Saturday, July 30, 2011

Autumn is Coming..

I hope everyone had a great summer! Summer is almost over and how fast did the time fly by? Spring was only recently. It didn't feel like summer to me at all because it was very rainy and gloomy  most of the time but of course we had nice days too!
But my favourite season of the year is autumn! You can wear nice cozy things, drink hot tea, relax and it is not freezing cold! And since I joined some treasury teams I wanted to share some new treasuries I created with you! 
I hope you enjoy them!
And thanks Windowfog for sharing this cool tool with me!

'Sunray Kissed - End of Summer Collection' by makoccino

Rustic Bohemian Three-i...
$10.00

Autumn Photography, dre...
$33.00

Simple Stacking Rings w...
$26.50

Something Brillant and ...
$32.00

Palimpsest summer circl...
$2.50

Sterling silver color p...
$29.00

Sailor's lover blou...
$79.00

Orange Drop Earrings - ...
$28.00

Xmas in July Sale 20% o...
$28.00

Icy Mint Earrings in An...
$11.20

Large Golden Yellow Ros...
$28.00

Large Mustache and an O...
$42.00

foliage - a mini autumn...
$20.00

starfish print- whimsic...
$16.00

The Red Umbrella at the...
$22.00

SALE Feathers Necklace
$20.99
'Autumn Warmth' by makoccino

Brooch pumpkin rose, fe...
$25.00
Small necklace with lea...
$35.00
RESERVED Necklace with ...
$155.00
Apple Basket Wearable A...
$27.00
BOGO sale -Butterfly Ph...
$30.00
Be My Valentine paper b...
$36.00
Fairy Brooch or Necklac...
$16.00
Large Mustache and an O...
$42.00
Mulan. Green Bamboo bea...
$20.00
Sea Nymph - One of a ki...
$25.00
Wanderers - Fine Art Ph...
$30.00
Sale...Maritime secret ...
$35.00
BOGO - 8 x 8 - Pink Ger...
$22.00
Girls, Tulle Petticoat ...
$102.00
Vintage Lace 8x10 Fine ...
$23.00
Beautiful Bow Top Cream...
$22.00                           

Friday, July 29, 2011

Shop Update - Hand Painted Miniature Violin

"Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.”
~Shinichi Suzuki


When I was in school I used to play the violin since it was a big dream of mine when I was little. Since the music school I attended used Shinichi Suzuki's methods I got the chance to learn something about him and his techniques.

As probably not everyone knows Shinichi Suziuki was the inventor of the international Suzuki method of music education. He believed that music and talent education should start from an early age and in a good environment. For me it is really crazy to see little children playing the violin that couldn't barely hold the violin! But it is amazing how great they became.

I really enjoyed playing the violin the first years, but somehow I was not very motivated to play it any more.. So I stopped after 7 years. Maybe because I got lazy and didn't practice enough? Because my interests developed in another directions? I don't know. Still the violin is a beautiful instrument and I really admire people who had the discipline not giving up on practising this instrument and now are able to play beautiful pieces breathtakingly. 

This locket was inspired by music and the idea to create something new and timeless. It was really difficult to create it because it is REALLY small! (And who thought symmetrical things are that hard to paint...) But I really wanted to create this necklace. 

Since there must be musicians out there I hope some of you (and not only) will like this necklace!
You can always find more here in my shop!
~mako

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Treasury Time

Since a lot of the items I included to my treasures are gone, I thought about posting them here from time to time to save the beauty!

Green Tea Love


 Cupcake Love


Feather Fever

I hope you enjoy them!

~mako

Friday, July 22, 2011

Featured Artist: amorfia

Our today's featured artist is amorfia!

Tell us a bit about yourself:

What is your background?
My name is Andreja and I live in Croatia,  a small country rich with beautiful natural treasures like Plitvice lakes, Kornati islands, Brijuni islands etc.
I work as a business secretary and spend my free time making jewelry which has been my hobby for past seven years.

What hobbies or interests do you have?
Besides jewelry making, I spend a lot of time on reading and photography. My favorite motives are details from nature, landscapes, waterscapes, animals and portraits.

