BeeFae, News

Get Them While You Can!

Hi folks! You’ve got a little over a week to get both of May’s colors at a discount! (The same with the full starter set-Once May is over, you can buy them singly still, of course, but you won’t be able to get the discounted price!)

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Through the month of June, you can still buy May’s colors, but after June, they’ll be taken from the shop.  Forever? Who knows. 😀 I suppose that depends on you folks, so let me know if you like the colors and they may make a return later on.

In other news, I was playing with glitter awhile ago, and came up with something I loved so much I wanted to share it with you folks. Beyond the Seventh Wave is a really cool polish for a couple of reasons-I mean, it looks amazing, yeah? And it’s my first foray into jelly polish.

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Later this week, I’ll formally announce June’s 2 Colors (even though I’ve teased them all over Instagram recently! 😀 ), and the next full line of BeeFae polish is nearly ready for testing-with a tentative release around the first of July.

Lastly, I am learning about, and will soon be playing with, thermochromic pigments (The kind that change color with temperature changes!). I’m excited!

I hope ya’ll have a good, productive week. Remember that you’re awesome. 🙂

~BFae

BeeFae, News

It’s May, here’s an update!

Hi, folks! April was a pretty good month for me, and I give you all the thanks for it! I have lots of cool polishes and things coming up over the next few months, so please stick around and tell your friends! 😀

As I said in my last post, I’ll be releasing two polishes every month (except on months where I do a full release), and I released May’s a little early because I was really excited about them!

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During the month of May, you can get 2 dollars off if you buy them together!  After May, you will still be able to buy them singly, for awhile anyway.  I’m still thinking about how long I want to keep the monthly colors in the shop after their month is done. In the meantime, though, check these out! I love them (I know, I say that about all of them lol)! I have a soft spot for pale pinks, and I love pink and grey together.

What’s up for BeeFae Cosmetics this month? Well, I’m finishing up June’s 2 colors (Wait till you see them!), and I’m working on the next full set.  I’m also working on vinyl stencils for nail art that I could have in the shop before the end of the month. 🙂

The other thing I’m doing this month is putting the Bramblefae Etsy shop into vacation mode for May and possible June.  Funnily enough, I’ve done that for last 5 years, so I could get ready for the ren faire season, but with the closing of my local faire, this year, I’m not doing that.  But, I’m vacationing that shop while I focus on BeeFae for a bit and figure out the next direction for the Bramblefae Empire (haha).

However! I’m still more than happy to take commissions for wire work, just email me, or tweet me or something. 🙂

Lastly! Now that you folks are actually getting BeeFae polish into your hot little hands, I’d love to see your nails! I’d love to hear what you think and if you get a chance, I’d really love it if you could leave me some feedback on Etsy!

I hope flowers are blooming wherever you are and I’ll talk to ya’ll soon!

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Time for some news!

I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of 2017. I know I am definitely looking forward to what the new year will bring.

The last year has been a time of change for me in a lot of ways, as I’m sure it has been for a lot of you.  The biggest bit of change for me was the end of the relatively long running Enchanted Lakes Ren Faire, which was my home faire, and biggest event for Bramblefae Boutique.  I’ll admit that I spent a few months adrift, creatively.

In November, I helped open a boutique-style shop in my town called Sassafras & Sage, and with that, I remembered how much I love creating things, and now I’m overflowing with creativity, ideas and new things.

Which leads us to the first bit of news-I’ll be updating the Etsy shop over the next week with some new things I’ve been working on. Working in the shop has structured my time in such a way that I am able to work on projects “of my heart”, basically. The kind of creative whimsy that drew me to jewelry design in the first place.

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This current bit, the stuff I’ll be adding over the next week, is pretty themed.

Out of the Sea, from whence I came will encompass a handful of one of a kind pieces, some can be considered every day pieces, but some, like this crown, are a lot more special occasion whimsy (Although, it’d make me super happy for someone to make this an every day crown! 😀 ). These will get their own post after I’ve gotten some pictures taken and gotten everything posted to Etsy.

