Wednesday, November 26, 2008

EtsyBloggers Featured Blogger - Storybeader


Tipi Treasure Necklace from storybeader
“Doves Rising”

The young woman looked
Out the tipi towards the white
Doves and rising sun.
- Deborah Baroff, the Storybeader

Deborah the Storybeader calls herself "a frustrated writer who likes to put words and colors together to make wearable art." She writes a haiku for each necklace that she creates. What a unique concept! Stop and visit Storybeader.Etsy.com or check out her blog Stroll Through Storyland.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cleveland Handmade Market



Cleveland Handmade Market November 2008, originally uploaded by virtuallori.

Cleveland Handmade held its first market show on November 23, 2008, at Mojo's Coffee in Bay Village, Ohio.

Back row, L-R: Stacie (staciepate), Lori (virtuallori), Kathy (smashing), Jodie (petitelibellule)

Middle row, L-R: Leah (LeahAnaDesigns), Teresa (SilverMadeStudios), Jodie (LakeErieBeachGlass), Tricia (LazyTcrochet)

Front row, L-R: Ramona (ramona), Nicki (handmade)

The Cleveland Handmade Market was a huge success. It was so fun to be able to get together as a team. We do work well together! Click the names above to visit each, amazing individual Etsy shop.

Visit ClevelandHandmade.com for more!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Hurry Hurry

Last big show of the season tomorrow and Saturday, with a Cleveland Handmade Market on Sunday! I'm trying to finish this sweater by tomorrow. I'm not sure if it's possible, but that's what's keeping my busy and not blogging much these days.

I took pictures of my new hood out in the snow today. Looking forward to relaxing a bit next week before the big shopping weekend!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Coming Soon....


Soon we'll be voting on the November Challenge for Big Ticket Items from EtsyFAST (Fiber Arts Street Team). Here's just a peak at some of the other entries.

Friday, November 14, 2008

November Challenge


The EtsyFAST (Fiber Arts Street Team) challenge for November was a "Big Ticket Item." I wasn't sure I would have time to make something for this. Thanks to my sister and her fabulous handspun yarn, I was able to create this gorgeous Wool Wrap in Royal Purple. Crocheted with fascinating fibers of thick/thin, hand-dyed, handspun blend of wool and mohair. The color blend has an array of royal blue and purples. An all natural, bulky yarn with whispy bits and fluffy bumps makes for a warm and fabulous wrap. A hand-carved wood shawl pin is included. Visit snowwaterwoolworks to find more amazing handspun yarns and fiber. Her headbands are incredibly soft and beautiful!
Search EtsyFAST Team NovemberChallenge to find all the amazing challenge entries. Contest and voting coming soon.

I would also like to thank virtuallori for making the Cleveland Handmade Trunk Show a great success! And, special thanks to miesmama, my fellow EtsyFAST and EtsyBloggers Teammate, for visiting the trunk show. It was great having someone there to support me!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Random

Why do consignment shops wait until November to contact me? Sure you need items for your shop, but so do I. Contact me in June when I've nothing better to do! And 50%??? wow

How stupid was it for me to name my shop LazyTcrochet? I think that "crochet" in general prevents people from even browsing, let alone the Lazy part. It's too late now, plus I stink at naming anything. I had a cat named "Kitten" for goodness sake.

Great timing for the Ohio Unemployment Fund to run out of money! What the heck? I thought people paid into that for a reason.
Oh yeah, and Etsy has hardly mentioned it, but there's a big Trunk Show in the Virtual Labs tonight! Watch for Cleveland Team artists, among several other teams in the Around the World Trunk Show - tonight at 7 pm Eastern time HERE in the Virtual Labs.

P.S. - Etsy did post a Storque article later this morning regarding the trunk show!
You can read about it here.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I made the news!!

Oh my goodness! I just found my interview with Fran Henry from the "Cleveland Plain Dealer" on Cleveland.com's website. It's going to be in the Style issue of tomorrow's newspaper! She interviewed me, along with three other Cleveland-area Etsy artists for a fabulous article on Etsy.
Here's the link to the Etsy article. And here's my interview. I'm so thrilled. It couldn't come at a better time with my husband's accident and his job on-the-line. Congrats to HiAnnie, stonz, and Monaco too!

Baking Day

I decided to bake bread today. Since I don't have a car and I have all the ingredients for a pasta dinner....except for some crispy bread.

I found a wonderful-sounding recipe in "The Italian Country Table" for a Sage and Mushroom Focaccia. The sage is still bountiful in my garden, but the dough takes a day or two to rise. I may start that for tomorrow, we'll see.

