This is my honeybee bracelet.
I made this for the bee challenge over at Etsy Honeybee Helpers
it is currently featured in their blog.
I'm in the process of making a purse, a larger one than the past two I've made. The two leather side panels are tooled dyed, and ready to go! I just need to make the bottom and sides and straps, which I'm knitting!
I also knitted a dishcloth. It will be listed for sale in my other shop, Craftyequine!
Also, I'm looking at creating a website. :)
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
OK, Etsy for Animals will be having the 1st birthday of their shop in September. They will be offering 20% off coupons that you can use in any participating EFA member's shop as well as the EFA store. You can use the same coupon in different shops, but its one discount per seller, you may not reuse the coupon at the same shop, but you can use it at many shops!
Both of my shops will be participating, so you can get 20% off of my stuff as well as many other great sellers. Yes, that includes Crafty Equine and Nightshade's Art. Crafty Equine is relatively empty at the moment, but hopefully I can get it filled up a bit more.
My contest is still also running here!
Read the EFA blog entry here, that explains more about the coupons! Keep your eyes pealed for the coupons!
Posted by Nightshade at 11:14 AM
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I opened a second shop! It has nothing in it at the moment, but its going to have cards, photography, knit, crochet (including amigurumi!) and needle felted objects. If I learn to make lampwork beads, it may even have those down the road.
I made new banners for my shops as well. The new shop is CraftyEquine
Meanwhile. I'm having a contest. I want to have funny captions on some of my pictures for the inside of some of the cards. I'm sort of in a rut with some, so I'm having a caption contest. Winner will get a feature in my blog (if you're not an Etsian it can be a Flickr photos feature, DeviantART, Blog feature, whatever you want featured).
1. I know it looks like it, but it is not an LOLCAT! Therefore captions submitted with horrible spelling, webspeak, and bad grammar will be ignored!
2. Only funny captions will be considered
3. Keep it politically correct (Please don't use "retarded" in the captions or anything else like that)
4. Swearing to a minimum.
5. Submitting your caption gives me the right to print it on my cards
I will pick anywhere from one winner to four winners. Each one will get a blog feature and credit for the quote will go to you on the etsy listing and it will display a link to you (however, you wil not receive a royalty :)) Its free publicity, nothing wrong with that!
Comment your entries here please and thank you! Contest will close August 31st
I am also having an on Etsy contest right now. Check that out here
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I've been featured in this treasury by safarilee! Thanks so much! I even have the first spot! Show some love, see if we can get it on the front page for me, safarilee and everyone else in the treasury!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
I made a new necklace, I call it "Oh Inverted World" and if you get the Shins reference, you're just plain awesome!
Our foster mare is here! She's just a pony, but so sweet and cute! There will be more pictures, I'm sure!
In other news, I got a book on leather purses and totes and its got some awesome ideas. I think I may make a purse or two out of it! Its called Making Leather Purses and Totes.
Great book! If you're into making leather stuff at all, check it out for some great ideas.
Check out some of my favorites at Etsy, I'd love to buy some of these items, if only I had money!
I have a job interview on Thursday, so we'll see!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Punk Stars necklace
I had quite a long day. I came up with an idea for the current EFA challenge. Check out EFA blog for more info on that. I'm making a magnet from an old milk gallon cap.
Anyway, my back and neck are so sore from cleaning the horse pasture and working around the property trying to get ready for the foster mare.
I also mowed the weeds in the front yard. Its great to be able to see the house again, but it was nice to take a shower and relax.
So, there was this contest on DeviantArt in a group, Craftcycle that I belong to there. The contest involved taking junk and making it into something new and pretty. Thats what I came upwith. Knitted baling twine on huge needles and turquoise leather horse silhouettes. I matte sealed this and I'm going to hang it on the front porch. What do you think of it?
I may make some more items with baling twine, shopping bags, floor mats, and more wall hangings. Some of them may end up being in my shop.
In other news we have a foster horse coming to live with us that is in her mid 30s!
Meet Stormy. She will be treated like family here in permanent foster care. She is amazingly healthy for her age. She is coming to us because her owner has health problems and can no longer keep her and Care for the Horses is helping her find a place for the horse.
Its been my dream for quite some time to offer a horse sanctuary and shelter one day and fostering this mare is just my first step toward learning more about caring for these horses.
I made a necklace with 50% of the cost benefiting CFH, if you'd like to help them out they do not currently have an online donation (although she's working on adding a Paypal donation button) but I will be posting more items that will directly benefit CFH. I will let my readers know when they have a donation button. With the price of hay and fuel a lot of shelters are closing, help to keep this one open! CFH has done a great job in the past few years of placing horses into new and caring homes. Horses can be a 30+ year commitment, but many people discard them like trash when they become too old to compete or trail ride or what have you. Its understandable as its hard to afford extra horses but please consider this before breeding a mare. There are so many foals born each year that end up in bad situations. Check out this blog article by Tom LaMarra for more information on the overbreeding of horses. Of course, if you like funny, you can always check out Fugly Horse of the Day to see what happens to overbred conformationally challenged horses.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
My newest craft items. The first is a recycled leather bag. It is upholstery leather from an old chair and I used all scrap leather to add the decoration collage.
Obviously the second is another keyfob.
I'm working on a horse bridle and a new bracelet. Again, I'm trying hard to post more.
I will be donating a portion of my proceeds to Care for the Horses, a local horse rescue.
Also, Blog readers, if you'd like to purchase anything from my shop, I will be running a sale until the end of July for anyone who reads my blog. Convo me with the words "Blog Reader" and I will take an additional 15% off of your purchase!