Thursday, November 29, 2007

Featured Artist: Dream On

Power Nap-Art Print

Mary from Florida is the artist behind Etsy shop DreamON. Being an artist from the time she could hold a crayon, she now cherishes the time she gets to spend doing art. Whether it's watercolor, acrylics, mixed-media, collage or whatever. She feels like she's been wired with an "Art Chip". She always loved to cut, paste, paint and draw from her earliest memories. Mary says "Creating art is what I do, it's built-in by my creator, He enables me, and I love it." At least she knows who to give credit to!!

As a general animal lover, and owner of two lazy cats, I love the print above. That looks about right for what my big fat orange cat does all day. I love the way she leaves it up to you as to what will happen as this scene carries out!

A Great Cup of Coffee

I love this piece, too. It's a fine art piece that measures 11 x 15. I am in the process of decorating my kitchen with "coffee art", and I may have to look into this one to add.

So go check out her shop and all her beautiful art and prints. And don't forget to go by and visit her blog ( as well for info on her art, as well as features on other artists.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Nursing Necklace

I'm proud of my new item that I've posted in my Etsy shop and added to my website in the Baby Boutique section. It's really pretty necklace that can be worn while feeding baby to give him something to play with other than pinching your arm or pulling your hair, and keeps him focused at the same time. It's made with pretty organza ribbon and glass beads, and the loop is knotted in one continuous piece to prevent the beads from being able to break off.

The necklace is made in a little longer length than average (about 20") so that baby can reach it, yet it is still light to wear. It has a lobster clasp closure.

More styles and colors to come, so keep checking back. Makes a great gift for a new mama that wants to keep baby happy while still looking stylish. Please feel free to contact me if there's a specific color combo you would like. You can email me at

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Featured Artist: Mommy and Me Boutique

Today's featured artist is Corline. She is owner of Etsy shop MommyandmeBoutique.

She has a WONDERFUL selection of aprons such as the one above. What could be more fun than being the "bell of the ball" in your flirtatious fun hostess apron. The 5 tier apron has been co-ordinated in black and white prints and tied at the waist with black grosgrain ribbon that has long ties that can be tied in the front or in the back with a darling bow if desired. 100% designer cotton is used and the apron is machine washable, cool, and tumble or hang to dry. So fabulous.Boutique Toddler Skirt

If her collections of adult and child aprons weren't cute enough, then there's skirts like these. I WISH I had seen this before my daughter's birthday party--it was a pink poodle/French theme and this would've been perfect.

So go check out her Etsy shop. And don't forget to check out her blog as well. You'll find all sorts of goodies such as adult/child aprons, baby items, blankets, amd more.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Featured Artist: Kreative Mindz

At Kreative Mindz, you will find some awesome handmade goodness...from Goddess Hair Wraps to Wooden Boxes...their mindz are always crankin' out new ideas!
They LOVE doing custom pieces for makes what they do even more enjoyable! Check their profile for complete custom order details and much more!

KreativeMindz is a company started a few years ago by Aly and Beau (a husband and wife team, supporting each other through love, laughter and creativity). An-G is one of Aly's best friends, who is a wonderful seamstress and enjoys sewing in her free time, when she isn't being a vet.

Rainbow Brite Goddess Hair Wrap

Aly stays home mostly with her 2 children (9 and 2), her husband and best friend, their 3 dogs and a cat. As someone that stays home with my 2 kids (ages 2 1/2 and 15 months), I understand how busy this can keep a mama. Aly tries to sew on a daily basis, even if it's only 15 minutes. She has been making clothes for many, many years (15 to be exact), and first started when she was 15 and made a patchwork skirt by hand for a show she was going to. As she got older she bought a sewing machine and began making clothes to support her traveling and music habit.

Their hair wraps (seen above) are named Goddess wraps because that is the way you will feel when your hair is all wrapped up in beautiful fabric! Whether you have short thin hair or big phat locks, this wrap is so versitile anyone could wear it!

