Thursday, December 30, 2010

Decembers Featured Etsy Blogger

Congrats too Linda of pruitthandcrafts for being this months featured etsy blogger! Linda runs and maintains 3 different etsy shops and her blog! Be sure to check out her lovely shops and blog!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Traditions

For this weeks Etsy bloggers Blog Carnival (Which I am late for, this month) I chose ... There are many different holidays and celebrations this time of year. Share some of the traditions from your holiday celebrations.

Well my tradition that kicks off my Holiday season is putting up my tree on Black Friday. I cannot stand going out into the crowds and dealing with all the madness on this day, instead I relax at home and put up my Christmas tree and decorations. 
This is perhaps my only family tradition that I do. Asides from eventually making Christmas Cookies a few days before Christmas. Hopefully as time goes on and I have my own children some new traditions will arise, preferably some crafty and creative ones.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Shop Update

Five new designs have been added to my shop, a unique mix of keys and vintage inspired designs.

Friday, November 26, 2010


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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

The holidays are finally upon us and so is my holiday sale. Starting Tonight at midnight From Black Friday through Cyber Monday all items in my shop will be 10% off, with my message in a bottle necklaces 20% off! This also includes free US shipping and 1.00 international shipping which will last through the rest of the year!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Getting Ready For The Holidays


The past two days have been keeping me very busy, with shop related things. I've been creating new jewelry, photographing new jewelry, advertising new jewelry, and more! I am currently on a jewelry overload! My shop has had about 15 new pieces added too it the past two days and hopefully I will be able to crank out just a little more over the remainder of the weekend.

Many of my new pieces are also very affordable with the majority being priced under $20.00! I'm hopping I will get a decent amount of sales for the holiday. I'm really looking forward to see what happens with my Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale!

Hopefully Dexter will be a good little puppy the rest of the weekend like he was today! I don't need anymore chewed up power cords or lost earrings! Yesterday I was photographing outside on my deck and came in to grab something I had forgot, when I went back out a earring and mysteriously gone missing.

If you haven't noticed, the newest owl pieces are my favorites.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Shop Inspirations

For the etsy bloggers November 19th blog carnival we were asked "What is always inspiring you for your shops, your works, or anything in your life?".  I figured I would answer this aboutwhat inspires my jewelry.

The majority of my designs are inspired by two main things vintage pieces and modern simplicity.  I have always been a fan of modern elements, I believe this is from my job as a graphic designer and web designer. I prefer clean, simple and modern designs. I've also always loved modern designs in variety of other things furniture, buildings and the list goes on. I've also always loved vintage and the way I imagine vintage pieces to tell a story.

When I first started my shop my biggest inspiration was vintage keys. I wondering what were these keys used for, did they unlock a door? Or better yet a secret door? What about a trunk? Box? The idea of what one little key could of unlocked is endless.

Often times my inspiration will come from just seeing something that sparks my interest. You never know what kind of idea will pop into your head when you see something you like. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Novembers Featured Etsy Blogger: devinedesignsjewelry

Novembers featured Etsy Blogger is Cindy from  Cindy's shop features lovely handmade jewelry.  You can find a little something for everyone at Devine Designs Jewelry. You can also check out the Devine Designs Jewelry Blog to see what Cindy is up to.

Monday, November 15, 2010

What's In My Bag: November 2010

Whats In My Bag:  Nov. 2010

What is currently in my bag, November 2010 edition. This was a shot of my purse following an All That Remains concert in Detroit.

Flame Wallet (This wallet has been with me at every concert I've ever gone to. With the exception of two my mom took me two when I was little.) Yellow Wallet, Medication (lingering from when I had wisdom teeth removed last month), beads (forgot I had these in here), random band flier, gas receipt, batteries, lipstick, tums, chapstick, iphone, hand sanitizer, love spell lotion, eyeglass kit, compact, oil absorbing sheets, Concert Ticket, gum, pen, keys, lip gloss, pet perks card and coupons from a local pet store, spare change, red envelope with the red logo (found this in my purse after I bought it. It's a tiny red envelope with a little note inside that reads "Thanks For Showing Love... Enjoy! ♥ Marc", keys, victorias secret coupon card, express coupon card, mini notebook.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Getting Ready For Holiday Sales!

That would be my adorable little puppy Dexter. Dexter decided the other day that he was going to use my camera cord as his new chew toy. Because of this I have been unable to update my shop with all my newest designs. Hopefully I should be receiving my new one soon and I won't have any problems with it. 

I just signed up for the etsy bloggers 2010 Holiday Sale! I'm excited to be taking part in this, this year. The sale will be featuring numerous shops from the etsy bloggers team and will last November 26th - November 29th! For the Sale I will be offering 20% Off on my entire message in a bottle collection and 10% off the rest of my store.

Starting today I will begin my Free US Shipping + 1.00 International Shipping. This shipping special will last until the end of the year!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Moving Back To Blogger

Sorry for the recent post spam.

After a short lived run with wordpress, I am currently  moving back to blogger and wanted to move some of my recent post over. While wordpress does have some great options that I really love, it also comes with alot of disadvantages (not to mention never ending spam).

Blogger also seems to be the blog of choice when it comes to etsy sellers and I definitely felt a little out of the community loop by having wordpress.

