Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Featuring! ~ Fellow Etsy Artisan "The Joy of Color"

Here is another installment in my series feature some fabulous fellow Etsy artisans. In honor of "Spring" like to introduce you to Yael, from The Joy of Color.

How long have you been selling on Etsy, and what do you sell?

I'm selling at Etsy about 8 months. I sell mainly decorative painted objects for home wear made of cold clay, like bouquet of flowers, napkin rings, containers. I also have some knitted fashion and jewelry accessories combined with my clay flowers.

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

First of all No bosses around!!, I'm the only one deciding about my day schedule.  Freedom to create whatever I want to. I just love working from home without spending time on commuting, and yes i do love to hang around most of the day with my old jeans and T's.

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

I really don't like all the accountant and bureaucratic staff.

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

Well, just at the beginning a nice Australian lady ordered a big quantity of my golden flowers. She ordered when she was already packing and moving to a smaller house. When she got the flowers she send me a long letter describing what a dreadful day she had arranging their temporary house, which was small and full of cartons yet, and her 2 dogs have arthritis and can not go upstairs, etc. But then her husband came from the post office with the golden flowers that made her so happy so she wrote this wonderful letter to tell me how they made her fell. Well that sure made me happy! I think that is one of the things I like about selling on Etsy; the personal human touch.

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

Learn about etsy from forums, friends, browse it , (not like me that jumped right in without knowing a thing about selling on line). Be patient and be prepared for a long process of learning  And finally, a good camera is a must!!

Where or how do you market your Etsy Shop?

Actually i need to do more at this area, what i do is: in Etsy - treasuries (because i love it), nominate for voter whenever it fits, (been in one and it was great promotion), working on my tagging, Etsy category showcase didn't work for me. I tried the main showcase - lots of entries but too expensive. Outside Etsy, I'm on Twitter, Facebook and Kaboodle. I don't have a blog yet, thinking about it but writing is not one of my best skills.

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

My golden Lurex cable knit bag.

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

Day In Day Out by Billie Holiday
Fresh baked bread (by me) with butter

Be sure to stop by Yael's Etsy shop, The Joy of Color.

You can also find Yael on:



Monday, March 29, 2010

2 Lucky Winners!!

We have 2 lucky winners from the Sara Lynn Giveaway.  They are:

Sibabe64   and  Starbaby

If you two would drop me an email - zaftig2k at yahoo dot com - I need your shipping address to send out your CD/T-shirt Fan Pack from Sara Lynn.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Meet Singer/Songwriter Sara Lynn ~ Review & Giveaway!

Most you who know me know what a profound role music has played in my life. I spent most of my life as a professional musician (drummer/vocalist) and while I no longer play professionally, I can't imagine my life without music.  I listen to all types of music (you should see my CD & vinyl collection!), and am always thrilled to find someone/something new and fresh to add to my play list.

Sara Lynn and I "ran into" each other on Twitter, and after a couple of tweets, I checked out her music, and ended up adding one of her song widgets to my blog.  I really enjoyed her song "I love this ride".  It sort of echos my motto in life, which is why I chose that song widget.  :o) So we continued tweeting and one thing lead to the next, and here we are with this awesome giveaway.  Now before we actually get to the giveaway, I want to give a quick review of Sara's newest CD, "Don't Call Me Angel".  

Prior to listening to "Don't Call Me Angel", I had only heard the one song "I Love This Ride", so I was somewhat under the impression that Sara was a Country/Rock/Americana style artist.  Well, she is that, but she is also a whole lot more.  She is a fabulous singer songwriter whose music crosses over many genres.  Sara's music is not something you can easily pigeon hole, which makes it a treat to the ears!  Her songs/music have her fabulously strong vocals, interesting lyrics and some kick-ass musicians backing her up.  I hear everything from Pop/Soul/Jazzy-Blusey and of course the Country/Rock flavor when I pop in this CD for a listen.  

Sara says she is an "artist taking a bit of a risk" with this eclectic album.  But if you are anything like me - you'll likely agree that the variety in her songs on this CD really work. Let's face it, we all have different tastes at different times, and this album really celebrates that!

Now for the fun part.  Sara has graciously offered to giveaway a fabulous fan pack which include a T-shirt and the CD "Don't Call Me Angel" to two of my awesome blog followers!!.  How cool is that!!?
How to enter this giveaway:

Please leave a separate comment for each entry that you make.  Be sure to leave your name and email address or website info in every comment you leave.  If you don't, we can't reach you if you win, so please do not forget.  (You can leave it like this "suzie at yahoo dot com" if you like).

First entry is mandatory.  Be sure you do this or other entries won't count.

1. You must be a follower of my blog via Google friend.  

Then, go to Sara Lynn's website In the upper right hand corner of the page click on the link that says "launch music player".  Kick back and listen to the 7 fabulous song selections from Sara Lynn's "Don't Call Me Angel" album, in the music player.  Come back here and in a comment, let me know that you follow my blog, and tell me your fav song of Sara's from the music player, and why you liked it.

You may do any or all of the following for extra entries:

2. Go to Sara Lynn's facebook fan page and become a fan.  Come back here and let us know in a comment.

3. Follow Sara Lynn on Twitter and tweet the following:  "Win an awesome fan pack #giveaway, T-shirt and CD from @SaraLynnMusic . Enter at".  Come back here and leave me the link to your tweet.

4. Go to Sara Lynn's website In the upper right corner is a link that says, "Get e-mail updates". Click on that link and sign up for her mailing list. Come back here and let me know in a comment. 

