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Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Special Order Made With Love!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Share The Love..Bloggers Unite Melissa's Jewelry and Gems!

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The Featured Artisan this week for Share the Love... Blogger's Unite is Melissa Ruede - Melissas Jewelry and Gems!
Melissa is married, a mother of two children, ages 7 and 3. She is also a part time nurse, as well as being an avid gemstone collector, and jewelry maker.  She has some Beautiful Creations in her Shop.
Stop by Melissa's Shops to see all of her Beautiful Creations!

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

The Etsy Jewelry Corner Visits Unique Nique!

Today we are visiting with Monique Devroeg, owner of Unique Nique. One of a kind handmade jewelry is her business. She uses art glass, dichroic, copper wire, sterling wire, crystals and beads of many kinds. The shop features different styles, from delicate to bold, classic to unusual.
Monique is originally from South Africa and moved to the Florida in 2001.She is fascinated by shapes whether found in nature or man made. She loves to work with glass and wire in particular and loves experimenting. She enjoys learning about various crafts and seeing how to incorporate these new skills into her work.
Monique puts all of her jewelry through a rigorous testing procedure...if they can survive that, then they should be able to handle anything.  This way she can ensure her customers are receiving a lasting piece of art.
In addition to jewelry, Monique also does decorative stained glass pieces.  You can take a peek at all her creations in her Etsy shop. She also gives parties which gives her an opportunity to be up close to her customers...and for those living in the Tampa area...I hear she gives great hostess gifts!
In the artist's own words: " I really enjoy making things that have the ability to put a smile on peoples' faces, and that is after all the main aim of art; to bring pleasure to the viewer or wearer."
Monique is a loyal supporter of the handmade movement and you can find her tirelessly working on social networks or through her Etsy Teams such as Lunaessence's Arts and Crafts World ExpoOn Fire for HandmadeEtsy ExPats, and many others; promoting other artisans, making new friends, and bringing a smile to peoples' faces...
Places to find Unique Nique:
If you are looking for a lasting piece of art...look no further than Monique's shop...all of her pieces would make excellent gifts...even for yourself!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Etsy Jewelry Corner Visits TJB Designs!!

We are taking a bit of a departure this week to show you another kind of we visit Tommye Bunce of TJB Designs! Here you will find beautifully beaded scissor fobs, threaders, counting & marking pins, as well as knitting and crochet stitch markers. She also creates wonderful bookmarks in several styles and additional accessories.
Tommye is a retired software engineer and needlework shop owner. She loves stitching and teaching stitching. According to Tommye, counted thread needlework appeals to her logical mind and soothes her soul.She enjoys cross stitch, hardanger, drawn thread, and especially band samplers. When she is not stitching...she is knitting!
The cornerstone of her shop are her scissor fobs and coordinating counting pins for needlepoint and cross stitch as well as stitch markers for knitters and crocheters. In the artist's own words, here is how that product line got started: "I love gadgets, especially embroidery scissors. Hence, the creation of beautiful scissor fobs. I started out trying to think of something to make for the ladies in my stitch group and before I knew it I had about 2 dozen fobs designed! And most stitchers can use all the help they can get with counting, so I added counting pins for needlepoint and cross stitch. And then a friend suggested I make stitch markers for knitters and voila! Adding bling to your needlework is just plain fun..."
Places to find TJB Designs:
You can find Tommye hard at work on any of the social networking sites, promoting other artisans...she is a dedicated supporter of the handmade community!
It's a perfect time to visit TJB Designs, she is having a Christmas in July Sale! You can find unique and beautiful handcrafted gifts for any crafter on your list!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

This Week's On Fire for Handmade Featured Artisan Is...Sebsurer...Knit and Crochet Touches by Seb!!

Are you On Fire for Handmade?

This weeks Featured Artisan is Sebnum and Duygu - Sebsurer. 

Beautiful Knit and Crochet fashions. A must have for every closet!

Hand-made Knitted and Crocheted Outwear and Accessories products made by me and my mother Duygu Anne ♥
All creations in our shop are limited edition and unique...  Our inspiration comes from everything, everywhere.  We live to discover, create, share and love

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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

The Etsy Jewelry Corner Visits Lunaessence!

Welcome back to The Etsy Jewelry Corner!  Today we are visiting Lunaessence Handmade Artistic Jewelry and Handbags!  Owner Diana Marie LaRocca Saputo is from the Albany area and established this business in 2008.  Here you will find an assortment of jewelry making styles from artfully designed beaded gemstone necklaces to hand formed bracelets, wire earrings and pendants. Materials used  are primarily gemstones, semi precious gemstones, pearls, wood,czech glass,seed beads, sterling silver, bronze,brass, gunmetal, and copper .
Diana's handbags are a one of a kind design created using beautiful and heavy upholstery fabrics .

