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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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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 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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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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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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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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