Thursday, February 25, 2010

Spring Color Palate

Are you in the mood to break out of the winter drearies? Then put on some spring sunshine. Whether or not you follow the seasonal fashion color picks, you will find inspiration, and hope that spring is coming, in the Pantone Spring 2010 Color Fashion Report.

Splashes of some of these colors have been included in my new spring designs. As the season warms up, my gathering pins will do a beautiful job of pushing up your sleeves. For a bright, eye catching accent choose my OOAK carved rose necklace. Additional splashes of spring sunshine can be found by browsing EDCCollective and EclecticSkeptic. If you have a particular color combination in mind and don’t find it listed, contact EDC about a custom order. I’d love to help you bring a little sunshine to your world.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

EDC Places in the ETC January Design Challenge

Many of the teams on Etsy hold design challenges. That has been the case for both of the teams that EDCCollective is a member of, Etsy Texas Crafters (ETC) and The Eclectic Artisans Team (EART). Generally, the design challenges have a theme and the entries are supposed to represent that theme. Often the winner of the challenge is selected by people casting their votes for the entry that best represents the theme. The winners may receive a prize donated by another team member or some extra promotional support by the team.

During the past year I have entered a few of my team’s challenges as well as some other contests. The January ETC Design Challenge had the largest number of entries that I can recall for an ETC challenge during this past year. There were forty entries, and prizes were awarded to the top eight vote getters. So I was very excited to receive word that my entry was awarded seventh place! The theme of this design challenge was “Winter’s Wonders”. I entered my Sparkles Holiday Card. My description of why this entry fit the theme was, “In this part of Texas, our winter wonderland is often a crystal fairyland of ice coated trees. I took this photo on a clear day following an ice storm and added the flying pig for a bit more "magic" in the air.”

My prize was donated by MoltenGecko. I received a lovely abstract poinsettia glass pendant with an adjustable cord. The design of the adjustable cord is quite clever and I thought it was an nice addition to the piece.

Monday, February 8, 2010

EDCCollective's Anniversary, Entry in the Handmade Olympics

What has been a bittersweet one year anniversary for me of the opening of EDCCollective on Etsy with my mom, due to her passing last November, has just been given a high powered, make you feel good boost. I know my mom would have been excited and proud for me.

I just found out that one of my items was selected as a finalist in the 2010 Handmade Olympics Eco-Friendly Event on RikRakStudio’s blog. I am so pumped!

There are twelve amazing finalists in this event. Judges for each category narrowed the entries down to the finalists so that you, the public, can vote for the winner in each category. While I would really love your vote in the eco-friendly category, I encourage you to check out all of the finalists and vote accordingly.


Unfortunately, I did not land a spot on the medals stand, however I really appreciate the opportunity to compete. I am still thrilled to have been one of the 12 finalists picked by the judge of the eco-friendly category from the 138 nominations in that category. You can see a complete list of the medal winners by clicking here.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thanks for the Treasuries – January, 2010

I was honored to have 7 of EDCCollective’s and EclecticSkeptic’s listings featured in treasuries on Etsy during the month of January. One of them found its way into 2 different treasuries and another even made it into 3 separate treasuries. Even better, one of the items sold as a result of the treasury while the treasury that it was featured in was still active! I have made a collage of the 7 items that were showcased during January. (Click on the collage to see a larger view.)

I really appreciate the efforts of the treasury makers and truly am honored each time one of my items is picked to be spotlighted in one. Because of this, I have listed below (in alphabetical order) links to the 6 different shops that featured at least one of my items, as well as an item of theirs that I especially like.

Enjoy window shopping and I encourage you to click on the shop links of anything that pleases your eye.

Wine-related products make the perfect gifts! If you are a wine connoisseur who happens to appreciate hand made items, look no further.

Polymer clay artist offers art, jewelry, home decor, beads and buttons.

Exclusive handmade jewelry designs are presented by GaBeadz.

Animals of many kinds can be found here as SS charms, beads, jewelry and sculptures.

Handmade cards listed here.

Unique and creative hair accessories, Ribbon Sculptures and instructions to do it yourself are available at this shop.