Sunday, February 28, 2010

MiniMonday: bwsilver


One thing I truly love about doing the MiniMonday’s with Jackie (AKeeper’sJackpot) is that I am finding great new (well, new to me) shops that I might have otherwise missed. Our featured MiniMonday Blogger is bwsilver: – the bw stands for Brittany Wende.

Brittany has some very beautiful and unique pieces in her shop. Not just a novice to designing with silver, Brittany who just graduated in 2007 from Texas Tech U, has a degree in Art and Metalsmithing. Although it was not exactly her major in college, Brittany was quite taken by the creativity one can have in the designing and construction of working with metal. As she says, “I love jewelry so why not make my own?!”

In between her metalsmithing at the University, Brittany took a little time to marry her husband, a US Marine; who gave her the encouragement to start her own jewelry business – hence, bwsilver!
All of her pieces are OOAK and limited editions, each of which show her passion for her work, as Brittany states in he shop, “everything I made is crafted by hand, heirloom quality and made with love.” Although she mainly works with silver, she also works with other metals upon request. She mainly works with a type of silver called Argentium, a more modern Sterling Silver alloy with less copper content, using instead a type of metal called Germanium – which makes it a purer metal, and less resistant to tarnishing. Although she says it may make her work a little more expensive, seeing the beautiful pieces in her shop, shows that it is well worth it! If you hurry up, Brittany is having a 15% Sale on a few selected items in her shop.

You will also find some interesting articles and a few different pieces of her jewelry on her blog:

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EtsyBloggers Team Treasuries!

Note from Joey & Aleethea: Let's all say hello and give a warm welcome to the author or this post. She is the newest author of our team blog...TheArtOfJoy. She is now the official "EtsyBloggers Treasury Blogger", so whenever you create a team treasury, send a convo and a screenshot to TheArtOfJoy to let her know so that she can blog it here! And now let's move on to some more fun:

TheArtofJoy here:
I'm so excited to share some wonderful treasuries curated by our fabulous EtsyBloggers team mates!

Treasury One
"Spring must be here" (This is one is live right now... So check it out!)
by peacoxcreations

Treasury Two (Last Week)
"Tropical Oasis on Etsy!" by spottedcowssoap

Treasury Three (Last Week)
"Longing for Spring"by ebogie

Treasury Four (Last Week)
by mysticwynd

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Birthdays Galore at Etsybloggers!!

Send warm greetings to our newbies with belated birthdays in February!!

Marie of BluePandemonium Thursday Feb 4

Elan Vital Anthology Sunday Feb 7

Sunshine Handbags Wednesday Feb 10

Sosae of Virtue Natural Friday Feb 12

And don't forget our established members who also have birthdays this week!!

Kathy of Ametista Thursday Feb 25

Poppy Place Monday Mar 1

Becky of Red Bird Jewelry Tuesday Mar 2

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Birthday Greetings from Warm Jamaica

I just had to get away! But I didn't want to forget our special birthdays for this week! Please send warm greetings to our birthday gals.

Sandy of Punky Jane Wednesday Feb 17

Dani of Pumpkin Haus Sunday Feb 21

Pamela of LadyBug Jewels Monday Feb 22

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Monday, February 15, 2010

February 15th EtsyBloggers Carnival is Up and Running and Ready to Read!

Welcome to the February 15th, 2010 Edition of the EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival. Team members had the opportunity to blog about one of the following topics:

1) February 14th is Valentine’s Day. What is your best childhood memory of Valentine’s Day, or what childhood tradition do you now carry out with your children?
2) February is Heart Health Month. What is your best heart healthy recipe? What do you do to stay heart healthy? How do you promote heart health?

Following are the links to the EtsyBloggers’ posts on one of these topics, along with the links to their fabulous blogs.

Lois presents GO RED for Women! posted at Foxy G’s Den of i-KNIT-quity.

Sarah Buckingham “Finding Charm” presents EtsyBloggers: February 12th Carnival posted at Finding Charm.

gilliauna presents Heart Healthy… with Chocolate? – A Rare Post By Leal posted at The Meandering Musings of a Consummate Shopper.

