Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

IndieSmiles.com

Oriental Circle Toekini's














My new Toekini's were featured on IndieSmiles.com, in an article called Ahhhh, Summer!  It showcases some wonderful finds for cooling off this summer. 

Thank you, Barbra from All About The Buttons for the great feature. 

To see these new Toekini's, and see the rest of the Toekini Collection, click here for my etsy store and here for my zibbet store.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Recycle Tutorial – Making Of T-Shirt Yarn | craftpassion.com

I know most people Spring Clean. I have been Summer Cleaning.  I have been cleaning out my drawers in preparation for a move and I found I had so many shirts I never wore, didn't like, were worn out, etc.  And then I got to my husbands tee-shirt drawer. Talk about shirts that were never worn, others that were worn too much.  So many!  What to do with all these shirts? I usually donate, but the thought of taking more bags across town seemed too much at this time.  I thought of making a quilt, but some were just too beat up.  Since my creative juices have been flowing also, I wanted to find a new use for these old things.

I remembered stumbling across this tutorial that shows how to make T-Shirt Yarn, and thought this was the prefect solution.  I had to share the brilliance of this. You can take all your old tee shirts and make them into something new.  Click here for the full instructions:
Recycle Tutorial – Making Of T-Shirt Yarn | craftpassion.com

You can make drawstring bags (free pattern here ), braided rag rugs, placemats, table runners, the sky is the limit!  Perhaps balls of t-shirt yarn is no easier to pack than t-shirts, but certainly has much more potential.


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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Music Monday - Buy Handmade

Buy Handmade. Well, maybe except for Shatner's toupe.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Christmas in July at IndieSmiles.com and SALE!

I am officially a published columnist at IndieSmiles.com.  My first article was posted this evening.

Christmas in July sales abound on Artfire, Zibbet, and Etsy. I had been enjoying the summer, struggling with accepting the idea of Christmas in July. So I researched it, surfed the sales, wrote about it, and IndieSmiles.com published it. Thank you to Barbra aka All About The Buttons, my editor and wonderful mentor, for helping me get this live on the site.

Inspired by all the other sellers out there, I decided to run my own X-mas in July Sale at my Zibbet store, and my Etsy store. I have a special section for the X-mas sale items, so just click on the section X-mas in July.

Of course, a huge thank you also goes to all the wonderful sellers who gave me permission to use their photos in my article and for their excellent items they are offering for sale:


Merry July!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I am a new Columnist for IndieSmiles.com!

I am excited to say I have been accepted as a new columnist for a wonderful website supporting handmade, IndieSmiles.com.

It is a community of Handmade creators and business folk that provides a place for news about handmade and vintage. There are articles on marketing, business tips, Indie shop reviews and interviews, and a variety of other subjects. It is not a site devoted to one online selling venue, but any Indie shop. They feature creators and tpoics from Etsy, Folksy, Artfire, and Zibbet, as well as those not associated with any one particular venue.

IndieSmiles also likes to feature how handmade (Indie) teams are making a difference with their charity and community work. (This must be part of the reason the Smiles came about.) That is one thing noticable about the Handmade Community on any of these venues: They are full of supportive, caring, helpful, and genuine people who strive to bring smiles to all they encounter.

I am happy to be a part of this great team, and can't wait to share my musings on various subjects relating to Handmade with a whole new audience.  I will let you know, you my loyal followers, when my first article has been posted, so you can share the fun there as well.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Music Monday - Rain and Umbrellas

The forecast is calling for rain, and it is much needed here. Dont' get me wrong, I love the sunshine and have been enjoying it fully, but it is refreshing to have a good cloudy day and rain.

This song, by Rihanna featuring a quick rap by JayZ, but the lyrics are good, and and once you hear it, it has a way of stickin in your head.  If you can get past Jay-Z :) The dancing is pretty good in the video too.

So to all my followers and friends, in this difficult world of handmade business stresses and regular life stresses, a little rain is needed. And you can always stand under my umbrella while we enjoy it until the sun shines again.

When the sun shine, we'll shine together
Told you I'll be here forever
Said I'll always be your friend
Took an oath imma stick out 'till the end
Now that it's raining more than ever
Know that we'll still have each other
You can stand under my Umbrella
You can stand under my Umbrella



So here's to a good rain, and to continuing a great summer.

