Monday, November 9, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Sailing on a Fall day!
A view of the lake
And this is the best one of all! I thought it would be really funny if I could get my dog to drink from a water bottle...She needed absolutely no encouragement!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Pixe's News September, 2009
I love the month of September! When my son was younger, it was back to school, and peace and quiet for a few hours. Now, as I’m older, I look forward to the cooler fall weather, and the changing leaves! I find so much inspiration in fall...It is truly my favorite season!! Perhaps this fall, I will fill the gas tank, grab my sketchbook, a few pencils, and take a fall foliage drive!
What is it about September that you love?
Caring for your Handmade Jewelry, Part 2
Last month we discussed the general care of your handmade jewelry. This month, the topic is storing your handmade jewelry.
To keep your handcrafted jewelry looking new, storing your pieces properly is important. Always store your jewelry in a dry place. Leaving it in the bathroom will only cause it to tarnish quicker...This is fine if you like that look.
If your jewelry came in a plastic bag, store it there...it prevents tarnishing and will prevent scratching.
Storing is easy...just keep in a clean, dry spot, and your jewelry will look like new for years to come!
This month, Pixe’s sale is going to be a bit different! Since September is my birthday month, I’m having a great big celebration the week of my birthday! See the calendar of events below for the special in person sales! I’ve been working hard to make lots of new pieces for this event!!
Newsletter readers can take advantage of an additional discount! Sept. 14-30, 2009, You can receive an additional 10% off your purchase online only, at Pixe’s Treasures, or at my Etsy site! You must use the coupon code PIXESNEWS to receive the discount. I will refund the discount via Paypal. Remember, you do not have to be signed up to Paypal to use a credit card with Paypal checkout!
Calendar of Events for September, 2009
Leesport Farmer’s Market: Every Wednesday. I can be found in
~~Wed. Sept. 9, 2009: Leesport Farmer’s Market: Everything will be
30% off, except custom orders.
~~Sept. 11, 12, and 13: Hay Creek Festival open until 9a.m. to 5 p.m.
Everything will be 30% off, except custom jewelry
~~Sept. 26, 2009: “Harleys for Holly” sponsored by the Holly Heilman Cancer Fund at St. Benedict’s Picnic Grounds on Route 10.
I wou’t be there, however, a bracelet I’ve designed especially for their Chinese Auction will be!
Help support this local organization that assists families of cancer patients!
Share the love!! Feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends, family, and coworkers! They too can take advantage of the sale prices!!
Wishing you all a wonderful, and safe month of September!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Where can we find you?
And this is my favorite bead from Judy! I just love, love this lampwork Orchid Focal Bead! Orchids are some the prettiest, and most graceful flowers, and Judy captures this beautifully in her bead!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Here are my rules:
- Visit my shop, Pixe's Treasure Chest , and pick your favorite item, and post it on the blog. This will earn you your first entry.
- Follow my blog, and post here that you're following. This will earn you one additional entry.
- Purchase anything from my shop, post your purchase here. This will earn you 2 entries. All jewelry is on sale this week 15% off with free worldwide shipping!
- Be sure to leave your contact information. I need to find you if you are a winner!!! I will then ask for your ring size, each ring is made to order!
This gives you the opportunity to earn 4 entries!
Good Luck to all of you!
Have a peaceful, and wonderful day!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Today, I would like to introduce to you, Amanda, owner of demandablue!
Amanda tells me she's been building and making things since before she can remember: I used to have an old suit case that I kept in our attic as a kid, that was full of rocks and pine cones and even locust shells that I would use to make art projects.
This is how Amanda tells me she got her start sewing: I had a credit card when I was 18 and I was very irresponsible with my spending. A sewing machine was one of my immature impulse buys. Sewing just stuck with me!
Why did you choose Etsy, and do you sell anywhere else? I also sell on ebay, but only sporadically when my etsy sales are lagging for a few days. I chose etsy because a few friends of mine used it and loved it. The awesome selection of bath and body products on etsy got me hooked! (Plug for http://madcitysue.etsy.com/ I have purchased more items from her shop than I could possibly count or remember and they were ALL amazing.)
What is your favorite item in the shop, and Why? Little Lolita - Triple Ruffle Layer Skirt, Full Flirty Fun and Quirky Black and White Patchworked Skirt with Double Ruffles because they're quirky and fun!!
Is there anything you would like to share with us? I love being a stay at home mommy for my (almost) 2 year old little girl, Scout. Etsy enables me to do that while still making ends meet in our household. I'm so grateful for that.
Pixe's Pick! Amanda' shop is full of adorable skirts, and this is the one that jumped out at me!! I love this skirt for it's colors and it's design! It's so very feminine and casual! I'm talking about the Shabby Rose Patchwork Spring Skirt ! Hmmm...wondering if she can do that in a plus size????
