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SUNDAY FINDS ON ETSY

Why do I love Etsy?  There are so many wonderful handmade and vintage items, you can find something for everyone on your gift list!  The best part is that your purchases are helping artists make their dreams become a reality.

Here are some gorgeous items I have found from some awesome Etsy shops, I hope you will take a moment and visit their Etsy shops, you wont be disappointed!

I found this beautiful sterling silver midi heart ring by MinimallyMeJewelry

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Minimalist, thin, delicate heart ring. Lovingly hand forged, soldered and polished.
I’m not sure about others, but to me it works perfectly as midi ring, pinky ring and toe ring. 3 in one kind of ring 🙂   The interior diameter of this ring is 1.5 cm – size 5. Please convo me if you need a different size.  My daughter loves hearts. I love my daughter. Therefore, math says I must love hearts…
Part of my “Heartbeat” collection.

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If you are a lip balm fanatic you will love the Lip Butter from VictoriasBoutiqueArt!

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WHAT IT IS
Luxurious lip butter with orange flavor goes on super smooth and adds a *mild* tint to bare lips or cheeks. With a variety of nourishing butters and oils, this lip balm is sure to become a must-have in your daily routine.

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Get cooking with these awesome wood burn spoons from HummingbirdCraftsLLC!

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Give the “cook” in your life a unique gift with handmade wood burned kitchen spoons. A truly special gift that will be remembered daily with love. This makes the perfect housewarming gift or hostess gift! A great addition to any kitchen! Wood spoons are strong, look nice and are able to handle high heat. Each spoon is wood burned by hand with a Pyrography pen and given special care to ensure a unique design and effect. A Hummingbird Crafts LLC original design! Hand washing is preferred. Both spoons have been sealed to protect.

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I know many of you love your pets and pampering them is a must, you will love these adorable cat beds from CatHouseRU!

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Cat bed easy to fold, you can take with you to the exhibition of cats and dogs, as well as on the road.- The lower part of the pet bed sewn from Raincoat fabric, which is enough to wipe with a damp cloth, if stained. – Pet mats Inside two layers of Padding polyester, making the pet bed soft and warm. – The upper part is made of strong Coarse calico, it is environmentally friendly, long does not spoil. – Pet bed is bright, colorful, practical – your Pets will be happy!

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I have a confession…I am a tea fanatic!  When I saw these beautiful tea post from CeramaStudio I had to share with you!

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This Black Owls tea set made of clay and painted by hand.
The owl is a symbol of prosperity, wealth and wisdom. It is believed that the image of an owl protects people from excessive and unnecessary spending.
Tea kettle with pottery mugs – a beautiful and useful things in everyday life, a nice gift.

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I love art prints, and anything that is unique and has to do with coffee!  This BT FIRST COFFEE print from MyColorMood is a must have!

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BUT FIRST COFFEE printable poster – ampersand sign digital print. This modern and minimal black and white typography print with an “Ampersand girl” drinking the tastiest morning drink will be an excellent decor for your living room or office. Start your morning with coffee, start your morning with ampersand, start your morning with beautiful printable wall art! 🙂

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Need a unique gift?  These teacup planters from flowerfilledweddings are beautifully unique!

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Grapevine teacup planter with grapevine forming a saucer and cup attached together. Rim and handle are covered with green moss and trimmed with natural rope. Sewn in liner.
Create your own tea party, bridal shower, luncheon or gift floral centerpiece with these trendy planters.
Set of two teacup planters.

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For the music lover why not a Music Notebook by Sunbrilo.

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Music notebook, Moulin Rouge, Handmade recycled LP vinyl record notebook, vintage vinyl handmade journal music, retro wedding guest book.
This original vinyl record journal is completely handmade with love by me.
It could be a perfect gift for a musician, a music lover or anybody who loves making notes on paper and appreciates handmade objects!

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I hope you will visit these wonderful Etsy shops and show your support by buying handmade!

I never met a “medium” I didn’t like….

