Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My Dog

I'm not sure where this came from, but thought I would share it:

It's just dawned on me !!

My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day.
She has her food prepared for her. She can eat whenever she wants.
Her meals are provided at no cost to her.
She visits the Dr. once a year for her checkup, and again during the year if
any medical needs arise.
For this she pays nothing, and nothing is required of her.
She lives in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than her
needs, but she is not required to do any upkeep.
If she makes a mess, someone else cleans it up.
She has her choice of luxurious places to sleep.
She receives these accommodations absolutely free.
She is living like a Queen, and has absolutely no expenses whatsoever.
All of her costs are picked up by others who go out and earn a living every
I was just thinking about all this, and suddenly it hit me like a brick

I think my dog is a member of Congress!

Friday, August 26, 2011


I'm so happy it's Friday! Today I am featuring another etsian, Raedawn

1. Why and/or how did you get interested in making your products?
I started doing art when I was a little girl, mostly drawing, and then when I was a bit older painting. I always loved art. I always knew I wanted to be an artist. I also loved to crack rocks open, an activity that I link to my later love of making jewelry. I went to Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a BFA in painting. Since then I have show all over the U.S., as far as Oregon and New Mexico and as close as Massachusetts and New York.

2. What is the favorite piece you have made and why?
My favorite piece so far is a tryptich, "Linking to the Three Worlds." I love it because when I did it I felt most connected to the spiritual realm and to myself. My most recent favorite is a colored pencil drawing, "Last Day at the Beach." And my favorite necklace is the Goddess necklace.

Here are some examples of her unique work:

This one absolutely fascinates me and this is what she has to say about it: "Shamans transverse the worlds, bringing back healing and other resources for their communities. They not only pass back and forth between the worlds, but they help to connect them, so that their communities are familiar with the lower world (a place of objective healing resources, such as herbs), the middle world (ordinary reality, Earth), the upper world (a place of energetic healing and knowledge). This assemblage symbolically reflects this process."

This one is sold, but I love all the colors and details!

This is what she has to say about this necklace, "The Goddess reaches up in joy, toward a turquoise sky, which is set off by the quiet inner fire of the copper."

4. Do you do craft shows?
I used to do lots of craft fairs, but since my illness, Fibromyalgia, has gotten worse, I can no longer do them. This was one of the factors in my coming to Etsy.

This is what she has to say about her work:
In my work I strive to stay connected to both the spiritual realm and to the world of people. Both are of utmost importance to me. I believe I was given a gift, and a part of that gift was to share it with others.

I too beleive she was giving a gift and love all the different mediums she works in.

If you'd like to see more of her gorgeous work, stop by her etsy shop Raedawn
You can also keep track of what she is up to by following her blog:

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Happy Thursday Everyone!
Today I am featuring another awesome etsy shop - Rhody

1. Why and/or how did you get interested in making your products?

I started crocheting when I was a young girl. As time went on I want to make bigger and better things so I started to buy pattern books and made everything I could get my hands on. Crocheting is my "out". Its so relaxing for me and I love starting out with just yarn and then like magic you have a productive item in your hand!

2. Do you make/design the product or do other people help you?

I make everything myself. If I use a pattern I always put my own twist to it somewhere in that pattern so I make it mine. I did design and make a thread crochet Christening blanket that is in my shop now. But I make my own items.

3. What is the favorite piece you have made and why?

I have to say the Christening gowns. I made one that sold and it had the gown, bonnet and booties to go with it. The girl who bought it sent me a picture of her baby on her Christening Day with my outfit on her. That meant so much to me to actually see it on her.

Here are some examples of her gorgeous work:

I love all her different peices! Wouldn't that wreath be stunning on your door? And guess what? She takes custom orders on her wreaths and if you would like something else, she'd be glad to work on it with you so you can get exactly what you want!

