Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!



On this final day of 2008, I leave you with these thoughts...

BE THANKFUL.

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.
--Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

End of The Year Musings

This time of year, I always experience a little let down. The craft shows are over and I am faced with putting everything that did not sell away. I always begin to doubt that what I am creating is the right thing.

This year, it was worse than ever. I did one new craft show (established but new to me, that is)which was about what I expected. My two next shows that I had been doing for several years were only slightly down from last year, but my last show which has always been my best, was horrible. I only made about 1/4 of what I usually make! Call it a sign of the times, blame it on the ecomomy, the weather?

I saw a definite trend that what sold was very inexpensive items and jewelry. People seemed reluctant to spend money on decorations but would spend it on something they would use. I was not the only vendor who had a decrease in sales--this is not a whining fest!

I have been noticing the same thing on Etsy--a drop in sales. My shop had four sales in September, two in October, one in November and zero in December--Despite daily sales throughtout all of December, blogging, posting in the forums, etc.

Basically because of this, and because I had my first sale there (even though it was on surplus supplies), I have begun listing more items on Ecrater. I've moved my beaded art dolls there, because although they sold really well when I first started making them, I haven't sold one in some time now. I am also planning to be more aggressive with my own website which basically directs back to Etsy or Ecrater. I'm not planning to abandon Etsy (at least not yet)but I do think my shop needs to go in a new, fresh direction. As soon as I know the way....I'll let you know here!

In the meantime, take a look at my other sites--any feedback will be appreciated.

http://craftymoosecrafts.com
http://craftymoose.ecrater.com

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sunday Wisdom



Our talents are the gift that God gives to us...What we make of our talents is our gift back to God. -Leo Buscalgia

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Breathtakingbeadzz!

At first glance, I thought this shop was filled with lampworked glass beads. When I read on and realized they were polymer clay...they really did take my breath away!

This is a set of beads that consists of a large focal & 6 smaller heart beads.

This ceiling fan light pull is gorgeous!

I almost want to take up knitting again just so I can use these stitch markers!

Visit breathtakingbeadzz, here.

For my last special:

Make your own sale...30% off any one item in my shop, regular shipping applies. Here's a link.

This special expires midnight Christmas Eve (Dec.24th) Please put "blog sale" in notes to seller & I will send out a revised paypal invoice asap!

Happy Holidays Everyone and thanks for letting me show off your shops!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Art of MKanvinde

Here is a beautiful shop filled with original fine art--both paintings and prints. Everything is so colorful, again, I had a hard time picking just a few to show you. These are among my favorites:

"Elegant Poppies" Watercolor & acrylic.

"Underwater Magic"

"Dream Falls"

Visit MKanvinde, here.

My next special is:

$3.00 off this Log Cabin Decorative Birdhouse. Here's the link.

A word about the specials...They are not posted in my shop. You must put "blog sale" in notes to seller & wait for an adjusted invoice. They are good for one-day only! They expire when the next one is listed!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Here's Hippie Dippy Designs!

Today's feature is the Etsy shop, Hippie Dippy Designs, They have a nice variety of crocheted items, paper goods, houseware items, jewelry, and even a few pet items.

Every dog should be treated to a fashion collar from this shop! They'll be the envy of every dog on the block!

I just love the colors in this Scarfette!

Of course, I love the purple beads in this badge holder!

Visit Hippie Dippy Designs, here.

My next special is:

$5.00 off this pair of French Beaded Candle Holders. Here's the link.

A word about the specials...They are not posted in my shop. You must put "blog sale" in notes to seller & wait for an adjusted invoice. They are good for one-day only! They expire when the next one is listed!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Today's Feature is Alice77

Here's another Etsy Shop located in Italy. Alice77 makes jewelry and the cutest beaded crocodile you've ever seen!

Here's a green & yellow crocodile keychain. She has a wide variety of colors!

This is a really cute necklace with an oriental feel. Aren't the bird beads pretty?

I love the colors and variety in these cappuccino earrings.

Visit Alice77, here.

My special today is:

A crazy 50% off this lobster claw arrangement. Here's the link!

A word about the specials...They are not posted in my shop. You must put "blog sale" in notes to seller & wait for an adjusted invoice. They are good for one-day only! They expire when the next one is listed!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Featuring...Sumiko Shop!

Evelyn is the owner of the Etsy Shop, Sumiko, and she creates some of the cutest jewelry! She is located in Italy & has free worldwide shipping on anything in the shop this weekend. See her store announcement for details.

This "Love Bracelet" has an interesting double chain, pearls, hearts and a polymer clay rose...What more could a girl want!

This "Floral Gold Pin" is so pretty!

Here's an adorable "Rose Cake" ring that would make an unique birthday present!

Visit Sumikoshop, here.

My special today is:

$2 off this newly listed hand beaded brooch. Here's the link.

A word about the specials...They are not posted in my shop. You must put "blog sale" in notes to seller & wait for an adjusted invoice. They are good for one-day only! They expire when the next one is listed!



Friday, December 19, 2008

Countdown to Christmas continues with Brooke Bowen

Winter is fast approaching in the US...time to head on over to the Etsy shop Brooke Bowen to keep warm! All items are handknit by the shop owner.

Tired of wearing mufflers? Want a sophisticated look? How about this pretty cowl?

I love the color of these hand spun, hand knitted fingerless gloves!

Look at the pretty pattern on these fingerless gloves.

Visit BrookeBowen, here.

