Friday, November 5, 2010

Boomers and Beyond Etsy Street Team is having a Weekend Sale!

If you would like to do some shopping for quality handmade art and artisan made items take a look at these shops.
♫♦♫ ☺☺☺ BBEST Team is having a sale!♫♦♫ ☺☺☺

Please read instructions on the 1st page...then buy buy buy!

~* vanfleetstreetdesign: 10% off everything, please contact me for a revised invoice before purchasing. Sale ends Sunday evening @ 4pm central time!
Free shipping on all items. Please convo me before so I can change. Thanks.
Also free shipping. Please convo me so I can make the changes.

Great way to save!!!!!!!!!!!

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15% Discount on all items in my shop through Sunday, November 7th at 4 PM Eastern. Discount will be given via a refund. I will also give an additional 5% discount (refund) for a combined purchase from any of my shops! -- Imaginuity -- VintageLegacyStudio -- PocketComfort --
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Art in the Wax! Convo me to get 10% of everything except shipping. Sale ends Sunday midnight (7 Nov) - remember UK is ahead of you in the US!!!
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FREE SHIPPING!!! Already marked on all items through Sunday, November 7th at 4 PM Eastern
☺♥☺ Have fun Shopping!! ☺♥☺

10 % Discount on all items in my shop plus FREE SHIPPING.
Sale ends Sunday Nov. 7th at 4 PM.

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10% off plus free shipping till Sunday Nov. 7th at 7pm
discount will be refunded after purchase

Yankeegirls sale!!!!!!!!!!
How about free shipping on all of my prints (watercolor and Photos) to the USA and this 20% off section from yankeegirl!!!
Please convo me to let me know you saw the Booming Sale and I will set up a listing just for you!!

Knit & Crocheted stuff for everybody, hats, scarves, ponchos, baby stuff, soy candles, soaps & art work. Check it out!
20% off product price (not inc. shipping). After the sale has been made I will issue a refund to your paypal acct.
Visit both my shops...



All original paintings 20% OFF !
Including ACEO's !!


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Ceramics and wood items! 20% off any item in shop through Sunday at 6 pm Etsy time. Convo for adjusted invoice, or pay and leave me a message to the seller that you saw the sale here and I'll reimburse your PayPal!!
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Handmade jewelry and crocheted items. 20% off any item in the shop through Sunday at 6 pm Etsy time. Convo for adjusted invoice, or pay and leave me a message to the seller that you saw the sale here and I'll reimburse your PayPal!!
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I'll update if any more shops are added.

blessings, ZudaGay

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Working On An ArtFire Shop

Disregard this post, ArtFire didn't work out for me. I just didn't have the time to put into making it work. I am sure it is a wonderful site and many do very well there.

Copper Cream and Chocolate Ring

I took advantage of The Deal on ArtFire that began on October 1st and I've been trying to set up shop and get it look like it is actually inhabited. I'm still not sure about it, but I am trying to give it a chance. I have different items in this shop than those in my Etsy shop, so here is a little look inside.

Hibiscus Pendant

Red Flower Necklace

Purple Flower Brooch

If you would like to take a look at the whole shop you can find it here:
ZudaGay's ArtFire Shop

Blessings, Zuda Gay

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Giveaway on Imaginuity Blog

My sweet friend Judi from Imaginuity Blog has honored me with a featured artist interview and we are having a giveaway of anything from my shop $15 and under or a $15 credit on higher priced items. If you would like to enter, you can find it here: Imaginuity Fiber Arts: Meet an Inspiring Artist -- With A Special Giveaway

Saturday, October 9, 2010

How To Make A Hibiscus

I have been working on a custom order this week making some hibiscus pendants in several different colors. I made my first hibiscus as a special request for a customer because it was one of her favorite flowers. It has never been one of my favorite ones to make. But! as I was working on them this week I came up with a different way to put them together than what I was doing and now I am enjoying making them. :) Yay! So, I just thought I would share my newly found process on how to make a polymer clay Hibiscus Pendant.

As with every pendant/focal I make, I begin with scrap clay. I have decided that this pendant will take the amount of clay of one 40mm circle and one 30mm circle of clay rolled on #1 of my Atlas Pasta Machine.

Smoosh the two circles together and roll into a smooth ball.

I take my petal cane and cut off several slices then run them through
my pasta machine on #5 or so.

Then use the flattened slices to cover the ball.

Roll it smooth.

Flatten the ball into about a 1/4" thick disk.

Using a rounded end of a tool or pen? make a crater in the center.
Insert bails. (I use the plastic from a bacon package to build my flowers on)

Cut five petals from your cane. (about 2-3mm thick)

Flatten out a bit with your finger tips then lay the petal in your hand.

I use a moistened nightlight bulb to rub across the petal to flatten it a bit more and
smooth it out.

Make waves or scallops around the edge of each petal by pinching and twisting a bit.

Over lap the side edges of the petals lightly pressing to get them to stick together.

When you get to the last petal, tuck it under the edge of the first petal to
complete the circle.

Center your circle of petals on top of your base making sure you have them
arranged in the way you want them.

