I interrupt your week of blog reading to bring you some gift ideas for Valentine's Day from the shop. There is still some time to get your order in within the United States. Click on the images to view the Etsy items. It's all about hearts and pink and flowers! Don't forget the blog reader discount (just look over at the sidebar). You always get 20% off your purchase with code BLOG20. Read more →

When I was selling at Bard College the other week, another vendor I checked out was Lizzy Bird. Lizzy Bird creator, Elizabeth Bryant, makes pure beeswax candles, and botanical bath & body products made with fine, simple organics and wildcrafted ingredients. I should have included this shop in my Hudson Valley Gift Guide last month as they're based in Red Hook, NY. I was attracted to her super cute molds and bright colors which included honeybees, pinecones, Buddhas (not included... Read more →

This week my good friend Jess from Knot By Gran'ma announced she is launching a new business - Roarsome Yarns. But like a lot of business launches, some extra help is needed and I wanted to spread the word. Jess is a very passionate crocheter with dreams of one day having a farm with alpacas, chickens, bunnies and more. Right now, she just has Priscilla the Angora Rabbit and a Spinning Wheel. She just needs a few more items to... Read more →

Hooray! It's time for a giveaway! I'm participating in a giveaway hosted by Little Nostalgia starting TODAY! You have one week to enter, giveaway closes next Wednesday. Check out what you can win - I'm digging the Christmas-y vibe. Click the image to take you to the giveaway page for more details about each maker : Items from top to bottom: The Room Kit - gold-dipped wooden spoons and silver glitter clothespins Pulp Sushi - red rose stud earrings Eyelah... Read more →

Last week I shared an Etsy treasury I was in and one of the other items was a bag from Lefrac. It was gorgeous! I pointed it out in the post but I couldn't leave it there. I had to feature them. From Italy, Lefrac makes beautiful bags and purses out of felt. I'm mesmerized by the colors and style. The 3 mm wool felt is an environmentally and friendly material, sustainable, renewable and biodegradable. Their shop has a range... Read more →

Here's another post in tribute to handmade soaps. Today I want to talk about Beyond The Picket Fence. My latest purchase from Newburgh Urban Market Beyond the Picket Fence creates all natural Bath & Body products in small batches using the finest natural ingredients. Most items are 100% natural using essential oils as their fragrance & tinting herbs for color. The above soap is Brom Bones Pumpkin Spice Ale that includes hops and beer from North River Hops and Brew,... Read more →

When I use to live in Tarrytown, NY I would walk home from the train station. During the Summer if it was really hot and raining naturally I hated that walk. There was a woman who also got off at my stop and she would take the same walk as me and if it was raining, she would do that walk barefoot. Walking barefoot is awesome, I love it! Too bad it's frowned upon in public and I guess I... Read more →

One of the things I would like to do on my blog is share more stories of other small, handmade businesses. Not just review a product but getting to know what inspires and drives their business. Today I'm exited to tell you about Glint Candles. Who doesn't love candles? Lacey happen upon her love of candlemaking after taking a job as a DIY candlemaker in a Lake Tahoe resort teaching candle making workshops to kids and adults. She loved it... Read more →

About Victorian Mourning Jewelry

For some of my jewelry listings, I use the tag Victorian Mourning Jewelry. It sounds a little morbid but also beautiful. Mourning jewelry is just what it sounds like - jewelry one wears while mourning the loss of a loved one, a tradition that stems back to the 1500s. Usually the components for this type of jewelry would be jet and onyx and coral was added later on. From Wikipedia... There was special mourning jewelry, often made of jet. The... Read more →

Have you always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer? I did when I was in the fifth grade but that was short lived but it doesn't have to be for you! Check out ModCloth's Make The Cut program! This is a recurring design contest that invites the ModCloth Community to design garments, graphics, or fabric prints. Its main purpose is to further their mission of democratizing fashion by producing clothing designed by community members. YOU can become a designer at... Read more →