Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Treasury Tuesday

Here is another installment of Treasury Tuesday. As many of you know I have a Facebook giveaway going on with my treasury titles for the month of November and no one has guessed correctly yet. This week is very exciting because I am using a vintage seller for the first time. Enjoy.

Today's anchor piece is an amazing vintage dress from FabGabs vintage Etsy store and owner Julie Bergman. 

Here is what Julie has to say about herself....

"Vintage Clothing - Casual, Classic and Couture

Collecting and selling vintage clothing always comes from a place of passion, whether it is about the fashion, about the history or about expressing yourself. It's often all of the above. Fab Gabs is a business that thrives because all of us have a passion for the eras, the history, the style, and our customers.

Wearing the past does not mean you are out of style. Quality vintage clothing is always relevant and fashionable, whatever the current trends may be. We believe that you can wear vintage every day if you wish, no matter what you do. A smart vintage blouse or sportcoat can be mixed with modern accessories for the workplace. Or you can go whole-hog and pair your clothing with the period-appropriate hat and shoes. When you choose vintage, however you wear it, you will stand out as being put together, tailored and unique.

Matching the right clothes to the person is our pleasure here at Fab Gabs. Lady or gent, whoever you are and whatever era calls to you, we are delighted to serve you."

Here is what others are saying about Julie....

“This dress will be a staple in my winter wardrobe, as it is gorgeously cut and sewn and fits very well. Shopping at FabGabs is well worthwhile!
“I am so happy with my purchase from FabGabs! This coat is even prettier in person (and I thought it was very cute online!) While it was just as described online, the colours were even more vibrant in person, and and I can't wait for spring. This shop was quick to answer my questions and very warm and friendly. It was a pleasure to purchase my coat from FabGabs and I'm looking forward to shopping with them again soon!
“Arrived safely and both pieces are in excellent condition, just as advertised. And the sizing was accurately described, which was my biggest worry. I would buy from this seller again.
“Darling tilt hat as described and pictured. Smooth and very speedy transaction. I appreciate how swiftly it arrived here since you mailed so quickly after my payment. From your personal collection to mine, it will occasionally appear in a museum exhibit as I am curator or our town's museum. From one good home to another. I'm happy! Thanks again.

Until next week happy hunting.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Treasury Tuesday

This month all of my treasuries have one thing in common. If you can guess that thing your name will be put into a drawing for a scarf from my shop, your choice. 

Today's anchor item is a fellow Colorado artist Brock and his Etsy store Wabi Sabi Wolverine. The anchor piece is a hand painted card that features a guitar in Japanese style ink art. 

What Brock has to say about himself.....

art in collaboration with nature
W A B I • S A B I
Rooted in the Zen Buddhist principles of transience and simplicity, wabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic theory that strives to mimic natural beauty by emphasizing the characteristics of imperfection and impermanence.

Sometimes the hardest part of my creative process is knowing when to stop and let the works speak for themselves. My role as an artist is to not interfere. With this work I hope to express my sincere respect for nature, and to inspire others to develop and strengthen their personal relationships with the natural world. We are all connected to the landscape in many complicated and beautiful ways. Landscapes define and sustain us.

An elusive animal of the boreal mountains. A symbol of wilderness and the spirit of nature.

As an ecologist, I view landscapes as processes, driven by natural forces. As an artist, they are shapes, forms and textures. As a person, I view landscapes as experiences. All of these perspectives are incorporated into my works, which explore my relationship with landscape.

My artwork relies on nature as a true collaborator. Found objects are innately embedded with meaning. For example, metal is a symbol of industry, while rust demonstrates the resilience of nature, the passage of time, and the beauty of change. Rusted metal is a point where man and nature meet.

My ink works are inspired by Zen brushwork and calligraphy. Negative space plays an important role in these works as forms are simplified, distilled and expressed as only a few practiced brushstrokes.

While I'm featuring my ink works in my shop right now, I also create sculptural works using found objects and materials like concrete. Please visit my website at wabisabiwolverine.com to view a more expanded portfolio.”

