Over the holidays last year, I decided I wanted to try to make more handmade gifts for my family and friends. In the end, I didn’t start early enough so I didn’t get to make as many as I wanted to but this was one I was so happy with I just had to share.
This coaster pattern is a medium difficulty, but it only requires a few supplies. The stitch pattern is just simple vertical stitches, no need to know fancy embroidery stitches.
Here is a link to the free pattern pdf you can download. https://goo.gl/0n7YcP The page is set to print on legal size paper, 8.5 x 14 inches. This pattern includes a pattern size for the canvas and felt, measurement for the edge binding, and a magnified stitch pattern, as well as the pattern to scale.
To get started you will need a few tools and supplies.
Optional: Sewing Machine & Something to weigh down fabric and patterns when tracing.
Supplies: A fat quarter of 18ct Mono Canvas & Felt, 5 Colors of Cotton Embroidery Floss (4 skeins of each color for a matching set of 4 coasters), 3 yds of .5 inch Double Fold Cotton Bias tape, Multipurpose Thread to Match & Masking Tape.
To start, measure and mark a 5-inch square box on the mono canvas. Be careful to mark the lines along one row of holes.
Mark the center axis lines at 2.5-inches both vertical and horizontal. Again making sure to trace down 1 row of holes.
Now, line up the axis lines on the large coaster pattern (Marked: Cut 4 - Needlepoint 18 Mono Canvas) to the ones drawn on to your canvas and trace around the circle.
Line up the smaller coaster pattern (Marked: Needlepoint area pattern) the same way and trace around it. This will give you 2 concentric circles. The center circle is the area that you will be stitching in, the space between them is called seam allowance.
Cut out the square with a pair of scissors and tape over the edges with masking tape. This will make the canvas more easy to handle and will keep your embroidery floss from snagging on the rough raw edge of the canvas. To do this, cut a piece of tape to size, fold the tape over the edge, and trim away any excess.
Note, make sure that the tape does not overlap the center circle area, this would get in the way of your stitching.
You may want to trace the scale size pattern onto the canvas with a different color pencil. This step isn’t necessary, but it may help you as a guide while you are stitching.
Now you are ready to begin stitching. I like to start with the center axis color on this one so you will clearly be able to see them. In this pattern, all of the stitches go the same way except the ones that run along the axis at the center. Each stitch is a straight line top to bottom along a line of holes in the canvas.
To begin and end stitches, tuck the ends under the stitching on the back side of the canvas.
Continue adding one color at a time like. Either working from your traced pattern like you are coloring between the lines, or follow the stitch pattern counting stitches.
Once you are finished with all of the colors you are ready to remove the masking tape and cut away the extra canvas. Trim the canvas along the outer circle you drew earlier.
Note: you may want to wait to do this step until all 4 of the coasters has been embroidered.
Trace 4 of the large coaster patterns (marked: Cut 4 - Felt) onto your felt fabric. A weight may be helpful to hold the pattern in place while you trace. Once they are traced cut them.
Using a needle and thread to stitch the felt to the canvas just outside of the finished stitching. This stitch doesn’t have to be small or neat. This is just to hold these two pieces together as you complete to the coaster.
Measure your bias tape to 13 inches and cut 4 pieces. There is a measured area on your pattern download for this step marked: Bias Tape Binding Length.
Open up the bias tape so that the creases are opened like a book before you and mark 1\4-inch from each side with a pencil and pin the two sides together matching the stitch lines so that the opened creases face out.
Sew the two ends together either by and or on a sewing machine. Iron the newly sew edge so that the edges are opened like a book .
Line up the shorter side of the folded bias tape so that the first crease lines up with your embroidery as shown above. the short edge will be facing the outer edge and the rest of the tape will be on top of the coaster’s surface. Use a basting stitch (a long row of running stitches) to hold to boas tape ring in place before sewing it permanently.
Either by hand or on a machine carefully stitch the bias tape to the coaster along the crease.
Once the bias tape is stitched in place flip the tape over the edge of the coaster. You may need to trim some of the canvas and felt away. The creased edges should fold back on themselves so there is a clean finished edge on the front of the coaster and fold at the edge and the final edge is tucked under on the back side of the coaster. at this point the coaster will be VERY puckered. Don’t worry you did not screw up. Just carefully iron the coaster flat with a little steam before you continue on the the final step. This will allow the tape to relax and stretch around the curved edge of the coaster.
To finish it off stitch the bottom edge of the bias tape to the felt on the bottom of the coaster with some invisible slip stitches, as shown above. Give the coasters another ironing to finish.
2.) There is no room for negativity here. Sometimes a little reminder to keep positive during that last round of push-ups is all you need to get through. So set the right tone with this Good Vibe Tribe tee from my Positive Vibes.
