Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!!

Here are a few faves from my shop that are sure to please!

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“Gnome Love, Like Our Love” Tiny Terrarium Necklace with Loving Gnome Couple

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The Mr. and Mrs. Bottle Cap Magnets (also come in Mr. & Mr. and Mrs. & Mrs.)

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“Love Potion” Necklace

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Set of 3 Valentine’s Day Bauble Rings

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“Love Birds” Necklace

 

 

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A Dog’s Love

On the weekends, if I wake up before the rest of the house, I like to go sit in the living room chair and watch out our front picture window.  Angus, our Golden Retriever, loves to sit next to me in “his” chair.  Often he too watches out the window, or sometimes just stares at me as sip my morning coffee.  I just love our little quality morning time together!

It's tough being this darn cute!

Four Fabulous Friday Finds 4-1

Trying to get back on the Friday Finds!  Here are my latest and greatest…

This cute little bird soap from Orangethyme has actually been a favorite of mine for a long time.  It has to be the cutest little soap I have ever seen!  It makes me want to find a little ceramic soap dish in the shape of a nest so that I can give him a home 🙂

Always a sucker for finding new ways to recycle, I found this light to be beautiful and GENIUS!   Titye is an amazing shop with items like book lamps, tea cup lights and door knob coat hangers.  I love it!!

ConduitPress is another great example of taking recycling to a whole new level.  I absolutely love her leather journals, but my favorite are her book safes.  Charge your iphone, hide your money or conceal a flask… there is one (or two.. or ten…) for everyone!

Danielle Spector  at ReshapeStudio has the cutest and quirkiest handmade ceramics I’ve ever seen.  Her talent and sense of humor really show in her work.  I just love this creamer and sugar set! 

Don’t forget to enter my Avatar Contest.  You have until the end of the day Sunday, April 10th to enter.  Don’t delay!

Do you LOVE giveaways?

Yep, that’s right… it’s time for another giveaway, brought to you by Creativity is Messy!!!

And since February 14th is just around the corner, I thought I should giveaway a very “Lovely” gift…  A Valentine’s Day themed prize pack valued over $50.00!  I won’t tell you exactly what is inside (it’s a surprise), but I will tell you that there will be SEVERAL items inside for you to enjoy.

 

Here is how to enter…

We are celebrating Valentine’s Day, so I have decided that this giveaway is all about LOVE.  Check out the Creativity is Messy Etsy Shop and leave a comment here on my blog telling which item, currently for sale, do you LOVE.  Do that and receive 1 entry into the drawing!

The entry deadline is Sunday, January 30th at 11:59 pm.  That gives you a little less than 2 weeks to enter.  I will randomly choose a winner on Monday, January 31st, sometime in the AM, and post their name on my blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.  The winner’s prize pack will be mailed out on that same Monday – giving you enough time to receive it before February 14th.

Would you like to have additional entries?

1) Become a fan on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/creativityismessy) and post a link to this contest on your page – One additional entry!  (If you are already a fan, just post the contest link)

2) Follow on Twitter (http://twitter.com/creativitymessy) and tweet the contest link – Another additional entry!  (If you already follow me on twitter, just post the contest link)

Make sure to post your additional entries in the comments as well, so that we know how many times to enter your name into the contest.

Good luck!  And don’t forget to tell your friends!

**Sorry, but this contest is for US residents only**

Preparing for Valentine’s Day

I have been really busy preparing for Valentine’s Day!  Besides adding some new, valentine-themed items to my Etsy shop, I have also been decorating my home for the holiday.  Yes, I decorate for Valentine’s Day!

My favorite “decorations” that I adorn my living room with in preparation for February 14th are some vintage “Valentines” that once belong to my grandfather and great-grandmother.  I only have 4, but I have them in protective frames and display them on my mantel every year.  My favorite is this sweet, but small, heart-shaped valentine that was addressed to “Frankie”… otherwise known as my grandfather Frank.



It is just too sweet!!

I also have a Valentine that was from my Great-Grandmother addressed to my Great-Great-Grandmother.  What treasures!

Here are a few photos items that I have recently created and listed in my Etsy Shop.

 

And there will be more to come!

Why I Love Handmade

“Handmade items appeal to trend setters, not trend followers” – Unknown

I know, I am bias… but I love to buy handmade! 

