It’s all of me, again.

I’ve minimized my handmade life and moved around a bit you see. Now I’m blogging at this new spot sharing chocolate, tea and me.

No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke or prank; click the picture below to come visit and say hello.

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It’s Official – head over to ms-veronicas.com

A Special Invitation

Contact me to personalize this invite for you.

I’ve been busy as a bee over at ms-veronicas.com, getting things ready for the grand opening on August 31st. Along with a new look, there’s all sorts of cool things lined up and a bunch of new features such as an entering giveaways with a single-form for all your entries, a new shop tab, better advertising spaces and auctions (starting in October).

To kick things off, there will be several events planned for the month of September including a 450*150 banner ad spot every week for a month. There will also be handmade product giveaways, an e-gift card giveaway, features, four free 200*100 ad spots and any other fun stuff I can think up. Your ideas are welcome too so feel free to leave a comment below.

A note especially to those subscribers who are fellow wordpress users, I hope all you take the time to come over and subscribe because unfortunately, I cannot transfer your subscription. All other email subscribers, you are already taken care off.

To entice you, and because it is a GRAND opening, I thought a grand coupon would be in good order – 40% OFF at my etsy shop with your confirmed subscription at ms-veronicas.com and code NEWSITE. Perfect for those early holiday shoppers. And yes, those whose subscription was transferred can use the coupon too.

That’s it for now. See you soon.

Oh, I almost forgot. For those of you wondering about the Statue of Liberty contest, I unofficially didn’t win because the didn’t officially announce the winner yet. But I thought you all should know and I sincerely thank you for all the support. And, I am working on some products that feature all four of my design submissions for the contest.

The revolution is being handmade.

KEEP CALM and ms-veronicas.com

I would like to announce that ms-veronicas.com will officially launch on August 31st, 2011. Yup, registered my domain and I’m working on the new site. I can’t wait to show you guys what I’ve been working on.  But in the meantime, let’s Keep Calm via the Keep Calm-o-matic (I had nothing to do with the name).

The site puts it best – “If you’ve been living in a villa in Abbottabad for the last few years…then you may not know about the ‘Keep Calm’ craze. Fear not – our trusty guide to all things ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ will tell you all you need to know.” It goes on to give a bit of history about the now famous poster and allows you to create your own. They even have a facebook page and app and a shop where you can purchase your creation.

Or if you are like me and want to create your own, there is a wiki file available thanks to Andrew Oakley.

Lastly, I would like to thank Mary for sparking today’s post.

The revolution is being handmade.

Your input is requested

Hi guys. I’ve been thinking about a new layout for Ms. Veronica’s for a few months now. But, I don’t want to change anything that you have come to appreciate about my site. So I need your input on what I’ve been tossing around in my head.

One good thing for everyone is that the site will be a bit more organized and I will be adding some banner ad space at the top – up to 450 pixels wide. My goal is to have the new layout up by the end of August.

But the biggest change I’m considering is to start publishing my posts in Gallery style. That means that you will see the initial image or the first few lines and will have to click to read the rest of the post. I love the way it looks laid out as a page, but I don’t want to create a hindrance or deterrent or give you more work. I guess that’s my biggest question – to gallery post or not?

The revolution is being handmade.

The Art of Handmade

Hi guys. This is a post I wrote on my other blog – Om ‘n Artistry. It repeats some things I’ve shared here at Ms. Veronica’s in the past. However, it got so many views I thought I would re-post it here for the rest of my handmade community. Hope you enjoy.

Roanne.

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by SocialSpaces

Om ‘n Artistry was established as a place to marry two of my ‘loves’ and  because I do find that there are a lot of people of there that share a passion for both my loves – yoga and crafting. On that note of sharing, there were two interesting articles in the Handmadeology email update last month. These may help explain why I love handmade; that it is near impossible to mass produce artisan quality goods; that the best customer service you’ll probably ever receive is from someone who truly put love into what they made and are offering to you.

