Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I'm sick, Grhhhhhhhhhh!!!

I'm sick. Just a common cold. Good thing, it's not H1N1. LOL.
BUT I love you guys! So, here I am (in my sickness) blogging about remedies I've found on Etsy that would make me and those who are sick feel better. All these shops have great feedback, so no fear, friends :)

Here's what I should be sipping right now. The "Cold Cough and Sore Throat Herbal Tea" by Natuallyupnorth. It's a blend of sage, thyme and lemon balm. This shop has teas for all kinds of common sickness you can think of, too!

Are getting a headache from your work/kids and what's not? This "Get Well" bath tea used with some warm bath water from Rawbeauty is perfect for some soothing, pain relief. Get Well Essential oil blend is a combination of Camphor, Eucalyptus, Menthol, Peppermint, Tea Tree & Rosemary.

This Herbal Blend Sachet of dried, fragrant French lavender as well as dried peppermint, dried rosemary, eucalyptus, orange and clove essential oils from EarthAngelStudios is another great find. It can be tucked inside pillow to relieve nighttime symptoms or even used as a bath tea.

That's that for today. Get well, friends if you're sick or better yet, don't get sick like me! :)

Monday, June 29, 2009

20$ Sweepstake Winner!

Congratulations to KeriAnne, you are the winner of this Sweepstake!

All of you who participated in this sweepstake will also receive a 20%OFF Coupon as a token of appreciation. Simply mention, "BLOG SWEEPSTAKE" when checking out. Thank you, guys!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

SWEEPSTAKE! Win 20$ to shop at Papillon Jewelry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHAT: Sweepstake time! Win 20$ to shop at Papillon Jewelry!

WHY: To thank you for your valuable interest and support to Papillon Jewelry....Plus, my Birthday is on Nov 25. So, I decided that I'll hold a month Sweepstake on the 25th of every month from now on. It's that simple! :))

HOW: You can participate by create your "Wish list" consisting of your 3 favorite pieces of jewelry from Papillon Jewelry. Make a comment for this post with your "Wish List", including links of the items you choose.

WHEN: Winners will be randomly selected and announced on Monday June 29. Hurry!

Saturday's Featured Artist: Graffiti2

Happy Saturday, everyone! :) Guess what? Today, I've found the place for all your button/pin needs. Let's meet Judy Punta Gorda of Graffiti2. Judy is from Florida, and her shop join Etsy in Jun 29, 2006 and has 873 Sales (impressive, huh?).

Here's our short and sweet interview with Judy from Graffiti2. Ready? Let's pick her brain!

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#1. Describe yourself in 5 words.
homeschooling advocate, avid recycler, resourceful

#2. What goodies do you offer in your shop?

Buttons/Badges/Pins Hand drawn, Custom Made, and Vintage Rock and Nostalgia buttons, mirrors, also.

#3. How was your shop started?

Started in 1979 in Lodi, NY. Inspired by a woman selling hand painted buttons as souvenirs on a corner near The Cannery in San Francisco. I bought one she painted of the Golden Gate Bridge. When I got back to NY, I searched the Thomas Register at the Library to find out where one can buy a button machine. I went to the bank and borrowed $1,000 to buy my first button machine which was $800 back then, and reams of papers and art markers.

I applied to arts and crafts show by mailing in slides of the button booth and samples of the buttons. That's the way it was done back then. I got into big art shows like The Cornhill Festival and The Clothesline Show. And continued doing shows until 1991 after my kids arrived, 2 adopted, and 1 biological.

In September of 2008 I dragged the business out of the cobwebs and opened a shop on Etsy.

#4. What are some unique things about your shop?

Wide Variety, something for everyone. Buttons for little children, parents, teens, seniors. Every subject: Sayings, animals, peace, professions, humor, serious, rock and roll, famous people, sports, hobbies. I try to have every subject imaginable. And if I don't have it, I'll make it.

#5. What or who inspires you?
My kids inspire me. As a single parent in a recessing economy I am inspired to keep working, work fast, every minute of the day and evening counts. So, I respond quickly to potential customers, I mail orders out same day or next day, I give feedback as soon as items are paid for. I list new items every day. I operate my shop as if my life and my kids' lives depend on it for the food on our table, because it does.

#6. What is the item in your shop you enjoyed making the most and why?

