Subtle Changes

The gallery wall in our office is charming enough on it’s own as it is an eclectic collection of original pieces from various artists and friends … and/or friends who are artists.  Why “Yes” that IS a needlepoint of Chris Cornell stitched in chartreuse thread.

BeforeI, however, recently stumbled across this Etsy Shop and figured why not make that gallery wall even more fabulous…which I did with the purchase of a series of ornate frames and an equally ornate clock.  Taking the fab gallery wall to nothing short of uber-fab.



Happy Long Weekend

While others were celebrating Easter and Passover, I was celebrating a Long Weekend!! Aren’t long weekends the greatest? It’s like a mini vacation wrapped into 3 1/2 days or the simple pleasure of being able to sleep in just one more morning.

I had also recently gotten a request on Etsy for a special order and committed time to that and other craftiness this weekend.  Here’s some of the stuff I managed to finish this weekend.  I still have some others that are “work in progress” but was glad I had an extra day in my schedule to just be creative.

A Dude with Dyslexia walks into a Bra…

Anybody that’s known me for some time knows I’m not much of a drinker. Hell, I was 37 the first time I actually got drunk. So there are lots of folks in my life who have known me to never drink at all. Most of my current selection of friends know that I have a 2 drink minimum … because anything past that, and I’m under the table.

For awhile I had been searching for a bar cart of some sort for our home. I kept abandoning the idea though, cuz there really wasn’t a place to put one and I still thought it odd that felt like I needed one. Then again, it wasn’t so much about the liquor for me as it was more about finding a place to put all my vintage glasses and bar accessories.

We received a stunning set of wine glasses for Christmas which reinvigorated my desire to have a bar area. My Craigslist searches in vain, I still couldn’t find anything that would fit anywhere in our home, so I decided to work with what we already had.

I relocated my stacks vintage dishes (that I use for my Etsy shop) and turned our vintage bakery cupboard into our new bar.

Vintage Cupboard - next to table Pre-Union Jack takeover'll shoot your eye out kid...

Etsy for the Hollydayz

I have a plethora of new items in my Etsy shop just in time for the Holidays. Please note that my shop will go into vacation mode on December 14, 2011 … so get your orders in timely.

If you’ve found me thru my Blog … be sure to enter Coupon Code WORDPRESS for 15% of your Holiday order!  (expires December 13, 2011)

Have a Cool Yule Y’all!!

Birthday Muse

Thankfully, every year, my friend Lara has a birthday.  It seems that every year I challenge myself to come up with something sassy to make for her and every year I spin off a business from it. 

It all started a few years back when I made her a tank top with a little hand painted beaver on it.  She took one look at it and said “Why not Beaver Panties?” Fucking WHY NOT BEAVER PANTIES!  From that Beaver Bloomers were born.  I whipped up a prototype and a crude one page website and a week later I was poised on a red carpet promoting Beaver Bloomers for an Mtv3 show called “Karlifornia”.   


From there Beaver Bloomers has gone on to be a proud sponsor of Phil Varone’s Sex Stand Up & Rock n’ Roll Show, as well as cover the bums of various celebrities in and around Hollywood.   You can find Beaver Bloomers at, or


Lucky for me, Lara continues to have birthdays!  This year, inspired by “what the shit fuck am I gonna make Lara”, I came up with “Twisted Mantras”.  Sort of a throwback to the days when we wrote “I will not chew gum in class” on the chalkboard, twisted mantras are edgier, more tongue-in-cheek, thoroughly updated.  I write my “mantras” in a spiral (twisted) pattern on vintage china and then heat infuse them for permanency.  They are affirmations of sorts such as “I am Not a Stalker” “I am Not OCD” “I am Not Obsessed” etc.  Then there are others that I just paint images on.  Twisted Mantras have been featured on and are for sale at


I look forward to celebrating Lara’s birthdays to come…for the obvious reasons, I like my friends to have birthdays…and I like that Lara challenges my creativity.  From hence forth, I will call her my Birthday Muse!

The Coveted Etsy Treasury

Etsy Treasuries are hard to come by.  When I first joined Etsy in early 2006, I was able to snag one but it took me till 2009 to figure out how to snag one again.  It’s a very strategic process.  But, luckily, has a Treasury Clock which counts down to the minute when a new Treasury will open on Etsy.  Now, I’m on the watch semi-daily for the elusive “Create a Treasury” button to magically appear when the lists drop just below the 333 mark (or in the Treasury West case just below the 222 mark).  But you have to be AT THE READY…with your theme, or at least a Title ready to go!!  I think very carefully about my theme name…you want something catchy enough to draw traffic to your Treasury…something sassy enough for other viewers to think “what magic could that Treasury possibly hold?”  I’ve come up with such gems as:

“Psycho Meets Vertigo (inspired by Alfred Hitchcock)”
“Alone But Not Lonely (Wandering But not Lost”) [song lyrics of mine] 
“Bizarre Bazaar (a Hodge Podge of Pleasantries)”
“I’m Lost Behind (the words I cannot find)”  [lyrics from my favorite Chris Cornell song]
“Pink as the Bing on your Cherry (and pink cuz you are so very” [which was a collection of pink items for Breast Cancer Awareness month]

I mean I put a lot of thought into these…all in the hopes that I will be magically plucked out of a sea of “orange you glads” and “things that make you go hmmm” to be featured on the coveted Etsy front page.  I realize, however, that people are shocked and blindsided when the button actually appears and the Treasuries open!  I mean, 700 or more people are also at the ready and if you don’t cut n’ paste your well thought out theme title in immediately, you’re out, you’re done…you’re teensy tiny window to the secret Etsy Treasury portal has closed!  That, I imagine, is why you see many “…” and “no time”  titles to treasuries because the button appeared and many are caught like deer in headlights – “Holy Crap there’s the button”.  I also put thought into my second line, whereas many just leave it at the default “a few of my favorites”.  Once you get that main title in, you have PLENTY of time to edit the second line.  And I always tie in my second line to my main title.  I mean I like my entire Treasury to be a nice pretty package, with all the details sewn up.

I post my treasuries to Facebook and Tweet them and contact each Featured Seller to let them know they’ve been popped into a Treasury.  (Although, you can check at anytime on to see if your shop has been featured by someone in a Treasury).  I am also very strategic about my color choices, my treasury “collections”, often times building the entire treasury around a single favorite item.  Sometimes including “secret” messages via specially picked items for friends. 

And yet, with all this strategy, all this clever planning, all this waiting, and all this maneuvering, I still can’t figure out how the hell to get people to look at my lovingly crafted Treasuries!  I try to come up with Treasury names and themes so clever I proudly think to myself, there’s NO WAY Etsy won’t think this is the greatest thing ever and immediately gank it for the front page.  Ahhhhh, but alas, Etsy has not, to date, done so.  And so I sit…and wait…for the “Treasury Open” button to appear…for Etsy to notice my artfully crafted Treasuries…