Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I can't contain myself...


I am jumping out of my skin. OH YEAH!!!!! I was just featured on the front page of Etsy! I CANNOT BELIEVE IT! This is actually the second time that I have been featured on the front page of etsy, but I unfortunately missed the first time. I was crushed.
Tonight...it's a different story. I signed in as I usually do and thought to myself: "How strange! That ring looks familiar..." It didn't hit me until I had already left the front page! (I've been known to be a little spacey sometimes, but this was full time cadet here!) Well...I was lucky enough to get a screenshot of it anyways. The ring from my shop natuure was bought within minutes and dropped off the page very quickly, but I recovered nicely, I think : )
Here's a screenshot of it. I am so very grateful...and I could probably get hit by a bus right now and not feel a thing. Note to self: Look into the possibilities of bottling up this "high".
Oh...and check out the talented artists that were featured in the treasury with me!


Monday, August 25, 2008

Destashing...

Yes, it's time. I know I've said it once before, and I DID destash. Some. I just couldn't help it! I was secretly hoarding some of the very things I was supposed to destash. But it's sooooo hard to get rid of some of this stuff. What can I say? I am a hoarder. You heard it here first folks. Don't tell my husband (he has no idea...ahem). But, like I said, it's time. I decided to make a fun little project out of the destashing. I created some fun little paper pillows out of lovely vellum paper that I have left over from my wedding invitations (long long ago). I had fun sewing them together with thread, or vintage ribbon or even raffia, yarn or cord that I had in my stash. I then created some more little envelopes that contain glitter, findings, charms, buttons or anything else that could strike my fancy. I then included those in the larger envelopes along with all kinds of vintage paper, newer type, or old type from vintage mags, pages from old books that were falling apart, even many of my own crafting scraps (copies of old photographs, playing cards or pieces thereof, little paper envelopes I made from vintage music sheets, copies of illustrations, test stampings from my very own handcarved stamps, fun! fun! fun!). I just love these little pillows. I call them pillows because I stuff them with so much that they puff up like pillows. I have made several sizes and put them up for sale in my "destash" shop two angels in paris. Hopefully you'll see one you like. As they say, one girl's destash is another girl's treasure. Bring me your tired, your cold, your hungry destashes any day...oh, wait...I am supposed to be DEstashing....

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Eggs and Doggs in Photoggraphs

Some dog by Christy at under the leaves

Spelling is not my strongest suit, but I do know how to spell dogs and photographs. I am not so sure about the spelling of Eggs though. Why do we need two Gs in there people. Does the second G do anything for that word? Do we pronounce the G twice when we speak it? Did we need another 4-letter word in the English language so we tacked on an extra G? Does the extra G give it flair? Does it make the word more aesthetically pleasing?

Well, I don't know, but I will tell you what can make your WORLD more aesthetically pleasing. Introducing one of my new favorite Etsy shops: undertheleaves. You want to know more about eggs and dogs? Check out her photographs. They will speak to you. You will feel these photographs. The sun warms your skin as you watch the light glinting on this porch. Life around you stops. Your legs suddenly tingle at the thought of sitting. But you feel yourself not wanting to disturb the calmness of this place. You won't sit on the chair, but by it. With your back against the chair. Life is good. You need nothing else. You feel a presence. A little soul. A mischievious one, but one that is kind and full of unconditional love for you. He's languidly watching your every move. Not sure what to do but lay there and watch you in case you have something for him. A treat? A treat like the one you're about to get for yourself in the kitchen. Tasty blueberries just picked from you garden. You can already taste them. Juicy with a slight crunch. You can feel their plumpness through the white dish towel you're holding. Wow! Speaking of dish towels. How did this dish towel get so white!?! The gorgeous light bouncing off of it has such a beautiful blue hint to it. As an artist, you know that white isn't just white. That is, unless you're looking at the white of those eggs sitting there on that blue table. Your senses are on overload as you experience this shop. Isn't life grand?

By the way, one of the things I love about this shop are Christy's photo blocks. Many of her photos are mounted on a solid wood block that you can hand or set anywhere. They are a convenient, beautiful and unique way of brightening up any place in your home. Check them out in her shop at http://undertheleaves.etsy.com/ and for really really really really really great jewelry visit her shop at http://forqueenvictoria.etsy.com/.