3.) I am in love with these cage sports bras. They look super cool on and as far as I have found they actually do their job of holding you in. Nothing worse than falling out of your sports bra in downward dog. Nope, Nope, Nope. Check out this Heather Gray Sports Bra from IARA swimsport
4.) Need to keep your hair back right? Check out this Turban Style Headband by EvergreenGarden. Looking for another color or pattern? Check out the rest of her shop. There are so many to choose from.
5.) On the topic of inspiration and motivation. It always helps to have a little daily reminder that encourages you. Shelley Cooper Jewelry has a number of different phrases to choose from for this great Inspirational Leather Bracelet to keep yourself on track.
6.) As with all things in life there is a yin and a yang side to working out. Some days you hustle and build up your cardio, other days you stretch and recover. This little Yin Yang Necklace from NKDNA Jewelry is a sweet reminder not to over do (or under do) it.
7.) Even if you don’t do yoga, yoga mats are a great surface to workout on. I’m loving this Moon Phase Mat from Yoga Zeal. Check out the shop there are so many patterns to choose from.
9.) A water bottle is also a necessity, even if you aren’t working out. Stay hydrated with this Glass Water Bottle from CreativeShoDesigns. Get this one engraved with your name or an inspirational word too.
I hope this list will help inspire you to stick to your new year’s resolution a little longer and gave you some ideas about the cool things you can find from handmade sellers. Check out all the shops featured for their full line of products and support small independent business!
After a much-needed break following the holidays, I decided to start the new year with a collection of cool stuff to help get you organized. Maybe you have already given up on your new year’s resolution but maybe these finds will inspire you anew, to get your space in order. I’ve scouted a few items for some of the biggest clutter zones, at least in my house ;-)
1.) My biggest pet peeve is loose wires everywhere. (I think I’ve said that before.) And every year there seems to be more of them. One for every device. This nifty Wire Organizer by Oleksyn Prannyk is simple, stylish, and will help you corral all of those necessary chargers. I love the use of leather as the cord divider.
2.) I am not even going to pretend my desk is organized. I wish it was. Maybe this lovely Desk Organizer from iWoodDesignUA would help. The part I love the most is the place for my coffee cup! This design comes in several different colors so choose the one that matches your space.
3.) If I have learned anything for Apartment Therapy over the years it is the necessity of a landing pad. You know that place you plop all of your pocket junk when you walk in the door. This is especially important when you lose your keys as much as I do. Wood Butcher Designs makes this wall mounted Key Holder with plenty of space for your phone, wallet, or anything else that is part of your everyday carry. You will never misplace your keys again.
5.) I may not have a lot of makeup, but I can always use a place to keep it all in order. (and keep my cats from stealing my brushes and mascara) This Makeup Organizer from Krasen Dom has handy slots for your tools and a place to put your phone or tablet while you watch makeup tutorials, (or in my case hair tutorials) Plus there is a bonus. You can have it engraved with your initials. Customization makes everything better!
6.) Ring dishes and holders are kind of a thing of mine. I have one on my dresser, my nightstand, bathroom, kitchen, and desk. Pretty much anywhere I may need to take my rings off. They are super handy so you always know where to check for that missing ring. I am in love with the contrast on this set of 2 Ring Dishes from Luca and James. And there are so many other colors to choose from.
7.) Last but not least, as a jewelry designer I know the importance of a good jewelry organizer. I’ve had a lot of jewelry boxes in my life but inevitably, earrings get miss matched and necklaces get tangled. That is whyI love using a Display Rack like this one from Our Folk Life. This one place places for your necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and even little shelves for anything else you want to display. This is only of my favorite designs but check out all of the beautiful patterns they have to choose from.
I hope this little collection has given you some inspiration for decluttering. Check out all of these shops to see all of their work. You may find something you didn’t know you needed. And as always, remember to shop small!
Doing what I do, making a bunch of little infinity earrings just in time for Valentine’s Day next month. The perfect little gift for your BFF who has always had your back. Who said V-Day was just for couples?
Finishing up these guys today. These pattern and instructions for how to make these coasters will be up on the blog later this month. If you are interested in learning how to needlepoint or in more cool needlepoint patterns let me know. I am planing to do some more diy projects for the blog this year and I would love your feedback on what you would like to see. 😊
I guess I’m a few days late on this, but I guess a few days late is better than not at all. With all of the planning I have been doing for the new year I’ve finally came up with a resolution. I guess I have been thinking about this for awhile. But only today did I decide to make it my commitment for 2017.
This year I want to be more mindful about what I purchase and from whom. Specifically buying more handmade items and less commercial things. And shop with more small, local businesses and few if any big box stores. I want to vote with my few dollars to help build the world I want to see with less chain stores and more genuine entrepreneurs.
