I am sure that all our readers remember our Etsy friend Sandra, who lost her husband almost a year ago.
Sandra has a hellish year behind her. Besides her grief she has encountered lots of ill will from the people that were supposed to stand by her.
Sandra and her little boy lived in an old farm house and used an other space as a workshop that both belonged to her husband and his siblings. It was accorded that she could stay there and pay the taxes and the upkeep.
A few weeks after her husband's death, they told her to vacate the workshop. She didn't protest and converted the stable of the farm in a new workshop. She did most of the work herself, but still, she had to make expenses to do it that she could hardly afford.
And, of course, when that was done, they wanted her out of the house. They started a pestering campaign , cutting her phone, her electricity, when she had work in the kiln, etc.
She has resisted as much as she could, but the stress was too great and finally she caved in and has moved to a rented apartment.
Sandra is a very brave young woman, and in the middle of all those unsavory maneuvers, she never stopped working, making products to sell locally and on Etsy.
Despite her best efforts, she is really struggling financially.
Kindness should not be limited to this season. But it is the season of celebration, family warmth and joy, and the season to remember those who lack all that.
Sandra has a bunch of great new items in her shop. She has the most lovely Christmas ornaments for a price that most people can easily afford. And we all need Christmas ornaments, don't we? And presents for a bunch of relatives, right?
If every one that reads this would buy at least a small item from her shop, Sandra and her little boy would have a Christmas, maybe not happier, but at least a bit more carefree.
To thank you for your kindness, we will send one of our Christmas trees (in the color of the winner's choice) to one or more of the people who buys from her. We will lot a Christmas tree for every fifty entries.
Leave the transaction nr. in your comment here (or contact us through Etsy if you like to keep it private) to enter the raffle to win a Sea Urchin Tree.
Please, spread the word among your friends and let's share the kindness. It is the Season of Kindness.
P.S. We had written and planned this post for the weekend, but are posting it earlier because Sandra is in hospital since last Wednesday.
She has pleurisy, and they have put a chest tube in her back to expel air from the pleural space.
She will be home probably on Monday, but as you can imagine, the situation is even more dire now.
Please help if you can.
Friday, 29 November 2013
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
The elephant is such an amazing, gentle and noble animal, please read at Wikipedia all the amazing facts about them, unfortunately how humans are hunting them for ivory trade is saddening you might want to consider a donation at ElephantConservation or other foundations to help them.
Ikat Leather Bag - Boho Elephant Safari - upcycled eco friendly by StarBags
African print old and wrinkled elephant photograph by thehootinowl
Timeless African Acacia fine art photo print by shashamane
Driftwood Grain Nature Abstract Photography Print by TheVintageChicPlace
Sunday, 24 November 2013
I love stripes, especially when they are created by nature! These sea urchin spine earrings are entirely made by nature.
Seashell Ocean photography Macro photography Lilac Violet by peraboom
Photography print nautical decor ocean print beach photography shell by mylittlepixels
African lilac white daisy's fine art photograph nature botanical by fineheartworks
Saturday, 23 November 2013
I so much love how this Jellyfish ornament turned out that I took pictures of it today between two heavy rain storms :)
Dreamy cloud photo print, Once in a Dream - shabby chic wall decor by MyMonography
Dreamy ocean beach photography nature photography turquoise aqua mint green by joystclaire
Solo - print by Elly MacKay - theaterclouds
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Just listed a leather bracelet which has hints of texture and nature, these photographs fit perfectly with it:
Winter Trees Nature Art, Mixed Media Collage, Altered Portrait of a Victorian Woman by frighten
Autumn leaf art, gold and chestnut, warm tone sailboat - Gypsy Moth by CloudCatching
Cicada Wings Photograph Nature Photography Insect Entomology by machelspencePHOTO
Sunday, 17 November 2013
We have a new toy, it is something that mum has been wanting for a long time and finally we could afford it. It is the Eclips electronic cutting machine, which cuts leather, vinyl, cardboard etc by simply putting it in to the machine and choosing the shape you want.
We have lots of lovely colors of fake leather and I have been cutting them up and want to rivet those shapes together to make a bag, I think it will look super fun :)
You have to put the material you want to cut on a sticky material, thin paper didn't work out well as it got stuck, but thicker material worked fine. One down point is that the stickyness goes away almost right away so if you are thinking of buying one, also stock up some spray glue to spray it as without it the material get stuck and it becomes a cutted mess.
