Habitual Habitat of the Amy

I kept reading advice columns for how to bring sales to your etsy shop, and one thing they all said is to get a blog.

I can't say this blog has boosted my etsy sales, but it has given me yet another outlet for talking about myself, and that can't be bad--can it?

The direct link to the Etsy shop is HERE

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ahoy Maties!

Today's Etsy listing: Christmas Candle Bracelet

Today we've got another set of triplets to look at, this one the pirate ship, which is in fact for sale on etsy: Pirate Ship Beaded Tapestry--OR, if you prefer, you can make your own after purchasing the Pattern-Pirate Ship Beaded Tapestry.

As you can see, I've attempted this pattern three times.  The first time is the white-sailed ship.  It's...not bad. I began it far back either in college or near the end of college, but I ran out of the beads I'd used for the sky.  I couldn't find more no matter how hard I looked.  It didn't help that the beads were originally from a craft store tube rather than a bead store so... I basically gave up on the entire pattern.

After I made the second tapestry I came back to this one and decided I'd finish it.  I took a few of the sky-beads to my local Bead and Button show and found something that matched. I'm not sure I made the best choice, and it's rather obvious so it's not like I'll ever be able to sell it; but at least the whole ship is finished now.

When I returned to beading after the long dry spell I thought I'd give the pirate ship another chance, and I made the black-sailed ship.  I actually fixed the pattern between; you can tell that it's a slightly different shape (especially in the sails).  The new pattern was adjusted for the shape of the beads, so it's not as stretched, but it's all smaller.  The beads I used for the sky are slightly wider than those I used for the ocean, so the tapestry is a trapezoid, but I love the color, so I don't mind.

After that I wanted to sell one--and maybe I wanted to use up some poorly-cut Japanese size 10^ beads I had.  Don't get me wrong; I love Japanese-cut beads as much as the next person (except Delicas which I have no use for), but I got these at a bead show from a place that was going out of business.  They were cheap, and ended up being a different shape and size than...anything I can work with.  Several of the colors are worse than others, but for the most part I can only use them together...but luckily I had enough different colors to create this lovely tapestry.

The sails are actually a deep red, but I can't get it to work properly in the photographs--I've got to be content with it turning out red instead of orange.  And actually, before I messed with the settings on the camera the red sails were turning the whole IMAGE an orangish color. Camera is not as smart as it thinks it is.

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