Using the end of a tool or pen push the center of your petals down into the
crater you made in the base.
Gently press your petals down onto the base.
Make a pistil and put the end in the hole you made in the center arranging it the way you want.

Finished Hibiscus Pendant ready to be cured.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. The techniques I used to make the petal cane may be found in many places online. Here is a great link: Donna Kato Petal Cane

blessings, ZudaGay

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Purple Attack

I had an attack of purple this weekend and just had to make something purple. I love making a cane and using a part of it then smoosh, cut, stack and smoosh the rest to make a different looking petal cane. So fun! I made this cane with deep purple, cream, navy blue and a bright yellow. the first two flowers are made with the original cane. The third flower is after I altered it a bit. :) I love the look of both.

You can find these three flowers in my Etsy shop.

blessings, ZudaGay

Monday, August 23, 2010

Mulberry Lane Folk Art

Mulberry Lane Folk Art Blog is giving away this adorable bird house. Go HERE if you want to enter to win.
Heart Birdhouse

I have enjoyed browsing Mulberry Lane Etsy Shop and I would like to share some of her creations for those who like folk art.

Americana Birdhouse

I collect Noah's Ark items and although I don't really have room for anymore, I would LOVE to have this!! My grandchildren would enjoy playing with this, I am sure, and so would I. :)

Noah's Ark

You can find these great folk art items and much more at Mulberry Lane Folk Ark Shop on Etsy.

Blessings, ZudaGay

Friday, June 11, 2010

8 Mile Creek Designs

Father's Day is coming soon so I have been keeping my eyes open for guy stuff. I found this very cool shop while chatting on the CAST team thread on Etsy the other day. 8 Mile Creek Designs is the father/daughter team of Wendell Pohl & Ruth Hawkins from Kansas. And they really do live on 8 Mile Creek! (isn't that cool? My Daddy would have loved to have been a part of a creative business venture with any one of his children) 8 Mile Creek Designs features items made with vintage auto paraphernalia such as hub caps and license plates and keys. This first hubcap clock I selected in honor of my Daddy. Daddy LOVED his Ramblers.....we owned two during my childhood, both were red and named Rosy. :)

I think using hubcaps to create clocks is a great idea!! Hubcaps are interesting and lend themselves to clock faces very well.

They not only offer clocks made with hubcaps and license plates but tail light night lights, old key magnets and frames made with license plates/tags.

Mosaic License Plate Tag Frame

If you've enjoyed seeing these great items from 8 Mile Creek Designs, you may enjoy visiting Ruth's Purple Design Studio where she offers handcrafted sterling silver & antiqued brass jewelry, display frames, handwovens & accessories for every occasion.

blessings, Zuda Gay

Friday, June 4, 2010

Lovely Lizard Art Jewelry

Actually "lovely" just doesn't quite describe it... beautiful? a bit quirky? interesting? how about gorgeously unique? I came across Lizard's Jewelry on Etsy a couple of years ago and I said "Wow!" ummmm quite a few times as I was browsing her shop. I LOVE the combination of silver and polymer clay. It is like they were made for one another. The contrast is so pleasing and satisfying. The artist who creates this amazing work is Liz Hall who lives with her husband Jeff Hall at Silverwood Farm and Studio in Virginia where they not only create their art but also opperate their pinto sporthorse breeding farm.

Silver and polymer Belt Buckle

I love how Liz uses swirls in different ways in her work. I like swirls and use them on occasion myself. :)

Go Green Stripes Silver Pendant

This heart pin may be my favorite. Red, silver, black and white is one of my favorite color combos. I love the swirls and the pearls and the way the little notches on the side are mirrored in the black and white dashes. So very visually appealing.

Silver Heart Pin with pearls and polymer

Well, maybe this one is my favorite.... Please take a moment to click on the photo which takes you to the listing, then click on the photo which will allow you to enlarge it to really see the details of this necklace. It is well worth the extra effort! This piece is designed so beautifully!!

Spring Fling silver necklace with polymer clay and gem stones

This is what Liz says about her work in her Artist Statement:
"My work combines precious metals, stones, plastics, polymers, glass or whatever object catches my eye. My designs are contemporary combining both organic and geometric forms. The majority of my pieces are pendants, necklaces and earrings, though I do occasionally make other items. My main focus in the past was fabricating metals to create my designs. In 2004 I discovered a new medium called PMC (Precious Metal Clay), which is clay like material composed of fine silver. Fine Silver is the highest quality silver, essentially 999% pure silver, as compared to the 925% silver of sterling silver. I enjoy exploring this new medium and combining it with other materials. I strive to always improve on my designs and techniques and to make jewelry that is creative, unusual, elegant and fun to wear."

Please take some time to enjoy a leisurely browse through Lizard Jewelry.

blessings, Zuda Gay

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pottery = Joy

I have this fantasy.....I would love to have my cabinets full of hand thrown/built pottery of all kinds from a lot of different talented potters from everywhere. I really LOVE pottery!!

I "met" Ceci, the wonderful artist-potter whose shop Artsielady Five Cats Studio I am featuring this week, on our Boomers and Beyond Etsy Street Team. (which means we are past a certain age) Ceci does some very cool things with clay and has a special affinity for Raku and here lately using real fish as molds.

