Monday, March 31, 2014

Where on The Web Are We?

Good Morning,

Monday is here and I thought it would be a good idea to offer a reprized and refreshed list of links to find, follow and friend The Alchemists Vessel and various entities thereof.  

We have Fan pages of Facebook for all of our shops and the divisions of the shop.

The Alchemists Vessel

Blackbird Metalworks - A division of the Alchemists Vessel specializing in vintage and handmade fine jewelry design and repair.

Tools of Magic - Metaphysical Supplies, Jewelry, Readings and More

Little Shop of Artists - Our Physical Loaction to Shop with us.  
Located: 6713 Fairview Avenue, Suite B, Boise Idaho.

You may also find us at our Official Websites

The Alchemists Vessel
Little Shop of Artists

You can find us on Social Media Sites and Shopping Groups

Twitter - you may follow AlixAlchemy

On-line Shopping:

Etsy Shop: The Alchemists Vessel
Handmade Artists Shop: The Alchemists Vessel
The CraftStar Shop: The Alchemists Vessel

Thank you for stopping in and having a look.  We hope we have inspired or encouraged you to click any of the links above and visit us.  We are only successful with your support.

The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant day.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Fashion Do's for 2014

Good Morning, 

I thought it might be fun to take a look at what the Fashion Industry thinks is cool this year.

This year's must have Fashion Color is a faux pas!  Raidiant Orchid 18-3224 (Pantone Color System).

Orchids are a beautiful flower, however wearing the color tends to make one look jaundiced (yellow).  A gorgeous color, it should be kept to small accessory items, Hair-clips or ribbons, perhaps a dash color in an outfit as a accent, but never as the main focus color.  Or you could always go as a great big grape.

Accenting this color is not terribly difficult, but if done wrong you may have a color clash to end all color clashes.  Here is a lovely little color block that will help you choose the right accent color or accessories to go with your new fashion statement.

You can jazz up your wardrobe with an easy accessory and no commitment to a bold, bright color.  Try these simple everyday items.


Shoes  (Shown - Converse All Stars)

How about a lovely Hair Accessory

Hair / Make-Up Design and Photo by: Echo Pirnie, Boise Idaho.

Other ideas:

Amethyst Crystal or Gemstone Jewelry to match.
Never underestimate the power of pennies!  This years fashion color is next years Junk Drawer item, you do not have to spend a lot to be part of the in-crowd.  Dime Store finds can be just the right thing to finish off your look, and no one needs know it was only $1.00.

Less is more!  I can not stress this enough.  Do not clad yourself in purple from head to toe, select an item, like your dress.  Now start to adding pieces to create your outfit, a necklace in perhaps a matching tone or one to two shades darker or lighter than your main attire.  Shoes should always be simple and elegant, even a pair of flip-flops with the right skirt can be very becoming.  (Mind you, I live in my Chuck Taylor's so I don't nothing 'bout no shoes).

Don't forget to add a bit of shiny, earrings can be a crystal or gemstone beads that catch the light, a bit of bling on your wrist for a pretty spark in the sunlight.  Clear quartz crystal is always  eye-catching and never clashes.

We hope you have enjoyed thinking about what you might wear  or create this year using this color.  Happy Designing.

Thank you for coming in and having a look.

The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant day.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Featured Artists - How To Use The CraftStar Site

Good Morning,

Monday's post discussed a new venue The CraftStar.  Today I thought we would have a look at some of the other features and how to use The CraftStar site.

When you arrive at the site you will be greeted by the Greeting Page, scroll through the page or click Shop at the top of the page.

You will be taken to the Home Page

 Here is your navigation window into the site.  You May Search or share from the convenient links at the top left of the page.  If you're already a member / seller you can choose to login and Join The Discussion, see what's happening on the Forums or in your favorite Club Thread on the Chat Boards.

Here I would like to make a note:  The JOIN link is for sellers, you will be asked for a fee ($%.00 a month).  If you continue down the page you will see under the marquis the link Newsletter, if you would like to see what's going on, shop or just keep up to date on the latest events and sales sign up and you can cruise the site for free.

The Search Products bar is just that, type in an item you are searching for and be taken to a page full of your specific item.    Here I have searched for Bracelets.

Click the SHOP button will switch you from a list of items to a list of shops, if you know which shop you're looking for you can find it here, or take a chance and click on a store you have not visited before or looks like it might be you style.

 The side bar menu is your best friend here on the site.
You may search, select and click your way through a variety of neat things to look at on site.

