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Treasury Tuesday:: Gift Guide no.2

‘Gift Guide no.2’ by BleuOiseau

Watercolor Wall Decor Indigo Blossoms floral giclee fine art print 8x10 inches - karenfaulknerart Maxi dress / long party dress in dark blue and mushroom striped jersey. Kimono sleeves. Fall fashion. One size fits many. - MuguetMilan Mens Gift bracelet secret message - Hand Stamped Custom Personalized Dad Son Boyfriend Man - WyomingCreative Mid Century Danish Modern Dining Chairs Set of 6 - TimandKimShow
Ostrich Animal Print, Nursery Wall Decor, Animal Portrait Photography, 8x8 Modern Home Decor - TheShutterbugEye One Sweet Linen Tree Ornament - allthingswhite FAMILY TREE NECKLACE by Cheydrea - Cheydrea friendship bracelet / mixed bright colors / 1" wide chevron pattern bracelet - thehootinowl
MYSTERY IN YOU watercolor text print in purple, navy and gray - BrownBearStudio Black Tulip Sterling Silver Wrap Ring- Dark Romantic-Oxidized-Chic-Elegant-Feminine-Adjustable-Fairy-Unique-Quirky - MarrenJewelry 2013 photo calendar - whimsical fine art still life photography, nature, landscape, animal, macaron, paris, mint, summer, black and white - oohprettyshiny Ceramic pottery mug with polka dots - handmade pottery grey gray indigo cobalt blue - modern ceramic three cup set - thecupcakekid
Heart Cut out Sweater (super wide cut out)    size SMALL Upcycled Heart Sweater - BglorifiedBoutique Vintage Wooden Shoe Thimble Holder Hand Carved Painted - RosaMeyerCollection Soft purples romantic Organza flower brooch and hairpin - Monikque Colored Twill Tape - 2 Yards Each of 5 Colors Olive Gold Pumpkin Cranberry Chocolate for Packaging Sewing Crafts - ReminiscencePapers

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Treasury Tuesday: Earth Day 2012

‘Every day should be Earth Day’ by BleuOiseau

Yellow Hair Clip Yellow Brid…


TTV Photograph, Red Cardinal…


Mini Chrysanthemum Flower Ri…


Back in stock – Celeste Dres…


Aqua Chalcedony Ring Faceted…


Hand Embroidery Kit Pattern:…


Emerald Bracelet, Sterling S…


Earth – Archival print, natu…


Be The Change


Earth Day Ecofriendly Organi…


SALE- Earth Day Inspired Up-…


Bird Tree Branch Photograph …


Nausea Relief Essential Oil …


Silver Floral Necklace..Doub…


Pastoral Poetry 5×5 Fine Art…


Earthwood Handmade Soap


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Treasury Tuesday: Say that you love me, love me

Valentines day, sky blue hom…


SALE 20% OFF Feminine Top Wi…


Magenta pink knit scarf – …


Vintage Pretzel Knot Bracele…


Alternative Engagement Ring …


FREE SHIPPING French pink wh…


Lavender Handmade Soap // La…


Peruvian Blue Opal Valentine…


SALE Mid Century Chalfonte F…


Loved, Rustic Copper Money C…


Deer Woodland Photography Pr…


Citrine & Pyrite Long Neckla…


Live Plant for Bathroom // S…


Miniature Snow Owl – Bird In…


Love Louisiana V-Neck Shirt


Horizon in my Window – 8 x 1…


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Treasury Tuesday: A gift guide for that fabulous mother-in-law of yours

Victorian inspired flower pi…


joy word embroidery on vinta…


Pink burgundy knit scarf – …


Indoor Planter / Plant Pot -…


12” yarn-wrapped wr…


Winter Flower Earrings Sterl…


Zipper Bag in Natural Organi…


12 Aqua Luggage Tag Thank Yo…


Gold Rose Flower 3d Bloom Ru…


Flower Coasters Set of 4 – W…


Merry Christmas Soap Favors …


Blue bird bowl in white por…


Cyber Monday Etsy, Flowers P…


Chocolatta Vanilla Lip Glaze…


2012 Illustrated Floral Wall…


Ginkgo Leaf Necklace Fall Ac…


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Treasury Tuesday: Give the gift of Art


