Monday, March 21, 2011

Sunday Shopping Spree - March 20th

Im sure its still Sunday somewhere, even though its actually Monday here! Anyway, this week for my Sunday Shopping Spree I am visiting one of my favourite sellers. Not only is this lady a talented jewellery designer and maker, she is also the Queen of the Beadie Hoard. She sells some of the most gorgeous pieces of blingy goodness ever! She is my number one favourite supplier of gemmies... the biggest problem is ... I need more monies LOL
Who am I talking about? I'm talking about Deb from CrysallisCreations and CrysallisGEMS. Not only is she a talented lady with wire and gems, but she is a wonderful friend and mentor. I am forever grateful for the day someone suggested I friend her on Plurk so I could gain access to 'da bukkit' (her hoard). She has inspired me many times, and she has also used some of my Polymer Clay pieces in her work, which is such an amazing feeling.
So let's go shopping and see what we can find...

First up a bit of gratuitous self promotion.. yes that is my polymer clay bead wirewrapped to perfection! Damn she makes it look good!

Next, one of her newer creations, which has been amazingly popular.. (I have 1 pair on the way and 2 more in the offing LOL). She has made these in a few different versions, but they are all gorgeous!

Now one of my all time favourites.. just an amazing piece of workmanship.

Now into her gemmie shop..... dangerous I know...

Ok, that is just a taste, there are so many gorgeous gemmies in her studio that you really need to keep a tissue nearby to wipe up the drool!
As a buyer I can tell you, the service is impeccable, shipping fantastic and the items are top notch.  I really do recommend CrysallisGEMS for your gemmie needs (she will also attempt to find items if she does not have them) and check out CrysallisCreations for amazing jewellery pieces.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Shopping Spree - March 13th

I accidentally forgot to do a Sunday Shopping Spree last Sunday.. mind in too many places at once. But never fear, I am back again!

This week I visited another of my favourite artisans, who also happens to be one of my best friends. We've never actually seen each other in the flesh, but she is as close to me as a sister. Anyone who thinks internet friendships are not real obviously has not spent any time online with the people that I am friends with. These wonderful people grouped together to get me a wonderful birthday present, and at the forefront was today's featured artisan, Coltpixy, (along with Eaglehawk).

One of the things that I remember most about the early days of my friendship with Coltpixy was discovering Mica Shift from her. Up until that time I had never seen it before and had no idea of the wonders of this fabulous technique. Now Coltpixy is something of a Mica Shift Master as can be seen in her ArtFire Studio.

I absolutely love her Mica Shift much so that I bought one! It has a special spot in my room.
She also makes these awesome Lucky Bunny Booty pieces. Originally they started out as keyrings, but then spawned into a series of other pieces, including charms and some very detailed versions.

Another area that Coltpixy and I share a common love is miniatures. Coltpixy has done some amazing things with polymer clay that really shouldn't be possible, like weaving, which resulted in the creation of several baskets (one of which, yes you guessed it.. I have!).

She also makes miniature bottles in a range of different styles, all of which are gorgeous! I have my eye on a couple, her attention to detail is wonderful!

But my favourite piece in her current studio line up is an amazing filigree egg. Every time I see it I am astounded. It was created on a Chicken egg! We all know chicken eggs are fairly small, so the detailing is incredible in this piece and the patience and care that must have been taken only to be guessed at.

What you wont see in Coltpixy's studio is her sculptures, which include a couple of amazing octopi. Both are residing in private collections, but I will show you images anyway. They really are sensational!

Now remember, all these pieces are made out of polymer clay! It really is an amazingly versatile product that produces some amazing results in the right hands. 

So I urge you all to take a visit to Coltpixy's studio and visit her blog and see for yourself the wonderful creations she makes.                                                                                                                                                                                

Friday, March 11, 2011

Collection of Collections.

Today I woke to find myself in a number of collections on ArtFire. It always gives me a little thrill to know my work has been looked at and considered worthy of inclusion. Thank you to the wonderful folk who have recently used my pieces in their wonderful collection, even if only as an alternative!