Thursday, January 14, 2016


This cold, maritime weather always makes me wish to drink hot chocolate all the time. My darned diabetes prevents it though. This is one that is hand-crafted and I would certainly enjoy:

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Wild Slice Designs

One of my favorite decor looks is the rustic/cabin look. Look at these beautiful sculptures using slices of reclaimed wood, a natural beauty. Be sure to check out the WildSliceDesigns shop, based in Oregon, to see more of their fantastic designs.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Poppy and Fern

I am just in love with PoppyandFern's miniature hand embroidery, based out of Texas. Such cuteness in a tiny package. Check out the shop on etsy to see more of her work!

Vintage Little Metal Hippo

While cleaning out a friend's barn, my husband made this discovery. I loved it so much that my friend let me keep him. He looks like he is made from cast metal, and he must be old. My husband is guessing that it's from the 1930s. I found out that the star-shaped screws were invented in 1934, and it is held together with these type of screws.
I tried to do some research on him, but there are no markings on him. The only thing I found was this blog post where someone else, in New Zealand, had found one that is identical. Mine appears to be all original. I opened him up and he is hollow inside.
his mouth opens:
his head, arms and legs rotate around, and he has a "loop" on his head that leads me to think that he is meant to be a pendant of some sort:
If you have any information on him, I'd really love to hear what you think!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Crow Jane Jewelry

Gold retaining ring, turquoise and vintage steel point drop earrings
"Crow Jane Jewelry features unique, whimsical jewelry inspired by the dichotomy between nature and industry and by the shapes of ancient cultures. Hardware pieces like retaining rings and cotter pins are mixed with organic findings like crystals and stones to make strong, timeless pieces."
mini-bio written by Jessica via the etsy profile

Friday, May 17, 2013


Wild Elk Pendant
"Hi! I'm Raisa, and I make my crafts here in Helsinki, Finland, and send them all over the world. I basically make things that I would like to wear and use, and hope that others like them too. I especially love glitter, pink, and strange and unusual textures and fabrics. All my goods are vegan, so you don't have to worry about there being any animal products involved. I love to work with my hands, and I hope you enjoy my little creations!"
bio written by Raisa via the etsy profile.

abigail brown

Paper Mâché Bear
"I am a textile artist and illustrator. I am an extreme hoarder and tremendous mess maker!"
mini-bio written by Abigail via the etsy profile

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Women's Ivory Dragonfly Tee Original art of a detailed handpainted Dragonfly
"My name is Roza and I am originally from Kazakhstan ( yes this country does exist). Being born into a family of two artists, I was in love with everything creative. After finishing design school in Manhattan, New York, I was working in fashion industry for about 8 years. Now I am often traveling (which gives me endless inspiration) and producing the highest quality clothing made of the most supple luxurious materials and most flattering cuts, then adding unique art to them."
bio written by Roza via the etsy profile


fox art, fox watercolor, Watercolor painting- reproduction- "Foxes and Ferns" print of watercolor painting
"I'm Amber, the woman behind the catchy, hip shop name, "amberalexander";) I live in Vermont in a very beautiful, but moody climate. Half of the year is pastoral and like a dream. The other half can be trying. The season changes are charming and interesting, but winter could stand to let up a little earlier than she does. I have always been an artist, and as a child, drew page after page of girls with different outfits on, and animals in clothes (inspired by Beatrix Potter of course). Later, I attended a liberal arts school with a major in Art and minor in Art History. Watercolors are my medium of choice. I love the way the flow of ideas from my head and heart flowed directly onto the paper. I recently had a children's book published with my illustrations. It was published by a Vermont Publisher, Radiant Hen, The book is entitled "Ninny Nu's Organic Farm" and all of the characters are animals. It tells a story about how bigger is not always necessarily better. :) When I am not painting, packing orders or curating treasuries on Etsy (the closest I'll ever get to being a museum curator), I am entertaining and playing with my two nutty poodles, Olin and Izzy, and my sometimes nutty husband, John :) I like crossfit, running, gardening, art, food, wine, and funny people:) I hope you enjoy my work. I try to convey my love of animals and maybe inspire others to love them as I do :) I recently opened another shop for my landscapes/nature paintings. You can visit it here:"
bio written by Amber via her etsy profile.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

