Monday, December 22, 2008

Shielou's December Giveaway!

What a better way to celebrate the holidays than to do another giveaway. Why? Why not? It's the holidays. Is there a better excuse? Also, after this giveaway I won't be doing another one in a while so why not do a huge one? ^__^

Every one who has bought a Twilight themed item from me is eligible to win this! It's a pair of Bella and Edward earrings. They're the tiniest things I've ever made let alone painted. They're just a little over half an inch tall with two red Swarovski crystals.

Every one who has bought anything else from me (meaning non-Twilight themed item) is eligible to win this! It's a necklace made of various glass beads, rose quarts beads, freshwater pearls and a resin pendant of a pink Lily.

Please contact me, comment below if you're interested in participating in this giveaway! Everyone has until the end of this month to let me know if you would like to participate and to also be eligible. One raffle ticket with every purchase. So let's say you bought two Twilight themed item from me and one other item, you have two ballots in the Twilight giveaway and one in the Other giveaway. Make sense? O__o If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, the works please don't hesitate to contact me! ^__^ Thanks to everybody and GOOD LUCK!

Lotsa Luv,

PS: I'll be answering e-mails tonight and taking a break in the next couple of days to spend some time with my family. I'll be back to work on Friday! Thank you! Happy Holidays! Stay safe! Stay jolly! Stay outta trouble! ^__^

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Overwhelmed O__o

I'm a little freaked out. O__o I had been bombarded by an overwhelming amount of custom orders this week. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great. Woohoo! Champagne for everybody. ^__^ I can thank the Alice and Jasper fans for the current chaos in my Alchemy Requests Folder (check it out here and here). It's just that custom requests usually came in trickles....not necessarily I think the best way to describe it is that I kinda feel like the only cashier at Walmart during Black Friday. O__o Which is a frightening scenario, you must agree. So I've decided to take it bit by bit, first come, first served type of deal. So for those who have made Alchemy Requests...please be patient with me! I'm trying to get to everyone! ^__^ Thank you!!

I'm also not making a whole lot of items for this week or next week. I'm trying to put all my concentration on custom orders. So for those who send me simple e-mail requests saying "Make a Jasper Necklace," "Edward in his pea coat bracelet" or "When are you coming out with an Emmett necklace?" I won't be able to get into making these until...I don't know when. Sorry! ^__^ I'll try but if you need them any time soon, I suggest making an Alchemy request. Which, by the way, I'll be closing after today so I can catch up with all of them. ^__^ Thank you!

Also, I'll be taking a couple of days off this week to spend some time with my family for Christmas. I think most of them have forgotten what I look like so I hope you guys understand. Holidays are insane and I was not expecting this kind of madness for this month at Shielou. I know some of you might be thinking that was quite foolish on my part but then again I tend to have very low expectations of not only myself but of everything I do. O__o I didn't share that to get pity but because it's something I'm trying to get over. Maybe I'll make it into my New Year's Resolution. Stop aiming so low.

(Just kidding about the last part....O__o)

At the end of January, I'll be taking another week or two off to focus on getting some brand new items out in time for February. This includes a necklace inspired by when Bella and Edward finally interact verbally during Biology, and of course, Edward vs. The Pillow necklaces. My mail box was filled with questions regarding this necklace. "When are you coming out with this?" "What's it going to look like?" "Hurry up already, jeez!" And my personal favorite, "OME! Is he gonna be naked?!"

So to just answer all these popular questions in one go...1) I hope to have an example finished by the end of January, early February. 2) You'll just have to wait and see what it'll look like. 3) I'm trying to hurry! I promise! And of course 4) Er...I try to keep my jewelry at a PG-13 level. And if someone does choose for him to be naked I'll have the following covering (And yes, I made that word up. You know it's awesome.)

