Archive | November, 2012

A Collection of Thoughts

30 Nov

Several thoughts from the mind of Amanda, with the smallest connecting thread……

~I have written previously about my dislike of the holiday Thanksgiving and why, and my issues with “Black Friday” and “Ciber Monday”—-and my plea for folks to support small business and handmade artists when purchasing gifts or for yourself. There is now a new term roaming around America: “Giving Tuesday.” While I agree that it’s important for non-profits to be able to send out an email with their annual appeal gently reminding you how much you just spent on gifts and not to forget them, my wish would be that everyday could be Giving Tuesday. In no way do I feel I live up to the standards which I would like to, however I do make some solid efforts and re-evaluate those standards consistently: being a conscientious consumer (and this involves my ability to give time and money to causes) is very important to me–if you want to talk about this, message me!

~TIME is such a strange concept I can’t wrap my head around it. Sometimes it does take more time to be a conscientious consumer and of course one must pick and choose what is important to him or her. When I adopted my dog, Pierce (pictured in this charity listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/109651258/30-off-sale-100-donated-to-animal) the concept of time underwent some changes for me. Sometimes he comes up to me with a toy or I see him resting (although he is plenty well rested) and whatever I am doing seems less important than playing with him! One thing I REALLY want to figure out is how to fit more time in for art and craft–something that I have been craving deeply as of late to do more of and I have no shortage of ideas, just not the right timing (but perhaps I will make it!) Struggle with this issue too?–message me!

~ETSY treasuries is when an ETSY member selects 16 items being sold on etsy (and there are millions of items to choose from) and places them together in a Treasury comprised of 4 rows and 4 columns. There is a title for the treasury, a small box to write a description and a place to add “tags” for people who might be searching for specific themed treasuries–yes, treasures often have a theme and they can range from anything to vintage blue telephones, seaglass jewely, to winter gifts for him. Sometimes treasuries are comprised of the curator’s team members as a way to promote team-mates and show support and sometimes they are associated with challenges and games. I LOVE making treasuries and I choose to spend a good chunk of time creating them. I started 1.5 years ago and have made 457 to date. If you would like to see any my treasuries you can click on one I have randomly selected (below) and in where it shows my name as the curator you can click to see more treasuries made by me! (note, they are not in chronological time order–so you may pull up a valentines day themed treasury).

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTQyODI4NjN8MjcyMzY0NTEyNg/these-are-a-few-of-my-favorite-things-in?ref=af_you_tre

~Investments, it’s true one can invest in jewelry and vintage pieces. However, just a quick note on investing in jewelry. With the (often rightful) increase in environmental regulations being places on mining for certain rocks/ gemstones, prices on materials such as (these are just 2 random examples) Amber and Silver are rising at staggering rates. So, consider investing now if you’ve been thinking about wanting to own a real Amber necklace for a while, as the prices will likely continue to rise. Sometimes you also hit the jackpot when you purchase a piece of jewelry and the designer later gains recognition–you may have paid $20 for his or her piece, which would now sell for $200. Just something to think about–in your spare time!

Happy and meaningful holiday shopping!

-Amanda, the eclecticnester of eclecticnesting.etsy.com

PS: I have about 15 items I would like to list on my ETSY shop and am going to try to carve out time to do so in the next few days–stay tuned!

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3 Adventures for YOU

26 Nov

If you fancy jewelry, crafts, vintage, and antiques consider making trips to these shops:

1) Fancy That:  Belmont Mass

This shop is for the true jewelry lover. A small space filled with some of the most unique jewelry from all over the world, you will find: trays of moonstone rings in every size and variation, real amber jewelry, a wide variety of native american selections, sterling silver galore, designer pieces (although usually not the type of designers one would find Tiffanys), hand-carved jade brooches, vintage bangle bracelets, chains, every gemstone imaginable, a detailed inlaid floral pin from the 50s, and THOUSANDS of other unique and breathtaking pieces. The customer service is unparalleled to any place you will ever venture–the owner is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The prices are very fair and you can also find a small but wonderful variety of vintage and antique home decor. Leave yourself plenty of time to explore the well displayed treasures.

2) Playtime: Arlington, Mass

A small business, long-standing craft shop that fills 2 floors you can find ANY craft supply you need or desire. Leave yourself at least an hour to browse through every isle, nook and cranny–although you could spend hours. Playtime has party supplies, teacher supplies, an endless variety of beads (including vintage–and the beads are actually “new old stock” as the shop has been around that long; I’m giving away all of my secrets here!), ribbon, faux flowers, journals, canvases, professional artist paints, frames, stamps, handmade paper, small gifts, glue, crayola brand supplies, stickers, tiny pom-poms and sequins and THOUSANDS of other craft supplies.

3) Cider Mill & Oh My Gosh Antiques: Sterling, Mass

An actual old mill you will find hundreds of vendors under one roof selling THOUSANDS of vintage, antique, and handmade items. You can find handmade scrabble tile necklaces or garlands, vintage salt and pepper shakers, vintage books, Antiques galore, vintage jewelry and clothes, almost any item you collect, kitsch items, handmade pottery and candles,  small plants in a variety of vases and pots, shells, vintage dollhouse furniture and home decor……leave yourself several hours if you want to explore every vendor’s offering. There is also a small bead shop and yarn store in the mill.

One of the best parts of these 3 shops? You are supporting small business and handmade artists!

I have been going to Playtime and Fancy That throughout my childhood and to this day, and in all the places I’ve lived and traveled I have never found selections and the joy of browsing and shopping as I have in these shops. My wedding ring is from Fancy That, along with many of my most treasured pieces of jewelry and my bead collection started at Play Time.  I discovered the Cider Mill a few years ago and have made many trips there since–always worth the drive to central Mass!

