Friday, February 26, 2010

Lucille Clifton ~ 1936 - 2010

One of my favorite poets, Lucille Clifton passed away today at the age of 73.  I want to share with you my favorite poem by her ....

homage to my hips

the hips are big hips
they need space to
move around in.
they don't fit into little
petty places.  these hips
are free hips.
they don't like to be held back.
these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips.
these hips are magic hips.
i have known them
to put a spell on a man and
spin him like a top!

drawing by artist, Paul Delacroix

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Featuring! ~ Fellow Etsy Artisan DKJewels

This is the 1st in my new series of features on some fabulous fellow Etsy Artisans.  I hope you enjoy learning more about some incredible talented people in the indie artist community!   ~ Sandie
from her Etsy profile...

"My name is Krystle. AND I LOVE BEADS! Oh wait this isn't a beads anonymous meeting. woops.   I am a 27 yr old stay at home mom to 3 rambunctious kiddlets . I have One girl and 2 boys. I have been married to my husband and love of my life for nearly 9 years.  I have been beading in one form or another since I was a child. I am inspired by Vintage items, oriental artwork, southwestern fashion nature or maybe just a color combination I saw on a cereal box.  I Love to create things, ANYTHING. I paint, update old furniture I find at flea markets, make soap, make hair bows, paper crafts you name it! I'm not happy if I can't make something."  
How long have you been selling on Etsy, and what do you sell?

"I have been selling on etsy since April 9, 2007. I started out selling Handmade jewelry, soap and hand etched glass. I know sell primarily my jewelry and hair accessories."  

What do like most about being an independent artist/seller? 

"I like the freedom I have to control what I sell. What I invest and If I need a break I am free to take one. Also I love the personal aspect you get from selling your art to people directly. I love building relationships with my customers." 

What do like least about being an independent artist/seller? 

"I wish it was simpler to spread the word about my jewels. you really have to work hard to advertise for yourself. Also, I wish people understood that each item is handmade with love and expertise and not made on an assembly line."  

Tell us about your single most positive/unique/fun Etsy (seller) experience? 

"I have had quite a few. I really enjoy when people explain why they bough a piece or that it was for a special occasion. But, I think my favorite was being picked as a seller for the etsy e-mail twice! It felt so neat to know all those people would see my work." 

What one piece of info/advice do you wish someone had told you, the day before you opened shop on Etsy? 

"There will be slow times! The fluctuation in sales can really make you nervous at time. I will have a ton of sales from nowhere and then none for weeks. I have learned to try and stay busy creating and making connections during the slow times."  

Where and/or how do you market your Etsy Shop/s? 

"I play on Twitter, @dkjewels, and I have a Facebook fan page and I also buy small advertising spots when I can afford to. I also have a huge vinyl decal with my etsy shop across the back of my van and I place business cards anyplace that lets me."  

What is your favorite single item that you make (the one you hate to part with)?

"Oh there have been a few, currently I am in love with . It's my favorite color and its just so sleek and wonderful! YUMMO." 

And last but not least - what is your favorite color, favorite song, favorite food, and favorite day of the week?

Babe im Gonna leave you by Led Zeppelin 
Be sure to stop by Krystal's shops and check out all her lovely jewelry and hair accessories!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Jewelry that celebrates Phenomenal Women!

Are you a "Phenomenal Woman", a curvy girl, A BBW(Big Beautiful Woman)?  

I have some beautiful necklaces and pendants (in my Etsy Shop, ZaftigDelights), that celebrate you and all that you are! 

And my favorite poem...

         "Phenomenal Woman" ~ by Maya Angelou

           Pretty women wonder where my secret
               lies   I'm not cute or built to       
           suit a model's fashion size   But
               when I start to tell them
              They think I'm telling lies.
              I say  It's in the reach of my arms
               The span of my hips
                The stride of my steps
                 The curl of my lips.
              I'm a woman Phenomenally
                  Phenomenal woman
                        That's me.

             I walk into a room
              Just as cool as you please
             and to a man
            The fellows stand or
             Fall down on their knees
            Then they swarm around me
              A hive of honey bees
                 I say
             It's the fire in my eyes
              And the flash of my teeth
               The swing of my waist
                 And the joy in my feet.
                 Phenomenal woman
                     That's me. 
            Men themselves have wondered
             What they see in me
              They try so much
             But they can't touch
               My inner mystery.
            When I try to show them
              They say they still can't see.
                  I say
             It's the arch of my back
              The sun of my smile
               The ride of my breasts
                The grace of my style.
              I'm a woman
                  Phenomenal woman
                      That's me.
            Now you understand
          Just why my head's not bowed 
           I don't shout or jump about
            Or have to talk real loud
             When you see me passing
              It ought to make you proud.
                   I say
            It's in the click of my heels
             The bend of my hair
               The palm of my hand
                 The need for my care.
             Cause I'm a woman
                Phenomenal woman
                      That's me. 

Be phenomenal!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sending love to strangers through Etsy treasuries!

There is a fun new trend going on at Etsy right now, for those of us that love curating treasuries, that we're calling "love to a stranger".  When looking for items to feature in a treasury, I make a point of going to the "Pounce" feature and looking for an undiscovered (new) shop that has not had a sale yet at Etsy, and include them in my treasury.  It's a wonderful way to meet new sellers on Etsy and help them get their shops known.  It might even net them their first sale, which would be fabulous!!  

Here is my latest treasury, with 2 "strangers" (new shops on Etsy).  I hope you will show them (and the other sellers featured here) some love by browsing their shops and checking out their fabulous work!!