If you'd like to see more of her shop, check her out here on etsy: Rhody
You can also follower her on twitter here
Check out her blog here
And like her on facebook here

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Camp Casey

Today, I'm highlighting Camp Casey. Camp Casey is a 501c3 nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer headquartered in Michigan. Camp Casey supports children with cancer and their families through three unique programs, Cowboy Camp Outs, Horsey House Calls, and Outlaw Outings. The wonderful thing about these programs is that they are cost-free. How can they do this? Through the generous support of people like us!

If you'd like to help there are several different ways you can. Camp Casey is hosting a Chili Cook off and Craft Show on Saturday October 15th in downtown Ferndale. If you'd like to go to the Chili Cook off, Tickets are $10 if pre-purchased and you can buy them online here: ChiliCookOffTickets Or you can buy them for $15 at the event. This is a wonderful way to spend the day with your family, have a great time and support a great organization!

If you'd like to purchase a 10x10 vender space, you can download the application here: VendorSpace

If your business would to become a sponsor, here is the sponsor sheet: Sponsor

Camp Casey Fest: Bands. Beans. Brews.
A chili cook-off and street fair featuring live music all day with a national headliner (TBA ASAP)!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Downtown Ferndale

See you all there!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Thoughts On The Economy

THE ECONOMY IS SO BAD: I recived a pre-declined credit card in the mail. CEO's are now playing miniature golf. ExxonMobil laid off 25 Congressmen. Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America.Motel Six won't leave the light on anymore.A picture is now only worth 200 words.They renamed Wall Street "Wal-Mart Street".Finally, I called the Suicide Hotline.I got a call center in Pakistan and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited and asked if I could drive a truck

Friday, August 19, 2011

Thoughts for Friday

Some of my favorite thoughts for today:

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Franke

Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder. Ebernard Arnold

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Honey Willow Bloom Room

Sure Happy Its Thursday!
A while back, I featured Marie from Honey Willow Designs. Well, Marie has been a busy woman and has now opened a second Etsy Shop called HoneyWIllowBloomRoom. Well, I just had to ask her a few questions.

1. What was your motivation to open another shop?
My motivation to open another shop hit at about 2am when I was ordering supplies. I was ordering some lovely flowers and came up with about a millions ideas at once to specialize in flower. It is very different from what I want to concentrate on in my original shop hence the new shop.

2. What kinds of products are you offering in your new shop?
My tagline is Flower Central for Hair, Body, and Home - that about sums up the items I will be offering - just about anything you can think of that is floral related.

3. Who are these products be for?
My items will be for women and children mainly, but could include men too. Basically anyone who likes flowers!

I took a look at her new shop and all I have to say is WOW. Everything she offers will make fabulous gifts for all occasions for the flower enthusiast.

Here are some of the wonderful pieces she has to offer:

You can see more of her wonderful creations on her etsy shops: HoneyWillowBloomRoom and

And you can save 10% both of her shops by using coupon code: ppsblog10

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Happy Hump Day!!! Today our featured Michigan Artist is......

1. Why and/or how did you get interested in making your products?
I have been knitting and crocheting for almost 20 years. Growing up in an artistic family with crafters and a muralist as my inspiration, I was encouraged to create from a very young age. DJ started making Jewelry just this summer in response to a custom request to make one of his flies into a pair of earrings, and it took off from there and has become a passion.

2. Do you make/design the product or do other people help you?
Everything we do is collabrative. He and I run design ideas by each other all the time, but the actual construction/stitching is done by only one or the other.

3. What is the favorite piece you have made and why?
My favorite piece is a work in progress. I'm using a pattern my late father designed to make an updated blanket for our bedroom. DJ's favorite is the dreamcatcher earrings he made for me using traditional Mohawk techniques taught to him by a pipe carrier.

