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Pixe’s Picks Feb. 25

Posted by pixe1 on February 25, 2009

Welcome to this week’s Pixe’s Picks where the coolest Etsy shops are showcased!  This week I’m showcasing lauraprentice and appleblossomfl!  Kick back and enjoy your stay!!  To view a larger pic, just click on the thumbnail!

Slate House

Slate House

 
 Give a warm welcome to lauraprentice , who creates mixed media art! 
Laura tells me this is how she got her start:   I’ve been making art my entire life, my dad is an artist so it has always been a part of my life. I got really serious about it my senior year of high school.
Etsy was chosen because:  I figured that if I could get paid to do what I love, why not?
Her fave from her shop??  I am really excited about my mini house drawing series that is in my shop right now, it’s a mock-up for a larger project that I am working on outside of etsy but it’s really cute and has been fun to work with.       Slate house is part of her mini house series.
Be a Seed Print

Be a Seed Print

Pixe’s Picks:  Laura has a great shop filled with her original artwork;  she even has handmade paper!  How cool is a green shop!!  My fave is her Be a Seed Print .   I may be interpreting this all wrong, however, I think the message is to encourage us all to grow and nurture ourselves, others, and the world around us.  Be sure to give Laura some love!

                                                                                                 
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You Put the Lime in the Cotton Candy

You Put the Lime in the Cotton Candy

Now if you would,  please welcome April, from appleblossomfl!  She creates some beautiful, one of a kind jewelry!  April has been creating jewelry for a little over 3 years, and this is how she tells me she got her start:  My SIL got me sucked into beading! She had taken a class with a friend for fun, got hooked and then lured me in the next time I saw her.

This is the reason April chose Etsy:  I stumbled upon Etsy from a post on Craig’s List. The first time I saw the website I was extremely interested in selling (and buying of course). I really love the sense of community here.
Tell us your favorite item from your shop:  Right now, my favorite is my You Put the Lime in the Cotton Candy necklace. I love the bright colors and making the bead balls is really fun! My favorite changes all the time though.  I’ve made some earrings recently that I’m pretty partial too!
Little Birdy

Little Birdy

Pixe’s Picks:  April has some very pretty beaded, and wire worked jewelry for women and little girls.  She also makes book thongs…a great idea, I think!!   My favorite is the Little Birdy Scrabble Tile Pendant!  This is such a classic design with the black and white…wearable with just about anything!
These are this week’s Pixe’s Picks!  Thanks for dropping by, and I hope you enjoyed your stay!  Please leave a comment for these wonderful Etsy artists…They would love to hear from you!
Have a peaceful, safe, and creative week!
Mich

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Pixe’s Picks for February 18, 2009

Posted by pixe1 on February 18, 2009

Good Morning everyone!  Welcome to this weeks’ Pixe’s Picks!  This is the place to find out about the coolest shops on Etsy!!  Grab your fave beverage, settle in with us, and read about Keirning, and NicoleHill!   To view a larger pic, just click on the thumbnail!  Remember to leave a comment for them here, and to visit their shops!  Etsy artists thrive on getting luv and giving luv!!

Shana Bag Lions

Shana Bag Lions

Meet Kelly, from Keirning!  Kelly sews bags, and right now, her shop is a work in progress!! 

This is what Kelly tells us about her crafting life:  Well, I started crafting at sewing at a very young age. My great grandmother, grandma and my mom were all talented at sewing and made a lot of their own clothes. We are just a creative bunch. I’m inspired by the things I can’t find. I am very picky when it comes to material things and can’t see spending a lot on something I could make myself. I would have to say the most difficult thing is finding time to sew and create. I am a full time graphic designer and only find time at night to sew. My Shana Bags are named after my sister. She owns more make-up than anyone I know and always needs something to put it all in. I came up with pattern by trial and error and with help of a plastic container lid for the curve of the flap.

