New Item Tuesday

Like most everything else I make, I started making headbands out of necessity.  I wear my hair up at work everyday so that it doesn’t fall in my face, and as a result, I have tons of broken hairs that would STILL fall in my face.  Not to mention the layers that were, at one point, too short to always stay in the pony tail.  Ever since I started wearing the headbands, my face has been free of falling hairs.  An added bonus–and the reason I still wear them now, despite the fact that my hair stays pretty well in place–I’m able to slip my communications earpiece up under the headband, and that helps it stay on my ear.

Come January 1 or 2, I will be cutting off my hair to donate to Locks of Love.  At that point, I will probably need the headbands to hold my hair back, as it will likely be too short for ponies.

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October 30, 2007. crafting life, etsy, handmade. Leave a comment.

Monday Treasury

This treasury, titled “Move Over Bacon,” is a little on the selfish side. My darling sister used to say to me “Move over bacon, now there’s something leaner,” when she wanted me to move over. Which would be pretty hilarious if I hadn’t been a fat kid and if she hadn’t been rail thin. Oh well. I try not to hold that against her, and she’s still my best friend.

That said, this treasury by SarahsSky still makes me smile by the pure fact that I love food art. It should not come as a surprise, since I was a fat kid, after all. These veggies are too cute to eat, though.

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Typing http://%5Busername%5D.etsy.com will allow you to look at those great sellers’ shops. And you should.

October 29, 2007. etsy, Treasuries. 2 comments.

Craft Burnout

This is a bad time to be burned out on sewing.  I have a craft sale in a little more than a month, and I feel like I’m totebagged and headbanded out.  I’ve been making a couple new things, like coffee cup cozies and journals, but I just don’t want to do any of it.  Maybe it’s the cold talking.  Yeah, that’s it.

I wonder if I can do a craft sale with 10 bags and 50 headbands and just call it a day.  Ha!  No, I plan to make a minimum of seven journals (it’s not a lot, I just don’t know if I feel like driving to Minneapolis to get book board…) and hopefully a new line of children’s headbands and some wallets.  I just gotta find some motivation and maybe a slave.  And an iron that doesn’t spill water on my sock when I try to use it.  I’m not asking much.

Treasury Monday later, first I have to force myself to make a couple things!

October 29, 2007. crafting life. Leave a comment.

Is it Monday already?

No, and trust me, if it is, that weekend totally sucked. But really, I found this treasury, and I just had to share it with the world. It seemed almost a sin to keep it to myself, so to speak. It’s called Chrysanthemum Sky, and it’s curated by LunaLove.

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If you like someone’s work, you can reach their Etsy shop by going to http://%5Busername%5D.etsy.com.

October 25, 2007. Treasuries. Leave a comment.

Heart’s Desire Thursday

When I looked through my hearted items, I realized that almost every single one of them has sold. Awesome for the seller, not so awesome for me. Apparently I need to go back through those sellers shops to see if they have more or if they have anything else I want–especially since I took the handmade pledge!

It’s not going to stop me from telling you crazy kids about some of the great items I’ve found on Etsy, starting with this painting:

I don’t know when my love of poppies began (it may have something to do with Veggietales, and I’m pretty sure it didn’t have anything to do with The Wizard of Oz), but I find myself hearting almost every poppy item I find on Etsy. I particularly love this one because it isn’t just red. While I adore red poppies, I find the contrast among these flowers to be stunning. When it comes to flowers, I have always been intrigued by the many stages of growth (most commonly noticed in roses, I think), and this painting has it all.

I’m actually a little disappointed that this artist felt the need to reduce her price. I suppose even at $250, it makes sense why it’s one of the few pieces in my favorites that hasn’t sold yet, but it’s an original painting, and not a print. Prints do really, really well on Etsy, but the right buyer for the right original is one-in-a-million.

If I had $250+ (remember shipping), that painting would be on my wall, no doubt about it.

October 25, 2007. etsy. 2 comments.

Wednesday Who’s Who: Western Art Glass

When I first met Brian, I was charmed by the stained glass fish he brought to our EtsyMN meeting.

Then I started making Minnesota themed treasuries, and he started leaving these well crafted comments seemingly intended to make you go “hmm…” He makes me wish I read more, and he makes me wish I had more windows. If I had more windows, I can guarantee that I would have a leaf hanging in every single one.

They’re made from recycled beer bottles, which constantly amazes me. The Pilsner Urquell one above is my favorite. Though I’m not a beer drinker myself, I appreciate the glass that goes into protecting the drink. And apparently beer in glass bottles tastes better. Quite frankly, a leaf made out of a can would not look nearly as pretty in my window.

October 24, 2007. etsy. 2 comments.

Handmade? Without a doubt.

I took the pledge; will you?

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If I don’t buy something handmade, it will definitely be used. If someone thinks it’s “cheap” or “tacky” to not be wasteful… To not be so caught up in the material… Well, then they don’t deserve a present from me, anyway.

October 23, 2007. Tags: , , , . handmade. 1 comment.

New Item Tuesday

Figure Skater Decal

My dad has been working in the sign industry for a good ten years or so, but just recently he got a job running laser cutting machines.  Prior to this he had a minor side business sand etching glass, and with the new laser job he wanted to combine the two to make even more precise custom work.

Many signs use a lightweight plastic with an adhesive backing as letters and symbols (though these are often the signs that get vandalized).  After sticking some flames from a “In case of fire, use the stairs”  signs to the windows on our trucks for gits and shiggles, he and I had a great idea to one-up the oft-found vinyl decals that are so popular these days.

Hence the Better-than-a-vinyl decal was born.  As I move my personally crafted items out of the kattghoti account, I will stock that shop solely with decals and possibly some of the other custom products my dad sells.  I should be clear–I am not reselling.  I am helping my computer-phobic father make a new and somewhat global name for himself.

Enjoy! 🙂

October 23, 2007. Tags: , , . etsy, pictures. Leave a comment.

Monday Treasury

Since Mondays are the day I stay at home, I have a bit more time to troll treasuries to find the gems.  My first ever featured treasury is called Cherry Pop and was curated by Lava Jewelry.

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Remember, to check out any of these great artists’ shops, simply type [username].etsy.com into your navigation bar!

I think it’s time to finish off the can of Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper that’s sitting in front of me! 🙂

October 22, 2007. Tags: , , , . etsy, pictures, Treasuries. 1 comment.

Help me make this blog better

I would like to institute Blog Posts of the Day, so to speak.  I need some ideas for daily themes, here’s what I have come up with:

  • Monday: Treasury Pick of the week
  • Tuesday: New Shop Item of the week
  • Wednesday: Etsy Seller Review
  • Thursday:?
  • Sunday: ?

The odds are pretty good that I will have to take Friday and Saturday off from blogging, and perhaps Sunday as well, but I welcome any extra suggestions so that I have something to blog in case I do find the time on those days.

October 22, 2007. Tags: , , . announcements, blogging. 6 comments.

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