Once again, I'm pleasantly surprised to find my Organizer Wristlet (Monaluna Birds Yellow) in this lovely treasury with a "pumpkin yellow" thematic colour.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I've been wanting to work with brass & copper materials for quite sometime now, and finally managed to get some supplies to work on. Amongst the first few pieces that I worked on was this piece of Memory Heart Necklace.
The reason why I like brass & copper materials are because of the "vintage style" look it lends to any pieces made with them! In the above picture, again I used the same method of taking picture of my necklace against the mirror. I simply love my "new-found" photography method! lol....
A matching earring is made for the necklace.. but, I cant quite find a "matching" name to it, since there's no "heart" on it. The name Pink Sugar comes easily enough, as the crystals are milky pink, and really resembles yummy sugar treats! However, the name is a tad too "sweet" for my personal preference, as I'm not quite the sweety-pie type of gal. *grin* But, I'm sure this sweet thing will be "delighting you always" (copying Canon here) EVERYDAY! Don't you agree this simple & lighthearted earring is great for everyday wear?
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
A little something about the seller:
Tourmaline Rose, as the name suggests, was made with (watermelon) tourmalines, and a fine silver rose charm, on a sterling silver 18.5" chain.
I love the actual colour of these gemstones, with fuchsia centre, a clearer outline, followed by green outer lines. Resembles the colour of watermelon indeed! It's amazing how nature can come together like that :D
For a long time now, I've always wished I have someone to model my necklaces for me while I took a snapshot so that my customers can have a better idea how it'll look when worn. Somehow I never really tried any other methods, until last week when I decide to experiment on taking the pictures on myself using a mirror.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I am ADDICTED to scrapbooking and would LOVE to help others fill up their albums!! Scrapbooks are such a UNIQUE and BEAUTIFUL way to preserve precious memories for our families and future generations!
I create premade scrapbook pages ~ either purchased in my shop or customized upon request.
I also would be HAPPY to create a complete scrapbook album filled with gorgeous pages just for YOU upon request!!
~ I LOVEloveLOVE requests! ~
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I've seen some "cookie shops" on Etsy, but this is the 1st time I come across a "dog bakery" hehe... it's just fun & interesting to look thru the various treats available.
Too bad I don't have a dog... but if you do, you may wanna give your pooch a treat soon! ;)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Are you getting married soon, or planning about it? If you're nowhere near to preparing the invitation cards etc, then check out Golden Hill Design, which features modern/classic & elegant designs, that's simply BEAUTIFUL!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I'm a single mom to a wonderful 9 yr old girl and a fabulous 5 yr old boy. They keep me on my toes, but I love every minute of it.
Wishing Tree Creations helps support us and allows me to let my creativity flow. I sell my creations at local craft fairs, and in our Waldorf school shop. I'm very excited to be a part of Etsy.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Time flies...really. It seems like yesterday when I was preparing to hold a sale, and it's now the last 2 days of the sale already!
Anyone who enters this shop will fall in love with it! Well, if you're anything like me, hehe.... I just love how cute & whimsical are the items & designs in this shop.
I used to think how I'd love to be really creative, dabbling in this & that. Unfortunately, there's always a time constraint, opportunity constraint, tools, supplies & money constraints! haha... Anyways, those are just excuses! *grin*
Whenever I came across something that touches my heart, I'm just impressed by the creativity & effort that the person has put in. Can you imagine, these are actually hand-drawn & hand-carved by the seller herself? It must be so fun....I hope it's not painful! lol...
Check out this shop soon...*WARNING* don't drool! :D
Friday, April 17, 2009
I love painting on silk.My passion is producing hand painted batik(a wax resist dyeing process) for home decor,fashion,soft furnishing purpose,multipurpose,sewing, etc.Due to demand request for my hand painted works 3 years ago,I became a supplier for hand painted products of batik.And I started to accept orders on sewing projects such as cushion cover,curtains,skirts,etc.Also offering handmade paper goods with batik painting and batik fabric to suit your needs.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
We've put off buying a flat cus the prices were still so high last year. Thankfully, it's starting to show signs of a dip lately. However, will we have enough time to catch it at its lowest "best"?
