Wonderful Handmade Hearts Day gifts for her


I hardly ever have time to really write on this here blog, but felt the need to share some cool finds just in time for Valentine’s Day. Handmade gifts are a welcome change from an emergency trip to the mall on your lunch hour ( hear this guys!) and you will be giving a gift that will really speak from the heart!

Jewelry is always a popular option and you can’t go wrong with this fantastic heart necklace from BluKatDesign on Etsy. I love the texture and color of this one!


Maybe she loves to be pampered; a fun gift would be some hand made soap from the talented SunbasilGarden; they look good enough to eat!

soap set

Scarves are always a hit and one size fits all. ForgottenCotton is my fave place for handmade, quality scarves. I am loving this pink!


Keep mom in mind this Valentine’s Day too! She would love a ring or rings with the kiddos names and her anniversary date on them. You can find these in my shop, beadsoul,on Etsy.

kids rings

If I have  a moment, I hope to share more handmade gifts for Valentine’s Day here soon!

A handmade gift guide for him


I knew that I couldn’t leave out the guys! Again I trolled Etsy for some fun, handmade gifts.

First up is a wonderful handmade hat made from upcycled yarn from Hats by Elvee


I really love gifts with a personal touch; this wallet from Elegant Monogram Gifts is awesome and can be monogrammed


Maybe your guy would enjoy an unique case for his phone from Eye Phone Cases; this one is from the iconic Uncle Sam poster.


Lastly, we can’t forget the dapper, well-dressed guy. You can have a custom tie tack hand stamped with his initial or small word from my shop


I hope these selections have inspired you to shop handmade this Christmas season!

How about a gift guide for her?


It’s that time of year again; I trolled Etsy for some fun, handmade gifts for her.

First up, one of my favorite shops on Etsy; Forgotten Cotton Can you believe how beautiful this blanket scarf is? I have lost count of how many Forgotten Cotton scarves I have, but I love each one more than the last!


Next, a fun way to jazz-up your boots; boot cuffs from knittwice I received a pair from my secret Santa and I LOVE them!


I love how Heather of Blukatdesign uses vintage and upcycled materials to create jewelry, accessories and decor- these buttons are way more fun and colorful as magnets and would make a great gift!


Most of us females love receiving jewelry, but how about a piece that has even more meaning with a favorite poem, inspirational word or special song lyric? You can order custom, hand stamped bracelets from my shop, beadsoul


I hope you see something that inspires you to shop handmade for her this Christmas!

Handmade Gift Guide


I’m late as usual, but happy to share some sweet handmade items that will make fun and unique gifts for some special people on your Christmas list!

Blukat Design on Etsy is a super-talented artisan, making everything from jewelry, hair accessories and home goods. I love these fun magnets made from vintage buttons.


I am a scarf lover and had to show you a scarf from Forgotten CottonForgotten Cotton who wouldn’t love this cozy beauty?


These wineglass charms from The Twisted Redhead The Twisted Redhead on Artfire would make a fun hostess gift or would be a great accessory to your holiday party.


We can’t forget the little ones! Can you believe how cute this snowman hat by Krafty Grannys Home on Etsy is? Krafty Grannys Home


I hope to have more time to share some more handmade gift ideas with you soon- have fun looking for handmade goodness!

A Month’s Worth of Items: What I Learned


Here are all of the challenge pieces I made for the month of July, minus a couple that sold.










So I was pretty pleased that I was able to make one or more items each day in July. This didn’t include orders made for customers; it was simply to provide a creative boost and to ramp up my shop for the busy selling season that will be here before too long.

I learned a few things about myself and about being creative in general by doing this.

It is not that hard to be creative when there is a deadline; others may disagree, but with a public promise made, I really did make something. It didn’t have to be mind blowing, or totally new, just make something, darnit!


I made 4 resin pendants on July 30th. I have missed playing around in this medium











I didn’t set any limits on myself, such as the piece had to be finished and ready to list, I just wanted to create a component, a whole item, it didn’t matter. It also didn’t matter if I had made one of those before; see lesson one, just make something darnit!


This bracelet was made with the feeling I had at that time; elation and a bit of pride that I made it through the challenge! It was the last day and I had no time to work at all, but did it anyway 🙂















I also learned that I work well under pressure, in this case, anyway. The just make something, darnit, really applied here. There was no question that I would do this, just what will I make. Many times I had laid all the components out for a project in my mind and ended up scrapping it. It was too late in the evening to hammer a few times, I couldn’t come up with the final project with my existing items, etc. There weren’t any mistakes in this; its just part of the creative process. Here is a bracelet made due to hammering curfew restrictions. I wanted to use one of these wood bangle blanks for some time. I am not sure what I bought them for either!


I hope to get the items I made finished into a real piece or listed soon. Most are in a shoebox waiting to be finished/photographed. It was a fun thing to do and I will try to challenge myself again soon. I just purchased items to try torch enameling and know that will be a lot of fun- woo hoo! 