What others are saying about him.....

“Arrived promptly and perfectly protected. Looks a good as on the screen!”

“love this card, perfect, thank you!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Treasury Tuesday

My last Halloween Inspired treasury. I love Halloween. Enjoy

 I will be focusing on my favorite shops for the Holiday season. Today's anchor piece is from one of my favorite shops Three Trees Bindery and artist Michelle Skiba.

What Michelle has to say about herself.....

a forest of books
Three Trees Bindery began as the marriage of two of my favorite things: trees and books. As an avid journal keeper and book collector, creating books from things found in the forest evolved slowly and naturally from my wanderings. Completely taken with the beauty of an acorn, a leaf, or a piece of bark, these small tokens I was unable to put down became the sources of inspiration for my wooden library.

Over the years as I have become more acquainted with woodworking, my appreciation for trees, and the wood they give has deepened. I am captivated by the unique and varied character of wood, the intimacy that is developed by working with your hands, and the details that are hidden behind a finished product. I love the tactile sensations through different stages of finishing and the scents of wood dust in the air.

For me, bookbinding is a meditative process. The attention and focus it requires is a beautiful practice of being in the present moment. When I sew my whole world consists of simply this thread, this knot. Any worries are easily lost in the steady rhythm of stitching. I have a great appreciation for all styles of binding, from the simple and elegant Japanese stab bindings to the intricate structures of the Gothic & Renaissance periods, but I am most taken with variations on the Coptic binding, the exposed stitching for me evokes the same feeling as trees in winter, their bare branches reaching for the sky. I love seeing the structure that lies underneath things.

My techniques have developed over years of steady practice. Most of what I know I learned by experimenting and making lots of mistakes. I am a constant student. I enjoy learning different techniques, pushing the boundaries of what is possible and exploring new ideas. I continually try to balance the unique characteristics of a handmade item and the slow progression toward mastery of my craft. I want my books to reflect the quiet beauty of the forests that inspire them.

I enjoy the community and personal connections I have found here on Etsy. It gives me great pleasure to work with clients on custom books and commissions. I love hearing how my books will be used. I am continually touched by the stories people share. It makes me sad to hear someone say my books are too pretty to write in. I want to create books that are beautiful but also functional and useful. My books are made to hold the things closest to your heart."

What others are saying about Michelle.....

“Everyone was amazed and touched by the detail and workmanship of our wedding guestbook/photo album. It was wrapped so beautifully, customized perfectly, and I cannot express how much we love this book! Thank you so much for creating what will be the major keepsake of our wedding memories! You have been fantastic!

“Absolutely beautiful book! I really like the color combination of the peacock blue with the wood type. Very well made. Very quick shipping. Thank you.

“I could not have been more pleased with this purchase. The personalized customer service combined with an exquisite hand-crafted product made both a birthday and a wedding very, very special.

“Words cannot describe how beautiful this book is, and it was so charmingly packaged. It will be the perfect home for our wedding photos and other memories. Thank you so much.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Treasury Tuesday

As a treasury curator you tend to rely on a few shops to give you great material. Today I am featuring one of my go to shops. I have used her photography for dark Gothic treasuries, fun summer treasuries, romantic and light treasuries and wintry treasuries. So I thought I would introduce her to you.

The anchor piece for this treasury is a rich red and deep black photo of a forest called Fiery Autumn from RaceyTay

What Tracey has to say about herself.....

“A little whimsy
I started taking photographs as a way to capture the beauty I saw around me. In a blade of grass, the sun glinting off a metal fence covered in ice, a single perfect snowflake.

Much of what you'll find in my shop is nature art; birds and animal, trees and flowers. Most are as mother nature intended, cardinals are red and bluejays are blue.

And then there is the whimsy. The fantastical. The fun. My photography has allowed me to express that which is creative, often buried deep inside. I truly like to make things. To solve the problem of how to show you want I see.