My writings did not do these 3 shops justice–you must adventure there yourself to experience the magic!

SALE UPDATE

20 Nov

Instead of the 2 deals and the 30% off coupon not applicable when using those 2 deals listed in the last post, I have decided to use a tool that makes ALL items in the shop 30% off now through DEC 14st. (no need for a coupon).

Thank you!

Feelings and Thoughts on “Black Friday” and what this means for Eclecticnesting

20 Nov

I have gone to write this post dozens of times, and each time I find myself unable to articulate what I want to say. So, I’ll keep it short and sweet. Please note these are *my* feelings and thoughts and not intended to offend anyone and I try not to judge others for their shopping methods.

Simply put, I think Black Friday is a horrific symbol of America. First, Thanksgiving is a tough pill to swallow, even though all nations throughout history have their negative attributes, America was literally stolen via a brutal genocide and then build on the backs of slaves. I know many folks say “it’s a time to be grateful and to be with family” and I wish that we could carve out more time for family and gratitude throughout the year. Then the eve of Thanksgiving we have stores open offering massively discounted prices on products, most of which the recipient of the gifts does not need and may not want. I have written in this blog previously about consumerism, buying local, handmade, and fair-trade……and I encourage folks to do the same when they are gift giving this holiday season. Additionally, while our economy needs shoppers, I encourage folks to think about gifts which are not material, including the gift of making a donation in someones honor!

 
With all of that being said, I do have a shop through ETSY. And, I am offering “deals” however I will not call them “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday.”

At eclecticnesting.etsy.com for the duration of November and December the following DEAL or SALE will be occurring, I hope that these “deals” will help my handmade jewelry and recycled vintage goods find a good home this season:

 
-Buy 2 items, get 2 free (eg. if you purchased something for $7 and $10, you have a $17 “credit” which must be used the same day of purchase towards 1 or 2 -no more than 2- items in the shop. Please pay normally for your first 2 items and for the items being “bought” with “credit” please check out using “other”–which means no money is exchanged. Please convo me with questions/for support!

 
Buy 1 handmade necklace, get 1 free of equal or lesser price. Place the necklace link you wish to have for free in the “notes to seller” at checkout.

 
-Please use “Holidaynester” for 30% off store-wide. Cannot be combined with the above 2 deals and can be used on any item except the chenille vintage bedspread.

 

-Please also checkout reduced, sale, specially priced, free shipping promo etc listings throughout the shop (and the 30% off coupon can be used on those listings!).

Thank you!

Chestnuts. Pinecones. Choices.

18 Nov

Today on ETSY I made a Treasury comprised of items I found using the search word “chestnuts.” So many wonderful images jumped out on the pages I was overwhelmed with joy. I included several prints of actual chestnuts, and other items that resembled them in color: leather boots, shimmery brown and gold czech glass beads, jewelry, a handmade felt owl, vintage purses, nature prints………

 

The treasury can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTQyODI4NjN8MjcyMzU5MTc4NA/chestnut?ref=af_own_favtreasury

 

Today I also carved out time collect pine-cones in my neighborhood, they are very bountiful where I live! They are the large kind with “petals” which stick out on an angle. I decided to spray paint some gold, paint some of the “petals” green (which was really fun as a brushed the paint on the inside and outside of the “petals”) and dotted some with glitter. Since I had the spray paint, glitter glue tube, and green paint and a paint brush in the house this was a FREE project with excellent results. Not only did I make two lovely fall /winter decorations (I strung a few on a garland, and placed several in a wooden bowl) but I had FUN while doing so!

 

Thanks for reading about my love of chestnuts and pine-cones, now one more thought….this is something that many ETSY shop sellers may struggle with: to keep the item or post/sell it. Whenever I create a piece of jewelry or “vintage treasure pick” I decide right away whether to post the item, keep the item, or place in a 3rd gift/can’t make a decision at that moment category. I had posted a vintage carpet and leather purse in excellent condition and with unique and lovely compartments, and after re-newing the item several times (meaning, the purse was posted for almost one year) I decided to remove the item from the shop and keep it. I used it while out today and truly love it. This is the first time I have ever done this with my ETSY shop. I know that with handmade jewelry and vintage items I need to wait, sometimes for a long period of time, for someone to fall in love with the item–as there are so, so many amazing choices out there to purchase. However, with this particular purse I decided to scoop it up for myself….and seek other lovely vintage purses to post in the shop to share with folks!

Happy Diwali

14 Nov

Diwali is a central holiday in the Hinduism religion. Also known as the Festival of Lights (Chanukah is called this also) I recently learned some of the beautiful and inspiring themes to this celebratory and reflective holiday. Learning new things is thrilling for me.

Sometimes when I am doing my “arts and crafts” I end up learning many new things as I keep an open mind when starting a project. The other day I planned on making a garland with pinecones, however, having found an intact nest earlier that day outside I was inspired to make (or I should say, decorate) a winter bird feeder. Sometimes a plethora of supplies can be in front of you, with a specific or not a specific project in mind, and then it turns in a totally different–wonderous–direction.

I am told a custom of Diwali is to wish people a “Happy Diwali” ……so, happy, happy Diwali!

Creativity, light, and health to all!

Amanda

Featuring….

8 Nov

One of the many wonderous aspects of ETSY (.com) are the Teams one can belong to.

I belong to an eclectic mix of teams, one being Vintage Vixens (how fun is that title!?) Below are two shops that also belong to this team, I promise if you love vintage you will love reading their story and browsing their vintage offerings…….

1) RosyBluVintage

http://www.etsy.com/people/rosyblu

2) FineFoxVintage

http://www.etsy.com/people/oreades

Happy shopping!

Please don’t forget about my vintage treasure trunk offer posted in a previous post!

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