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Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Mother's Day Sale- 20% OFF Everything"

Getting ready for Mother's Day, check out my Artfire store, I am giving away 20% off everything in the store...

If you need some custom sizing, email me.

To all the wonderful mothers out there...this is a special one for you...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

"Shineyourhineysoap" - All aboard Paradise Crazy Train

Catching up with the "Crazy Train" of Artfire, check this out, stressing out for the tax season like me, this could come handy.....she has more admirable products, come and let's explore her store.

Featured Product: SINUS SOOTHER SOAP 4OZ

Description: Each 4 ounce bar of glycerin soap contains the sinus easing scents of peppermint and eucalyptus. Take a steaming hot shower with one of these strong babies and clear your head! INGREDIENTS: Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Palmate, Castor Seed Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Glycerin, Water, Sorbitol, Sorbitan Oleate, Soybean Protein, Titanium Dioxide, Artificial Colorant, Fragrance Oil

Company Name: Shineyourhineysoap

Friday, April 17, 2009

"Accessories by Gottjoy" on Paradise Crazy Train

All aboard the Paradise Crazy train, enjoy your day with this talented artist,
Company Name: Accessories by Gottjoy
Web Store:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Check this out: All Aboard on the "Paradise Crazy Train"


Company Name: Alisuns
Check out her store:

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"Picard Creative" All Aboard...

Something beyond the ordinary crafting, very creative, couldn't help myself of having good memories rushing in when I see her work of art.....let's visit her shop and get to know her more.


Name: Paula Picard

Company: Picard Creative


"The Jewelry Shop" -Paradise Crazy Train

All Aboard in our Paradise Crazy Train- Check this out....The amethyst bead at the center of this cross represents your faith at the center of your life. The cross is made with 14K gold filled wire and a genuine amethyst bead. Measures 1 7/8” by 1 1/4” (50 x 33 mm)

Name: Amy

Monday, April 6, 2009

All Aboard "Catterpillarpeacock"


Description: More soft jewelry just in time for Spring!This brooch is entirely needlefelted by me, with 100% wool roving, with lots of care and love.The perfect accessory for your spring jacket or purse. In soft white and green with a splash of yellow this little lily will look great on any colour. Add a little spring to your life with this great little soft flower that will never wilt.The perfect gift for the mom with a green thumb this Mother's Day. Or wear it with your best for Easter.Brooch measures 4 3/4" from end to end. It has a metal clasp on the back that has been secured in the felting process.

Friday, April 3, 2009

All Aboard "ARTFIRE Paradise Train"

Check out this "Great and Wonderful" artist handcrafted items at Artfire

I am proud member of a group that give a high regards to quality handmade product.

Visit us and have fun shopping. I am sure that you will enjoy your time staying with us.

Product Description:
This warm hat is a mix of acrylic, wool and polyester. It goes from rose pink through to a dark shade of blue. Beautiful for all those chilly winter days when you need to keep warm whilst you swab the decks and hoist the mainsail.Measuring 56 cm (22 inches approx) at the brim and 60cm(24 inches approx) brim to tip this will fit an older child or an adult.Hand wash in warm water with a mild detergent. Air dry flat away from any heat source. Do not iron.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Basketry Botanica "Star of the Day"

Name: Carole
Company: Basketry Botanica
Location: Beaverton, Oregon
Featured Product: Star Basket- Hang it up or Sew it down
Description: You can hang this sweet little basket by it's star or set it on a table, counter or shelf. Natural reed, about 4.5 inches across by5 inches tall with a lovely cast iron star shaped handle. The star will hang nicely from a hook or nail on the wall or just sit on a surface. Accented with rainbow reed, this can also be made with our other space-dyed colors in the accent rows. Star is 3" wide at widest point.Also available - a cat instead of a star, or a cast-iron stove (nice for storing matches).
1) What would you like to be known or recognize as a crafter/artisan?
Not sure about the question- do you mean how would I like to be known or what would I like to be known "for" (as in "for what works would I like to be known") I'm already recognized locally as a teacher, but I guess it would be nice to be recognized for some kind of unique basket design.

2) What motivates or inspire you to do crafting?
Right now my motivation is economical, but that seems kind of like a sad sign of the times. There was a time when I created because I was driven to work with my hands and actually see something come out of the designs in my head. I've always "done" something: knitting, crochet, beadwork, handwoven fabric and sewing. Now, it's pretty much just baskets.

3) Given today as a day you can do whatever you like, how would you spend today?
Ahhh, to do whatever I like? That is rare. Does that mean I wouldn't even have to work on moving or cleaning my studio? I've been weaving in my house, which is horrible, because basketry is very messy. I'm getting ready to move it all into a studio attached to my house. But, if what you mean is whatever I want to do, then I'd probably just want to read all day, hang out in a coffee shop with friends or go to the beach. Or I might spend the day quilting.

4) What are your favorite designs/creations?
Among my own work, I like my Cherokee baskets best. I also love the larger pieces that I can't put on Etsy or ArtFire, because they're too big and/or fragile to ship.

5) Where can they see your crafts and designs?
Right now, it's all on Etsy and Artfire. I also have a new website at If you have trouble finding it, try again in a few days.

6) What’s the best customer service you can offer? The customer is always right. That can be a pain if I get a customer who takes unfair advantage of me (grrrr), but for the most part, it's the best policy. Good customer service is becoming hard to find, so if you provide that, people will remember when they need more baskets.

7) What’s your hopes and desire for your crafting?
I'd like to keep weaving until I'm too old and too tired. Maybe even that won't stop me. I may give up every other craft, except I think I"ll keep quilting. I still would like to have a floor loom again someday and weave fabric again. There was a time when I produced fabric and loom-shaped garments and sold them in galleries and at art shows. I don't think I can do that kind of production again, but I'd still like to be able to weave one-of-a-kind garments again someday. Can't afford the loom, materials or space to create on such a large scale anymore, but I still haven't stopped thinking about it.

8) Can you share a message to fellow crafters/artisans?
Sharpen your focus. I think I'd be doing a lot better if I'd stopped trying to be so many things much sooner. If you enjoy a lot of craft areas, don't try to spread yourself too thin in your commercial endeavors. If you can use multiple crafting skills in a focussed product line, that's good. One person shouldn't drive herself too crazy trying to produce too many lines at one time.

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