Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Preparing to Launch!

Space Shuttle Endeavor by Steve Jurvetson

I am getting ready to soar into the wild blue yonder of etsy. I have been working on my shop profile, announcement and policies this week. The planned date for lift-off? November 1, 2010. Here's a peek:

I am really thrilled to have this opportunity. I love crochet! I have noticed many gorgeous crocheted items in the etsy treasuries lately. I definitely want to be a part of that trend. I am also looking forward to joining the sellers on etsy and learning from them. Wow, this is exciting!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Crochet Inspiration from An Area Rug

I saw an ad in the September issue of House Beautiful magazine for this rug:

I liked the use of brown and turquoise and used this inspiration for two new crochet designs. I used simple stripes this time and also created a bowl with a lid. A lid comes in handy for keeping items cleverly hidden. :-)

Brown and turquoise striped crochet bowl.

Brown and turquoise striped crochet bowl with lid.

The button on the lid.

My big news is that I plan to open my etsy shop to sell my bowls in the next couple of weeks. I will post an announcement here on my blog.

Let's get some conversation going. Any questions, comments or suggestions? I'd love to read them. Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Crochet Inspiration from Etsy

While perusing the crochet category on etsy, I discovered some lovely and fun designs.

It is a joy to see crochet being used in modern and innovative ways. It has played second fiddle to knitting for long enough!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dainty Crochet Earrings

A quick and fun crochet jewelry project! I used this pattern from Julie Bolduc to make gifts last Christmas. I customized the pattern by adding 4 mm bicone Swarovski crystal beads.

Pink crochet earrings.

Purple crochet earrings.

Yellow crochet earrings.

It was such a joy to make these gifts for my friends. I have yet to decide if I will be making any Christmas gifts this year. I do want to support my fellow handmade artists, which is why I am participating in A Crafty Holiday. Angela Flicker is hosting a blog hop for bloggers to visit each other with ideas and inspiration for handmade gifts made by other artists. There is still time to contact Angela (deadline is October 14) if you are interested in participating. I'll bet we're going to be blown away by the beautiful wares!!

So, what are your plans for holiday shopping this year? Making your own? Buying handmade? Buying online? Braving the shopping centers? I'd love to know!