Thursday, 31 July 2008

DnJDichroicArtGlass Story:

You may have noticed there has been a slight gap in features lately but I have been working with people on something special:
I have been asking for people to share their stories behind Etsy and what Etsy has done for them and some of the responces has been brilliant!
I have chosen this story (and another which will hopefuly be put online in a few days time) because it tells people why Etsy is s brilliant in what it does and shows that people really do care about their shop and products.

DnJDichroicArt Glass has become an outlet for my need to still be me.

I am a stay at home mom to four beautiful daughters. Parenting is my first priority and full time job so putting my own personal needs and wants on the back burner has become a way of life. Creating has been a way to still be Deedee.

(My four daughters from youngest to oldest, Morgan 3, Hannah 5, Katelyn 8 and Tara 20. )

DnJDichroicArtGlass has become a way to use my creative side and express myself as well as be the best mom and teacher to my children that I can be. My girls are always with me and creating their own little pieces of art, through drawing, painting, creative play and self expression.. I’m always saying to my girls make it your own: it’s yours and it can be anything you want it to be in any style any color and any size.

Art is helping my children to build self esteem, hand eye coordination, thinking skills, problem solving skills and in general building a solid foundation for their future. I’ll always remember walking through the stores with my now three year old and she wasn’t noticing the toys per say but the colors and the shapes and the sparkle and shine of individual items as we pass by. My daughters watch me to take raw materials and turn it into a finished piece from start to finish and when they bring me something that they have completed instead of saying oh that’s nice, I like to say now can you tell me about this piece. It gives them the opportunity to then give as many or as few details about there work as they want with out me ever having to say, what is it?

And like my jewelry this allows all the pieces to fall nicely into place as we view the finished product for what it is. So first and foremost DnJDichroic Art Glass is my way of having an outlet to self expression and being a stay at home mom and being the best I can be in the world I live in. I’ve been a parent for over half of my life and have traveled through many stormy waters and calm seas as we all do, but when I lay my head to rest each night I know I have given my children the love they need and want, while still being me and hopefully bringing a smile to someone else face through a piece of jewelry I have made. Etsy offers me the opportunity in life to do what I love and be where I want to be. Thank you Etsy!

Saturday, 26 July 2008

A Big Hello To...

My mum met a BIG Etsy fan today at today's craft fayre, who buys lots of her gifts etc. on (of course), (good choice :) )
So a big HELLO to you if you visit LBOE blog when you get back home and thank you for all of your continuing subport.

Thursday, 24 July 2008


Oh yes, the LBOE booklets are all made and the bags are coming together really nicely.

We still need to make the bags but as you can seen half of them are already made and also helped by the wonderful donation from Ficklefaerie of her gorgous draw sting bags. The others are made from recycled matterial made by BaggyT's (my wonderful mother who is very good with the sewing machine) so LBOE is becoming more enviomentaly friendly :)

Inside each one are a couple of art cards, couple of advertisment post cards, 2-3 goodies, a bookmark and of course, LBOE booklet it self. So thank you guys for making LBOE2 the best yet! :D
As you can see I have around 60 LBOE! so if any of you are willing to pay for a bit of postage, you are most welcome to have a few yourself to give out however you wish. These will certainly keep me going for a while.
I am so excited about LBOE and even more so this time round. I cant thank you enough for all the help, support and excouragment and also for the little gifts you've been giving me. It means alot and has kept me going to make the 60 odd booklets.
I've also been experimenting to make LBOE even bigger and better to get the word out and also to give you guys a chance of earning a little bit more money. Will reveal more details vry soon, so watch this space...

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

My Interview With hmsdesign

Please can you tell us about yourself and your back ground?
My name is Helen Smith and I live on the lovely Wirral peninsula in north-west England. My former life was as a computer programmer until I escaped to become a full time taxi service to my children. I needed something to keep me sane and, as I had always enjoyed stitching I signed up for the City & Guilds Creative Embroidery course – which turned out to be a life changing experience (thank you Carole!).

Can you tell us a bit about your work

I am very much inspired by the natural forms and textures of rocks and shells and the colours of the beautiful sand and sea views we have hereabouts. I started to collect bits and pieces on the beach because I don’t really enjoy building sandcastles so I needed to look busy! And this collecting has since become something of an obsession for the whole family. From this it seemed a natural step to start including these finds into my stitched work. My most recent pieces have all been about working with this collection and the surfaces I create by adding colour and texture to layers of recycled paper.

and how did you start your Etsy shop?

