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This weeks STATTEAM Spotlight Featured Artists

What a better way to start off your Monday than with a wonderful feature from our STATTEAM SPOTLIGHT featured artists for this week!

First is Lindsay Maree from Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/LindsayMareeJewelry Her shop is featured in the STATTEAM SPOTLIGHT today.

Everyone loves the traditional red & green of Christmas! Like these very festive earrings! Perfect to wear with any outfit this holiday season, or buy to place under the tree for someone else to open Christmas morning. Red and green glass beads hanging from nickle-free silver colored studs. Lightweight and measure approximately 2.5cm from the bottom of stud. If you would like to see this design in another color, just send me a message and I will do my best to accommodate! *Holiday gift wrapping is free!

Feathers are the “in” item right now! Surprise your best friend with a pair or buy them for yourself to complete that boho-chic outfit.Brown, tan, and orange pheasant feathers hanging from surgical stainless steel hooks (hypoallergenic). Measures approximately 3in from the top eye-hook. Ships in a jewelry box, wrapped with ribbon, and nestled in tissue paper.

My next shop is featured in the STATTEAM SPOTLIGHT on 12/06/11 is Barb D from quiltedhugsbibs , her adorable children’s item’s are perfect for baby’s first Christmas!

This adorable Zebra print burp cloth is made using 100% cotton DSQ (Diaper Service Quality) pre-folded diapers and are super absorbent to keep Mom’s clothing dry. They have been PRESHRUNK before embellishments are added in my smoke-free home studio. Free gift wrapping available.

Dress your baby girl in this adorable pink ballerina baby set trimmed with white lace. Imagine how cute she’ll look in this bib set for a birthday, Christmas or any time of year!

Free gift wrapping available. Just leave a note to me when you check out!

Every baby should have a girly bib with matching pacifier clip and burp cloth! They’re perfect for new mothers, baby shower gifts or anyone who wants to shower a special baby or toddler with love.

This set includes:
– An bib that’s 9” wide and 6-1/2” from neck front to bottom edge.
– One individually carded pacifier clip
– One burp cloth with coordinating fabric strip and lace trim embellishment
– Each set is wrapped together with a coordinating grosgrain ribbon bow.

The bib and burp cloth feature and white lace to look like a ballerina’s tutu.
BIB: made from high quality, 100% cotton fabric washed to remove any sizing and excess dye, have a NO PVC waterproof liner to protect clothing and a Velcro closure for easy on- easy off that is sewn down with a satin stitch to prevent the edges from poking your little one.
Pacifier Clip: measure approximately 10” from end to end including the CERTIFIED LEAD-FREE color coordinated clip with plastic grips to hold the paci clip securely but will not damage the edge of the bib, your child’s clothes or edge of the stroller. The pacifier is held with heavy duty snaps so you can easily change the pacifier.
BURP CLOTH: Made using 100% cotton DSQ (Diaper Service Quality) pre-folded diapers, have been washed & PRESHRUNK – they’re super absorbent to keep Mom’s clothing dry. The cotton ballerina-themed fabric accented with two rows of lace above the 6” wide fabric strip across the bottom that finishes to measure approximately 14” wide by 18” long.
Bibs are individually quilted in my smoke-free studio on my home sewing machine to accent the fabric design and create the look of a traditional quilt.

Feature STATTEAM SPOTLIGHT artist for 12/07/11 is 1treeyoga on Etsy, her shop has the perfect items for the yoga enthusiast on your holiday list!

This simple breast cancer mala bracelet represents courage, strength and the will to over come all things. It has 20 10mm pink cats eye beads and one 10mm white with black resin bead. They are strung on clear stretchy cord. The bracelet measures 8″ around but will stretch to fit any size.

The yoga mat bag is made from Joel Dewberry fabric “Spade damask in mulberry. The bag is fully lined with a burgundy cotton fabric. There is an ivory twisted cord to cinch the bag closed. Dimensions: Bag: 26″tall x 9 1/2” across the opening Shoulder strap: 26″long x 2″wide.

If your looking for holiday decorations my next STATTEAM SPOTLIGHT featured artist for Thursday 12/08/11 Cerra Haybecker from Cerra on Etsy has exactly what you need to deck the halls, or any other room in your home!
This set of 5 handmade ornaments are too lovely! These ornaments are lovingly made by hand, with shapes that I have cut myself from eco-fi material. They have been put together using my own special heat set method and will last you many years to come. They would make a great hostess gift or a great gift for any special person in your life. They can be directly shipped to a recipient of your choice with a gift card featuring your message. They would also work well as an addition to any gift that you give this holiday season, just put them alongside your regular gift tag on a package or sneak them in and your recipient will have a regular hanging reminder of you.

This banner has been lovingly made by hand, with shapes that I have cut myself from eco-fi material. It has been put together using my own special heat set method and will last you many years to come. The banner would make a great hostess gift or a great gift for any special person in your life, including yourself! The banner can be directly shipped to a recipient of your choice with a gift card featuring your message. This would look great strung across your fireplace with stockings hanging underneath. Each letter has been backed with a solid colour so that if it happens to flip it will still look tidy, although there won’t be a letter.

