Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Photographers of Etsy!

The POE street team (Photographers of Etsy) have started up a blog! Check it out:


As anyone who knows me can attest, I am a photography nut. I am a huge admirer of the talent other photographers possess as well as quite click-crazy myself. With the advent of the digital camera age, photography is being stretched and pushed into new dimensions as well as old ones with a new twist. My husband is an avid photographer as well. See our photography for sale here. We are members of POE!

Please stop by the blog. Then go to Etsy and search for "POE" - prepare to be amazed! Photography is a great way to add character to a wall. Choose the right piece for your house, and it is like having an extra window. One that bugs won't splatter themselves against!

My biggest tip? Get four to six different photographs, all the same size and frame them the same. Then, every couple months or so, you can "change the view out your window"! Of course, this does require you have a place to store the other framed photographs. I use the back of my closet, leaning up against the back wall with an old bed blanket draped down between each piece.

Happy Photograph Hunting!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Etsy Seller of the Week: Aquariann

This week's featured Etsy seller is the talented artist, Aquariann! Read all about her here and then check out more of her work, because she is offering 10% off to any buyers who mention "Rainy's Blog" in the notes to seller at checkout (wait to pay, she'll email an invoice) - offer ends next Monday, Aug. 18th.

How did you find Etsy?
My mom and I were sharing a table at a small, local strawberry festival. Another vendor was impressed with my work, and thought I would be a hit on etsy. She (Aimee of Jewelstreet.etsy.com) had such amazing jewelry and was so enthusiastic about the site that I just had to check it out. It only took a few days of listing items and fluttering around the forums to make my first sale. It was a huge boost of confidence, as I had just started to try to sell my artwork and hadn't had much luck.

What do you love about Etsy?
The incredible amount of talent and support! I still do a happy dance every time I make a sale ... and every time I buy from a fellow Etsyian! I've gotten so many fantastic presents for my friends, family, and myself, of course.

What is your favorite dinner?
Pasta! I devour it all - spaghetti with meatballs, fettucini alfredo, stuffed shells, lasagna, you name it.

What would you like us to know about your craft/shop?
Where the name comes from. My birthday is February 8th, which makes me an Aquarian completely and utterly. My middle name is Ann, so Aquariann works wonderously.

If you could take an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Definitely Japan. Its culture just fascinates me. Anime has been a big inspiration to my work, too.

What do you love about what you make/sell?
I get to share my imagination - if it weren't for drawing, I would probably go mad not being able to let my visions escape. My drawings are flickers into the fantastical world that dances within my mind.

What is your favorite way to relax or unwind?
Just hanging out with my boyfriend, especially when there's massage involved. A pomegranate pear martini helps, too. Yum.

What do you like to shop for on Etsy, even if it is just browsing, not buying?
Other fantasy-inspired items. I'm a member of the Fantasy Artists of Etsy team, so I just type the tag word "FAEteam" into the search and stare captivated at all the beautiful creations.

Where can people find your work?
Besides http://aquariann.etsy.com, my personal website is http://aquariann.com and my blog is http://aquariann.livejournal.com. I'm part of many networks, including flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/aquariann/, myspace http://myspace.com/aquariann, facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/aquariann/29929765133, deviantArt http://aquariann.deviantart.com/, ArtWanted http://www.artwanted.com/aquariann and Ning http://faeetsy.ning.com/profile/aquariann .

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

No Etsy Seller of the Week this Week

Why, you ask?

Well, I forgot. Ha!

Our baby has been waking up in the middle of the night the last few nights and it takes about 2 hours to get her back to sleep again. I am pretty wiped out and as a result, my brain is foggy.

I'll be more ahead of the game next week, I hope!

So, instead, I'll share a story about my family life - lucky you!

I usually manage to luck out during the week and have at least one grandma available to watch at least one of the kiddos. But not Wednesday last week. My mom was working or busy all week and my mother-in-law had watched the boys the day before so I could get some orders made and mailed.

