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My Soap is my Artistic Medium

9 Nov

My Soap is my Artistic Medium

I make handmade, artisan soap with the freshest ingredients. I use coconut, palm kernel, olive oil and castor in my soaps. This soap is gentle on your skin. Once you try handemade soap you won’t go back to regular store bought.

Old Vintage Recycled Made New!

8 Nov

Old Vintage Recycled Made New!

All Little Red packaging is made from 80% recycled materials! I currently work from my home but am hoping to convert a garage into an eco-workshop within the next year – this will involve solar panels and a mini wind turbine to provide the energy I’ll need, plus nifty ways of keeping the heat (very important when working in Scotland!).

My Appalachian Heritage Through Soaps

7 Nov

My Appalachian Heritage Through Soaps

I blog about my unique business model. Currently I’m working on a series about all the uses of lye soap that customers have shared with me. I also write about Appalachian culture, language, native plants, folk remedies, music, and my Appalachian ancestors. Oh, I also write about my soap, too!

Quirky, Illustrated Handmade Cards and Gifts

5 Nov

Quirky, Illustrated Handmade Cards and Gifts

Today’s featured crafter submission came with a special little message:

“Stay Inspired!”

Couldn’t have said it better myself 😉

Modern and Meaningful Charm Jewelry

4 Nov

Modern and Meaningful Charm Jewelry

My first bracelets came into being as something constructive and positive to do while recovering from a sudden and life threatening illness.

Two years ago this June, I woke to find myself in the intensive care unit with absolutely no knowledge of how I got there. I learned that I had become ill from an infection that was a side effect of a routine tooth extraction. I came very close to dying, had several life saving surgeries, and am blessed to be here today.

I lost my job, home, and life as I knew it, but surviving such a near death experience has made me feel and believe that I am indeed – CHARMED. Hence my name, Charmed Design.

Breezy, Fun, Upbeat, Funky, Sweet

3 Nov

Breezy, Fun, Upbeat, Funky, Sweet

Everything….. human nature, words, kindness, diversity, animals, smiles, crayons, cartoons, courteousness, movies, books…

Memories to Last a Lifetime

2 Nov

Memories to Last a Lifetime

Handmade is about relationships. Creating relationships helps us dissolve the sense of isolation we have created with technology.

Antique Buttons and Jewelry Findings

1 Nov

Antique Buttons and Jewelry Findings

Suffice it to say that is, “more than just your average feature”.

Today’s crafter is not just a beautiful, talented woman, she is also a friend. A friend with whom I’ve shared nights of gut busting laughter and undoubtedly stole gallons of hot water from during our days at the luxurious Temple Towers.

Sam is one of those people that seems to have found a way to extract a full 24 hours from each day. In fact, right now she’s pursuing a doctorate degree, working full time in the Philly school district, organizing a bevy of fundraisers and making all sorts of handcrafted buttoned and bejeweled goodies.

As if all that wasn’t enough, for the past month Sam has been undergoing treatments and getting all Bruce Lee on Hodgkins Lymphoma.

In the spirit of altruism, her Etsy shop (Hodge Podge) donates money from each sale to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Not only do you get a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art, you are supporting a supremely worthy cause.

Want to make a REAL difference this holiday season? Vote with your wallet and BUY HANDMADE.

What are you waiting for?! Your bank account will feel good, your special someone will look spectacular and you’ll be helping people successfully fight Leukemia and Lymphoma.

I’ve even heard Santa is giving out extra gold stars to people choosing handmade this holiday season…

Giveaway – Always Remember to Give Things Away in November

1 Nov

I’ve some super sweet goodies to give away to this month!

There will be THREE winners.

TWO winners will get 100 MOO MiniCards (perfect for creating a buzz and promoting your handmade crafts)

ONE super winner will win 100 MOO MiniCards + a collection of THREE digital pop-up cards designed by Paisley & Plaid Paper Co (one of our featured crafters).

All you need to do to ENTER is leave a comment telling us:

  • How you’d make your MOO cards stand out (be as creative as possible)
  • Who you would send a pop-up card to

Deadline to enter is midnight, pacific time, on November 10th – so get entering already! (more…)

Organic, Natural, Colorful, Unique, Peruvian

31 Oct

Organic, Natural, Colorful, Unique, Peruvian

It’s a dream of ours to be able to make a living from our jewelry so we like to support other artisans and craftspeople who are living their dream. Handmade goods tell a story and they carry the energy of the person (or people) that made them.

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