Sunday, October 30, 2011

Etsy Rain Handmade Holiday Show

It's that time again for the

I won't be participating this year but you can be sure there are lots of
awesome Handmade items of all kinds to be found.
 Can you say
Christmas Shopping!!!

etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Craft Show

If you're in the Seattle area don't miss this one!


Saturday, October 29, 2011

I Heart Macro

A sure sign in our home that summer is gone and fall is in full swing,
the Christmas Cactus is just about to bloom.
 This vivid pink is one of my favorites!
We have a white one but the buds are still too small to really photogragh.
 Next week I bet I'll get some photos of the white one.

This shot is almost identical to the next, but the focus is on the bud in the front.

The focus on the buds in the back this time,
hard to choose a favorite but I lean towards this one for some reason.


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We have a WINNER!!!

What a whirlwind week it's been!!
 I thought I was somewhat prepared for this sale but you all proved me wrong.
 Only about half of what I sold was already made,
I went in to pre-order mode on many items early on the second day.
 I'm feverishly working on creating many many many special and pre-orders.
 I so appreciate your patience and hope to have most everything in the mail on Monday.

Thank you so much to all who entered the giveaway and supported me by purchasing from my shop/s. As always I thank those who support me every day, it is appreciated more than you know!!

Without further babbling on the winner of the
 Lampwork and Copper Ammonite earrings


Janet Bocciardi

she said

"I've been drooling over this pair for awhile now Kristi! Hope I win!!!!"

Well you won Janet!!!
WOOHOO, congratulations!!!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Earrings Everyday

Some of you may know that the lovely Heather Powers
 put out a call to contribute to her new blog
 I was really nervous to enter but I did it, it's quite far out of my comfort zone.
 The earring part I'm ok with, being responsible for writing on another blog,
 not just my own where I can ramble and be goofy all I want, is pretty scary.
 But I wanted to step out and do something different and challenging
 and I was lucky enough to be chosen,
 along with my crazy and super creative friend Keirsten Giles.

Look for my post twice a month where I'll share earrings made with
 handmade components from amazing artists.

And of course I'll often share earrings where the main focal pieces
 are some of my own Precious Metal Clay components
again often paired with other amazing handmade work.

I'm always trying to find awesome and unusual handmade components,
I think this opportunity will only make me look even harder.

Don't forget, one more day of sales and a GIVEAWAY
to enter


Melinda Orr Metal & Clay Jewelry Designs: Just a reminder that our Artist Sale is going strong...quick links below!

Melinda Orr Metal & Clay Jewelry Designs: Just a reminder that our Artist Sale is going strong...quick links below!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Early Bird Designer Sale and Giveaway

Wednesday Oct. 26 Through Friday Oct. 28:

Huge Handmade Component Sale from 10 Artists!
And $550 in Giveaways!

Each designer is offering a free gift with purchase & discount

this Wed-Fri ~ Many of these designers rarely offer sales ~ A great opportunity!

Don't miss it!

Here are the artists, the sale and gifts they are offering:
Click on the pictures above to visit their stores!
Be sure to visit each of their blogs ~ We have some new additions so be sure to

1. Melinda Orr Designs ~ 15% off entire store (Use coupon code EARLYBIRD15)
Free gift ~ a sampling of copper ear wires, rivets, textured charms and copper cleaning pad~
Visit her blog to comment to win

2. Kristi Bowman Designs ~ 15% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD15)
Also 15% off her Artfire store
Visit her blog to comment to win

3. Marla's Mud ~ 25% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD25)
Free gift ~ Goodie bag $20 with $50 purchase & goodie bag & free shipping over $75
Visit her blog to comment to win

4. SKYE JEWELS ~ 10% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD10)
Free Gift ~ surprise!
Visit her blog to comment to win

5. Sue Beads ~ 15% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD15)
Free Gift ~ Free pair of handcrafted ear wires in brass or copper with earring pairs
Visit her blog to comment to win

6. Starry Road Studio ~15% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD15)
Free Gift ~ Free ceramic charm for orders over $25
Visit her blog to comment to win

7. Staci Louise ~ 15% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD15)
Free Gift ~ surprise bead mix
Visit her blog to comment to win

