Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays everyone! Here to wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Maybe this year will be the year we keep our resolutions. Well... at least for a few months! Its finally slowed down around here, and I think I'm actually going to be able to get things done. Hearts orders are DONE! THANK GOODNESS! I'll be creating a post about my Heartsy experience, the good, the bad, the ugly, all in one post! Hopefully it will help everyone wondering if they should do a feature or not! School is out for winter break, my finals are done, my classes are passed, so its quite around here!

Hopefully my break will allow me to stock my shop back up, and get it looking like it should! Only time will tell!

I should have the Heartsy post up soon, so be on the look out!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My Latest Treasury

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Feature ~Dee's Adornments~

This week I'm featuring a beautiful Jewelry shop, Dee's Adornments. Her shop is full of unique and beautiful jewelry. She has many earrings, as well as bracelets and necklaces. From the photos of her work you can see the quality and time spent to make these items look their best! Please read our Interview with her to find out more about her and her shop. Also enjoy these wonderful pictures of items in her shop.

1. Could you give me a little background information about you and your shop?

I started making jewelry as a hobby and quickly found that I wanted to make more than I'd ever wear, or could afford to keep! When people kept asking how much something would cost and if I sold my pieces, I thought why not have a try at making this a business? I've sold artistic works before, I used to do stained glass and mosaics, but I have dogs so I have to do that kind of work outside.

I really enjoy experimenting with new techniques and combinations of things. It's a lot of fun to try putting together unexpected colors, for example, and hear people's reactions. And while trying a technique I've never done before can result in a lot of cursing, it's also incredibly satisfying to finally "get" it. Ultimately, I think I just get a ton of pleasure out of making beautiful things that people enjoy.

2. How did you get started in your craft?

It all started with me wanting to get out more and work with my hands and meet more people locally. Rather than being banished outside to do stained glass work, I was looking for a hobby I could do indoors, and ended up choosing a series of jewelry-making classes at a local rec center. No one warned me it was addictive!
                                                                          3. How did you come up with your shop name?

I changed my mind a ton of times. I'm a writer in my "day job" so I kept wanting to come up with something creative and evocative, but at the same time I needed something that was actually available on Etsy and as a domain name. It was important to me to not box myself in too much, so I decided on Dee's Adornments to combine my name and something that evokes making things prettier without limiting myself to just jewelry in case I branch out. 

If I hadn't been so ready to open my shop I might still be arguing with myself over the perfect name.

4. How long have you been doing your craft?

Not very long. I just got started last year. But, because I purchased supplies with Christmas gifts and selling things in mind, I've done a ton of it. :)

5. Where else can we find you?


Tech writing/journalism day job
Writing about surviving as a freelancer/self-employed person

6. Anything else you would like to tell us or include?

I feel in some ways like I didn't have to start from scratch, because I've been self-employed most of my adult life. I've had to learn tons about selling and marketing jewelry in particular and other items involving retail and Etsy, but there are a lot of skills that translate too. Running a shop on Etsy and always striving to perfect how you do it is actually a great and practical skillset to take with you to other places.

I hope you enjoy this feature! If you do please leave a comment so that Dee's Adornments and Myself my take a look! Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

What A Find Wednesday

Pretty In Pink

This weeks What A Find Wednesday theme is Pretty In Pink! Four wonderful pink items from the LIG Team! Please show them some love and let 'em know what you think!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday Feature and Giveaway!

****And the winner is.... Erin! Congrats!****

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoy this weeks Friday Feature and Giveaway! This weeks feature is on a wonderful Fine Art Photography shop, called Celtic Cats Photos! This shop features beautiful pictures available in prints, as well as note cards! Please read her feature! (Giveaway details available at the end of this feature!)

1. Could you give me a little background information about you and your shop?
I started drawing and painting at a very young age. But photography has been my real passion. Over the summer and autumn seasons my partner and I do local art shows as well.
2. How did you get started in your craft?
My father had given me a camera for Christmas one year. Back in the day, you shot color for holidays and black and white the rest of the year.

3. How did you come up with your shop name?
My studio was originally called A Touch Of Ireland, but unfortunately, that name was taken when I set up my domain. So one morning I called my cat Osisin the Celtic Cat. I thought is was
a good name and changed everything to Celtic Cat Photos.

4. How long have you been doing your craft?
I have sold photograph at art shows for about 20 years. I am new to online selling though. Etsy has given me a chance to create during what would be our down season.
5.Where do you find inspiration for your crafts?
I find inspiration in old things, barns, farms, houses, carousel horses.

