Sunday, January 28, 2007

Vegan Twinkies.

I read the VeganLunchBox blog every few days to see what fabulous new creation Jennifer has whipped up for her son, Shmoo. Ahh, what a dream -- if only I could be a SAHM and spend half the day figuring out what to eat...

Anyway, that's not my life. I'm not even a mom. But Aaron and I did get a Bed, Bath & Beyond gift certificate for Christmas and after reading about vegan Twinkies, I ran out and picked up the Twinkie-making kit. We couldn't find the Malt Barley Powder anywhere in town so Aaron fudged the icing recipe. I'm actually at a loss for words to describe how amazing and delicious these tiny little filled cakes are (soon, were). There are only a couple left.

I highly recommend Jennifer's book, Vegan Lunch Box. It's really well organized (by the time it takes to make each lunch) and includes some great recipes that can be used for any meal. It has a great design and clear photos.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Treasury on the Etsy Homepage!

So I totally slept through the WHOLE thing but it's still pretty cool. I created a treasury list the other day and called it something stupid like "Kick it up a Notch" because I couldn't think of anything really good and that's what came into my head.

So anyway, I put all sorts of good stuff in it from using applique as a search term and from items of peeps in my flickr group, Appliquecore.

Last night, just after I went to bed, it was chosen to go up on the homepage. That's two out of three lists I've made that have been picked. Yay!

See another pic here (thanks supastarr!).

Photo courtesy of aorta.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Etsy love!

Two of my most favorite shops on Etsy are Mamadelic and Tinymeat (perhaps you remember my earlier post about how "Sorry, no pie here" was the inspiration for my own slogan contest). I have just learned that they met on Etsy and now are trying to sell lots of stuff so that they'll have enough money to be together.

Read about their story on Mona's blog. I'm a little teary eyed. Give me a second.

I can't buy anything until the next payday but perhaps you can.
Mamadelic is giving away free Tinymeat card cases with any purchase over 10$!

This checkbook cover was on my Christmas list:
You can buy cool passport cases here too.

And I really need this necklace:
Don't buy this one. Buy something else, like this.

It's true love, just like on The Princess Bride.

Monday, January 22, 2007

One more to go!

When I first started selling on Etsy, I never expected it to take off. Secretly I hoped... Silently I fantasized about millions of fans... Subtley I hinted to Katie Holmes...

But now I have 199 hearts. Wow.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Package off to Etsy Labs

So I filled one of the big flat-rate priority mail boxes with all kinds of craft supplies and sent it off to Etsy Labs this morning.

It was a lot of beads, some containers for organizing, local wool yarn, embroidery floss, needles, weird thrift store finds -- you name it. Now I'm feeling a little stupid. What if they think the stuff I sent was crap?

Christopher (above) doesn't, but sometimes I worry about what other people think.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Gifts for Boys on the Etsy Showcase

So I went ahead and decided to buy a spot on the Valentine's Day showcase, "Gifts for Boys." It's linked from Etsy's homepage.

When you click on shuffle, all these little hearts come out and start dancing around. There's some good stuff up there.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

A pillow for Patty...

Is this pillow in honor of Patty Hearst?

I have no idea.

Is Southern Sassy Pants an ironist like myself or did she just make a pillow for someone lucky enough to have these radical initials?

Perhaps I should order one just like this to match my Urban Guerrilla stickers...

Friday, January 12, 2007

Showcase Showdown

I have another spot on the Etsy showcase today. There's a really nice mix of stuff up there. It's always different. Sometimes it looks like a well-chosen treasury list.

Check it out. Shuffle the items, toss them around. It can be a lot of fun.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Farewell to farewells...

I don't know what I was thinking. I guess I thought it would be really nice to say goodbye to all the little Etsy guys when they went to their new homes. Do I really have this kind of time? No.

So, farewell to Keaton the ladybug, Little Frog (who underwent sexual reassignment surgery and is now a lady, no longer Frederick), and Gretchen the bunny.

And last, but not least, a fond farewell to farewells.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Feature on The Creation Station

Today I am the featured artist on The Creation Station. It's a cool blog that just got started but already has a ton of hits. PowderPuff, the Etsy seller who writes the blog was the first person to buy anything from my shop and I feel privileged that she is acknowledging my work.

Doing this interview was fun because I got to answer questions about some things I actually care about -- like ice cream and Elvis. I give the grisly details of a 4th grade project gone awry while trying to be sassy and clever. Scroll down, she also mentions my slogan contest.

There is still time to enter; I'll pick a winner this week.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Contest Alert: I need a slogan!

UPDATE: The deadline for entries has passed. Thank you.

So for the past couple of months, the little tag line underneath my logo banner on the Etsy shop has been, "Wearable art for you and your little ones."

Now, I consider myself to be a little hip. I'm told I'm smart, sassy, fun even. Wearable art reminds me of a crocheted caftan with feathers and fringe (I don't think I'm quite sure what a caftan is...). Wearable art: tie dye and macaroni necklaces. Not hip; Not retro prints and good craftsmanship. My plan has always been to have a variety of cool items in the shop from stickers and plushies to onesies and prints. These little guys are just the beginning.


I need a new slogan. Etsy calls it a "Shop Title." My favorite belongs to TinyMeat: "Sorry, no pie here," it reads. I know I can't get much better than that, but with your help, we can try.

The deal with the contest is this: You'll get something for free from my Etsy shop. You can choose. You can custom order (within reason). You can design your own little guy or devise an ensemble.

I'll post a new blog when the contest is over and email everyone through the list on this page when I've stopped taking entries.

Rules and regulations:
You can enter as many times as you want via email [] or by posting a comment on this blog post.

I will end the contest when I feel like it.

I will notify the winner via email and by posting about it on this blog.

Good luck! May the best slogan win.

UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming response to this post, I will not be responding to each individual entry.

Also, I had lunch with mom today and we were talking about "wearable art." After she lied and said that it sounded okay, she added that the first thing that came to mind was, get this, BEDAZZLING. 'Nuff said. I wanna see a lot of entries.