Friday’s featured STATTEAM SPOTLIGHT featured artist is Martha Preble from ArtfulHummingbird her shop is full of delightful jewelry sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face this holiday!

I’ve used lovely moonstone and Swarovski crystals to bring these simple sterling silver chandeliers to life. Flashes of color from the natural iridescence of the stones, plus the “auorora borealis” crystals, brighten these earrings. You can toss these on with jeans or wear them out to an evening event – these earrings are great.
2 1/2″ from top of earwire to bottom of earring.

This bracelet is full of moonstone with bright blue flash. I use the highest-quality best stones I can find! I’ve blended several different shapes and cuts of moonstone with pearls, Swarovski crystals, and a few glass beads. The handmade box clasp – absolutely unique – is amazing. It showpieces a large abstract piece of moonstone set in gold vermeil (high-karat pure gold over sterling silver). This beautiful bracelet is bound to become an heirloom. Unique, beautiful, handmade, high quality.

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Friday Night Finds

Tonight it is too cold for me to go out with my family and do anything, plus the fact that I live an hour away from civilization doesn’t help, either! So tonight I have browsed some new shops on Etsy.com and found some sweet Christmas gift giving ideas, I think you will like them as much as I did!

My first fantastic feature find is from Etsy shop ageratum with these delicately sweet Angels of the Rain Forest natural amazonite lily bead earrings. These very unique and lovely dangling Angels were created with hand carved natural amazonite (lily shaped) beads and I have added 6mm swarovsky light peach glass pearls, antiqued silver wings, and sp jumprings. They dangle about 1 3/4 inches from the top of the platinum plated silver french hooks. Be so Merry and the talk of the party wearing these loveliest of Holiday earrings! Enjoy and Always Be Beautiful wherever you are!

I visited next a great shop SQResources, and happened upon this lovely OOAK Knit Cowl (Lime and Turquoise Art Yarn)OOAK cowl knit with a beautiful functional art yarn from kittygrrlz.etsy.com. This highly textured yarn is a combination of hand spun / hand dyed yarns combined with novelty eyelash and ribbon yarns. The yarn is squishy with lots of nubs and is spun to be thick and thin. The colors include shades of lime green and turquoise. The cowl is a 10 inch by 18 inch rectangle whichis designed to be worn many ways by adjusting how and where you close the ends with the stick pin (which is included)

My next featured item is from beautifulswagstore with a beautiful Yellow Rose Headband. This is a handwrapped plastic headband in yellow satin ribbon with a large yellow rose headband attached along inset in the middle is a yellow aylric gem inset in the middle. This large yellow rose handwrapped satin ribbon in matching yellow is perfect for all occassions, formal, informal, and semi-formal. I have seen similar items worn as hair accessories, hair decorations, for homecoming events, school dances, coordinating with cheer squad events, wedding or engagement needs. Perfect for that sweet sixteen or an teen mega birthday celebrations. Don’t forget those sorority meetings, parties, and ceremonies.

If you love Cameos, you will love this beautiful butterfly cameo necklace from sydemcgus! This cameo is vintage inspired. A lovely butterfly cameo style pendant ( 1 5/8″ long not including the bail) dangles from an antique brass tone chain. The chain is 19 1/2″ long and ends with a lobster claw clasp. A great new piece for your Fall/Winter wardrobe!

I love trinket boxes, so when I saw this handmade metal box from vintagenowandthen I knew I had to feature it! I LOVE this old metal rustic box with a beautiful sculpted flower on the top! Handmade in Mexico of tin & brass that has developed an awesome patina that only time can create! In very good vintage condition, there is an embossed pattern around all four sides of the box. Approx. 4″ square & 2″ tall, increasing to approx. 3″ tall including the flower. Some rust in interior corners.

I am really into fused glass, and I love this next item from KanYoFuse. Fantastic Snow Fused Glass Pendant with ribbon necklace is truly stunning! Fa La La La Fantastic and absolutely gorgeous! This wonderful piece of snow flake dichroic glass is absolutely brilliant. Step out this holiday season in style with this wonderful pendant. This pendant measures approximately 1.25″ w by 2″ l (3.2 cm x 5.2 cm). It features silver and blue fusion snow flake Profusion Studio dichroic glass over true blue glass nestled in a silver-plated round lipped pendant plate and a 18 inch blue ribbon necklace with 2 inch extender.

Since I have little ones at home, I always have to stop and check out fun things that I think my kids would love like this Green Space Alien created by wigglysee. Crocheted Alien is 14 inches tall, about 6 inches wide.
He is looking for a home on earth with a great little kid. He loves to cuddle and take long naps He makes a great friend for kids of all ages. He crocheted with acrylic yarn, has safety eyes and stuffed with polyfil.

I hope you enjoyed my Friday Night Window Shopping, I know I sure did! I really love handmade items, this year I have pledged to buy only handmade. Buying handmade items has never been so important particularly given the current economic climate. I want my hard earned money to support a person, not a massive corporate company who buys machine produced goods by the thousands at a very low cost and then raises the price by huge leaps and bounds. I want to know I am helping a stay at home, a man who has been laid off due to economic crisis and is relying on his craft to support his family, or the college student who is struggling to make ends meet. To me, pledging to buy handmade is the right choice for myself and my family. I hope that you will consider buying handmade, too!

