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I’ve always thought that there are crazy and ingenious minds inside the Etsy Italia Team, and this time they have confirmed it with this new initiative: Love Guerrilla!

All tou have to do is choose two Etsy Shop, an Italian one and a foreigner one, and promote them by all means and with all possible channels. The purpose: spreading love for handmade and sharing things and artists we love.

A wonderful, crazy initiative to which I could not participate!

And now, my “victims”!

Among the Italian artists, I chose Paola shop:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/atelierpompadour?ref=ss_profile

I think that paola is a wonderful artist. If you look her creations you have no doubts: this woman loves what she does. From the materials to the technical, from the subjects to the delicacy to the richness of the details, everything fits perfectly to create small masterpieces.

Mice are my favorite, but her whole shop is a real poem!

The other “victim” is Chris Kapono, an artist from St. Louis and this is her shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MandarinMoon?ref=pr_shop_more

Chris is an artist of polymer clay, with which she creates truly unique items.

The thing that fascinates me the most when I discovered her works is the way she treates the surfaces and the textures, incorporating objects, using pigments, combining together organic shapes and geometric forms.

Chris creates boxes, jewelry, decorations, ornaments … well, she  can actuallycarry her creativity in every area. For a lover of polymer clay, Chris is surely a source of inspiration and a model to aim for.

Hoping I’ve been able to share with you some of the admiration I feel for these artists, I invite you to visit their pages, their blogs and their shops.

Handmade is having a difficult time because the cost of materials has increased and the economical crisis does not allow us to buy all the things we like, but love is free, people! So, love, love, love, and share!

If you want to participate to the Love Guerrilla, take a look here, where you can find all the instructions: http://www.etsy.com/teams/5056/etsy-italia/discuss/9468290/page/1/

Nice Handmade Love Guerrilla everyone!

Paola’s blog: http://creativititychannel.blogspot.com/

Chris’ blog: http://mandarinmoonart.blogspot.com/

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During my long “career” as a hobbyist, I found that with some creations the creative process is very fast, it’s as if everything were to some extent already decided, while others will need to stay there, I have to try and try again, until it reaches a result that I like.
For me, there are always some creations “work in progress” because I never feel fullysatisfied. I cannot decide whether it is a good or a bad thing!
In this post I will show two of my accomplishments that belong to the two categories described above: the “easy” ones, and the “difficult” ones.
For the first one process was fast, for the other one  the process took me almost two weeks.
Here’s the first: a rigid polymer clay cuff bracelet inspired by Halloween.
Do you remember it? I shown you the work “in progress” last week:

Well, believe it or not, a few hours after this shot, the bracelet was complete.
I made it in one go, the pieces fit one to another to perfection. You may like this piece of jewelry or not, but looking back, I know I wouldn’t change anything of this creation.

Working with polymer clay being insecure about the result can turn into an odyssey because if you are not convinced you have two choices: you can cook it all the same (with the risk of having an object that just doesn’t satisfy you, and you don’t know how to use), or you can leave it uncooked waiting for inspiration … it can take months! And in the meantime, the creation is exposed to dust, air, dirt and so on!

Concerning the “difficult” creation, I’ve shown you a preview of this work in the September 1st post:

The starting point was to use flowers and bees as a catch, but regarding the pouch “body”, I struggled a lot. At first I imagined a very complex thing, with a lawn on which there were several felt decorations and a yellow sun. At last, I created this:

I finished just in time for the Challenge Etsy Italia Team, which closed yesterday! So I ran to take photos, edit them and publish the listing!

And what about you? How does your creative process work? Do you make sketches, drawings, or go along the way?

Please subscribe to my blog if yoy like, and don’t forget to visit my Twitter profile, my Youtube Channel and my Etsy shop!

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/oOLaPiOo
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/LaPiCraftLab
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/oolapiworldoo

Bye!

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I think that in September even adults go “back to school.” When the holidays end, we think at the things we’ve done and the things we have to do, we make plans, prepare the schedule and list the things we need.
I remember that when I was a little girl, there was a sort of ritual that took place with reverence more or less in this period, and consisted in the “stuff for school” shopping. My parents brought me and my brother to Upim, or Standa (these are the names of two big stores, very popular in Italy in the 80s, and now almost disappeared. It was before the “mall time”) in order to buy notebooks, backpack, pens and so on. But there were two things that interested me the most: the pencil-case (the ones with the zipper, full of markers and crayons) and the diary. Researchers say that the way that more than anyone else opens the door to the memories is the sense of smell, because it is connected with the limbic system, and therefore closely related with the emotions.
I’m not surprised of it! For me, the sense of smell has always been crucial, especially in relationships. If someone has a personal smell that I don’t like, this means that he or she isn’t good for me.  And if I try to ignore this important chemical signal that reaches my conscious ego from the oldest part of my brain, well God help me! I found myself stuck in unlikely relationships with people I’ve nothing in common with. “It would have been easier if you had listened to your istinct, if you had followed your nose, but no! You wanted to insist, reflect, be efficient. Serves you right!” I inevitably say to myself later. But I’m disgressing! I was telling about the smell. Yesterday I went to the Mall and I saw the stationery department, crowded with mothers and children, parents, grandparents, all intent to buy “stuff for school.” While I was approaching, there it is! That smell!  How to define it? Maybe it’s the smell of brand new paper, fresh printing, plastic and cloth for backpaks and baskets, or is it the smell of paint, wax crayons, solvent markers…
And suddenly here I am, turned into a little girl! Suddently I’m too short to reach the highest shelves, and I go around, between the shelves, in search of the perfect pencil case, the one with the ruler inside, or maybe even with the round tip scissors! Here I am! A chubby girl with pigtails held up by rubber bands that ended with small colored beads. A child who often went astray through those shelves, but didn’t realize it either, because she was too busy to wonder.
Once I came back home I started a small creative project for “back to school” challenge in myEtsy Team.
I naturally thought of a pen-case!
At the moment there are only some flower-shaped buttons and little bees that I will probabily use to close the pencil-case:

For the body I was thinking of using felt, but i don’t know yet.
In the meanwhile, I noticed that when I “create”, I’m very untidy. The work surface, small in itself, is very cluttered with stuff!

Well, in this picture here you cannot see all the mess that’s around! Just think that in order to choose the “perfect” colour for my flowers, I scattered on the bed all my polymer clay pakages!
And where do you create? How is your creative space? Are you messy or methodical? I’d like to see some photos of your work table!

Have a good back to school!

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