Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Figuring out new gifts

I've been trying to figure out new ideas for gift giving this Christmas. These dominoes drilled for cuff bracelets and a pendant are so much fun I decided to offer them in my Etsy shop too!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wow, it's been a while since I posted!

It's fall and time to get busy crafting once again. The summer flew by with a very full schedule filled with summer time activities. With the children back in school, it's almost time for the fall festivals. That means fundraisers! Here are some items I made and/or put together to put into one of my granddaughters classrooms silent auction basket for their upcoming school carnival. Their class basket theme is baking. Look for the recipe books to be in my upcoming items for sale at http://krazykatedesigns.etsy.com/ .

Monday, April 21, 2008

Nothing more fun than grandkids!

Especially when they are crafting. My little granddaughter made these beautiful Parisian Carnival Tickets this weekend in pink. blue, green, and purple. We put them in the Etsy shop and she sold one to a customer in France. When we found out, I thought she was going to pass out. Talk about a happy dance. :) You can shop for her tickets at


Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

BlackStarBeads - the WOW factor

If you are looking for an incredible array of vintage and specialty beads, your search can start and end at BlackStarBeads. Katie, much loved Esst member known for quick and delightful wit, will also delight you with affordable beauty for your jewelry creations. Get to know the ever original BlackStar as she graciously answered the following questions.
You sell beautiful jewelry supplies, how long have you had this treasure trove?

I've been 'officially' collecting vintage beads for over ten years now, but I've always owned vintage baubles of some sort. I spent hours of my childhood playing with the jewels in my mom's jewelry box. I spend hours now playing with the beads in my bead boxes.

What is different about your supply shop than other bead suppliers?

I specialize in vintage glass beads. Many of the beads that are for sale in my shop have been in my collection for years. Because of this, a lot of them are no longer in circulation and their supply is limited. I'm always on the lookout for new beads to add to my collection. I keep in mind the season or specific holiday that is coming up and stock my store accordingly. Right now, it's Spring in Tennessee, so my shop is bursting with vintage blossoms. I do, however, have fall hues for those folks that are heading into the Autumn season.

Do you have a favorite type of beading you work with?

My favorite type of bead is glass. I especially like matte glass. It has the look and feel of beach glass; which I love dearly. As far as colors go, periwinkle is my favorite. You'll rarely see periwinkle beads for sale in my shop unless I have an overabundance of them.
You have another shop for jewelry, http://blackstar.etsy.com/, would you like to share how you got started making your special designs?

My husband and I worked together. He's a licensed contractor. Long story short- he broke an ankle which put our jobs on hold for a while. I got a bead catalog in the mail, ordered some supplies, sold some jewelry, fell in love and the rest is history.

How has being a member of ESST benefited you?

This morning I woke up and logged onto Etsy. The forums were down and I was unable to post in our ongoing thread and say hi and see what everyone was up to. It was a sad moment. Who knew that joining a street team would bring me together with a group of women (I think we are all women) that are so different but have that one thing in common- our love for supplies and the work that we do? It's nice to be able to bounce ideas off each other and support each other. The exposure and the sales are nice, but it turns out that they aren't the most important things about being on this team. Thanks for letting me be a part of it.
To browse and purchase from Katie's bead shop visit http://blackstarbeads.etsy.com/ and see her luscious jewelry creations at http://blackstar.etsy.com/.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Artful Mosaic Supplies - Love those mosaics!

ArtfulmosaicsbyDana has an exciting sister shop bringing you a wide assortment of beautiful mosaic supplies. Artfulmosaicsupplies has an astounding array of supplies that burst with color for your mosaic projects. Find out more about the artist in charge in the following interview:
Dana, could you sum up your supply shop in a couple of sentences for us?

My supply shop is a reflection of my many interests! I never could do just one thing so I sell a variety of items for mosaic artists including handcut plate tiles, handpainted mosaic tiles, handmade ceramic tiles, stained glass tiles, handmade glass gems, handmade mosaic bases and some commercial mosaic supplies.

What do you feel is different about your mosaic supplies than other shops?