This is why Kelly chose Etsy as her selling platform:   I found etsy through a friend only a few months ago and have enjoyed seeing all the great ideas out there. For the new year I hope to design and create more bags. I already have ideas from my other sisters, as they want a bag named after them too!

Shana Bag Pink and Green

Shana Bag Pink and Green

PIXE’S PICKS:  I really love Kelly’s little bags, and can’t wait to see what other bags she comes up with !  She also has some Christmas stuff in her shop, including some really cute ornaments.  This is my favorite from her shop, the Shana Bag Pink and Green.  I just love the flowers on it, and pink and green is one of my favorite color combos, for it reminds me of my Grammy, who was a major influence in my life, crafting,  and otherwise!

 

European Square Chainmaille Bracelet

European Square Chainmaille Bracelet

Now let’s welcome Nicole, of nicolehill! 

Nicole only recently started making jewelry, but you would never know it from looking at her designs!  This is how she tells me she got her start in jewelry making:  I started making jewellery in May 2008; I’d been buying handmade artisan jewellery before then, and loved it, and wondered if I could make similar things (my budget for jewellery buying was sadly rapidly shrinking; my love for shiny things, not so much!) and then I found my local craft store. A bit of encouragement from friends, and I was away!

Nicole chose Etsy as her marketplace because:  Etsy was the first place I found that let people set up shop to sell their handmade crafts; it was cheap (given that I didn’t have much confidence that anyone would buy my things to start with, that was important!) and it had an established community – I learnt a lot from other artisans by reading the forums before I set up shop and continue to do so, that’s something I really value about Etsy!

This is Nicole’s fave item from her shop:  My favourite thing in my shop is probably my chainmaille; I love all the pieces I make, but I particularly like the square-wire maille I’ve made – European Square Chainmail Bracelet is one of my favourite pieces, because it’s just so shiny! (Can you see the magpie tendancies in me yet?) I also really like “Huntress Moon”   The idea came to me on the train back from work one evening, and I had to make it as soon as I got home; something about the larvikite and sterling spirals combination really appeals to me – it was a tough choice to put it up for sale rather than keep it!

Secret Garden Pendant

Secret Garden Pendant

PIXE’S PICKS: Nicole makes some really fabulous chainmaille!   I really had a difficult finding a favorite…until I saw this wonderful pendant, The Secret Garden Pendant!   I love the freeform work of the wire, and it reminds me of one of my favorite books as a child….we all have a secret garden that we go to….

That’s all folks!  Be sure to leave a comment here for these fantastic artisans, and visit their shops!  They really have some wonderful offerings for you!!!

Wishing you all a peaceful, safe, and creative week!       

Mich

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Odds -n- Ends

Posted by pixe1 on February 13, 2009

Along with some of my fellow SATeam members, I’ve been trying to create an item a day.   Well, as usual, life gets in the way, so It’s been more like 2 items every other day!  So, I have been busy in the dungeon putting these little pretties together this evening…

Midnight Rainbows

Midnight Rainbows

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It’s no secret my fave drink these days is a dirty martini, so,  I would like to  share my “perfect dirty martini” recipe.  Please remember…no drinking and driving, and please drink responsibly!

  • 2 ounces gin or vodka.  I prefer Sapphire Blue Gin
  • 1 ounce extra dry vermouth
  • 1.5 ounces olive juice. I use Dirty Sue olive juice

Pour all ingredients in a martini shaker with ice, shake once or twice,  pour into your fave martini glass, pop in  a few olives, and enjoy!

