Etsy Artist Feature & Giveaway: Glitter Cult

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Glitter Cult

 

 

Today’s featured artist, Emily from Glitter Cult, describes herself as “an aspiring designer working in corporate America while my husband puts the finishing touches on his engineering degree.” She will be returning to school in a little over a year for a degree in Industrial Design, but in the meantime she dabbles in “Interior Design, Wedding and Event Design, and chic crafts for [her] life and home.”

 

“For the past year or so I’ve been trying to find a creative outlet for myself. I taught myself to knit, volunteered to design friends’ weddings, redesigned nearly every room in my house, and made small gifts for my friends. At Christmas I did a fundraiser at work for our annual Adopt-A-Family program where I made and sold coffee cup sleeves. That gave me the idea to open my Etsy shop.”

 

I absolutely love the photography setup here too!

I always am interested in how people are promoting their shops.  Because Glitter Cult is only a little over a month old, this is not a full-time job for Emily just yet, and a lot of artists are in the same boat.  I definitely am, and at this point, I can’t spend a ton of money on advertising that just “may” turn into profit.  Considering that, I am constantly asking others what marketing tools they are using and what they have found effective.  Emily uses Facebook to promote Glitter Cult, particularly advertising her new items there.  Finally, she has a blog via wordpress: Glitter Cult.

 



“I love making glass bottle oil lamps. They’re so versatile and there are practically no limitations on how one could decorate them.” 

 

Glitter Cult accepts all major credit cards, as well as Etsy gift cards, and ships via USPS 1 to 2 business days following your order date.  Contact Emily with requests for custom orders, and she will create a special listing for you.

Check out Emily’s Facebook page here!

My Favorite Item:

Emily is offering a special discount for readers. Enter coupon code GLITTERGIVEAWAY to save 10% at Glitter Cult through the end of March!

You can also enter to win these two items in the giveaway below!

Win both the bow set and the coffee cup sleeve below!

A total value of $19!!!

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Regrets: But I Can’t Go Back And I Don’t Want To

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I’ve never bothered much with regret.  Perhaps it’s a pride thing (after all, to say you regret something means you’re admitting you did something wrong…), but I think regret is a waste of time.  You can’t change it anyway, so why bother regretting it?

I moved to North Carolina to teach at a public school in Charlotte in August, and I moved back to Erie a mere six months later.  I spent a lot of money moving down there, and I spent another good chunk moving back up north.  I’m sure to some people that looks like regret — I regretted moving south so I moved back north.  Well, it’s not.  I don’t regret moving to North Carolina.  It was something I had to do.

When you make a decision, you obviously have reasons to do so.  You may change your mind about those reasons later, but at the time, you had your reasons.  So why should you regret it? I had to go to North Carolina.  I was working in a private school, and at the time I believed it “didn’t count” as real teaching.  “Real” teachers were public school teachers, and you weren’t a real teacher ’till you taught at a public school.  In Pennsylvania it is very difficult to get a public school job — there is a ton of competition, first of all.  Then there are some districts that only hire people who went to the school, whose parents teach at the school, etc.  And there are other districts who only hire people who are in no way connected to the school (such as the district I was raised in and worked in for five years).  On top of that, I was just itching to get out of Erie.  I had lived in Erie my whole life, had gone to college and grad school within fifty miles of the city, and was worried I would never get out.  At that point in my life, I had to leave, and teaching in North Carolina was the first opportunity I found to do that.

While I ended up hating my job down there and moved back north just six months later, while I’ve lost money in the moves and have had to go back to substitute teaching up here, North Carolina was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made in terms of my own personal and professional growth.

Personally, for the first time since I really entered the “dating world,” I didn’t care about having a boyfriend — moving gave me distance from the stupid non-relationship thing I was doing with a moron up here, and it also gave me time to get over the real three year relationship I had ended the year before.    When we broke up at the end of 2011, I jumped right in to seeing someone else to help me forget about the one I really loved, and even when I knew that new person wasn’t right, I didn’t want to be alone.  Erie held too many memories of the guy I thought I was going to marry — from grocery shopping together at Wegmans to gardening/landscaping together in the front yard.  However, in moving to North Carolina, I rid myself of the moron, I separated myself from all my memories of the love, and I was just plain old too busy to even think about dating anyone else.  I discovered I’d rather hang out with my friends on Saturday nights than go meet up with some guy and have to make awkward conversation for an hour.  I got back into crafting in my free time and started my Etsy shop, Eva M Designs.  And this new independence followed me back to Erie when I moved.  Moving to North Carolina was something I had to do.

