Meet Tina from Night Vision

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Meet our shop of the weekend, Night’s Vision. The name of Tina’s shop, Night’s Vision has been with her since the late ’90’s and is a statement on where and when she feels her creativity comes from. Tina has been a night owl her whole life and find that those moments of creative impulse, the “vision” comes to her in the middle of the night when everything is quiet and peaceful. Who knows what lurks in the dark next!

“Hallowed Catrina” is a OOAK Art Doll by Tina Lynn Ellis. Standing approx 11.5″ tall this goddess shaped cloth bodied doll is a mixture of my favorite days of the year Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. The fabric used for the body is a great Halloween print. The face of this Hallowed Catrina sits mask like on the doll head and is made of polymer clay then painted and accented with crystals and glitter. Many different types of fabric make up her fabulous gown, starting with my favorite, tulle! Her full skirt and bodice both have a ruffled edge created from ribbon. Hanging from her simple beaded belt are several strands of beading containing stone, ceramic, and glass beads. Her hair is made up of many different yarns and ribbons giving her that lovely wild mane of hair. Topping her off is a feathered top hat made of polymer clay and all glittered up!

The Greenman is a 7 to 8 inch soft bodied hand painted art doll by Tina Lynn Ellis. His face and accents on his body have been handpainted on fabric. Along with his crown of leaves his hair is made up of various different yarns and fibers. He does not stand on his own but can be placed in a sitting position or a doll stand may be used.

Have you ever been broken open? Whether it be by joy or pain there comes a time when our sacred inner fire cannot be be contained. Inner Fire Sacred Heart Pendants are hand sculpted causing no two to ever be exactly alike, just like you and me. After sculpting with different distressing techniques these pendants are further enhanced with careful hand painting. The back sides are glittered and the whole pendant is sealed with a gloss. Comes with an organza and cord necklace. This particular pendant measures approx. 2 x 2 1/2 inches.

Visit her blog at Http://nightsvision.blogspot.com and keep up with happenings at http://www.facebook.com/nightsvision

I love the diversity and imagination of Tina’s artwork, I hope you enjoyed this amazing glimpse of her artwork!

Congratulations Ashley from AntiqueAlchemists

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A special shout out to my friend and team leader for Team Elite: Ashley from AntiqueAlchemistsEach week our team leader from katikamade  hosts our very popular Themed Treasury Game!
This week, our winner is Ashley from AntiqueAlchemists!  Antique Alchemy is run by us Justin and Ashley, We are a husband and wife team. We collect, renew, rejuvenate, share and enjoy antiques and collectables of all types.We love anything with age, character and definitely a story!

Here are a few of her shop items that we just LOVE!
Gorgeous Silver plated hand crafted Miao Tribal Bangle. Miao (Hmong-China) are known for elaborate embroidery and exquisite work with silver.  This has a beautiful patina, beautifully crafted and ready to wear.  Pre-1960’s.
Pretty silvertone ring with a pale yellow center stone, surronded by clear rhinestones.  Size 7.5   Unsigned or Dated.
Ready to wear, Nice condition. Minimal wear from age.
Elegant yet simple Napier Dangles.  Gold tone Metal with Faux Pearl Beads. Circa 1960’s. Measures 1.5”
We also would love to share with you Ashleys winning collection:

‘WARMTH OF SUN, SPLASH OF YELLOW ‘ BY ATWI100YEARS

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Porcelain Teardrop Sun … 

$14.00

Vintage Buttons / Metal… 

$7.50

Vintage Purse Brilliant… 

$28.00

Vintage Tea Cup and Sau… 

$35.00

Hand Painted Pullover C… 

$15.00

Golden Beaded Earrings … 

$10.00

Vintage Canary Yellow S… 

$22.00

VINTAGE LEMONADE PITCHE… 

$20.00

Vintage Christmas Light… 

$4.00

Stone bracelet – yellow… 

$16.00

Candle Holder Shabby Ch… 

$7.00

Mustard Flower Necklace… 

$17.00

LOVE Art Print Wall Art… 

$18.00

ON SALE Fused Glass Clo… 

$129.60

Vintage Bauer Casserole… 

$25.00

Sunflower Yellow Swarov… 

$6.00

Sunday Shopping, Pamper Yourself!

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I love shopping on Sundays! There is no better time to shop for items that you can pamper yourself with, so grab a cup of coffee or tea and shop with me!

How refreshing and sweet is this Sugar Mint Scrub created by AmeliaBathandBody , If it’s made of sugar, I instantly love it!  Of course this minty sugar scrub is not meant to be eaten … we know that! … but I love sugar scrubs too. The texture of sugar is perfect in a body scrub. It gently exfoliates the top skin cells that are ready to come off anyway and the newly exposed skin feels silky soft. Sugar Mint Scrub is meant for body smoothing from your neck down. The bright mint fragrance is invigorating too! I love mint for its freshness all year long. Both peppermint and spearmint essential oils are believed to be stimulants, great for alleviating fatigue and making you feel refreshed and energized. You will love how you feel after the first use.  This scrub has the texture of firm wet sand. When you scoop it out of the jar, it stays together and will not drip through your fingers. The recommendation is to massage it over your skin in circular motions, remove as much as possible with a washcloth, and then bathe. Please be sure to take caution as hard surfaces can be very slippery after use! People often ask if this product can be used as a facial scrub also and my opinion is … facial skin deserves softer pampering … something made especially for your face.

