Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Moo Crew Feature

This week's featured shop, Elegance For You, has got a great selection
of beautifully made jewelry with variety that's sure to please.
Click any image to visit this shop!

1) Tell us about your work and what drew you to it!

I have always loved jewelry even as a child. I decided that it was getting expensive and frankly, sometimes I could not find that piece of jewelry that I was looking for or the size that I needed. So, I decided to take a jewelry class so that I could start making my own jewelry. Turned out that I liked making it so much that one day a friend of mine asked if I could make something for her and that she would pay me. At the same time, another friend of mine wanted me to show her how to make jewelry so that we could start doing craft shows and sell our jewelry. The rest is history!!

2) What is most enjoyable about your work?

I love the fact that I can be as creative as I want to be and that nothing is off limits. It also is an escape from everyday life. (My boys 10 and 6, and my office job)

3) What is your biggest challenge?

Being able to stay creative, I have good days and bad days. I take advantage of the good days. Just last night, I had an inspiration and ended up with five pair of earrings and three pendant necklaces. It was a good night.

4) How are you inspired?

Everday life, nature, especially the changing seasons. I also look at magazines for trends as well as beading magazines. I'm always happy to learn a new technique.

5) Apart from creating, What do you enjoy?

Well, I love shopping, cooking, baking, and spending time with my husband and two boys, who are ten and six. I recently joined my kids PTA group . I am very passionate about their education and making sure they have all they need to be successful in life.

7) What is your most cherished handmade item?

A pair of earrings that I made for myself, surprisingly they were made with a free item that I received from ordering from Fire Mountain Beads!

8) Is there any rule you can't help but break?

Yes, not matching my jewelry exactly to what I'm wearing. Some days I just want to be a rebel.

9) What could you never live without?

Beads, beads, beads, cable TV, and malls.

10) Tell us your top five!!

Music Rob Thomas, Marroon 5, Pink, Michael Buble, Carrie Underwood, and Kelly Clarkson.

Books Harry Potter series, Twilight series, The Da Vinci Code, and Angels and Demons.

Movies: When Harry Met Sally, Pride and Prejudice ( the one with Colin Firth), Emma (with Gweneth Paltrow), Harry Potter and Twilight.

11) Besides Etsy, where can your work be found?

A shop called Oniomania. Click here to visit their site!

I'm working on getting into some boutiques.

12) Do you have any current or ongoing specials?

I do have specials for my Facebook fans and Twitter followers. They vary from a free gift with purchase of free shipping. I announce them periodically so be sure to fan or follow me to take part!

13) Do you have any upcoming shows?

I currently have one show coming up on October 10th from 9am-3pm at Our Fathers Lutheran Church located at 6023 S. 27th Street in Greenfield, WI.

In celebration of this feature, Elegance For You, is having a giveaway!
One lucky reader will receive a $10.00 gift certificate good for any item in shop!

To enter, simply visit Elegance For You,
then leave a comment on your favorite item!

Lots of luck, everyone!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Show and Tell Monday – Team Wist K’s

I almost forgot to post today, but alas, I am here!  We are off to meet the K’s of Team Wist today…KimsCrafyApple, KittyGrrlzHandKnits, KittyGrrlzHandSpunYarn, and kjcreationsstudio

We’ll take our first stop at KimsCrafyApple (aka… me!) where one can find baby clothing, quilts, bags, ACEO’s, Hoodies and More!

il_430xN_92722184 Across the Nation String Quilt – Lap Size

Here’s what you can learn about me when you read my profile:

I am currently a stay-at-home-mom of two small baby girls, recently retired from my full time job as a civil engineer. I have been creating things my entire life and whenever possible, I choose to make my own instead of buying something. The name of my store comes from the fact that I am part of a family-owned and operated apple orchard. When I first started dating my now-husband, his family let me display my jewelry in the apple store. It went over better than I ever expected and I have continued to create things to sell during the apple season.

I am also proud to sell a few items made by mother-in-law, Diane, and my sister-in-law, Karma. I lucked out when I married into an extremely talented family! The long-arm quilting on many of the quilts you see here was done by my aunt-in-law, Barb, from www.QuiltsbyBarb.etsy.com. Make sure you check out her shop for more amazing quilts!

