Saturday, July 30, 2011

Three Must Reads For Artists and Creatives

I'm constantly in search of new methods and techniques to improve my art. One of my favorite past times is browsing publications at bookstores. I find it to be a release from the week's stressors as well as a means of recharging my creative batteries.

Some of the recent finds I came across during my last run to the bookstore provide ample inspiration for artists and other creatives who want to explore a variety of media, learn new techniques, or hone skills of their trade. All contain something of value for newbies as well as more experienced artists.

In Shona Cole's The Artistic Mother: A Practical Guide for Fitting Creativity into Your Life she shares here experiences on how to balance the artistic life with the demands of daily life. She also covers a variety of techniques used in mixed media as well as the tools needed in the process. Her book is available through Amazon; you can also find additional information about her on her blog:

A String of Expression: Techniques for Transforming Art and Life into Jewelry by June Roman is a great guide jewelry artists as well as those who keep artistic journals. Ms. Roman has a remarkable way of blending the creative process -- from art journal pages into jewelry art. Her book melds process, technique and the spiritual aspect of art and creativity. Read more about her and her work on her blog, The Rambling of an Outside Artist:

Vintage Collage Journals: Journaling with Antique Ephemera by Maryjo Koch provides guidance on how to use personal treasures and memorabilia to jumpstart your creativity as well as create unique mixed-media artist journals. Koch also provides tangible examples of different types of journal projects that all can try out for inspiration and self-exploration. You can find out more about her techniques, as well as how to incorporate them into your medium, on her Website:

Happy Reading!
RAM Jewels

Blog Love: Beija-Flor Naturals

A bit about the mixtress behind the Beija-Flor Naturals products:
I am a natural product enthusiast turned maker of handmade beauty things!  After years of alchemic inquiry into the best healing ingredients for hair and skin, I have come to create Beija-Flor Naturals. My Brazil inspired brand is largely influenced by my travels and experiences.  I use fair trade/organic ingredients whenever possible and each product is made to fit into any beauty ritual.
So what can you expect to find on the Beija-Flor Naturals Blog?

Green Business Love

Drop Seeds Not Bombs

Summer Necklaces
and of course her own products

Cocoa Mango Buttercream
Artisan Fragrance Oil

Creme Brulee for Kinks, Curls and Coils-Moisturizer for Textured Hair  

To learn more about Beija-Flor Naturals, visit the blog and the Beija-Flor Etsy shop!

If you're interested in having your blog featured, list your blog 
url on our Etsy team discussion here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Blog Love: Brown Butter Beauty

What does Christine Gant of Brown Butter Beauty have to say about herself and her products?
I have made my own products for over 11 years and now I would like to share it with everyone. I wanted to offer a product to the public that would be unmatched in richness, potency, and nourishment so I decided to take the time to create my own herbal and floral infused oils to add to my products. Infused oils are so special because not only does the process extract all of nourishing healing properties of the herbs but it also extracts the color and the scent as well. When the infusion process is over you're left with beautiful colored flagrant oil that is potent and rich. Full of the essence of the herbs or flowers.

I truly enjoy exploring anything artistic. I’ve combined my love of photography, art, and beauty care to create Brown Butter Beauty ™.
And what can you expect to find on the Brown Butter Beauty Blog?



Pineapple Facial Toner Recipe
Banana Yogurt Moisturizer

...and of course, the BROWN BUTTER BEAUTY ™ PRODUCTS.

To learn more about how Christine cultivates natural beauty, visit her blog and her Etsy shop!

If you're interested in having your blog featured, list your blog 
url on our Etsy team discussion here.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Blog Love: Bloggin' Out

Bloggin' Out
art, poetry, and thoughts by Marcus Kwame Anderson

What does Marcus Kwame have to say about himself?
My name is Marcus Kwame Anderson. I'm an artist from Albany, NY. I love to paint, draw, write comics, poetry and create whatever else moves me at the moment. Art is my life. Welcome to my blog... Visit my art website,
What can you expect to find on Marcus' blog?

...and lots of poetry!

Be sure to check out his prints, originals, and greeting cards.

To learn more about Marcus Kwame's work, visit his blog and his Etsy shop!

If you're interested in having your blog featured, list your blog 
url on our Etsy team discussion here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Three Sided Coin

Hey everyone check out this cute video made my new EAOC member Jocelyn of Three Sided Coin.  She is showing off her new hand sculpted purse charms.

Team Captain  

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Building a Creative Empire

Building a Creative Empire from tara gentile on Vimeo.

I thought this would be a good video to share not only with EAOC members, but those of you who follow our blog that may have been thinking about taking your creative business or hobby to another level.  This video has me thinking about my own structure and vision for my creative career.   I think it so important to be specific when identifying what your goals are and it's ok if things change!  Watch the video and share your answer to this question.  What Creative Empire Are You Building? 

Team Captain

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New Members added in July

We are so happy to welcome 17 new members to our team this month.  Visit our Etsy Team page for a complete list of all EAOC members.    Here's a few goodies from some of our newest members.    

  1. UloveJewelry
  2. SweetKitchenJunk
  3. Realmlistic
  4. Mbwidiffu
  5. AdornmentsbyEstelle
  6. StudioMeco
  7. EclecticElementsForU
  8. LiliglowBoutique
Team Captain 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Blog Love: NeedleSpell

What does Lenni have to say about herself?
I'm a Pagan, librarian, a mom, a crocheter, a knitter, a writer, and an artist. All these things show in what I'll be writing here. :) My stories are at
What can you expect to find on Lenni's blog?
 Beautiful blooms

...and loads of handcrafted creations

To learn more about Lenni and her handicrafts, visit her blog and her Etsy shop!

If you're interested in having your blog featured, list your blog 
url on our Etsy team discussion here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Blog Love: ChariT's Inspirational Creations

What does ChariT have to say about herself?
A new momma of twins! I am an artist in my soul blessed from above! I have also just started making inspirational jewelry and plan to do much more! Come along with me on this journey!! :)
What can you expect to find on ChariT's blog?
Beautiful, beautiful jewelry inspired by her faith:

...and detailed accounts of her natural hair journey

To learn more about ChariT's inspirational jewelry, visit her blog and her Etsy shop!

If you're interested in having your blog featured, list your blog 
url on our Etsy team discussion here.

Monday, July 4, 2011

African Inspiration

Greetings from West Africa where I've travelled as part of my "day" job. Luckily, I have a job that inspires my creative side as Africa -- particularly Ghana, where I am currently located -- is a major inspiration for many of my recycled glass designs.

Friday, July 1st was the 51st anniversary of Ghana's becoming a republic; it's a national holiday. Today is the 4th of July, a celebration of the adoption of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. In honor of mother Africa, the cradle of civilization, I have put together an Etsy collection of Afro-centric and African-inspired items from our EAOC team members. The treasury can be found at the following site:

Happy 4th of July -- for whatever it may symbolize for you.


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