 Some of Diana's wonderful designs are shown here...there are more in her Etsy shop so stop by and visit her soon!

Places to find Lunaessence:
In addition to being a fabulous jewelry designer, Diana is also founder of Lunaessence's Arts and Crafts World Expo and is Captain of the Etsy team.  This amazing community of handmade artisans come together to support, cross promote, and inspire each other.  And whether they are soap artists, jewelry designers, fiber artists, photographers, or work in paper arts, they are always on the message that Diana herself lives every day: handcrafted goods are a high quality alternative to big box items and stimulate both local and global economies.  That being said, this group's primary mission is to get the word out about the talented handmade artists within the group and beyond.  Use the Twitter hashtag #lacwe to see what wonderful things this group is creating and take a look at their Facebook Group Page and see where it all began.

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Vintage Style Czech Glass Pearl Earrings by ZurDesigns...choose from six bold and beautiful colors!!

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Monday, June 25, 2012

This weeks On Fire for Handmade Featured Artisan is Kostas - Artistico!

This weeks Featured Artisan is Kostas - Artistico!

Kostas Tsipos

I have always been a creative person. Ever since I can remember my self, I wanted to work with anything that had to do with art. Being able to express myself through art and to better understand the world around me is a journey I never want to end...

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Are you On Fire for Handmade?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Great Quote!

The Etsy jewelry corner visits My Gemstone Designs!

What can I say about Hazel Chadbourne Wollbrinck? Not only is she a talented handmade jewelry designer, she is also a wonderful supporter of everything handmade! Whether it's in her role as a team leader of On Fire for Handmade Team or as a valued member of the overall handmade community, Hazel is tireless in her support of her fellow handmade artists and the handmade movement itself.
Hazel's business is My Gemstone Designs, and is based in a a small town in Wyoming where she work out of her home. Her shop features handcrafted quality necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. All Hazel's jewelry is one of a kind and ready to ship and custom orders are alway's welcome. There are many styles to choose from to fit your individual taste and personality. Hazel's beading style is classic, and the end results are simple designs to fit your everyday needs that never go out of style. Her jewelry is created using semi-precious gemstones, swarovski crystals, swarovski crystal pearls, freshwater pearls, seed beads, shells and more. For accent beads and clasps she uses sterling silver, 14K gold filled and 24K gold vermeil.

Places to find My Gemstone Designs:
If you are looking for one of a kind jewelry for a gift or for yourself, stop by and visit Hazel at My Gemstone Designs! If the size isn't right, just contact her, and she will work with you to make the perfect jewelry piece you will have for years to come.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Etsy Jewelry Corner Visits Jewelry by NaLa!

There are so many beautiful jewelry artisans that sell their designs on Etsy.  I thought I'd take this opportunity to showcase a few of them!  So welcome to the Etsy Jewelry Corner!

This week we are showcasing  Jewelry by Nala who features handmade jewelry in soft, delicate floral and vintage style, designed and created in her Chicago workshop. NaLa's goal is to offer a jewelry collection that appeals to a variety of tastes and styles. Shown here is just a small sampling of  her gorgeous designs!
Some places you can find Nala:
Not only is NaLa a highly talented jewelry artisan, she is also a staunch supporter of the handmade movement and energictally promotes fellow handmade artists.  She does this through social media, Etsy Treasuries, and maintaining active level of participation on some robust Etsy Teams  such as TAG Team, and On Fire for Handmade!

For whatever occasion, you owe it to yourself to visit Jewelry by Nala, and find something unique and feminine...not to mention stunning for someone special...or just for you! 

Monday, May 21, 2012

My Sister's Wreath

My sister Jude made this beautiful wreath using vines from her own back yard.  She added silk and dried flowers and tied it with a gorgeous ribbon.  When I moved into the cottage, it was the first thing I hung up. It went perfect on the front porch. 

One spring day I came home and realized there was an addition added to Jude's beautiful wreath...a robin's nest.  The babies were born a couple of week's ago and this Saturday, the last one flew away.  Talk about empty nest syndrome! 

It was amazing to watch and they seemed to accept me as part of the community.  Adult robins perched strategically in all the surrounding trees and came to the rescue of the babies whenever they thought there might be when a crow came too close.

The last hesitant baby hung out by my chair, working up the courage to fly.  It took alot of persuasion from both me and the other robins but he finally did it!  So cool!

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Window Shopping on Etsy!

On Etsy, your global marketplace for everything handmade, you will find handmade products and gifts for every occasion! And there is nothing better than a handmade gift to show you really care! This week's theme is: let's go window shopping on Etsy!!