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Perfect for on the go, carry this Angel type perfume oil with you!  Created by StardustSoaps, “Angel” (type) Perfume Oil is artisan created and is a blend of Blend of Jasmine, Musk, Patchouli, Brown Sugar. For a lasting fragrance, apply just a touch of cologne oil to pulse points (at neck, inside of wrists, inside of elbows, behind ears and behind knees) as desired. *Compare our fragrance to T. Mugler. Not affiliated with T. Mugler.  Enjoy the convenience of this pocket sized “Angel” (type) Perfume Oil. This fragrance is undoubtedly irresistible!. Great for Travel, or keep in your glove box, purse, pocket. Stardust Soaps products are also Gluten Free!

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What every crafter needs to keep their hands dreamy soft is the Sweet Creative Dreams Hand and Body Salve from TheOriginalSoapStand !100% All Natural Healing Salve Made with concentrated all natural + concentrated organic ingredients. Created a unique uni-sex blend of cold pressed citrus, rose, sandalwood and lavender essential oils with a hint of vanilla to relax your mind; allowing your creativity to shine through even while you’re catching zZzZzs. Pamper your body this season with our healing salve. We infused our virgin olive oil with various plants to create a natural blend that will sooth your cracked skin by restoring your skin’s natural elasticity and youth. You’ll notice the difference in your skin, immediately!  Great for dry or cracked hands, elbows and heels!  + Each balm is made by The Original Soap Stand from scratch, and carefully poured into each container.

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Be good to the inside of your body with the Ultimate Green Drink Super Food with Wheat Grass from  good4you!   my superfood mix . keeps you You . add to juice, water or a smoothie . a great way to get your greens, especially if you’re on the go. ♥ ingredients :: wheat grass powder, barley grass powder, beet root powder, acai berry powder, chlorella powder & klamath blue green algae . all the ingredients were purchased certified organic . the chlorella was grown without chemicals . contains gluten . the gluten free versionwww.etsy.com/listing/76744498 . big size www.etsy.com/listing/66876573 includes : 1.35 oz of the green drink in a 2 oz jar . about 10 to 15 servings . shipped and packaged in recycled material with my drawings on the outside . i make my own shipping boxes too and bicycle packages to the post office . 100% handmade by me . please allow up to two weeks for delivery ♥

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Spoil yourself with a Mineral Eyeshadow Kit from DesertOfRoses, Pick any five 5 gram jars of our natural mineral eye shadow! You can apply this eyeshadow dry or, for a more dramatic look, with a damp brush.
DesertOfRoses packs our all natural mineral makeup full inside 5 gram jars. Our cosmetics are made from scratch using high quality minerals. We never use unnecessary fillers so you always know what you’re putting on your skin!

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Treat your clothing with some TLC with Handmade Lavender Laundry Soap from fireheart99, 6 pounds of handmade lavender soap powder. Cleans and deodorizes the toughest stains and odors. Works exceptionally well in cold and hard water conditions. Leaves no irritating residue behind on clothes or washer. Safe for front loading washers.
A little goes a long way with this soap! Only 2 tbsp required for a large load, 1 tbsp for front loading washers.
This soap is handmade fresh upon order. It is first made like a regular batch of soap and poured into a 6lb loaf mold. Once it has cured for one day, it is then ground by hand and then lavender essential oil is added. It can take about three days for your order to be ready for shipment. You can also request that a different essential oil be used in place of lavender, or request an unscented batch. Other essential oils appropriate for use would be orange, lemon, etc.
I have received many compliments on this soap, and have frequent repeating customers who have also recommended it to friends and relatives. My customers will not go back to using store-bought laundry soap. This soap lasts quite a while, and outshines the competition :) .

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Treat your senses to your choice of scent Aroma Beads Air Freshener from SerendipityCandle! Aroma Beads Air Freshner Fragrance Beads Daisy Jar- You Choose Fragrance. Aroma fragrance beads are amazing clear polymer beads that absorb 30% of their weight in fragrance. Aroma beads have the scent of a candle without the danger of a flame and soot.  You will receive a Gold or Pewter Daisy jar w/Lid Insert filled with scented aroma beads.

We have a large variety of fragrances to choose from. You will just need to let us know what color Lid Gold or Pewter color and what fragrance for these beads.

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To purchase any of the items you see featured today, click on the shop name in blue, it will take you directly to the shop! 
 
I want to thank all these wonderful shops I featured today, your handcrafted goodies are a sheer treat that are perfect for pampering ones self or to give as a gift for someone special!  

Fantastic Finds brought to you by my friend Dawn

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Fantastic Finds Brought to you by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns on Etsy.  Dawn is one of our team leaders on TEAM ELITE, she hosts the most delightful blog features and her shop is full of beautiful handmade ceramics!

