28 August 2013

JoySilk 2000+ Facebook Fan's Giveaway

Wow, time flies when you are having FUN! All the new fans loving on our Joy Silk Facebook page has put us in a very good mood, so we are having major giveaway! I'm using Rafflecopter to run the contest, so all you have to do is follow the rules of entry, and there are options for daily entries to increase your chances of winning! See the prizes on our new Fashion Accessory Giveaway Prizes board on Pinterest

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Share the news and enter to win one of two awesome prizes!

First prize is one of my hand painted silk scarves, and the second prize is a pair of Jewellery by JoySilk earrings. Thanks in advance for your interest and participation and I am wishing you GOOD LUCK!

Designer art-to-wear silk scarves

27 August 2013

Award winning Etsy Treasury by Joyflower on Etsy! It's a Madcap Life!

Joyflower Madcap Color Challenge 
I love surprises like this: I won the award for my Color Monday Treasury from It's a Madcap Life team on Etsy. Thanks to team leader, Jessica of Changing Vases for organizing Madcap activity!

16 August 2013

Treasuring August with my posse on Etsy

I have a tremendously talented creative posse, you can find them in all the usual places you find folks like us. We tend to congregate at art festivals, on Etsy, and assorted social media hangouts.

In case you missed it, Etsy has recently gone through a major re-design, some cool features that enhance the experience for buyers looking for the coolest and freshest handmade gifts and accessories and for sellers. I think the new dashboard is so COOL! Curating small collections of the wonderful hand made things that my brilliant posse creates for sale on Etsy is FUN!
Joyflower Summer Fun Treasury
I'm a team player, and this Summer Fun Treasury features jewelry and more from members of Women in Business (WIB) and The Artisan Group (TAG) teams.

I love the way I can tailor the treasury to my whimsical way of thinking, like I did with Once in a Blue Moon a treasury that was inspired by the moon shaped cookies by Crumbtastic (whose favorite material is sugar!) and full moon trivia since the moon is waxing towards full.
Joyflower Once in a Blue Moon
The Artisan Group posse is always hobnobbing with celebs at events such as The Emmy's and The Oscar's, the CMA's and quite a few of it's members are becoming the darling of wardrobe stylists for The Vampire Diaries and Scandal to name a couple. This fabulous team also creates color themed treasuries, and you're certain to find pleasing gifts and treats amongst the selections including bath & body, jewelry, fashion accessories, pet accessories and more!
Joyflower Amber Silk Ruana
My Amber hand painted silk ruana from the Earth Collection is featured in Indian Summer Accessories, Art & A Lot of Great Stuff by The Artisan Group. Hand painted silk ruanas are made to order, commissions are welcome. TAG's Black and White with Shades of Grey is très chic  a and features my versatile Joyflower Silver Mini-scarflette along with gorgeous jewelry and fancy soaps from The Artisan Group members.
Joyflower Silver Mini Scarflette
As colleagues, we often shop in each others stores, and we certainly recommend it to our fans by creating these fabulous treasuries! My hand painted silk Water Collection ruana or shawl is featured in A Sea of Blue and Green thanks to Jessica Croft of The Prismatic Peacock. I was super thrilled to find that my shibori triangle fringed hip scarf is featured in not one, but two treasuries this month, by Ms Karen of New York in her gorgeous Aqua treasury and Only Blue Skies Above Me by The Artisan Group.
Joyflower Shibori Scarf
Kim at Metalmorphis included my magenta & cobalt blue mini-scarflette  in her glowing treasury Shades of Purple, Teal, and Pink, and dear Dobromira Ivanova of Vintage Inspiration curated two treasuries including my work; Colors of the world features my Heather Collection hand painted silk ruana in Dance with the wolves features my Amber Ruana again!!
Magical "blush"
Not to be missed, as shy as she may be, JB Bustamonte curated My Colors are Blush & Bashful... featuring my very wearable coral scarflette and other personal and home accessories in this gorgeous shade of blush.

Keep abreast of your favorite artisans on Etsy, it's a blast!

PS. Posse. . . leave your links in the comments below and enjoy the rest of your summer!

12 August 2013

Summer Fresh Rolls and Nori-maki

When the weather is hot like it is right now in Southern Oregon, I like to have a light dinner that is healthy and delicious. Last night we had spring rolls and nori rolls. Once the ingredients are prepped, its fun and easy to make these delicious rolls at home!
Spring roll ingredients, wraps, noodles, shredded veggies
Start by assembling the ingredients, there are a few special ingredients that you can get at an Asian grocery store or natural foods store.  For the spring rolls we use rice flour wraps and for the nori rolls we use nori laver. variety of fillings including cooked rice noodles, shredded vegetables: cabbage, carrots and daikon and/or bean sprouts and avocado, and mint or basil leaves, add cooked shrimp if you wish. The rice paper rolls are sheer so I layered the ingredients starting with avocado against the rice paper wrap, then shredded carrot & daikon, cabbage & noodles. It helps to have everything organized before you start wrapping.
For the nori-maki, I use sushi rice seasoned with rice vinegar and mirin. You may like to try this great recipe from the New York Times. We used a prepared sweet ginger chili dipping sauce from Ginger People, but there are many recipes for tasty dipping sauces you can easily make from scratch.
Spring rolls in rice paper wraps and nori rolls
Nori-maki is delicious and fun to make. I make jumbo rolls for our family because it is easier for me to wrap a full sheet of nori rather than a half sheet. You'll need a sushi mat, this one from World Market is great because it has two mats, chopsticks and rice paddles for under $10.
World Market Sushi Mat Set
Having two mats is ideal, I roll one up and let it sit in the mat while I roll up the next one -- letting it rest in the rolled up sushi mat helps the seaweed stick to itself so when you slice up the rolls they stay together. Garnish your plate with seaweed salad, pickled ginger and dipping sauce of soy sauce and wasabi, serve a simple miso broth as a first course if you wish!
Seaweed salad with vegetarian Nori-maki
This healthy light supper makes for satisfied members of the "Clean Plate Club" 
Clean Plate Club
Comment or message me if you have questions on how to prepare this delicious summer supper! 

05 August 2013

Sunflower Season on Planet Joy

Summer has been good so far, I've been staying close to my home planet, nurturing my garden and getting the studio back up to speed. I am filled with gratitude as I say "thank you" with all my heart to those who shopped our emergency liquidation sale, thanks to all of you it was a tremendous success! Meanwhile, I've been getting the studio back in working order and it was spare and inviting whilst I was producing custom ruanas for Kohenet ordination.
Creating for Kohenet 2013
It is now it is set up for production again with a new larger sewing station for the new "vintage" Baby Lock serger and my trusty Bernina.
Low visibility on Planet Joy
The garden is flourishing even though we are experiencing a terrible wildfire season in the PNW.
If I had my way, I'd rather be at the beach!
Despite the less than optimal atmospheric conditions, the gardens on Planet Joy are very welcoming and colorful this year, the eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, basil, squash, sunflowers and more are thriving and ripening!
First tomato!
Zinnia, cosmos & rudbeckia

A friend of mine said he could taste tears in the pool water now that summer is waning. I notice the sun setting a little earlier, a hint of crisp morning air alluding at the season ahead. . . Me, I'm ramping up for the last month of summer and hoping for a good Indian Summer too!
Sunflower Season
Also, when you have a moment, visit  OpenSky, our newest internet boutique, where I'm selling my one of a kind JoySilk Jewellery Collection at smashing low prices!