I’m having too much fun poking around lately…..

Posted on October 21, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

With Christmas not as far way as I’d like, cruising for unique and special handmade gifts is a task I take very seriously.  Lucky for me I belong to several artisan groups…one being the SATEAM on Etsy.  It’s great the way I can always count on these creative and caring artisans for inspiration, support and just wonderful warmth.  And the eyecandy is TDF!

I plan to showcase a few goodies from what I find in my travels up and around Etsy now and in the coming weeks (hey, a girl’s gotta shop, right?)…so come and take a peek at what I found!

NValentine Owl

What a sweetie!!!!!

Look at this precious thing.  This owl is a CUTIE PIE!  from NValentine Studio just tickles my funny bone!  He’s inquisitive and pixy-ish and just plain fun!  Looking in her shop…you’ll be hooked on colors and textures and be in no danger of disppointment.  Girl’s got it all goin’ on!

 OH boy! I could stare at this for hours…a timecapsule necklace by TheBlueDress.  The color is breathtaking and mesmerizing and I love the sentiment.

How cool is this baby!!!

How cool is this baby!!!

What a FABO gift this would make!!!  Ingenious doesn’t cover this creation in my opinion…it’s charisma just settles around you like a warm blanket.  *Sigh…..how thoughtful would you be to give this to a significant other or precious family member?  Very!
Wonderful texture and craftsmanship!

Wonderful texture and craftsmanship!

Now those who know me know I LOVE copper…almost to an obsession.  So when I look…I search with said material in mind.  This personalized pick is a great gift for the musician in your life (I have a few myself) and the texture speaks as if it is a well loved possession.  Clever and unique, too, wouldn’t you say?
Gotta dash…you know- so much to see…so little time!  I’ll share again real soon…and remember to make it a Handmade Holiday. (Oh, I almost forgot…!  There is a VERY COOL and EXCITING announcement for the SATEAM I can’t snitch about yet…but it’s coming…check again to find out what it is…!)
Happy Shopping !
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Great tool find of the week!(sort of…)

Posted on August 27, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

If you’re like me, you like to carry a bag of projects, reference books and supplies, and a notebook/sketchpad to stave off the boredom no matter where you go.  I don’t know; I guess maybe it’s a security blanket for me; I spend most of my time alone and don’t have much contact with the outside world other than when it’s visiting time or  when I play my role as taxi service.  I like be able to act on a whim for creativity’s sake.  So this summer when we started going more places (teenagers will do that to you) I figured why not keep myself occupied.  The chauffer is not any source of amusement in most of those social situations so while a lot of moms who work have to drop their darlings off and scoot, I just become part of the scenery for the kiddies. Leaving my bench is a traumatic thing as I’ve found what I’m good at and I love to do.  Bringing my toys keeps me happy- ‘kay?! *Ahem….

SERIOUSLY- this is a cute bag!!!!!

SERIOUSLY- this is a cute bag!!!!!

Now I have other toolboxes I’ve bought over the last few years that are currently sitting in my “Don’t want pile.”  Some because they don’t function well enough and most because let’s face it- they’re just plain FUGLY!  I know. Who cares?  Who doesn’t… jeez…? Toolboxes aren’t supposed to be pretty, just functional, right? Maybe.  But, I’m a girl and as such, I LIKE my things to be both.  If I want to schlep my stuff around I don’t feel I have to drag a clunky boy’s toolbox to get from point A to B.  I’m the kind of chick who matches my shoes to my handbag…a dinosaur in the world of eclectic style.   

But I found me a nice looking AND functional toolbox; one I discovered quite by accident. 

I’ve been out and about school clothes shopping (as if others aren’t doing the same song and dance.  I blogged about this before…boring……lol) I stopped in to Ocean State Job Lot to find hoodies.  You know…the NEW kind of hoodie?  The one that has to be 12 times their size, drags the ground that turns you from urban to urbane??  (Where you been, homey?)  I was flitting from aisle to aisle (I do that when I wanna) and spied an end cap with piles and piles of organizing shi…uh…stuff.  Discount venues tend to keep their merch a bit disorganized…I noticed a red bag and looked it over.  Hmm…..

