Showing posts with label etsybloggers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label etsybloggers. Show all posts

Monday, February 06, 2012

Etsy Blogger of the Month: LizsWares

Say hello to January's Blogger of the Month!  (Better late than never, I always say!)

Liz has been a member of the EtsyBloggers team since 2009 and has been making jewelry since she was 12!  She's got a great shop full of beautiful beaded neckaces, bracelets, and earrings.  Here are some of my favorites...

A gorgeous gift for your Valentine:

Pink Swirl in Translucent Heart Earrings

Perfect for the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday:

Irish Bracelet Set Lime Green and Copper Beaded

And fit for a merrmaid:

Beach Beauty Shell Beaded Necklace

Don't forget to check out her shop and blog, and see what's there that might be calling to you...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Etsy Blogger of the Month: MagdaleneJewels

Say hello to November's Blogger of the Month...

Magdalene Jewels has two lovely shops, one featuring her beautiful hand made jewelry and the other where she makes "All hand crocheted or knitted baby articles (sweaters, booties, hats), scarfs & neckwarmers."

Here are some of my favorites...

Crocheted Victorian Shawl Alpaca Wool in Natural Fawn

Romantic Valentine Heart Necklace of Swarovski Crystals

Don't forget to check out her shop and blog, and see what's there that might be calling to you...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

EtsyBloggers BlogCarnival: November

Our EtsyBloggers Team Blog Carnival Host this time is: ME!

I chose two topics for my fellow team members that are close to my heart, and as such, I am going to answer BOTH!

1. November is National Novel Writing Month. As a blogger, have you ever though of crossing over and writing a book? Have you ever tried NaNoWriMo? Win or lose, tell us about your experience!

I discovered NaNoWriMo in 2007, and in both 2007 & 2008 I tried writing, but life was just too busy and I didn't complete either novel; in 2007, I wrote 4,274 words, and in 2008 I wrote only 1,692 words.  The following years were so busy I didn't even try, and this year is no different.  However, the rest of my family are all super gung-ho about it every year!  Even though we miss the first few days of November due to an annual trip, they all buckle down and writewritewrite!  Last year, our daughter Esme finished a really great story and one of the NaNo sponsors published it for her!  We all got to read her story in book-format; it was so exciting!  This year, they're all hoping to win and get a published copy...

2. November is also National Diabetes Month. Do you have diabetes or has your life ever been touched by it? Please share any stories you have...

About a decade ago, I was told I was pre-diabetic, and aside from telling me to lose weight - something I had been told at every doctor visit since my early teens - nothing else happened.  My doctor didn't make a big deal about it, and although my step-father had been a diabetic since age 17 and I knew the problems that could arise from diabetes, I didn't do anything about it.  I felt I didn't need to worry about it until I was older.

In 2007, after a few years of not seeing a doctor due to a lack of insurance, I went back to the doctor to find a solution to the problem I was having with irregular periods and infertility.  This time, I was told I was diabetic, Type II.  Well, now I had an explanation for my lethargy, as well as my infertility, and thankfully, it was easily controlled with metformin.  Then I was without insurance again, and my father was also diagnosed with Type II diabetes.  Things did not go so smoothly for him.  His blood glucose numbers were sky high, and he suffered many complications, including a forced early retirement because he could no longer work.

Then my step-father had an accident.  He blacked out from low blood glucose, fell & hit his head, then died after 3 days without ever waking up again.  He was 57 years old.  I decided that if I didn't want the same kinds of problems as my dad & step-dad - and if I couldn't get insurance so I could take the drugs - then I needed to take precautions to get my numbers down the hard way: diet & exercise.  So after a ton of research and a lot of playing with my diet while carefully tracking my blood glucose reactions, I cut my carbs way back, lost 50 pounds, and now have A1C levels back in the pre-diabetic range.  I can eat more carbs now, and still keep my blood glucose levels ok, but I am still trying to lose more weight.

I wish so much that when I was first diagnosed, that my doctor had warned me more forcefully about the problems that having diabetes can cause.  I wish that I had realized it on my own sooner, but as they say, hindsight is 20/20.  However, another saying tells us to learn from others' mistakes.  So if YOU are in the pre-diabetic range, or if you know someone who is, DO something; SAY something.  Don't just figure it'll be ok, you can work on it later... Talk to your doctor about cutting back your carbs, changing your diet somehow, exercising more, so you can lose weight and get your A1C levels down.

