Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Meet our new members! Spring part 2

It might officially be summer now, but don't think that means we forgot about the new members that need to be introduced! What have you been up to since then? Shopping for goodies at the last group of new members' shops, I bet.  They were pretty awesome, but so is this batch. So, without further ado, I shall begin my introductions.

Avocado Pin. Punchneedle Embroidery by HarpandThistle

Erin and Corey of NY, NY make up the harp and thistle of HarpandThistle!  Their shop is full of wonderful and cute punch needle embroidery, ranging in size from mini to small and ready to hang on your wall, holiday tree, shirt, keys, neck or even on your skin! (There is a temporary tattoo.) I'm kind of in love with the avocados and their Easter collection.  Welcome to the team!

Erica G. Bushell is the mind and hands behind Incarnate Anew in Poughkeepsie, NY. She has filled her shop with metal, gemstone, and beaded jewelry, many with stamped accents flowing a celestial and geometric bend.  Her whole line has a wonderful earthy feel I just love, I can't wait to see what else she comes up with!  Nice to meet you.

artist designed limited edition packing tape: scarab blue by Lunule

Lunule is run by Susan Rowe Harrison of Dobbs Ferry, NY.  She does hand cut vinyl designs for all kinds of situations, and her shop is full of creations made with her designs.  I love the colors and designs, even the kid-like ones - and especially the chalkboard ones. Chalkboard things are always in my favorites. Glad to have you!

Autumn Scarecrow Note Cards by KmiotekArtWorks

Paul Kmiotek of Lake Carmel, NY created his shop KmiotekArtWorks to share his original artwork.  He is a wiz with pen and ink and I love his textures and use of selective coloring. Most of his pieces are of animals, but houses and flowers grace his paper as well.  Much of his work is available on note cards or as prints, but he even has some on wooden magnets and in a book! Great work!

Undyed Heavy Goat Splits - Vegetable Tanned by PergamenaNY

PergamenaNY creates in Montgomery, NY.  Their shop is full of vegetable tanned leathers, some dyed with a water-soluble aniline dye in some great colors.  They have a couple different thicknesses depending on what you're going to use it for, and even have some examples of what the leather can be used for in their shop, such as a leather bound journal.  I've never made a leather mask, but some of the colors makes me feel like I should be! So soft.  Welcome!

What a fun group that was!  I can't wait to see what new members we'll get next time.  Until then, keep on keeping on and keep in mind our local sellers for whatever shopping needs you happen to have - or at least lend them some support by talking about them to your friends.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What's New In June

Our newsletter is back!  Our June newsletter went out last week which you can check out here but if you want you get it in our inbox, please sign up for our newsletter

Ok let's see what was new items came out in June from the team!

Red Brass & Agate Slice Pendant from Incarnate Anew

Rope Basket from Twisted Thread and Hook

Turquoise and Coral Beaded Beach Necklace from Pulp Sushi

Fourth of July BBQ Invitation design from Silently Screaming

Friday, June 26, 2015

Where To Find Hudson Valley Etsy This Weekend

Made + Collected + Rescued 

This weekend, our members will be traveling far and wide to participate in some very diverse events: from the shores of the Hudson to the Garden State of New Jersey. One of our newest members, Paul of KmiotekArtWorks, will be trekking to Hudson, N.Y. on Saturday and Sunday to participate in the Hudson Exchange, Made + Collected.

Columbia County Cornfield, Pen and Ink Print
Columbia County Cornfield by KmiotekArtWorks
It's quite possible that you'll pass by some of the iconic Hudson Valley scenery that Paul so beautifully captures in his drawings on your way to the riverfront park to meet him in person.

You will also want to find Hester, of HestersStudio. Hester's been busy this summer and the Hudson Exchange is just one place where you can find her lovely, hand-built ceramics and sculpture.

Scalloped Serving Tray
Scalloped Serving Tray by HestersStudio


Joann, from Lollypups Designer Petwear will be in the lower Hudson Valley on Saturday at Petapalooza, in Neparan Park, Tarrytown, N.Y. from 10 - 3. 