Gardening Paper Pot Maker Spring planting Garden Seedlings FREE SHIPPING Spring Planting by

This is just a small sample of some of the wonderful things you will find on Etsy for the gardening lover in your your own search and take a peek yourself!

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

This Week's On Fire for Handmade Featured Artist is...Finding Charm!

This week's Featured Artisan - Finding Charm! Beautiful Creations at Budget Friendly prices!
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Saturday, January 28, 2012

This Week's On Fire for Handmade Featured Artisan is Dallas Soap Company!

This weeks Featured Artisan is Dallas Soap Company! Yummy goodies to indulge
yourself in! Spoil yourself rotten... visit Dallas Soap Company! 
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wednesday Window Shopping on Etsy 2012

Welcome to another edition of Wednesday Window Shopping on Etsy.  This week, I thought I'd concentrate on one of the over arching themes mentioned in "From Etsy’s Merchandising Desk: January 2012"--Valentine’s Day: Think love, hearts, Cupid and his arrow, red, pink, and white. Primary areas of focus for this holiday will include gifts for her, gifts for him, gifts for kids, jewelry, lingerie, love notes and cards, personalization, fashion, sweets & recipes, parties & decor, gag gifts, anti-Valentine, engagements & weddings, flowers & vases, and DIY ideas.
This is a big category to tackle...I may have to make this a multi-parter! So let's begin!

It's always nice to start with a about this wonderful VALENTINE DAY Pop Up Origamic Architecture Greeting Card by Bold Folds?

In the artist's own words: "Origamic Architecture (OA) involves the three-dimensional reproduction of architecture, geometric patterns, everyday objects, or other images, on various scales, using cutout and folded paper, usually thin paperboard."  Take a peek at the unique and wonderful creations in this Etsy shop!

Sweets for your sweet? Why don't you visit Binky's Fudge Shop? The fudge pictured here is Dark Chocolate but she carries many varieties: peanut butter, maple walnut, mint chocolate swirl, butter pecan, vanilla, rocky road...oh man, you're killing me Binky!!

"Homemade fudge made with an old traditional Mackinac Island recipe.
All natural ingredients are always used, like fresh cream, butter, pure flavor extracts and only the finest chocolate. Based on traditions of candy makers on Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan, Binky's Fudge brings the same quality and delicious taste to the entire Nation!"

Does your valentine have a sweet tooth for cookies? Make sure and visit Butter Blossoms, where you will find scrumptious handmade cookie treasures that are just as sweet to look at as they are to eat! Take for instance these wonderful Pink Sparkle Heart Mini Vanilla Butter Cookies! 

"Each little bite sized cookie is freshly baked to order from our signature batter recipe that includes only the highest quality ingredients. You will receive 5 dozen heart~shaped cookies, that are about 1 1/2" each. We use a vintage cookie press to create each one, and then hand decorate this listing in the following:♥ 2 dozen hearts with pale pink sanding sugar♥ 1 dozen hearts with white pearlized jimmies with a sprinkling of pale pink sanding sugar
♥ 2 dozen hearts with white sanding sugar & a sprinkling of pink edible glitter" Take a peek at all the wonderful cookies they have for Valentine's Day...and all year round!

And how about some sugar for the skin with this wonderful all over body scrub XOXO by Raw Olive?
"This is our sweetest body scrub in so many ways. Richly kissed with a delicious cherry vanilla scent, this embracing scrub says "I love you" in a unique way. Our totally yummy body scrubs are gentle and moisturizing. We use pure ingredients such as organic, raw sugar, cold-pressed olive oil, raw honey and pure essential oils to revitalize your skin and senses.
 Exfoliation is the key to keeping your skin refreshed and renewed. Organic, raw sugar removes dead skin cells and helps improve blood circulation, while promoting cell renewal. This is a very effective organic body scrub that provides thorough exfoliation and leaves your clean, renewed, unbelievably soft and wonderfully scented. "