6. Where else can we find you? (blog, facebook, twitter, etc.)
On my blog.

And now for the giveaway! Celtic Cat Photos will be giving away a beautiful Magnolia Blank Note Card! Gvieaway ends at Midnight on Friday May 6th. (EST)
To enter you MUST:
1) Be a follower of this blog
2) Got to Celtic Cat Photos shop on Etsy and tell me what us what your favorite item is.

For Extra Entries:
1) Heart Celtic Cat Photos on Etsy ~1 Entry~
2) Heart The Green Haven on Etsy ~1 Entry~
3) Follow Celtic Cat Photos on her Blog ~1 Entry~
3) Make a Purchase from Celtic Cat Photos on Etsy ~5 Entries~
4) Make a Purchase from The Green Haven on Etsy ~5 Entries~

**** Please leave separate entries for each. A purchase must include the transaction number so I may verify that the purchase was during the giveaway.****

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Friday Features! (On Tuesday!)

Hi everyone! Getting back on track with my blog! Found a couple of people I needed to still feature and wanna get a head start and get them featured! Will hopefully have another Friday Feature actually on Friday of this week! Im also changing up the style of my features hopefully it will make them a little easier to read and follow along with! Please feel free to share your comments, now there is no need to enter a word verification to leave a comment!

First up is Authentic Arts by Jenny Hoople! This shop is full of natural jewlery and is quite cute and wearable!

1. Tell me a little about you and your shop.
My name is Jenny Hoople and my business is Authentic Arts. I make glamorous, colorful, natural jewelry. I choose knotted silk because I like its history, it's more romantic! I choose "natural" materials (stone, bone, wood, shell, silk) because even when altered by human hands and arranged and strung by them, the beauty of the processes that formed them breaks through and dazzles me.

2. How did you get started in your craft?
A few years ago I had grown some grey job's tears seeds in my garden and I couldn't decide how I wanted to make a necklace with them. I was waiting for my mom in a craft store when inspiration struck. I brought home a few beads that would match the grey job's tears and once I got started I couldn't stop creating! A lot of things were coming together in my life, bringing me to this, so I jumped on it and started selling them.

3. How did you come up with your shop name?
I call my business Authentic Arts because my life ethic is one of authenticity, a more authentic life is a more meaningful one, and, for me, an authentic life is one that's handmade. I like that my business name could apply to oil paintings as much as to jewelry or to knit hats, it leaves me free to explore!

4. How long have you been doing your craft?
Just 6 months!

5. Where else can we find you? (blog, facebook, twitter, etc.)
6. Anything else you would like to tell us or include?
It's so fulfilling to finally be using my creative side (B.A. in fine arts, millions of crafty hobbies) as a part of my livelihood. I really feel that my inner self is a craftsperson first and foremost!

Second up is Buddha Kitty Glass! A shop that has beautiful fused glass products! A must see for any glass lover.

1. Could you give me a little background information about you and your shop. 2. How did you get started in your craft? 4. How long have you been doing your craft?  These questions were combined to make for a better more chohesive answer.
My love of glass goes back many years. During a college trip to Europe, I became fascinated with the stained glass in the cathedrals. Upon returning home, I took my first class in glasswork and learned how to make stained glass windows. This served as a wonderful introduction to the world of glass art. From there I began to learn glass bead making and became intrigued by the amazing transformation that takes place in glass once heat is applied. These glass beads became parts of handmade jewelry that I gave to friends and occasionally sold at small craft fairs. A cross-country move and new neighbors served as my introduction to fused glass. My new neighbors commented on a glass bead necklace I had made which turned into a discussion about kiln formed glass. My neighbor’s mother taught fused glass. We talked about my fascination with glass she suggested I try one of her mother’s classes. I signed up for her class and was immediately captivated by kiln formed glass. Shortly after the class, I purchased my first small kiln and began perfecting the art of fused glass in my basement. After several years, I decided to relocate back to the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle area is renowned for its glass art and is a wonderful location to continue to pursue fused glass.
3. How did you come up with your shop name?

I had a cat many years ago who would sit with me while I made stained glass windows. He was fascinated by the glass and the way the light reflected on it. Also, this cat was quite large. He would sit up next to me with his back legs straight out and his front paws to the sides. His large belly would spill over to the sides and this reminded me of the laughing Buddha pose. When I started my shop, I wanted to honor my now deceased kitty who hung out with me on my first glass projects.