Fabulous Friday Finds for your FA LA LA LA LA Holiday Shopping

I love December, especially when shopping on Etsy.com! Etsy is the most wonderful place to buy a special gift of handmade love for that special someone in your life! If you have never shopped on Etsy You probably don’t know that you can find practically anything on their site, think of Etsy as a shopping mall that specializes in handmade quality items from fabulously talented artists, if your really into going “GREEN”, Etsy has many Eco-Friendly shops, and for all you “Vintage” Lovers out there, Etsy has that too! Gifts for everyone from the Stunning Fashionista to the Geek at heart, I guarantee you Etsy has something for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

On Etsy I have made some marvelous friends, today I want to share with you items I have found at their very wonderful Etsy shops.

My first gorgeous item is from a friend I made on the Etsy forums, This Limited edition stunning crystal and pewter toned bead chainmaille necklace is simply EXQUISITE! This beautiful Necklace was created by devorajewellery.
The way this necklace catches the light is just beautiful. Essentially it’s a chainmaille necklace which has had the snake chain added to the neck area to soften the look close to the face. The beads are crystals and delicious pewter toned metallic faceted beads wired wrapped onto the rings of the necklace.

From another friends fabulous shop you will find something to keep the man in your life not only warm, but stylish too! This Black & Purple Men’s Scarf that has been Personalized in Design would make a great gift!
This Men’s Scarf features a square pattern, made from a soft tissue fabric and is a very cool design for the winter.

For that special “ANGEL” in your life, this “YOUR MY ANGEL” ring from my friend at Michaelangelas would earn you a halo this Christmas! Set with all real genuine gemstones, let your angel feel like a queen in this beautifully designed cocktail ring. Featuring untreated Peridot, very blue Tanzanite, and real Diamonds…all at a very affordable price!

Don’t forget to add some new decorations to your Christmas Tree this year! This beautiful hand-painted peacock ornament was made by my friend at starflycreations. Hand painted textural peacock feather ceramic disk ornament suspended by a black satin ribbon. Each painted feather barb is dimensionally raised off the surface creating a very tactile piece. Every piece is a unique work of art and as such I have photographed each ornament individually. You will receive the specific ornament shown.

For that special someone in your life who LOVES the color blue, this London Blue Topaz Stardust Sterling Silver Necklace is sure to please! Created by my friend from ExoticTreasuresJewel A Beautiful deep blue London Blue Topaz, hand faceted, and stardust sterling silver focals create a dream necklace. The faceted gemstones sparkle and twinkle like the deep blue sea – throwing color, light and vitality in all directions. These are vibrant, vivid stones making this necklace alive with a rich, exciting feel.
The focal points are sterling silver, with a stardust finish, adding a little more shine and shimmer. All together, it is a gorgeous necklace.

Warm your BFF or any ladies heart with this beautiful Autumn Entrelac Hand Knit Scarf created by my friend from ScarfAceKnits. Inspired by the changing leaves of the season, this beautiful entrelac scarf is the perfect accessory for the Fall. With colors ranging from golden yellows, bright oranges, deep reds and warm browns, this scarf will not only keep you warm and toasty as the weather cools, it’s also sure to be the envy of your friends and neighbors.
Along with being a range of colors, this scarf is also knit with a wide variety of yarns, including wool, acrylic, cotton, linen, modal, rayon, bamboo and cashmere. This Autumn Entrelac Scarf measures about 8.5 inches wide and 64 inches long

A dazzling Vintage Repurposed Victorian Hearts of Gold Charm Cha Cha Bracelet created by my friend at recreated1. Vintage hearts, a cameo, a teddy bear and a filigree butterfly adorn this victorian-themed bracelet. It stirs the yearning for times gone by, of elegant women in long dresses trimmed with frills and ribbons and parasols– a time of modesty and propriety, when artistic styles flourished. Vintage faux pearls, cats-eye beads surrounding crystal rondelles, brass findings, charms and pieces of vintage repurposed jewelry representative of the period to the were added to a faux brass chain. This bracelet is 8″ long and has a toggle clasp. It can be altered free of charge to fit a smaller wrist.

Pearl beaded Hoop wire Earrings with multi bright colors would make a fabulous gift for the trend setter in your life! These earrings were created by my friend at Obsidianrain. Hand bent wire hoops, add a very classy and elegance to these earrings! Can be worn out, dressed up or dressed down.

For the person on your list who loves Victorian Medieval Gothic inspired jewlery, this next feature from my friend at LeBoudoirNoir would make a stunning gift! A mesmerizing oversized green gemstone emerges from the sophisticated brass floral frame stamping captivating all your senses. This is a truly extraordinary cuff bracelet exclusively for women with an intense sense of style.

A Glittering and Elegant Swarovski Crystal Beaded Necklace created by my friend at DevikaBox will put a sparkle in your special someones eyes! Elegant, glamorous and eye-catching. Wonderfully glittering in the light, changing its colors from bluish to greenish metallic silver. This necklace is absolutely perfect for special occasions for low cut dresses or blouses.

