Sunday, January 24, 2010

Green and Gold

Well, Australia Day is coming up on 26 January. Now I know for some, they see it as "Invasion Day" and I can understand their point of view.  Their land was invaded by strangers from far away and things have never been the same since.

But I'm not here to go into the politics of Australia Day. I'm just here to share my  latest Treasury West collection, celebrating Australia with green and gold from Australians.

Green and gold are Australia's official national colours and have been since 1984. They are the colours of Australia’s national floral emblem – the golden wattle.

They even have a PANTONE  reference: PANTONE®348C (green) and PANTONE®116C (gold).

To check out my Treasury in more detail, click here. The Treasury expires around 15:15pm on 26 Jan so won't be visible after that.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Thrill of a Sale

Well, I made my second sale today, on Etsy that is. I've sold plenty of pieces at markets but somehow, an Etsy sale seems a lot more significant. Of course by posting this, I've just Murphy's Law'ed myself out of ever making a sale again :).

I think every new Etsian's dream is to wake in the morning and find your inbox full of Etsy transaction notifications.  I'm happy just to have one at the moment.

It's amazing how something so small can have such a huge impact on a person's confidence and esteem.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Polymer Clay Pendants

Well, I've actually finished a few pendants that I think are pretty good for a first try. I used a mixture of textures,  stamps and colours. Which of my designs do you like?

I'm waiting on some new textures, ink, stamps and cookie cutters to arrive in the mail. Meanwhile, I've been watching some polymer clay tutorials online (I love the internet) to learn some new techniques.

I've also been making some more jewellery pieces - earrings in a range of different styles.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Playing with Polymer Clay

I like to experiment with new techniques so a while back I bought some polymer clay and associated tools (I already had the pasta machine). I hadn't really done much with it but last night I got all the equipment out again and had a play around with the clay and some texturing stamps and also some ink stamps.

It really is a lot of fun but very tricky and fiddly to get everything nice and neat and minus fingerprints! I've got a long long way to go to get there but hey, I'm gonna have fun doing it!

I'm now busy checking out cutters and texture plates online.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Timing for Treasury

If you've been trying to get a spot on Etsy's Treasury or Treasury West but never know when the number of lists will hit that magic number, try using Craftopolis' Treasury Clock to help you work out when to even bother looking.

I've used it this past week and have had listings in both Treasury and Treasury West. Of course, I've had to sit at the computer and wait for the right moment, which could be at midnight, but patience is rewarded.

Make sure you have your listing IDs all ready to go. Try using Poster Sketch to set up your Treasury well before you want to even try to get a listing.

Check out my current Treasury West collection Ets(y) and the City.