Please come back tomorrow for my December giveaway information! And as usual...comments, suggestions, concerns...e-mail me, convo me, comment below. You guys know the drill. ^__^

Love you all,

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Very FIRST Mini Edward Cullen

I really want to thank all of you for your support. I'm very excited about continuing on with Shielou in 2009. It was a difficult decision but one that was easy to make. I don't think I could've made the leap without the support of my family who know first hand that the choices I make in life tend to be eccentric and unpredictable, and yet they stick by me despite their doubts and worries. I luv you guys! ^__^

I've learned A LOT in the past couple of months since I opened Shielou at Etsy. From figuring out how to work my shop to the madness that is called the United States Postal Service and the fact that everyone that works at Hobby Lobby and Jo Ann pretty much know me by now. O__o And the most I've learned about is my craft itself. Some of you may or may not have noticed the evolution of Mr. Mini Edward Cullen (aka Mr. Hot Vampire that Owns My Soul) from the very beginning to now.

But what you may not know is that there's an even more ORIGINAL Mini Edward Cullen. Oh yes. The very first Mini Edward Cullen I had ever made. EPIC FAIL. HUGE EPIC FAIL. And I laugh every time I look at him.

He's gone through some hardships. I never glazed him so his paint has chipped and gotten dirty overtime but he's pretty freakin' hilarious, don't you agree? I'm turning him into my shop's mascot so everyone can point and laugh and all the other little mini Edwards I've made can be thankful they didn't end up looking like that.

Awww, poor thing but I think that's why I'm so fond of him and never threw him away. He reminds me of a quote by Johnny Cash, he sa
id that "You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone." So he's not the brightest and prettiest crayon in the box but he's certainly one of a kind and that's what makes him uber special. And can't have him. ~__^

Lotsa Luv,

PS: I finally have an idea for my December giveaway! Hehe....more on that later. ^__^

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Holidays, Policies and a Peek into 2009

Wooohoo! Happy Holidays, everybody! Insane week. I wouldn't have it in any other way though! ~__^ I want to quickly list all the stuff I'll be working on for this week so you all have a heads up. ^__^

1) 1 Custom order for TFan
2) 1 Jasper Hale Necklace
3) 1 Alice Cullen Necklace
4) 1 Twilight Prom Bracelet in Soft Pink and Lavender
5) 1 Lion, Lamb and Wolf Necklace

Hopefully I'll have more items, especially with Edward ~__^, but my schedule is kind of erratic and I tend to make items depending on my mood. I know... I'm a spaz. O__o

Also, I want to quickly talk about some of my shop rules. I know some people don't understand the reasoning behind my policy of not selling my figurine charms individually. I'd like to see myself as an artist first and foremost and a business owner second. This is my art and although my charms may look simple enough to some people they're hard to make and I put a lot of work and effort into each and everyone of them. So I'm very protective of my art and yes... I admit... I'm a bit of a control freak too. O__o

I also realize that the main reason people ask is because my items aren't exactly cheap but I can assure you that they're not made cheaply. One charm can take up to 3 hours each to make from sculpting, baking, painting and then glazing. Hopefully I'll get better in time but until then these are my prices and I feel like they're quite fair considering that they're all handmade by one person and it's all quite unique. But if you have any more questions regarding this please let me know! ^__^

And now regarding the future of Shielou! When I started out my shop I was only going to do it for a couple of months until I found a job. But having an Etsy shop has really changed my life as well as my outlook on success. I've always believed that success was wrapped in a 9-5, rush hour and cubicle package but Etsy has changed all that for me. Yes, it's hard, the hours grueling and demands rather stressful but I'm happy and content. And at the end of the day isn't that what we're all looking for? Etsy was something I never saw myself doing but life surprises you in strange ways. ^__^

So because of this I've decided to continue on to 2009. Who knows? Maybe this is all just a fluke and the shop will die down but I feel like this is my one chance at really taking a stab at it. I'm going to make it count! (Whoa...Titanic moment!) So I hope you guys are with me! YAY!!I have a lot of plans for 2009 including original digital paintings I'm turning into jewelry. Here's a peek of what I have so far. Edward is still a work-in-progress. But after this one I plan on having a Bella and Edward painting followed closely by other characters and maybe some original original stuff of my own. Don't fear. I will continue on with my clay figurines including some very new and exciting stuff (Including Edward vs The Pillow necklaces. O__o Intrigued? Hehe!). So stick around you guys! 2009 is gonna rock!

Love you all,

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Black, Red and Chaos

I was in a black and red mood this week. As you can probably tell from my haul for today's posts.

