Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Treasury Tuesday: Spring is on everyone's mind!

Cherry Blossom Spring featuring TwiceUponATimeDesign

Treasuries featuring RNEST members:
Sakura featuring TwiceUponATimeDesign
Spring Has Sprung! featuring KiraArts, FuzzyBunny, & FlyRabbitPress
Red Lovers featuring CircuitBreakerLabs
Stark Awesomeness featuring JackBear
Staying Alive featuring SunshineOnWater
Cherry Blossom Time featuring BeadHaven2
Spring in Beautiful Colors featuring HeatherBehrendtGlass
Tribal Spring featuring JonelleMaira
Rubies and Emeralds featuring MFcrafts and KarenSwimmer
Wings of Love featuring MakingTheNestOfIt
Lost Copper Love featuring ManicMetals
Be Proud of Who You Are featuring PapersaurusCreative
Here Be Dragons featuring TheCraftyWolf

Created by RNEST members:
Lilac and Lavender curated by MFcrafts, featuring KarenSwimmer
Spring is in the Air curated by MFcrafts, featuring PeachesProducts

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Treasury Tuesday: In March, we're all a wee bit Irish!

A Wee Bit Irish featuring SunshyneSilverwear

Treasuries featuring RNEST members:
Geek Spring Gift Guide featuring CircuitBreakerLabs
Beautiful Upcycled Needlework featuring TwiceUponATimeDesign
Somewhere Over the Rainbow featuring TheWhimsicalSweet
Beautiful World featuring TheKnottyOwlShop
Work For Fun featuring SugarAndType
Urban Spring featuring SewIndieShop
Let it Bloom featuring RinaMiriam
Vroom Vroom featuring NightOfJoy
Marcel Boucher Jewelry featuring MyBonnyMonAbri
And This is March featuring MakingTheNestOfIt
Dress the Little Children featuring LilyStitches
Windy Day featuring JWPhoto
Spirit Bear featuring JonelleMaira
Looking for the First Crocus featuring FrancescaDeCaire
City featuring BrittanyLeighJewelry
Pretty Pastels featuring MyBabyParty

Thursday, March 13, 2014

First Friday Giveaway featuring Peaches Products

UPDATE:  Winner has been announced in the comments section!  Stay tuned next month for another great giveaway!

Welcome to the March First Friday Giveaway featuring Casey from Peaches Products.  During the monthly giveaway you'll get a personal view of the shop, get to know the artist, and get a chance to win something awesome!

Meet the Artist:
RNEST: Tell us a little about yourself.  
Casey: I started felting 6 years ago this May, and I'm entirely self taught.  It's a really enjoyable medium for me, I've always been a hands on creative type so the felting suits me.  Aside from the crafting, I currently also work a full time desk job, volunteer with Braddock Bay Raptor Research, and co-organize Mayday! Underground.

RNEST: What's your favorite part of being an artist?  
Casey: I definitely get the greatest satisfaction when I'm sitting at a show and I get to see the look on someone's face when they see my work for the first time, and I tell it's making them happy.  To know that I created something which brings joy to someone else is so gratifying.  High pitched sounds and arm flails are not uncommon at my table, and bonus cool points go to any shopper who picks up a critter and dances it around, or gives a little voice like "oh look at me I'm a cute little owl!"

RNEST:  Tell us about your creations or techniques. 
Casey: The majority of my work, both felted and stuffed, features a nature theme.  Loads of owls, birds, oddball animals like kiwi, albatross, platypus, bigfoots, ninjas, robots...really anything that catches my fancy.  Sometimes I'm compelled to try to make something more realistic, like the life sized Saw Whet, sometimes I see something cute-I watch a TON of national geographic shows-or interesting, and I wonder, what does that animal look like in Peachville?  Basically, I'm making these little critters that I can visualize in my head, and putting them out in the world.

RNEST: You've been at this for a while.  Any advice for someone just starting out?  
Casey: I think the most important thing I learned, and you can see this if you go back to my earliest pages of sales on etsy (PLEASE don't...it's embarrassing at this point!) is that you need to know and understand your style.  Until I really knew what I wanted my stuff to look like, it was very basic and clunky, compared to what I'm doing now.  It will make you a better artist, because proficiency in art is about repetition and mastering your medium in a way that's true to your vision. Also, take the time to learn basic photography principles, and figure out what works for YOUR product.  I can tell you not just as an artist, but as a curator for Mayday, bad photos and hodgepodge entries ("I do some jewelry, some painting, some cards...etc") make it hard for a jury to understand what you're going for, what your booth will look like, and can give the impression that you don't know what you want to sell.