Being an artist for over 20 years, I can definitely say I never met or worked with a medium I didn’t like. When it comes to creating, there isn’t anything that I actually dislike working with. I would have to say that my favorite medium of choice would have to be porcelain clay. I know there are many artists who claim that porcelain is a difficult clay to manipulate, it dries to fast and or unevenly, it shrinks when firing..etc. Maybe it was my many years of working with polymer clay that made my transition into porcelain work so natural. I have noticed that porcelain dries a bit fast when working with it, however I just keep a spray bottle of distilled water on my studio desk and spritz the clay when needed. To me, there just isn’t a more beautiful look than that of the milky transparency of porcelain after firing.

On the left is “WET” Porcelain block of clay, to the right is an un-glazed finished piece that was fired at 2000 degrees in my kiln.

Cold Porcelain
Then there is “Cold Porcelain Clay”, to be honest I have never used nor handled cold porcelain clay. I do know many artists who LOVE cold porcelain, and if you do not own a kiln or have access to one, cold porcelain is an air-drying clay that’s amazing for making small objects and jewelry.
You can make your own Cold Porcelain Clay, it is super easy and only requires a few simple ingredients.
What you’ll need:
3/4 cup white glue
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon cold cream (such as Pond’s, you can find this at Wal-Mart or Walgreens for about $4.00 a jar)
1 teaspoon glycerin
1 cup cornstarch, plus additional for dusting your hands

I suggest that you use an old saucepan and spoon when making cold porcelain. The ingredients in cold porcelain are non-toxic, however it is extremely sticky.
You will want to mix the white glue, water, cold cream, and glycerin in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until smooth. When the wet ingredients appear nice and smooth, add 1 cup of cornstarch. At this point the mixture will transform quickly, becoming stiff it is important to keep stirring. The mixture will look a bit like cottage cheese, and within minutes have a consistency of instant mashed potatoes. As soon as the mixture comes away from the sides of the pan and “Clumps” into a large ball it is done. Remember that the clay is HOT to the touch so you will need a clean, old dish towel that has been wet with cold water. Drape this towel over a plate and place the clay on it. Now you will want to knead the clay with your hands. Soon the clay will be cool enough to handle, and you can continue kneading with your hands. Keep a small bowl of cornstarch nearby. Keep your hands dusted with cornstarch so the clay doesn’t stick. You can also dust the surface of your work-space with cornstarch as needed. Your clay should be smooth textured, elastic, and no longer sticky. You can now add some color to your clay by kneading in a small amount of acrylic or oil paint. When you create projects with your clay they must air dry for about 24 hours. When dry, the clay wil be very hard, slightly translucent, and smaller, as this clay does shrink about 10%. When not in use, keep your “Cold Porcelain Clay” in an airtight container. To clean your utensils soak them hot, soapy water.
Here is a great YouTube video that can get your creative spark going: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IJj6ipGeM4 This is a tutorial on how to make a flower blossom.
To the left is the cold porcelain mixture, to the right is a beautiful rose made by Chameleonite Jewellery. You can visit their awesome blog here: http://chameleonite.blogspot.com/2010/05/cold-porcelain.html

Earthenware Ceramic
Earthenware ceramic clay is pretty awesome,too! Earthenware clays were actually some of the earliest clay’s to be used by potters. Interestingly enough, it is one of the most common type of clay found. Earthenware clay’s are easily worked with due to their pliability, however they can be a bit sticky. Earthenware clay reaches its optimum hardness at between 1745°F and 2012°F (950°C and 1100°C) during firing, this happens due to the iron and other mineral impurities that the clay contains. The typical colors for moist earthenware clays are red, orange, yellow, and more common; light gray. Colors for fired earthenware includes brown, red, orange, buff, medium grey, and white. Fired colors are in large part determined by the content of mineral impurities and the type of firing temperatures and techniques used.

To the left you can see what a “RED” Earthenware Ceramic block of clay looks like.
To the right is the clay after being fired at 1800 degrees in my kiln.

