Friday, June 27, 2008

Still here...

Been a crazy busy past couple of weeks at work, and I am in serious need of some studio time!!! I'll be taking a bit of a technology break for the next couple of weeks while I get some stuff ready for Etsy, PFATT and a new folk art marketplace (details coming soon).

In the meanwhile, enjoy the inspiring and awesome clay cupcake video tutorial I found on YouTube. The artist (listed as "MsKreant" on YouTube) makes cupcake crafting look so easy!!! I want to try this one out soon. Wouldn't they make great little gifts for sweet friends and family?

Happy Weekend everybody!!!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

More for your crafty listening pleasure...

A few weeks back I shared with you some links to my favorite Crafty Podcasts: Craft Sanity, Crafty Pod, and Craft Cast. For those of you that like to have something great to listen to while you craft and create, or commute (I love listening when I am housecleaning too)... I have few more great suggestions for your listening pleasure. Not all of these have an art and craft focus, some I suggest here are for entrepreneurial minded folks, some offer helpful tips for corralling domestic duties, and some are for unabashed entertainment.

Indie Biz Chicks- Great business oriented podcast that caters to us crafty girls. She shares some wonderful tips for those of us creating our blissful businesses

Crafter Cast- Another crafty podcast that shares the host's personal crafting experience and favorite Etsy finds

Polymer Clay Productions- Both a podcast and an internet video show, this pair of talented polymer clay artisans teamed up after meeting on Etsy to put this awesome project together. And they recently interviewed the editor of Artful Blogging! You can find that particular interview here. As you know, I work primarily in paper clay and papier mache, but honed my sculpting skills in Fimo, and I will always love the polymer clay medium.

Craft, Rock, Love- If you are familiar with the DIY channnel's "Knitty Gritty" show, you'll recognize the host of this podcast. Although I am not a knitter, I have found many of these podcasts to be both inspiring and applicable to my hobby of choice.

Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion Podcast- Yep! The wonderful magazine that so many of us love has a podcast! For each recent issue, there are about four or five recorded interviews with the artists and designers that were featured in that issue. Very cool.

The Household Helper- Several great shows to motivate the disorganized amongst us!

FreezerSmarts- This is a new one for me. I have only listened to a few podcasts, but I have been considering experimenting with a modified OAMC plan (Once a month cooking plan), especially with the craft show season coming up. So far I have found this podcast to be very encouraging and the website has some cool recipes. :-) FREE Audiobooks!!! Readers volunteer by reading classics that are available in the public domain. I recently downloaded one of my favorite Lucy Maud Montgomery books. All the Jane Austen's are there too! And the Bronte's! Somehow housework doesn't seem so much like drudgery when one is swept away into the 19th century English Countryside via my MP3 player! Next on my list is the Henry James Classic...Washington Square.

The Official Lost Podcast: For those amongst us are already suffering withdrawals and marking the days until the new season returns next year. This podcast is lead by the Executive Producers and gives tons of insight to the show.

The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack- For the even more hopelessly devoted Lost fans amongst us. This podcast cracks me up. I love it.

How to listen....
All of the podcasts I have listed and linked to above are totally free. When you click on the link, it should take you to the page where you can either listen on the site itself, or it will take you to a link (like Blogtalk Radio) where you can listen, or in some cases it will download to your computer's default media player. If you have an MP3 player, you can download the shows and take it to go. If you have an IPOD, many of these shows are available for direct download through ITUNES, still free :-)

I am always looking for more podcasts to subscribe to. I find they pass the time joyfully when I am doing things like jogging, cleaning house and making the bimonthly 3 hour trip to Phoenix. Again let me know if you have any to recommend. I'll add more to the sidebar (see Podcasts) as I add them to my list. Happy Listening!!! :-)

Monday, June 9, 2008


Here's a sneak peek of the Spooky Trio I will have available on my PFATT page beginning tommorrow, June 10....

There's lots o' little details in each one of these guys. .. mica flakes, glass glitter, crepe, millinery flowers and more. Try as I might, my Hallowe'en guys come out more jovial than sinister... also, I have been inspired of late by old time images of carnivals, so I decided to go with the theme of a "Jolly Hallowe'en Carnival".

I pre-discounted these guys for everyone this month, knocking off about 15% of what I usually charge. But blog readers will get to pick out a couple of greeting cards as an extra thank you with their order! So if you want that added , please let me know that you read my blog and I'll include the freebie :-)

Happy Monday all!

UPDATE: All these little guys are sold. But please do visit PFATT to see all the other wonderful Halloween offerings this month.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A Spooktakular Trade!!!

Lucky me had the opportunity to trade my lil' Miss Liberty seen in the last post, for this stunning Halloween Angel, created by the fabulous Dani....

Be sure to check out Dani's work this month on Glitter and Grunge, her Etsy store and starting this month on PFATT Marketplace!

Speaking of Pfatt, on Tuesday June 10, several of the artists, including myself, are featuring Halloween Items! Get there early! Last year, if I remember correctly, almost everyone sold out within the first few days.Happy Weekend everyone. I'll be back in a few days to show you a preview of my spooky new offerings.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

We have a winner! And some bragging

According to the Random Number Generator.... comment number 9 was the winner of my latest blog post giveaway. Number 9's comment belongs to none other than the wonderfully talented and super cool Dani! of Ambitions Designs!!!! :-) . Dani and I just completed a fun swap, and on Thursday I will be posting the picture of the fabulous Halloween Angel she created for me in exchange for this lil' Liberty Lady....

Okay now, here's the bragging.... My lovely, amazing 12 year old daughter won the Health and Safety Poster Contest for her entire elementary/middle school!!! I have to show you how awesome her drawings are....

I love how she captured the expression of joy of the little girl jumping on the trampoline. The picture of the mom and daughter in the far right corner is of me and her on our evening ritual, walking our dog and yammering away. Very accurate stuff! And so much detail in this! Down to the grate on the sidewalk and the skateboard on the roller-blader's shirt! (can you tell that I am a proud mama :-) ? )She did this 100% completely on her own. I was blown away when I first saw it! So what do you think? Do we have a future "Etsian" in our midst?