Sunday, 26 September 2010

If you go down to the woods today...

You will find my latest treasury. After a productive, but freezing morning at a car boot sale, I crawled into bed with my laptop. Drawing a blank with what to do with myself, I decided to make a treasury about the autumn:

By the way, what do you think of my blog's new look? Like? Hate? Let me know.

Check back in the next couple of days for the latest on new stock for Toast Rack. There will be photos :)

Friday, 24 September 2010

Feature Friday: Junkyard Glitter

It's amazing what you can find when randomly wandering around Etsy. The other day I came across Junkyard Glitter and fell in love with her painting skills. I am officially envious. She applies her painting talent to not just paintings but cute bags and intricate pieces of jewellery.

I adore this purse - you can't get cooler than an owl in a top hat. All the individual touches to the pieces in this shop are awesome. You are definitely guaranteed to find unique items. Junkyard Glitter has been open since December last year and the woman behind it all is a full time artist situated in California. 

Every piece is inspired by something, for example this purse was dedicated to The White Stripes - one of the artist's favourite bands. I love The White Stripes and owls so this purse is just plain awesome in my book.

My second favourite piece was really easy to decide because this painting is really cool. And it's not just me who thinks so - this painting made it to the front page of Etsy so you may have even seen it before. What makes it even better in my opinion is that is a 3-D painting, where a vintage brooch and feather have been used on the hat.

The artist explains in the listing that it was inspired by their realisation that "life can be a circus but you can manage it with balance". A very good point that can be used by anyone, even fellow Etsy sellers. 

So, take a leaf out of Junkyard Glitter's book and manage your life with plenty of balance. And even better, pop over to her shop and check out her collection of whimsical jewellery, purses and paintings. You will find gorgeous things :)

Come back next week for Feature Friday to see who I feature next. Who knows, it could be you!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Let the games begin!

Currently hyper, I am back off holiday and am ready for the challenge that awaits me. After day 2 of unemployment I have a craft fair booked, lots of new products about to be made and I'm trying to get Random Quirks up to date with its expired items (there were a lot!). I also have a temp job for my old uni for a couple of days that will pay half my rent, woop!

My dad's electric drill is poised and ready to create new pendants for some wacky new Random Quirks necklaces. I also have some new more toned down earrings ready to list. There are many sides to my creative personality :). So there should be something for everyone who likes the style of my jewellery.

Now with Toast Rack, as well as the brand new vintage items which need photographing, there will be a new line of handmade jewellery for a more sophisticated subtle wearer. That's something you've got to know about me. I wear a mix of jewellery - both pretty and down-right weird. This will be my calm side showing, lol. What do you think of the earrings above? Apparently they aren't normal enough according to my mum, lol.

Check back tomorrow where I'll be featuring an etsy seller that I stumbled upon the other day. I have decided to make this blog more structured now that I have more time on my hands and this will begin with Feature me Friday.

Now I will leave you with my random picture:

Yes our cats are proper British and drink out of pint glasses. Hard core.