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2016 Hippie Chic Jewelz Model “India”

I am so pleased to announce the reveal of my official Hippie Chic Jewelz model for 2016!  Introducing INDIA, she will be modeling my 2016 line of jewelry designs.

 

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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…

$25

Wearable art, Original print…

$35

Top drilled Sea glass 5 pcs …

$10

Mystic Rainbow AB necklace, …

$48

Knitted Headband, Ear Warmer…

$12

Green leather backpack – Voy…

$110

recycled bracelet metal Brac…

$15

Succulent Photography, Botan…

$5

Ceramic Bowl Small Green Pet…

$18

Sea Green and Gold Bracelets…

$18

Vibrant Green Cactus Paintin…

$30

Toddler Beret with Bow, Gree…

$37

Evil Cat plush. Hand Embroid…

$220

Mint quilted pillow – modern…

$27

Waterproof shopper bag, doub…

$40

Knitting Pattern, Knit Cowl …

$2.95

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Saturday Shopping, you wont want to miss these great finds!

Treat yourself to a wonderful at home spa day with this Pink Sugar Exfoliator from aquablossom  Exfoliation is the key to soft, beautiful skin. With a sugar scrub, you get all the benefits of exfoliation using a natural exfoliant. Our Pink Sugar scrub is a blend of pure cane sugar, sweet almond oil, and the delicious scent of Pink Sugar!  Pink Sugar is the ultimate girly scrub and one of our best selling scents! A fruity blend of cotton candy, lemon drops, caramel and raspberry jam on a dry down of musks. It smells amazing!

 
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For your Saturday outing put your hair up in one of these delicious   Retro Style Hair ties  from OhHoneyHush   I started making these fun bows and bandanna’s for myself because I could never find the one that I really really liked. These turned out to be cute ! I liked them so much that I decided to share them with everyone else !  They are thicker then average so that you get a scarf bandanna effect. They look sooo retro from behind. They can also be folded long ways in half to be worn with your hair down. Looks super cute !

 
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Add a little shimmer to your Saturday and your body with this beautifully rose Herbal shimmer powder from good4you   fairy dust …♥ an all over body powder with heavenly roses. ingredients :: organic arrowroot powder, organic pink rose powder and mica.

 
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Sweeten up your home sweet home with these Pink Sugar Soy Candle Tarts from SerendipityCandle     Pink Sugar–A delectable sweet treat! The sugary aroma comes from ingredients you remember from your childhood, like vanilla, caramel, and cotton candy. But along with the sweet comes the spice. Notes of bergamot and Sicilian orange add zing, while raspberry and fig leaf tease you with freshness. Add a bit of romance with lily and licorice blossoms fused with yummy notes of strawberry and assorted red fruits to create an ambrosia your nose will never forget. Best Seller!! 
 
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If it is gift giving that you are doing these Made with Love gift tags from 2fillesdunord are just what  you need to a touch of sweetness to your package!  Send these along with your creations, or let your giftees know their gifts are handmade! Stamped by hand with a stamp created by hand, these pink tags feature the words “made with love”, complete with a heart on the “o” of love. A little heart adds just enough sweetness. The beautiful background of these tags are evokes romance and shabby chic fashion, with its big blooming roses in all shades of pink.
 
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Sweeten up your wardrobe accessories with this NunoFelted bag from LanaDiNata   Small light pink , white and gray small bag, hand crafted from felted wool. Soft, eco friendly, just large enough for your phone, money, and a little more. This beautiful bag decorated with knitted fabric, silk fiber . Bag is 10″ across by 6.5″ deep with a short handle that slides through one side of the bag to form a “5.1” loop to slip your hand through. 
 
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Add a little sweet romance to your ears with these handmade Pink Earrings from Rozibuz
Cute pink earrings made from polymer clay with the addition of Czech glass. Beads I made myself out of polymer clay, baked in the oven, covered gloss finish. Color are made using a tinted deco gel.
 
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 How sweet is this Vintage Floral Sun Dress from angelofanatolia  VERY! 
 
 
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Add a sweet notion to your home with this pretty 8X10 Truth & Beauty framed decor from Team Elites  featured Guest shop Candidate
 
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From our next featured guest shop Sweeten up your kitchen time with this adorably sweet apron from DebzDoodlez  Each apron is handmade and is a Debz Original Design. Look beautiful in this apron that is REVERSIBLE and made with coordinating fabrics. You will find decorative pockets, adjustable neck, and long ties that you can either tie in the front or in the back for a whole new look. One size fits most.  
 
