Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Another Realm Scents

Some of you are aware that I have opened a perfume shop on etsy.....
for those of you that did not know, stop by and check it out.

***GRAND OPENING SALE ***

I would like to extend a grand opening sale to you all. FREE Shipping on all 2 dram bottles, as well as my gift sets. (Either a set of 3 or 6 perfume samples) This sale will not apply to the single sample listing. Please enter BLOGGO on your invoice and I will correct or refund the shipping pricing. Sale will end December 16, 2009.

I currently am offering sample packs, single, set of 3, or set of 6.
As well as full size versions that are 2 dram.

There are many scent blends to choose from as well as ritual/anointing/meditation oils listed.

Perfume Blends: Abnoba, Aidin, Atheia, Avalon, Elva, Forbidden, Rhiannon, Seshetat

Anointing Oil Blends: Keeper, Moon Goddess, Sacred, Yule

I use all natural products in my blends, high quality essential oils, jojoba oil, glycerin, and natural vitamin E oil. You will feel your skin noticeably softer and healthier where the oil is applied.

Coming soon ***Solid Perfume Blends***

Monday, November 30, 2009

Countdown to Christmas...GIVEAWAY

It is my week for the Countdown to Christmas giveaway you can win a copper swirled bracelet!!!!
There are several ways to enter on the KCEtsy Blog which is located here:
http://www.kcetsy.blogspot.com
Good Luck!!
Remember to check back weekly for giveaway offers!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wow Am I Behind or What?

Gosh its been forever since I have posted..... But this post is the best way to restart my blogging....






Win a Lip Embellishment Gift Set from Jill McKeever!! Check out her store here:http://www.forstrangewomen.etsy.com/
Then check out the KCEtsyteam blog to find out how to register to win.
http://kcetsy.blogspot.com/
Don't forget to check back weekly for updates on The KC ETSY TEAM's COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS - 18 weeks of wonderful blog giveaways from now until December!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday Double Feature


Today my featured BHV team artist is Kimmie of The Pink Martini Boutique. Here is a blurb from her profile: "I've been creating wearable art for over 4 years now. You'll find beautiful pieces in my store here on Etsy!I work with Lampwork glass beads, Sterling silver, Gemstones...all sorts of beautiful components."
Check out her wonderful items here:

Today my featured KCEtsy team artist is christinavitale's.
Here is a blurb from her profile: " am a marketing professional by day and a jewelry designer by night. I love the range of materials and styles that this art allows. I like to make modern pieces from a mix of metals, stones and beads."
Check out her wonderful items here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7612702

Monday, September 7, 2009

Featured EtsyBlogger September 2009



I am very excited to be a part of the EtsyBloggers Team! This months Spotlight is Vanessa of Designs By Vanessa. She makes "handmade jewelry, paper goods, and more!"
Here is a blurb from her profile: "My name is Vanessa and I currently live in Arizona with my husband and our 2 furbabies. I have enjoyed anything and everything crafty since I was a little girl. I have a little (ok, a big) obsession for all things birdie!"
Stop by and check out Vanessa's items!!
Take a few minutes to also check out her lovely blog!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Week 4 Countdown to Christmas Giveaway


Win the item of your choice from Shawna Stobaugh!! Check out her store here:
http://www.shawnanonna.etsy.com/
Then check out the KCEtsyteam blog to find out how to register to win.

Don't forget to check back weekly for updates on The KC ETSY TEAM's COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS - 18 weeks of wonderful blog giveaways from now until December!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Double Feature Friday

Today my featured BHV team artist is Misty of GemmaBeads.
Here is a blurb from her profile: "I dabble in all sorts of things. I particularly love to create new things with found objects. Especially making jewelry with unusual objects such as dominoes, buttons, legos, typewriter keys, etc.. From time to time you may see such an item from me."
Check out her wonderful items here:


My featured artist from the KCEtsy team is going to be Candice of

Drum Chick Designs. Here is a small blurb from her profile: "I'm a musician by profession, and I take my creative mind everywhere. I do crafts because it's fun and relaxing and I love to hear that I make people happy!"

