Random rantings of a senile 30 something who's still a kid at heart. Music,Art, Crafting, Animals. I better get it all down now before I forget tomorrow!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Samantha Conklin - Mixed Media Artist creating with fabric, paper & paint: Published

My best friend is so talented. :D

Samantha Conklin - Mixed Media Artist creating with fabric, paper & paint: Published: "Stuffed Magazine Winter 2011 see my Article and Meow Meow softies in this issue Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, Sept/Oct 2010 see my..."

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Fun Times: 8 Bit Treasury

Hey all, long time no see. :) It's been a busy week still looking for just the right new job for new me. ( New hair, new nail polish, the works LOL). Also been working on some custom pet beds for customers. Yay! Thought I'd check in and show you all my newest treasury for the heck of it. I was listening to Perfume (when am I not listening to Perfume LOL) and one of the 8-bit versions came on so that's waht inspired this treasury. It's filled with nerdly goodness. Enjoy!

'8-Bit Goodness' by ChibiandCharming


Moogle Lap Quilt

Cactuar Perler Ornament

Samus Aran from Metroid...

Super Mario 8-bit Retro...

8 Bit Kirby Pixel Neckl...

crambone - super mario ...

Retro Mario 8 Bit Mushr...

Wall Sculpture - Mega M...

The Legend of Zelda Lin...

Recycled Book 8-bit Art...

Zelda Magnet Set ( 5 Pi...

Retro Nintendo Super Ma...

Mouse cursor 8-bit pixe...


8 Bit Yoshi

8Bit Sprite Cupcake Top...

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Moving Forward: Hidden Treasures

Hello all. :D This blog entry is long overdue indeed. Lately some of my teams have been talking about promoting the unseen artists of Etsy and I for sure want to do the same. And on occasion I'd like to go outside of Etsy and promote other artists that deserve some cred as well. I will be doing some My Favorite Things blogs for more popular shops, but Hidden Treasures will be for exactly that. I'll be focused on shops with 25 sales or less that have been around for a while that I wish had some more exposure :D So here we go!

First up is Pinkiipromise! I have had her on my favorites since finding her. The custom anime drawings she does is a unique idea.

I think it would be really favored at conventions for sure. I also love how she does little illustrations for her clay figures. Ack! Cuteness!

Next is Hello Bunny's Painting Shop This another artist that is on my favorites on Etsy. She does a variety of watercolor paintings of animals, but of course my favorites are the pandas, since I'm Amanda Panda and all. LOL

She's fairly new on Etsy but I'm really quite surprised that she qualified in the sales category cause if I could afford it I would have bought her out already! Love Love Love. :D

And lastly, I'm choosing The Hen and Her Chicks. Maybe cause I'm hungry. LOL Actually one of the things I've really grown to love on Etsy is soap. Soap that looks and smells like food specifically. And it's really quite popular actually; I'm actually a little jealous that I hadn't jumped onto that bandwagon! :D

This looks good enough to eat, and one thing I've come to appreciate (as I do a lot of dirty jobs) is a fine smellin' soap!

You can click on the pics to get to the direct listings. So hopefully you all will like what you see here, and show some love for these great shops.
I'll be back to show you some more hidden treasures soon!

Note: all photographs were used with sellers permission. Any copyrights are theirs and images are not to be used outside of the scope of this blog or by anyone other than the seller. Thanks!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pit Stop: On My Mind

Just some random thoughts today :D
I'm working on more crochet eggs today and over the weekend. Also I plan on making more pet houses too! Yay :D I'll have lots of new pictures by Monday. I'm still working on the Tunisian crochet, I actually started two of those at once and I'll get back to them, I promise. You're not totally into crochet if you're not working on at least 3 different projects at a given time, am I right? LOL

Also, my friend
Candy Graphics is officially working on the banner and logo for the Etsy group I am in, For the love of small animals. I'm so excited to see what she comes up with and to share it with all of you. I'm working on some interview questions to ask some of our members, specifically about small animal rescue as this will be the topic of our first blog. :D Feel free to give me suggestions if this is a topic that interests you. :D

