Monday, April 30, 2012

Hey Harriet

Valley Laneway Photograph 4 x 4 Old Buildings Cityscape Brown Blue Lights Bakery Lane Urban Wall Art Print "My name is Tracy and I’m a photographer from sunny Queensland. I reside on one of the small remote islands in Southern Moreton Bay, connected to the mainland by ferry and approximately an hour away from Brisbane. My interest in photography started early when I was given my first camera at around 10 years of age. It was a dinky little plastic Bugs Bunny film camera. Oh how I loved that camera! It went everywhere with me! Fast forward to the responsible grown-up adult phase of my life; I had lost the Bugs Bunny camera by this time but not my enthusiasm for photography. My passion for photography continued to grow, as did my camera collection. I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with alternative photographic processes and use a combination of vintage, traditional and modern techniques. The hands-on process of physically creating a print in the darkroom is a magical experience (apart from the chemical fumes!), although the majority of my work on Etsy is chemical fume-free digital format photography. Striving for technical perfection with my photography has never been as important to me as capturing a sweet and simple little moment in time. I find almost everything to be a source of inspiration and it’s about having a willingness to being open to whatever presents itself, as everything is worthy of contemplation; regardless of how small or commonplace it may be. It’s all about making connections and having the curiosity and playfulness to follow the connections. Apart from photography I like to spend time painting, drawing, drinking copious amounts of good coffee and getting dirty in the garden. I hope to have a great big beautiful productive mess of a self-sufficient garden in years to come. Somewhere along the way I’ve become the type of person who gets way more excited than I should about compost and garden worms…" bio written by Tracy via her etsy profile ETSY * BLOG * FACEBOOK * TWITTER

Sunday, April 29, 2012

owl creek ceramics

Polka Dot Bowl Small Yellow Hand Painted Kitchen Dinnerware "When we started Owl Creek Ceramics we were both working full time in education and John was traveling a lot. We didn’t have that much free time, but we made a goal to spend at least a few minutes every day on our business. If we couldn’t actually work in the clay, then just thinking about it would count. It turned out to be a powerful goal and now we’re so immersed in it, it’s more of a lifestyle than a business. Six years ago, we made a huge addition to our little studio and it’s our dream come true. It’s over 4,000 square feet! It’s right across the driveway from our house. We have a gallery area with shelves, a big beautiful check out /wrapping table that John made, and my giant decorating table that John also made and it’s on wheels. I look out onto one of our ponds and also see the rolling hills in the background. It’s a lovely view and it inspires both of us. We have open houses several times a year. It’s really more like a big get together where customers run into old buddies and meet new friends. We always have food and the studio looks its best. At Christmas, we bring in several trees and we have lots of poinsettias all over the place. I start decorating in the summer for Christmas and I love it. I do all the decorating and have a blast thinking of new ideas and patterns. Hope you enjoy." bio written by Dyna via the etsy profile WEBSITE * ETSY

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Holly Stalder

The Canary Dress Made to Order in Layered Silk Chiffon "I am independent designer specializing in custom bridal and one of a kind clothing designs. Please check my website for more designs or find me on facebook" mini-bio written by holly via the etsy profile

midnight coiler

Gourd Birdhouse Red Hand Carved Painted Hanging Nest Box for Small Birds "My name is Lynn and my passion is working with gathered and grown materials from nature. I love creating art from scratch-- from the ground up, exploring the possibilities that plants provide. Many hours are spent responsibly collecting and preparing naturals before they are made into art. My specialties are carving gourds by hand and coiled and twined basketry. Each piece is one of a kind, and the ancient techniques employed in gathering, preparation and creation are labor and skill intensive. I organically grow my own gourds. A small kiln allows me to create my own rustic stoneware embellishments. I use other techniques as well, often mixing media to the max. My work has won over 100 awards in venues such as various Fine Art Shows, the North Carolina Basketmakers Association, and gourd shows. 10% of my profits go to KIVA. "Loans that change lives" Kiva's mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. Individual entrepreneurs receive and pay back loans, which can then be loaned to others." bio written by Lynn Hoyt via her etsy profile ETSY * FACEBOOK * WEBSITE * BLOG

