I admit it, I’ve gone a little graphics tablet crazy over here. But it’s just so much gosh darn fun. I’ve decided to create a Pinterest board for these because I really hope to continue them. Hope and intend are two different words, huh? Alright, I intend to continue them. How about the word will? Wow, this is harder to type than I thought it was going to be. I will continue these. Because they make me happy.
I hope you like them.
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My friend Gloria informed me of a Craft Fair in West Philadelphia called “Go West!” that happened this past weekend. This was the first craft fair that I’ve been to since I started reading so many blogs, specifically blogs that talk about handmade things. I ended up spending a little bit more money than I wanted to spend, but I came home with some awesome purchases.
I have been looking at Real Fruit Jewelry since Fall of 2010 – that’s two years. I saw her at a First Friday in Philadelphia, kept her card, and couldn’t stop thinking about her. I finally made the splurge. $25 for the pair of earrings. They’re real fruit with a shellac on top and they look a lot like stained glass in the light. Definitely worth the wait.
Second, I’ve never really been a pin girl, but recently I’ve found some that I really like. I think my collection is up to approximately 15 pins. Now I need to find a way to display them. These pins came from Oh Talking Bird. She’s on an Etsy hiatus right now, but I’m sure she’ll be back eventually. How can you beat a bargain like this? 3 pins for $1.
This is a hair pin from Busy Baker Industries. While Gloria and I were sitting there chatting with her, we learned that her mother and grandmother go tag sale hunting on the weekends to find her cool materials to use in her accessories. Then she sends her grandmother snail mail pictures of displays and products. I thought that was pretty cool.
This next booth was cool because I knew the crafter’s husband. He was actually the accompanist in my college chorus. Anyway, her name is Allison, and you can find her shop Bijoux by Allison here. When I saw the fleur de lis on this headband, I knew I needed to have it. I really am becoming a Louisiana girl…
This next print is also by oh talking bird. It’s approximately 4″ x 6″ and I think it’s lovely. It looks very nice next to my homemade art on the wall.
This next print is by Stephanie Harvey at Exit 343 Design. I fell in love with it. It may have been the turquoise. It may have been the Friends with Benefits. It may have been the ripped edges of the paper. This also looks really good next to my homemade art. I’m going to have a turquoise wall in my house, and I’m excited to find other art that blends in.
I hope that you enjoyed my crafting experience with me. Check out some of these lady’s sites. They’re incredible and they make some awesome crafts.
Which one’s your favorite?
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I recently became a huge fan of the blog Acute Designs. It’s written by a gal named Gina. My favorite thing about her is how relatable she is and she makes some pretty awesome/adorable accessories. She recently posted a story about “little orphan Annie” – no, not the “It’s a Hard Knock Life girl” – although she does mention her, but rather a beagle that her friends adopted who is in need of some surgeries whose name is Annie. Gina is selling rose-shaped earrings in her shop to benefit Annie. Now, I’m not really an animal girl*, but I always fall for a good story. And this is a good story. I purchased myself some earrings almost immediately and I absolutely LOVED the details of the packaging when it arrived.
Here’s the link if you want to read the whole story of orphan Annie. (There’s also a link to the earrings there.)
*Also, let me clarify myself. It’s not that I dislike animals. I’ve just never had one and/or never spent much time around one. I don’t know what to do with them. I’m anticipating one day marrying a man who wants a really big dog and then I’ll probably have to figure out what to do with them then…
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