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Pixe’s Newsletter October 2009

Posted by pixe1 on October 1, 2009

Pixe’s News

 

http://www.pixestreasures.com

 

Volume 1 Issue 4

 

A warm hello!

Oh! This is such a fun time of year! The fall weather is upon us, the kids, and adults are gearing up for Halloween! I’m even considering dressing in a costume for Market Wednesday Halloween week! Hmmm…What shall I be?

Caring for your handcrafted jewelry

This is the last installment for caring for your handcrafted jewelry. This month the discussion leads us to cleaning.

If you store your jewelry properly, cleaning is easy. But for those of us who forget to put our jewelry away safely, and leave it on the vanity in the bathroom, tarnish does become a problem.

The best way to clean jewelry is either with a soft cloth and some warm soapy water if it’s truly dirty, then polish with a jewelry polishing cloth, then dry the jewelry thoroughly. There are jewelry cloths on the market that both clean and polish jewelry, and that’s what I use!

I caution against using any chemical or fancy cleaning systems for they can change the appearance of any stones in your jewelry. Besides, these chemicals are probably toxic, and no good for us anyway.

Following all the tips in the previous newsletters should help to keep your jewelry looking like new for a long time to come!

Introducing…

Treasures for Charity! Get Instant Karma!! Limited Edition.

Last month I designed, and donated a bracelet for the Holly Heilman Cancer Fund to be given away at their Chinese Auction.

This bracelet is now available to you and can be seen at Pixe’s Treasures. 50% off all sales from this bracelet will go to the Holly Heilman Cancer Fund. Hopefully, next year I will be designing a new piece of jewelry for them! Help support this wonderful cause!

Save Some Copper Sale!

Since we all like to feel warm and cozy in October, all copper jewelry is on sale for the month of October, and has been marked down 15%. Copper is such a beautiful, and warm looking metal, and may just help with those cold weather aches and pains!

Calendar of Events

Every Wednesday.. .. .. .. .. .. .. Leesport Farmer’s Market, Building #1

October 10 and 11, 2009 .. .. .. Stoudtburg Village Arts and Craft Festival

Stoudtburg Village, RT. 272, Adamstown, PA

We look forward to seeing you!

Please feel free to pass this newsletter on to your friends and family!

 

Wishing you all a warm and wonderful month of October! Have a happy, and safe Halloween!!

Mich

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Treasures for Charity: Instant Karma

Posted by pixe1 on September 30, 2009

Introducing…Treasures for Charity!       Limited Edition! Instant Karma I Fine Silver Bracelet

Instant Karma Limited Edition Bracelet

Instant Karma Limited Edition Bracelet

This fine silver bracelet was designed for the Chinese Auction at The Holly Heilman Cancer Fund’s Harley Poker Run held this September.  Please, check out their website!  They do a lot of great things for cancer patients!  I wanted to get involved and give to a local charity, and this seemed to be a good fit.  I was drawn to this charity because of the death of a friend from cancer this year, and because one of my coworkers’ daughter had just been diagnosed with leukemia. 
www.hollyhcf.org

Get Instant Karma!   This bracelet will be offered for sale for the next 12 months only.  50% of the price of the bracelet will be donated to the Holly Heilman Cancer Fund, an organization that financially assists cancer patients and their families.

Instant Karma  is designed using handcrafted fine silver hammered links, blackstone hearts, and a pink cat’s eye bead. The bracelet is oxidized using a non chemical, toxic free process.  The diamond links represent the chaos that cancer brings to one’s life, the black hearts represent how our hearts feel when a loved one is battling cancer, and the pink bead represents hope…

The photo depicts the original bracelet and your bracelet may differ slightly;  each bracelet is individually handcrafted!  Please be sure to include the length desired for your bracelet!

Instant Karma can be purchased at Pixe’s Treasure Chest and Pixe’s Treasures!

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Pixe’s News September, 2009

Posted by pixe1 on September 2, 2009

 I love the month of September! When my son was younger, it was back to school, and peace and quiet for a few hours. Now, as I’m older, I look forward to the cooler fall weather, and the changing leaves! I find so much inspiration in fall…It is truly my favorite season!! Perhaps this fall, I will fill the gas tank, grab my sketchbook, a few pencils, and take a fall foliage drive!

What is it about September that you love?

Caring for your Handmade Jewelry, Part 2

Last month we discussed the general care of your handmade jewelry. This month, the topic is storing your handmade jewelry.

To keep your handcrafted jewelry looking new, storing your pieces properly is important. Always store your jewelry in a dry place. Leaving it in the bathroom will only cause it to tarnish quicker…This is fine if you like that look.

If your jewelry came in a plastic bag, store it there…it prevents tarnishing and will prevent scratching.

Storing is easy…just keep in a clean, dry spot, and your jewelry will look like new for years to come!

 

 

September Sales

This month, Pixe’s sale is going to be a bit different! Since September is my birthday month, I’m having a great big celebration the week of my birthday! See the calendar of events below for the special in person sales! I’ve been working hard to make lots of new pieces for this event!!

Newsletter subscribers can take advantage of an additional discount! Sept. 14-30, 2009, You can receive an additional 10% off your purchase online only at Pixe’s Treasures, or at my Etsy site! You must use the coupon code PIXESNEWS to receive the discount. I will refund the discount via Paypal. Remember, you do not have to be signed up to Paypal to use a credit card with Paypal checkout!

 

 

Calendar of Events for September, 2009

 

Leesport Farmer’s Market: Every Wednesday. I can be found in

Building #1

~~Wed. Sept. 9, 2009: Leesport Farmer’s Market: Everything will be

30% off, except custom orders.

~~Sept. 11, 12, and 13: Hay Creek Festival open until 9a.m. to 5 p.m.

Everything will be 30% off, except custom jewelry

orders.

~~Sept. 26, 2009: “Harleys for Holly” sponsored by the  Holly Heilman Cancer Fund at St. Benedict’s Picnic Grounds on Route 10.

I won’t be there, however, a bracelet I’ve designed especially for their Chinese Auction will be!

Help support this local organization that assists families of cancer patients!

 

Share the love!! Feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends, family, and coworkers! They too can take advantage of the sale prices!!

 

Wishing you all a wonderful, peaceful,  and safe month of September!

 

 

Mich

September, 2009

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Pixe’s Newsletter, July 2009

Posted by pixe1 on July 6, 2009

Pixe’s News

 

 

Hello Friends!

I’d like to send a big thank you to everyone who visited at the Apple Dumpling Festival and made the week such a great success!  Despite the threat of bad weather, and actual rain,  we kept a positive attitude and had a great time!  We’ve also made  many new friends along the way! 
Congratulations to all the earring winners!  I hope you enjoy your new baubles!

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July Sale!

Necklaces will be on sale for the month of July at 20% off!  Earrings are still on sale at 15% off till the end of June!  Newsletter subscribers get to take advantage of both sales online at

Pixe’s Treasures until June 30, 2009. Please be sure to use the codeword “julynews09” when ordering!
The reduced price for necklaces won’t show up on the website until July 1st.  If you would like to order a necklace, I can either send you an invoice via paypal, or issue a refund via paypal within 24 hours.  Any questions, please feel free to ask.  You can email me at mich@pixestreasures.com

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I decided to tweak an article I previously published about buying handcrafted jewelry, and share it with you this month.

