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Nevertheless She Persisted Shirt

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in accessories, art, Crafts, nevertheless she persisted | 0 comments

Nevertheless She Persisted Shirt

As a women entraprenuer and business owner, it takes physical, mental, and spiritual toughness to succeed in this world. This quote really struck a chord with me so I made this. The message is true for women AND men. Don’t stop doing what’s right. Made in honor of all women and men with Elizabeth Warren ‘s persistence when she was warned by politicians for speaking up. Wear this ” She was warned, nevertheless she persisted “ shirt to show your support for women and men everywhere.

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Nevertheless She Persisted Shirt- quote about Elizabeth Warren

Nevertheless She Persisted Shirt, elizabeth warren, she was warned, Nevertheless She Persisted, women's rights, shirt, meme, pink, design, Never the less She Persisted

Nevertheless She Persisted Shirt- quote about Elizabeth Warren

Perfect timing for any purchase on Zazzle because they have a 15% off coupon for Valentine’s Day. Get 15% off with code STUCKONYOU40 . As with all Zazzle products, this shirt can also be totally  customized which is why I love making products on their site.

For more information on Elizabeth Warren, the U.S. Senator for Massachusetts and the story that goes along with this, check out this article by The New York Times . Also check out her Twitter account. But be sure to know who your Senator is and follow THEM as well.

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Britzy Thrifty Vintage Shop

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in 1950s party ideas, accessories, clothing, Crafts, diy, etsy, retro party ideas, Weddings | 0 comments

Hey ladies!

Britzy Thrifty Vintage Shop on Etsy

Britzy Thrifty Vintage Shop on Etsy

Do you love vintage fashion? Do you love unique pieces of clothing? Do you love an adorable couple running a business together? If you’ve said yes to any of those questions, hurry on over to Britzy Thrifty . Britzy Thrifty is run by husband and wife Steve & Sarah. Here’s a bit about them:

Britzy Thrifty co-owner Sarah Britz

Britzy Thrifty co-owner Sarah Britz

“Britzy Thrifty began with a love of history & reverence for the uniqueness of vintage clothing/decor that resulted in a Michigan based shop.
From Sarah: I’m a girl anachronism & a history buff. I long for days gone by, but I don’t live in the past. I rejoice in the history that each vintage piece has, and I’d love to share it with you! We are proud to say that this business is based in a small city in the Metro Detroit area of southeast Michigan. Sometimes we will have area specific items in our shop. Check out these selections to become more familiar with the history of our area! “
 
vintage shop britzy thrifty

Britzy Thrifty Vintage Shop

And my favorite part of their business?

 
“A minimum of at least 10% of all the profits are donated to charity. One day soon we hope to sponsor members & organizations in our local community who need help raising funds for their various causes. If you know of a great cause in the Metro Detroit area that needs help fund raising, please share their info with us on our twitter page.
 
Britzy Thrifty clothing on Etsy

Britzy Thrifty clothing on Etsy

 
“Second hand shopping is a great way to recycle! The vintage items you see in our shop all have a history, and some are so rare that you could even say they’re one of a kind. Our shop also uses recycled materials to pack orders as another way to “go green.” Check out our instagram page for some behind the scenes photos of us salvaging supplies! “
 

And if that’s not enough awesome for one post, Sarah & Steve’s sister, Stephanie, designs and crafts BEAUTIFUL cakes for parties and all special occasions. You can reach Stephanie for any of your cake and party food needs at steph.britz@gmail.com

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Cakes by Stephanie Britz

Cakes by Stephanie Britz

Cakes by Stephanie Britz

 

More items available from Britzy Thrifty

Britzy Thrifty Vintage Italian scarf

Britzy Thrifty Vintage Italian scarf

 
Britzy Thrifty vintage fall jacket on Etsy

Britzy Thrifty vintage fall jacket on Etsy

Go see their updated Etsy shop and all the treasures in store – squee!

 

 

 
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Jewelry Supplies on Etsy

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in accessories, art, Crafts, crystals, etsy, Quartz, semiprecious gemstones, world of rocks | 0 comments

Hello Artists and makers ! Today’s blog post is for YOU ! I’m writing today about the Etsy shop I co-founded for jewelry supplies on Etsy . The shop is World of Rocks and it features high-end jewelry supplies on Etsy for jewelry making, beading, crafting and more. Our etsy shop has sapphires, rubies, quartz crystal, citrine, druzy ((which I LOVE)) , jade, emerald, kyanite, peridot and much more!

