Changing pad clutch with wipes holder
Diaper clutch which folds out into a waterproof changing pad, and has a pouch to hold diapers and wipe case. This item comes with a matching wipes case. details »
Circle Bangles Set
These argentium sterling silver bangles are accentuated with fused circular hoops. A sleek modern design to dress up the plain everyday bangle. This set includes all three circle bangles. details »
Fused Glass and Silver Necklace – Emerald Green
A handcrafted fused glass piece in vibrant emerald green is the focal point of this silver teardrop necklace.
Michelle Obama and her youngest daughter Sacha enjoyed a European Vacation in Spain recently. I thought perhaps you might like to take a virtual trip to the land of las pampas and Paso Doble, the Reino de Espana. This first item is the perfect travel tote, whether you’re roaming the streets of Barcelona, or jet-setting in Marbella, which is where the bag’s designer, Martina Masini, resides.
Crochet is definitely one of those arts that can veer into the not-hip-at-all category of the world of handmade. A toilet paper roll cover made to look like a skirt with a plastic doll on top comes to mind. This is not the case with this cool brooch by Paz of Monicacaros.
I am a collector of brooches, old and new, and this one would be a very nice addition. Monicacaros is a made-up name, but the shop has some very real treasures—including a mouse named Roberto (he is Spanish after all).
My daughter is an animal lover, and horses are at the very top of the list. She gets that from her mom. I am terribly allergic to anything with fur, but I still ride horses whenever I get the chance. Thus, anything with a horse on it always gets my attention. I found this drawing by Olga Gal especially captivating. The colors are so simple but the composition is quite beautiful.
I am certain Michelle Obama and Sasha did some shopping, with Secret Service detail in tow, of course. Maybe if they had brought something back from their trip for the conservative media, they wouldn’t have been given such a hard time for stepping foot outside of the United States. How about one of these cute, handmade, plushies by Vega Lyrae? Seems like a good gift for the childish media personalities raising a ruckus. Seriously, Spain did win the World Cup–for goodness sake, shouldn’t someone congratulate them in person?
Gifts from the talented hands of textile and fiber artists are a wonderful way to celebrate the season. Below are just a few of the great pieces of work sure to delight someone on your gift list this year.
Sue Bleiweiss of Upton, MA is a full time mixed media fiber artist working with both fabric and paper, currently exploring the art of quilting, surface design, and book making. She is self published and has co-authored two books with Terri Stegmiller: Creative Ways with Fibre & Stitch and Creative Ways with Books & Journals. Her work can be found at her shop on etsy.
After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a major in ceramics, Betty Busby founded a custom tile manufacturing business in Los Angeles. After selling it to move to New Mexico in 1994, she has gotten more involved in fiber art, and exhibits in shows nationally and internationally. She creates her own raw materials, and has been dyeing her own fabric since she began quilting over 30 years ago. Her amazingly beautiful art quilts can be found at www.bbusbyarts.com, sales are through her etsy shop
Colin’s Creatures is a collection of hand carved, lifelike, fine porcelain wooly animals, primarily sheep figures. Heads, legs, horns are made from porcelain for its detail, while bodies are cast stone for stability and a wonderful substantial feel. The fur is a woven fabric of wool, mohair or alpaca from the same German source of used on Steiff teddy bears. These whimsical handmade pieces can be found at www.colinscreatures.com
Diana Hughes of dyedianadye uses a variety of shibori techniques to hand dye gorgeous garments and accessories. Her Soba Scarf series, funky hand dyed scarves that are composed almost entirely of fringe, can be worn in nine different eye catching variations. This is one very versatile accessory! Diana’s work can be found at www.dyedianadye.com
For more incredible textile and fiber artists see TAFA: The Textile & Fiber Art List.
I’m completely besotted with these little cube necklaces from Julian & Co. I love the idea of the necklace, the simple design of a “die” inscribed with the important dates and people in your life.
But what takes this above and beyond for me, is the fact that it’s not just a pretty piece of jewelry. It’s also a wax seal press. Yep, you heard me. Each necklace comes with sealing wax which you can then stamp with your necklace to make a lasting impression.
Do I find myself sealing a lot of letters with wax? Well, no, not at present. But I love the idea of sealing letters with wax. Writing more letters to friends and family is on my resolutions list for the new year. My husband called me a geek for getting so excited about a necklace that was also a wax seal but so be it! I love fountain pens too! And good old fashioned mail and sentimental jewelry. Here we have the perfect nexus of a few of my favorite things.
I think this clever necklace would make a spectacular & thoughtful holiday gift for a lucky recipient.
Flower Apron from Bale & Twine
One sharp looking handmade apron from Bale & Twine. The handy front pocket and blue leather detailing make this apron perfectly giftable.
Whether he’s strolling through the savannah, chilling in the jungle, or hanging out at the water hole, Rhinoceros can’t go anywhere without his bird pals. Painted in a whimsical storybook style full of fun and imagination, this painting is perfect for adding charm to a child’s room or nursery.… details »
Inspirational message in hand rendered text, digitally coloured and printed onto hessian embossed heavy bright white card.