Monday, 19 December 2011

Festive yummies

There's been a lot of talk lately on the team page about cookies and other yummy festive treats....

I wonder who's baking and who's buying? Me, I'm just looking at all of these and drooling......

Snowflake cookies by LeChicBakeryBoutique

Santa's cookie plate by palomasnest

Cookies by katieduran

Candy cane cookies by guiltyconfections

Classic chocchip cookies by ThoughtsofHome

Mmmmm. I'm all hungry now.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Jingle Bells all the way

It's that time again. 

Time to bring out the tinsel, the lights, the candles and the glitter, 
to decorate our homes and start celebrating the winter festive season.

Glitter bottlebrush trees from katesCottage2

Snowman ornament from BeehiveDoughArt

Swedish Ginger bread cookies from PernillasSS

Fabric banner by simplewhimsey

Shabby chic christmas tree by HardLoveApparel

Crochet pinecones by Bluebelldesign

Wine bottle charm by SpiritualGems

All items are from team member's shops, so follow the links for more goodies.

My favourite festive ritual is decorating the house whilst listening to music (not necessarily festive tunes - I'm married to an original punk after all!) and anticipating a yummy baked treat at the end (usually homebaked spice cookies). 

What's your favourite ritual of the festive season?

Monday, 14 November 2011

Lest we forget

  To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. 
In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.

Robert Muller

Poppy decoupage mirror by CatHot

Friday, 28 October 2011

Hallowe'en Weekend

So it's time for small yet very scary ghosts and ghouls to walk the neighbourhood, demanding treats in exchange for some truly dreadful jokes and off-key singing. What's not to love?

We're not a terribly dark and mysterious bunch, so finding creepy items in member's stores was a tall order, but I've managed to dig deep and pull out a few!

Papier mache halloween basket from katesCottage2

Sugar skull cuff by ElectricPenguin

Baby bib from Pieceunique

All items are currently for sale on Etsy - just follow the links to the selected shops.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Positive Monday

Pay no attention to what the critics say; 
no statue has ever been erected to a critic.

Jean Sibelius 

Photo of Neptune by RebeccaSeamonsPhotog

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Autumn Beauties

After the break we've had, it's time to revive the team blog again, so lets meet some of our newest members and take a quick peek at their work, shall we?

Autumn is a time of slowing down, a time for preparing for the coming winter. Stores of food and fuel are built up, warm clothing and blankets are taken out of storage and lightweight summer items are packed away.

I've selected items from some of the most recent members of the Positivity Team members on Etsy that reflect the time of year. Which is your favourite?

Mushroom ring from FlowerLand85

Shoulder bag from Lintschi

Bracelet from BlessedRepublic

Leaves photographic print by Neus

Abstract painting by JennaMichellePink

Cassia and Clove soap by BeautifulBodies

Welcome to the Positivity Team, everyone!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Taking a Rest . . .

Ever feel that you're running faster than you're able?
Well, so does the blog. ;) {and the team leaders, for that matter}

We've seen so much activity in the forum thread . . .

So we're changing things up a bit, doing a bit of an experiment.

We'll be moving a couple features to the team forum threads instead of highlighting the features here on the blog.

One EXCITING new development is that we'll be moving the "Positive Quote" to the threads also. This will allow members to contribute their own Positive Quotes they run across.

You can visit the Positive Quote thread HERE .

The blog won't be very active over the next little while. Look, instead, to our monthly chat thread, where we'll make announcements, promote each other, and share positivity in general.


Affectionately, The Team Leaders

Monday, 11 July 2011

Monday Positivity Quote!

