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Michelle's Musing's


Michelle's Musing's
An Eclectic mix of Interesting and Inspired Handcrafted Jewelry using Unusual Beads and Stones. Made from Sterling, Fine Silver or Brass.
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I am not gone...
2008-05-04 20:16:00
I have just been trying to re-access my Jewelry business. I first thought I could just make Jewelry that I love and people would want it...cause its nice and I like it. But I am learning there are probable a zillion others out there that are thinking the same way and there is just to much competition and I am lost in this sea. So I am really pondering what I want to do. There is so much for me to do..I am in learning mode so I tangent from beaded pieces, love silver and the Vintaj brass, would love to experiment with enameling, have experimented with acid etching and would love to do more of that....so many ideas. But then I feel like I have the delima...does my work appear to be unfocused? Then there is the whole marketing thing. At this time in my life I cannot travel and do art shows. I have 3 little ones. Can an artist be successful just selling on-line? Sadly I have to sell some thing so I can keep buying and learning. And the journey goes on....Michelle Mahlertekaa...
The Flora of Spring
2008-04-02 08:08:00
Here are some new designs I have completed for spring. All are available on my website TekaAndZoe.com. I have really been enjoying working with the warmth of the Brass with its natural brown aged patina.
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Designer on the Rise!!
2008-04-01 18:50:00
Teka and Zoe has been selected as a "Designer on the Rise " for Spring/Summer 2008 by StyleBakery.com. How cool!!
Teka and Zoe on Indie Finds
2008-03-19 22:51:00
Teka and Zoe is now a proud member of the Indie Finds. Indie Finds is an innovative co-operative comprised of many talented independent designers. Formed in response to big-box retailers, the members have teamed up to increase awareness of indie shops and to challenge the notion that quality is synonymous with size. Together, the group is a genuine rival to high-powered household names.
New photo's added
2008-03-17 21:07:00
I have added "Alternate Views" of some of my necklaces...and soon I will shoot all of them, so that you can better tell the scale of the piece. They are on a mannequin with a blouse so they are more real word....just quick snaps. I hope they help so that you can envision yourself wearing them. The dress form is a size 8ish. I say this because I am not..hahahha...so they look different on me. So all you ladies out there about a size 14...I have tried on all my pieces and they look great on a larger "platform".
Words of Wisdom....
2008-03-15 00:12:00
He who messes with Blog Template and is not sure...gets an ugly Blog! I hope to have it fixed tonight...What I mess I have made...Michelle
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Teka and Zoe on Funky Finds
2008-03-13 22:57:00
Teka and Zoe Has a mention on Funky Finds! Check out this cool blog:Funky Findsp.s. Jessica Hood Funky Finds blogger is also a Chihuahua lover like myself.
Just Listed on Etsy
2008-03-13 00:02:00
Greek Leather Cord 5 yds/$5 See Etsy link to the right----->
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Etsy Treasury
2008-03-12 00:52:00
I finally nabbed an Etsy Treasury ...and this is what I came up with(?):
New Greek Washer Beads
2008-03-08 20:45:00
I have listed all kinds of new ceramic Greek washer beads. These beads are 8 mm wide, from 1 - 2 mm thick, it will fit a 2mm cord and 12 gauge wire. These natural kilned ceramic beads are dipped in copper, kiln-fired again, then finished with 24 Karat Gold, Fine Silver, or Pure Copper. We also offer Antique Patinaed Silver and Gold, Green Patinaed Copper finishes and Bronze.See my Etsy link on the right------>
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More of my Favorite - Greek Ceramic Washer Beads
2008-02-28 05:10:00
I just love playing with the Greek Ceramic Washer Beads from Mykonos. This assortment of jewelry was made using silver. I love stamping and dapping silver too. Included of the Greek beads are various sizes from 3-4mm to 13mm. These pieces are available on my website at tekaandzoe.com.Or if you prefer to play with these fun beads yourself you can find them on my Etsy site: tekaandzoe.etsy.com
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RSS Feed and Blogs
2008-02-26 18:00:00
When I started my Blog I did not know anything about the Blog world. In fact I could not even believe I had become a Blogger. HUH?? Blogger? Wondering if people even care what I have to say. Well...you do get kind of addicted to it. And surely hope someone is reading it. I have since learned more and now kind of understand a new facet of blogging or ways to read someone else's Blog. I figured if I did not have a clue about this then maybes others do not either. It is called RSS Feed .From Wikipedia:RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. An RSS document, which is called a "feed," "web feed," or "channel," contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that's easier than checking them manually.Here is another interesting article about RS...
