Wednesday, November 28, 2007

This is just a small sampling of the kinds of items that can be found in the wonderful shop of Crafty Moose. From French beaded flowers, to dolls and mini works of original art, this shop has something for everyone. I chose these items because each one has special meaning for me. I love beaded flowers and like to collect Santas. Venice,Italy is on my list of the top 10 places to visit, but unfortunately I missed Burano. The picture below has convinced me that next time I go, Burano will be on my list of places to see. Get your holiday shopping list ready and pay this shop a visit. Don't forget to visit Crafty Moose's blog too.

Crafty Moose

Today I am featuring the charming shop of Crafty Moose. Please read her bio below:

"I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. I am self-taught and have enjoyed painting, needlework, quilting, polymer clay and jewelry making. Most recently, I have found myself drawn to beads and have returned to the art of french beaded flowers. I enjoy making original, one-of-a-kind butterflies & dragonflies. I am also introducing a new line of one-of-a-kind beaded art dolls and suncatchers. Custom requests are welcome. All my items are lovingly created in a smoke-free, pet-free environment.The name Craftymoose came about because of my love of crafts and my husband's love of moose. My avatar is the head of a 4'+ tall moose I made him one Christmas!"

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Three in One

This lovely necklace by Berry Patch Designs has a unique design that can be worn three different ways. If you like a full look you can wear it as a double strand necklace. For a more simple look, wear it as a single strand by removing the shorter piece. The short piece can also be worn a s a bracelet. Berry Patch Designs carries many lovely jewelry pieces like the earrings you see below. Don't forget to read her blog too.

Berry Patch Designs

Today I am featuring the shop , Berry Patch Designs. Please read the artist's bio below:

"I love to combine the varying colors and textures of the natural world. There are so many feelings and places to love about our world!The materials I use in my jewelry are those that remind me of those places and feelings: turquoise, jasper and agate in their infinite varieties, other semiprecious gems, like amazonite's soft greens, garnet's rich wine colors, bronzite's gold-flecked chocolate depths. High quality man-made glass and metal beads join in the visual symphony; they have their own brightness and feelings to contribute. Hearing and seeing that people enjoy wearing my jewelry is one of the best things about designing jewelry.See my "alter-ego" and "alternate reality" shop:
I do make custom pieces on spec. You don't have to buy them if you don't like the final piece. If you would like a custom piece made, please convo me."

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Last Leaves

Those snowy winter days are just around the corner, so Sue of Signature Sterling named the earrings below Last Leaves. I think the warmth of the colors in the lamp work beads will brighten up those long winter months ahead. Sue's etsy shop carries many lovely designs using lamp work beads. I just love the necklace below!

Signature Sterling

Today I am featuring the etsy shop Signature Sterling. Please read this talented artist's bio below.

"Welcome! SignatureSterling specializes in designing sterling silver beaded jewelry - bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. I use primarily sterling silver - not silverplated unless noted - for all silver beads, spacers, charms, findings, toggles, etc. I also use color and texture with genuine Swarovski crystals/pearls, lampwork beads, Czech glass, and semiprecious stones. My line of Buckeye (Ohio State) jewelry also features life-like lampwork buckeye beads.Committed to high quality in supplies and design, I am a SRAJD (#1111), Self-Representing Artist Jewelry Designer.You'll also find me at"

Friday, November 23, 2007

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

That's how I feel when I look at Mary Hamilton's beautiful work. Her Bougainvillea On a Rampage painting puts a smile on my face and reminds me of all the wonderful places I have visited, like Key West where bougainvilleas grows wild. I love the vivid colors and subject matter of these paintings. Check out Mary's wonderful shop, Dream On, and don't forget to read her blog too.

Dream On

Today I am featuring the etsy shop, Dream On. Please read the Mary Hamilton's bio below.

