Violet Flower Hair Pins Set
A pair of steel hair pins featuring elegant Purple-Violet flowers.
green tree pendant
Mossy Green Leather Bookmark with Pastel Metallic Beads in Easter Egg Colors
My handmade beaded Mossy Green Leather Bookmark with Pastel Metallic Beads in Easter Egg Colors is a pretty combination of metallic colors. These shining pastel beads look like Easter eggs. This would look bright and pretty hanging out of the top of your book! Unique and inexpensive, my bookmarks… details »
Like it or not, most pets (of the feline and canine varieties, anyway) need neckwear, to keep them safely identified or likewise on a leash. Collars might not be a pet’s favorite thing, but they don’t have to be unfashionable – or uncomfortable, for that matter.
Whiskerkisses offers white button-down collars to combine with regular and bowties for a most fashionable statement (and just in time for Independence Day.)
I had a very memorable time this weekend, a few of us bridesmaids were lucky enough to be able to join my cousin as she chose her wedding dress! We drove over the border, a popular pastime for us Canadians when the dollar is high, and were rewarded for our efforts. Of course, even after trying on 20 dresses – the first dress was “the one”. It’s so often that that is the way, huh? We also chose our bridesmaid dresses too – so that was pretty exciting. I’m looking forward to dressing up and celebrating, big time! On the way back we were treated to an unusual snowstorm (we usually never get snow this late in the year) which made for some very interesting driving! We laughed it off and enjoyed the occasional treacherous patch, with the car sliding just slightly out of control. Because driving conditions weren’t ideal a few of us found ourselves on public transit for part of the trip, but that just added to the fun. All in all it was nice to get home, and to have a nice cup of tea as you can imagine.
Without further ado I’d like to share a wonderful – new to me – site with you, Wedzu. I figure this is the time of year that brides are starting to get more serious about planning for their upcoming summer nuptials – so the timing is perfect. This online marketplace for indie and handmade sellers is dedicated to weddings exclusively, making browsing a real treat. Shop from invitations, jewelry, accessories, and much more!
For brides wanting a more casual look I found the above sweet, short wedding dress style from: KT Jean.
I couldn’t pass up sharing these fun and sweet decorations with you from Party Poms!
Andrea Bonelli’s creations are nothing short of stunning, and I think you’ll want to drop a hint or two about this shop to your fiance to be before he starts ring shopping.
I’ve seen so many brides in beautiful veils and gorgeous floral hair accessories these last couple of years, I love this one from Chinny Lulu!
For all those brides to be out there – I hope your planning is going smoothly! Would love to hear about your fun handmade bridal finds in the comments section.
Why do you buy handmade? Is it a priority for you? In the past, to be honest, I bought from Etsy sheerly because of the amazing variety and the affordability of certain items.
Over the years my thinking changed. Before starting my blog I did a lot of research and it gave me the hard facts I needed to shift my spending patterns. I read in article after article from mainstream and well respected newspapers about continued concerns with the conditions for workers in overseas factories. Further to that it was noted that many factories do not have appropriate environmental standards.
The transition to shopping handmade hasn’t been perfect for me. Overall I find myself shopping a lot less generally. This probably isn’t a bad thing – but I do find from time to time that I buy things at the mall that could be found on Etsy or at smaller shops here in Vancouver that carry clothing and other items that are manufactured in North America.
Scoutie Girl wrote an interesting post the other day and one point in particular that she made really hit home for me. To really increase my spend on handmade products – I’m going to need to plan ahead.
So – I started tonight. I need a good messenger style bag – and sure I could find one at pretty much any mall location. And it would probably be cheaper than the gorgeous grey letter bag that I found from Moop. And I’d be able to get it tomorrow and not wait a few weeks to receive it. But since I can wait, and because I want to support handmade and everything it stands for – this is the one I’m planning to get.
I’d love to hear your story and how buying handmade fits into your life!