Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Goodies in the New Year!!

Hi! I'm working on some new goodies to post in my Etsy shop! The creative juices are flowing! Not just the Champagne.... !! Out with the Christmas jewelry and in with the new..... Have a wonderful New Years Celebration! And happy creating in the New Year! :)

Pretty Valentine jewelry coming soon!

                           Keep an eye on my Etsy shop for lots of  spring inspired  items!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Let the Holiday Orgy Begin!

Can I do two postings in one day?  Just wanted to share something on a lighter note......

Okay…… Let me clarify the meaning of my title!! :P I’m talking about my very favorite Christmas pastime- Baking!! Let the Christmas Baking orgy begin! First up….. Almond sugar cookies. Tomorrow, Chocolate chip/Oatmeal/Raisin cookies, Anise cookies, Walnut holiday roll (my grandma’s recipe) and Apricot and Raspberry filled Spoon mountain cookies. I love to take recipes and just make them into my own….by adding my own ingredients or special touches…… it makes for creative fun…….and for great noshing!! No complaints at the GardenVibe household- other than we’ll have to get ourselves in gear at the gym, when the crumbs settle. And….after all, ….oats, fruits, and nuts are good for you. I’m a Nurse…..I know these things….. never mind that they’re wrapped in sugar and butter and chocolate and……. : o

I hope that you all enjoy a beautiful holiday season…. With lots of fun, laughter, great food, and most importantly, with loved ones at your side and happiness in your hearts.

Year’s End, New Beginning

Reflecting back on this past year and realizing that we are almost at year’s end…… I find myself feeling very happy with where this past year has taken me. Particularly since I find myself at the beginning of a renewed sense of who I am and what brings happiness to my life. I so totally admire all of the talented people I have been meeting in my travels as a new Etsian. Especially the young Artists who have so much belief in themselves and their creative abilities. They are pursuing their dream of living an Artist’s life, like a flower that opens when it sees the light. They are an inspiration to me. I’m a late bloomer, so to speak…….It has taken me a long time to come out of the dark, and believe in my abilities. But, perhaps since my roots are well established, with a little nurturing, I’ll grow to my greatest potential. I’m finally seeing the light, and I’m bloomin’ betting on me! The sunset always leads to a new sunrise……

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Celebrated Mrs.Crane

Sandford and Hillary Crane paid a visit the other afternoon. Her feathers were pretty well ruffled over something. I'm guessing that perhaps she was a tad anxious over all the Christmas preparation. Probably wants Sandford to get her a little GardenVibe bling for the holiday- so she was letting him know in no uncertain terms! ;) Nevertheless, it is always a pleasure to see them. So very inspiring to see how they partner with each other, even though they bicker from time to time. The love IS there!

In honor of my feathered friends I created a lovely Bracelet set, that I have posted in my Etsy shoppe ......

Maybe that will get Sandford off his tail to get his girl something pretty for Christmas. :)  She gets a little fiesty sometimes, but she's still soooo worth it!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Santa is in the Garden!!

Best wishes to the many lovely people I have been meeting in my efforts to market my Etsy shop! I hope that this holiday season is proving to be fruitful for all of you. It has been slow going for me, but not really unexpected, being a little sprout in the great garden of e-commerce. Nevertheless, I am having such a rewarding time getting to know fellow artisans, networking and nurturing my fledgling business.

In the spirit of nurturing, because every great garden needs that..... I posted a  Treasury out on Etsy today to thank just a few of the wonderful people I have met along the path of promoting my shoppe. The link to the Treasury I curated is :

 I have featured several very talented Etsy sellers - notably:
The Shutterbug Eye Photographyhttp://www.etsy.com/shop/TheShutterbugEye     Diane does jaw droppingly beautiful photography!!
 DWhiteCreations, http://www.etsy.com/shop/dwhitecreations   Dawn creates beautiful mixed media jewelry. Nothing nondiscript or ordinary about her work- just gorgeous!
Verityunmondoaparte, http://www.etsy.com/shop/verityunmondoaparte Silvia creates crocheted and hand sewn items that are just dripping with fun, and color and creativity. I LOVE her shop!
Cindy's Soaps N Such, http://www.etsy.com/shop/cindyssoapsnsuch Cindy has cute and yummy scented soaps in her shop- so many delicious scents, I think she's been raiding my garden!! ;)
TreasureGardens, http://www.etsy.com/shop/TreasureGardens The shop profile says it all...' a Treasure Trove of Earthly Delights' I couldn't have said it better myself!
GlamourDamaged, http://www.etsy.com/shop/GlamourDamaged Etsy's very own young, but 70's hippy at heart, Julie, who creates and hand makes the most adorable clutches and pouches I have ever seen!
Kate's Cache, http://www.etsy.com/shop/KatesCache She has the most snuggly, loveable hand knit and crocheted little animals and dolls in her shop.
FeelGoodEssentials, http://www.etsy.com/shop/feelgoodessentials Therapy Hot or Cold Neck Wraps with Eye Pillow sets for all the natural, pampering goodness a girl can stand! Especially a girl who is typing or creating at a desk all day! Your choice of herbs in the wraps- awesome!
CreekBedThreads http://www.etsy.com/shop/CreekBedThreads Gorgeous hand sewn pillow covers and charming flower pins. So you can look lovely and be comfy all at the same time!
Nomad Clayworks, http://www.etsy.com/shop/NomadClayworks Sculpted works of art in their shop- Ian and Phuong's work takes clay where clay has never gone before in my book! Fabulous!
TupHoney, http://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshRhi7 - Rhiannon has darling hand sewn handbags with little honey bee and hive embellishment, that is her signature, and dear to this gardener's heart.
PaperFetish, http://www.etsy.com/shop/Paperfetish- Cheri offers beautiful fabric covered journals that are adorned with lovely beads and other findings that make her items distinct, creative and useful- just what every artisan needs!
Last but not least- My alternate pick- Has to get props here in case her sweet creation doesn't get shown in the treasury- Hollybuttons, http://www.etsy.com/shop/hollybuttons Holly has the cutest plush owls in her shop! I'm desperate for one in my garden!

I had so much fun putting  this Treasury together. Etsy has such a rich, diverse pool of talented artists. It is an honor and humbling for me to even place myself among them. I plan to do more Treasurys in the future to help in my own small way, honor and celebrate the beautiful works of the wonderful people I'm having the pleasure to get to know.  Buy handmade this year, as Santa is surely in the Garden and the Etsy Elves have created wonderful items that no machine or assembly line could ever rival !!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Sale !!

I'm running a wonderful holiday sale in my Etsy shop!! 20% off all necklaces, and free Priority shipping on all items! Santa is in the Garden!!


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