The next stop on today’s journey will be from KittyGrrlzHandKnits, unique and one of a kind hand knits,  and KittyGrrlzHandSpunYarn, unique and colorful hand spun yarns of all types. 

il_430xN_47170158 Neon Holiday Hand Knit Hand Spun Art Cowl/Neckwarmer warm winter gift

il_430xN_89147681 FunctionArt - Masquerade - HandDyed HandSpun Merino Wool Art Yarn 76 yards 3 oz

And here’s what Bobbi’s profile says about her:

I'm a librarian, and a knitter! I make hand knit items with luxurious, fun & funky yarns! I learned how to knit at the DIY Trunk Show in Chicago in 2004 . . . it changed my life! :) I love to knit as it is calms me and focuses my attention. I prefer to knit with the funkier yarns, and tend to stay away from your basic yarns. I have a cat named Bug Juice.

Our last stop on our journey through the K’s of Wisconsin is at kjcreationsstudio – unique jewelry by Kim J Ingersoll.

il_430xN_69387477 Sand Dollar Necklace with Chalcedony - Beach Treasures

I learned a lot of fun things in Kim’s Profile!

Ever since I bought a bag of old beads at a local rock & gem shop in 1988, I have been passionate about all things Beady. Each bead, whether nature or human-made is a miniature work of art in itself. Those little 'holey' things just fascinate me!
I used to be a practicing Pharmacist, but since fibromyalgia has entered my life, my love of art is even more important to me. This illness has put things in a new perspective for me - I value Life, other people, & the world around me more then ever!
I am fortunate to live in the country among the beautiful hills and valleys of the driftless area in SW Wisconsin. This area has a large number of organic farms, and folks here steward the land with care. Both the Natural & Spiritual worlds bless me with inspiration in my creative designs.
I love exploring new techniques & materials in my evolution as an artist. My father was an artist, and his legacy to me is the passionate love of form & color, and attention to detail. I have been creating jewelry for many years & was happy to discover Etsy as another venue to sell my works. Each of my pieces is infused with Heart & Love (and a smile :)
Most of my pieces are one-of-a-kind. I hope you enjoy my works as much as I have enjoyed making them. My sincere wish is that each piece will bring enjoyment and find the right home.
My various other interests are: gem & color symbolism, herbs, history & ancient cultures, jazz drumming & percussion, sky watching, and pastel drawing (I also love to create Mandalas - another shop, another time ...)
I love the forest, chocolate, and sharing a good laugh!
I am happily married to a loving and supportive husband who always has encouraged me in my Art. Thanks for keeping me sane & happy, Jack! :)

Have a great week and tune in next week for the L’s of Wisconsin!


♫It’s the most COLORFUL time of the year!♫ Yes folks, it’s October in Wisconsin and Mother Nature is just beginning her grand finale of color before the snow begins to fly. We think this is the perfect time to have an Octoberfest "Sale-a-bration" and share the joy that Autumn in Wisconsin sparks by offering some special discounts!

So what exactly are we offering, you ask? Beginning October 3rd, simply click on the links of the participating Wisconsin Street Team Etsians below to discover what items each shop has on sale, the discounts they’ve applied to these items, and/or whether or not free shipping is available. Each shop owner is uniquely inspired by the beauty of October, so you’ll have to take a peek at each shop to see the specials being offered on their skillfully handcrafted items. Could be free shipping . . . 10% to 20% off . . . a free gift . . . or . . . ?

This Octoberfest Special runs from Saturday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 11th but you can get ready for the big event by checking out the Etsy shops below and marking your favorites today! It’s the perfect opportunity to get a jumpstart on that holiday shopping!

Apollo Hills Crafts
Authentic Arts by Jenny Hoople
Bead Lola Bead
Chapman Handmade (marinatina)
Country Soaps by Marlene
Crafty Pigeon
Dakorah Designs
Dakorah Gardens
Fabric House
The Fancy Tail
House of Gourds
ImagIn desIgn
JLW Products
Janel’s Sewing and Stuff
Jen Hough
Jenny Blasen Pottery
KJ Creations
Le Bella Donna Della Mia Mente Soapworks
Little Dandelion Studios
Mirasol Farm
Odd Stuff By Xanthe
The Painted Daisy
Pattibears Place
Perfect Paper Shop
Prettifications. by cynthia
Pretty {much} Art
So Passe
Stonepine Studio
The Vintage Flirt
Whimsy House
Winged Woman Art
ZenithJade Creations

