You don’t fall in love like you fall in a hole. You fall like falling through space. It’s like you jump off your own private planet to visit someone else’s planet. And when you get there it all looks different: the flowers, the animals, the colours people wear. It is a big surprise falling in love because you thought you had everything just right on your own planet, and that was true, in a way, but then somebody signalled to you across space and the only way you could visit was to take a giant jump. Away you go, falling into someone else’s orbit and after a while you might decide to pull your two planets together and call it home. And you can bring your dog. Or your cat. Your goldfish, hamster, collection of stones, all your odd socks. (The ones you lost, including the holes, are on the new planet you found.)
And you can bring your friends to visit. And read your favourite stories to each other. And the falling was really the big jump that you had to make to be with someone you don’t want to be without. That’s it.
Antsy Artist is pleased to announce a great holiday sale which is available to new and returning customers. In other words, it’s available to everyone!
Florida’s Nature Coast reuse artist is offering 20 percent off for all orders in her 24/7 Store now through Dec. 31.
Antsy has more than 200 original items available through Etsy — from wire holiday ornaments, felted crochet and wool hats, crocheted market bags and plarn water bottle holders, and scented pins to her vast collection of upcycled tissue collage bowls, mirrors and other creations.
"It seems like a good time for a holiday sale, now that all the Thanksgiving. Black Friday and Cyber Monday excitement has faded," Antsy said.
Be sure to check out Antsy’s creations if you’re looking for that special Christmas gift for someone, or maybe it’s time to get yourself a nice winter hat or bag. But you have to act soon, as this offer will expire at the end of the year.
Simply enter the code HANDMADEHOLIDAY1212 when checking out to get your 20 percent savings. Happy shopping!
This is it, the day we’ve been waiting for since … well, at least since Thanksgiving.
Yes, it’s Cyber Monday! Or as Janis Joplin once sang, “Get it while you can.”
Antsy Artist, in cooperation with Etsy, has several deals available in her 24/7 Store through midnight today. And since several big box outlets have entered, extended and stretched the Cyber Monday arena, Florida’s Nature Coast reuse artist will expand her efforts through the use of 15% off coupons at least through the end of this week.
So today’s the day to start your Christmas shopping and saving if you’re in the market for upcycled tissue collage items, one-of-a-kind wool or felt hats, I.D. wallets, iPod holders, plarn or cotton market bags, wire holiday ornaments, or other unique creations. All of Antsy’s delightful online catalogue is just a few mouse clicks away.
"Ive been trying to increase my online presence for the last five or six months," Antsy said. "It’s a lot of learning and hard work, just like anything else."
But let’s be orderly about all this; there’s no need for any cyber bullying or any of the unruly behavior so commonly associated with Black Friday. You can learn more about Cyber Monday here.
Antsy Artist hopes everyone found a way to have a great time during this long holiday weekend.
There were plenty of activities to choose from — whether it was a delightful Thanksgiving Day with family and friends, frenzied holiday shopping on or before Black Friday, community-focused shopping on Small Business Saturday or shopping online during tomorrow’s Cyber Monday.
Florida’s Nature Coast reuse artist has plenty of special deals available in the 24/7 Store for this year’s Cyber Monday. Have a good look around and see what you can find in Antsy’s Etsy store for your Chistmas shopping list.
It seems that shopping has been the main focus for a lot of people this weekend. But it’s not all about shopping.
As you can see in the photo above, Antsy has spent a lot of time this weekend making more crocheted pin flowers, which are resting on images of her “sunburst” design stamped on tissue paper which she will incorporate for use in upcoming reuse craft projects. Oh yeah, the candy? You can see the one completed candy tree along with another stryofoam tree awaiting Antsy’s magic touch. These candy trees are annual gifts for family members who have been nice. (They know who they are.)
The picture below gives you a closer look at Antsy’s sunburst design in various colors. … even though winter is rapidly approaching for most the Northern hemisphere, we hope some sunlight fills at least a portion of all your days.