" I always loved to cut, paste, paint and draw from my earliest memories. Creating art is what I do, it's built-in by my creator, He enables me, and I love it.My college degree is in art. In addition I have received training from some fine national and regionally-known artists. Some of my most important lessons came from not so well-known, but wonderful artists who now paint in the sky, and local artists who teach the basics, as well as the artists I paint with.I value the presence of a recognizable subject in my paintings. I love it when the center of interest appears in the midst of background objects that aren’t so well-defined. I want watercolor to look like watercolor, and I want my paintings to have a painterly look, not a photographic copy. Therefore I am an impressionist, because I don’t want to over-control the media. "

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I'm Sorry

Apologies can often be difficult. That's why if you do it with a sense of humor, it helps everyone feel happy again. Katie, of Knuckletoes, obviously has a great sense of humor, as you will see in her collection of apology cards. Her charming shop also carries handmade jewelry, purses, clothing and other gift items. If you owe someone an apology, this could be the best way to do it!


Today I am featuring Knuckletoes, Katie's very interesting etsy shop. Please read her bio below:

" Hi there, I'm Katie, thanks for stopping by.I'm a small time, jewelry, clothing and purse maker who wants to share her style with the world! I'm from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and every year I try to make it out to the surrounding Folk Festivals to sell my product. I've gone the last two years and really hope to make it out again in 2008!I try to make my clothing and purses out of recycled materials. Anything from tablecloths, to pillowcases, to reused LP record covers. This not only gives my items a vintage feel, but it helps the environment, and what more do you need?If you see anything you like, don't hesitate to contact me and ask me any questions you like about it. If you're in the area, I may be able to cut down on your shipping, so let me know!You can find me also at:Myspace

I've also started a second shop for all of my items made from recycled records: "

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Grandmother's Gift

The three owners of Lazy Cat have something in common. Their grandmothers taught them how to crochet. Allison, Kelly and Stasia have used this wonderful skill to create the pieces you see here as well as well as many other beautiful, handmade scarves, hats, and intricate necklaces. The results are amazing. Please take a look at their wonderful etsy shop and get your checkbooks ready!

Lazy Cat

Today I am featuring the shop of Lazy Cat which is the collaborative effort of three good friends. Please read about Allison, Kelly and Stasia in their profile below.

" Lazycat's profile is still under construction, but here's some info to get you started!Customer service and shipping information can be found below.Lazy Cat Gifts was created by three friends in Ann Arbor, MI. Two of them were in medical school at the University of Michigan and the third worked in a laboratory there. All of us had grandmothers who crocheted, however Kelly was the only one who had really learned well. She "retaught" the rest of us how to do it, and after honing our skills for several years making many gifts for many family members and friends, we decided to try to sell some of our creations! We had a good start at a local craft show and found while searching for a gentle way to beginning selling online. (Plus, Etsy comes with the bonus of a great community of artists!) Etsy is also great for us, because Kelly has moved to Philadelphia, while Allison and Stasia still live in Ann Arbor. However, we keep in touch every day!We enjoy using the skills from our grandmothers to create wonderfully hip and modern pieces. We crochet in both yarn and wire, creating jewelry, scarves, hats, etc. We are constantly looking for ways to expand crochet, and we love making custom items!We are updating our store all the time, so please check back often to see what new goodies have appeared!Currently, we are featuring Kelly's mom's items in "Ruth Ellen's Creations" as she is unable to make her own website, so please check out her beautiful quilts and tasty dog treats. NOTE: Tasty dog treats are currently out of stock for the summer months. They will return in the fall. If your doggie is desperate for some more, please send us a convo/message, and we'll see what we can do.Read more about our cats and our store on our blog:"

Monday, November 19, 2007

Buttons N' Bows

If you are looking for unique gifts, take a look at these darling button bracelets by Ulixis. They come in a variety of shapes,colors and designs and would make a lovely gift. She also does journals and I thought this one might be the perfect gift for the season. Just imagine all the wonderful things you might include in a book like this! Pictures, memorabilia, and other items could be included or leave it blank for that special someone to fill with daily thoughts or events.


Today my featured etsy shop is Ulixis. Please read shop owner Amanda's bio below.