I'm still not sure what my giveaway will be for this month. I really need to get to that. I want to do something interesting and something people will actually want. Any suggestions? Let me know 'cause I'm stressing out about it!

I also have a major custom order that needs to be finished ASAP. O__o MAJOR. Like...charm-bracelet-with-all-the-Cullens-plus-Bella major. I know! NUTS! Good thing I've started on it so I'm feeling confident. O__o I will finish it and send it out in time before it's due. That's my mantra. Lord help me....

I'm also a sponsor for Lyssa's New Year giveaway (check out her blog where I had been featured a while ago: Twilightations). ^__^ Check out all the sponsors. Amazing stuff. I'm not exactly sure what I'll be sending in. Jeez. So much work to do. O__o


Monday, December 8, 2008

Shielou+Snow=Frozen Popsicle

Life's not fun when it's flippin' cold outside.

The only thing I love about Winter is that I get to wear my comfy hoodies and super cool socks.

(These are my pink dancing robots socks!)

Don't be jealous! You know you want a pair! ~__^ Check out these two awesome sites that sell funky socks like these: Sock Dreams and Sock Army. They also sell other stuff like arm warmers, gloves and leg warmers. I've ordered from both sites... and yes, I have a sock problem. I love socks. Who doesn't?

Oh, and Mom, if you're reading this (I KNOW you're reading this!!) I'd like a pair of these (picture below) for Christmas! It's in the Sock Dreams site here. ^__^

Anyhow! Finished custom orders this week. Myrna asked for a mermaid. I was a bit stunned at first 'cause it never crossed my mind to make one. Fairies I thought about, never mermaids so I was a bit like WHOA!! O__o! But I recovered and was like Heckz Yez!! Thanks to Myrna for the challenge! And it was a challenge. O__o

Jaymei asked for Edward in his cute pea coat. I've always been in fear of painting his pea coat because I felt like the collar of the coat was its most prominent attribute and I couldn't figure out how to make it pop. After some experimenting I finally came up with a suitable solution and I'm quite happy with it so YAY! The collar along with the shoulder embellishments on the coat are all in 3D. Thanks to Jaymei for the challenge!

Okay so I finally found some decent reference pictures of Jacob from the film. It's been a long time coming I feel like. ^__^ Aww...Jacob! I wuv him! Arwooooo!! (That's me howling:)

And last but not least, I finally made some Edward Cullens holding yummy apples! Yay!! And yes, Eddie, I would like a bite.....*drool* O__o *slap* Okay, I'm back on earth. Seems to be quite a favorite this week so I'll be making more. Woot! That's pretty much it. It's been kinda nuts but good kinda nuts. Like pistachio nuts. Mmm...Pistachios....*drool* I'm gonna go eat before I start feasting on my computer table. O__o

(Edward lookin' all cute and shiz :)

(Oh, yes, I would like a bitez!)

Lotsa Luv,

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Custom Orders!

I LOVE custom orders. I relish the challenge people throw at me and more than anything I like challenging myself, especially when the items are outside my comfort zone. Although, I will admit that the pressure can be a bit daunting. There's a difference between what I have in my head and the actual result. When I'm in the middle of doing a custom order, especially one that I've never done before, there's always that moment when I go "OME! I don't think this is gonna work..." and I start panicking a little bit. But if anything it always makes me work harder and I try to figure out HOW I can make it work.

I always start out my Custom Orders with a sketch of the customer's general idea and what I have in mind. I think it's important that I'm on the same page with people who have custom requests. I have also started to give people options, especially when their requirements are a bit more general and not too specific. There's the sketch of what I received from their general description of the item they want and also another sketch that kind of takes it further. Here's one for Laina, (check out her shop page by the way: she wanted something like my Twilight The Stupid Lamb and Masochistic Lion but I didn't really want to go back to that so I came up with the following instead. ^__^

She chose Option D. Uber fun to make. Although Bella took the longest. I had to roll small individual white balls to get the effect I wanted. Ugh. O__o But it was worth it though! ^__^

I liked this so much that I'll be doing more of this style so look out for that. ^__^ I had been wanting to do a Luna Lovegood charm for a long time now and when Iris requested a bracelet for her friend that included Cedric Diggory AND Luna I was stoked. I finally had a very good excuse to make Luna.

I want to make more of Luna. ^__^ She just adorable. One of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter series.

Anyhow! December is here and I REALLY need to get to work! Went on a bit of a shopping spree these past couple of days (Anyone else find Black Friday just frightening?). I have so many supplies now I think it could last me for a couple of months. Expect some more Twilight shtuff in the next couple of days including items NOT Twilight related! Which reminds me, I know I said I was going to do a November giveaway for my customers who did not buy Twilight items from me and I apologize profusely. I've been sooooo busy. But I promise I'll have a giveaway for you guys in December! Thanks for understanding! ^__^


Monday, November 24, 2008

Holy Twilight Week, Edward!

Okay. So I have loads to talk about. LOADS. I went and saw Twilight on Friday morning because I was afraid there were going to be insane fangirls screaming at the screen whenever RPattz popped up in his pale and sparkly glory. Thankfully it wasn't too bad and the theater wasn't packed because if I had been surrounded by obnoxious fangirls I would've gotten up from my chair and slapped them silly.

Whoa. O__o Violent much? Probably. Lol

To be quite honest I had my reservations about the movie. I was hearing sooo much about Rob and Kristen's on-screen chemistry but I was dubious. Whenever I saw them in interviews together they were always so awkward around each other that it made ME feel a bit uncomfortable. But I was pleasantly surprised. Obviously there was some awkwardness on screen but it worked.

So I was pretty much okay with everything....EXCEPT the special effects. OME! And I mean that as in Oh My Effects! And not in a good way. They were tacky and obvious. Ugh. Gag me with a harness. But at the end of the day I forgave that mess. Twilight was made with a limited budget so I get it. Hopefully New Moon will be better. Yay! New Moon. I only wonder how they're going to make Jacob look like he's 6'5 because I don't think Taylor Lautner can grow that fast in a couple of months. Poor kid. Oh well. They could just put him in high heels. Lol Bright red ones.

The best thing about the movie? I was inspired. Lol I have so many ideas that I don't know what to do with myself. Which reminds me....did anyone get the name on the back of Bella's shirt during her first day at school? I remember a crown design and above that it said Crown something and below the crown was something else? Ugh. It's been annoying me. I need to know!

Okay, so as I said I've been working on my custom orders. Here's Myrna's order of Death and Dream from the Sandman comic books.

Death was easy to do but Dream on the other hand....

I did the raven about three times before I gave up. Lol Good thing my boyfriend, Chris, was there and he made the raven instead. He's also an artist but he specializes in sculpting nude women rather than birds. Lol And no, he didn't get a cut. ~__^ But I loved making Dream. In the comic books he has this mass of crazy hair and I hate to brag but I specialize in messy hair (thanks Rob!) so I kinda went nuts with his locks. I thought it was going to be tough making his cape but that was actually the easy part. Funny how it works out that way. ^__^ But I'd like to thank Myrna for the awesome challenge. Yay!

So I have more custom orders to finish this week. O__o PLUS, Thanksgiving. I'm gonna gain at least 5 pounds this weekend. That's my goal. It'll be great.

More to come your way!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

November Winner!

I just wanted to announce on my blog that Amberlynnbob had won the giveaway! YAY! That was fun. Although I wish that everyone who had bought a Twilight themed item from me had responded to my e-mail letting them know of the giveaway. There were a few people who missed out. :( Sad.

Anyway! Hopefully I'll be able to do this sometime in the future again so my customers have another opportunity to win something from me. ^__^ Joy.

Yesterday was my birthday as well. I did some shopping for supplies (YAY! Shopping!) and ate chocolate covered pretzels and Ben & Jerry's Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream all day. YUMM.... My entire family was texting and calling me throughout the day. Funny thing is I had gotten a new cell phone and hadn't listed anyone on my phonebook yet (I really need to get to that) so I didn't know who was texting me. So to any family member who's reading this and had wished me happy birthday via text messages, I received them and am grateful! WOOT!!

