Thursday, October 2, 2014

We are the featured vendor this week for Unique Creations by Tracy

I am very pleased and excited to announce that we are being featured this week in Unique Creations by Tracy's blog. I share a bit about who I am and what I do and why I craft handmade jewelry.

Unique Creations by Tracy's Feature Shop Wednesday Dena Liston Designs

Please let me know what you think.,

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Another great Link Up! Kiser Kraft's Handmade Mania

I am doing a series of blog posts on handmade craft link ups.
Today I'm featuring  Kiser Krafts  Link Up happening on Mondays Handmade Mania week 45

It's a another great link up to participate with and shop on Kiser's Krafts blog
It starts on Mondays and has similar rules to other link ups. There's no shortage of great items on this link up. And lots of people participate which means lots of potential sharing of your items to from other makers (and shoppers) I am not sure of the statistics on it but I am quite sure handmade vendors purchase and shop handmade as well :) We all like to help each other, thats one of the things that make being a crafter or artist so great :)
 Here's are my  favorite items are from this weeks. And it just happens that they are all fellow Storenvy Shop owners so that really rocks! I love Storenvy and its a great marketplace for handmade as well as all sorts of great items. I could talk about Storenvy all day but really go check them out!

I love the bags from Jessie's Studio - The only problem I have with her bags is picking my favorite.

This red Tanya is pretty spectacular don't ya think?
Tanya in Red By Jessie's Studio

Tanya by Jessie's Studio
And I always have to share the love when I find another kick butt jewelry designer and I just absolutely love this wrap skull bracelet in purple from The Crafty Warrior

The double wrap  purple skull bracelet is really something I could wear daily.
Check it out
Double wrap purple skull bracelet
Double Wrap Purple Skull Bracelet by The Crafty Warrior

I love this retro records tote bag from EVLK Designs

Retro Records Tote Bag

Retro Records Tote Bag by EVLK Designs

Those are my picks for the Handmade Mania at Kiser Krafts! I hope you will check them out and participate. Stay tuned for another link up and my favorite pics from it on Friday!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Link up For Handmade!

If you love handmade like I do or have a handmade business. You definitely want to check out these very cool things called link ups. I am going to devote my post to one I found and use quite a bit and its fun to see all the really great crafters and maybe even do a bit of shopping!

So for the next few posts I'm going to feature a link up I've participated in and the share my favorites here with you. These are really cool marketing tools because they act on the principal of shared success. You link up three of your items and then you share and promote three that are not your own. It is fabulous because it creates opportunities for artist and crafters like me to gain exposure to a worldwide audience for free. I also have to admit that I have been shopping the link ups too. It never a chore to share my favorites but its almost impossible picking them! So much talent! So without further adeiu  Up's  Made of heart Mondays

Turk and Bean's Made of Heart Weekly Link up September 22

Pics are used to show items only for purposes of promoting that artist.

Elephant and Bird's Airplane Spoon might be just the ticket to get my picky three year old to eat anything.

Wooden aeroplane spoon by Elephant and Bird

The Best Friend Personalized Coffee Mug by CraftsbyAndi is appealing because I have some great long distance gals I'd love to send this too. How awesome that you can get it personalized!

And going along with food and drink theme. 

Where would be be without it? 
I know I can't function without this little miracle called Coffee

Those are my three picks for Made of Heart Monday's with Turk and Bean

Stay tuned for my next link up! 

Let me know if you have a link you want me to check out. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Falling for Fall Handmade Auction

I love fall, don't you? It my absolute favorite season. I love everything about it. I also love handmade. As an artist I love the perfect imperfection of handmade items. I love seeing the stitches and the details and the love and heart and soul the artist or crafter pours into each piece. I started a crafting group recently for supporting handmade artists and crafters all over the world. We started with like 6 people a little over a month ago and now have almost 850 members and adding and growing everyday. I decided I wanted a great spot for our talented makers in the Craft Mavens and Masters group an outlet to sell and promote their business. What better way than hosting themed auctions online. The ability to unite and work together with artists all over gives me great pleasure and I have discovered sooooo many talented artist and crafters since starting my little business last year. I started the Crafty Mavens and Masters Auction page to showcase their many talents. This auction site is open to anyone in our group and features auctions with a specific back to what I was talking about above....Our first auction features fall items.
 Our Falling for Fall auction starts this Friday at 8pm EST and it loaded with great items for your home and more. I have submitted one of my twisted leather signature bracelets for this auction and I can't wait to see who gets to have it for their own.

Here is all the details on our Falling for Fall auction. I hope you will go take a peek and join us back there at 8pm est. It's going to last for four days and should be tons of fun!

What do you want to bid on?

Falling for Fall Handmade Auction presented by Crafty Mavens and Masters Auctions

Becky's Pillow Shop

The Painted Lace

 Sudzy Bums

Just Ducky Designs


Butterfly Bean

Bows Tutus and MORE


Sweet Pea Designs by Dee

Unique2Chic Designs

Free Spirit Handmade

HCM Custom Creations

Camille's Charms

Monday, September 22, 2014

Don't Give Up

Hello My lovelies!

