Red and White Heart Valentine Quilted Fabric Postcard
This red and white Valentine from FabricGreetings is simplicity in itself. It features a red heart appliqued to a red and white floral background. The applique is done with a decorative machine stitch and features a small heart. A printed “happy valentines day” ribbon is also appliqued to the… details »
Garnet and 14k gold filled hoops
Small 14k gold filled circles have been wire wrapped with smoothed, faceted garnet rondelles. Each circle features 15-16 of these gorgeous magenta red gemstones. They remind me of little raspberries. Each hand formed and hammered circle drop hangs from small hand formed and hammered 21 gauge 14k gold filled… details »
Kangashrew the flannel monster
Kangashrew is flannel with securely stitched felt detail and measures 12″ in height. Like all of the flannel monsters, Kangashrew was designed to be cuddly yet durable. I make all of these adorable monsters with the same care I put into the original monsters I made for my son’s… details »
For me, there is no greater symbol of fall than the pumpkin. When my son was younger, I would always sign up to accompany his classes on their annual field trips to the pumpkin patch. There we would learn about the many varieties of pumpkins, sample a pumpkin treat and, finally, go on a short, bumpy hayride to the field itself. The ground would be muddy, but we would clamor excitedly out of the wagon to select our own pumpkins, paying little attention to the farmer’s instructions to “pick only what you can carry!”
Some of the children would quickly choose a small one and then turn their attention to the horse or tractor that brought us out to the patch. Others would go straight for the largest they could spot and then inevitably cry out for assistance, much to the chagrin of the teacher and the other parents. Quick to shirk my duties as a chaperone, I would set off on an exhaustive search for “the perfect pumpkin”; one worthy of gracing the centre of our dining room table (until it inevitably met its fate on Halloween).
It’s been on the handmade radar for years now, organic fabrics. I remember when finding them was like digging for gold and just as expensive. But with more and more market demand for eco friendly, organically made fabrics they are finally easier to source, come in nicer colors and patterns and penetrating the high fashion markets.
New York Fashion Weeks Spring 2010 Trends by Stylelist actually had organic fabrication as one of the top trends. When I first opened my shop on etsy you could find organic tote bags and t-shirts pretty easily, that was in 2007. As etsy sellers have become more fashion forward the designs have become more sophisticated too. Pretty Birdie’s Stephanie Teague really wowed me with this great trench coat.
Seattle: the home of rain, amazing coffee, and fabulous craft!
In Seattle, arts & crafts are big business! Michelle Manasse bought the Fireworks Gallery in 1985 and has since grown her business into a 5 store chain, carrying handmade goods from both the local area and around the world! Michelle’s goal is to bring fun & practical together, saying, “The medium is not as important as its ability to be functional and entertaining.” The galleries motto is to “Celebrate art in life.”
Earth Day is fast approaching and, while it might not spring to mind as a holiday that you would give gifts for, I found some awesome, eco-friendly handmade items that will make you want to buy Earth Day gifts for other people and for yourself.
Let’s start with the now ubiquitous “green” tote bag. Sure, you can buy one in the checkout line at the grocery store, but would that have adorable owls on it like this great tote from The Craft Pantry? Not only is this bag tote-ally cute (ha!), but it is also made of 100% recycled cotton.
Continuing with the owl theme is this onesie / tee from Sweet 3 Leaf Prints. I love that you can share your affection for mother Earth in such a fun way with your kids!
Next up on the Earth Day wish list are these fabulous bowls created by Cinderelish. These bowls come in multiple colors and I love the fact that the way she writes eARTh puts the emphasis on Art!
So, let’s say you really want to go all out on earth day, and get something special for an important man in your life. I recommend these beautiful mother of pearl cuff links from The Cuft Lynx. What a stylish and savvy way for your guy to show his commitment to the environment! Makes me wish my hubby ever wore cuff links!
And, while we’re on the subject of adding a little sparkle to your outfit, here is a gorgeous recycle necklace, made by the Heather Curry Collection. Simple, sophisticated, and eco-conscious!
Maybe you’re looking for a small token to remind you of the importance of Earth Day. Perhaps something you will use frequently and love every time you look at it! I recommend this wonderful Little Bird measuring tape made from felt that is 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. Drop in at Malama Kids to see this and other fun felted pieces.
Apparently I was hungry when I was looking for Earth Day items, because one of my favorite selections this week is this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough soap made by Savor. Now if only I could convince myself to not eat it!
Want to do more than buy organic or recycled items? How about making your own laundry detergent? Even if you don’t feel up to making it from scratch, you can order this Vegan laundry soap base from Shower Treat Soap. They’ll even include recipes for you!
And while you are patting yourself on the back for doing something great for the earth, why not do some planting too, with these sunflower seed implanted hang tags from Romeo 2 Juliet. Just imagine the lovely blooms that you will soon be enjoying!
Hopefully, these products help you to see how easy it is to by earth friendly on earth day, and every day! Next week we’re going to get ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!