in action

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many have asked. here's a pic of a necklace on. at some point i'd like to start taking pics on betty (my dress form) again. first i need to clean the studio. a girl can dream...

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yo yo yo the boat

i spent the day making yo-yo necklaces. 11, in fact. coming soon to a shop near you...
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please don't eat the jewelry!

so the lovely miss kateri is creating another line of jewelry - all vintage lucite. and its all candy colored and happy. these earrings are part of the new collection...
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don't you just want to nibble on them? the orange ones look orange pastilles. i'm pretty sure they don't taste like orange pastilles. anyway, her new shop is opening march 23. be sure to check it out!

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a tale of two treasury lists

i love the treasury. its a pretty well known fact amongst fellow crafty people. some of my most favorite people became my friends due to my love of making treasury lists and my obsession with putting them in my lists. so, last night i noticed the treasury was about to open up in about an hour. just enough time to put together a poster sketch.

exhibit a)
Etsy -- Poster Sketch

the treasury opened and i put all the items in, exactly like they appear above. then today i go to check on it and read the comments, like any obsessive treasury maker does and this is what i see:

exhibit b)
Etsy Treasury - newsprint

i know etsy edits treasury lists for the front page from time to time. i've had it happen to my lists. BUT while its still just sitting in the pool of treasury lists?!? even if someone at etsy admin picked this list for the front page - i've never had the editing happen before it hit the front page. i would understand editing the benfloeter shirt for the front page - the "kick ass" shirt however kick ass isn't exactly suitable for the front page. what i don't understand is why 4 more of the 12 sqaures that show have been moved. AND they swapped one sqaure from my alternates with the ones that show.

i put a lot of thought into what i choose for treasury lists. and i spend some time moving sqaures around until i think it looks perfect. by editing my list, its no longer my vision (of "newsprint" in this case), no longer "a few of my favorites."

i did a forum search to see what i could find. there was this "explanation" from marymary in this thread:

"Hey guys,

First of all, congrats on making the FP! It's true
sometimes admin will replace an item or items from a treasury that they
are evaluating for the front page. If the list is an overall cohesive
one but one or two items might not be the best fit for the front page,
we will replace them for the front page display only rather than
skipping over the treasury in it's entirety.

We certainly don't
mean to step on any toes, and would much rather give credit to the
curator's list even if all of those items don't make it over to the
front page.

We try our best not to replace or change the state
of the original list and when linking from the front page, the list
will remain in it's original state
just as you may have noticed with
your recently featured list.

We evaluate the alternates and may
replace and rearrange lists with those and other times, it may be the
case where a new item replaces the original for the front page list.

I hope this helps clear up any confusion and thanks for asking,

Mary"

no, that doesn't really clear it up and its now on the front page.

exhibit c)

Photo

yay for everyone in it. i wish it could've seen the front page in its original form.

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blog love

these nice peeps gave me a shout out in their various blogs since the beginning of the year. i'd like to share the love...

622 press - kristin, maker of gorgeous letterpress paper goods, also loves nola!

the bunnycage - sweet blog by a taker of gorgeous pictures.

cafe cartolina - fiona has a lovely blog and she designs really pretty greeting cards. this one is my fave!
Elephant 

contented me - a really sweet blog.

fancy picnic - charlottes makes truly gorgeous things and keeps a lovely blog.

lillyella - prolific maker of pretty things and blogger. i'm not sure how she finds the time!

looking sharp - a fashion blog still in its infancy (around a year old), she's already made some great picks!

mixed plate - liana writes a really great indie shopping blog.

red otter - julia's blog is great. she always seems to sniff out interesting items for her friday finds feature. and she also makes pretty things!

resweater - like me, a lover of wool felt.

simply designed & etsy finds - a really nice blog by a graphic designer on etsy.

stacey bode - she's a fantastic photographer. seriously, great pics. if you're in atlanta, i'm guessing she's the wedding photographer to get!

stylish handmade - a really gorgeous handmade shopping blog.

thanks to all - i so appreciate it! and if i missed anyone i'm really sorry - blame in on the rss feed in my google blog reader!

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like home

@pixelparty on twitter:

back@hotel.
missing wife, dog & charmin ultra. shanas cookies remind me of home
so much I want to eat them all right now! must be strong.

this broke my heart a little and then made me happy. of course cookies are like home. is there anything as comforting?

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups salted whole peanuts
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Put sugars, butter, and peanut butter in the bowl of an electric
    mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale
    and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Reduce speed to low. Add oat mixture, and mix until just combined. Mix in peanuts and chocolate chips.
  4. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop balls of dough 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden brown
    and just set, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5
    minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Cookies can
    be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 2 days.
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best. shirt. ever.

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etsy love

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for the birds...

being an adult that is. i don't really want to get into it. talking about it would break my one rule for this blog so i won't. but seriously, today was amongst the worst i've ever had as a grown-up.

so, i'll leave you with the muppets and i'll go pretend i'm not an adult and that today never happened.


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signs of spring

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i'm just going to pretend there isn't snow in the forecast for this weekend.

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the happiest place on earth

Magicshop

there's an antique store that i've been shopping at since i was 15 or so. its magical. there's happy things covering every inch, a standard poodle named harpo, and the nicest/wackiest owners in the universe. so, we lost a few hours there today and i got a lot of gorgeous things to use for the shop. like this lovely...

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