What do you think of this for a new years resolution? Would you consider trying to shop small more often in 2017? What are your resolutions for the year ahead?
Happy last day of 2016! Thought I would share my go to New Year’s outfit accessory, the sterling silver minimalist hand bracelet. Get it today and save 30% while the After Christmas Sale is still going! https://goo.gl/h3gQC9
Working away on some of the last orders for 2016. Thank you to everyone who showed their support for my little shop this year. This is more than just a business to me. Everytime I receive an order with a request for gift note, or a custom order for a bridal party I feel honored to be chosen to craft something special for a real person. Sometimes it is just getting a nice comment on social media or a face to face conversation with someone who appreciates the work that really makes my day. Because, the best part of what I do is getting to interact with you wonderful people, all around the world. It’s the human touch that sets the handmade community apart and I am proud to be a part of it. So I thank you, my friends, for all of your support in 2016 and I hope that 2017 is a wonderful year for all of us!
Sorry I’ve been off of social media these last few days. I spent the holiday resting (or at least trying to) with family and friends back in my home town of Pittsburgh. But now I’m back and I have the annual after Christmas sale going on over in the shop. Now until Saturday at midnight you will save 30% on everything, including my favorite rose gold watch here. Check it out today. https://goo.gl/nfvpSA
I had a lot of fun putting together this last style guide of 2016 together. I am not much for getting all dressed up but I think I really need an excuse to wear a sequins covered dress somewhere at least once a year. what do you think? So here is my New Year’s glam style guide full of goodies to help ring in the new year with some glamour.
a.) Naturally, I had to pick out a sequin covered dress. This glaxia, black sequin dress by Bluetezeit Berlin has great lines and the black sequin is sparkly but not overly so. Perfect no matter how formal or informal the occasion.
b.) Super cute wisteria ombre tights by Ombre Tights add a little color to this outfit. I love the deep purple color but if that isn’t your thing they have so many other colors to choose from!
g.) And of course, I had to add a little more sparkle with one of my favorite kind of stones. Saressa Designs makes these wicked Herkimer diamond studs. And best of all you can get them in your choice of metal.
I hope you enjoyed this holiday style guide as much as I did putting it together. Be sure to check out all of the cool things the shops have to offer. I wish you all Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year!
A lot of us will be doing some traveling this week. Whether you are traveling just a few hours or halfway around the world these are some gifts to make the journey a little more fun.
a.) Wanderlust is a word I’ve been encountering a lot lately. I don’t get to travel as much as I would like but I surely know the draw to discover something new perhaps by design or by chance. Maybe you want to just hop on a plane to somewhere exotic or maybe just wander around your own city and find a place you never expected. That is what wanderlust means to me, the very human quality to want to explore. This travel ring from Bubble box would make a great gift for the adventure seeker on your gift list.
c.) I can’t sleep on planes. I just can’t. Doesn’t matter if the flight is in the middle of the night. I just can’t. But sometimes just being able to close your eyes and relax can be enough until I can get back on terra firma. So that is why I added these beautiful eye masks by Lil Fox Designs. These are a must have in anyone’s carry on.
d.) No matter where we are going we call need luggage. And why have something the looks the exact same as everyone else’s? It would sure make baggage claim a lot easier. I am in love with this weekender bag by Lee Coren. It has so many compartments to keep everything organized and the print is gorgeous!
e.) Why have boring generic luggage tags? Why just…why? When you can have these cool personalized leather tags from Holtz Leather. Make your luggage look stylish and stand out from the herd.
f.) A travel journal is a must, and there are so many to choose from. But I like this Refillable leather travel journal from Cover Cafe. First, because it is refillable. You can always use more journal space right? And second all of the handy pockets and places to store your pens or pencils right where you need them.
g.) And of course, I had to add a map. I love maps as artwork, especially for a traveler. This world map by Beau Grand Monde is my favorite by far because it is done with string (my favorite medium). The contrast of textures and its 3D aspect make this map extra special.
That brings me to the end of my holiday gift guides for this year. If you like these items check out the full shops to see all that these talented makers have to offer. Remember to shop small for unique gifts this season, and I wish you all a very happy holidays!
Wish someone good luck in the new year. Give them a custom rose gold (or sterling silver) horseshoe bracelet with silk macrame.
This lucky horseshoe bracelet is perfect to wear with any style dressed up or down. The featured horseshoe is hand formed using 14k rose gold fill and hammered giving the metal a lightly faceted texture so no two are exactly alike. The cords are hand knotted 100% silk macrame with dozens of colors to choose from. This one is done in my favorite combo of rose gold and malibu turquoise.
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$59.00 (P.S. if you order more than one there is a 10% discount and they don’t all have to be the same color silk.)
