Friday, March 30, 2007

Etsy seller of the week

Chris Foster is a metal artist from Arizona, but based in Indianapolis. His Etsy shop Fosterweld features a selection of mens belt buckles that are all hand crafted. His designs are nicely worn in and rugged. Each is perfect for casual everyday wear. In Chris's shop you can also find a variety of belts to go with your buckle!

(All images courtesy of Fosterweld)

Sunday, March 25, 2007

The Perfect Knot

Heather Bailey is by far one of the most talented ladies I have encountered on the web. Her blog is GORGEOUS. Her fabric, sinful! And, she is generous with her knowledge! In this great tutorial, Heather teaches us how to tie the Perfect Knot. With my newfound sewing obsession, nothing could be cooler!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Softie Awards

Voting has begun in the very first annual Softie Awards!! There have been over 2800 entries, and all of the fabulous judges have selected the finalists. You have until March 30th. Now is your chance to VOTE!

Here are a couple of my faves:

This gorgeous tea cozy by Bella Dia.

This Walrus is too much fun! Made by Dawn from Look What I Can Do.

This pin cushion made by Rock-Paper-Scissors just makes me smile!

And lastly, Mr. Owls House is the pure definition of WOW! So cool! Well done Floresita!!

You can see all of the amazing entries at the Softie Awards Flickr group!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Back by popular demand: Etsy seller of the week
Operation Papercut

I am so excited to be re-introducing the Etsy Seller of the Week Feature here on Creative Swoon. I started this blog so that I could share the wares of other artists and crafters who inspire me. Etsy sellers go above and beyond just creating. We create to survive, emotionally, financially and spiritually. The community grows everyday by leaps and bounds, and the best way I know how to give back is to gab about the shops I find and love. Be sure to check back every Friday to meet the next talented Etsy seller!!

To kick it all off, this week I am excited to bring you Operation Papercut. From the talented hands of Erin Scissorhands, {OP} is filled with handmade journals, art, and paper goods.

Lucky for us, Erin is having a sale to celebrate the first year anniversary of her shop! All items are 15% off. To receive the discount, you MUST enter "BDAY" in the message to seller and wait for an adjusted invoice. The sale runs today-March 31.

(All images courtesy of Operation Papercut)

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Felt Club Auctions!

Right now, stop what you are doing, and click over to the Felt Club Auctions!! Vendors and friends of Felt Club have donated their wares to help raise money to pay fines that were levied against the So. Cal. Craft Fair for posting flyers last year. Only 4 flyers, so far, have received violations, and the total is already up to $600.00!! Yowser! So this is your chance to do help out an awesome group, while making your friends extremely jealous when they see the cool stuff you scored! But you had better hurry! The auctions end Sunday March 18th at 6pm pacific! So what are you waiting for??

Lot# 1

Lot# 2

Lot# 3

The 2007 schedule for this years Felt Club events is also now available! Be sure to check their website for all news and updates! Happy bidding!

(All images courtesy of Felt Club)

Friday, March 16, 2007

Kristyn Dors

Roaming around the Bazaar Bizarre in December I came across the fabulous portraits of Kristyn Dors. I was stopped in my tracks! I love her small scale portraits!!! They are so fantastic and just captivating! I now have one hanging in my kitchen! She is gorgeous! Go check out Kristyns work!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Etsy Labs

If you are an East Coast crafter, or just someone who wants to cultivate your crafty side, are you in for a treat!! The Etsy Labs are now open for everyone and anyone who wants to explore the craft world.

The genius guys and gals over at Etsy have put together a place to learn and share your talents. The facilities are available to all members of and Patron of the Labs (PAL). To become a member of PAL all you need to do is show up during Lab hours (11am to 6pm every day) and pay your dues. Right now, February is totally free! In exchange for using the space the guys are asking that you show up with a "donation, a smile and an eagerness to help".

Starting in March there will be a basic $20/month membership fee and superlow $5 hourly fee for use of equipment. Membership includes unlimited wi-fi, heat, good conversation and a clean toilet. The monthly fee is applicable towards your first two hours of equipment use.

This is a great opportunity for those of us who work out of our homes to get out of the house, creatively interact with many, many talented people and gain help and inspiration from each other! I really wish that I was less that 3000 miles away! I'd be there in a heartbeat!

Click here to get the full scoop!