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Friday, February 29, 2008

Ally on 67 - P Miller Originals

Now this is another glorious etsy store combining the owners love of painting and jewellery making.

Her artwork includes Originals, Prints and ACEOs so there really is something for every size pocket and her jewellery is simply beautiful and distinctly shows the artists style.

Ally was educated at the Maryland Institute of Art-Summer School, the Howard Community College-Liberal Arts and the Capital College-Computer Engineering

She has had Gallery Shows at Chesapeake Gallery, DMG Artwork- Annapolis and has received the Artist of the Year award (Arts and Entertainment)- H.H.S. 1985, 2nd Place: African Americans in Science and Technology Poster Contest 1985 and an Honorable Mention- H.H.S. 1984

From the Artist "These are just a few words that I like to live by. I feel that creating art is a way of sharing your soul with others. As you will see in my artwork: sometimes I am very flamboyant and always colorful, sometimes confidant and peaceful, other times angry or chaotic. I think all of my emotions; passions come out in my works. Sometimes I layer it on thick (paint and words) and other times I flirt with the canvas with light feathery strokes. My art reflects my beliefs in love, warmth, generosity, loyalty, and honesty. IĆ¢€™m inspired by science, fantasy, martial arts, architecture, and nature (especially water)."

So come along and visit

Thursday, February 28, 2008


Here is a gorgeous store, I don't mind admitting that I have a passion for stationery and cards. I am inclined to buy cards for no reason other than that I love them then they sit in a drawer waiting to be rediscovered. Maybe I should start using some..

This store is pure temptation, the owner is a writer who worked with computer-based graphic design at newspapers for years. She loves papercrafts, and the process of making things by hand -- no computer and started making cards for friends several years ago, and in December, 2004, idle words became action when she sold holiday cards to the florist down the street.

Almost all of her cards are one of a kind. To see custom samples, visit her picturetrail site.

Her style is eclectic and she loves to experiment so is always coming up with some new and unique. Don't wait come and visit this glorious shop

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

BerryBeads - Featured Artist

This wonderful store represents the stunning work of Rosi from Long Island NY.

As a child Rosit says that she was encouraged to make gifts and things by hand whether it was crochet, embroidery, drawing, what have you.

She loves to make beautiful things and if they can have a practical application all the better. Her interest are many and making jewelry is a new passion as an outlet for her creativity.

Her other hobbies include drawing, digital art, photography to name a few.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Featured Artist - Cserpent Designs

Now this is one beautiful shop you will be amazed at the variety of stunning pieces and created with a level of skill that can only impress!!!

The store owner is Susan a lover of scuba diving (as am I).

She started jewelry making when one of her soccer (or if you're English as I am football) teammates got her to go to a wirewrapping class with her. She made my first bracelet in that class. Next having seen a beaded watch band in a magazine and figured she could expand on that idea and make herself a cool beaded watch band in PURPLE! (my favorite color).

After a series of other classes Susan is still making and enjoying jewelry and has been doing so for 4 years. Her designs are also for sale at a gallery in La Jolla, CA - Gili Anna.

So come take a look at Susans store you wont be the first or the last person to be impressed by her work

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Lucky Girl Trading

Lucky Girl Trading Company was formed in 2001 when the owner realised that in the midst of a lot of mess and sadness she was indeed a Very Lucky Girl.

Her store stocks a stunning range of fused glass pendants, jewellery and supplies.

The business started by selling items on ebay, this heled to remove not only the clutter from her life but also a lot of sadness.

A few years later she met my lucky guy--who was selling a bit of jewelry--and married him in a hot air balloon ceremony in 2006. They've veen working together ever since to build Lucky Girl Trading into a fun and fulfilling enterprise.

They've also discovered the art of fusing, which has become one of her all-time favorite creative outlets and discovered two ancient arts: Kumihimo and Temari. Both are centuries-old crafts, and both give me a zen-like tranquility while working.