Collective: A shop with a theme, various artists will have an item ranging from jewelry to other handcrafted items. 

Sales - Check it out and see what is on discount or if that item you've had your eye on has been reduced.

Collections - Lists of favorite items by the members of The CraftStar

Shops - A quick way to hit the shop the list and see what's new or find your favorite.

Handmade - This is a block of recently listed handmade items for sale.

Vintage - This is a block of Vintage items recently listed for sale.

Supplies - Shops that sell things you need to make your goodies.

All items - every item that has been listed for sale on the site over the course of the day, week, month.

If you continue to scroll you will find block of items, videos, and a menu list of categories that you can click and visit shops or just look at the items.

Shop pages are easily navigated and many have featured items, like Yankee Burrow

 You can even find The Alchemists Vessel on The CraftStar

You may also find and follow The CraftStar on Facebook
Follow them on Twitter or add them to your Pintrest boards.  Window shopping is always fun and always free, and you never know when you're going to find that perfect item you just can't live without.

Thank you for stopping in and having a look.  We hope we have encouraged you to do a little looking and visit the site.

The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant day.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What's New In The Studio - Two New Items

Good Morning,

Today I would like to share two new items from The Alchemists Vessel.

Gothic Chocolate Necklace - $45.00

 Description:  Your Jewelry Box should be like a Box of Sweets, every time you open it something luscious and wonderful should be waiting for you.  This gorgeous double strand necklace is no exception, and is a simply sumptuous piece.  A confection for your clothes.
Hand strung on Sterling Silver Accu-flex beading wire, 99 Chocolate glass Pearls shimmer with a rich dark brown sheen, interspersed with Fresh Water Pearls from White Lotus Farms, accented with nickle free silver-tone metal set with Amethyst Swarovski crystals.
Approximately 18" long and finished with a easy to hook Clasp.
Arrives boxed ready for gift giving.

Red Queen Chainmaille Necklace Set - $50.00

This gorgeous set comes complete with matching earrings.

Step into something powerful, regal, and understated with this lovely, light weight, chainmaille necklace.  Perfect for a night out on the town, rock concerts, special occasions, or a neat pop of color at the office.  Change the bead color for a fabulous bridal accessory.  Great for SCA, LARP, Cos-Play, Film / TV costuming needs, Fantasy Roll Playing or an evening in with your D&D Group.

Sterling Silver plated (over brass) wire has been hand-spun, cut and linked together in the European 4-in-1 pattern. Adorned with beautiful Czech glass silver beads in Ruby, and finished with a matching Heart-shaped Toggle clasp.

Customizable in a variety of Czech Glass Bead Colors.

Arrives boxed, ready for gift giving.

You may find these and more wonderful items on line with us at  
The Alchemists Vessel on The CraftStar

You may also find us on the web and social media sites, just follow the link below.  Please be kind enough to give us a Like on Facebook, or Follow is on Twitter.


 Thank you for stopping in and having a look.

The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant day.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Five Great Gifts To Give List A-14

Good Morning,

We are back with our Five Great Gifts To Give Lists this year.  This time we will be using the alphabet, followed by the year to create the list numbers and make posts easier to separate from last year's.

For the first list we have paid a visit to the Road To Success Team on Etsy and selected five shops and items that we think you'll like.

Let's start off with a favorite, art by

From: Jackie Guttuso Designs:

Coffee art, Original, Kitchen art acrylic, Coffee collage, Kitchen painting, Coffee cup art, Kitchen decor, Dining room art, Coffee painting


This 8 x 10 original coffee collage is an original, one of a kind piece. I created with acrylic paint on professional grade heavy watercolor paper. It would make a unique gift for the coffee lover and would look great hanging in a kitchen or dining room.

I created it with lots of layers of color so that it will go with many different colors. I left it unframed and unmatted so that you can choose colors that match your decor, but you can see what it might look like framed and matted by viewing the photos above.

Visit my shop to see more coffee art, tea art, kitchen art and original, whimsical kids art and ready to hang gallery wrap giclee prints and canvas giclee prints:


From: MozelleB

Yin Yang Marker Drawing 16" X 20"


Purchased prints will not feature copyright writing through the piece.
You will receive a high resolution 16" X 20" print on photo paper.
Can be ordered in various sizes with varying prices (5" X 7", 8" X 10", 11" X 14" and 24" X 30")

 From: Ankanate

 Crazy lace Agate sterling silver metalwork aristic necklace


Hello :)
I present You metalwork sterling silver necklace,
with lovely crazy lace agate. Oxidized, silver element is 36x42mm - 1,41"x1,65" + chain length 43cm - 16,92"

It is one of kind work. Jewelry is made in a single copy, because the natural stones used in them are unique, and it depends on them the whole concept: From design to effect the final presented below. 

