Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Skies The Limit


No.17 Here are some of my favourite handmade items, from the kind artists that have featured some of my work in the past week!

My favorite treasury! 'Sunrise...Sunset' by 'watercolorsNmore'


Item - Butterfly Princess Hair Clip
Etsy seller - TheJulReeBox Fashion Jewelry and Accessories

Item - Vintage Sterling Silver Ring
Etsy seller - waterlilyjewels Antique And Vintage Jewelry
Treasury East - EPL Summer Contest - The Sun Through The Trees

Item - Watercolor Painting Original - Geese - Ducks - Rain
Etsy seller - watercolorsNmore Water Color Painting Originals and Prints
Treasury East - Sunrise...Sunset
Treasury East - Go Bold And Have FUN!
Thanks for including me again!

Item - Kindle 2 Cover Oriental Print Of Children Playing
Etsy seller - beesocks Kindle Covers, Felt Art And Creative Crafts
Treasury East - We're All Mad Here

Etsy Buyer - Alyanna
Treasury East - Red Summer Love

Thanks again for the features everyone :)

moonangelnay x

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Tuesday - BESTeam Mosaic
weekly shoutout to the dedicated workers that like to help other handmade artists...

TheGardenRoom on Etsy
... Today's BESTeam artist is Patricia Snow of TheGardenRoom on Etsy, whose craft is specialising in making fine jewelry using semi-precious gemstones and supplies. Even fresh water pearls! Her Jewelry is gorgeous and her use of the camera (and a lightbox im guessing :) ) for me is an ideal example of how product photos should look considering I have recently written a Handmade Spark article about how to NOT present your product photos lol! :) Stunning throughout. Make sure you give her a visit! (and a heart!).

And Patricia's Blog
... Patricia's blog's gorgeous black and pink design is the one thing that initially grabbed my attention, and of course it is full of great posts on her craft and those of other artists including BESTeam members!

All items are clickable and will take you directly to TheGardenRoom's listings...

Monday, June 28, 2010

4th July

Monday Magic... 4th July!



Introducing my 37th installment of my weekly feature, Monday Magic! These sellers all share something special... Fabulous work! Yet, somehow like many sellers on Etsy are wondering where all their admirers are! So this is where I feel it's time to showcase the undiscovered talent of Etsy, on Monday each week so they have a chance to shine like the best of Etsy do :)

All of the sellers names can be typed into the navigation bar on your browser followed with "" (dot etsy dot com) to take you to their stores. Otherwise click on an image to go directly to their listing!

I am now taking requests for next weeks Monday Magic Expo. If you would like to be a part of it, you are required to 0-19 sales in your Etsy store, and the theme is 'Summer' Contact me via convo @ to send in your requests, plus a link to your suitable item :)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Party Time!

Sunday - Coffee and Cake
weekly musings, articles and mostly babble...

HandmadeSpark NEW TUTORIAL POST...

My article on Handmade Spark is up!

Finding your Spark : Product Photography - The "BIG NO" For Your Product Photos

You can still catch my previous posts here:
* Finding Your Spark - Product Photography - Lighting
* Finding your spark : Product Photography - Getting The Best Out Of Your Photography
* Finding your spark : Product Photography - Making A Lightbox
* Finding Your Spark - Photo Composition
* Finding Your Spark - Got The Shakes?
* Finding Your Spark - Easy Post Production - Contrast Adjustment
* Finding Your Spark - Product Photography - Layering And It's Benefits
* Finding Your Spark - Product Photography - Motivation and Inspiration
* Finding Your Spark - For Photographers - Creative Bokeh

Party Time! Today is my son's Birthday Party, although he won't officially be a year older unil Tuesday. But wow! 3 years old! where does the time go??? It's so weird... Each year I love to make a year-gone-by montage of my little mans antics to put on our kitchen wall and looking back at just after his 2nd birthday, I can't even imagine him being so different. I can only expect changes because he is so young but to look back and remember what he was like and just how far he has come is still pretty incredible whther i expect it or not. As this is the same boy who was walking at 7 months! And now he's ruler of the house... He certainly knows how to prepare himself that's for sure lol! Aw I'm so proud of him. He was told today by his Tot's Drama teacher that he should go to theatre school because of his confidence and inventive nature. I just beamed! It'll be a wonderful opportunity for him, and his birthday will incite the period of time that he can apply for things like that. Very exciting!

I won't make this long as I have a tonne to prepare (and sleep to catch up on... i should be in bed really!) But yes finally a happy day to conclude a painfully tiring week! :D

Recent Photography Posted to

That's it for now. Have a great weekend all!

moonangelnay x

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Friday Finds... EnlightenedPlatypus

This is my 32nd interview of the amazing not-so-well-known artists of Etsy!

I am grateful to Etsy seller EnlightenedPlatypus for taking part in todays interview considering I was rather last minute approaching her! I had such a nostalgic trip visiting her store i wanted to go back in time to the days i lived surrounded by my fine art, local music and my circle of friends. The clothing has a kind of vibrant magic that makes me think of folk music and dancing free amongst nature. Where I am now with my photography, or should I say the inspiration behind it is derived from this past I am reminded of :) I was once a right old modern day hippy and if I'd have discovered Lisa Marie's amazing elven-like coats back in the day (if her business was about then), I'd have a huge collection by now already!
Take the time to visit her store!

(Just click the images to go direct to the listings)

-- Tell me a bit about you! (Name, Age, Location, and give us a random fact whilst you're at it.) My name is Lisa Marie Correia and I am the creator of Enlightened Platypus coats. I just turned 28 a few days ago. I'm formerly from Los Angeles, CA but just recently moved to beautiful, green Denver, Colorado. I'm also a wife and the proud new mommy of an 8 month old baby girl.