This store owner says "I truly am a Lucky Girl! Every day I gather pretty, sparkly things and send them to people. I imagine a person opening their mail and taking out their new pendant or chain or pouch. It's perfect--they have a huge smile on their face--and so do I. I'd love for that person to be you!"

So come visit this gloriously happy shop

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Featured Artist - Dream On

This is a truly vibrant store containing a stunning array of artwork from original watercolours to notecards to collages and on to prints.

The store owner has lived in Colorado most of her life, and earned her BA in Art Education at Colorado State University. Additionally, she as taken workshops and studied with a number of local and national artists. She belongs to several art groups in Florida and one in Colorado and has won numorous awards in juried and non-juried art shows.

She says "I value the presence of a recognizable subject in my paintings. I love it when the center of interest appears in the midst of background objects that aren’t so well-defined. I want watercolor to look like watercolor, and I want my paintings to have a painterly look, not a photographic copy. Therefore I am an impressionist, because I don’t want to over-control the media."

This truly is a remarkable artist so drop by her store and see just what she has to offer

Friday, February 22, 2008

Zaja Natural Handmade Confections

Boy oh Boy what an incredible array of smellies (I mean that in the nicest possible way).

This shop is filled with a miriad of delicious items to pamper yourself with. For those of us with young children pampering time is rare but when it comes you sure want to make the most of it and this shop can really make that happen.

The owner of the store is at school full time (senior in college.) and is a mother of 2 (4 year old daughter, 2 year old son,) so where on earth she finds the time to create these marvels I have no idea.

Anyway, go take a look and be impressed

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Purple Snowpeas

What a fabulous name was my first thought when I came across this etsy store. I hadn't even seen what was sold here but knew by the name that I would love everything I found.

Yep I was right, a stunning mix of photographs, handknit items, handmade books and notecards you are bound to find something you just HAVE to have.

Kathryn Short, the owner of this beautiful store is a photographer and all-around artist, attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. She was a photography major, but also enjoys bookmaking and knitting. Kathryn now teaches art and photography at the high school level.

Kathryn loves to knit and crochet, take photographs while walking outdoors, craft small books for collecting thoughts, and anything else that keeps her hands busy.

Why not pop along and visit Kathryns store you really wont be disappointed

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Featured Artist - Chalk Hill Studio

Chalk Hill Studio is a delightful store owned and run by Karen, a proud mum to two beautiful children and a professional artist and illustrator from the UK (my homeland!!).

Karen says "I love to create and have trouble deciding what to do so I usually end up trying to a bit of everything from painting to jewellery making and crochet, which is why I opened an esty shop. "

Here you will find Karens artwork, prints and cards, I particularly love her books and journals.

So if you want to see some truly beautiful artwork in a useable form visit Karens shop you really wont be disappointed.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Moore Craft???

Yes that's right I've opened another etsy store Moore Craft

Why on earth would you do that? you may well ask. Well for a long time now I haven't really been using glass crystal or base metal in my designs but I still have a whole heap of supplies and jewellery items that I made quite some time ago.

Rather than add it all to the Moore Taste store I decided to put it in a new store. This will enable me to use the Moore Taste store to showcase my metalsmithing and gemstone jewelry and give me an outlet for everything else.

I don't know if you are aware of the fact but I actually enjoy a wide variety of crafts, painting glasses and tiles, pyrography, sewing, knitting and crochet. With my children being as young as they are it is often differcult for me to work at my bench when they are home but many of my other crafts can be done with them around.

Now I have an outlet for these items.

Anyway, there's not much in the store at the moment but please check in every now and then because I am planning to add either destash or jewellery daily.


Silver Dragon Creations by Patricia C Vener

A member of the Art Jewelry Collective Street Team on Etsy, Patricias work was already know to me when I decided that she would be my next featured Artist. The beautiful bead work you will find in her store will astound you and not only is she willing to part with some of her jewelry items but she is also willing to share some of her knowledge by selling patterns as well!!!