Raku Fish

Raku Vase

Ceci begins her bio saying... "My birthplace and upbringing stems from the island of Oahu in Hawaii and my heritage is a mixture of Filipino, Portuguese and Chinese. The islands provide a rich blend of cultures and ethnic background from which I take my philosophical artistic approach." You can see these wonderful influences in each beautiful piece of pottery.

Earthtone Speckled Yunomi

When I browse through the ArtsieladyEtsy Shop the colors and swirls and textures of an array of beautiful glazes delight my eye's quest for color.

Red Swirl Serving Bowl

Salamander Leaf Bowl

If you enjoy beautiful pottery too, you will love taking a look through Ceci's beautiful shop!!

blessings, Zuda Gay

And The Winner Is.....are ☺

From the Random Number Generator the first number that came up is 21! The 21st commenter is Nancy from Nancy's Bags Etc... Congratulations to Nancy!! I have also decided...since it is my 3rd anniversary I decided to ask the handy dandy Random Number Generator for two more numbers. These two winners will get to select anything they want from my shop. :) These winners are: number 3 which is my lovely friend Emma Stormy and number 33, Julie who owns the shops: Stitches By Julie and Nature In Pastels. Congratulations to all my winners!!

blessings, Zuda Gay

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

3rd Etsyversary Giveaway

This day crept up on me! I joined Etsy and opened my shop three years ago today - May 25, 2007. This was my first real experience selling my work online. The company Danny worked for was down sizing and I decided that I really should try to bring in some sort of income if I could. I had all kinds of things sitting around that I had made so I had a start on getting my shop stocked. I had been focusing most of my clay work on making light-able Christmas ornaments as well as some night lights. I also covered tins and pens and did a little bit of jewelry on occasion and made beads with scrap clay. I had been making flowers for the top of the tins that I covered and I loved how they turned out. (The banner for this blog and my Etsy shop is a cropped bit of the top of a tin) All of a sudden I got the idea of putting my flowers on a bead base. It worked!!! These flower beads have helped provide a part of our income for the last three years. :) I am very thankful for Etsy and all the wonderful customers I have had these three years.

I am giving away this brooch/pendant in celebration of my Etsyversary. If you would like a chance to receive this brooch all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. PLEASE make sure you leave a way for me to get a hold of you if you win!!! It makes me sad when a number comes up and I have no way of contacting the person it corresponds with.This brooch is built on a flat scalloped clay cookie and has a vintage round silver button center. It measures just over 2" across and the pin back with a pendant bail is firmly embedded.

I am also offering free shipping now through Friday....please convo me first.

Thank you all so much!!!
Zuda Gay

Friday, May 14, 2010

Tapestry 316

When I was a child I LOVED animals. I would bring home all kinds of strays (and some that weren't stray) to try to talk Mama into letting me keep them. "Please Mama, let me keep him?" Usually the answer was a no, but it never stopped me from trying again the next time I came across an animal I just knew needed a new home and someone to love him. I still love animals of all kinds...well not so much the slithery type, but most any with fur or feathers. I met Kathleen Golter Roeth on Christian Artist Street Team on Etsy and got to know her a bit better when we friended one another on Facebook. Kathy is a lovely artist who works in a variety of mediums which she uses to draw and paint the most delightful subjects, some who just so happen live on her farm.

Kathy's horses look like the kind of horse you would find on the TV shows I used to love to watch as a child like My Friend Flicka, Black Beauty and of course Mr. Ed. They weren't just a pet to their owners they were their friends. Kathy paints horses that look like they could be my best friend who would listen to my every thought and share adventures.

Sugar - a very pretty horse

I Want To Play - a beautiful buckskin horse

Kathy paints other farm animals with such sweet expressions that you just want to go out looking for a farm to buy.

Long Horn Cow and her calf - That's My Baby

Fiona the baby calf

The next two animals I would like to share with you are a dog and a cat. Boxers have become rather dear to me in the last few years. We have a sweet Boxer granddog named Toby. He always makes Gramma and Papa welcome to his home...and is so happy to welcome anyone who comes to visit. And this cat reminds me a little of my Rusty cat. I love cats!!

A Boxer called Diesel

Oranges Bajoranges

Kathy offers her original artwork along with very reasonably priced prints of her work in her Etsy shop, Tapestry 316. And now I leave you with a few words from Kathy's Etsy profile:

"My artwork has always been inspired by the beauty of God’s creation and by memories from my past. I remember being surrounded by family treasures as a child like the brass bell that has been rung by chubby little fingers since the 1920’s.

The present is filled with chubby fingers, too, since my daughter and son-in-law have two lovely girls and I am excitedly awaiting my third grandchild who will be adopted in the near future. Well, I hope it will be soon! Adoption sure takes a long time… and this is one impatient Grammy here – LOL!

The best part of the tapestry of my life; however, is the love that my Lord Jesus Christ has for me. Both the saving grace that He has shown me by His death on the cross and His constant presence in my life have proven over and over that He is indeed Who He says He is. "

blessings, ZudaGay


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