Sunday, February 27, 2011

Emerald Eco-Starlet treasury by Eco-Friendly Freckles

'Emerald Eco-Starlet' by ecofriendlyfreckles

Featuring all members of the Etsy Recycler's Guild Team, this treasury is for all of the starlets out there with an eco-friendly heart and anxiously awaiting spring!You can find out more about the Etsy Recycler's Guild Team here:

Recycled Wine Bottle Gl...

Vintage 1920's Ladi...

Eco Glam - Blue and Gre...

3 Green Window Stars St...

SALE Shabby Chic Green ...

3/4 Inch Sea Foam green...

Paper Leaves for your w...

Toboggan Noggin

50s Vintage BeauJewels ...

6 Inch Candlestick in G...

avalon pendant necklace...

St Patricks Day Special...

Vintage Swap Playing Ca...

Mad About Saffron-Green...

The Fiesta in Green and...

Cream and Green Fabric ...

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ovarian Cancer Research Masquerade Ball 2011

I was eating dinner with my son at the Black Walnut Cafe in Rice Village last week. We go there at least twice a month because we love their food and they let me order from the kids menu (they have large portions).

As we were eating dinner, I noticed a group of women a few tables down from us. I'm not someone who eavesdrops, but it sounded like they were planning a fundraiser. Before we left, I contemplated about going over and telling them about my business as well as my husband's salon and asking them if they needed any sponsors, but I was afraid to interrupt for some reason.

I bit the bullet and decided to approach them. I basically apologized for interrupting and asked them if they were planning a fundraiser. To my surprise, they were super friendly and they were planning for the Ovarian Cancer Masquerade Ball. I told them about my shop and also told them about Justin's hair salon. I said we would be happy to offer things for their auction if they would like us to.

We exchanged info and a woman named Maya, the chairwoman of the masquerade ball, said she would be in touch. She emailed me the following day with all of the details. I decided to donate three vintage jewelry sets to benefit their auction.

I met Maya at Starbucks yesterday to give her my donations. One of the jewelry sets I donated was a 1940s vintage Weiss gold tone green crystal brooch and earrings set. One of Justin's clients had just given this set to me last week:

I also donated a really beautiful c. 1950s vintage aurora borealis necklace and earring set as well as a c.1940s-1950s vintage rhinestone brooch, necklace and earrings set. I told Maya I may try to get a few more sets together for the Ovarian Cancer Masquerade Ball.

I started researching ovarian cancer and there is really no way to detect this specific type of cancer until it's too late. According to Mayo Clinic, common symptoms include:

* Abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating
* Pelvic discomfort or pain
* Persistent indigestion, gas or nausea
* Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation
* Changes in bladder habits, including a frequent need to urinate
* Loss of appetite or quickly feeling full
* Increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist
* A persistent lack of energy
* Low back pain

Most of these symptoms are symptoms that many women experience frequently. I'm sponsoring this event because I want to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and I also think it's for a great cause. If you want to become involved or donate to this cause, please visit the Ovarian Cancer Masquerade Ball website. You can make a donation in any amount or purchase tickets by visiting here.

Please feel free to spread the word and share this post.

Friday, February 18, 2011

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Recycled earth...

'Recycled earth' by mattiereidchicago

Items from the Etsy Recyclers Guild team

Java Huggers (set of 2,...

Upcycled Warm Winter Sk...

the super slouchy earth...

Repurposed Door Plate w...

NAKED - BIG yellow page...

Bark tan tube scarf cow...

SALE winter clearance L...

Two Marbled Tea Bowls

Camouflage Fingerless G...

My only Love necklace a...

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1900's Sheet Music...

Wood and Metal Bits and...

Funky Vintage Ceramic O...

Vintage 70s Chevron Str...

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I received a jar of Boudreaux's Butt Paste for one of my many shower gifts. I had never heard of Boudreaux's Butt Paste until I had my baby shower. My friend Ginger swore by the product as she had used it for her son who was six months older than my son.  Once my son was born, he was like many other children who would get diaper rash.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Meet Nicolette of Decomp

Nicolette of Decomp is one of my fellow Etsy Recyclers Guild team members. We somehow started up dialogue a few days ago and I told her I really liked her stuff. She makes really great recycled jewelry and accessories from old bullet shells, bones and feathers. Very in tune with the earth and recycling. Like I said, her stuff is way cool!

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Nicolette and I live near lake Michigan. I’ve been a freelance portrait artist for 5 years. I enjoy designing conceptual accessories, clothing and jewelry for my Etsy shop on the side. I've had no formal training in drawing or sewing, just the impulse to create.

When did you first start designing/crafting?

I have always been crafty, you name it, I’ve done it. My passion for drawing is where the urge to ’design’ originated from. Planning out how to make something is the first and best part. I starting making Barbie clothes, jewelry, wallets, even cell phones (ha ha) made out of paper when I was a little child. Paper and tape were best materials. :D Then I really got into beading and designing outfits as a kid. Tubs of beads and sketchbooks EVERYWHERE. I enjoy the challenge of creating something, new no matter the medium. As I got older, I learned how to sew and started making my own patterns and fabricating my designs. The items I made were mainly for myself. People locally became interested, so I was encouraged to start selling my creations.

