Sunday, February 28, 2010


"Snow Spirits" is an artist-created Custom Painted Pony customized by Pat Elder.

"The Hopi and other Pueblo Indian cultures believe that everything, every object, every element, every natural phenomenon, has a life force. They call them Kachinas, which, in the language of the Hopi, means "life bringer." These beings can make it rain, cause the crops to grow, or cause any number of good things if they are well treated. To help the people deal with the kachina spirits, they are given solid forms. The appearance of each kachina is determined by its role in the natural order and by tradition. The more powerful the kachina, the more abstract it often is."

I'm happy to have Pat and her Etsy shop, CHASE YOUR DREAM, as a featured artist here on DZFANTASY.  I happened across Pat's work, when she answered my call for new Etsy minis to put on my blog.  When saw her "Snow Spirits" creation, I decided to contact Pat to see if she'd be interested in being featured.  Happily, she said yes!

Before you pay a visit to CHASE YOUR DREAM, be sure to read Pat's interview below to learn a bit more about this interesting and talented artist.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I've crafted and painted all of my life. The first items that I sold were custom horse paintings and beaded earrings. Gradually, I started selling on Ebay, building up a decent business there, before I found Etsy and Artfire.

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

I work with many different mediums. I adore making jewelry nearly as much as I love painting and working with polymer clay, so most of my items fall into one or more of those categories.

Handwoven bead statement necklace in blues and purples
by Pat Elder

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

I love everything about the creative process. I love the brainstorming part - coming up with new ideas. I love searching other websites and shops for inspiration. And I love looking at and enjoying the finished project.

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

If I had to choose one new medium, it would be silversmithing. Unfortunately, I just don't have the time or space right now to get into that.

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

The message I'd like to convey with my artwork and crafts is this: follow your dream! Believe in yourself and have fun. Enjoy life and make it worthwhile.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

My advice to other artists or craftsmen would be to do what you love. If you do it well enough, there will be a market for it somewhere. You just have to find it.

In addition to my crafts and artwork, I'm also a published author (see my Miniature Horse books at and a professional trainer of Miniature Horses and Shetland Ponies (visit my website at My name is Pat Elder and I live in Oklahoma City, OK with 2 collies, 3 cats, several miniature horses, and a donkey named Xena.

Thanks, Pat, for a great interview and for sharing your thoughts with all of us.  It sounds like you lead a full and interesting life!!
To learn more about Pat, her creations, and miniature horses, be sure to visit the links in this post.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


The Belmont Hat (Espresso / Chartreuse / Sky)

by Hallie

WELCOME, Hallie of HALPAL28 on Etsy. Be sure to take time to visit this delightful artist's shop, where you will find her handknit creations. 

Let's learn a bit more about Hallie by reading her fun interview below.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I was bored! I started knitting in college, and my course load wasn’t very challenging. I needed something to occupy my hands so that I wouldn't sit and eat cookies all day. I ended up loving it.

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

It wasn’t really a conscious decision. I’ve always loved crafted, but knitting just stuck a lot longer than anything else.

The Hawthorne Headband (Taupe / Marigold)

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

I love picking out the colors and imagining designs in my head. Then, of course it’s fun when they come to life. Starting and ending a project is the most exciting part. There’s a sizable lull in between, but I find it relaxing.

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

I’m tempted to say artichoke, because that’s my favorite food, but I think I’ll have to go with a peach. It’s soft and fuzzy, just like my creations, and it’s a real attention-getter. Whenever I eat a peach in public, people say, “Ooh! A Peach!” Customers often write me that their hats get them a lot of attention, which I think is fun.

The Toddler Oakdale Hat (Any Color Combination)

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

I love putting together outfits. I’m not a very good clothing designer, but I am an expert ‘layerer.’ I’d love to be a stylist or something similar. You can usually find me in either a simple jeans/tee-shirt combo, or covered in half of the pieces in my closet. It’s a good way to gauge how awake I was in the morning—just count the number of items I’m wearing. Right now it’s 7, so I was pretty energetic, but still a bit groggy.

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

Fearlessness and self-expression. Women should wear what makes them feel like themselves. It’s exciting to take risks with your wardrobe, and to be a little nervous when you walk out the door. I wear things sometimes that I know not very many people appreciate, but if they make me happy, it’s still fun. I have this hat with a big brooch and a veil over it, and it usually gets gawked at, but every once in a while someone will say, “I love your hat, and good for you for wearing what you want!” I think the color combinations in my shop are a bit edgy, yet so feminine. They’re impossible to ignore, so you have to be confident!