Be sure to check out her Etsy shop, as well as her blog (

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Featured Artist: Sweet Irie

Pecan Sundae Fling Bracelet

Established in 2005, the Sweet Irie name came about from the newest addition to her family; her kitten, Irie. Her name means, supreme joy; quite fitting! She is the light of her life and the inspiration for her jewelry, as she likes to help her work! Although she admits Irie isn't much help. I know what she means, my cat Cheerio loves to sit on my desk while I work and just stares at me like beads and/or crochet is ancient Chinese kitty torture. Irie loves to play with the jewelry and balls of hemp she uses; stringing it all over the house (again, I understand b/c Cheerio carries around yarn like it's his baby). Needless to say, she now has her own stash of 'toys' lying around. Just as well, she has since moved on from making hemp jewelry and creates the beautiful handmade beaded designs you will see throughout her store.

Cherry Bomb Earrings

Her jewelry is absolutely beautiful. Plus, she's having a mega sale right now. If you buy any two items, you get the third for FREE!! If that's not incentive to go check out her shop, I don't know what is.

If you want to check out more about the artist behind Sweet Irie, you can check out her blog at
or she can also be found on myspace:

She is a proud member Etsy FEST (Florida Etsy Street Team)and Etsy Bead Street Team! Please check out the blogs for these groups for information and events:

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Cascade - Staci Rose Wood Petersite Tigereye
Jasper Carnelian Aragonite Turquoise Peridot Earrings

Staci was born in Portland, Oregon on February 4th in the middle of a blizzard and has been a force of nature ever since. She has been involved in the arts since she was five years old. She now lives in San Francisco and is busy expanding on her creativity. Staci is a self-taught artist and musician, and believes that every specially crafted piece she creates is intended for special individuals. I for one think that's important for an artist to feel that their vision for what they create is exactly what someone's looking for.

Check out the earrings above. They are absolutely beautiful for fall/winter with their rich colors. And at $12.99 they are very affordably priced as well.
She not only does jewelry, but her shop also contains items such as wine glass charms, Frames, paintings, and ceramic items such as this bowl. I wish I had the space and time to do ceramics. It always looks like such good therapy to be able to mold away and create something. Maybe I should do more polymer clay. You should go visit her shop for some great holiday gifts at reasonable prices. Don't forget to stop by her blog while you're browsing.

She is a proud member of:
WWAO - Worldwide Women's Art Organization
EBSQ - an art collective.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Featured Artist: Celtic Goddess Jewelry

AUTUMNEAST-Harvest Goddess Falling

Meet Andee Harston, shop owner of Celtic Goddess Jewelry. Art has always been prevalent in her life. She loves to draw, paint, sculpt, make jewelry, and most recently, photography. She is influenced by spiritual learning, nature and goddess and celtic imagery, and identifies very strongly with her celtic heritage. She is a Buddhist pagan living in the Orlando area.

They specialize in Celtic, Pagan, and Buddhist jewelry. Recently she launched Sacred Waters Bath on Etsy, which offers soaps in unique shapes and scents, bath tea and soon to be more items.

The beautiful headpiece above was constructed of mixed metals, pewter and sterling, amber, glass leaf beads and celestial crystal beads.

Purple Flourite and amethyst spiral
Celtis Choker

The spiral is an ancient symbol, many have theories about what it meant, but noone REALLY knows...This necklace is all sterling silver, amethyst and purple flourite.

Celtic Goddess Jewelry has been in business since 2002. Please check out their gallery website at, as well as their blog at

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Tortoise shell necklace and bracelet

Here are some new items added to my shop recently. I love these beautiful tortoise shell beads.
Don't forget you can have anything customized in my shop, so don't hesitate to ask, and as always, you can have fun building your own jewelry at my website by visiting

Featured Artist: Elle Belle

Cherries with Lime Pillowcase Dress

Stacey, creator of Elle Belle makes it easy to find handmade, boutique quality baby items that make being a Mom easier and more fun! She started it all when she and a few of her friends started making things for their own children and realized that even though they each only had one or two things they specialized in, colaborating was more fun and makes for a shop full of things they, and we all absolutely couldn't live without.

