Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
I just made these hoops yesterday and I'm so excited about them! My largest and thinnest hoops yet. I carefully hand cut them from an iced tea jug and covered them in layers of tissue paper. I can see them in so many bright, vibrant colors! These are also really light weight too! They just scream spring and summer!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Today I'm featuring a lovely artist/mother/wife and business woman, Nathalie Brault of Recupefashion. She specializes in taking old, unwanted, end of the line materials and transforms them into new, beautiful items. In addition to the clothing Nathalie makes upcycled, handmade jewelry, sewn and crocheted items and also paper goods. And in addition to being an artist Nathalie also runs a very popular blog! Her blog, Women-Prenuers Galore promotes other women and their shops while attracting lots of traffic by hosting giveaways. I'm actually featured on her blog right now!
When Nathalie is not working in her studio she enjoys walking in the woods, baking, listening to music, caring for her animals, and relaxing with a crafting book. When it comes to business Nathalie keeps a positive attitude. She realizes the challenges of online sales especially in this economic slump but she focuses on marketing her work and keeping a strong online presence. Her mind is set on sales and sales are what she gets! I hope you take the time to check out Nathalie's amazing work! Here are other places to shop and look at Recupefashion:
Mention 'Artwork by KD' and receive 10% off at her online stores!!!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
My first arts and crafts show of the season is this Saturday March 21 at Binghamton University West Gym in Vestal, NY (9a-4p). I can't believe the season is starting already! January and February were great months for me to rethink my designs, make some new ones and improve my etsy store. I did 11 shows last year, and this year I'm going to do 20! The photos above are some of my new designs you can look forward to this season!
Monday, March 16, 2009
BIG earrings are in this season so I decided to super-size my hoops! I offer these eco-friendly hoops in all colors too! Don't let the size scare you though, these earrings are super light weight because they are made with recycled plastic! Transform your springtime look with super-sized hoops!!
Friday, March 13, 2009
I made a new style of eco hoop earrings! Instead of one hoop it's three hoops! All three different colored hoops are clustered together to make a super funky and chic design. Each hoop was carefully cut from a recycled piece of plastic (an iced tea jug to be exact!) and covered with tissue paper for rich color. These were very time consuming to make, but I'm really proud of the end result. I can't wait to make a bunch of different color combos!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I wanted to design myself a cool pair of 'spring/summer' earrings. I stuck with warm tones and resulted in one of my favorite designs. I like them so much I'm offering them to my customers, made to order of course! The bottom, larger layers were hand cut from plastic containers and the small red oval was hand cut from a soda can. They are super light weight and they attract many compliments! The photo is of my personal pair, yours would be very similar (made with all the same materials).
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
We had a blast in Nashville, TN! There is so much music history, you can't help but be inspired. There's also tons of live bands on any given night. Everyone was really friendly and I loved the southern accents!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I've read that yellow is a huge color this spring! So I'm making a bunch of funky, yellow pieces to add to my spring collection. This particular bracelet is the perfect spring accessory! I hand cut each piece from a detergent bottle and strung them onto memory wire. This bracelet is comfy, flexible and adorable! Buy it in my etsy shop today!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Got back from Nashville, TN very late last night. Unfortunately our duet did not pass through, but we did our best. I had such a blast in Nashville!! Just being able to audition there was awesome. It really is a magical place for musicians/music lovers. I'll post some photos soon...
Thursday, March 5, 2009
This afternoon I'm leaving for Nashville, TN!! Me and another girl from my town are auditioning for a duet show. The audition is Saturday, March 7th. I'm so excited!! It's going to be a great time! I'll let you know how it turns out... Ps: That picture was taken at the Harrisburg, PA farm show last year. I thought it was fitting for this blog entry :-)
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I love working with these specific bottles! They have text all over them. My sister uses this brand of product and is always sure to give me her empty bottles. As always, I hand cut each circle with scissors. This bracelet is just fabulous for spring! Purchase it in my etsy shop!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The shop owner from Green Being makes big envelopes from old magazines, I put my own twist on it by using girly magazines and a smaller sized envelope. These little envelopes are so funky and perfect for everything especially wedding/party invites, letters and gifts, etc. They are super easy to make too! And you can mail these! Regular postage is needed. There are so many great ways to reuse your magazines when you're finished with them! You can order these envelopes from my etsy shop!
Monday, March 2, 2009
I'm a proud member of team ecoetsy! For the whole month of March, ecoetsy is offering a FREE and GREEN promo. When you purchase something from participating ecoetsy shops you get a free gift with your purchase! Click on the title link above to learn more and see which shops are participating. I'm one of them!! That means FREE EARRINGS! Be sure to write in "FREE and GREEN" during checkout in message to the seller to take advantage of this sale!