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My First Print Ad!
2008-02-21 23:31:00
I am excitteeddDDDDD..My first print ad with Indie Finds co-operative .....Wooo Hooo......Learn more at IndieFinds.com
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My Latest Project - Acid Etched Beatles
2008-02-20 17:30:00
For a long while I have really really wanted to do something with acid etching. I had this vision of doing faces. It all started with this picture of my son when he was a baby. I had tinkered with the color and contrast to get this black and white image. I used to use this B&W image as my avatar. It was originally a project for my scrapbooking side.As a very young girl I remember hearing the Beatles "Michelle" on the radio and knew for sure they were singing to me. I was a bit of a Beatles freak in my teens. I felt that I was born at the wrong time. How could I have missed those concerts in 1964? I read everything I could about them. I purchased a bok of the complete history of the Beatles that included a poster. That poster had been on the wall of my bedroom since the late '70-'s. On their last trip out here I convinced my dad to do downstairs to my old bedroom and bring me that poster. Could it be almost 30 years later?? Shocking to get old....I digress.....So I scanned th...
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Running Bunny Handcrafted Gemstone Earrings
2008-02-19 06:49:00
Sometimes you just need some cute! These earrings fit the bill. 1-3/8" total length. Artist made leaping bunny sterling charms a top Calcite stones. Bunny length (across) 15mm. The green of the Calcite is such a wonderful cool yet warm color. It makes me think of summer! Follow this link right to the earring page of my website TekaandZoe.com. Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter. You will be privy to subscriber only sales. You can sign up here: Newsletter.
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I finally have time to play....
2008-02-11 08:50:00
...with my beads that is.Circles and Circles - Greek Washer NecklaceGreek washer beads and donuts entwined with brass rings- twisted, hammered and filigree. The warm tones of the naturally patinated brass match so well with the colorful but earthy tones of the ceramic Greek beads from Mykonos Island. 18-1/2" with a 2-1/2" drop. You can buy the beads and Vintaj brass on my etsy page(to the right you can see the link). Or the Necklace on my webpage: TekaandZoe.com I have been trying to get all my new handcrafted gemstone jewelry creations added. Of course I had to make earrings to match...A bracelet is also coming but I ran out of some supplies.
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Pantone Selects Colors for Spring 2008
2008-02-09 19:28:00
Designers Dive into Color for Spring Refreshing splashes of invigorating brights punctuate classic, versatile neutrals as designers offer a playful spring palette for endless exploration and creative combinations. Variations on popular colors such as energizing red, cool, waterborne blue and eco-friendly greens also play a key role this season.“The spring ‘08 color palette perfectly reflects the cheerfulness of the season,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Stabilizing neutrals combined with pops of brighter colors to create unique, distinctive looks are the basis for a great spring and summer wardrobe.”The top 10 spring 2008 colors for women:Snorkel Blue (PANTONE 19-4049)Freesia (PANTONE 14-0852)Daiquiri Green (PANTONE 12-0435)Croissant (PANTONE 16-0924)Rococco Red (PANTONE 18-1652)Silver Gray (PANTONE 14-0000)Spring Crocus (PANTONE 17-3020)Cantaloupe (PANTONE 15-1239)Pink Mist (PANTONE 13-2805)Golden Olive (PANTONE 16-0639)Reds, ...
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Just Listed on Etsy
2008-02-09 19:10:00
I just listed that fabulous handcrafted earrings today on Etsy . They are made of Ancient Roman Glass and Turquoise Heishi. The elongated ear wires are Vintaj Brass. My link to my Etsy Shop is to the right or tekaandzoe.etsy.com You can also buy them on my website tekaandzoe.com Here is the full shot of these stylish individual earrings:
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Vintaj Brass
2008-01-31 19:55:00
I luv working with Vintaj brass items. It is so warm. It seems like I get on a "I have to work with silver" kick..then the brass calls be back. I just have to work with it and make lots of stuff...then the silver calls again. Well while the Vintaj Brass was calling here are some earrings I created. They are all available on my website. TekaandZoe.com I also have Vintaj brass findings for sale on Etsy (see link on the left). If you would like to create your own. As a Blog reader only for the the next 2 weeks, for Valentines day, you will received a 20% discount off any Handcrafted Jewelry order by using the coupon code "Heart" upon checking out. Expires 2-15-08.
