Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sea Dreams Necklace

There's still time to celebrate Summer and explore your inner Mermaid. Adorn yourself with a sea-inspired necklace. It is created from misty green and violet natural fluorite and genuine freshwater pearls. The seahorse, sand dollar and star fish charms are natural brass. See this and other mermaid jewelry, as well as Mermaid prints and more in my etsy shop--magickmermaid.

Escape From Illusion - Necklace

The Dragonfly symbolizes going past self-created illusions that limit our growth. Their many splendid colors cause them to be associated with color mysticism and the power of light. They remind us that we are beings of light and can harness this power of light reflection in any way we choose.

Size of focal piece:-
Length (including dangles) - 3 3/4 inches (98 mm)
Width (at widest point) - approx 2 inches (52 mm)

Necklace size:- Adjustable (the black chord can be slipped over the head and the small blue glass bead can be moved up and down the chord to adjust the length of the necklace around your neck).

Available for sale at my etsy store Art by Susmitha. Click on the picture to be directly taken to the listing and read more about this necklace.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Our team was mentioned in NewWitch magazine

The Pagans of Etsy Street Team was mentioned in NewWitch's Cargo Cult (product) column of NewWitch magazine, issue #17, Summer 2008. This magazine is listed as having a circulation of 15,000. You can find it in a large, commercial bookstore near you or online.

See below for a screenshot of the article that was on page 29 of the magazine:

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Facebook page

Just a friendly reminder, if you have Facebook, check out our POEST page, and Become a Fan of it! As updates are sent out, you'll receive notification. Plus, all your friends can see that you became a fan of something they've never heard of, and will probably check out the page to see what it's all about.

If you can think of something to add to our team FB page, feel free to let me know.


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

July Featured Member - Ivonnardona!

This is the third interview in a monthly series of featured members from the POEST team. These interviews are a great way for you to get to know our team and its members, as well as get some great information and advice from seasoned Etsians!

Our second interview is with Ivonnardona of Ivonnardona's Creations and Mr. Moon's Originals.

What is your Etsy shop address and name? Where else can we find you?
My Etsy shop is I can also be found at the following:
http://www.ivonnardonascreationscom/ (#229)

What is the main thing you make and sell in your store? What else do you make and/or sell?
I mainly sell jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, cell phone jewelry, and various other items. In Mr. Moon's Originals, I sell handmade felt items and my mom's sewing creations.

How and when did you get started with arts and crafts?
I have done arts and crafts since I can remember. I have always loved "making" something or other. One thing that I can remember making in Kindergarten was a clay mouse. I loved that clay mouse up until it mysteriously disappeared. I'm not sure if my mom put it away or it accidently broke and she had to throw it away, I just remember loving its
ears!! LOL

Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from everywhere and nowhere. I use the color theory for my pieces, sometimes. Mostly I like to just roll with ever comes up that needs to be created

What are your favorite materials?
I love metal, wire, glass beads, gemstones, clay, felt, and just about everything.

As a member of the Pagans of Etsy Street Team (POEST), tell us a little bit about your Pagan path and what being Pagan means to you, especially with regards to your art or craft.
I was raised Southern Baptist and went to church rigorously. I never felt what everyone felt, you know, the presence of the Lord, so I stopped going about ten years ago. My best friend, where I lived previously, was a practicing Wiccan and I found great comfort from her and she introduced me to Wicca as I had a very great interest in it. Since, I have been studying online and as a sole practioner. The Wiccan Rede is what caught my attention and I strive to live by it every day. As Wicca and Paganism are not always the most reverent of practices, I am still trying to figure out how to incorporate my love for them in my jewelry and felt creations.

What advice would you give to beginners in your art or craft?
Research, practice, practice, and practice. There is no such thing as failure and if everyone were to do what they love and loved what they did, we would all be much happier.

What advice would you give other Etsy sellers and those interested in opening up a shop?
Make sure to read through all of Etsy's guidelines and make sure this is something that you truly want to do and not just because everyone else is doing it. Be ready for commitment and make as many contacts as you can. Also, remember that Etsy is not the only outlet for selling your creations. Most of all, never give up and always persevere.

Is Etsy a full-time job? If not, what else do you do to pay the bills and how do you balance Etsy with that and other things in your life?
Etsy used to be full time for me, but not now. I am a partner in a drywall business, have an accounting company, and work part time at a candy store/warehouse. After almost losing my five year old due to a drowning accident, I am now only concentrating on positive things, of which, Etsy has not been for me. I add my items but have pretty much strayed from the full time status that I had going.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A. Zapps Expedition VI in TW

The continuing saga of Antoinette Zapp's quest for her mother Athena in the mythical utopia, Herland (first documented in 1915 by Charlotte Gilman Perkins of the yellow wallpaper fame)continues ephemerally in the etsy treasuries. In chapter V, Antoinette met a kindred spirit, Isabelle originally from Herland but kidnapped by air ship pirates and wanting to return to the greens of the elusive Herland. Antoinette is inspired by her stories of her life in Herland and how she became the captain of a pirate airship after having been kidnapped by them. Their relationship may deepen as they continue on in their search for Athena.
This is a shot of Antoinette itching to get going on her expeditions with her brother Alphonso and his future bride Beauticia Periwinkle at A&A Zapps Purveyors of Esoteric Artifacts, taken before chapter 2 in etsy Treasury West: A. Zapp Expeditions, pursuing the vision.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

POEST Astrology Challenge Voting

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