Sunday, November 30, 2008
Through My Eyes - A Mixed Bag
I really should have been prepared with an exciting post since I linked to my blog, but I had a crazy week last week with a birthday, school events, being sick and Thanksgiving. So I thought for the last day I would post a little something quick so people might be enticed to actually return to my blog. So here are some of the mixed bag of things that inspired me this week:
I just loved the shape and shine of the eye pins on my work table. Individually they aren't much to look at, but together they become something very interesting.
We had our first snow last week! It was just a dusting, but nothing is more inspiring that that first snow. Especially when it lands on a bright green and red bush!
I just love these walnut shells (I think they're walnuts). The have a great texture and of course the little heart on the inside is just precious. We find them whenever we go to the park and we have quite a stash. While we were all sick and stuck in the house, I decided to get them out for a little photo shoot. Check my Flickr page for the full photo shoot.
Still being inspired by pinecones!
Who new birthday candles could be so cool? I just loved the bright colors and they way they looked when I had them piled together on my counter.
Making multiple birthday cakes makes you look at beaters in a whole new light!
A sweet little bunny from my childhood. I just loved how it looked against the pink paper. I think it has inspired a new bunny obsession.
So that's what inspired me this week. I hope one of them inspires you too!
Friday, November 28, 2008
BEST Supports the Maryland Food Bank
The Maryland Food Bank provides nearly 14 million pounds of food annually to 1,000 Network Partners - including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, low-income day care centers, after-school programs, senior centers, rehabilitation centers, and other feeding programs. They supply food for over 50,000 Marylanders each week who otherwise would go hungry or not eat enough, including families with children, the elderly, the homeless, the homebound, low-income workers, the recently unemployed, and people with AIDS and other health problems. For every $1 contributed to the Maryland Food Bank, they are able to provide 3 meals to Maryland’s needy families and individuals.
From November 27th through December 11th, the following participating BEST members will be donating the following:
jenmenkhaus.etsy.com - 10% from entire store
jennyjen42.etsy.com - 10% from entire store
blockpartypress.etsy.com - 10% from entire store
RobotZ.etsy.com - 10% from the entire store
yonpli.etsy.com - 10% from the entire store
yummyandcompany.etsy.com-10% from entire store
spatherapyworks.etsy.com- 15% from all soap sales
threewheelsdesign.etsy.com - 10% from entire store
bennyandheidi.etsy.com- 10% from entire store
vwstudios.etsy.com - 10% from entire store
lulaandme.etsy.com- 2% of all sales from store and shows
elisasherejewelry.etsy.com - 10% of all earring sales
thebrokenplate.etsy.com - $5 from each sale of Holiday Theme Plates
Take some time to visit these fantastic Etsy shops, support handmade and know that when you make a purchase between Nov. 27- Dec. 11th, you will be helping to provide food and services to someone in need this holiday season. Here are some other ways to support the MD Food Bank:
- Make a direct monetary donation to the here:
- Purchase and donate food through the Food Bank's “Virtual Food Drive”
- Deliver the food directly to the Maryland Food Bank at 2200 Halethorpe Farms Road. Please call 410-737-8282 to arrange your delivery.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Happy 6th Birthday Kyle!!!!
Here is his latest painting/crayon drawing:
Maybe it will inspire you to create a fish or to use some bright colors or to even break out that pack of 64 crayons you haven't used since you were a kid!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Through My Eyes - Pinecones
These Winter Pinecone Cards by kaiku.etsy.com look like they could have been drawn directly from my photos.
Pinecone Brooch by Txalteredart.etsy.com create with an actual pinecone.
I love how the pinecone is interpreted in this pendant by zippandesigns.etsy.com
Beautiful Beeswax Pinecone Candle by berdandbee.etsy.com
I love this Earthy Pine Cone Wrap Scarf by circularaccessories.etsy.com. This sweet design can also be found in her shop featured on a long sleeve t-shirt and a tie-neck blouse.
Click here to find more pinecone creations on Etsy.
Here are some fun instructions for crafts you can make with an actual pinecone. Some of them could make a great handmade holiday gift:
Pinecone Thanksgiving Turkey
Glittered Pinecone Holiday Ornament
Take a little time this week to get outside and collect some pinecones and then take little time to create something fun. Feel free to leave a comment telling me about your favorite pinecone craft, or link to instructions for or pictures of a great pinecone craft.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Virtual Trunk Show - Be Inspired to Shop!!!!
You must have an Etsy account to participate/purchase, but it's easy and free to sign up, and really, you should have one anyway!
Monday, November 10, 2008
A No-brainer....Be Inspired by Fall Leaves
Here are some recent pictures and my most recent treasury list to help with a little visual inspiration.
All pictures taken by me (can you tell I've been a bit obsessed with the leaves?)
Check these flickr groups for some more gorgeous leaves:
Nature's Fall Canvas
See more Fall leaf items on Etsy here! And finally, don't forget to take some time to jump in the leaves!!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Through My Eyes - This Week's Inspiration : Fall, Nature, Texture
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Be Inspired to Vote!!!!!!
Presidential Poster from Elloh.etsy. She will even include the winner of this election!
There is demographic that I think both candidates missed this time around and it's definitely the Tofu vote. I first saw this little guy at the Crafty Bastards show in June when a little boy proudly showed it off to me. Brilliantly created by ChrisCreatures.etsy.com
Rep voting and look good while you do it with this great necklace from metalsgirl.etsy.com.
In case you forgot what time it is.......
Thanks handcrankedUSA.etsy.com for making it that simple ! It's your right, it's your duty, it's time to VOTE!!