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 four unique shops on Etsy, exploring their diverse interests. At CalKat the Jewelry Junkie, for example, you’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 “monster boxes,” one-of-a-kind bookmarks with a personality, oddities and unusual gifts, and polymer clay creations dedicated to charitable causes.
You’ll love their delicious sense of humor reflected in Dorothy’s Revenge Monster Box, where only the feet of a witch peek out from beneath the box that landed on top of it.
“Monster boxes come from deep within the dark jungles of La Isla de Ametista…not to be found on any mortal map,” say Kathy and Carrie. “They 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.”
If you’re beginning to sense that Kathy and Carrie enjoy fantasy, then take a look at their polymer clay Witch’s Hat Bookmark:
Once a month, at Kathy’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, you’ll find fantastic and fantastical handmade clay molds for polymer clay and PMC (Precious Metal Clay) unlike any others you’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 Carrie’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 “Namaste” greeting. “Namaste is an Indian expression used as a greeting or upon parting, by putting the palms of the hands together in prayer position,” explain the women. “It means, ‘I honor the Spirit in you which is also in me.’ A recognition that we are all equal. When using this greeting, bring your hands together and place them near your heart while saying ‘Namaste.’”
Links to all of Kathy and Carrie’s shops, as well as beautiful photos of their products, may be found by visiting their blog, CalKat The Jewelry Junkie—a visual treat you won’t soon forget. Two women, one vision, four shops. Wonderful!
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