This week’s featured Etsy shop is Handmade by Eva Rose in Bristol, England. Shop owner Eva creates novelty fabric items such as diaper caddies, burp cloths, bibs, glasses cases, camera cases, and storage baskets. She works primarily with cotton, linen, and polyester fleece fabrics. I particularly love her woodland animal designs – this orange polka dot fox pillow is just adorable! Visit her shop to learn more.
My latest Etsy treasury brightens up your day with fresh and colorful summer stripes. Each item in this collection is handmade in the USA.
Great news! My Etsy shop will be featured in an online showcase hosted by the friendly folks at Crafter Central from Saturday, March 14 to Sunday, March 15. The showcase will highlight ten artists and their unique handmade products. The best part about a virtual craft fair is that you don’t have to feel self conscious about shopping in your pajamas!
To thank customers for visiting the showcase and for spreading the word on social media, I will be offering this pair of earrings as a door prize to one lucky winner. Watch for my blog post on Saturday to learn how to enter the door prize drawing.
In designing these earrings, I wanted to play with a fresh minty green and teal blue color palette rather than my typical purples, pinks, and reds. This pair is made with 8 mm mint alabaster Swarovski crystal cubes, 6 mm blue zircon Swarovski crystal bicones, and silver plated spacers, headpins, and earwires. Though not shown here, I will also include two flexible clear plastic ear nuts to keep the earrings securely in place.
After the showcase has ended, I will contact the winner for his or her mailing address and will ship out the earrings as quickly as possible. Please visit the Crafter Central online showcase this weekend to see all of the featured artists and their amazing work!
I joined Polyvore back in February and have really enjoyed using the site over the past month. Every day, I find the most amazing new collections curated by fashion enthusiasts from around the world. If my bank account could support it, I would definitely scoop up some of these craveworthy designer pieces!
The first set I created is shown above. I entered it into a Valentine’s Day contest sponsored by The Real Real. Click here or on the image itself to visit this set on Polyvore and see more details about each featured item. What do you think of my date night styling?
Handmade beaded jewelry makes a fantastic gift for yourself or a loved one. This Overstock.com guide provides five reasons to choose handmade beaded jewelry over commercially manufactured pieces. I don’t know about you, but having more reasons to buy handmade jewelry never hurts!
My personal philosophy is that if I can’t make it myself, I will seek out a unique, one of a kind jewelry gift from another artist. I enjoy working with the artist to develop a custom piece because I know that it will have special meaning for the recipient. Perhaps it will become a favorite accessory that she will wear several times a week. Or maybe she will love it enough to pass it along to a younger generation in the future. Either way, she will appreciate the gift even more knowing that I had a hand in its design.
This week’s featured Etsy shop is Past Your Porchlight in Ontario, Canada. I found this shop by complete accident while creating my Snowy treasury last week! Shop owner Jessie Cunningham creates handmade soft sculptures and plush toys in the most adorable animal shapes. Her items are made with a variety of materials including heirloom quality wool blend felt, polyester felt, faux fur, and deer suede. I can’t help it – I’m totally in love with the badger sculpture above! Visit her shop to learn more.
Today’s Etsy treasury celebrates all things polka dot. Each item in this collection is handmade in the USA.
A couple of years ago, I wanted to create a colorful and unique holiday gift for my sister in law. I gathered all of the random 6 mm Swarovski crystal bicones that had been left over from previous projects and wove them into crystal balls using FireLine polyethylene beading thread. I then strung the crystal balls and lots of silver lined clear glass seed beads onto Accuflex stainless steel beading wire. I added a sterling silver jumpring at each end for attaching ornament hooks. Check out the photo of the finished crystal ball garland below. It is the perfect size for adorning a tabletop tree.
My latest Etsy treasury is inspired by the arctic weather that New England is experiencing right now. Wind howling outside, thermometer at 2 degrees, BRRR …
Over the past two months, I’ve spent countless hours working on my Etsy shop. It’s exhausting! From adding photos to freshening up descriptions to tweaking tags and titles for better search placement, my head spins from it all! I’m crossing my fingers that this enormous effort will lead to greater visibility for my shop, especially in the super saturated jewelry category. It’s just so hard to be found in a sea of other pieces!! I also listed several new products recently that I thought you might like to see.
These super sleek dangle earrings are perfect for the modern woman. The slender Swarovski crystal pendants sparkle beautifully in a rainbow of rich colors. They are attached to sterling silver fishhook earwires using antiqued sterling silver ice pick bails. I love the minimalist design of these earrings! They would be a lovely addition to any wardrobe.
I’ve also branched out into other handmade categories so as not to have all of my eggs in one basket :) These super cozy hooded wool scarves are my latest creations.
I invented them because I hate wearing hats, but you do need something to cover your head in the middle of a blizzard. They are excellent alternatives to the dreaded hat because they don’t squeeze your brain or crush your hair, but they do keep your head sheltered and dry.
Each hooded scarf is fully reversible with a different color of wool on each side. Flip the scarf back and forth to match the color of your coat, gloves, or other clothing as you like.
The two layers of all natural, premium wool are soft to the touch and provide medium weight warmth. I like to wear my own hooded scarf while clearing snow off the car because it keeps the blustery winds from going down my neck and giving me a chill.
I chose to use wool in these scarves because wool is much less prone to static than artificial fibers, so your hair won’t be (too) crazy after wearing it! I designed the shape of the hood to be deep enough to wear over a ponytail or bun and still cover your head but not so deep as to fall over your face when your hair is down.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing my latest work! Please comment below or visit my Etsy shop to learn more.