Monday, December 29, 2008

Mini Monday for Gallery 32

Welcome to the world of Gallery 32. The Gallery 32 shop on Etsy if filled with images of the state where I was born, Kansas. The images you find here can be soft but stunning. I am particularly drawn to the flower images that have been manipulated into paintings. Being the dreary snowy winter that it has been so for in much of the US I thought you might enjoy the beauty of the flowers too.
From the shop profile you get a hint into the life and inspiration behind the work of this artist.
I have always had a passion for art. When I was a child my Grandma encouraged me by teaching me how to sew, embroider and paint watercolors. These experiences still influence my work in the form of color, shape, and line. When I went off to college I decided that painting would be my major and I graduated with a BFA from the University of Kansas.

Much of this photographer's work is documented in her blog. She is now over 300 in her 365 project and I found it fascinating to go through the images. She explains why she decided on doing this project in the shop profile as well.
Lately I have been making photographs, which has always been something I enjoy doing. I decided to make an image a day so I started my '365 Project' on my blog. It is my way to share my daily thoughts and images.I have never been much into keeping a sketchbook. I find it a boring activity that doesn't work for me. However, I enjoy writing about my process on my blog and I think it has really helped me grow as an artist.

I love this image of being cozy in the blankets! I can imagine the cool morning waiting for the parade to come by. There is much more that you need to check out and I encourage you to do so. You can find Gallery 32 on Etsy here and the blog of this talented photographer here.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Let's all sing along-
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear shop owner of Calkat the Jewelry Junkie,
Happy birthday to you!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Etsy Bloggers Team Mini Monday featuring La Baleine a Plumes

With as interesting a life as our very own La Baleine a Plumes, there was nothing I could say that was more interesting as her own bio!
When people ask me what I do in life, I tell them I am an artist, which is the only thing I know for sure about me...
Originally a singer/dancer/actress, I am also a bellydancer, I design websites, I am reader for a Children's books publisher, and a writer when I finally find the time and inspiration!

I live in the center of Paris and I can see the Louvres from my window and the Eiffel Tower from my room.
Self taught sewer and crafter, my Etsy shop was a project that my friends and family supported a lot... and it's now officially open!
Angel Doll - God is always here
As with my life, I explore lots of different styles and materials, and follow my inspiration...

Silhouette Moleskine - Edwardian woman

Blog - La Baleine a Plumes
For my work as a dancer: Escape Monotony

What an exciting and busy life La Baleine a Plumes! I am pleased to feature you this week!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy to You!

Send a birthday greeting in the comments to A Keeper's Jackpot!
I really hope she has a great day no matter what.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Shop EtsyBloggers for the Holidays!

Shopping EtsyBloggers is easy!

Updated 12/15/08

♥ Note from Joey & Aleethea:
Thank you for assembling this member list for us!

♥ You can always find the items from our team members by our tag "etsybloggers team":

Mini Monday Elle Belle On Etsy!

From the shop announcement we learn that this shop is a collaboration of three friends.
Elle Belle can embroider virtually anything on virtually anything, so ask away! There is also a ridiculous amount of sewing/crafting/stamping/quilting/scrapbooking/embroidery/
crocheting/knitting experience between the 3 of us! So if you have that perfect baby gift in mind, just let us know and we'll do our best to make it a reality!

Just take a look below at the latest in this shop for chic mommies and pampered babies.

To keep up with all the latest about this shop you can always take a look at the blog Elle Belle. Just don't give away any of the Christmas secrets there, okay?

Monday, December 8, 2008

etsyBlogger Mini Monday Featuring...

Latin for (Three Kings) - Symbolizing the Wisdom & the Beauty of "all" cultures.
From Los Angeles, Tara has been an active member of the etsyBloggers Team since August of this year, and a very active artisan with a unique Etsy shop and beautifilled Blog!

The Eros pendant was worn by the beautiful Tyra Banks on her talk show!
OFFERED FOR $108.00 - (You can customize this piece)
A few celebrities who have worn Tara's jewelry: Tyra Banks, Kristy Swanson, Miss America Carolyn Sapp, Ian Atsbury (The Cult & The Doors)

December 8 Edition of the Etsy Bloggers

The December 8 edition of the Etsy Bloggers Blog Carnival has been published.
You can read it HERE.

The team had 2 themes to choose to blog about, brownies or winter flowers. It's a good read as always so why not check it out?

Thanks to Home Made Originals for hosting!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I heart EtsyHacks!

Have you met EtsyHacks?
Wow are you in for some good times!

What are EtsyHacks?
I'd describe them as the kinds of tools that you've secretly wished existed on Etsy.
And now they do.


EtsyHacks will make your life easier, and your Etsy more fun.

Can it be? Check em out.
You'll want to blog about your new found happiness.

Then bring your happy over to these forum threads, and spread the love:

Monday, December 1, 2008

Mini Monday - Kalkat

We've been making and designing OOAK pieces of jewelry for over 5 years now. We love making beautiful things that are shiny and compliment others. We use only quality sterling silver, gemstones and Swarovski crystals in each of our designs. Each piece is handmade with lots of love and care.

With lots of love and care is the guiding motto of all of the artisans I know. It is the feelings behind each creation that makes buying handmade so much more special than massed produced items from the big box stores. In giving or receiving a handmade gift you are spreading to the world around you more of that love and care and isn't that exactly what we all need? If you are or know a lover of finely handcrafted jewelry don't miss the chance to own one of these beautiful pieces for your self.

The blog connected to all this artistry is a collaboration of 2 busy moms. You are greeted with music as you explore the writing and the images shared with you there. Go ahead, check out the shop and the blog. It is a good way to spend some time I promise.