Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: OldVintagePosters

Framed wall art is a wonderful way to decorate your home, and is easily changeable. Decide you don't like your current print? Switch it out with a new one! There's wall art out there for every occasion, every style and every room; the options are endless. And that's where today's featured shop comes in.... Meet Hugo Ribeiro, owner of Etsy shop OldVintagePosters. Based in Lisbon, Portugal, OldVintagePosters offers printable wall art featuring iconic cities with vintage map detail. All purchases are digital downloads, perfect for printing yourself or taking to your local print shop. What's better than instantly receiving your purchase? :) Here's my top 3 picks from OldVintagePosters:





MOSCOW 1572 - Old city map 




Athens - 1572 - Old city map




LISBON 1572 


If there's a city you want, but you don't see it currently available, make sure to contact Hugo to discuss a custom order! :) 


Until next time, stay crafty (and decorate)!
-Katie

Sunday, June 28, 2015

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: SaySomethingTees

I love featuring Etsy shops that were created by inspired parents - ideas born out of necessity or curiosity are always interesting to feature. A lot of my favorite Etsy shops were created by parents, and this featured shop is no exception! Meet Ashley Frese, owner of shop SaySomethingTees. Based in Columbus, NE, Ashley created SaySomethingTees after searching for positive message tees for her daughters. Ashley is just getting started, and will be adding more new items soon, so be sure to check back periodically. Right now, SaySomethingTees is offering a coupon code - aaf16 - for $5 off your order until July 11th! Here's my top 3 picks from SaySomethingTees:




Just Believe Christian Child's Shirt






Hello, you look lovely today t-shirt




SMILE T-shirt


So, if you're looking for cute, inspirational tees for your kids, make sure to check out SaySomethingTees on Etsy! :) 

Until next time, stay crafty (and adorable)!
-Katie

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: WeWillCharmYou

When you search for jewelry online, the majority of items that pop up right away are made for women - don't get me wrong, I love my jewelry...but some men like jewelry too! (For instance, my husband wears a cross pendant most every day.) So, when I saw that WeWillCharmYou had a men's jewelry section, I was really excited. :) Based in Syracuse, NY WeWillCharmYou opened in May 2014 is almost at 200 sales! With over 220 items currently in stock, WeWillCharmYou has options perfect for anyone, regardless of gender. Here's my top 3 favorite men's jewelry picks:




Kayak charm pendant in sterling silver on 1.6 mm oxidized sterling silver box chain.




Mens cross necklace in sterling silver on oxidized sterling silver box chain.




Dragon pendant in sterling silver on 1.6 mm sterling silver box chain with lobster claw clasp. Game of Thrones.



So, if you're looking for a great gift idea, make sure to check out WeWillCharmYou!

Until next time, stay crafty (and buy handmade)!
-Katie

Saturday, June 27, 2015

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: ChicJoaillerie

Elegant, understated jewelry is the perfect way to accessorize most any outfit, and is also a great gift option. Whether it's for that special someone, friend or a close relative, jewelry is a great, meaningful gift option that really shows that you put thought into purchasing a gift. Gift cards are great, sure...but there are some occasions that are perfect for jewelry. Valentine's Day is obviously one of the most popular occasions, but what about graduation? A job promotion? Mother's Day? If you're looking for great jewelry gift ideas, check out Etsy shop ChicJoaillerie. Based in Los Angeles, CA, ChicJoaillerie has glowing reviews and an impressive 700+ sales! Handcrafted with 14K gold, diamonds and precious stones, there are over currently 150 items in stock. With a wide array of price points to choose from, there's something available for every budget. Here's my top 3 picks from ChicJoaillerie:





Tiny 14K Yellow Gold Small Diamond Solitaire Necklace Diamond Pendant






New 14K Rose Gold Ring with Smoky Quartz Black Diamonds Halo Champagne Diamonds Engagement Ring






Ear cuff earrings 14K Yellow Gold and white Diamonds earcuff clip



So, make sure to check out ChicJoaillerie for great gift ideas - or a splurge for yourself. :)

Until next time, stay crafty (and wear jewelry)!
-Katie

Friday, June 26, 2015

Do Etsy Research with Crafty Sparks!