Here is a small sampling of what we have for jewelry supplies on Etsy :

 

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Floral Longboard Design

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in accessories, art | 0 comments

 

I am happy to announce that I have really been enjoying designing for Zazzle.com  . It has given me the opportunity to get creative in the digital world, too. I’m constantly adding to the store, but you can check it out here: Kelly Caroline Design on Zazzle

A product I’d like to feature today is the Floral Longboard Design . Lately here in Ypsi, I’ve been noticing quite a few female longboarders. I thought about how many will be coming out of hibernation  come April and it lead me to design this.

Here’s looking to Spring!

Floral Longboard, purple, teal, custom, design

Floral Longboard – purple and teal

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Christmas Gifts for Henna Artists and Henna Lovers

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in accessories, art, clothing, Crafts, Henna | 5 comments

Okay folks : That special time of the year is rapidly approaching. To help you prepare here are some AMAZING Christmas gifts for the henna artists and henna lovers on YOUR list  (and maybe a few gifts for yourself )

I have gathered a fantastic compilation of henna art, jewelry, home accessories, clothing & paper products . All of these artists and products can be found on Etsy . I’ll add the description the artists have used for each item below .

 

henna, hands, wall decal sticker, mehndi

henna hands wall decal sticker

I WILL be ordering this wonderful decal for my Henna Salon  ! Look at the awesome detail and crazy-good henna artistry . (I want that red chair, too – so sexy ) Yes – so good.

” Sticker brand The newest interior design trend is adding vinyl art on interior walls. It’s easier than hiring an artist and a lot cheaper. The smaller pieces can be put up within minutes. The measurements are: 42″ Tall x 27″ Wide also available at www.stickerbrand.com  

henna , mason jar lanterns, candles

henna mason jar lanterns for candles

I want 20 or so of these so I can hang them all around my house – inside and outside. The pink & gold is so striking to me  !

LIT decor This unique lantern takes the mason jar to a whole new level! Perfect for adding home crafted elegance to any event, from a lavish wedding to an evening dinner on your own patio. These lanterns can withstand outdoor conditions- stands up great to wind and rain. A collection of these strung up on a warm spring night could be a wonderful alternative to the usual paper lanterns- adding colorful mood lighting in a lavish new way.

mandala henna, greeting card

mandala henna greeting card

Who here doesn’t LOVE getting personal letters and mail that isn’t bills? I know I love it and these greeting cards -what henna artist or henna lover wouldn’t sending or receiving these. Pick up a set of these and send one to your favorite henna artist ;-)

” Tribal Tara A set of 4 Mandala cards featuring prints of my hand drawn artwork. This is one of my favourite designs and I use elements of it in my henna work too.

 

indian wedding henna , invitation printables

Indian wedding henna invitation printables

Throwing a Bollywood party ? Henna party ? Mehndi ceremony ? Check out this customizable printable for invitations, thank you cards, napkin holders and more !

Press Print Party Great for theme weddings, Bollywood birthdays, baby showers, adoption parties or just because. Make your OWN BANNERS all over the house, give unique favors and more! Print as many as you like! One of my best friends adopted a little girl from India and asked for henna inspired printables for the adoption party. This set made a happy occasion even more fun and bright! Customize this suite yourself with YOUR OWN TEXT!

 

henna hands, screen printed , t shirt, henna tshirt

henna hands screen printed t shirt

Show your love for gorgeous, traditional mehndi designs with this symmetrical wedding henna design t shirt by Episode Graphics – also available in other colors .

Episode Graphics  This Ethnic Henna print is soft, 50% cotton &25% poly fabric $ 25% rayon Tri-Blend “American Apparel” tee. also used environmentally friendly ink that sets in the vintage looking printing process – Episode Graphics designs are original, unique, and retro mind image. “Episode Graphics” creates printed artworks in Los Angeles, California that fit the retro and vintage American theme. Our vibe is light-hearted, witty, and fresh all throughout the week. All garments are tested for quality and longevity and are each individually handcrafted by our families.”

henna, hamsa, earrings

henna hamsa earrings

Subtle and lovely describes these Hamsa stud earrings . These are awesome earrings to show your love for henna everyday.

DD Femme The Hamsa has been used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, and is believed to provide defense against the evil eye. These awesome Hamsa oval sterling silver post earrings are hand stamped, oxidized, than buffed to a shiny finish. They measure 11x9mm and are soldered to a sterling post with matching clutch. They are a perfect addition to your everyday earring collection!

