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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Check it out - I'm the Featured Artist on The Spotted Box Blog!

So I'm a participant in The Spotted Box. What it is for those of you who don't know is a sample box of handmade/organic/eco-friendly products from various handmade sellers. The box goes on sale the 15th of every month. There's a huge variety of samples in it. You can check out my blog post here to see what came in my box this month. Each box is different, no 2 are a like which is part of the fun because you know who is participating but you won't know who will be in your box until it arrives and you open it.

Anyway, they do weekly artist features and this week I'm up! To read all about me (yes I'm shamelessly promoting myself) check it out here.

If you would like to be part of the box in an upcoming month go to for more info and be sure to tell Tory that I (Jewelry by Desiree) referred you.
The best part is that if you give 60 or more samples you get a free box of your own (totally worth it in my opinion).

Monday, April 20, 2009

Featured Artist - Ninja Jenn

- What is your shop name and what does it mean to you?

Ninja Jenn - it's something my friends have always called me (LOL). I can get myself into some funny situations, as I am totally clumsy and eccentric (which is a dangerous combo!), but somehow I always manage to "save myself" just in time. One day a friend called me a "Ninja of Chaos" and the Ninja part has just stuck...

- What websites do you sell on how did you decide on which ones?

and Made it Myself
I started out on Etsy, but I was looking for something a little more welcoming and fun... thank God I found artfire! I just recently started selling on the other two... mostly just to try a few new venues out. My heart definitely lies with Artfire, though.

- How long have you been crafting?

Essentially all my life...but i've only been selling for about 10 years

- Tell me any interesting things about you that you would like to share.

I am totally quirky. I keep really strange hours. I love people. I used to run a bar. I used to be a real estate broker. I love music. I'm a car dancing fool. I laugh ALL the time. My family is SO very important to me. I've gone to the same church my entire life and I still love it there (even though i've tried all the major religions... and some minor ones... over the last 30 years LOL).

- What do you sell in your shop?

Mostly jewelry. I use recycled materials whenever I can. I love using resin on everything. I am about to list a few new things, though, like magnets and trinket boxes.

- Tell us about your crafting space.

Well, technically I have a "studio" set up in my home... but it's a constant work in progress LOL. The reality is that I craft all over the house... and all over my friends' houses... and all over my mom's house... well... you get the picture... LOL

- Do you belong to any guilds, teams or other indie craft organizations?

I just got accepted to my first guild ever - the Fairweather Friends Guild on Artfire

- Where do you find inspiration?

Everywhere. I love to roam through craft stores and thrift stores trying to find things I can breathe new life into... and I simply ADORE the hardware store... I can think of a million and one uses for all the stuff in Home Depot! LOL

- Tell me a bit about your creative process

Mostly it's a crafting free-for-all LOL... I grab a ton of stuff, drink a lot of coffee, and just go to town... there's really no rhyme or reason to it! I just let the creativity flow and hope for the best!

- Where have you learned to do what you do?

Mostly I am self-taught. I've always been that kid that took everything apart just to put it back together... and that has run over into my creative life. I love to buy mass-marketed things, rip them to pieces to find out how they were put together, and try to make one my way... hopefully better as well! I constantly read everything I can about crafting, arts, music... so a lot of what I read spills into my creating too.

- What is your favorite item in your shop right now?

I love everything in my shop, but currently I am in liking my domino pendants a whole lot...

- Why is it your favorite?

A friend found me these wonderful vintage pressman dominos at an estate sale, and it took me forever to decide what to do with them... Now that I have found a use for them, I love them far more than I thought I would!

- What is your favorite part of your craft?

I love taking something that someone else didn't want and breathing new life into it... it makes me feel good to know that I am keeping things "in the cycle" and doing my part to help our environment

- What is your least favorite part?

Paperwork... I am NEVER caught up on organizing my purchase receipts... I don't think it will EVER happen tbh LOL

- How did you get started with your craft?

My family is a crafty family in general... we are always making stuff in one way or another... whether it's sewing, cooking, painting, whatever. It’s just in my blood I guess...

- If you sell on more than one site which is your favorite and why?

Artfire... BY FAR! I LOVE the community there, and the listing process is hands down the easiest I have found

- What makes your shop unique?

NINJAS! lol... seriously though... I like to think I’m what makes it unique... I try to give the best service and product to each of my customers, and I always try to make each buyers experience unique in and of itself...

- What advice do you have for other independent crafters just starting out?

Do what you love! Don’t worry who else is doing what, or what they are selling or not selling... just pour your heart into your art and the rest will fall into place!

- Where else can we find you on the web?

Facebook, MySpace, just about anywhere... I am an internet kinda gal! ;0)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

April's Spotted Box

This has been the second box that I have been a part of. This month’s box was great. Only my second box but I’m so happy with it. So many great samples I can’t wait to use them this time. Here’s what came in my box this time around.

