I bought six pairs of earrings from The Peach Tree. Her designs are so adorable and affordable. And I love that she lives in Brooklyn. I lived in Brooklyn for two years and still have a soft spot for that borough.
I also bought two necklaces from Ample Goddess Jewelry. She makes pretty, feminine jewelry and offers some items in plus sizes. That’s rare.
And I bought a bracelet from Meadows Jewelry made of semi-precious stones. So lovely.
Artists are selling affordable print versions of their paintings and digital works on Etsy. Here are some highlights.
For myself, I bought a 2010 calendar from The Nebulous Kingdom. Her characters are so beautiful and fantasical. I love looking at them and intend to buy more.
My sister loves Arthurian legends, so from Emily Balivet I bought a print of the Lady of the Lake.
From Robert Foster Art I bought two prints and and got one free. I love the way he plays with light.
For decoration, I bought 18-inch beeswax candles from West Shore Designs. They come in three colors, are nice and straight (which is rare in the handmade world) and burn perfectly evenly.
I don’t know how to categorize the terrarium I bought at Doodle Bird Designs. But it’s so cute. It’s a little fantasy world in a 4-inch sphere. The item I wanted was sold out, but she made a special order for me. So nice.
Buying handmade is a personal experience. So much nicer than going to a large, faceless store. You get the best quality customer service at affordable prices. The products are creative and original.
Bella wears them in the Twilight movie and that’s all anybody needed to know.
Fingerless mittens are IN.
They are warm, versatile and look so cute peeking out from the sleeve of a jacket or sweater. And they leave your fingers free. I tried to crochet my own pair and they came out two different sizes but they still work for me.
Posted onNovember 25, 2007|Comments Off on Buying and Making Future Christmas Heirlooms
As soon as Thanksgiving came to a close I started putting up Christmas decorations.
I decided to make a few crafty things but I also bought some interesting Christmas characters.
The glittery ladies you see above are from The Penny McAllister Collection 2005. I just love their faces. Here they are in detail.
I’ve dubbed them Holly and Ivy.
I also picked up this little drummer boy. He’s signed Lori C. Mitchell. I’ve named him Chuck. Isn’t he darling?
I love little birds, so I bought this candle holder with three little birdies. It’s not signed. All of these items were purchased at The Corner Cottage in Manhattan Beach, CA.
For the crafty part of my decor, I bought this wreath at Michael’s craft store for $2.99 and decorated it with balls and packages designed for a mini tree. Most of them had wires attached so I didn’t need to use a glue gun. I put this whole thing together in about 10 minutes.
Are you making any decorations for the holidays?
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A couple of years ago I bought a sewing machine. I was going to learn to make my own things. You know, pillows and clothes and stuff.
It came with an instructional VHS tape. I set up my machine and followed the tape to learn how to sew. It seemed easy enough. Then, I put the sewing machine in a closet to collect dust for a couple of years.
Something possessed me recently to buy some patterns. Aye aye aye. I’ve never had anything I’ve purchased ship so fast in my life. I think I must have been shopping and couldn’t find anything in the stores that I liked so I decided to make my own clothes.
So here I am with three patterns that I have absolutely no idea what to do with. To be honest I can’t even find the sewing machine any more. I wonder if I lent it to someone. I can’t remember.
I have this habit of trying to do everything my self.
So now I have determined to say this 10 times a day, “I am not Martha Stewart, I am not Martha Stewart.” No offense to Martha. I’m sure she’s a very nice lady. I like her TV show and her magazine. But I just can’t do all these things myself. I’ve been crocheting for christssake.
I wrote too soon. Crocheting is very relaxing until you come to a big, frustrating knot in your yarn. Argh.
To prevent this, do a little preparation work:
One end of the wool will be coming from the center of the skein. Pull from this end and roll the yarn into a ball until you have unraveled and re-raveled the entire package. The opposite end of the wool will be wrapped around the outside. But it works easier if you pull from the center.
This exercise takes a little time, but will give you a chance to inspect the roll before you start crocheting.
Then you can start relieving stress as I promised in my previous post.