Candice has some adorable hand carved rubber stamps located in her store here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6052173


Candice is also the COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS Giveaway member for this week, I am a bit behind on posting....

http://kcetsy.blogspot.com/

Stop by and check out both of these wonderful etsy store owners!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Double Feature Friday

Today my featured artis from the KCEtsy team is going to be AJ of ajscountrycottage.
AJ offeres several yummy scents in candles in her etsy store here:
http://ajscountrycottage.etsy.com
Here is a small blurb from her profile: "I've been a handcrafted soap and candle artisan since 2003. I love making luxury cold process soaps in a wide variety of scents. My favorites are the essential oil fragranced soaps and the milk soaps. I get inspired to try new combinations by taking walks; nature and solitude get the ol' creative juices flowing! I'd love to capture the colors of the sunset or the smell of fresh rain on the earth in my work."

This beautiful chainmaille piece is from BHV team member Wambui of EleganceAndSparkles.
Wambui offeres chainmaille and beaded pieces in her etsy store here:
http://eleganceandsparkles.etsy.com
Here is a small blurb from her profile: "Color! It’s all about the color. I started making jewelry about 15 years ago when I saw a netted decoration and figured that I could make one like it. I taught myself to replicate it and the jewelry making bug bit. I started off by following patterns in books and magazines and soon that was not enough. I wanted to design my own jewelry. That is where the color came in. I have not yet met a color that I don’t like."

Stop by and visit both of these wonderful artisan designers!
Don't forget to sign up for the KCEtsy Countdown to Christmas giveaway for this week!!
http://kcetsy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Countdown to Christmas Giveaway


Week 2 Win Free Lip Stick Balm from etsian Six Gun Annie!! Check out her store here:
Then check out the KCEtsyteam blog to find out how to register to win.
Don't forget to check back weekly for updates on The KC ETSY TEAM's COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS - 18 weeks of wonderful blog giveaways from now until December!

Friday, August 14, 2009

NEW Friday's Double Feature....

As you all know I am part of two fabulous etsy street teams, the BHV_team and KCEtsyteam. I am going to be posting a Double Feature every Friday! I will feature one member from each of these street teams and give you a taste of there items, a spotlight bio and the links to there respective stores......so here we go!!
Our first BHV member is going to be Rebecca of ArcticSilver.

This absolutely gorgeous sterling silver men's Byzantine Chainmaille Necklace is currently listed in her etsy store : http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7454360

Rebecca is one of the newest members to the BHV_team and currently offeres chainmaille, beaded and woven designs. She lives in Devon with her husband, son and two dogs.

Here is a blurb from her profile: "I adore working with silver and usually combine it with glass or gemstone beads in my designs. Most of my jewellery incorporates handmade lampwork beads sourced from UK artists. I use only fine quality components, and string my pieces on sterling silver or silk unless specified."

Our first KCEtsy member is going to be Karla of Thyme2dream.

This fabulously fun Moonlight Blue Fairy Bower Bracelet & Earring Set is currently listed in her etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5191879

Karla is a wonderful wire artisan, offering several unusual jewelry items~ ear cuffs, bohemian wraps (ear wraps), arm cuffs, tiaras, circlets, hair vines combs & twirls, rainbows and other fairy accouterments. Her profile states that she designs Fantasy, Medieval and Renaissance wedding jewelry as well! Here is the link for her wedding shop on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6411115

Here is a blurb from her profile: "Wrapping and spiraling with wire and gemstones seems to be a natural combination for me…Most of my pieces are not planned, they just sort of happen as I play with the elements of the design. "

Stop by and visit both of these wonderful artisan designers!

Don't forget to sign up for the KCEtsy Countdown to Christmas giveaway for this week!!

http://kcetsy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Blog Giveways......


What is better then getting something for free? A change to win a free handmade item each and every week for 18 Weeks in a row!!

The KC Etsy Street team is having a

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS blog giveaway!

Week 1:

Exotic Jasmine


AJ from AJ's Country Cottage http://ajscountrycottage.etsy.com

Will be giving away a free bar of handmade soap of the winner's choice!

