Final days of the Spring Fling!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 9:40 AM
Only two more days left in the Spring Fling! Have you caught the fever! :-)
Details here...

Today's SPECIAL!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 1:09 PM
I am offering a crazy Spring SPECIAL through midnight, Etsy time, tonight, April 21, 2009.

Buy One get ONE half off!
Buy Two get ONE FREE!
Buy Three get THREE FREE!

~Equal or lesser price rules apply. Includes Clearance items.
~Must state "SPRING" in message to seller to get the deal.
~Each "item" purchased receives an entry in my April $30 Shopping Spree Drawing.
~Please wait for a revised invoice before paying.

Have fun shopping!

Featured Artist/Jewelry Designer - Betty Hamann

Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 5:11 PM
I first met Betty in February 2009 when she wandered into my Etsy shop, CreativeSpiritToo and in her words, "just had to have some of my beads." When I checked out her shop, LvsBeadsNThings, I was initially impressed by her unique and original designs but once she created a finished design with my Mokume gane Chocolate Blue beads, I fell in love with her style and eye for design and became a definite fan! A dear friend of mine actually purchased the masterpiece below, as she also "just had to have it!"

Betty is a fifty something, single lady, living in the north country, with 4 huskies, 2 cats and fish. She loves animals of all types and anything related to them, and she also loves to craft. Her favorite mediums are making clay sculptures and custom made jewelry, especially wire wrapping, which she teaches at a local bead shop in Newport, Washington. All in all, Betty has been designing jewelry for about 20 years.

Her style is very diverse, but she leans toward southwestern, but also enjoys creating delicate and dainty pieces. She is inspired by a beautiful stone, bead, or grouping of beads and can simply "see" the masterpiece unfold in her minds eye. She has also started working with polymer clay as demonstrated in the Southwestern design shown above, and also has a wire wrapped birthstone ring design.Every artist always seems to have at least one ardent supporter and it is no different with Betty. She credits her mother as being her biggest supporter, since she has always allowed her to express herself through her art, ideas and creations. Betty tells a story of her high school days, when she enthusiastically asked her Mom if she could paint her bedroom, and she said "sure!" First she painted her room violet and then added all kinds of characters, cartoons,and scenes. She painted a Rat Fink, an old woody wagon, Wiley Coyote, the Pink Panther and several others. Her brother was so moved that he painted his walls too, with life sized motorcycles and futuristic cars. Her mother loved them and took lots of pictures, however, her stepfather about croaked and came unglued since the house was for sale at the time. What a story!

You can follow Betty and find her work at several sites, all depicting her diverse style. - SPRING FEVER SALE!!!!! BUY ONE GET ONE OF EQUAL OF LESSER VALUE FOR 20% OFF!

I am proud to have Betty as not only a purveyor of my beads, but as a friend and loyal supporter. Cheers to a very talented lady!

PCAGOE Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt

Monday, April 13, 2009 at 9:49 AM
PCAGOE Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt! The members of PCAGOE, the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy, are sponsoring a Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt from April 13 to 24, 2009.

To participate, visit my shop during that time and search for any one of these two hidden Spring Fling images among my items. When you find it, send me a convo through Etsy that includes the URL of the listing where the image is hidden (or just click on “contact” from the item where the image is hidden, and the item info will automatically appear in the subject line) and you will be entered in my drawing for a $20 gift certificate.

Check out all the Spring Fling Participants ~ a prize in every shop!

prize: $20 gift certificate

prize: 50% off any in-stock item in shopor 20% off any custom item

prize: pendant

prize: 35% off any item in stock

prize: honey earrings

prize: One Tree Focal of choice

prize: free set of magnets (4-5) in winner’s choice of available colors

prize: 20% off your order excluding postage

Prize: 25% off any item in the store

Prize : Special spring pendant

Prize: Bakers Dozen of buttons

prize: Wee Beastie shaker egg

Prize: pendant

prize: Vinho Verde Cascada necklace

prize: $10 gift certificate

prize: any item in etsy shop

prize: $50 gift certificate

That’s it! Good luck, and thanks for playing!

Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy April Challenge - Faux

Monday, April 6, 2009 at 6:42 AM
A month has already passed since the last PCAGOE Team Challenge. Time sure flies! This month's theme is "faux". How can polymer clay masquerade as something else? Like turquoise, gemstones, leather, bone, shells, ivory, rock, marble, snakeskin, fossils and more. Well, it can, in so many amazing ways. Here are just a few examples of how it can.

Click on the photo to the left to see the fabulous work of this month's entrants. You are also invited to vote
for your favorite entry. Voting takes place between nooon on the 1st of each month through midnight on the 7th. All voters are entered into a random drawing for FABULOUS prizes. Winners of the challenge also receive prizes. For more information about the monthly challenge, go to the website, or contact divadea through Etsy convo.

My entry this month "A Faux Opal Fit for a Queen", is available for purchase in my Etsy shop, CreativeSpiritToo.

Happy browsing! Thank you for voting for your favorite and good luck!