Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Featured Artist: Summer Sea

Welcome to Summer Sea Herbs!
Making herbal products is an absolute joy for me, and I know that my love of Nature comes through in my work! I'm a certified Herbalist with over ten years of experience healing with herbs.

I make my herbal products with the finest organically grown and ethically wild-crafted ingredients available. Why Organic? Because I believe that my products are truly better when I use ingredients which have NOT been irradiated, treated with pesticides or sprays. Your body and spirit needs good, clean energy! Making every product with only organic ingredients costs a little more, but it's worth it!

Summer Sea Herbs is a small company, and I personally make all of my products in small batches, by hand. This ensures quality control and product effectiveness.

With many years experience as a medical Herbalist, and many more as a practicing Green witch, all my products are made with great care and skill. Whether you want a delicious tea or need an incense blend to assist in magickal workings, you can be confident that I have taken great care in blending your item. All my medicinal and magickal formulas are tried and true, developed from the personal needs of my community over the years.I keep my product packaging to a minimum, re-usable and recyclable, to have a low impact on the environment. It makes me very happy to help people through the use of herbs!Thanks for shopping at Summer Sea Herbs ~ Tracyw.

Etsy Street Team
~Proud founder of EarthPath Artisans Street Team E.A.S.T. We are a group of people who walk similar alternative spiritual paths, focusing our beliefs in the world of Nature.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Featured Artist: Staci Rose

1. Tell me a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).

Staci Rose, San Francisco, member of WWAO & EBSQ Artist Groups, have been a performance and visual artist since the age of four...possibly earlier - my memory doesn't go back too much farther!

2. What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

I do what the beads tell me to do.

3. What is your favourite thing in your shop and why?

My favorite at the moment is the Untitled painting. Doncha just wanna let it all hang out sometimes?

4. What is the best thing you have ever created?

I created a painting for my grandmother when she was diagnosed with cancer. I painted it with the pastel colors she loves, of a female figure running with fire in her hand.

5. Who is your dream buyer? Brad Pitt, Queen Elizabeth.

I love creating custom pieces. It's a very personal process and a creative challenge for me.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Featured Artist: Elements By Dawn

Behind the name: Elements by Dawn
Element - refers to the shape, form, mass, line, texture, pattern, light, and color of a design.

About the artist, Dawn Brandt
Dawn is particularly drawn to creating pattern and texture in her pieces. Through pattern and texture, her designs take on movement, visual and tactile interest. Through the use of color and form, she communicates emotion and energy. Dawn's pieces range from simplistic shapes and lines, evoking a sense of calm; to heavily textured with bold colors and lines, suggesting passion.

Her obsession with circles, spheres, disks, and symmetry is expressed throughout her designs.

Dawn is constantly learning new techniques, as well as perfecting traditional methods of metalworking and design.

Additionally, she is a full-time student, wife, and mother of two boys. She enjoys listening to music of all types, especially industrial, techno, a little ska, and classical. Dawn is a self-diagnosed coffee and cheese addict.

Custom Order Requests
Dawn loves to do custom work for her clients! If you are interested in having Dawn create a custom piece for you, please contact her via the "contact ElementsbyDawn" option on the right hand side of the screen, of her Etsy shop.

Wholesale inquires WELCOME

Additional Information
Visit her website at for show information and her blog.
**Member of the ETSY Street Team: Art Jewelry Collective**
**Member of the ETSY Street Team: WIST (Wisconsinites)**
**Member of the Kenosha Arts Association**
**Self-Representing Artist Jewelry Designer, member no. 407**

All contributed content Copyright Elements by Dawn 2006-2007

If you are interested in jewelry components and other neat things, see my sister site:!

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Featured Artist: My Heart 2 Yours

1. Tell me a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).

My name is Katie Lyn Sherry, I live in Kansas City Missouri. I am a member of the awesome KC Etsy street Team, we keep ourselves busy with local art shows and venues. I wish I had the time to be more active, but maybe when school is out. When I'm not running with scissors or playing with paper, I am a private tutor. I teach all levels of Math, Science, Study Skills and whatever that child needs for academic success. I love what I do, both the tutoring and the paper crafting.