Here are some of their beautiful work:

If you'd like to see more of their beautiful work, you can find SkileyKnits at the Nature's Best Farmer's Market in Fairview every Friday Morning. They will also be in Beaverton August 20th and 21st, and at the Curran Black Bear Festival September 24

You can find their blog here:
And of course, you can stop by their etsy shop: SkileyKnits

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Happy Tuesday everyone! Today our featured Michigan Artist is GaryTheCarpenter

GaryTheCarpenter is a retired carpenter who thought that retirement was going to give him the time to do all the things he never had time for when he was working.. His list wasn’t as large as he thought and he found that he needed a way to make his income stretch just a bit further. One day his three grandsons asked hin to make them a large truck that they could climb on. That got him started on making birdhouses, and feeders. According to GaryTheCarpenter his three grandsons are his biggest fans, and he enjoys making them a little something for birthdays, christmas, and well, just because. He thinks that making things out of wood, is pure pleasure, his greatest pleasure comes form the look in his grandsons eyes, when he hands them a new item.

His Donkey birdfeeder and birdhouse always makes him laugh, and I have to admit, they make me laugh as well.

And just look at this mailbox and birdhouse!

To see some more unique and fun Toys, Bird houses, and feeders, take a look at GaryTheCarpenters etsy shop: GaryTheCarpenter

Monday, August 15, 2011

Lala Dangerous

Today our Featured Artist is LalaDangerous

1. Why and/or how did you get interested in making your products?
I got into this last year, when my sister in law showed me the website I was so intrigued by the idea of an eBay for handmade and vintage items!!! I had been making ornaments for Christmas presents that year because we were short on money!
My sister liked them she suggested I start an Etsy store and so I did!

2. Do you make/design the product or do other people help you?
All of my items, and ideas are mine. I have taken a suggestion or two from my husband and friends but most of the items are my own original ideas. I am inspired by the 19th century early and late...I love all of the looks, textures and designs from that era!

3. What is your favorite piece and why?
My most favorite piece so far is the pirate ornament I just recently did. It's fantasy, Victorian and one of my absolute favorites!

Here are some of her other beautiful ornaments:

I have to say, these are the most stunning and unique ornaments I have ever seen!

LalaDangerous is doing a craft and sales expo at Pine Grove Church in Howard City. The expo is from 10:30a-3p and is open to the public. Stop by, say hello and see these beautiful ornaments in person.

LalaDangerous is also open to custom orders, so if you see one of her designs and would like it in another color she would be happy to do that for you!!! Keep in mind that not all items are exactly alike due to the materials she has on hand and constantly changing stock, however they will be very similar.

You can also keep up with her on facebook:

And if you would like to buy one of these on line, or see her other beautiful creations, check out her etsy store:

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

Clover Pottery

Woo Hoo it's friday!
Today our featured artist is Clover Pottery

My first experience with clay/pottery making was a rather inept attempt to rescue my friend's brother from certain "summer ruining" punishment. He'd used his grandmother's dishes as target practice for his BB gun. Lame-O! Anyway, I dug up a bunch of clay from the creek behind their house and used a paper plate asa pattern for the clay replacement dishes. We put them out in the sun until they were dry, then "cooked" them in the oven. When the "plates" were cooled off, we used model car paints to color them. NOT EVEN CLOSE!

They broke apart as we tried to stack them in the cupboard - and her brother was busted - just like the plates... but at least I tried.

Because I've always been a "wallower" and love the feel, smell and everything else to do with clay, I'm too selfish to let anyone help me make my pottery... I work alone and have been seriously making my pots since 1969. Thankfully, my family and friends basically leave me alone when I'm making my pottery. I meditate while I work. I believe that clay is NOT static, but dynamic. What I am feeling while I work is what someone else will take home with them when they choose one of my pots. I've very careful about what kind of energy I put into my art.

My inspiration comes from nature, whether it's in the making of my horse hair pottery or the more functional pieces.

My favorite pieces are my horse hair pots. The hair comes from my own horses and I love them, (my horses) more than life itself. Each piece is special in that they not only contain my own energy, but also the spirit of my horses. I'm part Sioux and find this combination of pottery and horses quite natural for me.

Here are some of her beautiful pieces:

I haven't been doing shows of late, however, I'm happy to say that I will be at Ferndale's new venue - The Rust Belt Market- August 13th (Saturday 11:00am - 7:00pm). You can't believe how hip that place is... sort of like Ann Arbor back in the 60's. Come on and check it out! I bet you'll feel right at home.

