Thursday, January 29, 2015

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: MailedIT

Today's featured shop has unlimited creativity. When most of us think of chainmaille, we think of medieval armor. Owner Shawn has taken chainmaille and formed it into creative pieces that are anything but boring. Check out MailedIT, based in Boise, Idaho. Crafting everything from scratch, Shawn makes his own chainmaille rings and has competitive prices. He also enjoys making items out of chainmaille that most people wouldn't expect; a perfect example of this is the chainmaille tie below! Here are a few of Shawn's products that caught my eye:



Gear and hex nut necklace, Women's steampunk jewelry, Chainmaille necklace, stainless steel, industrial fashion, neo Victorian 




Chainmaille necktie, slim tie, straight tie.




Chainmaille hanging lamp, metal hanging lamp,  Pendant Light, industrial lamp, industrial decor, unique lighting. 




Chainmaille purse, handbag, metallic purse, silver purse, unique purse, unique womens gifts




Hex nut Christmas ornament, silver Christmas tree, chainmaille ornament, metal Christmas ornament, holiday decoration, unique guy gifts 


Make sure to check out MailedIT for more great chainmaille creations!



Until next time...stay crafty (and rock handmade chainmaille)!
-Katie
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Special CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: JcLeathercraft

When it comes to finding handcrafted treasures, Etsy is definitely the place to go. There's an endless amount of creativity...and the same can be said for today's featured shop. Meet Joshua Clukey, owner of JcLeathercraft. Based in Georgetown, Delaware, Joshua creates handcrafted leather goods, from the minimalistic guitar picks to the elegantly stitched Leather Bible CoverJoshua started making his handcrafted leather products when he realized how cheaply made retail leather products were. Determined to provide a better quality, Joshua started selling to friends and family before opening up JcLeathercraft. Joshua designs all of his items, preferring minimalistic designs to let the materials speak for themselves; and he gladly accepts custom orders! Here are a few of JcLeathercraft's items that caught my eye:



Leather Bible Cover. Personalized 
Leather Bible Cover. Personalized $149.99 - Handstitched and handstamped, custom sized to fit your Bible. Pick between natural, light brown, chestnut, dark brown and black colors.




Handmade Personalized Leather Wallet. Wedding Coordinates.
Handmade Personalized Leather Wallet. Wedding Coordinates. $60.00   - Handstitched with two quality pieces of thick leather, this customized wallet measures 3.5 inches by 8 inches.





Owl Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace 
Owl Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace $14.99+ - 100% vegetable tanned leather and a stainless steel chain, perfect for a gift or for yourself!




Cross Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace
Cross Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace $14.99+ - Featuring price breaks for bulk ordering, this necklace is also 100% vegetable tanned leather.




Leather Headphone Cable Organizer 
Leather Headphone Cable Organizer $6.00+  - Save yourself from a tangled mess of cables with this great handcrafted leather cable organizer. Available in packs of 1, 3, 5 and 10.



As a special treat for CraftyGirl Creates readers, use coupon code CRAFTYGIRL10OFF for 10% off anything in the store at JcLeathercraft! Make sure to check out JcLeathercraft's website, as well as their Facebook page!



Until next time...stay crafty (and buy handmade)!
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Around.io : Social Media Tool Review

When you're a busy Etsy seller, you're often multitasking; whether you're filling orders, creating new items, or trying to squeeze in some business while taking care of your family, every tool you can use to make your business simpler is a life saver.

Are you tired of trying to find time in the day to post new Tweets? Is updating your Facebook page taking too much precious time? Try Around.io, a social media scheduling tool that helps you balance your social media presence. 



Around.io lets you view your Etsy shop listings and choose which ones you want to promote. Here's a screenshot of the item view; It's easy to read and easy to find what you want. 



Here's a screenshot of your social media scheduling options. You can choose between Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.



When you use the Day Planner and choose to create tweets, Around.io will create a sampling of automated tweets for you from your Etsy listings. You can add or delete any tweets you want; it's easy to customize!



The same can also be said for scheduling Facebook posts; Around.io will automatically create posts for you from your Etsy shop listings. Post what you want, and discard what you don't!


You can also add RSS feeds....





...and refer friends to earn a free week of Around.io! (This is my referral link)



The settings page is easy to navigate, with options to connect your social media accounts.


