Wednesday, August 25, 2010
If you're like me, and enjoy going to antique shops, browsing the hidden treasures in every nook and cranny, then I have a online version for you. Its the Etsy shop Stitchy Impressions www.etsy.com/shop/StitchyImpressions. You think you can tell what kind of things you may see in Stitchy's shop, well guess again, anything from the adorable spool dolls that come complete with box and certificate of authenticity to having a cute little birthday written on the bottoms along with there individual names. To antique finds like vintage horseshoes in their original box. And even to the incredibly adorable knit and crochet items, this shop is a treasure trove of goodies popping out at you. Its just like being in a well laid out antique store with crafts and all kids of handmade items as a bonus.
In Stitchy's shop you will see all kinds of reclaimed items turned into useful everyday necessity's. I personally love the corks, turned into name place holders, but who doesn't love the typewriter keys made into jewelery or the atlas pages made into tiny envelopes. But while your in Stitchy's shop which you MUST visit if its the only online shop you visit this week, take a look at the Crochet pillows and handbags, which I actually have one of the handbags, and I love it.
Lastly just when you think you have seen everything, there is the hilarious aspect thrown into Stitchy's shop, vintage Kotex's from 1950's still in the original packaging. Personally I loved seeing these, it made me laugh out loud and think wow they would be perfect for a menopause party as party favors what a hoot that would be as you sip your Margarita. This shop is so cute and Becky the owner really loves what she dose, and enjoying your work is a amazing thing these days. I love this shop and it will always remain on my favorites list. And should be on yours too.
Visit Stitchy's shop at www.etsy.com/shop/StitchyImpressions
and follow her blog at www.stitchysimpressions.blogspot.com
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Sunday, August 15, 2010
This week I scaled back my endeavor for blogging about Etsy shops, picking only ONE to devote my time to. And Decouverre it is, www.etsy.com/shop/decouverre if the name wasn’t intriguing enough take a look inside the world of stunning design in hand painted glass wear. Immediately the Art Deco & Art Nouveau influences are prominent, and capturing. As a former Student of Art myself both periods are my favorite, who amongst us all dose not marvel at the simplicity of beauty of Art Nouveau art pieces, the natural line of the flower or leaf captured in its whole.
Looking through Decouverre’s shop every Wine & Champagne glass has a uniqueness, and with hand painted items you can always be assured each one is one of a kind, never can a brush stroke be repeated each one unique in its own right. Taking inspiration from the above art moments was not Stephanie’s (the owner of Decouverre) only muse, taking her art from her love of Gardening all things stained glass, mosaic and her talented background in Fashion Design, she set off creating these fine works of art.
Stephanie: “I Just love making things. It is so satisfying to see something grow from rough sketch & scattered ideas to tangible object!. It is a true passion of mine. I do love Etsy. So much inspiration here from artisans all over the world!”
After taking a casual stroll around Decovurre’s shop I can guarantee you will feel any wine or champagne glass is inferior unless it’s a Decovurre one, I found myself unable to pick a favorite, so many gorgeous representations of nature. Although any would adorn a table with grace and beauty adding the extra sparkle most tables are lacking these days, true charm and beauty. A Perfect gift or indulgence for yourself.
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And visit Decovurre at etsy online shopping place at www.etsy.com/shop/decouverre
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
Amethyst have so many stages of beauty, weather it be a rough stone pulled from the ground sparkling lilac color, polished up chips, rounded into a bead or cut exquisitely and set in a pendant the amethyst is always stunning.
My love of the amethyst started at an early age, when I was given a rough amethyst stone about 60 carats, by a elderly gemologist who was a dear family friend. Treasuring this rough rock until this very day, as it sits nicely in my jewelry Armour.
So it was no shock when I found this lovely vintage 29+ carat amethyst pendant set in sterling silver, I had to have it. To take something vintage and add a touch of your own style is quite the task, where to start, and certainly you don't want to take the focus off the focal point being the pendant. So as my mind spun around the room I suddenly thought the 3 stages of an amethyst, the roughest stage I could put on a necklace would be amethyst chips, then work my way to polished beads and there in the center is cut polished and set in silver exquisite beauty, the focal point. So look at my finished product, and please leave your comments on what you think of it.
