When I was asked if I would be interested in receiving a review copy of Tarina Tarantino's new book, I was SO excited! I have admired Tarantino's work for a long time and is an inspiration to me when it comes to taking chances with mixing colors together and throwing a little kitsch into your work. LOVE HER!
Her book is very personable and I enjoyed reading about how she got started from fashion, doing make-up to creating jewelry and accessories which stems from her childhood.
And it's not just jewelry, she shows you how to make some really adorable accessories like belt buckles, bedazzled eye wear, and cute little hats.
I love Tarina's story and her approach to finding fun little pieces to put together to create a mind-blowing piece to wear. I definitely consider her a mentor as a business woman and designer.
Today I wanted to introduce you to one of my sponsors...
You may have noticed their button there on the right as they have been a very good sponsor for the blog, so let's meet Stephanie who runs PaperCrafter's Corner.
PaperCrafter’s Corner is an information, inspiration and entertainment site for papercrafters from around the world. They offer their community members all the industry news that’s fit to print, online directories of papercrafting stores, events, retreat locations, classes, blogs, challenges, designers, kit clubs, design team and publication calls, etc., with more being added. "We are THE go-to source for all things papercrafting!"
I started papercrafting when my daughter was born…many years ago! However, I was not a “true” scrapper until 2002 (my sister in law introduced me to cardmaking prior to that). I have always been an artsy-craftsy girl, working with paper since I was a kid – origami was a favorite activity.
What are some of the other things you are passionate about? Travel! It’s my number-one passion outside of photography (which gets incorporated into my travels) and papercrafting. I also love running (although I haven’t done much of that since starting this business!), reading, learning languages and learning about different cultures and religion. Oh, and I love to cook!
What have you gained from writing this blog? An amazing connection with people I might otherwise have never met. It’s so fun to engage with new people online, and even more fun when we get to meet in person!
I continue to be inspired by the amount of talent and creativity I come across on the web, not just from people I know in my little blog community but while surfing the net. Here are some that stood out for me this month. Enjoy!
Garden and Plant Markers from Bubby & Bean
Check out these Springtime Art Projects from sponsor Saturday's Child
Pompom Garland from Gypsybee (via Twitter)
How To Make Handmade Blog Elements from Adrienne Rose (via Twitter)
My sqeekness level can get pretty high when I see anything cute. From the creatives at Lark Crafts comes the super fun instructional book Adventures in Pompom Land: 25 Cute Projects Made from Handmade Pompoms by Myko Diann Bocek. This book has pushed my squeekness level through the roof. And holy moly! It's available at Amazon.com for only $6.01!
This how-to book included 25 Pompom projects with cute little creatures that would be fun to create and collect. You must have 100% Wool Yarn and 100% Wool Roving Yarn as this won't work too well with other types of yarn (I tried).
Don't know how to make pompoms? You don't have to worry about purchasing pre-made ones. The book starts with easy instructions on how to make your own that could even keep the kids busy. Bocek was inspired to create these adorable creatures after watching a segment on Martha Stewart.
The instructions for each project are detailed and thorough.
Today's post is contributed by Eva Stephen who likes to write about home styling, organization and everything pretty about home. You may get in touch Eva by following her on twitter. Enjoy!
There has been a revolution in the workplace over the last five years or so which has resulted in more and more of us working from home doing something that we love. It may be writing, illustrating, making and decorating scrumptious cakes or creating unique and beautiful gifts, cards and other products. With the Internet bringing us all closer together people are losing their fear of ordering from further afield, so as to take advantage of talents from across the globe, a win-win situation for the happy customer, and the satisfied and economically viable crafter! Even if you do not make any money from your home, you can gain some benefit from a beautifully organised and carefully laid out crafting space.
Make sure you have enough space to work
When setting out your work studio try to over-estimate the amount of space you need to create your pieces, rather than try to work in confined, cramped and claustrophobic spaces. At first it will not be too bad, but before long you will start to dread working in there, and will begin to make excuses to not craft that day, week or even month. A roomy work area is vital for comfort and also goes a long way to helping you work safely and neatly.
