Thursday, March 26, 2009

Addicted to Etsy

Here's what's new in my Etsy shop this week!

So.. you know how some people are addicted to Facebook? I'm addicted to Etsy. I've figured out how to "heart" shops and now I have nearly ten pages of favorite stores that I need to look at every day. I have to say that seeing little squares filled with beautiful things all stacked up against each other is the start to a wonderful day. I just have this thing for color and creation, and that's why I love Etsy. I don't buy as much as I'd like - but if I see something really good, I am not hesitant to hit that "buy" button! Because what I've found so far is that everyone who sells there is genuinely nice - extremely nice, and it makes shopping there even more of a pleasure. And now, I'm going to stop because I'm sounding a bit like a commercial!
But here's some of my faves. I am always looking for fun, colorful new shops!
Karen Fields Gallery
Sew Fragrant
Calico Daisy
Tinkered Treasures
And my sister's site: GlenShire
And here's one of my favorite Etsy shops - they sell these wooden shapes that you can alter to your liking - this is a set and you can find it here at Say It With Letters.

Do you have some Etsy faves that you could share with me? Leave me a comment with a link so I can check them out!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Messy, messy

So... I've been super busy lately. Helping my son learn his multiplication tables, bandaging his soccer injuries, and trying to keep my little daughter entertained by going bike riding and exploring with her. And then I'm sneaking in some community meetings at the same time - and all the while our house is being dismantled around me while my husband and a friend do some work painting and renovating. It's exhausting but interesting!
At night I come up to my studio to try and relax but I end up only making a bigger mess!

Here's some of what I've been working on though.Some of it is already for sale in my Etsy shop or will be soon!

And here's the cushy chair that I never get to sleep in...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cards, cards, cards.. and some signs

So here's a couple of recent cards I did for myself and a few for the "Cards" magazine cover contest. Of course I didn't get chosen as a finalist, but I still like the cards I did.

And then this weekend we had our third "Crafternoon" event and there were nine of us there! Oh my. It was pretty cool that all of us came together to craft and we all made different things. I focused on sign painting for spring. (A few of these are available in my Etsy shop.) It's so much fun to get together with other people that like to craft as much as I do.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Thinking Spring

So even though we just got dumped on - again - with snow, I am still thinking spring and couldn't wait any longer to start taking out a few of my favorite decorations. Look at this beautiful bird house that my sister got me - it is so me and I love it. I leave it out year round. And this is one of my favorite bunnies - he's very big and heavy and I love how different he is. I fill his bowl with eggs.

And this is a new decoration that I got this year at T.J. Maxx. Too cute and inexpensive too!

And these two projects I did a while before but I like them because they are house designs. I have a thing for houses - real and not so real. My house is filled with doll houses, bird houses and houses like this. This one is from Say It With Letters and the other one is sheer from an album. I turned it into a little wall hanging with my two cute kids.
And I don't have any new cards to show you this week - I've been busy finishing up other mini albums I started. It's not as fun as doing new work, but I feel good when I finish those few remaining pages. I love looking at them later with the kids because I forget so much of what happened. Thank God for scrapbooking since I don't have a very accurate memory!