Exerpts from Patricias etsy bio
"I have always been an artist and one of my earliest art memories is also one of the influences that has stayed with me from the very start. I was four years old and my nursery class had a field trip to a local museum in Rochester NY. I was completely mesmerized by the textiles and beadwork of the native Americans. I don't know how long I stood there just gazing at the work and absorbing all that the creator had to say."
"I am a (retired) ballerina as well as a published artist, having done illustrations for a CD picture book, "Papa Cardinal Finds Breakfast" by Sandra Wellborn."
and this last sentiment I can only agree with
"Human beings, I think, are happiest when they are allowed to create. I know this is true for me."

Monday, February 18, 2008

Featured Etsy Seller - On a Thousand Hills

A new addition to Etsy Cheryl opened her store in October 2007.

The items there are beautifully crafted showing real attention for detail and a love for what she creates.

Cheryl says she loves the outdoors and is hoping to hike the Appalachian Trail in a few years.

Married to a trucky and with 2 teenage children Cheryl hopes to supplement the family income with her beading and from what I've seen I'm sure she will.

Cheryl says "God's creation is one of my favorite themes for my work, and I think everyone would have to agree how wonderful nature is."

I'm with you on that one Cheryl!!!!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Featured Artist - Celtic Goddess Jewellery

Celtic Goddess Jewelry was started in early 2001, and has been selling on etsy for 2 years and counting!

The owner of this beautiful shop is Andee Harston, a Buddhist pagan living in the Orlando area. She sells celtic and pagan inspired jewelry, art and bath and body products.

Andee says "Art has always been prevalent in my life. I love to draw, paint, sculpt, make jewelry, make bath and body products and most recently, photography. I am influenced by spiritual learning, nature, goddess and celtic imagery. I identify very strongly with my celtic heritage."

So come on in and browse Andees unique store

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Regal Beads

The owner of Regal Beads certainly knows her stuff. A glorious array of seed beaded jewellery awaits the visit of the next customer.

She has had a love of doing crafts for most of her life.
Both her parents are quite creative, and have certainly passed this down to her!
She has been beading over five years ago and took to it like a fish to water.

For years this has been one of her hobbies, but with her personal collection growing quite large, and with many family members and friends also benefiting.
She has now generously decided to share these treasures with the world.

Now take a moment and visit this glorious shop and of course her blog as well

Friday, February 15, 2008

Personality Plus Boutique

This mother and daughter team have wanted to start our own business for years, and now they've finally done it!

Charlotte is the Mom. She is the mother of 4 and Grandma to 18! She has worked as a seamstress for years and has done commercial embroidery for over 15 years!

Adrienne is the daughter and she is the mom to 4 and step mom to 3. (or 5...She has 2 step daughters that she still lovingly claims from her first marriage, and 3 step children from her current marriage.) Adrienne teaches Preschool out of her home and loves children!

The excitement they both feel from their new venture sure does show in their store. A wonderful array of items from tutus to towels to maternity wear. The list goes on.

If you have a gift to buy visit Personality Plus where you're bound to find something suitable

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Purrfectly Devine

Where the owner of Purrfectly Devine find the time to create all these beautiful items I do not know. A full time teacher and part-time deli worker her days must be incredibly full.

She is relatively new to beading but you'd never know it from the work she produced.
Luckily for us her friends and husband have encouraged her and helped her get set up.

You really must check out her store and her blog

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Crafty Moose

Crafty Moose is a wonderful etsy store filled with a multitude of items showing that Debbie has skills in a multitude of areas.

Her first is love beads, and she has returned to the art of making french beaded flowers.

She also enjoy creating aceos-those 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" cards that are so addictive to make and collect. You will usually find them made with a variety of materials and methods.

Her beaded art dolls and suncatchers were born out a need to do something else with beads. Some are "people", some animal-themed, all have a personality and a heart!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

My Cat Lulu

Becca named her store after her cat Lulu who she describes as "one of the cutest cats out there. She has great big eyes and really soft fur. She reminds me of an anime cat, but only better–no crazy effects...though her purr could use a little more volume. "

Stocking a stunning array of cards and buttons can be found here you really must come for a browse.