All last minute orders will go out same or next day so you can get it before Christmas.
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There is still time to get some last minute gifts ordered before the big day. I have a few items on hand and ready to go out asap.
This sweet little rose gold dreamcatcher bracelet makes a perfect gift for your roommate or boho friend.
I make each little dreamcatcher from 14k rose gold fill wire. The mesh is woven by hand so no two are exactly alike. The total height of the dreamcatcher is 1 1/8 inch including the ‘drops’ that hang below it, and the width is ¾ inch. At the sides is 100% silk thread I hand knot in your choice of color. The one here is done in peak. It is a rich dark purple like a ripe plum.
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Rocking a different kind of holiday style today. What do you think of this sterling silver pine cone necklace. I think it is very festive with its brilliant green chrsyoprase beads against my red plaid flannel. 👍 or 👎?
For some reason, I have always felt it was impossible to be fashionable in the winter and also be warm. Winter weather wear is often meant to be more functional than fashion conscious. So this week I decided to round up some super cute snuggly fashion to keep you warm while playing in the snow.
d.) Finding a good winter jacket can be difficult. I looked through a lot of them before I found this adorable bespoke wool jacket from SwingCoat. The design of the coat is great and bonus you can customize it.
f.) Of course, you want a warm hat to keep your ears from freezing off but you don’t want to mess up your hair. When I put on an unlined hat it will pretty much stay on all day because the hat hair ridiculous. But these satin lined hats by Lydias Lovely Loops will help to keep your tresses looking good though I probably wouldn’t even want to take off one of these adorable hats.
There are just a few days left to get this deal on my rose gold dreamcatcher necklace. Head over to www.hellolovehandmade.com to shop the marketplace! There are so many cool items to choose from, and each is only available at a discounted price for a sort time so check them out today!
This week I wanted to make a gift guide you won’t be too likely to see out there. I made a gift list for the nature lover. Whether they are into hiking, camping, plants, or the national parks give these unique presents a look.
a.) A couple of years ago my husband and I had our honeymoon in Yosemite and Kings Canyon Parks. When we were there we were both in awe of the towering sequoia trees. We loved them so much we actually bought a few sequoia saplings and seeds from The Jonsteen Co to give to our friends and family for the holidays. Mother Nature really does make the best gifts.
b.) I adore this botanical necklace from Cy Klu Jewelry. This necklace is exquisitely detailed and looks so lifelike. I am amazed by her talent and I encourage you to check out all of her nature inspired jewelry.
c.) If you have an eco-conscious camper on your list you should check out Pure and Simple Charm’s camping skin care gift set. This set includes bug spray, first aid salve, cocoa butter lip balm, and a poison ivy salve made with natural ingredients.
d.) Maybe this round hip flask from Fantasticum would make a nice addition to your fellow camper’s gear. Maybe they’ll even share 😉
e.) Mackenzie McKinney Designs creates these beautiful vintage style national park posters which make great gifts especially since this year marks the 100th anniversary of the park service. I personally love this one of Arches National Park.
h.) I have always loved the look of the geometric nature artwork from the American northwest and that is why I chose this Salmon tee from KDS Apparel and Goods. Plus 10% of every purchase from KDS Apparel and Goods goes to support wildlife and wild lands.
i.) And finally, maybe it’s because my husband keeps reminding me I am a ‘mountain type’ (whatever that means, I think it’s a Pokemon thing) but I know I would love to get this Alpine patch from For The Love Of Patch in my Christmas stocking. Of course, that might also be because as a former Girl Scout I have a thing for patches 😉
In my searches, I have found many more gifts for outdoorsmen and women. To see these and more gift inspiration check out my gift ideas collection on Etsy. And remember to shop small to give unique gifts this holiday season.
Hey friends! I’m happy to announce that my rose gold dreamcatcher necklace is on sale in the @hellolovehandmade marketplace. For one week only get an exclusive discount on this necklace marked down from $87 to $72. Only 10 are available at this special price so get them while they last 😉
Head over to www.hellolovehandmade.com to check it out.
