Monday, October 20, 2014

Woven Necklace

Swarovski crystals are some of my favorite beads to work with so I have many in my stash.  I gathered several crystals of various sizes to create this floating necklace.  I love the way the crystals seem to float on the wire.  


This design features four wires woven in and out of beads of varied color and shape.  When working on a design like this color choices are important.  The shapes of the beads add to the appeal so I included beads in various sizes from 12 mm to 5mm and in different shapes including rounds and bicones.  Swarovski crystals offers lovely colors in light silk, clear, smoked topaz and olivine.    


  

This design features four wires woven in and out of beads of varied color and shape.   Four strands of Soft Flex beading wire in Onyx and Copper from their trio collection add extra pizzaz to this design.  This wire is sturdy but flexible and holds is shape nicely without kinking.  

The gold findings add the final touch to this lightweight, fashionable necklace.  





Karen

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Quilt Display at Craft Fairs

We've been making some changes lately and so the blog has been off-line.  We moved our site and now Fairiesmarket.com is where you will find us.  In an attempt to make the site a bit more stable and strive to have an online presence I thought it best to invest in a domain and create a dot com.  So that's that please stop by.

We've also been getting ready for many local arts and crafts fairs.  Fun, fun, fun!!!  We will be at the Fuller Lodge Fall Art Center's Arts & Crafts Fair in Los Alamos, NM this Saturday.  If you are in the neighborhood please stop by mention this post and get 10% off your purchase.  

There's so much to do in preparation of the fair; pricing, inventory, business cards, etc.  
The display is always a bit challenging for me because quilts requiresspace and most booths are quite small.  I visited some great quilting forums and found some helpful advise and some good ideas too!

http://stores.palsproducts.com/

This quilt display looks like something I may need to order for the next couple of fairs.  A minimal investment for a beautiful work of art. 

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I also found these two on Amazon.




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Decisions, decisions and lots of work ahead of me for the week.  I hope you have a great week and remember to stop by and visit our booth if you're in the area!  Also if you're attending a craft fair in your neighborhood please post the information in our comments box!
Keep Creating,
Karen
 
 


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Creator's Corner - Kym Hunter

Today is the debut of Creator's Corner and we have a special guest; Kym from Kym Hunter Designs.  Kym has been featured in articles such as Stampington & Co. Jewelry Affairs Magazine and she is a regular participant in jewelry blog hops.  Kym was kind enough to answer some our questions and share her amazing jewelry creations with us.  You are going to fall in love with her unique jewelry creations.  Let's see what this talented creator has to say.
Tell us about the art you create and why you enjoy working with this particular medium.
I discovered jewelry making about 10 years ago at a woman’s retreat.  I was very excited to be able to make jewelry to suite my style and also found it to be a wonderful way to fulfill the need of my creative soul.  My favorite designs include natural beads and stones, sterling silver, copper, brass and handmade artisan beads.  My jewelry designs are one of a kind and eclectic.  I love texture and am drawn to stones and pearls that are irregular, rough and have an interesting look and shape. 

Share something that you do to stay motivated and creating art.


Sometimes it seems like design ideas flow easily and at times my muse takes frequent naps.  I try to at least make a pair of earrings every day.  I am inspired by the beauty of nature and life.  Sometimes taking a walk will help renew my creativity.

What are some of the things you do to continue learning and polishing your skills as a craftsman/artist?
I enjoy learning new techniques and try to take a couple of classes or workshops a year.  I subscribe to a couple of different magazines and purchase jewelry making books.
How much time do you dedicate to your business on a weekly basis?
Right now I have a 9 to 5 job and am only able to dedicate about 15 hours a week.  I plan on retiring in 3 years and I am working toward building my jewelry business for the next stage in my life.  

Where do you look for inspiration?  What about this inspires you the most?
    1. Favorite place – My backyard.  It is my oasis, especially early in the morning. 
    2. Favorite person – This is hard, as I admire so many people.  My mother-in-law always encouraged my creativity.  This was very precious to me, as my parents did not appreciate creativity and thought it was frivolous.
    3. Favorite thing; book, website, quote – “Don’t think.  Thinking is the enemy of creativity.  It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy.  You can’t try to do things.  You simply must do things.” – Ray Bradbury

I asked Kym to share one of her favorite tools. and this particular tool does.  This is what she said....
I never thought about it before, but I would have to say my hammers. I have several different types of hammers and mallets.  I especially love pounding on metal.  It’s very therapeutic.  I love the way the hammer transforms a smooth sheet of metal, adding texture and character.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
When I’m not sketching a design or making jewelry, I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, cooking, reading, writing poetry and photography.  
It has been absolutely wonderful and inspiring to have Kym share her talent and some of her favorite designs with us here on Fairies Market.  To see more of Kym's work please visit her at the links below.  Kym told us that she's working on photographing pieces that are ready for her Etsy shop so stop by to see what she has listed.

Thanks you Kym for being a guest on Fairies Market!
Karen

Friday, September 19, 2014

Announcing Creator's Corner

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On Saturday, September 20, 2014 we’re launching the “Creator’s Corner” sharing the life and creative work of talented artists across the globe.

This creative space is open to anyone and friends of Fairies Market, we’d love you to sign –up to be featured on a future post!

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