Monday, October 26, 2015

New Ornaments are Up!

Thats 14 listings you are looking at here.


Thats a lot of pictures.

But now that I have some new inventory I am going to go back through and clean out some of the stale stuff.  A friend of mine asked if I would offer some items for silent auction to benefit the McKinney animal shelter.  Which is great! I get to dump my old inventory and make room for new while getting some publicity in town and help out a good cause.  Cause I love fur babies!

Only one problem with that though, I need new business cards.  I haven't printed any with the new Emporium naming and updated informational links.  So I was up till 1am last night working on business cards. And since I actually have a color printer now I am working all kinds of professional looking things.  I have the cards, I just need some new ink and a little time. 

I have a busy week ahead with family, not sure what I am going to accomplish. Especially since now I have come down with a bad cold. 

Don't forget all sales from the shop are going to Elizabeth Comer to help her cover the costs of fighting thyroid cancer.  Click the name to donate directly!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Ornament Update

So as of right now:

49 ornaments in inventory that need re-shooting.
16 that need original photos.
5 of the ornaments in the picture I finsihed last night, the top three and the middle two from the left.

So with proper math, I have 65 ornaments to shoot, not including the ones that still need wrapping.

I still need to make more christmas version ones, right now I am pinning the opposite of the holiday one at the top right with alternating colors so they go as a set.  Then I want to do a set in silver, and in white.  But that probably won't be done till December, when I get this big Kanzashi project out of the way.

Not only that, but my husband has decided to change jobs, which may mean relocating. Not what I wanted to hear right before the holiday season starts but what the hell.

Monday, October 19, 2015

its me

Well, yes. It's me.

I don't normally come out in public like this.  I have adored my anonymity on the internet, but it is slowly fading away if I am to succeed as an artisan.

This is probably the best picture I have ever taken. LOL.

I'm done with kanzashi for the moment, I have a big kanzashi related project coming up in November I have to work on but can't really go into detail yet.

Ornaments are the main focus at the moment, trying to get some of the Christmas stock finished before I get in over my head for this project.  I also need to set up a photo shoot once again and redo all my ornaments. Lots of work. And I still have many that need trimming and many that just need photos so I can list them.  I also need a ton more ribbon and bells.  So it may be a while before I finish all of them, and probably not before the shoot.  I need a TON of ribbon.

My custom order backed out on me, so I need to reshoot that piece too.  Plus another that I missed in the previous shoot.  The red kanoko dots double sakrua still has kanzashi temple stamping....

Plus my son's birthday is this week.  It never ends.....

Saturday, October 10, 2015

New Set, New Sale!

Sister Kanzashi is back.

Going to finish an ornament and set up a photoshoot hopefully sometime tomorrow or Monday.

Also sold one of the thyroid cancer awareness kanzsahi! Another donation to Elizabeth's Medical fund at!

Please remember all sales are donated to Elizabeth until the end of 2015!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Custom Order Complete and Other Projects!

WELL, it's going to be a crazy month.

So the custom order is finished, and I haven't even had time to post since photos on last Monday.  It has been a whirlwind of appointments, schedule changes, errands, etc. I am barely holding on to reality.  Things keep slipping through the cracks, here and there. But I have managed to stay out of the shrink hospital so far.....

Ok so projects for October are......

Sister Kanzashi remake is about half finished.  I got most of it finished last night while my husband was stuck at work.  5 blossoms down with 1 flower, 1 leaf, and 1 rotational bira bira to go before I can work on mounting. 

Photos are coming soon.  I am bringing back the teapot and have another drop cloth to take away some of the yellow in the background, but I am starting to wonder if it's the light.  So sometime this weekend during the day (which is a tall order in this household) I am going to set up for the new product to be rephotographed.

I am getting photographed as well.  That's for an upcoming project I am not sure if i can give details on yet or not.  But I am headed to the arboretum weekend after next to have my picture taken in formal kimono and kanzashi.  By a professional. And considering I am down 35 lbs since the last time I wore a formal kimono, it might actually fit properly this time!

Then I am starting a white with china red backing rose kanzashi.  I might keep this one, not sure yet. 

Maybe after christmas I can get into my repair box and fix my other rose kanzashi. But with my sister moving back from Australia this christmas and this major project I just signed up for, I am going to be so booked the rest of the year that I think I might close the custom orders down for a while.  I dont want to though.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Custom order details.

So this is what I have so far....
It's obviously a double sakura, with china red outer layer and gold flecked black on the inner layer. What I DIDN'T realize when I ordered the gold flecked black is that it came as two tones, black and grey.  Woot. :( 

Honestly the gold hardly shows up at all and the grey adds some dimention but its really the wrong color.  I tried to hide it as much as possible, but I could only do so much with the larger petals.

The red stamens were a great addition, and really keeps to the darker tones of the piece. I only have pearl as my other option, and didn't want to add another color to the piece. 

Next up is shidare and mounting on a 3 inch hair fork, as requested.  I'm going with a red wrapping, it shows less glue than the black thread. I still also have a leaf piece to add, which the base is prepped and ready for petals.

THEN i still have another major project in the back ground.  It;s huge for me, and I am going to be investing a lot of time into it. I will probably shut down custom orders for a while until my part is completed. 

And in my free time, HA! The sister kanzashi remake still awaits......

Plus I am remaking the mermaid's jewel ornament.

I swear I do this all to myself. LOL!