Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Free US Shipping Coupon Code

From now until midnight December 7th, use Coupon Code FREESHIP at checkout for Free US Shipping in my Etsy shop.

Cyber Monday Gift Certificate Winner

Thank you everyone who shopped my Etsy store on Cyber Monday.  Everyone who purchased something yesterday was entered into a random drawing for a $10.00 gift certificate in my Etsy shop.  After getting the packages ready to ship, I put them in a bag and had my friend Cathy pick one to determine the winner.
And the winner is....

Mary Harris!  Congrats Mary - I'll send you an e-mail with the gift certificate info.  Thanks so much for participating.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday Sale and Gift Certificate Giveaway!

It's Cyber Monday, and that means, it's time for my 
 Use Code CYBER25 to save 25% in my Clayworksnh Shop until midnight December 2nd!

 Save on Pendants, Beads, Components, Ornaments and much more!
I'll also be giving away a $10.00 Gift Certificate towards anything in my Clayworksnh Etsy shop.
 Everyone that makes a purchase in my Clayworksnh Etsy shop now through midnight December 2nd will be entered in a drawing and the winner will be picked at random on Tuesday, December 3rd.
Please check out the other AWEteam members having sales this weekend. 
Thanks and Happy Shopping!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Etsy Mud Team Winter Holiday Challenge!

It's time for the Etsy Mud Team Winter Holiday Challenge!  Members participating in this challenge make objects that feature a holiday and/or winter theme. Everyone who votes in the challenge receives a coupon good for 10% off at participating member shops.
I hope you'll support me and vote for my Kaleidoscope Snowflake Stocking Ornament handcrafted from terra cotta clay and hand painted with detailed bright white snowflakes on a varied teal and blue background.
Please Click here to vote for my stocking.  Voting is open from November 24th to midnight December 1st. Thank you so much!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Artists for Disaster Relief Raffle

My friend Andrew Thornton from Allegory Gallery is hosting a raffle among other efforts to raise funds to support the disaster relief effort for the recent typhoon in the Philippines. 
Banner by Sheila N. Thornton
Several artists are donating jewelry, art and jewelry components.  All proceeds go to the cause. Raffle tickets are only $1.00 each and they can be purchased now until December 5th.  One winner for all these great prizes will be picked on December 5th.  To find out how to purchase raffle tickets click here.
Prize Contributors Include: Andrew Thornton, Sheila Thornton, Lisa Lodge, Lisa Boucher, Barb Cherwaty, Maria Richmond, Jan Durkin, Joan Tucker, Lana Weed, Gretchen Schueller... and more!
If you are interested in contributing something to the raffle prize, contact Andrew with a picture of your donation and its retail value.
Andrew has been posting some of the prizes on his Facebook page.  These are the pieces that I'm donating from my Clayworksnh Etsy shop for the cause:
They're all made from tan speckled stoneware clay and include two seahorse buttons, four starfish connectors, four beads and a surf's up starfish pendant.  Total retail value $85.00.
Tickets are only $1.00 each!  Try your chance at winning these prizes and more and help raise funds for the people in the Philippines.  Please spread the word.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

November Spot the Newt Winner!

Congratulations to Sue Bracy, winner of the Spot the Newt Contest in the November 2013 issue of New Hampshire Magazine!
For spotting four hidden newts in advertisements throughout the magazine,
Sue won three of my Clayworks stoneware New Hampshire silhouette mitten ornaments.
Another great reason to Spot the Newt!  There's a new prize every month from a member of NH Made.  Pick up next month's issue of New Hampshire magazine and try your eyes for spotting the next four newts!  A loyal subscriber myself, it's one of my favorite magazines.  Always packed with informative and entertaining content about the Granite State. We're both proud members of NH Made!

Clayworks Open House and NH Open Doors Weekend!

a weekend of many firsts....
Last weekend was the grand opening of my Clayworks studio and my first time participating in NH Open Doors, a statewide shopping and touring event. Sponsored by NH Made and the League of N.H. Craftsmen, NH Open doors includes a wide variety of participants and events. 
Including anything from craft demonstrations, musical performances, wine tasting, etc., it's set up so you can plan a tour for a specific region of the state if you like, and make stops at several of the venues in that area.  Clayworks is #602 in the Lakes Region on the NH Open Doors Map.

