Friday, August 13, 2010

That Guy

Kenzo had a haircut today, so to capture him in the 10 seconds it takes before his fur grows out again, I took some pictures:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New SALE section

I just finished adding a sale section to my Etsy store, please check it out!  Here are some of the listings currently on sale:

Summer Bloom Bracelet $27
Butterfly Earrings $14.50

Hot Air Balloon Earrings $12

Monday, August 9, 2010


I've been feeling a little... uninspired lately.  I don't have any of my necessary jewelry supplies left, and I'm hesitating on buying more when I feel like I should see if my current stock shifts, since my Etsy store has been so quiet lately.  So without anything to make, I've felt a bit disconnected and creatively flat.  I also feel less inspired and motivated to engage with others on the creative front and work on other aspects of my fledgling creative biz.

I have other things I can create with, of course.  I have needle-felting materials, wool and needles, paint and canvases.  Instead, I've been wasting time watching TV shows which I think makes me feel even more creatively stagnant.  So I think I might go on a TV fast this week, and make sure I'm spending my time in the evenings on creative projects. 

Today I made a start on breaking my creative drought by visiting the local farmer's market and baking a blackberry-apple pie from scratch, pastry and all:

I just had a slice and I think it turned it well!  Here's to the rest of the week being a little more inspired and productive.  What are your favorite methods for getting out of a rut?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Customer Interview -- Jenny Lee Wentworth

My first customer interview -- the adorable and very sweet Jenny Lee Wentworth!

Hi Jenny! Tell us a little bit about yourself:

     Ok, well...I live in beautiful Oregon with my husband, two kiddos (one boy one girl), and two kitty cats. I'm a dental receptionist/assistant by day and an artist by night. I began my love affair with arts and crafts just the last couple of years by doing primitive stichery with simple store bought patterns and then began designing my own stitching patterns. Before I knew it something kindled inside of me and I was experimenting with new mediums, materials, and techniques, and reaching out to the creative community for support and inspiration. I was experiencing an artistic awakening and being able to express myself in these creative avenues has really made me feel fulfilled. Making art for the walls of my home and for friends has been a real joy for me. It sounds corny but I've never felt happier.

How did you find out about Art & Clasp?

   I found Art & Clasp through an online class we both took and I'm so glad I did, Averil is a sweetie and I love her jewels!. Her pieces are so unique. They are made with love by a kindred spirit, and you feel special when you wear them.

What Art & Clasp pieces do you own?

    I own the fabulous bicycle necklace that I won on the blog giveaway and the bold red bird necklace which I am wearing right now. I will definitely own more in the future.

Tell us about a time you wore one of your Art & Clasp pieces recently.

    I was in Paris this summer and I had my portrait drawn by a local artist there. I was wearing my bicycle necklace and the artist leaned in to get a closer look at it. She said it was, "C'est magnifique!" Honestly, I get compliments every time I wear my art & clasp jewelry. I think I should keep a stack of business cards with me at all times. Seriously Averil, if you send me some business cards I will hand them out when people comment on my necklaces. :)

Where can readers find out more about you?

    Visit me at my blog anytime at You can also find me on Twitter at and on Etsy at

Thank you so much Jenny!  Your compliments give me warm fuzzies :)

If you're an Art and Clasp customer and you'd like to be interviewed for the blog, please get in touch!