Saturday, December 29, 2007

post-christmas update

so what's new? well, let's see...

1. i had a day after christmas sale where everything was 15% off, but never fear! i am holding a general end of the year sale now, with 10% off everything in my shop!

2. i bought jmacc's falling leaf hobo bag. it's mine. you can't have it. i ♥ it fohevah!!!1!11one!1!

3. made a couple of earrings, want to make more! i've got some ideas for my silver wire :) i brought my hammer and baby anvil all the way to hawaii, gotta put em to good use eh?
my forest angel earrings
my epimeliad earrings

4. made a mushroom book! hee hee. badger badger badger badger...

i have four more book blocks that i've put together, so i just need to get my lazy bum up and make the covers for them!

5. i bought 4 yards of gray felt, and i am going to be making a cloak! ordered this cute cloak clasp because i am a hugenerdomg. i'm a little skeptical about the felt (no wool fabric at the FABRIC store --sure, i'm in hawaii, but really? no wool? really?-- and no gray fleece, which i think would've hung better) but that's okay, it's all for fun! maybe it'll turn out fantabulous and i'll sell some online! ...hyeah, right. maybe if someone buys me a sewing machine first. ;)

s'all for now! i'm going to curl up on the couch with some tea and read me a book!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

etsy texas crafters contest

phew, i'm on a roll! the other day i participated in one of the texas street team's treasure hunt contests, and won! out of the list of possible prizes, i chose from the team's shop and got the taste of texas grab bag, a promo box filled with goodies from the team's members!

hurray for street teams! i can't wait to finish looking through all of the shops, and check out all of the promos and coupons from everybody!

Monday, December 17, 2007

my dad = my spokesman

my dad was chatting to a friend of his at work about how i bind books, and she requested i make one for her friend, who had just had a baby.

unfortunately, my dad didn't ask for any specifics, like if the baby was a boy or a girl, so i decided to make two books for her to choose from:

she ended up buying both!

(the one that says "eva" on it originally didn't, i was going to put "baby" on it in felt but my dad snagged it before i had gotten to that point and brought it to her. luckily he called and asked me about it so i told him that if she liked that book that i could cut out whatever words she wanted, so she asked for "eva 2007".)

and then she requested one more, for her "not-girly" friend. so i made this out of some new fuzzy paper i had just gotten:

my dad also showed her my asian inspired book ("just in case"); it had been sitting in my closet because i had taken it off of etsy after my grandpa's pecans exploded in my suitcase and gotten oil on its cover... you couldn't really tell after i wiped it a few times with water, but i knew it was damaged and just couldn't sell it in good conscience.

she bought both.

go daddy! XD

on a side note, look at my books together:

i do not seem to have my own "style". i'm still trying to decide if this is a good or bad thing haha!

Friday, December 14, 2007

BEST Holiday Books! Treasury

check out my very first treasury, featuring lovely (holiday style) books from the best team! :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

experiment: bag

my sister gave me some fabric and little bag handles from japan (she visited during the summer), so i decided to experiment and make a bag! ...and also because i was having bag indecision (although i ended up buying jmacc's bag from my little bag feature that i posted a short while ago as a christmas present to myself hehe).

so! here is what i came up with:

i sort of just made it up as i went along... i didn't use a pattern, and i got lazy and didn't make any sort of lining haha! i figured the canvas was sturdy enough ;) but i think it turned out pretty cute! well, so long as you don't look at the stitching on the inside (i didn't feel like hunting for my mom's sewing machine, so i hand-stitched the whole thing) XD

see? back-stitching is never really pretty on the other side haha! but for my first bag, i like :3

oh pooh, i just found another bag on etsy that i like! woe is me!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

seller of the month - fringe

Dennice Mankarious - California - USA

WHO (Your name, general description, any random bit of info about yourself, a vague sentence):

Dennice Mankarious, wife, mother, sister, daughter. fiber fanatic. perfectionist.

WHAT (Tell us about your shop, the items you make):

i design scarves, cowls, shrugs, capelets, shawls, lariats and many other items. i have a wide range of fashion styles from high drama to urban prairie to appeal to everyone, i hope. i feel that accessories make the outfit, and are a perfect form of personal expression. i make my creations in hopes that whoever wears one of my items will feel self-confident and divine.

