Tuesday, November 23, 2010

20% off sale on Artfire!

I've decided to play with Artfire's discount coupons in order to offer a Thanksgiving week sale in my shop.

Now through 11/29/10. take 20% off of any item (or items!) in my Artfire shop.

***Use discount code BSNOV2010 at checkout***

Monday, November 8, 2010

Loverly day

I had a wonderful day at TeslaCon on Saturday. While I was only there for a few hours (busy-busy prepping for Windy and MFF), it was enjoyable. In addition to getting a taste of the programming, I had a chance to meet a number of other artisans and costumers.

Among these...

~Antoinette's Atelier
~Magpie's Masquerie
~Xcentricities by Ynhared
~Scoundrelle's Keep
~Rosaline/Freak Leather Fashions
~Parasols By Tamie
~Highwind Steamworks
~Singing Lemur
~Ingrid The Crafty
~Steampunk Leather
~Blasphemina's Closet
~Bionic Unicorn
~Steampunk Funk

There were some really clever takes on the steam genre by some terrific talented folk!

Now back to my own work, so I can be ready for the next couple of cons!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Moot political trash (talk)!

I'm glad that the midterm elections are over...NOT because I'm sick of the (sometimes nasty) campaigning. (OK...maybe a little glad for that part). Rather, I'm excited to put a recycling idea into practice and legally, I couldn't do that until tomorrow.

You know all of those weather-durable plastic campaign signs that are covering the landscape? After today, they're useless to the candidate and they're bound for the landfill. What a waste! I've decided that a few of them need to be rescued and repurposed, so tomorrow evening I'm going to venture out after the good citizens have put out their weekly trash on the curb.

I'm going to make some earring display cards!

Step one: Procure plastic signs. For the purposes of my project, I'm going looking for the hard white 4mm thickness signs. The plastic is usually printed on one side with a second panel on the back if the campaign wants a two sided sign. Sometimes, you can find corrugated signs with printing on both sides, which would also work for this purpose.

Step two: Design paper "card". Using my existing graphic and text files, I'm going to design a paper "face" for the earring card. I also plan to add two dots to show where to punch the holes for the posts/wires. Since a good number of the earrings that I make are dangly, I'm going with a 2 x 3 inch card.

Step three: Cut and adhere pieces. I'll next cut both the paper and plastic to the same size. I'll likely need to use a utility knife/utility scissors to cut the plastic, then I'll adhere the paper to the printed side of the plastic with glue. Once dry, I'll use my mini hole punch to punch two holes for the posts/wires and a larger third hole for the display peg.

Cheaper/more customizable/earth friendlier than buying earring cards via jewelry supply sources.

(Please note: in many juristictions it is illegal to remove posted political yard signs. I'm skirting this a bit under the excuse that if they're out for the trash on the curb, they are no longer "posted". If my local authorities disagree, I'm more than happy to put the signs back where I found them. As always, YMMV. If you're the least bit concerned about the odd chance of having a conversation with a patrol officer about trash picking, let your gut be your guide.)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Creeping deadlines!

I just realized that I have less than...

~1 1/2 weeks until TeslaCon (not vending, just attending, thank goodness!)

~2 1/2 weeks until WindyCon (need to finish up my art show entries and get other items ready for a friend's booth in the dealers' room)

~3 1/2 weeks until MFF (need to finish art show entries)


Today we're having extremely high winds, so I really can't be working outside with chemicals and such either.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Awesome week of Etsy-ness

I had my BEST week ever on Etsy. Things have really started to pop and my work is getting noticed. Just in the last (less than) 24 hours, I've sold 12 items. Little charm bits mostly, but I'm still thrilled.

I've also been included in several treasuries in the last few days...

Freudian Slip
Absinthe With Sugar
Could You Spare Some Honey, Bee?
The Hedgehog's Apothecary
Elementary, My Dear
Quill and Query
Green Envy
Zero Zoom Pizazz
Blissful Beginnings


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Today I...

-Packed up and shipped this week's orders

-Mailed deposits for my hanging fees for both the WindyCon and CapriCon art shows.

-Worked on designs for a few pieces for the Midwest FurFest art show.

-Sent in my formal registration to vend(!) at Midwinter Gaming Convention.

