Thursday, January 31, 2008

New Section in My Shop

I've added a new section to my Etsy Shop. It's a place for the bride-to-be to find that perfect sparkle to enhance her own beauty or to find her bridesmaids a wonderful gift. Check out "Wedding Jewelry" in my shop!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Bridal Lace

I've just finished a piece for a custom order (I still have the earrings to figure out). This is a choker for a bride. The prototype is the silver and her piece is the cream. Her dress is champagne and cream and gold. I am so excited for her to see it, but I don't want to show her until I've finished the set.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Destashing My Bead Boxes

Over the years I have impulse purchased some really beautiful beads. Unfortunately, they have sat in my bead box and I've maybe used one or two of the different types of beads. So, I decided it was time to clean out the bead box. Maybe someone can buy these gorgeous beads, create something really wonderful and I can purchase some more Delicas, which I use all the time!

If you're looking for some different beads (stone, square, stars), check out my Etsy Shop and see what I've got to offer in my "Destash" section!

A Rose By Name

Sunday, January 20, 2008

1st Etsy-versary

One year ago today I opened my Etsy shop: A Rose By Name. Though it started out very, VERY slow, it's been much better in the last 6 to 8 weeks. I've learned a lot about promoting and photography and marketing, but I still have an awful lot to learn! One day, hopefully, I'll be able to create beadwork for my livelihood instead of working for someone else!
This was my first sale. It didn't come for about 6 weeks and it was to family, but it was the start.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Voting Is Over

The Etsy Beadweaver Challenge "Red" is over and the votes have been tallied! A winner has been chosen! To find out who it was and their winning piece, along with the other nine in the top ten, go to the Etsy Beadweavers Blog!

Etsy Beadweavers Blog

Now it's on to the next challenge. This theme was chosen by Swanee of Misty Ridge Beads, our winner of November's challenge and she has chosen:

This challenge goes until February 5th and the voting will begin on February 7th, so be sure to check out all these entries as they come in or enter your own beadwoven piece!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Etsy Beadweavers "Red" Challenge

In hopes of a mention in Storque (Etsy's online magazine), we have extended the voting on our challenge for a while longer! So, if you haven't had a chance to vote, please do so! There are some really amazing pieces, gorgeous pieces, pieces just crying out to be purchased for your Sweetheart for Valentine's day (or for yourself, because every woman needs to pamper herself now and again)!

Vote here: Etsy Beadweavers Blog

And then go comment on Carol Dean's blog (our own Sandfiber) and enter for a chance to win a custom color cuff! What a great prize!!

Comment here: Sandfibers

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

PurrfectlyDevine Jewelry Designs

I am relatively new to beading and I love taking classes to learn new techniques. I began selling because co-workers liked my work and asked if I would sell to them. I opened a shop because people I didn't know would comment about how much they liked my jewelry. Friends encouraged me and helped me get set up and my husband is supportive of my efforts. I have sold a number of pieces through an Open House my sister held for me. I also crochet and am thinking about adding some crochet pieces to my shop in the future.

My full-time job is a special education teacher and I work in a grocery store deli part-time. My husband and I have one daughter who is pretty much on her own and planning to get married in 2009. We share our smoke-free home with 3 cats and one grandpuppy who are banned from the bead room.

Etsy Shop: PurrfectlyDevine Jewelry Designs
Blog: PurrfectlyDevine Blog

Monday, January 14, 2008

Katrin Lerman Jewelry

I come from a family of makers and have been doing jewelry since I was a little girl (if making friendship bracelets is considered jewelry ; ) Originally from Germany, I settled in Massachusetts, US almost ten years ago. I can’t believe it has been such a long time already! Nonetheless, I draw inspiration from my German childhood as well as from the time spent here and from every little moment I can remember happening in between. Sometimes, photographs of finished jewelry pop into my mind and I have to quickly run to jot them down before they are gone. Other times, I have an idea in mind and it takes a lot of drawings until I have figured out how to best do what I was thinking about. Of course, those sketches are not written in stone and I often change a design while I am making the piece to arrive at the best end result possible.

I graduated from the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University in Boston with a Degree of Fine Arts in Interior Design. Interior Design is all about color, form, and texture – and that’s what I’m integrating in my jewelry designs.

