Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Yay EtsyNJ

I'm thrilled to announce that I am the featured artist on the EtsyNJ blog!

EtsyNJ is a community of Etsy artists throughout New Jersey. You can visit the official site here.
It's great to be a part of such a supportive and informative group.
Thanks ladies!

I uploaded some more tasty items to my shop... my Magic Bubble Rings.

I have a bunch of these hand-painted rings ready to go. They're really fun and absolutely eye-catching... and all one of a kind!


Sunday, February 24, 2008


The weekend went by entirely too quickly.
I had a snow day, looked at some condos, had dinner with friends, went to my brother's metal band show... and now, I'm writing to you from my kitchen with my cozy wrist-warmers on, sipping on a glass of organic red wine. Mmmm.

I just registered mySparkletree.com.
I was able to find a coupon code for a good deal - $19.99. Not too shabby.

I've also registered for a free-trial of .Mac. It looks so nice and easy that I need to give it a try. I just think it would be great to have a domain where I can link to Etsy, this blog, my music and my pictures. I'm not ready to commit to anything yet... just want to give fair warning that I may be up and leaving this url in the future. Here is my trial site.

Don't fret... I'll leave a link if I decide to move.

In other news, I decided to finally do an Etsy showcase. I got a slot on March 5th. I don't quite understand the concept and wasn't sure about the significance of my choice of day... but it's inexpensive to try. So, we'll see what happens.

And I've decided to apply for the Craftacular.
Yeah. Totally intimidating.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Back in action... with a lengthy update.

So, I'm feeling 100% better and I have been one busy bee!

First of all, I finished up another Baby Cloud Pillow. I think I'm going to throw them up onto Etsy as custom items. I think they would make really sweet baby gifts (decoration only, of course.).

Next, I finished the latest addition to the Sparkletree Pocketbook Collection.
Meet Justine:

Ain't she purty? I'm really psyched about the size of this bag. It fits my 12" iBook like a glove and hangs perfectly under my arm. Add in the pockets and delicious cherry tones, and you have one practical, functional and very pretty pocketbook.

Lastly, I finally finished the BF's birthday present. I had been searching for cylindrical Eames-era style lampshades for his studio but was having no luck finding the perfect pair. I really wanted to make my own, but had no idea where to buy the correct kind of fiberglass and hardware. Luckily, I stumbled upon deadlynightshades.com's do-it-yourself kits in all different shapes and sizes which you dye and decorate yourself. SCORE!
This is the finished product... Lit:


Oh... one more thing (jeez)...
When I find something that I really like, I like to share with you, gentle readers.
So, you know how I've been complaining about arm/ wrist pain from crocheting so much, right? Right.

The ThermaCare wrist wraps were really helpful, but they were getting expensive at $7 a pair. So, I began searching for something I could maybe heat up and re-use. My search led me to designerwheatbags.com, an Australian company selling handmade microwavable, wheat-bag gloves. I received my (purple) pair last week and am in LOVE with them. They smell like heaven and feel great.

Note that the prices listed are in Australian dollars. Including shipping, they came out to about $50ish. They are SO worth it for any crafters with wrist pain!

Until next time...

Friday, February 15, 2008

Man-o-man I am sick.
I've been in bed for about three days. The great thing is... I get worse every day.
Yeah. Fun times.

I've decided to try and get some reading in since I'm trapped. I have a bookcase of books that are half-finished. It's a goal of mine to complete ALL of them before I buy any new books.


So, today, I've picked out The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. It looks pretty interesting.

So I have my tea, my book, my crackers and my crazy little dog to keep me company.

Not too bad.

Friday, February 8, 2008


I am featured on IndieSave.com!

I'm offering a 10% discount to anyone who mentions it!

IndieSave is THE source to find sales and discounts on really fabulous handmade stuff!
So, needless to say, this is very exciting for me :)


Tonight, I'm off to a dinner for my BF's b-day! I bought this sassy little number for the occasion.

I really feel fabulous wearing it. Don't you love it when you find clothes that really make you feel great? Ahhhh... sososo nice.

In other news, I'm still working on the world's most boring paper for school.... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Note to self:

Do not ever eat Apples and Cinnamon oatmeal again.
It's disgusting.

World's Most Boring Update...

If there were an operation to have my sinuses completely removed, I would have it.
Actually... they can take my whole nose.

I completed the first baby could pillow, well, technically it's the second. I took pics and left my camera at home... so, I'll put them up asap. Also, I finally found the matching red Patons yarn that I have been looking for. Turns out it was in AC Moore the whole time. Now I don't have to go to Michael's ever again. I hate that place. This means I can finally get finish up my newest pocketbook - Justine. This will be great for Valentine's Day because it's pinks and reds and very sweet.

My hands are still a mess. I went to the doctor last week. She wanted to wait a few weeks to see if the pain subsided. If not, blood-work, I suppose. The pain is still here... though the stretches really seem to help.

Nothing very exciting going on. I'm working on a paper for school.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


Did you vote today? If not, you have until like 8pm. So shake your booty.

I, unfortunately had to go to the local high school to vote... during school hours. In fact, when I got there, I had to enter through the cafeteria while they were changing classes. I seriously panicked. All of a sudden, I was fifteen - hunched shoulders, clutching books to my chest, nervously running my fingers through my hair, glancing all around while pretending not to.

Cripes. I hated high school.

My BF and I went to his former high school a few months ago to check out their craft fair (which was abysmal, by the way) and we were both way too uncomfortable to be there. It's funny how that stays with you... like the bricks they build high schools with have magical powers.

I digress. I voted. It was anti-climactic. I didn't even get an "I Voted" sticker. But whatever. I'm glad I went.

Today was my weigh-in with Calorie King. I used my home scale and apparently lost four pounds. This is totally impossible because I ate like a 500-lb man all week. We're going to yoga tonight, so I'll use the gym scale. I did lose an inch or so in my waist and hips though - and I'm a notch down on my belt.

I ate a delicious, healthy and filling lunch, so I feel good about that. Soup and a sammich. You really can't lose with that combo on a crappy day like today.

Speaking of weight loss, a member of EtsyNJ posted these adorable "Skinny Bitch" bracelets. What a cute idea.

As far as my current projects, I'm making a slew of baby cloud pillows for friends and family. I'm gonna toss a few up on my Etsy post haste.