I'd like to introduce you to Vikki, a fellow member of the Handmade In Vegas Etsy Team.
Vikki is a native Las Vegan who has been crafting most of her life. A retired grandmother, she now has lots of free time to flex her creative muscles. And you can see (and reap) the rewards of this time at her Etsy storefront, Vikster's Crafts.
Like most crafters, Vikki does not limit herself to one thing. She's got a wonderful collection of Christmas items, glass tile pendants, bottle caps and more.
Her shop is ever changing and worth visiting on a regular basis.
Inaugural Las Vegas Crafters Guild Holiday Boutique & Craft Show
Lakes Lutheran Church
8200 West Sahara Avenue(at Cimarron, between Durango & Buffalo)
Friday, November 12, 9 a.m. –5 p.m. Saturday, November 13, 9 a.m. –4 p.m.
Handmade artisan jewelry, baby accessories, custom clothing, aprons,gift items, home & holiday decor, paper crafts, polymer clay, hair bows, upcycledcreations, hand painted gourds, and much more!Free admission & parking. Lakes Lutheran will sponsor a bake sale. Bring a friend!
First let me tell you about another contest at Pretty Things, some very cool lucite beads! I'm entering right now and so should you.
Ok, not really another craft but another element to an existing craft. People are sentimental about their pet's ashes...aka cremains. (I'm not one of them.) So I'm offering to make jewelry with them. My first project is done. I did 2 pendants and a ring. I've already shipped them out and only have pictures of the ring. It's one of my new design, The Sparkling Bubble Ring, with ashes mixed in. (BTW in this project, it was not a beloved pet, but a beloved relative.)
I made these cufflinks awhile back but kept putting off listing them.
Why? I don't know. Some things are just harder to part with.
These happened to be made with mismatched cufflinks I got in a jewelry bag of odds and ends. The oval one is engraved 4-18-59, leading me to believe it's probably gold. Yes, this one is older than I am (yikes!).
Do men even wear cufflinks anymore? If they don't, they should...
Trying to get back into the Etsybloggers swing of things...late February blog carnival asks "Of all the places in the world, where would you like to go and why?"
It's been awhile since I've had a REAL vacation but I do have a short list.
1. Cross country trip across Canada. I just love road trips! We are from Canada but our only road trips were to New York to visit family. We had a house in the Laurentian mountains, and eventually lived there so who needs to ever leave such a beautiful vacation area? I've travelled far more in the US and it's time I visited my home country.
2. Poker cruise. This would be a working vacation. That way I get a vacation, try a cruise, and still make a few bucks. What could be better than that?
3. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. This is a weekend-type vacation. It's only about 200 miles from Las Vegas. I don't think I need to explain why I'd want to go there, do I?
In Poker "tilt" is not a good thing. In the wonderful world of Etsy, it's the two fabulous shops of Theresa.
First up, TiLT creations: Handmade handbags and backpacks. You will find colourful, fun, handmade treats. As a frustrated sewer, one who always wanted to be able to make my own but always failing, I love and admire Theresa's work. Oh, and as a frugal shopper, I especially love that Theresa also has a clearance section. This great bag is actually on clearance!
Theresa's second shop, Tilt Too! is currently filled with destash patterns, fabric and supplies from her handbag shop. Take a look at this gorgeous pattern (ooooh if only I could sew)
Every once in awhile I'll be at the post office and see a sheet of stamps I can't resist. The one that started this a couple of years ago was the Chinese New Year stamps. I'd already been buying Chinese New Year casino chips so why not this? I display the sheet on the front of a cigar box (another one of my semi-collections.)
Now that I'm making resin jewelry, it seems a natural match with my stamps. So first up is my Lucille Ball 34 cent stamp on a Rummikub tile. Check it out in our Etsy store HERE.
First off, I don't do New Year's resolutions. If there is something in your life that needs to be resolved, do it right away. Do NOT wait for a New Year.
I have set my mind to getting back into the whole Etsybloggers swing of things. That means monthly blogs, the subject to be determined by the Etsybloggers. First one of the year:
1) Now that 2009 has come to a close, what will you remember most about last year?
2) Now that 2010 is here, what do you have planned/look forward to/hope to accomplish this year?
I don't know what I'll remember most about last year, memory has become fleeting. I know in the future I'll remember things but not be sure which year it happened.
The good stuff, I adopted AC. I saw Snowball, my sweet little kitty I had to leave behind when I left LA. It was fortunate too because '09 was also the year she died. I got into contact with Tom again, one of the people in my life I was closest too but lost touch with when I came to Las Vegas.
I came back to the strip after 2 years working in locals casinos. For the most part, tourists come to the casino to have fun, locals come to complain.
As far as what I want to accomplish this year? Again, I don't make these decisions by the year. I will continue to work on eating healthy, exercising, enjoying my crafts and my kitties. And one big one, it's on a note in my bathroom where I can see it everyday "Keep Your Mouth Shut."