I’m sure most of us have a holiday party to go to this time of year. A reason to get dressed up and celebrate the season. For me this has always been an extended family Christmas party. Both of my parents come from big families so the annual holiday party was kind of a reunion. And of course with any such event we want to look our best and at least a little festive. After years of my mother subjecting my family to matching family sweatshirts, (cringe at the thought) I have decided that a dressy outfit with just a hint of holiday cheer is much more tolerable. And the upside is you won’t be embarrassed looking back at the pictures. This outfit is simple and classic with fun pops of color and glittering gems. a.) First I found the perfect little black dress from Xiaolizi. It features a classic neckline, and a full skirt with a shark bite hem. And above all, long sleeves. I don’t know about where you are but it’s cold here this time of year and I want to say warm while looking good. b.) This brilliant green wool coat with a great hood from MaLieb will keep you warm on your journey to Grandma’s house. c.) I am in love with this geometric print scarf from fAtoZ. The hints of orange are a nice contrast to the green coat and match the rose gold jewelry nicely. d.) Again it’s cold here this time of year so I want to cover as much as possible. That is why I picked out these cool over the knee boots from Frou Frou Shoes. e.) You need a big bag for all of the holiday goodies you are giving this year. Carry them in style with this large leather shoulder bag from Laroll. I particularly love the unique shape of this one. f.) Sparkly earrings are a must, and these rose gold baguette ear climbers by Soleil New York will stand out in a crowd. d.) And finally a dainty north star necklace by Rabbits Fantasy World in rose gold is the finishing touch to this holiday outfit. If you like this holiday style guide check out the rest of my handpicked fashion favorites here https://goo.gl/n34uWz.
Looking for another reason to shop small this season? Now through December 12, we’re giving first-time Etsy buyers a $10 credit toward a future purchase when they spend $50 in one Etsy shop. Tag a friend who hasn’t shopped on Etsy yet but really should 😉Check out the full details here 👉 https://www.etsy.com/legal/2016-holiday-promotion 📷: @etsysuccess
This week’s gift guide is for the techie. It might be hard to imagine handmade gifts for the techie but I assure you they are out there. During my search I actually had a hard time picking out just a few items to feature. We usually think we need to get expensive gadgets from big companies like Apple or Samsung for our tech gurus but I bet they will cherish the unique accessory for the special tech just as much. a.) Is it just me or are all of the smartwatches out there pretty boring on the style end? Many of the companies just keep them bland and basic in order to appeal to a wide audience. Why not add a little style to your loved one’s new Apple Watch with this cool Aztec pattern leather band from Agathecase. b.) My BIGGEST pet peeve about tech is all the wires. I have an entire drawer full of charging cables and I don’t even know what they belong to. What is worse is they have become an unruly tangle that I impossible to undo. The solution is this handsome leather cord organizer from Sinevir. It has a place to corral all of your most important cables and it looks good doing it. c.) Ok so two things, one, I break earbuds like it is my job, and 2 earbuds tend to be a pretty ugly fashion accessory, but we all wear them all the time so….why? These organic wood earbuds from Wrapture Designs solves both of these problems. For one thing the wrapped cord keeps the cords from tangling which is often how they break. And second, the cool wood details and the cotton covered cord make an ordinary pair of headphones look like a cool fashion accessory instead of an afterthought. d.) Laptops can be pretty utilitarian in design. Other than a custom wallpaper there is very little that is personal about the personal computer. Maybe a keyboard skin can help give your techie’s MacBook a little more personality. I like this Chalkboard style keyboard skin from Find Fun. Check out there shop they offer a lot of designs to customize your laptop. e.) VR is the coolest gadget this season. But if your friends are like mine, they probably already have one. Why not give them the perfect companion to their new tech toy, a stylish place to store it. This wooden Oculus Rift stand from Boven Werk has a place for both the headset and the controller, so they will never get lost. f.) Maybe it is because I am a child of the 80’s who grew up with a wood paneled TV and game console (yeah I know I am dating myself) but I want tech that is more stylish and less deathstar. That is why I am drawn to this wooden Bluetooth speaker from Wudn. It revives the idea that industrial design should be artful and stylish not just functional. g.) USB memory sticks are still a staple of how we store and share computer files. But a plain one will just not do. Perhaps your techie would like an exotic wood flash drive from Ewart Woods in their stocking this holiday. h.) Everyone has more than one device these days and they all need to be charged. Back to my earlier point about wires everywhere, having a charging station for all of your family’s gear is a great way to control that clutter. I like this cute multiple charging station from LuzDelBosque. It has slots for 5 USB cables and it only takes up one outlet! I.) I never thought I would see these come back but I am kind of glad they have. Despite tendency to skip and the struggle to find the exact song you want, I have always liked the quality of music from a record over CD’s or MP3s. It’s warmer and more full. This barky turntable from Audiowood would be an extra special gift for the audiophile in your life. Now if only I still had records…. I hope this guide has given you some gift inspiration for those hard to buy for Techie’s. I encourage you to check out all of the offerings from these cool shops, you never know what you may find. Remember to shop small this holiday season!
