Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wednesday Wishlist: Fabulous Finds From Fellow Etsyans, Part III

Gah!  With everything that's been going on in my life lately, I hadn't thought about a specific theme for this week's Wishlist.  But thanks to the wonderful world of Etsy, I don't have to look far to put together a variety of items I'd love to call my own.  These beauties are in my current Favorites list, and it's easy to see why.  Aren't they all fabulous?  As always, please show their shops some love by right clicking on the shop names to open in a new window.

Croque-Monsieur - Sterling Silver and Copper Bracelet
from 3squares

Noir Wool Felt Daisy Pin from hatsofancy

Heart Flock Fine Art Photo from theeye

Enchanted Shea Butter Lotion, Sweet Fruit with White Musk
from BLSoaps

Whyyyyy Darren the Drama Hound Amigurimi Dude

Dance Like No One (Living) Is Watching Photographic Print

Handmade or Die Mini Embroidery Art
from imfromthewoods

Handmade Art Doll Miniature - Madame Butterfly

Peaceful Lotus Pin Cushion from BabyNest

Day Dreaming Pig Fine Art Print

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wednesday Wishlist: Sit & Spin

I recently learned how to spin my own yarn on a drop spindle.  What a treat it is to take a fluffy pile of roving and transform it into beautiful yarn which I can then use to either crochet or knit whatever my heart desires.  For this week's Wednesday Wishlist, I once again turn to my fellow Etsyans.  I mean, how could I not?  I sought out some of the most scrumptious spinning fibers Etsy sellers have to offer, and it's no surprise how many excellent picks I had to choose from.  The talent pool on that site has me forever in awe!   Please show their shops some love by right clicking on the links to open in a new window.

Elvis Has Left The Building -- Mini Luxury Fiber Blend Batts

Merino and Tussah Silk Top - Muscadine Grape

Hand Dyed Silk Roving Top -- Mustard Gold

Sunspot Baby Merino Corriedale Roving

Blue Planet Hand Dyed Falklands Wool Roving

River Sparkle Batt

Berry Weiss Falkland Roving

Prickly Pear Clotho Australian Merino Top

Firestar - Tropical/Rainbow Sparkle

Marshmallow Merino Wool Fiber Batt

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wednesday Wishlist: Road Trip!

I am and always will be a Midwestern girl.  Born and raised in Chicago, The Windy City will forever hold a special place in my heart.  But sometimes I get the desire to blow this town for a while, when I hear the call of the open road.   Load up the car and just take off down the highway.  There's a freedom in taking a road trip that I find positively exhilarating.  This week's Wednesday Wishlist highlights points North, South, East and West of Chi-town.  All are accessible by car, and every one of these fine destinations would make for one fabulous road trip.  Won't you travel with me?

Up North to Alberta, Canada

Down South to Kentucky, USA

Head East to New York City, USA

Go West to Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wednesday Wishlist: Every Bloomin' Thing

The arrival of Spring brings one of my favorite tasks:  gardening!  All winter long I anxiously await for the temperatures to rise so I can finally get out in the yard and prepare the earth for my gardens.  This year I  plan to relocate my veggie garden from behind the garage to a spot where it will get at least 8 full hours, if not more, of glorious sunshine a day.  But that little patch of earth behind the garage will not lie fallow.  I will be transforming that spot into my Serenity Garden, a tranquil place just for me, where I'll be surrounded by a lush variety of both annual and perennial blooms.  This week's Wishlist features some of the beautiful bloomin' things I'd love to have growing on my land.  Enjoy!




Lily of the Valley




Madonna Lily


Field Forget-Me-Not



Thursday, April 1, 2010

Discover This: The Midnight Orange

I am truly honored to feature D. Antonia of Buffalo, New York, as the next indie artist featured in the Discover This series.  Her work is beautiful beyond words, and I owe her a huge amount of gratitude for agreeing to participate.  I am the proud owner of one of her amazing clay creations, and it's a piece I will surely cherish forever.  So without further adieu, I present to you The Midnight Orange.

The Mouse Whisperer

Description of work: I am a sculpture artist and my aim is to capture the spectrum of human emotion, from bright to raw.

Q:  How long have you been creating your items?
A:  I have been creating all my life, but found my specific niche in polymer clay at the beginning of 2009.

Q:  How did you get started?
A:  I struggled through a period of the blackest darkness last year and dredged through emotions that made every good thing in the world feel foreign to me. I hated talking to anyone about it because I genuinely sensed that this new and unsettling me made everyone uncomfortable and left them longing for me to be myself again. I got very tired of people expecting me to heal on a timeline, and trying to remedy my pain with blanketed cliches. Those around me tried to fix me, and really I knew that I just needed to feel what I was feeling and allow myself to move past it when I was ready. I couldn't relate to my family and friends. I couldn't relate to anyone. I got my hands on a block of clay one night and was shocked and startled at the very simple form that emerged. It was the epitomy of my ache.  Somehow it made me feel better, like there was one thing in the world that I could relate to when nothing else could comfort my unease. I made dozens more of them, and they brought me a sense of catharsis. I finally got the courage to list them in my shop, aware of the possibility that although uncomfortable to look at, someone else may experience that place just prior to healing as well. I listed one in the evening, and when I woke up it had sold and my buyer wrote to me telling me that she works with abused children and planned to use the piece in sand tray therapy. I could not describe how this resonated in my core, and the healing that this knowledge brought me. I launched an entire collection called In Some Dark Place and have been humbled beyond compare at the sentiments of acceptance and healing that people have expressed over these pieces. It very much makes me feel that the pain in my experience and darkness of my journey was worth it by what it has been able to do for other hurting hearts.

Please Be Kind

Q:  Where do you get your inspiration for your designs?
A:  I am inspired by a myriad of things. Sometimes it is a matter of expelling emotion, sometimes I hear a sound and can see it translate to shape and feeling. Color inspires me. It really depends on the moment.

Q:  Do you sell your items? If so, where?
A:  Right now I am solely based on, and my shop can be located via

Q:  Do you have any formal training, or are you a self-taught artist?
A:  I am self-taught, so trial and error has been it for me. At this point it is not likely I would pursue an art degree (not for lack of interest, but time and resources) but a business degree would be very beneficial for me and my fingers are crossed that this happens.

Q:  Please supply a short paragraph of why you think someone would benefit from purchasing your designs.
A:  If I may, I would rather provide testimony from a client. "D. Antonia does amazing work that helps people heal through times that no one should have to experience. She has no idea how much she helps those that have experienced loss heal through these pieces. Things like these are all we have to remember them with."

Bottom Be Near

Q:  If there’s anything else you’d like to share with readers, please enter it here.
A:  I know I talked a lot about the heaviness of my artwork, but I did heal through that period of my life and my work evolved into more light-hearted pieces as well. It has been a journey, and my goal at the end of it is that any emotion conjurable can be found captured in my clay.

You Make Me Gleam