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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.


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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.

by Ms. Veronica's

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.

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.


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.


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.

The New Keeps on Coming – Happy 4th of July

Modern Personalized Note Card

Before I talk about the above photo, I have to share that I spent this weekend in Pine Forge, PA camping with our Pathfinder Club; and our club participated in the annual Pathfinder fair which includes physical fitness events, a parade, drill competition and a craft booth and float (my faves of course). I’m SO proud of my young people for the good behavior, and for working so hard at their events. They brought the house down. Everyone wanted to know where ‘those Pathfinders’ were from. I’m still ALL SMILES:-)))))

But while I’ve been doubly busy with the Pathfinders and life, I’ve also been try to develop some new products. For the folks like me, that like to be understated, yet stand out from the crowd, I have a new line of personalized note cards, the first couple debuted this week. You can even get a free sample with the cost of postage. Remember, you are among the first to see my new creations and they may not all listed in my shop yet, but feel free to message me your special request anytime.

Also, I created these giveaways a little while ago to promo my two shops because I could show both shops on one item. They seem to be such a crowd pleaser I thought I’d give my fellow shopkeepers an opportunity to get their own. The matchbook notebooks are 2 1/2 inches square and can be printed with your logo, product photo or special message.

So, hope you all had a great weekend. For those celebrating US Independence Day/4th of July hope it was SAFE one with lots of family and friends fun.

Necklace by Inbarbareket


The revolution is being handmade.

It’s a Free-land of creativity

I have the unique opportunity to introduce the personality behind two shops – thestudiodoor.etsy.com and freelandstudios.etsy.com. Both these shops feature creations from Scott Freeland, a sculptor and scenic artist for over 18 years. Scott heads Freeland Studios, which provides original artworks for theme parks, custom architecture, museums exhibits, trade shows or wherever a spectacle needs is to be created. But it’s one of Scott’s smaller creations that has taken on a life of it’s own – the trendy and now popular iRetrofone. This super cool gadget has been featured in numerous blog posts, magazines and even on the Nate Berkus Show. The iRetrofone base is a fully-functional, stationary iPhone dock with working handset and complete compatibility with USB cable. Each individual iRetrofone is hand-sculpted and handcast in urethane resin. And yes, your iPhone 4 will work with it. Necessity was the mother of invention when creating the iRetrofone base; after looking at his iPhone’s handset hanging from a couple nails hammered into the wall, the artist in Scott knew he could do better. Cool outcome? I think so!

Scott says, “I am an artist that never rests and my mind is constantly engaged. I feel as though my fine art is the most important body of ongoing work that I have created. For this body of work is created from an open mind, free from deadlines and committees to appease. It comes from a pure source of inspiration. My work is also rooted in some basic principals such as: human emotions, the fundamentals of humanity, earth’s elements, energy, the golden ratio, ancient technologies, wisdom and universal knowledge.”  Out of this comes thestudiodoor.etsy.com.  Behind this studio door, you will find ceramics vessels with the most beautiful glazes and textures, sculptures and even paintings.

So Scott, apart from creating things, what do you do?

I am a husband to my wife Megan and a father to my 2 children, Crystal 11 and Jasper 3. Where I put my efforts towards playful guidance and exploring our true spirits.

How did you get started in your field?

I don’t know if there was a starting point into art. I believe it began as a young child, sometimes between the moment I realized that I was conscious to the world and when my mother put a crayon or a piece of clay in my hands. Looking backward it seems like one long path to today. Academically I excelled in art, woodshop, mechanics, drafting and struggled with everything else. Found my way in the same haphazard manner to art college at Ringling School of Art and Design. Graduated in the early nineties and have been self-employed my entire adult life creating art.

What are your favorite creations/shop items and why?

Mayan Vessel

A couple of years ago I was in downtown Chicago visiting a friend and we stumbled upon a Mayan exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. While there I encountered a giant stone sculpture of the Mayan calendar. Standing there for nearly an hour was in awestruck. I found the stone monument to be inspiring. Once I returned home the monument kept entering into my thoughts. After a couple of weeks I became motivated to recreate the calendar and its symbols myself. As a sculptor and a potter I thought it would be fitting to create their calendar on a vessel. Therefore I spent the next 6 months creating it out of clay in various pieces, and then raku fired it even though the risk of breakage was so great. The vessel is an assemblage of movable parts that allows the date to be set according the long and short counts. After 20 years of creating art professionally I feel as though this is one of my treasured masterpieces.

