Monday, December 27, 2010

After Christmas BOGO Sale

OK I know its been a really long time since I updated my blog, my bad. I'd make it a new year's resolution, if I believed in them. But anyhoo if anyone is still watching I wanted to tell you about my after Christmas sale. If you purchase any item in my shop you may have a second item of equal or lesser value for half price.

Is that a great deal or what? Just contact me to let me know what you would like for your second item and I will adjust the price or, if you'd rather, just order both and I'll refund the difference through paypal.

And here's one last incentive. Mention you saw the sale on my blog and get free shipping on your entire order. Don't miss out sale ends January 9, 2011.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

I've been neglecting my bog lately but I've been busy with costuming and conventions and I'm suffering from a bit of computer burn out. It was taking up too much of my time and energy so I needed to get away from it for a while. Not only my blog but my shops and forums are also suffering from my absence, well at least my shops are, I'm sure the forums can survive without me but I do miss them. It's still a very busy season so my posts will likely continue to be sporadic but please don't give up on me, I really am still here.

That said, here is the first new Handmade Tweet for a while. It's for a fellow Trade-A-Holic team member Hair Flair aka 86bananas on etsy.

From 86bananas' Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to 86bananas, a little flair for your hair!!

As of now my shop is filled with unique, one of a kind hair accessories, all handcrafted with love. I use recycled and environmentally friendly products as often as possible, and no two items are the same. You can rest assured that no one else will be walking around with the same head gear. New items are added daily, so if you don't see the perfect piece, be sure to check back or convo me, and we can work together to come up with a custom design just for YOU!"

86bananas and I recently participated in a trading event. I sent her a steampunk necklace and she sent me a beautiful headband. It's similar to this one but a different colour. It's going to look fabulous with my neo-Victorian steampunk gown that I'm making for an upcoming convention.
 All of her accessories are fun and beautiful and I can personally vouch for their quality. To see more wonderful creations from Hair Flair just click on the picture below.

Fly Away- Headband with a large butterfly 
that is accentuated with feathers and leaves

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Wood Beginnings on etsy.

From woodbeginnings' Shop Announcement:

"Thank you for visiting our Wood Beginnings shop.

My wife handles all the administrative tasks and I make the saw dust. I began my wood turning in high school and dabbled with woodworking and turning over the years but now spend my time turning. Blending lamination and segmenting are what I enjoy most.

All of our products are one of a kind using the best exotic and domestic woods that I can find. We have developed a nice following of collectors over the years and really appreciate their continued patronage and following us to Etsy."

All I can say it WOW! This is stunning, I've never seen a bowl anything like it before. All of his pieces are so unique that it was hard to pick just one to feature but this one really spoke to me. I love the contrasting shapes and colours. Click on the picture to see more unique creations by Wood Beginnings.

Springs First Tulip Wooden Bowl with Lid out of Bubinga and Birdseye Maple 462

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Handmade Tweet and Ad Astra Report

Today's Handmade Tweet started more two weeks ago at Ad Astra in Toronto, the first SciFi convention of the year. The Steampunk Salon was a big hit, that's me on the far right in my post apocalyptic costume, vintage gas mask and all. I was very pleased with the way it turned out, especially my ray gun.

My friend Lynda won the Next Top Zombie competition. She's the corpse bride on the right. I'm the gear head on the left.

A good time was had by all. I especially enjoyed the dealer's room. I took some of my jewelry to sell in the art auction and what did I buy in the dealer's room? More jewelry of course. Hey it's my passion, what can I say. I bought three fabulous wire wrapped rings and a pendant from Irina Pertseva of Black Currant Jewelry and I've gotten loads of compliments every time I've worn them.

Irina just happens to have a shop on etsy. You can visit it by clicking on the picture below. Her wire wrapped jewelry is amazing. Her designs are so intricate and unique. I wish I could have afforded to buy more. I especially like her use of natural stones in her pieces. There was a wonderful green agate bracelet I keep thinking about. Well maybe next year.

Golden Butterfly Necklace

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Handmade Artists Forum Blog Ring - Featured Artist

This weeks Featured Artist is Mewes Mountain Arts. You can find her on the new Handmade Artists' Shop and check out her Etsy announcement for other sites where you can find her fabulous work.

From MewesMountainArts' Etsy Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to Mewes Mountain Arts!

Handcrafted jewelry for any occasion!

Come on in and look around! Please contact me if you have a special design request not available in the Etsy store.

To read more, visit

I am also now on Facebook! Become a fan at

I adore Celtic designs, especially in jewelry. It's the Irish in me. Click on the picture below to see more marvelous designs by Mewes Mountain Arts.

Liam's Celtic Guardian Bracelet

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Nichole Topley Art on etsy.

From nicholetopley's Shop Announcement:

"Funky, Weird, Kooky, Crazy, that's me!

I tend to make things a little on the strange side. I never have been one for normalcy.

So relax, take a spin around my shop and you may find something you JUST can't live without!

