Friday, October 30, 2009

A Worthy Cause

The good folks at the Etsy Maine Team will be donating 15% of all sales from participating seller's shops from 11/13 to 11/19 to a local shelter, Preble Street.

Preble Street is a Maine organization which provides accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty; and advocates for solutions to these problems. Watch their PSA here:

Help keep Maine women, men, children, and teens warm and empowered this winter!

A complete list of participating sellers will be posted on our blog--

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Buy One Get One Free Sale This Weekend

This weekend, Friday, October 30 through Sunday, November 1, I will be having a BOGO sale in my Etsy Shop. Buy one piece that has matching earrings and get the earrings free. Just put "Weekend Deals" in the notes to seller. You could save from $20.00 to $35.00, depending on the set you choose! That's a great deal, and this is a great time to start your Christmas shopping!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sneak Peek

Have I mentioned before that I like tools? I think it may have come up in passing... Well, I've been having tons of fun assembling tools and supplies for a Beginning PMC Class I hope to be teaching at Sweetland Retreat at some point in the future. I still have kinks to work out and a dry run to go through with the wonderful ladies at Sweetland, but I thought I would give a little sneak peak of what I am planning.

I plan to teach the basics of PMC (Precious Metal Clay) and show how to work with textures in PMC, including making our own rubber stamps. At the end of the class, each person should have at the very least, a finished necklace and earrings. Part of my plan is to show the class alternatives to kiln firing, as well as other things I wish I had been taught in my beginner's class.

Below are photos of the tool kits and supplies kits I have assembled. My next step is to put together a booklet of all the information I want to give to the students and then actually go ahead and make my projects to make sure my directions are understandable and complete. This is a lot of fun!

On the top: Supplies kit which includes the PMC, findings for the jewelry, finishing supplies, a work surface and rubber stamp-making supplies. These can be taken home by the student.

On the bottom: Tools kit available for use in the class and also available for purchase. It includes some of my favorite tools, as well as tools that you won't find in other beginning PMC kits.

Friday, October 16, 2009

University of Maine Homecoming Craft Fair

That's where I will be this weekend? Where will you be?

If you want to check out this huge fair, it is Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 to 5:00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 4:00 at the Field House on the University campus, Orono, Maine. For a map and directions, click here.

This is a great place to start your Christmas shopping. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

PMC Leaves and More Pussywillow Jewelry

I have listed some new items in my Etsy Shop that I'm very excited about! I have finally finished another set of pussywillow jewelry, but as suggested by several people, I have made it a bit daintier this time. And, instead of a bracelet, I made a necklace.

I have also made some lovely leaf jewelry. I'm very happy with the way it came out. The texture was made by pressing a rubber leaf skeleton into the clay and I think the texture reproduced beautifully. I made a necklace with coordinating earrings for this set.

I have been working a lot with PMC, which I have said many time is my new passion. I think one of my favorite things so far as been the Itsy Bitsy Mini Ghostie Pin. It was made from PMC paper, which I will do a tutorial on at some point because it's so much fun to use.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Please Join Me...

This Friday (10:00 to 5:00) and Saturday (9:00 to 3:00) at the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Volunteers Eight Annual Craft Fair. It will be held at the hospital parking lot on State Street in Ellsworth, rain or shine. All the vendors are under one big tent, so it will be dry even if it rains.

Hope to see you there!