5. Where else can we find you? (blog, facebook, twitter, etc.)
6. Anything else you would like to tell us or include?

Most people do not allow themselves to do more than look at glass art, perceiving glass only to be something fragile that must be admired from afar. To me, glass should not be just a flat object experienced only with the eyes--glass is beautiful both seen and touched. For this reason, I endeavor to take fused glass from a two-dimensional object to a three-dimensional experience. To achieve this, I add glass dots, which are tack fused onto the glass base, adding both dimension and texture. My glass dots come from pattern bars that I have built, fired, cut into pieces on a tile saw, and re-fired into dots, creating tactile embellishments for my fused glass pieces

I hope you enjoy learning about each of these wonderful shops! Such great and unique products and of course all handmade! Please take a moment to check out these shops and if you like what you see it will only take a moment to comment and let the shop owner here what you think!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Ballons!
Over the past weekend my fiancee and I took a trip home to see my parents. Last weekend also happened to be the last weekend and the parade weekend for the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC. Since DC is only an hour from my home we headed up for the day!

Cherry Blossom Queens
 One from Japan and one from the US
We arrived around 9:30 and walked down to the parade route. We managed to squeeze in and get a pretty good spot. I got tons of pictures from the parade! Lots of High School Marching Bands, floats, horses and cars! We stayed for about 2 hours and the parade still wasnt done!

New York City Firemen
After watching most of the parade we decided to walk to the Holocaust Memorial Museum. I wanted to go before the mad rush of people watching the parade started to explore DC, this way I was sure we could get tickets. We got there only to find out that we couldn't get into the exhibit until 3:00, it was only 12! So we walked around the "open" exhibits, meaning the ones you could see with out the ticket.

The Washington Monument

Then we when to the Ronal Reagan Building for lunch, also giving us a much needed break from all the walking! The building was packed with people trying to find tables, stand in line and eat their lunches. My parents stood in line while me and my fiancee scouted for a table. Which we eventually found and a while later, after standing in rediculously long lines it was time to eat! Yummy Chinese food and gyros! After resting and eating we decided to walk around for a while and eventually made our way back to the museum.

The Capital Building

The Holocaust Museum is quite an experience and would highly recommend it to anyone planning a visit to DC, and the tickets are free you just have to get there early because they only give out a certain number per day. But I warn you it is very graphic and has A LOT of reading. You are also given an Identification Card, which has an actual person from the Holocaust in it. You follow their story through the floors, and at the end you find out if you lived or if you were a victim of the Holocaust. It can be quite hard for some.* I've also heard you can get guided tours, but I'm not 100% positive.
My goodies for the day:
 ~2 commemorative cherry blossom buttons
~A commemorative shirt
~Me and my fiancee's Holocaust ID cards.

By the time we finished the museum and walked our way back to the truck it was already 5:30! Such a long day, but worth the experience!  I also collected a few items along the way! Both the button's and the shirt were technically "free" but we were asked to give a small donation, in which the proceeds benifit the homeless. We got 2 shirts and 2 buttons for 10 bucks! Quite a good deal if you ask me!

All in all I had a wonderful day! And am so happy I got to spend it with the people I love so dearly!

Monday, February 28, 2011

I've been MIA!

Hi  everyone! I know I've been MIA for a while! Feel like its been forever since I have posted. Well with the Etsy forums changing I'm going to have to adjust to how I do my weekly features. Which means I will probably end up ending the Sale Sunday feature, Its now become very difficult to find coupon codes for shops when you cant search for it or post a thread for it. I may still do one for all my teammates, I'll have to work on that!

But Im here to show you all some of my new listings! Im trying to build up a larger inventory to hopefully appeal to a larger audience. Im hoping it will help bring in the sales!

Zebra Print Lunch Buddie (Box, Bag)

Snoopy Saint Patrick's Day Lunch Set (Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bag)

Mossy Oak Break Up Camo Lunch Set (Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bag)
 I hope you enjoy my new creations as much as I do!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What A Find Wednesday!

Its Superbowl time!!! With the Superbowl just around the corner I wanted to do this weeks What A Find Wednesday on some great superbowl items. I've scowered etsy and here are my four picks! Lets see who wins the Steelers or the Packers, heres some items for both. Let me know who you want to win!

Let me know what you think of this weeks picks! And dont forget to let me know who you think is gonna win the Big Game!!!

*UPDATE!!! I will sending out a coupon code to my store for all the people who choose the superbowl winner! So if the Steelers win, all those who commented and said they wanted them to win they will all be sent a coupon code, and the same thing if the Packers win!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What A Find Wednesday!

Hi everyone! So classes were canceled today because of all the snow! And its still snowing. Living up on a mountain it takes alot for my school to cancel classes but to my surprise i don't have class today! So I'm getting my feature up earlier than normal and hope to use the rest of the day to make some new items for my shop!

