Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Feel Magical....! Fiber Fantasy Earrings..."Over the Rainbow"

Fun, Colorful and Magical!

Fiber and Swarovski Crystals...!

I just finished this colorful pair of "fantasy earrings", which are a new addition to my fiber fantasy jewelry line.  They are really charming, with all the colors of the rainbow, and Swarovski crystals to make them sparkle and shine.

I'm patiently waiting (or I really should say "impatiently" waiting to take all of my new designs/creations to my first art show coming up on May 1st in Madison, WI.  (more information about the show will be coming in a couple of weeks)

This pair of earrings is one of about 33 different "fiber fantasy" earrings I have created to date. This pair and several others have been listed in my Etsy shop.

Below is a "flower fairy pin and handknit matching necklace" that was created using the same beautiful, rainbow ribbon yarn as for the earrings.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Desert Sun Bracelet - PMC charm

"The inspiration for this bracelet came from the sunshine charm I handcrafted from precious metal clay. Call it a reaction to all the cold weather and snow that's been blowing around. I wanted fiery reds and contrasting whites for a beautiful statement bracelet, and I'm pretty sure that's what I got!"

Let's welcome Erin and her Etsy shop, HEARTSABUSTIN. No matter how many jewelry artists I've "featured" on DZFANTASY, I always find it fascinating to see how each artist has their own unique styles and designs. The ideas are endless....which makes for a lot of fun in finding just the right piece of jewelry! 

We also see so many different names used for each artists' shop, so I thought it would be interesting to  read here, why Erin's shop is called "Heartsabustin"

"Heartsabustin is a wildflower that grows all over the eastern United States in moist forests. This little plant is rather unassuming in the spring, but in the fall, the seed pods burst open to display hundreds of little red heart shaped berries. The plant was a favorite of my great-grandmother's and inspired the name of my wonderful shop here at Etsy."

When you pay a visit to HEARTSABUSTIN, you will find a beautiful selection of jewelry....precious metal clay creations, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I decided I could make jewelry as pretty or prettier than the things I saw in the department stores. I was right - and it has lead to a wonderful realm of learning!

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

I started using glass beads, but I knew I wouldn't be happy until I was able to create some of my components myself. I started out with polymer clay, but that didn't quite fit the bill. I've been eyeballing precious metal clay for a while and finally took the plunge when I got money for Christmas from my parents. It was love at first sight!

PMC Flower Earrings - precious metal clay

"My favorite thing about PMC is its absolute versatility and the fact that no two pieces ever come out identical. These are flowers, cut from silver precious metal clay, stamped, and oxidized with liver of sulfur. A great deal of handwork goes into each and every PMC piece - but you are guaranteed that YOUR piece will always be one-of-a-kind."

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

I love being inspired. Fabrics inspire me, color combinations I see out in the world are a great inspiration. Nature is also a wonderful place to find inspiration, especially since PMC lends itself so well to that "organic" look I like.

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

Oranges! Sweet and hot colored all at the same time.

Out of Africa - handcrafted bracelet

The centerpiece of this bracelet is a piece of African turquoise - a jasper that is dyed and used as a substitute for turquoise. Another substitute is magnesite, which is the beautiful bright blue stone hanging from the links. The other stones include white jasper, smoky quartz, pearls, Swarovski crystals, fluorite, and cloisonne beads. The wirework was handcrafted by me. This bracelet retains its feminine feel despite my eclectic use of materials.

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

I would like to get a better handle on working fiber into my pieces. I quilt and sew, as well, so it seems natural to want to include that aspect of my craftiness into my jewelry making. I just haven't completely figured it out, yet.

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

That I love what I do and that each piece means something to me, as well as to the person who buys it.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Do what you love. I know we've all heard it before, but if this crazy thing we call Etsy and crafting isn't fun, it will show in your work. It must always be something that you love. If you don't love it anymore, find something else that sparks you!

Erin, thanks for a wonderful interview and for sharing your creativity with everyone!  Beautiful creations!