I enjoy making the individual custom made buttons the best. Like this one made in photoshop: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24830033 and these I make by hand: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16126633

#7. What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?

1. User Name is the shop name. I messed up there. 2. Accept all forms of payment. Why turn down a sale if someone does not want to have a pay pal account? I accept personal checks, money orders and have even received cash in envelopes. I also barter. 3. Don't make people of other countries have to email you for a cost to ship. If possible find out the cost or estimate the cost to ship. Some you might under estimate but some you over estimate and it all works out in the end.

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Beside her wonderful shop , Judy also has a blog (http:// www.portablegraffiti.blogspot.com) where you can get to know her and her work better. So, don't hesitate to drop by and say "Hi"!

That's all for today's Featured Artist. Since this is a new category, I'll definitely appreciate your Comment and Feedback! Next week's Saturday, we'll meet Cat of Uncorked, where you can find incredible cork jewelry like this one and lots of other cool things. Make sure you don't miss it!


For more information on "Saturday's Featured Artist" and "Wednesday's Hidden Gem", click here!


In tribute to Michael Jackson, an icon of our time...

He's no longer with us, but his songs will remain...

"I want you back", Tee by Junkprints

"Billie Jean", embroidery by Myneedlehabit

"Thriller", collage by Artistico

Michael Jackson, rest in peace...


Friday, June 26, 2009

Today's eye candies

Love Triangle Necklace

City Chic Hoop Earrings


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wednesday's "Hidden Gem": EyeletSageStudio

I can talk for hours if you ask me for my list of favorite shops on Etsy, and some of them definitely deserve a little more exposure to the world! So, welcome to my Wednesday's "Hidden Gem" pocket interview!

Today, we'll meet Melanie of EyeletSageStudio. Melanie is from Tigard, OR (suburb of Portland, OR), and her incredible stationary shop is full of goodies like this Poppy Hello, Friend Note Card.

Here's our short and sweet interview with Melanie from EyeletSageStudio.

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Q: Describe yourself in 5 words.
A: Reserved, Traditional, Sentimental, Joyful, Hardworking

Q: What goodies do you offer in your shop?
A: Cards, Journals, magnets and other paper goods.

Q: How was your shop started?

A: It's been my goal since I was exposed to graphic design in college to create cards and stationery and sell them some day. I never expected it to happen so soon, but surprisingly a bit of unemployment gave me the time I needed to get started.

Q: What are some unique things about your shop?

A: My shop is unique by its simplistic designs. Most of the designs on the cards are created from simple shapes and are more graphical than realistic, which happily sets me apart from many other of the stationery shops.

Q: What or who inspires you?

A: I'm inspired by the people around me and daily events. Most of the cards are based off of something I observe in my everyday life. Sometimes I create cards where I see a lack, such as cute little boy birthday invitations.

Q: What is the item in your shop you enjoyed making the most and why?

A: It's a toss up on what I enjoyed making the most. I enjoy making most of it because I love the look of the final product when it's all cut and packaged. Probably, though I'd have to say the journal was my favorite because it was the most tactile and tangible item to make in my shop - and I plan to make many more because the process is incredibly fun and rewarding.

Q: Do you have any additional notes to my lovely blog's readers?

Creating for me is more of a necessity than something I chose to do. I have this need to create, that if I don't it will make me more frustrated with everyday life. If you're at all like this, don't make the "real" world put a damper on your creativity because it's creativity in this world that makes it an exciting and vibrant place to live.

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Beside her wonderful , Melanie also has a blog (http://eyeletsagestudio.blogspot.com) where you can get to know her and her work better. So, don't hesitate to drop by and say "Hi"!

That's all for today's Hidden Gem. Since this is a new category, I'll definitely appreciate your Comment and Feedback! Next Wednesday, we'll meet Charis and her wonderful shop, themonstermaker, the place to go to for a great variety of goodies from wire, felt and fabric
. You know you don't want to miss it!


For more information on "Saturday's Featured Artist" and "Wednesday's Hidden Gem", click here!


Can't make up my mind...

So, I've just listed two adorable pairs of "Crochet Cuties" earrings in Red and Blue. I love them so much that I decided to find some matching outfit/tops that would go with them. Help me, I can't make up my mind! :)

Here's my Red Crochet Cuties earrings:

and the two equally amazing matching tops by Nancywilder (upper pic), and Econica (lower pic)

Then, my Blue Crochet Cuties Earrings are also giving a hard time choosing its matching top!

