Archive | July, 2012

Marriage + Crafting + Feminism

22 Jul

I need to be awake in 7 hours to prepare for my wedding. However, I find myself unable to sleep (after a sincere effort, and one I will resume soon) and of course in times like this I turn to ETSY.COM.

Every person and artists has a different set of words to describe what they do…..for me, at least at this time, crafting encompasses anything I do involving creating with objects….from designing and making jewelry, arranging flowers, making a mixed media collage, etc.

I have SO many craft ideas I want to dig into, however, I do not currently have the time to do so. As I’ve mentioned before in this blog (I believe) I very much so want to start decorating cruelty-free antler tips and drift wood to make into home decor and jewelry; I want to start exploring more with melting crayons and gluing down discarded colored pencils, and dig very deep into the orange (and other fall-esq) colors of beads I have been setting aside, sorting out, and collection for the past month–to craft/create jewelry that can be enjoyed by folks for an affordable price this fall! (I have already posted 5+ pairs of earrings in the Fall Earring Series at eclecticnesting.etsy.com).

I also very much so want to get more crafty with my ETSY shop–I have ideas to re-do shop sections and order of appearance of items–and spend lots and lots of time plotting that out.

I have also recently become a leader of ETSY’s Crafting Feminism team, and would like to see more folks join and the existing handful become more active–the goal of the team is to support and promote each other, and to have fun–anyone with an ETSY account can join- swing by the team (simply go to teams and type in “crafting feminism” and click “join”).

Looking forward to drifting off to sleep with dreams of vintage Lucite acorn beads…..and of my wedding!!

Happy crafting and creating,

Amanda

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Found a true treasure on a hunt today…

14 Jul

Please check out listing the following listing at eclecticnesting.etsy.com for pics and information on the treasure:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/104371399/rare-vintage-snow-white-and-the-seven

Also included in the listing is the following history of a classic Disney movie:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was Walt Disney’s FIRST full length feature production in technicolor Walt was invited along with other Kansas City newspaper delivery boys to attend a performance of a silent movie starring Marguerite Clark when he was a teenager. The film was projected on 4 screens in 4 corners of the auditorium. Walt watched 2 of the screens and its noted it was his most memorable movie-going experience as a child.

As an adult Walt wanted to expand cartoons from 8/9 minutes to full stories like other Hollywood studios and he felt the story of Snow White had all of the necessary elements to do so. After treasuring and keeping the idea of expanding on Snow White with him for years, he let his colleagues know this in 1934 he wanted this story to be their First Full Length Feature! A lot of work went into its success and the classic film we all know and love today.

THE CAT’S OUT OF THE BAG……THE TREASURE I FOUND WERE VERY VINTAGE SNOW WHITE FIGURINES.

The history of Disney has always fascinated me. I remember as a child there was 1 Disney movie which came out per year and going to see it in the movie theater was a special event, soon it was 2 movies per year, then 3, then Disney merged with other producers and I could no longer keep track. However, I still keep certain stories (including Snow White) close to my heart.

My only beef with Disney {although they are doing a dot better these days and I recognize they pulled some from history when women sadly were property and used as pawns in the acquisition of wealth/land/power} it that their stories rely heavily on a princess or other female needing a prince or other male character. I feel certain there is a way to teach children that they can play princess, and happily be a princess with or without a prince–while not needing that prince for survival OR happiness.

What are your thoughts on Disney?

Coral and Unrelated Thoughts

7 Jul

Right now I am wearing a wonderous handmade clay pendant, a white background with a pale red piece of coral….of course I bought this on ETSY!

Around the necklace I placed turquoise chunky beads and tan peace beads….I love wearing this necklace!

Speaking of CORAL, I purchased a high quality, bright red, chunky plastic coral pendant and placed a wide variety of summer-esq beads around it….I posted this necklace at eclecticnesting.etsy.com, it was entered into a contest, and won by a fellow team member of the team Daily Dose of Handemade, I am so excited to ship it to her!

Now, unrelated to coral…..I have been treasure hunting and collecting a wide variety of fall beads–from vintage lucite pincones to orange crystals and I might end up switching plans from an orange fall necklace line to an *eclectic fall earring line*….stay posted, fall will be here before we know it!

For now, stay cool and thanks for dropping by eclecticnesting.wordpress.com.

PS: Today (July 7th) and tomorrow (July 8th) 30% off at eclecticnesting.etsy.com, plus a bonus gift with every purchase–it’s an XMAS/ Holidays in July sale!!

 

 

MEGA SALE section

2 Jul

First, I am not sure how to change the font in the last post, announcing the blog contest winner, a featured shop, and my fall plans. I tried for quite some time–clearly, computers are not my thing.

What is my thing is finding sought after, eclectic, wonderful, interesting vintage items that folks may fall in love with. The old saying “they just don’t make things like they used to” is true! –this is one of MANY reasons I love vintage items! I like to price these items fairly and have recently created a “MEGA SALE” section at eclecticnesting.etsy.com–please swing by and check it out. You will find items that are at a bare minimum worth double what is listed. I think it’s only right to price items fairly based on several factors: market value, level of interest in item, condition, what I paid for it, and others—-but I want to make sure that if someone does see something vintage they love (or a piece of Jewelry I have made–which you can also find in the MEGA SALE section) that they can afford scoop it up! Please note that this new section is in addition to a regular sale section and in all other shop sections you can find “specially priced” listings!

July 1st Winner…Featured shop… Announcing Autumn Plans

2 Jul

 Thank you so much to everyone who checked out myblog and faved my shop and/or an item in it!

 

The winner is: Heather of heversonart.etsy.com. Heather chose a vintage, gold, ladybug watch necklace! At Heather’s shop you can find beautifully designed jewelry—included hand-painted scrabble tile pendants and sari silk wraps (wonderful as a bracelet) and much more!

 

Thanks again everyone!

 

Next order of business, here is another wonderful ETSY shop to check-out:  fkonn.etsy.com! This up-and-coming etsy shop is chalk-full of funky vintage clothing, vintage home décor, and other vintage items, along with a sprinkling of handmade jewelry, supplies, and other misc. wonderful finds. Her shop title reads: “vintage and fun LeT’S gET stunned”…….be prepared to be stunned and keep checking back for new items which will be added!

 Lastly, late August or the beginning September keep an eye out for an eclectic orange necklace line I am creating to spice up your fall!