Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Helping Fellow Etsians

Yesterday, I shared with you an awesome forum on Etsy called Let's help each other! Well, let me tell you, it has been wonderful. I have seen gorgeous work by some very talented artists and plan to keep tweeting, facebooking and blogging about the artists and their items. I sold 4 things today because of this!

I would like to share a couple more items...

I am in love with these little canisters by ocasiocasa on Etsy.

upcycled mixed-nut containers with a sculpted form of decoupage, paint and finish. They’re just the right size for keeping small items together, such as craft supplies or individually wrapped candies. View this and many more super cool canisters and bottles here.

Got sensitive skin? Dreemseeds on Etsy has this lovely Avena soap in her Etsy shop.

Gentle calendula and oats help to soothe skin, while gently cleaning. And, $1 from each bar is donated to United Plant Savers. This organization keeps a close eye on native plants that are becoming endangered and at risk. How awesome is that?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sand Painting Pendant Necklace Multi ColoredFree silver by Twist21

Handmade Success posted this link to an Etsy forum yesterday...

""Danielle from Twist21 emailed me to share a cool forum link. She created the thread "let's help each other" on the Etsy forums, and I think her idea is really resourceful and brilliant! You pick an item that you like from someone above you on the list and share it for them via Facebook, Twitter, or blog. Then you post about it and you are on the list for someone else to return the favor. This way your product gets shared with an entirely new channel of people. Great idea Danielle!""

I had the privelege of tweeting,blogging and facebooking Twist21's shop and chose this lovely pendant...

Sand Painting Pendant Necklace Multi ColoredFree silver by Twist21

I think this is a great idea and hope everyone involved sees an increase in traffic to their shops, new hearts and lots of sales! Good luck fellow sellers!

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Boxes Boxes Boxes

Okay, so I suffer from a severe case of Craft A.D.D.

My new obsession is making little origami boxes out of any piece of paper I can lay my grubby little hands on. They are just so darn cute! I have a stash of scrapbooking paper under the bed in my craft room.

(I really wanted to get into scrapbooking, but there is just so much stuff you “have to have”. I went to a scrapbooking night a while ago, and boy, I was like the poor, unpopular, awkward girl with the weird lunch trying to sit at the cheerleaders table. These ladies were rolling suitcases filled with thousands of dollars worth of cutters, printers, cricuts, papers, stickers, inks, etc. Definitely out of my league!)


I made these cute boxes instead

Love owls, they are everywhere right now.

Woodland animals are also very popular at the moment

And who doesn't love pink cupcakes?!

I found some comic books at the Goodwill the other day.


We went to dinner with my husbands company, and I snatched a stack of colorful takeout menus from the restaurant on the way out.

My library sells its’ old books for 10 cents a piece or 15 books for a dollar! So, I have a nice stack of children’s books from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. I can’t bear to destroy them..........yet.........

If you are interested in making boxes like these, here is a link to a super awesome tutorial by Mary on Etsy. Well, time to get motivated to list some more stuff on eBay, have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Phew, my new craft room, finally

I was lying in bed the other night, exhausted, but my brain was doing 100mph in a 25mhp zone. As always, visions of fiber, fabric, paper, glue, etc were showing me all the ways I could manipulate them into works of art. But, I needed to re-do my work area. I am sick of having all my junk strewn across the kitchen island, counters, and dining table. And the work area I had in the basement was dark, cramped and kind of creepy and lonely.

So I woke up in the morning, took Zach to school, got Gavin ready for the day, and proceeded to destroy my laundry room, guest room and garage.

After a few hours of moving tables, chairs, and many, many plastic tubs of supplies, up and down the stairs (I live in a 1970’s multi-level home, it was exhausting) all while trying to supervise a toddler, I have a new craft room..........

sort of.....

And I am excited, oh the wonderful and amazing things I shall create in a nice, well light and sunny room, with an entire closet stocked full of shelves of supplies.

Of course the queen-sized bed is still in the room, and all the boxes of crap are still under the bed, and the room is tiny, but most of my stuff is in one area now. I still have lots of fabric and misc sewing and crafting stuff filling the shelves in the utility room in the basement.

Unfortunately, Gavin has decided he loves the new craft/guest bedroom too. It is fun to climb the bed, then use that to climb onto mommy’s work table and get into all her stuff, non-stop. It is now an obsession with him. I seriously cannot sit at the table and sew, or craft or work on anything without him insisting he grab it and throw it. It is fun trying to sew while a 16 month old tries to grab the fabric.... And he is hard-headed and stubborn. He was relentless, nothing could deter him from climbing on my table.

And of course, I had some etsy orders to fill as well as several eBay items I had to get ready to ship. And wouldn’t you know it, he refused to take a nap yesterday. I had it all worked out in my head. He would nap in the sunshine spilling onto the big, comfy bed from the window, while I contentedly created away at the table next to him.

Well, he finally lost his battle with Mister Sleep at 10:30 last night, way too late for a stubborn 16 month old to be up! I am sure he did it only because I was excited about taking my new craft room for a test run. Kids, what can you do.

Oh, and I did manage to get my work done, at the kichen table, as always…

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Happy Monday!…….