Chakra Vessel

Ancient symbols and beliefs have fascinated me for years. This vessel embodies many of them, primarily based on the chakras with their colors and symbols of depiction. Also incorporated is the golden ratio with the root chakra largest at the base grounding it. While each chakra reduces in succession by 1/3 its mass. Ascending upward to the crown chakra then topped off with quart crystal elevated above the vessel, acting as an antenna. Finally the vessel was created with continuous intent imbedded into it while being created, to cleanse, ground and align the chakras.

Looking at some of your creations, I curious to know if you practice tai chi/yoga/anything else?

Like many things in life meditation found some strange way to enter into my consciousness. The work I do is detailed in nature, process oriented and requires prolonged, periods of time from 4 hours to 24 hours plus of non-stop focus.  Often times redundant and repetitive, repeating the same action over and overlays. Initially I would refer it to “being in the zone” at one with mind and body creating. After doing this for over and over with practice it has become quick and easy to slip into this zone, coupled with years of technical ability this zone has involved into a meditative state where time slips away while working and my thoughts gravitated towards philosophy, revelations and personal insight.

Outside of art, Scott is completely fascinated with gems and minerals such as quartz and crystals. He feels a certain kind of exchange in frequency with them; in some way they give him energy and insight. Scott is entering a time of transition, moving to the Asheville area of North Carolina. There he plans to shift focus toward finished works rather then commissioned work. Perhaps work geared more towards community than company.

You can also find Scott and his creations at freelandstudios.etsy.com or
freelandstudios.com. But take a moment to go behind the studio door, see what you like and leave a comment below. Each comment will get you another entry into my current giveaway (one entry per person).

And remember, the revolution is being handmade.

This article is syndicated here.

Giveaway Corner

I want to introduce you guys and gals to Giveaway Corner. It was started to create opportunities for businesses to advertise to a broader market. But on a more fun note, Giveaway Corner has a giveaway EVERY WEEKDAY.

Launched April 12th, 2011, Giveaway Corner is run by Anne, a fulltime homemaker and mother of three. Each day she offers a goodie from a different business and it’s supper easy to enter,  just fill out a form with your name and any optional entries.

There is also a Giveaway Directory where you can submit your giveaways, and sign up for multiple giveaways each day on different blogs (like Ms. Veronica’s:-)))

And there’s even more fun during the Saturday Social – a weekly blog and facebook hop; but you can submit your link anytime during the week.

Giveaway Corner is always looking for great new businesses to feature through giveaways. This is a great way to showcase your business, blog or website and share your products with a nationwide audience. More information about that is available here.

So how about popping over and entering today’s giveaway?

The revolution is being handmade

Been MIA now #win animated #ad for web or #blog from @MsVeronicasEtsy #Giveaway ’til 7/5

Hi everyone, sorry I’ve been MIA. But, it was with good reason. I spent most of the week taking classes in NYC (for my 9 to 5) but, it has allowed me to offer my fellow online shopkeepers something new – animated ad design. Yup, you can have your own multi-image ad. Or I can create a quick slide show feature for your blog or a post.

I did some samples from my shops and other items, check them out here. And, because it’s been too quiet around here, let’s kick it up a notch with a new giveaway.  One lucky subscriber will win one animated ad with 5 frames created from their choice of images (value $20). As usual, email subscribers get one automatic entry to EVERY giveaway, no comment required. Subscribe at the the top of the right column.

Please leave a separate comment for EACH additional entry—no comment, no entry.
>Comment about your favorite or prefered place to advertise, or where online you see ads that you like. (1 entry)
> Link from your blog. Post the link in your comment. (4 entries)
> Subscribe to this blog’s feed via your choice of reader or bloglovin’. (1 entry for each)
> Like Ms. Veronica’s on Facebook. Be sure to include your Facebook user name in your entry. (1 entry)
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> Tweet about this giveaway using the bottom at the end of this post. (1 entry)
> Share on Facebook using the button at the end of this post. (1 entry)

This giveaway ends on July 5th, 2011 11:59pm EST. OPEN TO EVERYONE.

Winner will be chosen via random.org and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or your prize will be forfeited and another winner chosen. Good luck!

The revolution is being handmade (and animated – lol).