Showing posts with label Artisan Whimsy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Artisan Whimsy. Show all posts

Bead Chat Magazine - December Issue

I wanted to give a big shout out to the entire crew at
Would you just look at these earrings on the cover by Claire Lockwood?! 
Super Pretty!
If you're not familiar with Bead Chat Magazine, it's an online magazine started by Melinda Orr and run by her, Linda Younkman, Cynthia Machata, and Natalie McKenna with several other amazing jewelry artists as contributors.  
What started as a Facebook group of bead, jewelry and mixed media artists sharing information, supply links and support for each other turned into an amazing online community called  and it's definitely the 'hub' of our "beady-world".   And the online monthly magazine, Bead Chat, is the icing on the cake (if you ask me).

Cynthia over at Bead Chat Magazine contacted me a couple of months back to say they would like to do an interview with me and feature pearls in their December issue and believed I was their "Go To Pearl Girl".

I was thrilled to hear this!  (insert happy dance at desk upon reading that email!!)

Over the past several weeks, Cynthia, who writes amazingly well for the magazine, Natalie, who does a fantastic job on the photos and layout, and I exchanged emails, links, photos and details and they managed to put together an outstanding interview and Pearl Article complete with supplies links, knotting tutorials and educational information.  

And for this, I am truly grateful.
These two women are professional and super fun, creative (indeed!!) and just all around good people! I have to say 'easy to work with' is an understatement. They take everything you give them and turn it into beautifully laid out, eye-catching content and interesting words!
There's quite a few people, many of whom I didn't get to converse with, who, on a monthly basis really put their heart and soul into this magazine and make it the successful and much enjoyed magazine that it is.  Each month, the entire staff and their contributors work around the clock (from what I can tell!) to bring those of us in the bead and jewelry crafting world one of the most top notch magazines related to our industry - online or in print (IMHO, anyway).
In the pages of Bead Chat you will find links to tutorials, fun interviews, feature articles on really interesting and talented artists, helpful tips, trends within our industry and completely amazing photos of all types of jewelry - super stuff!

Super Cool Earrings by Lisa Lodge!
Yep, inspiration galore! 

Beautiful Shimmering Necklace by Lynda Carson!
Thank you again to everyone involved with Bead Chat, you're greatly appreciated and deserve all the kudos you are getting online from all of us in the beading/jewelry world!
So, whatcha waitin' for?  Head on over and take a peak inside
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Feeling Grateful (and excited)!

Bead Chat Magazine and Artisan Whimsy

I wanted to give a big shout out to Melinda Orr and all the ladies over at Bead Chat Magazine and Artisan Whimsy.
The November issue of Bead Chat Magazine is out and it's Fabulous!
Bead Chat Magazine did a tribute to Bead Trends Magazine, since it ceased publishing this summer, and featured several of the jewelry designers and their designs that were in the 'hopper' about to be published by didn't quite make the last publication. And, they did a feature on me since I was going to be the Beads Trends October Designer Highlight.  They did a super job including all the designs that were to be in the spread and made everything look just wonderful.

I can't thank them enough for publishing everything they did in the November issue of Bead Chat - thank you, thank you!!
I wanted to give a special thanks to Cynthia Machata over at Bead Chat. She put up with my endless email problems as I was switching computers and going from Windows 7 to Windows 8 at the same time.  Such a patient, creative and friendly soul - I don't know how she does it all, but she does. And, she does it with such grace. Thank you Cynthia - you made everything super easy!! (And you should see her jewelry! Yep - Pretty. Darn. Cool! :-)
This month's issue is jam packed with all sorts of goodies so be sure to click here and check it out.
And, some more exciting news - this month's the start of the all new and improved Artisan Whimsy site - be sure to go check it out as well.  The comradery on this site is unmatched. People sharing, helping each other - it's pretty cool!  There's lots of things in the works over there, so be sure to check back often.
Okay - time to get back to work!  I hope everyone enjoys their week!
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Diggin' Bead Chat Mag!

Quick Reminders

Just wanted to give you a quick reminder of a couple of things happening in the blog world right now,...
First up, don't forget that this weekend (starting January 25th) is Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party Sign Ups - and there's only one Party each year - so don't miss out if this is what you've been wanting to do!
Also, Artisan Whimsy's got a couple of challenges that are sure to catch your eye and it's the place to go to find out all sorts of info and stay informed, so be sure to drop by there this week.

Also, if you're up for a fun photo challenge this year, be sure to check out Sally Russick's Focusing on Life: 52 Photos weekly challenge over on the Studio Sublime - we're on week 4 this Saturday, but you can join in any time!

There's tons more out there this week/month, be sure to share all the fun things you know about here in the comments so other's can find them too!
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Fun Things to Do!

Cyber Monday - Cyber Week!

A Fun Week of Artisan Cyber Sales is going on right now over at the
Artisan Whimsy Site through Friday, November 30th!

