Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Inspiration of the Week - She's Batty Designs and Batty's Bath

Welcome to my new weekly feature, my Inspiration of the Week. Every week I am going to do a blog post on a fellow artisan who I find inspiring, whether it be because of their creations, or their integrity, or their soul.

My first feature is on the amazing Jamie S - the heart and soul behind She's Batty Designs and the newest one stop pamper shop, Batty's Bath (opening soon).
I asked Jamie to tell me her 10 favourite things in the world, and what follows is written by her. The photographs peppered through are items from She's Batty Designs on Etsy.

1. Drew - my man bear! Yes, I said man bear. That's my pet name for him and he'll be totally embarrassed to see my pet name for him on a blog, but he's starting to accept it. Heck, even some of our friends address our mail "Jamie and Drewbear" lol. In all seriousness though, I don't know what I'd do without him. He's my best friend and my hubby. He carries me around when I can walk because of AS, he treats the dogs like their his own (I had two of them before we lived together), he makes me laugh all the time, gives the best snuggles, and can make pancakes!.. something that still baffles me lol.

2. Our pets - Noel, Princess, Sassy and Murtle. They each mean so much to me and have their own "rescue" story that would take up too room here but their stories are posted at my flickr account.

3. My family. I have the best parents and the best siblings. I couldn't ask for a more supportive group of people.

4. My friends. Although I only keep a few friends really close, that's all I need. They are my support group and I wouldn't trade them for the world.

5. Sugar! I'm a total sugar junky. I start with a bowl of sugar cereal in the morning and the "hits" just continue from there. I think my fav "sugary" treat right now is spiked hot chocolate :)

6. Paper! Paper is very much a passion of mine. I can't get enough of it (my studio and the pile of receipts for paper can account for that haha). It's also what inspired me to start my first business, She's Batty Designs.

7. Soap making! I've recently fallen in love with soap making. I'm totally pampering myself and my family with lots of nourishing and deliciously scented soaps and bath products. Soon I'll be able to pamper a lot more people when my second Etsy shop, Batty's Bath, opens. (Here's the Batty's Bath Blog link so you can follow my progress).

8. Halloween! I can't believe halloween didn't make my list until #8 but it is a really big obsession of mine. I love everything halloween-ie and halloween related! I celebrate halloween in a BIG way every year and leave most of the same decorations up for Christmas! I'm also the guild master of the Ghouls Guild on Artfire.

9. All other creative obsessions .... I have a lot of them so it was hard to narrow it down but I'll throw the rest of them under #9. I've studied fine art in school and have been an avid crafter all my life. I've also picked up a fair amount of graphic design skills so there's never a shortage of ways for me to express my creativity. My favorite outlets (after paper and soap making) are photography, sculpture, graphic design, screen printing, and jewelry making.

10. All my wonderful plurk friends!! Thank you so much for featuring me on your blog and for "plurking" with me ;) My "online life" would be pretty dull without all of you entertaining me! I also have to thank all of you for being a tremendous support and inspiration for me! I couldn't do all I do without the help of my plurkies! :D

That is a fabulous list of favourite things!
I think it gives a pretty good idea why I find Jamie, aka Batty, such an inspiration. She has so much talent and energy. She seems to always be creating something new and her cards are simply amazing.
Batty is one of those people that it is an absolute pleasure to know, she stands up for what she believes in and supports her friends even when suffering pain.
It is an absolute pleasure to feature Batty on my blog, and I hope that everyone who reads this takes the time to browse her shop, you are sure to find something perfect for yourself or someone you find inspirational.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Getting back into it.

It has been a few weeks since I last blogged. My offline life has been extremely busy, including major surgery on my man. I also had a couple of days where I had no internet or phone - you don't know what you've got until its gone!
So this is a short post, to let you all know I haven't forgotten about you. And I will get back into one of my favourite blogging activities, promoting fellow artisans.
I will also be doing a new giveaway, but I will probably wait until the silly season is over!
My creative mojo has taken a little break, but will hopefully be back soon.
So until the next blog...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Presenting Callidora's!

