Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My Time Machine Entry

Finished my entry for EBW april chalenge . It is dark and cloudy today and as my piece is achromatic - grey and black , I can't shoot it good enough. Hopefully tomorrow comes with sun and brightness, so I can finally list it.
I'm gonna name it The Drops Of Time..
It's made using mix of techniques and beads, obsidian chips and vintage button.

Let's hope for sun tomorrow!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Extremely Busy Weekend :)

Our new team has been extremely busy this week making treasuries and featuring each other. Here they are , one by one

This honey and dust was created by slinkymalinkicat and named

Shop Local Latvia

XauXau curated this stylish compilation

New Team Latvia

Feltfinesse created this bright and springy collection

12 Things

And here is mine, not all latvian, but I wanted to include also my other teambuddies from Europe.

Wild Solitudes
And here is other dedication to Europeanstreetteam, I've forgot to post earlier.. They are very helpful an friendly here in etsy.

Black &White Magic
To The Flea Market


Thank You wonderful teammmates !
Hopefully this activity will turn into sales someday :)
Keep on running!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Latvians Unite !


Today XauXau started new team Latvia. As we are not many Latvians here on Etsy it will be very easy to communicate with each other. I dare to say that Latvian artists have a very good taste in style, elegance, kitsch etc. And that is why it seemed so important to make Latvia's team. To gather all Latvian artists to show the rest of the world our creativity!
To join this team just contact XauXau!
Te ir Google group Etsy TeamLatvia , latvieši apvienojamies!

I was so proud Alise proposed me to make banner for new team. Tried two color schemes, and here they are:

My favorite is first one- kind of old school :)
And this is for easter

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

As Simply As Possible

Three days and three nights I've been peyoting this bracelet and not sure was it well or was it stupid thing to do. Used this basic technique and one kind and color of beads, so the result is a struggle to me. Beads were not perfect and the whole look of this piece is uneven, but somehow I like it, because it shows the rough and rustic side of the beadweaving.


Well, customers are the best judges, so I finally listed it.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

treasure, treasure

there has been some new treasuries including my items, you are welcome to look!

Snapdragonsbeads curated this wonderful

Weave some magic
I find snapdragonbead's shop very inspirational and beautiful. She has magic flofer's garden:


And here is enchantedbeads treasury FANTASIC

Enchantedbeads shop is full of beadwoven boxes and beaded jewelry that is true pieces of art.
I admire her creativity.

Thank you ladies !

Friday, March 20, 2009

Pearl Carpet Breaks World Record for Most Expensive Rug

The Pearl Carpet of Baroda sold this early afternoon EST, March 19, for a World Record $5,458,500.00 USD including buyer premium (Auction at Sotheby's Doha Qatar). This amount exceeds the previous World Record by one million dollars for a Safavid rug in a 2008 Christies sale of the Doris Duke Isfahan.

It is a once-in-a-lifetime event that an example of magnitude such as the Pearl Carpet of Baroda becomes available for public acquisition. Its historical importance, provenance, and material make the Pearl Carpet the epitome of everything a serious collector, government or museum would want:

Timeless motif and colors, wide horizontal interest in the market, mystique, exclusivity, manageable size, documentation and above all, completeness.

The carpet was originally intended to be a gift to the Tomb of Mohammed in Medina. The inspiration for this rug and the intention as a gift for the tomb may have stemmed from Shah Jahan's earlier example of commissioning a bejeweled covering for the monument of Mumtaz within the Taj Mahal.

The Maharaja Khande Rao of Baroda commissioned the piece in the 1860's. Of particular significance - A gift to the tomb by a Hindu would represent not only the splendor of the Maharaja style, but an expression of deep respect for the Islamic religion. Ultimately, due to the death of the Maharaja, the carpet never went to Mecca.

Similar examples of rugs incorporating precious metals and stones have been noted by historians. One, in particular, is the Persian Carpet called "The Spring of Khosrow" from 6th century AD. This too featured precious metals and stones. Measuring considerably larger than the Baroda carpet, legend has it the carpet was cut up into many pieces after an Arab invasion and sold off by soldiers piece by piece.

The Pearl Carpet of Baroda is among the crème of the crop. What is spectacular to us is the very construction, and the clear respect for the unique shape of each of the millions of pearls, stones, sapphires and rubies. Working with differing shapes and sizes, the final result leaves few gaps. The Creators clearly worked around characteristics of each stone and pearl: just one facet of how the rug works in complete harmony. To attain such a regular and symmetrical rug from varying gauge pearls takes both unbelievable workmanship & complex mathematical understanding. As with all carpets, The Pearl Carpet of Baroda is a perfect example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.

