Archive for August, 2007

>Today I am Famous, so in turn…

Written by InnocentCharmsChats. Posted in Uncategorized


I am not Kidding today I feel famous, I have been chosen, not by aliens or anything exciting like that but my dear friend Nikki of WhiMSy Love has made me the YOWZA featured Artist of the week, this feels like an immense honour, as not only do I respect and adore Nikki but I have been put in a world with some amazing artists from Etsy including Pamela Michelle and Polkadot Creations. Please go and check Nikki’s blog so you can see my name up in lights. LOL. Thanks Nikki you have truly made my day, week and Year.

So when Nikki asked me to be the featured artist, I thought hey, the world of Etsy and handmade is an amazing one and people should feel how I feel, so I thought to myself I am going to set a promise(not as bad as they other Etsy challenge I set myself) every time I may a purchase from Etsy I will do a small post on the item I bought and the designer behind the item.
So here goes…

My first ever Etsy purchase, I know bit behind, was from the amazingly talented Becky Kay of BeckyKayDesigns, I purchased a handbag to give my sister for her birthday in September, I wanted her to have a bag made from love and true individuality and when I found this bag, I knew I had found it, not only did it arrive from the states in record time but the picture did not do the wonder full craftsmanship justice. I asked Becky a couple of questions about how she came about making handbags and I ask you to read on and take the time to either visit her store of amazing goodies or her daily life in blog format.

1. How long ago did you start making handbags ?

I started making bags in the fall of 2005. Originally, I made them as gifts for family and friends.

2. Is this a hobby or full time commitment ?

I guess its technically a hobby. I have a full time job as a real estate closing officer, which means that I facilitate the finalization of real estate transactions. Most nights when I get home from my “real” job, I go straight into handbag mode! I also spend a lot of time thinking about my handbag business even when I’m at work. Let’s call it a full-time hobby! LOL!

3. How did you learn to make bags and what made you start?

I learned how to sew in junior high school. Unfortunately, I lack the attention span for any sewing project that takes very long. The beauty of handbags is that you can finish them in a short amount of time. I bought a handbag pattern so I could make one for a gift. It was so satisfying and fun to make that I just kept making them. I gave them all out as gifts, but I didn’t want to quit, so I designed my own patterns and started selling the bags that I made.

4. do you make commission pieces? I love to do special orders!

I have about 5 or 6 basic designs that can be made in a fabric of the customer’s choice. I am also able to add or subtract pockets, lengthen the straps and so on. It’s fun to create a bag with a specific person in mind.

So a big thanks to my dear friend Nikki for making me smile and also to Becky for a great Handbag.

Love to all

>I am tagged – yippee

Written by InnocentCharmsChats. Posted in Uncategorized

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Uh Oh you are going to have to find more things out about me, if you want someone to blame its the weird, wonderful and extremely talented Christine of My Bella Cole (please check out her shop she has the most amazing stuff).

Well this is it, I need to list 6 weird things about myself…. list 6 bloggers and post a comment on their blog… tag them and have them visit my blog to get the particulars… well… here goes.

1. I am completely blind in my left eye, have been since birth, they were never 100% sure but I have immense nerve damage to the rear of my eye which is not treatable, they think it may have occurred when I was forceped out of my mom.

2. My house from time to time can be severely untidy, I mean books piled high, Ironing and just stuff everywhere, but if one thing becomes out of place in a cupboard or my CD/DVD come out of ABC order or the tins don’t all face the same way I freak with a capital F, I have awful OCD.

3. If I am alone in my house, no matter what there must be a light on I can see, never in the actual bedroom but usually the hallway.

4. I talk all the time, alot during the day, when I am on my own I talk to my house or myself and I even have full blown discussions whilst asleep. I must never like to shut up. My hubby always says he knows when I am not well as I am quiet.

5. I love true crime, stories, movies anything I just love to psycho analysis, up until 20 I always wanted to be a criminal psychologist.

6. I can drive JCB’s and large lorries since I was 6, my dad has owned a waste collection form since before I was born and when I was Six my brother and I use to race real sized JCB’s.

Well theres a insight into my weirdness, trust me I am walking weird.

Now who to tag, oh lets see…

1. Sophie of Sophie Honeysuckle

2. Jo of Gemheaven

3. Nikki of Whimsy Girl

4. Genevieve of the Beautiful Bella Enchanted

5. Shanna of Pink Trees

6. Steph of A Little Moore

>Swapping Goodness

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>Look at all these parcels, just a quick post today to show you some of the wonderful things I have received over this week.

This mosaic of piccy’s is courtesy of Mushroom and Gadgets and the August Coloriffic Swap Group, this was my first time in this swap group and wow am i pleased I received loads of handmade goodies with the most incredible stuff including a gorgeous handbag.

This piccy shows a parcel that turned up this morning super quickly it is the Craft Supply Box and wow I got some great supplies.

Lastly I thought I would show you a couple of ATC’s that I made this week for another swapbot mega swap – I just enjoy making ATC’s in the evening in front of the telly.

Well love to all and hope you week has been a good one.

>New Piece on Etsy – not done well with challenge

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>Well I know I was supposed to list an item a day but my challenge has fallen well and truly flat on its face, I am not sure whether jewellery does well on Etsy or maybe its just mine, who knows but I am still going to try listing at least an item a week as it is so reasonable in cost and I would like my jewellery to end up worldwide.

So here is the piece I listed today, this is one of my more elite pieces as it comprises mainly of beautiful dark Gemstone called Soladite, I love this piece and for the last few weeks have contemplated on keeping it for myself but then realised I have no clothes to match so it would be more well deserved in my etsy shop. What do you guys think ? Can I ask for suggestions to all of what sort of Jewelery you like if you have any piccy’s please email me I am trying to find out whats in at the mo, cause I am banned from the shops lol.

Anywhoo I am going to get back to the day job, been majorly busy as I had yesterday off to take my MIL for an operation, hopefully I will post again later but my Mom is cooking me dinner (yippee) so who knows.

Love to all

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