Important Brown Dog Studio Tidbits

Monday, January 30, 2012

What a wonderful random news

The studio was all decked-out for visitors over the weekend. I'm always so ready to see everyone after my Christmas-and-then-some Vacation! I wasn't many of you stopped by to shop, and also for a bit of chit-chat. Thanks for the visit :)

I still have some gorgeous hearts and Valentine's Day items available. Think I have a good way to show those off...I'm working on that and special orders for the rest of the week.

Kerry was the winner, chosen randomly, for last week's studio GivE-AwaY...the dottie patina charm...I can't wait to see which one she chooses...Contact me, Kerry, to arrange to get your little prize!

Already another give-away for this week...This fun oval "be mine" charm with beadies on an 18 inch chain. Once again, you should add your comment to this post, or hop on over to the studio Facebook page to comment on one of the little blurbs I'll be posting throughout the week. I'll be choosing the winner via a very scientific random process (tiny slips of paper in a glass jar!) and announcing it on Friday afternoon. Can't wait to see who wins THIS week!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Open House this Week...Winner...New Give-away

Wowee! So much to share this week!

First, very importantly, the studio Open House...
Friday Jan 27 (10-3 and 5-8) and Saturday Jan 28 (11-4)

I have SO many great new pretties available for shopping...I looked at what I had, told myself I had enough...and MADE MORE (and I'm not done, oh no I'm not)! glitter, bronze, dotties, wrapped glass, valentines...
Plus, I will have a table of studio-clean-up...I worked at clearing out excess studio stuff over my vacation, and have an assortment of vintage/antique items I was using for displays, scrapbooking items, PAPER, stamps, stickers galore and more crafty good stuff!

I am scheduling Private Trunk Shows for Wed 25th and Thurs 26th, by appointment me at if you would like to come with some friends :)

Next...this week's give-away...One lucky-ducky random winner will have her choice of one of my dottie patina charms...I have shamrocks, hearts, crosses, stars, peace signs...choose one. Leave a comment on this post, or pop over to the studio Facebook Page and leave a comment. I will choose a random winner after the give-away closes at 4pm on Friday.

Last week's give-away winner...Maeg. She won the sweet little bronze heart charm. I'll pop that into the mail as soon as she contacts me :)

Monday, January 16, 2012

first give-away for 2012...bronze heart

Let the ParTy the studio!
I'll have lots of new jewelry coming up to show you for the studio Open House (Jan 27-28),

and bronze bits are some of the highlights...

I'm going back to weekly give-aways in the studio.

Up for grabs this week is this sweet little bronze heart. It measures about 12x15 mm, and looks absolutely precious by itself, or mixed among other charms of all sorts of mixed metals! I'm showing it with one of my new bronze chains, but you're trying for the charm, itself.

For your chance to be the lucky-ducky who wins the charm, you must comment here or on the studio Facebook page. You will get an additional entry if you share the Facebook post (and let me know about it :)

The winner (picked randomly) will be announced on Friday so she can contact me with where to mail her pretty little heart!

Remember that I have ready made necklaces and more being offered on the "available silver and glass" page of the studio blog (you can find the link HERE or among the listings of my blog header). Just e-mail me if you find something you want to purchase...details on that page.

...back to whistling in the studio :)

Friday, January 13, 2012

trying something new...

Because I feel like a LucKy GiRl!

A new year seems to bring out the "gotta make some changes" in me.

I'm wanting to make the studio better for you, me (and my family)...

plus, it's just fun to try something new!

So...I'm looking for a way to offer some ready-made pretties when the studio isn't open. You can always place orders via e-mail. Just know that your order will take a few weeks, you can't rush ART! It will generally be ready in time for an upcoming show, or to go in the mail at the end of those 2 weeks. In order for me to spend quality-time with my tools and GET STUFF DONE (really!?), I don't check e-mails multiple times a day or schedule drop-in shopping. I'm going to continue making private shopping and trunk shows available by appointment on announced days leading up to Open Houses...You'll have to watch the blog or FB for those updates :)

On a first-claim basis...Photos of items (with price) ready for purchase will be added to the "Available glass and silver" page which is found right under my header (I'll also be listing them on studio FB page). I'll add details to the photos and IF any changes can be made to the item, if there are multiples of the item or if it is One-of-a-kind.

