26 November 2011

Snowy Friday and Giving Back

It was not your basic Black Friday on Planet Joy ~ it was the first x-country ski outing of the season on Mt. Ashland. Armed with a thermos of french press coffee and a pocket of chocolates we set off for a back country ski excursion. In about 30 minutes, we were up above the clouds in the snow about to ski off into a partly misty, mostly sunny back side of the mountain. 
It was the first time in many years that I had been to Grouse Gap Snopark, which is located at the far end of the Mount Ashland Ski Area parking lot. It was quite early and the quiet of the snow was soothing to the senses. Luckily my friend had an extra set of gloves for me, since I absently-mindedly forgotten mine on the table by the front door at home. Once we got skiing, the going was fun. The snow was nice and slick because it was very early and rather cold. It's truly exhilarating! We sat on a bench in the sunshine at the Grouse Gap Shelter about two miles from the trailhead, and enjoyed some steaming coffee. We are so fortunate to have so many accessible outdoor recreation options in So. Oregon!

I did however, peruse some wonderful gifts online today. These gifts range from personal and practical to exquisitely unique. First off is the Clarins FEED set, $90, at Bloomingdales. Each bag provides twenty-five school meals to the United Nations World Food Programme. I love Clarins, and this set has amazing added value of giving to those in need. 
Jamie Wolf earrings, $5,300. Elegant and exquisitely graceful, it is fitting that 50% of all proceeds of jewelry by Jamie Wolf will be donated to the New York City Ballet's grassroots fundraising campaign, Turn Out. The Signature Collection features designs she created while still dancing as part of the company and are all named after different ballets, including the Amy Adams-favorite gold thorn-like earrings, aptly named Sleeping Beauty. 
I adore this great orange and white zig-zag pouch for $80 especially with the added value of charity. M Missoni and OrphanAid Africa have teamed up for a humanitarian project to help orphaned children in Ghana. The capsule collection by Margherita Maccapani Missoni is her first solo effort as a designer. Launching in Milan on Nov 10 and in New York on Nov 15.

Same Sky wrap bracelets, $30 short, $40 long. Made by Rwandan women who survived the 1994 genocide, 100% of the proceeds are reinvested into the company to buy more materials and employ more women artisans. 

Joyflower donates 10% of the proceeds from the sales of all of her pink scarves and jewelry to breast cancer research. Not just during breast cancer awareness month, but all year round.

23 November 2011

Big Love

I'm a little Twitter-pated, I'm having one of those moments that I've only dreamed of up until now. I have a grand opportunity to get one of my hand painted silks into the hands of a Hollywood celebrity! I come by this stroke of good fortune by belonging to The Artisan Group, an exclusive close-knit community of talented artisans, who collectively provide a lovely sampling of handcrafted products to celebrities and members of the press at major award show luxury gift lounges leading up to The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes, and The Primetime Emmys. At this time I have been chosen in a lottery to present to Ginnifer Goodwin. 

I did some research to check her out, to see what she looks like and what she's about. I actually had a personal communication with her via Twitter a few days ago when she was on set filming a new episode of Once Upon a Time. When I asked her what her favorite color is, she tweeted back that she likes purple, but doesn't wear it, her next twitter clued me in to the fact that her favorite accessory color is red! Click here to see additional views and details of the shawl I made especially for Ginny. 
You may be familiar with her since she's had more than 18 roles beginning with her debut as Erica in 2001 on Law and Order. Most notable is perhaps her 53 episodes as Margene in Big Love. Interestingly enough she's recently appeared on Sponge Bob Square Pants as the Teenage Mermaid and she's currently starring with Jennifer Morrison in ABC's new fantasy adventure series Once Upon a Time, a modern-day take on Snow White. 
Here she is ostensibly naked again
Ginny seems to be a spirited, talented and lovely young lady, I hope she will like her custom-made art to wear shawl. The plan is to deliver the artisan gifts to her in the very near future, at the beginning of December. Keep your eye out for paparazzi photos showing her wearing her red and black JHS satin trimmed shawl during the holidays! 

