Thursday, November 29, 2007

Modadesigns - Featured Seller 23/90

Note from the goddess: This is one of the first sellers on etsy that I interacted with! She is a class act for sure. She is very helpful and sweet and talented! One unique item she offers are her magnet bracelets
you must check them out! Healing and pretty...

Listen to what this sellers customers are saying about her!
Thanks so much!! Great communication- you were awesome to deal with- my friend loved her pendant! ***

***The kyanite crystals are just great for everyday wear or a pair of jeans. thanks***

This section is copied from the sellers etsy profile:

I'm Self-Taught Bead Jewellery Artist. I deal mostly with stones and shells. I prefer undyed items to work with and seek out only the best supplies & suppliers.
I live in a small town right on the US-Canada Border with Washington State. This is convenient for receiving and shipping items within the US.

BananaShowcase - Featured Seller 22/90

Note from the Goddess: When I first went to this shop I wasnt sure what to expect and wow, was I ever pleasantly surprised! Purses and messenger bags and more! What more could a girl want? (except shoes and jewelry lol) But seriously folks, Bananashowcase is an awesome indie find. The seller appears to be very "custom order friendly" which is great for super picky people like me! Here are her fabric samples that you can check out online so you can start making your list for your custom order!

Listen to what this sellers customers are saying!
This bag is gorgeous!! Really well constructed and sturdy, and the fabric is divine!! Love, love, love it!! Thank you! :D***

***Awesome bag! It was great working with BananaShowcase! VERY willing to work with me on the fabric (even went to the store to look for an alternative to corduroy). Highly recommended!***

The following is copied from the sellers etsy profile:
Just one girl and a very loved sewing machine -- that is all there is to Banana Showcase. I have been a crafter since I was a very little girl. I love to make things with my hands and now having people use the things I make is so exciting. I have sewn since I was a teen but recently discovered that purses are so fun to create. I also love visiting thrift stores so you will find that some of my bags are created from vintage fabrics or other vintage clothing items that have been repurposed to become purses.

I will do custom orders, so feel free to contact me and we'll talk!!

Mommyandmeboutique - Featured seller 21/90

Note from the Goddess: This sellers shop is simply adorable! Its like June Cleaver meets Betty Page or Mrs Brady meets Posh Spice. Adorable aprons with a modern twist and more! I love the Cute and Fun Hostess Apron it is so retro and yet, modern at the same time. You must tie up your apron strings and run to this sellers shop and check out her goodies!

Listen to what her buyers have to say about her!
This apron is by far the CUTEST thing I have EVER seen!!! My 2 1/2 year old is going to flip when she opens her Christmas present and sees this apron. It is adorable in the picture, but ten thousand times cuter in person!!! Thank you so much!!!***

***My husband and I are very happy with the aprons. They are just what we wanted, perfect. The bride and groom will be very happy too, a unique and handmade gift, just for them. Great working with you on this...attention to detail, fast turn-around. Thanks a lot, again.***

This next section is copied from the sellers etsy profile:
Designer fabrics, beautiful trims and ribbons are the materials I love to work with to bring you items that you can be proud to purchase and enjoy using. Loving care and personal expression are put into each one. Aprons for adults and chidren are my speciality. Whether it be cooking or entertaining, these aprons are designed for today's mother and child to show off their own sense of style; you can be sure "these are not your mother"s aprons."

All work is done in a pet free and smoke free environment. Thank you for taking time to view "Mommy and Me Boutique".

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

DreamON - Featured seller 20/90

Note from the Goddess: Ive been browsing the DreamON shop today and wow! Its like I stumbled into a dream. Check out this painting entitled "Road Trip". Road Trip is a piece from the Cage-Free Series the artist did on Ridiculous Roostahs. There are 5 paintings in the series.

Also be sure you dont miss her notecards for a pre-Christmas special!

The following was copied from the sellers etsy profile:
I always loved to cut, paste, paint and draw from my earliest memories. Creating art is what I do, it's built-in by my creator, He enables me, and I love it.

My college degree is in art. In addition I have taken workshops and classes from some fine national and regionally-known artists. Some of my most important lessons came from not so well-known, but wonderful artists who now paint in the sky, and local artists who teach the basics, as well as the artists I paint with. I belong to several art groups in Florida and one in Colorado.

