Friday, July 29, 2011

Featured Friday: BrokenFingersArt

Today's Featured Friday artist is one that I've had my eye on for some time: Broken Fingers Art. This shop sells earrings, necklaces, and rings made from Shrinky Dinks in a variety of shapes and colors. I love the really vibrant colors on so many of the pieces! There are occasional times when I wish that I hadn't stretched my earlobes, and when I spot a new creation from Broken Fingers Art is when the longing for "normal" ears comes back. Of course, this shop also sells great necklaces and adjustable rings, so I may just have to choose one of those instead!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Night skies

Summer is a great time for stargazing, but if the weather in your area doesn't lend itself well to spotting the stars, these astronomy themed decor items from members of Team EtsyRain will remind you of the night skies!

Atomic Astronomy Embroidered Wall Art from Lo & Behold

Space Science Glass Magnets from Paper Craft Lab

Monday, July 25, 2011

Thunder and lightning!

After a week in the Midwest with no thunderstorms, I was super excited when we had serious thunder and rain in Seattle this morning. It doesn't normally do that here, but even so, I managed to find thunderstorm related jewelry from members of Team EtsyRain!

Thunderbolt Earrings from Window Ledge Arts

Lightning Storm Necklace from Foamy Wader

Friday, July 22, 2011

Featured Friday: Cheezombie

In continuing with my Kansas City theme this week, today I'm featuring a member of the KCEtsy team, Cheezombie Patterns. Her work caught my eye because of the bright colors and absolutely adorable little critters that you can knit from her patterns. It makes me wish that I knew how to knit! I am holding out hope, however, because her shop announcement indicates that she's working on crochet patterns as well!

The whales that you can knit from this featured pattern are too cute for words, but if they're not to your liking, Cheezombie Patterns also has other sea critters, plants, bugs, animals, and more!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Kids in Kansas City

One of my favorite things about Kansas City is getting to see my sister, her husband, and their two adorable kids. Today, I'm featuring a couple of things in honor of those two adorable kids, created by artisans from the KCEtsy team!

Emerald Play Dress with Moss Microflora from The Green Goat

Bobby the Blue Fleece Monster from Rawr! DinoHats

Monday, July 18, 2011

Kansas City, Here I Come!

I'm off to Kansas City this week for work, so today, I'm featuring a couple of neat photos of downtown Kansas City that I found in my wanderings through Etsy!

Kansas City at Night 8x10 from MHPhotography1

Kansas City Skyline 10x10 from Everyday Stories

Friday, July 15, 2011

Featured Friday: CrystalynKae

I recently met CrystalynKae at an EtsyRain meetup and fell in love with her gorgeous bags. I am not really much of a purse sort of girl, but these bags are much more than purses. I could fit a serious amount of stuff in them, which makes them both cute AND practical!

The pleat detail on this bag is so adorable, and it is also available on other styles of CrystalynKae's bags. I like this style because it's a cross-body strap, which always makes me feel a little more secure when out and about. But she has a variety of styles and sizes to choose from, ranging from small clutches up to laptop totes, so nearly anyone in search of a purse or bag can find the shape and size they need!

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Wedding Shop Recap

I got married on Saturday. During the wedding, several of our guests asked me about various items I was wearing or that were a part of the wedding. There was at least one person who I promised to E-mail with the Etsy seller information, but I promptly forgot both the question and the questioner. (I have an excuse. All of the crazy adrenaline had drained by that point, and I was a bit out of it.) So here's the list of everything that we bought from Etsy for the wedding, along with sellers. :)

After Jeremy bought me my engagement ring, I told him that I thought boys should get engagement presents as well. He happened to be in need of a new wallet, so I found a local seller, Moxie and Oliver, who makes handmade leather wallets and brands a message onto them. So I wrote a little lovey note to Jeremy for her to brand into his new wallet. Now he has a little reminder of my love that is always with him.

My necklace pendant (the "Something Old, Something New" bit in the shape of the TARDIS) came from Imagination Emporium (which I mentioned late in June). She had done a different, much longer, Doctor Who quote in that shape, which I thought was brilliant, and so I contacted her to see if she could work a shorter quote into the same shape. The reasoning behind this, by the way, is that the TARDIS itself is arguably old, new, borrowed, and blue. :)

My earrings (which were not bought for the wedding, but I got a lot of compliments on them) came from Frozen Fire. They're solid glass, with dichroic coloring. The smallest size he makes are 3mm (I think that's 6 gauge), so those of you with standard piercing sizes are out of luck.

My dress came from Kimmi. She is a local dressmaker who I had bought another dress from previously (which I wore to a wedding where I was a guest a couple of years ago). When I started thinking about dresses, I was looking at rockabilly style dresses, but I couldn't find anything I loved. So I went to Kimmi's site instead, and found the dress I wore straight away. I didn't think it would fit me, but she had me try it on anyway. Once I had it on, I was sold. I tried on two others, but then went back to the lovely crocheted dress. She made an alteration to the lining for me to help with the fit, and I crocheted the shoulder straps.

Our rings came from Marlo at I Make Cute Stuff. Marlo is one of my good friends from EtsyRain, and she was happy to work with the unusual shape of my engagement ring to make a ring that can be worn with it or without it. These rings are based on her Secret Promise Rings, which means they do, in fact, have messages inside of them.

The flower fans were a collaboration between me, my friend Kayce (Nue to Me and several other shops), and Patty at Full Blooms. I crocheted several blue roses, Kayce made hers out of scraps of T-shirts and buttons, and Patty made hers from silk. Patty also assembled them and attached them to the fans that Cindy and I carried. I took a few extras and bundled them together for the tossing bouquet.

The garter that Jeremy tossed came from Kizette. She makes pairs of lace and satin garters with d20s attached to them--one to keep and one to toss. Of course, the dice don't really roll any more, but that's okay!

The wedding favors, which I talked about last month, were made by Recycled Ideas. She makes handmade paper with flower seeds in the mix, so that the paper is plantable. I had a stamp made by TerBear Collectables, and stamped all of the flowers with a water soluble ink. The stamp (which was a little off on some of the favors) is of a pair of hands in the shape of a heart, with our names above and our wedding date below.

We also got gifts for some of the people who helped out with the wedding on Etsy. My best woman, Cindy got a necklace made by my friend Tricia, Pequest Designs. Andrew (the best man) and Kindred (the officiant and also a good friend of Jeremy's) got engraved flasks from Precision Engraving. And I had 4 My Angels make a custom apron for my Uncle Joe, who was our barbeque chef, that reflects the several names he's known by in our family.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Featured Friday: Hyggeligt Baby

I'd like everyone to meet another newer member of Team EtsyRain who I met recently, Hyggeligt Baby! While her shop name may not be easy to say, her items are totally easy to love. Cute little hats for babies, knitted from skinny yarn, and embellished with all sorts of adornments, these hats are super precious! All the little ones in my family are a year or older, but Hyggeligt Baby's hats fit kids all the way from newborns to 4 years old!

Stop by Hyggeligt Baby's Etsy shop to see more of the adorable little hats and headbands that she has to offer!