Monday, March 30, 2009

From drab to fab

When it comes to making jewelry, much of my energy is spent re-imagining and re-working previous efforts. That said, I am so happy with my most recently reincarnated piece, pictured here.

Formerly, each of the three gemstones had been the centerpiece of its own totally blah pair of earrings. All of which had been collecting dust in my re-do pile. And like a slap to the noggin, it finally dawned on me that grouped together, their mix of colors and shapes works really nicely together!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

I got (new) skills

I recently (yesterday) spent a lovely afternoon at the home/studio of Caja Jewelry's Andrea and Juan, learning the basics of metal sawing and piercing. I was also joined by fellow student and {NewNew} member Lydia of Smallest Friend.

I can say with absolute certainty that Andrea and Juan have no cause to fear me as a future business competitor, however I was pretty darn pleased with the finished pieces that I came away with.

I was convinced that the below - my pièce de résistance - would look cool with a chain just going through the loop of the "i," but actually it doesn't hang so well that way. So now I'm looking forward to drilling a hole in it without the aid of real jeweler's tools.

And the work of someone with real skills, all available from Caja Jewelry:

Friday, March 27, 2009

Craft fair season is in the air...

I'll remind you as the date gets closer, but get excited for peak craft fair season with the {NewNew} York Etsy Street Team's Spring Handmade Cavalcade? Put a spring in your step and buy something fun for yourself gosh darn it!

Event Details...
Date: May 9 & 10 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Location: The Bell House, Brooklyn (149 7th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues). Click here for directions.

Monday, March 9, 2009

How to: Melt & Pour Soap Wedding Favors

The first of what I hope will be many more video how-to's. Here I'm joined by Michelle of Dirty Loves Clean, who had some great ideas for using melt and pour soap to make some simple, easy and elegant wedding favors.

This how-to was created by me and Michelle as members of The {NewNew} York Etsy Street Team.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Crochet is my new BFF

I've been talking the talk about learning to crochet fo-ever. I'm finally walking the walk. While my mom was in town this weekend, I found a simple hat pattern that seemed like a great learn-by-doing project. It only required a couple of basic stitches - single crochet and a puff stitch. After learning these, I was anxious to dive right in.

It was a bit of a tag team effort, swapping off every few rows. And since my mom can work a crochet hook way faster than me, she definitely ended up doing more of the work, but that way we were able to get it all done before she had to leave.

I'm ready to try my hands at another hat before I forget everything and have to learn how to do a chain stitch for about the fourth time.

I was aiming for sassy, but I think I missed the mark. Looks a little pissed off, no?