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Photo Friday- Fluffy

Hello!! I am sooooo excited to introduce you to this week’s Featured Handmade Artist– BeckyM! Becky’s shop has some of the cutest and most creative felt food creations I’ve seen yet. So fun and so yummy looking!

Featured Handmade Artist BeckyM
Some of the fun creations that Becky has created include a banana that you can peel and pumpkin pie! Becky’s food creations and photography also have been published in “DDN Cucine International Kitchen” How awesome is that?! Here are a few more examples of the wonderful felt food creations in Becky’s shop:

Featured Handmade Artist Becky M

Hi Becky!!! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Becky. I currently live in Florida even though my husband is military so we move every few years. My main job is to stay at home with my two daughters (who are 9 months and 4 years old).

What is the first craft project you remember making?

It’s either going to be hair scrunchies (I’m definitely grew up in the 80s) or little dollhouse blankets.

Where does your inspiration come from?

I get a lot of inspiration from nature. For my foods, it usually starts with the things I bake at home but also my customers help with ideas.

Can you please describe some of your creative process?

I usually come up with my best ideas as I lay in bed right before I’m about to fall asleep. After that, I just wing it when it comes to new patterns for the food. Sometimes I perfect it the first time (like pear) other foods (like garlic and sweet potato) have taken a number of tries. This process is the most fun for me. I like the challenge.

What is your most prized handmade possession?

My mom did a lot of quilting when I was growing up. She became really sick from cancer and passed away when I was 13. All of her quilt tops and fabric went to her best friend. As a wedding present, her best friend had HAND quilted one of the tops my mom had made years ago. I am still so touched by the thought and time that she took to finish it. It was a complete surprise. It was the best gift I have ever received. And I cried like a baby after opening it. : )

If you could give one piece of advice to a new etsy seller, what would it be?

Take great pictures of your product.

What are some of the ways you promote your work?

I have a blog www.allinonedaystime.blogspot.com but really that’s about it. Quite honestly, I don’t advertise because I can’t keep up with all the orders I currently working on along with keeping stock in the store. Every once in awhile I will do giveaways on other crafter’s blogs.

What are three websites you couldn’t live without?

Etsy (of course), Google Reader (talk about a time saver!), and Flickr (the photographs people take are just amazing)

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

A mother of teenagers! Yikes!

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

Flying. I hate driving in traffic.

Thank you so much Becky! Your shop, and your felt creations are amazing! I hope you all have a chance to check out Becky’s shop!!!!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeckyM

Yay!!! It’s almost Halloween!!! I’ve got two days to decide if I’m going to dress up for work (and, if I decide to dress up, I need to figure out a costume– QUICK!) While I was looking for costume ideas, I came across a whole bunch of awesome and CUTE Halloween stuff!!!

wednesday-inspiration

1. Owl Mask

2. Halloween Party Favor Toys Printable Paper Craft PDF

3. Three Darling Little Fall Owl Ornaments

4. Amigurumi Candy Corn

5. Pumpkins – 5×7 Fine Art Print

6. Gourdon the Mouse Dressed as a Pumpkin

7. Frankenstein Monster Mary Jane Shoes

8. Little LadyBug Hat

9. Lion Costume – Dog Costume

Hi! I’d like to welcome you to the last Craft Connection for October! (seriously? it’s the end of October? Where did this month go?) Each and every week I scour the interwebs and gather the best tutorials, tips, and other helpful links to help with your handmade craft business. In addition, I’ll post links to cool crafts I’ve seen, and blogs I think are worth following. I hope you enjoy!

  • 7 Ways to Help Your Customers Feel Ownership
    Although you can’t provide the exact same experience for your customers online as you would in real life, there are certain things that you can still do to help them make their purchasing decision easier and help them claim ownership
  • A blog you NEED to follow!
    Time with Tascha
    Time with Tascha
    I am so totally in LOVE with Tascha’s bright colorful illustrations!

If you know of any good handmade craft marketing resources I should include in the next Crafty Connections post please don’t hesitate to email me, or leave the link(s) in the comments section! I would love to be able to share these great resources with everyone! Also, are these links helpful to you? Let me know! I appreciate the feedback!!!! Thank you!!!


Taos, New Mexico

This week’s entry to Photo Friday

Hi! Welcome to this weeks Featured Handmade Artist! I am thrilled to introduce you Marilyn from beadpod8! Marilyn makes the prettiest and most romantic pieces of jewelry…

Handmade Featured Artist-beadpod

I love that necklace! (I am a sucker for anything green…) Take a look at some of her other beautiful pieces!!!

Featured Handmade Artist- Beadpod

Hi Marilyn! Can you please tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Marilyn and I am from Singapore. I’m a stay at home mom and I enjoy making jewellery during my spare time.

How long have you been creating?