Antsy Artist wants to take a minute to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
Yes, it’s a day early, but Antsy is looking at a busy Thursday and figures you might be busy tomorrow too with things other than reading blogs and other such things.
Florida’s Nature Coast reuse artist has many things to be thankful for this year — including her loving and loved family, delightful friends, health, freedom, all the readers of this blog, the helpful and creative crafts people on Etsy, her plans and hopes for 2013, today’s turkey, all holidays like Thanksgiving, not having any desire to go holiday shopping on Thanksgiving or Black Friday, and the list goes on and on … there’s way too much more to list here.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving day meal and fun times with family, friends … and remember to take a moment or two to give thanks!
If it means a lot to you it means just as much to them. … please pass the sweet potatoes!
Ever since tear down at Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola in Orlando was done Antsy Artist has spent most of her free time this month crocheting flower pins such as these from her vast collection of vintage yarn and yarn remnants.
Florida’s Nature Coast’s reuse artist spends many nights designing and then working and re-working these new crocheted items — sometimes taking a few minutes off to have some dinner or maybe catch up on the latest atrocity being reported on by CNN.
The daisy flower pin (at left) is winter white with a flower-shaped button in the center.
The open structure of the petals help this piece blend with what you are wearing and the neutral colors make it a great accessory for everything in your wardrobe.
Besides using it as an accessory to your wardrobe, you could attach it to a favorite bag, hat or headband.
You can let your imagination run wild for using any of these attractive pins.
Many of the same possibilities exist for using Antsy’s Coral flower pin (at right), which is a zinnia-style brooch with a vintage gold button in the center.
Antsy (much like other reuse artists) doesn’t like to waste time or material, so this was a project she came up with years ago to use up some her own leftover yarn.
It’s amazing to behold what results when thriftiness combines with creativity.
Check out these and more of Antsy’s crocheted flower pins on her Etsy site.
Any and all of them are available for your holiday gift giving (or any gift giving occasion) any time in our 24/7 Store.
Antsy Artist is looking forward to returning to Orlando and the fall Fiesta In The Park at Lake Eola on Nov. 3-4. The spring Fiesta In The Park back in April was one of her favorite shows this year. Stop by and say hello to the Nature Coast reuse artist if you’re in the Orlando area this weekend.
Antsy Artist has updated her Calendar page to include next month’s Zephyrhills 3rd Annual BBQ & Blues Fest.
The Nature Coast reuse artist will be participating in the Zephyrhills event for the first time and is looking forward to participating again in a “live show” after several months away from the one-a-week circuit. And it should serve as a good warm-up for the following week’s Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.
Antsy has been working on several new tissue collage creations for the Zephyrhills event and has been wearing out her hand-carved pig stamp on new designs and colors for picture frames, framed mirrors, cigar boxes, I.D. wallets and other items. And she will have plenty of her plarn creations, crocheted yarn market totes and hats, pouches and other items available at both events.
The BBQ & Blues Fest will be held from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Charles B. Krusen Memorial Field in Zephyrhills, Fla. In addition to arts and crafts, the BBQ & Blues Fest features a friendly BBQ competition sanctioned by the Florida BBQ Association and plenty of blues music. Wine and cold beer will be available for purchase at the “Swine Terrace” and kids can play at the Kidz Zone. A classic car show is included as part of the festivities.
We hope to see you at one or both of the shows in Zephyrhills and Orlando.
Former and current mermaids weren’t the only show at the 65th Mermaid Reunion at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park last weekend. The Nature Coast park is home to a lot of peacocks like the pair above — so at least Antsy Artist and the other crafters had some entertainment at the largely unadvertised arts and crafts show portion of the weekend.
Antsy Artist had a good time at the 65th Mermaid Reunion Weeki Wachee Springs State Park last weekend … but it was shorter than expected.
