Monday, December 24, 2007

90 Features in 90 Days Challenge - Part Six

Here's a continuation of that fabulous list of some fabulous artists!
Click on their links to visit their shops and blogs!

Current 90 Day Challenge List

58) PurpleSnowpeas
Welcome to Purple Snowpeas!
Knit Accessories * Photographs * Handbound Books
I have a variety of colors and styles of handknit winter hats. Kathryn loves to knit and crochet, take photographs while walking outdoors, craft small books for collecting thoughts, and anything else that keeps her hands busy.

59) RegalBeads
Welcome to a showcase of one of my passions!
I started beading over five years ago and took to it like a fish to water. I love the feel of the beads in my hands, the challenge of a new pattern, and the joy of a completed piece! Each of these pieces is carefully woven by myself with much care and attention, using high quality materials.

60) DAMdesigns
DAMdesigns - Unique & Original Art
Welcome, and thank you for visiting. I have grown up living on art. I put a lot of time and heart into the pieces of art I create, and I love doing it. I hope you will enjoy them.

61) Scorpienna
Scorpienna's Jewelry and Other Beaded Treasures!
Welcome to my shop! If you're looking for that perfect stocking stuffer, winter birthday gift, or a little indulgence for yourself, then you've come to the right place! I like to use tools, to make things, and to play with beautiful colors.

62) Shannon Saylor
SDS Designs
Just as jewelry should flow with the person. Beads are my way of expressing my creativity and I love both the designing process and the making of the jewelry itself. It flows from me when the creativity starts and I hope like my creations.

63) aromaticbodyoils
Zaja Natural Handmade Confections * Zestfully Ambrosial - Joyfully Aromatic
We make: Whipped Shea Butters, Cold Processed Handmade Soaps, Hot Processed Body Washes, Lotions, Body Butters, Deodorants, Perfumes and Colognes, Incense, Candles, Skin Care Products that promote clear healthy skin, And so much more! I am addicted to smelling good, which is why I have so many fragrances in stock. Enjoy your stay here at ZAJA, and please feel free to ask any questions that you may have. I am so happy that you have discovered my shop, and I hope that you find great products here that you will want to try out!

64) allyon67
P Miller Original Paintings, ACEOs, Prints and Jewelry
Artworks include: Colorful Seascapes, Bold, Vibrant Cityscapes, Stunning Abstracts and Fairies/Fantasy Art. You can also purchase beautiful jewelry from my store! I feel that creating art is a way of sharing your soul with others. My art reflects my beliefs in love, warmth, generosity, loyalty, and honesty. I a€™m inspired by science, fantasy, martial arts, architecture, and nature (especially water).

65) Glory2727
From My Brush - Let me share my joy of painting!
A Florida artist who loves to paint in acrylics, water color, and pen and ink with watercolor wash. Flowers are her favorite subjects.Her canvases are large 16x20 art renderings, candles, glass bud vases, wine glasses,wood, note cards and bookmarks.I also hand paint designs on small letters for name boards.

66) myfairladyvt4
Inspired Jewelry By Ann Burke
I love to work with beads. Especially seed beads and gemstones. Everything that is in this shop is made by Me one bead at a time. Nearly all of my items are "One Of A Kind" OOAK. I never make another item exactly the same. It's not as interesting the second time.

67) onathousandhills
On A Thousand Hills
I love playing with my beads and seeing what I can come up with to make. I am dedicating more time to be able to learn and grow in this art form. Yes, it IS an art form. God's creation is one of my favorite themes for my work, and I think everyone would have to agree how wonderful nature is.

68) cigarboxbeads (marilyn g)
I became a non-stop beadweaver when I purchased 3 vintage cigarboxes full of beads at a flea market---about 20 years ago. I'm still using those beads, plus a 'few' more I can not help but purchase! I also knit, sew, crochet, decoupage and lots and lots of other stuff so some other goodies might show up here as well, along with beads! Happy looking!

69) mycatlulu
I do custom stationery, invites, thank you's, announcements, any thing you would like on paper with a touch of flavor. I love custom orders, design work with the gocco or a banner for your own etsy shop. Thanks for checking out my shop!

Check back as I complete this list of fabulous Etsy artists!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Feature-Mini 32: Staci Rose


It's hysterical, timely, and almost always kicks you in the butt for a chuckle and a shake of your head!