This style guide was inspired by all of those end of the year, holiday work parties I went to back in NYC. I would want to get dressed up to go to the club it was hosted at but I still wanted to look professional. Tough balance I know. But it can be done! Here are my picks for the perfect office party outfit.
a.) This white blouse from Ilmne may look simple but it is the perfect basic for this outfit. The fabric has a shimmering texture, just right for the holidays, and it features an open, draped back that is flirty but not overly reveling. b.) I love these black trousers from Gizda. They have a slim fit style with cool zipper and seam details that make them a little extra special. c.) The show stopper of this outfit is the one of a kind printed jacket from Aluma Handmade. The unique statement piece will ensure no one your exact outfit at the party. d.) The large brown leather clutch bag from Ana Koutsi is perfect to carry your day gear if you are coming right from work. I love the details of gold hardware and contrast turquoise whip stitching. e.) These gold tipped oxfords from Imelda Shoes are wicked and I need a pair asap. f.) Knobbly makes these elegant X ear huggers and they come in sterling silver or 14k gold. They are super simple and super sleek. g.) And lastly, sheepishly, I added one of my own pieces, the versatile mother of pearl wrap bracelet / choker / tie back necklace. No matter how you wear it, it works well with this outfit. Check out all of the amazing styles from these talented designers, and I’m sure you will find a knockout holiday outfit!
Just a reminder tomorrow is the last day for guaranteed Christmas delivery for first class and priority international shipping. This is a general date based of farthest distance from me. So head over to USPS.com/holiday to confirm the exact shipping time to your country. Any order going out that day needs to be in by noon Eastern time in order for me to get it to the post office before they close.
I’m work on more gift ideas as we speak. I have 3 more gift guides in the works but in the mean time this sweet raw diamond necklace is looking for a good home to go to this holiday season. Do you have anyone special in mind for her? 5 raw gray diamond chips feature at the center of this necklace. The diamonds may not be polished or cut but they still sparkle and shine the way only diamonds can. The diamonds hang from a 16 ¾ inch, 14k rose gold fill chain so that these beautiful gems hang right at the hollow of your throat. This length is perfect to wear alone or layered with other styles. TO BUY: Click the link in our bio to shop directly. Direct purchase link: spreesy.com/CatHornAccessory/200 Price: $80.00. Each order comes complete with simple care instructions for the extended life of your purchase. Your order is hand wrapped with care and mailed to you in an eco-friendly cushioned envelope via USPS first class and tracking will be sent to you after it ships. Instagram selling powered by @SpreesyCo #spreesy | #CatHornAccessory #instaShop #shopsmall #lookbook #Etsy #handmadefashion #madeinphilly #phillymaker #boholuxe #bohoglam #indiemade #etsylove #etsygifts
What a gloomy, misty, November morning it is today. I Wish I could just roll over, go back to sleep and wake up in December. How are you feeling today? Is it sunny where you are?
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Welcome to my first handmade holiday gift guide. I think we all know that handmade gifts are the best, but no one ever said that they had to be made by you. I’ve been doing a lot of gift hunting lately and I’ve created a list of wonderful small business that create, find, and revamp unique gifts that are sure to be a hit with everyone on your list. I know at least one of these things is going to someone on my list. ;-) Today’s gift guide is geared toward the foodie. We all know at least one, whether they just appreciate good food or they love being in the kitchen. a.) A couple of years ago two different people got me cheese making kits for Christmas. It was funny because I had never really mentioned an interest in cheese making but they both knew I loved cheese. The result was they both turned me onto a hobby that I would never have tried on my own. If you have a cheese lover in your life consider this Mozzarella and Ricotta making kit from Shepherds Cheese Kit. b.) Flavored salts are ‘so hot right now.’ I use to think it was all hype but after trying some out I am a total convert. The Salt Farm offers a variety to choose from including sampler sets, and their packaging will make your family cook feel like a gourmet. c.) I’m not even going to mince words about this Mexican hot cocoa is the absolute best. Just try it, you will never buy Hershey’s again, it is that good. Try out this Spiced Cocoa blend from Allspice Emporium. d.) As the wife of someone who homebrews I can tell you that brewing your own beer is a labor of love. But in the end, it is totally worth it to create something this labor intensive and be able to say “I did that!” It is incredibly empowering. Me, I’m not much of a beer fan but I love ginger beer and I would totally try to brew my own batch with this kit from Manor Farm Hardwick. e.) Over Thanksgiving, I came across an easy homemade butter recipe from Sweet Paul that I just have to try. And I think this French Butter Keeper from Sawyer Ceramics would be the perfect place to keep it. f.) If you have ever tried it shucking oysters is a pain, and dangerous if you don’t have the right equipment. This oyster knife and shucking block set from Brine Hound would make those oysters at the fish market that much more appealing. g.) I just think every cheese lover needs this cheese shirt from Umbuh in their life. I know I do. No truer words have never been spoken. h.) True Indian spices can be hard to find if you don’t live near a specialty market. Usually, all you can find are ground up mixes which don’t even compare. The adventurous cook would really love this delicious spice kit from Purpose Design full of 12 different spices. It even comes with recipes! I.) Honey is quickly becoming a substitute for refined sugar in a lot of kitchens. Infused honey is a delicious way to add a hit of extra flavor to a desert or just a cup of tea. This infused honey gift set from Bee Lovely Botanicals includes four different flavors to try. j.) I may have a Keurig but I also have 4 other ways to make coffee in my house because they are all wonderful in their own way. If you are a coffee lover and have never had Turkish coffee I highly recommend you do. It is strong and one of the best cups you will ever have. This gorgeous handmade Armenian Coffee maker from Universe Gifts is perfect for brewing a cup of the delicious brew. k.) I love garlic. Truth be told if you don’t like it I really don’t think you would like my cooking because I put it in everything. (No vampires in my house.) If you have a garlic freak like me on your list think about giving them this lovely garlic grater from Earthforms by Marie. Actually consider it for anyone who loves to cook because you can use it to grate just about any spice, and everyday objects should be as beautiful as they are functional. If you are intrigued by any of these items I encourage you to check out these shops and see everything they have to offer. And remember to shop small!
