Monday, February 16, 2009

Shielou's Many Phases

Hello my lovelies! ^__^ Still finishing up items over on my side! I actually went to my parents house for some free labor but my sister wasn't cooperating and my mom was going to town with me new camera. Thanks fam! YAY! I'll hopefully have everything finished sometime tomorrow. ^__^ But I wanted to quickly talk about the new items I had posted last night.

Okay, so.....I don't even know where to start. I guess we'll start with my personal favorite, the "Biology" necklaces. ^__^ I've been wanting to make this piece since last year so I was glad to finally be able to sit down and get it done! The moment when Bella and Edward finally talk is obviously one of the most defining moments in Twilight. And thus I didn't want to design them as basic charms. So I added little touches including Bella's orange bag pack and of course "The Golden Onion." Oooo...I think the heavens opened and the angels sang for a moment there. ~__^

As for Edward, I was reading Britten's awesome blog (Check it out here!) when the movie first came out and she noted how much she would have loved to read Edward's journal that was sitting on his desk, and I was like, "Oh heck yez, me too! I wanna know all the juicy tidbits of this vampire. Not to mention his family!" Cause we all know he would've written plenty about the rest of the Cullens. Like maybe catching Emmett trying on Rose's clothes on a boring day 'cause you know Emmett would do something like that. ~__^ So I went ahead and added the infamous notebook, protectively tucked under his arm. Darn him. ^__^ (Erm...if you do buy one of these necklaces I don't recommend trying to rip it from him. There's nothing actually written inside. O__o Sorry! Just use your imaginations! ^__^ Plus, I'm not replacing it just because you can't control your urges to know Edward's deepest, darkest secrets...and possibly a blackmail picture of Emmett in lacy Victoria's Secret undies. Dirrty teddy bear :P)

(Ammm...I think that's the last of your worries, Teddy...O__o)

But what I love most about this piece are the "Phase beads". For all the hardcore Twilighters out there, we all know that during Biology Bella and Edward were looking at onion root slides under the microscope. And if you didn't know that then you should be ashamed of yourself! Now get out! Just kidding! I love you all. lol ^__^ I Yahoo'd (And no, I don't Google. I'm a rebel like that. :P) the phases and found pictures of them and was like, "Hey, these look kinda cool. Maybe I can make them into beads." So that's how that came about! ^__^

Moving on! Okay so...I had a couple of requests for Bella and Reneesme jewelry. ^__^ Again, I didn't want to take the easy route of a basic charm for them so instead I sculpted out Bella holding her daughter in her arms. While reading Breaking Dawn, the clearest moment in my head was when Bella and Nessie finally met each other face to face. I'm not sure why it was so vivid in my mind but it was so clear that I knew if I was going to make a charm of them that it would have to encapsulate what I had pictured in my head. No excuses, no shortcuts. ^__^ Quite trying to make but it was all worth it because I personally love it. And I think some people can get away with saying "Oh, it's a charm of me with my daughter." O__o Well, if you're a brunette and your child's a lovely redhead. ^__^

(I was also a bit surprised about the immense response to this particular item. Maybe 'cause I've been staring at it for 2 weeks....O__o)

I also wanted to quickly remind everyone to be careful with my more intricate items including Edward Pillow Charms and the Bella and Nessie charm above. I do the best I can to ensure that my charms are sturdy but realize they are still made of clay and clay can break. So I don't recommend sleeping, bathing, swimming (especially for Edward pillow charms since his pillow is made of fabric) or any hardcore, rigorous activities (this includes rolling around on the ground, WWE wrestling (O__o) and other hanky pankies you crazy lot do on your free time ~__^) .

I'll also be working on a very ellaborate piece this week that I'll be posting on Ebay to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Procedes will go to TwilightMOM's official charity called Alex's Lemonade Stand (Check it out here!!). It's a great charity and I'm very excited (especially with what I have in mind!)!! ^__^ I can't say much more but please stay tuned!!

You guys still with me? O__o I told you I have much to post! So on to the next! This next one I was barely able to part with. I was thinking of keeping him for myself 'cause he's just so darn cute and the thought of having a mini Edward just chillaxin' on my chest was causing serious heart palpitations. He's part of my new line of what I'm calling "Cameos." Others will include The Meadow scene and Bella and Edward laying in bed together ^__^. *giggle*.......