2. What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?

My first handmade items were Mud Pies adorned with little mud decorations and rocks. I have always embellished everything!

3. What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

My art studio inspires me! I have 1,000's of dollars worth of supplies that just invite me to come play. I liken it to an amateur golfer who is given all the clubs, the cart and the chance to play on a championship golf course. What fun that must be!

4. Why should people buy handmade?

Hand Made is the best! Our world, especially our country, has become so involved with consuming. We eat fast, drive fast, dress fast, work fast, that sometimes we don't have the opportunity to give back. The artists of the world are literally giving part of themselves with their creations. On a lighter note, hand made items are unique, well made and are guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

5. Where do you think you'll be in five years?

In Five years, I am hoping to own a home way north of all the city lights and distractions, with a large art studio, well equipped kitchen and a sunken tub to soak and dream in! I also imagine myself surrounded by little kiddos and letting them create as well!

Come visit me!
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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Featured Artist: PauletteInsall

Like many other artists, Paulette has been creative from a very young age. From making knotted bracelets and hair accessories as a child to taking photos for her high school year book when she was older. She never thought of herself as an artist until a few years ago. For many years she dreamed of painting, but could never bring herself to pick up a paint brush until October of 2006. That's when her love of creating stories with paint and paper began.

These days when she’s not busy entertaining her very busy four year old son, you will find her stealing any moment she can in her home studio pouring her thoughts and emotions out into the visual stories she creates through her art.


Please visit my website to view more work or my blog to see what I'm up to and chat.


My art is about the search for connection…to self, to like minded spirits, to family, and to God. Most of my work depicts a sole woman because these are the stories of my own personal search and the emotions they invoke within my soul. My hope is that the visual stories I create with my art touch people from all walks of life and let them know that they are not alone…and find comfort in that knowing.

Proud member of the following Etsy street teams:

VAST (Visual Artists Street Team)

EtsyMom Street Team

PDX Etsy Street Team

Etsy Bloggers Street Team

Friday, October 26, 2007

Featured Artist: KreativeMindz

Kreative Mindz is our company I started a few years ago. Now we have added a new member, my best friend and partner in crime, An-G. We are a small company...just two gals, their sewing machines, fabric, thread, and some wild imaginations! We mostly make clothing (in all sizes and colors), Goddess Wraps™, Hot Packs, Bags, Purses, Wallets, Cuffs and many other cool things! Also check out the Wooden Kreationz section to see some things my husband is now adding. :D

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 thoughout 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 buisness...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!

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

We LOVE doing custom orders. Basically, this is how it works. We think up designs for our clothing. I usually draw them out, pick out coordinating fabrics from our HUGE selection, and cut away. We lay them out and begin to sew and WALAH....we have a kreation. We have so many different fabrics, I couldn't possibly begin to list them all. So if you see something you like, but you want it in a different fabric or size, convo or email us at, let us know what it is you are looking for and the colors you want. I will then go through our fabrics, lay out some options and send you some pics of your choices. I will also contact you throughout the process, with pictures and such, to be sure you are happy! I also have a huge selection of embroidery if you want embroidery on your item, let me know what you want, and we will see what we can come up with!

We will also take orders on custom boxes and signs! :D

Hope that explains my process! :)

Oh and feel free to check out all our work at ... that is my display as of now, for all the pieces we do (we do custom orders outside of etsy that we want to show off!!!)

Love, Light and Blessings

Etsy Shop:

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Featured Artist: Ellebelleonetsy

1. Tell me a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).

I'm Stacey, I own Elle Belle, and craft with 3 other friends and my Mom. You can check out the basics about how the shop got started in my Etsy profile, and a little something about each of us on my website the artist profile page.

