Monday, July 28, 2008

Great Etsy find: Spiky mugs!

Not too long ago, I was visiting Kayce (of the many shops), and she was showing off her new mug from LAS Designs. It was a crazy spiky looking thing, but oh so cool! Of course I had to have one. :)

Well, seeing as Laura was at the Punk Rock Flea Market on Saturday, and had a box of "oops" mugs, I got the chance pick one up for myself. And though she calls it an oops, I think it's just perfect! The handle is extra large, which means I can almost put my hand THROUGH the handle. (I actually pondered doing this, but realized I'd be very disappointed when my new mug was stuck on me as a bracelet.) It also holds a good quantity of liquid, and works just as well for cold drinks as it does for warm.

So check out her shop for the spiky mugs and other clay creations. It's all wonderful stuff, oops or otherwise! :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: A Crafty Arab

Koloud 'Kay' Tarapolsi, who runs the Etsy shop A Crafty Arab, original hails from Darneh, Libya, but now makes the Seattle area her home. She began creating things as a child in Libya, where they made toys and came up with games to play. She continued crafting into adulthood, when she began making Arabic gifts to give to her friends, finding very few Arabic gifts to purchase commercially. She began selling her creations about 3 years ago, and has been selling them on Etsy for a few months. Her Etsy shop features a variety of Arab crafts, prayer beads, cards, toys, and household decor, along with some jewelry.

Kay still enjoys making toys, which remind her of happy memories from childhood, but she really loves making all of the items that she sells. She is happy to work with customers who are looking for a different Arabic phrase or saying for a card, or different colors or stamps for a Jacob's ladder. Also, if you're in the Seattle area and would like to see her items in person, you can check out Kay's calendar of upcoming shows on her website.