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Its not easy being green…


‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ by AriesArtisticJewelry

Inspired by Kermit the Frog


Bohemian Earrings~Indian Ear…

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Wearable art, Original print…

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Top drilled Sea glass 5 pcs …

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Mystic Rainbow AB necklace, …

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Green leather backpack – Voy…

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recycled bracelet metal Brac…

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Succulent Photography, Botan…

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Ceramic Bowl Small Green Pet…

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Sea Green and Gold Bracelets…

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Vibrant Green Cactus Paintin…

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Toddler Beret with Bow, Gree…

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Evil Cat plush. Hand Embroid…

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SUNDAY FINDS ON ETSY

Why do I love Etsy?  There are so many wonderful handmade and vintage items, you can find something for everyone on your gift list!  The best part is that your purchases are helping artists make their dreams become a reality.

Here are some gorgeous items I have found from some awesome Etsy shops, I hope you will take a moment and visit their Etsy shops, you wont be disappointed!

I found this beautiful sterling silver midi heart ring by MinimallyMeJewelry

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Minimalist, thin, delicate heart ring. Lovingly hand forged, soldered and polished.
I’m not sure about others, but to me it works perfectly as midi ring, pinky ring and toe ring. 3 in one kind of ring 🙂   The interior diameter of this ring is 1.5 cm – size 5. Please convo me if you need a different size.  My daughter loves hearts. I love my daughter. Therefore, math says I must love hearts…
Part of my “Heartbeat” collection.

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If you are a lip balm fanatic you will love the Lip Butter from VictoriasBoutiqueArt!

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WHAT IT IS
Luxurious lip butter with orange flavor goes on super smooth and adds a *mild* tint to bare lips or cheeks. With a variety of nourishing butters and oils, this lip balm is sure to become a must-have in your daily routine.

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Get cooking with these awesome wood burn spoons from HummingbirdCraftsLLC!

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Give the “cook” in your life a unique gift with handmade wood burned kitchen spoons. A truly special gift that will be remembered daily with love. This makes the perfect housewarming gift or hostess gift! A great addition to any kitchen! Wood spoons are strong, look nice and are able to handle high heat. Each spoon is wood burned by hand with a Pyrography pen and given special care to ensure a unique design and effect. A Hummingbird Crafts LLC original design! Hand washing is preferred. Both spoons have been sealed to protect.

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I know many of you love your pets and pampering them is a must, you will love these adorable cat beds from CatHouseRU!

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Cat bed easy to fold, you can take with you to the exhibition of cats and dogs, as well as on the road.- The lower part of the pet bed sewn from Raincoat fabric, which is enough to wipe with a damp cloth, if stained. – Pet mats Inside two layers of Padding polyester, making the pet bed soft and warm. – The upper part is made of strong Coarse calico, it is environmentally friendly, long does not spoil. – Pet bed is bright, colorful, practical – your Pets will be happy!

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I have a confession…I am a tea fanatic!  When I saw these beautiful tea post from CeramaStudio I had to share with you!

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This Black Owls tea set made of clay and painted by hand.
The owl is a symbol of prosperity, wealth and wisdom. It is believed that the image of an owl protects people from excessive and unnecessary spending.
Tea kettle with pottery mugs – a beautiful and useful things in everyday life, a nice gift.

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I love art prints, and anything that is unique and has to do with coffee!  This BT FIRST COFFEE print from MyColorMood is a must have!

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BUT FIRST COFFEE printable poster – ampersand sign digital print. This modern and minimal black and white typography print with an “Ampersand girl” drinking the tastiest morning drink will be an excellent decor for your living room or office. Start your morning with coffee, start your morning with ampersand, start your morning with beautiful printable wall art! 🙂

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Need a unique gift?  These teacup planters from flowerfilledweddings are beautifully unique!

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Grapevine teacup planter with grapevine forming a saucer and cup attached together. Rim and handle are covered with green moss and trimmed with natural rope. Sewn in liner.
Create your own tea party, bridal shower, luncheon or gift floral centerpiece with these trendy planters.
Set of two teacup planters.

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For the music lover why not a Music Notebook by Sunbrilo.

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Music notebook, Moulin Rouge, Handmade recycled LP vinyl record notebook, vintage vinyl handmade journal music, retro wedding guest book.
This original vinyl record journal is completely handmade with love by me.
It could be a perfect gift for a musician, a music lover or anybody who loves making notes on paper and appreciates handmade objects!