Stoneware Maple Leaf Pendant ~ Clayworks by Lisa Boucher

 This was the perfect catalyst to get motivated to set up my little studio.   I signed up months ago, and kept warning Barry that we were on the NH Open doors map in hopes that the pile of dirt that was next to the studio would be moved beforehand.  Happily, not only was the pile of dirt moved, but we finally had the driveway paved, and we now have a new lawn.  Maybe I'll do these events more often.
The building has been finished for a while now, complete with a little heater, tile floors and a beautiful big window in the back.
The only thing that was left was to assemble my pottery wheel which is almost complete.  In the meantime the wheel doubled nicely as a table for the event. On the right side of the building Barry put a little ventilated room for my kiln.  Woo hoo!  It's something I've been wanting for a very long time so I can't tell you how excited I am about this.
I spent the week setting up my racks with my ornaments, and finished jewelry, and displayed my pendants, beads and components in baskets. An unexpected and fun trend for the weekend was helping people select beads to go with pendants they picked out, and stringing them together with matching silk cord. 

Thanks so much to everyone that stopped by over the weekend!  It was so great to see you. While the weather holds out, I'll be having another mini open house this weekend, Saturday only from 10-2.  So, please stop by if you're in the area!  84 Middle Road, on the corner of 109A and Number 9 Road in Center Tuftonboro. I'll have some cider and treats waiting.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Micro Macramé!

I'm still here! I know, it's been a while since I've blogged.  My springs and summers are pretty full at work so I don't have the time or energy to create as much as I would like.  But things are back at a steady pace so it's catch up time.

For a year or so since my friend Anita owner of Anita's Beads showed me a book by Kristine Buchanan about Micro Macramé, I've had it in my head that I have got to try that!! I used to do lots of macramé wall hangings, belts, plant hangers and the like back in the 1970s, so I'm familiar with most of the knots. So, I started playing around making some stoneware and porcelain connectors and buttons specifically for micro macramé jewelry.

Bracelets are my favorite thing to make, and the best book I could find that had a great selection of macramé bracelets was Micro Macramé Beaded Designs for Jewelry Using Crystals and Cords by Annika DeGroot.  I took some ideas from Annika's book, dug out my dear old worn copy of Macramé Creative Design in Knotting by Dona Z. Meilach, and used my own freestyle approach to incorporate my ceramic pieces.  Instead of working from one end to the other, I start working from the middle outward. This is the first piece I made using one of my stoneware seahorse scallop shell connectors, stoneware beads and matching seahorse shank button with turquoise and blue macramé cord.  I like to use semi precious stones as much as possible so my first pieces have a lot of jade, moss agate, turquoise, malachite, adventurine and amazonite.
The second piece features one of my stoneware dancing starfish connectors, stoneware rondelles and sea-swirl shank button.  This one has aqua, teal and purple cord, which went well with amethyst and purple jasper. I used to love doing the popcorn knots, so I threw a few of those in on this piece.
What I love about these is the back looks as cool as the front, so it doesn't matter which side is showing.
For the third piece, I used a scallop shell starfish stoneware focal, with cords of varied green and teal.
Finished with an emerald porcelain starfish button.
These three are available and I'll be listing them in my Clayworksnh Etsy shop at some point.
Since I wear a lot of black, I decided it was time to make myself a bracelet to wear.  So I chose one of my black and mother of pearl floral stoneware pieces for the focal,
 with a matching stoneware sunburst shank button for the closure. Black cord, onyx, and silver lattice beads completed the look for this piece. I made it while catching up on episodes Breaking Bad.
I love it and wear it all the time.  Right now in fact.
Then my daughter Kelsey's birthday was coming up so I decided to make her one as well.
For Kelsey's I used a stoneware wave focal, and a teal porcelain shank button, and some of my stoneware rondelles with turquoise and forest green cord and some teardrop faceted amazonite.
With this last piece I tried a different approach.  I wove the cord through the center so as to not cover up so much of the design on the focal, then started the macramé from underneath the piece.  This seemed to work well.
There's something very satisfying and meditative about doing all of these tiny little knots.  It takes a while, but the more you do it, the more efficient you become.  I know I'll definitely be doing more micro macramé pieces soon. Thanks Anita for rekindling my interest in this craft. For more photos of my finished pieces check out my gallery my Facebook page.
 Many of my ceramic connectors and buttons are available in my Clayworksnh Etsy shop, and I'll be listing more in the future.
 In other recent news, a pair of my earrings are featured in the Fall 2013 Jewelry Stringing earring gallery!
Desert Jewel Dangles ~ Using some of my handpainted earthenware connectors, pewter sun beads, beach glass & beach stones from Lake House Beach Glass, amethyst, turquoise nuggets, and sterling silver ear wires by Rocki's Metalwork.  These dangles are available in my Etsy shop.
How's that for catching up?!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, April 26, 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party 3rd Reveal Time!

