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Local Nashville, TN Etsy Crafter - Penny Bennett

February 25, 2009 09:17 by ehouston

Back in the fall I met Penny Bennett at a craft fair, surrounded by some of the cutest handmade bags I have ever seen.  She told me that she was getting ready to open an online shop, so I added my name to her email list and just a couple of weeks ago she let me know that it's official!  Penny Bennett Totes has arrived!

Spring Inspired Tote with Olive Accents.

It looks like Penny is concentrating on basic totes now, which by the way are the perfect size!  At the craft fair she had many different sizes and styles of bags, made from both new and vintage fabrics.  I cannot wait to see all the great things she comes up with. 

Stop by her shop and pick up something nice for spring!

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Lot's of Fun Contests to Enter! WhooHOO!

October 8, 2008 02:15 by ehouston

Laura Bucci, one of my teammates from the Retro Handmade Etsy group, is having a little giveaway over at her Blog, check it out here

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Her products range from small purses and pouches made from fine textiles to felted wristlets and cuffs.  Check out the super cute fabrics in a couple of new bags she made, shown above.  Laura's craftsmanship is incredible and she has wonderful photography to help you see her intense attention to detail.  When you get a chance, go peruse her shop on Etsy or learn more about her life of craft in Canada at her Blog.

Laura also mentioned a couple of other giveaways going on through her Etsy team, TransCanada:

At A Life Designed by RJ, they are giving away a pair of sweet beaded earrings.  This is another fashion forward designer that pays special attention to those little details we sometimes forget, but that make all the difference in our wardrobe every day.  She creates very colorful, but tasteful jewelry that can take us all from our 9 to 5 and then right on through to happy hour.  A couple of my favorites from her Etsy shop are pictured below.

Clearance - Lilac Garden - Wood Filigree and White Ribbon Necklace

I think this little number may be coming home to me.....

Starflower Sterling and Glass Earrings

Starflower Sterling and Glass Earrings

Alesha Fowlie Fine Art is in on this giveaway too.  She creates tiny little works of art and then uses those art pieces to decorate Scrabble Tile pendants, tin boxes and glass magnet sets.  Each one is unique and she uses some very nice color combos.  Check out her Etsy shop too!

Tile Pendant-Little Bird

I really like this pendant with the little birdie.

Last, but certainly not least, is one of my all time favorite Etsy sellers, RikRak.  She creates all kinds of cutie-patootie items from colorful fabrics, always adding her signature folded loop of rikrak to the side of her products.  Information and pictures of her contest giveaways are available at the TransCanada Etsy Team Blog.

So, go out there, read some fun blogs, check out some cool shops and enter to win some fabulous prizes!

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Shop Update!- More Bags

September 29, 2008 03:16 by ehouston

 

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I just added a couple of bags to my shop this morning.  Probably not the best day for a new listing, but when you haven't really sold anything I guess it just does not matter!  You have to keep plugging away and adding new things all the time it seems.  One is a bag that I have floating around in my FLICKR pool, but had not posted yet and the other is one pictured in pieces in an earlier post.  I have had such trauma with my almost 20 year old sewing machine that I have not been able to finish much of anything that required machine stitching.  After crying in frustration over the horrible stitching and general destruction of my projects that my old machine was causing I threw in the towel and bought a new one.  It was about time, though!  The old machine was a moving out of the house gift to myself years ago, and it was really not meant to go as long as I had pushed it.  The visitation ended yesterday at lunch and the burial was by sunset in the backyard.  It was a lovely celebration of the life that was.....

            

So, now I get to start work with my new Viking machine.  It's the basic model, no electronics.  I heard to many bad stories about the problems with the computerized versions, so I opted for the simpleton variety.  I have a year to trade up, so who knows, I may change my mind later.  For now, I am going to settle for some basic stitches for my basic stitching needs and try to get through my piles of half-finished projects and mending.

Check out my shop for a couple of new listings and for a couple of sale items!


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Working, working, working away!

August 29, 2008 05:05 by ehouston

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I just wish I could whistle while I work, but unfortunately I have never been able to make much more than a sharp single syllable note (if you can even call it that) come out when I try to whistle.  So, it would be the most monotone song to ever permeate this home, and I think the dog might even have to leave the room.  ;0)  It's okay, though because I have the radio and my imagination to keep me going.  I have been working on more bags lately and have added several to my shop, with more on the way. 

Right now I am working on an embellishing job for several little canvas backpacks that I bought years ago.  I had other plans for them at that time, but they never materialized.  I am glad for that, though, because I think this project is much cooler than I what I had originally set out to create.  I hope other people feel the same way and enjoy them too!  I am having wonderful fun with fusible webbing and vintage fabric scraps.  I wish I had jumped on the fusible webbing bandwagon a long time ago because I think it might be one of the most wonderful inventions of all time.  Unfortunately, I was not a card carrying member until recently because I remember the stuff my mom tried using when I was little and it never seemed to work.  I cannot tell you how many hems she tried to "cheat" on by fixing them with something called "wonder under", I believe, and as soon as you washed the garment the hem would come right back out.  I guess this product has come a long way.  Uh-oh, I am feeling the beginning of an iron-on patch craze around here.  Never mind my bad whistling, if the dog does decide to stick around she might just get a new fusible webbing accessory.  Watch out Rox., the iron is hot!

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

E


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