Professionally, I learned more about the “art” of teaching and classroom management than I would have learned in years up here (mostly because you had to learn to survive!), and I know I am a much better teacher now than I ever was before (and considering I had always had good observations before, I think I’m going to be pretty excellent now!).  I also realized what I had had up here at that private school I didn’t think was good enough.  I realized how important it is to have supportive administrators, and I learned what questions to ask and what things to look for as I seek out a new position and interview potential bosses. (Haha, flipped that one around!)  I realized that public school teaching is NOT for me,  considering the directions public schooling is moving towards. Frightening.  Finally, I realized I’d rather be poor than miserable, and I can’t wait to get back into a private school and share all I learned from my brief venture into public school.  I don’t care what they pay me – I’d rather get to teach and enjoy it.

So instead of regretting my adventure in North Carolina, I prefer to look at all I’ve learned from it and know that it was something I had to do.  I had my reasons for it at the time, and I never would have been satisfied until those reasons were addressed.  There are plenty of other situations in my life, actions I’ve taken, roads I’ve gone down, that sometimes I wonder if I should regret.  But I always remind myself that I had my reasons, and I would not be the person I am today if I had not made those decisions.

But I can’t go back
And I don’t want to
‘Cause all my mistakes
They brought me to you.

Feature and Giveaway: KM Cards and Design

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Etsy Artist Feature

Katherine Mendieta Cards & Design

Today I’d like to introduce Katherine Mendieta, a 26 year old Art graduate from the University of Iowa.  She currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband Mitch and just opened up her Etsy shop this February!

“I love designing cards almost as much as I love sending them to friends and family. As much as I love social media, I miss the old school days when snail mail was a bigger deal. So after some friends encouraged me, I opened up shop!”

 

 

Though new to the Etsy world, Katherine has jump-started her marketing, posting links and discount codes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Before she moved to Minnesota, she worked at a photography studio and learned “that people are far more likely to trust the word of someone they know, or a trusted blogger they connect with, than an advertisement.”  Because of that, she’s relying on word of mouth and some giveaways to get her name out there.

 

sock monkey note card
how cute is this!

When I asked Katherine what he favorite thing to make was, I was not at all surprised with her answer after taking a look at her shop! “Fun, quirky cards that make people smile.”  She also loves doing custom work, so readers, you can keep that in mind too!

 

My Favorite:

You can connect with Katherine through Twitter and Pinterest, and of course at her Etsy shop KM Cards & Design.

You can also enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below to win a set of personalized stationary up to a $25 value! The winner can choose their design from any of the sets posted at KM Cards & Design!
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Meet Eva: Peach and Gunmetal

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I’ve been busy working on my 1920s Collection this past week and have finished five new pieces that I’ll be posting over the next few days! Today I want to introduce you to Eva.  This necklace features a cluster of peachy freshwater pearls (4 mm), dangling from three delicate gunmetal chains.  I absolutely love how the chains sparkle in the light, although that’s something I find difficult to capture in the photographs.

Anyway, in addition to the necklace, I’ve creating a matching set of earrings! These earrings have tiny freshwater pearls (2-3 mm) clustered on handcrafted gunmetal ear hooks.  What do you think?

Meet Kait

Yesterday I released another necklace in my new 1920s Collection available at my Etsy shop, Eva M Designs.  Kait, as you can see below, is simple, soft and lovely.  I named her for a friend from high school who embodied this classic look – a long chain of pearls on antique bronze wire, complemented by (soon to be released!) pearl stud earrings.  I added a few bright Swarovski crystals to add contrast and an antique bronze leaf to tie in a second strand of smaller pearls.

Kait measures 32 inches (81 cm) of beads with another 28 inches (71 cm, 14 inches/side) of ribbon, allowing you to adjust the length as you desire.  Kait would look gorgeous against a dark red satin or navy blue fabric, although she looks just as cute when worn with any garment of contrasting color.

1920s inspired vintage pearl necklace

1920s inspired vintage pearl necklace1920s inspired vintage pearl necklace

Yesterday I also finished Lucy, another opera length necklace.  Lucy features peach pink freshwater pearls on delicate, dark curb chains.  The contrast is striking.  Though I haven’t released her for sale yet, I’ve decided to share a sneak peek with you!

1920s vintage inspired freshwater pearl necklace

Lucy

1920s flapper photograph

Lucy was inspired by this 1920s photograph.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more additions to my new 1920s line!

Introducing the New 1920s Collection

INTRODUCING THE NEW 1920S COLLECTION FROM EVA M DESIGNS

I am so excited to introduce you to the first few pieces of my new 1920s Collection.  As I started to think of this venture as a business, rather than just a hobby, I decided I needed to find a focus or “niche” that I could fill.  My love of history, my fascination with earlier times, and the new popularity of the 1920s inspired me to create a line of jewelry that fuses those vintage looks with the fashion of a modern woman. I will be releasing pieces over the next few weeks, building the line around a core of nine lovely ladies (my necklaces) and expanding the line to include matching earrings and bracelets.
I am so so so happy with this new look, my new photographs, and the direction my shop is moving, and I am so lucky to have met so many supportive fellow Etsians — from Kelly from Blart Blog, Lizzy Love fromOddball Art Co, and Lindsey from Natural Details — as well as my family (especially Mom and Aunt Michele!) for constantly promoting me and my works!  I am a lucky girl, and I know it!
Thanks everyone!! Hope you like the new Eva M Designs!

