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Etsy Blossoms

I love these pillows by utilitarianfranchise. They’re cool and clever, and I think I need some for my living room! They were recently featured on Apartment Therapy too!Uniqueartpendants makes some great jewelry. I had a hard time picking pieces to show – they were all so beautiful.  I love the different collections her pieces are grouped into. It’s easy to see why these little works of arts are carried in so many museums!I love tiny things, and these books by Ruth Bleakley are superb mini treasures. Of course, not all of her books and journals are tiny, and all of them are fabulous!Aren’t the little moth notecards by Moth to a Flame great? I love that they’re actually moth-shaped! After browsing through the beautiful goods here, be sure to check out her other shops, Unearthed Elements, La Petite Abeille Ruche and The Milliner’s Daughter.WrenWillow has silkscreened hand dyed tees for every member of the family – even the dog –  in ridiculously cute designs.  I love the mandolin, and the VW, and of course the luna moth.  Check out her other shop – ArtHistory101 – for more tees, this time art history themed, and buttons and magnets with quotes and art history questions and answers.


Etsy Blossoms

Hey everyone – happy Thursday!  I hope you’ve all had a good week so far. I have some amazing Etsy deals for you today, and a few tips for making the most of your spending while still supporting indpenedent creators. I have five amazing shops to share today, and I found every one of them by searching for “Clearance.”

First up is the fantastical jewelry of ChYMieRa.  I have a soft spot in my heart for fantasy nightmarish fun, and I love these delicate and dark creations! Her other shop, MayberryGeneralStore, is a cool old-timey shop that seems a perfect, softer twin to the creepy cool of ChYMieRa.Tip: PIF = Pay It Forward, this is a clue that this seller is passing along some great deal in the past to you, in spirit, through her fabulous deals. The idea is that you do the same in the future. There are some great deals out there if you search PIF, and it’s a sweet concept.  Just don’t forget to pass along your good fortune to someone else! AmysPinPals has some great destashing going on right now. I have some of this owl fabric, but in color. So cute! Amy also does custom sewing projects and has some beautiful examples up in her shop.  Tip – search for destash and take advantage of other folks clearing out their unused supplies!

Wicked Soaps has some wicked deals right now on summery soaps and scents.  The descriptions are simply mouth-watering. I think any time of year is the right time of year for lavender martini soap and milk and honey lotion. Click over to her blog for more soapy goodness and some occasional Robert Pattinson. Tip: off season = big savings!  

Mama feels Bueno stocks beautiful trims and applique that could easily transform a simple garment into something drop-dead gorgeous. I love all of the beautiful butterflies too! Tip: Combine shipping! The shipping on these bits of trim is low to begin with, but when you look at how low it is with another item you’ll buy the shop out!

 Remember When Vintage by butterflyemoon is a nice assortment of vintage goodies, and every single thing in her shop right now is buy-one-get-one half price. I just love the Julie London albums – aren’t they cool! The drum-style ice bucket would be great on a retro bar, even if it’s not Christmas. When you have a moment check out her blog to learn more about her great eco-village learning center plans, and her other Etsy shop, Circle in the Wood for some pretty wire-wrapped jewelry.  Tip: look for storewide sales, and take advantage of them!

To sum up – search for what’s on sale. The terms: “Destash,” “Clearance,” “Sale,” “Discount,” “BOGO,” “PIF” and “Pay it Forward,”  are all good places to start. Combine shipping and look for things that could be categorized as last season. And above all, have fun shopping!

Etsy Blossoms

I’ve got some fun finds today for (a very late) Etsy Blossoms. These finds are the start of a new series here on Blossom Daily.  I’ve been thinking about the holidays and planning gift ideas lately, and I thought it might be fun to do a series on gifts. Today’s Etsy shops all have fantastic building blocks for beautifully wrapped gifts. I’m a firm believer in a beautifully presented present, and the key to that is creativity. These shops make it easy!

