Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bellevue Arts Museum: INDULGE.

Welcome back! I needed to take a break from blogging these past few weeks to focus on things here at home. However, now I am back full steam ahead. I hope everyone had an wonderful Thanksgiving and that everyone is enjoying the holiday season!

I wanted to share with you some great news...

A few weeks ago, I received an email from the Bellevue Arts Museum in which they invited me to be take part in their jewelry only marketplace, titled INDULGE. The museum has selected 30 jewelers ranging from BC to NYC to show their work for one weekend! Here is snapshot of BAM's website (head on over there for more details):

I was truly surprised!

I am really excited to share with you my experience leading up to the event, my new work, the booth/display (thanks to Rebecca, Chris, and Christy for offering to help with that and for all the pointers-- means a lot to me), and of course images from the event. So I hope you will take part in my adventure and will read along as things unfold. These next few weeks my studio will be quite busy. (I will do my best to post new blogposts as often as possible.) Wish me luck!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Photo Doodle: No. 1

As promised in an earlier post I will be introducing some new items into my blog. Since I got my new camera, I am continually drawn to looking at things a bit more closer and examining my surroundings. I have decided that it would be a fun experiment to take some detail shots of various textures, shapes, and colors at least once a week. It will be interesting to see how these images influence my jewelry. So welcome to photo doodle....

You are probably wondering what is with this name PHOTO DOODLE. Well, each blog post will be appropriately titled: photo doodle along with a numerical number. I came up with the name PHOTO DOODLE because I see the images as being just that doodles, but in a photo form which in the end will lead to doodles or sketches in my notebook.

Some days I will describe what I like about certain images or how I could incorporate them into my work, while other days I will just post images. So I hope you will enjoy these experiences with me. And of course feedback and critiques are always welcomed!

Monday, November 23, 2009

etsy holiday sale:: black friday thru cyber monday.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Just wanted to give everyone a heads up: this upcoming weekend I will be participating in the Etsy Holiday Sale along with other Etsians. Etsy wants to get "the word out about shopping on Etsy for unique handmade and vintage gifts — instead of waiting in lines at the mall!"

In my own shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdaRosman) I will be offering 20% OFF on almost ALL my items— *excluding custom orders and my 80's revisited series. The 20% discount will be refunded via PayPal after you have purchased your items. On top of that.... I am also offering FREE worldwide shipping until the end of the year and of course all your lovely jewels will arrive to your home already gift wrapped so they are ready for holiday gift giving.

This is a such great opportunity to get some of my jewelry as holiday gifts for the ones you love or perhaps something off your own wishlist at such discounted prices!

Friday, November 20, 2009

MOO| NEW MiniCards.

I recently ordered another batch of MOO Minicards and they finally arrived this week!

Take a look at some of my new MiniCards....

Thursday, November 19, 2009

gift wrapped: jewelry bags.

Today I would like to share with you some of my jewelry bags-- I design and make each one of them. The following image is of my classic beige/cream jewelry bag along with my new logo. Special thanks to Rebecca Stewart-Johnson and Christy Pelland for designing my fabulous logo.

Last week, I had shared with you a few images of my NEW holiday candy cane bags. This is how you can find your lovely holiday packages once they arrive...

While here is how my custom wedding orders will come packaged.

I feel like craftsmanship is truly an essential part to EVERY piece, however, I also think that presentation is as IMPORTANT. All of my jewelry comes gift wrapped for FREE in my handmade jewelry bags and each pieces will arrive packaged in a jewelry gift box. So you don't have to worry about gift wrapping. I am also able to attach a short personal message.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

SALE: Saturday & Sunday ONLY!

Buy any two items in my etsy shop.....
get an item that is $30 dollars* or less for FREE. Upon checking out please verify which item you would like. Plus FREE worldwide shipping!

Friday, November 13, 2009

holiday bags: candy cane.

Here is a little preview of this year's holiday packaging in my etsy shop.....
red and white (candy cane) striped fabric has been combined with my classic beige colored jewelry bags. More details on packaging variations next week.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

leaves of change.

Just a little update on things here.... this past few weeks I have been dealing with my car (no fun). Anyhow, in the midst of that I have also been brainstorming some new ideas for blogposts as well as my jewelry.

I will be adding these changes to the blog in the weeks to come.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

behind the camera.

I decided I would include a little behind the scenes of my work.....

I enjoying being involved in every aspect of my work from designing and fabricating every piece of jewelry to photographing and editing images.

Monday, November 2, 2009

new: eco wear.

Here is a preview of some of the new pieces from my eco wear collection that will be available in my etsy shop this week.

Friday, October 30, 2009

custom wedding: Rebecca + Chris (sneak peek)

So as promised, here is just little sneak peek into some photos of Rebecca and Chris' wedding day (photos are taken by Christy Pelland of c. pelland photography).

I can't wait to share with you a few more details about Rebecca's necklace and earrings, however, you will have to wait a few more weeks for that. As soon as I get all the images together... I will be sure to post.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and a safe Halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

custom wedding: Rebecca + Chris (continued)

Another interesting fact that Rebecca shared with me about her family is that they also had Cherokee Indian heritage and that the feather was another important family symbol. Even though that aspect of her family's heritage is mostly unknown, Chris and Rebecca wanted to honor this part in their wedding by also including a Native American Wedding vase made for the ceremony.

In designing Rebecca's wedding necklace, I thought it would be an interesting idea to include both her Cherokee Indian heritage as well as her families' Irish background. I wanted these two aspects to be the focal components in the necklace. So I came up with a design that would basically allow Rebecca to have two necklaces in one. For the actual wedding ceremony, she could wear the sterling silver domed Claddagh design in the front.

