Monday, April 29, 2013

Garden of Green

I'll start this wonderful week with beautiful Etsy Treasury Collections that I am soo honored to be a part of.

It's been a bit crazy around here. On days that I feel overwhelmed, a walk outdoors to enjoy the healing color of green is all I need to feel a bit more balanced. I am so pleased to be included in this gorgeous Green Flower Treasury by Kriszalkot Jewellery. In Kriszlkot's shop, you'll find romantic jewelry pieces that will soothe your soul.

Romantic Mint Flower Bracelet

Treasury: Green Flower
Featured in Treasury: Green Flower Earrings

Now someone here is Playing Favourites and I am so glad I'm on the list. Here is just one of my favorite artwork from Sarah's shop, A Cat-Like Curiosity. Sarah also likes my green floral earrings...I'm flattered!

Love and Flowers Tweet to our Heart Art Print
Featured in Treasury: Green Flower Earrings

My dog also enjoys spending time outdoors. Her favorite activity is chasing lizards and rolling in smelly stuff. If you are looking for a furry friend to make you laugh, SashaSashadoxie will help you find one with her Man's Best Friend Treasury. But, before you get distracted by cuteness, take a look at this playful spring card created by this fun loving doxie.

Treasury: Man's Best Friend
Curator: SassySashadoxie
Featured in Treasury: Beaded Cocker Spaniel Charm

Thank you so much to the Etsy community for supporting my shop and thank you my blog friends for spending your time with me! Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Black and Blue

It is nice to return home to Hawai'i from the U.S. east coast and be greeted with features in beautiful Etsy Treasuries.

The first Treasury is a bold collection of colors in black and shades of blue, appropriately called Black and Blue. It is curated by the talented Sophie of Purple Smoothie. By the title of Sophie's shop, you already know she is unique and colorful. Purple Smoothie is a one-of-a-kind shop that features a variety of paper bead jewelry such as this one.

Blue, Black and White Necklace - Paper Craft Jewelry, Mickey Mouse Ears

Treasury: Black and Blue
Curator: Sophie from Purple Hippo
Featured in Treasury: Turquoise Mountain Jade Earrings

My favorite dachshund, SassySashadoxie, came up with yet another clever Treasury. Titled "And Your Point Is?" focuses on Pointillism art where distinct colored dots form an image. I have never thought of my beading as Pointillism but I see how it can be! Below you can see how SassySashaDoxie has created a Dachshund constellation with points of stars

Dachshund Stars Night Sky Constellation

Curator: SassySashadoxie
Featured in Treasury: Cocker Spaniel Charm

I love fairy tales with happy endings so I am thrilled to be included in this Treasury, Happily Ever After, by Heather of Blue Barn Hill Crafts. Heather lives a busy life - raising 7 children(!) while embracing the country life. I am so impressed that she finds times to fill her Etsy shop with cute creations such as this upcycled denim Teddy Bear.

Country Denim Teddy Bear

Treasury: Happily Ever After
Curator: Heather from Blue Barn Hill Crafts
Featured in Treasury: Teddy Bear Charm

While I had a bunch of fun traveling with my daughter through Virginia, Washington D.C., New York and Massachusetts, I sure missed the creative side of life while I was gone. I'm glad to be back home...yes, Home! Sweet Home! Thank you my Etsy friends for this wonderful welcome back.

Monday, April 8, 2013

On Vacation!

(image: nemo at pixabay)

I'm embarking on an exciting trip with my little one and will be back in 2 weeks. 
Be happy. Be creative.

Friday, April 5, 2013

I Love Your Smile!

I hope you all had a happy work week full of fun and happy song!

Come my little friends 
As we all sing a happy little working song
Merry little voices clear and strong
Come and roll your sleeves up 
So that we can pitch in
Cleaning crud up in the kitchen 
As we sing along....

Happy Working SongDisney's Enchanted

Thank you for sharing your smile with me!

Creations by Shirl

thistlebear {Jennifer}

Perhaps my blog friends will sing a merry little song for you too. Click the links and say "hello"!

Have a wonderful day!

"I LOVE YOUR SMILE" list : Comments are tallied each week by one of those fancy-schmancy blog apps (on the side bar) and on Fridays, I link up to the top 5 commentators. Although I don't list everyone, I do appreciate all of you so thank you, thank you everyone for your support. I hope you leave a comment and come back soon!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cute Charms

Here is a round-up of the charms that I added to my Handmade Cute shop during the past week. The dog design is the newest pattern that I created while the other pieces may look familiar to you. These are made with Miyuki Delica beads, size 11/0, using the brick stitch bead weaving method.

Yellow Alpaca Charm

Beaded Cocker Spaniel Charm

Red Apple Charm

Watermelon Charm

Pink Soccer Ball Charm

Have a bright, colorful day. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 1, 2013

3 Years on Etsy

March 29 marked my third year on Etsy as Handmade Cute. As my children mature, become independent and their needs change, I wonder how my crafting SAHM role will benefit our family. Will my Etsy journey need to end soon? It is not decision time yet but it's a thought I cannot avoid and think about often.

I know I need to take on an active role in marketing my products if I want my Etsy shop to grow so hearing the many positive comments about Wanelo, I thought I'd give it a try. This weekend I applied to and was accepted into a Wanelo Team on Etsy. My "store claim" is still being reviewed by Wanelo, but I put in some serious time promoting my team members who are supporting me. (My goodness...this promotion stuff takes up a lot of time!) Though I haven't seen any magical sale increases, the help from my teammates is evident in the view count of my shop.

I am extremely happy that crafting from home is my "job" for now and I do hope I can continue doing this for a long time. I am very grateful to my blog readers and to my customers for the support I have received from you. And, to my new Wanelo Team partners, I look forward to many more wonderful days with you.

Here are a few faves from my Wanelo Etsy Team:
Elephant Stud Earrings by Willy's Jewels
Willy's Jewels on Wanelo

Bichon Frise Amigurumi by Inugurumi
Inugurumi on Wanelo

Cat Silver Necklace by Jewelry Craft Studio
Jewelry Craft Studio on Wanelo

I appreciate your visit today. What do you think of Wanelo? If you have any tips or advice to share, I'd love to hear from you!