Abiza Jewelry - Best of Etsy 2016

There are so many jewelry shops on Etsy it's easy to get lost.  But every once in a while I happen across something special that catches my eye.  Today's shop Abiza Jewelry did just that.  Her use of raw stones has me drooling over tons of her pieces.

Using only sapphires, she was able to create this amazing ombré effect in this bracelet.  I love the 14K gold fill clasp, but she also offers sterling silver, so there's something for every taste. 

Photo used with permission from Abiza Jewelry

Photo used with permission from Abiza Jewelry

Another great option is this rustic cut Emerald necklace.  It also has the same ombré look, going from pale mint all the way to the boldest of emerald greens.  The perfect May birthday gift....too bad that's not my month!

Photo used with permission from Abiza Jewelry

Photo used with permission from Abiza Jewelry

And how about this raw aquamarine necklace? This stone is so big - I think this would look great with the longer 18" chain layered with other necklaces.  They have a smaller stone too - equally beautiful but a totally different style.

Photo used with permission from Abiza Jewelry

Photo used with permission from Abiza Jewelry

I spent many summer days as a kid in the mountains of North Carolina gathering quite the collection of shiny rocks. But even then I knew that having handfuls of "Fools Gold" wasn't exactly a jackpot. But this Abiza Jewelry necklace totally redeems for me the "uselessness" of all those stones I prized so much as a kid. 

Photo used with permission from Abiza Jewelry

Photo used with permission from Abiza Jewelry

I seriously think I would wear that piece almost every day.  It would go with most anything and would be an understated statement piece.  

Any other August babies out there?  As a kid when my sisters and I would stare at the birthstone jewelry from the fake jewelry displays, I would usually turn in disgust at how ugly Peridot was.  I mean who wants to wear lime green? Even now I'm not a huge fan since I like my pieces to be semi-utilitarian and go with a number of outfits.  Peridot just doesn't hit that mark for me, but this bracelet might be the first thing with it that I've ever appreciated.  The gold beads help to break up that tropical green just enough for me.  

Photo used with persuasion from Abiza Jewelry

Photo used with persuasion from Abiza Jewelry

Abiza Jewelry offers numerous sizes in their stones, chain lengths, and gold and silver options.  Checkout the descriptions of each product to see exactly how you can customize them.  She is based in the UK so keep that in mind for the shipping timeline to the US.  

I love that every piece is different thanks to the raw uncut stones she uses. No two are alike - I love knowing that each piece is as unique as you and me!

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**