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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Re: Molecular Passions

Hello Readers,
Just thought of quickly popping in with a new artist feature I couldn't resist writing about. Something so unique and charming that caught my attention as I was browsing etsy. Life takes you strange, yet good places! As in the case of Molecularmuse's designer/owner Raven Hanna who makes science inspired jewelry. An ivy league educated scientist, Raven found her true calling on etsy about 2 years back, yes indeed! The science background sure comes in handy as her creative hands churn out molecular magic. Different molecular structures take the shape of fancy earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more. How Raven twists and turns the sterling silver to assume these fascinating shapes in but any one's guess. Serotonin, caffeine, dopamine, chocolate, and the list gets even quirkier. If you are curious, head on out to Raven's shop @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/molecularmuse and find something to talk about this season.


Art is fancy but scientific art is something else altogether:)........Good night Peeps! Short days and long nights seem to make me crave for one of these caffeine molecules!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Recycled Elegance - Brilliant or what!

Hello Readers,
A short hiatus and I am back again just in time before the hols, life has been busy, rolling by on its own terms while I make my plans, nonetheless. This past Sunday had me on a high as I basked in the aftermath of a good run at a 4 hour pop up artist event at Hapa Collective, one of the boutiques I consign for. I have been outta the art show circuit for a while now and had my jitters suddenly back again the day before. My futile anxiety aside, the day couldnt have been better! The cherry on the icing - A loyal patron swung by to see me and picked up a whole bunch of my pieces. I was elated and thankful, the saleability of my new product lines gave me much needed reassurance, a good feeling.....
I miss my artist features and so here I am back at it with HippieKingdom, an eclectic line of eco fashion jewelry by artist/designer Devi Chand from Chennai, India. A born recycler and crafter, Devi dabbled in creative pursuits since childhood. A graduate of the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Accessory Design, she complemented her skills to steer her design ambition to the next level. The HippieKingdom line was born in November 2009 and Devi's work regularly features on the front page of etsy, where she sells her work.
Devi experiments with a variety of materials and textures including paper, yarn, straw, cardboard, seed, hemp, clay, etc. Most of her materials are recycled and/or come from natural earthy sources.
I simply love her work, truly ooak, earth friendly designs with a touch of colorful elegance. A must have addition to every  girl's wardrobe!
Just also heard Devi is tying the knot, best wishes to her and cheers to her adorable collection of handmade jewelry, do check her out @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/HippieKingdom for your holiday shopping!



Friday, October 21, 2011

Re: Magical Minis!

Dear Pink Readers,
I have been taking little breaks from blogging to focus on my art and I am hoping to get a regular posting routine before the holiday season starts. There is always so much to prep for the season, creation wise and shopping wise! Can't imagine a busier time than this for all small businesses....
Today, I would love to share a fellow etsian's work of art - MagicByLeah. Leah is a fascinating sculptor who likes turning polymer clay into pieces of fantasy. Little trinkets of joy such as tiny santa figurines, mini teddy bear earrings, sock monkeys, pumpkins, hand crafted clay beads, and so much more! Leah finds inspiration from daily life-things she hears, sees, TV, friends, internet, and client custom requests.
I love miniature art and find it very fascinating and collectible! If you have a penchant for all things small and cute, Leah's shop may just offer you something for your holiday shopping-Go ahead and check her out @
http://www.etsy.com/shop/TrinketsByLeah

Adorable piggy tooth pick holder - love it! Enjoy your TGIF feeling and hop into the weekend, may it be refreshing and relaxing.....later again next week!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Re: Cat's Cork Jewelry-Unique's the Word!

Hello!
I was looking for something really unique and interesting to break the mid week blues and the downpour of pitter patter drops here in sunny Cal.....one of those days!:) and then I din't have to look too far. Cat Ivins's ooak recycled cork jewelry truly caught my eye and I knew I wanted her work on my front page! Cat calls herself a "mad scientist mom" living it up on the Jersey shore. All of her cork creations come from cork that is harvested off oak trees in Portugal forests, a process that is repeated once in nine years the old fashioned way without the use of agri chemicals that help preserve the forest's delicate eco system.
Her product line includes wine cork necklaces, terrariums, pushpins, earrings, cuff links, and more. Who ever thought cork could be used this way huh!? An artist can always create things, even out of thin air............Lovely idea and I dig it!
See more @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/uncorked - Enjoy!


Cat currently recycles corks from her local bars and restaurants and encourages you to do so as well-have any cork lying around your kitchen? Want something creative out of it? Cat's the person to talk to!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Re: Pampering yourself naturally with Beer Soap?!

Hello Pink Readers,
Been off the blogger circuit for a couple of weeks, working on inventory and exploring local market avenues. I have decided to start showing my work at art shows in and around the area and look forward to my first one mid-October. Yay!
I would like to feature one of my team mates on ecoetsy for today's interesting read. Erin Krug, a mom of two who works her magic around crafting natural vegetable based body care products-A true vegan delight indeed!
Erin is a science teacher turned stay-a-home mother who just wanted the very best products for her children. So was born the inspiration for Krugsecologic. Her product line includes natural soaps, lotions, scrubs, masks, and skincare that boast of a melange of exotic ingredients. Unique and so desirable - Look at the Beer Soap for instance and read about what goes into it @ http://krugsecologic.etsy.com You would be surprised!




Then there's more of rose shea, lavender, peppermint, agave almond, ooh...Lovely and the list goes on....
Erin's products and packaging are all eco-friendly too with reused and recycled as the keywords. Now I love that!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My pendant on handmadeology!

