Saturday, March 6, 2010

Tags on Bags and Much Much More

I first noticed today's feature shop on the Etsy forums where the artist, Kristin, had posted in the promotions forum advertising a set of her binder clip wedding favors as place tag holders for seating. I thought this was a terrific idea, and I was really impressed with her designs when I followed the link she'd posted.

In fact, I was so impressed that I
spent almost a half an hour browsing around in her shop, pouring over the different wedding favors, party gifts and other tags and goodies she has for sale. And I'm not usually a lengthy browser, either. I like the gallery view when I go into a shop and only usually click on the pics that really catch my attention. But there was so much in her shop that caught my attention that I just couldn't resist on clicking on.... well, nearly everything.

I'm especially fond of her pocket mirrors, of which you can see an example to the right here in this post. They're just adorable and, honestly? I would attend a party or function just to get my hands on one as a party favor! (And this is coming from a recluse. I don't DO parties!)

This is really a shop you don't want to miss if you're throwing (or attending) any kind of function. You're sure to find terrific, quality ideas to enrich the event. Kristin even does custom orders, so be sure to stop by and check out Tags on Bags. You're sure to find a variety of ideas perfect for your needs.

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT THE TAGSONBAGS ETSY SHOP AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Friday, March 5, 2010

I just can't find enough pennies...

And I want it SO BAD!!!

This is a gorgeous piece of jewelry, and although I can't remember -where- I first ran across it, I know that the moment I saw it, I fell in love.

Like all things that I have to force myself to resist the temptation to buy, that means it ends up here. Because if I can't have it and love it and cherish it... then someone should!

This sterling silver wire wrapped bracelet is called "Water Colors" and was made by wrapping 20 gauge wire around a 14 gauge core with an absolutely gorgeous and vibrant lampwork bead as the focal for the piece. I'm in love with it. Not like. L O V E... Love.

Kittyd on Etsy has a number of this style of bracelet actually. This one, in particular, caught my attention due to it's beautiful colors, but it's by no means the only beautiful piece she has in her shop. Far from it, actually.

Handcrafted Jewelry and Supplies by KittyD is filled with beautiful pieces and she has some of the most original and beautiful wire-wrapped pieces I've ever seen.

TO VISIT KITTYD'S SHOP ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURES ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Recycle, Reuse and Re-purpose

This is the theme of the last decade, it seems, and soon to be the theme of the next as well from the look of it. Not a bad thing really, in a society where commercialism and commerce is a huge influence, we as consumers go through a huge amount of waste every day.

Being environmentally conscious is an
important task in the view of the overwhelming amount of byproduct and waste our society produces as a whole.

That's part of the reason (innovation being the other part) that I love today's feature shop.

Half Pint Salvage is ran by Karl, a self-professed "reverse trash man" who has made the entire purpose of his shop to reuse, re-purpose and recycle items that he sees as having "simply been mistaken for something that's no longer usable". He rescues these items that have long ago been abandoned and gives them life once more and a new purpose in the world!

Karl uses these items he finds to create unique, functional home decor pieces using salvaged and recycled finds and his shop is filled with terrific and innovative pieces that really show off his creative streak. I'm especially fond of the chalk board pictured in today's post, in fact if I could find a place to put it in my home, it'd already be mine!

So if you like to put an effort into saving the environment when you're looking for your home decor or gifts to give, be sure to stop by Half Pint Salvage and take a look. You might just find exactly what you're looking for, or something that you weren't looking for but now that you've found it you just can't do without!

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT HALFPINTSALVAGE'S SHOP AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Celebration of Color

Today we're celebrating color because today is a "make new things" day in this house! And I can't think of anyone more fitting and perfect to celebrate color with than Cozy Little Cave on Etsy.

This shop is filled to the brim with beautiful, vivid colors and stylish pieces of artwork that are sure to draw the eye and make you smile.

The artist behind all of these wonderful, colorful paintings is Tess Carter. She loves bold color, dynamic design, and a touch of playfulness and it shows in every piece in her shop!

She offers both original paintings and prints as well as encourages people to contact her for custom pieces. (I love artists willing to go custom, it just adds an extra special personal touch.)

Tess started painting to make her own "cave" a little more cozy. Now she hopes to bring warmth and coziness to yours too! I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoy browsing through this shop. It's so fresh and bright and just about perfect. If you love color, you're sure to love it too, so take a look!

TO VISIT COZYLITTLECAVE'S SHOP ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURES ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Chain Me Up

It's a scarf. No, wait! It's a necklace.

I really love these. I think they're a really innovative and colorful idea for dressing up an outfit, and since I love wearing scarves, you can imagine that I think a crocheted necklace that has a very similar "look" would be right up my alley.

Today's shop has lots of these, too, in a wide variety of colors which, for me, is another huge plus because I'm all about color.

Today's featured artisan, the wonderful woman that makes these beautiful creations and many more crocheted items that are sold in her Etsy shop, is Laci from ZigZags123.

Laci is a full time mom of three who somehow also finds the time to create all of these beautiful pieces and run her shop on Etsy as well. Her shop is filled with hats, pincushions, hair bows, crocheted necklaces in a number of different colors and styles as well as a variety of other items to browse through. Be sure to stop by and take a look!

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT ZIGZAGS123'S SHOP AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, CLICK RIGHT HERE.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Does this make me a Geek?

Okay, so maybe it's the science geek in me or the jewelry slut in me, or possibly that part of me that just loves innovation. But, when I saw today's shop, I knew I had to do a feature.

I mean, you see scrabble tile pendants a-plenty in the handmade market place. Sometimes you run across others that use coin or plastic backing, etc. But, have you ever seen someone using microscope slides??

Exactly. Innovative! Original! Unique! Not to mention beautiful.

Cher (aka HM Designs) runs a shop on Etsy called "Into Creating" where she makes these wonderful microscope slide pendants that encapsulate miniature pieces of art behind glass that are then neatly soldered around the edges for a delicate frame and polished to a high shine.

She doesn't just use her own artwork either but is more than happy to create custom pieces just for her customers! For artists, this is a terrific idea! I mean, what better way to show off your artwork and draw attention to it than by wearing a piece of it showcased in a beautiful and unusual piece of jewelry that people are going to be sure to notice?

This is also perfect for those out there shopping for gifts for others that want to personalize their gift or want a unique piece of jewelry infused with your own personal sense of style. Cher is happy to create custom pendants just for you!

TO VISIT CHER'S INTO CREATING SHOP ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURES ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

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