Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Check out our new EVENTS Calendar

In addition to our blog, Hudson Valley Etsy has an official website which can be found at  A feature we just added to the website is our Calendar of Events.

In addition to our weekly reminders here every Friday, you can now also check our calendar to see what's going on in Hudson Valley and plan ahead!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Meet our new members! October 2013 part 1

Hope you're ready for some great new member shops!  There were so many great ones that I have to split it up into 2 posts.  We certainly don't want to overwhelm our readers with so much wonderfulness at once!  As always, our members are artists, crafters, and creators from all around the Hudson Valley and I hope you'll give them a warm welcome.

Made with Love super sampler by Made With Love
First, I've got for you a member who actually joined a few months ago but sadly got left out, Made With Love.  Michele Tomasicchio creates scrumptious body lotions, potions, and butters in New Paltz.  All are made with natural ingredients and without chemicals that could cause harm.  A very welcome (if belated) hello to you!

Navy waxed canvas tote with leather by Lark Practical

Lark Practical makes some wonderful leather creations in Rhinebeck!  They have everything from bracelets, wallets, to that lovely tote you see.  All made with high quality materials that will age wonderfully as you take them through life with you.  Great to have you!

Moonbeam Blue Pendant by RGClayDesign

Roberta Green of RGClayDesign fires and assembles her work in Warwick.  She specializes in wearable art making them in clay along with fused glass and other beads.  Each creation is one of a kind and truly lovely.  Welcome to the team!

The stargazer's mirror by hArtandSoliMprints

hArtandSoliMprints is run by Vito and Claudia, who also work in Rhinebeck.  They paint and charge unique abstract paintings with healing as well as other intentions to help whoever receives one of their art works.  This truly one of a kind process has created some gorgeous artworks, if I do say so myself!  Much light and love to you, too.

Organic Romance Tea by TeaandSensibility
TeaandSensibility is possibly my favorite new member in this batch (what can I say? I adore tea!).  Jules blends her creations in Maybrook.  She offers Organic teas and all the accessories you need to enjoy it including teapots and infusers, I can almost smell it from here.  Hope you like it here!

Well, that's all I've got for this round, check back for part 2 where I'll feature 5 more awesome new member's.  Until then, I hope you'll stop by some of these shops and welcome them. Hey, they might just be your neighbor!


Monday, October 28, 2013

Scene’s From The Life Of A Potter

Ever wondered what the life of a Potter was like? Today we show you a glimpse inside the life of Lynn Isaacson from New Prospect Pottery.

Firing the gas kiln at New Prospect Pottery is usually a group effort. Potters from the tri-state area come to the pottery and use the pottery's glazes which are mixed by me. People come early as it takes a bit of time to individually glaze and prepare pots for the kiln. Each potter must wax the bottom of their pots so as not to have them stick to the kiln shelves. Each pot must then be wiped clean of any glaze that adheres to the wax.

It seems like a daunting task to place everyone's pots in the places in the kiln that create the effects each potter prefers. This kiln holds about 80 pots. Some firings have many more pots that will fit into the kiln. It is necessary then to hold two firings back to back. I start loading the kiln as soon as most of the work is glazed. Each potter can help with the loading process. Once loaded, the kiln is sealed so none of the spaces between the door, brick and spy holes contribute to extra air being introduced into the reduction atmosphere. I begin candling the kiln at 3 AM. This process removes any moisture from the pots, kiln furniture such as shelving and shelf supports.

After about an hour and a half of candling with one burner, I light another. An hour after that all four burners are lit. The firing then begins. At approximately 9:30 or 10:00 I put the kiln into what is called 'body reduction'. This deprives the atmosphere in the kiln of oxygen. The flame seeks oxygen from the glazes and the clay. This gives the ware an unreproduceable effect that is different in each area of each specific pot. It is always a surprise to see what comes out after the 36 hour cooling.

Just another day in the life of a potter.

Lynn -

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Historic Hudson Valley, Haunted and Full of Pumpkins!

photo via The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze
There is still time to get an authentic scare! Many of Hudson Valleys historic sites offer amazing events for Halloween. 