Earring/Jewelry Tree
2008-01-25 23:53:00
I purchased this earring tree to bring to trunk shows. It is great to watch everyone gathering around the tree looking at all the earrings. I could not get a good photo of the tree with my earrings displayed so I used the photo from the artist. You can buy your own tree from Claudines Closet: claudinescloset.etsy.com. She has smaller versions for personal use too. I got the big one, although I could even use an even bigger one with all the earrings I have. She also has a wall mounted version that would look great on a bedroom wall.
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Earring/Jewelry Tree
2008-01-25 23:53:00
I purchased this earring tree to bring to trunk shows. It is great to watch everyone gathering around the tree looking at all the earrings. I could not get a good photo of the tree with my earrings displayed so I used the photo from the artist. You can buy your own tree from Claudines Closet: claudinescloset.etsy.com. She has smaller versions for personal use too. I got the big one, although I could even use an even bigger one with all the earrings I have. She also has a wall mounted version that would look great on a bedroom wall.
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Watermelon Tourmaline
2008-01-22 18:09:00
When I was pregnant with my first child Zachary I took a trip to Auburn, CA with the girls, a last hooray before he was born. I was mushing thru a Rock, Jewelry kind of store...your typical tourist shop. They had the most wonderful watermelon tourmaline slices. I spoke the the man about making me a pair or earrings as I have always luuvved that stone. At the time I could not with a conscience commit to buying them with all the baby furniture and other baby luggage to buy. But it has always been the the back of my mind. At that time I was not making jewelry. Now 3 some odd years later I was at the Tacoma Bead Show, my first outing by myself w/o the kids or hubby since they all were born, and what do I see....I wonderful strand of Rainbow Tourmaline watermelon slices. I had to buy them. Ever week since I pick them up and admire them and put them down. Then it hit me one day to USE THEM! So far here are my creations. I really wanted to showcase the stone. The earrings on the right are ...
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Watermelon Tourmaline
2008-01-22 18:09:00
When I was pregnant with my first child Zachary I took a trip to Auburn, CA with the girls, a lst hooray before he was born. I was mushing thru a Rock, Jewelry kind of store...your typical tourist shop. They had the most wonderful watermelon tourmaline slices. I spoke the the man about making me a pair or earrings as I have always luuvved that stone. At the time I could not with a conscience commit to buying them with all the baby furniture and other baby luggage to buy. But it has always been the the back of my mind. At that time I was not making jewelry. Now 3 some odd years later I was at the Tacoma Bead Show, my first outing by myself w/o the kids or hubby since they all were born, and what do I see....I wonderful strand of Rainbow Tourmaline watermelon slices. I had to buy them. Ever week since I pick them up and admire them and put them down. Then it hit me one day to USE THEM! So far here are my creations. I really wanted to showcase the stone. The earrings on the right are u...
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Greek Ceramic Washer Beads from Mykonos
2008-01-19 04:51:00
One of my favorite new finds of this past year are the washer type beads made of high fired ceramic from Mykonos Island, Greece. These kiln-fired, dyed terra cotta beads often have the look of wood, metal, or stone. The best part are the large holes...great to fit that 12 gauge wire or leather cord. My first purchase was a little packet of 8mm and 13mm washers. I made a few items and fell in love. I bought a bunch and just had to share them with others. I have just added other colors, shapes and sizes to my Etsy page. You can buy nuggets, donuts, gears and washers. I have others in my stash that I have yet to photograph and put up on Etsy. If I ever have handcrafted jewelry making supply finds that I feel I have to share with others I will always put them up on my Etsy site tekaandzoe.etsy.com not to confused my handcrafted jewelry customers with my jewelry site http://tekaandzoe.com/.
