Saturday, February 28, 2009

Etsy Shop Update

I have finally listed two of my bracelets in my Etsy shop this afternoon - the St. Patrick's Day charm bracelet and a Mother's charm bracelet. It's a start - I have a few others to list and will do that as soon as I get the photos taken - hopefully this weekend. I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Finished St. Patrick's Day Charm Bracelet

It's finally finished! I really like how this one turned out. I think the copper really goes nicely with all the colors of the beads and charms. Now I am working on a wedding/bridal bracelet. I just finished making the charms and will share photos with you soon.

I will be listing the bracelets that I have finished in my Etsy shop next week. Now I just have to take the photos and come up with a "name" and description for each. I'll keep you posted!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Work in Progress

I don't have a lot to share with you, but I am currently working on this St. Patrick's Day charm bracelet. I still have lots to add to it, but I thought I'd show you what I have done so far. This is the first one I have done in copper and I do like how it's turning out. I do have five other bracelets done that I have to photograph and write-up descriptions for that I will be listing in my Etsy shop soon. Taking good photos of my creations is always the hardest part for me, as the lighting, etc. is so hard to get right to take advantage of all the sparkle of the jewelry. That just doesn't come through very well in the photos; the pieces are always so much prettier in person.

Well, that's it for now on the creative front. Will you be watching the Academy Awards tomorrow night? I have only seen one movie that is up for awards - "Slumdog Millionaire". It was intense, but very good. I have seen Dev Patel and Irrfan Khan in other movies/shows and always enjoy their performances.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Finished Charm Bracelet

I finished one of my Mother's Day charm bracelets. The lighting is better in these photos, but I'm still not happy with it. It is so hard to capture the beauty of the Swarovski crystals and all the other beads in photographs; it just doesn't do the bracelet justice. I have more jewelry in the works and will be listing them soon. I want to be able to have more done so I can spend a good chunk of time listing them in my etsy shop all at one time instead of piece-by-piece.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Charming Day

I've finally been working on some jewelry. I've got some charm bracelets in the works for Mother's Day and a couple of fairy tale ones, among others that I will be listing in my Etsy shop in the next few weeks. These two charms will be for necklaces. The "fly" charm features a feather donated by my lovebird Gioia. The colors are so pretty and I really wanted to be able to use them in some type of jewelry. My photo-taking skills need some work in the lighting department. I think I need to do some research on making myself a lightbox. I just can't seem to get the lighting right. It's harder than it seems to take good photos of jewelry, at least for me. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Two in a Day!

I was sitting at my computer later in the afternoon yesterday when it started to sprinkle. The sun was breaking through a bit, so I thought I'd go outside and take a look. I looked toward the northeast and lo and behold - another rainbow! I ran inside to grab my camera and got some shots. This rainbow wasn't quite as bright as the one in the morning, but it was still beautiful.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Happy Saturday!

We awoke to see this beautiful rainbow this morning! There is a second, very faint one above it in the bottom photograph - it is difficult to see, but it is there.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. It's going to be a great day to do some crafting!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Cavalcade of Camellias!

Yesterday my cousin "C" and I went for our weekly outing to Descanso Gardens, which is one of our favorite places to go. It was an absolutely beautiful morning; the sky was clear and blue, and the temperature was in the mid 70s. The camellias right now are absolutely gorgeous! The number of varieties is simply amazing and this is just a sampling of what is there. Descanso is known for their camellias, among so many other things. If you're in the La Canada area, you must go there. It is so much fun to see all the different flowers and plants at different times of the year. You may even see a deer or two as an added bonus! I hope you enjoy these photos that I took yesterday.