Saturday, February 28, 2009

FEATURED ETSY SHOP - OWLBOT

Sunset Bird Note Cards and Envelopes (5)

WELCOME, JEN and one of her Etsy shops, OWLBOT, where she sells her original designed, handmade paper goods....note cards, tags, envelopes and also supplies. Jen also would be more than happy to work with you on a "custom order", so if you have a design in mind, be sure to get in touch with her.

Jen, also has another shop on Etsy which she calls OWLBOT AGAIN, where she sells "vintage" items, which I will be featuring out here at a later date.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I have always drawn little doodles and drawings of simple things – animals, people, nature, etc. and enjoyed making cards out of my drawings for other people. One day I came across a website that was selling Gocco printers and watched a tutorial and just fell in love with the idea. I quickly bought a Gocco machine and soon after decided to open my own business and sell what I made.

How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?

I saw the tutorial for a Gocco and fell in love with the handmade quality it produced.

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?

The final stage when I can take a step back and see the finished product is my favorite. There are so many steps before that happens, so it’s so rewarding to see it all put together.

If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?

A bell pepper because they come in a variety of colors but in the same style, and I like to think I have a nice variety in my artwork while maintaining a sense of style.

If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?

I would really like to carve handmade stamps. I think it would be a lot of fun and the perfect medium for my simplistic art.

What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?

Keep it simple and have fun. Don’t take life too seriously or make it overly complicated. Life is short!

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

If you love doing it, do it regardless of what anyone else says. I hear a lot of crafters who take everything they hear about their work to heart (which is hard not to do) but really, variety is what makes life exciting. If everyone liked the same things, nobody would be creative!

Great advice, Jen! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and creativity with everyone.

You can learn more about Jen by visiting any of the links below.



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Friday, February 27, 2009

FEATURED ETSY SHOP - ARTISTIC ACCENTS BY DARLA


Moments in Time Original Mixed Media on Masonite

Welcome, Darla and her shop on Etsy, ARTISTIC ACCENTS. I just love the wide eyed look of Darla's angel paintings...there is something so whimsical and enchanting about them. Do be sure to visit ARTISTIC ACCENTS to see more of Darla's work.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I was divorced and for 2 years felt like I was lost and couldn't think about anything but being alone and I felt like a failure. I prayed for God to bring me something, anything to help me move forward and take my mind off the past. Then I saw Donna Dewberry on QVC and decided to order one of her kits. I ended up ordering more and eventually trained with Donna to become a certified instructor. I taught for several years and sold quite a bit of my work on Ebay and through special custom orders. It wasn't until recently that I became totally intrigued with whimsical folk art, mixed media angels and fantasy art. I'm just starting to actually design my own work (angels) and finding it so fun! It amazes me how I try to do 2 of the same faces and it never works out, yet when I try to do two different looks to my girls, I can still tell they've got very similar qualities to them. Does that make any sense?

Sweet Angel Annie Mixed Media

ORIGINAL Folkart on 16 x 20 Canvas

How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?


I've tried them all, but like acrylics. I'm a MESSY painter and too impatient for oil painting. I like mixing different mediums the best and never knowing how a piece will turn out until it's done.

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?

I like knowing my piece made someone smile. I'm finding out that not everyone appreciates my style at the moment, but that's ok. I'd rather create unique, one of kind pieces than try to copy the mass produced artwork that's hot at the moment at any given retail store.

If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?

Banana......my artwork seems to get sweeter as 'I' ripen with age ...ha..ha!

If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your "creativity", what would that be, and why?

I would love to use clay and cloth and create dolls. I grew up with all brothers, and I have all sons (even male dogs), so I'd like to make sweet little girl dolls to have around.

What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?

Lately, probably due to turning 50 in a few months, I've been really interested and drawn to more spiritual artwork, and that's what I've been trying to create. The world is in such a state right now and painting sweet angels soothes me

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Paint what YOU like, and don't try to paint what you think people will like/buy. IF you love it, that's what is most important. Do what you enjoy and the other rewards and benefits will follow. Believe me, I have to repeat this to myself constantly.

Thanks for a great interview, Darla. It is always fun and interesting to hear how and why an artist creates what they do. Your paintings are delightful.

To learn more about Darla and her work, just click on the links below.






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IRISH SPRING....An Irish Faerie to be sure!!