I am infatuated with Dawns ceramic items, truly unique and just in time for fall fashion!  I love this tribal necklace, so beautiful!
This unisex necklace is made with hand rolled ceramic beads which are threaded on leather thong and fastens with a lobster clasp. The clay used to make the beads has a high trachyte content, so that when fired to stoneware temperature (1280C/2300F) the trachyte melts to form sparkly highlights within the clay. The necklace will arrive wrapped in tissue paper and enclosed in a handmade felt jewelry pouch featuring blanket stitch and a recycled button: perfect for gift giving.

This beautiful necklace from Wolfswhispersjewelery is braided in 24 gauge gold enamelled wire embracing a natural unakite gemstone and is complemented with seven 6mm unakite beads suspended from a 43cm (approximately 18in) gold plate chain.
I LUV and want it so why wouldn’t you???
Now I am one for being disorganised,,, its the artist way!! So a pencil box is always a great solution for me!! Thank you Pat Barnes!! As an artist I always need storage solutions, but this case can also be personalised to include teacher initials, personal messages … anything your heart desires!!
Now lets talk Vintage!!  This gorgeous Limoges egg-shaped box is featured by The Open Sesame is in great condition. It is covered with beautiful variety of butterfiles and has a gold rim where the main body and the lid meet. It is signed “Limoges France” in green, which datesit between 1920 and 1932. There is a round blue initial J, which is probably the artist’s initial.
I’ve been to France & I want it….some one beat me to it ….please…
Gorgeous earrings are what anybody needs for the weekend…. So Green Victorian Earrings, Olivine Czech Glass Earrings, with Antique Brass. Green Earrings. Downton Abbey Inspired, Fall 2012 Collection made by Bethan Jayne 
WOW… who could go wrong with that description – we all love Downtown Abbey.
Wall Art … that’s what is needed for a nice, cool, reflective weekend… so why not buy some??
Nicole Welsh is your artist !
Nicole paints great images of the landscape ready to be hung on your wall… all are unique, and you can een ask for a custom painting!
And last but certainly not least…. A GUEST POST  by an amazing abstract artist who captures modern surrealism in an engaging manner… courtesy of Yann
I am in love with surrealism, aren’t you too?
these Fantastic Finds  are bought to you by  : Dawn at DeeDee Deesigns

Coffee with a touch of Teal

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‘Coffee with a touch of teal’ by AimerLaTerreJewelry

‘Coffee with a touch of teal’ by AimerLaTerreJewelry


Wall Storage Organizer …
$34.00

Iced Coffee – brown, cr…
$35.00

Teal Family Established…
$40.00

Figurative Guitar Brown…
$205.00

Vintage French Potato B…
$75.00

Leather earrings – teal…
$15.00

Vintage Backgammon Game…
$15.00

Stained glass candle ho…
$38.00

Turquoise Flower Indust…
$14.00

Brown Wooden Purse
$30.00

Candle Holders Shabby C…
$18.00

Woodland Bird Ornament….
$10.00

Cambro TS180, Tan and B…
$15.00

Cat Cave Bed House Teal…
$36.50

Brown Coffee Beans Czec…
$3.85

BLUE DIAMOND Dog Harnes…
$30.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Shop with me for handmade!

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I love shopping on Etsy for handmade, you can find some of the most beautiful and unique items from all over the world!  

I love purple, and purple is a trending color for Autumn.  Here is some PURPLISCIOUS handcrafted lovelies created by some of Team Elites talented artists.

Handmade Romantic Roses Rug in purple hues from sestras, what could make a room more beautiful? handmade romantic roses rug decorative modern knitting rose felt powder pink lilac purple powder color flowering wedding gift.

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I love this beautiful Hand crochet Lariat Scarf created by nurlu!  I crocheted this beautiful lariat scarf by using acrylic thread. 100% Acrylic It can be used several ways as scarf, head band, bandana, wrap, even very attractive belt. length=120 inch-140inch (300cm-350cm)

 
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A dancing Butterfly Bracelet created by GloryGift  is just what you need to add a touch of beautiful whimsey to any outfit! Single layer to mix and match with other bracelets to customize your look. The arrangement has such rhythm made from elegant high quality deep plum purple translucent Czech Fire polished facet beads on dark brown leather with butterfly high quality pewter button. You can go from the office in this one to a night on the town. Beautiful pewter butterfly button closure for ease of wear. Experienced craftsmanship in the hand woven craftsmanship with extra care given to secure all knots.  
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Add some purple shimmer to your eyelids with this beautiful purple pigment vegan eye shadow from DesertOfRoses!  Looking for just a hint of pigment but a lot of sparkle? You’ve found your perfect purple! You can apply this eyeshadow dry or, for a more dramatic look, with a damp brush.  DesertOfRoses packs our all natural mineral makeup full inside 5 gram jars. Our cosmetics are made from scratch using high quality minerals. We never use unnecessary fillers so you always know what you’re putting on your skin!
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One of my favorite forms of artwork is mixed media, I love the creativity and texture of this Word Art on Canvas created by HomeTimeArt!  In purple hues and a mystical fairy the inspirational words I Do Believe jump from the canvas and into our hearts for inspiration and comfort. 