O__o I can't believe I just giggled. Jeez. You'd never think I was already 24. *rolls eyes*

Leaving you all with Edward in bed thoughts,

PS: Questions, concerns, you know what to do! ~__^ I also want to thank my awesome new IM pals. You know who you are and I love you all! I'm not on often (My Busy sign is always up most of the time) but when I can take a break I tend to chat with whoever's on. ^__^ My account id is shielouperez if you'd like to join in on the short bouts of madness! O__o

PSS: Last night was insanity. O__o My mom noted to me that I post really late and that it's kinda mean. I have a very weird circadian clock. I wake up at around 9, drink a Red Bull and get to work at around 10 and I pretty much don't stop until 1-2 in the morning. I should've realized that normal people don't stay up as late as I do. I'm sorry! I don't do it on purpose. :( I'll try and start posting earlier. ^__^

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Stray Items


UPDATE on Reservations!!!!

Red: Reserved/No Longer Available
Green: Still Available
Yellow: Amm...being contemplated?

*twitch* I have a lot to talk about. Mucho grando (Okay, so Spanish isn't my forte. I only took French in high school. :P Je voudrais un baguette et jambon? hehe I just asked for bread and ham. ^__^ Yep...I only know how to ask for food in French. Go figure. O__o At least I'll never go hungry in France. YAY! Oui, oui.). O__o What was I talking about again? Oh yes, my haul! ^__^ Crazy week. Insane. I think I lost a couple of years from my life due to the stress. Oh well. Live in the moment, right? ~__^

For those who have been wanting to get their hands on an Edward Pillow Necklace! Below is a group picture of what I have (Without pillows but they will and with feathers!! I had someone complain that they couldn't see his erm...bottoms O__o). Convo me on Etsy as to which one you would like and I'll have it finished, posted and reserved for you!

(A: Light Sapphire with clouds; B: Jamaican Sky with clouds; C: Dark Green with gold stripes; D: Burgundy Wine with gold hearts; E: Midnight Violet with silver stars)

Here's the rest that didn't get their pictures taken or was attached to their jewelry pieces! :( If you see something you like convo me and I'll have it reserved for you! YAY!

(A: Emmett Necklace in Purple and Burgundy; B: Emmett Necklace in Simple Leather ; C: Edward in his Pea Coat Necklace in Blue; D: Bella and Edward Prom Necklace in Blue; E: Bella and Edward Prom Bracelet in Red; F: Edward Apple; G: Edward Apple Necklace in Purple; H: Edward Apple Necklace in Green; I: Dr. Carlisle Necklace in Blue; J:Bella and Edward Baseball Necklace in Blue; K: Jasper and Alice Necklace in White and Black; L: Bella and Reneesme Necklace; M: Alice Baseball Necklace; N: Alice Baseball Bracelet in Blue and Black

Also got a new camera yesterday for Valentine's day from Chris. YAY! I LUV!Unfortunately I don't know how to work it. O__o But it's pretty nifty. So, Mom, you can have your camera back. :P

(Sexy! I shall name him Goober....just 'cause I like naming shtuff.)

Also note that this will be my last batch of Edward Apples and Edward Pillow Aftermaths for the month of February. I won't be making them again until March probably. Sorry, I need to work on some Lion, Lamb, Wolf Chokers (Gotta apologize to some of my girls who have been waiting) and some other stuff that I don't really remember right now. O__o But I know they're important and NEED to get done!

Anyhow! Will blog more tomorrow. ^__^ For now, I'm just gonna go and pass out. After I take a nice, LONG shower. And have a baguette with some jambon. YUMM....

Leaving you with happy jambon thoughts,

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pillow Talk

The infamous Edward vs. The Pillow necklace has finally arrived @ Shielou! There's not much to say. He's pretty self explanatory. I realize Stephenie's vampires don't have fangs BUT come on! I had to add it! It just wouldn't be the same. ~__^Also, the pillow is made of white felt. I originally had it as clay but it was far too heavy and his arms kept falling and it was this whole big mess.

(Silly virgin vampire ~__^)

Which leads me to the Edward vs. The Pillow 2.0 necklace (which is my personal favorite ~__^) that I call "The Aftermath: The Massacre in Little Isle Esme." Sounds kinda brutal but I find it rather fitting. I mean...what would go through your head if you walked in on Edward with a torn pillow in his mouth and feathers everywhere?

O__o That's actually a really good question. Knowing me I'd probably jump on the bed and chant "Me next!!! Me next!! Me neeeeext!!" like a raving Twilight lunatic.

O__o And yes, I have issues. But we should all know this by now!

(Feathers! Wheee! FYI, I currently have feathers everywhere on my desk at the moment. It looks like a bird had died on my table. O__o But I'd like to think that Edward had torn into a pillow and went to town in my work station. *__* Yes. I do like that imagery.)

