Creative Hands Newsletter - September 2010

In This Issue
  • New Ruby Plaza Promotion: Sell for Only $9/mo. Through 2010!
  • Featured Ruby Lane Jewelry Artisan Shop: Holly Cottage Designs
  • Ruby Lane Fine Artist Spotlight: Rachel Uchizono
  • Featured Ruby Plaza Photo Artist: Lynne Green
  • Ruby Plaza Shop of the Day
  • Send Us Your Video & Get Paid
  • Pick up the earliest signs of fall by these talented artisans on Ruby Lane.
  • Join Ruby Lane and Ruby Plaza on Facebook and Twitter
  • Share Creative Hands With A Friend


Are you looking for venue to sell your home decor items (both contemporary and vintage) ranging from furniture and accessories to lighting, bedding and window coverings? Or perhaps you, or someone you know sells new and vintage fashion and accessories, and/or jewelry. Maybe you are a crafter with items such as bath and beauty products, candles, handcrafted dolls, needlecraft, woodworking, toys, or supplies to sell. If so, spread the word - as now you can try out our sister site, Ruby Plaza, just launched in April - for only $9 a month through 2010 with no set-up fee!

From now until December 31st 2010, Ruby Plaza is making it easy and affordable for sellers to join Ruby Plaza. And the sooner you join the more time you have to sell for only $9 a month while you check us out. Already over 600 shops have joined us with over 130,000 items added to the site.

There are no contracts, no cancellation fees, and the only expense out of your pocket is $9 a month.

Spread the word!

For more information visit, then under SELL, choose Open A Shop. We hope you'll join us!


Destiny Earrings - Gold Vermeil with Orange and Yellow Lampwork Beads Hello and welcome to Holly Cottage! I'm Judith Rudolph and I design and make all the jewelry you see in my store.

Many of my jewelry designs feature fine lampwork glass beads created by master artisans throughout the United States and Canada. Most are independent artisans with home studios. I love working with them because it feels good to support their businesses but especially because the lampwork beads they produce are the best you can get anywhere. The creativity, hand detailing, and high quality they offer is truly without equal.

Cultured pearls are another favorite of mine. Although pearls were once worn just for formal occasions, today's women wear them any time, any place. They add elegance and warmth to any outfit.

Many of my necklaces feature beautiful and unusual gemstones set in handcrafted Sterling Silver pendants. They adorn necklaces that I create with pearls, silver and gemstone beads to complement each pendant. Most are are one-of-a-kind. In some cases I may be able to create something similar if you take a fancy to a piece that has already sold. Just ask. I do love to spoil my customers!

Peanut Brittle - Artisan Crafted Lampwork Beads with Tiger Eye and Gold Vermeil2Like many creative people I'm forever finding fresh inspiration, so you will always find something new and different at Holly Cottage Designs. I use only high quality components and take great care with every detail in designing and crafting each piece. My goal is for you to be even more pleased with your choice when you receive it than when you saw it
on your computer monitor!

There is an actual Holly Cottage where I create my jewelry. It's located on the beautiful coast of Maine and is home to myself, my husband, and our four pampered pets. The view from my studio workshop stretches out across backyard gardens, over a meadow, and down the hill to the village wharf. It's a wonderful place to find inspiration!

Special orders are always welcome. These are often for a copy of an item that has already sold, accessory pieces to match a listed item, or duplicates that are needed for bridesmaid gifts. I'm thrilled to fulfill your wish if I'm able to! I'm also happy to convert any of my earrings to clip-on or screw backs at no charge. Just ask!

I value your business and work hard to ensure that you're delighted with your purchase.

Thanks so much for looking! Judith Rudolph of Holly Cottage Designs


Laguna Beach Seascape by Impressionist Artist Rachel UchizonoMy name is Rachel Uchizono and I am an artist living in Laguna Beach, California. I paint Plein Air, which means to paint landscapes on location. Laguna Beach has a rich tradition of plein air painting. Many great painters have set up their easel and painted Laguna locations that remain unchanged. William Wendt, Edger Payne and Hanson Puthuff to name a few of the great artists that founded the original Laguna Beach art colony in the 1920's. My paintings are of canyons, eucalyptus trees and seascapes. In my studio I paint my stuffed peacock, flowers from my garden and persimmons. I have exhibited at Studio 7 Gallery for 11 years and exhibited at the Sawdust Festival for 7 years. Offered for sale at my gallery are my paintings as I paint them..

Being an artist I am attracted to beautiful things and I wish to share them with you.

Visit Rachel's Gallery - Uchizono Gallery


Photo Greeting Cards - Boxed Assortment of 8 In 1998, the road turned for me. After a lifetime in the creative fields of writing, stage directing and documentary video, an unexpected permanent disability challenged me to reinvent myself. With the generous help of Vocational Rehabilitation and the support of a handful of exceptional friends, I was able to grow new strengths, learn new skills and gradually regain independence.

Designing jewelry and photography have become my two new mediums for self-expression. When working with stones, I love the immediacy of using my hands to build an object of my imagination; love holding the tangible results. It's breathtaking to witness someone wearing something I passionately poured my heart into and I hope you will find beauty and joy in my work, too.

Pumpkin Bouquet - 5X7 Original Photo PrintI primarily use gemstones, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver as the base for my designs. Although each component may be beautiful, I believe it's more about the relationship of the materials, rather than the materials themselves that imbue the piece with magic.

When shooting images for my greeting cards and prints, my first love is botanicals. My work has been purchased by the Missouri Botanical Garden for sale in their gift shop, by Paraquad Independent Living Center for their permanent gallery and I was also commissioned to do photos for the set of tv's remake of "Rear Window," starring Christopher Reeve.

