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Did you know that Earth Day is this Sunday, on April 22nd, 2012?

Whole Lotta Whimsy has always tried to use as few natural resources as possible. Instead of powering a large A/C unit for our warehouse, we use a much more energy efficient swamp cooler. It can make it a little uncomfortable during the monsoon months as it doesn't work well with moisture (makes things pretty muggy), but everyone here are troopers and don't mind making the sacrifice to help make the world a little better of a place!

We try our best to recycle everything we can, we print out our receipts on thermal paper (uses no cartridges), and we use the more expensive Renatured Popcorn. This popcorn dissolves in water and is made of starch! We've even had some reports that pets love them for this reason!

We were even more excited to share how "green" PMC and Art Clay are! Both are conscious of the Earth and often use recycled and reclaimed metals when making their clays!

In hopes of spreading the word about Earth Day and to "bring a little sunshine to your studio" - we are offering a special for any order placed at www.WholeLottaWhimsy.com on Sunday, April 22nd 2012!

To claim your order, simply include "EARTHDAY" in the comments section of your order!

Be sure to spread the word, and let's see if we can make the world a slightly "Greener" place! If nothing else we all become a little more mindful.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Kilns, gold products, shipping costs, tax and handling are not included.
  • Only good toward orders placed on Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
  • Offer is not retroactive to orders placed before the above date mentioned. Orders placed before Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 cannot be cancelled or changed.
  • You must use the promo code EARTHDAY in the comments section of the order form to receive these items.
  • Cannot be combined with any other offer and or with any WhimsyBucks
  • This code holds no actual cash value and cannot be used to pay for any part of an invoice.
  • Code may only be used once per customer, and applicable to one order regardless of amount.


 

New Creative Tools Arrive at Whole Lotta Whimsy

Saw Blade w/o handle- 1.25" tall x 5" long Paisley Stencil
Wedge-Shaped Sponge Stone Cleaner Successful Jewelry: Design Idea to Wearable Art
How to Photograph Your Jewelry Metalsmith Essentials: How to Solder Jewelry V2
Easy Electroforming for Jewelry Gemstone Settings: The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Styles & Techniques
Enlightened Polymer Clay: Artisan Jewelry Designs Inspired by Nature Divided Storage Box
Metalsmith Essentials: Setting Stones with Bezels
 
Raving Fan

Miranda

I stumbled across Whole Lotta Whimsy while shopping for a starter enamel kit, and I'm so glad to have found such an invaluable resource! The website is well organized and user friendly - all around, it's a huge cut above all the websites out there selling a similar product.

The products offered are high quality and the service is fast, efficient, and friendly with intelligent and well-thought out product recommendations . Add to this already impressive list links to an eZine with insightful articles about art, inspiration, and the business of craft, and a selection of step-by-step tutorials, and you have a recipe for one of the best resources for artists on the net.

I will not hesitate to recommend Whole Lotta Whimsy to anyone looking for quality craft and artist supplies. I know I will continue to shop for tools and supplies via this website.

Thanks a bunch!

- Miranda
Gracebourne Design

 

Feature Article

The Muse Personality: Jennifer Smith-Righter

Date started working in metal clay:

It was spring of 2005.

I had formally studied Art and Architecture and while doing so, took an elective class making jewelry. I decided I wanted to pursue that exclusively as I was much more comfortable working with metals and at that small scale. But I needed a medium that I could work in that wasn't so equipment intensive and I could be more portable (I move frequently). And one day I stumbled upon a book about metal clay by Jackie Truty (with Deb Jemmott) and I knew it was just what I was looking for! I dove right into the pool and basically taught myself.

Certified: (what clay, year and with whom)

Certified in Art Clay Silver with Deb Jemmott in April 2007.

I had moved to San Diego and was looking to expand on my fabrication skills. So I signed up for a class with Deb Jemmott (not realizing who she was). I was a bit frustrated by my metal clay progression at that point and she really helped me take it to the next level.

Accomplished at what media in addition to metal clay:

I have a diploma from the Revere Academy and now work in sterling, argentium, gold and gemstones. I also draw and play the piano some.

Website and short bio:
www.wearablebydesign.com

I am the principal designer at Wearable By Design, a unique custom jewelry studio that designs and creates individual works of wearable art. I creates designs in fine and sterling silver and gold, with semi-precious gems in a wide range of styles, often inspired by nature or mechanical objects. I was formally educated in art and architecture in San Francisco.

*Honorable Mention Silver Accessories 2010
*Finalist Saul Bell Awards 2009?
*Harley Chic voted Favorite "Bike Item on a Roll" on Etsy 2009
*Winner 2008 North American Design for Blossoms and Andalusia?
*Pink Ophelia voted "Our Favorite Sparkly Jewelry on Etsy, Holiday 2008"?
*Winner 2007 North American Design for Barcelona

What is your inspiration now?

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Don't forget to leave a comment and get entered to win a F*R*E*E give-away from Whole Lotta Whimsy! Drawing is April 30th, 2012!

 

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Teacher, mentor, artist and founder of The Artful Success Program, Tonya Davidson helps artists take their techniques and business skills to the next level. As the CEO and founder of Whole Lotta Whimsy she has passionately empowered artists to live creatively from the inside out. Her ezine goes out to over 11,000 subscribers. Create the life you love by subscribing to her eZine at http://www.wholelottawhimsy.com/wo/content/newsletter. Be sure to check out her blog at www.tonyadavidson.com for complimentary tutorials and articles.




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