Follow me! I'm {strange_magic} at Twitter.

Check out more of my art at my website!

Now really, doesn't everyone need a Crocoplatygator? Surely no home is complete without one. But if he is not to your liking (no accounting for taste) you can find many other fanciful by clicking on the picture below.
How could you not love this face?

Aqua Freaks - Garrett - Decorative Sculptures

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Handmade Artists Forum Blog Ring - Featured Artist

I've gotten behind on my blog ring features so here is last weeks featured artist, just a little late. The featured artist for April 4 - April 11 is Jen from Jennuine Candles. You can visit her blog here Jennuine Candles on Blogger. You can also visit her on Etsy and Artfire shops by clicking on the pictures below.

From jennuinecandles' etsy Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to Jennuine Candles...specializing in 100% palm wax candles with a variety of choices...container candles, pillars, votives and tarts/melts.

Take a moment or two and look around. If you don't see it, that doesn't mean you can't have it...just contact me!"

These little guys are so cute and I love the smell of baby powder. I think this trivet is wonderful, I do enjoy a nice glass of wine.

Baby Powder Scented Palm Wax Candle Melts, 
Teddy Bear Shaped Set of Four

Handstamped Grapes & Cheese Design on 
Tile Candle Trivet or Coaster

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from one of my favourite sculptors Creatures From El who I am happy to finally see on esty.

From Creatures From El's Bio:

"Ellen was born in Markham Ontario and raised among mildew and snails. She took to shaping three dimensional forms naturally at a young age. To Ellen sculpting has always been about life, biological narratives and cultural statements. The tedious hours of labor act as the mysterious foundation from which each sculptures personality springs forth."

I discovered Ellen's fabulous creations a few years ago at a scifi convention and I've been completely captivated by them ever since. I've amassed a small (not too small) collection of her work over the years and I seldom visit her table without coming away with one or two of her creations. They are all so vibrant and alive and they always speak to me.

I've followed Ellen's blog for a while now and was very happy to see her on etsy. I'm also looking forward to seeing what she has created for the Ad Astra convention in Toronto this weekend. I may be coming home with a new dragon for my ever expanding collection. Click on the picture to see more of her amazing creatures and if you're in the Toronto area this weekend come out and see them in person, the pictures just don't do them justice.
You can find out more info about the convention here: Ad Astra

Cyan Celtic Tail Dragon

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Handmade Artists Forum Blog Ring - Featured Artist

The featured artists for this week are Kimberly of  Makin' the Best Of It and Andrew of Chainmaille By MBOI.

From Makin’ the Best Of It's website:

"Makin’ the Best Of It was originally started due to a severe addiction to creating in general.  Hand painted glass is a way to add color to your world without adding more useless “stuff.”  All of our glassware is heat cured enamel so it is top rack, dishwasher safe…in other words…it is meant to be used."

Kimberly has some extremely beautiful hand painted glassware. Gorgeous flowers and leaves for all four seasons. These however were a little different and especially appealed to me. I just love animals and animal prints. My house is full of them, both the animals and the prints, so I could see these fitting right in. For more of her beautiful designs just click on the picture and browse her wonderful website.

Hand Painted Animal Instincts Glasses

From MBOI's website:

"Chainmaille is a lost ancient art that my wife and I enjoy making together. MBOI is a sister site to Makin’
The Best Of It which originally started with Hand Painted Glass but has grown due to our severe
addiction to creating in general.
MBOI is made up of my wife Kimberly ( The President, CEO, Controller, Painter, Mailler, and Creative Superpower) who is currently in the process of finishing her teacher degree, and Andrew ( Stock boy and Mailler ) who is a Senior Estimator for a Heavy Construction Company which is based in New Jersey.
We have 2 boys who keep us running all the time.
We currently reside in Point Pleasant, NJ which is a small beach town on the Jersey Shore."

Chainmaille is fascinating but it looks like so much work. My fingers ache just looking a it. Andrews designs are so intricate and beautiful I don't know how he does it. I can't imagine how many hours it took to make this bracelet. He obviously has way more patience that I do. Click on the picture to see more of his finger destroying designs.

Copper and Turquoise Romanov Bracelet

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Erika Price Originals on etsy.

From ErikaPriceOriginals' Shop Announcement:

"My passion is making beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry! Each of my handmade creations is unique, and designed & handmade by me using the finest quality materials. Every piece is gift-boxed and I ship worldwide. I also donate all profits from my jewelry sales to charity. Please see my policies and profile for further details."

Mmm butterscotch, my favorite. These beads look good enough to eat but if butterscotch is not your favorite flavour click on the picture to see all the beautiful jewelry in her shop. I know you'll find something more to your taste. Also check out her other shop Erika Price Designs  You'll have a hard time choosing your favorite. Remember that all of her profit goes to charity so if you see something you love you'll also be supporting a good cause.

