One of my pieces was featured in another Etsy treasury this month called The "Princess and the Pea." It's a real honour when someone likes my work enough to include me in a collection. This treasury was curated by the owner of Etsy shop meiguidesigns. Pop over to see her beautiful jewellery and unique handbags.
I'm happy to say that one of my prints "The Drawing Room" was featured in a blogspot about French themed items. It was chosen by the owner of the Etsy shop "French Revelation" who is actually having a massive shop sale to make way for new stock.
I'm so in love with 50's dresses, you know the ones, with the nipped in waist and the full skirt. They're so feminine and quite flattering. They emphasize your best bits and hide your bumpy bits! They create the illusion of shape and can make your waist look smaller with their beautiful proportions.
Looking at various dresses of that era, I tried to imagine where a young lady of the fifties might wear such dresses, what special event would be linked with that special dress in a girl's wardrobe. I'm sure most females of today reminisce when they look through their wardrobes. As a result, I've created a series of nostalgic artworks exploring the notion of time and memory in a young girl's life. View more works here
A couple of nights ago I saw an interesting movie called The Butterfly Effect. It was about a young man with the ability to go back in time and change certain events in his life, thus changing his future. He did this many times, and each time awoke to a new life. However, no matter how many times he tried to alter the future, he encountered new problems and hurt not only himself, but loved ones. In the end, he made the ultimate sacrifice and removed himself from existence, causing his mother to give birth to a stillborn. He realized this was the only way he could make life perfect for all those around him. Wow. How sad. The butterfly effect, an unusual concept.
Well the very next day, we had to have our dear cat euthanased. Sooki, aged 13, had a cancerous tumour on her nose, which, despite painkillers, was giving her grief. The light was fast disappearing from her eyes, and her quality of life was declining. More sadness. I didn't expect my reaction. Such a little, quiet cat had such a huge presence in our lives. Even though she slept most of the time towards the end, we were always conscious of her and her movements, her life force. Our routine revolved around hers. Now the house seems so much emptier without her. My husband says she was our butterfly effect. She came in to our lives, changed us, loved us, taught us life lessons and moved on. As with most pets, she truly lived in the moment. Her affection and spirit were enormous. We'll never forget her, she was one of a kind. May you rest in peace Sooki.
I am constantly amazed at the amount and variety of jewellery for sale on the Etsy website! There is a style and a price range to suit everybody. I don't think I'll ever buy from a traditional jewellery store anymore. And if I had endless amounts of money, I'd buy ALL the pieces I have bookmarked as favourites! Alas, the best I can do is share some of them with you. All are beautifully handcrafted and unique creations.
Well I managed to find myself on the front page of the DUST team website. Unlike the Etsy front page, the DUST site constantly rotates their members' work, so everyone gets to be on the front page numerous times a week.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the Australian DUST team, it is just one of the many teams of ETSY. Etsy Teams are groups of organized Etsy members who network, share skills, and promote their shops and Etsy together. A Team forms around a shared location, crafting medium, or another interest. There are over 450 teams on Etsy! There is even an Etsy Hookers team - they share a love of crochet!
The DUST team are a very friendly, chatty bunch. One advantage of joining this team is that they are in the same time zone as me. When I post a message or list a new product in the middle of the day, I know all the Aussies are up and about, and not asleep on the other side of the world! To explore the DUST site, click here. Enjoy!