Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
by Fabric Greetings
I am a retired teacher who thinks she was born with a sewing machine at her finger tips. I LOVE to sew and I love to send cards to family and friends. So when I discovered these fabric postcards, I knew I had found something that I would enjoy doing. It is my mission to convince people to send special one of a kind cards to special people. We aren't mass produced, so why settle for a mass produced greeting card.
I am lucky enough to have a huge sewing studio that could easily get out of hand. So I have cubbies for the colors of fabrics I work with, many hanging spool racks to keep threads organized and off table tops, and a drawer unit devoted entirely to the embellishments and cording for my cards. My counter height cutting surface is always a disaster, but I have learned to work with that. The best thing about all this is that it is on the second floor of our home and nobody ever needs to go up there except us.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥Now Showing at The Paper Theater♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
♥ Valentine Chocolate Candy Bars in Boxes with a Love Coupon,
♥ Valentine Fun Gum,
♥ Valentine Cards & Bookmarks too!
My other etsy Peepshow is ThePinkPoni, filled with Vintage Treasures. http://www.etsy.com/shop/thepinkponi
by The Paper Theatre
"Having a love of all things funny, naughty, vintage and yummy, I merged them all in my Paper Theatre
Boutique. Featuring boxes of scrumptious chocolate candy for Valentine’s Day with love coupons inside,
Sunday, January 24, 2010
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GoneDoggie and is an avid dog lover and owner. Gunner is one of the dogs she has rescued and plays a very important role as he is a certified therapy dog. Kelly and Gunner volunteer at one of Kelly's local schools as a reading buddy. Children who have difficulty reading will bring a book and sit and read to Gunner. Kelly and Gunner work with grades K-2. Gunner is bigger than most of the kids that come to see him each week but, they are not afraid of him. Enjoy reading about Kelly and her wonderful shop.
by Gone Doggie
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Do you want a signature look – bohemian, romantic and wrapped up in laidback glamour? Enjoy a visit to Boho Luxe Accessories http://www.boholuxeaccessories.etsy.com/. The twist is a line of an updated edgy BOHO design intended to make you feel & look fantastic without breaking the bank! All items are specially hand crafted.
Ever since I was a child I've always felt this deep need to create or design. The times I've ignored this deep need, I was left unfulfilled. It's almost like this moment has been building for years and years. I've explored many forms of art and design to find my "nitch". It wasn't until last fall (2009)- after previous months of pushing aside my artistic personality- that I was once again approached by family and friends to launch some sort of line- something I could build upon. TADDAAAH......Boho Luxe was born.
I'm a very visual person and don't have a magic formual on how each piece is designed. I find inspiration in edgy pop & moody low-key music, playful & un-spoken art, and eccentric fashion. I get excited and act a bit giddy when I look for materials- I see so many colors and patterns my imagination just runs free.
When I am designing a piece- I know it's going to work when it just "clicks". Their's this feeling I get of "this is it." And that's when I go for it. Their's no better feeling than that.
Organization is absolute key in order to work efficiently and creatively! I like to take old Mason Jars (the turquoise ones) and stash my "hardware", and even the findings (like the brooch pins, bobby pins, clips,ect..) in those jars. Fabrics are typically arranged by texture and color. I work better when I can visually see what I have laid out before me. For me- it also allows me to take a quick inventory of what I have in stock. It's always all about the "visual". My suggestion to anyone looking to design or even create- find what gets you excited and from there- get a solid studio in place with organization.....then let the magic happen. Don't be afraid. You may start creating or designing something and it's not clilcking- no problem. Good things happen by trial and error.
I design hair accessories and brooch's; however, I have so much more that I can branch into- that's where my excitement continues to thrive. My accessories are perfect for every day wear- you know, that plain boyfriend tee or fedora. Just perfection. Boho's accessories are right in line with PROM-wear and weddings. I get so excited when I see how others respond to wearing them. For me, accessories are what make an outfit. It doesn't matter what's in your closet- it's how you work the pieces together.
Boho Luxe signature look – bohemian, romantic and wrapped up in laidback glamour. The twist is a line of an updated edgy BOHO design intended to make you feel & look fantastic without breaking the bank!
No need to buy a whole new closet full of clothes- think outside the box and work what you have! Just tweek it a tiny bit (re-work the old pieces) with a new accessory and you're gonna look like perfection.
