Posts Tagged ‘etsy’
My latest procrastination craze has been going through my taste test results on Etsy. If you haven’t used that feature yet, you should. It makes finding amazing stuff so easy. Also you should check out the curated lists I make on Etsy for your guide to awesomeness. I know it can be tough sometimes to search on etsy, but if you follow people with a good-eye, like I do, you really stumble onto amazingness. (Have I uses amazing enough in this post? Come on Marie at least use thesaurus.com!)
all this to introduce you to a shop that stopped me dead in my tracks, check out the incredibleness (I am using the thesaurus!) that is GraceDesign.
First and foremost I want to thank you all so much! I am overwhelmed and so pleased to see so many people entering this giveaway! I’m so happy to see so many people excited and participating! It is so fun to see all you fans out there and to be able to interact with you guys! For all those just discovering me and my creations: welcome! Don’t be shy to comment and start a conversation here or on my facebook fanpage! I always try to respond to everyone individually!
Even if you don’t win today, stay tuned because I’ll definitely be doing another giveaway soon. Also, I am 8 transactions away from 900 sales at my etsy shop and will be adding a little surprise to my 900th buyer! So there is a little incentive for those thinking of purchasing an item or two!
Remember to support handmade this Christmas!
Now finally, what you’ve all been waiting for, the winner!
congrats Sheryl, please contact me with your address so I can send you your surprise prize!
It’s been a month since the BF (now fiancé) and I moved into our new place and we’re still swimming in boxes. Maybe its all the wedding excitement that’s distracted both of us, or maybe its the sheer lack of willpower, I don’t know, all I know is, the apartment is a disaster zone! This week I finally started putting a dent in the mess, by starting with my studio space (it’s rather selfish of me, but hey, you might as well start with something that excites you the most). I don’t know if you guys knew about my studio space in the old apartment, but let’s just say, it was not much of one. It was half of our already tiny living room, and a big closet. about 6×6 feet of space, if you can believe it.
In our new place, I feel like I’ve won the lottery! I have an ENTIRE room just for my workspace! I procured a proper jewelry bench from my uncle (thanks deidei), and a workbench with a pegboard where all of my tools are currently hanging neatly. I’m going to photograph it this weekend and let you guys see the beauty of it all before I start properly working in it and it gets messy again (which is completely inevitable when dealing with jewelry workspaces).
I’ll leave you on this lovely note. Found this listing today on etsy that caught my eye, and if you are my fiancé reading this, then hun, I just thought this t-shirt was brilliant, that’s it! what? The guy with no shirt on? oh, right, I see! Didn’t even notice him until you pointed him out. honest…..
Happy Wednesday everyone! Welcome to a new series that I’m kicking off today for my blog that I call: Inspiration. In this weekly post I will pose the question: “What Inspires you most?” to fellow handmade artisans. What I love about this question is its potential to evoke a diverse and perhaps surprising answers. It can also inspire you, the reader, to open your eyes and consider if what inspired the artisans, could potentially, inspire you!
For our first installment, I would like to introduce to you Lindsay Emery, the porcelain clay artist behind Suite One Studio. What initially attracted me to Lindsay’s shop was its cohesive feel. Her wares truly come together and expresses a delicate beauty. From the obvious delicacy of the porcelain Lindsay uses, right down to the creamy color palettes that she so skillfully glazes with. What made me love her shop even more was the discovery of her commitment to do everything herself by hand as much as possible (a philosophy I also use in my craft). Lindsay not only does not use molds to make her vessels, she also makes her own glazes! I am so happy that Lindsay decided to take part in my inspirational inquiry, and was so impressed by her answer!
So, Lindsay, What Inspires you Most?
“I am most inspired by the modern moment. I love this point in history that we find ourselves living in. The commercialized and mechanized world which is paired with wild wilderness and untamed nature. While the cities are growing there are places where weeds still grow unrestrained and the land rolls on and on.
My work is a fusion of these elements. I love nature and am inspired by the natural world, so I work with soft organic shapes. I also have a strong attraction to bright commercial colors influenced by the commercial world, so heavily concentrated in rich, bold inks and pigments. These radiant hues influence my glaze formulas almost entirely.
Our role as humans living in this moment is particularly fascinating to me. We need objects in our lives to go about our daily tasks, just as humans always have. There is a timeless to my craft which is complemented by this unique experience in time. My pieces are designed to reflect us; all of us in this modern moment, and the things we value.”
It’s 9 pm on a Friday night (Gotta get down on Friday! Yes, I went there) and what am I doing? Blogging. yes, my life IS that extreme. Live vicariously through me folks!
I wanted to drop in and share a really cool find that I made on etsy. Now, I’m sure I’ve seen these on a design blog before, but we’re all going to pretend that this is the first time we’ve seen it and ooh and aah appropriately, k? k.
It’s a skull chalkboard. Yes. Totally awesome. Maybe I should get one for my workshop? Although, I suppose that if you think about it a skull chalkboard is a bit useless since you can’t really write anything on it longer than three words, but who’s keeping tabs on usefulness? I think it’s pretty and it may grace my desktop at some point very soon. What do you guys think? That is, if there are any of you out there still reading.
I have to confess that I do a lot of shopping on Etsy. I just love finding something that no one else will have and I love making friends with the artisans behind the products I buy. Best of all, when my boyfriend starts asking questions as to why I’m receiving so many packages in the mail, I can throw him the line “It is my ethical duty to support fellow handmade artisans”: that usually shuts him up! (love you, honey!)
So here’s my newest acquisition, a beautiful dress from Lirola, in all its glory on me! Please note how it flatters my curves (baby bearing hips, but I’ve had no babies yet!). What do you think?
Just bought this really amazing mug from PotteryVerve on etsy! Isn’t it fabulous!? I really should stop buying stuff for myself since summer is coming and that means less sales, and I’ve had so many expenses lately (considering my laptop died at the same time I was redoing my website… thanks for that, laptop!). But, I couldn’t help but acquire this cute mug for myself, because, really, I can totally see myself enjoying this awesome mug everyday! hooray! Go check out this shop, it is awesome (and Canadian!).
I just came across these beautiful handmade lampwork beads by Davinia Design and thought must share with blog readers!The simple yet completely captivating designs and colors are only enhanced by the fact that they are made in Venice, Italy the best spot to find hand crafted glass. I went last year with my mom (I was so lucky!) and I got to visit Murano Island where most of glass making traditionally takes place. Below is a photo that I took while there last September, the soft color of the canal really echos the blue of the beads!
The other day on my facebook fanpage, I asked you guys what you wanted to see more of from Markhed. The answer that I heard loud and clear was more dark and creepy! When I am creating, I like to play and try out many ideas, which is why, when you look my shop, you can find a lot of different ideas going on. It’s best, I find, to play out some ideas all the way to the end . Because if I don’t, it just sticks around my head and bugs me. It’s almost like it keeps saying: “hey, hey, try me, try me”. It can get annoying. Lately I’ve been following my polygonal ideas, and I plan to continue that exploration, but to also keep working on some creepy and dark pieces, because ultimately, that’s where my heart lies.
Just wanted to explain my creative process a bit to you all, just in case you were wondering.