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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Holloween is next week. What?! I’m not ready.  I’m looking  for July weather. What happened?

Yes, I admit that denial has set in. It feels summer went too quickly. My hope is winter goes just as fast. To cheer the mood, let’s talk color! For those who follow Pantone’s selections, the 2015 Color hasn’t been named yet. However, if you follow home decor trends, a Color Trend for 2015 is available–for a hefty price. (Visit http://www.pantone.com) for details. To learn how event planners and other interior designers track the trends, check out this article.

Out of curiosity I peeked at Benjamin Moore’s color of the year 2015 – It’s Guilford Green.  BMoore’s color trend guide is a flipbook that’s user friendly. (Take a look here.) Anothther interior color on this trend is Meditarranean Blue. I used Benjamin  Moore’s Chocolate in my studio (as trim color), and I love the no-fume formula.

The one factor regarding Fall I can appreciate is color. The trees go out in a blaze of red, yellow, orange and brown. The reeds near my house transform from green and black spears to almost pastel brown and white:

From green to off-white. A drastic change as the weather turns.

From green to off-white. A drastic change as the weather turns.

Speaking of brown, I challenged myself to use a brown color palette discovered via tumblr. A fellow TopGearist, proposed a color palette based on a scene (click on the photo to visit their blog):

Top Gear Color Palette

Top Gear Color Palette

At the NYC Whole Bead Show, I found several perfect beads/focals that fit. Leaning toward a bracelet. Also found some great ideas for another TG palette, based on the Burma/Myannamar special. Once it’s complete you will see it here first!

 

Woooo! June is busting out! The MrsJax Shop & Sip event was a success. Made the most I ever have at a show. It was fun meeting the other vendors, seeing an old friend, and meeting new and current customers.

I found a new webhost: Jewelspan.com is the new home of Pond’s Edge Designs. Still transitioning products, but it is working. A few new cufflinks and home decor/gifts are already available. You can click on the pen photo to see the new shop.

My most popular items, the Fashionista Pen

My most popular items, the Fashionista Pen

Men's line is launched!

Men’s line is launched!

 

Next up is the next episode of the Eclectic Experience! I’m bringing back the hotties! It’s how the show got started so I’m going back to my roots.  There will be two divisions: Domestic and International. You can post nominees as a comment here, or visit my FaceBook page (facebook.com/shyrosalind) and post there. Within the next week I will have a poll set up. Voting will only be for a few days at most, then the show.  In the meantime, take a listen to the lastest Raise Your Glass with Tanya Mercado. We chatted with the crew from the new film “A Life for A Life” premiering at the Manhattan Film Festival July 1.

 

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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Yes, I will confess – things have been rough the past month or so. Fell completely off the health wagon. Sugar cravings through the roof. Ran around helping everyone else(I didn’t mind-and would have no matter what.) and neglected myself a bit. It was clear something was off because I stopped beading.

That’s right- I stopped beading for almost a month. Came home, showered, ate/overate, crawled into my comfy chair and binge-watched “Top Gear” “Hotel Impossible” and “Rev Run’s Renovation”. Hell, I even peeked at “Thicker Than Water”–that show was my rock bottom.

Went in for my annual checkup. The good news- I did not gain any weight over the past 6 months. The bad news-failed my blood test-(I am pre-diabetic)-and my Vitamin D level was  almost zero.

So, going off the sugar again (gradually). It’s easier this time since there are so many more yummy choices than a few years ago. Artificial sweetners are a no-no. They’re worse than real sugar. I started Vitamin D therapy. The initial doses are so strong they had to be via prescription.  Egg whites keep me full during the day at work. Almond drink (not milk) in my cereal  on weekends tastes great and no need to add sugar. Yes I jones for some chocolate and allow myself one  if it gets really bad. But it hasn’t been that bad lately.  Walking as much as possible-can’t wait for spring so I can do more.

The best part: I’m back to beading, and promoting my business. And just in time. I have a show at the end of next month, and two others to send samples out for.  However I decided to take a hiatus from my radio show until mid-spring. Between the other checkups, the events, work and family something had to give for a little while. Believe me I already miss it.

So today’s lesson: be good to yourself, go to the doctor, eat right and excercise. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t be afraid or feel guilty saying “Hold up, I need a break.”  A healthy artist is a thriving artist.

Oh I did have another adventure with city government. The fire hydrant in front of our house broke. Fortunately NYC Sanitation and DEP came out at 10PM and worked on it, broke up the ice, and put down special ice melt. Our fence is covered in ice, but it is pretty:

We have a solid fence at the moment.

We have a solid fence at the moment.

 

Peace, Love & Soooooul,

Rosalind

Had a great time at BeadFest this year!  Before I discuss my beady adventure, I must rave about the Reading Terminal Market   in downtown Philadelphia. My friend Liz kindly picked me up at the train station and treated me to lunch there.

