Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Slowing Down

by: MaCherie Creations

For those of us who sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed by juggling all that we do, this video has a great message. It was recently posted by The Road Safety Council from Down Under. The focus is about road safety; however, there is a wonderful message that connects to how we live.

Just this morning I was adding more tasks to my todo list, feeling the familiar twinges of frenzy while figuring out how to get everything done. Then I received news from a dear family member who is undergoing another round of chemotherapy as surgery is not an option. And so I'm forcing myself to slow down so that I can focus on what truly matters: Life, loved ones, the promise of spring ...

by: Lori411

Two new tasks have been added to the very top of my todo list: "slow down and breathe".

Article written by Beyond the Rockz

Friday, March 18, 2011

Member Interview


My name is Sule, I live in Istanbul the most crowded and magnificent city of Turkey.I am graduated from Business Administration Faculty,I am a pr professional besides having a shop on Etsy. Our shop name is “Bysweetmom”, inspired from my Sweet creative MOM. We opened our shop with “my sweet mom”, my mom is not familiar with computers so I manage our shop. We are a cosy family company. My sweetmom has been always so creative. When I was a child, I was watching her while she was sewing, knitting, crocheting or creating something new. She can’t sit without doing nothing and I am the daughter of my mom:) So, I love crafting since I knew my self...I am very proud of being daughter of such a SWEETMOM! She is a creative angel, perfect mom, good friend, excellent teacher, wonderful person… I learned lots of thing from her and still learning…
My beloved,creative sister Sebnem (aka “ shebbodesign” and ”pashiko” shops on Etsy), is the person whom introduced me with Etsy. She helped me lot, I learned everything about Etsy from her, all my photos are taken by my talented sister. She is also a good crafter and knitter. I am also a porcelain painter. We all family members feeds each other with our talents and creations. We all complete each other:)

I was looking for a new team and saw Etsy Project Embrace. The aim of the team influenced me and joined to team. Etsy Project Embrace is a good cause, unfortunately cancer is a very common disease, four years ago I lost one of my best friend from colon cancer and I am so sensitive about this disease.

Of all your creations, what is your favorite? And why?
It’s really hard to choose, I love everything in my shop. My favorites are my ponchos;

What is your favorite possession, and why do you cherish it?
My favorite possession would definitely my silver jewelery. Without them I feel naked:)

Is there something special you collect? (If so, photos are very welcome!)
I love marionnetes, 4 years ago I took a puppet course ;so I can also make my own pupets:) and I have been collecting puppet for the past 4 years..

Do you have a blog? URL?
For the time being, unfortunately no. But, I already took my blog adress from blogger , creating my blog is the “major” topic in my next month’s TO DO list.

Where do you hope to be, personally and in your artistic endeavors, in say 10 years time?
Living in a giant metropole (more than 13 million people lives in Istanbul, and Istanbul connects 2 different continents Europe and Asia; there is always traffic jam, so many people etc.) brings a lot of difficulties, even I love my born city, in 10 years time - I am dreaming to live in a peaceful and calm place near by the sea in nature surrounded by olive trees at Eagean side of my country. Living in a stone house - countinue creating with “my sweet mom” while listening the whisper of peaceful Eagean wind...

Thank you so much for sharing!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Finds 'n' Fancies

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, team! Honestly, it's not a day I've ever really celebrated--even after turning 21. I did a little reading up on this holiday since, before now, I've known it more as Wear Green or Get Pinched Day, but figured that if it was named after a saint, there's bound to be more to it than wearing green and drinking Guinness. Surprise--I was right. It was once a religious feast day. I didn't know that until after I'd gathered these Irish & kitchen-themed items from our team. Serendipity strikes again. 

Also, I found a recipe for Chocolate Stout Cake from Smitten Kitchen in case you're looking for something else to do with that Guinness.

FYI: According to wikipedia (which we all know is always 100% accurate), the color that was originally associated with Saint Patrick was... 


 Next week, in light of the devastation in Japan, I'm hoping to gather plenty of finds supporting the relief efforts. Until then, this video will both warm and break your heart.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Member Interview


Hi all! I'm Stephanie from Bonita Bellita and I'm so glad to have some time with you! Bonita Bellita is my etsy shop, and the name comes from my belief that everyone is in their own way beautiful (bonita is beautiful in spanish) and Bellita is my daughter who's nickname is Bella, and the -ita makes it more of an endearing term. It's also a play on Bella, Italian for beautiful. My shop holds lots of little treasures to choose from. Most are hair accessories, little blooming bobby pins are my favorite, but there also are rings, the occasional necklace, brooches, and I'll be introducing earrings and some home decor soon. Everything I make comes from my home in sunny southern California.

I learned about Etsy Project Embrace around Christmas time, when another shop Lillyella (www.etsy.com/shop/lillyella) told me about a fun Christmas exchange she was doing. I took a quick peek and found it was based on good etsy shops that wanted to do a little more than just sell fabulous items; they wanted to give a helping hand back to others who were hurting, specifically from cancer. It hit me personally, because my mom was diagnosed with cancer this last year. It made me want to do something. I decided this was a good way to achieve that goal.

Out of everything in my shop, I think my favorite to share with everyone is the Golden Afternoon hairband (www.etsy.com/listing/60053425/golden-afternoon-hairband). It was just an experiment, and it turned out beautifully. It's been requested for weddings and now there will be more color options coming soon from the fantastic feedback from everyone! The color just matches so much, and it flatters everyone!

