Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Owls Spotlight: Icky Dog

So we celebrated my husband's birthday this weekend and one of his presents inspired me. He received a book titled The Truth About Chuck Norris - 400 Facts About The World's Greatest Human. This book is filled with hilarious "facts" about Chuck Norris. Here's a few, to show you what I mean:

When monsters go to sleep, they check their closet for Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris makes onions cry.

It never rains on Chuck Norris.

A cobra once bit Chuck Norris's leg. After 5 days of excruciating pain, the cobra died.

Every piece of furniture in Chuck Norris's house is a Total Gym.

Chuck Norris can charge a cell phone just by rubbing it against his beard.

I've heard some of these "facts" before, and always thought they were hilarious! So I figured hey! Lets see what kind of Chuck Norris goodies I can find on Etsy! Sadly, not nearly enough!

Actually, Chuck Norris isn't God, but he does beat God at golf. This button is from indietrinkets.

And Chuck Norris can turn back time simply by staring at a clock and flexing. This vinyl wall decal is from willocreeksigns.

There is no chin behind Chuck Norris's beard. There is only another fist. This cute t-shirt is from jamjamtees

Chuck Norris flosses with barbed wire. This fun art poster is from revolutionoise.

Hope you all enjoy this as much as I do! If not, Chuck Norris will roundhouse kick your head!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Plushies from the Owls

As a mixed medium team, we have people who make just about everything. This post highlights our members who bring animals to life in unique ways, making everything from sweet little owls to monsters! Ickydogcreations squarejane and zemphira make some of the craziest, funniest, and cutest little animals out there! Check them out below and click through to see their shops, and maybe even adopt a new little guy of your own!

This little guy was created by Ickydogcreations . His name is Jackson, doesn't he just steal your heart? (If he hasn't yet, he will!)

Another Ickydogcreations guy is shown below. He has some issues, like he kinda has the plague and maggots are munching on him 24/7, but he still needs someone to love him. Don't we all?

One of Squarejane's art dolls has become somewhat of a celebrity. This is Terrence , who is currently living in the Monster Big Brother house, where he's one of the final five monsters.

Go check out his experiences there (and VOTE for him to win!). Before the MBB house, Terrence was enjoying his life of sock-stealing with his close friend Maisy (shown below). What will his life be like after the House, and will he win? We'll see...

Last, but most certainly not least, is Zemphira and her line of simply gorgeous owls. I mean, look at this little guy? Who wouldn't love it forever? I know I would!

I couldn't resist digging through her sold items to show some of her holiday themed owls! Aren't they adorable?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Owl Spotlight: BlackCatMima

The summer heat is here and my favorite way to cool off is to jump into my neighborhood pool for a refreshing swim. Ahhhh - the cool water quenching your hot and sweaty skin, sounds of happy children playing, the smell of the chlorinated waters and sunblock in the air ... it's the ultimate summer experience to me!

I live in a townhouse subdivision in the Chicago suburbs and the subdivision pool is literally right across the street from my house. All summer long, right from my front porch, you can hear the music playing, the children laughing and the water splashing. This is just one of the many reasons that I absolutely love summer!

Another great way to cool off - stay inside your air conditioned home and shop on Etsy of course! Go grab some lemonade or iced tea and let's go see what we can find . . .

all items found searching "cool water" on Etsy.com

Wishing everyone a fun and safe summer. Remember - stay cool, and shop handmade!

Visit BlackCatMima's Etsy Shop or check out her blog or other appearances on the Owls blog!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Owl Find Ice Cream!

Since it has gotten hot the only thing I have been able to think about is ice cream, so I figured it would make for a fantastic SummerFinds post!

Owls Spotlight: Holly's Finds

Today is my day to create a post but since my life is soooo boring I couldn't think of anything fun and personal to write about. So instead I decided that I would write about some of my absolute favorite finds on Etsy.com. Here is my list for the most awesomeness most fabulous finds on Etsy.com!

1. The coolest little ninja I have ever seen. I just LOVE ninjas! This ninja was made by Beladonna.etsy.com.

2. Next up is this glamorous to die for cocktail ring. I love the style of this ring. I love that it is simple, elegant, and really shiny. I know that sometime in the future I will own one of Crowsnestmountain.etsy.com's glorious rings!

3. Did someone say MUSTACHE? I think mustaches are sooo funny. That is why this Mr. Pringles Mustache necklace by LittleAngelsJewelry.etsy.com is number 3 on my list.

4. If there is one animal that will always put a smile on my face it's a hedgehog! Rainbowswirlz.etsy.com must have read my mind when they created this absolutely adorable Hedgehog t-shirt.

5. Anyone that knows me knows that there is and will always be a special place in my heart for all animals (big or small, fluffy or scaly), this is why I had to feature RescueMeTugz.etsy.com on my list. RescueMeTugz not only makes super fun toys and collars for dogs, but this seller donates 100% of the proceeds to Great Dane Rescue. Since I have three puppies I always go to RescueMeTugz for all my puppy accessories!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

June Contest Winner: HollyStott!

