Friday, May 30, 2008

Friday Flickr Find

So I know I skipped my Friday Flickr Find for the last couple of weeks and I apologize for that!! I really had to cut back on blogging while I was preparing for my show but I promise that I'm back and will be posting as usual!!

This week's Flickr Find was inspired by Inspiration. It's all about nature...namely trees, my favorite natural wonder. I love photos of trees and have them scattered all over my bedroom (it's kind of a thing). I'm truly inspired when I look at these photos...I think it helps me to remember the glory of God and the strength and beauty of His creation! Have a great weekend everyone!

Lake Shore Redux, originally uploaded by Cheap Camera Tricks.

The avenue in mist and sun, originally uploaded by algo.

fall, originally uploaded by sapaho.

Moonshine, originally uploaded by squatchman.

Lonely Tree, originally uploaded by aremac.

The famous maple, originally uploaded by Just Peachy!.

Spooky, originally uploaded by coba.

icelandic summer beginning, originally uploaded by johann Smari.

"V", originally uploaded by Lars van de Goor.

i don't live here anymore, originally uploaded by Roland13.

Evil forest, originally uploaded by kiri :D.

The Wooden Monolith, originally uploaded by Harpagornis.

a winter summer (infrared), originally uploaded by mike.irwin.

one tree hill...summer, originally uploaded by in touch.

Birches, originally uploaded by HelenJr.

From inside a rainbow..., originally uploaded by jerikojosh.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Whooo Hoooo!

Well this is where my sister and I can be found this weekend!! I can't wait for the fabulousness!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

New JLC Studio Items!!!

Okay...I promised I would show some of the new items I introduced at my show this past weekend and here you go! These are the mussel shell dangle bracelets that were a HUGE hit. They are now available in my Etsy shop so check them out! There are coordinating earrings (which I'll list soon...). The bracelets and earrings are made from Chinese mussel shell drops which are strung on delicate silver chain and make a beautiful sound when worn. They are available in twenty different colors ranging from red to blue to black to natural. They are my most favorite item I've made to date and it seems that most people agree with me (my favorite colors are the purple and the dark pink). What do you guys think??

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Fabulous Inspiration

I am truly blown away this month by Inspiration. You seriously have to check this out if you haven't already! Erin has outdone herself...I'm almost speechless (almost :)).

Show Madness

So my very first handmade show was fabulous!! I didn't do too bad for my first time out and my new shell bracelets and earrings were a huge hit!! My wonderful sister helped me to prepare everything, set up and sell...thanks sis!! I shared a tent with a couple of fantastic Chicagoan's and met a lot of really cool people. Here are some pictures of my table as well as me and my sis, check out my Flickr for more!! Aside from the fact that my sis and I got massive sunburns, the show was awesome!!

Table set up before the show began.

Posing for the camera...I'm on the left, my sister's on the right.

A close up of the display, kind of hard to see here but the shell bracelets and earrings are on the top rows. I hope to get them listed in my Etsy shop before the end of the week!

Here's a pic of the earring cards featuring pressed Czech glass earrings.

Our tent...check out the fabulous table skirt my uber-talented Mom made for me...she's the best!!!!

Thanks so much to everyone who came're all the best!! Also, thanks to all my blogger friends for the well wishes and support!

Next up on the agenda is a home jewelry party at my sister's house. Those of you in the area will be receiving (or have already received) an Evite invitation to the event so keep your eyes peeled and check your inboxes! Thanks again to my fabulous Sis...couldn't have done it without ya!!!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Designer of The Month-Shelton and Mindel

Today is the second post in the Designer of the Month series featuring Shelton and Mindel Associates. I thought I'd feature their furniture line for Knoll Studio and do a separate post on their plumbing fixture line for Waterworks.

Just introduced last year, the line features lounge seating and tables that would fit well into any of their interiors. The pieces are clean-lined and classic ensuring that they will be a staple in the design world for decades. My favorite is the side chair which is just too cool! I love how they've photographed it, it looks like they used the interior of the Mindel home as the setting for the gorgeous photos.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


I love this hilarious blog and had totally forgotten about it until my sister and I came across it again this weekend. It's called and features funny (and some not so funny) photos of things that have gone very, very wrong. I think one of the best parts of the whole thing are the captions and the little illustrations used to point out what has "failed." Here are some of my favorites (at least the more PG rated ones!):

Monday, May 19, 2008

Workin It...

Sorry for the lack of posts lately...I took the last few days off of blogging to work on was actually pretty nice to be able to just forget about the computer for a while and concentrate on my craft (this is the first time I'm even turning my computer on since last Thursday!)! But I'm back!!! I got soooo much done this weekend with a lot of help from my sis and I thought I'd share a little "sneak peek" at the new items we've been creating.

First off...I'm super-excited about the custom gift boxes we've been making which will be for sale at the show this weekend!!! They're like the cutest things ever (not that I'm biased or anything) and feature Amy Butler paper with coordinating gros grain ribbon ties. We're going to be offering them in square earring and bracelet boxes as well as necklace boxes (I don't have a picture of those yet!). Here's a little taste of the many (many, many) boxes we worked on this weekend:

Aside from the boxes, I got about fifty different jewelry pieces made including earrings, necklaces and bracelets. I'm especially excited about the shell elements I've been using...they totally add a huge pop of color to my line and I've been wearing them non-stop! Here's a little peek (sorry about the picture quality-hee hee):

I also received the "map" of the Antique Market and a little bit more info on where our booths will be. It looks like we've got a great location-right next to the entrance to the indoor exhibits (we'll be set up in tents in the spaces highlighted in pink).

I've only got one more day of work to get through this week before I have three days off!!! I NEVER take vacation, and, of course when I do finally take some days off it's to WORK! Typical ;) I hope to catch up on all your blogs during the time I have off so look for me in blogland girls!!