Etsy Finds: St. Patrick’s Day Doggie Wear

March 12, 2013, 10:00 am  Posted by Lark

pot of gold dog hatI have always loved St. Patty’s Day. I was born the day before, so every year I celebrate extra hard. Everyone around me knows to beware, if you aren’t wearing green you’ll get pinched! And no, a little pin on your shirt or wearing green socks doesn’t count. It has to be highly visible!

And it’s not just humans I go after, no sirree. I go after everything, and that includes the office dogs! Well, I wouldn’t really pinch a doggie. But, it is a great excuse to dress them up in green accessories and outfits, right?! Right!

So, to help you protect your doggie companions from evil little pinchers like me, I’ve put together some great Etsy finds for St. Patty’s Day doggie wear. They include tutus, hats, and outfits galore! And I know most dogs don’t like to wear stuff, but just tell them it’s for their own good. They’ll sulk, we know, but they’ll look so cute!

Now, I bet you’re wondering: Well, where are the wearable goodies for cats? All I have to say is this: Have you ever tried to dress up a cat? Yeah, no.

St Patty's Day Etsy Dog Finds

Continue reading for credits and links to where you get these wonderful outfits and accessories for your doggie pals.

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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Sneak Peek: 500 Prints on Clay

March 09, 2013, 10:49 am  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

The 500 series for ceramics started out as an object-based series. First there was Teapots. Then Cups. But after a few years the series stepped off the beaten path. The enthusiasm and support for non-object based books like 500 Raku was beyond our expectations.

Fast forward a few more years and here we are with 500 Prints on Clay. It’s a truly impressive book, and the mix of techniques and forms is unparalleled in the 500 series.

A few of my favorites–which of course skew functional–are below, but there is much, much more inside.

The book is available wherever books are sold, including at a hefty discount at BN.com.



Daylight Savings – Etsy Timepiece Finds

March 08, 2013, 12:17 pm  Posted by Lark

Happy lesser-celebrated but greatly-anticipated Daylight Savings, everybody! It’s that nice time of the year when we “spring ahead” in time (that phrase never gets old for me)—it’s one hour of one day lost, sure, but it’s also one hour of evening daylight gained! Can I get a Hip-Hip-Hooray?!

I wanted to honor Daylight Savings and its extra evening sunlight, and a lovely trip through Etsy shops seemed like the perfect answer. Below are images of timepieces of all kinds: pocket watches, wall clocks, cuckoo clocks, clocks made of vinyl records, clocks made of doilies, steampunk beauties, upcycled bicycle elements, and more (scroll down for individual photos and links).

Thank you to these talented Etsy artists for sharing such beautiful timepieces, perfect for Daylight Savings!


Colored Geometry Wall Clock :: PartyMojo


Laser Cut Wooden Giraffe Clock :: AsymmetreeDesign


Modern Wooden Wall Clock :: ArtGlamourSligo


Silhouette in White Clock :: OryxandCrakeDesign


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Discovery Behind the Lens

March 07, 2013, 11:29 am  Posted by Lark

I’m one of those people who keeps lists. And some of those lists serve as really important guides that remind me to examine the various components that I feel contribute to a beautiful and happy life … and hold myself to seeking out those elements. One of those lists highlights the places around the world I would like to visit. It is a varied collection of locations, but it is one that I feel is completely feasible with the right level of motivation, discipline, and a healthy dose of courage and optimism. So last year when I spotted mention of a Polaroid photography retreat in Morocco, one of those desired destinations, my internal instinct bells went off.

Did I know anything at all about Polaroids? No. Was I excited to learn something new? Yes. And so with great determination, I just decided that I would save the money, set aside the time, and make it happen.

So in February I packed my bags with an astonishing amount of film and two instant cameras — for the curious, a Polaroid 100 Land Camera and Fujifilm Instax Mini 50s — and ventured over to Morocco for a week spent with twelve other women to explore the unique quirks and creative potential of instant photography. The setting? A spectacular private guesthouse nestled in an olive grove, the bustling souks of the medina, and the decaying streets and windy seaside of Essaouira.

In that one week I was reminded of the power of personal intention, the marvel of our extraordinary world and its complexities, and the fact that so much opportunity can unfold simply by making a single decision. I absolutely loved spending my days getting to know the possibilities (and, let’s admit it, occasional frustrations) of the medium while opening myself to the beauty and richness of Moroccan culture. And the photography process itself made me reconsider everything from the importance of seeking thoughtful light and composition to the value of patience and stillness.

And so I encourage YOU: Make some decisions about who you want to be, where you want to go, what you want to experience, and who you want to spend that time with. Seize opportunity when it presents itself. Learn new creative skills. Explore new places and experiences. Seek out hands-on exchange with other like-minded folks. Celebrate the act of play.


Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond Pattern Giveaway

March 05, 2013, 10:18 am  Posted by Lark

Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & BeyondWhat do cowboys, rock stars, Edward Cullen, and Wonder Woman have in common? They all recognize the awesomeness of wearing a wrist cuff.

Up your cool factor and join us in celebrating this month’s release of Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond by downloading a free pattern of Aimee’s Butterfly Wrist Cuff. Now available from BN.com, Embroidery & Beyond offers over 20 projects that feature redwork, cross stitch, sashiko, and more!Butterfly Wrist Cuff

Keep checking our blog and Lark Needlearts Facebook page for more on Embroidery & Beyond all month long – including an interview with Aimee, a giveaway of a project from the book, and lots of other fun stuff.

Get started stitching your Butterfly Wrist Cuff by downloading the pattern here. And don’t miss out on all the other beautiful projects featured in Aimee’s latest Doodle Stitching book! Order your copy of Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond at BN.com or find it at your local bookstore.