Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tuesday Treasuries: Lavender and Goldenrod

Lavender and Goldenrod curated by BrittanyLeighJewelry

Treasury Created by RNEST Member:
Twinkle curated by BrittanyLeighJewelry

Treasuries Featuring RNEST Members:
Hot Summer featuring MyBabyParty
Pastel featuring MyBabyParty
All About Wine featuring ArtNMetal
Cow Print featuring ChristineAndCoDesign
Blue Sky featuring ChristineAndCoDesign
My Favorite Condiment featuring CircuitBreakerLabs
Gift Ideas featuring MetalSomeArt
Escape featuring MetalSomeArt
Beautiful Glass Baubles featuring HeatherBehrendtGlass
Below the Sun featuring HeatherVitticore
Domino Effect featuring InMyHeadStudios
Happy Summer featuring JonelleMaira
Chat Noir featuring JWphoto
Feeling Bookish featuring LisaJaneSmith
Go on… Just Do It! featuring LoveLivePray
Subtle Day featuring LynnSchaferDesigns
Stars- Not Only in the Sky featuring MakingTheNestOfIt
Minimalist featuring MyBonnyMonAbri
ArtOfEricGunty Just Married featuring BusyBBoutique

Monday, July 28, 2014

July's Featured Artist: Moya Lazy Factory

Name: Jina Park
Business Name: Moya Lazy Factory
Etsy Shop:

Social Media:

Age: 48
Profession/Day Job: Mother
Where in/around Rochester do you live? Brighton
Craft(s) of Choice: small fabric goods

Did you go to art school or are you self taught?
 I studied graphic design in college in Korea.

What’s your first craft-related memory?
When I was 13, my father gave me a red heart shape tin with a candle in it. At that time in Korea it was an extremely rare, fancy thing. I was so happy to have that candle, many of my friends wanted to have that. One day I found out I could make heart shaped candles with the tin as a mold. So, my younger brother and I melted white, house-hold candles and added crayon for color. Finally we made about 20 of them. But it looked so different.

How did you get started with Etsy?
I used to make my kids Halloween costumes and stuffed animals for present. Soon some friends asked me to sell and a friend told me about etsy.

In your creative life and work, of what accomplishment are you most proud?
 Last year, I won an Artist Row award for best in category. It was a big surprise!

What inspires you, or makes you want to go dashing off to craft?
Conversation with my kids, joke around, giggling with funny stories, kids books, movies give me ideas!!!!

What influences your creativity?
Day dreams, taking everything literally.

What does your workspace look like most of the time?
 Of course always very very messy. I am a natural born messy person.

What (if anything) do you like to watch/listen to while you create?
Pod cast!! About books, movies and politics. Mostly those are Korean pod cast, but often I switch on CNN or NPR too.


If you could add to your craft/art line, what would you like to add?
Ceramics! I want to make ceramic dolls and animal figures.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in selling your work? 
Pricing. Most people think small stuff should pay less. But my dolls are all hand stitched, takes time.

What do you love about your craft?
People who visit my booth, they always smile while they watch my stuff. I love to watch them smile. That smile makes me happy.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Treasuries for Warm Summer Days By the Sea Shore

Warm Summer Days curated by BetsyOnClover (SunshineOnWater)
By the Sea Shore curated by JustEggsquisite
Treasuries Featuring RNEST Members:
Monkeying Around featuring TheWhimsicalSweet
So-ohhh Sweet featuring VeryMuchAliveShop
Blue Lagoon featuring TheKnottyOwlShop
Star Struck featuring TheKnottyOwlShop
It’s Summer! Travel! featuring TatteredPearls
My Miracle Washer Finds featuring SunshyneSilverwear
Celebrate the Blue Planet featuring SugarAndType
Find Your Own Way featuring SewIndieShop
At the Carnival featuring SchumArt
Campsite Wedding featuring SchumArt
Western Vibe featuring RinaMiriam
Happiness is Your Favorite Thing featuring RinaMiriam
Great Garnets featuring PuccoonRaccoon
Teal We Meet Again featuring PoetCharms
Take Me Back to the Seventies featuring PoetCharms
Welcome to My Bleutopia featuring PeachesProducts
Gothic or Black featuring NightOfJoyVintage
Oceans of Blue Neckwear featuring MFcrafts
Blue Life featuring JustEggsquisite

Thursday, July 17, 2014

June/July Team Challenge: "To The Sea"

We had some technical difficulties last month with the poll, so we've extended the "To The Sea" challenge into July.  

Take a look at all the contestants and then cast your vote in the poll below!

(Deadline to vote is by 11:59pm on Monday, July 21st!) 
The artist whose item receives the most votes gets their Etsy Mini on the top spot on the blog!

Let's take a look at the contestants...

Teeny Tiny Aquarium Charm Bracelet by ChristineandCoDesign

Whale Tail Earrings by SunshineOnWater

Lighthouse Scarf by KeenTied

Blue Jellyfish Nubbin by KiraArts

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Treasury Tuesday: Hooray for U.S.A.

