Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

How do geese know when to fly to the sun? Who tells them the seasons? How do we, humans know when it is time to move on? As with the migrant birds, so surely with us, there is a voice within if only we would listen to it, that tells us certainly when to go forth into the unknown. ~  Elisabeth Kubler Ross


Ocotillo - Chandler, AZ

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This Weeks Interview - UUEndyandFriends

This week's interview is with UUEndyandFriends. She carries play dress up earrings, baby afghans and receiving blankets, bead and crystal jewelry, book markers, and occasionally misceallaneous items.

How did you get started with your craft?

My name is Wendy, I'm 50 something, live in Central California where it is HOT in summer and COLD in winter. Very little in between. I am a widow and I have two grown sons and one granddaughter. One son, 2 cats, & 2 dogs live with me. My animals are all rescued and I love them dearly. I work a full time job M-F as a certified Weighmaster. Due to the economy business has been very slow for the last 3 - 4 years allowing me to do jewelry at my desk. I started out making and selling it to the people coming in and out of the office. Then last year I decided to give my Etsy shop a try and went full out filling it with my creations.

I have been crafting since I was probably 5. My mother is and my grandmother was seamstresses. My sister, my mom, and I all had handmade clothes. Leftover materials dressed our dolls from 18-20" all the way down to tiny trolls. I remember my grandmother teaching me to sew by hand. VERY TINY stitches and they were doll clothes kits. My mother taught me to knit probably around 7 and embroidery around 10. I am self taught in crocheting around 18. I learned counted cross stitch when my first son was born. I learned loom beading in my tweens. Other crafts I've just picked up over the years. I go through stages but rarely get rid of what I haven't used. AND a lot of times when I start a new craft go ALL out buying everything needed or wanted to do said craft. So needless to say I have a lot "left" to do. Believe it or not - with this economy and money tight those have come in very handy. I don't "have" to go buy something to do.

What are your favorite materials to work with?

My favorite materials to work with depend on the craft medium of the moment. My favorite craft medium is whatever I am enjoying at the moment. If I don't like it I won't do it. So, I have to say any medium I am happily doing is the favorite of the moment.

What inspires you?

I am inspired to do some of my items by circumstances or events of others. I have kept a very small percentage of my projects. I enjoy doing them as gifts or helping others.

What do you enjoy doing in your off time?

My off time consists of crafting, reading, camping, spending time with my family, swimming. Most of the time I am crafting while I am doing something else. I am very good at multi tasking and I love to tape my favorite tv shows so I can fast forward through the commercials or rewind when I miss something while I create.


What 3 items in your store are your favorite?

The rope bracelets, the Swarovski bracelets and all the flower earrings. In my shop there is very little that I don't like. If I don't like it - I figure the customer won't either. Something I am overcoming slowly.


 

 


Do you have a favorite buyer experience? A moment when your worked touched another?

I sold some earrings to a woman who has a young daughter bedridden and unable to speak. She said her daughter "lights up" when she gets to wear them. Another mother ordered a pair of earrings and a bracelet that I put a little angel on. Simple, but for her it was to help them heal from the loss of a sister/aunt to cancer. That is where I get the best gratification from my "art". It has made someone else happy to receive it and I was happy making it.
 

Do you have any advice for other Etsy sellers?

My advice to Etsy sellers is to keep your shop up to date, check in regularly, communicate well, and my biggest pet peeve - check your spelling, use your caps and punctuation correctly. IF you KNOW you are lax then ask someone to "help" you. There are plenty of Etsians out there willing to help a fellow Etsian. I think that is important in showing that you CARE about your shop which means you CARE about your customers.

Where can we find you on the web?

I have 2 shops on Etsy:

I have an ArtFire shop:

And I am working on my Zibbet:

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Quote of the day

"  The way of love is not
a subtle argument.

The door there
is devastation.

Birds make great sky-circles
of their freedom.
How do they learn it?

They fall, and falling,
they're given wings."
— Rumi




 
















Friday, August 26, 2011

From The Workbench

I got a huge shipment of crystal yesterday (one of my favorites) and spent most of yesterday making new items.  






Green Crystal Bracelet




This gorgeous clear crystal was a custom item.






Clear Crystal Bracelet



I could just not stop admiring the colors in this necklace.  I had to stop myself from going overboard on photos.  Every click was a different color, different dimension.




Rainbow Crystal Necklace


Today I will be focusing on what I call the disco ball necklace.  These gigantic 18mm round crystal are going to make a gorgeous statement necklace.  They are black diamond which is more of a light gray but held to the light they are more of a dark champagne color.









Expect to see lots of new crystal listings from me!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.

Dale Carnegie


Tlaquepaque Sedona AZ



 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

This Week's Interview - The Crafty Crafter


This week I am featuring The Crafty Crafter.  She specializes in holiday home decor, masks, and accessories. Be sure to check out her shop!

Tell me a little about yourself:

My name is Sara and I am married and have two dogs and a cat (my kids).  I live just outside of Atlanta, GA and work in customer service/account management. Crafting is not my full time job, but I really enjoy it and would like to be able to dedicate more time to it.



How did you get started with your craft?