Now, someone is going to have to have one of these for me because I have to work this weekend, and won’t be able to have one until Monday morning!  I’m a nightshifter…my 9 am is like your 5pm!!  🙂

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Pixe’s Picks for Feb. 11, 2009

Posted by pixe1 on February 11, 2009

Good morning, everyone!!  Welcome to this week’s Pixe’s Picks!  This is the place to be to see the coolest shops on Etsy!   Obtain your beverage of choice, sit back, relax, and give a warm Pixe welcome to GrannysKnits and Art4ever!  If you would like to see a larger picture, just click on the thumbnail!

unique hand knit white baby letter sweater

Give a warm welcome to GrannysKnits, who designs and hand knits baby and toddler sweaters.  This is how she got her start:  I taught myself how to knit when I was in first grade,my grandsons are 10 and 2 and a half,so I’ve been knitting for a few years:-)!  She found Etsy through a coworker who crochets.    Grannysknits fave item is the  Unique Letter Sweater, and considers this to be her “baby”.  Each sweater     is different, with different colors and letters hand knit black and white tweedy baby sweater!

Pixe’s Pick!  My fave is the hand knit black and white tweedy baby sweater.  I really like the muted colors and the teddy bear buttons are a real perk!!  Even the little tykes need to look great!!

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Amber Anenome Bracelet

Now let’s welcome Jennifer, owner of Art4ever! First off…I must apogize to Jennifer for running her spot a week later than promised…my less than stellar organizational skills got me in trouble!   Jennifer  just opened up shop in December, and she wants peeps to come see her!   

 She tells me she has been making jewelry for about 7 years and has  learned through trial and error. This is how she tells me she got her start is crafting:  I have been creating/crafting things out of all kinds of media for most my life, always exploring new medias.I love beads, all kinds, glass, stone, crystals, etc.

What is Jennifer’s fave item?:   My favorite item right now is one of the items I have featured in my shop. The Amber Anenome bracelet. It has matching earrings that are swinging drops! It is my favorite because is was so fun to make and I love the amber colored beads!

And why Etsy:  I choose etsy after lots of research! Etsy was the only real supporter of true handmade items by artists and artisans. I like how they fully support all aspects of selling/creating/promoting your talent, and they truly give me a feeling of community in the massive world of cyberspace! Yey to Etsy and many thanks to Etsy for giving the opportunity to share and display and sell my creations!

Matte Leaf Jewelry Box

Pixe’s Picks!  Not only does Jennifer create some fabulous jewelry, she is also a clay artist!  I love this Matte Leaf Jewel Box…It really appeals to the nature lover in me!  The soft, muted shades, and the leaves make this a gorgeous treasure!!!  It is a fabulous one of a kind piece of art!!

That’s this week’s Pixe’s Picks!  I hope you enjoyed these very cool shops!  Don’t forget to leave a comment here for them, they would love to hear what you think!!!

Wishing a wonderful, safe, peaceful, and creative week!!      Mich

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Pixe’s Picks for Feb. 4, 2009

Posted by pixe1 on February 4, 2009

Welcome to Pixe’s Picks!  This is THE place where I showcase the really, really cool Etsy shops!  Go get your beverage of choice,  put up your feet, and Enjoy!!  This week I’m featuring JudyRuth and DiVanityDesigns!  Want to see a larger pic?  Just click on the pic you want to see!

Country Rooster

Country Rooster

Please allow me to introduce you to Karen, artist and owner of JudyRuth!  Karen has been crafting for as long as she can remember…since she was a young girl!!  Funny…seems most of us have been crafting since we were very young!
This is how Karen got started in her craft:  I began my Etsy shop with my hen and rooster which is a 40 year old pattern that belongs to my Aunt Judy and my grandmother, Ruth (hence the name). This artwork was a very popular item to create back in the day and I remember a set hanging in my grandmother”s dining room all of my younger years. When I had surgery two years ago my sweet Aunt Judy brought me the two patterns and a basket of beans so I could have something to keep me busy and a business was born. Since that time I have created the other patterns and ideas for my shop.
This is why Karen chose Etsy as her venue:   I choose Etsy because my daughter has two shops here, the blue button and mossy wood lane. She really encouraged me and convinced me this would be the perfect medium to sell my “wares”. She was so right! I love Etsy and all of the wonderful people involved. I have become a treasury junky and have so much fun convoing the friends on Etsy that I have made. Some have become very good friends.
Even though she has a difficult time picking her fave, this piece is gets her vote (see above pic):  I will always love the hen and rooster just simply because they were my first pieces that I created!!! I get so much satisfaction from their completion because it takes me around 8 to 9 hours to complete them. They are a true labor of love.
Bean and Corn Centerpiece