Butterscotch Lampwork Glass and Gold Vermeil Necklace

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Handmade Artists Forum Blog Ring - Featured Artist

The featured artist for this week is Creative Minds.

From Creative Minds website:

"We live in VT and have been making jewelry for 5 years, and have been adding other crafts over the last few years.  We enjoy crafts so much that we have decided to make a business out of it.  We came up with our business name, Creative Minds, while working on one of our many creations.  We also greatly enjoy kids.  We hope to one day be able to open a craft store, both selling a wide range of craft supplies and a place for kids to do crafts, and kids craft classes."

What a lovely necklace. The colour of the beads is so rich and fabulous. Creative Minds offers a variety of handmade jewelry and other creations. Click on the picture to check out their website. You can also visit them on their blog Creative Minds

Raspberry Swirls Necklace

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

I've been a little remiss in keeping up with the Handmade Tweets lately. The fact is I've just been too busy. It's heading into con season again and I've been madly working on steampunk costumes for myself and jewelry for the art shows. So, I probably won't be posting every day but I will have a new feature at least several times a week so check back often.

Although the featured artists may be lacking in frequency they more than make up for it in quality. Here's a great example from A Little Character on etsy.

From A Little Character's Bio:


I have 16 years of hands on craft-ing and art-ing experience and 15 years of *practice* before that. Oh dear....I've just given my age away......

If you heart my store, you may want to subscribe to be notified of new additions. Just look in your favorites for this option."

OMG! I will definitely be signing up for notifications. I love these! It was so hard to pick just one to feature. I chose this one because, not only does he have the most adorable face, but he reminds me of the house hippos commercial that I enjoyed so much and of course the Telus Christmas commercial. I'm usually not fond of Christmas commercials but I kept singing that one at work. I kept everyone entertained. If you haven't seen either of them you can check them out here:
House Hippo
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
I bet by the end you'll want house hippos to be real too.

Be sure to click on the picture and check out all the other amazing characters in A Little Character's shop. They are all too wonderful for words, good thing there's lots of photos.

Charles Bongsworth the third, a Hippopotamus

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

The St. Patrick's Day Handmade Tweet comes from Netta Beads on artfire.

From nettabeads bio:

"Thanks for stopping by to check me out. I am a jewelry artist who works in glass and metal. I live in the beautiful mountains of northeast Tennessee.
I started out making lampwork glass beads and then that evolved into metalworking. I use only recycled copper in my creations. Instead of depleting the Earth's natural resources of copper, I use the copper that we already have here. I use old electrical wire, copper washers and roofing material.

I love creating unique pieces of wearable art. I hope you enjoy my jewelry as much as I enjoyed making it."

This pendant really made me laugh. If only I had seen it in time to order it for today. Coming from an Irish family St. Patrick's Day has always been very important to me, and loads of fun. So I wanted to feature something fun and unusual for one of my favorite days. When I saw this I knew it was the perfect thing. Click on the picture to see more Irish, and not so Irish, jewelry from Netta Beads.

Repurposed Scrabble Tile Pendant - 
Green Magically Delicious

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Handmade Artists Forum Blog Ring - Featured Artist

This weeks featured artist is T.Rusk4u on etsy.

From T. Rusk4u's Bio:

"I have been a creative and resourceful person ever since I can remember.My first real crafting love was sewing,and I have tried countless other crafts. Jewelry making started as another hobby, but has grown into an obsession! I love everything about it from choosing the materials and actually designing something beautiful! I am always looking to learn new techniques and expand my knowledge and skills. I am happily married ,have 2 grown children, and two dogs.
I am a proud member of the Etsy HAFteam! Support handmade!!"

A woman after my own heart. I love everything about making jewelry too, except parting with it, sometimes. I certainly wouldn't want to part with this beautiful bracelet. In fact I wouldn't mind having anything in her shop. Click on the picture to see for yourself. You can also find her work on, among others, on her blog T.Rusk4u

Brass and Iris Brown Czech bead bracelet, Victoria

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Orangyred Ink on etsy.

From orangyredink's Shop Announcement:

"Unique Ink designs that are as nice as a tattoo chest piece, but a lot easier to remove...:)

All "Eriginal" designs are hand painted, hand drawn and hand designed by me. No cheesy ink jets here :) Color tweaks, lettering and custom chain length always complimentary.
Want Something you dont see? Please read my policies and convo me with any custom requests."

This tattoo pendant is not only a lovely piece of jewelry it's also a wonderful piece of irony. That forever love that didn't quite last forever no longer requires surgery to help you forget. For more beautiful, and easy to remove, tattoo jewelry just click on the picture.

Yellow and Orange Rose with Custom Banners NEW

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from The Queens Dowry on etsy.

From TheQueensDowry's Shop Announcement:


There's a tale of a queens sunken treasure, lying scattered upon and buried within the oceans floor, all await for discovery. This appeals to me firstly because I was born under the sign of the fish. Secondly, because all my life I look for such "treasure". Most of the pieces found here are a result of hours, and sometimes weeks, searching high and low for that special piece, which is off the beaten path, appealing to the eye, and unique!

