Friday, July 31, 2009

Inspirational Crafts

I am working on a series of inspirational collaged ACEOs and a decoupaged inspirational box . Hoping to get them finished just in time to list them in my shop for Etsy Texas Crafters First Mondays Sales and Specials , which starts this coming Monday . I will be offering 15% off everything in my shop plus a free gift with every purchase , limited to one free gift per customer . So come check us out on Monday . Pictured are the cards .

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Help me give this painting a better name

I just listed this painting in my shop . I got my inspiration for it from a local veternarians barn , thus the name The Vets Barn . But if you can think of a name for it that I like better , I will send you a five dollar gift certificate , good towards any item in my etsy shop priced ten dollars or more . The painting is 11x14 inches and is painted in acrylic on acid free artboard .

Monday, July 27, 2009


These little dolls are so cute that I couldn't resist telling you about them . The name of the shop is variation . The owner wishes to keep her identity secret at the moment , but did not mind telling about her work .
''I love to work in a wide variety of mediums, hence the name of my Etsy shop! But for now, since I just started officially selling in February, I'm focusing on bead work -- dolls, and some jewelry (coming soon). I also knit, crochet, embroider, sew, do some bookbinding and letterpress, metalsmithing, collage/assemblage, digital graphics and animation.
The medium I'm working with now, beads and wire work, is something I feel I have mastered and can create a product in a relatively reasonable amount of time without too much equipment, whereas something like letterpress would need a much more elaborate set-up. I have a full time job, so I can only devote weekends and evenings to making products for my Etsy shop.
I've always been inspired by the amazing work I see from many, many artists and crafters, past and present, across all mediums. I love work that introduces me to new forms and methods of creating, and I'm inspired by excellent craftsmanship (something I aspire to). I love the community that comes with sharing your work and learning from fellow artists.'' She is certainly a very talented artist ! Check out her shop by clicking on the link in the title of this article or go to

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Koala Bear Creations

I found this great shop on Etsy and asked Emily to tell me about it . This is her story :''I am a nineteen year old college student studying theatre at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. My shop, KoalaBearCreations, includes work by both me and my boyfriend, Dylan, who is a professional actor. We make jewelry and clothing that can be described as indie, hippie, bohemian, artsy and unique. Etsy is a great way for us put our creative talents to use outside of the theatre and explore some new artistic mediums.
Although they're very beautiful, I don't like to work with expensive materials like gemstones and precious metals. Instead I prefer to take everyday items such as antique keys, sea shells and old t-shirts and make them into something beautiful and wearable. Most of the materials come from thrift stores, junk shops and friends' attics and are recycled into something unique, lovely and affordable.
Our pieces make great gifts for friends or for those times that you just need to treat yourself. Most of our items are between $10 and $20 dollars though some are on sale for even less. Buying handmade, recycled products is great for you and for the environment! ''
Check out their one of a kind jewelry and clothing at

Friday, July 24, 2009

More About Me

Hello ! I live in a small town in Texas . Besides being a mother and a grandmother [best job in the world] , and an artist , I work at a public school with special needs children . I had quit teaching , but went back ten years later . My husband is a farmer . I help him with the gardening and marketing during the summer . Took me two hours to pick those tomatoes this morning ! We grow tomatoes , cantaloupe , squash , cucumbers , and peppers . In our spare time , we like to go to fleamarkets , garage sales and auctions to find ''treasures'' to use or resale . Some of my treasures can be found in my Webidz store . My artwork is in my Etsy shop . Since going back to work at school , its been hard to find time for painting and treasure hunting , but I think I may be finally getting it all rolling again . Hope you will check both shops out and then back again real soon , I have more listings on the way .

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What A Day !

Today has really been one of those days ! The garden needed tending , laundry to do and I wanted to paint . Phone kept ringing for no important reason . Finally got time to paint and the goats got out and had to get them back in . Checked out my Etsy and Webidz shops . Now its about time to get the veggies from the garden ready for the farmers market tomorrow . Then maybe I can paint .

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Have you checked out Webidz , yet . It is a fast growing ebay alternative site . Listing is almost , but not quit free and there is no charge for putting three photos . I decided to start a store there for my vintage items with just a sprinkling of artwork thrown in . Its my first real effort on an auction site . So wish me luck in my new venture . This is one of my items that I listed . Just click on the title to go to my webidz store .