Friday, April 24, 2009

Feature Friday 4/24/09

Here you will see some lovely items made by members of the ACE team. Just click on the photos to visit each seller's Etsy shop.

You Made a Baby Card
Here's a comical way to congratulate someone on their new edition.
SpawnStudio has lots of unique and funny cards to choose from.

Rays of Light - Hand Blown Glass Circle Pendant
This pendant would make a wonderful gift if you could bear to give it away.

Live, Laugh, Love - burlap pockets / sachets
These would be perfect for stuffing with fragrant dried lavender or mint and they're very reasonably priced at 3/$10.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

March For Babies

One day... all babies will be born healthy.

Today... too many moms and families know the heartbreak of having a baby born fighting to survive.

One of our team members, Valerie of ValerieEssentials will be participating in the 5K walk for the March for Babies, sponsored by the March of Dimes on April 25, 2009 in Charlotte, NC.

Here is the link if anyone would like to donate to the March of Babies (March of Dimes) or to Support Valerie. OR if anyone wants to join in the walk!

The money we raise for March for Babies will help:

- support all-important research offering preventions and solutions for babies born too soon or with birth defects

- educate women on things they can do to increase their chances of having a healthy baby

- provide comfort and information to families with a newborn in intensive care

- push for newborn screening and health insurance for all pregnant women and children

Please help by donating today!

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

Monday, April 13, 2009

ACE Team Makes Soap

From left to right: Tracey, Jenn, April, Beth, Ruth, Bernie, Cathy, Valerie, Michelle

Several ACE Team members got together last weekend for fun, food and soap making. Tracey and April were nice enough to demonstrate cold process soap making to the rest of the group. I am sure that we all have a much greater appreciation for this complicated process.

We also made salt scrub and soap balls scented with essential oils.

Bernie poses with our coconut and lime scented soap balls.

A big thanks to Tracey for opening her lovely home to us and to April and Tracey for teaching us how to make soap!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday Favorites!

Here you will see some lovely items made by members of the ACE team. Just click on the photos to visit each seller's Etsy shop. This week's favs were chosen by Valerie of Valerie's Essentials.

Flutter by Zellbell

A beautiful beaded keychain with contrasting beads of light and dark colors. I like butterflies (dangle bead on the bottom left), which she uses in a lot of her work. She also has butterflies in her ID holders that she made for Breast Cancer Awareness in October for members of her family.

Reminiscent of a little girl wearing boots and jumping in rain puddles. Or instead of a little girl, maybe it's me doing the jumping! A very fun and unique piece!

This piece just makes me proud to be here in North Carolina! I love the bold Carolina blue sky background. I can just imagine myself at the beach down below the lighthouse looking out at the ocean and listening to Jimmy Buffett's A Pirate Looks at Forty...
"Mother, mother ocean, I have heard you call,
Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall,
You've seen it all, you've seen it all ..."

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The World Is My Studio

This week we meet Christy from The World Is My Studio based in Pennsylvania. Christy is a freelance photographer and artist.

How long has your shop been open?
I just opened my shop two months ago, in January. I spent the first month getting acquainted with etsy. Then I started posting my photography in February.

How did you choose your shop name? What is your specialty and what drew you to it?
"The World Is My Studio"... is the way I see the world. Art as with beauty is subjective but it is always full of soul. I've been taking photographs in my mind all my life, capturing images, freezing moments in time. Now that I have tools and credentials, I can bring some of those moments in time to you. The world is my inspiration and my studio.

What inspired this photograph? Does this have personal significance to you?

Every one of my photographs is attached with a memory or a story. Therefore, every one of them means something to me. Of course my favorite photographs are of the ones that I love or my loved ones inspired. My Muses!

Please describe a workday in your “studio” and how you create.
Since I live in my studio, nothing is planned. I photograph spontaneously. For instance, I was walking about an old farm in NY, waiting for family to arrive. My camera and I uncovered "Untold Stories". The new series that I am currently working on. With unhurried moments and a camera... the possibilities are endless!!! You know those rare days when you have "time to kill". (I hate that expression!) I'm a born observer. I take that time and find the beauty around me and create something!

