Monday, October 31, 2011

Team FEST Lottery!

Yes you read right –

Team FEST is running a lottery November 1st through November 30th. You can win a fabulous prize package, compliments of TierraSolPaz, RecreationalArt & GentlemansEmporium as well as a feature of your shop on the team blog (including an etsy shop mini!)

How to enter:

You must create a 100% Team FEST treasury and post the link in the comments section below. You can find Florida Etsy Street Team (FEST) members to select treasury items from their shops here: FEST MEMBERS

Be sure to include these three tags in your treasury:

1. etsyteam

2. teamfest

3. fest

You can enter as many times as you wish but you must create a new 100% Team FEST treasury for each entry. (treasury date must be posted between nov 1 & nov 30 ... no recycling treasuries please)

You can enter to win November 1st – November 30th

The winner will be chosen with the random number generator.

The lottery is open to all!! Share the opportunity with your family & friends both on and off etsy, share on twitter & facebook too!

If someone who is not an etsy shop is a selected winner he/she can choose the shop they wish to feature. (perhaps a friends shop or a favorite)

Winner will be announced December 1st!

Happy Birthday To You!

Happy Birthday wishes going out to

Humbleraelord on October 31st
http://www.etsy.com/listing/38513263/sad-owl-magnet-one-1-item-free-us
Sad Owl Magnet, One (1) item - Free US shipping

Lazaflair on November 1st
http://www.etsy.com/listing/83022845/halloween-coasters-vintageretro-set-of-4
Halloween Coasters-Vintage/Retro -Set of 4

PawBearers on November 2nd
http://www.etsy.com/listing/80528893/pet-urn-dog-funeral-memorial-cat-funeral
Pet Urn Dog Funeral Memorial Cat Funeral Pet Ashes Pet Coffin Wood Urn Photo of Dog Cat Memento

MoreThanTreasures on November 4th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/81413667/three-burgundy-red-decorative-candles
Three Burgundy Red Decorative Candles

BereniceDesigns on November 6th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/84985044/sterling-silver-ear-cuff-hand-forged
Sterling Silver Ear Cuff Hand Forged Textured


Retrorevisited also on November 6th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/84154934/vintage-daisies-daisy-twin-flat-sheet
Vintage Daisies Daisy Twin Flat Sheet / Reclaimed Bed Linens

Tortoisetreasures also on November 6th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/78500027/butterfly-blue
Butterfly Blue

Hope you all have a Wonderful Birthday!
ReneeBrownsDesigns







 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Happy Birthday To You!

Happy Birthday wishes going out to

KellysCottageShoppe on October 24th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/79391353/custom-printable-fall-festival-2-inch
Custom, Printable Fall Festival 2 Inch Party Circles for Cupcake Toppers, Favor Tags, or Decorative Circles

Sylviasdesigns also on October 24th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/75030996/college-football-blue-and-and-orange
College Football Blue and and Orange Wrap Bracelet

Foundvintageobjects on October 25th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/72728469/mid-century-melamine-dinnerware
mid century melamine dinnerware

Lovelywire also on October 25th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/79055298/pink-cherry-blossom-earrings-handmade
Pink Cherry Blossom Earrings - Handmade Lucite Jewelry

Jilliebeanie on October 26th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/55614820/filigree-flower-swarovski-crystal
filigree flower Swarovski crystal necklace

Paintingsbygretzky on October 27th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/65533423/sunflower-trio
Sunflower Trio

laynemikesell on October 28th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/84492284/tiny-deer-tooth-and-wire-ball-charm
Tiny Deer Tooth and Wire Ball Charm

Feyfripperies on October 30th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/82740861/calendula-flower-yarn-and-plastic-canvas
Calendula Flower Yarn and Plastic Canvas Gift Box

Hope you all have a Wonderful Birthday!
ReneeBrownsDesigns





Sunday, October 23, 2011

Team FEST BNS Round 1 ... Running

Team FEST BNS Running Sunday October 23rd 10:00am - 6:00pm! (TODAY)

Team FEST monthly BNS ~ Round 1 ~ Fall Celebration! OPEN

Stop in and click around, promote, shop, and comment!

We are excited to announce that Team FEST (Florida Etsy Street Team) is now presenting a monthly BNS!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Team FEST Orlando Area Meet & Greet Event


On October 15th some area Team FEST folks got together to meet & greet in person. We met at The Social Chameleon in Orlandos Milk District. They were kind enough to open their doors for us to meet and brought in food from Spookys Cafe.

