31 December 2012

Happy New Year

Today is the last day of the year, traditionally a time of reflection on the past and hope for the future. It’s easy to get inundated when being reflective. When that happens to me—and it does, every day—I literally think to myself, “Look up.”

And I do. I look to the sky, and I see great beauty there.
There’s a lot of everything to know. And we cannot possibly understand it with our eyes closed, our minds narrowed, our heads tilted down. So look up! Because when we do, even for a moment, our view increases from here to infinity.
Peace, joy, goodwill to all, may 2013 bring you what you dream of and more!

11 December 2012

It's a Work at Home Thing - WAHM

I was recently interviewed by Deborah Carney for a WAHMoms/WAHDads podcast, I hope you will tune in and listen, but if you don't have time, there is a brief written summary in today's blog. Your comments are always appreciated.

(Duration: 49:45 — 68.3MB) 

Myself with my youngest son Ryan
Tell us a little about yourself:
I was born and raised in Reading Pennsylvania, the eldest daughter of three children. My dad, Pat, takes credit for my pretty name, Kristin Joy Light (I have gone by my middle name since about age 28). I became interested in silk painting when my BFF Rosie, a textile designer, did a series of silk paintings one summer. She did not allow me to watch her process, but she did share her supply sources, and when I moved to Oregon in 1989 I began stocking my studio and trying my hand at it. I’ve lived in Oregon 23 years now, and my studio is in what used to be my 2-car garage. I have three children, all boys, ranging in age from 15-31. I love to drink espresso and do yoga. I am a member of the american craft council and The Artisan Group.
As a work at home parent what is your biggest challenge?
Scheduling is my biggest challenge, school sports schedules, holidays, inventory, all include scheduling, sometimes those schedules need careful adjustment so nothing gets left out in the shuffle.

What is the biggest advantage to being a work at home parent?

Working at home has been so valuable in terms of establishing consistency and stability for my boys when they were younger, and now, the comfort of working in my studio is a bonus I am very grateful for.
As a work at home parent what advice would you give other work at home parents?
Establish boundaries and maintain and re-evaluate your guidelines and goals frequently to stay on track!
http://www.Joysilk.com is my main website, it’s like a showroom for my Natura Collection and my two best selling styles. 
www.joyflower.etsy.com This is my Etsy Shoppe, you can find smaller scarves and jewelry as well as other unique one-of-a-kind fashion accessories here. 
http://www.joysilk.blogspot.com This is my blog, it is personal and you can see some behind-the-scenes activities in my studio and garden, spotlights on other creative individuals, plus stories about my family and activities. 
https://twitter.com/JoySilk Is my twitter account @JoySilk 
https://www.facebook.com/JoySilk is my Facebook business page where you will see what is happening in the studio and keep abreast of our summer festival locations and dates, plus special offers for “fans” 
Thanks to GeekCast.fm for hosting all of our podcasts. Visit them for more podcasts about marketing and working from home. Also join the forum that is for women to interact with other successful women, JoinWOMU

19 November 2012

Thanksgiving 2012 Gratitude Sale


In the spirit of the season, we want to express our gratitude to our clients, collectors, fans and friends with our 1st annual Gratitude Sale this weekend in our Etsy Shoppe! Our gratitude is immense, we get to work with color and light on silk, we are abundantly rewarded by the smiles of satisfaction on our clients faces!
Indulge your fantasy with Joy Hand Painted Silk
Please visit us on Facebook! For those of you who may have missed our Thanksgiving Sale, you can still save 25% off with the coupon code CYBERSILK entered in our Etsy Shoppe

31 October 2012

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

Call it Halloween, El Dia de los Muertos, All Saints Day, Samhain, Harvest Festival, what have you, it's the special time of year when the days draw short and the nights grow ever longer.

Although the ritual has since been merged with Catholic theology, it still maintains the basic principles of the Aztec ritual, such as the use of skulls.

