Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday Night Craft in

I am exhausted! Good night!
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Friday Night Craft In with Scootchidoo Too

Scootchidoo Too

I will participating in Friday Night Craft In with Scootchidoo Too.

I have been dying to work on new items for the shop. What can you expect from Belle Rose Designs in (hopefully) the near future?

Rosette Shirts!

I just ordered shirts that I want to embellish with my rosettes.

Rosette Necklaces!

I have a few designs in mind that I hope to work on tonight.

Baby/Toddler headbands!

A friend of mine is looking for some and I hope to make her a few tonight. They might end up in the shop too!

I have a ton of new vintage fabric to play with too!

Wow! That's way too much to accomplish in one night so will see what gets accomplished.

I'll update from my phone later tonight!

Go link up to participate! I'd love to see what you all are working on tonight! 

Spotlight on Vintage 50s Treasures: Etsy Sellers Interview Series

Please welcome Vintage 50s Treasures to the Etsy Sellers Interview Series. I hope you enjoy learning about these very creative ladies!

1. My life has always been filled with creativity. I love making things that are pretty and make other people happy.

I also have a great desire to do my part in living a healthy, simple life and to leave as little a carbon footprint as possible. This lead to my opening my Jeanpatch by MK and Vintage 50s Treasures shop on etsy.

When you look at one of my pieces of artwork, you will see it shows the time and care taken in making each piece with creativity with the thought of how other's could use this in a sustainable way. Coming up with the perfect design to catch your eye.
 
Projects of all kinds will be found at my shop, greeting card collections, altered books or maybe a tote bag or two. You never know what you'll find!
 
You will find wonderful vintage items from all eras here at Vintage 50s Treasures. They have been carefully selected with great care to bring them to you, as a collector of appreciated past treasures.
 


There are collectibles and fun miniatures of all kinds. Crystal and foreign collectibles are also among the many surprises you will find here. Not to mention the Vintage sewing notions, fabrics and patterns.


2. I became disabled in 2005 from a life once filled with activity entering my work at art shows and school craft fairs. To keep my mind active and not become a couch potato I was determined to find a place to sell my sustainable and useful items. I found Etsy. The perfect place for handmade things.
 
3. My favorite item in my shop would have to be my secret compartment and planter books. They are fun to make and can be used for so many different things. I love hunting at used book stores for just the perfect size book and ones in good condition to be turned into a useful and sustainable item for those on a budget.


Take a look at her website here:


 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Giveaway from JunieBabie

Junie Babie's rainbow of items range from pillows to handmade cards.
Take a look. 



The zipper clutches in her shop are fantastic and come in a wide variety of fabrics.


These zipper pouches make a great gift! What a great idea to organize the mess that is in the bottom of my giant purse.





Today one winner will receive this zippered purse pouch. 



If you can't wait to win and want one right now, Junie Babie has offered my readers a coupon code. Enter LOVEYOURMOMMY to save 10% today!

How to enter:
Open to US Residents only
Leave a SEPARATE comment for each. One entry for each comment!

1. Visit Junie Babie on etsy and comment here with your favorite item.

2. Heart Junie Babie on etsy.


3. Like junie babie on facebook.

4. Blog, facebook, or tweet about this giveaway.
 
For an EXTRA entry Follow Singing Three Little Birds as the blog host.
 
Giveaway ends May 6th.

Spotlight on Homemade Wisconsin: Etsy Seller Interview Series



1. Tell us about you and your shop.
Homemade Wisconsin is my one of a kind shop that specializes in jewelry and graphic design. We also take custom orders and love them to peices! If you ever need any custom jewelry made, contact us at homemadewisconsin.etsy.com!




2. What made you decide to open your shop on etsy?
I started selling my crafts at my church, and I did that for about 5 months. The profits were good, and people were reccomending that I sell my crafts online so that more people would have access to them. I then searched the internet for sites to sell crafts online, and Etsy was the site that had the best feedback. So I decided to sell my crafts on Etsy.com, and opened the shop Homemade Wisconsin on homemadewisconsin.etsy.com.

3. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
If graphic design counts, then it is graphic design. I have been working on graphic design ever since 2009 when Homemade Wisconsin products started selling. I finally perfected my graphic design a year or so ago. Now I sell the service on homemadewisconsin.etsy.com. If graphic design does not count as a favorite craft, then I would have to say Custom Jewelry Requests. I have only had a few on etsy, but when I was selling offline, I had at least 5 each week. I take custom requests on homemadewisconsin.etsy.com, and just LOVE THEM. I like every step of it. I take almost any request, so please order now if you need any!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Spotlight on Sams Crochet: Etsy Seller Interview Series



Here is our second interview with Sam's Crochet. 

1. Tell us about yourself and your shop.

Handmade Health & Fitness: Apple Cozies to Yoga Accessories!



Health and exercise accessories. Water bottle and yoga mat bags, blankets and slings, apple cozies, and leg warmers, headbands, and beanies. Give the gift of health and happiness to your favorite friend, even if that's yourself.

I’m 26. I finished massage school last June, and hope to be licensed here in MT at some point in the near future. Health and fitness has always been part of my life. I spent afternoons doing homework in the back of aerobics classes while my Mom was up front teaching. Her studies have been in the medical field, and I have been browsing her books for years. Now I have my own selection of bodywork books.



I love sociology, and theology. When I am crocheting, I love to listen to audio books or documentaries about all sort of history and philosophy subjects. I bowled and played tennis in HS, and carry my racquet around in my car trunk. I definitely bowl more often than get to play tennis though. I have two brothers and a sister in-law that I love to be around. We are a crew of board game fans, and so can usually be found competing over cards with snacks and drinks nearby. I love to camp, and be in the water and woods in the summer time. I’ve been caught crocheting in front of a campfire pit barefoot and happy. To tell the whole truth, I’ve been caught crocheting nearly everywhere I’ve ever gone. (Shhhh, I can crochet and drive at the same time.)



2.What made you decide to open your shop? 
I think I’ve crocheted at nearly every one of my jobs. I was working front desk at a local gym, and had lots of time to crochet. Many of my customers would compliment my work and mention that I should sell my items. I eventually did some research online to see where there might be a good place to do so, and came across Etsy. The very first item I made with health in mind, and not just hats and scarves, was a ribbed/spiral yoga mat bag. It was so much work, and way too bulky. I would have had to charge about 2x what anyone would want to pay for a bag. Lots of lesson learned though, and my mom got the first one in the style I currently create my mat bags in.



3. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
I love my yoga mat bags. I am always surprised with how much fun they are to make, and it's so fun to watch this long pipe grow, and to see the look on someone's face while they try to work out what I'm making when it's just a little short tube before it has handles and a mat.

Winner of the Mistle & Toe giveaway...

You won!

Gondor Tari said...

Follow Singing Three Little Birds as Gondor Tari

I am emailing them your contact info now!
 
CONGRATS!!
 
Did you enter the Poppy Seed Giveaway!? Well, what are you waiting for???

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spotlight on Designed by Gina Louise: Etsy seller interview series


This week I've asked several of my sponsors to answer a few interview questions. First up is Designed by Gina Louise. She makes one of a kind dresses and accesories with upcycled materials. Find her on etsy here and her website here.


1. Tell us about yourself & your shop.

My name is Gina Louise, obviously, hehe. I live in NY with my 2 beautiful children.

I was named after my wonderful Grandmother. She was the one who taught me to sew, to love old things, and recycle. She would take me to yard sales, estate sales and junk stores. I would see vintage clothing in fabrics and colors I loved but I didn’t like the style or old ornate items that were broken. I would buy them and redesign them into something I loved. Sometimes they would end up being pillows, chair covers, curtains, doll bedding, headbands, scarves, lap quilts, tote bags, etc. Sometimes I would keep them for years before I knew what I wanted to make out of them.

I am a self-taught artist and I know how to work with many mediums. I can machine sew, serge, hand sew, paint, make jewelry, decoupage, scrapbook, embroider, soap making, and more. I like to combine a few or all of these things in my designs. I think that’s what makes them so unique. Most artists like to work in one medium. I like to cross over & dabble in it all.
Although I had a passion for design I worked in TV & Film my entire life. As a young girl I modeled & acted and it wasn’t until college when I decided I wanted to work behind the camera in production. I have worked on many commercials, documentaries, Music Videos & films. I’ve been involved in several films that have won awards from NY to California. That's why my clothing labels have a comedy & tragedy image on it. I like to remember where I came from.
 