We enjoyed chatting together about etsy ... our shops, strategy, tips, and general conversation getting to know each other. It was wonderful to take the relationships we have built online into an in person gathering!


meet the Team FEST folks who attended:

MoreThanColors / Michelle

Beautiful Handcrafted Stained Glass Art


CatherinesJewelry / Catherine

Handmade Artisan Jewelry


BlindSquirrel / Terri

Nuno felt scarves and shawls


beadloverskorner / Gari Anne

Pandora Style Beads, Landmark Beads, Charms, Fit Biagi


Tierrasolpaz / Laura

Mixed Media Art, Photography, and More


We are currently planning the next Team FEST Orlando Meetup for January!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Happy Birthday To You!

Happy Birthday wishes!

Artsinwonderland on October 17th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/76305215/weekend-chores-original-oil
Weekend Chores Original Oil Impressionistic Kids On the beach Painting (impressionism) 11x14 Framed in Floater Ready to Hang Wall Art

Cynlizzys on October 20th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/80915042/hippy-sunburst-bag
Hippy Sunburst Bag

Have a Wonderful Birthday!
ReneeBrownsDesigns




 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Greetings From On Board The SS Tesla 10/16/11

Hello Team FESTers!

This is going to be another short post due to the fact that I am booked solid for the next couple of months doing shows, I now have a full-time job and I am pursuing my Masters. Unfortunately, that leaves me with very little time to contribute to this blog, but I will still be posting, just not as often. So that means I am going to post a fun tutorial crochet pattern today and I know some of you Team FESTers are nerds like me so I am going to provide a cute crochet amigurumi pattern from Nerdigurumi (check out her work and be sure to donate to her too, she has mad skills! She has many other patterns too)! This pattern is going to be Sackboy from Little Big Planet (he is so cute)!


Head (For an explanation of rounds 5 and 6, have a look at the videos at the bottom of the page)
CH2 or Magic Ring or however you like to start
1. 6 SC in 2nd CH from hook or in Magic Ring (6)
2. INC in each ST (12)
3. INC six times; SC then INC 3 times (21)
4. SC then INC; repeat around (31)
5. SL ST around (31)
6. CH1 then hook through front loop of the first SC stitch of row 4 (under the SL ST you just did) and SC in each front loop all the way around (31) (this creates the fabric straight down away from the flat top without a real rounding or spherical shape)
7. SC around (using both loops again) (31)
8-9. Repeat row 7 (31)
10. SC 11, insert loop through button shank to add the first eye; SC x 2 then INVDEC then SC x 3; insert next button eye then SC x 12 (29) (both loops that hold a button count as a skipped stitch that gets picked up next round)
11. SC x 14 then INVDEC then SC x 14 (30)
12. SC x 4 then INC; repeat around (35)
13. SC around (35)
14. SC x 14 then INC then SC x 2 then INC then SC x 2 then INC then SC 13 (38)
15. SC around (38)
16. SC around (38)
17. SC then INVDEC; repeat around (26)
18. SC then INVDEC; repeat around (18)
19. SC then INVDEC; repeat around (12)
20. INVDEC x 6 (6)
Finish Off and weave in tail
Body
CH2 or Magic Ring or however you like to start
1. 6 SC in 2nd CH from hook or in Magic Ring (6)
2. INC in each ST (12)
3. SC then INC; repeat around (18)
4. SC around (18)
5-6. SC around (18)
7. SC x 5 then INC; repeat around (21)
8. SC around (21)
9-10. SC around (21) (stuff)
11. SC then INVDEC; repeat around (14)
12. SC then INVDEC; repeat around (10)
13. SC around (10)
Finish off and keep a long tail for sewing neck to head.
Arm (make 2)
CH2 or Magic Ring or however you like to start
1. 6 SC in 2nd CH from hook or in Magic Ring (6)
2. SC around (6)
3. SC then INC; repeat around (9)
4. SC x 2 then INC; repeat around (12)
5. SC around (12)
6-9. SC around (12)
10. SC x 3 then INC; repeat around (15)
11. SC around (15)
12. SC around (15)
SL ST then Finish off and keep a long tail for stitch fingers in
Finger/Thumb (make 10)
CH 4
1. SC 3 (1 SC in each CH starting at the second CH from your hook) to make a “strip” of 3 SC (3)
Finish off and tie both ends of cut yarn in a knot. Trim and arrange in open end of arm, stitching the “fingers” to the inside of the open end and the thumb to the outside. Stuff arm and stitch open end closed sewing through fingers to secure them.
Leg (make 2)
CH2 or Magic Ring or however you like to start
1. 6 SC in 2nd CH from hook or in Magic Ring (6)
2. INC in each ST (12)
3. INC x 6 then STOP (12)
4. SL ST around (18)
5. CH1 then hook through front loop of the first SC stitch of row 3 (under the SL ST you just did) and SC in each front loop all the way around (18) (this creates the fabric straight up from the flat bottom of the foot without a real rounding or spherical shape)
6. (back to working in both loops as per normal) SC x 7 then INVDEC; repeat (16)
7. SC x 6 then INVDEC; repeat (14) (stuff)
8. SC x 5 then INVDEC; repeat (12)
9. SC around (12)
10. SC around (12)
11. SC x 4 then INVDEC; repeat (10)
12. SC around (10)
13. INVDEC x 4 then SC x 2 (6)
Finish off and keep a long tail for stitching legs to body.
Zipper Pull
CH 10
1. SL ST 4 beginning in the 2nd CH from hook, then SC 3 in same CH, then SC, SC 3 in same CH and SL ST to end of CH. Join with other end.
CH 6, pull CH through top of zipper and attach to Sackboy under chin. Stitch zipper pattern on body.
Amigurumi Sackboy from Little Big Planet - Front View
Good Luck and Godspeed,
xoxo,
Capt. Maricruz

