Diversity is one good way to describe two fellow members of the EtsyBloggers team to which I belong. Kathy and Carrie are stay-at-home mothers who share fourÂ unique shops on Etsy, exploring their diverse interests. At CalKat the Jewelry Junkie, for example, youâ€™ll find not only all kinds of beaded jewelry, but also beaded bookmarks. The women use only sterling silver components, gemstones, semi-precious gemstones and Swarovski crystals in their designs. I especially like the Koi Brass Bookmark shown below:
At Ametista Artistic Offerings, the two women feature collectible customized apothecary bottles, unique â€œmonster boxes,â€ one-of-a-kind bookmarks with a personality, oddities and unusual gifts, and polymer clay creations dedicated to charitable causes.
Youâ€™ll love their delicious sense of humor reflected in Dorothyâ€™s Revenge Monster Box, where only the feet of a witch peek out from beneath the box that landed on top of it.
â€œMonster boxes come from deep within the dark jungles of La Isla de Ametista…not to be found on any mortal map,â€ say Kathy and Carrie. â€œThey come in a variety of shapes and sizes. However all bear the distinction of wearing their fur on the inside. All are fascinating to look at and a rare treat to own.â€
If youâ€™re beginning to sense that Kathy and Carrie enjoy fantasy, then take a look at their polymer clay Witchâ€™s Hat Bookmark:
Once a month, at Kathyâ€™s Ametista Artistic Offerings blog, the two women offer a drawing of an artisan-crafted item and a gift certificate to one of their shops. A recent winner, for example, won a $25 gift certificate to the CalKat shop, along with the cute felt Santa bag shown below:
In The Clay Shoppe, youâ€™ll find fantastic and fantastical handmade clay molds for polymer clay and PMC (Precious Metal Clay) unlike any others youâ€™ve seen. The molds ship with how-to instructions, and are durable, washable and reusable.
Not to be outdone, the fourth shop featuring Kathy and Carrieâ€™s unique handmade creations is Yoga Fairies, which features small polymer clay fairies for Zen enthusiasts. Each yoga fairy features a signature Svarovski crystal for its belly button, and no two fairies are alike. The fairies hold their hands together, prayer-like, in what is called a â€œNamasteâ€ greeting. â€œNamaste is an Indian expression used as a greeting or upon parting, by putting the palms of the hands together in prayer position,â€ explain the women. â€œIt means, â€˜I honor the Spirit in you which is also in me.â€™ A recognition that we are all equal. When using this greeting, bring your hands together and place them near your heart while saying â€˜Namaste.â€™â€
Links to all of Kathy and Carrieâ€™s shops, as well as beautiful photos of their products, may be found by visiting their blog, CalKat The Jewelry Junkieâ€”a visual treat you wonâ€™t soon forget. Two women, one vision, four shops. Wonderful!
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