Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Gamboge: The Color of Mustard on Etsy

Handpicked on Etsy
Gamboge is a familiar term to most artists who paint, denoting yellow-brown hues that come in tubes of artists' pigments. Originally derived from gamboge tree resin, the range of colors reminds us of mustard. Beautiful as a stand-alone hue, I also love what it does when used as an accent in a color scheme. A painter might cover a canvas with it before beginning to compose a landscape composition, a weaver might throw in a pick of it here and there, or a designer might use it for striking accessories to add punch and warmth. Today I featured creations found on Etsy that illustrate various beautiful ways to use the color gamboge. Click on the pictures to go directly to these Etsy listings. Prices range from $16.00 to $645.00. From top left to bottom right, today's featured Etsy artists include: DAcustomframes, kirevi, metroline6, verreencore, therawcanvas, constancrosedesigns, inbloomdesigns, FableBay

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Storque Yourself: An Invitation to Followers of EtsyLounge

I've been reviewing my goals for this blog, which started out last year as an effort to boost the truly artistic, unique and the very best of Etsy. What I've hoped for is more interaction, which is what generates synergy for all of us.

So, I'm thinking the way forward is to create a Storque-like feature, in which featured artisans who've chosen to follow EtsyLounge can promote themselves and give us a more in-depth look at their work, their studios, their goals, their story.

My question for you: Would I have your support if I put the time into creating opportunity for you? I know many of you have your own blogs, but as we all know, it is the linkage that raises our SEO ratings and thus, it is through interaction with other blogs that we create internet synergy.

Question for Me: Can I pull this off? (As a non-geek, so far I've found one interactive gadget using Friends Connect. It's a start, and I'll keep working on it...scroll all the way down to the bottom to see it, and feel free to fill out the questionnaire if you'd like to be blogged!)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Outdoor Living with Etsy Creations

Handpicked on Etsy
Summertime in the Pacific Northwest means super long days, entertaining in the garden, al fresco dining and mild evenings on the patio. Today I focused on Etsy creations that enhance outdoor summer life. Featured today are garden enchantments for all ages, functional weatherproof furniture from whimsical to elegant, and a couple of summery wraps for bare shoulders including one of my own cozy wraps that protect against post-sunset breezes. Click on the pictures to go directly to these Etsy listings. Prices range from $17.00 to $925.00
From top left to bottom right, today's featured artisans include: katsarayarns, HangLooseHangers, filofashion, johntunger, CatsMeowArt, calicoskiescrafts, MillionTabbies, AspenIronworks, deliafurniture, joejeach, BearPawPottery