Monday, July 31, 2006

Featured Item: Citrine Ring

This Ring, from a fairly new seller (they joined just a few days ago), is simply divne. The ring, which looks to be made completely by wire wrapping, is just gorgeous. Looks like this seller may be forthcoming with tutorials later on, and I can't wait. I've never been really into making jewelry, but wirework has always had a place in my heart.

I don't know if I'll ever be on the level where I cam make these gorgeous rings, but until then I can drool over this beautiful citrine ring and maybe even buy it for myself.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Featured Item: Mr Cumulus Brooch

Ok, how freaking adorable is this brooch? I am not normally the huge "cute fan" when it comes to felt but this little guy is SOOO adorable. I can just see a rainbow flying out of him.... Rainbows! Yay!!! Smeeta, the artist who made this happy little cloud, has some other supercute felt brooches too- like this mushroom or this monkey. There's also a variety of stuff for both crafters and those of you who don't craft, but like cute stuff.

And.. I am really proud of myself right now so I'm going to take a moment to show you guys the cuteness I made this morning:
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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Saturday Day Off

I'm not putting up a feature today but go check out The Sampler to see the sneak peeks of what is to come for August- Pocket and I are both in there!

Friday, July 28, 2006

June Featured Sellers

I'm setting up an archive post because the side links are getting too crowded, so this post contains all featured sellers from JUNE 2006. This entry will be linked on the featured sellers menu at the left of the blog.

Pillowhead Designs
Designs by Nicci
Gudonya Soap & Spa
Unique Dsign
Crysallis Creations
Auntie Di's De-Lites
Creo Ingero
Aoi's Art
Dolphin Daze
Hot Dog 'n' Bun
Amy's Babies
Cranky Cats/Indigo Art
Kisu Kisu

Featured Item: Soap Kabob

I'm eagerly awaiting an order I made from Gudonya right now, so I'm thinking about soap and baths and body stuff... And I came across this great idea- a Soap Kabob. This great sampler from Vixen and Venus, a fairly new seller on etsy who I just noticed yesterday, looks really fun. What a cute idea and a great way to sample soap! I am a big proponent of samples when it comes to online soap shopping- I've been burned more than once buying something I thought would be delish and turned out to be disgusting.

So, buy a soap kabob and enjoy!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Theme Thursday: A Little Bit Dirty

This week's theme is "A little bit dirty" so be careful when clicking on these items- they're a tiny bit dirty ;)

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Featured Item: Quilted Postcard

In the spirit of an etsy postcard trade i'm featuring this superawesome fabric QUILTED postcard from Lucy's Postcard Quilts. These are FABRIC postcards that you can really send in the mail! Granted, you have to use a fabric pen to write them out and it MIGHT be a good idea to practice a little first, but they're so cool who cares, right? (I asked her about stamps sticking to the fabric- the stamps stick and they STAY so no worries about that- they also cost a little more to send than your average postcard but at 39cent stamp ought to do it)

Some of my other favorites from Lucy are kitty postcards. But she has tons of other fun things, all quilted, all mailable, and all supercool.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Featured Item: Rainbow Apple Tote

This great Rainbow Apple Tote by Kung Fu Cowgirl really caught my eye a few days ago and you can bet that I'd be snatching that baby up if it were at all possible. Just look at it- pretty colors, well made; definitely something I'd like to be carrying around.

This tote is currently my favorite at Kung Fu Cowgirl, but it seems she's extra talented because there's even more cool stuff in her shop. The style is fun, and maybe just a little bit childish- but who doesn't want to have accessories that express their inner child? I personally love this rainbow coin purse, and the super mario hair clips. Truly stuff that would be perfect on those days when you just want to regress back into your childhood and have some fun.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Want to see MORE cool stuff?

Check out my personal wists page. My Wists is exclusively items from Etsy, so you can see even more of the stuff I think is COOL. I'll be adding things regularly so you can be sure that there'll always be something cool to look at.