I value the presence of a recognizable subject in my paintings. I love it when the center of interest appears in the midst of background objects that aren’t so well-defined. I want watercolor to look like watercolor, and I want my paintings to have a painterly look, not a photographic copy. Therefore I am an impressionist, because I don’t want to over-control the media.

I love to paint using a variety of techniques. Having taken an experimental art class for the last 4-5 years, I am likely to paint anything, and I'm always "playing."

All of my items are produced in a smoke-free, allergy-friendly no-pets atmosphere.

If you see a print you like that isn't the size you would like, please convo me, and I can usually have it for you in a few days just your size!

Also, if there is an original painting in my shop you would like a print of, I will be happy to have one made. I can even have something printed on canvas. Giclee prints also available, but more expensive to have made, but I will be happy to discuss how you would like your print to come to you.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Adopt an animal! Our newest family member - Carrot

I just posted my 19th indie artist feature Alilsumptinsumptin (see post below or click on her name to visit her shop). Anyway, she makes the most adorable animal beads and also belongs to an etsy street team called ETSY FOR ANIMALS (EFA). It inspired me to do a little write up about our recent adoptee "Carrot".

Carrot was found by a really cool girl named Julie. She was down in south Florida cleaning out her father's (who had just passed away) storage shed. Carrot, who had been dumped apparantly, scoped her out and came up to her. Stray animals have a unique way of picking the "crazy animal lovers" out of a crowd. So Julie tried to find his home to no avail. So she picked him up and took him to the vet, got him his shots, and took him home. Unfortunately, she has 2 senior doggies and, well, Carrot, being practically a pup, wanted to play with them. Needless to say they couldnt keep him. So Julies mom sent out a mass mailer with these pictures:

So you can see why I instantly fell in love with him. So I just wanted to give a big kudos to Julie for saving him, and another one to Julies mom for sending out the email. Also to Alilsumptinsumptin for being so involved in the animal groups that she is involved in.

Carrot is happily adjusting to life with us. Sleeping on the leather couch next to Nanook (the adoptee from the shelter) and just relaxing and getting to know us. He is a really sweet dog. The idea that someone would dump him really angers me.

So if you have a dog, make sure he is nuetered. If you dont, why not consider going to your local shelter or contacting your local rescue group? Even if you cant adopt, they always need foster parents or donations of time, money, food, ESPECIALLY this time of year.

Carrot at our house! He is so strong for his size! It is amazing. He is a "needy dog", which I love. Unlike our Husky (who I love too of course) who is very independent. How can you resist that face?!?!?


Alilsumptinsumptin - Featured Seller 19/90

Note from the Goddess: I love this sellers animal beads! They are adorable!

The following was copied from the sellers etsy profile:
Whimsy brings me great joy and touches that little girl within me. Most of my creations reflect this aesthetic and frequently incorporate two things I love and enjoy: flower gardens & dogs. All my pieces are one-of-a-kind, oftentimes containing handcrafted Artisan Lampwork glass beads - wonderful little works of Art in themselves.

All of the Artisan Lampwork beads I use in my pieces have been properly kiln annealed by each respective glass artist to ensure long-lasting durability.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Elements By Dawn - Featured Seller 18/90

Note from the Goddess: This sellers work is stunning and beautiful in its simplicity. She also offers unique pieces like her guitar pick bracelet (which happens to be my favorite!) Plus, who could resist another self professed coffee and cheese addict! LOL

Her customers speak for themselves with her outstanding feedback!

*Thanks for this beautiful, modern and elegant necklace! Highly recommended Etsy Seller +++
*These earrings are too clever!! Thanks much!! (for her guitar pick earrings!!)

Copied from the sellers etsy profile:

Element - refers to the shape, form, mass, line, texture, pattern, light, and color of a design.

Dawn is particularly drawn to creating pattern and texture in her pieces. Through pattern and texture, her designs take on movement, visual and tactile interest. Through the use of color and form, she communicates emotion and energy. Dawn's pieces range from simplistic shapes and lines, evoking a sense of calm; to heavily textured with bold colors and lines, suggesting passion.

Her obsession with circles, spheres, disks, and symmetry is expressed throughout her designs.

Dawn is constantly learning new techniques, as well as perfecting traditional methods of metalworking and design.

Additionally, she is a full-time student, wife, and mother of two boys. She enjoys listening to music of all types, especially industrial, techno, a little ska, and classical. Dawn is a self-diagnosed coffee and cheese addict.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

ContasBrasil/ contascoein - Featured Seller 17/90

Note from the Goddess: I especially love this sellers doll bags
They are so detailed and fun! She also makes an array of beautiful jewelry. Be sure to check her out!