Stay tuned for my continuation of mediums when I will next go over polymer clay, resin, PMC silver clay and more!

A love of porcelain

The last few weeks has been very busy for me yet I still found time to create some really beautiful pieces of porcelain jewelry. Having been a polymer clay artist for fifteen years I can tell you that there were times when I got bored working with that amazing medium. Don’t get me wrong, polymer clay is truly a wonderfully genius medium to work with but I wanted something more, something more solid. With this I ventured into glass lamp-working, and although I LOVED the results, I couldn’t use my hands to create designs in which I had grown so accustomed to with polymer clay. Lets face it, you don’t want to get your hands anywhere near or on molten glass!
Since I had bought a kiln during my glass adventure it dawned on me that I could create “Glass Like pieces” from ceramic clay, and so I planned a trip to the craft store and bought enough supplies to host an art retreat. My philosophy is if I’m gonna do it I better do it well, and I can shop for craft supplies very, very well!
I fell in love with the ceramic, I was able to produce an item that I felt had substance. So here are some of my first creations from ceramic, I think they turned out beautifully and they were a joy to create!
I love these earrings in which I stamped a french postal imprint and wrapped with sterling silver wire.

This next piece is a large white heart with a beautiful purple fleur di lys, I finished this necklace with purple ribbon and a gorgeous floral toggle clasp.


This next piece is simplistic yet has a feeling of elegance. The color is what I was most pleased with, the depth and difference in the coloration of this piece is what makes it so alluring I feel.


This heart is so beautiful, simple in design it has a red rose and “ALWAYS” in black script. This piece is oneof my favorites.

I really love creating rings, and this ceramic piece totally thrilled me when I pulled it from the kiln. The color is simply gorgeous! What I really love about ceramic is that unlike polymer clay the colors have depth and character, you really dont know what you will get in the end result of a firing. I love the mysterious beauty that I feel ceramic jewelry possesses.

I was initially so enthralled with ceramic that I decided to order some porcelain clay, and after the results I achieved with it I am so not turning back! Porcelain and ceramic are my new best friends, my medium of choice. I cant believe I have been creating for over 15 years and though I puttered with ceramic in the past I am amazed at how quickly I fell in love with it.

Here are some of my newest porcelain creations, they are stunning, beautiful with glaze colorant or by itself. The texture cool and silky smooth.
This porcelain cuff has “Live, Laugh, Love” imprinted on the cuff and I created a rose to sit to the side of the cuff. What I love about this bracelet is that it is so light in weight, and the smoothness of the porcelain is remarkable.

I had so much fun creating cuffs that I made another with a FRAGILE stamp and handmade ceramic beads that I created at the same time.

I love stars, so it was only right that I create a pair of earrings. My cousin actually bought these as soon as she saw I posted them online.


This last porcelain piece is a small dove on a circular disc. I attached it to a beautiful bronze ball chain. I love how beautifully simple this necklace is.

Working with ceramic and porcelain has inspired my creativity in so many new ways, I think the change was good for me and am happy with my creations. I will be posting more of my adventures with you, until then, Peace, Love & Hippie Chic Jewelz

Why is handmade so expensive?

Why is handmade seem more expensive than mass produced?

I have had so many people ask me over and over: “Why are handmade items so costly?” My answer has always remained the same, after 19 years of selling handmade jewelry I can list thousands of reasons; however I won’t bore you with thousands and settle for a few very important reasons.
When buying handmade you must take into consideration not only the quality materials that the artisan uses, but the expertise, time, and love spent creating an original and unique work of art.
Sure, you may be able to go buy a trendy necklace that “EVERYONE who is ANYONE” is wearing, or those FAB “knock-Off” duplicate earrings like Angelina Jolie wears, but really, in all actuality I prefer to wear custom created jewelry that no one else is wearing. Call me different, call me what you will but I love to sport a style that screams for attention.