You can find more of her pottery at:
And go check out her blog:

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sally Manke

Happy Thursday!

Today our featured Michigan Artist is SallyManke. Sally is a retired home economics/art teacher. Her passion is fiber, color, texture and design so she just sort of evolved into a fiber artist. She makes and designs each piece that she creates, getting her inspiration from travel, quilt shows....well just everywhere.

This is one of her favorite piece. It is the Hollyhock Cottage Art Quilt. The inspiration was from a trip to France, it's filled with flowers and old buildings and it is in her two favorite colors from the red and blue pallet. It will be featured in the PBS Quilt Expo in Wisconsin next month.

And here are a couple of her other favorites:

I love and am absolutely amazed at all the details in these!

Sally does not do craft shows however she has had quilts selected and shown at International Quilt Shows.

Sally beleives that there is that one career for everyone that you enjoy so much and are so passionate about you'd almost pay to be able to do it. Creating fiber art is that career for her. She enjoys creating commission confetti quilts of your favorite landscape, seashore or architecture. Feel free to contact her!

You can find Sally on facebook:

You can also find her at the Pleasant Valley Resort Hotel located in Arcadia, Michigan. Sally and Patrick have owned the resort since 1985 and offer motel rooms and cottages in a quaint, small town atmosphere from early spring through the crisp fall season. They can help you find the quietest beach spot, the most challenging hike or the tastiest local dining.

I might just have to take a trip to check it out and hope you do too!

If you would like to see more of Sallys beautiful work or shop online, you can find her here:

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Amandas Finer Things

Happy Wednesday Everyone!
Today I am highlighting Amandas Finer Things where you can find gorgeous floral arrangements - everything from bridal bouquets to kissing balls, hair accessories to bachelorette parties, boutonnieres to bridal packages, flower girl baskets to cake toppers. If it has flowers - she can make it!

She started way back in high school with a floral class, and has just recently decided to try to sell them from home. With three little kids at home, she likes to stay home with them and fullfill her dream. She makes all of her creations herself.

This is her favorite item:

This is an elaborate pomander kissing ball decked out in pearls and cascades down. It is perfect for a queen!

Here are some of her other gorgeous peices:

You can find her on facebook:!/

Or you can stop by her etsy shop and see her other amazing creations!
Amandas Finer Things

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sew Sweet Peanut

Today I am featuring another wonderful Michigan artist, Sew Sweet Peanut who makes adorable childrens clothing. She is offering Free Shipping (woot) if you enter the coupon code pinkparchment. You can also check out her blog and Check for a chance to win a $25 credit here in her shop!!

1. Why and/or how did you get interested in making your products?
I actually don’t remember for sure how I started making clothing. My mom and I decided that we would like to learn how to sew so we bought a cheap machine and made some cushion covers and pillow cases. I guess I decided that clothes for my two girls would be more fun, found Etsy and then it just got out of control. :)

2. Do you make/design the product or do other people help you?
I sew all of the items myself.

3. What is the favorite piece you have made and why?
My favorite piece may be the My Little Pony knot dress I made for my youngest daughter. I really don’t sew much for my own girls now that I have the Etsy shop and she is huge in to all things ponies. This was also the first knot dress I made and it came together perfectly. My daughter’s face was the best though; it was great making something specifically for her.

Here are some of her favorite pieces:

This is what she has to say about this peice. I usually stick pretty close to the pattern I am working with but I really wanted something different when I started this dress working with a knot dress pattern. I think the modifications, the fabrics, the photos and my adorable model/daughter came together really well and I am proud of myself for branching out a little from the pattern. Isn't this just adorable?

She really loves this one because it is the only boy item in her shop (She thinks she needs to work on that). And she feels so lucky to have customers who send her amazing photos of their little men in her ties to use for promotion.

She just loves this outfit (and so do I). It turned out just like she had imagined, and she loves everything about it; the style, the colors and how it fit on her little one. She had a mom buy this outfit for her daughter to wear in a pageant and it won best casual wear, she was so excited.