With all these fabulous gifts for ladies and gentleman dont go thinking that I forgot about gifts for your special little one! My friend from Canadiancraftcritter created this adorable Patriotic child’s pullover. This is a size 4, it is also available in sizes 2,6 and 8 and can be done in other colors upon request and yarn availability. This sweater is soft to the touch and will keep your child warm during these colder months.

For the Fine Art lover in your life is this 10 x 8 Giclee printed from a detail of a original oil painting titled: “In the Night Spirit” created by my friend from RenaissanceDays. Angels guard a town on a hill with trees. Set in nature at night with a loving mother fox curled up with her baby fox. Rich in color, this is a beautiful work of art!

During the holiday season dont forget about treating yourself to a special gift, too! Who wouldn’t benefit from my friend hopelovefaiths Breakfast for your skin scrub! This is a totally awesome body scrub! Exfoliates and is very moisturizing, doesn’t leave a greasy feel. Before you turn off your shower just scoop a small handful of scrub into your hand and rub gently onto your skin. Rinse. Made with all natural ingredients.

What about for the hard to buy for person? I have the perfect gift found at my friends shop: SFBeads. Who wouldn’t fall in love with a gorgeous beaded ornament cover this Christmas? Dress your tree or mantel to impress, showcase this luxurious ornament! This piece is so beautiful that it begs to be displayed year-round :-))). Whether you are
hanging it on a tree, from an ornament stand, from chandeliers or in a window, it will make a great addition to your holiday decorations. The great thing about ornament covers is that if your ornament breaks you can easily place the cover on another ornament! Excellent gift for teachers, colleagues, or your boss %)

This Green and Brown T Rex dinosaur Original Inkblot Art Illustration 5 x 7 would thrill any Dinosaur enthusiast on your holiday list! My friend from francesclements says she has such fun making drawings from ink blots. What starts as a drop of ink is blown into an interesting shape. The shape usually calls out to her. she add lines to create what she hears. In this case, she heard “dinosaur”. In this case, the ink “jumped” and made a little splat above and to the left of his back. What can I say. You can’t control ink. You can see the splat in the picture. I think it gives this little guy some character.

A pair of earrings for those who love Native American Art, check out my friend myladyofgourds Native American Inspired Gourd Shell Earrings with Spotted Alaskan Salmon Beads. This would make an original gift that is sure to delight the recipient! Add some fun to your outfit with these Native American inspired gourd shell earrings. Handmade in my home studio I have wood burned and decorated the wood like surface of the gourd shells with an adorable spotted fish painted to look like an Alaskan Salmon. Dangling from the gourd shells are matching red wooden beads and polished sea shell chips. These OOAK earrings from tip to tip and not including the earring finding is approx. 1 1/2 inches long.

My last item is for the person who loves the ocean! These sea shell ceramic earrings created by my friend potterybynoelle are simply beautiful! The colors used are deep sea blue,on the back of the earrings the color used is blue lagoon.

I really enjoyed sharing these FABULOUS items from my friends on Etsy.com with you! There is nothing that says “YOUR SPECIAL TO ME” like a gift handmade with love!

Check back later this afternoon for another special holiday feature!

Peace, Love & Hippie Chic Jewelz

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

Wonderful Wednesday Christmas Wish List

It’s always so fun to shop from a local seller whose work you love! Since being on Etsy I have come across so many talented artists and their handmade items are amazing! Christmas is just a hop, skip and jump away so I wanted to share some beautiful items I have found that you may want to add to your Christmas Wish List, too!

The first item I have been eyeing is this beautiful Tibetan Om Pendant created by Exotic Treasures Jewelry on Etsy.
One of a Kind, Handmade, original Turquoise & Coral Necklace with Tibetan Om Pendant is beautiful! Gorgeous turquoise and natural shaped red coral underscore the beauty that shines from the traditional Tibetan pendant.

I have a sheer LOVE for anything steam-punk, so when I saw this ring from GothicCloset on Etsy, it immediately went on my “MUST HAVE” list!
This ring is unique – designed and handmade in New Zealand by Janne Perry. The ring will be delivered to the buyer in a handmade black felt ClosetGothic envelope.

Almost anyone who knows me well knows I have a deep infatuation for ACEO’s that are unique, so when I came across this beauty created by Nightsvision on Etsy, it went directly on my list to Santa!
ACEO Limited Edition print “Awake” by Tina Lynn Ellis. Measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches. Printed on quality archival paper and sealed for protection. This print is mounted on textured card stock for additional protection. The back is signed and numbered 1-20.

If you LOVE faries, you are going to LOVE this next feature, a beautiful custom made Fairy house from DreamofaDream on Etsy. A custom made fairy house built just how you want it! The house is made from recycled fine silver, which is .999% pure (as compared to sterling silver, which is only .925% pure). Each componant is hand formed out of precious metal clay.

I dont know how many of you watched the hit television show “Prison Break” it was one of my favorites! Those of you who followed the show will know why I chose this next piece. This Origami Crane Necklace from sithakokachiluka on Etsy is truly beautiful! Paper Crane Varnished paper pendant on 18k Gold over Sterling Silver Chain.