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Don’t sacrifice your style to please others. If you have a wild product, don’t tone it down to make more sales. You just need to find your niche. On Etsy, there is a product for every customer, and a customer for every product. I often hear, “Is this too weird to sell?” No! You just have to wait for the ‘weirdos’ to find you.

Thanks, Hallie, for a fun interview!  You have a great way of expressing yourself, not only in your words, but in your delightful knit creations.

To see more of Hallie's handknit creations, visit her Etsy shop below.

Monday, February 22, 2010

SEA BREEZE, Butterfly, Fiber Sculpted Fantasy Necklace

"SEA BREEZE" fiber sculpted butterfly with handknit necklace chain!

So refreshing!

I really should be getting more fairies and mermaids created for my upcoming art shows, but I seem to be entranced with creating my new line of "fiber fantasy jewelry".  The necklace above is my latest creation in this line, and it is really gorgeous!

To see more of this new creation, click on the link below:

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Carassius Auratus Necklace

A red agate goldfish breathes silver-plated stardust bubbles into the deep blue and green waters of aegean beads and dark aventurine chips. As it swims to the surface, the water lightens to clear crystal and pale aventurine

The beautiful necklace above is just one of the many delightful creations you will find when you a pay a visit to ARIANWEN'S PLACE on Etsy.  Freya is the artist behind these creations.  You will be able to choose from a selection of earrings, necklaces bracelets and more.

Let's learn a bit more about Freya and how she started on her creative venture.
What led you to start creating your art/craft?

My mum has always been very crafty, and I've always made jewellery and adjusted/made clothing for myself. I discovered Etsy a couple of years ago, made an account and did a lot of browsing... then when I accidentally wiped my laptop's hard drive I forgot all about it! Last summer I rediscovered Etsy, and as I had little else to do over the summer months (I'm a student, and I only have a part-time job) I decided to find out whether anyone would buy what I had to sell. As I love crafting, it's much more of a hobby than a serious business.

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

Well, I had two options - buy a sewing machine or dig through my mother's old jewellery crafting materials and see what I could find. I chose the latter, and have been making jewellery ever since. I do have the odd hand-stitched item in my shop, as I haven't given up sewing completely, but jewellery is... probably more fun.

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

Oooh, choosing the colours! Picking which beads I want to use, lining them up next to each other, finding shades and tones that match - and if not, buying more beads that do! I have both a GCSE and an A-Level in Art & Design, and working with colour is the most fun of all I find.

Autumn Hedgerow Charm Bracelet

Various autumny-coloured gemstones - jasper, goldstone, carnelian, tiger's eye and amazonite to name just a few - share space with metal charms and glass beads all following the same theme. The metal charms include oak leaves, ivy leaves, toadstools, butterflies, dragonflies, a sun and a large heart decorated with leaves. This is a bracelet of greens and browns, with the occasional dash of red - glass ladybirds, a large toadstool and a polymer clay strawberry. This bracelet is thematic and beautiful.

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

Hrmm... probably a pomegranate. Full of little seeds, which could be seen as seeds of creativity, and that gorgeous shade of almost pinky-red, bright and eye-catching.

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

I really enjoy knitting, and am looking at branching out into textile art using knitted fabrics.

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

Probably that everyone can make beautiful things if they put their minds to it.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Do what you enjoy and enjoy it to the full extent it can be enjoyed. When it becomes forced or feels wrong, that's probably time to stop and start trying a different technique and method. At the same time, perseverance is key. Try finding a balance between the two - but it's important that it's always fun!

Freya, thanks so much for taking the time to share your lovely, lovely creations, and thoughts with all of us. Beautiful work!

To see and learn more about Freya and her creations, be sure to visit the links below.

Friday, February 19, 2010


Cowl Neckwarmer Scarf, Pink and Brown, The Betty Muff

by MegnificentCo

I'm happy to have Meghan and her Etsy shop, MegnificentCo here on DZFANTASY as a featured Etsy shop.  Pay a visit to Meghan's shop and you will find a beautiful variety of handknit or crocheted scarves, neck warmers and more!

