Tuesday, October 20, 2009

ETSY WEIRDNESS??? Enjoy this one or not??

Ok here goes (deep breath) an adventure into the weird and wacky side of ETSY. The dark, The nasty, The ugly you name it check out REGRETSY on Facebook or at their website below.



Here is an explanation from them and their site.

Don’t get us wrong. We like crafts.

We just don’t like these crafts."

Yes, we know these people put their hearts into it. We know it took hours and hours. We know how mean it is to laugh at their creations. And we regret being the only web site on the internet that makes fun of things.

But what can we do? We’re immature.

Besides, art is totally subjective. Who cares what we think? I barely care and I’m writing this.

Listen, if you like something you see here, don’t argue with us, go and buy it. Seriously. Click on any photo and you’ll be taken to the seller’s store*. We’re only too glad to have made the introduction.

Otherwise, we’re just going to sit here and look at the amputee kitten paintings and vulva earrings and laugh so hard that we pee in our reusable Pokemon pads.

- The Regretsy team

On a personal note thought some of it gross weird and ugly but still clicked through all 11 pages on there site to see EACH and EVERY one... LOL

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Recent Custom work.. Really Gratifying,

Egyptian Scarab focal with vintage glass beads and Turquoise.

Jimmy Hendrix African Trading Beads and coconut,

Wow, is all I have to say about these two pieces. I have been blessed to have a great customer with some really cool pieces and ideas for custom finished pieces he can actually wear with pride.

The Scarab was a gift to my customer years ago and came together nicely with some vintage glass beads he bought in Carmel in the 70's add some turquoise and voila!! he calls this a piece of art.

The Jimmy Hendrix beads on kthe second necklace are another story alltogether, they invloved my customer being in the recording studio in 1967, Jimmy Hendrix was recording that day and had fallen and bumped his head, My customer has a picture with the said Hendrix and bandaged head from the studio that day...

Well I guess maybe Hendrix needed to relax after the fall? so he traded his necklace to my customer for something green and relaxing LOL. The beads I removed from the original necklace are the 5 larger beads which were then added to from some newly found also old smaller African trading beads, Coconut disks were placed in between and now there is a great flow to the piece.

I love working on vintage and antique pieces for my customers!!

Thanks for reading


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

LaCeramiste Featured Artist this week...

This handmade heart-shaped ceramic pendant is Just one of her creations and was stamped with a fleur-de-lis imprint, glazed in a deep greenish teal, and sponged to show off the stamped design. Some of the natural clay color shows through in spots for an aged look.

Check out the rest of her Beautiful handmade things on ETSY at: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6694603&section_id=6241304

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Featured Portland Artist - Silver Jewelry Lovers look out..

This week I am featuring a Local Jewelry artist Cheryl Williamson of TANGLE,

She creates a bevy of cool twisted Silver items as well as copper, in Earrings pendants, bracelets and rings. Loves creating unique wedding jewelry, has been an Etsy seller for over a year and does many local shows in Portland Oregon.

Cheryl is also part of the Local Trillium Artisans all reclaimed shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=67443&ga_search_query=trillium&ga_search_type=seller_usernames.

You can view her online shop TANGLE at: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=34059&ga_search_query=tangle&ga_search_type=seller_usernames

If you would like to see her Art/Jewelry Live in Portland she will be at Last Thursday on Alberta this week 5-10 pm at 25th and Alberta in Portland Oregon.

Thanks as always for reading Shelley Loring

Friday, September 18, 2009

Ring Making for dummies

Ok here goes, I have taken on ring making as of late although I have not posted any rings to my Etsy site they sure are popular and not really hard to do (even taught myself). Today I decided to find you a video on the subject to show you the ease of the style similar to what I have been making as of late although there are many variations to create. So watch and learn and happy creating!


See the Video Bar to the left of my blog for videos on jewelry making by Karla Kam

I couldn't get the link to work so please copy and paste in a new window.

Karla Kam - Wire Wrapped Rings

Also e-mail me at shellsjewels67@gmail.com if you would like to be added to the blog e-mail list.

Thanks shelley

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Last Thursday on Alberta Tonight 6/25/2009

Welcome to my first blog, from Shell's Jewel's,,

Yada, Yada, hope I can bring many more informative topics regarding artists, selling art, venues to sell at, Jewelry making, selling at a Farmers Market and so on.

OK, Here goes since everyone else in the world is Blogging, I might as well dig in and add my two cents.

The first topic I chose is an event I am doing this evening (rain permitting). This is Portland you know.

Last Thursday on Alberta,
(every last thursday of the month in Portland oregon 5-10pm)

I will discuss this from a Vendor's point of view, the first thing I want to say is WOW, this event is literally off the hook!! My Favorite monthly event..

(Later we will discuss my favorite weekly event- Parkrose farmers market)

This event is free to artists who come down and set up there handmade wares. The crowds tend to be near 10,000 people and there is food music and art everywhere in about a 12 block radius of the Alberta Street from like 18 th to 30 th. The event goes from 5-10pm and is flooded into the street (when the street closes) from 7-10. artists line the sidewalks in an attempt to show what they recently have created.

YOU WILL SEE EVERYTHING here... from fire jugglers to stick walkers Bicycles of every shape and size,

The People: this is another WOW hippies, artists, yuppies, kids, grunge, old, young, rich, poor, families, every ethnicity, you name it lots of college aged people and drinking buddies as well.

Generally there is amplified music on every corner which will not be allowed this month, This is great for me since last month lookers at the artists work made several comments at the corner of 25th about how bothersome the crooning music was at our corner!! kind of a waaaaaaah waaaah fog horn sound and way too loud!! this discouraged alot of people from shopping and kept them moving down the street unfortunate for vendors as a few (vendors) left since it was so annoying. (this with police asking them to turn it down on the hour).. that is my only complaint and should be rectified this week with no amplification being allowed. I love music but i have a limit when it affects sales LOL.

I am attaching a picture of my set up at 25th so you can find me if you want to say hello tonight!!

Also below are a couple of links to comments on Last thursday on Alberta for further viewing entertainment!

From: The Sentinel

From: Art on Alberta's explanation of Last Thursday!!

Thanks for reading shelley