I do this because I truly love it. When I am taking photos or working on a photograph I forget about everything else. I've walked into traffic. I've forgotten to eat. I've found myself sitting in the dark as the day turned into night. It is true escapism for me. And I love it.

This is something I was doing before there was a shop here at Etsy. This is something I will always be doing.”

What others are saying about RaceyTay

“Well made iphone case. Love the green leave with raindrops motif. Helps me locate my phone among my scattered papers with ease. Excellent transaction, great packaging and fast service. Price is very competitive also. Thanks!”

“LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this case! I have long been admirer of Raceytay's work and now I get to carry a piece of it wherever I go! Thank you so much :)”

“A pleasure to do business with this seller! Great communication and very speedy shipping. Would definitely recommend to others.”

“Big, gorgeous prints, packaged very well and shipped faster internationally than most domestic packages. She also tossed in a few months of photo calendars I wasn't expecting. I absolutely recommend her to anyone. THANK YOU TRACEY!”

Until next week happy browsing everyone.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Treasury Tuesday

I have been a little remiss in my postings of late. I have been extremely busy so here it is 12:02 am on Wednesday the 17th and I am posting Tuesday's post. I hope that you will all forgive me for my lateness.

Today's anchor piece is a fantastic peacock art soap by my fellow Colorado artist Tracie at The Charming Frog.

What she has to say about herself and her team,

“Works of Art in Soap!
The shop began in New England as a brick and mortar shop. We have continued on as a collective from the imagination of my sister, Jenny. She began as a creator of fine jewelry in stones and silver then incorporated soaps, perfumes, and lip balm. 

Combined, we have many years of art under our belt and love to integrate colors and creativity into everything we do. We create our own molds and love the originality we place in every soap. We also purchase molds and try our best to craft new designs using them. From our experiences and places we have lived (New England, Mississippi, Hawaii, and Colorado), this gives us the different perspectives we engage into our art. Currently we are located in a storage room in Tracie's home in Colorado Springs near Pikes Peak. Because we are enveloped with the beautiful scenery of Colorado, it gives us motivation!

As we move forward, we want to illustrate our passion of art into the products we offer. We will continue to make soaps that are artistic enough to show off in any art gallery! We plan on expanding and incorporating more products in the near future and welcome comments and suggestions from our customers and other shop owners!”

What others are saying about The Charming Frog,

“Thank you for great customer service, excellent communication as well. I knew where my soaps where all along the way! The seller let me know exact times when the soaps will be shipped, packaged beautifully, notified on the day of shipping, and the box arrived within days. Great experience!”

“Thank you for great customer service, excellent communication as well. I knew where my soaps where all along the way! The seller let me know exact times when the soaps will be shipped, packaged beautifully, notified on the day of shipping, and the box arrived within days. Great experience!”

“More than just soap. A piece of heart and soul goes into every order. Blown away by the quality, and creativity in every piece. T is the real deal, and a sweetheart as well. I'll never forget her kindness! The best!!”

“This was purchased as a gift. Soap arrived quickly and was packaged beautifully. The packaging kept all of the soap safe and unbroken. The color was just as described and the attention to detail was amazing. I highly recommend The Charming Frog. I will definitely be purchasing more from this store. Very easy transaction and such a pleasant experience....very professional and thoughtful.”

Until next Tuesday happy browsing everyone. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Treasury Tuesday

Today's anchor piece is a handbag handmade by Lynda Lye at the Etsy shoppe littleoddforest.

Here is what she has to say about herself.....

Once upon a time, in this little odd forest... (littleoddforest)                                                        { HOW }
Hi! I am Lynda Lye, a Singapore designer. I started my company Forestprints Design in Aug 2004, and launched my website (www.forestprints.com) in Oct 2004, followed by my indie lifestyle label, littleoddforest, affectionately known as LOF by friends and fans. I LOVE design, and wanted to do something on my own that i could take pride in and truly love, but got no such satisfaction slaving away in design firms. Many things in the world today tend to be too de rigueur, slick and cold, and I was looking for more things quirky, odd and colorful with more personality. So I embarked on this journey, born from daydreams of escaping monotony and constraints, to bring my imagination and creations to life. My main aim is, among others, to help make the world a more beautiful place to live in! With 4 mini collections yearly, LOF aims to be a lifestyle embraced by many, especially handmade lovers and craft connoisseurs from all over the world who appreciate a little dose of fun in their everyday life!

