Friday, March 30, 2007

Our First EtsyDenver Featured Treasury

A bout of insomnia produced results for the team today: We have a treasury featuring our work! As the link never lasts forever, I will simply tell you it is called "Rocky Mountain High" and will be up for about 2 days. I've included an image of what its featuring as of now.

Current team members, if you'd like something specific featured, convo me through Etsy so I can add it for you. Potential new team members, still convo me, and we might be able to sneak you in!

Happy browsing,

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

About Blue Sky Pottery

Hi everyone,

Thanks for inviting me to join your group. My name is Deb Babcock and I live in Steamboat Springs. Since my mother-in-law lives in the Denver area, my husband (Dave) and I come down for a visit about once a month, so hopefully I can time those visits with the EtsyDenver meetings.

My pottery studio doubles as a small gallery where I can also sell my work to locals and visitors to our town. It's located across from the Safeway store here, not too far from the ski mountain.

The pottery I make is mostly wheel-thrown or hand-built out of porcelain clay; mostly functional items such as cups, bowls, teapots, platters, baking dishes, etc. If you get a chance, check out my etsy shop:

My educational background is in marketing; I owned a marketing firm in Michigan before I sold it and moved here in 2000. My art background consists of classes at the local college as well as summer workshops at places such as Anderson Ranch in Snowmass and Laloba Clay Ranch here in Steamboat.

If you're ever in this part of the state, I hope you'll give me a call and stop into my studio for a cup of tea during your visit.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Hello, hello!

My name is Sarah and I've recently started Shhdesigns (the shh comes from my initials) which includes jewelry of the beaded and metal sort. I am an avid climber and kayaker and my inspiration comes from the colors and textures I see on my trips. I'm in the process of finishing up my masters in metallurgical engineering (should be done by July!) and after that, I'm not entirely sure what will happen. I love the Denver area and I'm hunting for jobs. :)

I started making jewelry in 2005 and things started accumulating to the point that my husband told me I needed to start selling it. He was right and now I'm expanding and experimenting with materials and techniques. I've started working with metal sheet and wire and I love it! And I can apply my metallurgical degree, to some extent, since the annealing and pickling processes carry over from the steel that I've been studying. The next step is getting the equipment!

So beyond going to school and making jewelry, I work part time at a climbing gym (Rock'n & Jam'n in Thornton - if you ever want to climb, let me know!) and I traipse around the Flatirons in Boulder helping my husband write a new climbing guidebook. Life is fun! :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Let me introduce myself

Hi my name is Nicole and I am the designer and owner of She's Crafty, handmade earrings and accessories. A little bit about myself: I am from Denver but grew up in WA state, I am now back in Denver and when I am not making earrings I am usually at school working to get certified as an elementary school teacher. I am one term off from student teaching, so I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I love making fun and funky earrings and accessories and I will rarely make two pairs the same. I like the idea of selling one of a kind pieces, and knowing that the buyer is the only one with that pair out there.

The journey has begun. Join us!

It's an exciting time here at EtsyDenver. The street team is getting off the ground, the daffodils are in bloom on the Front Range, and craft fair/show season is just around the corner.

Several things are now in the works. Etsy is revamping its street team resource pages, and Kismet Designs is busy working on getting our very first mission statement together. I have been working the forums and blogspot to get some more visibility, and I've emailed Matt over at Etsy to see how we can get "official" recognition. Cindy is busily working away on our first set of promotional postcards - our compromise to stuffing 80 gazillion business cards into an unsuspecting buyer's packaging. We can use the same cards to post at libraries, coffee shops, and anywhere else that will permit us to tack our goods on their board. Nicole is accepting promos for her slot at this year's Ballpark Market. And we're all looking into different neighborhood farmer's markets, craft fairs, local events, etc. that we can share a booth at.

If you're a Colorado-based Etsian, we'd love for you to join our team. Contact myself through my Etsy store, or just post a comment here for more information.

Happy Spring Day in Colorado!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Another Introduction...

Cynthia M. Guajardo
Hello everyone! My name is Cynthia and I had the good fortune to meet the owners of Kastroll Kreations, Kismet Designs and Carla Sonheim in person this past weekend. What do we have in common you may ask? All of us reside in the state of Colorado, we are all artists and we share a love of selling our work on Etsy - the place for all handmade arts and crafts by people all over the world.

I am the Jill of all arts and crafts, but my main focus is clay. I make wheel thrown and hand built functional pottery, porcelain jewelry and occasionally, I'll throw in artwork in another medium if it suits my fancy. Visit my blog to see what I am up to during the week or better yet, visit my Etsy Shop.

I am thrilled to be a part of Etsy Denver and as a group we hope to use this blog to announce group and individual shows, events, and sales throughout the year. Please take the time to visit our links in the sidebar.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Who am I?

Howdy y'all!

My name is Angelina, and I'm the creatrix behind Kastroll Kreations. My first love (and majority of my work) is fiber art. I've been crocheting for almost 25 years. I create wearables, accessories, jewelry, housewares, and the occasional sculpture or fiber fine art. For the last 7 years, all of my works are original, one-of-a-kind items designs. I use patterns, pictures, and fashion magazines for initial inspiration, then morph that seed of inspiration into my own design. I also dabble in silk painting, using modern resist techniques and heat-set dyes. My silks are inspired by the resurgence of Earth-based and womyn's-based spirituality. As my body of silk work grows, I hope to start offering prints and ATCs of my silks. And, since good things come in threes, I also sew. Sewing is a newer craft for me, and I am thoroughly enjoying the process.

In the "real world", I am a full-time law student and soon-to-be-first-time-mommy. Please feel free to visit my blog and Etsy Store.

Another introduction

Kismet Designs- I am an artist/designer who's first love is metal. I also dabble in paint, knitting, silkscreening, sewing, and any other materials I can get my hands on. Making jewelry for me is about creating something more than something shiny and pretty to adorn the body (although I have nothing against shiny & pretty!) I think it is important to create work that tells a story, makes a point, touches on concepts we can all relate to. The meanings behind my work are not always apparent at first glance ...or even second or third! Since jewelry can be worn by anyone, I prefer for people to assign their own meanings. Just because something may have been made by me doesn't mean have the one and only answer to its meaning. Metal is my passion and I hope others enjoy wearing it as much as I love making it!

Introducing Myself


I am Carla Sonheim... Painter of Girls (Mother of Boys...). The girls I paint are not from life but are fictional portraits inspired by the special and fleeting innocence of girlhood...

I have been painting for a little over five years; prior to that, I was a magazine art director, graphic designer, marketing copyrighter, gardening pamphlet editor, legal secretary and lifeguard (in reverse order). In my 40s I have finally found what I was meant to do all along (make art).

If you get a chance, visit my blog and etsy shop!