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Happy MAR10 Day!

10 Mar
Mario World by Orioto

Mario World by Orioto

Break out your fake moustaches and warm up the Wii, because today is Mario Day! Because it’s Mar 10. Get it? I’m not sure when this holiday came about, but the Mario Bros are certainly worthy of celebrating!

Mario has appeared in over 200 video games, first appearing in Donkey Kong in 1981, where he was known as Jumpman.  His name was later changed to Mario in Donkey Kong Jr., named after Nintendo of America’s warehouse landlord. His twin brother, Luigi (named after a Seattle pizza joint called “Mario & Luigi’s”), was introduced in the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros. 

The Mario brothers have had many professions including: carpenter, plumber, doctor, tennis player, ghost buster, and race car driver, and have had their images portrayed on everything from cereal boxes to the big screen. I think everyone has a soft spot for the Mario Bros. whether their first introduction to them was Donkey Kong or Super Mario Galaxy. They are universally recognized by gamers and non-gamers alike and the love of these icons shows no sign of slowing down.

I’ve rounded up some amazing Mario-related Etsy crafts for your enjoyment. Have a great Mario Day!


Mario Pendant 8-bit Silver

$33

NES Nintendo Game Brooch Pin

$15.74

Mustache Mario T Shirt Ninte…

$21

Sterling Silver Super Mario …

$48

Mario Two Levels Full Skirt

$45.99

Super Mario “King Koopa…

$22

Mario and Yoshi Print – Nint…

$16

Wall Art, Video game, Mario …

$16

Sunglasses – Custom Wayfarer…

$37

Novelty Plush Mustache, Funn…

$15

Mario Brothers Art – The Roa…

$35

Super Mario Goomba Wooden Pi…

$60

Set of 4 Super Mario Bros. 2…

$50

Colorful Mario Question Mark…

$89.95

Super Mario Pixel Necklace 8…

$15

Super Mario Brothers Two Key…

$15

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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Here’s to the Geeks

26 Dec
Nerd. by KyraTeppelin

Nerd. by KyraTeppelin

Growing up, I never thought of myself as a geek or a nerd. For one thing, those terms didn’t have the same complimentary air that they do today. And I never thought I fit into a label. I was just me. But it was obvious that my best friend and I were drifting apart. She was into sports and fashion and boyfriends, and although I enjoyed those things too, I was more interested in books, video games, and drama club.

Clink Illustration Print - Rosy Pink Cheeks Nerds Kissing by GenevieveSantos

Clink Illustration Print – Rosy Pink Cheeks Nerds Kissing by GenevieveSantos

It was only until a few years ago that I discovered a lot of styles and interests that are considered “geeky” are also my own styles and interests, and I found I could identify with this term, among others.

The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth by  IndelibleInkWorkshop

The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth by IndelibleInkWorkshop

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Trick or Treat

31 Oct

Halloween Equals Candy Corn by AnimaSoucoyant, Matt Ferrell

Happy Halloween everyone! Since my art post this week landed on Halloween, I’ve rounded up the most quintessentially Halloween art and craft pieces I could find. I hope they get you in the mood to don a costume and party with the undead!

Undead Pumpkin by NgJas

Halloween Town Hat by CuteKick

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Blood Lust

24 Oct

Vampire by Duniax

Vampires are sexy. And I’m not talking about the sparkly, teenage variety. They’re sophisticated, charismatic, and like to nibble on your neck. They invoke a combination of fear and attraction for many people. After all, who wouldn’t want to have supernatural powers, live for centuries, and dress snappy?

Vampires as we know them have been around since the early 1800s, but creatures that feed on blood or flesh have been in the world’s cultural conscience for much longer. Bram Stoker’s Dracula was highly influential on our idea of vampires today and was inspired by the cruel Transylvanian conqueror, Vlad the Impaler.

I think vampires are some of the cooler horror monsters, and I’ve found some amazing art dedicated to them, and also to eradicating them!

And who could forget Brad Pitt as the reluctant blood sucker from Interview with a Vampire?

Vampire by Avogel57, Alex Vogel

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Unusual Mediums

18 Jul

Oils, marble, porcelain… Tried and true materials that have been around for centuries. The results are gorgeous, but maybe a little predictable. My topic this week is on materials and art that mix it up and make you go, “that’s made out of what?” Check out these conversation starters!

Recycled Skateboard Necklace by sevenply

This necklace is super cute, but I bet if it weren’t for the caption you’d never guess it was made from a skateboard. Now you can keep your skater vibe with you, even in formal occasions.

Chalkboard Skull in Jet Black by iamhome

Everyone needs a message board, but about the last place I’d think to write, “We went to the store,” is on a faux human skull. But not iamhome! They’ve been selling these skulls since late 2010 and now hundreds of people have unique (and morbid) message centers in their homes. Their skulls come in dozens of colors, including a realistic bone shade.

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