Sometimes guys are the hardest to buy for. Am I right ladies? I have made my hubby a few peices of jewelry over the years many of which he loves but rarely wears. Men’s fashion can be a tricky one. But this bracelet is a very different story. It is a kind of set it and forget it style. The styling is simple with a large sterling silver hook clasp as a focal point and a chocolate macrame leather cord that lays flat against the wrist. Simple, classic, and perfect to wear with any style dressed up or down. My husband wears his every day, no matter where he is going. The oversized hook clasp measures 1 x ½-inches. It is hand formed using heavy gauge 925 sterling silver wire and hammered giving the metal a lightly faceted texture so no two are exactly alike. The leather cord is 3/8-inch wide and is hand knotted with strong, dark chocolate colored, Greek leather cords that will stand the test of time and wear well. The finished length is 8-inches but custom sizes are available upon request. TO BUY: Click the link in our bio to shop directly. Direct purchase link: spreesy.com/CatHornAccessory/235 $50.00 -Each order comes complete with simple care instructions for the extended life of your purchase. Each item is hand wrapped with care and mailed to you in an eco-friendly cushioned envelope via USPS first class. Tracking numbers are sent to you after the order has shipped. Instagram selling powered by @SpreesyCo #spreesy | #CatHornAccessory #instaShop #shopsmall #macrame #handmade #indie #indiestyle #indiemaker #indiedesigner #mensstyle #mensfashion #androgynous #fashionaddict #fashionblogger #styleblogger #fashionstylist #styleinspiration #fashionforward #fashionformen #indiemade #etsygifts
These dainty infinity stud earrings are the perfect accent to any outfit. They are only 3/8" wide and sit nicely on your ear and you can wear them all day comfortably. These are a great gift for you bff or for someone who just likes small earrings. The earrings are hand formed out of 14K rose gold fill wire, are hypoallergenic, and will not tarnish over time. A silicon ear nut at the back comfortably holds the earrings in place. TO BUY: Click the link in our bio to shop directly. Direct purchase link: spreesy.com/CatHornAccessory/124 Price: $12.35. -14K Rose Gold Fill -Post Earring -Infinity -Hypoallergenic -3/8" wide Each order comes complete with simple care instructions for the extended life of your purchase. Your order is hand wrapped with care and mailed to you in an eco-friendly cushioned envelope via USPS first class and tracking will be sent to you after it ships. Thanks for visiting! Instagram selling powered by @SpreesyCo #spreesy | #CatHornAccessory #shopsmall #infinity #giftideas #etsygifts #handmadegifts #uniquegifts #minimalist #simplestyle #simplegifts #details #boho #indie
The annual Turkey Weekend Sale is still going on. Just one more day left to save. Check out the shop now to pick out your favorites. https://goo.gl/nfvpSA
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One of the many reasons @devinsidell and I fit so well together. Even on our “day off” we are both designing. Devin sketched out these bag ideas to help me think of new ways to use my needlepoint patterns. Meanwhile I am working on some new patterns to fit on these new bags and pouches. We make a pretty good team. Thanks @devinsidell for being such a wonderful hubby! 😘
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Are you looking for a unique gift for someone special in your life? Check out this 14k rose gold fill handmade dreamcatcher necklace. A dreamcatcher is a powerful symbol from Native American culture. According to legend bad dreams and thoughts are confusing and easily confused so they will become tangled in the web where they will evaporate when the sun rises. Meanwhile, the good thoughts and dreams will pass right through the hole at it’s center and onto you. Keeping one close to you is a good way to remind yourself to only allow the good thoughts that serve you and the wider world to take root in your heart. Here is a link to a particularly beautiful version of the legend I came across recently. https://goo.gl/7i3oHQ I make each little dreamcatcher pendant from 14k rose gold fill wire and the mesh is woven by hand so no two are exactly alike. The total height of the pendant is 1 inch including the ‘drops’ that hang below it, and the width is 5/8 inch. The pendant hangs from a 14k rose gold fill chain measuring 17 inches long and includes a 2-inch extender chain to adjust the necklace up to 19 inches long. At the back of the extender is a sweet little signature silk tassel which matches the rose gold metal. TO BUY: Click the link in our bio to shop directly. Direct purchase link: spreesy.com/CatHornAccessory/68 Turkey Weekend Sale Price: $56.55. -14k Rose Gold Fill Handmade Dreamcatcher Pendant -Pendant Size - 1 x 5/8 inches -½" Silk Tassel -Chain length 17 inches + 2-inch extender chain Each order comes complete with simple care instructions for the extended life of your purchase. Your order is hand wrapped with care and mailed to you in an eco-friendly cushioned envelope via USPS first class and tracking will be sent to you after it ships. Thanks for visiting!