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



Monday, March 29, 2010


Kaleidoscope, Handcrafted, Mini, Dymondwood


A mini kaleidoscope, handcrafted by artisan/seller in Dymondwood. Dymondwood is a laminated product made in Rutland, VT, USA. Thin layers of maple veneer are died a variety of colors and then laminated in various patterns to produce a striking rainbow wood that is very colorful, stable and finishes nicely. I cut and turn the Dymondwood into the mini-kaleidoscope. The 'scope is easily held in one hand to view the brightly colored patterns of the objects chamber through a three-piece assembly of front-surface mirrors.

WELCOME, Boyd and his Etsy shop, WRIGHTMADE, where you will find the most wonderful handcrafted creations of wood!  Boyd has a wide selection wood items in his Etsy shop, ranging from, kaleidoscopes (my favorites), back scratchers, bar/wine gifts, cutlery, artisan pill boxes/jewelry and more!

When I saw Boyd's, colorful mini kaleidoscopes, I asked him to be a featured artist here on DZFANTASY, and was so happy that he took the time to share is thoughts and work with everyone.

After reading Boyd's interview below, be sure to pay a visit to will be glad you did!  Great gift ideas.

Perfume Holder, Key Ring, Necklace-Pendant, Handcrafted, Dymondwood

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

Over 25 years ago, I was practicing law as a University Legal Counsel and found it frustrating to see how long it took to see matters come to a conclusion. I started working with wood as a way to see a project finished in a more reasonable time. In the early years, I made mostly wooden board games (e.g. Chinese Checkers for 2, etc.). After several years, I decided to leave the practice of law and devote full-time to wood working. About 15 years ago I moved to primarily doing work on a wood lathe, eventually specializing in kaleidoscopes and other handcrafted wooden products.

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

The only medium I knew anything about was wood (didn’t know much about that at the beginning, for sure). My dad and my uncle both had wood shops of a sort and I had spent some time there. Mostly it was going with what little I knew and educating myself as I went along.

Kaleidoscope, Handcrafted, Mini, Recycled Dymondwood

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

The most enjoyable part for me is the actual turning of a piece of wood and watching it become a finished piece – seeing the wood grain patterns emerge and how that influences my design decisions. I almost never have a pre-conceived notion of a design before I actually turn a piece. I wait to see how the grain pattern looks and then “turn” it accordingly.

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

Now that is a tough question, to say the least. I suppose I would choose an artichoke – as one peels the leaves from the artichoke you see the changing nature of the vegetable. When turning a piece of wood and removing the outer layers you see the emerging grain pattern.

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

I would choose stained glass. I love the colors, the texture of stained glass and every once in awhile toy with the idea of experimenting with that medium. I have never actually done it, but the idea intrigues me.

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

I hope people who see my work will enjoy the beauty of wood in all its forms and shapes. In addition, I hope my kaleidoscopes are enjoyable for those who view them and that they delight in the beauty of a ‘scope as much as I do.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Be willing to try most any artistic, as well as business/marketing, idea. You never know where it will lead. I sure didn’t plan to wind up where I did. It was “evolutionary”.

THANKS, Boyd, for a truly delightful interview and for taking the time to share your wonderful wood creations with all of us!  Boyd has a lot of interesting information and photos of his work, so be sure to check out the links below.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

FEATURED ETSY SHOP - GLASSIMO - Modern fused glass by Judit Sipos-Szabo

Red-Gray-Black - Hand Painted Fused Glass Necklace

by Judit of GLASSIMO

WELCOME, Judit and her Etsy shop, GLASSIMO. I love all the colors in Judit's "fused glass" pieces, which you will see when you pay a visit to GLASSIMO.  You will find a great selections of necklaces in so many colors it would be hard to choose which one you like best!

Take a moment to read Judit's interview below as she gives us an insight into what inspires and motivates her.

What led you to start creating your art/craft

I've always liked to discover new fields of creativity. I just have to create. My latest love is glass fusing. Since I've got my own kiln I can't stop experimenting.

