Lovely Finds: Mandmade on Etsy

Wearing my psychotherapist hat today,

and it appears you’re

on the couch.

Occasionally I remove my pointe shoes

and dress in menswear.


We’ll discuss the relationship

with your mother another day.

Instead, a little free recall…

Simply blurt out the

first thing popping

into your head

when I say…


Geauga Roots


I’m good.

Just knew you’d say

“distressed barnwood and wire mesh.”

*promptly removes therapist’s hat and slinks away in shame*


Sometimes simple

materials can magically combine

to bring added goodness to the everyday.

After all, the ‘everyday’

mustn’t be completely disorganized or a grind.

jewelry organizer, $28

Here’s a lovely organization idea
gleaned from Nikki of Geauga Roots.

She makes fabulously rustic

jewelry organizers.

Take your pick of fabric choices

that set the stage for even

the simplest accessories

to become instant art.

I love how my glammy druzy

earrings from Nixin look

hanging out with barn wood,

and of course a lamb skin bracelet

is right at home…

Just a small thing,

but a beautifully handmade one

to enhance the everyday,

to more expressively

live the artful life.

Another idea.
These sweet linens were spotted at
Modern Vintage Market.

I mean, we do need towels.

So it’s lovely to have cute ones around.

I have this embellished stripey cotton
tea towel set the shop offers in yellow
(set of three, $13).
And how cute would the red be in a bar area???

Caroline customizes colors

and numbers to your taste

(do you have a favorite number?)

Zinnia Designs

you could even put that favored

digit or birthdate on

a very cool hand-thrown plate here.

With a fine arts degree in ceramics,

Zinnia’s owner has a passion for

getting her hands dirty in clay.

Our gain!

Her handmade creations

for everyday do more than hold

food or….

Zinnia Designs


They have the potential

to hold memories.

To enhance

and romance

the everyday

of eating breakfast,

stowing a wedding ring,

or even waiting for a fairy.


Is it possible

to both enhance


romance the everyday?

I’m thinkin’ Oui oui…it’s why I never

run out of lovely to share with you.

I’m thinkin’ wardrobe accessories

like charming cool weather ones here.

Kyra lives in a small village

in the northeast of the Netherlands

and creates these wool lovelies.

The first thing you may notice

about Eexterhout is the lush array of colors!

I had to know more

about Kyra’s passion for wool.

probably my favorite!

“I love wool, that is a fact.

It’s the combination of softness, natural warmth

and colours that I find irresistable.

And in a world full of mechanical and artificial materials,

we need things that are made personally, with love,

and with materials that soothe our bodies and souls.”

Eexterhout‘s felted pillows

enhance plain ol’ everydays too.

“I use a lot of vintage woolen blankets,

you might know them from earlier days

at your grandma’s house.

They are still so lovely!”

Kyra cleans, felts, cuts, and artfully

re-assembles them in jewelry, pillows, and blankets.

“So grandma’s blanket comes back as a happy brooch

or soft earrings or a nice necklace.”

I so honor how these shopowners

(and so many of you!)

follow the calling of your heart to

create pure lovely so that others

around the planet may enjoy

the life-enhancing and





Peace to you right where you are.

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  1. September 16, 2011 / 7:04 am

    gorgeous gorgeous things!! love the psychotherapy introduction..

  2. September 16, 2011 / 9:13 am

    I was thinking cappuccino since it’s five in the morning but I like your ideas better, really great ideas these gifts!

  3. September 16, 2011 / 10:15 am

    Barnwood and wire mesh. HOW DID YOU KNOW??
    I love how such a practical thing is also so artful.

    The ceramics are lovely. I'm fascinated by ceramic design, makes me want to do a pottery class and get a kiln! (I'd need a studio space first)

    Hoorah for handmade! Happy weekend to you, my lovely.

    Meera xx

    P.S. – Saw the surprise painting that Cindy did of Bella Luna, how wonderful!

  4. September 16, 2011 / 12:50 pm

    it's official. it's me who should be on the couch…obsessed with handmade lovely!!!

  5. September 16, 2011 / 3:49 pm

    Michele, my earrings need the mesh jewelry holder!

    I adore the ceramics and am always looking for beautiful linens!!

    Have a great weekend!


    Art by Karena

    I hope you will come over and enter my amazing giveaway from Interieurs!!

  6. September 16, 2011 / 4:35 pm

    Well, my first thought was chocolate, because i was eating chocolate covered almonds at the time, so i realized that was stupid,and thought of meditation, which i never do, because i can't get still…
    It's so cool the way you describe these wonderful handmade items… they're all so unique and amazing.


  7. September 16, 2011 / 6:20 pm

    ooooooh, bonus! thank you for giving me fresh ideas for an upcoming post: cappucino and chocolate {enhancing the everyday}.

  8. September 17, 2011 / 5:42 am

    thank you so much for your kind words.


  9. September 17, 2011 / 6:20 am

    I think I could kill for those hand made plates. I am going to read your post again and answer that question again.Last time it was home decor. This time, it'll be those plates.

  10. September 17, 2011 / 6:23 am

    i love those plates! i have a couple on the way: my favorite number which is also my hubby's and the year we got married. can't wait!

  11. September 17, 2011 / 7:24 pm

    I am thinking you need your own "expanded" on-line store. You have the best eye and find the best objects. Yes, really!



  12. September 18, 2011 / 1:48 am

    oooooh, i like how you think, mon.

    in the mean time, i shall let myself feel like the editor of a lovely magazine where i can spotlight the creative forces around the globe!

  13. September 18, 2011 / 6:52 pm

    Well, I feel all my personal psychoses melting away under your expert guidance. And how *did* you know that would my exact answer? Oh, you're good…you're very good. 😉

    I love the way you highlight different people's skills. You are craft star!


  14. September 20, 2011 / 7:18 pm

    Just added these
    shops to my faves.
    My family will
    thank you at Christmas!
    xx Suzanne

  15. September 22, 2011 / 1:24 pm

    Great shops! Thank you for linking up with Home Sweet Home!

  16. September 23, 2011 / 3:36 am

    these little woolies are just gorgeous! you have quite the knack for finding the most unique items/shops, my friend!!

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