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Friday, August 6, 2010
Soap, probably not the first thing that comes to most people’s minds as an interesting topic, but yet it is a topic that to some of us is a very important. Today 1 in 5 Americans suffer from an Allergy, whether it be a soap allergy or food allergy, you personally are guaranteed to know someone who suffers in daily life from an allergy. Personally I am allergic to cats and most laundry detergents both make me itch badly and can cause severely red skin that seems to just thin the skin to a couple layers. So I was very intrigued when I discovered on Etsy.com the shop LifeSoapSimple http://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeSoapSimple, a wonderful treasure trove of all handmade gentle soaps.
So I asked “Kristi” the shop owner what made her decide to start making Soap of all things!
Kristi: “Like many soap makers, my venture in soap making began with...well, a rash. My then infant son was prone to itchy, rashy skin and none of the suggested OTC products were doing any good. In fact, many made the condition WORSE! After a full night of no sleep with a screaming 1 month old (only to discover the next morning his entire torso covered in a red rash from the lotion I had applied at bed time) I was determined to find something that really worked. I began research and tried a few home remedies that seemed to help and then......I found a soap making kit and the rest is history and here I am selling my soaps around the world”.
So looking at LifeSoapSimple’s shop you will see everything from bar soap to shaving soap for him, I was particularly interested in the home made lip balm, not only because lip balm is something I use every day but because in her women mind Kristi was smart and made it Chocolate orange. Yes Chocolate Lip Balm oh yeah give me some of that. All in all I really enjoyed looking at LifeSoapSimple and will most likely be buying some of the lip balm at least, but I think it’s a shop that really has a purpose and would be appreciated by allot of people out there they just need to find there way to http://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeSoapSimple and shop. Thanks Kristi for introducing me to your wonderful shop it was a privilege to write about.
And Follow LifeSoapSimple's blog at http://lifesoapsimple.blogspot.com/
and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/LifeSoapSimple
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Down the Rabbit hole I go today to explore the Tea Party Whimsy Shop on Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/TeaPartyWhimsy , a Whimsical place full of fun and fantastic artwork in a very non everyday craft. Looking through the shop you’re childhood days of reading “Alice in Wonderland” come back, and who is to say we as adults can’t have ourselves a Whimsical Wonderland Tea party adorned with mini top hats, little tea hats and of course Giant Teacups for our tea.
What’s the inspiration behind TeaPartyWhimsy, for this I had to go straight to its creator, her comments made me smile, and brought back my own childhood? Mentioning that she wished she had Spinning teacups in her back yard brightly colored and vibrant, and taking inspiration from other sources then “Alice in Wonderland” such as Tim Burton’s “Big Fish”. Using also Victorian influences of lace and cameo’s that appeal to all age groups, seen in the lovely hats and head bands and even the adorable tops adorned with lace and most interestingly dyed with tea.
So how do I feel about TeaPartyWhimsy? Well I am a mad hatter for it (You know at some point I had to mention the mad hatter!). It’s a adorable shop that takes you to a place in-between childhood and adulthood, a place where you’re still a kid and sitting at a table in the wood’s with rabbits and mice wearing cute hats and drinking tea, talking about the evil queen (who is probably your boss or mother in law) and devising ways of dethroning her to make wonderland a better place. TeaPartyWhimsy will remain one of my favorite shops from now on, and I think all little girls would love a “Absolutely Alice Tea Party” thrown with goodies of all kinds from TeaPartyWhimsy. This is a place to stop a while, have some tea and enjoy.
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Monday, August 2, 2010
As a lover of all things Vintage, the Victorian era intrigues me as a stage in our history where Fashion made quite a statement. With big bulging cameos, large gemstones and dangles, dangles, dangles. Some may say the Victorian era was the original BLING starters, with their Giant Carat weight hanging around the neck or dangling from the ears, planted on the fingers the Victorian lady's new how to look stylish.
Loving the whole era I sought out to see what I could find that would represent the whole Victorian fashion in a Pendant and then infuse that 1860's style with some of my idea's. So After finally finding the perfect pendant a 50 Carat Weight Mint Amethyst set in silver, the Job really started, how in the world and I going to match this gorgeous pendant with a necklace that is different and yet something that represents my shop, beads and more beads. And Not just any ole beads, but my fave beads Swarovski Crystal beads.
Crochet seem to be my savior in the end with a simple 4 layer chain in mint. And after working with it for a week hand beading each Swarovski Crystal on, I can't help but wonder whats missing from this embellishment, so I have devised a poll for feedback. Please participate. So at the very bottom of this page you will find the poll.