Tuesday, December 30, 2008

NeatoStuff Site of the Day: Julia Finucane

From the imagination of Julia Finucane brings a world of fantasy collided with pop culture. Her shop features original paintings, limited edition ACEOs, prints, wood blocks and more depicting female subjects in surreal and unusual environments.

For the latest shop news, please check out her website and blog.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Etsy Site Review: By the Wayside

For all lovers of non-clothing vintage items, please check out By the Wayside! Books, housewares, decor and more, anyone can certainly find some gems here. Such items invoke feelings of nostalgia and will make great conversational pieces (and gifts!). There are even some hard-to-find vintage sewing patterns!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Pearl's Quilted Crafts

Pearl's Quilted Crafts is all about...quilting! From purses to housewares, each patchwork piece is painstakingly pieced and sewn together by hand by shop owner Inci (pronounced "In-gee") - no machines involved! Much of these items are heavily inspired by Japanese patchwork design and even include such traditional motifs in the fabrics. Heck, if you're a kimono-lover like myself, Inci's patchwork purses would look great with a casual kimono ensemble. You will not be disappointed by her stuff - previous clients stand by Inci's top-notch craftsmanship! Custom orders are also welcomed.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Blue Tricycle

Blue Tricycle offers you the convenience of acquiring calendars, stationery sets and more near-instantly from the comfort of your own home. Simply download a .pdf file, print, cut/fold and enjoy!

These cute paper goods are economical and saves time. For best results, be sure to use cardstock-quality paper, such as 80-110lbs. cover. Blue Tricycle has proudly been featured in LA Times and Paper Crave.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Etsy Site Review: MyGemStoneBox

MyGemStoneBox creates gorgeous and unique jewelry and rosaries that convey a more personal touch. Items like the Keepsake Family Rosary can be customized with the birthstone colors of your choice. Crystals and semi-precious gem stones are wrapped in couture-sculpted wire made of rolled gold (14/20 gold filled) instead of plated. Such wire makes jewelry pieces "heirloom-quality," which will last for many generations. To note, pieces that include faceted gem stones come with a certificate of authenticity.

For further updates on her shop, check out her blog. MyGemStoneBox is the Social Marketing director of eSMArts Team. The Etsy Social Marketing Arts Guild (eSMARTS Guild) is an organization of international mixed-media artisans who focus on understanding and applying e-commerce advertising and promotion techniques.


Some pics for you to enjoy!


My pet chinnie, Ash. She's an 18 month-old, hetero ebony cutie (she's much darker than shown in the photos) who loves making mischief. I got her during the summer from a local "mom-'n'-pop" pet store, who are reputable for being "pet mill"-free.

My friend and I named Ash after Bruce Campbell's character from the "Evil Dead" series (yes, we're THAT obsessed with horror movies). She enjoys scritches and will sit in your lap for you to pet her, but she HATES being picked up. Eventually, I hope to acquire another female (or neutered male) chin to provide her a new playmate.











Saturday, December 20, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Marie's Vintage

All vintage lovers, come check out Marie's Vintage shop! Dresses, tops 'n' bottoms, shoes and more, you can discover unique and hard-to-find clothing and accessories to help expand your wardrobe. There are also some great items for your home :)

Due to the nature of vintage items, one should expect some slight wear and tear; such flaws are hardly noticeable, though, and many of the items in the shop are in excellent condition.

New and Re-listed stuff

Guinness Brewery Tower, 8x10" print

Custom sizes available!

(Click the images to view the listings)

Paradiso, 8x8" print

Bubbly Chin, 4x5"

Paolo the Clownchilla, 5x5" print

Ginkgo Leaf T-Dress, Available in Small, Medium or Large

Friday, December 19, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Tapestry Arabian Farm

For gorgeous and shiny stuff for the home and garden, check out Tapestry Arabian Farm. Crafted from copper, steel, glass and stone, much of these items incorporate recycled materials, making them eco-friendly.

