Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Not Enough Time In A Day


Do you ever feel like that? I do all the time. Of course, running three businesses (I am a freelance translator by profession, working from home, a jewelry artist running several online shops, and running a gemstone supply shop on etsy as well), having to care for a husband and two children, running errands, household chores, is all not helping. I know multi-tasking is a must for busy women these days. But how are we coping, really?

I for one love to work. I think I've turned into a workaholic. Of course, this is only possible by neglecting my family, friends and the household chores to a large degree. What am I doing? This is crazy. This holiday season I plan to sit back and reflect on the many blessings in my life and how I'm going to divide my time better so that nobody and nothing gets neglected any longer. Sounds more like a New Year's resolution? Yeah, but there's no time like the present to make positive changes.

Friday, November 28, 2008

A new gemstone cluster ring in blue

Finally! Vanessa finally took the time to finish another gemstone cluster ring. She made this one for her boyfriend's mom for her Birthday. She is a lucky lady. Take a look, isn't it gorgeous?








Vanessa made this one using all gold filled wire. The center piece is a Blue Lace Agate nugget, which she surrounded with a host of other gemstones in blue and white color hues, such as opalite, blue goldstone, sodalite, blueberry quartz, chalcedony, and clear Swarovski crystals. Below are some alternate views of the ring:






Another one of Vanessa's masterpieces!!!! Let us know what you think!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

New gemstone cluster ring design in our etsy shop


We recently decided to expand our wire wrapping skills and tried our hand at a gemstone cluster ring. Vanessa did a first awesome practice ring that she let me have. I wore it to a friend's Birthday party and it was admired by several of the guests.


So today, my design partner Vanessa made another one, and I just love how it turned out (see photo above). She used an Amethyst nugget and enveloped it with clusters of fluorite, quartz, anhydrite, amethyst, and copper beads. The result is an asymmetrical, one-of-a-kind design.
This ring is available for purchase in our etsy shop. Here is a direct link: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17409788
We purchased the tutorial from a very talented jewelry designer, Cristina Amador Peters. Please check out her etsy shop: http://cabisuteria.etsy.com. If you purchase one of her tutorials, Cristina graciously grants permission to use her tutorial for making items for sale, as long as you don't make any exact copies, and give her some credit. Also check out her beautiful blog: http://cristinasjewelry.blogspot.com/. Thank you Cristina for making our creative juices flow!


Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A Treasure Hunt!

The Jewelry on Etsy Street Team (JET) is getting ready for their next fabulous Treasure Hunt.
...you just follow the clues leading through 17 of our member's shops until you find our...

POT 'O GOLD
The contest begins Friday, March 14th at noon. (EST)So, mark the date and get ready for a fun-filled hunt.
What's in the pot you ask????
How about we let our friend the leprechaun
tell you...
"Hey there etsy lovers...how about I make a big POT of corned beef and cabbage???? Heh Heh...don't think many of you would search for that in our contest. The truth is...maybe I will brew a batch of green beer in the POT. No...you won't search for that either.
For now I can tell you this......all the "Lucky" etsians who correctly complete the hunt will be winners. And, you don't even have to be Irish!
I'll tell you a little secret, (don't tell anyone), the team is also going to have "Instant Winners" throughout the hunt. But, you have to keep checking the hunt promo thread to win!! So...I'll see you at the hunt."
Take a look in the JET TEAM Shop and you will see examples of the beautiful artisan treasures created by our members.
Keep your eyes open for our contest thread in the Etsy Forums on March 14th at noon. It will be in the Promotions section. All the hunt rules will be posted there.
Don't forget.....Contest begins at noon on March 14, 2008. (etsy time)
Links:
Jet Team Shop: http://JetTeam.etsy.com
Etsy Forums: http://www.etsy.com/forums_main.php
Promotion Section: http://www.etsy.com/forums_board.php?forum_id=6

Our first blog ever!

We're new to the blog world. But we're excited about it. As we learn our way around, we'll share information about our jewelry business - Vandiva Fashion Jewelry - and other subjects that are probably going to be completely meaningless to anyone but us. :o)

First we'll take one baby step at a time. So, that's it for today!!!