CraftyGirl's verdict: Around.io is easy to use and saves valuable time on promoting your Etsy items. Just think of all the things you could get done with your free time!


Until next time...stay crafty (and save time)!
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Monday, January 26, 2015

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: NancysGeneralStore

Vintage items have a way of evoking certain memories, reminding us of our past, and delighting us with their exceptional craftsmanship. I've always found it fun to walk through antique stores and glance at the different shapes, colors and patterns of items from long ago. So, imagine my delight when I came across NancysGeneralStore, an Etsy shop that has an array of vintage items. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, owner Nancy has been given a second chance at life, and her shop features many vintage items that have been given a second chance as well. Here are a few of NancysGeneralStore's items that caught my eye:




41 Antique Buttons, Buckles, Mother of Pearl, Celluloid Nude Thinker, Metal, Painted, Flower, Star,Crystal Clear,Please Read FREE Shipping 



Antique Brooch Pin, Silver Color, 16 Clear Stones, 2 and Half inches, 1940's, 1950's, Retro, Chic, Vintage,  Fancy,




Wedding Ringbearer Rose and Flower Ring Bearer Pillow and Heart Garter 




Digital Download, Printable File of Your Custom Text, on Image of Movie Lights,or Beach,or Snow,or Window,or Etched in Tree, One  choice.




Vintage Edwin M. Knowles Oval Platter Lily White Pink Pattern, 52-12 No Chips, No Cracks,  12 and half x 10, 


Make sure to check out NancysGeneralStore for more vintage and handmade items!


 
Until next time...stay crafty (and buy vintage)!
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: hollyxholly

I've seen my fair share of weddings, either as a member of the bridal party or a guest. Some of the bridesmaids dresses were beautiful, and some...well, let's just leave it at that! I know that, as a bride myself, trying to find a dress that I felt flattered all of my bridesmaids was a tough task, and I ended up picking out a color and letting them pick the style that suited them best. It's always nice to have options...and with Etsy store hollyxholly, you have plenty of gorgeous options! Based in the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada, hollyxholly specializes in custom made dresses and accessories. The options are endless with a custom dress, and when you buy more than 3 dresses, you receive a discount. All of hollyxholly's dresses are handmade, and if you're in the Greater Toronto Area, you can schedule an appointment to stop by their studio. A lot of hollyxholly's dresses would be great for prom or homecoming, too! Here's a few of their items that caught my eye:



Navy blue bridesmaid dress, sequin bridesmaid dress, navy sequin dress, sequin prom dress 




Lace wedding veil, Lace cathedral veil, long wedding veil, mantilla wedding veil, bridal veil, ivory veil




Purple bridesmaid dress, purple party dress, chiffon bridesmaid dress, Prom dress 




 Red Cheongsam, Wedding Cheongsam, Chinese Cheongsam, Red bridesmaid dress, Qipao





Short pink bridesmaid dress, chiffon bridesmaid dress



Make sure to check out hollyxholly for more dress styles and colors. Don't forget, hollyxholly accepts custom orders!

Until next time...stay crafty (and wear a pretty dress)!
-Katie
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: SangarisExpressions

Specializing in etched glass gifts, SangarisExpressions has a wide array of options available, and accepts custom orders. Based in Amherst, NY, owner Lorrelle offers many options for that special someone in the medical field, as well as some beautifully etched Valentine's day present options. Here are a few of Lorrelle's designs that caught my eye:



Valentines Day Gift For Him Glass Beer Mug 




Doctor Nurse Graduation, Appreciation, Thank You Gift Glass Cannister




Valentines Day Gift For Her Glass Pilsner Beer Mug 




EMT Paramedic EMS Graduation Gift Glass Beer Mug




Valentines Day Gift Mug For him 



For the rest of the month of January, SangarisExpressions is offering 10% off your order with coupon code JANUARY15. Make sure to check out SangarisExpressions for more gift ideas!


Until next time...stay crafty (and eat chocolate)!
-Katie
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CraftyGirl Approved Recipes: Brownie Batter Dip ✔

I love trying new recipes, and recently, I had the perfect occasion to test out a few new recipes. Dear Husband and I threw a small New Year's eve open house, and I had a blast cooking. Here's my favorite recipe of the night:



Brownie Batter Dip

Brownie Batter Dip 
Brownie Batter Dip from Mel's Kitchen Cafe  is decadently delicious. I didn't make any changes to the recipe, except to double it! (I love chocolate, if that's not obvious) It's almost a chocolate cheesecake dip instead of a brownie, but either way it's delicious. We served it with Nilla wafers, pretzel sticks and sugar wafers. A little bit of a sugar overload, but it was completely worth it!