21 November 2011

BEST Team Weekly Feature - Cool, Cozy Handmade

Veronica Grace of Brandon, Florida is the creative person behind Knitful Dezigns on Etsy. Her original designs are basic everyday items designed to make life a bit more enjoyable! I just love her whimsical hats and bows some are crocheted and others are made from felt and they all are totally adorable. 
Veronica wants everyone to know that she is open to trading with other Etsy creators, so let her know if you want her to create something just for you! Connect with Veronica via social media at these sites: Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Ellen Mackler of Walla Walla, Washington has a cute Etsy shop she calls GmaEllenCrochetGifts on Etsy, which I am pretty sure must be short for Grandma Ellen. While Ellen loves to create and craft all sorts of things, crochet is her go-to craft, but she loves to make all kinds of things. Crochet is a craft that has been handed down through the generations in her family, and her heartfelt love for creating functional handmade items is a tribute to both her grandmothers. 
She makes the most adorable crocheted accessories, from rag rugs, to bookmarks (perfect stocking stuffer) to home decor plus quality jewelry and suppliesConnect with G-Ma via the following social media sites: Blog | Facebook | Twitter

At Chicky D's style has no age restrictions! Here you will find accessories and gifts for everyone from newborns, toddlers and teens to brides and businesswomen. Danielle Saletsky of Peru, Illinois is totally into creating custom items, so if you would like a color variation on an item in her adorable Etsy shop, do not hesitate to request it. She's got an amazing collection of boutique bows and pillows plus she even has gift certificates in case you want to give that special someone the perfect present!
Stop by her Facebook page for updates and news, keep up with her tweets on Twitter  and make sure to check out her retro and vintage photographs in her other Etsy shop too!

Cindy from Chelan, Washington is the creative genius behind CK Silver on Etsy. She creates classic silver pieces that are well-made, balanced, and elegant - jewelry that one is proud to wear. Each jewelry item is crafted with love, specializing in bracelets, necklaces and pendants and earrings crafted from sterling silver, pearls, semi-precious stones, and Swarovski crystals. Cindy is frequently inspired by the beauty of nature, and the amazing richness of creation that we find all around us and focuses primarily on colors found in earth and ocean. Oh, and don't miss the incredible buys in her Super Sale section!
Connect with Cindy via her social media sites: Blog | FacebookTwitter

16 November 2011

Exciting News

Wowza, I'm floating on a cloud because I have an amazing opportunity to get my hand work into the hands of the cool twenty-something actress Ginnifer Goodwin! OK, so you're asking yourself "How did Joy manage to get this kind of golden opportunity?" I'll tell you: I'm a member of The Artisan Group, and this group organizes gift lounges and artisan made Swag Bags at many of the major award events like the Golden Globe Awards, The Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards etc.

I'm totally beside myself with this amazing opportunity, so right away I want to find out everything about her. I don't want to take any chances, so I have googled her image and there are quite a few pictures of her, in one of them she looks naked:
(she's probably wearing a strapless gown)
I see she wears black a LOT, and I read that she's got a wig clause in her movie contracts so she can cut her hair freely (love that short hair-do!). Also, I hear that she's an avid Twitterer, did I say that right? So I jump right in to follow her on Twitter, right away I sent her a DM to ask about her favorite color. She replied that she likes purple best, but she doesn't wear it ~ so, you can bet I'll be sending her red silk!
The sky is the limit!

I will continue to research Ginnie to what she's like and what she likes so I can feel really confident about creating the perfect gift for her! Who knows ~ she might love it, and then ~ who knows...

14 November 2011

BEST Team Weekly Feature - Easing into the Holiday Spirit

I know, I know, it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but you know since Halloween has passed it's like a snowball rolling downhill, gaining momentum, and next thing you know it, you're vacuuming pine needles and making (or breaking) New Years Resolutions! So, I'm beginning to get in the spirit, polishing up my favorite seasonal decorations, and testing pumpkin pie recipes (why do we wait until Thanksgiving for such delicious treats?) And I'm making sure my mailing list is up to date for sending Christmas greeting cards.  Annie Oliverio of Empty on the Inside has some gorgeous hand painted cards in her shop, not only for the holidays, but for all occasions too. Here's my favorite:
You can almost smell the pine. This 5"x7" card (image size approximately 4"x6") is hand-painted on cream cardstock and comes with matching envelope. Each card is titled, signed and left "empty on the inside" for your personal message. Christmas Tree One and all of her cards are available quantity you desire. Find Annie on Twitter and Facebook, and some interesting reading at her blog as well - you may very well find a great recipe for vegan pumpkin pie here