{ WHY }
Since a child, I have been influenced by childhood fantasies of bizarre fairytale adventures, set in magical enchanted forests, filled with imagery of talking animals, imaginary creatures and trees, creating this strange little world of colors and endless possibilities in my head. Thanks to my artist-painter dad, who began reading loads of incredible tales to me when I was still in my mother's womb.

{ WHO }
Preferring to draw and cut freehand, I have always been an artsy-craftsy kid, doodling cutting and gluing away as early as when I was just a wee 4 year-old, scaring adults by snipping away with scissors and knives, even my own nails and hair! A Science major throughout my school years and one-time Economics degree dropout, I finally flew off alone to college in Chicago for 4 awesome years and got my Bachelors in Fine Arts degree (BFA) from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago, after much bumming around and feeling lost. I majored in Visual Communications, but got to dabble in a little bit of almost everything 'artistic', including painting and fashion, all thanks to a flexible curriculum, an experience I will truly treasure all my life.

I design and make only what I like! We are the anti-orthodoxy of big brands, shiny leather bags and all things flashy. Everything is produced in limited numbers, with many one-of-a-kind creations, made with lots of love and sweatshop-labor free. I strongly believe in good quality and usable hand made goods, and am annoyed when handmade is associated with flimsy arty impractical items that will not last. I love using vintage/out-of-production materials, and playing with various combinations to make each piece unique. Besides being a staunch supporter of indie designers, artists and small businesses, my unbridled passion is in pervasive creativity. Not wanting to be tied down by mere labels or be dictated by my degree/training, I hope to fuse my love for all things design, be it product design, the graphic arts, packaging or fashion, with my own sense of style. I will lay my hands on everything if I could!

{ WORK |
This is a one-woman business. I do it all, from managing the website to eeky paperwork. Creatively, it is just me, myself and I. I design everything, from the products to graphics and marketing peripherals including my own website which was coded from scratch by my coding genius, Brandon. As things grew, I have managed to hire a precious little crew of both full and part-time worker fairies and gnomes, including my dearest awesome mum, without whom all of these would not have been possible! I also founded CRAFThings in 2006, an online handcrafted craft supplies store to help support craftsmen of SE Asia, but have since trimmed it down here as a handcrafted craft supplies category. I also started a mini label or creative-distraction outlet, if you may, in 2008 - PeppyWanders, just so I can refresh my creative juice
for all things forest-ty!

What others are saying about her....

“I bought two items and they were both fantastic! Quite aside from the products, though, I was really happy with the friendly and speedy customer service, and how willing they were to work with my requests! Absolutely great, I am so happy with my purchases and I will definitely be purchasing more items and recommending the store to my friends! Thank you!

“Hoots all around for this beautifully made and fab looking purse! So cute!! Will look great with all sorts of outfits. You are amazing Lynda!

“This is one of my favorite household items. What a lovely idea! I love hand made pictures and designs, but was really surprised at the quality of this product. It's very well made, very professional. Big stores should be buying this. Lynda, I would encourage you to make more designs of trays and similar items like this. Your product competes with similar items I've seen by Issak designs and habitat. I will be back for more. Excellent price for a really colourful, well made, quality product. Many thanks, I smile when I lift my tea from your lovely tray, first thing in the morning and last thing at night! Alison

Until next week happy hunting everyone. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Treasury Tuesday

I always want to read Tolkien in the fall.....

The anchor for this treasury is an art print from artist Cat Mallard of Darkling Woods

Here is what Cat has to say about herself......

“Ahoy there! I'm Cat Mallard, artist, teacher, illustrator, story teller, and wanderer of imaginary places.