Featured Item: Coffee Filter Blooms

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You can't get more gorgeous than these roses by Cassie Mae. They are handmade from coffee filters and colored using watercolors. My coffee filter roses never looked this good! The bloom itself is 8 inches across- thats one giant rose! They may seem a bit expensive but my thought is that Cassie has actually underpriced these considerably- these are truly artisan pieces. My favorite is the Peace Rose I've shown here, but the rest of the roses in the shop are gorgeous, too.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Featured Item: Coiled Fiber Wall Art

Something a little more fun and abstract for today- check out this wall hanging. How cool is it? I'd love to buy this and stick it on my wall.. when I get my own house, that is. I don't have that now, but it would still look bangin' on my wall. Silver insulation that it is. (I shall have to post photos of this later)

GrizzlieArt doesn't just sell cool wall art- they've also got a nice selection of sock monkeys, which I don't really like (sock monkeys in general) but which my fiance adores so I may also have to check out come christmastime. 'Course these aren't your regular sock monkeys- these are cool.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Featured Items x4: Weddings

I'm getting married in April so I'm starting to think about what I'm going to be wearing at the wedding, what I'm going to be doing, and I want to make it a fun etsy wedding, so here are some things I'm loving right now...

First we've got these posey rings- I'm actually definitely getting these as our wedding bands. They will say "Wherever you are, I am" on the inside and outside (because it's too long to fit all on one side, hee). It's very sweet considering our background as a long-distance relationship.

These are rather lovely- I'm still not sure about pearls beacuse they have more 'negative' energy than other gemstones, according to popular spiritualist beliefs, and that was ingrained into me at a rather young age.. but they're so pretty...

Okay, so maybe I wouldn't wear the fishnets- but this is a pretty little garter, don't you think?

I'm probably NOT going to be wearing a bridal tiara but this might be nice, don't you think? Pretty prety pretty. If I attached a veil to it, i bet it would look gorgeous. Pearls really are perfect for weddings.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Theme Thursday: Cry me a River

No, seriously. I'm sad. I'm crying. So are all these items:

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Featured Item: Rustic Cottage Lotion Bar

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Well, I may have missed the boat on these great lotion bars from The Rustic Cottage but I'm hoping she brings them back. Also, I apologize for not posting yesterday- It was my fiance's day off from work, and we had to *gasp* clean! Evil! I'm also working really hard on trying to find a job so we can move out of our in-laws house so posting may be slow off and on. Don't worry though, I'm still working hard to find you awesome stuff.

Back to the lotion bars. I was participating in a "Secret Pal" gift exchange, and my secret pal sent me this great thing- a lotion bar. A lotion bar is basically a mix of beeswax, shea butter, and essential oils- it makes a great soaplike bar that you rub between your hands. It melts a little and then absorbs into your skin. It can be a little bit greasy but its really the best invention ever- totally gets rid of all messiness (though I'm a fan of whipped shea butter too, I like the mess-free appeal every once in a while).

Right now, The Rustic Cottage seems to be out of stock, but the ones I got from here are great- I prefer the unscented, but there are a few nice scents that might appeal to you. Lavender isn't bad.

Edit: Lotion Bars are now BACK IN STOCK! Yay!! So grab some now- you know you need one.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Featured Item: Time after Time Buttons

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You guys know I like buttons, right? Well, I do. I love pinback buttons. I love them in all sizes from 1 inch all the way up to 6 inches. I don't have a huge collection, but I have them and that's what matters, isn't it? Anyway, this is a set I'd really love to add to my collection. Time after Time. Kate Black is probably one of the most innovative sellers on Etsy. She's also one of the more well know etsy personalities.

Kate owns a site called Bad buttons, and boy does she ever make bad buttons. not all of them are as tame as the time after time set- She has everything from pinup girls to zombie pride, and all the gritty stuff in between. On her etsy shop she also sells notebooks made from old records and record covers, and a variety of pendants and button based ephemera- like pocket mirrors and bottle openers.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Featured Item: Summery Crocheted Earrings

When I saw all of Crochet Girl's crocheted earrings, I was in love. These especially caught my eye, being hot pink and all. The reason I love these? Well, aside from them being really awesome looking, I am always excited to see when someone does a creative and non-tacky project with crochet. It is very easy for crocheted items to fall into the sort of thing you'd find at a store called "Kountry Kraft Kitchen," and while I think these "Krafts" have a place in the world and sometimes even in my house, I love when crochet finds a "hip" place to rest for a while.