The Following was copied from the sellers etsy profile:

ContasBrasil - more than just jewelry

Since 2005, the brazilian Suzy Wortberg designs in Cologne custom jewelry together with two artists from her native country, BebĂȘ de Soares and Ana Vilas Boas. Brazil meets Europe. Where different cultures meet, ideas spring up. Contrasts produce exciting new concepts. Jewelry is the expression of personality. Thus all ContasBrasil products are handmade, unique pieces, developed with a taste for things special. Inspired by the Brazilian light, it's many-sided culture and the countless riches of the Brazilian soil. Motivated by the desire of bringing people the unique feeling of life in Brazil.

Tiffany Teske - Featured Seller 16/90

Note from the Goddess: The photography in this shop is unique and memorable. I especially love the piece Hannahs Onions - Original Polaroid Image
This shop is definitely worth a browse. Art makes great presents!
Note: The following information was copied from the sellers etsy profile:
I have loved photography since I was given a 110 camera at the age of 7, to capture memories on a family trip. I studied ballet, creative writing, and art in high school but did not take photography classes. Instead, I was "the after school photography club" and was taught by a science teacher how to use the darkroom. The chemicals got into my blood, and after roaming the US for 5 years (Arizona, Florida, Connecticut, & New York) I settled in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, population 200, and home to Sugarloaf USA, and decided to go to University for.... nursing? Well, yes, I did start the pre req courses, but fate stepped in, and after one summer colour printing course and some credit mishaps on the school's part, I switched my major to photography. I graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta with both an Associate of Arts in Photography (Magna cum Laude) in 2000 and a Bachelor of Arts Joint BA in Art and Photography (Magna cum Laude) in 2002. Did I mention that I drove 3 hours round trip to school, 2-3 times a week, for 5 years? If it weren’t for computer courses I would have driven even more… oh, and I met my future husband during this time, who was from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, a 12 hour round trip drive the other direction. I drove back and forth for three years before we married. Now, we live in Banff, Alberta, Canada, with our toddler, Quinlyn, and I WALK EVERYWHERE ;)

It has been a fun ride all along. If you want to know more, feel free to check out the About Tiffany section on my website at

My Favorite Materials are... (I can't seem to get this to show up below)
TMAX and HP5 black and white film; Polaroid peel apart films for transfers and emulsion lifts; all kinds of paper; fiber based prints made in the darkroom; hand colouring markers; archival mats I cut myself; black metal frames for sleekness and gold gilded frames for romance; silver and copper jewelry components; gel medium; bamboo tiles; poker chips; bottle caps; watercolour paper

I am thrilled to be presenting my work to you on Etsy. Please note that all of my work comes from a non smoking and pet free environment. Thanks for looking! Tiffany

StudioMarcy - Featured Seller 15/90

Check out Studio Marcy's complete profile at

Note from the goddess: These beads are so adorable! Be sure you dont miss StudioMarcy's wares for the holidays. These little beauties would make a great gift for the holidays for your loved one! The intricate detail is amazing!

The following was copied from the sellers etsy profile:

Hi, I'm Marcy Lamberson, a glass artist who loves making people smile through my whimsical beads and sculptures.

I use a 2000 degree torch and most of my glass comes from Murano, Italy. Every piece is kiln annealed for durability.

I teach private and group lessons and enjoy taking on custom commissions. While working out of my sunroom studio overlooking my garden and birds, squirrels, chipmunks and occasional wandering possums, sometimes I just made them into beads too! . I make them wear clothes and jewelry when turning them into little fun glass pieces.

Friday, November 16, 2007

AkHotDoggies - Featured Seller 14/90

The Alaska Hot Doggies boutique focuses on hand marbled items, including both textiles and paper. The shared motivation on my marbled pieces is always color which I absolutely adore! During the winter months, I dabble in jewelry and other odds & ends, with a flavor towards recycling, up cycling or reconstruction.

Alaska Hot Doggies is a proud member of the Etsy Fiber Arts Street Team.

I'm a life-long Alaskan who is passionate about playing with's a new adventure everytime!

To read more about me, check out

my page at


AkHotDoggies (Alaska Hot Doggies) (Until Nov. 23rd)

Plastic Pumpkin Designs - Featured Seller 13/90

Note from the Goddess: Absolutely beautiful work!