I've been a curiosity seeker since I was a wee girl, always wandering off alone looking for secrets gardens. Fortunately times were different and only once did anyone notice I was gone. A puzzled me wondering why parents were calling the police when I always came back before dinner!

All grown up I became an art teacher, my junior high students and I have been inspiring each other for over 20 years now. That's the day job. I still wander, wonder and create (mostly paintings these days) whenever possible. I'm obsessed with the Pre-Raphaelites and Doctor Who, shiny things and shabby things.

You can find my work published in Sommerset Studio, Better Homes, and Pasticcio Quartz
For more on my work pop by my place at


Here is what others are saying about her......

“Another gorgeous print from this seller! One day I will find an original for sale here, and it would be criminal not to buy it!”

“Love love love! and what a nice little bonus getting the Alice card and I loved the envelope. A delightful experience!”

“The LOTR fan I got this for will be thrilled with it, I feel as though I were looking right at Bag End! This is a great print, perfect for anyone who's a fan of the books or films. Thank you, it arrived quickly and was safely packaged!”

“Love it, I had seen this print on the cover of a magazine in Myrtle Beach and I tracked down the artist to make this purchase. I have always been a Wizard of Oz fan and this is grown up and whimsy! I have it framed in my work office.”

Until next week happy browsing everyone. 
If you come across an artist or a piece that you believe would make an excellent anchor please feel free to post the link in the comments. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Whatcha Doin? Deb

Deb Buckingham is the Owner and creative force behind the Etsy shoppe The Artful Yarn. She is also the author of a new book of knitted washcloth patterns and works for Knit Picks as a designer. This amazing woman took time out of her busy schedule to let us know.....

What she is working on.......

 I'm working on fingerless gloves for a salon who requested them.
Also, writing a book about a woman who struggles with blog content. Who doesn't, right? Or at least some do. My character sure does. She's a romantic at heart, finds much comfort through knitting, and writes about the oddest things. She can't find a boyfriend to save her life, and has a corgi she talks to like a human being.
I'm also working on 3 sets of dishcloths for a customer. Love my job!

What she is reading.......

I am reading a book by Kristin Hannah (my OH-SO-favorite author), called Magic Hour. Amazing read. Kristin Hannah continues to amaze me. Just when I thought I had read them all, I come across this older one. *squee*

What she is listening too.......

 You know, we all have our favorites. Mine happens to be country, and Little Big Town. Their harmonizing is like no other. This CD came out last week and I ran to the store to pick it up. It hasn't left my car cd player yet. Brilliant!

What she is watching.......

Why, The Voice, of course. Who isn't. I love Blake Shelton. (but, you knew that from reading what I listen to) And of course, Adam is pure eye candy, and Ceelo, well, he's plain cool. Christina ceases to amaze me with her wicked vocals, and her choice of tops. But, that's to be expected right? You go girl, is what I always say...

Thank you Deb.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Treasury Tuesday

Today's treasury has been inspiredby the rich colors for fall 2012.

Today's anchor is a Storm Clouds photograph in rich teal by Ana Pontes Photography

Here is what she has to say about her shop

"Ola! I am Ana Pontes and welcome to my shop.
I'm a photographer and an artist (oil and watercolor painting) with background in graphic design. Photography and painting are my passion and color is my biggest inspiration.

I am the owner of art shop anapontesphotography.etsy.com which I welcome you to visit for fine art photography and home decor. I am also a children's portrait photographer based in Curitiba, Brazil."
Here is what others are saying about her shop
"This is gorgeous and I am so excited to hang it in my room over my bed! Thank you very much for working with me!"
Until next Tuesday happy browsing everyone.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Crochet Square Joining Technique

I am often asked about my granny squares. Now granny squares are a basic item that most crocheters know how to make. Most of the time granny squares are one of the first things you learn as you learn to crochet. The challenge then becomes how you do something new with those grannies. Well today I am going to demonstrate a joining technique I use to create a great look to a granny square blanket, you could also use this technique for scarves.

