Saturday, October 18, 2008

Custom Orders Make Me Happy!

I fulfilled two custom orders this week. All the items will be used as Christmas presents which makes me exceedingly happy! My goal since I started designing for That Winsome Girl was to create unique, quality pieces which would perfect for gift giving or for passing down from generation to generation. As the holidays approach, I hope that many That Winsome Girl designs will be lovingly exchanged.

I love how simple and classic this Grecian Cameo necklace turned out.

This is a necklace I had designed for The Artists' Market I did this past summer here in Lexington. I originally made two necklaces and both sold the day they were debuted. I knew their quality (sterling silver and freshwater pearls) and classic elegance made them a hit. One of the ladies who bought one of the originals contacted me wanting to purchase three more to give as gifts. I was elated! I purchased quite a few of the pearl clusters and have offered the Cumulus necklace in my Etsy shop as well. I think they would make beautiful necklaces for bridesmaids. The chain is adjustable up to 18 inches, allowing the necklace to compliment a variety of necklines. And the extra length of chain dangles down the nape of your neck in the most gracefully sexy manner. Perfect for elegant updos!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Etsy Treasury

My Windmills and Picture Frames stud earrings from Hands in Pockets are currently featured in a beautiful treasury full of navy blues created by Bead Stylin'.

There I am in the top middle! I love the rich blues of the treasury.

My Windmills and Picture Frames stud earrings were created from vintage glass cabochons with Rembrandt-esque windmills. For these earrings I have paired the cabochons with unique vintage navy blue buttons (taken from my mother's button collection) to create the feel of a framed work of art!

A similar pair of stud earrings if found in my shop. My Like Rembrandt studs are crafted from the same vintage cabochons minus the buttons. They are an interesting pair of studs, perfect for everyday casual wear and are available for an unbeatable $3!

Shop Talk

I am in the process of streamlining my more casual Etsy shop, Hands in Pockets, to be more in line with the appearance of That Winsome Girl. While Hands in Pockets often features more of a quirky/colorful line, I am planning to start offering more affordable versions of my elegant line in the shop as well (i.e. brass versions of sterling silver or 14k gold-fill pieces). Over the next few weeks I will be retaking all my current item photos to have the same simple tablecloth background that I use in all my That Winsome Girl photos. While I like the colorfulness that the shop currently possesses, I think unifying the shop through a common background is a great technique of branding.

So there will be lots of changings ahead in the old shop as the new shop continues to grow and expand. I hope to have both the shops in tip top shape before the end of the month.

Two new listings, one in each shop:

Lady Bug stud earrings in Hands in Pockets for $6

Golden Rose stud earrings in That Winsome Girl for $18

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Our First Apartment!

The hubby and I will be moving into our first apartment at the end of the month and I am just elated! Our two bedroom apartment is the spacious second floor of an old home. It is conveniently located within biking distance of campus. There is a Kroger, laundry mat and bakery practically next door! I look forward to being able to make quick trips to the store if I need to pick up an ingredient or two for an impromptu recipe.

The house is quite charming and there is a lot of space both inside and out. The backyard has remnants of an abandoned tomato garden and I look forward to the option of growing my own little garden come spring.

The kitchen has some very quaint characteristics, my favorite being the 1950s farmhouse drainboard sink! Though there is no dishwasher, I think I'll get used to washing pretty dishes in the sweet sink. The stove and refrigerator are new. I am tickled about how much light the kitchen gets through it's one large window. I imagine many afternoon baking adventures will be captured in photograph! Unfortunately there is practically no counter top in the kitchen, but the hubby and I have already planned a remedy. His manliness will be building me a little counter with storage space below to connect the stove to the sink. The shape will have to be a wee bit wonky to allow for access to the cabinets under the sink, but I imagine we'll create a nice design. We have already researched counter tops at Lowe's and were quite pleased to discover we'll only have to spend $40 or so for a nice top for our little homemade counter/cabinets. I am planning to have a wee herb garden in various tiny pots in front of the well lit window!

An addition to the kitchen, which I am so excited about, I will have the entire second bedroom to myself as my very first studio/office space! I am delighted to have a room in which to expand my business and let my inspirations run wild. I have always been so inspired by other artists' work spaces and am eager to have my own.

Another aspect about the apartment that I really love is that we are free to paint and really make the place our own. The previous tenant choose some mighty bold colors in a few of the rooms, so we will be repainting the bedroom and bathroom before moving in. Eventually we will repaint the living room and the entry way, as finances and time allow. I hope to be able to paint my studio at some point as well, perhaps I'll pick out some paint for my Christmas wish list!

When we viewed the apartment for the first time, the hubby and I just knew it was the one for us! With all it's quaint details, it's spaciousness and it's convenient location, we were eager to make it the first apartment we'd share. Our adventures in making it home should began at the end of the month. I plan to post pictures through the painting/moving/decorating process!
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