Friday, July 31, 2009

Count Down to Our Blog Party!

Tick-tock, tick-tock....Whoot! Whoot! We're so excited as we're counting down the hours to our very first blog party and what a party it will be!! Tomorrows the big day and the Inspiration Avenue girls have chosen a fabulous theme titled: "5 Degrees of Inspiration".

Included in the party are some great prizes to be won as well!! Just take a look at the incredible prize package we're giving away to one lucky participating blog - WOW!! Included in this image is the latest contribution, a $20 gift certificate from Design4U.You can check out all the details by clicking the party badge and be sure to return tomorrow for our big team post where we'll each share how we're inspired by our fabulous team and our work! A special prize will be given out to one lucky visitor who comments on tomorrows post, a $20 gift certificate to our team store!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Meet and Greet - Laura Evans Photography

It's my pleasure to introduce you to our newest member Laura of Laura Evans Photography. Laura was introduced to our team by our very own Tali and they share the gift of photography in common.

Laura's eye for capturing the unexpected and often unseen can be so easily viewed when visiting her Etsy shop, where at first glance you're immediately struck by the beautiful and fascinating angles she captures in her work. There you'll find a fabulous selection of original notecards and prints available from this talented artist. Upon viewing Laura's profile you find she possesses and extensive background in photography including teaching and when not capturing images through the lens she lives a full life as a military wife.

Laura also writes a blog at Laura Evan's Photography where she expresses her love for the camera, nature and her journey through life. Through her vibrant images and captivating writing Laura draws you in and keeps you reading on, wanting only to return for more.

This incredibly talented artist's hope is that her work will allow the viewer to see the world through her eyes and experience life as she does. So please join me in giving Laura a warm welcome to our team ~ Welcome Laura!!

Cafe Handmade

We're delighted that our team has been listed on the front page of Cafe Handmade. Representing our team is Artangel's "Two Hearts on Rose" currently listed in our team shop.

Cafe Handmade is a weekly virtual craft show for handmade creations and art. By simply filling out their application and submitting 5 photos you're creations are listed along with a few links. Their prices are very reasonable and with thousands of unique visitors each week, it's a definite must for building exposure for your work.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Grab your party hats, noisemakers and confetti and wish our team member Tammy  a Happy Cake Day! Please take a second to send Tammy Birthday Wishes on her special day :)

Happy Cake Day Tammy and we hope your day will be wonderful and filled with sparkles and love!

Your Team Members of Inspiration Avenue :) 

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What's New on the Avenue

Recently we've started this new series where each week you can view some of the newest creations offered by our team members in their Etsy shops. This week we have a lovely assortment which are...

Tali-Schiffer-Oren Photography offers a beautiful assortment of original photos and photographic post cards including this Empty Beach print....Coral Seas offers an exquisite selection of handmade jewelry creations including this beautiful pair of Medium Organic Loop Fritty Lavender Earrings....Pimp and Paint features a selection of artist creations including this set of Spockie Placemats....
Artangel offers a wonderful selection of original canvas paintings and ACEO cards including this beautiful Dragonfly original painting on canvas....Coastal Sisters features a fabulous collection of handmade jewelry, whimsical blog and shop banners and so much more including this recently listed Fancy Sea Etsy shop banner....The Gossamer Tearoom features an whimsical selection of handmade papier creations including these Elegant Menu and Placecard Set....Mana Moon Studios offers a selection of handmade jewelry creations including this beautiful Woven Wire Beaded Bracelet titled Mesopotamia....Design4U features a fabulous assortment of paper creations including this recently listed delightful Butterflies Magnetic Photo Display Board....Harmony Quest Designs offers a beautiful selection of digital labels, just look at these Love Doves Personal Labels....
Emberseed offers a wonderful supply of natural bath and body products including this Rosemary and Mint Hair Butter....
Laura Lees Tasty Treats features a delicious assortment of homemade baked goods including these recently listed scrumptious Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Sandwich Cookies....

Sunday, July 26, 2009

More Goodies for our Giveaway

We've received more beautiful goodies for our blog party giveaway prize package....

From Coastal Sisters we have a gorgeous faux cupcake that looks good enough to eat! I can just imagine a plate full of these sitting on my dining room table and just think, no calories!

Coastal Sisters has also donated this beautiful handmade paperweight featuring a gold crown with a golden bottom - so elegant!

From the Gossamer Tearoom we have a lovely "Les Femmes de la Lune" (The Woman in the Moon) Noteset with silver pen and an exquisite "Gossamer Tearoom 2010 Calendar" all handmade with beautiful details!

A complete description of all the giveaway items will be coming soon, so in the mean time feel free to visit the artist's shops for more information and don't forget to sign up for a chance to win by joining in our "5 Degrees of Inspiration" Blog Party!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Another Sneak Peek

More fabulous handmade items continue to arrive for our blog party giveaway and we're delighted to share the latest addition; this beautiful handmade coaster set by Pimp and Paint! And just look at that adorable box and artist's description included with the set! These coasters are handmade with images taken from original works of art by the artist, Luthien.

Here is another image of the giveaway prizes we've received so far so keep checking back as there's more to come!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Meet and Greet - The Gossamer Tearoom

It's my honor to introduce out newest team member, Betty of The Gossamer Tearoom. Betty comes to us through our lovely and delightful LuLu and we're so happy to have her among our team members.

Through The Gossamer Tearoom you'll find a delicious selection of handmade whimsical creations from decorative talcum boxes to lovely papier arts. Betty describes her shop best as "a paper tea party" where "You have entered a realm of beautiful papers and books, steaming cups of tea and yummy desserts! Close your eyes and imagine yourself in an English garden by moonlight or a French tea salon under a wedding cake ceiling and opulent chandelier."