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
PoshMomma has been crafting for as long as she can remember. She tells me: I've been a crafter as far back as I can remember. I actually remember trying to sell painted rocks to neighbors when I was in my early years of grade school (I don't think I ever sold a rock, surprise). All of my birthday cards and holiday cards to people always had to be homemade and I've always preferred giving gifts that I made myself over bought ones, even if they were really crappy. I can not remember a time when I was not crafting in one way or another.
Pixe's Pick: PoshMomma not only offers really cute jewelry at affordable prices, she also offers wine tasting cards, which I think is a great idea, especially since I enjoy going to local wineries and sampling the vino! My favorite item is also wine inspired! I love the Wine Cork Earrings with Multi-Colored Beads I found this to be a clever way to re-use the corks! The colorful beads really make these earrings stand out!
That's today's Pixe's Picks! Please take a moment to visit PoshMommaStore to enjoy all she has to offer!
Have a wonderful and peaceful day!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Today, I'm featuring Ann, from Dreamspiralart. Ann's specialty is metal and enamel jewelry!
I asked Ann how she got started in her craft: My love affair with metals was totally accidental. It happened during college in my third year. I had already switched majors several times from pre-med to nursing to undeclared, so I was exploring classes of interest to find a good fit. An advisor recommended that I take a class in metalsmithing/jewelry-making. That sounded cool – I had never worked with metal before. Two weeks in and I was hooked. I changed majors with a new found resolve: I was going to study the arts and become a working artist. I realized I had wanted to do this all along, but had dissuaded myself from pursuing it since it seemed ‘impractical’.
So here I am, ten years later, still doing what I love… and still being ‘practical’ (I haven’t given up my part-time day job yet, but I move closer to this goal with each passing year). I’ve finally found a balance that works for me.
This is why Ann chose Etsy as her selling platform: A friend told me about Etsy and encouraged me to open up a shop. She sells her work at: http://www.juliasews.etsy.com/
Of course, I wanted to know Ann's favorite item from her shop:
I love the “Captured Collection”! It is my newest collection. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5103840§ion_id=5573695I have always been attracted to the plethora of color, texture, and pattern that is nature's canvas. I often bring plastic bags with me for long walks in the woods (and not because I have a dog), rather, I like to collect the random bits of nature that inspire my creative work. It wasn't until recently that I discovered how to incorporate these materials into my metal jewelry, in the "Captured Collection." The "Captured Collection" explores the human need to make timeless the treasures in life that bring us joy. All things organic are in a constant state of change. By sealing these found materials in a clear epoxy resin, I am able to suspend them in time. By becoming a wearable object set in precious metal, each bit of bark, tiny flower petal, or autumn leaf is viewed in a new light that can be shared with a broader audience.
Pixe's Pick: Being the nature lover that I am, I'm sure you've all figured out that Ann's favorite is also my favorite collection. However, I want to show what other tricks she has up her sleeve, So I'm proclaiming this as my favorite: Recycled Retangle Bits and Double Spiral Link Bracelet. I love the texture of this bracelet, and the swirls (I've been known to use a swirl or two in my designs), and I really like the fact that she has found a way to reuse her bench scraps! Either way, it's a gorgeous bracelet!
Take a few minutes to visit Dreamspiralart, and see what wonderful pieces of jewelry Ann has to offer!
Wishing you all a peaceful and wonderful day!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Spoonful of chocolate has been crafting since she was about 3 years old... But started getting serious about making different things when she was about 15.
This is how she tells me she got started in her current crafting endeavor: Ever since I was a little girl I have had a creative streak in me. I think I may have gotten it from my parents. My mother was accepted to Art school when she was younger, but couldn't take up the offer because she had to help support her family that had just fled Czechoslovakia. Growing up, my father would always be doing something- from building our house, to making a mosaic porch table to building an authentic rock wine cellar/bar! I remember how I couldn't wait to get up every morning and go to Art class! I would spend hours drawing and coloring and cutting things out of construction paper. I got 2nd place in my High School art show for a Sculpture I had made. A few years ago I studied abroad in Switzerland- I had such an amazing experience that when I got back I spent my entire summer perfecting my Scrapbook. The past couple of years I have become very interested in different crafts. I bought a sewing machine and started making everyone retro style Apron sets that came with matching dish gloves, I bought a wood burner and made my father a sign for his wine cellar. My boyfriend has gotten many things from frames to a personalized pillow. I think I have an eye for color and matching. I manage to get attached to almost everything I make!
