Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Winning Treasury #206

Some words from Iva...

Hey you guys!
I guess it's time I finally sorted through the whirlwind of thoughts and impressions that swept me up after Anna Lisa put me in the spotlight so generously. Thank you, dearest Anna! :)

I know that my pick of the inspiration item was challenging and not necessarily the most relatable image in our shop, yet for me its pull was irresistible. As you must have gathered by now, Rusty and Joe's Scrap Heap is a joint endeavor by my wonderful girlfriend Nina and myself. The photos in our shop were taken by either her or me, except for this one, particularly precious to me since it resulted from our collaboration. I feel like it represents our combined creative spirit more accurately than any other image on display; I see it as a symbol of what you can accomplish when you meet your creative soul mate. I remember the walk during which we discovered the abandoned, derelict trailer park and how the energy of the setting set us in motion. We walked away in animated conversation, returning with props - hats, instruments, beverages - as well as fully developed alter egos we were excited to bring to life. After the shoot I felt elated and vowed to finally open that Etsy shop we had been talking about. And just like that, we finally knew what to call it! I also told myself that if I ever won the NonTeam Challenge, I would enlist others into spinning tales about the adventures of Rusty and Joe. I knew that if I went with a more popular choice of image, it would be a personally disappointing culmination to this story - and so I picked Rusty and Joe.

Going into the challenge, I was hoping for oddball, off key, gently humorous celebrations of the kind of life Rusty and Joe embodied. I was completely unprepared for the insightful and personal treasuries with which a lot of you addressed us. I guess a part of me is still skeptical about online communication, even if I am consistently confronted with evidence that we really do see and engage each other on levels which transcend the superficial. Thank you to all of you who participated and engaged with the image in such fun, creative and insightful ways. By now you're either nodding away or in agreement, so let's cut to the chase and crown the new winner!

My choice of queen is the lovely Christy from poppyandpurl. Her ramshackle won me over the minute I laid eyes on it, as my rambling comment betrayed to anyone who cared to look for it. I was completely smitten with this seemingly casual collection which was nevertheless arranged so carefully, with precision, depth of feeling and a most excellent eye for detail. There was something forlorn about it, yet it was simultaneously deeply comforting and hopeful. You know what it was like? It was like an indie movie. And I'm a sucker for indie movies - in fact, this one looks so oddly familiar I could have sworn I already saw it, complete with a soundtrack by Ed Sheeran. :) Thank you, Christy, for reviving the memories of those hours spent traversing the cinescapes, and for creating your own, so engaging, soulful and memorable, filled with an indescribable longing and a pulse of its own. I love it. Thank you.

All hail Queen Christy! :)




Congrats to Christy!  She will be choosing the inspiration item for Challenge #207 from her shop PoppyAndPurl.  She'll also be judging the Challenge.  Check the team discussion page for a "Laying Odds" thread to make suggestions / predictions on the inspiration item.  We only have today to help choose the item, so please be sure to pop in.  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Challenge #206

A creative challenge open to all members of Etsy! Create a treasury around the Inspiration Item. Win the Challenge and the Inspiration Item for the next Challenge will be something of yours! Who knows how many treasuries will be created with your item!?

Iva from RustyandJoesScrap will be judging the Challenge this week. It is totally up to her as to what she is looking for. Make the best treasury you can and just maybe one of your items will be featured in our next Challenge! Please read the guidelines carefully before creating your treasury.

Our inspiration item is...



Failure to follow these 9 steps will disqualify you from the challenge:
 
1. Read the guidelines. 
2. Include the Inspiration Item in any of the first 4 spots. 
3. Do not use more than one item from any shop in your treasury. Use sixteen separate shops.
4. Leave a link to your treasury in our Entry thread on our team page before Sunday at noon eastern. Please leave it one time only. Judges and volunteers use this thread to find the current treasuries. You must leave your link in the correct thread by the deadline to have your treasury judged. Your link also needs to be there to have your shop added to the sidebar list and to be added to the buyer account. 
5. Tag your treasury with "nonteam" and "nonteamchallenge 206" (separated by a space before the number).
6. Be sure to include a link to the blog in the treasury description. If it doesn't fit into the description, you may leave it in the first comment. http://treasurychallengenonteam.blogspot.com/ 
7. Only one entry per person if you have more than one Etsy account. Only one entry per account if you have multiple people running a single shop. 
8. Support other participants - View/Comment/Click on as many other treasuries in the Challenge as possible. Do not leave a link to your treasury in the comments of another person's treasury. 
9. Don't tag your non-team treasury with tags for other teams that you are a member of. Our non-team treasuries are not meant to promote your other teams. 
*** Only participate if you'll be available to judge the next week's Challenge - and report the winning treasury by the next Tuesday. Judging is a hugely time-consuming job. There may be hundreds of treasuries. Please only participate if you have the time to judge next week. 
*** Make sure that your shop is in compliance with Etsy's TOS. We won't promote shops that are resellers, blatant copyright infringers, purposeful mis-taggers, etc. Those shops are disqualified from winning challenges. 

