Showing posts with label Accessories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Accessories. Show all posts

Aug 24, 2015

Etsy: Suze Loves PinkTopic & Giveaway!

I love PinkTopic, it's such a fantastic shop.

The felt creations are beautiful.

They have an amazing design and are very well made.

I love the cuteness of this shop.

I can't stop looking at the custom name plates, they are adorable.

This shop is both great for both children and adults.

I love the sweetness of it all.

If you're a kawaii fan you will love these felt items.

I think the quality is great.

I'm very happy with the items I've ordered here.

Check out this amazing Etsy shop.

Enjoy browsing...

And have fun shopping!

One very lucky reader of my blog will receive a fantastic prize:

This blue elephant and pocket Yeti will be for the winner of the giveaway. Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.

Aug 10, 2015

Etsy: Suze Loves Shuli Designs & Giveaway

I love Shuli Designs, a shop filled with gorgeous jewelry, decorations and supplies.

Shuli works with polymer clay and her creations are stunning.

I love the vibrant colors.

Everything looks so pretty and cheerful.

I've asked Shuli a few questions to find out more about her and her shop:

1) Could you tell a bit more about your craft/art? 

My name is Shulamit Raanan. I live in a small country community named Timrat in the lower Galilee in Israel with my husband and three wonderful kids. I am a creative artist in nature since I can remember myself in the fields of painting, ceramics, paper works and graphic design. In the last few years I am fascinated with Polymer clay and the endless options to combine colors, shapes, designs and products using mainly the Millefiori technique that combines different surface textures. You might say I'm addicted.

I teach Art and Technology. I have a B.ed degree in Technology, Drama and Art and a Master's degree in Humanities. I have participated in different kind of Courses and training in Israel and abroad like graphic design, painting, ceramics, paper works and Polymer clay. Most of my practical learning was done by myself during many hours of experimenting, trial and error and "playing" with the materials. I have to admit that some of the interesting and original works emerged from mistakes and technical errors and from coping with these mistakes.

I believe in persistence and consistency together with renewing the sources of inspiration from different art fields. To learn from one own mistakes which may lead to new ideas. Never give up when things get tough and frustrating and believe in yourself.

2) Your items have many colors and shapes, how do you come up with the designs?

My works and designs are done with Polymer clay which involves a long and complex process.
First I choose family of colors like warm colors, cold colors and I decide on the principal design I want to achieve. Then I make preparations to construct a Polymer clay cane of the principal design. To construct the final cane I start mixing colors with a pasta machine and combine the colors in a special technique which is called "MILLEFIORI".

Millefiori stands for "A thousand flowers" in Italian, a technique used originally by Italian glass artists to create colorful and complex glass beads and other ornaments. Using the same technique I combine together a few canes to create a big cane about 20 Cm (7.87") diameter, then I carefully reduce it by hand to the final size of the product I want to get (this stage is very physical but enjoyable). From the reduced cane I design surfaces with complex design to create wall decors, Hamsas, love birds and more or endless combinations of colorful beads, spinning-tops, necklaces and so on.

3) What inspires you?

Living along the Mediterranean Sea and especially in the Middle East is very inspiring.
The colors of the sun and the sea, the green of the mountains and valleys alongside the yellow desert, the taste of wine, the smell of local spices, the cultural variation and the rich history of the region are all rooted in me.

Since I remember myself, I was inspired by our beautiful nature. I always had the passion to create with my hands and to experiment different crafts and materials. I am very optimistic by nature - That's why I have chosen to concentrate in Polymer clay designs which allow endless colors and shape combinations.

4) When/how did your Etsy adventure start?

I opened an Etsy virtual shop three years ago. In the beginning I had very few designs, I slowly added new designs and new sections to my shop like wall d├ęcor, HAMSAs, kids classic toys like spinning tops and so on. As publicity grew, I learned the market and customers' requirements which led to new original designs. In the last two years I began to interact with satisfied returning customers, which encourages me to go on with my new ideas and way of working. Sometimes their ideas and custom requests challenge me with new interesting shapes, techniques and colors spectrum. 

Marketing and maintaining my business is the most difficult part of my work. It consumes a lot of time at the expanse of creating new designs. Promoting my designs in the social networks and on line requires time in front of the computer and in photographing and editing it for the media. 

5) What are your plans for the future?

Satisfying my potential customers is the most enjoyable and important thing for me. Knowing that my works are viewed, appreciated and purchased all over the world gives me a very good feeling about myself and a confirmation that I am on the right track. I am very optimistic about the future in general and especially about my artistic work because I regard it as a hobby and way of life that will keep on as long as I have my sources of inspiration. I plan to continue working and developing my art and shop, to be successful and to be exposed to more satisfied customers' worldwide. 