Here are some websites that offer information and community:
Head over to the EtsyBloggers team blog for all the other EtsyBloggers' links!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

EtsyBloggers BlogCarnival: Favorite Summer Recipes

Our EtsyBloggers Team Blog Carnival this time is: What is your favorite summer recipe? Please share with us!

I've answered this one before; I *love* sharing my favorite summer recipes!  My absolute favorite special summer meal is Pepper Steak, Salt Potatoes, and Corn on the Cob, and I love the summertime sweets, Pfijit and Clementine Cake... 

As many families do, we cook out a lot in the summer, and usually it's hot dogs or whatever meat was on sale, and we eat a lot of tossed salads, especially when it's hot.  Marshmallows are a staple, usually roasted, and just last week, Jacqueline introduced us all to dough boys.  It is SO easy and SO tasty!  I wish I had taken some pics of it, but truthfully, I was too busy stuffing my face; so many thanks to Krista at The Nourishing Apron for this great shot!

We used crescent rolls, but many people use biscuit dough, and yes, those refrigerator tubes work just fine if you don't want to make your own dough.  There are SO many variations, but basically you wrap the dough around your stick, making sure to pinch the ends so it stays stuck on, then rotate it over hot coals until it's browned nicely on the outside.

Be careful over flames, because it can burn quick and still be raw inside.  Of course, be careful with your *self* around the fire, and let it cool some before you eat it!

And do try some of the variations!  You can dip the dough in cinnamon & sugar before wrapping it around the stick (chocolate croissant anyone?); if you can pull it off the stick in one piece, you can fill the hollow with a string cheese stick, let it melt a bit, and dip in marinara sauce; you can fill the hollow with chocolate chips (or another favorite meltable) or pie filling; or you can do what I did, roast your hot dog over the fire til it's almost done, then wrap your dough around it and cook it til the dough it done!  I meant to tuck some cheese in, but got impatient and ate the cheese while roasting my dog. Hehehe...

What's your favorite summer recipe?  Let me know then head over to the EtsyBloggers team blog for all the other EtsyBloggers' faves!

Etsy Blogger of the Month: tamdoll

Say hello to June's Blogger of the Month...

Tammy Gross of Tamdoll's Silver Mountain Originals creates wonderful pieces of wearable art, unique one of a kind accessories, and even offers patterns for you to make your own inspired creations! Here are some of my favorites...

This one's been in my favorites for a LONG time...

Lilac Oak Leaf Tiny Brooch of Wool Felt

I'd love to make this...

Serenity Mermaid Pattern for Cloth Dolls

This would be a great bag to have!

Huge Hobo Bag - Great Textured Fabric Shoulder Bag

Don't forget to check out her shop and blog, and see what's there that might be calling to you...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Etsy Blogger of the Month: lindab142

Say hello to April's Blogger of the Month...

Linda has been supporting the EtsyBloggers since 2008 and has the most gorgeous and unique beaded jewelry, including a Judaica line!

Here are some of my favorites...

Pink Quartz Czech Crystal Earrings

Pink Jasper Marble Gemstone Necklace

Amethyst Purple Wine Cup dangle earrings

Here all the different ways you can connect with Linda:
Don't forget to check out her shop and see what's there that might be calling to you...

Monday, March 28, 2011

EtsyBloggers BlogCarnival: April Fool!

Cindy at Devine Designs Jewelry gives us the topic April Fool's Day: Do you participate? Tell us about a joke you played on someone, or if one has been played on you. What do you think about this "day"?

Here at Faerie Gardens, we take April Fool's Day very seriously.

The kids dress in their dorkiest cutest clothes...

Lia, 2009

...and we serve a silly fancy dinner...

Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Mixed Veggies, and Colorful Cupcakes
(Click for recipes! ~_^)

...and deceptive delicious desserts...

Click here for recipe!

...and everyone is usually pretty happy by the end of the meal!

The kids, 2008

This year should be no different.  Perhaps a decadent coco-berry pie and berry soda coolers? Or maybe some dirt cookies?  Definitely a fun game at dinner...  ~_^

How about you?  What are you planning?  Check out the other Carnival posts for more ideas!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Etsy Blogger of the Month: MysticWynd

Say hello to the March Blogger of the Month...

She says it best herself, "Whether your style is simple or bold, classic or trendy, elegant or glitzy, Mystic Wynd has something for you at a price you can afford from a craftsperson with a simple philosophy -
An awareness of peace and love rose anew, As the spirit found truth and the Mystic Wynd blew..."

And she has got the most gorgeous jewelry for sale in her shop.  Here are some of my favorites...

