etsy friday finds

Welcome to the latest Etsy Friday Finds. I know today is actually Saturday, but we all have an imagination, so let’s pretend it’s still Friday. If you missed this week’s Tuesday Transfers about my latest chalkboard typography obsession, click here.

My latest Etsy Treasury is flush with purples and corals and…well, summertime. Now, if we could just get Memphis on board with what summertime actually means, that’d be great. Unfortunately, Memphis weather is suffering from bipolar disorder and keeps switching  from winter to summer, to a little spring and back to winter—all in the course of a week. Say it with me. Bipolar.

To browse all of my Etsy Friday Finds posts, click here and follow the thread. CLICK HERE or on the screenshot below to go directly to the full Etsy Treasury to explore, click around and mark your favorites. Or, you can click the images and links listed below the screenshot to go directly to each item’s listing or Etsy Shop.

Happy Treasury hunting.

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#1 – brown & purple tribal arrow leather clutch from etsy shop Grace Design
#2 – adjustable galaxy ring with orion nebula from etsy shop Juju Treasures
#3 – peach coral teardrop statement necklace from etsy shop Nestled

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#4 – san francisco victorian house illustration art print from etsy shop Anna See
#5 – purple/plum/wine vintage home decor books from etsy shop Ambito Art and Design
#6 – coral flower drop handmade earrings from etsy shop Octavia Bloom

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#7 – 1960s vintage purple sundress from etsy shop Hopscotch and Soda
#8 – cottage chic coral wall flower vase from etsy shop Country Living at Heart
#9 – grey and coral butterfly cocktail fascinator from etsy shop Ella Gajewska HATS

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#10 – under the same stars mixed media art print from etsy shop elise mahan fine art
#11 – lilac vintage 3-level side table from etsy shop Red Rhino Revamp
#12 – violet transparent round vintage eyeglasses form ety shop MOD Vintage

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#13 – pink nautical knots statement necklace from etsy shop Ylleanna
#14 –  set of three purple prep dipping bowls from etsy shop Claylicious

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#15 – four corners sun eco-friendly necklace from etsy shop Nature as Muse
#16 – vintage purple scandinavian rag rug from etsy shop 86 home

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Which one of these treasury items is your favorite? Know of a great or unique Etsy Shop (I mean, there are so many)? Mention or link to it in the comments below so I can check it out for my next Etsy Treasury.

I’ve got a busy weekend ahead of me, but hopefully I’ll still have time to finish a few art pieces for next week’s Tuesday Transfers. I also have a play-by-play I’m working on writing up about the process of painting my latest commissioned piece.

Stay tuned.

– lindsey archer

etsy friday finds 04.05.13

Welcome back to Etsy Friday Finds. I apologize for the brief hiatus. If you missed Tuesday’s post about the recent storybook baby shower I threw at my house last weekend (that monopolized every ounce of my free time over the past month…in a good way) click here.

We’ve had some pretty crappy weather in Memphis, TN, lately. It seems like it’s been rainy and dreary and cold for months longer than it was this time around last year. When I checked the weather forecast yesterday, I may have performed a teensy, tiny, extremely uncoordinated happy dance in my office (after I closed the door because I work with all men and they probably definitely would have thought I was crazy, if they don’t already).

Why? I was finally greeted with that adorable little sunshine graphic listed next to above 60° temperatures. FINALLY. I mean, I missed my first co-ed kickball game this week due to the dumb, unnecessary rain. Do you have any idea just how excited I was to play some kickball?

In honor of the beautiful spring/summer-ish weather, my latest Etsy Treasury is all about springtime. Bright yellows, greens, some birds, etc. To browse all of my Etsy Friday Finds posts, click here and follow the thread. Happy Treasury hunting.

CLICK HERE or on the screenshot below to go directly to the full Etsy Treasury to explore, click around and mark your favorites. Or, you can click the images and links listed below the screenshot to go directly to each item’s listing or Etsy Shop.

