Entertaining

Recently a repeat customer asked me to make a custom order for her. I was happily surprised when I realized that she had uncovered a unique new item for my shop and for everyone else too. Her custom order came with a fun background. My customer said that she wanted a wine glass base so her guests knew how to identify their wine glass. She wanted to offer an elegant way to do this to avoid having people mistakenly drinking​ from someone else’s glass. Voila! This project idea was born!

This is a smart, beautiful gift idea for Mom, housewarming, newly Weds, etc. I also think these would be beautiful for a wedding table, adorned with some extras and in white or light color yarn. 

You may learn more about this item here.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tie Dye in Solid Colors

Typically when I hear tie dye I imagine a mix of bright yellow, green and red on shirts. Not that it’s not fun, but I experimented designing other tie dye accessories and started with hair accessories. Then I thought of solid color tie dye and/or family of colors in tie dye, and I loved the results!

Here are some pictures.  You may click on them for more information. Enjoy! 

Purple Tie Dye Scrunchie
Tie Dye hair accessories
Green Tie Dye Scrunchie

Visit my Etsy Shop for other fun tie dye designs. 

Unique Yarn from Italy and Germany

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Every time I look for inspiration I shop for yarn. Fortunately this time I had the opportunity to find this beautiful specialty yarn! Soon I will be designing fall and winter accessories. This yarn comes from Germany and Italy. I will be mixing them for fun color-texture combination. My goal is to end with very unique, soft, delicate, beautiful items to list in my Etsy shop.

 

 

Watch Winter Collection Video

Enjoy my Winter Collection Video.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016!

Visit my shop here for a closer look into these unique designs.

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Color and Texture at LittleGemsbyLuisa, an Etsy shop

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Today I am hosting Luisa, shop owner of LittleGemsbyLuisa on Etsy. Here is my interview.

1. How did your start your business? What motivated you to open your Etsy shop?

“I started my business by making myself a customized bracelet. I think that I never hit puberty. I have very dainty features! I was wearing one of my designs at work one day and colleagues wanted to have one too. A few months later I started selling so much I was able to save enough to pay for our wedding reception. Several years later, and two kids later, I finally took the plunge in to Etsy. I wanted to do something I loved that generated revenue and allowed me the flexibility to be at home with the kids.”

2. Which item in your shop is your favorite? Why?

“That’s a hard one! I am into my bohemian phase right now. I love all long wooden necklaces and my leather bracelets too.”

3. When did you learn your craft?

“I started knitting with my mother at around 8. I’ve been beading for over a decade now.”

4. Is there anything else you would like to share?

“Don’t try to please everyone. There is a reason why people like your creations, you made them. Learn about social media, take excellent pictures and don’t expect over night success. Measure achievement by where you were yesterday, last year and compare it to the present.”

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LittleGemsByLuisa?
Etsy:
www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LittleGemsByLuisa
Twitter:
twitter.com/gems_little
Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/littlegemsl/
Tumblr:
littlegemsbyluisa.tumblr.com/post/128030385894/get-the-look-on-etsy

 

Here are some more images from her shop:il_570xN.806653778_4lmr I love her work and her customer service is fantastic! 🙂

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Handmade Wedding Decor

 

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Many times I wish my whole crafts time could be dedicated to enjoy thinking about wedding decoration ideas, and making them! My niece is getting married and I was looking for a handmade gift for her big day! I came across some beautiful, simple, delicate ideas from one of the florists she may be hiring. This sparked many  wonderful thoughts for my shop and inspired me to start thinking about the gift for my niece. I would definitely love to make handmade decor for napkins. I started working on the napkin ring in the picture and combining it with matching crochet napkin embellishments. I am not so sure about using beige, so I will go to my craft shop and get some delicate metallic lace and try to work the crochet embellishment with it instead.