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

I did photography, enamel, drawing, studied architecture, interior design, museum studies....and one day I woke up and thought that I want to make jewelry! I did not know what kind of jewelry, which I went to a bookstore and the first book I found was about glass fusing - and the rest is history! It has become my passion. I keep experimenting and learning new techniques in workshops, classes, from books, from the net, from artists. I'm taking jewelry classes in different media. Right now I'm learning metal clay technique. I want to combine fused glass with other interesting material -like silver, clay, stainless steel, concrete, wood etc...making real unique fusion jewelry pieces.

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

I enjoy the whole process starting with sketching in my notebook or taking pictures. Anything can inspire me anytime! And I spend a whole lot of time doing research on my computer. I am fortunate to be able to travel a lot - I'm fascinated about different cultures, the art in different countries, and the people with different dreams.

SpringLace - Hand Painted Fused Glass Necklace

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

Hmmm....:) I'm not so good with this kind of question...I don't think any fruit or vegetable can describe me or my craft...Of course, I could came up with some contorted metaphor - but I prefer not to.
If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?

Photography was my first love - and I think it will stay with me in my lifetime. I'm planning to open my Etsy shop for my photographs soon.

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

I don't consider myself as an "artist with message". I'm an artisan who does jewelry and home decor - and I want to make this to my best abilities. I want to make everyday people's everyday a little happier in an affordable way. I believe that small things - a cheerful necklace, a beautiful serving plate can make your day more pleasant. And if it is handmade you can be sure it was made with love, care, and thought.

Arte - handmade fused glass necklace

This necklace's pretty pendant made from many layers of glass, frit, confetti in great colors. It is fun, original, one of a kind and modern.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

I'm relatively new in the business, I only can speak from my own experience:

I know it’s a tough world, I know we all have to compromise in some sense to fit into demands of the economic reality. If you have to support your family by selling your art it is different.....but don't try to follow others just because they seem to have success. Find your own style - which is always changing, evolving - but stay true to yourself.

Don't let anyone or anything limit your imagination or take away your desire to experiment just to make a bigger profit. Of course if you have to make a living from jewelry business, then you are more limited in your choices. Jewelry making has to be fun after all.

I just do what and how I like to do. I set my standards and I do not make shortcuts. I definitely pay attention to other fused-glass jewelry artists, but I do not follow them. I have my own style. I do not compromise quality over quantity. Every piece I create is one of a kind. If you buy my necklace you can be assured that there is no other one like that. I try to preserve my originality and I never stop to come up with fresh ideas and improve my craft.

Finally, I would like to say ‘thank you’ to Donna who gave me and others this great opportunity to talk about our experience. I believe that we always can learn from each other and hand-made artists can form a real friendly community- which is not a small thing nowadays. I wish you all great success in your creative business. Happy crafting.

Judit, thanks for a really great interview.  It is always fun and interesting to learn a bit more about each artist and what motivates them.
To see and learn more about Judit and her wonderful creations, be sure to visit her shop GLASSIMO, and her other links listed below.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


VERONIQUE Aqua and Brown Damask Dangle Earrings

WELCOME, Emily and her Etsy shop LOCKS OF PIZAZZ, where you will find, as Emily states in her shop title's tag line...."Embellisments with elegance for hair, body and soul!"  Some items you can choose from will be "hair flair", ear jewelry, pendants and more.

Emily also has a second shop on Etsy, called ORCHID'S DREAM...carrying beautiful flower jewelry and accessories created using polymer clay.  You will be able to visit both of Emily's shops by clicking on her links below the following interview.

Take a moment to read Emily's interview below, where she gives us an insight into her thoughts and creations.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I am a mom of twin girls. After the first year of being home, I started getting cravings to express myself once again and be creative through art.

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

I have a background in printmaking, monotypes to be exact. While I love that, I started thinking about a medium that would be a little less messy, and more versatile. Years ago I was asked to demo polymer clay in a workshop for kids. I enjoyed the brief ‘encounter’ I had with it then, so started doing some research. That led me to NJPCG (New Jersey Polymer Clay Guild). I went to my first meeting, and have been hooked ever since.

