June 29, 2010

My Etsy Wish List

If you are looking for a unique and handmade treasure, I highly recommend you head over to Etsy.com.  I have been a fan of Etsy for years, and am pleased to see the recent influx of YouTubers and Bloggers promoting the website.  Having grown up surrounded by entrepreneurs, I am all about supporting home based businesses.

After a recent "online window shopping excursion", I found three stores of interest that I thought I would share with you.  I have yet to purchase from any of them, but based on all of the positive feedback I skimmed through, I definitely will be in the future.

Original Tableaux by Nateara Barabas

When my adorable husband and I were in our late teens, we proudly displayed a matted and framed picture of cigar-smoking dogs playing poker in our home.  (Yes, folks...  We felt this "masterpiece" was worthy of not only a frame, but a mat as well.  Ha!)  We thought it was hilarious, thus making us hilarious for owning it.  Fortunately, our taste in decor has since evolved into something a little less...  caninepokeresque.

Although I appreciate all kinds of art, my eyes are always drawn to abstract pieces like the ones created by Russian artist, Nateara Barabas.  These amazing canvases give off a modern, urban vibe that would fit nicely into our home.  The flowers are feminine, but the deep, rich colors anchor the pieces, making them appealing to both men and women.  My husband and I absolutely love them!

[photo credit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/nataera]

[photo credit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/nataera]

Check out more of the extremely talented Nateara's work here.

The Ivory Magnolia by Dedra Harvin

Having satiny smooth and deliciously scented skin is of utmost importance to me.  Products, such as the ones sold at Dedra Harvin's Etsy shop, make my heart flutter.  Candied Blueberries, Pink Cotton Candy, and Blue Coconut Cream are just a few of her delightful scents.

When I wrote to Dedra (a.k.a. Dee), requesting permission to use her photographs for this post, she responded immediately.  Her warmth and kindness could be felt through her words, which is such a rarity these days.  Creamy, whipped, and looking downright edible, Dee's sweetly fragranced confections are a hit with her customers.  It's no wonder she has 100% positive feedback!

[photo credit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/theivorymagnolia]

This month, all of The Ivory Magnolia's watermelon scented goodies are 15% off.  How cute is her watermelon soap?

Click here to shop!

NYLightMetals by Regina Pierallini

"If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky?" - S. Lec

As some of you know, my hubby and family are Irish, so I feel a special connection to Ireland and its people.  For the past year, I have been on the hunt for clover shaped jewelry.  There is something so elegant and timeless about the four leaf design.  Unfortunately, the collections I have been swooning over cost more than I currently have in my piggy bank.  You can imagine my delight when I discovered Regina Pierallini's wallet friendly necklaces.

These are some of my must-have pieces for the Summer:

[photo credit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/NYLightMetals]

How great would these necklaces go with a cute summer dress?

Regina's store offers something for nearly everyone: pretty vintage baubles, sparkling jewels fit for a bride, cheerful candy-colored adornments, and more.  If she doesn't have exactly what you're looking for, do not hesitate to send her a message as she may be able to create a custom piece for you.

[photo credit: http://www.reginapierallini.com/]

Check out Regina's Etsy store here, her website here, and be sure to tell her I said hello!  She is a complete doll!

Now if only I could find someone to make me a grill...  I need to have my people to call L'il Wayne's people.  Ha!

Have a great day, everyone!


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Ebru said...

Great picks, I really love everything you picked and I want them all too now! Ugh! If I had to put them in order though, I would go for the clover necklaces first. That's just too cute and pretty and I am not even Irish! :)

Kate Gene said...

Ebru - Aw, thanks! There was a lot more stuff I wanted to write about, but this post was already super long! LOL! The necklaces look so classy and cute; I want one of each! :) On The Real Housewives of NJ, Kim wears one similar to the ones sold on Etsy. Hers was probably $4,600.00! Yikes!

bananas. said...

ooh etsy! i can get lost on etsy for hours...especially just staring at all the gorgeous handmade and vintage jewelry pieces.

great picks lady!

Kate Gene said...

bananas. - Me, too! That site is nothing but trouble. I want everything -- even sock monkeys! SOCK. MONKEYS. LOL! My favorites folder is getting a little out of control. I'm addicted!

WillWorkForMakeup said...

Oh my goodness. So I just checked out The Ivory Magnolia's Etsy shop and I'm in love! Everything sounds amazing...I want it all! Thanks for such a great post :)

..R May A.. said...

Ivory Magnolia's stuff looks adorable!I'm going to place an order :)
NYLightMetals looks amazing too!
Great post :)

Joannae said...

Those canvases are amazing! On a side note, I ordered two pieces from NY Light Metals and while her non...well 'lookalike' piece made of hammered metal was exquisite, the quality of the clover necklace really didn't cut it for me! I'd highly recommend reconsidering before pressing click, especially since the return policy is fairly stiff.

Janine aka J-Ezzy @ *La Dolce Vita* said...

How the EFF did I miss this post?! gawddd, i hate being a responsible parent and employee...lol, jk! I do however miss reading millions of posts and mostly my favorite blogs, but of course you, you've been such a huge support, I've wanted to just quit blogging altogether, lol.

caninepokeresque is what most of my family had in their living rooms, LOL

I love art, but to be honest, I'm extremely picky with it, I hardly ever find a piece I love =/

I want the Turquoise Blue and Gold Four Leaf Clover Enamel Bracelet from Regina, her items are so pretty, very similar to the stuff Stella & Dot sells :)


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