I hope you enjoy your visit wandering through these unique treasures found..."

Browsing this shop was like a journey through the looking glass. There are so many wonderfully fanciful things to see, like this greenman. It's a beautiful casting on its own and the accenting pieces she's added finish it off without overwhelming it. Click on the picture to see more fabulous and fanciful creations from The Queens Dowry.

Handsome Greenman - 
vintage forest spirit renaissance necklace

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from fellow etsy blogger Rustic Goth.

From Rustic Goth's Bio:

"Hi There,

Thank you for visiting my Rustic Goth Shop.
My dark and dreamy paintings and prints are rather sad and surreal in nature, at times a little whimsical and weird.

You can find my Rustic Goth originals only in this Etsy Shop.

"Creating art is what I is how I live... how I connect with the world that exists
outside of my I connect with my own feelings.

It is my hope that each work of art that I create, invoke a reaction, of some kind, in the
viewer....and a special connection with it's owner."

Well these works of art definitely invoked a reaction from me, I adore them! I have such a love for unique and unusual artwork. This one really spoke to me because it reminds me of the night my husband and I were sitting on our back porch watching hundreds of fireflies flying around a bush in our yard. It was so surreal that at first I thought I was imagining it. I had to ask my husband if he was seeing it too.
If you love whimsical artwork as much as I do you simply much click on the picture and check out Rustic Goth's shop.

Catching Fireflies --- Whimsical Dark Art Print

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Featured EtsyBlogger for March

This month's featured Etsy Blogger is Vicki of DizzyDragonflies.

From DizzyDragonflies' Shop Announcement:


I have always loved creating items. My main love has always been yarn, knitting and crocheting.

By accident I started selling my handknit items, people offering to pay for me to make them something that I had on or had given to a friend. This eventually resulted in the birth of this shop.

Now I have tried my hand at spinning, and hand dyeing yarn and love them both. Once again, I find myself making something that I love and am able to sell it."

It is wonderful to find something you love to make is appreciated and desired by other people. We are all very lucky to have this creative outlet. I've recently begun crocheting and I can see wonderful possibilities for Vicki's yarn. I love the vibrant colours she uses, I'm never been much for pastels. You can find more beautiful yarn, plus some wonderful hand knitted items in her shop. Just click on the picture to be taken there. You can also follow her creative process by visiting her blog. knittingdragonflies

Tropical Waters

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Kim's Jewels on etsy.

From kimsjewels' Bio:

"I specialize in customizable sterling silver wire and gemstone jewelry. I also have a website at if you would like to take a look to see more about what I do, and I'm loving it here on etsy!"

I was browsing etsy when this ring caught my eye ;-) What an eye catcher this would be to wear. I'm going to keep my eye on this artist. OK I'm done with the puns now it's out of my system. Seriously this really is a fabulous conversation starter. I'd love to wear one to work just to see the reactions I get. Kim also has many other beautiful wire wrapped creations. You can check them out by clicking on the picture.

Slate Blue Glass Eye Silver Wire Wrap Ring ANY size

Monday, March 8, 2010

Handmade Artists Forum Blog Ring - Featured Artist

This week's featured artist is Pleasant Peasantry on etsy.

From PleasantPeasantry's Bio:

"We are a husband and wife team who enjoy creating hand-made items! My husband designs ceramics using clay and porcelain and enjoys experimenting with glazes. I, his devoted wife, enjoy experimenting with hemp to make unique creations. Our desire is to create items of artistic expression that please our customers. Any input would be great! Tell us what you think of our items and why. :) We always want to know what YOU think!

"Pleasant" comes from our enjoyment of the simple things in life, while "Peasantry" comes from our frugal lifestyle and love of all things old, natural, and hand-made."

I've always been fond of handmade pottery, I wish I could afford to replace all my dishes with handmade. This is such a beautiful jar. I love the shape and colour combination, actually it is the colour of my dishes. Maybe when I became rich and famous, or at least rich, all of mine will be so beautiful. Until then I'll keep dreaming and buying lottery tickets. Click on the picture to see more beautiful creations by Pleasant Peasantry. You can also see their latest experiments on The Craft Journals

Porcelain Jar - Little Sapphire

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from fellow Etsybloggers team member Miss Millificent's Mesdamoiselles.

From MissMillificent's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to Miss Millificent's Mesdamoiselles: dolls that live in a world in which oversized heads, big eyes, long necks, and odd lives are the norm. In our alternate reality, these dolls are inspired by my artwork."

These wonderful, slightly creepy dolls are so very Burtonesque. (Do you like that word? I just made it up;) You really have to read the stories that go along with the dolls, they are very entertaining. Click on the picture to see more of these awesome creations. You can also find her fabulous artwork at Miss Millificent's World

Adelaide Aylesworth Art Doll

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's fabulous handmade artist is Bubbles & Frown on etsy.