Happy Monday everyone! Time for a giveaway from yours truly. It's a chance to win a set of three crochet cuff bracelets - you pick the color. Giveaway is open to everyone.
Please understand that my yarn collection is still growing so the winner will choose three of the following (or maybe you want three of the same color, whatever you want!)
1) Berry 2) Soft Baby Blue 3) Mid Blue 4) Lilac 5) Toast 6) Salmon 7) Black 8) Oxblood 9) Dark Teal 10) Aruba Sea 11) Sand 12) Gray Pearl 13) Seafoam 14) Winter Gray
I've been adding more sets to my Etsy shop. They're so fun to wear and believe it or not, good for any type of weather. Cozy in the cold but still open and airy when it's warmer.
HOW TO WIN (please leave an email with each entry):
-REQUIRED: Leave a comment on which color(s) you'd like to wear.
-Bonus: Send out the following tweet and share the link here in the comments: I just entered to win a set of three colorful crochet cuff bracelets from @pulpsushi - check it out! http://ow.ly/jO46A
-Bonus: Pin this post on Pinterest and leave the link of your pin in the comments.
Giveaway ends on Monday April 15th. The winner will be chosen at random through random.org and will be announced here and notified.
While attending the Bead Expo recently, I noticed a lot of vendors selling unfinished or uncut stone and crystal pieces. Some already as pendants, others just big chunks to cut yourself.
Looks like candy. It's very sparkly. Of course I've been seeing this trend on Etsy already but it really hit me when when I saw so many suppliers in on it too. Will I get in on that? I don't think it's anything I wish to work with personally, but I still find them oh so pretty.
I'm not saying she was the first to do it, but Moorea Seal was the first person I happen to notice doing this type of jewelry. Here's a couple more.
Definitely super nice to look at but I would be too scared to wear something like this because I'm pretty clumbsy and will probably scratch myself up. Kudos to you if you can rock this.
Scallop Borders from Everyday Is A Holiday
Handmade Daisy Pin Cushion from Kitty & Buck (via Twitter)
Handmade Pillar Votice Candles from Lovey Dovey
Crochet Scissor Grip Cover from One Sheepish Girl
I'm especially interested in working on those candles myself. Chalk paint has become quite popular and I think I might want to play around with it. I see myself picking up some jars and glass candle holders very soon. :)
This is a total name dropping blog post. :) In the second half of my NYIGF visit recap I wanted to share some of the booths I visited from people who I knew from the internet, like Sara from Girls Can Tell. You can find her coasters throughout my home. Isn't she cute? She threw me off as I was looking for the person in her Twitter picture (with longer hair!)
Girls Can Tell is a line of housewares and gifts featuring original diagram illustrations by Sara who prints most of her own work out of her shop in Philadelphia. She's relocating (still in Philly) and open a new store Occassionette<---help her get there!
Does this pillow look familiar? It probably does if you looked at Etsy's front page at all. Alexandra Ferguson has been Etsy FP many times with her witty and satirical felt applique pillows. I met Alexandra when we were both on the Etsy NY team in 2009 and she was the first person I knew of to make pillows with messages like "Go To The Gym" and "Call Your Mother" on them. Now I see them all over but I still believe she was the first.
Strawberryluna was the first booth I visited where I met Allison, one half of the husband and wife design duo. She wished me luck on my first NYIGF as it can be intimidating. Their artwork is fun, bright, vibrant and affordable in a clean modern style. I am a new fan!
And last but not the least is Fisk & Fern - silly and strange paper and household goods.
Laura Fisk is the illustrator and operator behind this fun business. Her illustrations are so quirky and fun, it's hard not to smile when looking at them. Notice how stylish all these women are? I love it!
I really hope this show was a huge success for all of them because their work really is amazing and totally made with love. If you want to see more pictures from the day, you can see them all here on Flickr.