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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Want. Need. Love.

I'm on a quest to highlight various social media outlets (previously, I posted about Pinterest, Blogging, and Twitter). This month I'm going to tell you about one you probably haven't heard of. It's called Wanelo.
It's a social media interactive wishlist. With hashtags.

Or, it's kind of like Pinterest, but just for products.

I like it because I can sort of bookmark items that I like so I can find them when I'm ready to buy them. It's also a great way to find items I might not otherwise find, just from viewing the feeds of people and/or stores that I follow.

It's also a great way to post items from my shop, giving them another place to get noticed.

The more "saves" a product has, the more visibility it gets.

You can check out their About Page and their FAQ. It might be worth your time. Who knows? Maybe items from your shop have already been posted there. (I've posted items from most of my blog posts there.)

This post was contributed by Liz from Zizi Rho Designs who is on Wanelo as ZiziRho.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Artist Profile: cserpentDesigns

Happy December everyone!

I first got a glimpse of Susan's work over on our Facebook page and was hooked.  I had to learn more about this artist and these beautiful pieces.  If you're near  San Diego county you can check out her pieces in person at the Fallbrook Art Center right now! (more on that below)

Without anymore delay, let me introduce to you Susan of cserpentDesigns 

cserpert Designs bracelet

Describe your shop:
At cserpentDesigns you'll find one of a kind jewelry designs handmade by me, Susan Estrada. In my designs I use precious and semi-precious gemstones, precious metals, artisan glass beads and any other sparkly, beautiful thing that would look beautiful in a design. 

How would you describe your style?
Until I asked my hubby I would have said my style was all over the map. He said my style was circular and loopy :) As he noticed I tend to use or create circles, swirls, loops and round objects in my designs. I'm just not into hard, straight edges! I really love making designs that feel organic and earthy but I certainly don't limit myself to that.

When did you learn to do what you do?
I started designing jewelry in 2003 (I think). A fellow soccer teammate talked me into going to a wire wrapping class when we had a 4 hour break between games at a soccer tournament. I had a blast in the class so I took more classes at bead stores and at one of our local community colleges. I've also learned quite a few things by reading books and through online tutorials. I still continue to learn (silver casting is next on my list) so I can continue to improve and expand my design knowledge.

What are your favorite pieces to make?
Earrings are very satisfying to make because I can finish them quickly. But from a design perspective my 2 favorites are wire wrap intensive bracelets with lots of dangles and metal forged designs of any kind. I love doing the wire wrap bracelets because I can combine so many different beads, colors and textures into a gorgeous and dangly design. I love metal work because I start with the basics of a piece of wire or sheet metal and through hammering, melting and soldering I created something unique and beautiful.

What inspires you?
I get inspired all over the place - at the mall, walking through my neighborhood, shopping in a store. I tend to get color ideas from the outside world and then I pull out beads and stones in those colors and let the beads inspire me. I am often amazed when the beads themselves talk to me! I really do get some design ideas from the beads themselves. Sometimes it can take them years to talk to me, but when they do the design is just perfect!

Where would you like your shop to be 5 years from now?
My next great adventure is selling through my own website. My Etsy ( and ArtFire ( shops work for me now - but I would love to be able to promote my own website at some point in the future. 

What does your work space look like?
I swings between a mess and a totally cleaned up space. When I'm in the throes of design I have wire, sheet metal, bead boxes and tools scattered all over my desk, the floor and any other nearby flat surface. Once I finish up one or several designs I can't stand the mess and have to put everything away so I can start new designs with a clean slate. 

cserpert Designs garage workspace

What is your favorite thing to have for breakfast?
I rarely have this but I do splurge once in a while and have a cinnamon or chocolate roll with coffee. On a daily basis I really do enjoy my bran flakes sprinkled with raisins and strawberries (when they're in season) - and, of course, coffee!

How do you spend your time when you're not creating?
I am a software designer in the integrated circuit design industry where we design those microprocessors in your cell phones, DVRs and many other places. I also play soccer, hang with my hubby and dogs and play in my garden (though I do that less as I've started designing more jewelry).

Where else can we find your work (online an in person)? 
You can connect to all my sales sites from my website ( On my website I have links to my Etsy ( and ArtFire ( shops. I also have links to the jewelry for sale at Gili Anna's in La Jolla, California and at the Bead and Glass Boutique in Pitman, New Jersey

Are you doing any craft fairs this year?
I did several this year and right now I have designs available at the Fallbrook Art Center Art of the Holiday ( show. I update my website ( regularly with information about new designs and upcoming events.

Susan of cserpert Designs

Where can we learn more about you? 
My website ( has links and information to every place I'm available online. You can also read my blog ( to see what's going on in my jewelry life and personal life. I'll be updating it almost daily when I'm shopping for new gemstones and meeting new (and old) friends at the Tucson Gem Show in February!


So that, ladies and Gentlemen, is the wonderful Susan. Make sure to visit her shop, tell your friends and your neighbors too. I might just have to gift myself a new pair of earrings this year.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cyberweek Sale

Terah Classy Creations is having a sale this week. Terah says:
I'm running a sale this week (expires Saturday, December 7). Just enter the coupon code: CYBERWEEK for 20% off your entire purchase! My shop includes beadwoven, and wirework jewelry, and hand-knit accessories. You can also add a personalized, hand-stamped tag to most of my jewelry designs for great gifts!!!

Everything in my shop is hand-crafted by me, and I take great care that my pieces are durable, comfortable, and unique, and enjoyable. I try to use use high quality materials like Swarovsky Crystal, Fresh-water pearls, etc. It's also fun to combine varying metals and beads in innovative ways for completely unique jewelry. I believe if something is worth taking hours, weeks, or months to create, it's worth treasuring for years to come!
 Make sure to check out some of Terah's creations...

Flower Necklace - Asymmetrical Beadwoven in Blue and Silver with Labradorite
Flower Necklace

Bridal Purse - OOAK Beadwoven Victorian Panorama of Pink Blossoms & Oriental Red Bridge
Bridal Purse - OOAK

Personalized Metal Jewelry Tag - "Onyx" Black Round
Personalized Metal Jewelry Tag

Necklace - Asymmetrical Beadwoven Golden Flowers & Leaves
Necklace - Asymmetrical Beadwoven Golden Flowers & Leaves

Infinity Scarf/Wrap: Chunky Cable Knit in Red, Orange, Yellow with Wooden Buttons
Infinity Scarf/Wrap

You can also find Terah on Facebook, on Twitter, and Terah's blog.