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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!

My Valentine’s Day Gift

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, I can honestly say that this year I did not eat my sweet Valentine’s Day treat my hubby bought me! No, I am not on a diet (I haven’t the will power for that) nor did the kids beat me to the sweets… My husband bought me a Valentine’s Day sweet that will last a lifetime, here is my Valentine MarshFellow he bought for me created by Autumn from MarshFellows:
These marshmallow figures are simply adorable! My marshfellow is the one holding the roses, my husbands is the one who is a bit on the toasty side. 🙂


What I really LOVE about these cute minis is that the look so realistic!

I think this gift was one of the sweetest yet, unlike my favorite Godiva chocolates this MarshFellow sits on my desk and not on my hips! Thank you honey, for the sweetly adorable gift!

Meet Marshfellows!

I have a treat for you today, an interview with Marshfellows!

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What is the name of your online shop and link?

Marshfellows
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marshfellows
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/MarshFellows
Blog: http://marshfellows.wordpress.com/

How has your experience been selling your art online?
So far it’s been very positive. I’m still a ‘beginner’ in many ways, but I have been lucky and grateful to those who have extended their help, expertise and advice.

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?
When I first started making Marshfellows, the biggest thrill was just the idea that someone would pay for my artwork. It still amazes me that so many people want to bring my little guys into their homes and lives. But it’s also wonderful when other artists contact me and want one for their own.

How long have you been an artist?
I’ve been working with polymer clay for about five years now, but I’ve always loved arts and crafts ever since I was a little kid.

Who or what had the greatest influence on you as you developed as an artist?
All the credit goes to my Grandmother. When she was still with us, she was always crafting. Sewing, knitting, crocheting, sketching, painting, pottery, ceramics. You name it! But working with clay was something the two of us always did together. She encouraged my love of art and even taught me some of the techniques I know and use today. I absolutely have her to thank for my deep rooted obsession with all things arty and crafty.

How would you characterize your work?
Marshfellows are cute, chubby, silly, sweet, funny and whimsical. They’re like little reminders to smile and giggle. Which you should, it’s good for you!

Describe your workshop/studio for us:
I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten at my kitchen table, it always has materials, tools, papers and empty coffee cups scattered all over it. When I’m working the music is always playing and the coffee maker is always on. I work at high speed when I’m on a creative buzz and being in the kitchen to work is a reminder in itself that I need to stop every once in a while, come up for air and eat something. Lol.

What’s the hardest part of being an artist?
I think the hardest part has to do with pricing. I have come across situations where a would-be buyer didn’t agree with a listed price and suggested I come up with a more ‘realistic number.”
Of course for the obvious reason it bums me out. It takes my time, money and materials to create a piece, so I can’t just give it away for free, all those variables are valuable to me.
And at the same time a potential customer should see their purchase as a gain, not a loss.

How many hours a day do you create?
Anywhere between 1-4 hours. It’s usually a mixture of creating new pieces, answering e-mails and updating information on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

How does creating art make you feel?
Being able to sit down and create something new and fun is like a drug to me. I love just listening to my tunes, sipping a hot coffee and bringing something new to life. I enjoy the entire creative process from a simple idea in my mind to the final product sitting before me. It’s very relaxing.

“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?
When I’m going about my daily life and I pass by a Marshfellow sitting on my shelf or on the window sill or even as the background for my desktop, I can’t help but smile. That’s all I want for anyone who brings a Marshfellow into their lives.

What are your artistic goals?
I would really like to venture into different mediums by collaborating with other artists. There are plans already being set in motion for future projects. I’m really excited about working with new people, pooling ideas, designing new products and taking advantage of learning opportunities. I think 2012 is going to be a great year for Marshfellows.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
I have been lucky to have received help from those who are more experienced when it comes to running a small business. But the most important aspect of any business, providing good customer service, is probably what I’m best at. I figure as long as I remember to take good and proper care of my customers, the rest I can learn along the way. Because in the end, if you don’t have happy and loyal customers, you don’t have a business.

Where else on the Internet can we find your work?
Right now I’m working on setting up my shop at TheArtLand.com and I hope to set-up an Etsy account in the future. But for now I’m taking orders via e-mail and Facebook, which I prefer for custom orders. That way I can work closely with the customer and create something that is exactly what they want.

Thank you so much for taking the time to let me interview you Autumn, your items are simply adorable!

STATTEAM Spotlight featured artists for 12/19-12/23

Tonight I would like to share with you the STATTEAM Spotlight featured artists for this week. These artists are not only FABULOUS, but some very wonderful friends as well as team mates! I hope you will enjoy the items I have chosen from their shops to feature.

My first featured artist is Rita from Birds n Blooms where you will find handmade bead magnets, stained suncatchers, and a variety of hand decoupaged birdhouses, plaques, and children’s foot stools.


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.

Tuesdays featured artist is Amie from PrettyPigDesign with Unique Gift Idea Statement Jewelry.


This necklace makes a beautiful statement for Christmas entertaining, a wedding, prom dance or date night! It reminds me of a peppermint candy cane. Ruby or scarlet red satin and winter snow white organza lining fabric was cut and layered to make poppy flowers. In the center of three flowers are shiny red “holly berry” beads. The back of the necklace is snow white soft felt. The “chain” for the necklace is snow white quarter inch satin ribbon so that it can be worn at various lengths. It can be worn with a casual or dressy outfit – the choice is yours!


This bright and cheerful bib necklace is made of a mixture of old and new buttons. An olive green satin poppy is set slightly to the right to add texture. Inside the flower is a chartreuse green glass bead with teal seed beads sewn around it. The “chain” is two quarter inch teal blue strands of satin ribbon. The back is a soft snow white felt.
Measurements: At the widest point, the necklace is 6 inches wide and 5 inches tall. the flower is 2.5 inches in diameter. The ribbon is 22 inches long so the necklace can be hung at various lengths.

Wednesdays featured Spotlight artist is chasitypetersen with handmade items from 3 sisters, bears, dolls, clips, cowls, headbands, quilts and more.

Simple, classic, and sweet these Waldorf cloth dolls are made with recycled cotton scrap fabric and stuffed with 100% premium polyester fiberfill. The simple and somewhat imperfect nature of these dolls gives them the feel of antique cloth dolls loved and cherished for generations…the good ole’ days before plastics were even invented. The natural fibers of cotton and linen are warm and feel more ‘real’ than plastic.
Machine stitched for durability, they could be used as a decorative addition to a little girls room bringing warmth and ageless appeal, or for gentle play. Approx. 17 inches tall. Constructed in a clean, smoke free environment.
The face is hand embroidered and a signature heart and “M” on the back of the dress signify…
~~Made with love by Michelle~~

This Crib Quilt is completely hand quilted with high quality Gutermann thread (made in Greece). It is a lovely mix of chocolate and ivory flannels that correspond and complement each other nicely. There are also a couple pieces of soft swirly white fur added for contrast and extra softness. The back of the quilt is a solid piece of white flannel.
Each Baby Bird Quilt is made with high quality materials and takes approximately 50+ hours to meticulously hand quilt, making it a timeless addition to your new little one’s nursery.
This quilt was constructed in a clean, smoke free environment. The batting is 100% premium polyester and bonded to resist fiber migration. It is washable and non-allergenic.
*Measurement: 33 inches X 37 1/2 inches

Our Thursday featured artist is naturalflipside featuring Handcrafted natural & glass jewelry, art, & more.


WOW! Be prepared to hear that a lot, and to answer questions, have strangers stop you, and to be stared at. Not to brag, but that is what happens when you wear a Natural Flipside creation, especially one like this.
Two fore-wings of a Urania Ripheus, aka Madagascar Sunset Moth, were positioned on this giant Petunia to look like a regular little moth; well maybe with a little extra sparkle! The color and details of both specimens are really outstanding. To add some dimension, I pierced the flower and made some simulated stamen, using Swarovski Crystal beads, plated wire and crimp bead. This also served as the wire-wrapping used to hold the fascinator in place on the headband. The headband itself is a plastic base covered with a lightweight, comfortable material that has plenty of sparkle to it. This piece would be great for anyone who loves nature, sparkles, or standing out in a crowd. It is somewhat delicate, like wedding/prom/anniversary or other special occasion wear, but sturdy enough to be worn regularly. You will NOT find another like this anywhere else in the world! This item was handcrafted with a lot of care and good thought, and will make a very special gift for yourself or someone else.

** These are having some slight discoloration issues, which is why they are marked down. They are still very lovely, as you can see, but I cannot guarantee that their color will last as long as my other items.**

Have you ever noticed the beauty and detail of a strawberry leaf? When you see them like this, it’s hard not to notice. With so much going on in the natural structure and intricacy of the leaf (right down to the little pin-holes), I just decided to keep the design simple; which also let’s me keep the price low. These leaves are kind of broad, nearly 2 inches across, and about the same in length, set on sterling silver earwires. The last photo is an example of the description we write on the back of our earring cards.
You won’t find these anywhere else in the world! These Gloriosa petals are the only ones I have and I don’t know when/if I will find more. They were made with care and lots of good thoughts and are waiting to honor someone special.
5% of the monies received from your purchase will be donated to a charity/ies of our choice at the end of every month. We support projects that do good for the Earth and her inhabitants, people too!

Last, but not least, our Friday Spotlight artist is stymiepiestudios withhandpainted gift and art prints for children of all ages.


These wonderful hand painted ceramic piggy banks come with a rubber stopper so that once you fill it, you can empty it into that college fund! I hand paint BOTH sides of these piggy banks with colorful flowers and adorable butterflies!

Childrens Art Print Peace Fish 8.5 x 11
Everyone has joined together in an effort to show you that Peace is all you need , no matter where you are.It takes some work but it’s always worthwhile.
This piece was created with colored pencils on Strathmore watercolor paper. The print is size is 8.5 x 11″ and reproduced on thick, lustre paper to retain the texture of the original art. My hope is that it will delight and inspire you and your little one. As all of my art, it is also available as an ACEO and on a blank greeting card.

I hope you enjoyed these delightful handmade items as much as I enjoyed featuring them! Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Featured artists from the STATTEAM Spotlight

Tonight I am featuring five very talented Etsy artists from STATTEAM. These 5 artists are featured this week in the STATTEAM Spotlight.

My first featured shop artist is Rhonda Wojciak from nanioriginals, here handmade purses are unique and stylish.


This hobo style bag is medium in size and has four pockets inside.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nanioriginals/You can see more fabric choices here on flicker.
The fabric on this bag is so beautiful and fun with tattoo girls and flames. Made of all cotton. The lining is a solid light blue and the four pockets are orange and red flames with a black background. The magnetic snap has thick Pellon sewn underneath and has been double stitched for reinforcement. The pockets are double stitched and the corners have been sewn down to prevent tearing. This one includes a hand embroidered nani lable. We made this one with a short wide strap so it fits close to your body.


Surprise a loved one with this beautiful wallet.
You will love this upholstery weight fabric. It’s called “Punjab Peacock” by IMAN. The lining will be made with either teal or black Kona cotton, you choose.
We like to carry our cell phone in our wallets since they are padded enough to protect it. Send us a convo if you would like us to gift wrap with a note to your requested address at no extra charge.

My next featured Becky Helmer from BeckyHelmerDesigns, her jewelry designs are beautiful and charming with a West Texas flair.


These pretty earrings are made with black lucite trumpet flower beads, yellow lucite bell flower beads, and antique bronze bead caps, findings, and kidney earwires.

These festive earrings are made with white, red, and green lucite bell flower beads, silver colored metal bead caps, and metal findings.

Shelly from Shellyka on Etsy is my next featured artist, her shop is full of whimsical hand-painted decor for your home.

This painting of two Pink sheep is 100% handmade (Not a print) using acrylic paints on a stretched cotton canvas


A decorative and unique way to display your child’s artwork.
This colorful and fun hanger is 100% handmade and painted with acrylic paints, perfect for safely displaying your child’s artwork and helps you change the display from time to time.

I actually am the next featured artist for this week, it is truly an honor! My jewelry is handmade from clay and glass, eclectic, fun and funky!

This ring is a size 8. The rose is hand sculpted from polymer clay, has four black onyx rhinestones set in each facet corner and the zebra stripes have been hand painted making this ring its own unique work of art.


I LOVE the look of vintage inspired jewelry! I created a dark blue background that fades into a lighter blue and added a snowflake. I added Swarvoski crystals on the Vintage inspired filigree cab. This necklace would make the perfect gift for someone special or to add sparkle to your favorite holiday outfit!

My last featured artist is Noelle Argenti from potterybynoelle, her shop is full of beautiful and fun pottery items!

Heres a purple ceremic snow flake bowl

I made it from a mode and a snowflake pattern book I have It was
Glazed with non toxic glazes The color was purple It was fired in a low fired kiln. would be perfect for just home deco

Heres a ceramic bowl I made out of white clay It has a snowflake print in it the color around the snowflake is cobalt blue slip . I glaze the snowflake with non toxic glazes the color was white and the black of the bowl is blue lagoon . This bowl was fired in a low fired kiln and it is food safe.
I think this bowl would be perfect for serving those hoilday treats , would also make a perfect christmas gift .

Congratulations to each of our featured artists, I hope this week your day in the STATTEAM Spotlight and it was an honor to host each of you here on my blog!

Confessions of an Etsy addict…

Confessions of an Etsy addict
I imagine after reading the title of my post a few of you are giggling… not a funny “Haha” giggle, but a nervous “OMG! I know what she means” giggle. You know who you are, you are the one reading this right now clicking between internet pages to see if your curated treasury is on the “Hot List”, if you have any convo’s or are listed in any treasuries. I know this because as I sit here and type, I too am doing that very thing.

“Hi! My name is Julianne and I am an Etsy addict.”

I can honestly say that the longest I have stayed away from Etsy is, well, a day at most…. and that was when I went to Six Flags Over Texas. This was simply because my droid could not access internet connection at the theme park, it wasn’t for lack of trying, either… A word of advice, never try to check your Etsy account via your cell while waiting for a roller coaster ride to begin.

Many of you know how this Etsy addiction can spawn, for you “Newbies” out there, beware, what you are about to learn in this article could happen to you!

My Etsy addiction began when I was featured in a treasury, being new I had no idea what a treasury even was. Then one day I see one of my necklaces amongst the company of some very beautiful handmade items. I received a convo informing me I was featured in a treasury… I immediately convo’d the curator and asked her what a treasury was, how it works and how did she find me. It so happened she stumbled upon my necklace in a search, I had just listed this item earlier that day. (Note: New listings can be your best friend!)

She told me what a treasury is, how it works and invited me to join her team! As you can guess, I was elated. I joined her team and learned the in’s and out’s of Etsy very quickly, the team mates on her team were more than helpful and taught me the basics of working a treasury. I had questions though that couldn’t be answered, and so I began to research on my own what it takes to be a success on Etsy. I can tell you after reading hundreds (LITERALLY!) of ETSY blog articles, Etsy posts it still didn’t give me the answer I was seeking. I decided it was time to try a new tactic: Join some of the hottest teams on Etsy. I applied to many teams, only to be turned down because I was “Too New to Etsy”, didn’t have enough sales or didn’t belong to any “YAHOO Groups”. It was one convo I received from a team application that prompted me to found STATTEAM. The convo I had received from the Team Captain of that I had applied had wrote me nothing short of a rude and insulting rejection of my application; my photos were “Crappy”, my sales too few and my treasuries “SUCKED”. Yes, this team captain actually used that terminology in her rejection convo to me. I will tell you the truth, I cried, and then I got mad! How dare ANYONE treat another person with such negative disrespect, besides, I didn’t see anything spectacular about her shop item photographs. It made me want to start a team that accepted everyone, even “Newbies” who may not have sales, great photo’s or even treasury curating skills. Isn’t that what a team should focus on? Helping others learn how to make the most of their Etsy shop and experience?

And that is where it all began… my Etsy addiction. Now that I had a team I had to gather information to help team members, to offer support and get them to that coveted Front Page. Ahhh… The Front Page, a beautiful word and a bad word all at the same time… moving right along, these members became good friends, I looked forward to daily convo’s, reading replies on the team discussion board, seeing comment and views on team treasuries. It isn’t the amount of interaction, it is the thoughtfulness, friendship and a common interest in it that addicted me. Seeing my team mates making treasuries that I KNOW are Front Page worthy, seeing the views and comments make a treasury soar to the first page, to receiving a convo from a team meat excited that their shop item sold after a treasury feature is nothing short of totally elating!

This is where and how it begins, the determination to get more team mates to that point, on the first page of treasury lists in not on the coveted Front Page itself, making sales and getting them excited and promoting others in the same way I am striving to promote them. It’s a “win win” situation. For me its a sheer feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment when I see a team mate succeed, it makes every single minute I spend on Etsy worth it. I can honestly tell you I spend HOURS on Etsy, my family can tell you that in our home Etsy is more like an invisible friend, constantly talked about but never seen except by anyone other than me.

In closing, I have yet to confront this “Etsy Addiction”. Etsy is a part of my life, my team mates are my “on-line family” and you cant put a price on the joy it brings to me daily. One thing I will be doing is taking out time in the evening to spend with my family at home. I have learned that even though Etsy is enjoyable, there is nothing like the love and support of your family, so those of you who were like me and on Etsy 16 hours or more a day, take some time for yourself and your loved ones. Trust me, Etsy will be there waiting for you with open arms. =D
Peace, Love & Hippie Chic Jewelz

Keeping it Weird

Have any of you ever read the Etsy pages of KEEP IT WEIRD? Well, this month I have created a challenge for my Etsy team “STAT TEAM”

****************August Snakeskin/Reptile Skin Challenge**************

My team members were challenged to create an item for their Etsy shop that includes either snakeskin or another reptile skin.
My first contestant entry came from DragonPop:
Rainbow Serpent Poppyrock Ring
My inspiration for this simple yet classy little ring was one of my favorite flowers, the poppy. This is one of my favorite looks I’ve created. I was trying to simulatehe reflective quality of snakeskin done my way 🙂 I used striking jewel tones in the flower and in the crystal I chose for the center. It is set on a lead-free, silver-plated, adjustable ring base. The diameter of the face is 1 1/2″.
*This ring base, though adjustable, is a more comfortable fit for a slender ring size. I would not try to wear it larger than a 7 1/2 or 8.


Rainbow Serpent Poppyrock Ring
My inspiration for this simple yet classy little ring was one of my favorite flowers, the poppy. This is one of my favorite looks I’ve created. I was trying to simulate the reflective quality of snakeskin done my way 🙂 I used striking jewel tones in the flower and in the crystal I chose for the center. It is set on a lead-free, silver-plated, adjustable ring base. The diameter of the face is 1 1/2″.

The next entry was submitted by yours truly…. me… HippieChicJewelz:

Chinese Dragon and Hot Pink Snakeskin Bracelet
I created this wooden bangle bracelet first with multiple layers of hot pink snakeskin textured paper, I sculpted a dragon from black polymer clay and added green and gold mica powder for depth, the dragons eye is a small, glass handmade chevron bead.

As a finishing touch I added Jet Black and Clear rhinestones. Inner diameter is 2 5/8″. Medium Size

This particular piece is unique and unusual, bright and gorgeous a conversation starter!
This is a one of a kind creation, if you like this bracelet I can custom create one similar for you. This would make a fantastic gift, or as a special gift to oneself!

The next entry was submitted by JohnnieBelinda:
Unique snake shed no 2 pendant
2 1/4 dia. mixed media pendant OOAK handmade unique one of a kind. Naturally shed snake skin mounted on a wood base. Hand formed casing . Has been coated in a protected sealant, is water resistant not 100 percent water proof.
Makes a perfect unisex gift, for women and who love tribal,animal print,snakes and being unique in there style
I have been collecting sheds for several years, some found and some purchased thru etsyshops. My friends and family think it’s weird, but i a nuture girl spending hours roaming in nearby woods and fields. Finding bones turtle shells, teeth and arrow heads.
I am a bit squimish when it comes to snakes, but i love the beauty of the sheds, diamonds and texture .

The next entry was submitted by BlackFridayStudio

Cobra Indiana Jones Snake Skin for the STATTEAM Keep it Weird Reptile Skin Challenge

Print measures 8×10 inches and was created using Kodak Gloss Photo Paper.
All 8×10 prints are matted and in a cello sleeve.

The next entry was submitted by BlackFridayStudio
Paper mache skull painted with snakeskin pattern. Sealed with matte finish.
Skull is slightly larger than a softball.

The next entry was submitted by TableTopJewels


“Slithering my way into your heart.”

This all occasion, blank white greeting card is embellished with hand crocheted motifs. The motif is crocheted with fine gauge cotton thread, size 10 and affixed to a reptilian design card stock.
The card measures 5 x7 and could easily fit into a standard frame. A great idea, give the empty frame as a gift with the greeting card as a gift tag!
The card includes the TableTopJewel shop information on the back and hand signed and dated.
The card ships in a clear archival photo sleeve.

The next entry was submitted by KuhlWhip

“Mermaid Cove” alcohol free moisturizing hair and body spray 2 oz in a cobalt blue glass spray bottle.

Sometimes Mermaids discretely come up from the deep to lounge on warm, soft, moss covered rocks, and bathe in the sun in a gorgeous floral vine covered cove.
They sing their special songs, and watch Sailors pass on their great wooden ships, and giggle as the Sailors wonder where the songs are coming from. Never seen, nor discovered, no one will ever know…Their secret forever safe in the Cove. Mermaid Cove fragrance has been made with a heady blend of Wisteria, Lilac, & Frangipani, followed by lush green Oakmoss, and Ocean aquatic notes.
The Body Sprays are made with an Alcohol free, moisturizing base and can be sprayed on both the body and the hair but, are not meant to be sprayed on clothing.