Friday, July 31, 2009

Weekend Eye Candy - Undiscovered Talent II

I wanted to highlight some more of the fabulous undiscovered talent on etsy. These great artists have not made their first sale...yet. I hope they make that first sale very very soon.

You can find these great artisans in the following shops on etsy;

1. Carbon Footprints 2. The Bow Spot 3. Von Chandler Imaginarium 4. Lime Green Rhinestones 5. Tenebra’s shop 6. Lady Pym 7. Vervain Savon 8. Jen’s Bags 9. Mystic Fibers

Check out the rest of this weekend's Eye Candy from;

Such and Such
Chocolate and Steel
The Ornamentalist

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Best of my Friends and Family - Wednesday

I took these pictures while in graduate school. These first two pictures are from the show Twelfth Night. It was fantastic. The people are my friends/ family/ fellow classmates Tim, Gena, and Naila.

These next 2 photos are from the show that was in rep with Twelfth Night, The Rover. The stage and lighting design for this show was really beautiful. The people in these photos are Kat, Paul, Nico, Mike, Victor, Pamela, Carolina. and Gena.

I love these pictures. Doesn't everyone look great? Enjoy.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Business Cards

I'm trying to design my business cards. I have two designs I like, take a look and let me know what you think.

I'm also curious if you think I need to include a phone number on my card? Is it unprofessional without a phone number?

Friday, July 24, 2009

Weekend Eye Candy - Paths

These images speak to my current state of mind. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

You can find these amazing artists on the following flickr pages

1. Lars van de Goor 2. Edward Dullard 3. Astanse (Angela) 4. Lizza0222 5. Hans IH 6. kweaver2 7. Angela7Dreams 8. Art by Chrysti 9. Ginger

There is more Weekend Eye Candy available from;
Such and Such
Chocolate and Steel
The Ornamentalist

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

YA....First Etsy Sale....YA

And I also want to announce that I made my first etsy sale YA YA YA did I mention YA. A very nice lady from North Carolina ordered my Rustic Leaf Earrings. I'm so excited to have made my first sale.

This person has no idea, but she will have a very special place in my memories. I know that sounds corny but it's true. You should have read the first 12 drafts of that sentence sappy, sentimental and corny, all true but my stoic MN roots required that I simplify to just corny.

I made the ultra suede pouch and I really love the way it turned out, so I'm definitely keeping the pouch. I made the thank you card and like it also, so that's a keeper, but it seems a little bare. I know I need to add a business card but does anyone have any fun suggestions on a little something to add zing, without breaking my piggy bank. All input appreciated.

Grab Bag Post

Sorry my Monday post is coming on Wednesday. I was visiting Christine of Chocolate and Steel on Monday. She did her first wholesale/ gift show. Her booth was lovely and she seemed really happy with the results.

Here's some of her great work so you can see why she did so well. I'm sure she will talk about The California Gift Show and Renegade on her blog soon.

Then I spent all day Tuesday helping a friend, and amazing artist, dona di Carlo organize her studio so she can host a PMCC certification class with the amazing Lora from Such and Such.

Some of dona's amazing jewelry.
And I still have to make a million pieces for my first craft show in September. I'm a little crazed. So nothing really goes together today it's a "grab bag" snap shot of my busy week.

Giveaway winners, yes that winners plural. Since Christine and Tamara were the only two interested in the animated gif I decided to make them both winners.
Here's one in action,

So ladies, pick a style that you like and send me an email to, we'll hammer out the details size chances, color changes, add logo, what do you want it to say and things like that. And thank you for entering.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Weekend Eye Candy - Visiting the Old Haunts

This week I found myself looking around my old etsy haunts. Visiting my etsy favorites and checking out what's new. I hope you enjoy visiting my etsy haunts for this weekend's eye candy.

You can find these amazing artisans on etsy in the following shops:

1. Steel Toes Studios 2. Chocolate and Steel 3. Lora Hart Jewels 4. The Peppermint Forest 5. Jennifer Kahn 6. The Builder’s Studio 7. Meetalls 8. Copper Frog Studio 9. Lulu Bug Jewelry 10. Lizards Jewelry 11. Sonya Rasi Jewery 12. Njia Studios 13. Rainbow Swirlz 14. Tui Zui 15. Made by Swirly Girl 16. The Abbey James Co.

And checkout all the other great Weekend Eye Candy from

Such and Such
The Ornamentalist
Chocolate and Steel - Christine is actually taking this week off eye candy to do the LA Gift show, Good Luck Christine, but check out her blog anyway, it's great.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Renegade LA - Fantastic

Saturday I went to Renegade LA with my friends and fellow bloggers Lora at Such and Such and Michelle The Ornamentalist. The show was fantastic. This was my first Renegade show and I could not have been more impressed. I want to share a couple of my favorites from the show.

The amazing Christine Street of Chocolate and Steel

Adriana Osborn of In-Vita Paper Studio

Kurt Van Maarth of Swearjar Design

and Appetite

Honestly there were many many more like Karlee Fuchs, Amy Lucas McClure of Olaria Studio, David at Survive Design, Kate Burge and Rachel Price of Spincycle Yarns, Lucymachine Jewelry...and on and on. It was just a great show. Congratulations Renegade and Bravo Sellers.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Weekend Eye Candy - Ode to the Pooch

I thought I would do a little "Ode to the Pooch" for this weekends eye candy because well, I love my dog, all dogs really. I hope it inspires you to scratch your pet's ears.

You can find these amazing artisans on Etsy in the following shops.

1. My Pooper Scopper 2. Campfire Designs 3. Art by Elle J. Wilson 4. by Nicola 5. Strawberry Luna 6. Cristina Ashley Designs 7. Le Petit Garage 8. Lucky Fiona 9. Gracious May

Check out the other great, and I'm sure more elegant, eye candy from the rest of the Weekend Eye Candy contributors.


And have a great weekend.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Best of Friends and Family Wednesday

A few years ago Mike and I went trail riding in the Cloud Peak region of Wyoming with my aunt, uncle, cousin, his daughter, and my parents. Usually I think I take better candid portraits. But it was so beautiful every where you looked, it was hard "not" to take a great picture. Here are a few of the pictures that I love from that trip.

Lake Solitude

Water Fall Feeding Lake Solitude

Friday, July 3, 2009

Weekend Eye Candy - American Folk Art

Happy 4th of July Weekend everyone.

These amazing artisans can be found on etsy at the following shops:
1. Door County Woodworks 2. Primitive Prints 3. Folk Art by Catherine Holman 4. Wendell Fiock art shop 5. Folk Art by Campbell Jane 6. Nauvoo Quilt Co. 7. Studio Petite 8. Cathy’s Crafty Covers 9. Tara Treasures