Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Wood Burning for Beginners

I love wood burning, though I am still a beginner. Most wood burners transfer the image using different techniques, or by tracing and image. I hand draw all my images on, then wood burn. Unfortunately I don't know my own strength, because I broke one of the tips off right in the burner. So, now I have to get another one. Not a big deal, but I hate leaving projects unfinished. These two wooden salad serving spoon and fork, have a buck, and a doe drawn on them. As you can see one got finished, the other did not. These are actually pretty difficult to woodburn on. The wood is thick, and because they are kind of curved it is rather difficult. I can not wait to actually finish these, and offer them in my Etsy store. Both my kids want to woodburn, but man that thing gets hot. I wear two small rubber gloves, and it still can burn my hand.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Newborn Infant Warm Halloween Cocoon Costumes for Baby

I have not had time to relist, or list any new or old inventory. I did not get to paint this week, though I have two projects started. I did get to crochet some cute angel bookmarks, which are much easier than the cross bookmarks, and they will be listed in my Etsy store soon. I also have a pink and purple little girl first birthday cake in the works, that will include pull ups, instead of diapers, and a crochet skull tablecloth also in the works. You would think I would finish one project before starting another. But, I hate scrap yarn lying around, so I am finding small projects to use them up on.

If you have a newborn, or infant, then Halloween can be really cold. Some people love to dress their babies up, and take them out trick or treating. I have a whole line of baby cocoons with Halloween type themes, that will have baby looking adorable and stay nice and warm. There is one example below, for a mermaid, but click here to see the rest of them in my Etsy shop. They make great photo props too.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Halloween for Heroes Teacher Coffee Tea Soup Glass Mug with Sugar Skull Hand Painted

I love the sugar skull, definitely a favorite. This is a glass soup, coffee or tea mug with the sugar skull hand drawn then painted in acrylics. The bottom has a skull and cross bones, and the saying is, You can't scare me I'm a teacher. Great gift idea, and the third in my Halloween for Heroes series. Check them all out in my Etsy store. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Beautiful Sapphire the Birthstone for September In My Etsy Store

I love Sapphire! One of the most beautiful gemstones in the world. It comes in every color of the rainbow, with blue being the most popular, and even color change. It is a spectacular gemstone. I have five rings, in my Etsy store, that all have some kind of sapphire. The ring shown below is a synthetic blue sapphire. It has a rich blueberry blue color, and awesome cutting. I try to keep all my pieces affordable, so everyone can own beautiful jewelry. Some are set in traditional settings, and some have been wire wrapped. Click this link right here, to browse all five of them at once. See something you love, put it on layaway. Be sure and ask me about layaway. Customers love it. I offer free USA shipping too!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tips To Help You Use Social Media Links To Optimize Your Etsy Shop

This is a special post, for my Team Support and Promote fellow teamies who want to learn how to use social media more effectively, but don't know how.  Now, I am not an expert, but I can share what I know.  This post is dedicated to finding your links on various social media sites, so you can participate in social media games on Etsy teams.  Most of the social medias have different ways of finding said links, and some are quite difficult.  I think Tumblr is the hardest.  This info is only for the social media websites that I use, there are actually tons more, that I do not use.  This tutorial will teach you how to go to the social media site mentioned, and find the link to share on Etsy games.  You must post the item to each social media site first.  Some use buttons you install like Pinterest, Wanelo, Fancy, etc.  Some are right on your Etsy listing.  However, you can always use the orange plus button at the end of your search bar, at the top of every page you ever visit online.

Twitter:  For Twitter click on the item you tweeted, you will see the word details below the image.  Click on the word details, and that will give you the correct url to copy and paste to your Etsy game thread.  If you are super fast, after you tweet something, it will say view on Twitter.  You can click that and it will take you right to your item, and the link.  However, it is only open for like 2 seconds, so I miss it most of the time, and have to go to the Twitter website and follow the directions above. 

Pinterest:  For Pinterest click on the image of the item you want a link for, it will open in a new window, just copy and paste the url to your Etsy game thread.  You can also, for Pinterest, right after you pin something it will give you the option to see it now.  This is by far the easiest way to get your link, just see it and then copy and paste.  But, if you wait too long that window shuts down, and then you have to go to Pinterest and do the way I said above.  Btw if you don't know how to find your pinned items, without going through your whole thread, just click on your user name in the right hand corner, and then click pins.

Google Plus:  Google plus is pretty easy.  You just find the little arrow drop down menu.  It is to the right of the item you shared.  Once you find it options will appear.  Click on the link to post, the link will show up usually already highlighted, you just copy and paste it to the game thread you are playing in.  If you don't know how to copy and paste hold down the left side of your mouse and drag it across the url until it is highlighted then right side click your mouse and hit copy, go to your game thread, right click your mouse again and hit paste.

Wanelo:  Go to Wanelo click on the item you want the link for, when the window opens up copy and paste it to the game you need it on.

