"Whenever I Get Sad I Stop Being Sad and Start Being Awesome Instead" Sign

I am so excited about this project! It's something I've been wanting to make for a very long time. "Whenever I get said, I stop being sad and start being awesome instead," is based on a line from How I Met Your Mother. It's been altered because I think it sounds better this way. :P ...more

It's Not Too Late to Get a Hip, Handcrafted Mother's Day Present on Etsy

Oh Etsy: we've been through a lot together. Etsy was there for my bridesmaids' gifts six years ago, new baby gifts for friends over the years, and now I covet all of its amazing handcrafted jewelry. And there is so much to choose from since the Etsy marketplace has exploded in the last nine years: Etsy currently boasts over 1 million active shops with over 25 million items listed. With Mother's Day just around the corner, I've done the work for you of sorting through thousands of listings to bring you my wonderfully hip Etsy gift guide. Here are 10 eclectically-inspired and on-trend handcrafted pieces of jewelry that would make lovely, one-of-a-kind gifts for any mother this Mother's Day! ...more

4 Tips for Having a Spectacular Etsy-Buying Experience

Long before I was selling my jewelry on Etsy, I was a huge fan of the site. It is the online marketplace for buying handmade products. Anything you could possibly dream of can be found here. (Warning: It can also be highly addicting!) ...more
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A New Series!

Ross has gotten started on a new series! Here come airplanes!!!  He starts by designing the images in a program called SketchUp, which lets him make 3D models of the planes. He loves this, because he loves planes and engineering. It's a perfect match....more

Etsy Etsy Etsy

We've sold 5 pieces! And have a request for a custom order on a 6th! This is so exciting! The stuffed animal paintings seem to be the biggest hit, with the butterflies a close second. We're scrambling to get everything ready to go - for some reason, I thought it would take longer for people to make purchases, but nope! They're buying away! I just love the thought of Ross's art hanging on people's walls - it makes me so happy having it here, I just know it'll make other people smile too. Here's what we've sold so far: ...more

Finding Your Passion (not the dirty kind...this isn't that kind of blog)

Today, I want to write about this article, called "How to Identify the One Thing You Were Born To Do," which is a terrible title, but not necessarily a terrible thing to try to figure out . Ross showed it to me today, and it's been really interesting to talk to him about it. See, we're just about to do an actual launch of the business....more

Use this Coupon on Etsy

You can use this coupon at MyIslamicLife or VianneFere from 1/1/2014-1/10/2014. No Minimum Purchase Required.Kristinawww.MyIslamicLife.com...more

Must buys for parents on Etsy

So some of  you may or may not know that I am a big fan of Etsy.  I think it's so wonderful that a place like this has been made where good quality handmade items can be purchased so easily.  Now before I start I would like you to view this with an open mind.  Some of these items you may think are expensive and yes some of them are.  However some of them are truly unique and don't forget the items you are about to view are all handmade so please respect that and the sellers that put their time and effort into making these wonderful products. ...more

Butterfly Photography

I'm having the darndest time figuring out how to photograph the lovely paintings Ross has been doing over the last week. He's been experimenting a lot with color, pattern, and technique and has created some really beautiful stuff, but my photography skills are not up to par. I've taken the same series of each butterfly, and while some of them are close to good, none of them are excellent. Here's what I've got so far:   I'm calling this one "Butterfly A" because I'm creative like that....more

When Rape Becomes a Money Maker

I've been busy trying to stock up on my inventory for the upcoming holiday season.  Knitting until blisters pop up on my fingertips, trying to stay ahead of the game.  Trying to reason why I have yet to close my Etsy shop down.  Playing around with my Zibbet shop, trying to build my own store on my domain.  And then I take a break to log onto Etsy teams and forums to see whats been going on in there, and I see this:"Autumn is Perfect for Date Rape"and"Rape me Gently"...more
I've just started hand-crafting jewelry, and I need to figure out ways to sell it. However, ...more