Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A New *FUN* Challenge!

I like to challenge myself - in FUN ways, of course! As a kid, I would constantly create games in my head to help me deal with certain situations or just to make the time pass in a more interesting way. Some things that I did may be viewed as obsessive compulsive... such as telling myself, "if we pass one more red car, that means I'll get that barbie doll I've wanted forever"

It works... Well, kinda (I never did get that barbie doll) but my life is never dull - which, I think is one of the points of living, right?
um.... So, what is my point?
I've never been really good at creating a "series" of jewelry. With my sculpture I would become obsessed with one idea and have a hard time creating anything outside of that idea - which I guess made for a somewhat cohesive line of work (not that that should be the point or reason for creating artwork) but with jewelry.... Well, to be honest, I get bored easily.

Or to put it in a more positive light - I have too many ideas to just stick to one.... and I think that jewelry should be fun - not exactly thought provoking...

Having said all of that, there are some pieces of jewelry that I really, really liked creating and wouldn't mind making again - like my "crazy lace" series that I started a few years ago - my first in this "series" was this ring:

It happened by accident (as most good things in my life do) but it was fun to make and I loved the randomness of it. I've made a few more over the years - one that I gave to my friend Shannon as part of a Secret Santa that EtsyMetal (our etsy street team) does every year. Another, I sold earlier this year from my etsy shop...
But it never really became a "series". I think, in part because I love the randomness of it and the freedom of just creating something without having a set plan of what it will be - As soon as I said that it was my "crazy lace series" I just didn't feel like making any more. Does this happen to anyone else?

So, I decided that every time this ring sells on Etsy, I will create another one. Completely random, spur of the moment (because I never know when it will sell) and using whatever materials I happen to have at the moment. That keeps it interesting, right? I won't take special orders for this ring but I will take size requests - as long as the request comes with the understanding that this ring will be completely random, guided by whatever creative energies happen to be surrounding me at that moment.... and you have to watch for the new one - I won't be putting any of these on hold for anyone.

OK... so, this isn't really a "challenge" but more like one of my 7 year old's "mind games".

I'm also doing this with my "Earth Ring" that was incidentally featured on this blog:

I have a bunch of vintage turquoise that my mother in law gave me - it was in her mother's crafting stuff - I'll make a new ring with this turquoise every time one sells - until I run out of the turquoise. Again, I'll take size requests but I can't guarantee anything else about the ring - except that it will remain simple, large, and have a nice, soft, brushed matte finish.

I see why Connor likes his "mind games" so much, they do make life more interesting and less (*responsible, tedious*) work oriented.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Texture! Texture! Texture!

I love texture!

Random, natural, lovely decay, just excavated from the ground, type of texture.
This is a new necklace I'll be listing soon. It's made of copper and is a large, bib type of necklace.
The copper has been etched, hammered, heat treated for color.... Looks ancient and warm and bohemian.

I had fun making it! I hope someone else enjoys it too!

P.S. - Do you see the very tiny fly that got in my picture??

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Found in our Cat's food dish!

Our 7 year old, Connor found this scorpion in our Cat's food the other morning! Yikes! I'm glad Scott was home (I wasn't) to take care of it! We've been warned that the scorpions get bad this time of year - I guess I wasn't expecting one IN our house!!
"Welcome back to the Southwest", Scott said as he tormented me with pretending to dump the scorpion on my head!
Michigan had a lot more bugs than Colorado does... but there were very few dangerously poisonous bugs in Michigan... There are fewer bugs here (which seems really nice at first) but the majority of those few bugs are highly dangerous. That causes me just a little bit of stress... especially with 3 little boys who never stop exploring...

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Set of bridal party necklaces - Iolite

New in my shop! Custom made necklace sets for bridal parties! Petite sterling silver flowers hang from a delicate sterling chain - Made with your choice of semi precious stones to match your wedding colors. Different and unique just like each one of your bridesmaids!

See them in my Etsy shop:

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Hearts... hearts.... do you think I can get 5,000?

On Etsy (the website that I have a not so secret love affair with) we like to collect hearts... Each heart represents another etsy shop or buyer who happens to think your shop (or mine) is pretty cool. I remember (vividly) my first 12 hearts... I jumped up and down and squealed with delight every time I got a new one! My husband thought I had finally, truly, lost my mind.

Imagine my shock (and humbled feelings) when I realized recently that I have close to 5,000 hearts! I'm sorry... I did not jump up and down with each one of those hearts. In fact, I became so busy with my little shop that I frequently forgot to check my hearts.

I'm blown away by how far I have come in these few years on Etsy. Blown away when I recall my past self.... listing my very first item.... waiting with excitement (and a little trepidation) for that very first view - wondering if I would be well received in this small but tight knit community that was Etsy back then...
My first heart was a sign for me and it gave me the courage to list more... make more... and put my all into my etsy shop as a real, live, business endeavor.

I'm happy that I did.
Some of my best friends (though I have never met them face to face) I met on Etsy. I've met beautiful, wonderful people that are my customers... I cherish every one of them and feel blessed that my jewelry is being worn by people that I truly like!

So.... How long till my big milestone of 5,000 hearts?? A month? Two?
I will be excited to find out... And maybe, just maybe I'll not only jump up and down and squeal but I'll also do a little dance!


So, one of my best friends opened up an etsy shop a while ago and I just realized I have never featured any of her stuff on my blog!

I'm a bad friend!

I love, love her pieces and want one bad (hint, hint).

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Citrine ring

Citrine ring
Originally uploaded by Lunasa Designs

I've finally done it!
Set up my studio... created some new pieces... Now I'm about to have the Grand Re-Opening of my Etsy shop!
On June 8th, older designs will be disappearing (check my clearance section) and new designs will be magically appearing!

Stay tuned!