With the holidays over and a new tax year beginning, I would love to buckle down and get a lot of new items in my Etsy shop. What do I have planned for this year? First, expect a lot more earrings. I got a great Dremel rotary tool for Christmas, and it will make churning out ear wires a snap! These cup burrs are en route from WidgetSupply.com and should cut the amount of time I spend on each wire down by a huge percentage. (Hand filing those babies takes a long time, and I always manage to nick my fingernails in the process.) The 1.2mm size is just right for 20 gauge wire. I will also be doing a version of my tassel earrings in customized sports team colors, starting with scarlet and gray, of course! I gave out a few of the first pairs as Christmas gifts this year. They’re like little pom-poms for your ears!
Favorite Fall Trends (Plus Etsy News!) October 10, 2011
Ok, so I’m a 30-year-old mom. Not exactly your idea of a fashion plate, right? That doesn’t mean I can’t participate in a few trends now and then! One of my favorites for this fall is brightly colored denim. Now, being a currently unemployed mom means I can’t really justify shelling out $252 for these red jeans, but luckily, Old Navy has my back. I wasn’t sure if I could pull them off, but when I put these jeans on, I feel like one hot mama! They don’t seem to be selling these online anymore, but I’m certain they’re still in stores, and they’re under $40. Do be aware that these things run SMALL – I had to buy 2 sizes up. So anyway, these things look amazing with my tall black boots and a simple black and white striped t-shirt, but after my husband insisted I was stealing Michael Jackson’s color scheme, I decided I’m going to have to go out on a limb and try something other than black.
Another trend I’m loving, and I touched on this one a few days ago, is tassels. The tasseled loafer and purse thing is just not for me, though, so I combined trends and whipped up these brightly colored tassel earrings in crimson and bright blue. I think I’m going to have to make a pair of these in every color of embroidery floss I can find!
I guess this is as good of a time as any to post the big news that (as you may have guessed from the link above) my Etsy shop is now open for business! I am super excited to see if people like the stuff I’m creating! So take a quick peek if you like – I’m in need of some constructive criticism!
Etsy Shop Preview September 30, 2011
I’m working furiously on getting everything in order for the shop, but I’d like to take a minute to post a few of the items I’m most excited about. All the wirework in these items was done by hand – chains, clasps, findings, everything!
The robin’s nest ring is one of the first things I made after starting to work with wire. I love the aesthetic but it’s a little too big for me to wear – just not my style.
This ring was inspired by a bracelet I liked. Wrapping all those curves took forever!
I love these Falling Leaves earrings, and I get lots of compliments on them. Hammering the silver frames really gave them a cleaner look!
I made this necklace for myself after finding the large bead in a bead store bin. It reminds me of a redhead with green eyes, hence the title – Redhead Necklace. I also have matching earrings. I’m a little hesitant about selling this one!
This is the first item I made specifically to sell, and the one I most recently finished – the Thebes Tassel necklace. Inspired by the tassel trend we’ve been seeing all year, I wanted to try my hand at making one of wire. In the end, it reminded me more of an Egyptian headdress of some sort, so I named it the Thebes Tassel.