Tuesday, October 26, 2010

100 Fan Giveaway!!

YAY!!! We made it to 100 (actually, 101 at last count)! Thank you all so much for becoming a fan of Patty's Pretty Things.

In honor of this occasion, I will be giving something away, as promised. I will be giving away a personalized holiday ornament, like this one:

I will make this ornament for you in whatever colors you like! If you win, and you aren't an ornament kind of person, then you will receive a $15 dollar credit to my shop.

So here's the deal - it's really easy! Leave me a comment (just one, though!) and tell me your favorite thing about winter, or your favorite holiday tradition. On Monday, November 1, I will choose a comment at random, and announce the winner here and on Facebook. Happy commenting!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

A few of my favorite things...

Since I've been on an extended blogging hiatus, I thought I'd share some of my favorite things that I'd made lately. Of course, I really like EVERYTHING that I make, but these are some of my favorites, and I'll tell you why!

I just LOVE these faux ceramic earrings. This was actually my first attempt at this technique, using polymer clay and alcohol inks, but I have something in the works to utilize this technique again for holiday ornaments! What I like about these, in particular, is the terracotta color, and the depth of the design.
This moss agate bracelet is a more recent creation, but the dark green is just lovely. The variations in colors between the stones, and the translucency of some of them, just makes me happy. Combined with the sterling silver, it is simple enough for every day wear, but will dress up any outfit! I really like the nugget shapes of the stones - they are not uniform, and that makes it just a little edgy.
If you've been following my shop for any period of time, you may have noticed that I have a weakness for pearls. This particular bracelet uses large glass pearls, and the combination of the green and red beads is really fun. I like that these can be worn separately or as a set.
Yep, more pearls. These red pearls are just STUNNING!!! I've been thinking about making something for myself with them, in fact. These earrings have already sold, but I'm planning another pair that is similar. By the way, red is one of my very favorite colors, especially for jewelry.
Silver pearls! Have you ever seen these before?!? I hadn't, but when I saw them, I just HAD to have them! I love them with the tiny garnet beads, too. These are pearl nuggets, which makes them just a little more irregular in shape. They are just great!
My new favorite thing to do with clay... covered glass ornaments! This one was actually my second attempt at it, as the first had burnt in my clay oven (it was too close to the heating element - lesson learned!). It's impossible to see in the photograph, but there is a color change from silver at the top, down towards white at the bottom. This was a lot of fun to make, and actually not quite as hard as I thought it would be. It was time consuming to make, but not too difficult, all things considered. I've made 2 more since this one, but I don't have pictures yet. I'm really enjoying it!
So, there you have it - what I've been up to lately. I'll have a post up tomorrow with pictures of what I will be giving away in honor of reaching 100 fans on facebook. It will be a good one, I promise!!!

I've been a bad blogger!

I've been neglecting this blog in favor of creating things for my shop! My new favorite thing to make has without a doubt been the covered glass holiday ornaments. In fact, I'm working on getting a tutorial up soon.

So, now that I've apologized, I promise to TRY to keep up with this blog a little better, and share what all I've been making, and try to spotlight some other shops that I like. So stay tuned!