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?
I would have to say the experimental aspect. Most of the time I sit down with a piece of clay and begin on the journey towards my destination. Yet there are times I get sidetracked. For example, if I am mixing up color, and it suddenly looks like an amazing piece of agate, I stop there. I also really enjoy doing pattern transfers onto clay. I simply can’t resist French damask…most of my items in my new shop are just that. It’s very enjoyable to be in the moment, and working with clay helps me achieve that.

BUMBLE BEE Shabby Chic Bobby Pins
(These charming pins can be found in LOCKS OF PIZAZZ shop...see links below)

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

What an interesting question! I would have to say a tomato. Why? Tomatoes have culinary versatility. A tomato can be used a wide variety of ways. Ex. in a sandwich, a rich marinara, the base for a spicy salsa, etc. It’s the same with polymer clay. There are countless examples of different methods and results that polyclay artists use to create some real visual masterpieces.

ORCHID POPPY Button Flower Statement Necklace
(This delightful necklace can be found in Emily's ORCHID'S DREAM shop. See links below)

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

I think I would like to explore the world of textiles. I love patterns, rich colors…, luxurious fabrics. Oddly enough I don’t sew. Maybe in another life, can’t imagine there’s enough time in this one!

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

Beauty is created by combining juxtaposing elements. (ex. old and new, shabby and chic.) Also, I like thinking outside the box, and doing things differently. Locks of Pizazz was created to address a void that I see in womens accessories; pretty hair jewelry. My pieces are very unique AND affordable. Gotta love that ‘opposing’ combination!
What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

I think back to high school. The class the kids would sign up for the easy “A” was always art. For those of us who pursue it as our vocation however know differently! It takes courage to do your art or craft and put it on display for all to see. My advice is to be courageous. Believe in yourself. Keep fine tuning your talents. Look at trends for inspiration but don’t get bound by them. Strive to find a niche. Work hard and have fun!

Emily, thanks for a great interview, and for sharing all of your delightful creations with everyone.  Being a mom of twin girls, I'm amazed that you have time for so much creativity! 

Be sure to visit Emily's links below.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010




This is a set of six bottle cap magnets with images of adorable owls on each. Each is made with an image on glossy card stock adhered to a bottle cap with adhesive. The dome over the image is created with a Sun And Moon Resin Glaze Drop creating a protective surface over the paper.

You just have to pay a visit to Wendy's Etsy shop, STUCK TOGETHER!  You will find the most delightful, colorful magnets that can be put to so many uses, or just have them "stuck" about for color and fun!  As a "special" this week only, each purchase will receive a FREE gift!  First, take a moment to read Wendy's interview below to see what inspired her to get into creating her delightful magnets.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I have been a crafty person all of my life and have dabbled in this and that for years. I recently started a jewelry shop on etsy and was making a particular glass pendant for the invetory in that shop. I really enjoyed the process of working with the paper and the glass and decided to open shop number two, Stuck Together Magnets, soon thereafter. I really enjoy what I am doing with Stuck Together and get so excited everyday when it is time to work on new pieces.

Fine Art Mermaids Inch Glass Magnet Set

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

Really by accident. I just stumbled upon the love of magnets when I realized I enjoy working with glass and choosing the papers and images. It is all just so fun for me!

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

I would have to say finding and selecting the images for the magnets. Browsing the scrapbook paper in local craft stores is just about one of my favorite activities.

Retro Flowers Bottle Cap Magnet Set

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 strawberry, because this is SWEET!

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

I also make jewelry, so that is my backup creativity outlet. I also enjoy writing and painting.

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

Magnets are fun and functional and everyone loves them, even if they won’t admit it!

Whimsical Deep Purple Pebble Magnet

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Work hard! If you want to be an crafter for a living, you have to give it everything you have got. This is a tough marketplace with a lot of talented people. Work hard, find a niche and be the best!

THANKS, Wendy, for a delightful interview and for sharing your fun, creative magnets with all of us.  I love them!! I can see why you enjoy creating them so much!

