Archive | July, 2011
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culturally inspired jewelry and decor

31 Jul

culturally inspired jewelry and decor

Advice for other sellers: I work my butt off from morning to night to stock my stores, ship orders, work my day job, and take care of my family. It is not for the lighthearted! I appreciate my Husband’s support and assistance with the housework. I work seven days a week now and suggest only one thing. If you must work your butt off, you must. But make a night a week for yourself to totally forget about all your projects and just chill… and don’t forget to go outside.

Also, always know your audience and be willing to adjust yourself to cater to them. You may have a great plan for a store you would buy from all the time. But you are not everybody. And everybody is who you want to buy from you. Take great photos above anything else and have great customer service.

all-natural | handmade | artistic | soap

29 Jul

all-natural | handmade | artistic | soap

My inspiration comes from both nature and my own creative self. My soul has a passion for honoring mother earth.

Bright, fun, modern crochet

28 Jul

Bright, fun, modern crochet

I’d rather support another individual pursuing their passion, doing what they love in their home, than some businessman in a suit.

That Victorian – Indie Vibe

27 Jul

That Victorian – Indie Vibe

You can have something that is an original, or something that only has a few copies of it elsewhere in the world, or something customized precisely with you in mind, and I think everyone deserves to have something like that.

Vintage Book Prints

26 Jul

Vintage Book Prints

I’m insanely curious about our featured crafter’s black Pomeranian named Chewbacca… He doesn’t by any chance look like this dog, does he?? Chewbacca Dog

Fun Fresh Comfy Useful Baby

25 Jul

Fun Fresh Comfy Useful Baby

My source for inspiration is my life as a mom and other moms/dads. It is tough enough being a parent so I try to create products that are useful and appealing to the eye.

Upcycled Soft and Flirtatious Accessories

24 Jul

Upcycled Soft and Flirtatious Accessories

If you know where the fabric came from and you can choose organic or free-trade materials, and you are the laborer, you can have more control over your impact on the world and you can lighten your footprint. Lastly, I think we are in an era of personalization, when just buying mass-produced items everyone in the neighborhood has is finally losing its cache, and instead, when you make something for yourself to wear or to decorate your home, you can express your own personality through your creation rather than passively allowing a corporation to do it for you.

Apple Quinoa Salad

21 Jul

Looking for something new and simple to try for your next picnic? I present you my new favorite recipe – Apple Quinoa Salad!

Perfect (non-animal) protein + nature’s perfect fruit + maple syrup = levels of wonder you never dreamed possible in one simple salad.

You’re welcome.

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Not just a card; art!

20 Jul

Not just a card; art!

I think genetics is what got me started. My Dad who is a retired Marine and was once a mechanic is very gifted with a pencil. He also liked to build things. I remember him and my mom fixing up an old rusted heater that now sits beside me as I type this…

Summer Craft Giveaway

19 Jul

Happy Summer! This month we are giving away some sweet summer goodies to ONE lucky reader!

This month’s theme is borrowed from Sesame Street – Sharing is Caring!

There are three easy peasy ways to WIN:

  • Share the giveaway on Twitter by posting the following status update:
    I just entered the monthly handmade craft #giveaway @hhandmadeblog at http://bit.ly/nHVoc0 You should too!
  • Share the giveaway on Facebook using this link – http://on.fb.me/qtI93O or clicking the share button at the bottom right of this post.
  • Leave a comment explaining how you would share the news you’ve won!

Each person gets three chances to enter – and the giveaway winner will be selected at midnight PST on July 24th 2011. Winners will be notified by Email, Facebook and/or Twitter.

Without any further adieu, let’s get right into the giveaway and our super excellent sponsors for this month.

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