 

white, henna, teacups

white henna teacups

There’s something so right about a pair of freshly henna’d hands wrapped around a warm cup of tea – ya feel me? Pick up this set of 4 henna’d tea cups and you’re half way there!

ibleedheART These white 6oz teacups have been hand painted with a lace henna design in black and are dishwasher and microwave safe. Set of 4 teacups.

 

henna , linen dress

henna printed linen dress

Taking a winter vacation this year to someplace tropical (or at least above 60 degrees) ? I would suggest picking up this linen dress with a whimsical henna print .

Peg Bessie This is a beautiful linen dress upcycled and revamped by me. Carefully hand painted with swirling patterns, hearts and circles. With splatter effect details to add to that hand crafted look. I loved complementing the style with my own detailing, a very inspiring piece! The contrast of the coral pink painting against the rich warm brown is strong but subtle and beautiful. The dress itself is 100% natural linen and an expensive designer piece of fine quality. originally made by Paul Berman. Pulls on over head, spaghetti straps, mermaid tail back (ie it hangs lower at the back, this is a dress with very fluid, feminine lines) frill detail towards bottom. Unlined so perfect for warmer days. This dress has a very bohemian feel but is very elegant and would not look out of place at a summer wedding or a special occassion at a restaurant.”

 

henna, letterpress card

henna letterpress card

Oooh ! There is a special place in my heart for such detailed letterpress – especially a letterpress card depicting some beautiful henna design.

Wild Ink Press From our Henna series: “Henna No. 1″. A hand drawn design, inspired by beautiful ancient and modern henna body art, is letterpressed in soft dark brown on white card stock. Blank inside. Letterpress printed in one color: henna brown. The card is printed on 100% recycled card stock (made in the USA by a hydro-powered paper mill), and comes with a recycled envelope (saffron). One card and one envelope. (see our other listing for sets of six) We also have two other henna designs available.”

organic henna , leggings, screen printed

organic henna leggings

Organic . Henna . Leggings . — Three lovely words that when put together, you get this CRAZY GORGEOUS accessory! ahh! NEED!

Sea of Wolves Design  This beautiful original henna style wing print has spirit. The placement on the hip makes for a very sexy legging as the design wraps around the front and the back. The unique and flattering print is created by a process of lifting the colour from the pitch black creating a very organic look to the design, easily worn at any time of year. The organic bamboo fabric is incredibly soft and with the option to fold down the high waist and shorten the length at the ankle, these easy leggings are a great fit for many body types and are ultra comfortable to wear. Once you slip into these leggings, you will never want to take them off.

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Fabric Paint and Henna

Posted by on Aug 4, 2013 in accessories, art, clothing, Crafts, Henna | 0 comments

This is what happens whenI’m left alone with puffy fabric paint while wearing my sweatpants :

Fabric paint henna!

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Took about 10 mins to do, and about 40 mins in the sun to dry.

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Henna Supplies

Posted by on Apr 13, 2013 in accessories, Henna | 0 comments

Today is a special day:  the first day henna supplies are on sale on this site! The henna supplies are being shipped from Darcy at Henna Lounge  – let’s all take a minute to oggle her gorgeous designs *mmmmmm….*

henna powder, rajasthani

The henna powder that we carry is the very finest henna in the world. This is the same henna we use on our own clients. This henna powder is fresh Organic Rajasthani Henna directly from a farm in the Sojat region of Rajasthan. This henna is stringy and has a great reputation for a lovely dark mahogany stain.

henna stain, henna hands

Of course, with henna powder we cannot forget one of the “essential” henna supplies : essential oils .

The varieties we are currently carrying are :

egyptian geranium oil

And yes! Henna supplies for hair! Natural henna is a traditional method of dying the hair. Henna, or lawsonia inermis, imparts a natural red dye which is useful for covering gray hair, or adding a coppery sheen to your hair. Henna beard dye is simply henna, applied to the beard. Because there are no chemicals or additives it is a safe and natural way to dye almost any hair.

henna hair dye

If you’re a beginner, here is a complete henna kit to get started in making your own unique henna designs.  It also comes complete with henna instructions of how to mix the paste together.

henna kit

Need ideas for henna designs? Pick up my henna design ebooks that are instantly delivered to your email.

henna ebook

Need some design inspiration right away? Check out my Free Henna Ebook <3

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Another LOVELY pair of Dear Golden shoes..