Thanksgiving Treasury

'Home For Thanksgiving' by                candycrack

6 Fall Acorns - Fel...

Miniature Thankful ...

Thanksgiving Place ...

Lovely 1970's V...

Owl etched cafe mug...

Gobble Gobble Turke...

Harvest Moon Aroma ...

ORIGINAL Cake Bunti...

Pumkin Spice SOAP B...

fall - screenprinte...

Acre- autumn inspir...

Snow Fern. Linen Te...


Vintage Peach Seers...

Yellow Descoware Po...

SunflowerTable Runn...


Got into the holiday spirit today and created a Thanksgiving treasury.

I can't believe it is already November 5th! Noticing the date I have a sudden urge to watch V for Vendetta. (Remember, remember...)

Anyways, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I can't believe it! I honestly have no idea where my year has gone, it seems to be one big blur at this point.  It's even harder to believe that Christmas is only a month and half away! Before I know it it will be 2011, crazy how time seems to fly by so quickly.

New Geometric Designs

Diamond Drops - Vintage Inspired Dangle Earrings

My Etsy Shop has been updated with 8 new geometric inspired designs. All the new designs are very simple, modern and bold. They each make a statement in there own unique way. Be sure to check them out.

Earlier today prior to photographing all the new jewelry, I spent some time photographing our two dogs (DJ & Dexter) as well as some of the leaves and all the wonderful colors. I put together a stop motion video of all of the pictures. I really wish I had a Digitial SLR camera, this would of turned out so much better... I will have one, one day. Regardless of my crappy camera I did have fun, just wish it saved as better quality.

Stop Motion video below, might take a few seconds to load. If for any reason you have problems loading you can also view it at flickr.

October Featured Etsy Blogger: splendidlittlestars

 (Moving this from my wordpress site)

This months featured etsy blogger is Margaret of Splendidlittlestars features an adorable selection of Baby & Children's clothing.  This multi-talented Etsy Blogger also runs a jewelry shop

Margret also keeps a wonderful blog you can find at Margret keeps her blog interesting with a wide variety of different topics and gorgeous photographs. Be sure to stop by and check out Margaret's lovely shops and blog.

What I Love About Autumn

Press Leaves And Other Found Things

Autumn in Michigan means a wide variety of things.

It means fresh delicious apples (which I have been eating daily the past couple of weeks). It means Halloween is right around the corner, which also means; haunted houses, hay rides, cornstalk mazes, pumpkins, bonfires and more!

The trees are slowly loosing all there leaves. While this is sad as it means winter is right around the corner it is also absolutely beautiful. The leaves are vibrant shades of red, orange, yellow and green. Driving around Michigan this time of year even in the city is beautiful when you get to glance at all the beautiful colors up above in the trees.

My two favorite fall activities are going to the cider mill and having bonfires with friends. These is nothing better then fresh doughnuts and cider on a sunny (or not so sunny) Autumn day. I'm usually not a huge fan of doughnuts most of the year but when it comes to Autumn I absolutely love them. I also love a good bonfire with friends, it always leaves to a good time and good memories.

What's In My Bag

Ever wonder what someone is caring around with them? Well here's your chance to sneak a peak at what is going on inside of mine. Books, keys, iPhone, headphones, way to much chapstick and more. The reason I have 6 chapsticks in my purse is because I thought I had lost some as they were in a random pocket I forgot even existed.

I think I am going to start a "What's In My Bag" series on flickr, taking a photo each month. Should be interesting to see how things change.

I've been really wanting to do a 365 photography project, but my lack of a good camera always puts me off.  My photography itch has come back recently, I really want a digital SLR soon. I've been wanting one for years now, but have yet to actual purchase one. Hopefully I'll have one by sometime next year, *crosses fingers*.

New shop updates will be coming soon, I've put away time for the next two days to work on creating new things, photographing, advertising and then some. I have a bunch of ideas brewing in my head and can't wait to create some of them.

Picked up my copy of "Mess: The Manual Of Accidents and Mistakes" by Keri Smith the other day. I can't wait to get started. I have fallen in love with Keri Smith's books. I love the simplicity and the fact that they let loose your inner kid. These books definitely inspire you to think outside of the box. They have also reminded me that I am still a kid at heart.

I picked up my copy of "Wreck This Journal" on April 20, 2010. I just recently started working on it again. I've been thinking about possibly doing one of these a year. I think seeing the different outcomes would be highly entertaining and an awesome thing to reflect on.

I also started her list of 100 Ideas, I've been enjoying this as well although I've definitely been taking my time on this project.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


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Friday, September 24, 2010

Vampire Inspirations

Two new vampire inspired designs were released today, just in time for Halloween. A few more darker inspired designs should be on there way very soon as well. I've really been on a vampire kick today. True Blood is one of my favorite shows, which I have to wait another year to see new episodes. Thankfully I have Vampire Diaries to keep me entertained and inspired in it's absence.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Made In Detroit

My Made In Detroit Treasury, has made the front page. I was so completly shocked it see it as the front page. I went to browse esty and thought to myself "Hmmm, these items look familiar" then I saw my shop name in the corner.

I'm so excited and so proud to be able to represent the city, which despite it's public has alot more going for it then most know of. I must agree with one of the comments I received... Detroit does look good on the front page!

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