Monday, May 24, 2010

Share the Love - Featured Artisan - Stitch-N-Studio










This weeks featured artisan is Stitch n Studio!

Beautiful and unique accessories to add to your wardrobe! "Accessories Beyond the Basic Bling!" Visit Stitch n Studio to see all her creations!

Etsy Shop

http://www.etsy.com/shop/StitchnStudio

Facebook

 http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#!/pages/StitchnStudio/181176934168?ref=ts

Twitter
http://twitter.com/stitchnstudio

Blog
http://stitchnstudio.blogspot.com/

Friday, May 21, 2010

An Artisan's Life by Anne Hopfer

Anne is one of the dear online friends I've met since I've started selling my jewelry online. She too is an artisan and spends much of her time helping and promoting fellow artisans. I have learned much from her expertise in online marketing.

She recently posted the following poem that she wrote on one of the online networking sites she manages - On Fire for Handmade.
If you are a handmade artisan and haven't checked out On Fire for Handmade, I would highly recommend you do so. Everyone there is friendly and helpful. It is a great place to share, promote and learn.

An Artisan's Life

We think, we create, we list, we wait!
Hoping to sell...feeling great.
We post, we tweet, we share, we like..
We update, we chat, we promote with might!

We clean, we dust and vacuum too..
Fix boo boos, cook .. a trip to the zoo.

We create some more and start listing again
Oh No... we have reached days end.

Never fear we are mighty and strong
There's always tomorrow...we plod along!

We make great friends along the way
And fingers crossed... a sale!! Yeah!!

We wear many hats in our venture on line..
We are Husbands and wives and somehow.. always find time.
We enjoy our good times and chins up during strife!

This my friend.. is the Artisan's Life!
written by Anne Hopfer (aka Made for Me by Oaklie)

You can find Anne at the following sites:

Made for Me by Oaklie

My Helping Hands

The Gift Shop Handmade

Made It Myself

Thanks, Anne, for letting me share your poem!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Hugs - Cathy
Caty Ann's Creations
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Share the Love - Featured Artisan - Pamannie Ink



This Weeks Featured Shop is pamannie ink- beautiful cards for all occassions! Say it with Love.. say it with Handmade! Stop by and see all of her wonderful creations! You can find pamannie at:




Face Book Page
Twitter Page

Friday, May 14, 2010

May Flowers

"April showers, bring May flowers!"

I love spring! Winter in NW Ohio is cold, dreary, gloomy and seems to last forever. My neighbor down the street has crocus in her yard and they are always the first flowers to push through the snow. I start watching for them toward the end of March (wishful thinking on my part) when I take my dog, Bobo, for walks. It is always exciting to see them open up and show their soft purple color. Then I know spring is just around the corner.

So, with this theme in mind, I decided to surf around Zibbet and shop for items relating to or including flowers. Here is what I found:

Dutch Damsels #46



This beautiful painting by Nithya from the shop "Fine Art From the Studio of Nithya Swaminathan" is an original acrylic painting bursting with color. Check out all of her extrordinary artwork.




MaddymooDesign has these cute little red felt flower hair clips. This shop is located in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has a variety of items from hair clips to greeting cards. You can see more of her designs in her Zibbet shop or on her website.



This print will not only bring beauty to your life but also inspiration. This mini print is called an ACEO (Art Card Editions Original) and can be found at "Downtime Photography and Design"


Twenty different silk peony heads, the perfect accent for hats, hair clips, dress pins...let your imagination run wild!  The "Simply Sassy Kids" shop is full of simply sassy accessories for your little Diva!




Glass Tile Pendant Colorful Flower


This beautiful glass tile pendant comes from "Giggles and Grins". This shop is run by two sisters who have a passion for computers, art and crafting. And they appear to be doing it very well. Check out their shop and see all the cute pendants made from glass tiles, scrabble tiles, dominos and bottle caps.






A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

These roses are made from 100% cotton yarn and measure 2" wide by 1" high. They can be attached to anything from purses to hats to flip flops. You can find these darling little roses in the "WillowStreet" shop on Zibbet run by Brenda in Mora, MN. Be sure to check out the other hand crocheted items in this shop.
Hope you enjoyed my surf through Zibbet looking for flowers. Wonder what we'll surf for next month??

Hugs - Cathy


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Share The Love - Featured Artisan - Shabby Bags

This Weeks Featured Shop is Shabby Bags - Jan creates wonderful purses and totes. The highest quality of work and every creation is done with love! Visit Shabby Bags to see all her beautiful Creations! You can visit her Artfire Shop Kiosk right here on my blog! Just check out the right hand column.

You can find Shabby Bags at:

Website
http://shabbybags.com/


MadeitMyself Shop
http://www.madeitmyself.com/user/shabbybags.aspx

Artfire Shop
http://shabbybags.artfire.com/

Etsy Shop
http://shabbybags.etsy.com/

Blog URL
http://shabbybagsshop.blogspot.com/

Face Book Page
http://facebook.com/shabbybags

Twitter Page
http://twitter.com/shabbybags

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Emeralds for Good Luck and Well Being

The traditional birthstone for May is the emerald. Emeralds are a variety of the mineral beryl, colored green by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium. Their beautiful green color as well as their durability and rarity make them one of the most valuable gemstones.

