Wednesday, September 23, 2009


These caught my eye today-- I love the detail. JoslinJewels is this week's shop of the week at the EtsyTwitter team blog. My favorites are those paisley earrings, they're so original! All that wire-wrapping looks like it must take a lot of time and patience. And I love her color sense.

Monday, September 21, 2009

I'm moving!




I'm moving to Santa Monica next weekend -- I'll be just 3 miles from the beach! It's my dream. I bought my first condo. But before I move, I had to take some pictures of my apartment, which I'm seriously gonna miss too. But I won't miss the 105+ degree summer days in this valley! One day recently it got up to 113. So I'm looking forward to that nice ocean breeze and being able to bike along the water.

More house pics at my flickr-- just click any one of these pics to get there. Also, if any of you lovely readers have house pics up, feel free to post links to them in the comments! I love looking at beautiful home photos.

New Packaging!

I've spent some time fiddling with my packaging and this is what I've finally come up with :) It started with a haphazard everybody-gets-something-different kind of packaging, but I really wanted a cohesive brand and also, it took a lot of time to put together before I'd figured out what I was doing -- finding materials scattered across the house and scrounging! Now it's easy because I keep everything in one box and have bought some good packaging materials I can use every time. Inside that kraft folder is a 8.5x11 chipboard for safety and the print, in a cello bag to keep it all together.

I originally wanted to do that frame sticker on clear printable sticker paper, so that it would have that nice kraft background. But I since I had a bunch of white sticker paper lying around, I decided to use that up first.

Tell me what you think! Packaging is one of my favorite things. I'm definitely one of those people that tend to pay a little bit more in the grocery store just for the packaging alone. But it's okay! It's research! ;)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Lovely beadwork by inmyheadstudios

This week's etsy twitter team shop of the week, inmyheadstudios, is so lovely! I especially love the upcycled scrabble and domino pendants. What a great idea! :) Environmentally friendly and really well done. They also have a painterly quality and a sentimentality to them that I love, and of course I always love those ornate flocking patterns that she uses on a few of her pieces, like the ones pictured.

Great work inmyheadstudios!