Monday, August 25, 2014

The Creative Community Celebrates! Week 2


The creative community is celebrating the amazing artists, designers and small business owners who make our world a better place by sharing their talent!  






Rustic Craft

Fun Fact: Items are handcrafted from locally salvaged lumber and fallen trees in Central Massachusetts.

Please join us in celebrating RusticCraft. Why? As a wide ranging community of creatives we should be celebrating each other! By you sharing the links below, you're showing your appreciation for RusticCraft's creativity, you're giving a boost to a small business, you're giving this shop a pat on the back of congratulations, and a HUGE virtual hug! Wouldn't we ALL love that?







About RusticCraft and Artist Sam Squallia: Sam and her husband work together to bring customized beautiful designs for wide variety of celebrations. They specialize in natural wood cutting boards, upcycled furniture & more for handcrafted, hand-engraved unique wedding, anniversary & housewarming gifts.



You can find RusticCraft online here :
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RusticCraftDesigns
G+ : http://goo.gl/UIjKFC
The CraftStar: http://rusticcraft.thecraftstar.com/

RusticCraft is a proud member of The Creative Connection on The CraftStar.



#thecraftstar #TCSCelebrates #beunique




The Mark 44

Fun Fact : TheMark44 owner Jamie Fracaro lives in Hollywood ,Florida also known as the "Diamond of the Gold Coast". It is a city located in Broward County which is also where TLC's Police Women of Broward County was filmed.



About Jamie Fracaro and TheMark44 :


The Mark 44 has an incredible selection of supplies for all kinds of projects. Bails, beadcaps, charms, pendants and more adorn her corner of the ecommerce world.




Jamie has a special purpose for her retail journey. The ultimate goal for her having this shop is to travel to her father’s home in Indiana and get it restored to rentable condition and move him somewhere warmer. Right now he tells her Arizona would be a nice place to go, so that's the goal. And since he is incapable of doing this, living alone, it's up to his only child.




You can find TheMark44:

The CraftStar: http://themark44.thecraftstar.com/
Twitter : @themark44
Google+: http://goo.gl/Hp7IVI



The Needle House

Fun fact: Eva is left handed but crochets with her right as it works better for her to do it that way.



About Artist Eva Harder:

My knitting started when I was 18 years old, when my first bosses wife taught me how. I learned how to crochet from a learn how book a few years later. Many changes happened through the years, I raised a family and had a career. A year ago I retired and just recently we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. Now I am devoting even more time to my hobby. I have done craft shows for 30+ years and now am selling online.






The Needle House is a proud member of The Creative Connection on The CraftStar.

Please check out The Needle House and find an item you really love. Share it, Tweet it, Pin it, SHOUT IT OUT TO THE WORLD! Use the hashtag #TCSCelebrates and you might win a free month or two on The CraftStar!


https://www.thecraftstar.com/product_details/68387/afghan-lacy-crocheted-in-petal-pink-by-the-needle-house/



Suggestions of messaging to use:


Tweet: Check out a great collection of knitted items for everyone!http://goo.gl/pi9rxM #TCSCelebrates

Facebook: As part of the creative community, I'm celebrating The Needle House. Check out her gorgeous knitted items and SHARE this post!!! #TCSCelebrates (http://theneedlehouse.thecraftstar.com/)


Pin: I love these knitted items! As part of the creative community, I'm celebrating The Needle House. Check this shop out! #TCSCelebrates (http://theneedlehouse.thecraftstar.com/)

https://www.thecraftstar.com/product_details/144084/ripple-afghan-in-greens-buff-and-lavender-by-the-needle-house/





http://thecraftstar.com



#thecraftstar #TCSCelebrates #beunique

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Creative Community Celebrates!



The Creative Community Celebrates!

Every day, The Creative Community will be celebrating a person.  An e:commerce shop.  A shop owner.  Someone who has taken the leap and followed their dream.  These creatives - in whatever form they come in - deserve to be celebrated!

Please take a couple of minutes to check out the first 3 people we celebrated this week.  You might fall in love with something, and give the artist that special extra bit of confidence!  And keep in mind ... the holidays aren't THAT far away!

As part of the creative community, or as someone who respects us folks, we would LOVE you to join us in sharing these shops via social media.  Suggested messaging is noted for every shop ... so all you have to do is copy and paste!



Wednesday:


Laurie has been creating jewelry for over 5 years.  She is a metalsmith, jewelry designer and handmade enthusiast.  Her wearable metal sculptures are a labor of love that are a blend of designs made as unique as each of her customers are.  Being a working artist allows her to be herself, follow her creative bliss, and work towards her goals.  