candy cane heart food photo …


Moose in the Snow Christmas …


The Castle Escape I – photo…


Bottlecap Photo Pendant, Cut…


Venetian alley – 8×10 – fine…


10% Off Sale This Week IN ST…


Two is better than one – 5 x…


Something Tasty Postcard Set…


White Winter Photography – …


Custom soy candles. Pure and…


german love heart photograph…


Photography Jewelry Hair Cli…


Art for kitchen: cherry spla…


Deer head Belt Buckle for me…


Giant Blueberries I – 8 x 10…


Postcard Set, Paris in White…


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Favorites Friday: Rings

So yesterday was a sad day.  I broke the glass ring that I have worn for 6 years 😦  Truly heart breaking because it was totally one of kind and I have a hard time wearing jewelry consistently.  It felt like I was missing a finger without it…and that I lost my creative mojo too.  (I am pretty minimal when it comes to jewelry really)  So I am on the hunt for a really unique, very wearable ring.  It doesn’t have to be glass and my favorites today are only a few of what I found so far.

1.  These are so unique and interesting and I love the thread (speaks to the embroiderer within) AND they are from France!

back to roots stacking rings































2.  I am loving the stacking rings concept.  These are so sweet and light which I love.

stacker ring set














3.  I love the big and funky feel of this ring.  And it is upcycled from a spoon–how cool!  (My glass ring was slightly smaller than this)

silver shield silver plated spoon ring





















4.  This one is cute in its simplicity.  Gotta love having your initial on a ring!

sterling silver initial ring

























5.  These are cute and interesting in the fact they are porcelain.  I love the organic feel and the light colors.

ceramic rings triple stack



















6.  This one is very cool and very unique.  I am hoping to check it out in person because it is made in Portland.

fiori spin ring

If you see any you think I might like, please send me an email of it!  Thanks and have a great weekend 😀

Treasury Tuesday: A walk to school

A fun treasury of some things you may need on a walk, some things you may find at school, and most importantly, the some things you may encounter on your walk to school!  Happy first day of school to those in Oregon who are starting today 😀

‘Mama, I am ready for the walk to school.’ by BleuOiseau

Red Bird in Tree Jug


Fine Art Photography 8×8 Per…


Vintage School Wall Map : Ou…


UK 7, Handmade leather shoes…


Adult Sized School House Cha…


flower hairpin in lime


Toddler dress, Yellow and Aq…


Wildflowers Colorful – (gree…


The Hot Air Balloon and the …


Butterfly Print vintage insp…


1950’s Square Cat Eye Fr…


Hand Knit Hat – Pixie Hat in…


Backpack in Khaki canvas and…


autumn in new york city : fi…


Chalkboard Calendar Vinyl Wa…


Personalized Pencil Pouch. …


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Feature Friday: SariBlue

Feature Friday for 2 Sept 2011

Christine is the creator behind SariBlue, a line of fun jewelry based on the concept of protection from the Evil Eye.  The jewelry is made of beautiful glass beads from Turkey. She has been very lucky to know and meet amazing people in her life and her path has been very interesting so far.

This little business is very much a group effort with her girls driving and influencing her, her best friend and partner Big being so supportive and amazing, as well as her friends and family in Turkey helping to make her connections with wonderful people to find gorgeous beads to make great jewelry.

Here are a few of my favorites from her shop:

blue baby belly bell

Green Apple - Green Orange White Blue Evil Eye glass bead bracelet

Black with Silver Good Luck Lariat Necklace

Her website has very detailed information about the history of the Evil Eye as well as her path to this venture and she would love you to have a look:


Also please come say hello to her on facebook and follow on twitter at:


Who’s Who Wednesday: Rachel Brooke Designs

Introduce yourself.  Where are you from?

I’m Rachael Brooke Winkley from Madison, WI.  I grew up in Whitewater, WI which is a small college town in the southeastern part of the state.   I’m a near-native Wisconsinite except for the first few years of my life spent in Chicago, IL. 


What is your shop name?  What is the story behind the name?

My business name is Rachael Brooke Designs.  I give my father credit for inspiring the name.  He says that he chose my middle name, Brooke, so that when I became a famous actress I could use Rachael Brooke as my stage name.   I did not grow up to win a Tony or Oscar, but I think that selling your own work is a lot like being on stage.   I am now searching for a new business name that reflects my focus on using vintage or repurposed materials and my commitment to running an eco-friendly studio.