Friday, September 25, 2009

Bargain Hunter: Friday Sept 25

Since many of our Wisconsin Etsy sellers are gearing up for the big Octoberfest sale coming up October 3 - 11th, I only have a couple bargains to report for this weekend. Be sure to check back next week for the "Octoberfest Specials" post to find information on upcoming sales in many of our Wisconsin Etsians shops!

www.kjcreationsstudio.etsy.com is having a RECESSION SPECIAL with 20-30% off all jewelry! "We are all in this together...."

www.wingedwomanart.etsy.com has a CLOSEOUT SALE with up to 50% off all wire pendants and necklaces. Be sure to check out her new jewelry line too!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

On The Road: September 24, 2009 Edition

Look who’s hitting the road this weekend!

Casey McGee, of Mirasol Farm, will be at Afton Art in the Park in Afton, Minnesota this Saturday (10am to 5pm) and Sunday (11am to 4pm), September 26th and 27th. Mirasol Farm will be offering their delightful collection of organic soaps, creams, lotions, balms and bath oils at this two-day, outdoor fine-arts fair on the St. Croix River.

If you’re going to be in the area, please stop by and say hello!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Moo Crew Feature

Our featured shop this week is KJ Creations Studio!
You will not be disappointed with this shop's stunning bead work and design.
Click any image to visit KJ Creations.

1) Tell us about your work and what drew you to it!

I picked up a bag of seed beads at a local rock and gem shop. That was over 20 years ago, and I've been immersed in the bead world ever since! Beads are little portable works of art that bring together color, imagination, creativity, symbolism and the energy to create them. I'm acutely aware of the natural resources it takes to make a bead. Making beads is energy intensive - (mining stone, drilling holes and melting glass, for example) so I try to honor that in my work. I appreciate the time, sacrifice, and ingenuity it takes to create the most humble bead.

2) What is most enjoyable about your work?

Bead work gives me total freedom to play with an infinite variety of color and form. I'm never bored! I also really enjoy creating that special custom piece for someone and seeing their smile!

3) What is your biggest challenge?

Finding time to create while also running a business and a household. I keep a sketchbook handy for those moments of free time for my ideas. I have too many ideas and not enough hands! Right now we are planning to move this winter, so making time is a bit more difficult now.

4) How are you inspired?

I've always been a color junkie, so the beauty of nature always makes it juicy. Walks in the woods, the color of a butterfly's wing, the cloud shapes in the sky all inspire me. I also like to check out fashion magazines and other artist's work for new techniques and ideas (never copying them of course!). I've also studied gem and color symbolism, so my work can express meaning as well as beauty. Lately I've been exploring the idea of the machine world in relationship to the natural world. Maybe I'll call it eco-steampunk. : )

5) Apart from creating, what do you enjoy?

I love being outdoors - camping, walking in the woods, and gardening. I like to cook with herbs that I have grown. I enjoy curling up with a good book. I also love long conversations with my mate about life, the universe and everything.

6) What is your most cherished handmade item?

I have an amazing wire work piece from a friend that tragically died of AIDS years ago. I have never seen anything else like it. It reminds me that there is always more to learn and to appreciate each day given to us.

7) What could you never live without?

Coffee, chocolate, laughter, and books!

8) Tell us your top five!

zaplecion's amazing wirework

Colour Lovers, a site for creating color palettes and sharing them with others - FUN!!

Beads on Sale, a great site for nice gemstone beads at good prices

Brassologie, a great source for brass findings, right next door in Galena, IL

Zoa Art - Great mixed metal cast pieces

9) Besides Etsy, where can your work be found?

Right now, I'm only on Etsy. I am planning on hitting a couple shows next year near my home in SW Wisconsin.

10) Do you have any current or ongoing specials?

I'm having a 'recession special' sale that is ongoing. 20-30% off all jewelry in my store. We are all in this together...

Tutorial Tuesday -CD Case Frame

Yes another photo idea!
I love paper and using my family photos around the house.

I didn't invent this idea but I wanted to show how easy it can be
to make a fun changeable photo frame.