First, take a moment to learn a bit more about Meghan and her creations by reading her interview below.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I have a long list of things I want to learn how to do, and knitting and crocheting were high on that list. So, I enrolled in a continuing education class at a local college with my mom, and we sort of learned the basics. The rest I had to teach myself. But, my grandmother is my ultimate inspiration. She could knit and crochet effortlessly, and that really led me to purse this craft.

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

I like all different types of yarn, but I particularly enjoy working with colorful, super-bulky yarn. I think it’s fun to look at, adds a pop of color to any outfit, and is just so soft and lush.

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

I love purchasing the material (read: I love shopping) and figuring out what I want to make next. My mind is always racing ahead of me to the finished project, figuring out what I can do next. I also like the methodical rhythm of certain stitches, when I’m in a knitting/crocheting groove. It is therapeutic and soothing. I love watching a skein of yarn become a delicious piece of eye candy!

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

I would have to say a fruit. The colors involved are vibrant and eye-catching, the material involves a wide-range of textures, the process has both sweet and sour moments, and the end result is satisfying and healthy (it’s good to keep warm, right?).

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

I would choose to make soap. I love cooking and all kitchen-related aspects. From what I’ve read, there are a lot of aspects to soap-making that involve standard cooking techniques. I love how a scent can affect your mood. I also am very attracted to the packaging process of soap making.

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

To use your accessories as a chance to be playful, take risks, or add a pop of color. I tend to have a standard “uniform” of clothing and colors I always gravitate towards, and I think a lot of people are like that. Incorporating a unique accessory does not require a huge commitment or investment, and it adds a lot to an outfit without changing your overall look or identity.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

If you feel discouraged, start making a new item. I find that as long as I keep busy, I feel proactive. Always look for ways to improve your craft/art.

Meghan, thanks for giving us a peek into your thoughts and creativity! 

To learn more about Megan, click on her links below.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Delightful, red haired SHAMROCK FAIRY....looking for a home to sprinkle with magic!



This curly, red haired Shamrock Fairy would surely bring a wee bit of magic into your home.  She is full of fun and sparkle!

She told me she is looking for a good home where she can have some fun and make people smile. 

To learn more about her, click on the link below.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

FEATURED ETSY SHOP - EMBELLISHED...embrace being unique


by Jessica of EMBELLISHED

WELCOME, Jessica and her Etsy shop EMBELLISHED!  If you like to stand out from the crowd and show your sure to pay a visit to EMBELLISHED to find that perfect accent for any outfit!  You will find ties, hair accents, head bands and more.

Take a moment to learn a bit more about the artist behind this creativity, by reading Jessica's interview below.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I have always been crafty since I was a child. As a creative person I always needed some form of a creative outlet, something to do with my hands. Last year I lost my job due to a corporate layoff from the economy, I had already been playing around with the idea of an Etsy shop. That weekend I went to the fabric store, stocked up and got to work: sewing, graphic designing, photography; you are a one woman show when you own your own shop!

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

I have wanted to work in fashion since I was 12 years old. So "What to make" was never I question, I knew it would be fabric related. I decided to start off on a smaller scale with headbands and neckties and built the brand so that I can expand when I feel my seamstress skills are up to par.

Swift Cluster Hairclip

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

Hmm..the process of taking an idea in my head and watching it come to fruition. I am influenced by so many things in life, and to be able to draw from all of them and create something unique to put out into the world is really fulfilling.

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

Kiwi! Because they are more unique, and like my brand they are sweet with a tangy rock and roll side. Not to mention they are pretty colored and hail from a warm place!

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

I am actually in that process currently! Because of my shop, I have really fallen in love with photography this last year. I bought my own professional camera late last summer and have been clicking my life away. I get so much feedback on how my consumers love my photos, on my shop and my blog, and have decided to expand Embellished with a photography section. What better to add to a brand than the very thing that provoked its inspiration, right?!

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

Embrace being unique! One of my favorite things about people is how different we all are! I love seeing how different customers add their own spice to my products, it gives them new life that I could never have imagined. A product isn't complete until the customer adds their own spice. I truly believe that every person has their own beauty and they need to embrace it. I love having an opportunity to aid in that philosophy in some way.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Never give up on something that you love! Anytime you work with customers, it is an unstable environment because you are dependant on their life situation just as much as your in point the recent recession. You may feel like your shop is not going somewhere so take a step back, breathe, and see what you have NOT tried yet. My best advice would be to Be Active on the Etsy Forums. It is such a supportive community, and full of sellers who take the time to give you any advice you are looking for, and its a great way to become an involved part of you shop's home.