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Happy Small Business Saturday! The Turkey Weekend Sale is still going on. Save 35% on everything in the shop!
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If you are like me you are probably stressing about what gifts to give your loved ones for the holidays. I try to really put thought into what I give people but I often find that come Black Friday I’m scrambling and feeling pressured for time. I want to find something unique not something generic from a big box store. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some cool handmade and vintage gift ideas that I’ve been finding both here and on my blog Cat’s Cradle. Also I want to do a shameless plug for leather infinity bracelets today. They are a great gift for your boyfriend, girlfriend, BFF, or anyone special to you. They come in either rose gold or sterling silver, multiple leather options, and can be made to a custom size. Head over to the shop https://goo.gl/bkbncs click the shop section Infinity jewelry to check them out. They are on sale this weekend for 35% off. This includes extra savings on sets of 2 or more.
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Just a few hours until the Turkey Weekend Sale starts. At midnight everything in the shop will be marked 35% off. Follow the link iny profile to find unique handcrafted gifts for everyone on your list! 🎁
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Apparel, accessory, and jewelry designer with a broad range of skills including textile and trim design, screen printing, merchandising, technical design, jewelry production, and pattern making as well seamstress experience. Entrepreneurial spirit with an attention to detail, excellent communication skills and an intense passion for all aspects of the design process and development of a line.
- Designs and Produces trendy jewelry and accessories for Etsy shop and limited wholesale. - Merchandising and Photography for all items in shop and marketing - Graphic Design for all for advertising campaigns. - Packaging Design for shipping and product packaging - Manages all marketing campaigns online and offline media - Manages day to day running of business including finances, shipping orders, and shop listings
Production Assistant / Susan Rifkin Jewelry Designs
-Handmade delicate wire wrapped and leather jewelry -Designed and created new handmade findings -Brand representative at trade shows including The Buyers Market of American Craft and NYIGF -Sales Assistant at local retail shows.
Sales Associate / Beadworks
-Assisting customers with their purchases as well as advising them on the store's products, jewelry making techniques, and on their personal beading projects. -Opened and closed store and managed the register at the end of the day. -Merchandised the store and front window -Taught jewelry making classes in basic beadwork, wire working, and macrame -Repaired broken jewelry, and made custom jewelry for customers.
Freelance Design Assistant / Very Bad Horse
- Created presentation boards and look book - Sketched CAD artwork for new line -Created tech packs -Assisted the designer in constructing sample garments.
Jewelry Production / Michelle Pressler Jewelry
- Handcrafted intricate wire wrapped jewelry
Senior Assistant Designer / Golden Touch Imports
- Sketched technical flats and CAD artwork - Designed repeat prints, placement prints, labels, and trims, including embroidery and embellishment layouts - Selected and sourced trims and novelty accent fabrics. - Managed fabric libraries for each season. - Created detailed tech and production packages - Managed creation, delivery, and approval of development samples with overseas factories - Created illustrator brush, symbol, and swatch libraries for assistant technical designers. - Trained and managed assistant technical designers.
Seamstress / Marianne Krostyne's Costume Studio
- Constructed full period costumes for the History channel Movie, Desperate Crossings & for the Washington DC Opera House
Assistant to the Designer / Paula Hian Designs
- Assisted Head Patternmaker create sample and graded patterns for new styles. - Prepared and cut fabric for new samples. - Ordered, received, and coordinated payments for fabrics, trimmings, and embroideries from overseas vendors. - Processed and tracked alterations and special orders for customers. - Managed and organized fabric library. - Calculated materials cost for new styles - Supervised new interns.