Sunday, December 26, 2010

"my journey"

Finished a new watercolor painting today titled "my journey".


Monday, November 29, 2010

"brunch in my austrian overcoat"

Just listed another new watercolor, pen and ink painting in my etsy shop: today. This little guy loves sweet berries and his favorite Austrian Overcoat.

"brunch in my austrian overcoat"

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

new painting "winter nears once again"

New painting in my etsy shop:

"Winter Nears Once Again" Original No. 1

just joined theHive

Just joined "The Hive"
Proud bee in the TheHIVE

"The Hive is a dynamic social community designed to help provide a connection between everyone in the arts, crafts and hobby industry." -theHive

I hope you will check it out there are many finds there.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Finished these lovely poppies! These poppies were painted with watercolors and pen & ink.

Friday, November 5, 2010

sold an ostrich tee

Returned home yesterday to find an email notice saying I sold an "Ostrich/guten tag!" t-shirt.

Thank you, Grace from Canada! If you are reading this post I would love it if you would send me a pic so I can post you wearing it. Take care!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

new etsy shops

Well, it is long overdue, but I've finally gotten my 2 new etsy shop open: featuring original artwork and featuring my artwork on American Apparel t-shirts; screen printed by me using water-based inks. I decided to go with the water-based inks being that they are eco-friendly and they produce very soft-hand feeling prints.

This shop will have my artwork. Mostly original watercolors/pen & ink paintings. It feels really good to get back to creating artwork. I hope to get an Epson R2880 photo printer so I can offer fine art prints of the originals.

Here is a peek:

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

etsy shop spotlight on coupons are great blog

My Etsy shop, , (alwayspersonal), has been feature on as one of the sponsors for the September "Mommy & Daughter Delights" blogmania event.

Coupons are Great

Thursday, July 8, 2010

scoring complete

Thank you everyone who voted; the scoring is complete and I wait until I hear something back from Threadless. They will review over 300 top designs and pick which ones they want to print.

I really don't think I scored high enough to get printed. So I will have to wait....wait....and wait! I hope they put me out of my misery soon! :|


Monday, July 5, 2010

fantastic feedback

Getting some fantastic feedback from the Threadless community on my design "unequivocal love". It's great how artists from a different medium can be very supportive. The design I submitted to Threadless was the first; if it doesn't get printed I've gotten valuable input for future designs.

Thanks to all; only 3 days left to vote! I'm going to be very nervous this Thursday!

unequivocal love - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

threadless submission

Hey if you like the design please help get it printed by voting:
unequivocal love - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

You can help this design get printed on Threadless by scoring it. If the design is printed the artist will get paid $2,500 in cash and prizes. Help spread the word!


thank you gift

I've decided to give away a thank you gift with a purchase from one of my Etsy shop:

A cute little flower felt magnet which will come in other colors; selected at random to include in the new packaging tins. Still have to figure out what kind of tag to attach to the magnet.

Here is a peek!


Monday, June 28, 2010

scavenger hunt

Scavenger Hunt starts Thursday, July 1 don't miss it!

Here is a link for info:


Sunday, June 20, 2010

in an instant ....what can change?

Friday, June 18, 2010 ....daily life was changed in an instant!

Florida weather in the summer time is always very hot in the morning and stormy in the afternoon. After making a postal run to get an customer's jewelry order in the mail I was sitting at a traffic light waiting for it to change to green when I heard a familiar sound of metal thudding on metal and in an instant later I felt the impact of the car behind me slamming into my RAV4 a QX4 Infinity SUV, which was hit by a mercury sable sending the Infinity into my car. The good news is we were all wearing seat belts!

I love my car poor car! I know, the good thing is I walk away; it's just a car ...right? :(

Ouch! I'm lucky I can drive my car, but it will need some tender loving care.

This life experience relates to the saying on one of my leather wristbands.

Happy Father's Day to all the great Dads!
Be safe and always enjoy every moment!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

fantastic giveaway

Check it out!! Blogmania Central is having a giveaway on September 15th and 16th. A two day event and no giveaway will be valued at less than $100.00. I'm participating and giving a $40 gift certificate to my shop , along with other shop owners to their own shops, to the winner.

