Thursday, October 29, 2009

200 Hearts and Counting...

Hooray! My Etsy shop has reached 200 hearts! For those of you who are scratching your head and saying "what in the world does reaching 200 hearts mean?", it doesn't really mean anything. Essentially, 200 people have bookmarked my shop. Which, to me, is quite exciting. I was hoping to hit 200 by the end of October and I did it! To mark the occasion, I'm running a sale in my shop this weekend... Buy one piece of Leaf Jewelry and get the second piece (of equal or lesser value) FREE! This is the perfect opportunity to get something nice for yourself and get a little holiday shopping done at the same time! To take advantage of this great offer, simply purchase both of the pieces you'd like and type 'WEEKEND DEALS' in the 'message to seller' during checkout. I will promptly refund the difference. (This is the easiest and best way for me to offer this sale with one-of-a-kind pieces... my apologies for needing to pay for it all up front... I'll be near a computer all weekend so you won't need to wait long for your refund). The sale starts at 12:01 am EST Friday (that's tonight!) and runs through 11:59 pm EST Sunday; don't miss out!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Karen's Picks :: Vol. 15 :: Fall Back

Daylight Saving Time is upon us once again. This weekend, many people around the world will turn their clocks back one hour. Did you know that Daylight Saving Time is not federally regulated in the United States? Arizona and Hawaii don't participate in all this time travel business. The topic has been controversial throughout history. I recommend checking out Wikipedia or this article by National Geographic for more interesting tidbits about this bizarre custom.

This week's Karen's Picks showcases some wonderful ways to tell time. Don't forget to turn the clocks back... You'll get an extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning; perfect for snoozing off the candy hangover. Enjoy!

I majored in Geography in college. I'm a giant map dork. This clock would be a classy touch to an office or study. By IMOTIME, $32.This clock would be great in a big or little kid's room. By SackReligious, $40.It's Dali time. But don't forget, it's all relative. By PragmaticEffects, $50.
I love the original painting in this classic looking alarm clock. By tuesday79, $75.This one is made from an old record. Zen-like and recycled. Huzzah! By bearlyart, $19.99.Smooth lines and a modern design. Let this clock ease your transition between night and day. By pilotdesign, $45.I've always had a thing for Mission Style furniture. I've picked up this admiration from my mom. This clock is a beautiful example of the style. By PhilsWoodcrafts, $325.I love the creativity on Etsy when in comes to using recycled materials. Recycled Sunburst Clock is a shining example of this. By c2design, $25.The original painting on this piece is beautiful and serene. Gazing at it is a calming way to pass the time. By CreativeCanvasClocks, $74.
I know I've already featured this seller, but I LOVE these clocks. Before, I featured the Autumn Moon Clock. Today, I feature Silver Moon Clock. By CyberMoon, $16.

Until next time ;)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Karen's Picks :: Vol. 14 :: Rocktober

My Love is my favorite Rock n' Roller. He brings the sound to the people. As a live audio engineer, he tours the country and occasionally exciting places around the world to tweak the levels and volume that blast from various stages. This morning, he left for the weekend to do a mini run around the Northeast with Soulive. I miss him when he leaves, but the show must go on. Today, I dedicate Karen's Picks to all those rock n' rollers out there who relentlessly tour the world to deliver ethereal tunes to the people, all the while, enriching our lives. Enjoy!