Beautiful  things in nature, flipping through magazines and catalogs, and just playing with beads and findings can really inspire her to design jewelry.


Social Media Links:







Please join us today in celebrating Kottage Kreations. Why? As a wide ranging community of creatives we should be celebrating each other! By you sharing the links below, you're showing your appreciation for Kottage Kreations's creativity, you're giving a boost to a small business, you're giving this shop a pat on the back of congratulations, and a HUGE virtual hug! Wouldn't we ALL love that?


Please check out Kottage Kreations and find an item you really love. Share it, Tweet it, Pin it, SHOUT IT OUT TO THE WORLD! Use the hashtag#TCSCelebrates and you might win a free month or two on The CraftStar!

Suggestions of messaging to use:

Tweet: Check out a great collection of stamped jewelry for everyone!http://kottagekreations.thecraftstar.com/ #TCSCelebrates

Facebook: As part of the creative community, I'm celebrating Kottage Kreations. Check out her gorgeous handmade jewelry and SHARE this post!!! #TCSCelebrates

Pin: I love this hand-stamped jewelry! As part of the creative community, I'm celebrating Kottage Kreations. Check this shop out! #TCSCelebrates (http://kottagekreations.thecraftstar.com/)

#thecraftstar #TCSCelebrates #beunique



Thursday:




Name: Linda Welcome
Location: Ellington, CT

Linda has been creating and making miniatures and mice since 1981. She has been featured in W.M. Greene's Your Exceptional Home, Faith Mountain Catalog and about another dozen or so mail order catalogs.  She grew up in a little town named Hazardville, famous for being the place where gunpowder was made my Colonel Hazard in “Powder Hollow” that they used in the Civil War. 

Fun fact about Linda:  Her Senior year in high school, she won Miss Teenage Enfield.




Please check out Warmth and find an item you really love. Share it, Tweet it, Pin it, SHOUT IT OUT TO THE WORLD! Use the hashtag#TCSCelebrates and you might win a free month or two on The CraftStar!



Suggestions of messaging to use:

Tweet: Check out a great collection of felted mice for everyone!http://warmth.thecraftstar.com/ #TCSCelebrates

Facebook: As part of the creative community, I'm celebrating Warmth. Check out her adorable handmade felted mice and SHARE this post!!! #TCSCelebrates (http://warmth.thecraftstar.com/)

Pin: I love these handmade felted mice ! As part of the creative community, I'm celebrating Warmth. Check this shop out! #TCSCelebrates (http://warmth.thecraftstar.com/)

#thecraftstar #beunique #tcscelebrates


https://www.thecraftstar.com/product_details/153570/simple-elegance-custom-scented-goats-milk-and-honey-rich-body-butter-8-oz/

Darla has made candles and bath and body products for years, mostly for herself and her friends. She has spent time working with a master candle maker in his retail shop. The experiences she had while working with him was invaluable. As choosing fragrances online can be a new experience, Darla offers her customers the opportunity to receive a free sample of something they would like to try with each order. No minimum purchase!! Just let her know what you would like to sample in a note when you check out! She currently resides in New York.


You can find her online here :



Please check out Simple Elegance Bath and Body by Dasi and find an item you really love. Share it, Tweet it, Pin it, SHOUT IT OUT TO THE WORLD! Use the hashtag #TCSCelebrates and you might win a free month or two on The CraftStar!

Suggestions of messaging to use:

Tweet: Check out a great collection of bath & body products for everyone!http://goo.gl/b7sLmi#TCSCelebrates

Facebook: As part of the creative community, I'm celebrating Simple Elegance Bath and Body by Dasi. Check out her bath & body products and SHARE this post!!! #TCSCelebrates (http://simpleelegancebathandbodybydasi.thecraftstar.com/)

Pin: I love these handmade bath and body products! As part of the creative community, I'm celebrating Simple Elegance Bath and Body by Dasi. Check this shop out! #TCSCelebrates (http://simpleelegancebathandbodybydasi.thecraftstar.com/)

#thecraftstar #TCSCelebrates #bathandbody





Sunday, July 27, 2014

Things You Didn't Know About the Creative Genius Dr. Seuss!





1. 
A grandson of German immigrants, Theodor (without an “e”) was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. Seuss was his mother’s maiden name. While the actual German pronunciation of “Seuss” rhymed with “voice,” the American pronunciation, rhyming with “juice,” stuck.

You’re wrong as the deuce/ And you shouldn’t rejoice/ If you’re calling him Seuss./ He pronounces it Soice. 



2. Theodor Geisel began using the pen name "Seuss" after being kicked off of the Dartmouth College literary humor magazine for throwing a rowdy drinks party!

