Spicy Marsala!

Yes the cousin of red and brown is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015. You can read Pantone Company’s announcement HERE

Marsala is an  interesting choice. It conjures up a tasty dinner on a cold winter night. It’s that color where you need something sophisticated to wear, yet not gold, bronze, silver, or the standard black. It works well with those colors also: a marsala tunic blouse with a gold or silver belt with a gray skirt-perfect for happy hour.

For beading, marsala is one of those colors we don’t often run to. I find myself working with tried and true color families, the blue, red, off-white, lighter browns, and the greens.  While organizing my stash, I came across some cubed delica beads in a bronze, very close to marsala. Hmm…another project for my 2015 list.

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In other color news, if you need the perfect gift for the jewelry design artist in your life, RUN to your nearest bookstore (or order online from you know where, or just go to MargieDeeb.com) and get Margie Deeb’s latest: The Beader’s Guide to Jewelry Design (Lark Books).  Margie Deeb is an expert on color theory, and teaches classes around the United States.  She is also an art director, graphic designer and a musician. This book should be one on the must have list for the beader’s library.  I own her other book, The Beader’s Color Palette, and reference it regularly. (I also had the pleasure of taking a class a few years back. If you get the opportunity, take it.)

With the Design Guide, Ms. Deeb posted questions on social media and to her newsletter subscribers. Some of the responses appear in the book. Therefore, it has the feel of a cooperative effort. It also allowed folks to pose the questions/quanderies everyone has, but no one wanted to ask.

The book is set as a pathway. It begins with “Unity” and proceeds through topics such as “Balance”, “Shape”, “Color”  and concludes with “The Creative Journey”. Along the way there are challenges to help the designer understand the chapter and experiment.  I admit I have not finished the book (just getting to “Balance”) but it’s one where I know if I have to set it aside for a bit, or review, it’s okay. I’ll probably discover something new anyway. 🙂

2015 here we come! New color, new reference guide, new year!

 

I am donating 10% of all December sales from Pond’s Edge Designs to Feeding America.org.

Yes, Tanya Mercado and I will be on the air next Friday 12/19/14. Then off until after the holidays.

Be safe, happy, healthy and creative this season. See you next month!

 

 

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Great googly boogly! It’s June already??

Well, a few things to crow about:

1.Did my first radio show since my hiatus – talked about Jeremy Clarkson and the Nigerian schoolgirls. Update: Clarkson dodged the bullet and still has his job. The schoolgirls have been found, but a full blown rescue mission may result in more harm than good. Therefore delicacy is the method. At least they’ve been found.

2. My next appearance for Pond’s Edge is this Saturday, June 7. Once again with MrsJax Shop&Sip, but at a new location-Mineola NY. Click here for tickets and directions. This event is a fundraiser for BASICS International- a school in Ghana founded by Queens NY native Patricia Wilkins. Ticket and raffle proceeds will be donated to BASICS. Ms. Wilkins will attend this event so if you want more information about BASICS, this is your chance.

3. Started a herb garden this year. Well, okay, I added to what we already had-sage. We have several sage plants in a section of the yard. This year I added thyme and rosemary. Hope they thrive so we can have some more herbs for the summer/fall.

4. Searching for a new store host. It’s harder than it seems. The few I looked at so far are either expensive, not user friendly or both.  Another project to add to the ongoing list.

 

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Welcome Spring!!!!

Finally, no more ice, no more shoveling. Spring rains have arrived, cleansing the earth. Tulips, daffodils and other flowers are pushing up, dotting lawns with green. Spring also means I’m back on the road. My first personal appearance for 2014 is MrsJax Shop&Sip – The Metamorphosis Event. April 26, in Elmont NY. You can purchase tickets HERE. There will be a gift basket raffle, DJ rocking the tunes, and other great vendors.
I  have to give a shout out to Love Being a Lady. Tomorrow  (April 5)is their Big Hat Brunch and Shopping Expo. The first 50 attendees will receive Goody Bags filled with great stuff from me and other vendors.  10 special “Lucky Ladies”  will find an amazing offer from me in their bags.

In other fun news, I received wonderful feedback regarding my men’s/home line from an artisan gallery in Manhattan. Yes, Pond’s Edge is hitting the big leagues! Date to be determined, but once booked, you’ll hear about it first. In the meantime, pop over to my Facebook page, or Twitter (pondsedgedesign) or Pinterest.

New Logo!

New Logo!

Enjoy Spring! Hope to see some of you at MrsJax’s  Metamorphosis!
Peace,
Rosalind

Baby it’s cold outside. It’s just February, but I’m already wishing for April.  The nice thing is the cold forces me to stay in and practice my peyote stitch and market my work.

The not so nice: all the plants are dormant, so no wonderful colors for a few more months.

Peyote stitch, the mainstay of beading, was my nemisis for a long time. Every attempt at lining up beads, then keeping them even fell flat.  The rows never held up. The effort resembled a twisted cord of beads and thread. Of course I tried to salvage and create a new twisted lariat out of the hysterical error. No dice. Finally, I decided to walk away from peyote and focus on any other method, paticularly bead embrodiery.