Now that I have a beautiful baby girl, I try to spend every free minute (and those of you who have a baby know that there are few) creating jewelry. Naturally, I have lots more time thinking than creating and so my sketch book is filling up with ideas for years to come. I can’t wait to get working on all those ideas and designs!!

Katrin Lerman Jewelry
Katrin Lerman Blog

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Seeing Red!

Don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite piece in Etsy Beadweaver's Challenge! This time the theme is "Red" and you will see 42 wonderful examples of beadweaving!

Once you've cast your vote, take a look at Carol Dean's blog and comment! She's giving away one of her gorgeous cuff bracelets in a drawing of those who have voted and commented! You can't beat that prize!

Vote here:

Comment here:

Autumn Leah Designs

I am a stay-home mom and I love being able to see my daughter grow everyday... with that said I also need something to keep me sane. So I make stuff! I just recently started making jewelry so it is my habit right now but I also love making anything on my computer. I do all of my scrapbooking digitally. I create Christmas cards, birth announcements, birthday invitations etc. I have a degree in graphic design so that is my passion. I would never actually work in the advertising world (too much pressure) but I love using those skills for personal use or for friends, etc. I love to look at a craft and figure out how to make it myself. That is why my shop is kind of ecclectic. Anyway, I live in Dallas and I will ship to anywhere. Outside of the USA there is an additional charge though. Thanks for stopping by!!

Autumn Leah Designs
Autumn Leah Designs Blog

Friday, January 11, 2008

Diana's Darnings

I'm a 26 year old mother of one amazing 10 month old boy. I've worked hard for the last three years to put my husband through school and am now taking time for myself.

I love to sew and create. My mother taught me to sew at a very young age. I despised it then, but as I grew older I realized the wonderful gift she had given me.

I started out sewing flannel baby blankets inspired by my little boy. The blankets you'll find in my shop are homemade and much larger than the avearge receiving blanket. Made to last for many years of love.

I work hard to create items I would use or give as gifts myself. After all, we are our own worst critic, right?

Check back often to see new additions to my shop.

Diana's Darnings Etsy Shop
Diana's Darnings Website
Homespun Mama Blog

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Citrus Tree

I have been featured and several gallerys and museums. My cards and prints have been blogged and featured here and there. I am a member of the Etsy community and will be featuring other Etsy members here.

My Black & White Abstract print is currently on exhibit during the winter show at:

D'Art Gallery
116 Pleasant Street
East Hampton, MA
My cards have been blogged here:
I have also exhibited at All Florida Fine Arts Show -

Cornell Museum of Art and History,
Delray Beach Florida
My Flickr Account
Citrus Tree Shop
Citrus Tree Designs

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Berry Beads

Hi! My name is Rosi and I have always loved crafts. It is especially nice when the things I make are practical as well as pretty. I have many different interests and making jewelry is a new passion to bring out my creative side.

Designing and making jewelry pieces is a new passion of mine. I've been selling my ID badge lanyards at work and they have been quite popular. Each lanyard is a unique creation and is made to last.

Berry Beads Shop
Berry Beads Blog

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

My Cat Lulu

Lulu is one of the cutest cats out there. She has great big eyes and really soft fur. She reminds me of an anime cat, but only better–no crazy effects...though her purr could use a little more volume.

About me:
Professional facts:
BA in Art
Day Job: Desktop Publisher
Trained in Photoshop, Indesign, gocco, my medium format camera, black and white darkroom, and the color darkroom.

I am:
I'm lover not a fighter who enjoys the company of people, the songs of birds, and an occasional Mia tai. Don't like mean people, but really who would. Don't own bowling shoes, but I did play in a league when I was in 5th grade. Other than art, my passion is traveling. My last trip took me to Kauai, Hawaii...lovely.

Read about art and the life on me and Lulu at:
Pictures, pictures pictures!

Proud Member of the following street teams:
California Crafters Club Of Etsy
EFA- Etsy's For Animals
SF Bay Area

Monday, January 07, 2008

EBW "Red" Challenge - Voting Has Begun

Don't forget to get your vote in on the Etsy Beadweavers Challenge "Red"! There are 42 entries and the decision is tough, but join in the fun and maybe find that perfect Valentine gift!