Welcome to Lisa's Clay Happenings! Today, over 200 people (out of a total of 541) will show you what happens when beaders swap their stash. We've been paired up for Lori Anderson's 7th Bead Soup Blog Party to swap a focal, clasp and beads, then blog about our creations made with the pieces received from our partners.

I immediately fell in love with the bead mix my partner Be ttysent me. She chose a fabulous pounded copper star toggle, and she crafted a really sweet whimsical lampwork fish focal just for me! The gorgeous bead variety Betty sent included leopard spotted barrels, tiger striped polymer tubes, some very cool wooden beads and Kazuri ceramic beads made in Africa, which Betty got during her last visit.  She also included some other tribal treasures and some silk cord which was perfect for stringing up this mix!

>Please play the video to see what I made.....
Music: Ngiculela-Es Una Historia by Stevie Wonder
Thanks so much Betty! 

If you want to see a lot of beautiful things in one place, please vist our offical Pin board at Pinterest by clicking here.
 Here's all of the participants in the 3rd Reveal!
Adlinah Kamsir www.dreamstruckdesigns.blogspot.com
Agi Kiss http://moonsafaribeads.blogspot.com
Alenka Obid www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Alison Sachs www.beadsbyearthtones.blogspot.com
Amanda Tibbetts http://www.amandamade.com/blog
Amy Sims www.amysimsdesigns.com
Ana Cravidao http://acbeads.blogspot.com
Andra Marasteanu http://bijouxdemonange.blogspot.com
Andria Poole www.Jewelleryartiste.blogspot.com

Angela Perkins

Anja Schultz http://anjas-perlenwelt.blogspot.de/
Ann Sherwood http://ann-sherwood.blogspot.com/
Anna Nordeman http://annas-adornments.blogspot.com
Annita Wilson http://awjewelryandbeadwork.blogspot.com/
Arlene Dean http://aglassbash.blogspot.com/
Astrid Boyce http://astridboyce.blogspot.com/
Barb Fernald http://barbarasfernald.com/
Betty James Hoppensteadt www.tybetastidbits.blogspot.com
Birgit Klughardt www.gitesbeads-gite.blogspot.com
Bonnie Coursolle http://jaspersgems.blogspot.ca/
Brandy Thomason McNair www.bellavitajewelry.blogspot.com

Brenda Sigafoos

Carmen Lau http://littlemake.blogspot.com/
Carol Wilson http://jetadorn.blogspot.com/
Caroline Dewison http://www.blueberribeads.co.uk
Cassie Donlen www.cassiedonlen.blogspot.com
Catharine Temaluru http://ienmaginationsjewelry.wordpress.com
Catherine Turrell http://fairysketches.blogspot.co.uk
Cheri Reed www.creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Cherrie Warzocha http://colorsofshae.blogspot.com/
Christa Murphy http://adventuresofwonebeadywoman.blogspot.com/
Christina Hickman http://vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com/
Christina Stofmeel www.fengbeads.com
Christine Hansen http://intuitivesparks.blogspot.com

