Monday, December 21, 2009

Thanks to all!

Thank you to all the well wishers for my show in Petaluma! Thank you to Cheryl & everyone from the PCM for being so great! I had a ton of fun making trades with everyone! Thank you to all my customers too! Thank you to (Aunt) Ruth for letting Chris & I stay at your home; you're a truly generous soul! - He can't wait to go on the plane ride you mentioned to him! You're fantastic!

Thank you to Yoli for taking my "Dead Frida" Calavera earrings with you to your show in San Francisco! You Rock! Thank you to Diana for covering my shifts at work while I was gone! You're amazing! Thank you to Chris for always being there for me! I Love You! Thanks to mom & Angel & Mari for helping me prepare! Thanks to Ed for helping me stuff my swag bags! ;) You are all amazing people!!!

Thank you to Melissa for featuring me in your blog!

Repost from Purple Deer Vintage:
Etsy/ Crafter Jewelry Collection

My first collection post!

There is so much talent on Etsy and the craft world I can't even begin to describe how wonderful all of the crafts are! But I'm starting with my personal jewelry collection. Most Items above came from Etsy, and some from other craft sources.

First off (above) the most important jewelry I've ever received, my engagement ring and wedding band. Mario ordered the lovely piece from a local designer at SingleBbeautiful on Etsy.

1. Poodle Breath: I can't tell you how many times I've been stopped by strangers when I where this necklace. And it's the same reaction every time, "O.M.G.! Where did you get that necklace!? I love it!" I then proceed to calm them down and tell them Poodle Breath on Etsy. Usually the more whimsical pieces are not my style, but this one is so clean and perfect for day or night. I absolutely love it!

2. Garnish Home: I probably where these earrings the most....Almost everyday. They are my favorite piece to throw on when I'm rushing in the morning out the door. You will fall for her modern nature designs as well.

3. Heart Design Jewelry: I saw a very similar necklace on J. Crews site going for around $200 smackers! And this little humble designer of Bangkok is making an amazingly similar one for a very reasonable price! I where this piece for cocktail parties, and fancy dinner parties. It makes my skin glow and I love it.

4. Colleen Durkin: My twin! My love! Came to visit it me from Chicago one year and brought her own handmade gift just for me! I love it and highly enjoy wearing this piece...I feel like a native princess. Now all though she does not craft she does amazing photography for all to see. Maybe if you be-friend her she'll make you a feather friendship earring too!

5. Noli Goods: Back when I was still doing some craft shows, with my own personal jewelry, I attended my very first Indie Mission Mart. My booth was right next to Noli Goods. It's a two in one Necklace! My favorite side has the little Gnome, but the other side has gorgeous white leaves swirled in to a navy background. Sturdy and cute everyday necklaces!

6. Local Library: Okay I know everyone loves this shop! I fell in love at first sight, great prices, clean, modern jewelry that can be worn with just about anything! The latest one I've been eyeballing is Angels/ Braids III.

7. Laurenelgee: My poor other earring is missing in action! But I know it's in the house's just a matter of where. But anywho...I love her earrings! I've received countless compliments on that pair as well, and it goes so well with your basic every day jeans and black t-shirt combo.

8. Rain's Embellishments: Now this piece I actully did not get on Etsy, but lucky for you she is on Etsy. I used to work with Lorrain back in my Sacramento days. One year for my birthday she made me the cutest mushroom knot bracelet...And I love it still to this day.

9. Nervous System: (Sorry for the not so clear image, this was a hard piece to capture) On my vintage tweed blazer this brooch stands out so WELL! I love wearing this little guy, so sophisticated!

10. Ach Ach Liebling: My first year of living in San Francisco I attended Bazaar Bizarre and feel in love with just about every vendor. But especially Ach Ach! This cute little woodland squirrel will brighten any cold, foggy winter day. My boss may make fun of me for calling my inner animal the squirrel but I'm proud. :)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Shopping for the Holidays!

