Friday, February 27, 2009

A Quick Sentiment...

I heart earrings.



...and cups of tea.

That is all.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Talkie #1: I don't have time for this...

So today I opted to blog from my phone rather than from my desk, and the results are below. Like the format? Hate it? Don't care either way? Let me know in the comments section, or at warmandhappy[at]yahoo.com.

Gabcast! Warm and Happy Blog #1





Links Mentioned:
"Looking Beyond Etsy" (as mentioned by @soapdeli)

Warm&Happy

Saturday, February 21, 2009

We're All Mad!

Today I feel as if I've fallen down the rabbit hole.





I'm a bit out of sorts, mostly having to do with hormonal influences (aaaah, the monthly joys of being a woman!) and mental and physical fatigue. After rapidly losing 14 lbs over the past two weeks, I began a running routine to train for an upcoming 5k. The result of 2 days of hard work?

A sore bum and tired legs.


However, I do feel stronger and more confident in my ability to regain my lost athletic prowess- so a pat on the back (but not too hard... still quite sore) is in order!



My shop is still doing pretty well. I finally sold the Peasy Green Scarflette; the item that's gotten by far the most views, treasuries, and hearts in my shop over the past couple of months. I'm now going to need to create something else that is universally obsession-worthy to attract the views and hearts, but I won't stress over it too much. Right now I just need to concentrate on my Spring collection, and preparing to introduce some *vintage* clothing into my shop. I'll explain why in a different post, as there is a bit of a story behind this decision, but know that I am really excited about it!!



I'd like to create a treasury on Etsy... and since I'm stuck here at work- I may as well get started on it now. Here are some of my picks from others who are "down the rabbit hole":


. . .Alice In Wonderland Items. . . (click pic for shop)


















Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Craft Like a Victorian

I made something warm and pretty yesterday (I was distracting myself from sketching for the Spring and Summer collection), and I'll try to remember to post the pattern here when I get around to writing it out.



In the meantime, my latest exciting news is from the world of jewelry making. I stumbled upon the idea for spoon rings when I was looking up Victorian-era jewelry trends. Basically, ladies (usually younger women or teen girls) would take silver spoons, heat them, and coil them around their fingers. It's a fun, cheap, and easy craft project- so naturally it blew my mind. Upon doing further research, making rings from cutlery handles (and sometimes the full spoon) emerges as a big fad every 40 years or so.

I'm fully in favor of bringing this trend back, especially after discovering a bunch of old measuring spoons languishing in one of the many random boxes that I never fully unpacked in my apartment. I'd always planned to do something with these, since they're too pretty to give away, and I'm big on recycling/upcycling items these days. Also, the spoons have kitschy sentimental measurements like "A Dash of Tenderness" and "A Heap of Love" engraved in the handles, and that's just too cute/mushy to toss out.
So here's what happened:



I put these in my etsy shop, and two of them sold almost immediately. I plan to make a few more, and upon the advice of my friend Heather, they'll be featured as part of an upcoming Earth Day extravaganza.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Kim's Favorite Things (right now)

In honor of the fake, commercial-created and mushiliy stylized holiday, I'm going to show some genuine love for some commercial/stylized ventures today. I tend to fall in and out of love with styles, genres, stores, and items rather quickly- but when I fall... I fall hard.

Here are some of things I'm crushing on at the moment:

Steampunk: I've read the Pullman books, I've watched the regrettable Golden Compass flick, and I've flirted with a man in a top hat on occasion. However, nothing could prepare me for this newest obsession. It's one part tech-geek, two parts historical romance, and all kinds of awesome.



I have all kinds of plans for modding my old computer, but in the meantime, I'll placate myself by creating an Amelia Earhart costume and a lovely wool vest+pocket watch for my main man.





Business Cards- Every since I was a child, I have seen business cards a bit of a "status symbol". I just loved the idea of deftly reaching into a hidden coat pocket and producing a shiny new card with a flourish. I always imagined the recipient of said card would be bowled over by my professionalism and general coolness.



Then I grew up, got a job in television, and had to give out my cards in order to get reliable news tips.
This took some of the fun out of the mysterious business card. However, I believe I have recaptured that joy thanks to Avery's business card templates, my color photo printer, and 30 minutes of extra time on my hands. I created some awesome cards for Warm&Happy and I carry them with me at all times in a wee holder like the one above from LomahAcres. You'd better believe, when I hand a card over, I do it with a flourish.


