Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Etsy Seller Profile: Spidercamp

Stuffed animals are popular with children, to be sure, but some adults also take enjoyment in having a plush animal, whether it is as a part of their office décor or home décor. Etsy seller Jessica Pierce, the creator of the plush bunnies available at the Etsy shop Spidercamp, has created a line of stuffed animals that people of all ages will enjoy--though based on what these bunnies have stitched on their torsos, they may be much better suited for the adult world.

In her day job, Jessica bakes what she calls "tremendous" cakes for a local restaurant. She has been interested in baking and otherwise creating things for as long as she can remember, but she only began making the plush bunnies available at Spidercamp about three years ago. She has sold these plush bunnies on Etsy for about 2 years, and they have been incredibly popular with her customers.

The plush bunnies are made from fleece and use all vegan materials for their construction. Most of the bunnies have button eyes, but there are also bunnies that are safe for babies and small children, with fleece and thread features. While some of the bunnies have a felt heart or another sort of embellishment on them, the majority of the bunnies have a word or phrase stitched across their torso. The words range all over the place, but Jessica admits that quite a few of them are "very foul indeed." In her Spidercamp shop, you can find "bunnies of purity," "bunnies what swear," and "bunnies with diseases," along with the "unpopular bunnies," which are on sale.

In addition to the plush bunnies, Spidercamp does offer other assorted items, including a selection of craft supplies and cat toys. One of the curiously popular items is pocket bacon-crocheted strips that look remarkably like uncooked bacon. Nearly everything that Jessica offers through Spidercamp is a little bit odd and quirky, so perhaps it is not too much of a surprise that the people who browse her shop end up buying pocket bacon.

In addition to the pre-made bunnies, Jessica also enjoys working with customers to create custom bunnies. She is willing to sew pretty much any word onto the torso of one of her bunnies, with the only constraint being the space available. She has made bunnies with scars that match the scars of their owner, as well as bunnies with made-up words stitched on them. Nearly anything is possible when it comes to the bunnies from Spidercamp, making them a wonderful unique gift idea.


This article was originally published here.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Etsy Seller Profile: Anandi of Anandi's Laboratory

Jewelry is such a common accessory that it never hurts to have just a little bit more. For Etsy seller Anandi, of the shop Anandi's Laboratory, jewelry making is a recent interest. This recent start, combined with technical knowledge and experimental ideas, have all combined beautifully to create one of a kind jewelry creations.

Anandi's background is relatively far from traditional crafting backgrounds--she studied Molecular Biology and has worked in the field of computers and software project management prior to beginning her jewelry making. This highly scientific background is likely part of the reason why learning about the details of jewelry making appealed so strongly to Anandi--she has taken multiple classes on jewelry making techniques, and reads up on other techniques in her spare time. She has only been creating jewelry pieces for about 6 months, and has been selling on Etsy for less than a month. In spite of this, or perhaps because of it, all of Anandi's designs are fresh and unique--just the sort of thing that a jewelry lover would look for in a new piece to add to their collection.

Anandi's jewelry creations combine sterling silver with a wide variety of beads in different shapes, sizes, and colors. In fact, one of the most appealing thing about Anandi's jewelry is her use of color. She combines bright flashes of color with more sedate surroundings, giving the wearer a piece that can be worn with many different outfits and for many different occasions. The majority of her jewelry pieces could move seamlessly from the board room to the bar, or from a cocktail party to a club. Some of Anandi's favorite pieces actually began their life as a piece of storebought jewelry--like a coral necklace that her mother purchased more than 30 years ago, but recently gave to Anandi to make something new with. For sentimental reasons, she opted to keep the resulting piece, but found the process of creating something new from something old enjoyable.

In addition to the items already available at Anandi's Laboratory, Anandi also enjoys making custom pieces of jewelry. She recently completed two sets of mother-daughter necklaces for a family friend. She says that she enjoys the more mathematical and scientific goals behind custom pieces--after being given constraints and variables to work with, she can then apply creative solutions to the "problem." Regardless of what the "problem" may be, Anandi is sure to come up with a beautiful jewelry solution!

Spike, Peanut, and Me

This article was originally published here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Etsy Seller Profile: Finny's Funny Hats at GlitzConcepts

Every parent learns quickly that their children will need a winter hat, and also that their children will be prone to losing their hat--thus necessitating many winter hats. However, there is a good chance that if your child has one of Finny's Funny Hats, from the Etsy shop GlitzConcepts, their winter hat will quickly become a treasured possession, and it may remain with them for more than just a short period of time. Whether your child likes monkeys, bears, or another animal, chances are good that you can find one of Finny's Funny Hats to match their preferences.