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#1 – yellow painted mason jars vases from etsy shop Huckleberry Vintage
#2 – Heywood Wakefield yellow children’s chairs from etsy shop Charlie’s Nest
#3 – gold foil “anything, not everything” print from etsy shop Charm And Gumption

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#4 – pyramid triangle necklace from etsy shop Petite & Co
#5 – blue and green vintage book collection from etsy shop Collectors & Company
#6 – mint stone & gold lace edge statement necklace from etsy shop lovelikestyle

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#7 – 1950s dress form mannequin from etsy shop jessjamesjake
#8 – geometric mountain 5×5 art wood block from etsy shop Red Tiles Studio
#9 – mint birdcages ceramic tile coasters from etsy shop little coaster gnome

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#10 – vintage 1940s art deco green lamp from etsy shop charlie’s nest
#11 – yellow mandala rainbow geometry print from etsy shop the magic of hands
#12 – abstract spring tree landscape painting print from etsy shop Corissa Nelson Art

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#13 – vintage bushel laundry basket w/stand from etsy shop Hunt and Found
#14 – yellow Howlite turquoise round beads strand from etsy shop Biji Bijoux

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#15 – original illustrated portrait print from etsy shop Bret Pendlebury
#16 – vintage Anchor Hocking amber serving bowl from etsy shop a2ndlife vintage

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Which one of these spring trend items is your favorite? Know of a great or unique Etsy Shop (I mean, there are so many)? Mention or link to it in the comments below so I can check it out for my next Etsy Treasury.

Happy Friday, everyone! The weather here in Memphis, TN, is absolutely beautiful right now. So, if you’ll excuse me…a patio with an ice cold beer is calling my name.

– lindsey archer

tuesday transfers 03.26.13

One of my favorite things to do since I joined the world of blogging is browse the search term statistics readers have used to find my blog. Seriously. You underestimate how entertaining it is to read thru all the different phrases that have brought people here to my little corner of the blogosphere.

The phrase “purple vomit causes” has linked someone to my blog three different times. That is not a typo. Not once. Three times. And yes, the fact that three different people out in the world have experienced purple vomit to the extent they are googling the causes is definitely a reason for concern. In fact, if that is how you happened upon me today, please continue on to WebMD to determine how many months you have left to live.

When I see my full name show up in the search referral, I always secretly hope it’s not just my mom typing my name into Google because she forgot the actual web address of my blog. Though, let’s be honest. It probably is most definitely my mom.

Surprisingly, the phrase that clocks in with the most referrals is:

Dreams don’t work unless you do.

Considering there’s so many people out there finding my blog after Googling this term while I’ve only written about it once before…I figured it was time to revisit this popular inspirational quote. So, that’s the topic for today’s Tuesday Transfers.

As I mentioned on Friday, this post was originally scheduled for last week, but I was a little under the weather extremely, violently ill at the time and lacked both the strength and the motivation to type anything whatsoever on my computer. Thankfully, there was no purple vomit involved, so I’m all better now. Which brings us to my latest round of art transferred to wood.

Beginning with the inspirational quote “Dreams don’t work unless you do,” I played around in Illustrator with a few different typography choices until settling on my most recent font obsession—So Thin. I then added a vector image of clouds with an arrow pointing down to the inspiration quote, sort of like the quote fell out of the cloud. Keeping to pastel hues for spring, I created both a green (PMS 374 C) and a teal blue (PMS 345 C) version.

For the blue wood block’s Etsy picture, I added in a few similar-hued vases as props in the background.

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This blue version is slightly more distressed than the green and is available in my Etsy shop here.

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I also added in a few props for the green salvaged wood art piece—a green vase of my sister’s and one of my favorite green book ends.

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The green dreams quote art piece is available in my Etsy shop here.

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I’m hoping to also make this available as a simple, 8″ x 10″ art print (not on wood), but haven’t had the time as of this posting. If searching the quote “Dreams don’t work unless you do” is what brought you here today, feel free to browse around all of my Tuesday Transfers by following this thread here.

