Favorites of the Week

I’ve been having fun finding fun things on Etsy, so I thought I’d feature one of my favorites of my favorites from every day of the week (I hope that sentence made sense)

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Monday

I keep seeing needle felting things that are absolutely wonderful. But to the left is a wonderful pink lamby that I totally fell in love with.

You can find this lamb, along with cute little bunnies, cats and dogs on the Etsy shop:

FeltTale. Check it out, it’s so much fun!

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Tuesday –

This wonderful, beautiful bird can be found on the Etsy shop:

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You can find a variety of things on this shop, including more birds and animals, flowers and scenes, fruit and figures.

It’s a lot of fun to look at, and the beautiful bird on the left is just the beginning! It’s definitely worth taking a look!

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Wednesday –

Another thing I noticed I’ve been liking a lot on Etsy, and I’d love to have, is pressed flowers or dried flowers. And the gorgeous necklace on the left is one of my favorites!

You can find this on the Etsy shop:

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I loved looking at this shop because there always seems to be something new and beautiful, and you even get to choose what color you want in some cases!

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And then there are these absolutely wonderful Pysanka eggs! Seriously, you have to check out this shop because it is so amazing!

You can find these etched chicken eggs on the Etsy shop:

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I might even have to contact the shop owner and find out if they do quail eggs, because those are so cute!

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Friday –

What I’ve discovered about Etsy is that it wouldn’t be Etsy without some wonderful vintage shops.

To the left are some beautiful vintage tins, with lovely flowers on them. We have a collection of tins (somewhere) but I just love these! You can find them, among many more beautiful vintage items, on the shop:

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I’ve also slowly realized I like bike things. Bike scarves, bike paintings, and then there’s this bike pillow. I love it! It even has birds!

You can find this – one among many fun and unique pillows for any style – on the shop:

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You have to take a look at these shops! They are all, individually, unique and fun. Looking back at them, they supply a great look at all the shops you can find on Etsy, from vintage to handmade and completely original. I had a lot of fun putting together this blog post.

And I hope everyone had a great week – and more importantly, will have a great weekend!

See you next week!

Sarah

 

Friday Featured Favorites: Designs by Diane

The shop I’ll be featuring today, DianesDesignsbyDiane, I discovered through the Etsy forums. What especially struck me was the happy, nice personality of the lady that runs it, Diane. I thought: “Wow, she must have a fun shop!” and I was right.

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And similarly, when I saw her shop, I found the personality inviting, charming and open.

As you can see with the fun picture on the left, her cards have a simplistic, amusing style that’s totally unique.

Diane’s career in art started when she drew a picture for a friend’s birthday. It was so popular, her friend got about 40 orders! (I think that’s a great way to start a business)

Diane’s work is shown in art shows and she used to own a shop. Sadly, her shop was destroyed in an earthquake.

Diane heard about Etsy through an artsy niece, and opened her shop in 2010, though didn’t keep it up until recently when she was laid off from her regular job. She admits the situation is a little scary, but with the support of her husband and Lord willing, she thinks a door will be opening soon. Even while I was talking with her, she made her first sale since reopening!

il_570xn-1132268380_ks92It goes without saying that I loved looking around at her shop. What struck me just now, when I was looking for some of the pictures to feature, was that there seems to be endless possibility to what Diane could do, since she’s making the cards completely from scratch!

She has several cute little angels, as well as animals, like the owls to the left.

Many of the cards are blank, or can have a small message, making it very customizable!

Besides the wonderful cards, Diane has several dolls that look amazingly like her illustrations. Here’s a Link to one of my favorites.

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This picture to the left is totally my favorite so far!!!

I loved checking out this shop, as I’m sure you will too!

Here’s a link to her Etsy shop, DianesDesignsbyDiane

And a link to her Blog, here on WordPress.

If you want to see more shops we feature here on occasional Fridays (hopefully a little more often than we’ve done recently) just follow our blog!

Hope everyone has a great Friday and weekend!

Sarah

I did it! 30 Items in My Shop!

Hello everyone! I said I would be back – and with the good news I hoped to deliver! I made it!

30 items in the shop! Want to see them?

