21 November, 2009

Penelope Porcupine

Last week I walked outside one morning and there was a porcupine walking around in our front yard. Since they are typically noctural I was a bit surprised!

Today she was back...up in a tree.
 I never knew that porcupines even climbed trees but it turns out that they are excellent climbers!

 The porcupine has about 30,000 quills.  Their main diet consists of leaves, twigs, skunk cabbage, lupines and clover in the spring, and in the winter it chews through the rough outer bark of certain trees, including pine, which is where we found her today.

An interesting fact is that porcupines give birth to just one baby.  When the baby is born its quills are soft but they harden within half an hour of being born.


This months Featured Etsy Blogger Artist has not one but two etsy shops.  One is devoted to all things vintage http://thefabmissb.etsy.com/ and the other showcases Becky Kazana's artistic talents http://beckykazana.etsy.com/ .

All of Becky's greeting cards are reproductions of her original watercolor and ink artwork.

They are just wonderful!  In addition to Becky's cards she makes the most creative and original pipe cleaner figures.  Here are a few of my favorites:

How sweet is this little dachshund?

Becky hand paints the faces, creates the clothing, etc.
Be sure to check out her adorable cards and chenille dolls in addition to her other store at http://thefabmissb.etsy.com/.  She has added some vintage aprons which remind me of when I was a little girl.  You'll love them!

16 November, 2009


Congratulations to Pam...this months winner!  Pam will recieve a free piece of jewelry from Chipmunk Hollow.  Next drawing....December 15th.

05 November, 2009

My Dream Show

 Every month members of the Etsy Bloggers team participate in  Carnival Blogs.  One of the questions this month is ...What was your most successful sales event or product, and why do you think it was?

Many years ago I was invited to participate in the Junior League of Washington's (D.C. that is) Holiday show.  It was a wonderful show held at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown D.C.

I had chosen for my theme...tartan plaid, so everything in my booth was either red, green, or tartan plaid.  The booth was very color  coordinated and looked really classy.

Some of the items in my booth were handmade and others were items I had purchased at various wholesale gift shows for resale. The most popular item I sold were these beautiful grapevine geese which were about 18" tall and 24" long.  I still have mine and it remains a centerpiece in my dining room.  I put little tartan plaid bows around their necks and they sold like crazy. 

For two days people lined up at my booth with their purchases just waiting to pay. It was without a doubt my dream show.  I think the show was so successful because of the products I had chosen to sell and the way my booth was decorated.  I believe both product and display are crucial to a successful sales event.

04 November, 2009

FEATURED SHOP - dedeetsy.shop

I first met Deanna when I was putting together a Treasury called 'Acorn Artistry' on Etsy and I featured one of her items.  I found the sweetest little acorn pillow in her shop.  

Deanna's pillows  are just beautiful.  Elegant, whimsical, natural, colorful...there is alot to choose from. She also sews rice filled bean bag bookends which would make a great complement to any bookshelf.   I am so pleased that she agreed to be featured on my Blog.  The following is an online interview with dedeetsy.shop:

When did you first begin to sew? What made you choose to specialize in pillows and home decor?  I started sewing at a young age. My grandma used to babysit me a lot and she was an avid sewer, so I would sit there all day and go through all her fabric scraps and buttons and just sew, sew, sew. I created all kinds of little things.

Where do the ideas for your pillows and bookend designs originate? From what (or where) do you draw your inspiration?  I draw alot of my inspiration from nature. I like natural, rustic items and also shabby chic. I also love flowers, birds, and animals.

Among the items in your shop, do you have a personal favorite? I really like the french rose pillow, but I also enjoy making the bird pillows because they all turn out a bit different and unique. They are fun to make! My favorite items would probably be though, custom items! I love taking someone else's idea and turning it into a soft piece of useable art!

Why did you decide to open a shop on Etsy?  I opened my shop because I thought it would be fun! I had alot of ideas of things I wanted to make and pillows was one of them. They quickly became my number one seller, so my shop quickly became a pillow shop!

Is there a certain fabric that you prefer to work with? If so, why? I love working with linen. I love the texture of linen and how it sews. I also do love felt. Felt is so practical and comes in so many color choices. Felt can really make a pillow pop!

How do you determine color schemes, i.e. is it based upon current color trends, best selling items, the color wheel, etc? I love soft colors, muted shades, but at the same time I sell alot of fun, whimsical pillows with bright colors. I like the bright pillows for childrens rooms that also appeal to the parents. I do try to go with current color trends too though. Yellow and grey are hot right now and I have recently sold alot of my grey and mustard yellow french rose pillow!

Could you tell us about where you work and how you organize your workspace? Ha! Right now I am working out of our spare bedroom and cut most of my pillows out in our dining room! I would LOVE to have a whole area dedicated soley to my shop. In the future!

And finally, I see that you have several other Etsy shops. Could you tell us a little bit about them?  I do have a vintage shop- dotvintage. It is sadly neglected lately because I have been so busy with this shop. I am always on the outlook for new, old items to add there. I just haven't had the time lately to hunt for them! My little guy, Connor also has a shop which he calls connorsfunshop. He gets such a thrill when he sells something or when someone hearts his shop!

dedeetsy.shop has been very successful on Etsy.  I hope that you will take the time to visit all three of her shops and be sure to heart Connor's shop.  Order early for the holidays....items are currently shipping in 7 to 10 days.