So I am a day late.
I sold a few items in my Etsy shop this weekend, yay! The felt tamale and the tortillas have been relisted on Felt.a.Licious.

Here are a few new products available at Jemzy
Mexican Loteria Stickers

And Loteria gift tags

These are perfect for halloween and "dia de los muertes" also know as the Day of the Dead. Wouldn't these be cute decorating your homemade goodies and treat bags?!

I put in an order with my favorite fiber seller, Laurs of Bee Mice Elf, so once that comes in. I will be able to make tacos, chips and taquitos. I can’t wait!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Shameles Acts of Nepotism

Okay, I haven’t posted much on this blog. I admit that I am easily distracted, and a tad lazy when it comes to trying to write a post. I am lured by the siren call of Etsy, Artfire, eBay, Twitter, flickr, blogspot, ….oh, I could go on and on. Before you know it, Gavin is awake, and my quiet time is over.

So, I decided today I will share some of my favorite items from my most favorite Etsy sellers of all time..….my family!

My sister Laurs, of Bee Mice Elf, has the most gorgeous handpainted fiber and handspun yarns ever. I get all my fiber from her, it is wonderful to work with. She has quite the following and many happy customers.

C-thru Merino Silk

Playa Superfine Merino

Pulverize Superwash Yarn

Please visit her Etsy shop, beemiceelf, to see more of her lovely items.

My mom, Pat, Lyrical Lady, makes wonderful glass tile pendants featuring your favorite song lyrics. She specializes in classic rock artists like Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and many others. She also does custom orders, so you can request pretty much anything.

Please visit her shop at Lyrical Lady.

Jemma of UrbanSplat is an art history major and my daughter. She creates works of art from many mediums, including ceramics, mixed media, paintings, sketches, fabric, and many more.

This Cyclops Girls sculpture is adorable!

Visit her shop at UrbanSplat

Jemzy offers fabulous vintage finds and handmade items. I love these red pumps, they are perfect.
This turtle is also seriously cute!

You can find these shoes, turtle planter and others at jemzy.
As you can see, there are quite a few talented ladies in my family. I wish all of them continued success and lots of happiness :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Last days of summer

Well, Summer is almost over, and I am not ready to give up my warm sunny days with Gavin. I am hoping with the cooler Fall weather, I will be more disciplined with my felting, sewing, and other crafting. It is too easy for me to be distracted when the weather is great.
Like this morning, Gavin and I went for a walk and when we came home, I decided to work in our planter beds. As I was haphazardly chopping down all the milkweed that has taken over the main planter in front of the house, I noticed these gorgeous monarch caterpillars.
There were tons of them, in various sizes. Milkweed are the only leaves these caterpillars eat, which I found out after googling fat yellow and black caterpillars. Immediately I stopped destroying their habitat and grabbed the camera.
I am not much of a photographer, and cannot for the life of me figure out what all the settings are for. But I think I managed to capture these guys pretty well.

I also took a couple of pics of my Zinnia bush. I love this plant, it never ever seems to stop blooming when the weather is hot and sunny.

There are still tons of buds, waiting to burt forth into these fabulous hot pink flowers.

The the planters look nice, except for 4, tall half-eaten milkweed bushes. Can't wait for the butterflies!
Hopefully I will focus once the weather cools down, and the outdoors won't be so tempting.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

First post

Hello, my name is Lisa.
This will be my third attempt at making a blog, and hopefully keeping it up. I am a stay at home mom and in my free time I like to felt, sew, bake, cook, read, garden, really try to get into scrapbooking, craft and haunt the local thrift shops and garage sales.

I figure I will start this blog by telling you a little about myself.

1. I was born in Seattle, WA, spent most of my childhood and 20's in Glendora, CA, lived in Waipahu , Hawaii and now live in Moberly, Missouri for the last 10 years.

2. I'm the oldest daughter in a family of all girls. My sister Laurs, of bee mice elf, got me started on Etsy and taught me how to felt.

3. I got married to my high school sweetheart at the age of 20, had 2 kids. Jemma and Zach.

I divorced my high school sweetheart at the age of 30 :) woohoo! He is the reason we moved away from all of my family in California.

5. I married one of the kindest , most loving men of all 2 years ago in Las Vegas. I had my third child, Gavin, at the age of 39. :)

6.I change jobs a lot because I get bored, which is not good for your resume.
I have worked as a bank teller, waitress, floral designer, used recycling equipment broker, hostess, bartender,receptionist, at a mortuary, fabric store clerk, made cold calls(yuck) and lots more.
I am the same way with hobbies and crafts, my sister and I call it Craft ADD.

7. I think the women in my family may have a little psychic ability. We always know when one of us is thinking about the other, or are going to call, etc.

I LOVE to read, I could spend all day curled up in a chair with a book, ignoring everyone and everything and not feel guilty one bit!

I prefer alternative music from the 80's and early 90's, it is pretty much all I will listen to with the exception of Fleetwood Mac and few others. My kids think I am lame...

10. My husband and I want to leave Missouri in 5 years. I have a plan that we will buy some acerage in New Mexico or Arizona, build a couple of houses and raise alpacas, goats, horses and maybe sheep, and chickens foster dogs from the humane society and grow our own food.