Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Treasury Tuesday: Batten Down The Hatches!

"Sandy" has been the talk of the town this week.   John of Jackbear Stamps was inspired by the absurdity of the nickname "Frankenstorm" and made a "Frankenstom Survivor" ACEO, which has been in 3 treasuries (one pictured below) as well as mentioned in a BusinessWeek.com article!

Batten Down the Hatches featuring Jackbear

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by the storm.  I think John said it best in his blog post:
"I am truly grieved by the agony and loss Hurricane Sandy has brought upon our feeble human experience. My thoughts to out to those who have lost loved ones, have lost homes, have had property destroyed, and whose lives have changed because of this meteorological event. I mean no disrespect. 
 That said, I do believe there is room in our grieving process to smile. How often are we cheered in a dark hour by an off-color crack? I originally made these cards to mock the absurdity of the word "Frankenstorm". I mean how do we take this perfect storm seriously with a name like that! However, after going through the wind and rain of the storm (and by no means was it the worst the storm would dish out here in Rochester) I think these cards also have a deeper meaning now. I think they can be sent to a loved one to say, "Hey, I know times were tough, but you have a friend thinking about you." I think part of the healing process is the acknowledgement that you are still alive, and that its OK to smile again."

More Treasuries...
Featuring RNEST Members:
Featuring and curated by RNEST Members:
  • Mayday! Underground Treasury of Awesomeness by PeachesProducts, featuring FrecklesAndFrizz, Jackbear, PapersaurusCreative, MoyaLazyFactory, SoftshellCrafts, KiraArts, FlyRabbitPress, SunshyneSilverwear, SewIndieShop, and KarenSwimmer

* If you make or find a treasury that features an RNEST member, post the link on the wall at RNEST's Facebook PageYour treasury could be featured on the next Treasury Tuesday!

RNEST Member Art Show Schedule - November 2012

First Friday
11/2 (6pm – 9pm)
The Hungerford Building
1115 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14607

Mayday! Underground
Saturday, November 3rd, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Main Street Armory
900 E Main St, Rochester NY

Holy Childhood Arts & Craft Sale
11/3, Saturday (9am -4pm)
100 Groton Pkwy
Rochester, NY 14623

Holy Ghost
11/10, Saturday (9am -4pm)
Holy Ghost Church
250 Coldwater Road
Rochester, NY 14624

Red Sunday Arts & Crafts show
11/11, Sunday (11am – 4pm)
Penfield High School
25 High School Drive
Penfield, NY 14526

Night of Lights
Craft Company #6
November 16th 6pm-10pm
785 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

Fairport Education’s 30th Annual Scholarship Craft Sale
11/17, Saturday (9:30 – 4pm)
Minerva Deland School
140 Hulburt Road
Fairport, NY 11150

Abilene Artisan Craft and Music Night
11/20, Wednesday Night (hours will be posted soon)
153 Liberty Pole Way
Rochester, NY 14604

Christmas In Medina
Saturday, November 24th, 9:00am - 5:00pm
The sidewalks of Main Street in downtown Medina, NY 
443 Main Street (Rt 63) Medina, NY

36th Annual Arts and Crafts Boutique Sale
11/24, Saturday (10am – 4pm)
Irondequoit High School

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Treasury Tuesday: Mayday Underground Preview (Fall 2012)

Mayday Underground is coming up soon! (November 3rd)
Here's a treasury with a preview of some of the artists who will be there...many of which are RNESTers!

Mayday! Underground Preview by BeadworkByAmanda, 
Featuring KiraArts, MoyaLazyFactory, TheQuiltedHouse, Kurpisz, KarenSwimmer, InMyHeadStudios, FrecklesAndFrizz, SewIndieShow, KaseyAJohnson, SunshyneSilverwear 

Be sure you click on the other links to see more treasuries! (I can't picture them all so you have to click on them to see!  If you don't, you're missing out!)

Featuring RNEST Members:

* If you make or find a treasury that features an RNEST member, post the link on the wall at RNEST's Facebook PageYour treasury could be featured on the next Treasury Tuesday!

Friday, October 12, 2012

First Friday Shop Hop Winner

Congratulations to #5, Hana's Clay for winning the First Friday Shop Hop giveaway from The Quilted House!!

Thanks to everyone who entered! Check back in November for the First Friday Shop Hop featuring Beadwork by Amanda!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

October 2012 Team Challenge Winner!

Congratulations to RNEST's Team Challenge winner for 
October's "In Disguise" theme...
Jackbear Stamps with his Lucha Libre Rubber Stamp!

Thanks to all the artists who participated 
and to everyone who voted!

Be sure to check back on November 1st for our next Monthly Team Challenge!
(November's theme will be "Put A Bird On It"!)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pics from October's Meeting

Here are some pictures from our October meeting!

