Sunday, November 27, 2011

Small Business Saturday

Yesterday was Small Business Saturday and I totally shopped small businesses! They were local too which made me even more happy. The first place I shopped was this new to me business called F. Olivers. They create very fancy olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Plus, they give out recipe cards to go with the oils & vinegars you've purchased.......such a great idea. I purchased a pairing for my father, my sister and of course myself. Today I'm going to make Dirty Angel Food Cake using the dark chocolate vinegar & the chipolte olive oil I purchased. I know, it sounds odd and possibly not very good but I am confident it will be amazing.

If you happen to be in Rochester or Canandaigua you should definitely try out F. Olivers. A wonderfully different type of place and one that is a new favorite for me.

The other spot I shopped at yesterday was More Fire Glass Studio. The owner, Elizabeth Lyons, is an amazing glass artist and holds a holiday open house annually. I learned glass blowing from Elizabeth and I started my love of lampworking at her studio too. She has grown to be a dear friend. I was so thrilled to pick up one of her glass vases and then a pair of wicked cool earrings from Mahine Ratteson. Okay these "gifts" are for me but I did support small business and I shopped local.

Over the next few weeks I'll share with you the small businesses that I will be shopping at in hopes you too will shop small business, buy handmade, support local shops.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Etsy Update

Its been a whirlwind month for me and I've just slowed down enough to update my shop just a little bit. For the past few weeks I've had a show to do each weekend and they all seem to have been 3 day shows. I don't know what I was thinking when I booked all these but thankfully I've made it through! My last show was on Black Friday and was just for one day. So today I had to begin the chore of house cleaning since it is in total far I've de-cluttered and am ready for the real cleaning to begin- tomorrow that is since I'm pooped.

An Etsy update was also on my To-Do list today. So I've done a few additions to my shop and will plan on more updates tomorrow too. Now that my schedule has lighted I am really going to try and post more in my shop before the holiday. I think I've been trying to do this each year and I get only a little better each time.

I love this necklace and will be making one for myself I love it so much. This is my Peace, Love, Happiness necklace, my theme for the holidays, and its available in my Etsy Shop now. I also have a few pairs of earrings there too. Tomorrow I should have some pendants and another necklace........more hearts will arrive soon too.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Peace, Love and Happiness

My latest necklace.....Peace, Love and Happiness is my new "line" ....theme I am working with. These 3 words come from many sources. The sixties of course, a comment often written in notes or cards and what we all hope for. The day after Thanksgiving I am part of a show honoring Hannah Congdon and this was too a sentiment she would often say.

Here is another version I am doing. Stacking the sentiment. Bead artist Michelle Goldstein was the originator of the boxed heart (at least I believe so...sorry if I have the wrong creator)  so I transformed the square a bit to use in my design.

I certainly hope I will have enough work to display at the 4 shows I will be doing in Novemeber!! I don't know what I was thinking when I booked all these. Well, people can always order things right :)