Helloooo 2009!


I cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by. I'm so grateful for every blessing this year, particularly for my 1-yr-old son and a new baby girl on the way.. and for a loving and caring husband who has so naturally become an amazing father. This year has been an adventure in so many different ways. And how could I forget.. etsy came into my life this year! hahah. It's been so much fun getting to know so many wonderful people in that community and I just can't get enough of seeing so much creativity and artistic talent all in one place! It's no wonder why there are so many etsy addicts out there (and I'm a front-runner for sure). I'm grateful that I get to do something I love (create jewelry) and that I get to share it with some of you. Thank you to those who have so kindly supported my little passion. And thank you to those who have shared their incredible work with me. I hope that the new year brings you much happiness and prosperity! Enjoy every second, because before you know it, it'll be 2010! :D

I guess I need to think of some new years resolutions now, huh? What are your resolutions for this year??

Yahoo! My new years treasury list was just on etsy's front page! What a sweet surprise! It was inspired by my urge to get all dressed up for the new year, but alas, I am 5 months pregnant plus it's snowing like the North Pole outside. No partying it up for me this year. But if I were to, this is what I would (try to) look like. hahah


Etsy Front Page

It has been eons since I've been featured on the front page of Etsy. But this past weekend, I caught a glimpse of my earrings on Etsy's front page, thanks to the lovely Carita of JealousyDesign. It's always such a thrill and pleasant surprise to see one of your items or one of your lists on FP. So thank you for making my weekend, Carita!


Snow Days...

Boston finally got more than a fair share of snow this past weekend and although I hate the cold, we all bundled up and braved the elements so that Jax could enjoy his first outing in the snow! He was only a couple months old last winter so we couldn't really take him out to play in the snow yet. So of course, the first chance we get this winter, we got him into his snowsuit (daddy's old snowsuit from when he was a wee lad) and made him shovel the sidewalk. ;) ok, not really...

Alex thought it would be good marathon training to strap the sled to himself and pull Jax and I behind him. I had a great time! Not so sure Jax was all that thrilled, judging from that expression on his face. It was definitely cold out and the snow was coming down pretty hard, but he toughed it out without fussing too much. Did I mention I had a great time? Getting pulled on a sled is the best way to travel through snow-packed streets! You should try it.

The following day, Jax went out in the snow again. It wasn't pouring down that time and he seemed much happier. Daddy looks happier too, without a sled strapped to his back. :D

Hope everyone is staying warm and toasty this holiday season and is enjoying it before it flies right past us. I can't believe Christmas is 2 days away!


Weekend Special!

On my quest to raise funds for charity this holiday season, I'm continuing last weekend's special:

Buy a pair of Earrings for Charity,
and receive 50% off your choice of any other item.

Can't beat that! You're helping a great cause AND getting a spectacular deal!

Just mention this blog in the "message to seller" during checkout and the discount will be refunded to your account. You can also wait for a revised invoice before paying.

Offer good through this Sunday. I ship through USPS Priority Mail (2-3 day) so if you order this weekend, it will ship on Monday and arrive in time for Christmas Eve! Hooray for last minute shopping! :D

Don't forget to check out the accompanying RAFFLE FOR CHARITY for your chance to win a shopping spree at eNVe Designs! Time is ticking so don't miss it!


FEATURED ARTIST :: westernartglass

This week's featured artist needs no intro.. simply because I cannot possibly come up with one interesting enough or funny enough to do him any justice. You will soon understand why. So I'll let his interview speak for itself. Here he is... Brian Western of westernartglass. One of the funniest people you'll ever meet! I guarantee that by the end of the interview, you will have the urge to hang out and have beers with him just to see what interesting things he says next!

By the way, I've added more questions to the standard interview. I'll be doing that as other random questions pop into mind, just because people intrigue me and I'm nosy. :)

......................... the interview .........................

A random fun fact about yourself:
The hospital I was born in, is now a nursing home.

