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Countdown to Christmas: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

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Countdown to Christmas: Reindeer

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December 12th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Countdown to Christmas: The Snowman!

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December 11th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Countdown to Christmas!

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December 6th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Countdown to Christmas: O Christmas Tree…

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December 4th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Julie of Blue Morning Expressions Artisan Interview

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I was recently introduced to Julie through her great blog, The Blu Print. She holds a weekly link party where online shop owners help promote one another. Julie not only is a big supporter of online shops, she’s also quite a talented artisan and photographer. She even offers supplies for fellow jewelry makers!


Lampwork Bead Bracelet Lavender Glass with Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?

I am a self representing jewelry designer and bead artist. I work primarily with my own polymer clay beads and lampwork beads that my favorite flame artists have created.

In addition to polymer clay jewelry, I do a lot of buttons and novelty items that are geared towards a lighthearted bunch.

I mainly create beads and polymer clay canes, which is raw clay that has been used to create the flowers that are thinly sliced and applied to the clay bead before baking. Polymer clay is not a clay, but a plastic that is easily manipulated and used to mimic many different mediums and things like bone or gems.

How long have you had an interest in polymer clay and making jewelry?

I have been making polymer clay beads, sculptures and jewelry for almost nine years. My beads, sculpture and jewelry have been seen in Beadwork, Stringing, Beads 2011, Polymer Cafe and Beadstyle.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?

I got interested in polymer clay after a hurricane in 2004 when we were without power. The library had power and I was working with colored pencil flower sketches and picked up a book on polymer clay flowers.

I took the book home and decided to give the clay a try when and if we got power restored. As it turned out, we had another direct hit by a hurricane and I went to work for FEMA for about a year, so my clay was put on hold for a year while I worked and read every book I could find on clay.

I have learned the medium by reading every book I could find and making a lot of mistakes and hideous creations. I have not taken a class and probably won’t in the future, but there are a few classes I would love to take. I do have a lot of dvd lessons that I have had for a few years, but have never looked at them because I never seem to have time.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?

Besides polymer clay, I have done a lot of pencil portraits and love to work in colored pencils. My portraits have sold at auctions and I have done commissioned drawings. I cannot paint worth a lick, but love to look at paintings and some of the details amaze me.

I am a writer and a photographer, so I do work in those two artistic mediums professionally.


Polymer clay fun dangle earrings

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?

My mother is a professional artist and she works primarily in oils. I would love to be able to paint with something! I would love to be better at my color pencil work and devote more time to learning other sketching, drawing and painting techniques.

I have a passion for lampwork beads, to the point of being an extreme hoarder of beads. I would love to make lampwork beads, but realize that is not something I will ever do because I cannot conceive one more work space to set up and I am fairly certain I would end up setting something on fire. So, I will be content in coveting the beads of those talented flame artists.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I read – a lot. I always have a book in my hand. The bigger, the better. When I am not reading, I am hiking and taking photos of the mountains in Montana and Yellowstone. I am on an extended vacation in Montana and am all over the Rockies and a regular visitor to Yellowstone.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)

The most important things to me are my family, friends and the ability to create. If I am not able to create, I am fairly certain I would blow up.


Santa Claus Thimble

Please include ten fun facts about yourself. (Example, I like black jelly beans; I love “24;” etc).

1-I am a published author in numerous magazines and newspapers. I write music and have done some public performances. I have done a lot of plays over the years. I am still afraid of a lot of people and terribly shy.

2-I think my dog can talk. He has his own blog.

3-I love the movie The Wizard of Oz and have seen it more than 30 times. I even own it. I am over 50, I suspect I will see it a few more times in my life.

4-I love cotton candy and know how to run a cotton candy machine. Do not run one in the wind; it blows into your hair.

5-I have read the John Jakes’ American Bi-Centennial Series – The Kent Family Chronicles (all 8 books) over 10 times and the first time I read them, they were just coming out and had to wait as they were released. I have all of the books he has ever written.

6-I have been to all but 8 states in the United States and plan on getting to all of them before I die. I travel as much as I can and am a buff of all things National Park.

7-My brother-in-law is a jockey and he was in the Kentucky Derby. My son is a police academy graduate and he is in security in a Florida beachside community.

8-I think Stevie Nicks is one of the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. I have all her music, in triplicate and every outtake she ever accidentally recorded.

9-I love to cook and bake. I am forever trying new things and I have a homemade pizza that is about the only pizza we eat any more. I come from a family of bakers.

10-I was raised in the midwest with horses and farms before I moved to Florida in the mid 80s and embraced Jimmy Buffet. I have a home in Florida and am renting a cabin in the Rockies. I will have to go back to Florida sooner or later. I will miss the mountains. They provide me with a huge sense of security and peace.

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online
Blue Morning Expressions
The Seed Bead Pattern Store
X Stitch Patterns
Clip On Earrings Boutique
Blue Morning Expressions on Artfire
Saracom on Etsy
Polymer Clay Beads on Etsy
The Blu Print Blog
Polymer Clay Canes Blog
Julie L. Cleveland
Julie L. Cleveland on Zazzle


Christmas Cheer necklace

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December 3rd, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Countdown to Christmas: Santa Jewelry

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December 2nd, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Artisan Interview with Lea of LA Jewelry Designs

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Today’s interview is with Lea of LA Jewelry Designs on Etsy, which features beautiful lampwork glass beads that are works of art! She’s quite busy, having another shop on Etsy as well as on Artfire.


