Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I'm in an Etsy Treasury!

It's always exciting to have one of my items featured in an Etsy Treasury, but it's really exciting when it's an item I've just listed! My bay leaf and gourd garland, featured in this Treasury was just listed yesterday!

By the way, I'm using a new tool to capture Treasury screenshots. You should be able to click on any item shown in the Treasury below and go directly to that item! If you'd like to leave a comment on the Treasury page itself (and I do hope you will!), just click on the Treasury title!

'Happy, Healthy, Homespun Holidays from the Heartland!' by TranzendentalArts

Sweet Holiday Wishes

Hard Working Brown boot...

Bay Leaf Garland - gour...

Folksy Hand-spun/Hand-k...

The Barley Bowl...Brown...

Turkey Inspired Coiled ...

baby booties

Christmas tree skirt

3 Dollars for 2 Bars P...

Serenity - lace scarf

4 INCH, Shatterproof, H...

Bunch of nuts

Bits of Whimsy Tag Set ...

Sammie - child mittens

Pip Berry Swag with a 1...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Megan Ellis Lampworked Beads

I wanted to take a moment to share this beautiful necklace with you. No, it's not the least bit primitive, but I'm kinda fond of lampworked beads ... and if you've ever watched them being made, you probably would be too!

In particular, I wanted to mention my friend, Megan Ellis, who created the bead featured on the right side of the picture below. Megan calls this bead "Blue Angel" and says that it was made with glass from her private stash which is hand-carried by a friend from the factory in Italy. You can see more of Megan's creations in her Etsy shop!

This necklace, entitled "Final Frontier" was created by Sarah Kelley of The Beaded Lily for a contest sponsored by Etsy and NASA.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Midtown Bazaar, here we come!

Sorry about the caps ... I'm using a gadget to grab the Treasury screenshot below and it has turned my text into caps ... Will try to figure it out when I get a chance!

'Midtown Bazaar, here we come!' by PrairiePrimitives

This Treasury features items from members of the Sac Etsy Team who will be participating in the Midtown Bazaar on Oct. 30, 2010. Midtown Bazaar is located on I ("eye") Street, between 16th and 17th Streets in Sacramento, CA. Hours are 10am to 3pm, admission is free, and parking is available on the streets or in several nearby lots. Hope to see you there! More info about the Sac Etsy Team can be found on the Team blog:

Chunky and Fun Vintage Raspb...

Green Man Necklace

Fancy Jasper and antique sil...

Burgundy red wool hand knitt...

A Touch of the Orient Clutch

Fall and Autumn Scented Soyb...

Recycled Vinyl LP Spin Art B...

Herbal Bath Soak- Perfectly ...

Primitive Pillows Antique Ba...

Dog Dress Country Denim with...

Two Sided Red Enamel Copper ...

Party Time, Multi-colored Ne...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I Won! I I Won!

I'm doin' the happy dance! Recently, I have had the good fortune of winning not one, but two, online contests, and I just wanted to give a shout out to these sites (although more than a bit belatedly, sorry!!).

First, I won this upcycled vintage book journal from Goodness Recycled. This journal has a very colorful cover and the pages are a variety of different papers in all shapes and sizes, ranging from recipe cards to flash cards to tags to lined note paper!

Thank you, Corinne!

Just a day or two after I was notified about winning the journal contest, I was informed that I'd won a cute little alarm clock from Paper Scissors Rock! All of the products at Paper Scissors Rock feature reproductions of original paintings done by Pamela Corwin. Pamela was kind enough to allow me to choose which clock design I wanted and, since I've always had a fondness for hearts, I chose this little cutie:

This clock is especially charming because the little red heart serves as the second hand! Thank you, Pamela!

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Interview!

The interview I wrote about earlier was published in the Sacramento Bee on October 23rd. Entitled "Handmade for the 21st Century," the article was published on the front page of the Home & Garden section! The newspaper was kind enough to feature a very large photo of Mrs. Begg (shown above).

Due mainly to the timing of the publication of this interview, and also because it mentioned the Sac Etsy Team's participation in the Midtown Bazaar held in Sacramento, I've decided to have a booth at the Bazaar this Saturday, October 30th! Midtown Bazaar started in June, but this will be my first time exhibiting there. Hope you'll stop by between 10am and 3pm on Saturday!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Just some ramblings ...

