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Whatever Weekend – Shoes and Tattoos!

Today, I fell in love.

With these:

Plum Knee High Leather Boots fo Women

 

Gipsy Dharma has some of the most beautiful, handmade, leather, festival-style boots I’ve ever seen!

I’ve wanted a pair of boots like this for years now, as the hubs and I frequent our local Scarborough Faire, and see handmade shoes like this on the regular. It doesn’t hurt that I secretly want to be a fairy. (Shh…) I’m also a lover of shoes that keep me close to barefoot, which is hard to find in a boot. If you’re curious about why going barefoot is so good, check out this link. As for me, I’ve always enjoyed going barefoot, and continue to do it for health reasons (as someone with FMS, it’s important to me to walk consciously to put less strain on my body,) but I am a girl, after all, and this girl loves her shoes! Could it get any better than custom-made by hand?

The designer is based in the UK, but she’s obviously accustomed to selling internationally. There’s no shortage of detailed info on her shoes and clothing, including measuring and sizing tips to help you avoid returns. She’s also eco-conscious, which, of course, I appreciate, and her customers are clearly very happy!

In other news, I’ve found a great tattoo artist who I’d like to do a tattoo I’ve had in mind for years now. Her name is Shanti (which means “peace” in Sanskrit, in case you were wondering,) and she specializes in Art Nouveau style. My idea is somewhat general right now – a celebration of life garden with specific flowers to represent specific loved ones and important events in my life, placed on my hip, and wrapping around to my lower back. I have plenty of notes on possible flowers, and would love a swirly, Art Nouveau style background to tie it all together. So, I need an artist with a good sense of botanical work, and I also want bold, rich color, and after looking at some of Shanti’s portfolio, I’m confident she’ll be able to provide just that. Look at this beautiful Iris (a cover-up, no less.) The color variation and attention to detail really drew me in.

Shanti - Bearded Iris

 

I’m excited to work on sketching out some designs and meet with Shanti after I’ve saved up enough money to sit through at least an hour-long session!

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Friday’s Favorites – Keeping It Local

Happy first Friday of 2014, everyone! It’s a good day.

We love our team Etsy Fort Worth linkup parties. If you have a Facebook page you want to share, click here for free advertising and networking:

Etsy Fort Worth

 

We have two new favorite Etsy shops from the DFW area!

Wolf Blue Design creates one of a kind and custom stained glass pieces, ceramic art, handmade rustic tools, and more from Grand Prairie, TX. Just take a look at this gorgeous stained glass:

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The Fairy Mermaid whips up wings, crowns, and other magical things from Arlington, TX! These charming, unique wings would look adorable on any aspiring fairy:

White Fairy Wings With Button Accents (Made by The Button Fairy)

Plus, she really is a beautiful fairy mermaid! Check out her website to book her for events.

 

Now that I think about it, things are a little fishy around here today …

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Friday’s Favorites – New Year Sparkle

Hope you all have had a great holiday season! Now it’s time to get ready for new year celebrations, whether they be a big party out with friends, or a quiet celebration at home. Sparkle is always appropriate.

Resin Cube Ring Adjustable Mineral Crystal Bright Statement Handmade Ice Opal Glitter Red Blue Gold Jewel Fun Christmas Decoration

 

SALE Vintage Iridescent Sequin and Pearl Beaded Clutch Purse

 

Ocean Breathes Salty - Vintage Swarovski Chrysolite Green and Heliotrope Jewel Earrings in Oxidized Brass - Hollywood Regency, Art Deco

 

Titania Bindi, fairy queen, crystal, opal, fantasy, wicca, gypsy, pagan, goddess, whimsical, tribal fusion, belly dance costume, silver, fae

 

Great Gatsby Daisy Roaring 20s Medieval Gothic Black Lord of the Rings Grace Kelly 1920s Gown Vtg Sequin Bohemian Victorian Dress Long Tunic

 

Stackable Multicolor Gemstones (Your Choice of Color) Knotted Brown Cord Bracelet - Yoga Jewelry

 

Handmade nail polish, nail lacquer, gliter nail polish, custom nail polish 15ml

 

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December of Giveaways – Week 4!

It’s our last week of December giveaways! This week, we’re giving away this whimsical macaw feather fascinator:

Photo by VanZandt Studios.

Photo by VanZandt Studios.

This fascinator is handmade from naturally fallen, hand curled macaw feathers, white marabou feathers, a pink, green, and blue button finding with clear rhinestone accents, and vintage Austrian crystals floating mid-air on monofilament thread. The snap clip on the back makes the piece very versatile to wear (it can be turned at any angle.)

Here’s a close up of the piece:

It’s easy to enter:

1. Follow us on Pinterest here.

2. Pin the Pin It To Win It image on any of your Pinterest boards.

3. Comment on this blog post with your Pinterest username.

You can enter a maximum of once a day by completing steps 1-3.

The Week 3 giveaway will last through Sunday, 12/29/13. Open to US residents.Winner will be randomly chosen, and announced Monday, 12/30/13, on this blog page, our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the winner will be contacted via the email listed with the account they use to comment (if possible.) Winner must respond via email (to buymelovestore@gmail.com) within 48 hours, or another winner will be randomly selected.

Good luck, and happy pinning!

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Thoughtful Thursday – Last Minute Ideas To Save the (Holi)Day!

Grumpy Cat, meet Grumpy Dog. (slash Rudolph)

Put on that antler headband, and beat the bah-humbugs with our list of last minute holiday cheer!

Christmas is less than a week away, and yuletide is upon us. If you haven’t made your home festive (or you want to add some extra,) or if you just haven’t been able to come up with gifts for you friends, neighbors, or that relative that’s really hard to shop for, here are some last minute ideas to make your season merry and bright. (Click on the images for more info.)

Easy Decorations:

Simple, inexpensive, and elegant.

 

This has to be the prettiest, simplest tree I can imagine. Outline with lights and add paper cutouts of stars (or snowflakes!)

 all about the paper snowflakes

Speaking of snowflakes, here are some beautiful patterns to use!

20 minute crafter - make a giant star for less than five dollars - it is made from yard sticks.

 

Make an inexpensive outdoor star decoration with yard sticks.

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Forego the can of fake snow, and break out your glue gun instead!

Free Printables:

Christmas Printable Freebie

Buddy the Elf printable.

Christmas printable

 

 

Holiday subway art printable.

Printable Christmas Banner!

“Noel” banner printable.

FREE Printable Christmas Gift Tags

 

Forget the expensive wrapping supplies. Use magazine or newspaper, plus these cute printable tags.

Quick Gifts:

I have to remember this for Christmas!!

An adorable gift for the women in your life!

Christmas on your stove. Made with Cinnamon sticks, dried lemon slices, dried orange slices, dried apple slices, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, bay leaf.  Great neighbor gift idea.

A natural home fragrance that smells like the holidays. A great gift for the neighbors!

DIY Lip Gloss using TWO ingredients!

 

What tween or teen girl wouldn’t love some pretty lip gloss in their stocking?

DIY Rosemary Mint Shave Cream

 

Whip up a big batch of this manly smelling shaving cream, and divide into small containers for a great gift. Add a straight razor (and print out a good how-to) for a gift the guys will use all year!

Of course, don’t forget our giveaway to enter to win this gift-able handmade necklace:

 

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December of Giveaways – Week 3!

Our original Week 3 Giveaway winner didn’t respond, so our new winner is Jessica Tomlinson – congrats! Please respond to buymelovestore@gmail.com within the next 48 hours to claim your prize.

It’s time for Week 3 of our December of Giveaways!

This week we’re giving away a very gift-able handmade gold leaf necklace:

039 (2)A gold leaf dangles from a scrolling gold finding, accented with swags of matching gold-tone metal chain. A perfect gift for your sweetheart, mom, sister, best friend, or anyone else you love this holiday season!

It’s easy to enter:

1. Follow us on Pinterest here.

2. Pin the Pin It To Win It image on any of your Pinterest boards.

3. Comment on this blog post with your Pinterest username.

You can enter a maximum of once a day by completing steps 1-3.

The Week 3 giveaway will last through Sunday, 12/22/13. Open to US residents.Winner will be randomly chosen, and announced Monday, 12/23/13, on this blog page, our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the winner will be contacted via the email listed with the account they use to comment (if possible.) Winner must respond via email (to buymelovestore@gmail.com) within 48 hours, or another winner will be randomly selected.

Good luck, and happy pinning!

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December of Giveaways – Week 2!

Our week 2 winner is Julie of Coco and Cocoa!

To enter to win Week 3, go here.

This week’s giveaway is this adorable red vintage sequin bow ring:

pinittowinit2The ring is made of a vintage sequin and beaded applique, carefully backed with matching felt, and attached to an adjustable metal ring base that fits most sizes. A great cocktail ring for holiday parties!

It’s Easy to Enter: 

1. If you don’t already follow us on Pinterest, follow us here.

2. Pin the “Pin It to Win It” image to any of your boards on Pinterest. If you don’t have a Pin It button on your toolbar, use the one at the end of this blog post.

3. Comment on this blog post with your Pinterest username.

You can enter a maximum of once a day by completing steps 1-3.

The Week 2 giveaway will last through Sunday, 12/15/13. Open to US residents. Winner will be randomly chosen, and announced Monday, 12/16/13, on this blog page, our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the winner will be contacted via the email listed with the account they use to comment (if possible.) Winner must respond via email (buymelovestore@gmail.com) within 48 hours, or another winner will be randomly selected.

Good luck, and happy pinning!

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A December of Giveaways!

12/9: Our winner is Margaret of Hearts and Home!

Comments for the first week’s giveaway are closed.

Our team, Etsy Fort Worth, is hosting a fantastic giveaway this month. Make a purchase from any Etsy shop in the team from 12/3/13 to 12/24/13, and enter to win a prize package, including a $25 Etsy gift card, and gift-able prizes! At checkout, you’ll also receive an exclusive coupon code from participating shops to use in January. Visit the team blog for more info.

In addition to being a part of the team giveaway, we’re hosting our own December of Giveaways! Each week this month, we’ll post one of our handmade items for you to pin and win.*

This week’s prize is a handmade heart shaped feather fascinator:

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This sweet hair accessory is made from red lamé, and covered in velvet trim, a red millinery rose, and black and white marabou feathers. Attached to a black hair comb. Valued at $22.50.

Here’s another photo for size reference:

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3 Easy Steps to Enter: 

1. Follow us on Pinterest.

2. Pin the “Pin it to win it!” image on any one of your Pinterest boards. (If you do not have a “Pin It” button on your browser, scroll to the bottom of this blog post and click the “Pinterest” button, then select the “Pin it to win it!” image.)

3. Comment below with your Pinterest name. (On Pinterest, select your boards in the upper right corner, then look at the name at the end of the URL for your boards page.)

Just one pin and comment is all it takes to enter, but you’re welcome to pin and comment once a day throughout the week. Obviously, the more days you pin and comment, the more chances you have of winning!

The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on this blog post on Monday, 12/9. We’ll also announce the winner on Facebook and Twitter, and contact the winner via the email address listed on the account they use when commenting. Winner must respond by email (buymelovestore@gmail.com) within 48 hours, or another winner will be chosen.

*Valid to US residents only.

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December of Giveaways – Week 2!

Today begins our second giveaway!

This week, enter to win this sparkling vintage sequin bow ring:

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The ring is made from a vintage applique, attached to an adjustable metal ring base that fits most sizes. The back of the bow is carefully covered with matching felt for a soft, finished look. Perfect to wear at holiday parties!

How to enter:

1. Now through Sunday, 12/15/13, follow us on Pinterest.

2. Then, pin this giveaway to one of your boards by using the Pin It button on your browser, or the one at the end of this blog post.

3. Finally, comment with your pinterest name (the name that appears at the end of the URL for your boards page.)

The winner will be chosen randomly based on the comments made, and will be announced here on this blog post on Monday, 12/16. Winner will also be announced on Facebook and Twitter, and the winner will be contacted by the email address associated with the account they use to comment below.

Open to US residents. Enter up to once a day throughout the week by repeating steps 1-3. Voting will close at the end of the day Sunday, 12/15.

Good luck and happy pinning!

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We need your votes!

It’s that time! We entered this year’s Martha Stewart American Made competition for the chance to win anything from a gift basket full of goodies to $10,000 for our business and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to New York for the expo to display our work. You can go directly to our profile here:

I’ve had a late start reminding everyone of the competiton, because Mom’s been recovering from a knee replacement. It’s been almost three weeks, and though they made mistakes at the hospital with her medications, and she’s had a bad reaction to the pain meds they prescribed her, she’s finally feeling better and on her way to rehabilitation! We’re both excited to start building up our business after a long road of health struggles and other obstacles, and look forward to having our own studio workspace together.

We’ll keep you updated on the voting process, and if we win, we’ll share every step of the way with you. Please share the link to our profile with your friends – thank you for voting!

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