Good mid day readers!
My day's off to a great start as I share some good news. Cindi, an etsy artist and guest writer has featured one of my sunflower pendants on her post for http://www.handmadeology.com/, one of etsy's largest art community and a widely read blog. Be sure to check it out for must-have sales tips, small biz advice, and more...
And the link to the read is http://www.handmadeology.com/every-opportunity-is-a-marketing-opportunity-etsy-marketing-tips/
Cooking in my studio...some art note cards for the holidays and some miniature jewelry for my second batch of consignment. My art brooch "I love Art" below has sold within an hour of display @ the hapa collective boutique. A customer wants more! What else is more satisfying for an artist whose pure joy is to paint night and day....
A few thoughts on consignment I would like to share from my experience so far:
**Being very organized with your inventory list helps a lot! Both the inventory in stock at home and the inventory handed over for consignment. This way you can avoid unwanted stress and chaos in the process..
**Only promise what you can seriously deliver within the expected timeline.
**Set your pricing high enough wherein the margin with the boutique doesn't chew into your profit. Having said that, be reasonable at the same time since it's a new product and takes time to sell.
**It's always good if you can supply your own display to the boutique, if possible. If you need some display pieces, work on getting some nifty deals at dollar stores or flea markets.
**Timely and friendly communication helps maintain a good positive relationship that is mutually beneficial.
**Supplying seasonal/holiday items well ahead would help with better exposure and sales. I learnt my jute bags and accessories do better in the spring/summer time and it was already a tad late to put them up in June.

Just a few pointers that spring to mind....every consignment experience is different and its worth a try!
Enjoy the day.....






Thursday, August 25, 2011

Re: Miniature Frogs and Strawberry Gateaux!

Hello Readers,
Just a bit overwhelmed with my things to do list and thought I should write it down and check off things you know what they say about that and a quote by A. A. Milne says it best: Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. 
So my first check off is my blog post which has been long pending! Oh boy you cannot relax, breathe and get things done at the same time-Can ya!? Atleast I can't all the time-I am not the enlightened one yet! hoping to get there someday soon.....Anyway!
I have been wanting to feature an artist from Bangalore, India by name Susmitha who does truly unique and very pretty jewelry. One look at it and you feel transformed into a whimsical mini world of color and joy. Susmitha is an avid animal lover, a Reiki practitioner, a tarot reader and a vegan philosopher, all of which reflects in her passionate creations. Her cute etsy shop has art beads, miniature sculptures, and artisan jewelry using Polymer Clay, Wire - Silver and Copper, Lampwork Glass Beads, Gemstones and Crystals.
I love the choice of colors and the variety her work offers. Susmitha says: "I plunge my entire being into what I'm making and let the love flow through me to the work of art that is being formed." She calls it meditation and it is truly one of the best kinds indeed!
Don't you agree?


Enjoy Susmitha's gallery @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/artbysusmitha
Me off to some more check offs before I sleep tonite!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Inspirational & Eco Friendly: This Is It!

It's been a while since I did an artist feature and I couldn't but resist getting back at it the moment I came across Jodi and Dan's cute little shop on etsy named this is it. The duo also happen to be my co-members on team eco etsy. The husband and wife team from Oregon had a dream to make eco friendly inspirational gifts which are also animal friendly. The dream - This is it was born in 2005 and offers journals, spiral notebooks, cards, jewelry, notepads, and custom wedding goodies.
Entrepreneur and do-gooders, the couple donate a percentage of profits to animal welfare groups. 
I love their simple and sustainable product line and the passion that goes into the creation process.
Worth checking out @ http://thisisit.etsy.com




Don't you just love it?! Anything that makes you smile or feel good is good enough indeed....

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Re: Looking to Guest write on a blog

Hello Readers,
What can be the next best thing besides writing your own blog? Guest writing for another one! It's like sharing some extra space to convey your thoughts to the world. I am working on a guest post for this blog named KanelStrand organic living @ http://blog.kanelstrand.com/ - A neat little blog on sustainable living and much else. Sonya of the blog is also an etsy artist and designer of organic jewelry, from exotic Scandinavia. She lives with her family in a pine forest by the sea and is apparently very nature inspired. All her creations are made in a clean, unpolluted environment in the heart of the Norwegian forest by crocheting and knitting pure Norwegian and Icelandic wool. I love her cute little things! Check out more @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/kanelstrand


Can't wait to share my blog post with you all. Coming soon........there's always something so refreshing about organic, isn't it?! 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Exciting or What-My work in Dundee, Scotland!

Hello Readers,
A lovely day to stay and work from home-Grey skies and pretty drizzles! I have some nice news to share-My work on Jute has made it all the way to Dundee, Scotland where it is currently being exhibited @ the Dundee’s Verdant Works – a restored 19th-century jute mill which is now a living-history museum, the exhibition named From Carriers to Coffins-Jute in the 21st Century.
There is a wonderful medley of various jute products highlighting their uses in modern life, including the world of high fashion. Designers and artists from all over the world have contributed items for the exhibition and I am
honored to have my jute table runner and portfolio displayed as part of the fantastic collection.
Check it out Cool ain't it?!




One never knows where one could go with a piece of art! Seriously, art has its own way of globe trotting!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Beauty of Blue!

Hello Readers,
Me back to my studio with my messy paint soaked brushes and loving it!

Started working on a summer inspired floral series of paintings and Oooh aren't flowers the best thing ever? So much pleasure in bringing out those gorgeous hues-anytime anyday to keep the blues away!

Talking of blues, the color blue is indeed a magnificent shade-very tranquil & yet powerful. I wanted to use a little bit of oriental technique to create this piece-Just freshly listed on my etsy shop:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/78693055/original-watercolor-painting-oriental


Enough blue to beat the blues away eh? Enjoy! and yes do keep checking often to see a whole bunch a flowers coming your way....

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Re: Some Food for an Artist's Soul!

Hello Pink Readers,
I am enjoying my summer break and hope everybody is on to something fun and fulfilling! Working on some new pendants and more-coming soon to my etsy shop. Will also introduce water color florals and other nature themes.

