Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Weeks Worth

What an amazing week!

Every now and then, you are rewarded with kindness, for no apparent reason.  That's how this week has been.  The sweetest lady, Shannon Levart, from, saw my etched hinged cuff kit in my Etsy store, and decided to submit a post about it on Art Bead Scene.  You can see it here.  I can't tell you how honored I was, it blew me away.  And as a result, a great number of kits sold because of it.  All I can say is thank you Shannon, for your help AND encouragement. I had never offered a kit before, along with a tutorial, and thanks to those who have purchased it.  Please send me photos of your cuffs, so I can post the photos! 

You rock Shannon. Your kindness was amazing.


So, I wanted to come up with some fun idea for mailing out my kits.  I borrowed this technique from Ruth Rae's book, and used heavy paper to wrap the kit, then sewed the ends.  Everyone has really had fun getting it, and the post office lady is most impressed with my creativity!

So since my muse was working this week, I decided to make a fun surprise for a friend.  I mailed it off, and can't say who this went to, but here's a little sneak peak.  I'll post all the pics of this sweet project after she receives it.

The surprise is made up from some of my friends Lisa Jurist's sari silk,  a vintage mop button, coffee stained lace, and hand stamped muslin.  This was too much fun to make.  Oh, that sewing muse has it's hold on me!

Next week I'm off to Round Top, Texas to shop until I drop for antiques!  I am meeting up with my good friend and art sister, Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies.  She lives in Texas, and is kind enough to take me under her wing for seven days.  This is going to be an amazing scene.  If you haven't heard of it, imagine miles of fields, multiple towns, with a multitude of vendors, all selling antiques!!  Drooling yet?   I am!

So here's your chance to tell me what you would like me to bring back for you??
How about you guys leave me a little wish list note, and when I get back, I'll list some of those goodies in my Etsy store if I can find them?  What do you think??

I blast out of here early Wednesday morning, so get your wish list in early!
Hugs to all.



The Joy of Nesting said...

Oh my goodness Lady R having caring art sisters is just the BEST!!! Congratulations on the success of your maiden kit. Here's to many more coming from your studios!!

OOOOOWWWW a wish list for Round Top!! LW and I have promised that RT is the first trip to the Northlands that we will pick to go, as soon as kids stop getting married and having first babies!! But until then; bits of vintage cotton lace and trim,rhinestones(even orphan earrings), and always rusty chipped paint! :)

Hugs to Lady Dy please, You two have fun stay safe and enjoy each other's company!!
Pattie ;)
Mazatlan mx.

farmlady said...

Wow! You're becoming MORE famous and more famous. I better get your autograph when I see you at Art is You in Sept. Sis and I will be there.
I love the idea of a kit for making these cuffs and you certainly deserve the kudos for your talents.
Congratulations Riki, You will always be a sweet person and a wonderful artist.

Lynn Stevens said...

WOW Riki, I'd say you had an amazing week. I went over and took a peek at the article, WAY TO GO GF!!!! Your cuff is amazing, I don't know how I missed it in the earlier post. and even better you have it in kits. I wish you much success,I know they must be flying off the shelves!
hugs Lynn

stregata said...

Congrats to having your kits flying out of the shop! And kudos to Shannon!
I am now crying quietly in my keyboard, because I can't go to RT and join you and Diane...
but I can't wait to see what treasures you will unearth!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Riki,
the packaging looks wonderful and I love your sneak peek!I think your friend will be so thrilled! I'm so happy that you sold out your kits! Have a great time at Round Top.

slommler said...

Rusty, chippy storage bins/drawers/lockers!! Old locks and keys....vintage lace....stuff like that!!
Have a great time
I love your mailing package

Alice said...

Your handmade mailers are lovely, as are the emblished pouches!! I never learned to sew but seeing your creations makes me want to try.

Oh how I would love to go to Round Top! I know you'll come back with some fabulous finds!

Barbara Lewis said...

Have fun, Riki! I wish I were going with you! and I love your packaging ... it's awesome!

mairedodd said...

this is a wonderful post! i love your packaging and saw the post on abs... so glad it resulted in sales... shannon is a very special lady indeed...
did you and diane do this last year? or maybe just diane? i think i remember reading about some incredible antiquing venture...
hmmm - bullet casings, tiny vintage buttons, old lockets? i don't know, using vintage is new to me but i really am smitten with it... and diane got me into the bullet casings... that is a very generous offer! thank you -

Diana said...

Congrats girlfriend on the acknowledgment for your lovely cuffs...well deserved. On my wish list for RT would be....for me to be joining you and our Tex friends!!! Still haven't received that sweet gift surprise I just know you sent to me....right!!, hee hee...the recipient will love it.

Esther said...

congrats Riki!! you deserve it!! your cuffs are amazing!!

Mary K. McGraw said...

Have fun in Round Rock what fun it its. And give DIane Cook a hug. I had her as an instructor at Adorn Me earlier this month and she is fantastic!!

vintagesusie & wings said...

I'll be blasting off on the same day, hope our planes don't come into contact!! {kiddin}
Can't wait for all the CRAZY IN TEXAS gals to get together & can't wait to see you!
We are all gonna have so much fun!!!!

Beatnheart said...

Dang to get to Round Top one day the sooner the better. Have big fun Riki, but then how could you not.

connie said...

congrats Riki!! on all those sales, if those ladies have no idea who you are let me tell'm you are an absolute doll and karma is on your side!
your cuffs are beautiful and your I'm sure your tuturial is as wonderful as you are in person as a teacher! have fun at round top. if you were taking WH's truck I'd give you my list! ha!! send my love to diane...

Anonymous said...

Ooooo, the talent and kindness that runs through your creative veins, dahling!!!!

Hope you didn't get washed away with the rains this weekend. You have a fun, fabulous adventure ahead of you! Can't wait to see the photos of your pretties you get and hear all about the dirt kicking good time in Texas!!!!!


Jen Crossley said...

I must say I love receiving my etched bracelet in this wonderful packaging I didnt want to open it and spoil it.Congrats to you Riki you so deserve these honours.
Have fun with Diane

La Dolce Vita said...

congratulations Riki! you deserve it!! and have fun at Round Top, I always wanted to go and do it!! what fun!! xx's and have safe travel!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, it's a great kit and deserves the wonderful presentation. Exceptional photos too.