 You are going to love this if you love dressing up for the holidays like I do! I ADORE this stunning mink jacket. This mother daughter team has captured my heart with their eclectic offerings in their aptly named Etsy Boutique. You can bet that I'd wear this cute hip skimming beauty constantly, its so versatile and stylish! This mink jacket was custom made in the 70's by Virgina Millsaps in Taylorsville North Carolina, this would definitely make a great Christmas gift for that special woman in your life! Enough of that, I digress. . . 
What are the measurements?? 
OK, I realize this may have offended some folks, and I want you to know that, I too, am opposed to animal cruelty, yet I treasure the seal skin cape I bought at the Salvation Army store when I first moved to Oregon back in 1989. I am so thankful for the warmth and softness it has provided over the course of 22 winters here in Oregon and I honor the spirit of the animals. Enough of that, I digress, again. . . .

I often dream of a tropical holiday, and these earrings made me laugh about how I might look when I'm old and finally going on vacation, when my ship comes in, some day. Connie Haskell of Redemption Art has a fabulous shop that is inspired by the infinite variety of things that find their way to hawaii from across the globe.  She welcome interior decorators and designers to contact her and welcomes anyone who is looking for something with island flair. She tweets and blogs about her Hawiian journey too! 

Talk about treasures, I don't know if I can live without this much longer (hint-hint) there is something so delicious and fabulous about the feeling of suede, plus this would be the most stylish way to keep track of my myriad thoughts, musings and to-do's. Shirley Martin of The Orange Windmill is (I'm paraphrasing here) iconically dutch and her favourite colour is orange. She is very active on the web, just click each part of her shop name above to see her blog and more about her various interests and pursuits. 
(OOPS, you vegans are reallynot gonna LOVE me)

12 November 2011

Dying Light: Photo Shoot

Some days are longer than others--today has been one of those days. I woke in the quiet of the dawn and realized that I had a big day ahead. First I needed to get the car packed for the Farmer's Market. I was in a great mood starting off with my cappuccino from Noble Coffee. Then the drive to Grants Pass was glorious, we've had a wonderful autumn and the fall color has peaked during the last week. The sky was clear blue and the trees and orchards along the interstate were absolutely glowing in shades of red, yellow, orange and green, some are brazenly colorful and others more tender.
The Farmers Market was a lot of fun, familiar faces of farmers, artisans and friends gabbing, shopping and gabbing about the fantastic fall weather. My booth looked great with a light breeze and the sun shining through the silks. People were sort of excited to see me again, since I hadn't been to Market for a few weeks! The chill in the air seemed to inspire folks to want to buy scarves, and we had a few interesting chats about how to tie a scarf to what color looks best with brown hair and who has the best organic produce and bakery goods. I love talking to people and sharing tips on styling your look with scarves. I'm always surprised how many women have drawers full of scarves, but they lack the confidence or know how to tie one on, so they just don't wear them!  We have lots of fun when I show them how to "pinch an inch" and the many ways to wear a scarf.
Photo credit: Pete Gauthier
After market closed, I took a stroll in the park along the river to soak up more glorious fall color, and take a little break before doing an outdoor product photo shoot. I had one idea, but we ended up shooting in another location while the afternoon light faded away. The sunny afternoon turned to high clouds and I thought the light was just about as perfect as can be. My goal was to get some pictures to create some new product listings in my Etsy Store. Which backdrop do you prefer, the corrugated metal or the rustic wood? 
 And so the day continues, now I'll edit some of the images from today's photo shoot and write some product descriptions, and maybe even get to post a few new items online. . . zzzzzzzzzzz

10 November 2011

Get to know the BEST Team

Thank you for reading my first BEST Team blog, your comments are welcome and I hope you will take time to visit their shops and support handmade in USA by doing some of your holiday shopping online at Etsy this season!

I recently joined a support team on Etsy. The Boosting Etsy Shops Team's goal is to provide marketing support for each others' Etsy shops by writing weekly features on our respective blogs. Here is my first feature blog where I am getting to know my teammates and their wares. The BEST Team is a very dynamic, active group and we are now accepting new members!