First up is The Gilded Bee. These amazing paper products are just crying out to be attached to thoughtful gifts. I love the idea of using paper flowers on simply wrapped packages. You can also see more creativity on her blog.

Have you ever wrapped presents with fabric? I especially love to use fabric with great textures, like the fantastic chenilles on Chenille Bliss.  This great collection of fabric includes some choice bits of barkcloth in addition to the chenille. Don’t forget to check out her Other Etsy shop and Christmas Etsy shop.

I love the muslin printed ribbon and Parisian themes from French Affairs.  There’s just the right amount of classic, ornamental, and a touch of glitter. There are also some great Halloween items in her shop. And don’t forget to check out her Other Etsy shop.

Buttons have so many uses, other than just fastening clothing. The Elusive Lemon has some beautiful buttons – I love these wooden ones. What a great simple packaging idea – a button threaded onto some twine, tied around a gift.

Finally I’m ending with some super-cute vintage themed tags and cards from The Paper Place.  I think the “Baked Goodies” tag at the top would be great on christmas cookies, perhaps with some bakers twine? I love the movie clipboards too – so retro fun!

Have a good week everyone!

Etsy Blossoms

It’s back to school time! I still love new notebooks and pens, even though I’m not headed back to school anymore. Today’s Etsy Blossoms are too cool for school, and you will be too if you stuff your backpack with these goodies!  First up is Crown Bindery. I oohed and aahed over their notebooks and binders at the Austin Renegade Craft Fair a few months ago.  I love the clean looks and fabulous papers of these notebooks and binders! Just as tempting are the paper pockets and paper chain kits at sister school Crown Paperie.  And who wouldn’t want an adorable clothesline kit with cute little papered clothespins? Perfect for hanging everything from crayon masterpieces and report cards to magazine tear sheets and beautiful business cards. Pick one out at the third jewel of a shop, The Papered Crown.  For even more office-y goodness visit Carla’s blog, handmade. home. office.

There’s nothing like a pretty pen to brighten up your day. These from Polymer Clay Shed are gorgeous! The designs are so detailed and colorful! I’d love to add some of these paper clips to my collection! And why not add a keychain with a secret compartment and a pretty little pill box to your stash of goodies?  If you need just a little more polymer clay pretty you should stop by Crafts by CAG for beads and jewelry and the Polymer Clay Shed blog.

Aren’t these the coolest crayons you’ve ever seen? They were made by 7 year old Max (with the help of mom) and are available at MadebyMAXX.  I think any kid (or grown up, really, let’s be honest!) would love a set of crayons that spell out their name. And I know quite a few folks who will be getting skull crayons sometime soon! 

Something new for back to school – is reusable fabric sandwich and snack bags by Cotton Top Quilts.   I love these – practical, green, and pretty! I love the travel trash bins too. My mom has been looking for a trash container for her car, and I think this one will be perfect!  And for your regular crayons, a coloring wallet, of course!  You can find more from Paula at her other Etsy shop, Elgies, and you can buy fabric from her to create your own pouches, bags, and whatever else you want at Cotton Top Fabrics.

Finally, here are some sweet pencil boxes, pill boxes, baskets and frames from Mmim. I love the old-school feel of the Dick & Jane pencil box, and the skip ahead a couple of decades to the yellow #2 box. I’m all about trees and houses right now, so you know I want the tiny tree pill box and the light switch plate covered in little houses all in a row. Mmim has some great sales going on right now too!

Hope you’ve found something cool for your backpack! Have a great day all!

Etsy Blossoms – Tomato Obsession

Thinking about the end of summer at the beginning of the week eventually led my mind down the path of tomatoes. Now I can’t stop thinking about them! Yummy, delicious, bright, bumpy tomatoes. So my Etsy blossoms are all tomato-themed tonight! I hope you enjoy!