Another painting! Like I said earlier, the first one had to have a bit of company!

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What about another painting? More pumpkins? Yeah, I like pumpkins!

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But what about a painting that isn’t a still life? Something that’s totally different!…. Oh dear, I just realized I can’t give you a picture of that one… You’ll just have to check it out for yourself right here! 🙂

Oh, and what about the card? Oops, I can’t give you a picture of that either. But here’s the link to my new card.

And the last thing, another hat, the teal one that I finished the other day and showed you a picture of. Here’s the link to that one. Oh look, I actually do have a picture of it! And I’ll tell you a secret -it’s not washed and blocked yet, since I didn’t have any time today to do that, and we girls don’t do any work on Sunday. But maybe I’ll show you how I block the hats sometime soon! 🙂Teal Hat (2).jpg

Well, I was all excited all day long, getting everything done that now I’m kind of tired. I’ve got to go now, but I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

~Hannah

22, 23, 24… 25 Items!

Well, I don’t really have time to be doing a quick post right now, but I’m all excited! I just reached 25 items! I thought I wasn’t going to make it, but I think I will actually!

Just 5 more items and I’ll reach my goal! Woohoo! Totally excited right now! 😀

Let my show you the items that I listed since the last time I wrote a blog post…

First there are the two hats, the cotton (or maybe cotton candy!) one:

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And then I did a wool slouchy hat! Which I have totally fallen in love with… I might have to take it for myself if someone else doesn’t like it! 😉

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And now I come to the painting… I blogged about this one before, and I was all excited about it, but after having it on my shop all alone, the only painting on the shop, I just had to take it down again. It just looked too lonely! But it’s back again! And it has some company!

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Here is my other painting that I have up, which you might remember seeing before from a previous post, but I’ve decided to put them both there now, and they’ll be all one big happy painting family in just a few hours!

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So there you go! A couple paintings, a couple hats, and in no time at all, I’ll be having more…Hopefully I can post again and show you the last of the 30 items on my shop! But till then, but dash off and do a bit of Saturday household stuff and more Etsy listings!

~Hannah

Friday Featured Favorites: Personality!

I ran into some more shops, so I thought it would be fun to feature a few today (probably to catch up with forgetting to feature shops for the last few weeks)

il_570xn-1003623544_2el1The first shop I want to feature is really fun. The shop’s name is BlackBerryBookArt and you can find items like the one on the left on this shop.

The owner of the shop started doing book folding for a school project, and then decided to start an Etsy shop.

I was amazed when I saw this shop, partially because this is the first time I’ve ever seen it.

It makes a wonderful and unique gift or décor, with a possibly infinite amount of potential!

I encourage you to take a look at this shop, because there are a lot of fun and beautiful things to see here. I just had to do the owl because I always seem to do the owls.

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The next Etsy shop I’d like to feature is called GiftsandTalents and an item on this shop is featured on the right.

Apparently my theme is birds. I love birds, and I love the two little birds on this Wedding Guest Book Box. It’s the perfect combination of whimsical, rustic, cute and charming.

Also featured on this shop are several boxes like these, with so much variety you have to take a look at it for yourself, and some beautiful burlap wreaths. I was very interested to see the wreaths, because I have a burlap canvas, and I’m trying to figure out what I want to do with it.

il_570xn-811197950_bi15Last but not least, the beautiful Etsy shop CustomPortraitArt. Please, please take a look at this shop! It is so much fun! One painting is featured on the left, and I just had to do this one because it’s a Goldie and they’re always the best dogs!

You have to take a look at this shop because there always seems to be something new to see. There are lots of wonderful doggies and kitties and house portraits and other portraits.

It’s just so much fun, and this shop has a lot of wonderful personality. Hey, I just figured out what to title this post!

So, I’ve introduced you to three wonderful, exciting Etsy shops brimming with personality. Once again, I invite you to take a look.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Coming up……. refreshment for the hot days ahead.

Sarah

Taking Another Look

Abigail mentioned a blog post or two ago that we’d look at some of our favorite blog posts. So, I thought I’d do that. Then I realized that would actually be a really short, boring blog post, so I’ll go ahead and do something else I was thinking about.