I just posted this as a reply to something on Etsy, and I liked it so much I wanted to blog it too!

I left my day job on Dec. 20, 1996 to follow my heart to California. My heart was broken, but my spirit wasn't and I continued without a (regular) day job for the next 7 years or so ... in Silicon Valley, of all places, where it was freakin' expensive. I took a temp job now and then, sold stuff on eBay, did occasional craft fairs and didn't spend enough time at the beach.

I've now been laid off 4 times in the last 6 years, which is probably the universe telling me I don't need a day job. Yet I can't help but feel that I need health insurance, if nothing else, and I can't afford that expense on my own. I'm currently laid off and yes, I'm looking for a day job ... again. And now I live too far from the beach.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Interview with Sacramento Bee!

Woooo hoooo!!! I was just contacted by a reporter for the local paper, The Sacramento Bee. The reporter had seen a comment I made about an article about Etsy which was published in another of their papers and she visited my Etsy shop and emailed me!

I'm not real fond of being put on the spot, so I gave it my best shot. She asked how long I'd had an Etsy shop and if I sold at craft fairs or other places. She also asked if I had another job and I told her I was looking for one, having been laid off by Sac County; I even told her she could include that! :-) I also mentioned the Sac Etsy Team and that the Team will have a a presence at the Midtown Bazaar on October 30th.

She asked for a few pictures of my work, so I sent her the pictures I've included in this post. Can't wait to see the published article!!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fall Craft Fairs

My Fall craft fair calendar is starting to get filled in ... YAY!

 Sunday, September 26th
8am to 3pm
236 Harding Blvd., Roseville, CA
Look for me in Space 56-S

Sunday, October 3rd
8am to 4pm
School and Church Streets + cross-streets
Downtown Lodi, CA
Look for me near the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Saturday, November 13th
10am to 4pm
Reclaimed Legacies
Petaluma, CA

Hopefully I can find another October fair in which to participate, and maybe another November or even December event too, if I have enough inventory left! I have participated in the Bird in Hand Christmas Fair in Los Altos, CA in the past, however I never know if I will be doing that show until October or November ... so stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sewing Up a Storm!

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Wow, how the time flies! Since getting laid off on July 2nd, I have been sewing non-stop! Thought I'd take a minute to write about what I've been making!

I've made angels, snowfolk, Halloween dolls, more of the clothespin dolls like the one on my business card (and the banner here -- till I get around to changing it), and more!

Wanna see?

The "Strawberry Doll" at the top of this post is a doll which I've been begged to make again. I made 1 of these dolls about 5 years ago, and it sold quickly. Can't believe it's been 5 years already!

Most recently (as in yesterday!), I finished up 2 pumpkin and 2 snowman dolls. While they all started out the same, you can see how each took on its his own personality!

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It's only the second time I've made up some of these clothespin dolls too! It's probably been 6 or 7 years since I made them! One has found a new home, but there are 2 (or maybe 3?) left!
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Love these primitive rabbits! There were 3 black rabbits in this litter, and they're still looking for their "furever" homes!
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And, oh yes, Mrs. Begg! The "Widows Begg" (all 3 of them) came calling a little early this year! Here is one of the ol' gals, there's another one in my Etsy shop and the third has gone to her just reward (that's her new home, of course!)
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All of these items are available either in my Etsy shop or on my Picturetrail site, if you don't have an Etsy account.

Right now I'm working on 3 more snowmen (in a different style) and several wee angel ornies. After that, who knows?!

♥ Tana

Friday, August 6, 2010

New Primitive Dolls on Picturetrail!

In the last couple of weeks, I've really got my Picturetrail site up and running! I started this site as an "online yard sale" several years ago, and there's still a "flea market" section where I sell odds and ends, but it is now mostly a site for my primitive folk art! Here are a few of my most recent additions!

I'm furiously working on more primitive dolls and folk art! My goal is to have 50 dolls for the Lodi Street Faire on October 3, 2010! I will try to update the PT site at least once a week.