Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Check out this article on this Amazing Artist!

I found this article posted by the UK's Daily Mail, on an artist named Sipho Mabona. He creates amazing, lifelike origami animals out of single sheets of paper, including really intricate insects like the praying mantis.

I have to agree with the writer of this article, who refers to Mabona as an "Origami Master." Check out the full article here.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

What is this bird?

Looks like this piece may end up in the "Oops" file...

Okay, I was trying to make a bald eagle, here, but right now it's looking a lot more like a parakeet. So. What the heck is this bird, and what do I call it?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Shop Improvements -- Suggesting Matching Items

I'm in the process of hopefully making it easier to shop for matching, or similar items in my shop. I picked up the tip from muyinmolly, through the Full Time Etsy Crafters Blog. I'm adding links to shop search results, instead of to a specific listing, or shop section. For example, in my red bridal bouquet listing, I added a link to the search results for the terms "red wedding."

There are a lot of other great tips in that article, from full-time sellers that have reached major "milestone" sales numbers. The article can be found here.

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go....

My latest Treasury, featuring the work of (from left to right, top to bottom):
Row 1: orsinimedici1951, FantasyPeriodCostume, chicallure
Row 2: MysticDragyn, amyburgessjewelry, annesophietoniazzi
Row 3: KristieGK, bellanovia, jacksdaughter
Row 4: KealaLegacy, handcraftedjewels, isabellaslittleshop(aka IsabellaSmiles)

I know I should have posted the direct links of the shops I featured in previous treasuries, but did not think of it until now.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Computer vs. Camera

I meant to write about this earlier, but didn't get around to it until now...

Hubby got me a new Dell laptop back in July. It's the first computer I've had with Windows Vista, and I mainly use it for working on my Etsy shop. That means uploading a lot of pictures... Well about the end of August, I began to notice something weird: The "safely remove hardware" icon was missing when I had my camera plugged in to the USB port, and if I tried to remove it anyway (not a technique I recommend) I got the dreaded "blue screen of death," which is what happens when Windows apparently shuts down and restarts itself automatically "in order to protect your computer," as it says.

Fortunately, I have in-house tech support (aka Hubby) and he found out that it was a recent automatic update that my computer had downloaded for Vista which was causing the problem. It was update KB973879 that apparently did something screwy to the Dell USB drivers. Anyway, once it was removed, my computer and my camera decided to get along again =)

He didn't tell me exactly how he did it, but I did find directions on how to take care of this problem on techerator. Supposedly Windows has since stopped putting out this update, but just in case anyone else still has a problem with this, the link in the previous sentence may just help solve it.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Dragon Fire

Created another Treasury collection, this time dedicated to dragons: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=81097