Copied from the Sellers etsy profile:
I do traditional Chinese brush painting (Chinese ink and watercolor on various types of rice paper), oil pastel, mixed media, and acrylic. My Chinese brush paintings are part of my daily meditation and each piece is done carefully, calmly, and spiritually. My blog:

I ship worldwide. I also do custom orders, so don't be afraid to ask! All orders placed from Nov. 11 onward will receive a free handmade card, in honor of the holiday season.

Layaways are fine on orders of $100 or more. Contact me for details.

I am located in Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA).

I offer fun, philosophical, and intriguing artwork and crafts--for the discerning (and playful) collector. I work in a variety of mediums: mixed media assemblages, pencil, marker, acrylic, Chinese brush painting, watercolor, oil pastel, pen & ink, etc. I find something special and engaging about each artistic method and I take every medium seriously.

I enjoy the local and online arts communities. Long live the arts!

About Ren Adams
I've been doing artwork my entire life (even scribbled in my own baby book) and for me, it's more than a "hobby" or "job" it's a state of mind and a fulfilling pathway. I can't NOT do it. I simply must. If I'm not drawing, painting, or otherwise expressing myself (however badly), I'm not in harmony with everything around me.

Art is a sensation, a sense of humor, a sense of elation, a tantalizing window... it's pure energy, pure thought, and pure darkness, and pure light.

I explore themes, people, and places that intrigue me...

I'm also a Taoist and a lot of my artwork reflects my spiritual pathway (the art of compassion, simplicity, and patience). I practice Qi Gong meditation and enjoy artists who aren't afraid to be themselves.

Earmark - Featured seller 12/90

Copied from the sellers etsy profile:
We are here to create happiness. We strive to bring out the creativity and imagination in you. Our first and foremost goal is to make you, the client completely pleased, not only with our product but with our service. We will do everything we can to make this process a smooth and pleasurable experience for you. No matter what your request is we will work to accommodate everything your heart desires.

We are dedicated to providing all of you with the finest quality materials and unique, fresh designs. We have an obsession with paper products, and we cater to the customers that share our obsession. All of our stationery is printed on recycled paper too!

Live in San Diego?
Stop by and see us at the OB Farmer's Market, every Wednesday Night from 4-8 in the evenings in Ocean Beach! Tell us you are from etsy and get a free card with your purchase!

LOOKING FOR A PERSONALIZED CARD? convo us and we are more than happy to create a personalized greeting card or note card or set. Most of our cards are ready to be personalized. We can also make custom birthday cards for $7.50 per card, using the names, any text, colors or images that you might like! If there is something you would like but do not see it on our site - convo us, we can do pretty much anything and would love to work with you! thank you for stopping by and we hope you enjoy our cards!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Indigoluna - Featured seller 11/90

Indigoluna (also an EAST member, earth path artisians) make fabulous art, my favorites (If I HAD to choose it would be the mandalas that she draws). They are so beautiful. My favorite is the "Morrocan Market Original Hand Drawn Mandala".

Read the following about this special piece of art....

"This is an original pen and ink drawing colored with watercolor pencils. My mandalas are organically drawn entirely by hand with no computers or stencils used.
When I draw mandalas, I enter a meditative state. The lines and colors just seem to flow out of me. The word mandala comes from the sanskrit and means sacred circle. The circle symbolizes the womb of creation. It is an artistic representation of the cosmos, a focus for meditation.

Infused with healing Reiki energy.
Grounded in the earth element in rich earthtone colors.
Finished with Diamond Glaze for shine and depth.
Matted on museum quality black matboard. 8 inches X 8 inches square.
Ready to be framed."

Indigoluna also makes beautiful art quilts too. Read the following copied from her etsy listing of the Lizard art quilt:

"This fun and funky art quilt sings with color. Quirky geckos climb a batik wall. They would love to come and visit you and brighten up your favorite room.

This quilt is made from 100% cotton fabrics, machine quilted with variegated colored thread for wonderful texture. IT is my original design. It comes ready to hang with the the lathe and hanger already attached. The quilt is approximately 17 inches wide by 19 inches high.

My art quilts have been in many juried shows as well as Art/Quilt Magazine, Artella Magazine, Fiberarts Design Book 6, and the cover of the 2005 Quilting Arts Calendar."

