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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


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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.


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!


Treasury Curator Inspirations, Introducing Rita

I would like to take a moment to introduce you to STATTEAM on Etsy’s newest leader Rita Sullivan.
Rita is the creator of STATTEAM’s Blog Sites newest feature: Treasury Curator Inspirations

Treasury Curator Inspirations is located on the STATTEAM blog website (statteamartistsonetsy.blogspot.com/).
TCI is the place to read weekly inspirational articles, humorous anecdotal quips, poems, and brief snippets on the art of learning to laugh at our mishaps when creating treasuries. In addition, TCI will also feature topics on branding your shop, what’s in a title, picking yourself up when sales are down, etc. TCI invites blog readers to post their questions and comments. The leader of the TCI has set aside time in the evenings (EST Zone) to reply to any postings. For example, Sunday/Monday postings will be commented on Monday and Tuesday/Wednesday postings on Wednesday, etc. If readers need an immediate answer to their question, please contact the STATTEAM Captain at: http://www.HippieChicJewelz.etsy.com

Rita Sullivan is a Leader on Etsy for STATTEAM (Self Taught Artists Treasury Team), she also has

http://www.etsy.com/shop/birdsnblooms and http://www.etsy.com/people/NaturePhotosbyRita
Rita Sullivan has an M.S. in Organizational Development and Leadership, and a B.A. in Communication-Journalism. Rita is also a published author: Lordship through Friendship is Rita’s first book, although her written works have been published many times since 1986. She instructs adult continuing education courses on creative writing and writing for publication at her local community college. Rita also conducts drama seminars, having written and directed more than 80 plays and skits. Rita and her husband reside in rural Pennsylvania.

Here are some lovely items from Rita’s Etsy shop’s:

Hand painted two-tone green—decoupaged—hand glazed indoor birdhouse is a cute decorative piece for any in-home décor. Dragonflies and butterflies adorn the back, front, top, and sides of the birdhouse. The affixed cork bottom on the birdhouse protects furniture. Overall dimensions: 4” X 4” X 4 3/4”h.

Hand painted tri-color—decoupage—hand glazed indoor mini birdhouse is a cute decorative piece for any in-home décor. Morning Glories adorn all sides of the birdhouse. The affixed cork bottom on the birdhouse protects furniture. Overall dimensions: 3 1/4” X 3” X 4”h.

Hand painted—decoupage—stool is perfect to use as a child’s step stool or planter stand.

Dual Color scheme: Natural (top) and light mauve (base) with hand-painted medium pink hearts. Two coats of hand-brushed glaze seals the stool base while the top contains a glass-like, clear coat finish. Wipes clean with a damp cloth or sponge.

Overall Dimensions: 11 ½”w X 7 3/4”h.

Here is Rita’s book “Lordship through Friendship”
“Lordship through Friendship is a conversational tapestry of life’s struggles. Readers will gain a clearer understanding that prayer life and devotional time is not where we do all the talking and God does all the listening. As a helpful spiritual discipline in the art of learning how to converse with God, this book also includes end of chapter questions that encourage the young to mature Christian to use the book as a personal devotion or in a small group setting.

Why buy handmade?

Why buy handmade? I have asked some of Etsy’s most talented artists on why as consumers we should buy “HANDMADE”, what you read will not only make sense, but put into practice can make a huge difference not only in the economy, but also for the enviorment.

The main reason that I choose to buy handmade is simple, Buying handmade is better for the environment, plain and simple. The accumulating environmental effects of mass production being a major cause of global warming and the poisoning of our air, water and soil. Every item you make or purchase from a small-scale independent artist or crafter strikes a small blow to the forces of mass production. To me, its just an enviromentaly sound choice.

Here is what KelliWorthDesigns from Etsy said about buying handmade:

I made a conscious decision a couple years ago to only shop and eat local. I am a locavore!!! In turn I also believe that anything handmade by a fellow artisan is still…local! We are all a community in and of ourselves. Buy local and handmade….hormone free, free range….lolol

tarnishedandtrue on Etsy had this to say about buying handmade:

Because Handmade is the most unique and beautiful! I am so sick and tired of commercial product. Blah, Target, etc…blah! And….thrifting is not what it used to be with everyone and their dog combing through the stores! So…the only way to find truly unique items is to buy handmade these days.

