Dec 132011

The countdown to the holidays is still on. As those holidays approach, Etsy Treasuries tempt potential buyers with carefully crafted handmade items. The curators of the Treasuries below are no exception, presenting a broad array of products. Thank you to all of them for featuring my handmade items in their collections.

Marianne of Shadowgraph selected one of my felted Inspiration Books for her Treasury titled “her Xmas stocking.” Marianne’s shop is relatively new, since she just opened it in September. She makes wonderful hand silk-screened silhouette banners. “Each triangle,” she says, “is silk screened by hand and sewn and strung on vintage string.”

Silhouette Bunting Banner on Vintage Fabric with Vintage Lace

Fiona of September Home included one of my mini brag books in her Treasury called “Merry Christmas to Her!” In Fiona’s shop you’ll find modern nature-inspired pillow covers and table linens.

Blue Floral Pillow Cover, Decorative Pillow Cover, Throw Pillow, Fits 20"x20" Insert

Nancy of N. Fallon Design Studio included one of my crochet scarflettes in her Treasury named “The Fantastic BBA in Red and Violet!” Right now Nancy is offering a terrific value in her shop with 25% off all jewelry and 20% off all knit winter scarves and gift card sets, along with free shipping. Make sure your read the information beneath her shop banner for full details. The cute little coin purse below is fully lined in cotton fabric, and the sturdy zipper has a leather pull.

Knit Coin Purse, Blue with White Triangles

Bethany of Amborela included one of my crocheted spa cloth sets in her Treasury named “Bathroom Decor – Teal, Espresso, and Cream.” She specializes in modern paintings that coordinate with your home decor. Bethany often uses fiber, fabric, glass beads, pearls, vellum, and clay in her paintings. In the painting shown below, acrylic and glass beads are incorporated into the treescape.

Steel Blue Forest Painting - Original Acrylic on Canvas Art 20X16

Nicole of Knit Nicole Knit included one of my crochet thread flower brooches in her Treasury called “You say Black, I say White.” Her knitted items are not limited to neckwarmers, cowls and shawls, but also include jewelry. The soft cowl below looks warm!

Grape and Black Cowl / Neck Warmer / Scarf


Rene of Lillyzcardz featured one of my felted wool clutches in her Treasury titled “Red Hat Society’s Christmas Wish List.” Lilly is Rene’s adopted terrier (although Rene says her dog adopted her!), and is also the inspiration behind her cute greeting cards.

Christmas Greeting Card

Sarah Beth of Magnolia Surprise included one of my multi-yarn crocheted scarves in her Treasury named “Foodies — BBA Style!” Besides crocheted domestic items such as scrubbies, dish cloths and coasters, Sarah Beth makes play food. The picnic set below will provide hours of play time for your children.

Hotdog and S'mores - Backyard Campout, Barbeque, Picnic

Karen of MysticWynd included one of my crocheted neckwarmers in her Treasury titled “You Can Feel the Warmth…” Her beautiful jewelry designs will capture your attention. The double-stranded cultured pearl and crystal bracelet below certainly caught mine!

Cultured Pearl and Crystal Bracelet with Two Strands - Pomegranate and Mango

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Dec 112011

Today is the last day of this Treasury series, which I hope you have enjoyed as much as I have. On Tuesday I will resume the normal once-a-week Treasury Showcase. It has truly been a pleasure, during the course of this past week, to share with you some unique items from Treasury curators’ shops. Before I introduce you to some new discoveries, I want to thank all of the individuals who included me in their Treasury selections.

Rita of Soycomfort included one of my mini brag books in her Treasury titled “Christmas Joy.” Her shop has more than 100 varieties of scented candles with such wonderful names as Bird of Paradise, Grandma’s Kitchen and Strawberry Cheesecake. There’s something here for everyone in the form of jar candles, melts, soaps and bath salts. When you visit her shop, you’ll notice that the first image for each item matches the mood of that item’s title. I’ve never seen this type of marketing, but it definitely caught my eye!

Going Home for the Holidays

Christina of pookiemurray included one of my felted wool-covered journals in her Treasury called “The Colour Purple.” Christina is a buyer, rather than a seller, on Etsy, but she sure leads an interesting life. She lives in Australia and is a wife, foster mother and neurosurgical nurse who also happens to own two dogs, two cats and a blue-tongued lizard.

Rose of randomcreative included one of my mini brag books in her Treasury named “Is anyone else in need of some sunshine?” Her creativity knows no bounds as she weaves one beaded bracelet, earring set or necklace pendant after another in her colorful shop. Rose also sells digital versions of her patterns. I love how the building theme is interwoven (pardon the pun!) throughout the bracelet below.

Beaded Bracelet - Building Together

Jamie of For Love of Cupcakes also included one of my mini brag books in her Treasury titled “Christmas Gifts $12 and Under.” Jamie’s love of whimsy is evident throughout her shop, where she sells hair bows, hair clips, rosaries, and art work. These cupcake tree ornaments will make you smile!

