Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jann Alexander-McCullough- An artist of many talents

Let me introduce you to a member of our eSMARts team that I have had the pleasure of becoming friends with. Her name is Jann Alexander-McCullough. Jann was born in Arizona and is currently living in Glendale. She started her artistic life at age 23 by doing almost all the traditional mediums. Her first job was a Creative Art Director, which kept her busy into her 30's.

Now Jann makes jewelry for the Rubenesque woman, Hot glass, Painted glass, Fused glass , Sterling silver wire work, chainmalle to name a few. She also does crocheted jewelery with Sterling Silver wire, or yarn, seed beading, embroidery beading, crochet, sew, pencil draw and watercolor painting -

Jann has three areas where she creates, her husband turned a spare bedroom into a fine arts studio where she sews, beads, crochets and everything else except for her glass work. She creates most of her projects from a Lazyboy with all her items around her. Jann has just recently found her love for jewelry design

These are just a few of the items that Jan makes, and as you can tell she does a beautiful job and is a very talented artist. Jann also belongs to several Art Leagues, has done many shows both juried and non juried, has won many awards and sold many paintings and drawings with watercolors and pencils being her favorite medium. Now her favorite medium is glass, her torch, her kilns and wire and jewelry making. A Woman of many many talents.

If you get a chance please visit Jann Alexander McCullough's Webb page is http://phoenixrisingglassart@cox.net. Also be sure to stop by her Etsy shop to see many more wonderful creations !!! http://jannadu.etsy.com. This multi talented artist has caught my eye, and makes me think I don't have enough crafts going at one time!

For relaxation Jann visits her children and grandchildren and she and her husband go out to dinner once a week. Her favorite colors are purple and deep jewel tones, and her love for crafts shows in everything she does. So this is Jann Alexander-McCullough a very multi talented artist.

Monday, January 19, 2009


In today's economy, it isn't uncommon to hear of people being let go from their jobs. I am one of them. I have taken all the necessary steps, applied for unemployment insurance, searched and applied for jobs and networked to all that I know.

But being unemployed doesn't mean that its the end of the world, at least not for me! sure I wish I was working and bringing in a steady pay check, but I now have started to devote my time to a couple of neglected things. eSMARts, my team...I am now able to devote more time to promoting the team and fulfilling the obligations of being a member. Website, slowly but surely I am adding and updating my website to make it current with my latest beads and jewelry that I have made. Etsy shop, adding more new items as I get the opportunity to make them. Torching....hooray I am finally back at the torch, and have a couple private orders I need to fill as well as make new beads for my website and Etsy to sell. Jewelry making...ahhh I have spent the weekend creating a couple of pieces which I have already added to my website, and continue making more items unfortunately I worked with magnetic clasps in my jewelry making and now all my tools are magnetized.....very frustrating. Researching trying to learn techniques for easy wire wrapping to enhance the beauty of my larger pieces of lampwork beads I have made. also researching various gemology terms and drooling over some of the beautiful pieces I wish I could own to incorporate in my jewelry making. In time the last two items will fall into place. For now I will continue to create what I know.

My next project is to create a blog for a fellow team member who is a great artist also...more on her next post, so keep watching for it! for now I will show you what I have created this weekend and as I said they are listed on my website, and the beads can be found either on my website (http://www.wilmas-whimseys.com) or on Etsy (http://www.whimsey.etsy.com. Hope to sell to help with the unemployment and the incoming bills! Enjoy looking, and for those who live in the Northern areas, stay warm!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


I know that many of you already know about this worthy cause which assists those in need. There are so many talented artists that have donated to this site that I am promoting the site again to make newcomers to my blog aware.
Recently a contest was held where you had to dm abeadaffair (Lois) that you had been to the site and this would enter you into the contest for a $10.00 certificate. What a great turnout this promoted. So much so that I am hoping to see more of these contests in the very near future.
The site has made sales thanks to the many wonderful contributions of the eSMArts team-m5creations, gahooletree, sassydelite, coastalartists.abeadaffair, jaecreations,hobbnobins, and the list goes on and on, so many many talented artists and I am proud to say I know them all and appreciate all their hard work and efforts they have put into this.
Please if you get a chance check the site out and buy a small token to help this worthy cause. Their address is www.esmarts.etsy.com

Till next time

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Saturday...Working OT

Pardon me for laughing right now but hee hee hee hee....I am supposed to be working four hours of over time, and our system is down!!!!! So I am taking this time to write another blog, after all I need to keep my public informed as to whats going on.
The latest news from Whimsey's etsy shop is I have revamped all the current beads and marked them all 50% off!!!!! so get there while the deals are hot and shop till you drop!!!
Some of the sets I can make duplicates of, just let me know and will do my best.
Wishing everyone the Happiest of New Years and may all your wishes come true......
I make resolutions every year, but like everyone else they get broken, so I am not making any this year, instead I will focus on fixing broken fences, trying my best to do more marketing, not only for my team (eSMArts), but for my self too. Oh and get my website updated and open another Etsy shop for my jewelry. Big plans, but one step at a time
I am amazed at what I have learned in the last year - Twitter; Facebook; tiny url and I know that there is more, just can't think of it right off hand. I still have tons to learn, but at least I am not shy about shouting out "Hey go and check the newly created esMARts team shop where all items are donated and sold to help our fellow etsians! So please check the shop out, its address is www.esmarts.etsy.com. There are so many wonderful items listed there. I have my eye on a couple of things, the prints by Coastalartist, the copper rings and a few other things. i really want a wall hanging by Tina Cowan; m5creations...that will have to wait a while tho.
So I was just told that our system is back up. If you get a chance please check out my reduced prices in my shop www.whimsey.etsy.com.
Till next time stay safe and warm and out of the snow for those of us who live in the snow region area.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Check this out!!!!

I was chatting with a friend a couple of nights ago and she asked me to look at something she had just posted on her Elsy sight. Well I fell in love with what she had to show me! I feel that I need to spread this good news as I know there are plenty of jewelry makers out there who would LOVE a collection like this. Even if you are just starting out with collecting gemstones, this is a great place to start your collection. I am just starting to try and gather some gems to add to my lampwork beads, and can't wait until I have the monies to get myself started!!!!
So please check her store out, you wont be disappointed believe me. Her offerings are the very best around!
Here is the tiny url to her shop, so go and shop till you drop!!!!!!!