Thought of sharing excerpts from a write up I had put together a while ago while studying a course in design. My musings on an artist's role:
An artist is a person with talent, vision, creativity, and a purpose to make something different, a piece of work that truly decorates, beautifies, and appeals to different sensibilities. Art is necessary to enhance life. It adds enthusiasm and joy to an otherwise mundane existence. It brings out the best in human potential. It is also a responsible medium.
Any creation cannot be art. It has to satisfy certain conditions. Art is supposed to have a significant degree of aesthetic interest, often surpassing that of most everyday objects-Stanford Encyclopedia. This means that artists have to create pieces that satisfy this condition, so not any random creation can be art.
A piece of art always has the edge if it brings about innovation, education, and a positive change.

Some food for thought.......enjoy!



Monday, May 30, 2011

Re: Summer Break-Fresh Inspirations!

Hello Pink Readers,
How I missed blogging!-been busy and away getting things ready for my first boutique consignments locally. How fun it was putting it together for my first showcase in the LA area. Crossing my fingers and hoping for a good run:) Also, vacation time-will take a short break and work on new inventory and fresh ideas. The heat is sure making me cocoon at home. Hope everybody is chilling this summer. Flip Flops, Beach, Popsicles, & soak up some Sun!
Will do a weekly update and stay connected, also hope to keep posting some new pics of what I am upto.
Soon Again,
Cheers!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Re: Ecofriendly Earring Giveaway!!!

Hello Monday!
Two weeks away from my vacation and I am all super charged:) Also excited to be hosting my first giveaway for an artist friend Fia who makes ecofriendly jewelry. Fia uses all natural materials in her crafting such as stones,shells,wood,seeds and recycled glass,upcycled jewelry beads or findings.Nature inspires her and so does color! Her creations are elegant and simple-every piece infuses an earthy rustic charm.
Fia is making this week fabulous for our readers by giving away a lovely pair of wood and glass danglers.

To win'em, simply join my blog and leave a comment under this post with your name & email. I will pick winners through a random drawing that closes on Sunday,the 22nd. So go ahead and try your lucky hand:)
Enjoy!Also do check out Fia's shop @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/Fianaturals


Have a great week ahead everybody!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Re: American Top Fave Foods in Miniature!

I so enjoyed creating a set of three magnets today-Oh Boy Food is always lovely isn't it? The pasta and pizza are my faves too! Its amazing how much of these foods are consumed in the US on a weekly basis. Sure there are fun statistics on that too somewhere!:).
I wanted to incorporate a burger in there but thought a trio is good for now-maybe next time.
Great kitchen decor and a perfect gift for anyone!
Check it out and show some foodie love @ http://woodbits.etsy.com/


Me craving some pizza for dinner-After a hard day's work:) Good night!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Re: Flea and Antique Find Beauties!

Monday is here again!
One of those lazy weekends that ended with "Fast Five":) Old stuff packaged fresh but ain't complaining-Atleast I dint doze away! Hoping for a super charged week ahead....
My blog has featured so many artists over the past few months with a special emphasis on ecofriendly ones. I can never get enough of ecofriendly and recycled works of art and my passion continues on. Today, I introduce Erin Gallant of AntiquetoChic Jewelry who is an avid recycler with paper, plastic, etc, and even her own jewelry designs. Erin reuses old and unwanted jewelry that she buys at yard sales, flea markets, and antique stores.
"Making jewelry is calming and theraputic to me and lets me express my endless creativity in something someone other than myself will enjoy" says Erin.
Since all finds are unique/vintage, every piece is one of a kind and there are no replicates. My personal pick is this pair of earrings that are vintage yellow twisted triangles.

Browse more @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/antiquetochic and enjoy!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Re: Soft Toys you and the Planet will Love!

Hello Pink Readers,
Good morning! I've been away from blogging a couple a days and boy did I miss it! I was busy fulfilling custom requests and relaxed the weekend away. A flurry of world events one after the other and my tv room was abuzz with noise and conversation! Back to business and a nice warm and sunny monday beckoning me to work.......
Today, I would like to talk about Kate Pabst, an ecofriendly plush toy maker from OR & a fellow ecoetsy team mate, who believes that there is "just too much "stuff" on this earth to not reuse whenever possible." Kate is adept at using the hot glue gun and the sewing machine to churn out one of a kind cuties. A variety of soft toys made with a variety of planet friendly/recycled materials is her niche. Her etsy shop boasts of something for every animal lover. Browse @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheChicChickadee
Kate is an adventurist when it comes to materials and techniques-willing to try anything!

So many more to check out! Enjoy and I shall get back to my brushes and new spring ideas!
"Love Life-What's not to?!"

 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Re: In Honor of Earth Day!

TGIF Morning and Happy Earth Day!
In honor of lovely Mother Earth, I would like to feature 2 artists from my team ecoetsy on etsy, whose mission is to recreate recycled materials into works of art. Dawanna of peacesofindigo from TN creates jewelry with recycled and reclaimed materials. She uses precious metal clay, which is a medium designed to use reclaimed silver particles from electronics, film processing, etc. Hours of toil and hand work go into each piece and the end result is nearly perfect. Browse her shop @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/peacesofindigo and show some love. Dawanna also enjoys mommyhood, cooking, & playing legos with her children.


Another fantastic designer/artist is Abby Meadow of infusion - a line of sustainably made bags & textile goods. Working out of her home studio in Oregon, Abby loves natural things and strives to create durable, functional items that are made of  natural, organic, sustainable, recycled fibers and fabrics. I love her classic line of totes and clutches. Something for every lady of eco style @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/infusion
In Abby's words:
Nature is Life.
Life is natural.
Natural is beautiful.

Enjoy the weekend and celebrate mother earth for all that she has to offer, people often say paradise is right here on earth! Indeed it is.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Re: My new Miniature Collection!