My next item is one that I know my 3 year old would definitely ask Santa for this holiday! This adorable Tinkerbell Costume by mylittleangelco on Etsy is simply darling! Tinkerbell Costume Pixie Tiara Wand Wings set in Green Gold White with Feathers Flowers Crystal Bling Fairy Costume

Each My Little Angel Co. hat, dress, or accessory is designed with careful attention to every detail. All My Little Angel Co. items are made of high quality tulle, silk flowers, ribbons, marabou, crystals and knitted items (materials will be stated in description). The mini top hats, headbands, or crocheted hats are perfect for any occasion and make a beautiful addition to any picture.

I think Santa would agree that each of these featured items are not only beautiful, but would make IDEAL Christmas gifts for those special people in our lives!

Good night friends, I hope you enjoyed my selected items for the day! Check back tomorrow to see what other goodies I will find!

Peace, Love and Hippie Chic Jewelz

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.


It’s almost time for the STAT Team BSP (Barter Sales Promotion)!!! The BSP will increase the number of “sales” in our shops and get your products in the hands of other STAT Team members…talk about great promotion! Plus, it is so much fun…it’s like shopping (early Christmas shopping perhaps?!) Get your “BSP” $5.00 item listings up soon because our BSP will kick off on Monday, July 25th!!!

Here is the link for our STAT Team BSP sign up…Add your name and shop URL to the bottom of the post:

Remember to sign up by July 24 11:59 p.m….

This blog post was contributed by Jessica of Eco-Friendly Freckles; one of my dear friends and one of the team leaders of the AWESOME Etsy STAT Team!
You can find Jessica on Etsy here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ecofriendlyfreckles

A surprise Birthday Gift from Junk It Love

On my usual travel to the Post Office I received a package that held something truly unique! Junk it Love on Etsy had sent me some of the coolest jewelry pieces that I had been eyeing in their shop for a while! Many of you may remember that I featured Donna Carter from Junk It Love on Etsy a while back on this blog, her up-cycled collection of jewelry made from tire tubes is on the cutting edge! I love the lightness of the jewelry, the bold statement they made and that I am wearing something that helps contribute to keeping the earth less cluttered. Donna’s work is not just eclectic, it is unique and adds a touch of flirtatious flair to your wardrobe. I was totally thrilled with my birthday surprise, thank you Donna for adding a touch of spice to my birthday and my wardrobe!

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You can find Junk It Love on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Junkitlove?ref=pr_shop_more
Like Junk It Love on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Junkitlove/172320619489428?ref=ts&sk=wall

Meet Ashley, the artist behind Tootyfruitymonkeyluv

It’s Friday evening and I am excited to share with you my most recent interview with Tootyfruitymonkeyluv on Etsy. This shop has some of the most adorable hair accessories that I have ever seen! My daughters LOVE her hair accessories, and so do I!

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Tell us your personal name, business name, website and location?

Hi, my name is Ashley Kolodzek and I own tootyfruitymonkeyluv. My company is named after my two little divas (Zoe aka “Tooty Fruity” and London aka “Monkey”). I am due with my third girl on June 23rd so I guess she will have to be “Luv”(nickname, of course)? I am located near Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and I run my business solely online through Etsy, Facebook and Twitter. I am in the process of adding a website (but I am way too picky!) which will also list my products! My Etsy web address is tootyfruitymonkeyluv.etsy.com and Facebook is facebook.com/tfmluvhair

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

We live in a fairly small two bedroom home right now. My workspace is also my kitchen – however, the only thing I create in the kitchen is hair accessories (haha). This is why I married a Chef (yes, it was planned jk!). I haul all of my materials from the basement up and usually have a “creating session” twice a week where I go to town and create like a crazy woman. Then the rest of the week I pretty much photograph, update, renew and post new items. Currently, I am trying to stock up before baby girl #3 arrives 🙂 My goal is to have a bigger home with a studio type room that I can set up as my work station and my photography area (with props, lighting, etc.).

How would you describe and think of your style, what kind of hair accessories do you make and what type of materials do you prefer?

I believe my tagline answers this question perfectly. “Inspired by all Things Vintage, Retro and Shabby Chic.” I try to have all my products follow this tagline/guideline and also research new and upcoming trends so I am able to recreate at a more affordable price. If you see something you like – contact me for a custom order – I love tackling new projects or techniques! I prefer silk flowers, all types of different fabrics, bold, bright, soft and sweet colors. And again, vintage anything is right up my alley! A lot of my bridal pieces, bib necklaces and headbands have vintage buttons or vintage centers from local antique stores.

What new directions do you hope to move in the future?

I have so many exciting things I want to do in the future. I am very busy with my small children right now, so I am taking the time to finish my Graphic/Web Design degree (graduate next year!!). In addition, I started this company in October 2010 so I am still in the trial and error stage. I really feel by the time I graduate I will have a killer product line, solid organization and processes and an amazing website (that I created)! My all time love is photography so I am currently rounding up all my friends children (yes, at 9 months pregnant – I am hardcore :)) and building up a portfolio. Photoshop Elements 9 is an amazing software program for aspiring photographers, but it takes a LONG time to learn (especially when you have a Monkey running around) 🙂

Do you have big plans, new ideas or designs you will be exploring soon?

