Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year Resolutions - Organize and Simplify

Owl TO DO LIST Notepad (blue) by boygirlparty, check list pad - grocery office organizer paper
Owl 'to-do' list
As a way of reminding myself of this seemingly simple, yet painfully difficult resolution, I will be sharing with you some tips I'm trying to implement to 'declutter' my life. Unique and fun, some diy, some go-out-and-buy, all inspiring projects to simplify and organize your life this new year...

Multi-use items for the home...

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Can you say 'wow'? I'm loving this but I don't exactly have 6 grand to shell out for it. I need to get new tires on my car first... and a new windshield... and... Okay; moving on. ;^)

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So this is a little more attainable. A closet door that is also a book case. :BING: Love this. [not sure why there are no books on it, I wonder if you'd need industrial strength hinges to keep the weight of the books from dragging to door down...]

Here are a couple of things that I found and think would be great to implement in a kitchen space or office.

Organize that kitchen...
Vintage Farmhouse Wooden Silverware Organizer
Farmhouse wooden sliverware organizer
Can't go wrong with natural wood containers! I could do so much with one of these...
Letterpress Recipe Cards and Recipe Box
Letter press recipe cards
I love to use my 'fancy' pens [glitter, paint-ish, or just really nice and smooth] when I'm writing out recipe cards. It makes it fun and different, just be sure it's easy to read.
TEAL SHABBY CHIC Market Minder, Shopping list, organizer and memo board
Memo Board
  I'm really into chalk boards right now... they are so quaint and just fun to write on!

Organize that office...
Vintage Sewing Drawers / office organizers
Vintage drawers as organizers
I have a drawer atop my desk right now that houses a pencil cup, scissors, various types of glue and tape, and a little frog stapler, named Mr. Hughbert. [So really, I thought of this first; I just was to lazy to take a picture and post it on the internet...]

Desk Organizer CRAFTING CINDY Wood Pencil Holder Pen Holder Office Organizers
Desk organizer

This would be so handy for crochet hooks and knitting needles!

Have you found any items that can be used for multiple purposes? What is one organization tip or project that has brought peace of mind to your house, or simplified a daily task??

Happy Thursday

Happy New Year - Past Project Review

Merry Christmas and Blessings for a Happy New year!
- Kerry -

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Dear Knitting, How I've Missed You!

I've been so busy this summer with school and a new job [not to mention Etsy, family, friends; but you know how that is] that I haven't had much time for making much of anything. Just whipping out a little bag here and there, and making a pair of feed bag shorts [inside joke; will clue you in later if your interested!]. But I have not had time to sit and enjoy the process of 'knit one purl one' and watch with wonder as 'something' emerges.

I recently bought a pattern for button down fingerless mitts from knitter, designer and fellow Etsyian, Lynette McPherson, of Fern Wood Wool Works. The pattern has been fun; not quite a beginners pattern, but no doubt easily understood and well explained. She also designs knit socks, leg warmers and even baby mitts and leg warmers!

All I have left to do for this right hand mitt is pick out some buttons to sew on, weave in the loose ends and ...

... finish the ribbing on the thumb.

Then, on the the left mitt! I can't wait to get started and have these this fall and winter to keep my hands cozy at the drafty feed store I work at. I'll post photos of the completed pair when I have had time to finish them. Thanks Lynette, for the beautiful design!

Have a terrific Tuesday.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Oh Darling, Let's Be Adventurers...

  I always feel like an adventurer when I'm browsing the amazing Crafting 'Explorers' of Etsy!

Come Explore with me!

cutrag - Upcycled designs

Fairy Tunic with Romantic Tattered Neck and Belt. Funky Eco Style.   Arm Warmers Brown and Orange, Tattered, Wrapped Wrists, Cuffs, Eco Funky Style.

ChaseLindberg - It's all in the details

Macro Corduroy Jacket Blazer PocketMacro Dark Denim Back Side Pocket

Have you discovered any gems recently? Share about them! I can't wait to see what you've found...

Happy Thursday!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Grow Your Own Clothes

I really enjoyed this article posted on the Etsy Blog. You'll have to read the whole story but it's talking about this gal who (starting out), decided to make just one outfit, in one year, with materials sourced within 150 miles of her home. 

I think that is very cool. 

 What do you think?? 


Have a great weekend,

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dog Days of Summer

""Dog Days" (Latin: diēs caniculārēs) are the hottest, most sultry days of summer.  Dog Days can also define a time period or event that is very hot or stagnant, or marked by dull lack of progress. The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, in close proximity to the sun was responsible for the hot weather."      -Wikipedia

Here are a couple items to cool off with as we enjoy the last few weeks of the lovely, 'dog days of summer'...

Be A Square Knot Braceletecoviva top
Be a square knot bracelet               ecoviva top  
snug.umbrella wooden magnetsLeaf Ring 
 wooden umbrella magnets                Leaf Ring

Best Quality Hand Woven Turkish Cotton Picnic Cover or Garden,Kitchen Tablecloth-Apple Green and White CheckedFamily - original art photography print. FREE SHIPPING Worldwide
fitted vintage inspired dressHand printed pouch with green sheep

Monday, August 1, 2011

Featured Seller : Lima Lu Art Studio

I'm excited to introduce the next featured Etsy seller!! She's very new to Etsy and I'm happy to share her new shop with you; but before I give away too much, I'll let her speak for her self...

