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Adventure Time Bacon Pancakes!

24 May

melvin pancakeSo, I don’t know why it took me this long to watch Adventure Time, but it did, and I’m sorry.  So to make it up to everyone, Melvin and I decided to make… Jake’s Bacon Pancakes!  Bacon pancakes, makin’ bacon pancakes, take some bacon and I’ll put it in a pancake, bacon pancakes, that’s what it’s gonna make, Bacon Pancaaaaaaaaaake!  So easy to make, and you can sing Jake’s song the entire time you make them.  That’s what I did anyway.  So if you’re a huge fan of Adventure Time and you want to join in the fun, read on! Continue reading

Melvin’s Pick of the Day- 4/7/13- Alantronics

7 Apr

lumpy clockI have a clock on the wall that is slowly losing time.  I need a new battery for it, but I think I also need a new clock.

Alan Kwok of Alantronics hand crafts amazingly fun clocks.  If you’re a big fan of Adventure Time, you’re in luck, because there are a lot of cool Adventure Time themed clocks to choose from.

Alan also has other neat clocks, including a creepy Weeping Angel clock, so go visit today!

Alantronics

For the Kids

13 Mar

My son loves video games and geeky things and for Christmas he asked Santa for a gyroid from Animal Crossing. That’s not something you can pick up at WalMart. I ended up crocheting him one and he loves it. But not everyone can create obscure (and awesome) geeky toys for their kids. That’s why I love places like Etsy and Deviantart. They connect you directly with artists that are offering unique things you’re looking for or can custom make it for you.

If your kid is a geek-in-training, this gallery is sure to provide you with awesome creations they approve of. Many of these you’ll be tempted to buy for yourselves!

Jedi Baby Rattle Lightsaber by HandmadeMonster

Jedi Baby Rattle Lightsaber by HandmadeMonster

Baby Geek Toy Teether by 3PrincessesStore

Baby Geek Toy Teether by 3PrincessesStore

Level 1 Human Hat  by geeklingdesigns

Level 1 Human Hat by geeklingdesigns

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Tips for a Successful Handmade Shop, or How to Keep from Being a Starving Artist

27 Feb
Starving Artist by vanDara

Starving Artist by vanDara

I’ve been selling my art and jewelry on Etsy for over four years now and it has been an amazing learning experience. I started as a hobby, making things I wanted myself and couldn’t find anywhere. Over the years, I’ve gained enough regular income to quit my 9 to 5 job and focus solely on my shop. It hasn’t always been easy, but I consider myself successful in the handmade marketplace.

I’m part of a few teams on Etsy (with Mom’s Basement being one I visit frequently, of course) and I’ve noticed that at least a couple times a month on these teams, people ask, “What’s wrong with my shop? I have low sales and really want to make this my full time job.” With so many people asking this question, I thought I would compile a list of helpful advice that has worked for successful artists and crafters, as well as advice from the Etsy blogs and things I have learned from my own experiences. Even if you don’t plan on selling your art full time, these tips can help showcase and promote your work more effectively.

First of all, and possibly the most important in the beginning, is be patient!

It can take years to establish yourself in a certain venue or on a certain site, just like it would if you were starting a brick and mortar business. Luckily, information moves fast on the internet and it’s possible to speed up your popularity. But selling on a site for only a few months with low sales is completely normal and doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with your art.

Take LolitaAGogo for instance. Amazing artwork, (including the Adventure Time painting below), but very few sales yet. A little more time and I’m sure she’ll be selling like crazy.

Original Watercolor Painting 'Off the Hook' by LolitaAGogo

Original Watercolor Painting ‘Off the Hook’ by LolitaAGogo

Jose from MisNopalesArt says to “take the plunge and go for it. When I first discovered Etsy and started listing items in my shop, it took several months to finally start picking up sales. At first I was a bit discouraged but I stuck with it and it paid off.”

He also says, “I think it’s important to have a variety of items available and to keep adding new items whenever possible. The more items you put out there, the more likely someone will eventually like one of them and purchase it.” Which I agree with whole-heartedly and expand upon below.

Storm Trooper Calavera Die Cut Vinyl Sticker by MisNopalesArt

Storm Trooper Calavera Die Cut Vinyl Sticker by MisNopalesArt

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Melvin’s Pick of the Day- 1/20/13- That’s What I Needed

20 Jan

team fortressI love patches.  They’re an easy way to show the world what you love, and make your clothes look awesome.

Paul of That’s What I Needed knows exactly what you need… Team Fortress 2 Patches!

There’s also a large assortment of Adventure Time patches, so go visit today!

That’sWhatINeeded

Anthropomorphism

2 Jan
Figure Drawing Class by Bobbie-the-Jean

Figure Drawing Class by Bobbie-the-Jean

Interest in anthropomorphism has become quite a movement. Specifically, animals with human characteristics. Anthro has its own category on DeviantART and a host of groups dedicated to it, including #AnthroCommunity, which boasts over 4,000 members.

SYNC: Fox and the Butterfly by  TysonTan

SYNC: Fox and the Butterfly by TysonTan

Anthropomorphism is defined as anything displaying human characteristics that is not human. Like animals, plants, food, inanimate objects, weather, etc, etc. The first known example is a 32,000 year old German sculpture of a figure with a lion’s head. Anthro embodies many popular geek concepts, such as Furry, kawaii, and cartoon. I’ve found many different amazing examples and compiled them for your viewing pleasure.

Adventure Time! by Suihara

Adventure Time! by Suihara

Animal Crossing Cat Crochet Pattern by Liebe9

Animal Crossing Cat Crochet Pattern by Liebe9

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