Thursday, July 12, 2012
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The first of September. Always an important date to me. Where many people look to January 1st to assess their lives,set goals and make changes,for me its September 1.
There are alot of reasons why. For one,the summer is winding down,although the 90 plus degree days we are having wouldn't let you believe so. I just don't get much done in the summer. The studio/office is on the second floor and sucks in the afternoon heat so it generally leaves me nodding out because it just gets to uncomfortable to be creative.
I guess too that its just my mindset that summer is a time to goof off. Just can't seem to shake that.
So,with those thoughts behind this blog post today,I am getting down to business and will be creating lots of new designs and pieces in the weeks to come.But I have another idea as well!
I would like to start something new with the blog. Something that will intertwine with the ridiculous posts I have always done.
I have met so many interesting people through my jewelry. My customers inspire me and keep me going.
I would love to feature them along the way in this blog.
If you are/have been a tinyart customer,and you have something you would like to share, please email me and let me know.
Whether its what you do for a living, a hobby, a pet,or how you wear your jewelry....whatever it is,drop me a line.
And even if you have never bought a piece but enjoy looking at it...that's OK too!
I would love to feature you!
So just like in the postcard at the beginning of this post...I'm coming out of hiding and I hope you will too. I'd love for you to let me feature you in by blog!
Friday, March 4, 2011
And here I am today,finally getting around to it! So I guess technically I am still ahead of schedule!
Well lets start with first things first! The original card with out my photo shopping out the words that were on it.
So apparently this is a French Kangaroo! Admittingly it still leaves much unanswered!
I absolutely loved your ideas and thoughts about what it was! We did have two people guess Kangaroo and I will be contacting them to offer them 25% off any one item.
As for the winner of the pendant..well that honor goes to Jenny Neal who was randomly chosen using random.org. Jenny thought this postcard was all about staying warm,like many of you did. She is really enjoys jewelry that has a personal touch.
I am awaiting the arrival of a picture that she thinks she would like in the pendant/pin. I hope that it will turn out to be a nice piece for her.
Thanks to all who participated and made this alot of fun for me. Stay tuned for more giveaways in the future!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Its called the "Fill in the Blank" Giveaway for several reasons. For one,you fill in the blank of the pendant/pin I have created for the giveaway. Here is a picture of it. Its is a silver plated oval that measures around 2 1/4" x 2".
I've included a picture of it with an image set in to give you an idea of what it would look like. On the back is a pin back that has a loop so you can wear it as a pendant also.
Fill in the blank with what ever you like! It could be your own pet,person,thing or any subject matter you choose. Pick any image from my store if you like or you can choose something else. We'll discuss that when you win!
Another reason I call it the "Fill in the Blank" give away is one of the ways to enter is to fill in the blank on the picture below.
I came across this old photograph and find it rather amusing. On the original something was written that described what this is a picture of. Post a comment on this blog post about the photo below for an entry. I would love to see your responses!
If someone happens to mention in their post something that relates to the original that will gain them another entry. I will post the original with the words at end of contest.
A third reason I am calling it "Fill in the Blank" giveaway is my way to introduce a new idea for my shop. It will be fill in the blank jewelry. I will be creating pieces that have no image but can be purchased and finished up at your request with your choice of image.
A few other ways to gain an entry is to follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway and liking me on Facebook and leaving an entry there as well.
Contest entries will end on February 28th and winner will be announced on March 4th on this blog.
Also any purchase in my shop till end of February will be worth 5 entries.
So once again here are the way to get your entries:
1. Write a comment here about the picture. **1 entry**
2. Comment that relates to original saying on photo gets **1 entry**
3. Follow me on Twitter and post tweet about giveaway **1 entry**
4. Like me on Facebook and leave comment **1 entry**
5. Purchase any item in my shop till end of February **5 entries**
Best wishes and see you on March 4th with the winner.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Been on my mind to get familiar with my silly old blog once again and today it hit me right in that part of my brain where thoughts start racing and making no sense to anyone else but me perhaps.
My second thought is that he is some sort of chicken pimp and wants to make these two ladies chicks of the night.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Yeah,so I haven't posted in a long time and no I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. Life is just way to hectic and blogging is a luxury! I have turned to tea having found Teavana to help soothe my tired soul. Just got a new shipment today and tried a new chai. Its one of their new blends for 2011 and its called Taj Masala Chai Black Tea. My review of it for what is worth is about all I will have to say. Then off to make another cup and finish some jewelry. Wish I could share a cup with you!
Very Good! Thumbs up!By Tinyart from Joliet,IL on 11/17/2010
Tea Body: Medium
Tea Flavor: Spicy
Pros: Aromatic, High Quality, Fresh
Best Uses: Anytime
Describe Yourself: Health Nut, High-End Shopper, Health Conscious
I am very picky about Chai tea and like mine with a pepper kick to it. When I saw there wasn't even any pepper in this one, I was hestitant about ordering it.
Just made my first cup and have to say I am very happy with it. The ginger and cinnamon come through strong and give it a really nice flavor. Now if it just had some pepper in it I would give it a5 stars! Hey..maybe I will just throw in my own peppercorns!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
One of my all time favorite images to use in pieces of jewelry is the one above. It was was done by a early 1900's postcard artist named Terzi. I think its the fact that it really depicts the wonderful bond, unlike any other that we can have with our pets, that makes this image tug at my heart.
I almost lost one of my Italian Greyhounds about a month ago. Still not sure what happened but the most likely cause of his sudden extreme illness was ingesting something toxic. Haven't a clue as to what that could have been. When he was at his worst, I tried to talk myself into rationalizing that "well, we have to say goodbye to them all someday" to cope with it. But it wasn't until I let it hit full in the face that I could embrace the specialness of that bond.
All the thoughts and memories of the past 12 years of what my special friend had shared with me, and gotten me through began flooding my mind as well as my tear ducts.
Thankfully he pulled through and seems to be totally back to normal.
I think that is why I have enjoyed so much doing the a couple of pieces in the last month that weren't pieces of jewelry but what I call desk art. Miniature pieces measuring just under 3" that can be propped up on a tiny easel.
The first one was an order that a very special lady named Joan in New York ordered for her niece. Joan is in her 80's and not been feeling well for awhile now. Rather than let it get her down she regularly orders pieces for friends and relatives, by sneaking photos of their pups to me. We then work up a piece together to surprise them with. This last piece was to be a piece of "desk art" of the families new labradoodle pup named Murphy. Joan finds embracing the joy of owning a dog and sharing a special piece with the person makes her feel better. I think that is so sweet and really shows what a special person she is.
The next piece a customer ordered for a friend who had recently lost their pug. She wanted a little charm to have by the ashes of her beloved Saidie. I suggested a piece of "desk art" Kendra really liked the idea and below is the result.
I really enjoy making these little depictions of love and being a very minuscule part of that special bond of these wonderful pets and people. I hope I will have more to do in the future as it really makes my day to send one of these pieces out in the mail!
I hope that you embrace the specialness of having a pet in your life,whatever the type or species, and all that they give to us each day.