...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...
i am beginning to set up my own website for many different reasons. i have my jewelry on multiple selling sites though etsy is the one i consistently sell on. i feel, not think, which may be a mistake, that i need to move away from etsy, not have all my eggs in one basket, to use a cliche, and have my own site. my goal is to sell equally or more on my own site as well as with etsy. some days i question the sanity of it all.
i really like this this site. it's another handmade business/social networking site but better than most, Made By Hand. By Me. also aka as, byhand.me you have the option of listing all the sites that you use, shops, blogs, flickr.... you get the idea. check it out when you have the time.
the necklace above is a 'love life' stamping that is in no way perfect, just like the real life stuff but you love it anyway.
O Henry, what a big sweet lovable pig he was and and in many ways still is, we talk about him every day. he still seems to be a big part of our lives, it's so hard to let go of a beloved pet. Henry was my pot bellied pig as you probably could tell from the photo, though i did have someone ask what breed of dog he was... and my smart mouth proclaimed, he's a hog dog! poor man, totally confused... Henry came home with me when he was 7 weeks old, he was the cutest pig puppy ever! piglets smell so good when babies, i bet you didn't know that, really it's true ;) he was very smart, curious, defiant, he knew what he wanted and when and voiced his opinion every chance he deemed appropriate. he was incredibly affectionate, a really good kisser and could sweet talk his way into anything. he loved watermelon, fresh dandelion flowers, corn on the cob and juice treats, well, anything with the word 'treat' after it, Henry loved! Henry lived a very long life for a pot bellied pig, he lived to be over 15 years old. towards the end of his life, i believe that he lived solely for the sake of eating watermelon and a drink of juice. he would promptly bellow at 7:10 pm when his expected watermelon was not received within his own set time frame. yes, we conditioned the pig extremely well...
this is a little memorial to a beautiful old soul who happened to live in a pig's body.
so much has happened in the last few weeks that my poor brain hurts a bit. on 01/14/2009 i was etsy's featured seller. what incredible exposure for my work and etsy shop! it was nutz for about 2 weeks answering convos, requests and getting orders to the post office. google analytics logged over 4,500 hits in two days to my etsy shop. amazing!