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Monday is Etsy817 Day: The Cowtown Indie Bazaar

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Sorry I wasn’t more of a busy blogger last week. Son and hubby both had Spring Break. It was a little more chaotic than usual.

I was super excited to be able to go to yet another fabulous Craft Show featuring Texas artists. The Cowtown Indie Bazaar was held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center on Saturday, March 19. Yet again Etsy817 was represented. Here are those members. Click on their picture to get to their shop. You shall not be disappointed!

Soap Addict

I do have to mention that they were ALSO at Funky Finds and I didn’t get a photo. The same is true for my next artist

 

Longoria Girls

 

Weeds & Wildflowers

 

FlowerBedHead

Neke Designs

 

As you can see we were, yet again, well represented. I’m always impressed with the talent we have. I will have a longer write up about this show sometime this week. For now please visit the above artists and remember to buy handmade.

What large Craft/Art shows have you attended and what did you like or dislike about them?

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My Top Five Favorite Mixed-Media Artists

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When I am in need of inspiration… which happens A LOT… there are certain artists that I turn to to get the spark going. Here are five of them that work with mixed media. Watch for other lists such as ‘Favorite Photographers’, ‘Favorite Craft Books’, ‘Favorite Etsy Sites’ and ‘Favorite DIY Websites’ to come on future Fridays… Look at that I just planned out my next Month of Fridays.

Here is today’s list… Drum roll please…

My Top Five Favorite Mixed-Media Artists

1) Claudine Hellmuth

I absolutely love her stuff. It’s so simple and yet, ingenious. I first came across her when I found a book called “Collage Discovery Workshop”. It was so inspiring and fun I had to check out the author. I was smitten to say the least. Here’s one of the reasons why:

 

2) Kathy Cano-Murrillo aka ‘The Crafty Chica’

Her work is so much fun. I lived in Tucson for three years and maybe it brings back fond memories of that. I don’t know… She does a little bit of everything and this stuff rally speaks to me. Here’s one item I really love:

 

3) Katie Kendrick

I wish i could explain WHY I like her stuff so much… I’m just drawn to it. It doesn’t hurt that I recently saw a REALLY cool tutorial on how to make a collage background that she made on her blog.

 

4) Michael de Meng

Michael de Meng’s art is soooo… cool. He’s an assemblage artist. His pieces are dark and beautiful. To be quite honest it sort of takes me back to high school and college when I was listening to Ministry and Skinny Puppy.  You can view his website HERE. He has a section called Haberdashery which is amazing.

 

5) Sarah Fishburn

The work of Sarah Fishburn is bright, busy and appealing. I think each piece tells its own story and that story changes for each viewer. I would love to have her aesthetic. I also like her sense of humor. You will have to check out her website (just click on Sarah’s photo). You can find her blog HERE.

 

Here’s hoping you’ve found something new here that has gotten those creative juices flowing. Who do you turn to for inspiration? Who are your favorite Mixed-Media artists?

 

Monday is Etsy817 Day: Treasuries

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Team Etsy817 has been busy showing their love for each other by creating wonderful treasuries featuring their favorite items from other members. I thought I would share a few of those today. Just click on the pictures to be taken to the collection.

Here are a couple that I created:

Etsy817 Shows Some Love

 

Eclectic and Cool from Etsy817

The following are from fellow Team members:

 

Peace, Love and Art created by: Serenity Storms

 

My Etsy817 Treasury created by Primal Aspects

 

Peace, Love & Happiness From Etsy817

created by Larkspur Studios

 

Etsy817 created by Larkspur Studios

 

Etsy817 created by Larkspur Studios

I hope you have fun clicking. If you see something you really like let us know! I’d love to see your comments here on the blog.

 

 

Crafty Superstar: Book Review

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I work for a bookstore so I get to see all of the groovy art and craft books that come in. Some look really great on the first flip through but then once I purchase them and get them home it’s not nearly as relevant as I had hoped.

Then there are books like:

CRAFTY SUPERSTAR by Grace Dobush.

This book is a real inspiration for me.  My Southwest Meets Midwest crafting BFF, Lauren Lowell of Loved Again, and I used this this past summer when we did our first Farmer’s Market in Downtown Bloomington, IL. You will get to see more about that when I get my ‘ABOUT’ page finished.

The blurb on the back of the book reads “If the church-basement sale isn’t quite your scene, Crafty Superstar is your go-to resource for selling your crafty goods part-time. Packed with ideas for setting up and selling out, the book includes loads of advice from experts like Faythe Levine, Jenny Harada and Jenny Hart.”

The book contains check lists & questionnaires such as: ‘What Drives Your Craft?” , “Quiz: What Kind of Crafter are You?” (I am a DIY Butterfly) , and my favorite “Day-of-Show Checklist”. That last one has come in handy on more than one occasion.  Grace Dobush also shares secrets for selling on Etsy and at craft shows. She helps sort out what is considered ‘Indie’. You will find all sorts of worksheets and spreadsheets to help keep you organized. Organization is soooo not my strong point so everything helps!

In this book you can also find out how to set up your OWN craft show. Lauren and I actually did that this past summer. I will fill you in on how that went in a later post but very soon.  Stuck on how to display your items? It’s in there.

I want to go over every section in this book but then there would be nothing left for you to read. I will tell you though that the language is easy to follow and nothing, not even her price calculator template, made my head hurt and just about ANYTHING dealing with numbers makes my head hurt.

I love this book and hope you will at least pick it up and flip through it. I think you will find that it may be perfect for you or a friend. Let me know what you think.

Do you have a favorite crafting book? What is it? I’d love to know. I’m always on the look out.

You can also find Crafty Superstar on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Crafty-Superstar/164380741405

Inspiration: Or the Lack There Of

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Do you ever just look at the stuff you make and think… ‘It kinda looks like a fourth grader did it’? I feel that way a lot., especially after I have checked out craft fairs or on-line craft sites. How do you beat these feelings? People order, people compliment but I don’t think I’ve found my niche. I see stuff that people swarm to and wonder if I will ever get to that point. If I will ever be the cool kid at the party.

Here are some things that have been helping to inspire me in my recent inspirational void:

This quote:

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly” ~ Anonymous

I also search out http://www.funkyfinds.com

Then there is this http://inspireco.blogspot.com/2010/11/inspired-ideas-christmas-issue.html (Which I found THROUGH Funky Finds)

Of course there is Claudine Hellmuth whose art showed me a whole new world. You can visit her here http://www.collageartist.com/

I also like to call on my friends and family and make them tell my how wonderful I am!

What are your inspirations when you are feeling down?

I guess for now I will just keep creating because it makes me happy. I will hold on to the hope that, as I create, I will grow and transform. I will probably find my voice.

Hope y’all have a great day!