Empty CD jewel case -just pop out the plastic insert that holds the cd

Decorative papers

Scissors and Ruler (paper trimmer would be easier)


Photos -cropped and trimmed

2 strong magnets

E6000 glue


*Cut your papers to fit the inside of the frame
(just a smidge smaller than 4.75 x 5.5 inches)

*Glue photo and papers

*Glue magnets to the back of the frame

*When dry, just pop in the papers.

magnets on the back

on the fridge

You can rotate the photo you see each day. More photos can be added and updated with ease. Each CD case holds 6-8 photos depending on if you decide to embellish them. There are tons of great ways to add to your photos. Walk through a scrapbook store and drool! *grins*
The more you add in extras, the less photos that will fit.

This is perfect for the office, especially for a cubicle dweller. The frame can sit on the desk (if there is room) or it can hang by the magnets.

There are many other variations of this idea online. Here are just a few:



or make it into a calendar with personal photos



Monday, September 21, 2009

Show and Tell Monday – Team Wist J’s – Part IV

This is the last show and tell feature for the letter ‘J’. I’m sure you’re all ready to move onto the K’s (don’t worry…next Monday) but there’s still two fabulous shops to stop by at: jreneedesign and Julie B’s Jewels. First, we’ll check out what jreneedesign has to offer.il_430xN_21319496Medium Lux Tuck Tote Bag – Red Bees

You can currently find bags, corsets, and signature satchels for sale at her shop. Here’s what I learned about her from her profile:

I grew up loving to create, and ended up with two degrees in fashion design. After a couple of years spent with my second love, knitting, I've come back to my first love, clothing and accessory design.
All of my items are designed and all of the patterns are made by hand by me.

Onto the final stop in the world of J’s in Wisconsin: Julie B’s Jewels! Here you can find a wide variety of stunning jewelry.

il_430xN_57008423Mother of Pearl-multi strand necklace

And I learned something interesting from reading her profile:

I love to make jewelry!!! Who would have thunk it. I worked on helicopters at one point in time and I am still twisting wires...LOL. I have the best husband in the whole world. He is very supportive of my craft.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the shops I’ve featured today! Tune in next week for the ‘K’ shops!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Bargain Hunter: Friday, Sept. 18

Butterfly NecklaceDazzled Beader Designs

Just a couple Wisconsin shops with sales this weekend...be sure to check them out!

All sterling silver butterfly necklaces on sale for just $20. Rainbow crystal, pearl and blue crystal available at Dazzled Beader Designs.

Closeout sale on all wire-wrapped pendants and bent-wire necklaces...up to 50% off! Making space for new metalwork jewelry at Winged Woman Art.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

On the Road: Thursday, September 17, 2009

Look who’s hitting the road this weekend!

Amber Roelfs, of Imagin Design on Etsy, and with an Imagin Design Website, will be at the
2009 Willy Street Fair
in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday September 19th from 2pm to 9pm (on the 900 block of Williamson Street), and on Sunday, September 20th from 11am to 7pm (on the 800, 900 and 1000 blocks of Williamson Street). Music, food, arts and crafts, parade and largest community-based raffle are all part of the experience. Amber will be selling the sunsets she recreates using oil paints on old windows along with her recycling art. Amber specializes in the design of creative accessories using recycled juice bags, magazine pages, animal food bags, wine corks, beer coasters, tshirts, fleece, sweaters, records, printed reel stock, and coffee bags. Her motto is "don't re~fuse, re~use!

Jean Hames, of Magic Genie Crafts, will be at the 35th Annual Holy Hill Arts and Crafts Fair in Hubertus, Wisconsin on Saturday September 19th from 8am to 5pm. There will over 230 artists and craftsmen presenting their work in a beautiful setting. Jean will be selling her doll clothes for American Girl, Bitty Baby and My Twinn Dolls brand dolls, along with her “Daughter & Doll” matching aprons that can be personalized.

Stephanie Schauer, of Pretty {much} Art, will be at the 17th Annual Maple Fall Fest in Marshfield, Wisconsin on Saturday September 19th from 9am to 5pm and Sunday September 20th from 10am to 4pm. There will be over 200 arts & crafts booths, Amish specialties, food court, beer garden, bingo, kids games, live entertainment, pancake breakfast both days, demonstrations, syrup judging, contests and more. Stephanie will be selling her nature inspired illustrated/digital prints, stationery (Christmas cards!), bookmarks, coasters, magnets, and pendants.