When the sassy young Mr. Geisel was caught hosting an adult beverage get-together at Dartmouth College at the height of Prohibition (the early 20s), he was instructed by the college staff to discontinue all of his extracurricular activites, including his editor-in-chief post at the college's humor magazine, the "Jack-O-Lantern." In order to keep writing without the superiors knowing about it, Mr. Geisel adopted the pen name "Seuss."




Dr. Seuss was for the books he both wrote and illustrated. Theo LeSeig was for books that he wrote without illustrating


3. Mr. Geisel added the "Dr" onto his Seuss pen name as a nod to his father's unfulfilled wish for his son to earn a doctorate at Oxford

Mr. Geisel, senior, had always wanted for his son to earn a doctorate at Oxford. Although Geisel, the Younger, entered Lincoln College, Oxford with the intention of completing a doctorate in literature, he returned to the United States before his studies were completed. He added the "Dr" onto his Seuss pen name as a wry acknowledgment of his almost-achievement.

4. Mr. Geisel/Dr. Seuss first rose to national fame, not as a children's book author, but as the creator of a number of wildly popular insecticide advertisements

In the late 1920s, Standard Oil hired Theodor Geisel to create a number of advertisements for its insecticide, Flit. Mr. Geisel's cartoon-like ads, along with taglines such as "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" "Swat the Fly," and "Kill the Tick," became nationally recognized slogans. Mr. Geisel made a tidy packet on these ads which remained popular throughout the 1930s.



5. Mr. Geisel/Dr. Seuss was inspired to write his first children's book, And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, by the rhythmic sound of a ship's engine

In 1937, Mr. Geisel and his wife, Helen, were returning to the United States from an ocean trip to Europe when the rhythmic sound of the ship's engine suggested to him the idea of writing an equally rhythmic text for a children's book. The result was his first foray into children's literature, And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.



6. Dr. Seuss' first book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, was initially rejected by over 20 publishers before finally making it to the printing press

Dr. Seuss may be considered classy children's lit today but when he was first starting out, he could scarely get any serious consideration. After sending the And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street manuscript to nearly 30 publishers (and receiving an equal number of rejections), Vanguard Press finally agreed to publish the book.

He almost burned the book because 27 publishers rejected him!


After a 27th publisher rejected his first manuscript, Dr. Seuss walked dejectedly along the sidewalks of New York, planning to burn the book in his apartment incinerator. On Madison Avenue, however, he bumped into Dartmouth friend Mike McClintock, who that very morning had started a job as an editor in the Vanguard Press children’s section. Within hours, the men signed a contract, and in 1937 Vanguard Press published “And to Think that I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” which launched the extraordinary literary career of Dr. Seuss. “If I had been going down the other side of Madison Avenue, I’d be in the dry-cleaning business today,” he later said.



7. Dr. Seuss' most famous books -- beginner books such as The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and Green Eggs and Ham -- were also some of the most difficult things he ever wrote.


Great writers always share one common characteristic -- they make writing well seem easy. Nothing could be further from the truth. And while tomes like Hop on Pop and Fox in Socks may seem ridiculously simple to write, Dr. Seuss labored for months on the production of each of these supposedly "Beginner readers."

8. If I Ran the Zoo, published in 1950, is the first recorded instance of the word “nerd.”


9. The Cat in the Hat was written basically because Dr. Seuss thought the famous Dick and Jane primers were insanely boring. Because kids weren’t interested in the material, they weren’t exactly compelled to use it repeatedly in their efforts to learn to read.


Theodore Seuss Geisel, also known as "Dr. Seuss," in his studio.

10. Green Eggs and Ham. Bennett Cerf, Dr. Seuss’ editor, bet him that he couldn’t write a book using 50 words or less. The Cat in the Hat was pretty simple, after all, and it used 225 words. Not one to back down from a challenge, Mr. Geisel started writing and came up with Green Eggs and Ham – which uses exactly 50 words. The 50 words, by the way, are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.




11. Oh The Places You’ll Go is Dr. Seuss’ final book, published in 1990. It sells about 300,000 copies every year because so many people give it to college and high school grads.

12. No Dr. Seuss post would be complete without a mention of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! I couldn’t find much on the book, however, so here are a few facts about the Dr. Seuss-sanctioned cartoon. Frankenstein’s Monster himself, Boris Karloff, provided the voice of the Grinch and the narration for the movie. Seuss a little wary of casting him because he thought his voice would be too scary for kids. Can you imagine the cartoon with any other voice?! If you’re wondering why they sound a bit different, it’s because the sound people went back to the Grinch’s parts and removed all of the high tones in Karloff’s voice. That’s why the Grinch sounds so gravelly. Tony the Tiger, AKA Thurl Ravenscroft, is the voice behind “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” He received no credit on screen, so Dr. Seuss wrote to columnists in every major U.S. newspaper to tell them exactly who had sung the song.


