Friday, May 30, 2008
INTRODUCING...The Newest Members of the Etsy Angels Street Team!
You may or may not know about the Etsy Street Team, ♥ Angels ♥.
A little background information:
Our Team was formed after the many hours spent together promoting for Dawn’s Boys; an effort that began in late December 2007 after a Jewelry artist who was on both Etsy and Ebay lost her life in an automobile accident. She left behind two little boys. Several "Angels" came together to help. After spending countless hours promoting donations from more people than we could imagine that wanted to help, many friendships were made. We couldn’t imagine it all ending without creating a Team for Dawn’s Angels. ♥
Our group is a Self-Representing Team of Artisans that create a variety of unique handmade items including Artisan Jewerly, Lampwork Glass and Polymer Clay Beads, Bath and Body Products, Quilts, Knits and Plush, children's clothing and accessories, and Paper Products to name a few.
Our goal and strength as a group is helping others in need. ♥ We select various charities to give our hearts to. ♥ During our Charity Events, we donate portions of the sales of handmade items in our shops to the cause in which we are helping at that time. There's not a better feeling than to know you are helping someone or something in need! Yes, we donate to both our 2-legged friends, and our 4-legged friends!
Over the last couple of months, we've accepted 6 new members. Please take the time to "get to know" our new Angels, and visit their Etsy shops! ♥
1. ♥ Cindy of Bundles of Joy
Bundles of Joy creates high quality, one of a kind, handmade baby gear. A stay at home Mom with a need for a creative outlet, she focuses on creating things that appeal to both parents and children with her sometimes modern, sometimes retro, sometimes playful, always graphically appealing colorful cotton prints and soft plush fabrics. Given to fits of whimsy, she also feature onesies appliquéd with prints of art by young artists and will sometimes throw other things in the mix from my varied interests. Call it artist ADD, and you won't be too far off. The artist gets paid for each onesie sold – part for now, part for college.
2. ♥ Michelle of Silk Creek Gallery
Michelle loves making jewelry. It helps her unwind in the evenings. A friend/coworker took her to a bead show about 3 yrs ago so she could find turquoise beads to make a necklace (she loves turquoise). She has since become a bead addict. Michelle's favorite materials....silver, faceted gem stones, and lampwork. She loves sharing her designs and hopes you'll enjoy them!!!
3. ♥ Sharona of Raisin Like
She's an illustrator, puppeteer, jewelry maker and an enthusiastic craftster in general. She enjoys everything colorful, beautiful and soft and keeps experimenting with new techniques and genres.
4.♥ Sarah of Princess Tiffany's Creations
She has been making and selling bows~n~such for 2 years. She was inspired to start making her own bows when her niece came into this world. Funny thing is that she rips the bows out immediately! She loves working with ribbon and crocheting.
5. ♥ Peggy of Arriving Angels
Peggy has been sewing since she was around 8 years old. She did her first 4-H fair when she was 9. Her Granny taught her how to sew. She went to a quilting club with her mom a few years back and the club was working on a rag quilt for charity and Peggy just loved it. She tried one and was hooked!
She gets her inspiration from a variety of things. She finds herself getting up when she can't sleep to sew, she loves to sew for babies, so they definitely inspire her! And her son, it's a place for her to go to work, to keep her mind busy and to talk to her son! Peggy's granddaughters come to her house and if she's sewing, they love to be there with her. Her oldest granddaughter opens the door to her sewing room and says..."I just love the smell of this room". *Smile* She is the only person on her husband's side of the family that sews or for that matter crafts, so anything handmade is much appreciated and loved! She loves creating for all of them! She does, however, miss sitting with her Granny and sewing!
6. ♥ Elaine of Brynn Alex
Elaine's Shop, Brynn Alex, was created in remembrance of her beautiful daughter Brynn, Dec/94 to Jan/07. Brynn was always designing, crafting, drawing, painting, writing! Elaine is working to preserve the memory of her gorgeous Brynnie. Everything is crafted in loving memory of Brynn. The proceeds go to her bursary fund, so that someone may go to fashion design school or an arts program in her name.
Thank you! As Brynn said - Always follow your dreams!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
VISIT MY ETSY SHOP: Chloe Boutique
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Now through June 20th, enjoy 15% off my entire shop! Please put "SUMMER" in the comments to seller when completing your purchase. I'll follow up with a revised invoice! *Also, if your purchase is over $50, it ships on me!
Hurry, you have till June 20th to take advantage of this great sale!
Lots of earrings, necklaces, bracelets; GEMSTONES, PEARLS, LAMPWORK GLASS
Come on over! You don't want to miss this sale!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
A wife, mother and jewelry artisan, Jennifer of Merkaba Jewelry grew up in New England where she became the nature lover she is today. She says her inspiration is all around her. I believe it since she now lives in the Smokey Mountains of western North Carolina!
Jennifer uses only the finest materials when creating her gorgeous jewelry. She uses quality gemstones, freshwater pearls, artisan lampwork glass beads, polymer clay beads, sterling silver, and Swarovski crystals.
Jennifer also makes the most amazing scarves and scarflettes. She uses Lion Brand Homespun Yarn; super soft and snuggly! I am a proud owner of a few Merkaba pieces, including earrings and a fabulous scarflette.
I believe I first "saw" her in the many treasuries she was featured in on Etsy. I then got to know Jennifer from the Dawn's Boys Charity in late December 2007. We are now team-members of the Etsy Angels Street Team and I am happy to consider her one of my friends.
If you make your own jewelry, well Jennifer can help you there too. She opened up her Bead and Supply Shop- Merkaba Beads on Etsy at the end of January 2008. She's doing exceptional there as well!
Here are just a few pieces Jennifer has made; most are available in her Etsy Shop!
I bet you did not know this little tidbit about Mother's Day...I did :)
Jarvis' "Mother's Day"
In 1907, Mother's Day was first celebrated in a small, private way by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, West Virginia, to commemorate the anniversary of her mother's death two years earlier on May 9, 1905. Jarvis's mother, named Ann Jarvis, had been active in Mother's Day campaigns for peace and worker's safety and health since end of American Civil War. The younger Jarvis launched a quest to get wider recognition of Mother's Day. The celebration organized by Jarvis on May 10, 1908 involved 407 children with their mothers at the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton (this church is now the International Mother's Day Shrine). Grafton is, thus, the place recognized as the birthplace of Mother's Day.
The subsequent campaign to recognize Mother's Day was financed by Philadelphia clothing merchant John Wanamaker. As the custom of Mother's Day spread, the emphasis shifted from the pacifism and reform movements to a general appreciation of mothers. The first official recognition of the holiday was by West Virginia in 1910. A proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day was signed by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on May 14, 1914
How did I know this information you might be asking? I grew up in Fairmont, WV, about 20 minutes from Grafton! I've visited Anna Jarvis' home/Museum and the International Mother's Day Shrine. Visit my Blog again around Father's Day for more information!!
I've included a picture of what my Fabulous Mother is getting for Mother's Day!
Large freshwater peacock pearls are hand-knotted with gray silk. Matching earrings include two peacock pearls that are carefully handwrapped in sterling silver.