Hello Pink Readers,
Work has kept me so busy for the past couple of days as I kept ruminating and dreaming of my new shop-Its always exciting and nerve-racking when you start something new-never know what to expect! I am happy with the way things have turned out so far. I simply wish to keep on painting away:)
My new collection is solely going to focus on miniature wood art pieces and other miscellaneous knick knacks with wood. Hope to have something for everyone! Browse my collection @ http://woodbits.etsy.com/

Its awesome fun to work with miniature sized things. There is some sense of satisfaction when people notice the effort and like your work. My new shop has already many hearts and facebook likes. So good going for my creative juices! I needed a shoulder/neck massage after the many hours I spent in front of my laptop-so got that little pampering and now ready for some more work!

Off to paint some more....maybe something different today!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Re: Pandraa's let's Print Love!

Good Morning!
I am in love with my new miniature Monarch Butterfly Brooch that I am working on currently. I love the way the wing span and the tiny little white spots have turned out. Will share pics soon...
I am also craving a yummy and healthy breakfast today-like maybe a fully loaded veggie omelette, lightly fried hashbrowns, grilled asparagus side, freshly squeezed orange juice, & tapioca pudding:)! Is that a simple wishlist or what? Better get to my cereal now and start my day!
I love Anusha's works of art on etsy-very whimsical, a good blend of Indian influence and modern contemporary painted pieces and prints. Anusha enjoys "hands on" painting and loves animals. Her work reflects a lot of colors, thoughts, textures, and the universal language of love. She also makes unique & cute jewelry. Browse her shop @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/pandraa and share some love.


Without love, what are we worth?  Eighty-nine cents!  Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.  ~M*A*S*H, Hawkeye

Monday, April 11, 2011

Re: Enchanted Inspiration!

Good monday Y'all!
A long pending project got accomplished and now my new jewelry and magnet collection is ready for its spotlight. A couple of clicks and I will get busy listing'em. Yay! and a shoutout to my new handy dandy lightbox-courtesy my husband. Can't wait to use it......
Sometimes, travel and a change of scenario causes new inspirations and infuses fresh enthusiasm, especially for artists. One such jewelry maker is Julie of Gypsy Moon Designs, completely inspired by the land of enchantment-New Mexico. Julie found new creativity after her move to NM from SFO and says that Taos, New Mexico has influenced her style the most. Working from her home now set in the rocky mountains of Montana, Julie loves antiqued copper and uses it a lot in her designs. Very elegant and pretty are her creations. Such south western, bold influence too! Check out her etsy gallery @
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Gypsymoondesigns


Will get to work now and dabble in some colors myself.....enjoy the day and remember:
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.  ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Re: Clay Bunnies and More...

A glass tile pendant and a couple of handmade cards and I am ready to list my new pieces and before I fall into that busy world of creating and listing, I would like to introduce my artist of the day- Trina from Trina's clay creations. Trina lives in Michigan and was a born crafter-Growing up, every year at Christmas time she enjoyed her family tradition of creating ornaments out of dough. Trina's craft grew over the years and the medium she loved to work with became polymer clay. Her craft was a hobby for many years until recently when she opened her etsy shop @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/trinasclaycreations
In Trina's words: "My family is very important to me and their constant belief in me and in my artwork has been inspirational. Inspiration is all around... let life inspire you!!!"


What a perfect piece for the season! See more of her cuties on her etsy shop and enjoy!
Why not learn to enjoy the little things-there are so many of them. ~ Unknown

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Re: Fused Glass Beauties!

Mid-week already?! This morning got off to a yawny start and is still going that way thanks to the weather outside.....I need to start and finish up my 6 day social media course from handmadeology and also put together my craft expense worksheets. Of course these are just the top two items not to mention the myriad other tasks I have been putting off for a few days now.....Aaaah!
Getting back to business, today's artist pick is Jenny Reinhart from OH, who enjoys creating through drawing, cold working and fusing glass, painting, and etching. Jenny took classes in Art and Business at Owens community college and The Toledo Museum of Art, when she fell in love with creating from glass. Being diagnosed with MS, Glass work is very therapeutic for Jenny who carefully designs her pieces. All of her fused glass creations are hand cut, fused, slumped and created by her. There is something for everyone one her etsy shop-so be sure to check it out @http://www.etsy.com/shop/glasscitygifts

My penchant for color makes this piece my fav!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Re: Skilfully Made from Tel Aviv!

Good Monday Morning!
A weekend barbecue with veggie burgers was quite smoking:) and to top that grilled pound cake with pineapple and mint garnish and whipped cream with tequila! hmm hmm delicious....and that's how the wkend bade its farewell. Back to work today-I can never seem to get enough done. First things first-my artist of the day!-Lee from Tel Aviv,a jewelry designer. Lee has been crafting jewelry for over 9 years now and has her work sold in various studios across Israel, Europe, and the US. She loves to mix & match colors & shapes, textures & patterns and combine classic & modern styles. Lee gathers her inspirations from her travels & people styles, cultures, and places. Unique and classic is my word-check out this piece below!
Browse her shop @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/leebonkboutique and marvel at her creations! I am off to a custom order and more handmade cards for the week. Enjoy the day....
Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.  ~Jacques PrĂ©vert

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Re: HandKnit Halters are Cool!

Good day Y'all!
Fashion can take so many shapes and forms and ideas are always cooking in an artist's kitchen. I love handmade chic and especially clothing that renders the wearer a one of a kind touch. I really love Dylana's handknit, crochet designs. Dylana designs and makes all her own patterns. She loves trying different things that pop into her head. Nature, architecture, and color inspire her work.
Dylana says "I make everything with LOVE and with every PINK item sold, I donate 50% of the sale to The Canadian Cancer Society in Toronto to help in the fight against cancer." Check out her cool etsy shop-a crochet fan's delight!

