Monday, December 17, 2007

Etsy Feature: Sofia Masri

Today's feature is Sofia Masri from Etsy, a lovely vintage porcelain artist from Mexico City. She has also been featured (currently) by Etsy as their Featured Seller, and it's not hard to see why! Sofia's work is gorgeous! Her work combines complex patterns with with the simplicity of porcelain shapes to create gorgeous, chic, sophisticated pieces.

She sells both earrings and necklaces in her online store, and to make it even better, 10% of proceeds this month are put towards the International Medical Corps. The benefiting charity changes each month, such a kind, selfless seller!
I really enjoy how Sofia combines her porcelain pieces with beads and gemstones. It's such a perfect match! I've actually just set up a custom order with her for a pair for her "Snowy Branch Drops" earrings, as seen above. On them, they have one of my favourite types of beads, labradorite. I love Etsy artists who agree to do custom work, and I can't wait to receive these earrings. They are perfect for the winter, and will match with so many of my outfits!

Another one of my favourites from her store are the "Tiny Tree Post" earrings. I adore green and pink together!

Sofia also has another Etsy store, Poopsie, where she sells a fun, bright and colourful mix of porcelain jewelry - she has something to offer for everyone!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Etsy Features: Reindeer

It's been a little while since my last post - but I have a perfectly good explanation for that - I recently broke my wrist snowboarding...booooo....I know..*sigh*. But, the good news: despite lack of full use of my right wrist - I'm still able to type (and therefore blog), and send out orders - thanks to technology and the printing of address labels....hip hip hurray! I've had to put some commissions aside, but the buyers have been very understanding about the whole matter.

Anyways, on to my feature! Today it's reindeer (in particular, reindeer that look like Bambi). I have such a soft spot for Disney, it's unremarkable.

My first seller is FigsandGinger. This is a couple-run Etsy shop with the most precious sterling silver pieces I've ever seen! My favourite out have to be the Forest Fawn Ring. I really want it! (A nice huge hint out to friends and family who might be reading this hee hee). I'm also pretty fond of their Forest Fawn Earrings.
My next feature is this 1.6" Fabric Pin Set by boqinana. The little deers on these pins are so adorable, and are set on a cute polka-dot green backdrop. Boqinana offers a variety of handmade accessories and housewares within her shop.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Etsy Features: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

The Christmas decorations were definitely up before Halloween, but with neighbourhood Christmas lights starting to come up, Christmas parades, T.V. Specials, and most of all tons of snow! can't help but think that it's definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas - to quote a classic Christmas song!

First up are some lovely lampwork beads by BleuVerre, a Christmas set. The craftsmanship is spectacular, and honestly - Christmas gifts don't have to be an actual, finished product. I can just image the look on a jewelry-artist's face if they were to receive these beautiful beads on Christmas morning! I also really like her purple, turquoise and lime beadset as well!

Or, why not make something out of them for a loved one? This gift would be 100% handmade up to the material that you lace these beads on. Gifts filled with thought are always the best! :o)

My next item is a Pink Fawn Softie from the Christmas section of FantasticToys' shop on Etsy. This toy is so adorable, and reminds me of the Rudolf classic by Rankin. (My boyfriend actually got me a singing Rudolf from that show for Christmas last year as a last minute surprise - it made my Christmas! AND it's the only Christmas item that I let sit out allllll year long! :o)

This would be a great gift for either an adult of child, although FantasticToys has stressed in her description, that it may not be suitable for small children, and that it is not baby safe.

FantasticToys also offers a free downloadable mobile pattern featuring his items (a $2.00 donation can be made if you so choose). Now how kind, cheery and Christmas like is that!?

My next item is a wonderfully delicious one! It's Winter Candy Apple Vegan Soap by Flameworks. The description sounds like the perfect pick-me-up to any blah-winter-day; not that they are many, hehe: "A light fruity blend of pineapples, oranges, red apples, lemons and limes with mild floral hints of jasmine, rose, violet and lily of the valley" - now doesn't that sound good enough to eat?!

Flameworks also offers a great deal with the purchase of any 3 soaps - who can refuse a deal? Especially one that smells' so good?

Christmas House 2 is a gorgeous mixed media painting by mtjoyschool run by Debora, based on Pennsylvania.

Her wonderfully distinctive pieces would make a beautiful addition to any room during the Holiday seasons!

I really love the use of the various techniques in her work as well: collage, texture, gold. It makes for a very interesting conversation pieces - anyone who owns this I'm sure will get many compliments while entertaining.

My last piece for today's entry, I have this beautiful Holiday Kismet, named Bernerd to share with you! Sewn up by seekconnectlove in Arizona, Bernerd would love to be sent to your home for some holiday loving!

They also have another Kismet in their shop, Prudence, who has a piece of holly in her hair.