Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
WearMyColors http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5895446 Fun & unique jewelry and accessories
Bee Trendy Floral http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6004173 silk flower swags and wreaths
Taylor's Eclectic Jewelry Shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6018802 Very interesting jewelry items
almondtreeframes http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5932638 Innovative framing design solutions
JustaGirl http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5612909 Wedding and Jewelry
Bella Beads Originals http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5917602 handcrafted one-of-a-kind jewelry
Creakit http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5926475 DIY baby shoes kits
Come take a look at these new shops before they become famous and raise their prices! lol
Make their day and be their first sale. So many great items to choose from.
Monday, July 28, 2008
I have discussed Plarn before, but in case you missed it, Plarn = PLastic yARN. It is made from grocery and produce bags.
Plarn Plus is when you twist other materials with the plarn as you are working. To the Left is a close-up of what it can look like. In this case, it's strands of black and white scrap yarn twisted with plarn that is white with black lettering.
Pros and cons to Plarn Plus:
*By adding recycled or scrap yarn, you keep it from looking so plastic-y, and have many more options with colors,
*While the plarn itself is pretty spongy, adding yarn also adds a softness,
*Adding yarn adds additional strength
*While is still can be rinsed and air dried, it takes more time,
*Yarn does add more weight, so it is heavier when empty,
So, do the pros outweight the cons? It all depends on what you want to use it for. As a general purpose bag, Plarn Plus works better. But for groceries, where you want to insure that it is clean, regular plarn may be the better option.
(This black and white Plarn Plus Tote is currently available at our Etsy store. Comet ake a look. http://www.fullhousecrafts.etsy.com)
Friday, July 25, 2008
Here's the last two new items - Bald Eagle quilt and After the Storm.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Thank you in advance to everyone who takes the time to leave a comment. It truely is appreciated!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Now he needed sashing. I went through several different materials before I decided on these. To get a good look, I just folded the materals and layered them to see how they would work together.
Monday, July 21, 2008
But rice pillows often have herbs added. Different herbs assist with different things in different ways. Some herbs are used just for their scent - referred to as aromatherapy. Other herbs it's both the scent and what happens when taken internally, via teas or pills, or on the skin, as a salve or tincture. While rice pillows obviously are for external use only, when the herbs are headed, some of it is absorbed by the skin.
Here's a few of the herbs I commonly use in rice pillows, and why I use them.
Lavender - aromatherapy; relaxing
Citrus blend - aromatherapy; relaxing, refreshing
Chamomile - relaxing scent, calms muscles
Mint - refreshing scent, sooths sore muscles (mint blends are often used in sport balms)
Milk thistle - green scent, calms muscles, assists in milk production in nursing mothers
(For our current selection of rice pillows, come see our shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5874665§ion_id=5480491)
Friday, July 18, 2008
I have previously posted about some people on Etsy that have been helpful, sweet, or just plain fun. But last night really brough home how strong friendships can be made, even when your only contact is the internet.
There is a group of us that just chat - some promotions, but more like friends talking than anything else. It's an unofficial support group.
Last night, the husband of one of the ladies that is involved posted, to explain that his wife was called out of town for a family emergency. This told me that the wife considers us friends - she knew we would worry if we did not hear from her, and went out of her way, in the middle of an emergency situation, to have her husband let us know what was going on so we would not worry.
Well, we are worried about the situation, but not about where she is.
Friendships can be found in the most unlikely of places, and I am very thankful that I wandered into that particular thread, and got to know this group of people.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
http://www.AngelaMichelleDolls.etsy.com - cute dolls and doll-themed items
http://www.SewDarnSimple.etsy.com - Loads of wonderful sewn items, big and small
http://www.yarncoture.etsy.com - (OK. Only 9 listed items, but some of them have several different colors in stock, so I will let it slide) Vibrant colored knit and crochet items
That's it for this week. Please check out these 8 shops! Remember, the winter holidays will be here before you know it. Start shopping now for better selection, and easier on the pocketbook!
To qualify for my personal list, stores must have no sales, more than 10 items for sale, have all their information filled out, include pics with the items, and catch my eye for being different, interesting, pretty, funny... you get the picture.
http://www.kristinica.etsy.com - interesting use of prints
http://www.marialis.etsy.com - wonderful ribbon work
http://www.cp349.etsy.com - too cute baby and toddler dresses
http://www.reclaim2fame.etsy.com - unique use of found items
http://www.primitivepear.etsy.com - lovely primative artwork
Check out these and other Undiscovered stores. Maybe you will give them their first sale!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
But I HATE doing samples. It just feels like a waste of time. Yet I need to see what different designs look like.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Inspiration can be found in so many different places.
My landscape paintings are a good example. Very seldom are the based on a real place - Loch Level Castle being an exception.
Paintings like Reflections are kinda based on a real place - while I have a real thing in mind, I am not trying to recreate it like a photo, but more of the feel of the place. Sometimes, it's just the colors of a place, such as in Oregon Sunset. (To see Reflections, go to http://revjeanene.blogspot.com/2008/06/out-of-town.html)
Most of the time, it's a subconscious combination of several places - a lake from one place, a mountain from another, the sky from a third - just pulled together.
While paintings are the most obvious form of this, all my arts and crafts are done that way. I attempt to capture the feel and emotional response of *something* else - another time, another place, another person.
How about you?
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I am thinking of using them as the center piece of a small quilt - similar in style to Wolf in Grey.
