Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Article: Update on "The Orphan Act"






This is more than just a personal blog about Sara's Texture Crafts and my work, it is also a blogzine of interesting craft news, events and artists from around the world.


Tuesday, 26 August 2008

"Orphan Works - Shelved!"

By Guest Writer Pamela Baker.


Update on the "Orphan Act "I'll bet you, as I, thought this was a dead issue. Well we, DianeClancy.etsy.com and I just found out that is has been put on hold (again). In fact Congress tried 2x to push it through, and both times was held due to the fact that not enough was made known to the public of the ramifications of the Bill. You can find more details on Diane's Blog at http://dianeclancy.com/blog.Written by Pamela Baker of http://MagdaleneJewels.etsy.com---------------Sara says...Here are the back issues here on Crafts of Texture http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com/search?q=orphan and a recently released Etsy Storque article, where the debat continues...
http://www.etsy.com/storque/section/reviews/article/you-be-the-judge-the-orphan-works-act/2407/
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Past "Guest Writer Articles" on the "Orphan Act" pubished by Pamela Baker

"The Orphan Act Updated a/o 5.14.08" posted 8.15.08

"The Orphan Act" posted 4.26.08

"The Orphan Act" posted 4.25.08

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My August Favorites

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Treasury: Nice Day for a White Wedding

















Strummer, the "Ring Bearer."





A perfect match! The little "Flower Girl" from my Treasury
by SDEMKE @etsy.com






With my nephew, Christian, who is also my godchild, getting married in September, I had Wedding fever on my mind. As I looked through the various categories on Etsy of "Wedding" themed items, I saw so many beautiful pieces of various arrangements. Out of that came the thought of doing a "Wedding" themed Treasury, called appropriately, "A Nice Day for a White Wedding". A few pieces were done by my friends on Boomer's, and other friends I have made here at Etsy; and now from the Treasury, I can add a few more friends I have made along the way.
My nephew's wedding is going to be in a famous winery in New Jersey: Renault Winery, located in So. Jersey in Atlantic City (which means 4 hours of driving for dear Auntie!). He and his girlfriend have a son, Strummer, who will be 20 mos. old at that time, and will have the part of "ring bearer"; while the flower girl, who is the same age, will attempt to walk down the aisle with my nephew. Of course, if they make it, they will totally steal the spotlight from the Bride and Groom. When I saw the picture on Etsy of the little flower girl, who is probably about their age, I just couldn't resist adding that to my Treasury. As you enjoy the Treasury, I will be deciding busy shopping for something special to wear!
I know the pictures are a little hard to get a good focus on, so I also did a YouTube video, of the "White Wedding" Treasury: this is the link, and don't forget to turn up the volume!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfjlRK4RZL0

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Article: Sara's Crafts of Texture/The Plight of the Miniatures




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Wednesday, 13 August 2008

The Plight of the Miniatures on Etsy,
by Guest Writer Pamela Baker















As soon as one says 'dollhouse' the first thought that comes to mind is toys, or a dollhouse for a little girl. Dollhouse Miniatures are not considered toys, nor are they appropriate for children; which you will note in some of the miniature shops. This is a hobby which many are involved in, and then again, something that many know nothing about. Although I have had a miniature shelf (originally a printer’s case for their letters) for many years, and was collecting miniature items; I came to learn about the world of miniatures through one of my oldest friends, who as an artist started out as a textile designer, then started making Persian designed carpets for dollhouses. The exact dimensions of each piece of work are so real like, that I became interested in this field, even doing shows with my friend in LasVegas and Atlantic City (yes, we did have time to gamble a little!). I then started working for quite a few years in a Dollhouse Miniature shop, where dollhouses and their accessories were geared for adults, and quite costly. Often I would find myself telling children, 'please don't touch'! Of course we did have furniture for children, which were towards the back of the store, and would quickly guide the little children back there. The craftsmanship in making something 1:12' scale is quite a difficult and comprising task. When one views the items made, they are so real like, it is impossible to believe that they are only 1:12' in size.Recently I discovered that there are quite a few shops on Etsy selling “miniature items. Some of the shops listed are: http://www.lilwitchy.etsy.com/, http://www.bluekittyminiatures.etsy.com/, http://www.ladyartisandolls.etsy.com/, http://www.goldenunicornminis.etsy.com/, http://www.bassombear.etsy.com/ (this shop has the cutest little bears!), http://www.polkadottoadstool.etsy.com/, http://www.bluecrawdad..etsy.com/ and one of my favorites, http://www.thehauntedhollowtree.etsy.com/ of which I own a few of her beautiful pictures. For those of you who have not experienced the world of miniatures, I do recommend that you take a moment to look at the real-like items in their shops. Within the Forums you will find one group of miniature artists, the 'MiniMakers'. Another group, “DAM” which stands for Dolls and Miniatures, are currently attempting to start their own Etsy team. Lisa, of “LilWitchy”, (the artist of the miniature Quija board, which is pictured) specializes in mostly 1:12” scale Miniatures of Witch’s Haunted Houses!; and “Bluekittyminiatures” (who designed the beautiful real-like wedding cake, also pictured), and “Ladyartisandolls”, and Gayle of “BassomBears”, are just a few of the members who make up “DAM”. While, like the other teams here on Etsy, who chat away about life, families, and their craft, they are also trying to get people to understand exactly what miniatures are. As they describe themselves, “they are miniature artists creating collectible objects in 1:8 scale and smaller for dollhouse/room box settings or even curio cabinets. Miniatures are an old and distinguished hobby, from private collections to museums including the Smithsonian whose owners value the skill necessary to create tiny objects. They are not children's toys as much as tiny works of art.”Both groups, the “MiniMakers”, and “DAM”, have tried with little success to get Etsy to provide them with their own specific tag, which would make shopping for miniatures much easier for those looking for that “little” extra something. Taken from a thread posted on June 24, 2008 by “Ladyartisandolls”, “for at least two years, possibly longer, art doll artists, miniaturists, and non-toy dollmakers have been trying to get categories set up for their particular art here on Etsy. We’re consistently frustrated by the difficulty buyers and collectors encounter while trying to find our work. We regularly have customers tell us they would never find us on Etsy if we didn’t send them a direct link. Other doll artists and miniaturists who haven’t yet signed up on Etsy hesitate to do so because there is no clear category on Etsy for them to list their items.” According to Lisa, of “LilWitchy”, there is a legislation in the UK which prohibits listing any dollhouse item as a toy. I invite you all to take a look at some of the shops, and view just a few of the very unique items I have listed; and I also ask that perhaps you can convo them in support of their mission in getting Etsy to provide them with their own specific tag, or sign their petition in support of the “MiniMakers” and “DAM”. Here is a link to their petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/add-a-dolls-category-on-Etsy I hope you can all take a “mini” moment to sign this petition to help these very creative miniature artists towards their goal of obtaining their own tag on Etsy.

Written by Guest Writer Pamela Baker of http://magdalenejewelspjk.blogspot.com/
Posted by Sara's Texture Crafts
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