26 March 2009

I was featured in an Etsy Treasury today!

A big shout out to monarchdancer.etsy.com for including me in this pink and green treasury!

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Brand new button tutorials...hot off the press!

How to make button ID badges and How to make button bookmarks!
Now available in all of my online shops:)
Happy creating!

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25 March 2009

Eclectic Artisans on Etsy...Some of my favorites!

Check out our etsy team page!

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This is potentially explosive research! Mayo Clinic Anesthesia -LD Study

Mayo Clinic Anesthesia Study

Journalists: For links to web-video and audio files, see the bottom of this post.

Source: http://newsblog.mayoclinic.org/2009/03/11/mayo-clinic-anesthesia-study/

Mayo Clinic researchers have found that children who require multiple surgeries under anesthesia during their first three years of life are at higher risk to develop learning disabilities later. Several studies have suggested that anesthetic drugs may cause abnormalities in the brains of young animals. This is the first study in humans to suggest that exposure of children to anesthesia may have similar consequences. The finding is reported in the current issue of the journal Anesthesiology.

The research team, led by Robert Wilder, M.D., found that although one exposure to anesthesia was not harmful, more than one exposure almost doubled the risk that the children would be identified as having a learning disability before they were 19. The risk also increased with longer durations of anesthesia.

“It’s very important for parents and families to understand that although we see a clear difference in the frequency of learning disabilities in children exposed to anesthesia, we don’t know whether these differences are actually caused by anesthesia,” says Randall Flick, M.D., a co-author of the study.

“The problem is that anyone who underwent an anesthetic also had surgery,” says Dr. Wilder. “It’s unclear whether it’s the anesthetic, the physiological stress of surgery, or perhaps the medical problems that made surgery necessary that are responsible for the learning disabilities.”

Journalists: The following web-video and audio clips are available for download and use in your stories.

Dr. Flick provides background on the study: WMV MP3

Dr. Flick’s message for parents and physicians: WMV MP3

Dr. Flick on FDA Awareness: WMV MP3

Dr. Wilder on next steps: WMV MP3

Dr. Wilder on the Rochester Epidemiology Project: WMV MP3

Below is a link to an edited youtube video with Dr. Roger that you can embed with your stories.

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Trunk Show is Tonight! Come 1, come all!

The Eclectic Artisans Team is having their first ever Trunk Show!
Please join us Wednesday 25th at 6pm central, 7pm EST
in the GALLERY!

We have MANY new member who will be joining us and ALL participants from EART will be offering specials and discounts!
Don't miss out!
Mark your calendar and join us tomorrow eve!!

Hope to see you there!!

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24 March 2009

The Eclectic Artisans Team: EART is having a Trunk Show!

The Eclectic Artisans Team: EART is having a Trunk Show!

"Excuse me, I'm going to need to see some...ID!"

These are brand new...literally H O T off the presses!
Button ID Badges
Each button cover was 100% made by me.

Size of buttons: 7/8 inches

The "knitty" gritty...
-The reel comes with a clip on back and badge snap on id holder
-Retractable cord extends approximately 24"
-These are great to clip onto your pocket, purse or lanyard

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22 March 2009

I was featured in an Etsy Treasury today...mint chip!

A big thanks to AmyRoseDesigns for including me in this super yummy treasury!

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2 EART team treasuries!

curator: pnkgeeni/fotogeeni
curator: heatherknitz

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20 March 2009

BLOG GIVEAWAY: Hand knit Tote in stripes!

Welcome to my March Madness Giveaway...go 'heels!

Striped Lopi Tote...hand knit by me!
naturals tote in browns, greys and blacks

Handknit by me, Heather
of "Heather Knitz"
This bag is truly one of a kind!

*This tote is a finished tote and is ready to ship at once!*

♥c o n s t r u c t i o n
This purse is made from luxurious icelandic BULKY wool YARN...It is amazing to felt. If you are not familiar with felting--it is a process of knitting with 100 percent wool, then putting the object into the washing machine. It is through that process that you actually create "felt"--the end result for a purse is a thick, sturdy shape that is perfect for carrying around all kinds of goodies!

colors used in this striped purse/tote are: black, gray, natural white, shades of brown-gray

♥f i n i s h i n g
The long purse straps are also knit by hand and felted. I used the yarn used to make the striping to coordinate properly. The straps are not flat, rather they are rounded, knotted up and attached to each of the two sides of the purse/tote and are approximately 30" long.
♥s i z i n g
-approx 14" wide and 11" deep
Value $50.00
How to enter, you ask? Here's how!