This post was copy-paste from http://www.rugrag.com

The Most expensive pearl carpet is sold for 5,5 million USD

This March 19th, 2009, Sotheby's Doha is going to be auctioning off a pearl studded carpet for what will be the highest auction estimate placed on rug. 'The Pearl Carpet of Baroda' as the rug is referred to as, will have a starting bid of $5,000,000 according to GulfNews.com.

Believed to have been made around 1865, The Pearl Carpet of Baroda is reputed to be a gift for the Prophet Mohammad's Tomb. The carpet has an estimated 1.4 million+ Basra pearls integrated into it's surface, hundreds of precious stones including rubies, sapphires, diamonds and gold.

While the bidding will start at $5,000,000 USD, the Carpet is expected to fetch a significantly higher hammer price. If the rug does sell just at the starting bid, it will exceed the World Record for Highest Price Paid for a hand made Carpet by more than a half Million Dollars.

More information and pics at http://www.rugrag.com

The Most expensive pearl carpet is sold!





The Pearl Carpet of Baroda: Perhaps the Next Most Expensive Carpet?

*****UPDATE: This Rug has SOLD for nearly $5.5 Million USD on March 19, 2009*****

This March 19th, 2009, Sotheby's Doha is going to be auctioning off a pearl studded carpet for what will be the highest auction estimate placed on rug. 'The Pearl Carpet of Baroda' as the rug is referred to as, will have a starting bid of $5,000,000 according to GulfNews.com.

Believed to have been made around 1865, The Pearl Carpet of Baroda is reputed to be a gift for the Prophet Mohammad's Tomb. The carpet has an estimated 1.4 million+ Basra pearls integrated into it's surface, hundreds of precious stones including rubies, sapphires, diamonds and gold.

While the bidding will start at $5,000,000 USD, the Carpet is expected to fetch a significantly higher hammer price. If the rug does sell just at the starting bid, it will exceed the World Record for Highest Price Paid for a hand made Carpet by more than a half Million Dollars.

According to the Sunday Tribune, the rug measures approximately 5'8" x 8'8". Very interesting information here about this extraordinary piece, which apparently in 1865 was valued at some 6,000,000 Rupees, or $120,000.00

See Press Release

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Fun Signs

Came across these and couldn't stop smiling.
This one is the best for
dentist office:


And this is for friends:

If I'm gonna have real store someday, I think I'm gonna use some :)
Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Crazy Week

Lots of things to do, so I'll just show my new items and run :)
There are some quick earrings and very simple bracelet


Grabbed some westie few days ago and it was
Turquoise Lace

Winner of March EBW Challenge - Temptation

The March EBW Challenge had 35 entries, many of them from new members to our group. With 557 votes in total, 68 of them went to our winner - #9 - The Seductress - by Rachele of RachelesOriginals. About this beautiful piece, Rachele says: An Art of Temptation she is!! Should I or Shouldn’t I? Will she tempt you with her beautiful rounded Onyx curves, or her enchanting cat’s eyes? Will you be drawn in by her sinfully lustful red and her alluring gold and amethyst colors? This tempting one-of-a-kind masterpiece is completely hand sewn with much love and with great attention to detail. She is made with Black Onyx, Cat’s Eye, Fresh Water Pearls, Glass Seed Beads, and more.
Congratulations!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Front page Treasures From Latvia

Happyment curated wonderful treasury and yesterday it made it to the front page! I'm so happy!!!


Thank You so much!
Here is one of happyment's brooches!


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Google Base

This is a quick note for myself, couse I know I've done it sometimes, but somehow cant remember every new month
Google Base makes as easy as possible for people to find your etsy items when they search through Google.

The easy way is http://letsets.com/
Maybe it helps someone else too.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Kids

Saturday morning was very sunny.. I can feel spring coming :)

My daughter is 2, son 5

Friday, March 6, 2009

Wild night

Wild night at the Latvian Academy Of Arts.. Carnival night..
My son wrote me list with things I'm allowed and not supposed to do:
* Be home when they wake up;
* Don't kiss strangers;
* Bring sweets;
* Applause only when daddy is playing;
* Don't run around and misbehave..
And off we go!

I don't remember when was the last time I left kids with the nanny whole night.. But it was so worth it! Music, masks, fun, my love.. I feel young and inspired again and been smiling whole week since then.So there is advise -
don't you never ever forget about yourself and the ones you love!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Shades Of Green

Finally I've finished my beaded necklace. It turned out very eclectic and has all kind of green beads I had gathered for a long time.. Anyway I love the starry and unpractical feel to it, because it is made for some tiny beautiful princess I know :)

good luck Klinta!

March treasuries

I've been featured in two treasuries this week..
Lately I don't have enough time for beading so my blog goes all about treasuries..

Here is gypsyeyesjewelry

mossy green treasury TEMPTATION

don't forget to visit gypsyeyesjewelry shop and see her wonderful butterflies !


The other treasury was curated by happyment

Starry Night


Here is one of happyment felted flowers for you!

Thank You Ladies!