Thursday, September 15, 2011

A True Friend

1. When you are sad,
I will jump on the person who made you sad like a spider monkey jacked up on Mountain Dew!!!

2. When you are blue,
I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.

3. When you smile,
I will know you are plotting something that I must be involved in.

4. When you're scared,
We will high tail it out of here.

5. When you are worried,
I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you
quit whining, ya big baby!!!!

6. When you are confused,
I will use little words.

7. When you are sick,
Stay away from me until you are well again.
I don't want whatever you have....

8. When you fall,
I'll pick you up and dust you off--
After I laugh my rear off!!

9. This is my oath....
I pledge it to the end.
'Why?' you may ask;
-- because you are my FRIEND!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Happy Tuesday Everyone! Today our featured artist is Inkwear99

1. Why and/or how did you get interested in making your products? My husband and I own a tattoo shop and we realize that tattoo’s arent for everyone. However, most people love art, whether it is on your skin, a pair of shoes, a shirt, tote, etc…. We thought that we could put tattoo inspired art on shoes and such. My husband had done some screen printing in high school and remembered some of the steps in doing it. We purchased the equipment and started a small family business in the basement. My son and my step kids, 15,15 and 16 are a big help when it comes to coming up with designs and wearing the shoes and shirts to school for advertising. It really is a family business.

2. Do you make/design the product or do other people help you? Most of the designs have been designed by someone in the family. However, we love custom orders and making someones idea come to life on a pair of shoes or a tshirt.

3. What is the favorite piece you have made and why? I think this is my favorite piece:

Aren't these shoes great?

Here are some of her other favorite pieces:

5. Do you do craft shows?

We have not done any craft shows yet. However, we have been thinking of doing a gun show with some new tshirt designs. We are going to go to one this month, check it out and if everything works out, the show that we do will be in November.

One of the great things I love about Inkwear99 is that they do fantastic custom work! And they really do love custom orders, shoes or shirts. It gives them such a great feeling to make a one of a kind item for a very happy customer. I have to add, that I happen to be one very, very happy customer!

If you'd like to see their other fantastic work, check them out on their Etsy Shop
You can also find them on facebook, and Zibbet

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Happy Thursday Everyone!
Today I am highlighting the wonderful photography shop of ShoppeVonShultz

1. Why and/or how did you get interested in taking photos?
When I was going through a hard time, I would take drives because driving was cathartic for me. I started taking my camera along and realized I loved taking photos. I never took any classes, but kept upgrading my equipment and pushing myself to learn more and get better.

2. Do you make/design the product or do other people help you?
Of course I take my own photos, but I am also looking at other artists' work for inspiration. I would never want to recreate what they do, but there are definitely artists I admire and draw ideas from.

3. What is the favorite piece you have made and why?
Mission II is my favorite photo. I love it because it is the epitome of simple grace. I grew up in central Phoenix and was always able to find beauty in urban environments. Urban fragments are one of my favorite things to capture with the camera. I love the city and the lights and the conglomeration of buildings, adobe, modern, bank and business towers next to old missions. Mission II is a moment of peace and grace in a city where nothing stops and very little stays the same for long.

I love the peaceful colors in this photo!

Here are some of her other favorites:

I love both of these peices as well! And she also makes ACEO's, this is one of my favorites:

She beleives that photography is an extremely powerful record of our lives and what is important to us. If there is something you feel is important, capture it. If you've been putting off that family photo, schedule it!

If you'd like to see more of her work, or purchase any of these, just go to ShoppeVonShultz
If you'd like to see what she is upto, Check out her facebook page:

And take a look at her blog:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Happy Hump Day! Today I am featuring CrazyCraftFrog, another wonderful etsian. She makes wonderful, unique, handmade corsages for all sorts of occasions. One of the great things about these corsages is that you can keep them forever!

1. Why and/or how did you get interested in making your products?
I knew I wanted to make something. At first my goal was to make diaper bags but I quickly realized I lacked the skill and patience. I get frustrated over very long projects. It took me a awhile to find my niche. I tried many different things. Then I had to throw yet another baby shower. I couldn't find a corsage that was modern and cute! So I made one. Then one of my friends at the shower said.. "Hey I bet you could sell those!" Turns out they were right.

2. Do you make/design the product or do other people help you?
I design them completely. I've never copied anyone or used any sort of pattern. My customers do often custom order them in their specific theme and colors though.

3. What is the favorite piece you have made and why?
I did a farm themed Mommy corsage and Daddy pin and those were my favorite because they remind me the most of home here in Alabama.

Aren't those adorable?

These are some of her other favorite pieces:

All three of these are currently for sale in her shop – just click on the picture and it will take you there.

5. Do you do craft shows?
No I have never done a craft show. I don't think my corsages would do well at a craft show since they are used for special occasions.

Personally, I think she is wrong and that they would sell well! But until she does, you can go shopping at her etsy shop,

And check out her facebook page - where she gives not only post pics of custom orders but give useful tips for baby showers and weddings to her followers.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Thought for the Day

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” ~ John Lennon ~

Friday, September 2, 2011

Holiday Shopping

Well it's Friday and a Holiday Weekend!
I'm going to try to get a head start on my holiday shopping this year - wish me luck! I'm also going to try to buy as much as possible handmade and local. If you have a favorite gift or a hard to buy for person, let me know.

This beautiful necklace was made by JanEleven on Etsy. It's a Rose Pink Rhinestone Crystal Cross that she made with a gorgeous rose and light pink rhinestone cross. She used the light pink to really make the cross stand out. It's perfect for church or to show your faith anytime. JanEleven makes a wide range of beautiful necklaces and also some gorgeous vintage peices for sale as well.

These shoes are not only fun, but I have it on good authority that Inkwear99s shoes are comfortable. These would make a perfect gift for the Kool aid lover! You can find other awesome shoes, t-shirts, tote bags in her shop.

Now this adorable baby shower corsage isn't really a holiday gift, but sometimes we all need a great idea for a baby shower. You can find this and many other Baby Shower Corsages, Bridal Bachelorette Shower Corsages, and Vintage Treasures at CrazyCraftFrog

Happy Shopping!