Handmade Hellos: Fresh Greeting Card Projects from First-Rate Crafters
“Signed sealed delivered! In this delightful book card-making mavens Eunice and Sabrina Moyle of Hello!Lucky letterpress gather together more than 25 projects from today’s most talented paper artists. Simple instructions outline card- and envelope-folding basics plus how to screen print use a Print Gocco machine hand-bind emboss stamp stencil and much more. Ready-to-use patterns and spiral binding ease the process while easy-to-follow directions cute illustrations and finished project photos make it a cinch to create stacks of boutique-worthy greeting cards.” → more info
Summer is the perfect time to hit the hiking trails and reconnect with the great outdoors. Find the nearest forest preserve or “hike” an urban landscape and get to know a new area near your home. Whether it’s a beautiful view or a building you never noticed before, when you explore on foot, you’ll be surprised at what you discover.
The key to a successful hike is the right gear. These lightweight and loose fitting denim shorts from Rachel Jane NYC will keep you cool and looking cute no matter where you go. The large pockets are perfect for storing any interesting found objects you may pick up along the way.
This navy blue and white striped tank from ET AL., ETC. is the perfect versatile summer piece. It’s casual enough to wear on the hiking trails, but stylish enough to set you apart from the other urban hikers. Made of breathable cotton fabric, this top is the perfect way to beat the heat along the trail.
You never know what Mother Nature will have in store. Make sure that you’re prepared, come rain or cold weather with this pink and black cotton zip up jacket by kitco. Stylish and functional, the large collar can be pulled around your neck to keep you warm if the weather takes an unexpected turn for the worse.
You’ll need to carry a few essentials with you while you’re on your hike. This cute cotton hip pouch, a more stylish version of the fanny pack, by LMcreation is the perfect solution. It’s big enough to fit a cell phone, a few snacks and anything else you may need; plus, it will keep you hands free. Best of all, it comes in a variety of colors to match every outfit.
Start your weekend off with an adventure! Hit the trails or the sidewalk, whatever it may be, and see what you discover right in your own backyard.
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.
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.
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!
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!
YUM! My feet are freezing as I type this, and these look amazing! Head over to The Crocodile Rock and get them before I do.
bio: I’m a work-at-home mom with a kid and a lovely husband (who always helps with the housework when he can :), and a passionate knitter and sewer with a taste for the cute and the cuddly :) I think my kid is my real, true inspiration for my work (he loves it, the croc in my avatar is the one I made for him is his favorite).
My sewing and knitting “career” started way back when I was a little girl with my grandma. I spent a lot of my winters at grandma’s mountainside cottage, helping my grandma with the family recipes and knitting and sewing with her; I’ve been doing it ever since, and I have no regrets.
Booger and Tash is the sweet as sugar brainchild of a mother of three who learned to sew on her Nanny’s old 1960’s Singer when she was ten. Vickie, the shop owner, has filled her shop with super cute stuff for moms, infants and children, including several items that I was pleasantly surprised to come across, like her collection of wonderfully vintage-looking Little Man Neckties. And, my personal favorite: the I Made You a Mix Tape burp cloth.
Grandma will kiss his little cheeks clean off when she sees him in one of these.
You know what? It doesn’t matter what medium we’re using to record music, a mix tape will always be a mix tape. It’s up to us to pass this knowledge on to the next generation, so why not use burp cloths? Start early I say.
Vickie also makes an adorable collection of hair accessories as well, sized teensy, which I can appreciate. I’ve got two young girls, and when they were in the baby and toddler stage, it was difficult at times to find really cute, modern hair clips that didn’t cost a fortune. These are hip and stylish, cute and girly, and totally affordable. So, stock up.
I love that the ribbon and fabrics she uses are so bright and modern and yet somehow look a little retro. One of my other favs from the shop are her Pacifier Clips. No giant plastic dump trucks or Dora the Explorer heads dangling from baby’s hem. Just a simple cloth tape with wonderful vintage style. And bonus, these can also be used a toy leash on a stroller or carseat.
Be sure to check out her burp cloths, and bibs (the Bandana Bibs are especially cute) as well as her luscious Minky Blankets. I especially enjoy this Orange Bumblebee pattern.