Katherine Sabelko, House of Gourds will be at the Amery Fall Festival in Amery, Wisconsin on Saturday September 19th from 9am to 3pm (one block off Main Street on Central Avenue), and will have the painted handmade birdhouse gourds, sculptured rocks, jewelry, paintings, hand painted tiles, potato cookers, poison ivy soap, etc. for sale.

Anna D’Amato of Eleganceforyou will be at the Bavariann Inn at 700 W. Lexington Blvd. in Glendale, Wisconsin on Sunday September 20th from 10am to 2pm. Free admission!

Kim, of Kim’s Crafty Apple and The Apple, will be at her Lapacek's Orchard in Poynette, Wisconsin, offering apples, jewelry, hand-dyed clothing, quilts, bags, hooded towels and so much more!

If you, too, will be hitting the road this weekend, be sure to stop by, say hello and tell 'em the Moo Crew sent you!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Handmade Christmas Ornament Swap

Please take a look at this previous blog post and sign up for our swap.
The more the merrier!


My son made me the cute ornament above :-)

And the winner is...

The winner of Designs by Lynette's gorgeous Chiffon Cascade Scarf is Carrie!
Carrie said, " Beautiful creations".
Thanks so much for all the comments and congratulations, Carrie! Please contact Lynette for more details of how to collect your prize.

Our winners are chosen using the random number generator at Random.org.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Moo Crew Feature

Beryl Blue is our featured shop this week.
Click the images throughout our interview to see what Beryl Blue has in store!

1) Tell us about your work and what drew you to it.

I took a roundabout path towards making jewelry. A few years ago, my dad was seriously ill and in the hospital in November and I was extremely busy with work. I needed to think of some kind of small holiday gift for friends. I thought of wine charms - to go with a bottle of the wine my husband and I had brought back from our honeymoon in Northern California. But the charms I saw were so expensive. So, I decided to make them while I was in the hospital waiting room. I realized that wine charms looked a lot like earrings, so I made a few pairs. Of course, then I needed to make a necklace to go with them. So, it was kind of an organic process and now, I love it.

2) What is most enjoyable about your work?

I love the creative process. I especially love working with natural stones and silver. Silver is like a blank canvas to me - it goes with everything. The fun part is bringing home some new gemstones and experimenting with new combinations of stones and glass and silver. Also, learning a new technique is great fun. I'm currently dabbling with precious metal clay and wire wrapping - the possibilities are endless.

3) What is your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge is finding enough time to work on my jewelry and my store. Like most Etsians, I have a day job and other responsibilities, so sometimes just carving out some creating time is very challenging.

4) How are you inspired?

I'm inspired by the materials and colors of the stones. There is so much beauty in the stones themselves and my inspiration is figuring out a new or better way to bring out the beauty in the stones or glass in my jewelry.

5) Apart from creating, what are you passionate about?

I am a sports freak. I love to watch almost any kind of competition, hopefully involving a ball of some kind. I'm very fortunate to live in a city with a major university. There are more options for watching/ playing almost any kind of sport. I also love animals in general and my dog and cats in particular. I'm very excited about training my German Shepherd, Kaiser, to compete in agility. I can combine my love for sports with an activity with my dog. The best of all possible worlds!

6) What is something you've always wanted to try, but haven't yet?

I've always wanted to try snorkeling. I'm not a really strong swimmer so it's a little intimidating but the photos you see are incredible.

7) What is your most cherished handmade item?

My husband's grandmother gave us one of her paintings as a wedding gift. As she passed away a few months after the wedding, it is that much more special.

8) Is there any rule you can't help but break?

I can't follow the directions in a recipe. I always have to change something. Sometimes the results are good, and sometimes not so much. : )

9) What could you never live without?

Books. I have loved books since the day I got my first library card in second grade. My bookshelves are always overflowing.

10) Tell us your top five!

It's always changing. I recently saw The Lives of Others - what a fascinating movie. I love to see movies or read books that make me think about things in a different way.

11) Besides Etsy, where can your work be found?

Nowhere yet. I'm working on the possibility of getting my jewelry in a local shop or two. I'll post the details in my Etsy shop announcement and on the Facebook page I'm working on.

12) Do you have any current or ongoing specials?

I offer a 10% discount when you follow me on Twitter.

I also have a 10% discount for all return customers with a coupon code they receive after purchase.

13) Do you have any upcoming shows?