Is there a specific design style that you really like?
I am highly inspired with nature,  fantasy and romantic motives. It seems to me that , since the majority of my audience are women, this is very well accepted style among most of them. I try not to over decorate the jewelry I make, but to make a balance both in delicate and  more "heavy" pieces.

What drives you?
I was creative since the early age. I used to write poetry, paint, but I found greatest satisfaction and fulfillment in jewelry making. I see a lot of beauty in the world around me and this is my way of expressing my view of that beauty.

What are you passionate about?
I'm a really passionate reader. When I get a hold of a book I like I can't drop it till I read it to the last letter. Some books are a big inspiration, especially fantasy books which often  inspire me in my designs.

Why did you choose your career / niche / topic / market? 
I started making jewelry more from a need than in intention to make a career out of it. I was very young at the time, a student with limited funds and a desire for jewelry which I loved to wear. So I started making it on my own and soon discovered there are people who like what I make and that I really enjoy creating new and unique designs, so I dedicated more time to learning new techniques and improving my skills.
I'm passionate enough to build a brand around it, but the economic situation in the country isn't very favorable for starting a new business so I will wait a while to make it my only source of income.

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What are your goals?
My goal is to get a formal education in goldsmithing which I would like to combine with  techniques I currently use in jewelry making.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself in a happy family surroundings making jewelry for a living.

Tell us about your shop:
How do you describe what you do and why are you doing what you do?
I enable different materials to tell their story and share their beauty with designs I envision when I take each stone, bead and shapeless wire in my hands and merge them into a whole.

Describe your ideal customer & the world they inhabit.
My ideal customer loves to wear unique handmade jewelry and appreciates the time and effort invested in it.

What do you want to be known for in your business?
I want to be known for my creative designs and good quality.

What is about your shop that is unique? What makes your shop different?
Every piece of jewelry that I make shows a little of my personality, my love for daydreaming, fantasy world, romance... Since every person is an individual and unlike any other, my jewelry expresses that special part of me that is mine alone and that's what makes it unique.

What event or need causes them to search for what you offer? Which problem do you solve?
Special occasion doesn't have to be the only motivation for a woman to feel and look special. Simple and unique piece of jewelry combined with every day outfit can easily make a woman smile and feel better for herself. Details make a difference from plain to interesting.

What is your message?
I want them to think " Yes, this is the detail I was looking for to make my outfit complete".

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

MicroGlaze Review

What is MicroGlaze?
Micro Glaze by Judikins is the easiest way to protect your ink and paper.
It not only protects it from water but also from air and oxidation. It can be used basically on every surface: paper, metal, wood and other materials and it protects ink, dyes, paints, acrylic, watercolours and ink jet printing. It also has a nice fluffy and soft wax consistence that is easy to work with.

Benefits:
  • Not visible 
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Non-toxic
  • Acid free
How do I use MicroGlaze?
First your ink has to be fully dry. If not you could smudge it very easily and ruin your whole painting.
Now apply a little bit of MicroGlaze on your paper like you would colour in an area. A lot of people use their fingers for applying but I actually use an old brush. Just wash it very well to remove the wax and oil and your brush is fine again!
Apply a thin layer in the same direction and let it dry. Now your paper + ink are sealed! 
If you want to give it even more protection, add a second or third layer and let it dry again. The glaze should be invisible now. If not, dab it with your brush/finger/tissue very carefully to set the rest of the glaze.
But don't use too much! It can make your paper make/look wet. Make sure the glaze is fully dry since the texture is very oily.

Where can I use it?
You can use it everywhere and for everything! For calligraphy, cards, mail art, for protecting injekt printed paper or watercolour. 
Check out this site for more details on where you can use it.

Where can I get it and how much does it cost?
You can get it actually everywhere. On Etsy, Ebay, arts and crafts stores. I got my glaze from an Etsy shop. And it was about $8.

My Experience with it:
When I received this glaze the first time and opened it I was a little bit surprised. I was expecting something liquid. Like a glaze usually is! But it was a wax consistence that was very fluffy and soft.
I applied it on a watercolour painting I prepared and let it dry. After a while I did a super ultra waterproof check! I accidentally poured my tea all over my table where all my painting were...
And guess what! My picture that I coated with MicroGlaze was okay and in a perfect shape! The painting was literally swimming in my tea and the colours didn't bleed at all! Apart from my uncoated ones. They were all ruined.

