Monthly Archives: December 2007

Lights… Camera…

One of my goals for Etsy and the new year was to streamline the photographs in my shop. Well, it’s not quite the new year, but I’m hoping I got an early start. I listed a couple of new items with a new photo style in my shop today. I think I like it better that my previous attempts. I miss the look of the satin as a background, but perhaps I can figure out a way to incorporate that, but for now, I think I’ll stick to what worked out this afternoon.

These were taken in my window as it was a bit too chilly (and I was a bit too lazy) to go outside to take them. Thoughts? Suggestions?

Hand Spun

One of my Christmas presents from my mom was a drop spindle and some roving so I can learn to hand spin my own yarn. While I have not anywhere near mastered the art of hand spinning… yet… I have mastered the art of shopping for roving on Etsy. My first purchase was from a fellow member of AREtsy, The Twisted Purl. I’ve been eying a couple of items from her shop but didn’t want to get ahead of myself and purchase the roving before I had a drop spindle. Rest assured, her roving was the first thing I purchased after Christmas.

I heard the mailman leave something at the front door today and almost tripped down the stairs to go see what it was. It was a package from Conway, AR! I was too excited to even be careful while opening it. Inside were the two things I ordered, some bonus hand painted roving, and some wonderful Etsy things. I’m telling myself that I must wait until I get better at spinning before making these into yarn, but it’s going to be hard to wait.

If you are into knitting or hand spinning your own yarn, I recommend visiting Cyndi’s shop – you won’t be disappointed.

Something for myself

I managed to finish all handmade Christmas presents by mid-afternoon yesterday. I rewarded myself with these fingerless wrist warmers. The pattern was very simple and I’m pleased with them. Of course, with all first attempts at patterns, I’ve made note of things to do differently on the next pair.

I met a lady in town today to pick up a pound of skirted, unwashed fleece. It’s beautiful and I can’t wait to get it washed and usable. I’m hoping to receive a drop spindle under the tree tomorrow so I can spin it into something wonderful to knit with. I’ll be updating everyone on my crafty gifts, so stay tuned.

I woke up yesterday morning with a bit of a cold (I can’t have a holiday without a cold, it’s inevitable). The cold medicines have made it a bit hard to want to finish baking and wrapping presents, but I must go on! Christmas is tomorrow and time is running out.

This evening I have allowed myself to take a break from the knitting and candy/cookie making marathon that today turned out to be. By marathon I mean that I spent all day doing those things and still didn’t finish. Aren’t marathons supposed to end with finished products? I know I’ll finish the brother and nephew gifts before Christmas, but they still hang over me, mocking my every move, taunting me with their words “I’m sitting here… unfinished… you can’t wrap me and put me under the tree unfinished…”.

I’m still enjoying my break, even if the unfinished projects loom over me. One of my brothers made it into town from Minneapolis in time for dinner this evening, so my sweet boy and I went out to the catfish place to eat with my mom and brother. I had plans to come home and do some more Christmas prep in the kitchen, but I didn’t. I curled up on the bed with my cat for a while, checked out the Etsy forums, took a LONG and very HOT bath, checked the Etsy forums again, and realized that I have a lot of Etsy work to do once the new year gets here.

My Etsy goals for the new year:
Streamline my pictures – make them look alike and get rid of the bad ones
Get new earrings in my shop (similar to the style at left)
Add a couple of wrist warmers and neck warmers to my shop
Post something new every three days (that won’t be too hard to follow… will it?)

That is all I’m going to commit to at this point. No need to set goals that I’m not going to follow. The new year will also bring thoughts of my spring gardening, so I need to make sure and leave time for that.

I’ll leave you all with something gorgeous. The UPS man came to my house today with a package from Kerrville, TX – home of James Avery Jewelry (started in 1954 by James Avery and while it’s quite the operation now, I think it’s still handmade stuff). These amazing earrings were a Christmas present from my best friend. I can’t wait to wear them and I can’t wait to make some ear wires similar to the ones on these.

Slightly off topic

I’m warning you, BeadedBombshell introduced me to embedding YouTube into blogs today…

Okay, I think I mentioned that this blog was dedicated to crafting and baking… or maybe just crafting (I can’t remember) BUT I need to take a post to leave the norm and discuss something just as dear to my heart… if not a bit more. Music. The one thing about Christmas after the meaning and time with family and friends that really gets me going is Christmas music. I love it all, traditional, modern, slightly off kilter, it’s all great to me. A few years ago my favorite band, Barenaked Ladies, released Barenaked for the Holidays. It’s great, there are Christmas songs and Hanukkah songs (hence the “Holidays”). It’s not too traditional…

Ah, Steven Page… if I were single (and he wasn’t married with children), I’d go find him for myself.

And speaking of not too tradition, I also have a thing for Tran-Siberian Orchestra. I saw them in concert a few years ago and had the chance to see them again this year, but the weather Gods were against me this time. So a video to get me through until next year (not the best quality, but it shows the show pretty well)…

And just because they deserve one more clip…

Ignore that it isn’t Christmasy and ignore the pleated shorts and man vests… it was the 90s, we all had a hard time back then. And to prove that this really does have something to do with artistry and crafting, I present to you a drawing by Kevin Hearn, their keyboardist/accordion player/mandolin… and whatever else he’ll pick up to play:


Hopefully I’ll be back to crafting and blogging about it tomorrow.