Give your cocktail parties a bit of extra flair with lovely marble encased in enameled, solid copper wire. Or adorn your front porch with simple, yet chic windchimes made from recycled aluminum cans, copper and colorful glass marbles. The prices are great and quality is certainly not sacrificed, according to previous customers.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Whimsical Creations

Whimsical Creations offers a variety of cute, homemade crafts. Dog feeling chilly? Wrap him up in a warm doggie sweater that features your favorite sports team! Accent your home with hand-painted wall plaques and even custom handmade name creations. There are also pendants that show off your "mommy pride" and even pendants that can be personalized to your liking!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Lavender Dragon Herbs

When it comes to "au naturale" products, Lavender Dragon Herbs is the definite place to shop! From teas to tinctures, one is bound to find the perfect theraputic item for themselves for loved ones. There are even herb sachets for pets! As an individual who worked with herbs for well over twenty years, Master Herbalist Lori certainly knows what she's doing!

Lavendar Dragon Herbs is a proud member of HOST (Helping Others Street Team), Etsy Organic, Etsy Recycle and Etsy Pagans street teams.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Paws for Peace

There are times when our furry friends are in need, which brings up, organizations, such as Paws for Peace: a "holistic health charity for animal shelters." This shop features items such as dog spray, personalized mugs, coasters and more.

Paws for Peace's dog sprays are body mists made with a homemade "Sniff-Therapy(tm)" blend of essential oils that provide a safe, therapeutic effect on man's best friend, as well as you. They serve a variety of purposes such as keeping pesky critters at bay, fixing that annoying itch, bed odor neutralizer and simply making your pet smell dandy...even giving them a natural high!

The Rainbow Bridge Line is a limited edition collection of personalized items based on a beautiful poem about that special place our dear pets cross over to when they pass away. The lovely design on said products that accompanies the poem was created by artist Meredith Locklear (author unknown). All proceeds will go to PawsforPeace.com.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Doreen Bate's Art

Striking, vibrancy and all things beautiful are the keywords that represent the artwork of Doreen Bate. As a seasoned artist, Ms. Bate has been painting and sculpting for well over forty years and has lived all over the United States. Much of her work reflects the life and places she's lived, providing the viewer with rich backgrounds to each piece. She currently teaches art at Lee School Academy of the Arts in west Tennessee.

And just because the economy is in no great shape doesn't mean you can't be able to acquire one of her fabulous works of art. Ms. Bate has temporarily lowered her prices, so don't miss out on this opportunity! For more updates on this artist and her shop, please check out her blog and Twitter.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Etsy Site Review: VixenWare

Check out VixenWare for unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry! Each piece is beautifully rendered into works of art, and are inspired by various themes such as nature, faerie lore and various foreign cultures. Much of Victoria's jewelry is made of .999 pure silver and/or 22 karat gold, and only Bullseye and Wasser glass is used in fused pieces. All of her shop items have been tested for strength and durability, ensuring top quality to her customers.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Etsy Site Review: LynnieBBags

LynnieBBags offers a wide variety of handmade purses and bags to suit the tastes of many. From sassy clutches to large, conservative totes, each bag has its own unique personality and are built to last.

Aside from bags and purses, Lynn also creates music. Check out her website as well as her MySpace page.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Housewife Collection

Housewife Collection focuses around fashion and the heart of home...with a twist! Some of this shop's interesting items include garter skirt aprons - a kitschy, lil' number that will surely spice up your ensemble; felted, cross-embellished accessories; placemats made from fashion articles of newspapers. There are many more items, including stuff for kids and babies.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Whimsical Star Photography

Fellow POE member, Whimsical Star offers lovely photography prints and paintings that focus on themes like nature, the abstract and bright pastel colors. She offers custom sizes from 4x6" all the way up to 13x19"

You can check out the latest updates on her shop at her blog and website.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Foo Foo and More

It's almost Christmas. If you have little girls on your gift-giving list, now's the perfect opportunity to check out Foo Foo and More. From cute jumpers to boho dresses, Ruby's boutique creations are made using quality designer fabrics, and have been serged for a more durable and professional look. Plus, free matching hair bows are included in every purchase. There are even a few items for grown-ups, too!

For U.S. customers, please place your order by the 18th to recieve them in time for Christmas.

