- This blog started out as a way for me to display and sell my handmade jewelry creations. I have set up shop on Etsy.com, where my shop name is "Dreamin of Beadin". The link to my Etsy store is located on the right hand side of this page. Please check me out!! If jewelry's not your thing, then check out the site anyway ~ there are plenty of talented artists selling lots of cool things there. For your reading pleasure, this blog will serve as a sneak peek into what's going on "behind the scenes" in my world. I love to cook, so there will be plenty of recipes, as well as product reviews and the occasional product giveaway (woo hoo!) I also love to take pictures of anything and everything, and I just bought a new camera, so there will be plenty of photos. And I like wine too, so things could get pretty interesting . . . Thank you for your support of me, Etsy and "all things handmade" :)
I won't lie, I have major studio envy. Before I sound like an ungrateful spoiled brat, let me say that I am very thankful for the crafty space that I do have. As you might recall, at this time last year I was in the process of transforming a spare room into a work/storage area in which to create. I'm happy to have that, but whenever I see the studios of the real pro's, a pang of longing fills my soul. Even so, I still love to be a voyeur into the creative spaces of others. There is even a Flickr group I belong to that focuses on this interest. It is fun to see how others choose to decorate and organize their workspace. In most cases, you see how important it is that the space, however large or small, inspires the person who inhabits it. Recently I received an email from Interweave that was devoted to profiling the studios of a few experts. I felt the familiar twang of envy when I opened it, upon seeing photos of some amazing workspaces. That envy quickly turned into a warm feeling of hope that someday I too will have an amazingly wonderful studio that others will admire, and perhaps even envy a bit. I particularly loved the studio of mixed media artist Jenn Mason. Right away I noticed the collection of old milk glass vases she uses to hold various bits and bobs that she uses in her work. I sell similar vases in my other Etsy shop, Back Door Deals! It was great to see this example of reusing old pieces in a way that looks very tasteful. If you want to see more of Jenn's studio, then just click here.