20 February 2014

Joy Hand Painted Silk Seaside Collection

Introducing a new limited edition of hand painted silks by Joy Light.
The Seaside Collection is inspired by the beach, collecting shells has been a lifelong reverie. Beginning at a young age on the shore in New Jersey. We would go searching for shells and Cape May Diamonds.
Sunset Beach, NJ
Cape May Diamonds are not diamonds at all, but pieces of quartz crystal are broken off from veins and pockets by the swift running waters of mountain streams in the upper reaches of the Delaware river. We prized finding them as kids.
Charmeuse poncho styled as a scarf
The collection is designed to bring you a touch of serenity from a memory of the sea. Find the Seaside Collection online via Etsy. Or contact me to create a custom scarf or wrap just for you, in your colors!
Detail of scallop shell & starfish
As a young adult I beach-combed in Southern California where storms at sea would occasionally wash up treasures from the deep.
Charmeuse Hand Painted Poncho
 Tropical vacations to Hawaii and the Yucatan Peninsula introduced me to other varieties of seashells over the years.
Work in progress - Seaside Collection
The Seaside Collection is whimsical, combining stylized scallop and nautilus shells, representing the tranquility that comes from beach walks and contemplating the waves rolling into the shore.
Seaside Collection : Crepe de chine poncho

Crepe de chine poncho styled as a scarf
You can wear the Seaside collection year round to remind you to embrace the optimistic outlook that comes from time spent watching a sunset in warm weather climate.
Detail scallop shells

Sungold crepe sarong
I'd love to hear from you what your favorite shell beaches are, please share in the comment section or let's chat about it on Facebook!

17 February 2014

Joyflower Loves Etsy Treasury

February is a wintry mix. 
Hoarfrost lingering in the trees
[Photo : Alex Hartmann]
Here in Oregon we have occasional warmish days when the garden beckons me to trim and train the landscape, and there are days filled with non-stop rain. Of course there are the holidays, notably St. Valentines Day (my favorite) and President's Day (yawn).

February has been a record breaking month for Etsy Treasury love for Joyflower! In today's post I will highlight a great number of creative colleagues I know via Etsy and I hope you will also enjoy how we share our love of handmade by curating "Treasuries" of one another's work. 
All Things Beautiful 
All Things Beautiful from my talented colleague Kety Bagwalla of Vivid Silks, features my one of a kind Tequila Sunrise Shibori Silk Gown. 
Blue Cloud by Vitrine 
Blue Cloud  by Vitrine Modern Gemstone Jewelry featuring Joyflower Silver and Turquoise Peacock  Feather Shawl.
Dragon's Breath
Dragons Breath, inspired by Fire Opals by Dana from Wind Dancer Studios  featuring (again!) my Foxglove infinity shawl. 

Featuring by LunaEssence
Harbingers of Spring in Featuring, a treasury curated by Diana Saputo of LunaEssence  and founder of Lunaessence Arts & Crafts Worldwide Expo Group, a cooperative of artists promoting handmade via multiple platforms online. 
Featuring my Deposit for Special Order. I love to create custom color combinations on scarves or yardage. You can send swatches or images, we'll negotiate the details. 

Red and Flowers for Valentine's Day  
Phung Nhi of The Callenders Flowers  created a festive Red and Flower for Valentine's Day treasury featuring my Fancy Silk Lavender-Bay Silk Sachets. 

Women in Business Team Treasury
Women in Business team is always active, Thanks to Lisa Beslagic of LiDakatoaDesigns  
feat. Joyflower Orchid Pink Hand Painted SIlk Scarf, do you notice a trend, Radiant Orchid, the Pantone color of the year is very popular!