This particular joining creates a ridged ripple along the squares as seen on this blanket. 

How I create this raised ripple pattern.......

Tip: work as you go, then you don't have look at a mountain of squares you have to join. (this only works with squares that do not need to be blocked.) 

As you know a granny corner has three chains. You will be joining the squares together at the middle chain of the granny square.

You will work evenly through both loops along both squares. 
Work around corner onto next square without finishing off. You will end up making two single crochets in middle ch.

The joining will end up looking like this creating a ridged detail diagonally across your blanket or scarf. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Treasury Tuesday

Another fall inspired treasury.

Today's anchor is a set of gift tags from Cards by Karen

Shop owner Karen Grise

Here is what she says about her shop...

Welcome to my card shop! I am a software engineer by day and a crafter in my spare time. I've enjoyed doing crafts since I was young. I'm originally from Texas, but I currently live on the West coast with my husband and crazy chocolate Labrador, named Hollister.

I run a very small shop, usually with paper and other supplies strewn all over my desk and dining room table. I started a few years ago after a suggestion from my sister-in-law. I've had a lot of fun making all sorts of cards. I do it as a hobby and on the weekends when I have time. Thanks for stopping by my shop!

In the last couple of years or so I've really gotten into paper embossing. It changes the texture of the paper and gives it more depth. After embossing I like to sand or ink the paper. Paper is flat and I like to get something more from its surface.

I also like to layer diecuts taking them from a flat cutout to a 3D cutout. You will see in all of my items that they are much more than just flat cards. They all have that extra set of layers or embossed texture which makes them unique.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have or if you would like a custom order of cards.

You can follow me on Facebook if you'd like:

Thank you for stopping by my shop!

Here is what others are saying about her shop.....

"Absolutely amazing service and perfect cards. Will definitely order from you again"

"Love this card!!! Perfectly made and safely packaged. Super fast shipping too. I will definitely be back for more of your awesome cards!!! Thanks so much:)"

"Karen's cards are beautiful, unique, and crafted with precision. Her shop on Etsy has become my favorite card shop. I'm always so happy when I open the package and get to see the gorgeous cards she's made for me."

Until next Tuesday happy browsing everyone. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

How I became a Whovian....

Much of my time is spent with a hook and yarn in my hand and a cup of coffee at my elbow so having a netflix queue on demand is an extremely useful thing. At the beginning of the summer I went looking through netflix for a throw away show to watch in the background of my crochet and I stumbled upon Dr. Who. Most everyone has a Dr Who fan in their lives and I have several so I decided Dr Who was a good choice.
I started with the first season because you should always "start at the beginning and when you get to the end stop." It was NOT a throwaway show. It became a thing. Slight obsession! I watched it from season 1 to season 6 and all I could think about through the 5th season was starting over from the beginning. LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!!!!
A little on David Tennant my newest celebrity crush (and since I only have celebrity crushes I should really appreciate them to their fullest).
An actor able to carry off Shakespeare and laugh at themselves at the same time was no surprise after Christopher Eccleston but David Tennant brought something rather incredible to the role. He has these expressive eyes that could have been in silent movies. His understanding of his strengths as an actor make him a pleasure to watch, especially when he's playing such a campy role as the Dr. has historically been. This new incarnation brings a new respect to Dr. Who and I believe we owe that to David Tennant as the Dr.  Thank you David Tennant. I forgive you for the role you played in that debacle that was the fourth Harry Potter Movie. :)

So here it is, the 7th season and I am decidedly a Whovian.

This strange obsession has led to a new one and I must say that I may love this show more than I love Dr. Who just because I have loved the material since I was a kid. But the writers of Dr. Who have a new labor of love and if you haven't seen it its a must. SHERLOCK!!!!!! Its incredible, treats the familiar material in such an amazing way and its not a new incarnation of Sherlock Holmes its the same one just in a different century.