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

Pumpkins and pumpkins and more pumpkins designed by local artists  at the historic Van Cortlandt Manor.  They are pieces of art that glow in the dark.   There are over 5,000 carved pumpkins you stroll through with an original soundtrack setting the mood.  There are pumpkins in many forms from sea serpents to dinosaurs to Jack in the boxes.   Great for all ages!

Horseman's Hollow

Philipsburg Manor is visited by the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  A haunted trail leads you to scenes of horrors and hauntings.  Costumes, creatures and scenes to scare your socks off!  This one is really scary so it is not recommended for kids.

Irving's Legend

Come to The Old Dutch Church across from Philipsburg Manor and hear Master story teller,  Jonathan Kruk, give a dramatic reading from Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  It's 45 minutes of the classic tale accompanied by spooky sounds of the organ.  You need to purchase advance tickets and it is recommended for ages 10+.

Owleen:Owl walk at Olana

Learn about one of the symbols of Halloween, the owl.  Bill Robinson from Wildlife Lectures and Audubon NY Education Coordinator Larry Federman will meet you at Wagon House Education Center to give you a brief talk about owls followed by the meeting of a real owl at the center.  They will take you out on a hike to see if you can hear or spot the owls of Olana.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Where To Find The Hudson Valley Etsy Team This Weekend

Why not stop by the Suffern Farmers' Market this Saturday? You can get an early start on your Holiday shopping as they are having a craft fair in addition to their foodie goodies. Saturday, October 26, 8:30AM-1:00PM.

Our own Get Glassy will be there selling her wide range of handmade glass products.
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Happy shopping!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hudson Valley Etsy Treasuries - Hudson Valley Etsy 10.23

Treasuries are a great way to check out many of our items at once. See more of this month's Etsy treasuries from Hudson Valley Etsy here: October Etsy Treasury 

'Beautiful Torchlight' by handjstarcreations

Meerwiibli cat print dress mustard peaking cats cotton and linen summer dress - meerwiibli
Meerwiibli cat print dr...
A delightful small rabbit on a rustic light blue background (art print 8x8 on giclée archival paper) - SparaFuori
A delightful small rabb...
Cityscape Bud Vases- Set of 3 Individual Vases B - LandMstudio
Cityscape Bud Vases- Se...
Sage Sparrow Earrings - UnnamedRoad
Sage Sparrow Earrings
Skulls Circle Scarf, Light Brown Skulls Patterned Infinity Scarf, Lightweight Scarf , Feminine, For Girls Halloween - designscope
Skulls Circle Scarf, Li...
Dark, Gold, Candle, Dawali, New Year, 2013, Home Decor, Gold, Brown, Black, Autumn, Fall, Coffee, Light, India - 8daysOfTreasures
Dark, Gold, Candle, Daw...
Beige cotton cord with gold plated tube beads - 3X wrap bracelet - Annikaloveforwraps
Beige cotton cord with ...
Squirrel on Silver Pendant OOAK Wearable Art Perfect for the Squirrel Lover or Rehabber - Drusilla
Squirrel on Silver Pend...
Butterfly Print Primitive Folk Art Butterflies Pale Pink Flower - digiliodesigns
Butterfly Print Primiti...
Tweed Crochet Coasters Set of 4 for the Home - GetTangled
Tweed Crochet Coasters ...
Klawd the ugly koala - barefootbananas
Klawd the ugly koala
MiniatureTwig Chair Bentwood Whimsical Eco Friendly Decor - SNLCreations
MiniatureTwig Chair Ben...
Reclaimed Wood Credenza - modernarks
Reclaimed Wood Credenza
Table number holders with GLITTER (Set of 10) self standing. Wedding mini clothes pin table number holders - KnottyNotions
Table number holders wi...
Arrow Wall Light // Large - againstthewoodgrain
Arrow Wall Light // Lar...
Vintage Tan Leather Purse, Bag, Handbag circa 1970's. - LarkVintage
Vintage Tan Leather Pur...

