Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Glorious Day!

Well, finally after days of gloomy weather and wind, it looks like the sun has decided to make a guest appearance! The weather is wonderful! So, if you have a chance today, stop and smell the flowers, feel the breeze on your face, listen to the sounds of the wind through the trees, and gaze at the gloriously blue sky! Here's to hoping that you have a wonderfully beautiful day ahead of you too! (below are some pictures that hopefully inspire your day)

Monday, May 18, 2009

New Listings

Hi all! Well, Monday is almost over, so here's to that! Actually, I have to say that this was a pretty good Monday. Hardly even felt like a Monday! Beautiful weather and a fantastic day with my daughter! Can't really top that no matter what day of the week it is! Anywho, I was able to list a few new pieces today. Here they are:

"Classic Love Story"
- inspired by Romeo and Juliet and my
upcoming trip to Verona, Now that's amore!

"Ma Petite Fleur" in pink
- just like cotton candy in the form of a
rose for your finger! How fun!

I have also been hoarding, I mean collecting, a lot of vintage pieces lately. I hope to incorporate them into some terrific new designs! Be on the lookout for them as well as upcoming blog, facebook, and twitter sales! Good night and have a happy Tuesday!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Featured in Treasuries!

Happy Friday everyone! I am so happy that I am currently being featured in two etsy treasuries! Yay!

The first is my Bicyclette Rouge necklace in "Waiting to be Found" by Kim's Crafty Apple. Check out her shop for fun baby clothing, quilts, bags and more: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5665286 Precious!

The second is my Freedom set of bracelets in "Wishful Thinking..." by Studio Elan. Check out her colorful shop for handmade wheelthrown and slab built pottery/sculpture: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5001632 Simply gorgeous!

Also, thanks to cynmb for featuring me in her "Adorable" treasury earlier this week! Truly appreciated!
Thanks so much guys! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Good afternoon all! Hope everyone is having a fantastic Sunday, especially to all of my followers who are mothers! Such a great day to celebrate your most fantastic gift in life- your children!
I am especially delighted to be featured in a lovely little treasury today called "Adorable" :http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=53447. Check it out if you have a minute. It echoes the season perfectly with it's beautiful pastel tones! Well, hope the rest of your day goes well! Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Going Back to Europe

Well, it's been almost 7 years, but I am finally going back to Europe! I fell in love with Italy on my honeymoon years ago, and always said I would return. Sometimes life has other plans for you! Well, it looks like my time to return has come. I have a ticket to Venice for June and I am beyond excited! We are going to travel through Austria, possibly some of Germany, and back to my beloved Italy! Hoping it will be a fantastic trip! Unfortunately Eclectic Orchid will be on vacation for periods of time over the summer. But I hope to find some wonderful pieces to create with when I return home! Scattered about are a few pics from my last trip to Positano, Italy. Husband and I look so young!
Hope everyone is having a terrific week! Ciao!

New Pieces

I have been working on new pieces to add to Eclectic Orchid, and I have to say that my newest are quickly becoming my favorites! They are colorful, sparkly, and fun! Now, if only I could find more time to list them! Let me know what you think!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Dauphine

Just added a new piece to my Let Them Eat Cake line- The Dauphine. So delicate and feminine! Did I mention pink and feathers? Hope you like it!

Mother's Day Sale Ends Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that my Mother's Day Sale ends tomorrow! 10% off your entire purchase (pre-shipping). Lots of goodies to be had! You may even find something for yourself too! I love custom orders as well! Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

First Craft Show

Well, my first craft show was a bust! My friend and I had been working hard for weeks gathering our products and coming up with a set-up that we felt really reflected the look we were going for. I thought that the show would be absolutely wonderful because it was right in a busy part of the city. Live music all day, good food, decent amount of vendors. Boy was I wrong! Nobody attended the show! The music and food were wonderful, but where was everyone? I maybe saw 100 people, and I think that is a pretty generous estimate. Not to mention, it was hotter than Hades (90 degrees in April)! All was not to be lost however! Although we did spend 7 hours in the heat, got a bit sunburned and slightly dehydrated, it was a fun day! How come you ask? I got to spend the day surrounded by all of the things I have created out there for the world (okay maybe just Charlotte) to see, enjoyed terrific live music, ate good food (funnel cake for lunch, yumm!), created new little lovelies, and spent the day in the company of a good friend. Not to mention our booth was everything I hoped it would be. Discouraged- no way! Point me in the direction of another show! I'm ready!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mother's Day Sale

Well, it's been a while, but I would like to announce that Eclectic Orchid is having a Mother's Day Sale! Eclectic Orchid would love to help you show your mother, or the mother in your life, just how much you love her! Lot's of special, fun and unique items to let her know just how much you care (of course a hug, kiss, helping hand, and declaration of your love will also do-haha)! I also love custom orders and am always glad to help you create that perfect little gift! Receive 10% off your order (pre-shipping) through May 3. I can either create a revised listing for you or refund through paypal. Your choice! So, come on over and pick out something special! (Oh, and the picture is me and my mom- I thought it was fitting!)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Another Monday...