"Live one day at a time and make it a masterpiece." Dalai Lama 

'Bloom' Original Watercolour by so very happy art

A to Zen of life:

A-avoid negative sources, people, places, and habits
B-believe in yourself
C-consider things from every angle
D-don't give up and don't give in
E-everything you're looking for lies behind the mask you wear
F-family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches
G-give more than you plan to
H-hang on to your dreams
I-if opportunity doesn't knock, build a door
J-judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it
K-keep trying no matter how hard it seems
L-love yourself
M-make it happen
N-never lie, steal, or cheat
O-open your arms to change but don't let go of your values
P-practice makes perfect
Q-quality not quantity in anything you do
R-remember that silence is sometimes the best answer
S-stop procrastinating
T-take control of your own destiny
U-understand yourself in order to understand others
V-visualise it
W-when you loose, don't loose the lesson
X-cellence in all your lessons
Y- you are unique nothing can replace you
Z-zero in on your target and go for it

~I love this, SO relevant for those of us who have Etsy shops too, and who question ourselves and what we create from time to time!! :)

with love,

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Time for Treasury Challenge!!


                                A Trip Down Memory Lane...

I was a child of the '80s. When I think of my childhood now, there are many aspects of it which I have continued to love. The 1980s introduced me to jumper dresses, (I still LOVE those, even if I am a little too old to wear them!!), corduroy, leg warmers, Winnie The Pooh  (the funniest books EVER written, in my opinion!!), deely boppers, Five Star and New Kids on the Block (ahem!)

There are also quite a few things which I will happily never re-visit, these include Cabbage Patch Dolls (scary), school, purple (I don't know what I have against this colour, but really don't like it), and being forced to wear the same style of identical blue coat that my sisters also wore (at the same time!!)

Having a wander through etsy's '1980s vintage' section brought back so many memories, both good and bad!! :)

So, the challenge this week is to pop your childhood era into the vintage section, and have some fun!!! 

with love,

Monday, 20 June 2011

Monday Positive Quote

art print - Cosmic Firesprite



"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all of your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement." -Golda Meir

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Do A Good Deed Week

It's 'Do A Good Deed' time again! ((Not of course that we don't ALWAYS do some sort of good deed!))

This week's theme is to do a good deed by paying it forward 'Etsy Style'! Pick an item from someones shop that's on the Positivity Team and PROMOTE PROMOTE PROMOTE their item as much as you can. Make sure that if one of your items is 'picked' pay it forward by helping another fellow team member to promote their item!

Here's my first pay it forward:
Turquoise Teardrop Howlite Necklace from bluegiraffeshop

Feel free to post on the team thread and on this blog post! Excited to see everyone's picks :)

xo Nickole

Monday, 13 June 2011

Positive Quote!

{recipe for happiness II by EphemeraAndMore}

"Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse."

We are truly alive {and know it} when we are in the throes of utter and complete happiness. And whilst seasons of happiness come and go, just the act of smiling requires less energy than frowning. It also releases endorphins into our systems, becoming self-perpetuating. 

So don't forget to smile today . . . it's easy and free and if you do, you might never even question whether you're really, really living!

Friday, 10 June 2011

June Monthly Team Contest

Time for the June Monthly Team Contest

To enter - just choose an item listed in your Etsy Shop - your favorite or most recent or one you would like to promote...

Go to the Team Forum Page  (June 2011 Monthly Team Contest)

Post the link to your item (Just one item, please)
  (The link to your item should automatically show the photo of your item)
     After you list your item, be sure to promote it on your blog, facebook, twitter. 
       You may see another member's entry that you would want to promote also.
        It might be fun to use some of the other members' entries in a treasury.
The sooner you post a link - the more promotion will come your way!  So post early  - don't wait for the July 4th deadline!

Our May winner - Susan of susanwilliamsdesigns - will choose the June winner.  

Monday, 6 June 2011

Monday Positivity Quote!

"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.'

                                                                            Lao Tzu

                                               'Wax Poetic' by gildinglilies

Life can be, well, a little tricky at times. And whilst it can be easy to accept life without luxurious material comforts, or extra 'stuff', it can be difficult to accept those things that you feel are out of your control, or you might wish were somehow different.

My life feels a little like this at the moment, as it does from time to time for all of us.  But as I walked around my parents' gorgeous, pretty garden yesterday, with everything in full bloom, with the all the fantastic range of colours, the smell of the climbing roses wafting over me along with the gentle summer breeze, and the birds singing, I found myself thinking 'does it get any better than this?'

