Monday, February 22, 2010

Do you want to see my awesome mail day?

Well, I'm gonna show you anyway!
First of all, before you get jealous of my super spectacular mail day, you should know that my mail is mostly the kind that makes you feel as if you have failed at adulthood. 
Overdue bills, creditors, doctors bills, insurance forms, insurance denials, attorney correspondence and even letters from the IRS (that's the last year Mike ever does our taxes). In short, our mail sucks.
But today, oh, today was magnificent! Not one bill!
It has been so long since I could afford a nice package, but this was a splurge I could not resist; a package of vintage brass elements from Paris, France! She even wrote "Merci!"

Then  I got a check! Not a bill but actual money! It's a good one too!
In addition to the check I received a notice from one of my consignment stores that my product was featured in one of their local magazines, how cool is that!?!

Okay, as if that was enough to make me cry tears of joy, I received a copy of Belle Armoire and discovered to my delight, that there is not just one of my submissions but two! I didn't know, I thought perhaps they had been cut from this issue because I never received the articles to proof read. But they are there, both of them!
My mama was so proud.
The first article they changed a bit, which is fine, I totally trust Belle Armoire. I had originally titled the article Color Me Spring, because I used a metal coloring technique that looks wonderful on embossed brass.

I'm not really a "romping" kind of girl and the jewelry isn't really about resin. But whatever.
This article not only explains how to add a bit of color to raw brass but how to create monograms on polymer clay cabochons. They elected not to go with the stepped out photos but I feel you can still get a good enough idea from the text instructions.

Aren't their photos phenomenal!?! They made me look gorgeous!

The second article is stepped out with photos and explains how to combine crystal points with sari silk and seed beads.

Again, loving the photos! I really should start utilizing props in my own photos for my work, it really adds something, don't you think?
Okay, you must get the magazine to see more. There is so much packed into this issue, you are sure to find inspiration. I think my favorite was Nancy Schindler' s A Winter Wedding, but I loved the cuff bracelet by Diane Frey.
Thank you for letting me share my AWESOME mail day with you.


  1. Oh Shannon what a wonderful day!!! I can't wait to see what you do with the ooh la la French findings. Will have to find the new magazine ~ I love saying I know this artist!!! Have a wonderful week:)

  2. oh i can't wait to get that issue of belle armoire!! I should just break down and buy a subscription!

  3. Soo glad for you! Everyone needs a mail day like yours MORE often.
    Unfortunately, my recent ones were only too like your vivid description.

    Go Shannon! It gives me hope...

  4. Congratulations to you! I can't wait to get my copy of BAJ to see your pieces - I pre-ordered, so it should come any day...I am definitely NOT a patient 'waiter!

    :-) Molly

  5. Now that truly is a phenomenal mail date! Congratulations, you've put in the work and that's the reward so you deserve every lushious moment.

    The downside is - I can't get 'Belle Armoire'...:(

  6. Can't wait to get the magazine. I just blogged about your book. Check it out at:
    I am loving your work it is beautiful. I can't wait to see what you come up with from those awesome pieces. I love a mail day when there are no bills!

  7. Oh, I can't wait to get my copy! Maybe it will come tomorrow. Like you I wasn't sure what articles would be in this issue, since I was bumped last time. This time I had one article bumped again but at least the Winter Wedding made it in. Yay! (can you tell the Winter Wedding article was supposed to be in the Winter issue.. haha!)
    Congratulations on your two articles!! Can't wait to read them! I'm so darn excited, I neeeeed my BAJ fix!

  8. I had a good mail day, but you had an awesome one! I will definitely have to get Belle Armoire, congrats on your features.

  9. Excellent! I can't wait to pick up the new issue!

  10. congratulations to you shannon - i so relate to the lurch that can accompany going to the mailbox... a gift well deserved by you ~ and how exciting to have 2 articles in the baj!!

  11. What a GREAT mail day! I think any day with out bills is a good day! Can't wait to get my copy of BAJ.
    Bead Happy!

  12. Thats my favorite jewelry magazine, always packed with good information. Congratulations on all your goodies.

  13. Yaaaay the new Belle Armoire is out! I need to acquire a copy. It has fueled my newfound obsession with resin.

  14. What a wonderful day for you! I'm waiting for two packages of goodies but since there is a couple inches of ice covering our mailbox it will not open.

    I've got to get the new issue of Belle Amoire. It's difficult to find around here, so I should just get a subscription.

    Congratulations on both of your features in the magazine!

  15. Wow, that's great news, indeed! Congratulations on your jewelry coup, can't wait to see your fabulous magazine spread!

  16. That was a great mail day for sure.

  17. Congrats to you! And what a wonderful mail day for you. I have left a little present for you on my blog, so take a look when you have a chance.

  18. Oooo that is an awesome mail day for you! I want one of those too! Your work in the magazines looks gorgeous and all the other cool stuff on top of that. Truly a day to celebrate!

  19. Hi Shannon,

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful mail day. I bought the Belle Armoire and spotted your Jewelry right away I did'nt even have to look at the articles to see your name. Your so talented and I feel so blessed to know you. I'll be buy to buy more findings soon.


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