Please describe your work in detail. What's your favorite type of crafting/art/design?

I’ve always been compelled to draw subjects the way they look in real life. I focus on capturing every detail in my illustrations and paintings. I soon realized that I am a perfectionist for imperfection. I’m so inspired my nature and the imperfections it creates. I try to incorporate this creativity, not only on paper, but in everyday life. The use of organic shapes brings life to ordinary things, such as a bag or scarf. I love to use recycled materials and found objects. I try to find a use for something so that it does not go to waste. Leather scrap that’s been well worn and aged, is one of my favorite materials. Wool and silk in its natural state are a pleasure to work with. Layering different textured fabrics has also become one of my staples. Finding beauty in the perfect combination of textures and colors is what I strive for in each completed piece. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with vintage and antique items, hence a few vintage pieces in my shop.

How has your work evolved from your earlier work?

I only started making things for my Etsy shop a year ago, using old ideas and designs from items I made for myself. Obviously, you get better at something the more you do it. I’ve learned what works and what doesn't, so the items in my store are better in terms of quality and durability.

Where do you get your inspiration?

I get most of my inspiration from nature. Growing up, I was either outside or crafting. I have always found the natural world to be extremely fascinating. I try to incorporate natural textures, shapes and colors into my creations.

Where are your products sold (online/stores)?

So far, only local commissions and in my Etsy shop.

What advice can you give other designers/artists when selling their items?

Just be yourself, make what you want to make. Show the world what you have to offer. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have many sales or views at first, it will take time. That’s about it, as I have a lot to learn as well. :D

Describe yourself in three words:

Innovative, perfectionist, autodidactic

Is there is anything else you'd like to share with us?

I’ve been contemplating selling my custom portraits in my Etsy store, so keep an eye out for them in the near future. I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderful Etsy community. Meeting such interesting artists and seeing their creative recycled items is what also inspires me to keep doing what I’m doing! Keep recycling!

You can find Nicolette of Decomp online at the following places:


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Interview with Audrey and Josh of HarBenger Duo

I was on Etsy a few weeks ago and happened to go directly to the front page and not my shop page. I noticed this really super cool chair on Etsy's page by HarBenger Duo. It turns out they are a husband and wife team from my home town, Houston, Texas. I sent them a message and asked them if they would like to be featured on my blog and was really happy when they said yes. Thank you Audrey and Josh!

Tell us a little about yourselves:

We are a Houston based, husband/wife team designing and building modern furniture.

When did you first start crafting/designing furniture?

Josh began designing and fabricating products for a home accessories manufacturer in Baton Rouge, LA while attending the School of Interior Design at LSU. There he met Audrey in a furniture design class. Since then, pretty much inseparable.

Cart chair $400 available at HarBenger Duo

Please describe your work in detail. What's your favorite type of design?

We draw heavily on Danish and American modern design.

How has your work evolved from your earlier work?

Trick question. This is our early work!

Where do you get your inspiration?

We are inspired by the typical things: nature, bicycles, science fiction, things that fly.

Hammock Coffee table $650 available at HarBenger Duo

Where are your products sold (online/stores)?

We currently sell Harbenger Duo products through our Etsy shop. While our home accessories arm sells Edie's Lab products through Edie’s Lab on Etsy.

What advice can you give other designers when selling their items?

If someone is offering advice, we could use some!

Ornate Walnut Mirror $96 available at Edie’s Lab

Describe yourself in three words:

Interested, obsessive, other wise normal

Is there is anything else you'd like to share with us?


Retro Modern Wood Letters A-Z $15 available at Edie’s Lab

You can find Audrey and Josh of HarBenger Duo and Edie’s Lab online at the following places:

Harbenger Duo’s own site
HarBenger Duo on Etsy
Edie’s Lab on Etsy
Harbenger Duo’s blog
Edie’s Lab blog

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Posting interviews helps with your online networking skills....

A few years ago, I used to interview a lot of fellow vintage sellers and Etsy artists. It's a great way to get good content for your blog and it's also an excellent way to expand your online networking skills and meet a lot of really cool people.

All good bloggers need content. Content is what drives traffic to your blog. I don't know about you, but I tend to go through mental blocks where I don't know what I'm going to write about or post on my blog. Interviewing people is a great way to add that much needed content-and is also an excellent way to get to know other people in this HUGE world of ours.

Photo borrowed from the Graphics Fairy

I just started interviewing people again this year. I try to get at least three interviews per week to post on one of my blogs (I have two) as well as my team blog. Interviewing this time around has been amazing! I've met so many new people within the Etsy community. It's truly an amazing experience.

If you are looking to broaden your horizons and meet new people and drive traffic to your blog, I would recommend networking with other people online who you find interesting. Just ask them if they'd be interested in doing an interview for your blog and send them a link to you blog. Tell them you really like their stuff. The only thing they can do is say no. Who knows, once you've interviewed them, they just might return the favor.

Interviewing is also a great way for people to find out about you and what you have to offer as well. What I've found is that when I interview someone, they typically post the interview on their Facebook page, tweet on their Twitter and wherever else. I've had nothing but great experience and I've earned a few friends along the way.