Choosing a name out of the hat for this month's "featured member".

Cara from SewIndieShop is our winner this month!

After we finished some official business, John (Jackbear Stamps) wanted to test out some new "temporary tattoo" ink he had just bought.

A beer mug temporary tattoo using one of John's stamps.

Show off those guns, John!

Then more people had "Tattoos" done!

This was the other stamp design John had with him...a zombie! (fitting for October!)

A rare picture of Kira, who takes most of the photos at the meeting.

Friday, October 5, 2012

First Friday Shop Hop + Giveaway: The Quilted House

Welcome to the first First Friday Shop Hop! I'm Michelle and I run The Quilted House and am a proud member of RNEST! I've been away for a bit, but am happy to come back and offer you this new feature on the blog.
During the monthly shop hops, you'll get a blog's eye view into the shop, get to know the artist, and get a chance to win something awesome! As a way to reintroduce myself to you, The Quilted House is the first shop in the hop!
A blog's eye view of The Quilted House:

Meet the Artist:
RNEST: Tell us a little about yourself.
Michelle: Well, I'm a quilt artist. I like to make small functional items and wallhangings so that everyone can have a little something quilted in their lives. About ten months ago I gave birth to my first child, so although I don't plan to start making kids stuff, I have started seeing things differently and am starting to bring more fun and quirkiness to my work. My daughter loves the quilts I have hanging around the house and just stares at each element. It's making me so much more aware of details and patterns and I'm incorporating that awareness into my projects.
RNEST: What's your favorite part of being an artist?
Michelle: Letting my imagination run away with me. I also really like the social aspects of shows and being on an Etsy team. So much of my work is solitary, but the minute you go to a show, even if you're not vending, you're surrounded by friends and soon-to-be friends.
RNEST: You've been at this for a while. Any advise for someone just starting out?
Michelle: Well, I feel like I'm just starting out myself after being away for nearly a year, but I know from past experience that the most important thing is to connect with other artists and Etsy sellers. Networking is key. Promoting one another is so important and that's why I love being on an Etsy team. A local team, like RNEST, is particularly special, as I get to see the team members at shows and around town, too!

RNEST: Any coupons or promotions at The Quilted House?
Michelle: I'm getting the shop in shape for the holidays right now, so you'll see new items listed every week. And because I love RNEST so much, to reward folks for checking out the blog, you can get 10% off your purchase by using coupon code RNESTROCKS.
RNEST: So, tell us about your giveaway item.
Michelle: Well, I wasn't sure what I wanted to give away, so I asked my Facebook fans what they wanted. Hotpads are what the public demanded. Unfortunately, I don't have many sets in my shop, so the second demand was for The Jotter. So, the winner of the giveaway will get the choice of any set of hot pads OR Jotter listed in the shop.
The Giveaway - Open worldwide:
Winner's choice of any set of hotpads or Jotter in The Quilted House.
To enter:
1. Follow this blog.
2. Stop by The Quilted House and give it a heart.
If you're already a fan, just say so in the comments.
1. Pick a favorite** piece in The Quilted House and:
Tweet it using the Twitter button on the listing. (one entry)
Like it using the Facebook button on the listing. (one entry)
Pin it using the Pinterest button on the listing. (one entry)
**{multiple favorites = multiple entries!!}
2. Tweet the contest using the Twitter button at the bottom of the post.
3. Share this contest on Facebook using the Facebook button on the bottom of the post.
5. Like the RNEST Facebook page.
This contest will run until October 11th.
The winner will be selected using a random number generator so anyone can win!
Good Luck!
* Please post all entries below and remember to comment for each entry so that your multiple entries are counted.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

October Team Challenge: In Disguise

Welcome to RNEST's October Team Challenge! The theme for this month was 
"In Disguise"

Earlier this month, we asked our RNEST members to get creative and make items representing an interpretation of the theme...and now YOU, our loyal blog readers, get to pick the winner!  Here's the list of our contestants!

Candy Corn Owl Bead by FrancescaDeCaire

Cast your vote for your favorite on the poll in the upper, right corner of the blog! 
(Deadline to vote is by midnight on Wednesday, October 10th)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Treasury Tuesday: Red Passion

This treasury reminds me of the red leaves that we will be seeing soon!

Red Passion featuring TheQuiltedHouse

Be sure you click on the other links to see more treasuries! (I can't picture them all so you have to click on them to see!  If you don't, you're missing out!)

Featuring RNEST Members:
Curated by RNEST Members:

* If you make or find a treasury that features an RNEST member, post the link on the wall at RNEST's Facebook PageYour treasury could be featured on the next Treasury Tuesday!