Saturday, November 29, 2008

Weekend Sale

Hi all, I'm having a weekend sale at my Etsy shop
Please come check it out!

Thanks all


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Etsy Black Friday Sale!

Nearly everyone on Etsy is having a 'Black Friday Sale' which is the day after Thanksgiving and most are running through the following Monday (Cyber MOnday) which is when the largest amount of internet sales are made for the year, or something like that.

I will be participating in the sale too, and will be adding dozens more items, some handmade as well as vintage. Come and check it out at I am also part of HOST which is Helping Others Street Team which is completely run and funded by people on Etsy to help others on Etsy who are in financial need. We offer help depending on the circumstances and our recourses at the time. The HOST store (which is entirely stocked by donations from HOST members, can be found at

Please come check us out! It is less frustrating that the mall, less claustrophobic, less expensive, and less commercialized too. Please support independent artists this holiday season and buy handmade! Done with shameless advertisement.

That's all for now.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pajama Day

Did you ever have one of those days when you felt kind of blah and didn't want to do anything except lay around and nap and watch movies? That was me today. Don't know why, but it was actually a productive pajama day. I finished a needle case that has been laying unfinished for sometime now, I finished a felt flower that I've wanted to get done for a week and I listed a few sets of buttons on Etsy early this morning and later this afternoon. I'm currently working on a pin cushion and have recently finished a needle holder and pot holder out of recycled sweaters that I recycled/upcycled by turning them into wool felt.

I'm also experimenting with beading and felt to see what I can come up with. I will post some pics tomorrow as I'm too tired tonight.

Until next time...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Fall

What a gorgeous weekend we had here in Oregon! Clear skies, almost warm, very little wind and just like a summer day except for the fallen leaves and lower temperature. Perfect weekend for outdoor activities, walks, shopping, yard work, etc....My family? We slept. That's right, we slept the weekend away. We were all so exhausted, daughter and husband from work, me from lack of good sleep, so against our will and no matter that we wanted to play and enjoy the weather, we slept. Saturday was a total loss, nearly the entire day was a sleepfest. Sunday was a little more lively, husband raked one tree's worth of leaves, there was a small shopping trip to be had, and we slept some more! One good thing to come of our sleepfest was that daughter's cold/allergy/general malaise is much better, my serious sleep debt is partially paid back, and husband was able to relax for first time in months.

I guess it's not so bad to stay in on a lovely day after all.


Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Whole Lotta Nothin

I've been feeling exhausted the last few days so I've been laying around like a sloth! I've essentially ignored my Etsy account except for the sale I had Thursday which I shipped Friday. Other than that I've been a couch potato!

So tonight I am trying to decide what I want to make for my Etsy site. I want to have some handmade items as well as my vintage buttons and patterns. I just have so many interests and 'hobbies' that I can't decide which one to pursue... So I probably will dabble for a while in all except jewelry as there is so much gorgeous jewelry out there that is far superior to anything I could make in a timely manner. I will let you all know what I decide when it happens. In the mean time, I would like to leave you some personal favorites on Etsy (see sidebar)

That's all for now,

Tonya (Ellesbelle)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Lunch with old friend

Today I will be having lunch with an old friend, my old best friend from high school. We reconnected after too many years (not telling how many!) and I'm nervous and excited! Thinking about this lunch has my mind playing back all the fun and crazy times we had together. We were innocent then, 14 when we met. I remember sitting in her parents hot tub on New Years Eve and getting out, making a skinny, pathetic snowman, and running back into the hot tub! It was a very sad snow man since there wasn't alot of snow on the ground and we were freezing, but it was a blast! We liked the same guy at the same time, he liked her and they dated for several years, we were 15 or 16 then. We rode our bikes every where since we couldn't drive. A 5 mile bike ride was nothing to us, as long as there was a reward at the shopping! Or a milkshake :)
I was so skinny in High School due to an over active metabolism, I could eat an entire large pizza with no problem, no weight gain, no sick I smell pizza and 5 pounds jump onto my body...Her dad nick named me Tonya Toothpick, or TTP. Now I probably would be known as, well never mind ;) I am so excited to see her, but scared at the same time. Will she still like me with all my disabilities? Even if I can't do shopping marathons, or drive very far, or accidentally let out that I hurt? I am hoping I don't talk about those things, that our lunch is a fun, light conversation, re-introduction with the hope of many more to come.
But, knowing me, I'll turn it into a 'OMG, can you believe how huge I am? How many pills I take? How many docs I have? How many chronic pain issues I have? Woe is me....' Ok, hopefully THAT is out of my system! She was so important to me so long ago, I don't want to lose the chance that she could be important to me again. So I promise to be on my best behavior, not too much sarcasm, swallow the dumb jokes, and choke back the pity party so I am a pleasant lunch guest.

Now, please don't let her come to my house ..... AAAAAAAHHHH hehe

Until later, when my rational self has returned...
Tata for now
Tonya (currently crazed kooky crafty and nervous!)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Overdue Post - New Items on Etsy

Sorry, I am very overdue for a post! I've been so sleepy the last few days that I totally forgot!