Etsy seller Carrie, the talented hands behind GlitzConcepts, has been doing arts and crafts for nearly her entire life, or "since my parents bought us [her sister and herself] our first Crayola Scissors (that my sister cut my hair with when my parents weren't looking! Awww older sisters...)" She started making Finny's Funny Hats when her son, Finn, was just a baby. Finn needed a winter hat, and Carrie had the skills to make him one. From there, the idea of Finny's Funny Hats was born. Carrie wants to give her son a fun childhood, and her business helps her to be a stay at home mom who gets to spend lots of time with Finn.

Finny's Funny Hats depict a wide variety of animals, and are available in three different sizes for children. Carrie has made a few adult sized hats, but she prefers sticking with hats for children at present. Her most popular sellers in her Etsy shop have been the monkey-related items, but she also has bears, giraffes, foxes, and even bugs. In addition to the hats, Carrie also makes animal coats, which combine a hood that resembles one of Finny's Funny Hats and a coat body in the same color. Carrie says that the coats are particularly fun for her to make. All of the hats and coats are made of fleece, which makes them both warm and easy to clean--important features for childrens' winter wear. In addition, the cute animal themes would make these hats or coats a wonderful option for a Halloween costume in colder climates.

Carrie has been selling Finny's Funny Hats on Etsy since March of 2007, and has had a considerable amount of success with her shop GlitzConcepts. Between the absolutely adorable fleece hats and coats, and her too-cute-for-words model, Finn, the Etsy shop GlitzConcepts is a definite attention-getter. When you combine this with the quality construction of Finny's Funny Hats, it is understandable why these hats and coats are such hot sellers. These items are sure to look adorable on any child, and keep them nice and warm all winter long.


This article was originally published here.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Etsy Seller Profile: Handmade Horrors

For those of us who wish we could celebrate Halloween year round, Etsy seller Paige Cornelius, the crafter behind the Etsy shop HandmadeHorrors, has a wide selection of horror themed jewelry available no matter what season it is. Whether you prefer skulls and zombies, black cats and bats, or notorious historical figures, Paige probably has just what you are looking for, and several other items that you will realize you can't live without.

Paige has been crafting since a young age, inspired in part by her grandparents. Her grandfather was a painter and a woodworker, and her grandmother did cross-stitch, ceramics, and other crafts when she was younger. Paige herself experimented with a wide variety of crafts prior to starting HandmadeHorrors: collage art, altered art, and sewing being just a few of the crafts she dabbled in. In addition to her grandparents, Paige's brother, husband, and 10-year-old son are all also talented artists. Some of her husband's artwork appears on the jewelry that Paige creates for Handmade Horrors.

The artwork used in HandmadeHorrors designs comes from several sources. Paige creates some of the artwork herself, but she also works with two talented artists for many of the designs. Her husband, Chris Cornelius, is one of the other artists, as mentioned above. The other artist who contributes some of his artwork to HandmadeHorrors jewelry is Justin Terrell of ZMB Graphics. Paige enjoys collaborating with both of these artists, and is proud to offer their artwork combined with her handiwork.

Handmade Horrors offers a wide array of jewelry options, including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pins, and rings, as well as accessories like hair pins and cell phone charms. Many of these pieces of jewelry involve simple shapes in dark colors, often accented with glitter. Bats and stars are common shapes used for these pieces. Other pieces feature a more detailed drawing of a creature or character, like a pink-haired witch perched on a broom. Still other pieces are taken from reproductions of paintings or photographs--for example, Handmade Horrors offers pieces of jewerly featuring a portrait of Vlad Dracula or Morticia Addams. Paige has also begun integrating chainmaille into some of her designs, and finds that she enjoys creating these pieces, even though they are more difficult to make than her older designs.

In addition to the standard fare found at HandmadeHorrors, Paige is also more than willing to take on custom orders. While she specializes in horror or Halloween themed images, she can work with any sort of artwork or photograph to create one-of-a-kind pieces for her customers. So whether you want something with a bit of flair for Halloween, or you want to immortalize a favorite pet in a pair of earrings, Paige of HandmadeHorrors is sure to be able to create something that you will be sure to love.

Handmade Horrors
Justin Terrell's page

This article was originally published here.