I am sorry to have been absent so long from my blog. My family had a crazy summer and I am still catching up from the whirlwind. It started late spring when we decided as a family to relocate to the Hatteras Islands from Berkeley was Berkeley to Buxton. My husband went down and interviewed for a job, was made an offer and he accepted.  Then the task of finding housing and everything else that goes with moving your whole family hundreds of miles away began. We slowly began making all our friends and family aware and of course my lovely fans and customers as well, then everything started unraveling. We found a house but it was not ready to move into as the lady stared when she took my deposit and  then later stole it. We had given the money in good faith and she completely took advantage and would not return it.  Sad lesson learned. And then the job details were not as they were told to my husband. We were deceived more than a few times during this whole process and because of all the turmoil and struggles, with heavy hearts we let the dream of living in the OBX go for good. But, wait! This story does have a happy ending. Distraught over losing out of that dream  and still needing a place to live by August 1, we looked at a cute duplex in one of my favorite towns of all time, Harpers Ferry.

Harpers Ferry is a great little town on the banks of the Shenandoah River, full of history and culture it really is a great place to raise a family. And the schools are some of the best in the state.  My husband and I lived here prior to starting our life together and we were always very happy. We pointed our compass in that direction and never looked back. I am so glad we did. My daughter just started kindergarten here and we are just very grateful to have such a great school for her to go to. I joked often with hubby that I would live in a shack if it meant my kids could have the best education possible, so we really lucked out, Other positives? My husband no longer has a four hour daily commute, we are closer now to my family and his  and we have a lot more space and quality time. (yes i finally have a studio and workshop!!!) And as far as business, this was a great move for me.  I have made so many great friends and having been getting some many new opportunities plus I have to say I am in the best farmers market in the area and the vendors and staff really believe in supporting each other and shared success. I cant wait to get my studio fully set up as since the move I have mostly just been getting my kids settled in and ready for success.  We gave up a huge yard when we moved but we now have a neighborhood of kids, places to walk everywhere and one the nicest parks in the area. I guess the moral of the story is don't give up! We were crushed when our plans fell through, and it was hard to move ahead. But I am so grateful and glad we didn't lose faith. We now have a beautiful, safe place to nourish and grow our children, as well as plenty of beauty and nature to inspire, and the promise of a great  tomorrow.  I hear Peter Gabriel s Don't give up in my head as I type this.  You may have a huge task ahead of you, or a situation in your life full of strife and disappointment but please don't give up. Regroup, plan ahead, change direction but don't stop moving ahead.

                                                           "Don't Give Up"

in this proud land we grew up strong
we were wanted all along
I was taught to fight, taught to win
I never thought I could fail

no fight left or so it seems
I am a man whose dreams have all deserted
I've changed my face, I've changed my name
but no one wants you when you lose

don't give up
'cos you have friends
don't give up
you're not beaten yet
don't give up
I know you can make it good

though I saw it all around
never thought I could be affected
thought that we'd be the last to go
it is so strange the way things turn

drove the night toward my home
the place that I was born, on the lakeside
as daylight broke, I saw the earth
the trees had burned down to the ground

don't give up
you still have us
don't give up
we don't need much of anything
don't give up
'cause somewhere there's a place
where we belong

rest your head
you worry too much
it's going to be alright
when times get rough
you can fall back on us
don't give up
please don't give up

'got to walk out of here
I can't take anymore
going to stand on that bridge
keep my eyes down below
whatever may come
and whatever may go
that river's flowing
that river's flowing

moved on to another town
tried hard to settle down
for every job, so many men
so many men no-one needs

don't give up
'cause you have friends
don't give up
you're not the only one
don't give up
no reason to be ashamed
don't give up
you still have us
don't give up now
we're proud of who you are
don't give up
you know it's never been easy
don't give up
'cause I believe there's a place
there's a place where we belong

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Be Back Blogging Soon

Life has been super crazy lately for me and my family and after lots of crazy things we finally decided to stay put and move! Meaning that we are in fact moving locations for Dena Liston Designs from Berkeley Springs To Harpers Ferry WV but staying in the area. Staying in the eastern panhandle makes me so happy. I love West Virginia and have lived here all my life. Someone told me she doesn't  let go to easy, does she? No, She don't!

Monday, May 19, 2014


I hope you will join us this weekend for the 18th Annual WV Wine and Arts Festival  held on the grounds of historic Boydville in downtown Martinsburg WV.
Look for me in the grey tent! I will have lots of repurposed hand made jewelry, wine charms made out of vintage buttons, beaded boho headbands that are so much more, leather and gemstone adjustable bracelets and lots of really cool vintage fabric button earrings as well as some hand crafted wine infused soaps from Wild Rose Soap Co. 

Here is the link from Travel WV regarding the details and line up regarding music and ticket info. 

An excerpt from their page regarding the festivities-

Annual Wine and Arts Festival At Boydville

Ticket price:
$20.00 – adults (21 and over)
$10.00 (13 yrs – 20 yrs)
FREE (children 12 yrs and under)
10% military discount w/ID.
Saturday, May 24
• 12:30-1:30 – The Hokums
• 1:45-2:45 – Tabasco Bustelo
• 3:00-4:00 – Ghost Hotel
• 4:15-5:15 – She Town Six
• 5:30-6:30 – Billy Thompson

Sunday, May 25
• 1:00-2:00 – Willie Barry and the Chaperones
• 2:5-3:15 – CassieRaye Band
• 3:30-4:30 – Gypsy Ramblers
• 4:45-5:45 – Bugsy Cline and the Blue Devils
An eclectic mix of blues, jazz, acoustic, soul, rockabilly and roots performed by regional artists.