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Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Specials from Handmade Louisiana Artisans

The following shops are offering specials for Black Friday (November 27) and/or Cyber Monday (November 30). Please read each listing carefully as the effective dates/terms vary from shop to shop. Please note that this info was compiled from our member portal. I'll check the message board Friday to see if there any additions and add them to this post. Happy shopping!
Chloe Boutique:
*Note: Purchases made from November 26 - December 3rd will ship December 4-5. I'll be out of town those dates. However, the Sale Promo still applies to purchases made from November 26-30.

This weekend I'm offering 10% off all sales (including all custom order requests).

I am offering 15% off orders of $15 or more, buyers make Note to Seller "Black Friday". November 27 - 30.

Buy One Get one FREE!! Black Friday ONLY! Wait for revised invoice, or will refund via Paypal.

40% off all orders over $25 or more. Use Coupon Code "blackfriday"

40% off all orders over $25 or more. Use Coupon Code "blackfriday"

Debideaux Designs
I'm offering free shipping for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

I am offering 10% off your total order when you enter the code "10NO" at checkout.

Buy 4 pendants and get the 5th for free. Please indicate your choices in notes to the seller. See Etsy listing: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35087911

I'll be giving away a pair of pearl earrings with every purchase over $25 made in my shop from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

10% off any item from my Etsy shop Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Enter "HLNOV" in 'note to seller' and I'll send a revised invoice.

Offering free shipping and discounts on selected items for Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Please visit shop for details. For those who live in NE LA, I will also be selling at the 'Downtown Christmas Market' on Dec. 5th from 11-5pm.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving from Handmade Louisiana

Here is to a happy, healthy, and SAFE Thanksgiving!! May your turkey be fried just right, may your dressing be just plump enough and may your pants button not take out an eye.

Don't forget to enter our latest Giveaway, simply click the owl graphic to the left to go directly to the link and win a Who Dat second line umbrella! 

Everyone have a fabulous Thanksgiving and get ready for Black Friday!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Member Artisan Profile: Liz Petro - New Orleans Umbrella Company

Meet Liz Petro, artist/owner of New Orleans Umbrella Company. Liz generously donated this month’s Giveaway prize: a black and gold inspired Second Line Umbrella (see the post below or click here for info on how you can enter the prize drawing -- deadline Dec. 1st).

As her shop name implies, Liz designs, sews, and decorates second line umbrellas, and has been doing so for about two years. She got her start when looking for a creative outlet to balance her analytical day job.

Liz draws her inspiration from events and lifestyles. “All have tons of material to work with,” she explains. “When people second line, it is often at often at important occasions...weddings, funerals, parades. I get to hear their stories and contribute to these events. I am always amazed and often entertained by the lives people live.”

When asked about her favorite project so far, Liz says, “I put together 15 umbrellas for a roaring 20’s wedding. It was so much fun to work on.” Her biggest challenge is the classic art-versus-business struggle: finding the time to work on projects, and still have time to sell the items.

Her favorite advice to share with other artists/sellers is persistence. “I can take a while to get going…but it is worth it.”

Liz’s connection to Louisiana runs deeply. She moved to New Orleans to attend graduate school in 2002 and never left. She explains, “I love living here. Rebuilding after Katrina took our home really cemented the bond. I have experienced more, lived more, found my love and a purpose in Louisiana.”

Liz’s creations can be found on the following sites:


Monday, November 16, 2009

November Giveaway--Get Your Second Line On With...

A fantastic black and gold inspired Second Line Umbrella from Lizmpetro/New Orleans Umbrellas!

Liz has kindly shared one of her second line umbrellas for our November giveaway, just in time to celebrate our 9-0 Season thus far!! You can get your Who Dat on with this beautiful black and gold umbrella embellished with a fleur de lis--perfect for parades, holidays, BBQ's and of course, a second line!!

Liz works an "analytical day job" and uses the umbrellas as a way to help express her creativity, a lovely balance from her day job. Liz moved to New Orleans for grad school and in typical Louisiana fashion, we sucked her in and she can't leave!! :)

So now Liz shares her talents with you in our November giveaway!

How do you win? I thought you'd never ask!

