Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bbest Team Treasury: Spring Fever

Bbest Team Treasury:  Spring Fever
Dena: RuralRetreatVintage.etsy.com

Welcome to Dena’s shop: http://RuralRetreatVintage.etsy.com. Here you will find Vintage & Victorian buttons, sewing supplies, handcrafted button jewelry and accessories, handcrafted cards and tags, and vintage jewelry. I especially loved these two buttons: first, a beautiful carved Topaz colored Floral Button; and a Victorian Cupid Brass Button, which has been in Dena's collection for over 50 years
Dena has enjoyed collecting vintage buttons for 50 years. My grandma was a seamstress and got me started collecting buttons when I was a little girl. I too have a collection of my grandmother’s buttons which always fascinated me – which drew me to this shop. Dena and her husband are now retired and are enjoying their life nestled in the foothills of the beautiful mountains in eastern Tennessee.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Etsy Bloggers Team Treasury: Flowers & Florals

Etsy Bloggers Team Treasury:

Flowers & Florals

Billi RS Rothove of http://BillisPaperBatiks

BillisPaperBatiks is a Treasure Trove of Billis many talents; ranging from Batiks, Mixed Media Collages, and Polymer Clay Jewelry. Two items from her shop that caught my attention were this Brooch, made with Polymer Clay supported by two Vintage earrings.

I also admired "Lace Garden" which is a collaboration of Billi's Mixed Media Artistic Talents!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Colors of Spring

This Spring Treasury features items from both of my shops: MagdaleneJewels and MagdaleneKnits!
Laurie's shop can be found here on Etsy. Here are two items from her shop which I particularly liked! I love her "Retro" Black Cherry Gingham Apron, which reminds me so much of the aprons always worn in the kitchen when I was growing up.
I also love this large Handmade Hobo Purse with Green Poppies. A perfect bag to fit everything one needs to carry to go shopping or for school, etc. Enjoy her many gifts from her shop!

March Favorites 2012

by Judy Nolan

Using the words of Carl Sandberg, “Nothing happens unless first we dream”, Judy enhances his words with her own “Dreams are also realized when we ask ‘What if…?’ and ‘Why not…?’” These two thoughts are the basis of Judy’s OOAK creations in her shop, http://jnoriginals.etsy.com/.

When I envision one of Judy’s creations, the first thing that comes to mind are her unique and colorful “Felted Needle Books.” I purchased one a few years ago, and can never go anywhere without it when working on a project! Also one cannot miss her colorful felted bowls with their flower appliques.
Judy’s talent is also showcased in her crocheted scarfs, hats, and wide headbands, all of which come in various colors. I especially love her “Ruffled Scarflettes” with their flower appliques. Not only perfect for those cold winter days, but a fashion statement of their own. My favorite is the “Raspberry Ruffled Scarflette” (shown above) which also comes in a variety of other colors.

It is no wonder that Judy’s work looks so professional, as she has won various awards in the Fabric & Threads Division at the Iowa State Fair, which she now shares with her many followers.

by Pamela Todd

When I first started on Etsy, one of the first teams I joined was the Bbest Team. Pamela (great name :)) Todd and her shop http://bagsandmorebypam .etsy.com, was one of the first teams I became acquainted with. Her beautiful crocheted items were what attracted me to her shop.

As Pam says “Crocheting is such a passion! It is a thrill when others appreciate your work as well.” All of which is quite evident in her many feminine, crocheted, lacey items she creates. Besides having her shop here on Etsy, Pam also participates in many local Craft Fairs, as well as having her own website, and Icraft store.

My favorites are her beautiful Lacey Scarflettes (my favorite is her Queen Anne Lace Scarflette) and wide, warm Headbands, as well as this very classy Black Sweater, a few of which I have showcased in this article. Of course what would “bagsbypam” be without featuring one of her many hand-crocheted bags. Pam also has some very cute Baby items listed in her shop, as well as some very unique fashions for the dog in your life!

When not crocheting, Pam’s main passion is her family; saying, “my main delight is being a wife, mother of two daughters and one son, mother-in-law to two, and grandmother to two girls and one boy.”