Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Feature!

This week's Lily Loves... brings you knitted cats! You'll find 2 ADORABLE hats, one with a cat and one to make you look like a cat, and 5 great stuffed kitties for any young one. Lily assures me that any child would love to snuggle up with these cats!

As always, be sure to click on the link below the photos to be taken to each artist's shop. You'll find lot of goodies to enjoy!

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I've been looking at dogs a lot lately as I'll be getting one in a couple of months. And naturally had to check out the LOLdogs online for a good laugh!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Focus Feature and Giveaway!

I’m so pleased to bring you my first Focus Feature and Giveaway, hosted by Kristin from Your Unique Kreations,! I met this Etsy artist in the forums and decided it was time to start weekly giveaways on my blog. As with all of my blog posts, I wanted to keep the feature fun, so you’ll notice that a few of the questions are a little off the wall and give you a glimpse into the artist’s inner thoughts and creativity :)

The prize? Sterling Silver Spiral Post Earrings and a set of Swarovski crystal drops. Kristin will give the winner further instructions.

Here’s what Kristin had to say when I interviewed her:

What’s your favorite item from your shop and what makes it your favorite?

I’m a California girl, so I love the summer sunshine. I love the bright and bold colors of the season and you can’t beat a summer dress and cute summer shoes. My favorite item in the shop is called “Summer Mix”. It includes 5 sets of Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearl drops to mix and match according to your outfit or mood. They look great on any earring style. (The listing shows the Summer Mix on the unique “Swan” earrings). You can wear these drops all summer and never get bored.

How did you get into your line of crafting?
I’ve always been artistic, but didn’t really find my niche until last year. Besides being a jewelry designer, I am a Youth Social Worker. I work with teenagers (they definitely keep me young, laughing and on my toes!). While living in New York City I decided to take a chance and take a break from my career to pursue my interest in jewelry design. I had taken a basic bead-stringing class a few years prior and had success in selling my kreations through grad school. I was blessed to find a job working with an established Jewelry Designer and she opened up a whole new world of metal work and wire-wrapping. After a year working with her I decided to start my own handcrafted jewelry company where I could bring my designs to life. So, here I am with Unique Kreations.

Do you belong to any groups on Etsy?
Yes, I belong to EAOC - Etsy Artists of Color. It’s a great collective of artists of color with various specialities, including painting, jewelry making and wearable textiles. It’s great to support other handmade artists.

If you had one super power what would it be?
Love this question! I would love to be able to warp myself to a different location in an instant. I love to travel, but often don’t have the time or funds, so to be able to pop up in Brazil or Japan would be lovely. Maybe one day?
What’s your guilty pleasure?
French fries. I CANNOT resist them. It wouldn’t matter if I had just eaten for 5 hours straight and about to bust my pants, if someone offered me french fries I would definitely eat them! And you know you can’t eat just one...
If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
Hmmmm...I would be a peacock because all they do is look pretty, eat and lounge. Now that’s the life!!

Do you have a personal favorite Etsy shop that you would like to share with readers?
I like to watch the “just listed” items on the ETSY homepage. It’s a great way to find new items and shops. One shop I found a few months ago is Yellena’s. It’s a shop with beautiful original ink and pencil abstract paintings. I’ve never seen any art like it and it’s priced very reasonably. Check her out:
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you take with you?
My iPod. I can’t live without music. I love Stevie Wonder and old school soul! The Prophet by Khalil Gibran. This is my favorite book and I can read it over and over and over. My sketchbook. I would need it to write and sketch so I can stay inspired and hopeful that one day I would be found.

From my own personal crafting I’ve been through frustrating moments with new projects. What have you learned from your own crafting frustrations?
The most frustrating thing for me is having a design vision in my head and not being able to bring it to life. Sometimes designs just sit in my sketchbook for months and months until I can figure out how to actually make it. Sometimes I never figure it out...sigh.
What advice would you give to new Etsy sellers?
Persistence and Patience! I’m still new, but I already know it takes a lot of persistence and patience to be successful on ETSY. It can be daunting due to all of the other great designers, who are in essence your competition, but it’s a great format for presenting and selling your handcrafted art. I’ve had my personal website for 7 months and have slowly built a following, which helps gets sales. Quick advice:Have a plan before you open up shop. We’re all probably great designers and artist, but we may not all be great business people. Have a plan, even if it’s quick and dirty. (Budget, marketing, buying supplies, etc.)Have great customer service. Be personable and available. Part of the beauty of buying handmade is that you are buying from a person, not some big business entity. Go the extra mile to make the customer happy.Don’t get discouraged. It takes persistence and patience. Easily said, hard to do, i know, but necessary! Keep your head up!
You can follow Kristin in the following ways!
Personal website -
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Anyone can post and accumulate up to 15 entries for the giveaway! Please be sure to include your email address so that you can be contacted if you win!
Visit Unique Kreations’ Etsy shop and post your favorite item here. (1 entry)

Follow Clever’s Corner Blog and post to let me know you follow. (1 entry)

Tell me your guilty pleasure. (1 entry)

Follow Unique Kreations on twitter and/or facebook and post it here. (1 entry)

Tweet about this giveaway and post the link here. (1 entry)

Make a purchase from Unique Kreations’ Etsy shop and post the transaction here. (5 entries)

Make a purchase from The Clever Crafter’s Etsy shop and post the transaction here. (5 entries)

The giveaway will end on Wednesday, May 5 at midnight (Eastern Standard Time). Winner will be contacted Thursday morning when the next giveaway is posted and prize details will be arranged with Unique Kreations.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hump Day Humor

OMG, I have to be a giddy school girl for a moment...

Tomorrow I am announcing my FIRST GIVEAWAY for my blog! I got the interview questions all done and I can't wait to share them with you!!! And best of all, the prize is AMAZING! Be sure to come back tomorrow to enter, there will be a possible 15 entries for this giveaway!

Ok, now that's out of my system, we'll move on to the regularly scheduled Hump Day Humor :)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday's Top 10

Ah, so much better than the rainy weather we had last weekend...

Last week's Top 10 brought you different Etsy artists' work showcasing April Showers... so this week I'm happy to bring you May Flowers!

I'm in love with the vibrant colors in all of these photos and had a very hard time limiting the feature to ten items this week. I suppose I could have made it Tuesday's Top 20...

As usual, the photography below is found throughout the shops of ten different Etsy artists. Be sure to click the links below each photo to see more great photography from these Etsy artists and show them some Etsy love!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Owl-ey Awesome Monday!

Good Monday Morning and welcome to another BESTeam Feature!

This week's feature brings you great items from Owlsome Gifts! The artist's Etsy shop was born from her love of owls and includes great gift items in many different ways, or get yourself a little treat!

I had a personal interest in this shop as my mom also has a love for owls and I'm always keeping my eye open for something to get her. I may have to pick up one of these great polymer clay keychains! I just love the color varieties that the artist comes up with!

Aren't they just adorable??
Owlsome Gifts also carries these great bookmarks with glass owl beads. Hmm... my mom reads a lot too...

Look for something on the softer side? Check out these great plush items, owl pillows and owl stuffed animals! Bright colors are always great for kids of any age!

Owlsome Gifts brings you jewelry as well, some antique and vintage, others with new charms, but ALL with OWLS!

If owls aren't your thing, have no fear... I'm happy to share with you a link to the artist's other Etsy shop,, bringing you a variety of items minus the owls. Don't forget to check out the Owlsome Gift Blog as well for great features and owl fun!