Easter’s coming – are you ready?

Good afternoon, dear reader! Today, while looking at my calendar, I realized that we are just a few short weeks away from Easter. For me, Easter is a celebration of faith…though I do still love pastel colored Easter eggs and fluffy bunnies. If you’re like me, and you didn’t realize that Easter was so soon, I thought I’d share some handmade Easter items with you to help get you ready.

SweetiePieCollection on Etsy

First off, who could resist this adorable Easter sign? I bet it would look so great on your front door! (And secondly, the bunny ears on the capital E? So. Cute.) Get it on Etsy, starting at $44.

TwineAndBraids on Etsy

These Easter eggs are too cute to hide! I love the pastel rainbow colors on each one, and this set of 6 would be great Easter decor when placed in a basket. Find them on Etsy for $20

WoodenFrameDecor on Etsy

If you have kids who argue over who has the bigger Easter basket (even when they’re the exact. same. size!), eliminate the arguments with these adorable, cotton-tailed Easter basket rabbit tags. You can personalize the size and the font..though they’ll be cute no matter what you pick. Find them on Etsy, starting at $4.46

BluefishMill on Etsy

I really love the detail on this metal sign…and of course, the message. It’s treated with a durable gold powder finish, and measures 16″ tall by 10″ wide. Find it on Etsy for $29.95!

SunflowerTeesCo on Etsy

Finally, get in the spirit with this colorful Easter shirt! It’s available in sizes for all ages, and has plenty of color options for the shirt to choose from. Find it on Etsy, starting at $13.52.

Are you feeling more prepared for Easter? Are you ready to bust out the Easter eggs and decorate? Let me know in the comments below!

Kate

Keeping It Green for St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse to wear bright, vibrant shades of green – though, in my opinion, you don’t need an excuse 🙂 Since I love focusing on handmade items, I thought I’d feature some apparel and accessories for the whole family from Etsy sellers.
Emerald Dress, Emerald Flare Dress, Green Dress, Green Flare Dress, Swirl Dress, Green Swirl Dress, Abstract Dress, Abstract Flare Dress 
Mens Necktie Green with White Polka Dots  Necktie 8.5cm Party Tie.Casual Tie.Handmade Tie.Polka dot tie. Green tie.Formal Tie.Business Tie. 
 
Slip on Fabric Bandana over the Dog Collar - St. Patrick Day 
Until next time…stay crafty!
-Katie

RestlessRemedy: An Interview with Owner Debra

One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most about featuring Etsy shops on my blog is getting to know the owners; what inspires them to design? What brought them to open their shop? I’ve started a new series of blog posts specifically for this occasion – owner interviews. I hope you’ll enjoy learning more about these unique artists’ process and inspiration!
Alzheimer's Fidget Quilt Fidget Blanket Stroke Rehabilitation Dementia Patient MOD Hot Pink FLOWERS by Restless Remedy 
A lot of Etsy shops are born out of inspiration to provide a product that the owner feels would be a benefit to a group of people, and Etsy shop RestlessRemedy is no exception. After her sister-in-law suffered from a stroke and was diagnosed with dementia, owner Debra set out to create a way to help her maintain her fine motor skills. After researching, Debra learned about fidget quilts: a lap-sized quilt with different buttons, pulls, and other activities that patients can use to occupy their mind and help with their motor skills. “After making Alexandria a quilt and seeing how much she enjoyed it, I made a few more to donate to my local senior center. Restless Remedy has snowballed from there”, says Debra.
Alzheimer's Fidget Quilt Fidget Blanket Stroke Rehabilitation Dementia Patient CATS on the BEACH by Restless Remedy 
When asked if she’s always been interested in arts and crafts, Debra replies, “You name it, I’ve crafted it!”. When she was a child, her grandmother taught her to sew; and as an adult, Debra focused on jewelry making, paper crafts, knitting and crocheting. Debra’s been a fan of Etsy for the past several years, but just opened her shop in 2015.
Alzheimer's Fidget Quilt Fidget Blanket Stroke Rehabilitation Dementia Patient FISTFUL OF VIOLETS  by Restless Remedy
As you might have guessed, Debra’s main inspiration for RestlessRemedy is her sister-in-law, Alexandria. Debra loves crafting fidget quilts, and loves the rewards of being able to inspire and help out her customers and their families: “Every time I get feedback from my customers, my heart sings! I especially love seeing pictures of loved ones with their fidget quilts.” Debra loves working on custom quilts, getting to learn about who she’s making it for. 
As for her plans for the future, Debra wants to focus on the same things she’s always done: maintaining the care, quality and meaning of each quilt.
You can find Debra at RestlessRemedy on Etsy, on Instagram and on Facebook.
Until next time, stay crafty!
-Katie