When I asked Junkitlove from Etsy why she chooses handmade:

Because I refuse to believe the whole population of the world is a sheep, we all need something that ‘talks’ to us and us alone, buying handmade makes that possible. Because as much as possible and when we can afford to, handmade is an ethical choice, often (not always) when wer’e buying mass produced we are funding sweatshops.
I want people to buy MY handmade because I want to buy my family a house, because I want to always be able to work doing what I love, because I would go horribly mad in a bad way if I wasn’t able to create and know someone somewhere is getting pleasure or joy out of something I have made, just for them.

Kearl on Etsy had this to say:

Because it reminds you that EVERYTHING from supplies to finished products is there because of real human beings with lives and families who deserve fair pay for their work. Think globally, act locally and you will see the difference your dollars can make. Because a unique, handmade gift is incredibly meaningful. The giver had to look carefully through thousands of items for that special item that said “I must belong to the person you love, please bring us together!”

Here is what mojo3777creations on Etsy has to say about supporting handmade:

I love to buy handmade because it is more personal. I like the connection I feel with the artist who actually made the item I am purchasing. I know my item has been made with love and it gives me the opportunity to connect with an individual through their art. You can learn a lot about a person through their art.

My interview with Junk it Love’s artist Donna Carter

One of my favorite Etsy shops is Junk it Love, there you will find art, jewelery, home wares, sculpture, glass etc.There is an adult theme to a lot of her items. Donna loves to design & create beauty using upcycled & reclaimed materials.

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Here is my interview with Donna:

Tell us your personal name, business name, website and location?
My personal name is Donna, my really really personal name, the one my wife calls me, I’m not telling! My business name is Junkitlove, born out of the fact I love taking other peoples junk and turning it into something lovely again :-). My website is http://www.junkitlove.co.uk, I live in Hampshire, UK, near the New Forest with my computer boff wife, handsome yet terminally lazy son Beau, a blind dog with bat ears, a stinky sometimes white dog who talks by grunting, burping and farting, a bad tempered black cat and some small fish who have been begging for quite some time to have their tank cleaned.

What is your studio or workspace like, and how do you work in your studio?

It’s like the kind of place my mum would describe as a bombsite lol! I have a fab desk that was a dining table, it’s been modified by my wife to work perfectly for me, I love it, it’s my own personal spot of heaven. It’s in a bay window at the front of the house, facing the street so I can have a nose at the world going by with the TV on behind me so I have some ‘company’ while I work.

How would you describe and think of your style, what kind of jewelry do you make and what type of materials do you prefer?
Eclectic. That is such a difficult question to answer. It depends on which part of my character is feeling strongest on any given day. Sometimes my style is a bit dark and kinky, other times I’m all happy hippy rainbow. I’m a person of extremes. Whatever material I’m using is the one I love best, but the one I go back to again and again is glass, it’s amazingly versatile and pictures never do it justice.

What new directions do you hope to move in the future? Do you have big plans, new ideas or designs you will be exploring soon?
I’d love to say I have a plan mapped out but other than earning a living and buying a home the rest is a mystery and an adventure!

How do you work during the day in your studio, and what keeps you inspired and motivated?
I tend to have about half a dozen coffee’s then start my day as my teeth start to chatter :-). I work in short bursts of about 20-30 mins most of the time due to the attention span deficit lol, then I go do cleaning, chat online, go to the shops, fuss the dogs etc…oh and more coffee. Everything inspires me, from the beautiful shimmer of oil in water (it should be ugly but it isn’t), a want to use what others see as rubbish to transform it into something those same people would want, to other peoples fantastic art and design, I’m always inspired by creative people.

I noticed you work with many medias, using rubber, glass, wire and others. Do you create one piece from start to finish, or do you create various components and then the piece grows to completion separately?

It’s quite unusual for me to stick to one thing until it’s complete, with the exception of rubber pieces for some reason. I have the teeny weeniest attention span and even less ability to sit still long enough to finish something in one go! Generally I start with an idea of what I want to create and then over days it changes itself into something totally different lol! I have at least half a dozen things on the go at once, from paintings to mosaics, jewels to sculpture etc

Are there things that you enjoy and do often without putting it off, and other things that aren’t your favorite and you delay doing them?

I never put off creating. I love it when everyone else has left the house and I can concentrate on letting my brain spew out all over my desk. I avoid any kind of organisation or ‘grown up’ behaviour at all costs, the word procrastination in that regard was invented just for me. For example, for every 1 thing you see in my shop there are at least 20 more waiting to be listed, but that means sitting for hours and then finding the words to describe things properly, it’s important to me that if something I’ve made has a story from my mind I share it, it’s a bit like torture trying to put into words what I’ve made.

