Tuesday, August 31, 2010

It's All About ME!

I had my birthday last week Thursday and I am now a grand 46 years old. Wow in dog years that makes me 322 years old!  Hmmm perhaps one should not think of themselves in dog years.

Through out my many years, friends have described me with a few adjectives, unique, I am quite sure that one is code for weird, sparkling, bubbly, and  funny.  I think a pretty good all around description. I am blessed with a large group of friends and sometimes the oddest things inspire me to create.This saying came about in my group of friends, "It's all about Lisa"

So yes, I have to admit I actually made myself one that says, "It's All About Lisa" But it's not just about me, it's about you too! And now you can let the world know "It's all about YOU!"


Happy Birthday to my friend Barb who is my birthday twin and my old school pal Barb! I think that makes us birthday triplets! All of us on the same day!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Published Interview!

Since I started my Etsy store good things have been happening. Exciting things for me. Everyday seems to bring new success. I find that through social networks I am getting more subscribers and making new friends. Through my store, I am gaining new customers and sometimes things just seem to snowball. One night I had a message in my in box and found a note from someone named Rachel Krech. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Rachel wanted to do an interview on my Etsy store! I was so excited. Rachel writes for Associated Content from Yahoo. You can see her work here www.associatedcontent.com/thenews 

I'd love for you to read the interview she did about me! Here is the link http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5671358/etsy_interview_with_lisas_urban_nostalgia.html?cat=46

Also Rachel does many interviews on other talented Etsians as well. So be sure to check out her latest!

Bubble Gum Loop Earrings
 Coming Soon to my Etsy store!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Paper Bead Creations

It's been a while since I posted my original paper beads. Funny how life catches up to you and other things become top priority. Last week I just purchased a new computer, which although fantastic, takes  quite a bit of work to get things up to speed. So after a week of computer work things to be running smoothly so I am back to work!

I absolutely love the uniqueness (is that a word?) of these beads. Not only are they a piece of history, but they are just plain fun. I always enjoy adding text to my work. I think the written word is intriguing, and makes you wonder what the heck is written on them!

I will have these up on Etsy in the next day or two. So please check back in my shop!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Back to the begining

Time passes so quickly and now the summer is almost a memory. So here I am once again back at the beginning. Sometimes what really helps me to create is to get back to basics. They sometimes get blurred and a good review is just the cure.
I have had a small collection of antique books that I have had since I was a kid. We had a local antique shop within walking distance of where I lived. I would save my allowance and go to this store and buy antique books. For whatever reason they really held a fascination for me. I have had them with me for most of my life, and sadly they have been just sitting around collecting dust. So I was inspired by some paper beads I had seen and thought it would be fun to try to make them myself. Again going back to my childhood I used to make paper beads out of colorful magazines. Now as an adult I am doing the same thing but with a little different flair. I decided that those books had been on the shelf much too long and needed to become useful and given new life in my art work.

Several coatings of UTEE later and some colored embossing powder added to the ends. These paper beads take on a new form. The ultra thick embossing powder darkens the paper, and seals it leaving the bead with a glossy sheen. My books now come alive with color and are ready to be made into some sort of jewelry. Not bad for paper that is actually 102 years old! Perhaps now it will be around for another 102 years!