Monday, December 26, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Hello friends and family,
I am so proud to announce that with the help of family and friends, I will be launching my new website ritasunderland.com just in time for the holidays!
To ensure this launch is successful I need to create a network of contacts and could really use your help by linking to ritasunderland.com and sharing products you like on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc. in addition to word of mouth. I know I am asking a lot and as a token of my appreciation, if you link to my site, share my site on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and/or refer someone who purchases you will be sent a discount code for 15% off to use on a future purchase.
To receive your discount code simply email me at email@example.com and include the URL you shared my site on or, if you referred someone, email me your name and the name of the person you referred and a 15% discount will be sent to you BOTH!
Thank you again for your friendship and support, I couldn't have done it without you!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I usually run into other artists when I am out with my husband, some are good, or some are questionable. However occasionally I run into someone who is an inspiration and on this occasion I am writing about I was not only inspired by the art. I was inspired by the artist herself, the art she created and the method in which she creates the art. It is rare that I talk about another artist on my blogs or feel compelled to do so. So in today’s topic I am putting focus on Karen Keith of Arlington WA,, she is a math teacher and a wonderful spirit.
I had gone with my family to the Maplewood gem club show on Sunday afternoon to see if we could find a few types of cut stones I needed to finish a project. I had only seen the usual rocks and jewelry pieces, when I came to Karen’s booth I saw her wonderful silver wire work done with taste and then my eye caught these striking freeform silver shaped turned into magical pendants. So I tried to learn more about her and how she created these unique examples of silversmithing.
Karen uses recycled/reclaimed silver and pours it freeform into bristles from a broom to gain their basic unique shape. She polishes them and adds stones to add up to really beautiful necklaces and pendants. She was kind enough to let out her secrets and to take time to talk a bit, I found a warm caring woman full of energy and life.
You can also go to her website. Karenkeithcreations or reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Either way tell her Rita sent you, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
If you know what might happened - let me know - I want my blog back :(
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
2011 infinity collection
It's time for Christmas shopping
Infinity collection - worldwide shipping
So what does infinity mean to you? Everyone has different representations to symbolize its meaning. During the creation of these pieces I had hot thought of the simple versions kike: forever, never ending, or without end. I was inspired by beyond, whether my creations were beyond or not was not the idea. I wanted simplicity to show the owner of these lovely pieces, they are meant to simply embellish your beauty and not be focal pieces, nor are they to out shine the stones. Just to simply show that you are beyond and your statement is you and that is infinite because we all are ever-changing. It will not matter whether it is your personality or your wardrobe that changes, this collection will be able to be worn anywhere, anytime, anyplace… infinitely with you.
Welcome to see VIDEO of "Infinity Collection"Gold infinity necklace wire wrapped and hand hammered jewelry
Gold stud earrings infinity collection
Gold bracelet infinity collection. Natural tourmaline and 14K GF
Monday, August 15, 2011
For those of you who like to create but don’t like shopping around I’m offering Price comparing on some of the jewelry supplies. Every Monday I'll post different jewelry supplies.
For today Monday I chose EarWires which available at GREATSUPPLIES store on ArtFire
Monday, August 8, 2011
For those of you who like to create but don’t like shopping around I’m offering Price comparing on some of the jewelry supplies.
Every Monday I'll post different jewelry supplies.
