Tuesday, August 31, 2010
There is everything - from wedding stationary to desktop wallpaper and from note cards to fonts. Here are a few of my recent favorites:
Black and white wedding printables, courtesy of e.m. papers.
Canister decals, courtesy of Cathe Holden.
Illustrated bookplates, courtesy of Illustrator Helen Dardi.
A printable menu, courtesy of Alma Loveland. (I printed this one, laminated it and stuck it to my fridge! Dry erase markers work perfect!)
I love when creative people share their amazing work (for free no less!). Have you ever offered something for free on your blog, Etsy shop, store, etc.? A little crafting pay-it-forward. I like it.
Peace & thanks,
Monday, August 30, 2010
a blog dedicated to Etsy artists and their creative spaces.
- In tight space? Build up. High shelves, peg boards, even old silverware dividers from dishwashers work to keep your clutter off your table space or the floor.
- About tables. Get something sturdy and mobile. Wheels make it easy to move one in-progress projects out of the way and the open spaces of most folding tables leave room for storage or smaller pull-out tables.
- Get a storage system. I recommend clear containers as the easiest solution for knowing what you've got. Another option is to color coordinate. Fabric stored this way looks beautiful.
- Create stations. Everything needs to have a place and artists in the middle of work are notoriously chaotic. I have one area just for packaging, weighing and printing labels. All of my materials are kept on moving shelf carts and my table is left for in-progress projects only.
- How about equipment? I had to find a small, portable way to photograph my items. See the tutorial here. I keep my larger tools, like a sewing machine and a table loom under my work table unless I use them. For even bigger stuff, consider renting from a local art gallery/museum, an art community center that offers classes or a guild in your area. Many times you can rent their space or tools for a single project.
- Tailor your space to your palette and aesthetic. I can't paint my rented walls, but I can tape up my favorite paint samples for free from the hardware store. Surround yourself with images/materials/quotes that you love.
- Finally, do weekly weeding. Try to find one day a week to get rid of junk you aren't using or don't need. Put away what you aren't using and mail out sold orders to make room for new.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Retro Button Tacks by buenahelena Back to School Bundle of Bookmarks by The Quilted House Pom Pom Scarf by Something from Nothin' Strawberry Shortcake Apron Tunic by gock's frocks
Now, help us choose a winner by voting for your favorite back to school-themed craft!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
This cabinet door turned chalkboard would be perfect to jot down your last minute back-to-school-to-dos. Love the pop of aqua and the rustic door handles. Courtesy of halfpintsalvage.
This journal was created from an old Reader's Digest Novel and is far cuter than the standard sketchbook. Courtesy of RagnazIdnar. I also love the nod to library books inside...
And here it is! Etsy is amazing. I'm this close to buying it. Courtesy of TeaPotHollow.
Anything that made going back to school fun for you? Any good finds on Etsy? Leave 'em in the comments!
Peace & thanks,
Monday, August 23, 2010
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Soulstice Artisan Market (in Rochester, NY) was sweet enough to extend the offer to host a trunk show for myself and my fiance. I'm super excited! I'll admit I've been neglecting my Etsy shop, blogging, creating... but this trunk show has kicked me into high gear! I wanted the pieces I show to represent how and with what materials I've been creating with lately. So most everything I'm bringing will have some element of recycle/repurpose.
This next piece is not for sale (it's part of a custom order), but it was also made with vintage/older pieces.
Peace & thanks,
(If you'd like to say hello at the trunk show, stop by the shop on August 26 between 6 and 9pm! And thanks for letting me do a little self-promo... I'm just so stoked!)
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
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Monday, August 9, 2010
Tonight's meeting marks a year since our street team began meeting face to face. Look back at the second meeting here. A lot of familiar faces are there along with the many fantastic new members who have joined along the way. Let's take a step back to see just how far we've made it.
- Membership has doubled, since 2009.
- We had our first RNEST Holiday show.
- Our blog went from 3 followers to 260 (as of today) and has four weekly writers.
- Two of our members created an indie art market and have already scheduled a fall market to augment the first successful one in May.
- We've gotten articles in the business section of the Democrat and Chronicle and the Rochester Examiner.
- We've become a recognizable force to market organizers who give us early FYI's and discounts to shows.
- Tips from meetings and Ning/blog threads have increased individual members sales.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Each Friday I select an item created by a member of the Rochester NY Etsy Street Team(RNEST). What criteria do I use? I look for great looking items that I think are well made offered for a great price!
So usually I try to spread around my love, but this week I got to come back to Fuzzy Bunny again because she is now making kick-ass duct tape wallets.
Duct tape wallets are not a new invention. I have always wanted one, but was too lazy to try making one myself. What I really love about Fuzzy Bunny's duct tape wallets is that she has an incredible collection of colors you can choose from. Custom work rules.
You want to go redneck, she' got camo. You want to go Millennium retro 80's college student, she has neon. Traditionalist? Yes, she has duct tape silver. And all the other colors of the rainbow, and then some that were banished from the rainbow.
I am definitely ordering one of these.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Come back to the Wellspring next week for an awesome giveaway from Peaches Products!
Monday, August 2, 2010
I urge all sellers to do this. Not only will it inform you about who likes your stuff, but it is really funny to go back and read later. For (totally doctored) example:
Once you know your audience, ask "Is this who I am making things for?" If yes work this knowledge to better your product and reach the people who will love it. If that answer was no, enjoy a nice surprise and consider multiple directions.