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Happy Tuesday! Welcome to my weekly Crafty Connections! Every week I scour the interwebs and gather tutorials, tips, other helpful links in order 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.

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Hello! Wow! What a busy week!!! So busy, in fact, that this is the first chance I had to write about this weeks Featured handmade Artist! (better late than never, right?)

Without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to Lacy and her shop, xPeppyandBellex! Lacy has some super fun and trendy hemp jewelry and supplies. Check out a small sample of her pieces:

Hi Lacy! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Lacy, I’m 22 years old From O’Fallon, MO. I make hemp jewelry at the moment, but hope to expand to other jewelry making soon 🙂

How long have you been creating?

I’ve been making hemp necklaces off and on since I was 17.

What is the inspiration behind your jewelry?

The random beads I find

What is your dream job?

I hope to work in a library one day. It just seems like it would be so peaceful.

Can you tell us a little about your creative process?

When I get bored I go through my beads and decide what I want to make at the moment. Its mostly just random, not really thought out.

What item would you be secretly heartbroken about if it sold?

There’s a few, but I wont tell 🙂

How do you promote you and your work?

I post anywhere I can find really. Mostly Facebook and Blogspot at the moment.

What are a few of your favorite books, movies, musicians, and websites that you’d like to share?

My favorite books are Star Girl by Jerrk Spinelli and Perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chobosky. My favorite musical artist is Hanson, but other than that I mostly listen to rock, alternative, industrial and 90’s pop.

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

To read peoples minds, so then I can tell when they are lying. Haha.

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Publish my books and pursue my writing career.

Thanks so much Lacy!!!!! I hope you all take a moment and check out the xPeppyandBellex shop!!!!!

Hello! Happy Friday!!!!
I think I’m going to reinstate my i{heart} series!!! (I’ve got sooooooo many shops and awesome products that I’ve bookmarked…)
So today i {heart} FairyMade!
FairyMade is a jewelry company that was started by my friend Hilary. Not only is she one of the most awesome people I know, she’s a wonderful artist as well!!! FairyMade makes every piece of jewelry by hand, chooses rich stones, gems, and glass that emulate the beauty within in you.  FairyMade strives to create jewelry that’s in style now, and will stay that way and refers to these pieces as the “new classics.”

I can attest to the beauty and craftmanship of these pieces. I just received this gorgeous bracelet from FairyMade and I absolutely LOVE it.  Look how awesome it is:
Check out her website and her product catalog here:

To inquire how to have a custom bracelet made just for you, please email Hilary at

The big highlight this weekend– Renegade Craft Fair!

renegade craft fair, chicago

renegade craft fair, chicago

renegade craft fair, chicago

renegade craft fair, chicago

It was super awesome!!! TONS of great folks came out to sell their awesome creations, and TONS more people came out to support them and shop!!!!

Here are some of my favorite shops that we saw:

renegage favorites
1. Handcrafted curiosities by Lori Brown
2. Felt wonders and other clever crafts from abbeychristine
3. Fernworks

To see a list of all the other fabulous shops that attended in the Renegade Craft Fair this year, please check out this links page (warning: be prepared to browse for hours…)
Renegade Craft Fair Artists

The rest of the weekend was spent working on a LARGE stained glass door. I took it home from the theater last weeks and had plans to just clean it up a bit and re-lead the glass. Well, cleaning led to removing all of the lead which lead to a “blank canvas” sort of situation– so I created a new pattern and painted it in. (It looks awesome! Photos to come later!) I also worked on a Japanese scroll for the upcoming show. I can’t show you that– you’ll have to see the show to see it!!!!

Chicago Renegade Craft Fair September 2009

Chicago Renegade Craft Fair September 2009

You should go.
Find out more info here.

Today’s i {heart} feature is a collection of frogs and toads, in memorandum of my frog, Turtle, who passed away this week…

Hello! Happy Friday! Wow– it’s gorgeous outside in Chicagoland. Perfect spring weather (finally!)

I added a new greeting card set to my shops today–Garden Gnomes! I love these shots!
Garden Gnomes Handmade Greeting Cards- Set of 5
Look who I found tending to the garden?

Set of 5 gardening gnome greeting cards.

•Five vertical 4.5″ x 6.25″ photo greeting cards (with matching envelope) of my adorable little garden gnome, doing what he does best–tending to the garden and making it grow!
•Photos are 4×6, professionally printed on acid-free archival photo-paper.
•The photos are adhered to white acid/lignin free cardstock.
•Cards are blank on the inside
•Each card comes individually wrapped in its own clear bag

Not quite what you are looking for? Please contact me and I will be happy to customize your order! Looking for more photos to choose from? Check out my flickr

You can find these gnome greeting cards, along with many many more in my etsy shop:
or, in my Art Fire shop:

Hey everyone!
I just wanted to let you all know that the giveaway to win a set of my cupcake greeting cards ends TODAY! April 3, 2009 at 5pm EST.

last day to enter to win a set of 5 cupcake greeting cards!

last day to enter to win a set of 5 cupcake greeting cards!

So if you haven’t entered yet– go now! It’s really really easy to enter–
1. Visit my etsy shop: Creative Apples
2. Browse through my shop and pick out your favorite item.
3. Go to indie icing and post a comment letting her know which is your favorite!

Super easy, right?! What are you waiting for– go enter now!!!!

Good morning! Happy Friday!

I’m done with the cold.  I’m done with the snow. I am really ready for winter to be over. now. please.  I’m open to compromise.  How about a vacation to someplace warm? With cacti?

Today’s new arrival is brand new in my Art Fire shop and it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Love You Greeting Card

Love You Greeting Card

(I just love this card!)

You can pick it up in my Art Fire shop

and in my etsy shop
If you’re looking for more than one of this card– feel free to contact me and I can customize your order!!!

Have a great weekend!

Part of me is like “you should go out”–there is a whole ton of life outside my doors and this is what people do.

Good morning! Happy Friday to you! I hope that 2009 is treating you well! I seriously can’t complain– I’ve had yesterday and today off of work (I can’t tell you how AWESOME this has been) And while I have to work at Craft Fancy tonite, I’m looking forward to going in– its been a while since I’ve been there (stupid snow.) I’m looking forward to their after Christmas sale, as well as all being surrounded by all the awesome paper crafting related eye candy! Nothing makes you want to go home and be creative than being surrouned for several hours with this stuff!!!!

So, today is my new arrivals friday. I have a brand-new note card set listed in my shops– another vintage looking note floral set. I think I love this one more than the last one!!!

Grandma's Garden Greeting Cards (series 2)-- Set of 3

Grandma's Garden Greeting Cards (series 2)-- Set of 3

You can find these gorgeous greeting (and a TON more!) in my Art Fire Shop:

as well as in my etsy shop

Thanks!!!! Go out and have a fabulous weekend everyone!!!!!

And not be afraid to send them out into the world.

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