Saturday, February 28, 2009

Dirty Car Art

Scott Wade's dirty car art -- who says you can't be creative just about anywhere? It is better than the old "wash me" on a dirty car, hey?

Thursday, February 26, 2009


It was only a little pee, why the 30 minute timeout?

Someone sent this to me and I thought it was so cute -- I just had to share.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What made you open an Etsy shop?

This is our blog carnival question -- what made you open an Etsy shop? What do you like about being a seller on Etsy and what don't you like?

I first decided to open my shop when I heard about Etsy through word of mouth and was intrigued about selling at a site where everything was handmade. The idea definitely appealed to me and since I used to sell on E-Bay with their outrageous selling fees I decided to give Etsy a try and haven't looked back. I completely stopped selling on E-Bay and although I may decide in the future to put a few listings on E-Bay, I have nothing planned. I love Etsy for the most part and I love the community and teams I've joined.

What I don't like about Etsy is their search function, it's pretty bad, when I do a search for something the strangest things come up, things that I haven't asked for nor am I looking for. The other thing I don't like is that sometimes the threads in Etsy forums can get pretty mean-spirited so I tend to stay away from them for the most part. I mean don't get me wrong there are a lot of nice, lovely posts in the forums, but every once in a while out of the blue -- wow - bam -- someone can just get slammed for asking an innocent question, but I guess that's not unique to Etsy.

Well, that's my likes and don't likes, what are yours? What made you sell on Etsy and what do you like about it and not like?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Pigs, Ducks and Frogs

Pigs, Ducks and Frogs Bead Set

Here is one of my bead sets. I've been making these critters for a while now and although I almost always make dog related sculptures, every now and then I like to do something different and this is the outcome, more critters.

As you can see I'm looking into spring, I am getting really sick of winter and it's showing in my mood, I'm looking forward to nicer weather and the bright colors that come with it!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Single Black Female

This has to be one of the best singles ads ever printed. It is reported to have been listed in the Atlanta Journal.

SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I'm a very good girl who LOVES to play. I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping and fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire.Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hand. I'll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me. Call (404) 875-6420 and ask for Daisy, I'll be waiting....

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Over 150 men found themselves talking to the Atlanta Humane Society.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Spay Day, February 24th

Lena loves EFA members and supports Spay Day :)

The 15th annual Spay Day USA is Tuesday, February 24th. Spay Day is held every year in February to promote awareness of pet overpopulation problems in the United States.

My shop NanjoDogz is participating in Spay Day with 20% profits from that day to go to Illinois Doberman Rescue -- and if you mention the word "blog" in notes to seller upon checkout, I will also take 10% off your total order excluding shipping for Spay Day, February 24, 2009.

Here is a list of fellow Etsy Shops and EFA members offering specials on this year's Spay Day:
Dragon Rags
JenniferLynn Productions Photography
Heather 3 Am Art Productions
Elephant Dance
Little Studio Jewels
SilverRose Designs
All About Cats
Lynn Lola Lynn
Punky Bunny Designs
Creature Comfort
Midnight Rabbits
Silent Lotus
Woven Dreams
Julie Birkemeier Photography
Knitty Krissy
Love Luca
Barking Dog Blankets
Open Secret
Small Time Shopping
Ann Art By Ann Ranlett
Pocket Full Of Sunshine
The Faerie Cupboard
Apache Moon
Ciao, Hound
Belle Sirota

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Dogs at Your Wedding?

Well, not exactly. A long time customer of mine told me that she was getting married and although her dogs couldn't be there in person, the couple wanted them to be a part of their wedding day so she asked for a cake topper made of her pups and here is the outcome. They have two Bloodhounds and her mother-in-law has a Beagle so the Bloodhounds were the Mr. and Mrs. and the Beagle was the minister. I was really happy with the piece and since I like mixed media, I added pearls around the bride, a crystal bookmark in the book and two tiny rings for the bride and groom -- what do you think?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Artfull Bras Project

My aunt sent me this information about these handmade bras and I absolutely fell in love with them and wanted to share them with my readers. These bras were made for the Artfull Bras Project which consists of members of a group called the Quilters of South Carolina who have created one-of-a-kind bras for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Love and Peace, Liz Florom

Look at them Melons, Bev Buchanan

Trick or Treat, Judy Twitty

Support your Favorite Boob, Kathy Hauser

Carolyn's Garden, Sue Spillane

Hooters, Sherry Sadler

Sports Bra, Angela Faulkenberry

Monkey Business, Anita Bowen

The exhibit tours South Carolina until October 2009 where at the end the bras will be auctioned off and the proceeds donated to the Best Chance Network, a program that provides care and treatment to uninsured women across the state who have been diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer. All I have to say is the members of 'Quilters of South Carolina' -- you rock!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Cat Photography

Our featured Etsy Blogger this month is Donna Pool and her shop is full of cute buttons, magnets and keychains, but what caught my eye was her wonderful cat photography. I love black and white photography and I love animals so these were my favorite picks from her shop. Stop by and visit Donna Pool on Etsy or at her blog.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Chihuahua in Purse Pendant

Someone recently contacted me to do a custom order of her Chihuahua/Terrier mix in her purse. She carries her little baby in her purse all the time and wanted it replicated in a pendant so here it is, her puppa in a purse handmade from polymer clay and painted in acrylic paints. The hardest part was figuring out how to put the dog in there, how to position the purse and handles so that it would hang properly at the bail.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

What's wrong with Jessica?

I mean really what's wrong with Jessica Simpson and her body? I think she looks beautiful. I don't get the fuss everyone makes about weight, it really aggravates me at times. I mean when I look at this picture I see a happy, healthy, beautiful woman. The nasty comments that have been going around lately about her really shows how shallow people can be. When I was younger I struggled to stay a size 3 and now that I'm older it's just not that serious. And so while processing my frustration I've decided to check out some plus size fashion and found some lovely pieces to share with everyone.

You go girl!

Fantasy 45 Slip Dress, rubypearl

Plus Size Cocktail Dress, Ohanatailors

Grey Terns, newcherrypie

Monday, February 2, 2009

Boxer Dog Bead

Boxer Bead

This is another one of my beads, the Boxer bead is hand-sculpted from polymer clay, detailed in acrylic paints and varnish sealed.

Size is approximate:
1" vertical (top to bottom)
3/4" horizontal (ear to ear)
3/4" horizontal (nose to back of head)
The bead is pierced vertically from top of head to bottom.

I also have the bead available in natural ears, not cropped.

Boxer Bead, Natural Ears,

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals

No matter how you choose to show your support for a team, here's hoping you have a Super Bowl Sunday filled with fun, family and friends! I know we will, we are a football family who love the sport and never miss a Super Bowl and since the Bears are not in it, I'm not partial to any team coming out the winner, I just hope it's a good game.

Pittsburgh Steelers Boned Corset, sweatshopbytiqcom

Wrislet Purse-Arizona Cardinals, picbrace

Afghan Hound Cameo

Afghan Hound Cameo
Afghan Hound etched into clay and set in brass setting

Greyhound in Profile Etched Pendant

Greyhound in Profile Etched Pendant
Greyhound in Profile Etched Pendant


Etched in Pink


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