ellie's treasure's

Horse felt brooch - hand sewn - galloping pony
"Hello! I'm Elaine and I hand sewn unique gifts for Ellie’s Treasures, based in rural Lincolnshire, Great Britain. A lot of time and care is put into every item I produce. Ideas are sketched out first, thought through and altered before the materials are chosen, hand cut and then sewn with embellishments being added as the new item comes together. I feel there is something very lovely about an item made by hand. May be it’s the notion that it’s unique and carefully finished, perhaps a little uneven in places, and always the knowledge that no two items will be exactly the same."
bio written by Ellie via her etsy profile

Magpie Jane

British Isles Cast Black Beeswax Primitive Very Detailed Ornament
"Magpies are always on the lookout for interesting or shiny, bright things to bring home to their me scouting out an estate or yard sale, keeping an eye open for the good thing that's hiding there. A good day will bring some old buttons and fabric, or a nice vintage item that seems like it could find a new home through my shop. I have a lot of nice molds for pouring beeswax, a big stack of black paper, some sharp scissors, and an excellent source for wool sweaters to felt and cut up. That sounds like enough to keep anyone busy. My husband and I have 4 daughters, 3 grown and out of the house, and a 18 year old senior in high school. I've been on the Gulf Coast of Texas long enough to almost feel like a native."
bio written by Jane via her etsy profile

Thursday, March 28, 2013

b d designs

sterling silver with natural amethyst and peridot . (( Secret Garden Ring )) .
"My work is an accumulation of years of study, experimentation, inspiration and the JOY of working with metal! All of my work is created using traditional metalsmithing techniques, commonly called fabrication. These are the same techniques that metalsmiths have been passing down from generation to generation for hundreds of years. It is a legacy of metalwork and I am very proud to be part of that history. I hope you enjoy viewing what I enjoyed creating! I add new pieces each week, so stop back often! On the personal side, I am a wife (of 19 years) and a mother of two wonderful children, ages 14 and 7. They are the inspiration behind my Mother's line of jewelry and a source of joy and inspiration every day of my life. Everything I do, I do for my family and each piece of jewelry I make, I make as if it were for my own you get the very best from me each time you order from me! I live in the woods in Ohio, and I grew up in the woods of Pennsylvania, so a lot of what you see in my shop is nature-inspired as well! I learned about perennial gardening from my mother at an early age and my love of all things green and growing finds its' way into my work constantly! I feel that a lot of my designs grow organically out of that love of nature."
bio written by Christen via her etsy profile

2 of 2

Small geometric birch house framework, 3D architectural line drawing
"As siblings, growing up we did everything together - from roadtrips to swim team to skipping school. And as adults, nothing has changed! 2of2 was was opened in honor of our late mother, Patty, who taught us that the wonder of childhood can stay with you in life if you let your imagination pave the way. Originally named Patty Dear, we changed our shop name to 2of2 because we have found again and again that it is the second draft of a design that we fall in love with (only fitting that it was the second name of our shop that stuck!) "
bio written by 2of2 via the etsy profile.

Sensibly Stitched

1/2 lined, 1/2 blank - Small blank journal/ notebook/ sketchbook - handmade

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Karin Lorenc

Pottery Mugs in Spring Colors - Set of Four Large Stoneware Coffee Mugs
"I can't stop making stuff. I make something almost everyday. I've dabbled in several media, but I've always had a special love for clay. It feels so good to create something from virtually nothing. A hunk of earth becomes a bowl or mug. Something beautiful but also useful. My process is relatively simple. Most of my work is made on a kick wheel. That's old fashioned foot powered goodness! Since I'm right handed I use my right foot to kick the wheel counter clockwise. Do I have one buff strong leg and one wimpy weak leg from this you might wonder? The answer is... not yet. My pottery is durable cone 5 stoneware meant to be used every day. This means I've fired it to about 2167 degrees F. HERE is my Facebook page. Become a fan for updates."
bio written by Karin via her etsy profile page