Happy Crafty Day!

Wow- I am a lucky girl today!
Apparently one of the Etsy treasuries I was in made it to the much-sought-after Front Page:

This great collection was put together by TinyViolet, who also happens to make the most adorable dolls.
Thanks Amy!

And this morning, I am honored to be featured in PenguinandFish’s blog!

Visit Alyssa’s Etsy shop for fabulous plushies with personality!

Really guys…thank you so much for the crafty love. Right back at you!

Front Page Etsy Joy!

If you love your Etsy, and I know I do, then maybe you like to make treasuries. This is a way for you, a regular person, to pick and choose items you like and make a lovely arrangement, often with a theme of some kind. Etsy calls it “curating”, as if you are hanging your own exhibit in a museum.
The idea is that it isn’t for self-promotion (so you don’t put your own items in it), but to celebrate the awesomeness of others. Hundreds of these lists are made all the time, and if you’re really lucky, they choose your list to be on the glorious Front Page.
Well, lucky me…I have recently had TWO lists chosen for the Front Page!

The first one was oatmeal themed:

Seriously delicious stuff…At least 8 items sold from that treasury!

And I have one up right now, with a Scottish/ tartan theme:

OH, how I love plaid, Scotland, and Scottish stuff. I definitely made this treasury for my own plaid-obsessed purposes, so I am rightly surprised that it made it to the front page, and that (yay!) other people love tartan too!

On the theme of Etsy, I have been back at the sewing table lately, where my massive vault of vintage fabrics and trims have been calling me. I put together these little birds:

These are available in my Etsy shop, Recycle Rabbit.

Seriously, I have no clue whether anyone but me likes anything in my Etsy shop (OK, some do), but I just get on jags where I simply MUST sew or make something, and ideas take me over until I make them. It seems to be a necessity that I shake up my own artistic landscape every so often.

SO, having sewed, now I can get back to my illustration and design jobs, and feel good about it.

Which I had better do.


Etsy Update!

After finishing a big batch of artwork, I like to kick back and unwind with some heavy-duty crafting. Don’t you?
Well, that’s what I have been doing the last few days- taking a crafting break. Doing this periodically keeps me enthused for other kinds of art.
So, I added a new Scrap Shack to my village- here’s The Hope Library!


This was inspired by my hometown library, but doesn’t look a darn thing like it. It’s an “homage”, I guess.
Here are the four shacks I have made so far:


All can be seen in my Etsy shop, Recycle Rabbit.

I have also recently come into possesion of hundreds (maybe even thousands) of discarded designer fabric samples, courtesy of my Uncle Larry. He seemed to think that I would come up with something to do with them all. Touché! He knows me too well.

I designed some little velcro purses with vinyl stitched details (some of the fabric samples were vinyl).


Fun, fun, fun! I do like getting to combine all the different fabrics into something cohesive.
These are available now in my etsy shop, too.
Etsy is a blast- if you haven’t gotten hooked on it yet, check it out.
Very addictive.
Don’t say i didn’t warn you!

Scrap Shacks

scrapshcak2.jpgI have been having a lot of fun playing around digitally with my ephemera and fabric collections, sort of searching for new elements to morph into my illustrated art. I am not sure what I am searching for, but I discovered in the meantime that I REALLY like to make little houses.I guess they combine a lot of things I like in one form. I have been making them in small numbers, giving some away, and I listed a few in the etsy shop, too. All the house innards are made out of recycled cardboard, like cereal and gift boxes. The fabric roofs and bases are all made out of small scraps of fabric that I repurpose, either from old stuff or the detrius of other fabric projects. I really like the idea of making things from nothing.scrapshacks1.jpg