Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Bead Art Originals - Open House

Many of the members of my Etsy Group - Bead Art Originals (BAO) are working to save you a little money this coming Holiday Shopping Weekend... Check out each of the shops listed in our Newsletter (and sign up for it in the meantime) to see what they are offering.

I will be offering FREE World-Wide Shipping. Sale starts Friday, November 28th - Monday, December 1st.
Also, be sure to include the code BAO OPEN HOUSE in the Notes to Seller when you check out.

Have a great Turkey Day - eat lots and give thanks!


Monday, November 17, 2008

John Michael Kohler Arts Center - One and Only: Gifts Made By Hand

Every year the JMK Arts Center has a holiday exhibit of 60 artists from across the nation and luckily, I'm one of them this year with 20 pieces on diplay!

One and Only : Gifts Made by Hand
Show runs from October 26 - Jaunuary 4, 2009

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
608 New York Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081
ArtSpace at the Arts Center - 920.458.6144
ArtSpace at the Shops at Woodlake Kohler - 920.452.8602

If you are in the area please make a trip to this spectacular Art Center (and check out my work in the process). There are some amazing pieces to be seen and it's always good to support the arts for the holiday season. What's better than getting a hand-made ***** (fill-in the blank)... They will have jewelry, ceramics, wearable art such as clothing, hats and scarves, as well as art glass and mixed media.

Also, if you are an Arts Center Member you get an extra 10% discount on all merchandise purchases.

- Pink

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A folded wonder... doing what I can to help

Okay - so I've been contemplating for some time on what I can do to keep my paper products for packaging to a minimum (aside from using newspaper that I get for free and re-using cardboard boxes from time-to-time) . For those of you that have purchased a piece from me, you know how I take pride in the packaging and presentation. I figure since I put so much work into the piece inside the box...well, the box should be something special too.

So, I think I have come up with another small re-purposing solution. I have decided to stop buying packaged Japanese paper for making my origami cranes and started making my own. I have discovered that, while looking through some of my very occasionally purchased magazines (and those scavenged from family and friends), not to mention the junk mail and catalogs I get, there are some really fantastic images that can translate into my paper origami cranes! Hurray - I love when I can save some money, save a tree, and re-purpose something that is normally forgotten and thrown out after a week.

Also, come Spring, I will be adding a new item (however, technically it isn't
really) to my store. I have been making my crane cards for many years and sell them to stores in the Portland area and feel that I can now share them with others in my Etsy store. They are really beautiful and I will have then listed singly and you can also purchased them in groups of 3, 5 or 7 for slightly less. And, who knows what else may develop out of my crazy fascination with these folded wonders...

These cards are very similar in feel to how my jewelry is packaged when you receive a piece. I would love to list these in my store before the Spring - but, I think I should focus on trying to get work in my store and filling the many, many special orders still outstanding by all my VERY patience and WONDERFUL customers out there.

Thanks all - and here's to the beginning of a beautiful and festive Holiday Season - each and every one of us:)

- Pink