" IRISH SPRING"
by
DZFANTASY

I'm calling this enchanting faerie....IRISH SPRING...! She came about when I was out looking for a bit of bright green fabric to make a tiny green fairy for my sister for her birthday. Her favorite color is green. The bright green colors of this fabric caught my eye, and I just had to have it. It reminds me of the "new growth" of green grass, and spring!

After making my sister's tiny faerie (I will be posting her photo out here later), I had some of the fabric left over, so I decided to create an Irish Faerie, and here she is.


If you'd like to learn more about her, you can click on any of her photos. I just listed her in my DZFANTASY shop on Etsy.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

FEATURED ETSY SHOP - VINTAGE SNAPS & SCRAPS

Time does not fade the memory of him
Mixed Media Collage by Kathy

WELCOME, Kathy and her Etsy shop, "VINTAGE SNAPS & SCRAPS". Kathy creates some very delightful, nostalgia items in the form of greeting cards, altered books, collage art, and a lot more. Be sure to take a peek into the past by visiting VINTAGE SNAPS AND SCRAPS. Very charming work!

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I have been a collector of vintage photographs for a good while, I knew I wanted to use them in some sort of art. I just started playing one day with decopauge medium. I liked what I was seeing and then came to realize this was indeed an art. Called altered art, mixed media...who knew. So I grabbed every book I could find on this subject and taught myself. It has been a wonderful journey.

How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?

Again, I think the medium just found me. I really had no clue this was out there and artists had been doing it for a long time.

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?

The process … Usually I start with a photo, but sometimes it will be a word or a phrase. I love that I never think about it to much, I guess the direction of the design just comes to me while I am creating. I am a very black and white type girl, and this is wonderful for me to be able to let go and just create. It is kind of like therapy.

If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?

Ok, coming back to the hard one. I would say an orange. You have to peel back the layers, to get to the reward of the treat inside. With my art, I learned bit by bit and I am still learning. That was hard, lol!

If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?

Definitely painting. I dabble with paints, usually just enough to make my backgrounds more interesting. I would love to be a painter, and to paint from my own sketches. I do not draw that well.

What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?

I want my art to speak to someone, bring a smile to someone face. I have difficulty expressing my thoughts into words; it is something I would love to learn to do. But with art, you can just be yourself. I love when I put a bit of myself in every piece. And when someone takes the time to tell me how they liked the piece, well that just makes it all worth it.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Just to keep on learning, use new techniques, take classes. As far as selling your art, oh this one is easy…Never give up. It takes a long time to get your art/name out there. You will for sure get bumps in the road, but that makes the good times even better. Nothing worth having is easy.

Kathy, thanks for letting us get a bit of an insight as to what makes you "tick" as an artist, and for sharing your lovely creations with everyone. It is a pleasure to have you and your work on DZFANTASY! You can learn more about Kathy by visitng her links below.



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BRIGHT, COLORFUL HANDBAG GIVEAWAY BY SID'S IN STITCHES

Colorful, eyecatching handmade purse
by
SID
of
Sid's In Stitches

I am very happy to again be sponsoring another great giveaway from Sid of Sid's In Stitches on Etsy. This eye popping, gorgeous, colorful handbag will be sure to bring the WINNER a lot of compliments! Read below to see how to enter. YOU could be the lucky winner!


START DATE: February 26, 2009


END DATE: March 26, 2009 - 12 Midnight CST


PRIZE: 1


OPEN: USA


VALUE: $25.00


HOW TO ENTER:

1. Leave a comment in this post.

2. Leave your email address or another link to your EMAIL ADDRESS. This is very important, as the winner will be contacted, by me, via email ONLY. So, please be sure to leave a means of contacting you.

3. At the close of the giveaway, I will randomly select a winner from all the entries received. WINNER will be contact via email, and will have 3 days in which to send me their complete shipping information. Once I have this information, I will forward it to Sid at Sid's In Stitches, and she will be in touch with you to let you know when the prize will be shipped.

If you have ANY questions, please feel free to contact me (Donna) at: dzfairies@msn.com


ABOUT THE PRIZE:

Giant pink and purple zinnias decorate this charming handbag (my Zippy Tote pattern). The beautifully bright and shaded flowers are on an aqua background (with a tiny bit of purple showing at the sides). It’s trimmed with a lime green and yellow stripe. Closed with a pink zipper, it has lime daisy on blue interior with 2 inside pockets. With its black plastic handles it is simply a stylish little bag to carry your accessories out to lunch or to keep you balanced at work!