Mineral Magic Cosmetics - Featured seller 10/90

Mineral Magic Cosmetics and More!
Note from the Goddess: It seems these days that every woman is searching for a more natural makeup. Why not check out
Mineral Magic Cosmetics on etsy? Read the following from her profile on etsy to find out why YOU should buy more natural makeup! After all, who wants all those chemicals on your skin anyway....

Copied from etsy sellers profile:

"I take great pride in my makeup line and guarantee 100% satisfaction. Mineral makeup is pure, crushed minerals from the earth, that improves your skin condition. It provides an SPF (sun protection factor) of up to 20, depending on how much you apply. It is an anti-inflamatory for your skin, as well. My makeup does NOT contain bismuth oxychloride, which is kin to arsenic, and is most likely the reason for skin discomfort and bad skin reaction.

Since these minerals are 100% pure, bacteria cannot be supported and there is no expiration date. There is also virtually no allergy risk. It won't clog your pores and is used as a mineral supplement for your skin."

VEGAN Mineral Makeup

"Ingredients: Mica, Zinc, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide. No oil, talc, fillers, fragrance or bismuth oxychloride (which is kin to arsenic).

No expiration date. No allergy risk. Does NOT clog pores. Helps heal acne. Anti-inflammatory, very soothing for your skin.

Perfect after chemical peels, laser resurfacing and to conceal acne, freckles, post-operative scars, rosacea, skin discoloration & veins.

Skincare, fragrance and air fresheners are now available. Please check out Made By Timmy/Awareness Section, too!"

Summersea - Featured Seller 9/90

SummerSea is one of my all time favorite etsy sellers. I actually found her "on my own" a while back. You see I love Bach Flower Remedies and wouldnt you know that Summersea makes a unique version of those! They not only have the flower essence, like Bach's version, but they also have unique gemstone energies distilled in them! Here is a brief overview taken from the actual listing...

"Flower & Gem Essences are a liquid blend of potentized water infused with the energetic signature of a plant flower or a crystal or gemstone. The essence contain the vibrational patterns of flowers and stones. These patterns help to heal imbalances in your body's energy systems on emotional, physical, mental and spiritual levels. Essences are catalysts for healing, helping you to be able to experience shifts in patterns of behavior, the way you view yourself and your place in the world, as well as very real physical changes. Most essences engage the healing process in subtle, yet ultimately profound ways. Some essences are formulated for very quick action, such as dealing with an emergency or panic.

To use an essence, you just take two or three drops under the tongue, in a beverage, directly on your skin, or in a bath. While a couple of drops may not seem like much, keep in mind that the vibrational patterns of the flowers and crystals will spread out to fill any container, including your body!
Essences may be used in conjuction with other healing modalities. There are no side effects or contra-indications, nor can they be neutralized by other substances. It is not possible to over-dose on an essence. Usually, an essence is taken for at least one month, then the healing process is assessed and adjusted."

The Valerian one is my favorite. I also personally recommend the inspiration and the earth magnet (for grounding).

Additionally, I have to speak highly of her resins and incense. I personally recommend the Magickal Prosperity and Abundance Loose Herbal Incense Blend. I love the way this burns and this blend is a great addition to many magical rituals or meditations. I speak from personal experience. Be sure you dont miss her bulk herbs and herbal teas as well! She is a true pleasure to work with.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Silverdragon - featured seller 8/90

Note from the goddess: Wow take a look to your left at that pink necklace! I, personally, would never have the patience to sit for hours and make that! But its so beautiful! A true work of art! Fit for any Goddess!

Copied from the artists etsy profile:
I have always been an artist and one of my earliest art memories is also one of the influences that has stayed with me from the very start. I was four years old and my nursery class had a field trip to a local museum in Rochester NY. I was completely mesmerized by the textiles and beadwork of the native Americans. I don't know how long I stood there just gazing at the work and absorbing all that the creator had to say.

My path as an artist, however, was a duet of both fine and performing arts. I am a (retired) ballerina as well as a published artist, having done illustrations for a CD picture book, "Papa CArdinal Finds Breakfast" by Sandra Wellborn. One of my paintings accompanied and essay I wrote for an Astronomy textbook. (I also hold a Masters Degree in Astrophysics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy NY and have worked as an astronomer and still teach astronomy as an adjunct professor for University of Maryland University College.)

My work has continued to grow and expand and I now also count myself as a mistress of the art of beadweaving. My paintings and drawings are as important to me as ever, though, and I don't find enough time to do all that I want!

All of my work is one of a kind (with occasional limited editions -- I have a hard time doing things more than once!). I like to play with color and texture, experiment with shape and drape and form.