And for the reception, she could switch the necklace around and have the Cherokee feather be the focal point. There are a few more interesting details about the necklace that I would like to share with you, but you will have to wait a bit to find out more about Rebecca's necklace. So stay tuned in the weeks to come!

However, tomorrow I will be including a little sneak peek into Rebecca and Chris' wedding day.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

custom wedding: Rebecca + Chris (the process)

Here is a blogpost that I have been meaning to post since last week. I am really excited to share with you the custom wedding pieces that I made for Rebecca and Chris' wedding. I met Rebecca through Christy Pelland when we had gotten together to speak about my new website; these two wonderful ladies are graciously collaborating together to design it. Thanks ladies!

When I met up with Rebecca to talk to her about her custom wedding pieces, I had brought along some questions I wanted to know about her family, Chris, and herself.

Option #1:

I had also asked Rebecca what are some ideas that she thought were important to incorporate into the custom pieces as well as if she had any found objects that she wanted to include in any of the pieces.

With all of this information in hand, I started to do some more research before I started to sketch together all these ideas into her custom wedding pieces. For the necklace, I came up with three main options that all had slight variations among the symbols used throughout the piece.

Option #2:

In our meeting, Rebecca had mentioned to me that the Claddagh (a traditional Irish) design that features two hands clasping a heart, which is usually surmounted by a crown is something that she wanted to include in the necklace because of her families' Irish background. The elements that are incorporated within the symbol are often said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown).

Option #3:

In tomorrow's post, I will describe some more aspects of each of the pieces along with some quick shots of the pieces... and more.

Monday, October 26, 2009

new location: Fancy Tiger Clothing

Last week, I sent out an order of my jewelry to a new boutique. Here is a photo of some of the pieces before they were sent out.

I found out that the pieces arrived today at Fancy Tiger Clothing in Denver, Colorado. So if you live or are in the area, stop by and take a look at my items at this apparel and accessories boutique that focuses on small and independent designers.

who: Fancy Tiger Clothing
website: www.fancytiger.com
where: 14 South Broadway/ Denver, CO

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Treasury: wow

Another one of my pieces made it into another lovely treasury this week. This time my Traveled No. 2- Ring is in a treasury put together by amelun and titled wow (a few of my favorites).

Thanks: amelun
Link to treasury: wow (a few of my favorites)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Treasury: Yellow Yellow....

SundraSANDRUSI has included my Bloc 2- Earrings in her truly bright and lovely treasury titled: Yellow Yellow.... The treasury makes me think of warm summer days. Thank you SundraSANDRUSI for including me in this sunny collection.

Thanks again: SundraSANDRUSI
Link to treasury: Yellow Yellow....

I also wanted to remind you about my FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING.....

and if your still not a fan of my facebook page yet-- I wanted to share with you this week's SPECIAL OFFER (Oct. 19-26) that is ONLY available to my FANS! Get a FREE pair of Modern Pearl- Earrings in my Etsy shop!!!! To find out how, become a fan!

Link to my facebook page: www.facebook.com/AdaRosman

Friday, October 16, 2009

fall is here.

So fall has officially arrived here in the Pacific Northwest! It is literally pouring cats and dogs here or as we say in Polish "Leje jak z cebra!" (translation: It rains as if from a pail).

A few weeks ago, I found this great wooden rack at a local thrift store. I thought it would be a great way to have easy access to all my scarves for winter as well as a fun way of display all of the wonderful textures and bright colors on my wall. The wooden rack was originally this dark blue color....

I decided to sand it down a bit and paint it a creamy white color so that all the scarves would pop against the color.

Wishing everyone a beautiful fall weekend!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

custom work: llama earrings (part 2)

So here are the custom llama earrings that I made for Mary's daughter, Brooke. Each earring included a silhouette of a llama pierced out of sterling silver. While the back of one of the earrings was stamped with Brooke's llama name Nuttin.

It was so neat to know that Brooke would be wearing these while showing her llama and such a fun experiencing receiving these images.

Thanks again to Mary for sending these wonderful photos as well as sharing her story about her daughter and her daughter's llama.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

custom work: llama earrings.

So I have been wanting to do this for a while, to share with you some of the custom work that I make. I really do enjoy making custom pieces because you get the chance to learn more about someone else as well as gives me the chance to create a special piece of wearable art that is able to carry the wearer's own personal story.

Recently, I got a custom order on Etsy from Mary in Wisconsin to make a custom pair of llama earrings for her daughter, Brooke. She wanted to surprise her daughter with these custom earrings that she could wear, while showing her llama. I later asked Mary if she could send me some information about Brooke and her llama. In the email, Mary explained to me that the llama is not actually Brooke's, but rather Brooke is part of the Jefferson County 4H club. The llama belongs to a local llama farm named Animal Acres Llamas that is owned by their good friend, Barb Parsons. Barb Parsons leads a 4H group and allows the kids to use her llamas to show. Mary's daughter, Brooke has been showing llamas with the Jefferson County 4H club for the past two years.

Last fall, Brooke and Mary were taking care of the farm when Nuttin was born on August 30th, 2008. Brooke had carried him in from the pasture. Nuttin weighed 25 pounds when he was born.

Mary said that, "He [Nuttin] is a very correct Llama and has won many awards for his confirmation and fiber. Brooke is lucky to be able to show him!" This month, Brooke showed Nuttin in the Jefferson County Fair and they won Grand Champion in Showmanship and Halter. Here are just a few of the images from a regional show that was on October 4th, 2009:

Tomorrow, I will share with you the llama earrings themselves and a few more pictures of Brooke.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

hike: found objects.

Made my way back down to Eastern Oregon last week for a few days. Just wanted to share with you some photos from the hikes. I have also recently been thinking about starting to sketch and design some new jewelry pieces from the all the found objects that I have been saving from past travels. But for now, I hope you enjoy these pictures.