Elsylee: Indulge in a delicious Southern Treat with melt-in-your-mouth rich buttery-brown sugar goodness. These Crisp Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies are Topped with a Honey Roasted Georgia Pecan. These have been described as “Crispy Pecan Pie experience”.
My clay table. I do all my clay work on this old workbench.
shelves for greenware & bisque
My little painting area… (thank goodness for folding tables)
Fold away card table. Perfect glazing table (and for paintings too)
My beading space, with my magnifier light. Everything’s within reach.
My front yard…lots of my inspirations are found here (especially in the summer).
I’ve been doing ceramics as a hobby off & on, for over 20 years. Basically, I’ve only sold enough to buy my equipment & supplies.
Just last year my husband put up a wall in the garage, and a furnace on my side of it, so I can have an actual studio!
I tend to make a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces. Although I started doing ceramics from store-bought greenware (& I do have some moulds,) I rarely use them anymore, preferring to build my own pieces from a lump of clay.
My favourite thing to do is painting (& glazing.) I love to work with bright colours and shiny finishes.
I have a family & day job, that keep me busy too, but now that my kids are young adults, I have more time for painting, or making jewelry, or working with clay.
Since I started my etsy shop (Nov 08) I’ve spent a lot of time on the computer, learning to edit photos, blog, twitter, facebook…etc.
There’s always so much to learn, and try. I never get bored.
Have you ever bought Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray or something like it? I have, and I love it for that messy just back from the beach look, but the price and mega chemicals leave something to be desired.
Enter Rainwater Botanicals.
Beachy goodness for your hair, and made by an actual person. Win win!
This post, like my last, focuses on the work of a single artist. Sometimes, the work of an artist catches my eye and one photo or little snippet of their work isn’t enough to do their beautiful work justice. So this week, I bring to you: Elegance Farm Homestead.
Elegance Farm Homestead creates beautiful, one of a kind, handmade magnetic memo boards. From Caldwell, New Jersey, artists Jane and John design their sophisticated bulletin boards for just about any room in your home. Use them in your nursery, dorm room, office, or even for special occasions such as a bridal shower or wedding reception for display menus, photographs, seating cards, and so on!
The artists at Elegance Farm Homestead take inspiration from the simple, crisp cottage style and currently reside in a turn-of-the-century colonial farmhouse. Their appreciation of the simple, elegance of this style is clearly seen in each piece of their work. The small details in the frames and accessories make a huge statement.
They offer a wide range of fabric options for your custom designed piece. The fabrics you can choose from are bold, graphic, and simply beautiful. The wooden frames are handmade as well. Jane and John use their own, original designs to stand apart from the rest and have several different size options to fit in with any space and decor. Buy a few different shapes/sizes and piece them together in a unique arrangement to create a functional focal point in your room.
Add some interest to your work spaces and beyond with these one of a kind creations by Elegance Farm Homestead and stop by their shop frequently to see all of their newest work!
Have you noticed a certain lack of posting around here? While the amazing columnists have been bringing the beauty every day, over the past couple of weeks I have only managed to slip in a few posts a week.
Would you like to know what I’ve been up to? Well, I’ve souped-up the Try Handmade site and extended many features to help you get to know and trust and love and adore handmade even further.
In addition to the Try Handmade Blog, we now have the Try Handmade Gallery.
You know sites like Digg and Kirtsy? Well it is kind of like those, but with more of a focus on images. Makers go to the Gallery and , and then you get to browse around the lovliness and vote for your favorites. The items with the most votes bubble up to the front page, so in addition to you getting exposed to more handmade goodness, you’re helping lucky makers get more visibility for their craft.
Another new area to explore is the Try Handmade Expo*.
It is currently low on exhibitors (hint hint to the makers out there) but as it fills up, you’ll be able to browse this business directory full of folks who make their wares themselves. It’s like a shopping mall, but better because when you shop there, you have the opportunity to get to know the person who made what you are buying.
And finally, we now have a forum called Try Handmade Talk*.
You can head over there to just chit chat of course, but you can also browse the latest sales and deals from handmade sellers. This area too is currently a little sparse, but once it ramps up, it is going to be a fantastic space to discover where to get your favorite products for less.
Oh, and here’s something I think is pretty cool. You can now get Try Handmade on your Kindle.
Even if you don’t plan on subscribing with a Kindle, I’d still love a review of the Try Handmade Blog on Amazon. Now through the end of June I’ll give anyone who writes a review their choice of a free month of advertising or a $50 contribution to Kiva :)
And if you’ve found anything I’ve broken with all this tinkering, feel free to report it. I truly want to hear about it if you’re having a problem with the site. There’s also a new contact page which very clearly tells you where to go to get in touch with me for all sorts of reasons. (Makers: now when you advertise, your ad appears on the whole network.)
Phew, writing this post feels almost as involved as completing this redesign — oh yeah, did I mention that I redesigned the look and feel of the site too?
So now that you know how I’ve been spending my nights and weekends, I’d like to hear from you all about any other ways I could make learning how to shop handmade easier, more fun and fulfilling.
Let me know, won’t you?
( * Update Oct 2009: I’ve taken down the Expo and the Forum due to low traffic. )