Today, people don wooden skull masks called calacas and dance in honor of their deceased relatives. The wooden skulls are also placed on altars that are dedicated to the dead. Unlike the Spaniards, who viewed death as the end of life, the pre-Hispanic people honored duality as being dynamic. Natives viewed it as the continuation of life. Instead of fearing death, they embraced it. To them, life was a dream and only in death did they become truly awake.

What traditions do you observe at this time of year? What special foods or decor do you gravitate to as the days grow shorter and the nights grow long? We love the garlands of calendula flowers because they remind us of the summer sun. We eat savory soup and stew, casseroles and roasted root vegetables appeal as the weather gets colder. 

The calveras below are hand painted ceramic tiles made by my talented sister Roz Light-Meiche

Enjoy the season, recall the dead with enjoyment for the lives they led, however short or long it may have been. Honor memories of the dead with an altar with photographs, and candles. Leave gifts of toys or favorite foods and beverages during the three day Dia de los Muertos celebration. 

18 October 2012

Awesome Autumn

So here we are, mid-October and the day light hours are getting shorter as we approach All Saints Day aka: Halloween, Day of the Dead aka: Dia de los Muertos and Samhain aka: Harvest Festival.

I already miss lingering outdoors in the garden on warm summer evenings, and the light, oh, how I miss the light of long summer days! But with the change of season, different activities come to the fore, here, in Oregon we are gathering peppers and apples, putting up the summer garden's harvest to prepare for the winter ahead.
I love the flavor of roasted peppers, after the skins are blackened on the grill or in the oven, just slip off the skins, scoop out the seeds and freeze them in a zip lock. During the winter, when peppers are not as plentiful as they are now, I chop the frozen peppers and add them to soups, wraps, what have you for that delicious smokey flavor of summer. I love to visit local farms and glean the fields, it's enjoyable to be outdoors harvesting the golden and red peppers that have been picked over at the end of the growing season. To experience the subtle and delicious tastes of various pepper varieties, try this rich classic soup recipe from Epicurious.
Sweet Basil is another harvest item we treasure. We've had our fill of caprese - with juicy tomatoes fresh from the garden, basil leaves and buffalo mozzarella. While traditional pesto is ground with a pestle, on Planet Joy, we chop the leaves with olive oil, garlic and pine nuts. Again, a ziplock bag makes a great freezable container, chop off what you need, it thaws in moments, add fresh parmesan and enjoy a blast from the past Preserve what you harvest from your garden or what you gather from the farmers market!
Winter squash is one of Nature's ways of storing delicious nutrition for us. If you've grown an abundance of squash, take care in harvesting and storing. Most produce stores best at low temperatures, don't store your squash too close to apples though! I can't wait to try this delicious butternut squash soup from Williams-Sonoma. I'll get the hazelnuts at Ashland Envy, because Lisa is now adding the finest quality food & wine & foods from the PNW and Oregon to the boutique!
Apples are another favorite, we have what I call a "hobby orchard" next door, the trees have been long abandoned, but nevertheless, the trees faithfully produce fruit each and every year. So we pick the 7 or so varieties and dry them. It's a family project, climbing trees, picking and cleaning the fruit, peeling and cutting with our handy spiral apple corer. You can always get store-bought for any of the ingredients we have discussed, but somehow, our home-made always tastes better.

Please share your comments on what is your favorite harvest produce, recipe or activity, I look forward to hearing from you!

06 October 2012

Autumn in it's splendor is such a joy to behold. I sense a different quality to the sunlight, as the angle  of the sun changes as we change from summers bright long days towards winters long dark nights. A chill has entered the air and we want to have a comforting and beautiful wrap. Rich embellishments including faux fur, peacock feathers, chain and semi precious gemstone beadsJoystone charms, earrings and pendants are also featured in our Fall-Winter 2012 collection

Buy our Black PEACOCK FEATHER Satin-trimmed Shawl on Etsy.

Save when you specify STYLE 
Etsy will automatically calculate 10% off 
Offer good on orders placed through October 20, 2012

03 October 2012

And the WINNER is . . .

