Friday, July 27, 2007

He Actually Stayed Still......

I was sitting on my front porch when I saw this grasshopper sitting on the Tiger Lilly leaf!! I ran into the house and grabbed the camera...and he sat there the entire time I was photographing him! Now if I can just get the hummingbirds that keep fighting each other by my front door...boy, they are fast!

I made notecards out of the photo....available in my Etsy shop!

Thursday, July 26, 2007


Good Morning everybody! Just a quick post today to tell ya about our vegetable's popping out peppers, tomatoes & cucumbers all over the place!! So far I've made a spaghetti sauce, salsa and bruschetta!! So yummy....but, of course, I had to take a photo first!!

Here are my latest photo notecards listed in my Etsy shop!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

SALE, SALE, SALE....and other wonderful info!

BOGO ( buy one, get one) 50% off all Notecard Sets! Perfect as host/hostess gift, wedding thank you cards, baby/bridal shower thank you cards or as a housewarming gift!! Perfect for yourself or for a friend who may not live near their friends or family - this is a great way to stay in touch (with a personal touch as opposed to e-mail!)

Perhaps you know somebody who loves Italy or Flowers - this is the perfect little something to add to a gift!! Come by and take a peek!

Also, let me take this opportunity to promote my Street Teams.......and they are, in no particular order:

EtsyMom: if you are a mom and have a shop on Etsy than you qualify. Come by and check out this supportive team at

EtsyGreetings: great bunch of card makers who each have a shop on Etsy. So, if you are a card maker on Etsy then you MUST join at

JET: Jewelry on Etsy Team....a talented bunch of jewelry makers on Etsy. If you make jewelry and have a shop on Etsy and want to join click here

Have a wonderful day everybody!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Today's featured artist is MarmeeCraft!

I'm in a good mood today! I'm knitting, I cleaned my jewelry bench, I've broken my 5 wk dry spell on Etsy......and now I'm looking at this most fun, cute, whimsical shop called Marmee Craft! Bright, colorful and delightful all come to mind when I see items like these:

"All of my little lovelies are handmade with much love and attention"

How would you describe your shop? A whimsical storehouse for 21st century Victorians. There you shall encounter circus girls, dapper bunnies, felted fauna, and much wonderment for the eyes and soul!
How long have you been crafting? I have been doing crafty-good things for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories is having drawing sessions with my Dad. He would draw me, then I would draw him…..he always drew me so much better!!
Where does your inspiration come from? I am inspired by so many things: Nature, Victorian fashion and culture, My Husband and two sweet cats, Russian Animation (specifically Yuriy Norshteyn), Great Films, anything whimsical and existentially thoughtful (and both together are even better!)
What is your favorite piece? This is very hard, as I love all my little lovelies! If I had to choose one work that I am currently most in love with it would be my little Newsprint Bunny. I love the way he emerged from the newsprint covered canvas, even when I had specific designs for making that particular canvas into something entirely different…this little guy was in there and he made himself known!!
How do you spend time when you're not crafting? When I am not working on my little whimsy factory I spend my time sewing reproduction 18th and 19th century ladies attire, watching movies, baking, sewing (oops, I already said that!), and, of course, spending time with my darling husband and our two sweet cats.
What is the best advice you have received? I think the best advice I have received is to live life to the fullest and not wait until tomorrow to do anything that you feel is important is too short and precious to spend it waiting around for something you want! And as for who gave me this advice, I would have to go through an astoundingly long list of philosophers, artists, writers, filmmakers and other wise souls to give proper credit!
Final comments? Thank You ever so much for featuring my little shop!! I love to be able to share my picture of the world with you! You can read more about my work and whimsy world at my blog:

Thank you for participating. You have a wonderful shop and I urge everybody to stop by and take a peek at Marmee won't be disappointed!!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Pea Soup?

I started working on a wrap yesterday. Well, I should say that I started working on what I intended to be a's going to be a scarf though! How off could I have been? A bit.
I didn't make it wide enough but it actually worked out because the sides are rolling under and it's now the perfect shape for a scarf. It's pea soup green (I'm sure I could call it something more appetizing but it's the first thing I thought of when I saw it) some mustard, orange and a really nice yarn I got in Italy that has a bunch of warm toned colors in it.

Also, if you remember, I set up a booth at the local grill/craft shop up the road from me middle of June - and I sold stuff!! YAY! I sold a bunch of notecard sets and singles and a pair of earrings. Basically, I've made my July booth $ back!!! I was doing the happy dance.....Go Sandy, Go Sandy, Go Sandy. Okay, I'll stop now!! :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Huge Sale, BOGO 50% off

Today I have launched a huge sale......BOGO 50% off all Notecards!!!

Each set has 6 cards so that's 12 cards for $13.50 (plus shipping). Don't miss out - go check out my Notecards Section NOW!!!!

Perfect as Baby Shower, Bridal Shower and Wedding Thank You's, Birthday Cards, or a card to send to somebody special to just say "HI".

Sale valid until midnight (EST) on 7/15!!!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Today's featured artist is Inkyspider!

It has been a while since I have featured an Etsy artist so who better to start off the new series of features than Morgen of Inkyspider Designs. Talk about starting off with a bang! Her shop is fun, bright, eclectic and unique. She has a wide range of items, i.e. clothing, housewares, scarves and more.

"I use dye, shibori, screen printing, painting, sewing and piecing to transform the cloth into garments, wall pieces and cushions."

How would you describe your shop? The first thing you’ll notice about my shop, Inkyspider Designs, are the colours. I love bright and earthy colours as well as contrast and pattern. I am a textile artist working in a mixed media of surface design techniques. Many of my designs are on t-shirts for all ages, including the sweetest little baby tees. I also have clothing, scarves, and cushion covers. All images are original, designed by me and applied to fabric with techniques such as dyeing, screen printing, painting, shibori, discharge dye, appliqué and sewing.

How long have you been crafting? I began as a mixed media painter and printmaker, receiving my arts education in Southern Africa where I was born and raised. I have been working with textiles for 18 years doing mostly t-shirts for markets and fairs. In 2005 I decided to really make the switch from painting to fibre art and I am loving it!

Where does your inspiration come from? My early inspiration comes from first memories: the red dirt, bold patterns and vibrancy of Africa. I now live in the mountainous Kootenay region of British Columbia. Nature always astounds and inspires me. I find the little teeny-weeny hidden treasures in the natural world a never-ending source of patterns and ideas.

What is your favorite piece? One of my favorite designs is my ‘Flying Lizard’ because he’s been with me the longest. He started out years ago as a dragonfly that I used to draw in the natural history section of the museum across from the art school I went to. He’s morphed so many times through different media that he really knows me quite well. Also, he’s buzzy and I find him amusing.

How do you spend time when you're not crafting? Other things that I have going on in my life are yoga, music, gardening, being involved in my community, teaching art, being outdoors and I am presently doing a course in pattern drafting and clothing design.

What is the best advice you have received? Best advice I ever got: “If you want to know something, ask”, from my Dad.

Thank you so much Morgen for participating on my blog!

Please make sure you visit Inkyspider Designs at to see unique & fun handmade creations!