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Friday, April 29, 2011

My Treasury Is Featured On The On Fire For Handmade Site!

Remember "Teal Drama"?

Well it's one of the featured Etsy Treasuries on
Thanks Anne!! :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Got A Package From Greece Today! My Artistico Giveaway Prize Arrived!

And here it is! 
It is so beautiful! I can't wait to have it framed!
Thank you so much, Kostas!

And there was a wonderful surprise tucked inside!
So beautiful!
Can you believe it?
 Even the packaging is cool!

Thanks again!

My New Treasury! Teal Drama!


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

New Listing In My Etsy Shop! Sun Shining Day Faceted Teardrop Wire Wrapped Necklace

Bright Sun Shining Day Faceted Teardrop Wire Wrapped Necklace
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This is truly like having the sun wrapped around you with the bright golden faceted czech glass teardrop, wire wrapped with a warm and colorful mix of swarovski crystals danging above. The vintage 18 inch sterling silver chain and a delicate diamond cut that simply adds to the overall sparkle. The end result is a simple and beautiful necklace that you can wear with your dressiest of outfits but also works with a tee and a great pair of jeans!

I was thinking about the song "I Can See Clearly Now" when I was making this little necklace.  It's a song of hope, renewal, and of better days ahead!  Here's the original video complete with awesome clapping at the end! Happy Spring!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New Listing In My Etsy Shop! Regal Red and Cream Vintage Style Necklace

Regal Red and Cream Vintage Style Necklace 
by Zur Designs
Regal Red and Cream Vintage Style Necklace
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There are lots of little accents in this beautiful red and cream necklace! It starts with a beautiful red czech glass pearl nestled between two antiqued bronze vintage style bead caps. Dangling from a vintage style chain are clusters of cream pearls and red glass drops accented by bronze findings. A large vintage pearl was added to the mix. This grouping was mounted on beautiful antiqued bronze rope chain and held together with an 18 inch antiqued bronze swirly clasp. It's rich, it's regal and will make a wonderful accessory to your wardrobe.

Giving Rich Red and Cream as a gift? It will arrive on your doorstep beautifully wrapped and ready for giving. And remember, there is always FREE SHIPPING at Zur Designs!

Regal Red and Cream is fit for royalty!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

One of the Many Treasures You Will Find At Edi's Little Treasures!

Amethyst Woven Ring in Copper with Citrine by Edi's Little Treasures!
 Woven wire ring out of pure copper wire, with amethyst and citrine.
The ring is a size 6.5, The whole band was woven so it is nice and smooth to wear. The band is 7mm wide. It takes several hours to weave this ring.

Amethyst Woven Ring in Copper with Citrine
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This Week's On Fire For Handmade Featured Artisan is Vaudeville Gypsy! WooHoo!

Vaudeville Gypsy is On Fire for Handmade
This weeks Featured Artisan is Vaudeville Gypsy. Vaudeville Gypsy creates jewellery, costume & accessories with Vintage glamour and style. You can find Vaudeville Gypsy on:

New Listing! Teal Blue Heart Vintage Style Necklace

I pondered what to create with this beautifully enhanced natural stone in a non-symmetric many wonderful colors and hues such as teal, brown, blue, and even a bit of orange.  When I finally put the piece together I was really pleased with the results.  I especially like the neat little heart locket I added and the beautiful teal czech glass flowers!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I Am The Winner of Artistico's Latest Giveaway!! Sooo Excited!!

Just found out that I am the Winner of Artistico's Latest Giveaway!!

Here is my prize!!

Duotone Old damaged style Vintage fine artwork 

Retro Paris Decor Mixed Media art on canvas

 -blue grey black .- Did you remember our night in Paris-

 by Artistico

Thank you so much! I am such a fan!  What a wonderful surprise!!

Start With This Cushion Pillow Cover By Original Mischief...Add Room!

SALE... T-T-T-T-Touch Me...Vintage velvet fabric Cushion

 Pillow Cover 16 x 16


New Listing! Rainbow Vintage Style Necklace

Doesn't it remind you of Easter Eggs?
This necklace began by linking together colorful lucite balls to form a chain of color. Coordinating lucite flowers and swarovski crystals were grouped together on either side and my favorite chunky bronze etched cross chain was linked to the rainbow...all tied together using an antiqued bronze swirly toggle clasp. The end result is a beautiful 19 inch necklace that will brighten up your wardrobe throughout all the seasons!

Etsy Treasuries 2011 Posted on Kaboodle

Friday, April 15, 2011

Discover The Wonderful Fine Art Photography of Erin Reynolds!

Still Life Photography, Nature Photography, Carousel Photography, Florals and Food Photography, Whimsical Photography, Kitchen Art, Fine Art Photography, Digital Collages

New Listing! A Teaspoon of Honey Vintage Style Necklace

This necklace began with a beautiful large amber Crystal Point Cut Prism Elongated Faceted Glass Teardrop, wire wrapped in antiqued brass wire, accented with a wire wrapped golden swarovski briolette. An ornate antiqued brass spoon dangles from a vintage style rope chain. All are mounted on an 18 inch vintage style figaro chain and tied together with a swirly antiqued brass toggle clasp.
It's a sparkling accent to any of your outfits all year long!