What's your favorite party food?





Until next time...stay crafty (and eat chocolate)!
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: JewelryGlow

Today's featured shop is JewelryGlow! Based in Hifa, Israel, JewelryGlow offers a wide array of nose rings, both pierced and non-pierced, for you to choose from. Recently opened in December of 2014, JewelryGlow already has an impressive 42 sales. Here are a few of JewelryGlow's items that caught my eye:




Nose Stud Heart Design,nose piercing,925 sterling silver,nose pin,nose screw,nose studs 




Fake Septum non pierced nose 14 k gold filled or 925 sterling silver,nose piercing,nose cuff,nose hoop,nose ring




Twisted Nose Ring,Small nose ring  14 k gold filled/925 sterling silver,nose hoop,nose piercing,gold nose ring 



Make sure to check out JewelryGlow for even more items at great prices!


 
Until next time...stay crafty (and shop on Etsy)!
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

CraftyGirl's Feature Shop: FairyandtheFirefly







Creativity can blossom from many different places, and into many different forms. Inspired by nature, FairyandtheFirefly is owner Mia Malaine's creative outlet. Using items found in nature, Mia creates delicate and intricate fairy houses & miniatures, with the tiniest of details. Mia's fairy creations are perfect for your windowsill, to attract fairies, luck and peace to your home. Made with findings from the woods, FairyandtheFirefly's creations are equal parts eco friendly and whimsical beauty. Here are a few of her items that caught my eye:



Furnished Riverside Fairy House with Balcony 




Fairy Table and Chairs Set For Supper




Fairy Mica Treasure box 





Twig and Ivy Fairy Rocking Chair with Slipper Boots







Beach Fairy Bath House 



Make sure to check out Mia & FairyandtheFirefly on Instagram, @thefairyandthefirefly for updates and new items!





Until next time...stay crafty (and believe in fairies)!
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Friday, January 16, 2015

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: IrenaOrlov

With an impressive 1200 items available, canvas print artist Irena Orlov's shop, IrenaOrlov, is incredibly well stocked with a canvas print for any occasion or decor. In addition to her impressive shop stock, Irena is offering a coupon code for 20% all prints: SALE20. From florals, to skylines and everything in between, IrenaOrlov has glowing reviews and over 35,000 followers on Twitter. Here are a few of Irena's items that caught my eye:





Frosted green succulent.  Canvas Print by Irena Orlov 




Hand Embellished Canvas Reproduction 48 x 48 x 2". Emotions in Motion  by Irena Orlov 




Vintage Contemporary Framed Signed Fine Art Print " California " 18" X 24" by Irena Orlov 




Car interior. Canvas Print by Irena Orlov 24" X 36" 




The United States of America Map I . Canvas Print by Irena Orlov 24" X 36" 


Make sure to check out Irena Orlov on Facebook for updates and new items!



Until next time...stay crafty (and decorate)!
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: ALEXplusMAE

Jewelry is a wonderful outlet for artistic expression, and ALEXplusMAE is no exception. Owner Jessica handcrafts gorgeous pieces of jewelry in the evening, after her children go to bed. Recently opened, ALEXplusMAE features delicate pieces with bold colors, the perfect addition to any outfit. Based in San Diego, CA, ALEXplusMAE is offering a special coupon code; use coupon code "grandopening" for free shipping. (Valid until 1/28/15) Here are a few of ALEXplusMAE's items that caught my eye:



gold vermeil and tiny turquoise beaded bracelet ••• delicate jewelry 





moonstone and gold loop necklace ••• delicate luxe jewelry




turquoise spike and sterling silver earrings ••• everyday boho jewelry 




herkimer diamond necklace in gold or silver ••• delicate luxe jewelry




sterling silver bead bar necklaces ••• delicate jewelry 




 Make sure to check out Jessica's creations at ALEXplusMAE and don't forget to use coupon code "grandopening" for free shipping!



Until next time...stay crafty (and be creative)!
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