From BubblesAndFrown's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome, all, to my haberdashery shop. I hope you enjoy browsing around and that you find something delightful with which to decorate your head. All the hats here were made with inspired love and care,hand crafted by yours truly. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have or just send an email to say hello!"

I'm a great hat fan, I don't wear them nearly often enough. I especially like this one because it looks perfect for St. Patrick's Day and it appeals to the Irish in me. If you're not as fond of green as I am, or even if your are, check out Bubbles & Frown for a huge selections of fabulous hats and other creations. Just click on the picture and get ready to drool. 

Bartelby B. Bat... A-Symmetrical Mini Top Hat, Muted Green Faux Suede with Rusty Metal Bat and Beading

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

The Handmade Tweet for today comes from FANTASY DESIGN on etsy.

From fantasydesign's Shop Announcement:

"Created with Love, Designed with Peace, Adorned with Joy, Perfected with Care, Pictured with Anticipation, Listed with Hope, Sold with Pride"

What a lovely sentiment. She can certainly take pride in this fabulous necklace, and all her beautiful creations. This one fascinates me because the flower is real! Isn't that amazing? No wonder it looks so delicate. It's not only beautiful but it would be a great conversation starter. There are many other flower creations as well as beautiful gemstone jewelry in Fantasy Design's shop. Click on the picture to see them all.

Flower And Stone Pocohantas necklace

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Fantasy Clay on artfire.

From FantasyClay's Studio Announcement:

"Fantasy comes alive in clay and fills my shop! All items are 100% hand made, no molds are ever used.
I welcome custom requests, so feel free to ask. Each piece is one of a kind, but similar items can often be made."

Dragons and steampunk, two of my favorite things! This little guy is pretty special, he's just full of personality. In fact all of the characters in Fantasy Clay's shop have their own personality. Click on the picture to see what I mean. 

Steampunk Polymer Clay Tan Dragon

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Handmade Artists Forum Blog Ring - Featured Artist

This week's featured artist is Jan from Jewelry by Janelle50 on etsy.

From jewelrybyjanelle50's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome, I am glad you found my shop. Come in and browse, you just might find something you can't live without! I design jewelry using exotic woods, gemstones, both precious and semi-precious, all types of glass beads, Swarovski crystals, and just whatever happens to strike my fancy. If you don't see something you like right away, please return, as I am always adding new items. Custom orders are welcome."
Jan has a wide variety of different designs in a variety of mediums. She enjoys trying experimenting with new ideas, a woman after my own heart. All of her work is unique and unusual and it was hard to decide on one item to feature. Click on the picture to see more of her wonderfully unique creations.

Honduran Rosewood Neck Cuff

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's amazing featured artist is Ware-able Art on etsy.

From wareableart's Shop Announcement:

"I believe that owning a custom piece of jewelry is wearing a piece of art - it should be as creative as you are.

I create in Copper, Argentium Silver, Sterling Silver, & 14K Gold Filled Wire.

I ship all items in a gift box ready to give or receive."

This is some of the most beautiful wire wrapping I've ever seen. And the stones she uses are fabulous. I just love natural stones. I chose this one to feature because the stone is incredible I've never seen one like it. The wire wrapping is done perfectly to accent the stone without hiding it. Such a stunning piece, truly a work of art. Click on the picture to see more of her stunning work.

Flowering Tube Onyx Wire Wrapped Pendant

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunshine Award

Thank you to TataniaRosa for nominating me for a Sunshine Blog Award. I'm so very honoured. According to her blog this award is given to those whose postivity and creativity inspires others in the blog world.

Sunshine Award Rules 
 Put logo on blog or within post
Pass award on to 12 bloggers
Link nominees within blog post
Let nominees know they have received the award by leaving a comment on blog
Share the love and link the person from whom you received this award

Here are my 12 nominees

Etsy Steam Team The blog for one of my etsy teams filled with loads of talented steampunk artists and interesting steampunk articles. 

Etsy Trade-A-Holics Another etsy team blog. This is the place to find news about trading events and more. I have had so much fun trading with teams members I've found it much more satisfying than selling. Everyone on etsy should join.

EtsyBloggers Team Yet another etsy team blog. A collection of bloggers promoting talented etsy artists.

Handmade Artists Forum And another etsy team blog. An awesome blog dedicated to supporting handmade.

Oh Canada! Featuring talented Canadian etsy artists.

Trans-Canada Etsy Team Blog Another blog featuring Canadian etsy artists.

Sellers Assisting Sellers Great blog full of ideas and tips for sellers.

Handmade Craft Show A great place to advertise your shop.

Misty's Musings Just because I love her work. Dragons are my favorite people.

The Trading Post @ Artfire The official blog for the Artfire Trading Guild. Another fun trading group.

Steampunk Links Because I love steampunk.