This weeks What A Find Wednesday is featuring Eco-friendly and up cycled items! Hopefully this will give you an idea of all the great Eco-friendly items out there and how beautiful and use full they can be! So I hope you enjoy this one! (PS- My whole shop is full of Eco-friendly items!)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday Feature and Giveaway!

And the winner is............. Jasmine1485!!!! Congrats! And thank you to all that participated! Dont forget to check back often for more giveaways!

Its that time again! Its Friday! The last day of the week, its time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the weekend! Why not enjoy a great feature and a great giveaway too? *See below feature for full giveaway details. This Friday I'm featuring a great jewelry shop, Willow Creek Jewelry!
Pendant Charm Necklace
 I am a nurse by profession and spent 20 wonderful and proud years as an Air Force Wife. I have been married to a very supportive husband for 28 years. We have two wonderful boys (ages 25 and 20), an adorable 2 ½ year old granddaughter that lives with us and two dogs/ two cats. I have always been interested in some sort of creative outlet; I make pottery, crotchet, knit, quilt, decorate wedding/special occasion cakes, make soaps/lotions, paint…pretty much you name it…I’ve tried it. A few years ago I discovered my current and favorite passion, beads! I started making jewelry for a salon/spa; built a clientele and was encouraged to expand. Around that same time I read an article about Etsy and decided that sounded like the perfect next step. I joined Etsy in August of 2009 and started adding designs to my shop in November of 2009.
Gemstone Chain Bracelet
I am basically self taught, although I have taken a couple of specialty classes to expand on the basics. I love creating jewelry. My pieces are original and one of a kind because I believe everyone should develop their own style. I also enjoy OOAK designs because I don’t like repetition and I have trouble remembering what I do from one time to the next…LOL. My favorite materials are gemstones, natural materials, copper, and sterling. I have been doing my craft for about 5 years now.
Sterling Silver Green
 Aventurine Dangle Earrings
About 10 years ago I had a dream that I had my own business and it was called Willow Creek Studio. I never knew what that business was in the dream but I have always remembered the name. And thats where my shop name, Willow Creek Jewelry, came from.

I would also like to add that everyone I have encountered through Etsy has been so helpful and eager to help and offer advice. This is the same thing attitude I have noticed throughout my years of crafting and artistic endeavors. I guess what they say is true…All creative minds think alike…

This weeks giveaway is a stunning pair of earrings (featured below) from Willow Creek Jewelry! Heres how to enter:

1) Be a follower of this blog.
2) Go to Willow Creek Jewelry's Shop and pick out your favorite item, and leave a comment with that item in it!

Extra Entries:
1) Heart Willow Creek Jewelry's Shop and say so in a comment (must be a new heart) ~1 Entry~
2) Make a purchase in Willow Creek Jewelry's Shop and post the transaction link in a comment ~3 Entries~
3) Heart The Green Haven and say so in a comment (must be a new heart) ~1 Entry~
4) Make a purchase from The Green Haven and post the transaction link in a comment ~ 3 Entries~

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What A Find Wednesday

With the new blog title "Life Is Green" I figured it would be perfect to do the newest "What A Find Wednesday" feature with green items. So once again I created another tread in the Etsy forms and started my search! Its always so much fun to see what people give me, two things are never alike! Its great. Here are my picks for this weeks Green feature!

Let me know what you think! I had a lot of fun with this one, next weeks theme will be "Hearts" so look out for my thread next Tuesday and Wednesday!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sale Sunday!

Hi everyone and welcome to my newest blog feature, Sale Sunday. This feature is where is post great sales from fellow etsy shops! Look out for my thread each saturday and sunday to get a chance to be featured, also feel free to convo me your sales in advance to make sure they get a spot in Sale Sunday! Heres this weeks featured sales! Please note that all coupon codes have quotation marks around them and should not be entered as part of the code!

Shop closing on 1/15/2011! Owner wants to start the new year by cleaning out all her supplies and is offering them all for $1.00!!! All items in shop are just $1.oo!!! YOU MUST CHECK THIS ONE OUT!!!!

*Whole shop only a $1.00! You just cant beat it!*

Valentines Sale, going on now! Save 20% on items with pink or red! Just enter coupon code "pinkandred20sale"

*Remeber any item with red and/or pink works with this sale!*

15% off to all Facebook Friends and Fans: Like the page HERE!

*Dont forget to like the facebook page so you can get this discount!*

From Hi Jinx:
10% off entire store with coupon code "January10"

I hope everyone enjoys the first edition of Sale Sunday! I look forward to making many more of these! Please let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions for making this feature (or anything on my blog) better!
Oh and heres my sale section in my shop too!