For closing today, I thought I’d share with you the most peculiar search engine term I’ve seen on my blog’s stats so far this year.

creepy old guy in cosco

And, again, no. That was not a typo. So, watch out creepy old guy in cosco. There is someone out there searching for you.

UPDATE: I’ve created the print version of this “Dreams don’t work unless you do” wood piece as a watercolor-esque art print, as shown below. It’s available in my Etsy shop here.

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– lindsey archer

etsy friday finds 03.22.13

There was no Tuesday Transfers post this week. Unfortunately, I was too preoccupied worshipping the porcelain throne after being poisoned by my favorite local pub. And, no. That is not the posh new way to say hangover. I was for real sick. Awful sick. Stay-home-from-work-for-two-days sick (I don’t make a habit of missing work, so that’s a lengthy absence for me). Lesson learned? I will never again eat fish and chips. Like, ever. Like, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit even thinking about eating such a thing again.

This week’s theme for Etsy Friday Finds is traveling around the world. My sister is currently in Santa Fe, NM, and leaves again a week after she gets back to travel several different cities along the West Coast for work. I’ll be at home watching our children, Maddie and Mulligan. That means for the next month I will be living vicariously thru the presents she buys me at each of her stops.

Not that she needs it, but here are 16 Etsy finds to get her into the traveling spirit. To browse all of my Etsy Friday Finds posts, click here and follow the thread. As always, clicking on links or images below will take you directly to the listings/shops on Etsy. Happy Treasury hunting.

#1 – dream big map color photo scrabble tile print from etsy shop ooh pretty shiny
#2 – light brown mid-century train case luggage from etsy shop the white pepper
#3 – harborwalk No. 1 Boston skyline mixed media painting from etsy shop mae chevrette

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#7 – postcard from France purse from etsy shop Rosies Armoire
#8 – vintage blue globes photograph from etsy shop Sweet Event tide
#9 – typographic map of the US from etsy shop Little Owl Design

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#10 – vintage compass art photography print from etsy shop Melasha
#11 – canvas leather messenger bag from etsy shop boreta
#12 – vintage paris pocket map botanical pillow cover from etsy shop artanlei

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#13 – custom heart map print from etsy shop Art Prints Vintage
#14 – owl travel mug from etsy shop Claylicious

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#15 – mopha essential bike tool roll from etsy shop eh works
#16 – custom leather luggage tags from etsy shop Princeton Junction Forge

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CLICK HERE or on the screenshot image below to go directly to the Etsy Treasury to click thru and admire your favorite items.

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It’s officially March Madness. Try not to throw anything at your TVs while watching your team dribble their way to the Final Four.

– lindsey archer

tuesday transfers 03.12.13

My sister and I recently converted our back room from a library/sitting room to a library/office. We bought a wide table from a thrift store, then refinished and repurposed it as a two sided desk to fit both of our computers (instagram image here). The back wall of the now-office features two large windows and a pair of glass doors that open out to our back deck, which gives us a nice view to look out onto when our eyes aren’t glued to our computer screens. You know what other purpose those glass doors serve? They let our dog outside.

I’m sitting here at my desk, writing this post in our library/office as Maddie is staring out of those two glass doors, longing to be outside. And now she’s barking. As part hound, Maddie has one of the loudest barks for a 50 lb. dog I have ever heard. She likes to bark and whine and howl to get your attention because she doesn’t understand that a simple paw swipe on the door is efficient enough for me to let her outside. Then, less than two minutes later, she is flinging herself against the glass door to be let back inside. Over and over again. Hard. Because apparently a zombie apocalypse has broken out in our backyard and why am I just sitting here typing on my keyboard when I should be leaping up from my chair right now to open the door for her before she is attacked by the flesh eating zombies? After a few more body slams into the door, I oblige and let her inside. She leaps around the house, goes to fart in the living room (or whatever it is she does when we’re not in there with her) and is back in front of that damn glass door within two minutes. Barking and howling and jumping to be let back out as if she has completely forgotten about the zombies outside waiting to attack her.

Rinse and repeat.