Crochet earrings not your thing? Check out all of Crochet Girl's stuff. She's got crocheted flower embellishments, Crocheted beads, chokers, and over 100 other items- bound to be something that strikes your fancy. Aside from these earrings, my personal favorite is the rainbow bead earrings, which may very soon end up actually dangling from my lobes. If one of you doesn't snatch them first.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Featured Item: Flashy Necklace


First off, sorry for the missed posts- technical difficulties on our part. But I'm back with this.

You know what I'm a sucker for? I'm a sucker for metal mesh. Fabric made out of metal. I adore it. There's something about the awesome drape of metal made into fabric that I just can't resist, and that's why I'm thisclose to buying this great necklace from T8 Designs. While you're over at their store be sure to check out some of the other neato stuff they've got- like the clockwork jewelry or the teardrop necklace. This store is a great place for innovative jewelry design you can truly admire.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Featured Item: Amigurumi Sumo Wrestler

So I saw the pattern for this cute amigurumi a few weeks ago, and of course, because I'm a crafter and a crocheter, I had to buy it. You can't get any cuter than this little guy, and since I realize that not everyone who reads the featured blog is not a crafter (or if they are, maybe they don't crochet), I figured today I'd feature the cute little guy that inspired the pattern.

I think what I like best about this little guy is his loincloth- I love embellishments on amigurumi. That's why I enjoyed jack sparrow so much- he wasn't just embellished with yarn, he had fabric and beads too. I think it's important for crafters to realize you really can mix media- a lot of times it turns out really well! But seriously- check out moss. The store may seem a little bare, but the quality of what is there is beyond anything I've seen for a long time.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Featured Item: Handmade Denim Journal

So, I was puttering around, chatting with people in the red room, and trying to figure out what to feature. I've mentioned I have a ton of stuff "in the works" but nothing I can reveal just yet (I'm working on it, duh) and what do I find? This Awesomeness. I found it over at Lil Fish Studios, which looks to be a pretty new store I never noticed before. But, mainly, I'm a sucker for denim. And I'm especially a sucker for "jeans" made into other things. Combine that with my love for hardcover blank books (it's my inner desire to be a writer coming through), and you've got a winner. Something definitely worthy of being featured on a happy happy Tuesday.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Featured Item: Beads of 100 Sunrises

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In the creative spirit I'm featuring some very pretty beads I have been covetting for almost as long as I have been on Etsy. These pretty beads are based on a legend. You can find more information about this legend at The Pixies did It! The beads themselves are just absolutely gorgeous- I have no idea what I would make with them but they're so pretty I could probably just string them up and enjoy looking at them.

I could totally see a beaded curtain made from these- granted, it might get a bit pricey, but think how pretty it would be.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Featured Item: Felted Monster Luggage Tag

This great luggage tag made by From Belgium with Love is one of the most adorable things I have ever seen in my life. Given current status in most airports, I would never put this cutie on my luggage- well, maybe my carry-on- but I'd much rather keep this cutie on my purse or something. Or maybe I'd just hide it away in my hoard of stuff bought from Etsy.

Don't like monsters? Check out the felt flower garlands, the little green notebook, or the Waste Paper Basket Monster Pins. From Belgium with Love has an adorable style and they use vibrant colors, which makes them a complete winner in my book!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Featured Item: "Sundown" Felted Bowl

In celebration of my getting rid of my merino sock yarns by making crocheted bowls, I'm featuring this great bowl by Frenchie. Frenchie is a great frequenter of the Red Room, and she's been making these felted crocheted bowls for a while. I was going through my huge yarn stash today and deciding what on earth I was going to do with my tons of Knitpicks sock yarn. Since it's 100% wool I've decided to take a page from Frenchie's book, and make some felted bowls.

Frenchie's Shop is full of great crocheted accessories besides these really fun bowls- she makes scarves that are GREAT for those over-air-conditioned offices in the summer, along with some more heavy duty stuff for when winter comes along. Frenchie is also famous for her recycled plastic bags- she uses old grocery bags to make strips of "yarn" and then crochets great bags out of them, such as this one, which she sold (obviously because it is amazing!) Frenchie has told me personally, though, that you guys can look forward to more. So, in celebration of my felted bowl making- visit Frenchie! She's a truly inspirational woman!