2. What is the best thing about your products?

The best thing about our products is that they make being a Mommy easier and more fun. There are so many wonderfully unique products on the market for the modern parent. We've searched through tons of them and feel that we've found some of the best, most useful, and unique ones. Together, we've been able to make them even better with our own handmade style and approach.

3. Why should people buy your product?

Our customers can feel confident in the fact that each of their items are made with lots of care and their little one in mind. We're all Mommies, we know what quality baby items are, and we want to pass that on to other Moms.

4. Why should people buy handmade?

One of my favorite things about buying handmade is that there's a life behind the item. I relish the idea that perhaps the artist I've purchased from feels like I do when someone values something I've created enough to make it their own... proud, thankful, and supported.

5. What is your favourite thing in your shop and why?

It's hard to pick a favorite item. We have such a large variety of products that are each special for their own reasons, I can't possibly narrow it down to just one thing. I think the slings are the most useful and practical items in the shop, the pillowcase dresses are the prettiest, the chalkboard placemats are the most fun, the ballet slippers are the most unique/special, and the memory quilts are the most valuable.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Featured Artist: Earmark

1. Tell me a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).

Bridgette, San Diego, CA

2. What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

Everyday I am inspired, be it either a person or a place or a sound or smell, everything can be inspiring. Nature and Travel are probably my largest inspirations!

3. Why should people buy handmade?

Nothing beats a handmade item, they are always made with love and you know it is one of a kind! Not to mention they are usually made with items of higher quality than your run of the mill items.

4. Where do you think you'll be in five years?

In five years I would be happy to be doing what I am doing. I have been doing this for the past five years now and it has increased ten fold since the first year. So I am hoping that in the year 2012 (wow), I will be happily and comfortably successful, hopefully I will have had time to see the world here and there and who knows maybe a child, but that is to be determined at a much later date!

5. What is your favourite thing in your shop and why?

Currently, I think it has to be our adventure card set. It is my favorite colelction with the fun imagery and quotes to live by. I hope it evokes a sense of travel and adventure in all that read them.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Featured Artist: AnneDundas

1. Tell me a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).

My name is Anne Dundas, I live in Sydney, Australia. I'm part of the Etsy Glass Artists (EGA) team, as well as the Down Under Street Team (DUST). I have been creating jewellery since early 2004. It quickly became a passion which helped fill the time while caring for my mum who has MS.

Jewellery then lead me to the wonderful world of lampwork beads. Yet another way to play with colours. It's such a thrill to play with molten glass watching it flow and form beautiful objects.

2. What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?

Ohhh as a child, I remember making a little sculpture out of clay from the yard lol It was similar to the Easter Island heads but it had a body with arms and legs too! I think I even painted it with green paint! I have no idea why I made it, must of just been in the mood to play with mud lol

3. What is your favourite thing in your shop and why?

Oh everything! I love everything in my shop because I put a piece of my heart into each piece.

4. Besides what you feature in your shop, do you plan to turn your creative mind elsewhere or what do you hope to do, creatively, next?

Well besides creating jewellery and lampwork beads, I also currently design business cards, etc for other designers. Other than that I dont think I'll be doing much else, I hardly have the time!

5. Who is your dream buyer? Brad Pitt, Queen Elizabeth.

Ohhhhh dream buyer... hmm maybe Nicole Kidman, she has a wide range of styles and I'm sure something from my jewellery range would suit her. But to be totally honest, my dream buyer would be someone that genuinely loves the item they purchase.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Featured Artist: CryZtalvisions

I have been fascinated by crystals and stones for as long as I can remember. I had some wonderful teachers during my childhood who passed on their love of nature, geology, crystals and gemstones. I come from a long line of artistic souls on my father's side of the family. My great grandmother was an amazing artist who left behind some amazing oil paintings. She also painted and fired china, she had an fantastic eye for detail and could paint tiny pictures small enough to fit on a thimble. My father was a well rounded artist and crafts person and spent many years teaching art in the public school system.