The first 3 random words that pop into your mind:
ooze wrinkle spackle

What's your favorite read of all time?
What Men Live By by Leo Tolstoy and Leaf by Niggle by J.R.R. Tolkien

Any guilty pleasures?
Oozing mud in-between my toes and extracting belly-button lint from my navel--I like fried foods!

If you could be any place in the world right now, where would it be?
Forty years ago, behind the sheds of my Grandparents place--Otto und Emma--nosing around the dirt lane in a small prairie town of Saskatchewan, Canada.

(Ok, now onto business)
How would you describe your work?
Eclectically organic, simple lines–funky synergy of old world and off kilter with plenty of band-aids to boot.

How long have you been at it?
Thirty odd years of glass nibblin’, plus hours and hours of cartoon drawing as a wee lad during marathon sermons, missionary roust-abouts and general Bible verse popcorn at the local chapel I attended with me fambly–I mastered the contours of one fellow’s head–sporting a meaty looking red growth on his bald pate–in particular.

So for you, is it an innate talent or practice makes perfect?
Was I an inmate? well my father had a couple of favorite salutations for me–“You’re breaking your mother’s heart” and “When you land in the penitentiary, don’t expect me to visit.”

From where/how do you find inspiration?
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve read War and Peace by Tolstoy, The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky and listened to all of Mozart’s piano concertos.

What was your most memorable creative experience?
Discovering that I could create curved leaf designs from the sides of abandoned beer and wine bottles.

What do you do when your inspiration and creativity is tapped?
Tap my foot along with Howlin’ Wolf, Django, or some classical cartoon music.

Any memorable low points that you've learned from?

What is your formula for success?
Lots of hand gestures, complete control of my eyebrows, and a few head nods thrown in for good measure.

Was there a moment when you realized that you'd achieved success?
I’m a bit of a rumpled failed artist, but I enjoy making antique glass honey bees for bee keepers, and female deer ticks and mosquitoes for entomologists and mosquito control pilots, or a ginkgo leaf for somebody to send to their childhood friend in France that grew a ginkgo tree in their front yard–that’s what I’m talkin’ about!

Any advice for those having a bad case of artist woes?
Two words–Belgian Trappist Ales!

When not hard at work on your designs, what would we most likely find you doing?
Noodling on my 1914 Gibson A4 mandolin...walking my neighborhood in search of interesting objects of nature...watching foreign films with a large bowl of buttered popcorn.

In a parallel universe where you are not an amazing artist, what would you be?
Brassiere fitter extra ordinaire!

Anything else you'd like to add that I didn't ask about?
Swimming is exhilarating and giving foot massages to my wife gives me goose bumps–whheeee!

What are some of your favorite etsy shops?
paperandglue.etsy.com is my favorite Canadian disc-jockey that has a soft spot for fitting large heads with Winnipegian toques–she has a fairly large head herself with very large hair!

experimetal.etsy.com is my favorite crazy person that has a knack for creating outlandish pieces from metal and assorted mandibles mit gravy.

sarahhornik.etsy.com is my favorite subliminal creator of swirly molten glass compositions–we’re in a short story together that is in process about an elevator mishap and the end of the world...

Ngan is my favorite purveyor of simple sophisticated esoteric (that’ll be one prescription of Valium please).

fricdementol.etsy.com is my favorite bilingual unique phraseologist–plus a cool use of line und colour in her compositions.

Nik is my favorite person to tease...although she generally is too clever for me old bag o’ tricks–her pieces have a timeless quality about ‘em.

Noelle is my favorite!!!!

tinctory.etsy.com has phantastic concoctions that defy description.

lilfishstudios.etsy.com makes phenomenal felted acorns and other nature naturals–she’s from Minnesota, dontcha know?

