Sunday, 9 December 2007

New Internet Shop and Website Open

I am in the process of setting up a new website with a shop section so British customers can buy my work in GBP Sterling. I accept payment by PayPal directly and cheques in GBP sterling only (good despatched upon cheque clearing fully into my account) Take a look and watch it grow.

http://dichroicdazzle.co.uk

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

TeamEJA.etsy.com Eclectic Jewelry Artisans

The Eclectic Jewelry Artisans have a new etsy shop at http://teameja.etsy.com/
Take a look;

Monday, 16 July 2007

EJA Eclectic Chef Wire Challenge - Vote To Win Goodies from EJA Members!

Eclectic Jewelry Artisans Street Team (EJA) presents; The Eclectic Chefs Design Contest. We were given an ingredient, this time it was 'Wire', and each artist has created an item with that theme. You can see the other entries and vote for the one you think best represents "wire" at http://eeja.org/wired.html . In return you will be entered into a draw and one lucky winner will receive a gift bag from EJA members!

This pendant was a very labour intensive piece but fun to make. A double sided pendant made from solid sterling and fine silver wire woven like rattan. It is surrounded by square wire with a tube top for a bail. I have added ball chain dangles to catch the eye. One side I've enamelled turquoise and the other purple, so it's great to wear with a summer outfit then can be turned for that night out.The pendant will be supplied with a black or brown leather cord with sterling silver findings attached.

FREE GLASS FROM CGGE



Would you like to win this? If so all you have to do is sign up to receive the new CGGE newsletter. Visit our website http://cgge.org to find out more. This beautiful pendant (above) is the first monthly giveaway prize and has been created by Karen visit her etsy shop http://firechicktick.etsy.com to see her work. Once you have signed up for our newsletter you will be entered into our monthly drawing for FREE glass pieces donated by our members. Who wouldn't want to be in with a chance to win gorgeous glass art every month?


Creative Glass Guild of Etsy is a group of glass artists who have got together to support each other and promote glass art. If you work with glass and would like to join us please contact me http://dichroicdazzle.etsy.com or Kris http://creationsinglass.etsy.com , we are a non juried all inclusive group the only requirement is that you have an etsy shop and strive to have 5 items made from glass listed at all times.

Monday, 2 July 2007

Help Spread the WordToday by FearlessFibers

http://fearlessfibers.etsy.com

I want to talk about something a bit different than my usual knitting and yarn content. I want to talk to you about Etsy and to ask for your help with something.

As many of you probably already know, Etsy is a selling venue for items that are handcrafted. Most of you know Etsy for the hand dyed and handspun yarn, but Etsy is full of amazing shops that sell everything from art to pottery to purses to clothing to jewelry to paper goods to . . . well, you get the idea! The list could go on and on. If a mind can conceive it and a person can create it, you’ll likely find it somewhere on Etsy.

Etsy’s tagline is “Your place to buy & sell all things handmade” but the vision behind Etsy goes beyond that. When Etsy drafted their “Do’s and Don’ts” for buying and selling on Etsy, the original draft included a preamble that talked about the vision of creating a marketplace where there is a connection between buyer and seller. It referenced days past when the items people purchased were often purchased directly from the hands that made them. This vision appeals to me enormously. Although there is certainly a vital place in our world today for mass-produced goods, the idea of purchasing some of our goods directly from the maker is wonderful.

I’ve been selling on Etsy now for over a year and I can personally attest to the satisfaction and joy that this relationship between buyer and seller has brought to me. My customers are more than customers to me. They are very real people, infinitely human, full of kindness and spirit, sharing a common passion for yarn and fiber arts. The day to day interaction we have is a wonderful and unexpected gift that has added something meaningful to my life. I am extraordinarily grateful to the mad geniuses behind Etsy for bringing the venue to life.

Etsy is still a very new venture, but it is thriving and growing and I want to see that continue. This got me to thinking about what more I can do to help with that, not for my shop specifically but for Etsy as a whole. I want to do my part to give back to the Etsy creators, owners and staff, as well as to the amazing community of artisans with shops on Etsy. That’s where this post comes in. And that’s where you come in.

Today, I would like to ask that any of you who have blogs consider posting a little something about Etsy. This is not a request that you talk about my shop, but simply that you join me in shouting to the online world that Etsy exists and is all about a good thing. It’s a venue that is providing an amazing opportunity for artisans to reach the world and share their work. It’s a venue that allows buyers a connection and interaction with the talented people making the goods sold there. It’s a place of innovation and enlightenment, forward thinking, care and concern about the environment, and appreciation of the value of human ingenuity and the creative process.

If you have a blog, this post is my request to you that you take a moment and tell your readers about Etsy and perhaps also ask that your readers join in and spread the word as well. Feel free to use any of what I’ve posted here or a link to this post if you find it worth repeating. If some of you choose to do this and some of your blog readers take up the cry as well, a chain can begin and we can do a great deal to spread the word in a short space of time.

Perhaps this is not something you’re interested in doing. I entirely understand that! But if you have found that the Etsy venue and the connections you’ve made with some of us who sell there have brought some small but positive addition to your life, I ask that you consider helping to spread the word. I know that many of you regularly mention Etsy sellers in your blogs, but this is a bit different. This is a more generalized shout to the world that Etsy is a place worth visiting and it is a specific request that others help spread the word. If you don’t have a blog, but would like to help spread the word, perhaps you could make a point of telling a few folks about Etsy who may not already know.

Sunday, 24 June 2007

Join Me At SPARKPEOPLE And Loose Pounds not £'s

I have decided its time I lost some weight and got healthy again. I have been recovering from a serious non-union leg fracture of the tibia and fibula that needed titanium implants to repair. I was already a little overweight to start with but I have struggled since due to the lack of exercise.