Our June Challenge ended Monday and the winner was HollyStott!

The winning item, an upcycled mosaic piece, is still for sale in Holly's shop. Also, Holly has entered Etsy's Handmade Moment contest with the precious video on the right (that also just happens to feature all of our June challenge entries at the end, yay us!). So, show Holly some love and go watch her video on the Etsy.Tv website . She'll move on to the finals if enough people watch her video, so go watch it and share it with your friends!!

July's challenge will bring something new and unique for the team, as we've decided to team up with another team for this one! The Owls and the Spanglish team will be joining forces to create some awesome Frida Kahlo themed items! The challenge will be hosted here on our blog, and will work the same way as our normal challenges do, only will include participating members from the Spanglish team as well. This challenge will be on Frida's birthday, July 6th, so stay tuned for the awesomeness!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Owls Find Cephalopods!!

I couldn't resist!! Who doesn't love a cephalopod! Squid, octopi, cuttlefish . . . they're so fantastical it makes my brain hurt! I just wanna squish 'em!!! Enjoy their cuteness!

Featured sellers:







This OwlFinds list was brought to you by Ickydogcreations. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Stellar Seller: BirdNestsandPaper

This week's Stellar Seller is BirdNestsandPaper. Her shop is somewhat accurate to what her title suggests; it actually reminded me of a tour through that unknown supply box. Just what you'll find is unknown, but you're guaranteed to find something awesome! She was nominated by BlackCatMima, who recommended her shop to us, so we'd like to share her with you! Read the interview, check out her shop, and also, check her blog out at http://birdnestsandpaper.blogspot.com

Tell us and the Etsy world a bit about you, anything you'd like to share...

Well - I am really excited to be invited to participate on this blog! Thank you blackcatmima! I am an assemblage and collage artist living in San Diego. I have two lovely grown daughters, an awesome step-son and a goofy-yet-loving husband. I am lucky to have a working studio that I share with two other crazy artists, and I run the Etsy business from a home studio (do I need to say that it seems to spill over into every room!) – so fun!

How did you meet Etsy? Was it love at first sight?

I heard about Etsy when a friend started selling her crocheted mice, so I have been shopping for several years. And, it was absolutely love at first site! Now the experience of selling on Etsy is even better than shopping (if that’s possible) – all the people that I “meet” and the connections made - wow! I am completely convinced that each of us makes a difference in the lives of other artists every time we post on a blog, sell or buy something on Etsy, respond to a convo, or offer a tutorial. I am so grateful to be part of this growing community.

How do thrift stores fall into your Etsy business and do you have a local favorite?

I don’t know what I would do if people stopped getting rid of all these treasures! Yikes! I go to thrift stores all the time – there are several in San Diego – but my favorite is AMVETS near Pacific Highway. I ALWAYS find something there. And I think it is fun for people who shop on Etsy to know that I really hunt and search for the one-of-a-kind goodies that get posted in the shop. Not only do I resell some items, but I also use much of what I find in my own artwork.

Describe yourself in 1 word: compulsive

Do you have a favorite:

word or saying? Art Saves Lives (from an art magazine in the 80’s) it saved mine!
website or blog, other than Etsy! – Love this blog http://andothersillythings.blogspot.com recently she moved her studio to her home and STILL managed to keep creating these perfect stuffed toys – I continue to be inspired by her dedication.

book and/or author? I adore reading – mainly a fiction gal – and anything where a mystery must be solved! Currently loving anything by Donna Leon because the mysteries are all set in Venice and she describes the long Italian lunches in such delicious detail!

song/music artist? Oops - I rely on my husband, John, to find music for me and put it on my ipod – sad, huh. I blame my upbringing which was a combination of Classical music and Herb Alpert / Tijuana Brass. I am a sucker for anything by U2.

Etsy seller? I would love to list all of the fantabulous shops that I see and experience. Pretty sure I am not the first person to say that! Here is one of my favs - a great artist that proves all those cast offs are being put to good use cocoondesigns.etsy.com – for a while I thought I might keep some of my old sweaters and try my hand at . . . never mind!
Thanks, so much, for letting me ramble! Have fun creating!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sunny Summer! Etsy Owls June Challenge!

In honor of summer's gorgeous summer days, we decided to make June's challenge a color challenge. The rules were simple: make your item primarily one or all of the selected summer colors (yellow, orange, red). After that the rest was up to the crafter, and the results were some amazing intrepretations on the summer color scheme.

