Friday, January 14, 2011

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Another treasury?  Really?  This has been a good week!  I'm so very flattered to be included in this absolutely delicious collection of artists in a treasury so beautiful I think it would look lovely hanging on a wall.  Jessica and Susan of Inedible Jewelry are the curators of this fantastic collection in the most gorgeous, spicy shades. 

Glass Panic's gorgeous, iridescent amber, ca. 1970, Kings Crown glass compote reminds me of a piece of my grandmother's that absolutely fascinated me.  It resided on the "DO NOT TOUCH" etagere that as a child, took every ounce of discipline for me to resist.  Speaking of trying to stay out of trouble at my grandparent's house, my grandmother also had the most beautiful rose-shaped soaps housed in a covered glass dish...almost like a terrarium.  Well, these buttercream Valentine soaps by Satin and Birch put those from my childhood to shame!  I can't get over how intricately beautiful they are.  They look like Wedgewood in caramel.  (P.S.  She does have them in Wedgewood blue as well!)  Speaking of intricate soaps, when I first looked at the treasury I seriously thought Love Lee Soaps Cinnamon Rolls were the real thing until I read the title underneath the photo.  Delicious!  Then there's Alice B Garden's yummy fine art photograph Caramels.  Who knew art could be so tasty?  Also check out her shop Elle Moss for incredibly dreamy fine art prints.  Surf and Sand's Brown Quartz necklace looks as worthy of being displayed in the finest candy shop as it does gracing any woman's neck.

This stunning treasury is also flush with beautiful blooms that weave themselves into the underlying (and accidental, according to Jessica) theme of concentric and radiating patterns.  Creative Apple's set of five Big Blooms greeting cards are so brilliantly cheerful they jump off of the screen.  Designed by Jane's forties inspired floral felt brooch is so intricately detailed it looks as though it couldn't possibly be fabric.  Block Party Press's Serenity Necklace is both detailed and elegantly simple at the same time, representing shimmering metallic chrysanthemum blossoms. 

Bead weaving is something I've never explored as a jewelry designer, but I certainly can appreciate the effort put into Licia Beads' beautiful, raspberry hued Woven Facets pendant and Lbtoyos' Cinnamon Beaded bead earrings.  (P.S.S. For you jewelry designers, Licia also has a gemstone supply shop called Licia's Bead Vault and I can attest first-hand that her selection, quality and service is fantastic!)  Another amazing technique in jewelry making is shown in Twirled Treasures' shop of unbelievable quilled designs.  Her well-honed skills are definitely showcased in her lovely Majestic Marquise necklace.  Having had a peek inside her shop, may I just say...WOW!   Speaking of new and interesting jewelry techniques, can you believe this fantastic spiral bracelet by Taylor's Eclectic is made from paper?  I'm completely blown away.  It looks so much like vibrant stained glass perched between the wire coils, but it's actually bits of paper, carefully sealed to make the piece wearable in any setting.  Taylor really has some very unique and interesting pieces (and her shop has now been added to my favorites).  I'm especially loving the Windswept Cherry Blossom Tree necklace and the Peacock Bubble Necklace

But wait...there's more!

The colors in None of the Above's terracotta sunshine pendant are so beautifully graduated with the deepest red Swarovski crystal as the centerpiece.  Polymer clay is another medium I've never worked in but I'm so impressed with what one can create with it!  Speaking of clay, Leili Design has such an amazing shop.  Her ceramic pieces reek of modern simplicity which I adore.  This tiny ceramic dish is aptly entitled "Toast" but I don't remember ever having a breakfast dish quite this pretty!  Yes...another new favorite shop... 

As I comment on each of the wonderful featured artists, I had to save Tasha MCK until the end.  Hers has long been a favorite shop of mine because her sweet little birds just melt my heart.  These nesting bowls, featuring her trademark birdies along with their nests, are just too lovely for words.

Of course, I'd be a terrible blogger and Etsy friend if I didn't mention our curators with an amazing eye.  Jessica and Susan are sisters and proprietors of the aptly named shop, Inedible Jewelry which is chock full of the most delicious looking treats...all made of polymer clay.  They've even authored book on how to make their lovely little delicacies.  I am absolutely overwhelmed by their attention to detail and incredibly clever designs.  Who knew bacon and eggs could grace one's earlobe so delicately?!

Thanks so much, Jessica and Susan for including my Tunduru sapphire and prasiolite earrings.  I chose those sapphires because I adored their earthy, spicy colors and am so pleased they found their way into a little corner of your rich, delicious treasury!  It's such a privilege to be featured with so many amazing artists.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Valentine's Day...Squared

OK, so you know I love those convos on Etsy alerting me that someone has chosen one of my items for their treasury!  Always so flattering to be included in someone's collection...

Just yesterday evening, I received another from Murat &Yusuf (muratyusuf is their ID on Etsy).  This one has a square theme, highlighting gift giving ideas  for Valentine's Day.  Having contemporary taste, the aesthetics of the repeated squares really appealed to me!

JuneDesigns cube ring is just sooo cool and funky (and really appeals to my love of geometric shapes and metals).  Michelle Chang Jewelry's tiny silver cube earrings are a study in delicate simplicity (not to mention, what a great shot of these earrings!).  Iam Designs also showcases a lovely pair of cube studs, but these are hollow on the side and have a great industrial feel while still being feminine at the same time.  Arosha's brushed sterling silver cube ring looks like a sculpture that should be housed in a museum (I love his whole shop) and Whimsy and Spice's homemade chocolate marshmallows could easily entice one to throw that New Year's resolution aside!  Askida's stitched balsa notebook accented with green agate cubes has such a wonderful, natural feel and I love it's clean, simple design.  Perihan's big square earrings will certainly make a statement and at $3.99, why shouldn't you have them? 

We've had freezing temperatures here in Austin and my warm, deep bathtub has been my best friend.  Sure wish I had some of Whipped Up Wonderful's sugar cube bath fizzies on hand right now (not to mention many of her other bath luxuries)!  Speaking of warm and wonderful, Demet's beautifully detailed, hand crochetted baby blanket looks warm and soft enough for any infant's skin.  Looking for jewelry supplies?  PK Supplies offers some really cool large black square beads painted with silver.  Likewise, AllEarringandSuppli offers the ever-popular Swarovski cubes in a luscious plum color.  Gami and Glass has the most beautiful, simple, pre-drilled glass tiles that look like strung cubes of ice in this photo which looks like a work of art.   A single, mint colored crystal hangs in solitude on Edor's elegantly simple necklace; and JBM Designs' aqua blue Swarovski earrings make me long to dive into the turquoise blue waters of my favorite resort.  Last, but certainly not least, our curator du jour Murat & Yusuf displays a beautiful navy velvet handbag.  I am in love with this deep midnight color and the velvet makes it so much richer.  Don't you just want to touch it?  Aside from the handbag, definitely take a look at all of the warm, soft and feminine scarves and shawls in their shop.  I really like the long white bom bom scarf!

Thanks again Murat & Yusuf for finding and including my turquoise cube necklace amongst this great collection of designs.  What luck that I had just discovered the listing had expired and renewed it that morning!