I was introduced to a fantastic online diet resource that is completely free while browsing the etsy forums. Firechicktick a fellow etsy artist has set up a support group within this site for us etsians to help each other. At Sparkpeople you can track you food and exercise easily follow a plan or do you own thing, there is also a wealth of articles to read recipes and support groups all paid for by those advertising on the site not members. Click on the link above to find out more. I will be posting with my progress over the time I am loosing my weight so feel free to check back to see how I'm doing. I will be posting photographs soon.


Saturday, 23 June 2007

I WAS ON THE FRONT PAGE OF ETSY WHOOPIE!!!

On the 21st of June 2007 my 'Ever Decreasing Circles Pendant' was featured in a treasury by Glasshousejewelry of fine glass art from the Creative Glass Guild Of Etsy CGGE and made it onto the front page of etsy. I was so delighted. Here is a screen shot. I got lots of veiws and hearts and 1 sale.



Monday, 18 June 2007

I Have My Own Website!

I have just published my new website.
I will be adding items for sale on it very soon.
Go to
http://dichroicdazzle.co.uk

Sunday, 17 June 2007

Some Of My Favourites from CGGE Members

A Selection From My Etsy Shop

The Creative Glass Guild of Etsy

The CGGE has finally been formed. I am a proud member and joint leader of this wonderful new Etsy street team. We have over 80 members so far. We are The Creative Glass Guild of Etsy (CGGE) or “Glass Guild” for short. We are in the process of designing a new banner for the group, I will post it here when it is finished.

You can visit our website at http://www.cgge.org we have a gallery, link to CGGE lisying on etsy, and forums for more information on the groups activities.

We are a non-juried glass group that is open to everyone who uses glass as their medium. We ask all members to have 5 “glass” items in their shops at all times. Membership is based on inclusiveness and member involvement; not strict rules, organizational structures and exclusivity. We strive to create a team with diverse backgrounds and wide-ranging levels of success & experience. Therefore, we aim to welcome everybody who works with glass, despite their associations or current skill levels. We hope to foster a teaching environment where new members can learn from experienced mentors via shared knowledge and constructive critiques.The CGGE is steered by a leadership committee of 3-5 co-leaders, who rely on member input and majority rule to make decisions that affect the team. We are open to suggestions from our members and welcome initiative, creativity and diversity. The leadership committee may change at any time, based on who is passionate and dedicated to seeing this group become successful!. Our goals are; to foster an open creative and supportive environment for all glass artists, to learn and share glass techniques from each other, to share information and knowledge gained from outside the group and contribute to the Etsy community, to promote CGGE members' shops and glass-related activities, to promote ETSY as a site for handmade items at our craft fairs and shows that we attend, and most importantly to have fun!


CONTACT:Creationsinglass DichroicDazzle
MEMBERS: aardvart, agnieszka, ahna, amyburhoe, artandartifacts, artglassfusion, atomicglassworks, beadygirlbeads, bearhollowcreations, bibliogrrl, blackcatcreations, blissfulgardenbeads, cagedbirdsings, cercatrova, colorfiesta, creationsinglass, creativecurves, deborahsprague, designsinwireand, deza, dichroicdazzle, djinnglass, dkjewels, donnajodesigns, dosdulces, dreamspiralart, dyzart, etherealgirls, firechicktick, firespirit, gardenjewels, gazeduponglass, getglassy, gigisdesigns, glasshousejewelry, glassprimitif, glazzfusion, grapeislandglass, hurbanski, ignisdesigns, janetcrosbyfirefly, jelvehdesigns, jenniferwood, kimsglassart, lawatha, lepetitibijou, lettherebeglass, lisahammer, localcolorist, makinthebestofit, marciamenendez, matechuk, mjyglass1963, pamelaangus, pamloudy, papernclay, parrotflameworks, periwinklesuz, peterenedesign, pollyfusia, reddogdesigns, redscat, rkmstudios, rudywc, shasglasscrafts, shifflettstudios, shinedichroicsuk, smokeylady54, sonjaboo, squidglass, strikingglass, studio17, studiorickrack, thebauerstudio, urbangipsy

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Wanna Be A Winner?



Sign up to the EJA mailing list by the 20th June to be in with a chance of winning some fabulous jewellery from the Etsy Ecclectic Jewelry Artisans.
There will be three lucky winners, each will receive a bag of jewelry and handcrafted gifts.
There's still time to sign up, HURRY.

This is my donation to the prizes;

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

EEJA BOGO SALE


Etsy Eclectic Jewellery Artisans are having a BOGO sale, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, May.

See our gallery for easy one click access to members shops at eeja.org.
Who are Eclectic Jewelry Artisans?

More than 20 artists, specializing in modern, unique and fine jewelry. A talented group of jewelry artisans, EJA includes people from around the globe who have banded together for mutual support and promotion. Each jewelry artisan has their own unique style, offering a wide range of choices to those who value quality and exceptional design. Via Etsy, we provide secure payment options and a very comfortable shopping experience! Each member of EJA has met certain criteria, and provides the shopper with a delightful selection to choose from - semi-precious stones, chain maille, exquisite lampwork beads and incredible beadwork are just some of the choices that buyers will have.


Eclectic - deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.Artisan jewelry dates back as far as 7000 BC when gold and copper began to be sculpted to adorn the human form and the practice continues today.


Although rarely price competitive with machine-made items, handmade artisan jewelry is prized for its uniqueness, variety and often unsurpassed beauty. Reflecting the talents of the artisan onto the wearer, the broad spectrum of artisan jewelry is available to provide satisfaction to queens, rock stars and "everyday folk".Jewelry - personal ornaments, such as necklaces, rings, or bracelets, that are typically made from or contain jewels and precious metal.