Saturday, March 29, 2014

We make great shapes

I know that Valentine's Day has already come and gone but love is everywhere and I want to share this romantic inspiration.  This is a collage that one of my etsy customers made for her Polish husband out of some color themed stamps from my shop.  In this specific case, she used Scott 1313.  First issued on July 30th, 1966, this stamp honors Poland's millenium.  This is such a great, personal handmade gift that can either be created on a card or matted, framed and displayed as a lasting token of your love and friendship.

I also want to share with you the works of an extremely talented customer of mine based in Australia.  Liska of the Stamp Collective has a great website where you can purchase her creations, read her blog, learn about great gift ideas and download some fabulous printables.

These are some of my favorite creations of hers that are currently on sale in her shop.

One of my favorite insects, a cicada.  Such beautiful handcut detail!

I love the subtle rainbow spectrum of this bird family.
This is such a great idea, a world map created with stamps representing the nations visited on a family trip!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

March Madness

Well, it's pretty obvious that blogging hasn't really been a major priority for me in 2014!  While the idea of it is perpetually floating around my mind, all I can really say that it's just been a really busy year and I'm sorry that I haven't made time to do it because I quite enjoy it. 

Spring time is a new time.  It's time for new beginnings and fresh starts, starting with updating this cobweb ridden blog. 

Anyway, I haven't stopped crafting.  The winter is the finest time for crocheting and a few months ago, I received a pretty awesome custom request from an etsy customer.  Some of my readers may be familiar with my cOWL's nest 45 RPM record boxes but this was a request for a LP/12" storage box in custom colors.  I decided to crochet various gradient pin stripes and I had some eye popping results.

In other news, after a pretty slow start this past holiday season was the most successful season I've had since I opened my etsy shop.  My sales totally eclipsed all previous years.  I received a multitude of positive feedback, new customers, returning customers and encouragement to keep on doing what I'm doing. 

So what does that mean for the future?  Big, better and prettier plans of course!  Over the next few wks I plan to update my inventory with mountains of new philately.  I also have a ton of other fantastic vintage ephemera to list and then if I can manage to get around to it, there's no shortage of half finished handmade projects that need to get done.  An owl's job is never done.