Merry Christmas!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Wishing you lots of joy, love and happiness! Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus!


Friday, 16 December 2011

Just finished these Flora earrings with enamel in the lovely pink shade of petals. Lately I'm drawn to light and springly colours. Maybe because the days are so gloomy and grey. It's the darkest time of the year.

They are a little bigger than other Flora earrings, but still quite small and not heavy. I pay much attention to the weight of earrings since I prefer lighter ones myself. Frosted glass bell flowers have a touch of aurora borealis coating on one side which adds a little luminosity. Shiny sterling silver findings. The overall impression is very feminine and romantic.

Wishing you a cozy and peaceful weekend!

Monday moodboard - lovely

Monday, 12 December 2011

Hello Monday!

Cool bear with cool hat by SilkHome
Red heart by ZenzPhotography
Ceramic white Christmas tree and star decorations by EsmeDodsworthDesign
Black asymmetric beaded necklace by zdrop

Monday moodboard is a collection of beauties made by European Street Team members. To see more moodboards and to play along hop over to Star of the East.

Wishing you a lovely week!

Turquoise heart

Friday, 9 December 2011

Before I sign off for the weekend let me show you my newest creation. Small pierced dots that have lined up in the shape of a heart. Domed 1 inch (2.5cm) copper disc and layers of opaque and transparent enamels that have fused to a smooth warm turquoise glass coating.

Delicate antiqued copper chain. Simple and romantic. I can imagine this layered with other necklaces or chains.

Listing in a short while.

Happy weekend!

The first snow

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Unusually late this year.

Monday moodboard - December

Monday, 5 December 2011

Hello new week!

Earrings by KalliasWonderland
Snowflake ornaments by LaNiqueHOME
Winter photo by EvgeniyaMaslakova
White linen felt bracelet by soroka

Monday moodboard is a collection of beauties made by European Street Team members. To see more moodboards and to play along hop over to Star of the East.

Have a great week!

Musings on my third etsyversary

Thursday, 1 December 2011

I've decided to make it a tradition and look back at the year that has passed. Just like I did on my second etsyversary. Time flies, doesn't it?

This has been the first year I've focused only on enameled jewelry. Like for many people who have been involved in arts and crafts for the most of their lives it was a little difficult for me at first to find that one particular area to put my creative energies into. Now I've found my creative outlet and it has become more and more rewarding in many ways.

Having an Etsy shop has never been just about selling. I love the creative journey and stories to be told and heard. Like The Pink Cloud Necklace which was inspired by one rainy summer morning in the old town of Rīga. The finished piece turned out almost too lovely for my taste, but it has become my best selling item. It has been featured in numerous treasuries and has received more than 1000 hearts on Etsy. The number is pretty exciting, isn't it? And I love the stories my customers have shared with me about the meaning of clouds or one particular cloud in their lives. This has also made me think a lot about the boundaries. It does make sense to be too lovely sometimes. Or too cute. Or too crazy. Or too... (insert any word here).

As for the plans I mentioned last year:
  • focus on marketing (yeap, done that; some things worked better, some not),
  • write in Latvian (yeap, but I'm having a huge writers block at the moment),
  • try to make my enamel look more Latvian (working on that, it's a long term goal actually),
  • and create, create, create (it's an evergoing process, isn't it?)

What's up next?

My plans involve trying out new techniques. Etching is the first on the list. I've invested quite a lot in new tools and studio equipment lately, so the playground is set up and most likely will lead to new designs. I intend to enjoy crafting. A lot. And that means both - a lot of fun and a lot of crafting.

Thank you for being arround and spending time with me! I'm honoured to be in your company on this journey!


Giveaway winner

Monday, 28 November 2011

It's time to announce the winner of my giveaway. I used to draw the lucky number. And now the drumroll, please - I'm going to send the necklace to Lauren! Congratulations!


Saturday, 26 November 2011

Hot tea and gingerbread is my medicine against this gloomy and stormy weather. I hope you're having a cozy weekend too. Or a busy weekend if you have joined the Black Friday to Cyber Monday sales madness on Etsy :)

Don't forget to enter my giveaway! See you on Monday!

Free shipping worldwide

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

It's that time of the year again. I'm participating in Black Friday to Cyber Monday sales on Etsy and offering free shipping worldwide on all my items through November 28th. International shipping takes time, so these are the last days to make a purchase if you have set your eyes on something in my shop and want it delivered before Christmas.