8. Marsha Neal Studio ~ 20% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD20)
Special Gift ~ orders over $100 (after discount) receive a $15 gift certificate
Every item purchased during the sale gets you entered to win a $50 gift certificate
Extra $50 gift certificate to blog commentors ~
Visit her blog to comment to win

9. Fired Up Ladies ~ 25% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD25)
Free Gift ~ A surprise bead with your order
Special Gift ~ To the first 5 that spend over $50 an additional $20 gift certificate
Visit her blog to comment to win

10. Lisa Peters Art ~ 20% off entire store (use coupon code EARLYBIRD20)
Free Gift ~ Surprise bead or button with your order
Visit her blog to comment to win

Monday, October 24, 2011

Earring Palooza!!

I'm so busy creating components I don't often take enough time out to create jewelry.
 I love using other artists glass and ceramic creations combined with my own,
 I also love combing the work of other artists without including my own.
 There's so much amazing stuff out there!!

Yesterday I decided I was going to focus mainly on creating earrings,
 I had so much fun and I'm tickled with the results.
I had so much fun I might try to create a few today
 in between making another batch of components.

Copper Lace Drops and itsy bitsy Turquoise and Raku lampwork beads by Meital

Copper Flower rounds and super cool Lampwork by Lara Lutrick

Copper drops and vivid blue Lampwork Headpins by HavanaBeads

Copper Tribal Paisley Rectangles and more awesome Lara Lutrick beads
with Snakeskin Copper beadcaps and enamel headpins.

More Copper Drops, a little more slender on these, beautiful Heart Flower texture
with itsy bitsy lampwork beads in Pomegranate by Meital

Oh! Sullivan Porcelain free form beads with Raindrop Lampwork Headpins by HavanaBeads

Don't forget to enter to win a gorgeous pair of earrings
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

One week from Today

October 26th-29th
15% off in both my Etsy and Artfire shops.
Use the coupon code EARLYBIRD15 in Etsy to receive 15% off,
 items in Artfire will already be reduced 15%.
Don't forget to enter to win these Earrings, click HERE to enter

Check out Melinda Orr's blog for more information and a huge giveaway!

I messed up on my dates and thought the sale started today,
 so you have a whole week to enter for the earring giveaway
 and come back next week for the sale!! Don't worry I'll remind you!


Earlybird Sale and Giveaway

Just in case you haven't heard, there's an Early Bird sale and giveaway coming!!
October 26th through 28th!!

Here's a list of all the participants,
 check them all out to see what sort of discounts and giveaway they are doing!
Melinda Orr ~

Melinda Orr Designs

Karen Totten ~

Starry Road Studio

Kristi Bowman~  (that's me!) 

Kristi Bowman Design
Marla James ~

Marla's Mud Moments

Susan Kennedy ~

Sue Beads

Marie~Noel Voyer Cramp ~

Skye Jewels

Staci Louise Klinger Smith ~

Staci Louise Originals and Artisan Accents

Marsha Neal

Marsha Neal Studio


I Heart Macro

It's officially Fall and we really have some new moss growth, it never goes away really,
 especially in the cool and wet summer we just came out of but I can see it's growing more now.
 I love it!

Lucky to still have some Roses doing their best to bloom!!

Check out the other Macro Lovers at Studio Waterstone.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

QR Code

For those of you who may not know a QR Code is like a bar code,
 it's super easy to get and you can attach any URL to it that you want.
 I didn't realize how easy until I made one of my own.
You scan it with an app on your smart phone
 and this one will take you right to my Etsy Shop. Cool huh!!

I got this one for free, and super easy at

Barcode Maker - Online Barcode Generator

Is this going to help my business? Who knows.
 I might add it to some of my print advertisement and experiment a little to find out.
I've added a widget to the right margin of this blog so far,
that one is clickable too.
But no doubt it's a fun little techy thing, huh?

More fun stuff....

to enter my give away and read about an upcoming giveaway
and sale
including many other artisans!

To subscribe to my newsletter!

That's all the fun for today, thanks for playing!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sale and Giveaway!!!

