October 9, 2009
September 24, 2009
In an earlier post, I shared some photos of old brooches and findings and promised I would do some before and after features so you can see how I upcycled them. Here is one example of an Art Deco era piece that I transformed into a glamorous necklace. I don't know what this piece was in its former fabulous life - a brooch, a dress clip or a pendant - but its new life is one of a pendant mixed with new but Art Deco style Czech glass beads. Perfect for a formal event, a wedding or Holiday time.
September 16, 2009
I have a weakness for flowers both in jewelry and clothing designs. A picture of a ring bearer's pillow with a beautifully handcrafted pink peony flower caught my attention on Etsy's home page. It led me to Dear Lillie's shop where I found amazing tanks and tees embellished with huge flowers. So feminine. Dear Lilly also has adorable baby clothes. Definitely worth a look!
September 10, 2009
September 2, 2009
If you want to make a scent-sational difference in your bathroom, try it with handmade soap. If soap were edible, I'd sink my teeth into this wonderful soap I discovered on Etsy at DeShawn Marie's shop. Her soaps are gorgeous. They are works of art and would make wonderful housewarming, hostess or holiday gifts.
August 19, 2009
1. It makes gifts more special.
Handmade gifts are more special because you know they weren't mass produced or bought in a chain store. They support artists and craft makers who take more time, care and skill than with a mass-produced product. Handmade gifts usually have a story to tell and and are often one-of-a-kind.
2. It connects people.
Mass-produced items and chain store products create a more bland culture and strip away the uniqueness of individuals. Buying handmade strengthens the human touch and builds upon the human and local side of products by supporting local artisans.
3. It helps the environment.
Mass production adds to global warming and pollution. Buying handmade can make a difference - even if just a small one - in helping our environment.
Have any more thoughts on the benefits of handmade? Please share.
August 6, 2009
August 1, 2009
- Aim lower. If you're a perfectionist, it can be tough to deal when things don't go your way. If you think about it, is there really such a thing as completely insane happiness? If you aim to simply be content, it can ease the pressure we often put on ourselves.
- Pick friends wisely. Spend time with only the people who make you feel good about yourself - who support and inspire you. Why waste time and energy on those who bring you down?
- Find the moment. Is it really possible to achieve a sense of balance every day while trying to accomplish everything on your to-do list? Why not focus on moments of peace and harmony instead? Taking the time to "stop and smell the roses" eases the pressure of trying to tackle daily tasks.
- Think about something else. If you're feeling down about something, it helps to distract yourself. Think about something happy (a future vacation, a new outfit) or cute (the witty thing your daughter said). Things always seem less dire when you take a mental break.
- Look ahead. If something is bothering you, it helps to give it a few months. Things will be different then. How true is that? The very thing that nags at you now likely won't occupy your thoughts down the road.