Well, I hope everyone had a good monday and a beautiful Easter weekend. We were a bit down in the dumps that my brother-in-law had to return home to Louisiana, but the beautiful weather helped to perk up our spirits. Easter day was about as gorgeous as it could be- warm, sunny , and the flowers in full bloom! The dogwoods are absolutely amazing! I didn't create very many pieces over the past week, but I did make a new piece for my Twilight collection and listed it today. Clearly you can tell whose side I'm on! Hope you call had a good day!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Madame Flutterby

Well, it's been an amazingly busy week. I have family visiting and have been busy gearing up for the upcoming art festival. It sure is a lot of work and I really hope it pays off! Well, if nothing more, I am hoping for a fantastic day of glorious sunshine, good company and great music! I haven't been listing much because I am trying to keep things aside for the festival, but I am pretty pleased with my latest creation. I call her Madame Flutterby. Why flutterby you ask? It seems etsy is loaded with Madame Butterflies, and personally I think Madame Flutterby has a nice whimsical little ring to it. She wants to be a bit different, wants to stand out on her own! I am hoping to list her really soon! Hope you like her!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Time to get moving!

Yes that's right! It's time for me to get moving and shaking creating things for the upcoming Central Piedmont Community College Arts Fest. It looks like it's going to be a dismal Thursday, so I am going to work on my tent setup and some new pieces. I am hopeful that this is going to be a fantastic event! If you are going to be in the Charlotte area on April 25th, check it out: http://artsfest.cpcc.edu/

It was also time for me to join twitter. Not sure what its benefit to Eclectic Orchid will be yet, but I'm hopeful! Follow me: http://www.twitter.com/EclecticOrchid
Have a good Thursday all!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fun with Polymer Clay

I LOVE polymer clay. So many possibilities! I have been having a bit of fun with it lately, and have come up with some pretty unique pendants. This is the first of many more to come! Hope you like it!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Bisou Bisou Beads Giveaway

Hi all! Happy Monday (happy that Monday is almost over because I can't stand them-haha)! What could make this a good Monday? The fabulous Claire over at Bisou Bisou Beads ( http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5740561) has started a terrific giveaway today with the prize being my new little vintage locket necklace. I call it "Black Tie Affair". So head on over to her blog, http://www.bisoubisoubeads.blogspot.com/, and check out her terrific Etsy shop! Thanks Claire! Good luck all!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Just got back...

from a trip to the Bead Lady in Concord! Fabulous bead shop! I am like a kid in a candy store in there! So much fun! Bought a lot of new treasures! To top it off, I had a package of supplies waiting for me from a lovely etsy seller when I got home. So many new things to create with! I am giddy!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Boo, hiss! This weather stinks!

So, I thought winter was behind us but the cold is back and so is the rain! I know we need it, but I am tired of all this stinky weather! I think I am going to try to bring back spring with some earrings based on a lovely tree I saw in Savannah a couple weekends ago. And if warmer weather comes back, I will definitely know that it was all due to the creation of these earrings and then Eclectic Orchid will win world wide notoriety as having earrings that can alter weather patterns. The impact will be astounding- did I take it too far?
PS- Check out the way creepy "haunted" house behind the lovely flowers. Seriously, could not get enough photos of this place!

Monday, March 23, 2009

New lovelies listing soon!

Well, I have been busy trying to create fun new jewelry pieces for Eclectic Orchid and for the upcoming art festival at Central Piedmont Community College! Hoping to list a lot of new things this week- I just need to find the time! So, keep your eyes on the shop for new little lovelies!

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday everyone! Although I am not a fan of Mondays and never have been, I have been taking the time today to reflect on what have been a few exciting weeks for Eclectic Orchid and myself! First myself: Took a much needed weekend trip to Savannah a couple weekends ago with the girls and picked up some lovely new beads from a shop downtown. I also spent the past week gearing up for a baby shower that I hosted for a friend this weekend. I think she really enjoyed it and it meant a lot to me to see her happy and relaxed (if even for only a few hours).

Next Eclectic Orchid: Met (virtually speaking) a wonderful lady named Jade Bourdeaux a couple weeks ago who happens to live in my neck of the woods and completely loves my jewelry. She was fantastic enough to feature me in her blog and have a fantastic pay it forward giveaway with my cherry earrings as the prize!

Thanks a bunch to Jade and her terrific blog! Check it out:


Congrats to Shanna for winning the giveaway (http://shannalane.blogspot.com/), and thanks to a New York City Housewife In Training (http://nychit.blogspot.com/) and Yours Truly (http://yourstrulydesign.blogspot.com/) for mentioning Eclectic Orchid and some of my jewelry in their blogs!

Last but not least, on Friday I brought some of my jewelry over to Charlotte magazine to be photographed for their May issue! I am super excited to say the least! Thanks to all of you who continue to support Eclectic Orchid! You truly make me feel like this adventure is worth while! Thanks for all of the hearts and love! Look for more goodies soon to come!

Sign up and become a follower of my blog and then mention that you read my blog for 10% off your next Eclectic Orchid purchase through this week (ends 3/29/08)! Of course this is good for existing followers as well! Thanks you guys!

Monday, March 9, 2009

What is this blogging thing anyway?

Okay, so I am going to try out this new fandangled thing called a blog. To be completely honest, I am mystified and oddly intrigued by the whole thing. I guess that's all I have in me right now. Give me a break...I have been up since 3AM.... Well, 7:20 AM and I am still awake as ever. My daughter stopped coughing hours ago (by the way, that's why I was up in the first place), but since I am practically nocturnal, I never really can sleep at night anyway. Why is it that my creativity has to flourish every night when I try to lay my head down on the pillow and close my eyes? I swear that's when my best ideas are born. So, since I can not sleep, I am off to create! Crossing my fingers for brilliance (once can have high aspirations, can't they?)!