Ask me if I managed to find a "real" day job yet, though...

I rarely-if-ever do art swaps with people, but I had to make an exception for this artist. Now I just need to figure out what I want to commission from her...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A hail of bullets

I made a few recycled brass bullet casing and crystal necklaces recently. Thus...I share a specimen with you:

Apparently, they were quite popular at ConClave. I have a few more on hand and they may be found on both my Etsy and ArtFire accounts.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

ConClave October 8-10th

Some of my shinies will be going to ConClave in Michigan next weekend (alas, I will not). The awesome-awesome Rachel (of Idiorythmic) has generously offered to put out some of my work in her booth in the huckster's room. Thank you so much!

Friday, October 1, 2010

My Artfire has launched! Yay!


I am amazed at all of the really cool marketing features.


I've been trying to get my shop stocked up for the October/November conventions and the Holidays. Tons of new shinies are on their way!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


For those of you who use Artfire, how do you like it? How does it compare to Etsy? Pros and cons?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Wolf Grrrl Chorus charm bracelet

This isn't my usual style, but I found a stash of charms and decided to make a fun charm bracelet the other night.

A chorus of five lil' silverplated wolves (or coyotes...I'm not certain which they're supposed to be) howl amid dangling pink faceted glass beads, fuchsia glass pearls, and clear aurora borealis glass beads. The chain measures 8 inches long and closes with a lobster clasp

The original can be found here, but since I've gotten a few requests, I'm also willing to make custom versions in other colors.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Elkhorn, WI

Great day...but I'm EXHAUSTED! I went to the last antiques flea market of the season in Elkhorn today and there were hundreds of booths. I found some terrific components, though. I'll definitely be back in the Spring!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Nifty new items on Etsy!

I'm gearing up for the holiday season with new items in my Etsy shop. Please keep an eye out for even more great additions!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

While I haven't gotten a ton of my OWN work done lately, I have encountered a number of incredible artists lately. Take for example Kreg Yingst...

Wisconsin State Fair

I haven't posted in a bit. Probably the biggest art-ish related thing that I have going on is the fact that I'm competing for the first time in a few categories at the Wisconsin State Fair. I wasn't able to be around for the judging on Thursday, so I'll just have to wait for the 5th to find out how I did. I'm not counting on having placed, but I'm just happy to have gotten the courage to compete.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A shout out to Blackberry Beads

I met Donna of Blackberry Beads at the Bead and Button Show a few weeks ago. Her work is seriously gorgeous, as you can see from the buttons above. In addition to lampwork, she also does metalwork and felting. I love her use of color and organic forms!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The worker raccoon

I have a new day job, so I've been neglecting the shinies as of late. Just let me get settled in at the new gig and new jewelry will follow!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bead and Button Show is on!

So who's going to Bead and Button? Who's already there?

I'll be there lending an hand to my friends at McDuck Creations in the marketplace. Stop on by and check out Mary's terrific lampwork and findings at booth #207.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

New items on Etsy

I just posted a number of steam-ish items that I had made for NakamaCon on my Etsy. It was a great con and there were some terrific artists and costumers at the event. My faux tintype charms went over quite well!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

No new shiny bits are ready to unveil...YET. I did post a pair of wonderful vintage boots to my alternate Etsy account, though.

Nifty over-the-knee boots in a ladies' size 9

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Almost there!

I finally got completely moved in to my new digs a little over a week ago, but between looking for a day job and being unexpectedly sick, I haven't quite gotten up and running with the shinies. Very soon, my sweets. Very soon!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


*A bit of promo on behalf of Eric, Rebekah, and the rest of the Nakamacon crew*

Are you looking for something to do Memorial Day weekend? Do you enjoy steampunk/anthro/anime? Have you heard about Madison's newest fan convention?

(I'll be in the artist alley with Mocha, fiddling around with the shinies)

More freebies

Just a reminder to fellow Etsy-ians, the offer of free business cards (with images from your Etsy shop) via MOO ends on 4/30.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Fabric Free-For-All and other prattle

I posted this yesterday to the (Etsy) Wisconsin Street Team mailing list, but figured I'd give it a mention here too:

I'm in the process of moving and greatly downsizing. As a result of this, I've come to a conclusion…I really do not need the vast majority of fabric that I've collected. I have several large boxes of fabric…a lot of it kitschy vintage (50s through 80s) and/or salvaged (brocade drapes…ugly dresses made from awesome fabric…etc). I also have a lot of things that I bought with the intention of making garb and other costuming (linen for faire, faux fur for cosplay, etc). This often did not come to pass.

