Happy Customer, Happy Designer

April 16, 2010

I’m dying.

No, not really dying.  I am ecstatic!

First, a little background information.

I came up with these Lattice Ribbon Bracelets a while ago. I adored them, still do, but I was very unsure of how they would be received by people. You see, these bracelets do not have clasps. What? Yes. You simply tie the ends of the ribbons together.

Now, bracelets in general I think require some assistance to put on and take off. Yes I know of “bracelet buddies” and other little contraptions that are supposed to help, but it’s likely you will have to ask someone to assist you.  Even with toggle clasps, the easiest of clasps to maneuvre, in my opinion.  SO, I just wasn’t sure if people would take to the whole tying thing.

Am I rambling?


So, I recently sold one of these Lattice Ribbon Bracelets to a lovely gal by the name of Amy, who informed me that she would be wearing it on the day of her wedding as an accent in her favourite colour. Love it!

I was thrilled to hear that. I mean I think all jewelry designers love to be a part of peoples weddings. It’s a very special thing. But, I was also thrilled to know that people were not put off by “no clasp bracelets”.

So I sent it off to Amy, wished her well and thanked her very much.

Then today… she sent me this.

Is Amy not the most beautiful bride ever?

She completely made my day with this. I am so thrilled to have been able to be a part of her special day.

AND I am so happy to know that she was pleased with her purchase from me. Thank you very, very much Amy!

Congratulations to you and your new hubby!

Hearts for Haiti

January 18, 2010

Hearts for Haiti is an Etsy shop set up by several enthusiastic Etsy sellers to raise funds for the Haiti disaster relief. Shop items have been  generously donated by hundreds of Etsy shop owners and 100% of the proceeds from this shop (minus Etsy fees and Paypal fees) go directly to DoctorsWithoutBorders (http://doctorswithoutborders.org ).

The shop was set up on January 14, 2 days after the disaster, and since then has had over 220 sales and raised over $2,500. And those numbers are increasing at a very quick rate.

It’s so inspiring to see everyone in the handmade community come together for a greater good.

You can follow the progress of the shop in this Etsy forum thread or follow them on Facebook.

If you would like to donate an item to HeartsForHaiti.etsy.com, please send an email to etsyforhaiti2 [!at] gmail.com for a copy of the donation guidelines.

Or, of course, go buy something lovely and know that your money is going to a wonderful cause.

Handmade Christmas

December 22, 2009

Christmas in our house involves a lot of handmade items. So, when the husband asked if he could use some of our plain glass ornaments to make some super special  colour changing LED ornaments, I said, “hells yeah!”.

It’s not easy to get a photo of something that changes colour.

Well, I suppose we could have just videotaped it. But, we didn’t.

My husband is cooler than yours. :)

Mary and Max

December 18, 2009

… is the cutest movie I’ve seen in a very long time.

I have a huge appreciation for all the work that goes into making a movie like this.

Mary and Max is a 92 minute Australian  ‘clayography’ stopmotion film that took almost 5 years from script to screen to make.  Each of the six animators on average created 4 seconds a day!

Max (my favourite Atheist) is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Mary is played by Toni Collette. There are plenty of other big names in this movie too.

Watch the trailer here:

Some other facts about the movie…

– 133 separate sets were created for the film

– 475 miniature props were made, BY HAND!

– 394 individual pupils were hand punched then had a white, sparkly dot painted on them

– 147 tailor made costumes were created

– 808 miniature Earl Grey tea bag boxes were hand cut, folded, glued, wrapped and airbrushed.

– 12 litres of water based sex lube were needed to create everything from tears to a surging jungle river.

Mary and Max is innocent but not naive, as it takes us on a journey that explores friendship, autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, where babies come from , obesity, religious difference, agoraphobia and much, MUCH more.

I highly recommend it. :)

More Christmas baubles!

December 15, 2009

These arrived today from the lovely Tanya of TanyaMac.etsy.com . A fellow member of the Crafty Ireland Team!


I adore them so! They are extremely well made and came beautifully packaged.  I intend to put them up in my craft room, but she also sent me an extra bauble which looks gorgeous on my tree! Love them!

Go check out her shop for more beautifully handmade items. You can also find her here:

Blog :: http://etsyireland.blogspot.com
site :: www.arabella-invites.com
Flickr :: www.flickr.com/photos/cheekyurchin/

Christmas Ornaments

December 14, 2009

These are some of the new ornaments I was happy to acquire this year. :) I adore them all!


Crochet Snowflake Ornament from small packages


Full Moon Ornament from minouette


Fly Agaric Mushroom Ornaments from minouette


Set of 5 Miniature Mushrooms with wire stems from craftsty


Herbie the Hedgehog ornament from BeeLoveLee

I would have loved to have  photos of them on the tree for this post, but it’s 4pm already and completely dark. I can assure you though, they look fantastic on my tree! :D