I love learning new things. And my mind is always a buzz. My shop just opened which means, you will have to stop by often, say "Hi!" and see what I've got up my sleeve. Don't be shy! I want to know what you are all about. Do you have something you want photographed? Give me an idea and I'll run with it! I dare you!

I love watching the sun come up... it always makes me feel a sense of hope and wonder. A new chance. A new way to look at things. With all the ups and downs in life, the beauty and the ugliness, we get to choose how see things.

How do you see the world?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Laksaware featured on Etsy Profiles Blog

Bernie, from is featured on Etsy Profiles Blog! Congratulations Bernie!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

ACE Team Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

Thanks to everyone who participated, we had a great turn out for our first scavenger hunt. Congratulations to our lucky winners!

Grand Prize winner:
Melissa from GA

First Prize winner:
Christina from NC

Second Prize winner:
Jennifer from SC

Third Prize winner:
Erika from FL

Fourth Prize winner:
Susan from PA

Stay tuned for future contests and promotions!

Grand Prize – $110.00 Total Value

aprilsoriginals - Pleated Bag in Michael Miller - $30.00
newfangled - Two Paper Bangles in Seafoam - $22.00
kingfishercrafts - Sea Foam Swarovski Crystal Drop Necklace - $20.00
TraceyGurley - Winner’s Choice of Eight Notecards - $16.00
aprilsoriginals - Four Tissue Holders - $12.00
stefaniesbownanza - Butterfly Clippies and Hair Bow Holder - $10.00

First Prize - $86.00 Total Value

AlloverArt - Bird Silhouette Pendant Necklace - $25.00
mariasfunkytreasures - Crocheted Pink Beaded Necklace - $25.00
kingfishercrafts - Sea Foam Earrings - $12.00
laksaware - Pistachio Scrubbie and Dishcloth - $6.00

Second Prize - $78.00 Total Value

Jazzturtle - Gone Nuclear- Handspun Art Yarn - $24.00
agreenelephant - Ellen, The Little Elephant - $21.00
mychelle - Winner's Choice of One Placemat Bag - $10.00-$15.00
stefaniesbownanza - 6 Satin Braided Headbands - $12.00
MooreMagnets - Set of 4 Magnets - $6.00

Third Prize - $67.00 Total Value

inthelightglassworks - Hand Blown Glass Pendant - $32.00
newfangled - Paper Bangle - Blue Lagoon No. 02 - $12.00
slimdgm - Customized Clipboard - $16.00
EBSpider - Cinnamon Spice Mug Cozy - $7.00

Fourth Prize - $51.75 Total Value

UberArt - Lace Chiffon Journal - $15.00
GoneDoggie - Winner's Choice of Handmade Dog Collar - $10-$14.00
ValerieEssentials - Three Roses - $5.00
LittleMissSewNSew - Snazzy Sewing Kit - $8.00
McCoyToys - Handmade Spinning Top - $9.75

Participating ACE Team Shops
agreenelephant - Adorable Stuffed Animals and Home Decor
AlloverArt - Wearable Art Pendants, Rings, Brooches, and Bobby Pins
aprilsoriginals - Fashionable bags, Wristlets, Crayon Keepers & more
EBSpider - Crochetd Accessories and Gifts
GoneDoggie - Handmade Items for Dogs and Dog Lovers
inthelightglassworks - Hand Blown Glass Jewelry and Homewares
Jazzturtle - Unique Handspun Yarn & Fiber Batts
kingfishercrafts - Applique Animal Quilts, Jewelry and Crafts
laksaware - Handcrafted Kitchenwares, Bathwares and more
LittleMissSewNSew - Aprons, Bags, Sewing Kits and more
mariasfunkytreasures - Handmade Jewelry and Vintage Items
McCoyToys - No Batteries Required - Just Imagination
MooreMagnets - Magnet Boards and other Fun Stuff
mychelle - Placemat bags, Dishcloths and more
newfangled - Unique and Durable Paper Bangles
PamperedPapier - Paper Goods For Any Need
slimdgm - Decorated Clipboards
stefaniesbownanza - Headbands, Clippies, Botique Bows and more
TraceyGurley - Original Art, Paintings, and more
UberArt - Journals, Guest Books & Polymer Clay Pendants
ValerieEssentials - Unique Gel Candles