Sunday, February 12, 2012

Something Small...

It only takes a small thing to remind the one you love that they are not forgotten on Valentine's Day...

My latest "small thing"

made from recycled aluminum beverage cans.

beer or soda

patterned or plain

Big enough to hold some candies, a small gift, a note, some confetti!

Your choice of box design, ribbon, cardstock heart, confetti (even shredded recycled US currency!)

use coupon code THANKS at checkout for free shipping(first class,priority mail upgrade is available for an extra fee.) Available in my Etsy Shop LizardSkins

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Missed Connections of Sophie Blackall

Reading through the Etsy blog today, I came upon a wonderful video featuring Sophie Blackall, an artist who lives in Brooklyn. It explains Sophie's public works project, featured on the NYC subway, (congrats, Sophie!) which is based on her finding the "missed connections" section of Craig's List. Evidently that is where people place personal ads in hopes of finding some stranger they ran into somewhere.

I am totally loving Sophie's work; the beautiful watercolor technique, the funky little people, and, of course, their amazing stories. Haven't we all had a "missed connection" in our lives?

Read more about it in Sophie's blog.
Visit her Etsy shop (read her shop announcement, she has a special running until Valentine's Day!)

Read about her in the etsy blog, and see the video.

i think i have to go buy some...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Hug A Chicken (Fresh Eggs For Sale!)

You may know Carolyn and Danny Sleeper (if you live in Washington, NC.) They run Slatestone Studio, a pottery haven where children of all ages play in clay. (Including me.) That's Danny, surrounded by the summer batch of clay chickies...aren't they cute? Mr. Danny is really great with them.

Lately, there have been chickies of another kind...

The feathered kind!

It is so much fun to go to Slatestone Studio and watch them run around...they have a little fenced area, and straw bales as a playground. I sometimes bring them a few grape tomatoes or some bread, and they love that. The other thing i am loving about it:

That's right, beautiful big, brown fresh eggs! And they are so tasty!

Perhaps it is the "free range" thing...maybe it is what they feed them (my occasional grape tomato?) But MAYBE it is the hugs. Yes, hugs.

That's Carolyn Sleeper, cuddling up with that hen. I, personally have not done it. But I have seen it. They run right up to you in the yard, and want to be held. AWWWW

That just tickles my fancy, these chickens that are loved and love to be loved!

So if you are in Washington, NC, and are looking for really GREAT fresh eggs, check out Slatestone Studio, on Slatestone Road (call ahead 252 945 3541.) I know you won't be sorry...And, while you are there, check out the egg plates, too!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Wave by Curry Wolfe

I love seeing what people make with the little ceramic basket bases they buy in my MakeABasket Etsy shop!

Curry Wolfe got this little base awhile ago, and made a basket as a Christmas present. As many of us do, she let the basket go without photographing it. But her friend was kind enough to snap a few views and send them back to her, so we get to see it!

Curry took the flamingo base and made a whole little scene out of it, with wrapped rows and strategically placed sparkling beads, she made a whole little ecosystem with shoreline and a big wave coming out, flamingo! I love it!

You can think of your own novel and colorful ways to make coiling your own thing...

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