Do you know how hard it is to concentrate on writing a blog post when you have a bi-polar dog in the room with you? Obviously you do now, considering I’ve written about my new office, Maddie and the zombie apocalypse without one mention of what this blog post is supposed to be about.

So, moving on to Tuesday Thursday Transfers*. To catch up on all my Tuesday Transfers posts, go here, scroll down and start at the bottom.

This week’s photo transfer artwork is another round of tumbled marble tile coaster sets (I blogged about my first sets here). In keeping with my most recent Etsy listings, I’ve tried to include more props in the photography here (as always, click on images to enlarge).

First up is my favorite Ernest Hemingway writing quote:

Write drunk; edit sober

Just like my first coaster sets, these coasters are made by transferring custom graphic images to tiles of tumbled marble. I did these coasters in three shades of green, since we’re coming up on St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday. And because green is my favorite color. I also added in my great-grandfather’s vintage Underwood typewriter as an accent for the Etsy listing photography. This set is available in my Etsy shop here.

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I previously made a set of colored Elvis Presley coasters, but I wanted to keep this one simple. So, I kept to a black and white theme. Since I don’t own a guitar, blue suede shoes or any other Elvis memorabilia, these photos didn’t include any accents. Just Elvis coasters. These are available in my Etsy shop here.

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For this next coaster set, I took a vector graphic of a vintage typewriter and added it to three colorful backgrounds. I figured the pastel blue, mint and yellow-green hues were perfect for the spring/Easter season. These are listed in my Etsy shop here.

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Next up, who doesn’t love wine? For this marble coaster set, I drew up three vectors of different shaped wine glasses in Adobe Illustrator and paired them with coral/orange and shades of mint green. Then, of course, I grabbed three wine glasses from my cupboard to use as photography props for the Etsy listing. You can view them in my Etsy shop here.

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That’s all I have for today (sorry Tuesday Transfers is on Thursday this week). Next week’s transfer series will be all about this quote:

Dreams don’t work unless you do.

Also, check back tomorrow for my latest Etsy Treasury. It’s either going to be about traveling or St. Patrick’s Day. I haven’t decided. Now, excuse me. Maddie wants to go play outside with the zombies.

– lindsey archer

*I apologize for the erratic nature of this blog post’s opening. My dog is crazy.

tuesday transfers 02.26.13

Welcome to the latest installment in my new blog series, Tuesday Transfers. This blog would have posted first thing Tuesday morning, but I started coming down with some type of head/throat/nose funk. Last night, I had the washer and dryer running as I edited the photos of these latest wood pieces. Once my bed sheets and duvet cover came out all warm and fluffy, my newly made bed appeared extremely inviting. I kept looking back and forth from my computer—sniffling and coughing and sniffling and coughing—to my nice warm bed and well…the bed won. Nothing can compete with fresh, clean, warm sheets. Right?

Due to the same head/throat/nose funk that seems to not be going away any time soon, I’m going to keep this post short and sweet. Or just short.

My Typography City Prints were the first type of graphic art prints I made when my sister and I decided to have a booth at the Cooper Young Festival last year. They were my best sellers at the Fest, as well as being rather popular in my Etsy Shop. And, well…

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Right? So, this round of Tuesday Transfers features four versions of my Memphis City Typography Prints on wood.

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The typography is the same on each piece, comprised of 31 words/phrases that encompass the attractions and hot spots of Memphis, Tennessee. Due to the nature of transferring the ink and distressing with sandpaper, each piece turns out slightly different. These first two feature black and blue graphics on light gray and white backgrounds. The white background wood piece is available in my Etsy shop here, while the light gray background is available here.

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The next two feature black graphics on painted blue and mint green backgrounds. The blue wood block is available in my Etsy shop here and the mint green is available here. As always, the edges and backs are all stained in a red oak finish.

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Thanks for stopping by for Tuesday Transfers. Check back this Friday for Etsy Friday Finds. I also have a post planned about the piece of furniture I recently upcycled—an antique cedar armoire—and some catching up to do on Project 365. Bear with me. March is going to be a busy month here on the blog.

– lindsey archer

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