Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Let's try a restart

Hello! After using Blogspot and myspace to blog with, I decided to add my own to this site. It will probably primarily focus on Etsy and my beading, but I'm sure I will slip in a few other things my pain in the butt cats :p However I will also be posting this same blog onto blogspot to allow for comments and such things :)

To start off, let me do a quick introduction. My name is Bethany, codename Raevyn :p I am 31 and I live in Lubbock, Texas with my wonderful boyfriend, Paul and our two cats, Oopsa Daisy and Bo. I am actually new to Texas. I lived the first 29 years of my life in Brattleboro, Vermont. I really do love living here, but things are so very different from the world that I knew in New England. I also miss my family a lot. I am very close to my Mom, Stepdad, younger sister, and my Aunt Judith. It was hard to move away from them. But we keep in touch a lot with
emails, phonecalls, and yahoo messenger. I downloaded it just to talk to my sister. I also left behind my friend Jenn. We have known eachother for 22 years and have been inseperable. But we talk a lot too. And about twice a year since I moved here, Paul and I have made the trip North to visit everyone. Our first trip up there was Paul's first trip to New England, so that adds extra excitement to our trips. And I am hoping that one day my family will decide to visit me down here. Jenn already did visit, and I hope that she does again!

Now about my site, Simply Raevyn!. I started this site in order to sell the jewelry that I make. In actuality I started beading about 5 years ago. When I first started I primarily did necklaces, bracelets, and drop type earrings. Then as I do with most things, I stopped beading for a few years. When I first moved to Texas I decided it was finally time to learn the part of beading that I have wanted to do since I was a very little girl, and that was brickstitching. My mom always wore these elaborate brick stitch earrings when I was young. I fell in love with how they looked and the color possibilities, and I also wanted to be able to make them for her. So I made it my goal to learn. And I did! Now that has become the focus of my jewelry. I still do other types of beaded jewelry, and I hope to learn more beading techniques as well.

Okay I think I have gone on long enough for one. I am going to try and blog daily, and I will be adding new features. The feature that I am most looking forward to is going to spotlight some of my favorite etsy artists! So here goes my first try at this.

Featured Etsy Artist

In my short time on Etsy, I have come across some great artists! With that in mind, I have decided to start featuring some of my favorites in my blog. For the first one, I want to introduce you all to Craftysteph! I met her in the Etsy chat rooms. After about a week of looking at her scrunchies, I decided to order them. Although it may seem silly, I am always on the
lookout for scrunchies that can handle my hair. It is very long (almost to my butt), the strands are baby fine, and I have a ton of it. So it tends to be frizzy, tangled easy, and can destroy any scrunchie in a very short amount of time. So once craftysteph reassured me that she used high quality elastics in her scrunchies I decided to go for it. I ordered these:

And boy am I glad I did! I absolutely love them. They are very strong, and of course beautiful. She has great prices too! Of course Craftysteph sells more than just scrunchies. She has some candles that I am really eager to try out, incense, jewelry, crochet, custom graphic art, and more!

I highly recommend her shop. She is very friendly and extremely talented. Her prices are fantastic and she ships fast. Don't see the color of scrunchies you want? Convo her!

That officially wraps up the first blog post. I hope to do this every day, or atleast on a regular basis!


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