"My name is Amanda, I'm 21 years old and I grew up in the middle of nowhere - Northern Ontario. I'm currently a fifth year Honours Biology and Pharmacology co-op student at McMaster University and I'm working in the Janssen lab on my thesis. I do real-time videomicroscopy of smooth muscle cell migration.I've been crafty my whole life, and enjoy making a variety of things. When I was younger, it was drawing, then wreathes, dolls and beading. Now, my focus has switched to notebooks and jewelry. I also enjoy cooking, reading, writing and problem solving.Please check out my blog, where I'll be posting regularly on personal tid-bits, inspirations and featuring other Canadian / Etsy sellers!!
Also, I'm currently working on my website, Check back soon!"

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Shop Here and Stay Calm!

You have come to the right place for your holiday cards, gift tags and party invitations at Vanessakimball, a wonderful little shop on etsy. I love the simplicity and clean lines of Vanessa's cards and other paper items.I am sure you will too!

Vanessa Kimball

Today's featured artist does some beautiful work with paper. Please read her bio below and don't forget to look at her blog and website.

"I'm a graphic designer for a design company called Ekcetera Producitons. I'm glued to my computer. I wonder if there's such thing as a design addiction. Oh and I'm also addicted to Lipsmackers lip gloss. Strawberry Kiwi to be exact. Don't judge. :)I also enjoy interior decorating, tennis, music, painting, vintage, IKEa, listening to The Current,coffee table books and art.You can also check out my blog.
It's pretty random stuff. If you need any custom work done please contact me. I'd be happy to work with you."

Friday, November 16, 2007

Find your Bliss

Finding your bliss is easy to do in Alternate Bliss' etsy shop. Her amazing watercolors and handmade silver pieces will certainly put a smile on your face. The talent of this artist is evident in all her work. I love the way she presents her jewelry in the charming little box you see below. don't forget to read her blog.

Alternate Bliss

Today I am featuring Alternate Bliss, an etsy shop with mixed media art. Please read what the artist has to say below:

"I am a Mixed Media Artist. In my shop you will find orignal Art. Including Watercolor Art, ACEO's, Art Prints, and hand made Silver Jewelry.

This is my alternate bliss....What's Yours?"

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Folk Art

Something about Benny's cute face captivated me and after I read his sad story, I knew he had to be on my blog. Take a look at the creative folk art pieces done by Maryann. She also works in mixed media collage. Don't froget to take a look at her blog.

Backwoods Creations

Today I am featuring the etsy shop of Maryann Anderson of Backwoodscreations. Please read her bio below.

"I have been doing the arts and crafts thing since I was a wee child. Mom always said idle hands can make trouble. I love keeping the creativity flowing and still find time to get into trouble. My creative endeavors are somewhat eclectic. Currently I am making art dolls and painting. If you are interested in learning more about me and my artistic leanings check out my blog at www. of my items are made in a smoke free environment but we do have pets (2 corgis - Rudy and Cleo and 2 cats- Stella and Minnie). If you have any questions or concerns before or after your purchase please let me know. "

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Mandalas and Quilting

If I could sew, I would put Indigoluna's gorgeous mandala piece in the center of a quilt using her richly colored hand dyed quilting squares . What a stunning piece that would be! Indigoluna's multi talents are evident when you visit her interesting shop on etsy. Get your shopping list handy and make sure to read her blog as well.

Indigo Luna

Today I am featuring the etsy shop Indigoluna. Please read the artist's bio below.

"I have always been an artist. I have always drawn, cut, pasted, painted, collected, sewn, written and dreamed. I have been driven by the question, “What if?” (and fighting against its archenemy, “That won’t work!”)I also wear many other hats. Among other things, I am a sign language interpreter, an energy worker, a minister, a blogger, a wife to a wonderful and creative man, and a mother to two wild and amazing little girls. All of these roles shape and change and inform my art.I am a 5th generation Oregonian. This lush and verdant environment is in my blood. I grew up in a valley surrounded by tree-covered hills and blessed with a great deal of rain. I memorized the names of flowers as a child. I picked basketsful of mushrooms in the damp woods and studied moss and built forts inside of blackberry thickets. After traveling the United States, I can’t imagine living anywhere else.My work has appeared on the cover of the 2005 Quilting Arts Calender, in Artella Magazine, Art/Quilt Magazine, Fiberarts Design Book 6, as well as many juried shows.Visit my blog at"

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Art of Journaling

Many people keep a daily journal of their thoughts,feelings , and events in their lives. Some people ,like myself ,journal when traveling to remember every wonderful detail of their trip. Whether you journal or plan to in the near future, Michael's books will be a very special place to keep your innermost thoughts. please visit for brightly darjeerlingpaper colored paper cards and lovely journals. Don't forget to read Michael's blog.