This is why Etsy was chosen as her selling platform: My father is about to loose his house. It's heartbreaking to me, because growing up as a first generation American I was able to see the difference between my families lifestyles and everyone else's. My dad was constantly doing something outside, you should see our house! I swear it's like a little Slovakia. (If you have seen "My big fat greek wedding" that is my family- except Slovak). He never asks for money- he built the house in 4 years with his own hands- built a pond, shed, cottage, out-house, wine cellar.. the list goes on. He is a very modest man, but happy that he had given his family a good life in Colorado. My mother's brother- Uncle Frank, a couple of years ago, asked for my father to co-sign a loan. My parents house was paid off so they had better credit. My Uncle would cry to my father every day- he wanted to start a Water and health business and needed the money. He was buying it from a good company that had been running well for over 25 years. So, long story short my father finally agreed, my Uncle ran the business down to the ground and stopped paying the loan. My parents are risking loosing everything they have ever worked for because they are now stuck with a $350,000 loan with a combined income of $27,000 a year. My uncle stopped paying in February of last year- and we haven't heard from him since October. So anyways- I was looking for a way to help my parents out- and thought- why don't I start selling my crafts?? So I started with my Chocolate Spoon business- but managed to get distracted, until now. I started to make my book handbags and am now really focused on making my shop bloom. Any profit I make is going straight to my parents. So I just "googled" craft stores- and found out that Etsy is actually the best site!
This is Spoonfulofchocolate's favorite item in her shop...The White Oleander Handbag. That's the pic shown above!!
Pixe's Pick: I think this shop is just great, especially for those of us that are book lovers!! Not only does she create handbags from book covers, a very unique idea, I must say, she also creates those scrumptious chocolate covered spoons we all love to stir our coffee with! I have to say my favorite item is the Nancy Drew Wristlet ! Browsing through the shop had taken me on a trip down memory lane...remembering all the times as a child I spent in my local library searching for books to read, especially Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames! It was the highlight of the day when one of the older kids wanted to walk down to the library because Mom wasn't that comfortable letting me cross the busy street alone! Oh, those were the days!!!
I hope you've enjoyed reading about today's Pixe's Picks! Please give the featured shop some love! And, feel free to leave a comment! Artists love to hear what you have to say!!!
Wishing you all a wonderful, peaceful, and creative week!!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
So my mission...Search for the first spring flowers of the forest!
So, What are these alien looking pods sprouting out of the ground? Are we under invasion? No!
These are one of the first flowering plants in the Pennsylvania woods. They actually grow near streams and water for their stems grow in the mud, and we see these wonderful, unusual flowers of the skunk cabbage. After the flowers die off, all we see are leaves at streamside.
This plant got its name because when you break off a leaf, it has a strong pungent odor, sort of like skunk. And no, I didn't break a leaf to see if this is so...I'll take the experts' word on this!! Besides, I was in a State Park, and it's unlawful to pick or defile any plant. And this particular State park is my equivelent to church.
Anway, this is a very interesting fact from Wikipedia that I was not aware of... Skunk cabbage is is able to generate temperatures of up to 15-35°C above air temperature by a special means of cellular respiration in order to melt its way through frozen ground. It is among a small group of plants with the ability to do this, which is called, for those compelled to know, thermogenesis. Pollination occurs by insects, which are attracted to the odor and to the heat from the plant. Since I found out this fun fact after I got home, I wasn't able to test if the immediate air around the flower was warmer.
And this is how it becomes one of the first flowers of spring! I bet you thought I was going to talk about crocuses!
Just in case your interested...I am much better, and much less disconnected. I am ready to spend time in my studio and create again!
Wishing you all a wonderful and peaceful day!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
8 Days and Counting until the Spring Equinox!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
"My tastes have evolved and I've tried a few other crafts inbetween, but I
always come back to painting."
outlet on the internet that wasn't to hard on the wallet, but gave me lots of exposure. Etsy is that outlet!!
Now let's give a warm welcome to Nicole, from NValentineStudio! Nicole tells me she has been crafting since she was 13, and started lampworking in 2003!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
First up in Jenny0063, who specializes in making rustic decor using standing dead trees and driftwood found in her area.
Now let me introduce you to Amy Jo, of AJDesignsJewelry!
Amy Jo tells me she has been crafting for quite a long time: About 15 years off and on, I was always just doing it to enjoy life. (Making jewelry and painting are like my therapy.. stressfull day at work, more jewelry I make when I get home) I got my license about 8 years ago and haven't looked back.
I've decided to move my blog to blogger in order for you wonderful folks to follow my blog, and for the increased artistic freedom, such as it is, that is offered here! In the upcoming weeks, I will move the content from wordpress to here so you don't miss anything! This is my new address: http://pixestreasurechest.blogspot.com Here's to my new home...Cheers!