Hmmm, Etsy. I read about the craft blogging phenomenon in Embroidery magazine so I thought I’d check a few out… and of course they were all talking about Etsy… and I thought, I could do that! It took me a little while to work out what form to present my work in and I started listing seriously at the beginning of the year. I consider my work to be quite a niche product so I have been pleasantly surprised by the reaction I have had so far.

What usually sparks off an idea?
That is a good question! It can be anything; something I have collected, something I have seen, a new technique I have learned. But it is always the natural colours and textures which inspire me. An idea will buzz around in the back of my mind for ages before resolving itself – I wish I were better at getting these half formed ideas down on paper because I’m sure I forget a lot of them – that is something I need to work on!

Please tell us about your latest products:

A new departure for me has been the sketchbooks I am making. When I was doing the City & Guilds course, something I looked for but never found was a sketchbook filled with different types of paper. So when I found I could get a gadget to do wire bindings at home that was the first thing I made for myself. Then I wondered whether perhaps other people would be interested… so I have listed a couple on Etsy to see.Another thing I am working on at the moment is a line of ‘Mermaids Treasure’ corsages; these are layered silk and lace flowers with the centre filled with pearls and beads and little seashore treasures. And I am expanding my range of Seashore Art to include more pieces ready for framing. Then there are all those ideas buzzing around at the back of my mind… I would like to do more work with silk paper… and with felt… watch this space!

Saturday, 19 July 2008

My Interview With tannerglass

Please you tell us about yourself and your back ground?
I had a strong artistic background as a child....I took lots of drawing and painting classes, and attended college with the intent to major in Fine Art. It was there that I was fortunate to have the opportunity to take glassblowing (my very last semester at Hartwick College in Oneonta NY in 1993), and was even more fortunate to be able to purse it as a career 5 years later.After finishing a 2 month long glassblowing intensive at Penland School of Crafts in 1998, I was offered a job as a glassblower in Rhode Island. And this is where I have been ever since.

Can you tell us abit about your work and how did you start your etsy shop?
I started Tanner Glass 9 years ago, with the notion that I wanted to make work that was fun, and practical to own. I started with bottlestoppers, bud vases and ornaments, and quickly expanded my line to include Oil Candles, larger vases, Pocket Coins and paperweights. As my line developed, the colors, shapes and styles became more lighthearted and fun.....and FUN.ctional Objects was born!Since opening my etsy shop in Feb 2008, I have expanded my line even include Cabochon work (handmade flat-backed pieces of glass). Keeping everything in line with being fun and practical.

What usealy sparks off an idea?

See above and practicality!

Please tell us about your latest products:

The glass cabochon work (magnets, paperweights, hooks) are all new. I am having fun taking beautiful papers (and in some cases, Fortunes), combining them with glass, and turning them into something a Leash Holder.

My bottlestoppers are what I am known for, but my Coin Bud Vases are my signature pieces.

Friday, 18 July 2008

My Interview With lann

Please you tell us about yourself and your back ground?

I am Lann, and am a student at the Appalachian Center for Crafts near Smithville, TN. I am a native Montanan now living in Tennessee. I share my shop with my partner in crime Matt (who does all the glass work). There is a vast variety of media in my shop ranging from jewelry, hand blown glass, to sculptures. I like to use both traditional and not traditional means to create unique objects.

Can you tell us abit about your work and how did you start your etsy shop and what usealy sparks off an idea?
I started my etsy shop to move some of my assignments out into the world. I am not exactly sure where my ideas come from, although I’m sure there is a reason why I make what I make. Sometimes I just start working and it comes to me. When I do plan a project it usually never comes out the way I initially intended it to.

Please tell us about your latest products:

My latest piece is a series of kangaroo rats jumping out of a wall entitled “Rat Race”. I love it because it is surreal; I have never seen a large group of rats just jumping in the same direction. It reminds me of seeing the Great Plains where these rats are natively from. I suppose that is also why I am working on prairie dogs now. The kangaroo rats: ( ) Thanks for your interest! - Lann

Craft fayre Today

Hi Guys :)
Ive got a craft fayre today down at Marizion School, by St.Micheal's Mount and im taking a few LBOE2 with me.
So I will do my best of getting them out and best of luck guys.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

My Interview With eliswoodgifts

Please can you tell us about yourself and your back ground?

