Sunday, September 28, 2008


★★It's the 5th Monday of the month again! Time for ETC has Secrets! Follow this link to the etsy promotion thread:

Armadillo Tex is hiding in all the participating shops. Find him, buy the item he's hiding in and get a free gift!

I have two secrets in my shop. Can you find them?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

My new tween line has come to etsy!

I've finally started listing my new tween line of jewelry. I've listed several heart shaped wooden pendants and just today, started listing my new dangly earrings (but not tooooo dangly - just perfect for girls, tweens and young teens). The pendants are not the scrabble tile pendants that have become so popular on etsy. I'm trying to do something alittle different and have different shapes. Right now I have circles and hearts but I'm hoping to add stars and squares.

Here are the just listed today pics!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I got a TREASURY on etsy!

I can't believe it. They are so hard to get now because there are always so many. Click here to check it out!

I based it on the devastation left by Hurricane Ike and other past hurricanes. Please click the pics and leave comments. I'd love to hear what you have to say!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Etsy Texas Crafters Design Challenge for this month is Halloween/Autumn. Tomorrow is Design Challenge Monday and we will be promoting our own and other members items that match this challenge. To find the design challenge items, just search "teametsytx" and "designchallenge" on or click here!

Here are some of my challenge items!

OOOH! Spooky spiders and pumpkins - oh my! Perfect for Halloween!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Handmade Whimzy on the Homepage!

My shop, Handmade Whimzy, was on the homepage of etsy on Monday of this week and I was so excited about it that I forgot to write a blog about it! LOL

My Red Jasper Drop Earrings were the ones featured in the treasury that made the front page.

Here they are:
The fearless leader (Milly of Thistlecraft) of our group, Etsy Texas Crafters, was the one who saw them on the front page and took a screen shot for me. Without her, I would have missed it. Thanks Milly! You ROCK!
I was sooooo excited. As far as I know, that is the first time I have been on the front page. My shop got 15 hearts and the item got 5. Not bad, huh?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

New Tween Pendants!

Here is a pic of my new tween pendants that I have been working on for a couple of months now. So far I have made heart shaped and round but I plan to do stars and maybe some other shapes. My purpose was to make something fun, colorful and inexpensive that girls and "tweens" would want to wear. I can customize them for birthday party favors and also do bulk orders.

They were going to debut at the Festival that I had scheduled for yesterday but since it was canceled, I am debuting them here. I will be listing them in my etsy shop in the coming days, so keep your fingers crossed that they will be a hit.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Namaste yoga

Recently, I have taken up Namaste yoga. I did so on doctor's orders and have been at it about 3 weeks now. And suprise, suprise, I'm really enjoying it, although I do still call it pain class sometimes. It's much harder than I ever thought it would be, or maybe I'm just old and stiff. LOL

So to enhance the relaxation part of my yoga class, I bought an eye pillow from Cathie over at Sweetwolf. It is made with flax seed and comes scented with lavender or unscented. Cathie says you can heat the eye pillow up in the microwave and the flax seed retain the heat really well which is great for when you have a migraine. I haven't tried heating it or freezing it yet, but the pillow itself was very soothing to me this morning when I was practicing my yoga.
My new eye pillow is so cute with little sleeping owls on it and it's very well made. Thanks Cathie!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Goody Bags!

I had these cute goody bags all made up in preparation for the Festival, so I thought I'd show you all how cute they came out. I used all the promo, sample and business cards that I had received from my team members of Etsy Texas Crafters. I was able to make 28 bags in all.

I'll have an art show coming up in October, so I'll give them out then. But they really came out great!

Hurricane Ike

Old Hurricane Ike is blowing in this weekend! We have many evacuees in our area from south Texas and I'm sure more are still on the way. Let's all keep our thoughts and prayers with those who are in the path of the Hurricane.

Festival on the Square was canceled this weekend as a result of the proposed bad weather and the need for efforts to be concentrated on helping the evacuees.

I think we'll all be glad when Hurricane season is over!

Friday, September 5, 2008

New Lampwork Beads!

I bought these cool handmade, lampwork beads recently and finally made something with them. They are so modern/retro/cool that I just love them. Unfortunately, I could only get about 10 from the glass artist so I'm going to have to choose carefully how I use them.

This is just one of my many new pieces that I've made to get ready for the Festival on the Square Art show that is now only 1 week away. EGAD!!
All silver used, including beads and wire, is sterling silver. I made the earwires myself. They are listed in my etsy store for $18.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Labor Day!! Boo to end of summer.

Well, as we all know, Labor Day signals an end to summer. BOOOO! I love summer! But then at least we have the fall weather and Christmas to look forward to.

Labor Day is also the first Monday of the month which means ---- Etsy Texas Crafters 1st Monday Sales Event! YAY! My shop is having a 15% off everthing sale. Click here to see all the great stuff!

Or click here to see the etsy forum thread that has a list of all participating shops. There are some really great shops participating, some having sales up to 50% off! You can't beat that.

I just bought a flaxseed eye pillow from for 20% off! That will come in handy in yoga class! Click here to see!