Monday, May 19, 2008

Check out our new photo collection!

I signed up for a Flickr account a little bit ago, but haven't had the time to upload any pictures or anything. Well, I shouldn't say didn't have the time, rather I just wasn't very motivated to do it. I'd only seen a few people's Flickr pages and wasn't sure if I'd like it or not. Anyhow, today I finally uploaded a few photos. So far I just have a few photos of our crafty items and some great pictures of trees. I plan to update more very soon. I like how you're able to comment and describe each photo. This is especially nice because I can tell about a certain crafty product or the story behind it. My forest floor series of clutches all have stories behind them! So I really like this feature.

I think what finally got me motivated to start up a Flickr accound was seeing the photos on Samantha Lamb's Flickr account. If you are unfamiliar with her work, go to and check it out. Her photographs are really beautiful and every one has a story behind it. I especially love her set called "The Sea, The Surge & The Seamstress". The composition and light is amazing in all her photos. She also has an Etsy store ( which has a book she put together featuring the photos from "The Sea, The Surge & The Seamstress" collection. I hope to be able to buy a copy soon!

Anyhow, let me know what you think. I am going to try to post new items and inspirations on there very frequently. Also, check the shop ( for new items that were JUST listed. Enjoy!


Kinsey taking some photos the last time we went to Gettysburg in the fall/winter.
The other two photos were taken in Gettysburg, PA as well.

Friday, May 16, 2008 and old.

This past weekend, we headed to our local flea market for the first time this season. While the flea market here isn't exactly the best, it does have some good stands and good finds. The fabric supply seemed to be a little lacking this week, but I did manage to find this really nice old paper coasters. They all came in a bag together and had a total of about 75 or so coasters in 6 different prints. My favorites are the trees:

And these two great Pennsylvania Dutch motif ones:

I really like the images on these coasters a lot. I'm not exactly sure what I plan on doing with them, but I'm sure something great will come of it!

I must have had coasters on the mind, because on my crafty Monday this week I made some fabric coasters. Here's the final product:

The red floral print I found a couple of years ago in my crafts classroom in school and snatched it up in a second. The print is really beautiful.

I also picked up a few, oregano, and basil. I had tried growing mint from seed, but that didn't seem to go too well for some reason, so I was really happy to pick up an already grown plant.


Monday, May 12, 2008

Ships at Sea...

So lately, I've been pretty interested in old prints of ships and boats. I'm not really sure what brought this interest on, but I've been searching for old prints, pins, necklaces, and other such curiosities with ships on. My local library (which is fantastic and is two blocks away) has some really great books with tons and tons of old paintings, engravings, and prints of ships at sea. I've been thinking about what to do with ships on and what materials to use. I really wasn't too much in the sewing mood today, so I decided that it would be a perfect time to make a linoleum block cut of a ship.

After researching what type of style to do, I settled on something called the "Hermaphrodite Brig". I googled this term and it means: a type of two-masted sailing ship which has square sails on the foremast combined with a schooner rig on the mainmast. The "hermaphrodite" name is because it's a mix of the two main types of sail plans. Anyhow, I'm really thrilled with the final outcome! Here's the final print:

I printed up quite a few runs of the cards on different colored cardstock. For some strange reason, I printed these in my bathroom....I suppose I did this because my kitchen table had things on and I didn't want to take the time to clean it up. I was really anxious to see how they turned out.

I really love the design a lot. These are my favorite printed cards I've done and I'm excited to see what others think! I also made this little ship coaster today:

I definitely had a theme going on today, huh? Enjoy!


Monday, May 5, 2008

Tributary in Craft Magazine!

If you're familiar with Etsy, (http// then you may have heard about the coop advertising program they've been running. Etsy is offering spots in their showcase ads in magazines like Craft, Venus, Bust, and more, for a very low price. If you've looked into ad space in magazines, then you know that they can be quite expensive! So this provides a great opportunity for Etsy sellers to place an ad for their shop. We were fortunate enough to get a spot for the new issue of Craft Magazine. It just came out and we were very excited to get a copy and see our clutch! Here's the entire ad:

Here's a close up of our little ad:

This little stump clutch looks great in the ad. Unfortunately, this exact clutch sold at Spring Bada Bing last month. However, a new version of the clutch will be available for sale today in our shop. So look for it!

The current issue is full of some good projects. The theme of the issue is shoes, but there's a lot more than that. There's even an article of dioramas! Who doesn't love those? Enjoy the new issue!