Christine Stonefield

Cilla Watkins www.tellyourgirlfriends.com
Cindy Cima Edwards www.cindycima.com
Claire Lockwood www.somethingtodowithyourhands.com
Colleen Vinthagen http://www.thewireworkshop.com/blog/
Dagmar Liebisch http://kokopellidesign.blogspot.de/
Dana Fowler www.blogjunepur.blogspot.com
Danielle Kelley http://imbuethemuse.blogspot.com/
Deb Fortin www.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Dee Elgie http://cherryobsidia.blogspot.co.uk
Denise Milward http://milwardstorysofar.wordpress.com/
Diah Anggreni http://pernik-manik.blogspot.com/
Diana Gonzalez www.arteypoemas.com
Diane Valasek http://dragonflyclose.blogspot.com/
Dita Basu http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Donetta Farrington http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com/
Doris Stumpf http://glaszwerg.blogspot.de/

Elizabeth Bunn

Elizabeth Drake http://mutteringsofacrone.wordpress.com/
Elizabeth Jones http://www.eyekandyjewellery.com
Elizabeth Stolarczyk http://elizabethsart.blogspot.co.uk/
Ema Kilroy http://www.emakdesigns.com/blog
Erin Kenny http://beadifultherapy.blogspot.ca/
Evelyn Duberry Www.ShebaMakeda.com
Fay Wolfenden www.torchfairy.blogspot.com
Francesca Watson http://francescawatson.com/
Gen Smith http://gennysworld.blogspot.com/
Ginger Davis Allman www.thebluebottletree.com
Giorgia Rossini www.joyblonde.blogspot.com
Hannah Annear www.quirkyhannah.wordpress.com
Heather Otto http://www.thecrafthopper.com
Heidi Kingman www.Heidikingman.blogspot.com
Ildiko Jarai www.sviroalkotasai.blogspot.hu

Iveth Caruso

Jackie Locantore http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog/MorningStarSanctuaryStudio
Jacqueline Keller www.creartelier.blogspot.com
Jane Pranata Lim http://cherryeve.blogspot.com
Jennifer Davis http://jennifersjewelsandjunk.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Tough
Jenny Vidberg http://shymessmycken.blogspot.se/
Jessica Klaaren Http://cellardoorjewelry.blogspot.com
Joanna Matuszczyk http://filcowe.blogspot.com
Joyce Becker www.joycesjoyfulgems.blogspot.com
Judith Johnston http://www.lampworkbeadlounge.com/
Judy Riley www.threeredbeads.blogspot.com
JuLee Wolfe www.thepolymerpenguin.blogspot.com

June Butt

Karen Mitchell http://www.overthemoon-design.com
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com/
Karin King www.maverickbeads.blogspot.ca
Karin von Hoeren www.creativeideen.de
Karla Morgan http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com/
Kathrin Lembke http://allesperle.blogspot.de/
Kathy Stemke


Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic http://slovoni.blogspot.com
Katy Heider http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com/
Kay Thomerson http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
Kelley Fogle www.mylifeonebeadatatime.blogspot.com
Keren Panthaki https://vasdea.wordpress.com
Kimberly Idalski http://www.Kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com
Kirsi Loponen http://peikkonen.blogspot.com

Klaudia Tóth

Krista Quantrill www.cornucopiaofcrafts.blogspot.ca
Kristina Hahn Eleniak www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com
Kristina Johansson www.wildrosesandblackberries.blogspot.com
Laney Mead http://laney-izzybeads.blogspot.co.uk/
Lara Lutrick http://www.lutrick.blogspot.com/
Laura Guenther www.blueantiquities.blogspot.com
Lauren Potts www.lpsjewelry.blogspot.com
Laurie Vyselaar www.Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com
Leah Tees www.mybeadylittleeyes.blogspot.ca
Lena Adams http://mommaslilbirdiesblog.blogspot.com
Lesley Watt www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Leslie Wayment www.aabeadsonline.com/blog/
LiliKrist http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/
Linda Kropp http://lindasartbarn.blogspot.com/
Linda Newnham http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
Linda Younkman www.lindysdesigns.blogspot.com

