The Homemade Fig - Best of Etsy 2015

Well the last day & post of this years #write31days challenge & Best of Etsy 2015 series is finally here!  I'm a bit sad & overjoyed all at once - let's just say it was a long workday, the baby girl has croup, and no one is sleeping.  So yes, I'll be beyond happy not to have to write all weekend!  I have loved virtually shopping with you, but I'm boiling over with other things I want to share & write about that didn't fit this series - so bring on November!  Something about getting back into a regular writing routine & attending Allume again has me inspired......& that's an all around good thing!

Today I'm sharing a little side project I've been dreaming about and working on bit by bit behind the scenes for a while.  Yep, The Homemade Fig now has an Etsy shop.   If I can't promote myself on my own blog, then what kind of writer would I be? So be sure you check it out by clicking here.

I love to create.  I love to cross-stitch.  But I've come to realize more and more how much all forms of embroidery are slowly becoming dying arts.  I grew up watching my grandma embroider & my mom taught me to cross-stitch.  So many people of our generation weren't exposed like me  which means the chances of two generations from now knowing how to do these things are slim to none.  And slim left town (thanks Dad for the joke....but you're probably not reading this...Mom you should tell him he's famous now). 

I have a passion to provide an easy & beautiful pattern in kit form to allow kiddos (or really any beginner) to learn how to cross-stitch.  No samplers.  No colonial era patterns.  No kitsch.  Just cute, fun, attractive patterns.  P.S. Moms...cross-stitching is a built-in math lesson....counting for days!

In the meantime while I am perfecting my patterns & my dream kits (let's be honest the packaging is half of what attracts us to products, am I right??), I've posted on my Etsy store some of the most recent patterns I've created - and why wouldn't the first one be of a fig?

Next up in the shop is in honor of my little sister's love of Disney's tsum tsum toys (aka this generations Beanie Babies).  We have begun quite the collection with baby girl & I love this tribute to the Fab 5 (well, 6 since poor Daisy usually gets the shaft).

I literally finished up a wall hanging tonight of the lyrics to one of my favorite songs.  I decided to go with a chalkboardish style on this one.  I'll be honest, I don't love stitching on black Aida cloth - it makes even my young eyes strain.  The saving grace for that is my portable Ott light!  The best part is that this could be stitched in any color combination you could imagine.  

I made this beauty for my favorite internet age 'pen-pal' - it's her blog header.  A perfectly unique gift for any blogger or writer!  I'll be adding custom listing for blog graphics shortly.

I'd love to know if there's something you would like to see - I'm testing out patterns for custom house portraits, and have a few other secret things up my sleeves!

All of the patterns are instant downloads so you can get started right away, because I know what's it's like to have the creative bug hit - you've gotta start when the feelings right!  

I am so thankful beyond any words for each of you that found the blog during this series - thanks for joining! Stick around for tutorials and DIYs coming down the pipeline before the holidays.  And for my old faithful friends....I love you for continually coming back & reading!  

In case you missed any of the shops in the series, you can go to the series m ain page here and find links to every post.  If that wasn't enough, you can check out the featured shops from the 2014 Etsy series here.

Happy Halloween friends - eat a Reese's cup for me!

Kelsey Davis Designs - Best of Etsy 2015

Let me say up front - I AM NOT PLANNING ANOTHER NURSERY.  Now that we got that cleared up, I'm stoked to share what I think should be taking up prime wall real estate in baby nurseries across the globe.

Plush taxidermy.  That's right.  I had no clue it existed either, but wait until you see these things for yourself!

Kelsey Davis Designs handcrafts the cutest wall animal wall hangings I have ever seen.  

 Photo used with permission from Kelsey Davis Designs

Photo used with permission from Kelsey Davis Designs

Seriously?  How ridiculous is this?  My cute meter overflows.

 Photo used with permission from Kelsey Davis Designs

Photo used with permission from Kelsey Davis Designs

 Photo used with permission from Kelsey Davis Designs

Photo used with permission from Kelsey Davis Designs

I'm not one to want a deer head on my wall, but this one would be the perfect focal point in a little ones room.  I could actually see this in my own living room in a less pinky fabric.  But it's totes adorbs (I can't believe I just typed that.......)

 Photo used with permission from Kelsey Davis Designs

Photo used with permission from Kelsey Davis Designs

 Photo used with permission from Kelsey Davis Designs

Photo used with permission from Kelsey Davis Designs

Check out the Etsy site for Kelsey Davis Designs to see all of her creations and adorable fabric combinations.  **Note: she has temporarily closed her shop to catch up on orders, but you can easily be emailed when she opens back up to see her full collection**

The Funky Junk Shop - Best of Etsy 2015

I first found The Funky Junk Shop on Instagram. I found her via a friend & became addicted to waiting for pics of her next furniture makeover.  I even went to a pop-up sale on her driveway & came home with a few goodies.  Lucky for us, she opened an Etsy shop just in time to close out our series! So today I'm excited to share a local goodie that is expanding her reach around the globe.

I love the tassel necklaces and this green/yellow combo is my favorite.  They come as a 2 necklace set.  The second necklace in each set comes with a phrase or monogram.  There are a few different phrases listed in the shop, but I've seen some others in her local store - I picked up one a few weeks back that says 'Be Still & Know'.  

 Photo used with permission from The Funky Junk Shop

Photo used with permission from The Funky Junk Shop

Since the necklaces are separate and the tassels can be moved around, there are so many possible ways to wear this - it would be a great complement to most any outfit.

 Photo used with permission from The Funky Junk Shop

Photo used with permission from The Funky Junk Shop

Check out all the color choices you can choose from - these combinations make me happy!

 Photo used with permission from The Funky Junk Shop

Photo used with permission from The Funky Junk Shop

I grabbed a few of her prints before I headed off to the Allume conference earlier this month to give to my friends & roommates as a sweet thank you for sharing the weekend with me.

 Photo used with permission from The Funky Junk Shop

Photo used with permission from The Funky Junk Shop

 Photo used with permission from The Funky Junk Shop

Photo used with permission from The Funky Junk Shop

 Photo used with permission from The Funky Junk Shop

Photo used with permission from The Funky Junk Shop

It's important to me to make sure that you know that 100% (yes, ONE HUNDRED) of the proceeds from her Etsy shop sales go to support The Creative Cause fundraiser, which helps build sports courts & provide sports equipment for an orphanage in India.  Her products are great, but so is her heart!  I've seen shops that give some portions of proceeds to a cause, but this blows them all away.

Keep your eye out for other products to make their way into the shop - I adore her wood signs as well.  You can follow her on Instagram @funkyjunkshop to see new releases and her beautiful work.

Now, local folks - if you haven't been to the White Brick House in Forest, VA.  Run.  Quick.  There are a number of vendors that set up in this historic home, including The Funky Junk Shop.

These Anthropologiesque knobs were brought from India & are a super easy way to update any piece of furniture in a pinch.

Here's a little peek into her room in the shop as a tease.  So run down to the shop as soon as you can and see for yourself the full expanse of goodies in her shop!  I mean if that rug doesn't draw you I don't know what will.

I hope you check out the Etsy site for The Funky Junk Shop - she's adding new things to the shop weekly!  Ok folks - only 2 shops to go ..... so happy you've stuck with me through the series!