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I hope you will visit these wonderful Etsy shops and show your support by buying handmade!

Ever Changing Style

I have always been infatuated with “STYLE”, not actually following trends but setting them. My teen years were spent in the 80’s with “Big Hair” and more “Swatches” (most of which I added rhinestone’s and my own artwork drawings to) on my wrist than the department store could host in a glass case. Though I did submit to some of the trending styles I was the one in school who went above and beyond to bring that trend to a whole new level. I took Madonna’s signature style black bracelets and added beads and charms to mine, I liked to stand out and I liked being “different”. I have always felt if your going to make an entrance somewhere, make sure everyone looks and remembers who you are.

In many ways that trait has carried on with me throughout my years as a jewelry design artist. I have always paid great attention to detail in my designs, and of course creating a signature style that stands out. I knew I had my brand when my clients would tell me they knew my jewelry at a glance, without doubt a piece was created by yours truly. My jewelry creations have always centered around vivid colors and patterns with using shapes that I have a love for, being mainly crosses, hearts and roses. Throughout my career I have dabbled in many mediums, polymer clay being my main medium of choice. I loved the versatility of polymer clay, the blending of colors, the texture and of course the ability to leave a project out without fear of it drying out and crumbling.

In 2011 I decided to put my kiln to good use, I used it occasionally for fusing glass or annealing glass lamp-work beads and rings, however I felt it was time to do more. With this I decided to embark on a new journey with ceramic and porcelain. Having worked with polymer clay for over 15 years has given me an edge on creating with these two mediums, many techniques I used for PC I incorporated into my ceramic and porcelain design. My designs are still the same, however now I am creating more unique pieces that are distinct to my brand.

These porcelain pieces still have vivid color, and my designs are unique and focused on things I love. I think that when an artist has been creating for few years their style doesn’t really change, it only evolves. Many times that new-found evolution comes from the artist having experienced a “creative rut” or many times the introduction of a new medium. To be honest, I hit a huge “creative rut” while working with PC, it wasn’t the medium itself rather it was years of experience creating with it. What I love about ceramic and porcelain is you really can’t bank on what you will get out of the kiln, you can change a glaze dramatically by firing temps and times, and this is where my interest peaked. I love the beautiful uncertainty of ceramic and porcelain, I also love the new spark it ignited in my career as an artist.

I hope that when you read this, if you are a new artist or a seasoned creator, take the time to learn new things, experiment with different mediums and enjoy whatever beautiful uncertainty it may hold for you!

Shop of the day: Emergent Glassworks

Congratulations to Trevor the artist at Emergent Glassworks!
I am totally infatuated with this artists amazing skills with the flame! Take a look at some of his artwork, I am sure it will have you saying “WOW!” just as it did me!

(Emergence: the formation of a completely new system, patterns and properties by the complex interaction of lesser elements in the system.)

Finely crafted with exquisite detail! you’ve never seen anything this cool in your life! there’s a hundred different ways to display this; Hang it around your neck, dashboard mirror, your wall or put it somewhere cool like your fish tank, desktop zen garden or just in a display case.

This is a Handmade 1.25″ marble with a realistic amanita mushroom in it. Great for any mushroom enthusiast or marble collector!

LIKE on facebook!http://www.facebook.com/emergentglassworks

I hope you enjoyed these amazing creations as much as I did featuring them! Stay tuned for our next shop of the day!

Treasury Curator Inspirations, Introducing Rita

I would like to take a moment to introduce you to STATTEAM on Etsy’s newest leader Rita Sullivan.
Rita is the creator of STATTEAM’s Blog Sites newest feature: Treasury Curator Inspirations

Treasury Curator Inspirations is located on the STATTEAM blog website (statteamartistsonetsy.blogspot.com/).
TCI is the place to read weekly inspirational articles, humorous anecdotal quips, poems, and brief snippets on the art of learning to laugh at our mishaps when creating treasuries. In addition, TCI will also feature topics on branding your shop, what’s in a title, picking yourself up when sales are down, etc. TCI invites blog readers to post their questions and comments. The leader of the TCI has set aside time in the evenings (EST Zone) to reply to any postings. For example, Sunday/Monday postings will be commented on Monday and Tuesday/Wednesday postings on Wednesday, etc. If readers need an immediate answer to their question, please contact the STATTEAM Captain at: http://www.HippieChicJewelz.etsy.com