Check out the darling pillowcase dress above. Each pillowcase dress features ribbon ties at the shoulders that create an adjustable fun style that your little girl will get lots of wear out of. They are constructed from easy care designer cotton fabrics and not actual pillowcases so that they can be proportioned to fit from newborns all the way to size 4. These versatile dresses are perfect for any season. Wear alone on warm days or with a shirt underneath when it's cooler. Great for matching sister dresses!
And I have to promote these slings. I could not have done without mine, Although my son didn't really like being in it too much, I still wore him everywhere. However 17 months later when my daughter was born, she LOVED being in that sling. I'd take her shopping, or just about anywhere with it, and it made it much easier to chase my son around at that point. I highly recommend getting a sling if you have, or will be having a little one soon. They are live savers!!

So go check out her shop on Etsy, and while you're at it, go check out her blog, too! (

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Featured Artist: Summer Sea Herbs

Cold and Flu Care Organic Herbal Loose Tea

Making herbal products is an absolute joy Tracy of Summer Sea Herbs, and her love of Nature comes through in her work! She is a certified Herbalist with over ten years of experience healing with herbs. She makes her herbal products with the finest organically grown and ethically wild-crafted ingredients available. Why Organic? Because she believes that her products are truly better when she uses ingredients which have NOT been irradiated, treated with pesticides or sprays, and that your body and spirit needs good, clean energy! Making every product with only organic ingredients costs a little more, but she feels it's worth it!

Summer Sea Herbs is a small company, and Tracy personally makes all of her products in small batches, by hand. This ensures quality control and product effectiveness. With many years experience as a medical Herbalist, and many more as a practicing Green witch, all her products are made with great care and skill. Whether you want a delicious tea or need an incense blend to assist in magickal workings, you can be confident that she has taken great care in blending your item. All her medicinal and magickal formulas are tried and true, developed from the personal needs of her community over the years. She keeps her product packaging to a minimum, re-usable and recyclable, to have a low impact on the environment. It makes her very happy to help people through the use of herbs!

The herbal tea shown above that she has listed is something that we could all use this cold and flu season. I sure wish I had had me some before I got sick last week!! I'm finally getting over my mega cold. Plus, the proceeds of the sale of this tea goes towards a friend of hers to help pay for medical bills while she is fighting cancer.

Lucky Stars 100% Organic Loose Herbal Incense

The item above is a base of 100% organic herbs and resin, this blend contains Star Anise, Rosemary, Copal and others. This blend is charged to help bring the Fortunate possibilities swirling thru the Universe to you. Use in rituals and spells to enhance good luck, and fortify those wishes.

Go check out all she has to offer in her Etsy shop, as well as her blog (

Friday, November 16, 2007

Featured Artist: Liz Staley

Meet Liz Staley, artist, designer, crocheter, and fellow Etsian. She grew up in Baltimore, but now lives in Greenville, NC. Her mom got her into arts and crafts when she was really little (she wanted to help her paint ceramics when she was a baby, so mama would give her a paintbrush, a cup of water, and a rubber ducky). Ever since then she has loved to draw and create things.

Now, she loves doing art, crocheting, and is getting into making ACEO cards and sewing. She's been crocheting and drawing for years, and also loves to make button pins. She admits that she tends to go on what she likes to call "craft binges", where she'll make a whole bunch of a certain thing, so if you see long stretches of buttons or crocheted items in her listings, you'll know she's been on one! (sounds so familiar--I tend to do the same thing).

Check out the scarf above. Anyone who knows me knows that I loves me some fuzzy yarn. I've even started edging my crochet baby onesies in eyelash yarn to make them fuzzy and sassy. I wish it got cold around here for more than 2 days during the winter to wear scarves and hats all the time. You can find other fabulous things in her Etsy shop.