And if we find it impossible on occasion to rejoice in how things are in our own lives, we can certainly rejoice in the moment. When you find a lovely, calm, pretty, warming or joyous part in you day, enjoy it; try not to worry about what has been, or what may come. For that moment is really all you have...for now. 

Just breathe...

with love,

Monday, 30 May 2011

Positive Quote Monday - Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!

"All we have of freedom, all we use or know -
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago."
~Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Time for a Treasury Challenge!!

                     If you could be anyone for one day......

As a great lover of history, the individuals that shape its path are a real fascination to me. In a moment of day dreaming, I began to wonder what it must have been like to be in one of those person's shoes; even just for a day.

So this month's challenge is to create a treasury based on one individual (now or possibly in the past), whose day you would have loved to have been able to experience.  It might be your favourite musician, a hero of yours, or even a fictional character. The possibilities are endless!! 

Here are a few items linked with a person that I would simply love to have been for a few hours - Audrey Hepburn, in 1953, filming 'Roman Holiday' in Italy.  What an incredible time she must have had!!

  Clockwise from top left: Rome, Summer Nights Print by Art by Tarler
       The Cinematographer by YdnarImaging
       1950s Oxblood Samsonite Suitcase by fun with puns 
       1950s Evening Dress Pattern by savage spider

What will yours be?!

Have fun!

Monday, 23 May 2011

Monday Positive Quote

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world." -Harriet Tubman-- 
Without exception, every person who has achieved their dreams was a human being, just like you. They faced doubts and fears, just like you. They had to overcome insurmountable odds, just like you...they never gave up...just like you?
Mary Long

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Do a Good Deed Week!

In the spirit of promoting goodness, selflessness, and POSITIVITY, here's our  
"Do a Good Deed Week Challenge"
This week's challenge is one that is very near and dear to my heart. When I was a growing up, I loved visiting my grandpa. We were able to see him about once a month until we moved away from the area; then it became once a year. Our special treat every time we visited was for him to take us somewhere special. Every place we visited there was one special saying he said to the 'workers'..whether they were the servers, cashiers, or store employees he said one simple saying that has stuck with me throughout adulthood..
"Thank you. I'm glad you came to work today!"

This may seem a little corny, but in EVERY instance the employee was taken back and there was an instant smile on their face. He said this saying to everyone he met that helped us in any way. It was a way to show appreciation to someone that, most likely, doesn't here a thank you very often. It always put a smile to their face and made them feel GOOD :)

SO, your 'challenge' this week is to tell your local grocery store cashier, restaurant server, or toll booth worker "Thank you. I'm glad you came to work today!" Look for a great reaction, because making someone feel appreciated when so many feel under-appreciated is a wonderful thing!!

 Come back and post your story! Or if you have other good deeds you want to share, please share those too! :)
Although he's not with us now, it's something that I will never forget. I hope this inspired you to make someone feel good!!
XO! Nickole 

(Thankful fabric banner by simplewhimsey)

Monday, 16 May 2011

Positive Quote!

{happiness is a choice by itwaddle}

Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Monthly Team Contest

in the past, our Team Contests have had a theme and we think it might be fun and encourage more participation if rather than a theme, we have a 'list a favorite" contest.  We will still have a monthly winner and the winner from the previous month will choose the winner for the current month.  The winner will receive a small surprise.   UnaPhoto was the winner of our last team contest, so she will be choosing this month's winner.
For the May Team Contest-   (Deadline June 3, 2011 - Mid-night EST)

    * go to the Team Forum Page:  (May 2011 Monthly Team Contest)

* post the link to your favorite item from your shop - or your newest item - or one that you want to put on sale - Just one item please!

    * After you list your item, be sure to promote it on your blog, facebook, twitter. 
       You may see another member's entry that you would want to promote also.
        It might be fun to use some of the other members' entries in a treasury.

       (The link to your item should automatically show the photo of your item)

Monday, 9 May 2011

Monday Positivity Quote!

                                    Accentuate the Positive!

