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November 17, 2009

All right, folks.  I know things are just getting started here, but for a number of reasons, I’ve decided to move this blog.

You can now find me here.



So here’s the plan…

November 13, 2009
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First thing’s first: new item!

Wild Irish Headband
Originally uploaded by The Ash Grove

First of a line, actually, as I plan to make more of these in different colors with different flowers. I love crocheting flowers. ^__^

In other news, I shall soon be implementing a nifty new content schedule for this here blog. In order to keep things interesting for my readers (and to keep myself in the habit so I don’t slip up and forget to post for days, weeks, etc.), I intend to post daily. And here are my daily themes:

Monday Motivator: One of the keys to being successful is staying motivating. Every Monday, I’ll share what’s motivating me at the moment, uplifting stories, silver linings and the like. In short, a healthy dose of positive thinking.

Tutorial Tuesday: I love learning new things. And I love sharing what I’ve learned. So Tuesdays shall be devoted to doing just that.

Wicked Wednesday: Showcasing Etsy’s darker side. I’ll feature items/shops of a gothly nature.

Thursday Threads: Etsy is especially great for finding unique clothing. So on Thursdays, I’ll be featuring my favorite clothing and accessory finds.

Feature Friday: A general feature free-for-all. All those shops/items that didn’t fit into one of previous categories will be featured here.

So. There ya have it. If you have suggestions for any of these or you’d like to see your shop featured, please leave a comment or send me a message. I’d love to have your input!

At last!

November 6, 2009

Grand Opening

That’s right!  My Etsy shop is officially open for business!  And here’s my first item:

Chain Letter Earrings

Remember those annoying chain letters people used to send back in the dark ages before the dawn of the email forward?  Even aggravation can be inspiring.

I’ve always loved chainmaille.  Especially chainmaille jewelry.  So when I came across a tutorial for chainmaille earrings, I just had to give it shot.  A couple of hours later, I had part of an earring that wasn’t quite right and whole lot of frustration.  It had looked fairly simple, but I seemed to be lacking a couple of hands.  Or at least, the ability to keep track of which identical-to-all-the-others ring was which. 

So I took a breather.  I walked away for a while.  And I started thinking about how I could modify the project.  If I couldn’t get the whole chainmaille thing down, maybe I could do something else with my jump rings.  That set off my mind’s autosearch function, and I sudden struck upon “chain letter.”  And the vision of tiny wire letters dangling from little jump ring chains immediately sprang to mind. 

And, as if almost never the case, when I set out to create them, they turned out almost exactly as I had envisioned.  Which, I think, is pretty darn spiffy.  I hope you agree!  ^_^

Autumn Frosts Bracelet

November 5, 2009

Autumn Frosts Bracelet

Originally uploaded by The Ash Grove

This lovely little bracelet was made as a companion piece to the Autumn Frosts earrings. But this one’s a bit less frosty. The bronze seed beads warmed things up a bit, and the pearl-and-bead-cap acorn makes it a bit… nutty.

There is definitely more acorn-related jewelry in my future. They’re just so cute! And acorns go hand in hand with squirrels. And I love squirrels.


November 4, 2009

Moonchild, originally uploaded by The Ash Grove.

I love circles. There’s just something so very pleasing about their perfect roundness, their eternal, neverendingness… Of course, that might be the OCD speaking. =P

But I digress. Consider these an homage to all things round. Especially, the moon (which is probably my favorite round object). They remind me of a perfect evening–a deep, purple sky dotted with rosy pink clouds, and big, beautiful, silvery-gray full moon hanging in the center of it all.

I think these would be great dancing earrings. They’re rather long, allowing for plenty of movement. Perfect for shaking one’s groove thang–preferably outdoors, under that afformentioned full moon.

Autumn Frosts

November 3, 2009

Autumn Frosts, originally uploaded by The Ash Grove.

Long has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die:
Autumn frosts have slain July.

– Lewis Carroll

I love autumn. In spite of the colder weather, it’s my favorite season. I think it’s mostly the leaves. So when autumn rolled around, I felt the need to make something to commemorate the event.

I used chain to give these earrings some movement, like the wind in the branches of a tree. The little clusters of beads look to me like those last, tenacious clumps of leaves clinging to the branch. And it just so happened that leaf beads I had on hand had a shimmery coating. A fortuitous coincidence, I think, as they add a little extra sparkle. And they gave me the perfect title. The entire time I was working on these I had that line from the above poem running around in the back of my mind.

All in all, I think these capture both the poem and the season quite nicely. ^_^

One Mint Julep

November 2, 2009

One Mint Julep, originally uploaded by The Ash Grove.

These little guys were my first shot at making bead clusters. Definitely won’t be my last. They’re quite simple, after all, and I love the look. Clusters are like instant fun.

Also, I must say, I love this colorscheme. It reminds me of so many things. The first days of spring… Green tea… White grapes… And mint, of course. I chose the name because I thought these would go perfectly with a mint julep, and they’ve got a bit of a retro look.