And lastly, have I been living under a rock or something?! I am always checking the Oricon charts and when they updated this week, I found the best song!
The singer is Yuki Isoya and she has such a unique voice. It's really an acquired taste I suppose but, I can't count how many times I've listened to this song already. She's had a solo career for a long time. I'm sure I've heard her before in passing but nothing ever latched on. Before her solo career she was in a group called Judy & Mary among other things, but fun factoid is that she was in a group with Kate Pierson from the B52's called Nina. She does sing in English on the album. I listened to it and it's pretty darn good. Her voice goes really well with Kate's believe it or not. I always get excited over new music. Yay!

And that's pretty much all the fun stuff for today. Til next time, Gadget! :D

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Hey all! Just wanted to stop in and announce my first blog contest winner. It's Kristal@QuirkyEssentials. I used Fruit Picker to decide the winner so it was totally at random. In the future I may have "entries" instead. I'm not one to put the sales tactics pressure on or anything though, so you don't have to expect that from me. Anyhooze, Quirky Essentials is Kristal's blog. I checked it out myself and am following. If you need tips on formating your blog or like re-purposing older items then please do check her out.Also, here is her shop:QuirkyEssentials Etsy Shop :D


Thanks for everyone that took the time to leave me feedback and love for the blog and Facebook. I love all of your shops and blogs as well! You can definitely look forward to more contests in the future. It's much appreciated and I'm taking the suggestions of opening a second shop to heart. I want to make sure I have plenty of time for my blog(s) and groups and all that, but I'll get there eventually.

I've kind of had a lack of posts lately. I'm going to try and be more active on the blog circuit. It's been such a crazy week. Especially this morning. I'd tell you all about it, but I'd probably have to go into the witness protection program or something ( Seriously. It was that crazy!). Til next time!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Pit Stop: Guilty Pleasures

Ok, well I just totally have to geek out a little bit. People that know me may be surprised to know that I am an uber Michelle Phan fan. I consider myself a bit tomboyish I guess I would say,and I very rarely wear makeup anymore. In my younger days I was always experimenting with color and finding wild ways to do my lips, cheeks and eyes. I would consider myself very unique in my style back in the day. ( Someday I may find some pictures to prove it LOL). In the very off chance that you've never heard of her, she has been on YouTube since 2006 and has slowly become the number one makeup guru on said site. The dedication to her videos earned her a job working for Lancome, and she has since been on Seventeen magazine, done fashion shows, and appeared on television among other accomplishments. Her videos are well organized, her tips are sound, and her looks flawless; but the real reason I just adore her is the music she uses for her videos. Artists like Samantha James, music from anime and Final Fantasy games (fellow nerd-dom yes!), and only one of the best female singers from Japan ever, Mika Nakashima! And if anybody has seen her cosplay you might be like, yeah I can totally get into that. LOL She has done a lot to raise money for various charities via her RiceBunny channel on YouTube, and each view to her site equals more donations. Recently she donated $1000 dollars to Japan Relief due to receiving 1 million views of this video. This was a match from the original $1000 she donated from her RiceBunny channel for other charities. ( Music by the great Mika-san!)

Urg. I can't even watch a makeup video with that song in it without tearing up? LOL! The look is simple and pretty so if you are a total girly girl ;) looking for a polished look for an interview or going out on the town, check her out. I'm sure the girl doesn't need any help from me, but I just love this video and wanted to share it. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Revenge of the Hook

I'm still kind of in stumped mode regarding the shop. I'm really thinking of revamping the pets section in terms of the small animals as I have been trying to learn as much as I can from my new group. Also I've learned a lot from my new readers as well, and seeing as versatility has been the overwhelming response I'm really going to start thinking outside the "hook" so to speak, and add some non crochet items to the mix. Stay tuned on that!

Even when I don't have a specific idea in mind, I'm always trying to learn how to do new things. I've experimented with crocheting with ribbon, and like the results, but I'm unsure what to actually make with it yet. I have made some crochet ribbon bows, but trying to attach them to clips while keeping them clean and neat was kind of a pain, so I took a break to try learning something else.