We are also planning to use these kind of things for packaging, for a fun and festive finishing touch.
Saturday, 16 November 2013
Green and wood, nature is so inspiring...
Nature collection, seed pods, nature photography, still life photograph by LupenGrainne
Broad leaf papercut original paper sculpture by InkandHope
Scotland landscape Mystery Soft Green Dreamy Stone and Wood by MClarkPhotography
Thursday, 14 November 2013
These earrings create a tropical feeling even during cold winter days :)
Flamingo beach wall decor fine art print bird photography by TheGinghamOwl
Soft Pink Urchin Nautical Seashell Photography Print by AmeliaKayPhotography
Beach Photography Pacific ocean, beach just before sunset by LynnLangmade
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
This necklace reminds me a bit of ancient ruins, writings and history, and here are the items that reflect that inspiration:
In the Petra Ruins... by Raphael Lacoste
Detroit: from then to now, photo collection prints by DesignGOOD
Egyptian Hieroglyphics by Brad Harbach
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Bag in progress...
Quiet a complicated structure for a little bag but hopefully the result will be worth it.
There is still a lot of work to do hopefully in the near future you'll see the results :)
Monday, 11 November 2013
Our new weekender makes me dream of a little escape to a magical place...
Hummingbird Gallery Wrap Canvas Gill by RobTravisPhotography
Still Life Photograph Globe by birdandbloke
Fine Art Photo Classic Retro Car Road Trip by CottageLightStudio
Sunday, 10 November 2013
This amethyst piece in the softest lilac color is so very dreamy, it reminds me of misty mountains and hills full of lavender :)
Lilac Morning Art Photography Wall Print by MySweetReveries
Fantasy landscape art print in gray, yellow and lilac, mountains, by LogicFreeArt
Seashells Ocean decor Macro photography by peraboom
Friday, 8 November 2013
The bag we showed in the making a few days ago is finally in the shop, isn't cobalt blue just an amazing color?!
Cobalt Blue Jellyfish Fine Art Photo by jennifermckayhiggins
Flowers cobalt Fine Art Photography Print by Lori411
The Old Blue Door Prague, Czech Republic by elbelbelb2000
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
We have made many kind of bracelets but these are our first bangles. They turned out so yummy and colorful :)
Fine art photography bird photo by BlueMuseArt
Algae - Original ACEO, crayon on paper by Ablaq
Spring rain photograph / water, droplet waiting to fall by shannonpix
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
These lovely asymmetric earrings inspired me for today, a mixture of green and blue with a rustic flair.
#285 by Thierry Mugny
The Old Blue Door by Julie Dant
Flower photography cornflower photo by IonAnthosPhotography
Monday, 4 November 2013
Mum has been knitting lately, she finds it therapeutic. Although she buys a lot of yarn, it is still cheaper than a shrink and some nice things come out of it :) She always explains her next projects to me before starting and often I warn her that it will take her a while to finish it as the project is big and she doesn't knit very fast, but of course my warning always go to waste and she makes it anyway. About half way through the sighning and complaining starts but eventually she finishes them all.
Of course after all those complaints you would think she wouldn't start all over again, but she always does, actually right after one ends she starts a new one and so goes the cycle of signing, complaining and finishing projects :)
While I write this she already started to knit something else, but the one in the pictures is a beautiful blue round knitted bag. It was huge and in the same time she could have knitted a clothing piece.
As you can see my entire upper body fits in to it, but this bag was made of 100% wool and after a machine wash to felt it, it has a perfect size.
Now hardly my head fits in it :) The ribbles give a super fun detail, only the lining, closure and straps to do and it will be in the shop shortly.
Sunday, 3 November 2013
Not many things are more cheerful than a button tree :)
Bird Mobile fabric sculpture on yarn wrapped branches by BabyJivesCo
White tree, art photography Koi art by dahliahousestudios
Dawn above the city (original oil) by ValeriaKondor
Friday, 1 November 2013
These delightful simple sterling silver earrings are photographed on a piece of wood I found on the beach, the colors are amazing and it always makes me wonder where it comes from, one of the beauties of beach findings is their mysterious history.
These art pieces match perfectly:
Nature art - Fine art photography print by JKphotography
Fall Fairy Illustration Print by BarbaraSzepesiSzucs
Hand painted wooden village by ANAMARKO