Holiday Gift Guide *Etsy*

When it comes to giving a gift why not give something handmade.  When someone is taking their energy to create a handcrafted good, I call it Art.  There is nothing I find more beautiful than when I know someone handmade a great gift.

white birch bark journal or guest book handmade - wood book -  rustic  woodland winter wedding gift - grey gray blue  - ready to ship

Birch bark Journal by Three Trees Bindry

Leather Candle Wrap with Layered Wooden Crosses Encrusted in Swarovski Crystals

Layered Wooden Cross Candle Corset by Fine and Funky Designs

Linen napkin set of 8 for Christmas day gift finds - gray white green or red natural linen fabric 18x18

Linen Napkins by Pillow Link

Drops Gold Necklace- Leather Necklace- Statement Necklace- Pearls Pendant- Fashion Jewelry- Hand made Jewelry- FREE SHIPPING

Gold, Pearls & Leather Necklace by LiatGiladJewellery

Gold Zag Tray

Gold Zag Try by Up in the Air Somewhere

Original Watercolor Painting- Birch Tree Painting "Skeleton Birches"
Original Watercolor painting by Pine Tree Art
Organic Hand knit Wool Blanket by Good Bye 1979
Bear Country Yarn Bowl
Ceramic Bowl by Inaeent
Crystal Cascade stained glass panel window
Crystal Stained Glass Panel by Barbara Stained Glass
OMBRE DUCK EGG blue antler geometric contemporary modern chevron arrow painted decorative stripe bone taxidermy decor art piece
Ombre painted antler by Zoo K Shop
18x18 Wolf Brown Black Faux Fur Decorative Pillow Set 2pcs.
Faux Wolf fur Pillows (set 2)  by Salvani

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Vintage Wedding Boys

My boys were ring barrier’s in their brother’s beautiful wedding on September 7.  The bride and groom wanted a vintage wedding vibe, so not only was the decor vintage but the wedding party wore suspenders and caps.

I had my boys hats, ties and suspenders handmade from Etsy.

Their outfits fit right in & they LOVED being part of their brothers’ wedding!

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Caps by Averylee Kids

Suspenders & Ties by Tiny Tots Clothing

Shirts by Gymboree

Khaki’s by Joe’s Jeans

       Shoes by  GAP

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I know I’m a little bias but how cute are these boys?  I think their outfits worked really well.  The only thing I may have done differently is to make their ties a tad darker…I love to know what do you think?

Invitations set the tone

Recently I threw a wedding shower and I believe that the way to throw a good party is to start with a stunning first impression, the invitation.  I’m a bit old fashioned and adore getting personalized notes and cards in the mail.  It mean so much more when people actually take the time to hand write anything.  The same goes for the invitation.

I’ve done all kinds of invitations but mostly ones that I get designed then print myself.  Printing yourself cuts costs and I like to actually pick out my own paper.  In order to get an invitation personalized, you must make sure to give yourself plenty of time to research, communicate, wait for drafts and then sit though changes and mailing of the invitations.  For me, if the party is important, I like to get an invitation in the mail eight weeks in advance.  For a smaller casual party, you can go anywhere from three to six weeks.  Summer is tough as schedules get filled quickly, so earlier the better!

I find Etsy to have the best premade invitation designs that you can personalized, meaning pick your colors and any other important details that need to be printed on your invitation.

Here is the invitation that I purchased for the shower

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This adorable invitation is by Sunshine Printables

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I wanted to add a bit more detailing to this invitation by using the pink paper doilies and vintage ribbon it gave a shabby chic feel.  The doilies are from The Salvage and the ribbon is from Laces and Trims for You.

The outside of the envelope can make a big presence as well!  Think about the stamp, return labels and ink color you use.

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I fell in love with these heart, “Yes, I do” floral stamps!  I bought inexpensive return labels from Vistaprint.

I added a note, handmade lace money envelope and a ‘wishes’ card along with this invitation.  When printing the notes make sure to use paper within your color scheme.

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The customized “Wishes” card came from Event Printables

Your invitation really does set the tone on how the party should feel when guests arrive.  There is nothing better than being invited to a fabulous party!

Decorating with Etsy

Etsy is such a mecca of talented artisans who construct quality handcrafted goods.  I of course am drawn to the home items!  Here are some of the top goods any one would be proud to display in their home.

Teal Corner Dahlia on Gray and White Bella Porte Print Pillow 14 X 14 -Flower Pillow--NEW PRINT-
Dahlia 14×14 Pillow by bedbuggs
Wood Art -  Skinny Rectangles - 12 x 12 - greens, blues, grays, browns and white
Wood Art 12×12 by moderntextures
PEONIES and PAISLEY Print
Peonies and Paisley Print by Annechovie
Live Edge Wood Chandelier with Antique bulbs and Quartz Crystals
Wood Chandelier with Antique bulbs and Quartz Crystals by urbanchandy
Nesting Bowl Set, Rustic Primitive Pottery , Scrunchy Crude Tableware, Hobbitware Nested Bowls
Rustic Nesting Bowls by bazketmakr
Reclaimed Wood Colorful Sunburst Mirror Art Wreath MADE TO ORDER
Reclaimed Wood Sunburst Mirror by FallenWalnut
grey cable knit blanket
Cable Knit Blanket by CraftArtStudio
KITCHEN CHALKBOARD For Sale Framed Magnetic Chalkboard Red Furniture Red Framed Chalk board  Baroque Home Office Organizer
Chalkboard by Revivedvintage
upcycled wood wall hanging,  mason jar candle, vase, metal flower, rustic, shabby chic
Upcycled wood and mason jar wall hanging by EnchantingGardenArt
Huge 50x100 Canvas Blanket - Furniture Throw - Beach Outdoors Camping Picnic - Choose from over 600 Fabrics
Canvas Blanket by CanvasCarnival
Mid-Century Reclaimed Dresser or Television Stand (NYC LOCAL PICKUP only)
Reclaimed Stand by AllNewVintage
Barn Doors in Reclaimed Wood - Tracks Included
Reclaimed wood for indoor Barn Doors by DancingGrains
Tuscan Sky Hand Blown Glass Bowl in Turquoise and Terracotta
Hand Blown glass bowl by corporanglass
Live Edge Cats Cradle Barstool
Wood & Metal Stools by popcelona