I hope to be participating in two shows in November. One in Madison, Wisconsin and one in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Check my store announcement in the next month for details.

Beryl Blue is having a giveaway!!
Winner will receive their choice of any pair of earrings!
To Enter, just visit Beryl Blue's shop
then come back to leave a comment about your favorite item.
The winner will be chosen randomly next Wednesday.
Good luck!

Book Review: How to Restore and Repair Practically Everything

How to Restore & Repair Practically Everything by Lorrain Johnson

If you're like me, you've picked something up at a garage sale that you can't resist. "With a little TLC it will be better than new," you convince yourself! With the help of this book, How to Restore & Repair Practically Everything, you can get that job done!

This book is considered a classic in the field of restoration, and was first published in 1977, with a revised edition published in 1984. It has since been reprinted seven times through 1995, and is still a valuable source of information on materials and methods used in restoring items ranging from stained glass, wicker, caned and basketry items and even restringing pearls.

The book begins with an information section describing tools and their uses, and then moves onto the specifics under the different categories. In the furniture section, decorative finishes are covered and include gilding, faux marbling, using metallic powders, natural oils and clear finishes, just to name a few!

I have personally used this book to repair the joints on some oak chairs I got at a garage sale and to repair the cane seats, fix a picture frame, repair an old fishing creel basket and to repair a hole in the corner of an old black and white print I found at a garage sale that I loved. I have also used it's guidelines to repair a broken piece of pottery, and to clean and repair jewelry. All were successful, and the tips I found in this book were very helpful.

The step by step instructions are illustrated with easy to understand illustrations and diagrams. The measure of this book's worth is that I have used it. So must have many of the others who have purchased this book since it first came out over 30 years ago! A true classic, and useful to boot.

This book is available at Amazon.com both used and from the used booksellers beginning at around $4.00. It may also be available at your local library.

The book review feature runs every other Tuesday. Contact Mimi at mfr@thousanddreams.com if you have suggestions or would like to submit a review for the blog.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Show and Tell Monday – Team Wist J’s – Part III

Welcome to another addition of Show and Tell.  We’re heading into part III of the ‘J’ members of etsy team wist:  jill2day and jlwproducts will be featured today!

Our first stop is at jill2day’s shop where one can find some one-of-a-kind refashioned, reconstructed clothing.  Eco-friendly, one-of-a-kind, comfy, warm each of these garments are reconstructed from recycled sweaters. Each grows out of the moment and materials and no two will be alike. Enjoy - they are easy care and easy fit!


Here’s what I learned from Jill’s profile:

(If you want to know more about me after reading the below information, please go to my blog at: www.jill2day.blogspot.com)

After years of creating fun stuff for family and friends and designing graphics for clients and employers, I have decided to create fun stuff for everyone!

My sweaters came from the love of textures and cuddley sweaters - and the lack of patience to knit the unique sweaters I wanted to wear! I started experimenting with using some of my quilt piecing techniques to make new sweaters out of old ones. Since then, new techniques (and new machines) have made producing them both structurally better and more efficient.

Several years ago I dusted off my old sewing machine and found the joy in making art quilts and clothing. Many of my quilts have been in shows and homes across the nation, but there are only so many beds and walls for quilts. I decided it would be much more fun if my quilts were seen walking down the street and if people could wrap themselves in them all day instead of just at night! So my jackets were born. they are in my other shop -


Next stop on our journey is jlwproducts.   A person can find a little bit of everything here…from art to beadwork to candles to jewelry to soap and more.

il_430xN_86875383 The Moon Through Tree Acrylic Original Painting 8x10

and here’s what I learned from the profile:

I majored in art and love doing just about anything crafty. I have been making jewelry for several years now and making art for longer. I have done candles for wedding favors and have experience and care when it comes to the products I make.

Hope you enjoyed the stops this week!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Bargain Hunter: Friday, Sept. 11

wire wrapped paua shell and handmade link necklace Winged Woman Art

Checkout these weekend deals in our Wisconsin Etsy shops!
Free matching earrings with any necklace purchase! Just mention "free ears" in comment box when ordering or convo to take advantage of this offer. www.kjcreationsstudio.etsy.com

All wire-wrapped and bent-wire jewelry is now on sale up to 50%! Making more time and space for new sculpted jewelry designs. http://www.wingedwomanart.etsy.com/

Special sale to those who pick up their first copy of the new MKE magazine and find Midwest Needles ad! http://www.midwestneedles.etsy.com/

All Francis Skirts for girls will be 30% off Friday through Sunday. New posting coming Friday morning (regular price $15, on sale for $10!). http://www.thepainteddaisy.etsy.com/

Thursday, September 10, 2009

On the Road: September 11-13, 2009

Look who’s hitting the road this weekend!

