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Friday, January 25, 2008

Studio News

I've recently been watching Season 1 of The Tudors on DVD, so I was thrilled to find this quiz featured over at my friend Deb's blog! Have you ever wondered which wife of Henry the VIII you are most like?? Take this quiz and find out! This is what mine said:

Katherine Parr spent nearly her whole life married to crotchety old men: Henry was the THIRD old fart she was forced to marry. Is it any wonder she turned to books and religion to occupy her time?

Katherine wasn't just smart, she was a tiny bit uppity, too: she almost got herself thrown in jail for arguing with His Royal Fatness about some theological issues. After Henry croaked, Katherine dropped the prim and proper act and married Thomas Seymour, a handsome, dashing pirate kind of guy who was also as dumb as a post.

My husband got a great kick out of this. He wanted to know if he was the crotchety old man or the handsome, dumb pirate :)

As promised, new designs are rolling out of the studio for the start of the new year. My favorites so far are the Damascus hand-inked earrings. The classic version has the hand-inked abstract floral designs in a rusty red with a beautifully aged golden shimmer. These look like old treasures found in a jewelry box in the attic. The deluxe version adds sparkling burgundy crystals to the bottom.I also love these new charming Garden Sparrow earrings with vintage brass bird charms. I just love the look of vintage brass jewelry - I adore everything Art Nouveau - and am thrilled to offer these! All of the earrings I've been designing are super lightweight. After so many years of intricate chandelier earrings, I was ready to design some classier, easier-to-wear pieces. I've also decided to move on from the standard plain white background for product shots. It is so much more fun to use old books and fun papers! And you can communicate so much more about the mood of a piece!

If I seem a bit absent from blogland recently, it's because most of my studio time is currently being taken up doing accounting, getting ready for tax time. Accounting is not my special gift, so it's taking a looooong time, but I hope to be done by next week and back to visiting!


KV said...

Well, I was Catherine of Aragon! What a hoot of a test.

I love your new earring designs and hope you sell a bunch!

Kathy V in NM

Lori said...

Hi Heather!!! i love your new earring creations, the birds are very sweet:)

Rosie's Whimsy said...

I love your Damascus earrings. They are on my list of things I must have :-) One more sale in my Etsy shop and they will be mine...........

decadentdiamond said...

Love those new pieces! I ended up being Catherine of Aragon which is completely wrong!

Love 'The Tudors' .. there's a film coming out soon called 'The Other Boleyn', you might like it! .. I can't wait to watch it, especially since the trailer looks amazing and the costume.. wow.

Kari & Kijsa said...

Loved this- so much fun...mmm...wonder which wife we are? the new earrings!! Have a wonderful day!

kari & kijsa

The Rose Room said...

I am Katherine of Aragon but really think I am more of Anne Boleyn,a bit of a witch! However I would like to keep my head:) Love your earrings:) Rachael

karin (creativechaos) said...

Heather...the new designs look great! I love the bird ones...beautiful!

Miss Sandy said...

I love the new pieces! Those little birds might be just the thing for my new little nests, do they come with pearls? I gave out a couple of copies of you tag that was attached to my order, hope you don't mind. Hope to send some businees your way.

Deborah/LavenderRose said... then marries a dumb, gorgeous pirate-type. Now, what was SHE thinking about, do we think!!! LOL

Love the sparrow earrings, Heather! Hugs, Deb

NeereAnDear said...

LOVE the earrings... I think a lot of us have been absent lately... myself included... working towards getting product up ... been painting and sewing and designing... need a break..



Felicia said...

Ugh, I'll send you some positive thoughts on those taxes :)

ann-marie said...

hello my pif friend! if i get one more compliment about my darling crochet flower i am going to have to call you and make orders! i love wearing it! ann-marie sweetgirlandcompany

jen said...

i like your results better! ;) i'm anna of cleves - surprising, but, err..not?

i love your damascus earrings - beautiful!

Flair said...

I love your background idea - much more creative than white!!