Friday, October 22, 2010


I have no idea how this came about, but this is the funniest thing that I have ever had the pleasure of discovering.

I heard about regretsy from a forum on etsy and of course my nosiness caused me to clickety-click-click and the first thing I saw was this bear with a vah-jay-jay.  I almost fell out of my seat laughing.  I literally laughed for about 10 minutes straight and I could not breath!  I had to leave my desk because I would just constantly click on it and restart the laughter.

Is regretsy a good thing or bad thing...I am not sure.  It does highlight some items that probably would not get the exposure otherwise, some of the items gain some rock star status, and the shops get hearts and sometimes sales.  The downside is that folks get to really say what they feel about an item.  I will be the first to admit that some of the stuff on etsy makes me raise an eyebrow, but not everything I see is my taste so I am not that particular seller's target market.  And then there is the stuff that causes me to question if the creator was under the influence of "something" when they made "it" and listed "it".  Don't get me wrong, I am not a fine artist or trained critic for that matter, but there are just some things that would cause my 6 year old niece to question the sanity behind it. 

Regretsy also does a lot of good.  Here is a bit from their site: The Regretsy Alchemy Fund hires Etsy artists to create handmade products for various charities. In some instances, the fund is able to provide relief directly to artists in need.  Projects are funded through sales of Regretsy merchandise on Zazzle or Ebay, direct donations, donated book royalties and donated ad revenue.  There are a number of projects that regretsy has been publically involved in and they are currently running a donation campaign to raise money for a kid with cancer to help pay for his treatment...cute kid too!  According to, they have rasied over over $25,000.00 for all charitable projects.  That is impressive! 

Anyway, stop by regretsy and see what all the huh-la-ba-loo is about and make your own judgement.  I recommend that you read the FAQs first (start there with your laugh) and then make your way to the Gallery to see the folks that have purchased things because of regretsy, and finally see the stuff that made it to regretsy by clicking on the Home page.

Best of luck! 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Well I did it...again!

Okay, I am not Britney Spears afterall, I forgot to say Oops.  I have made the plunge and applied for the DC Craft Mafia in hopes of widening my craft circle of friends (still love ya'll at CREST!) and I joined the NOVA Modern Quilt Guild and the DC Modern Quilt Guild.

I am very excited and I am hoping to be helpful to all groups. 

that is all...for now...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Choices Choices Choices

In February of 2010 I wrote this excerpt in my blog:

When I first started tweeting, it seemed like fun. The going back and forth, the following people's tweets, the hope that someone famous would discover your product and rocket you off to fame, fortune, and Oprah. But alas, some of us are realist and have to juggle time, sleeping, eating, working, tweeting, Facebook, dog shows, craft shows, husbands, households (did I mention THREE households?), friends, family, website design, product updates, product designs, taxes, inventory, and clients. So, with those factors in mind...I think that I am going to have to let Twitter go by the way of the Hammer Pants. is an update.  I am thinking of getting rid of my FaceBook account too.  I really have no intention of updating my FB account and Twitter is just too time consuming.  I am really trying to figure out how people do it?  I love my iPhone, but I am not that thrilled about using it to Tweet or update my status..."I am in the bathroom trying to figure out why Chester is watching me do my business?!".  To be honest, it is only fair as I watch him do his.  But, back to all this social networking...I simply can't do it, well can't is not the word, but won't do it.  I would rather spend my time blogging and creating.

Oh and Hammer Pants are back...ugh! new baby!

After sitting down and researching construction, materials, and design, I finally figured it out.  I am introducing a new rhinestone collar called Radiance.

Exactly what is  a Radiance?  Well, much like my traditional construction of satin encased webbing, beefy hardware, and double and triple stitching...Radiance is wrapped in satin, lined with Swiss velvet, AND bejeweled with multiple rows of Czech cut rhinestones.

Radiance is...well...just look at it!

and look at this one...

Oh and check out the video of all the sparkles....

I cannot wait to show you guys what I am working on for my limited edition section...heh heh heh!!