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

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Steampunk Beading

I'm really, really proud of this piece.  I made the whole pattern myself, with no clip-art stolen for the background or anything.  I did use an actual photograph for the background, but it was one that I'd taken myself, so that's fine.  

It's among the largest tapestries that I've made, but it's also one that I would make again in a heartbeat (and ten day's work...).  I love that I made the balloon shaded, and that the sky has several colors, and the frame around the outside is awesome, the color choices are great... I just love this tapestry.

I also like that it's different from everything else I've made. Almost everything else is fantasy-ish, but this is...well, okay, it's only steampunk, which isn't all that far from fantasy on the sliding scale of genre (certainly their fan bases are pretty damn similar), but it's more...from my head, I guess.

I actually wasn't sure if I should tag it as 'steampunk' when I put it up--I worried that I had gotten too confused over what constituted steampunk after spending all my time at Regretsy, but then I looked up 'airship' on Etsy, and after seeing that everything even remotely steampunk is also tagged 'airship' I no longer felt bad about crossing that line.

The colors seem a bit bright for steampunk, though. I feel like I should have used a grayer blue for the background if I really wanted people to think it was steampunk--but I was making it for me, and if that bothers people, they can buy the pattern and make the sky whatever color they desire.

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