Happy shopping!

Connect the dots

Monday, 21 November 2011

These are my newest creations. Colourful dots to finish the outfit. And when I write dots I mean the tiniest copper discs measuring mere 9.5mm or 3/8 inches. The dainty chain is shiny sterling silver, almost invisible yet strong. Perfect for everyday wear.

On Thursday I mentioned that I may have a surprise for you. And here it is. I'm giving away one of the new necklaces to thank you for visiting here and just being around. A small Christmas gift from me to you.

To enter the giveaway all you need to do is to leave a comment under this post telling me which colour is your favourite. You can choose between scarlet red, lime green and speckled blue. Surprise me is also an option in case you want me to pick the colour for you. Please, comment with your name and e-mail or your Etsy username (to be sure I can contact you if you're the lucky winner).

The winner will be drawn on Monday November 28 (you can enter until 11:59 pm EET).

My creative space

Thursday, 17 November 2011

I'm sifting enamel and playing with colour. The fun part is that you never know what colour exactly the enamel is until you fire it. Names can be misleading, pictures can be inacurate and powdered enamel can look very different from fired enamel. This is my favourite red.

Tomorrow is our National Day and I'm taking a small break from blogging. Be sure to come back on Monday when I'll reveal what I'm working on. I may have a surprise for you! Stay tuned!

For more creative spaces hop over to Our Creative Spaces blog.

Monday moodboard - festive

Monday, 14 November 2011

Hello Monday! This week we celebrate 93th birthday of Latvia - a great reason for me to make the moodboard from local Etsy shops. Celebrate with us!

Autumn stars by MyMonography
Crocheted lace trim edging by eljuks
Small Christmas stocking by KatysHomeDesigns
Pinecone earrings by MagpiesShop

Monday moodboard is a collection of beauties made by European Street Team members. To see more moodboards and to play along hop over to Star of the East. It's fun!


Friday, 11 November 2011

Some ideas take days to grow, but this wasn't the case. I was simply struck by inspiration. Wish everything came so easy.

Copper and glossy turquoise blue. I'm a sucker for this combination. Layers of opaque and transparent enamels. Handcrafted copper earwires and lots of chain.

Long, but not too heavy. The first shoulder dusters in my shop. Already listed.

I hope your week has been productive too. Wishing you a relaxed weekend!

Caramel butterfly

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Last Thursday I showed you a butterfly. Now it's time for the finished necklace. Nut brown enamel on copper and melon shaped glass beads in red, chocolate and caramel browns. And a few clear glass beads with celsian coating for for a little bit of bling.

I didn't wanted the necklace to be heavy, so just half of it is made of beads, the rest is delicate antiqued copper chain. The necklace is short, so I added two more inches in a shape of a chain extender with wee red glass bead.

Romantic chocker with a warm glow of reds and browns for a girl who dreams about butterflies during winter.

Listing in my shop tonight.

Close up

Monday, 7 November 2011

Misty air + sun = wonderful weekend outdoors. I hope yours has been great too.

Stumbled upon these tiniest mushrooms. Are they mushrooms at all?

Happy new week!

Getting into the mood

Sunday, 6 November 2011

It's getting more and more Christmasy on Etsy, so I decided to throw a small party with cobalt blue snowlakes and lime green cocktails. Thank you Etsy for featuring this treasury on the front page!

















I hope you're having a lovely weekend!

My creative space

Thursday, 3 November 2011

My desk doesn't look like it's seven weeks before Christmas.

For more creative spaces hop over to Our Creative Spaces blog.

Monday moodboard - Halloween

Monday, 31 October 2011

Hello new week!

Halloween witch hedgehog by TheHouseOfMouse
Inbetween dreams and reality by shashamane
Chocolate bar post earrings by PetitPlat

Monday moodboard is a collection of beauties made by European Street Team members. To see more moodboards and to play along hop over to Star of the East. It's fun!

Happy Halloween!

Where did the week go?

Friday, 21 October 2011

Hello Friday! You may be wondering about the silence on this blog. Apart from being busy with a thousand things I had a cold. Not bad enough to keep me in bed, but nasty enough to make me feel too tired to blog and sometimes even too tired to think.

The week is almost over and I feel much better now. Have even bought a skein of lovely grey yarn for a new hat that will go well with my orange gloves. It's time for something warm. Lesson learned.

So you can guess where the colour inspiration for this treasury comes:

















Wishing you a lovely (and healthy) weekend!