I've also started adding a signature to all my charms. So if you see an SP on the back of the charms it means it's completely hand sculpted and hand painted by me. Plus, who would turn down stamping their initials on Edward's bum anyway? ~__^

But other than that...I wish I had more pieces finished. But my charms do take time and I hate rushing because mistakes are very costly and I want to give you the best product I can possibly make. ^__^

(Shielou's awesome computer screen background. I think I snatched this from an RPattz website. O__o Oh and Red Bull. Robert and Red Bull. What my life consists of. O__o Like my messy desk?)

Which led me to the decision to post hauls every other week instead every week. It will give me 2-3 days for sculpting (which is, in my opinion, the most time consuming), 2 days for painting (which is my favorite part! YAY! Paint!!), 2 days for touch-ups and additions (for me sewing tiny pillows for Edward can be a nightmare O__o Bloody fingers aren't pretty especially when you don't have a sexy vampire around to clean it up :P), 1 day for glazing (and yes, believe it or not glazing is a critical step in my work. It' the last step for my charms and it's a make or break moment because if the glazing gets screwed up then it won't be sold), 2 days for making jewelry and sketching custom orders (a lot of my jewelry pieces are one of a kind, I try to avoid going back and doing the same thing again which can be even more time consuming but I personally think it's great ^__^), 1 day for posting and responding to e-mails (it takes forever taking pictures, cropping and describing my items. I wish I can just say "If you really want the details then Convo me ~__^), 1 day for shipping and supply shopping (YAY! Shopping!) and 2 days for a much needed breather and responding to more e-mails. Which all equals to 14 days which is perfect! ^__^

(Barb's requests! Just so you guys know that I did try this week! :P)

Hopefully this scheduling will be more productive for me. But who knows at this point. O__o Ever since opening up my shop I have struggled to manage my time. I really believe that time management is an important factor in having an Etsy shop. It's also one of my many downfalls since I lack proper organization skills. O__o And as I mentioned previously, I tend to make things on a whim rather than a really thought out plan. I LOVE making lists, I mean LOVE. I can make lists from here to eternity but it's very rare that I actually stick to them. Which is unfortunate because my lists are freakin' awesome! ~__^ (ie: New Year's Resolution List)

I need a manager. However, I'm much too stubborn and too independent when it comes to my work to follow one. Trust me, Chris has tried on several occasions to manage me and all he got in return were stern "I could kill you" glares and "You're such a douche" eye rolls. O__o I know! I should be ashamed. ^__^

(Shielou's daily diet. Wonder why I'm so freakin' hyper all the time? O__o *twitch*)

I've also been having issues with my hands lately, which escalated a bit this week. I'm not entirely sure what's going on with them. I'm not in pain, which I'd like to think is a good sign, but sometimes the joints in my fingers stiffen and it's hard to bend them. I'm hoping it's not early signs of arthritis since that does run in my family. I'm a bit freaked. I'm only 24 after all but I'm trying to be optimistic about it. I'd like to think it's only the cold weather and/or maybe my hands are just trying to tell me I shouldn't work so much. ~__^

(Edward digital painting STILL in progress! UgH!! But he's lookin' hawt! Grr... O__o)

But I would like to thank all of you for your absolutely wonderful ideas for jewelry from my previous blog post. I have most new items sculpted out and only need painting so please bare with me while I experiment and continue to finish! I know you're all as excited as I am to see new items but I just can't rush it. Also, I'm still NOT taking any custom orders at the moment but I'll have an announcement as to when that will happen! ^__^So please be patient while I continue to finish the requests I have now and getting new items up and all that jazz. ^__^ I'm only one person and on top of that I'm completely addled brain so you must forgive me! O__o Pretty please? ~__^

Leaving you all with flying feathers and nekkid Edward thoughts,

PS: Head on over to Twilightations and become part of my giveaway with Lyssa! My giveaway is the winner's favorite Twilight character on a necklace with beadings of their favorite color! If you've already bought an item from me and you participate in the giveaway and win I will make a special jewelry piece for you! *__* I'm not entirely sure what it'll be yet but I'm pretty sure we'll come up with something. ~__^

PSS: So it's about 8:00 in the morning and I'm completely sold out. lol I actually thought if I posted my stuff late then they wouldn't be sold until the following morning at the earliest. :P next haul won't be until next week. I'm aiming for February 15th. I'll keep you all updated with my progress! ^__^

PSSS: (I know I'm pushing it :P) My Yahoo Messenger name is shielouperez. ^__^ IM me we'll chat! Well....if I'm on. ~__^