RNEST: Any coupons or promotions at your Etsy shop? 
Casey: I do! For the entire month of March, if you like Peaches Products on Facebook, you could win one of two $20 gift certificates.

RNEST: How about shows coming up? Where can we find you locally?  
Casey: I'll have a small selection of items at the March First Friday show Bugzilla, at Cat Clay studio in the Hungerford Building.  Then Mayday! Underground is May 3rd.  I have product in three shops locally as well, Soulstice Artisan market on Winton Road, and also Dichotomy and Shop Peppermint, both on Park Ave.

RNEST: So, tell us about your giveaway item.  
Casey: In honor of it being March, I'll be giving away a green owl.  Winner shall have their choice of small felted or 7" stuffed animal owl.

The Giveaway:  Winner's Choice - Small Green Felted Owl


Winner's 2nd Choice - 7" stuffed owl

To enter (US and Canada Only please):
1. Follow this blog.

2. Stop by Peaches Products and give it a heart.  If you are already hearted Peaches Products, just say so in the comments.


2. Pick a favorite piece on Peaches Products and:
Like it using the Facebook button on the listing (one entry)
Tweet it using the Twitter button on the listing. (another entry)
Pin it using the Pinterest button on the listing. (yet another entry)
[List each one in the comments below separately for more chances to win]

3. Share or tweet this contest on Facebook or Twitter (do both for two entries!).

4. Like the RNEST Facebook Page.

Please post each of your entries separately in the comments below stating what you did.  The winner will be selected using a random number generator so anyone can win!  Good Luck!

Contest will run until March 17th (***extended deadline!)
Winner will be announced on this blog and on the RNEST Facebook page, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March's Featured Artist: Glass By Heather Behrendt

The artist whose name was picked out of the hat at March's meeting is Heather of "Glass By Heather Behrendt"!  Heather is fairly new to RNEST and it was her first meeting with us! 

Name:  Heather Behrendt
Business Name: Glass by Heather Behrendt
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HeatherBehrendtGlass

Social Media:
Age:  29
Profession/Day Job: Pizza maker
Where in/around Rochester do you live? Walworth/ Gananda
Craft(s) of Choice:  Glass, glass and more glass

Besides your main craft of choice, do you enjoy any other crafts? I enjoy anything that is working with my hands. I've played with metal clay, ceramics, and some jewelry making. I try to limit myself, so I have some square footage in my house that is NOT devoted to crafts.

Did you go to art school or are you self taught?  I am mostly self taught. I took an art workshop class in high school where we learned stained glass, slumping, fusing and had a brief introduction to lampwork. At the time, I stuck with stained glass because there was no torching involved. Years later, on a whim I purchased a basic hot head kit and set up in the spare room of my apartment.  I've taken a few classes since then, but most of the learning was from trial and error and searching every internet source available to me

Handmade Heart Lampwork Beads

How did you get started with Etsy? I started with Ebay originally and had some success. I had a few years hiatus from torching and when I came back Ebay was completely flooded with imports and no more artists. Everyone else seemed to move to Etsy because it was a place for artists. I just followed.

In your creative life and work, of what accomplishment are you most proud ?  I am so proud of myself for devoting more time to my art. I had a full time job, but in the begining of 2012 I went down to part time. It is a challenge every day to make my paycheck, but I'm still working on it.

What inspires you, or makes you want to go dashing off to craft? Patterns really inspire me. I am obsessed with scrollwork patterns and maori symbols. Something about repeating patterns just gets me going.

How to do get past a creative block? Sometimes the motivation is just not there. I don't know what to make. Usually just getting myself downstairs in front of the torch is the biggest hurdle when I'm like that. Made to order work actually helps me because I have a "to do list." I always have tons of new ideas when I'm supposed to be working on bread and butter.

 What does your workspace look like most of the time?  I am not neat. My workspace looks like a haystack of colorful stringer bits. I find pieces of stringer stuck in my hands often.