Foo Foo and More is a proud member of EtsyBaby street team.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Evie's Tool Emporium

Evie's Tool Emporium is the DIY-er's one-stop shop for crafting supplies and, well...tools, as stated in the shop name! Run by a husband-and-wife team, their shop is stocked with all sorts of tools (even hard-to-find stuff!) and supplies to help you finish staining that wooden clock face or punch out a border of hearts for your latest scrapbooking project.

To catch up on the latest updates on the shop, check out their blog. Proud member of EtsyBus and EtsyMN street teams.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Paper Displays of Affection

I just got back from my long and tiring trip from Florida, so please bear with me if this post sounds awkward. Paper Displays of Affection specializes in fantastic origami paper ornaments, jewelry and hair accessories. Each piece is folded with love and care and sealed with a coat of glossy varnish to ensure durability for years to come. I can definitely see these as great conversation-starters and will make even better gifts.

This seller welcomes custom orders and trades.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Etsy Site Review: My Record Purse

Purses, bowls, coasters, galore - made from records! My Record Purse has some unique accessories and housewares that are perfect for the music-lover. She also has some cute purses made from recycled books! Her site is a little bare right now but check back often, as she's still adding more wonderful creations.

My Record Purse is offering a bi-weekly giveaway on her blog.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Mixit

New Zealand-based Etsian, Mixit specializes in limited edition tees for tots. Each unique shirt is created by hand using the applique technique. The cotton design is heat-fused onto the surface of the shirt and then securely-stitched for extra durability. Custom colors and fabrics are offered, depending on availability.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Etsy Site Review: AbbaDabba Bags

Brighten your ensembles with AbbaDabba Bags! These stylish bags come in a variety of bright 'n' bold fabrics, and come in a variety of styles to suit your needs. Some of the available bags range from diaper bags, to cosmetic bags, to night-on-the-town purses. Each piece is well-constructed and beautifully-lined, some of which are reinforced with padding or interfacing to protect your belongings from breaking.

The name "AbbaDabba" originates from the shop owner's son, who gave it as a nickname to his new baby sister.

Please check out AbbaDabbaBags.com for more up-to-date news on her shop, and please visit her profile to find other places where you can find her items!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Bon`a Tirer

Bon`a Tirer (pronounced "bon au tare") is a French printing term meaning "good to pull." When abbreviated (BAT), it's an indication written on a proof when approved by the artist. The artist then uses said proof to judge all other edition prints. Hence, the shop uses that name to show that only high expectations come from their work in terms of overall quality.

The shop is run by a couple - John and Pamela Holechek, with John being the creative force and Pamela working behind-the-scenes. All of the photography in their shop is nothing short of amazing, with vibrant hues and painteresque scenery. Custom orders are available.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Crostini Designs

Crostini, meaning "little toasts," is a charming shop, featuring unique mixed-media pieces based off of the larger-scaled work of artist and owner, Meredith Cutler. She describes them as "Small, savory bites of the bigger picture...little 'crackers' with crunch and substance."

Inspired by the fast-paced world that she lives in, Meredith incorporates various elements into her work, from the traditional, such as canvases, textiles and pigments, to digital tools, to the more unusual materials like household plastics, scrap paper and studio debris. Much of her later work, such as the one shown here, dabbles in retro-centric imagery with original illustrations and various vintage papers. Sort of reminds me of old 50s and 60s science fiction shows and movies.

For more info on the artist as well as her latest exhibitions, please visit her website at meredithcutler.com. Also, check out her Etsy profile to find other online communities where you can find her work.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Etsy Site Review: Gaia Trove

Formerly Thug Fairy Designs, Gaia Trove of Chicago is all about classy 'n' chic with a bit of an urban twist. These unique and versatile feather hair accessories are great for all occasions, whether you're having a casual weekend in the park or dressed up to the nines for a special evening outing.

Gaia's headbands are famously comfortable according to her previous customers, and are made of fabric-covered plastic. They come in three widths, and what's more is that Gaia also offers earrings, barrattes and tie backs in her shop!

This seller is open to trades and wholesale orders.