Saturday, November 28, 2009

Save some dough on Cyber Monday!

The EART team is having a trunk show in the Etsy virtual labs on Monday the 30th. Stop on by to see some gret products and get some awesome deals!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Why I do what Ido

This week for our EART Team blog ring we were asked to write about why we started with our craft. I was thinking about this the other day and trying to pin point it down. I have been "crafty" for so long that it seem like it has always been a part of my life.

I have to give the credit for my hands on, creative nature to both of my parents. My dad is a wonderful wood worker and has always been good a "building" things, even one of the houses we lived in. My Mother is a talented seamstress and crocheter. In addition to all of that she cross stitched and is excellent at drawing and scketching.

With all of that being said I think I get my love for jewelry and design from my Pawpaw (mother's father). He was the kind of man who saw something that he was interested in and just did it. He never did anything half way either. One of his many "adventures" was into silversmithing and lapidary. He created jewelry and even cut his own stones to use in his beautiful pieces.

I have several of the stones he cut, and a few of the peices that he created. I am amazed by them, and admire and miss my Papaw so much. When I inherited these items I realized how much I really wanted to pursure jewelry design and eventually silvesmithing.

Even though I have been crafting with beads, elastic cord, and copper wire for many years, it was the nspiration that my Papaw left me that has given me the passion ans desire to make something more from my gift. To make the most beautiful things that I can with the best quaality and love that I can give them.

Thank you, Papaw for everything! I miss you!

Ok...drying my tears now :) Want to read about how some of the other EART team members got their start with their craft? Start at the Eclectic Artisans Team blog and work your way around. They have some great stories to tell that are worth listening to!

Have fun and Have a Great Thursday!!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

November Scavenger Hunt!

I am proud to be a contributing member of the The Eclectic Artisans Team's new team shop. Check it out! To celebrate our new shop and the beginning of the holiday season, we're having a scavenger hunt, and everyone is invited to participate!

Here's how to play:

Visit the participating etsy shops (scroll down for the list of shops) and search their items for this photo:

When you find it, send the shop owner an etsy convo letting them know you found it. You can search and enter in each participating shop. You can only win once (we want to share the love as much as possible), but the more shops you enter, the more chances you have to be a winner! Each shop owner will randomly draw one winner at the end of the hunt.

That's all you have to do. The scavenger hunt runs from Friday, 11/13, 2009, to midnight EST on Friday, 11/20/09. Check the EART website on Monday, 11/23/09 to see the winners. Enjoy the hunt!

(Please note: EART members are not eligible to win prizes.)

Here's a list of participating EART shops and their fabulous prizes:

Prize: Pair of Lego Earrings & Lego

Prize: Set of four photographic art note cards with envelopes, your choice of images.

Prize: set of four handmade christmas cards

Prize: Platinum Freshwater Pearl Drop Earrings

Prize: set of six handmade embossed christmas cards

Prize: Hammered Copper Adjustable Spiral Ring

Purple Sparkle Crafts
Prize: Sugar Pink Marshmallow Cupcake Candle

Prize: Choice of 2 Bookmarks

Prize: Peacock and Brown Felt Pendant

Prize: Animal print no slip hair clip trio

Prize: $25 gift certificate

Hair Bows Wonderworld
Prize: red velour rose pin-on corsage/buttonhole

Prize: sparrow earrings from MichellesCharmWorld

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Holiday Shopping Specials for You!!!!

This time of the year everyone is concerned with what they will give their friends and loved ones for the holidays. I am no exception! I have been browsing Etsy for the perfect gifts to give the special people in my life.

I hope that I can make your shopping a little easier this year by making it easy on your pocketbook (Who doesn't need a little help with that!).

Here are some of the specials I will be running:

STARTING 11/13/09 and continuing through 12/5/09

♦Free Domestic Shipping on orders of $30.00* or more
♦$3 off International shipping on orders of $30.00* or more.
♦Free gift with purchase (Perfect as a stocking stuffer)

After order is placed, please wait for a revised invoice from Paypal BEFORE you pay.

I have a free holiday gift wrap option available if you would prefer holiday colors to the traditional purple, white and black Indigo Orchid Designs packaging. (Please specify the holiday you are gifting for in the notes to seller upon check out)

* $30.00 minimum total cannot include shipping charges

I will also be running some blog reader only specials, so make sure you come back and check every once in a while to make sure you don't miss anything!!

Ok...Time to get out your pens and paper and head over to the EART Team Blog and follow the blog ring through each blog to collectyour lest of specials and discounts from EART members!! This is a great way to save some time and money this year!!appy Thursday everyone!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Christmas in October

I here people laughing about it all the time, but it seems to be more true every year. This week for the EART team Blog Ring we were asked how early we start preparing for the holidays in our shops. Well, seeing as this is my first year at this I have had hard time gauging when to start "hanging the holly" in my shop, as it were.

I have been working on some holiday designs since mid-October, and am planning on listing them by the end of this week. I guess we will see if it was too late or too early once I get that done.

I hope that Halloween was not an indicator of how my Christmas/ Holiday items will do. I only sold one pair of Dia de Los Muertos earrings, but I think I may have listed everything too late. Hopefully things will be a little more productive this go around.

Want to find out how the other EART team members are getting their shops ready for the Holidays? Head on over to the Eclectic Artisans Team Blog and work your way around the ring. Who knows, you may be able to fill out your Christmas wish list while you read!