To learn more about STUCK TOGETHER, click on Wendy's links below:

Sunday, March 21, 2010


Button Top Cupcake Cards Set of 4


These cupcake cards are perfect for birthdays, invitations, thank you notes, or for practically any occasion!
These cards come in a set of 4 and come in the colors: aqua,pink,purple, and yellow. They measure approximately 3.5"X 4.5". The frosting is hand embossed by me and each cupcake is topped with a button. Each card comes with a matching white envelope.

WELCOME, Elizabeth and her Etsy shop, LIZABITS DESIGNS.  If you are looking for fun, colorful handmade cards, tags, scrapbook embellishments, cupcake toppers and sure to pay LIZABITS DESIGNS a visit!  They are cute and original!
Read Elizabeth's interview below to hear in her own words how she got started in her crafting adventure and what it means to her.
What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I started Paper crafting when I was 19 years old. My mom had invited me to come along with her to a scrapbooking party and I became hooked. I loved how there were so many different things you could do with paper, scissors, and glue. I just continued to work on my scrapbooking projects which naturally led me to card making, and here I am today selling my own paper crafts on Etsy.

Ballerina Dress Cupcake Toppers Set of 12

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

Well, there are many mediums that I wish I could work with like painting, but I just never had the artistic ability to draw or create those kinds of images in my mind. For some reason, working with paper fuels my creativity and brings out the artistic side of me that I never knew existed.

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

I find that I enjoy paper piecing the best. I like to take different shapes of paper and form them into various objects. This is probably the most fun for me. The industry has come a long way as far as die cutting machines and paper punches since I first started paper piecing, so now it is so much easier to create almost anything I want.

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

I think I would choose a strawberry because they are just all around good. They are sweet and juicy and nice to look at. I like to think that my pieces are cute and sweet like a strawberry.

Easter Bits scrapbook embellishments

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

I would love to be a knitter. I see so many cute shops who specialize in knitted baby items and just all around cute things and I love it so much! Those knitters are very talented. I hope to someday take a knitting class. I think that would be fun.

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

I want my paper crafts to bring people a little bit of joy in a crazy world. I want my cards and gift tags to be something that would bring a smile to the recipient's face. Even if it is just a small little pleasure in this world.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

My advice would be to just do what you love and continue at it. It is very rewarding to make sales on Etsy and to get recognized, but all of that really doesn't matter. At the end of the day, I just love what I am doing and receive so much joy from making my little crafts. If you continue to work at your craft and perfect it to the best of your ability, then that is what helps to fill up your soul. I love my job so much. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

THANKS, Elizabeth, for sharing your thoughts and delightful paper creations with all of us.

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

Beautiful Fiber Treasury COZY DREAM by GRAZIM...

I'm thrilled to have my Flower Fairy chosen to be a part of this wonderful fiber treasury put together by Grazim on Etsy.  The colors and textures of all the items are outstanding.  Be sure to pay it a visit by clicking on the link below.

This treasury will expire Tuesday, March 23rd, so be sure to visit all the delightful shops included here. 

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Turquoise Aventurine Teardrop Pendant

by Linda B

WELCOME, Linda and her Etsy shop LINDA B'S BEADED JEWELRY.  We all know that down through the ages women have always loved to adorn themselves with all different types and styles of adornments.  Etsy has such a huge, wide selection of jewelry artists, and I always find it fun and fascinating to see their creations, so I'm happy to have LINDA B's here as a featured Etsy shop.

When you pay a visit to Linda's shop you will find a delightful array of wonderful designed bracelets, earrings, Judaica jewelry, necklaces and more.  Take a moment to read Linda's interview below and then hurry on over to visit her shop.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

As a child, I colored, played with modeling clay and used pony beads. About 8 years ago, a woman's group had a bracelet making event and it was so relaxing and fun, I wanted to do more.

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

 I went to a local gem show and fell in love with gemstones.

Rose Laser lace Purple Swarovski Earrings

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

The design, looking at the colors, textures, shapes and fitting them into a pleasant, unique design.

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

Yellow Daisy Bottlecap Pendant Necklace

I would like to be better at making stamped greeting cards and digital images.