Check out the link below to get all the info on how to submit your name:

http://kcetsy.blogspot.com

Don't miss your chance to win some absolutely beautiful handmade items!!

Friday, July 31, 2009

KCEtsyTeam

I have recenetly been accepted as a memeber of the KCEtsy Street Team.
Here are a few goodies from members I located in a search this morning on Etsy:



I am so excited to be a member of the KCEtsy, I can't wait to meet other team members and become part of a local group! Here is a little blurb about the team:

The Kansas City Etsy Street Team is a Kansas City based team of artists and artisans who work together to promote and support one another in their artistic endeavors. The KC Street Team sells their upscale handmade wares on Etsy.com, a place for all things handmade.

Check out the Team Blog:

http://kcetsy.blogspot.com/

Show your support to local artists

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Granada........


"Granada," the Spanish word for "pomegranate".
Punica granatum nana is a dwarf variety of P. granatum popularly used as Bonsai trees and as a patio plant. The only other species in the genus Punica is the Socotran pomegranate (Punica protopunica), which is endemic to the island of Socotra. It differs in having pink (not red) flowers and smaller, less sweet fruit. Pomegranates are drought-tolerant, and can be grown in dry areas with either a Mediterranean winter rainfall climate or in summer rainfall climates.
The pomegranate is native to the region of Persia and has been cultivated in Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and the Mediterranean region for several millennia.
In Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, there are wild pomegranate groves outside of ancient abandoned settlements. The cultivation of the pomegranate has a long history in Transcaucasia where decayed remains of pomegranates dating back to 1000 BC have been found. The Kur-Araz lowland is the largest area in this region where pomegranate is cultivated. Carbonized exocarp of the fruit has been identified in Early Bronze Age levels of Jericho, as well as Late Bronze Age levels of Hala Sultan Tekke on Cyprus and Tiryns. A large, dry pomegranate was found in the tomb of Djehuty, the butler of Queen Hatshepsut; Mesopotamian cuneiform records mention pomegranates from the mid-Third millennium BC onwards.


Here are a set of beads I made this evening, I used a Pomegranate Swirl Rod for the pinkish colored flowers. That is what inspired this blog post....lol

Some Random Facts about pomegranates:
The pomegranate is the symbol and heraldic device of the city of Granada in Andalusia, Spain. Pomegranate is one of the symbols of Armenia, representing fertility, abundance and marriage. It is the official logo of many cities in Turkey. Pomegranate juice is used for natural dyeing of non-synthetic fabrics.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

BHV Gemstone of the Month.....



I love red tiger eye, with the perfect components pieces just pop! Here is my piece for the month:

Metaphysical properties:

Red Tiger Eye is useful for enhancing physical vitality, this stone can help create healthy patterns in exercise and eating habits. It is grounding and offers a practical and optimistic outlook. It helps the wearer feel energetic, vibrantly healthy and passionate.

Red Tiger Eye is a chayoyant gemstone that is usually a metamorphic rock that is yellow- to red-brown, with a silky luster. A member of the quartz group, it is a classic example of pseudomorphous replacement by silica of fibrous crocidolite (blue asbestos).

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Easy Wire Clasp..........Tutorial


Its been a while since I blogged, so I thought I would pull out an old tutorial on how to make your own wire clasps!!

Materials needed:


14-gauge soft wire of your choice (1" depending on size of your clasp)

20-gauge soft wire of your choice (2" depending on size of your clasp)

2-8mm jumprings

Chasing Hammer

Steel bench block/Anvil

Round Nose pliers

Chain Nose pliers

Flush cutters

Misc. beads/spacers of your choice

OK Here We Go!


1. Form your top "S" curve with the 14-gauge wire, hang it on the side of your bench block and gently hammer about 1/4" flat.

2. Take your chain nose pliers and curve the bottom of the flattened space, gently up to your desired point.

3. Take the amount you desire of the coiled wire and add it to the top of your "S" clasp. (This amount will be smaller then the second piece, due to the tighter curve in the top section) Add your accent beads/spacers to the center, then place the remaining section of the coil on the bottom of the "S" clasp.