Mara: 1920s Inspired Opera L…

$68.00

Leigh: Handcrafted Black and…

$42.00

Stella: 1920s Inspired Blue …

$62.00

Sybil: 1920s Vintage Inspire…

$36.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

President’s Day Giveaway: Beach Glass Jewelry

Happy President’s Day!

I am so happy with my new domain and blog template (designed by Raspberry Road Designs) that I wanted to celebrate by hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway! You can earn entries by tweeting about the giveaway, following me on Twitter, “liking” my Facebook page, and leaving some comments on the blog.  Join the blog via Google and/or subscribe by email to earn another entry. This giveaway will run until Sunday, February 24 at 12:00AM.

aqua blue beach glass pendant
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Shore Leave

If there is one thing I have learned this past week, it is how quickly things can change.

I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, this past August to take a teaching job with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools system.  While I learned more in the past six months about classroom management than I probably would have learned in five years of teaching at my last school, I was pretty miserable.  The environment at the school was very negative – I constantly felt like I had someone looking over my schoulder, waiting for me to slip up.  I’ve had my share of not-so-great jobs — I’ve babysat, worked in daycare, worked in food service, etc.  and I’ve been bored or busy or worked to the bone at these places… However, I’ve never felt as unhappy as I did teaching at that school and working with those administrators.  I seriously had anxiety about coming to school each day.  It was pretty awful.

That said, I would never have left that school without securing another job.  While my plans changed frequently over the last few months — I thought about looking for a job at another school, waiting the year out and going back to school, even working at the mall (anything to get out of that school!) — I started looking for “real jobs” in other cities after Christmas.  I interviewed for a few and was offered a position leading an SPCA shelter in western New York.

I was delighted. Being in charge of a shelter? That was something I had always wanted to do — it was even on the Lifetime-To-Do List (aka my Bucket List) I started in college! So I gave my 30 days notice (that was an amazing day!) and I started to get ready to leave.  There were drawbacks — it was a cut in pay in a small town, I’d have to leave my friends and the lovely city of Charlotte, and there were lease fees and all that I had to worry about, on top of the cost of a moving truck.  But I hated my job, I barely got to enjoy Charlotte because I was working all the time or too exhausted from all the stress to want to do anything at the end of the day, and I seriously had this constant anxious feeling that I had done something wrong… when I wasn’t even at school! Ugh, it was awful.

So anyway, I packed up all my stuff last Saturday and drove up north on Sunday, arriving at my home in Erie, PA that night.  The next day we packed up the few remaining things I was taking from my parents house and headed to New York.  It was about a two hour drive to where I was going, and I was still feeling good about everything. I was looking forward to getting everything unpacked, setting up a craft room, and chilling with my new DirectTV that night!

Oh god.

While I hadn’t had the opportunity to look at the place I was moving into, the woman who hired me recommended this house (though afterward I found out she hadn’t actually seen it herself), owned by an active volunteer, head of the adoption committee, and former board member for the organization.  The house had been described as “beautiful,” and she had sent me some pictures that showed an older home with some quaint charming cupboards and a neat little loft.  I knew it wasn’t brand-spanking-new, and I didn’t expect it to be. However, I was prepared to get all crafty and make it a wonderful little cottage for me and my two poms.

It was flat out awful.  The place smelled moldy, there were cobwebs hanging from the ceiling and walls, and the floors were covered in dust, dirt, dead flies and mice droppings.  The windows had no screens, they were caked in gunk, and there were important things like a bathroom floor missing, tiles peeling up in the kitchen, broken appliances, garbage, and big gaps between the walls and the ends of the floorboards in which yucky stuff had piled up over time.  It was gross.

I honestly did not know what to do.  I just started to unload the boxes and sweep the floor.  When the rest of my family arrived to help move, we decided I could not stay here.  After speaking with the woman who owned the place, we decided to finish unloading my furniture, as I needed to return the truck, and there was no way I could find an apartment in a day.  However, as we were about to leave, the woman called back to say I needed to have my stuff out by the end of the week, because she had someone else who might want to rent it.  And let’s just say she wasn’t exactly nice, either.

I told my parents to turn around, let’s pack back up and go back to Erie.

