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

Saturday, December 4, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

Today's Etsy Re-listing: The Elegant Christmas Bracelet

I figured that the last two tapestries had fringe, so I might as well go for the whole 'fringe collection'--since there's only four of them.

I've been thinking hard, and it's possible that this tapestry is actually the first one I made.  It was certainly around that time, and I may have done it to test the theory of making something from a bit of clip-art (this clip-art bit was my own creation, at least). If it wasn't first, it might have been second...or possibly third. But look, the point is that this is one of the first larger things that I made. It's only about 3 inches by less-than-4 inches, while the Official First Tapestry is 9 inches by 6 inches (both without fringe), so their pretty much in different leagues.

I used to take this old 'Drawing is Easy' book my dad had, which was basically extreme stick figures of everything, and then I'd recreate the pictures on the computer (which has always been a great place to work with solid colors and simple shapes). Then I'd copy and paste things in my own personal type of clip-art. Then I'd create images such as these:

You might need to enlarge them to see all the...details, and actually I'm not sure how much the tiny-tiny fairy and things work now that they've been .jpeg-ed.

And that was the start of my artistic career.

You can see the fleet of viking longboats over in the oceanic picture.  It was one of those I took for the pattern of the Viking Longboat Tapestry. I think the ship I based the Pirate Ship Beaded Tapestry off of is also in this picture--oh yes, it's in both pictures; flying in the air... I was such a strange child.

Here's a close-up. Those are actual buttons on the top, I thought they look like shields--even if I know that's not what Viking shields look like.  There are two button patterns; one is plastic and the other metal.

Some more details:

And some more shields.    The buttons are glued onto bugle beads so they stay, although I recently had to glue half of them back on, so 'stay' is a relative term. I think I may have over-done it this time, though, so maybe they won't fall off again.

This is the next pattern on my 'remake to sell' list, but I doubt I'll bother with the shields/fringe again. I love it here, but it feels like a one-time thing. Plus I can't guarantee the glue, and I don't want it falling apart on a purchaser.

 'course, right now there are some fairy ninjas shouldering their way to the top of the List of Things To Make (of which the 'remake to sell' list is a sub-section), so I dunno when I'll get around to this one.

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