What sort of things do you prefer making and creating, what comes easily to you?
I’m a contrary annoying creature, I like to make things as difficult for myself as possible. To try new things, get a handle on that and then move on to the next thing. Working with glass is the one thing I find quite easy and I can disappear into that for hours at a time, a relief for someone who can’t stick at one thing for very long.

What are the things you consider most important to do for your business and your creativity?
For my business it would be to be nice to my wife lol! Without her nagging (sorry, encouraging) in the background and actively doing most of the photography, listing other than descriptions, driving me around so I can look in peoples rubbish etc I wouldn’t be able to get on with the business of planning, thinking, drawing, designing and ultimately making.

What would you recommend for others who may just be getting started?
Ooo that’s a hard one, for creativity I would say ‘just do it’, anything, whatever so long as you are physically ‘doing’ then you won’t seize up! Getting started in a business sense, I would say be determined, do research, listen to anyone and everyone, don’t give in at the first hurdle, there’s gonna be many many hurdles but if you work hard and have ‘something’, you will get where you want to be eventually.

Thank you Donna for this fantastic interview!!!

My adventure with Kefir Grains

About a month ago I saw a beautiful photograph of an item in my friend Andrea Scott’s Etsy shop, Story Book Artifact:http://www.etsy.com/shop/StorybookArtifact?ref=seller_info
This beautiful picture piqued my curiosity and I had to read exactly what was in this sweetly decorated jar… I clicked on this item and it read “Kefir Grains”… All aside, I am a hippie and I will take the natural route when it comes to healing rather than the standard “Better living through chemistry” prescription drugs, however I had NEVER heard of kefir Grains, ever.
Now I am intrigued after reading her item description for these “kefir Grains”:

“In comparison, Kefir grains are unlike pricey probiotic capsules generally found at most health food stores because of it actually being a LIVING organism. Meaning that it regenerates itself and grows along with you and your family for many generations to come: way beyond the years of a family pet. ;o)~

Kefir is full of beneficial bacteria that aids as a natural probiotic for your intestinal flora, and thereby builds up your body’s immunity. It has been found that kefir is an effective immune stimulant and antimicrobial against a wide variety of harmful gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Composed of around 400 strains of beneficial bacteria found in the intestines, kefir’s microbes serve as a natural clean-up crew for your intestines, and are essential for the proper absorption of many vitamins and minerals. Kefir also has an abundance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. Some of the more noteworthy of these are calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B2, and B12, vitamin K, A and D. Tryptophan, an essential amino acid found in kefir, has been found to have a relaxing effect on the nervous system.

The heirloom kefir grains of mine produce abundant amounts of kefir product; unlike most batches available today. These grains shall produce a wonderful kefir in either Goat or Cow’s milk.”

So now the wheels are turning in my brain, why have I never heard of this before and what are the benefits of these Kefer Grains? I had to investigate this further and was very surprised and excited about what I had found out about these wonderful grains!

Kefir, the miracle food, is known as a superb probiotic source. With rich probiotic content, it automatically has a positive effect on our bodies. Kefir and Kefir grains have been around for centuries and centuries back, and all for a good reason.

Over the last couple of weeks while studying and experimenting on kefir and kefir grains, I have compiled a list of the known benefits that kefir grains are most likely able to cure.

I have personally seen many of these health benefits throughout the past few weeks and I really do hope it helps you too.

Here are some of the known kefir health benefits:

Strongest natural remedy against any allergy
Strongest natural antibiotic without side effects
Treats liver disease
Treats gallbladder, dissolves gall bladder stones
Clears the body of salts, heavy metals, radionuclides, and alcoholic products
Cleans the body of chemical antibiotics
Treats kidney stones
Good bacteria in kefir are able to fight off pathogenic microorganisms
Lowers level of LDL cholesterol
Cleans the gastrointestinal tract
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Treats gastritis
Treats pancreatitis
Treats ulcers
Prevents and treats colon cancer
Improves digestion
Improves the body functions
Improves the human immune system
Cures Candida
Cures hypertension
Stops growth of cancer cells
Speeds up healing process
Treats psoriasis
Treats eczema
Treats inflammatory diseases
Reduces size of tumors
Treats heart disease
Reverses calcination of blood vessels
Clears the blood vessels
Boosts the bodies energy
Natural “feel good” food
Treats lung infections
Normalizes metabolism thereby can be used as for weight loss
Cures acne
Has anti-oxidants and anti-aging properties
Nourishes hair
Treats the gum disease parodontosis
Lessens effects of medicines
Replenishes body of good bacteria after antibiotic
Balances the microflora of the body’s digestive system
Regulates blood pressure
Lowers blood sugar
Lowers blood lipid levels or cholesterol and fatty acids
Treats diarrhea
Treats constipation
Promotes bowel movement
Anti-stress properties
Treats sleeping disorders
Treats depression
Treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Improves the brains neuro functions like reflexes, memory retention, attention, the five senses
Reduces flatulence
Lactic acid fermentation enhances the digestibility of milk based foods. People who cannot otherwise digest milk, can enjoy the vital calcium rich Kefir.
Treats yeast infection
Eliminates vaginal odors
Cures wrinkles
Treats arthritis
Treats colitis
Treats gout
Cures migraines
Treats rheumatism
Treats other stomach disorders
Detoxifies the body
Improves protein quality of milk, and enhances absorption and digestion
Good bacteria manufacture B vitamins such as B3, B6 and folic acid.
Aids in treating tuberculosis
Treats stomach cramps
Treats chronic intestine infections
Treats liver infections
Treats asthma
Treats bronchitis
Treats sclerosis
Treats anemia
Treats hepatitis
Healing effects on catarrh, digestive nodes, astral nodes, bilious complaints
Treats leaky gut syndrome
Prevents metastasis
Cures bad morning breath
These are just some of the wonderful benefits of Kefir Grains.

If I have your curiosity peaked, I am sure the first question you will have would most probably be the exact one I had….”What does it taste like?” and “I wonder if I can drink this stuff…” I can tell you that I was surprised when I mixed my first drink with a dash of real vanilla extract, lavender honey and some splenda (yes, I like SWEET anything!) and chilled it for about an hour… it does have a slight tart taste but it reminded me of those little “Pro-biotic yogurt” drinks you can buy from the store, truth be told, this actually tasted better! I have even gone as far as to make smoothies with this, adding everything from mango’s, banana’s and strawberry’s! My kids, they LOVE Kefir Grain smoothies, I do, too!

If you suffer from any of the ailments I listed and you have about given up hope that anything will help you, I say give Kefir Grains a try, what do you have to lose?

If your thinking about trying them, visit Story Book Artifacts shop and Convo (message) Andrea, she is a wonderful and sweet young woman who is just a pleasure to do business with!

Andrea’s Etsy shop is filled with hand-crafted greeting cards, loose leaf tea blends, all-natural storybook-themed cookies, original drawings, sketches, and paintings, personalized storybook portraits on canvas, and probiotic heirloom kefir grains.
I will post a slide show of some of the delightful items I have found in her shop.

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Find the Lucky Shamrock, I bet you cant!

St. Patty’s Day is just around the corner, here is a wonderful collection of some gorgeous green finds to keep you from getting pinched! While your looking at all the beautiful handmade items in this treasury, see if you can spot the Lucky Shamrock, I bet you cant!

‘Find the Lucky Shamrock’ by Hippiechicjewelz

A treasury featuring some of the most beautiful shades of green, and hidden somewhere is a lucky shamrock. I bet you cant find it!

Mini Round Concrete Pot


Janie Jumper–Girls ruffled …


Superhero – Pure Mineral Eye…


More drama: Twisted sterling…


Our Ancestor’s Country C…


Multi Stone Necklace


Magnificent Malaysian Kratom…


Imelda Green and White Cameo…


SALE- Vintage Eaton’s Em…


4 Peas in a Pod Rhinestone N…


Original Art Card ‘Luck…


One of a Kind Malachite Pend…


Grass Green Pansy Flower wit…


Hummingbird In Flight – Fine…


Primitive Display Cupboard C…


Ladybug small art green back…


Treasury tool is sponsored by Lazzia.com A/B image testing.

Treasury created by Hippie Chic Jewelz

Upcycled Tie fits me to a “T”!

Being the Hippie Chic I am, my style is geared toward Up-cycled, Eco-friendly and handmade items. To me, a handmade item is worth a hundred times more than anything I can buy at a department store. In my ventures on Etsy I have come across some very talented artists who have created some of the most amazing items that I ADORE!  One such is from Red Hen Studios on Etsy, a SWEET  OOAK Upcycled Double Necktie Scarf Belt in Pink, Purple and White. Yes, this is totally right up my alley, it screams “HIPPIE CHIC STYLE” and is the hottest new fashion rave among many of my Etsy friends.

Red Hen studio has more than just up-cycled stylish finds, vintage books, patterns, household goods and jewelry are just some of the fabulous finds you will see when visiting their Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/RedHenStudios and also check out their blog site: http://redhenstudios.blogspot.com/2011/03/in-irish-mood.html