Rita Sullivan is a Leader on Etsy for STATTEAM (Self Taught Artists Treasury Team), she also has

http://www.etsy.com/shop/birdsnblooms and http://www.etsy.com/people/NaturePhotosbyRita
Rita Sullivan has an M.S. in Organizational Development and Leadership, and a B.A. in Communication-Journalism. Rita is also a published author: Lordship through Friendship is Rita’s first book, although her written works have been published many times since 1986. She instructs adult continuing education courses on creative writing and writing for publication at her local community college. Rita also conducts drama seminars, having written and directed more than 80 plays and skits. Rita and her husband reside in rural Pennsylvania.

Here are some lovely items from Rita’s Etsy shop’s:


Hand painted two-tone green—decoupaged—hand glazed indoor birdhouse is a cute decorative piece for any in-home décor. Dragonflies and butterflies adorn the back, front, top, and sides of the birdhouse. The affixed cork bottom on the birdhouse protects furniture. Overall dimensions: 4” X 4” X 4 3/4”h.


Hand painted tri-color—decoupage—hand glazed indoor mini birdhouse is a cute decorative piece for any in-home décor. Morning Glories adorn all sides of the birdhouse. The affixed cork bottom on the birdhouse protects furniture. Overall dimensions: 3 1/4” X 3” X 4”h.

Hand painted—decoupage—stool is perfect to use as a child’s step stool or planter stand.

Dual Color scheme: Natural (top) and light mauve (base) with hand-painted medium pink hearts. Two coats of hand-brushed glaze seals the stool base while the top contains a glass-like, clear coat finish. Wipes clean with a damp cloth or sponge.

Overall Dimensions: 11 ½”w X 7 3/4”h.


Here is Rita’s book “Lordship through Friendship”
“Lordship through Friendship is a conversational tapestry of life’s struggles. Readers will gain a clearer understanding that prayer life and devotional time is not where we do all the talking and God does all the listening. As a helpful spiritual discipline in the art of learning how to converse with God, this book also includes end of chapter questions that encourage the young to mature Christian to use the book as a personal devotion or in a small group setting.

My interview with PearlesPainting

I have a wonderful treat for you today! I had the pleasure of interviewing Pearle from Pearlespainting on Etsy. I am in awe of her beautiful and intricate painting skills, her designs are so detailed and just stunning! So sit back, relax and enjoy reading this interview!

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How long have you been an artist?

I guess I have been an artist my entire life. I mean in one form or another I have always been creating something.

Tell us about your first attempts to be creative.
I can’t remember my first attempts really. I guess one memory was when I was at Sunday school, I must have been 3 or 4. We made a hand print in ceramic. I thought that was pretty wild. I use to play with my matchbox cars in my grandparents dirt driveway and build elaborate cities with dirt, stones and twigs…I would just get lost out there for hours in my own little imaginary world. Those are two of my first memories of attempting to be creative.

How many hours a day do you create?
I spend endless hours creating. I am currently working on several things at once. i bounce back and forth between projects. I would say most of the day I am working.

How does creating art make you feel?
When I complete a piece I usually feel pretty Groovy about it. Some of my pieces takes weeks and even months…there is a great sense of accomplishment when I know that I placed my last dot on that piece. It feels awesome…especially since alot of the things I work on were a rescue of some sort.

How did you pick your creative medium?
When I was in 5th grade I was a terribly disruptive student. The teacher I started the year off with was fed up and asked that I be removed from her class room. I was sent to Mrs. Paige’s classroom.
She really seemed to like me even though I was rough around the edges and at times very very naughty.
She set up a table next to her desk and filled it up with paint and brushes and paper…and every day for the rest of the year I painted as she taught the class.
I discovered I liked painting very much…it was fun and strangely kept me out of trouble.

What are your inspirations?
I love colors. All colors. My Grandfather, who was the love of my life, liked to bird watch. I would go with him and he would teach me all about nature and birds. Although I paint in unnatural colors it is Nature through my Grandfathers teachings that inspire me and the birds…some very colorful, some dotted and some hidden in the leaves.