And here I am now, at my parents house with all my boxes and furniture stuffed in the bedrooms and basement and garage.  I decided not to take the job.  With everything that has happened, it doesn’t seem exactly “meant to be,” and I just can’t shake the uneasy feeling I get when I think about it.  In addition to having to rent another truck to move AGAIN, I’d also have to work with the not-so-nice slumlord volunteer who owned the house. I still feel guilty – for leaving the dogs, for leaving Kris (the very nice woman from the Board of Directors who hired me), and for leaving the shelter in general. I truly hope they find someone great for that job…

So while I feel guilty that I am not able to help the dogs at the shelter like I had planned, I am not willing to risk committing myself to another negative working environment.  Until I can find something I feel good about, I’ll be staying with my parents (yay…) and substitute teaching at my old school here in Erie.  While on one hand the situation isn’t the greatest, I AM glad I got out of that school in Charlotte, and I feel like I am in a much better position to be searching for new jobs.  I have the luxury of time now — I’m not in a rush to get out of a bad job — and my financial commitments at this point are minimal, so I can save up some money as well.  It’s still unfortunate all this happened, but I can only move forward.

Well, I definitely left the shore…

On a more positive note, all this time off also gives me a chance to dedicate myself to my Etsy shop and this blog! I’ve been pretty active on Twitter this past month, but since preparations for the move began, I’ve been slacking on the blogging.  So what’s ahead?

I have a lot of ideas for posts I want to share with you, including:

  • Yummy: Peanut Brittle Tutorial
  • More Yummy: The Best Way to Cook Bacon (Civil War Reenactor Style)
  • Featured Shops
  • Tutorial: Downton Abbey Inspired “Sybil Necklace”
  • Tutorial: Pretty’d Up and Personalized Clipboard
I also want to share with you how my view of my Etsy shop has evolved over the last few months, shifting in my mind from the idea of it as a hobby to it as a business.  Kelly from Blart Blog has been fairly instrumental in this change in thinking (though I don’t think she knows it!), as I have learned about how she “created her own career” with the start of her shop on Etsy and her move into graphics and web design.  Check out the new blog she created that focuses on her path and all that she has learned.  It has a lot of great articles for budding entrepreneurs, and you can even win an advertising spot on the blog through a giveaway she just posted!
Anyway, I’ll be sharing with you soon enough the new direction in which I’ll be moving Eva M Designs, so stay tuned for sneak peeks!  In the meantime, check out what I have already listed at the shop!
   

I’ve Moved!

moving

You Are Not A Tree

I’m kind of becoming a pro at moving.  I feel like I’ve done it an awful lot in the last few years.  It all started when I finished student teaching and wasn’t sure I wanted to actually be a teacher anymore.  As I tried to figure out what I really wanted to do with my life — and what I could realistically expect to do with my BA in History and M.Ed in Middle and Secondary Ed —  I was all over the place. Back to school? Wait for a job? Move for a job? I was that butterfly that needed to spread its wings.

Well, my boyfriend at the time wasn’t really into spreading wings (for him, that was already done and over with).  This sudden divergence in our life plans caused a bit of a problem in our relationship, and unsurprisingly (if, as I learned from Dexter, the secret to a successful relationship is shared dreams/plans) we broke up.  This was my first move.

Christmas

my first apartment decorated for Christmas

cozy apartment decorated for Christmas

another view of my first apartment  –  <3 you Irish!

cozy kitchen at my first apartment

Well, I lived in that lovely apartment for nearly a year, working first at McDowell’s preschool (not the dream job, I’ll admit) and then as a teacher at OLC.  I decided over the summer, however, that I still had that itch to spread my wings. I wanted to get out of Erie, to leave the 2 hour radius I had always operated within and live somewhere… cool.

I ended up in Charlotte. I moved here August 13, although I never actually fully moved in.  I’ve decided NOT to share any of those apartment pictures… mostly because I never took any. I still have lots of boxes and bins lying around, I never hung up decorations, and I’ll admit I’m a little behind on my dusting. It’s pretty pathetic, but motivation is kind of hard to come by when you spend the first 4 months of the school year miserably trying to catch up and the most recent two months making plans to leave.  My apartment here, though, is lovely – 2nd floor, huge bathroom, nice sized living/dining room, huge windows in my bedroom, balcony overlooking the pool, fitness center… and the best part, it’s in Charlotte, which is seriously an awesome city.  I am SO going to miss it — Amelie’s Bakery, The Crepe Cellar, NoDa, SweetCakes Bakery, Duckworth’s Grill, Baja Soul Taqueria, Cabo Fish Taco, Birkdale Village, etc.  I am really sad to leave this city and my wonderful friends here…

That said, I hate my job, and I don’t do things I don’t like.  So again, I make plans to move.  Because I am a person and I am able to do that.  Life is definitely too short to be unhappy.  And there is no point to being unhappy when you don’t have to be.

Always remember:

inspirational quote

my life’s motto

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