Hey guys, my interview in on the Etsy Chatters Blog so be a pal and check it out. While your there you can add a comment simply saying what your favorite item in my shop is right now and you will be entered to win an awesome "Boho Blowout" gift package from me worth $50.
Almost everyone seems to have a swiffer mop right? I know when they came out I was one of the first to jump on the wagon but quickly tossed it aside with my other cleaning apparatices that "seem" convienent but really they are not. My biggest complaint was how you had to keep buying those cloths for the swiffer mop. Yeah yeah, I know they are out to make money too but it just seemed so very wasteful!
Well Ollies Boutique has solved the problem! Check out these most awesome washable, reusable, and very cute swiffer cloths! They are such a great idea, I can't come up with any reason why you wouldn't want to buy one of these if you have a swiffer.
They fit the dry mop and wetjet. When it's dirty, toss in the wash! Save money, save the landfill of more garbage. She will even make a custom color for you, how very cool is that!
Amidst of all that is crazy in my life as far as the progression of my RA and Lupus I still am plugging away on etsy in hopes that my scarves really start to pick up soon. My views are lacking, not sure why. I thought maybe it was the pictures, perhaps on some it is. I reviewed the ones that have sold and it seems that the skinnier..accessory types do better online. So I'm asking you to tell me... Can you guys go to my site, and tell me which of the scarves you'd be more inclined to buy. I'd also like to know if you think that the prices are scaring people??? I was not a believer in the whole, "if it's too cheap people won't buy it" idea but perhaps I just need a rude awakening. Does it seem like I'm selling junk? I certainly am not but I really want to know if I'm being perceived that way.
Pain is a strange experience and is one of the feelings that you can’t always relate perfectly to other humans with. We all have different levels of tolerance, and different breaking points. I have learned to endure a lot of my pain to the point that I am convinced that no matter what kind of pain I am in I will survive although there have been a few times where I think I teetered on the brink of insanity. When I’m in intense pain I try many different things. Movement seems to help a lot; because sitting in one place tends to make it intensify similar to if you had yourself fixed over the top of a red hot poker. I’d imagine most people wouldn’t want to find themselves resting on top of their pain, because there is really no rest to be had. That is when I pace. I pace like many ancient groups, tribes, and religious figures not so much in a pattern but with the same idea of focusing on the problem and using the movement to expel some of the bad energy. It becomes a trance. Without me even realizing sometimes the pain will disappear and I will sit and grab my books, or knitting, or in last night’s case…my canvas. It had been a long time since I had created new art. Donnovan really has me too distracted most of the time to be able to focus on “art”. With the chance of sounding flaky, it truly is an action that requires “all of me” to be there. Pain, means I’m not entirely in my moment either. I kept focusing on different thoughts, and the true existence and possibility of empting my brain of all of the static. It can be done; it had been done in the past. I’m so out of practice with my meditations-it would be presumptuous for me to think that suddenly I was going to go “there” last night. Battling the effort, I began with my book. A book that I have read but is the kind that you tend to read over again and again, like a bible. Each word read was repeated in my head for at least 2 minutes each. In between comprehending the sentences, I told myself, “The pain is not there, the pain is not there”. Convincing myself wasn’t working. I began with crying fits. Calming after a few outbursts, I grabbed my canvas board. What does this pain look like? If it is there- and I truly believe it’s a force that is very difficult to ignore so obviously it is-then it must have an appearance. It’s frightful, but not a face you haven’t seen before. There are people who know this face, and those who thought they did but haven’t (quite luckily) had to stare the beast in the eyes. You must hold your nerve. Do not let down your guard. Tears may stream your face but your strength of will is deeper than the body’s physical reaction. I drew, and stopped, drew and stopped. Sometimes feeling quite confused by what was being created. I knew where I was again but it was like finding an extra hallway in a house you are very familiar with. At 12:30 am I finished. Utterly exhausted, but slightly relieved of the pain I stared down at the canvas and wasn’t sure what just happened. Where ever I went last night I do not want to return to but I felt obligated to show the true meaning of my pain.