How do you recharge when your creativity hits the wall?
iI have a friend Kevin Conkin who is an extraordinary artist…he went to school for it and has been a working artist his whole life told me…that when I hit a wall…just keep painting anyway. So, I took his advice.
When I hit a wall I take that time to do a ton of prep work…sanding, mending, priming and painting everything solid black…I get it ready so when Creativity strikes…I am ready!

“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?
What gives you hope in the world?
I hope that when somebody looks at one of my pieces that they get lost…I hope the touch it and feel every dot. The texture is part of appreciating it.
I don’t know what statement I want to make…I think being that I use discarded pieces to create…I hope I am making people think about all the things they discard that they could have salvaged and made awesome again.
What gives me hope? My daughter Reagan gives me a great deal of Hope. She is a really good kid with big brown eyes who sees everything in such a positive way…
What are your artistic goals?
My Artistic goals…I guess I would like to cover the planet in dots! or at least I dream it!
I never really thought about artistic goals…

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?
My most exciting moment was when I had a piece accepted into the Danforth Museum Members show 2009. that was wicked cool. It was pretty cool having a piece I took out of a dumpster and painted for 3 months on display with so many other great artists. It was then that I accepted that I was an Artist.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
I have a tough time with the business side. I really do. I tend to be quite personal and have a hard time taking off my Pearle♥ skin and throwing on my professional suit.
I am a very disorganized human being. I create in absloute madness and chaos. It is a miracle that I have been able to keep all my Business together. I need to get better at the business aspect…I am a work in progress. I have only been selling online since January 2011. I am still new to this whole scene.

What has your experience as an artist been like on Etsy?
I Love Etsy. I dig the whole site and the community aspect. i am so down w/ it. I think as an artist Etsy has been incredibly easy to use and it has made me a bit more confident in my work.

What advice can you give new artists on Etsy?
I think I would tell a new artist that they should check out the teams and try to get involved. I feel a lot of good comes when you are active in your shop and w/ other Etsians.
Where else on the internet can we find your work besides Etsy?
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/PearlesPrettyPieces
My Blog (neglected since I started FB)
pearlespainting.blogspot.com/

Meet WyldAngelz on Etsy

This afternoon I had the pleasure of interviewing WyldAngelz from Etsy. This shop is full of delightful and unique creations!

I understand you are a self taught artist, when did you become interested in art?
I have always been interested in art. I have been drawing since I was able to pick up a crayon. When I was a small child, my grandmother told me that she felt sad that she had no pictures on her wall. So, every week when we would pick her up to take her grocery shopping, I would bring her one of my drawings and she would hang it on her wall. When she would babysit me during the summer, I would sometimes draw all day long at her house. She would always hang every new drawing on her wall. After a a few years, her dining room walls and living room walls were completely covered with my artwork. It was beginning to trickle into her bedroom. She had to take it down when she repainted her walls, but she hung on to all my drawings and saved them in a drawer. Her house was my very first art gallery. I took a few classes in high school and learned a variety of techniques with different mediums. I also took a couple classes in college before switching my major to psychology. Since then, I have just experimented with art on the side. I’ve had paintings featured in the annual regional exhibit at the art museum in my home town twice. Now my mother’s house has become my art gallery. I’m not sure how many paintings she has on display in her new home, but the number is growing. lol

What inspires your artwork? It depends on the day really. I can go months without feeling inspired and then all of a sudden something grabs me out of nowhere. It could be something as simple as a small object in a thrift store to a magnificent sunset. Nature inspires me quite a bit. I love the beauty of the outdoors and wildlife. Children and babies also inspire me. If I get a great photo of a friend’s child, there’s a good chance I will be drawing it or painting it sometime. I LOVE rich colors!


Do you have any coupon codes or specials for your Etsy shop?
I do have coupon codes for repeat customers that I give to them when they make a purchase. The next time they place an order, they get 10% off with their coupon code. Also, I have a code for Facebook friends to get 10% off as well. I am currently working on a few more coupon codes that I should have up and running soon.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/WyldAngelz?ref=si_shop

Meet Sanja this weeks winner for the Saturday STATTEAM Challenge!

Sanja was this week’s winner of the Statteam Treasury Challenge with her entry, “It’s Time for Love.” Currently she is on vacation, and gave away her feature in this coming challenge to the two finalists who were right behind her, JemsbySandi and IntotheLight. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy this wonderful interview.

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Tell us your personal name, business name, website and location?

