Friday, January 30, 2009

Fabulous Friday Finds -- Potato!

Welcome to the second edition of my Friday feature. My boys challenge me each week with a noun, then I search Etsy and find the most fabulous items (to me) that match the noun to feature.

This week's challenge word: Potato!

"Potato," I thought, "What in the world will I find on Etsy with potato?" It seemed daunting or at least, nearly impossible. Who makes potatoes to sell on Etsy??

Well, personally, I love potatoes, and this little gem sums that up (from jenjensirene)!

And what could be better than playing with potatoes? This yummy felt lunch set from christinamaedesigns features 2 kinds of potatoes -- fries and chips! Now that's what I want for lunch!

And for dinner, we'll serve Mom's meatloaf with mashed potatoes (check out the perfect pat of butter), from opheliamcphee!

Speaking of Mom, how about a gorgeous strand of potato pearls, from briguysgirls! Trust me, she will love this necklace!

And let's not leave out the baby in the family. Here's a sweet newborn set from potatopatch featuring 2 of the cutest chicks ever:

Potato, you ask? Where's the potato? Well, the chick design is hand-stamped with potato stamps! Clever, right?

Thanks for stopping by! Tune in next Friday for a whole new batch of fabulous finds!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Fabulous Friday Finds -- Sheep!

I'm starting a new Friday feature, and here's the first one. My boys challenge me each week with a noun, then I search Etsy and find the most fabulous items (to me) that match the noun to feature.

This week's challenge word was Sheep!

This is soooo adorable -- and functional too! It's a bamboo stitch gauge decorated with little sheep. From karatstix!

More functional sheep: stitch markers from scarymerry! Baaaaa!

What fiber artist wouldn't love crochet hooks or knitting needles featuring little clay sheep! The crochet hook is from designsbytami!

The knitting needles are from ClayAndYarnBarn!

These fabric covered buttons with hand-embroidered sheep would rock on a handmade wool sweater! From butteredparsnips!

And finally, because sheep are just toooo cute -- a primitive woolly friend to decorate your home from SimplyEwe!

Be sure to join me next week for another Fabulous Friday Find!

ETC Design Challenge -- Chinese New Year

This month's ETC Design Challenge was a real stumper for me. Chinese New Year? How will I translate that into a crochet design??? My head was swimming.

Luckily, Christine of pinuppixie, the Design Challenge Coordinator, sent along a link to inspire us.

Reading the info, I found out that the Lantern Festival parades often include huge dragons made of silk and bamboo. Well, that cleared my head -- I had just bought some silk and bamboo yarn and had not made anything with it yet. Perfect! Unfortunately there is no red in this brand of yarn (red is very symbolic for Chinese New Year.) So I got a couple of bright colors and decided to make a long scarf in a wave pattern to symbolize the color and movement of the dragons.

Here's my entry:

Also I quickly created a prize to donate to one of the top 4 winners -- it is a strand scarf with the same yarn and a little bamboo/cotton/acrylic for texture:

Come check out all of the entries and vote for your favorite. (The poll will close on January 27.)
Happy Chinese New Year!

Monday, January 19, 2009

ETC Has Secrets -- Monday, January 19!

What's a Secret? It's a FREE item! And there are 2 available in both of my shops, The Lavender Lizard and The Lavender Ladybug!
Just buy the listing where Tex the armadillo is hiding and receive the FREE item described in the listing.

To see what other ETC shops are participating, join us in the forums!

New commercial supplies for Valentines Day at The Lavender Ladybug!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

So Much for Trying to Blog More....

Arrrrgh! This is only my second blog entry of 2009!!! Where does the time go???

Here's a couple of short shop updates: Over at The Lavender Lizard, I have heart-shaped face scrubbies in a new color -- shades of lilac and ivory, very pretty! Other colors are also available. These would be a sweet gift in a basket with some handmade soap!

At The Lavender Ladybug, I have new heart motifs in red or purple! Perfect for scrapbooking or cardmaking for Valentine's Day or weddings! And I'll be listing new colors soon (and I accept custom requests, as well!) Also I'll be listing new Valentine's Day rubber stamps soon!

Shop early for Valentine's Day!!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy 2009!

Wow! It's January 5th already! 2008 flew by and 2009 is trending the same way already!

Time for Etsy Texas Crafters First Monday Sale! I'm doing a little something different this year at The Lavender Lizard -- Buy One, Get One 50% Off -OR- Buy Two, Get One Free! Come in and see what's currently available! (Think about Valentines's not too early!)

At The Lavender Ladybug, the sale is 20% Off All Items!

Here's to a wonderful, fulfilling, prosperous 2009!