Perhaps the most iconic set of lips in rock... or maybe even the world. Wear this scrabble tile necklace with rock n' roll pride. By craftyaddictions, $7.50.Keep your earbuds safely tucked away in this nifty little tin. By tinytins, $4.99.
I dedicate this next pick specifically to my older sister. She graduated from high school in the late 80's... All I can say is that the pictures are amazing. My sister and most other ladies of that era, have deep-seeded love for Jon Bon Jovi. I don't quite understand it, but hey, they probably don't understand my love for Eddie Vedder. This purse is made from a 45 album cover. By rocknrecycle, $26.95.Here's a super cute bib that makes a great gift for the daddy-baby rock duo in your life. By fun2wear2, $5.99.Take this piece straight to the stage! This guitar is gorgeous... the grain in the wood is just astounding. By joetill, $3,250.
Hendrix is a guitar god. Hang the rock legend on your wall with this vibrant digital design. By DirtyMirror, $20.Although rock n' roll doesn't call for the use of cufflinks very often, if you needed them for a special occasion, these would be the ones. By cosmofashionslave, $14.95.I know some leading ladies who need a button like this. By allisonbook, $1.
I love these earrings made from recycled guitar strings. By cheapdatejewelry, $20.And here's a sweet necklace to match. By PluckingPendants, $28.
This poster pretty much sums it all up. By oneshymouse, $28.
Happy Rocking. Now go see some live music at a venue near you!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

And The Winner Is...

This Saturday I participated in the 40th Annual Bizarre Bazaar in Pittsfield, MA. The show was a fundraiser to raise money for programs run through the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center. This bazaar featured over 100 vendors. My neighbor was Susan of Simply Susan's, a beeswax candle business. Her and her husband were funny and quite pleasurable to spend the day with. I even bought some beautiful candles from them to burn during our occasional power outages.

Early Saturday morning a gentleman came around the bazaar offering tickets for a vendor only 50/50 raffle. I decided to buy a ticket. They were a $1 each or 3 for $2. Since I had only made $2 in sales so far, I decided to buy only one ticket and save my other dollar. I asked the man if they would be calling the winner that night or notifying him or her that day. He replied that the winner would be told that day, to which I responded, "you mean you'll be telling me that I won later today". He laughed and said "Yeah, sure. Except you're the fourth person I've said that to so far." Sure enough... some hours later... a lady stopped by my table with an envelope that had my name on it. I actually won the raffle. Unfortunately, the man who sold me the ticket was not there to see me collect my winnings. I have to say, the whole situation made my day.

Karen's Picks will come to you tomorrow (Thursday)... Stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Karen's Picks :: Vol. 13 :: Living Fossils

The other day, I listed a new wallet in my shop. It was made using a black fabric with white ginkgo leaf silhouettes; it's quite nice. My love affair with the Ginkgo Tree started a few years ago when I was living in a big cooperative house. One of my roommates had her family staying with us, in from Bulgaria. Basil, my housemate's father, was a colorful and unique fellow who had decided one of his life's missions was to plant ginkgo trees everywhere. While he stayed with us, he harvested dozens of small Ginkgo clones and potted them all in our backyard. Some were given away, some were planted around the property, and some perished. When I moved out, I managed to find 2 trees that were still in their starter pots... they had survived the winter in our yard and I decided to take them with me. I still have those little trees and I think I may try and train them to become bonsais. The thought of this alone brings me great joy!

When I listed the new wallet in my shop, I checked out the Wikipedia page on Ginkgo Trees. I already knew that they were one of the oldest tree species on earth; but what I learned I find even more fascinating. Ginkgo Trees are "living fossils" which means that their only known genetic relatives are fossils. They've been around since the Jurassic period, some 270 million years... That makes them as old as dinosaurs; yikes!

This week's Karen's Picks pays homage to this ancient species. I also wanted this week to highlight how specific you can be in your Etsy searches and still get tons of great products to come up. When I searched the word "ginkgo" over 500 items appeared! Happy Ginkgo perusing!

Fabulous Ginkgo Coasters made from organic cotton. By rohmer, $17.A simple pitcher with clean lines and contour. By soule, $26.Beautifully detailed original pen and ink drawing. By naturescharms, $40.This gourd box was grown and decorated by the artisan, I think that makes it extra special. By midnightcoiler, $45.One pound of dried cut Gingko leaf to use for your heart's desires. I'd make medicinal tea! By TheGypsyCaravan, $14.95.So simple and beautiful. I love these earrings! By ginkgo, $26.Gorgeous Ginkgo leaf hemp skirt. Perfect for woodland pixies! By JenniferJoyCreative, $99.50.
Here's a little silk Ginkgo love for that special man in your life. By amysfunkyfibers, $44.A beautiful Opulent Gold Ginkgo Ribbon Bound Journal would make a lovely gift. By KupoKiley, $35.
This necklace is beyond clever and creative, fusing the art of haiku with beautiful craftsmenship. By metalology, $88.