2 by 2 Boutique - $5 gift certificate
Clear Hills Honey Company – Lip Balm samples (one of my favs)
Coffeybean Boutique – Clean Beans (can’t wait to try these out)
Country Soaps by Marlene – Rosemary Gardeners Soap (can’t wait to shower with it)
Creative Thought – Quotes (I'll have to find a cute way to use these, maybe as an extra in my jewelry orders)
Crochet Frog – fun hair band (I’ll have to try this one out soon)
Custom Candy Creations & Memories by Olenka – Cute little basket with some candy in it (and man are these little wintergreen candies good!)
Elizabear Crayon Designs – Little green duck crayon (can’t wait to give it to my nephew)
Fluffinfixings – Upcycled Baggie (I’ll have to use this in my jewelry packaging)
Glittersniffer – Mineral Makeup sample, eye shadow (can’t wait to use it)
Goose Hill Designs – Gingerbread Man Crayon (another to go to my nephew)
Glory by Herbals – Lavender Sachet (gonna put this in my pj drawer)
Kinder Klothes – wipe (no kids yet but it will still get used!)
Lil’ Bit Sassy – Mini Envelope (these I love, might need to buy more!)
The Melting Pot Candle Co. – Cotton Candy tart (now I need a tart burner!)
Monkey Tree Creations – Sleepy Sleepy Tea (I love tea, so excited about this one)
My Whimsie – Cotton Face Scrubbie (love it, perfect size too)
Naturally Adorable – Bamboo cloth (way cool)
Pony Pretties –Pony (meant for kids but I like it so I’ll probably use it myself)
Seventeen Stone - $10 gift certificate and a lollypop
ShopBub – Pretty gift tags (The next thing that I wrap is getting these on it)
Social Butterflies – Hair Clip (this one will have to go to my friend’s little girl)
Stitch ‘N Love – Hair clippies (also will go to Skylar)
Sudzy Baby – Goats Milk Lotion & Healing Hemp Balm (love this one)
Tiffany’s Trinkets – Cell Phone charm (I’ll probably use this as a zipper pull)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Looking for more artists to Feature

Hey there all of my followers (old and new).

I'm running out of interviews to put up on my blog. Anyone interested in being featured on my blog here please contact me through blogger or through artfire. Just go to my artfire page at and hit the contact button and let me know that you would like to be featured!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Featured Artist - Twilights Fancy

- What’s your name and where are you from?

I'm just north of Hollywood and I go by a few different names. Lisa when I'm on camera as an extra in movies and television, Rina Slayter when I'm making purses or sewing costumes, Ashleigh Raine when I'm writing romance novels and Twyla when I'm making Twilight's Fancy necklaces. I also happily answer to "Hey you!"

-What is your shop name and what does it mean to you?
My shop's name is Twilight's Fancy. It has a couple different meanings. In college when I was a theatrical lighting designer, I earned the nickname Twilight through my use of color. My work is creating what I fancy. Thus, Twilight's Fancy. However, there's an equally important genesis. In the romance novels I write with my best friend (as Ashleigh Raine), there's a character named Twyla, a corruption of twilight, and she makes necklaces that are fancy. Again, Twilight's Fancy.
- What websites do you sell on how did you decide on which ones?

My shop at Artfire is . That's where I post my necklaces. I also have a shop at Etsy where I post my purses and various other bits I make or would like to pass on to a good home. I didn't think I'd really dive in as much as I have, so I never imagined I'd end up with two shops, but that's how it went. And so it shall go forward! I list something new every day. It's a challenge, but one I happily accept.

- How long have you been crafting?

Do pipe cleaner candy canes count? If so, since I was about three or four! In other words, I've been around various crafts all my life. My mom used to sew and arrange flowers and my grandma was a seamstress and knitted a lot. I don't do the same things they did, but by being around them watching, I learned that if I wanted something bad enough, I should just make it. Following that logic, in junior high, I got very heavily into jewelry making and recycling old broken necklaces. Since then, not much has changed!

-Tell me any interesting things about you that you would like to share.

I'm a strange bird. No, really. My friends say I'm weird, but they love me that way. I've been in more than one hundred movies and television shows. I write romance novels with my best friend. I never learned how to ride a bicycle, but I drive and work on my classic cars. I'm a paranormal investigator for the TAPS West Coast Home Team. While I don't get to investigate with Jason and Grant from Ghost Hunters, I'm on their team and they're really awesome guys. In high school, I was a band geek (flute, piccolo, xylophone, saxophone). In college, I was a stagehand (props, carpentry, lighting, sound). On Fridays, I usually don one of my wacky, tacky, ugly vintage outfits and boldly wear it while running errands. Yes, it takes a lot of nerve to wear a plaid burlap pantsuit like it's just another outfit!

-What do you sell in your shop?

For the most part, I sell my handmade glass beaded Twilight's Fancy necklaces in my shop. I also sell handmade purses and ribbon choker necklaces with beads.

- Tell us about your crafting space.