Article 1 – Buying Handmade Creates Community

Article 2 – Reasons to Buy Handmade

And speaking of community, I also feel very blessed as an Artisan, to be on the ‘receiving end’ of that community; to be incorporated into peoples lives through my work. For example, I just completed 4 shoe bags (pictured below) that will be given as presents to a team of bridesmaids. How lucky am I to be a part of that through my shop on Etsy.

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And while Etsy is awesome, the weather is nice this time of year, so get out and check out your local markets and crafter venues. In my town, Jersey City, NJ we have the weekly Creative Grove Market, the Farmer’s Market at the Grove Street PATH Station on Monday’s and Thursdays and the Van Vorst Farmers and Flea Market. Though it says “Farmers” you will find several crafters showcasing thier work. But there are tons of lists on the internet – here are a couple you could search:

Fairs and Festivals

Crafter.org City Guides

Unanimous Craft (look under the Craftologists tab. It lists resources by area)

by MoonandSundries

Do you have any online resources where you find out about local markets? Please share.

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The revolution is being handmade.

Paper Weight

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This post started while I was looking for a new printer and all the weights of paper that the  printers could handle were in g/m2. I’m a Print dDsigner by profession and I am very familiar with papers and their weights (in my local vernacular), ie. 32lb text, 14pt, 80lb cover, etc. But I had no idea what the paper of a certain poundage (is that a word?) was equaled to in g/m2? Or what on earth was a g/m2. And if you shop for paper like I do, that important info.  If all that sounded like gibberish, here goes…

Paper comes in different weights or thickness. This weight is calculated by weighing 500 ‘parent sheets’. A parent sheet is a full size sheet of paper measuring up to 26″ x 40″ or 1 square meter for ISO sizes (ISO is the International Organization for Standardization which officially  uses the metric system). And you should note that the USA along with Myanmar and Liberia are the only countries that do not officially use the metric system.(1) (Sidebar – growing up metric, I think we should convert, it is so much easier, but back to paper).

So based on the thickness of the paper, 500 sheets of it will have a certain weight and this is the number used to classify the paper’s weight, no matter the final cut size, be it letter sized or A4. Now the g/m2 makes sense to me – grams per meter squared. But I still need to convert the weights because I buy my paper in pounds, not grams. Lucky me found a converter at Desktop Supplies. Please note though it says ‘lb’ after the number entry box, the drop down menu gives other options for the original measurement, including metric.

by RueRenee

Now I’m ready to go shop for my printer.

(1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrication

The revolution is being handmade.

So how is your summer coming along?

Surprise!!!  Happy Monday. So after a stint in the ER and a significant family loss and a trip out of the country…I’m back:-) Hope you guys and gals are all great.

I had to travel to my home island of Trinidad to bury my grandmother–one of the hardest things I ever had to do in my life. But my trip had some really nice times in it also, like spending time with my siblings (my brother lives in Germany), hanging with my dad, uncles and cousins that I don’t get to see very often, going to the beach and eating my favorite local food and fruits (it just tastes different when it is made ‘back home’). Here are some pictures from my trip.

Maracas Bay – one of the best beaches in Trinidad. But this is not a picture of the ocean you say? This is actually the view that surrounds the beach. It is a big cove wrapped up by these beautiful, lush mountains and just a small area where it is open to the ocean. As much as I am a beach girl, this is my preferred view of this area. Even the drive up through the mountains to get there is lovely.

This next picture is of  my silly brother whom I love, silliness and all. The phone in the guesthouse where we stayed had a lock on it, but there were emergency numbers posted on the wall and no key in sight of the lock. I didn’t worry about it though, because the owner/operators lived on the premises.

This is my 2 year old nephew who will tell you he is a Trinidadian. In his almost 3 years on this earth, he’s been there 3 times. Can you tell he enjoyed himself?

I also enjoyed some local fruits – Pomeracs (Malay Apples) and sweet, juicy, tree ripened Five Fingers (Star Fruits) that grew right in the yard where we stayed. Delish!!!

And of course, me at the beach. But I’m showing this one because I’m sporting a hat I got from a fellow Etsian, Freckles California. Oh yeah, I’ve definitely been getting use out of this hat; and it travels very well.