(Seriously…I' m a lazy and mediocre seamstress. I'd rather have folks with that talent do it for me and I'll stick to jewelry. So why do I have all of this fabric?!?!)

My point is, I'd love the fabric to go to folks who are going to appreciate it and use it. Rather than do through the trouble of putting this up as destash on Etsy, I figured that I'd offer it up to fellow WISTies. So, here's the deal:

**Fabric Free-For-All* *

-Monday, April 19th at 6:30 p.m. at my place in Kenosha (Please RSVP for specific address)

-Bring your own bag/box/carrying vessel

-Be nice and don't just snag all that you can. If you're not seriously going to use it, please pass it over to someone who will.

-Much of the fabric has been in storage for a while (and in the case of some of my estate sale finds...a LONG while) so it could use a good laundering. I'm going to be incredibly busy this weekend with the move and might not get to that.

I also have some medium finish oak (was a futon frame) that I wonder if anyone might be interested in. It's too nice for firewood and none of the people who called dibs on this on Freecycle bothered to even return my messages.

Oh…and I have an older (20+ year old) electric kiln that I inherited a few years ago. I never got around to getting it re-wired (there's some considerable wear at the junction of the cord and unit), but the sticker from the Chicago company that last serviced it is still attached. If anyone is interested in it, feel free to join us on Monday and take a look at it. My plan was to photograph it to go on Craigslist next week, but if you're willing to make a reasonable offer on it and take it away, it's yours!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mother's Day Sale in my shop!

Call it a Tax Day sale...call it a Mother's Day sale...call it a Thursday sale...

Take 20% off the posted price on all items through May 1st! (Reductions taken at invoice)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

On the move!

Still in the process of moving to Racine, so the vast majority of my makin' supplies are in boxes. I'm eager to get the new abode/studio all set up and ready to go!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Next con!

I'm now officially registered for artist alley space at NakamaCon in Madison, Wisconsin over Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tesla experiment

I've started experimenting with creating faux tintypes to use in my work. Tesla here is a first attempt and I think that he turned out pretty well. There's a few things that I want to tweak on the process, but I'm very pleased with the results otherwise.

(...and yes, he was photographed against a backdrop of a volume of his own writings that I happened to have on hand. We're a geek household.)

Monday, February 22, 2010


Again, from the Capricon 30 (2010) art show. Since the con was February 11-14, I figured that something valentine-ish was in order. Vintage filigree brass focal with red and black glass pearls, accented with faceted red and black glass beads.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Facebook folks!

I decided to separate my work from my personal page on Facebook a few days ago. I now have a fan page that can be found at http://www.facebook.com/MoiraCoonsShinies. Please feel free to add me. Also, if any of you have fan or personal page, please let me know!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Arden II

One of my pieces from Capricon 30 (2010). Vintage porcelain set in a brass finish focal with glass pearls and crystal beads.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


This was one of my favorite pieces that I exhibited at Capricon's art show: An asymmetrical choker featuring a repurposed copper stamping with copper chain and wire wrapped glass and stone beads. While it didn't go to the live auction, it did sell during the show.

Incidentally, the name comes from a former copper mining community in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Stormdog and I stopped there for pasties and junk shop exploring when we were in the Keweenaw this past July (He was up there photographing abandoned mining ruins).

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Squee-worthy news!

I exhibited a few pieces at Capricon's art show this past weekend. Half of my pieces sold, which is pretty spiffy in this craptastic economy. What REALLY has me bouncing is that I won best fan category entry at the show...

(Pardon the image quality. Sparkle scans poorly and I didn't have good lighting to simply photograph the plaque)

Since I had Valentine’s plans on Saturday, I wasn’t at the live art auction when it was announced (NOT...mind you...that I regret this. I had a quite lovely Saturday.). It was simply waiting for me when I came back to the con to pack up my display. =)