CarSoda.com – Girly Car Accessories

As you know, I mostly cover Etsy shops…but every now and then, a shop comes along that catches my eye and I just have to share. CarSoda started in an Etsy shop, but gained popularity quickly; so, CarSoda.com was opened. 🙂  Cooperating with talented craftsmen and OEM factories, CarSoda aims and delivers on quality steering wheel covers, seat belt covers and more. Most of their products are handmade, and customization is available. Right now, you can use coupon code WELCOME for 10% off your order + FREE shipping until April 15th, 2016! 
Here’s my 3 favorite items from CarSoda.com:

Until next time, stay crafty (and buy handmade)!
-Katie

CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: JewelryGlow

Today’s featured shop is JewelryGlow! Based in Hifa, Israel, JewelryGlow offers a wide array of nose rings, both pierced and non-pierced, for you to choose from. Recently opened in December of 2014, JewelryGlow already has an impressive 42 sales. Here are a few of JewelryGlow’s items that caught my eye:
Nose Stud Heart Design,nose piercing,925 sterling silver,nose pin,nose screw,nose studs 
Fake Septum non pierced nose 14 k gold filled or 925 sterling silver,nose piercing,nose cuff,nose hoop,nose ring
Twisted Nose Ring,Small nose ring  14 k gold filled/925 sterling silver,nose hoop,nose piercing,gold nose ring 
Make sure to check out JewelryGlow for even more items at great prices!
 
Until next time…stay crafty (and shop on Etsy)!
-Katie
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CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: CharlotteCoutureGlam

Featuring designer quality jewelry at affordable prices, CharlotteCoutureGlam recently opened in December 2014, and already has an array of products available. Owner Tiffany Griffith makes each piece by hand, and enjoys making jewelry that gives people a boost of confidence. Here are a few of CharlotteCoutureGlam’s items that caught my eye:
Gold Leaf Earrings, gold earrings, gold leaf charm, drop earrings 
Gold Filagree Pendant Neclace, gold necklace, gold chain, charm necklace, gold charm neclace
Multicolored Wrap Bracelet on White Leather, beaded bracelet, white leacher, glass beads 
Mosaic Charm Necklace, Gold necklace, charm necklace, pendant necklace, Ganesha pendant, gold chain, gold charm necklace, bohemian jewelry
Make sure to check out CharlotteCoutureGlam for great finds and wonderful quality jewelry at affordable prices!
Until next time…stay crafty (and wear jewelry)!
-Katie
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CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: MonogramNecklaceVIP

 
Today’s featured shop has amazing photos, a wide array of options and free shipping worldwide! Meet Olivia Smith, owner of MonogramNecklaceVIP. Based in Israel, Olivia has a passion for making personalized jewelry. Her items are perfect for any occasion, and are timeless; they’ll never go out of style! Olivia also features double gold plating layers on all of her gold items!
Here are some of Olivia’s creations that caught my eye:
Silver Monogram Necklace - 1 inch Personalized Monogram - 925 Sterling Silver 
Gorgeous and timeless, this is perfect for a gift, or as a special present for yourself!
Monogram Necklace - 1 inch Personalized Monogram - 18K Gold Plated 
Featuring double layer plated 18K gold, this is a wonderful piece for that special someone in your life!
Silver Monogram Bracelet- 1 inch Personalized Monogram - 925 Sterling Silver
Gorgeous bracelet! I think this would make a great Mother’s Day gift!

Cross Bracelet - Personalized Bracelet- 18K Gold Plated
This item is my personal favorite! I think it would be great personalized with your child’s name and birthdate on it, or maybe your wedding anniversary!






 Elegant and understated, I think these would make a great anniversary gift!
Make sure to check out MonogramNecklaceVIP for all of your jewelry shopping needs! Don’t forget: Olivia offers free worldwide shipping!
Until next time…stay crafty!

-Katie

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Etsy Find: Engraved Rolling Pins by ValekRollingPins

I was browsing through my activity feed when I noticed that someone I follow favorited the most amazing, engraved rolling pin..and I just had to take a look! This led me to ValekRollingPins, a wonderful shop from Poland that does incredibly amazing work with engraved rolling pins. Buying one of their rolling pins is definitely on my wish list now! Here’s a few examples of their work:

Personalized rolling pin - Made by...pattern
Personalized rolling pin – Made by…pattern, $56.34

Embossing rolling pin - Geometric pattern - circles.
Embossing rolling pin – Geometric pattern – circles, $42.25

Embossing rolling pin - Dog pattern
Embossing rolling pin – Dog pattern, $42.25

Isn’t their work gorgeous?  My regular rolling pins just seem so boring now! 🙂

Until next time…stay crafty!
-Katie
Owner, CraftyGirl Merchandise