Snowed In? Let The Online Shopping Begin!

Once again I'm spending another day inside thanks to snow & ice.  Sigh.  Since that means my monthly girl's night is cancelled, why not do some online shopping instead?  Seems only natural to me.....

A few weeks ago I wrote about my most favorite home decorations - the Letterpress blocks from Dayspring.  They are running a sale today 3/6 through Saturday 3/8 on all their home decor products, including the letterpress blocks!  Use the code HOME35 and get 35% off one item (aka one word, not just one block).  This is such a great deal, I'm picking up another word as a gift.  The've introduced a bunch of new words (Blessed, Family, Welcome, and a bunch more).  Don't forget you can customize your own word too! 

Photo used with permission from Dayspring

Photo used with permission from Dayspring

I've started working on a few projects for Vintage Lynchburg which is coming up in April.  I'm excited to show the town my new take on pallet art.   It's certainly a learning experience, but seeing the finished products at the end makes all the the late nights worth it.  Plus it's helping to fill up my empty crafting tank.  I know cross-stitch isn't everyone's thing, but I adore these!  Which, duh, I'm making them so I hope I like them.  Keep me grounded folks - what do you think?

Between shopping, painting, and some spring decorating, I may just be able to break out of this groundhog induced funk! Here's to hoping this is the last storm of the year - bring on the sun!

*Dayspring link is an affiliate link.

Vintage Lynchburg & 31 Days of Etsy Wrap Up

Today I'm highlighting a real live Etsy-ish event.  I've mentioned in a few posts this month a local event here in VA called Vintage Lynchburg.  It has grown over the past few years from a handful of local creatives to over 70 vendors (you can see the list & links to their websites here).  And people - there are food trucks.  With iced coffee.  And apple cider donuts.  Fall perfection if you ask me.  Who says you can't have a taste of big city life in a small town?  I'll be there all day with main man at the Burl & Badger booth....so come hang out!

The event takes place November 8th at the Urban Arts Garage (10th & Commerce) in Downtown Lynchburg from 9am to 3pm.  I was waiting in line first thing in the morning at last spring's event and seriously there were at least 100 people waiting to get in.  You'd hate to miss out on the perfect thing right?  There's furniture, clothes, jewelry, hair bows, art - you name it...someone will be there with it. 

In general, I despise craft fairs.  There's usually a few good things surrounded by a plethora of mediocre quality booths.  Just my opinion.  But VL does it right.  They won't let too many people sell similar items & all vendors are reviewed before they are accepted.  Which should tell you it's not junk.  I spent 3 hours wandering booths last year - so bring a coffee (or get one there!) and do some Christmas shopping.  Etsy in my own backyard.  Bless my credit card's heart.

A few notes - There is an admission fee of $3 which supports The Motherhood Collective a local group of moms supporting moms.  Most vendors have "Square" devices and can take credit cards, but I always bring cash just in case!  

Ready or not, October is over!  As much as I've loved discovering some incredible Etsy stores, I'm glad to cross nightly blogging off my to-do list.  I took the #write31days challenge to get back into the routine of writing now that baby girl has arrived.  The new goal?  Write at least twice a week with a few extra tutorials and DIYs thrown in!  If you started reading thehomemadefig during this series I hope you stick around!  Thanks for reading this month and I hope it's helped someone other than me to start their Christmas shopping!

 

Burl & Badger - 31 Days of Etsy

Today's post is near and dear to my heart.  Because it's my main man's Etsy shop, Burl & Badger.  Now before you cry foul or favoritism, let me explain.  I've spent the month talking about shops whose products I love or whose mission I support.  But what I love about Etsy is that the majority of shops are just everyday folks putting out their pride & joy on display.  An outlet to share their hobbies and craftiness for the world.  

Which is no different from Burl & Badger.  For a long time I told the husband that the homeowner's association wouldn't allow us to have a lathe in our garage.  And he bought it for two seconds.  Ok not really.  But last Christmas I decided to buy one for him in hopes that he really would start the woodworking hobby he'd talked so long and hard about.

Enter the Burl & Badger.  He is amazing at what he does & it's been a stress-relieveing outlet for him.  And let's be honest, we all need one.

Photo used with permission from Burl & Badger

Photo used with permission from Burl & Badger

The badger in the shop name is for badger hair brushes, which apparently is the gold-standard for shaving brushes.  This is one of his shaving stand sets, but is missing the matching razor in this picture.  He can customize the wood for any individual piece or can make a mix & match 2 or 3 piece set.  

Photo used with permission from Burl & Badger

Photo used with permission from Burl & Badger

Photo used with permission from Burl & Badger

Photo used with permission from Burl & Badger

Then there's his first love.  Pens.  He has a thing for pens.  He's received them on special occasions.  Gave them to his groomsmen.  Needless to say they carry meaning in my man's world.  And when they are crafted by his own two hands....they carry a special place in my world.

Photo used with permission from Burl & Badger

Photo used with permission from Burl & Badger

Burl & Badger makes fountain and ballpoint pens, pencils, shaving kits, seam rippers, and even honey dippers.  Light woods, dark woods, you name it - he can do it!

If you are local, you can come lay hands on these products and more on November 8th at the Vintage Lynchburg market.  Come see both of us as we share his hobby with you! 

P.S. Know what a burl is?  I didn't.  Basically it's those tumor-like growths on trees.  They are prized for woodworking because of the variations in the grain of the wood.  File that under random facts for you Jeopardy knowledge bank.