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: Unique Finds from UrbanMommyBoutique

By Molly Kimball, ElephantBeads

This week’s Tuesday Treasures come from UrbanMommyBoutique, a shop with unique gift ideas for women and kids. This shop specializes in fabric and paint creations, and its owner, Sunny, welcomes custom requests. Come take a look around!

In the meantime, enjoy a few treasures from this shop – including its most popular item below – custom mermaid wall art that speaks to those of us who enjoy the depths more than the shallow waters. Also featured here are lovely chic daisy headbands, and baby swaddle wraps – pick your own colors!

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Trending Monday: Upcycle, Recycle, Repurpose

Upcycle Recycle Repurpose

By M Kimball, ElephantBeads

JudysDesigns Fold Formed Metalwork Earrings

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.

WhatsInGrampasShack Painted Slate Cardinal

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.

Tuesday Treasure: Hand Sewn Autumn Skirt for Girls

Usher in autumn in style with this lovely skirt for your little one. It would pair great with leggings or tights for cooler weather. Skirt is made from 100% cotton (pre-shrunk) in a persimmon pink crosshatch and a solid off-white design featuring tree silhouettes with falling leaves and squirrels. The 2 inch waistband has enclosed elastic with a sash. A perfect gift for your daughter, niece, or little sister! From the awesome shop of AStitchOff on Etsy!

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Brenny’s DIY: Cloth Baby Wipes and Washcloths

D-Lister team member Ashley Noelle of Brenny’s Bibbies shares how to create your own baby wipes and washcloths in a recent blog. Check it out here – and check out her shop for lots of other wonderful handmade baby supplies!

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