Etsy Beadweaver Blog

Ooooo! After you vote, go over to Carol Dean's blog and comment. You could win one of her GORGEOUS bracelets!

Cigarbox Beads

Marilyn is another Etsy Beadweaver and she has gorgeous pieces! Her entry into the Etsy Beadweavers Monthly Challenge is fantastic! This theme is "RED" and she's definitely hit the mark with this fabulous choker! "Scarlet Sez Fiddle Dee Dee". Be sure to check out her shop and her blog to find out what our Marilyn is up to!
I became a non-stop beadweaver when I purchased 3 vintage cigarboxes full of beads at a flea market---about 20 years ago. I'm still using those beads, plus a 'few' more I can not help but purchase!

I'm a retired Home Ec teacher, loved what I did, love what I'm doing now.

Beadweaving is my joy AND being with our twin grand daughters. Not at the same time though, they love to 'help'! We do have 'crafting time' every day that I watch them, so I hope I'm instilling the love of creating in them.

I also knit, sew, crochet, decoupage and lots and lots of other stuff so some other goodies might show up here as well, along with beads!

Happy looking!--here and at my other etsy site - I also just took the big plunge into blogging- come see me there-

I've also joined Etsy Beadweavers and am a humble participant!

Cigarbox Beads Shop
Cigarbox Beads Blog

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Etsy Beadweaver Dec/Jan Challenge RED

The Etsy Beadweaver Challenge has officially ended and now the voting begins. Starting tomorrow there will be a ballot on the Etsy Beadweavers Blog so you can cast your vote for your favorite piece! Don't miss out on seeing all these gorgeous entries! There are 42 of them!

1. Shades of Red Bracelet by clairecreations

2. Fire Garden Necklace by fskellyman

3. Red Lacewing (extravagant bead woven butterfly hand flower) by GreenEnvyDesigns

4. Follow Your Heart - Freeform Peyote Bracelet by totallytwisted

5. Red Star Necklace and Earring Set by clairecreations

6. The Red Road Less Traveled Freeform Peyote Bracelet by myfairladyvt4

7. Beating Heart Necklace by triz

8. Pomegranate Seed Lip Balm Holder by arosebyname

9. Red Whimsy-Freeform Peyote Stitch Bracelet by crissytraparts

10. Hot Pepper Keychain by arosebyname

11. Red Brick Road Freeform Bracelet by myfairladyvt4

12. Bordeaux Bijoux by BeadJewelryShopgirl

13. Rocket - Freeform Peyote Necklace by totallytwisted

14. Sabatini by thebeadedlily

15. Red Freeform Netted Cuff by vickijensen

16. Fire and Ice Right Angle Weave Bracelet by crissytraparts

17. Magic Red Carpet by triz

18. Red Rocks Bracelet by KathysKraftyKreation

19. Hubbles Bracelet by KathysKraftyKreation

20. Simply Red Crystal Bracelet by beautyinthebeads

21. Red Bargello Hearts Peyote Cuff by SandFibers

22. Scarlett sez Fiddle Dee Dee Choker by cigarboxbeads

23. Red Hair Goblin from a Recycled LP by Tresijas

24. Royal Flash Bangle by triz

25. Sultry Cellini Spiral Bracelet by hands2heal

26. Red Floral Herringbone Cuff Bracelet by hands2heal


28. Garnet Lace Necklace by LauriDesigns

29. A Vila Mon Coeur, Gardi Li Mon by DantesSpirit

30. Simply Red Necklace Carnelian by LauriDesigns

31. SIMPLY RED This hearts for you by dawnchastain

32. Red Choker Necklace by BoodlersBeads

33. SeaWord by SalamanderHouse

34. Ligaments and Disks A Fringe Beaded Bead by thejadedog

35. And love goes round... Beaded Bead Necklace by ClinkscalesArts

36. Red, V-shape necklace with white glass heart pendant by GreenEnvyDesigns

37. Flowers For Scarlett Beadwoven and Bead Adorned Necklace by beadbug

38. Passion by RegalBeads

39. Sinfully RED Bead Woven Triple Spiral Bracelet by MistyRidgeBeads

40. Simply Red - Leaving by AnotherCountry

41. Red Bargello Ribbon Peyote Cuff by SandFibers

42. Red Between the Lines - Beadwoven Cuff by time2cre8 Go Vote!!

On A Thousand Hills

My name is Cheryl, and I love the outdoors! I also love playing with my beads and seeing what I can come up with to make.