4. Cut your wire so there is roughly 1/4" remaining. Repeat step number 2 on the bottom half of your clasp.


File any bits of wire that is poking out. Form your "S" Clasp to your liking and add your jump rings.

WA-LA Your Done and ready to use your very own
handmade clasp in one of your projects!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Beadie Winner and June's Inspiration Pic

Well I am a few days late with posting the winner, but
Congrats to June from the BHV beading group for being drawn as the winner!!!

Havn't been very creative lately but I did manage to get some torch time in this evening without giving up after 2 or 3 beads...lol I sure hope the focal I made to go with this months BHV inspiration picture comes out. This months picture is just gorgeous...here see for yourself:

Monday, June 1, 2009

Winner, Blog Award, and happenings.....

I am pleased to annouce that the winner of the Photo Print is Dhea from http://javabead.blogspot.com/ Congrats and I hope you will enjoy the print!



I have also received an award from a few people this week! Thank you ladies!!



Here are the guidelines for accepting the award:


1. Add the logo to your blog;

2. Link to the person from whom you received this award;

3. Nominate 7 or more blogs;


and4. Leave a message on their blog, letting them know they are One Lovely Blog!

Now I would like to honor these 7 bloggers with this beautiful award.


Julie @ http://juliesjewels.wordpress.com/


Angel @ http://angelflightscraps1.blogspot.com/


Janet @ http://www.lampworkbydesign.com/


Regina @ http://rgrdesigns.blogspot.com/


Susan @ http://cserpentdesigns.blogspot.com/


Dori @ http://metaphysicalshoppe.blogspot.com/


Misty @ http://gemmabeads.blogspot.com/

Be sure to check them all out, they all have wonderful blogs!


Now on to the happenings!!!!


This week's giveaway is this set of floral beads!!! Black base with red (poppy) flowers, they are 21 x 21mm x 11mm thick.


Email me at mbush22@hotmail.com to be entered in the giveaway, please enter beadie giveaway in the subject line..... winner annouced 6/8/09!

Monday, May 25, 2009

New Fine Art Print Store


Grand Opening Giveaway!!!!


I have opened a photography print store on Etsy. In the slideshow at the bottom of this page are some of the items listed with a preview of new images I will be listing in the following days. Most are available in color, black and white, or sepica tone, with a glossy or a luster finish. Sizes available from 4"x6" to 16'x20" come by and check it out, and let me know what you think.

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7430286

I will be giving away one free 5"x7" print (above), "Sanctus Peonies" on June 1, 2009. If you are interested in participating in the drawing giveaway, please send me an email @ mbush22@hotmail.com and put "Giveaway" in the subject line.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Color or Black & White.......

On Friday evening I captured some pictures the peonies in my yard. I have been playing with them and trying to decide if I prefer them in black & white or in color. I am be no means a great photographer but I like them, and believe I will have prints made to hang in my craft room. While the top picture is my favorite here are a few of the others that I took.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Wire, Wire, Wire


Recently I have been on a wire working kick. I have found some great tuts on etsy! This bracelet was made with 12 gauge copper wire, swirled and coiled, it has a front closure with a lampwork focal made by me. The other items have been some earrings. The first pair I gave to my mom for mothers day.....a day late...lol


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Walk Into Eden....

I was looking for some inspiration this evening and went on the hunt for some type of floral backdrop. I came across this gorgeous picture of draping Wisteria. Purple is my all time favorite color, and the vines in this inspiration photo are just amazing.

Anyone who has seen the lush beauty of wisteria draping dreamily across a warm summer landscape can relate to its meanings of: Beauty, Love, Fertility, and Exapansion.

A few facts:

* Wisteria is a woody climbing vine with about ten species. Wisteria vines climb steadily by twining themselves either clockwise or counterclockwise around any available support. Wisteria is hardy and fast-growing and sometimes considered to be a an invasive species. Wisteria can be proagated by hard cuttings, soft cuttings or seeds. The flowers of some wisteria are edible and used to make wine, but other species are toxic.
* Wisteria is remarkably important in Chinese art, feng shui and has distinct symbolism in Buddhism.
* In Victorian times people used more symbols and gestures to communicate rather then words. During this period the meaning of Wisteria was Steadfast.
Communicating with flowers became the height of fashion under Queen Victoria, when nineteenth century publishers produced dozens of dictionaries explaining "floriography" as "The Language of Flowers". During this period the meaning of Wisteria was Welcome.

