Friday, January 25, 2008

JET Treasure Hunt!

The Jewelry on Etsy Team (JET) is having a treasure hunt!

Here is the official information:
***** Welcome to the official JET Treasure Hunt thread!! *****

Buyers and sellers are welcome to play. Bring your friends!

HOW TO PLAY: Included in this post is a list of participating shops. There is one "treasure" hidden in the listings of each participating shop. Search through the listings of each shops to find the treasure. Keep track of the shop names and URLs where the treasures are located. Convo lushbeads with your answers. The winner will be the one who finds all of the treasures!!

You have 2 days to hunt - from 12:01AM EST Fri January 25th to 11:59PM EST Sat January 26th. Make sure to convo your answers before 11:59PM on Saturday!!

PRIZES: There will be prizes! Out of everyone who finds all the treasures, we will randomly pick 5 names and each person will win a fabulous handmade jewelry prize. A sneak peek at the prizes:
Here's what your treasure looks like:

Look high and look low...some folks may have been sneaky with their treasures!

PARTICIPATING SHOPS - remember, each shop has one treasure hidden in its listings!

I've got the graphic in my shop! So go to & seek your treasure!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Graduation Gift for the Artist

I absolutely love the way this necklace turned out.
As it was out on my workbench, I just felt so motivated & enthused. Then after photographing and while preparing to list the item in my etsy shop, I found out why. The descriptions of my jewelry truly reflect my mood during the listing process.
I first grabbed the dictionary, as to make sure I wasn't mistaken that graduate had both meanings. (My Junior High & High School years forced way too many "vocabulary words" into my mind. Often, I'll know there is a better/bigger word for what I am trying to communicate, but the actual word has been hidden in the folds of my memory. Thanks Watson.)
This is what I found: Graduate.v. 1)To be granted an academic degree or diploma 2)To change gradually or by degrees.
So, I wasn't inspired, yet. Then off to my sources for metaphysical attributes of the stones. This, combined with my trusty definition of Graduate did it. Here is the resulting description, straight off of Etsy.

Graduation Gift for the Artist - A Necklace

Graduate.v. 1)To be granted an academic degree or diploma 2)To change gradually or by degrees.

A center section of Hessonite Garnets in graduated shades and Cultured Freshwater Pearls in graduated sizes. Sterling silver chain. Sidebars feature graduated Cultured Freshwater Pearls and a hand-cut Citrine rondell. Sterling silver lobster clasp. 18 inches in length.

Hessonite Garnet is referred to as the stone of creativity. Pearls are said to enhance personal integrity and focus attention. Citrine enhances creativity and strengthens self confidence. A lovely combination for the artist in each of us.

Well, I like it. What do you think? Please feel free to leave a comment. It makes me happy to know someone is reading my blog!

Nothing in the Peanut Gallery Today

Sorry- We are up in the freezing cold mountains for a quick weekend get-a-way.

When I checked on the peanut, before we left, the top leaves were dry & crispy. = (
But soil was moist???

I don't know... Photos later this week.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Secret Santa Gift for Bdazzling

I just realized that I never posted a picture of the bracelet that I made for BdazzlingCreations. I was matched with her for the JET (Jewelry On Etsy Team) Secret Santa Swap.
I had a hard time figuring out what to make for her. Making Jewelry specifically for another jewelry artist is a real challenge. Finally I figured out what to make. I used Sterling Silver wire and Cultured freshwater pearls & crocheted an amazing bracelet.

But, She didn't get that bracelet, because my car was robbed & it was stolen. So, I had to make her another, which I think I like better than the first, because the clasp is less obvious and more secure. I also went with two larger sized pearls, and only three stitches wide vs four stitches like the first one. I think this made it less dressy/formal.
Anyway, when she got it, she loved it. And so did several of her co-workers! I hope to get another similar one made with a different colors of pearls. For some reason, now this one looks like bridal jewelry, but maybe that is just because it was mentioned in our team thread, that prom & wedding season is fast approaching!

If you are interested in a bracelet in this style, please contact me. Etsy conversations are great & easy for me to keep track of!

Thanks for reading & come visit my shop soon!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Changing Blog Name

The Peanut Gallery!

Thought I'd show our progress-- I really need to get online & see what conditions this thing is "Supposed" to grow in.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

It's still alive!

Here it is in with the mother spider plant. (left)

And, in its pot of its very own! (right)

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


So, here I am doing some random chores around the house. Watering the plants & picking off the dead leaves (since I think I forgot to water them in December)...


Yep, that's a peanut growing in my spider plant.
Hmm, wonder how long that peanut (in the shell no less) has been in there. That plant is one that goes outside when it warms up... Guess it has been awhile.