I have to say that it is easier to make a collection on Artfire than making a treasury on Etsy (I gave up making treasuries on Etsy because I find the process is clunky when you gotta copy-paste all those item numbers, and I’m happy to have the new much more intuitive Artfire Collection tool to play with instead! Yay!!!)
So, I will start making Collections and sharing them here with you all once a week on my old "Wordless Wednesdays" that I used to do (before giving up on making treasuries on Etsy).
Anyway, I’m beat, I gotta pack a few orders and it’s nearly 10PM.
Tomorrow, I’ll be at the Cancer Center all day for mom’s chemo and I won’t have time to upload new items online, so I’m looking at Wednesday at this point…
There is this ad on TV in Canada about a woman doing all sorts of activities (walk around, carrying one of those Netbooks from Rogers), she sits on a park bench and opens that netbook and starts typing about the fact that she’s sitting in the park, and you see her in various outdoors shots/places, and she’s busy typing on her Netbook keyboard about being in all those places… and the voice-over narration (her voice supposedly) tells the viewers that she has to connect to the web to tell everybody what she is doing, everywhere. That she can’t go through her day without it.
That ad is for this product here from Rogers, and actually, you see that woman from the TV ad sitting on the park bench on that page (give it a second to load, it’s an interactive page, you see her hands typing away on the Netbook keyboard).
This ad REALLY BOTHERS ME!!!!
What is wrong with that picture, people?
Are people today SO tied up to their computers and the web that, hey, they gotta take them everywhere and instead of enjoying their surroundings, interacting with people, they have their nose to their keyboard and are telling the ‘web’ folks what they are doing… which, really, is typing on a keyboard outside and not enjoying a real life disconnected from the web at all.
Instead of enjoying the beautiful park, admiring the trees, listening to the birds chirping, looking at the sun in the sky, looking at the water and the boats passing by, looking at other human beings all around her… She’s got her nose glued to her Netbook screen, and fingers to keyboard, typing away.
I think that it is becoming an illness of this century.
Why do our fingers have to keep on touching some kind of keyboard or keypad all the time?
I really don’t care for what this ad from Rogers is telling people to do…
It is NOT healthy to be connected to the web or to some kind of communication device 24/7… Heck, it’s not healthy to be connected for half that time, even.
This is starting to look more and more like The Matrix… that movie, in my humble opinion, isn’t far off from the future we’re walking towards.
I really can’t stand that TV ad. It’s sending out a dangerous message. Big time.
I love the focal lampwork bead on this large sterling silver bangle, it looks like hot melted glass draping over the main part of the bead, just stunning in person:
This copper bangle reminds me of juicy mangoes and hot summer days:
I love the combo of dark teal and purple in this copper bangle – Purple is the Hot-coming color for this Fall/Winter season btw:
This one of a kind bracelet here is made with Hill Tribe Silver curved tubes and some really cool blue artisan made lampwork beads (it’s a ‘blue jeans’ kind of shade) with a belt of silver over top… strung on 49 strand professional jewelry wire:
And here’s a few rings that I made with Precious Metal Clay 3 (PMC3), some are one of a kind, some I can repeat:
4mm Champagne Cubic Zirconia (CZ): Moonstone:
6mm Clear/Diamond CZ on both of these rings:
All fine silver constructions (unisex ring for men and women):
I am quite proud to announce that my two studios (Canadian Rockies Art & NG Originals) on Artfire have received an important recognition with an artifact and a Certified Handmade badge that is now displayed in my Studios and on all the handmade jewelry items that I list, assuring all buyers that all of the items in my studio are skilfully created one at a time with my own two hands.
Receiving this latest artifact was very important to me, because it is a statement that I, as a seller on Artfire, was researched and it was determined that I am indeed the designer, creator and maker of the jewelry that I sell in my two Studios.
To give you an idea of what its about to apply for this certificate, the application process was very thorough. Sellers must be in good standing with no disputes, you must provide concise written details and photographs of the creation process (pictures of you working on pieces in progress) which are then reviewed for the type of products you sell. Most importantly - your Artfire Studio can only be 100% Handmade.
Furthermore, you must also have a studio that is complete with a banner, an avatar and provide a photograph of yourself and your studio or workspace, and also have your studio policies and bio all filled out properly.
I had all this done (policies, bio, banner, etc) a long time ago, so it wasn’t very difficult for me to just add in the information and pictures in my application to prove that I make everything that I sell in my studios, but I think that it is important for us to take the time to show buyers that we are the makers of our designs and that they can shop with confidence.
Artfire Staff takes the time to carefully review each application for this badge, and so I am very proud to have been officially recognized for my handmade work.
I have several of these Artfire artifacts in my Canadian Rockies Art studio (main studio) as I am also a Mentor for the website and an Artfire Maven, the guild master for the Metalsmith’s Guild, and a member of a few other guilds as well. I’m also a Charter member (I’ve been a member of the site since the begining).
I love Artfire and I hope that you will come join us to sell and/or buy!
It’s been b-u-s-y… and I’ve made a few things, along with a bracelet design that I’ve had in mind for the past 3 weeks (I finally got around to making it today).
I like to read the BeadFX blog, and recently, Jen started having these “Inspiration Friday” pictures and she challenges whom ever wants to play along to make a design inspired by the image that she picks each week.
And if you’re wondering where I got this FABULOUS lampwork glass cabochon… I purchased it from my good friend and super talented Canadian Glass Artist Gillian of GillianBeads on Etsy! I just LOVE it! It’s definitely unique. I really love the colors and layers in the glass, it’s like one of those Lava Lamps from the 60’s… very cool to look at.
Next – A simple Turquoise sterling silver cuff bracelet – Custom order, Sold:
Side note: Don’t you just love my new large size NG logo stamp? Infinity made a couple for me in different sizes. I’m very pleased with my new Logo stamps!