The newest rider on the ArtFire Crazy Train Promo is Callidora's. I haven't actually been in this studio before, so this is a journey for me.
The first thing I noticed when I went into Callidora's is that it seems 'happy'. There is a lovely welcoming feel and you can feel the smile on your face.
Callidora's prides itself on 'creating quality women's clothing and accessories'. A quick read of the artisan bio and intro lets you know they are happy to do custom orders and work with your budget and sizing requirements.
Here is a spotlight of a view of the items available.

Drop by Callidora's on ArtFire to see more.

Friday, November 13, 2009

CatsWire and BeadSire!

I was hanging out on Plurk again.. seriously addictive place.. and I was chatting with a couple of fellow artisans. One is an Australian, like me, known as BeadSire. The other is from Germany, known as CatsWire. And I was thinking about doing another Plurkie Promo, and it occurred to me that their names rhymed.. which was amusing to me. So here I am. I pulled together a spotlight from their online stores... but had 9 spots to fill, so I apologise to BeadSire that I only picked 4 of hers.. I had to make a choice..I guess I could have done two spotlights.. but I'm pretty sure they wont mind sharing.

CatsWire has three different online stores, and the pieces I spotlighted of hers are randomly selected from all three of them - CatsWire Etsy, CatsWire ArtFire and CatsWire DaWanda.
Beadsire can be found at BeadSire Etsy.
Both of these wonderful women are extremely talented artisans, and they both love to use wire, but the pieces they make are vastly different and truly unique. They have both also extended the hand of friendship across the internet, and for that I am truly grateful.
By promoting other artisans, especially those who have touched me in some way personally, I hope to show to them how much I value their friendship, support and creative abilities.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Crazy Train presents JazzyJemz!

The newest rider on the Crazy Train promotion is Jazzy Jemz. Her studio is full of awesome mother and baby items that would make perfect gifts for any new mums you know, or even for yourself if you are planning a family.
I have put together a little spotlight of some of the gorgeous items from Jazzy Jemz.

If you are looking cute, adorable and functional items for mums and babies, then drop into JazzyJemz on ArtFire and check out her great range.

Plurkie Promotion!

For now other reason, other than that I can, I have decided to promote some of my wonderful Plurk friends. For those that dont know, Plurk is a social network that helps develop real friendships as well as being a great tool for promoting yourself and others.
So I have done a little spotlight with 9 of my Plurk buddies, along with a little spiel about them and their studio.

CreativeHaven - This is one seriously wonderful woman. She creates beautiful jewellery pieces and handmade soap! The piece of hers that I selected grabbed my eye because of the fabulous colour, but it was such a hard choice, there is much to drool over. Do yourself a favour and come and see for yourself at CreativeHaven.. bring tissues to mop up with :)

Shake Your BonBons - The pick I grabbed is from ShakeYourBonBons on ArtFire, but she also has a webpage you can order from. As a self proclaimed chocoholic her bonbons and other delicious creations are decidedly dangerous! The genius behind Shake Your BonBons is also an awesome lady and very talented food columnist.

28SideDesigns - I have long been fascinated by historical pieces, such as Renaissance clothing, which may be due to being a chainmaille nut. And one of the things that 28SideDesign does is create made to measure outfits like this, including corsets and cinchers. Added to that are other wonderful creations, including embroidered pieces. Her studio is well worth a visit.

EmilyClaireCreations - Now this is one talented lady. Hand her some polymer clay and she will create a masterpiece. I know EmilyClaireCreations via the Polymer Clay Smooshers and we are all in awe of her creations. I found it really difficult just to pick one item, because they are all worthy of promotion.