My grandfather, Richard Wenzel Pranke was an art professor in Slovakia, and my father,a well known Quebec artist Walter W. Pranke, were my first motivators that inspired me at a very early age.
My art education began at the age of 10 when I created a 32 sq ft mural for a school project.
Because of my family's heritage in the love of
arts, I studied numerous art literatures, volumes of artists work and other forms of media to develop my skills.
Thanks to my father and my devotion to painting I continue to grow as an artist.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
A little something about the seller:
Inspired by happy dancing people, impulsive flashes of beauty, midsummer-night forest magic, travelling without destination, spots of a leopard & LoveLoveLove of course...
We create clothes and accessories for the inner spirits wandering in the fields of fluorescent fantasy, right across river from the psychonaut-launchpad to outer mindscapes.
We are dead serious. About quality.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
A little something about the seller:
I like hand piecing, hand appliqué and hand quilting. I don’t know how to machine sew and I don’t have a sewing machine, but I am not sorry for that. I don't like the machine stitched on the quilts. I like the rustic feel of hand quilted quilts and I find the time spent in hand quilting to be soothing. The motion of stitching is very calming to me and during these quiet moments I can get in touch with my thoughts easily.
All the items in my shop are 100% hand-stitched. I don’t use a sewing machine. And all the fabrics I use are pre-washed cotton. Please feel free to contact me about any of my items.
I've held 2 sales before, but strangely... I never got a single sale during my "sale" period! lol...
Monday, April 13, 2009
A little something about the seller:
MY DESIGN PROCESS
I love drawing and this is where my designs come from,I always try to have a pen and paper handy just in case I have a new idea.The nooshka owl was actually created while watching my daughter play at the park.I constantly have my eyes on the look out for ideas,it could be someone who is wearing an odd color combo that "just works" or I might like a characters expression or cute clothes in one of my daughters books.I usually have one small quirky idea that I want to put into a piece and it just grows from there.
MY SECRETS OUT
I was still receiving dolls as Christmas presents until I was 14, though I wished it where longer.It was a little secret of mine, so making dolls is like revisiting my childhood.
I love the whole process of making my dolls, from choosing their names and creating their characters.In some way I feel attached to everyone but knowing that they are going out to good homes where someone will love and enjoy them makes me happy and want to continue to make more.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Print five to ten sets, wrap with a beautiful ribbon and you will have a very sweet present for mother's day!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
For our recent trip to Taiwan, we had initially booked a free & easy package through a travel agency here (airfare + hotel). However, our agent told us that he can't guarantee that we may get the hotel of our choice, as it was peak season.
With 2 kids in tow, and not sure if we can get rooms easily elsewhere, I finally agreed to this arrangement. To cut the long story short, Star Beauty's BEST room, is spacious, and has a LARGE pool-like bath tub with jacuzzi & sauna features. Our kids love this, but we don't quite like the room, nor the hotel...as it gives the impression of a "love hotel", not suitable for family with kids! :( And, imagine the hassle of packing/unpacking twice just because of the hotel's blunder, when it was already our last 2 night's stay in an otherwise perfect 9 days trip to Taiwan.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Aww...aren't these the cutest little bears that you've ever seen?? And, do you have any ideas what they are actually? I had no clue initially...well, they are actually little brooches!
Hm...from the look of it, they seems to be another needle felted project (correct me if I'm wrong) And, they are such "intelligent" little creatures too! *hint: read the descriptions :D They actually hold "serious" conversations with its maker ...lol....Now, that's what I call 'having fun' doing what you love!