I am chomping at the bit for the 3rd season of this show. As I look forward to a new Who tonight my thoughts will wander to 2013 and the new fantastic Sherlock

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Whatcha Doin? Me :)

What I am working on....

Cowboy Boot baby booties assembly line and a silk skirt repair?
I love special orders. They stretch you.

What I am reading....

This is the first time I have ever read these books and yet my mother has owned them all the whole time I was growing up. I've read all of Anne, all of Little Women, how I missed reading these is a blight on my education so I am rectifying my gross oversight.  What I have learned is that in comparison, we of modern day America are a bunch of lazy beggars.
This is the last in the series and then its some steam punk fiction and my most beloved Tolkien. I always want to read Tolkien in the fall. :)

What I am Listening To....

Loreena McKennitt and Celtic music in general, The weather has turned to fallish which always makes me want to go awanderin' and Loreena seems to embody wanderlust in her music. Check her out. She has a fantastic version of Noyes' The Highwayman set to music. Lovely.
I am also drawn to the soundtrack of Gladiator right now.

What I am watching....


Gotta love this show. Modern day Robin Hoods ( I love Robin Hood, have ever since Disney made a Fox look "foxy"), heists in truncated form, action, wit and stickin' it to the man. What's not to love. :)

I have become a Whovian. Its unexpected and a little sad but I defy anyone who starts this show at the beginning to try not to become one too. But more about that tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Treasury Tuesday

Since this is my first Treasury Tuesday I will tell you how it works.
First, what is a treasury? Treasuries are member curated lists on Etsy and one of the ways customers can find items that appeal to them.
I love making treasuries. I love finding Etsy sellers who make unique items or have an amazing vintage eye and promoting their items in such a unique way. I also find that creating treasuries allows for my own inspiration. I will see an item that will lead to my own ideas or will motivate me to make my shop better. The inspiration found through Etsy is almost unparallelled.

I create my treasuries using an anchor piece that stands out to me immediately and I build my treasury around it with color or theme. Each week I will feature the seller who creates my anchor piece. Their store and their story.

Today's anchor piece is a yellow skirt by laken & lila 

Shop owner  and momprenuer (I just love that) Heather Chopra.
Here is what she has to say about her shop.......

“ahhhh... laken&lila. Where did it begin? Almost 2.5 years ago.... I had been pondering the question, what do I want to be when I grow up. (okay in my early 30's I should have already answered that question). I had to do something I loved. Something that originally started as a passion - grew into something much bigger than I ever anticipated. That's where laken&lila began.

I began sewing at a very young age. I still remember making little dolls that looked like snowman when I was just 6 or 7. Of course at that age, I already knew I loved sewing, arts, and crafts, etc. It was not until high school when I had the opportunity to take my first sewing class. Oh it was great.... I made skirts and dresses and tops - oh my. I was in heaven. So when it was time to go to college I majored in communications.... so I guess all these years I've wandered back to what do I (me, myself) want to be when I grow up???

One of those questions, was answered for me.... a mother of a little boy (4 and a half to be exact!) Being a stay at home mom has been one of the hardest, most rewarding and most creative jobs of my life. At this time (2 plus years into laken & lila) I can't consider myself a stay at home mom anymore but rather a mompreneur.

But back to my question what to do with myself and my creativity.. (there are only so many over the top children’s birthday parties to plan each year when you only have one child.. lol) so I guess this is where laken&lila was born.

Of course I had to name this idea after my son (Laken). Now you say where does the name lila come from? Hopefully one day if the fates allow I will have a little girl just like me and her name will be Lila....

Laken's name came from one of my favorite places named Chautauqua Lake (it's in Western New York - google it). Luckily, my studio is located there just steps away from the lake.”

Here are what other people are saying about her shop......

"LOVE our skirt of the month!! Look forward to getting our package in the mail each month!! Will definitely keep buying from her in the future! :)"

"BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much for the great attention to quality of your products."

"My new favourite skirt - great seller... super communication, great quality, great price. Will buy again for sure!"

Until next Tuesday happy browsing everyone.