Gundowerks - This is another member of the Polymer Clay Smooshers, and another maestro with polymer clay. I often have difficulty noticing that her pieces are made with polymer clay, they so often look like something else, such as metal or glass. I was going to pick one of her jewellery creations, but decided to go with her beads, because frankly they are da bomb!

Catinalife - This lovely lady is a member of the ArtFire Chainmaille Guild, yes that's right, the one I am guildmaster of LOL. I was going to pick one of her maille pieces, but had to go with what has to be one of my absolute favourites in her studio. She has an incredible knack for bringing out the best in the items she works with, showing them to their fullest potential. Check out Catinalife.. you will be drooling for hours.

SilverRiverGlassWorks - SilverRiver has more than one studio on ArtFire, each with its own speciality. SilverRiverGlassworks features her fabulous handmade Artisan lampwork beads. She has a wonderful eye for colour and this is apparent in her beads. Anyone who creates jewellery pieces should bookmark her studio.

LeatherMadeNice - Do you like leather? Because LeatherMadeNice has awesome pieces, many of them personalised and made to order. I love the smell of leather and have always wanted a handmade leather handbag. I often feel the tug on my Paypal when I drop by for a looksie. A personalised leather creation would make a fabulous gift for Christmas.

AuntiFranni - This lady absolutely rocks! Not only is she one of the nicest people I have met online, she is also an absolute whizz with an embroidery and sewing machine. When you go to AuntiFranni's you will find awesome and fun patches, badges and appliques, as well as cozies for bottles, lipbalms and usbs.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Crazy Train presents Gravel Road Jewelry!

I took a little break from promoting Crazy Train riders, not because I stopped wanting to, just a time factor. But I am back and I am really glad that the first Crazy Train rider I am promoting since my comeback is this fabulous studio.
I noticed Gravel Road Jewelry the day they joined ArtFire. The creations they make are amazing, and once you see one you will never forget it. The workmanship is exquisite. Many people work with wire, but only a few have a true gift. Gravel Road Jewelry is one of those with a gift with wire. One day I hope to own one of their fabulous pieces.
Here are just a few pieces from their studio.

It is seriously worth a visit to the studio of Gravel Road Jewelry. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Lucky Number Artisan Feature.

I decided today to promote a random artisan. So I asked fellow artisans to guess my favourite number. Well my favourite number is 8 and Butterfly-Crafts guessed it correctly.
Butterfly-Crafts is based in the United Kingdom and makes amazing handmade cards, scented sachets and crocheted items. Her first love is cross stitch, and she has been writing an excellent series of articles on the World of Cross Stitch for handmadenews.org. She also has a supply studio on ArtFire - Butterfly-Crafts-Supplies.
She also has a great blog - Butterfly-Crafts - that is well worth a visit and a follow.
I have a put together a little spotlight of some of my favourites items from Butterfly-Crafts.

I recommend going to Butterfly-Crafts for beautiful cards for all occasions that will delight the recipient for many years to come.

Monday, November 2, 2009

I'm still here!

I am still here..I haven't gone anywhere..just seem to be extraordinarily busy! But then who isnt these days!
As you can see from the blog, I have pretty much only been promoting Crazy Train riders and not posting about anything I am doing.
Well, I am rectifying that now.
I have been spending some time getting my creations organised..I'm a little chaotic at the best of times. So I started going through all the things I have made, rephotographing pieces that are already listed, deciding which of the unlisted pieces should be listed and photographing them, and deciding which pieces fall into the 'what the hell was I thinking' pile.. and getting set to dismantle them!
So far I have only done the earrings.. which has meant that oodles of earrings have recently been listed in HaffinaCreations, with more to come! Then I will move on to bracelets..so there should be some new listings there too. Then I will move on to sets and finally I will tackle the necklaces. HaffinaCreations should be brimming with luscious goodies by the time I am finished. You should drop by for a squizz, and feel free to comment on the new photos..or even the old ones!
I had been neglecting BeadsByHaffina a little, but I am working on rectifying that too, with some new listings and some more to come..so if you make jewellery or love buttons you should come by and see whats there. There are over 100 listings in BeadsByHaffina now, with easy navigation via the category selections.
And dont forget there is also HaffinaAgain on Zibbet. Poor shop doesnt get a lot of attention, but it is the home of some incredible one off creations, great for drooling over.
I am always happy to talk to customers or potential customers, and I love to get custom orders. I'm also open to trading with other Artisans.
I will try harder to blog regular about other things, not just promote the fabulous Crazy Train riders.
Oh..and before I go..I am still writing for handmadenews.org, with some great tips and tutorials, and an extended series of articles on the wonderful world of polymer clay. I would love for you to come and read some of my articles, vote them up if you like them and feel free to leave me a comment.
Hugs to all.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Spotlight on CharSpirit!