The Zippy Handbag is a perfect small size for those of you with a little discipline! Actually, my daughters (‘tween and teenager) love to taunt their friends with their handmade originals. It has a secure zipper top and two hidden inside pockets.100% cotton

Dimensions:

Plastic Handles 4” inside opening diameter10-1/2” wide, 3” deep (at bottom), 7” high, 2 Hidden Inside Pockets 4-1/2” wide x 4” high



If you'd like to see what other delightful styles and colors that SID'S IN STITCHES has in stock, click on the photos below to go directly to that item, or click on the link below the photos to get to Sid's shop.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

FEATURED ETSY SHOP - ARTISAN CREATED

Citrine Candlelight Earrings

by

ARTISAN CREATED

I'm happy to have Anna of ARTISAN CREATED on Etsy, as a featured artist here on my DZFANTASY blog.

Anna creates some beautiful jewelry...earrings, necklaces and more. For her favorite item to show on her feature, Anna selected the gorgeous pair of Citrine earrings shown above. While browsing through her shop, I noticed the matching necklace, and just had to add it out here! Very beautiful.


Citrine Candlelight Necklace

Let's hear what Anna has to say about her work, and why she loves creating beautiful jewelry. Be sure to visit ARTISAN CREATED to see more of Anna's work.
What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I always liked crafts and a friend of mine introduced me to beading. I guess I took to it like a duck to water. It's relaxing and lets me express my creativity.

How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?

I wanted a medium that was accessible; something I can find easily and use my imagination to create something unique.

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?

The creativity that my craft allows me is most enjoyable. There are so many options in materials, should I choose to select something different. Having people compliment me and/or buy the things I create is certainly a wonderful feeling.

If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable to describe your art/craft, what would that be and why?

Hmm.... Great question. I think I'd pick an onion because there are layers to my jewelry and just like onions are a great addition to most any dish, my jewelry is a great addition to any outfit.

If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your "creativity", what would that be, and why?

Photography. Check out the shop in the next month or so as I will be adding photography. People tell me I see things that others don't, or see things in a different way. There's so much beauty out there and I want to share the beautiful things I see.

What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?

Another great question. I think the message I want to convey with my art is beauty and elegance.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?


My advice to other artists/crafters would be to do what they love. Stay true to who are and do what you love, what makes your heart smile, what makes you proud.

Thanks for a delightful interview, Anna, and for taking the time to share your thoughts and wonderful jewelry with us.! You can learn about Anna and her creations by clicking on her links below.



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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

SEA NYMPH ON HER MAGICAL TROPICAL FISH

Sea Nymph on Her Tropical Fish
Fiber Sculpted Mobile

by DZFANTASY

I just finished this colorful creation, and while I was creating it, I was thinking of magical, tropical seas, and warm breezes!


She is my latest sculpture, which is designed as a mobile. The nymph is 100% silk fabric, which I hand-dyed, and the fish is a colorful, cotton batik. The sculpture has over 100+ Swarovski crystals in it along with tiny glass seed beads, as accents.


If you like to see more photos and to learn more about her...just visit her in my DZFANTASY shop on Etsy, by clicking on either of her photos.

Monday, February 23, 2009

FEATURED ETSY SHOP - CRAFTS BY CANDICE

Hand Carved Cupcake Rubber Stamp


WELCOME, Candice and her Etsy shop - "CRAFTS BY CANDICE". If you are looking for delightful, original designed cards, tags or rubber stamps, be sure to take a peek in Candice's shop, where you will find cards and tags, handmade embellishments, rubber stamps and more. Candice states that she loves to do custom orders, so if you want to tell her about your ideas, she'd be more than happy to work with you.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I was in grad school and wanted to do something to relax at the end of the day. I've always done crafts my whole life, but I started making cards only in the last 3 years. I also recently started making rubber stamps. I started this because many stamp companies are strict about letting artists use their stamps on crafts to sell. I wanted to make my own, and then decided to sell them without restriction to others.

How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?

Cards happened because I was really into scrapbooking. One day I just decided to make a scrapbook style card and was hooked ever since. Rubber stamps, because of the reason above.

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?

Coming up with new ideas and hearing that people like my products.

If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?

Hmmm, hard question! I'd say a strawberry! Bright, cute, sweet and fun!

If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?

Not sure, sorry!

What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?