Have you ever wondered what the most favorited item on Etsy is? Or what tags are the most viewed? Check out Crafty Sparks. With a clean, easy to understand layout, Crafty Sparks shows you Etsy metrics and their favorites of the week.


You can sort by top sellers, most admired, most viewed, and more! Crafty Sparks also showcases their favorite shops of the week at the bottom of their page, which is a great way to check out shops and browse Etsy. You never know what you'll find!


Crafty Sparks was created by Pradeep, a software developer who saw the need to provide useful information and tools to Etsy sellers. When you're opening an Etsy shop - or even if you've already opened one - it's important to be able to research and see what tags are popular, what the competition is charging, etc, and Crafty Sparks can help you do that!

So, if you're an Etsy seller - or you're toying with the idea of opening a shop and want to get a feel for it - make sure to check out Crafty Sparks & Pradeep's favorite shops of the week!

Until next time, stay crafty (and research)!
-Katie

Saturday, June 20, 2015

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: RanchSkis

I love featuring Etsy shops that have found a way to repurpose items, breathing new life into them. Meet Therese, owner of Etsy shop RanchSkis - RanchSkis specializes in creating art from old skis, ceramic tiles & more. According to Therese, the ski design and creation takes around 3-4 weeks in order to ensure the best design & quality. Each piece is carefully picked, including individually designed tiles. Therese takes special care to create the best design & product possible! RanchSkis has recently opened, but currently has 4 wonderful art options to choose from. Here's my top 3 favorite:



Aspen Ski




Winter Park Ski






Vail Ski 


So, if you're looking for a unique, creative take on art, make sure to check out RanchSkis!

Until next time, stay crafty (and decorate)!
-Katie

Friday, June 19, 2015

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: Eustheelf

Browsing fabric online can be really fun; it's amazing the amount of choices we have today compared to just 50, 100 years ago. Today's featured shop is Eustheelf, an Etsy shop that specializes in hard-to-find and rare fabric, as well as lace & trim. Opened in 2010, Eustheelf has 400+ sales and glowing reviews. With holiday themed fabric, to licensed characters and even a sale section, Eustheelf has over 650 items currently in stock! Currently, Eustheelf is offering a special coupon code - Welcome999 - for 10% off your order between now and July 31st, 2015. Here's my top 5 favorite items from Eustheelf:


Eustheelf Sale Sparkly 4th of July Patriotic USA Peace Sign Flag Red White & Blue Cotton Quilt Fabric 45




 Care Bear Hearts Rainbows Stars Cotton Fabric Blue Background Fat Quarter OOP 55




25 Yards of Colorful Lace Grab Bag Crafting Supply Millinery Destash Blue Pink Green Yellow




Eustheelf Peanuts Flannel Pillows Bed Sleeping Blue Snoopy Destash Cotton Quilt Fabric 1/2 yard 65




Eustheelf Clearance 1 1/2 yard Batik Mult Color Swirls  Quilt Cotton Fabric Destash 65




So, make sure to check out Eustheelf on Etsy and see all the items they have in stock!

Until next time, stay crafty (and sew)!
-Katie

Thursday, June 18, 2015

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: EarthsPurity

I think we can all agree that, in most cases, using natural products is better. Not just for our bodies, but for the environment in general. Today's featured shop, EarthsPurity, is based in beautiful Sunrise, Florida, & believes in using all natural beauty products. Opened recently in May 2015, EarthsPurity only has one product currently available at the moment:





All Natural Hair Growth Oil for Longer, Stronger, Healthier Hair Deep Moisturizing Treatment


Made with 100% all-natural oils, EarthsPurity's Organic Hair Growth Oil rapidly stimulates hair growth and thickens thinning hair. If you're looking to increase the length of your hair, or thicken your thinning hair, it's worth a try!

Until next time, stay crafty (and stay natural)!
-Katie

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

CottonSnaps Sunglass Retainers

I can't begin to count the pairs of sunglasses I've misplaced when I've taken them off and put them down somewhere. Blame my horrible memory, or being in a constant rush, but whatever the reason is doesn't erase the fact that I've misplaced some pretty cute sunglasses! Well, here's a stylish way to keep your sunglasses - and add flair to your outfit in the process. Check out CottonSnaps, a 100% Veteran Owned Business specializing in cotton sunglass straps that utilize a special, patent-pending magnetic technology. You can find them at CottonSnaps.com, and they're also in the process of opening an Etsy shop that you can find here! With an assortment of styles, you're sure to find one you like. Currently, CottonSnaps.com is offering a special coupon code - Cotton20 - for 20% off! 