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Birthday To You!

Happy Birthday wishes going out to the following:

Thewoodenbee on October 10th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/83273758/reclaimed-wood-carving-onlay-very-rare
Reclaimed Wood Carving, Onlay - VERY RARE reclaimed cherry wood decoration

Naturethruthelens on October 13th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/51280325/fine-art-photograph-sanibel-sunrise
Fine art photograph - Sanibel Sunrise - TREASURY ITEM

Kilngoddess on October 14th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/82985341/smiling-jack-o-lanterns-halloween-decor
Smiling Jack o Lanterns Halloween Decor Bowls set of 2

Luvlaughsparkle also on October 14th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/81249412/crystal-necklace-teal-chinese-crystal-on
Crystal Necklace - Teal Chinese Crystal on Sterling Silver by Luv Laugh Sparkle

Pinkpelicandesigns on October 16th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/83196515/beach-decor-white-starfish-candlesticks
Beach Decor White Starfish Candlesticks

Stainsinpanes also on October 16th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/82871532/gator-orange-blue-sun-catcher-stained
Gator Orange Blue Sun Catcher Stained Glass Handmade

Wildaboutpearls also on October 16th
http://www.etsy.com/listing/83423666/leather-and-freshwater-pearl-necklace
leather and freshwater pearl necklace
Hope you all have a Wonderful Birthday!
ReneeBrownsDesigns







Thursday, October 6, 2011

FEST October DOUBLE TREAT Blog Giveaway

A real treat for the FEST October Blog Giveaway features TWO Florida Shops and TWO Free Giveaways. Our first is a lovely large blue, red and brown Fabric Hair Clip fashioned by EverythingBlooms. A great hair accessory or party favor. This fanciful clip is packaged with a stem just in case you might want to add it to your favorite flower pot.

EverythingBlooms also creates wonderful and colorful Sling Bags such as the one pictured below. They are prefect for those sight-seeing trips, shopping or just wearing around town.

Our second treat comes to you from CustomFavors a FEST Shop specializing in custom-made favors and gifts for any occasion. Who could resist these eclectic wrapped Lifesavers for your candy bar or party buffet wrapped using upcycled paper? Our Giveaway Selection would also look amazing in a glass vase. These lovelies can be made to match any theme and add that perfect coordinated zing to your party decor.

CustomFavors will also personalize custom made, embossed favor tags for you. The ones pictured are printed on high-quality recycled 80-lb white cardstock and die cut in a french square shape with an nice embossed edge.

HOW TO ENTER: Enter to win the fabulous Fabric Hair Clip from EverythingBlooms and the Wrapped Lifesavers from CustomFavors by visiting their Shops or any of the FEST team members listed in the member section. Find your favorite item, share it with us and tell us why you love it. Remember to leave contact information so we can reach you in case you win. Winner selected on October 8th 2011. Simple and Easy!