Sunday, January 31, 2010

2010 Valentine's Day Collection

I've recently been busy making my Valentine's Day 2010 line, but even hard so, finding a day off in which there was good lighting to take pictures! I have finally listed all my heart items, just in time for February! So if you'd like to do some shopping for your valentine or buy some stuff for yourself to celebrate yourself, mention in your Message to Seller during Etsy checkout "Be Mine" and receive 10% your purchase of any Valentine's Day item listed in this post! Offer good through 2-14-10.

Heart of Glass Earrings
made with ceramic heart shaped beads and gold filled findings:

Poisonous Love Bottle Cap and Glass Tile Pendants, each with a complimentary chain:

Hot Lips Bottle Cap and Glass Tile Pendants:

Triple Stranded Heart Necklace
featuring a quote from Walden by Henry David Thoreau:

Have a lovely Valentine's Day!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Nico Designs: Home Decor, Crib Shoes, Totes, and More!

This month the EtsyBloggers are featuring our fellow member, Erika, of Nico Designs. She has been a member for nearly two years now!

I think what makes Erika stand out amongst the many other sellers of hand sewn items is not only her great talent, but her choice in fabrics as well. For example, check out this tote bag. While Christmas is over, it's not to early to shop for next year, especially since it's on sale! It shows off a mix of patterns in the stripes that blend perfectly together and a cute gift-giving snowmen fabric separated by a simple red ribbon.

How wild are these crib shoes? The Heidi Grace fabric was embellished with felt flowers and then was lined with flannel material. They are made without buttons, sequins, and seams with the safety of the child in mind. If only my feet were small enough...

This lady bug pin cushion, as well as other select items, will be shipped to you for free in her current sale which is ongoing for the next couple weeks!

Visit her blog!

It's a New Year...

... and the EtsyBloggers team is blogging about it. Given a choice between talking about 2009 or looking ahead to 2010 I chose to go forward, as this year will be much more exciting.

The fun begins with a late winter long weekend in Puerto Rico for a wedding. Unfortunately, I'll be going without my husband - but with a ride to the airport and a free place to stay, I couldn't pass the opportunity up. Plus I get to see a good college friend get married!

The highlight of the year will be in the late spring when we go to Ireland. We will have a little over a week there with a rental car bouncing around the southern part of the country and staying in bed and breakfasts, but our first night will be in a castle!

The remainder of the year seems unremarkable at this point. I'd like to climb at least 7 high peaks which will put me at a dozen, and of course Sister and I will have a party now that we have our Fire Tower Challenge badges in hand!

Now that I've gotten my first arts and crafts show out of the way, I hope to have another one under my belt in 2010. In a post holiday crash I have put jewelry making on a temporary hold. Time to get busy again...

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

CalKat Love

As a jewelry designer myself, I have great admiration for the work of CalKat. CalKat is actually a great duo, Kathy and Carrie, and they make one of a kind jewelry, beads, and pendants.

I especially admire their work with silver, such as this pendant on their Capricorn Zodiac Necklace. They carefully chose stones that are representative of the sun sign, complimenting the sterling silver pendant.

This gorgeous multistranded Citrine and Pearls necklace mixes citrine chips and ties in the matching sterling silver pendant with a faceted amethyst and citrine inlaid.

This bead is awesome! It is a bisque bead layered over several days with pure silver precious metal clay (PMC) striped with a 24K gold PMC swirl effect.

They have quite a variety in their shop such as book marks, bracelets, necklaces, and beads, each organized into sections of "love".

Check out what CalKat is upto on their beautiful blog, creatively designed with a great play list of music and useful widgets!