5. Do you do craft shows?
I did a couple of small local craft shows last fall but am not planning on any this year. They are a lot of work and take up more time than I have right now. I would love to do some in the future though because I really like the atmosphere and the immediate feedback on my work. I do create items for a local children’s boutique though and that has been a great opportunity to get my items out locally.

6. Do you have facebook, twitter, blogs? If so please give me the links
I do not have a facebook or twitter account. Gasp, I know. :) I know I am in the vast minority but I don’t like what the social networking phenomenon is doing to families, marriages, children, and computers. I do have a blog ( and website ( though.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Hickory Tree

Today our featured Artist is Linda from The Hickory Tree

1. Why and/or how did you get interested in making your products?

I first started making Wooden Tree Branch Buttons about 10 years ago. I am a sewing fanatic and I love to make clothes for dolls and stuffed animals. I was up north at my parent’s cabin in Michigan and my daughter and I were making clothes for a big stuffed bear that sat in my mom’s front room. I made the bear some suspenders but didn’t have any buttons to sew onto the straps. Town was 25 miles away so my mom made a comment that her dad; my grandpa use to make buttons out of tree limb slices way back when she was little, and so I decided to give it a try. The first buttons I made were crooked and way too thick, but still looked kind of cool. I made quite a few more buttons over the years for friends and family but never thought of making them to sell. In 2006 I opened an Etsy shop and I sold shoulder bags, totes and dog beds under SleepyDogDesigns. Well sales were pretty slow so I put a wooden tree branch button on one of my shoulder bags and I got 5 emails that day asking where I’d bought the button from. It didn’t take long or a lot of thought to realize I was selling the wrong art. So I changed direction and now I specialize in Wooden Tree Branch Creations.

2. Do you make/design the product or do other people help you?

Everything I make and in my wood shop is designed and created by me. My specialty is Wooden Tree Branch Buttons, Wood Gift Tags, Rustic Wedding Decor and Natural Tree Branch Jewelry. I always have new designs and styles I’m either working on or thinking about at any given moment. Many of my wonderful buyers on Etsy have given me fantastic ideas too. My only obstacle is time, or lack of it. I work full time so my wood shop creations are made after work and on the weekends. My husband helps behind the scenes. He is my chief equipment mechanic and head of the wooden gift tag twine tying station. When my saws, drill presses or sanders breakdown he orders parts and gets them up and running again. He also built this wonderful Pole Barn for me. Likewise when I have gift tag orders, he ties the twine on them to save me time.

3. What is the favorite piece you have made and why?
One of my favorite pieces was a business card holder I made out one of my Dad’s favorite trees, a Black Walnut. The wooden tree branch car is a roadster and I made the original one for my son because he’s Forestry major at Michigan Tech University and will be graduating soon.

These are some of Lindas other favorite peices:

Aren't these unique?

4. Do you do craft shows? If so what shows will you be doing in the next few months?
I wanted to try and attend Castle Farms Fiber Festival in Charlevoix, Michigan in July. But my daughter got married this July so I was busy preparing all her wedding decor and made a decision not to any more until after the wedding. I am planning on showing at the Sheep and Wool Festival at Mt. Bruce Station in Romeo, Michigan on September 24th And 25th, 2011.

Make sure to stop by and say Hi to Linda!

4. Can you tell us what your favorite part of your business is?
My favorite aspect of my business is the hunt in the woods to find that perfect tree branch. Your adrenaline gets going and it is so much fun finding a hidden jewel among the trees. One of my favorite finds is Spalted Maple and Oak wood. Spalting is an aging process a tree limb goes through as it ages affecting the color of the wood. Tree branches must be thoroughly dried before they are used as a button or gift tag. If they aren’t they can crack and or shrink when they are drying. So the best kind of limb is one that has already fallen off the tree usually due to a storm or advanced age of the tree or a limb that has been cut and dried by utility companies or tree trimming crews then aged for a year or two.

