Friday, October 9, 2015

Handmade at Amazon - Thank you

I am so happy to see this and happier for my crafting friends who will be selling through Amazon.

  At launch, Handmade at Amazon will include about 5,000 sellers from 50 states and 60 countries offering 80,000 items. Amazon takes a 12 percent fee from overall sales made by Handmade at Amazon sellers and includes payment processing, discounted shipping and access to other Amazon services. There’s no listing fee or monthly fee to start. In contrast, New York-based Etsy has 1.5 million sellers and 21.7 million buyers as of June 30. It takes a 3.5 percent fee on overall sales and a 20 cent listing fee per item listed. They also differ in terms of manufacturing policy. Amazon says sellers have to fill out an online application to be approved to sell on the site and all items sold on the site must be “factory-free” and not made by manufacturers. New York-based Etsy, on the other hand, started letting some merchants apply to use manufacturers for some products in 2013 [and this is where Etsy screwed up by going for large profits]. In September, Etsy said it was creating a new Etsy manufacturing marketplace to make it easier for its sellers to find “responsible production assistance.” Manufacturers can apply to be part of the program and Etsy approves them based on certain criteria. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sorry for my absence

Just an FYI - I am dealing with health issues and plan to get back to posting soon.
Summer was long, hot and due to wildfires, very smokey.. It left me breathless which is a not good thing.  Starting to feel better now that fall is here and fall has truly arrived as leaves started changing over the weekend. 
So here's a pic of an earlier piece - enjoy

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Why free stuff is killing creativity

Excellent article on why being an independent, successful artist is essentially a thing of the past.

Although I craft for pleasure and the occasional pin money it's a shame that this is occurring.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A new piece & an update

  I'll start with the update. Due to health issues including surgery last fall I just haven't had the energy to keep this blog updated. I am feeling better so may post here more often. I dropped out of a couple blog hops and didn't even pick up the kits from my LBS.

  I did however complete this piece.  I have friends on the Big Island who used to have Great Pyrenees.  They currently have a dog who is similar to their Pyrs but she has a more pointed muzzle. Somewhere in my travels I picked up the dog charm and realized it closely resembles their current dog. So white beads because of the Pyrs, turquoise and silver because they both like SW art and jewelry and the dog charm. Peyote stitch and a strong magnet clasp.

  First pick is the completed bracelet, the second in the happy owner modeling it.

Ma-halo, y'all.

Sunday, November 9, 2014


Found a lovely blog from a lady in the UK who beads. She is having a give away based on Remembrance Day (Veterans Day in the US).  It ends November 28th. Very nice items, some one of us will be lucky.

Good luck.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Octoberfest 2014 - my apologies

My apologies - I had surgery on October 17th and forgot about this hop.

It's been a long year so I am glad that fall is here and I can enjoy the beautiful colors.

I'm too tired to blog - so here is the piece, which has decided to load itself at about 90 degrees offset.  Hmm.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Welcome to C4 blog hop.  I want to thank Sue Kennedy and Rita from Toltec Jewels for allowing me to participate. I know there will be lots of lovely pieces on the various blogs listed below.

I received my Chicklet and took some time to think about colors that would enhance the olive chicklet and hopefully look like candy (Willy Wonka Oompas comes to mind).  I liked the red beads because they are drilled from corner to corner.  I added a mood bead because it changes color and yellow beads for brightness.  I used the purple bead and brass beads for space and asymmetry. What I really like is that on this bracelet the chicklet stays up (on the top of my hand), so many time I will make a bracelet and the focal bead ends up on the inside of my wrist.  So here it is - I find myself wearing bracelet because it has an easy, comfortable feel. Thanks for stopping by.
   I have changed the picture at it shows the bracelet off a bit better:

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Linda Anderson        

Jennifer Reno                        

Shirley Moore                        

Kristen Stevens          

Marybeth Rich                      

Jael Thorp                              

Melissa Trudinger                  

Andrea Glick                        

Nan Smith                             

Blanca Medina                    

Shai Williams     

Carolyn Lawson

Rana Wilson                          

Robin Reed                           

Sheila Prosterman                 

Karla Morgan                        

Kari Asbury           

Kelly Rodgers  

Jayne Capps

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi

Heather Richter

Chris Eisenberg                      

Linda Landig                          

Crystal Thain  (you are here)

Cheri Reed   

Heather d-Entremont

Dini Bruinsma

Lori Schneider

Melinda Orr

Lennis Carrier                          

Cynthia Machata                  

Elizabeth Hodges

Debbie Rasmussen                

Tanya McGuire                      

Charlie Jacka                        

Ev Shelby       

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson

Jasvanti Patel