-- What is your business about then? Enlightened Platypus is all about creating one of a kind clothing, mostly coats. I use 90% recycled sweaters in the softest materials I can find. I have a passion for making the old new again. It's good for the earth and because I use vintage fabrics, each piece is guaranteed to be completely unique, never to be reproduced. When I'm designing a new coat I take great care to ensure that the finished piece is going to flatter a variety of body types. I adore an hourglass silhouette, so I make sure the waist can be cinched in nice and tight. Then I patch together a giant twirly skirt that is just perfect for dancing. I take my time to ensure that every piece is of the highest quality. I like to imagine that I'm making a gift for one of my best friends.

-- How did Etsy come into your life? I've been a longtime Etsy customer and have always wanted to open my own little shop. One day I was at the fabric shop gathering materials to make my daughter a dress when I met a girl who had her own Etsy store. Talking to her inspired me to take the leap, and see if anyone else would like my unique sense of style. One week later Enlightened Platypus was up and running.

-- Are you working a day job too? Does being a mommy count? LoL! I was an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles for 7 years, and loved every minute of it. Now I am taking some time off to be the best mommy I can be...and to make some wonderful coats while I'm at it. ;)

-- How long has the artist in you been 'unleashed' for? I've always loved to create art. As a teen I made quilts and clothing with my mom. While I was teaching I fell in love with painting, which helped me hone my sense of color. For the past year I've been rediscovering my seamstress skills by creating my own patterns and sewing clothes for my daughter and myself.

-- What has been the inspiration behind your business? So many things! Froud's fairy artwork, steampunk culture, Victorian Goth culture, Wild Burning Man costumes, Renaissance Festivals. And of course the fabrics themselves. Colors placed together in just the right way create a feeling and tell a story. When I see the perfect color palette, the call to create just can't be ignored.

-- If you could describe your products in three words, what would you tell me? Ooooh, that's tough. I'd describe my coats as Gypsy Fairy Couture.

-- What would an average working day for you be like from dawn til dusk? During the day I'm busy taking care of my little cutiepie. When her daddy comes home in the evening he takes over and I go straight to my sewing machine. I might start around 5 PM with choosing sweaters to go into a new creation. By 6 o'clock I've settled on my selections and will begin to cut out my pattern. Then its straight sewing until I drop. I've been known to stay up until 3 AM, though I try to be in bed by 1 o'clock on most nights.

-- What's your favourite material and techniques to work with? I love to shop the thrift stores for soft sweaters I n bright colors. I've used every type of material you can possibly make a sweater out of, from cashmere to cotton. I'll also throw in the odd bit of velvet or faux fur to spice things up a bit.

-- What is your ideal vision for the future for you and your work? I would love to grow my business on Etsy. In the very near future a portion of each sale will go toward helping clean up the oil spill in the Gulf. I'd like to expand that program to include other charities as well, that way my customers can choose where their donation goes. I think I have a unique message to share. I want to help people see how fulfilling it can be to wear a unique handmade piece of clothing that not only looks and feels lovely, but is also helping make our planet a better place.

-- Away from work, what do you like to do for fun or to wind down? At the moment my favorite thing to do is take my daughter out someplace she's never been before and see her reactions to things. I love to be in nature, so hiking and letterboxing with my husband is always fun. I also love to dress up and show off my unique sense of style, so I'll take just about any opportunity to do so. I love to go to Renaissance Festivals, Burning man regional events, Goth clubs (pre-baby), or just out for a nice dinner.

-- What are you likely to search for on Etsy? For me, Etsy is all about the clothes. So I'm nearly always looking at clothing and searching terms like retro, gothic, steampunk, or fairy. I also look for little additions I can add to my coats, such as hand made clasps or vintage buttons.

-- Any last words? Be Daring, Be Unique, Be Enlightened!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wheels of Color


No.16 Here are some of my favourite handmade items, from the kind artists that have featured some of my work in the past week!

My favorite treasury! 'Mandala' by 'ElementsByJulie'


Item - Purple Beauty 8x10
Etsy seller - VisualJourney Photography
Blog Award (Thankyou!) -

Item - Guiness Peacock Fascinator
Etsy seller - RedHotKitchen Punk Pinup Glamour
Treasury East - "Arrow Meet Heart, Apple Meet Eve"

Item - Watercolor Print - Giraffes
Etsy seller - watercolorsNmore Water Color Painting Originals and Prints
Treasury East - She Wore RED!!!
Treasury East - Subtle Greens

Item - Amber Teardrop Earrings
Etsy seller - ElementsbyJulie Jewelry and Accessories
Treasury East - Mandala

Item - City Hall 8x8
Etsy seller - Beautifuldarklight Photography
Treasury East - Romance and Whimsy

Thanks again for the features everyone :)

moonangelnay x

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Tuesday - BESTeam Mosaic
weekly shoutout to the dedicated workers that like to help other handmade artists...

artesiaproducts on Etsy
... Today's BESTeam artist is artesiaproducts on Etsy, who specialises in making you look and feel scrumptious and gorgeous with her line of bath and body products! Her luxurious skin goodies besides being all natural are also not tested on animals, packaged BEAUTIFULLY and best of all, artesia donates 10% of sales to Water 1st International to aid Water 1st's objective to grant funds to communities to establish sustainable safe water systems. All round goodness from artesia's store and defintiely worth visiting :)

And artesia's Blog
... artesia's blog is full of great write ups on other handmade artists and sellers in the community. Stop by and follow this blog to keep updated!

All items are clickable and will take you directly to artesiaproducts' listings...