Buying Handcrafted Jewelry:  Pricing

Seems to me,  the first place to start the discussion on buying handcrafted jewelry is pricing.  Let’s face it, it is the first thing I look at,   and I  know price is the first thing you look at. 

For the most part,  handcrafted jewelry is  more costly than mass produced jewelry.   When purchasing mass produced jewelry,  what do you actually get?   You get a piece of jewelry that thousands,  if not millions,  of other people are wearing.  You don’t know who made, where it was made, or the conditions at the factory where it was made.  When purchasing handcrafted jewelry,    you will get a piece of jewelry that is one of a kind,  or very limited in the number of pieces available.  Only you , or at most, a few other people will be wearing. Even if the seller has more than one piece of an item,  each item is still one of a kind because each piece is handcrafted.   It is very difficult to make two pieces of jewelry exactly the same;  each stone is different, and I cannot seem to bend wire the same way twice!  You can also request a custom piece of jewelry be created for you, which I love to do!!  Buying handcrafted jewelry is a really great way to show off your individuality,  and show off your personal sense of style!!   So, that said, let us talk about pricing.

There are a few factors to consider when pricing handcrafted jewelry.

 

Cost of supplies.  .  I try  to find bead and metal suppliers with the highest quality product and the best pricing so I can offer fair price to my customers. 

 
Time spent designing the jewelry .   Most jewelry artists have visions of what they want to create.   Many of  sketch our ideas and then have to search for the materials needed to create our next masterpiece.  Then we have to put it together to make sure it works and matches the vision.

Time creating the jewelry.   Once we jewelry artists have our vision,  we need to create.   Some pieces take longer than others.  Simple pieces are less time consuming then others.   It take me much less time to string a necklace than it does to to individually wire wrap each bead and link them together.

Another aspect to consider with pricing is you get what you pay for.   A simple piece of handcrafted jewelry can be inexpensive, however, a more intricate piece that is very inexpensive could raise some warning flags. Is the jewelry made with materials the artist claims?  Is this truly handcrafted, or mass produced and being passed on as handcrafted?

 

 These are a few factors that are considered when pricing handcrafted jewelry.  It really does take time to create handcrafted jewelry .  For example, it takes me well over 30 minutes to create one sterling silver bracelet:  I make the links, wire wrap the beads, create the clasp, then put it all together.  My goal is  to present  a high quality, beautiful  piece  of jewelry to you at a fair price.

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Where to find Pixe in July:

Throughout the month of July, Pixe can be found:
Every Wednesday at the Leesport Farmer’s Market, Building #1 from 9a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Virtual Craft Show at Cafe Handmade

You can enter contests there, view the virtual craft show, and vote for best in show!  (Vote for Pixe!)  A really cool place to hang out!

African Turquoise Moonlight Crystal

African Turquoise Moonlight Crystal

 

Be sure to check Pixe’s Treasures for  the most up to date schedule of events, such as craft shows!

 

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends, so they can take advantage of this sale, too!!

 

If there is something you would like to read about, please send suggestions!

 

Have a wonderful, and peaceful day!

  

Mich  

Pixe’s Treasures  

http://pixestreasures.com

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Pixe’s June Newsletter

Posted by pixe1 on June 2, 2009

The Pixe Newsletter Welcome to Pixe’s Treasure Chest’s First Newsletter! I’d like to thank all the wonderful people we met at The Topton Street Fair for making our day a success!! When no one was watching, I could be found singing and dancing to the tunes! It was a wonderful day, and we really had a great time!! Thank you!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

With this newsletter, I’d like to give my reader’s advance notice of sales at Pixe’s Treasures, special sales for my readers from time to time, articles about handcrafted jewelry, articles about gemstones and the stones I use when creating my jewelry, and where Pixe’s Treasure Chest can be found in person! You are also offered the opportunity to suggest topics of interest you’d like to discuss, and as always, I’m more than happy to answer any questions you may have! So, onward to the most important order of business…June’s sale!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Earrings will be on sale, starting June 1, 2009 at 15% off at Pixe’s Treasures ! As a reader, you are entitled to take advantage of this discount now! This gives you first choice of the earrings offered for sale. If you make a purchase using PayPal or a credit card between 5/28/09 and 5/31/09, the difference will be refunded to you. After June 1, 2009, the prices will reflect the discount! Check back often, as new items will be added to Pixe’s Treasures! Happy Shopping!!

Alexandrite Earrings

  

June’s Birthstone Wearing your birthstone is supposed to bring you good luck! Birthstone jewelry is a great gift to give; either to yourself, or to someone special. The birthstones for June are Pearl, Moonstone, and Alexandrite. I’ve decided to bring you a little info about Alexandrite ; I think it is one of the most gorgeous, and fascinating gemstones out there! Alexandrite is as beautiful as it is rare. This stone is named after the Russian Czar, Alexander II, for it was discovered the day the future czar came of age, in April 1834. Isn’t that a great birthday present, having a gem named after you!!! What is it that makes alexandrite so beautiful, and so rare? It’s beauty comes from the ability to change colors in different light sources. Natural sunlight makes alexandrite appear a bluish green, and in indoor lighting, it appears purplish/red. Alexandrite’s rarity comes from being only mined in a few places in the world where all the right elements came together to form this lovely stone. Alexandrite from Russia is believed to be the most beautiful, and is the most valuable. Most alexandrite jewelry is made using synthetic, or lab grown stones. These are almost as pretty as the real ones. Good stones will exhibit a color change. The alexandrite stones I use are a purple color inside, and a teal color in sunlight. Very pretty! Throughout history, many gemstones have been attributed to mythological and healing lore. Individuals believed, and still do, that wearing certain stones achieve desired affects. Alexandrite is known as the “Good Omen Stone”. It may also assist one’s ability to center the self, build self-esteem, and improve on a person’s ability to experience joy. It is also believed to inspire creativity and the imagination.

Sources:

 International Colored Gemstone Association: http://gemstone.org

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysoberyl

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In June, Pixe can be found at: The Leesport Farmer’s Market every Wednesday in Building 1

The Apple Dumpling Festival, Sinking Spring, Pa June 15-June 20

And don’t forget to check the website for the “codeword” for a special discount before you come see us!!

Hope to see you soon!!

Have a wonderful June! —

 Mich

Pixe’s Treasures http://pixestreasures.com

If you would like to sign up for this newsletter, and take advantage of advance notice of sales, please email me at  mich@pixestreasures.com.

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Pixe has moved!

Posted by pixe1 on March 7, 2009

Hi all!

Just want to let everyone know I’ve moved my blog!  My new home is pixestreasurechest.blogspot.com.   Over the next few weeks, I’ll be fixing things up and making it like home!  Be sure to come and visit!!

Mich

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Pixe’s Picks Feb. 25

Posted by pixe1 on February 25, 2009

Welcome to this week’s Pixe’s Picks where the coolest Etsy shops are showcased!  This week I’m showcasing lauraprentice and appleblossomfl!  Kick back and enjoy your stay!!  To view a larger pic, just click on the thumbnail!

Slate House

Slate House

 
 Give a warm welcome to lauraprentice , who creates mixed media art! 
Laura tells me this is how she got her start:   I’ve been making art my entire life, my dad is an artist so it has always been a part of my life. I got really serious about it my senior year of high school.
Etsy was chosen because:  I figured that if I could get paid to do what I love, why not?
Her fave from her shop??  I am really excited about my mini house drawing series that is in my shop right now, it’s a mock-up for a larger project that I am working on outside of etsy but it’s really cute and has been fun to work with.       Slate house is part of her mini house series.
Be a Seed Print

Be a Seed Print

Pixe’s Picks:  Laura has a great shop filled with her original artwork;  she even has handmade paper!  How cool is a green shop!!  My fave is her Be a Seed Print .   I may be interpreting this all wrong, however, I think the message is to encourage us all to grow and nurture ourselves, others, and the world around us.  Be sure to give Laura some love!

