Wednesday, December 26, 2007
The EAST team has issued a challenge to all members to create an item that falls in the theme of Winter Wonderland. Voting will be open to all Etsy members: Pick your favorite item here and heart it! The entry with the most hearts wins! There will be four winners. Gift packs filled with promotional items from participating member shops will sent to four lucky voters, determined in a random drawing on January 7th!
Here's a few of the items crafted for the challenge, but you can see all the entries here in the favorites of the EAST team shop.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
It includes interviews with the founder of Etsy, the most well-known Etsy success story and other driving forces.
Read it here:
New York Times
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
It was a really small show with only about 20 vendors, but it was for a great cause.
The whole thing was promoted by the Chair of the Communication Department, my friend Tina.
It was so windy I had to finally give up on my upright displays and lay almost everything flat on the table. Some of my business cards are now floating somewhere on campus. I shared a table with my friend Julie, who brought candy canes which made us very popular with the kiddies!
Because of the wind and because the Gem Faire was in town, I didn't do very well in sales. I did go to the Gem Faire after the show was over and undid any gains I made at the show and then some!
If I thought of the show only in terms of income generated, I'd have to write it off as a loss. (Some vendors didn't sell anything at all, though, so I did better than most!) The thing is, there was so much more to be gained from this event.
They had two drumming bands play, which was awesome! One was a small band called Panzumo who kept us bopping with Africanesque beats.
The other band was a bunch of kids and their instructor from a local drum shop. These kids were fantastic! They played drums, trash cans and trash can lids. They had choreographed movements to match their playing. I was so impressed with these guys! Their name is Boom Chaka. The kid pictured below is about to do a backwards somersault off of that trash can!
Needless to say, they drew quite an audience.
The most impressive thing about this event, though, has to do with the Intercultural Communication students. They worked like demons to put this thing together in a short period of time. Seeing college students come together like this to make a difference in the lives of others much less fortunate than they was a real privilege. They actually had three days of events to raise money to build a home for orphans in Rwanda. It was the students themselves who came up with the ideas for all of this.
The event on Saturday may not have been lucrative for me personally, but it was fun. Between the bands and the joy of watching the students work to help those who need it, it was a much more fulfilling experience for me than just making a profit. I was so moved by their hard work and dedication that I contributed 10% of my sales (not much, but every little bit helps) to their cause.
For more information about the efforts of the Intercultural Communication students' efforts and events, go here:
3 Days of Change
For information on the situation in Rwanda, go here:
Rwanda: How the Genocide Happened
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
More than two weeks ago, I lost the remote control for my television. Not a tragedy, I know, but damned inconvenient. If I wanted to go from channel 56 down to channel 2, I had to get up, go crouch in front of the t.v. and hold the channel button down until I got where I was going.
After doing that for several days, the button got less cooperative. I started having to push it over and over again, or push it from just the right angle or beg it to work. This resulted in my missing the first few minutes of some of my favorite shows. Forget about going all the way up to channel 78 just to see what was on! By the time I got to the right channel, it would have been too late.
Of course I looked for the remote. I took all the cushions off of the couch – the bottom cushions and the back rest cushions. I stuck my hands in all the cracks and crannies. I looked under the couch. I looked on the floor next to and behind the couch. I looked on the floor next to and behind the t.v. I looked on the bookshelves next to the t.v. I looked through the disarray that is my crafting table. I looked under my crafting table. I took all the cushions off the couch and felt around in cracks and crannies again.
I started to think that maybe I’d had it in my hand when I went to do something in another room. Maybe when I got there, I’d needed two hands and set it down and forgot about it. I looked in the bathroom. I looked in the refrigerator. I looked in the freezer. I looked in all the kitchen cabinets and drawers. I looked in the bedroom. I looked under the bed. I started accusing the cats of making off with it.
Every couple of days, I repeated the search, including the Great Couch Exploration. I looked over, under, behind and next to everything. I picked up every piece of paper, magazine and scrap of fabric. No remote. Finally, crouching in front of the t.v., trying to cajole the channel button into cooperating, I began to consider just buying a new one.
After two weeks of this, I started to think the fairies were messing with me. They’ve done it before. I tried to reason with them. I said, “Come on, guys, can you please give me back my remote? It’s not all that funny anymore.”
Then, the night before last, I sat down on the couch and felt something hard and lumpy beneath me. I knew immediately what it was. Yep, the remote. I searched that couch at least four times that I specifically remember. The only explanation I can come up with is that the fae were having a laugh at my expense.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
See? There's my little Yule magnet, right in the middle of the top row! Items chosen by SummerseaHerbs
Monday, November 19, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Hi Everyone, its Andee from http://celticgoddessjewelry.etsy.com.
I just wanted to let everyone in on my newest addition of my Astrology gift sets! I only have Pisces listed at the moment, but I can accommodate any astrological sign (price will vary).
Its a great deal, considering you get a sterling necklace, a custom glyph soap scented with a special fragrance blended for your SIGN (made by serenedreams), a beautiful card (by serpantmandalas) and an original piece of art AND a quartz sphere. Im even thinking about adding earrings to this set for no additional charge! (if you place a custom order I WILL include a pair of earrings for your sign for free!)
Friday, November 9, 2007
To be quite honest, i was thankful the sales came to a stop for a bit - my work has kept me so busy i hadn't had time for jewelry until today, but today i'm making my first "on the road" order.
crazy to think that necklace is only going an hour and a half away to San Francisco - what timing! I'm borrowing my sweet man's place for the afternoon to get away from work and have some personal time to sink back into my creativity and create another personalized braille pendant.