I've been creating unique pieces of jewelry for almost 20 years now, and I'm still excited by the process and I have an almost insatiable appetite for learning new techniques of the craft. Along the way I have also been drawn to studying and practicing various energy healing arts, like Reiki, chakra balancing, Earth based energy medicine, shamanic practices, and Angel Therapy. I have found combining my love of minerals, my artistic eye and skill in the jewelry fabrication and design, along with my heightened sensitivity to energies creates a powerful synergy. I love to immerse myself in the creative process and I'm fascinated when some pieces seem to magically design themselves. I am pleased to share my passion with you here.

I delight in creating these pieces! Each one is unique, with its own energy that I feel as I work with the materials. They transport me to a place of deep knowing, relaxation and happiness as I work. My special pieces not only look wonderful when worn, but also carry with them the special healing energies of each gemstone or crystal. My work is a constant exploration of the interconnectedness of man and nature.

What's with the "Z" in Cryztalvisions? You may ask? It's an homage to one of my wonderful teachers who pronounced crystals: "creezzztals"

You can see my most recent creations in my flickr photo stream:

Also be sure to stop by my online store:

I'm on myspace:


Sunday, October 21, 2007

Featured Artist: So And Sew Crafty

1.) Tell me a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).

My name is Karen Copeland and I was born, raised and still live in Opp, Alabama. I've been sewing since about age 4 or 5, thanks to my grandmother! I have 4 wonderful children, son 25, son 20, son 19 and daughter 19! When I'm not "holed up" in my sewing room, I'm usually outside working with my flowers!

2.) What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?

I guess the first thing I remember sewing was a pretty green apron for my mother! My grandmother helped me make it on her old singer treadle machine, which I still have, and still works!

3.) What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

I guess you could say I am inspired by all the great fabrics I see. I also try to create things that people have expressed an interest in or need for.

4.) If you had a client who had unlimited money, what would you create for him and why?

Most likely it would be one of my memory quilts. I love to do them for people because it gives them a new way to show off and look at memories of fun times and loved ones.

5.) What is the best homemade item you have ever bought?

I would say the handmade rocking chair that sits in my sewing room!

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Featured Artist: Lunachick

Each of my designs combines quality materials, including natural gems, precious metals, crystal and organics such as pearls, amber and shell, to make for a truly unique wearing experience.

My shop offers lots (count em...LOTS) of one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry pieces. From bracelets to chokers, earrings to necklaces, I've got something to please just about everyone here.

I make a point to use the most unique gemstones I can get my hands on: unique colors, cuts...the more unusual the better!

I specialize in chainmaille and sterling silver wirework designs with gemstone accents.

Each piece designed to bring about a positive change in mood to the wearer and I believe that jewelry should be expressive and bring attention and compliments. Who doesn't love a compliment, for cryin' out loud???!!!

Don't see what you're lookin' for? Custom work is available at no extra cost, and inquiries are more than welcome.

Check out all the great deals in the Clearance section! I'm talkin' at LEAST 50% off! I'm clearing out some older pieces to make room for the new items in the works, so snag em' before they're gone!

*~*~Want Some Great Destash Goods?~*~*
Check out my destash at! I list beads, focals and pendants pretty regularly and you never know what you'll find!

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Featured Artist: A Rose By Name

I am a self-employed wife and mother of two teenage daughters. I enjoy beading and find that it is my therapy for stress!

My daughters and I first tried beading many years ago. Over the years, the beads have gotten smaller and the designs more intricate. Although my girls no longer bead, they enjoy wearing the pieces that I have created.

Etsy Street Teams are awesome and I have become a part of these great groups!
Etsy BeadWeavers Street Team:
Cleveland Rocks Etsy Street Team:
BBEST - Boomers & Beyond Etsy Street Team:

OPTIONS: Note that bracelets can be made in a wide variety of colors. Please contact me for other color options.

Thank you for your interest in my shop and I hope to do business with you very soon!

