etsy friday finds 03.15.13

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Before I head out to enjoy some green beer and bar food at my favorite local Irish Pub, Celtic Crossing, I wanted to share a belated Etsy Friday Finds. This week’s theme is all about the Luck of the Irish. Green, horseshoes, Guinness beer, lucky quotes, beer and some more green.

To view my Etsy Friday Finds posts from the beginning, click here and scroll to the bottom. Enjoy!

#3 – lemon green beanie hat from esty shop caramel knits
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#9 – medium footed green bowl from etsy shop Land M Studio
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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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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Memphis. Good luck with your hangover tomorrow.

– lindsey archer

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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.

etsy friday finds 03.01.13

Welcome to the latest Etsy Friday Finds, showcasing my latest Etsy Treasury full of 16 great handmade or vintage items. To see all the Friday Finds posts, click here and scroll to the bottom.

I’d like to start this post out by wishing my Dad a Happy Birthday. He turns…old today (haha love you Daddy).

I don’t know about your Dad, but mine is extremely difficult to shop for, on any holiday. Birthdays, Christmas, Father’s Day—I always draw a blank. He likes golf, his vintage camera collection, his iPad he won for free from some work contest and didn’t even know the value of or how to use it until my sister and I informed him that it was just a silly gadget and we’d love to take it off his hands for him if he didn’t want it, golf, bacon, his dog and…bacon. And golf again. There’s only so many golf gift certificates and accessories you can gift before you start feeling wholly unoriginal. This served as the inspiration for today’s Etsy Treasury list.

Despite what some people think, Etsy is not just for women. There are plenty of unique items out there for Dads and men of all ages. To prove this, I’ve listed 16 items here that I know my Dad would love, including a 6 month bacon club MEMBERSHIP where you are shipped bacon for 6 STRAIGHT MONTHS because HELLO it’s bacon and who doesn’t love bacon?

#1 – leather and wool retro iPad case from etsy shop OSTFØLD
#2 – retro industrial desk lamp/pendant light from etsy shop Ironclad Industrial
#3 – Vintage Black & White Film Camera Wood art from etsy shop Kristen Archer

This camera wood art is from my sister’s shop and features photographs of my dad’s actual vintage camera collection.

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#4 – Hammers & Screwdriver Fine art print from etsy shop Jorey Hurley
#5 – Kiss My Putt personalized golf ball marker from etsy shop Stampressions
#6 – Vintage wood golf club bottle opener from etsy shop Perfect Patina

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#7 – Thank you Dad for being You Art Print from etsy shop Tina Blue Shoes
#8 – Gearhart Golf Links Golf Course Photography print from etsy shop Shawn St. Peter
#9 – Personalized embroidered golf towel from etsy shop Shop Memento

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#10 – Dad, you old man funny birthday card from etsy shop Finch and Hare
#11 – Handcrafted vintage brown leather briefcase from etsy shop Mooshi Leather Design
#12 – Daddy vintage look personalized t shirt from etsy shop Sweet Bohemian Life

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#13 – Remember to feed the dog typography letterpress from etsy shop Raw art letterpress
#14 – 6 month High on the Hog bacon of the month membership from etsy shop Affine Foods

I want to buy this bacon club membership for myself. Right now. Bacon. Yum.

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#15 – Wooden Click pen from etsy shop The Pen Place
#16 – Dark brown leather slim wallet from etsy shop Just Wanderlust Shop

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CLICK HERE or on the screenshot below to go directly to the full Treasury List.

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That’s it for today. Have or know of a great Etsy Shop? Tell me in the comments and I’ll take a look at it for my next Etsy Treasury.

Oh, and again, Happy Birthday, Daddy. Let’s go play some golf.

– lindsey archer

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

tuesday transfers 02.19.13

Technically this is posting on Friday night. Let’s ignore this small technicality and pretend it is actually Tuesday and I posted this Tuesday Transfers blog on time because I’m awesome like that and in no way a horrible procrastinator. My bad.