I love my craft room. I really do. When I first met my husband, he'd just bought the house. The previous owner's wife used to sew, so the room already had a cutting table and a long counter for sewing machines. (Don't tell hubby, but that sewing room was one of the reasons I married him!) We've added shelves over the years in order to hold all of my supplies: beads, fabric, tools, antique doll parts (doll restoration is one of my many hobbies.)
-Do you belong to any guilds, teams or other indie craft organizations?

I'm just getting started in organizations. I've joined a few on ArtFire, but not yet on Etsy. Give me some time. I'll definitely get involved one way or another!-Where do you find inspiration?I dunno where I find inspiration. It kinda finds me. Usually, it has something to do with color. I'll be organizing my beads and a certain color will just stand out and I'll have to make a necklace out of it. Also, since one of the characters I write in the Talisman Bay series makes necklaces, too, I like to pretend I'm her and live in her world as she works. Twyla's a firecracker and I can only dream of having her guts!

-Tell me a bit about your creative process

First I either choose a color or the color chooses me. Then, I may or may not choose a second color. From there, I look through my bead inventory and pull out all the beads that seem appropriate. I begin laying them out and see what happens. Usually, I'll have a full necklace designed in about a half hour. From there, I have to build it. That can take anywhere from a half hour to three hours depending on how the necklace is constructed and how cooperative my beads are that day.

- Where have you learned to do what you do?

In high school, I tried to take a jewelry making class, but on the second day, I brought in a few of my pieces and the teacher told me there wasn't anything to learn from his class. He is an awesome teacher and even told me to transfer out that day, but keep working, keep creating, keep building. I most definitely did. Part of me wishes I'd taken the class, the other part of me is glad I didn't because I went off to experiment on my own to find out what works for me.

-What is your favorite item in your shop right now?

Sure, I love my purses and ribbon choker necklaces, but my Twilight's Fancy necklaces are truly my heart. They've been with me the longest and I'm at my happiest when I'm designing and building them. My favorite item right now is my most difficult to make, but good golly it looks awesome. It's a necklace I've titled "Good Omen". It's much harder to do than my signature Twilight's Fancy necklaces. I never make the same necklace twice and while I'll continue this design, I don't make them very often. In fact, I've only made two from this design. The first one was a prototype for myself and then I made Good Omen. It has dangles as well as a second strand, but since I don't string the beads, it's difficult to balance the correct lengths using beads on eye pins. Each link is done by hand and it takes a long time and requires a lot more precision than a regular Twilight's Fancy necklace.

-Why is it your favorite?

- What is your favorite part of your craft?

My favorite part of making necklaces is seeing people's eyes light up when they smile at my work. Making Twilight's Fancy necklaces brings me joy. Seeing my necklaces bring joy to others is why I make them in the first place.

- What is your least favorite part?

My least favorite part is the big dent I get in the end of my left thumbnail from securing beads on the eye pins. It's the best tool I take with me everywhere, but it's not exactly the prettiest.

-How did you get started with your craft?

I got started making jewelry because I had no money, but I had a bunch of old broken necklaces. I made the best of what was around me and still do. In college, I was a seat filler for some rather large televised awards shows (I even tripped and face-planted in a celebrity's lap once! I was so embarrassed.). Anyhow, I didn't have the money for a gown and jewels, so I made my outfits from $1/yard fabric and recycled old broken necklaces. Also, a friend of mine bet me that I couldn't make something out of the frayed and broken clutch cable from his car. Yes, the prototype Twilight's Fancy necklace was made with a broken car part even though no one would ever guess. That necklace inspired the one I made while I was a seat filler. That necklace inspired me to write Twyla as a necklace designer in the Talisman Bay series by Ashleigh Raine. All that just because I didn't have the money for what I wanted, so I just made it myself.
-If you sell on more than one site which is your favorite and why?

I'm not real sure why I like ArtFire more than Etsy, but I do. I think it might have something to do with how user-friendly it is, but I find myself surfing ArtFire more often than Etsy even though there's more traffic at Etsy. I figure that if ArtFire keeps going the way it is, it'll catch up to Etsy traffic-wise. We just gotta get the word out. It's still sort of a secret, but I think it's catching on. More people are hearing about it.

-What makes your shop unique?

My shop is unique in that my necklaces are the real thing from the Talisman Bay series novels. I list a new one every day and I never make the same necklace twice. Sure, they follow a similar design, but that's what makes a Twilight's Fancy necklace, a Twilight's Fancy necklace. All of my purses and ribbon choker necklaces are unique as well. I never make the same thing twice.

-What advice do you have for other independent crafters just starting out?

Don't give up. Laugh a lot...even when the cards are stacked against you. If you stay true to what you love, what you love will stay true to you.

-Where else can we find you on the web?

My website is where you can find out all sorts of crazy stuff about me. I'm into a lot of different things and I try to blog about them all.
and at on facebook.
My twitterfeed is at