Summer rains arrived on schedule both Saturday and Sunday, cutting an hour or two off of the scheduled times for the arts and crafts show. The weather combined with the lack of publicity for the show led to a frustrating weekend for the reuse artist. The mermaid reunion had plenty of publicity — and there were plenty of patrons in the park — but we didn’t see many mentions of the arts and crafts portion of the weekend in any area publications or online stories.
Antsy did have more than enough sales or her crocheted plarn market bags and water bottle holders and other tissue collage items to make her rent, but wishes the organizers of the Nature Coast event had done more to ensure the public was aware of the arts and crafts show. Many of the people were at the park just to see the former mermaids, and that’s understandable. … but several appeared surprised at the presence of an arts and crafts show and clearly weren’t ready to spend any time perusing a concurrent event at the park.
Almost everyone around the Nature Coast is excited this week because there are just a few days to go until this weekend’s 65th Mermaid Reunion at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Yes, 1947 is noted for many things — but the opening of the mermaid attraction at Weeki Wachee is one of the more notable events of that year for people around here.
Antsy Artist will be participating in the arts and crafts portion of the Mermaid Reunion weekend, and she has been busy polishing up and creating some new reuse items for the past month or so. Antsy will have several mermaid-themed tissue collage items for sale at the event — as well as other creations including her mermaid I.D. wallets and other aquatic-themed items.
The concrete mermaid pictured above (who resides near the entrance to the park) is admiring one of Antsy’s manatee designs which the reuse artist stamped on tissue paper and then collaged onto the decorative bowl.
We’re hoping for some better weather than we’ve been experiencing lately around here and are looking forward to seeing you at this weekend’s reunion.
Here is a story Creative Loafing magazine published about the reunion weekend.
One of my favorite reuse/upcycle projects is making ID wallets out of scrap fabric. They start out as blank cloth, that I hand print using stamps I’ve carved.
I was busy printing three different designs last weekend when I started thinking about the Peace symbol. I’ve printed my “Peace’ stamp on fabric and paper for many projects. It’s always popular, for different reasons.
The word peace has many meanings and is debatable. The symbol that represents peace is a vision. The symbol cannot be debated.
I’ve concluded I use it in my work because it so much a part of me. It is also my reminder that we must always strive for peace in our world.
This and other designs are available in my Etsy shop.
Antsy Artist has been busy adding pictures and descriptions of her arts and crafts items to her Etsy page.
The reuse artist has more than items 100 listed as of today — and many more will be added soon.
You can find a lot of her plarn creations (like the one at right) as well as many new tissue collage items and other recycled and upcycled goods.
We’re excited about that and also about the widget Antsy located on Etsy that we’re using to make shopping an easier experience in the 24/7 Store. Go to http://antsyartist.com/ to find her 24/7 Store.
Now all you have to do once you click on the 24/7 Store page is click on an item and it will take you to that item and the rest of the store. We hope this makes your shopping experience a bit easier to navigate.
“Etsy is more than a marketplace: we’re a community of artists, creators, collectors, thinkers and doers,” according to the etsy.com community page. That is a WOW statement.
Once you become –- and take part in the Etsy community, it all comes to light. I am still low on the learning curve here. I joined a long time ago and then let everything lay -– too much work, I thought. Doing craft shows and blah, blah, blah was easier. Turns out easier isn’t always best for artists, creators, collectors, thinkers and doers.
There is routine to any business and crafting is no different. This is a hard lesson for artists and craftsmen who think we can do our thing all day long and the rest just happens. In the first place, what we do ends up being either a hobby or business. The paths we take determine which one.
Artists and craftsmen have humble egos, making it hard to market the results of their creativity and talent. We want to spend our time, “making,” in the studio. My vision for the business part has been developing collectors and fans (customers) face to face and handing out business cards so everyone could find me again, once a show was done.
Even a big show with crowds, may not reach or retain that many followers. More time spent away from creating, without building what I envisioned.
Back to me and Etsy
Since I started taking Etsy seriously by building my shop, reading the tips, blogs, instructions and testimonials, watching Etsy online labs that cover everything I need to consider for success and making efforts to become acquainted with other artists, creators, collectors, thinkers and doers, I am a cornerstone of the Etsy marketplace.