Nuit Parisiennes Organza Necklace - by VividColors
Bon Soir Eiffel Tower Print - by KirbysLoft
Royal Blue Crystal AB Beads - StLouisBeads
Sapphire Blue Czech Glass and Swarovski Earrings - by ZaftigDelights
Ginko Box, Gourd Bowl - by MidnightCoiler
Cobalt Hand Knit Scarf - by Awkward
Perfume of Roses Original Watercolor - by Mozo
1950s Blue Velvet Hat - by ByTheWay
Navy Blue Leather Journal - by Wee Bindery
Handpainted Stoneware Pendant - by House of Harriet
Oval Vase - by DBabcock
Wishes to a Midnight Sky Earrings - by DKJewels


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

I want to wish a Happy Valentine's day to the loves of my life; my sweetheart and best friend, my husband Guy, our wonderful daughter Rachael, and fabulous grandson, Charlie.  The 3 of you rock my world, and make everything I do so worthwhile. I love you with all my heart!!

Wishing all my friends and family a beautiful day filled with lots of love!  (Oh yes, chocolates and cupcakes too.)  ;o)

Do something sweet for the ones you love!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Aqua & Copper

I just curated another treasure this morning - and this time I decided to use one of my favorite color combinations, Aqua & Copper.  I love these colors - they are very warm and soothing to me.  They kind of remind me of a warm summer afternoon.  Be sure to stop by the treasury and leave me a comment, and I also hope you will stop by the shops of the featured artisans.  They are awesome!!
Art print from Lori411
Handmade Lampwork Beads from LindenAvenueDesigns
Chalcedony Earrings from ZaftigDelights
Copper Earrings from TheApple
1950's Dishes from ByTheWayside
Travel Duffle from StudioCherie
Potholders from OriginalsbyLauren
Vintage Wall Hanging from WestbourneGrove
Aqua Knit Cap from Lamaworks
Rising Sun Collage from Slvilov
Clay Pendant from KNME
Copper Leaf Earrings from LindenLeafStudio


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Promoting your business with Animoto Videos!

I made this fun video to promote my handmade jewlelry from my Etsy Shop, Zaftig Delights. It is quick and easy to do, and if you have never tried using Animoto, you should.  Just go to and look over all the options they have!  You can even use it to send a Valentine's greeting your honey!

I hope you enjoy my video. Be sure to turn up your volume, because there is some fun music! Drop me a comment and let me know.  ;o)

Create your own video slideshow at

Monday, February 8, 2010

What's on your needles?

I love to knit.  It really is a "zen" thing for me.  I can relax, read, have deep thoughts, watch TV, talk to someone else, and still knit (at the same time).  It's a great multi-tasking thing.  :o)

I usually have 6 or 7 projects (or more) on needles at any one given time.  I'm definitely not a "monogamous" knitter.  I get too bored working on just one project until it is finished.  Depending on my mood, and what I feel like working on, you can pretty much expect that I have a couple of scarves, a hat or two, a sweater or shawl, and several small things like baby hats in the works.

I thought I would share with a sample of some of my recently finished projects, and some things I'm working on at the moment.

This is a lovely lace triangle scarf in rich teal heather wool (you can tie at the neck, or fasten with brooch or shawl pin), that is embellished with organza ribbon and some beautiful handmade stoneware charms made by Midnightcoiler.  You can see the actual listing in my Etsy shop here.   
This fun hat is a custom design that I made for my daughter Rachael for her birthday.  I love how it turned out!  (And, her birthday is tomorrow, February 9th, so Happy Birthday sweetie!!)  I can make this hat up any color combos, and will be listing it in my Etsy shop, KnitzyBlonde, soon. 


Here's a cute Baby hat that I recently finished for a custom order.  I like it so much I made a second one and listed it here in my Etsy shop.  :o)

And another hat that I just listed.  I call it my "Snow Blossom" hat, and I can make it up in any size from infant to adult and in other colors as well.  Trixie (my model) sure seems to like it!

And, a  scarf that I currently working on - I call it "salt n pepper".  

And another triangle lace scarf, in a multi colored handpainted yarn.  

And besides these - I still have 3 more scarves, one shawl and 2 custom baby hats on needles at the moment.  I think there is enough to keep me busy for this week.  ;o)

I also can't talk about knitting without giving a plug for Ravelry.  It is a wonderful community for knitters, crocheters, people who spin and make hand pain yarns, designers of knitting patterns, etc.  It has thousands of members all around the world, and is the most comprehensive site for knitters/crocheters of all levels.  Be sure to stop by a register at Ravelry to join in the fun!!

So, what's on your needles??  :o)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The new DIY Dish - and giveaway!

I got a great email today about something wonderful from Kim and Kris at the DIY Dish.

From their email:

"Introducing "The DIY Dish!" web show where we will "dish out" the latest and greatest projects, tips, ideas, and reviews on everything DIY: sewing, crafting, scrapbooking, home decor, kid projects, machine embroidery, hand embroidery, and more!

It’s a brand-new series of videos — it’s free — and it’s going to be a whole lot of fun!"

To celebrate the launch of their new show, the DIY Dish folks are going to give away TWO (yes, TWO!!) dream machines from Janome ! Someone is going to win the Janome 350e EMBROIDERY machine and a second person is going to win the Janome DC4030 SEWING machine! Now how cool is that?!

So head on over to to watch their 1-minute introduction and find out how you could win one of those machines! TWO people will win!

Happy sewing, quilting, embroidering and DIY crafting!!