And while they tried to keep me in Trinidad with a cancelled flight and a two day delay in getting home, I’m super happy to be home and getting back to some normalcy. This has really turned into a challenging summer. But, without resistance/challenge, there can be no increase in strength. That applies to muscles and life.

The view from the airplane on our way home – and I did not color correct this photo. Maybe this is an art screenprint in the making.

So how is your summer coming along?

The revolution is being handmade.

One foot in front of the next

Hi guys, I think we should give Life a round of applause, because she really threw me some curve balls this year and more so in the past eight days.

The woman for whom my shop is a namesake, my grandmother, departed this life on last Friday evening. At that time, I was in the hospital because on Thursday morning I work up with an irregular heart rhythm. Sigh!!!!!!!! Let’s just say my sails lost their wind, big time. Thank God for family and the best friends anyone could have. I really do have the best friends ever!

My next couple weeks are going to be sketchy due to travel and doctors and just trying to rest in the middle of all of that. I want to thank you guys in advance for being so patient and understanding.

While I wallowed in my deflated feelings, I got an email today from a coworker who was so excited about my logo I couldn’t help but garner some of it from her.  So I want to remind you guys to vote for ” i “, enter the giveaway and please with cherries on top, pass it on. And speaking of supportive family, my two year old nephew was kind enough to help me get the vote out. Note: my nephew calls me ” i e”, his mom’s doing – a story for another day.

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Soon I hope to be off this roller coaster and back to fun. But in the meantime, it’s one foot in front of the other.

The revolution is being handmade.

I want to win – Vote for ” i “

I don’t know how else to name this post, because I’m just obsessed with my logo being chosen for the Statue of Liberty’s 125th Anniversary.

In case some need encouragement, I will giveaway a 12 pack of personalized note cards – your choice from my shop – to two lucky people who vote. You must submit a screen shot of the voting page with LOGO ” i ” selected by clicking on the ‘submit your entry‘ below then ‘Sign this Guestbook’. You can get one additional entry by leaving a comment at the end of this post. Because of the nature of this giveaway, only comments submitted to the guestbook and posted here count toward your entry. I also realize I emailed some of you prior to this post, so a screen shot of the page saying you voted already is fine too.

Instructions of getting screen shots:
On a PC – Alt + Print Screen Key will capture the current window. You will then have to paste it into a photo program like PS Elements or Paint (sorry guys, I’m not a windows expert anymore, feel free to send me better instructions)
On a MAC – Click Command + Shift + 4; select the area of the screen you want to capture; file will be saved to your desktop.

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Submit your entry

I thank you all for the support. I do ask that you please pass this on to your family and friends so they can vote and have a chance to win.

The jist of the story is that this past spring, I submitted a series of logos to the contest which was open to all students at my school, New Jersey City University. The committee chose one of my five to be in the final top 10 logos. I didn’t think about the contest too much until I found out I was in the top 10. Now, I NEED to drive it home. Yes, I want it realllll bad! I want to win! School has been such a challenge for me and this would help sweeten the pot. Read more in my Artist Statement below.

You can click here to go to the poll and vote for LOGO ” i ” or scan the QR code below with your smart mobile device.

Vote for LOGO “ i “.
note: the page displays a little weird, simply select logo “ i “.

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My Statement:

This logo is part of a series, designed to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. Hi, my name is Roanne and I lived for 12 years on Skyline Drive in Jersey City, NJ (my first home in the US). From our porch, I enjoyed my view of the lovely lady. I didn’t realize how attached I’d become to her until we had to move. I missed simply seeing that icon. How poetic, that to me, an immigrant, the Statue of Liberty had become a symbol of home. As a resident of Jersey City, and it is such an honor for me to have the opportunity to contribute my design toward her 125th anniversary celebration. I tried to capture, not only the essence of this beautiful art work in my design, but as much of her symbolism as I could. I thank you in advance for your support in making my logo, the logo of choice for the lady’s 125th birthday.