My special today is:

50% off this hand beaded parrot pin! Here's the link.

A word about the specials...They are not posted in my shop. You must put "blog sale" in notes to seller & wait for an adjusted invoice. They are good for one-day only! They expire when the next one is listed!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Feature about Skates!

Step into the Whimisical World of JMillie's Just For You! A delightful, relatively new, Etsy shopped filled with wonderful handpainted decorative ice skates. It was hard to pick only 3 to show you!

The snowman design is just the cutest! I love the red ribbon she used to lace up the skate, too!

This is a pair of pink & green Victorian Shabby Chic Skates trimmed with "fur" on top.

These are called Midnight Flurry & would be a great holiday decoration or leave them up all winter, even!

Stop by & visit JMillie's Just For You, here.

My next special is:

3 for 2 Sale: Buy two small birdhouses, get the third free! This is just one example. See them all here.

A word about the specials...They are not posted in my shop. You must put "blog sale" in notes to seller & wait for an adjusted invoice. They are good for one-day only! They expire when the next one is listed!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Hungry? Check Out This Feature!

Looking for some yummy goodies? Well, The Cupcake Mint may be just what you are looking for! This new Etsy store makes Vegan cupcakes to order. Just look at some of the selections:

I like the sound of these: Amaretto Lemon Buttercream! They even come with the sprinkles & the little umbrellas!

Two of my favorite flavors are merged together in these Cherry Vanilla Buttercream cupcakes.

You'll have to visit the store to see some more!

My special today is:

$10 off this French Beaded Ring of Roses. Here's the Link.

A word about the specials...They are not posted in my shop. You must put "blog sale" in notes to seller & wait for an adjusted invoice. They are good for one-day only! They expire when the next one is listed!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Memories For Life Scrapbooks!

Edi of Memories For Life Scrapbooks takes album making to the next level. She has been paper crafting for over 10 years, she calls it a passion, and doesn't shy away from custom requests either.

This 3D Star Shaped Photo Album is so unique & pretty! While this one is decorated for Christmas, she is able to customize them for any occasion. I see so many possibilities here--photos of your child's artwork, plays, or play acting!

Nothing could be sweeter than saving memories of your little one in one of these albums. What a great baby shower gift, and of course, it comes in blue also!

This has got to be the coolest & most unusual scrapbook that I have ever seen! Yes, it is make out of flip flops!

Visit Memories For Life Scrapbooks, here.

My next special is:

Buy 1 nonanimal beaded art doll, get 1 free! Olivia Pearl is just one example, here's a link to them all.

A word about the specials...They are not posted in my shop. You must put "blog sale" in notes to seller & wait for an adjusted invoice. They are good for one-day only! They expire when the next one is listed!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Continuing the Countdown to Christmas with Brown's Country Originals!

Enter the charming world of Brown's Country Originals! The Brown's are a husband & wife team who currently have paper mache and chalkware holiday figures in their shop. It's the kind of shop that makes me smile!

Who could resist this adorable paper mache snowman? Or his message for that matter! Whether you are seeking peace in the world or maybe in yourself, this cute guy with keep your thoughts on track.

Here's a sweet chalkware snowman pin to accent any outfit--sure to brighten any day!

How cute is this! I would love this all winter long.

Visit Brown's Country Originals, here.

Today's special is:

$2.00 off this decorative birdbath! Here's the link.

A word about the specials...They are not posted in my shop. You must put "blog sale" in notes to seller & wait for an adjusted invoice. They are good for one-day only! They expire when the next one is listed!



Sunday, December 14, 2008

Today's feature is the Etsy shop, Spinning Spools Quilts. This shop is only two months old, and you really should check it out--it's so much more than just quilts!

This Woodland Bloom Baby Quilt would make a great baby shower gift. I really like the patterns she machine quilted.

I really like this casual handbag--the colors are so popular, too!

What a great idea this Crayon Roll-up Caddy is! Just roll & your ready for a trip anywhere--it even includes 16 crayons!

Visit Spinning Spools Quilts, here.

My next special is:

50% off this Musical Concert Triptych Collage-Now that's a bargain! Here's the link.

A word about the specials...They are not posted in my shop. You must put "blog sale" in notes to seller & wait for an adjusted invoice. They are good for one-day only! They expire when the next one is listed!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Paper Affection

When I think of paper, I think of cards or flat art so I was pleasantly surprised when I looked at this shop and saw...Jewelry! Origami and folding jewelry to be exact. She treats each item with a glossy finish to extra durability. She does amazing things with paper!

Here is an adorable pair of holly earrings--just right for the holidays!

With Valentine's Day around the corner, I just had to show you this Aqua Winged Heart Necklace. This would be a unique and cherished gift for that special someone or even yourself!

I'd be remiss if I didn't show at least one of her more traditional origami designs. This design is called, " Silver Arabesque". Think Christmas tree ornament, decoration, suncatcher, review mirror fob--the possibilities for these are endless, and there are many more in her shop!

Visit Paper Affection, here.

My next special is:

$5.00 off any Animal beaded art doll. This panda is just one example. There are many more in my shop. Here's a link.

A word about the specials...They are not posted in my shop. You must put "blog sale" in notes to seller & wait for an adjusted invoice. They are good for one-day only! They expire when the next one is listed!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Check out this giveaway!



Check out this fabulous giveawy over at The Paper Place! That's a whole lot of paper!

I came across this just as I was reading about origami with a view to trying it! How's that for synchronicity?