Emeralds are graded on four basic parameters: Color, Cut, Clarity and Crystal (transparency). Color is normally the most important criterion in grading colored gemstones. When grading emeralds, crystal is a close second. A fine emerald must not only be a pure luxuriant green hue, but also have a high degree of transparency to be classified as a top gem.

Color is divided into three components: hue, saturation and tone. Yellow and blue, the colors found next to green on the color wheel, are the normal secondary hues found in emerald. Emeralds range in color from yellow-green to blue-green with the primary hue being green. Only stones that are medium to dark in tone are considered emerald. Light toned gems are called green beryl.

Emeralds tend to have numerous inclusions and surface breaking fissures and are graded by eye. If an emerald has no visible inclusions to the eye it is considered flawless. Stones that lack surface breaking fissures are extremely rare. Most all emeralds are treated (oiled) to enhance the clarity. Treated emeralds should never be cleaned in an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner or washed with soap as this will remove the oil and expose the hidden internal flaws. Emeralds are more likely than other gemstones to be cut into cabochons, rather than faceted shapes. Cutters love this unique gemstone and have developed a special cut – the “Emerald Cut”. The design of this rectangular or square cut with oblique corners brings out the beauty of the stone and protects it from mechanical strain. To improve clarity, most emeralds are treated with cedar oil. The use of oil is traditional and generally accepted by the gem trade.

Emeralds were originally mined in Egypt and Austria. Today they are found in many countries across the world including the United States where they have been found in Connecticut, Montana, Nevada, and North and South Carolina. Occasionally a rare type of emerald known as a trapiche is found in the mines of Colombia, the world center of emerald mining today. A trapiche emerald has star-shaped rays of dark carbon impurities that spread from its center and give the stone a six-pointed radial pattern.



The Hooker Emerald Brooch, containing a 75-carat square-cut emerald, also in the National Museum of Natural History.







The emerald is the traditional gift for the 55th wedding anniversary in some cultures and is also commonly used as the 20th and 35th anniversary stone.

Numerous myths and legends are told about emeralds. The South American Incas and Aztecs regarded emeralds as holy gemstones. The oldest known emerald mines were near the Red Sea in Egypt. These mines were exploited by Egyptian Pharaohs between 3000 and 1500 BC and were referred to as
“Cleopatra’s Mines”. By the time the mines were discovered in the early 19th century, all of the emeralds had been mined. The holy scriptures of the Indians say that emeralds promise good luck and enhance well-being. The treasure chests of the Indian Maharajas and Maharanis contained wonderful emeralds.

Emeralds are mentioned in the Bible (KJV) as one of the precious stones in the breastplate of the high priest of the Jews. (Exodus 28:18 and 39:11)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Share the Love - Bloggers Unite Featured Blogger of the Week

The beautiful work created by vision impaired artisans is so amazing to me. Such is the work of London Lake Pickett from "Outta Sight". Her jewelry is stunning! (I also have a cousin who is legally blind who creates beautiful afghans and other needlework!)



This weeks Featured Artisan is London - Outta Sight! London has beautiful pieces in her shop! "Outta Sight" - Well, not quite. "I am blind in my left eye and have the equivalent of looking through a drinking straw in my right eye. The beautiful picture you see is Dolly, my guide dog. Making jewelry is an unfortunate hobby for a blind person, but I love it!"

"Celebrate Awareness is a collection I am excited about because we all support causes that are special to us. These necklaces, bracelets, and earrings allow you to show your own awareness and present a heartfelt gift to others. Choose your Cause or Color, and let me know if you have any special requests!"

London is a true inspiration to me!

Shop Name
Outta Sight

Shop URL
http://outtasight.artfire.com/

2nd Shop URL
http://madeitmyself.com/user/london.aspx

Blog URL
http://london-outtasight.blogspot.com/

Face Book Page
http://london-outtasight.blogspot.com/

Twitter Page
http://london-outtasight.blogspot.com/

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Investing In Women USA Micro-Grant Program

The Micro Grant Program from Investing In Women was started to encourage more women to become financially independent. Why is this important? Studies have shown that empowering women can decrease poverty, increase education and promote equality. All of these create a society of happy healthy people! When women are in control of their finances they make smart decisions and spend more time focusing on family and a healthy lifestyle. Unlike traditional grants, the IIW grant is dependent on donations. The application process is outlined on their website.


It’s easy to empower women, just by talking about it with friends and acquaintances. I am asking you take action by spreading the word. Send an email, Tweet it, share this on your Facebook page, add it to a Linked In discussion or include it in your next blog post. Let people knowYOU feel it is important to support women in business. You can share this message or use your own words. Just make sure you share the website link too! http://iiwomen.com/New/index.htm

Want to do more? Each grant is for $500, so they only need 100 people to donate $5 each. That’s the price of one latte at your favorite coffee shop.

Also, check the IIW website for other grants available to women who run their own businesses.

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