Thursday, July 22, 2010

Inside the Offices at Etsy!

Today I was poking around the Etsy Forums and found this thread. It brought me to a link that showed some photos of the offices of!

What a fun place to work! What do you think?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Get the Look: Bella's T-Shirt Blanket!

I woke up yesterday and saw that I was getting about 70 views per hour on this one item in my shop...

I could not figure it out for the life of me where it was being featured because It was not through an Etsy feature or Storque article (although I did see MaryMary hearted it-Thanks!).

Then I found this article....I am so grateful for the blanket in Twilight Eclipse because that has given us so much exposure!

Check it out and let me know what you think!

***Do not forget that the Christmas In July Sale is going on through the 25th!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

FIreworks of Glass

I love the art of Dale Chihuly!

Last week, my mom and I went to the Indianapolis Children's Museum. It had been years since she had been there (they have changed a lot) and we wanted to see the Barbie exhibit (Barbie and my mom were born the same day). I did not realize that mom never saw the "Fireworks of Glass" sculpture in the museum, so we had a ton of fun taking pictures and looking at the ceiling. We even got a little creative! Enjoy the photos!

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Weekend Top Three

What a busy weekend! Where did my summer go???

Saturday was my birthday! I spend a nice day with my grandparents, then dinner with my husband and parents at the Melting Pot! Has anyone ever eaten there before? It is AMAZING! Fondue is so much fun!

In celebration of my birthday, I am sharing some of my recent Etsy favorites that I would want for my birthday! Are you a shop that is a favorite item of mine?

I am so excited that I got my wedding album done (one year later). For those of you who missed the story about my computer crashing and losing my photos, etc, etc... you will be happy to know that it is done now. I had gotten through about 60% of the album before I lost all my work. I am in need of a back up drive (which is my birthday present to myself this week) just in case that ever happens again! Luckily, a shop on the northside of Indy called Elan, was able to restore my computer to something functional and "new" even though I lost everything.

To make my album, I used Blurb, a site that lets you create and publish your own books. I have such a nice album with a hardcover, image wrap. The quality is great! It is the same company I used to make my two books about Artist Trading Cards. The second edition is still available in my Etsy shop! It is great that we can now DIY when getting wedding albums because I got about 350 pictures I loved in the 120 page book. If I would have bought from a photographer, it would cost about $200-300 per album and only about 20 photos. I took two really cheese photos with my PhotoBooth program, so the quality of the photo is not great, but I like including spontaneous photos in my posts.

A shout out to our indoor soccer team, The Unusual Suspects, who won their first division championship in about 3 years! This is the most expensive t-shirt I have ever bought! We have always been awesome, but are always in 2nd or 3rd place. We really were awesome this session and only to get better as some of our injured players come back to the team next session. The World Cup game just happened to not be over yet when it was time to leave for the game. Luckily, we did make it to the game in time for Spain to score the winning goal! Congrats to Spain as well for their HUGE win! Any opinions about the World Cup?

Just a reminder that the Christmas In July Sale is starting for many shops (including my own). Check out the blog post about Etsy's Christmas In July for more info!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Christmas In July Sale

Are we halfway to Christmas and the Holiday season already? Today I would like to let you know about the 3rd Annual Etsy Christmas In July Sale.

Originally organized by Etsian, DesignedByLucinda, this sale is taking place from July 15th through July 25th in thousands of stores on Many handmade shops will be offering free shipping, BOGO sales, store discounts, and more! If you would like to find shops and handmade items that are a part of this sale, you can search on Etsy by typing "christmasinjuly" or "CIJ." You can also visit this forum thread to read more about the sale and participating shops.

-All Rainbow Crayon Jumbo packs of 3 and Mini Packs of 6 are Buy 1 Get 1 FREE.

-ONLY purchase the sets you are paying for. Do not check out with the "free" sets you would like or you will be charged for them.

-In the "message to seller" when checking out, type "CIJ" or "Christmas In July" along with the free set (or sets if you are BOGO-ing more than one set) that you would like.

-If for some reason, you forget to inform us of your free set, you can always convo us through Etsy or e-mail us at .

-The Christmas in July Sale in our shop is from July 7th-25th, 2010.

Are you running a sale? Post your sale and links in the comments sections! I just might feature your sale next!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Art2theExtreme on Etsy Item of the Day

Good Afternoon!

For the month of July, I have chosen to advertise with Etsy Item of the Day! I always read her site and check out her awesome findings most days and wanted to be a part of her site. I first learned about this site when our T-Shirt Memory Blankets were featured as the Item of the Day.

I am happy she chose to feature our blankets! With the blanket in Twilight Eclipse, I expect many people to want to give the same gift to their kids, graduates, and family. I was so excited to see the blanket in the movie!

I have already noticed an increase in traffic to my shop, so I hope that continues to increase as the spot continues.

Check out her site HERE and look for my Jumbo Heart Rainbow Crayons to the right! I would love to know what you think or if you had advertised with Etsy Item of the Day before!

Your comments are welcome below!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Selected for Many Treasuries This Weekend on Etsy!

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend (for those in the USA)! Tonight I am sharing some Etsy Treasuries I was selected for. Some are colorful, others are 4th Of July themed!
Enjoy and feel free to post your current treasuries in the comments section!

Enjoy these awesome Treasury selections below!

Can you find my Night on the Town Print?

Can you find my Owl Cards?

Can you find my Original Rainbow Crayons?


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy July and Happy Employment!

We have made it to July. In teacher mode, that means I only have one month left of break just about. You know... after spending so much time talking about schools cutting art jobs and myself getting cut from a past position I had for three years, I forgot to announce something big...


It is at a Catholic school, but only part time, which might be nice for a change. I have a great room and even a SMARTBoard again (I had worked so hard so fundraise for my last SMARTBoard and create my presentations and lessons, I am glad to have one again)!

I think over the last three weeks I have spend about 6 or 7 days j
ust taking everything out of shelves, seeing what is usable, and reorganizing. I had to rush the last day to get things put on shelves at least temporarily because July is cleaning month!

I took some pictures of what my classroom looked like when I first walked in (including everything from the teacher's lounge piled in on the tables). I have a customer and school parent to thank for letting me know about this job when she was chatting with me at the Broad Ripple Art Fair, so THANKS!

Photos are taken from the entryway (looking into the Kiln room across the hall, then panning left to right. There are tons of things that are not mine, but you can see what I first was working with! Where to start....
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