My long-term goal is to have a shop that offers hair accessories (everyday and bridal), canvas art, photography (nature) and offers my photography, graphic design and web design services. I would eventually like to be a full-service store where you can come in, purchase a beautiful big lace flower headband for your newborn, book a photography shoot for your new addition and pick out a birth announcement design (one example, I would also do graduation pics with grad announcements or bridal with wedding invites or wedding slideshows). I would be able to bundle these services and in the long-run save people money and time!

What is your typical day like?

Pure chaos! 🙂 My 2 year old daughter stays home with me (and soon to be newborn), so we hang out in the morning and when it is nap time (like right now) I hop on the computer and start working on the never ending “to do” list. We pick up Tooty Fruity from school around 3pm – hang out (or soccer practice, or doctors appointments, or…) until 7/8pmish and then I am back on the computer or in my kitchen creating new items. Oh yeah, and completing my homework…

How do you work during the day in your studio, and what keeps you inspired and motivated?

My children obviously inspired me every day – I want to create a magical childhood for them. I don’t feel that means they need to live in a mansion or have closets full of clothes, but I want it to be carefree and fun! They obviously love the fact that mommy makes hair accessories, being major fashionista’s, but the extra money helps us do some fun family activities and take small trips together (and pay our bills… sometimes JK).

Who are and are your mentors and inspirations?

My parents are my mentors, hands down. They have guided me through life teaching me that I CAN do anything I put my heart to (and I truly believe that!). They have been very supportive even when I haven’t made the right choices which, in the long run, taught me forgiveness and understanding. They would give their shirts off their backs to almost anyone and introduced me to God at a very young age! They have helped us tremendously and by starting this business and finishing my degree I hope to make them even more proud…

I noticed you work with many medias, do you create one piece from start to finish, or do you create various components and then the piece grows to completion separately?

Lately, I have been so busy with custom orders and with school finals that I have been just creating items that are popular or I find beautiful. I try and come up with mini-lines (like “Blue Cosmos on a Sunday Morning”) when I have time because they keep me sane and on top of my game and showcase my range. I usually create about 6 to 10 items that are similar in colors/textures and list them together or create a Facebook album to showcase the new creations. My “hippie” headband and brooches are very popular right now; therefore that is what I am primarily working on. It really changes with the seasons as well.

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 gravitate towards Marketing/Advertising and love coming up with Sales Promotions. I love to create items, but I have to literally tear myself away from the computer (my husband loves this – NOT!) and walk away haha. In addition, I thoroughly enjoy photography so I usually love booking and taking photos of nature, people or my products. Then I get overwhelmed by the large amount of images that need to be sorted through and edited. You know the saying, “you bit off more than you could chew”? Yep, that is me, in a nutshell. I have so many ideas floating around in my head, it is a wonder I can sleep at all. I really want to showcase a primarily fabric flower hair accessory line and expand on my bib necklaces, but my ideas or “favorites” typically take the back burner.

What sort of things do you prefer making and creating, what comes easily to you?

Well, actually making the flower hair accessories take time. I am very quality control focused; therefore I pay special attention to my products being securely attached and durable. I take a lot of time in securing each layer, hand beading with double thread and ensuring each embellishment is going to stay (for good!). I know this isn’t possible 100% of the time and things happen, but I would rather it would be someone else’s product it happens to:). I really enjoy coming up with new ideas and enjoy creating all my products! Bridal for me is very special because they trust me to create a custom piece to go along with their carefully planned out (ad expensive) dress and hairdo. I typically have them send me pictures of their hairdo (or attend their hairstyle trial) and wedding dress. I try and match color, style, beading, etc. And typically, this will be in their hair for photographs and with them for life!

What are the things you consider most important to do for your business and your creativity?

I think that the most important thing to do for your business is enjoy what you are doing. When you start to dread things such as creating your products or marketing/advertising you need to switch things up and find motivation in something (whatever gets YOU going). I find that when I am in the middle of a “creating session” I start to get worn down by the end (usually hours later). I am ALWAYS happy, motivated and inspired again after I see the final product, so I keep reminding myself about this during the process (I tend to talk to myself too). If you feel overwhelmed – get out of the house, log off for a day or two (if you can – you will probably come home to sales- that is what happens to me!) and get re-inspired by nature, music or just life!

What would you recommend for others who may just be getting started?

I was extremely disappointed when I first started. I had people telling me, “oh, you are going to sell a ton” or “yeah, I would definitely buy that”, but the beginning is not that pretty. You spend hours on creating enough items to fill your “store”, you come up with banners/logos/avatars/taglines/shop announcements, you take hundreds of photos and take time editing them. Then what happens? Nothing. You wait and wait until you get that first sale (which can take weeks or even months). But trust me, it will happen, once you get a sale and start building up a customer base you will feel great! It does take time to get “discovered, but by creating a Facebook page, posting on free ad sites (Craigslist, Kijiji), joining wonderful teams (such as Statteam ) you will succeed and your hard work will start to pay off. And remember, customer service is the most important aspect of any successful business… word of mouth is crucial! 🙂

You can LIKE tootyfruitymonkeyluv on Facebook: facebook.com/tfmluvhair

What a wonderful interview Ashley, thank you so much for this delightful chance to take an in depth look into your artwork and your shop!