Human beings, I think, are happiest when they are allowed to create. I know this is true for me.

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NerysPurchon - Featured Seller 7/90

Note from the Goddess: Hey everyone! Just trying to get and stay caught up with the 90/90 challenge. I am so thrilled to be participating in this. I am finding some really fabulous indie finds for this holiday season! So get your cash handy, cause this next sellers purses are to dye for! (PS this is my favorite purse! I love it, check out the darling dragonfly!)

Copied from the artists etsy blog:
I am an Australian who lives with my husband and two dogs in a caravan travelling the roads, hills and beaches of this great country.

We call the Perth area home as we have children living in this area so visit often.

I am the author of 12 published books on herbs, natural healing, food and essential oils (goddess note: isnt that soooo cool!!! WOW!)

I have a blog and a website

All my bags are unique and once a bag has been made it is never repeated but if you like a particular style of bag but want different colour, handles, pockets or accessories I can make one for you. Freeform bags take up to a month to make so some patience is needed but at the end of that time you will own a bag that is totally unique.

My e-books are a distillation of a long lifetime spent with herbs, essential oils and natural healing.

I am in Australia. All prices are displayed in US dollars. Australian prices are displayed in each listing description.

My store policies are in my profile. Please contact me if you have any queries.

My Blog:
My website:

Click the "contact" link if you would like to receive emails when I list new items.

8 reasons to buy handmade this holiday season!

Reposted here with permission from the author:

8 Reasons You Should Buy Handmade Products over Commercial Products

1. Handmade products are unique. Do you really want the same scarf, mug, earrings, necklace or other item that 20,000 other people have? Of course not! Handmade items are always unique, even if they are the same type of product because they are not made by machines they are crafted by human beings so each piece will have its’ own unique characteristics.

2. Handmade items have personality. Life is not about being blah. Life is about expressing yourself and to do that your things need to have as much personality as you do. If you are happy with buying mass produced items that have no personality off a shelf at Wal Mart think about what that says about you. Don’t you want to express some personality?

3. Handmade items are special. When you get a gift don’t you feel a little bit more loved when someone gives you a handmade gift? Everyone loves getting handmade gifts or wearing something that was made just for them.

4. Handmade items last longer. Because they are made from high quality materials and handcrafted by trained artists items that are handmade last longer than low quality imported mass produced items.

5. Handmade goods are high quality. If you are a person who values the quality of an item more than the price then you already know that handmade items are far superior to mass produced items. While a mass produced item may be cheaper initially is it really cheaper when the item needs to be replaced a month later? When quality matters, go handmade!

6. Handmade items are not made by children in sweatshops in Third World countries making 10 cents a day. Experienced and trained craftspeople make each handmade item. So while you might pay a few dollars more for a handmade item it’s because you are paying for quality, experience, talent, and craftsmanship. Isn’t that worth paying for?

7. When you buy handmade you are supporting traditional arts and crafts techniques that have passed down through generations. In today’s high tech world the old arts and crafts traditions are being replaced by mass production but when you buy handmade you are saying that you prefer your items to be high quality pieces of art instead of mass produced trinkets.

8. When you buy handmade you are supporting local and small businesses. By paying artists and craftspeople for their goods you are supporting them and all the businesses that they do business with. If you are a person who believes in supporting your community economically then buying from local artists is a great way to support your community and make sure that your money goes to support local businesses.

Keep these things in mind the next time you see a scarf, a bracelet, some great handmade soap or other item and think,” I could get that for half price at Wal Mart.”!

Buying handmade also means that you can spend the same amount you were planning on spending, or less, and you can get unique gifts for everyone on your list. Please, shop handmade this holiday season!

Lizstaley - Featured Seller 6/90

Note from the Goddess:
I love this seller. Her self proclaimed "nerdiness" is so cool. (coming from a fellow nerd) :-) I love to browse her shop. I personally love the references to gaming since I used to spend tons of time playing D&D as a kid (and as an adult!)
The following is copied from the artist's etsy profile:

"I grew up in Baltimore, but am now living in Greenville, NC. My mom got me into arts and crafts when I was really little (I wanted to help her paint ceramics when I was a baby, so she'd give me a paintbrush, a cup of water, and a rubber ducky. Took me awhile to figure out that it's supposed to change colors when you paint it though!). Ever since then I've loved to draw and create things.

