Thursday, November 25, 2010

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping Lake Erie Beach Glass Style!

Wow! I am constantly surprised by how many custom orders I receive. I have so much inventory stock to list, I find myself a bit overwhelmed and not enough help to get them all visible to you! Regardless of how much I am able to list, I have decided to run a sale from Black Friday through Cyber Monday in my Etsy store at . I would be HAPPY to offer 10% off ANY item/items in my Etsy store at this time. Upon check out, just simply type in the coupon offer code CyberMonday2010 and Etsy will calculate the discount for you!

Here is what I've been up to in the area of custom orders...

Have a safe weekend and remember to enjoy the time you have with family! :0)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

NEW "CHARMING" Beach Glass Necklaces for Waterford Heritage Days!

Waterford Heritage Days Festival is coming up fast and I am SOOOOO NOT ready for it! I am way understocked so am hitting the block as fast as I can hammering out findings and creating new pieces. Today I was able to create 6 brand new "CHARMING" necklaces. I love these necklaces and they are an great seller. The idea of the necklace is to be able to slide the charms on and off as you please, creating several different necklaces in one! I provide three charms per necklace and they can be worn as singles, doubles, or all three at once. Hope you like what you see!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Green Machine Etsy Teams!

Every since I found Etsy, an online venue selling handmade and vintage items, I have been ecstatic! I simply LOVE Etsy and communities that have developed within. I belong to several teams that have formed based on commonalities or focuses in life. We share the same ideas and thus support and help promote each other. I am very proud to be a member of all of my teams, but a few were mentioned most recently in a wonderfuly written Storque article. Please follow the link HERE to see the original article that features Eco Etsy, Trashion Team, and The Etsy Recycler's Guild.

The Etsy Recycler's Guild will be featured on Craftopolis begining May 2 - July 12!

To see some of our team blogs, just click on our logos below! :0)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Custom Order Jewelry using YOUR OWN Beach Glass!

I have been doing custom orders for a very long time now and my most recent project involved using some of my customer's own finds. Making a piece of jewelry or art using the pieces you find can be very special and rewarding. It can however, be a challenge. Not all pieces of beach glass are well suited to specific styles of jewelry, like bezel setting.

The pieces that were used were a challenge due to the size of the pendant and the curved shapes and surfaces of the earrings. Most pieces that I choose to bezel are flat on the bottom, more uniform in shape, and with as little curves as possible. These aren't cabachon's that you would buy at a bead store or make with dichro or fused glass. Those forms seat very easily into a bezel cup or custom made bezel cup. The differing heights and slopes of beach glass make the custom bezel a challenge and a purchased bezel cup near impossible. So, here is the finished product and I hope my customer is happy with her pieces!

The third piece is wire wrapped in sterling silver and is much more accomodating to the random curves that natural beach glass developes. :0)

On a side note, I want to thank Justin Lazarz for doing an awesome job on redisigning my business cards! Justin is a Senior student at Edinboro University and is majoring in graphic design. He's also an excellant black belt in Tae Kwon Do at Park's Tae Kwon Do in Erie, Pa. Thanks again Justin!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

2009 Lake Erie Beach Glass Year In Review

Thank you, Jason for setting up this You Tube Video for me!

My son has been a tremendous help to me! My life seems to keep getting busier and busier and I haven't had time to complete some things, like my yearly you tube video. He has graciously taken on some of my roles. Here is the result...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

2010 Let's get back to Glassing!

Wow! It has been a REALLY long time since I've posted anything to the blog. I appologize! First, Let me say that the 2009 Sea Glass Festival was awesome but very exhausting. I found that I really needed to take a break for glassing for a little while, regroup, and then come back to it fresh minded. What better way for me to get back into creating then to be contacted by our Fairview Middle Schoolto contribute a piece to the yearly Adopt An Artist program.

The auction was held Friday March 5th at The Lake Shore Country club and featured the live performance of artist Molly Glover. Molly's performance captivated the audience as she painted the portrait of Albert Einstein on a 4 x 6 foot canvas in just under 3 minutes. Her piece sold for over $2,000.00 that night! Way to go Molly! For those of you who may be new to Molly's art, she is a beautiful young teenager who paints these beuatiful portraits usine her hands while listening to music!

My donated piece is the first in my spring line of Sea Flora. Although my piece did not auction for $2,000.00 I was pleased with its performance any way!


Here is to a new year of happiness and plenty of glassing!