A challenging challenge


I am still making items each day with my self-imposed creativity challenge; the last week has been super-difficult though. I have had an upswing in the amount of orders, which is wonderful, of course, and my hubby and I have been taking care of 4 kiddos ages 10 and under. Needless to say, I am excessively busy, but told myself I had no excuse 😉


I had fun making ear cuffs on two consecutive nights- copper on the 23rd and sterling silver on the 24th.


I etched these plates/pendants on the 25th- I am figuring the heart piece can be made into a bracelet; who knows what I will do with the owl?


This leather necklace was fun- I made it on the 22nd.


I finished these rings moments ago; I started work very late as usual and didn’t want to break my hammering curfew 🙂

Just a few more days of July are left; I am glad I pushed myself a bit and had fun digging through my hoard of supplies too!

Not giving up!


July is flying by and I am really getting into the habit of trying new things. I wasn’t sure what would happen, truthfully, and I am glad that I haven’t wimped out and have made one if not more new pieces each day this month!


I soldered these earrings on Tuesday and had fun making this ring on Monday.


Wednesday brought these ear wires: I made some soldered discs to hang from them, but I don’t like them. I will head back to the drawing board tomorrow.


Today I had fun with a necklace- I haven’t done too many in leather. I see more in my future!


More and more challenge pieces



I finally found a bit of time to make something I have wanted to for a really long while- yesterday I made two challenge pieces; soldered earrings! I am not certain why I had not made some. I solder the tie tacks all the time!


I did these in sterling silver with sterling posts and ear nuts- one set is just hammered and oxidized and the other is stamped with x and o!


I made this bracelet yesterday too- it was to show another example of the leather bracelet I am giving away on my Facebook page

I am off to the workbench to create my piece for today- I know it will be a quickie as I hope to watch a movie with my hubby in a bit!

Father’s Day Gift Guide


It has been ages since I posted here; it is a busy time of year for handmade; Mother’s and Father’s Day, Graduation and Weddings… whew!

I did want to share some fun handmade items I found on Etsy; you can be certain that no matter how busy I am, there is a way for me to troll for cool handmade items 🙂                                                 

This tee from Scatterbrain Tees on Etsy would be perfect for the hip Dad who has everything. This shop is too cool for words and has a great selection of items for Dad!    

Abe Lincoln Tee

What a great gift for the hip Dad!













Horse Sculpture

This sculpture would be a great gift for the arty Dad who loves mid-century, modern decor.


Look at the amazing sculpture from Cool Stuff Art Gallery– Christine makes such cool, mid-century inspired art. What Dad wouldn’t love an original piece such as this?  











Now here is a great gift for the practical Dad; a handmade writing pen by DesignerPens on Etsy. Randy makes incredible pens using woods and acrylics.

Curly Oxhorn Wood Pen

Handmade Pen for the Practical Dad









Maybe you have a Dad who loves to look put-together and puts a lot of thought into his wardrobe; the dapper Dad. Here is a tie-tack that will add a perfect touch to his look.   

Best Dad Ever Tie Tack

The Dapper Dad will love dressing up his outfit with this tie-tack/lapel pin












I hope that these fun, handmade items have given you some inspiration- I intend to show some more finds soon.

Fun Etsy Finds for Mom


Maybe you are like me and have no clue what to give Mom for Mother’s Day; I thought I would show you some fun finds for all types of Moms. I trolled through some of my favorite Etsy shops and wanted to show you what I found.

For the trendy Mom: What Mom wouldn’t love some new earrings for Mother’s Day? I know that a pair like these from BluKatDesign would be a welcome addition to the jewelry wardrobe of a fashionable Mom who loves to stay on-trend. Emerald Green is Pantone’s color of the year after all!

Gift for the Trendy Mom

Fun earrings from BluKatDesign on Etsy












Wood Hanger from the Wooden Bee

Upcycled wood hanger from reclaimed wood by The Wooden Bee on Etsy

I do say that the Eco-Mom, the Mom who is always upcycling, recycling and looking for new ways to use things would love this reclaimed wood hanger from TheWoodenBee what a fun way to deck out your room and be earth conscious! 




Do you have a crafty Mom who knits or crochets? I bet she would love this fabulous, handspun yarn from Stockannette. Annette makes lovely yarns in many wonderful colors. I happen to love this orange and blue skein titled “Delicate Arch. Fabulous!

Gorgeous handspun yarn from Stockannette

A great yarn for the crafty Mom from Stockannette











Maybe you have a Mom who just loves being a Mom; she loves to show off her delightful offspring whenever she can. Perhaps a  piece of jewelry like a custom pendant hand stamped with all the kiddos names would do the trick!


Personalized sterling silver pendant

A personal gift for Mom; a pendant hand stamped with all the names of the kids or grand kids.











I hope you found some fun ways you can spoil your sweet Mom this Mother’s Day!