Cupcake Christmas Ornaments

Karen Irene of Karen Irene Creations is a third curator who added one of my mini brag books to her Treasury called “ALBUMS for GIFTS.” In Karen Irene’s shop you’ll find her delightful paper-crafted creations that include greeting cards, altered composition books, gift card holders and albums such as the origami-style photo album shown below.

Christmas Squash Album

The owner of Elegant Embellishment featured one of my gratitude books in her Treasury named “Blessings.” The jewelry designs in this shop are classic but modern at the same time. The bracelet shown below is made with Swarovski pearls, capped off at each end with a crystal rondelle and a crystal bead.

Laurent - Ivory Pearl Bracelet with Crystals

Irina of IrenkaR included one of my Inspiration Books in her Treasury named “The Green Wave.” Irina, who is from the Ukraine, features adorable polymer clay doll brooches in her Etsy shop that is not even a month old.

Brooch - Little Girl with Mittens on an Elastic Band

Janet of Honey from the Bee included both a mini clipboard for Post-it® Notes from Mister PenQuin and a pair of fingerless gloves from JN Originals in her Treasury titled “Fifi Goes Shopping.” For the month of December, Janet is donating 20% of her jewelry sales to ACF International, an international humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger. Her blog post provides more details. When you purchase from her shop this month, you not only support a great cause, but you get a beautifully-crafted, nature-inspired piece of jewelry, such as the beautiful earrings below.

Pearl and Crystal Earrings - Sage and Peach

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Dec 102011

My husband and I just returned from dinner at a restaurant. Along the way there, we passed one parking lot after another, filled with shoppers. I don’t particularly enjoy crowds, so I think it would be much more fun to shop via the Internet, with a snack and beverage within easy reach, and the computer’s cursor pointing at the Etsy handmade goods marketplace. Fortunately, you can narrow your search on that site by visiting Treasuries. You can also look at the items in today’s blog posts (as well as earlier ones this week), which represent items found in Treasury curators’ shops. Click on any image for item details.

Dawn of Spring Water Designs included one of my mini gratitude books in her Treasury titled “Give Thanks…” Dawn features handmade quilts, as well as other quilted and sewing-related items in her shop. These sweet wool tree ornaments will be brought out each year, I think.

Wool Christmas Tree Ornaments - Set of Two

Diana of Cocoa Beans also featured one of my mini gratitude books in her Treasury called “gift guide…for the sly fox on thanksgiving.” I have admired the hand-dyed twine in Diana’s shop through previous blog posts, but want to point out that she also crochets facial scrubbies, potholders and washcloths. Consider pairing a set of washcloths and her handmade soap shown below.

Cranberry Fig Soap

Suzanne of Suzanne Fortnum was of the same mindset as Dawn and Diana, and selected one of my mini gratitude books for inclusion in her Treasury titled “Attitude of Gratitude.” Suzanne is a paper crafter who makes adorable crepe paper embellishments you’ll want to use for your holiday packages or include in your table decorations.

Snowflake Crepe Paper Flower Bows for Her

Jessica of Lindys Place included one of my felted wool-covered Inspiration Books in her Treasury called “ode to the Journal.” She describes crochet as her favorite thing to do, although her shop also includes some jewelry pieces. The bright scarf below is a pretty accent for either a coat or sweater.

Banana Berry Crochet Scarf

Edi of Memories for Life Scrapbooks included one of my mini brag books in her Treasury named “It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas.” Edi’s shop is all about personalized products for you: personalized custom scrapbooks, laser-engraved wood ornaments and portrait pieces, etched glass and more. These lovely wood ornaments, three inches in diameter, are great package decorations and then can be hung on your tree or in your window. Edi scans your favorite family photos and transforms them into works of art.

Custom Photo Ornament - Laser Cut Wood

CJ of CJ King Originals included one of my mini gratitude books in her Treasury called “Happy Thanksgiving Etsyland.” CJ loves variety, so what you’ll find among her jewelry designs is an eclectic mix of vintage, bohemian, art nouveau, surfer girl, Hollywood glam, art deco and natural earthy styles. She also re-purposes vintage materials to achieve a new look, such as the mocha beads in this elegant necklace, which almost look like pearls.

Vintage Mocha Beads Made New with Silver Accents

Cheryl of Earthworks Environmental Design Studio also included one of my mini gratitude books in her Treasury titled “Gratitude is the best attitude.” She likes to re-use, re-purpose and re-cycle materials, and often includes handmade materials from other artisans in her work. I fell instantly in love with this journal, which reminds me of when my husband and I used to live near the ocean in Ventura, California—which is where Cheryl lives.

Handbound SMALL Blank Book/Journal - ECO-Upcycled-Green Products - OOAK

 © 2011 Judy Nolan. All rights reserved. Please note that the images in this post are owned by the artists and may not be used without permission.