Wedding Items- Look, I'm not getting married any time soon. Mommy, I'm sorry. *guilty smile*
However, two of my best friends from my school days ARE getting hitched this summer, and it's causing me to have all kinds of fantasies (for the first time) about the kind of wedding I'd like to have one day. Well specifically, the kind of jewelry and trinkets I'd like to wear on my wedding day. I don't really care much for overly fussy affairs, and would be happy getting hitched on a beach somewhere, but I want to look GOOD for those photos.



I'd also want my husband to feel extra lucky that day.

What are some of your loves and/or obsessions at the moment?


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Best Remedy for Food Poisoning!



I had an absolute peach of a day yesterday and unfortunately capped it all off with a brush with food poisoning. I'll spare you the gory details, but let's just say I was trying to make my favorite meal (Fusili with Shrimp and Arugula) and I decided to march down to the local grocery rather than the quality meat/seafood counter a few miles away.


...bad shrimp=bad evening.


Luckily, I kept my head steady and my stomach calm with my own modification of this brilliant home remedy from teh glorious internets:


1/2 cup of lemon juice (bottled 100% juice from concentrate)

3 tablespoons of clover honey


I mixed it together, a fine sweat beading on my forehead as I could feel my stomach begin to churn. The resulting mixture looks like thick lemonade, and tastes like a mouthful of Sour Patch Kids. Thankfully, my years at University taught me how to take shots, so I was able to down the remedy quickly.


...and it worked.


My stomach settled within 20 or 30 minutes, and a dose of Benadryl (I don't like to take chances with allergic reactions) put me to sleep. Perfect!


Oh, and the reason why I used honey instead of sugar is because of honey's antiseptic properties (I use it to clear up PMS related acne quickly).


**NOTE: If you decide to try this, I recommend brushing your teeth with baking soda, or at least swishing a baking soda mixture around in your mouth so as to protect your tooth enamel from the lemony acids.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Outstanding Etsian #2, and other matters

I have so many things to talk about, but for now there are three things on my mind:

1. WryandGinger's Suck It Up School of Business: These are probably the most entertaining and helpful selling tools I've come across on the Etsy forums. They're chock full of funny, down to Earth advice that should be required reading for anyone who is throwing a bit of a strop about not selling anything after a few weeks on a massive craft site in saturated market.

Here are links to some of them, print and read whenever you're feeling a bit down- no matter if you're a seller or not!

Lesson 1: OMG Someone Copied Me!
Lesson 2: BWAH! Why isn't anyone buying my stuff?
Lesson 3: I lost my heart...
Lesson 4: Tough Like Rhino Skin
Lesson 5: Hustle, baby, Hustle!


2. I am in LOVE with making jewelry- specifically earrings. There's something incredibly soothing about working with tools and shiny things. I went to the library and scooped up a lot of different books on jewelry making techniques, and I'm pretty excited to move on to creating bracelets- even though I don't really wear them that often. It sounds quite Victorian of me, but I think a woman's wrists are incredibly beautiful, delicate, and feminine- so why not highlight that beauty?

3. I'm very ashamed to admit this, but I really want a Snuggie.

No, I'm not referring to an attractive man who enjoys spooning- I'm referring to a backwards dressing gown/choir robe made of fleece that's being sold for 19.99 on television. It's one of the biggest sellers in the US, and a lot of my friends recieved one for Christmas from well meaning mums. When I first saw the commercial below, I thought it looked incredibly ridiculous.



However, the ultra cold weather, and the desire to have my hands free for crafting makes me desire something along the lines of a Snuggie. So embarrassing.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Mission Accomplished!

I did it! I did it! I did it!

I reached my goal of 10 sales. I know it may not sound like much, but I wasn't expecting to reach it that quickly! Thanks to the buyer who purchased the Pretty Birdie Earrings!

In the meantime, I listed a couple of sweet neckwarmers.

Hey lovelies!



I just completed a couple of new items, and wanted to share 'em with you.



This is the Eternal Spring...




...and this is the Cozy in Cream.







The Cozy is particularly versatile, as you can wear it as an earwarmer, a headwarmer, and a neckwarmer.

Why mess up your hair with a lame knit hat this winter?



The Eternal Spring is just beautiful, and is light enough to wear year-round.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

What I've Been Up To...

The past 9 days have been a mixture of furious crafting and designing and traquil reflection and creativity. Here are a few of the things I've come up with.

A Warm and Happy Myspace Profile:

Various Cool Things:





Pirated Music Headphones
Fingertips Scarf
Blue Rosie
Orange Birdie Earrings





So those are some of the things I've been working on. Notice the jewelry? I'm trying to branch out a bit. We'll see how long that venture lasts!