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Pixe’s Picks! Jan. 28, 2009

Posted by pixe1 on January 28, 2009

Welcome back to Pixe’s Picks!!  This is the place where the really cool Etsy shops are featured!   This week I’m featuring ArtisticFlair, and Nyblaque…Visit their shops, and give ’em some love!  Just click on the pics to see a larger view!!

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's

 

Let us welcome Deb, from ArtisticFlair to Pixe’s Picks!  Deb tells me she has  been crafting for as long as she can remember. “I started selling my jewelry at art shows before my son was born about 8 years ago. I went on a hiatus when my son was born and then slowly started taking ceramic and glass classes. I got serious about it again doing art shows about 3 years ago. I’ve been selling on etsy for just about a year now. ”

And this is how she got her start in her craft:  I have always loved to create and Artistic Flair is a name I came up with after delving into many different mediums of the art world. From years of jewelry making to learning the many techniques involved with ceramics and the use of my kiln, my interests took me to the wonderful world of glass fusing. I am fascinated with the way glass changes during the fusing process, the often unpredictable results and the beauty of the finished product.

We all want to know why Deb chose Etsy:  I was a member of etsy long before I started selling here. I really liked the site and what it had to offer. I started selling here as a means to get my things out in the cyber world.

And what is Deb’s fave piece in her shop:  My Audrey Hepburn piece:    She is the true definition of elegance and beauty – a timeless diva! I had so much fun creating this piece and was more than thrilled with the outcome. She will be hard to part with!

A Little Bit of Italy

A Little Bit of Italy

Pixe’s Pick:  I was hard-pressed to decide on a favorite…Deb has some really great items in her shop!  Not only does she create these wonderful framed pictures, she also makes jewelry, cuff links,  and glass cabs!  I chose A Little Bit of Italy as my fave!   Being the good Italian girl that I am, I love the subject!  This is definitely a OOAK piece of art!

XOXO

XOXO

 

Let’s give a warm Pixe welcome to Andrea, from Nyblaque!  Andrea started crafting at the ripe old age of 15 by making jewelry pieces and drawing clothing designs as a hobby.  She tells me:   Well, I have been “hobby making” with jewelry for 17yrs but I decided to design jewelry as a business for 3yrs.

And this is why Andrea loves Etsy!  I found Etsy through a Google search of handmade online shops when I realized Ruby Lane was too expensive for me, and I love the community Etsy seemed to offer.  Plus, Etsy is based in my hometown,  NYC so that was a definite plus:)!

Andreas fave piece in her shop is the XOXO Wooden Key Necklace, even though she says she has a new fave every week!!   “I made it with these great wooden reproductions of vintage typewriter keys. I have already made earrings with then that sold like crazy in 6 weeks!”

Trimmed Bleached Peacock Feather Earrings

Trimmed Bleached Peacock Feather Earrings

Pixe’s Pick:   Andrea has some really fantastic jewelry in her shop!  However, since I tend towards the natural and/or unusual,  I really love these  Trimmed Bleached Peacock Feather Earrings!  There is still some soft color to them, and they are really just gorgeous!  Any peacock would be proud to have feathers such as these!

These are Pixe’s Picks!  Two really cool shops that Etsy has to offer!!  Take a peek and see what other goodies they have to offer!!   Wishing you a wonderful, and peaceful day!!!

Mich

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WoofWear Jewels Update

Posted by pixe1 on January 27, 2009

Sky Fairy

Sky Fairy

 
 
I just got back from my meeting with the doggie boutique owner, and she loved my WoofWear Jewels!  She bought all 18 charms that I showed her, and wanted the doggy themed jewelry roll that I had made to present them to her, to use as a display!  I’m so excited!  I made my first wholesale sale to a shop owner that I didn’t know personally!!  yeah!   We are also talking about  making some charms with initials on them! 
 
If you are in the Reading, PA area, be sure to visit Godfrey’s Dogdom on Rt. 625 in Mohnton!  She has a great shop with all kinds of great things for dog lovers!!
Wishing everyone a wonderful and peaceful day!!
Mich

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Procrastination! My big day is almost here!

Posted by pixe1 on January 26, 2009

Ok, I know you are all wondering what my big day is…Well, I’ll fill ya in on the secret!!  Tomorrow, I have my first sales presentation to a dog boutique owner, that I do not personally to know, to try to hawk my WoofWear Jewels.    Pray tell, what are Woof Wear Jewels???  They are charms you attach to your dog’s collar to make those cheap ugly dog tags look really cool!!!  Total bling for poochies!  My Miss Sophie loves hers!!!