Sky blue speckled lampwork boro glass spiral bead

Tell us about your store. What kind of supplies do you offer for artisans
I have 2 Etsy shops. In the 1st, LAJewelryDesigns, I sell my handmade lampwork glass beads and on occasion some of my OOAK jewelry pieces. The 2nd shop, LAGypsyDesigns, is where I sell upcycled sweatercoats and armwarmers.

Is there any particular item you sell that you like to use regularly?
I like working with lampwork focals because they give me the freedom to create unique pieces.

When did you open your store and what inspired you to do so?
I opened my LAJewelryDesigns shop in November, 2007. I have a hard time marketing my work. The thought of walking into a store or gallery to sell my work is enough to give me hives so when I learned about Etsy, I decided to give it a try. It’s been a great decision.


Lampwork Glass Focal Bead, Mystical Amethyst

What do you offer your customers that the larger stores can’t?
This is a very easy question. To begin with, I welcome custom orders. I also offer personal attention. Since I’m a night owl, I’ve been known to respond to convos and facebook messages till all hours. I love interacting with my customers, many of which have become friends over the years.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Most of my spare time is spent crafting in 1 form or another. When not crafting, I love spending time at the beach, going for walks and looking for treasures.


Apple Green Purple Upcycled Sweater Coat

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
How I got into lampworking. I had been making jewelry for many years and would often find that there was a particular bead that I needed for a design, which of course I didn’t have. So, when a friend mentioned a lampwork class that was being given at the local art league, I jumped on it and was immediately hooked.

What are ten fun facts about you?
1. I love chocolate, especially if it has nuts in it
2. My favorite ice cream is Baskin Robbins’ Jamoca Almond Fudge
3. I love cherries.
4. I was born in Transylvania.
5. My favorite European country that I’ve visited is Italy.
6. My favorite cruise was to Alaska.
7. I love to bake
8. I hate to cook
9. I collect seashells and rocks
10. I can tie a cherry stem into a pretzel with my tongue.

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
LA Jewelry Designs on Etsy
LA Jewelry Designs on Artfire
LA Gypsy Designs on Etsy
LA Jewelry Designs Facebook
LA Gypsy Designs Facebook
LA Jewelry Design blog
LA Jewelry Design on Twitter
Lea Avroch on Pinterest


Buttery Lemon Yellow Interchangeable Ring Topper or Pendant

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November 26th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Renee of Studio Renee Artisan Interview

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Today’s interview is with Renee of Studio Renee Etsy Shop. One look at her shop, and you’ll see it’s filled with a wide variety of unique and beautiful handmade items.


Paper mache rustic balls

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
I have a store on Etsy and a store on my home website. In both stores, I offer an assortment of my work, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and decor and gift items.

How long have you had an interest in creating art, making jewelry, paper mache, and all the various beautiful things you make?
I’ve been creating since I was a small child. Like most people, I was given crayons, Play Doh, and coloring books. But the fascination with creating never ended with me.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
I grew up experimenting with lots of media, and when I didn’t have traditional art supplies on hand, I created with found things. Luckily, my family recognized my growing love and encouraged it. I was mostly self-taught, through trial and error, and many, many books. Thanks to my mother, who exposed my brother and me to our public libraries, I had access to books on almost any creative technique or medium I wanted to try.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
It’s hard to limit that list, but I love working with salvaged materials, creating things with wire, plastics, and papier mache, and I love the classical mediums, such as oil, acrylic, pencil, and pastel. I have other favorites, though, and the medium I work in on any given day sometimes depends on my mood, commissioned work, or the pace of the day. I know some people find it strange that I insist on working in so many different mediums, but I do it because I love it!


Dangle copper and pearl earrings, with recycled paper beads

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
I love to paint, especially in oil and watercolor because they can produce such vibrant results. I look forward to having more time to hone my skills in that arena and completing a respectable body of painted work.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
When I have spare time, I enjoy getting outside, exploring, traveling, getting excercise, reading, and any combination of these.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
What would you be if you weren’t an artist? I would probably be an engineer or inventor, because I have a mechanical aptitude, and I enjoy figuring out how things work and fixing or improving them.


Chunky knotted leather adjustable ring

Please include ten fun facts about yourself. (Example, I like black jelly beans; I love “24;” etc).
I am an awesome shower singer.
I am highly into time management and figuring out how to live my life more efficiently.
I love old black and white movies and collect them.
I love dancing.
I don’t have any celebrity crushes (I like real guys :o).
I like to cook, but I’m better at baking.
I am terrified of being near bodies of water at night.
I have a messy, cluttered artist side and a neat freak side.
I sleepwalk sometimes.
I can’t sit still for t.v. very long, because my hands need to be doing something creative. It ends up being background noise while I wander off and work, lol.

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Studio Renee Etsy Shop
Created by Renee on Facebook
Renee Zance Art website
heArt of Renee Blog


Set of two paper mache ornaments

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The Red Collection

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November 16th, 2012 at 7:21 pm