Tuesday, July 27, 2010

On Fire for Handmade Featured Artist: Va Beach Quilter

This weeks featured artisan is Va Beach Quilter!

Kim makes lovely quilts, table runners, coupon organizers, wallets, purses and more! A truly talented
lady offering a wide variety of creations! All make wonderful gifts!
You can find Va Beach Quilter @

VaBeachQuilter's Blog ~ With monthly giveaways!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Betel Nut Beads...What are they?

I have made a couple of jewelry pieces with the Betel Nut. I thought I would do a little research about them and share it.
They are commonly known as Areca Nuts. The nuts are seeds of the Areca palm found in the tropical Pacific, Asia, and parts of east Africa.   Technically, they are not nuts, the areca is a fruit and can be found in similar forms as our typical fruits such as dried and fresh.

Believe it or not, the betel nut can be chewed wrapped in betel leaves. Hence, the Betel Nut name it is commonly known as. Why are these chewed? When the nuts are chewed, there is a stimulant effect on the person. The effect varies by person, but usually it's no more than a cup of coffee.  The fruits are found to cause many cancers in the mouth. From what I can tell, the areca are as common in Asia as peanuts or raisins for instance in the US.

When the fruit is dried, it takes on properties similar to wood. You will find in betel nut beads, a dark rippling throughout the bead. This makes each bead unique because no two fruits are the same. Beads are often dyed. These beads are incredibly strong. What I like most is that they come from nature. The person who will be wearing this bracelet and earrings will be wearing a dried fruit that could have come from the tropical forests of Asia. What a cool thing!

Below are pictures of the Areca Nuts you might find interesting. The fruit uncut, and the inside of the fruit and the trees from which they come.

Photos were pulled from Wikipedia.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Creations with Heart

This Weeks Featured Artisan is Creations with Heart
I truly enjoy creating jewelry and it's a bonus and a pleasure to make it available to you!

I love to create classic and western jewelry that will always fit your style! Gemstones, crystals, pewter and leather are just a few materials I enjoy working with. I'm a "dog mom" so including animals in some of my creations is a must -- I love them so much! A percentage of all animal related purchases is donated to help the animals. It\'s something I like to do to help our furry friends that need and depend on us.

You'll see jewelry styles ranging from classic, animal themed, southwest, western and inspirational. My wish is to have my guests smile when they put my jewelry on. When you smile, you feel good!

I hope you enjoy the jewelry I've created and may it bring you joy and happiness

You can find Creations with Heart @
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Creations With Heart


Monday, July 19, 2010

Featured! Outfit of the Week 5: Ruffles A Go Go

My drop earrings have been featured in another wonderful outfit ensemble by sixthirtythree.  Check out this unique outfit she was able to put together from her finds on Etsy. This gal has a way with style and being cutting edge. You must subscribe to her blog to keep up on the current and upcoming fashions!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Please Vote for Me! Great Finds

Please vote for me on Great Finds on Golden Pond! Vote on the lefthand side. I appreciate your help! http://bit.ly/aMXJak

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Marketing Tip of the Week: Keywords and Google Wonder Wheel

I came across this great tip or tool in one of my marketing email newsletters I receive. Some of you Etsy folks may know of Bill Walton. I typically use the Google Keyword tool to help me brainstorm possible keywords. It still doesn't seem to display the right words. Often times I find myself double checking what words I keyed in because the results are nothing like what I entered.  So I utilize the Keyword Tool and now the Google Wonder Wheel. It is much like those brainstorm wheels we did in school. It can go on and on. Let me walk you through it.

1. Go to Google and enter your keywords, such as "Purple Flower Ring" hit enter

2. You will get the results page. Look to the left and you will see "More Search Tools" - click the arrow down/carrot button

3. Scroll down the list of tools until you get to "Wonder Wheel" and click it.

4. Google's top rated related keywords to Purple Flower Ring are displayed.

5. Click on "Floral Wedding Ring" and you get that keywords' related keywords. You will see another brainstorm wheel shoot off from the "Purple Flower Ring"

As you can tell, this can go on and on. Have fun, play with it. You'll get the hang of it. Even if the words are faded blue, you can go back and click any of the words.  I think it takes some practice. But it automatically gives you the top related keywords.

Monday, July 12, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: ArtiZen Beads

This Weeks Featured Artisan is ArtiZen Beads
Truly Unique Creations! You must visit here shop to see for yourself!
You can find ArtiZen Beads at:

Saturday, July 10, 2010

EtsyBloggers: July 9th Blog Carnival - Contentment

Topic to blog: July's birthstone is the ruby which symbolizes contentment, blog about the colors red/ruby/ or what you need to be content.
This is a challenging topic for me. One, red is not one of my favorite colors, which probably explains why two,  I've never considered myself in a content state.  Since I can remember I have had thought after thought run through my head, that even my thoughts had their own thoughts. haha. 

I find it strange that red would be considered a color of contentment. To me, red is too energetic and stimulating.  I do have a few pieces in my shop that are red. Just because I don't like it, doesn't mean others don't. I can honestly say, I do not own one piece of red clothing. I'm a pale skinned, freckled faced red head. And the combination of the 3 and the red shirt only makes me look a little green. The other 4 red heads in my family have the same problem. Anyway, back to the red pieces I can talk about. I made the red pieces fun and exciting. To me that's what the color resonates for me. 

Etsy Blogger of the Month: Sykin

Calling all fans of Twilight! One Stop Twilight Shop is just one of two shops Sykin has on Etsy. In this shop you will find all things for those who are  Team Edward or Team Jacob. If you do not find what you are 'dying' for, Sykin takes custom orders. This is great for the upcoming holiday season to give to your teen or someone else who is gaga for Twilight.  If you live near St. Helen's, Oregon you can see One Stop Twilight Shop's work in person! Her jewelry is now presented at the Experience Twilight Store.

If vampires or werewolves aren't your cup of tea, you can step over to the calm side and enjoy the other works of arts in the Sykin's NW Wonders Shop on Etsy. You can find lovely photo prints of her adventures on the Pacific Northwest coast. There are several affordable photo prints that could be grouped in your hallway or tranquil guest room.

You can find Sykin all over the web!

Please like her on Facebook.
Hop over and follow her on Twitter.
She generously features an Etsy item everyday and holds other surprises on her blog.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

On Fire for Handmade Featured Artist: Caty Ann's Creations

 This weeks Featured Artisan on Share the Love... Blogger's Unite is 
Caty Ann's Creations
My name is Cathy and I live in NW Ohio. I have been creating jewelry for about 6 years for myself and family members. Each of my pieces are unique. Hope you enjoy my jewelry and acessories as much as I enjoy creating them

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