Let me know if you would like to hear something special on Music Mondays. I am taking requests!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Summer Sun - a poem and a Saturday Blog Sale

Summer Sun by Robert Louis Stevenson

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.

The dusty attic spider-clad
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.

Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the ivy's inmost nook.

Above the hills, along the blue,
Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
The gardener of the World, he goes.

A fitting Poem for mid-summer. There is no better feeling that the warm summer sun peaking through the window, the trees, across the yard. And summer is the perfect time to take a minute to enjoy these things.

I try to do something enjoyably summer each day - to make the most of the barefoot, carefree days, the kids off school, and the beautiful sunshine.

The Saturday Blog Shoppers Sale this weekend is so you too can go barefoot and carefree in your Toekini's while enjoying the beautiful sunny, summery days.  I want everyone of you to treat yourselves, and get out there and have some fun in your Toekini's.


Get your Toekini's this weekend, for $8.00 each
and FREE WORLDWIDE shipping.

If you contact me before your purchase and mention SBS717, I will adjust the price and get rid of the shipping charge prior to purchase. If you just can't wait, go ahead and purchase, and in the message to seller, mention SBS717 and I will extend a Paypal refund for the discount and the shipping price.




This offer is good until Sunday, July 18th at midnight - but don't wait - I am not sure how long my supply will last, and you may have to wait until I can make some more! :)

And please don't forget all of the other Saturday Blog Shoppers who are offering great deals on their handmade goodies. Check out the full list here, or click on the flower to the right.

Find Toekini's only at Raige Creations - click here for your site of preference:

Now go enjoy the Sun, great as it is...

Monday, July 12, 2010

Music Monday - Stonehenge

Last week's tribute to road trips leads to today's Music Monday.

My favorite band of all time here showing their creativity and knack for pure entertainment and their tribute to Stonehenge.



Happy Monday!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Saturday Blog Shoppers - Summer Sale

Now that we are well into Summer, I thought this Saturday's Sale should be a celebration of enjoying Summer. And what do we like to do in the lazy days of Summer? Go barefoot, relax on the beach with a great book, put our hair up and enjoy the wamth of the sun, grab our bare necessities and be out and about.

So Raige Creations is offering All Things Summery on Sale this weekend.



Toekini's for only $8.00

Page Savers for only $6.50





Scrunchies Set of 3 for only $5.00





Summer Sling Bags - 15% off any one











Just mention in the message to seller SBS-SUMMER and I will refund you via PayPal.
And don't forget this sale is good in both Raige Creations locations: Etsy or Zibbet.
Sale runs until midnight Sunday, July 11th.
GWP still applies - free Gadget Cozy from Royal or Blue Stripes Collections with Purchs of $10 or more. Let me know in message to seller which Gadget Cozy your would like if your order is a total of $10 or more.

Celebrating the Road Trip - Carhenge.

We are just returning from a road trip, and after finally recovering from the days on the road (exhausting!), I stumbled across a fitting tribute to all Road Trippers - CarHenge!

Although after 2 days of 12 hours on the road, I didn't want to see any more cars, I saw this tribute to Stonehenge, in Alliance, Nebraska, USA, fittingly made from US cars, and loved it! 

Carhenge was conceived in 1987 by Jim Reinders as a memorial to his father. While living in England, he studied the structure of Stonehenge, which helped him to copy the structure's shape, proportions, and size.

Here is Carhenge compared with Stonehenge.  

Other automobile sculptures were subsequently added to the location of Carhenge, which is now known as the Car Art Reserve.


The Spawning Salmon - created by Geoff Sandhurst of Canada and The Fourd Seasons - representing the 4 stages of wheat grown in the area. Green for Spring, Yellow for mature, pink for after harvest late summer and white for winter.

My husband told me about it our first day back (he felt like he was still driving) and I had to share this with you - knowing many were out there on the road over the holiday weekend.  He actually saw it in person back in the 80's, before they were all painted grey.

So, maybe next time a Road Trip comes up, you will add this to your itinerary.  A great tribute to an ancient sculpture, this modern day Sculpture Park in Mid-America is a must see for all Road Trippers! Particularly those if us who appreciate art and creativity.