Come join in the fun and purchase handmade this holiday season! 
There's lots of great handcrafted jewelry that's being offered at some fantastic prices and for you jewerly designers, there's lots of awesome handmade components and beads, too!
Each participant is doing their own give-a-way on their blog or website as well - so don't forget to check out each site and leave comments to get in on some great winnings!


Artisan Whimsy will be hiding
Three Exiciting Giveaways
throughout the partipants blog posts.

When you find one of the Hidden Give-A-Way Banners
on a participant's blog (hint-hint!),
click on the link and follow the directions
to be entered to win some goodies!

~Good Luck~

I'm offering 15% off your total purchase in my
MiShel Designs Etsy store from now through Friday, November 30th.
Use coupon code AWHOLIDAY upon checkout to get your discount.
And, on December 1st I'll be giving away a pair of these lovely sterling silver and freshwater cultured white coin pearl earrings.
Just leave a comment here on todays blog post below or on the original post from the 21st of November, Here to be entered into my drawing.  
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Shopping Handmade All Week In Your Jammies!

Artisan Cyber Sale Starts Today!

A Fun Week of Artisan Cyber Sales Starts Today, Friday, November 23rd and goes through next Friday, November 30th!
Come join in the fun! 
Artisan Whimsy is hosting the largest artisan
shopping cyber week ever!
There are tons of designers all offering discounts in their shops and they're each having their own give-a-ways, too. Don't miss out!  Head on over to the Artisan Whimsy site and check them all out - plus find details for more fun give-a-ways to be had as well!
I'm offering 15% off your total purchase in my
today through Friday, November 30th, 2012.
Just enter Coupon Code: AWHOLIDAY upon check out to get your discount.
Plus, I'll be giving a pair of these super sweet freshwater cultured pearl and sterling silver earrings away (a $32.00 value!) on December 1st. Just leave a comment on the original blog post: here,....or comment down below on this post to be entered. 

I will draw a random name on Saturday, December 1st and announce the winner here on my blog.  Be sure to head back over here on the 1st of December to check out the winner!
Whatcha waitin' for - get to shopping!
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Shopping "Hand Made" on Black Friday and during all of Cyber Week!

Artisan Cyber Sale!

 Join in the fun and shop handmade at the largest Artisan shopping event for Cyber Week!

A Fun Week of Artisan Jewelry Sales and
 Friday, Nov. 23rd - Friday Nov 30th!

Each participating member over on Artisan Whimsy will be offering a discount in their own stores or on their facebook pages and will be promoting their own give-a-way as well. 

Winners will be chosen individually by each shop owner
so be sure and stop by all the participants and
enter their give-a-ways.


Artisan Whimsy will be hiding
Three Exciting Giveaways
throughout our participants blogs.
When you find one of the

Secret Give-A-Way Banners
on a participant's blog (hint, hint!) 
click on the link and follow the directions
to be entered to win some awesome goodies!

Good Luck!
Head on over to Artisan Whimsy
to see all the participants and
what they have to offer!


Here's what's happening in the

MiShel Designs Etsy Store

I'm offering 15% OFF 
from Friday, Nov. 23rd - Friday, Nov. 30th!
Be Sure To Use Coupon Code
Upon Check Out To Receive Your Discount.
Also, I will be giving away a pair of these
beautiful, white freshwater coin pearl and
sterling silver earrings on December 1st.
(a $32.00 value!)
To be entered in my drawing, be sure to leave a comment below in this blog post and then come back here on December 1st to see who the lucky winner is!
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Whimsical Shopping!


Saturday Night Cocktails

Saturday Night Cocktails

Whatcha doing this Pre-Halloween Weekend?
Plans? Parties?
Ghostly Gatherings,....Witchy Wanderings?
I've been hanging out over at the new Artisan Whimsy site.
  It's a site that was started by some wonderful artisan ladies after the Creative Bead Chat over on FB got to be so successful and people asked for something more. 

 Artisan Whimsy is loaded with all sorts of fantastic information for creative bead/jewelry minds,...videos how to's, tutorials, jewelry inspiration and ideas, forums and chats, challenges and give-a-ways, events, and fun and informative blog posts.

One of those blog posts is where I learned to pin my own MiShel Designs Etsy items onto Pinterest and then create a set with it over on another favorite site of mine, Polyvore. 
I had figured it out a while back and forgotten how to do this and then when I had tried it again, it was like I'd never done it in my life, so I desperately needed my hand held and told step-by-step what to do! 
Artisan Whimsy's having a
"Show Us Your HOOTERS" Challenge.
Nope, not those kind of hooters,...owl Hooters!! 
Go on over and check it out.
You've got until the 28th (tomorrow) to enter I think it is.
 And, if you've recently added some cool things to Pinterest, why not leave your link or follow me and give me a 'head's up' on what's going on over on your favorite boards!
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Saturday Night Spotlights!