I found the work I put into building my shop isn’t much different from building one in a booth. I still constantly move things, and try to perfect presentation. I stick my head out and get acquainted with fellow artists and crafters.
I’ve joined a great team, Florida Etsy Street Team (FEST), a wealth of support from fellow Florida artists and craftsmen. More on that team in my next blog.
The good part
What is different and has me more inspired than ever is the Etsy aura. Now, all of the knowledge I didn’t have is on the web at etsy.com –- technical tools included. All of the continuous support I didn’t have is always there, by way of teams that include artists, creators, collectors, thinkers and doers, worldwide.
I learn a lot watching online labs that are meant to educate as well as bolster the notion of success. Great feelings.
Of course, there is conflicting opinion –- this is about my experience. I am still at the early stages of building my Etsy shop business. I have much to do. This Etsian is so ready.
It’s International Workers’ Day — or May Day — and Antsy Artist is occupying her time by preparing plastic shopping bags for her popular reuse items.
She starts by grouping the plastic shopping bags into units of seven, then slices the bags to make 1-inch wide loops of plastic, which she then loops together to make a large ball of plarn (plastic yarn). She then crochets the plarn into various-size water bottle holders and market bags.
Antsy has a few friends and relatives saving their grocery bags for her, and some repeat customers at arts and craft shows and the local farmers market have brought her large donations of their shopping bags. All of it helps — It takes a lot of plarn for some of her reuse creations.
Antsy Artist spent a large part of today re-arranging a couple rooms in our house so she can store her reuse arts and crafts creations for the summer.
We usually leave the tent, tables, chairs, shelves and other necessary items to set up at a show (everything but her reuse plarn and yarn creations, tissue collage items, etc.) in our van during the winter months when we’re participating in two or three events each month. But that doesn’t make sense during the summer months when we’ll be participating in very few shows. It’s just too hot and humid in our part of Florida — and most of the winter residents have fled for more temperate parts of the U.S.A.
It would be nice to have one dedicated room for all of her reuse creations and all of the necessities for each show. But that’s not possible in our house, so different items are stored in one room, more on the porch and the rest out in our shed.
Do any other arts and craft show vendors encounter similar storage problems? What’s your best solution? Other than renting a bay at U-Stor-It, I mean.
Antsy Artist wants to wish everyone a Happy Earth Day! The reuse artist has been celebrating this day for 42 years now, and has seen progress made on several fronts. But protecting and preserving Mother Earth is a big job and we still have a long way to go.
We’re just like everyone else — doing our best and trying to do more. Whether it’s recycling glass, aluminum and paper products, choosing modes of transportation or even choosing which light bulb to buy — there are many ways to make every day our own personal Earth Day.
Antsy is pleased to offer several recycled plarn (plastic yarn) creations.
Your plants will be so proud to wear these flower pot covers that are made from plastic shopping bags. It takes 25 used bags cut into strips and then made into yarn to crochet each cover. They are designed to fit a 3-3/4”H x 4-1/4”W x 4”D clay pot snugly.
These stylish covers are easy to maintain — just hose off to clean — and will last a long time. Best if used in partial or indirect sunlight settings.
Colors vary from Publix brown and Walmart white with blue specks. Brown covers will be sent with each order, unless you request white, via Etsy message.
You can check out this and Antsy Artist’s other plarn creations by clicking here.
It’s been raining here for most of the afternoon, so Antsy Artist’s decision to skip this year’s Reggae Sunfest at Linda Pederson Park in Weeki Wachee looks like it was the right choice to make.
We’ve had weather issues at previous arts and crafts shows at that park. Day Two of the Swamp Fest in March was canceled due to high winds and rain. And a fierce storm forced most vendors to leave last summer’s Blues-a-Palooza early.
One thing a reuse artist doesn’t need is nasty weather cutting into her time and efforts at an arts and crafts show.