Saturday, May 22, 2010

Featured Crafter: Dean Designs

Many know her as Tracie, others may know her as all things purple because this girl is crazy for purple!  She is the maker of Purskeys. (HUGE sale right now!) What is a Purskey? - A Purse Charm, Keychain, Zipper Pull, Bouquet Charm, Jean Dangle, Vase Charm, Purse Pull...and anything your creativity can find a use for them.









 This is one of my favorite Purskeys. Perfect for a beach bag!


She has also ventured out and created jewelry. She has charm bracelets and earrings.  Of course, this one is a shade of purple goodness.

Right now, Dean Designs is offering 50% off EVERYTHING in her shop.  Better get your Purskey quick! Her supply is quickly depleting.

Keep up to date on Dean Designs or to request a custom design of your own. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook and through her blog.


On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Stitch N Studio







 

This weeks featured artisan is Stitch n Studio!

Beautiful and unique accessories to add to your wardrobe! "Accessories Beyond the Basic Bling!" Visit Stitch n Studio to see all her creations!

Etsy Shop

http://www.etsy.com/shop/StitchnStudio

Facebook

 http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#!/pages/StitchnStudio/181176934168?ref=ts
 

Twitter
http://twitter.com/stitchnstudio

Blog
http://stitchnstudio.blogspot.com/

Monday, May 17, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Pamannie Ink

Come join us on On Fire for Handmade! We're an active group of supporters.

This Weeks Featured Shop is pamannie ink- beautiful cards for all occassions! Say it with Love.. say it with Handmade! Stop by and see all of her wonderful creations! You can find pamannie at:
Face Book Page
Twitter Page

Come join us on On Fire for Handmade! We're an active group of supporters.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Etsy Blogger of the Month: Handmade by Sandi

This girl knows how to celebrate! Her birthday is this month and she is celebrating by offering 50% off everything in her shop! She has a variety of items in her shop. My favorite are her Boo Boo Bunny's. Sometimes the boo boo isn't that bad, but it sure helps the calming process to give you child a little something to make it all feel better.
Now while the kid is nursing his or her wounds, mom can sit back and have a margarita. Cute little charm earrings.


At Handmade by Sandi, she's got all your birthday and holiday gifts covered. I find that teachers would be especially grateful to one of her crochet items. Here are other great gift ideas that you can peruse at your leisure.


 Don't forget to stop by her blog too! We are bloggers afterall.

 

EtsyBloggers: May 10 Carnival

This month's blog carnival is hosted by Made by Melissa.

Topic: What is your favorite material to work with and why? i.e. glass beads, wool yarn, acrylic paint, organic fabric... Show pictures of completed projects using this material.

I have grown fond of all beads Jasper. I just love all the different varieties. I have worked with red and teal paisley. The teal paisley I found in a small shop and I just fell in love and just had to have them. Silly me though, I haven't kept any of the pieces I've made them with.  Both of these items are sold, but they're some of my favorites. I like that each piece is so natural and each one is different.  I can buy a strand of red jasper, and not one bead is identical. I like the earthy feel and they can go with just about any bead. I've worked with polished jasper and they're so smooth and soft.  This website is very interesting and tells a little more about the beauty and meaning of jasper.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Marketing Tip of the Week - Opt Out of Facebook Instant Personalization

This is a loosely defined marketing tip. Since it includes Facebook which we use for promotion, I thought it applicable.  I had seen rumors of our personal information being used for promotion on Facebook with third parties. Did you know there is a solution for this that is simple to do? You can opt out of sharing your information.  It'll take you 2 seconds following these directions. It explains what the "Instant Personalization" project is, how it works and how to opt-out.

I saw this tip from a retweet on Twitter. Credit goes to Purplehayz.

Charm of the Week: Blue Beaded Bangle Bracelet - VOTE FOR ME!

My beautiful and popular blue bangle bracelet has been chosen in Made for Me By Oaklie's Great Finds!

Please visit  the Great Finds site and vote for my bracelet. The voter is on the left hand side and is a grey box.  The theme is "Beautiful Blue Great Finds". You will find an assortment of handmade blue items from other crafters.

About this lovely bracelet...
Fun and interesting bracelet made with shade of blue beads. All beads are glass. Bead strands dangle about 1 inch at the longest. The inside of the circle is about 2 1/2 inches.

Will ship international, please contact me so I can get you an accurate quote.

See more jewelry at http://www.etsy.com/shop/FindingCharm



Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Ring of Fire Brand Craft Contest!

This contest was designed for all artists of all crafts and abilities. All you have to do is create a project of your choice using one or more of the products from the Ring of Fire. You can also incorporate elements from your favorite craft. Whether you're interested in fiber, glass, paper, jewelry, fabric or any other craft, this contest is for YOU!* CONTEST RULES.



To learn more about this contest please click on the links below!


