Saturday, March 23, 2013

BOTTLE CAP BONANZA!!!

Anyone who has spent time with me knows how much I love to make things out of bottle caps, especially resin-filled jewelry and magnets.  So every time I'm at a party or out with friends, I'm always trying to get them to give me their caps off whatever they are drinking.

Recently a friend told me that he had a bunch of caps saved at home that he keeps meaning to bring me.  Well, he finally did, and HOLY CAP, er... CRAP!  He wasn't kidding!!!

Ask and ye shall receive, apparently!  Here are some pictures of the caps I was given and a few examples of what I make them into (some for sale at my Etsy shop.)  Have any other ideas what I can do with a ton of bottle caps?  Feel free to share your ideas below!

This is a big ol' bag of caps!

A look inside the bag...

Poured out (and this is only about half...)

Closeup... some nice looking caps!

OMG, there's a lot of them!

First they need to have a little bath.

"Four Elements" magnet set (for sale on Etsy)

Owl with rhinestone eyes pendant (for sale on Etsy)

Necklace and keychain gifts for a friend.

Laying out caps to make a rune set!










Sunday, March 17, 2013

Yay for Sweden!

Apparently these "plus-sized" mannequins on display in an H&M store in Sweden are causing a lot of controversy.  I'm not sure why, since this one looks perfectly normal to me!  Check out the article here:  http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/swedish-mannequins-cause-a-controversy--192108535.html

A further look at all the comments below the article (and I went through pages and pages of these...) will reveal... SURPRISE... almost all of the people who commented love the look of the "plus-sized" model, especially the straight men!

(Btw, I keep putting the words "plus-sized" in quotes, since the article declines to say what size the mannequin actually IS.  Which makes me a bit suspicious, since she looks like a normal weight in terms of body mass.  Like a taller girl or a girl with bigger bones, not FAT by any stretch of the imagination!  In fact, I'd LOVE to look like that mannequin!)

With all of the positive feedback, I'm hoping that we will be seeing more of these mannequins soon.  And if we did, there would be no reason not to keep the current model (such as the one in the background) from going away, either... as one wise person observed (and I'm paraphrasing here...) "Having both of the mannequins in stores is the most accurate model of society, because women come in all shapes and sizes."  Another poster said something like, "what's sexy about these mannequins has nothing to do with their size, it's that they are carrying themselves like they are sexy, which is true of all women (i.e. looking confident, with heads up, shoulders back, straight spine, etc.)" So very true - confidence is TOTALLY sexy!

Naturally there have been some that are hostile to the "plus-sized" mannequins, calling them fat and/or unattractive.  WHATEVER.  I, for one, think they are fantastic, and for once the majority of people out there seem to agree with my opinions.

Monday, March 11, 2013

I'm the Shop of the Week!

Come check out my feature as "Shop of the Week" on the Witches of Etsy team!
https://www.etsy.com/teams/6822/witches-of-etsy/discuss/11910559/page/1/

I'm really excited to be featured, as almost all of the items I make are specifically geared toward the Pagan/Wiccan/Witch community.

My newest items in my Etsy shop are knitted tarot bag and amulet pouch sets (yes, I sometimes knit, too!) and most of them are only $15, and they come with a free gemstone! (Choose from blue quartz, smoky quartz, or red jasper!)  The  pouches/bags are all different sizes, for carrying different tarot decks, runes, crystals, mojos or amulets.  Have a look, and make sure to visit this section in my Etsy store for more information:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/AutumnDamiana?section_id=8082416






Also, I want to make it clear that I am always open to barter and trade!  I feel that with the crappy economy, it is well within everyone's interest to barter and trade whatever they have to give for whatever it is that they want/need. This was the original mode of commerce before "money," and it is making a comeback.  And why shouldn't it, ESPECIALLY in the Pagan community?  We have to stick together and help each other, because no one else is going to do it for us!