Facebook:  Facebook is kind of a pain.  For best results, and I only do this for items I post to FB that I want a link for, other wise I just put the link to my item and be done with it.  If you need a link do this:  go to your FB page, where you update your status click add a photo, upload the picture first, then add the link to your Etsy store, then click publish.  After you have published it, click the picture you just uploaded.  It will open in a new window and just copy and paste the link to your Etsy game.

We Heart It:  Go to your canvas where you can see the items you have posted to We Heart It.  Find an item, click on the image, after it opens up just copy and paste the link to the game you want it in.

Tumblr:  Tumblr is a pain, and I don't usually share links from there, though I do post to there everyday.  Go to your Tumblr account, find the item you want a link for, down at the bottom of the image are some funny looking characters.  Click on the three dot symbol, then get permalink, it will open in a new window, copy and paste to the game you need.  If you are playing a game where you need to share someone elses items to Tumblr, you click their link which will take you to Tumblr then you have to click reblog.  It is very weird, I know.

Stumbleupon:  Go to your Stumbleupon account, click on the little arrow by your profile picture, a bunch of options will come up, click my likes, you will see all the items you have liked.  Click on the item you want a link for, then just copy and paste to the game you are playing.  I stumble by using the orange plus button, I told you about earlier.  I do that for Tumblr and Google + as well.  The Tumblr button on Etsy listings very rarely ever works, and if it does it takes forever.  So, I don't use it.

That is all the social media sites that I use.  There are tons more, but I don't have the time or the patience for it.  I used to use Fancy, but it turned out to be more of a pain than it was worth.  Bestie here and there, but it is very slow to upload things.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

You Can't Scare Me I'm A Fireman Halloween for Heroes Coffee Tea Soup Hand Painted Mug With Bats and Moon

This is the second glass mug in my Halloween for Heroes series. This one has a bat on the bottom of the mug, with glowing eyes. The front has a big Bat and Moon. I hand draw, then paint these myself. This one is for a Fireman, can be for a fire woman, with custom order. It is available now in my Etsy store.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Team Colors Navy Blue and Orange Peacock Abstract Zen Doodle Tangle Acrylic Painting

Here is number 3 in my team painted peacocks. If you are a Broncos fan, this is the one for you. There are other teams with these colors as well, I just don't know them by name, but I am sure you do. This is by far my favorite. I made it a little bit fancier than the other two, and I think this is the pattern I will be sticking with. This will be available in my Etsy store, to purchase, on Friday 9/11/15. All of them are currently limited edition, first editions. If they sell out, I can make more, but right now only one for each team will be done. Message me in my Etsy store for custom requests. I offer a layaway service, too.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Hand Painted Nurse Halloween Coffee Tea or Soup Glass Mug

These are nice glass mugs, that I painted on. I actually went and got some more of these to do for other professions. This is for a nurse. It says you can't scare me, I'm a nurse. It is all hand drawn then painted. The skull and cross bones, at the bottom, is on the outside of the glass, but you can see it. Very cool! This is available to purchase in my Etsy store. All new and renewed items are added on Fri or Sat, so be sure to check back often. I have a Citrine ring on sale right now, only 30 bucks for Citrine and Zircon. Get it! I offer layaway, and free USA shipping.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Upcycled/Recycled Ice Coffee Jars Into Witch and Warlock Gothic Wine Glasses Halloween Party Bride and Groom

These are iced coffee glass bottles that have been cleaned, sterilized, had all the sticker glue removed, and then hand painted on. These are a witch and a warlock hat, for a Halloween party bride and groom, or those who love a non traditional gothic Halloween wedding. Just add a fancy straw and make a toast. They are painted in acrylics, and then sealed for durability. Visit my Etsy store, to purchase, make a custom order request, or check out all my awesome items.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Yogo Sapphire From Montana

I love Montana Sapphires. I have owned some, sold some, and will again buy more at some point and time. Learn about Yogo Sapphire from right here in the USA, in Montana. Sapphire is the birthstone for September. Be prepared to enjoy all kinds of info on sapphire this month.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Rustic Wood Burned Wall or Table Art Ocean Scence with Palm Trees Water Sailboat and Birds Etsy

My newest Etsy store item is this beautiful rustic wood burned ocean art piece. I hand draw all my wood burned pieces, I do not trace them. Then, I wood burn them. I am still new to wood burning, but it is a wonderful addition to my love of art. This can be hung on a wall, or used as table art. It is signed and dated. This is available for purchase in my Etsy store. Check out all my wood burned items. If you want something special, message me on Etsy, and I will see if I can do it for you. Don't forget to check out my weekly sale item. It is never too early to start Christmas shopping. A little bit at a time won't break the bank in December. Plus, I offer layaway! I have some cute new Halloween themed items to share later this week. One has a nurse theme. Be sure and check back to see those, on Friday.   Hopefully I will get my next peacock drawn, and painted soon.  We start back to homeschooling next Tuesday, so I have been doing a lot of planning for that. 


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