Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday Morning Coffee and Etsy – 3/14/2009


I’ve decided my little stoneware mug of lavender infused coffee will be the new icon for the Sunday morning Etsy posts.  Right now, I’m using delicious lavender buds from Blossom Farm, but come May, I’ll be using my own fresh lavender.  I’m so looking forward to spring blooms (hopefully they’ll be on their way soon!). 

I’ve mentioned before that I’m hoping to have a booth at our MoonblossomSignworks2 Greeneville Farmer’s Market this year.  Lot of work to do to get a booth together, beginning with a great sign that will represent the feeling and look I hope to evoke in my work.  I was delighted to find the work of Moonblossom Signworks while searching on Etsy.  Exactly what I’ve been looking for!!  I have a vision of my booth-to-be that is a perfect combination of whimsy, elegance and cottage garden – just like the wonderful artwork created by Beth Brown.   You can see more of  Beth’s wonderful work on her website. In addition to Completed_Sky_Dome_2-1 signs, she offers gifts, murals and trompe l’oeil, and even painted furniture.  I’m a big fan of trompe l’oeil, and absolutely love this soaring dome painted as a sky that is featured on her website.

Another recent Etsy discovery was the gorgeous felted handbags by Daimblond.  I especially love the bag she has done inDaimblondFeltedBag1 shades of black, white and grey, embellished with french lace. Looks like it’s a great match for the soft gray found in the Spring 2010 fashion colors!   Another great bag in her shop is done in a cool, fresh blue and beige combination, also perfect with this spring’s new colors.  I especially love the way the beige blends into the blue – reminds me of the waves racing up into the sand at the waters edge.  And the little hand-felted DaimblondFeltedBag2 shell is the perfect icing on the cake!  This very talented fiber artist is originally from Moscow, and currently living in France. She is a member of both the Etsy European Street team and the Russian team.  One of my favorite parts of being a part of the Etsy community is that it is, indeed, a global marketplace in every sense of the word.   

Speaking of the global marketplace and Etsy teams, I must mention that I am now a proud member of the FTEC team on Etsy.  I’m so excited to be a part of this incredible group of savvy  business owners!   I’ll be doing an entire post on this great team in the near future.   RealisationCreationsHeliodorHowever, I just couldn’t resist featuring this sweet little Bumblebee necklace from the Art Jewelry collection in the shop of Realisation Creations.  I fell in love with it the minute I saw it, and I bet you will, too!   Natalia hails from Adelaide, Australia, and is a wonderfully talented wire artist.  She has been creating jewelry for about 9 years, and her pieces are a wonderful mix of unusual beads, vintage glass, luxe gemstones, ceramics and both Bali and Karen silver.   You can read more about her in this Etsy article.    RealisationCreationPearls

I’ll end this post with one more little treat from Natalia’s shop – her classic little Rococo pearl earrings.  Simple, but none the less stunning, these South Sea Shell pearls are an affordable little wardrobe staple that no woman should be without!

Hope everyone has a wonderful week – talk to you soon!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Saturday Night at the Market 03/13/2010

My favorites folder at 1000 Markets is bursting at the seams with great new finds I’ve been squirreling away.  I recently came across a new potter, much to my pottery addict’s delight.  A Fine Mess is the Purple_red_ice_cream_bowlsFineMess name of  Lori Watts’  wonderful shop filled with pots, mugs, bowls, and more.   I saw her scrumptious purple and red ice cream bowls and fell in love.  I can just picture how gorgeous a bit of honey lavender ice cream would be served in those bowls.  Of course, as one who enjoys a good cup of coffee from time to time, (ok, I admit it, I’m addicted to both coffee and ice cream) I had to check out the mugs as well.  CappucinoMug_FineMessPottery Who wouldn’t love a cappuccino served in this fabulous stoneware mug embellished with swirly little tan buttons?   And, of course, all Fine Mess Pottery products are lead free, food-safe, ovenproof, as well as  dishwasher and microwave safe;  just perfect for those of us who like to use their great pottery rather than just stand back and admire it.

Something else that I’m keeping my eyes open for these days are new pillows for my living room.  I love that comfy, cozy feeling that lots of pillows bring to a room, as well as just a touch of what I like to think of as “elegant cottage”.  ElegantHomeDecorBlogPhoto Someday I hope my house will be a true “elegant cottage”!  I was delighted to discover the luxurious down pillows in the shop of Elegant Home Decor.  Each lovely pillow is hand sewn in top quality fabrics collected over the past 18 years.  The shop blog describes them perfectly:   “ the overall look is always comfortable, stylized, and totally affordable luxury”.   Many of the pillows are one of a elegant_home_decor_11kind, but available in collections of coordinating fabrics and  pillow shapes that look wonderful together.    I’ve added this lovely full blown rose print pillow to my favorites.  A perfect start for what I hope will be a whole collection to snuggle into!

And speaking of elegant – these amazing Garlande earrings from Edera Jewelry caught my eye as I was checking out the 1000 Markets home page tonight.   I can just picture (a much skinnier version of)  myself  Garlande_Earrings_FL2draped across my elegant pillows in a lovely romantic gown while wearing these earrings.  Such is the stuff of dreams……   oops, back to reality here….   Ivy Long, the artist behind Edera Jewelry has been creating her stunning designs for over 10 years.  The influence of her milliner mother, a love of fiber arts and historical costume combined with the use of crochet and lacemaking techniques have resulted in exuberantly beautiful designs.  I’ll leave you with one more lovely pair – the Mirielle Bon Bon earrings.  Perfectly gorgeous. 

Mireille__Earrings_SideUntil next time – have a lovely weekend.  Hope your Saturday night was a good one!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

I went outside today….

Crocus_3710 It was another glorious day of sunshine, much needed after the longest winter I can remember since I moved to Tennessee waaaay back in January, 1980.  I almost thought I was back living in Chicago (a great city that I still love).  But no matter, winter is  over now!  The last of the maple sap is dripping into my bucket (yes, I made maple syrup this year – quite the adventure!), the crocuses are showing their bright purple, and the tulips are peeking little tiny green tips through the dirt.  Life is good. 

I also got a good start on the redesign of  the Lavender Cottage website.  Not a lot there yet, but the ‘bones’ are done, ideas are flowing, and I am enjoying the process.  It’s been a year and a half since I left my job as a computer programmer, and it feels good to get my head back into geeky technical things for a bit.  So, that is why no Saturday Night at the Market or Sunday Morning Coffee and Etsy this week.  I do have some great finds, though, and I will be posting about them next weekend.  StarsintheMist3

Meanwhile, I’ll be working hard on new designs, orders and just breathing in the fine spring breezes each day.  I did make a new ring this week that I’m thrilled about with the beautiful star sapphire I’ve had stashed away for a long time.  It will be a hard one to part with, indeed!

Hope you all have a fine week, and that spring breezes are blowing your way, too!