This original mix media painting was painted by artist Stefania Grieco in spring of 2012. 
It was created using high quality acrylic paints, a double primed 12x12inch (30.5×30.5cm) canvas and other materials from my mix media collection. It was inspired by imagination, and a positive message to uplift the mood of any room. 

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Purple is pleasing to the eye, especially this Eye Pillow in purple brocade on black created by taketwopillows! Depending on whether you choose an aromatherapy lavender scented eye pillow or unscented it will still create a gentle soothing touch over the eyes. They are perfect formigraines, stress and insomnia. They are perfect for healing, centering and relaxing. For hot therapy, microwave one. For cold therapy, freeze one. The oversized pillows are wonderful to cover your eyes, without feeling too heavy and can be used in the small of your back or under your neck and head. This pillow is 100% hand crafted in the USA using the very best American grown buckwheat hulls, they are locally grown and harvested, and they have been cleaned using a triple cleaning process to remove dust, buckwheat flour, and debris from amongst the hulls. 100% organic, grown totally without pesticides or herbicides and are considered hypo-allergenic. The pillow measures approx 10 inches long by 5 inches wide and 1 inch deep.
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Who says you cant wear a bouquet on your hand?  I love this purple flower bouquet ring created by our featured guest shop of the day jolcreations! Purple Flower Ring – Bouquet Cabochon on Adjustable Silver Filigree Ring – Shabby Chic – Vintage Style Jewelry. A delicate and romantic purple bouquet of roses, sits on green lush leaves that is of shabby chic style and perfect for everyday romance.
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I hope you enjoyed our featured handmade lovelies!  To purchase any of the items seen here just click on the shop name highlighted in BLUE.  

An interview with Tamara Martynovich from MagazinIL on Etsy

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I would like you to meet Tamara, she has a shop full of beautiful jewelry that serves as TEETHING toys for baby!  How cool is that?!!!

 

A  little bit about myself :

My name is Tamara Martynovich. I was born and raised in Ukraine but when I was 17 years old my family moved to Israel where I live now. I’m married and have a wonderful husband and a great little son. Our french bulldog is part of our family, too :)

1. What is the name of your Etsy shop and link? 
My Etsy shop name is MagazinIL www.magazinIL.etsy.com

2. What has been your most exciting moment as an artist here on Etsy?
My first sale, probably like all :)

3. How long have you been an artist? Who or what had the greatest influence on you as you developed as an artist? 
My grandmother taught me to knit and crochet when I was 7 years old. My first works were far from perfect but these little lessons gave me a start. They were imprinted in my memory and in 20 years I took my knitting needles and crochet hooks in my hands again. I just had a baby at that time and I wanted to make him a sweater. A sweater was followed by a cap and then I crochet my first nursing necklace. From that time on I can not stop making these, I just fell in love with them! When I crochet, I am relaxing.

4. Do you have any advice for new Etsy shop owners?For half a year since the opening of the store, I realized that the customer buys only looking at the photos. No matter what I write in the title or description of the product. People loves his eyes.
I improved the quality of my photos. Not necessary to create a composition in a photo.

5. What’s the hardest part of being an artist? 
The most difficult thing is to come up with something which others do not. In my area it is almost impossible because there are a lot of artists producing similar goods.

6. How many hours a day do you create?
Mainly for the manufacture of one product it takes me 12-14 hours.
But I’m housewife and i have a little boy and i crochet a few hours a day.

7. Where else on the internet can we find your work besides Etsy?
Also i have a Facebook page www.facebook.com/KnittedJewelry

Monday shopping with some of my favorite Etsy friends!

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I am in LOVE with these beautifully colored paper straws from ButtercreamDreamShop !

These sweet paper straws make me want to sit on a front porch swing & sip cold lemonade on a hot summer day.

Not only are these straws cute & colorful, they are also eco-friendly and completely biodegradable. Made with high quality paper, they are also covered in a food grade coating that will make them last for hours. So no more worrying – they will NOT fall apart in your drink!

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Brighten any day with these pretty sunshine flowers from FlowersByKara!

Felt flowers poppy (rauchullus) applique 3 shades of yellow sunshine, canary summer, sunflower – 6pcs. Handmade yellow felt poppies appliques, hand cut and sewed with black beads.

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How beautiful is this Summer Felted Bag created by LanaDiNata, just stunning!

Even in rainy weather, this BRIGHT COLORFUL SUMMER FASHION BAG will bring you good mood and joy of use.Hand crafted, OOAK , green yellow bag made from high quality felted wool with the addition of silk fibers. A really useful bag and very handy, as it is big enough to fit all of your essential bits and pieces in there, like your phone, keys, wallet, make up, glasses etc.

This eco friendly Bright Summer bag is an excellent gift for a loved one, friend, MOM and all whom you care…

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Add a touch of adorable to your day with this cell phone charm from  WELOVESTITCHES!

