Vote for Your Favorite Design! Friday, March 22, 2013
Introducing Mejuri's Enchanted Emerald Jewelry Design Challenge!
Awhile back, I was approached by a new company called Mejuri to submit some designs for them. From time to time Mejuri offers a design challenge. Designers from all over the globe submit their designs hoping to get lots of votes and positive comments from people like you! You get to vote on the designs and winning pieces will be created and available for purchase! Designers receive royalties on all of their winning designs.
Shown above is my submission. I don't have fancy design software but I hope you like it. The competition is stiff and there are many incredible pieces to vote on. Voting ends on April 3rd! Enjoy!
New This Week! Sunday, February 10, 2013
If you've read my blog post last week, then you already know that I've been addicted to making semi-precious stone pendants lately! Here's a sneak peek of a few more brand new pieces...
This is an unusual Dendrite Jasper stone. It's unbelievably smooth to the touch.
I tend to hoard stones and gems like a secret stash of treasure. I've been hiding away this Lapis stone for some time. What a beauty! Real Lapis is getting harder and harder to come by!
This Sunset Jasper stone warms my heart.
This Snakeskin Jasper stone has a beautiful earthy green coloring and remarkable texture.
And lastly, here's a sneak peek at a bracelet I just finished in gorgeous Labradorite and Swarovski crystal.
I wish my photos could do these pieces justice. If you live nearby my studio in Georgetown Ontario, you may just want to stop in and see them for yourself. Each piece was created with genuine .925 sterling silver and Swarovski crystal. I love playing with pendants because you can just slide them onto any silver chain for a whole new look.
There's so many things I want to create! I'm currently planning my next fine art series in fabric, more upcycled shoes, a new line of books and so much more. I hope you'll stop by again soon to see what's next!
What's New for February Monday, February 4, 2013
Studio life in February is quiet. Visitors are few and far between and it seems as if folks are hybernating to stay out of the cold. But while my would-be guests are staying warm at home, it's "go time" for me in the studio!
The quiet winter months at the Mill provides the perfect time for creativity to flourish. This is the time of year when I create my newest designs in jewelry and bookingbinding. It's also a time to focus on fine art projects that can't get done during the summer and fall months.
This week I've been exploring new designs in jewelry. I'm starting a new series of romantic Swarovski crystal necklace sets like this...
I'm already planning ahead for spring formals, weddings and proms and of course, Valentine's Day.
Although I do love sparkly crystal, I'm also really interested in natural and semi-precious stones. In the past few days, I've been totally addicted to making pendants, pendants and more pendants, like this gorgeous pink texture agate.
...and this agate with bronze bail...
....check out this unusual granite stone...
....I love this moss opal agate....
....and finally, a trio of black onyx, filled with Swarovski crystal....
I hope you've enjoyed this sneek peek into my studio. It's time for me to get back to work so I'll have more to share with you soon!
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale! Thursday, November 22, 2012
Hi folks! I just want to let you in on a well kept secret, I'm having a big online sale! 20% off everything in my Etsy shop on Black Friday (November 23rd) and Cyber Monday (November 26th) only. Everything will be automatically marked down.
If you wish to visit my studio in person, just mention this blog post to get the same discount!
Happy Holiday shopping. :)
Online Sale for Holiday Shoppers! Sunday, November 11, 2012
Hi folks! If you want to get the jump on your holiday shopping, I'm pleased to let you know that I'm hosting an online sale for 10% off everything from November 12th to November 19th! If you're visiting my studio in person, just mention my blog post for 10% off all in-studio purchases too!
Guess What I'm Making? Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Update! Guess, what? They're finished!!!!
After soooo much more work, these shoes are finished and good to go. I completed the artwork, applied it to the shoes, added finishing elements inside and outside of the shoes, treated everything with stain/UV protection and applied more than 200 Swarovski crystals. Then I bought a gorgeous box which I lined with dark rust velvet and included 2 organza bags to hold each shoe. Here's some photos of the finished shoes. They're currently featured at the "Design on Main Street" art to wear show at Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre. I'll be adding them to my Etsy shop too! I decided to name them "Art Diva".
Here's some photos of the finished shoes. Enjoy!
I'm gearing up for the next show in the Williams Mill Gallery called "Design on Main Street" happening November 7th-18th. This art exhibit and sale is all about wearable art! It's going to feature some fabulous artists. So here I'm thinking "What can I do with my skills to create something new and exciting?" Well, I'll tell ya! I picked out some size 9 sale bin platform stilletos and I'm planning to make them sensational!
Here's a couple of "before" shots.
So the heels started out basic black. Now, I remember those days when I had to wear heels a lot for special events and decided to make a few upgrades. First, I ripped out the insoles which were poor in the first place with lumps and bumps. No wonder our feet hurt! Then I installed some comfort insoles and stitched up an artsy insole to go on top.
Then I sanded all the rough edges on the platforms and bottom soles. Have you ever snagged your tights with your heels and made a hole? I thought it prudent to smooth everything out. I also sanded off the old finish on the platforms and heels.