For all of those who still have some shopping to do, please check out the following shows:

Petaluma Craft Mafia's "Running with Glitter Holiday Show
Saturday, December 19th 12-5PM
Petaluma Vetran's Hall
1094 Petaluma Blvd. South
Petaluma, CA 94952
$1 Admission (Proceeds going to Phoebe Washer Art Foundation)
Swag Bags to the first 50 patrons!
*Please make sure you check out the swag bags! My swag will have Rain Drop pendants...Amass the sea of blue rain drops is one lucky PINK rain drop. If you are the lucky winner of the pink rain drop, you will also win a FREE pair of earrings from me! ($15 value or less) How can you beat that? Remember to check your PCM swag bags at the show! ;)
Please stop on by & say "HI!"!
My friend Yoli is also vending in San Francisco this weekend & will also have a few of my items on her table! If you're in that area, please stop by!!!

WHAT: Crucero Artero NavideƱo

WHERE: Studio 24 | Galeria de la Raza 2851 24th St. S.F., CA 94110

Friday, December 4 | 3-8pm
Saturday, December 5 | 3-8pm
Sunday, December 6 | 1-6pm
Friday, December 11 | 3-8pm
Saturday, December 12 | 3-8pm
Sunday, December 13 | 1-6pm
Friday, December 18 | 3-8pm
Saturday, December 19 | 3-8pm
Sunday, December 20 | 1-6pm

¡Felices Fiestas….! Happy Holidays! Tis the season to be spending time with your friends and familia, decorating your house to look like it snowed inside, jingle bells, mangers, and of course GIFTS. Stop by our arts & crafts bazaar and find unique treasures made with love by some of our finest artists and artisans. Take a break from cold streets and warm yourself in Studio 24 with chocolate caliente, empanadas, craft making, special holiday music, and one-of-a-kind gifts at sweet prices your wallet will appreciate!
Featured Artists:
Craft talleres:

Sat. Dec., 5 Calaca Puppets making
Go ahead and let the kid out in you! Come get crafty with some paper, glitter, markers and more to create your very own Calaca puppet! For only $7 you can make and own your very special Calacita!

Sat. Dec., 12 Guadalupe-inspired make-and-take "Adornitos"
Create a Virgen de Guadalupe ornament, or your own interpretation of her: An Aztec warrior goddess, a personification of winter, or an homage to Latina power and mystique. No sign-in necessary, just make your ornament here at the gallery and take it home, ready to hang any place that needs a little sacredness. Only $7.00! We'll have lots of clip art, crepe paper, glitter, plaster add-ons and other precious embellishments available.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

New Cards & SWAG!

Here's a sneak peek at my swag for the Petaluma show! Is that a pink rain drop I see? If you happen to come across the pink rain drop, you are the lucky winner of a FREE pair of earrings from me! ($15 value or less!) So, please check your swag if you attend "Running with Glitter"!
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Why Walk, when you can Run with Glitter?

(copied from the PCM blog!)

"Baby, It's cold outside," he said. "Why not warm things up with a little glitter?" she smiled mischievously. A sprinklehere, a splash, there...
The rumors are true, the whispers are telling.... and finally it seems we've landed in a glitter wonderland. The Petaluma Craft Mafia is launching it's third production, after Craftaluma,Holiday Craftacular, and now we're officially,Craftaluma,"Running with Glitter!!"

We were going to take the year off, but our crafty friends and vendors kept pestering us, so, while we will still do our spring show on May 15th, 2010, we're going to get things warmed up
for the Holidays with a runway and craft show. Whew!

Running with Glitter is hosting some of the best talent locally, and in the north bay. Handmade goodness that will help you with your shopping list and support local artists.
Come on down to the Petaluma Vet's Hall, groove to the live tunes, grab a cupcake, and take-in the glittery fashion show with some of the leading, cutting edge DIY'er designers!
We're gonna have a glitterlicious 'ol time, and the admission to the show is one buck, proceeds benefit the Phoebe Washer Foundation for the Arts.

Psst. Get there early for faboo swag bags!! (*keep reading to the bottom for my secret surprise!*)

Peace, love and glitter,

The Petaluma Craft Mafia

What: Petaluma Craft Mafia hosts, Craftaluma's "Running with Glitter" Holiday Show.
When: December 19th, 2009, 12 noon- 5
Where: Petaluma Veteran's Hall
Admission - 1 buck - Swell swag bags for the first fifty folks.