How sexy is this teal blue halter! Head over to http://www.etsy.com/shop/dylanadesigns and get yourself something special this summer!
Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Re: My First Give-Away! Woohoot...

Pink Readers & FB Fans,
I am super excited to have just posted info on my first fab giveaway! Details on my fb page @
www.facebook.com/thegreengroovy

It super simple and easy to enter and I am hoping to meet new folks and expand my art community. I had fun creating this vintage design inspired handmade jute notecard. Color of textured card stock is deep purple/violet and card comes with ready to mail white envelope.

The give-away is open till April 5th! So come on out and enter-have fun and hope you win!
Expect nothing.  Live frugally on surprise.  ~Alice Walker

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Re: Elegance n Exotica!

When artists combine their skill and a bit of their heritage, the blend is so fantastic and unique! One such creator is Kavita Gandhi from Canada, owner of Kavita Kriti, a homage

Monday, March 28, 2011

Re: Easter Cuties!

Good Monday Morning Pink Readers!
The weekend was all about eat outs and good food and to the most part a shut out kitchen which I do enjoy once a while, I mean who

Friday, March 25, 2011

We Love Whimsical Fridays!

Happy TGIF!
I am so happy and on a whimsical high after browsing through Andrea Doss's etsy shop. Super Cute is the word! Animals, Dragons,

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Re: Picture Aplenty!

Hello!
This morning started off on a relaxing note with a visit from a friend and a long lunch at home watching an old bollywood movie! The afternoon was beginning to slowly tick away when

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Re: Wired Cats!

After a brisk walk in the nippy aftermath of morning rain, I feel refreshed and set for the daily grind. I always think creative people need just one or two original ideas to churn out that much sought after one of a kind thing! I find Poppy's wired sculptures really cute and modern. She has been creating wire cats for many years now and sold them in Galleries in the UK. Poppy is passionate about animals and loves to share her passion with fellow animal lovers by creating works of art for them.

Poppy treasures her 3 lovely cats and a tortoise named Mog. They keep her very busy and are her muse, without which she can't imagine her life being the way it is. I love her works and had a great time browsing her catalog on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/poppyseedcats

This piece reminds me of a poem I had written nine years back about how my afternoon lazy dreams if pictured, would resemble a tangled ball of wool, a cat having done all the mischief! Nostalgia time....
Happiness is an attitude.  We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.  The amount of work is the same.  ~Francesca Reigler

Monday, March 21, 2011

Re: Wine needs Decor too!

Good Monday morning Y'all,
It has been indeed a crazy past couple of days with an annual physical, post office trips, cleaning, and ofcourse not to mention

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Re: Upcycled Butterflies & More!

Hello Readers,
Just finished working on my first set of wood miniature magnets for a dear friend and it sure is joyful to see the end result of my creations. Pictures are so overdue as we are trying

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sheer Vintage Delights!

Good morning Pink Readers,
My heart and prayers go out to the people of Japan as they are reeling from a really tragic disaster. I wanted to be part of the etsy artists aid team to help donate

Monday, March 14, 2011

Just a quick Thankyou to all my new blog followers from etsy!

Thanks etsy artists for joining my blog.Would love to feature ur great work soon.

Re: Relive the West Nostalgia!

Hello Monday morning,
Today got started with a nice email inquiry on etsy about my work from Scotland. I love etsy for many reasons, and one of them

Friday, March 11, 2011

Re: Artsy Inspiration!

Busy Busy Friday Y'all!
TGIF but also so much to do and the weekend is not here yet! Been thinking of a give-away idea for my facebook page and blog-will have to put that together soon.
I need some inspiration and energy folks

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Re: New Studio Space,Nook, Creative Heaven!

Hello Pink Lovers,
Had a wonderful day at the Arboretum today with a friend and her lovely tots:) What pleasure walking through well scaped gardens and learning plant species biological names! Also got to take pics for my own use later. Love work and play! Nature sure works its therapy on you-something with the way it soothes your senses and oh yes-the Rosemary maze was amazing-felt like it was an aromatherpay session right there! Got my hands full of the fragrance and hated to wash it down later. I also did one more thing on my way home after a delicious Panang curry lunch-Bought a fresh bouquet of wild daisies-A lil something for my new studio space that I will share photos below. The pure sheep wool rug that my mom and sis had gifted me for my birthday in India few years back is the new love of my life:)-Pure comfort and beauty. Hand embroidered floral design from the exotic northern State of Kashmir. Hmmm Hmmm!


Enjoy the day and I will be back soon to post an artist feature for the weekend.......I know the bulletin board needs to be put to use!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Re: Supah Cute or What!

Dear Pink Readers,
I am enjoying my new studio space and strongly urge all artists working from home to create a space regardless of the size, a nook they can have fun working out of oops creating:). My new space

Monday, March 7, 2011

Re: An Adorable brood of Hens!

Good morning!
I have no complaints whatsoever with this Monday morning as the weekend rolled out to be a stay home yet productive one. I could finally put together my home studio space. Its a beautiful feeling when you can work out of a bright sunny generous window setting space with pure sheep wool embroidered rug, pillow throws, a wooden table, spotlight, bulletin board, and the highlight of my cosy nook-a simple white two draw supply cabinet that was a DYI project for my better half this weekend. I love the way it all came together and the best thing is ample sunlight - Every artist would swear by that!
Can't wait to put the space to good use.......and that brings me to talk about my artist pick of the day-Asia Bataev from Poland. She is a knitter/crocheter who makes unique and supah cute little things with colorful wool. Asia also does not use any patterns and does everything out of her head rendering that one of a kind touch to her pieces. Asia says "I make all toys, bath accessories caps and paints with real love and fun. So they contain lots of good energy. I belive in the power of imagination that's why Steiner's ideas on education are so close to me. And that's why my toys are inspired with the waldorf style."
What a nice piece for a corner in the kids room....!