Wednesday October 26th through Friday October 28th
 shop at both my
 Etsy and Artfire
shops for a 15% off sale,
 everything including components and finished jewelry!!

I'll be giving away my Bead Soup Earrings to one lucky winner!!

To enter leave a comment, for extra entries share on your
 blog, Facebook and/or Twitter
 and leave another comment.
 I'll also give another entry to
 anybody who orders from either my
 Etsy or Artfire shops.

 to see the other artisans participating in this sale
 and another giveaway

Coupon code for 15% off in my Etsy shop is EARLYBIRD15
you will automatically receive 15% off in my Artfire shop

Thanks for playing!


Monday, October 17, 2011

New Jewelry

Some listed some soon to be listed.

Oh! Sullivan porcelain squares and Amazing Lampwork by LyndasBeadDreams

Copper O's with beautiful Flower texture, Copper Bead caps and Colorful Lampwork by CottageCove

Copper Tribal Paisley Squares by me and cool Tiger striped Lampwork beads.

More Oh! Sullivan squares and lampwork by BullFrogandIchingBeads copper snakeskin bead caps by me!

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

My New Banner

Looky looky at my new banner!!!
Thanks so much Lori Plyler of Studio Waterstone

Isn't it AWESOME!!!!

I Heart Macro Copper and Ammonite

Check out the amazing color in these copper pieces.
All done with a torch.
I broke out my 36mm extension tube for these photos.

These next couple of pictures are 2 new pyritized ammonite fossils
 I just added to my collection.
They are bigger than any of the ones I had before
 so I can create some larger pieces using this amazing texture!

Last, I had to take a super macro shot of my new makers mark.
This is unfired copper,
you know I'll be showing you a macro of some fired pieces soon.
One thing I learned about having a makers mark,
doesn't do much good if you keep forgetting to use it!!!

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Customer Gallery

Beautiful Gypsy Zen Earrings by Amber of NaOsGlass

Freeform Rustic Copper Earrings by Gloria of  Chrysalis Too

This Necklace is sold but I have to share it!
Made by Keirsten of Lunedesigns

Copper and Blue Calcedony earrings by Janet of PinkPoppyStudio

Beatufiul Earrings from the talented Sandy Cahill Johnson of SCJ Design

Jennifer created a tutorial for this beautiful necklace!
Check out her GlassAddictions shop

Lovely Earrings created by Cilla of TellYourGirlfriends

Another beautiful pair of earrings from Linda Landig Jewelry

Last but certainly not least are stunning earrings
 made with some of my fairly rare silver components
 by Catherine of ShadowDogDesigns
I can't tell you how much I enjoy seeing what you wonderful creative artists create using my components,
If you'd like to create using unusual Copper, Bronze and Silver components check out my shop.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Favorites from last nights firing

A few of my favorites!

Large Ammonite Rectangle Pendant!!

Cool texture in Ammonite Shape!

Look for these and much more to be listed tonight and throughout the weekend!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fire in the Hole

So many goodies, I barely fit them all in the container!!

Look for them in my shop throughout this coming weekend!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

BTW Makers Mark

Yesterday I received my very first Maker's Mark Stamp from
 I'm so excited I had to make something this morning just so I could use it.
 I actually woke up with an idea so I made several things,
 I hope they turn out as I envisioned when fired.
They haven't been cleaned at all, just shaped cut and dried,
 lots of filing to do before they get put in the kiln.

I want to thank Lori Plyler of StudioWaterstone for helping me fine tune my design,
I think it's so cute!!!
She's also making some new banners for me,
 hope to have those up and running in the next few weeks.

Check out what's on beading tables all over the world


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Oh! Sullivan Studio

Today I'm going to share some of the wonderful porcelain and ceramic components I found at the NW Bead Society Bazaar this past weekend. Beautiful work by Vicki Sullivan of Oh! Sullivan Studio.
 They have a website but it doesn't have any of the ceramic work on it yet.
 They will be in Portland Oregon at Montgomery Park on November 5th and 6th!

Vicki's work has a rustic quality that suites my style so well
 but there's also lots of color!!
I already made a pair of earrings from her lovely Heart pair
that are listed in my Artfire Studio.