Sunday, December 23, 2007

Holiday Silliness

Need a Snow Day?

If you search (the lower left hand corner) for "emma" in Seattle you can look at the snowflake I created. And also 14 other snowflakes by Seattle based Emmas (who are not me.) Of course I'm not really sure which one it was anymore. I'm supposed to be getting ready for the christmas trip back home to Ohio, instead I am doing this and just ordered several pairs of shoes...

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Featured on a Blog!

I was featured on a gorgeous looking new blog called laundry.
The post about my earrings can be seen here:

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Paper Ornament

Paper Ornament
Originally uploaded by emmakat79
I've just posted some paper ornaments for the holidays in my shop. Maybe a little late, but if someone buys them this weekend there may be just enough time to get them by Christmas.

They combine two things I love, beading and cutting paper with an Xacto. Also solved the problem of how else to use the paper hole punch I just bought. (The Martha Stewart paper hole punch that looks like a whale and so is called "Moby.")

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Wreath from the Market

I've wanted to get one of the fantastic wreaths from the Pike Place Market. This year I finally feel like we'll be around close enough for Christmas for it to be worthwhile. So today Chuck & I strolled around the market and picked one up!

Christmas Wreath
Originally uploaded by emmakat79

Monday, December 10, 2007

Etsyrain Ornament Exchange!

Last night EtsyRain had a Christmas party/ornament exchange. It was lots of fun. My boyfriend, Chuck, came along so I could get my hands on two fabulous handcrafted ornaments! Just kidding (sort of.) It was a good chance for him to come along and start putting some faces with the names and shops I keep talking about.

We came home with a couple of really great things for our tree. My tree has a silver and blue color scheme (loosely) and somehow we ended up with ornaments that fit perfectly. A lovely blue and gold bauble from Woven Chains and an intricate silver wreath from Norik Designs. I just keep going back to my tree to look at these great well crafted pieces hanging on it!

EtsyRain Rules!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Goccoed Biz Cards Drying

Goccoed Biz Cards Drying
Originally uploaded by emmakat79
This is really the first serious attempt to gocco. Very fun I have to say! We only ran into a couple of little glitches. We intended to print 4 cards at a time so the master had two bars of bead illustrations. The right side did not want to print very well. The original (from the copier) was ever so slightly lighter on that side and we thought maybe that had something to do with it not printing. So we split up the cards even more to print two at a time, just in green instead of green and blue as planned. After that the whole printing process was great.

Then there was the complicated matter of cleaning the screen. My gocco came with a tube labeled on in Japanese and with an icon of a hand with a sponge swiping a white stripe through the black background. Must be the international symbol for "this is a tube of cleaning goo." The instructions we had told us it should remove all the ink in 2-3 tries....but we kept adding more goo and there was still ink. Just as well though, it'd be nice to try making this screen again to see if we can figure out how to get that whole 4 cards at a time thing to work.

Regardless I am ready to go to town goccoing. Next task is our Christmas cards!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Rain Cloud

Rain Cloud Necklace
Originally uploaded by emmakat79
I'll just say this new necklace I've made has felt particularly appropriate the last several days. That's Seattle Winter for you!