Gardener's Copper Charm Bracelet w Flowers

Tidal Pool Necklace in Blues and Greens

Indian Agate Goddess Pendant w Necklace

Celestial Glow - Goddess Earrings with Labradorite

Don't forget to check out her shop and blog, and see what's there that might be calling to you...

Friday, February 11, 2011

EtsyBloggers BlogCarnival: Winter

Linda at PruittHandcrafts says: Write something about you/your family's winter experiences. Let's see if you can make the "cold" come thru your writing!

Winter in central NY is not easy, especially in our neck of the woods.  We're in that magic belt of land that gets hit with storms moving across NY south of Lake Ontario, as well as any of the lake effect storms hitting the area.  Seriously, you can drive less than 1/2 a mile in any direction and they will not have as much snow as we do.  It's crazy, and I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't experience it every year for the past 6 years!

This is Jacqueline at the foot of our driveway (she's 5' 2" for size reference); that snow bank is a good 2 feet over our mailbox.  Down the street?  The snowbanks aren't even up to the mailboxes.  Just take a look at the ones in my last photo from around the corner...

But even though we get a lot of snow, and spend a lot of time either shoveling, or inside consuming copious quantities of cocoa (that's fun to say), we do have fun out there!  Especially the kids...

So how about you?  I'd love to see pics of your area in the winter and hear about your experiences.  And if you want to see more too, just head over to Linda's blog for all the other EtsyBloggers' links!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Mosaic Monday Bunday

My how time flies!  It's a New Year already - and months since we've done a MMB!  Welcome to a special New Year's Edition!  This week's MMB may be small, but it features some of my wonderful teammates from the Queer Etsy, Etsty Bloggers, and FAE teams!

Clockwise from top left:
Bird And BUNNY PAL by osha from the Queer Etsy Team, Rabbit in a Red Scarf by Me!, Year of the Rabbit - 2011 Chinese New Year Bunny Statue by PhenomeGNOME from the Fantasy Artists of Etsy (FAE) Team, and Bobby the Blue Bunny by Made by Melissa from the EtsyBloggers Team.

Check them out; maybe you'll discover just the thing you've been looking for...

For other Mosaic Monday posts, click here!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Etsy Blogger of the Month: PruittHandcrafts

With the holiday hubub, I failed on the Blog Carnivals this month, but I won't let this lovely lady down!  Say hello to December's Blogger of the Month...

Linda of Pruitt Handcrafts has three lovely shops filled to the brim with fabric and beaded creations, as well as supply shop!

Here are some of my favorites...

Filigree Crystal Earrings

Bouncing Circles Half Apron

Disk beads - small lot - blue gray 20 mm

Don't forget to check out her shops and blog, and see what's there that might be calling to you...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Etsy Blogger of the Month: Devine Designs Jewelry

Say hello to November's Blogger of the Month...

Her shop is full of handmade artisan jewelry of wire, metal, glass, and gems.  Here are some of my favorites...

You Rock-artisan made polymer clay beads, handmade bead caps and chain necklace set with earrings

Sugilite drop earrings-sterling silver scroll pattern-OOAK

Simple sterling silver hoops-everyday wear

Check out her shop and blog, and see what's there that might be calling to you...  You can even add her on Facebook!

BlogCarnival: Inspiration

PatchFirstShop asks us: What item are you working on?? What is your inspiration for this piece??

Ever since our trip to Tennessee (and our stay at the Holiday Inn Express) I've become obsessed with cinnamon buns... also with gingerbread and all other manners of tasty "seasonal" food, and it's been influencing and inspiring my polymer clay creations lately:

Click to see full size!

In fact, I just had to run out and buy more clay because I have an idea for more tasty treats I want to make!  ^-^  I can't wait to show them to you!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

BlogCarnival: Horror Movies

MysticWynd asks us: Tell us about your top 3 favorite horror movies. What is it about them that scares you?

The girls and I have a Halloween tradition of watching all kinds of old horror movies and horrible B movies all month long.  We have so many favorites and try to rotate the ones we rent each year.  We started with the classics, like Cat People, Frankenstein, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, which the girls found more funny than scary; then we added some more recent films (that are SUPPOSED to be laughed: Beetlejuice and Young Frankenstein.  Recently we've added some *really* scary movies that make us clutch each other close and scream out loud; last night's Paranormal Activity left us scared to go to the bathroom alone!

But *my* top three horror movies...  I have to say my absolute favorite of all time is The Creature from the Black Lagoon.  I don't know why for sure.  Maybe because he really is just in love with the girl.  Maybe because of the underwater scenes.  Maybe because I saw it with my mom in 3D when I was just a kid.  Who know!  But it has a very special place in my heart.