Thanks, Jessica, for taking the time to share your thoughts and "unique" creative accents with everyone!  I totally agree...we are all unique and we shouldn't be afraid to show our uniqueness!  Your fun creations give people this opportunity!

To learn more about EMBELLISHED, be sure to pay a visit to Jessica's links below.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Fiber Fantasy Flower Necklace Giveaway by DZFANTASY

Flower Fantasy Necklace Giveaway



PLEASE NOTE:  This giveaway has ended and a winner already selected.  The dates of the giveaway got mixed up and it was closed early!  PLEASE WATCH FOR A NEW GIVEAWAY.  SORRY FOR THE MIX UP!!


My current giveaway on DZFANTASY is the above fiber fantasy flower necklace, which is one one of my latest designs in my "wearable art" collection. They make unique, whimsical accents to any outfit!


START:  2/15/10


OPEN:  Worldwide

PRIZE: 1 - Fantasy Flower necklace

VALUE: $21.00

1.  To receive a valid entry into this giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment in this post along with a means of contacting you should you be the lucky winner.  Please don't forget to leave an email address or a link to an email address, as that is the only way I will have to notify the winner.

2.  At the close of the giveaway on 3/15/10, I will randomly select a winner from all the entries received up until the close of this giveaway.

3.  Winner will be contacted via email only, and will have 3 days in which to respond with their shipping information.

4.  If the winner doesn't respond within the given timeframe, I will then have to randomly choose another winner from the remaining entries.


The flower and the necklace chain were designed from a beautiful ribbon yarn with a satin sheen to it.  The colors are very pale aqua with pale hints of yellow in the color tones. 

SIZE: Handknit chain: 14" long on one side, which gives it a circumference of 28", and the width of the chain is .75" wide.  The flower measures approx. 1.75" x 1.75. The  necklace has a bit of a stretch to it and will easily fit over anyone's head.

The center of the flower has been accented with an 8mm Swarovski crystal, encircled by 9 - 4mm Swarovski of which have been handsewn into the flower and onto the necklace. 

These necklaces are fun, whimsical pieces of wearable art!



Topaz Crystal Necklace

by Patricia Bullock of PIXIE DUST FINERIES

Patricia of Pixie Dust Fineries on Etsy has a huge selection of delightful jewelry which should please anyone's taste!  She also has a selection of  "awareness" jewelry for MS, Breast Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease.  Be sure to pay a visit to PIXIE DUST FINERIES to see all her lovely creations.  You will also find a section of Bridal jewelry.  I'm sure you will be able to find just what you are looking for!

Let's take a moment to learn a little bit more about Patricia, by reading her interview below.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I have always been an artsy/crafty person. When I was a kid,I was constantly doing some type of craft from macramé to knitting, to drawing, you name it I probably did it. In 2007, I lost my job; I started making jewelry as gifts for my family. At one point, I made many more pieces than I needed so I decided to try my hand at selling some of them on Etsy.

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

I have always loved jewelry and I love the relationship that women have with their jewelry. It makes us feel beautiful, feminine, and powerful. It affects us in many ways, and even if a piece does not cost thousands of dollars, it is still precious to us. Therefore, I choose Jewelry.

Aglow Vanilla Pearl and Crystal Bride/Bridesmaid Earrings
by Patricia

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

The part of jewelry making I find most enjoyable is designing the piece. Creating jewelry is very therapeutic for me.

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 tomato, because they come in many varieties of shape, sizes and colors.

Pink Crystal Breast Cancer Bracelet

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

Pencil Drawings, it is something I have always enjoyed doing, but never really pursued it after school.

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

Individuality, creativity, uniqueness!

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Focus on what you love and you will be successful.

Patricia, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and lovely creations with everyone!

To learn more about Patricia and Pixie Dust Fineries, be sure to visit the links below.




Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Whimsical "Flower Sprite" make you smile!

This little "flower sprite" just arrived in my DZFANTASY shop!  She is sure to make you smile and bring a bit of whimsey and magic whereever she may go!  To see the rest of her click on the link below.

