Thursday, May 29, 2008

Back at it...

I've been sucking at Etsy these days. I've busy with my thesis, so there hasn't been time for making things. I brought what monkeys I did have to Love, Me and had left my etsy empty and alone. But today I got back at it! Only two little guys went up, but it's a start.

clem: a sock experiment augie the socktopus

Here's a question for everyone: If Etsy is something you do on the side, where/how do you find the time to make things?

I have had other craft projects lately (a quilt and Sock Wars III), but between those and school, I haven't really managed to make much. While I'd love to devote my time to etsy, it's sadly not in the cards right now. I think I might need a personal assistant to help plan my days for me. ;)

Monday, May 26, 2008


Well I finally figured out how to fix things & be able to post again...silly me !

While I had time on my hands the last week or so , waiting on some soaps to cure, I started looking into blogging...well I'm hooked ! I tried to add a link over in the spot on the right for blogs but can't seem to get that sorted, so if anyone could help I'd appreciate it.

Anyway my soap blog is :

and my fur babies blog:: 

Its a place I share moments with my furkids , your welcome to drop by it too and please leave comments on both as I'm beginning to think I'm typing away to myself....


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bake off anyone?

Some fellow Etsians and I have started engaging in bake-offs via the Etsy forums.

Bake off #2 is under way - JeannieKnits tea scones. Each person competing follows her recipe and she judges via pictures on Flickr.

All are welcome to particpate! Details and links are on my blog

Surely Atlantic Canadians could put forth some fine looking scones :)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

art craft show

Hi everyone. I am planning an art/craft show for September 13, 2008 at St John the Evangelist Church hall in Lower Sackville Nova Scotia. I am looking for a total of 15 exhibitors, and 4 booked already. The idea behind the show is to create a venue for local artists to show and sell their work with out a large investment. The booth fees range from $40-$125 depending on the size. I'd love to have a diverse a group as possible. Please email me for additional information.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hi everyone, I have a question I'm hoping one of you can answer. I was invited to take a booth at the 18th annual Buskers Festival/Saint Johns Harbour Festival in NB on July 18-20th. I'm wondering if any of you have attended this festival or had a booth at it in recent years? I would love to go but it will probably cost me over $600 to go over for the three days as I am in PEI. The marketing director I have been speaking with says over 20,000 people go through. Just wondering if anyone has an opinion on whether it is worth it or not. Thanks in advance!


Friday, May 16, 2008

Please welcome new members!

Some wonderful new members join APST today.

First up is Bella McBride of New Brunswick. This very talented crocheter says, "Hello and Welcome to Bella McBride Designs where I try to add a touch of whimsy to everyday life. My goal is to use simple crochet techniques, so anybody can follow my patterns, but use colours and layers to achieve that special look. I hope you enjoy looking around and come back any time!" Bella shares her patterns in her Etsy store, as well as finished items, like the felted hat and bag pictured above.

Shawn of Island Sweet joins up from Corner Brook, Newfoundland. "i am a visual artist living and working on the west coast of newfoundland, canada. with over 30 years experience as a painter, i now take my passion for colour and design into many forms of craft including rug hooking, painting on wooden objects, sewing and knitting." That's clear from her delicious knit work, including her six foot long "Pink Petal Scarf", pictured above!

Celtic Crossing is from Nova Scotia (those are her lovely jade wirewrapped earrings, above). She is a jewellery maker and a Reiki master! "I am also a Reiki Master, and so with each piece of jewelry I make it is infused with positive energy before it leaves my hands and is sent onto you!" Welcome to APST, where we welcome all the positive energy we can get :)

And last, but not least is Sonia of VervainDesigns from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The beautiful painting, above, is titled "Cast me gently into morning". As she says in her profile, "Vervain Designs consists of what ever my sister and I are feeling in the mood for. We paint, we sew, we create. Please stop by from time to time to see what we have going on."

Please take a second and welcome these talented Maritimers to our group!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Halifax mini craft show

I'm really serious about maybe doing a trunk show either at a rented spot or in a house or something in Halifax/Dartmouth area. If you are interested in being a part of the show please comment with you name and e-mail address and I will send out an e-mail next week. I'm thinking August would be a great time to do this!

Comment comment comment!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Open House?

Has anyone successfully organized an open house at their own place of residence? I'm thinking that fall would be a great time to try this with the Christmas shopping season starting up. I did one a couple of weeks ago while I was home visiting my parents and made over $600 which was pretty good for me since I don't have any items priced over $10. I had everything set up at my mom's office for a couple of hours and it was pretty busy.

The second question would be are any of you interested in taking part in this sort of thing? Especially if you're in the Saint John area. I'm willing to offer up my condo as a selling location. I was thinking light refreshments and then different areas for each vendor. Of course I only have about 700 square feet but I think it would make a nice, intimate setting.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Mudder's Day 2008!

This Sunday - May 11th is Mudder's Day on the Halifax Commons!
11:00am - 10:00pm

If you haven't heard about this event it's a day to come together and celebrate not just Mother Earth but all mother's alike.

There are going to be some really great things going on like live music, workshops, speakers, art, and so much more!

I'm going to go down with some of my art pendants! All are welcome to come down and check it out/or and bring some handmade stuff to sell, a kite to fly, a musical instrument. For more information check out this website: Mudder's Day 2008

Please welcome new member LouLouBell!

Today I'd like to introduce our newest Atlantic Provinces Street Team member, LouLouBell of Nova Scotia. Shop owner Lyndsay makes a wonderful assortment of purses, pouches and ornaments. From her profile: "By day I work at an Ad Agency and am the Executive Assistant to some very busy people. Life is busy. So to slow down, I like to spend my time creating artwork and sewing up creations from my home studio. My dream is to run my very own shop someday!"

Welcome to the Team!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Wedding earrings

Okay, okay, I've succumbed to wedding fever. No, I'm not getting married, myself (David and I are pretty happily unmarried, all things considered) -- but I'm making wedding jewellery.

Or at least, jewellery which could be seen as being bridal in colour and styling :)

I generally like pretty strong colours, so when I decided to make some bridal pretties, I realized that I had hardly any clear or white beads. That prompted a trip to my very favourite bead store, which is conveniently located in Bridgewater, just 12 km away from my home on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

Liz at Java Bead is always really helpful, and she pointed me towards some very cool round aurora borealis beads that are, get this, MATTE. Modern and blingy at the same time -- I was in heaven. I combined them with some pretty "milk glass" flowers I bought from an Etsy seller, and the result is sweet without being syrupy.

Maybe I could get into this whole wedding thing! Oh, David ... !