Enjoy the week ahead and keep the creative juices flowing........................................

Friday, March 4, 2011

Re: Sunflowers For your Ears!

Hello TGIF Pinks,
Sunshine and sunflowers set the mood for my friday this morning as I was peeking through Christine Henry's jewelry collection on etsy. Exotic gems and unique patterns distinguish her creations. What started off as a passion for jewelry and gems turned into an addictive hobby and later on into a full time occupation, as Christine was forced into disability retirement.  In her own words-"I want everyone to be able to afford, wear and share, original, quality pieces that are withstanding the test of time. All my items are individually designed by me and almost all are one of a kind. I always use quality components and will test unknowns before I will consider selling them." Surely her obsession with quality shows in her work. Check out more @

       What Pretty Danglers! Get urself some......Enjoy the weekend and remember:
Attitudes are contagious.  Are yours worth catching?  ~Dennis and Wendy Mannering

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Re: Handmade Crafts are so Lovely!

Hello Pink Readers,
I'm happy to talk about my latest blog find- a great resource for etsy sellers and other artists. http://etsypreneur.com/ Real cool-check it out and I'm sure you would want to

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Re: Plum Plum Get me Some!

Hope everybody's week is going plum and cosy! Its a great day to stay indoors and enjoy doing whatever it is you do. I will be off shortly to work on some more

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Re: Kawaii Cute!

Dear Pink Readers,
Art can be expressed in so many shapes and forms and one never gets tired of it. I can never seem to get enough of my artist features, the more the merrier and there's so much to learn from each artist that It's a never ending journey. An artist & blogger who loves creating art with a sense of whimsy and yummy colors is Susan Faye who lives in the Great Northwest on the banks of Willamina Creek with a cat or two and a room full of really great art supplies! Susan loves hiking, bird watching, blogging, sewing, photography, gardening, writing,and watercolor painting.
Her work is kawaii cute & so very colorful. Check out more @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/SusanFaye and enjoy!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Re: Mystical Magic!

Good Monday Morning! Some visual treat huh!
My day's off to a cool start with some banana milkshake and toast-simple little joys of life:) Afterall what is life without celebration huh? I would like to talk of cheery and bubbling works of art by my artist of the day Elizabeth Matlack, a cancer survivor of 26 years and a very talented acrylic painter. Even the mysterious darkness of a stormy scene radiates beauty with just a touch of colour, in her own words.
Elizabeth works out of a small, hot pink studio in my home that I share with my husband Adam in rural Ontario, Canada; gives her the perfect setting to find her inspiration, in nature and in everyday life.
What unique joy this piece sends out.....
Check out more of her works @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/oddballartco and enjoy!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Re: A perfect blend of classic and modern!

Good Friday Y'all,
Back to business after a relaxing birthday break and still basking in birthday hues, its time to feature my artist of the day-Jewelry maker Vanessa Puckett-thepink80's girl who creates imaginative and fun designs all inspired by the Era of Steampunk, Gothic Lifestyle, Alice in Wonderland and easy Whimsical delights. Classic, gothic, antique, victorian, mystical, and you will find her pieces all these and more.

What a timeless blend of old and new?
If only we could actually use the key everytime;)!
Have a great weekend guys and don't forget to check out Vanessa's etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/pink80sgirl

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Re: Robot Art!

Good morning pink readers,
How is everybody? Hope the mid-week crisis has not set in yet ;). I was in creative hibernation for a day and then energized back to my routine. I cant wait to create something new today-something spectacular if I may! If only all my house chores could be handled by a 24/7 robot-Hmmmm Life would be so.................
Talking of robots, there is an artist from NYC by name Melanie Rodriguez who handmakes adorable toy robots from electronic parts and polymer clay. In her own words: "creepy antique china dolls, abandoned houses, music, guitar, laughter, children, love, day dreaming, insects, monsters under your bed, stop animation and anything miniature, these are all things that inspire me and make me who I am." Surely, these mini robots are a cute little keepsake to order around:)

An artist simply needs an idea to start something new and the above picture is a perfect case in point. Check out more of her creations @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtbyMelanie
Had fun writing about these adorable things and will let my own creative juices flow now.......

Monday, February 21, 2011

Re: Don't mind the Cold If I can have these...

Good Monday Readers,
The cold wave seems to rock the east coast and it gets me so nostalgic thinking about the snowed-in nothing to do but

Friday, February 18, 2011

Re: Who Doesn't Love Silk?

Good Day all,
TGIF:) Looking forward to a refreshing and relaxing weekend and also hoping for some etsy time, of course not to mention my marketing course assignments due Sunday midnight! Convenience is the key to balance says me:)
I so love writing about my new artist friends every day and Jodee Hansen Fiedler takes up my space today as her silk scarves beckon me to touch, feel, and try them on! Silk is pure passion, royalty, smoothness, and spells sheer romance. Jodee handpaints all her silk creations and they are so colorful and weave their own pattern, one to go with every outfit and every occasion. She got fixated on silk painting after trying her hand at many other arts and crafts and silk it was for her. Her inspiration stems from nature, her children, textiles, and the wonderful Minnesota seasons......check out her etsy store y'all!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/palettepassion  Her melange of colors on her banner is so enticing.

Wrap me around sings this one...

Me off to photographing and listing my new table runners for the weekend. Have a good one guys!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Re: Pampering is an Art too!

Good day pink lovers,
I got off this morning thinking about health and wellness, and a dash of spirituality after a long talk with my mom over phone which is always the much needed succour after any blues I've had! A good spa day or better yet, some lone time home spa day is much needed too and that brings me to Robyn's nest boutique, my artist of the day-Her shop features all natural decorative & novelty soap, perfume, body sprays, lip balms, scrubs, body butter bars, gifts, and more! Robyn is a certified esthetician who loves making bath and body products so she can enjoy spending time with her twins at home and still express her creativity. Ooooh I so love this jar-wanna just gobble it all up:)! Maybe better stick to the scrub.