2. What made you decide to open your shop?


I had sold my designs for over a decade on small website called The Posh Cottage and on eBay. It was always my side job to make extra money for my children. When the fees got too high I stopped. So about 4 years ago a friend of mine kept bugging me to open a shop on etsy. She pushed me for 2 years until I finally gave in and I thought… Why not? What do I have to lose?
So I opened up and within a month my shop took off like crazy! I never expected that to happen. I was getting emails from boutiques all over the world asking me if I would wholesale my designs to them, and before I knew it I was shipping all over the world.

It’s the greatest feeling to wake up in the morning to find emails from people I have never met telling me how beautiful they think my designs are. That makes my heart dance.

I am now going on my second year as an Etsian and it has been a blessing in disguise. It is now my only job and I am stepping into fashion manufacturing and will have my own label soon. I have made many wonderful friends thru Etsy. I am a proud member of Designing Artist Women, Etsy Everything Wonderful In Life Group (EEWIL), It's Better Handmade, Upcyclers, Boutique Challenge Group, and Trade-A-Holics.
 

3. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?

Although my Princess sweater coats are my big sellers I would say my headbands are my favorite. I get bored easily and making the same thing over & over again bores me to tears. My headbands are all One of a kind and for that reason I love to make them. They are time consuming because I hand sew all the embellishments and I make all my own flowers from those vintage pieces of clothing I was talking about. I find it very therapeutic, and I when I am finished I just love how they pop out at you with all the bright colors and shiny doodads I add. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Inspire Me Monday!



Welcome to Inspire Me Monday! Thanks for stopping by!
Take a look at these great projects from last week.
My little boy is obsessed with hockey right now (he sleeps with a hockey puck!). He would get a big kick out of this cake from Fowl Single File.
 
I have always wanted to make a book clutch and this tutorial from taidye.original is great.
 
 
These is a great idea from The V Spot. My Mom would actually love something like this!

These are amazing from Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom. Braclets made out of popsicle sticks! Oh my!
 
Thanks so much for linking up. Photobucket is working now and I have new buttons! I'd love for you to share my party button on my blog.
 
I also now have a featured button! So if you've ever been featured here please grab a button from my sidebar.
Now link up your projects!


 






Saturday, April 23, 2011

Spotlight on Rainbow Lollies


Rainbow Lollies is one of my favorite stores on etsy. I love the unique and playful accesories she carries. I adore my fabric covered earrings I got from her and have recieved quite a few complements on them!


I've been eyeing up this Large Fabric Covered button ponytail!
Do you like owls?! These are so cute!


And today is your lucky day! Rainbow Lollies has given me a Coupon Code to pass on to you. Save 10% with FRIEND10 at checkout.


Spotlight on Manic Silver

Shopping for Mom? Looking for something pretty for yourself? Take a look at Manic Silver. Beautiful handmade silver jewelry perfect for Mom or a treat for you.



I love sea glass! This Sea glass necklace is one of my favorite pieces in Manic Silver's shop.

Manic Silver also has some pretty vintage finds like this Pink and Peach Large Vintage Enamel Flower Pendant.



Go take a look and pick something up today!

Craft for kids: coffee filter Easter eggs

I found this fun idea on Crafty Crow. I cut coffee filters into egg shapes. The kids had fun using watercolors to decorate them.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Poppyseed Fabrics Giveaway CLOSED!!

I have a slight fabric addiction as I'm sure many of you do too. I can't help but drool over all the lovely fabric at Poppy Seed Fabrics. 

Today's giveaway is fantastic! 

One lucky winner will receive a Heather Bailey Pin cushion pattern.
AND

One yard of the NEW Night Owl Satin fabric from Poppy Seed Fabrics.



How to enter:
Open to US and Canada only.
Please leave a comment for each of the following.
One entry for each.
Five entries total.

1. Publicly follow Poppy Seed Fabrics blog.  
2. Take a look at Poppy Seed Fabrics and chose your favorite fabric/bundle and leave a comment here about it.
3. Post about this giveaway on your blog, facebook, twitter, etc. Make sure to leave a comment here about it.
4. Like Poppy Seed Fabrics on Facebook.
5. Follow Singing Three Little Birds as the blog host.


Giveaway ends April 29th.
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