I really like this glaze because it really protects the paper and ink from water. You can pour water on it and the protected surface works like a lotus effect. Really cool! 
But in my experience it doesn't seem to give a complete protection from resin. I used Ice Resin and it ruined my paper every time. My paper got a lot of wet spots here and there. I couldn't figure out why but maybe someone has a solution! 
The good thing is it works perfectly fine with Diamond Glaze! 

Who would you recommend it to?
I can definitely recommend it to people who wants to protect their painting/ink from water. It works really well. This glaze will also last very looong since you always need just a little bit of it!
It contains paraffinic oils and waxes therefore it is not recommend for use by children.

Summery 
Pros
     Cons
  • Invisible
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Non-toxic
  • Acid free
  • Great protection from water
  • You need just a little bit of it
  • Easy to work with
  • Lasts very long
I hope this review could help someone!

~mako
  • May not offer full protection from certain resins

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Shop Update

I slowly add some new hand painted lockets to my shop. It is just hard to get good photos because of all the raining here! But it doesn't stop me at all!

People who know my obsession with Sailor Moon know that my name came from Makoto Kino (Lita Kino in English, seriously??) And I loove Sailor Jupiter. I wish I could be a Sailor Senshi... but in my head I am! Yes yes... 

This time I was thinking about sunsets. We have such beautiful sunsets here that I could take pictures everyday! Maybe I should do that and share them with you sometime. And since I love Ferris wheel (from the outside...) I thought it would be a good motif for a locket! You can't probably see it in this picture but there are little gold sparkles in it so it get a lovely dreamy effect! (and it happened just accidentally...)


Since I had a lot of resin left I thought maybe I could use it for some new ideas... Yes! Welcome back, little friends!


I'm not sure how my new cell phone straps or charms with bottles will look like at the end but I thought of some lucky charms! Yes, they have small bells!
And I have so many bottles left that I wanted to use in the near future. Excited! Yes, I missed them!

This an old gift idea for Valentine's Day and other lovely occasions where you want to spread love!

Alright, tomorrow is a new week and a new day. I hope you all have a great start!

~mako




Friday, July 15, 2011

Featured Artist: ChelseaRainbow

Our today's featured artist is ChelseaRainbow! Let's get to know her better and let yourself be inspired!

Tell us a bit about yourself:

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What is your background?
Where did you come from? What are your training, your education, and your experience in your niche? Did you change careers when you got started in your current niche, or did you grow up doing what you do now? Where does your background fit within your brand?
In the past I have had careers in pottery, graphic design and industrial design with a sidetrack into computer programming early on in my work history. Ever since I can remember, art in some shape or form has been my passion. I am a graduate of The College of Ceramics at SUNY with a BFA in sculpture and art history, an MFA in Arizona State University in environmental design, and an MID in industrial design from Pratt Institute. A perpetual student, I am self-taught in handmade fashion forward jewelry with a tasteful backing as a professional designer. I have also written and had published two hip, smart books: Graphic Illustration in Black and White and Polymer Clay; Creating Functional and Decorative Objects.

What hobbies or interests do you have?
What interests and activities do you enjoy outside of your niche?
I love reading about alternative busines styles, hanging out with my friends and boyfriend, and doing exercise in the gym in my bulding.

Is there a specific design style that you really like?
Do you prefer modern, futuristic, minimalist, or some other design style? How does the style you prefer compare to the style preferred by your audience?
I love modern, minimalistic, stylish design styles. My hope is that my style melds with the style that my audience is looking for. I do my share of searching out my audience.

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What drives you?
Is there an emotion, need, desire, or past event that motivates you to take action? How can you infuse some of that energy into your brand?
I am motivatd by creative envergy. The forms and materials I use appeal to people on many different levels. I treat each item I make as an individual work of art, I create and sell timeless jewelry meant for day into evening wear. With my home decor accessories, I create products meant to enhance your home environment.

What are you passionate about?
What gets you excited, angry, or motivated to take action? How can you let your passion come through in your brand?

