Posts Tagged ‘treasure’

A bag! I would make a bag. A highly structured bag. I’ve had a stash of rigid stabilizer on hand for months because I’ve dying to try a bag that holds its own shape. So I’d settled on the idea and would actually get to challenge myself on two fronts – new technique and new medium.

I created an envelope bucket bag with a magnetic snap closure. The handle is two foliage stems formed, wrapped, and bound with brown ribbon and attached to the bag with D-rings. I think it not says nature, but really captures my essence as well. For those who don’t know me, Autumn is the time of year I live for. I constantly lament that there isn’t anywhere in the world that has perpetual Autumn (otherwise I’d live there). Crisp air, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, spice, squash soup, fires in the fireplace, lit candles everywhere – this is my comfort.

So here is my challenge submission: Autumn Delight

fall purse

It is a one-of-a-kind creation and is for sale in my Etsy shop. Voting will be open to the public on September 2nd for one week on the team blog. Please view all the submissions and if you truly like mine – vote for me! It was a pleasure participating in this challenge and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about it.

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My oldest son started back at college yesterday. A lot of his friends left last week to move into their dorms. All our neighbors are coming back from vacation and collecting children from grandparents’ homes. So I guess it’s that time of year! As a homeschooling family who schools year round, we only notice by the movements of those around us. So I’m just realizing that I’m a little behind in my Man Bags this year 😦

I was so busy getting ready for the photo shoot and several orders have come in for Zuul dresses that I forgot to make time for the Man Bags. I will still make some, they’ll probably be available in a month. Maybe your worn out bag can hang on that long. You can always contact me now if you need a custom sized Man Bag to fit your laptop.

This year’s fabrics are solid black twill, black/grey camo corduroy, brown/black/cream thin stripe, and tan suede. Prices will vary by size of the bag.

In the meantime, please feel free to look at and comment on my recent photo shoot. My Dresses and Formals album is up already. I’m putting up the Wardrobe Builder album in a minute. If you’re a subscriber, you may have to go directly to the blog to see the photo albums.

I’ve already seen a few leaves changing here in central Virginia – I can’t wait!

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Face to Face

I first joined Etsy in December of 2007. I joined a few teams and even led one for awhile. During those early days, I met LaMar Lynch of Handcrafted by LaMar. Over the past year and a half, we’ve become good cyber friends – often collaborating on projects or boosting each other along. I’ve featured him a couple of times on my previous blog and should probably do so again on here. He really is a talented cardmaker.

In the Spring, I had sent him a box of Callidora’s stuff to show at some craft shows he was doing in New York area. Shipping was ridiculous, but who knew until it was already paid for?! Last week, I took my boys to New Jersey for a Star Trek convention and realized “Hey! I can get my box back and meet LaMar!” And so I did!

This internet thing is a crazy place! Talking to someone for so long without ever having met or talked on the phone. It was great to meet him in person and put a face with the chats. Just wanted to share my little bit of joy πŸ™‚

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I love glass work. I’ve flattened wine bottles and made fused glass ornaments at my local ceramics studio. When I created jewelry, I was always drooling over lampwork beads. And so, in the spirit of functional art, I am very happy to show off the work of Beth Reiman of BPR Designs!

Interview with the artist:

1. Tell us a little bit about who you are and your life up to this point in time.
My name is Beth and I am a kiln-formed glass artist. Up until about 2 years ago, I made my living as an operations CFO for a large telecom company! When I retired, I decided I wanted to do something completely different and try out the artist life!

2. Besides your fantasy creative life, what else are doing currently?
I love the outdoors. I like to garden and sea kayak in my spare time. And I love to travel.

3. What do you offer in your Etsy Shop?
My shop has kiln-formed or fused glass items that you can use in your home –plates, dishes, candle holders, soap dishes, vases, and art pieces. I think art that is also functional helps sooth that CFO part of my brain that is still functioning!

4. Where do you create?
I create in my glass shop here in my home in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

5. Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get a lot of inspiration from the colors in nature — I love all the colors of flowers and vegies in the summer — the color of water!! I think you can see lots of that kind of color in my work.

6. How did you learn how to do your craft?
I have loved glass for a long time but the first time I tried to create it myself was by taking a Community Education class at my local community college. I was hooked by the end of the first night!! I highly recommend community education classes — very affordable and a great way to test the waters on something new.

7. How do you promote your wares?
I have an Etsy shop and a Facebook fan page. I promote my work through those sites as well as Indie Public, Design Style Guide and glass specific sites like FusedGlassArtists.org. I also do a number of local shows in the Portland area each year and I try to get my work into local galleries when I can.

8. What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned since you started selling your own creations?
I think the biggest lesson has been that it takes time to promote and get your name out there. I knew that it would but I think I underestimated the effort required! You have to plan to spend time doing that as well as creating or you will just fill up your house with your art and no one else will ever see it.

9. Is there any advice you can give others who are just starting out?
Don’t be shy — people cannot buy what they have never seen! Network, network, network!!

10.Do you have any favorite Etsy artists you’d like to promote here?
Probably too many to mention but here are a few:
http://www.californiablue.etsy.com — jewelry
http://www.shanineal.etsy.com — felted purses and bowls
http://www.artbygeorgia.etsy.com — original paintings
http://www.muyinmolly.etsy.com — jewelry — lots of lovely pearls

and I also have a weakness for handmade soap so I love a lot of the soap shops on Etsy!!

As do I, Beth, as do I. I’m sure I’ll be featuring one of them soon πŸ™‚

Life is short. Fill it with beautiful things.

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I’ve put some craft pattern books and boxes of sewing scraps in my Etsy shop. Had to create a “Destash” section πŸ™‚ I’m being over run by fabric scraps and larger pieces that I swear I’m gonna get to someday, but I don’t. I just keep buying more fabric! So, any of you quilters, doll or pet clothes makers, or anyone who crafts in piecework – please take it off my hands and my stuff a loving home!

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I’ve put a couple of new items in the Artfire shop this week! I have 2 prints available now – one is a grey/black animal print, and the other is a black/floral. Both are knits – the leopard is cotton rib knit, and the floral is viscose knit. Viscose knit has a soft cotton-y feel to it; it’s not slippery like a polyester knit. Both would look great with any outfit since they have a neutral palette.
These are available in sizes XS-XXL. They are machine washable and retain their shape. Wear it by itself on hot days, or under a jacket or cardigan on cool days. Limited quantities.

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If you’re stopping by as part of the Sew What Blog Tour, welcome! This blog contains my musings as I create collections, one-of-a-kind items and custom projects. My main website is Callidora’s, but of course the purpose of this blog tour is to promore my Artfire shop πŸ™‚

As part of this promotion, I am holding a little contest. The theme of the tour is “pink and green”, so the prize is a child-sized pink and green apron or a pink corduroy upcycled handbag. How to win? Leave a comment with your answers to the following questions:

1. What is your favorite item in my Artfire shop?
2. How old was I when I learned to sew?
3. What does “Callidora” mean?
4. Which prize would like to win?

Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you are the winner. And here’s a little hint – all the answers can be found in my Artfire shop or on this blog.

Also, if you like giveaways, please feel free to sign up for my monthly newsletter on my main website. I give something away every month to a newsletter subscriber. And if you are just getting started doing a little sewing of your own, check out the Tutorial page. The tab is at the very top of this blog. I just started this feature, so check back since I will be adding more.

Anyone who subscribes to my newsletter and this blog will receive an additional entry in the contest. Enjoy the tour and don’t forget to check Cotton Spice for the next new blog you get to visit πŸ™‚

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