Spearfish, South Dakota
Absolutely Kismet  presents a lovely collection of hand made charms for wine glasses, as well as knitting and crochet stitch markers, plus some very cool hemp and beaded jewelry! And a real bonus is that All wine charms can be customized to fit your needs. Customers are invited to contact (convo) for custom orders - which is a plus for people who want something totally unique. Satisfaction is guaranteed by working closely with clients on special orders. Another great thing is that all the items listed in Absolutely Kismet are ready to ship. You can follow Absolutely Kismet on  Facebook  where you can see an extensive photo gallery of the hand made jewelry and charms, plus pictures of customized creations for her happy clientele. Also follow Absolutely Kismet's blog where many of the Best Team members are featured along with their creations! I think this re-purposed shell casing is was a very cool idea for wine charms. Check out the dangles: they're .22 brass shell casings! Kismet has placed crystal bicone beads inside for a pretty twist, these wine charms can be customized with your choice of dark blue, light blue, purple, red, green, and amber beads. This set of 6 wine glass charms is sure to be the talk of your next party and such a deal for just $20 plus $2 for shipping. 

                      Wine Charms w/ .22 Shell Casing Dangles - Set of 6

Kristine creates handmade Goth & cosplay accessories including parasols, jewelry, beaded memory bottles, card deck and gift bags, cell phone charms plus totally unique stockings. These handmade goodies make great wedding gifts and accessories. Kristine invites custom orders, just send her a message (convo). The inspiration for KC Dragonfly's creativity is nature...images of dragonflies, the moon and water tell an ancient story of celebration and nurturing. It is Kristine's mission to create quality, hand-crafted designs that romance your soul and inspire your individuality to take flight. KC Dragonfly has got a strong internet presence! A great website where you can learn about the gals of KC Dragonfly. Get an immediate 15% off items at KC Dragonfly's Etsy store for following KC Dragonfly on FacebookKristine also writes a blog where you can chase the dragonfly of inspiration for insights to the creative process. Her Twitter feed is a great place to keep current with their holiday schedule and up to the minute bonus discounts on her fine creations as well as interesting facts about the natural world! And if you are interested in seeing even more images of her fine creations view her Flickr photostream

                   Autumn Leaves Fall Wedding Parasol 

Every detail is hand sewn including the leaves, which are tacked on in such a way as they give a three-dimensional look. This compact 26" autumnal parasol is perfect for wedding photos, close quarters and crowds at anime conventions. Amazing attention to detail and by-hand construction makes this one of a kind parasol a fantastic deal for just $70!

The Creativity Bugs are two sisters (Sandy and Sue) who have a passion for crafting. Sandy and Sue are sisters who specialize in hand crafted gift items, such as mini books, paper crafting kits, cards, paper crafts, cardmaking supplies, scrapbooking supplies, embellishments, craft suppllies, and more. Their motto is "lovingly creating items for others to love & cherish". Quality workmanship is guaranteed, as everything they make is top notch and touched with a pinch of kindness & love. Check out their blog where you will be inspired by their creative crafting ideas & projects, reviews, recipes, and a whole lot more. Get the latest news on product releases, treasuries, and featured Etsy shops on Facebook
I loved browsing their Etsy shop and found this cute and creative way to display my favorite photos. This adorable 2x2 cube picture holder would make a great placecard holder for a holiday dinner party too. It's so affordable at just $3.00

07 November 2011

Celebrating 1000 Fans Giveaway

Joy Hand Painted Silk is CELEBRATING one thousand fans on Facebook!  Join us in the celebration and enter to win a peacock silk shawl from Joy Hand Painted Silk!

How to Enter:

1. Be a current fan of Joy Hand Painted Silk on Facebook

2. Comment on this blog post, then

3. View Joy Silk Studio Photo album.

4. Leave a comment on a photo or photos of your choice by Friday, November 11, 2011.
*The person whose comment has the most "likes" by the end of November will win.

5. The winner will receive a one of a kind hand painted silk peacock feather shawl by Joy Hand Painted Silk, which has a retail value of $130.

Good luck!