Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Share the Love: Roxanne Marie Coffelt of Shanghai Tai


Shanghai Tai

 Quick Blurb

Roxanne is an award-winning artist who creates quality,
one-of-a-kind wearable art. Jewelry to fall in love with.


Pearls, Precious metal clay, fused glass (especially dichroic), wire-wrapping, semi-precious stones

Skills and Techniques

Glass fusing, wire-wrapping, certified in Precious Metal Clay,
the usual beading stuff
Read  Roxanne’s Full Bio HERE

Featured Artist
Shanghai Tai is this weeks Featured Artist on Share the Love, Blogger’s Unite. My journey in jewelry-making began in Shanghai, China. While living there I learned about pearls; first buying pearl jewelry while shopping with the other tai tais (wives), then designing my own personal jewelry and having it made by the shops there, and buying a variety of pearls. With my family I also traveled extensively in China in addition to other parts of Asia. After returning to the U.S., I began taking jewelry classes in order to use the large supply of pearls I had accumulated. My shop is named “Shanghai Tai” because one tai character means “too”, as in “too much”, “too expensive”, like “extreme”. Two of the same character together though, is tai tai, which means “wife” or “Mrs.” To me, Shanghai Tai represents the lifestyle that western expat women live in Asia. My designs often have an Asian influence as a result of my many travels and exposure to Eastern cultures.

Find Shanghai Tai online @:

Artfire             Blog
Website          Pinterest
Facebook        Ah Ha Moments 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday's Madness: Oct 8

Here we are once again.  It's Monday morning, and I have to figure out what I need to work on this week.  I'm running low on items to list in the shop that are ready for listing (ie they have photographs and written descriptions), so I need to get photographs of my new items, and finish up a few items that need their ends woven in.  So without further ado, here is what I hope to accomplish this week.

  • Photograph my Halloween items and prepare them for listing
  • Photograph my other new items and prepare them for listing (but after Halloween items are done)
  • Weave in ends on four hats
  • Crochet up my odds 'n ends into key fobs, flowers, and drink cozies, depending on available lengths.
  • Update my database (I'm behind...again)
Those are my plans for the week, on top of writing my blog posts, writing up a pattern, and listing and promoting new items.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Share the Love: April's Dawn Creations


April’s Dawn Creations

Custom Order Quilts for Your Memories!

 April’s Dawn Creations

Unique Handmade Gifts for Any Occasion
April’s Dawn Creations makes Gifts for Any Occasion! I am a local artist who enjoys all sorts of crafting and creative projects. All of my products are the result of many years of crafting passed down to me from more than three generations of crafters. With a geneology linked to the Native American tribes, I try to incorporate that aspect of my crafts and artwork in the products I sell.
I both create and market many handmade products most of which are fiber arts, quilting, and wood works. These items are great for gifts, special occasions, or for yourself. Everything is handmade by me, or a select few of my close relatives.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday Madness: October 1

Here we are again.  It's Monday.  I fell through on a few posts last week mostly because the two boys had immunizations at the beginning of the week and they were miserable the rest of the week.  Poor Sammy limped for a few days because the nurse was a mean one.  Husband is going to lodge a complaint against her.  Seth was a bit irritable, but he managed to sleep through most of that.

I finished up a lot last week, so most of what I have to do this week is "finishing touches," so to speak.  I need to:

  • Make 4 Pumpkin stems, 4 leaves, and 4 vines for the Pumpkin Hats
  • Make two more Cat Hats then three sets of Ears
  • Make at least 1 Witch's Hat
  • Write up a size chart for the hats
Those are my plans for the week, project-wise.  After they are all done, I need to get them photographed and listed.

Getting in the Halloween Spirit here!