Monday, November 17, 2014

Fresh off the Bench! Website is UP!!

My new website is UP!  I had to register for a new domain name since I'm having so much trouble with Blu, but I managed to divert traffic.  New site is: www.thesilverswann.com  (which is what my domain should have been all along anyways, right?)

I would really appreciate feedback on my site.  Just click on the "feedback" tab at the bottom and let me know what you think!

Other than getting the site up, I worked hard at my bench this weekend!!  Here are some new in the works pieces:




Saturday, November 15, 2014

Light at the end of a 6 month long tunnel!

I am very pleased to say that I will switching my web service over to a new company.  BluDomain has been less and less helpful and their sites, which I pay quite a bit for each year, look unprofessional and they are very glitchy!  When I ask for support, I'm told "We'll look into it" and then nothing happens...

I will be using wix.com, which has already been a dream compared to Blu!  It's a MUCH smarter site - creating each page doesn't take me DAYS to do, it's updated with their social media and search engine connections (SEO, site booster...), and it's much more user-friendly!  Now I just have to deal with Blu dragging their feet and not answering my emails about switching over and cancelling my account with them!

The site is almost ready to go live, I am just waiting to get my domain transferred.  So excited!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Completed Custom piece and Upcoming Shows!

I will be vending at Rosslyn's Holiday Market in Arlington, VA December 5th and 6th.  It's a new show (only it's second year), but they have rented a large raw space and are bringing a design team in to transform it into a winter wonderland holiday marketplace.  Friday night, they are doing a lighting ceremony with holiday festivities.  Be sure to come out! 

The following day, I am participating in  the 17th Annual Women, Art & Shopping Holiday Market which is a fundraiser for the nonprofit group Alexandria Commission for Women.  The venue will be Alexandria's Charles Houston Center, 901 Wythe Street in Old Town, from 1:00 until 5 p.m. on Sunday December 7. The money raised supports Alexandria's domestic violence and sexual assault programs, the City's battered women's shelter, teen pregnancy prevention, and similar activities.
Refreshments are provided to all attendees and participants free of charge!  Come out, have some fun, and support a good cause!!


In other news, I have been designing some new pieces around geodes and druzy stones.  The first piece is below:




After seeing the design, I got a commission to create a similar necklace with an opal.  This piece has a common opal ( a LOT more wallet friendly) that I found - reminds me of the moon a bit.  It's pale peach and white.  I was very pleased how it turned out!