Red, White, and Blue featuring MFcrafts

Treasuries Created by RNEST Members:

Treasuries Featuring RNEST Members:
Endearing featuring JWphoto
Lost In the Summer featuring JasonTennant
Fresh Handmade Grey Finds featuring MakingTheNestOfIt
Summertime Blues featuring LynnSchaferDesigns
He Won’t Go featuring BrittanyLeighJewelry
Red Upcycled featuring CircuitBreakerLabs
Leonardo Fibonacci featuring CopperIronAndCarbon
To The Moon and Back featuring OnHandLotions

Monday, June 30, 2014

June's Featured Artist: Sunshine On Water

Name:  Betsy Murray
Business Name:  Sunshine On Water
Etsy Shop:   Sunshine On Water

Social Media:
Age:  36
Profession/Day Job:  Stay at home mom of 2 kids
Where in/around Rochester do you live?  Webster
Craft(s) of Choice:  Metalwork, creating sterling silver and copper jewelry, painting

Besides your main craft of choice, do you enjoy any other crafts?  
My main craft is metalworking and creating jewelry but I also love drawing and painting!  As a child I enjoyed drawing in my sketchbook, in art class and painting with watercolors.  In college, drawing was my concentration.  I love drawing what I see in front of me on paper.  Charcoal, pencil and ink are my favorite mediums to work with because I like to create "sketchy" lines then work from there.  Drawing people have always been a challenge for me, I enjoy drawing figures but not necessarily faces!

Is there a craft you've always wanted to try, but never got around to learning?  
Welding, someday, maybe this or next summer  I will pursue it.


Did you go to art school or are you self taught?   
My initial degree is in Physical Education, after years of not using that degree and teaching Prek instead, I decided to go back to college.  I left my teaching job and returned to school!  I went to SUNY Brockport and received a BA in Studio Art.  Every class was an amazing learning opportunity, I had wonderful professors and am still friends with many of them today!  While there, I made sure to arrange my schedule so that I would be able to take Metalsmithing.  It was only offered 1 semester a year so I was able to get in the spring semester of 2005.   My professor was tough, no slacking but I learned so much!  I also learned to use a torch in that class, there was never a fear of it from that class until now. 


What’s your first craft-related memory?  
Sewing as a child!  My parents always had the sewing machine out, usually open, so my sister and I were able to sew doll clothes, purses, or whatever we felt like!  It was great to make my own "creation" with a piece of fabric and some thread.

How did you get started with Etsy? 
My sister encouraged me 4 years ago in 2010!  I opened my Etsy shop under another name and it took about 3 years to get it established to what it is now. 


In your creative life and work, of what accomplishment are you most proud ? 
Participating in art & craft shows.  I have always been quiet so taking the leap to sign up for shows was difficult for me.  I decided to try my first show 3 years ago and am happy with the confidence I gained over the past few years in regards to selling my work at shows.   

What inspires you, or makes you want to go dashing off to craft?  
Nature, I see things around me, leaves, trees, water and I want to create what I see in my work.   I am a big recycler, yes, it sometimes drives my husband crazy, but I see trees disappearing around us with new buildings going up and I want to preserve some of that.  I love collecting leaves, drying them and shaping sterling silver wire to their form.  Water is also my inspiration, it makes me happy.  Much of my work incorporates water themes, beach glass and leaves.    

What does your workspace look like most of the time? 
Messy, metal, pliers, wire cutters, dremel tool, torch, etc... I have been trying to organize myself and my space more lately! :-) 

What (if anything) do you like to watch/listen to while you create?  
House Hunters on HGTV,  Kid Rock & Bruce Springsteen music wise.  

Do you craft with anyone, such as your kids/grandkids/friends?  
I love creating art with my kids, simple things like watercolor on paper, painting lake rocks, giving them paper to collage with.  They also love painting.  My daughter is super organized and very symetrical in her work, my son is more abstract, asymetrical and thinks outside the box with art.  They have different personalities but both love to create!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Treasury Tuesday: Pretty in Pink, with Green!

Pink and Green featuring UpTillNow

Treasuries Created by RNEST members:
Puppies and Kids curated by MFcrafts

Treasuries Featuring RNEST members:
Especially For You featuring VeryMuchAliveShop
The Pink Bag featuring TwiceUponATimeDesign
To Infinity – and Beyond… featuring TheWhimsicalSweet
When in France featuring TheKnottyOwlshop
Pine and Wine featuring SunshyneSilverwear
Peachy Keen featuring SewIndieShop
White Buffalo featuring SchumArt
Between Blue and Green featuring RinaMiriam
Clean Green featuring PoetCharms
Awesome Felted Creatures featuring PeachesProducts
The Wise Old Owl featuring PapersaurusCreative
Vintage Hats with Style featuring NightOfJoyVintage
Downtown Abbey featuring MyBonnyMonAbri
Strawberries and Cream featuring MoyaLazyFactory
Just Beachy featuring OnHandLotions