Tom Banwell - Leather and Resin Projects I love his steampunk creations. They inspire me to work harder on my own.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from One Delightful Day on etsy.

From OneDelightfulDay's Shop Announcement:

"If you see something you like in my shop, and would like something similar custom made for you, please feel free to ask!"

What a great costume and I love the pose in this picture. Having made a few steampunk costumes myself I can tell you this would definitely be a big hit on the convention scene. It's a fabulous design and the hat is to die for. Whether you're into steampunk or not you should check out all the fabulous costumes from One Delightful Day. Just click on the picture.

Complete Steampunk Gown Set 
(Jacket and Skirt, Blouse, Underskirt)

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's handmade Tweet comes from Daisy Jane Designs on etsy.

From DaisyJaneDesigns Bio:

"Thank you for stopping by DaisyJaneDesigns.

I have been making Fine Silver PMC jewelry now for about 2 years. PMC is a wonderful material that offers a diversity that sterling silver doesn’t. PMC is made of tiny particles of pure silver suspended in an organic binder. The binder is basically clay made out of plant matter. I squish, roll, press, stamp, carve, mold, cut, sand, join, dry, and then fire the clay either with a torch or in a kiln. PMC must fired at 1100 – 1650 degrees to ensure strength. PMC does not contain copper or any other metal that would make it an alloy, like sterling silver. Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals which is usually copper. Fired PMC is 99.9% pure silver!"

I am such a ring whore and this one keeps calling to me. There is so much fine detail on it. You have to look at the other images of it and see what I mean. PMC is such a fascinating material I'd love to try it if only I had a kiln. If I tried a torch I'm sure I'd set something on fire, probably me. Click on the picture to see more fabulous fine silver creations by DaisyJaneDesigns.

Garden Party Ring in Fine Silver

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

The Handmade Tweet for today comes from Sleepy Robot 13 on etsy.

From sleepyrobot13's Bio:

"My name is Lisastarchild, yes this is my real first name, no my parents weren't hippies! lol. I am a handmade Art toy maker from Cleveland, Ohio. I am inspired by designer toys, urban vinyl and the art of Luke Chueh and Buff Monster. I currently hand sculpt all of my figures out of polymer clay, but hope to someday be able to afford to produce a small run of some of my characters in vinyl. After loosing my job last year I turned to crafting to pay my rent and bills until I found a new job. At this time I still have not found permanent employment, so crafting is my only income. Just know that every order pretty much goes toward living expenses and supplies."

This little guy is just so cute I can't stand it! Who would think of putting a robot in glow in the dark underpants? Well obviously Lisastarchild did and she made it adorable. All of her robots are uber cute but this little one made me laugh. Click on the picture to see all of her cute robots, and monsters too.

Super Hero Robot w/ Glow n The Dark Underpants

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Fire Rae's Lampwork on ArtFire.

From Fire Rae's Lampwork's Studio Announcement:

"Welcome!! Fire Rae's Lampwork is a mother daughter team bringing you handmade lampworked beads and sculptures for your finishing touches. We also offer finished jewelry in a wide variety of designs. All handmade and handcrafted in our home studio. Please enjoy your stay and thank you for stopping by. Gloria Rae Nichols Chelsea Rae Rezabek"

I'm constantly amazed by what people can do with lampwork. It's a little mind boggling to me trying to figure out how pendants like this one are made. They're so beautiful they're almost magical. Click on the picture to see more magical creations by Gloria Rae Nichols and Chelsea Rae Rezabek.

Lampwork Borosilicate Glass Pendant Mushroom in a Mushroom

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Handmade Artists Forum Blog Ring - Featured Artist

Since this week my blog ring is featuring me (I'm so excited and honored) I've decided to feature blog ring #2's featured artist Tuscan Road Designs.

From tuscanroad's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to my shop!
Here, you will find an eclectic mix of mod and vintage jewelry designed and handcrafted by me. Creating handmade, original and unique jewelry is my "therapy" and It has definitely unleashed my creative side. I have consistently been inspired during numerous world travels, always keeping an eye out for the beautiful and unusual bead or idea that helps make these one-of-a-kind creations so unique. So have a peek and enjoy!"

I just love old keys, which is probably why I have so many of them. She's combined this one with the most perfect accent charms to make a stunningly beautiful necklace. Click on the picture to see more of her wonderful creations. You can also check out her blog at

Long Jet Crystal Chain Necklace with Charms

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes all the way from Holland, Berniolie Handmade Accessories on etsy.

From Berniolie's Shop Announcement:

"My store is full of knitted and crochet accessories. Every item is with great care handmade and designed by me.
If you have any questions about an item just send me a convo.

Feel like making the items yourself, then check out my other store with patterns;"

This shawl looks so soft and delicate. I would feel like an elegant Victorian lady wearing this. What a beautiful design. I'm tempted to try one of her patterns myself but it may be outside my skill level. Maybe I'll just drool over the finish product instead. If you'd like to do a little drooling yourself just click on the picture to visit her shop.

