30 January 2012

Etsy BEST Team Feature - January 31, 2012

I try to learn something new with every blog, today I looked up how to do screenshots. At this point my li'l black MacBook has monitor envy. Even when I changed the screen resolution, I couldn't get the whole treasury in the shot. HOWEVER I do provide links to Treasury in the caption of each Treasury's screen shot at the end of this blog. DO CLICK on the captions to see the details of some great work from my Besties on Etsy!

Yes, it's time for another BEST Team Feature! But first a quick update from Joy Hand Painted Silk Studio: 
Spring Romance Collection for circa.
The Spring Romance Collection is headed to circa. an urban artisan lifestyle store in the historic Fondren district in Jackson, Mississippi. This is Joy Hand Painted Silk's very first trunk show, and we hope it will be the first of many! If you are near Fondren or have friends in the area, please help spread the word and send them in to see and buy from the exclusive merchandise available during the month of February.
Spring Romance Collection, February 2-28 at circa.
I'm going to show off some of the fabulous items made by my besties as featured in etsy treasuries. Etsy says this: "Treasury is an ever-changing, member-curated shopping gallery comprised of lists of items. Members can feature their favorite items, items selected on a theme or whatever they like. Any Etsy member can create a Treasury list, and there is no limit to the number of lists you can create. You can edit your lists as often as you desire, and post comments to other members' lists."

Eudora Whimsical Neo-Gothic Necklace
PoisonGarden is a collaboration of three artisans and right now they are featuring a very special Valentine's Day Sale! ALL orders will receive a free 4 Pack of Rose Candle Tarts and orders over $15 will receive free shipping! I fell instantly in love with "this lovely Gothic butterfly necklace (that) sparkles like moonlight dancing across inky waters. The detailed scroll-work of the wings is reminiscent of old wrought iron gates." Follow Poison Garden online: Blog | Tumbler

Blue White Wear creates necklaces, bracelets and earrings with an oriental touch. A modern version of East meets West. I adore these 1/2 inch faux cinnibar jacket earrings featured in the timely treasury "Tiger Makes Way for Dragon". Wear them to welcome the Year of the Dragon or for Valentines Day. Follow Blue White Wear online: Blog |Twitter
Red Oriental Jackets by Blue White Wear
Although cinnabar, also called Chinese lacquer, is a traditional Chinese handicraft, it is now made with a dyed red resin or wood carved to resemble the motifs and does not actually contain the red mineral cinnabar.

Patty's Dream Designs loves to create jewelry that you will love to wear! Here's a beautiful necklace and earring set in the BEST Team Treasury "Star Struck, Sun Struck, Moon Struck Treasury by our BEST Team mate Annie Oliverio "Inspired by the wide open sky of Oklahoma - a sprinkle of bright stars against the black sky; a big disk of moon and the shining sun."
Blue Pearl & Gold Necklace & Earring Set
This pretty set includes an 18 inch necklace with blue glass pearls, gold leaf bead caps, gold bugle twists and has a lobster claw clasp. The earrings have glass pearls and gold leaf bead caps on gold hoops attached to ear wires. Follow Patty online: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Stumble Upon 

Looking Back Treasury by sewinggranny on Etsy

Tiger Makes Way for Dragon Treasury by Molly Kimball

Starstruck, Sunstruck Moonstruck Treasur by Annie Oliverio 

As part of my BESTeam commitment, throughout the month I will feature one or more of the fabulous shops and talented artisans who comprise the team.  What is BESTeam? It's the Boosting Etsy Shops Team and our goal is to give support to each other and to help promote each others' Etsy shops. If you are an Etsy shopowner and are interested in learning more about BESTeam, please visit the team page on Etsy.

The BEST Team on Etsy

29 January 2012

Dragonfly: Myth and Magic

in Ireland and parts of Europe, dragonflies were associated with fairies and magic.  Some fables and fairytales said that if you followed a dragonfly, it would lead you to fairies.  Others said that they were the steeds of fairies.  Dragonflies represent the ability to travel between dimensions. In Japanese paintings dragonflies are representations of new joy and light. 

Save on silk fashions - use discount code FACEBOOK to save 25% on all style and colors at Joysik.com 

Custom-designed Silk Ruana
Create the illusion with a colorful hand painted silk ruana. Transform your style with the addition of a jeweled necklace and a silk wrap. Take your evening style up a notch - imagine the feeling of a silky ruana draped over your shoulders in your favorite little black dress. 
Lime green dragonfly necklace
And, like the Lakota tribe’s mythology, dragonflies can teach illusion.  They tell us that things are not always as they seem, and that life itself is not always what it appears to be.  
Peacock feather motif on jacquard silk 
Information from Ted Andrews's Animal-Speak, Jessica Dawn Palmer's Animal Wisdom, and Steven D. Farmer'sPower Animals.

27 January 2012

Hurray for a Sunny Winter Day

Sometimes in winter the dreary skies and cold weather gets me down. It's a real treat when the sun pops out at this time of year. I was waiting for just this kind of weather to do a photo shoot. Here are some test shots from outdoors and a view of Planet Joy in Winter. Enjoy!

Planet Joy in Winter 
Tangerine Ruana - Sold

Seagrass as Backdrop

In Studio Photo Shoot - Daylight

Hand Painted Silk Purple Peacock Feather Ruana
I continue to apply myself to taking better photos. Here is my latest attempt, these were shot indoors in natural light. This is a preview of Joy's Late Winter Collection. These will shortly be listed for sale in my Etsy store. If you would like to reserve one of these beauties for your very own or commission something special,  please leave a comment.
Peacock Feather Silk Ruana
Available for purchase at Etsy

The beauty of the ruana style is its versatility. Wear it full length for special occasions over a black dress or pants suit for its full dramatic effect OR gather it and drape it around your neck for everyday comfort in cool weather.
Tobacco, Bronze, Magenta, Silver Ruana
Now Available for Sale at Etsy
Depending on how you drape or tie the ruana you can highlight the various colors in a different way each time you wear it. A ruana can also be folded in half and worn like a shawl.

Tangerine Ruana - SOLD

Thanks to my friend and neighbor Brian Devin for his assistance setting up the shoot.