Betty also writes a exquisite blog by the same name, The Gossamer Tearoom where upon entering you're filled with the magic and delight of stepping into days gone by, where a comfy chair and calming cup of tea await you. It's a delightful escape and one I enjoy visiting to find solace from the hectic world at the end of a long day.

So please join me in welcoming this wonderfully charming and utterly talented artist to our team ~ Welcome Betty!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Standing Ovation Please!

Ladies - we have a star amongst us!

Yesterday this stunning necklace, created by our very own Sharon of manamoon, was featured on
national TV, on the Tori and Dean Show!!

Sharon made the necklace as a custom piece for
Jacquie Bennett of the JB Gallery. Jacquie also writes a fashion column so she obviously knows stylish and elegant jewelry when she sees it! She chose to wear Sharon's piece to her son's commitment ceremony, which was featured on the"Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood" show.

The necklace is a great example of Sharon's talent, and eye for color and design. And doesn't it look amazing on Jacquie? On air, Tori's daughter Stella was looking at Sharon's necklace, and they commented on how beautiful it was!

Congratulations to Sharon on this wonderful and memorable achievement - I'm sure she won't forget the thrill of seeing her work on TV, and hopefully this will be the first appearance of many!

PS If we ask her nicely, Sharon may agree to sign autographs shortly!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sneak Peak

Gorgeous giveaway items have begun arriving from all over the world for our team blog party prize!! Here is a sneak peak of some of the items we have so far....

*Two beautiful original ACEO cards by Artangel

*A pair of gorgeous lampwork and moonstone wire wrapped earrings in Sterling Silver created by Coral Seas

*An original Woven Wire Beaded bracelet by Mana Moon Studios featuring a lampwork flower focal.

Our prize package is continuing to grow with items arriving throughout the next two weeks so keep checking back for more sneak peaks!

Monday, July 20, 2009

What's New on the Avenue

Our members are hard at work designing and creating new artist expressions and there's always something to fit every occasion and budget from the collection of team member's shops on Inspiration Avenue. Here are a sampling of some of the newest items you can find along the way....

Design4U is offering these beautiful handmade Reserved seating signs, adding elegance to any special occasion...
Coral Seas is alive with color this season and never more so than with this "Spicy Hot silver necklace"...

These hand painted originals by Artangel add beauty through aritst presence in any home, studio, or office...Venture into the night in style and elegance with this original beauty "Gothic Night" by Coastal Sisters...
Harmony Quest Designs features a gorgeous selection of original labels - just look at this beauty, "Upper Lane", so elegant...

Pimp and Paint recently posted this "Imperfect Little Book" featuring a real Peacock feather cover, just perfect as a gift of phone side note pad...Tali Shiffer-Oren Photography offers a beautiful selection of original photographic postcards - this one perfect for the new or expecting mom...

What a beautiful addition to any home, this exquisite "Van Gogh Cross Panel" can be found through the Looking Glass...

Emberseed's selection of fabulous scents is enchanting, especially with her latest "Lavender Resin Dipped Pine Cone incense"...

Have you tried Laura Lee's Tasty Treats scrumptious "My Big Fat Chocolate Chip Cookie"? They're out of out of this world...
Mana Moon Studios offers up their newest creation in their line of charm necklaces, pictured here is "Rising"...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

In the Spotlight

Our very own Tali of Tali Schiffer-Oren Photography has been featured in a wonderful interview on the blog Pure Joy. We're delighted for Tali and happy to learn more about this talented artist. You can read the in-depth interview by visiting Pure Joy and view more of Tali's fabulous work in her Etsy shop.

Congratulations Tali!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Featured in Thrifty Thursday

Our own wonderful Angie of Artangel has been included in a fabulous feature on Kellibeans blog! Kelli found Artangel's work through our team shop and included a link to our shop. We found out about the posting when Kelli sent us this sweet message:

"I love your shop! I just wanted to give you a heads up that I have included this item in my weekly Thrifty Thursday Etsy finds feature on my blog. Today’s theme was “I’ll Fly Away” with all items shown being under $25. Here’s to hoping I can send a sale your way!"

Thank you so much to Kelli for finding us and including Angie's fabulous work and a big congratulations to Angie!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Giveaway - Sneak Peak Coming Soon

You may be asking... "What's the beautiful badge to the right?"-------->
Well it's our invitation to you, to join our fabulous upcoming blog party! Our darling teammate Tammy of Art and Inspirations said it best when she wrote: "...what gal doesn't love a good party!! So get out your cocktail dresses and party hats and be prepared for treats because there's gonna be cupcakes, finger foods and prizes. Woohoo!"

Yes, the prizes are quickly making their way through the post and soon we'll have a sneak peak of some of the fabulous items included in our blog party giveaway. So keep checking back and don't forget to R.S.V.P.!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Beauty in Glass

One of our fabulous members, Laurie of The Looking Glass, has just completed this gorgeous stained glass custom order. Although this piece is already spoken for there are many other equally impressive works of glass art in her Etsy shop. You can read more about the process Laurie took for creating this magnificent custom order on her blog, the Looking Glass.

Congratulations Laurie - beautiful work!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Hey everyone!!

I'm rather excited about this new tool on Craftopolis. I've only just noticed it, so please forgive me if this is yesterday's news!

You can now find out who loves your shop. It's called 'Etsy Shop Lovers'. Type in your shop name and a calendar will appear with how many hearts you have for each day of the week and who exactly hearted you. I think it might be a great way of discovering the best days for listing and renewing items. It's a whole lot easier than trying to make sense of Google Analytics (or is that just me??).

Click here for the link and then go to the 'Etsy Shop Lovers' tab and hey presto, you'll have your very own Lovers' Calendar!

My first ever screen shot! (Feeling rather smug!)
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