CharSpirit rides the Crazy Train!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Spotlight on Nightmaiden Designs!

Nightmaiden rides the Crazy Train!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Spotlight on Butterfly-Crafts!

Butterfly-Crafts rides the Crazy Train!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Spotlight on D's Ardent Gifts!

D's Ardent Gifts rides the Crazy Train!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Spotlight on Meant 2b Cherished!

M2bC rides the Crazy Train!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Spotlight on Craftnique!

Craftnique rides the Crazy Train!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Spotlight on FABULOUSCreations!

FABULOUSCreations rides the Crazy Train!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Spotlight on Jinx1764!

Jinx1764 rides the Crazy Train!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Spotlight on EclecticOddities!

EclecticOddities rides the Crazy Train!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Spotlight on Cora's Blissfully Natural Products

Cora's Blissfully Natural Products rides the Crazy Train!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Spotlight on Catinalife!

Catinalife rides the Crazy Train!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Spotlight on Picard Creative!

PicardCreative rides the Crazy Train!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Spotlight on Rose of Sharon!

RoseOfSharon rides the Crazy Train!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Spotlight on Harmon Art!

HarmonArt rides the Crazy Train!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Spotlight on Sweet Whimsy!

SweetWhimsy rides the Crazy Train!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Spotlight on Maggie McMane Designs!

MaggieMcManeDesigns rides the Crazy Train!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Spotlight on Aquariann!

Aquariann rides the Crazy Train!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Spotlight on Hook Yarn Inker!

HookYarnInker rides the Crazy Train!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Spotlight on Cherilynn Fine Art!

CherilynnFineArt rides the Crazy Train!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Spotlight on Trinkets and Treasures!

TrinketsAndTreasures rides the Crazy Train!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Spotlight on Jewelry Works By Kim!

JewelryWorksByKim rides the Crazy Train!

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Crazy Train presents MyrnaM!

The ArtFire Crazy Train promotion introduces everyone to many fabulous artisans who sell their wares on ArtFire. The newest member to be promoted is MyrnaM. Let's have a look at some of her wonderful art.

You can see more wonderful artworks at MyrnaM on ArtFire, so drop by for a look.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Valmade rides the Crazy Train!

The ArtFire Crazy Train promotion continues on with a new rider jumping in the seat for a couple of days of promotion. The newest rider is Valmade. Come and see some of the cute items from her studio.

Lovely items that would make fabulous gifts. You can see even more at Valmade on ArtFire.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

B is for?

What are a few of the wonderful items available at ArtFire that feature the letter B? Well check out this spotlight and see for yourself.

I wonder what I will find when I go looking for C? Stay tuned!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Crazy Train presents LuvToSparkLe!

The ArtFire Crazy Train has a new rider experiencing the ride for the next couple of days. That new rider is LuvToSparkLe. Here are just a few of the fabulous 'sparkles' from her studio.

Really awesome jewellery and accessories to be found at LuvToSparkLe on ArtFire! Drop by and see for yourself.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

CreativeCritters rides the Crazy Train!

