December 27, 2007

Christmas Purchases From Etsy

This year I decided to buy some of my Christmas presents from Etsy to support some fellow artists and crafters. I must say that I was not disappointed and neither were the recepients of my gifts.

For my son I purchased a vintage tie that was made into a guitar strap from kacey's space .

From Valerie's Gallery I bought my sister-in-law a beautiful felted bowl for her to use as a candy dish on her desk.

And for my friend who cuts my hair, some things from Cozy Moments so she can pamper herself.

December 10, 2007


After I made some birthstone bracelets for my friend's daughters it got me thinking. Is birthstone jewelry as popular as it was when I was growing up? I remember being in High School and everyone had birthstone earrings, necklaces or rings. Maybe it was easier back then to recognize birthstone jewelry. My birth month is July so my birthstone was Ruby. Now July sometimes uses Carnelian.

I was thinking of making my Mother-In-Law a grandmother's bracelet for her birthday in January. Do I use all traditional stones or do I use modern? Or, perhaps, I use a combination to make it more visually appealing.

January - Garnet or Rose Quartz

February - Amethyst or Onyx

March - Aquamarine or Bloodstone

April - Diamond or Rock Crystal

May - Emerald or Agate or Chrysoprase

June - Pearl, Moonstone or Alexandrite

July - Ruby or Carnelian

August - Peridot or Sardonyx

September - Sapphire or Lapis

October - Opal or Tourmaline

November - Topaz or Citrine

December - Blue Topaz, Turquoise, Zircon or Tanzanite

I made this sterling silver and Swarovski crystal chainmaille bracelet for my shop for all the January birthdays. Hmmm, should I have used Rose Quartz instead?

December 5, 2007

Great Gifts For Little Ones

Even though my kids are older I thought I would show some great gift ideas for little ones from The Designing Swanky Moms. Just click on the link below the photo to see more from their shops.

Pink and green initial bagPolka Dot Market

Hand Stenciled Onsie
Hip Kid

Customized Tutu
TuTu Cute and Moore

Handpainted Letter Train
Painted with Heart

December 2, 2007


Designing Swanky Moms Have Something Different and New
Put all the pieces together and a prize they’ll have for you!
They’ve contrived some riddles, something trendy and fun
Figure it all out and their Main Prize you have won!
Wonder what the meaning is to this Fabulous game?
Shaking up the Etsy World, things will never be the same.
A Designing puzzle,with pieces among the clan…
decipher the clues, find them if you can…
Find 5 Swanky pieces, It makes the puzzle whole
To Fabulous DSM shops Searching, you will go
Read the rhymes and riddles,Solve the mystery clues.
To Figure it out,here’s what you’ll do

Clue 1


Official Rules:

1. You must have an Etsy account, or sign up for one it's free! :)

2. Search the participating shops listed on the Designing Swanky Moms Blog ( ) for 5 pieces of the puzzle. The whole puzzle is in our Avatars.

3. When you've found all of the items, send a convo to Beth ( with all your answers.

4. The winner will be the FIRST person to correctly find ALL 5 pieces of the puzzle, they will get the MAIN prize, valued well over $150Second Place will get a smaller gift basket valued over $50All other correct finds will get a Free Shipping Coupon for all participating shops!

5. The contest will run for 7 days fromDecember 2 through December 9th . The winner will be notified via convo on December 10th , and will be published on the blog and on the Etsy forums.

December 1, 2007

Fun Finds For The Home

Here are some fabulous things I found from Designing Swanky Moms for the house and home. If you like what you see, please click on the shop link below the item to see more great things from these very talented women.

Cherry Wood SpoonColleen2

Metal Grape Leaf Wall ArtKirsten Skiles Custom Metal Work

Tissue Box CoverSam’s Creations

Handpainted Glass LettersTaDa! Designs

How About Some Bath and Body Gifts

What woman doesn't like receiving some bath and body products as a gift? Take a look at some of these great creations by Designing Swanky Moms. Just click on the shop name to see more of their great items.

Coffee Mocha Latte Gift Set

My S Garden

Cozy Christmas Gift SetCozy Moments

Head to Toe Ultimate Gift Set
Vintage Body Spa

Soap Gift Set
Pixie Soap

Vanilla Stress Relief Set

Zaja Natural Handmade Confections