The "Pepper" style hand crocheted, pure alpaca sweater       with  removeable embellishment
Crocheted Dog Sweater by Lollypups


On Sunday, JoAnn heads to New Jersey for The 11th Hour Rescue Event in Stanhope, from 11-5. Who wouldn't fall in love with the beautiful, adoptable best friends at these events? Even if you've found your soul-mate, stop by and choose one of JoAnn's wonderful handmade accessories and share the love.


Flamingo Road Harness vest with contrasting leash
Flamingo Road pet harness and leash, by Lollypups

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Reading List for Small Creative Business Owners

During the summer months it's always nice to relax your brain with some fun and easy beach reads, but I also like to use this time to read up on some non-fiction related to small business, self-motivation, and how-to. My shop is slower during the summer so now is a good time to absorb new information and make some plans for the fall, winter and spring months.

Below is a list of a few books I've recently read and recommend, and a few that are on my "to read the summer" list. Post a comment with any other suggestions!

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones

I've been a huge Jim Henson admirer since childhood, but had never touched much on his personal life. This biography is incredibly thorough and honest, and details how Henson built his empire. He was an artist and a smart business person, but most of all he was unbelievably hard-working and dedicated to his passion.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

This much-talked-about and best-selling guide on decluttering your home truly works. Getting rid of things has always been a major problem for me, but somehow Kondo gave me permission to get rid of clutter guilt-free. I donated 6 garbage bags of clothes purged from my closet and drawers and it felt so good. I read this book on my Kindle in just a couple days, but my husband listened to it as an audio book and Kondo's voice is strangely hypnotizing.

The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter F. Drucker

This book is on my "to read" list. It doesn't exactly sound like a light read, but Drucker is considered one of the founders of modern management theory, and this book helps executives develop time-management and decision-making skills so that they can lead their organizations more effectively.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

I've had this book sitting on my Kindle for a while and have been working up the energy to dive in. It's been in publication for 25 years and over 25 million copies have been sold so I believe it's going to be good, but it sounds like it requires a lot of interaction and it's recommended that you take notes, study and treat this book like a workshop or seminar.

Storms: My Life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac by Carol Ann Harris

This book is nothing but pleasurable to read. Reward yourself with this gem after you commit to being effective, becoming minimalist, and building a legacy. Not only does the author give behind-the-scenes accounts of Fleetwood Mac rocketing to stardom, but also personal stories about Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Brian Wilson.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Where To Find Hudson Valley Etsy This Weekend

Illuminate, by Day and by Night

Pocket Jar with Bird
Pocket Jar with Bird, by Hester's Studio

The Weekend starts early this week for Hudson Valley Etsy with two very diverse events. The venerable river towns of Kingston and Newburgh, perched proudly on above the Hudson provide the settings for our members starting Friday night.

Hester, of Hester's Studio will bring her hand-built ceramics to the Kingston Night Market, a pop-up street festival that takes place every third Friday of the month from May to October. Friday June 19, from 5 - 9 PM. 

On Saturday, June 20 from 11 AM - 12 AM, Newburgh Illuminated will debut with great panache. This day long event celebrates the 150th anniversary of the city and will feature art, music, vendors, trolley tours, and much more. Two of our purveyors of all things bath and body will be there as well.

Lumberjack Soap
Lumberjack Soap by Hudson Naturals

Christina, of Hudson Naturals will be there so take a stroll, check out her products and perhaps pick up some all natural, avocado oil based soap for you favorite Lumberjack. 

Rosewood and Lemon Hand Cream
Rosey Glow Hand and Body Cream, by Beyond the Picket Fence

With gifts in hand for Jack, don't forget about Jill! Seek out Gwen, of Beyond the Picket Fence, at the the event as well. Handmade in small batches, Gwen's body products will sooth your body and your soul.

Now it's time to plan your weekend adventure, city-hopping up and down the river and shop-hopping from one Hudson Valley Etsy shop to the next!