Today I am featuring Michael Gresh's beautiful etsy shop darjeerlingpaper. Please read about the artisit in his bio below.

"My name is Michael Gresh, and I am a man of many trades. Designer of hotels by day, craft inventor and schemer by night. I am a self-proclaimed "paper nut", and my work hopefully shows just that.I am co-owner of DemiGod Studio, an ecclectic duo of craft & art show afficionados. When I'm not working on plans to open our very own shop, I bide my time coming up with new and inventive ways to use up the stockpile of paper I've accumulated over the years.I started Darjeeling Paper, Ltd. as a way to showcase my paper goods, and to distinguish my works as a new product division of DemiGod.Viva La Independante!"

Monday, November 12, 2007

Wench's Lace

It was very difficult for me to choose which necklaces to feature from earthcharms shop. I am partial to chokers so I chose the two necklaces you see below. Very feminine ans sexy and I love the name she chose for the adventurine piece below. Please visit earthcharms at the following: and


Today's featured artist is earthcharms. Kirsten's lovely etsy shop carries jewelry and other accessories like book marks and pocket stones. I keep a pocket stone to remind me of just how lucky I am. earthcharms tells us the metaphysical properties of the stones and makes some amazing macrame choker necklaces.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Making a List and Checking it Twice

Yes, it's that time of year again. Sarah's cute and practical notepad is a great way to keep your holiday shopping lists ready and available. The card below would make a lovely gift card for the season. Then you can go shopping on my blog for some handmade gift items. One stop shopping is always great. Make sure to visit Sarah's etsy shop and her blog soon.

Simply Said by Sarah

My featured artist for today is Sarah Orton. Please read her bio .

"Sarah Orton is a graphic design student in North Carolina. Her flair for design stems from a lifelong interest in crafts and her pieces demonstrate a fun spin on a contemporary sense of style. Encouraged by the requests she’d begun to receive from fellow employees and friends, Sarah decided to combine her creativity with her business sense, and Simply Said by Sarah was born. Each piece is handcrafted and unique, and is sure to add a tasteful touch of originality to your home!" -JDO

Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Taste Of Brazil

I have enjoyed browsing the the shops of Bebe de Soares. Her Contasbrasil and Contascoeln shops feature unique and colorful items with a Brazilian flavor. The bag you see below is one of the beautiful items in her shop. I love the "waterfall" necklaces like the one in the photo. The jewelry comes in unique gift bags. Don't miss Bebe's blog.


Today I am featuring the colorful and unique designs of ContasBrasil. Please read her bio below and check out her etsy shops.

"ContasBrasil - more than just jewelry .Since 2005, the Brazilian Suzy Wortberg designs in Cologne custom jewelry together with two artists from her native country, BebĂȘ de Soares and Ana Vilas Boas. Brazil meets Europe. Where different cultures meet, ideas spring up. Contrasts produce exciting new concepts. Jewelry is the expression of personality. Thus all ContasBrasil products are handmade, unique pieces, developed with a taste for things special. Inspired by the Brazilian light, it's many-sided culture and the countless riches of the Brazilian soil. Motivated by the desire of bringing people the unique feeling of life in Brazil."

Friday, November 9, 2007

Goddess' Delight

Bring out the goddess in you with one of Kreative Mindz yummy hair wraps. Create your own "look" whether you have short or long hair. Having a bad hair day ? Here is your solution. This shop also carries beautiful wooden boxes like the one above and clothing items too. Happy shopping! Read more about this creative team on their blog.