Friday, February 12, 2010


8x10 Fine Art Photograph
Beautiful sailboat at anchor off the small British Virgin Island of Jost Van Dyke


Heather of BRIOLE PHOTOGRAPHY on Etsy has some very stunning and beautiful photography in her shop.  Scenes of nature and beautiful scenes from the Caribbean, and more.  Be sure to stop by for a visit!  First, let's read Heather's interview below to see what her thoughts are regarding her art.

What led you to start creating your art/craft:

I took a photography class in high school which started my interest in the subject, but it really began with the purchase of my first digital camera in college. I love looking at the world through the perspective of a camera lens. It makes me slow down and savor the moment and see the beauty in the unexpected. A photograph captures a moment in time that would otherwise be forgotten...and for that, I am forever grateful.

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

For me it wasn't so much a conscious decision that I choose this medium, rather it was a passion that found its way to me. It wasn't something that I said in advance, I am going to go out and learn photography and this is what I want to do...once I started experimenting with photography, it was a feeling of coming home and now I couldn't imagine my life without it.

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

The joy of taking a picture that at first glance would be something that someone wouldn't consider worthy of taking a second glance at. But once captured, it becomes something beautiful that someone would want to hang on their wall and look at time and time again.

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

This is a great question! I would say a red bell captures your attention at first glance, and upon further examination, it has a depth and complexity of flavor that is hard to beat and it is very colorful and joyful to look at.

PRETTY IN PINK - 8 x 10 Fine Art Photography
by Heather

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

I do have a second creative outlet which is quilting. I am a fifth generation quilter and love the process of combining different fabrics into a piece of art that serves two functions, both being a piece of art and something warm to snuggle with on a cold winter day.

PEACE HILL - 8 X 10 Fine Art Photography
by Heather
This photo is of a solitary sugar mill ruin, which sits atop Peace Hill watching over the island of St. John, in the US Virgin Islands.

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

That beauty can be found everywhere. You just have to slow down and appreciate it!

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Find your own artistic expression and point of view. It is easy to fall into the trap of trying to emulate what is popular at the moment or what others who also share your medium are selling. Be true to yourself and your artistic vision will resonate with others because it is a true expression of something you believe in.

Heather, your work is wonderful!  Thanks so much for taking the time to not only share your photography with everyone, but for also sharing your thoughts with us.
To see and learn more about Heather and her work, be sure to visit her links below.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Anyone who exhibits in art shows will have probably noticed that the trend has been shifting to shows asking for "digital images" for jurying into a show rather than slides.  While some shows still allow artists to send in slides, or even a few smaller shows accept photos, it is clear that eventually most of the larger, better shows have either already switched to only accepting "digital images", or will do so in the near future.  One of the reasons for this change is that Kodak announced back in 2004 that they would cease production of slide projectors.

With the new season of art shows coming up soon, and having to already send in applications, I decided I needed to know how to format my own digital images in the required sizes being requested on the various applications. What I found rather confusing was the difference in size requirements stated in the different shows' applications.

Many of you, I'm sure, have heard or worked with the ZAPPLICATION method of applying for shows, where their requirements stated that images had to be 1920 x 1920 pixels, at 72 PPI (pixels per inch) saved in RGB or preferably sRGB color, and shouldn't be larger than 1.8 MB in size, and in "baseline jpg" format. 

WOW, what did all that mean, and how was I going to figure it out?  I've worked with photo editing programs for quite a few years, but when I tried sizing an image to 1920 x 1920 pixels, it looked weird!  How could you have an image be the same width and looked out of shape!

What I wasn't aware of, at the time, was that ZAPP's image size requirement meant that you had to format your images with a "black mask" so that each image was a rectangular size of 1920 x 1920.  After searching in my photo editing program, that I've used for many years, I couldn't find anything that allowed me to meet all the requirements. Now, I read that ZAPP has relaxed their requirements so that an image's longest side only needs to be 1400 pixels.

Well, now what?  I could pay an additional $20.00 - $30.00 to each show application to have them convert my slides (5 sildes) to digital images, but that didn't seem like the way to spent half an afternoon checking out "photo editing" programs, and decided on ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 8 (the latest version). Other versions, I'm sure work just as well.

After spending another half a day, figuring out the features I needed to use to get my images to correspond with everyone's size requirements, I finally did it!!  Needless to say, I was rather thrilled that I could now handle my own images !!