And the stunning runner-ups are.....

by Hankietankie

by byfordsboutique

Monday, June 22, 2009

My idea of a perfect morning...

How's your Monday so far? Hope it's going well....

Me? My morning has been a little bit dull. So, here am I daydreaming of a perfect morning...

So, once upon a perfect morning, I'll be sitting in a comfy chair with my most cozy and sweet quilt throw (by Atticwear)....

...next to a little side table with a romantic tin tray in my favorite color (from Kimchiandclover) and a unique little moss filled world (Terrarium by Greenbriar).

There, I'll be sipping tea from my colorful anemone tea cup (by littleflowerdesign), munching some white chocolate pistachio biscotti (by Webvanessa)....

.... while leisurely reading a surprise handwritten letter full of wonderful illustration and/or collage artwork by Joon of Flyinghousewife (Yes! You can buy yourself a handwritten letter!).

Life's good!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday's Featured Artist: Nataliaraya

Today, the spotlight is on Natalia of Nataliaraya, where you can find amazing jewelry like this unique necklace right here!

Natalia is from Costa Rica (Coronado to be exact its like a little mountain town which is most the time cold even if its in CR! :P). Her shop was established in Mar 11, 2008 and currently has 608 sales (wow!). Here's our short and sweet pocket interview with Natalia of Nataliaraya.

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Q: Describe yourself in 5 words.
A: Humble,goofy, insomniac, practical ,simple

Q: What goodies do you offer in your shop?
A: All the ideas I have running in my head transferred into metal.

Q: How was your shop started?

A: After getting very frustrated over my work (Human resources).. I decided to quit , the kind of things you do and you don't know what the next step is or what you are going to do.

I was making jewelry but mostly really intricate pieces it was like my way out of the stress I was living in, never imagined I could make a living out of it mostly because I was in Costa Rica and well even getting a paypal was so hard for me needed an account in the states.To make a huge story short… I managed to get a paypal, a wonderful friend of mine helped me doing all this and also had to bring down some machines and tools all the way from the states , because they don't have them here at all any were all this to make a workshop home, all of this because my teacher said one day "You can"..

To me the first piece I sold online was surreal and to this day I still ask myself with every sale,every conversation .. "Is this really happening? "

What are some unique things about your shop?

A: A very personal approach to jewelry, every single piece I make I look at once is finished and I Imagine a person wearing it or giving to a special person.. If is a piece I would be proud to say " I made it" .. If I would wear it myself…or give to my mother.. If the piece has this pre-approval and applies in all these categories and my final reaction is pure love .. then goes to the shop..I have a lot of things I haven't listed just because I am not 100% pleased with the result… :)

Q: What or who inspires you?

A:This was the hardest question because I can't tell you exactly what it is everyday things and as I run into things .. I get ideas , I think they come to me instead.. I see something and I see the finished piece in my head and go make it..

I've always had an interest in classic pieces of jewelry so I also have some attempts at making my own take of the classic designs.

Q: What is the item in your shop you enjoyed making the most and why?

A: Currently listed Martirio all the way.. As I was making it I was sure, this is the kind of jewelry I want to make from now on, original and it is exactly what I had in mind it's also way more artistic .. I love it so much and I enjoyed making her hair, lips all the little details…

Q: What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?

Don’t get sad when things don’t sell right away etsy seems to have a rhythm and one minute you don’t sell a thing the next you get orders..

Just keep working and enjoying it , this reflects in your shop and you can tell when a person wants to sell something and when one person wants to create and share… Every human is an artist. If the dream of your life is to make beautiful art people will notice this and appreciate it.

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Beside her wonderful shop, Natalia also has a blog (http://www.gravitando.wordpress.com/), where you can get to know her and her work better. So, don't hesitate to drop by and say "Hi"!

That's all for today's Featured Artist. Since this is a new category, I'll definitely appreciate your Comment and Feedback! Next Saturday, we'll meet Judy and her successful Grafitii 2, the place to go to for
a great variety of cool Buttons/Badges/Pins. You know you don't want to miss it!


For more information on "Saturday's Featured Artist" and "Wednesday's Hidden Gem", click here!