I love the variety she has to offer-check out her etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/robynsnestboutique
Lovely stuff Robyn! And this makes me want to take a day off from everything and just indulge.......


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Re: Art's best made on a Rainy Gloomy Day!

Good Morning,
What an overcast, rain filled day-A great day for brooding indoors and churning out art:). Artists & Crafters need no reason to come up with new and fun ideas for their creations. Like today's artist Sue Hunt who makes handmade cards using cross stitch patterns and cute little pastel drawings. An olive tree, lavender & bay trees, teddy bears, frogs, cakes, hearts-simple themes that touch your everyday life.
Sue was home for several years unable to go to work and started drawing the pots in the garden laying in a recliner. That started her journey and now she is a full time artist making quirky pastels drawings that are print, tear, and mounted onto A6 blank cards.
Happy Birthday!!!

See more of Sue's work at http://bramleycards.blogspot.com/ & http://www.zibbet.com/bramleycards
So much to look, enjoy, and learn in the art world and I am having a fun coaster ride just getting to know what other artists do! Stay tuned for something special everyday-An artist A day, everyday!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Re: A Home is not just a Home!

Hello Pink Readers,
Today, its all about the house, home, architecture, and the urban landscape. So glad to feature and talk about my artist of the day David Hinchen who does amazing sketches and paintings of buildings, especially older ones with history and a

Monday, February 14, 2011

Re: My Valentine Day Special!

Good morning!
Happy Valentine's Day everybody, enjoy the love all around you and cherish your family and friends, of course this day is just an extra reminder not the only day for love!

Today, my Valentine day special feature talks about Acclaimed Paper Artist, Mandy Smith whose work has been featured in many magazines, blogs, and very recently on the etsy blog. Peek @
http://etsy.me/eTc8jQ for pictures and a very cute and fun animation video

Friday, February 11, 2011

Re: New Designs-Diverse yet Connected!

Hello!
As promised, I did end up putting my afternoon to good use and painted some new ecofriendly stationery art-Jute Portfolios. I created three diverse pieces in terms of design but they are all connected through the concepts of delicate patterns and shapes. Feathers, spring leaves and colors, and an intricate henna design with black outliner and red fabric color. Had fun creating all of'em and freshly listed @ my etsy store:
http://thegreengroovy.etsy.com/. Check it out!
Have a great weekend ahead everyone and happy Valentine Day Shopping!

Re: Johnny Depp on a Magnet?!

Hello pink readers,
This morning got off to a fantasy travel into a distant, mystical world of fairies, unicorns, dragons, and of course my very own favorite pirates:). There are few artists who can effectively translate

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Re: Necklaces inspired by the Berkshire Mountains!

Good Morning Y'all,
I am having a great time looking through her etsy store and featuring my jewelry artist Deb Hall who handcrafts jewelry with sterling silver, gold, and other semi-precious gems. Her design style is

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Re: A Birthday Meal I made after a long time!

I couldnt fight the urge to share this south Indian meal on my blog that I had prepared for my husband after god knows how many years. For some strange reason, I resisted the easy temptation of dining out and wanted to

Re: The joy of painting Animals

Good morning my pink readers,
Just had some delicious Tapioca pudding with cashews and raisins for breakfast-lol! I thought dessert for breaking the day is not a bad idea plus tapioca is healthy eatiing right ;)! And on the joy of the same, I featured my artist of the day-Brenda Thour who is a wildlife and landscape painter. Her work is original and visually very appealing-the details of the spots and stripes on the animals are worth checking out.

Look at the zebras-Don't you wish you could have them on your wall? Visit her store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/luvs2paint

My day promises lots of busyness-creating and studying, all I seem to do nowadays! Bye y'all...

Monday, February 7, 2011

re:And Mommy the Quilt speaks!

Good noon,
This morning got off to another great start with my second sale on etsy! Oh boy what a feeling when someone actually loves your stuff so much to actually buy it:) That's the graification that artists live for. I am specially inspired to roll out a floral spring collection all of this week inspired by Mr.Groundhog! So keep watching my space for photos and more. www.facebook.com/thegreengroovy

Today, my featured artist is Janeen Sepulveda, quilter who creates magic with one of a kind patterns. She designs, sews, and quilts with 30 plus years of experience and can craft a quilt off a photo within 2 weeks! So whatcha waiting for-Get that special teddy bear or winnie the pooh quilted for your little angel and you do know that handmade quilts last forever right!:)
Look at this intricate pattern! I am so attracted visually to this piece by Janeen, it speaks its own language of color and mystery and weaves a puzzle...

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Re: Pampering for the Bride!

Good Superbowl Sunday everyone,
I am sure a lot of folks are busy getting ready for the parties. I just got back on time for a party myself from Hot Springs and was blown away by nature's awesomeness:) The mineral waters did soothe and refresh my spirits. An artist needs that once a while, isn't it?
Just featured my artist of the day-Jessica Gallo who creates bridal jewelry and accessories born from a love of luxurious fabrics and materials, feminine design and the highest quality craftsmanship.
The brand is known for its signtaure hairbands and accessories made from swarovski pearls and crystals, sterling silver metals and custom original metalwork. You can also expect hand-crafted silk flowers, cut staight from the bolt, hand-pressed, hand-sewn and always unique and perfect for fascinators, belts and brooches.
Jessica loves working with bold colors and textures and it reflects in her work. Enjoy seeing and reading more about her creations @ http://fineandfleurie.com/


So much dazzle and the bride surely must see the stars!


 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Re:Jewelry can never get old!