Here are my latest items on EtsyThese are my favorite buttons to date. They are Mother of Pearl, dyed blue, and are gears or flowers, depending on how you look at them. Since I used to be a Mechanical Engineer, they are gears to me. Beautiful blue, smooth and shiny. You can find them here

These are doily pattern magazines from the 60's. Patterns include crocheting, knitting, and tatting. They are in great vintage shape and have great doily patterns. You can see the listing here.

I am also working on some handmade items for my shop including items made from felted unwanted wool sweaters (upcycled). Some other sewing items, possibly some potholders and dishcloths. There are a few other items I am working on but not sure if the details will be worked out in time.

I also have hundreds of other vintage buttons and sewing patterns, also some more sewing items, magazines and vintage kitchen items I may put up.

Well, that's all for tonight. I am wiped out and need to some rest .

Until next time,

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Early morning post

Good morning everyone! I am still up due to a very late nap. I just listed some buttons on Etsy. They are beautiful, wish I had more space and money to keep all of these lovelies! Here are links to myEtsy.
If you have a chance, you should take a peek. I am having a special that is only through my blog. If you purchase 2 items and mention my blog, I will pay for the shipping....that's right, free shipping! (sorry, this is only to the USA so I will deduct that much from international shipping for a discount)

Here are a couple of other great items I found:

This is what you can do with some vintage earrings like shelialk did

These beautiful earrings are post earrings made from vintage buttons, not sure how though. You'll have to ask Shelialk!

Now here is an eco friendly version of a swiffer mop pad!

This is a great idea and is designed by Tiffanysdesigns

Ok, I know I already featured jewelry a few days ago, but today is pretty random and this next one is eco-friendly too! This is a fabulous necklace by MaZiaH.

It's hemp and a blue sea shell! All I want for Christmas is...... :)

There is so much talent on Etsy, you have to see it for yourself!

Tata for now.....

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Short post today

Today has been busy with doctor appointments, and I haven't had a chance to search for any goodies between them and not feeling wel. I am working on some different ideas for handmade items to add to my shop.

If you are in the market for anything handmade, please check out Etsy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Today it's cold outside and many people are standing in the cold waiting to vote. This has made me think of all things warm and cozy. Herbal tea, blankets, hats, and more. So today I will feature artists and crafters who are in need of sales and who have great items in these categories. has a great variety of herbal teas, incense, bath items, along with other herbal based items. Her spicy pixie tea blend sounds warm and delicious!

Check out her shop at

An interesting afghan can be found at debs1967 shop. Shown below is her 12 point round ripple afghan

Check out her shop at debs1967shop

This shop has some crocheted hats with a touch of wimsy in the form of a flower attached at the side. Very cute! Her Sparkling Champagne Hat with Zinnia Flower and Vintage Flower Button - One of a Kind is shown below and is just one of the many styles she has.

Check out her shop at Flower'sandMore

With all of these, you will be nice and warm and stylish too all winter long!

Thats all for today, remember to support the environment, buy handmade! Shop

Monday, November 3, 2008

Jewelry , every girls best friend

These are some of my current favorite jewelry pieces on Etsy, home of all things handmade and some vintage too! Go check these out, they are all original designs, you will be the only one wearing them!

I love this beautiful pendant (purple of course!)

designed by
check out her Etsy site!

These ruby drop earrings are gorgeous
designed by SilverStreak
Check out her Etsy shop!

These earrings combine both my love of rubies and amythest - gorgeous

Designed by Sebabejewelry
Go check out her Etsy shop!

These make great gifts for the holidays or for yourself!

Best wishes to you all,

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Welcome to my new blog! This blog will serve many purposes. I have many loves and collect many things. I am a crafter, I sew, knit, crochet, felt, and scrapbook on occasion too. I sell some of my vintage collection on Etsy and plan on selling some handmade items there as well.

On this blog, I plan on featuring an Etsy shop every day or so of a fellow Etsian whose work I admire. If you haven't heard of Etsy, you have to check it out! It is a great place to buy all things handmade. This is not your run of the mill craft bazaar either. There are items from $1 to several hundred dollars. Fine art original paintings by new artists, photography, items for the home from potholders to furniture, original designs in clothing, scarves, amazing quantities of jewelry for all tastes and budgets, baby items, quilts, bags, music, needlework, edibles, really ANYTHING you can imagine that can be handmade/handcrafted can be found on Etsy. They also have many vintage vendors who sell items that are at least 20 years old, most items are much older. Vintage items range from buttons to clothes to housewares and more.

I also plan on sharing aspects of my 'addiction' to all things vintage, especially sewing items. Other interests in my life and last but not least, my beautiful cat Elle (pronounced Ellie) whom this blog and my Etsy name are named for.

Elle loves to lay on her back and show off her belly (or belle as I spell it here and on Etsy). She will tease you, make you think you can just walk up and pet that irresistible fluffy belly. Oh what a trickster she is! The minute you try to pet her belly, even when she is asleep, she will try to play! We love her and she is a continuous source of laughter in our house. Here is a pic of the sweet Elle Of course, not on her back, but in another favorite location:
That is all for now. Have a great evening!

Check out my Etsy shop at