I was born and grew up in New York City. I joined the Army at a young age and was in Europe during WWII. After the war, I married and am still married to a wonderful, supportive, beautiful woman. For years I worked as a carpenter and general contractor and my wife says I have sawdust in my veins. We have two children and four grandchildren who live nearby in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Can you tell us a bit about your work and how did you start your Etsy shop?
I retired some years ago but still couldn’t get away from woodworking. Soon after I retired, I spent many summers Green Mountains of central Vermont teaching summer camp crafts and woodworking. Woodworking has become not just my hobby, but my passion as well. It’s what keeps me feeling young.I find deep satisfaction in the beauty of the finished product in both the beauty of the woods I use as well as the functionality of what I create. Each item I offer is completely hand crafted (my hands) and I only use environmentally friendly woods (I do not buy rainforest wood or old-growth redwood). To bring out the beauty of the wood, I finished each piece with nothing more than layers of hand rubbed wax. I never use stains, dyes, or inks. While I originally worked out of my small shop in upstate New York I recently moved to southern New Jersey to be closer to family.For years I participated in many craft shows. As I have gotten older, it has become a bit more difficult to maintain the busy schedule I had in the past but I didn’t want to give up my passion. I still do to a couple of local craft shows but wanted to find an outlet where I could still offer my products. A friend of mine told me about Etsy and I quickly set up shop. While originally slow, I have seen things improving and am looking forward to a busy holiday season for 2008.

What usually sparks off an idea?
Anything and everything. I look for items that will bring out the beauty of the wood and I’m always on the lookout for something creative. I may see something intriguing and try to duplicate it. Someone may just make a suggestion and I’ll follow that. I have been “just making some of my products for years and can’t remember what led up to them. I’m always open to suggestions and if someone wants something custom made, I’ll certainly do my best to accommodate that request.

Please tell us about your latest products:

Many of my “newer” items are variations of products I have offered for some time. I have been making boxes for a while but am working on one with a rather unique “popup” top. I am working on unique mouse pads where each one will be a bit different in the woods used and grain patterns. That’s part of the beauty of what I do and offering things through my Etsy shop, changes, small and large can be immediately placed on the site and this is why I try to encourage visitors to check back often as I am never quite sure what I will be making tomorrow.

Saturday, 12 July 2008

My Interview With blackbirdletterpress

blackbirdletterpress: Fun, Creative and Professional Services. That's what Etsy is all about. I was so inpressed with this new comer to Etsy, I just had to show the world. Glade to have you on Etsy Blackbird Letterpress! :)

Please you tell us about yourself and your back ground?

We met last summer after Jess moved to Baton Rouge from Montana, where Kathryn lived for ten years before moving down to Bayou Country. Kathryn taught Jess a bit about letterpress, and after we worked together on a few projects, we decided to partner up to create a product line for Kathryn’s business, Blackbird Letterpress.

Kathryn was trained as a printmaker and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from Montana State University and an MFA in printmaking from Louisiana State University. When she was in grad school for printmaking, she taught a book arts class in a small letterpress/book arts shop. To do that, she had to learn the letterpress process well enough to teach it. As soon as she finished school, she came upon a C&P press in a town close by and bought it, along with a truckload of type (from another printer). She started her business in her friends’ house in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Jessica was an art major for two years in college and planned to specialize in graphic design. She ended up quitting the program and getting other degrees instead. She then attended law school in Oregon, where she seriously craved a creative outlet. She started carving this rubbery stuff into stamps and making cards. Next she began carving lino blocks, teaching herself the technique mostly from library books. When she moved to Louisiana with her boyfriend (now husband), she looked Kathryn up, and since then she’s been learning all about letterpress!

Can you tell us a bit about your work and how did you start your etsy shop?

Kathryn started her business in 2003 and printed custom invitations and announcements for several years. When she relocated to Baton Rouge last year, she printed some cards and began selling them at the arts market downtown once a month. For these cards, she carved four bird designs in linoleum. She also used a real-live vintage spirograph to make the designs she printed on mod patterned paper. Jess carved three bold fossil linocuts, as well as some funky seaflowers, taking inspiration from her husband’s love of fossils. After we had some product on hand, we decided it was time to open a shop on etsy and see what happened.

What usually sparks off an idea?

Kathryn—Hmmm, that’s hard to narrow down to one or two things. I am interested in the metaphors of birds and then really good bold color, pattern, & design, from historic quilts to contemporary textile/wallpaper design to narrative folk art.

Jessica—Nature, most often. I love to take something that most people don’t see or notice and turn it into a bold image or pattern. I also get inspired by patterns I see, whether it’s in leaves, iron work, fabric, or paper.

Please tell us about your latest products:
Our most unique and popular new items are our flags. Kathryn designed four images of blackbirds sitting on a wire, and we screen printed them on bright fabric and sewed them together in a long strand. They’re kind of like prayer flags—they change with time and look great inside or out. We applied the same idea to paper flags and created two strands of brightly colored flags—one features three bold fossil block prints and the other has sweet chocolate cakes printed on bright colors.

