Saturday, January 31, 2009

Yay Productivity!

A beautiful day here in sunny Cali... went to the mall this morning, paid a little on my Sears card, bought a few neededs at Target,
cleaned the apartment with my sister-in-law, made an ACEO that I'm proud of, and tonight, it's bonfire on the beach time! I'm diggin' life. :)



Thursday, January 29, 2009



Here we are, the end result of my new ACEO (see the original a few posts down.) I'm not sure how it came out... what do you think?

Aloquin
Hello every one! I hope this post finds you all in good health and happy demeanors.

I have decided (upon your participation, of course) to create a zine of ACEOs. This will be
paperback, 8.5 by 5.5, and black and white, to start (due to funds). Depending on the
success of this one, I may make more.

What I need from you! ANYONE who is interested, please contact me. I am looking for:
ACEO/ATC submissions (work you want featured in the zine), stories or related articles
written by you about ACEOs, your history with them, knowledge of them, anticdotes, etc.

This will be by ACEO lovers for every one! The end result will be sold on etsy. For your
contribution, you will get a copy of the issue for free.

I feel really great about this. What do you all think? Is it something you'd like to be a part of?
Let me know!

Aloquin

Inappropriate Chat Rooms and our Underage Children

I woke up thinking about the above topic this morning due to a certain chat room I saw on etsy last night, and I decided to post this thread:

http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6019772

Little did I know it would cause such discussion. I am both intrigued by certain opinions, and apalled by others. The only point I was trying to make is this:

etsy.com is a site to buy and sell art/crafts. That is the function of the site. There are plenty of other places on the net to go to have sex discussions other than etsy. Well, apparently not every one feels this way. What do you think?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Crafting vs... time?

It takes a long time to get every thing done, from making ACEOs, to organizing material, getting online and covering blogs, etsy, emails, etc. By the time I'm ready to actually sit down and make something, so much time has been spent already.

My husband tells me that I take on too much. But he doesn't understand... this is what I love to do. Today is his day off, and he wants to walk to the library. It's a beautiful day in Cali, and it probably would be good to go out for a walk. But I've got orders to get together and send off, and then more stuff to make. Oh, I need a widget to manage my time!

Anyway, for now... here is my latest ACEO that I'm working on. What do you think? I will add the color I get done to it later.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Oh where, oh where

did my Etsy go? It's down for maintenance... what WILL I do with myself? OH, there's the bed... perhaps I'll try sleeping. And dreaming of Etsy. ;) Good night!

Oh yeah, and another of my ACEOs sold tonight, and I didn't have to do any promoting this time! Love it when that happens.

And the winner is...

DigitalMisfit! Congrats to you! Please send me your address so I can send you out your Hummingbird ACEO. Thank you very much to all who participated, your comments are appreciated! God bless!

ACEOs in the Sugar Cafe!

Yesterday was spent in the city of San Francisco, completely away from the computer! I spent most of my time here:

http://www.sugarcafesf.com/

working on ACEOs. The atmosphere is fantastic... I am really beginning to love that place! Well, here is one I made.



I will be choosing the winner of my blog giveaway later this evening. If you haven't entered yet, now is a good time!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Blog Giveaway!

Hi! I'm doing a promotional giveaway, and this is the ACEO print of my original illustration that you could win-

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ByZTazghXhI/R4uZ9yx8q4I/AAAAAAAAASs/IDoDHHaLl7g/s1600-h/bird.jpg

It is very simple to enter. All you have to do is comment here on my blog. But there is one catch! You also have to become a follower of my blog. I am interested in blogging for people who really want to read about my crafts and all that's involved. So please, don't become a follower if you aren't going to read. But my posts are always short and to the point, and usually accompanied by a picture or two :).

Today is Friday, Jan 22. I'll be choosing the winner on Sunday night using random.org, and the winner will receive my hummingbird ACEO.

Thank you all for stopping by. I look forward to your comments/support!

-Aloquin

Prismacolor Pencils

I was outbid on Ebay for my Prismacolor pencils! This is war... ;)

In other news, I received my first ever ACEO (Art Cards, Editions, and Originals) yesterday in the mail from http://www.ryanscreations.etsy.com and I am so pleased with it. It is an absolutely beautiful print, and I am so happy to have it.
Hopefully some other ones I've acquired will arrive in the mail later...

Also, wanted to make every one aware of a blog giveaway going on right now, it's one of the coolest I've seen so far. Please check out:
http://www.garritygal.blogspot.com

today and tomorrow, leave a comment, and perhaps you'll win something very cute and precious.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Freebies!

OK, so you know how people usually send a little extra sumthin' special with their ETsy product? Here, I made bookmarks tonight to send to every one who bought an ACEO from me lately. What do you think? I dig how they came out...


Internet radio and crafting?

Who listens to music while crafting? Well, who DOESN'T?

I'm sure every one has internet radio that they listen to, but have you heard the best one yet?

Jump on the bandwagon, and experience internet radio like you never have before! Cyber-FM IS Mainstream for the Underground, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. You've tried the rest, now actually come and experience the BEST-

http://www.cyber-fm.com

Like 50s? What about 80s? Are you a techno-freak? They've got what you're looking for!

Do You MFTU? Check it out!

The WINNER!

Hello every one! As a lot of you know, I had a min-contest the other day on the etsy forums about comments regarding my blog.
Well, the winner of a brand new, never-before-seen ACEO is http://www.metalleaves.etsy.com ! So, congrats to you, MetalLeaves, and thanks to every one who participated!

Here are some new ACEOs that I made yesterday while sitting nearly all day in a cafe in San Francisco. Take a look to the left at my etsy-mini... that's where they are!

The people are so laid back around here in San Fran, it's not like NY at all! I still miss NY greatly, however.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Lost at Sea Original ACEO

Well, I finished the new ACEO I'd been working on (see 2 posts below for the original). I don't know if I'm happy with the colors, but my husband Ben tells me that it came out really well. We'll see. Anyway, here she is, and another one I finished today. Let me know what you think!



Time keeps on slippin'...

I can't create crafts if I'm on the computer! I so need to find a balance between the two... anyhow, I'll post some pics of the recent ACEOs I've made, even though some of them aren't mine anymore (I like making sales, but miss my favorite items). Hope every one else is having a productive day!



Monday, January 19, 2009

Welcome to my blog!

Hello every one, and welcome to my blog!



My name is Aloquin, and I make all sorts of crafts that I sell on the best site on the web for handmade items: http://www.etsy.com. I make every thing from knitted items to soap, polymer clay magnets to illustrated prints, and a whole lot in between!



My latest addiction are ACEOs, which stands for: Art Cards, Editions, and Originals. They are art cards that every one can make, the one and only rule being their size, which is 2.5 x 3.5, the size of a standard baseball card. OK enough with the technical jargon!



I only began selling my ACEOs about 2 weeks ago, but already I've received a lot of support, sales, and, most importantly, friends! I've decided to make this blog to keep up to date with them, while sharing my own adventures in creativity. Please, come back often, as I will update regularly. And, just for visiting, here is a pic of a new illustrated ACEO I'm currently working on!
God Bless you!