Giveaway starts immediately, and ends Sunday, March 28th at 12midnight. I'll be using to choose two (2) winners. I'll be back on Monday March 29th to blog about the 2 winners of the Sara Lynn fan pack!!

Happy listening!


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

An Irish Blessing - and a big surprise!

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I would like to share with you this lovely Irish blessing...

May you always have walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire.

Now you're probably wondering what the big surprise is?  Well - you will have to tune in tomorrow to find out the details.  But I'll give you a hint or two.  It involves some fabulous music - and it is a GIVEAWAY!!  Be sure you stop back by tomorrow to see what I have up my sleeve.  

In the meantime, have a fabulously happy St. Patrick's day!  And, if you happen to find yourself anywhere near a a fine Irish pub, tip one for me!  ;o)


Friday, March 12, 2010

The wisdom of Christopher Robin...

“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." 
(Christopher Robin to Pooh- A. A. Milne)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Go see Alice!!

If you haven't been to see the new movie, Alice in Wonderland, by all means, get to the movie theaters this weekend. Visually this movie is a feast for the eyes, and Tim Burton's creative genius will not disappoint in that regard.  The movie itself is getting mixed reviews, mostly because of a somewhat lacking screenplay and dialogue, but if you love visually beautiful movies and great CGI you won't want to miss this one on the big screen. 
Being a little "Alice" inspired today, I just curated an Etsy treasury that was Alice themed.  I hope you enjoy the fun items that I chose for this treasury, and I hope that you will stop by and check out the delightful Etsy shops whose items I featured.

Featured Sellers:

Happy Thursday!

Monday, March 8, 2010

It's a beautiful (Mon)Day!!

I wanted to share with you a lovely treasury that one of my handbags was featured in, because the treasury is so pretty, and because I love this U2 song that inspired it!!

Featured sellers in this Etsy treasury:

   DK Pottery

    Currated by:

Have a "Beautiful Day"!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Featuring! ~ Fellow Etsy Artisan Originals by Lauren

This is the 2nd in my new series of features on some fabulous fellow Etsy Artisans.  I hope you enjoy learning more about some incredibly talented people in the indie artist community!   ~ Sandie

Originals by Lauren

From her Etsy Profile:

"I have been sewing since the age of 11 and have had a dressmaking and alterations business for 20 years. Etsy gives me a chance to be creative and try new things. I love to sew and make everything in my shop myself. Most are my designs and many are one of a kind. I am also a silversmith, and have a few items listed here. All are original designs, one of a kind, and made with quality materials."
How long have you been selling on Etsy, and what do you sell?
"I joined Etsy May 1, 2008, and started listing things 3 weeks later."

What do like most about being an independent artist/seller?
"I enjoy the creative outlet Etsy gives me. I have a dressmaking and alterations business out of my home, and Etsy allows me to make the things that I want to make, instead of only what people want me to make. "
What do like least about being an independent artist/seller?

"The thing I like the least is not being able to depend on a regular income."
Tell us about your single most positive/unique/fun Etsy (seller) experience? 
"I think the best experience I had here was joining a local team, because many of us have met in person and become friends."

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

"I wish I knew how much work it would be to drive customers to my shop."

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

"I tons of re-listing on Etsy, and I tweet my new listings on Twitter.  I'm not on facebook, but I do list my shop on as many sites as possible.  I've not had muck luck with advertising, but I am still looking."
What is your favorite single item that you make (the one you hate to part with)?
"I love my quilts!  Each one is different and unique."  

And last but not least - what is your favorite color, favorite song, favorite food, and favorite day of the week?
anything by Neil Young 
Pasta with Marinara Sauce
Here are links to Lauren's shop where you can check out all her fabulous hand made goods, as links to her blog and other place you can find her on the net! 

Monday, March 1, 2010

Mrs. Davis' Chair and Photographic Artist, Curtis Krueger

What I love most about Etsy, are the unexpected and most delightful stories that I occasionally happen to stumble upon while browsing through sections of fabulous hand made art.  This morning while looking through the photographic art section, I found a most delightful print for sale by photographer Curtis Krueger.  The photo, Mrs. Davis' Chair in a Field of Texas Blue Bonnets, is beautiful (as you can see), but the story behind the photo is so charming, I had to share it with you.  I hope you enjoy this peak at Curtis Krueger's photographic art series, Mrs. Davis' Chair.

From the Etsy listing:

"Mrs. Davis was a beloved, if sometimes cantankerous neighbor of mine. One afternoon I spied her antique iron garden chair in her backyard. Something about it intrigued me. I knew I must do something special with it. The next morning I "borrowed" it and took it out to the beach, photographing it under the changing light of dawn. I titled the photo Mrs. Davis' Chair goes to the Beach.

I presented the photo to Mrs. Davis for her 98th birthday. She loved it. In return, she gave me her garden chair.

Shortly after she passed away (almost reaching the age of 102), I started to take her chair with me on my photo adventures. At first I didn't quite know what was taking place. I photographed it in the desert of New Mexico, at my friends cottage on the Eastern Shore of Virginia - then it dawned on me. I would photograph it in all 50 States.

Seven years, 40,000 miles and some 550 rolls of film were used to bring this project to completion.

I dedicate this project to the memory of Mrs. Davis and for the unexpected gift of this little rugged antique garden chair."

To see more of Curtis' series about Mrs. Davis' Chair, visit his Etsy shop or his web site,