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Me Interview with whimsypics

This is where Etsy stands out and offers high quolity services. If you wish to buy a card/s, book or any altered items whimsypics is the best place to be!

Please can you tell us about yourself and your back ground?

My name is Melissa and I’m a SAHM to my 4 year old son, Ethan and 11 month old daughter, Ava. My husband, Henry, is my biggest supporter! I was born and raised in NY (just north of NYC) and moved to the Raleigh, NC area in December 06 to purchase my dream (for now) house. It was difficult to share an office space with my husband in our NY apartment. I started Scrapbooking when my son was born. He was born 10 weeks early and, while he was in the hospital, I made little books out of construction paper and used them as little scrapbooks to give friends and family. Since my daughter was born, it’s very difficult to find time to create. I take a long time to complete each project (and I hope it shows) but I hope that I’m able to find more time to create as she becomes more independent.

Can you tell us abit about your work and how did you start your etsy shop?

I absolutely love what I do! I started selling traditional premade albums on ebay about 4 years ago and as my style changed, I included altered art in my auctions. I did well there but I felt like the site wasn’t geared towards selling art (or craft) and I felt stifled. I found out about etsy in April of ’07 by reading the ebay forums! I opened up shop, listed one item, sold it and didn’t really come back. Then in January ’08 ebay announced some ridiculous changes so I decided to try etsy full time. I am so thrilled to be part of a community that understands, appreciates and values what I do! The etsy community is incredibly supportive and I’m so glad I found it.

What usealy sparks off an idea?
My ideas for themes tend to come from the paper and/or embellishments that I’m using. I love to alter things that would normally be thrown out and sometimes those things just ‘speak’ to me as well. For example, my dear sweet husband (who saves all of his garbage for me to alter) came to me with empty rolls of painter’s tape. I rolled my eyes and threw them into my ‘alterables’ drawer. But, a little while later, I got a pack of rub-ons and some coordinating paper and immediately thought ‘I’ll make a diorama with this and the painter’s tape roll’. I ended up making 3 dioramas with that paper and to this day, they are my absolute favorite thing I’ve ever done. My mother in law bought one of them and I’m so glad that I’ll be able to see it when I go back to NY to visit. I’ve altered empty bottles, altoids tins, boxes, hat boxes, paper bags, envelopes and other things I can’t think of right now. I’ve THOUGHT about altering almost anything that doesn’t walk! And I never throw anything out, just in case.

Please tell us about your latest products:
I just finished an album using acrylic for the pages. I was very intimidated, as the pages are all see-through but I listed it and it sold the same day! I guess I did ok. Right now I’m working on a summer themed album. The album itself is shaped like a pail and shovel you might use for digging in the sand. I’m excited to see how it’ll turn out! My albums are all one of a kind. I may use a paper line more than once but I never duplicate an album. I hope that all the love that I put into each of my creations is apparent to each of my customers.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Blog Updates

Yep, I've found a few moments today to achulary sit down and sort this blog out. This is all before the big day coming up in Aurgust, where i hope we'll gain alot of visitors to LBOE's blog.
Ive added a sponsored links (permantly in place, not changed weekly), a new Etsy link and a quick rearangment which I hope makes our blog look neater, more colourful and easier to look around.
Please let me know if you have any surjestions to make it look even better :)

Big Thank You For The Exposure:

Hi Guys,
I was borred while eatting my lunch (and trying not thinking how many lboe booklets i still have to make lol) so i typed in 'littlebookofetsy' in the serch engine and up came lots of links to other people's blogs etc. who have mensioned lboe and also put up links on their sites.
So thank you, thank you, thank you they really do help us all get the exposure we need and to get more customers to :)

Saturday, 5 July 2008

My Interview with shazzasknits!

shazzasknits even though it's Summer (well... it's suppose to be ;) ) knitted clothing is in and shazzasknits is a great place to be to get all your knitted fashion accesories on Etsy!

Please you tell us about yourself and your back ground?

My name is Sharon (Shazza) and I live in Tasmania which is an island state of Australia and am married with three children ranging in ages from 11 - 15. I learnt to knit when I was about 5 years old but I wasn't that good at it really so it was something that I did along with many other crafts including sewing, tapestry and cross stitch. I suddenly found myself unemployed when I was 17 and being a person who has to be busy I was extremely bored and needed something to fill in the long days. My dear mother suggested I knit a jumper so I did and something clicked, I was hooked and have been ever since. I was fortunate enough to finally land a job after my brief period of unemployment and my old boss knew that the job was quiet and very hard to fill in eight hours of work so he allowed me to knit while not busy, bliss! This was during the 1980's when a lot of people had given up 'crafting' and were intrigued by this 20 year old girl knitting and actually enjoying it. This led to many requests for jumpers, hats, gloves etc. which I soon realised was a great way to supplement my income. Eventually I got married and left work to raise my family, however that period in my life flew by and before I knew it they were in full time school and once again I started knitting for people but now it was a whole new ball game, internet access meant that there was a whole new world out there.