What are your goals?
What are your plans for the future, and how does your brand fit into that picture?
My plans for the future are to expand my lines into a broader focus.Trend forward stones and beads with bold colors inspire me, and I’m always thrilled to discover a new or unusual color palette. I create jewelry and home decor accessories that are accessible to both casual crafts enthusiasts and serious collectors.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope to be working full time on etsy in five years, still living in NYC and you may not be able to afford a designer dress, but you can always find my fashion forward jewelry to update your own looks and my elegant home decor accessories to enhance your home.

Tell us about your shop:

look at me here!
How do you describe what you do and why are you doing what you do?
I have always loved jewelry and I love the relationship that women have with their jewelry. It makes us feel beautiful, feminine, and powerful. It affects us in many ways, and even if a piece does not cost thousands of dollars, it is still precious to us.

If you had only one sentence to describe what you do, what would you say?
Whether you are looking for a trinket or a serious investment, my aim is to provide hand-crafted products that are well-made, lasting, and distinctive for the casual craft lover as well as serious collectors.

Describe your ideal customer & the world they inhabit.
E.g. gender, age, hobbies, interests.. How does that affect the styling for your brand? Does your audience share any of your hobbies and interests? Can you convey that with your brand?

What do you want to be known for in your business?
At ChelseaRainbow, you will find a wonderful world of handcrafted semi-precious stone jewelry, precious metal jewelry, and beaded necklaces, beaded earrings, beaded bracelets created for day into evening wear. My home decor accessories are designed for elegant home occasions. Also check out my knitting and crochet items for you crafty types.

What 5 words best describes your aesthetic

  • Precious
  • fun
  • bejeweled
  • bohemian
  • girly
  • natural

look at me!
What is about your shop that is unique? What makes your shop different?
I have always loved jewelry and I love the relationship that women have with their jewelry. It makes us feel beautiful, feminine, and powerful. It affects us in many ways, and even if a piece does not cost thousands of dollars, it is still precious to us

What’s your story & why should I buy from you?
Everyone has a story. Yours might be a “rags to riches” story or maybe an inspirational “beating the odds” story. What elements of your story can you bring to your brand to make it more interesting?
My name is Jacqueline and I’m the owner of ChelseaRainbow. I live in New York City, one of the most vibrant urban cities of the world and also the capital of fashion. You may not be able to afford a designer dress, but you can always find my fashion forward jewelry to update your own looks and my elegant home decor accessories to enhance your home.

What event or need causes them to search for what you offer? Which problem do you solve?
I design with fashion in mind. Want a hit of orange to bring you on trend? Check out my “Jewel Tones” section The bohemian look your thing? I have a host of gorgeous bangles and beads for you to update your look. Neutral your thing? I’ve got you covered. Looking for a romantic feel? Look at my “Girly Chanel Style.” Whatever you need to update your look, you can find it here at ChelseaRainbow
I also make some beautifuld jewelry for brides. I have precious metal jewelrly and pearls that are available to the bride to be. You don’t have to flaunt designer names to rock these looks so shop around my shop and find these Spring Jewelry trends that don’t make your credit cards cry!

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What is your message?
My messarge is what’s hot this season? In Style, Vogue, and all the other fashionistas say jewel tones are smokin’, Bohemian is hot, beiges and neutrals are cool, Chanel knockoffs knock our socks off, and florals make romantic statements We may all want “the look”…but we can’t all buy a new wardrobe every time the calendar changes. But we can afford a stunning piece of jewelry to stay on trend…and that’s what Chelsea Rainbow is all about!

Shop Update

These are my new creations for my shop! I did these a couple of weeks ago but I was not quiet sure whether I should list them or not. But after some time I actually loved them!


This locket was inspired by Sherlock Holmes (as you can see, haha...)! After visiting The Sherlock Holmes Museum at the 221b Baker Street in London last year I was inspired by him ever since. I was thinking about what I could create inspired by him and his adventures. And since I'm working with lockets and jewellery right now a nice Sherlock Holmes locket was a good thing!


As I said in a previous post I LOVE poppies! They are one of my favourite flowers. I was not sure whether I should paint a couple of poppies or just one. But I think one looks more romantic and simple to me.

I hope you like them too!
~mako

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