The winner of our Autumn Celebration - Fan Appreciation Sweepstakes is Jean W. The fabulous Rafflecopter widget collected and chose randomly from some 80 entries we received during our week long contest! The lucky winner, is coincidentally, a long time friend, who encouraged me to follow my heart many years ago as we were deciding on our respective career paths.

Her prize is our newest design, a silk crepe de chine poncho in our earthy color pattern Royal Verdigris. I know Jean will get a lot of wear from this versatile 36 inch square scarf.

Crepe de chine is opulent fabric with a glossy luster and a wonderfully subtle texture. This versatile silk fabric is surprisingly light weight and possesses an excellent drape.
Our hand painted silk ponchos are extremely versatile and its use as a classic silk scarf is not impeded by the neckline that is expertly sewn into the center of the scarf. The neckline allows for it to be worn over anything from a camisole to a turtleneck and everything in between. Wear it over a bathing suit or a sleeveless dress in summer for a casual look. Tie it in this season's most popular style, the foulard.

For those of you who entered and were not chosen, you can still win because we have more styles and colors in our Etsy shop online.

Don't forget we are offering our best selling mini-scarflette, in our Celebration Sale at half-price while supplies last!

25 September 2012

Joy Hand Painted Silk Facebook Fan Celebration!

Joy Hand Painted Silk Celebration!
Summer has changed to autumn and we are celebrating a milestone this month at Joy Hand Painted Silk! This golden time of year is traditionally known as the harvest, and many countries and cultures around the globe celebrate the richness of this special season!
Cheers to all our fans, family, friends and supporters!!
In this spirit of thanksgiving, celebrating love of family and friends; not to mention the value of hard work and appreciation for our patrons, colleagues and mentors, we hope you will enjoy this beautiful season and celebrate with us in a most heartfelt way we want to give back to you in small measure all that has been given to us with a giveaway and a celebration sale!
Our Celebration Giveaway Winner will receive a one of a kind, art to wear Joy Hand Painted Silk shawl worth at least $75. Our rafflecopter widget will effortlessly collect contest entries for one week starting soon at midnight September 25. Easy mandatory entry is for all entrants to "like" Joy Hand Painted Silk on Facebook. The winner will be notified by email after the contest closes next week.

Get on additional entry when you leave a comment on this blog - comment and tell us your favorite color, be as specific and descriptive as you can be, for example: Maroc, tangerine orange, Royal Verdigris, olive green, Hibiscus, cherry red - you get the idea!
In addition to our giveaway, we are having a fantastic Celebration Flash Sale! Get your very own Mini-Scarflette for just $24, while supplies last.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Twitter followers get another additional entry daily when you tweet about our Celebration Sale: #Celebration #Sale Save 50% on Joyflower Ltd. Edition Mini-Scarflette now just $24 http://dld.bz/Joyflower_Celebration 
I love my creative work, and you, my dear friends, beloved fans, loyal buyers, avid collectors, supportive colleagues and wise mentors. . . YOU make it possible for me to to create beauty in the world around us in the form of hand painted silk accessories and couture art to wear fashions!

Thank you for your loyal support in my life, in my business and in my virtual world! 
Enjoy the spirit of Joy in good health, when you wear a Joy Hand Painted Silk scarf!
May this painted light be an inspiration to you!

08 September 2012

Mountain View Art and Wine Festival

Mountain View is a sweet town in South Bay - we are here with Villain Accessories this weekend at the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival this Saturday & Sunday September 8, 9. 

Joy Hand Painted Silk & Villain Accessories
We will have our boutique set up near the corner of Castro and El Camino and it looks like we are in for perfect weather this weekend. Come on down, and enjoy the festival, it's free and there is a great line up of music and fun for the whole family!!
We've got gorgeous hand painted silks and fine artisan jewellery - so treat yourself to a richly deserved gift of art to wear fashion accessories. It's not too soon to think about the holiday season. Support hand made - support made in USA. Come by our booth #652 for a special deal when you mention Twitter or Facebook or Planet Joy

22 August 2012

End of Summer Sale - Super Savings on Exclusive Silks

While it is officially still summer, there are signs of the approaching change of seasons! We experienced a bit of rain (drizzle) at the Silverton Fine Art Festival last weekend, and the temperatures have thankfully recovered from the record highs we were having earlier this month. 

