Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My First Team Meet

Today another member of the LArtisans Team and I met up with 2 other team members. It was a fun outing. LisaRaspino drove and I was excited about meeting her. We had discovered in chat one night that we had several things in common and lived near each other. My DH laughs at me when I meet in person someone I "met" online. Several years ago he was convinced that I had invited a loon to our house after talking with her online. This "loon" has become a wonderful friend. It was a good decision.

We met Tu2Cute and TheWatermelonTree at Books-A-Million. We talked an admired each others wonderful creations. They are all so talented and creative. I enjoyed seeing the excitement in their eyes when they were talking about their creations.

After the meet, LisaRaspino and I planned to go to the best jewelry shop around, Turquoise Coyote. We were both excited about the visit. Unfortunately, they were closed. No problem, we will come back later in the week. I love that store!

It was a fun meet. I am excited about the next one.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Blogs I love to read...

I enjoy reading blogs. Right now my favorite blog to read is Tom and Lorenzo. Their blog initially started out as Project Rungay. I love the Rungay boys. They are funny, snarky and pretty much on point about what happens on each episode of Project Runway. They have turned into media sweethearts because of their brilliant spin on the show. Many of the Project Runway contestants and judges (and of course Tim) read it. They now get invited to the finale and parties. Pretty cool for what started out as a fun thing to write about. Tom and Lorenzo have taken their blog and branched out into other fashion areas. They are still hysterically funny, but it will always be their Project Runway commentary that I love the best.

Another one of my favorite blogs is Yarn Harlot. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is hysterically funny. She has a wonderful way of looking at life. Some of my favorite posts are this one where she tries to explain why her blog is down and this one where her blog goes down again, but she switches webhosts and is better. Another is this one where her cat talks to her while she is taking a bath. Mothers of daughter will love this one. Her analogies are perfect and spot on. Her acronym "SABLE: Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy" says it all.

Of course there is my other blog, Photographs From Here, and Robyn's blog, Softy Factory. Both blogs are fun reads as well.

I also have a list of other great blogs I read on a regular basis. They are (in no particular order)-

Iriscanine on Deviant Art
Jewelry by Lisa
Mama's Little Monkeys
Handmade Louisiana
Duck and Wheel with String
Daisy the Curly Cat
Just Something I Made
ByHand Gallery
Contrariwise Ramblings
nFall2rt Design Studio
Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice
How About Orange
Jewelry Business Blog
Totally Tutorials
Cake Wrecks
Jewelry Display Ideas
Wire to Jewelry
Make and Takes
Cookie Madness
A Nut in A Nutshell
The Best of DIY
Best Yarn Deals

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Loving Brass

Since I spend a lot of my time on Etsy looking around at all of the great art, I have found that I am becoming drawn to brass jewelry. I made a couple of copper and brass pieces a couple of years ago and I loved what I made. I bought the findings at our local bead store and used all that I bought. I decided to give it a try again.

I really like the look.