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Thank you to everyone who voted on their favorite tee shirt and for all the great feedback!!!

I used a random name picker online and the winner of a free tee shirt is Christina Raymond, yay!!!

Here are the results of the voting:

The winning ad with 61% of the vote was:

The winner!

The winner!

This ad got 21% of the votes:

Bust Ad # 2

Bust Ad # 2

This ad got 13% of the vote:

Bust Ad # 1

Bust Ad # 1

And finally, at 5% of the vote:

Bust Ad # 4

Bust Ad # 4

Thanks again to everyone who commented and voted, I really appreciate it!

I also created this web button, which will go on the Bust website with a link to my shop:

Feisty Owl Web Button

Feisty Owl Web Button

You’ll be able to find my ad in the Aug/Sept issue of Bust magazine and online in the bustshop.

Woo hoo!



Win a Free Tee Shirt!!! Vote on your favorite Feisty Owl Studio ad for BUST Magazine

In order to give myself some incentive (i.e. a swift kick in the ass) to get my Etsy shop up to par, I bought an advertisement in one of my favorite magazines, BUST. 

My ad is a small one, about 2 by 2.75 inches and will be featured in print and online. So, keep in mind that the ad will look like it does below (small), not like the bigger version you get when you click on the image.


I’ve created 4 ads so far and I’m looking for opinions. Which one of these ads would make you most likely to check out my website?

Please vote on which one is your favorite. If you want to give me more detailed feedback about what you specifically like or don’t like, that’s great but make sure you also let me know which one is your favorite, as is.

In order to give you an incentive, I’ll randomly pick one person who votes to receive a FREE TEE SHIRT (or onesie*) of your choice!

You can leave your choice in a comment here on this blog post, send me an email or comment on facebook. You have until next Thursday, June 13th to vote and I’ll announce the tee shirt winner on June 14th.


Bust Ad # 1

Bust Ad # 1


Bust Ad # 2

Bust Ad # 2


Bust Ad # 3

Bust Ad # 3


Bust Ad # 4

Bust Ad # 4


Happy Voting!

* sorry the onesies only come in baby sizes, so if you were looking for an adult onesie…..ummm, yeah.

Out with the old, goodbye 2012!

Well, it’s taking me a while to package up 2012 so I can move on to 2013 and I am finding myself very eager to move on, so…

Here’s a quick recap of how I did on my 2012 goals:

Goals 2012 Actual
1. Write a blog every week 29 out of 52
2. Establish a percentage of my sales of certain products to charities nope
3. Create a wonderful booth display yup
4. Create 10 new designs (any product) nope – 5
5. Explore new marketing possibilities and try at least two search ads, nothing else
6. Sell at 5 local craft markets 7 markets!
7. Figure out what to do with my now defunct jewelry line nope
8. Increase my total item views on Etsy by 50% almost – 41%
9. Increase my sales $ on Etsy by 50% nope, down by 15%
10. Make a profit! questionable

I did great with my blogs at the beginning of the year and about halfway through I really started slacking off and it went downhill from there. I have no real excuse except that I lost my commitment and just let it slide.

My most viewed post this year was Bowl Breaker

My most viewed post this year was Bowl Breaker

I definitely explored the world of craft fairs this year and worked out several cool displays. I feel like my craft fair experience, although not lucrative, was definitely an area of growth for me in 2012.

My best craft show was the HaHo (Dever Handmade Homemade)

My best craft show was the HaHo (Denver Handmade Homemade)

My coolest new design from this past year was my pirate bat, but unfortunately I haven’t even gotten my bat shirts listed in my shop yet….

Shiver me timbers, it's Feisty Bat!

Shiver me timbers, it’s Feisty Bat!

Marketing wasn’t even on my radar.

All my jewelry and supplies are still taking up lots of space in my studio. I think about them often but never take any definitive action.

Did good on increasing my views on Etsy, although I have to be honest that I totally neglected my Etsy shop this year. Maybe this contributed to the fact that my Etsy sales were down.

Not sure about overall profit until I do my taxes, but I’m still optimistic!

Okay, now for the exciting part, new goals for this year! Out with the old and in with the new, I feel a change in the air!