I would have to say that the biggest difference between my shop and others may be the fact that I offer handmade kiln-fired clay tiles and handpainted ceramic and glass tiles. Most of my supplies are handmade. I seem to be all about handmade!

Do you use your supplies in your own products?

I do use my own supplies in my mosaic art. I have used my own tiles for many years because I enjoy using them and this also guarantees that the products that I offer for sale have been tested by me.

Do you have any upcoming surprises you would like us to watch for?

Everything that I do is always a surprise for me! It wouldn’t be a surprise if I told you but I’ll say that future plans involve a new line of handmade clay items and more handcut plate tiles.

How has ESST been of aid to you in your Etsy experience?

ESST has been a godsend! My Etsy experience has been enhanced by the friendly and helpful team members and leaders. This wonderful team has given me a real sense of community. My sales have definitely increased since joining this team. ESST is one of the best street teams on Etsy and I am very proud to be a member. Thank you team leaders and fellow teammates!
To look at and shop for Dana's mosaic beauties click here: http://artfulmosaicsbydana.etsy.com/
and to shop for those beautiful supplies: http://artfulmosaicsupplies.etsy.com/

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Artsyhandpaints - Mosaics

ESST provides a bounty of wonderful supply shops to find exactly what you need to complete your projects. The featured shop today, Artsyhandpaints is a shop you can find beautifully rich hand painted mosaics to work with. A shop to drool over as your imagination will soar with these unique and lucious supplies.

Meet Artsy:

Artsy, could you sum up your supply shop in a couple of sentences for us?
I offer hand painted mosaic tiles in various shapes and sizes. Also in my shop are hand cut mosaic tiles. Many of my hand painted items can be used as magnets or for making jewelry.

What do you feel is different about your mosaic supplies than other shops?

I try to offer unique hand painted mosaic tiles that all mosaic artists can use. My hand painted tiles are colorful and whimsical.

Do you use your supplies in your own products?

I use my own hand painted tiles in my mosaic art. When I first starting make mosaics years ago I couldn't always find tiles that I wanted so I started painting my own.
To see Artsy's mosaic products, see http://artsyphartsy.etsy.com

Do you have any upcoming surprises you would like us to watch for?

Over the next few weeks, I hope to add many more hand painted mosaic tile sets to my Etsy shop.

To view Artsyhandpaints complete line of supplies visit, http://artsyhandpaints.etsy.com/. Mark it as a favorite to be able to visit frequently and see what new beautiful mosaic supplies Kathleen has up next!

To find varied supplies of all types, place ESST in the search bar for tags on Etsy.com and be amazed. What does Artsy have to say about her team membership, "I love participating on the Etsy Supplies Street Team. Everyone is so supportive."

Sunday, February 10, 2008


Jewelry makers can shop in their jammies, from the comfort of home to purchase just about any supply they need just browsing through Etsy supply shops. Another fantastic shop to find those special supplies is RJBeads. RJ has a vast array of beautiful supplies in her shop. Meet RJ in the following interview:

You have such a wide variety of jewelry fixings, how did you become interested in selling supplies?

I imagine the same was as many supply sellers – I also make jewelry. My personal stash one day just got a bit overwhelming, especially since I’m always bringing in new supplies – so I thought why not try and sell some to make room for the new?

Is there any certain criteria for the supplies you provide in your shop?

Right now 98% of my shop is coming from my personal stash – some call it "destash." So at one point or another I’ve picked up that specific bead or finding, and thought "yeah, I could use this." I admit though, when buying my own supplies now, I do keep my eyes open for items I think will be a hit based on the trends you see on Etsy, something that I may not want for personal use but decide to pick up anyway.

Have you had the opportunity to use and test all the supplies you sell?

Absolutely! You can see that "testing" going on at my first shop: http://www.designedbyrj.etsy.com/.

In what way do you feel your supply shop stands out as special on Etsy?

Well I strive to offer quality supplies at great prices. I buy everything wholesale so I’m able to offer good pricing while still running my shop as a business. And I have a wide variety of items – something for everyone I like to say!