Can you tell us abit about your work and how did you start your etsy shop?

I design everything I make but basically knitting is based on a few traditional shapes that the designer works with to give it their own unique style. I love fashion from the 1960's and 1970's and so a lot of that period shows through in my designs. I used to sell at an outdoor market but winters in Tasmania are extremely cold and while I did alright I just knew there had to be a better way, if not a warmer way, to sell my knitwear. One day in early 2006 I discovered Etsy through a knitting blog, I loved it! Eventually I signed up and started my very own shop.

What usually sparks off an idea?

It can come from a picture in a vintage book or magazine, I quite often find a hat pattern in an old crochet book and decide to make a knit version as my crochet skills are minimal and I really do prefer the look of knitting. Colour is also a big influence especially with my childrens items, and sometimes I will have a customer ask for something and between us a new idea is formed.
Please tell us about your latest products:

I am constantly working on new ideas, some come to fruition while many others are stored away for another time maybe. My very latest designs are the Carnaby Street Cap and Beret range, these were inspired by an old vintage crocheted hat from the 1960's and of course the London street that was synonymous with 1960's fashion. I use a wool and alpaca mix for these which makes a lovely soft hat that works really well with the stitch design.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

My Interview With jaymeekae

Jaymeekae's work amazed me when I saw it, a classic 'How did she do that?'. The long exposures reminds me of my college days, I dore old buildings and her landscapes looks as though they have been plucked from her dreams and memories. Anyone can take a photo or draw a scribble but what makes a great photographer/ artist is someone who knows just what to add to make it alive with that added 'spark'. Therefore I encourage everyone to visit this truely amazing shop.

Please you tell us about yourself and your background?

My name is Amy, I’m a photographer and I’ve been living in London, England for almost a year. I never liked art in high school and I have vivid memories of being made fun of by my art teachers. I started a degree in computing which wasn’t working out too well and, when I discovered photography at the end of my first year, I knew I’d found my calling! After three months of the second year, I made the decision to leave. I had a few months out to travel and then I started a BA in Photography and Digital Imaging. I still believe this was the best decision I’ve ever made, even though I am now a jobless hippy.

Can you tell us a bit about your work and how did you start your etsy shop?

When I left university I worked for about 11 months as an interior photographer for an estate agent. It wasn’t a bad job but it really started to bore me, so when the whole department was made redundant a few weeks ago, I saw it as a chance to make a change! I’m trying to get into the fabulous world of being a genuine starving artist! I’ve set up this etsy shop and I’m also investigating the possibility of taking my work to markets and craft shows. I also had an offer of having a show in a gallery, so I’m exploring all kinds of avenues! Everything is very new at the moment, I need to promote myself more and start the sales rolling in!

What usually sparks off an idea?

Lots of things… as a photographer, just going out into the street is often inspiration enough. I like to use conversation to develop more involved project ideas. I find that ideas just go round and round in my head without ever being formed into anything useful unless I bounce them off some unsuspecting friend.

Please tell us about your latest products:

My “Non Space” series is the latest big project I’ve worked on. I was looking at ways to show a presence of something without actually showing the thing. At the time I was doing a project about a skate park when a friend of mine suggested attaching torches to the skaters to create trails of light through images in long exposures. The trails of light idea kind of ran and ran and I love the effect. There’s a certain buzzy, gritty feel to a long exposure image taken in a city at nighttime and the angular streaks of light add a sense of movement and presence that is mysterious and conjures up all kinds of ideas. I love that element of mystery and ambiguity.Watch this space for new projects and new prints!

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Calling LBOE Members: Summer = Summer fayres :D

hi guys
exciting news! in the local papers the local summer fayres are now poping up.
im going to be attending a summer fayre in marizion school which is right next to st.micheal's mount (a major tourist attraction) on the 18th. So ive been putting togther a few lboe2s to take some along with me :)
Also my mum is now taking part in the major fayre taking place on the 1st of aurgust so she'll be helping hand then out then on her stall. so lots and lots of exposure :D
I hope to do more fayres through out the summer holidays (MAJOR tourist season) and also through out december coming up to xmas.
so please keep your eyes pealed for me calling out for more etc. when they have all gone (lboe1 was very popular) and please, please keep in touch. it's always great hearing from you guys :)