Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Featured Artisan - Heartandsowdesigns - June Week 4

This week's featured It's Better Handmade guild artisan is Gail of Heartandsowdesigns.

Gail says: "My inspiration is sharing from my heart to yours as in the name Heart & Sow. I want to sow seeds of love into others lives as an inspiration to them. I take my business very seriously and want each and every customer satisfied with my product".

Gail is a very crafty lady specializing in creating aprons, blankets, hair accessories, scarves and scripture cloths.  She has been sewing for over 30 years (Wow!) and enjoys seeing her finished creations worn by others. Read her Bio to learn more about her.

This is a perfect example of how her creations can be enjoyed.
Denim Chef Apron  Kiss the Cook

and how about this patriotic item?
Patriotic Chef Apron

Gail also says that "Although I do have items in my shop, most of my items are custom orders. My customers pick the style of the item they like and share an idea or print in mind and I create a one of a kind look just for them.
Custom orders is the backbone of Heart & Sow Designs".

Contact Gail to have your one-of-a-kind custom piece made just for you.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Featured Artisan - MyEuropeanTouch - June Week 3

This week's featured artisan of the It's Better Handmade Guild blog ring is Monika of MyEuropeanTouch.

When you browse through her studio, you will be amazed at her talent and technique in being able to take bits of broken plates, glass and china to create what is definitely one-of-a-kind mosaic pieces for home decor. Besides being able to put the pieces together, she shows her artistic side with the beautiful designs she incorporates into every piece.
Please take a minute to read her interesting Bio and get to know her.

It was difficult to decide which was my favourite item, but I fell in love with this one. Imagine it centre stage in a sunroom - comfortable chairs, lots of pillows, a favourite book - with the sunlight beaming down and highlighting the lovely colors. It will fit with any style of decor.
Side Table End table Occasional Table broken China Mosaic Shabby Chic Mosaic cut from broken cut china plate rims

We all have kids in our lives whether they are ours, or family's and or friends so I zeroed in on these adorable functional and heirloom pieces.
Shabby Chic Table Lamp Lighting Decor Cream White Lace handmade Clay roses, pink decor, millenery crystal teardrop ribbon

Great gift ideas.
Wall hanging Wall Art Baby Garland Banner Bunting shabby handmade gross grain ribbon cameos with quilt pastel stockings ribbons lace buttons

I invite you to visit Monika's studio to see what I mean and then come back to my blog and leave a comment to share your favourite.

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Thanks for reading. See you back here soon.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Featured Artisan - Pin and Tack - June week 2

This week's featured artisan shop from the Its Better Handmade guild is PinAndTack, a boutique filled with pins, tacks and delightful treats for your home, office or gifting.

Corrinne is the  owner of PinAndTack and she loves all things that sparkle and shine! Rhinestones, glitter and anything that adds bling will most likely be found on her creations. She says her studio is an explosion of random supplies as she creates in a lot of different areas. I love the explosion of colour in her whimsical items.

Something I use almost every day is a journal to jot down my design ideas, thoughts and to-do's and I found some delightful journals in Corrinne's boutique. They are just the right size to carry in a handbag to have at a moment's notice and I would like to share my favourite with you: (isn't it delightfully feminine?)
Beauty Shoe w Bloom Composition Journal - OOAK

I also keep one in the car for when I get a call to pick up groceries or the dry-cleaning, etc.. and these smaller sizes are perfect. Just reaching for this one is sure to make you smile and I bet they will bring back childhood memories of hearing the stories.
Alice And Caterpillar Mini Journal - U Pick Color - Mini Scrapbook

There's lots more to browse in PinAndTack's boutique, so head on over and cheer up your day.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Featured artisan - Daffydill - June week 1

Today I would like to invite you in to one of my fellow Canadian artisans' online shops. Deb of Daffydill is amazing in that she is able to take bits and pieces of vintage items that have seen better days and re-engineer them into up-to-date sought after jewellery. Deb started jewellery making with beading, but has since incorporated several other artisan methods - crochet, wire wrapping, weaving to name a few.

You can read all about her journey here:

She has a variety of jewellery accessories to suit any occasion and two of my favourites are:
(love the colours and design)

and these earrings:
Moon  heart charms earrings dangle charm brass blues

Something old is definitely new again!

Hop on over to browse Deb's shops, and share your favourite item by leaving a comment below.

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