tasty jewelry

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Austin, TX
I'm a jewelry designer with a passion for mod graphics, retro architecture & creative cooking.

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its finished! finally....

well, here i sit...2 days later after putting up my new i had some troubles with uploading yesterday, however, with a little patience, i prevailed!

what's new? well, i decided to add a link to a shop that will sell t-shirts, mugs, etc...all with the tasty logo on them...i think they look good. i will keep that until i can get some of that stuff printed for myself in house. look for that sometime.

i am still waiting to hear if i will be accepted into the ACL music festival as a vendor. i have applied with 2 absolutely fabulous artists who have both been selling at the festival since it i'm crossing my fingers. if we get in it will be awesome! great bands come to austin, tx for 3 days in september and take over zilker park. luckily i live nearby. if you are curious check out: for more info. the pixies played 2 years ago and i LOVED it!!!!

i've just finished dinner...homemade pesto (with homegrown basil, thai basil & arugula!) i also made the pasta fresh...super delicious too! i tell you...i LOVE to cook! i cook about 4 - 5 times a week for carlos and myself.

well, i'm off to do more research on marketing. thanks for reading! allez les bleu! world cup action is getting fierce!

xo diane


still going....

well, here i sit, still going on the website. i'm still working on the earrings many rollovers so little time! i am finally ready to start on the necklaces, accessories and the bracelets pages. ;)

we have company coming to visit, the world cup is finishing its first round of play and the US is still in it (at least until thursday).

xo diane


a new day, a new way

well, here it is...friday the 17th and i'm still not quite finished with the site. i've had some challenges with the "white background" that i wanted to put behind the jewelry...but, alas....with the help of my boyfriend, carlos, we decided that the jewelry got "lost".

so 3 days of taking about 450 photographs, photoshopping them (all!) and deleting them (ALL!) i've now decided to go with a super ultimately cool grey background. it looks wonderful and the colors still POP!

i even built a new lightbox which was very cheap and works like a charm. so if anyone out there needs help or suggestions about taking photos of jewelry i've got some pretty good ideas. ;)

its been awesome watching the world cup too...i hope USA can pull it out tomorrow against italy. (big dreams here) we'll see. we're planning on going to a friend's house to watch with others on a huge HD tv. it should be a blast.

well, that's it...i've learned by making a TON of mistakes this week. i feel so much better about my photoshop 7.0 abilities it's scary. i'm looking forward to the next go 'round of photoshopping these next 20 photos....tomorrow. now its time for a tecate and some bubble bath. mmmmmm.

xo diane


welcome to the daily menu!

hello, to anyone out there who is interested...i'm a jewelry designer from austin via way of chicago. i've been working non-stop trying to have my new website up date friday 6.17.06! its been a crazy ride so far...about 3 1/2 weeks to get it formatted and now i'm working on getting the samples made for photographs. you can check out the basic set up by going to the website its a spin-off from my original site

i decided to split up my business because i basically had 2 different types of jewelry styles i was making. in one hand you have the site which offers more sophisticated clean lined jewelry using semi-precious stones and wood. more organic really. then in the other hand you have the site which is the funky, mod, hip alter-ego of the latter. using what i call "confetti dots" which are plastic dots in loads of colors. this allows me to create a more retro look of which i'm so fond. both styles really suit me, as a matter of fact, i think they would suit a lot of women. somedays we feel a bit more reserved and sophisticated, somedays we're wild and playful. most women are complex that way so it just made sense to me to create 2 different websites to support those feelings. i'm hoping that each one finds the right audience.

we'll see how it all goes. once the new site is up i'm hoping for big things....i've currently got my hands in many a cookie jar...loads of posts to read and e-mails to sort through. i love being busy. (be careful what i wish for i suppose.) i'm a member of indie finds, the switchboards, i buy diy & babes in business (a local group of designers from austin that get together and chat about our crafty businesses).

in the future i will be offering "daily specials" if you sign up for my e-mail list. i've got to figure out how to do please bear with me. i also want to start a monthly contest for those who have signed up or helped me with my businesses. i love to give stuff away! so keep checking back and i'll try to keep this post interesting and fun.

xo diane