Monday, April 23, 2012

Trisha Flanagan

Pink Heart Pendant, Pastel Pink Enamel Necklace, Spring Jewelry
"When I was younger, I discovered that creating art was a more natural way to communicate & express myself then to talk. I have spent countless hours in various art rooms throughout my life, asking questions, developing my skills & making friends along the way. This lead me to the Jewelry & Metals program at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary.
Since then, I’ve worked actively at developing my skills in designing & manufacturing my own style of jewelry. A few of my pieces have been in galleries in & around Calgary.
With encouragement from friends & family, I have opened my Etsy shop and I am looking forward to the experiences that come with it. All my pieces are created in my home studio with care & consideration just like a custom order, insuring quality every step of the way. My other aim is to offer exceptional customer service so we both can be thrilled with your purchase"
bio written by Trisha via the etsy profile

Monday, April 16, 2012

Lemidi Japon

Zipper Wristlet with Removable Strap - A Tropical Bird - Turquoise
"My nationality is Japanese, and I have lived in France since 2010.
I like to find lovely and joyful fabrics and would love to share them with you !
'' Le midi Japon '' is my handmade workshop which has been started since 2010 .
All items are made one by one carefully. They are produced in limited number.
I hope you can enjoy my shop!"
bio written by lemidiJapon via the etsy profile

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Shop Clementine

14k Gold Filled Twist Stacking Ring
"Clementine is pretty and wearable handcrafted jewelry. I create limited edition and one-of-a-kind pieces in my studio in the Berkshire hills of Massachusetts.
Inspired by a childhood spent collecting minerals and rocks, I create jewelry in which metals and gemstones flirt and combine, emphasizing the feminine and the dramatic. Beauty in form and comfortable wearability are hallmarks of Clementine design.
I love drinks in big glasses, watching the sunset as often as I can, finding my next favorite song, weeding the garden (seriously, it's therapeutic), and really bad tv (Dancing with the Stars? Yep. Sister Wives? For sure. The Bachelor? Hells, yeah.)"
bio written by Cassie via the etsy profile

Saturday, April 14, 2012

abra kadabraua

Handmade "Ring Cat" Black
"Hi there,
My name is Abra Kadabra.
I live and work in Kyiv, Ukraine, Eastern Europe.
I make jewelry.
Some of my jewelry are one-of-a-kind.
All the pictures I draw by hand. All the sculpted miniatures I make by hand.
My chief assistant - my siamese cat Nicotine. He often sits on my desktop, and he works as a model for cat's portraits :)"
bio written by Abra via the etsy profile

anna pavlovna

Courtesy Bear
"Our names’re Anna and Kate. We’re from Russia
Annapavlovna was created by us especially for those who’re looking for a nice, original ideas for home and lovely gifts for the favorite.
We enjoy our job very much"
mini bio written by annapavlovna via the etsy profile

Friday, April 13, 2012

kim smith

Pearl Beaded Bracelet
"Hi I'm Kim and I'm the designer of the jewelry you will find in my shop! I have been selling my original designs on etsy since October 2007 and now work full time on my little business.
I am inspired by colour, nature and my childhood memories of my granparents beautiful award winning garden.
As my business is growing nicely now and i'm busier, i'm very happy to introduce my mum Pat who helps me 2 days a week! I now see where I get my obsession for beads from!!
I'm married to Ian who has his own roofing business and we have 2 footballing boys Kristian 18 and Jamie 10.
Please contact me if you would like something special creating, I can make any size or colour mix that you may require and bracelets in my shop can be made into a necklace if you prefer, convo me for details.
Thank you for taking the time to view my designs, I hope the colours have brightened your day!"
bio written by Kim Smith via her etsy profile

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Fickle Felt Tree

Spring Easter Garland / 30 Felt Balls- 6 ft long
"SImply put, I love making things. I always have.
I wouldn't consider myself really "exceptional" in one thing but I tend to dabble in many things such as sewing, crafting, crocheting, painting, drawing, photography, home decor and many other things. I can't seem to stick to one thing so I try my hand at everything, and I enjoy every minute!
I am a stay at home mother of 2 beautiful girls that just so happen to be the joys of my life. I am currently trying to do what I can to support my wonderful husband through school.
I am inspired by so many things and by so many people and it really reflects in the things that I create.
To many more years of living, creating and becoming inspired!"
bio written by Jennelle via her etsy profile

poor dog farm

Hare King 5x7 hand painted print
"I started drawing at 3 when I colored my parent's black and white TV. I wanted a color TV. It didn't work.
Poor Dog Farm is the farm and studio I own here in beautiful southren PA. The house is an old victorian with the farm buildings still standing. We are very rural here still, and most of my inspiration comes from the land. The old farms, animals, and nature are always in the body of my work.
The name fits our farm and studio for we are always adopting another dog,cat,rabbit, and even a few hermit crabs no one seems to want any more. Happily, my daughter and son don't seem to mind."
bio written by S.Georgieff via his etsy profile

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Nuno Felted Scarf

Nuno Felted Scarf by FeltedPleasure
Nuno Felted Scarf, a photo by FeltedPleasure on Flickr.