                                                                                                 
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You Put the Lime in the Cotton Candy

You Put the Lime in the Cotton Candy

Now if you would,  please welcome April, from appleblossomfl!  She creates some beautiful, one of a kind jewelry!  April has been creating jewelry for a little over 3 years, and this is how she tells me she got her start:  My SIL got me sucked into beading! She had taken a class with a friend for fun, got hooked and then lured me in the next time I saw her.

This is the reason April chose Etsy:  I stumbled upon Etsy from a post on Craig’s List. The first time I saw the website I was extremely interested in selling (and buying of course). I really love the sense of community here.
Tell us your favorite item from your shop:  Right now, my favorite is my You Put the Lime in the Cotton Candy necklace. I love the bright colors and making the bead balls is really fun! My favorite changes all the time though.  I’ve made some earrings recently that I’m pretty partial too!
Little Birdy

Little Birdy

Pixe’s Picks:  April has some very pretty beaded, and wire worked jewelry for women and little girls.  She also makes book thongs…a great idea, I think!!   My favorite is the Little Birdy Scrabble Tile Pendant!  This is such a classic design with the black and white…wearable with just about anything!
These are this week’s Pixe’s Picks!  Thanks for dropping by, and I hope you enjoyed your stay!  Please leave a comment for these wonderful Etsy artists…They would love to hear from you!
Have a peaceful, safe, and creative week!
Mich

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Pixe’s Picks for February 18, 2009

Posted by pixe1 on February 18, 2009

Good Morning everyone!  Welcome to this weeks’ Pixe’s Picks!  This is the place to find out about the coolest shops on Etsy!!  Grab your fave beverage, settle in with us, and read about Keirning, and NicoleHill!   To view a larger pic, just click on the thumbnail!  Remember to leave a comment for them here, and to visit their shops!  Etsy artists thrive on getting luv and giving luv!!

Shana Bag Lions

Shana Bag Lions

Meet Kelly, from Keirning!  Kelly sews bags, and right now, her shop is a work in progress!! 

This is what Kelly tells us about her crafting life:  Well, I started crafting at sewing at a very young age. My great grandmother, grandma and my mom were all talented at sewing and made a lot of their own clothes. We are just a creative bunch. I’m inspired by the things I can’t find. I am very picky when it comes to material things and can’t see spending a lot on something I could make myself. I would have to say the most difficult thing is finding time to sew and create. I am a full time graphic designer and only find time at night to sew. My Shana Bags are named after my sister. She owns more make-up than anyone I know and always needs something to put it all in. I came up with pattern by trial and error and with help of a plastic container lid for the curve of the flap.

This is why Kelly chose Etsy as her selling platform:   I found etsy through a friend only a few months ago and have enjoyed seeing all the great ideas out there. For the new year I hope to design and create more bags. I already have ideas from my other sisters, as they want a bag named after them too!

Shana Bag Pink and Green

Shana Bag Pink and Green

PIXE’S PICKS:  I really love Kelly’s little bags, and can’t wait to see what other bags she comes up with !  She also has some Christmas stuff in her shop, including some really cute ornaments.  This is my favorite from her shop, the Shana Bag Pink and Green.  I just love the flowers on it, and pink and green is one of my favorite color combos, for it reminds me of my Grammy, who was a major influence in my life, crafting,  and otherwise!

 

European Square Chainmaille Bracelet

European Square Chainmaille Bracelet

Now let’s welcome Nicole, of nicolehill! 

Nicole only recently started making jewelry, but you would never know it from looking at her designs!  This is how she tells me she got her start in jewelry making:  I started making jewellery in May 2008; I’d been buying handmade artisan jewellery before then, and loved it, and wondered if I could make similar things (my budget for jewellery buying was sadly rapidly shrinking; my love for shiny things, not so much!) and then I found my local craft store. A bit of encouragement from friends, and I was away!

Nicole chose Etsy as her marketplace because:  Etsy was the first place I found that let people set up shop to sell their handmade crafts; it was cheap (given that I didn’t have much confidence that anyone would buy my things to start with, that was important!) and it had an established community – I learnt a lot from other artisans by reading the forums before I set up shop and continue to do so, that’s something I really value about Etsy!

This is Nicole’s fave item from her shop:  My favourite thing in my shop is probably my chainmaille; I love all the pieces I make, but I particularly like the square-wire maille I’ve made – European Square Chainmail Bracelet is one of my favourite pieces, because it’s just so shiny! (Can you see the magpie tendancies in me yet?) I also really like “Huntress Moon”   The idea came to me on the train back from work one evening, and I had to make it as soon as I got home; something about the larvikite and sterling spirals combination really appeals to me – it was a tough choice to put it up for sale rather than keep it!

Secret Garden Pendant

Secret Garden Pendant

PIXE’S PICKS: Nicole makes some really fabulous chainmaille!   I really had a difficult finding a favorite…until I saw this wonderful pendant, The Secret Garden Pendant!   I love the freeform work of the wire, and it reminds me of one of my favorite books as a child….we all have a secret garden that we go to….

That’s all folks!  Be sure to leave a comment here for these fantastic artisans, and visit their shops!  They really have some wonderful offerings for you!!!

Wishing you all a peaceful, safe, and creative week!       

Mich

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Odds -n- Ends

Posted by pixe1 on February 13, 2009

Along with some of my fellow SATeam members, I’ve been trying to create an item a day.   Well, as usual, life gets in the way, so It’s been more like 2 items every other day!  So, I have been busy in the dungeon putting these little pretties together this evening…

Midnight Rainbows

Midnight Rainbows

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It’s no secret my fave drink these days is a dirty martini, so,  I would like to  share my “perfect dirty martini” recipe.  Please remember…no drinking and driving, and please drink responsibly!

  • 2 ounces gin or vodka.  I prefer Sapphire Blue Gin
  • 1 ounce extra dry vermouth
  • 1.5 ounces olive juice. I use Dirty Sue olive juice

Pour all ingredients in a martini shaker with ice, shake once or twice,  pour into your fave martini glass, pop in  a few olives, and enjoy!

Now, someone is going to have to have one of these for me because I have to work this weekend, and won’t be able to have one until Monday morning!  I’m a nightshifter…my 9 am is like your 5pm!!  🙂

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Pixe’s Picks for Feb. 11, 2009

Posted by pixe1 on February 11, 2009

Good morning, everyone!!  Welcome to this week’s Pixe’s Picks!  This is the place to be to see the coolest shops on Etsy!   Obtain your beverage of choice, sit back, relax, and give a warm Pixe welcome to GrannysKnits and Art4ever!  If you would like to see a larger picture, just click on the thumbnail!

unique hand knit white baby letter sweater

Give a warm welcome to GrannysKnits, who designs and hand knits baby and toddler sweaters.  This is how she got her start:  I taught myself how to knit when I was in first grade,my grandsons are 10 and 2 and a half,so I’ve been knitting for a few years:-)!  She found Etsy through a coworker who crochets.    Grannysknits fave item is the  Unique Letter Sweater, and considers this to be her “baby”.  Each sweater     is different, with different colors and letters hand knit black and white tweedy baby sweater!