That unique, handmade items are made with love and attention to detail and add personality to your life!

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Keep improving your craft and don't let selling stress you out. If you get stressed, take a break! Always work to make your pictures, products, designs, etc better.

Thanks, Candice for taking the time to share your creativity and thoughts with everyone. Candice also mentioned she is a professional muscian, and you can find out more about her at her MYSPACE link below.



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THE WINNER OF "WINNER'S CHOICE GIVEAWAY" BY DESIGNED BY LUCINDA IS....!


ROBYN OF ROCK ISLAND, WASHINGTON

CONGRATULATIONS, ROBYN!

The winner of this giveaway, WINNER'S CHOICE GIVEAWAY, by DESIGNED BY LUCINDA, had the opportunity to select their prize from any item in Lucinda's shop with a price of $20.00 or less. There was a wide selection!

Robyn chose the beautiful Swarovski crystal and pearl earrings shown above. Enjoy your earring Robyn!

A BIG THANKS, to all of you who entered this giveaway and for your lovely comments. I'm sure the artist appreciated them. and I enjoyed reading them.

I'd also like to thank DESIGNED BY LUCINDA for letting me host her giveaway here on DZFANTASY!

There are always new giveaways running on DZFANTASY so be sure to stop back for a visit, or follow my blog to be sure you don't miss out on any. I will be hosting another giveaway starting on Thursday, February 26, from Sid's N. Stitches.

CAPTURING "SCREEN SHOTS" WITH FIRESHOT

My Lavender Fairy is in this treasury
by
LD PHOTOGRAPHY

Since I've been in two Etsy Treasury's this week, I'm happy that I found out how to take a "screen shot" of these beautiful treasuries. I've seen other people do it, and often wondered how it was done.

Hitting the ALT or SHFT keys with my PRT SCR key just didn't work for me. Once I make up my mind I have to figure something out, there is no peace until I do. I did a search out on the Etsy forums on this subject, and that is where I found the answer! Some kind person had listed the link to FIRESHOT...a FREE web screen capture program. Here is the link for those of you out here who might be wondering how to do this yourself.

FIRESHOT

When clicking on the FIRESHOT link above, it will take you to the page where you can learn what this "screen capture" program can do, and it also has the download links to obtain the free program. You can download it for the Internet Explorer browser or Firefox browser.

Once you have downloaded the program, you will see a link to it up in your browser. I downloaded the IE version, so now when I want to "capture" say a treasury I've been in, all I do is go to the treasury, copy its URL, go into IE, paste the link in the browser, and click on Fireshot. After you hear the click, you know the shot has been taken and you can save it into your photo editing program. It must be saved as a jpeg file. Once I have it saved in my photo editing software, I can go in and resize and crop it. You can now add it into your blog or webpage just like any other photo.








Saturday, February 21, 2009

FEATURED ETSY SHOP - REBECCA'S SOAP DELICATESSEN

Pomegranate Soap with Shea Butter


Now that looks yummy enough to eat! I'm always amazed at all the different colors, flavors and shapes of the handmade soaps one can find out on Etsy.

I'm happy to welcome, Rebecca and her SOAP DELI shop on Etsy, as a featured artist out here on DZFANTASY. Let's find out a bit more about Rebecca, her lovely soaps and how she came to be a maker of soap.

Be sure to visit SOAP DELI, which has a wide selection of "fragrance oil soaps", "all natural soaps", "lotions and butters", and a lot more to choose from.


What led you to start creating your art/craft

I have fairly sensitive skin and as I've gotten older it's only gotten worse. As a result I started using handmade soaps, as commercial soaps often irritated and dried out my skin. After becoming a hopeless handmade soap addict, I decided to try my hand at making soap myself. It all sort of took off from there.

How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?

It found me really. In college I dabbled in everything imaginable. Photography, screen printing, graphic design, sculpture, painting, pottery. I did not, however, take chemistry and in fact despised chemistry in high school. It's kind of funny I ended up making soap since soap basically is chemistry. But itchy skin led me in the direction of soapmaking and it sort of just stuck.

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?

I really enjoy creating new scents and devising fun colors or additives to make my soaps special.

If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?

A pomegranate because it smells heavenly and has the depth of color and texture that I like to experiment with in soap.

If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?

Definitely painting. I always enjoyed painting in college and I have some talent for it. If I had the time and the patience I would definitely play in all sorts of mediums. I like acrylics, oils, and even watercolors each for the uniqueness they bring to the canvas.