Here are some links to info and more detail!

Friday, June 11, 2010

a personal review: bravo's Work of Art, next great artist

Okay, so did anyone see the show Wednesday night? I did; I'm not overly excited, but it is the first episode and I plan on making a weekly event.

Okay, if you didn't see it the opening episode the first challenge was a random pairing of artists doing a portrait piece of each other. So, the pairs spent, I think 30 minutes, of discovery. The conversation between each other was striking, because of the strong contrasts in personality. I enjoyed the commentary each artist provided during their process it was revealing show a unique initial impression of each other and how you would translate that impression into their own work of art.

I was fascinated to hear the critiques from the individual artists, which gave you a glimpse into how they would rationalize their final artwork to a judge and peers. I loved hearing what the judges said about each piece and especially what each piece conveyed to them.

I was impressed with the artist Miles he was resourceful in the face of difficulty. He problem solved his process to arrive at a work of art that was sublime. I would have loved to have seen his originally intended screen print, but maybe next time.

I would like to see the show a little longer and more commentary from the artists as well as the judges.

I am aware this is a competition and they have high stake, money and a show at the Brooklyn museum, but I must to tip my hat to those brave artists offering a revealing look at what lurks inside.

Thanks guys; Thanks Bravo TV for the programming and good luck to all!

Monday, June 7, 2010


Some cutie alpacas from a farm in Homosassa, Florida.



I'm excited to see the new Bravo TV show: Work of Art, next great artist The show premieres Weds, June 9th 11pm/10pm c. I think it will be cool to see behind the scenes of new artist in different mediums. I know it's a competition between them; not crazy about that part, but it will be interesting to see their process.

STILL waiting on alpacha pics ....sorry! Here is a pic in its place until they arrive.
Warning if you aren't a cat fan then avert your eyes or skip this post.

Okay here is a pic of Melle my sister's baby cat! Awwwe!

Melle is the brother to my sweet baby boy cat Madison James, a.k.a. madi. They are both rescue cats and they are full of attitude on a good day. :-)

Also, anticipating are the new packaging tins for my handmade jewelry products. I'm thinking up some new treats (non-food item) that will be a free gift with a purchase ....ssssh, I must have some secrets!


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

material decision

Made a decision about the sterling silver thing. I was using 22 gauge sterling silver for the pendant portion of the custom personalized necklaces and I didn't feel positive about it, I guess because of the tarnish issues with sterling silver. Sterling silver will tarnish more quickly because of the copper in sterling silver. Fine silver is a pure silver and resist tarnishing. The cost for fine silver is more, but I think it is worth it.

So, I've decide to go with fine silver for the pendant portion and use sterling silver chains. Just updated the website, the Etsy and Zibbet shops.

May offer a sterling silver chain option: rolo or bead chain; 16" or 18" lenghts??

suppose to get some pics from an alpaca farm ... :-)!


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

claim my blog

Just trying to claim my blog on so people can find me if they're interested in reading my posts. I hope this will be so!

new direction

Started adding leather wristbands with fine silver plaques to my shops (;; right now they are custom wristbands, but I'm thinking of making up some with inspirational phrases like the examples I show in my listings and offering them with the fine silver jewelry on

I'm still questioning on the whole sterling silver thing.

Left: This one is listed on my all my shops as a custom personalized items. I love the font and phrase. The font is one my sister picked out for her branding.

I found etsy through a google search for deep flex resin molds which pointed me to and I checked out this Etsy marketplace. I was amazed a place to sell handmade items, wow!

Sounds strange ... etsy felt comfortable. I felt it was a place for someone like me. 

I love my handmade fine silver items and places like etsy. You are literally building your business by hand I really enjoy working with my hands to create things.

Sharing Opp---
Great crafting books: Silver Wire Fusing by Liz Jones (has a small resource section); The Art of Metal Clay by Sherri Haab (has a good size resource section and a DVD of projects).

P.S. please bear with me on the style this is my first attempt at a blog and I am not a writer or English  major so please don't crucify me for my grammar. Thanks for visiting! Would love to hear what you think about Etsy.