Hello everyone . i am the Girly Bear cell phone charm attached with a removable gold strap . Bring me out with you and have an enjoyable experience all day long ! i can be a cell phone charm , keychain , a decor hang on the bag , clutch , camera or even a christmas onament that hangs on your christmas tree! : )

Each of our girly bear keychain are made out of felt , they measures approximately 2.4″ / 6 cm tall and 2.8″ / 7.5 cm wide filled with stuffing . All details are carefully and securely stitched on.

100% handmade with love! No machine use. Designed , hand cut and hand sewn by me .

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I love this Yellow Rose Vintage Pin Set from  Holly !

Yellow Roses for Summer! This is an adorable vintage set right out of the 60’s ~ the delicate little roses are a sunny yellow with peridot green rhinestone centers, detailed green leaves & a gold-tone base possibly gold filled or vermeil as it has kept it’s color very well the clips are a gold-tone metal as well. All in great vintage condition with minor wear a small nick or 2 in the enamel typical for vintage enamel jewelry. Brooch m. 2″ tip to tip – Earrings 1″ l x .5″w

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Beautifully bright and perfect for wearing with any outfit is this sweet necklace from our featured guest shop of the dayPrettyNecklaces.  ♥GORGEOUS! This stunning necklace is designed with our delicate hand-sculpted rose cabochon. The silver-plated links of high-quality glass rounds are accented with a silver-plated chain that closes with a silver-plated lobster claw clasp, total approximately measures 19″ long. 

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Thank you for stopping by and shopping with me today!

To purchase any item you see here, just click on the SHOP NAME highlighted in blue.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

Interview with Bags by Hags

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Please give us a brief bio, where you are from and how you started in this field?

I was born and raised in Texas, I am a former Police/Animal Control Dispatcher, My husband was in the US Army and we spent 6 years in Alaska. After his time was up in the Army we decided to return to Texas to be closer to family. Once we returned my Mom needed more care I now take care of her, once we moved her in I needed something to keep me busy so my husband bought me a new sewing machine and Bags By Hags was born.

When did you first discover your creative talents?

I have always love to create things, I get that from my grandmother I used to sit at her feet while she sewed. I loved it! But through my adult years as I worked outside of the home I really didn’t have the time to spend creating. The past year has been great for this as I have really been able to see my creative side come to light with my business.

Could you tell us about some of your work?

My Bags and Purses are the core of my product, the bigger bags are made from recycled denim jeans and the smaller purses are made into a Tie Bag Style.
The Potato Bags and the Pot Holder Handles are my most popular items. But my very favorite items are my Bible Covers. Each Bible Cover is unique and made with the most of my Love.

What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?

Faith inspires me, I pull on it daily, it is very important to me. If I am having a day where I don’t feel very motivated, I usually take a step back and take a break for the day. I think it is important to revive and renew every now and then. I love to take evening walks, but what revives me the most is spending a day with my 3 beautiful grand-daughters!

How will you describe your style?

My style is Western, I love everything about it, however I try to expand my designs out to be a little more funky as well.

What is your approach to design?

I actually will lay my material out on my work table and say I see a ***** out of this I then take off from there deciding on coordinating fabrics, embellishments , and finishing touches. I pin a note to the material with all the information then move on to the next.

Describe your workshops for us:

I turned the Breakfast Nook area in my Kitchen into my workshop. I have my cutting table, sewing machine, dresser for fabric storage, and a shelf for extra storage. I also have an extra bedroom that I made into my “Shipping Area” All finished items are stored in a sealed container and I have a little dresser with all my shipping items in it. I love that I have a designing area and a finished area!

Any influences or anyone you look up to when it comes to designing?

I am always asking myself, how would Memaw (my grandmother) have put this together?

What is Art?” is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?

I hope my audience can see the love and faith in every stitch I make. I want to make unique items that are both beautiful and affordable.

How do you bridge the gap of the business side of designing?

I have a calendar on my desk, I make a list of all the business things I need to do, I work on those in the morning and the afternoons are when I spend my time designing and creating.

Describe yourself in 5 words.

Honest, Faithful, Humorous, Loving, Hardworking

How has your experience been selling online? 

It has be great! I am learning something new everyday and look forward to watching my business grow!

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist? 

The most exciting thing for me is to look back and see how far I have come in just 1 year.

Do you have any advice for new artists?

Never give up! Keep working and give it all you have, have faith, be positive, and live your dream!

Where else can we find you online? 

www.facebook.com/BagsbyHags
twitter.com/BagsbyHags
BagsbyHags@gmail.com
www.bagsbyhags.blogspot.com

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to interview you Marsha, your shop is beautiful!

Interview with Alegria Collection

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Our Thursday Treasury Challenge winner is:

Our Thursday Treasury Challenge Winner is no stranger to creating fabulous collections for Team Elite!  Betty from  AlegriaCollection.

In our last interview with Betty after winning a previous challenge, we learned why Betty is inspired by vintage and about her shop.  This week I wanted to find out how Betty goes about curating her winning collections and what inspires her!