There's such a lot of choice and a great variety of items.

Shuli makes her items with much love, care and attention.

I'm completely in love with the beautiful patterns.

And Suli's prices are very reasonable.

Check out this amazing Etsy shop.

Shuli loves receiving custom orders, so feel free to contact her if you'd like her to make something especially for you.

Her designs are fantastic.

Enjoy browsing...

 And have fun shopping!

One very lucky reader of my blog will receive an amazing prize:

This blue flower necklace will be for the winner of this giveaway. Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.

Aug 1, 2015

Etsy: Suze Loves Charan Creations!

I love Charan Creations. There's a beautiful polymer clay section that I'm very much in love with.

Charan sells polymer clay jewelry, but she also makes other jewelry and she sells supplies.

I think her work is fantastic. I love the beautiful details and the stunning colors.

I've asked Charan a few questions to find out more about her and her shop.

1) Where did you learn your craft?

Art and creating have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. This started with 'hand painting' on fabrics for a local company. This slowly got me interested in creating jewelry matching the 'prints' I created. I first started by painting wood pendants and then I started to look for ideas to convert these floral designs into 3D jewelry creations. Then I found out about this thing called polymer clay. As it turns out, it was love at first roll. The freedom I had to make my own colors, and create textures and designs was thrilling. The process is lengthy – it involves kneading the clay, mixing my own colors, hand 'sculpting' every single detail from scratch, and adding texture – but I love it so much! My polymer jewelry was a result of a lot of experimentation.

2) What inspires you?

My inspiration comes from so many places. I find it everywhere, in Patterns, nature, structures, colors; all of these things have played a part in my creations. My work is predominantly inspired by textiles, including embroidery and prints. Once I have an idea I want to run with, I either start sketching, creating color boards, or sit down with a lump of polymer clay and start sculpting to get my creative juices flowing.

3) How/When did your Etsy adventure start?

I've always loved art and crafts. I love to experiment and try my hand at any interesting craft/ art that I discover. I've created artwork in various media: oils, acrylics, paper cutting, collages, wood and clay sculptures, 'blockprinting' and screen printing textiles, handcrafting jewelry etc. Motivated by the positive comments from friends and family, I started looking for an avenue to sell my creations that gave me liberty to create and sell while managing my home and kids. That's when my Etsy shop came into being. I am extremely lucky to be a stay at home mom with 2 small beautiful girls, doing what I love to do.

4) Do you have any advice for people who also want to make a living by being creative?

I think the most important thing is to find a niche for yourself and create a brand around it. And the best way to promote your creations outside of 'internet' is to 'wear' it yourself whenever possible. If your art is wearable, wear it and gift it to friends to wear. Always have business cards on hand. At all times. An important key to effective online selling is the first impression of your shop. Secret to sales is beautiful photographs of your creations.

5) What are your plans for the future?

In the future I hope to continue being able to make a living doing what I love. I hope to continue growing my business and expanding my line of products! My goal for next year is to participate in different shows & fairs in Canada and the US and building a bigger online presence. I also plan on adding my 'block printed' items and acrylic paintings. I’m very happy to be continuing my journey as a small business owner, and to be growing creatively and professionally.

Check out this amazing Etsy store.

Have fun browsing...

And enjoy shopping!

Jul 28, 2015

Japan Weekend Shop Review: Suze Loves Locca Enamel Jewellery! & Giveaway

I love Locca Enamel Jewellery. The jewelry Yukiko makes is absolutely stunning.

Yukiko is a trained Japanese enamel artist who's currently living in Wales.

She lets her international experiences influence her work which makes it even more unique and beautiful.

You can read more about the enamel tradition and the process of making it on Yukiko's about page.

I'm the proud owner of two beautiful necklaces and I can say from experience that Yukiko's work is gorgeous. She's a skilled artist and I'm in love with my jewelry.

I've received so many compliments about it.

I love the beautiful vibrant colors and detailed shapes of the enamel in combination with the silver. It's fantastic.

When you hold it in your hands it's even more beautiful than on the photos.

Yukiko also uses a special way of packaging the jewelry and it comes with a bit of information. I loved finding out more about the Japanese traditions.

Yukiko's customer service is excellent. She's kind, she ships quickly and she's always there to help.

She has a wonderful blog with beautiful photos. It's about food, traveling and Wales.

Check out this fantastic Etsy store!

Enjoy admiring Yukiko's beautiful work and have fun shopping!

One very lucky reader of my blog will receive an amazing prize:

This fabulous copper pendant with frosted glass will be for the winner of the giveaway. Good luck!

I will contact the winner via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.
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