Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Leaving on a Jet Plane...and Leaving you with FAB Kiwi Shops!

We are flying south for the winter to the land of my ancestors....New Zealand!! That's right folks...I'm a Kiwi Half Breed. Chad and I are so excited to go and I thought I would leave you with a little shopping inspiration while I was gone.

One of my very favorite ways to shop Etsy is to search by location. That is how I came across these lovely Kiwi Sellers with fabulous wares. If you miss me while I'm gone, buy something from them and you'll miss me less. That's right...shop out your feelings!

First I bring you IGottaHaveThat from Auckland. Not only do I love the name (because seriously, I gotta have that...ALL of that!), but the sweet vintage accessories are to die for. This crafter creates origami out of fabric....FABRIC!! I have issues with origami out of paper so for me, this is just too inspired and too cool.

So please, visit her shop and drool...with so many items to choose from, it was so hard to pick just four!

Our next seller comes from Christchurch on the South Island. Her shop Sigmosaic is completely beautiful.

For an Etsy shop to feel like you're walking into a crisp white gallery that is brightened by the colorful art pieces, you have to have talent!

I especially LOVE the mother of pearl items that have such a sense of elegance. Put it on my birthday list please....all of it.

And last, but certainly not least, I have found the COOLEST New Zealand themed slippers! Nothing like getting me into the traveling spirit! These fantastic little guys are made by FunkySlipper who has an Etsy shop and also their own personal little webshop, Crafted in Nelson. Such wonderful little things to look at and love. Possum fur is the softest of the soft...you just have to order and find out for yourself! I want to slip these on for my trip across the big blue ocean!
So I will miss you all but while I'm gone, boost the economy and have a looksie loo at these fabulous crafters.

Happy Etsying and I'll see you in February!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

3 Months and LOTS of Etsy Sales!!

Oh hello blog. Nice to see you...it's been too long. How am I? Well fantastic, thank you for asking! Where have I been the past three months? Well I'll tell you...

October: Halloween. What a fun fun night! Chad and I (in our homemade costumes) visited Arlington where we caught up with some incredibly creative friends. My costume is below...I went as Flo from the Progressive Commercials which gave me the perfect excuse to buy a BumpIt...because let's face it. Everyone needs a BumpIt whether they claim to or not. Don't be a hater...BumpIt!

Next to me is my good friend Chelle who went as the Autumn Solstice. Soooo clever and super cute. My other good friend Alina went as Old School Batman. Her POW sign is a purse....Genius!!

November: As tradition, my family, the Archibalds spent Thankgiving together with the exception of my brother who is still serving in the Peace Corps in Cameroon. So everyone came to us for the holiday celebration. And of course what Thanksgiving would be complete without Darcy having a Turkey dress! This year I made a simple pinafore out of a super soft pinwhale corduroy. The Turkey was backed with a light iron on interfacing and handstitched on the front. The pinafore is designed to be double sided with side ties. I must say, it turned out rather darling but then again, it's hard to make Darcy look anything but adorable.

And no Berney Thanksgiving could be without a fantastic fried cajun turkey. Chad made this Berney family recipe for my family the first Thanksgiving we were dating. It was then and there he was welcomed into the Archibald family with open arms and full/happy tummies!

December: LOTS of Etsy Sales! Which is such an accomplisment in my mind. I did several custom orders but was really thrilled when several of my original designs went all over the globe: Austrailia, British Columbia, Cleveland, California. After all that sewing, I'm exhausted!

As for our holiday, no Christmas tree this year because we were traveling all over the place. However this is the tree at the breathtaking Jefferson Hotel in Richmond where we spent the weekend. So I guess technically, this WAS our Christmas tree!

I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year!