It is finished.
Not really – it has only just begun.
Some of you may have noticed I haven’t been around the blogosphere much lately.
Because all I’ve done to get ready for Christmas is throw some lights up for decoration without starting to shop…
Because things are crazy at work, what with staff changes and my debilitating concerns about the downturn in the economy…
Because my creative mental well has run dry and I have been shamefully neglecting my own blog as well as my wonderful, fellow-bloggers…
Because I’m in the middle of an epic midlife crisis that has me waking up in the wee, small hours of the morning to question my very existence…
Because I’ve got all this other stuff going on…I thought this would be the perfect time to start a side business!
I recently confessed my deep, dark secret; that I have crafty tendencies. Now I’m taking crafty to the next level.
If you’re not familiar with Etsy, crawl out from that rock you’ve been living under and check out the world’s largest marketplace for handcrafted items. From high art to kitschy crafts, with some vintage stuff thrown in, Etsy has it all as far as one-of-a-kind items. All that fabulous just got kicked up a notch with the addition of one more shop – mine.
I am proud to announce the grand opening of my online Etsy shop, peep
I have been into reusing and re-purposing since my first foray into a thrift shop in Ann Arbor Michigan when I was a starving college student, 30 years ago. My boyfriend was going to take me to a swanky restaurant for a special occasion; I had nothing to wear and almost no money. I went to Second Hand Rose, snagged a vintage, little black dress and coat and I’ve never looked back.
I bought my kids’ clothes, much of our furniture and most of our house wares at resale shops and they are still my favorite places to shop. To me a thrift store is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to find! The greatest thing about them is that one person’s castoffs can become someone else’s useful treasures – out of the landfill and into a good home.
I’ve always loved real fabrics: silk, cotton, wool…especially wool. The warmth, the rich colors, the luxurious, honest feel to the hand – all appeal. Ironically, I could never wear wool, angora or mohair as a kid or young adult. I had ultra-sensitive skin and just being near them made me break out in hives. Now these are my working materials of choice.
Although I love fashion, I don’t want to look exactly like everybody else. For me, vintage and one-of-a-kind, artisan-made goods make you stand out from the crowd in a good way. I believe you don’t have to look like a model to have style.
Let’s add this up:
Love of real materials
+ well-developed shopping gene
+ hate waste
+ want to be unique
+ creative impulses
peep is about accessories for people and their homes. I handcraft all with re-purposed materials, primarily wool, angora and cashmere. Most fabrics and many trims are vintage, although pillow forms and poly-fill are all new and unused.
I decided to list my things with Etsy to reach a wider audience, following in the footsteps of my blogging friends and talented artists Sandy Sue (mixed media greeting cards like Hallmark WISHED they could make) and Spectra (one-of-a-kind, tiny clay sculptures).
This business is time consuming, so I’ve only been able to put a fraction of my stuff online yet. It’s still a work in progress and more will be added daily. I haven’t figured out how to calculate international shipping, so I’m just shipping to the USA for now.
If the spirit moves you, check out the shop. If you like something, buy it. Tell your friends. Did I mention that Christmas is coming?
OK, this marks the end of the shameless self-promotion. I’ll post a link to peep on the sidebar for future reference, but on this blog I promise a return to crafting with (largely irreverent) words which you’ve come to love and expect (????).