Monday, May 4, 2009

BHV May Color of the Month...

This months color on the BHV is baby pink, so I made this beauty specifically for the Color of the Month. It features beads by beadgoodies on etsy here is her link for her store: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5664350

I combined the gorgeous lampwork with swarvoski crystals, and pink freshwater pearls. i have lots of goodies I have been working on this past weekend so stay tuned for more blogs this week!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Finally some Beadies!!!


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I have been racking my brain trying to get these painted roses figured out. I think I did pretty good on this set, but then I switched gears, as I usually do, and tried some different florals. I am happy with this set other then a few black blobs, but all-in-all happy. Once I finished them, I started another set and everything went south, but I ended up with the focal...lol


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Friday, April 24, 2009

On the hunt.....

I found some glorious floral beadies while I was searching on etsy tonight!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day goodies.....

I went searching for some all natural, eco-friendly items on etsy tonight and this is what I came up with.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Hot off the work bench......


"House of the Rising Sun"

There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I'm one
My mother was a tailor
She sewed my new bluejeans
My father was a gamblin' man
Down in New Orleans
Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and trunk
And the only time he's satisfied
Is when he's on a drunk

------ organ solo ------
Oh mother tell your children
Not to do what I have done
Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the House of the Rising Sun
Well, I got one foot on the platform
The other foot on the train
I'm goin' back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain
Well, there is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I'm one

For this piece I used a combination of copper and sterling silver wire. I named it for the above mentioned song title, which is one of my personal favorites. The Carnelian chips that encircle the piece are ment to represent the outer edges of the sun. The faceted lemon quartz focal in the center, surrounded by faceted crystal quartz rondells, offer a balance to the color combination. The dangles feature crystal quartz as well as a solitary lemon quartz briolette added to the base. The frame of the pendant is wrapped in sterling silver wire. For the attachment bail on the top of the pendant I flattened a piece of 16 gauge copper wire and finished it with a ripple effect. Which was highly polished to a lighter luster giving a strong offset to the piece. I then decided to add a coil the center for more balance. For the chain, I did a figure 8 wrap linking them togather with jump rings. They are doubled near the base and singled up around to the ends. Where we come to the toggle, in which I made 2 swirls, one is larger then the other and they hook together nicely.

I feel overall the balance of the piece is right on,

It is very comfortable to wear.

With just the right amount of "POP"

This is definately a statement piece.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Blue on Black.......

Recently I won the 3 month Era challenge in the Bead Hive group. I was first astounded by the announcement, and second very humbled to be chosen by the BHV members as the winner, as there was several outstanding entries! This challenge was started on January 1, 2009, each month we were asked to make a piece of jewelry inspired by a time period within an era.

The piece I entered as the first section I designed to reflect the Egyptian period.
This bright shiny copper bangle features a stunning lapis focal. The wire form was hand woven down both sides of the focal. To finish the “look” I then added lapis rounds in a wave pattern.

My second entry was designed to reflect the Renaissance Period. Where I made a copper wire form hair thingy...lol Don't you just love my technical terms. Anyway the piece was adorned in garnet faceted rondells, emerald swarvoski crystals, with cubic zirconia teardrops in crystal clear and amethyst freefalling from the center swirls.

The third entry was designed for the Art Nouveau Period. In this piece I went all out, necklaces are something I rarely endulge in, each copper component was hand formed, every dangle wire wrapped, and assembled. Then came the fun part, adding the pizzazz. Swarovski crystals in blue and black adorn this piece. To finish the piece it was "aged" with liver-of-sulfur.

You might recognize that blue and black part as that is the title of my blog and the new name for this necklace. I will be creating a line of copper and sterling silver wire creations that will reflect the name of a song that the inspiration for the piece stemmed from. Some of them (like the one I am currently working on) might be a bit eccentric or eclectic so be forwarned..lol