I’d also like to pre-apologize for any typos this post may contain, as I’m in the middle of a heated battle between Leonardo, a pizza wielding Michelangelo, some TMNT villain with a purple cape, a cardboard box and a five-year-old.

With this new round of art photos, I decided to try something a little different than the plain backdrops I’ve been using up until now. How? By adding props.

First up is my go-to writing quote by Ernest Hemingway:

Write drunk; edit sober.

My sister and I have a vintage Underwood typewriter from the early 1900s that belonged to our great-grandfather, which served as a great background for this art piece. I’m on a coral/orange kick lately, so this block features orange paint with black transferred graphics. It’s available in my Etsy Shop here.

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Keeping with the orange theme, I’ve tried out a new quote:

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

I created a vintage inspired orange background using a combination of handwriting and map brushes in Photoshop. I paired this wood piece with one of my globe bookends my sister gave me for a birthday present. That’s also my sister’s passport, because I’ve never left the country therefore I don’t own one. So, yes, this quote is not exactly indicative of my life.

UPDATE: this orange travel quote block is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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Here is a larger version of the same quote and background, minus the orange. This close-up offers up a better view of the vintage map background. As of this moment, these pieces aren’t available in my Etsy Shop, but I’ll be sure to update the post once I have them up in the shop.

UPDATE: this ivory travel quote block is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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Last one up today is back to the orange theme with a chevron pattern, featuring the Frank Zappa quote:

So many books, so little time.

I’ve already established I own a lot of books, so I had plenty to choose from to form a stack of books with covers in shades of only yellow or orange. I recommend all of them.

UPDATE: this orange chevron quote block is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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That’s all the wood art transfers I have for tonight. As I mentioned, I’ll be sure to update this post with the Etsy listings as soon as I get them all uploaded. Happy National Margarita Day. Now please excuse me. Michelangelo needs my assistance.

– lindsey archer

etsy friday finds 02.22.13

Welcome to my fourth attempt at Etsy Friday Finds. If you missed the first three installments and have no idea what an Etsy is, go here.

This week’s theme is all about navy blue, nautical, etc. I really just wanted to be able to say into Navy now. You know. Like the 1950s film You’re in the Navy Now. I get it. I’m being cheesy again. Stop laughing. Just enjoy these 16 finds on Etsy.

#1 – Herman Melville illustrated quote print from shop Obvious State
#2 – navy blue buttoned coat dress from shop DOROTHE boutique
#3 – nautical anchor throw pillow from shop Vintage Affair Studio

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#4 – blue leather knot clutch from shop milloo
#5 – abstract winter blue painting from shop Nature and Art
#6 – Henry James quote 8″ screen printed dish from shop mbart studios

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#7 – midnight blue globe earrings from shop Tiny Galaxies
#8 – blue door photography wood art from shop kristen archer
#9 – Cape Disappointment lighthouse photography print from shop Dena Brender Photography

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#10 – I have loved the stars Sarah Williams quote print from shop hairbrained schemes
#11 – navy blue knit urchin beret hat from shop pixiebell
#12 – navy nautical heart set of 3 magnets from shop Handy Happy Hearts

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#13 – Nantucket nautical wood whale vintage sign from shop Slippin’ Southern
#14 – deep blue maxi sundress from shop sophia clothing

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#15 – vintage compass wine stopper from shop Milk and Honey Luxuries
#16 – bedtime painting Giclée print from shop tastes orangey

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CLICK HERE or on the screenshot below to go directly to the full Treasury List.

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Today’s a double dose on the blog, as I’m catching up with a late installment of Tuesday Transfers. I apologize for doubling up on you today, but it’s been a busy week. Just think…now you’ll have plenty to look as you pretend to work at your desk while counting down until you can get out off the office and take advantage of National Margarita Day. It’s a win-win, really.

Check back later this afternoon for my next post.

– lindsey archer

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