Tell us how you came to love curating treasuries:
When I first joined Etsy I was fascinated by treasuries, but they were a mystery to me—how to be featured on one, how to create one, how exactly did it all work? Then, my guesswork having failed, I read the instructions (what a novel idea!), but I was still “afraid.” After a few months I finally closed my eyes tight, held my nose and jumped in! My first treasury was for Mother’s Day: “Blue, Oh So Blue,” in honor of my mother whose favorite color is: blue! (www.etsy.com/treasury/MTk1Nzk0ODZ8MjcyMjc4ODczNg/blue-oh-so-blue?index=7) I was pleased with the results and received a lot of positive feedback. From then on I was hooked!

Do you pay attention to the treasuries on the front page?
I do pay attention to FP treasuries, but I find many of them a little pale and minimalistic, although I’ve seen many lovely FP treasuries. I’m a “maximalist”—more is more—and love bold colors and plenty of texture. I choose items that evoke a certain emotion and fit the theme I’m following as much as possible. I use FP treasuries to stay informed—like reading the newspaper or watching the news—but I don’t try to emulate the FP because my style is very different.

‘AUTUMN IN PARIS – TEAM ELITE’S THURSDAY TREASURY CHALLENGE ENTRY’ BYBEATRIZMCDAVID

“AUTUMN” THEMED TREASURY FOR TEAM ELITE’S THURSDAY TREASURY CHALLENGE. ANYONE CAN PARTICIPATE. SEE OUR BLOG FOR DETAILS: HTTP://TEAMELITEONETSY.BLOGSPOT.COM/2012/08/WEEKLY-THURSDAY-TREASURY-CHALLENGE_8.HTMLENJOY!


Autumnal House – 8x… 

$22.00

ORIGINAL French La… 

$390.00

Mustard fingerless … 

$20.00

Ceramic Tile, Citri… 

$42.00

Brown and cream tut… 

$165.00

Paris Street – 8&qu… 

$23.00

Parisian Graffiti. 

$30.00

Ethiopian opal cab … 

$85.50

Leaf Finding Charm … 

$4.00

Pet Photography Kit… 

$20.00

Abstract stained gl… 

$150.00

Paris Photos – Drea… 

$30.00

Iced Coffee – brown… 

$35.00

Handmade French Cop… 

$35.00

Fingerless Gloves W… 

$28.00

Brown honey necklac… 

$17.00

How do you choose a name for your treasury curation?
It depends. If it’s a treasury for a team challenge with a predetermined theme I try to tie the theme to a quote I love or a phrase from a poem. Sometimes I will use one of the featured items as the inspiration for the treasury’s name. For example, I curated a Team Elite treasury for the “pink and yellow” challenge and named it “Dream.” The first featured item was a yellow scrapbook page with the word “dream” on it. It just seemed to fit the overall feeling of the treasury. I’m also a writer and always have phrases running around in my head, and often I have a name before I start selecting items to include in a treasury.

‘AUTUMN FIRES – TEAM ELITE’S THEME TREASURY CHALLENGE #3′ BY BEATRIZMCDAVID

THIS WEEK’S TREASURY THEME IS FALL EMOTIONS AND INCLUDES 7 PREDETERMINED TE MEMBERS AND 9 RANDOM NON-MEMBERS. MY TREASURY’S INSPIRATION COMES FROM ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON’S POEM AUTUMN FIRES, TEXT IN COMMENTS BELOW. PLEASE FAVORITE, SHARE AND


A Fine Art Photogra… 

$30.00

Behind The Curtain…. 

$1080.00

A Very Smokey Night… 

$20.00

little red riding h… 

$18.00

Sisters by Kathleen… 

$22.95

Old Gold, Yellow, P… 

$12.75

Abstract Fine Art N… 

$25.00

Children Clothing, … 

$25.00

12 acorn place card… 

$4.00

Elegant Knit Circle… 

$52.00

Smokey Quartz, Gold… 

$24.00

Broken China Brown … 

$50.00

Lucite Flower Earri… 

$17.00

5×7 Photograph Aged… 

$29.00

Hand painted Kaua&#… 

$20.00

October 1923 Autumn… 

$20.00

What inspires you when creating treasuries?
I love to travel, I love books, flowers, rainy days, color, autumn (I curated an autumn treasury entitled “Summertime . . .” and in my comments I said, “but I love Autumn best of all.”) Current events, like Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee, inspired a teapot-themed treasury. Inspiration is really everywhere for me.

‘SUMMERTIME . . . ‘ BY BEATRIZMCDAVID

BUT I LOVE AUTUMN BEST OF ALL.