At BeadFest last year, I found the solution. The woman who invented this is a saint.

Quick Start Peyote guide

Quick Start Peyote guide

Quick Start Peyote cards re-introduced the elusive stitch. They are so easy to use anyone can learn the basic stitch.  (Click the name to visit Deb’s website for more information.) The packet includes a group of cards for different size beads, and a very clear instruction guide to follow.

It took a little practice, but now I am confident in my basic peyote. 😀

Here’s a peek at a new bracelet in the making:

Peyote stitch, here I come.

Peyote stitch, here I come.

In other news, I’ve been very busy on the radio, filling in for the illustrious Roger Noriega at NDB Media. Visit the website and check out the listings. There’s something for everyone, especially if you’re a sports fanatic.

Before  hitting the hot cocoa, here’s a special treat:

From now until February 28, use the code “FBVAL” at my store, and receive  10% off any order of $20+

Stay safe, stay warm, and stay loved!

Color of The Year 2013

January 1, 2013

Pantone has announced their 2013 Color of the Year–and it’s a nice one:

Emerald Green

(Click the color to read the announcement.)

Yes, we’re off to see the Wizard.  The Pantone Company announcement explained,

“Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.”

I love working with this color. Interestingly, I have a soon-to-be-offered item with this color:

I just finished this a few weeks ago.

I just finished this a few weeks ago.

Time to dig into the stash and see what other emerald treasures I have.

Help Beyond Beadery

August 31, 2012

I received this since I’m on Margie Deeb’s mailing list. Couldn’t believe it:

Help Beyond Beadery

A thief stole 2 days worth of cash from Beyond Beadery’s booth during BeadFest. That is a lot of money folks. As Margie noted, two days worth of sales could be several people’s paychecks. Beyond Beadery is one of the biggest, most friendly vendors at Bead Fest. To help them out, Margie suggests we purchase gift certificates. This gives them time to fill orders while replenishing stock.

 

A Word From Our Sponsor

July 14, 2012

Just a little self promotion:

After 3 years with Artfire and 1 year with Zibbet, I’m closing both stores July 21.  Both companies are great. Never had an issue with either. Both are relatively user friendly.

So why am I leaving?

Both have become over saturated, especially Artfire, for jewelry and accessories.  I did have some small success with both Arfire and Zibbet. However there isn’t much I can do to have my store stand out on those sites. Also, there is an architect with the same initials as I, and our names are confused, especially on Twitter.

The new company name is : Pond’s Edge Art & Accessories 

The store should be operational by July 31. In the meantime, I’m running a final sale at both Artfire and Zibbet–20% off all items until July 20. After that, both stores will close.

A big thank you to all my customers, FaceBook and Twitter fans.  Please visit Pond’s Edge when it’s up and running.

As with most (I think) of my fellow beaders, things are slow lately. We put out our best, and it sits–waiting for someone to appreciate and purchase it.

We update our FaceBook page with photos, Tweet like angry birds, “pin” on the new Pinterest cushion. Nothing happens.

Lately I sat down and decided to make a few changes.

First, clean house. That is why everything currently in my Artfire and Zibbet stores (links on the left folks) are  50% off. I have new items in the works, but frankly I need space to store them properly. There’s nothing worse than finishing a piece, leaving it out in the air, and 30 days later–tarnished.

Second, it would be nice to have some sales under my belt before heading to Beadfest. At least I can justify picking up more supplies and have an idea of what will sell and not.

After the sale(which I haven’t decided on an end date yet), I will probably close one or both of my online stores. I’m paying approximately $16/month to keep them open. Then advertising, online it’s about $50/month, print is sporadic, but my last two mailings came to $120. And that’s just for 100 postcards. I will need to continue advertising of course, so where can I be more efficient?

RMBDesigns will have to be only one site, one fee. Granted Artfire and Zibbet are turnkey, no programming knowledge needed. However, Artfire has become saturated with jewelry. Zibbet isn’t yet, but it’s getting there.

There are additional things to concentrate on: better photos, perhaps more consistent pricing, culling the older items that just won’t sell.

I certainly will continue this blog. I’ve received great feedback and love that people are following and read my musings. I hope it helps someone out there. 🙂 As things begin to change, you bet updates will be here. It will be fun to read the feedback.

In other news: I’m still looking for a fitness/health professional to join me on my next radio show. May 30 10PM Eastern Time via NDB Media on Blogtalk Radio

May 30 (Wednesday) – 10PM EST
“Honey, do these ‘genes’ make me look fat?”
Can one be overweight and healthy? What is “fat acceptance?” Join Shy as she discusses the obesity issue. Inspired by a debate in the New York Times “Women, Weight, and Wellness” and the HBO Documentary “Weight of a Nation.”

To Be Bilingual

May 5, 2012

Hello out there in blogland!

I need some help. Purchased this really cool amulet to use in a new men’s item. But I have no idea what the writing on the back is. Can anyone out there translate it?

Can anyone translate this?