Tell us about yourself and what you offer in your shop?
Hi, my name is Courtlyn Pearson and I sell baby animal hats in my shop. I grew up in the Alaskan interior and am currently a Linguistics major at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Exactly half of me is an artist, and the other half is a language nut. If I’m not drawing a new design, writing a novel, knitting something soft, or working towards finishing some project, I am studying.

Right now I offer knitted baby animal hats. I’m just starting my shop so I only have bunny and bear hats. I will eventually be expanding to offer knitted stuffed animals other animal types.

A cute close up of cozy critter caps!

How did you come up with your shop name?
Lu was the name of a bubble eye goldfish that was very dear to me. Bubble eye goldfish have no dorsal fin, so he always looked like he was dragging his fluid filled sacs around. I used to pretend he only spoke Portuguese (so I had an excuse to practice), and I teased him to not carry so many Lima, which means sweet limes. So it really just means Sweet Lime Lu.

How did you get started?

View from the train: Denali
(tallest mountain in North America)

Well I had a good friend who was expecting a baby, and I always want to give a present that will be remembered. I thought a bunny hat would be adorable, and set out to find a good pattern on, but the ears I found were not what I wanted. I have been knitting for over ten years, and knew I could make the kind of ears I envisioned. My hat went over so well a lot of friends and coworkers wanted their own creation, and so I started to sell word-of-mouth. After awhile my friends convinced me to sell online, and here I am.

Where do you work?
Anywhere there isn’t a cat to chew on my yarn. During the summer I travel around because of my job. I work as a rail guide for Royal Celebrity Tours on the Alaska Railroad. A lot of the hats that are currently in my shop were made on the train as I  traveled around the Alaskan interior, but my work area is my lap. Wherever I am I knit. Planes, trains, and automobiles- although during the school year it’s limited to the library.
This is where I work,
and when there are no
passengers onboard I sit in the
first seat on the right just after the elevator.

Describe your style in as few words as possible:
Classic - Simple - Nostalgia

What do you do when you’re not on Etsy or creating?
Studying. I jumped around a few majors until I landed on Linguistics. Now, I am studying Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, and Japanese Sign Language. However, I can only attest to being fluent in Japanese. After I graduate I am going to jump from country to country studying the languages until I’ve mastered them. During the winter I tend to study and work on different creative projects, but during the past few summers I have been riding the Alaska Railroad as a Rail Guide.

What is your favorite feature on Etsy? Why?
I am in love with the simplicity of uploading a new product. I am not a high tech sort of person. I still own and love my tape deck. I know where everything is on Etsy, and when I finish a new hat I click a few times and it’s there for the internet to see.

Where do you draw your inspiration?
The yarn itself. The Sublime Organic Merino Wool line I have been using is so beautiful just on it’s own I don’t need a lot of fancy designs. These are winter hats, and being in Alaska I see a lot of alpine inspired sweaters and a few of my items mirror the patterns. I’m nervous because the yarn I am using was discontinued, so eventually I will have to find a new inspiration.

What is your best/most successful marketing strategy?
Word-of-mouth. I tend to have a piece of knitting in my lap wherever I go, and someone always asks about what I am making.

What handmade possession do you cherish?
My sister made a beaded dream catcher when she was young, and it has been hanging above my bed ever since.

Me with my cat Hilde Bee on my shoulder
Do you have any advice for those thinking of becoming Etsy sellers?
One of the biggest questions I get from potential customers is “where do you buy the hats from?” because people assume that I have just taken the [made in china] tag off. I think Americans are hungry for handmade, American made products. Now is the time to jump onboard, and Etsy knows this.

What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards to running your own business?

A shot of one of my various work areas.

I suppose the hardest thing is taking that financial leap. It is always scary to invest without a guarantee that everyone is going to jump at the chance to get their very own baby animal hat. The greatest reward is the freedom of doing something you love. I will always work ten times harder so that I can enjoy every minute of my day.

What does handmade mean to you?

Thoughtful. Someone has thought about every inch of what you have purchased. Each creation is actually one of a kind. The word unique is thrown around so much it has lost all weight, but to find something handmade gives unique back it’s meaning.

Keep checking back for more hats, and eventually some stuffed animals!

Be sure to check out Courtlyn's shop, LimaLuArtStudio, and take a look at all the cute hats she has to offer.
I hope you have enjoyed this article as much as I have!
Blessings - Kerry

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Summer Finds

Whew! This summer is breezing by like a whirl-wind! I trust all is well with you and yours as you enjoy the blessings that summer offers.

Here are some neat things I've found on Etsy recently
Tissue Tape 10ft Choose Your Colors Up to 5 Rolls
Tissue Tape - by leboxboutique

2 Skeins Hemp Yarn Organically Grown Heather Fingering Eco Friendly - Complimentary US Shipping
Organic Hemp Yarn - by ThoughtfulGemsCrafts

large tea tree stump vinyl wall decal
Large Tea Tree Stump wall decal - by beepart

Here are a couple Treasuries to enchant:
Mas de la lune en Provence  in gray gardens ...sweet ruffle jacket made to measure s m l xl and plus Canary Yellow Lite Petal Necklace
Greek Island, Blue Domed Churches - color photo print 8x10 charm summer greece dress (custom made size or colour)

Have a great week~ Kerry