With department store, mass produced jewelry lines you can’t get that satisfaction of knowing you are one stylish and unique individual. So, it is in this respect that I will gladly spend my hard earned cash to own a custom created piece of wearable art. The fact that no one else has a duplicate is gives me a most devious pleasure I’m afraid! It is what sets me apart from everyone else, and gives me an edge over Angelina, she may have Brad Pitt but I have a whole collection of one of a kind jewelry pieces that always get me attention when I wear them!

Another important thing to remember is that individual artisans aren’t out to make a “Killing” by creating one of kind handmade items. Most artisans are truly “Starving Artists” and are trying to in all actuality, to make ends meet. As an artist I can tell you that even though some people tell me my prices are high I still do not charge enough money to actually make a profit, however I love creating and my love for creating art is my clients gain.

When you purchase a handmade item there is no comparison between it and an item that was produced by a machine on an assembly line. First, the machine that is slamming out 1000 necklaces per hour doesn’t care about quality, it is a machine, and its one function is to repeat the same motion over and over and over again.

When an artisan creates a piece of art there is a lot of care that goes into each piece. The amount of fine detailing and special attention that is given to each and every step throughout the creating process can take an artisan hours or even days to complete. I can assure you that handmade items are created with much thought, special care and an abundance of love. Most every item an artisan creates has a story of inspiration behind it, and thus being said that creation holds more meaning than a mass produced item that has no story behind its creation other than a CEO waiting to climb the corporate ladder and receive a six figure income.

In all reality, I buy handmade whenever I can. I like knowing that I am supporting an artist who could be a single mother, a college student, a retired person who has little or no retirement to rely on, or even the artist who has a dream of working from home in order to stay home with her or his family. I love the fact that I can support a dream for someone, and that when I buy handmade I am giving something back to the community.

In closing, I must be sure to add that supporting and buying handmade has been one of the most positive experiences I have had, not just in my collection of fine art for myself and home, but also when giving gifts to family and friends. I can honestly tell you that nothing says “I care” and “I love you” more than giving a handmade item.
Sure, a box of expensive chocolates for Valentine’s Day or an anniversary is very sweet and tasty, but an artisan created piece of jewelry lasts much longer and portrays a message “I’m giving you this gift because it is as unique and special as you are.” This statement couldn’t be more correct, because I assure you the machine pumping out a thousand pieces of expensive chocolate’s doesn’t care one bit if I smiled while eating each delicious morsel. For me, Knowing that the artist who sold the handmade item is wondering if I love their design and wonder if I see the emotion and beauty in it as they did when creating it speaks volumes.

Supporting handmade is clearly a sane and sound choice for me, and I hope that once you are done reading this you may see it is a wonderful choice for you to embrace as well.

As always, wishing each of you a beautiful weekend ahead,
Peace, Love & Hippie Chic Jewelz
HCJ 2012

Meet Cody Rutty, a Phenomenal Abstract Artist!

Happy Friday everyone! To add to the Awesomeness of the day, I have a great treat for you! I had a chance to interview a wonderful artist whose work is nothing short of phenomenal. I was truly captivated by this artists work, the fine detail and range of artistic talent has left me most awe inspired!
Meet Cody Rutty, I am sure you will find his work as fascinating and spell binding as I do!

What is the name of your shop and link?

Cody Rutty: My work is on my website, http://www.codyruttyart.com, and in a more interactive sense on my Facebook fan page: Cody Rutty

How has your experience been on online as an artist?

Cody Rutty: Well, for years nothing really happened (laughs). I had built a website that was probably only visited by spiders and bots. With a little social media and doing more shows, however, the online experience is really coming alive, and a majority of sales come from web traffic, which is fantastic.

What has been your most exciting moment online?
Cody Rutty: Recently I received a PayPal notification email that someone living in Japan had bought two fairly large pieces. That was a great feeling. Shipping art to Japan is a nice first.

Do you have any advice for new artists in your area of creativity?
Cody Rutty: I do. Even though I’m not an expert, I would suggest diversifying your work load, meaning have an armada of work ranging from quick drawings to elaborate in-depth pieces. This will not only give you a range of output to produce but a solid trailing equity accessible to those interested in your work.