What (if anything) do you like to watch/listen to while you create? I usually use Pandora while I'm working. I listen to anything from Queen and Jimi Hendrix to terrible cheesy dubstep to movie soundtracks.

Do you craft with anyone, such as your kids/grandkids/friends? I am a bit of a loner when I'm working. I only have one torch set up, so it's difficult to work together. It is something I would like to do.

Did you always want to be an artist? I actually was going to school to be a musician. I didn't think that art workshop class would have influenced me as much as it did. I've always enjoyed crafting, but never thought it would be my primary path in life.

What craft sound or smell do you love? The beep of my kiln being done and knowing I get to take a peek at my creations soon.

What craft sound or smell do you hate? My knuckle hairs burning. That "tink" noise when an hour long work of bead has cracked

If you could add to your craft/art line, what would you like to add? I'd like to add jewelry to my line. I've always just made beads for jewelry designers, but there's people who enjoy my work, but don't know what to do with the bead. I want to give them something they can wear and enjoy.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in selling your work? Lampwork beads are not trendy right now. Back in 2005, they sold for large amounts of money and were very appreciated. Right now, the economy is not the greatest and lampwork beads are a luxury item.

What do you hate about your craft? I hate when I invest time in an idea and it doesn't work out. I need to remind myself that it's part of the process.

What do you love about your craft? That feeling of accomplishment when I've stretched my abilities. When I open up the kiln and find a bead that looks better than I thought. When I get feedback from a customer about how happy they are with my work when they are holding it in their hands.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Treasury Tuesday: Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Etsy Kids featuring TheWhimsicalSweet

Treasuries curated by RNEST members:
Freshly Minted (+coral) curated by CellarDoorCraftCo

Treasuries featuring RNEST members:
Geometric Shapes featuring SunshineOnWater
Japanese Cranes featuring BeadHaven2
Tonight We Are Young featuring ChristineAndCoDesign
Circuits featuring CircuitBreakerLabs
Hey Starshine featuring CopperIronAndCarbon
Cthulhu Couture! featuring CopperIronAndCarbon
Bring Me the Warmth featuring Dance2Create
Good Morning Etsy featuring FoldingTheLibrary
Time to Read featuring FoldingTheLibrary
J’aime le Printemps! featuring FrancescaDeCaire
Tea Green featuring HappyEarthTea
Black Lines featuring HeatherBehrendtGlass
Give a Hoot featuring HeatherVitticore
Zara featuring JWphoto
Sew Sweet featuring LisaJaneSmith
Bring the Warmth featuring MaarvelousCreations
Butterflies featuring MakingTheNestOfIt
Spring Flower and Stripes featuring MFcrafts

March 2014 Team Challenge Winner!

Congratulations to RNEST's Team Challenge winner for 
March's's "Go Green!" theme...

SunshineOnWater with her Green Onyx Silver Earrings!

Thanks to all the artists who participated 
and to everyone who voted!

Be sure to check back on Monday, April 7th for our next Monthly Team Challenge!
The theme will be "Radiant Orchid"!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Treasury Tuesday: A Promise of Spring

Spring Green curated by SunshineOnWater

Featuring RNEST members:
Creating with Color featuring JackBear
Secret Chicken featuring TheSecretChicken
Quilts featuring Swurme
Sumptuous featuring SunshyneSilverwear
I Want them! featuring SugarAndType
Summer Breeze featuring StaceyKayCollection
Green as Spring featuring RinaMiriam
Green and Gold featuring PoetCharms
Think Green for St. Patrick’s Day featuring PeachesProducts
Spring is Sprung featuring FrancescaDeCaire

Monday, March 3, 2014

March Team Challenge: "Go Green!"

Welcome to RNEST's March Team Challenge! The theme for this month was
"Go Green!"

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

Green Circuit Board Necklace by CircuitBreakerLabs

Green Onyx Silver Earrings by SunshineOnWater

Octopus Metal Spoon Pendant by SunshyneSilverwear

Cast your vote for your favorite item on the poll in the upper, right corner of the blog! 
Deadline to vote is by 11:59pm on Sunday, March 9th! (Don't forget about Daylight Savings time!)

The artist whose item receives the most votes gets their Etsy Mini on the top spot on the blog!