1. Visit one of Liz's shops listed here. Come back and leave a comment on which item is your fave!

2. Visit one of these shops belonging to my fellow members. Come back and leave a comment on which of their items is your fave!

You must leave a link to the items and you must complete steps 1 AND 2 to be entered. You MUST leave a URL, email, or contact IN your comment for us to contact you when you win!

You have until December 1st to get your comments in!

Extra entries:

1. Send an email to merry@handmadelouisiana.com with your email address for our future mailing list.
2. Tweet, Facebook, or promote this contest. You MUST provide a URL where you promoted this so we can verify.
3. Join our Facebook Group. Please make sure your Facebook account is set so we can contact you, and include info about yourself (friend, buyer, seller, artist, etc) in your application.

If you would like to join Handmade Louisiana please email Merry at merry@handmadelouisiana.com and she'll send you what you need to know! There is never any cost to join HML!

Good luck!

Look for an Artisan Feature on Liz soon! :)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Member Artisan Profile: Black Dog Studio

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Black Dog Studio, I encourage you to do so. This shop features pen and ink, &/or colored pencil drawings, some painting, a little handmade polymer clay jewelry. Artist Leah has been drawing since early childhood and it’s in her blood. “My first memory is at three years old my Mom gave me a pen to draw on the paper on the exam table in the doctor's office to calm me down,” she explains. Her grandmother, mother and sister are all very creative. Art is “just what we did,” said Leah.

When asked about her favorite piece, she has a hard time choosing but prefers colored pencil drawings on black Stonehenge paper, featuring a metaphorical image. Leah’s biggest challenge is one to which we can all relate: not having enough time! And yet, it’s important for her to carve out the time necessary to tap into her creative energies. “If I don't do it, I start getting coo-coo, so it is kind of like having to eat or breathe for me,” she says.

She offers the following advice to other artists/sellers: “Focus on what you love to do, don't spend lots of time on something just to sell it (easier said than done if you are really trying to get some sales going to continue your craft). Another thing...don't feel like you need to do art in one particular category. Artsy minds are eclectic! Feel free to experiment with different media and not feel pinned in to one medium.”

Leah’s connection to Louisiana is strong: she was born and raised in Baton Rouge. “I love the natural environment,” she says, “we are so very lucky to have such a beautiful place to live.” In fact, she draws much of her inspiration from nature, as well as ancient art and “peeps like Matisse, Van Gogh, and my fave Walter Anderson.”

One skill she’d like to learn is “PATIENCE! And silk painting.”

Perfect for the holidays, be sure to check out Leah's line of ornaments.

To learn more about Leah’s art, visit the following sites:


Monday, November 9, 2009

Member Artisan Profile: 2 Virgos Designs

There’s a saying that when one door closes, another door opens, and Jackie, owner/creator of 2 Virgo Designs, embodies that. Looking for a creative outlet after discovering that damaged nerves prevented her from drawing like she used to, Jackie discovered soap making and fell passionately in love with it.

She’s been creating handmade soaps for two years. When asked what appeals to her about soap making, Jackie explains, “It is math, science, art, creativity, marketing, solitary and social all at once!”

Chocolate & Vanilla Soap

She draws much of inspiration from nature and life. Her favorite items are her hand milled soaps, offered in her Etsy shop. Her shop announcement states that, “2 Virgos Designs indulges my love for creativity, healthy living, and how wonderful lovely scented bath and beauty products and fragrances make us feel.”

Her biggest challenge as an artisan is hand painting her soaps, using a dry brush to paint accents. An example is pictured below in the adorable shar pei soap, part of her Primo’s Pawtourage dog themed soap line.

Shar Pei Handpainted Soap

A skill she’d like to learn is cold process soap making. Jackie says, “I value integrity and kindness above all!” This credo undoubtedly accounts for much of her success in art and business.

When asked to give one piece of advice to other sellers, Jackie offers this: “Do your research, make the best product you can, strive to excel at it!”

Oatmeal, Honey & Goat Milk Soap

Having relocated to Louisiana in 1992, Jackie calls the Bayou State home and her mother also lives here.

