Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Fresh Colors

new epaulettes for Sara

Thursday, December 17, 2009

What a day :)



Btw the brides dress is made by me :)
Thank You Māra for shearing this fantastic video!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Be My General...

I had a custom order for pair of epauettes. Struggling with materials, but here they are >>




More detailed pics in my shop :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Origami is fun!


Origami sis traditional Japanese art of paper folding. I tried to make some textile origami flowers and here they are >> had lot's of fun doing this :) I must say I was cheating - used few stitches to hold flowers together.The goal of original origami is to create a representation of an object using geometric folds and crease patterns preferably without gluing or cutting the paper, and using only one piece of paper.

Monday, September 21, 2009

European MoodBoard



There are lot's of fun in autumn breezes!

jezek
lapomme
fleurfatale
nightcloud

Saturday, September 12, 2009

White Night in Riga 2009



White Night 2009

Contemporary culture festival White Night 2009 will take place
between September 12 and 13 and its program will feature
over 20 art, theater, music, motion and survival projects for everyone to enjoy.
Entry to all events is free of charge.

I'd love to go out, but I have to stay with kids.. we had a long walk earlier through the city that was getting ready for the party..
mm I wish I was younger again..

Thursday, September 10, 2009

More Yoga :)

I love yoga and Yoga loves me :))
That's what my friend found While was waiting me home from it LOL
click to enlarge!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Linen Necklaces

Inspired by some old housekeeper book I've started new line of necklaces, that seems to be pretty unique and original.





They look almost antiquarian and oldschool.. I guess few will follow soon LOL

Friday, July 31, 2009

*Off to holyday*

For my Etsy lovers - HOLIDAY NOTICE!
I WILL BE ON HOLIDAY TILL AUGUST 13TH. ALL ORDERS FROM TODAY WILL BE SHIPPED ON AUGUST 15TH. I WON'T BE ABLE TO REPLY ANY EMAILS AND CONVOS, BUT I AM VERY HAPPY TO OFFER YOU FREE SHIPPING FOR ALL MY ITEMS, EVEN MORE - EVERY SALE GET'S A FREE MYSTERY GIFT!
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER FRIENDS!

Here is my buy buy treasury Summer of love

And Storyteller


Keep on crafting and don't forget to have a great summer romance!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday Ghosts

I crocheted new hairpiece for beautiful brides, used laces and glass pearls, vintage buttons as well. Underneath the piece is Riga's satellite map , if You asked :)

Suddenly I noticed too many hearts for one of my necklaces, checked it on the craftcult and - vuala - here it is - gorgeous FP by

Here is one of the fantastic vintage pieces from her shop!

Thank You jessjamesjake so much!
You brought the 600th heart to my shop :)
And happy for all that, I made very geeky treasury, just because I felt like dizzy queen :)

Thank You for the long time reading, happy weekend with no rains and have fun crafting next week again!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Storyteller

My Storyteller Treasury yesterday made it to the FP! YEY!!!
Most of all I'm happy for all the featured artists and for three sales from FP!

Great way to start a day! Happy crafting folks!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

New Pearl Earrings

Borrowed camera from my sister and made quick photos of my latest earrings. Here they are all together, romantic as wedding night. They are very simple and very cheap, LOL, I don't feel very inspired in this hot summer time and counting days till vacation :)


These Fallen Angel Earrings are my entry to this weeks europeanstreetteam challenge "colors which make you happy" hosted by iragrant .

Happy crafting friends and lot's of fun!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Neticamā Krievija

garlaikojos caurskatot visādus svešus blogus.. Nu šis foto mani sajūsmināja :))
Vairāk te http://davelouisphotos.blogspot.com/


Labu apetīti!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sketching ..

My camera broke.. I feel almost sick..
I have made some new items, but can't list them without the pics.. grrr
Started to sketch for my clients ..and this is not the final drawing.. just work in progress..