I will be here!!! If you're in the area, PLEASE stop by & say "HI!" Also, make sure you check out the swag bags! My swag will have Rain Drop pendants...Amass the sea of blue rain drops is one lucky PINK rain drop. If you are the lucky winner of the pink rain drop, you will also win a FREE pair of earrings from me! ($15 value or less) How can you beat that? Remember to check your PCM swag bags at the show! ;)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

November Design Team Bits and Pieces Collages

(Repost from Glitter & Grunge)

For November I asked our design team to make a 12 tile bits and pieces collage that represents some aspect of themselves. Each tile is 2x2. Here are some of our members pieces and their notes about it.

Bits-n-Pieces Collage of Me by Lorrain Garcia
1. Crayon Monkey - My Niece
2. Dress Maker Stand - My mom, sewing
3. Angel Wings - My sister
4. Heart - I am loved.
5. Rain Cloud - My name, my business
6. Skull Necklace - My jewelry
7. Bird - My grandma
8. Glasses - Me, geeky
9. CD - My boyfriend, Music
10. Dancing skeleton - My Heritage
11. Sunflower - My favorite flower
12. Bust - Femininity

Shannon's piece in progress (finished piece to be revealed later).

Wall hanging, by Leslie, the result of the 2 x 2 Challenge. The basic squares were made of cloth-paper that I made (based on a technique first introduced by Beryl Taylor in Cloth Paper Scissors) and then hand-stitched onto unstretched painted canvas. The beads at the bottom were made from more bits of cloth-paper and hung from hemp. Grommets and hemp hold the entire piece onto a wooden dowel.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are

I was super-excited for "Where The Wild Things Are" movie to come out in the theater! I've always loved the book...I even got it for my godson's second birthday this year! In preparation for the movie I invited a bunch of people & asked them to join in a movie-themed swap. Unfortunately/fortunately my family was the only people who could make it.

I stayed up late making the masks & two of the "king Max" crowns...Angel made the third crown. And Marianna made the most fantastic crayons for me! Yes, my family loves to craft! Here's a slide show of a bit of the fun we had Friday night!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Design Team Reveal!!

(REPOST from Glitter & Grunge)
Wow. WOW. All I can say is that our design team is awesome! I can't believe the amazing things they each made with one little packet of supplies!

Rain made an awesome corset....

Shannon made this amazing Shrine ...
(and two others! This is my personal fave, though...more on flickr)

Leslie made this sweet floral sculpture...

Kath created a delightful paper bag book (more pics on flickr)

And Jen sewed up a great house pillow which is also our GIVEAWAY PIECE! Check back tomorrow for all the details on this wonderful giveaway! Some of these pieces will be available for purchase on Glitter and Grunge later this week.

Please leave us a comment and tell us which one is your favorite piece!

**As of now Flickr is not uploading any of our pics, so you'll need to hang tight for a bit!

Glitter & Grunge Design Challenge #1 - A Work In Progress!

At first I wasn't sure what to make with my collection of goodies I received from Claire. After I thought about it for a while, I decided to make a corset.

I cut out the base of my corset with muslin and then set about the task of piecing the fabric together bit by bit.

Then I carefully stitched each piece of fabric & paper clippings together.

This is my result. I still have some embellishing to do. I also have to make my button holes in the back & attach my buttons for a closure. The corset is for a size 14 give or take....

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Happy Friday

I just received this video in an email and couldn't resist sharing! Enjoy! : D

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Excitement! Glitter & Grunge Fall Design Team Announced!

Copied from Glitter & Grunge:

Meet Our Fall Design Team!

Oh my! I cannot believe the amazing entries we got for the design team. A-MAY-ZING!

It was so hard to choose and we really would have loved to have everyone. If you were not chosen this round - never fear we will be taking applications for the winter team soon. We would love for everyone to have a chance to showcase their artwork for Glitter and Grunge!

Over the next week or so we will be doing in-depth profiles on these super talented ladies as well as showing you examples of their impressive art work. I am so pleased with the variety of art forms these ladies create and hope that you are too.

Click their photos and say hello to the on their blogs!

Congratulations, Shannon, Rain, Jen, Kath and Leslie!!