Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fantastic Features on PrettyGonzo - And More!

In the past year, I have felt honored by the generous support of several highly talented ArtFire artisans who have either featured my shop in their blogs or included my handmade jewelry in their blog articles. I'm planning a special holiday gift guide that includes the outstanding work of these artisans, but here I would like to share easy links to their fun and informative articles. Such sharing is way overdue, and I hope you will check them out!

Feature by Shadow Dog Designs
Featuring PrettyGonzo
 These articles focus on my ArtFire shop, the impetus behind its genesis, and the sweet wee cat that inspired its name and design. The features have given me a great deal of courage as a first-time seller and creator of handmade jewelry, and my gratitude for that is immense. Please take a look! I've also included links to the shops of these wonderful artisans—simply click on their names. Hope you enjoy!

From Shadow Dog Designs: An article
published HERE at Handmade News

From Entwined Vines: To read an interview
with PrettyGonzo, just CLICK

From Zoomgraphik: From her artisan
of the week series, found HERE

Including PrettyGonzo
These offerings include jewelry from my shop. All of them are highly interesting, with topics that range from Czech glass to faux pearls to what colors communicate and so much more. It's amazing what you can learn from such wonderful articles. Please click the titles to check them out!

By Shadow Dog Designs:
Christmas Gift Ideas from the JCUiN! at Handmade News or here at Shadow Dog's ArtFire blog
Eclectica: Jewelry from the JCUiN at Handmade News or here at the artisan's ArtFire blog
The Many Faces of Czech Glass! at Handmade News or here at ArtFire

Bead Spotlight: Faux Pearls at Sage's Inspirational Beading blog
Bead Spotlight: Bicones at Inspirational Beading

By Epicetera:
Glass Beads and Baubles: Techniques Used to Make Them at Epicetera's ArtFire blog
Precious Pearls: How They Are Formed, Colors, and Shapes at her ArtFire blog

By Strega Jewellry:
Colors Talk Part 2 at Strega's Wordpress blog
We Got the Funk at her blog

By PersonalOasis:
This artisan included me in two ArtFire blog posts: Clasp Types and Overview of Earrings Findings. These posts are now unavailable, as she has a new blog: PersonalOasis - Jewelry

By Shanghai Tai:
Jasper in All of Your Favorite Fall Colors at Shanghai's blog on Blogger

By Kindred Images:
A Few Finds and a Few Collections at the artisan's Blogger blog. Kindred Images now has her own website, so that is where her name-link leads!

My major thanks to all these artisans! 

Please don't forget to check out their talented work! And this holiday season, please consider the wonders of handmade when shopping for gifts - these are items in which the creative spirit has been invested as well as a great deal of heart. The personal touch of artisan creations is something special, and the gift of handmade is the perfect solution to that search for something outside "the big box."

Happy holiday shopping and, as always, best wishes from Gonzo and me!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Poetry for Your Reading Pleasure: The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat — by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat:
They took some honey, and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
    You are
    You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing!
Oh! let us be married; too long we have tarried,
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the bong-tree grows;
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,
With a ring at the end of his nose,
    His nose,
    His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
    The moon,
    The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

Illustration by Edward Lear
Today Edward Lear (1812-1888) is probably best remembered for his nonsensical poetry and prose, but he was well known in his day as a serious artist and illustrator. Supposedly he even gave Queen Victoria drawing lessons. He helped to popularize the limerick and was never above coining a phrase or inventing words (such as runcible) when the ones available to him simply would not do. The Owl and the Pussy-Cat is one of his most beloved poems. Igor Stravinsky (famous for his composition The Rite of Spring) set the poem to music in the 1960s, and it has been the basis of various songs and books, including The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat by Eric Idle of Monty Python fame. Lear himself was an admirer of the poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Friday, November 4, 2011