Golden Afternoon Hairband

One of the things that inspires me is also one of my possessions most dear to my heart. My wedding ring. It's not just pretty diamonds or a promise of love, it's a symbol of the support from my amazing husband. His own wedding ring and mine were custom made by his grandparents so its generations of love, not just a brand new ring (although I would just love one of those too! Since I work with my hands on a constant basis, it's nice to see a little glint of sparkle and be reminded that my other half as well as my ring's is out there, loving me too.

I also like to collect photos... well, take photos is a better way to say it. I take all the photos for my shop, but I also do photography for fun on the side. All my family events, friendly gatherings, and just in general my life are always captured on my Canon camera. I keep cds of it all, I want to keep those memories for my children one day.

I try to share a bit on my blog, but I'm not always as devoted to it as I should be. However, if you'd like to visit me atbonitabellita.blogspot.com you're more than welcome to!

The current dream is to have some stores locally consign my items over the next few years (so far there is just one dear shop that does for my baby items) and then one day, probably during that 10th year, to have a brick-and-mortar shop. There will be expanded lines of clothes and house decor, which I also want to get involved in. I don't just want to hold my own items, but also those of other artists with a similar dream. By then I also want to be in a home with a garden, more fluent in spanish.

Thank you so much for sharing Stephanie!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Finds 'n' Fancies

semi-twee greens and sweet raspberry reds

1. slinkymalinkicat  2. 5gardenias  3 .mwri  4. elsahats  5. chie mahara

They're not just for Christmas!
(more sweet and vintage finds from our team)


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Treasury Challenge

Hello Teamies!
Announcing our "Green" Challenge Winners!!




Congratulations to all of our winners!
They will be our judges for the next challenge
and Rebecca from KneeDeepOriginals will be choosing our theme!

Thank you so much to all who participated!!
Stay tuned for the next!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Member Interview


Hello Everyone
My name is Leslie Lee and my Etsy shop name is LeslieLeeArt, which is the name of my website, my email, my blog etc. Seemed like I should stick with it - it’s my “brand”!

I have been a professional artist of varying kinds all my adult life, mainly because my parents never told me I couldn’t be one. I was the last of four girls and the Wild One so they just let me choose my own route. I studied graphic design at Washington University in St. Louis MO but returned to my native Portland, Oregon to begin my career. When my daughter was old enough for pre-school I began taking sculpture classes and then got into ceramics, which had been a favorite medium as a child.
For nearly 25 years I pursued ceramic sculpture and even made the cover of Ceramics Monthly in 1994. (I always wanted to be a Cover Girl!) By then I had (re)married a potter and we had bought some land in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley to begin building our studios and home. In the middle of this adventure I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, which was caught earlier than it might have been thanks to a wonderful acupuncture practitioner who helped my body present symptoms. I had surgery and chemotherapy and started painting since I did not have enough energy to work with clay. Starting to paint was the silver lining in my cancer experience - I never went back to clay. This print, called HeartRoots was created as a thank you notecard which I sent to everyone who helped during my recovery. Later I had more cards printed and donated the sales to cancer research. Perfect for Project Embrace!


How did you learn about Etsy Project Embrace?
I think I was just exploring different features of Etsy and when Waterrose encouraged me I jumped in immediately. This is a great team and I am so grateful to all of you who have included my prints and cards in your Treasuries, chosen my work in Weekly Challenges, and made purchases.

Of all your creations, what is your favorite? And why?
I’d have to say the straw-bale home and adobe studio I designed and built with my husband and many volunteers. This is a creation that will endure and continue to inspire building in a more sustainable manner, with beauty and energy efficiency. The property is now for sale and people are having a hard time believing that we could ever leave this wonderful place, but the truth is we are artists who make things and then sell them so we can make more things. Our home just happens to be the biggest piece of art I have ever created and the one that makes a huge impression on people who visit here. If you’d like to see it go to StrawBaleHomeForSale.com and watch the video tour – guided by…me!

What is your favorite possession, and why do you cherish it?
My wedding ring (rose quartz in a gold setting), but what also pops up is our bright red leather couch, which was purchased with money my Dad left me, and on which I take a siesta ever day after lunch: my Heavenly Half Hour.

Is there something special you collect?
I don’t think of myself as a collector, but I am a sucker for more art supplies than I could ever use in a timely manner.

Do you have a blog?
leslieleeart.blogspot.com Twitter- LeslieLeeArt URL? www.LeslieLeeArt.com This is a site a share with my husband and our doings at our Hummingbird property where we have a small B&B and host summer ceramic and painting workshops. I need to separate all this into different sites, but the amount of time I spend on the computer is really taking a toll on my creative studio time; I also manage my husband’s Etsy store atwww.etsy.com/shop/dennismeiners. Lately he has been making terra-cotta cups and I have been painting them. It’s very fun and I’m looking forward to get more of them photographed and into his store.

Where do you hope to be, personally and in your artistic endeavors, in say 10 years time?
In ten years I will be 72 years old. I would like to be comfortably settled with Dennis in a small home in Portland, Oregon, with studios on the premises. I want to be enjoying my grandson who will then be 11 years old and possibly have a younger brother or sister. I would like to be able to paint every day and sell most of what I do directly from my studio, website or Etsy. Ideally I will find a young whipper-snapper who will take care of all the computer work I now do to market Dennis’ and my work, giving me more time to delve into making art that might be meaningful to people and help shape their lives.

Thank you so much for sharing Leslie!!