Now, I love doing art, crocheting, and am getting into making ACEO cards and sewing. I've been crocheting and drawing for years. I also love to make button pins. I tend to go on what I like to call "craft binges", where I'll make a whole bunch of a certain thing, so if you see long stretches of buttons or crocheted items in my listings, you'll know I've been on one!

My hobbies when I'm not creating things are watching anime, playing tabletop role-playing games (Dungeons and Dragons; Big Eyes, Small Mouth; D20 Modern, West End Games' D6 System, etc), building web-pages, and playing on GaiaOnline[dot]com. I also have a gallery on DeviantArt and Flickr, both of which you can find with the user name lizstaley as well.

I find that I really enjoy blogging abou tmy crafts as well! You can visit my blog at

In addition, I also write and illustrate a story that I publish to the web, and have been working on since I was a senior in high school. It's gone through many, many versions and updates, and I'm eventually thinking about having it published. You can check that out at

Oh, and I'm an emote junkie, so... BE WARNED!!"

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Cryztalvisions - Featured Seller 5/90

Note from the Goddess: Wow, I love this sellers work. I found out about her through the 90/90 blog challenge on etsy. She does some really nice PMC work. I specifically love the lotus pendant in her banner on her etsy shop.

Note: Copied from the artists etsy profile
"I have been fascinated by crystals and stones for as long as I can remember. I had some wonderful teachers during my childhood who passed on their passion for nature, geology, crystals and gemstones. I come from a long line of artistic souls on my father's side of the family. My great grandmother was a very talented artist who started painting late in life. She left behind some amazing oil paintings that I will always treasure. She also painted and fired china, she had a fantastic eye for detail and could paint tiny pictures small enough to fit on a thimble. My father was an accomplished, well rounded artist and crafts person and spent many years teaching art in the public school system.

I've been creating unique pieces of jewelry for almost 20 years now, and I'm still excited by the process. I have an insatiable appetite for learning new techniques that push the boundaries of my creativity. Along the way I have also been drawn to studying and practicing various energy healing arts, like Reiki, chakra balancing, Earth based energy medicine, shamanic practices, and Angel Therapy. I have found combining my love of minerals, my artistic eye and skill in jewelry fabrication and design, along with my heightened sensitivity to energies creates a powerful synergy. I love to immerse myself in the creative process and I'm fascinated when some pieces seem to magically design themselves. I am pleased to share my passion with you here.

I delight in creating these pieces! Each one is unique, with its own energy that I feel as I work with the materials. They transport me to a place of deep knowing, relaxation and happiness as I work. My pieces not only look wonderful when worn, but also carry with them the special healing energies of each gemstone or crystal. My work is a constant exploration of the interconnectedness of all life.

It is my hope that you will find a very special piece that speaks to your heart.

What's with the "Z" in Cryztalvisions? You may ask. It's an homage to one of my wonderful teachers who pronounced crystals: "creezzztals"

You can see my most recent creations in my flickr photo stream:

Also be sure to stop by my online store:

I'm on myspace:


Friday, November 2, 2007

My Fairy Babies - Featured Artist - 4/90

My fairy babies puts a lot of love and time into her items and would love for them to get a new home where they can be appreciated!

Excerpt from the artists blog:

"I am a happily married SAHM of two boys Celtic who is 5 Sheamus who is 1 And we are expecting a daughter due Aug 6th, her name will be Guinevere! Etsy~ Welcome to My Fairy Babies! Born out of frustration for not being able to find fairy items for my baby girl due to arrive in the next few weeks. My pregnancy of Guinevere has inspired me to find my creative streak again! I am very thankful for that as I have been missing it for quite sometime! My husband, I think, is wondering how to dig himself out of all the supplies!"


You can find her on and at the following web locations:

~Her Blog~
~Her Myspace:

Giftbearer - Featured Artist - 3/90

Note from the goddess: This is one of my favorite jewelry artists on etsy. Her Softies line is so sweet and also her rainstick necklaces should not be missed! So be sure to check her out on all her venues!

Giftbearer, owned and operated by sole proprietor and jewelry artist Pippit Carlington, specializes in high-end indigenous jewelry drawing inspiration from nature and a variety of cultures close to the earth. Anything but primitive, its Contemporary Tribal style weaves a common thread through diverse, and exciting lines which challenge the boundaries between one medium and another.

