that also has my laptop and a printer to the left and Richard's stereo on the right (yes, he even let me use his stereo!!). Who can be creative without good music??? And you're probably wondering about the long item on the right covered in black???? That's my electronic keyboard that I haven't been able to play for about 5 years! Another reason to clean out this room - LOL



I also plan to use this room for scrapping and thought this table would be good for my scrapbooking hobby. Although the space is rather small, it really is multi-functional and I'm sure I'll be spending a lot of time here.



Now I just have to find some time to get creative and design some more jewelry!

Another area of organization I'm working on is all my networking sites. I am following so many blogs and FB pages now I'm having trouble keeping track. Add to that all the .ning sites I've joined and other crafters networking sites....my head is spinning!!! So I've created a "networking" folder in my favorites to attempt getting things in order. Wish me luck!!

I just found out today that I won a contest on VA Beach Quilter's blog - WOO-HOO!! I won a cute quilted wallet in pretty blue paisley (I love paisley!!) Be sure to check out her blog and follow the links to her shops while you are there. She has some beautiful quilted items! Thanks Kim for your blog and your monthly giveaways! I'll be posting pictures when I receive my prize!





I am also showcased on Julie's Creations With Heart blog again on her Top Handmade Creations of the Week feature. Thanks Julie - love your blog! Be sure to visit her blog and see all the showcased artisans.


Even though I haven't had time to do any designing, I have been posting new items to my Artfire shop Caty Ann's Creations. My latest addition is this set called Ebony and Ivory. The set sells for $25.00. Separately the necklace is $20.00 and the bracelet is $10.00 - check out my shop for more detailed views.




Everyone have a wonderful week.

Hugs - Cathy

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