50/50 Extra fine Australian merino wool / mulberry silk, silk ponge fabric.
Length 61 1/2" (156 cm)
Width 9" (23 cm)
Weight 3,05 oz (86 gm)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Splodge podge

Cardinal Painting - Print of watercolor painting
"I have been drawing and painting most of my life and I have been teaching others to paint for the past 14 years.
There is nothing more satisfying to me than creating the illusion of three dimensions on a two dimensional surface. When I look for a subject to paint, the first thing I do is look at the light and how it contrasts against the shadows. It is the light that can make or break a painting.
I enjoy painting all subjects but I adore animals and they feature in many of my paintings.
Acrylic paints have been my preferred medium for many years but I have recently delved into watercolours and I am revelling in the change. I love the translucency, looseness and portability of watercolor. I also love its uncontrollable nature. I never know how a painting will turn out because watercolour has a mind of its own and I have had many happy surprises.
When I'm not teaching school children, you will find me painting in my studio with my beautiful and faithful old companion at my feet- Chelsea, my dalmatian. I love her to bits!"
bio written by Louise via the etsy profile

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

bayou salvage

French Market Bag
"Southern style to me embraces the languid geography of where we live- enveloped by water below, beside and around us. Southern style is as mysterious and winsome as the bayous and eddys of the Mississippi River- calm, murky or churning.It nods to history and looks forward. It is hopeful.
I am a native of the deep south, with an aesthetic and experience that is true Southern Gothic. My childhood was spent playing on the decaying grounds of Rowan Oak (Faulkner's home)amidst rusty farm equipment and filbert trees that curled back against the sun.
To get my childhood you mix :
3 parts rust, 2 parts torn lace, a jigger of bourbon,& a splash of absinthe. Serve with a family secret (or two) & you have bayousalvage style.
History of Bayou Salvage as an artist/designer:
BayouSalvage is the home of the original skeleton key and lace debris accessories- cuffs,chokers,collars and purses. In 2008 we expanded to include custom made vintage inspired clothing made from recycled vintage lace and organic, made in the USA textiles made in ALL SIZES"
bio written by Kerry via the etsy profile

Sunday, April 1, 2012

andie specialty sweets

Peppermint Candy Buttons
"Hello, and welcome to our cheery, creative corner in the land of Etsy!
Our philosophy, here at Andie's is simple... give Treats unto others as we would want them to give Treats unto us.
It's the Golden Rule, Good Quality, and Excellent Service mixed in with a delightful world of unexpected sweets...the things we are dedicated to never going out of style.
At Andie's, we take the greatest care in producing superb, hand crafted, decorative candy and cake embellishments, with individual customer care. Our sweets are different -they're hand designed, hand crafted, small batch, hand poured, and artistically handled. Our goal is not just a pretty edible, not just a palatable one either, but one that elicits a response, and is pleasurable to all the senses. So we like to take the time to achieve this goal. An every-day and ordinary sweet is not our objective.
All products are made-to-order & shipped directly from our studio in California, Los Angeles area. Our clients consist mostly of brides, cake decorators, professional bakers, caterers, home bakers, and sweet tooth's of all types. Look for more choices in the near future - we are brimming with ideas. And please feel free to contact us regarding a custom order - your ideas are usually our favorites!
Our sugar embellishments are gluten free, and are free of gelatin and partially hydrogenated oils. We use organic flavorings, non g.m.o., fair trade sugars and starches, fair trade organic chocolate, and source our ingredients (as much as possible) locally -all of which is important to us. Currently, all of our items are vegan friendly except for our Pacific Thorny Oysters & Starfish, which contain a small amount of dairy. We are also endeavoring, wherever possible to use vegetable and fruit concentrate, and plant extracts like annatto and turmeric for coloring. And we'd be happy to discuss coloring options (based on ingredients) regarding any item in our shop. Please consult us for specifics regarding any treat in our shop.
Our made to order sugar embellishments and decorative candy can take anywhere from one to four weeks to create before ready to ship (depending on the item). Lead times are mostly dependent on current volume. Scheduling is commenced when payment is received. For large, plan-ahead events, we like to suggest placing your order no later than 2 months prior for scheduling purposes. But always ask for availability - we are determined to give it our best try, and are often able to accommodate last minute orders."
bio written by andiespecialtysweets via the etsy profile