Below are several links and info that can help you decide how to go about getting your images prepared for jurying into art shows:

1.  Adobe Photo Shop or Adobe Photoshop Elements software are two great programs to help you meet the requirements of jury images.  Adobe Elements is a great program and the price is right!  (I paid $76.00 and got a $20.00 rebate) That is a great price compared to what Adobe Photoshop sells for!

2. Here is the link to the ZAPP site, which lets you upload your images and gives you all the information you need in order to apply for shows that are listed with them:  ZAPPLICATION

Here is ZAPP'S info page on formatting your images:

3. I found this site extremely useful, which gives you the steps and photos to follow in order to set up your images in PhotoShop or Photoshop Elements:  BERMAN GRAPHICS   This site definitely saved me a lot of time in learning how to do this.

4. ZAPP also mentioned free photo editing software sites, if you don't have or want to spend the money on a program for yourself.

   For window based computers, they recommended PAINT at:

  For MAC users:  GIMP at:

5.  One good point I read will researching this info, was that it is a good idea to check with the show you are applying for to determine if their image jurying will be done on a computer screen or will it be projection jurying. 

After all this research and trying to figure out how to do everything....I came across a show I wanted to try this year, only to find that they preferred less!!



Tuesday, February 9, 2010

FLOWER wear!

Whimsical "FLOWER FAIRY" pin and necklace set

For the past couple of months now I've been drawn to creating various styles of "fairy and flower" fiber fantasy jewelry!  The colorful "flower fairy" shown above is not only a pin, which can be worn alone, alongside the necklace, but can also be pinned onto the handknit necklace.

The yarn used for this flower fairy is so exquisite in its colors and texture.  It is a gorgeous yarn from Karabella Yarns and is called JEWELS!  I have it in several different color combinations, so you will be seeing more of this fun yarn in various designs.

I just started putting clasps onto some of my necklaces, and couldn't believe how long it took me to get one of those little "jump rings" on!  I'm sure it doesn't take all you jewelry artists out there as long as it did me!!  lol!  I guess I will have to practice a bit.

I'm trying to decide if one of these fairy pin/necklace sets would be a good idea for my next giveaway, so if any of you out here have a comment.....I'd love to hear it!

Monday, February 8, 2010


Peace Angel

by Amanda Mae Calta

("This is my favorite angel, mainly because of who and why I made this one for. She was designed for a couple whose two year old daughter died. I'm hoping that this angel will be a gentle reminder of their daughter and give them comfort to know they will see her again.")

WELCOME, Amanda and her Etsy shop AMANDA'S ANGELS.  When you pay a visit to Amanda's shop you will find delightful little angels that will make you smile!  Angels are everywhere.....some we can see and know as family and friends, while others are "unseen" watching over us.  Amanda's little angels make a beautiful, thoughtful gift idea, and as she states in her shop's title...."everyone needs an angel"!

Read Amanda's interview below to see how she got started in creating her angels.

What led you to start creating your art/craft.

I've always enjoyed creating things. These angels started because I needed an angel for the top of my Christmas tree. I couldn't find anything in the stores and decided to make one for myself, that was about 8 years ago. Sometime last year, I was looking for something to keep me busy (I'm a stay at home mom) and thought I could recreate my angels for other purposes. I wanted to make them for decor for a little girl's bedroom.

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

I thought wood would be the best medium to stand the test of time. I remember growing up and always having the same angel on the top of our Christmas tree. I wanted the same tradition for my children. I also love to build things.


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

I find it most enjoyable to see how my children react to the angels that I make. I like the lessons that I am teaching them by what I do. I also love the time to myself to just be creative. I love to wander through the craft stores and look at products to see if I can incorporate them into my products.

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

I’m not good at this game. I’ll say an apple. My designs are simple, they are classic just like an apple. A simple beauty!

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

I have been wanting to learn to crochet. Someday it will work out to take the class to learn.

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

I just want to convey peace and reassurance through my angels. When my first husband passed away, I felt drawn to angels. I had pictures taken of my oldest son in an angel costume and found peace and happiness through those pictures. We will always go through tough times. I hope to give reassurance and peace to those who look at my angels.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Find a product that you love to create and keep making them. There are going to be moments of frustration, but keep moving forward.