Etsy shop:


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Featured Artist: Shoozles

Hello All!
I'm Shoozles, it's a nick name that goes way back and stuck with me so now it is my company name. I am an artist/jewelry maker, former graphic designer mother of triplets. I have made all kinds of jewelry for over 17 years now, clay, poly clay, paper, plastic that includes shrink plastic and the friendly plastic kind but nothing compares to fusing glass.

Of the 17 years in jewelry I have fused glass for 7 of those years now. My fusing anniversary just came up HA! I never get tired of creating ART for people to wear, just makes me happy. If you asked me what my greatest job has ever been I would tell you it is being a mom to my 3, 11 yr old boys. They are the reason I work from my home now and gave up that high pressure advertising and design job :) No regrets I tell ya!

I did ebay for over 4 years and I am proud to say I have 100% feedback, but I am glad I have ebay behind me and have found a place here that loves the artist in me.

I hope you will be happy with the things I have here please feel free to ask questions, I also do custom work as well. I love to have contact with my customers.
Thanks so much for looking.

Check out other Wonderful glass artists here I am a member of the EGA Etsy Glass Artists

I am a proud member of WWAO (Worldwide Women Artists Online), an
international collective of women artists showing and selling our work
online. To see more quality art by prominent women artists, search

My other etsy shop


More photo of stuff that has sold and pics of my family on Flickr:

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Featured Artist: wanderlustNpixiedust

My name is Valerie and I live in Riverside, California. I am an ex-flight attendant and current part-time crossing guard. I mention my previous occupation because since putting that job behind me, I have found it close to impossible to return to an 8 hr a day, caged in, office job. This is a huge reason for me winding up on ETSY. My original intent was to offer only handmade jewelry. But I started a blog and opened an ETSY shop at the same time, aggravating tendonitis in both my hands. I've been dealing with this condition for many years now but I've given myself a double whammy here. I have more supplies than handmade goods available at the moment but am slowly but surely trying to change that. Two of my greatest inspirations are music and my past travels. I find it difficult if not close to impossible to create or make anything without music playing. When the music stops so do I. It's almost as if the music has some magical ability to inspire me and keep me motivated.

I am espescially fond of sacred heart images. They remind me of everything from Christmas time at my grandma's house as a child to past adventures in Europe and Rome. Beautiful churches and cathedrals. San Antonio & Santa Fe even. I find them very soothing and always have several up and about my home at any given time.

I think that people should by handmade for two reasons. Number one, to support one another. Number two, because it's a wonderful and easy way to find items that are unique and not mass produced. Having said that. I am well aware that there are many folks out there who just love common AND mass produced. I am not one of them.

Favorite thing in my shop? Actually at the moment it's the glass glitter. I've always loved glitter and things that sparkle. Earliest memory: Walking home from junior high. There was a glass enclosed phone both that was always being smashed to smithereens. I loved picking up the bits and pieces and placing them on my bureau. I also had a mirror that shattered. I wrote all over it with lipstick and refused to throw it aways because I loved the design the cracks made when it broke. Mom was always scolding me to toss these items away claiming that I was going to cut myself. Come to think of it, she'd probably say the same thing if she knew I was playing with glass glitter!

To visit wanderlustnpixiedust's Etsy store, please go to:
To visit wanderlustnpixiedust's blog, please go to:

Monday, October 15, 2007

Featured Artist: Kalicat

My mother always commissioned her jewelry and would take me with her as a child to the jewelers. It was fascinating to see the design process. I had a real craze for earrings and little pocket money so the solution was to make my own. I got materials from a bead store and started to wear my creations.

Many years later, I could not find an engagement ring I liked that was different from the usual "Solitaire" diamond. Quite naturally, I designed and commissioned it. I also had to design a matching wedding band and my husband's. As time went by, I was designing and commissioning more and more: earrings, chains, rings.... It suddenly occurred to me that I should just learn the proper skills myself and get on with it. That was in October 2006.

