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Nov 20 2012

The Rise Of Etsy –The Crafter’s eBay

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If there’s one thing people love, it’s a good bargain. Shopping online can be a stressful experience, whether you’re looking for inspiration or know exactly what it is you want; there are so many distractions and variations that sometimes you just want to slam your laptop shut in a fit of frustration! Etsy combats these common feelings of consumer woe with utter wonder, as the pleasures of discovering so many visual treats in one place is nothing short of captivating. It’s a hive of creative minds showcasing some of the best homemade and vintage bits and pieces on the net, from candelabras to crock pots and from cravats to cupcakes.

The feverish demand for vintage clothing and home-wares is at an all time high, with charity shops and independent stores making a fair percentage of their profit from up-cycling treasures from times gone by. Even big high street names such as Urban Outfitters and Topshop have begun to stock brands solely dedicated to rejuvenating old pieces from as early as the 1950’s, to create original garments with a slice of contemporary influence.

Handmade is big news too, in no small part thanks to the rising demand for eco-friendly goods over mass-produced, mass-polluting products from the high-street. Etsy nails both of these markets in one – here are just a few of the reasons that we’re falling in love with this booming online retailer…

Clothing
If you’re looking for one of a kind fashions for either men or women, Etsy will have you covered. From vintage frocks to hand-crafted handbags; these high quality wares are testament to the love that the Etsy community shares for creating and innovating. You can find vintage classics and seasonal trends with an original touch, all lovingly hand-crafted or cared for. Kids are also catered for, with an adorable range of clothing for all ages sure to keep your little ones toasty this winter.

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Home Décor
Whether it’s a vintage tea set or a recycled baroque dresser, you’ll be spoilt for choice in the home wares section. It’s so easy to find a statement piece that’ll add a real edge to any room, something no one else will have rather than an off-the-rack piece from IKEA that’s sitting in a thousand different lounges across the country. Plus, it’s also nice to get your creative juices flowing and be inspired by all the little projects you could take on yourself!

Art
If your purse strings won’t stretch to the likes of the original works by the likes of Monet and Picasso, that doesn’t mean you can’t still own a one-of-a-kind, beautiful creation! In the Art shops you’ll find sculptures and paintings from a range of Etsy’s resident artists. Some of the items on sale exhibit examples of real talent and it’s always nice to encourage independent artists by endorsing their pieces with a ‘favourite’ or perhaps even hanging it in your bathroom?

Jewellery
Etsy is your one-stop-shop for all manner of trinkets for the ones you love, or just a pretty little something for yourself! You can find personalised gifts, original designs and one of kind treasures that form the perfect accessory to any outfit. From the subtle to the statement, this collection of wearable curiosities will suit any taste and any budget. If you have an Etsy shop you’d like us to know about or just stories of great finds, share your thoughts in the comments below.

Estelle Page is a green-fingered interior designer with an unparalleled love for arts and crafts. She is an avid blogger and often writes for Goodheart Gifts when she isn’t running around after her kids!

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Sep 25 2011

Baby Shower

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My nephew and his wife are expecting a baby, due in December. Friends of theirs gave them a baby shower which I attended. It was so much fun!

I noticed that most of my niece’s friends are pregnant which makes it really nice that their kids will have lots of friends the same age. The moms and dads can find comfort in each others struggles and triumphs. Now, at my age, I say, misery loves company but I am sure these kids are enjoying this stage in their lives.

The baby shower was low key with a few games and opening of gifts. I was impressed by the food. There were little chicken salad sandwiches, fruit and vegetable trays and of course the cake. The theme for the nursery is farm animals and so the hostess made a barn cake. Around the barn she had placed cupcakes decorated with a variety of farm animals faces. So cute!

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Jun 07 2011

Two Sweeties

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My son and his wife are so sweet. They bought me a wonderful mother’s day gift. Now, I am not complaining because they really should not have bought me anything but they waited forever to give it to me! I am not good at waiting but this was worth it. Aren’t these pretty?

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Dec 18 2010

The Man Has a Plan

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I love it when I hear that a guy has a plan. He makes a list of things of which he has truly given some thought and goes on the hunt. That would be my husband today. He left this morning and I could tell by the look in his eye, he would be searching for those special spiderman cuff links while under the pretense of finding me something I would ooh and aw over. You see, Spiderman is revered in this house.

Did you know that Spiderman was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko? Spiderman first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 (Aug. 1962). The sixties were the years that my husband spent curled up on the couch with his dog, Spook, and read comic books.

So, when my husband comes home this afternoon laden with packages, I will be looking for small boxes. No, diamonds aren’t what I will be expecting. I will be happy with the satisfaction he experiences upon, finally, finding those elusive Spiderman cufflinks.

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Nov 23 2009

Save at Sephora

Published by under a bit of everything

I’ll be honest. I have never shopped at Sephora but the opportunity to save money gripped me in its claws. Do you ever buy something just because it is such a good deal? I am not even getting paid to write about this! I am not getting paid to write about how Jon, as in Jon Gosselin, gave his soon to be ex-wife Kate flowers. Thank goodness I am not getting paid to write about it because I am not writing it!

This is the time of year when I shop for other people. People who shop at Sephora! Sephora has fragrance gifts, skincare gifts and best of all, great stocking stuffers. It looks like I have been sorely missing out by not shopping at Sephora.