What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?

That handmade should not only feel good, but it should smell fabulous!

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. The best way to gain supporters and buyers is to talk about your work.

THANKS, Rebecca for taking the time to share your thoughts and ideas! To learn more about Rebecca, be sure to visit her other links below.



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Friday, February 20, 2009

JUNGLE LOVE TREASURY - by MAN IN THE MOON HERBS

I was pleasantly surprise when Gail, from MAN IN THE MOON HERBS told me that my "Jungle Spirit" creation was in her "JUNGLE LOVE" treasury!

I just figured out how to screen capture a treasury page, so I'm afraid I should have made it a bit larger. If you'd like to visit this treasury, where you can click on the photos to get to the artists shops, click on the link below. The treasury ends Sunday, February 22nd



DZFANTASY'S "WINNER'S CHOICE OF "BUTTERFLY" OR "FAIRY FACE" PIN

" Fairy Face" Pin

OR

Fabric "BUTTERFLY PIN"

I've decided to have a "Winner's Choice" giveaway!
Winner will have the opportunity to select either a "Fairy Face" pin, or a "Butterfly" pin in the styles shown in the photos above.

NOTE: The pins shown above will be available as the prize, HOWEVER, if WINNER would like to select another style/color from any pin that is available in my shop at the end of the "giveaway", they will be able to do so! If you'd like to see what other pins the winner can choose from, click on the link below.


START DATE: February 20, 2009

END DATE: March 20, 2009, 12 MIDNIGHT - CST

PRIZE: 1

VALUE: $14.00 - $20.00

OPEN: Worldwide

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Leave a comment in this post saying which style pin you would choose.

2. Leave your EMAIL address, or a link to your EMAIL ADDRESS. All entries must have left a means of contact, as WINNER will only be notified via email.

WINNER'S name will be randomly selected, from all entries received by the end of the giveaway. WINNER will be notified, by me, via email. WINNER will have 3 days in which to respond with their shipping information. If WINNER does not respond within the given timeframe, I will select another WINNER from the remaining entries.

ABOUT THE PRIZES IN THE PHOTOS ABOVE:

FAIRY FACE PIN: Size 1.75" x 1.75", her face is 100% silk, which I hand-drew, needle-sculpted and hand-painted. Her pink fluffy hairdo was designed from a "eyelash" yarn and is accented with a silk rose, and 2 Swarovski crystals in the center of it.

BUTTERFLY PIN: Size: 2.75" x 2.75", Batik fabric wings, body is 3 - 5mm Swarovski crystals, 8mm Swarovski crystal head, antennae Swarovski crystals and tiny glass seed beads.

Both pins have a metal back.


GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me: dzfairies@msn.com



Thursday, February 19, 2009

FEATURED ETSY SHOP - BEADWORK BY AMANDA

U10 Circuit Pendant



I was quite amazed when I saw all the very unique pendants created out of "circuit boards" by Amanda of BEADWORK BY AMANDA. I used to work in G.E.'s Circuit Board Plant in New Berlin, WI, but would never in a million years would have thought they could be created into stunning pieces of jewelry. Very creative, Amanda.

BEADWORK BY AMANDA has a selection of pendants, beaded bracelets, such as the one shown below, and other piece of jewelry. Be sure to stop in for a visit.



What led you to start creating your art/craft?

When I was 9, my aunt gave me a box of seed beads and a loom that she could no longer use. That started the beadweaving and jewelry making process, but I had been into every art form as a kid including quilling, painting, sculpting, candle making, and soap making. For some reason, bead weaving was most appealing so I stuck with it.

How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?

I think the medium picked me. Since I started at such an early age, beadwork always tested my patience. I am intrigued by the way beads and string marry in such a way that is both pleasing to wear, touch, and see. When beads won’t work, I usually turn to resin, a second favorite.

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?

It always the results! I know going into a piece that it will take a few hours, or maybe ten hours to complete. There’s isn’t a better feeling when I’m just finishing a piece and I can get up, stretch, and try it on! I also like the rhythm in creating a bracelet.

If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?

I would choose a Kiwano. It has a weird name and is a very dynamic fruit to look at. It is bright and full of life. Its outside is much different than its inside. Plus its tropical which is a major inspiration.

If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?