You can find Jackie’s scrumptious soaps here:

Friday, November 6, 2009

Member Artisan Profile: Jodie Flowers

Meet Jodie Flowers, winner of the Handmade Louisiana’s second Craft-a-Long (theme: "Education, School and Learning"). She is the artist/proprietor of Jodie Flowers - Animal Flowers Art Studio. Jodie is a true Renaissance woman! Her creations include mixed media, sewing, ceramics, polymer clay, among others.

When asked how she got her creative start, Jodie replies, “My mom basically built the house I grew up in from scratch. She combined two old shacks and fixed them up with tons of salvage stuff from New Orleans. She taught me to sew and I used to make clothes for my dolls when I was little. I loved making things with paper and scotch tape too. Then I went on to school and thought I wanted to go into journalism (because I love to write too). Liked it [writing] in high school, but in college, things took a turn and all I wanted to do was to take every Art class available. I stayed in college for seven years just making stuff. I graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from SLU.”

Monster Patch

Jodie finds inspiration all over, including from her son, cartoons, nature, the sea, bugs, poems, Dr. Seuss, Tim Burton, Alice in Wonderland, Shell Silverstein, Maurice Sendak, Flickr, and “my mind's eye.” This explains the wonderfully eclectic nature of her body of work.

Her favorite pieces include her Crazy Leg Wall Vases and Screen Porch Spiders. Also popular are her monster patches. And let’s not forget her winning Craft-a-Long entry: Book Bugs.

Crazy Leg Vases

The best thing about being an artist, Jodie explains, is “doing what I love, when I want to and always having $$ in my pocket for myself, my husband and my son.”

When asked what she finds most challenging about being an artisan, Jodie says, “Juggling being a Mom, Wife, Daughter, Friend, and a full time Artist, when all I want to do is create all the time. If I had an island I could seclude myself on, I would!”

Jodie has this piece of advice to offer her fellow artists: “Promote, Promote, Promote! Tell everyone about your work, take chances and make something every day!!!”

What’s next for Jodie? One skill she’d like to learn is lampwork (glass bead making) and knitting. “I wish I could knit something more than a long scarf and learn to bind them all off properly. LOL!” she says.

Winning Craft-a-Long Entry: Book Bugs

Jodie explains her Louisiana connection: “I was not born here. I was born in Ismir Turkey, but my mom and dad are from here. My dad was a dentist in the Army, they returned to Louisiana when I was very young and I have lived here ever since.” She’s lived in Baton Rouge, Jackson, St. Francisville, Zachary, Hammond and now Abita Springs. “Louisiana is nice. I have traveled to some great places and this seems to be the place for me,” Jodie says. “You can make friends easily here. The weather could be cooler, but as long as there is AC, I am fine where I am.”

Visit Jodie online at:


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Vote for the October Craft a Long Winner HERE!

This month's theme was "Happy Fall Ya'll!" And our fabulous artisans came up with some great work!! Please check these out and vote for your favorite in the poll on the sidebar.

Neon Orange SLS Free Soap in Cranberry Apple from Mama's Little Monkeys

Crochet Scarf and Hat from BarbsMacrameandMore

Autumn Spice Soap from HerbFriend

Farmer 2 by BlackDogStudio

Autumn Glory Handpainted Silk Scarf from Splendiferous Fiber

Canaima Earrings from Etco

Thanksgiving Aline Dress With Pumpkin from Georgannaandcompany

Nuts for Fall Handpainted FloorCloth by RueDesign

Autumn Leaves Flamework Glass Necklace by DebiDeaux

Graffiti Painted Canvas Placemats by CTStudios

Please get your votes in and pick your fave!! The winner will be announced in a few days and meanwhile our artisans are cooking up the next Craft a Long!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

October Giveaway Winner Is.....................

Christina from Gaudet's Gems! Congratulations Christina and thanks for entering!!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered! Remember to read all rules for all giveaways so you can be sure to be entered!! Our November giveaway will be up ASAP and I can't wait to show it to you!!

Thanks again everyone! The winner for Benjy Davis Autographed poster was Blue Violet and Rock Ridge Music will be in touch with you!! Thanks so much for playing everyone!!
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