The pockets and pouches aren't even FULL!

The pockets and pouches aren't even FULL!

I picked this red baby up and I was floored at all the room in it. Cost me all of 9.99.  Oh and it isn’t a toolbox…it’s a Cosmetic organizer by Caboodles.  Hmm…this looks promising…

I brought it home and thought “Ok.  Let’s see how much I can stuff into it.”  Wow…I usually have to carry two bags to get all of this out the door and I got it all into one bag?!  I’m impressed!

This was all the stuff I packed into my bag...and I can get to everything!

This was all the stuff I packed into my bag...and I can get to everything!

 To those of you who participated in Dungeons and Dragons, you know the term “bag of holding.”  For those who don’t, it was a magical sack that you can put ANYTHING into and carry it…no matter the size, number or weight.  Well, folks, this is the IRL version.  I was stunned at the staggering amount of tools, supplies and personal things I could get into it and still close the zippers! The pockets, the strappy holder thingies, the pouches…it’s amazing!!! (BTW, I forgot to put my 6×9 sketchpad and notebook in the pics…yes, they do fit! I am working on a commissioned set, so they were not here at the time.)

The handles are sturdy, the bag is stylish and I can get to EVERYTHING I need without having to dump the bag out or organize an expedition.  So now, whether I’m out and about, visiting friends or ‘camped’ at the lake, where I’ve spent most of my summer this year, I can carry my mini bench and continue the flow of creativity anxiety-free!. 

What a great find!

What a great find!

If you’re looking to work, play or just fiddle around with out the stares (and you people know who you are…) check out the thrift stores, discount shops and tag sales (hey, you never know…) for this Caboodles bag.  I’m SO glad I did!

 Happy hunting!

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Naming your creations

Posted on May 15, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

The following is a paraphrase…sort of…from a question posed in the Create Your Style Community site (http://community.create-your-style.com) and the answer I had offered to this subscriber…for those of you who do not use “Crystallized Swarovski Element” don’t let the word “crystal” the put you off…use the answer in context to help with your own situation…whether you are into jewelry, fiber, painting …any medium! It’s a sentiment I feel transcends whatever artistic form you decide to use; one worth repeating here. 

"With Tears in Her Eyes"

"With Tears in Her Eyes"

Hi Penny

 As previously posted [on the Create Your Style Community site]…the individual decides what the most important factor in naming their designs.  Some like using the color- others will use a girl’s name.   Some throw caution to the wind and say the first thing that pops into their head- or a combination of all these.  Some use theme by studying a picture first or a phrase and create around it (most Beading Challenges work this way).  Some don’t feel that a name is even necessary and give it a number or nothing at all (I disagree as emotion has everything to do with creating whether you create for pleasure or profit-but that’s MY preference). The most important thing, I think, is that while you are working on your creation, let your mind wander and FEEL what you are creating- are you happy, angry, hopeful, frustrated- use that…it may just hit you and you have an AHA moment.  Or not…and you have to ponder on it awhile.  I for one don’t have names come easy all the time…sometimes I have to rattle around several ideas until the AHA pops into my mind…or my designs sits on my desk until the feeling I want to convey molds my brain and my AHA comes later.

 One who is becoming a crystal enthusiast (I could say jewelry or designing…but I don’t wanna…we talk crystals here, people-LOL!)  in their formative stages with naming their pieces might just experiment.   Go through your “blue” stage e.g. “Blue Danube”, “Blue Lagoon”, “Blue Pill”, etc…or your angry stage, e.g., “The Ex-Boyfriend”, “Psycho Garbage” or “Traffic Jam”…or totally unrelated things like “Notebook Dog,” Raging Feathers” and “Existential Soup.”

Whatever method you use is not the point…if you’re happy with what you’ve come up with IS.

If a method isn’t working…who says you can’t change your mind and try something else? 

 There is no right or wrong…if you believe in what you’re doing….I’m sure I’ve created more questions than answered them…but making each other think is a part of why we are here in this community.

Warmest Regards,

Heather

For those who do not know, I am a Moderator on the Create- Your-Style website…toodles!

"Nancy"

"Nancy"

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