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

I create bold, sassy jewelry that correlates to the colors and characteristics of the gemstones/colors.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Make sure what you create is your passion, join an Etsy Team for support and be kind to everyone.

THANKS, Linda, for taking the time to be a featured artist here on DZFANTASY, and for sharing your thoughts and delightful jewelry creations with everyone.
To learn more about Linda and to see more of her wonderful designs, be sure to visit her links below.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

WEAR SOME MAGIC....Fantasy Fairy Necklace with handknit chain!

My latest design in handknit necklaces...wear a fairy!

I just came up with this new "fantasy necklace" using my handknit chains, handknit focal bead, and added a sweet dancing fairy charm to it.

What a great way to dress up any outfit and have a bit of fairy magic, whereever you go!

To learn more about this delightful fiber, fantasy piece of jewelry, click on the link below.

A pair of matching earrings will be listed soon.

How many of you would be interested in a "giveaway" for this type of necklace?? 

Monday, March 15, 2010


Toddler Blanket - Lil Diva


WELCOME,  Annamarie and her adorable creations in her Etsy shop,  BLANKETS BY MIMI....!!  You just have to pay a visit to BLANKETS BY MIMI, where you will find beautiful hand crocheted blankets, caps, bibs and more for the little "angels" in your lives.

Take a moment to read Annamarie's interview below and then click on her shop's links below to see all of her darling creations!  Beautiful baby shower and other occasion gift ideas.

What led you to start creating your art/craft

What began as a relaxing pastime of crocheting precious and unique baby blankets for my “expecting” friends and family members has turned into a passion for creating sweet and adorable blankets and specialty gifts for babies, toddlers and juniors!

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

I was introduced to the art of crochet and knitting at a young age. I took to crocheting immediately and was just amazed at how a single yarn and a single hook could create something so beautiful. When I found out that many of my friends and family members were expecting I wanted to give them something special …and I used my talent in crochet to create something for their little one that was unique and ageless. Something they would look back on years later any have a smile on their face because it reminded them of their childhood.

Just Born Baby Cap - Purplicious OR Pinkalicious

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

I have found that through the many different people I have created these tiny treasures for, that my novelty gifts are truly timeless. My inspiration is the wonderfully imaginative personalities of children and I create each item with those adorable personas in mind, which makes every piece I craft a reflection of their uniqueness.

Bessy the Ballerina Egg

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

The fruit I would chose to describe my art is any type of berry, like the strawberry, blueberry or raspberry for example, because, like my baby blankets and specialty gifts, they are sweet and bursting with zest.

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

The other medium I would choose to display my creativity would be drawing and painting, in particular, charcoal and opaque watercolor. I would use this medium to create painted and drawn pictures for nurseries or wall art for a toddler room. I love to decorate and make things extra special, and it is amazing what a creative piece for the wall of a room can do to make it like “home”.

Peaches the Pony

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

My message is simple. “ Wrap your little one in warmth and love”. I think that each piece I create does that in some way.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

I think with art and crafts, there are many… sometimes too many subjective opinions. I would say to other artists and crafters, stay true to yourself and your passion. Don’t veer away from something you love and believe in because of what other people think. You need to do what makes you happy!

THANKS, Annamarie, for letting me share your wonderful crocheted creations, with everyone here on DZFANTASY.  They are truly delightful, and one can see that a lot of love goes into each piece.  True keepsakes!

To see more of Annamarie's work, click on her links below.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Apple Cinnamon Crisp - Sugar and Oatmeal Body Polish by Batty's' Bath

Did someone say APPLE CRISP?! This body polish was inspired by the love of my life who just can't get enough of my homemade apple crisp! I decided why not treat his skin to some handmade loving too? Trust me, food isn't the only way to a mans heart - handmade bath products that smell and feel like their favorite food is too! Made with my luxury whipped soap, this formula is made with two naturally exfoliating ingredients: oatmeal and sugar! This formula includes white sugar to polish and brown sugar for a deeper exfoliating experience. With the crisp scent of ripe apples and the sweet smell of sugar & cinnamon, combined with the skin loving properties of oatmeal, your skin (or your sweet pie's skin) will be left feeling totally pampered!