After that invigorating treatment, no ordinary towel will do.  How about giving her the gift of a Classic Peshtemal Turkish Bath Towel by Bath Style?
"A peshtemal is a Turkish traditional towel used in the Turkish baths. It is also used to specify which region people are from and is a part of a deep cultural tradition. In some places, it's called pestamal or pestemal. There are many kinds of peshtamals, with different styles and colors in each local areas in Turkey. The peshtemal absorbs water as fast as a towel, dries very quickly, takes up less space and easy to carry and is therefore used as an alternative to the towel in bathrooms, pools, spas, beaches, sport facilities and for baby care.   The peshtemal fabric is made of cotton produced in hand-woven looms in Turkey."
 For a dinner and night on the town or an intimate and romantic evening at home, give her this beautiful Party Dress by The River of Romansk!
"This is a one-piece dress, whimsical and delightful.  Simply a dream come true.  The epitome of all things romantic and beautiful!" 
And for the perfect adornment, I suggest this Pink Opal Czech Glass Vintage Style Necklace by Jewelry by Nala
"A beautiful faceted 9x14mm Czech glass rondelle in stunning Pink Opal, wrapped in swirled antiqued brass bead caps, is the focal point of this handmade vintage style necklace. Delicate antiqued brass chains cut into various lengths dangle from the bottom of the bead, and a 19mm antiqued bronze flower spacer holds the bead to the dual antiqued brass chains. Floral spacers are added to the chain for extra added interest. Necklace is approximately 19.5 inches (49.5cm) and closes in back with a beautiful floral toggle clasp."

Well, we made a valiant start!  I think I will continue this Valentine theme next week...we have to touch on some gifts for men...not that their Valentine in that dress isn't a gift in itself!  And there's some great ideas out there for the little ones too!  Hope you enjoyed the feature! Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wednesday Window Shopping on Etsy 2012

One of my New Year's resolutions was to bring back my weekly feature, Wednesday Window Shopping on Etsy.  It was fun to do and there's nothing like featuring at least some of the wonderful handmade things that are available on Etsy!

In keeping with the feature, I will be using trends revealed in this month's "From Etsy's Merchandising Desk" as the basis of my theme.  There's quite a few of them to choose from but I thought I would begin with...
 Cottage chic decor and accessories

First up, from The Back Porch Shoppe, this wonderful LOVE 9x5.5 Shabby Cottage Pink Valentine's Day signSweet pink sign, "LOVE" is done is PALE PINK with SAND LETTERING & RIBBON, and embellished with AGED WHITE DOTS. Measures 9" wide x 5" high. Perfect sign for any, anniversary, birthday, valentine's day, or my favorite...a "just because". 

Secondly, we have this beautiful fine art photograph by Madden Photography!   TITLE:Romantic Pink Timeless Roses SIZE: 5x7. Printed on Metallic Endura Paper, which offers a beautifully saturated colorful print. Endura is strong and resistant to tearing and fading over the years!
Print is unmated and unframed, signed on the back, and shipped in sturdy packaging to protect photo:)

How about this beautiful Square Pillow Cover in gorgeous pink check by White Oak Room? Don't you just love the wooden button accent? "I believe every home can be comfy and beautiful with tons of personality. Pillows are an accessory that can change the look of a living room, bedroom, kitchen and sun room. I constantly change my pillow covers with the seasons or my mood and now you can too!!  One 16" x 16" handmade pillow cover done in PINK CHECK ON NATURAL COLORED LINEN fabric with a Wood Button Accent.♥ This listing is priced for one pillow cover ONLY, pillow inserts are NOT included. ♥ Envelope opening in the front. ♥ Designer fabric on both front AND back of all my pillow covers! All of my items are double stitched for durability."

And last but not least, this wonderful Sprinkled With Love Cottage Custom DollHouse by Cinderella Moments?  So much detail was put into this amazing little house!  "Sprinkled With Love Cottage is a custom, one of a kind dollhouse. This is a very sweet creation all white in and out.
Outside, i started with a wood structure and covered it with concrete to make a very strong house. Bonded to the concrete is the cardboard siding. Everything is painted in a antique white. The wood floor porch is gray. The front porch has a pink working chandelier. This light is battery powered as is the inside chandelier. The battery and switch are hidden in the chimney.
On the porch, I handmade a beehive out of clay sitting on an aged white table. There is a rake, shovel,. chair and watering can all made of metal. There's also a clay pot . The porch is bordered by a wire fence.
The house is covered on all 4 sides with 3 different types of vines. So romantic!"

Well, that's it for this week's feature.  Hope you enjoyed it.  Remember, this is just a fraction of the wonderful things you can find on Etsy, the world's handmade marketplace!  You really owe it to yourself to see what Cottage Chic Decor and Accessories you can find!  Take care and see you next week!

Monday, January 02, 2012

This Week's On Fire For Handmade Featured Artist is Catherine's Jewelry Design!

This weeks' Featured Artisan is Catherine Templeton - Catherine's Jewelry Design. Exquiste pieces created with love by a wonderful Artisan!

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    I am an MBA Jewelry Artisan and owner of Zur Designs.  I create handcrafted jewelry using only the highest quality materials such as sterling silver,semi-precious gemstones, swarovski crystals, and pearls.

    My designs are inspired by life, love, and the beauty that surrounds me from the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts to the wonderful beaches in Rhode Island...both I consider my home.