Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween DIY

Too tempted to eat that big bowl of candy yourself while waiting for trick or treaters to show up? Or maybe you can't even wait till Sunday to start munching! Below are some links to some great Halloween tutorials to keep you busy...

Templates for pumpkin carving from The Poughkeepsie Journal

How-To: Make Spooky Skeleton and Witch Gourd Place Cards from Craftzine. Check out their archives too, good stuff!

And for the end of the night, Black Widow Cocktail

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Stimulating the Juices

This morning as I'm reading through some of my inbox postings I thought it might be worthwhile to share a few of the links that I like to keep up with when I can.

Lisa Call has the MOST mouthwatering blog. Her colors and shapes are so gorgeous. And she's got great ideas about marketing her work and shares a lot of tips. So if you're in the mood for a quick little pick me up, or want to spend more time looking through her stuff to see how her ideas might spark your own, check her out.

Then there's Barbara Winter at Joyfully Jobless. She talks a lot about entrepreneurial spirit. Today's post discusses some of the creative marketing ideas that Anita Roddick, the founder of Body Shop, came up with in her early days. I think we get into marketing ruts, same old same old - and reading this makes me wonder - "What else could I be coming up with that would be fun and effective?"

I've mentioned Alyson Stanfield before. She always has thought provoking posts with contributions from her huge following that make for interesting and informative dialogue.

I know we get bogged down, feeling like we don't have enough time for painting, sewing, creating, whatever it is we want to do. And spending too much time on the computer gets to be a time sink. But sometimes the right words and the right time help us pull out of our spin and find our direction again.

Are there people you've found who are good guides, who stimulate your creative juices?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Etsy Treasuries

Check out some recent team treasuries. Click the images to take you to the treasury page on Etsy.

 Husdon Valley Team Sees RED!

The Color of Fall by GetGlassy

 Husdon Valley Etsy Street team has the BLUES

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Crafts In Chelsea

The {NewNew} is once again hosting Crafts In Chelsea on Saturday October 16th in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. There will be some members of the Hudson Valley Etsy Group taking the trip down and selling their wares at this fantastic street festival.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Cobweb Coasters

From Moonfire Studios, how cute! You can become a fan of Moonfire Studios on Facebook by clicking here.