I can’t stop looking at these.
By Ric Stultz.
I can’t stop looking at these.
By Ric Stultz.
Stylish BIB NECKLACE with assorted colors, a bright combination of shades of purple with orange and blue. Handmade with a gold plated chain and a blue s… [more]
Step back in time to those childhood moments at the fair or carnival with this sepia toned phot… [more]
Stained glass sushi serving sets: We cut down large panels of raw stained glass and grind those cut portions to fit molds. The cut and groun… [more]
Summer days have faded and we’re heading into the holidays. What better time though, to reaffirm a special friendship and say, “You’re a pal for all seasons!” Friendship bracelets from Camp Smartypants keep those friendship campfires burning.
I love these cards and bracelets almost as much now, as I did when I was a kid. It’s the perfect thing for a tween to drop in the mail to tell a friend they are thinking of them, whether they live next door or their parents job has transferred them to the other side of the globe.
The card that these come with are what makes them extra special and perfect for holiday season gifting. Why wait for the summer months to make your friends feel special?
Jane of Sweet Dixie Designs began painting furniture as a creative outlet after graduating college 25 years ago. With a degree in Textile Design, painting furniture began as a fun outlet. She painted rocking chairs and stools to give friends as baby gifts and then it just grew into a business. Her experience ranges from painting large items such as armoires to smaller home accessories and she has sold them through craft shows and stores. After taking some time off from painting while her children were little, she wanted to get back to being creative. She found Etsy and opened her store selling photo frames in November. These frames are a great way to add color and pattern into your home decor and to showcase your special photos. Isn’t the little scalloped detail along the edges sweet?
Jane is inspired by what she sees happening in home decor magazines and even fashion magazines. You can definitely see her textile background in her fabric-influenced patterns.
I have always loved color and pattern and like the idea that at first glance it may look like the frame is covered in paper or fabric and then you realize that it is paint. My style isn’t really modern or traditional, I just like what I like.
Jane is a mom of three and her fourth child is her “Sweet Dixie” a rescued greyhound, her shop’s namesake. She enjoys finding new patterns and colors and hopes to add a variety of items to her shop as time goes on.
I think buying handmade is so important. After being out of the craft market for a while coming back into it I now see how many people make a living from their art. The time and care that goes into each item cannot be duplicated.
Sweet Dixie Designs frames would make great gifts for that upcoming baby shower or wedding. Go visit her shop, there are tons of great designs and color schemes to choose from!
First off, the name of this shop, Love Monkey, makes me smile. I refer to my kids as monkeys quite often, so this just seemed like the kind of place where I ought to shop. Second off, the cute wooden toys and games they offer also make me smile. I love the Happy Gnomes. They look earnest and willing to play the role of dwarf, or even elf in a pinch, if your child’s imagination requires it. Third off, there’s much more to see as you explore this little shop: stuffed toys, baby tees and onesies, even wedding and party favor packs. All of this makes for more and more smiles.
Andrea, the owner, says in her shop profile that the idea was born out of her desire to make things for her son. As a mother of two young children myself, I can appreciate how much kids enjoy little wooden toys for make-believe play. Andrea’s toys are a great size for small hands, with bright, yet soft colors that don’t obscure the beauty of the wood grain.
She calls these little guys robots, but I’m also seeing knights, ninjas, or little guys with magic microwaves in their tummies. That last one was suggested by my six year old when she saw the picture.
And when you need a little quiet time so you can make a phone call, or finish a little work? Moms know, it’s time to break out a good game. A good game is one that the kids can play themselves without adult help, and that, afterwards, you can scoop into a handy drawstring pouch and store away until the next time you need a moment. Enter the Home Is Where The Heart Is Memory Game, a classic game with a sweet motif. Gotta love it!
For more fun handmade toys and accessories, visit their shop.