Pixe’s Pick!  My fave is the hand knit black and white tweedy baby sweater.  I really like the muted colors and the teddy bear buttons are a real perk!!  Even the little tykes need to look great!!

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Amber Anenome Bracelet

Now let’s welcome Jennifer, owner of Art4ever! First off…I must apogize to Jennifer for running her spot a week later than promised…my less than stellar organizational skills got me in trouble!   Jennifer  just opened up shop in December, and she wants peeps to come see her!   

 She tells me she has been making jewelry for about 7 years and has  learned through trial and error. This is how she tells me she got her start is crafting:  I have been creating/crafting things out of all kinds of media for most my life, always exploring new medias.I love beads, all kinds, glass, stone, crystals, etc.

What is Jennifer’s fave item?:   My favorite item right now is one of the items I have featured in my shop. The Amber Anenome bracelet. It has matching earrings that are swinging drops! It is my favorite because is was so fun to make and I love the amber colored beads!

And why Etsy:  I choose etsy after lots of research! Etsy was the only real supporter of true handmade items by artists and artisans. I like how they fully support all aspects of selling/creating/promoting your talent, and they truly give me a feeling of community in the massive world of cyberspace! Yey to Etsy and many thanks to Etsy for giving the opportunity to share and display and sell my creations!

Matte Leaf Jewelry Box

Pixe’s Picks!  Not only does Jennifer create some fabulous jewelry, she is also a clay artist!  I love this Matte Leaf Jewel Box…It really appeals to the nature lover in me!  The soft, muted shades, and the leaves make this a gorgeous treasure!!!  It is a fabulous one of a kind piece of art!!

That’s this week’s Pixe’s Picks!  I hope you enjoyed these very cool shops!  Don’t forget to leave a comment here for them, they would love to hear what you think!!!

Wishing a wonderful, safe, peaceful, and creative week!!      Mich

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Pixe’s Picks for Feb. 4, 2009

Posted by pixe1 on February 4, 2009

Welcome to Pixe’s Picks!  This is THE place where I showcase the really, really cool Etsy shops!  Go get your beverage of choice,  put up your feet, and Enjoy!!  This week I’m featuring JudyRuth and DiVanityDesigns!  Want to see a larger pic?  Just click on the pic you want to see!

Country Rooster

Country Rooster

Please allow me to introduce you to Karen, artist and owner of JudyRuth!  Karen has been crafting for as long as she can remember…since she was a young girl!!  Funny…seems most of us have been crafting since we were very young!
This is how Karen got started in her craft:  I began my Etsy shop with my hen and rooster which is a 40 year old pattern that belongs to my Aunt Judy and my grandmother, Ruth (hence the name). This artwork was a very popular item to create back in the day and I remember a set hanging in my grandmother”s dining room all of my younger years. When I had surgery two years ago my sweet Aunt Judy brought me the two patterns and a basket of beans so I could have something to keep me busy and a business was born. Since that time I have created the other patterns and ideas for my shop.
This is why Karen chose Etsy as her venue:   I choose Etsy because my daughter has two shops here, the blue button and mossy wood lane. She really encouraged me and convinced me this would be the perfect medium to sell my “wares”. She was so right! I love Etsy and all of the wonderful people involved. I have become a treasury junky and have so much fun convoing the friends on Etsy that I have made. Some have become very good friends.
Even though she has a difficult time picking her fave, this piece is gets her vote (see above pic):  I will always love the hen and rooster just simply because they were my first pieces that I created!!! I get so much satisfaction from their completion because it takes me around 8 to 9 hours to complete them. They are a true labor of love.
Bean and Corn Centerpiece

Bean and Corn Centerpiece

Pixe’s Picks!  Wow, Karen’s art is truly a labor of  love!  Her work is so gorgeous and unusual!  I love her Bean and Corn Centerpiece!  The colors are warm, earthy, and it’s such a textural piece!  Please, make it a point to stop in and see her goodies!!
Next up…DiVanityDesigns!
Multi Strand Pearl Necklace

Multi Strand Pearl Necklace

Give a big warm, Pixe welcome to Cari, jewelry designer and owner of DiVanityDesigns!  She has only been creating jewelry for a few months!  This is how she got her start: 
How did I get started in jewelry design? Well, I was addicted to etsy first as a buyer, and I loved finding unique jewelry that had wonderful stones and rocks in them. I like being different, and etsy jewelry definitely supported that! I was inspired by the other designers on etsy to try making jewelry, and then my dance teacher told me where I could go to take classes. By this point I was having etsy sellers custom make jewelry for me, so it just made sense to go for it! I took my first class and I was hooked! This business has taken off a lot faster than I expected, and I love it! It’s more fun that I imagined it would be.
Cari tells me this is why she chose Etsy:  I chose Etsy because Etsy was what inspired me to go for it in the first place. I love etsy- the look, the sellers and buyers, the friendly forums… it’s a great place to be!
Her fave item is her Multi Strand Pearl Necklace because:   It was actually the first thing I made and when I created the vision in my head I was so excited! I kind of look at it now, amazed that I created it. 🙂 I will be sad when it sells…
Aquamarine and Sterling Chain Wraparound Bracelet

Aquamarine and Sterling Chain Wraparound Bracelet

Pixe’s Pick!  I really had a difficult time picking a fave!  Cari uses so many gorgeous stones in her work!  And I love stones!  I picked the Aquamarine and Sterling Wraparound Bracelet…I just love the way the aquamarine and silver look together…It’s classic!
That’s  all for Pixe’s Picks for this week!  Be sure to click on the pics to go to our stars’ etsy shops!
Wishing you a wonderful, peaceful, and creative week!
Mich

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Turkey and Black Bean Chili Recipe

Posted by pixe1 on February 2, 2009

Happy Monday Everyone!

Since winter is upon us, and my neck of the woods is potentially looking at some more snow, I thought I’d share my recipe for Turkey and Black Bean Chili!  It’s a great way to warm up, and healthy, too!  I hope you enjoy!  Feel free to tweak it to suit your tastes!  Oh!  and this is great to make in big batches, it freezes really well!!

Turkey and Black Bean Chili

  • 1 TBS. olive oil
  • 1 LB. ground turkey (I use the one lowest in fat)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 TBS chili powder  (I also add some extra chipotle chili powder)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 jar (16 oz. ) chunky salsa
  • 1 TBS. sugar
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bag frozen corn (I use bird’s eye steam in the bag)
  • 1 small can tomato paste  (6 oz)

1.  Heat the oil in a 4-qt saucepan over medium high heat.  Add the turkey, onion, chili powder, cumin, oregano, black pepper, and garlic.  cook until turkey is well browned, strirring frequently to break up meat.

2. Add tomato paste and stir to blend.

3.  Stir the broth, salsa, sugar, beans, and corn into the saucepan.  Heat to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low.  cover and cook for 30 minutes.  Stir the chili occasionally while cooking.  Serves 6.

I top it with a little fat free sour cream and low fat shredded cheddar cheese, and make some garlic bread to go with it!!  Buon appetito!!!!

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Pixe’s Picks! Jan. 28, 2009

Posted by pixe1 on January 28, 2009

Welcome back to Pixe’s Picks!!  This is the place where the really cool Etsy shops are featured!   This week I’m featuring ArtisticFlair, and Nyblaque…Visit their shops, and give ’em some love!  Just click on the pics to see a larger view!!

