Today is all about Sammy's Jewels over on The Handmade Forum, as we continue the Spa Day Series. Sammy has an Etsy shop where she makes kawaii and creepy cute jewelry and hair clips out of resin. She's recently included cross stitch as well, though her focus remains on resin jewelry. Sammy is inspired by Japanese street fashion and says that most of her jewelry has a kawaii element (the Japanese word for cute). My favorite of Sammy's creations are the various hair clips, and there are tons to choose from!
Everything available at Sammy's Jewels is handmade by her in her home in Michigan. There are traditional colored items like the egg hair clip pictured above, as well as a pink version. Angel wing hair clips are available in solid colors or variations of half black or half white (or any color you wish to request as a custom order). Sammy also has a large selection of Halloween themed creations from bat and dripping heart necklaces to skeleton hand and bone hair clips!
I've been eagerly awaiting today since the kickoff of The Handmade Forum's Spa Day Series almost two weeks ago. If you've seen my Etsy shop, or know me in person, you know that I LOVE sterling silver and natural, earth-mined stones, and I am fascinated with the organic yet polished look of the two of them together. That said, it's no surprise that I obsess a bit over nearly every piece in Dix Cutler's Etsy Shop, Dix Sterling.
What makes her shop different?
Well, Dix takes the sterling and works it into textures that remind me of the those found in nature. Everything from a lake rippled by the wind, to the smooth but bubbled inside of an abalone shell, to a piece of ice formed on top of flowing water. She selects stones that accent and compliment the metal, improving the finished look instead of overpowering the sterling silver.
A few of my favorites:
I could go on and on about Dix Cutler and her lovely Etsy shop. Actually, I'd love to be a fly on the wall of her workspace while creates these pieces. I might have to settle for putting one or two of her items on my birthday wish list, but a girl can dream! It's been a genuine pleasure exploring her shop and learning a little about who she is as an artist and person, and I'm ever-so-glad that she saw that silver jewelry making flyer some fourteen years ago.
Make Mine Patchwork is today's shop of the day as the Spa Day Series continues over at The Handmade Forum. This everything patchwork Etsy shop is owned and operated by the lovely and talented Karen Relfe of Birmingham, Alabama, and is really full of all things patchwork.
Karen dreams up and then creates every single item in her shop. She makes quilts, pillow covers, home decor, purses, aprons, seasonal items (think stockings and holiday specific decor), and an impressive selection of baby items. In fact, her animal bibs are absolutely precious. If you look closely, you'll notice they are incredibly detailed right down to the plush fabric ears and embroidered noses and whiskers. This is a small sample-- they are available in multiple colors with different fabric for the ears. So. Stinkin'. Cute.
Karen's leaf inspired table runner and pillow covers are fantastic, and definitely my favorite items for fall. The leaves are so colorful and span the entire spectrum from pale yellow to nearly burgundy, with variations as impressive as any real forest.
I'm incredibly glad Karen is a member of The Handmade Forum, and through her shop I've really gained a new appreciation for all things quilted. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!
Hue+Wood is the shop of the day today in The Handmade Forum Spa Day series! This fantastic shop full of geometric hand painted wood jewelry and keychains belongs to Miran of Brooklyn, NY, but her creations should belong to all of us. She has some seriously cool items ranging from necklaces all the way to keychains, and there really is something for everyone. My personal favorite has to be her gold and black geometric wood necklace--completely handmade, drilled, painted, linked and finished. This striking necklace in the gold tone is perfect for fall, but the necklace is also available in several color variations.
I suppose what strikes me the most is how Miran has a way with abstract--she makes it look easy, although that's an extremely difficult thing to accomplish! She uses color in the purest ways, and black in just the right places, and creates gorgeous finished pieces. You can also find her work at Miran Studio on Etsy where she showcases her striking black and white abstract paintings. Keep up the beautiful work...it is inspiring!
The Handmade Forum Spa Day Series continues this week with Flaherty Naturals. This amazing Etsy shop is owned and operated by Debbie Cagle Flaherty, based in North Carolina, and specializes in organic skin care products, lotions, oils, scrubs, balms, soaps and much more. If you genuinely care about what you put in and on your body, have sensitive skin, or just like a more natural approach to health and beauty, this shop is worth checking out! Debbie really does make something for everyone, from loose leaf white tea with organic peony flowers to lavender lip balm (I want both!).
