Two post in one day? Impossible! But I could not resist since it goes with the *theme* for today. I love the current Etsy front page (click for larger view)!
After lusting after all of these sweet finds this past month, one would feel pretty guilty and dirty with naughty cravings because you know you want more! Here is a nice way to make that transition. The final sweets find for this month is danaesbathandbody.etsy.com. Sorry, you don't eat these either, or wear them, you lather yourself with them!
Cupcake fills your tub with lots of frothy, fragrant bubbles and releases cocoa butter into the bath water. You will leave the tub feeling soft, relaxed, and decadent.
Come to mama!!!!
I looooove doing Friday Flickr Favorites and I usually participate and post my faves on my Livejournal and MySpace blog, however this site doesn't get any love because I prefer to keep Friday for the Etsy Finds.
So I have made the executive decision to do Friday Flickr Favorites a day early! Thursday Thlickr Thavorites! No that doesn't sound right, I just can't think of a catchy name for it. Expect to see more of these. This week?
1. Sunday morning manoevres, 2. promises in the dark, 3. thrifty favourites, 4. Zuinji, 5. Hindi Red, 6. Maneki, 7. MAC for Fafi Fafinette Dolls, 8. osaka_walk 1, 9. Japan Pose Doll w/ doggie, 10. blacksburg reflections, 11. Coffee at Little City, 12. cute puffer fish ornament, 13. Flowers, 14. Purdie Birdie Pincushion, 15. earrings all done!, 16. haruda! haruda!, 17. Untitled, 18. Red Eye Tree Frog, 19. I Support Everyone's Troops, 20. Heart-sprinkled pink paper rolls, 21. Cedar-Riverside, 22. sigh, 23. Waiting for the sled to come, 24. dust off your f**k me pumps, 25. from my little garden :P
Created with fd's Flickr Toys.
Colors have been inspiring me more and more and I have loved photography ever since I was in junior high school. This is such a fun flickr toy to play with. You can look at an image on it's own and appreciate it but when you group it with other unique photos, it almost takes on a whole new look.
So I did it and today submitted myself for this year's Renegade Craft Fair. Now I have to wait until April 11th to see if I got in. It feels like a thousand years from now! I'm very excited about this, even if I don't make it, I tried and there will always be other shows. One of my goals for 2008 was to finally do a craft show. Ok I'm not gonna talk too much about this because I am a little superstitious and I do not want to jinx anything.
Oh! I just read today that this Friday, Etsy will be on Martha Stewart. I was very excited to read about this and can't help but think about the possible potential business it can bring, c'mon you can't help but think about it right??? So if you're around, make sure you watch! I unfortunately will be at work but I'm sure there will a YouTube clip of it surfacing from the EtsyLabs soon.
Lookie!!!! Someone let me use a paintbrush!!! You can click the image to go directly to the Etsy shop.
So how is everyone today? I have a yoga class tonight which I am so looking forward to. I'm also reading a new yoga book so I got a lot of yoga on the brain.
Om mani padme om.
UPDATE! I cannot keep this to myself. I am just so overwhelmed that I must share this. Have you visited Design For Mankind? This is a blog I came across recently and it has become one of my daily visits. Not only are the entries fabulous, but she also puts out a e-zine that is free to download!!!!
Click me to view! I already printed it out and read through it during my lunch break. Fabulous stuff!
You may (or may not) notice ongoing tweaking going on with this site (like the new "Vote For Pulp" rating system). Every day I love this blog more and more and just like with a child, you feel like it has so much potential and you want to bring out the best in it. I'm thinking about adding more weekly features to this site along with Friday Etsy Finds, there are six other days in the week after all. I have a few ideas brewing in my head, stay tuned for that!
I'm still wondering what to do with my life and where to go when I leave my job this summer. I don't know if I want to stay in Human Resources, I'm kinda burnt out on HR actually. I want to use this an an opportunity to do something different and actually pursue something that I am passionate about. I can't let fear and apprehension stop me. Of course I would love to just work from home and be my own boss but the Etsy shop isn't enough for me to get on by. I wish it was but I'm not quite there yet. I would love to blog for a living too, who wouldn't? :)
I got a lot of thinking to do.
On another note, let me share my latest Etsy purchase from Stoopidgerl...
It's her resin Sushi necklace, I'm not wearing it, I'm holding it with chopsticks. That's me trying to be witty, har-dee-har!
It is time to start thinking about the big craft fairs for 2008 and applications are now being accepted for the Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair this June. I really like to try to get in this year but I prefer to share a space and split the cost of the booth rental. Any takers? You guys know what I do and it doesn't have to be same thing, it could be something completely different. It's something to think about. :)
Usually I try to keep the FEF's to newer Etsy shops but how could I possibly have a "Sweets" theme month and not mention Robin's Jewelry Box???
These are INSANE! I see a lot of polymer clay charms and they're good, real good! It is definitely a skill I do not have. Robin's Jewelry Box really takes the art to a new level of mouth watering, taste bud tingleyness<--my word. Cakes, cookies, ice cream, and even healthier charms for you veggie lovers out there, but I'm not here to talk about vegetables! It's all about the sweet tooth.
What better to go with dessert than coffee? Cappachino? She's got it covered too. Grab your shopping cart and treat yourself to something decadent!
One of the things that comes up regularly at the Etsy forums is how to take good pictures of your items. How do you take close ups without it being blurry, how do you make the lighting work? We all know how important it is to have the best image of your item posted for sale. Recently I posted a pair of earrings and I just was NOT happy with the way it looked, observe:
This was taken at night in my bedroom at an art desk using the overhead lamp connected to the desk. There was MUCH photoshopping done to make the white background look not so yellow. I didn't use a flash because it made the blue beads glow. A lot of "curve" adjustments were made and I still wasn't happy with the buttery look. So I decided to retake them...
Much better don't you think? What a difference night and day make. The newer pictures were taken Saturday afternoon, also in my bedroom but beside the window. It was a very sunny day so I kept the blinds shut (not open, don't want TOO much sunlight) but the natural light was still pretty good. Once again, no flash used. A little tweeking in Photoshop with the brightness but not too much. So don't be afraid to experiment with natural light. Even if it is a cloudy day, sometimes overcast daylight can make colors look even richer.
Oh by the way, these earrings are listed here in case you're interested. :)
Here in the U.S. we had a holiday yesterday, President's Day, so I had a long weekend to just relax (hence the lack of entries since Friday). Relaxation and no stress. It didn't quite work out that way but I'm over it. Since there is nothing new with me, I have been doodling around and checking out my favorite blogs and wanted to share what some others have been up to...
I am a blogaholic but I am proud.
Also please note, I'm kind of in limbo with a new look for the site, so if it looks a little funky I apologize, this site is always a work in progress. :)