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in accessories, clothing, Weddings | 0 comments

Ladies *(and gentlemen if there are gentlemen that peruse this blog), I once again have found an AMAZING pair of shoes from my favorite vintage shop: Dear Golden here in Ypsilanti. Some of you may remember these shoes I bought for a wedding. I now am IN the wedding of a great friend and we were tasked with finding our own bridesmaid dress, shoes etc. and I was jazzed for the opportunity. The only perimeters was it needed to be a pastel sundress. Any pattern, brand or color choice was up to us as long as it fell into the pastel/sundress category. When my friend told us the requirements my brain was like: “You mean, I get to be apart of your big day and you’re giving me an excuse to buy a dress I’ll actually WEAR AGAIN??!?… OKAY!”

dear golden, ypsilanti, michigan vintage shop

Soooo. what did I do? Of course I directed myself to contact my go-to  lady team of “people who let me buy their lovely items” : THREADBEAT  and Dear Golden .    Rebecca Tanner-Russell , the wonder woman behind THREADBEAT  created a beautifully detailed sundress for me to wear in the wedding. (You’ll have to wait for pictures of that)  After the dress arrived and fit perfectly, I found the necklace I’ll be wearing at a cute resale shop in Grand Rapids for $6!

After that, I set my sights on Dear Golden for my shoes. Shoes are always tough for me to buy for a few reasons:

1. I don’t like to spend a lot of money on shoes

2. I need COMFORTABLE shoes

3. I would like them to be well made

4. I don’t like to support mass made shoes

5. I’d like them to be somewhat stylish

(Do you see how #s 2-5 contradict with #1??? yeah, so now you know why it’s tough)

 

Annnyways, all of this to say why I am very ,very happy with my new (to me) Italian leather janes

pink janes, dear golden, vintage shop, ypsilanti

mmmmm…. shoes

 

 

YAY! I’ll post pictures of the complete outfit when they all come together in a perfect harmony.

 

*Kelly*

 

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Henna Cones

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in accessories, Henna | 0 comments

Hey! Great news! My fresh, organic henna cones will be for sale exclusively at Jessica’s Skin & Body Apothecary  in Ann Arbor . Come get an amazing skin treatment from the very talented Jessica and pick up some henna cones for yourself. Henna cones make a great gift for the creative person in your life.

I’ll be at her new location doing FREE HENNA in Kerrytown at 301 N 5th Ave, Ann Arbor for the grand opening party – Saturday, October 27th from 1pm-3pm. Stop in and see us!

henna cones, ann arbor, kelly caroline, organic henna, jessicas spa, salon

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Dear Golden – Vintage Shop

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in accessories, clothing | 0 comments

Do you enjoy quality clothing? Do you like spectacular vintage fashion? If you answered yes to either of those questions,  make your way as fast as possible to Dear Golden – an online vintage shop with a store front in downtown Ypsilanti.

However, if you get slightly aroused/salavate at the sight of lovely clothing, proceed with caution. I tell you no lies – this is the cream of the crop as far as curated vintage shops go. You get a little weak in the knees entering the store because you feel like you’ve traveled back into the dressing rooms of the classiest ladies from every decade. Wall to wall vintage wedding dresses, cocktail dresses, shoes, handbags, jewelry, coats and hats .

I was searching for a pair of shoes to go with a custom dress made by  THREADBEAT  (who is a first class seamstress and a magician at making very specific clothing dreams come true in no time at all). I brought a photo of the dress to Dear Golden’s owner – the quick witted and brilliant Lauren Naimola .

After briefly looking at the entire wall of gorgeous shoes, within moments I was handed the most perfect pair of black kitten heels to go with my dress (they were just my size!!)

Viola!

dear golden, shoes, vintage shop, clothing, ypsilanti, curated clothing, etsy, black kitten heels

 

*sigh* (they’re so comfortable, barely worn and they were a bargin!) I want to buy them all over again.

 Okay, you’ve been sent on a mission – experience Dear Golden for yourselves. <3

 

 

 

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Jamie Bourgeois – Textile Artist

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 in accessories, art, clothing, Crafts | 0 comments

My friend Jamie Bourgeois is a huge inspiration to me. She is a very thoughtful textile artist with a message on how humans interact with their environment.

(psst! I want this dress so badly!.. she needs to make many more of these..)

jamie bourgeois, colony, fungi dress

Having graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design, she recently completed a series named Homogeneous :

“A series of screen printed silk scarves which explore the classification of non-human organisms in order to see more clearly into how we can perceive ourselves as humans, as entities with the same basic needs and fundamental desires as all living beings.”

EXTINCT

jamie bourgeois, scarves, homogeneous

99% of all living species that have ever lived on this planet are now extinct.”

