Saturday, May 31, 2014

Saturday is Caturday

Are you ready to start your weekend with an awesome round up of kitty pictures?

Spooning. Hilarious.

Making sure that I couldn't do anything else while he was sitting with me.

That back foot always kills me.


Living the dangerous life.

Some of you already saw this on Instagram. After five months, we finally found a food / med combination for Angel that keeps her thyroid, blood sugar, and glucose levels normal. During this time period, I have been going to the vet every two weeks with one of the cats or to pick up food or meds. I cannot even begin to express how happy I am that I don't have to bring Angel back for another checkup for three months now.

We bought nightstands this month, and apparently there is enough room under them for Ares.

Apollo makes sure that I don't work too hard.

Switching things up and sitting with Jake.

What have your cats been up to lately?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

B is for Blooming Flowers

Are you ready for another round of Alphabe Thursday? Let's go!

After such a rough winter, I'm still in awe that it's finally nice enough for green grass and flowers again. I feel ridiculously grateful every time I step outside. Today I'm sharing the best of my flower photos from a recent excursion in the Milwaukee area. Enjoy.

Check out what the other Alphabe Thursday participants posted for the letter B this week right here!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May Sponsor Love

We're celebrating the end instead of the middle of the month with a little sponsor love. I'll be back on track again next month. Please take a couple minutes today to check out these fabulous shops, products, and blogs.

 Are you looking for some final spring 2014 graduation gifts? Think about picking up some of Edi's personalized wooden keepsake graduation cards.

Angela of angleah
 This heart necklace is made from an old zipper! It makes me so happy.

Valerie of additionsstyle
 The silver and black combination is so perfect for these versatile earrings.

Deb of storybeader
 I had to continue with the zipper theme here. Deb shared a neat little story about zippers for her letter Z post earlier this month.

 It's not too early to start thinking about Fourth of July crafts / DIY projects. This star ribbon is so sweet.

Kristen of Milo and Molly
 Kristen shares my poor grammar pet peeve, which only intensifies as I further my writing skills. If poor grammar irritates you, too, you'll appreciate this post.

Are you starved to wear warm weather clothing? Paige has a round up of beautiful pastel picks.

I hope that you found some useful resources here today!
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

another edition of why I love my customers

It's been more than five months since I put together my last post about custom orders. I'm excited to show you the pieces that I've made per special request this winter and spring.

This winter I got a request to make matching earrings for this fringed bracelet that I made quite a while back.

 I get a lot of questions about why I don't make matching earrings for all of my bracelets. The truth is that it's hard to know what designs and color palettes will do well and what kind of earrings people will want with them. In many cases, it is easier to make an occasional pair that a customer works with me to design. For example, this customer wanted sterling silver earwire. Even if I had made a pair back when I made the bracelet, I still would have ended up making another pair for her.

I love the final result for this design. There are so many possibilities for it with different color palettes and different beads. Of course I love the hearts, but there is no reason that I would have to limit it to hearts.

I get a number of requests for re-makes of older pieces. In some cases (including this one), they are for pieces that I sold as far back as three or four years ago. I can't imagine that most people are scrolling through my sold items. I think that most of the ideas come from favorited items on Etsy, my Flickr photostream, and Pinterest pins.

Since this request was from an older piece, I made it old school style like the original without any beads or tiny buttons. I would love to keep this design in stock, but brown is not the most popular button color. There is an abundance of white buttons out there but not nearly as many brown or black.

One of the many reasons that I enjoy custom orders is that I get great suggestions that I never would have thought of on my own. Turquoise blue, yellow, white, and brown is a fabulous color combination that I wouldn't have put together myself. The customer wanted earrings that coordinated with another jewelry piece that she already owned.

I completed this order a couple months ago, but I finally got my act together and got a pair listed in my shop this week.

I put together a big custom set this spring for the same lady who ordered the heart earrings. Her late step-mother left behind a sizable collection of buttons, and she wanted to keep them in the family. I made a bracelet and a pair of earrings for each of these four color palettes.

Finally, some of the custom requests that I get are as simple as a different kind of earwire or slight change in color palette. The customer picked out these earwires, and I made a very minor change to the original design to decrease the length slightly.
As always, if you ever have an idea for a custom piece based on something that you saw here or in my jewelry shop or that fits your interests / personality / tastes, don't hesitate to contact me. I love custom orders!

Have you been working on any custom orders lately?