The other possibility is to make throw pillows out of them, with the front being these, and the back in a matching print.
If you have any other ideas, please leave a comment! I spend a lot of time on these, and do not want them to go to waste.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
For those on Etsy, when the Treasury opens (meaning people can make new ones), it's a race to see who can get one before they are all taken. There is a maximum number of Treasuries at any point in time.
So today I tried, and I got my first one.
I am a member of the Interior Design Team. I went through and looked at hundred of different items in that team, and found the ones that I felt had the most intricate details.
Take a look at my Treasury, and leave a comment.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Some things can fall into both catagories, while others will fall just into one. A beautiful detailed quilt could be either, while a simple blanket would be a craft.
Just my opinion. Not meant to be taken any other way.
I brought this up because I was thinking about how art can effect different people in different ways.
Abstract Art is a good example of this. Teen Emotions, pictured to the left, was meant to represent the constantly changing emotions of a teenage male. Mostly dark, but with sudden, unexpected moments of light. Most people see this. Yet, others state that it's, "...an angry painting. It makes me feel angry looking at it. I could not sleep with that in the room..."
In Abstract Art, difference in opinion is the norm, and that is how it should be.
That said, it is interesting when art of a recognizable item is taken differently.
As my readers know, I have been playing with sketching flowers, with a wash background, and painting the sketch.
To the right is Pansies - a 9" x 12" acylics on board canvas. Four simple bearded pansies on a blue wash background. Many people love it.
Yet the first thing my husband said when he was it, was, "...they look like mean, little bearded men...evil little dwarves..."
After his comment, I can see that, but I never would have thought that before.
What do YOU think? Flowers or evil bearded men?
Have you ever seen something completely different in a painting than what everyone else saw?
Leave a comment and let me know!
Friday, July 4, 2008
Just about every US Citizen (and many others throughout thr world!) know this. But how many can say they have actually READ the Declaration?
Before you head out to your parades, BBQ's and fireworks, please take a moment and read the document that set the United States on it's course.
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Pale Yellow Wash - Rose Bud
* What mood am I in?
* What colors reflect that moon?
* After answering those two questions, I apply those colors to the canvas in a watercolor-style wash.
* As the background paint dries, I generally see images/ideas appear, and I paint those.
Sometimes I set out with a specific idea in mind, say a sunset at the beach. Even though I know the basic idea ahead of time, the exact placement, layout and so forth are not decided until after the wash has dried.
I'm trying something different today. I'm attempting to combine my eye for color with my new drawing skills.
Using board canvas (which is less expensive than stretched canvas) I've done two coordinating washes in yellow tones. One is a pale yellow, the other is a golden yellow.
After the washed dried, a began to sketch with pencil the outlines.
On the pale yellow wash, I did an outline sketch of a rosebud. Since the detail will be added with the paints, I only wanted just to note where the petals and stems were in relation to one another.
On the golden yellow wash, I sketched the brief outline of a rose in full bloom. Again, just the basics, as the paints will show detail.
Now it's time to paint.
Check back in a few hours for the final results!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Yesterday was her 69th birthday. The one thing that she loves in jewelry - especially earrigns. However, her ears are not pierced, so it is difficult to finds earrings that she both likes and are clips.
So, I was working with JsJewelry (http://www.JsJewelry.etsy.com) and Celticknot (http://www.CelticKnot.etsy.com ) to change earrings from pierced to clip. Both of them told me it was not an issue.
While this was going on, we had an event where we were all in uniform. Mom, Dad and I are all officers for The American Legion, and Mom commented that she did not have any earrings that matched the red, white and blue colors. She needed Patriotic Earrings!
I went back to JsJewelry and Celticknot, and explained what had occurred. Together we made some changes to the base earrings I had chosen, so that the colors fit what she wanted. They had no problems making the changes, and got them shipped right out at a great price. Not even an extra charge for the changes, or the short time frame we were working on.
Last night we had meetings, so we celebrated her birthday at the Legion Post. My mother LOVED both pairs of earrings, and spent the evening showing them off to everyone. The only thing she did not like was the fact that her outfit was brown, and the earrings clashed with it, so she could not wear them immediately. Which was OK, as she then could not decide which pair to wear first anyways.
This is why I promote Etsy, why I sell on Etsy, and why I will give a shout out to certain Etsy sellers. JsJewelry and Celticknot are both wonderful people who went out of their way to help me find the perfect gift to give my picky mother.
Thank you so very much ladies. Consider yourselves hugged from my mother and myself.
For all of you readers who either like jewelry or know someone who does, check out their shops!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Etsy is a place where people who make handcrafted items can sell their creations. There are also people who sell supplies, and some who sell vintage items. It is NOT an auction site, like eBay is. Prices are set by the seller, though many are willing to make deals, offer discounts, make trades and what have you. Some sellers just offer what you see on their shop page; other seller offer custom work.
But what can you find on Etsy? Just about everything that can be made by hand. If it can be painted, drawn, scupled, wired, nailed, beaded, knit, crochet, sewn, glued, pounded, grown or mixed, you'll find it there. (And I'm sure I left a few things out!)
Within all that, you can find items in every color, style, medium and size you can think of!
If, on the off chance that you cannot find what you are looking for, there is a section called Alchemy where you can request sellers to bid on what you want made.
So, the next time you want to buy something -- especially if you are looking for a one of a kind gift -- check out Etsy. You'll be amazed at what you discover!