Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A Wonderful Holiday Weekend Surprise

I don't know what I would do without my blog friends! They all are the best!! A few of you may know that I am not the most diligent about checking my personal email. I am working on that,I promise. But on this past Friday night I was enjoying one of my husband fabulous margaritas watching a dvr'd episode of Swamp People ( yes,my favorite,really!) and decided I'd better check it.
I had a gazillion messages of course mostly junk, but there was one from a blog friend Rosina from the blog Rosy-Posy.She was answering my comment on her blog and as a side thought she congratulated me on being featured in an online magazine.
I thought REALLY..... I WAS! Where? So I started doing a Google search from the name she had casually mentioned,and of course I frantically replied to her to get more information. My Google search of the name  Modern Handmade Child took me right to the site.

 Oh my goodness what great web site this is and the online magazine is wonderful! I'm not just saying that because I'm in it,but being a magazine fanatic like I am, I know a GREAT one when I see it. Tons of ideas to keep kids from being bored this summer. Craft ideas for Mommy as well as the kiddos,and some delicious recipes that kids will love! The articles were engaging and the photography was bright and beautiful on each and every page.They also had an interview with an Etsy shop owner which always tickles me whenever I see a fellow Etsian being featured anywhere.

 The best part is it's an open publication! And it is delightfully fun!!
You will find the magazine on the right hand side of their web page,and you will find my Campfire on page 51! Backyard Camping Adventure is the title of the section that my Felt Campfire is in.
 There is nothing I enjoy more than designing and hand making items for children. It is my passion, and often totally consumes my thoughts.

 My belief is that no matter how modern we are there is one need that ties us to every century of existence on Earth....the need for fire! We may be in the 21 century but we still need to be warm and to cook our food.So whether it's in a microwave oven or a campfire,or a furnace or an outdoor fire pit, fire still connects us to primitive man.Fire pits or indoor fireplaces have had an archeological importance as well for discovery.

We have learned a lot from these areas about how people lived by what they ate and how they cooked it.Items that have been discarded in these pits as trash are now great treasures of discovery and knowledge.

I have a new Fire pit I hope to have up and in my shop by Monday the 6th of June. I had been mulling over a couple of ideas,when my 5yr old grandson steered me toward an even better idea. He has been advising me on what I should make next and always says "Nana can you have it done for me by tomorrow"! Gez he's almost as bad as my son who I work full time for!

So then after I came back down to Earth from this news, Poppy from Poppy Loves A Party sent me a message to tell me that my Beach Campfire had been on the front page of Etsy on Sunday morning. Then that evening my regular Campfire was on the front page. I may never come back down to Earth now! But if Poppy hadn't told me I wouldn't have ever known.
I wish there was another way to track this sort of thing on Etsy. There might actually be a way and I'm just not aware of it. But if there isn't I wish Etsy would find a way to let us hard working artist know that our work has been selected and placed on the front page.

I love Etsy and it has been a blessing for me and my passions. If you have never visited this wonderful web site then you are missing out on a place of incredible talent. Everyone should take the oath to By Handmade....and by doing so you are supporting hard working small business owners who put love in everything they sell!


  1. Kudos, Rebecca - you certainly deserve the attention for your wonderful creations! Happy thursday - Tanya

  2. Congratulations, Rebecca - how awesome, you must be so psyched!

    By the way, check this out! You can sign up to get updates when you make it to Etsy's front page. Very useful!

    Taylor Lynn <3

  3. Wow, congratulations! That is so awesome!

  4. Holy moly ~ what great stuff!!!! I'm so happy you've been discovered, I hope it leads to many sales! :)