Bean and Corn Centerpiece

Pixe’s Picks!  Wow, Karen’s art is truly a labor of  love!  Her work is so gorgeous and unusual!  I love her Bean and Corn Centerpiece!  The colors are warm, earthy, and it’s such a textural piece!  Please, make it a point to stop in and see her goodies!!
Next up…DiVanityDesigns!
Multi Strand Pearl Necklace

Multi Strand Pearl Necklace

Give a big warm, Pixe welcome to Cari, jewelry designer and owner of DiVanityDesigns!  She has only been creating jewelry for a few months!  This is how she got her start: 
How did I get started in jewelry design? Well, I was addicted to etsy first as a buyer, and I loved finding unique jewelry that had wonderful stones and rocks in them. I like being different, and etsy jewelry definitely supported that! I was inspired by the other designers on etsy to try making jewelry, and then my dance teacher told me where I could go to take classes. By this point I was having etsy sellers custom make jewelry for me, so it just made sense to go for it! I took my first class and I was hooked! This business has taken off a lot faster than I expected, and I love it! It’s more fun that I imagined it would be.
Cari tells me this is why she chose Etsy:  I chose Etsy because Etsy was what inspired me to go for it in the first place. I love etsy- the look, the sellers and buyers, the friendly forums… it’s a great place to be!
Her fave item is her Multi Strand Pearl Necklace because:   It was actually the first thing I made and when I created the vision in my head I was so excited! I kind of look at it now, amazed that I created it. 🙂 I will be sad when it sells…
Aquamarine and Sterling Chain Wraparound Bracelet

Aquamarine and Sterling Chain Wraparound Bracelet

Pixe’s Pick!  I really had a difficult time picking a fave!  Cari uses so many gorgeous stones in her work!  And I love stones!  I picked the Aquamarine and Sterling Wraparound Bracelet…I just love the way the aquamarine and silver look together…It’s classic!
That’s  all for Pixe’s Picks for this week!  Be sure to click on the pics to go to our stars’ etsy shops!
Wishing you a wonderful, peaceful, and creative week!
Mich

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Turkey and Black Bean Chili Recipe

Posted by pixe1 on February 2, 2009

Happy Monday Everyone!

Since winter is upon us, and my neck of the woods is potentially looking at some more snow, I thought I’d share my recipe for Turkey and Black Bean Chili!  It’s a great way to warm up, and healthy, too!  I hope you enjoy!  Feel free to tweak it to suit your tastes!  Oh!  and this is great to make in big batches, it freezes really well!!

Turkey and Black Bean Chili

  • 1 TBS. olive oil
  • 1 LB. ground turkey (I use the one lowest in fat)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 TBS chili powder  (I also add some extra chipotle chili powder)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 jar (16 oz. ) chunky salsa
  • 1 TBS. sugar
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bag frozen corn (I use bird’s eye steam in the bag)
  • 1 small can tomato paste  (6 oz)

1.  Heat the oil in a 4-qt saucepan over medium high heat.  Add the turkey, onion, chili powder, cumin, oregano, black pepper, and garlic.  cook until turkey is well browned, strirring frequently to break up meat.

2. Add tomato paste and stir to blend.

3.  Stir the broth, salsa, sugar, beans, and corn into the saucepan.  Heat to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low.  cover and cook for 30 minutes.  Stir the chili occasionally while cooking.  Serves 6.

I top it with a little fat free sour cream and low fat shredded cheddar cheese, and make some garlic bread to go with it!!  Buon appetito!!!!

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