Sunday, December 26, 2010

Treasury Time!

I recently was asked to join the Vintage Jewelry Sellers on Etsy (VJSE Team), and have been thrilled to join forces with such a great group.  Not only are they nice, but their jewelry is to die for!  This morning I created a treasury of beautiful offerings from VJSE sellers, check it out!


All for now,

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Big Time

Now that I've decided to ramp up my hobby into a real-live small business, I realize that there are some things that I have neglected in the past.  An inventory of my supplies.

Oh. My.

I've been collecting vintage jewelry and jewelry parts since I was in high school (an ice age ago), and findings, beads, etc for almost as long.   Not to mention a serious addiction to craft stores.  So the very thought of counting every single bead, jumpring, etc, seems a bit daunting. 

But strangely, it appeals to the OCD part of my personality.  I LOVE minutia, in fact I've made a career of managing bits of information in my other life as a digital content manager.  Makes perfect sense that I'd be a jewelry maker, with my love of tiny things and attention to detail!  LOL!

So yeah, I'm a little bit excited, got a spreadsheet ready, anxious to get started.  And I promise you, this will pass.  Probably after an hour!  But for those first 60 minutes, I will be in OCD heaven!!!  LOL!

All for now,

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Treasury Time!

I just found this cool widget from Craftcult that lets you put Etsy Treasuries in your blog, so I couldn't resist!

This one is called Wreath, Deconstructed...


All for now,

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Color Inspiration for 2011

Thank you, Pantone!  *kiss kiss!*

Are your ready for the "IT" color?  If you guessed honeysuckle, you guessed right!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Honeysuckle!

I always thought honeysuckle was a creamy honey yellow, but who am I to judge?  Corally pink it is! 

Little Nugget and her pink-heavy wardrobe are set to be the toast of preschool come January!  LOL!

All for now,

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

**Tap Tap Tap** Is This Thing On?



whew, that felt good!

All for now,

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

That's App-tastic!

Cool!  There's an App on the iPad that lets you create virtual paintings...

From the exhibition "Fresh Flowers," a drawing created by artist
David Hockney with the creative tool that's been
fascinating him lately — the iPad. Untitled, 10 July 2010
is one of hundreds of digital works showing on
40 screens in the Paris exhibition, which runs through Jan. 30.

Wonder how it would work for jewelry designers....anyone?

All for now,

Pardon the Dust...

I've been doing a little cleaning around the NOG Blog, working on layout, design and such. 

A lot has been going on!  Did you see this

Apparently the Wallis Simpson auction brought in a whopping $12.5 million, with that gorgeous diamond, onyx and emerald panther bracelet by Cartier going for a record $7 million!


All for now,

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Post Holiday Ennui

It seems like ages since Team Nugget's kept it's usual routine.  A week before the holiday, the whole family was struck down with a horrible plague, then there was the time off for Thanksgiving itself.  It feels like I've been off work for two weeks...well, pretty close!

We're all starting to feel it, especially the Little Nugget.  She's been a big bear without the structure.  Being aspie, it's really important for her to have the comfort of knowing what's next.  Hubby Nugget gets super fidgetty, and for me, well, I just lose track of the days.  Plus I'm at a creative standstill.  I need to fill the Etsy/Artfire shops with holiday goodies, but am drawing a blank.

So tomorrow it all goes back to "normal," even if for a short time, and I'm pretty excited to get back to work.  I'm sure I'll change my mind by Wednesday, but for now, I can't wait!

I might even make myself a pair of earrings to mark the occasion!!!

All for now,

Monday, November 15, 2010

Giving Thanks

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? 

I'm really looking forward to getting together with my wonderful family!  I have the best in-laws ever!  Not only did they accept me as one of their own the moment I met them, but they also welcomed my parents with open arms.  As an only child, that means so much to me.  My husband and I never have to alternate holidays between the two families, and I never have to worry about my parents being on their own.  I'm so lucky to be part of a close-knit, fun, loving group of people!  Mushy, I know, but I love 'em.  No wonder my husband is such a good man!

I'm also grateful for the amazing teachers that have helped the Little Nugget be the smart, sweet, funny, giggly, ornery Monkey that WE knew she was, but nobody else ever got to see.  Earlier this spring, she was diagnosed on the Spectrum, and the early intervention she's received as a result has made a world of difference.  For the first time since she was born, I am looking forward to a Christmas in which she's an excited, engaged participant, able to play and interact with her cousins, and experience the pure childhood joy of Santa Claus, Christmas carols, over-the-top holiday displays, and opening gifts!  This is going to awesome!

What are you thankful for?


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Christmas

Hi !!!

Even though it's going to be unseasonably warm today, the holidays are on my mind.  I'm amazed at how fast this year's gone by.  Thanksgiving is in two weeks, relatives have asked for the Little Nugget's Christmas list, (she's more than happy to oblige!), and my neighbors already have their holiday decorations up (the nerve!).

It's also my first holiday season as a seller rather than buyer.  It's very exciting and also a bit nerve-wracking too.  I don't really know what to expect!  My secret fantasy is that all my jewelry will sell out on cyber-Monday!  Oops, not a secret anymore.  In reality, I'll be thrilled to sell a couple of pieces.  There's nothing better than doing something you love, but getting PAID to do something you love, that's. just. awesome!

Deck the halls with Nuggets of Goodness, fa-la-la-la, la-la, la, la!!!  (pardon my inner-dork for revealing itself!)

All for now,

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Treasury Time!

I was SOOO drawn to these beads when I saw them in a thrift shop! 

Such a gorgeous shade of faded lemon yellow, clearly they had some age to them and I couldn't wait to use them in one of my pieces!!!

Looks like I'm not the only one who appreciated the luscious lemony goodness!  Since these earrings have gone into my Etsy store, they've been featured in three lovely treasuries!  I am honored to be a part of these beautiful collections!

Check them out, and be sure to visit these great shops!

Thanks guys!!!


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here?

Hi, I'm finally back, and this is my jewelry/crafty/createy/whatever blog.  Who am I?

In a nutshell, and in no particular order,
  • I like shiny things.  I've been making/collecting/obsessing on jewelry forever.  Well OK, since high school, but that was at least an ice age ago. 
  • I am wife to a wonderful man, and mommy to an incredible daughter on the spectrum.  Collectively we call ourselves Team Nugget, and they are my Sweet Nuggets of Goodness...I thought that would be a  fitting name for my Etsy shop!
  • I'm easily distracted.  Which makes it hard to get anything done, especially since I have a four-year old with the same attention span.  It also means that at any given time, I have at least 3 or 4 projects I'm working on.  Arg!!!
  • I can be very silly.  Consider yourself warned.
Want to hang out? 

I hope so, otherwise I'll just be talking to myself.  And that would just be silly...

All for now,
Nugget  :-)