On the Etsy store, CottonSnaps only has a few items so far, since they just opened today:



The President 





Seersucker Sunglass Straps - Red



Don't forget, you can also see a lot more options at CottonSnaps.com!

Until next time, stay crafty (and keep track of your sunglasses)!
-Katie

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: HipAppeal





Are you looking for a stylish way to stash your stuff without having to carry around a bulky purse? Check out Etsy shop HipAppeal. Opened in November 2013, owner Michelle Stewart offers handcrafted hip band fanny packs, perfect for stashing your phone, money, etc without the outdated look of a traditional fanny pack. Available in a variety of colors, Michelle's hip bands are popular - she's already had over 1000 sales! Here's my top 5 favorite items from HipAppeal:



Hip Band/ Fanny Pack/ Waist Pack Turquoise







Running Belt / Exercise Belt 2 Pack/ Hip Wrap Fanny Pack




Hip Wrap Fanny Pack Sale




Fanny Pack/ Hip Wrap/ Fitness Waist Pack




Hip Belt/ Fanny Pack/ Waist Pack Carbon


So, make sure to head over to HipAppeal & pick out your favorite color!

Until next time, stay crafty (and accessorize)!
Katie

Monday, June 15, 2015

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: XYZWorkshop

3D printing has proved to be very versatile & innovative, improving the quality of life of many, many people. While 3D printing has created some amazing things - prosthetic limbs, for instance - it's also a way to create amazing art and express yourself through your creations. The sky is the limit with the designs possible...and today's featured Etsy shop has taken their designs to the extreme - the adorable extreme! Check out XYZWorkshop, an Etsy shop specializing in 3D printed items from Melbourne, Australia. Opened in September 2014, XYZWorkshop offers printed accessories, decor, and most notably, Robbie the Robot planters! Robbie the Robot has been their most popular selling item by far, and I can see why....it's functional, but adds a sense of playfulness, which is inspired by XYZWorkshop owners' 3 year old son. XYZWorkshop also offers 3D printed accessories, a few of which I'm happy to feature in my top 5 favorite items:



3dprinted Cute Robot Succulent Planter with Steampunk Heart 




Geometric Blossom 3DPrinted Ring




Set of 3 3dprinted Robot planters 




3dprinted Wireframe Bracelet




Hanging Planter 3DPrinted Robot on a Swing 



So, make sure to check out XYZWorkshop and see about ordering a little Robbie the Robot planter of your own. :)

Until next time, stay crafty (and buy international)!
-Katie

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: GalleryLF

It's often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. If that's true, Etsy shop GalleryLF, with over 2000 items in stock, must be exploding with words! Based in Las Vegas, NV, GalleryLF specializes in antique photo & map reproduction. Browsing though GalleryLF will take you back in time with iconic photos, maps & more. Opened in April 2013, GalleryLF has a very impressive 2000+ sales and offers a vast array of items for sale. Rich in history, the photo reproductions that GalleryLF offers are affordable and would make great home decor. Here's my top 5 favorite items from GalleryLF:



Policeman measuring women's bathing suits-=c.1920s modesty laws, 6'' knee limit :Reproduction Old Antique Vintage Photograph Photo Art Print 




The Sea of Virginia- 1800s- Maryland, PA, Virginia - Atlantic- Beautiful Print=(Antique,Vintage,Old) =Map is Perfect for Framing!




c.1960's Batman riding an Elephant   :Old Antique Vintage Photograph Photo Art Print -Reproduction 




c.1913- 5th Avenue- New York City - New York- Old Cars- Automobiles  =Reproduction Antique/Vintage Photo Photograph Giclee Print




Frank Sinatra -signing military induction papers c.1943 -WWII -:Old Antique Vintage Photograph Photo Art Print -Reproduction 



So, make sure to browse through all of GalleryLF's items & explore history with the click of a mouse. :) 