She is a self-proclaimed nerd and makes all sorts of great geekery. I love this necklace made from keyboard keys. She apparently shares my love of combining crochet and beads (yes, I consider keyboard keys to be beads, I always say beads can be made from almost anything imaginable) to make this choker, and also PINK!
NERD Keyboard Choker-Pink and Black

So, go check out her shop, and don't forget to check out her blog while you're at it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Featured Artist: Mineral Magic

Kellie Peterson of shop, Mineral Magic Cosmetics, is a Philadelphia based licensed cosmetologist. She takes great pride in her natural make-up line and offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

I have switched over to her mineral type make-up and can vouch for how much better it is for your skin than traditional make-up. I absolutely love it. As a very fair-skinned redhead (but no freckles) with sensitive skin, I have always had trouble with foundations, but this one is AWESOME!! The coverage is great and it looks natural because it is all natural. It’s a light makeup that contains SPF to protect your skin from sun damage. In fact, it’s so good, you can even sleep in it and it won’t adversely affect your skin.

But unlike other major mineral makeup brands, Kellie’s Mineral Magic Cosmetics do not contain Bismuth Oxychloride, a byproduct of lead mining that can cause skin irritation such as itching or break-outs in some women, and Kellie’s cosmetics are a fraction of the cost!

Starting with the first photo on top is the super sized Mineral Makeup Gift Set. It comes with a 30 gram jar of foundation, 10 gram jar of blush, two 10 gram jars of eye color, a 5 gram jar of concealer, and a 6 piece mini makeup brush set plus carrying case - all packaged in a beautiful blue organza bag.

As an occupational therapist, I love that Kellie has also included her son, Timmy, in her business. Timmy is nine and has Autism. She is teaching him about business and how to manage his money. So make sure to visit Mineral Magic Cosmetics and check out some of Timmy’s yummy smelly jellies, aroma ice beads and more!

Super Sassy Baby Onesies

I have been making these darling little crochet onesies for a while now, but it always bothered me that I couldn't think of a good way to embellish them. I tried putting some Swarovski crystals across the front for a little "bling", but it just wan't enough for me. So, I found some scrap eyelash yarn laying around and edged a onesie I had made with it. VOILA!!! I love the results. The yarn I use for the onesies is already super soft, and now the eyelash yarn makes it so silky soft and adds that touch of sass I was going for. I am very proud of them now. You can visit my Etsy shop, or Sparkly Strandz to order whatever color you want!! I have a red one with red eyelash yarn trim, and black buttons that looks like a little baby Santa Suit. You have to check out my baby boutique by clicking here. Don't forget about the little "blinged" baby nail clippers. Just what every baby needs.

Some new items in my shop

I've added a few new items to my Etsy shop. You can click here to visit my shop in general, or click on each picture to view that specific item.

Enjoy shopping, and remember that I have free shopping now through Christmas. If you see something you like but want it in a different color or length than what's posted, don't hesitate to contact me to make it what you want, or you can visit my Sparkly Strandz Website to have fun creating your own piece of jewelry by choosing color, length, etc from the drop-down menus.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Featured Artist: Lost Mitten

Today's artist is Lauren, and she creates all of the crafts found in the Lost Mitten Etsy Shop. She is mostly known for her original video game craft creations made from plastic Perler beads, pinback buttons, embroidery floss/needlepoint, yarn, and any other materials she can get her hands on!

I personally LOVE her shop and all the things she makes. I am, like, totally a child of the 80's and practially babysat myself by playing the original nintendo and atari games for hours. Ms Pac-Man, Mario, you name it. Ok, I still like to play those games on my old school gameboy when I have the chance.

I had to put this ring up. Gotta love the green 'shroom. I also make rings that are for sale in my shop, but mine might be considered a little boring compared to this!!

Since I'm still on a button kick, I wanted to post this bracelet. It's made from 1" buttons, and has a great retro look to it. Plus, as I've mentioned before, I love swirly things!! You can find this in Lost Mitten's shop for $10.

Pacman Perler Bead Card Holder

Go visit Lost Mitten's shop to browse through a great selection of whimsical buttons, card holders, magnets and more. Also, don't forget to go check out her blog. You'll be glad you did.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Featured Artist: JaJaJa

1960 Curtain Purse

Ja Ja Ja makes fabulous, fabric purses and bags, from recycled, new, old and vintage fabrics. The bags are unique, one of a kind, and made very well. Each bag has its own history or story, which they are glad to share with you.

