...my obsession with shiny sharp sensuous things... mostly things glass, metal & stone... I'm susan barton and this my twisted perspective of life as an artist... my bead neurosis with all the entrails... I also love to 'feature' bead artists and their work. I gain a perverse sense of satisfaction knowing others have this affliction as well...
one beautiful thing about Etsy is that the artist's truly come through for one of their own. we received sad news about a seller and a friend, Lucinda Boardman who lost her 11 year old son, her home and many pets in a house fire last week. the community has set up a direct PayPal fund and a BigCartel shop, helping hearts to help with monetary costs for Lucinda and her family.
Please feel free to contact me regarding details if you wish to make a contribution and want more details regarding the family fund or the BigCartel shop. I'm happy to provide links and any additional information.
since etsy announced that they will be doing away with their forums and will be forcing their buyers and sellers to form 'teams' to participate in the community, the community has taken upon itself and set up an unofficial etsy forum here, http://unofficialetsyforums.proboards.com/ all are welcome to read but to post, you will need to sign up for the site. more a little later on this subject since so many are opposed to doing away with the community that has formed throughout the years through the forums. it should be interesting to see how this all shakes out.
i will be getting spammy with my own blog, just so ya know!
i am running a coupon code with 20% off from 11/26/2010 through 11/29/2010, enter BLACKFRIDAY1 code upon checkout in my etsy shop. i don't often run sales so this weekend is a great time to pick up a bauble or two ;)
and a coupon code for 10% off from 11/30/2011 through 01/01/2011 enter HOLIDAY1 upon checkout.
so sometimes we get bored on etsy and have to stretch our creative minds a bit, just for fun. this baby was DesignedByLucinda's idea to come up with a challenge with "greens, oranges, yellows, reds, dark purples, etc, either one or some or all in one piece. "Harvest" fits with the Etsy merchandising Fall/ Autumn theme so we can scrounge up something using what we already have on hand and get an "Etsy Theme" piece to list in the next week or so." so we did and we're still doing, what fun. here is my piece with a gorgeous bruneau canyon jasper stone, lapidary by Gary Wilson. there are two lampwork beads by Harold Cooney, amber, pearls glass and sterling silver.
they are the simple pieces that I sometimes fall in love with and nothing could be more simple than with this rough cut pink sapphire that shimmers in the light. wire wrapped and strung a sterling silver ball chain, very sweet. I have been hoarding these beauties for awhile and need to share.
I wanted to give a little shout out to this seller, Lilla Jizo. Her work is simply wonderful! I will be listing this necklace made from one of her pieces within the next few days, please take a peek at her shop. It's magical.
She is still a baby, that eats like no tomorrow. She is very keen on making up new tricks to impress you into handing over more treats. She has perfected the Tula twirl, she does this little twirly thing after going potty and sometimes while she is still going potty... while it does make cool designs in the snow you really need to keep your feet out of her way. She loves to snuggle in really tightly with her snout right behind your ear, wrapped up in a blanket and squeezed really hard for about an hour a day....
Here is Tula, six months old and of course a pig.
Carol wanted the story behind Tula. So I answered an ad in the paper about a pot belly pig, drove out to a home with Kamp Khaos on the mail box :) four kids from 3 to 8 years old, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 6 chickens and a four month old female pot belly pig. Mom knew that she couldn't give the time and attention to a baby pig and needed to adopt her out. I walked in, said I'll take her and came home with a new pig. Mom just wanted to know that I wasn't going to eat her!
Tula lives in my walk out basement like my previous pigs. She will probably be about 150 pounds when full grown and will dig up my yard come spring time!
Just a quick update on the Hearts for Haiti shop, over $28,000 has been raised so far for Doctors Without Borders. And, the shop has been nominated for the 2010 Handmade Olympics you can check it out on their blog, http://etsyforhaiti.blogspot.com/ and vote for the shop with the vote for me button!
The Etsy shop, Hearts for Haiti is up and running! There is the shop address, http://www.etsy.com/shop/HeartsforHaiti. Please consider making a purchase to such a worthy cause that Doctors Without Borders provides. Thanks!
As of today, Hearts for Haiti has raise $4000. A big thanks to all the peeps who donated and to those who have purchased!
it does hold promise doesn't it? a new year, a new way, a new... i laugh, i know myself way too well to change that much! alrighty then! let's get on with it!
in many ways i do love tradition. when i found this wonderful artist and her work on etsy i knew i wanted some of her work because it invoked tradition, some of the traditional fiber artwork that i first discovered when i was 8 or 9 years old and became enthralled with fiber, embroidery, embellishment, crochet and knitting.
Nothingbutstring uses the traditional form of crochet but with a new modern twist. her 'autumn sprigs and flowers' speaks traditional art form crochet in a modern bracelet. her 'autumn leaves bracelet' combines handmade Irish crochet and Victorian beaded style, in this gorgeous piece. but it's her baskets that become an incredible piece of artwork! please check out her shop, there are few more treasures to be found. it's always refreshing to find original work in a traditional form, lovely work by this artist, thank you Emily!