ELBfoto.etsy.com Ericka is another Minnesotan that wields a thought provoking camera...

jewelrybynatsuko.etsy.com Natsuko's creations combining metal with glass enamel knock my socks off--hooray!

kitlane.etsy.com crafts wonderful sensible nonsense writty paired with cool felted organisms...

...there are too many favorites, and I’m beginning to become abstracted und woozy....

What's at the top of your etsy wish list?
A closet full of xenotees

Any suggestions for my next featured artist?
Any of my favorites? Salute!

And last but not least, my psychologist side was inspired by your Rorschach mobile (which I love!...pictured right) and I had to throw in this final question....

What might this be?
When my wife and I look into each other's eyes--up close--we each have one eye. Or, Emma Kirkby's mouth as she soars between Mozart's Requiem. Or, where errant pattern pieces for intricate art glass pieces end up. Or, the opening of the Katie Couric Health Special Oscopy. Or, the end.

.......................... end interview .........................

Thank you for the interview, Brian! You are a riot as always!


Weekend Special!

Wire Leaves - Earrings for Charity Collection

This weekend's special:

Buy a pair of Earrings for Charity,
and receive 50% off your choice of any other item.

Can't beat that! You're helping a great cause AND getting a spectacular deal! Hurry before I come to my senses on this one. I did wake up super early this morning so maybe I'm a little (extra) loopy today.

Just mention this blog in the "message to seller" during checkout and the discount will be refunded to your account. You can also wait for a revised invoice before paying.

Offer good through this Sunday.

Don't forget to check out the accompanying RAFFLE FOR CHARITY for your chance to win a shopping spree at eNVe Designs! Time is ticking so don't miss it!

12 days til Christmas!!! :D


RAFFLE for charity

What's better than giving to a great cause? Giving to a great cause and having a chance to win some sparkling handmade jewelry! :D

My husband Alex (in the orange) is a part of the Run for Research marathon team again this year. Their mission is to raise funds for the American Liver Foundation and to run for this cause during the upcoming 2009 Boston Marathon.

And because I love my husband, his big heart, and his relentless determination, I am helping him raise money for this vital organization. I'm raffling off 3 shopping sprees to be used on envedesigns.com! Prizes this year are even better than last year!

1st prize: $175
2nd prize: $100
3rd prize: $75

Here's how you can get into the spirit of giving and help a great cause.. and potentially win one of these prizes!

To enter this eNVe Designs raffle:
(you must complete #1 and #2 to be entered; #3 through #7 are optional)

1) Please visit Alex's fund raising site: www.run-alex-run.com to make your donation. Be sure to leave a valid name and email address (do NOT check the anonymous donation box).

$15 = 1 raffle entry
$20 = 2 raffle entries
$25 = 3 raffle entries

2) Then leave a comment here (any comment) to indicate your entry. IMPORTANT: Make sure your name on the donation matches the name on your comment posted here. That's the only way I can verify how many entries to give you.

That's it! You will be entered into all 3 prizes drawings.

But wait, there's more. Here are some options for additional entries if you'd like to increase your chances of winning:

3) Make your donation by Dec. 15, 2008 (1 additional entry)

4) Link to this post from your own blog (2 additional raffle entries)
* please leave an additional comment indicating you are doing this, along with a link to your blog

5) Purchase an item from my "Earrings for Charity" collection (2 additional raffle entries)
* 100% of your purchase will be donated to the American Liver Foundation.
* please leave an additional comment indicating you are doing this

6) Email your friends about this raffle (1 additional entry for every 10 people)
* you must CC contact@envedesigns.com in order to receive credit
* please leave an additional comment indicating you are doing this

7) Subscribe to the eNVe Designs mailing list (1 additional entry)
* just send an email to subscribe@envedesigns.com
* if you are already on the mailing list, you will automatically receive the additional entry
* please leave an additional comment if you subscribe or if you're already on the list

The three winners will be randomly selected on January 16, 2009. Remember to check back to see if you're a winner! And as a thank you to those who participate, but do not win, I will post an unbeatable special just for you!