Am I ready for this…NOOOOOOOOOO!!!  Will I be ready Tuesday??  You Betcha!!!   I’ve got my sales pitch in my head, and ready to go!!!  I just have everything else to do!  Like make a  little jewelry roll to display them to the owner, make some extra samples…..But, I can do this!!!    Yes I can, Yes I can!!!   Nothing like a little procrastination to make the hands work faster!!!  And yes, this is normal for me…if I made NewYear’s resolutions, ending the procrastination would be one of them!    I have found that when I google “procrastination”, there is a lot to read….perhaps I’ll get that later…

So wish me luck!!!

Hoping your day is wonderful and peaceful!!!

Mich

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Balance

Posted by pixe1 on January 23, 2009

Every now and then, a guest will be invited to write an article.  Robyn, from robynsart  has graciously accepted the invitation…She gives us a wonderful article about Balance….

Balance

As women, we have to be master jugglers.  Many of us balance family, children, a career, our art, and social groups.  We have to give 100% to many different areas, and we have to do so without becoming personally depleted.  But how? 

I can’t speak for absolutely everyone.  But I can give you some tried and true suggestions. 

Take care of YOU.  Giving all the time can leave you empty.  Make time to do things that you enjoy.  Take a long hot bath, call a friend, go to church, read a book, meditate, create something, journal, whatever you can do for yourself. 

Delegate.  If you feel drained by cooking dinner every night, doing dishes, doing laundry, etc.  then get help.  Make a schedule.  Monday, you cook, others wash dishes.  Tuesday you bring pizza or order in.  Enlist your children or others in your home and have them cook meals on various nights.  We always think we have to do it all.  But we can accept the help of others.

If you work outside the home, work scheduled hours and try to not bring work home.  If you work from home, the same thing applies.  Schedule your hours and stick to them.  Help your family to understand that work is important.  But dedicate time to them after your work is done. 

Don’t over commit.  Try to not schedule something for every evening of the week.  If you have to schedule something, then schedule free time, or a relaxing evening with the family. 

Include others in crafting time.  Sometimes, when I am doing my art, I get very carried away.  If I include members of my family, they do not feel left out, or resentful.  If I go out to take photos, I include the family on my hike.  If I am making journals, I give them canvas boards, paints, etc, so they can create their own work of art—if they want.   

It’s tough to juggle everything and not get burned out, but if you utilize these suggestions, perhaps it will make the whole process a little easier.  

From Pixe:   For the men out there…Is this an issue for you?  Do you feel you have to juggle and achieve balance in your life?  What do you do to balance life and duties?

Leave a comment, let us know what you juggle in your life, and what you do to achieve a balance in your life!  We can all learn from each other!! 

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Pixe’s Picks!!!

Posted by pixe1 on January 21, 2009

Welcome friends, to this weeks Pixe’s Picks!!!  This is the place to be, every Wednesday, where I celebrate the coolest shops on Etsy!!!  Grab a cup of tea, or a dirty martini, put up your feet, and enjoy!!  This week I feature Ishycreations, and  GreighdayVintage!!

Messenger Bag   ISHYCREATIONS:  Say “hey” to ishycreations!   She has been crafting all her life!!   Ishy tells me she got her start in sewing at an early age, also!  This is what she wants us to know about how she got started in her crafts:   Well, for sewing, I was very young, about 4 or 5, and my mother would go downstairs into her sewing room and sew for hours on end.  Eventually I got curious as to what she was doing down there so I would join her.
She made these BEAUTIFUL Victorian dresses (we were American Civil War Reenactors).  I started helping her pin fabric pieces together and find pattern pieces for her.  As I got older she let me use her sewing machine, then I got my own years later.
The rest is history.

As for clay … I had some of that “never dries out” oily clay as a child and (while my mother was at work) I would play with it hours upon hours. I can remember creating my own dolls because the ones my family would buy me “weren’t expressive enough”.
I didn’t discover polymer clay till about 6 months ago, though. I found out about it, got some, then fell head over heels madly in love with it.

Me, being ever curious, wanted to know why she chose Etsy: Originally, I didn’t know there was any option other than Ebay O_O .  I ran into Etsy on accident through someone on DeviantArt.  I signed up and started selling.   Then I ran into ArtFire, but I don’t like it as much as faithful ol’ Etsy!

Ishycreations favorite item her shop, besides her clay items,  is her Messenger Bag. “It’s my favorite item because it’s made out of my old “bondage” pants that I wore in high school. I never got rid of them because I was determined to get back to that size (yea, RIGHT!) or to find a use for them. And a use I did find! ”

Hello Kitty/Hearts reconstructed hoodiePixe’s Picks:  ishycreations has some really wonderful stuff in her shop!  She makes these clay goodies that look good enough to eat!!   I really like this Hello Kitty/Hearts Hoodie….it’s just so fun!  Plus, I love hoodies!!!