OK, how can you NOT love the Mental Vegetables, Drinky Poos, and Gourds of Goth from AnthroPoMorphCo? Seriously, I definitely need a Saucy Tomato in my life. And I know it’s a little early to be thinking about Halloween, but how perfect would the Gourds of Goth be for, well, the entire month of October! Go, buy cute stuff!

These watercolors by Bob Fontenot, of bobbyjoefontenot, are portraits of tomatoes from the Fontenot garden, and I think they’re completely mouthwatering.  I think they’d be great in my kitchen…a nice reminder of summer year-round.

I just couldn’t help but smile when I ran across the napkins above by shesocreative. That smile just got bigger the longer I looked at her shop.  I love the clever plays on everyday concepts, and I’m completly blown away by the oh-so-clever packaging of her aprons! take a minute to look at them, and read the labels. So cute!

Finally, here are some fun vintage items from coconutannie. I think the frog with tomatoes salt and pepper shaker set is so much fun. Wouldn’t that be a great conversation-piece  for your kitchen table?  And the ode to tomatoes wouldn’t be the complete without a pincushion. I have one just like these vintage Chinese ones.

I hope you all have enjoyed my moment of tomato obsession. I’ve got a couple of recipes to share tomorrow, then it’s off to birthday celebration land for me! Happy Thursday (evening).

Origami and a Blossom Break

Hey everyone, I wanted to quickly share these beautiful origami wonders from SnW Creative on Etsy.  I love this string of lights with origami flowers surrounding each little twinkle light. And the peacocks are fantastic! (I’m really digging peacocks lately.)  I also wanted to let you all know I’m taking a short break. This coming weekend I’ll be helping out my hubby at the Eckman’s Card, Comic and Toy Show, and this week leading up to that we are super-busy! The following weekend I’ve got a work event that will be taking up ALL my time leading up to it. I plan to be back online July 27th, and if I have time I’ll try to post some good links for you all between now and then.

I hope your summer is going well and you’re having a fun time! Go out and enjoy the sunshine! Talk to you again in a couple of weeks!

Etsy Blossoms

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope your week has been going well. This week I was inspired by the idea of kits. I get these fabulous emails from Etsy with collections themed around everything you could imagine. One this week was DIY themed, and I thought that was a great idea to borrow for today’s post. Above are fragrance goodies from Sweet Anthem. I am intrigued by the idea of creating my own perfume, and there’s a kit for that! Even better is her Couture Bespoke Perfume Design.  I read about custom perfume design in a magazine as a teenager and it’s been on my list of things to do ever since. You’d better bet I’m bookmarking this for the day we have the funds!  Learn more about all of her fragrances and visit the blog on the Sweet Anthem website.

I am absolutely in love with the sweet letterpress houses that make up the Chandler Lane Kit by 1canoe2.  I don’t know if it’s the miniaturist in my or my slight obsession with the idea of home, but I am completely enamored.  And the recipe cards and dividers are lovely! I remember my grandmother always had a few recipes written on cards with little illustrations and sweet writing, and they seemed so important!  I think this set would make a perfect gift for someone just getting started in their own place. Maybe with a few favorite recipes filled in? Stop by and visit Beth’s blog

Erinzam has an amazing collection of kits and handmade books, all from recycled and reused papers. My sister made her first book a few weeks ago, and looking up bookbinding techniques sparked my interest in this art form.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn how, Erin’s Japanese Binding Kit and Tutorial is for you.  Or if you’re not feeling crafty, just pick up one of her adorable handmade books.  I love the ones made from old-school computer punch cards, and the baseball card books are fantastic!   And how handy would that business card book kit be for organizing your contacts?

Finally, if you’re looking for a challenge, or just some ridiculously adorable eye candy, go to TSminibears. for an assortment of patterns.  I’ve never seen anything quite like her bears. She’s got everything from traditional teddy-bear types, to super-realistic bears, to anime-style bears, to fantasy art bears. And all super-tiny! I am so blown away. I’d love to tackle something like this, just for me. But which one??