The artist is strongly influenced by nature, political and social issues, and uses her art to educate the public. Recurrent themes of regeneration, resilience and enchantment show up in a number of forms to take the viewer on a journey of intrigue through the senses. The interplay of light, color, texture, and sometimes sound draws you into a rich inner world brimming with possibility.

"I approach each piece as a living being with a soul. If I can convey this essence to the viewer and have it speak to them on a deeper level then I have done what I've set out to do. I want my work to be more than merely an accessory, but something treasured with special meaning to the buyer, not necessarily in words, but in the same way you know it when it's true love."

With nearly 23 years in the business of making and selling jewelry, the artist has developed several distinct lines and the skills to render a variety of different techniques, using metalwork, beadweaving, fiber, and other mediums.

She is a perfectionist and nothing leaves her hands until it meets high standards of quality control.

You must hold these in your hand to truly appreciate them. Thanks for looking, but please touch! Something very special awaits you.

Give her a piece of nature with earrings made from evergreen sprigs, or maybe a "budding vine bracelet" with bright green Chrysoprase cabachons set in fine silver. Why limit yourself to the "everyday" (what everyone else is wearing) when you can have something nobody else has. A piece from Giftbearer is worth saving for.

Giftbearers Blog

Kreativemindz - Featured Seller - 2/90

Copied from the artists etsy profile

"KreativeMindz is our company I started a few years ago (a dream I've had forever). Aly and Beau are a husband and wife team, supporting each other through love, laughter and creativity. An-G is one of Aly's best friends, who is a wonderful seamstress and enjoys sewing in her free time, when she isn't being a vet :).

We mostly make clothing (in all sizes and colors), Goddess Wraps™, Hot Packs, Bags, Purses, Wallets, Cuffs and many other cool things! Beau is a very skilled craftsman and carpenter. Check out the Wooden Kreationz section to see some things my husband is now adding. :D


I was born and raised in a home of artists. My mother a painter, and my father a photographer.
As kids we always were doing some sort of "project". This has continued for me thoughout my life, dipping my hands in all sorts of creative "projects". I found my nitch in sewing. I LOVE creating different things. I picture it in my mind and then it is my "gift" I suppose. And I enjoy working with the different fibers to see what can be done with them.
I mostly stay at home and mother our 2 wonderful and beautiful children (9 and 2), my husband and best friend, our 3 dogs and a cat, and our beautiful land. This keeps me busy, as I'm sure you can imagine, but I try to sew on a daily basis, even if it's only 15 minutes. I have been making clothes for many, many years (15 to be exact). I first started when I was 15 and made a patchwork skirt by hand for a show I was going to. As I got older I bought a sewing machine and began making clothes to support my traveling and music habit. I have traveled all over the country selling my clothes at all the wonderful shows and festivals. I miss that sometimes but am so blessed to have my 2 wonderful and beautiful children. When my son got older I started working in the film buisness...helping design sets and such. This was wonderful and fun work, but I truly missed being home. My daughter was born 2 years ago, and with the help of my wonderful and supportive husband, I started to stay home again. I knew we needed the extra income here I am...trying to learn my way around the internet highway.
I am so very thankful to have this opportunity to be able to watch my children grow!!! We enjoy our land and our organic gardens. Hiking, fishing, swimming, playing, camping, fires, drum circles and a show when we can catch one. My husband is a carpenter and loves working with his hands and building wonderful things!

An-G is living in Columbus, where she just graduated from vet school(WHOOHOOO!!!). She is currently engaged to be married next summer! :)
She has been sewing a long time as well, learning some from her mother and some from herself! More to come on An-G. :)"

Kreativemindz blog

earthcharms Featured Seller - 1/90

Earthcharms offers jewelry and other accessories made with natural stones, adding a strong emphasis on the metaphysical properties of each stone. Wonderful for personal use or gifts, the items you buy here are intended to bring luck, health, and prosperity into your life!

Earthcharms is living in a city full of country (or a country full of city?) and enjoying the strange mix of urban and natural settings.
Earthcharms has loved nature and stones since she was very young. Her father taught her the scientific side, and her mother encouraged the spiritual side.

She is a practicing Kitchen Witch with a love for the Celtic side of Paganism. All charms, necklaces, and bookmarks are lovingly put together by Earthcharms while her cat tries to do dances on her lap.

Along with stones she also adore: photography, modeling, singing, snarking TV shows with her friends, Scrabble, makeup, crazy cat behavior, creek walking, getting piercings, clothes, and buying CDs.

earthcharms blog