Love who you Love,  Love what you Love 

Love…Love… Love... Love by Judy Aussenhoferfrom AussenWolf Designs featuring my best selling small accessory Golden Sand Mini-Scarflette
Lovefest Multi-Team Marathon BNR Party
Giftbearer creates wonderful multi-team promotional treasuries. This BNR Marathon features my hand painted silk Infinity Shawl in a color palette I call Ember. 
Joyflower Valentine's Day Picks
I curated a few treasuries this month myself, sometimes I curate a treasury to repay the kindness of my fellow creatives, sometimes I curate based on whimsey! I focused on the theme of Love and Valentines Day this month. 

Love is in the Air

Radiant Orchid Mood
Radiant Orchid Mood ia another Radiant Orchid inspired treasury by Susan from Pippin Post Featuring Joyflower Misty Orchid Infinity Shawl

Pink Hart
Take a closer look at Pink Hart by Anat Kisch from Nata fashion has a fun twist to their collection. Featuring my sophisticated Driftwood Infinity Shawl - new for spring!
Purple Delight
Purple Delight by My Divine Inspiration features my Foxglove Infinity Shawl among others.
Purple Orchid
Purple Orchid is another beautiful treasury curated by by Carolin of Cute as a Button featuring my new design, the Infinity Shawl in Foxglove from the Joysilk Fire Collection
Sharing the Love, Right Back Atcha
Sharing the Love, Right back Atcha classic by Fiona Stolze of silkandart 
Feat. Plummy Reversible Silk Shawl. Deep blue and purple reminiscent of amethyst and aquamarine. 

Valentine's Day Picks from The Artisan Group (TAG)
My petite Orchid Pink Hand Painted Silk Scarf is in good company with the beautiful, one of a kind gifts that were selected for this Valentines Day (but perfect for all occasions) Treasury, gifts from the talented members of The Artisan Group (TAG)  by Jessica Croft from The Prismatic Peacock.

05 February 2014

Beat the Winter Blues!

Repel the Doldrums of the Season
If you’re like me, you may be feeling a bit blah from the bleak winter weather (unless you’re a lucky duck hailing from a tropical locale). A combination of freezing outdoor temps, short days and over-heated indoor atmospheres creates dry skin and chapped lips, not to mention bleak moods. 

The silver lining? You don’t have to wait for warmer weather, or spend a lot of time or money in order to break out of the winter blahs. Sometimes it can be as simple as choosing a new shade of lip color, wearing a colorful scarf or giving your skin a little extra attention. 
Here are some tried and true beauty ideas that can give your routine, your wardrobe (and your mood) a boost.

Renew Your Lip Color
Just because it's dark and dreary outside, your lip color needn’t match the weather. Actually, try one that is just the opposite. 
Summer's wonderful because the warm weather naturally enhances your beauty. The sun provides Vitamin D, a natural mood-booster that adds color to your skin, and humidity, while doing a number on your hair, is also good for your skin. But the winter months can be depleting.
Lipstick is by far the quickest and easiest way to brighten up your complexion, and your overall look! Add a juicy new shade of lipstick, or try a sexy neutral lip. Check out Harper's Bazaar stylist guide to great nude lip colors. Look for one with a rich moisturizer. 

Reveal Your Skin
A gentle exfoliant, used properly can enhance your makeup and skin, especially in winter. A light exfoliation on your face (also wonderful on your body) a couple times a week will remove dry, dead skin cells that can dull your complexion. An exfoliating mask deeply cleanses your skin and helps reduce and eliminate blackheads as well as other potential skin problems. Look for a gentle exfoliator like, or an exfoliating mask. To keep my skin bright and glowing in the depths of winter, I make sure to  include an overnight mask of Yonka’s Gommage, rub it off in the a.m. for a deeply moisturizing and gentle exfoliating treatment.

Refresh Your Style
Winter is perfect scarf-wearing weather. A scarf be worn in numerous ways to add a chic edge to your basic wardrobe pieces.  Make a statement, wear a distinctive scarf with your usual "uniform" and enjoy the compliments you will hear. You can purchase something new or a pick scarf that has been languishing in the back of your closet! Whether you choose to wear a work of wearable-art or something from a thrift store, you will turn heads and hear lots of compliments when you add a bit of color to your style! 

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