Hammered Shield shape Hoops in 100% recycled sterling silver

How did you get started?  Is this your full-time gig?
I started making and selling jewelry with my parents when I was in high school.

 What items do you sell?  Which ones are your favorites to make?

I sell jewelry that I create from antique, vintage or simply second-hand tea, candy and tobacco tins; aluminum kitchenware; serving trays and other discarded metal objects.  I’m always most excited about making the newest design I’ve created.

Describe your workspace.  What book is near you right now?

My studio is in a one-story 1920’s bungalow at Mendota Mental Health Institute (MMHI) on the north shore of LakeMendota in Madison.  The bungalow is one of several which were built to house World War I veterans who were being treated for shell shock syndrome.  My studio is a 198 square foot room with high ceilings and three large windows – lots of natural light and enough room to spread out and make a mess in.  My sketchbook is the closest book to me.

Buenos Aires Recycled Coaster Necklace

Describe your creative process.  What is your creative style?

My natural creative process is best described as creative chaos.  I often think I’m a little ADD when it comes to creating.  I jump from one thing to another back again and on to something else.  This can be great for brainstorming new designs, but lousy for getting work ready for a show or an order ready for one of my stores.

 How do you stay motivated?  Tea or coffee?

The best way for me to keep motivated is to work in my studio daily and leave myself something to get back to work on the next day.  I work in my studio Monday through Friday as much as possible.  I have fought being disciplined all my life (see the “creative chaos” answer above).  Ironically, the habit of self-discipline is what I need most in order to create my work and try to make a living at it. 

coffee – strong, black and lots of it! I’m an early riser who often has insomnia – not the best mix.  I’d love it there were caffeine patches just like the nicotine patches.

Do you think feedback is important?  How can you turn around negative comments?

Feedback and criticism are immensely important for studio artists since we work alone.  It’s just me, my tools, a bunch of old tins and my imagination.  What I think is totally fantastic and love to wear might not be what others this is totally fantastic and love to wear.  It always helps to get out of my own head and learn how others perceive my work.  I also think that artists whose work is functional need to get feedback from customers who use it. 
I’ve gotten some of my best ideas for new designs or ways to market my work from my customers.

Are you on any teams at Etsy?  Which one are you most active?  Do you think they are helpful?

Yes, I’m a member of the following teams: Etsy Wisconsin Street Team (a.k.a. the “Moo Crew”); Etsy Trashion Team, Etsy Blog Team, Etsy Success, Handmadeology Etsy Team, and several others.  I’m most active on the WIST team where I’m a team leader and write our blog’s weekly “On The Road with the Moo Crew” post.

Rooster & Thistle Vintage Candy Tin Necklace

How do you feel about your life right now?
Any advice for new Etsians or those wanting to take the plunge into selling their artwork? If you sell jewelry or other small work and don’t have a camera with digital macro, go out and get one.  Then read the advanced owner’s manual – really read it, don’t just skim through it.  Photography has been the hardest part of having an online shop for me.

Wolves or Mountain Lions?

definitely mountain lions – have you ever seen the size of those paws or heard that wicked cat growl?  Although my daughter, Bella, loves wolves.  I can just hear her saying, “MOM! You’re supposed to pick wolves!”


Etsy shop




Facebook page






Any shops/markets you participate in?

I’ll be selling on the last weekend of the month from June through September at the Indie Designer Market in Chicago, IL. http://www.randolphstreetmarket.com/indiedesignermarket/index.html

Treasury Tuesday: Vintage Love

I am so inspired by all the vintage stuff on Etsy right now!  Here is a treasury of a few of my favorite items that I discovered this past week and a couple of my all time faves that may have been on here a few times already 😀  Enjoy!

‘Vintage Love’ by BleuOiseau

Some of my favorites

Classic Vintage Camera’s…


Green Smith Corona Classic T…


Unisex Cuff Black Zipper


orpheum – 11×14


Diana Camera – Lomography – …


Vintage Drafters Style Shop …


industrial metal cabinet


Lirio Jumper


Guitar Strap in Blue


Domestic 5×5 Fine Art Print


Good Time Ring


The retro Viewmaster instant…


Black Cat Vanilla Chocolate …


You know damm well we’d …


Vintage Green Fabric Dress


Vintage French Cat Eye Eyegl…


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