Sunday, December 10, 2006

Ug Study Week

Technically this week is study week, the week that my student have to prepare for their upcoming final exams. For me, the TA, that means this is the week between grading term papers and grading final exams that I can work on my own version of hell. Yes, my dissertation. I recently learned that one of my committee members going on sabbatical in the spring and leaves the country at the end of February, which means I must MUST take my B-Exam (oral defense of my dissertation) before she leaves and since I MUST submit my completed rough draft 6 weeks before the exam I need to get it out before I head home for the holidays! So thats why I haven't been updating the blog this week or making new earrings (much). I have of course been making plenty of Christmas presents as that time is quickly upon me too. I did post a couple new earrings this weekend and included a pair in this blog. If anyone out there is undergoing the stress that is grad school and would like to co-miserate, feel free to contact me!

Monday, December 4, 2006

Green and Black Beta Earrings

Of course I still haven't finished correcting term papers, so it makes sense that I have posted a handful of new earring on Etsy in the last 24 hours :) I just can't stop! Making jewelry is like an adiction. I figure the more I make the better the chances are someone will find just the right thing that they are looking for. This morning before getting into grading I made 4 pairs of earrings, three for sale and one Christmas present. Unfortunately I have run out of ear hooks again. So maybe I'll run out to the craft store this afternoon after my meeting and post a few more tonight! Here's the only pair I could finish with ear hooks this morning, the green beads are beautiful.

Sunday, December 3, 2006

Term Paper Weekend

Thursday I received 50 10 page papers from my students, so you can imagine what I've been doing this weekend! Yup, making earrings! Well not exactly, I made 3 pairs while taking an extended dinner break last night and posted them on Etsy this morning. I've included a pic of my favorite one, the colors on these gemstones are extremely painterly. Check the site to see if I've been procrastinating any more today! ;)

Friday, December 1, 2006

Annettes Angels

After remarking in my last post that I had sold a style of pink earrings to a breast cancer awareness website I realized it would be nice to give that website a little promo. So here are the earrings that I actually sold to the website which is called Annette's Angels. I've added a link to the website in my links so please check them out, half of their proceeds go towards breast and ovarian cancer awareness funds. It's a very worthy cause.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Pink Cluster Earrings

It seems like everyone loves these pink cluster dangly earrings! And I can't blame them! I had to keep the first pair that I made for myself :) I can't seem to keep the beads in stock, everytime I sell one pair someone else wants a pair and I'm not complaining! The funny thing about these earrings is that they are known by my mother's friends as my breast cancer awareness earrings by mistake. A few months ago I sold a pair of pink earrings to a woman beginning a breast cancer awareness website and she ended up buying 10 pairs to put in her shop which featured pink handmade items (though nothing with the obvious pink ribbon). Before seeing the website my mother mistakenly told her friends these were the style on the website and now they are the official breast cancer awareness earrings for the girls at Winslow Elementary School! Oops! Either way, I'm glad people find my earrings beautiful enough to inspire! Want a pair?

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Working with My Hands

Frequently I find myself making up excuses for why I make so many earrings. When I'm stressed mentally I need to relax by working with my hands, I say. And its not a lie. But lets face it, making earrings is a lot more fun than reading theory! Yet again I find myself itching to sit down to my jewelry making mess and playing... I suspect there will be a few more earrings on the etsy site tonight or tomorrow!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Buy Handmade This Holiday Season

I'm sending out this promotional blog to encourage everyone to support small businesses and buy handmade this holiday season! Many of you know, and those of you who don't should, that I have a website where I sell jewelry ( What you may not realize is that is essentially the world's largest online craft fair with over 27,000 sellers and the perfect place to make a dent in your holiday shopping! I encourage you to take a peak at the items on, you'll find everything from homemade stationary to high quality jewelry, clothing to bath and body products. Support something worthwhile this year, support artisan made products!

New Blogger

So I'm looking for new places to promote my jewelry website and discovered blogger! Hopefully you'll discover me too! A little bit about myself, I'm a graduate student at Cornell University studying art history and hope to graduate this year sometime. With all the stress of reading and writing I relieve stress by working with my hands, I find it much more satisfying than anything theoretical that I accomplish. I've been making jewelry since I took a beading class with my mom in junior high at the local yard good center, it's been a long time! If only I could make a living making jewelry! If you'd like to check out my jewelry website here it is: . Let me know what you think!