Esst is a fast moving streetteam, what do you feel are it's strengths?

I think you’ve just hit the nail on the head. It’s a fabulous team because it’s so fast moving. We get an idea and we go for it. We’re always doing something new and trying to get the whole team involved – it’s definitely not a clique atmosphere which is great. And considering how young of a team we are – we’ve done a lot since our inception. And of course, we have two fabulous team leaders who inspire us to participate.

Glass Bead Mixer - Jungle

To browse and shop from RJ's, visit http://RJBeads.etsy.com/

Sunday, February 3, 2008


First off in a series on ESST shops on Etsy has to be the driving force behind the Suppliers Street Team. Meet CarDonCreativeDesign and find out a bit about the Street Team as Carla shares a bit of background and about her shop in the following interview:

Carla, you are the creator of ESST, can you share why you started the team?

I felt there was a need for a Street Team to represent the Suppliers here on Etsy. Suppliers seem to be like candy, everyone wants you but, they keep telling you how bad you are.

The vast amount of networking on ESST in it's short life is phenomenal, how did you achieve that in such a short time?

I was very fortunate to find great people who were as motivated as I was to get a team together. Faro of Faro(her shop name) has been a great "Deputy" as I affectionately call her, she has wonderful skills and online experience to share.

You have a wonderful Esty shop, how did you become interested in selling supplies?

Well, jewelry is my first love. My Mother, Donna, the Don in Car-Don is a crafters crafter, she got me into the jewelry making and doing home parties. Online seemed a natural extension of that but, our stash got to be overwhelming and here we are. Now we search for supplies to share.

Is there any certain criteria for the supplies you provide in your shop?

Yes, I have to love them before I buy them. If I don't love an item, I have a hard time with the idea of trying to sell it.

Have you had the opportunity to use and test all the supplies you sell?

With over 900 items in my shop I wouldn't have time to list so, I settle with playing with them. I like to look at the item run my fingers over the stones, like you would if you were wearing it in a design. A lot of the finding are from our stash and have bought more because we like the quality if them.

In what way do you feel your supply shop stands out as special on Etsy?

Car-Don carries just about all the supplies you would need to complete a project. Mom and I try to have enough variety to do one stop shopping.

To visit and purchase from this amazing supply shop with it's large variety of sensational supplies for jewelry making, visit Carla at http://cardoncreativedesign.etsy.com/

Friday, February 1, 2008

Common elements for all arts and crafts

Sometimes beleagured, sometimes maligned, always in demand... what would an art or crafter do without them? Have you ever needed that one basic supply to put the pop in your creation and been frustrated that it doesn't exist in your locality? Maybe what you desire isn't available at all by major producers and you need an innovative independent person to come up with it? Suppliers are the art and crafter's best friend.

Starting this month, you'll be able to find many great supply shops on Etsy by reading this blog. Content for the series is coming from a young street team, ESST, that has grown by leaps and bounds. While you're waiting for the blog spots, type in "esst" into your search tags on Etsy and begin to find all those needed elements to create your stunning masterpieces. Keep in tune with this blog and you may find that one item that you've had in your dreams for your next project.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

January is almost gone!

The first month of the new year flew by for me. With the new year, there is new activity for KrazyKatedesigns. New products, a revival of some that have been fun in the past and a hankering to create! Here's a pic of a new mini album listed. These sturdy albums will be a fun base for scrapbookers and altered artists alike.
On the promotional side of business, Krazykate's has new pages on Flickr, We Love Etsy, and one that needs a bit of work on Myspace. Learning is always the name of the game when it comes to computers for me. My youngest son gave me a few pointers for the myspace page.
I also joined a new street team in January that has very much impressed me and you'll be seeing more about that in the next post. Hint...... it's initials are ESST. :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Finding very old paper (ephemera) is a passion of mine. Scouting antique shops, thrift shops and estates sales brings the occasional thrill of finding these historical bits of paper. Widely used in altered art, collage, and mixed media the old documents lend a dignified, nostalgic feel to art with actual history. Here's a few samples of finds that are in or were sold in my Etsy shop.