 I hadn't heard this song for a very, very, long time, and since having heard it on the radio a few days ago, I can't seem to get it out of my head!

    Accentuate The Positive Hand Embroidered Wall Plaque by Samskiart

But that's no bad thing, right? So thank you Johnny Mercer, for creating this song, so perfect for the Positivity Team!!:)

"You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

You've got to spread joy up to the maximum

Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium
Liable to walk upon the scene"

with love,
p.s my apologies to those of you that once having read this, get it stuck in their own heads for the next few days...!

Friday, 6 May 2011

Taking Better Photos: Part One

We hear so many times on Etsy that photos sell an item. Great photos make Etsy's front page and Etsy newsletters, and draw buyers in.

So, in the quest for finding information on taking better photos, I've run across a few little tidbits that may prove useful.

This will be the first post of a "Taking Better Photos" series. Look for more tips and tidbits in the coming months. :)


First off, one of the most important questions to ask yourself is:
"What kind of look and feel do I want to portray in my shop?"

Why is this is an important question to ask? Understanding what look and feel you want will give your shop cohesiveness.
If you want your shop to look and feel modern, then you'll want your photos to look crisp, clean, and uncluttered. A neutral background is best for modern items. 
Conversely, if you want to portray a soft, sweet, or ethereal feeling, you'll want your photos to look soft, dreamy with maybe a blurred background or props to stage a scene.
Of course, these are only two different styles, and there are as many different items as there are photo styles on Etsy.

Here are two items from my favorites:

from rubypearl     

     from rubychicoriginals

While these two items are the same style clothing, the photos have very different feels.
In the photo from rubypearl, the model is playful and this photo looks to have been taken on a nice summer day.
In the photo from rubychicoriginals, the model is relaxed and is in a farm or woodland setting.

Background also plays an important role in the feel of your shop. Ask yourself: 
"What are my favorite colors and textures?"
Have a gander through your closet to answer these questions. This will give you more of a feel of what you like and what you'd like to use as a backdrop for your items.

If you sell steampunk jewelry, why not include a few gears in the background? A seller looking to portray a 'farm' feel, might use a piece of burlap as a background.
One way to decide on what feel you want for your shop is to peruse Etsy and favorite items whose photos you love. They don't need to be items you carry in your shop. Just concentrate on favoriting items whose PHOTOS you love. Use these as references as you take your own photos. Compare your own photos to your favorited photos.
Next, take LOTS and LOTS of photos . . . from different angles and with different props. This will give you a big selection to choose from and will give you an idea of which photos you find the most interesting: close-ups, a tilted-camera angle, etc.
Understanding how your camera works is critical. Read through the manual {this might take several days, especially if you're an amateur photographer like me and don't understand words like: macro, ISO, and aperture at first} The more you know, the better photographer you'll be. And remember, the camera is only as good as the photographer behind it.
Understanding light and how to best use it is crucial also.
CLICK HERE to read an EXCELLENT forum thread about better understanding light in photography.
HERE is another great article with lots of tips and pointers for taking better photos.

Most importantly . . . be patient! Taking better photos is a process and a journey. Try to see it as an adventure. :)

Here's to the journey! :)

Fondly, Kate

Monday, 2 May 2011

Positive Quote Monday

"You've got a lot of choices.  If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice." - Steven D. Woodhull

We all have a choice to make everyday. Are you choosing what will make you the happiest..the best person you can be? Sometimes evaluating what makes you..YOU is all you need to lead you in the right direction!

(Print by JayHell)

Monday, 25 April 2011

Positive Monday! :)

"The sun is always shining SOMEWHERE in the world"

You know the saying, "April showers bring May flowers". 

When day after day, your life is filled with cloudy, thunderstormy days, just remember that somewhere, maybe even very far away, the sun is still shining, and its rays will once again shine upon you.

And when darkness seems to penetrate every corner of your home, turn on a light. Making our own light and hope will get us through those long, dark days! :)

Monday, 11 April 2011

Positive Monday Quote

"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”
                                                                                                                                                                   — Mary Lou Cook

                        from stton on Etsy
 When I think of all the lovely positive people on this team, I also think 'creativity' .  Mary Lou Cook has described us all as we invent, experiment, grow, take risks, break rules, make mistakes and have fun. I treasure our ability to share with one another - the joys and the sorrows of our lives and our creative journeys.