This place is amazing, especially if you are a foodie. Just about any kind of food you crave, they have; Cajun, soul food, Chinese, sushi, middle eastern, vegan… They also have several butchers and organic produce shops that accept Food Stamps (SNAP). The program helps people afford healthier food.

We decided on a New York style sandwich shop–Hershel’s. The owner relocated from Brooklyn and opened the stand with his family.  The pastrami sandwich melted in my mouth. It was better than any pastrami I’ve had at home in New York. A “medium” soda cup is what a “large” is at home. You definitely get your money’s worth.

We also picked up some Amish treats. I couldn’t resist the red velvet cake, and hand made donuts.  Later that night I dived into the red velvet with a cup of hotel coffee. I had a radio show to do and needed a boost. Well, between the sugar and the caffeine, I didn’t fall asleep until 1 AM.  😀  I still dream of the red velvet cake.

The next morning–Knotting Class with Reenie of Designs by Reenie. Reenie was a patient, fun instructor. There were seven of us in class, but we all received individual attention, and all of us finished our necklace project. I’d seen the Easy Knotter before, but never up close. Now I’m happy I did. Someone has already asked me to make a necklace like the one I did in class:

Pearl knotting project

Pearl knotting project

After class, it was time to hit the show! Can’t share photos, since they were not allowed, but you can visit the BeadFest page on Facebook and see some highlights. One of my favorite artisans, Singing Cat Studios wasn’t there this year (I missed you Kimberley!), but I discovered a new one, Bokomo Designs.

Their specialty is leather and special clasps/sliders for leather. It’s the new thing this year, and fortunately a lot of their items were on sale. That seemed to be the theme this time around “Everything on sale”. Another favorite supplier is retiring. (Good luck S&L Lapidary!) Snatched up as many cufflink stones as possible. Good quality is hard to find.

At the end of the day, I spent 50% less than I did last year, paying retail at that. (The tax Id number doesn’t always help, some vendors require a minimum purchase.) Next weekend, I’m settling in and designing some wonderful stuff for the store and my next show…

That’s right! I’m doing another personal appearance–November 16th, location and time TBA.  As the date nears, the info will be here.

One other thing I must rave about: The new Hilton Garden Inn. It opened this spring, right next to my usual haunt, the Hampton Inn. Couldn’t get a room this year, so I had to book the Hilton.  It did not disappoint. Comfy king-sized bed, flat screen television (I want one!), microwave, fridge, and coffee maker. The bathroom has no tub, just a huge walk-in shower with massage shower head. Had breakfast, cooked to order eggs, delish! The staff bent over backward, even with two wedding groups and the BeadFest attendees, just what one would expect at a Hilton.

Well, that’s all for now. And I did fill in for Tanya Mercado on 8/23 for Raise Your Glass

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!

Baby it’s cold outside! However, winter is half-way over and we just received our first cold snap and a little bit of snow. We have no right to complain. 😀

Updates updates:

My Adventure in Health:

I had to pause my workouts for a bit. Without going into a heap of TMI, my body wants a checkup. So I see a new family physician this week. Not that worried, though. Still losing weight–everyone’s commented on it, and another pair of pants has become too large. Since the workouts have stopped, not sure why I’m still losing.

The Store:

After a few hiccups, the store is chugging along. Lots of new art, in addition to some originals from the early store. I even have a newsletter again. To subscribe, visit the store and sign up. Newsletters are sent at the end of each month, only once a month, so no spam. And I do NOT rent or sell my mailing list.

Click the logo to visit:

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Radio Show:

Yes, I’m back! My regular show is January 30, 10PM EST.  Show topic: Internet hoaxes, Facbook annoyances, and whatever current event I feel like dishing on. Hosted by NDB Media on Blogtalk Radio. The link will be posted shortly.

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.

Holy Moley! 2012 is just about over. Blink–it’s gone. What a year. Some of us had a great year, some of us just want it over. Last night, my compatriot Tanya M discussed resolutions on her radio program (Raise Your Glass). She refuses to make resolutions. First, people make them and don’t keep them. Then, if you need to change something in your life, why wait until the year is over to do it?Good point.

My feeling is people need a starting line. Folks need that sense of “okay it didn’t go this time, but I’m starting again”. Resolutions are a promise to “do over”.  I do agree with Tanya however. Don’t wait for January 1–just do it now.

Speaking of January 1st: join me as I fill in for Roger Noriega on Tuesday Night in America on Blogtalk Radio. I’ll discuss the top ten resolutions people make, but don’t necessarily keep–and offer some positive advice to start 2013.

How was the Holiday Event, you ask?

I met some lovely people. My table looked just the way I hoped:

My display at the Holiday Event.

My display at the Holiday Event.

Unfortunately, the turnout was very light. We vendors supported each other after the initial crowd left. It was a positive learning experience. I know I’ll be ready for the next event. Square worked great with my new tablet. Most of the “lookers’ gave positive feedback on the designs:

“Very different!”

“This is outside the box.”

“You’re going to do well. This is not your average jewelry.”