*off to make an omelet*


All photos in this post are courtesy of Christy and are available for purchase in her Etsy shop @ http://undertheleaves.etsy.com/.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Dress forms & angelic jewelry

A few months ago, I was surfing through etsy (I had just been to my friend Julia's shop on Etsy http://thebeachcottage.etsy.com/ and was in a very "beachy" mood. So yeah, I was surfing.) Anyways, I was checking out some talented artists on etsy when I stumbled upon keeshagirl4's shop Lemoncholy (http://keeshagirl4.etsy.com/) and came upon a really nice black paper mache mannequin/dress form. I immediately had to have it, as usual, having absolutely no idea how, when or for what I would use it. But whatever, that's a minor unimportant detail. This thing was too good to pass up! So I got her and she's been sitting on my windowsill ever since.

She gathered a little dust but didn't complain. She just quietly watched my every move in the craft room to see what I would create next. One day, I found these beautiful necklaces in one of my art drawers that I put together a long time ago. They too had been very still and quiet...just watching...and waiting. I had meant to sell those necklaces a while back, but had never really had a way to display them. And I really didn't want to take photos of them unless I could do them justice. So I'd lovingly packaged them and put them away for a day when I would display them as nicely as they deserved. And today is the day! I have not listed them yet, but will soon. In the meantime, spend some time here: http://keeshagirl4.etsy.com/

You'll love her supplies...oh! And her gorgeous jewelry. Have you seen the Love's Song necklace? (pictured above) and I don't care whether you like birds or not. Aren't these the cutest?

Two Angels in Paris


Who has a stash? Me? Moi? I think not. I just have a very well diversified panoply of items that crowd my crafting table, my bookshelves, my closet(s), my shoes and any other available nook that I might be able to find in my house. Thank god I have a house and not an appartment or I might have had to move out by this point into the adjacent appartment keeping the old one for my stuff. Yup, it's THAT bad.

So I decided to take a look at some of the great items that I have 2, 3, ahem... 50 of and set up a new etsy shop to share my stash with other artists. And, NO, you don't get the ones I store and hide in my shoes because those happen to be my very favorites and I am keeping them.

HA!

Visit my shop at http://twoangelsinparis.etsy.com/ and all kinds of treasures to inspire your heart.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Green Chair

My day job requires me to be so left-brained that I have to sneak out on most days for a little right-brained activity. Most of my lunch hour is spent perusing the little isles of three of my favorite second-hand shops down the block from where I work. I just love the way the old unwanted vintage items speak to me of their adventures. About two years ago I stumbled upon this green chair in one of these lovely little shops and it really had something to say. I took it home and listened intently until one day, I was ready to tell its story. I picked up a paint brush, some green paint and went at the canvas with abandon, all the while thinking of that lovely green chair and the stories it had to tell. It took me a while to get the courage to post the painting on Etsy, but I eventually did, knowing full well that the chair would continue to tell me its story and I would continue to paint it.


Here's my Etsy listing:

Full Title: "The Green Chair and Other Nonsense Stories"

Specs: 9 1/2 X 6
Acrylics Hard Paper Board

I like to frequent second hand shops for the stories that are told there. You heard me right. I walk in and listen to the many tales that are told by those discarded, unwanted, unloved and "unshiny" things there. They are mainly boring as these things take me through their lamentable existence as ordinary household items. Like the pair of socks that silently brood because they were so despicable the tag was still on them, their owner never having worn them. Or that lovely wooden spoon that couldn't get over the fact she would never again feel her owner's lips tasting spaghetti sauce from her. Or the angry boardgame upset that it had been sitting in a dark, damp closet for 8 years, his owner having moved onto computer games. Oh, but that chair...that little green chair. That green chair of wood with accents of gold and woven seat of twine with accents of stains. THAT was a chair with purpose, whose life was not wasted nor whose story was sad. Now...SHE had a story to tell. And it was beautiful. She radiated with joy and I listened intently as she wove for me a tale of the little child she once seated.