Soft pink knitted mohair shawl with ruffled edge

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from fellow HAF Team member Colette's Boutique.

From Colettesboutique's Shop Announcement:

"I enjoy creating handcrafted jewelry using sterling silver, fine silver and beautiful semi precious gemstones and sometimes sparkly crystals. Feel free to check out my earrings and necklaces etc.. and do not hesitate if you have a custom request. I will be glad to work with you to create something to match your taste and vision."

This is so gorgeous! A beautiful stone and amazing wire wrapping, which I know from experience is a very difficult thing to do. In addition to making stunning jewelry Colette also offers wire wrapping tutorials, something I could really use. Click on the picture to see all the lovely items in her shop.

Amandine Necklace

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Featured EtsyBlogger for February

This month's Featured EtsyBlogger is TiLTCreations.

From TiLTCreations Bio:

"Welcome! I am a stay at home mom of a 14 and 4 year old boy. It makes life rather interesting! I sew and create whenever possible. I have been sewing and crafting for years and now enjoy sharing them with others. My creations are all made by me, by hand. Please take your time and browse around.

Visit my Tilt Too shop here on etsy for some supply destash...

You can find me on my blogs:"

Awesome another Buffy Fan! I too love all thing Joss so it wasn't hard to pick a favorite item to feature. This is a great bag. It's perfect for the stylish slayer, not only will it hold her favorite stake but there's an extra pocket for her lip gloss too. Just in case your not so much into the Whedonverse, though I can't imagine why, there are many other fabulous purses and bags to choose from. Click on the picture to see them all.

Buffy B and Mr Pointy Red Messenger Bag, 
Hand Embroidered

Friday, February 19, 2010

Handmade Artists Forum Blog Ring - Featured Artist

This week's HAF Featured Artist is Reef Botanicals.

A little about Reef Botanicals products:

"About Our Soap:

We use only the finest natural ingredients in our soaps, to give you a luxurious bath experience. We therefore do not use commercial synthetic fragrance oils; if an essential oil is not available, we simply will not offer that scent. Many of our soaps have nothing but the natural scent of the ingredients involved, and are therefore suitable for those with allergies and sensitivities.

The same standard is held for colorants, and the colors you see in our soaps come only from the ingredients themselves or safe, natural additives."

OK this is definitely one of my fantasies, cover my body with chocolate. Oh wait, it's soap right? Oh well close enough, at least I won't have to have another shower later. But will I be hungry when I get out of the shower? Think it's worth the risk but if you prefer something less sweet click on the picture to see their whole line of handmade luxury bath products.

Honey Chocolate Soap

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from a shop that I'm surprised I haven't thought to feature before now, Binary Winter Press on etsy.

From binarywinter's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to the Binary Winter Press Shop! Our clothing features the things we love best, from Art Nouveau to robots, steampunk and satellites. All designs are created and illustrated by us, Cody and Shea. Everything is sweatshop-free and printed by hand in an eco-friendly and vegan workshop. Please convo us with any questions or for custom orders. Thank you!"

I don't know why I have not featured this shop before. I'm crazy about these T-shirts. I have one of these myself and I always get compliments when I wear it. It's great to still go a little steampunk even when you can't wear a costume. They have loads of other great designs too, I especially like the Octo-Pi. Click on the picture to see all of them.

Tender Time Bomb in Brown

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Star Creations on etsy.

From Star Creations Bio:

"craft addict who likes working with everything from metal,stones wirewrapping to polymer clay and mixed media collage. I have been admiring the amazing creative work of the vast etsy community for about a year now, and have decided to try selling a few of my own creations. Thanks for stopping by!! yeah,I know went a little crazy on the tree thing, they are so addictive I just couldn't stop, my mind is still racing with all sort of tree ideas,but I promise other stuff soon!!For the next couple of weeks I will be destashing to make room for more!! So keep checking in you might just see something you want!!Thanks for stopping in for a visit!!!"

Personally I love the tree thing. Here are three of my favorite things together (even better that chocolate and peanut butter) natural stones, wire wrapping and copper. How wonderfully unique! They call pyrite fools gold but I think anyone would look pretty smart wearing this beautiful pendant. Click on the picture to see more trees, and other things, from Star Creations.

Rugged Copper Tree of Life on Pyrite Stone Pendant

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes form promirta from RE~cycled Treasures on etsy.

From promirta's Shop Announcement:

"Hello & Welcome to my shop!

I hope you'll like what you see and you will return often.


I'll be out of the country visiting Hungary and Romania between March 9th and April 9th. I'll have access to internet but won't be able to ship items until I come back."

I'm envious I wish I could take month off to visit anywhere. Oh well I'll have to be content visiting her shop. I love these earrings. I've never liked things that are too symmetrical. Click on the picture to see more asymmetrical, and some symmetrical, creations by promirta.

Asymmetry. Earrings

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

The Handmade Tweet for today comes from TheoDapore on etsy.