Friday, June 12, 2009

blush in the rush

My new passion - beaded beads :))
I tried to make them using some schemes from the net, but finally figured out, that you need exact size beads for good result. So I tried to make them up myself and see what I came up to >>>

BTW the voting on http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/ is open till june 15! You are welcome! ( My favorite is Nr 13 if you wanted to know :)) )

Thursday, June 11, 2009

To Let Go

emcisaac , my european teammate says:

Let Go
To “let go” does not mean to stop caring,
it means I can’t do it for someone else.

To “let go” is not to cut myself off,
it’s the realization I can’t control another.

To “let go” is not to enable,
but to allow learning from natural consequences.

To “let go” is to admit powerlessness,
which means the outcome is not in my hands.

To “let go” is not to try to change or blame another,
it’s to make the most of myself.

To “let go” is not to care for,
but to care about.

To “let go” is not to fix,
but to be supportive.

To “let go” is not to judge,
but to allow another to be a human being.

To “let go” is not to be in the middle arranging the outcomes,
but to allow others to affect their own destinies.

To “let go” is not to be protective,
it’s to permit another to face reality.

To “let go” is not to deny,
but to accept.

To “let go” it not to nag, scold or argue,
but instead to search out my own shortcomings, and correct them.

To “let go” is not to adjust everything to my desires
but to take each day as it comes,
and cherish myself in it.

To “let go” is not to criticize and regulate anybody
but to try to become what I dream I can be.

To “let go” is not to regret the past,
but to grow and live for the future.

To “let go” is to fear less,
and love more.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Virtual Lab Notes - Relevant Search

This article is copy-paste from The Seed Box blog - very useful information for etsy sellers!

The virtual lab was held today. It was only about an hour long and so many people were asking different questions. It was a whirlwind of questions and answers. The Admin did a good job of trying to keep up as best they could with all the questions flying around.

The focus was mainly on attracting buyers to your shop with descriptions etc... There was some discussion on tags and the relevant search, but I was actually disappointed that not much of the information given was new or terribly helpful. I feel no more informed as I was before the virtual lab. But some points were raised that may be helpful to some of you reading this. So I will outline the information that was given by admin in respect to the relevant search.

TAGS:

  • There are 4 categories in your listing that the relevant search will look for in regards to key words. The first category that the "search" will look at is; the item tags, then title, description, and the materials last.
  • The default search (not the relevant search) only looks at tags then titles.
  • The Admin specified that right now tag order does not really matter, but it will soon. So to re-order the tags in order of relevance is important.
  • Use all 14 of your tags with appropriate key words that are specific to the item
  • Adding tags such as color and your shop name are important
  • Choosing the main sub category tag is important so your item goes into the appropriate category on Etsy.
  • Adding team tags do not lower your search rank.
  • Plurals of words (flower - flowers) are seen as the same thing by the search. You do not need to add both. One will be enough.
  • Google will search for most relevant key words within the first 50-60 characters. Make sure the beginning of your title has the most descriptive aspects of the item in order to be picked up by Google.
TITLES:

  • Be specific when creating the title for your shop. They said not to make your titles too long or short. That up to about 8 words in the title was pretty good. Make it attractive yet informative for the buyer.
  • The title will be the second area that the relevant search and the main search will look at for key words, so make sure the most specific ones are there. Example: Handmade Peppermint Glycerin Soap
  • Dont just put tags in the description. You still need to make the title informative and attractive.
  • Don't add things like "free shipping" or "sale" in the title. Add those to your tags and description instead.
DESCRIPTION:

  • Google will look at the first 160 characters in your description for relevancy and search ranking. Keep this in mind when making your description. Being found on both Etsy and Google searches is important. So try and add the most important and accurate info in the first paragraph of your description.
  • Breaking your description up into easy to read paragraphs or bullets is recommended. Try to weave your relevant key words into the description, but do it in a coherant and attractive way so it does not turn off your customers.
  • Add dimensions, sizes, ingredients etc... to your descriptions.
  • You can add a hyperlink to your description that leads the customer to your policies page instead of repeating policies in the item descriptions.
Materials:

  • Right now materials are the last thing that the relevant search will look at. But the Admin mentioned something about having a materials search in the future.
  • Add the materials used for the item only. Add them like you would tags, with the most important first and so on.
So that was basically what was discussed at the virtual lab today in regards to searches. I had written a previous article that will clarify these points in more detail here.