Recommended (not required)... 

* Become a follower of this blog to stay in touch with each new challenge, challenge winner, announcements, etc. 
* Use items from other participating shops if you'd like and if their items fit your theme. Visit our Etsy buyer account to see items from shops that participated in the previous challenge. 
* Replace missing items in your treasury. Don't replace sold items. 
* Tweet, Facebook, Blog, etc to spread the word about your treasury and our Challenges.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Winning Treasury #205

Some words from Anna Lisa...

I had really sooo much Fun with this Challenge & i am so happy that I listened to my boyfriend’s advice to take the raspberry sky as an inspiration item. So many absolutely wonderful and magical mind-blowing collections were created and as always it is sooo sooo hard to narrow it down. First I want to thank Susan for choosing my treasury last week, which gave me the opportunity for this magnificent experience. There were so many beautiful and wonderfully curated treasuries ~ thank you all so much for participating. And even when you have narrowed it down to twenty you love the most… it is still almost impossible to choose a winner. It was so hard for me this week. I had four absolute favorites which all could have been winners!!!!

My winner is Iva’s “There's Magic on This Earth” because it touched my heart the most. Besides that it is a visual treat of course…absolute stunning in its perfection. You can see the magic which the woman let out of the box sparkling around in the whole treasury. ~ The balance and the glow is perfect and also the reminder to us that we should live in the present and see the magic in the world in the moment, where we are right now. In nature, in books, in people, in the sky, in the rusty train tracks and in whimsical little miniature houses in the woods whenever we see them. Thank you so much for this Iva, and Congratulations* Your treasuries inspire me the most & I only started doing mine because I saw one of yours!!!





Congrats to Iva!  She will be choosing the inspiration item for Challenge #206 from her shop RustyandJoesScrap.  She'll also be judging the Challenge.  Check the team discussion page for a "Laying Odds" thread to make suggestions / predictions on the inspiration item.  We only have today to help choose the item, so please be sure to pop in.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Challenge #205

A creative challenge open to all members of Etsy! Create a treasury around the Inspiration Item. Win the Challenge and the Inspiration Item for the next Challenge will be something of yours! Who knows how many treasuries will be created with your item!?

Anna Lisa from niahmj will be judging the Challenge this week. It is totally up to her as to what she is looking for. Make the best treasury you can and just maybe one of your items will be featured in our next Challenge! Please read the guidelines carefully before creating your treasury.

Our inspiration item is...


Failure to follow these 9 steps will disqualify you from the challenge:
 
1. Read the guidelines. 
2. Include the Inspiration Item in any of the first 4 spots. 
3. Do not use more than one item from any shop in your treasury. Use sixteen separate shops.
4. Leave a link to your treasury in our Entry thread on our team page before Sunday at noon eastern. Please leave it one time only. Judges and volunteers use this thread to find the current treasuries. You must leave your link in the correct thread by the deadline to have your treasury judged. Your link also needs to be there to have your shop added to the sidebar list and to be added to the buyer account. 
5. Tag your treasury with "nonteam" and "nonteamchallenge 205" (separated by a space before the number).
6. Be sure to include a link to the blog in the treasury description. If it doesn't fit into the description, you may leave it in the first comment. http://treasurychallengenonteam.blogspot.com/ 
7. Only one entry per person if you have more than one Etsy account. Only one entry per account if you have multiple people running a single shop. 
8. Support other participants - View/Comment/Click on as many other treasuries in the Challenge as possible. Do not leave a link to your treasury in the comments of another person's treasury. 
9. Don't tag your non-team treasury with tags for other teams that you are a member of. Our non-team treasuries are not meant to promote your other teams. 
*** Only participate if you'll be available to judge the next week's Challenge - and report the winning treasury by the next Tuesday. Judging is a hugely time-consuming job. There may be hundreds of treasuries. Please only participate if you have the time to judge next week. 
*** Make sure that your shop is in compliance with Etsy's TOS. We won't promote shops that are resellers, blatant copyright infringers, purposeful mis-taggers, etc. Those shops are disqualified from winning challenges. 

Recommended (not required)... 

* Become a follower of this blog to stay in touch with each new challenge, challenge winner, announcements, etc. 
* Use items from other participating shops if you'd like and if their items fit your theme. Visit our Etsy buyer account to see items from shops that participated in the previous challenge. 
* Replace missing items in your treasury. Don't replace sold items. 
* Tweet, Facebook, Blog, etc to spread the word about your treasury and our Challenges.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Winning Treasury #204

Some words from Susan and Maxwell...