13.  
 Dr. Seuss never had any biological children. 
Helen Geisel was unable to bear children, and Geisel did not father any children with second wife Audrey, though he was a stepfather to her two daughters. When Dr. Seuss was asked how he could connect with children in spite of not having his own, his stock answer was, “You have ‘em, and I’ll entertain ‘em.”









Thank you to:


http://www.history.com/news/9-things-you-may-not-know-about-dr-seuss

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleybaccam/10-things-you-may-not-have-known-about-dr-seuss-a

http://www.examiner.com/article/10-things-you-didn-t-know-about-dr-seuss

http://blogs.static.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/20266.html

Monday, July 21, 2014

The CraftStar Featured Artist: Island Girl Expressions



Welcome to Island Girl Expressions where you will find beautiful handmade jewelry in silver, bronze, copper and steel. Take a look at my personalized keepsake collection called Everlasting Prints. These precious pieces can be fingerprints or footprints of your children, husband and wife, grandparents or any loved one.  I welcome custom orders!






My name is Cheryl Frazee, I'm married to James and we live in Brighton, Colorado.  We have two grown daughters: Tara and Brooke, 4 grandchildren: Brandon, Hunter, Taylan & Ashlyn, and Ashley the Sassy Cat and Wilbur the Pug




How did you get started in your handmade business? 

I began beading with a friend about 8 years ago and really enjoyed it.  When another friend decided to hold a home show for her jewelry, she invited me to show a few pieces.  When I got my first sale, I was so excited!  Shortly after that, I was introduced to metal clay and fell so in love with the medium that I couldn't get enough time making jewelry.  I started having home shows, then moved on to local craft and art shows.  Today, my sales are primarily web-based and past clients. 




What inspires you?  

My inspiration for my Island Girl Expressions shop comes mostly from the Caribbean Islands and Mother Nature. 


Palm Tree and Ocean Necklace Handmade Pendant 



My inspiration for my A Timeless Impression shop comes directly from my clients ... everything I make in this shop is completely personalized using their fingerprints, footprints, handwriting and more.


Handwriting Jewelry Silver Oval 1" x 1/2" with YOUR Handwriting Custom Personalized Keepsake Unique Gift


Where do you see your handmade business in 5 years?  

In 5 years I will be working my jewelry business full time.  Eventually, I would love to have a studio with a storefront and have the ability to teach metal clay jewelry design.



Have you experienced any major accomplishments or recognition?  

I had one of my pieces published in a book written Hadar Jacobson, who is a very well known metal clay manufacturer of base metal clays, a designer and teacher.

Silver and Steel - Precious Metal Petals Earrings


What are three tools in your work space that you could not live without?  

My kiln, my dremel and my xacto knife!




Have you ever experienced a craft disaster?  

I've had many! Metal clay can sometimes be unpredictable when firing, especially the base metal clays.  I have had numerous pieces not sinter (or fuse) and had them crumble as I pull them from the kiln. 



What other interests or hobbies do you have?  

Just about anything crafty:  I love to scrapbook, make handmade cards, knit, floral design, etc.  I would love to learn lampwork, glass fusing, pottery and soooooo much more! 


Sideways Flower Necklace with Citrine Cubic Zirconia


How much do you social network? 


Not as much as I would like!  I try to post something on FB at least once a week, but I would like to get to the point of daily posts on FB, Google+ and Pinterest.  I have a twitter account, but don't tweet and I seldom use Instagram.   


Floating Crystals Bracelet



What has been your most effective marketing tool?  


I send extra business cards with every order and wrap a sticky note around them that says "Please share. Thanks"  I am getting a lot of referral business from this.


Silver Sun with Yellow and Blue Resin Necklace



What item in your shop is your top seller or is your favorite design?  

My Island Girl Expression Shop sells more mixed metal designs than other designs, but all of my pieces are one of a kind, so I don't really have any one item that is a top seller.  A Timeless Impression's #1 seller is either the 1/2" circle fingerprint charm or the 7/8" heart with handwriting.



A Timeless Impression



What are your  favorite items from other shops on The CraftStar?

I love glasswork and I love bright colors!  And honestly, I love EVERYTHING in this shop.


Retro Bowl DLC Glass Studio LLC


I have done a little knitting, so I have an appreciation for how much time and work goes into a piece like this.  The items in this shop are absolutely stunning!


Knit Afghan in ZigZag Pattern by The Needle House in Soft White


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