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Greek Ceramic Washer Beads from Mykonos
2008-01-19 04:51:00
One of my farvorite new finds of this past year are the washer type beads made of high fired ceramic from Mykonos Island, Greece. These kiln-fired, dyed terra cotta beads often have the look of wood, metal, or stone. The best part are the large holes...great to fit that 12 gauge wire or leather cord. My first purchase was a little packet of 8mm and 13mm washers. I made a few items and fell in love. I bought a bunch and just had to share them with others. I have just added other colors, shapes and sizes to my Etsy page. You can buy nuggets, donuts, gears and washers. I have others in my stash that I have yet to photograph and put up on Etsy. If I ever have handcrafted jewelry making supply finds that I feel I have to share with others I will always put them up on my Etsy site tekaandzoe.etsy.com not to confused my handcrafted jewelry customers with my jewelry site http://tekaandzoe.com/.
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Scholarships available for Jewelry and the Arts Education
2008-01-19 04:00:00
Do you want to learn more about your craft but just need a little help financially? How about applying for any of these scholarships:Women's Jewelry Association Scholarships To empower both its female members and students in the jewelry, watch and related industries, the Women's Jewelry Association offers two types of educational financial aid, student scholarship and member grants.Student scholarships in varying amounts are available to students (including WJA members) who are enrolled in fine jewelry and watch design courses in the United States.In 2007, the WJA scholarship committee awarded $21,000 in scholarships to fifteen students. This year we had 69 applications from 45 different schools.http://www.womensjewelry.org/awar ds/scholarships.htmMJSA Education Foundation Jewelry ScholarshipThe MJSA Education Foundation is a non-profit educational branch of the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, Inc. and is supported by the jewelry industry. The MJSA Education Foundat...
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Scholarships available for Jewelry and the Arts Education
2008-01-19 04:00:00
Do you want to learn more about your craft but just need a little help financially? How about applying for any of these scholarships:Women's Jewelry Association Scholarships To empower both its female members and students in the jewelry, watch and related industries, the Women's Jewelry Association offers two types of educational financial aid, student scholarship and member grants.Student scholarships in varying amounts are available to students (including WJA members) who are enrolled in fine jewelry and watch design courses in the United States.In 2007, the WJA scholarship committee awarded $21,000 in scholarships to fifteen students. This year we had 69 applications from 45 different schools.http://www.womensjewelry.org/awar ds/scholarships.htmMJSA Education Foundation Jewelry ScholarshipThe MJSA Education Foundation is a non-profit educational branch of the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, Inc. and is supported by the jewelry industry. The MJSA Education Foundat...
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Updated Photo
2008-01-11 04:21:00
After my last post I just did not feel like the picture of the last piece was good enough. I guess I have been struggling with my "style". My goal is to better my photography, of course for my customers so they can better see what they are buying, but also to better represent myself through my jewelry. To get into juried shows and galleries you have to have good photo's. Some on-line galleries or collective request white or light backgrounds so they have continuity in their website. I tried to go all white but it just rubbed me the wrong way. I guess I am not an all white kind of gal. So I got out the scrapbooking papers of which i have a zillion and tried the shot again. I really like it. It is clean yet not stark like the white...and some rocks because that is just more me.
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Updated Photo
2008-01-11 04:21:00
After my last post I just did not feel like the picture of the last piece was good enough. I guess I have been struggling with my "style". My goal is to better my photography, of course for my customers so they can better see what they are buying, but also to better represent myself through my jewelry. To get into juried shows and galleries you have to have good photo's. Some on-line galleries or collective request white or light backgrounds so they have continuity in their website. I tried to go all white but it just rubbed me the wrong way. I guess I am not an all white kind of gal. So I got out the scrapbooking papers of which i have a zillion and tried the shot again. I really like it. It is clean yet not stark like the white...and some rocks because that is just more me.
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I Finally Got Motivated.
2008-01-10 22:56:00
I have been intrigued of late by the color combination of blue and bown. So I was digging thru my stash and found these wonderful chunks of Aquamarine. I felt like it needed the contrast of the caramel colored Vintaj brass. I really love the combination and plan a pair of earring also. On the photography side of it I think I will try to photograph it on a darker background.
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