I am being featured in a blog article of the same title as this post, at Lazy Cat's Blog. I am short, you could call me 'mini', at 5', 2". And, as of last February, I turned 32 years old. I couldn't help but laugh and shake my head! What an ironically, perfect title! You can take a look at it here:

Lazy Cat Gifts
Artisan crochet bead jewelry & fiber art
We enjoy using the skills from our grandmothers to create wonderfully hip and modern pieces. We crochet in both yarn and wire, creating artisan crochet bead jewelry, scarves, hats, etc. We are constantly looking for ways to expand crochet, and we love making custom items! Visit this fabulous shop by clicking the banner below!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Look what I found! It seems like a million years since my work has been featured in an Etsy Treasury, and today I found one showing off one of my Signature Swirl polymer clay pendants! Click on the image to view until Thursday, December 13th!

And, then visit Tag's Cats because not only does she rock, but she has some fabulous new work for sale in her shop! Click the banner and ENJOY!

Monday, December 10, 2007

My Bestseller

Emma Alvarez, one of the most fabulous people I've met while blogging, runs the Emma Alvarez Site: Cultural curiosities, stories of History, music, cinema, art, nature... And much to tell. When asked, she graciously suggested that I write about my bestseller.

And, without being vain, I believe I have three! Honestly, it makes me feel ecstatic to think about this and realize that while people do enjoy my work, there are three very specific creations that keep many customers coming to visit with me.

Bead Box for Beginners of All Ages!

Originally created as an age appropriate, handmade gift for my overly inquisitive niece, I started offering these on my blog and in my Etsy shop. One of my customers purchased a box as a way to spend time with her 10-year old daughter and I had a BLAST putting together goodies for BOTH of them! Here's what she wrote to me when they had received their Bead Box:

"OMG, Staci I absolutely love this!! My daughter was so excited she literally ran home! We made two necklaces and hers is so pretty. She used the blue star along with coordinating colors! We bought some elastic to make bracelets and more necklaces! Thank you for this we are truly truly happy."

Vino Hot Stuff - Wine Cork Trivets

Not only are these recycled, functional art, but they seem to be the perfect gift for the gourmet that has everything! Each trivet is unique in the corks that are used are NEVER the same combination or arrangement, and they can work as a trivet or even a mini cork board! And, I have a heck of a lot of fun creating these!

Custom Orders

I LOVE CREATING CUSTOM ORDERS! It's not a matter of following directions but listening very carefully to someones wants and desires and making that real! Something to wear, something to remember their mother, something special just for them. And, when everything comes together, the gratitude and joy absolutely warms my heart!

"Both pairs of earrings are even more beautiful than expected, PERFECT! Fantastic communication! Wonderful seller, she really listens to what you want! Thank you so much!!!" "Thank you so much for my stunning and special custom bracelet, I love it. I enjoyed doing business with you. Great communication, very friendly and nice to work with."

"Where do I start? Staci custom made this set especially for me, and not only is it the most beautiful thing I've ever owned, it's the most beautiful jewelry I've ever SEEN, PERIOD. But if you're ehre checking out her feedback, then you probably have already figured out that she's an amazing designer, so let me tell you about the quality and craftsmanship. I am wowed by the clasp on the necklace. I've had several necklaces with clasps that weakened and fell open while I was wearing them - this clasp is guaranteed for that never to happen, since it's got this nifty little hook-and-click mechanism. Definitely worth noting. She pays attention to the little things. :) Also, I got to know Staci a bit through our convos {email messages } when working on a custom order, she takes a LOT of care in drawing information out to see what you'd love. And is vastly successful in that endeavor, I might add.} and she's become a really good friend. I don't know what else to say other than that she is absolutely terrific, a gem of a gal, and is absolutely terrific at what she does. Buy from her! She'll likely have a famous line some day and you can say you've got a Staci Rose original!!!"

I LOVE to create and when that feeling of joy is passed on to others, I believe that's even better!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Rosehaven Cottage - A Place Where A Passion for Life is Born

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage suggested that I blog about..."the piece that you've made that was the hardest for you to sell because you fell in love with it as you created it."

She asked, as if there was only ONE!

Candy Collection - Gemstone Necklace
(Worn to the 2005 Tony Awards!)