Neptunes Garden Vintage Couture Art Nouveau Wrist Cuff

  Next up is Amber, from GreighdayVintage!  She too, has been crafting all her life!!  She comes from a creative family; her mother is an artist, her father, a poet!  Amber tells us how she got her start in her craft:  When I was about 17, I started using my Mother’s old broken jewelry, (mostly hand me downs from Grandmother, or garage and estate sale finds) to make new and exciting pieces for myself. I always loved knowing that no one else on Earth had the exact same thing that I did. 

And why Etsy?  asks curious Mich: When I found Etsy, I was very impressed with the principle of it. I started to shop and loved the items I was receiving. I thought why not try it out for myself and perhaps make a little spending money on the side. It evolved from there. I adore Etsy!

Amber’s fave item from her shop is the  Neptune’s  Garden cuff (pic above) for  it’s “whimsy, and wonderful mix of textures and shapes. It makes me daydream of mystical places. It’s magical to me and I had a hard time listing it.  I almost kept it for myself! ”

Vintage Burlesque Golden Lace and Feather Millinery Can Can Girl Fascinator

Pixe’s Picks:  I love this Vintage Burlesque Golden Lace and Feather Millinery Can Can Girl Fascinator!  It is so colorful, full of texture, and funky!  You could say I’m fascinated by fascinators!    This is something I could see myself wearing!! 

That’s Pixe’s Picks for this week!  Give these shops some love!  They are really cool!!    And the artists are really fab!!  Wishing you a wonderful, and safe week! 

 

 

 

 

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Pixe’s Picks!!

Posted by pixe1 on January 14, 2009

Welcome to this week’s Pixe’s Picks!!  This is where I feature the REALLY COOL shops of Etsy!!  My victims this week are pinkparchmentsoaps and MVincent!  Read about them, then go give their shops  some love!!

 

 Pink Grapefruit Soap

 Pinkparchmentsoaps

Pinkparchmentsoaps sells beautiful handmade soaps.  Trish, the soapmaker, tells me she has been creating soap for about 5-6 years now!  When I asked how she got her start in soapmaking, this is what she had to say:    That’s actually a funny story.   Several years ago we were on vacation in North Carolina and stopped in a
small soap shop.  They made the most beautiful soap we had ever seen.   We also thought, oh these will make wonderful
gifts for both my husbands mother and my mother – both of whom are incredibly difficult to buy for!   With both mothers day
and birthdays right around the corner, we stocked up.  Once we returned to Michigan, I happened to get a flyer from a local college and they were offering soap making classes. I took the class, and voila we were hooked.

Inquiring minds want to know:  Why Etsy?       In the fall of 2007 we were at a craft show, and the crafter next to us was Midnight Creations.   She already had a shop on Etsy,  and was so enthusiastic about her Etsy shop,  and the entire Etsy community.   When we got home,  we went to Etsy,  browsed around and decided that Etsy was for us!

 Strawberry Cheesecake Soap

 Trish’s favorite soap is the Pink Grapefruit Soap, pictured above.  She loves it because “it’s a lot of fun to make and just smells divine”!!  It’s very pretty, isn’t it?!!

Pixes Pick:  I love this Strawberry Cheesecake Soap!   I think it is such a unique soap, and I bet it smells as yummy as it looks!!

 

Wonderland Bracelet

MVincent

MVincent is selling gorgeous handcrafted jewelry along with her crocheted items.   Mannie, the owner of MVincent says she has been making jewelry on and off for about 3 years now, and crocheting for about 2.    This is how Mannie says she got her start in making jewelry:  I picked up jewelry making on a whim, really.  I started making my own jewelry,  and then for family and friends.   They really encouraged me to open shop, and I did (:

And the reason she picked Etsy for her store is she always loves to buy handcrafted when possible.  She found Etsy through a Google search for something else, explored and fell in love with  the Etsy community!!  

Sun Goddess EarringsPixe’s Pick!  I love the Sun Goddess Earrings, being somewhat of a goddess myself!  LOL  Seriously…The orange beads have a beautiful pink iridescence to them, and they glow  like the sun!  The headpins are even hand made!!

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Pixe’s Picks!!!  Wishing you all a safe and peaceful week!  Till next week……

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Cleaning the studio!

Posted by pixe1 on January 14, 2009

Well, I’m finally getting around to cleaning, and organizing my super messy studio!  It’s a wonder I ever find anything i need…but somehow, I know exactly where everything is!!  Can  you believe that!!  Now that I’m getting organized, I’ll probably not be able to find a darn thing!!