I will share with you in a future post how it all went. Her wedding is next year, so thankfully I do have time to perfect my idea and to get it done. 🙂

Note: More information about the items in the pictures on this blog can be found in my shop on the links below:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/223977222/wedding-elegant-white-black-silver?ref=shop_home_active_4

https://www.etsy.com/listing/223981071/wedding-elegant-napkin-rings-crochet?ref=shop_home_active_1

 

Featured Item – EcoFriendly Makeup Remover Face Pads

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This post is about the recent feature of my EcoFriendly Makeup Remover Face Pads. CelestesReviewBlog chose my shop and the face pads for a feature and review. I am very happy with her review and here it is for you!

http://celestesreviewblog.blogspot.ca/2015/04/review-crochetknitandmix.html

My products are made with great care and attention to detail. I choose my yarn very carefully to make sure it’s functional and that it’s also beautiful to see and touch! Last, I am thrilled every time a package leaves me as I am sure it is going to make someone’s day!

Visit my shop to see these and other face pads. I offer almost every tone of color to make your daily routine exciting and beautiful! 🙂

https://www.etsy.com/listing/210413596/green-and-blue-makeup-remover-eco?ref=shop_home_active_13

Crochet Teething Necklace.

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Teething Necklace for babies by http://www.esty.com/shop/CrochetKnitandMix

Making this teething necklace took me back to when my kids were babies. I wish I would have had this idea then. Moms wear this today while they hold their babies in their arms. Mom can carry a conversation while the baby is busy teething using these wooden covered balls in the necklace.

I made the one in the image here using organza thread because it is soft and easy to handle. I stayed away from using any kind of clasp for the safety of the baby. Mom can simply tie a knot when wearing it.

It was so exciting to be able to make it and carry an option in my shop that can potentially help those nursing Moms out there. This is an item that can keep the baby happily busy while Mom can have some room to finish a chore at home, or enjoy the company of a friend. This item is made with 100% cotton yarn which covers the wooden balls completely. The crochet work also covers the necklace thread.

Warning: As always, never leave your baby unattended. Always stay close to your baby while using this and any other product.

You can find this item at my shop here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/214271070/multicolor-nursing-breastfeeding?ref=shop_home_active_1

I hope I left something more for your creative crochet mind to enjoy! 🙂

Multifunctional Beautiful Nautical Theme Dish

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Multifunctional Turtle Starfish Dish by SeaMariesBounty

Today I would like to share this beautiful item I just got from Sue, another fellow Etsy shop owner. I am always taken by nautical themes so it’s no surprise that this item just wowed me.  It is multifunctional as it can be used as a tea bag and spoon rest, or as a ring or jewelry dish, or even small soap dish. I am using it as a jewelry dish for my girls’ bathroom. It’s adorable! : )

Sue, SeaMariesBounty’s shop owner, gracefully allowed me to blog about the item. She also shared a bit about her inspiration and process.

Sue lives on the coast and she gets a lot of her inspiration from  surroundings along with her husband’s ideas.

Sue comes from a family of artists: Mother, father, sister and three of her nephews.  She learned to throw on the pottery wheel by a wonderful teacher, Sharla. As soon as Sharla saw Sue’s first coffee cup  made after the first lesson, she immediately knew Sue was a natural! All the rest of the skills showcased in Sue’s shop is self-taught.

Sue makes several of her own molds – such as the turtle in this item. This soap dish was made with earthenware (clay) and  glaze. The dish is rolled out with a slab roller then cut into rectangles. She used a real starfish to imprint the design then added the turtle. When it is completely dry then she fires it in the kiln and then glazes it and re-fires it again.

Sue says: “I believe in having fun in my shop. I find myself laughing while I make something especially with a face. I want people to smile when they see my artwork.”

If you want to learn more about Sue or visit her shop, here are some links you can visit:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/208815644/turtle-soap-dish-jewelry-teal-green?

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SeamariesBounty?ref=l2-shopheader-name

I truly loved getting this item and I had to write about it. Maybe you want to stop by and look at Sue’s work, or maybe this will inspire something wonderful of your own today! Who knows.. So many talented people out there, making wonderful pieces everyday. It’s just Lovely!