I've been doing craft projects on and off since I was a child, but I guess you would say I became serious about crafting a couple of years ago. I decided to make some wreaths for my mom, sister, and niece as gifts and I liked the way they turned out so it gave me the idea to start making wreaths for Christmas. After that time I learned about Etsy and opened a shop with my wreaths, some ornaments, etc. Since opening my shop, I have expanded my offerings by making masks, hair accessories, and offering antiques.

What are your favorite materials to work with?

My favorite materials are feathers (although I'm allergic!), gems, lace, and basically anything that sparkles or makes things pop. I'm a true girly girl at heart!

What inspires you?

I am inspired by just about everything whether it be places I've seen, people, movies, books, etc. 


What do you enjoy doing in your off time?

In my off time I enjoy shopping, antiquing, watching movies, and traveling.

What 3 items are your favorite?


My favorite items I have made are a peacock wreath, black and white lady amherst feather hair clip, and latest custom order mask.

Peacock feathers are so beautiful and I wanted to make a wreath with them that could be displayed all year round.


 


Peacock Feather Wreath








 
I love this lady amherst feather flower clip because it can go with anything. It reminds me of poppy or anemone flowers.
 

Lady Amherst Feather Clip


I love this mask and it is the most complex I have done to date. This was my interpretation of a customer's beautiful sketch they drew for a custom order half mask. The mask was for Canada Day as is represented by the red and white of Canada's flag. 

Red Lace Masquerade Mask

Do you have any advice for other Etsy sellers?


I'm fairly new to Etsy, but my advice to other sellers would be to persevere and have patience. Just remember that everyone experiences a slow time at some point. I also highly recommend networking with other sellers through teams and circles. Who better to get advice or learn from than a fellow Etsian!

Check out Sara's shop at:

For the Fairy Folk

Fairies are something I have been enamored with since my dear sister Jennifer (now past) appeared to me in a dream as a fairy.  It was a reminder to me not to lose my child like essence.  When I was young I could easily be lost in my own world of make believe.  Born to a mother who has the same disease as me I spent much of my time alone in my room or outside in our yard.  I had quite the imagination and could entertain myself for hours with nothing more than my mind.  As an adult, constantly being reminded of our responsibilities we can lose the carefree imaginations we once had. 






8 years ago I strapped on my first pair of fairy wings.  I felt a freeness I hadn't felt since I was a child.  I ran about the forest a grown adult with glittery wings sprouting from my back.  My wings didn't last long.  They were torn in storage and were quickly destroyed.  Ever since I have had an an ache inside to be a fairy again.  But what reason did I have?  I have nowhere to go.  Being a fairy can get pricey.  I would simply window shop online.  But when I came across Eve Reddin also known as Fairynana on Etsy my heart skipped a beat.  I sat frozen staring into the screen at her beautiful creations.  I started to dream about being a fairy again and decided even if I have to go to the store dressed as one I needed it.  After a heart wrenching divorce causing me start over financially from scratch, a job loss (1.5 years and counting), and a terrible bout with my disease it was time.  Halloween is coming up and that is the perfect chance to be a kid again.






I didn't know anything about Eve when I contacted her, simply that I adored her fairy items.  She shared with me that she had read my bio and we both shared auto immune disease.  I had no idea that I was about to be befriended by a true Fairy Godmother.  Eve Reddin is one of the kindest souls I have come across in all my years.  I was so incredibly touched by her kindness.  It is amazing how profound an impact a person could have on ones life when you've never even met in in person.  







Plagued by her own illness Eve helps to keep hope alive for those in need.  Funds made by the sale of her items go towards granting fairy wishes for critically ill children.  Below is a video that tells her story.


 


Eve sells fairy costumes, dance wear, party supplies and all kinds of goodies.  Please help support Eve and her labor of love!  


Fairy Nana Land can be found at:


http://www.etsy.com/shop/fairynana
http://www.fairynanaland.com/

Saturday, August 20, 2011

New Blog Layout

I overhauled my blog to allow for bigger photos and posts on one page instead of the old layout.  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Friday, August 19, 2011

From The Workbench

OK technically my workbench looks more like a living room sofa.  Today I am working with these exquisite teal pearls.




When I am done the necklace will be strung like so...






It is proving to be very difficult to keep them from not flipping over.  I am presently restringing them for the third and hopefully final time.

Feeling as if they had gotten the best of me I moved on so as not to waste the day or lose any more brain cells.  I still hear them taunting me from the other room.  So I concentrated on this lovely paua shell pendant instead.  Back to the pearls tomorrow...


Paua Abalone Shell Necklace


Colors of Autumn

Team Leanonme is continuing to make some lovely autumn items!

Nature XXVII, Autumn ~ by Emily Dickinson

The morns are meeker than they were,

The nuts are getting brown;
The berry's cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.
The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I'll put a trinket on.  
 

Lilruby's Repuropsed Vintage Necklace



Custom Dynamite's Orange and White Bold Bracelet



My Unakite Necklace


Magpie's Trick Autumn Leaves Bracelet
 


Crochetgal's Bamboo Crochet Thread



Beadfulstring's Triple Strand Bracelet



Remedynz's Autumn Shades Silk Clutch



Custom Dynamite's Circle Shoulder Bag

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” Winston Churchill

Fort Adams State Park, Newport RI

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