Until next time, stay crafty (and appreciate the past)!
-Katie

Sunday, June 14, 2015

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: JBTilas

One of my favorite categories on Etsy to browse is the jewelry section. It's a very popular category with sellers (and buyers, as well), and sometimes it can be a little overwhelming wading through all the listings..until you come across that special jewelry piece that you adore. It's fun seeing all of the different styles, patterns & colors, and seeing what unique items sellers are able to come up with...like the jewelry from today's featured shop. Meet Jill Bentley, owner of Etsy shop JBTilas. Opened in March 2015, Jill is still working on tweaking her shop and adding more items, but she's already had 8 sales and a glowing review! Jill makes bracelets from high quality tila beads, working with patterns and colors to create one of a kind pieces. Right now, Jill is offering a special coupon code for CraftyGirl Creates readers - CRAFTY99 - for 10% off your order! Here's my top 5 favorite items from Etsy shop JBTilas:





Tri-Colour Tila Bracelet, Beaded Artwork 




Dark Aqua & Gunmetal Spiral Bracelet, Beaded Artwork




Light Carmel and Dark Bronze Tila Bead Bracelet, Dark Bronze-Tila Beads-Light Carmel Tilas-Beaded Bracelet-Tube Clasp-Beaded Artwork 




Rainbow Jet & Bronze Matte Tila Bracelet



Antique Ivory & Clear Tila Bracelet, Beaded Artwork 



So, if you're in the market for a new piece of jewelry - or you're looking for a great gift idea - make sure to check out Etsy shop JBTilas to see what items Jill has in stock!

Until next time, stay crafty (and accessorize)!
-Katie

Saturday, June 13, 2015

CraftyGirl's Book Picks: Cookbook Edition

I'm a little bit of a cookbook addict. At one time, I had a collection of over 150 vintage cookbooks...eek! I've since downsized, but cookbooks are still my favorite thing to read for food inspiration. Browsing Amazon, I've come across a couple cookbooks that I thought I'd share with you today. (There are affiliate links featured) Who knows, maybe you'll get some food inspiration, too. :) 





 








 

 

Reading recipes always gives me such wonderful inspiration to create new recipes of my own. I'll be experimenting soon with a tex-mex inspired pasta recipe that I hope to share with you. Wish me luck! :) 

Until next time, stay crafty (and be creative with your food)!
-Katie

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: Dy Style

Today's featured shop offers an array of retro inspired rockabilly & pinup clothing, made to order to your exact measurements. Meet C. Diana, owner of Etsy shop DyStyle. Opened in mid-2012, DyStyle offers colorful and fun takes on retro fashion; skirts, dresses, accessories & more. Clothing is a wonderful way to express your personality and your style - you might as well have a little fun with it. :) Here's a very special top 10 featured items from Etsy shop DyStyle:



Short Stripes and Pink Pin Up dress, Bridesmaid dress, Prom dress




Pastel bridesmaid dress, Pin Up dress, Rockabilly dress, 50s dress, Bridesmaid dress, Prom dress




Pink and Black Pin Up dress, Pink bridesmaid dress, Rockabilly dress, 50s dress, Bridesmaid dress, Prom dress




Stripes Long skirt, Maxi Floor-length pleated skirt with pockets, custom made skirt, prom long skirt, bridesmaid skirt




Pin Up pleated skirt with pockets, custom made mid length skirt,  prom midi skirt, bridesmaid skirt




Short length stripes pleated skirt with pockets, custom made short skirt,  prom midi skirt, bridesmaid skirt




Vintage Wedding lace dress, Pin Up wedding  dress, Retro wedding dress, 50s Wedding dress,1950s tea length wedding dress,beach wedding dress




Long green lace flapper dress, Great Gatsby dress, Bridesmaid dress, 1920s dress, Draped Dress, Charleston dress, New year/Christmas Dress




Black Flapper dress, Great Gatsby dress, 1920s dress, Draped Dress, Charleston dress, New year Dress, Christmas Dress, Bridesmaid dress




Marilyn Monroe inspired red dress, Pin Up red dress, Retro dress,  Bridesmaid dress, Prom dress,  New year Dress, Christmas Party Dress



So, make sure to check out DyStyle and see all of the items currently for sale!

Until next time, stay crafty (and buy clothes you love)!
-Katie