Monday, March 31, 2008

Diamonds and Daisies For the Month of April 2008

Diamonds are a girl's best friend ... you bet! Diamonds in April, May moons to spoon followed by weddings in June. Well I don't have any diamonds and I don't have any weddings about which to croon but here are a few interesting shops on Etsy that I found.

Diamonds are forever by

Pin and Green Diamonds - Original Painting on Canvas by Kipi

Sassybellaboutique - lacy, diamond crochet trim

Now when it comes to Daisies you can count me in. I have this gorgeous single strand necklace with a daisy in a flowerpot charm as the focal point. How many of you remember pulling the petals off of a daisy while reciting this little ditty, "He loves me, He loves me not...". I checked. If you could pull the metal petals off this daisy, you would finish with, "He LOVES me!" Right on. Follow the link below to check it out.

As we close the door on March and open the window to April, it is so nice to think of the cold weather, the ice and snow leaving too. We've had enough this year! So let's welcome April and her fields of daisies with arms open wide. And tonight, dream of fields of diamonds headed your way!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Etsians on Review - Southampton Creations

This is the first of my reviews of artists and artisans on Etsy. For those of you not familiar with Etsy, it is an online venue where artists, crafts people form a virtual marketplace for shoppers interested in purchasing hand made work.

I'd like to introduce to you Southampton Creations. Southampton Creations is operated by a delightfully  charismatic lady named Patricia.

Pat is a retired grandmother living in a small town on the shores of Lake Huron in Canada. Pat is adept at crochet - hats, ponchos, sweaters and mittens. She also makes bib clips for children and adults. What an amazingly practical idea! They are the perfect item to have handy for those spaghetti dinners. Bright and cheerful ribbons and clips that are just the thing to help hold that napkin in place at the dinner table or for someone in the hospital or nursing home. At $2.99 each, you can afford to outfit the whole family!

Here is a link:

You can find unique and interesting gift card sets in her shop. If you are looking for something to please the most difficult person on your list, I'm sure you can find something here. Pat's gift card sets always have a little something extra. For instance one of the current gift sets listed is a Japanese Tea Set. The set includes a beautiful photo greeting card (blank inside) with envelope, a packet of loose tea (the packet acts as the tea bag so no worries about loose tea leaves floating around in the pot), a card with instructions for making a perfect pot of Japanese tea and a gift card. Plus you get a sticker in the shape of a kimono (fabric sticker) to seal your gift.

Here is the link to the item:

Pat has two talented daughters, each of whom has their own Etsy shop. I'll be reviewing their shop in this blog later on.

To visit Southampton Creations simply click the link to the right of this blog or copy and paste the following link:

Have a wonderful day! And remember, BUY HANDMADE.

Buy Handmade

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! And a fine day it 'tis too.

Starting this week I'll be reviewing shops on For those of you unaware, is a wonderful online venue for artists and crafters to sell their wares. It is therefore a wonderful place to shop!

Please check out the links to the right of my postings. There is a set of links to fabulous shops on Etsy. And as well a set of links to venues where my work can be seen.

I expect the first of my reviews will be posted on Thursday, March 20th so do check back in then.

The list of shops to be reviewed in the coming weeks is as follows (as of 11:00 am, March 17th):

Southampton Creations
Invoke Photography
From Japan With Love
Handmade by Annabelle

If you are a shop owner on Etsy and would like to be added to my list of upcoming shops to be reviewed please post here:

Ta Rah and Toodle d oo

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Spring is coming

Today the sun is shining and the temperature is 1 degree celsius. Not that warm really but oh it does feel like spring!

I've been working on several projects this week trying to get caught up before Easter. As Easter is early this year I'm burning the midnight candles. The pain in my legs has also been bad and has kept me from sleeping so having the projects to do helps to distract me from the pain.

Finished my butterfly and turquoise necklace last night. It has the tiniest little metal butterflies black seed beads, silver lined crystal seed beads, turquoise coloured bicones, clear bicones, silver lined bugles and turquoise coloured cat's eye balls. The butterflies are silver coloured and burnished with black. It has plenty of bling to it. It would be gorgeous as either daytime or nighttime wear.

Sally was very interested and was watching me closely as I beaded away. As I put the finishing touches on my iridescent ebead and butterfly necklace she came right over and was raising her paw to 'help me out' when I screeched. She also thought it might be fun to sit on my bead tray! LOL! This is a cat who won't sit on anyone's lap. Right!

I spent 3 hours working on a colonial fashion doll outfit (Barbie (C)tm). It is a pale dark blue. I want to say dusty blue. I finished the overskirt and crocheted a white picot edging around it. Still to go are the arms, neckline, underskirt and slip.

On the drawing board is a yorkie puppy. A lovely lady wearing a bright pink bow in ther forelocks. Charmed!

I've been exploring all the wonderful shops and people on We Love Etsy. What a talented group!

Keep on Crafting!


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Shop Opens on Etsy

Impawsible to Resist, a cornecopia of treasures opened on Etsy in February 2008.