I also enjoy creating bespoke jewels for clients, turning their ideas into the jewels of their dreams, for themselves or loved ones. It can be challenging, fun and tricky at times.

I love working with 18k and 22K yellow gold and setting stones. I think it is fantastic to be able to transform raw sheets of metal and wire into something sparkly, precious and beautiful that is unique.

I also paint and illustrate, and my work has been exhibited internationally, and is in private and corporate collections in several countries.

My favorite stones at the moment are PInk and Red stones: Rubies, Rubellite, Tourmaline, Pink Sapphire, PInk Opal, Kunzite...

Kalicat has trained in jewellery at Central St Martins and Hatton Gardens, in London. Mom of 2, she says: "I keep sane by painting and illustrating Fashion, jewelry-making and dreaming about all the things I will create in the near future".

Each item may be made in gold, sterling silver or base metal, with the stones of your choice when available.

Custom Orders
Do not hesitate to contact me if you want me to create something special for you, need something to be customized, or like something already sold.

Please contact me with any questions or requests for bespoke pieces.
All purchases are packaged ready to offer. In addition, a hand written card addressed to the recipient can also be added. Just let me know.
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About me:
I am an artist and illustrator,
I am a member #20 of Etsy Eclectic Jewelry Artisans, visit us at
I am also a member of the Art Jewelry Collective
I am a Self Representing Artist Jewelry Designer - SRAJD #0551


All metal is sterling silver unless stated otherwise. Findings are either purchased as is or made by myself: handsawn, soldered, fabricated and crafted by me ;)

I source gemstones from suppliers around the world. All of my jewelry is made with top quality stones and designed to last.

If you have any questions about a specific work please ask! I guarantee each item for 6 months and can also change the length of the piece, or the nature of the gemstones, pearls, beads etc. whenever possible to fit your desires.


PLEASE NOTE: In honor of this lovely feature, I have a special discount for all your readers! Enter the code "90days" in the message space on my website and I will give you a discount of 20% on all my items on the site! This offer is valid until 01 January 2008.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Featured Artist: Sparkly Strandz

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I've had a love for crafts, especially crochet for over 25 years ever since my grandmother taught me at age 5. It was probably the best thing she could have done for my parents because it would keep me busy for hours. During college, I developed a love for beads--not just because they're sparkly, but because beads have such a rich history to them from around the world, and can be made from almost anything imaginable. Also, as an occupational therapist, I am able to use a variety of crafts and activities in my therapy to make it more fun!

I combined my love for crochet and beads and began making jewelry, baby onesies, hats, and all sorts of gift items about 10 years ago. "Sparkly Strandz" is an online store that you can visit and create your own jewelry by choosing the right color bead, wire, and length you want for that perfect piece!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Featured Artist: TiffanyTeske

I have loved photography since I was given a 110 camera at the age of 7, to capture memories on a family trip. I studied ballet, creative writing, and art in high school but did not take photography classes. Instead, I was "the after school photography club" and was taught by a science teacher how to use the darkroom. The chemicals got into my blood, and after roaming the US for 5 years (Arizona, Florida, Connecticut, & New York) I settled in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, population 200, and home to Sugarloaf USA, and decided to go to University for.... nursing? Well, yes, I did start the pre req courses, but fate stepped in, and after one summer colour printing course and some credit mishaps on the school's part, I switched my major to photography. I graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta with both an Associate of Arts in Photography (Magna cum Laude) in 2000 and a Bachelor of Arts Joint BA in Art and Photography (Magna cum Laude) in 2002. Did I mention that I drove 3 hours round trip to school, 2-3 times a week, for 5 years? If it weren’t for computer courses I would have driven even more… oh, and I met my future husband during this time, who was from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, a 12 hour round trip drive the other direction. I drove back and forth for three years before we married. Now, we live in Banff, Alberta, Canada, with our toddler, Quinlyn, and I WALK EVERYWHERE ;)

It has been a fun ride all along. If you want to know more, feel free to check out the About Tiffany section on my website at