While I am looking forward to doing more one of a kind pieces, I also want to make it very clear that I am still very open for commissions and custom work.  ANYTHING you see in my Etsy shop, or my Instagram photos or on Pinterest even, I would be happy to help create something truly unique for you.  Commissions and custom work are some of my favorite things because I love helping you folks have a creative hand in something that you’ll treasure.

The last bit of news that I have right now is that I am probably going to phase out the Bramblefae Boutique Facebook page.  Over the last year it has kinda shown itself to, basically, be more trouble than it’s worth for me. 🙂 I have a far better response on Twitter and Insta, and I feel more like I’m building/ being a part of a community in those places.  So, please, if you don’t already, give me a follow on Twitter or Instagram, I’m bramblefae pretty much everywhere. 🙂

In the next month or so, I’ll have some more news to share with you folks. I’m not ready to talk about it yet, but I am really excited about this possibility, so look forward to that as well!

I hope all of you have years full of wonder and love and I look forward to sharing some of my wonder and love with you all. ❤

 

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Quick update-It’s Sale Time!

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Just a quick update, folks. I’ll have more in depth updates in the coming days and weeks. It’s been an interesting year for me. 😀

Anyway, from now till the end of the year, if you use the code LETSDOTHIS, you’ll get 15% off your order in my Etsy shop! So, please, check things out!

Also, if you’re in or around Northeastern Indiana, you can stop in at a little shop in Angola’s historic downtown called Sassafras & Sage. They’re the only physical location in the world where you can find Bramblefae jewelry! (And trees, and some of the wood refurbished/upcycled things I do, since I don’t put those on Etsy because shipping would be kind of a nightmare. 😀 )

Stay tuned, though, I’ll be back to regular updates very soon, folks! Thank you for sticking around, and if you love what I do, and are able/willing, I have a little button up on the right of this post that says “buy me a coffee”- I’m trying to get money saved for some better tools, and that’s a great way to help support me and what I do! ❤

~T

How to, New Stuff

Experiments in Tape Pt. 2

To pick up where I left off yesterday, while I was letting those tape samples sit for a couple of days, I wondered what other tapes I could paint and decorate and use for random things.

So, I went rummaging through my bathroom cupboards at 2 am (as ya do. 😀 ) and found some paper medical tape, and some relatively wide sort of shiny fabric medical tape. I treated them both the same way I did the masking tape-I taped them down to the plexiglass on my studio table and I painted them. This time, though, I painted some with watercolors as I had been, and some with acrylics ( I used cheapy “art” acrylics in a tube because I had them handy, but I’m assuming craft acrylics would work the same way). I had my doubts about the acrylics because I thought they might dry too hard or flake off or something.

The top and bottom in this pic were done with acrylic, middle two with watercolors.

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The top two are the paper tape, the bottom two-the shiny fabric tape.

I’ll be straight up-the paper tape sucked. The watercolors looked crappy and neither sample strip wanted to come up off the plexiglass. The watercolor strip pretty much shredded, the acrylic strip ended up being pretty hard and weird.

The fabric tape did much better. The watercolor strip worked really well. The colors were muted a bit, sure, but I like that. And it retained it’s shininess. The acrylic strip turned out alright. I didn’t like the way it changed the texture so I likely won’t use acrylics with it again. But it wasn’t the disaster I thought it might be.

Ok, so I rolled these bits up on straws and put them away because it was time to get out the earlier test pieces.

I wanted to see how they would look *in* a project, and I wanted to see how repositional they are. That’s important to me, because when I make things I fiddle with layout a lot.

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Here’s a page from my planner (Look, don’t judge, this keeps me from freaking out about everything, all the time. 🙂 ) taken from my phone in the middle of the night, because that’s how I’ve been rolling, lately. 🙂

The masking tape is still a wee bit transparent, like normal, and like washi. It is easily repositional and looks relatively cute. I’ll call that a win. 😀

Ok, so I did one last test with the spiral fabric tape strips. I wanted to see how they acted on paper.

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I grabbed a couple pieces and just really quickly taped a couple pieces down. (With a guest appearance from a failed bit of stamping on another piece of masking tape!)