Bobbi, of Kitty Grrlz, who has yarn and knit shops on Etsy, will be at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Jefferson, Wisconsin this Friday through Sunday, September 11-13. She’ll have lots of hand spun yarns, hand knits, bamboo fiber for spinners and so much more.

Katherine Sabelko, of House of Gourds, will be at Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in Pepin, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 12, where there will be a selection of paintings, birdhouse gourds, potato cookers, poison ivy soap, jewelry, wire bugs and more.

Heidi, Molly, and Cyndi, of Storyline Design/The Fairy Garden, Whimsy House and Prettifications, will be at the Sun Prairie Art Fest on Main Street in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin this Saturday, September 12, from 10am-4pm. They will be offering their bottlecap necklaces, coasters, tutus, wands, onesies and vintage inspired jewelry.

Kim, of Kim’s Crafty Apple and The Apple, will be at her Lapacek's Orchard in Poynette, Wisconsin, offering apples, jewelry, hand-dyed clothing, quilts, bags, hooded towels and so much more!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Rainbow Fluorite Bracelet Giveaway!

Elegance for You is providing the prize for the latest installment of the WIST Blog giveaway. Based in Milwaukee, Elegance for You, carries a variety of simple, beautiful pieces of jewelry at very affordable prices.

This giveaway is for the six-inch bracelet made of Rainbow Fluorite chips pictured above.

HOW TO ENTER: You have four entry opportunities here–make a separate comment for each entry. Enter only four times. If the winning entry does not contain contact information, an alternate winner will be chosen, so please leave your email!

The giveaway is open to entries worldwide * .

Entry Option 1: Leave a comment telling us about your favorite Elegance for You product.

Entry Option 2: Twitter about this giveaway, then come back and leave a link to your twitter in the comments.

Entry Option 3: Blog about this giveaway, then come back and leave a link to your post in the comments.

Entry Option 4: Let others know about this giveaway on Facebook…and then come back to leave a link to your post in the comments.

The winner will be chosen from comments made by Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at noon CST. I’ll be using the random number generator to choose the winner later that evening!

* Winners outside the US will be responsible for any and all customs fees if applicable.

WIST giveaways run every other Tuesday, so please add our blog to your RSS Reader or bookmarks for more opportunities to win fantastic Wisconsin arts and crafts. For questions or comments, contact Julie at Bohtieque Design.

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Dina for making the winning comment!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Moo Crew Feature

Designs By Lynette is our featured shop this week!
To browse this shop, simply click any of the images below and enjoy!

1) Tell us about your work and what drew you to it!

My mom and grandma taught me how to sew when I was young. I sewed different things here and there while I was in high school ( mostly costumes for plays) and college (repairs and alterations) and then sewed my bridesmaids' dresses right after college. After that, I didn't really sew again until this last year.

Lynette, modeling one of her gorgeous mei tai carriers

2) What is most enjoyable about your work?

I love that it's become a creative outlet for me. Whenever I'm out, and I see some clothes, bags, or purses, I immediately start thinking of how I could recreate it.

3) What is your biggest challenge?

Finding the time to work. With three little kids, I have to work around them and their schedules.

Polka Dots and Pearls
Toddler Dress/Tunic

4) How are you inspired?

I'm inspired be anything I see whether it's an item in a store or a piece of fabric. I'm also inspired by the many creative blogs out there.

Greek Goddess
Green Jersey Dress

5) Apart from creating, what do you enjoy?

I enjoy spending time with my family. Right now, they're the most important thing in my life.

6) What is your most cherished handmade item?

I still have the Holly Hobby quilt that my mom and grandma made for me when I was five.

7) What could you never live without?

My coffee!!

8) Tell us your top five!

Luvin' the Mommyhood
Oh So Happy Together
Pretty Ditty
My Mama Made It
Oh Hello Friend

Okay, that was six! : ) I have so many blogs that I follow that all inspire me in one way or another.