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's

 

Let us welcome Deb, from ArtisticFlair to Pixe’s Picks!  Deb tells me she has  been crafting for as long as she can remember. “I started selling my jewelry at art shows before my son was born about 8 years ago. I went on a hiatus when my son was born and then slowly started taking ceramic and glass classes. I got serious about it again doing art shows about 3 years ago. I’ve been selling on etsy for just about a year now. ”

And this is how she got her start in her craft:  I have always loved to create and Artistic Flair is a name I came up with after delving into many different mediums of the art world. From years of jewelry making to learning the many techniques involved with ceramics and the use of my kiln, my interests took me to the wonderful world of glass fusing. I am fascinated with the way glass changes during the fusing process, the often unpredictable results and the beauty of the finished product.

We all want to know why Deb chose Etsy:  I was a member of etsy long before I started selling here. I really liked the site and what it had to offer. I started selling here as a means to get my things out in the cyber world.

And what is Deb’s fave piece in her shop:  My Audrey Hepburn piece:    She is the true definition of elegance and beauty – a timeless diva! I had so much fun creating this piece and was more than thrilled with the outcome. She will be hard to part with!

A Little Bit of Italy

A Little Bit of Italy

Pixe’s Pick:  I was hard-pressed to decide on a favorite…Deb has some really great items in her shop!  Not only does she create these wonderful framed pictures, she also makes jewelry, cuff links,  and glass cabs!  I chose A Little Bit of Italy as my fave!   Being the good Italian girl that I am, I love the subject!  This is definitely a OOAK piece of art!

XOXO

XOXO

 

Let’s give a warm Pixe welcome to Andrea, from Nyblaque!  Andrea started crafting at the ripe old age of 15 by making jewelry pieces and drawing clothing designs as a hobby.  She tells me:   Well, I have been “hobby making” with jewelry for 17yrs but I decided to design jewelry as a business for 3yrs.

And this is why Andrea loves Etsy!  I found Etsy through a Google search of handmade online shops when I realized Ruby Lane was too expensive for me, and I love the community Etsy seemed to offer.  Plus, Etsy is based in my hometown,  NYC so that was a definite plus:)!

Andreas fave piece in her shop is the XOXO Wooden Key Necklace, even though she says she has a new fave every week!!   “I made it with these great wooden reproductions of vintage typewriter keys. I have already made earrings with then that sold like crazy in 6 weeks!”

Trimmed Bleached Peacock Feather Earrings

Trimmed Bleached Peacock Feather Earrings

Pixe’s Pick:   Andrea has some really fantastic jewelry in her shop!  However, since I tend towards the natural and/or unusual,  I really love these  Trimmed Bleached Peacock Feather Earrings!  There is still some soft color to them, and they are really just gorgeous!  Any peacock would be proud to have feathers such as these!

These are Pixe’s Picks!  Two really cool shops that Etsy has to offer!!  Take a peek and see what other goodies they have to offer!!   Wishing you a wonderful, and peaceful day!!!

Mich

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WoofWear Jewels Update

Posted by pixe1 on January 27, 2009

Sky Fairy

Sky Fairy

 
 
I just got back from my meeting with the doggie boutique owner, and she loved my WoofWear Jewels!  She bought all 18 charms that I showed her, and wanted the doggy themed jewelry roll that I had made to present them to her, to use as a display!  I’m so excited!  I made my first wholesale sale to a shop owner that I didn’t know personally!!  yeah!   We are also talking about  making some charms with initials on them! 
 
If you are in the Reading, PA area, be sure to visit Godfrey’s Dogdom on Rt. 625 in Mohnton!  She has a great shop with all kinds of great things for dog lovers!!
Wishing everyone a wonderful and peaceful day!!
Mich

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Procrastination! My big day is almost here!

Posted by pixe1 on January 26, 2009

Ok, I know you are all wondering what my big day is…Well, I’ll fill ya in on the secret!!  Tomorrow, I have my first sales presentation to a dog boutique owner, that I do not personally to know, to try to hawk my WoofWear Jewels.    Pray tell, what are Woof Wear Jewels???  They are charms you attach to your dog’s collar to make those cheap ugly dog tags look really cool!!!  Total bling for poochies!  My Miss Sophie loves hers!!!

Am I ready for this…NOOOOOOOOOO!!!  Will I be ready Tuesday??  You Betcha!!!   I’ve got my sales pitch in my head, and ready to go!!!  I just have everything else to do!  Like make a  little jewelry roll to display them to the owner, make some extra samples…..But, I can do this!!!    Yes I can, Yes I can!!!   Nothing like a little procrastination to make the hands work faster!!!  And yes, this is normal for me…if I made NewYear’s resolutions, ending the procrastination would be one of them!    I have found that when I google “procrastination”, there is a lot to read….perhaps I’ll get that later…

So wish me luck!!!

Hoping your day is wonderful and peaceful!!!

Mich

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Balance

Posted by pixe1 on January 23, 2009

Every now and then, a guest will be invited to write an article.  Robyn, from robynsart  has graciously accepted the invitation…She gives us a wonderful article about Balance….

Balance

As women, we have to be master jugglers.  Many of us balance family, children, a career, our art, and social groups.  We have to give 100% to many different areas, and we have to do so without becoming personally depleted.  But how? 

I can’t speak for absolutely everyone.  But I can give you some tried and true suggestions. 

Take care of YOU.  Giving all the time can leave you empty.  Make time to do things that you enjoy.  Take a long hot bath, call a friend, go to church, read a book, meditate, create something, journal, whatever you can do for yourself. 

Delegate.  If you feel drained by cooking dinner every night, doing dishes, doing laundry, etc.  then get help.  Make a schedule.  Monday, you cook, others wash dishes.  Tuesday you bring pizza or order in.  Enlist your children or others in your home and have them cook meals on various nights.  We always think we have to do it all.  But we can accept the help of others.

If you work outside the home, work scheduled hours and try to not bring work home.  If you work from home, the same thing applies.  Schedule your hours and stick to them.  Help your family to understand that work is important.  But dedicate time to them after your work is done. 

Don’t over commit.  Try to not schedule something for every evening of the week.  If you have to schedule something, then schedule free time, or a relaxing evening with the family. 

Include others in crafting time.  Sometimes, when I am doing my art, I get very carried away.  If I include members of my family, they do not feel left out, or resentful.  If I go out to take photos, I include the family on my hike.  If I am making journals, I give them canvas boards, paints, etc, so they can create their own work of art—if they want.   

It’s tough to juggle everything and not get burned out, but if you utilize these suggestions, perhaps it will make the whole process a little easier.  

From Pixe:   For the men out there…Is this an issue for you?  Do you feel you have to juggle and achieve balance in your life?  What do you do to balance life and duties?

Leave a comment, let us know what you juggle in your life, and what you do to achieve a balance in your life!  We can all learn from each other!! 

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Pixe’s Picks!!!

Posted by pixe1 on January 21, 2009

Welcome friends, to this weeks Pixe’s Picks!!!  This is the place to be, every Wednesday, where I celebrate the coolest shops on Etsy!!!  Grab a cup of tea, or a dirty martini, put up your feet, and enjoy!!  This week I feature Ishycreations, and  GreighdayVintage!!