As a result of this massive cleanup…I’m destashing!!!   Come on in to Pixe’s Treasure Chest, and visit my brand spanking new section:  Pixes Destash!  You’ll find some great things at a great price!!!

It’s almost Wednesday!  And you know what that means!   Pixe’s Picks!   Yeah!!!!   Come back tomorrow, and see who will be featured!!!

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Pixe’s Picks

Posted by pixe1 on January 7, 2009

Carnelian Leaves Necklace

Carnelian Leaves Necklace

 

Welcome to Pixe’s Picks…the place I show off the REALLY COOL Etsy shops!!

This week I am featuring Joanna’s Photography and Mufi!!

Joanna’s Photography:  

 
Joanna doesn’t  remember the first time she  snapped her first photo, but “in a form, I have been taking photographs as my passion and for satisfaction- it has been about 4 years”.

This is how Joanna got her start in photography:  “Photography was rather mysterious to me for the longest time. I have used my parents’ camera, but in very limited way. Only after I got my first digital camera, very simple point and shoot model, I started discovering how much satisfaction and pleasure I am getting from photographic nature.
Nature still is my main photographic subject.
Now I have moved to a camera with much more features and settings, which allows me to capture exactly what I want and how I want to present it on the finished photograph”.

Joanna set up shop on Etsy because she has had good experiences as a buyer;  they always had great things for sale, and decided this was a great place to start!

Big Big World

Big Big World

Her favorite item is the “Big Big World, 5 x7″ print, taken in the Outer Banks NC,   “because the layout of this photograph, it’s composition, presents the force of the nature- dark sky, big storm coming, against small human, very weak, against the strength of the surrounding environment”.                                      

Waiting

Waiting

This is my Pixe Pick:  I was hardpressed to pick a favorite….All the photos are well composed, and I’m partial to macro photography.  I picked “Waiting“, for it’s gracefullness, and I could just imagine the flower bud popping open at  precisely the right moment!   This is a really cool shop with a lot of great photography!  Give Joanna some love at  JoannasPhotography!!

 

Mufi:

When I asked how Phyllis got started in her craft she told me:  If you start with my work in textiles, I’ve been crafting / designing since my early 20’s.  I got started making jewelry by buying some intriguing beads and then learning how to work with them by speaking with jewelers and looking up techniques on the Internet. I have a bachelors and masters degrees in art and previously had a career as a textile artist. That background gave me the visual confidence to dive into a new medium. I’ve shown my work nationally and been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant in Crafts.   Congratulations on your award, that is certainly a high honor!!!

She chose Etsy because she  was interested to learn about Internet marketing and Etsy offered an easy way to have a working website. Etsy offers a turn-key shop that is easy to learn to use and there’s a very active forum with support from other sellers. The first time she went to the forum with a question, she had 5 answers in as many minutes. That kind of support is invaluable when you’re venturing into new territory
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Phyllis said she was unable to chose a favorite item from her shop…there are just too many favorites!

Pixe’s Pick:  This one was easy…I love Carnelian!  I love the colors, textures and shapes of the Carnelian Leaves Necklace!   This is way cool !    (See the top of the post, WordPress is giving me a hard time today…won’t let me post pic where I want)!   

 
100% of the profits from Phyllis’  stores support her husband Bill Lawhorn’s work with orphans in Liberia, West Africa
For more information about the cause Phyliss  supports, read this:  http://personaltreasures.blogspot.com/2008/12/gem-of-cause-jewelry-benefitting.html     
 
Be a gem and to give Mufi some love and support a great cause at the same time!                                      

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Pixe’s Picks

Posted by pixe1 on January 6, 2009

Tommorrow, I’m starting a weekly feature called “Pixe’s Picks”.  I will be featuring 2 Etsy shops each week, one shop that sells jewelry, and one shop that sells anything else !  

I would love to know what you think of Pixe’s Picks…comments are always welcome!  Also, if you would like to be featured,  send me a convo at pixestreasurechest.etsy.com.  I would particularly like to hear from shops selling unusual items, pet items, food items, etc.  I look forward to hearing from you!!

See you Wednesday!!

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Moving forward in the New Year!!!

Posted by pixe1 on January 5, 2009

Ok peeps,   it’s a new year, and time to move forward!   

So, Every Wednesday, I will be featuring 2 Etsy shops…one that sells jewelry, one that sells anything else!  This should be a lot of fun seeing what the world of Etsy has to offer!   Let’s make this a successful year for all of us!!

Here is the link to the Etsy thread so you can leave your info!   Need shops to feature in my blog!

Have a safe and wonderful day!

Mich

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