I think one of the best things about handmade items is how unique each piece really is. I try to go above and beyond the "unique" call for handmade items to ensure you will definitely never see the same sort of thing again-no matter how hard someone might try to replicate.
I've been playing with my art scarves for a while now, and they give me a lot of enjoyment when creating them. Having a one year old means that art like painting and sculpture is difficult to find time to do but in knitting these scarves I've found a way to take the parts that I find most enjoyable about artwork and applying them to the scarves.
I love colorful paintings full of textures-and I love sculpture because I love the idea of 3d art! So when you look at one of my scarves, your seeing a representation of artwork I would typically do. Each one has a name, like a piece of art and I hope some day these accessories are passed down to generations like a fine oil painting done by the masters.
I really, really, really need to clean out my craft room. It's nothing but a big pile of wasted space. I go in there looking for things all the time and it's like the damn room just swallowed it up. I'm thinking of the room as an entity. The room hates me. Why in the hell have you left this hideous wall paper up??? Look at this freakn' stained blue carpet!! I try to hide it all with old posters and piles of junk but something has got to give. With every new shopping trip of art and craft supplies I come home with...it gets worse. I'm desperately trying to get myself motivated to do this but just don't even know where to start. I have a list of excuses that I have been using to avoid the job. I guess I just need one really good reason why I should do it. A little motivation from my friends???....please!
I wait all winter for spring, and when it arrives I ditch all my knitting projects and focus on bright jewelry for the summer months.
As the summer gets hotter and hotter...I quickly turn away and pick up the knitting sticks, as if by begining to knit the cooler weather is going to return with a waive of my magic knitting needle! Don't get me wrong. I do love summer. I love my garden, and I love being outside. It's just the heat! I would never last in the south.
So I began knitting my first scarf for the fall months. I tend to forget how relaxing the knitting is, even though it's hot as hell in the summer!
In other news, I added a lot of new earrings lately. I haven't decided when, but there will be a toe ring clearance sale coming up to rid me of most of them before winter. Keep an eye peeled if you see any that you like!
What a co-winky-dink! See if you can follow this chain of events.... My husband plays drums with some guys in a band at least once a week and one of the guys wife (Kerry)who I met made a bracelet for a friend's daughter for her birthday. In conversation with the friend's daughter, I found that Kerry was on Etsy! Badda Bing, Badda Boom! What fun it has been talking to her about the site! I am happy to promote for her, and I hope you guys will all go visit her blog very soon as well as her etsy shop....which totally rocks! -Anne http://ferrousious.blogspot.com http://ferrousious.etsy.com
For a while now I have been wanting to make some new kind of hair clips, but there are soooo many on etsy already, I wanted to make mine distinctively unique. I'm not sure if anyone else's out there look like mine, but they are totally OOAK anyway!
Color was the number one priority for me, like it always is ;) Then texture, I love looking at things that have interesting texture so I added different styles of beads while "sculpting" the design with the wire that they are threaded on. I plan on making some others too, but adding maybe a fabric or yarn element? Who knows what this might lead too???
These two clips will be coming soon in my shop at $12 a piece. Enjoy!
Back in May, as a birthday present to myself I bought a corn cob squirrel feeder. I also bought my usual bird and critter feeder mix for the bird feeders.
I was really bummed out that I never would see anything at the corn feeder! My husband said it was because I was offering too many goodies in the bird feeders for them.
Then one morning, all the seed bags on the porch were chewed open and seeds and nuts were all over my porch.
I knew the little buggers were some place.
I glace out my window on Wednesday to see this! I think that because I hid the seeds on the porch, and haven't been out to fill the bird feeders due to the rain, the squirrels got the hint and settled for their corn!
If you know the story of Buddha, Siddhartha sat under a tree in meditation when he ascended into Nirvana and came to be awakened...or, Buddha.
I imagine going up into the sky, touching tree tops and gazing down onto the world below. All the beauty of the world, simultaneously in peace.