WHERE (Why do you sell on Etsy?):

i sell on etsy because it's the perfect venue for my life style. it gives me a lot of freedom and the site is designed in such a fabulous way that you can give your shop your own personal style very easily. it has been an excellent learning experience for me and i have been very successful on etsy. plus, i'm my own boss. yippee!

WHEN (When did you start making handmade items? When did you start selling on Etsy? Any tips for current/future sellers?):

i started selling my creations several years ago, but not seriously. i didn't become focused and serious until i joined etsy back in January of this year. my humble advice to sellers is to do your research, take pride in your work, take good photos and list frequently. etsy's wikki has wonderful articles to help everyone who wants to take their shop on etsy seriously. it's how i did it. i didn't have a mentor, i just read everything i could lay my hands on that etsy had to offer me.

FUN (Whatever you feel like talking about. A favorite shop or item on Etsy, a website you think others should look at, why butterflies and toe socks should rule the world):

i have many shops and sellers that i adore here. i will say that leavesofglass, talula, boringsidney and bayousalvage are my top four. and they are all run by exceptional businesswomen.

Aaaand…RANDOM QUESTION! If you could live in any shaped house (a round house, a hexagonal house...), what would you like to live in?

i think of all the shapes out there in this big, beautiful world i would choose a u-shaped house with squared corners. the inside of the "u" would be floor to ceiling windows overlooking the center of the "u" which would have a swanky pool and lounge area. yep. a girl can dream can't she?

Featured Items

Monday, December 3, 2007

trans-canada etsy team contest prize

as mentioned in a previous post, i won the trans-canada etsy team contest! i would like to show off their fabulous prizes here! i received...

...a pair of adorable catnip mice from 4paws

alas, i have no kitties, but i'm going to use them as christmas tree ornaments until i see my uncle's kitty again! ...i hope catnip lasts that long!

...a fluffy coffee condom (i think it looks like a corset... and want to wear it as a bracelet!) from caffeinatedcrafts

starbucks beware!

...pretty little earrings from mieldesigns

i love the lapis lazuli stones on them!

...a whimsical bird hanging art piece by tanisalexis and a precious stuffed bunny by her sister shop, mwahcreations

the bunny smells like lavendar! hee! eco-chic vintage leather necklace by tomatedepingles

the clasp has a little leather piece attached... what a cute detail!

...awesome feather deploy earrings by neawear

they're delicate, but super sleek! can't wait to wear them out!

...a butter soft leather book and fun leather cuff (which i am totally going to wear on my ankle instead!) by myhandboundbooks

unfortunately, i forgot my wonderfully beautiful fluffy scarf by stircrazycrafts back in missouri :( i had already integrated it into my wardrobe, so when it came time to pack for hawaii, i put it aside... boooo! i promise i'll post a special entry just for the scarf :D it's very warm, and will definitely be put to good use when it's blustery outside! hurray for handmade scarves!

happy holidays everybody!

Friday, November 30, 2007


the other day i was tagged by the lovely danca to do a survey, which i have no problem doing because they're fun :) however, seeing how i just did one a handful of posts back (and i don't have many!) i figure i'll skip the tagging forward and just say that if anybody wants to do it, then go on ahead! :D

the rules are:
Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog. Share 7 random and or weird things about yourself. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. 7 things about me:
ignore the rules ♥

1. each week this past month was spent living in a different state
2. lately i have been far more interested in green things than blue, which is my favorite color... but out of loyalty to blue i refuse to make green my fave
3. the only thing i actually want to do here in hawaii is eat
4. i have "deformed" feet: my big toes are shorter than the ones next to them
5. i just bought munchkin, a fabulous card game. everyone should play it!
6. i am completely, compleeeetely addicted to the internet. i mean, i would much rather have my laptop than my car.
7. i've decided that only a fun obstacle course will motivate me to work out

Friday, November 16, 2007


i haven't completely died these past couple of months, i swear! :) i've been...

...experimenting with chocolate and candy molds! (mostly because i really want to make pirate ship chocolates... how awesome would that be??)


...made a halloween costume for etsy's contest

{kaylee from firefly!}

...made a couple of book commissions for some friends. interestingly enough, both named sarah and both were for their siblings!

{a leather book with hindi writings on it. the cover says 'brother'}

{a cafe book for a sister who likes coffee!}

...and hopefully more will be coming soon~!