My name is Sanja Lukić and my shop is Craft Unikat. Name of the shop just stayed because I didn’t really know what I was doing when I was opening my shop..and only later I saw I can’t change it. First word is Craft – because I love to be creative and make things, and Unikat – means unique in Croatian. I live in Zagreb, capital of Croatia.

What is your studio or workspace like, and how do you work in your studio?

Currently I have no studio or better to stay my studio is everywhere. We move a lot and this summer is one crazy “moving” summer. But when I paint at dining table, terase, on the floor I imagine my future cool studio full of paint, ceramic, clay, my works and works of my artist friend. Also I imagine further, me dressed so bohemian and probably with red or orange hair.

How would you describe and think of your style, what kind of handmade items do you make and what type of materials do you prefer?

My style depends of time of the day. If I am working at day time I usually work with my two daughters and they are very hard critiques for anything wich is not pastel, pink, green, purple, blue. Working with them we create happy fairy world full of cute things. At night my dark side takes over and vampires, full moon, dark forest, skulls, passion and sadness show their faces in my work. I love to paint. That is the fact. So I paint on everything I can, ceramic, wood, paper, glass…And if you shop from me you can have situation like this: you drink your morning coffee from one of my painted mugs and rest your eyes on lovely OOAK magnetic paintings, while wearing one of my bracelets.


What new directions do you hope to move in the future?

Oh I would so love to make my own pottery and then paint it – from the scratch. I would love to make some crazy extraordinary shapes and designs.

Do you have big plans, new ideas or designs you will be exploring soon?

As we are going on a vacation in Croatia wilderness I am forced to explore painting on wood, stones on everything that nature will give me 🙂 . My paint and brushes are with me and we will see what will happened.
Pottery will wait for me until we join civilization again.

What is your typical day like?

At the moment I am on my maternity leave. I have two girls and a baby boy who is just started to walk. In the morning he is the first one to crawl out the bed and starts to call me and the girls. He loves to eat and he is fighting to wake us up to get his meal. It’s alert situation and I first make them breakfast and then when they are full and happy they watch cartoons while I make myself coffee and check Etsy. Later we go outside for a swim or for a walk. When we come back we paint if girls are into it or we just play with baby. He is so funny with his new skill of walking. We are on holidays, school is out so all day is dedicated to kids. In the evening I love to take a walk by the river and there we make up stories, our own fairytales. I got so many inspiration from my talk with kids. Later when they are sleeping I cook for the next day, paint or just do BNR and chat with my amazing supportive friends from Etsy.


How do you work during the day in your studio, and what keeps you inspired and motivated?

As I said if I work during day I work with my creative team. Then we all do one theme and see what we get. They are my inspiration . They are so pure, creative and they show me how world looks like to them. World like we all used to see before. That is so powerfull inspiration.


Who are and are your mentors and inspirations?

Since I was a child drawing was my favorite game. Then my cool aunt showed me how to make dolls and theater, dollhouse, jewelry, painting. She gave wings to my imagination and she is still my number one artist 🙂

I noticed you work with many medias, do you create one piece from start to finish, or do you create various components and then the piece grows to completion separately?

Usually it’s one piece from start to finish, or few pieces at once.


Are there things that you enjoy and do often without putting it off, and other things that aren’t your favorite and you delay doing them?

There is so little time for painting, so every free moment I grab a brush or a pen. If I have more time to paint, probably it will be phases of emptiness, but now I miss it so much and just grab the opportunity.


What sort of things do you prefer making and creating, what comes easily to you?

I find making magnets more easily then painting pottery. For magnets I use acrylic paint and it gives me opportunity to mix paints in wonderful combination. Acrylics are more easier and natural then ceramic paint to work with. I just love to have my hands all covered with color – so do the kids.


What are the things you consider most important to do for your business and your creativity?

First when I joined Etsy I was so pleasantly suprised with community on it. Everyone is so friendly and supportive. Joining teams, sharing ideas, getting connections and making friends is just so important on Etsy. It makes you feel good and you also have a chance to help and make someone else feel good. I love all the positive energy shining from this virtual Etsy world. Making treasury is just such a burst for my creativity. I love them.


What would you recommend for others Etsians who may just be getting started?

DON’T PANIC! Everything will fit in it’s place just be creative, list your items regulary, fill your shop, work on your photos, share, enjoy in what you do and just be a good friend.
Love,
Sanja