Yesterday I tried to learn the broomstick lace crochet stitch. I refer to The Art of Crochet by Teresa on YouTube for visual explanations and tutorials. She is one of the best on the web!

Detailed right? Anyone can figure out something so simple.....

This is what it is supposed to look like:

Here's how mine turned out:

And here is me attempting to set it on fire. LOL!

If I give you any advice at all it's if you try to learn a new crochet technique, don't use sock yarn and a tiny hook. :P You're likely to get frustrated pretty fast. But never fear! I decided to watch her tutorial on Tunisian crochet instead and here is the result so far:

Yattah! :D Looks like the makings of a cute little bag. I'l be sure to post the finished whatever-it-is soon! Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pit Stop: Calling Priveledge

That's right folks. I am going to shamelessly whore myself out on my blog today. I just don't want you all to think I've forgotten about you. ;) I may be heading up another blog pretty soon here,so I am just the busiest of bees at the moment. But, I just made a listing recently of my crochet rose hair combs, and am ready to custom make them for you in a wide variety of colors. Woot!

You will find the link on the sidebar. Feel free to just check it out and show me some love. :)

On a side note: Next Wednesday I will be announcing the winner of my blog contest. Yay! I think in the future I will do what a lot of other people do and give you all "entries", like 1 entry if you like my shop, add to circle, heart and so on and so forth. This time I will be using Fruit Picker, the friend of teachers everywhere, just to be fair. So it's totally random. But I will have more contests in the future. Team-For the love of small animals will definitely be having contests as well. I am thinking of planning an online scavenger hunt in the future. Should be fun for everyone. LOL Stay tuned! Ok. I better go crochet something today! LOL Why did I join Etsy again? ;)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Moving Forward: Keeping Busy

Phew! I feel like a busy little bee already this morning. Got off the new job at 8am, went shopping, and immediately got to work once home on my Etsy to do list:

GoinCrazyinME offered to feature my blog on hers in the near future and no way was I going to pass that up. She's an Etsy powerhouse! She has a huge following and when I get some of her delicious cake balls this week I'm sure it will confirm my reasons why. Review to come on that so be on the lookout! At any rate she needed a banner/button to link to my blog and I hadn't done that yet, so I've been messing with designs since last night and finally finished it. Obviously I had to completely redesign my blog to go with it. What do you think?

I've recently been appointed as a Leader to roaritsally 's Etsy Group, For the love of small animals . I'm really excited about this as I have been thinking of ways to help the group become more successful and really encourage animal lovers of all types to come join and talk with us. I'll be encouraging team BNR's as well as team challenges and more. I just made our first treasury challenge and you can see my entry below. If anyone here is a Leader or Captain on Etsy I could totally use a crash course!
I'm also featured in two BNR's today, and will be sitting in as long as I can, until I pass out, probably.
PRESALE OPEN*4 those who want 2 shop b4 BAMBIcreation's Sunday BNR-34Total- 1 today
OPEN for PRE-SALE* Iwalani79 ALOHA Monday BNR starting @ 3PM-9PM EST

Well shoot, it doesn't seem like so much now that I've written it all down. ;) Of course I'm promoting wherever I can and of course sharing it with all you fine people out there.

'Animals in Spring' by ChibiandCharming

Animals regaling in the colors, fun and warmth of spring!

Watermelon Time - Cotton Sma...

Small Animal Hedgehog Meadow...

Medium Blue flower power gui...

Cottonball the Stuffed Bunny...

Peace and Flowers Play Tunne...

Patty, the Teeny Tiny Guinea...

Sunny the Mouse Plushie

Pastel Stripes Snuggle Tent ...

Colorful Dog Note Cards - by...

Guinea Pig With Balloon Art ...

Spring Easter Jelly Bean Bow

Small Animal Self Warming Th...

FREE CHAIN - Dog - Glass pen...

Set of 4 Dwarf Rabbit Thank ...

MTO Chihuahua 2 layer revers...

small animal pocket pet cudd...

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.