Wednesday, December 16, 2009

In Honor of my Gram - Cardinals in Winter

My gram loved cardinals.   Every year at Christmas time I see cardinal items for sale and think of her and how she would love them. I  came across a few items on Etsy and thought I'd search for more.  What I found was an incredible display of work from some talented etsians!  Hope you enjoy it!  Click on the item name to see the product, and on the store name to see their wonderful shops.  Be sure to let us know your favorites in the remarks section!

Limited Edition Print                            Red Suede Journal                         Handpainted Necklace
by BackroomTreasures                         by  AwakenJournaling                     by  lulubugjewelry

Houndstooth Handbag                       Snowbirds Watercolor                        Landing Cardinal
by TapestryHandbags                        by yankeegirl                                    by pookaqueen 

Cardinal Cards                                   Ruby Red Earrings                             Finding Winter 
by twinravenspress                            by blackdogwhitedog                         by remarkablebird

Stained Glass Earrings                        Santa Cardinal                                 Cardinal Pillow
by kallastudios                                   by PisforPaper                                  by Modernality

Cardinal Stained Glass                       Cardinal Button Pin                            Love Birds Glasses
by mammothglassworks                     by geelizzie                                       by marywibis

Cardinal Ornament                            Red Chenille Jax Hat                         Corduroy Silk Tie
by humblebeads                                 by  jaxonsjazz                                  by baconneckwear

Cardinal Hair Clips                            Cardinal in the Snow                         Cardinal Orginal
by ButtonBoutique                             by ara133photography                      by LadySparrowhawk

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


  ...some of the amazing talent located in Plainfield, Illinois.  These gifted artists and designers are following their passions,  providing us with a tantalizing smorgasbord of simply tempting delights.   Below is a but a meager sampling of their work.  Pick one for yourself or choose a unique gift for someone you love!

Click on the shop names to go to the websites and enjoy the full line of offerings; click on the item name to go directly to the products.

Don't forget to leave your requests in the comment section for the next featured city/town.

You can also leave comments to tell the artists your favorite pieces!

Super Sweet Silver
You may want to trim the tresses to show off these sparkling baubles.  Recycled sterling,  fine silver and high quality stones are used in the fabrication of these trendy designs including Swarovski Crystals, Czech Glass and Semi-precious Gemstones.

    Witches Brew Swarovski Earrings                             Lemon Drop Earrings                                        Cherry-licious Earrings


Are you dreading heading into another season of winter blues?  Revel in the ambiance of beautiful summer days all year round with this cheerful original photography.  Notecard sets are also available.

      The Dawn of a Sunflower                                        Blue Summer Skies                                                      Dahlia


The Paper Affair
I am amazed at the creativity of others when they pull together seemingly unrelated mediums and turn out works of art.  These pendants are, incredibly, a fusion of paper and glass. 

                Bella Flower                                                             Oui Paris                                                      Fields of Green


Blingy Candles
Blowing out your candles has never been so fun!  You no longer need to run to the store to pick up those ugly number candles!  Here is the cutest alternative I have ever seen!  You can order these custom made - there are versions for boys, girls and adults. 

      Single Digit Candle                                            Double Digit Candle Set                                     Triple Digit Candle Set


Time to put the kids to bed and decompress in a luxurious tub with your favorite essence.  Scintillate your senses with sensual pomegranate or release the stress with calming lavendar.

        Avocado Body Butter                                           Pomegranate Soap                                      Lavendar Fields Sugar Scrub

Talented in a variety of mediums, Leif Rogers studied at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Here is a small sampling of his work.  For more art and witty commentary, you can also visit his website as

Absinthe Study with Pontarlier Glass                        Night Walk                                                        Hail Damage


Flaunt your image with one of these stylish bags.   With variety ranging from fun and flirty to confident and professional you are sure to find an amazing piece of arm candy!

             Rendezvous                                                     Choco-Doodle Tote                                          Southwest Flair


Put some fun in the mailbox and brighten someones day with these unique all-occassion cards!  Styles include impressionist, neon outline and kaleidoscope.  Click here to check out the fabulous Chicago Cityscape Notecards.

          Floral Notecards                                                    Floral Notecards                                       Kaleidoscope Notecards


Cia Designs
Want to capture that special event in photos but don't have time to scrapbook?  Cia Designs has the solution!  Simply insert your own photos into these adorable albums and voila - precious memories preserved for life!!

                 Princess                                                                 Baseball                                                                 Friends


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Take a look at what's coming....

I am going to be running a series of blogs on artisans and indie designers that are location specific.   The localities will initially be random, but will become focused on what YOU want to see as I start getting requests. 

If you would like to learn more about the artisans and designers in your area, leave me a note in the comment section requesting a city or town and I will do my best to find local talent.

I hope that you enjoy this series.   Don't forget to click the follow button so that you know when your town is highlighted.

If you are an artisan or designer of any medium, please leave me a comment, your website or store address, and city so that I don't miss you when your town is highlighted.