Customer satisfaction is of primary importance to me, so if you are displeased with any aspect of your
purchase, I will do my best to resolve it or refund your money in full.

I live with my support dog, Hank, in St. Louis.

Lynne Green of Gerlinda Studios


If you have wanted to be a Ruby Plaza Shop of the Day now is the time to submit your profile. To submit your shop profile, simply fill in the information below, and email it to:, with a subject line in your email Shop of the Day.

If selected, not only will your shop profile be posted on Ruby Plaza's Facebook page and Plaza Notes (Ruby Plaza's section of Ruby Lane's blog – Notes from the Lane), but items from your shops will be highlighted on Ruby Plaza's Facebook page and on Ruby Plaza's Twitter page.

Also, we encourage you to share this honor with friends, family, and your buyers through your Facebook and Twitter pages.

Ruby Plaza Shop of the Day Profile
  • Ruby Plaza Shop Name:
  • Name of your Ruby Lane Shop (if you sell on both sites):
  • Owners Name:
  • A three line introduction about you (not to exceed 75 words):
  • Favorite item in your shop (name of the item and up to a two line description, not to exceed 50 words), please send a jpeg attachment of your item and a link to the item:
  • Tell us why you started to sell online and how long you have been selling online (up to a three line description, not to exceed 75 words):
  • Add the link to your Facebook page:
Ruby Plaza Facebook page


Many of you already know that Ruby Lane & Ruby Plaza accepts blog articles from shops, and credits your shop $35 per accepted article which we post on Notes from The Lane, Twitter and Facebook. We have developed a sizable number of shops who contribute regularly! We are expanding this program to include video - so we invite shops to send us video links that showcase your shop for publication consideration.

Have you considered making a video about yourself and your shop? Do you want to showcase the items in your shop? Do you have tips and information you'd like to share with others about online sales success to help establish yourself as a valuable resource? Do you have a studio that you would like others to view?Do you have a handcraft technique you would like to share with others or a demonstration video showing how to create your handcrafts? Video is fast becoming the medium to communicate with others, and a it's great way to market your shop. And these days anyone can do it!

Here's how it works:

Once you make your video, upload it to Then, send us a link to it at Once accepted, we will publish it on our blog, Facebook and Twitter pages to spread the word about your shop. Once published, we will credit your shop $35. Please note that the focus of your video must be you and your Ruby Lane or Ruby Plaza shop.

Here are links to a couple of videos that other Ruby Lane shops have done. These are just examples - we invite you
to use your imagination in doing your own:

Sorren's-Blue Scarlettshard

Vintage Jewelry Showcase

If you're not sure how to get started making your own videos, be sure to check out this step-by-step Make Your Own Videos blog post by Viga Boland of Vintage Jewelry Showcase to see how she made hers.

Kind Regards,
The Team at Ruby Lane


NUTS `n HONEY – 3-strand necklace of Tagua nuts, carnelian, spider agate and copper Tisa Jewelry Designs

NUTS `n HONEY – 3-strand necklace of Tagua nuts, carnelian, spider agate and copper

This lovely 3-strand necklace is fashioned of rainforest-friendly Tagua nuts, carnelian rounds, rich brown spider agate long barrel beads, which I ...

Earrings ~ RAIN CHAINS: AUTUMN DANCERS ~ Artisan Lampwork, Swarovski Crystals, Bali Sterling Silver Tea Oranges

Earrings ~ RAIN CHAINS: AUTUMN DANCERS ~ Artisan Lampwork, Swarovski Crystals, Bali Sterling Silver

These lovely Rain Chain earrings were created in the knockout colors of turquoise and amber. My fabulous artisan lampwork rings are partnered with ...

Jool's Pumpkin Tile Bracelet Jools by Julie

Jool's Pumpkin Tile Bracelet

One perfect pumpkin focal, the last harvest of the season! This is an exquisite polymer clay bead from one of my favorite artists that lives in ...

Green Leaf Necklace with Copper Accents ShiningMountain Jewelry

Green Leaf Necklace with Copper Accents

A handmade necklace that will remind you of early fall! A beautiful 2-inch-long green glass leaf with copper-colored accents is the heart of this ...

valid victorian - Vintage Bead Lavaliere The Burning Tuba

valid victorian - Vintage Bead Lavaliere

Years ago, I asked one of my students what were their goals for school. One young woman told me that her aim was to be the class valid Victorian. I ...

Dream Agate Pendant has Multiple Colors Enhanced by Like Colored Gemstones Adornments by BJ

Dream Agate Pendant has Multiple Colors Enhanced by Like Colored Gemstones

This beautiful pear-shaped 40x30mm Dream Agate Pendant has colors of deep orange, red, olive green and even white and tan. I decided to enhance the ...

 Autumn  Bronze, Smoky Quartz and Antiqued Brass Necklace Felicity Jewelry Designs

Autumn Bronze, Smoky Quartz and Antiqued Brass Necklace

This is another piece in our Autumn Series. Each piece in this collection will incorporate a hand crafted solid bronze work as its focal.Each piece ...

28  Cloisonne Necklace Bright with Shining Color Contrast Dolphin Designs Artwear

28 Cloisonne Necklace Bright with Shining Color Contrast

This 28 detailed and individually unique necklace I have named Color Carnival . I can honestly say that Color Carnival is a distinctive necklace...


Ruby Lane and Ruby Plaza are now active on both Twitter and Facebook, and we invite you to join us. Both services are free to join and participate.

Follow Ruby Lane on Twitter: Twitter

Become a Fan of Ruby Lane on Facebook

Follow Ruby Plaza on Twitter: Twitter

Become a Fan of Ruby Plaza on Facebook


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