Challenge 204 - what a vivid and creatively wonderful experience this challenge was for me and Maxwell, our swallow swooped and soared with joy.
We spent hours going through each entry, finding it almost impossible to whittle down our list of favourites.
Our thanks to all who participated, each in your own unique creative way.

Thank you to Eugenia from BohemianSinShop for picking my treasury last week, I was thrilled, especially as I had been off the scene for so long.


Winner:
Follow me by Anna Lisa from niahmj

Firstly it was the 'lushness' of the colours. This collection even smelt to me of the African landscape and the sea I love so much. But more than anything it was the impact of the overall composition. I wouldn't have changed or altered a single image - a glorious journey home.
Thank you Anna Lisa.



Congrats to Anna Lisa!  She will be choosing the inspiration item for Challenge #205 from her shop niahmj.  She'll also be judging the Challenge.  Check the team discussion page for a "Laying Odds" thread to make suggestions / predictions on the inspiration item.  We only have today to help choose the item, so please be sure to pop in.  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Challenge #204

A creative challenge open to all members of Etsy! Create a treasury around the Inspiration Item. Win the Challenge and the Inspiration Item for the next Challenge will be something of yours! Who knows how many treasuries will be created with your item!?

Susan from artsdesireable will be judging the Challenge this week. It is totally up to her as to what she is looking for. Make the best treasury you can and just maybe one of your items will be featured in our next Challenge! Please read the guidelines carefully before creating your treasury.

Our inspiration item is...



Failure to follow these 9 steps will disqualify you from the challenge:
 
1. Read the guidelines. 
2. Include the Inspiration Item in any of the first 12 spots (not as an alternate). 
3. Do not use more than one item from any shop in your treasury. Use sixteen separate shops.
4. Leave a link to your treasury in our Entry thread on our team page before Sunday at noon eastern. Please leave it one time only. Judges and volunteers use this thread to find the current treasuries. You must leave your link in the correct thread by the deadline to have your treasury judged. Your link also needs to be there to have your shop added to the sidebar list and to be added to the buyer account. 
5. Tag your treasury with "nonteam" and "nonteamchallenge 204" (separated by a space before the number).
6. Be sure to include a link to the blog in the treasury description. If it doesn't fit into the description, you may leave it in the first comment. http://treasurychallengenonteam.blogspot.com/ 
7. Only one entry per person if you have more than one Etsy account. Only one entry per account if you have multiple people running a single shop. 
8. Support other participants - View/Comment/Click on as many other treasuries in the Challenge as possible. Do not leave a link to your treasury in the comments of another person's treasury. 
9. Don't tag your non-team treasury with tags for other teams that you are a member of. Our non-team treasuries are not meant to promote your other teams. 
*** Only participate if you'll be available to judge the next week's Challenge - and report the winning treasury by the next Tuesday. Judging is a hugely time-consuming job. There may be hundreds of treasuries. Please only participate if you have the time to judge next week. 
*** Make sure that your shop is in compliance with Etsy's TOS. We won't promote shops that are resellers, blatant copyright infringers, purposeful mis-taggers, etc. Those shops are disqualified from winning challenges. 

Recommended (not required)... 

* Become a follower of this blog to stay in touch with each new challenge, challenge winner, announcements, etc. 
* Use items from other participating shops if you'd like and if their items fit your theme. Visit our Etsy buyer account to see items from shops that participated in the previous challenge. 
* Replace missing items in your treasury. Don't replace sold items. 
* Tweet, Facebook, Blog, etc to spread the word about your treasury and our Challenges.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Winning Treasury #203

Some words from Eugenia...

The challenge 203 wasn't about creating treasuries, it was about creating art, paintings, stories.

So after reviewing the treasuries I just closed my eyes and tried to remember what treasury had the greatest impact on me.

Right away I just remembered Maxwell & Susan's My heart is like a singing bird.

Being a child I used to read tons of stories, and each time I read I imagined a world of fantasy. That world was resembling perfectly to Maxwell's treasury! A princess was involved, wearing a peachy dress. I just adored the depth of the wood created by those profound greens, the elephant which gave a little oriental touch, the graphic lines! Perfectly composed, what a great impact on my childish part of the brain and heart!




Congrats to Maxwell & Susan!  They will be choosing the inspiration item for Challenge #204 from their shop artsdesireable.  They'll also be judging the Challenge.  Check the team discussion page for a "Laying Odds" thread to make suggestions / predictions on the inspiration item.  We only have today to help choose the item, so please be sure to pop in.