I made the most awesome Buddha love beads today! I felt like I had an epiphany or something at completion! They are one of my most favorite creations to date. I hope someone snags them up and loves them as much as I do. They come with an up cycled brown velvet box with a quote from the Dalia Lama inside.
They aren't listed in my shop yet, but they will be shortly at a price of $25.
I can't believe a year went by already and he seems to be growing in leaps in bounds. No walking yet, but I'm sure in no more than a month he'll be runing around! Enjoy some of our latest pics of my little sunshine superman Donnovan!
Hello folks, here's a shot of the newest toe rings to be listed on etsy. If there is one in particular that you see here in the picture that is not listed yet it will be shortly.
Summer isn't even technically here yet and I am so busy. My mom works part time and goes to school full time, and I have a 6 year old sister. Although she doesn't get a lot of hours, when she does I have been watching my sister and I have a new found respect for mothers with more than one young child! Taking care of the baby and my sis has been tiring sometimes! Needless to say, I don't get a lot of time to craft, so I savor it when I do. I suspect that come winter my shop is going to be dragging.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by! Have a fantabulous day!!
It's been raining a lot lately and it's making me feel pretty un-motivated. Today as the baby was taking a nap, I decided to take the oportunity to frolic and take some pictures. My feet got pretty wet, but it was well worth the fresh air! Mother Nature Rocks!
http://grannyspostcards.blogspot.com/ has given me a "Lovely Blog" award! -She has quite a lovely one herself so be sure to check it out! Granny recieved the award from: http://mysticwynd.blogspot.com/2009/05/awards-and-news.html). Part of the pleasure of receiving this award is the opportunity to pass it on to 15 of my favorite blogs, so if you're one of the lucky recipients, 1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his/ her blog link. 2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered! Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen.
My 15 are :(Be sure to take a moment and visit them!) 1. Not Quite Photo Jen ic 2. Shine you hiney soap Co. 3. Sojourn Curiosities: Lost Things Found 4. HolisticallyHeather 5. Etsy Trade-a-Holics 6. Awesome Chicks of Etsy 7. Dayzee Love Designs 8. Heathen's Hearth 9. Happy Cloud Moments 10. 2kute 11. 27 static 27.......JustBakin' 12. Carvel Country Soapworks 13. Cassia 14. Alvina Abramova Jewelry 15. Oh, I Love That!
In remembrance of Austin Powers....TackledAndShackled is really "switched on baby!"
What I mean is, you should really visit her shop! I've made two purchases and I was impressed each time! I'm a big fan of original works, you know, something you never ever seen before...well that's what you'll find at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6147936
The switch plates are super cool, and affordable. Also the use of rice bags as a up-cycled handbag really rocks my socks!
Here are some of my favorite items in her shop right now that I think are really worth checking out!
I've been playing around with some ideas I had for new sections of things to offer in the shop. The toe rings have been a hit but it is obvious that once the colder seasons hit, there won't be so much traffic in my shop. I had made knit and crochet stuff before, but I wanted something totally original and unique...like the toe rings,so I used some know-how from my experience that I had with the "rock n' roll boho scarf" that I made some time ago. Viola!
I completed this headband, and am working on another of simular concept but thinner in style. Thanks to my lovely mother for modeling for me! I didn't list this for sale yet because I don't have any other pictures so this is a sneak preview!
I'm going to make some bags in this style too! More pictures to come!
It 's been raining all freakn' week so far which leaves me to do little gardening and etsy picture taking but today, ta-da! Finally a mostly sunny day. I decided to take some pics of my garden so far for you all. Also, here's the new toe ring addition!
P.S. Only a couple more days to enter the contest! Get the rears, in gears!
I'm an artist that started to go to college to be an art teacher in 1999, but then life happened and I ran out of money to finish. Since then I worked some crummy jobs, bought a house, got married, and had a baby. It is difficult to find creative jobs in my area without some kind of mega degree. I'd consider going back to school after my son is a little older, but I'm not sure if I'd go back for teaching now. I think I'd like to get into art therapy some day.