I repositioned the pieces several times, to see how well they pulled up, and they worked great. The spiral tape on the left is with acrylic, the the spiral tape on the right is both-the green and yellow is watercolor, the reddish brown is acrylic.

I like the way the masking tape and the fabric tape work, so much that I’m seriously thinking about adding some to the Etsy store, along with the other paper related things that are going up soon.

Either way, it’s a great way to add some personalization to your creative endeavors. I know I’ll be using these tapes all over the place!

Let me know what ya’ll think.

~T

How to, New Stuff

Experiments in Tape

I may have a problem, I know. When I discovered pocket letters, I also discovered washi tape.

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It’s basically decorative, repositionable tape. The term “washi tape” is from Japanese masking tape, which is made from rice paper, but the term lately encompasses quite a variation of products. You can use it to decorate all kinds of stuff. I even have some that’s colorable. 😀 (This pleases me so much!)

Anyway, as I always want to be creating things, I started wondering how I’d go about making some kind of decorative tape. After watching a few tutorials on “Making your own washi!” I decided to try it myself. I found myself pretty dissatisfied with the tutorials because none of them showed how or whether they would actually work in a project.

So, I set out to see what I could learn. Initially, my idea was to figure out how to make “washi” type tape. That’s not what any of this is, but it’s still pretty cool, and I’m already thinking about things I can do with it. 🙂
This is my first try. It’s plain old masking tape, watercolors and stamps. It’s a lot more muted than I like, and in fact, just kinda looks dirty (haha), but it served its purpose as a learning experience. The nature of the tape didn’t change any. It’s still mostly repositionable masking tape. And the ink is just random permanent stamping ink that I’ve had forever.14195409_10154641893764994_2180904997879658014_o
After that, I had a pretty good idea what I wanted to do, so I tried again, with several strips this time. I got better color with no loss of stickiness or texture, and this time I stamped with some white chalk ink that I had. This took longer to set/dry (I let them air dry) than the black ink, but once it was totally dry, it seemed set (It didn’t rub off on anything).14257610_10154642034449994_195262201456224380_o

At this point, I rolled the pieces up onto a drinking straw (Well, first, I’d wrapped them onto a playing card thing that I use to stick washi samples on, but then hubby found a box of drinking straws in a cupboard, so I switched them. It was a good way to check restickability as well.) and I put them away for a couple days.

Tomorrow, I’ll talk about the rest of the experiment, how other types of tape worked for me, and the general outcome. 🙂

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What I did this summer (and what I’ll be doing this fall, maybe)

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Hi folks! Now that summer is mostly over, I thought it would be a good time for a bit of an update.

After the faire (And the realization that this was the last one), I’ve kind of found myself with a bit of a lack of creative gumption.

It’s getting better now, but this summer’s been one of me poking at things with sticks (metaphorically speaking) and seeing what’s up.  The cool part about all of this bellybutton contemplation is that I have some cool things coming into the Etsy shop, and a potential side gig (which you might hear more about as I get everything organized),  the less cool part is that the updates may continue to be kind of sporadic for a bit.

My schedule is pretty up in the air right now, and I have several things going on (Some of which you’ll see here.) that need my attenion, so while I am ABSOLUTELY open for commissions and custom work, I’m going to probably be slow on getting things uploaded to Etsy.

Also, for the first time in several years, I won’t be setting up at any autumn events this year, sadly. I’ve got family wedding things going on for each of those weekends.

So, with the free time I’ll have since I won’t be needing to restock so soon, I’m planning to branch Bramblefae out a little. In addition to all the wire work I do, I’m going to be adding some polymer clay work, and maybe some paper and/or planner related things. (Since I am IN LOVE with my Happy Planner!)

All in all, everything is good here, if a bit frazzled, and I am still constantly working on new things, just, be patient with me, I’ll update as I can. 🙂  In the meantime, follow me on twitter and instagram (both are accessible from the right side of this post. 🙂 )!

(And did I mention that I would love some commissions and some custom work? *grin*)

~Tracie