Grt day pink lovers:)!
Today, I featured Jessica Speake as my artist of the day for my facebook page and I plan on doing this everyday! Its amazing the connections and positivity that goes around when you not only promote your own work but also that of other artists! Art is one and a true artist alone knows the highs and lows of this journey. Brand building and self promotion are no easy tasks!
I believe everyone with talent has the potential to succeed. Being web savvy is the icing on the cake.

The tips for today from my recent learnings on etsy are:
Promote, promote, promote wherever and however you can possibly do it!
Keep on creating and listing, later renewing.
Great photos
Apt keywords/tags
Detailed and accurate descriptions
Linking to store within listings
Creating treasuries
Participating(meaningful) in forums, discussions, chats
Getting featured on other blogs of interest
Facebook page/twitter/blog-all connected in a simultaneous way
Facebook/etsy/blog ads

And ofcourse a good product targeted at the right segments!I wish to put all of the above to good use and hoping to stumple upon more tips and insights on my own journey around to share.

Again, don't forget to check out Jessica's jewelry-Its really pretty and a great valentine find! Women and their connection to jewelry is a no-brainer. Have a great day ahead and me off to fresh listings!
http://www.jessicaspeake.etsy.com/


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Re:Love is in the Air!

Great day all,
Happy Groundhog Day and its amazing that we are getting an early spring:) yahoo! So ready for one though I can't complain sitting in California, Can I ;);)?!
My highlight of the day is creating Valentine's day Jute fabric note cards for conveying "I love u" in a very  heartfelt, artsy, and personalized way! Check out my limited love collection @
http://thegreengroovy.etsy.com/ and lemme know your thoughts. I also posted a pic for your viewing pleasure. Love is truly a universal language and speaks across boundaries. It is magical, whimsical, desirable, curative, joyful, and so much more and best of all its cheap!It costs you nothing to love your family, friends, neighbors, and the whole world...and what goes around comes around. So whatcha waiting for? Spread the L word and don't forget to love yourself:)
Happy Valentine's day! Do surprise your special someone.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Re:Green Office for her!

What a great feeling to list new work on etsy and your fb page to showcase to the world! Its quite something and the best thing for me in the mornings. I truly believe stationary should be as ecofriendly as possible coz that's something the world uses on a daily basis and in so many ways. My little contribution to ecofashion for her is my latest addition-Jute Portfolios for anytime, anywhere use. They are so light, so cute, and so flexible. Anybody would like to receive it for a gift! See my new listings @ http://thegreengroovy.etsy.com/

Some other interesting finds online for green stationery are:
http://www.thestationerystudio.com/
http://www.tinyprints.com/
FoosieDesign and greysgreetings on etsy

There are so many more, just desire to go green and once you do, you will realize how fab the G life can get:)

Monday, January 31, 2011

Re: Cyber Learning for small biz

Hello Pink lovers,
It's amazing what a few hours of online search and readings can do for your biz:)! Its like sitting at home and doing an online MBA course in itself. It can be so educative and so enriching an experience starting from how to start a fb page, how to get more fans, how to get more followers on twitter, how to tag items on etsy, how to sell without soliciting, how to better your pics using free online tools and tips......name it and they have a "how-to" on practically everything in life! And some really good advice at that. I have learnt in 2 weeks what I have not in a lifetime. Time to put it all to good use.
I love the etsy forums, features, and convos too from fellow etsians. So positive and vibrant a community, its another world altogether! I love Tim's blog http://www.handmadeology.blogspot.com/ , an excellent resource for all online sellers. So much of free advice delivered everyday when you are lost figuring things out for your new small business.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

re:So much to do!

Hello all,
Is everybody always and mostly bogged down with so much to do? Day after day, I go to bed thinking that I shall take it easy the following morning but half way into the day and I am half-tired already planning, executing, and planning some more. There's never enough time in a waking day to get to everything, is there? And no prioritizing does not help always, atleast not in my case! So the solution? Keep on doing what you can and try living moment to moment, to avoid chaos.
Well now let's get to work. Today, I decided to list few more purses and misc on etsy and keep the networking thing going. Its awesome that I really got 80 people to like my fb page within a few days of launching it. I am so thankful and happy and hoping for the good run all of this year and the rest if my artist life. There's always so much to do I repeat, especially if you are on your own. Go figure!:)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Re:An artist a day, everyday!

Hello Pink lovers,
Just floating past cloud none right now with my new idea-An artist every day for the rest of the year! Artists are one community and they need to sustain and support each other. In this spirit, I thought of featuring one artist every day on my new fb page and give my readers some nice visual treats everytime they log in. I hope that this enriches me and my art in turn as there is nothing that one cannot learn in this infinite space!
Will get to work on this shortly and wishing a great week ahead for everybody.
Was also reading about why people unfollow you on twitter-Ouch-it does hurt but well dont we do the same thing once a while? It's all game and cool.Cut out the bitterness as much as possible and the universe will always give plentiful.No worries:!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Re: Art and Audience

Dear Pink Life,
Its awesome to sit at your pc and keep networking away to glory. The artist world is so together and such a variety. Infact one gets to meet more peers online than anywhere else and its another huge benefit of cyberworld. I have had conversations with few artists in and around LA and I feel so good already knowing I am in the right direction-here's to a glorious 2011 for all my fellow artists.One such artist whose work I loved is Sandy and her ecofriendly creations. Check her out at www.schimmelart.com.
Art is such a thing of beauty and never to be taken for granted. Every creation comes out of so much labor and love that it needs to be valued for what it is. I promise to take my art seriously this year and cut myself not much slack in spreading word about my work. When art is appreciated and talked about, it is it's own reward! Afterall what is art without audience huh!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year everybody...

So yes that time has come again, the time to reflect, say goodbye, leave behind the past, and look forward to something fresh, positive, and renewing. Hope everyone had a good time ringing in the year, well I did too. It's always fun to meet
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