It would have to be a visual medium! I’ve dabbled in silk painting and just love it! It’s unpredictable, but controllable if you know how. Colors flow beautifully together and the resulting art can be worn or framed.

What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?

I have too much of an analytical mind to be concerned with conveying a message. I just like to create things that are beautiful.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Do not undersell yourself.

Amanda, it was a real pleasure having you out here as a featured artist. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts, ideas and creativity with us. If you want to learn more about Amanda and her work be sure to visit the links below.



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LOOK WHO PAID US A VISIT TODAY!




What a treat to see this visitor in our backyard today. Looking for something to eat! He/she munched on a few fallen apples and then started coming up to the brid feeder by the patio, but was scared off.




I took these photos through the window, and was amazed that they showed up this clear as we even have plastic on them to keep out the wind.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

FEATURED ETSY SHOP - AMANDA @AMY MAY DESIGNS



Let's welcome, Amanda of AMY MAY DESIGNS on Etsy. AMY MAY DESIGNS offers a wide selection of items ranging from handmade, totes, clutches, as well as a variety of cute "button" earrings and necklaces.

Be sure to visit Amanda's shop....you just might find something you can't do without!



What led you to start creating your art/craft?

Boredom I guess. I am a full-time designer at a large surf company and spend many hours behind a computer, which is the opposite of what I really wanted to be in design for so…I found Etsy and just started making things I like.

How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?

Since I have a full-time job…still…I knew I wanted to start small to test the waters. I have always loved making jewelry, and have done it for fun since I was a teenager so I started with jewelry and with the idea that I would eventually start making handbags also. One of my other favorite things!

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?

This is a tough one, possibly the shopping, either for the fabric or the beads and other notions. I LOVE to shop! I also really enjoy seeing the final product, once you have finished the closure or sewn your last seam, seeing it all come together is definitely the most rewarding…Until someone buys it, then that is the most most rewarding.

If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?

Hmm, wow I thought that last question was the tough one…I would say maybe an apple. Its simple, round, comes in different sizes and colors, can be sweet or tart and you can never go wrong with an apple!

If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?

Music, I have always been really inspired and influenced by music, and always dreamed of being a singer/musician. Even though the extent of my singing/music career lasted through sophomore year of high school choir.

What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?

Fun, simple and well made accessories should be affordable for everyone!

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Just Make It!

Amanda, thanks for a fun interview, and for taking the time to share your creations with everyone!








"JUNGLE SPIRIT" Colorful fiber sculpted wall accent!

" Jungle Spirit"

15" x 15"

Wall accent
by
DZFANTASY

I just finished designing and creating this colorful fiber sculpted wall accent using one of my favorite fabrics, a design from LAUREL BURCH called "Secret Jungle".

She was great fun to design and create with her silk fabric leaf setting. I've just listed her out in my DZFANTASY Etsy shop, so if you'd like to learn more about her, click on any of her photos.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

FEATURED ETSY SHOP - ELVIE'S BOUTIQUE

Victorian Ornament for Christmas or Valentines's Day


WELCOME, Agnes and her Etsy shop, ELVIE'S BOUTIQUE. At ELVIE'S BOUTIQUE you will find charming Victorian ornaments. Read below to find out how Agnes got started creating her delightful Victorian ornaments.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

When my daughter was small I decided to make Victorian paper ornaments that she couldn't break for our tree. I had so much fun doing this.

How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?

I love paper and all the German trim. It's so pretty and rich looking.

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?

Transforming old worn ornaments into pretty new ones.

If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?

I would say fruit, in particular sugared plums. Of course because they remind me of Christmas and fancy Victorian ornaments.

If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?

I draw and paint a little and I would love to do more of this. This would give me the opportunity to express my creativity outside of just ornaments.

What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?

I love what I'm doing and I'd like that to come across in my work.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Do what you love. Otherwise it's just another job.


Thanks, Agnes, for taking the time to share your thoughts and creativity with everyone! Your delightful ornaments makes one think of bygone eras.









Monday, February 16, 2009

FEATURED ETSY ARTIST - MYSTIC SILKS by Klaire

Picasso Moon Silk Painting Original

Abstract Silk Painting of woods at night, with full moon reflected in pond.Only the finest of French dyes have been used to create this one of a kind, original silk painting.


I am so excited to have the beautiful work of Klaire of MYSTIC SILKS out here on DZFANTASY as a featured artist.