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For a limited time only, get FREE SHIPPING on select holiday gifts at Sephora! Enter the code HOLIDAYSHIP when you check out and you will not be charged for shipping. Awesome.

Again, I am not getting any money or free product to write this. I just like to share a good deal when I see it.

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Mar 09 2009

Apron Frenzy!

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I talked on my Winding Threads blog how aprons have made a big comeback. I love to wear an apron especially since I run our business from our home. An apron can save many spots from appearing on a good blouse or pair of pants.

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One of the best websites I have seen for cute aprons at affordable prices is at Apron Frenzy. This mother daughter duo has been sewing up a storm. They make half aprons, plain aprons, fancy aprons and kids aprons. They will make an apron especially for you.

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Do you have a favorite color or fabric that you envision in an apron? Apron Frenzy will whip one up for you. Aprons make wonderful gifts. Surprise your mom this Mother’s Day with a new apron. You could pick her favorite flower or cartoon character fabric and have an apron made specifically for her! Show your friends how much they mean to you by having a special apron made just for them.

Aprons make perfect bridal shower gifts. I can think of some beautiful fabric that would make a lovely gift for a bride. You could pack it with a recipe book and a set of measuring cups to make a wonderful gift.

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Dec 28 2008

Gift Giving

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exerciseSo, what did everyone receive for Christmas this year? Did any of you receive a Wii Fit? I sold mine. I didn’t want to feel that dread every day when I saw the box sitting there unused. I admit it. I am an exercise drop out.

I wonder what the most popular gift was this year. Was it perfume or replica watches? Most families give practical gifts like pajamas and socks. Dads receive ties and moms receive earrings. Is that how it is at your house? What was the most popular gift for toddlers and preschool aged children? Not having any that age, I feel out of the loop.

I know of families who don’t exchange gifts at all. They donate money to a charity or they buy gifts for a family and make their Christmas brighter. So many people barely have money for food and utilities. It is nice that their lives are made better if only for a moment.

Tomorrow begins a new week. I hope to get my Christmas decorations put away.

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Dec 25 2008

Ah, the Holidays

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Christmas, Boston terrierFor months I have been working on buying gifts that would make each recipient smile, thinking of groceries I needed to buy and beds to get ready. All too quickly it is coming to an end. Wow. We had such a nice time visiting with the kids and the rest of our family. We worked hard to remember my brother in-law’s passing on Tuesday yet not let it cast a black cloud over our moods. That is what Doug would have wanted. He really loved Christmas.

We opened gifts last night while Stacy, our daughter, was on the webcam. It felt as if she were right here with us. She took her turn opening gifts right along with us. She didn’t get to share our Chinese food but I heard that her ham was pretty tasty. She takes after her dad and is a great cook.

It sounds like all we do is eat and I think that might be because we DO eat all the time. Today we had a terrific brunch with a breakfast casserole, cinnamon rolls, bacon, eggs and toast. Our nephew and his girlfriend joined us. After we ate we watched a home video that was filmed around 20 years ago. OMG! We laughed so hard. I want to get out all of our videos and watch them. I need to find a way to put them on DVD’s.

This afternoon was spent trying to nap and working on a quilt. I hope that everyone had a blessed holiday.

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Dec 20 2008

Christmas Cookies!

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PhotobucketOne of my most favorite things to do during the holiday season is to bake cookies. I have a wonderful recipe for cut out Christmas cookies. I have accumulated many cookie cutters over the years and it is fun to get them out once a year. It is like greeting an old friend. Okay, maybe not that sweet but it is fun. LOL Buy.com has a whole set of Christmas cookie cutters at their website that you might want to check out. Their sale prices are unbelievable. That set would make a great gift for newlyweds and is only $16.50!

Here are some hints that I have found that make making Christmas cookies a simple and fun task.

Cookie dough is much easier to work with after it’s been refrigerated for at least half an hour–and the cut-outs will hold their shape better if the dough is cold.

* Keep cookie cutters from sticking to the dough by misting them very lightly with cooking spray.
* If you’re cutting out delicate or large shapes, roll out the dough on parchment paper, lifting off the scraps; slide the paper directly onto a baking sheet.

If you need to mail your cookies:
When making cut-out cookies for mailing, choose fairly sturdy shapes without too many pointy edges.

* Pack decorated, dry cookies in a flat, sturdy container with a tight-fitting lid. Line it with parchment or waxed paper.
* Pack a selection of cookie shapes in a single layer, fitting them together as closely as possible. Now pile more cookies into the container, stacking same-shape cookies on top of each other.
* When the container is full, put wadded-up pieces of wax paper or unbuttered air-popped popcorn into any empty spaces, then seal the lid. Wrap the container in bubble wrap, and pack it into a box. The cookies should arrive fresh, beautiful and full of home-baked love.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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Dec 06 2008

Strappy Bags for Teens

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PhotobucketI had so much fun watching my friend’s daughter cheer at her junior high ballgame. It tickled my heart to see that she loved the bag I made. It got me to thinking that perhaps you parents of teens are looking for something special to give to your tween or teen this Christmas. When all you see at the mall are sexy corsets that are inappropriate for your teen, it is nice to have an alternative. I have 3 bags left and I am selling them for $15.00 each plus $3.00 shipping. Let me know if I should package one up for you. Photobucket

Don’t forget to check out my Mommy and Daughter purses at My Opinion Counts.

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