The bag pictured above is made from a 1960's curtain, and a recycled pair of pants from the thrift store. It is so cute! What a great way to give something that would otherwise sit in an attic or be thrown out new life!

Ja Ja Ja was founded almost seven years ago. Their grandmother taught them to sew as they were growing up. Their clothes were always made at home. They share a love of creating, designing, recycling, and unique fabrics. They obtain their fabrics from yard sales, estate sales, antique shows, thrift shops, Ebay, fabric stores and wonderful donations. Recycling used fabric and embellishments is very important to the creation of their bags, and they enjoy giving new life to an old coat with stains and tears.

1970's Fabric with beads purse

Hurry and go get your Christmas shopping started!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Featured Artist: Creative Sundries

Original Collage ACEO Explore

Sarah and Carol is a mother-daughter/friend-friend team in Minnesota. They are the talent behind the shop "Creative Sundries". They originally started on Etsy as a de-stash effort, but it has grown into so much more! They are really enjoying being on Etsy. There are so many cool and nice people and it's so inspiring!They love being part of Etsy! They specialize in vintage treasures and unusual ephemera, as well as handmade ATCs, notecards, crocheted cuffs, and jewelry.

I love the little card pictured above. My husband works at NASA and our son's bedroom is done in a space theme, so I'm always looking for little bits of space art. This is a mixed-media one-of-a-kind collage on a vintage playing card, with text from a vintage science book, 60s dictionary, and 80s book about outer space. So cute.Crocheted Cuff Ribbon Yarn

I had to add this last item. I love jewelry, and I love crochet, so when you combine the two, voila, it's gotta also have some love!! (which is the reason my favorite necklace I make is my wire crochet necklace).

Check out all this dynamic duo has to offer, and also, don't forget to check out their blog:

Featured Artist: Kala

Original Mixed media canvas

Karen is a mixed media artist and illustrator from Cambridge in the UK and specializes in stationery, gifts and accessories for weddings and christenings. She also loves collage, illustration and textiles so you will find a bit of everything such as her artwork, prints and cards in her Etsy shop. I love the canvas pictured above. I think it's the shade of blue that is very mesmerizing!

Later, you'll be able to see her crafts and jewellery in her new shop Canvas-Pink Butterfly

I wish I had found this beautiful little butterfly before my daughter was born and i spent all my time trying to paint one myself. Trust me, I need to just stick to the beads....

Karen's main website is which is where she sells her stationery and gifts for those special moments in our lives! To see what goes on in her life visit her blog

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Featured Artist: Personal Treasures

Bold Smokey Quarts and Pearl Necklace

Meet Phyllis Mufson, a jewelry artisan and a creative career and small business coach. She started making jewelry while directing the Locks Career Center at Moore College of Art & Design, an inspiring environment where she worked with wonderfully creative people.

Now she works in her sunny living room where I talk with clients and have all of her jewelry equipment close at hand. Her design inspiration is her 23-story “bead condo” – clear, stacking sectioned boxes brimming with color-coordinated gold and silver, gemstones and pearls.
Bold Smokey Quartz Earrings

Earlier in her life she was a textile artist and that sensibility influences her designs. She's concerned with how the jewelry drapes and moves with the body. She's also inspired by her customers. In addition to her ETSY stores she sells through private jewelry shows so she gets to see how women respond to her jewelry. She talks with them about what interests them, and finds out which designs are particularly flattering to wear.

If you like Personal Treasures but are looking for something more simple or casual please visit her Mufi Jewels store at

You can learn more about her coaching practice at
She also has a blog where shes wries about creativity and creative people –

Friday, November 9, 2007

Featured Artist: Wanderlust & Pixiedust

Soldered Pendant

Valerie is an ex-flight attendant who misses her wings something fierce, and mother and servant to "several cheeky little poms". She loves antique and vintage everything. Clothing, jewelry, linens, textiles, anything beveled, books, ephemera, you name it. The older the better. In her spare time she likes to dabble in all things crafty. She has recently begun a blog of her own where she loves to share bits and pieces of the buried treasure she's collected over the years.

