Tuesday, January 12, 2010

a Handmade {NewNew} Valentine

The artisans that make the {NewNew} Etsy team so fabulous are already stocked for Valentine's Day! Wouldn't it be sweet to give your valentine this Secret Heart pin? It has a secret pocket in the back, just the right size for a little love note. Or, use it to present a ring or pair of earrings?

Secret Heart Brooch, handsewn felt, $5.00 by Lipeony

I just recommended a "Sayings" print from Virginia Kraljevic to a friend looking for an anniversary present, and discovered this charmer while browsing her shop:

Magic Bunny, 8x10" print, $18.00, virginiakraljevic

And, if you have no Valentine, this NYC graffitti card from ApertureAgog has the perfect sentiment:

F--- Valentines, photography notecard, $4.00, ApertureAgog

Now, to find a subtle way to make sure DH reads this...

Read more!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Shop Feature: Sparkle Beast Designs

If the name Sparkle Beast isn't catchy enough, just check out her wares:

Love it! The artist behind Sparkle Beast, Natalie, sets the rhinestones onto mesh fabric and finishes the necklaces with coordinating ribbons. I met Natalie a few years ago through our shared hobby of cosplay- namely dressing up like cartoon characters and nerding around for a weekend. She's known for meticulous colorful beadwork in her cosplay creations, so naturally she brought it to her jewelry line! I think any of these would look stellar with a little black dress. The crazy thing is- they're only $12.99 - $29.99!
I'm looking forward to seeing Natalie at Katsucon next month, one of the conventions where nerds like us show off our latest costumes. I have a booth in the artist alley, Natalie better stop by to say hello and show me what she's wearing!
Read more!