August 29, 2011

Dinosaur Celebration

Ok, please bear with me as I have a cold that is making me feel kind of slow...Last night, as I was just about to fall asleep I had a funny idea for a post..
I'm sure lots of people have noticed dinosaurs, which were especially popular for "scene" kids a few years ago and still sort of are (I must admit... I was sort of on the fringe of the "scene" scene about five years ago..) anyways! I was thinking that its maybe sort of ironic that we (some of us) think dinosaurs are super cute and cool but they died so that mammals could eventually evolve to be bigger, and then some of them could develop bigger brains (apes, dolphins, more?).... in some cases the brains got so big and the fingers so dextrous (H. sapiens) that they eventually sculpted, sewed, and made toys out of what used to be the "dominant" species on the planet... and our ingeniousness is somewhat owed to their timely demise..
Here are some cute dinosaur things I found today on Etsy:
from Cindimh
from crazycouture
from Beats925
from Fiapdx

August 28, 2011

Nature / Nurture?

Blogging is hard!! I can't ever think of what I want to write or post pictures of! (this is why I haven't posted in a while..) I've been trying to do some research on other blogs... trying to find out what inspires me.. it seems like lots of people post neat pictures and stuff.
I am also trying to figure out an aesthetic for my blog and my new etsy store... i really admire Sue Eggen of Giant Dwarf ... she has a really cute banner/header thing of her blog and store that maybe doesn't have so much to do with what she sells or makes, but it really sets the mood for her shop and the things she posts... I also like Florence's  of Flossie Teacakes style.. her header has an image of pretty colours of thread, which is perfect because her blog has lots of information about sewing!
Of course, I don't want to copy their stuff, I really want to make mine completely from scratch... But I do like the pale colours and simplicity of both styles. However, I am a very cluttered person... Here are some pictures of the house I was literally born in and (partially) raised in:

(these are from a few years ago, but honestly, this room doesn't look much different now...)
Now, here is a picture of part of my workspace/desk where I create things (this is a room in a different house):

Hmm... perhaps my aesthetic has something to do with how I was brought up...
As an aspiring anthropologist/psychologist/intellectual/(whatever!) I suppose it can be stimulating to muse on the relative importance of "nature" and "nurture." -- Perhaps I carry a gene (this is the "nature" talking) that makes being messy and cluttered like a reflex for me, and being in a clean, uncluttered environment for an extended period of time perhaps a bit uncomfortable even! However, perhaps I was conditioned through "nurture" to feel at home and safe in messy rooms... Who knows!?
Anyways, all of this circles back around to my original quandary... what kind of aesthetic do I want for my shop/blog/online portfolio of sorts...? Do I want to do something comfortable, easy, something scattered so that I can accomodate everything I like all the time... or should I try for something I admire in others and be more choosy and elegant...
Any advice is greatly appreciated..

August 5, 2011


 I am starting a new shop on Etsy. My old one, TravelingGnome was doing ok, but not moving as fast as I would have liked. Also, I felt the name didn't suit my products. So, here I am with a new user name and no items for sale (I am trying to wait and plan a bit more this time and make sure my products are top notch!) Last time I just dove right in and started adding things for sale, having sold a few things on Ebay, I thought I knew what I was doing... (silly me!) However, now I realize there is a lot more to this online business stuff than I ever imagined!
The main thing that became a problem right away was just getting noticed. (Even now I feel a bit silly, broadcasting my thoughts probably to no one..) Putting your artwork out there is like standing naked in a room full of people (and I am a very shy person in general) - it can be very uncomfortable. But then, just to get people to look at your stuff you have to put on a show ... called promoting... (which I suppose I am trying to do right now, through this blog!) It makes me feel slimy and gross and I hate advertising to my friends and telling them to tell their friends like I sometimes do on my facebook page.
And then there are people out there who do next to nothing and still get awesome sales numbers! I do not understand how that happens! While I am happy for them, I am jealous and baffled and seeing that makes me feel like theres something wrong with my stuff. (This is why I am trying to take my time with the new store and wait to make sure my items are awesome before posting them and I am attempting to expand my product line!..)
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you to anyone who reads this!