God's creation is one of my favorite themes for my work. I think everyone would have to agree how wonderful nature is.

I'm a mom of 2 teenagers, and wife of a trucker. I love God! I am hoping to hike the Appalachian Trail in a few years. I'm also hoping to be able to supplement my husband's income by selling beadwork and other creative art pieces.

Buy Handmade in USA!
On A Thousand Hills Shop
On A Thousand Hills Blog

Saturday, January 05, 2008

From My Brush

A Florida artist who loves to paint in acrylics, water color, and pen and ink with watercolor wash. Flowers are her favorite subjects.Her canvases are large 16x20 art renderings, candles, glass bud vases, wine glasses,wood, note cards and bookmarks.I also hand paint designs on small letters for name board.

All paintings are available in 11 x 14 Originals, prints,
ACEO.s and notecards.

Any Items will be available for fund raisers.Convo me about wholesale price and I will list your items in reserve for

I continue to support scholarship funds as my personal project. Any item I sell on Etsy or any outside venue $1.00 will go to the Daytona Beach College Foundation for those in financial need.

From My Brush
From My Brush Blog

Friday, January 04, 2008

Contemporary Original Art by Pamela E. Miller

“By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity.” Robert Heinlein

“To Change One’s Life: Start Immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.” William James

These are just a few words that I like to live by. I feel that creating art is a way of sharing your soul with others. As you will see in my artwork: sometimes I am very flamboyant and always colorful, sometimes confidant and peaceful, other times angry or chaotic. I think all of my emotions; passions come out in my works. Sometimes I layer it on thick (paint and words) and other times I flirt with the canvas with light feathery strokes. My art reflects my beliefs in love, warmth, generosity, loyalty, and honesty. I’m inspired by science, fantasy, martial arts, architecture, and nature (especially water).

Maryland Institute of Art-Summer School
Howard Community College-Liberal Arts
Capital College-Computer Engineering

Gallery Shows:
Chesapeake Gallery- Prince Fredrick, MD
DMG Artwork- Annapolis, MD

Artist of the Year (Arts and Entertainment)- H.H.S. 1985
2nd Place: African Americans in Science and Technology Poster Contest 1985
Honorable Mention- H.H.S. 1984
Contemporary Original Art by Pamela E. Miller
Pamela E. Miller Contemporary Abstract Art

Thursday, January 03, 2008

90 Features in 90 Days Challenge

I just wanted to let anyone who signed up for the 90 Day Challenge that I haven't forgotten about updating. I'm waiting for Pippit of Giftbearer to update the list. Hopefully she'll be doing that soon. There have been a lot of people who said they were going to participate and then haven't, so she has been keeping tabs on those who are actually participating, it just needs to be updated for the latest participants.

To sign up to participate or to post your feature for the day, see this Etsy forum thread: 90 Features in 90 Days Challenge "New" thread

To see the updated lists of participants, see this Etsy forum thread: 90 Day Challenge Updated Participants List

Of course, we've gone beyond the 90 days (this started October 1st), but have not reached the 90 features, so this will continue.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Inspired Jewelry by Ann Burke

Ann is one of my fellow beadweavers and we are members of the fabulous Etsy Beadweavers Group. There is something so amazing about her freeform pieces! I don't know how she does it! And her doily earrings...well, you just have to check them out because they will knock your socks off!

I love to work with beads. Especially seed beads and gemstones. Everything that is in this shop is made by Me one bead at a time. Nearly all of my items are "One Of A Kind" OOAK. I never make another item exactly the same. It's not as interesting the second time.

I live in South Burlington, Vermont in the USA. I love to bead. Seed bead weaving by hand and gemstones are my favorite.

I am a Wife and Mom. I have 2 great kids, a boy age 12 and a daughter age 10. They are both Basketball stars at the moment. We also have 2 cats and a toy poodle. We live in Vermont, it is quite cold and we have a couple of feet of snow at the present time.