Yes, it’s that time again! Tuesday is here once more, and yet again I have found some of the most tantalizing treasures to tickle your fancy from some of my favorite artists on Etsy:

My first featured artist is a woman who can turn an ordinary gourd into something spectacular! Myladyofgourds on Etsy created this lovely Gourd and glass sculpture jewelry dish. my lady of gourdsDo you ever wish that bouquet of flowers you gave as a gift on that special occasion would last forever…… well my Tangerine Burst gourd and glass wildflower sculpture will never wilt on you!

My next treasure comes from Awiredwoman on Etsycreated this unique and beautiful Hummingbird Bouquet Pin. A wired woman
Looking for an unusual pin? Look no further.
This hummingbird bouquet pin is completely hand-formed in gold-colored 20 and 22-gauge copper. The adorable pewter birds are perched atop flowers of yellow, green and amber-colored glass beads. The stems have been hand-twisted and sit in a hand-coiled vase sporting a tiny spiral at its base.

My next featured artist is Loveforstitches on Etsy with these adorable Under the Sea Personalized Burp Cloth Set, these would make a terrific gift for expecting parents!my love for stitches
Burp your baby in style with this set of three boutique quality burp cloths featuring an adorable crab, octopus, and sea turtle!
Created with 100% cotton, 6 ply premium cloth diapers and 100% cotton fabric applique, these burp cloths are designed to be beautiful and functional. The cloth binding makes this burp cloth really unique in that the underneath edge is fully wrapped in coordinating fabric, giving the burp cloth an even more boutique look. Embroidery is completed with Madeira thread for intense color and sheen.

Those of you who know me well know that I LOVE animals, so my next favorite featured item was created by Blackfridaystudios with this adorable Boston Terrier Remus Print.Black Friday Studios
Who could resist a face like this!?
This painting is from a photo of Remus, our guilty (and adorable) three legged Boston Terrier.
Remus is always ready for adventure and he doesn’t let the fact that he only has three legs slow him down!
Remus knows he is perfect just the was he is and also that he can charm his way out of a scolding with his big sad eyes.
Remus is defender of the house and keeps his troublesome cat brothers and sister in line sometimes to the annoyance of his people family.

My next Tantalizing Treasure is from another favorite of mine, Bonnieincdesign on Etsy
with these Terrific Pink Butterfly PlatesAngelinainspirationsNeed to spice up your walls? Try these on for some instant style!
Two hot pink plates with individual painted butterfly designs are sure to get compliments in your home. Add the hot pink vintage frame and its quite the set! Each piece has an attached ribbon (with cute matching buttons on the back) for easy hanging. Arrange in any order to maximize the beauty in your room with this trio.

Let me tantalize you more with a treasury from Kaerl on Etsy with this terrific Poetry Collage Necklace Poetry Collage NecklaceNostalgic words gathered from the pages of a book come together, in a slightly off-kilter haiku:
“a smiling memory
which poured into my senses
These words and page numbers are rescued from “An Indian Journey” by Walter Bonsel, 1928. There’s a warmth in the beautiful font of these numbers and letters.

My next favorite artist is Mercuryglass on Etsymercury glass
Lampworked glass bead made to resemble a green meadow and blue skies. Onto this has been added a raised relief tree with a raku glass trunk. Bead is about 27mm across, 24mm tall, and 14mm thick at its widest points. Completed with silver plated beads and fine chain with a lobster clasp.

My next favorite pick is from Restashable on Etsy with these Unique Funky Large Vintage Buttons.RestashableGet funky with these unique large vintage buttons! This set of nine buttons includes some very unusual ones: a 1 1/4-inch translucent green one with large grommeted holes; a black one made of wood and shaped like a horn; a translucent white 3-D flower button!

Now I will leave you with some Tantalizing Treasuries created by these very talented artists, enjoy!

‘Into The Sun’ by restashable

Thanks to AnnieJewelry for the title.

Original Art Card Cheer Up B…


into the sun – silver citrin…


Nick Fury Shield T Shirt Mar…


Handmade Skinny Flower Headb…


Black Onyx Tear Drop Circle …


Pu’unene School window -…


Golden Bow Earrings by FrEEn…


Natural Soap Flaming June


French Bulldog Louie Print o…


Yummy Flower 12″ x 18&q…


Alphabet Charm Swirl Earring…


The Gold Lager – Original Ab…


NEW Vintage Inspired Feather…


Night Time San Antonio Skyli…


Wire Wrapped Ring – Size 5 -…


iphone case / ipod touch cas…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

