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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Open House photos...

I have been promising photos...and here's a small sampling of what I've been creating.
"tag-alongs" is courtesy of Lucy :) I want to have more finished by Thursday, but will that happen?!
New...silver initials. I'm also making these in a different font in cast silver solder.
a one-of-a-kind cake fork from my Chicago Trip...I also made some "blanks" for personalizing.
This is one of 4 trays I have ready to go (not priced yet!). If necessary, I'll just stick cute little tags in the compartments...they'll be out for Thursday evening!
These are my newest itty-bitty initials. I LOVE them, and I haven't grabbed mine yet!
a "frosty" jane-in-the-box
a sampling of my "bottles of treasure". I have PLANS to finish more of these.

...will I have time to make everything in my sketchbook, will my family eat this week...will I be able to watch William at wrestling tonight without furtively scribbling my to-do list?!

You can have THESE answers, plus shop all of my new pretties and order custom silver and charms, beginning Thursday evening, December 2, from 5-8. The show will continue Friday (10-3 and 5-8) and Saturday (10-4). Remember I'll be closing my studio after those dates, in order to finish special orders in time for the studio Stop and Shop Dec 17-18. If you MUST find me before then (and I know it's possible), I'll be at Scott Middle School Thursday evening Dec 9.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

getting ready for open 2!

Today I put together some much needed Christmas and Nebraska charms.

I also got out the torch to work on some silver...Here's a peek of one of my new melted initials (flanked by some of my favorite new initial designs!).
I will have more silver at this show than I've been able to have at any of the out-and-about shows I've done this fall.

More tomorrow, and if you missed yesterday, you can click HERE.

Monday, November 22, 2010

open house countdown photos...

I'm busily working on getting postcards ready to mail out tomorrow with Open House details. E-mails will also be sent out. This is the BIG one...that last opportunity to order custom glass and silver as gifts in time for giving.

Today I'll show off a few silver pieces...I'm hoping for better outdoor lighting tomorrow so I can snap NEW photos.
This is one of my new necklace options, available for wearing charms as a dangle from a 30" adjustable chain, spacing your charms for viewing! The necklace begins with 3 mini-clips, but I can add's like a charm bracelet!
This is one of my new "charm-keepers." Different sizes, shapes in copper or silver start as the base for your glass or silver charms. This heart dangles from an adjustable silk cord, but it's also great attached to a silver chain. I'm displaying various 1/2 inch silver and copper pieces on this piece, and remember that while I have some ready for shopping, I also make them especially for you!
Finally, the sterling charm-keeper with clips. I plan to have a handful of these made, because each time I put one on display, it leaves with a happy girl!

Stop by the blog again tomorrow for more busy elf (Sarah) photos!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Find me at Southwood Lutheran...

literally, find me! I'm DOWNSTAIRS :)

I'm here today (Saturday November 20) from 9-4. Southwood Lutheran is on 40th and just past Yankee Hill Road. Last year I was upstairs...not this time.'s easy if you come in the back door. I'm straight back in the craft room beyond the stairs.

If you're shopping around upstairs, come DOWN the stairs and find me in that back room, before you wind around for the rest of the shopping.

The blog will have photos all of next week, with sneak peeks of what you can find at my upcoming open house. Also, I plan to mail postcards on Tuesday, which opens up the private trunk shows to everyone. So many fun charms and silver. See you soon!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Now it feels like Fall!

Lucy and I have been in show-mode for over 2 months now, and I've been setting out more and more holiday charms...but really, how can I LOOK at (let alone MAKE) Christmas charms in 70 degree weather!?

But now it's time!

Last week's give-away worked so well, that I'll repeat a version of it this week!
Blog readers get in on a SECRET...come visit me at my show this Saturday, Nov 20 at Southwood Lutheran (40th and Yankee Hill Rd) from 9-4. Be one of the FIRST FIVE SHOPPERS and mention you read my blog, and we'll tuck one of my fave polish pads and a surprise in with your purchase!

I'm busily working in the studio, getting ready for the Christmas Open House. Postcards should go out next week, and all details except my address will be on the blog (if you need the address, e-mail me...I just don't have my address floating all over the WWW!). I still have times available for private trunk shows, and readers have time to schedule before my cards get sent to everyone else.

All orders from now until the Open House (last day for special orders) will be ready at the Christmas Stop and Shop/Pick-up dates, and I won't be able to accomodate any rush orders, so that I can finish everyone's pretties in time :)

I can't wait for you to see all of the new pretties in the studio...I'm saving some JUST for that show...too fun!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

trying something NEW...and THIS WEEK

I so enjoy visiting with everyone who comes to my shows, and this blog is my way of keeping everyone updated on where they can find me and all of the new pretties I'm making...thanks everyone who follows along with me and gives me feedback about the studio, here or in person :)
I've been having drawings for studio-goodies for followers/comments here and on the studio FACEBOOK page...but I haven't gotten much on-line response (I hear all sorts of lovely things in person!), and there have been some unclaimed freebies (click HERE for give-away guidelines!).

NEW IDEA...this week, I will be at St. Mark's craft show (84th and Pioneers, 9-4, no admission). You readers get in on a SECRET....
Just tell me you saw my blog this week, and I'll tuck one of my favorite polishing pads and an additional surprise into the bags of the first 5 sales at my table on Saturday. FUN!!! this week..."dico-sticks," fill-in initials, bottles of treasure, military love, lots of Christmas, new necklace options!

And...if you love joining in with me on my blog, I LOVE to hear from you ;D

Friday, November 5, 2010 St. John's on Saturday and finished orders

Look for me at St. John's (76th and Vine) tomorrow, Saturday November 6, from 9-4.

I have all of these special orders done...they'll be available tomorrow, or at upcoming shows or Thursday open studio hours...

Jill E.
Margo G.
Jennifer C.
Kate F...your copper cuff :)
Michelle (your M bee)
Shari B (your silver)
Shawn T.
Patti N.
Amy J. (giftie love-handle)
Gina B (I'll look for you in Omaha, but it's DONE!)
Tracy R.
Ann (silver combo)
Jennifer S.
Sharon S (silver/glass racing combo)

Can't wait to start seeing everyone...I'll be having new, new charms every week...look for new initials and Christmas this week!

Monday, November 1, 2010

this week...

It's November...

That means art/craft shows are in full swing, and I'm preparing for the studio Open House (Dec 2-4) in between shows!

I am opening up the calendar for studio private trunk shows the week leading up to my open may reserve one of these slots for you + 5-10 friends on a first-come basis:
Sunday Nov 28...1pm or 3:30 pm
Monday Nov 29...5pm or 7pm
Tuesday Nov 30...5pm or 7pm
These times are wonderful for special orders and looking through my pretties with your friends. Plan to come without the kiddos because Lucy will be helping with orders :)

This Saturday I'll be at St. John's in Lincoln (76th and Vine Streets), from 9-4. This is the show that has Lucy's vote for #1 sloppy-joes! It's where I buy my honey and dishcloths, too!

I'm in the beginning stages of putting together next year's calendar...any suggestions for places/shows? This week's give-away is for a 1/2 inch silver initial tag. Comment HERE or on the studio FACEBOOK page to be entered in the give-away and then check back on Friday to see if you are the winner!