I’m weak


“Outstanding” from 12fifteen.etsy.com

Recently I found myself weak and at the mercy of good marketing techniques. I feel safe when I see something that says “only 100 prints made”. 100 gives me plenty of time to wait it out, decided if I want to buy it, test the waters to see how fast they are going. However, when “only 100 prints made” changes to “only *some number less than 10* left” my safety goes out the window. Now it is only a matter of time before it sales out… what if 10 people who wanted this item very much all decide to buy one RIGHT now.

I’ll tell you what happens, you buy something.

I bought the original inspiration behind Winter Trees the other day. It came in the mail on Saturday and it’s wonderful. The print is even lovelier in person and the packaging was supreme. I even got a couple of holiday cards out of the deal, I’m a sucker for freebies.

I also found myself quite weak at the book store tonight. I bought a couple of knitting books. Not patterns or techniques, but actual read before bed kind of books. Both by Stephanie Pearl Mcfee. I got Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off and At Knits End (also by McPhee). I’m really looking forward to some reading as soon as I’m done with these Christmas gifts!

Merry Christmas to me.

I’ve been a good girl this year. Most Everything I’ve bought or made since two days after Thanksgiving (the day after was a moment of weakness and I bought too much for myself) has been for Christmas gifts to give away. However, I received some wonderful goodies in the mail yesterday and sat down at my workspace this evening and made these…
I bought some felted beads from Burtonwood Studios and some sterling wire and a very hand device to make earring hooks from Glitter Critter. I bought both with the intention to make earrings. After a quick trip to buy a few more sterling supplies at the local craft shop, I sat down to get to work. I have to say, I overestimated how easy it would be to make these. It’s not easy to thread soft metal through these felted beads but I do believe the end result was worth it. I can’t wait to wear these around. Too bad it looks like I’ll be stuck inside knitting and baking tomorrow due to the impending winter weather… WAIT, that’s not bad. Bring on the snow.

In the Mailbox

Despite the dreariness of the situation I found myself in tonight (walking down a wet driveway, crossing the cold wet street, getting my gloves wet from my SOAKING wet mailbox) I found a wonderful surprise in my mailbox. The package instantly cheered me up. It was soft and squishy and I knew JUST what it was.
I had purchased some hand spun yarn from SDSpin last week. I found it on the gift guides and the price was great. I snatched up two orders and think… no, I know I’ll be going back for more.
98% of me wants to jump right in and knit something with it immediately, but 2% of me says “slow down, find a pattern that you love, don’t rush this”. You see, this is only my 2nd and 3rd skeins of hand spun yarn (first skein is waiting on a project too) and I’m just amazed by how beautiful it is. Sure, I’ll still purchase the economical acrylic fashion yarns from the local craft store, but I think I’ve found a new addiction.

And then this goes to…


This handmade pendant – not yet in my Etsy shop – goes to Recycled Ideas. I found her blog, Field Notes from an Evolutionary Psychologist, through the PIF I took part in last week. I love her shop and hope she likes what I’ve designed just for her.

I like this so much that they just might show up in my shop soon.

I had big plans tonight to do a couple of bracelets (I still have time for that I suppose) and start another scarf, but here I am, 8:00 PM, blogging. *sigh*

My Etsy Artist of the Week: Pensive Rabbit

My sister recently introduced me to a store on Etsy that has since turned into one of my favorite shops. Pensive Rabbit is fairly new at needle felting, but her items are truly beautiful and all one of a kind. If you follow my blog, then you know needle felting is something that has really peaked my interest lately, and this seller has peaked it even more.

The needle felting in her Etsy shop currently consists of pendants, bracelets and pins, but she did have the lovliest Christmas ornament before it was shipped off to someone else. I’m hoping she has more of those for next Christmas!

She also has some amazing items made from vintage buttons that can be fashioned into a number of items to suit your fancy.
And from a recent interview she did:

“How did you get into your craft? I can’t remember a time before I was drawing or making things. My Barbies always had really unique *cough* outfits! My mother wasn’t artsy but she was fearless about tackling projects around the house like refinishing furniture and upholstering the powder room. That really made an impression. It just never occurred to me not to try things. I love to experiment and I love computers. Until this past summer, I hadn’t done much for about ten years so I’m still scraping the rust off!

Where does your inspiration come from? Almost everywhere! Nature figures big. I love looking really closely at plants and animals. Just amazing! Other artists inspire and challenge me, especially the incredible talent on Etsy. Oh, and I just LOVE color. Sometimes I see a gorgeous, saturated color and wish I could swim in it.”

In short, you won’t be dissapointed with this artist- so everyone hurry over to her Etsy shop: PensiveRabbit.etsy.com or over to her blog to read her “Musings on Etsy, indie design and other goodies” – The Thicket

I hope you enjoy this artist as much as I do!

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