Intricate delights

These felt cuffs and rings (yes rings!) are so detailed and intricate. The attention to detail is heartwarming.

bio: The word Waterrose is special to me and my creativity was influenced and inspired by my grandmother. My mother was an embroidery artisan and with patience and love she taught me many of the stitches that you see in my creations. My paternal grandmother was an extraordinary quilter and she spent time with me cutting pieces, sewing and then making a quilt. I was embraced in traditional arts growing up. I collect textiles, vintage and new, to make many of my creations.

With the loving knowledge given to me by these special women I create items that I hope bring joy to your life.

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  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
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  • A pincushion for every day
  • Win a lovely felt necklace
  • Crescent Maille
  • Woolly Fabulous

Win some great goodies

Update: the winner is Nessa!

Feel that in the air? It’s time for a giveaway! Get in line for a chance to win these fab goodies. Some are handmade, and others encourage you to do the making yourself. Come to think of it, these would all make great Valentine’s Day gifts for yourself or someone you really Heart. Read on to find out more :)

Prize one is your choice of any 3 soaps from All the Best Intentions. Aren’t they gorgeous? value: $15.

Then we have this pair of wonderful earrings from JMW Jewelry. With these lovelies you’ll be all set for Spring. value: $23.

Next is a 10ml ‘Stolen Cookie’ fragrance by Magickal Realism. “Developed as an example for an aphrodisiacs class, Stolen Cookie has a combination of scent-flavors for a naughty nibble. Spearmint, vanilla, and ginger are blended for their stimulating and delicious effects. You can hide this in your pocket for a clandestine scent-snack all day.” value: $34.

Next up, get your choice of a make-your-own spa product kit by From Nature With Love. You can choose one: Black Raspberry Salt Scrub, Candy Cane Sugar Scrub, Cocoa Almond Whipped Body Butter, Cranberry Pumpkin Salt Scrub, Jasmine & Acai Berry Hair Oil, Milk & Honey Facial, Rainbow Sprinkle Bath Tub Cookies, or Vanilla Almond Whipped Lip Butter. value: $12 – $23.

The next prize is a fabulous book: “100 Applique Motifs” by Ismoyo. “Cute, creative ways to enjoy applique. Crammed with scores of easily transferable designs, this book will teach crafters how to customize everything from T-shirts, skirts, and bed linen, to bags, hats and neckties – even quilts!” Whether you use it for applique or just peruse for inspiration, this is a great addition to your library. value: $15.

And finally, this cute charm necklace from Momomatic. Lotta is a hoot, and her jewelry is lighthearted and fun. value: $5.

To enter to win it all, just leave a comment on this post — easy! You must be 18 or older, one entry per person, please. US mailing addresses only. Prize value $115. Contest ends Midnight Pacific Time, Monday, January 26th, 2009. Officially Boring Contest Rules.

Good luck!

  • Handknit Hugs
  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Spring Organization: Workspaces
  • A pincushion for every day
  • Win a lovely felt necklace
  • Crescent Maille
  • Woolly Fabulous

Be involved in your own democracy

Head over to President-Elect Obama’s Change.org site and vote up the “Save Small Business From the CPSIA” Idea for Change. The top 10 ideas get presented to Obama, and currently this one is number 6. Add your vote to make sure this issue stays at the top of the list so it can get the attention it deserves. You’ll need to register if you haven’t already, but it is very quick and easy. (And after you vote, check out the other proposals and vote for the ones closest to your heart.)

Thank you to The Handmade Toy Alliance for getting the proposal up there and providing excellent support to those wishing to change the CPSIA to accommodate small business owners. Here’s their concise summary of the effect of this law:

The CPSIA simply forgot to exclude the class of children’s goods that have earned and kept the public’s trust: Toys, clothes, and accessories made in the US, Canada, and Europe. The result, unless the law is modified, is that handmade children’s products will no longer be legal in the US. If this law had been applied to the food industry, every farmers market in the country would be forced to close while Kraft and Dole prospered.

  • Handknit Hugs
  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Spring Organization: Workspaces
  • A pincushion for every day
  • Win a lovely felt necklace
  • Crescent Maille
  • Woolly Fabulous

Spreading the handmade word

vivalamoda coverA fabulous new online magazine has just published its first issue on Handmade Fashion, and you really must check it out. VivaLaModa is a stylish, well-designed look at indie designers and trends, and it is a great and lovely read.

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See what I mean? Contributors for this first issue are Aster, Kay Tse, Lori Ward, Randi Eccleston, Lora Dégraff, Karina Gallo, Diana Rajchel, Estefanía Nava, and the Editor is Ainhoa. Go stop by and tell them I said hello. I can’t wait for issue 2.

  • Handknit Hugs
  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Spring Organization: Workspaces
  • A pincushion for every day
  • Win a lovely felt necklace
  • Crescent Maille
  • Woolly Fabulous

Love, Nature, Earth

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three-wished-detailBlue Poppy Jewelry is created by pairing the beauty of fine metals with raw, organic elements from the earth. Each piece is created with a heartfelt compassion for life, love and nature. All elements of our jewelry are made within the United States with environmentally friendly choices made wherever possible.

The goal behind many of our pieces is to create stylish jewelry with a very subtle significance — jewelry that has a strong personal connection with the wearer without being obvious.

We, as mothers, sisters, wives, and friends, strive to create a line of fine jewelry for women…to honor those in our lives who mean the world. Enjoy!

  • Handknit Hugs
  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Spring Organization: Workspaces
  • A pincushion for every day
  • Win a lovely felt necklace
  • Crescent Maille
  • Woolly Fabulous