MagdaleneJewels presents Carnival Blog: Valentine’s Day Wish posted at MagdaleneJewels’s Blogs.

Patti presents F………ebruary Heart Health (and update) posted at peacoxcreations.

cindy devine presents How many ways can you prepare a chicken breast? posted at Devine Designs Jewelry.

theashgrove presents Monday Motivator: Heart Health posted at Notes from the Ash Grove.

BunnyKissd presents Diary of a Crazy Rabbit Lady, Too: Valentine’s Day Traditions posted at Diary of a Crazy Rabbit Lady, Too.

storybeader presents Etsybloggers Carnival – Feb 12, 2010 posted at Stroll Through Storyland.

Linda B presents Valentine’s Day – Blog Carnival posted at Linda B’s Blog.

Jen presents Valentines posted at Mama’s Magic.

veryverdant presents Valentines Day Traditions posted at Very Verdant.

Elizabeth presents Valentine’s Day from a Teacher’s Perspective posted at Thoughts from an Evil Overlord.

Antonella presents A new Valentine’s tradition posted at Zucchero Filato.

CREATEaTHOUGHT presents Valentines Carnival posted at CREATEaTHOUGHT.

UberArt presents Be My Valentine! posted at UberArt Shop.

Mary presents Heart Health Month Recipe: Tuna and Red Onion Spiedini posted at Misobel: Handmade Hooligan with a Mystic Touch.

Two Zany Zebras presents It’s all about the card… posted at Two Zany Zebras.

Trina Baker presents Etsy Blog Carnival » gallery32 posted at gallery32.

Melissa Sinisgalli presents Think About Your Heart posted at Made By Melissa.

Cathy Dean presents Etsy Carnival posted at Candles & Caffeine, saying, “I hope I did this right! :)

Alicia Mae presents Heart Healthy – An EtsyBlogger Carnival posted at Crafts and Cooking.

HomeMadeOriginals presents Valentine’s Memories posted at Home Made Originals.

A Keeper’s Jackpot presents Heart ? Health posted at A Keeper’s Jackpot.


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Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday Feature -- Tilt Creations & Tilt Too

This week's featured Etsy artist at Mama's Magic Studio (cross posted for your enjoyment!) is the owner of not one but two great Etsy shops -- Tilt Creations and Tilt Too. She's also the Etsyblogger of the month for February! Congratulations, Theresa!

I really like this casual backpack -- the colors are such fun!

And this clutch would be perfect with a Valentine's outfit. Plus, it's on sale!

Enjoy the interview!

1. Please tell us about the items in your Etsy shop. What do you make? How did you learn your craft? What is involved in your creative process?

I make handbags, purses, backpacks, messengers bags, clutches, zip pouches....I am starting to narrow my focus to backpacks, clutches and coordinating zip pouches. Along with these I will (slowly) be adding more home products such as quilts, table runners, coasters, pillows, embroidery piecs, etc.....maybe even painting.

I am self taught, unless you want to count that one home-ec class back in 7th grade in the early 80s...I mean, let's just say a while back :) When my oldest was about 3 he wanted to be Robin Hood for Halloween but I could not find a costume, so I just made one....then I got hooked. He's too old for costumes now, but I still sew.....same machine too.

2. To which Etsy Teams do you belong (if any)?


M.I.C.E. (Michigan Indie Crafters of Etsy) BDC (Big Damn of Firefly & Serenity) Etsymoms (although i have not been as active as I would like)

3. How did you get involved with Etsy?

I think the main reason was a push from friends & family to start selling. It may be possible they were just tired of all the bags they kept getting as gifts, who knows :P But I started reading up on selling crafts and this "Etsy" place kept popping up in all my resources - so I checked it out - shopped a bit there - liked it - and opened shop.

4. What inspires your creations?

I really do not know. Every creation is different. Some bags come from a "I need something to do X" I make one.