leaves of green and gold
fall silently before me
a cloud of color I couldn't feature all these great Ginkgo gifts without throwing in my wallet. Hope no one minds my self-promotion :) By moonandsundries, $30.I love the purple twist on these classy notecards. By CindyLindgren, $6.
Modern and unique wrapping paper that would work great for many special occasions (And perfect for wrapping up any of these Gingko themed gifts!). By nicoletter, $3.50.
Enjoy the rest of your week!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Bizarre Bazaar

This Saturday, October 17th, I will be taking part in the 40th Annual Bizarre Bazaar Arts & Crafts Show in Pittsfield, MA. The show benefits the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, whose mission states that they are "a multi-service organization empowering children and youth, with a special emphasis on girls, to become responsible, confident and personally fulfilled individual." I think this show will be a lot of fun and I'm really looking forward to the drive out there. Pittsfield is located in the beautiful Berkshires of Western MA and we're in peak foliage season around here... It should be a lovely drive! I snapped a picture of the postcard for the event...I'm going to go and cut some more fabric for wallets now... Enjoy your evening.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Home Workin' Weekend

This has been a productive weekend for my Love and I. We harvested the last of our tomatoes, some greens, a few carrots, and oodles of juicy red raspberries. The herbs that have been hanging to dry have been sorted and jarred for future use. We've been cooking down homemade tomato sauce for 2 days now... I hope it's good :) Check out this awesome carrot I grew! I'm such a dork... Can you tell how excited I am?!
In the midst of all this harvest and preservation, I've also been photographing items to list in my Etsy Shop. I listed three NEW things today... 2 wallets and a bat brooch!This is the second Bat Brooch that I've put up in my shop to celebrate Halloween! I've not offered anything like it before but I'm excited to be doing a little hand-sewing. Everything else I make is done on a machine. It's inspiring me to learn some embroidery techniques... may be a fun project for January, when life slows down a little more. The best part about these bats is that they are made from Ecospun Felt which is made up entirely of post-consumer plastic bottles. Oh the joy :)

I hope you're enjoying your long weekend and that you are reinvigorated for the shortened week ahead! Cheers to you!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Karen's Picks :: Vol. 12 :: Costumes

With Halloween just around the corner, I wanted to take the opportunity to show off a few more spectacular costumes found on Etsy. This weeks Karen's Picks is dedicated to all all those awesome handmade costumes out there! If you don't have the time to get crafty this year, consider buying Halloween attire on Etsy... The costumes and accessories are unique, creative, and quirky! Only a few weeks left to get ready...

Cutest pumpkin ever. And when your little tyke gets all wound up on sugar, he's got extra padding for all that 'bouncing off the walls'. By dahlhartlane, $88.95.This divine and sparkling gown would be perfect for an Elvira costume, or just the sexiest witch on the block. By Uniquery, $100.
Here's a great all-in-one costume for the kid and the stroller. Absolutely adorable. By mapletree2000, $90. Spice up your night with this Sassy Flamenco Dancer costume. By amandalyn, $45.This awesome Frankenstein hat could easily be matched with some clothes around the house to make a fantastic costume! By burchanddaughters, $35.Frolic the forests as a Satyr and pick up a few Nymphs along the way with this amazing leather mask. By teonova, $110.
I wanna rock n' roll all night and party everyday! YES... this costume is bad*ss! The listing is for a custom costume with up to 4 hours of production time... Let your imagination run wild and get your order in by Monday the 12th! By squarejane, $45.I think you might actually be able to cast spells in this stunning gown! By WizadoresWorkshop, $150.
This costume is fun, quirky, cute, and affordable. Make your little man a lumberjack with this handmade beard (Also available in adult sizes!). By tiffpippin, $10.Beautiful, handmade, and a versatile costume accessory... who needs more? By TotusMel, $55.

What will you be for Halloween this year?