So, I hauled all of us into town to both the post office (where I had to stand in line because I had international packages to mail) and the shop where I sell, to restock. First of all, hauling three little ones under age five ANYWHERE is not pleasant and takes about 1/2 your day just to get them all ready and loaded in the van. Then, my 4-month old is apt to cry when we are still 15 minutes from anywhere. Which then makes the almost-five year old start yelling and crying. And that sets off the three-year-old, who doesn't cry when the baby does, but will start yelling when his older brother does.

So usually by the time I've got them all dressed, fed, in the car, and then listened to all three of them lose their minds for the last 15 minutes - you can see that I am not really in the mood to haul them all out of the car and actually be seen in public. Which is why I never go anywhere.

I keep telling myself that in a couple years or so, this won't be nearly as much of an issue. Then I think "what if it is?" and get a mental image of driving around with a crying 12-, 15-, and 17-year old in the car; which makes me laugh and I can somehow make it through that moment without selling any of them.

So, we get to the co-op where I sell. I madly put out the measly few things I've managed to make above and beyond orders that week and pay my rent. Meanwhile, I've got the baby strapped to my chest, and my head is on constant swivel to make sure my boys aren't destroying anything (the 3-year-old managed to "redistribute" about fifty business cards from other tables the last time I took him with me.) But we get in and out without any damage and not even any screaming! I am thrilled.

On to the post office! If you've stuck with me this long - well, I am impressed! :) Thankfully the line isn't very long. My younger son immediately starts walking laps around the island divider thing that separates the line from the counter. Then my oldest decides to follow him, which quickly erupts into a game of chase. I put a stop to that immediately and praise God they listened to me and kept it to a walk after that.

The highlight of the trip was when my three-year-old stopped in front of the waste bin, pointed to the "W" in "Waste" and said, "W!"

I don't even know if my almost-five-year old could point out a W! I have tried working with him, but he is way more interested in drawing trains. He knows the alphabet, and the letters in his name and that is about all he cares to know right now. I figure he still has a year of pre-school and kindergarten to learn these things, so no pressure!

After the post office, I had to sit in the van in the parking lot and nurse the baby. No way was she going to make it the 20-plus minute drive home and no way was I going to listen to the kids screaming that whole way!

Well, there was a little slice of my life. I made it back home in one piece, and so did the kids. Although if you had told me 10 years ago that going to the post office and dropping in on a shop would take me three hours from the moment I put on my shoes to the moment I took them off back home again, I would have laughed you out the door!

Might I just add one thing? I love my kids to bits! As much as they can drive me crazy, being crazy is the best thing that has ever happened to me! :)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Sale! Sale! Sale!

UPDATE *Sunday Aug 3rd*
Thanks for the successful SNS! As host, I was busy as it was a very active and crazy SNS this week! As a seller, I got sales from four people! As a shopper, I bought from four! (one was a non-SNSer though. ) It was a fun and productive time for me.

I am hosting Etsy's Saturday Night Special sale this week. Sale is up and running - mine is in the very first post here:


After shopping from me (lol), please continue to browse the rest of the thread for great deals! :)

If you haven't purchased from Etsy before, just let the seller know when you check out with your items that you are a newbie and might need help. :) There is a spot for Notes to Seller at the checkout for such purposes.

Friday, August 1, 2008

It's Ok to Call Me the Muppet Junkie.

I know. I just posted last week about Season Three of the Muppet Show.

I was so excited about it that I'd already watched all four discs through about five or six times and was already craving more.

So I bought Season Two, and I think I might love it even MORE! :) Season Two has more guest stars I recognized than Season Three had. Favorites like John Cleese, Steve Martin, Julie Andrews, George Burns, and Bob Hope!

This set also has the sketch where the Swedish Chef makes "Chocolate Moose"! Ahhh, classic Muppet stuff! :)

Also, check out these great new clips posted on YouTube! The originators are "unknown" but it is believed these are official clips from the Muppets franchise.




Now all I need is Season One and I'll be all caught up Muppet-wise.