Wednesday, February 27, 2008

More of my Favorite - Greek Ceramic Washer Beads

I just love playing with the Greek Ceramic Washer Beads from Mykonos. This assortment of jewelry was made using silver. I love stamping and dapping silver too. Included of the Greek beads are various sizes from 3-4mm to 13mm. These pieces are available on my website at
Or if you prefer to play with these fun beads yourself you can find them on my Etsy site:

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

RSS Feed and Blogs

When I started my Blog I did not know anything about the Blog world. In fact I could not even believe I had become a Blogger. HUH?? Blogger? Wondering if people even care what I have to say. do get kind of addicted to it. And surely hope someone is reading it. I have since learned more and now kind of understand a new facet of blogging or ways to read someone else's Blog. I figured if I did not have a clue about this then maybes others do not either. It is called RSS Feed.
From Wikipedia:
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. An RSS document, which is called a "feed," "web feed," or "channel," contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that's easier than checking them manually.
Here is another interesting article about RSS Feed and what it is all about:
You also will have to know about RSS Readers.
From Wikipedia:
Feed Readers also known as an a feed aggregator.
Aggregators reduce the time and effort needed to regularly check websites for updates, creating a unique information space or "personal newspaper." Once subscribed to a feed, an aggregator is able to check for new content at user-determined intervals and retrieve the update. The content is sometimes described as being "pulled" to the subscriber, as opposed to "pushed" with email or IM. Unlike recipients of some "pushed" information, the aggregator user can easily unsubscribe from a feed.
Aggregator features are frequently built into portal sites (such as My Yahoo! and iGoogle), modern Web browsers and email programs.
I personally use Google to reed my feeds.
So when you are on a blog that you want to keep up to date with all you have to do is click on the little orange Rainbow picture (this is the universal Feed Icon) or were it says: "subscribe to feed" and the articles will come to you.
Michelle Mahler

Thursday, February 21, 2008

My First Print Ad!

I am excitteeddDDDDD..My first print ad with Indie Finds co-operative
.....Wooo Hooo......
Learn more at

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

My Latest Project - Acid Etched Beatles

For a long while I have really really wanted to do something with acid etching. I had this vision of doing faces. It all started with this picture of my son when he was a baby. I had tinkered with the color and contrast to get this black and white image. I used to use this B&W image as my avatar. It was originally a project for my scrapbooking side.
As a very young girl I remember hearing the Beatles "Michelle" on the radio and knew for sure they were singing to me. I was a bit of a Beatles freak in my teens. I felt that I was born at the wrong time. How could I have missed those concerts in 1964? I read everything I could about them. I purchased a bok of the complete history of the Beatles that included a poster. That poster had been on the wall of my bedroom since the late '70-'s. On their last trip out here I convinced my dad to do downstairs to my old bedroom and bring me that poster. Could it be almost 30 years later?? Shocking to get old....I digress.....

So I scanned that poster and shrunk it and tinkered with the contrast. I really felt there must be a way to do what I wanted. I could see the piece of jewelry in my head. I got the B&W image were I wanted it, somtimes editing pixel by pixel. All I had to do was figure out a way to get the detail I needed as resist onto the metal. I have read of several ways to do it and even tried a few only to have miserable results. It was very disheartening. I tried for weeks. I finally went to the ironing the toner onto the metal method and that didn't work either. The image didn't come off the paper. I tried again. It seemed to work ok but there was some white residue I coul dot srub off with out scrubbing off the detail...out of frustration I just had to plunge it in the acid and see what I would get. I am really shocked at the results. It is totally cool! Here is that piece. I also did a test patch of a scrolly pattern. the whole piece of copper is 4-1/4" x 2". I am going to turn it into a piece of more later!!
It just makes me want to sing, "Love Love me know I love you..." ......

Monday, February 18, 2008

Running Bunny Handcrafted Gemstone Earrings

Sometimes you just need some cute! These earrings fit the bill. 1-3/8" total length. Artist made leaping bunny sterling charms a top Calcite stones. Bunny length (across) 15mm. The green of the Calcite is such a wonderful cool yet warm color. It makes me think of summer! Follow this link right to the earring page of my website Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter. You will be privy to subscriber only sales. You can sign up here: Newsletter.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

I finally have time to play....

...with my beads that is.

Circles and Circles - Greek Washer Necklace
Greek washer beads and donuts entwined with brass rings- twisted, hammered and filigree. The warm tones of the naturally patinated brass match so well with the colorful but earthy tones of the ceramic Greek beads from Mykonos Island. 18-1/2" with a 2-1/2" drop. You can buy the beads and Vintaj brass on my etsy page(to the right you can see the link). Or the Necklace on my webpage: I have been trying to get all my new handcrafted gemstone jewelry creations added.
Of course I had to make earrings to match...A bracelet is also coming but I ran out of some supplies.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Pantone Selects Colors for Spring 2008

Designers Dive into Color for Spring

Refreshing splashes of invigorating brights punctuate classic, versatile neutrals as designers offer a playful spring palette for endless exploration and creative combinations. Variations on popular colors such as energizing red, cool, waterborne blue and eco-friendly greens also play a key role this season.

“The spring ‘08 color palette perfectly reflects the cheerfulness of the season,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Stabilizing neutrals combined with pops of brighter colors to create unique, distinctive looks are the basis for a great spring and summer wardrobe.”

The top 10 spring 2008 colors for women:
Snorkel Blue (PANTONE 19-4049)
Freesia (PANTONE 14-0852)
Daiquiri Green (PANTONE 12-0435)
Croissant (PANTONE 16-0924)
Rococco Red (PANTONE 18-1652)
Silver Gray (PANTONE 14-0000)
Spring Crocus (PANTONE 17-3020)
Cantaloupe (PANTONE 15-1239)
Pink Mist (PANTONE 13-2805)
Golden Olive (PANTONE 16-0639)

Reds, Purples and Pinks
Spring Crocus is one of the most wearable and prettiest hues as it mixes pinkish lavender and soft purple.
Pink Mist is a cool, crisp shade of lavender pink, very subtle and flattering.
Cantaloupe is a warm, soft peachy pink, reminiscent of soft rose petals.
Rococco Red is an exciting and invigorating pinkish red, which blends boldly with other pinks and purples.
Greens and Blues
Daiquiri Green a subtle earth-tone, soft and gentle like the first buds of spring. An elegant pastel minty-green that compliments one of the season’s keynote colors Silver Gray.
Snorkel Blue is an energetic bolder blue, providing warmth and sophistication.
Yellows and Browns
Freesia, exactly as the name suggests, mirrors the bold yellow vibrance of the freesia flower. Cheerful and friendly, this browny yellow is uplifting and inviting.
Golden Olive needs no introduction. Soft pastel mixes of greens and browns suits most skin tones. The color of this almost-ripe Mediterranean olive provides a sound base for this season's creations.
Keynote Color
Silver Gray, soft subtle and versatile, flattering and elegant, this keynote color replaces the harsh black of the winter. Perfect for the transparent fabrics which designers favor for spring. Reflecting a natural hue found in mother-nature’s garden Silver Gray is the color of fur, pebbles and springtime clouds.

You can view the full report here: Spring 2008 as a pdf file

Just Listed on Etsy

I just listed that fabulous handcrafted earrings today on Etsy. They are made of Ancient Roman Glass and Turquoise Heishi. The elongated ear wires are Vintaj Brass. My link to my Etsy Shop is to the right or You can also buy them on my website

Here is the full shot of these stylish individual earrings:


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