If you would like to see what other goodies Linda has, you can shop one line at her etsy shop:The Hickory Tree
You can also follow Linda on her blog:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pooknflip Productions

Today I am featuring the delightful plushies and art dolls made by Cassandra from PooknflipProductions

1. Why and/or how did you get interested in making your products?
I got into making plushies and art dolls after I found the blogging community and discovered Etsy. It really opened up a new world - I saw all the wonderful things people were making online and all the little stories the plush artists would come up with for their creations. And I thought - that’s me all over. I always have so many ideas, and love to sew, and wanted to make people smile just how the artists who inspired me had made me smile.

2. Do you make/design the product or do other people help you?
I make all of my own products from concept to creation. Things usually start with just a thought or glimmer of an idea and then I sketch a few things out. I then create a pattern for that idea so I can turn my two dimensional drawing into a three dimensional critter. I sew all my stuff by hand using a my trusty old Singer and a whole lot of hand-stitching.

3. What is the favorite piece you have made and why?
My two favorite pieces would be Eustace, the first art doll I made, and a large dragon I’m working on right now for my nephew. Both are completely one of a kind items and are 100% handstitched (no machine work!). I put so much love into each one of my creations - this really is my passion.

His boots aren't done yet in this post, but here's Eustace

Now isn't this guy cute?

Here are a couple of her other favorites

The dragon is one of her latest creations and the Gnome is one of her latest obesessions that she loves making. I can see why! They are both adorable and are just waiting for the perfect home.

5. Are you doing any craft shows this year?

Actually, I am doing doing my very first craft show this year! I will be at “Santa’s Craft Castle” craft show on November 19th. This is a juried event hosted by the Booster Club at Eisenhower High School in Shelby Twp. with an expected 150-200 crafters - all local handmade-only artists! The school’s commons areas will be turned into a winter wonderland complete with holiday decor and an orchestra and everything! I’m so very excited to take my business to this next level - I can’t wait!

If you'd like to see these lovely creations in person stop by and say hello to Cassandra!

If you'd like to purchase one of cuties online

If you'd like to see what else she is working on, head on over to her blog

Where she is writing a chronicle all her crafty chica adventures as a new business owner and anything fun she might be up to, including vintage shopping and DIY projects.

If you're a twitter fan, you can follower her here

Twitter @CassandraPook

and of course, head over to facebook and fan Cassandra!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pics Petals Scents

Just in case you forgot, this week is Buy Michigan Week, so I am featuring Michigan Artists all week. Todays artist is Pics Petals Scents

1. How did you get interested in making your products?

I have always loved crafting, ever since I was little I have always made some sort of craft. I started doing what I am now because I got laid off from my job after 12 years and I also become a grandma. Since I was home I became her sole babysitter to my grandaughter and now I do not want to leave her so I want ed to from home . I started with my love of photography and my husband made frames for my pictures. They were slow sellers so I decided to try something that people use more often. I love candles, but not just plain ordinary candles. I started with underwater gel candles & drink candles, then food candles and kept experimenting with more until I got the variety I have today. I love trying and adding new things. I now have added wax teddy bears, aroma beads, soap and more. Eventually I want to add soft soap, hand sanitizers, lotion, bubble bath, spray air fresheners and bubble bath. I also do some woodcrafts and flower arrangements.

2 Do you make/design the product or do other people help you?
I do everything myself. I do not sleep much.
Maybe we should all stop by her shop and make sure she doesn't get any sleep this month!

3. What is the favorite piece you have made and why?

That is tough to choose one. I will have to go with what I call my “scentalicious” candles. I like them because they are different, I have fun decorating them, they look and smell good just sitting in the room, and they burn nice too.

Aren't these adorable?

Here are a couple of her other favorites:

Do you do craft shows? If so what shows will you be doing in the next few months?

Yes I do craft shows 1-3 times a month. I have put on 2 myself and I have 2 more I have planned for this year. The next one is in Beaverton in 3 weeks. I also have West Branch, Houghton Lake, Dearborn Heights, Freeland, Bay City, Caseville, Westland and Beaverton again. I still have to schedule a few more In there.