I know this is probably very confusing and overwhelming. I had a headache after the virtual lab ;) Hopefully this helps you better understand the tagging and searching process on Etsy. And feel free to write any concerns or questions in the comments. I will be reading them and trying to clarify anything I can.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Need Luck?

This weeks Europeanstreetteam challenge theme is Cheap but gorgeous, hosted by my Latvian friend Rita alias Alatvian. As I have lot's of projects to work on, I created very fast and simple earrings fit for chinese princess or funky city girl. There is mix of plastic and glass beads and even svarovski crystals, and on the top of it are chinese cinnabar pentagons inscribed with symbols of good luck and long life.


And while I was writing this, luck came to me as etsy admin FP ! Don't believe it LOL

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Friends Shoulder Bag

Just finished this funky bag as an experiment - could I'll be able to make edges right.. it was tough, but finally I'm happy with result!


This bag is featured on antigoni blog where she is hosting this weeks est challenge La Vita e Bella - Because life is beautiful that way... This is the soundtrack of Benigni's film "La vita e bella" a great movie that she loves very much...

.. and the bag of course, is available in my shop
Welcome!


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

This Touched Me..

The power of positivity :)

"Validation" is a fable about the magic of free parking. Starring TJ Thyne & Vicki Davis. Writer/Director/Composer - Kurt Kuenne. Winner - Best Narrative Short, Cleveland Int'l Film Festival, Winner - Jury Award, Gen Art Chicago Film Festival, Winner - Audience Award, Hawaii Int'l Film Festival, Winner - Best Short Comedy, Breckenridge Festival of Film, Winner - Crystal Heart Award, Best Short Film & Audience Award, Heartland Film Festival, Winner - Christopher & Dana Reeve Audience Award, Williamstown Film Festival, Winner - Best Comedy, Dam Short Film Festival, Winner - Best Short Film, Sedona Int'l Film Festival.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Then and Now

My EST teammate vadjutka has very interesting blog project featuring multiple artist first creations! Have a look at the blog!
And now mine are included too. Thank you, Judit!

Silver Crow Tote Bag

I had made crows earlier, here is my first - big brother green crow (dates approx. 2006)

But this one is his smaller brother, and goes stright to carmenesque blog
where she is hosting this week est challenge BIRDS..

This tote bag I made from scraps and leftovers of fabric and lace. It is decorated with metalic shine crow applique. Perhaps it will have some smaller brother soon.. Let's see..

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Moms are Heroes

Previous was hard week for me. Lots of unfinished local projects and bills, bills, bills in the mailbox made me depressed and angry. As a result here are my two treasuries -

...want to scream...

and ...strings and wings...
Then came mothers day..
I made treasury thinking of my mom and her favorite grey and blues. admin choose it to be on FP on monday morning. When my mom came, I showed her the list, and her absolute favorite was Iris the Optimist by yourdoll. Just what I needed - a little drop of optimism and love from my family and mom.

And now - have to continue crafting and hope for the better times :)

And thank you for those who included my items in their treasuries. It is good to feel support and big shoulder of your team behind :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

How To Use E-Talons

Riga Traffic - Rīgas Satiksme invented new system of paying for your bus, trolley or tram tour.. Here is short instruction how to use new E-talons :))

Sunday, May 10, 2009

EBWC Red Carpet Voting is Open!


The entries for the challenge are in! As always they are simply beautiful, creative and amazing! Twenty-one Etsy Beadweavers have the talent and took the time to create these wonderful and inspiring challenge pieces! Using tiny little beads and a needle and thread along with incredible patience EBW bring these selections to you to vote and choose your favourite.

Friday, May 8, 2009

New FP New Listings..

Here are my stripy linen items- tote bag and pincushion - they are from recycled linen fabric in soft pastels with a true natural linen scent.

The bag goes to LeelaBijou hosted est team challenge Inspired by a movie, and this one is inspired by The Bridges of Madison County



Staroftheeast curated wonderful euros treasury and it made to a FP

There has been more than 10 treasuries this week featuring my items.. and I am very happy for that, thank you very much!!! no time to upload them now, maybe later..