These have been doing quite well, and i've sold a few offline as well. And they're STILL a pleasure to make despite the fact that they're pretty much ALL i make right now. Order yours today and it will arrive within two weeks from wherever i happen to be at the time (today's necklace is being created on beautiful Bodega Bay in Sonoma County, california).
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
why do i do this? well, the pay is great, and it's wonderful to get exercise working outside in northern california wine country every day, at least in october (it starts raining in november and i get very, VERY cranky - but hopefully that means some good inside time to *MAKE SOMETHING*).
in the meantime, i still have several shop offerings for you to browse, some of which are custom pieces which i can make anywhere - and will, happily!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I just completed a mixed media Lakshmi Art Doll today. Lakshmi is the goddess of prosperity, beauty, and purity. She brings good luck and blessings to the home of those who are devoted to her.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Member of the Day!!!
To see the front page featuring her, as well as checking out her space
there, please see:
Or you can see her shop on Etsy
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Click here to view the listing on Etsy
Click here to view the listing on Etsy
I took the photos for both in my lightbox. I need a brighter light source for it, but other than that it's great! Earrings are a little tricky, as they don't want to stay put on the curved card stock. I'll figure it out with some trial and error.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
The winners are:
I'm amazed at all the creative entries, across many different
mediums. Thanks to everyone who participated! To see all the listings for the Challenge entries , search AutumnEast as a tag, or you can go look at the favorites here in the team account,
Here's the article that Etsy labs did for the winners and about the event!
Nice job, Everyone!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
This is a piece for the Autumn EAST Challenge. You can check out all the challenge pieces here.
I feel so grateful to be a part of such a talented group of artists!!! All the challenge pieces are AMAZING!!!
I am so excited how this piece turned out. This was a vision that has been swimming around in my mind for awhile. I used different cottons, organic cottons, batik cottons, hand dyed canvas, and a piece of vintage upholstry fabric for the moon. I appliqued it all together with different colored embroidery threads. My husband made a frame from stained poplar to compliment the piece. You can see more pictures and details about this piece here.
Friday, October 12, 2007
I'm so excited about it! I've been saving since April, and now I get to go and hopefully find a bunch of things I simply cannot live without (snark, snark). I'm hoping for some iolite and kyanite especially, since online stores seem to carry only chips, spikes, and unappealingly-colored beads. Either that or they're $130 a strand, and that's just not in my budget.
Other things I'll be specifically looking for:
Carved stone beads
Amethyst (it sells like mad for me)
Red tiger eye
I'm sure I'll return with an armload of amazingly gorgeous specimens. I'll play with my lightbox and see if I can get nice pictures of them (it's dark and raining outside).
In other news, my mature content earrings have 911 views! They'll be my first item to hit 1,000 if nothing goes wrong with the view counters! :D
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Druids and dryads could both enjoy spiced wine from these oak leaf and acorn glasses. They are one of the featured items in my shop, and therefore part of my special "free shipping on featured items" sale.
Besides wineglasses, several of my art pieces celebrate grapes and wine. I grew up in a California wine town, and when I think of harvest festivals I think of juicy grapes and rich red wine. Browse the fine art section at http://krummenacker.etsy.com to see them all.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
I am simmering hot apple cider on the stove, and the scent is filling my home. I worked on a light box today so I can photograph my jewelry even when the sun is hiding!
Still on the list? Buy another pumpkin and that awesome pumpkin cleaner/scoop I saw at Michael's.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
As autumn creeps in bringing with it the changing seasons, our lives burst forth in vivid colors of orange ,yellow and red. We leave (or is that leaf) behind the lush spring and summer greens and turn our heads toward the warmth of crackling fires and smooth hot cocoa. What better time to ponder on the successes we have had this year.....the special things that have come our way and Harvest all the good intentions we have been sowing this past year. There is no better time than the present to pull out those warm and cuddly hats. I feel totally blessed to have a forum to strut my passion. My hats are my canvas as are the people who wear my hats. May your autumn season be filled with the color of creativity.
Monday, October 1, 2007
I cannot believe I've been on Etsy for 7 months today. Wow! I also can't believe how much I've learned about running a business in that short amount of time- and how many new friends I've made along the way! It's amazing- I hope I have another seven incredible months. :)
So anyway, in anticipation of the upcoming holiday, I added this choker to my shop today. I have a pair of fishnets that would be lovely with it as well, just need to photograph them at some point.
Can't wait to see what the rest of the team is up to for October!
Friday, September 28, 2007
The happy pumpkin is a pottery sculpt with glass beads and carnelian chips. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7229370
I was having so much fun with the carnelian chips I made a ring with another piece of sculpted earthenware and copper wire. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7230859
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
This is the first time I have offered the essences individually. I will make more of the single flowers and gemstone elixers available soon.
I only use natural clay: white, red or black (a very dark grey in fact).
I intend to add more engravings, stones and even incorporate some pigments or herbs...Whatever my Muse will suggest. I will most likely make more brooches, pendants...Maybe some figurines too ;).
I like this design, it's both primitive and modern with a discreet charm. I think she'll look great on a jacket or a shawl.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
I'm afraid I can't edit links, but I can let the dear readers here know where to find me. http://visitingthemuse.blogspot.com/ is the art and crafts blog I have, and I sign off with poetry every day to make sure it stays interesting.
My shop is http://www.krumenacker.etsy.com
Thank you for your attention, and my your path be forever blessed.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
The winner is Lisa G. of Auxvasse, MO! Thanks for playing, Lisa, and your gift box will be shipped to you shortly.
In case you missed all the action, you can shop for those magickal goodies yourself, at Summer Sea Herbs on Etsy.com!
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