How long have you been an artist?
Cody Rutty: My mom used to tell me that I was fairly obsessed with drawing, couldn’t stop me, and that hasn’t really changed, besides adding paint to the equation. I think most artists would answer “my whole life” to this question, and that’s a pretty fair response, accurate. But when I was about 15-16 I started really producing paintings as they were, artifacts of work. So as far as production? About 12 years. I’m still very new.

Who or what had the greatest influence on you as you developed as an artist?
Cody Rutty: Beside the thousands of incredible visual artists in the library, I’ve been fascinated by the work of Edward Lorenz, Benoit Mandelbrot, then Felix Hausdorff and Waclaw Sierpinksi. Their works inspire me in a very major way. Since I picked up The Fractal Geometry of Nature freshman year in high school my work has always seen influence by these great minds.

How would you characterize your work?
Cody Rutty: This is a question that never gets easier with practice (laughs). I get asked this a lot over, say, dinner or meeting new people. I usually say that my work is abstract and leave it at that. When all is said and done, I think that’s how my work appears to most.

How do you feel when people interpret your artwork differently?
Cody Rutty: When they interpret the work disparately than how I envision it, that difference is very valuable. It’s sort of an inevitability with my work. When I start to interpolate the varying views from a few reactions, a strange, topological shape starts to form in my head from the different vantages. I like it. It’s fascinating and gives strange volume to a static image.

Describe your workshop/studio for us:
Cody Rutty: Right now I’m working out of a fairly small room at home. I have another room for storage and a garage with a wood shop. They’re all pretty scattered and blended together. This may change soon, I’m looking at warehouse space.

What’s the hardest part of being an artist?
Innately, I think artists have higher highs and lower lows, and this up and down velocity can be wearing. Sometimes the hardest part is keeping the faith, and other times the hardest part is trying not to explode form excitement (laughs).

How many hours a day do you create?
Cody Rutty: On any given work day, 6-10 is pretty common. 0-24 is also fairly common.

How does creating art make you feel?
Cody Rutty: Creating art makes me feel like I’m part of something good. So many writers, musicians, artists of all kinds know this feeling. It’s a feeling of worth and value, and a feeling of triumph over the more banal and mundane daily routines. If I didn’t create art, conversely, I think I’d try to surround myself with it regardless.

“What is Art?” is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?

Cody Rutty: I’ve always enjoyed watching people look at art, mine or others’. It can be very solemn the way a person regards art. I hope that those who have my art on their walls take away something original, something that no other little rectangle elicits in them. What that is, who knows. I’ve had such varying feedback. As far as statements are concerned, I hope that the better my art becomes, the more it says ‘this is worth it, creating art is worthwhile, do it.’ I could really bore you with my personal intellectualisms (laughs).

What are your artistic goals?
Cody Rutty: Well I’ve been fortunate enough to never run out of ideas. Perhaps when this happens, I’ll be able to answer this question better (laughs). But I reckon the goal is to produce a lot before I’m too old or dead.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
Cody Rutty: I’m getting better, slowly. Something about money and art has always seemed mutually exclusive, but bills and money seem to go hand in hand. So if you’re looking to pay the bills with art, the business side is very immediate and important. I do believe one of the worst feelings is being desperate for money and practically giving your art away. It’s part of the process and ultimately your art is in someone’s home. Over time, I think your work will find its own way.

Where else on the Internet can we find your work?
Cody Rutty:

I’d say ‘like’ my Facebook fan page: From there I have my other nodes (laughs).

Cody, thank you for sharing your AMAZING artwork with us, it was truly a pleasure getting to interview you!

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Friday Features from My FaceBook LIKES

Welcome to my Fabulous Friday Finds!  I have so many wonderful businesses that I “LIKE” on Facebook that I had to share some of their fabulous handcrafted items with you!