Artist Note Card–N… 

$4.99

Love Autumn Woman A… 

$35.00

1923 Marine Inverte… 

$14.00

Business Card Case … 

$30.00

12.25×6.25 Autumn&#… 

$15.00

Autumn / Fall Orang… 

$6.00

Hand Dyed Long Silk… 

$32.00

Knit Unisex Circle … 

$52.00

Autumn Swarovski Cr… 

$24.00

Hand Dyed ribbon – … 

$3.95

Autumn photograph, … 

$30.00

LEAF ME ALONE–Autu… 

$147.00

Fall Leaves Gift Ta… 

$6.00

25% OFF SALE CLEARA… 

$4.50

Autumn Colors Orang… 

$22.00

Autumn Masque Open … 

$15.00

What is your advice to getting views on a treasury curation?
The first thing I do after completing a treasury is convo all featured sellers and tell them they’ve been treasured. (I’m often surprised to find out one of my items has been included in a treasury but I knew nothing about it.) I also remind the featured sellers to “favorite” the treasury and ask them to share it. I’ve noticed many people leave comments but forget to favorite, which is the most important part for promotion purposes. Lately, I’ve started Tweeting and posting my treasury items on Pinterest and Wanelo. I’m not sure how much traffic that generates for those shops, but it can’t hurt! It’s time consuming but I let the sellers know that I’ve promoted one of their items; I think they appreciate it and many reciprocate. I also convo Etsy friends who aren’t featured in the treasury but are more than glad to offer support—and they do!

‘JULY DAFFODILS’ BY BEATRIZMCDAVID

“YELLOW” – TEAM ELITE’S WEEKLY BLOG CHALLENGE, WITH FEATURED SHOP VIKSVINTAGEJEWELRY: HTTP://WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/VIKSVINTAGEJEWELRYANYONE CAN PARTICIPATE! FOR DETAILS, SEE: HTTP://TEAMELITEONETSY.BLOGSPOT.COM/ENJOY!


Vintage Paul Webb M… 

$40.00

Felted purse cosmet… 

$59.00

Glow in the Dark St… 

$18.00

Vintage Pre WWII Si… 

$28.50

300gr of organic Li… 

$18.00

Daisy Art Summer Fl… 

$15.00

Vintage Yellow Stil… 

$23.00

wedding jewelry,swa… 

$27.00

Medieval Wooden Chu… 

$25.00

Art Print of Origin… 

$9.00

Elegant Spring Rhi… 

$5.00

Art Deco PRYSTAL Bu… 

$32.00

Vivid Fine Art prin… 

$30.00

Iron Yellow Tumbler 

$18.00

30% off – Lemons – … 

$21.00

Orange, yellow and … 

$15.00

Do you think treasuries help sellers gain views in their shops? If so, how?
I think they do. We are all curious by nature, and if someone features one of my items in a treasury I want to see what the curator’s shop looks like, what kinds of items she carries, do I want to add her to my circle or follow her on Twitter, do I want to favorite or Tweet the shop. Even if what I see isn’t my style, I always try to return the favor by selecting a few favorites. What goes around comes around, or better yet, “you shall reap what you sow.”

‘PEACH SORBET WITH MINT’ BY BEATRIZMCDAVID

“PEACH AND MINT GREEN,” TEAM ELITE’S THURSDAY TREASURY CHALLENGE ENTRY FEATURING HTTP://WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/VIKSVINTAGEJEWELRY?REF=SELLER_INFOVISIT OUR TEAM BLOG TO PARTICIPATE: HTTP://TEAMELITEONETSY.BLOGSPOT.COM/


Peach, Green, Clear… 

$64.50

Enchanted Forest 8x… 

$21.00

Peach Rhinestone Ea… 

$22.00

Rose Earrings Peach… 

$5.00

Venice, The Green P… 

$25.00

Vintage Austrian Gr… 

$17.00

Porcelain Dove Bird… 

$15.00

CHRISTMAS Ornament … 

$45.00

Neon green bookmark… 

$16.00

Bulky Silver and Me… 

$91.00

Art Print of Origin… 

$9.00

Vintage Writing Jou… 

$24.50

Vintage Green BAKEL… 

$38.50

Limited Edition Pri… 

$130.00

Vintage Lisner Rhin… 

$9.99

Busy Morning on the… 

$30.00

What is it you look for when selecting items for your treasury curations?
Beauty, emotion, evocative colors—items that say “wow”! But—and this is really important and something I’m working on in my own shop—if I love the item but the picture isn’t good, I won’t use it. Pictures are everything, and I mean everything!

‘ON A CLEAR DAY…’ BY BEATRIZMCDAVID

. . . YOU CAN SEE BEAUTY.


Pink Love – Reiki I… 

$51.00

RESERVED listing 

$82.00

Vintage Glass Flowe… 

$19.50

Vintage Bridal Wedd… 

$168.00

Moonstone Briolette… 

$28.00

Crystal clear rosar… 

$14.00

La Belle Mariée St… 

$200.00

Vintage Rhinestone … 

$18.50

Freshwater Pearl Cr… 

$68.00

ART DECO Bracelet R… 

$140.00

Paris Photo – There… 

$25.00

Off white Headband… 

$19.90

early 1900s Antique… 

$39.95

French Antique Cann… 

$100.00

Soldered Pendant, E… 

$27.00

Hand Blown Pitcher … 

$18.00

What is one piece of advice you can give new Etsians when it comes to making treasuries?
Don’t be afraid and get started! But be thoughtful about it. Whatever your theme, make sure the items complement one another somehow. Depending on the treasury’s theme or objective, the featured items can be 16 versions of the same thing (like my teapot treasury), or they can be a contrast of colors and textures, or a collection of completely diverse items that tells a story. For example, my Italian friend Cris of KrissWool, who I believe is a master curator, built a treasury around old, utilitarian items:www.etsy.com/treasury/MjA2MjM2MTh8MjcyMjkxMTY3Mg/strong-and-simple-life2…. What could have been a hodgepodge, turned out to be a visually beautiful collection that evoked earlier times, regardless of the item’s original use. And the name, “Strong and Simple,” is perfection!

‘FROM THE HEART – TEAM ELITE’S THURSDAY TREASURY CHALLENGE’ BY BEATRIZMCDAVID

TEAM ELITE’S WEDDING-THEMED THURSDAY TREASURY CHALLENGE ENTRY FEATURING WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/SASSALYNNE. THANK YOU TO OWL AND HOURGLASS FOR THE TITLE INSPIRATION.TO PARTICIPATE, SEE OUR TEAM BLOG: HTTP://TEAMELITEONETSY.BLOGSPOT.COM.


Ex Animo – From The… 

$22.99

Tan, Teal, Green, F… 

$7.00

original watercolor… 

$129.00

Blue Gray Pocket Mi… 

$14.00

LOVE Birds. Unique … 

$9.99

Personalised Gift T… 

$3.00

Blue Chrysophase Ea… 

$85.00

bridesmaid gift adj… 

$10.00

Photo of Coffee Cup… 

$25.00

Custom Bracelet: We… 

$40.00

Sarafina Curls – Or… 

$28.00

Vintage Philippe Lo… 

$23.00

Bamboo BATHROBE Org… 

$75.00

Summer Collection -… 

$34.00

Vintage Bracelet Pe… 

$30.00

Home decor – weddin… 

$13.00

Who are your top three favorite Etsy sellers and why?
It’s impossible for me to pick just three! I love so many Etsy sellers and they are all unique in their own way! I love the ones I love for the originality of their creations, for the quality of their vintage items, for the beauty of the supplies they offer. But I have to make special mention of one shop I’ve bought several things from: Ozma Of Odds: www.etsy.com/shop/ozmaofodds?page=2. I don’t know where Rosemary finds her inspiration, but not only is her shop beautiful to look at, but her inspirational offerings are exquisite—they speak to me on a very personal level. And she sounds like a lovely person to boot!

‘DREAM – TEAM ELITE’S THURSDAY TREASURY CHALLENGE ENTRY’ BY BEATRIZMCDAVID

THIS WEEK’S THEME FOR TEAM ELITE’S THURSDAY TREASURY CHALLENGE IS “PINK AND YELLOW.” VISIT OUR TEAM BLOG TO PARTICIPATE: HTTP://TEAMELITEONETSY.BLOGSPOT.COM/THANK YOU TO SWEETCONCEPTDESIGNS FOR THE “DREAM” THEME!


12 x12 Scrapbook P… 

$10.00

Baby Shoes Print of… 

$20.00

Christmas in July B… 

$9.00

100% Bamboo Spiral … 

$33.00

Ornament Home Déco… 

$45.00

Romantic Bridal So… 

$185.00

Light Yellow Leathe… 

$20.00

Vintage Express She… 

$55.00

NATURAL Cotton ,Eco… 

$25.00

natural antibacteri… 

$10.00

Baltic Amber Ring R… 

$185.00

16″ long (22 p… 

$9.99

Xania, Crete Sunset… 

$15.00

Photography,digital… 

$9.00

Pear photograph – C… 

$15.00

Decoupage Wide Cuff… 

$36.00

When you buy handmade, what is it you look for? (Price, Quality, Uniqueness?)
Uniqueness and quality first, price second. Although I do not have an unlimited budget, I don’t mind paying more for something someone put her heart and soul into, and which in turn touches my heart and soul.

Anything else that you would like to tell us about, we would love for you to share with us:

‘ETSY’S GOT TALENT!’ BY BEATRIZMCDAVID

THIS IS A VERY ECLECTIC TREASURY. ALL OF THE ITEMS ARE FIRST-TIME TREASURY SELECTIONS–A TRIBUTE TO JUST A FEW OF THE AMAZINGLY TALENTED AND CREATIVE ARTISTS AND CRAFTSPEOPLE ON ETSY. YOU INSPIRE ME!


Beautiful hand knit… 

$20.00

ORIGINAL Large Abst… 

$475.00

FREE SHIPPING.. Han… 

$78.00

beloved amongst the… 

$9.00

Rose Garden Green G… 

$24.00

Bellasoiree Origina… 

$795.00

DeNatura. . Salad T… 

$60.00

One Way Ticket To T… 

$145.00

Black lace and nude… 

$235.00

RUIN. Abstract Phot… 

$28.00

Free shipping / Chr… 

$950.00

Peridot and citrine… 

$105.00

Wire Rings Sterling… 

$30.00

Exclusive Handmade … 

$300.00

Parisian Street – 8… 

$25.00

Crocheted Scarf Nec… 

$35.00

I’ve learned that Etsy is a community and you can’t go it alone if you want to succeed. Joining a team is a great way to garner support and get noticed, but also to make friends. And some of those friendships go deeper than just “Etsy talk.” I’m experiencing that myself and nothing could be more rewarding!