Kreative Mindz

Today's very interesting shop belongs to Kreative Mindz. Please read about her work from her bio.

"KreativeMindz is our company I started a few years ago (a dream I've had forever). Aly and Beau are a husband and wife team, supporting each other through love, laughter and creativity. An-G is one of Aly's best friends, who is a wonderful seamstress and enjoys sewing in her free time, when she isn't being a vet :).We mostly make clothing (in all sizes and colors), Goddess Wraps™, Hot Packs, Bags, Purses, Wallets, Cuffs and many other cool things! Beau is a very skilled craftsman and carpenter. Check out the Wooden Kreationz section to see some things my husband is now adding. :DA LITTLE ABOUT US I was born and raised in a home of artists. My mother a painter, and my father a photographer. As kids we always were doing some sort of "project". This has continued for me throughout my life, dipping my hands in all sorts of creative "projects". I found my nitch in sewing. I LOVE creating different things. I picture it in my mind and then it is my "gift" I suppose. And I enjoy working with the different fibers to see what can be done with them.I mostly stay at home and mother our 2 wonderful and beautiful children (9 and 2), my husband and best friend, our 3 dogs and a cat, and our beautiful land. This keeps me busy, as I'm sure you can imagine, but I try to sew on a daily basis, even if it's only 15 minutes. I have been making clothes for many, many years (15 to be exact). I first started when I was 15 and made a patchwork skirt by hand for a show I was going to. As I got older I bought a sewing machine and began making clothes to support my traveling and music habit. I have traveled all over the country selling my clothes at all the wonderful shows and festivals. I miss that sometimes but am so blessed to have my 2 wonderful and beautiful children. When my son got older I started working in the film business...helping design sets and such. This was wonderful and fun work, but I truly missed being home. My daughter was born 2 years ago, and with the help of my wonderful and supportive husband, I started to stay home again. I knew we needed the extra income here I am...trying to learn my way around the Internet highway. I am so very thankful to have this opportunity to be able to watch my children grow!!! We enjoy our land and our organic gardens. Hiking, fishing, swimming, playing, camping, fires, drum circles and a show when we can catch one. My husband is a carpenter and loves working with his hands and building wonderful things! An-G is living in Columbus, where she just graduated from vet school(WHOOHOOO!!!). She is currently engaged to be married next summer! :)She has been sewing a long time as well, learning some from her mother and some from herself! More to come on An-G. :)Thanks to all of you whom support us stay at home mamas and independent artists!!!! And thank you for helping our dream become reality! We truly appreciate all the support! :D"

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Funky Blue

Find these delightfully warm and fashionable items in Lizstaley's etsy shop. I just love the color and the unique fish button on the scarf and the furry cuffs on the fingerless gloves. what a great way to stay warm this winter. Please take a look at Liz's shop for buttons, unique jewelry made with computer keyboard pieces and more.

Realm Of Nerdiness

My featured artist for today has a great shop with interesting items like the ones featured above. Please read what she has to say about herself.

"I grew up in Baltimore, but am now living in Greenville, NC. My mom got me into arts and crafts when I was really little (I wanted to help her paint ceramics when I was a baby, so she'd give me a paintbrush, a cup of water, and a rubber ducky. Took me awhile to figure out that it's supposed to change colors when you paint it though!). Ever since then I've loved to draw and create things.Now, I love doing art, crocheting, and am getting into making ACEO cards and sewing. I've been crocheting and drawing for years. I also love to make button pins. I tend to go on what I like to call "craft binges", where I'll make a whole bunch of a certain thing, so if you see long stretches of buttons or crocheted items in my listings, you'll know I've been on one!My hobbies when I'm not creating things are watching anime, playing tabletop role-playing games (Dungeons and Dragons; Big Eyes, Small Mouth; D20 Modern, West End Games' D6 System, etc), building web-pages, and playing on GaiaOnline[dot]com. I also have a gallery on DeviantArt and Flickr, both of which you can find with the user name lizstaley as well.I find that I really enjoy blogging abou tmy crafts as well! You can visit my blog at
In addition, I also write and illustrate a story that I publish to the web, and have been working on since I was a senior in high school. It's gone through many, many versions and updates, and I'm eventually thinking about having it published. You can check that out at"

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Unique jewelry and Gifts

The avatar says it all! This is a great place to shop. Stacirose's etsy shop carries jewelry picture frames and many other unique gift items. I would love for someone to buy me the personalized bead box. Maybe I should drop some hints at home or put it on a wish list. The earring and necklace below are part of a set in Staci's shop. Don't forget to take a peek at her blog too.