My first selection is from theartland.com’s fan of the day and shop owner of Bling N Things by Penny, I love her jewelry creations they are so feminine and flirty! 

Featured next is Rose Hill Designs By Heather Stillufsen who was also our fan of the day. I am totally in love with her whimsical artwork! Her work is light hearted and simply delightful!  

Next I would like to introduce you to JT Digital Art & Paintings who is a fabulous and talented digital artist and was recently featured as our fan of the day. Here is one of my absolute favorites from his page:

Green Girl Bath & Body has some SCRUMPTIOUS looking soaps that are sure to please you without adding calories!  

Here is a temptation of the silver kind, check out this scrumptiously decadent design from Andes Cruz Designs:

I LOVE purses, so its no wonder why I chose my next feature from Bellissima Boutique, this purse is absolutely perfect! 

My next feature is Have It Sweet LLC. with their nothing but SCRUMPTIOUS and HEAVENLY confections, I LOVE their caramels!  One word of advice, once you take that first bite you will be forever hooked on their sweets!

My next featured artist is from Sunny Rising Leather and metal, who I think creates some of the most amazing leather items I have ever seen! My favorite is this beautiful half-belt:

I totally adore unique and unusual handcrafted goods, so when I saw the creations from Kerry Kate’s October Effifgies I had to share one with you: 

I am a total pottery fan, the Healing Touch Pottery has some amazing pottery that is as beautiful as it is unique:

I hope you enjoyed these wonderful FaceBook LIKES as much as I do!  If you have a chance, click on each of the pictures and head over to LIKE their pages, too!

Peace, Love & Hippie Chic Jewelz

Because Nerds LOVE Christmas, too!

Christmas is right around the corner and you still probably have not found the perfect gift to give the “Geek” in your life… Let’s face it, geeks and nerds are hard to shop for. You need not worry, I found a great selection of Geeky Goodies that will make your special “Nerd” snort in delight like Steve Erkel from Family Matters!

‘My Geeky Christmas List’ by Hippiechicjewelz


I Love Mustaches Button…

$1.25

Green Giles Grungy Robo…

$25.00

Nerd Barcode Vinyl Wall…

$18.99

Lime Green LEGO Brick R…

$5.00

Einstein Relativity Nec…

$17.00

Computer Circuit Design…

$35.00

Black and Yellow swirl,…

$10.00

Periodic Table Beer Bot…

$10.00

Anytime card, hello car…

$4.00

yer a wizard, harry. 1….

$1.40

Circus Acrobat Trapeze …

$26.00

Moss Terrarium, BIG – G…

$67.99

Belt Buckle— with Wh…

$25.00

Custom Wooden Letter – …

$25.00

Mr. Green The Dinosaur …

$25.99

Mousepad green palm lea…

$10.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Thursday Holiday Gifts that THRILL!

This Thursday I am going to thrill you with a mix of vintage and some very “NOW” handmade items! When I Christmas shop online, its truly amazing how many wonderful items I find on Etsy! Being the Captain of a very wonderful team and a member of some very awesome Etsy teams I run across the most AMAZINGLY talented artists and some of the most wonderful Etsy shop owners one could hope to meet!

Christmas shopping for my family is no easy task, a large family and extended family makes for many diverse tastes, however I have found that when shopping handmade on Etsy, I will find that perfect gift for EVERYONE on my Christmas list every time!

Last night I asked some team members to list items that they thought would make fabulous gifts for this holiday season, and as you will see, they did a phenomenal job!

My first feature for today is this gorgeous Silver Plated Ornate Bowl by F.B. Rogers found at Eastlakemarketplace on Etsy.
This nice ornate small pedestal bowl is a great piece. For display or use as a trinket holder, jewelry holder, serving piece or just sitting in just the right spot.

A wonderful gift for those who LOVE to read, this beautiful Christmas bookmark would be perfect! I love this Christmas Bookmark, the red and green beads add a festive touch! This was created by MoonlightShimmer on Etsy.
This wavy shepherd’s hook bookmark will bring some Christmas cheer to your bookshelf. It’s made from gold plated steel and is adorned with red, green, and white beads that hang over the spine of your book. It also makes a perfect gift for teachers, students, book club members, or any reader in your life.