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

'Mykonos Blue' by landmstudio

Miniature original painting - roseymorris
Miniature original pain...
Leaf Hair Pins, Brass Leaf Hair Pins, Floral Hair Pins, Country Wedding, Brides hair accessories, Wedding Jewelry - Brass Leaf Hair Pins - merryalchemybridal
Leaf Hair Pins, Brass L...
on sale / 20% off / blue vintage books / navy & gold 5 book collection - GeneralTaxonomy
on sale / 20% off / blu...
Organic Gold Owl Long Sleeve T-Shirt - AnLiStudio
Organic Gold Owl Long S...
Large stones, natural linen tea towel, ocean - SometimesJane
Large stones, natural l...
Tails - Hand Silk Screened Note Cards - DeweyHoward
Tails - Hand Silk Scree...
Salted Vanilla Bean Lollipop - catskillcandyco
Salted Vanilla Bean Lol...
Mr. Perfect Handmade Soap Soap for Men Manly Soap Men's Soap - ComfortandJoySoapCo
Mr. Perfect Handmade So...
Muted Gold Hamsa Anklet - UnnamedRoad
Muted Gold Hamsa Anklet
Infinity Scarf Knitting Pattern - Bridget Cowl / Snood / Scarf by Elena Rosenberg - PDF Knitting Pattern - Digital Download - AtelierTPK
Infinity Scarf Knitting...
AutumnWeb Woodland Faerie Nuno Felt Wrap Skirt OOAK Goddess Fairy Pixie Costume Halloween Faery Golden Fall Autumn Boho Silk Wool Felted - briarmoonfrog
AutumnWeb Woodland Faer...
Infamy - Cologne Oil - Mundus
Infamy - Cologne Oil
Mykonos blue Boho earrings patina mixed metal geometric Bohemian jewelry - Gypsymoondesigns
Mykonos blue Boho earri...
Amber Melton Wool One of a Kind Labyrinth Cape - ShardlowDesigns
Amber Melton Wool One o...
Ocean blue velvet leggings - DGstyle
Ocean blue velvet leggi...
Mykonos set (necklace & earrings) - ScarletMareStudio
Mykonos set (necklace &...

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

'Hudson Valley Neutrality' by PersianRoomVintage

I am very happy to have recently been picked to join the Hudson Valley Etsy team. I wanted to celebrate by showing my new friends some love with this treasury. Hope you love it.

Cowl Neck Shoulder Cape in Soft Merino Wool - HuzzahHandmade
Cowl Neck Shoulder Cape...
Shades of Grey Candy Glass Pendulum Earrings - aStudiobytheSea
Shades of Grey Candy Gl...
Sand Dollar Slouch Hat - PDF Crochet Pattern - knotbygranma
Sand Dollar Slouch Hat ...
Mother of Pearl Yadi Bracelet - UnnamedRoad
Mother of Pearl Yadi Br...
Slate Hand Dyed Silk Wrap Yoga Bracelet with Lotus and Mini Om Disc - anjalicreations
Slate Hand Dyed Silk Wr...
Letterpress eye heart ewe - WishboneLetterpress
Letterpress eye heart e...
HEATHER Hand Dyed Yarn Merino Sock Weight Purple Local NY - spinningmulefibers
HEATHER Hand Dyed Yarn ...
Charcoal Soap Handmade Soap Activated Charcoal Vegan Soap - ComfortandJoySoapCo
Charcoal Soap Handmade ...
3 three upcycled denim bracelets - repurposed jean bangles - made to order in your size and thread colors - amberhlynn
3 three upcycled denim ...
Large Zipper Pouch Cosmetic Bag Toiletry Bag Grey and Black Abstract Swirls - handjstarcreations
Large Zipper Pouch Cosm...
Fused Glass Coasters in Black Swirl Art Glass for Your Home Decor - GetGlassy
Fused Glass Coasters in...
Copper Black Cube Planter - LandMstudio
Copper Black Cube Plant...
Deer Antler - Painted Bronze with Natural Blue Patina - CustomAntlers
Deer Antler - Painted B...
5 Tibetan Quartz Crystals, Double Terminated, Wire Wrapping Jewelry Supplies, Gemstone, Rock, Stone, Reiki, Metaphysical, Chakra - DumbBunnyDesigns
5 Tibetan Quartz Crysta...
Mod Black and White Asymmetrical Cone Earrings - aStudiobytheSea
Mod Black and White Asy...
Antique Teeth, OOAK Original Dental Cast, Creepy Metal Tooth Sculpture, Antique Dentistry Collectible, 1940's Steampunk - YesterdaysSilhouette
Antique Teeth, OOAK Ori...

Treasury tool by StylishHome.