Wednesday, March 25, 2009

If You Like Scrabble Tile Pendants...The 1" Round Wood Pendant Kit!

So you had fun with Scrabble Tile Pendants and you want to try something new? I just launched this cute kit with all the same essentials as the Scrabble Pendant Kit...instructions included! Make five 1" round pendants using finished wood circles. Currently only available in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

3 New Reasons to Love Paper. Spring Collections Are In.

I admit, I have a thing for paper. To me, paper represents beauty, opportunity, and a plain old good time. You can write on it, read it, draw on it, look at it, wrap it, bind it, put guinea pigs on it, burn it, recycle it, flush it, decorate it and on and on. Paper is really a magnificent thing.

So it's with great pleasure that I have 3 new paper collections to offer. I'm just crazy about Chiyogami and Italian papers. I love the ornate and delicate nature of the designs. The pleasing color palettes, the whimsical and sometimes seasonal nature of the patterns carries me through to the next season.

The first collection is the Bunny Rabbits Hippity Hop Collection, named, of course, for the cute little Bunny Rabbits that frolic across the papers. With their pastel pink and blue backgrounds, these would make adorable pendants or a really cute magnet set.

Next is the Spring Fields Collection. I'm a sucker for dainty flowers. I love the color combination of these 3 papers together, too. For an example of a tin set using this paper collection, I have one listed here.

Lastly, the Tuscany Collection which is another beautiful addition to the Italian papers I already carry. 2 brand new papers are included in this 3-pack paper collection. One pattern has the littlest, most beautiful butterflies and a fabulously ornate bird. The second paper has a grape and vineyard theme with royal purples. There's a fair amount of blue included in these papers, and all have rich and vivid colors.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Collaboration. Like Chocolate in Your Peanut Butter. It's That Good.

Remember that Reese's commercial with the people who walked into each other as they rounded a corner, and happened to stumble across a good thing when their chocolate and peanut butter got all mixed up? OK, maybe I'm dating myself with this old Reese's Peanut Butter Cup commercial from, like, the 1970's.

So this collaboration between two very amazing Etsy shops is just as sweet and satisfying as, well, peanut butter and chocolate.

Sharon of Haber Heartwork and Marisa of Elegant Snobbery have teamed up to bring you some of the cutest pendants I've seen on Etsy.

I've long been a fan of Marisa's vibrant illustrations of whimsical characters. Her artwork begs to illustrate a well-written book, but until she gets her big break my studio walls will have to do. I admire her creativity and skillful use of color. I wish I had only a fraction of her talent. Adorn your space with her gorgeous prints and lose yourself in a fairytale.

Sharon has been a long time customer now, but above all I value her friendship. Her steadfast companionship during late nights of the December shipping season is probably to credit for my sanity (or not). But her work is also meticulous and perfect in every way. You can see the attention to detail in each and every pendant.

Both of these talented artists have been a source of inspiration for me in the daily running of my business and I admire them tremendously. I'm thrilled they've gotten together to combine their talents to create something as delectable and whimsical as these beautifully illustrated pendants.