My Favorite Materials are...
TMAX and HP5 black and white film; Polaroid peel apart films for transfers and emulsion lifts; all kinds of paper; fiber based prints made in the darkroom; hand colouring markers; archival mats I cut myself; black metal frames for sleekness and gold gilded frames for romance; silver and copper jewelry components; gel medium; bamboo tiles; poker chips; bottle caps; watercolour paper

Please note that all of my work comes from a non smoking and pet free environment. Thanks for looking! Tiffany

Friday, October 12, 2007

Featured Artist: ThatsHeadley

Self Representing Artist Jewelry Designer (SRAJD) #231

Member Art Jewelry Collective
Member Etsy Texas Crafters (ETC)

Smoke-free, kitty-friendly home and studio

That's Headley! Jewelry Designs is about a journey in wearable art in semiprecious gemstones, wire, and glass. Color, texture, balance, and richness are my design goals. I've been "beading" since junior high, and for the last couple of years have expanded my use of wire wrapping. I've also added silversmithing to my techniques. Silver is always bona fide sterling at the least, and sometimes fine (99.9% pure) silver.

I rarely make two pieces alike, because I like to have fun wearing jewelry, and seeing myself coming and going is not fun! Sometimes, though, when something comes out especially wonderful, I might make just a few to share the fun. I love to do custom work, too, so if you have something inspirational you would like to have a custom piece to wear with or to, send me a picture or description of what you would like, and we can be creative together!

My blog, where I put my newest creations and comment on life, the creative process, and other fabulous Etsy artists can be found at

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Featured Artist: alilsumptinsumptin

A lil sumptin sumptin about me…I’ve been involved in Art since childhood, covertly doodling girly faces in my older siblings school notebooks. My favorite were the Algebra notebooks - those equation brackets made great profiles!

I’m a Jill of many trades, master of none, having had formal training as a Fashion Designer, Illustrator and Calligrapher. I’ve been making jewelry for about 3 years. My handmade, one-of-a-kind creations are typically whimsical, sometimes humorous, and frequently incorporates two things I love and enjoy - flower gardens and dogs.

In honor of my two golden retrievers, who were both adopted from local animal shelters and have since passed away, I’ve established PAWS FOR A GOOD CAUSE. PAWS is a permanent section in my Etsy shop, as well as annual eBay charity auctions where 100% of the proceeds benefit various animal and human non-profit organizations.

Thanks so much for your interest in me and my work.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Featured Artist: AdrienneN

Welcome to my Etsy Shop! I'm not sure how I did it, but I gave myself the etsy name of AdrienneN, but this site is definately "Personality Plus Boutique"!

I am dedicated to bringing you unique, quality embroidered gifts at an unbeatable price! I LOVE to customize orders so if you want something specific let me know and I will let you know what I can do. All of our orders are completed in a smoke free, pet free home where we will give your items our highest quality treatments!

I also offer bulk pricing, so if you have a group that want the same product (it still can be personalized with their name!) then let me know and I'll get you a quote.

Check out my blog for my MANY options on what you can do with our products!

I am a mom of 4, wife and preschool teacher. I love to customize gifts for those I love so I thought it might be fun to see who else loves my ideas. Let me know!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Featured Artist: MyFairyBabies and Faewood Creations

Name:Hyla Waldron
Shop: MyFairyBabies and Faewood Creations
Web Address: and

What inspires you? My children inspire me, I love to watch them play. I am also inspired by nature and architecture.

How long have you had your shop? I opened up June of this year, 2007. Right before my daughter, Guinevere, was born.

Is this a job for you or a hobby? This is a hobby now but I am looking to the future of this being a job.

How did you get into your craft?
I have been crafting since I was a child, it is something my mom got me into. My unborn daughter got me into making my fantasy items though. I was looking for fairy items for her and I could not find anything, so I decided to make my own.

Do you have any advice for fellow Esty Shop owners?
Promote outside of Etsy.