If you have a special someone who supports re-purposed altered art, have I got the perfect item for you! I found Vintage Sterling Marcasite Onyx Necklace at Recreate1 on Etsy. A great vintage sterling silver necklace with marcasites surrounding an onyx in every section. Nice patina and GREAT detail!

Have a gal who loves Bohemian designs? I found these ultra hip earrings at austinleighdesigns on Etsy.
Oh so Bohemian and off the radar in colors and textures! Many colors of the earth are featured in these Sterling Silver Chandelier earrings. Reminds me of the earthy blend of textures from rocks and rust along a seashore line. I feel a sense of the blend of these textures in these earrings.

Since I was Christmas gift shopping, the one thing you are sure to need to add that extra touch to your presents are these beautiful and festive snowflake gift tags found at CatchSomeRaes on Etsy.
White snowflakes have been punched and glittered, and attached to red acid free cardstock tags. They are prestrung with white cotton string. 6 gift tags measuring 2.5″ x 1.75″ (6.5cm x 4.5cm).

Have someone on your list who loves to sparkle? These Gold Glitter Flats are sure to please! These festive flats are from LunaDesignStudio on Etsy. These are designer inspired gold glitter flats. For those who want to be trendy and have Toms, but don’t want to pay the high price, you can choose these handmade alternatives for less. Made for the trendy & budget-conscious in mind! These flats are currently on sale for $18.00 (were 28.00)

If you are like me I love to give gifts that are unique, my next feature is perfect for the person who has everything! Eco-friendly and oh so festive! These Wool Dryer Balls for Laundry are too COOL! Very special care is put into creating each of these balls just for you. I know you will love these colors. Each ball is made of merino wool using both wet and needle felting techniques. They definitely add a whimsical touch to each load of laundry you do. In addition to being very eco-friendly, dryer balls have several benefits, such as:
cutting dryer time as they help absorb moisture -wool absorbs up to 40% its own weight, helping to fluff and de-wrinkle clothes, they can last for several years replacing endless dryer sheets **They can be scented at no extra charge!

I even found the cutest gift for a small child at Bebbyjumpers on Etsy. This adorable child’s blue sweater has a motif of The Snowman by Raymond Briggs on the front of the body. The Snowman is flying through the air as portrayed in the story books, films and song of the same name. It is just ideal for a little boy or girl to wear during the predicted cold weather which we have been promised, but can be worn anytime!! It is fun and functional, and very soft to snuggle into.

I love earrings, when I saw these festive little beauties from BeckyHelmerDesigns I fell in love with them!
Perfect for the holidays, these festive earrings are made with white, red, and green lucite bell flower beads, antique bronze colored metal bead caps, and antique bronzel findings.

If you have someone on your gift giving list who loves unique items, this gorgeous Multichain copper bracelet from medusa1307 on Etsy would make the perfect gift! Ethnic multichain bracelet realized with vintage copper stamping, hand shaped and copper chain.

Seeing all these wonderful items from my favorite Etsy shops inspired me this season, I rarely have time to actually sit and create much these days. I love the beauty of snowflakes and hoped to capture the beauty in my newest creation Christmas Snowflake.

The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without taking a moment to thank those who serve our country, and I found these wonderful Support Our Troops “Miss YOU” cards from PatrioticCards on Etsy. I designed “Miss You Camo” to warm the heart of your Soldier while away from home. Cards are professionally printed on 81lb Starbrite paper and packaged with a matching white envelope in an archival crystal clear bag. Card measures 4.25″ x 5.5.”

I really enjoyed sharing these lovely gift ideas with you, and I want to thank each of my Etsy friends for taking a moment to share with me their very beautiful creations! Be sure to check out tomorrows featured artists!

Peace, Love & Hippie Chic Jewelz