Tuesday, November 25, 2008

www.CraftinessFineQualityPens.com

We have a brand spankin new website! It was and is a lot of work but an absolute joy to do. We will continue to have our regular Etsy Store for all of Davids fans, he loves the Etsy community and will still be heavily involved in all of its awesomeness:)



If you are thinking of Christmas shopping and don't know quite what to give your hard-to-shop for loved ones, mosey on by our website at http://www.craftinessfinequalitypens.com/ for fine pens & unique gifts. Take an extra 15% off your purchase with coupon BLOGALPHA during checkout, good until December 12th.

Happy Holidays to you and your family**

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Busy, Busy David*

While trying to stock our Etsy store, David has also been making inventory for the Caswell House and our new website. Busy, busy!! First we have the Dymondwood European Style Ball Point Pen with a center twist, perfect for the man in your life that needs more color in their life. Second is the theme-clipped slim pens. This one is a yellow ribbon and there are more themed pens on our Etsy site for the armed forces. Thirdly we have A very unique segmented pen also in the European Style. Euro style pens are hefty, so a great gift for manly hands.






Lastly we have the rose end pen. A delicate symbol of love perched upon the end of an African Blackwood Baron Rollerball. Rollerballs are great to write with, especially with fine stationery. They have a water based ink like a fountain pen but writes like a ball point pen. The character is quite romantic. The pen is easy to use. A great gift for anyone.


Friday, November 21, 2008

Team Etsy Austin, The Mystery Artists Uncovered!





Lori Hooks is a local jeweler who has been making jewelry for friends and family for many years. She has recently completed a metal smithing class and has already created several bridal sets. She is a member of ETSY For Animals street team, and try to sell a few items a month for PAWS of Austin, the all breed rescue specializing in great danes. She also volunteers with her avatar dane, Tica, for Therapy Pet Pals of Texas. She visits the kids at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services at the state hospital twice a month. Tica really enjoys her visits with those kids, since she gets so much love and attention when they are there.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Marketing, Growth and Recession, OH MY!





I recently took a series of business classes from Jennifer Perkins of Naughty Secretary's Club at Craft-O-Rama. The info was great and the marketing class was inspiring. The article at Indie Fixx sums up a creatively alternative approach to business. Since taking the series of classes, I have made changes to our blog, added a signature to our e-mail, tweeted, flikrd and schwagged. I have also downloaded a slew of marketing podcasts, some great, some not but all were entertaining. My favorites are Internet Marketing: Insider Tips and Advice For Online Marketing , Duct Tape Marketing , Start-UP nation and Wall Street Journal Small Business, all from I-Tunes. I have been persuing all these creative outlets not because I am bored and have nothing else to do, but because David and I are working on launching an e-commerce website where David can hawk his finer pieces to patrons on the wide world of web (sounds better if you say it with a twang). The project has been very exciting and learning about marketing, search engine optimization, cultivating loyal client relationships, manufacturing, distribution, bots, social networking all seem like a perfect fit for someone with a science degree, right? I thought so too. It's been a great roller coaster and the site isn't even launched yet. Hopefully in 2 weeks I will be telling you about this brand-spankin-new website of ours, so stay tuned for more updates as we navigate the ups & downs of our latest adventure during a recession. Until then, feel free to browse Etsy for all things wonderful and handmade.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Craftiness will be at West Oak Woods Baptist Church Holiday Bazaar!

Get Started on your Christmas Shopping! Avoid long lines at the mall and grouchy crowds!!

Craftiness will be at West Oak Baptist Church Saturday, November 15th from 9am-5pm. The Holiday Bazaar will be at 2900 Slaughter Lane between Brodie and Manchaca.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Gem Stone, Craft Fairs and Screenprinting

This beautiful fountain pen is made of Jasper gem stone that has been ground to a powder and then set in resin for stability. The gem stone pens are absolutely stunning! David has also made them out of Turquoise gem stone.
David had his usual fun at St. Johns Episcopal Church Harvest Fair this past Saturday. This is a very local event where the community gets a chance for some early Christmas shopping. I painted the banner behind David. I used acrylic paint mixed with textile medium on cotton duck. I then used an eyelet tool and punched about 20 holes.









DD and her friends made a fantabulous mess in my kitchen learning to screenprint. We used a method taught to me by Haylee at Craft-O-Rama and also in the book Printing By Hand by Lena Corwin. I was busy helping the girls so I didn't get a chance to screeprint but that looked like it was so much fun I am going to have to give it a go sometime.