Messenger Bag   ISHYCREATIONS:  Say “hey” to ishycreations!   She has been crafting all her life!!   Ishy tells me she got her start in sewing at an early age, also!  This is what she wants us to know about how she got started in her crafts:   Well, for sewing, I was very young, about 4 or 5, and my mother would go downstairs into her sewing room and sew for hours on end.  Eventually I got curious as to what she was doing down there so I would join her.
She made these BEAUTIFUL Victorian dresses (we were American Civil War Reenactors).  I started helping her pin fabric pieces together and find pattern pieces for her.  As I got older she let me use her sewing machine, then I got my own years later.
The rest is history.

As for clay … I had some of that “never dries out” oily clay as a child and (while my mother was at work) I would play with it hours upon hours. I can remember creating my own dolls because the ones my family would buy me “weren’t expressive enough”.
I didn’t discover polymer clay till about 6 months ago, though. I found out about it, got some, then fell head over heels madly in love with it.

Me, being ever curious, wanted to know why she chose Etsy: Originally, I didn’t know there was any option other than Ebay O_O .  I ran into Etsy on accident through someone on DeviantArt.  I signed up and started selling.   Then I ran into ArtFire, but I don’t like it as much as faithful ol’ Etsy!

Ishycreations favorite item her shop, besides her clay items,  is her Messenger Bag. “It’s my favorite item because it’s made out of my old “bondage” pants that I wore in high school. I never got rid of them because I was determined to get back to that size (yea, RIGHT!) or to find a use for them. And a use I did find! ”

Hello Kitty/Hearts reconstructed hoodiePixe’s Picks:  ishycreations has some really wonderful stuff in her shop!  She makes these clay goodies that look good enough to eat!!   I really like this Hello Kitty/Hearts Hoodie….it’s just so fun!  Plus, I love hoodies!!!

Neptunes Garden Vintage Couture Art Nouveau Wrist Cuff

  Next up is Amber, from GreighdayVintage!  She too, has been crafting all her life!!  She comes from a creative family; her mother is an artist, her father, a poet!  Amber tells us how she got her start in her craft:  When I was about 17, I started using my Mother’s old broken jewelry, (mostly hand me downs from Grandmother, or garage and estate sale finds) to make new and exciting pieces for myself. I always loved knowing that no one else on Earth had the exact same thing that I did. 

And why Etsy?  asks curious Mich: When I found Etsy, I was very impressed with the principle of it. I started to shop and loved the items I was receiving. I thought why not try it out for myself and perhaps make a little spending money on the side. It evolved from there. I adore Etsy!

Amber’s fave item from her shop is the  Neptune’s  Garden cuff (pic above) for  it’s “whimsy, and wonderful mix of textures and shapes. It makes me daydream of mystical places. It’s magical to me and I had a hard time listing it.  I almost kept it for myself! ”

Vintage Burlesque Golden Lace and Feather Millinery Can Can Girl Fascinator

Pixe’s Picks:  I love this Vintage Burlesque Golden Lace and Feather Millinery Can Can Girl Fascinator!  It is so colorful, full of texture, and funky!  You could say I’m fascinated by fascinators!    This is something I could see myself wearing!! 

That’s Pixe’s Picks for this week!  Give these shops some love!  They are really cool!!    And the artists are really fab!!  Wishing you a wonderful, and safe week! 

 

 

 

 

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Pixe’s Picks!!

Posted by pixe1 on January 14, 2009

Welcome to this week’s Pixe’s Picks!!  This is where I feature the REALLY COOL shops of Etsy!!  My victims this week are pinkparchmentsoaps and MVincent!  Read about them, then go give their shops  some love!!

 

 Pink Grapefruit Soap

 Pinkparchmentsoaps

Pinkparchmentsoaps sells beautiful handmade soaps.  Trish, the soapmaker, tells me she has been creating soap for about 5-6 years now!  When I asked how she got her start in soapmaking, this is what she had to say:    That’s actually a funny story.   Several years ago we were on vacation in North Carolina and stopped in a
small soap shop.  They made the most beautiful soap we had ever seen.   We also thought, oh these will make wonderful
gifts for both my husbands mother and my mother – both of whom are incredibly difficult to buy for!   With both mothers day
and birthdays right around the corner, we stocked up.  Once we returned to Michigan, I happened to get a flyer from a local college and they were offering soap making classes. I took the class, and voila we were hooked.

Inquiring minds want to know:  Why Etsy?       In the fall of 2007 we were at a craft show, and the crafter next to us was Midnight Creations.   She already had a shop on Etsy,  and was so enthusiastic about her Etsy shop,  and the entire Etsy community.   When we got home,  we went to Etsy,  browsed around and decided that Etsy was for us!

 Strawberry Cheesecake Soap

 Trish’s favorite soap is the Pink Grapefruit Soap, pictured above.  She loves it because “it’s a lot of fun to make and just smells divine”!!  It’s very pretty, isn’t it?!!

Pixes Pick:  I love this Strawberry Cheesecake Soap!   I think it is such a unique soap, and I bet it smells as yummy as it looks!!

 

Wonderland Bracelet

MVincent

MVincent is selling gorgeous handcrafted jewelry along with her crocheted items.   Mannie, the owner of MVincent says she has been making jewelry on and off for about 3 years now, and crocheting for about 2.    This is how Mannie says she got her start in making jewelry:  I picked up jewelry making on a whim, really.  I started making my own jewelry,  and then for family and friends.   They really encouraged me to open shop, and I did (:

And the reason she picked Etsy for her store is she always loves to buy handcrafted when possible.  She found Etsy through a Google search for something else, explored and fell in love with  the Etsy community!!  

Sun Goddess EarringsPixe’s Pick!  I love the Sun Goddess Earrings, being somewhat of a goddess myself!  LOL  Seriously…The orange beads have a beautiful pink iridescence to them, and they glow  like the sun!  The headpins are even hand made!!

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Pixe’s Picks!!!  Wishing you all a safe and peaceful week!  Till next week……

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Cleaning the studio!

Posted by pixe1 on January 14, 2009

Well, I’m finally getting around to cleaning, and organizing my super messy studio!  It’s a wonder I ever find anything i need…but somehow, I know exactly where everything is!!  Can  you believe that!!  Now that I’m getting organized, I’ll probably not be able to find a darn thing!!

As a result of this massive cleanup…I’m destashing!!!   Come on in to Pixe’s Treasure Chest, and visit my brand spanking new section:  Pixes Destash!  You’ll find some great things at a great price!!!

It’s almost Wednesday!  And you know what that means!   Pixe’s Picks!   Yeah!!!!   Come back tomorrow, and see who will be featured!!!

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Pixe’s Picks

Posted by pixe1 on January 7, 2009

Carnelian Leaves Necklace

Carnelian Leaves Necklace

 

Welcome to Pixe’s Picks…the place I show off the REALLY COOL Etsy shops!!

This week I am featuring Joanna’s Photography and Mufi!!

Joanna’s Photography:  

 
Joanna doesn’t  remember the first time she  snapped her first photo, but “in a form, I have been taking photographs as my passion and for satisfaction- it has been about 4 years”.

This is how Joanna got her start in photography:  “Photography was rather mysterious to me for the longest time. I have used my parents’ camera, but in very limited way. Only after I got my first digital camera, very simple point and shoot model, I started discovering how much satisfaction and pleasure I am getting from photographic nature.
Nature still is my main photographic subject.
Now I have moved to a camera with much more features and settings, which allows me to capture exactly what I want and how I want to present it on the finished photograph”.

Joanna set up shop on Etsy because she has had good experiences as a buyer;  they always had great things for sale, and decided this was a great place to start!