Today I found this Simple Crusty Bread recipe that was published in "The New York Times." I'll have to rescue my baking stone from the gas grill. We had a wind storm after hurricane Ike that cause a power-outage just when I was about to bake off a bunch of pizzas for guests. My husband did a wonderful job of rescuing the situation and helped me bake them in the gas grill. They were delicious, but the baking stone is a bit charred.

I also came upon this recipe for Pane Rustica (Italian Peasant Bread) which is a modified version of the recipe above. It looks easy and delicious.

In any event, I'll try the crusty bread and see how it goes. After that, I'll be finishing up some scarves, hats and fingerless gloves keeping busy busy busy!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fun with Felting

As if I don't have enough to keep me busy this time of year, I decided to gather some supplies and try my hand at felting. So many people have asked why I don't spin my own yarn. I'm sure it is fun, but I wouldn't have time to knit and crochet the designs that I love to make. So, for me to buy carded wool and roving, was a bit shocking. There it was all gathered together and me without a clue as to what exactly to do. I've read several blogs and watched a few videos on feltmaking, specifically on how to make a scarf.
Tip #1 don't try it outside on a breezy day. I started laying out my fibers on the batting and the wind blew them all over the place. So, I went to the basement. This is a messy wet project and it didn't matter if I got the basement wet.
Tip #2 use a sturdy work surface. I used a fold-up craft table and it was rocking all over the place!
It ended up being a little too thick and wide for a scarf, but a wonderful fabric nonetheless. The picture doesn't pick up the gold sparkle throughout. I am thinking that, with a sturdy lining and shoulder strap, it could be made into a fabulous bag.
Tip #3 keep trying. It was fun and I'll definitely try again. I also have a silk scarf that I want to try felting the fibers onto. I want to dye it first. I also have some yarn to dye...but I've never dyed before. Yet another thing to try.
So, that's what I've been working on, along with more shrugs, sweaters, hats, and fingerless gloves for upcoming shows. Busy time of year!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Take a Little Time to Unwind

Today is a much-needed rest day for me. I frantically tagged and tallied all my items to set up at the Tour of Homes Christmas Walk. I still have a few works-in-progress that I didn't complete on time, but since it's a 2 1/2 week show, I can take them in later on this weekend. Today...I get to do whatever I want!
I think I'll bake some cookies. I created a fabulous cookie treasury on Etsy the other day. It's about to expire, but here are a few of my favorite treats. These rub-ons from Yaelfran are so cool. I will be adorning my coffee mug with some of these soon I hope.

There are lots of sweet treats available on Etsy. Check out the selection by cakeboxcookies. You can't rush fall with these beauties!

As for me, I think I'll make some soft pumpkin cookies. Pleasing my picky son with anything besides chocolate chip has always been a challenge. He loves pumpkin pie and I'm sure he'll eat pumpkin cookies, as long as there's no nuts in them.

Get in the holiday baking spirit by checking out 12 Days of Christmas Cookies at Nestle's VeryBestBaking.com. Sign up now to receive Food Network's 12 Days of Cookies Newsletter at FoodNetwork.com. Happy baking!

Monday, November 3, 2008

It's Show Time

I've been working non-stop trying to prepare for my first show of the season. Christmas already? Yes. Every year the local historical society holds their Tour of Homes Christmas Walk....the weekend after Halloween. I know - that's a bit early. (I admit that I like seeing the Christmas lights already.) Last year I had to empty my Etsy shop in order to have enough items for the show. This show runs two weekends and I have no idea what sold or not until I go into town and check.
This year, I vowed to have enough items so that I can keep my online boutique up and running during my shows. That makes things a lot more stressful and busy for this time of year, but when the shows are over, I'll have lots of new items to add to the shop.
I couldn't wait to show off this funky new design. I thought it was much better suited for the Etsy clientele and it probably wouldn't be appreciated by the local craft show ladies. 'Close Encounters of the Hooded Kind' is what my son thought I should call it. I put that in the listing, but thought the title should be more descriptive to show up in a search. Check out the Winter Wool Buttoned Hood. It was fun to make.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Cold Hard Steel


I received a package in the mail today. I wasn't expecting a package since I hadn't ordered any Etsy goodies in awhile. But...I had forgotten about a blog giveaway that I won a few weeks ago. Inside the package was cold, hard steel. Yep....steel! (And cold because it actually snowed the other day.)
If you haven't yet, go visit Timothy Adam Designs and enter his blog giveaway! You, too, could win a Modern Steel Necklace. I love mine and it was so exciting to feel the cold steel against my neck when I first put it on. The magnetic clasp on the neck wire makes it even more fun to wear.
So, stop by his blog and enter the giveaway, and check out TimothyAdamDesigns.Etsy.com to choose your favorite Modern Steel Necklace!

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