Klaire's work is just unbelievable! I've always loved hand-painted silks in any form, and her paintings are just so exquisite with all the colors and details! Klaire not only offers exquisite, hand-dyed wall paintings, but also colorful silk scarves and more in her Etsy shop "MYSTIC SILKS". Be sure to pay this shop a visit....it is very inspiring just to look at her work.



What led you to start creating your art/craft?


I've always been in love with the process of creating in the viusal art's field. I was taking an art class in ' Contrasts' while another class teaching silk art was going on. I stopped by the class and fell in love with the process of silk art.


How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?


I work with many mediums, oils, watercolor, acrylics, and silk dyes. But working with French dyes on silk is a creative challenge.


What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?


The outcome!


If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?


I guess I can't relate to a fruit, or veggie to describe my art. Perhaps an other worldly eatable?


If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?


It would be in an oil painting, , maybe a watercolor, and acrylic.


What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?


That there is beauty all around us , if we take the time to just stop and look,to really see. And, that there is so much beauty in the very smallest of things. My silk painting of " Forest Flower and Friend" speaks to that theme.



"Forest Flower and Friend"



What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?


Oh, I don't have any advice for other artists and crafters; they are already doing a soul dance. But for those who are the ' I always wanted to' draw, paint, create a sculpture; I say, then if you've always wanted to, then get moving, do it! You'll be happily surprised to find that it was always inside of you waiting to be freed.



Thank you, Klaire , for sharing your thoughts and very inspiring creations with everyone. You can learn more about MYSTIC SILKS by clicking on the links below, and reading Klaire's profile in her MYSTIC SILKS shop on Etsy.


Below is a link to DESIGN STYLE GUIDE, where Klaire is very active as an administrator. Beautiful home decor on this site.

DESIGN STYLE GUIDE

Sunday, February 15, 2009

FEATURED ETSY SHOP - KABOOGIE SHOES

Baby Boots Custom Made Go-Go


Audrey, of KABOOGIE SHOES, on Etsy has the most delightful footwear for all the little people in your lives. Mom's and grandma's if you are looking for some really soft, fun style footware to put on those little one's feet, be sure to pay a visit to KABOOGIE SHOES. There you will find soft moccasins, baby boots, like the ones shown above, fleece shoes and more. They really are adorable!

Audrey designs footwear for ages 0-6 mos up to 18 - 24 mos. She also makes custom designed adult shoes, so if any of you adults out there are looking for hand-made, "comfy" shoes...be sure to contact Audrey.




What led you to start creating your art/craft?


I've always crafted, always repurposed. It was bred into me. Mom was so creative with the very little we had, and dad is a sign painter, designer, builder, stained glass artist. I was taught there was nothing you couldn't make, with the materials and tools. And anything could be a material.


How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?


I settled on recycled suedes & leathers because fabric is not as durable, and, well, leather is cool. Hubby had an old bomber jacket, and being the cheapo that I am, I recycled it into a suede & corderoy baby quilt, and shoes for my 6th child. They were so stinkin' cute! Then I realized ALL those pieces people toss into the thrift shop bins get thrown into landfills or sent off in bulk to third world countries. An Ann Taylor skirt is a terrible thing to waste.


What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?


The end! LOL! I'm so impatient, I need to be able to finish it asap so I can do my little boogie shoe dance over how cute they are. I also love selling in person at shows, so I can watch people "ohhh" and "ahhh" over them. I also love the late nights, when all are sleeping, and I can work at a good clip with no interruptions!


If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your creativity, what would that be and why?


It would be wood. I've always loved to build, and my husband and I have designed and built many pieces in our home. I've built toddler furniture, frames, chairs, all kinds of things, as well as refinishing old furniture, in keeping with my "repurposing" roots. There is not ONE newly bought dresser in my home! All are refinished castoffs.


If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?


An ear of corn. Not very exciting, but corn is turned into so many products, from foodstuff to makeup, paperboard, chalk...it's the ultimate in versatility! Well, I turn so many products into shoes!


What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?


I want people to see that just because it's a baby, doesn't mean they have to dress like a cartoon character. I love to see people dress their babies like they dress themselves. Cool, funky, no Sponge Bobs!! People tell me all the time how they wish I'd make shoes for them. Well, I will!! Just ask!


What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?