Visit my new online shop, heatherknitz and do the following 2 things:

1. Choose your favorite item in my shop and report it here in the comments thread!
2. You be the designer...look through my current listings and make me at least ONE SUGGESTION on what I should add to my line of products:)

You can also be entered additional ways:

  • To receive a second entry in the drawing, leave a second comment sharing what type of tutorial I have that is your favorite or suggest a new one!
  • To be entered a third time, post this giveaway on your blog or homepage, and/or link back to it-- *please* be sure to mention this in your comment.
  • To receive a fourth entry Tweet about the Giveaway on Twitter (and Tweet us that you did or tell us you did in another comment)
  • For a fifth entry mention this on your Facebook page
  • For a sixth entry *follow this blog*
*Anyone in the U.S. 18 years of age or older can join!
*The winner will receive the EXACT hand knit wool purse seen above via US mail!
*ONE winner will be selected using random.org!

*Do all of this by Monday, April 6th, 2009!
Contest ends at 11:59 e.s.t on the 27th!
Good Luck,

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar...40 years this week!

Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" celebrates its 40th birthday this week, and Google is pitching in with a caterpillar-themed logo today (above right). The L.A. Times Festival of Books is celebrating in its own way: This year's logo (above left) is a pupae reading a version of the caterpillar book (maybe its own memoir?).

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar," who eats his way through the book, leaving a trail of holes behind, has sold 29 million copies and has licensing deals, Newsweek reports, of $50 million annually. With the money, Carle established the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass.; its exhibits have celebrated works by Dorothy Kunhardt ("Pat the Bunny"), Arnold Lobel ("Frog and Toad") and Maurice Sendak ("Where the Wild Things Are").

Carle was born in New York in 1929 to German parents; the family moved back to Germany in 1935. Carle's father was conscripted and sent off to fight; Carle, Newsweek writes, "developed a special bond at school with his art teacher, Herr Krauss, who secretly showed him the works of Picasso, Matisse and Braque, all banned by Hitler." At the end of the war, Carle worked as a file clerk for American services in Germany; he had access to their well-stocked kitchen. Newsweek draws parallels between the young man who raided that larder and the caterpillar with the insatiable appetite.

As for Carle, he thinks of it differently. "It is a book about hope. If you're an insignificant caterpillar, you can grow up to be a big butterfly in the world," he told Newsweek. In a video on his website to celebrate the book's 40th anniversary, he says "growing up can be very difficult -- it's a big secret, it's a big challenge for children -- I like to help the children along." The video also includes film of Carle at work, creating his famous caterpillar for the camera.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2009/03/happy-birthda-1.html

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Are you an Eclectic Artisan?

We are a brand new team on etsy that is designated to the wide variety of artisans that are represented in the etsy community!

We are an eclectic group of artisans - painters, jewelry designers, needlework designers, sculptors..you name it...who have joined together for friendship, fun and Etsy promotion and support!!

The Eclectic Artisans Team (EART) on Etsy is accepting new members!
If you are an Etsy seller who is interested in joining an active team full of fun, please be sure to pop on over to our FORUM,
read through the team requirements and register!
We'd LOVE to have you as part of the team!!

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18 March 2009

Wordless Wednesday

sorry~"almost wordless"~The avg. family of 4 has now given AIG $2400.00 alone in the last 5 months

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17 March 2009

Irish Inspirations...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here is a little Irish inspiration for you today...

There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were.~Irish Proverb

May the Good Lord take a liking to you... but not too soon! ~Irish Blessing

St. Patrick -- one of the few saints whose feast day presents the opportunity to get determinedly whacked and make a fool of oneself all under the guise of acting Irish. ~Charles Madigan

May you die in bed at ninety-five years, shot by a jealous husband (or wife). ~Irish Toast

An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth. ~Irish Saying

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