WOW, now that looks good enough to eat!!  I'm always so amazed at the different body/bath creations one can find in the various shops on Etsy!

Here we have Jamie, and her Etsy shop BATTY'S BATH, where we can see some of her delightful creations, and learn a bit more about how she got started in creating her "bath and body" delights!

What led you to start creating your art/craft

I participated in a number of craft shows with my other business, "She's Batty Designs". During a weekend long craft show I ran into Becky from BehindTheCellarDoor , and she had some of her handmade soaps and scrubs there. She had a table right near me so we, along with Kyra of GhostShip, got lots of opportunities to get to know each other and share our crafts. At the end of the weekend I came home with goodies from both girls along with handmade bath products from Becky. After that my shower time was never the same! I was hooked and quickly picked up the craft myself. I can't thank Becky enough for introducing to handmade bath products. I don't know how I got along without them before!

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

I wanted to try it all! I picked up soap first, then body butter, shampoo, conditioner, lip balm, and scrubs. Now I'm working on other things like bath bombs, bubble bars, and special formulas for my previous products.

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

I love that I can customize everything! My family, friends and of course myself, really benefit from getting EXACTLY what we want in bath products. Whether someone needs a milder soap, or a super moisturizing body butter, I can make it happen! It's such a good feeling being able to help people feel totally pampered and cared for... especially when I can turn a mundane task like showering, into something really special and uplifting.

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

I would pick a raspberry because it's sweet and satisfying. It also has just enough tartness to get the job done!

Strawberry Bitty Batty Shea Butter Soap

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

I do have another medium I work in - I'm also a paper artist. Actually, paper is the medium I worked with first with my "She's Batty Designs" business. I like working with two very different mediums because no matter what mood I'm in, I always have something crafty to do.

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

All-natural, green and ethical ingredients are very important to me. I really feel like we've entered an age where people are realizing that we need to put our money where our mouth is when it comes to the importance of making a better future for the planet and the inhabitants on it. People are starting to seek out products that fit with their values instead of mindlessly buying whatever is on sale. I'm definitely one of "those people". I've always been a bit of a "tree hugger" and I'm very concerned with human rights, prevention of cruelty to animals, peace, and humanitarian efforts. I choose to use local ingredients when ever possible so I can support our local economy. We all know that this is important and the recent recession has shown us why. I also use eco-friendly packaging and bio-degradable ingredients to lighten my foot print (and my products foot print) on the earth - "tread lightly" is one of my mottos.

I also use cruelty free ingredients and most of my products are vegan friendly. When I can't find ingredients locally (or when I'm skeptical about the sources of locally available ingredients) I source out ethically responsible Canadian suppliers who have "Fair Trade Compliant" ingredients. This means that profits go back to the community, that environmentally friendly production methods are used, and that forced labor is not used. I couldn't make my products any other way because it just wouldn't feel right and I certainly wouldn't be able to sleep at night if I was part of the problem rather than the solution.

Cucumber Shea Butter Soap by Batty's Bath
What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Do what you love! Don't try to pick up a medium that you can't see yourself doing day-in-day-out if you're looking to do it as business. And secondly, if you are looking to craft as a business, treat it like a business from the start! I would also suggest picking up another medium (or two) just because. It's a great way to expand your horizons and stretch your creative muscle.

Jamie, thanks for a great and informative interview!  I applaud your beliefs, and your products are "yummy" looking! 
To see all the delightful products that Jamie creates and to learn more about her, be sure to visit her links below.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Exquisite BUTTERFLY Necklace giveaway!

Fiber Fantasy BUTTERFLY Necklace Giveaway


Spring is just around the corner, and this original designed fiber fantasy necklace could brighten up any outfit!

