Art Nest

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Art Nest is a place to celebrate everyday beauty, hard work, living creatively, artistic achievements and remembering to live simply.

I make these pincushion rings using my favorite fabrics, lush colored wool felt and nickel free, silver plated adjustable rings. I’ve been using mine for nearly four months now. I don’t think I can ever go back to storing my pins in a red tomato.Wearing my pincushion ring allows for more freedom while I sew at my machine. When not in use, I hang the pincushion on the bobbin winder.

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  • Handknit Hugs
  • Fiber Jewelry by Susan Sanders
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Crescent Maille
  • Spring Organization: Workspaces
  • A pincushion for every day
  • Fabric Balloon Ball For Big & Little Kids
  • Gung hay fat choi!

The Animals of Etsy

Above print is from Berkley Illustration.

One of the very fun themes you’ll find on Etsy? Animals.

From cute and cuddly to somewhat scary and everything in between, animals are very popular.

What you’ll need to decide is if you’d like a t-shirt, art, jewelry, accessories, wall decals or something else, perhaps?

I think the theme today is bringing the zoo home – but with no need for permits, a litterbox, or veterinarian’s appointments. I hope you’ll join me as I search through Etsy for some of the best animals I can find.

I know birds have been wildly popular over the years, and with good reason too. They’re beautiful animals and they inspire us to dream great dreams and envision bright futures. Their wings, soaring, remind us to believe and to have hope for the future.

Birds

1). Revisions 2). Craft Madness 3). Joom

Squirrels. Yes, I said squirrels. I know someone must be pretty fond of them as Etsy has 130 pages of squirrels, of which I’ve shared just a few favourites below. Some might say a squirrel is just a rodent – but I’d say, as rodents go – they’re pretty cute.

1). Dillon Designs 2). Tinymeat 3). Concentric

Just because they’re slow doesn’t mean they can’t be pretty darn adorable. Not sure which animal I’m referring to? The turtle, cute – perhaps not cuddly – but reliable!

1). e.soule 2). Ching’s Tote Shop 3). Lodge

So there you have it – a sample of the animals of Etsy… Hope this inspires you to do some searching to see where your favourite animals are hiding on Etsy!

  • Handknit Hugs
  • Fiber Jewelry by Susan Sanders
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Crescent Maille
  • Spring Organization: Workspaces
  • A pincushion for every day
  • Fabric Balloon Ball For Big & Little Kids
  • Gung hay fat choi!

The Wizarding World of Fashion

Yes, I am not ashamed to admit it: I am a Harry Potter fan! So much so, we have saved up to take the family to Harry Potter World in Florida later this year, and we simply cannot wait to see the next film in the series next week. We have been the family who have queued up outside the bookshop at midnight when the new books have come out and read them non-stop; we bought the Hogwarts scarves, the wands, the wands the following year when the newer edition had pretty lights, and and we have also been the ones (husband excluded) dressing up to go to the cinema on the opening night.

Unfortunately this year my daughter’s still on her school camp on that first night, so we have to wait a whole 3 days! Now we are completely used to being accused of being very uncool as far as the Harry Potter thing is concerned (they either haven’t read the books or are jealous of J K Rowling’s success), but even I had my doubts as to whether dressing up not on the first night, is too much. Those doubt were quickly quashed though, and we are now busy planning what to wear!

A quick internet search reveals some amazing fan-made costumes, but sadly they mostly aren’t for sale. On Etsy, I absolutely love this one above by Bbeauty Designs of Bellatrix lestrange’s outfit. Evil and nasty though the character is, there’s no doubt that Helena Bonham Carter always gets to play the most interesting people and wear the best clothes.

The detail by limebarb that has gone into re-creating the uniform of the Beauxbaton students is amazing! It is just like the ones in the films.

Lastly I love this charm bracelet by 1luckysoul. What a fantastic idea. It has kind of a steampunk edge to it too and is so original.

The only sad thing is, this is the very last film!

  • Handknit Hugs
  • Fiber Jewelry by Susan Sanders
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Crescent Maille
  • Spring Organization: Workspaces
  • A pincushion for every day
  • Fabric Balloon Ball For Big & Little Kids
  • Gung hay fat choi!