Staci Rose

Today's featured artist is Staci of stacirose. Please read her profile below:

"All pieces are original, hand-made, and one of a kind!Here's what some of my customers have said!
"Very impressive in every way.", Kate, NY
"Gorgeous earings; fast shipping; Will buy from again; good seller.", Livia, FL
"I love this piece. Mystical. Good transaction.", John, PA
"Sophistication PLUS Beautifully designed & well made jewelry by excellent Artist.", Lyn, NC
"Very fast shipping, thanks my son loves it!", Jody, WI
"Nice picture frame. Excellent communication and fast shipping. Highly recommend!", Mike, MD
"Beautiful Jewelry I plan to be a returning customer A+.", Bonnie, CT
"Even better than pictured, fast shipment, great to work with.", Nancy, WA
"Beautiful merchandise. Business-like. Thank you.", Rebecca, GA
"Wow! Great earrings, great price, amazingly fast, well-packed shipping. Thanks!", Georgia, LA
"Beautiful work & fast shipping. Will be back again! Super Creations.", Linda, AZ

My name is Staci and I am an artist living and growing in the San Francisco Bay Area. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoyed making it.I am a proud member of: WWAO - Worldwide Women's Art Organization EBSQ - an art collective.Please visit me at:
You can also find great Etsy Judaica items as well as Isreali Etsy sellers here:

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Flower Power!

Your child will stay warm and comfortable with the adorable items offered in Toni's shop, Kuddle Bugz Threadz. I love the bright colors of the items featured above. Please visit Toni's shop and read more about her on her blog.


Today I am featuring Toni of Kuddle Bugz Threadz who lives in the North Pole. You read that correctly! I figure she must know a lot about keeping warm and I am sure her darling hats, gloves, booties, mittens, etc. must be nice and toasty. These items would be a perfect gift for a baby or toddler. Please read about Toni's shop below.

"Thanks for taking an interest in my shop! My name is Toni and I am the mother of two wonderful little twin girls!Yes, I live way up North where it gets VERY cold in the winter...-50 degrees F! (And yes, there really is a place called North Pole! It is about 10 miles from Fairbanks, AK.) The winters do get long, but it is absolutely breath taking up here in Alaska! The summer days are amazing with such long days! I am most famous for being "Mommy" to my 15 month of twin daughters! I never knew I had so much love in me until I became a mother! They are my so precious! And they are the inspiration for KuddleBugz Threadz! With the need in Fairbanks for warm baby items, I felt a tug at my heart to use my talents to help other mom's! Tori and Trista inspired the name "KuddleBugz", they are truly my little kuddlebugz!Keep your little ones warm and cozy this winter with a beautiful Infant Car Seat Cover! For those tiny toes pick up a pair of warm and cozy booties! Don't have a NEW Baby? How about new hat or pair of mittens for that Toddler in your life?More items coming soon! Add me to your Heart Me list to see new inventory! Looking for something special? I can do custom orders! Please convo. me to let me know what colors you are looking for!Not sure what to get?? I offer Gift Certificates!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons!

Are you a Nintendo,animae,manga or Japanese art items fan? Then you have come to the right place. Lauren's shop, Lost Mitten is the place to find buttons, crocheted items, Nintendo and other interesting objects of art. The buttons I chose to feature are a small sampling of Lauren's work. I was a Nancy Drew fan so I just love this button set. All button sets have pin backs and are mailed on the cardboard mitten you see above. Put these buttons anywhere; on a coat, hat, pocketbook, or any old place that makes you happy. Check out this interesting shop and don't forget to read Lauren's blog.