Spring has finally arrived! It is still pretty cold here in Chicago, but the sun has finally started to shine which is a good start. I wanted to spice up my Etsy shop with a little more color. Lately everything has been shades of blue or teal, so I went a little crazy and bought hot pink twill fabric last week. So far I have started small with various sets of hand painted coasters. They are great hostess gifts or a little something for the bride to be.
If you would like to see a particular design painted just send me a message and I will gladly paint a custom image for you.
Peaksboutique-Pink Dragonfly Coasters
Peaksboutique-Pink Flip Flop Coasters
Peaksboutique-Pink Martini Coasters
A friend of mine asked me to make custom designed tea towels for her kitchen. My only instructions were, “any design you like. vintage inspired…. maybe tattoo inspired.”
I will admit I was a little nervous with this request. I have never had someone ask for custom work so I had a lot to figure out. Primarily following my design instincts and running with it with confidence and of course figuring out what the design should be. She told me that she wanted black tea towels and that I should use “artists discretion” for the other colors. I made a list of possible images to paint, mostly kitchen oriented such as an old malt machine, or milk bottles etc. Nothing really felt right and I was not sure how to make them look tattoo inspired. I love tattoos so I wanted to make sure I included it well in the image choice and execution.
Then I decided that I should focus on the tattoo design instead of kitchen design. What are typical American style vintage tattoos? Top of my list barn swallows, nautical stars, banners, hearts, anchors, and pinups. I opted for two barn swallows with a nautical star in the middle, and I hope that she likes them too! I also decided to add the design to my etsy shop, click on the image below to purchase.
If you would like custom designs done, please visit my etsy store or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi Everyone, I know that you were looking forward to a post featuring a new city for this week’s pick. However, I am traveling to wayyyyy northern northern Wisconsin for a little R&R and I will have to research for my post when I return on Monday. In the meantime if you have any nominations for a city leave a comment. I hope that everyone has a fabulous weekend!
Finally the long awaited Peak Signature Series is available. So far I have only added the first set of signature placemats and napkins in navy blue. Other products and colors will be added over the next few weeks for your viewing pleasure. Let me know what you think.
Peak Signature Series-Navy Oxford Placemats and Napkins
Front Fabric is a lovely navy blue oxford (70% cotton 30% polyester). Back fabric is navy blue twill (100% cotton).
Navy blue oxford (70% cotton 30% polyester)
All fabric has been pre-washed, machine sewn with white thread. The oxford fabric is light and soft, while the twill gives the placemats a nice weight so they lay nice and flat.
Each placemat and napkin has a hand painted simple navy blue Peak signature design. Due to each piece being hand painted designs may vary slightly from one another.
Machine wash cold with like colors, placemats lay flat to dry, napkins may be dried on regular heat.
I just want to share my latest Etsy listing!
It is that time of the year to start reflecting on the past and plan for what lies ahead. I began to realize that there is a lot of stuff that I want to do differently in 2009. Most things are about my own personal growth and becoming a better person. Part of becoming a better person is being true to myself and truly pursuing my dreams and the things that makes me want to jump out of bed in the morning.
That being said, my blog and etsy shop are top on my list for a 2009 overhaul. I have plans of launching an entirely new collection at the end of January, and hoping having my first sell by the end of January. I was curious if other etsy sellers had similar feelings so I started a few threads on this topic.
So here are the Top 10 New Years Resolutions from etsy sellers:
1. Take better product photos
2. Be proud of shops and talents
3. Rewrite product descriptions
4. Promote, Promote, Promote
5. Add more products
6. Prepare better for seasonal items
7. Create cohesiveness within shop
8. Revamp craft show displays and booths
9. Open a new shop
10. Get Organized
If you have new years resolutions to share please post them in the comments section. Happy New Year!
This post is completely off topic of what I normally would like to write about but I would like to share it with everyone. I work in downtown Chicago and went out to lunch at Cosi and my wallet was stolen right out of my purse while I was eating!
Never leave your bag on the back of your chair!!! Within hours I had charges racked up from gas stations to Macys and Target. The whole situation is a mess, my credit card numbers were sold online and I have charges all the way from Puerto Rico. So beware, and don’t let these creeps ruin your holidays too.