Becca says "I'm lover not a fighter who enjoys the company of people, the songs of birds, and an occasional Mia tai. Don't like mean people, but really who would. Don't own bowling shoes, but I did play in a league when I was in 5th grade. Other than art, my passion is traveling. My last trip took me to Kauai, Hawaii...lovely. "

Whilst shopping at My Cat Lulu don't forget to checkout the Charity items, yes that's right not only is Becca talented but she also has a huge heart.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Featured Artist - Cats Paw Artifacts

The owner of this delightful store is Judy Richards. Judy resides in Portland, Oregon and is a member of the Portland Bead Society, the ORBS (Oregon Regional Beadmakers Society) and the ISGB (International Society of Glass Beadmakers).

Inspired by nature Judy loves to make lampwork beads and designs jewelry - unique and hopefully artful jewelry. She is always striving for new ideas, new shapes in glass.

She loves abstract lampwork most of all with layers of glass and complexity. She has done the work of reasonably exact glass beads - but yearns to break out of that toward something more complex and deep in an artistic sense.

Having a great sense of humor and Judy is careful not to take herself too seriously - she is the owner of 2 cats, hence the cat beads.

So why not pop into Judys etsy store or take a look at her blog

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Featured Artist - Coconut Palm Designs

Coconut Palms is owned and run by a Canadian, living in Belize.

Joanne is a graphic designer. Woodworking and sign design are her newest crafting passion but art has been in her blood since birth.

Joanne says "Sign making has turned into a great outlet for my creative energies and finally I am using my graphic design training for something exciting."

Custom orders are welcome. Please feel free to contact her if you have a particular sign you would like her to make for you.

Also, please visit Joannes blog at:

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Giftbearer Contemporary Tribal

Fine Silver Early Budding Vine Bracelet With Chrysoprase Cabs

This, like the multitude of other items to be found in Pippets etsy store is absolutely stunning.

A truly unique artist Pippit Carlington has been creating art ever since she was 2 years old. At age 5 she was composing songs on the piano; teaching herself to play by ear. She often found herself re-designing things she saw around her, in 6th grade she constructed the class mascot; a 4 foot-tall owl sculpted out of paper mache, and in junior high she began selling various art items she had made.

Pippit works in several mediums;
including acrylics, watercolor, drawing, clay sculpture, and jewelry. A multicultural influence is evident in her work reflecting a diverse heritage of Iroquois Indian, Hawaiian, Russian Jewish, and French Canadian. She is strongly influenced by nature, political and social issues, and uses her art to educate the public.

So why not pop along to Pippits etsy store and take your pick. Oh while you're there checkout her Supply shop also you might just snag a bargain!!!

Friday, February 8, 2008

George McKim

Don't you love it when you discover another artist who's work you love. They are few and far between but I can honestly say that when I first looked at Georges etsy store I was thrilled.

George was born and grew up in Wilmington, NC, USA. For the past 15 years has lived in Raleigh, NC with my wife Betty, my two adult children Edward and Devin who are twins, our golden retriever Sophie and our cat with a 'tude, Woodstock.

Yes he does have a day job is working as a pre-press graphic artist for a printing company and making his art in his "spare time".

Georges shop features paintings and collages that are mostly abstract, which he has been doing for the past two years.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Feature Artist No1 - So and Sew Crafty

A proud mother of 4, Karen Copeland opened her etsy store in August 2007.

She says 'Sewing is my passion! I've been sewing for family, friends & customers for over 30 years! I take great pride in the items that I make.

I love to do customs orders, so if you don't see something just like what you have in mind, just convo me and we can work together to create your dream!'

Her store is stocked with a stunning array of items from this gorgeous Easter Bunny Basket
To this innovative knitting/crochet tote
and this glorious babys quilt
I really have only scratched the surface of this wonderful store. Why don't you take a look for yourselves. You really will be amazed by the skill and imagination of this wonderful artist.

So and Sew Etsy Store
So and Sew Blog