TWEET with us at: http://twitter.com/theBOHOluxe
Monday, January 18, 2010
How crazy is this!I have been a part of Etsy for almost two years now and one of my goals was to get my shop recognized and make it on the Front Page! I would often read in the forums about how exciting it is to be on the front page. Well you won't believe this, (unless someone is playing a crazy trick on me!) that I am on the Front page again for the second day in a row! This time it is my Afternoon Garden shop.
Well at least I know that working on my photographs have helped a bit. Crazy!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
I'm a 20 year old illustration student. I sell paintings, prints, and painted jewelry to help pay off my tuition. All of my work is based on synesthesia (I "see" music in color), horror movies, pop culture, cult films, and odd books. My shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/JMTolman/ helps me pay off my tuition! My studio is my bedroom, due to lack of space, thus I must be organized. I have a cabinet full of supplies- paints, inks, brushes, paper, etc have their own shelves. I keep a stockpile of large boards/paper/scraps in my closet.
The most important piece of advice I can give is to find something you're happy to do, despite circumstances. Right now I am in a very tight spot, but I am still happy because I get to do something I've wanted to do my whole life.
Other places to find her :
FREE PAPER TOY! http://sapphirekat.livejournal.com/93906.html
Email: Sapphire.kat [!at] gmail.com
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
you will find it in this wonderful Etsy shop http://www.studiomme.etsy.com/.
The artist fuses Old World pen and ink techniques with Victorian imagery to create a modern take on classical illustration. Her figures often find themselves in love mazes, the Italian countryside, or in a fairy tale setting.
by Studio Mme
I come from a very normal family. For generations back everyone on both sides has had respectable jobs, had respectable children, and led very respectable lives. Perhaps I'm the result of repressed eccentricity. I started drawing when I was little (doesn't everyone) and continued through high school, never thinking it any great feat. My parents blessed me with a near-photographic memory so I was able to daydream through my school years, which is probably where most of my beginning inspirations came from. When it came time to choose a major in college, English and Art just seemed to be the only logical choice.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
My background and training as a visual artist came from not only "a good art school education" but the greatest teacher of all - Life! I grew up in North Queensland which is both coastal and tropical; a precious and unique place where the rainforests meets the sea. It provided me with a rich tapestry of geographical as well as social exposure, and gave me my foundation as a young adult discovering my place in the world. I originally trained as a painter but I have always had an interest in all art forms and I expanded my canvas (literally and metaphysically) to beyond this medium. Since then, travelling to Europe, Asia and across Australia has enriched my outlook of the world and people around me.
It was from here that I found my platform for a visual language that has led me on the journey that has bought me to where I am currently at today. Through my art work, images rich in layers and textures, I explore all that is intrinsically human and in particular feminine. The quote "the present is just a moment passed" sums up our fragile and changing existence and I think it also gives a glimpse into the world of what my art work explores.
My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience, but I've always had a great love of the Decorative Arts and Crafts; the Art Nouveau and Art Deco period; the great 20th Century Artists; and I have a great admiration for the artists of the Renaissance period, my favourite from this period probably being Botticelli where images of mythology and flora are in abundance.
I see myself as a bit of a Bowerbird (distracted by “sparkly things” since 1968) picking and choosing what applies to me.
My best advice for anyone looking to buy art as an investment is to buy what you love, because a happy heart is the best investment you can make, and the eyes are the window to your happy heart. Immerse yourself in what pleases you whenever your can as I personally believe that it is the journey and not the destination that is the so called meaning of life in this crazy world!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Hi! I'm Kim from A little bit of pretty. I opened shop on Etsy in July of this year, and boy has it been a major learning experience! I think that no matter how much you research beforehand, you are never truly prepared for the time commitment running an online shop takes. I have found, and I'm sure many other shopkeepers on Etsy would agree with, that I spend most of my time promoting my business - not creating. But I also think that to be successful among all the fabulous shops you have to find your own formula.... I'm still developing mine :)
My work space is far from organized although I don't like it like that! Until very recently I was making my jewellery at the kitchen table, so the fact that I have a room all to myself in our new house is definitely an improvement. I have grand plans for furniture and organization and of course I have my eye on some great artwork from various shops on Etsy to fancy it up. I have lots of great ideas for my shop floating around in my head right now too - I plan to develop a winter line of jewellery but still keep a small number of one-of-a-kind pieces in my shop for those people looking for a truly unique piece. I would like to expand my bridal line as well to offer a few more styles and then perhaps introduce them to some of the boutiques in town. Lots and lots of plans - you'll have to stay tuned to find out exactly what will happen!!! Thanks for reading about my shop you can visit here http://littlebitofpretty.etsy.com/ or you can follow my blog here http://littlebitofpretty.blogspot.com/.
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