Thursday, August 25, 2011

thursdays talent - batik

In this weeks talent post we are taking a look at Batik, which is a method of dying fabric or paper. I may do a future 'how to' post on this subject since I am becoming fascinated with this technique. Check out what these talented Etsy sellers are doing with Batik. 


Love the colors here. Batik Fabric Greeting Card.
Squiggly goodness! Batik Fabric Greeting Card. 


Fun fabric coasters
Gorgeous landscape art quilt!

In love with these Batik and brass earrings!
Fabulous Batik necklace!

Hope you enjoyed this round of Thursday's Talent. 
Have you ever tried to Batik fabric? 

Feel free to share your experiences and make sure you stop by these great shops!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

texture tuesday

Be inspired.  

Monday, August 22, 2011

roughing it

I'm going to tell you a little secret, it's not very exciting but something many of you don't know about me. >> I love to write! << I know what you are thinking...."um, isn't that why you have a blog?" Well, yes but the truth of the matter is that I have not been using it the way I intended. 

While on my mini vacation last weekend I did a little bit of soul searching and started writing again. I didn't get very far because it was an emotional piece but I have decided to share some of it with you. 


Tiger Cat Lake
Roughing It.
by Vanessa Hotchkiss

At least that’s what we used to call it. When going up north to Tiger Cat lake meant sleeping in tents or my grandparents’ old camper. Running water and bathrooms were luxuries we didn’t take for granted and our dinners were eaten out on the picnic table. A picnic table placed just outside the old bunkhouse where we used to keep fresh worms in a small refrigerator.

We’d spend afternoons down by the dock with a bucket of those worms and fishing poles made out of cane. My grandmother would sit in her lawn chair silently reading one of her stories and congratulating us on our catch. Bluegill and Perch, they may have been small but left lasting memories to pass on to my children. 

Those days are gone just like the man who taught us all about roughing it. He was a tall and slender man who was brilliant with his words and stern with his teaching. He was my grandfather. I can remember the silly games we'd play and how he taught me many things about life by giving me a fishing pole. I miss those days as they have been taken over by grand houses, paved roads, showers! 

The old smell of dirt and trees is still there and the sounds of the Loons are still sung every night, but where the old green camper used to stand is now a little oak tree. I'm happy about the tree but sad for the loss of what it really meant to go up north and rough it.  

It probably isn't very good but it comes from the heart. Something that makes me happy and I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading it!

NOTE: This is an original work by me. Please do not re-post without my permission. Thank you. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

reaching for success

Purple and Blue bracelet
Ok Etsy shop owners I've got a question for those of you who use social media to increase your shop views/sales. I'm a tweeter, facebooker, blogger and all around loudmouth so why can't I get more views to my shop through all those social media tools? 

Like many of my fellow sellers our views are coming directly from Etsy and not from outside sources. 
I would love to hear what those of you who have been successful using those tools have to say.

Any tips, tricks, do's and don'ts? 
If you have any ideas you'd like to share please comment below! 
Who know you may even get rewarded for sharing :)

NOTE: I've tried the giveaway, the sponsor spots, the promotion of other Etsy sellers...

Thank you kindly!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

thursdays talent

Welcome to my newest blog posting adventure. Every Thursday I'm going to post some fabulous items from some great sellers on Etsy to showcase their talents!  Are you ready?

Thursday's Talent 
(Metal working)

I've always loved working with my hands to create something beautiful and metals have a special place in my heart. Here are this weeks fabulously talented Etsy sellers, each of whom creates wonderful pieces using metal. 


Such a creative design and very well done! Just Breathe Lungs
Drooling over this Druzy Ring!
LittleBugJewelry (a.k.a RareDesign)

Love the wire work in this Teal Blue Kyanite Necklace
Beautifully twisted metal in this Turquoise Necklace

GlitzGlitter (a.k.a TheSlyFox)

I want to drink these Wine Red Garnet
Love me some gold Druzy!


In love with the metal clay work and who can resist these custom guitar picks?
The texture is fantastic in this wedding band!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

blueberry picking

The drive was very pretty!
Last weekend we took the kids blueberry picking. So much fun, even though Sophia only lasted about 15 minutes! The fields were beautiful and the weather was perfect. We grabbed our buckets and headed to the best areas for picking. 
Noah picking only the best berries!

We picked for maybe an hour or so and then headed to get them weighed. Ever wanted to know what close to 5 lbs of blueberries looks like...

That's a BIG bowl!
We froze about 7 cups and used the rest for a batch of muffins and for the kids to eat during the week. Gotta love summer! I don't want it to end. 


Monday, August 15, 2011


Time to announce the winner. Thank you to everyone who entered you ALL rock!!!
 Drumroll please....  

Congratulations to JessMarie! Yup the random generator picked you!! 
Woo Hoo Dance Party!

Thanks again to everyone who entered! For those of you who didn't win I'm offering you a coupon code so contact me if you feel like shopping! 



Friday, August 12, 2011

giveaway time!

As much as I hate to admit this...gah it's too hard to even type this...ok one more try...breath...
Fall is coming.

There I said it. It's a fact and I can't hide from it no matter how much I try. So in honor of all of you who may be headed back to school or have kids going back, I'm having a giveaway!

Win this great clutch that works as a pencil case or as a wallet. 

Vintage floral clutch with purple interior!
How do you win? 
Each step counts as one entry.

#1: Visit my Shop and leave a comment here about your favorite piece
#2: Follow my blog and leave a comment here
#3: Fan me on FB and leave a comment here
#4: Follow me on twitter and leave a comment here

You can get (2) extra entries by blogging about the giveaway!
Leave a comment here with a link so I can see what you wrote :)

Have fun guys!
Winner announced August 15th

Sunday, August 7, 2011

vintage goodness

Yum, Yum get me some...of the vintage goodies hiding in this amazingly cute shop! Have you visited Barking Birds Vintage on Etsy? Huh, huh have you? Well hurry up and do it because it's spilling over with fantastically photographed pieces just waiting for you. 

Like this apothecary jar...

Who wouldn't want their goodies in this jar??!! 
Or this amazing vintage silver vanity mirror and brush...

Yes, please!
I know Michele from twitter and she's a fantastically sweet gal. Here's what she has to say about who she is and what she does.

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"My name is Michele and I am horrible at writing about myself, but I can tell you I am the mama of two boys that loves to collect vintage items. At some point I realized that I couldn't house all these great finds, but I still felt compelled to buy them, so I sought out a venue for which I could sell vintage. That is when Etsy came into my life. It has become a wonderful place to buy, sell and meet great people whom share the same joy in vintage and handmade that I do."
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So much to drool over! Seriously I'm dying from the cuteness, in a good way of course!! 


Meow! This little kitty holds your toothpicks or flowers! 

Check out her page on Facebook too >>

Thanks so much Michele for sharing your wonderful shop!!
Happy shopping everyone!



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