Monday, November 5, 2007

hooray for etsy teams!

i was just awarded first prize for my treasury entry to the trans-canada etsy team contest: best collection of canadian handmade goods! check out the details here.

an' i get lots of pretties, muahahahahaaaaa... okay, enough bragging. this actually leads me to:

the bookbinding etsy street team!

etsy has lots of awesome street teams, and i have not yet mentioned that there is now a bookbinding one as well! we have a lovely blog, a shop, an official profile on team.etsy, and a bazillion members forrealzyo!!!1!1one!

...okay, maybe not that last part, but hey, we're perfectly willing to take on that many! ;) the 60-ish members that we do have are pretty fantastic! check out this screenshot of one of our etsy treasuries to see some samples from our shop:

if anybody might be interested in joining, please contact er, well.. me, or go straight to our membership coordinator rhonda (myhandboundbooks). the main requirement is just that you are interested in bookbinding, whether as a bookbinder selling on etsy or simply as an appreciator of bookbinding arts on etsy! if you'd like more details, feel free to ask!

/end shpiel

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

seller of the month: WeeFolkOutfitters

Sean Fulkerson - Youngstown - USA

WHO (Your name, general description, any random bit of info about yourself, a vague sentence):

I'm a furry little gnome of guy who goes by the name Sean Fulkerson and makes fairy doors for a living.

WHAT (Tell us about your shop, the items you make):

I offer a variety of fairy doors that I handcraft from solid knotty pine. I have about ten standard designs I came up with, but each door I make takes on a personality of its own -- it's all up to the wood. I also have a gnome outhouse I make (which I really need to list on Etsy), and I've been planning on making windows but just haven't had the time.

WHERE (Why do you sell on Etsy?):

Etsy was mentioned to me by an acquaintance a few months ago. I really liked the idea of a "handmade only" website, but wasn't sure my doors would sell there. So I lurked on the site for a while, reading the forums and trying to get a feel for "how things work". I sell almost exclusively on Etsy now.

WHEN (When did you start making handmade items? When did you start selling on Etsy? Any tips for current/future sellers?):

I've been making stuff from wood since I was a wee gnome living in the hills of Western Pennsylvania. Even though I've never been a stranger to sawdust or hammers, my first real attempt at making money from woodworking was only about four years ago. I made up some grapevine wreaths with a wooden character in the center -- Santas, snowmen, angels -- and ended up selling quite a few of them. After that, I went into furniture making -- Mission and Shaker style tables. That didn't go so well (small shop, big stuff). This past summer was when I was first introduced to fairy doors. An online friend who knew I made stuff asked if I could make her some fairy doors. At first, I thought she was nuts. But then I started researching them and ultimately found my true calling. I love making the things.

The only real tips I have for anyone thinking of selling their crafts on Etsy is that you *have* to participate in the community. Get on the chat rooms. Participate in the forums. Sell yourself without selling yourself out (or short). I've made some great friends on Etsy in just a short while.

WHY (Go on, free self-promotion time! Why should people buy from your shop?):

Why buy fairy doors from me? I've been told mine are the finest fairy doors on the web -- and not just by Etsy buyers. If you're looking for something really unique that can't be had for any money at Walmart, check out my doors. They're fun for kids of all ages and look as good in the garden or next to a tree as they do on a bookshelf or against a baseboard. The trick is to put them in non-obvious spaces -- let them be discovered instead of shown off.

FUN (Whatever you feel like talking about. A favorite shop or item on Etsy, a website you think others should look at, why butterflies and toe socks should rule the world):

One of my favorite shops on Etsy is Spidercamp's. We've bought two of her goofy bunnies so far. My daughter has taken possession of "crap" bunny and won't give it back until "yippee!" bunny gets here.

Otherwise, I think everyone should watch where they step so as not to squish any wee folk.

Aaaand…RANDOM QUESTION! If you could invent a new flavored chocolate, what kind would you pick?

Bacon. Bacon smothered in chocolate would be killer (or chocolate smothered in bacon).

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

want an etsy bag?

i know i do! maybe because my current bag died :P it's rigged to work fine, but i still can't help drooling over these cute bags!

Brown Unisex Messenger by P8Accessories

Robot Love Large Vinyl Messenger by SugarLust

Falling Leaf Hobo by Jmacc

New Sprout Messenger Bag by cipolla

Green Faux Leather/White Octopus Applique Purse by SAYSIBEAU

i'm a big bag person XD and i prefer em over the shoulder (although the falling leaves one is just too cute to ignore!)