Friday, March 27, 2009

Fabulous Friday Finds -- Rubik's Cube!

Ok, truth be told, when I pulled "Rubik's Cube" from my little cup o' nouns, I thought I was in deep trouble. What could I find on Etsy by searching for "Rubik's Cube"????

Well. not a lot, but what I did find was kinda kitschy and cool.

There's a mini Rubik's Cube that bunnylogic turned into a pendant (bonus -- it's already solved!):

Or how about mini Rubik's Cube earrings from tinyminds (I love the checkerboard patterns!):

There's a Rubik's Cube felt plushie from kittymiaowwow (no hard plastic corners here!):

Or decorate your space with a Rubik's Cube decal from vinylwalldesign:

Whatever you choose, you'll be honoring the 80's in your own way! Just please, no parachute pants and Flock of Seagulls hair-dos. Some things should be left in the past.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Fabulous Friday Finds -- Fish!

Welcome to this edition of Fabulous Friday Finds! If this is your first visit, here is our premise: My boys chose a bunch of nouns, I select one from my little cup, and I'm off to Etsy to find handmade items by searching for the chosen word.

This week's word -- Fish!
For your baby, this cute little hair clip from shopmayapapaya. Looks good enough to eat (like the Pepperidge Farm crackers), but please don't.

For your teenager, these great fish hoop earrings from sstargell! 3 sizes are available.

For your mom or sister or BFF, this gorgeous fish brooch from Sonseeahray. I love the movement in the fins!

For you dad or DH, a set of 3 handmade handkerchiefs from TheHoneyPress. The hankies are silkscreened with fish and other images on soft 100% cotton plaid fabric. Great for those allergy sufferers out there!

And finally for your crafty friend, a crochet goldfish kit from AmyGaines, packaged in a take-out box! Really, so cute! And if your friend already has a huge stash of yarn, the fish pattern is available by itself.

Thanks for checking out the latest edition of Fabulous Friday Finds. To see past editions, check my blog archive.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Fabulous Friday Finds -- Pizza!

Today's Finds are inspired by the word "pizza"! Yum!

This kitty pizza chef from annya127 just makes me smile! He obviously loves to make pizza! (Check out the companion piece where kitty chef serves the pizza, too!)

These pepperoni pizza charms from fornever are sooooo adorable! They are tiny perfection! I love the way you can see the layer of sauce under the cheese. Also available from fornever are pizza hairclips and a pizza cellphone charm. Soooo cute!

This pizza necklace from shayaaron looks so real! I love the way the cheese oozed out when the slice was taken -- authentic! Plus it has green olives -- DH's favorite topping! And the way it is photographed with the miniature pizza board, pizza cutter, rolling pin, jar of pepper flakes and jar of grated cheese! Wow!!!

And speaking of pizza cutters, how cool are these pizza cutter earrings from celiefago! They are beautifully crafted of sterling and copper, and both disks spin. These are definitely on my wish list!

Well, now I'm craving pizza! My fave is pepperoni, mushroom, and black olive! Be sure and come back next Friday for more Fabulous Finds!

Monday, March 9, 2009

A Brand-New Design!

I've been working on new designs for The Lavender Lizard and I want to share one of them now.

These might look like fields of flowers, but they are actually skinny scarves, almost like a vine with eight flower stations with three small leaves in between the flowers. I designed this to be all-season. I have made this in two different colorways of the same wool/soy yarn. The lighter one ranges from ivory to pale pink to rose pink to sage green to soft light brown.

The darker one ranges from light plum to charcoal grey to brick red to red violet to deep purple. Both are simply soft and gorgeous!

I will be listing these as soon as I take decent photos. They really need to be photographed on a "live" model to show them off in their best light -- that's what I hope to accomplish tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Fabulous Friday Finds -- Island!

Today's edition of Fabulous Friday Finds is perhaps inspired by Spring Break -- the word today is "island." (If you're new to FFF, I choose a word every Friday with the help of my three oldest sons and feature items from Etsy that match the word.)

Etsy is chock-full of original photographs of islands! It was difficult to choose favorites. Here's a very small sample of what you can find by searching for "island".
How gorgeous are the clear waters in this photograph by travelographer of one of the San Blas Islands:
Islands are gorgeous in black-and-white as well, as seen in this photograph by DAJPhoto of Ruby Beach in Washington (Destruction Island is visible in the horizon):
The Hawaiian Islands are naturally subject to the photographer's lens. This photograph by PuaArts captures the lava flow from Kilauea:

This photograph of palm trees and blue skies was taken in Tonga by worldloop. I can just picture spending a lazy afternoon on a hammock beneath these gorgeous trees:

From the skies to the sand -- this photograph of the changing tides on Pawley's Island by joytannerphotography is stunning:

I love the graphic element of this photograph taken under the pier at Tybee Island by fotojo:

3lovely captured this unique shot of the steps leading down to Cupecoy Beach, St. Maarten:

I hope you will take the opportunity to check out these wonderful photographers. (For your convenience, I have also linked each photograph to its Etsy listing.)

Tune in next Friday for more Fabulous Friday Finds and have a happy and safe Spring Break!

Monday, March 2, 2009

ETC First Monday -- March 2!

March 2 marks the day that Texas declared its independence from Mexico in 1836. Today it also marks Etsy Texas Crafters First Monday Sale!

I'm continuing to feature 2 participating ETC shops for First Monday. First up is locobead, who is offering 15% off any item priced $15 or higher. And this little baby is perfect for Texas Independence Day:

My other featured shop is rhradcliffedesigns, who is offering free shipping. She's a terrific artist who has been fortunate enough to travel the world with her camera and paintbrushes. This photo captures Texas in the spring:

She is also offering free shipping in her two other shops: elephantdreams and earwingsandthings.

As usual, I have a BOGO sale at The Lavender Lizard (buy one, get one 50% off *OR* buy two, get one FREE!), and 20% off everything at The Lavender Ladybug.

For a complete list of participating ETC shops, join us in the Etsy forums!

Happy Texas Independence Day!!