Sunday, September 28, 2008
Since I opened my shop on Etsy (April '08), I have changed my way of thinking in several ways. I have now joined the ranks of those who find disdain in the mass produced. I am now willing to shell out extra bucks for handmade, one of a kind, high quality, small batch, sent-with-love purchases rather than finding something that a million others could have bought and then been disappointed at the shotty work of it.
I'm digressing, so let me get back to why I wanted to write this post in the first place: Craft Shows/Art Festival Banners. I am attending my very first all handmade extravaganza in a public scene on October 5th (Chop Suey, in Seattle!!), which is called I Heart Rummage. I needed a banner - but not a cheesy, blah-di-blah banner I have seen at fairs/festivals. I wanted something that reflected my shop and me a bit better.
Etsian to the rescue: soccerdad1. I put out an alchemy request and got some excellent candidates. Soccerdad1 provides an email proof so that all parties know what they are getting in a finished product. He had my gorgeous banner completed and shipped to me - in my hands - in less than a week!
I was able to have him create a banner in FULL COLOR, with my lovely peacock, my font and even my textured background (picture does not do it any kind of justice).
He will even put grommets wherever you need them. High quality materials and expert exectution...love it!
I know we have a ton of choices in Etsy-land and some of us have tried things from sellers that didn't quite meet our expectations...so I had to make sure I sang the praises of this great seller!
If you have a need for business cards, or a banner - check out his shop - you won't be sorry!!
Monday, September 22, 2008
I love the fact that some brilliant person came up with the idea of awareness ribbons. They are so subtle, but incredibly recognizable - I love that.
I had a customer ask me to create a custom piece for her for Food Allergy Awareness. This affliction has become more and more of an issue - especially among children.
I wanted to share this design with you and let those who have a loved one with a food allergy, that there is a way you can show your support with elegant style!
This piece is created using a stylized, sterling silver heart pendant that is hand stamped with your choice of words (this particular customer chose this beautiful phrase: Angels protect my son - that can be both a statement and a request!). You can choose to put your child's name - or anything up to roughly 18 characters.
A sterling silver, crystal encrusted teal ribbon is added to the piece and it hangs from a gorgeous 16" or 18" sterling, twisted serpentine chain. The price of the piece is $36 plus shipping.
Please visit my Etsy shop: http://theprettypeacock.etsy.com or email me directly : firstname.lastname@example.org to create a treasure for yourself.
I can also create awareness ribbon jewelry in the following ribbon colors (all of these are crystal encrusted ribbons):
~ Breast Cancer (pink)
~ Lung Cancer (clear)
~ Cancer Awareness (lavender)
~ Pregnancy and Infant Loss (blue and pink)
~ AIDS, MADD and Heart Disease (red)
~ Kidney and Leukemia (green - this ribbon has one single crystal)
~ Pancreatic, Thyroid, Alzheimers, Fibromyalgia, Cystic Fibrosis, Cancer Survivor (purple - this has one single crystal)
~ Support our Troops (yellow)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Here's a great list of different fair and festival sites:
www.castleberryfairs.com (info for New England region)
www.festivalnet.com (US and Canada)
www.sugarloafcrafts.com (handmade only)
www.jolaf.com - searchable database for juried shows
www.craftmasternews.com (AZ, CA, CO, ID, KS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WY)
www.smartfrogs.com (CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, DE, MD, VA - subscriber only access)
Monday, September 8, 2008
I love Etsy and all the incredible talent on it. I'm going to be featuring an artist that has either just started out or is well established - either way, they are fabulous, fresh, and FEATURED here!!! Show them some love!
Today I'm featuring Danielle from Onkie Bazoobie - a shop specializing in boutique style picture frames. I know all of us have had that perfect photo and no frame seems to do it justice, well, Onkie Bazoobie solves that problem! These frames are crafted seamlessly and with such unique style! You are sure to find the perfect one for the perfect pic!!
~ What’s your craft, how long have you been doing it and how did it start?
I make one of a kind, boutique style picture frames. I recently started listing within the last month. I started making frames because I had been searching for something to do at home that combines my need to be there for my two girls when they walk in the door from school and feeds my creative side at the same time....oh, and I love taking pictures and displaying them in unique frames so it was a perfect match.
~What’s new for the upcoming holiday season in your shop?
Since I specialize in picture frames and there will be lots of holiday memories to display, you will see lots of holiday frames including ones for Halloween, Christmas and Hanukkah.
~What’s your favorite item in your shop and why?
Probably my favorite item in my shop is my “Remember” frame that is embellished with over 160 crystals that I hand applied. It was made in honor of breast cancer awareness month for anyone who wants to commemorate a loved one who bravely and courageously lost their battle with this horrible disease. All of the proceeds on this frame and two others I made will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.
~ Do you think formal schooling in your craft helps or hinders?
I believe that anything that makes you better at your craft, whether it is proper schooling or just determination and trial and error, helps. Whatever you choose to do you have to love it so how you get to that point is really unimportant.
~ How do you keep your creative energy?
I personally get inspired by looking in magazines or on the internet or just being perceptive to what I see around me as I go about my day. I am surrounded by beautiful papers all day just sitting there waiting for me to make them into my frames so that is a great creative drive right there.
~ What are two of your favorite Etsy shops and why?
The Dreamy Giraffe because she has the cutest prints of paintings that she has done and even cuter little stories to go along with them that most people probably don’t read, but I'm a reader and I get a kick out of them. I also like Misha Ashton’s Shop because I LOVE photography and she has some of the most beautiful photographs I have seen so far.
~What are three tips you would give to new Etsians?
Well I don’t feel like I have any business giving people advice with the short amount of time I have been on Etsy, but the advice that I have been given that has really stuck with me is this: 1. List daily or at least a few times a week to keep your name on the top of the searches. 2. Get your name out there however you can. 3. Love what you do or none of this will be worth it!