Sunday, December 26, 2010

New Goals for a New Year!
8 1/4" - 8 1/2" Heavy Gauge Sterling Bracelet

To Do List:

1) Spend More Time Making Jewelry

2) Source Stones for Copper Flower Line

3) Create Several Elaborate Copper Flower Necklaces and Matching Earrings like this one;

4) Create More Metal Clay Pieces

5) Source Some Interesting New Items To Sell in My Supply Shop

6) Steadily Increase Sales in Both Jewelry and Supply Shops

7) Save Up for a Kiln

8) Look for a Southwestern/Native American Gallery/Store Through Which to Sell my Rainstick Necklace Line.

Friday, December 10, 2010

An Etsy Brunch
I had the most delicious meal today made almost exclusively from food items I got from various Etsy sellers!
A Tangerine from , Chocolate 'N Peanut Butter cookies and  Pretzel Bagel, included as free samples in an order of Original Pretzel Bread Nuggets  from , and Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches with Espresso Cream Filling  from (which came with a little sample of  Custom Blended Coffee beans).
The pretzel bread (nuggets and bagel) is the perfect texture; slightly crunchy on the outside when heated, and moist and tender insidewith a slight bit of bounce like a good sourdough! It has sea salt sprinkled on the surface giving it a nice salty flavor.

The Chocolate 'N Peanut Butter Cookies have just the right proportions of peanut butter to chocolate. I'm not usually a big fan of peanut butter in cookies, but the way Miss Munchie makes them I just love them! There are peanut butter chips in these like the chocolate chips in regular chocolate chip cookies. I would definitely buy those and if I had not received that sample I probably would never have known they were this good and might not have ever tried them.

The Tangerines came in a medium Priority Flat Rate box and there were 44 of them (I think). They arrived in great condition and still had some leaves and stems attached. They are the most vibrant bright orange color,

  and I found out they would fill 3 plastic grocery store produce bags!
Upon peeling one open I found the flavor to be so much better than the commercially grown ones I bought a few weeks ago at Kroger. Marianne, the shop owner says she doesn't do anything special; just uses regular citrus fertilizer, and gives them lots of water. The Arizona weather and soil conditions must have been just right because the result is no less than luscious!

And, yes folks! They are sweet and juicy (see the juice on the plate above). You will not want to miss these. Get yours before she runs out. You can purchase about 7.5 Lbs. of these beauties in CalliopeAZ's Etsy shop for $20.00 (which includes shipping).

"The dogs get very excited when I pick the tangerines" she says. "I usually peel one and share it with them. I used to have one dog that would pick her own, make a hole in the skin and eat the insides."

I'll have to try that with Carmella and see if she likes them too! She probably will  beause she loves honeydew melon and canteloup.

Here are some pictures of the tree they came from. It looks very healthy and vigorous!

Just look at all the foliage and all those clusters of fruit!

The Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches are being gobbled up quickly! They are nice and soft but not chewy, with a somewhat cake-like texture, and the filling is delectible! If you are a die-hard coffee-lover you should order some of these! They'd be great to serve your holiday guests or bring to the office Christmas party, or buy some as a gift for somebody special.
A set of 12 is $10.00 and included with them is a 1 oz. sample of Pumpkin Spice Coffee Beans.

My laptop is finally back from the shop after having its screen replaced and so Promotional Frenzy will have it's weekly Monday BNR again from 4:00 PM EST - 1:00 AM this coming Monday, December 13th. Check this blog and the thread for the link as it gets closer to opening time.

You will have the opportunity to purchase the above items and more from great shops on Etsy! Join us for fun and profit and start or complete your holiday shopping while you get your shop featured in place of those you buy from!

Go Here To Enter BNR Treasury!

Candy Cane 'N Spearmint Promotional Frenzy BNR

Monday, December 06, 2010

Shop For a New Bracelet in Warm Rich Autumn Colors!
Spirit of Change 3-strand gemstone, sterling silver and lampwork bracelet
My latest is just packed full of unique and interesting gemstones!
Lovely shades of juicy orange Carnelian, Apple green Afghani Jade rondelles, crisp primo faceted Peridot, sterling silver feathers, warn brown Blonde Onyx (also from Afghanistan), interspersed with metallic copper colored glass, with a swirly encased moss green lampwork focal provide you a cornucopia of interesting shapes and colors to wear on your wrist.
With the crisp transition from Fall to Winter on a global and spititual level many things are percolating in preparation for the New Year; a time for storing up energy, organizing ideas, and laying groundwork for the road ahead, for new and exciting ventures.

This is the inner work we do to prepare for the outer work; every bit as important. Even animals do this. Bears hibernate, squirrels gather nuts and store them away for leaner times when food is scarce, and trees slough off old leaves preparing for the new growth which is to come.

This bracelet is very centering to the spirit and prepares you for the next chapter in your life; both exciting and rich.

It measures 8 1/2" and has a sterling silver lobster claw clasp.

It is topped off with a nice little cluster of charms on the ring the clasp goes into; a carved Carnelian feather, two sterling feathers, and green and white freshwater pearls (the green pearls includes some matching Afgani Jade and faceted Peridot).
Shipping to US destinations will include insurance and ship Priority Mail through December 25th.
If this is to be a Christmas present please order by December 17th just to be on the safe side. I am willing to giftwrap anything I offer in my shop through the holidays at no extra charge. Just ask in the buying message (or in a convo beforehand).

As you do your holiday shopping keep an eye on my shop, as I will be adding even more unique jewelry in the weeks leading up to the holidays, and remember; the best form of flattery to an artist is a purchase (especially repeat purchases), so if you like it follow up those hearts and go ahead and treat yourself or someone you care about to the finer things in life always crafted with high quality materials, and the experience, and skill of nearly 27 years.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

SOLO FRENZY for BijiBijoux


Bronze Gold Faceted Crystal Dangle Necklace

Wednesday, Dec 1st at 9:00pm EST!!

Please be here tonight on the Promotional Frenzy forum thread!

Necklaces + bracelets 20% off

Earrings 15% off

Supplies 5% off

(Prices reduced already for you on Etsyonsale)