Check it out if you have the time:

I love doing these soldered pendants with personalized photos, however I LOVE the way others have an eye for vintage prints or art and can make a pretty, sassy pendant out of it (like the one pictured above). Check out the way she turns hers for a different look!

Blue and Copper Earrings

Her shop "Wanderlustnpixiedust" on Etsy has everything from vintage jewelry to supplies for making something sparkly that you already have, all for very reasonable prices.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

CAST Thanksgiving Trivia contest

I am a member of a Street Team on Etsy, called "CAST", which stands for Christian Artist Street Team. We're having a Thanksgiving Trivia contest, so visit this link for more information and to view the wonderful items that are up for prizes.

Click here to view contest questions and items

I have donated my "Revelation Bracelet" as one of the prizes. You can view or order this item on my home page, or through my Etsy shop. Each bracelet comes with a handmade scripture card that has the verse and meaning behind the bracelet, and is beautiful to give as a gift.

Featured Artist: AdrienneN

Adrienne is a mom of 4, wife and preschool teacher. She's the artist behind "Personality Plus Boutique" on Etsy. Browse through her shop to see a wonderful assortment of personalized tote bags, towels, and baby items. I LOVE the bag pictured on top. When my daughter is old enough to start carrying a tote around, she will definitely have this. Right now the bag is probably still bigger than she is, so it will have to wait a little while, but I know where to go!!

Karate Kid, Black Tote Bag
My friend Stephanie has a daughter in karate right now, and decided to try her hand in it herself, and I had to show her this bag. I told her it would be a great Christmas gift!

Andrienne is dedicated to bringing you unique, quality embroidered gifts at an unbeatable price! She loves to customize orders so if you want something specific let her know and she'll be able to let you know if it's do-able!
She also offers bulk pricing, so if you have a group that wants the same product (it still can be personalized with their name!) then let her know and she'll get you a quote.

Check out my blog for to see MANY options on what you can do with her products!
or her full webite

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Featured Artist: Kalicat

Large Sterling Silver Ring

Kalicat has trained in jewellery at Central St Martins and Hatton Gardens, in London. Mom of 2, she says: "I keep sane by painting and illustrating Fashion, jewelry-making and dreaming about all the things I will create in the near future".

Catherine started selling her Jewelry 5 years ago when a friend of a friend opened a boutique and asked to stock her designs. She recently decided to follow her passion to gemstones and precious metals as in addition to wire work, and crocheted Jewelry, she trained in metal work and silversmith at Central St Martins and Hatton Gardens (in London). Catherine has a keen interest in fashion and her elegant creations can be worn in formal or casual occasions.

You can find some of the latest designs on Etsy. Each item may be made in gold, sterling silver or base metal, with the stones of your choice when available. Kalicat loves custom orders just like me. She is willing to make anything special for you at all, with your choice of length, color, stones, etc. Just let her know!!

She is also a member of the Art Jewelry Collective
And is also a Self Representing Artist Jewelry Designer - SRAJD #0551

Friday, November 2, 2007

Featured Artist: Alaska Hot Doggies

Jodi Hughes, proprietor of Alaskan Hot Doggies, is a life-long Alaskan who loves to marble anything she can get her hands on. She works as an Application Analyst from her home in Anchorage where she resides with her husband of 16 years, Shawn; extended non-family-family, Anthony; and two hot doggies.

The Alaska Hot Doggies boutique focuses on hand marbled items, including both textiles and paper. She also occasionally dabbles in jewelry. The shared motivation for all pieces is color. Depending on the time of year, the material may change but the focus will always be the same.... COLOR! COLOR!! COLOR!!

Another Plastic Bubble Bangle

Check out this bracelet. I love it!! It is a leftover piece of plastic that she tried to marble. When she wasn't satisfied with the marble process, she turned the heat gun to it. Instead of just bending, the plastic bubbled then molded to form the bracelet. There are remains of orange and blue paint from the marbling process.

Alaska Hot Doggies is a proud member of the Etsy Fiber Arts Street Team.

You can visit her blog at: