Sunday, November 29, 2009
So happy shopping (and selling!) to all and to all a good Monday! :D
Saturday, November 28, 2009
2 Vintage Crocheted Floral Orange Citrus Potholders - Circa 1940sI have three sets listed and one single piece. They are all from the 40's and I think they might have all been made by the same person. I think these are from my mom's personal collection, but I'm not sure where she got them from originally. Really cute if you have a vintage kitchen!
Friday, November 27, 2009
That includes store employees, wait staff at restaurants, gas station attendants, etc. Basically if the person is being paid to help you, you need to be nice to them. You need to remember that while you chose to get up and drive to the mall at 6am, they have been there since 5am and would rather be in bed. But since they have bills to pay, here they are working in retail (or the food service industry) at the worst time of year to work in retail (or the food service industry). And as someone who worked at the mall for 10 years (4 of those in a Christmas store) and in the food service industry for 4 years, I can say that peace on earth and goodwill toward men is one of the nicest things you can give your cashier or store employee this time of year. That and patience; you will only be in line for another 10 minutes tops, your cashier has another 5 hours till their shift ends. So be nice and have a happy shopping...I mean holiday season! :)
No back to our regularly scheduled post! Which just happens to involve shopping as well! I figured since today is the second biggest shopping day of the year (in real life, not online) that I would use this opportunity to "pimp" my friends and family's Etsy stores. :) So here we go, a Selections collage of my friends and family (and me!).
Happy shopping everyone!
P.S. For more information on my many family members' Etsy pages, please check out my Etsy profile here => Autumn2May's Profile
Thursday, November 26, 2009
- God's love and grace
- My family (as a whole)
- My husband and kids (especially!)
- My friends
- That I have a nice place to live
- That my husband has a job and I can stay home with my kids
- And of course that we have good food to eat!
And on that last note, I give you a special Thanksgiving edition of my Saturday Selections (even though it's Thursday). Today's theme is the center piece of most Americans' Thanksgiving dinner: the turkey!
I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful weekend!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
artwork by d. scheirerAnd before you ask, no I didn't plan on featuring him on Tuesday on purpose, it just kinda worked out that way. :) So what is so unique about the artist's watercolors that it caught my eye in the first place? Well I would like to say it was his beautiful, realistic still lifes (we'll get to those later), but actually it was a cute little whale. :)
Whales Series - Kelp PrintThis little guy stole my heart as soon as I laid eyes on him! He looks so curious; so intent on whatever it is he is looking at. And not only is the little whale cute, but he is living in a beautifully alive underwater world! I must say here, that painters amaze me. I have a fair amount of drawing ability, but as soon as I bring paint into the picture things go south VERY quickly. The fact that the artist could create such a simple yet complex piece with just a few colors is completely incredible to me! It's hard not to imagine the fish swimming in and out of the kelp, that is slowly swaying in the deep ocean currents. And I'll admit, I'm jealous; both of the painter for being able to create this cool underwater world, and of the whale who is able to live in it. :)
And if you like this little guy, the artist has created a whole series of paintings of him and his other whale friends. Here is one of the other paintings in this series that I love.
Whale series - 'Hot Air Balloon Festival' 8x10 PrintI am afraid of heights, but ever since I was little I have always wanted to go up in a hot air balloon. I don't know if I ever will, but I do love watching them fly! Apparently after watching all of the balloons take off, the little whale got bored (or hungry) and decided to see if anything interesting was going on below. :) You can just see his tail about to slip into the briny deep. I love the colors in this one too; the green and the blue set each other off perfectly!
Now after discovering this cute little whale, I went and check out the rest of the artist's shop. I might have come to the shop to see the little whale, but I stayed to see these still lifes.
Shells and Sea glass - Framed PrintThis picture is stunning! I lived by the beach in New Jersey for main years, and this still life looks exactly like what you would pull out of your pocket, after a successful beach combing trip! My sister actually collected sea glass for many years, though I'm not sure if she still has them all or not. When I look at this piece, I can almost smell the salt air and feel the grit of sand on the table. :)
One more before we say adieu.
Japanese Lanterns - Original WatercolorThis piece reminds me of the fall. Even the way it's lit brings to mind an afternoon in autumn where the daylight is fading quickly and a chill is starting to creep into the air. The lanturns seem to be almost weightless, just like a crunchy fall leaf that can be quickly blown away in a cool light breeze. I will add, as a side note, that those Japanese Lanterns do (in real life) make really cool crunching sounds when you squish them, but your mom will probably get mad at you if you try it. :)
Tomorrow's seller makes cute little animals. ::Hint - She uses felt and polymer clay!::
P.S. For more information on today's featured seller, please check out their Etsy profile here => studiotuesday's Profile
3 Felt Sushi Rolls with Pickled Ginger and Wasabi Pincushions or Display PiecesI've been working on these piece off and on for a couple of weeks and I decided yesterday I was going to finish them today come hell or high water! And I finished! I think they came out cute. :) Okay back to work before the kids wake up!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Why am I telling you all this? Well because for the last 3 years my mom (and our relatives) have been finding (and saving) things for us to sell on Ebay when we got the time to do it again. So my mom has boxes and boxes of cool stuff just waiting to be posted! But I was thinking, maybe it would be fun to try posting some of the stuff on Etsy and see what happens. So I did! Last night I posted a cool vintage Lucite purse!
Vintage Marbled Lucite Box Purse with Clear Carved Lucite TopI actually have another one of these. Well not exactly the same, but same kind of style. You can see pics of it on my flickr here along with some more pics of the first purse.
I've heard that vintage sellers can do very well on Etsy, and I guess we shall soon see. I actually have a whole box of stuff my mom gave me to work on. I'll see if I can get some more posted before Thanksgiving. Oh and once again, I'm sorry about missing my today's feature. My life seems to have run away with me! I'll do my best to get some awesome sellers posted this week!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Crochet!See even their banner is cute! :D Okay, okay, I'll get on with it. With all the adorable pieces in this shop, it was actually kind of tough to narrow it down to just a couple items. But this first one was a no brainer.
Safety Cone is There for YouMeet Safety Cone! He is constantly on patrol to make sure you stay safe. He might be small but he has a big heart! :) And while the original Safety Cone is cute all by himself, he has some friends I'd like to introduce you to as well!
See I bet you thought you couldn't get cuter then a crocheted Safety Cone; but you were wrong! Introducing Safety Cone wearing a sombrero and Snow-Proof Safety Cone! :D The best part about these two is their hats are removable, so you can turn them back into regular Safety Cone, just like that! There are many more of Safety Cones friends to collect and play with, but I must move on.
Since Thanksgiving is exactly a week away, how about we look at some turkey day food next?
Crochet Smiling Jellied Cranberry Sauce right out of the canThis little guy reminded me of Thanksgiving as soon as I saw him! :) When I was young, I thought that cranberries were shaped like tin cans. And I could never figure out why it was called cranberry sauce when obviously it was some sort of jello. Of course I now know that cranberries are round, but it does seem that my family is not the only one, to have a plate of can shaped jelly on the table every Thanksgiving! :)
And what Thanksgiving would be complete without some Pi!
Pi - Crochet PlushI know mine wouldn't, but that's cause I married (and am related to) a bunch of math geeks! I'm sure you probably have the more traditional "pie" on your table and so do I. My pie just happens to be baked in a pie dish with 3.14159265... written around the outside edge! XD Silly math geeks. :)
Okay, while I have to say that I am in love with most of these cuddly creations, I would be neglecting my duty as a reviewer, if I didn't show you this last piece.
Spiced Apple Cider Owl Soap with Crocheted ScarfAlong with the cute crocheted creations, our featured artist of the day also makes adorable owl soaps, complete with little crocheted scarves! :) This one looks like it smells especailly yummy! Apple cider is one of my favorite fall foods...er...drinks. :) As a matter of fact, you can't see it, but I'm drinking spiced cider as I type! ;)
Tomorrow, we head away from yarn arts for a bit, and move on to paintings. ::Hint - Tomorrow's artist works with watercolors!::
P.S. For more information on today's featured seller, please check out their Etsy profile here => EternalSunshine's Profile
Monday, November 16, 2009
It turned out to be pretty fun! It's neat revisiting my favorite shops and seeing what their latest projects are. And it's lots of fun (to me anyway) to try and pick out a couple of my favorites from their shop, and tell everyone else why they are my favorites. It's like show and tell everyday! :D So anyway, I thought that would give you guys who have recently started following me an idea of why I keep doing this. And I guess the answer is, because it's fun! :)
Okay enough of me talking, on to our featured seller of the day! Today's seller works with both polymer clay and yarn, just not at the same time. :) Their shop is called:
The Incredible Inedibles - Custom Crochet DesignsSince the last three featured sellers have been crocheters or knitters, let's start out with a look at one of the artist's crocheted pieces.
PLAYTIME DONUT DUNKERSDonuts are one of the downfalls in my life. If there is a box of donuts anywhere I can see or smell them, then I am going to have one (or two, or three)! These delicious looking desserts however are completely calorie free! And they are likely to last much longer then a similar stack of their baked relatives. I think the tan donut with the pink icing is my favorite. I'd like to think that it was a vanilla donut with strawberry frosting, but I guess it's up to the child that plays with it which flavor it will be! :)
If that got your mouth watering, then you might want to turn away, because the next couple of pieces are even more delicious looking!
SWEETHEART CAKE PENDANTNow this piece is obviously one of the polymer clay creations. But if you didn't know it was clay, I bet you would have thought it was real! And if it wasn't sitting on a fork, I bet you would have thought it was a lot bigger too! Yes that is an actually fork used for eating! This cake is actually a pendant, the perfect eye candy (or cake) to wear with your sweetest outfit. :) I love the little kiwi slices, they are too yummy!
And if you aren't hungry enough to eat a whole cake, then how about a cupcake?
SWEET CAKE PENDANTWho among you could resist this scrumptious mini cupcake, complete, with a cherry on top! The chocolate frosting looks so real, that it seems like you could take a finger full off the edge when no one was looking! Yum!
Alright enough food! This post is making my tummy rumble. :)
124 Cupcake Lane - The Town of SweetsvilleThis piece is just as sweet as the others, but in an "Aww! How cute!" kind of way instead of "I could eat about four of those!" kind of way. :) It has all you could ever ask for in a cupcake house:
- Gingerbread door, for easy access to the interior.
- Frosting covered chimney, to let the steam from your baking out.
- Red and pink striped roof, so you always know which house is yours.
- Pink shutter on the window, in case of freak powdered sugar storms.
- And a beautiful candy flower bush, to add beauty to your home!
While a cupcake house might not be for everyone, it does have one advantage over regular housing. You know for a fact, that you'll never go hungry! :)
Tomorrow, we will feature our last crochet shop for awhile. ::Hint - They make amazingly cute animals and food!::
P.S. For more information on today's featured seller, please check out their Etsy profile here => pukashell's Profile
I did get some cool fall pics posted to Flickr last night though. You can find them here, or just click on the Flickr widget in the side bar of my blog. :)
Okay time to get dinner started before naps end!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Today's seller is also a very talented crochet artist who makes equally cute plushie characters. Her shop is called:
A hook, a skein, and a wild imagination!So what kind of cool and cute creations can be found in this unique shop? Well how about a slice of toast with his own blog! :)
The Original Mr. Toastee - Crochet Bread and Butter PlushieYes, this beautiful slice of crocheted bread is toasted to perfection and proudly displaying his pat of 100% pure butter. But not only is he handsome, he is also a talented web author! You can read about his adventures at The Adventures of Mr. Toastee and Friends! Mr. Toastee is also available in rye and whole wheat, for those of you who prefer a healthy alternative to white bread. :)
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and I'm sure our next guest will be at most of your homes this year.
Mr. Turkee - Plush Turkey Leg KeychainI love turkey legs! They are the best part of the turkey; hands down! Growing up there were three of us (until my twin brothers were born) and as you know turkeys only have 2 legs. This ALWAYS posed a problem. I have never figured out how, but my middle brother Steve ALWAYS managed to get one of them. Leaving me and my sister (and later my younger twin brothers) to fight over the remaining leg. To this very day, Steve always seems to walk away from the carnage of the family buffet with a turkey leg proudly displayed on his plate. And I always hate him for it. :) This cute keychain is perfect for those of us who love turkey legs, but never seem to be fast enough to get one. :)
Well so far we've covered breakfast and dinner, how about some dessert?
Happy Happy Ice Cream Cone - Lemon SorbetThis ice cream cone is very happy. Why? Because he is made of yarn and won't ever melt! Now granted he probably doesn't have to worry too much about melting this time of year, but it won't be winter forever! Besides what color is sunnier and happier then lemon yellow? Definitely a very yummy (and happy!) treat. :)
Tomorrow's featured seller creates sweet treats! ::Hint - They crochet and work with clay!::
P.S. For more information on today's featured seller, please check out their Etsy profile here => yummypancake's Profile
In crafting news, I promise you (and me) that I will get my sushi rolls posted this week! :) I also need to finish that Hufflepuff ornament that I started FOREVER ago. Okay time for bed.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Have a great weekend everybody. I'll see you tomorrow, with our next Featured Seller of the Day!
Sorry I'm getting side tracked; back to today's featured seller, who's shop is called:
Prim and PlushAs a geek by association, I love the world of geekery! I know a lot about bits and pieces of it, but mostly rely on my geeky friends and family for the really in depth stuff. However I do not need their help to fall completely in love with the creations in today's shop. What could be so cool, cute, and geeky to have such universal appeal? The answer: plushie molecules! :D
Mrs. Methane V2.0I bet for a split second, before you saw this picture, you thought that I was kidding didn't you? But, it's true! Today's artist has melded their love of science with their love of crochet to create adorable stuffed molecules! The piece above is Methane (CH4), which (according to the description) is "the simplest of all organic compounds." It is also pink and blue and purple and adorably cute! :D
Mr. Ethanol (drinking alcohol)This is a cute version of ethanol (CH3CH2OH), or drinking alcohol. It's hard to imagine that this cute and cuddly little molecule, is the cause of so much pain and suffering, for those of us who on occasion get slightly carried away with its consumption. As a non-drinker myself, I would actually find this to be a great gift to give to someone with a hang over; but then again, I can be pretty snarky at times. ;)
Alright I'll leave the geekiness behind for just a second, as I need to show off one of the cute non-geek pieces this seller has to offer.
Lots of Love BearAlong with amazingly cute molecules, this seller also makes amazingly cute teddy bears! :) This one is my favorite! I love the little "loves" surrounding the bear, and the big pink heart she is squeezing. I'm also slightly partial to this one, because one of my favorite teddy bears as a kid was a polar bear. :)
One more molecule before we go. This one is my hands down favorite. Drum roll please!
Cup of WaterIt's a cup of water (H2O)! :D This is one of the coolest geekery pieces on Etsy! And on top of the idea being super cool, the execution of the water molecules and even the mug are perfect! This one is on my Christmas list! ;)
Tomorrow we'll be looking at another crocheter. ::Hint - They make cute food plushies!::
P.S. For more information on today's featured seller, please check out their Etsy profile here => Primandplush's Profile