Me, contemplating the exciting things I will do in 2013!

Me, contemplating the exciting things I will do in 2013!

to be continued…

Feliz Dia de los Muertos

A few weeks ago I taught a workshop at the Denver Public Library for Fresh City Life called Dia de las Tazas where participants created their own sugar skull, day of the dead themed mugs. It was really fun and there were some really wonderful and creative mug creations. Here are a few of my favorites:

If you’re not familiar with the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), it’s a time when the lives of loved ones who have passed on are celebrated by those of us still here. I have a lot of people that I’m thinking about today who are with me in spirit.

Tonight my sister is coming over and we are going to work on some paint by number pictures of the Red Baron. We found the pictures in our grandfather’s stuff after he passed away. He loved airplanes, especially biplanes, and he was fascinated by the Red Baron. We’re not sure where he got the paint by number set, or if he ever intended to do them, but we will work on them tonight and remember him fondly. We love you Grampa George!

Who will you remember today?

Elusive Pirate Bat Revealed!

Ahoy mateys!

In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day (an official holiday of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster)

I am unveiling my newest design…. Feisty Bat!

Shiver me timbers, it’s Feisty Bat!

In a few weeks Feisty Bat will be making an official appearance on tee shirts in my shop.

Pre-order yours today or prepare to walk the plank!

Me. Not on Halloween.

Dirt, Dogs, Bathrooms and Bedrooms

Wednesday, 11 February 2009 00:00 Tracesea Slater


El Nahual is located at the edge of the city as it goes into the rural area. The main road to the school is dirt and rocks. It is also very much uphill. By the time I almost get to the school I am out of breath. The dust here is pretty bad from the streets also there is pollution from the vehicles that often emit black smoke, in addition, the nearby volcano erupts and there is smoke from that. Each day I clean out my nose at night and the tissue is black.

the hill going back into town from school

There are dogs everywhere here in the streets all of which are very pitiful looking and many seem on the verge of death. Some follow you for a while, presumably looking for food. Apparently some of the dogs are rabid and we are recommended to not touch the dogs or approach them. If they start to growl or chase us we are told to pick up a rock and make a motion of throwing it. If a growling rabid pack of dogs starts to chase me I will have no problem actually throwing rocks at them. Luckily, so far I have not had this problem. Usually dogs will just follow me for little bit and then go away when I don´t give them anything.

dog tired

Everyday when as I walk the streets, I see women carrying large things on their heads. Sometimes they are not holding onto the the packages on their heads but balancing them. Often they have other things in their hands like bags, baskets or even chairs! I am amazed by this because the roads are so uneven and rocky and I have to be careful so I don´t trip and fall.


When you go to the bathroom here you cannot put the paper in the toilet. There is always a garbage can and you put the toilet paper in there. It is hard to remember to do this because it is such a habit to put the paper in the toilet. If you don´t remember the toilet can get clogged up. So far this hasn´t happened to me and I hope it doesn´t…

school bathroom

The sinks here often have two knobs, one for hot and one for cold, but only one works…the cold. At my house, they don´t do dishes in the morning because the water is so cold from the night before. The shower automatically has cold water and if you want luke warm water you have to flip a switch that is outside of the shower and looks like the switches on a circuit breaker. If you want a cold shower you can have a large trickle of water and if you want a warm shower you get a small trickle. I never realized how luxurious the shower at my house in the US is!

chilly shower

Before I left for Guatemala, my husband joked with me that I would be in a family where there were lots of children who were all sharing a room to sleep and I would have my own room. We joked about how the children might look in my room enviously as I had the whole room to myself. Well, we really weren´t too far off. Last night I realized that all three children and the grandmother shared a room. Tony and Maria Jose share one bed and Sonia and Jennifer share the other one. This is very different from the US where we usually all have our own room. Also, it would be rare for a brother and sister to share a room and even rarer a bed. After seeing that they were all sharing the room, I felt pretty guilty about having a room all to myself.

mi cuarto

Well, I  have to go now, look for gloves and start some manual labor. Later I can look forward to my warm trickle to wash away all the dirt. I think I will sleep well tonight.

This is so COOL!