Tuesday Treasure: Beautiful Moods in Photographs

By Molly Kimball, ElephantBeads

Etsy’s DTeam has been graced with another new-to-Etsy shop with great promise. Browse through Harley Marie’s shop, HarleysChapel, and you will be impressed with how Harley Marie captures the essence of things with her camera. Many photographs in this shop feature natural elements  – animals and flowers. Others feature abandoned buildings being taken back by nature. Regardless of the subject, the photographs each create a mood that encourages you to stop and reflect for awhile. Check out this shop, and enjoy!

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Tuesday Treasure: Loving the Good Old Days!

By Molly Kimball, ElephantBeads

Do you sometimes just wish you could surround yourself with items made the old fashioned way, with good quality materials and lots of love? Well, we have found you an Etsy shop full of just those sorts of things: LovinTheGoodOleDays. Owned and operated by Lisa Haley, this shop is chock full of hand-sewn goodness. Lisa’s most popular items lately have been her fabric checkbook covers – but her oven mitts have also been very popular over the years, as have her aprons. Browse around and you’ll definitely find a household item you really don’t want to live without!

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Tuesday Treasure: Handcrafted and Recycled Gems

 

Visit Etsy’s GlossyPapierRecy shop for handcrafted treasures in many mediums: primarily paper and paint. All are created by Martha MacDonald, the shop’s owner and designer. The lovely and unique creations in this shop range from decorative bowls to ceramic and beaded jewelry. All are fabulously colorful and creative! Here are just a few treasures from Martha’s shop – you’ll have to stop by to see more!

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Tuesday Treasure: Ceramics for Cyclists

By M Kimball, ElephantBeads

This week’s Tuesday Treasures are available in Extra Small. If you visit FeltRopeStudios on Etsy, you will find a variety of mugs and pottery that you can hold comfortably in your hands. The mugs are roomy, and will hold a satisfying cup of steaming coffee. But you will also find items you can balance on the tip of your finger. There are some remarkable and exquisite miniatures in this eclectic shop.

FeltRopeStudios is a great place to find gifts for some of the hard-to-shop-for men in your life. The imaginative designs draw from the world of science fiction, manga, and steampunk. There is also a nice collection designed just for cyclists. Below are just a few of the items you will find when you come to browse:

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Tuesday Treasure: Vintage Milk Glass Spice Jars

By M Kimball, ElephantBeads

You can easily get lost on Etsy browsing through the vintage finds from an endless variety of shops. But be sure you set aside time for browsing through Elise’s Charleston, South Carolina shop – VintageCarolina. The sheer variety of finds in this shop will keep you coming back for more. Below are just a few treasures we found while browsing – the vintage spice jars are today’s treasure, but we felt compelled to include a few others:

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VintageCarolina Mimi Di N Shell Belt Buckles

VintageCarolina Mimi Di N Shell Belt Buckles

Tuesday Treasure: Vintage Bone China Napkin Rings

This week’s Tuesday Treasure comes to you from a shop that knows the meaning of the three R’s. Shop owners Monica and Moriah remind us what they are: Reuse, Recycle, and Repurpose!

At TTLGFurnishings on Etsy, you will find the butterfly napkin rings featured here, along with a wide variety of other vintage finds. In fact, we couldn’t limit ourselves to just one treasure from this treasure-trove. We are including a hippo sugar and creamer set that can hardly be resisted. Stop by TTLG today, and see what else you can find!

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Tuesday Treasure: Funky Ceramic Piggy Bank

For a shop that has mastered the art of ceramics, and tied it up in a bow with CUTENESS, come visit GrapeVineCeramicsGft. We are particularly besotted with the GrapeVine Ceramics piggy banks in vivid hues with funky design elements. These are the perfect gift for anyone on your list who is saving up for their next vacation… or bicycle… or camera… and wants to do it in style!

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Tuesday Treasure: Fall Centerpiece – Autumn Flowers

Your holidays will be decorated with delightful little surprises if you shop at Ginger Clark‘s lovely Etsy shop, StylishDecorbyGClark. This week’s Tuesday Treasure is a festive autumn centerpiece – just in time for your holiday dinners this fall!

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Trending Monday: Upcycle, Recycle, Repurpose

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By M Kimball, ElephantBeads

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JudysDesigns – Fold Formed Metalwork Earrings

We are living in an era of repurposing. It’s not just because of the Great Recession, theories about global warming, or fears about scarce resources. There is a new level of creativity on the rise that helps us see the things around us with new eyes – and to see our own power to create something completely new.

This creative urge has fueled the DIY and Maker movements – and it also fuels many artisans on Etsy. A number of DTeam shops feature upcycled, recycled or repurposed materials. Here are just a few:

Judy at JudysDesigns notes that many of the metalwork pieces she uses for her jewelry are from found metals. The thick wire is from a spool found in a car given to her husband for scrap. The sheet metal is from leftover home improvement projects, and the aluminum hoop earrings are cut from leftover sections of airplane strut material.

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WhatsInGrampasShack – Painted Slate with Cardinal

Colleen at WhatsInGrampasShack notes that all of the slates she uses for painted home accessories were at one time on a church roof in Honeybrook, Pennsylvania. What a lovely example of recycling, repurposing and upcycling!

And finally, Lisa from LovinTheGoodOleDays upcycles clothing in her fashion creations. She adds bling to tank tops, and repurposes sweaters into beautiful dresses, skirts and other creations.

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Upcycled Women’s Tank Top from LovinTheGoodOleDays

Each of these artists is using the materials around her to create something new, something that brings a fresh perspective into the world in the form of usable, functional artwork.

Monday a la Mode: DIY Gift Ideas

MondayalaMode Sept15By M Kimball, ElephantBeads

Are you a talented crafter with a limited budget? There’s no time like the present to begin planning for your DIY holiday season. If you plan now, you can order your supplies in the next few weeks, and begin your knitting, sewing, baking and creating in the autumn months. Plenty of time for the holidays!

There are a wide variety of options to match every skill set, but four clear winners rise to the top when it comes to DIY categories of gifts people love to receive:

1) Knitted or crocheted items have never gone out of style. Here is one of our own most popular (and most Pinned) DIY projects, from our very own AddSomeStitches:

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2) Photographs can be crafted into so many different gifts – from jewelry to coasters! This great blog post from Listotic includes a number of great ideas for DIY gifts using photographs, as well as a number of other great ideas:

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3) DIY soaps, candles, lip balms and other personal “cookery” are always a hit. Below is a lovely idea for DIY candles-in-a-jar, but you’ll find 38 other ideas, including infused oils, in this linked collection by BuzzFeed:

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No time to create your own gifts for this holiday season? Hop on over to Etsy’s DTeam shops and you can find an endless supply of beautiful, clever handmade items for sale.

Talk to us: What gifts do you plan to DIY this season? Share your ideas and links below!

 

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