Shake it up. Think outside the box. Just because you make something 100,000 other people are making, doesn't mean it has to look the same. Don't limit your product to only that which YOU like. There's so many customers who may like your product but not it's style. Keep your eye on trends, but don't get stuck in them. Look at the design world around you for inspiration. I've gotten shoe and wristlet ideas from wallpaper. Keep a folder of tear sheets of colors, patterns and designs you love. It's an old designer trick from my days as an art director.

Audrey, thanks for a wonderful interview, and for sharing your delightful Kaboogie Shoes with everyone! It is also really great that you are creating your products using recyled materials.


To see more of Audrey's creations, be sure to visit her links below.








KABOOGIE ARTFIRE SHOP



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Saturday, February 14, 2009

FEATURED ETSY SHOP - DESIGNS BY WENDY

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words-Picture Jasper Necklace and Earring Set

by
Wendy Thatcher


I really love how this artist uses so many beautiful stones in her designs. The necklace and earring set above is absolutely gorgeous. Very earthy! Wendy has a wide selection of beautiful jewelry out in her Etsy shop, so be sure to pay her a visit.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I’ve always been a “rock-hound”. As a child I would collect stones from anywhere! Always a nature buff, I was just naturally drawn to beautiful stones. As I grew older, I needed to find a way to bring my rock collection with me that was a little more mature than having my pockets full of stones! What better way than to wear them? Once I started, I was totally bitten and was creating day and night. I have now found a great balance and jewelry is my art. I truly believe every person should find a creative outlet. It’s good for the soul.

How did you decide which medium you wanted to work with?

It’s always been about the rocks! See #1.

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?

I think I find the planning and designing aspect of my work the most enjoyable. The possibilities are endless with my chosen medium.

If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?

Not sure which one, but I would choose a fruit! Maybe an orange? Natures candy! When was the last time you saw a child bite in to their broccoli and smile?!

If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?

Wood! I love wood. I even use a lot of it in my designs. My husband and I will sometimes pull out the tools and create wall hangings. We will edge, sand and stencil cute little country themed items, and Dave has made almost all of my displays that I use at shows and art festivals. I would love to expand on this but have trouble finding the time.

What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?

That nature is BEAUTIFUL. I love that most of my supplies are natural and not at all man-made. There are so many beautiful things that are already out there. All you have to do is look. It’s like a treasure hunt!

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Do what you love, and love what you do! If you are not loving every minute of it, it may not be the perfect choice! Try something else. I get so much out of what I do and I would love to think that every artist feels the same way that I do.

Wendy, thanks for a delightful interview and sharing your beautiful creations with all of us! Great work!

Friday, February 13, 2009

MERMAID ON A REAL STARFISH!

ENCHANTING MERMAID
on
REAL STARFISH

I've been working on this delightful fiber sculpted mermaid for several days now, and finally she is finished! I've really been into the aqua and ocean theme with my last few creations. I love the colors!


Her starfish is real, and she is permanently cemented to it. It took several steps to get her firmly attached to the starfish using a big clamp and a special cement.
To find out more about her, click on any of her photos!


Her accents are Swarovski crystals (just love their sparkle!), and green, glass leaf beads, and a tiny glass fish!


FEATURED ETSY SHOP - ABLE MABEL

Sweet Poppies Set of 4 Tile Coasters

Leann and her Etsy shop, ABLE MABEL have such a wide variety of items to offer you....colorful coasters, like the ones above, jewelry, baby items, magnets, signs/frames and lots more!! Right now she has over 100+ items in her shop! Let's read below to see how ABLE MABLE came about.


What led you to start creating your art/craft?

My sister and I were in charge of our Church's Craft Sale in the Fall of 2007. We had so much fun coming up with ideas and exploring our creative side. When the sale was done, it was hard to stop, so I didn't!

How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?

I mostly work with fabric and paper. I love all the different patterns and colors in them!

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?

When it all comes together to make a beautiful piece. Especially one that I like.

If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?

Hmmm...this one is a toughie. How about a fruit salad. Is that cheating?!? I love color, texture, patterns, variety, all the yummy goodness that is in a fruit salad.

If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?

Someday I would like to try clay, but it'll be a while before I get to it.

What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?

Life is short, enjoy it! Surround yourself with beautiful colors and fun patterns.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Put your heart into it. Live thru your art.

THANKS, Leann, for sharing your thoughts and creations with everyone! I like your choice of a "fruit salad" to describe your work! That's very creative thinking!

Be sure to visit ABLE MABLE to see all the variety that this Etsy shop has to offer.




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