Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday Special!

It's Monday again, and I am offering another special. This week I am offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING in all three of my shops!

All you have to do is type "freeshipblog" in the comments to seller at checkout. Once I receive your order I will refund your shipping charges via PayPal unless you prefer to wait for a revised invoice.

Even though it's only the middle of September, I can feel the holiday spirit in the air. Now is a great time to start your shopping. If you do it early it will reduce last minute stress.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

What I’ve been up to.

Upcoming and New Designs:

*Journalism Bookmark
*Halloween Themed jewelry & accessories
*Limited Edition Cameo rings, necklaces, brooches, & earrings
*1337 Jewelry including earrings, necklaces, and bracelets
*Vintage Jewels - rings, studs, and earrings
*Birthstone pieces including bookmarks, earrings, and necklaces
*Collage/Mixed Media jewelry pieces
*Cell phone charms
*Zipper pulls
*Christmas Themed pieces
*& more!

Coming Back into Stock:

*Journalism Earrings

If there is something that you have been waiting for to come back into stock please let me know. I do not always remake every item that I sell.

Other Items of Interest:

*Working on another email newsletter. If you have signed up yet you can find the sign up box to the right.
*Trying to get my studio set up. It’s slow progress, but in the coming weeks my husband and I will make a lot of progress.
*Deciding whether or not I will do one Holiday craft show this year.
*I plan to stock up on inventory in all three of my shops:
Artfire -
Etsy -
Made it Myself
*Working on adding items directly on this site ( for purchase.
*Email gift certificates

Remember: The custom order deadline is November 30th, 2009.

Be sure to check back tomorrow morning at 6:00am Pacific Time for another Monday Special - exclusive to my blog readers.

Thank you so much for reading! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Poll Results: Halloween Jewelry

I recently held a poll regarding the popularity of Halloween themed jewelry. There were 213 participants, and the majority of them were thrilled with all things Halloween. I'm surprised that vampires did not rank higher, and that the witches had only one fan. (I was a witch for Halloween for about 5 years in a row!)

There is still plenty of time before Halloween. I have already introduces some skull cameo earrings in my Etsy Shop, and I have a few more skull cameo pieces up my sleeve as well as some Halloween colored goodies. Maybe a couple of other themes if things work out as planned.

What is your favorite part about this holiday? I liked dressing up in school and having little class parties. In Elementary school we used to do a costume parade - so much fun! Now I think I like the candy corn Hershey kisses the best.

I hope these results were helpful to you artisans out there. Thank you so much for reading.

__1337 Art

Monday, September 7, 2009

Monday Special!

For today only I am offering my blog readers a special treat - a Monday special! I have been thinking about offering a daily special on my blog for awhile now, and I think it is a great day to put it for a test drive. Today I am offering you the first pick of my brand new (and not yet listed in either of my shops) Vintage Jewels adjustable rings. There are three gems to choose from, and they are genuine vintage Swarovski crystals. The silver ring settings are also vintage. Each gem measures 8mm x 10mm.

Retail Price: $18 each.
You Pay: $15 each.

You also get free shipping!

(International readers please contact me to purchase)

These crystals are very beautiful. Their surface is like liquid.

You can pay directly here on my blog using the form below with either your PayPal account or a credit card. It's safe and easy!

Each ring will arrive in a black cotton filled box and an organza bag. Perfect for gift giving, stocking stuffers, or a special gift just for you.

After today I am going to list these rings in my shops at full price with shipping. Once these rings are gone they are gone.

Have another coffee and enjoy the rest of your day. Thank you for reading.

__1337 Art

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Artisan Feature - Carvel Country Soaps

It is important to show the world the charm of handcrafted items, and I plan to do this one artist at a time. Today I feature Carvel Country Soaps from Alberta, Canada. Below you can find her interview:

1. What is the first memory of crafting that you can recall?

I remember as a child, being no more than 6 or 7, helping my mom's friend sew doll clothes for my cabbage patch kids. I remember being thrilled to choose the materials for each outfit from her scraps and then see those scraps become something. It was very fascinating for me.

2. What are some of your favorite past times?

When I am not making soaps and things, I enjoy reading, golfing, curling, and scrapbooking.

3. What do you specialize in?

I specialize in handmade, paraben free bath and body products.

4. What made you decide to open up a shop on Etsy?

Let's face it, those of us with shops on Etsy are there to sell, I saw opening up my shop as a way to get my products more exposure. The friendships and daily chats are an added bonus, I've met so many fantastic people because of Etsy.

5. How did you choose your shop name?

Carvel Country Soapworks- I live in a rural setting near the hamlet of Carvel & I make soap and other goodies. I love my shop name, it really ties everything together.

6. What are your hopes for the future?

Over the past few years I have seen tremendous growth in Carvel Country Soapworks both locally and on Etsy & I hope this trend continues. I am hoping to expand my product lines as well as add additional wholesale accounts.

7. How do you feel about custom orders?

I love custom orders! I offer a number of fragrances and colors and will gladly put custom orders together. I have worked with a number of customers for various events such as baby showers, weddings, birthdays as well.

8. Try to sum up your workspace in as few words as possible.

Bright, Spacious, my escape.

You can visit Carvel Country Soaps' Etsy Shop here:

And you can send Krysta a message via the Etsy Convo system or an email to

Krysta is also offering a 10% discount for my blog readers! Just enter the promotion code: "BLOG" in the comments to seller at checkout. Just in time for the upcoming holidays! It is not too early to buy your loved ones gifts - and you can't beat handmade either!

Featured Items:

JUMBO Crayon Soap Set
Coconut-Lemongrass Bath and Body Bar
JUMBO Goat Milk Soap Bar

All available at

Thank you so much for reading!

__1337 Art

Customer Appreciation!

I just wanted to share this nice feature from one of my customers, Katie:

I appreciate each and every one of you for your support in my growing business.

Thank you!


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