Big Big World

Big Big World

Her favorite item is the “Big Big World, 5 x7″ print, taken in the Outer Banks NC,   “because the layout of this photograph, it’s composition, presents the force of the nature- dark sky, big storm coming, against small human, very weak, against the strength of the surrounding environment”.                                      

Waiting

Waiting

This is my Pixe Pick:  I was hardpressed to pick a favorite….All the photos are well composed, and I’m partial to macro photography.  I picked “Waiting“, for it’s gracefullness, and I could just imagine the flower bud popping open at  precisely the right moment!   This is a really cool shop with a lot of great photography!  Give Joanna some love at  JoannasPhotography!!

 

Mufi:

When I asked how Phyllis got started in her craft she told me:  If you start with my work in textiles, I’ve been crafting / designing since my early 20’s.  I got started making jewelry by buying some intriguing beads and then learning how to work with them by speaking with jewelers and looking up techniques on the Internet. I have a bachelors and masters degrees in art and previously had a career as a textile artist. That background gave me the visual confidence to dive into a new medium. I’ve shown my work nationally and been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant in Crafts.   Congratulations on your award, that is certainly a high honor!!!

She chose Etsy because she  was interested to learn about Internet marketing and Etsy offered an easy way to have a working website. Etsy offers a turn-key shop that is easy to learn to use and there’s a very active forum with support from other sellers. The first time she went to the forum with a question, she had 5 answers in as many minutes. That kind of support is invaluable when you’re venturing into new territory
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Phyllis said she was unable to chose a favorite item from her shop…there are just too many favorites!

Pixe’s Pick:  This one was easy…I love Carnelian!  I love the colors, textures and shapes of the Carnelian Leaves Necklace!   This is way cool !    (See the top of the post, WordPress is giving me a hard time today…won’t let me post pic where I want)!   

 
100% of the profits from Phyllis’  stores support her husband Bill Lawhorn’s work with orphans in Liberia, West Africa
For more information about the cause Phyliss  supports, read this:  http://personaltreasures.blogspot.com/2008/12/gem-of-cause-jewelry-benefitting.html     
 
Be a gem and to give Mufi some love and support a great cause at the same time!                                      

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Pixe’s Picks

Posted by pixe1 on January 6, 2009

Tommorrow, I’m starting a weekly feature called “Pixe’s Picks”.  I will be featuring 2 Etsy shops each week, one shop that sells jewelry, and one shop that sells anything else !  

I would love to know what you think of Pixe’s Picks…comments are always welcome!  Also, if you would like to be featured,  send me a convo at pixestreasurechest.etsy.com.  I would particularly like to hear from shops selling unusual items, pet items, food items, etc.  I look forward to hearing from you!!

See you Wednesday!!

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Moving forward in the New Year!!!

Posted by pixe1 on January 5, 2009

Ok peeps,   it’s a new year, and time to move forward!   

So, Every Wednesday, I will be featuring 2 Etsy shops…one that sells jewelry, one that sells anything else!  This should be a lot of fun seeing what the world of Etsy has to offer!   Let’s make this a successful year for all of us!!

Here is the link to the Etsy thread so you can leave your info!   Need shops to feature in my blog!

Have a safe and wonderful day!

Mich

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Turquoise: Beauty Through the Ages

Posted by pixe1 on December 2, 2008

Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and Copper NecklaceTurquoise:  Beauty Through the Ages

Turquoise is a stunning semiprecious gemstones with a history as old as civilization itself.   Archeological evidence finds turquoise was first used around 5500 BC to 3000 BC.  The Persians used it to decorate tiles and buildings.  The Egyptians used it  in jewelry, and was found adorning artifacts in King Tut’s tomb.  Native Americans find spiritual and asthetic value in Turquoise.  Turquoise has stood the test of time;  spanning many cultures and many millenia.  Today, Turquoise is still sought after for jewelry.  It is the birthstone for December.

American Turquoise is the most desireable.  It ranges in color from Robin’s Egg Blue  to greenish, with and without the characteristic veining.  
Turquoise is also mined in China.

There are different types of Turquoise on the market today.  A reputable seller should be upfront and honest to what they are selling.

Natural Turquoise:  Is untreated turquoise. 

Treated Turquoise:  Most turquoise on the market is treated because it is a soft,  porous stone.  Treatments help stabilize the stone to keep it looking great for years to come.  Treatments can consist of waxing:  stone is impregnated with wax to give it a good shine, this is not used often anymore.  Stabilization:  the stone is impregnated with epoxy under pressure.  This is the most common treatment I have found.  Dyeing is used to enchance the color of the stone.  The Zachary process is a proprietary process that has been in use for the last 10 years, and seems to be used for the more high grade stones, such as Sleeping Beauty.

Chalk Turquoise:  Chalk turquoise is stone mined deeper in the turquoise mine, it is softer and chalky.  It is usually dyed and stabilized.

Reconstituted Turquoise:  Is small, unusable pieces of turquoise pulverized to a powder,  dyed, and reassembled.

Metaphysically, turquoise is considered to be a powerful stone.  It has been worn to ward off evil sprits. Turquoise is thought to  promote a sense of unity of the self,  and oneness with all that surrounds us.

Turquoise is a fragile stone, special care should be taken with your precious turquoise pieces.  Clean turquoise gently with a soft cloth, chemicals should never be used, they can alter the finish of the stone or change the color.   For the same reason, perfumes, cosmetics, sunscreens, etc should be applied before putting on your turquoise jewelry.  Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may also discolor your turquoise jewelry.  Use a soft polishing cloth on the sterling silver your turquoise is set in.  Following these suggestions should keep your turquoise jewelry looking beautiful for years to  come.  I have some pieces that were given to me many years ago, and they still look great!!

In celebration of turquoise,  and the month of December, all turquoise jewelry at Pixe’s Treasure Chest will be on sale through the month of December, 2008!!   This is a great opportunity to treat yourself to a fabulous and unique piece of turquoise jewelry!!!!

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CYBER MONDAY BIG SALE

Posted by pixe1 on November 29, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008, otherwise known as Cyber Monday, ALL jewelry at Pixe’s Treasure Chest will be on sale 40% off!  This is a fabulous opportunity to purchase a great present for someone or for yourself!  This sale if for 24 hours only!  Starts midnight Dec. 1, 2008 until 11:59 Dec. 1.  Shop early to get the best picks!!

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Giving Thanks

Posted by pixe1 on November 26, 2008

This is the time of year we tradionally stop to think about what we are thankful for.   Some of us count our blessings everyday.  I do.  And I’m fortunate to have many.

I’m thankful for the the wonderful family and friends I have.  I am especially thankful for my mom and my son, who are so supportive of my artisan jewelry business.  I can never thank them enough for giving up their day, and helping and keeping me company during craft shows.  My dad has been wonderful too, sharing his business insight with me, and I thought that only was passed down from father to son!  What a lucky daughter I am!!

I’m thankful for you,  all my new friends and customers who take precious time out of their day to take a peek at my jewelry.  I find great joy in sharing my creations.

What are you thankful for?

Take a moment.  Count your blessings everyday, not just once  a year.  I’m willing to bet if a penny was put aside for each thing we are thankful for,  we would be rich!!!

May you all have a truly wonderful Thanksgiving day and stay safe!

