Saturday, June 27, 2009

Upcycled OOAK Art Doll and Shaker

Believe it or not, this art doll stands eleven inches tall and is made from recycled items that others might think of as trash. His body is formed from a Styrofoam cup and covered with layers and layers of papiermache made from coffee filters, old newspapers and junk mail . His head has been formed around a cardboard roll that was left-over from my packing tape and the white pom-poms on his head are from a 1970's trim that I acquired from a local secondhand shop. To add some character to this art doll, I decided to make him a musical instrument; therefore, I put beans and loose objects from around the house inside his body before I sealed it up. He is now an ornamental shaker.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Etsy's 4th Birthday

I want to shout out A Happy 4th Birthday to Etsy. Happy Birthday Etsy, Happy Birthday to YOU!!

Last year a fellow co-worker and artist told me about Etsy and how the site gave individuals the chance to sell their art and vintage items on the internet. I was a bit skeptical at first, just coming off a major disappointment with another internet selling adventure. But because I like new challenges, I decided to take her advise and start selling my collectibles on Etsy. And just about a week into it, I was hooked. Not only did I sell well, but the site was like non other I've experienced on the Internet. Let me tell you....the fees are low, the staff posts blogs that give tips and tricks to sell well, I can chat with fellow etsians, I can add to my listing anytime I want to, my items stay on the site for 4 months so that I have a better chance of exposure, and I can post a link to my blog, Flickr account or website right within my profile or store information. But believe me, that is not all. If you don't know what "Pounce" is, or the "Time Machine", or the "Treasury" then you are missing out on a great shopping experience. You'd have to check it out for yourself to see all the great things that are available. Hope to see you there soon.

Earth Keepers


- to alter or adapt for new use without changing the essential form or nature of.
- to use again in the original form or with minimal alteration.
- to help to pass through a cycle again.

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