(And yes, that's a Super Mini Edward Cullen Mobile Charm ^__^)

But back to reality! O__o I'm gonna be finishing some custom orders this week 'cause I think I've put them on hold long enough. I'm also planning on making some jewelry NOT Twilight inspired. I know. SHOCK. But I think what I have in mind will certainly perk up SOME interest.

On another note, my mom went shopping WITHOUT me. I know. How dare she. But she did. She bought me pearls galore for my birthday! Amazing stuff that you will all soon see in jewelry form sometime in the future.

My head's a buzzed with so many ideas so look forward to that. ^__^ But I'm off to work. Actually, I need to clean and then get to work 'cause as usual my work station is a pigsty. I'll spare you all pictures this time (mostly 'cause I'm just plain lazy) but use your imaginations. ~__^


Friday, November 14, 2008

Shielou's November Giveaway!

There's plenty to celebrate this month of November: first off it's my birthday on 11/17! Yay! I turn 24 for those who are curious, second it's my second month @ Etsy (Whee!), third is Thanksgiving (I'm looking forward to a WHOLE lot of eating and turkey sandwiches for the weeks ahead ^__^....oh, and of course being thankful! *cough*), and fourth...TWILIGHT! *Insert happy dance* Just 7 more days, people!

So I decided why not do a giveaway 'cause....well...why not?! Plus, you guys have made my time at Etsy absolutely lovely! ^__^ So....basically anyone who's bought a Twilight themed item from me has a chance to win this.....

I know, how adorable is he? *sigh* So as I said, anyone who's bought a Twilight themed item from me since the day I opened Shielou on September 29 through this upcoming Sunday, November 16 (Midnight Mountain Time), will have a chance to win this item. The winner of the raffle will be announced Monday (11/17 on my birthday ^__^) morning and he'll be sent through Priority Mail so you get him just in time for that Twilight party and or movie premiere. (Note: He'll be hanging from a chain as a necklace).

The great thing about this is that I won't be making and/or selling this particular item until sometime in December so the winner will get bragging rights for a while. ^__^

Don't worry, I didn't forget my other customers who have bought non-Twilight items from me. Your giveaway will be at the end of this month!

If you have any questions, concerns etc just send me a note, e-mail or convo me on Etsy!


Saturday, November 8, 2008

OMG! My Brain is Warped...

I'm a little out of it. Huge week. HUGE. MASSIVE. I have items galore I've just posted on Etsy and custom orders up to my ears. I don't exactly know how I got myself to this point but the weird thing is...I actually love it. I know. O_o The madness, the chaos, the PRESSURE....I actually love it and find it worth while. Who knew?

Okay, so first thing's first...Alice Cullen. Need I say more? Adorable, quirky and a shopaholic...which I can understandably relate to. I love her!

So I tried my hand out at making something romantic and Gothic. This was a pain to make but I love the end results. I hope to make more of this style in the future!

One of my favorite colors is pink. I don't think I make enough pink so I made this. It's not full blown pink (that would be a bit scary) but its got pink in there.

I'm getting into green more and more. Thus a whole bunch of green jewelry including a necklace I absolutely adore. I love asymmetrical styles. It's fun and quirky.

Twelve more days people! TWELVE!! More to come your way!


Monday, November 3, 2008

November! Month of Twilight and...My Birthday?!

Okay, so who else is super stoked that there's only 17 days left until Twilight? *sigh* Along with the release of Twilight, it's my birthday this month! I'm turning 24. I know. You'd think at this age I'd be over my propensity of crushing on guys I will never have let alone meet face to face. But hey... a girl can dream...and I will keep dreaming 'cause that's all I'll ever have. *sob*

Anyhow, last week was total chaos. I made so many things (many being more than just 3 items. I know...sad). It kinda went by in a blur. And it's gonna be more of a blur this month. I can already tell. You know those people who can feel an impending storm through their bones? That's what I'm getting right now. I can feel it in my bones. usual, I can't keep organized when I'm crafting. See for yourself....

Exactly. And the pièce de résistance....