Strawberry Lovin' Dress

9) Besides Etsy, where can your work be found?

I only sell through Etsy, but you can see other examples of my work on my blog and my Facebook page.

10) Do you have any current or ongoing specials?

Right now with planning a move to Texas, I'm clearing out items in my shop. Everything is 25% off!

To celebrate her feature, Lynette is giving away her beautiful Chiffon Cascade Scarf.
There are three easy ways to enter.
Be sure to leave a comment for each entry!!

1) Take a peek in her shop and tell us which item you like best.
2) Become a fan on Facebook.
3) Follow her blog.

Best of luck everyone!
The lucky winner will be chosen randomly next Wednesday.

Chiffon Cascade Scarf/Wrap

Summer Flowers Giveaway Winner Announced!

Congratulations are in order for commenters Aik, Ayda, and Egater who won the Summer Flowers giveaway from ZenithJade Creations.

Andrea will be in contact :) Great giveaway!

Tutorial Tuesday -Swaps

Teeny Tiny Stuffie swap (I made the green squirrel)

Swapping is a great way to stir up your creative juices or get out of a slump. Most of my artwork is painted paper collage and most of my swaps are small stuffies or plush. Working on something creative but different from your norm is a nice change. Participating in swaps also enables you to amass a nice collection of original pieces of art or craft. I've made new friends and contacts in the creative and business world from the swaps.

Swaps can come in all variations: art, craft, supplies, recipes, letter writing, photos, postcards, poetry, books, patterns, even email swaps. By participating in a "100 recommended books swap", I found a bunch of new authors and books to try out.

If you are open to swaps of all types, try Swap-bot. On the right side is a list of new and popular swaps. You do need to register, but it is easy and free. Try the search option too. Swap-bot has a rating system. This is not critiquing ability but rather did you follow the guidelines of the swap and did you meet the deadline. Some swaps have rating minimums, but there are plenty of swaps for newbies to get their feet wet and a get ratings history. In Swap-bot, the person to send to is not the same you receive from. Other places pair people up for the swap. It is a good idea to fill out your profile of likes and dislikes. Most swappers will look at your profile and make something they think you will like. It is fun to include extra goodies, but not required. Don't add goodies to make up for a poorly make swap item either. It won't win you any hearts.

You can also find swaps on Yahoo groups and on Flickr. There are also swaps hosted by bloggers. Please add a comment if you know of other places that host creative swaps.

OK there is a downside...once in a while I get something that is not well made at all. No effort was put into it. It happens, but most people want to do their best. I personally have never been flaked on in a swap, but it does happen. Especially on a website or group swap where you probably don't know your swap partner. It is too bad that it happens. Thankfully there are sometimes swap "angels" that will make you something when your assigned partner bails out on you :-)

Now is the time to jump in!!!!!
I thought it would be fun to have another Handmade Christmas Ornament Swap.
Jenniffer (minefull) hosted one on the WIST blog two years ago and it was fun. Go here to check it out.

Details for this swap:
-To join the swap, convo me on Etsy or email me via my blog. Please include your snail mail address so I can give it to your swap partner. Please put "Swap" as the subject.
-Sign up deadline is September 22nd. I will partner everyone up on September 23rd.
-Make a nice non religious ornament using whatever materials you choose. Just make something you are proud of and would like to receive.
-Mail the ornament to your partner by October 31st. This way everyone will be able to display it on their tree!

!!!This swap is open to non WIST member also, but we need to keep it a USA only swap to reduce shipping costs. If you can, please take photos and add them to our flickr group (if you are not a WIST member, send them to me and I'll add them)!!!
The more the merrier, so spread it around!

To wrap up...make a kick'n ornament, mail it to your partner, and have fun! *grins*
Please no flaking out!!!! It's just plain rude

These are an example of past swap items I've received and sent out.
The ones I've made are on the right

another Teeny Tiny Stuffie swap

Edward Gorey Gashley Crumb Tinies dotee doll swap

Anti-Valentines Day dotee doll swap

Owl stuffie swap - I sent one owl out. My swap partner sending to me wanted to have a private swap too. So I sent her a small collage and she sent me an additional owl.

Private swap -spring themed dotee doll

Coraline movie stuffie swap

Summer theme tiny book swap --only 3x3 inches