Thanks, Amanda, for a lovely interview and for sharing your little angels with everyone. Keep on making your angels!

Visit AMANDA'S ANGELS by clicking on the photos or shop link below. I'm sure you know someone who would love to have a little keepsake angel.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


AQUAMARINE - March's Birthstone Fairy!

She is exquisite!

To find out more about her, click on the name below:

I've used Aquamarine Swarovski crystals in March's birthstone her hair, necklace, belly button, waist accent, on her toes and the center back of her wings.

Some interesting information on "aquamarine":

Birthstone Properties: Bestows courage, insight, and victory

Aquamarine is the traditional birth stone for March. It is also the accepted anniversary gem for the 19th year of marriage. Aquamarine is mined primarily in Brazil, Nigeria and Zambia.

Ancient Romans believed the magnificent gemstone was sacred to Neptune, the god of the sea. Some legends say that it was gift from mermaids, while others suggest that Neptune retrieved it after it fell from the jewel boxes of sirens and washed onto shore.
Below is a photo of February's AMETHYST Birthstone Fairy, along with her sister, March's AQUAMARINE birthstone fairy. 

Next, will be APRIL.....the Diamond Birthstone Fairy!

Stop back for a visit!

Friday, February 5, 2010


Fantasy Flower Necklace
with matching knit earrings accented with Swarovski crystals

I just finished a pair of knit earrings to go with the "fantasy flower" necklace, which is my newest idea.  The whole set is very "light and airy" looking.  Great little accent for any top.

The WINNER of DZFANTASY's January's, 2010 "WINNER'S CHOICE" GIVEAWAY is..........!




Marcia's entry was randomly selected out of the 88 entries received for this giveaway.  Marcia told me she has entered many of my giveaways in the past, and was so happy to have finally won!

The winner of this "WINNER"S CHOICE" giveaway had the option of choosing from either the tiny, fiber sculpted mermaid above, a tiny yellow fairy, or their choice of any one of my "fairy face" pins available in my DZFANTASY shop.  Marcia's choice was the tiny mermaid above.

I will be sending the llittle mermaid to her new home today!

Thanks again, to all of you who entered this giveaway and for your comments.  It is always such fun to read them, and to see what creations people like the best.

I haven't, as yet, decided what my next giveaway will be, so be sure to stop back for a visit.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Mystery Jewelry Subscription by CITY OF KARIS

Here is a fun, unique idea offered by Etsy artist, Karis, and her shop CITY OF KARIS

A gift that keeps on giving-for a whole year!

With this purchase, you will receive a surprise gift in the mail once a month for one full year.

This is a great gift for yourself or someone else. Imagine coming home from a hard day of work and finding a beautiful surprise at your door. If you are buying for someone else, they will be receiving free jewelry for a full 12 months.

This is also an incredible value-much cheaper than if you were to purchase these things separately. And trust me, this is awesome stuff!

Everything from necklaces, art pendants, earrings, bracelets, hair pieces, and more!

The image above is a sample of what you could receive, but may not be the actual items you receive.

Welcome, Karis and her Etsy shop CITY OF KARIS.  One of the items that Karis offers in her shop, is the "Mystery Jewelry" subscription which is described above.  I think it is a fun idea, and something that would make a great gift idea. 
When you pay a visit to CITY OF KARIS, you will also find "art collages", paintings, necklaces and more. First, lets learn a bit more about Karis and her creativity by reading her interview below.
What led you to start creating your art/craft?
I started creating jewelry because my family would go garage/estate sale hunting for fun when I was little. I would mix and match the pieces, eventually making my own creation.

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

I wanted to combine art with jewelry, so this is shown in my pieces. Also, all of my work is weiner dog approved.

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

I find it enjoyable when someone else loves something I have made!

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 banana. Much of my inspiration comes from Carmen Miranda.

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

I would choose mixed media painting. It is exciting to see a blank canvas transform. I have some pieces in my shop now, and am hoping to add more.

11" x 14"

Bohemian Green Button Vase Mixed Media Painting
by Karis

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

My message is that it is okay to buy a handmade, original piece, rather buying from retail blobs.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Do what makes you happy!

Thanks, Karis, for taking the time to share your creativity and thoughts with all of us.  your "Mystery Jewelry" subscription is a great idea!  It is always fun to look forward to getting something in the mail!

Be sure to visit the links below to see more of Karis' creations.