6. If there is anything else you would like the readers to know, let me know

I aim to please the customers. I am open to any new ideas for improvements or additional products. I can make custom orders or get any fragrance someone would like that I do not have. I have recently been asked for chocolate covered cherries, pizza, pine and bacon and wow the bacon and pizza really smell like the real thing. If they would like a special candle with someone’s name on the label I can do that or anything else they may be wanting. Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean I cannot do it. I also love to throw in free samples with every order. I love what I do and I love to give!

If you'd like to come and meet her in person, stop by one of these shows:
August 13 -14
The Victorian Art Fair West Branch
Irons Park
West Branch, MI 48661
Event Website: Event Contact:

Saturday August 20
Beaverton Bowling Alley
3325 M 18
Beaverton, MI
10am – 4 pm
Contact Marcy

Sept 2- 3
Clare Quilt, crafts & flea market
10885 N Leaton Rd
Clare, MI 48617
Event Contact: John Henry Yoder

Sept 10
Apple Country Art & Craft Show
7475 S. River Rd - I-75 to I-675
Freeland, MI 48623
Contact: Jaye Reisinger

Saturday Sept 17
St Mels Church
Inkster Road
Dearborn Heights,

Saturday Nov 5
9 am – 3 pm
St Anne’s Church
Beaverton MI
Contact: Anne Stube

And don't forget to stop by her lovely etsy shop
Pics Petals Scents

Celtic Cat Photos

Yesterday I forgot to let you all know that Honey Willow Designs is offering 10% off when you use the coupon code: ppsblog10

Today we are featuring the talented photographer Celtic Cat Photos

1. How did you get interested in making your products?
I drew and painted as a child. When I learned about photography I loved the creativeness of it and switched over to taking photos. I also have written a book that I will be adding to shops.

2. Do you make/design the product or do other people help you?
I do all the graphics, sizing and creative styles. Then I run everything by my husband for additional input, but I make the final yes or no.

This is one of her favorite peices:

It was taken in 1985 at the Kylemore Abbey in Ireland. I love how she captured the feeling of the place and I would love to go Ireland and visit!

These are some of her other favorite photos

Aren't these beautiful?

You can see more of Celtic Cat Photos at the 39th Annual Algonac Rotary Art Fair
Date: September 3 & 4, 2011
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday - Notice change in time.
Place: Algonac City Riverfront Park, St. Clair River Drive, Algonac, Mi (Rain or Shine)

Stop by and say hello!

You can also find Celtic Cat on:

And you can buy her amazing work online at:

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Honey Willow Designs

In celebration of Buy Michigan Week, I’ll be highlighting some extremely talented Michigan Artists. Today is Marie from Honey Willow Designs.

1. Why and/or how did you get interested in making your products?
I have always had my hands in something creative since I was a child from drawing to handmade Christmas ornaments. Around the age of 20 I turned my creative eye to jewelry for stress relief. I began to sell on Etsy in 2006 under mlkpdesigns, but later became too busy with a full-time job, grad school, and planning a wedding. After getting married and graduating from grad school in 2010 things quieted back down and Honey Willow Designs was born in October. I felt I was a different person hence the creation of a new business for my wares.

2. Do you make/design the product or do other people help you?
I make and design all jewelry and hair accessories with the exception of some metal-work that is the brainchild of my husband, Mark. He is given credit in any listing he had a had in. Home and garden decor (coming soon) is a combined effort between Mark and I.

3. What is the favorite piece you have made and why?
My favorite piece are my raindrop earrings:

I just love the way they sparkle and remind me of rain cascading down which I find so relaxing.

Arent't these gorgeous earrings? And I really like her photo of them as well.

4. What are your other favorite Pieces?
My favorite pieces besides the raindrop earrings are:

These and many other wonderful peices are all available for purchase in her etsy shop:

Marie will be at the following craft shows, so stop by and see her wonderful work!

August 13 4pm-9pm- Avenue for the Arts Market in Grand Rapids 100 block of south division
September 10-11 - The Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival in Paw Paw

You can also find Marie Here:

Marie is also opening another etsy shop, stay tuned to find out more!

Have a great Monday everyone.