Today's new listing

Knotty Grassy Necklace

Friday, June 19, 2009

Grasshoppers can be cute!

Vietnam has a deep-rooted agricultural culture. Back in the good old days, when children didn't have (and weren't spoiled by) many toys and computer games, their parents made them toys from the coconut trees in in the backyard, like this cute grasshopper. The children adored them so much that they would play with them when the coconut leaf of the grasshopper still looks fresh and then press these toys in their books to keep them for a very long time.

Only young coconut leaves are used to fold into different kinds of toys (pretty much a Vietnamese version of origami). This folk art used to be so popular that almost everyone knows how to make grasshoppers, birds, prawns, roses or hat out of coconut leaves.

These days, these coconut toys becomes a must-have goody for all tourist in Vietnam, and kids who grew up in the city like me also love them since they tell a story of a sweet childhood of living in the countryside that they don't have.


Those who deserve the spotlight...

Swan Lake print by JenniferTrotter

Hi friends!

Everyone love a good stories, right? So, once a upon a time, there is a wonderfully talented crafter who musters all her/his courage to make her/his much loved craft a business and share her/his work with others...

That's the story of most Etsy sellers, and with that much courage and talents, one deserved to be in the spot light, right? It is my sincere belief that every Etsy sellers and shops have an incredible story that deserve being told. Starting with tomorrow, I'm proudly presenting to you our wonderful Etsy artists.

- Saturday's "Feature Artist" brings you a successful and thriving Etsy artist. We can hear her/his jouney to success, learn about who she/he is and what she/he sells as well as picking her/his brain for wonderful advices!

- Wednesday's "Hidden Gem" will present a relatively new/less well-known with a promising shop full of fantastic items that simply needs a little bit more exposure. Have fun learning more about them, and perhaps find a great deal/coupon in their "Note to lovely blog readers", too!

All my pocket interviews with the artists will be short and sweet. You'll be glad you "meet" them!

So join us tomorrow to hear the story Nataliaraya and her successful shop with fabulous jewelry like this famous Tea Time Ring. See ya!
THO DINH, aka PapillonJewelry.

Warning: Read this only if you have lots of time to waste (and have fun)!

So, other than Etsy and Twitter, I have to admit that I have other addictions as well. Here are two FUN (and FREE) things I really enjoy lately :)

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Do you see my cute dressed up avatar on the left sidebar? That is from poupee.com, a Japanese web application for grown-ups who do not want to grow up. LOL. It's like having a virtual doll (poupee is doll in French) and dress it up all you want. The only difference is that you can "buy"clothes for your doll without out begging your Mama for money.

No, it won't cost a cent. Here's how it works: you post some photos of your (real) wearable items (clothes, jewelry, shoes, hair accessories, make-ups, etc.) to share with others. Then, you'll earn some ribbons, which is the virtual money unit on poupee.com, to buy adorable clothes, shoes, etc. for your dolls. You can also make friends with other poupees, take the snapshot of your poupee and share with others, too (like my case). How I love looking at people's closets and dressing up my doll in adorable outfits (that I don't have. lol.)!

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(One problem with this is that since it's originally Japanese, sometime you may feel a little lost when you wander into a page with everything in Japanese, but let me assure you that the English there is decent, and you can definitely manage. I'm not Japanese, you know!)

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The second addiction is the "Farm Town" application on Face book. Above is a snapshop from the game. Basically, you'll be a farmer working diligently to plant and harvest different crops. You can also have fruit trees, flowers and animals. Then, if you work hard, you'll keep getting richer and richer to the point you can buy a stunning mansion like this one (and many other fun thing). If only real life is that easy! LOL.

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What I like the most about this game is that it is very interactive. You can chat with other players, visit/tend their farm, hire someone to work for you (and earn more profit that way). Of course, if you're broke or need more money to buy seeds (and what's not) for your farm, you can go to the marketplace to find a harvesting job in someone's farm. Fun!

(The only problem with this game is that the crops take forever to grow - from 4 hours to even 4 days real time, but you can always work on someone else's farm and earning heaps of money while waiting for your crops)
To play, click here!

Some more fun and unique pieces

Splendrous Dahlia Ring

Sea Garden Earrings

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New items listed

Sheer Elegance Necklace (Fuchsia)

jOyFuL Noise Ring