Then I'd have to say Night of the Lepus.  Dr. McCoy, from Star Trek is in it.  And giant bunnies.  Giant blood-thirsty bunnies.  No seriously!  It's really not funny at all.  It's really quite scary...  Or maybe it's all in my head how scary it is... I dunno, but I'll find out soon.  The DVD just arrived from NetFlix today...

Finally, I'm going to have to add the movie from last night.  Paranormal Activity.  (Sorry, no link, too scary for me to find a good one right now. Hehehe.  Go here and look for yourself... (omg they have a PA2 coming out!  >.<))  It was kinda dragging at the beginning.  Not a lot going on through most of the movie either.  But near the end it gets freaky, and the girls and I were yelling at the screen, and when the end happened, we screamed and held each other.  Not only were we scared to go into the dark bathroom alone afterward, but I know I had trouble getting to sleep!

How about you?  What Halloween movies do you like to watch again & again?  Scary or not, let me know!

ETA: Here's the link to the Paranormal Activity trailer. *shiver* And Paranormal Activity 2 looks just as scary...

Etsy Blogger of the Month: Margaret of SplendidLittleStars

Say hello to October's Blogger of the Month...

Click the link above to check out Margaret's blog, where she shares the things she loves: photography, art, making things, nature, gardening, and food.  She's got two Etsy shops; one called Splendid Little Stars with wonderfully hand-dyed clothing for children, and some things for me!

Sumptuous Silk Velvet Scrunchie, hand dyed, soft for hair

And the other shop is called Sparkly Park (funfunfun!) and carries lovely beaded earrings.  These are my fave:

Lavender fantasy earrings, copper tipped glass and sterling silver

Don't forget to check out her shops and blog, and see what's there that might be calling to you...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

BlogCarnival: Kindergarten? gives us the topic: 1) School time! What is your favorite memory from kindergarten or taking your kids to kindergarten?

I could come up with some glib answer about the one memory I have from Kindergarten: making butter from heavy cream in a little margarine tubs that we passed around the circle and each shook a little, but truthfully I don't remember much more than that.

So how about my memories of taking my kids to kindergarten?  Um... well... the kids are unschooled, (I wrote about what that is here.), and even if they weren't, I came into the picture after Lia, our youngest, would have been first grade.

I am a substitute teacher though, and have spent many hours in Kindergarten classrooms, as an assistant and as the teacher.  My feelings are ambivalent about it though.  I love being with the little kids.  I love playing with them.  I love getting hugs from them.  I love their creativity and enthusiasm for everything!  But I do not like how they are treated in the name of Education.

One of my first experiences in a Kindergarten classroom was in an inclusion room, where several of the students were special education students, with autism or Down syndrome, and others were just average students.  The children had made leprechauns for Parent Night, that had the arms & legs glued onto the body, but some weren't glued on in the appropriate location.  But instead of leaving them as the children had made them, or working with the child while they were doing it to help them get it "right" (according to the teacher), we were pulling the arms & legs off and gluing them back on in the right places; so they'd all look nice in the hall when the parents came.

In other classrooms and schools, the teachers weren't so discrete about making the children do things RIGHT.  They made a big huge deal about getting the kids to draw people that looked right, and getting things colored in the appropriate colors.  I can understand if it's part of a lesson, knowing that pumpkins are orange and apples are red, but when they're just drawing in their daily journal?  If you can say, oh how creative!  What color are pickles really?  And get a correct response, why make them do it over if they've decided pink was the color of the day?

And why on earth do they need to have homework!?  Yes, several of the Kindergarten classrooms I am in have their students carrying a folder home with "work" they didn't complete, expecting it to come back the next day, punishing the child when it doesn't.

These are children.  They should be following their own interests, learning by curiosity and play, not being forced to sit still and do worksheets and homework.

I know, I've gone off on a tirade, and will climb down off my soapbox now.  I only hope more people will take a closer look at their children's *education* and question if there isn't a better way....

Monday, August 23, 2010

Etsy Blogger of the Month: Patch

Say hello to August's Blogger of the Month, Patch, who has three shops!

...which sells Beaded Swarovski and Custom Bridal Jewelry like this:

...which sells Unique Vintage Clothing like this:


...which sells Packaging Supplies and Other Crafting Stuffs like this:

Don't forget to check out her shops above, and her two blogs below, and see what's there that might be calling to you...