From: The Flowered Fox

Tribal Geometric Drop Earrings

Description:  Tribal Geometric Drop Earrings

The Flowered Fox tribal geometric drop earrings offer a trendy, edgy look that is eye-catching and sophisticated. Their singular style is perfect for setting off your own unique wardrobe and helping you become the envy of all of your friends. Add a trendy, tribal flash to your collection today! These unique, hand-crafted earrings are a great way to show the world your cutting edge sense of style.

These tribal geometric drop earrings are composed of a hand-sawn and filed brass triangle, brass plated chains and brass earring hooks. They measure approximately 3 inches long and 1.5 inches wide.

The Flowered Fox offers sophisticated, trend-setting jewelry with a romantic flair. All pieces are hand-crafted with personal care for the best quality, and your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Love these triangle earrings but want something slightly different? Request a custom order by clicking the ‘Request a Custom order’ button above this description.


From: Sol Create Studios

Just Sway, 12x16, Original Acrylic Abstract Painting, Turquoise, Red, Black White, Abstract Painting, Home Decor,


Title: Just Sway
Size: 12"x16" on stretched canvas

"Just Sway" is an abstract acrylic painting inspired by music. The way music can open your heart space, your mind , and your creativity.

Thank you for your interest in my art.

Be well, CREATE!!!


Original Paintings will ship in 1-3 days
Prints are made to order and will take approximately 7-14 days.
All art is packaged properly to help ensure safe shipping.

International Shipping is available.


Thank you for stopping in and having a look.  We hope we have inspired you to peruse these individual shops on your own and find something to your liking.

 The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant day.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Introduction To The Craft Star


The blog has been on hiatus for a while, but we are back posting and sharing the latest creations, fashion finds and events.

This morning I would like to introduce a new way to shop or sell on line.  Hand made or vintage items are welcome here, along with supplies and other neat ways to shop the selections avaiable from the individual stores hosted by the site:

Let's start by having a look at the Greeting Page

 Here you see the menu bar, at top left, as well as a convenient block of share buttons, including google +, twitter, and Facebook to the right.

Login - we'll get to that later.

Here is a neat way to shop with them, no logging in, no remembering a password, just press play on the video and watch an amazing selection of items roll by.  This particular feature video is called "Arm Candy" and features wonderful bracelets from different shops on the site.

Like what you see?  You may also click on individual photos below, and be taken to the item itself for purchase.

Here is the video (from you tube) shared below.  The Alchemist Vessel is also pleased to have the  Sea of Love Chainmaille Bracelet included in this unique promotional video.


Continue to scroll down the page, which by the way, has giant beautiful graphics, and photos, here you will find The CraftStar Favorites - Handpicked items the staff loves, and you will too.  Don't scroll too fast or you'll miss another cool feature the Live Sales Videos (more on that in a minute).

Once again The Alchemists Vessel is pleasantly surprised to see an item from the store featured  here.

Remember I mentioned that Live Sales Video. "Watch Live Video from The CraftStar", link.  allows you to watch four different creators, makers, and crafters talk about their items and buy them directly during the show at a discount!   How cool is that. 

Continue to scroll and you will find Buttons to join either the site or the newsletter, and The CraftStar Collections.  If you are familiar with Etsy, you will recognize these as Treasuries or if you're a fan of Handmade Artists you will recognize them as Highlights.  Put together buy the members of The CraftStar they are just that, collections of items from the various stores on the site.

Here you may click the Shop TheCraftStar button and browse the site.

Click the Become A Seller button to join the site and open  your own shop.  (Membership is $5.00 / month)

Click the Blog button to read their blog.

Click the Join Newsletter to become a non-seller member and shop or browse to your heart's content.  Free.

*Membership of any kind is NOT required to shop or buy from The CraftStar.

Continue to scroll to the end of the page and you will find the Featured Artist and more links to help you navigate the site.

We hope you'll stop by and have a look.

Thank you for stopping in and having a look.  We're glad to be back and that you are still with us.

NOTE:  All photos are screenshots of the Greeting Page, all logos, designs and links belong to The CraftStar.

The Alchemist Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant day.