The ArtFire Crazy Train continues it promotional run, with a new rider every couple of days. The newest rider is CreativeCritters. She makes some wonderful items, and various media, such as polymer clay and wool. Here is just a taste of what she creates.

She is a wonderfully talented artist! To see even more of her fabulous creations drop by CreativeCritters on ArtFire.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Crazy Train presents MDavisDesigns!

The ArtFire Crazy Train has picked up a new rider on its promotional run. The new rider is MDavisDesigns. Lets have a look at some of the fabulous items from her studio.

Awesome items! There are lots more to see and drool over at MDavisDesigns on ArtFire.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Crazy Train presents DoMosaics!

The ArtFire Crazy Train promotion continues on its run, collecting a new rider every couple of days. The newest rider is DoMosaics! Have a look at some of the things you can find in their studio.

Aren't mosaics just awesome! You can find lots more at DoMosaics on ArtFire!

Friday, August 28, 2009

JewelryBySandy on the Crazy Train!

The ArtFire Crazy Train has a new rider in the driver's seat. The new rider is JewelryBySandy! Let's take a look inside her studio to see what's available.

The Unicorn is just amazing! There a more awesome items at JewelryBySandy on ArtFire, so drop in for a visit.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

SpunSisterDesigns on the Crazy Train!

The ArtFire Crazy Train promotion continues on its run, picking up a new rider every couple of days. The newest rider is SpunSisterDesigns. Let's take a peek inside their studio at what's on offer.

Fabulous designs! There are lots more at SpunSisterDesigns on ArtFire, so drop in for a look!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Crazy Train presents FayeFarms!

The ArtFire Crazy Train promotion presents its newest rider, FayeFarms! There are some awesome soaps available in their studio.. just like these...

I bet they smell as good as they look! FayeFarms has lots more in their studio on ArtFire, so drop in for a visit.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

WoodNGoods on the Crazy Train!

The ArtFire Crazy Train promotion has picked up a new rider for receive a couple of days of widespread promotion. That rider is WoodNGoods. There are some awesome items in their studio..like these...

Amazing wooden items! I love the look of Intarsia, very impressive! You can see more wonderful items at WoodNGoods on ArtFire.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Crazy Train presents BrokenHallelujah!

The ArtFire Crazy Train has picked up a new rider on its promotion run. That new rider is the fabulous BrokenHallelujah! Come and see some of the awesome items she has in her studio.

Awesome and unique items! If you would like to see more fabulous items like these you should drop by BrokenHallelujah on ArtFire.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Noveenna on the Crazy Train!

The ArtFire Crazy Train promotion continues on its way with a new rider at the helm every couple of days. The newest rider is Noveenna. Let's take a peek inside their studio.

Wonderful items! There are many more wonderful things to be found at Noveenna on ArtFire, so drop in and see.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Crazy Train presents AJewelGift!

The Artfire Crazy Train has picked up a new rider, ready for their turn in the spotlight. This time it is AJewelGift. Let's take a peek in their studio..

What lovely items! You can see much more at AJewelGift on ArtFire.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

HaffinaCreations Sale!!

That's right, HaffinaCreations is having a sale! For a limited time only you can get 30% off anything in the studio, and added to that you can get FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING on any order over $50!
So now would be an excellent time to start shopping for Christmas, or even just spoil yourself. There are lots of items to choose from.
So drop in and get yourself a wonderful bargain... dont wait too long..or the sale will be over..it is for a limited time only!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

KraftyLady is on the Crazy Train!

The ArtFire Crazy Train promotion continues on its way, picking up a new rider every couple of days. The newest rider is KraftyLady. Let's take a peek at what's in her studio...

Lovely items indeed! You can see much more in KraftyLady's studio on ArtFire.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Crazy Train presents AmbientLights!

We have a new rider on the ArtFire Crazy Train. That rider is AmbientLights, and they have some wonderful items in their studio, like these..

I bet they smell as good as they look! You can see much more at AmbientLights on ArtFire!