You can purchase A Teaspoon of Honey in my Etsy Shop!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Thank You Etsy Bot!!

I miss EtsyBot...loved the little avatar and the fact that EtsyBot retweeted over 55,000 Etsians to over 10,000 people.

I loved the EtsyBot Tips, such as:

Tip #22: If you create a blog, do write-ups showing how to use/wear the items you are selling. People like to see the items in "action"!

Tip #16: In your twitter bio, don't just tell about yourself, tell people about your shop! You can even place a short link to your blog!

EtsyBot left the final message in the Bio section of this twitter channel:

I NO LONGER SUPPORT @ because @ DOESN'T SUPPORT YOU - Shutting down after ReTweeting Etsians over 55,000 times to over 10,000 people. - CLOSED

So I just wanted to say thank you EtsyBot for all that you did for the Etsy community!  I know I really appreciated it!! :)

Have You Seen This?

Shabby Chic Chalkboard - Wedding Chalkboard - 21" x 17" 

 Boutique Sign - Memo Board 


Handmade chalkboard made from a vintage wood frame (chalk included) and hangs horizontally with a sawtooth photo hanger.  21" x 17"  It makes a really cool gift!

New Listing--Green Apple Blossom Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Necklace

This necklace began with a beautiful apple green faceted czech glass teardrop, wire wrapped in sterling silver and adorned with a colorful array of swarovski crystal, dancing above. The 17 1/2 inch chain is made of delicate vintage sterling silver tied together with a vintage circle clasp. The end result is a beautiful necklace with a lot of sparkle! A wonderful piece to celebrate the coming of spring! It also makes a great gift for a bride or bridesmaid!

You can purchase Green Apple Blossom in my Etsy Shop!

Celebrate with Green Apple Blossom!

Error Messages From Google Feed

Many of us have been receiving messages from Google Feed over the past few days saying something to the effect of "no items have been inserted".  According to what have I read on the Etsy Forums, this is just a Google glitch dating back to when we used to be able to upload our own feed. Now, if our shops are syndicated, etsy does it for us. for some reason Google is reactivating something and sending out these failure messages, but actually Etsy is still handling our feed for us.  The simplest way to avoid receiving these messages is to delete this old feed since it's against Google's rules for us to submit Etsy items ourselves so the feeds will always be rejected. This can be done by logging into Google Merchant and deleting them here:

If you have any concerns about these emails you have been receiving, here are some resources to check out:

And here's a general forum thread discussing Google Base which includes what happens when you put your shop on Vacation Mode:

There are lots of resources on Google Base on the Go To Great Panes Blog:

Have You Discovered Pinterest Yet?

Have you discovered Pinterest yet?  Pinterest is a social catalog service.  Think of it as a virtual pin board where you can collect and share your favorite things.  You can also follow people who also have a love of wonderful things.  The photographs are extraordinary!  And many of our handmade peeps are there!
The first thing I did was drag the Pin It link to my bookmarks bar.  This way, anywhere I am on the web, I can add something that strikes me to one of my boards...or start a new board based on what I've found.
There are many different boards you can make.  You can customize the default boards you receive on your page and add as many new types of boards as you want.
I have just begun to play with the different boards as a promotional tool for my Etsy Shop and to help promote my fellow handmade artisans.  I created one for my jewelry designs, one for treasuries that I have been featured in and for the ones I've curated.    I have a board for blog posts that either have featured me, posts from my own blog where I featured other artisans, and plan to use it to gather together really good blogs to read.  I also have a board of all the things on Etsy I love.  And here's one I made about Favorite Places and Spaces...

There are many different creative ideas for individual boards:
  • How about a storyboard? This is one of my favorite ways to map out future goals!
  • Create a board to plan a wedding, an special event, or even help choose a vacation spot
  • Use a board to develop a design or DIY project
  • How about a Recipe or food board...low fat, gluten free, or just plain yummy
  • A Gift Idea Board...a great way to organize gift ideas for family and friends
The possibilities are endless!  Why not request an invite from Pinterest and let the inspiration begin!

Some Beautiful Treasuries I've Been Lucky To Be A Part Of!!

Thanks Everyone!! HUGS!!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

On Fire For Handmade Featured Artisan of the Week-Jewels by Trish! YAY!

Are You On Fire for Handmade?
This weeks Featured Artisan is Jewels by Trish. Beautiful creations by a beautiful person.  Trish uses a wide variety of gemstones, pearls and crystal in her creations! You can find Jewels by Trish on:

You can grab the code for your blog here:

Saturday, April 02, 2011

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    I am an MBA Jewelry Artisan and owner of Zur Designs.  I create handcrafted jewelry using only the highest quality materials such as sterling silver,semi-precious gemstones, swarovski crystals, and pearls.

    My designs are inspired by life, love, and the beauty that surrounds me from the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts to the wonderful beaches in Rhode Island...both I consider my home.