‘Mother Earth’ by MercuryGlass


Large Size Lavender and Cham…


Guinness Beer (unscented) Co…


Slippers for your wine glass…


Shades of Browns and Green


Gourd and Glass Vase – Long …


Feather Hair Clip


Mocha Me


Cozy Knitted Brown Cap


Edwardian bold tigereye and …




Bottle Cap Monster Necklace:…


Beadwoven Autumn Necklace Pi…


Treacle Toffee handmade lamp…


Plush Giraffe Diaper Clutch


Golden Tree porcelan cup


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

‘Magical Mystical Marvelous Moon’ by kaerl

Curiously, her light brings both comfort and mystery to the deep dark night. What does she do for you?

full moon over a Paris stree…


A Trip to the Moon. Méliès…


Primitive Full Moon Bread Bo…



Richmond Park Original Colla…


Dark Gray Leaves and the Man…


Large Original 30 x 24 Paint…


Goodnight Moon – Fine Art Pr…


OOAK Batik Dashiki Style Shi…


Signed Matted Digital Print …


Vintaj Moon and Stars Earrin…


Tree of Life African Opal Ra…


Juna Perfume Oil


full moon glow necklace – si…


Original Art Card ‘A Lo…


Dancing On The Moon . ACEO


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

‘your art is a poem without words’ by myladyofgourds

This treasury is my way of saying Thank You to all of my STATTeam team members who have taken the time to create lovely treasuries featuring an item from my shop. To everyone here’s a……. BIG THANK YOU! And, A BIG HELLO to the undiscovered shops I have included!And, to everyone who sees this treasury……Live, love, laugh, create!

Triple Strand Turquoise, Sil…


Fahrenheit 451 – ACEO Origin…


Fine art photography print -…


Necklace with Indian Mask Il…


Fine Art Photography Forgott…


Ocean Tides


Bronze Vase


green river – original abstr…


Turquiose Butterfly Mask Adu…


Vintage Buttons Rustic Pewte…


Vintage Metal Tray Memo Boar…


Create Yourself


owl capri/pants


Round Aventurine Silver & G…


Old Rankin Windmill


SALE 20% Off Heart of Teal N…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’ by AWiredWoman

Beautiful, unusual artistic roses!

Antique French Student’s…


Wire Wrapped ring – To Order…


SoyCandle Patchouli & Rose


Original Watercolor—-After…


Rose Quartz and Sterling Sil…


CUPCAKE with pink roses and …


Vintage Rose Earrings


Shabby Jeweled Easel with Sh…


Polka Dot Hearts and Roses


White Rose Elegance – Fused …


Wild Roses


Baccara rose adjustable ring…


2 Little Roses


Clasp Toggle Antique Silver …


Red Leather Rose Flower Neck…


Rose Heart Wedding Afghan Pe…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

‘Etsy: A Full Spectrum of Talent’ by LoveforStitches

A rainbow of talent in this treasury…featuring many Statteam shops and undiscovered, upcoming shops!

Felicity Tumbler Lap/Throw o…


Wood, Fine Art, Original, Fr…


Fine Crocheted Earrings – Ch…


Original Art Card ‘Orang…


Nostalgic cloche


Bright Pink, Aqua Blue, Lime…


Radical Rainbow – Fused Dich…


Lace Earring, tatted jewelry…


Rainbow Spangle handmade lam…


Cristina rainbow shawl perfe…


Crystallized Garden Three St…


Sunset Trio – Pure Mineral E…


The Carnival- Mad City Cat C…


Color of Life -Nursery Wall …


Wool Dryer Balls – Confetti …


Lip Balm Pick Three (Organi…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

‘The Woods Are Lovely, Dark and Deep But I have Promises To Keep’ by BlackFridayStudios

A Grownup Little Red Riding Hood Treasury

Piercing Original Oil Painti…


Story Book House 8 x 10 fine…


Eerie graveyard fog – 8X8 -…


Dof the Big Bad Wolf


BOGO SALE – Foggy Village ( …


Blue and Yellow Floral Flowe…


Original Acrylic Painting w/…


Little Red Riding Hood – Pri…


Frosty Forest – Dichroic Fus…


I Wish for Love, Dandelion i…


Lost Reflections 8 x 10 Prin…


Juicy Citrus Tangerine Grape…


Sterling Silver Star of Davi…


Affordable Art Print – Sibli…


Forbidden – 30×30 giclee hig…


First Light – 8×10 Fine Art …


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

‘I Discovered A Rainbow of Etsy FUN! Team Undiscovered Treasury Challenge’ by AngelinaInspirations

Hi, I’m participating in the Wednesday Undiscovered Team Treasury Challenge. This week’s theme is “over the rainbow”. Please take a look at all these wonderful fun items I discovered over the Rainbow and show these wonderful artists some Etsy love! http://theundiscoveredofetsy.blogspot.com/

Sparkling Rainbow Rosary II …


Dandy candy button bracelet




Gray Black Red Pink Leather …


Love Birds Wall Art – Save …


Multi-colored Hand-beaded Pu…


Through The Rainbow handmade…


Original painting, Flowers a…


Mixed Media Painting – Love …






Cute patchwork keyring – pin…


Catch all bowl in Black and …


Kite Festival Grand Haven Mi…


Cascade of Colors Necklace



Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.