Beachtime! - Gemstone Bracelet

B'shert/Meant to Be - Picture Frame

Green Sculpture
- Gemstone Earrings

Blue Line - Oil Painting

Ceramic Vase

New Life, Old Life - Magic Mirror

Rainbow Skull Wine Charms

I would say most of these pieces gave me great pleasure to create - and I know their owners are now loving them! I truly believe each piece I create is destined for their own special recipient!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Diane Clancy - Enhancing My Spirit

Diane Clancy, a fellow WWAO and Etsy artist said to me, "I want to hear about your hopes and dreams and what you are doing to fulfill them! "

I think this is a loaded question and I'll try my best to answer it honestly and as artistically unpretentiously as I can!

I have had my creative spirit yanked right out from under me. After an accident, I suffered major trauma and am now a chronic pain patient. I have always been an artist or crafter in some way or another but after the accident I was immobilized for quite some time. And, oil painting in bed just wasn't very practical! Besides that, I suffer from increasingly painful TMD and while my voice still exists, speaking, singing, even sneezing is painful!

My hopes and dreams are to heal. But, it might mean healing in a way where I might still encounter my pain, but be able to continue my art. I still sing in a Salsa/Klezmer band, Meshuggenismo. I am highly medicated and I end up in bed for days afterwards easing that pain. But, when I sing, I am in love with my band, the music, our audience! I tell my doctors: "It's good for my soul, bad for my face."

And, while I still have medical issues that keep me from my canvases, on those good days, I paint up a storm!

In the meanwhile and sometimes on those bad days, I use my talents to create gemstone jewelery or decorate picture frames - I connect with other artists, work on my Etsy Shop and write in my blog.

Quite simply, I dream of finding my place in my own world. A new world, a world that has drastically changed and hope I can find a new self that fits and enjoys her art.

Friday, December 7, 2007

100th Post & Nice Matters!

Indifference scares me. We live on a fairly large globe full of myriad of living beings and it's difficult to grasp that love, companionship, and kindness do not have their places as well.

At least, I believe nice matters. And, when I needed help, I got it, and am proud to pass this award on to Rose Haven Cottage and Diane Clancy.

And, I will be dedicating my next three posts to some fabulous ideas!

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage suggested that I blog about the piece that you've made that was the hardest for you to sell because you fell in love with it as you created it. Which actually happens a lot to many artists! Please visit her blog by clicking the banner below:

Diane Clancy said, "I want to hear about your hopes and dreams and what you are doing to fulfill them! " And, you can visit her art blog by clicking her banner:

And, a shout-out to the wonderful woman that gave me this award and deserves it a million times over, Emma Alvarez suggested that I write about my bestseller. Take a peek at her fabulous blog by clicking her banner:

Thank you for making my 100th post special!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Todays Feature: Staci Rose Designs

Today, I got a message from Adrienne, a fellow Etsy artist, about her blog: Personality Plus Boutique - Etsy Artist Features. She wrote a lovely post about my shop and I'd like to share it with you here!

~~~~Personality Plus Boutique~~~~
Personality - all in a boutique!
We are a mom and daughter team! We have wanted to start our own business for years, and we have finally done it! Offering unique, quality embroidered gifts - are both so excited to be starting this new venture! Click the banner below to be whisked away to their adorable shop!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

A Rose is A Rose is A Rose

An extremely flattering title of a wonderful feature by George McKim, on his wonderful blog George McKim - Artist Blog. A fellow Etsy artist, I am proud to share this post with you!

From the Studio of George McKim
Fine Art Paintings, Collage, Lino Prints & Note Cards
Please click on the banner below to enjoy his highly creative work!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

I Took the Handmade Pledge!

Buying Handmade makes for better gift-giving.

The giver of a handmade gift has avoided the parking lots and long lines of the big chain stores in favor of something more meaningful. If the giver has purchased the gift, s/he feels the satisfaction of supporting an artist or crafter directly. The recipient of the handmade gift receives something that is one-of-a-kind, and made with care and attention that can be seen and touched. It is the result of skill and craftsmanship that is absent in the world of large-scale manufacturing.

Buying handmade is better for people.

The ascendancy of chain store culture and global manufacturing has left us dressing, furnishing, and decorating alike. We are encouraged to be consumers, not producers, of our own culture. Our ties to the local and human sources of our goods have been lost. Buying handmade helps us reconnect.

Buying handmade is better for the environment.

The accumulating environmental effects of mass production are a major cause of global warming and the poisoning of our air, water and soil. Every item you make or purchase from a small-scale independent artist or crafter strikes a small blow to the forces of mass production.

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