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Knit and Crochet–Once you learn you cannot stop!

If you read my earlier posts, you know that I have always had difficulty learning to crochet because I am left handed.  I recently found a fabulous book that gave left handed instruction and am now crocheting my tushy off.  I have already finished my first project, a neck warmer cowl, which I plan to send to my mother soon…whether she likes it or not.  Now that I have learned, I cannot seem to stop.

 

That brings me to today’s shops.  Both shops offer knit and crochet items.

The first shop is Asu Crochet Shop.  Asu offers some really amazing crochet shawls, wraps, gloves, scarves, and even some traditional Turkish Yemeni Oya.  Look at the details on this beautiful blue shawl:

Multicolor Shawl

 

The second shop today is AutumnAnd Amber.  Amber’s shop caters more to a younger crowd than Asu, and offers fingerless gloves, legwarmers, scarves and even some crocheted “monsters”.  Take a look at these fabulous gloves.  If I lived somewhere colder, I would snap these up in a heartbeat.

Tan fingerless gloves

Tan fingerless gloves

 

I hope you enjoy these shops and please come back for the next reviews.

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2 Shops today—Painted Art and Super Cute Kids Clothing

Today’s first shop is ArtByTrudy.  Trudy has painted and digital art of varying styles.  In her shop you will find anything from Venice, to farm scenes to sunflowers like the one below.

Sunflower Painting

Sunflower Painting

Whether it is oil painting or digital manipulation, Trudy’s work is wonderful.  Check out her shop on Etsy, ArtByTrudy.

 

Today’s second shop review is some of the cutest children’s clothing I have seen lately.  Ashley McCally is the owner of ashleymccally on Etsy and she hand dyes children’s clothing with cute sayings and adorable animal shapes like the hippo t-shirt below.

Hippo T Shirt

Hippo T Shirt

Check out Ashley’s shop and find hippos, lions, giraffes and even a plush whale toy or two.  She says she will take custom orders, so if you don’t see exactly what you want, drop her a line and she will be happy to work with you.

I hope you enjoyed today’s shops.  Come back tomorrow for more exiting finds.


Butterfly Series

I know that I have not posted for the last few days, but I have been busy creating some new products for my own shop.  I wanted to take a few moments to share the new pendants with you.

 

This is my Butterfly series of shrink plastic pendants.  Each pendant is hand drawn and colored by yours truly and then baked to create a bright and realistic looking butterfly.

 

I absolutely love making these Shrinky Dinks pendants.  The best part of my day is tossing a few scraps of plastic in the oven and watching then shrink and curl and turn into these beautiful pendants.

 

Thanks for indulging my shameless self promotion.  I will be posting some new reviews later today.


Modern Architecture in Jewelry with ArchetypeZ

Today’s shop, ArchetypeZ, has some very modern and architectural designs, which makes sense because the shop owner, Alia, has degrees in Architecture from Berkeley and UCLA.  When you browse her shop you will find some amazing structural pieces like the one below, made entirely from felted wool.

Wool Felt Triangles Bracelet from ArchetypeZ

Alia explains her process in some wonderfully detailed descriptions so you know exactly what you are getting.  She explains that even though she has some entirely handmade items, a lot of her stuff is designed as she would design a lifesize architectural structure and then laser cut to the scale size jewelry.  For example, look at this bracelet and ring:

Black Geometric Bracelet from ArchetypeZ

Bamboo Hexagon Ring from ArchetypeZ

Alia explains that even though the ring appears to be made from several smaller hexagon shapes, it is actually cut from a single piece of bamboo wood.  Both pieces are absolutely amazing and very intricate.  Looking through the ArchetypeZ shop, it was very difficult to find a favorite piece because every design is unique and stunning.  I hope you will stop by Alia’s shop and take a look around.


Two Shops today–iPad Sleeve and Original Artwork

Ok, so I have been really busy this weekend and missed a couple days of reviews.  Today, I will make up for that by reviewing two awesome shops that I have found.

First, let’s take a look at Anonum.  Olivia, the owner of Anonum creates some really cool and unusual iPad sleeves.

iPad Sleeve from Anonum on Etsy

iPad Sleeve from Anonum on Etsy

These iPad sleeves are made from old printing blankets.  As Olivia explains, printing blankets “are used in the offset printing process used to print newspapers, catalogues & labels. After many print runs the blankets have to be changed. Each blanket is left with a unique impression of what was last printed. Maybe yours is a bus schedule, a page of a magazine or even a hockey scene. ”  As you can see, the sleeve pictured above has a baseball image on it.  Each sleeve is unique and very cool.

Anonum states the sleeves will fit both the first and second generation iPads and the inside of the sleeve is lined with fleece to protect the iPad from scratches and damage. And because they are made by recycling used printing blankets, they are eco friendly. If you are in need of a new iPad sleeve, head over to Anonum on Etsy and take a look.

Today’s second shop is Aphotica.  Dawn Greene is the owner of this shop full of celtic and quirky original artwork.  Dawn has put her original art on cards, jewelry, bookmarks, and even leather bound journals.  My favorite item in her shop is the “Valentine’s Day Swan Cards”

Valentine's Day Swan Card

Valentine's Day Swan Card from Aphotica

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, this card would make a perfect and unique gift for any woman.  The intricate and beautifully drawn swans are an original design so your Valentine is sure to have a one of a kind gift she can cherish for years to come.

To check out Dawn’s other items, head on over to Aphotica on Etsy.

And, on a side note…I mentioned a few posts ago that I have never been able to learn to crochet.  I am proud to announce that I have finally gotten it!  I now know how to crochet and am so in love with it I am working on two different projects.  Yay!!


Lampworking with AnneLondez

As a jewelry designer, I am always on the lookout for unique and interesting beads. I am very glad I came across AnneLondezGlass on Etsy. Whether you’re looking for glass beads, sculpture, paperweights, or even a tutorial on how to make your own glass works, Anne has it. And boy are they pretty.

Splash Noir

Black Splash Glass Lampwork Sculpture

This is so beautiful as a sculpture you almost miss the fact that it is a bead! Just imagine using this gorgeous piece as the focal point of a wirewrap ring or a stunning talking point on a necklace. Stunning. Head on over to her shop and pick up your piece of Swiss perfection.


Hand Knitted Sushi with animorphicecho

Ok, so several people in my life have tried to teach me to crochet. I can crochet a single line until the end of days, but cannot for the life of me make the turn and come back down the line. This is probably due to my being left handed and every teacher I had trying to teach me right handed. Those of you lefty’s out there know what I mean. It is very difficult for a right handed person to translate the steps in a way that a lefty can use and just as difficult for a lefty to visually make the changes themselves. So, after years of on and off trying to get it, I have given up and left the knitting and crocheting to the experts, like Katie Brown, the owner of today’s Etsy shop review.

Katie specializes in “Amigurumi (a-me-goo-roo-me): The Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures.” A quick trip around her shop will show you stuffed Santas, ninjas, owls, cats, bunnies, and even a skeleton or two. These things are so cute its funny.

In true Japanese style, Anamorphicecho even sells hand knitted sushi! Check out this full tray of sushi and nigiri all handmade from knitted yarn.

Full Set knitted Sushi by anamorphicecho

Head on over to Katie’s shop, Anamorphicecho, on Etsy.