Anything you would like to add?
Never make anything you dont like, never sell out. If you dont believe in your work no one else will, so Believe in Yourself.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Featured Artist: Giftbearer

Giftbearer, owned and operated by sole proprietor and jewelry artist Pippit Carlington, specializes in high-end indigenous jewelry drawing inspiration from nature and a variety of cultures close to the earth. Anything but primitive, its Contemporary Tribal style weaves a common thread through diverse, and exciting lines which challenge the boundaries between one medium and another.

The artist is strongly influenced by nature, political and social issues, and uses her art to educate the public. Recurrent themes of regeneration, resilience and enchantment show up in a number of forms to take the viewer on a journey of intrigue through the senses. The interplay of light, color, texture, and sometimes sound draws you into a rich inner world brimming with possibility.

"I approach each piece as a living being with a soul. If I can convey this essence to the viewer and have it speak to them on a deeper level then I have done what I've set out to do. I want my work to be more than merely an accessory, but something treasured with special meaning to the buyer, not necessarily in words, but in the same way you know it when it's true love."

With nearly 23 years in the business of making and selling jewelry, the artist has developed several distinct lines and the skills to render a variety of different techniques, using metalwork, beadweaving, fiber, and other mediums.

She is a perfectionist and nothing leaves her hands until it meets high standards of quality control.

Pippit has sold and exhibited her art at the following stores/galleries;

Star Sapphire
Oz Gallery
Dragonfly Gallery
The Spruill Center Gallery
The Millennium Art Co-op
Anna’s Wardrobe
Topaz Gallery
Squash Blossom
The Work of Our Hands
Simpsonwood Gift Shop
Creative Spirit Gallery

She has participated in the following art shows;

The Sandy Springs Festival
Annual GA. Microenterprise Network Conference
For Sisters Only
The Spring Fling at Simpsonwood
Sweet Auburn Festival
Inman Park Festival
Arts In The Garden
Goodwill Christmas Bazaar
United Way Christmas Art Show

She has also marketed her work on Ebay and more recently ETSY, and SmashingDarling,
online venues.

Her work will be available starting in mid November at

VIX Emporium
5009 Baltimore Ave.
Philadelphia PA 19143

To shop at her online stores please go to and

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Featured Artist: AkHotDoggies

I'm a life-long Alaskan who is passionate about playing with's a new adventure everytime!

The Alaska Hot Doggies boutique specializes in hand marbled items, including textiles and paper. I also occasionally dabble in jewelry. The shared motivation for all pieces is color. Depending on the time of year, the material may change but the focus will always be the same.... COLOR! COLOR!! COLOR!!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Featured Artist: KbyKareen

Simple girl with dreams of being a jewelry designer in Paris. Finally have a life here; making jewelry and trying to break into the scene. Inspired by life experiences and daily beauty in Paris. Love of travel and adventure create a wide canvas from which to dream and imagine new designs.

handKrafted jewelry designs are my specialty. I use a high temperature propane/oxygen torch and fine Italian (Effetre) glass to make unique beads, then use those beads in hand created sterling silver pieces. All my beads are made free-hand, without a mold. All beads are kiln fired for strength and durability.

Prior to leaving Santa Monica, my jewelry and I were featured on HGTV's Crafters Coast to Coast.
My mother is from Tahiti, so you will find that many of my pieces include blues and greens....coming nowhere close to the intensity of the colors in paradise.

I spent summers in Tahiti while growing up in LA, and recently received my diving certification while there last year. I hope you enjoy what I create.


Tuesday, October 2, 2007

What to do now...

As everyone can see, I haven't done anything with this blog since my first post. I've been trying to think what to post here because no one, including myself, wants to read about my boring life.

Then inspiration struck! I decided to use this space to promote my fellow Etsians.

What is an Etsian you might ask? Well, Etsy is a "place to buy & sell all things handmade", so Etsians are the people who inhabit the site.

I hope everyone reading this enjoys my featured Estians' shops.

Happy shopping!