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I started to think the other day about all the reasons I would rather buy a handmade item over something mass-produced.  I was amazed with what I came up with.  I posted the question in a forum and received even more feedback.  I decided to share some of these reasons here in my blog, hoping to inspire others to consider buying handmade as well.

  • When you buy handmade, you are purchasing a unique item, make with love and care from an artisan. 
  • When you purchase something from the mall or a big-box store, you are buying a mass-produced item made by machines in a factory, or even worse, in a sweatshop with unethical work practices. 
  • Handmade items have a personal touch.  A lot of handmade items are OOAK (one-of-a-kind).  Even if the design is reproduced buy the artisan, oftentimes there is still a uniquness to each piece.  
  • Mass-produced items are exactly that… Mass-produced.  You could buy the exact same shirt, or bracelet, or picture, or whatever that a million other people bought that day.
  • Buying handmade supports crafters and artists.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t know a lot of crafters and artists that are rolling in the dough.  Not everyone can make it big like Martha Stewart.  Most of us do what we do because we LOVE doing it.  Not for the money.  I doubt that the CEOs of Wal-Mart can say they don’t care about the money.  I doubt that the reasons they open hundreds of new stores each year, selling cheaply made, sub-par products, driving away millions of dollars from small business is simply because of their LOVE of buying crap and reselling it to the consumer.
  • Handmade items are often made with quality materials by expert craftsman.  They usually last longer, look newer and better longer!
  • Handmade items can often be custom-made to specifics made by you, the buyer.
  • Handmade items are now easier to buy.  There is no need to wait for the next craft fair!  With sites like Etsy, Artfire, Zibbet and many others, you can buy handmade from the comfort of your own home! 
  • Customer service!  If you ever have an issue with the product that you buy, you deal with the person that made the item… not some person behind a customer service desk or even worse… over the telephone!  You deal with someone who cares because they take pride in their work.  You deal with someone who wants you to love the item as much as they loved making it.
  • I began my post with this quote “Handmade items appeal to trend setters, not trend followers”.  Be a trendsetter!  Be an original!  Don’t settle for cookie-cutter!  Be OOAK!
  • Buying handmade is cool! 

 And lastly…

I actually can’t give enough reasons to buy handmade.  It is something I am extremely passionate about.  My favorite reason is because I love to give unique, one of a kind gifts.  I love giving something to someone and listening to them when they say “Oh my gosh, that’s so cool!”  I hate giving something as a gift and listening to them say “Oh, I’ve seen these” or “I have one just like it” or “(someone else) has one just like it”.  For me, it’s like nails on a chalkboard. 

I had a wonderful Aunt by the name of Joyce.  She was one of the most amazing women I have even had the pleasure of knowing.  She was strong, smart, beautiful, talented, independent, creative, stylish… I could go on and on.  I always looked up to her – and still do. 

Joyce was the most amazing gift-giver!  She would get me some of the coolest, most unique items as gifts.  Not everything she gave me was handmade, but most often it was.  I use to look forward to every holiday, just to see what would come in the mail from her.  Even as an adult, I would get giggly with excitement when ever a package from my Aunt Joyce would come.

Unfortunately, my Aunt passed away 6 years ago after battling breast cancer.  In her memory, I have tried to adapt many of her life philosophies, but especially her passion for gift-giving.  I always try to find unique and modern items for gifts.  I always try to find  or make items that no one else has, but that fits the personality of that person.  I love to see the look on people’s faces when they open the gift and “get” how unique that particular item is.  I love seeing that look, because I know exactly how that person is feeling. 

There are so many reasons to buy handmade.  I am sure there are many I left out.  I hope that one of these reasons touches you and inspires you to buy handmade as well.

More Etsy Additions…

Whew!  What a crazy time of year!  I’ve been a little overwhelmed preparing for upcoming jewelry events.  I just shipped a big box of goodies to my Brother-in-law’s Mother in Ohio for a craft fair in April.  I am only 2 months away from my annual spring open house.  Not to mention all the work I have been doing for my Etsy shop.  Oh, and working full time, trying to be a involved mother and wife.  I need a clone… or at least an assistant.  Anyone know anyone one that will work for super cheap?  Like free, perhaps?

I have made a few additions to my Etsy shop (www.creativityismessy.etsy.com) that I am pretty excited about.  Below are some pics.  Please go check them out!

Butterfly Lariat Necklace

Long Layered Chain Necklace - My favorite!

"Love Blooms" Necklace