Friday, March 27, 2015

#WildeFeature : Moon Cat of Mooncat Designs

King's Ransom Ring


When did you open your shop, and what inspired you to start selling?
I opened my Storenvy shop a little over a year ago but I have been selling online for almost three years and selling in person for many more! I was into making jewelry while I was still in high school, and I'd make earrings and sell them in art class. I could never get into the routine of a "regular" job, and the idea of working long hours to support someone else's dream didn't appeal to me as much as tirelessly chasing my own. I sold and shipped my first painting in 2008 and Mooncat Designs was born. I cannot imagine doing anything else for the rest of my life.

LAWLESS Universal Light Amethyst Necklace


What is your current favorite item in your shop? Why? 
My favorite item in my shop at the moment is an amethyst necklace from my latest collection, LAWLESS. I played with crushed stones a lot in this collection and I absolutely love the way they take shape as I create with them. This particular piece is my showstopper! It has double termination and killer marbling with little iridescent bits captured inside the crystal.

Lego Bracelet w/Swarovski Crystals


What is your favorite quote? 
"Live as though everything is rigged in your favor." - Rumi


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Friday, March 20, 2015

#WildeFeature : Jennifer Galay of The Craft Penguin

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When did you open your shop, and what inspired you to start selling? 
I opened my shop at the end of June 2014. I have crocheted and made crafts ever since I was a kid. I have always enjoyed making things and giving them as gifts. One of my best friends, who works in marketing, kept telling me how great my crafts were and that I should sell them. After much encouragement from her, I decided to go ahead and do it.




What is your current favorite item in your shop? Why? 
I don't know if I could pick one specific item as my favorite, but I love my string arts the most! This is for a few reasons. 1. Each string art is unique and easily customizable. I love that no matter what the occasion or likes of an individual, I can make a string art that would suit them perfectly. 2. I love creating them! Again, I get much joy in designing them specifically for customers. But it is also a great way to relieve stress! 3. The final, but probably the biggest reason is that my string arts make me feel closer to my dad. My dad passed away when I was 14 years old, but he used to create string arts. His were much simpler, but wonderful just the same. Looking at the one he made hanging on my wall gave me the inspiration to create them myself.



What is your favorite quote?
I don't really have a favorite quote, but I use this one with my students all of the time: "If you think you can you will, if you think you can't you won't, either way you're right."

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Geek Means Cosplay & Conventions!

In case anyone is wondering why I'm AWOL with my blog posting? Yep, getting ready for All Con. WOOT!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cosplay Tutorial: Jessica from True Blood



This is another super easy cosplay that once you have a couple key items, you can throw together in literally no time. Those are my favorites in case you haven't picked up on that. I did this one for ConDFW since I wanted something cute but comfy and low key. If you want proof, check out my page at Wilde Cosplay, where I try to share everything I work on.



The standard black shorts came from the clearance rack of Old Navy, and they are paired with my Airwalks because I am too cheap to wear real Converse. The bottle of True Blood we've had at the house for enough years that it will never be something a human drinks because it would probably kill them. But it makes a great photo prop. The order pad came from a pretend kit that I've had since I was a kid. Yes, really. Yes, I still have it. It's not essential, just fun to have. I also threw on a red flannel shirt (you'll recognize it from my Amy Pond cosplay) for warmth in some of the cooler Con rooms.

The shirt and apron I got in person at Hot Topic years ago, but you can still find both on Amazon. I also blinged out my apron with some funny vampire buttons that I found on Walmart clearance after Halloween one year.





The hair is easy. You just twist a couple of small sections from the front toward the back and clip them with whatever is handy. Curl the bottom (I finally learned how to use a curling iron in less than an hour!), and you're pretty much set. Jessica doesn't wear a lot of heavy make up, which makes life a lot easier. Mascara, neutral lipstick, some brown eye shadow, and you're pretty good to go. I added a pair of small gold heart earrings as an extra touch.

Have you cosplayed anyone from the True Blood universe?

Friday, February 20, 2015

#WildeFeature: Melissa of Mizziexoxo Boutique

Etsy Shop | Storenvy Shop | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest




When did you open your shop, and what inspired you to start selling? 
I first opened my Storenvy shop in September of 2013 and opened my Etsy shop in October of 2013. 

I never heard of Etsy or Storenvy before and I came across both sites and the thought of selling online intrigued me. I love to craft and thought people might be interested in what I love to make. So I started to look into how to start my own online business.



What is your current favorite item in your shop? Why?
Currently I would have to say that one of my favorites is my Chihuahua Necklace. I just really love how the yellow colour of it turned out, and it's just super cute.



What is your favorite quote? One of my favorite quotes is "If you can't stop thinking about it, don't stop working for it."

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Friday, February 13, 2015

#WildeFeature : Ashley Scholes of Stitches by Ashley Nicole

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When did you open your shop, and what inspired you to start selling? 
In September 2012; I wanted to do more than just create and store the things I was enjoying making.


What is your current favorite item in your shop? Why? 
The blue and yellow rose set because it's so pretty and dainty. Plus, blue is one of my favorite colors. :)



What is your favorite quote? 
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ― Pablo Picasso

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Craft Sale #2: The Re-Craftening

And, yes, I'm totally rocking a Darren Criss shirt for luck.


Yesterday I strapped on my big girl boots (okay, it was Airwalks) and headed out to my second ever in person craft show. Thankfully I had the support of my sister driving me and all my junk out there in her SUV and my husband helping me set up (I am seriously the WORST about being polite when I'm stressed and trying to get things done) and man the table throughout the day.



The sale in question was the Valentine's Sale at the TWU Student Union. It'd hoped to be part of the Christmas sale, but I ended up taking care of my mom instead (infinitely more important, obviously!). Thankfully, the Union was fantastic and just let me transfer my table fee to the next sale coming up. 



I'm even more pleased to say that the sale went well. I didn't rake in huge profits, but I had some great interactions, and it always makes me smile when people enjoy what I make, even if they aren't able to buy it. Hopefully I'll get to participate again in upcoming sales in the Union. In the meantime, I have some things I want to improve in terms of my display. I want some sort of rack for cards and prints, and I'd like to rig some sort of rack system inside my suitcase to display the notebooks better. From the pictures, what would you change about my display? I'd love suggestions and feedback!