From TheoDapore's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to my Etsy art gallery.
Featured are modern original acrylic canvas art paintings.
All canvas art is stretched, gallery wrapped and sides are painted. Wall decor in many styles and color palettes to meet your decorating taste."

These paintings are wonderfully unusual and captivating. I had a very hard time choosing one to feature. You really need to see them all. Theo also has some wonderful handcrafted jewelry. I have one of his bracelets and I love wearing it, I've had lots of compliments. Click on the picture to check out his gorgeous shop.

Landscape abstract Original red blue acrylic canvas art READY TO HANG 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Valentine Handmade Tweet comes from Lunedesigns on etsy.

From lunedesigns's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to my Etsy jewelry shop! If you love exotic pearls, rough-hewn gemstones, rich woods, ethnic beads, hand forged metal and vibrant glass, you're in the right place! I do too! Here you will find one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces ranging from the classy to the funky, with some earthy and hints of ethnic in between, all flavored with the spectacular scenery of northwest Montana. These pieces can be worn with both casual attire, or with the most stunning frock in your closet. It's up to you!"

What a great idea and so versatile. You can wear it as either a necklace or a bracelet. This is something I would love to get for Valentine's Day, not that I'm expecting anything. My husband just isn't into it, sigh. Oh well maybe my cats will get me something. Click on the picture to see more lovely creations from Lunedesigns. I'm sure you'll find something for your Valentine, or just for yourself.

Ruby Red Valentine's Day Convertible Necklace-Bracelet

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Lazy T Crochet on etsy.

From LazyTcrochet's Shop Announcement:

"Shawls and hats are my favorite handmade designs. I love watching Winter sports and especially love all the funky hats!
Sport Handmade!"

This just looks so cozy and I love the colours. I just want to curl up in it and watch the Olympics. Click on the picture to see more warm and cozy designs by Lazy T Crochet.

Herb Garden Shawl

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Rosebud's Lampwork Beads on etsy.

From rosebud101's Shop Announcement:

"February Sale: Hearts: 10% off. They are already marked down.

Welcome to my store. Feel free to browse and shop to your heart’s content. Thank you for taking the time to look. You are welcome back at any time. Check my profile for FAQ's. Feel free to contact me with ideas and suggestions."

I can so identify with this one. I've had a lot of days when I feel like this, especially lately. Do you think wearing this necklace would give people a warning? Probably not, they would just think it was cute. Click on the picture to check out all the cute, pretty and funky creations by Rosebud's Lampwork Beads.

Sale - PMS or Something I Said 
Handmade Lampwork Glass Bead Pendant by rosebud101

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Handmade Artists Forum Blog Ring - Featured Artist

This week's HAF Blog Ring's featured artist is HaffinaCreations. Here is a look at her Artfire Shop.

From Haffina's Bio:

"I'm a busy mum of 5 with a love of jewellery and creating... and now I'm offering it for others to enjoy. I live in Australia.

I gain inspiration from everything at different times. I have very eclectic tastes and this will be apparent in the variation of items available in this studio.

Sometimes my family get involved too, especially my mum, she knits amazingly quickly.

Recently three of my sons, 13 year old twins and a 10 year old, decided to help out. So I have given them their own pages, everything on those pages is made by them, with minimal help from me.
I am the Guildmaster for the ArtFire Chainmaille Guild, a member of the Polymer Clay Smooshers Guild, The ArtFire Cafemom Team, Australians on Fire Guild and the We Love ArtFire Guild and a columnist for the Craft Techniques Department of
I am an Administrator on an online forum - Alundra's Conundrum, Moderator on the Handmade Artists Forum and a member of BeadingForum dot com dot au.
I love what I do, even though I am very busy. I am happy to receive custom orders, so if you see something you like, but you want it a different colour or slightly different style then contact me and we can work together to make you something unique that you will cherish. Please note that my items are One Of A Kind, and whilst I can make similar articles, I don't make exact copies. I am also more than happy to trade."

Wow, is is one busy lady. When does she find time to make anything? Somehow she finds time to make some of the most stunning jewelry I've seen. Like this beautiful set. I just love this! The colours are so vibrant and it's all so rich and full and organic looking. You would definitely get a lot of attention while wearing this. Click on the picture to see more fabulous creations by HaffinaCreations.

Autumn Toned Beaded Spiral Jewellery Set

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes form Fuzzy Feet Boutique on etsy.

From FuzzyFeetBoutique's Shop Announcement:

"♥ Welcome to my shop for all things Cute Crochet ♥
If you're interested in Crochet Pattern for my designs check out my other shop

All my items are made using my own designs.They are all One Of a Kind & made with lots of love.
And you can find my Blog here"

I so love these little animals! I really must work on my crocheting. Isn't he adorable? I just want to hug him. Click on the picture to see more huggable creations by Fuzzy Feet Boutique.

Amigurumi Piggie