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Monday, August 3, 2009

New Creations

Once again, my passion for stones and crystals has emerged. As I learn more about their metaphysical properties, I'm also new colors and combinations of stones, and of course, new wire designs.

I'm also pushing myself to keep my Etsy shop updated, and participate in chat, and other promotional avenues. My jewelry deserves to be seen, and hopefully, loved. Be sure to check out all of the great new stuff......

Monday, July 20, 2009

Gettin' Crafty With It

As I continue to be out of work, I continue to push myself with my jewelry creation. I've also committed myself to several craft shows for this coming season, something I didn't allow myself to do last year. I'm excited, and hoping this push to be committed to my jewelry making will bring around some good things.

I'll be posting pictures of new creations. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Working, Working, Working

Well, haven't posted in some time, but now that I'm out of work, I should have more time on my hands.

I've been working hard on listing new items in my Etsy shop, and I think it's looking good. I've also joined Twitter (ravenworkstudio) and I hope to make some new connections there. I may even set up an Artfire and 1000 Markets account now that I have the time.

So, I'm on the crafty move. I hope I can get some things happening soon :)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Great Finds!

The gem show was amazing. I was so overwhelmed with all of the incredible stones, crystals and gems it was ridiculous. I made some great buys. My only regret was that I didn't have more money to spend. Luckily though, I discovered some new gems to love.

So, time to get my jewelry making behind into gear for the craft fair season. Good times.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Rock And Gem Show

This Saturday I'm going to my very first rock and gem show, and I'm so excited, it's ridiculous. I'm already dreaming of all of the great finds I'll pick up there, and pre-cringing at the money I'm sure to spend.
I really hope to find some really brightly colored crystals. I've seen some pieces lately using different shades of tourmoline and quarzt that make me ache with jealousy:

Aren't those stones just stunning? I hope to capture a few similar beauties this weekend. Wish me luck!

Friday, April 17, 2009


Well, my new found passion for creating fabulous dog clothes creations and jewelry has finally found a way to resolve its self.

I've established a new blog and a new website, and really a whole new entity for my doggie lovelies called Devine Dog Designs. Please take a look when I finally get them rolling a bit :)

So, I can now go back to devoting this blog to my jewelry, as originally intended. However, I'm very excited about my new project. This way I can switch on and off between the two and not get completely burnt out on just one. Considering craft fair season begins soon, this is a good thing, and should help to keep the creative juices flowing.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Another Dog Project

So, continuing in my dog centric craftiness, I made a cute little dress for our new puppy Vixen from a fantastic pattern I bought off off http://petitepuppypatterns.com/Site/Home-1.html

So adorable, and the pattern is so versatile. Unfortunately I got the pattern a little to small, as Vixie is her pudgy puppy stage, and she's still growing. Today I got the pattern for the next size up, and I can't wait to make some more dresses out of all of the fun fabric I bought!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Veering Off

Once again I'm in jewelry burn out mode after doing the last art show. So, I've been giving my brain a bit of a rest from jewelry creation.
In the meantime, I've been working on some items for my doggies. Once I perfect them, I hope to be able to market them to other people with small dogs.
A small sample. The orange knit sweater:

Right now it's pretty basic, but I'm working on it. Eventually, it will evolve into something more impressive.
And, here's the fleece I've been crafting:

So far I'm happy to have figured out a few basic patterns. They're solid and ready to be awesome. Wish me, and my dogs, luck :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Yeah for Animals!

Recently, I was really bummed out when I found out I was not selected to join the Etsy Wire Artisans Guild. I thought my wire skills had finally developed to the point of being considered at least pretty good, so this was a bit of a blow to the 'ol fragile ego.

So, imagine my surprise when I got a message from someone who had seen my Etsy site and said she loved my work. And that she managed a local art studio. And would like me to come teach wire working! I was so elated I could hardly speak. After meeting her this weekend, it seem like it's going to be a go, and I'll actually be teaching people to do wire working. My ego was restored a bit.

I also have an art show on Friday featuring my new animal designs (which is why many of them aren't listed in my Etsy shop yet). I hope it goes well and I sell at least a few pieces.

And here's the piece that caught the eye of the studio manager, and one of the pieces from my new animal line:

I love the animal pieces. They're just so much fun to create, and people really respond to them. I just hope they do well at my show. We'll see!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Finally- She's Done!

Finally, I decided how to string my fabulous mermaid gal:

I did a simple chain with tiny shell accents. I didn't want to do anything too complex, as I didn't want to take away from the mermaid herself. I think she came out great (even if the pictures aren't spectacular). I even made my lazy self list her on my Etsy site. Yeah!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Vacation Time

This week is February vacation for the kids and my parents have taken them to Vermont for the week, leaving me and my husband home alone. Yipee!

So, with some free time on my hands this week, I've vowed to do some serious crafting. Today I went to the craft store and got some new beads, clasp and findings to inspire me to get started. I'm hoping to have some pieces completed and listed on my Etsy site by the week. Here's to some good craftin'!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Mermaid

I've been doing my best to keep busy lately, especially with my new animal forms. My most recent work is an enchanting mermaid:

She's taken a lot of work, especially the scales in the tail, as each one is studded with a tiny seed bead. In her heart lays a piece of the ocean, a small shell I collected this summer on the beach, and then hand drilled especially for this piece. I'm very happy with how she turned out.

Now the only thing that remains to do is to figure out the best way to string her as a pendant. Hopefully she'll be finished and listed on Etsy by the end of this week.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ode to the Wire Artisans Guild

Oh you lovely wire queens,

All your works are simply dreams.

Each piece made with such skill

For your talents I would kill.

Oh Wire Artisans Guild,

I pray your ranks aren't filled

That among the chosen few,

You'll let me slide in too.

If my application you deny,

I fear I'll surely cry.

So don't shun me artists awsome,

When in your guild I'll surely blossom.

*The Wire Artisans Guild of Etsy is currently accepting applications for ten open spots. I've got my fingers crossed!*

Friday, January 9, 2009

Something New

As I said in my New Year's post, I've had a few new ideas brewing. This is the latest:

I just listed this guy on Etsy, and it's the first listing in a new series of animal items I'm working on. I did a few basic pieces as gifts for Christmas, and in the piece above, I took it a step further, incorporating weave and stones within the piece.

I'm very excited about these new animal pieces, and I hope they go over well.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Off and Running!

That's right, I'm already working on kicking my New Year's craft resolutions into high gear. Yesterday I spent HOURS taking photos, editing photos, working on my website, and putting up two new listings on Etsy. I hope to do some more today, but I feel like I'm finally on the right track.

If you have the time, please take a peek at my new website www.ravenworksstudio.com , and tell me what you think about the format, photos etc. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!