Rosy Pink Girl with Blue Crochet Hook 2But first a couple blog posts I’ve really enjoyed recently. From Hannah, she wrote and featured some photos from the new look of her shop.

I loved this blog post, because I love Hannah’s art! Hannah’s beautiful ladies are amazing, and you can follow the link to see more of her beautiful art, or of course take a look at her shop to see it in use.

Another blog post I really enjoyed that Hannah wrote was about our Epic Fudge. I thought it was important that you have a link to this fantastic recipe again, and I especially like all the possibilities you have!

I also really loved Abigail’s blog post all about Cherry Blossoms! You have to read it, because it’s not as simple as it looks. Anyway, I can never have enough of cherry blossoms and I miss them already!

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Another blog post from Abigail was her Easter Celebration.

I  really liked this blog post, even though it was kind of one of those random “filler” blog posts – kind of like this one.

However, when I was reading over it, I realized it really captures the mood of our blog and us.

We take a different twist on things and generally decide to take things on a little too late.

Now, I’ve taken a look at a couple blog posts I really enjoyed from my sisters. Then I thought it would be great to feature a blog that you might be interested in if you enjoy what we do here.

I recently discovered Swiftly Created. If you love cards – which I do – you will love this blog! And, even better, there’s an Etsy shop too!

So, that’s all I have for today. I’ve been wanting to feature similar blogs, as well as other guest bloggers, so hopefully you’ll be seeing more of that.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Sarah

On Fairy Tales

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I’ve always loved fairy tales. The genre is the defining one of my literary appreciation, which is curious since I had no more exposure to fairy tales than the average American child: Disney princess movies, the odd story book, and an ancient Atari computer game which Mad-Libbed “Little Red Riding Hood.” Oh, and “Chronicles of Narnia.” But I loved the style and adventurousness so much that I made up my own fairy tales, and eventually searched out classics.

 

But here’s the thing: I mean something a little different by “fairy tale” than the tropes – “once upon a time,” sparkly princesses, perky fairy godmothers, and “follow your heart.” This is because I’ve read a few books that stretch my understanding, like “Look to the Lady” by Marjory Allingham and “Father Brown” by G.K. Chesterton and a few interesting essays by C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and George MacDonald. These argue that fairy tales can be found in unexpected places. Here are a few parameters – a fairy tale should:

  • A walk in the woods:
    Be bold, be bold – but not too bold!

    Start with a normal, everyday situation where ordinary people are just going about their business.

  • Something extraordinary happens.
  • Have a very great evil threatening which must be fought.
  • Involve some kind of unusual effort – often a journey. Anyway, adventure of some kind.
  • Have goodness, in an unexpected place – something worth fighting for
  • Involve growth and change in the main character; often, how to use their wits, or courage, or love, or rediscovery of something good that was lost.
  • Usually end in the main character doing something extraordinary to fight the evil and reestablish good.
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And I think that covers it! A fairy tale doesn’t need to have magic, fairies, “True Love” or even “happily ever after” (although it helps, of course). By these criteria, I have discovered beautiful and amazing fairy stories in places you wouldn’t expect, like “Wall-E,” some mysteries, the book of “Esther,” and “Doctor Who.” I love all of these, as well as the classics.

 

Why all this talk of fairy tales? Well, they’re sort of my theme this month and I thought I’d explain my odd reasoning about them so you know what I’m talking about!

Here are a few titles to check out, if you want to explore fairy stories by my definition:

  • “Lady in the Water”
  • “Brave”
  • “MirrorMask”
  • “Doctor Who: Series 5”
  • “Kung Fu Panda” (3 especially)
  • “The Chronicles of Narnia”
  • “That Hideous Strength” (A “fairy story for adults”)
  • “The Princess and the Goblins” and “The Princess and Curdie”
  • “The Magic City”
  • “The Crime at Black Dudley”
  • “The Secret of Chimneys”

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Also, check out our totally awesome “Fairy Stories” Pinterest board. All of the pictures in this post come from there, and it might give you a bit more of an idea of what I mean!

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A final thought from G.K. Chesterton: “Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

-Abigail-