I know! I'm ashamed!!! God only knows how I managed to get anything done last week. Good news though!! I went shopping! Shopping makes everything better. November haul! (And yes, my table is actually clean) So get ready for some new items coming to you this month. Are you excited? You better be 'cause I'm freakin' stoked!!!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Twilight Prom

I never went to prom. I never went to a school dance period. I was so against it. But if I had an Edward I would've guzzied up in a heartbeat. But alas, I had no Edward . . . not even a Jacob. Some girls just have all the luck.

This piece was inspired by, obviously, the prom scene. The most gorgeous shot was when Bella and Edward were dancing in the gazebo. The minute I saw that I went 'Aaww.' I love this bracelet! I felt like keeping it but I restrained myself. The toggle was given to me by my aunt and is the only purple one I have (I also have one in green that you'll see on another piece soon:).

As always, more to come in the following days!


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Vampire Baseball HELL!!

I swear, I'm cursed when it comes to sports. You'd think that after all the bruised cheeks I received from dodge ball games in elementary school, scraped knees in rollerblading down the streets and just my general bad luck with any activity that includes balls (okay *rolls eyes* laugh it up, Peanut Gallery :P) I would have learned my lesson. Me + Sports = BAD!!! I've been trying to make this particular charm five times and this is the only one that came out right.

I tried doing the much thinner stripes of Edward's baseball shirt but couldn't. I've looked and couldn't find a brush small enough to make such super detailed work on something sooo tiny already. Don't get me wrong, I tried but it was useless. I had to trash so many Edward Cullen charms trying to do it I should be prosecuted. And trust me, I had nightmares of the little guys climbing out of the trash looking at me with sad eyes and asking me "Why? Why?" *shivers* I think I may be traumatized.

I'm only letting myself make 12 of these since I can't guarantee my sanity if I try to make 20 let alone 30. I'm actually twitching and dreading making 11 more of these guys. O_o Yikes! But hey, good news! I uploaded new stuff two days in a row! Go me!


Friday, October 24, 2008

Whew!! New Items!!

When I started out my Etsy shop I didn't think my items would sell, especially my Twilight items. Thus, my inventory was quite low. But lo-and-behold I was proven wrong, much to my surprise, and I've been working almost non stop in the past two weeks in order to bring you all new items!

Soooooo . . . I watched the final trailer of Twilight (I am so excited!) the day it came out and there were so many things about it that inspired me. And one of them was the treetops scene with Bella and Edward. The foliage and the overall scenery was absolutely gorgeous and I wanted to make it into a bracelet. Thus 'Running with Vampires' Charm Bracelet was created. I realize it's 'Runs with Vampires' but I like the sound of 'Running with Vampires' better.

Anyhow, it was a bit of a pain to create this piece. It pretty much took forever to finish. I can be a bit indecisive when it comes to my designs. I wasn't exactly sure if I liked the green wiring I had added but I like the finished product. I wanted it to be rustic and organic and I'd like to think I accomplished that T_T

More to come in the next few days!


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Half Nekkid Jacob?!

Oh yes, we went there! I should feel like a dirrty old woman but I don't. This week I tried to play around with the eyes a little more, making it as detailed as I could. I only made a few half-nekkid Jacobs (3 more to be exact) unless there's a big demand for it. I'm more interested in painting the Jacob Black version we see in the film but if only I can get my hands on some good photo references!

As I promised earlier this week, I have more to come in the next few days!!


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Welcome to Shielou

So it's been around a week since our shop opened and I've been having a blast! Who knew selling my personal crafts online would bring me such joy and excitement? Cheesy as it sounds it's true. But enough with the Hallmark moment! I hit the mother load this weekend when my aunt, God bless her sweet and generous soul, gave me a bounty of various precious gemstones (including jade! *drool*), red coral beads, cultured pearls and Swarovski crystals straight from the Philippines!! This little Etsy seller now knows where to get her beads next time! Woohoo!!

I was a bit overwhelmed by the variety of treasures and didn't really know where to begin. I had so many ideas running through my head and I had no clue as to where I should start. So I decided to organize first! Organizing soothes the soul.

I'm working my little tush off to bring you all some new items coming up at the end of this week so keep your eyes open for that! But as of now, I have posted a couple of bracelets and a Mini Edward Cullen with more to come in the next few days!