January birthstone – Garnet

I am back at my keyboard after a refreshing break over the festive season and am ready & rearing to go for 2010. I hope you all had  great Christmas and New Year celebrations!

Lots of ideas for this year and this post is one of my new themes.

I thought each month I would look at the birthstone and talk about it a little, look for goodies made with it or using the colour – a good way for me to learn more about gemstones and their meanings.

Garnets are typically recognised as beinga deep, dark brownish – red colour.  They can also be yellow, red, purple, pink, orange, multi colour, green & more. Glass beads that are a similar colour are also called “garnet”

Here is a link to some “garnet” goodies from one of my online groups – Etsy DUST (Down Under Street Team)


Australian Bushfire Appeal – update

So far $2,200 AUD has been raised for the terrible situation in Victoria with the bushfires. That’s terrific news! There are lots more  great items available to buy from Etsy.com (use this url to go straight to the shop): http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6902734&ga_search_query=ozbushfireappeal&ga_search_type=seller_usernames

All proceeds from the sales of items from this Etsy shop will be donated to the Australian Red Cross

A big thank you to everyone so far who has bought items from the shop!!

Etsy DUST – OzBushfireAppeal

Australian Etsians (DUST) have banded together to raise much needed funds for the victims of the bushfires currently raging in Victoria.

Sales from items donated by Etsy DUST members are on this site – OzBushfireAppeal. Just use that term in the search box for sellers and it will come up. http://www.etsy.com


Please buy something from OzBushfireAppeal – all proceeds will go to the Australian Red Cross to help support the bushfire victims.


I have just joined Etsy DUST. What is Etsy DUST? It is the Down Under Street Team from the popular site Etsy – the place to buy and sell handmade items.

Etsy DUST “…is a group of Australian Artists, Craftpeople and Artisans who support Etsy and wish to promote independent Handcrafted Goods here in Australia and worldwide.”

It has a forum with lots of information and support for members, blogs and more…