To me it is  a circle - start by playing with an idea - it is fun - play more and It is an invention, experiment a little more - maybe learning a new technique or using a new color or design thus growing in knowledge - risk doing more - break the rules that might hold you back - be willing to make a mistake in order to be free and have fun.

Wishing all positive creative fun...
XOXO, Lynne

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Introducing Lynne from ClosetFull!

Well, we've had a couple changes in Team Leadership over the last month.

With a hearty "THANK YOU!" we say goodbye to Lois as our wonderful team captain, who will still, thankfully, be part of the team!

And welcome whole-heartedly Lynne from ClosetFull to the Team Leadership!

Read on to get to know Lynne a bit better.

Please introduce yourself. Who are you, and where do you live?

My name is Lynne and I live in southeastern New Hampshire. Thirty-eight miles to the east is the Atlantic Ocean, 45 miles to the south is Boston and if you go north you are higher and higher into ski country. The first slopes are walking distance from my home.

How would you describe your work / style?

My Etsy shop, ClosetFull, is mostly vintage. I have what i feel is a great treasure of items passed along to me from my Grandparents, Parents, and other family and friends. And, I love estate sales and auctions. All of my life, it has been hard for me to discard anything unless another person could use it. Re-purpose, recycle and re-use is what I have always done.

 Who, or what, inspires you?

My family has inspired me - my Mother and many family members were quilters and I learned at their feet. My Dad worked with wood - building, re-finishing and re-upholstering furniture. Nature and color are my inspiration for my own quilts and fabric pieces.

What made you decide to start selling your work?

I can remember my loved ones without having all the material things and want to share them. You could call it part of my retirement plan.

At first, selling my quilts was very basic. I needed the money. When finances eased a bit, I learned that selling my fabric pieces was a way of giving them value and it made me feel very proud that others valued them, as well.

How were you introduced to Etsy?

My daughter-in-law and her twin sister have an Etsy shop, twigsandheather, and they encouraged me to open a shop.

Do you have a website or blog address?

I do have a blog and need to learn to use it to be more productive. Or, at least use it more often!

and I am on Facebook

How did you learn your craft? How long have you been creating?

My vintage collecting started young when I would go with my Dad to barn sales and junk shops.

My sewing/quilting started when I was four and playing under the family quilt frame. My grandmother decided if I was in the room, I better be up beside her at the frame so all the ladies would be careful what gossip they reported. My first stitches were very large!

Is there any other craft skill you would like to learn?

I would love to learn more about working with paper. Have ideas - need to learn techniques.

Anything exciting planned that you’d like to share?

Opening a second Etsy shop. Starting small and want to use it to remember my Mom and family.

It will be all handmade by me so the listings will be slow.

{from Lynne's new shop}
Have you had any work featured in magazines/books/galleries?

Some of my quilts have been featured in quilt and fiber art shows over the years.

Has your work won any prizes/competitions?

After one show, where I won a first prize, i was asked to do a one-woman show. Very small town but so much fun!

If I wasn’t doing this, I’d be………

Wow, that gives me pause! Not sure I would know what to do if I couldn't quilt, go to auctions and estate sales...

Write a book???????

{vintage books from Lynne's shop}

Perfect day is walking along our pond, getting ideas from the nature and breathing in the fresh air, chatting with my hubby,

spending hours in my sewing room and then going to an auction! And, if my little grand daughters call - even more perfect!

Describe your proudest moment.

My proudest moment related to my crafting was being asked to make a fiber art piece for the National Orchid Society.

What do you do to relax and what are your hobbies?

Scrapbooking and Gardening

What’s your weakness?


See more from Lynne's Etsy shop 'ClosetFull' here!
Great to have you aboard, Lynne!
Thanks for letting us get to know you a bit better! :)

Describe your perfect day.