For today Monday I chose next positions which available GREATSUPPLIES store on ArtFire
I will start with most selling chain in my shop Bar Link Chain
1-2 feet $9.92 (per foot)
5-9 feet $8.03 (per foot)
10 feet -$73
Figure 8 chain
RioGrande 3.3 mm
1-2 feet - $10.7 (per foot)
5-9 feet - $8.66 (per f00)
Artbeads 3.3x2mm - 26 GA I had a chance to work with this chain in it's a bit thin and very light. I like more 24 GA - more secure for me
1-2 feet - $5.89 (per f00t)
8-10 feet - $4.79 (per f00t)
Greatsupplies 4x2mm Figure 8 3x1mm
10 feet - $68
Twisted and Polished chain
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Sterling silver chain, natural gemstone beads, great price on 14K GF headpins.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Put your brand name on your jewelry creations easily. After some searching I discovered premade chain tags, I was very happy that something so simple could add such a professional touch to my own handmade jewelry. It is a nice boost to my business when my clients see my jewelry with a little tag that says “RS” (Rita Sunderland). All my customers feel like they have something a bit more special and personal. It’s like a painting should always be signed by the artist, the same way should be with our art which is unique created jewelry.
If you are making jewelry you might consider add a little statement like this to your designs.
Here is short tutorial on how I make them.
Material you will need
1. Set of letter stamps
2. Jewelry mini hammer
3. Steel bench block or hard surface
4. Chain tags
First try to stamp on the piece of paper or cardstock to be sure the chosen letters will look correct on the chain tag. (Tip, when you practice this make sure the face of the hammer hits the letter punch dead flat, so do not swing in an arc… instead bring the hammer straight down and don’t let it bounce or you will get a double image on the letter.)
Second after you are sure everything looks correct, take a Chain Tag and make the first letter you will use. See the next note before you continue to the next letter you will use.
One little trick I learned; make several tags at once while you are holding the first Stamping letter in the right position. This makes it easier to get a more uniform look in your tags overall.
Third now it is time for the next letter you will stamp, just repeat the process as before. Once you are done you are ready to affix the take to your creation and let the world know who created a wonderful piece of art!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Big saving on my collection and more during the MywayToSay Christmas in July deals!
Well I know that it is a little bit early for most of you, but I know some of you like great deals and won’t want to be left out like disappointed few last year. So I have stock early and am giving all my followers and customers plenty of time for custom orders as well.
If you have been eyeing some of my designer as well as my everyday jewelry with both natural and rare cut stone designs, now is the best time to start gathering your favorite pieces for gifts and for yourself!
If you like unique and one-of-a-kind gifts you can look around the web to find many offerings. There are a group of talented artists that are participating in Christmas in July sales worldwide. If you are one of those artists, I welcome you to drop a link with your sale ideas so my readers could find what they are in search of.
We all know the economy is tight and we as artists see it more than most, but by starting now you can break your holiday spending into small chunks and feel good about what you support this season. I hope both the customers and the artists get involved, one by one let’s help each other see the best this year!
Friday, July 8, 2011
How about a friendly smile and a great attitude by the whole staff…hmmm sure beats the surly art institute graduate who is relegated to pour mass crap to pay off wasted school loans. To add a pleasant décor and warm sunlight coming through a large windowed store front, added to what will be a regular stop for our family. How about the coffee? Well we ordered two zebra latte’s and were so happy when they tasted better than they looked, smooth and not a bit of the over roasted starbunk clone-a-rama that has become the northwest business model.
My favorite picture of Lexi
It was fun drinking coffee at this coffee shop
Alexcia was a bit sad that the coffee was gone and she wanted more.
Check them out for yourself when you have the inclination as to what Seattle should be, or look them up at Richmond Beach Coffee Co . If you don’t tip this staff you are nuts and should be locked up, don’t trust us…trust your sense of what is right!
Thursday, June 30, 2011
New great deal I spotted in today’s Groupon. As I never been on Paddle Wheel Cruises I was happy to see this deal and I got it for my family. If you are planning to come and visit Seattle this deal will be great for you. Almost 50% of savings and two hours of nice trip on the Lake Union.
Departures 2011 - Wednesdays through Sundays:
May 23rd through September 18th: 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
September 19th through October 16th: 1:00 pm
Price Per Person:
Adult: $32.00 plus tax | Child: $16.00 plus tax (ages 5-12) | Child: No Charge (under 5)
It is Thursday and it is time for “Handmade by YOU”.