All the way from Latvia....you gotta love 'em!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I'm on a roll now....with about 10 more Etsy shops to be featured! Hopefully I can keep up with this on a daily basis, hehe... but it's been fun "window-shopping" so far, and going thru the great shops which I've selected for the feature. So, dear readers, I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do :) Have fun...& here's presenting the 3rd featured shop: Meredith Fenwick :D
A little about the seller:
I am also making my way in the jewelry marketplace here on Etsy. I love Czech Glass beads and am building up quite a healthy collection! I work with sterling silver, antique brass and gunmetal.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
When I decided to make some for sale, I started to seriously acquire the skills. I read book after book to learn all the pop-up and paper engineering tricks.
A TINY ACCIDENT
I needed a lot of scrap paper for practicing. To skimp on paper, I made the cuts smaller, and smaller, and smaller, and suddenly realized how cute smaller cuts were. I then decided that it was going to be my signature style.
AN ILLUMINATED ACCIDENT
One day, I made an experiemental cliff cut, and casually put it on my scanner. When it was time for bed, I switched off the light. Lo and behold! My cliff was lit up amazingly blue by the scanner's power button from under! The idea of adding LEDs was thus born.
Never underestimate small accidents. They can leave tremendous legacies.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Please note, teeth have to be on the inside for the pouch to zipper close. :)
All monster pouches are one of a kind and each have their own personality!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
It's really tough to get into the "groove" of things again after a holiday! It's been 2 weeks since I came back, and I can't seem to be able to get my momentum back...lol
Saturday, April 4, 2009
This was taken from one of the MRT station, around 9am in the morning. The roads were still pretty "quiet"
We also visited a night market which was about 15mins walking distance from our hotel. Night market visits are a must for visits to Taiwan! Lots of things to see, and eat :D The atmosphere was really fun as there were simply so much buzz everywhere you turn. But, I cant imagine how it'll be like visiting such places in the heat of summer! hehe...
This is my favourite fruit snack! I only ate the strawberries...not sure what the others are...looks like cherry tomatoes to me. They are dipped in melted sugar, but it was already "frozen". So, biting into them, is kinda like biting into cold frozen sugar layer, into juicy sweet strawberries! Really *yummy* in the cold weather!
On our 4th day there, we took a bus from Taipei city, down into Puli (a small town in the Nantou County, central Taiwan). The bus ride took about 3 hours...and the above picture was taken from the bus. We passed by a lot of beautiful sceneries of "sleeping giants" (mountains) and valleys, rivers as well.
From Puli, we took another bus, up into the mountain, that brought us to Cingjing Farm area. At the bus drop off point, our homestay host, waited for us at the side of the road, and drove us to the homestay.
Really loved our homestay here (Star river, or Xing Guang Liu Yu) for the awesome & breathtaking scenery here. It sits about 2400m above sea level...so you can imagine, the cool fresh air!
This is Cingjing Farm...really one of the most beautiful regions I've ever seen. It was dubbed the "little Switzerland" of Taiwan. I can imagine why! :D
We stayed 1 night at Cingjing, and the next day, a van arranged for us by our homestay host, took us down to our next destination, Sun Moon Lake. It was about 1 and 1/2 hour drive away from Cingjing...and is around 600m above sea level.
The next morning, we had a leisurely morning stroll along the lakeside trail, which took us about 45-60 mins.
This was at a local school, which our homestay host's son attends. We asked if we could take a look at the school.
They kindly drove us there the following day, and we were really impressed! I've no idea how big is the school in all, but it was really BIG! lol...and the area that we covered (again another slow & leisurely 1 hour walk) was just 10% of the whole compound! Trees & mountains, and large grass areas covered the entire place, and it looked like we were taking a walk in a botanical garden, or some mountain resort! hehe...
This was one of the admin office that we saw. Amazingly, we didn't see a single student or teacher the whole time we were there. The only people we saw were some workers working in the garden, the security guard, and a few others that were doing some fixing/maintenance work.
Finally, this was taken with our homestay host at Laurel Villa (Gui Yue Chun) in Sun Moon Lake. From left: Wayne, his mom, Rick (their younger son), Kasumi, Hans, myself, Natalie & Layminto.