Saturday, January 16, 2010

Can't believe I didn't post this!

So I am sitting here thinking about my blog and it just dawned on me that I didn't even post about something super exciting!

This month my work; both photography and jewelry, is on display at a local Starbucks and I didn't even tell you!! Seriously, what is wrong with me? (don't answer that!) LOL

The first pic is me staring lovingly at my work! he he :)

The second is just a section of my display. I had to expand it after this picture was taken.




If you are in Eau Claire and want to take a peek at my display visit the Starbucks on Hastings Way! If you are interested in purchasing any of the items on display please contact me through my Etsy shop at http:bailybellecreations.etsy.com

Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a fantastic day!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Featured Etsian....Pottery 123

Oh how I love good pottery! This amazing Etsy seller offers a wide range of products from bowls, mugs and platters to rings, pendants and wire wrapped necklaces! It's all so beautiful and hard to resist.

Jo Ann Stevens is a wonderful artist and has been making pottery for over 20 years . Her inspiration comes from nature, anything with texture and the unknown. She is always wondering, "What if?". You can find her pieces in two different Etsy shops.




1. Pottery123: offers dinnerware, serving/dips/plates, garden, baking dishes, home/garden decor, urns and vases, mugs and jewelry (just to name a few!)

2. Pottery123findings: offers just that...lots of
amazing jewelry findings

Each of her pieces requires a lot of time and energy and you can see that in her work! I recently purchased a pendant from her findings shop to make a necklace as a Christmas present, and was so happy with what I received. (see photo to left)! The glazing is gorgeous!

When I asked her how long it takes to make each piece she had this to say..."LOL, I am still working on a piece that has been in my head for 12 years. I have read that it takes 7 years or 7 tons of clay to become a potter, and that sounds about right to me."

Jo Ann used to have a B&M shop inside an old historical fire hall where she would teach classes and sell pottery on the main floor. 3 years ago she sold the building and is now showing pieces in her backyard. Before she purchased the fire hall she traveled and did major shows.

When I asked her if she had a favorite piece she said, "The current ones I am working on or the ones still in my head are always my favorite. I am proud of the work I have done and pleased with what I have been able to achieve with my glazes." I'm sure we all agree that the glazes are amazing!


I have had the pleasure of getting to know Jo Ann a bit through Twitter and Facebook. She is a passionate turtle lover and very straight forward, which I love! She has been listing on Etsy for about 6 months and is re-inventing herself as a jewelry maker. I can't wait to see what else she comes up with!

Make sure you visit her shops on Etsy and while your at it check out her favorite shop MaddieBee123





Find her blog here:
http://web.me.com/downtoearth1/Pottery123/Blog/Blog.html
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Down-To-Earth-Pottery/163841262961

Thanks Jo Ann for answering my questions. Can't wait to see your new items :)

Until next time stay warm ever one!
-Vanessa

Monday, January 11, 2010

And the Winner Is...

Thank you so much to those of you who entered my giveaway! I loved ALL of the suggestions for the "Name My Photo" contest and had a very difficult time picking the best one! So with that said here is what I did...I picked 2 winners!

CONGRATULATIONS
HeatherKentArt and CherylPurpleCow!

The new name for my photo is...

"The Ugly Duckling Waiting Outside the Back Door at the Swanson Factory"


To the winners: Please tweet or DM me which print you would like in an 8x10. If you prefer a greeting card I will do that too. Thanks so much for playing!

To those of you who did not win: I am offering you 20% off anything in either of my Etsy shops! Woo Hoo!! DM or convo me which listings you would like adjusted with the 20% off now through Jan 20th. Use the links below to visit my shops!

Jewelry: BailyBelle Creations
Photography: Nophia Photography

Thanks again so much for all your entries! This was a fun contest :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

It's a new year here at BailyBelle Creations and time for a GIVEAWAY!

Ok, so I've been slacking on the blogging. Time to make it up to you guys so I'm having a giveaway!

Here's the deal. I want to have a giveaway to help promote my photography shop on Etsy and I need your help! What do I need you to do? Well I want one of you to give this photo a name!

That's right just give it a name and you'll be entered to win an 8x10 glossy print of your choice from Nophia Photography! You can pick from any of my listings and I'll send you an 8x10! The best name will be chosen as the winner so think carefully and be creative!

Leave a comment here on my blog, Facebook or send me a TWEET on Twitter (http://twitter.com/BailyBelle) with your suggestion for a name for this photo! Good luck everyone. I can't wait to see what you come up
with!!

Contest runs January 5 - 10th!!

Feel free to share this on Twitter and Facebook!

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