E-mail me to claim it. This is the're welcome to comment on the photo or "Like" it on FB (in fact, I'd LOVE that!), but the E-mail is how I'll know to contact you. You'll be able to pay via mail or paypal (I'll have to send you an invoice).

I'm sure I'll have to tweak this along the way...but here it goes (bring out trumpets!)

"find your sparkle" glass charm, wrapped black patina (sterling) pale blue drop and dottie patina star on 30 inch gun metal ball chain...$45

One of a kind heart glass bead, sterling components, hand-cast silver "love" bead...$35

"lucky girl" long skinny glass charm, dottie patina shamrock, sterling wrapped green drop charm on 30 inch gun metal black chain...$45...the chain can be changed out to silver color or upgraded to sterling.

One of a kind leather cord bracelet, sterling components, forged sterling heart, copper tube bead, gorgeous glass heart bead...$30

bead ball bracelet with pink floral drop, bronze cupcake and one of my last confetti beads...$29

1 1/2 inch wide green leather FAITH cuff. Copper FAITH and closure which reads "blessed"...$35

medium brown "COURAGE" leather and sterling cuff, one inch wide. Closure is shown of my limited supply of vintage glass crystal buttons...$35

Sterling charm keeper with sterling silver cross (faith), hope and heart (love), on 30 inch NON sterling chain...$49...chain can be upgraded to sterling at additional charge.

vintage clear glass crystals soldered into earring drops...hanging from sterling ear wires...$30

"tickled pink" long skinny dottie charm (with tiny cutie pink bead), dottie patina heart and wrapped black patina amethyst drop on 30 inch chain...$46...chain can be upgraded at additional charge.

sterling heart, tiny (1/2 inch) round dottie glass charm with vintage rhinestone, vintage key on 30 inch chain...$38

***note***I have one of these tiny rhinestone charms and wear it ALL the time...I LOVE it!

3/4 inch clear glass square charm with silver rhinestone "C" (I have other initials available or will make them if they are not in stock, and will sell them upon request at the same cost, $15 each), with HEAVY 18 inch bead ball with one medium clip (new item in studio!)...necklace $27

One inch dottie sequin flower box in aqua...$15

In the future, these will be on the page I indicated...You can e-mail me at to request any of these pretties or to order custom goodies...

Postage for any GLASS items will be in a priority box...$5.20

NON-glass items can be shipped in a bubble mailer...$3

Multiple items can be shipped together, I'll have to tell you when it gets too heavy for these rates.

I think I need a cuppa coffee, and then off to create :)

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Monday, January 9, 2012

getting back into the studio...schedule

...the kids are back in school

...I'm finishing up some much-needed "catch-up time" for some non-studio crafting...some knitting, woodwork, so much baking that I may not be able to look at another cookie for at least a month (um, probably won't last!), and board games with the kiddos

...I have a GROWING list of fun projects I want to work on in the studio...

It's time to get back to work before the list gets TOO long :)

And...get back to all of you who have made my time in the studio feel less like work and more like a gift. I'm HONORED to share your sweetest memories...the joy of newborn babies for mommy/grandma necklaces, celebrations of family and friendship, the always unique artwork of growing children, as well as memory pieces for those we love and miss. Thank you to all who have trusted me to make fun/silly/meaningful jewelry for you, or to be shared with those you love. YOU are why I open my studio, cart my pretties to shows, and share my darling daughter, Lucy. Here's to 2012 and all the fun we're going to have in the studio!

Fun combo necklaces
Pretty silver

wide-band custom rings...and MORE!

I plan to start the orders that have come in over the past few weeks.

I'm also working out a way to have jewelry available for order, even when the studio isn't open for day-to-day drop-ins.

AND...I'm announcing the first studio Open House for 2012!

Friday January 27th 10-3 and 5-8
Saturday January 28th 11-4

I will also be adding shows to the sidebar, as I receive dates.
I can't WaiT! (now to get my torch space cleaned off!)