BeeFae

The Starting Lineup (BeeFae!)

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Aren’t they pretty? ❤

Here they are-the starting six colors in BeeFae Cosmetics’ debut nail polish line. I really feel like I want to shout, “TADA!” every time I show the polishes to anyone.

I should say they’re in their final stage of testing, so formulas might change a bit if necessary, but the colors are solid. 🙂

Over the next weekish, I’ll be giving each color its own introduction post (even though one of the pictured polishes doesn’t have a name yet! *grin*), but now I can set down the timeline of the launch.

On Monday April 3rd, I’ll open up the BeeFae Etsy page for pre-orders for the line.  You’ll be able to pre-order individual 15 ml bottles (The ones you see in the pic), or the whole set of them. Eventually, though, I want to also offer smaller 5 ml bottles, and cuticle oil and vinyl nail stencils, but not for the pre-order. 🙂

On Tuesday, the 4th of April, I’ll have a limited amount of bottles available for purchase at Sassafras & Sage in Angola, Indiana.

The pre-order period will last through April, and on Tuesday, May 2nd, I’ll start shipping out all the pre-ordered polish. 🙂

Sadly, though, I will only be able to offer BeeFae nail polish to folks with addresses in the contiguous 48 states at this time.  I will continue to look into options that will allow me to legally send polishes elsewhere, but until then, US only shipping. 😦

Other than that, I am very excited to have you all try out BeeFae polishes! I hope you love them as much as I do.

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And now for something completely different

Hi there folks! As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’ve been working on something new, and it’s finally time to begin sharing that with you.

I’m actually really nervous about how ya’ll will react, but I am also super excited about it. 😀
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I’d like to introduce you all to BeeFae Cosmetics. 🙂 Although, for now, it’s just going to be nail polishes. (I keep telling myself, “One thing at a time, B.” *grin*)  The plan is to launch officially the week of April 3rd, but now that things are officially a go, I wanted to start sharing the journey with ya’ll from testing all the way through to launch. 🙂

This is basically an offshoot of my work as Bramblefae, meaning they will exist side by side rather than one or the other. I’m not changing anything about how Bramblefae Boutique is running. I’m just adding something new, too.

Over the coming weeks, I’ll have an FAQ, and I’ll probably have several polls about all kinds of things.  But for now, I’m looking to build up a pool of folks willing to do some testing for me when I need it. 🙂

So, if you’re interested, please fill out this form. 😀

And if you haven’t already, follow me on Instagram and Twitter (or check out the feeds on the right side of this page!) for the best updates on this new venture and all my jewelry news!

Lastly, I really look forward to hearing what ya’ll think about this. ❤

 

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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

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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

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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

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Wire Trees and my own impatience

Hi folks! I took a poll on Twitter last week asking how ya’ll thought about the idea of setting up pre-orders for these little wire trees I’ve been making. The response was pretty positive, so I went about making a listing, but then I was all, “Why wait? The only holdup at all is potentially wire, but that’s in the wait time, anyway.”

So, the listing is up! 

A couple things- None of these have beads or gemstones on them.  I’m working on a way to do that, that works for me.  So, look for those possibly soon (And I kinda mean that in video game terms. *grin*).  Also, they are kinda small-the little ones are around 2-3 inches high, the bigger ones around 5 inches high.

Anyway, here’s a look at some of the ones I have made up for the Art is Art Festival this weekend.

If you’re local, come on out to Angola to check these out, along with some of my other arty endeavors, as well as a lot of other amazing artists, artisans, designers and more!

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A look at some of the Summer 2016 Items

Now that the Etsy store is up and going again, I took the time to put together a little “video lookbook” of some of the summer items.

As always, if you see something you like, but would love it in a different size, or color or what have you, just let me know!

 

(And here’s a small reminder to my Canadian friends-I cannot ship to Canada until the Canada Post strike is settled. But as soon as it is, I will be back to shipping up there like I always have! )

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I know it’s not July 1st yet, but…

I was going a little ahead of schedule and decided to open the Etsy shop a little early.  There are still a couple things I need to add (And I’ll get that done today and tomorrow), but I figured I’d get it open now because it’s been down for about a month.

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And of course this means that I am, once again, taking custom orders!

Two things of note, though, first.

First, my dear Canadian friends, until the labour dispute is resolved for the Canada Post, I cannot ship anything to Canada. Anything that it purchased now, will not be sent until this is resolved.

I’d suggest holding off on ordering anything, unless you really don’t mind waiting for it. 🙂

If you purchase something, and your mailing address is Canada, I will contact you immediately and we will go from there. As soon as this is resolved, though, I will go right back to shipping all over Canada. ❤

Second-I am not making video game related items right now. One cease and desist was enough for me, thank you. *grin*  I’m not saying I never will. I’m just saying I need to learn more about how to do it and not infringe on someone’s IP. 🙂 Because I appreciate that most of my fanbase are nerds like me. 😀 ❤

So, in the end-Enjoy the new stuff! Contact me for something custom! I’m glad to be back open!

~Tracie