START DATE:  March 10, 2010

END DATE:  April 10, 2010 - 12:00 midnight CST

OPEN:  World Wide

PRIZE:  1 - Fiber fantasy butterfly necklace with handknit ribbon yarn chain

VALUE:  $30.00

I'd like everyone's help in letting me know which of my "wearable fantasy art" creations they like best, so........please be sure to read the rules below


1.  To get ONE entry into this giveaway, leave a comment in this post.

2.  To get TWO entries into this giveaway, pay a visit to my DZFANTASY shop on Etsy and let me know what item you like best in any of the sections listed below, and come back and leave a comment:


The different sections are listed in the right hand column. To enter my shop click on the link below:

3.  Be sure to leave your email, or a link to your email, as that will be the only way I will be contacting the winner.

4.  At the end of the giveaway, I will be randomly choosing a winner from all the entries received.

5.  Winner will be notified via email that they are the winner, and will have 3 days in which to send me their shipping information.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me at:


Pretty in pinks and pale greens....this butterfly necklace will bring a bit of fantasy and color to any outfit!

SIZE: FABRIC BUTTERFLY, 1.75" X 1.75", Handknit ribbon yarn chain, one side of the chain measures 15.25" long from top of chain to tip of butterfly's wings. Total length of chain around would be about 30.5". Width of chain is .50". When on, the chain hangs down about 15". The chain has been knit in a Knit one, Purl one stitch. It will easily slip over your head. One size fits all!

I created the knit chain out of a beautiful, satin textured ribbon yarn. It is just gorgeous!

This fabric butterfly was created out of a beautiful cotton batik fabric, lightly stuffed with acrylic fiberfill, top-stitched into a design and has inner wire armatures.

The body was created using Swarovski crystals, strung on gold plated wire and has been handstitched onto the butterfly. The butterfly has been permanently handsewn onto the necklace.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Nestable Circle and Scallop Circle Die Cuts 3 Custom Colors 3 inch 54 pieces


This is the first time I've had an Etsy supply shop as a featured shop here on DZFANTASY.  I'm happy to have Sarah and her shop, SARAH SUPPLIES as my first featured supply shop. 

When you pay a visit to SARAH SUPPLIES, you will find paper crafting supplies,  custom premium die cuts, premade premium die cuts, card stock, embellishments and more.    Check out all the available colors in the color charts!!

First, take the time to read Sarah's interview below to learn a little bit about how/why she decided to get into this area of supplies.

What led you to start creating your art/craft.

Boredum! I am a home body and I like trying new things. I've dabbled in candle making, sewing, scrapbooking, stamping, and I'm also a musician. One day I was making a couple home made cards, the next I was trying to sell them online. When that didn't work, I resorted to just selling the supplies online. Now that seems to pay for my hobbies I do for personal use. I enjoy selling online and building relationships with customers. I have a background as working for a distributor in the OEM market so that experience helps.

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

Experimentation. Candle making was too messy. I don't have enough patience with sewing. Paper crafting gives me the freedom to be creative, but the supplies and tools are much easier to use.

AC Dimensional Stickers Giddy Birds Flowers 17 pcs

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

Receiving feedback from end users of my product. Or I enjoy sending out a package that is just fun and colorful with samples and fun stuff that I know someone will enjoy opening. I guess I am into crafting more for the people.

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

Fruit. My work is usually bright, colorful, and sweet.

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

Music. I love music, I love playing the guitar, singing, and learning my Mandolin, but I've just never lived up to my own expectation of what a "good" musician should be. It has been a wonderful way for me to share my love for Christ. I participate in church and that is important to me.

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

I guess I'm not really trying to convey a message in particular. I just do enjoy building relationships from abroad, sending my love and warmth.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

 My advise is for selling on Etsy and other online venues. This is said so many times, but it was the most important piece of advice I ever listend to: Take good photos! Don't be satisfied until you have found the right combination of lighting and angle. Look through your competition's listings and see which shots give the most wow factor and try to mimmick their photography. Research and experiment with photography until you have the knack. Until you wrangle the image of your product, everything else is pointless.

Thanks, Sarah, for sharing your thoughts and ideas with everyone.

If you'd like to see more of what SARAH SUPPLIES has to offer, be sure to visit the links below.