What to do with the tip of the shoe? Any paint or fabric would scratch and wear off on the first try, so I decided to cut out and inlay some copper sheet metal into the platform toe. After that I painted the platforms and heels, added more detail on the inside of the shoe and then stretched some fine woven steel chainmaille over the platform and heel.
Now for the tricky part, I want to create my signature style of fabric collage with free motion stitching to the main part of the shoe. That's what I'm working on now. Here's what I've got so far...
...and here's what my studio work station looks like....
I'll keep you posted on how it's going but if you want to try them on....you'll just have to pop by the Mill! :)
Awesome Shops To Find Great Gifts Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Like many people, I'm always on the look-out for a great shop when I'm looking for the perfect gift. I do like to shop online, but I also like to support local shops first if I can. I've been working hard to create some amazing gifts and artwork for the holidays and am pleased to announce that my work can now be found among these fabulous shops!
I've heard nothing but great things from people who've visited this gallery. They have a lovely boutique with unique handmade items. If you live in the Sudbury area, or just passing through, this one is a must-see.
The Gallery Shop is currently featuring many of my most popular journal designs. Located at 251 rue John Street, Sudbury, Ontario
You can also find them on Facebook.
In the heart of the quaint village of St. Jacob's you'll find The Silo Weavers. A vastly popular tourist destination, the village is a place to capture your heart. This area is pretty much the quilt capital of Ontario with many hand quilted treasures nearby. It's the perfect place to see fiber art! Back in 2006 I was honored to be a guest artist of the Silo for a week during their annual quilt festival. It was an amazing experience that I'll never forget. Since then, I continue to bring many of my fiber wallhangings, vases and jewellery which are featured in their lovely shop.
I'm also pleased to announce the newest shop to carry my work:
The In-Spirit Centre specializes in providing spiritual gifts and services. It's a beautiful facility located in downtown Georgetown, Ontario. The shop is warm and friendly and the upstairs rooms are inspiring to say the least, with space for classes, readings and holistic therapies, special events and more. They celebrated their grand opening just last week and I was thrilled to see how well received the opening was. Owned and operated by Barbara and Mark Pimento (aka my sister and brother in law).
For this shop, I'm able to feature additional aspects of my work not seen anywhere else.
For example, here's one of my Ohm inspired mini masterpieces. Every work of art is one of a kind. There are currently several Ohm pieces here along with my new series on animal totems, pendulum jewelry and more.
In-Spirit is located at 61 Main Street South, Georgetown, Ontario. You can also find them on Facebook.
Big Fabric & Craft Supply Giveaway This Weekend! Friday, September 28, 2012
Stop by my studio on Saturday September 29th and Sunday September 30th from 12pm-5pm and choose from a big selection of FREE fabric, craft supplies, books and more!
I've decided to clear space in my studio and have selected lots of high quality supplies that I no longer need. It's a real treasure trove of goodies and it's all free! Bring your own bag to carry items home.
I'll be accepting donations with 60% of the proceeds going to the Upper Credit Humane Society which badly needs our support. The remaining 40% will go to lighting repairs and upgrades in the fiber art studio of Williams MIll.
Best wishes, and I hope to see you there!
Welcome to my new site! Sunday, August 19, 2012
If you're a frequent visitor to my website, you may notice that I now have a new look for christinemarieford.com! As my work has continued to grow and evolve, it seemed only fitting to grow and evolve the look and function of my website. With the new "indiemade" platform, I'm able to easily control and update all aspects of my website to keep it a current and vibrant place! So welcome, and allow me to show you around.
You may notice that I now have e-commerce with a new store right here. I will be adding more new products for sale here soon. I use PayPal as it's safe method for online shopping for both the buyer and seller. I will also be keeping my popular Etsy shop open for business with nearly 100 products available for sale including my popular custom leather bound books.
This page that you're reading now is my new blog where I'll be sharing aspects of studio life, exciting news and more. I will continue keep my blog "Born 2b Me: Journeys for the Creative Soul" for loyal followers. I'll post many of my articles, especially how-to's and important news on both formats, so just choose which platform you enjoy best.
I'm looking forward to continuously building my new site with galleries of my best work, great artwork for sale, an active blog and much more. I'm open to your feedback because after all, this website is for you! Feel free to drop me a line or leave a comment. The best is yet to come!
Discovering Indiemade Saturday, June 9, 2012
I'm a frequent visitor and reader of Handmadeology. Since opening my online shop on Etsy in 2009, it feels as though all I've been doing is eating, sleeping and breathing every marketing tip I could find. Trying to uncover the secrets of selling online has been no easy feat in today's tough economy and increasingly competitive market. Just days ago, I was reading one of Timothy Adam's posts and came across his rave reviews for indiemade®. Being a natural born "jumper-inner" I signed up for my free trial and here I am!
I've been dying to re-invent my website for a long time, but I lack both the technical savvy or a big budget to do it. I like the fact that indiemade® is easy to use and gives me control of my whole website. It's one thing to have a presence online, and it's yet another thing to have a current presence online. My work and my life has evolved so dramatically over the years, that I'm looking forward to a new way of managing my web presence. Here's to a new adventure!
Do you have your own website? What sort of platform works for you?
Until next time,