I will definitely be heading over to Flaherty Naturals for stocking stuffers and gift basket treats this year. In case you want to do the same, or can't wait that long, she is having a sale through the end of September using coupon code SEPT10OFF25 for 10% off any purchase over $25.
The next shop in The Handmade Forum Spa Day series belongs to a jewelry artist named Katie Joy. She is the owner/designer/maker and everything else that works together to bring us Uniquely You Jewellery. Her shop is bright and fun, and her creativity is especially evident in her work. She creates modern geometric painted wood bangles and earrings, decoupage bracelets and glass jewelry in a rainbow of colors.
Katie Joy is always adding gorgeous and fun new jewelry to her Etsy shop. Whether you've shopped Uniquely You Jewellery before, or this is the first you've heard of it, you absolutely should check out her shop for your holiday shopping (or just because it's awesome)!
Today, over at The Handmade Forum, we are continuing the Spa Day series and celebrating a woman named Carol Quinn and her Etsy shop, Quinny's Crochet. Carol is extremely talented and makes a wide variety of lovely crocheted items, including scarves, hats, neck warmers, eyeglass cases, brooches, baby blankets, and layettes. I always admire her scarves because a girl can't ever have too many scarves, right?
Thank you Carol, for sharing your talents on Etsy and bringing back sweet memories and making me smile with your lovely handmade items.
Next in the Spa Day series is Paisley Lizard Designs! "Paisley Lizard Designs specializes in one-of-a-kind southwestern, boho, and vintage-inspired jewelry, and handmade polymer clay and mixed-media buttons, keepsake boxes, and ornaments."
Tammy makes something for everyone and I am particularly intrigued by her polymer buttons! The marine blue and fuchsia buttons are my favorites, so I've included a picture of them below. I'm actually trying to dream up a project using these buttons because I like them so much!
Rhonda of Black Raven Creations was the third maker I ever bought from on Etsy. It was early last fall, and I had recently become acquainted with her through a handmade team where we were both members. I logged into Facebook one morning and Rhonda had just posted a picture of the grey and white fingerless gloves on her Black Raven Creations Facebook page (pictured holding the raven) as she was working on them--almost done but not yet listed. I bought them about 2 minutes later. I wore them quite often last winter and plan to do the same this year.
The adorable little cosmetic/travel bag all covered in cats is currently in my shopping cart while I decide how many and what patterns I want for stocking stuffers this year. To be honest, there are quite a few things in my shopping cart from Rhonda's shop... but what can I say-- it's hard to narrow down!
Today I want to shed the spotlight on an Etsy shop run by a girl named Rhi AKA, Puffy The Slayer. Rhi creates pixel art jewelry, bookmarks, pins, figures, Cosplay headbands/crowns, key rings, magnets and so much more. My favorite right now (with Halloween just around the corner) is the candy corn themed jewelry pictured below.
I'm also fascinated with her custom magnets and bookmarks that can be made to resemble whatever/whoever the customer requests. There are female vampires, zombies, men in suits, grandmothers, cheerleaders, and my favorite, the Scottish man in a kilt!
The best part of Rhi's shop is the fact that all of her wonderful creations are her own--totally handmade. I have a piece of her pixel art myself, and I know you won't be disappointed if you want to add a little pixelated fun to your shopping list this year or anytime you need a smile.
I logged into my Etsy shop this morning, half awake and rubbing the sleep from my eyes. I was mindlessly drinking my first cup of coffee as fast as possible without scalding my mouth, and I just wanted to check on my shop before running out the door. I subconsiously knew I was coming up on the one year anniversary of Stella Ziganti Designs on Etsy, but I didn't know that day was today! My eyes might have popped open a little wider and I definitely got a huge grin on my face. Now that I'm actually awake, I wanted to stop in here and share my joy with all of you. I am still in awe some/most days, that I was brave enough to open a shop and try to sell the jewelry that I make. I wasn't formally trained and I march to the beat of my own drum, so I wasn't sure how well received my creations would be. I have been floored by the support and love shown to me and my shop over the last year, and I've learned so very much from my peers and from my own mistakes and successes. I am thrilled to be heading into my second year, and improving myself and my craft everyday. Thank you all so much for your love and support and I truly couldn't have done it without you. Please use ANNIVERSARY15 all week (offer ends 9/14/14) as a token of my appreciation.