Monday, November 29, 2010

new earrings listed

I LOVE this pair of earrings! Of course my pics don't show it but I'm still struggling with the old camera. Maybe Santa's looking at Macs for me for Christmas :)

White vintage glass rounds and dark red faceted glass. I don't know if its the color combo or sparkle or what but I'm very attached to these. Will be making myself a pair just like them.
Still working on the prints, just don't feel ready to list yet. Soon, soon.
Looking ahead to June (what else do you do when the snow starts flying?) I want a road trip to Utah for my friends wedding and then on to AZ to see me ma. I love northern Arizona. It's empty and beautiful and feels like the most spiritual place on this earth. Though I'd have to travel more to back that up. Moab, AZ, New Mexico ? ? ? I skipped Taos on my way through last time and have regretted it since.
Wish I had an endless supply of time and gas money.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

details, details

too much on my to-do list and too much i forgot to put on my to-do list. hoping to somehow skate through the next few days getting things done left and right. hoping the weather cooperates and the children too.
listed a couple new necklaces on Etsy, a little different than my other jewelry. Here's pics

and I've got the details pinned down for my prints. I plan to list a few before Thanksgiving! Speaking of which, I've got food to make and I don't think I've bought the supplies yet. Want to make my grandmother's Apple Kuchen, which is DELICIOUS! and pumpkin bread, and I said I'd make pumpkin pie. yikes.

Friday, November 19, 2010

carrot flavored pieces

Had I read the fine print I would NOT have grabbed that box of carrot cake mix. Carrot flavored pieces! What? How can they not use real carrot? This disturbs me on a lot of different levels that I will not go into at this time.
Instead I'd like to share what I've been working on and what will be listed very soon in my Etsy store.
I created a lino cut of a trike a couple years ago and have finally dug it out and started some prints. And on that note I have also dug out some of my ACEO's that I painted possibly over a year ago. I am going to list a few flowers and nudes on Etsy and get started on some more. They are really fun to make.

My grandmother was an artist who loved painting flowers. Miniature flowers. She could paint a beautiful Iris on an egg. In fact that is what we got in our Easter baskets from her. She would've rocked the ACEO's. We would keep these eggs until they stunk and then would sadly disgard them. Would it have been strange to try to preserve the painted shell? Just recently I was regretting never getting a picture of one.
And here is a packaging/new necklace photo that I need to get on Etsy.

I've done a bunch of new packaging in the last day and a half and need to take new pictures. And then stop changing it.
And once again I still need to upgrade!

Monday, November 15, 2010

packaging and prints-I'm getting somewhere

Today was productive. I learned a lot. And I have to completely re-do the prints I made. BUT, I like them a lot and they're worth the trouble. I'll get pics on here once I re-do a couple to exactly how I want them.
I also worked on packaging today. Got my pics for Etsy listings. I figure keep it simple. I like to look at my purchases before I give them as gifts so I figure my customers might want to get into the box too.
Snow is gone. The mud is thriving. Will need my rubber boots to get to my car tomorrow.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

editing vegas

No, I didn't go to Vegas. I haven't gone anywhere. We were headed to the Twin Cities today and that got cancelled. I've contracted cabin fever as of late and even though I have a ton of crap to do I'd like to get out of the house!!!
My sibling went to Vegas and I have a picture, sans debauchery (ha ha), to edit. It's about as exciting as it gets today. Well besides the white-out happening outside.
I have a ton of 'stuff' to list on Etsy and no time to list it. And I've finally realized I need to get my packaging photographed and added to listings so people know what to expect. Expectations are a wicked sort. Especially when everyone's are so different.
And I really need cookies. Or pumpkin bread. Or some equivalent.
I'm going to go make some coffee with egg nog and stare at the falling snow.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

67 is not a passing grade

There are many unfair things that have happened in my life. I refuse to dwell on them. I only hope to learn something and then move on. Lately I've been inspired by what seemed to be negative things, but they led me somewhere I needed to go. You pick up the pieces and put them back together to create something new. That is what I'm going to do and I hope to inspire others along the way.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


My daughter and I were going to hit the thrift shops this morning but to my dismay none in our path opened until 10am! I just wish I could keep hours like that. But really, how do they make any money when they are turning people like myself away?  Instead I got beaned in the head by Dora the balloon for 40 minutes while grocery shopping.

Just listed a few more items on Etsy. Vintage vinyl messenger and tote bags. I have a really cute coral pink tote that was hard to list but it's out there now, waiting for a new home.  Now on to the train cases and ACEO's.

Friday, November 5, 2010

time to celebrate!

What am I celebrating you ask? My FIRST sale on Etsy! My first sale was a vintage red leather clutch from Roger Gimbel. Very nice item and I have to admit I was wondering if it would go quick, and it did. So, thank you to my first buyer, I appreciate the sale and hope you'll return to Mellow Mine again.

Took some pics of my retro vinyl totes and will be listing those soon. And I'll be sorting through my ACEO's (Art Cards, Editions and Originals) to list some of them soon too. I totally forgot about them until I read an article on Etsy today. For those who don't know they are highly collectable miniature works of art. Drawn, painted, collaged, etc. there are many to choose from and they are usually very inexpensive.  Search "ACEO" on Etsy to see exactly what I'm typing about!
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