This contest is sponsored by Artfire! Want a shop on Artfire?  Register on ArtFire.com


*Copied from Delphi website.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Featured Crafter: By Your Side

I featured By Your Side in my very first treasury, It's in the Bag. I first found her on Twitter. A great place to meet those who craft. I like her casual look and feel of her bags.  The travel bags I have to admit are one of  my favorites. They just look like the kind of bag where you can throw in a few things for a quick trip to the park or running errands.


In the market for a new handbag? She's got those too. I think The lil Miss M Handbag - Burnt Orange, Olive and Golden Yellow Tracy Porter Floral Print Lined with an Olive Tracy Porter Print seen below would be a great summer handbag!

You can also follow her on her blog and Facebook Fan page. You can join in the journey of her redoing her bathroom and other household projects. She also features other crafters of the handmade as well on her blog.  Who knows, it could be you next. But you'll have to keep tabs on her to find out!


Of special note. By Your Side has also generously participated in donating items for the Hearts for Haiti cause on Etsy.  Please be sure to check out her items!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/HeartsforHaiti
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38756904
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38757719

Beautiful Blogger Award

I was surprised to learn that I have received the Beautiful Blogger Award from Honor Crowned Creativity.  I think this is a creative award because it's not just about the blog, but about the person who blogs.

I get to pass the Beautiful Blogger Award on to other fabulous bloggers.  There are two rules when given the award. I tell you 7 things about me & choose 7 blogs to receive the award.

7 Things about me!
1.  I love cars. I think they're an expression of who we are. With that, I name all of my cars. When I was sixteen I shared the family car which was blue, so I called her Blue Belle.  Then I got a maroon car I called Cherry Blossom.  Then I had a jade colored car, named her the obvious, Jade. And then my latest is Gus. I drive a black Pontiac Aztec and it took me a few weeks, and all of a sudden, it stuck. I call it the identity crisis car. I thought they were ugly, still do, but when you get inside you forget that ugly box you're driving. I refer to him as a person. I'll tell someone "I'm taking Gus to the shop for an oil change." A little odd I know. But sometimes cars have personalities too!  Please don't report me to the loony bin!

2. I'm originally from Kansas City, Mo. About a year and a half ago, I moved down to Dallas, Tx. I came by myself and knowing no one. I moved for a job. I'm told all the time that I was brave to do that. I'm a little too independent for my own good sometimes. I love Dallas, and I'm glad I finally got the chance to live here. But I know I'll end up back home. Miss the Midwest and their way of life.

3. I am enamored with the sea. Went sailing once with what I now call the renegade cowboy sailor. Sailed from Miami heading to Nantucket. Only made it to Savannah, GA. The steering broke and I was not happy with the guy taking us out over 250 miles into the gulf stream. Huge Freighter radioed us and cussed us out for being on such a small boat too far out to sea. I knew then, I was in trouble. Didn't help that I got tossed around the cabin and went head first into the stove and split my nose open the first 2 minutes out to sea. Now I have the scar to remind me of my crazy adventure every day.

4. I wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon since late grade school. I wanted to help people like my dad who had trouble with their joints and back.  But then I couldn't get through my first month of physics in highschool. At the same time, I was excelling in a position on the school newspaper as advertising director. I was recommended for the job. I won an award at the Missouri State Competition. So before I knew it. I dropped Physics and added more journalism courses and switched to advertising/marketing as my profession. I even won a scholarship in a late students name. What an honor and I think of it often. So here I am now, a marketing manager.

5. I love to read. Some of my fun reads are John Grisham and Patricia Cornwell. Like a good mystery. Makes me think and I like that. My shameless obsession is Danielle Steel. So much fun. And yes, I even cry sometimes. I've been known to throw a book too when I was done. But my literary favorite is Edith Wharton. She wrote the Age of Innocence and Ethan Fromme. Her writing is full of symbolism and expressing the dynamics of women and men.  She's a classic and I recommend her. She's a 1900's turn of the century author.

6. I was a nanny for 6 kids for 11 years. I was brought on board when baby number 4 was to be born. The oldest siblings were 3, 2, 1.  I stuck around for 3 more babies! I'm extremely close to all of them. I think since I was able to get my bluff in them at such an early age I'm not exactly a babysitter. They have said I'm like a mom, but much cooler. I thought that was funny. Veronica 15, Sean 14, Molly 13, Jack 11, Jamie 9, and Vaughn 7.  I would say I'm a patient person. And what's important to me is that they still talk to me and now it's the bigger important things in life for the older ones, but they feel comfortable enough because "I remember what it was like to be a kid." That means a lot to me. The 3 younger ones are so attached to me. When I go up for visits there's a big fight on who spends time with me first. It's so nice to feel loved. I adore each and every one of them and they keep me grounded. 

7. I'll keep this one short because I can go on and on with details.  I went sailing once from Miami to Nantucket. But the steering broke some 250 miles off the coast of Georgia. We were able to jimmy rig an elbow like thing to the main steering column below the floor. I steered that boat 250 miles to Georgia, while the "skipper" slept down below. Took us 2 days to get to shore. We anchored in Savannah, and I got on the first plane out.


The Seven Bloggers I am awarding the Beautiful Blogger Award to Are:

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