The entries are shown here in alphabetical order by shop, and are on the poll above in the same order. Each person's item is also linked below the slideshow, so make sure to go check out their items on Etsy too! Voting will last for 1 week.

gubfactory's Tommy Ato, Vampire Tomato

gypsyeye's Camille necklace

Hollystott's Sun Mosaic Wall Art

ickydogcreations's Sunburned rat

Jonikay52's Fun in the Sun Hoop Earrings

KatsCozyKrafts' Love is Blind Counted Cross Stitch

lalala08's Deesse du Soleil Necklace

lovealisa's Here Comes the Sun earrings

luckytwentyone's Heat oil painting

squarejane's Sunny Day Owl Makeup Clutch

suenosdejmi's Sunny Summer scarf

zemphira's Orange Fiber Art Quilt

Search owlschallenge on Etsy to see these and other challenge entries!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Something New This Way Comes...

We've got some new things up on our blog! One is the search box at the top of the left hand column, it's set up to especially search our blog, so if you're looking for something, check it out! It's a great new Blogger feature and we're very excited about it!

Secondly, within our team we've started a mega-intensive promotion group, called the Hooters Promo Club, or HPC. Members sign up for this on their own, so it's not the entire team, (this round it's only 7 members thus far) and each week we'll take turns being the one promoted. First up is BlackCatMima and for the entire week we'll keep her Etsy Mini here on the blog, it's on the left below the Project Wonderful ad box!

We're also launching a challenge tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Here are all Owls participating in the Yart Sale starting today and ending Sunday 6/14. See all of our Yart Sale items by searching EtsyOwlsTeam + Yart

AODesigns: Jewelry, Custom Pet Tags, and more!
Yart Sale Section

BlackCatMima: Felt Accessories, hairpins, and much more!
Yart Sale Section

CocoStIves: Vintage supplies, ephemera, and antique photography
Yart Sale Section 25% to 30%

dreambirdphotos: see the world, one photo at a time
$1 4x6 photos, 2 5x7 photos, and $5 8x10 photos

gypsyeye: unique jewelry
Yart Sale Section

hollystott: Cute animal earrings and more!
Yart Sale section starting at $4

IckyDogCreations: Plush Creations and Watch Sculptures
Yart Sale Section

lalala08: Free US Shipping plus a Secret Jewelry Sale every day!
Check for Today's Secret Sale

lucidmoonstudio: Free US Shipping Storewide

LuckyTwentyOne: Ink Drawings, Paintings, and More!
Free Shipping Worldwide and 50% off total purchase!

RobinsonsNest: Cards, Magnets, and more!
50% off Yart Sale Section

Square [J] Jane: Paintings, Art Dolls, and More!
Yart Sale Section--Up to 50% off

suenosdejmi: Crocheted scarves, gloves, and more!
$5 Yart Sale Section
$10 Yart Sale Section
$15 Yart Sale Section

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Stellar Seller: CurlyClips

This week's Stellar Seller is CurlyClips who makes the gorgeous hair clips and felt food shown below! Enjoy the interview and click the Mini to see her shop!

Tell us and the Etsy world a bit about you, anything you'd like to share...

I am a full time graphic designer and mother of 2 that is sleep deprived and stays up all night to create with my hands. An escape from my keyboard and mouse. ;-)

How did you meet Etsy? Was it love at first sight?

I first heard about Etsy from a very close friend whom suggested I list my crafts. Then after hearing more about it from online crafty groups I was convinced it was the place for me. Now I find myself shopping online even more.

How did you get into making felt food?

I had seen photos online of felt foods and knew it was something I could create myself. From there I was hooked and loved to see my daughter’s face when she saw my creations.

Describe yourself in 1 word: symmetrical – everything has to be just right.

Do you have a favorite:

word or saying? I am always caught saying “seriously?” I feel like I question everything and everyone.

Dessert – anything with chocolate and raspberries in the title. A divine pairing.

book and/or author? – not much of a reader unfortunately. Just blogs and email.

holiday? Birthdays! You can’t go wrong with being with loved ones, singing off key and eating cake

Etsy seller? Tough one….I have a bunch: littlealouette – love items in their natural state (unpainted), redhotpottery (those little bird vases are absolutely adorable), and reiter8 – I grew up racing sailboats as a kid so this material is very dear to me.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Etsy Owls take on the Yart Sale!

Have you heard about the Yart sale?

It was started last year by a team on Etsy, the Etsy Supply Street Team. It started as a little bitty idea but expanded so much, and last year's Yart Sale was huge! It's basically a gang of people offering fantastic sales, think yard sale, but with gorgeous art instead of that junk in your garage :)

Of course, this year's will blow last years away, because this year's sale gets one of the coolest teams on Etsy- us! :)

We've decided to participate this year as a team, it won't be our entire team, but I'm hoping it'll be a good amount of us. You'll be able to see our items by searching etsyowlsteam + Yart and before the sale we'll post all of our sales here for a look see, too!

If you're an Etsy seller, you should participate! For some awesome information on how to do that, check out the Etsy Supply Street team blog for all the latest information and also this very helpful article on the Storque!

See you at the Yart Sale!


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