5. What is your biggest challenge related to your Etsy shop?

Pictures. My house has horrible lighting - even with added lamps that are supposed to work well - and no blank wall for a nice background. But I make, I am getting to be good friends with my editing program :) And time. Time to list & promote...I fall short most days.

6. What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?

I love my Buffy messenger bag. It took FOREVER to embroider, but so worth it. It has been gathering cobwebs in the shop, so I may just snag it for myself, we'll see.

7. What advice do you have for other folks selling or buying on Etsy?

Don't give up. I hear so many people grumble when they don't start selling right away or "only" sell one thing a week. Etsy is a big - huge - giant - place. It can take time. Get to know the place & the people. Join teams. Tweek when necessary - change up pics, tags, promotions & sales. I spend lots of time searching for items to promote on my treasury's a great way to understand the search engine so you can better tag your items for others to find.

8. Tell us two (or more) other interesting things about you.

Interesting? Hmmmm....I used to be in the sciences...after I stopped studying art early on in my college career. I love to paint, but am not very good. So I thought I'd just keep the brushes to myself & switched to biology...another love of mine that has more job possibilities. I studied immunolgy/microbiology at the PhD level and worked cardiac rehab as an exercise scientist. Quite different from what I do now - mom and crafter. After I spent 6 months on bedrest with my youngest, I decided to stay home until he is in school all day. One more year to go. Crafting has kept my sanity.

9. Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations?


Crafts, kids, home & life

Tilts creations

My treasury blog: Tilt Treasures

My giveaway finds blog: Tilt's Giveaway Finds

Facebook: me:

my fan page:




10. Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about your shop or your work?

I do custom work as well. While I am going to be focusing on the backpacks & clutches, I will work with someone who may be interested in another bag of mine. I will also be creating more works with hand embroidery & painting sometime in the Spring.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Are you a February Baby?

As Valentine's Day approaches, we want to honor those Etsy Bloggers who have a birthday this week. While you may not have a birthday on Valentine's Day, we want to send you a heart filled with love!

Sarah of Finding Charm Wednesday Feb 10

BabyLove by Jackie has a birthday on Mon Feb 15, Jackie has had to take down her listings due to time constraints at home. Don't worry - she'll be back!

Charissa of Mimi's Babies Tuesday Feb 16

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Happy Birthday to Regina, a new Etsyblogger

One of our newest members, Regina, from The Ash Grove, is having a birthday this Friday. Please head on over to her shop and let her know how special her birthday is!

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Monday, February 1, 2010

MiniMonday: Cut Your Heart Out

The EtsyBloggers Team Mini-Monday line-up couldn't have timed out any better for Jessica, owner of CutYourHeartOut, with Valentine's Day quickly approaching!

Her self-proclaimed wickedly sweet designs are made with love, like this My Heart is Rubber and You Are Glue Necklace. The title says it all, and wouldn't you love to own this piece on Valentine's Day!

Jessica is a wife, mother, and therapist in New Jersey. A very interesting and creative woman, with an interest in the quirky, creepy, and slightly offbeat things in life, such as tattoos, loud music, creative arts, and psychology. She says that not just one particular thing that inspires her work, but her inspiration can come from several different things such as her mood that day, a person, a television show, a story, a piece of art she's seen...

I literally laughed out loud at her answer to my question of how she came up with her shop name. She said, "It was an old screen name that evolved from my non-committal dating days. My friends used to always say that I would cut boys hearts out and stomp on them."

Her designs are nothing she couldn't afford or wear herself! Each item she sells features a quote or poem in the description. You can tell she puts a lot of thought and love into her work.

Look for her second Etsy shop in the works called and Mis.chief (MoxieAndMischief) for children's clothing and accessories.

Fan her on Facebook and get entered into her monthly drawings.

Want to see more? Follow her Blog!

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Feb 1 Blog Carnival!

The Feb 1 EtsyBloggers blog carnival on snow, snowflakes, and winter fun is up at my blog Crafts and Cooking! Click here to read it!

To all my fellow rock! :)

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