Since it's nearly time for back to school in most regions, I thought we'd offer a sale on some of our seasonal items, like the silk flowers on vintage lattice ribbon, these are great for wearing in your hair, or around your neck, and the wee young girls can even wear them as a belt!

Summer Sale by Joyflower
We've got a combination of spring accessories and fall/winter one of a kind items plus timeless hand painted silks that you can score at great prices. Like this fabulous faux mink and brocade muffler. 
Faux Mink & Brocade Scarf
And this stunning shibori silk bias-cut gown, the bias cut has a figure perfecting effect, flowing over your curves with a lovely drape, it fits like a dream! All our hand painted silks are washable by hand or may be dry cleaned if you prefer. 
Copper Shibori Gown
This orchid silk rose is one of a kind, remaining from our Spring Romance Collection. The rayon lattice ribbon is woven through with a vintage rayon bias ribbon and festooned with a luxe jacquard rose with a vintage bakelite earring at the center. I had a box of costume jewellery from my grandmother that I was hoarding, and this year, I decided to use the elements in some new fashion accessories! 
Vintage Rose Headband
Soft mint green jacquard silk rose is attached to a vintage rayon lattice ribbon, which is laced with pretty chocolate bias ribbon and antiqued brass chain is finished with a gorgeous faceted chrysoprase bead. 
The accessories featured in our Summer Sale are classic and wearable plus extremely versatile! Have fun with fashion! Use your imagination to inspire your wardrobe, try something new and enjoy the compliments when you tie on a new fashion accessory by Joyflower!!

15 August 2012

A Season of Colour - Silverton Fine Art Festival

Join us this weekend, August 17th and 18th for Oregons most beautiful outdoor fine art show and sale. Find Joy Hand Painted Silk in Booth 52 - Click here to download your copy of this years event guide. I hope to see you there! 
Silverton Fine Art Festival Aug 18-19
Colour can't be touched, but it can touch us. It can't be felt, but it an change the way we feel. Try describing a colour and you can only describe the things we associate with it! But despite not being a tangible physical thing, like our clothes or shoes are, colour is key to the world of fashion. It's one of the visual clues that helps define a season! 
Sustainable - Made by Hand
This weekend we will dive into the beauty of nature at the Silverton Fine Arts Festival in Coolidge-McClaine Park, with it's sprawling oak trees and creek side location, borders charming and historic downtown Silverton. The Oregon Garden is a few minutes away and Silver Falls State Park is less than fifteen miles from the festival site. 
Silver Falls State Park
The festival is a comfortable one-hour drive from most anywhere in the greater Portland area, just over an hour from Eugene and Springfield, and just fifteen minutes from Salem. 
Dyed Silk Wraps, Shawls, Scarves & Jewellery
The Fine Arts Festival's successes support, to a large extent, the various educational programs of the Silverton Arts Center. Your interest and attendance in the SFAF and the participation of artists whose high quality creations you purchase and enjoy are an integral financial resource for those programs!

Joy Hand Painted Silk Fashion Accessories - made in Ashland, Oregon
Mention "Planet Joy" and get a complimentary 10% discount on your purchase at the Silverton Fine Arts Festival! 

30 July 2012

Guest Blogger - Ryan Downey

On a roadtrip to my mom's art show in cali we came across the most beautiful cars, in ashland we don't see much besides subarus and prius's so to see a ret hot Tesla was a major surprise.
Red Hot Tesla 
Saturday night after dinner and the olympics parked just outside of the restaurant we stumbled upon three awesome classic cars parked next to each other.
Classic beauty

Two Tone Classic 

Souped Up and Chopped
By the way my wish came true, on the way to dinner we spotted a Bentley we didn't end up with a picture but it was so cool!

Ryan Downey, my youngest son, is a Junior at Ashland High School and a good driver and co-pilot!