I started out making jewelery for friends and relatives and it has been almost 6 years since. They have encouraged me to sell online so I signed up for etsy.

What is some of the inspiration behind your pieces?

I am inspired by all the things I see and feel around me, nature, colors, pictures, scenery. Sometimes even a particular scent can inspire me.

What item would you be secretly heartbroken if it sold?

I love it when I am able to sell any of my jewelery so I would actually be heartbroken if I don’t sell!

What are some of the ways you promote your work?

I promote through etsy, blogshops, and facebook.
Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/beadpod
Etsy: http://beadpod8.etsy.com
Blog: http://beadpod.blogspot.com

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

If I could have one super power, I want to be in two places at the same time so I can be with my family and at the same time be sitting and creating jewelery.

Thank you sooooooo much Marilyn!!! I hope you all have a chance to check out all the unique and beautiful pieces form beanpod8!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadpod8

Halloween is just around the corner (only 11 days away!) Have you decided what you’re going to be yet? (I haven’t yet…) To help get you in the Halloween spirit, here’s some spooky inspiration!

Wednesday Inspiration- spooky

1. Bernard, Halloween Ghostie, Happy Halloween needle felted Ghost

2. Grackle No. 1 – fine art black and white bird photography print

3. Twinkle, twinkle little bats How I wonder what you’re at Necklace – Black Acrylic – Laser Cut Necklace

4. DELUXE DOUBLE DECK- Vintage Alphabet Mini Cards 1960’s, BONUS set of 96 Cards

5. The Barren Trees – 62

6. Tall Ghost with Boo Garland

7. Altered Art Spooky Mason Jar Tags – DOWNLOAD – ZNE

8. Steampunk Evil Eye Ring in Green with Gothic Undertones

9. Skull Soap with Black Raven Tag-Goat’s Milk Soap-Moroccan Mint

Hello hello!!! I’d like to welcome to this week’s Crafty Connections! Each and every week I scour the interwebs and gather the best tutorials, tips, other helpful links to help with your handmade craft business. In addition, I’ll post links to cool crafts I’ve seen, and blogs I think are worth following. Enjoy!

If you know of any good handmade craft marketing resources I should include in the next Crafty Connections post please don’t hesitate to email me, or leave the link(s) in the comments section! I would love to be able to share these great resources with everyone! Also, are these links helpful to you? Let me know! I appreciate the feedback!!!! Thank you!!!

okay, it’s day 6 and I’m STILL Sick. Seriously, this cold will not go away. I am feeling well enough to sit like a zombie on the couch with the laptop for a little bit (though, i strongly suspect a nap in the near future.)

Anyways, here’s a little recap and photos from last weekend’s exciting trip down south to the great state of Texas…

Saturday: Left O’hare. Waiting for the plane was a bit exciting as there was a loud “boom” outside on the tarmac. A plane might have hit one of those little luggage cars (seemed too big a boom for that) or maybe popped a tire? Not sure. There were a bunch of ambulances, firetrucks, and police cars surrounding that plane. Thankfully, no one was safety sliding down to the tarmac!!! (Also thankful it didn’t affect our takeoff!) Arrived in Texas, picked up the rental car, finally found the hotel. (OMG! The highways and roads in the DFW area are CRAZY!) All was good though. Met up with R and V, his beautiful soon-to-be-wife, and chatted all evening! They are really really wonderful and funny people and I’m so glad I went to visit them!

airplane_01

crazy highway 01

Sunday: Went to the Fort Worth Botanical Garden for a little bit in the morning. Wow. Talk about things being bigger in Texas! This Garden was HUGE!!! I really only had enough time to go through the Japanese Garden! (It’s sooooooo pretty! I love it and I have to go back!) Sunday afternoon was spent getting all dolled up for the wedding, and then, the big event! The wedding was gorgeous! It was in a Romanian Orthodox Church– it was by far one of the most beautiful churches I’ve seen. My photos really don’t do it justice! The ceremony was mostly in Romanian, but I am assured that my friends are, indeed, married! (yay!!!)

fort worth garden 01

wedding 02

wedding 01

Monday: Only two words can describe Monday. Waffle. House. I know, I know, it’s a cheap diner restaurant chain. I was told that I should go to Ihop beacause it’s better. But we have Ihops here in Chicago (lots of them) We don’t have Waffle Houses (the nearest one is 186mi away in middle-of-nowhere Indiana.) It’s a darn shame too. So yummy!

Waffle House

Thankfully the flight home Monday afternoon was uneventful and here I am, on Monday, a week later, going through photos all the photos and nursing a cold (still). All in all, it was a really nice weekend. R, V, and their friends are awesome (they are really trying hard to get me to play WOW and move down to Texas…) and I’m super happy that I went. I’d definitely go back. I hear there’s a lot to see in Texas! 🙂

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