Sunday, May 29, 2011

Treasuries and Collections of the Week

Please take a look at these great Etsy Treasuries and Artfire Collections I was included in this week.


Summer Vacation by faerymoongoddess



Happy Sunday by SWEETTOWELS

Asian Appeal by Jewelry by Vamp

Chocolate and Cream by Accents and Petals




Friday, May 27, 2011

EtsyBloggers: May Blog Carnival - Spring Organization

Topic of discussion for Blog Carnival this month is: Spring is a time for new beginnings, when many of us get reorganized and put a fresh face on things. Describe and/or show us what you have done recently in your art space to get more organized.

This was actually a hard topic for me because I haven't done anything new with organization. I'm an organized person by nature. So I thought I'd share some of my organization techniques that work for me. Jewelry making is a hobby for me. So I don't have an overwhelming amount of supplies laying around. I do keep what supplies I have in organizer boxes or tackle boxes by beads and metals. I have a captains bed (like a day bed) that has 3 large drawers under the trundle bed that I keep all my supplies in. One drawer houses my little organizer boxes of beads and findings, the middle drawer is where I keep my stock ready for sale, and the last drawer hold my over-sized supplies that don't fit in the organizers, but fit in a wooden box,  a bead tray, creative journal, and bead spinner.  I like that I can put away all my supplies and it's all out of sight.  Jewelry making leads to a lot of clutter and I like that I can put it away. I can't create when my surroundings are in disarray.  

I keep my shipping supplies in a decorative basket under a table and everything is already "packaged" ready to be sent (envelope, business card, magnet, and thank you card).  I have nesting baskets that are labeled by item: necklaces, earrings, etc. I just grab that basket, grab the sold item, and grab my pre-packaged supplies and off it goes. These sit on top of the table.

I live in an apartment and limited on space, so I utilize all that I can, which is plenty. One of these days I'll have a house and will be able to make a real craft area and leave some of my boxes out possibly (which do match that rooms color scheme).  I envision shelves over a table where I can work and just grab up for that organizer box or tackle box.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Documentary Film - The Culture of Craft

I wanted to share a unique endeavor I read on the Sunday Afternoon Housewife's site.  Martha is embarking on an incredible handmade journey. She is making a documentary film about the 'Culture of Craft'. It all came about reflecting on  her previous adventures attending craft shows all over the country last year.  This led to wanting to attend a crafting conference.  She leaned toward Summit of Awesome.  Then more conferences tempted her as well like The Midwest Craft Caucus… the School House Craft conference  What to do? What to do?  Go to all three, see the country, video her experiences on the road, at the conferences and all the other crafty people she meets.  I think this is a fabulous idea and I have great hopes that one of the big Indie shop fronts or organizations get wind of this. I think it could do wonders for the handmade community. I can imagine this documentary on HGTV, TLC, or any other cable network! 
Learn more about her endeavor on her website. She's even set up a donation widget if you can share. But most of all share this information...tweet it, share on Facebook, blog about it. Get this exciting project seen and heard. It could be any one of us.

If you're planning on attending any of the conferences, please connect with Martha.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Treasuries and Collections of the Week

A nice shout out to all those you featured me in Treasuries and Collections this week.


Emerald is for May by MarianDesigns


Etsyblogger of the Month: NanjoDogz

I'm happy to share the EtsyBlogger of the Month, NanjoDogz. NanjoDogz makes polymer animal Pandora beads. You will also find pendants, tiles, and carvings. She focuses on dogs, which is fine by this dog lover. We have 4 Yorkies. Have another pet?  NanjoDogz will do custom orders.  Here are a few of my favorites in her shop. 

NanjoDogz also has a blog where she writes about her furry friends. As I scrolled through her blog, I could see all the different personalities each of her critters has. You need to check them out, and I promise you won't stop smiling.

Monday, May 16, 2011

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Moonsong Ranch

This weeks featured artisan is Doug from Moonsong Ranch! Wonderful creations for you!! You can find Moonsong Ranch on:

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Treasuries and Collections of the Week

Some fabulous creative people out there. Please check some of them out! 


May Flowers by BellaChicks

Welcome to the Handmade Harbor and let the caring and sharing begin! by sebsurer

On Fire Is A Blazing by ArlenesBoutique

Sunday colors by bayahta


POWER by FairiesHands

Follow the Yellow Brick Road by GLASS AND WIRE GEMS

Fresh Off the Farm Collection by ARTElemental

Nothing But Rainbows and Blue Skies... by bridgethurley







Saturday, May 14, 2011

REPOST - Vote for Me! Ends 5-16

I have submitted 2 lanyards for voting in the Lanyard Voting Contest. I would appreciate a vote on either one. You will need to scroll down the list until you see one of the following pictures. Sorry, it's the way they set it up.  You can vote once a day. Voting lasts until May 16. The prize is $300!!! 

I appreciate all the votes I can get. Thank you!!!!
Red and Black Badge Lanyard
By: Sarah B.

Purple Black Bead Chain Lanyard
By: Sarah B.

Lanyard Design Contest, Sponsored by ID Wholesaler
Lanyard Design Contest, Sponsored by ID Wholesaler

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Treasuries and Collections of the Week

Happy to be included in these fun treasuries and collections this week. Please check them never know what kind of treasure you'll find.


Missing my Mom til it Hurts by JoyfulDsign

My Monday Taste Test by aromacandles


Handmade in Color: Fruity Hues by SagesCupboard



Create Hope - Join me in my efforts to support the American Heart & Stroke Association

It’s personal. I walk and raise funds to help two very special little people in my life, Jamie, 10 and Vaughn, 8.

I was a nanny/babysitter during my later years of college to a growing family that went from three to six special little souls in my life. I have been a part of this family for nearly 13 years. Jamie and Vaughn are the youngest in this family.  Jamie was born after suffering a massive stroke while in utero. She is nothing short of a miracle. I wasn't sure if she'll ever be able to walk or talk. But this girl has a strong spirit and can do anything. She has her physical shortcomings, but she doesn't let them slow her down. Her right side is weak, but the girl can walk, run, and swim like all the others.  Her younger brother Vaughn was born with a heart valve issue and later began suffering from seizures. They both take medications and go through therapy to keep in tip top shape. He's an all boy that has a tremendous sensitive side. I love them both to pieces.

With heart disease and stroke taking more lives than the next seven causes of death combined, you can’t help but make it personal. I’m walking in the American Heart & Stroke Association Start! Heart Walk for those already affected, and I’m walking to make sure that everyone is aware of their personal risks, to create hope that we can make someone else’s future bright. 

My personal goal is to raise funds for the American Heart Association and I need your help to reach my donation goal. We are raising critical dollars for heart disease and stroke research and education. 

You can “walk with me” by making a donation online.  Click on the link below and you will be taken to my personal donation page where you can make a secure online credit card donation. The American Heart Association's online fundraising website has a minimum donation amount of $25.00.  If you prefer to donate less, you can do so by sending a check made payable to the American Heart Association directly to me. Please leave a comment with your email address and I will send you my mailing address.

Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support American Heart Association-KS Greater Kansas City

Your support will bring hope to those personally affected and at risk of heart disease and stroke like Jamie and Vaughn.

Thank you!


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Treasuries and Collections of the Week

Please take a look at this week's Treasuries and Collections I was included in. You might find something you like.

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