>At this point, I know I have well over 30 pages full of “hearted” Etsy favourites. You would think that I would learn to curb the habit – but instead, I’ve decided to spread it (to you)!
Thanksgiving is coming, and it seems like all of the latest items I’ve added to the annuls of my Etsy obsession play perfectly into a kind of survival kit for the season.
This handmade casserole dish by Glazed Over is almost to pretty to fill with food – but what a perfect gift for the Thanksgiving host/hostess/head chef. Bringing it filled with whipped sweet potatoes with some caramelized apples on top would score even more points (in fact, I might just invite you to my place for Thanksgiving). Of course, if this lovely dish were mine, it would be coming back home with me – but for you generous souls, it really is a nice way to say “thanks”!
For the drive to visit relatives that live a distance away, a soft, hand-spun skein of yard like this Sand Stone merino and Llama blend by On The Round comes in handy. Rather than staring out the window, you can try your hand at knitting or crochet. Yet, I’ve found with so many of these yarns that they are too much a work of art just as they are to knit them into anything. The solution: more and more scarves and cowls out there have a multi-strand appearance that you can create just by making some large loops of yarn and securing them all together in several spots.
This cloche is made in Italy by Monjio Creations. I like to envision myself wearing this as I travel to the exotic locale (Delaware) of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner – alighting from my 1920’s Bentley roadster, with a little Italian greyhound under one arm (etc., etc.). It would be lovely paired with a light tan, trench-styled coat . . . unless, like me, you don’t have one. Then it’s just a doubly good excuse to get a light tan, trench-styled coat.
I’m not entirely aware of the hidden powers of mint – but this Gentleman Wolf Tea from Bittersweet Apothecary sounds like a perfect sort of teasan for after a big meal. Plus, the packaging is fantastic.
This one needs no explanation. Sister Cat slippers by ing00te . . so cute . . . perfect for sudden bouts of relaxation brought on by tryptophan.
Eliza and Axel‘s gorgeous Beatrice Tee also finds its way into my Thanksgiving revelry as well – though maybe just too nice to chance spilling gravy on. This needs to be saved for seeing a movie or going out the Friday night after Thanksgiving. Top it with a wrap sweater – or maybe just a light, long sleeved shirt underneath.
In order to make room for fresh colors and designs, some older bangle sets and necklaces will be having their final hurrah! That means that once they are gone . . . they are gone! I wanted to make sure that there was one last chance to snag these pieces before the holidays.
Here are the latest cuts:
Turkish Delight Bangles
Candied Fig Bangles
East Indies – Calcutta Bangles
East Indies – Sumatra Bangles
East Indies – Tibet Bangles
I’m making sure that there is at least one of each of these items on both my Etsy and 1000 Markets shops – but don’t miss out! If you’ve had your eye on some enameled goodies that happen to be on this list . . . my only advice to you is carpe diem!
Some new pieces of arm candy will be taking the place of the past favourites – not to mention a few more necklaces and earring sets. An entire collection of pieces inspired by frost will be offered in my Etsy shop starting Nov. 1st! All of this new line of work is enameled in trendy palette of greys, nudes and white – with lots and lots of creamy, luminous pearl accents.
(I think a few sneak peaks are in order, since I am very excited about these new lovelies.) More to come!
It has taken a while, but finally I have been amassing some new work! I took some time out from creating enameled pieces to start a new line of sterling silver jewelry with hand-painted miniatures. I can’t wait until I get some more of these pieces made, so the that collection will feel a bit more complete.
On the chilly night that first opened the box containing this set of hand-crafted earrings from SugarSpoon, I remember being instantly enamoured. I could not have imagined just how intricate and eye catching these earrings were until I saw them for myself! They were cold in my hands from spending the afternoon in the mail box – and they were as light as a pair of snowflakes.
Heather Beauchene is the artisan behind all of the sweet delights that SugarSpoon has to offer. Perhaps the most striking aspect of Heather’s jewelry is just how fine each bead is – apparently smaller than any currently manufactured. Each unique set of earrings is crafted from antique seed beads ranging in size from 18/0 to 22/0 per bead (the smallest currently made is 15/0). “I love to work with colour” says Heather, “And the tiny seed beads have given me the chance to do that with out having to set gem stones. I’ve been using them since I was a teenager.”
Heather is a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently taking some time away from her job as a bench jeweler and jewelry designer to spend time with her new baby.
Each set of earrings in SugarSpoon’s shop is a hybrid of rich, textural color and an artful homage to organic, nature-inspired forms. The set I was given reminds me of delicate, pink coral branches – though a much more tasteful and eco-friendly version of the coral jewelry that has become so fashionable in the past years.
As sugary sweet as this Etsian’s style might be, the obstacles Heather has overcome reveal her adamantine spirit. Part of her time away from her jeweler work will be used to help her recover from a tumor. Heather described her illness: “It made me very sick and made my bones dissolve… I’m sort of like the glass man from the movie Amelie right now.”
Heather has quite a few plans for the months ahead – “I’m planning a new jewelry line using lots of colour and texture. Weight training to build up my bones again….and lots and lots of Mommy-Baby time!”
(and keep an eye out for her new line of wearables!)
Finally, I am getting to respond to getting “tagged” by one of my favorite Etsy artisans, CelesteFrittata! If you are a fan of goregous typography, fine craftsmanship and unique wrappings, you will also love her! Check out her beautiful Bottega on Etsy
and her blog
full of cool finds, interviews and techniques!
Here are the official tagging rules!:
1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
So, 7 random, weird facts (I don’t think you know what you are in for!):
1. I love movies made prior to 1950 – I adore silent films or very, very early talkies, where the dialogue is all crackly. “M” with Peter Lorre, Bringing Up Baby with Katherine Hepburn and the Maltese Falcon with Humphrey Bogart are my favorites!
2. When I was 14, I was an apprentice at a musical instrument repair shop – I worked on stringed instruments like violins, violas, cellos and guitars.
3. Ever since I was 5 or so and saw David Bowie in the Labyrinth movie, I have had a crush on him. I watched it at my neighbor’s house and I can remember immediately falling for him. Shhhh! That’s a secret!!!
4. I write down my dreams and try to figure out what they mean.
5. Initially I went to university for a concentration in Illustration (I wanted to write and illustrate children’s books), but I came out with metal/jewelry arts instead! (But, I have a children’s book in the works that I hope to get published for my nephew and niece!)
6. I love unusual names – my pets get the brunt of this. My cat is named Evelyn Camille Manchester III, while my two Lionhead Rabbits are named Artemesia and Lalique.
7. The studio that I make my work in is a carriage house / stable from the early 1800’s and is said to be haunted by a ghost horse named Red Boy. Often the clicking and thumping from the hot water pipes sounds like a horse kicking the walls of his stall or stamping his hooves impatiently!
And now my choices, I’ll tag some people who I really admire: