Showing posts with label handmade gifts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label handmade gifts. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Free Shipping Day in Canada

December 12th is free shipping day in Canada.  This is a great opportunity to take advantage of online shopping!  I will be joining in this exciting day by offering you free shipping from my Etsy Shop.  Use coupon code:  NOSHIPCA with all orders $35 dollars or more.  Your items will be beautifully packaged and shipped either to your address or someone special in your life.

Start shopping now.  Go to my Etsy Shop.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sale Sale Sale on Handmade Gifts

I'm having a #Sale on all items in my Etsy Shop.  Plus if you purchase for $50 or more, shipping is on us with coupon code: FREESHIP050 (applicable only within Canada and to the USA).

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Leather Moccasins for My Grand Daughter

I finished my grand daughter's moccasins!  This was a long overdue project.  Since my grand daughter is still quite young and doesn't necessarily fit in these yet, I didn't hurry too much! 

I found the pattern for these on Etsy.  I purchased the pattern from a lovely Etsy seller from Slovenia.  I had to check on the world map to see where this country was.  It's surrounded by Italy, Croatia and Austria.  The seller is a pleasure to deal with.  Click here to see more of her tutorials; they're delivered directly into your email after you've paid. 

Once I had the pattern, I shopped for some fun colored leather and I found this wonderful leather shop here.  This Etsy seller has an amazing array of beautifully colored and patterned leather pieces for your special project!

The last thing I needed was sinew.  Because of the leather being pink and apple green, I didn't want your regular color sinew; it didn't look too good together, so I opted for some synthetic sinew, which is in fact a heavy, waxed thread.  I chose the white because it was the only color that seemed to go with my project.  It wasn't quite thick enough so I doubled the thread and that worked out great!  This artificial sinew is very strong and is wonderful to work with.  The seller uses it for baskets.

Every part of my little moccasins was hand sewn, which I really enjoyed doing while watching a movie.  I finished the inside with a dark purple felt insole and an apple green ribbon with knotted tips as laces.  I then added my special touch - my signature with love!

There is something beautiful about hand making a gift for someone special! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Garden Stakes Sale

Colorful, handmade garden stakes in bright, sunshine yellow are the perfect gift for any gardner! I handmade these with glass which I fused in my kiln and then I etched the herb / vegetable names in black. To top it all off I drilled a hole at the top of each one and added a handy jute string to hang these up in the garden shed when you're not using them. These are my unique creation! Click here to see more info on these.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Really Cute Summer Dandelion Seed Key Chain

This key chain is part of my new spring / summer design and I really love the overall feel and look of it. I made this out of fused glass. To make this cute key chain I cut a piece of brown glass and prepared it so that I was able to paint my design on it. In this particular technique you cannot just use any glass paint, it was special paint for fusing at extremely high temperature. After I was done with painting (free hand), I let it dry and then I prepared a clear top glass piece that I placed over the painted one. I do this because the overall finish is professional and smoothe.

This is a unique piece. I usually prefer making one of a kind pieces. The key ring part is a large ring which adds to the beauty of this piece as a whole. Click here to read more about this key chain.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Nautical Beachy Soap Dish in Dark Aqua

I love this soap dish! It has such a lovely beach feel to it. The cool, dark aqua color would look great for a guy or a girl's bathroom. Very clean with straight lines design, this soap dish is the best little gift! Click here to see more info on this great little dish. Go to my Etsy shop to see more of my interesting creations.

Friday, November 18, 2011

For the Gardener - Cute Garden Stakes Herb Garden Markers Hostess Gift

There is nothing more lovely than seeing lush greenery in a beautiful garden.  I designed these garden stakes with that in mind.  I wanted to contrast the green against the bright yellow... you know me, it's all about color coordinating and contrasts!!

These garden stakes are made of fused glass.  I hand wrote the herb and vegetable names with an engraving tool and then I added a special, black colored paint.  You'll also notice that I drilled each one and added a really practical twine loop so that you can hang them neatly in your garden shed (makes it easier to pull them out of the ground too.)

Each one is a handmade, unique piece since they're all made individually.  They make the cutest hostess gifts for the gardener.  What I really like about these is that they're more than just markers, they're decorative and add a touch of charm and beauty to any vegetable or herb garden.  They also look great in a pot as well.  I offer these in a bundle or individuallyClick here for more info on the garden stakes or click here to see all of my unique, handmade gifts:  wire wrapped jewelry, simple necklaces, quality gold earrings, recycled bottle glass art pieces, individually made buttons, coaster sets and so much more...

Monday, November 14, 2011

Rustic Beach Cottage Recycled Wine Bottle Cheese Platter Plate Tray Gift Package

As you are well aware by now, one of my favorite items to make is from recycled materials, especially recycled wine bottles.  What I personally love about this cheese tray is the dark, dark olive color; it almost looks black.  The finish is shiny and mirror-like.  You've probably seen cheese trays before and they don't really impress you anymore, but I'm really trying to bring you something unique with the design of this cheese tray and you'll notice the neck is quite different than what you would usually see.  I named it: "The swan neck cheese platter", for obvious reasons...  I also etched a beautiful shell motif.  It's a permanent etching; it's not painted.  I used acid to actually burn into the glass and therefore the motif will not wear off.   You can even throw it in the dishwasher... how great is that.  A cheese tray, such as this one, is an amazing conversation piece for your next wine and cheese party... Each one comes with a cute little cheese spreader / knife, a handmade burlap bag and a beautiful grosgrain ribbon in either brown, purple, lime or orange and a very charming description card.  Click here to see more info on this great gift package.

Remember to check out my announcements for my Sale of the Day Treasure Hunt - Save up to 40%.  Go to home page to see announcements, click here.  See more interesting recycled wine bottle creations click here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New and Improved Photograph of my Blue Coaster Gift Set

I'm sure you will agree that this picture is way better and shows off the beauty of this coaster set much more than the original.  See the difference for yourself - Picture 1, is the new and improved photo and picture 2, is the original...  Click here for more info on this great little gift set.

****Don't forget to check out my announcements for our "Treasure Hunt Sale".  Click here to read announcements at top of my Etsy Shop.*****

Friday, November 4, 2011

Featured Item of the Day!! Sale Glass Vase Candy Dish or Votive Holder

I decided to have a "featured item of the day" sale and I started it all off with this beautiful, metallic, rainbow coloured vase, candy dish, votive holder.  It's hard to believe it's glass because at first glance it really looks more like raku or pottery.  This item is signed and dated by me.  It's an item that is both suitable for a man or woman.  This beautiful piece is both beautiful and versatile.  You may use it for candies, for flowers (it can hold water), use it for a candle, a tea light or a votive or just let it stand all on its own; it's completely up to you.

Click here for more info on this great piece of unique, handmade glass work or see more glass works here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Handmade Fused Glass Napkin Rings Set of Four

My first love, a part from my husband, is by far jewelry making, but I have come very fond of glass work as well.  In some instances, I'm not too sure which I prefer.  It fascinates me to see the changes that happen when glass is introduced to high heat.  Although my goal is to one day learn more about blowing glass, fusing glass is a wonderful introduction to me becoming better acquainted with its properties.  Working with glass can be very tricky and your piece easily ruined if you don't know what you're doing.

The technique used for making the napkin rings below, is quite interesting.  It's actually made in different steps with multiple fusings in the kiln.  The brown decorative part is made separate and then added to the main ring.  In order to make the napkin ring rounded, I needed to work in the kiln with heat resistant gloves and special a special tool to form the strip of glass; let me tell you it's quite intimidating at first.  How often does one stick their hands in a heated kiln??  It is a long process.  I can only work on one ring at a time, because each ring needs to be at a certain temperature, which I need to hold, before forming (curving it) and then, each individual ring needs to sit in the kiln, with the cover, to gradually bring down the temperature up to the cooling time.  I do admit, it is quite a feat, but it's so worth it in the end, don't you think?

This beautiful set of four shiny napkin rings in warm tones of green and light brown are very classy and would make anyone receiving them happy as can be. Absolutely lovely for the person who loves to entertain!!  Click here for more info- 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Full Moon Photograph - Supermoon of March 2011

Do you remember that night?  The night where everyone was in expectation because something special would be in effect; something we would have the privilege of witnessing only a few times in our lifetime.  Do you remember now?  No.  It wasn't an eclipse, and no, it wasn't a flying saucer...  It was when our beautiful luminary, our moon would be a "Supermoon" as astrologer Richard Nolle coined it.

Interesting facts about that particular night of March 19th, 2011:  Usually, the moon passes by the earth every orbital cycle at a distance of 364,397 km, but on that night of March 19th, the moon was much closer at a distance of 356,577 making the moon appear much larger and brighter in the sky.

Being from Eastern Canada, I had anxiously watched as it slowly, but steadily climbed up over the horizon,  as if a giant lampadary, illuminating everything for miles.

The first thing I did was gather up my camera gear and tripod and headed for the back yard.  After setting everything up, I was able to capture one of nature's incredible phenomenons, both beautiful and awe inspiring!!  I've decided to share this beautiful photograph with you.  Please click here for more details.