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Buying Handcrafted Jewelry: The Seller’s Reputation

Posted by pixe1 on November 18, 2008

     Buying jewelry handcrafted by artisans is a very rewarding experience;  you get a piece of jewelry that no one else, or very few people are wearing.  This is a fantastic way to express your individuality!!

     Last week pricing was discussed.  This week we will talk about what makes a seller reputable,   you need to feel comfortable with the person you are trading your hard earned money with for jewelry.  So, get a cup of coffee, relax, and join us for a few minutes!!

     There are a few things to consider when deciding if a seller is reputable:  guarantees, feedback, questions.   

Guarantees:  What kind of guarantee does the seller offer?  Do they even have one?  This is usually worded as their “Return Policy”.  Most sellers will make their return policy clear.  Many state a time limit to make returns, and who is responsible for shipping, and how refunds are handled.  Some sellers want to know the reason an item is returned, others ask no questions.  Let’s face it, if you get your item and you just don’t like it, you need to feel comfortable returning it without a hassle.   Pixe’s Treasure Chest has a no questions asked return policy.   However, comments are always appreciated in order for me to design a better product, especially if the reason for return is a design flaw.

     Feedback:   Most online marketplaces use feedback as a means for a customer to gauge how reputable a seller is.  Look for positive feedback.   There should be much more of that than negative feedback.   Keep in mind,  some customers just do not bother to take time to leave feedback, or if they do leave feedback, they leave no comment.   As a seller, I rely on feedback.  I at least want to know that you received your piece of jewelry undamaged, and that you are pleased with your purchase,  or not.  Also consider,  newer sellers may have a lower number of feedback,  don’t let this discourage you buying from that seller, just keep all the other points in mind.   Do they, or have they sold elsewhere?  The seller may just be new that  particular marketplace.

     Questions.   As a seller, when I list an item, I try to describe it as thoroughly as possible.   However, sometimes there is something you want to know about the piece that I haven’t addressed.   Always feel free to ask any seller a question about their product.  There is always a  link to contact the seller.   The only dumb question is the one that wasn’t asked.   Consider how quickly the seller responds to your question.  Are they courteous and professional with  their answer?  Did they answer your question to your satisfaction?

     Buying from a reputable seller applies to both online and physical venues, such as craft shows.  When I do craft shows, I welcome questions.  The more the better.  I want a happy customer, and my return policy applies to craft shows, also. 

    So, don’t be shy, ask questions!   What is the return policy, are customers satisfied with the jewelry purchased?   And ask, ask away!  We jewelry artisans love to talk about our jewelry!!!

     Thanks for visiting, and I hope your day is absolutely wonderful, peaceful, and safe!

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Buying Handcrafted Jewelry: Pricing.

Posted by pixe1 on November 10, 2008

Seems to me,  the first place to start the discussion on buying handcrafted jewelry is pricing.  Let’s face it, it is the first thing I look at,   and I  know price is the first thing you look at.  

For the most part,  handcrafted jewelry is  more expensive  than mass produced jewelry.   When purchasing mass produced jewelry,  what do you actually get?   You get a piece of jewelry that thousands,  if not millions,  of other people are wearing.    When purchasing handcrafted jewelry, what do you actually get?   You will get a piece of jewelry that is one of a kind,  or very limited in the number of pieces available.  Only you , or at most, a few other people will be wearing. Even if the seller has more than one piece of an item,  each item is still one of a kind because each piece is handcrafted.   It is very difficult to make two pieces of jewelry exactly the same.   Buying handcrafted jewelry is a really great way to show your individuality,  and show off your personal sense of style!!   So, that said, let us talk about pricing.

There are a few factors to consider when pricing handcrafted jewelry.

  • Cost of supplies.   Beads, precious metal, jumrings, clasps, all cost money.  I try  to find suppliers with the highest quality product  with the best pricing so I can offer fair pricing to you.
  • Time spent designing the jewelry .   Most jewelry artists have visions of what they want to create.   Many of  sketch our ideas and then have to search for the materials needed to create our next masterpiece. 
  • Time creating the jewelry.   Once we jewelry artists have our vision,  we need to create.   Some pieces take longer than others.  Simple pieces are less time consuming then others.   It take me much less time to string a necklace than it does to to individually wire wrap each bead and link them together.

Another aspect to consider with pricing is you get what you pay for.   A simple piece of handcrafted jewelry can be inexpensive, however, a more intricate piece that is very inexpensive could raise some warning flags. Is the jewelry made with materials the artist claims?  Is this truly handcrafted, or mass produced and being passed on as handcrafted?

 These are the major factors that are considered when pricing handcrafted jewelry.  It really does take time to create handcrafted jewelry .   I strive to present  a high quality piece  of jewelry to you at a fair price.

Next week I will talk about buying from a reputable seller.

Hoping you have an absolutely wonderful, peaceful, and safe day!

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This blog is about…..

Posted by pixe1 on November 10, 2008

I have made the decision on how to use this blog….it will be about tips on buying handcrafted jewelry, caring for jewelry,  and will be about the stones (not the rock group, but the stones I use in my jewelry, and some that I don’t).  I plan to write a weekly blog and if there is anything you want discussed, let me know.   I am open to suggestions.   Monthly, I plan to discuss the birthstone of that month.  I also plan to  announce future sales that will take place on my etsy site.   Also, my sale items are also on sale at the craft show I am at that month.

So, to give you a heads up …For the month of December, all turquoise jewelry will be on sale at my etsy shop,   Pixe’s Treasure Chest,  and at the craft show at Wilson Southern Junior High School, December 6, 2008.

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Have you visited Pixe’s Treasure Chest?

Posted by pixe1 on October 29, 2008

If you have visited my Etsy shop, Pixe’s Treasure Chest,  in order to make the shop better, I would love to hear what you think.   What is it you love about the shop?   What don’t you like?   What is your favorite piece?   I would love to hear your comments!

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Who is Pixe1???

Posted by pixe1 on October 29, 2008

Hi all, I’m Pixe1, aka Michele, aka Mich.  

This is my first ever attempt at blogging, so bear with me.   May take awhile to work out the bugs and figure this out!   LOL  I haven’t figured out exactly what I want to do with this blog, but I will figure it out.   When I know, you will know!

 I started beading over a year ago to fullfill a need to feed my inner creative soul which was screaming to be let out.   I am a self taught beader and I do some work in wire.   I prefer uncluttered designs, mainly because most the time I feel my life is cluttered,  and I’m sure many feel the same. Beading is a way to bring sanity back,   even if only temporarily!!  I prefer to work with semi precious gemstones, sterling silver and copper.   I’m hoping to get acquainted with some gold filled wire very soon!   We should have some fun together!!  Mother Nature is my most inspiring model!

I have become addicted to beading!  OK, I admit it, as many of us beaders do.   Because of this, I have opened and etsy store,  Pixe’s Treasure Chest.  I also do craft shows when I’m not working my other job.  

If you are in the Reading PA area, I have two more craft shows this year:  

Sat, Nov. 8, 2008 at Conrad Weiser High School   9 am to 3 pm; and Sat. Dec. 6, 2008 at Wilson Southern Junior High School.   Both are to be big shows!!!

I’m from Eastern Pennsylvania, very beautiful country with a large PA. Dutch influence.   I work as a Registered Nurse when I’m not beading, and I’m mom to a grown son and a big poodle.

Feel free to hop in and introduce yourself.  I look forward to meeting you all!!

Thank  you for visiting my blog.   May your day be absolutely wonderful, peaceful, and safe!

Mich

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