Lisa Boucher

http://lisasclayhappenings.blogspot.com/ < You are Here!
Lizzie Clarke www.theneedtobead.blogspot.com
Lora Bright http://fandangling.wordpress.com/
Lorelle McIntyre http://beadyart.blogspot.com.au
Lori Anderson www.PrettyThingsBlog.com
Lori Finney http://lori-finney.blogspot.ca/
Lucie Bouvier http://www.carlosbeadstore.com/blog/
Malin de Koning http://beadingbymalindekoning.blogspot.se
Marina Dobrynina http://savonfeutre.blogspot.fr/
Marina Kosovic http://machoopko-design.blogspot.com/
Marion Simmons http://www.shadetreejewelry.com/blog.html
Marita Suominen http://momentofjewelry.blogspot.fi/
Marjolein Trewavas http://roomforchangemeuk.blogspot.co.uk/
Marsela Schroth www.marselita.de
Martha Aleo www.ornamento.wordpress.com
Mary Govaars www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com
Mary K McGraw http://mkaymac.blogspot.com/

Maybeline Tay

Mea-B. Uebler www.glasorakel.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Menka Gupta http://menkag.blogspot.com
Merja Sundström http://suntsan.blogspot.fi/
Merja Syrjämäki http://helmiriippuvuus.blogspot.fi/
Michelle Buettner http://www.MiShelDesigns.blogspot.com
Michelle Escano www.cabbycraft.blogspot.com
Michelle Wigginton http://adornedonadelaide.blogspot.ca/
Milla Hope www.Lbcreativeart.com
Miranda Ackerely

Mowse Doyle

Mrs M Makes www.mrsmmakes.wordpress.com
Nan Smith www.wirednan.blogspot.com
Natalie Davidson http://northshoredays.blogspot.co.nz/
Natalie Moten http://runningoutofthread.blogspot.com/
Natascha Marty www.sommerlicht.ch
Nikki Banham-Hall http://jewellerymakingblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Noemi Baena http://blog.noemibaena.com/

Norma Turvey

Pam DeBoer http://pamelas-studio.blogspot.com/
Pam Hurst www.pamhurst.blogspot.com
Patti Pruhs http://threebeadsandastring.blogspot.com/
Penny Houghton http://www.smellynelly.blogspot.com.au/
Penny Mills www.cobblestone-lane.blogspot.com
Rachel Van-Walsh www.balancedcrafts.com/blog
Rebecca Sirevaag www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com
Regina Santerre http://reginaswritings.blogspot.com/
Regina Wood


Roberta Fauntroy www.thevirtualbeadsociety.wordpress.com
Rosanagh Watson

Rose Johnson

Rosemary Cheslock www.glasseyebutterfly.tumblr.com
Rossana De Gaspari http://rdegas.blogspot.com

Sabine Dittrich

Sam Waghorn http://palemooncreations.tumblr.com/
Sandi James http://www.dobedobeaddo.blogspot.com/
Sandra McGriff http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.ca
Sandra Wollberg http://city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.com/
Sandra Young http://gypsyroadbeads.blogspot.ca/
Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Sharon Palac www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com
Sierra Barrett http://giraffecanhas.wordpress.com/
Silke Gröber http://just-beads.blogspot.com
Siobhán Keogh http://vovsjewellery.blogspot.ie/
Stefanie Teufel http://stefaniessammelsurium.blogspot.com
Stephanie Stamper

Sue Hamel http://cardandjewelrycorner.blogspot.com/
Sue Rennie http://moonandsevenstars.blogspot.co.uk/
Susan Kennedy www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Susan McClelland http://mistheword12.wordpress.com
Susanna Lehto http://othellehto.blogspot.fi/
Suse Stelljes www.pearlify.blogspot.de
Susie Hibdon http://vintagesusieandwings.blogspot.com
Suzann Sladcik Wilson www.BeadphoriaBlog.com
Tara Plote http://newbiebeader.blogspot.com/
Terri G. http://terrisbloomingideas.blogspot.com/
Terry Carter http://tappingflamingo.blogspot.com/
Terry Matuszyk http://pinkchapeau.wordpress.com/
Theresa Frank http://www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com/
Tina Bosh http://bookbug-somanybookssolittletime.blogspot.com/

Tina Noonan

Toltec Jewels www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Facebook Participants

Audrey Allen https://www.facebook.com/adallen07
Cindy Wimmer Muse https://www.facebook.com/mritech813
Cynthia O'Toole https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.otoole
Deb Floros https://www.facebook.com/deb.floros
Debbie Jensen https://www.facebook.com/debbie.jensen.984
Erin Honeycutt https://www.facebook.com/erin.honeycutt1
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