PARASITE

jamie bourgeois, scarves, homogeneous

“Parasites live on or in a host organism at the expense of the host, benefiting only itself.”

INVASIVE

jamie bourgeois, scarves, homogeneous

“Invasive species invade foreign ecosystems, deplete resources, and crowd out other species.”

 All I can say is : incredibly inspiring, thought provoking with detail to make your head spin!  I can’t wait to see what Jamie has in store for us in the future.

+ All artwork is by Jamie Bourgeois +

Jamie Bourgeois – Fibers Collection from Gabby Garcia-Pardo on Vimeo.

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UntamedMenagerie – Modern Art Accessories

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in accessories, art, Crafts | 0 comments

The feature today is UntamedMenagerie  – Penny & Nikki – a mother & daughter creative team that specializes in making whimsical, wearable modern art accessories.

carpe diem necklace

Here’s the Q&A with UntamedMenagerie :

Where do you get your inspiration? — We are inspired by so many things, but our primary inspiration comes from nature and architecture. An unexpected influence is music. The music we listen to while designing can sway us from edgy to sweet or from subtle to bold.

peacock feather necklace ►What is your creative process? — A design usually starts as a sketched doodle that Nikki both adds to and takes from until the paper is completely smudged and worn thin. When we are satisfied with the design, it is scanned to her computer where she cleans up the image so she can resize and perfect the lines and curves before cutting the test piece. From sketch to finish, this usually takes around 2-3 weeks. We’ve had some breakthroughs where we have worn the finished piece just days after the idea came, and at least half a dozen that we have been working on for more than a year. In-progress designs hang all around while we wait for ideas to spark until a piece feels complete — and wearable. Sometimes a design may not be practical for wear and we choose to start over. wing necklace

What’s your favorite item you make? — Nikki’s favorite is Triple Threat (a very industrial feeling three finger ring). Penny loves the Eccentric bangles best.

What’s your artistic philosophy? — We create what we love. We’re whimsical, bold, and quirky. We want to make you smile.

When did you start creating? — We began making jewelry together in 2005. Nikki previously worked as a seamstress; Penny dabbled in interior design.

What’s the future for your business? — We hope to expand our business to include household items and large wall art, and we want to explore different mediums and learn new techniques. It has long been our dream to open a brick and mortar shop to display our work as well as that of other artisans.

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Green Like Fresh Henna

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in accessories, art, Crafts, Henna | 0 comments

When it comes to knowing if the henna paste you are using is quality, the color of fresh henna is key. This is something only henna artist or henna enthusiasts know but henna powder is actually a leafy green color and when its mixed with essential oils, sugar, lemon and black tea, the fresh henna paste is a dark kelly-green color. After the paste undergoes dye release is when it changes to that familiar chocolate brown color and its applied to the skin. When I tell my clients henna actually starts out green, most are surprised.

Here is a collection of beautiful handmade items that remind me of the color of fresh henna powder and henna paste (as well as some other items that are just a lovely shade of green!)

This is a great “everyday bag” by Marbled Bag . I really like the large bow and the functional yet appealing quality of the design.

green handbag

Hope Johnson brings us these hand built ceramic dishes that are painted with chartreuse green to make this simple yet elegant decoration. I really appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into these.

green leaves, ceramic dishes

We always need an effortless, fashionable accessory and Rayna Robinson gives us just that with this chartreuse turban headband. .. and how cute is she?! hah

green turban headband

Can you tell I’m diggin the chartreuse? I just love the color and how it just makes items POP! and this elephant from The Original Animal Magnet is no exception! I can think of the perfect spot on my bookshelf for this little guy.

chartreuse elephant

Yummy watermelon scented bath salts by Sudz ‘N Saltz ! A great way to take your relaxing time in the tub and make it a spa-like experience .

green watermelon bath salt

From Angie’s Sweatshop is a really AWESOME screen printed octopus on a chartreuse green skirt. I like maxi skirts and all things octopus and this skirt falls right into those categories.

green skirt, octopus screenprint

Asymmetry is a great way to shake up the expected. I dig this asymmetrical black and green Czech glass beaded necklace with small lime seed beads by chr designs .

lime green, bead necklace

This “chuplette” by Chuppy Love is a baby “chuppy” Amigurumi – read as: an adorable stuffed friend made of yarn. These are some adorable creatures and I want a whole collection!

yellow, chartreuse, chuppy love

Bright Bold & Beautiful brings us this lovely watercolor print of a hydrangea in all its green-hued glory!

green hydrangea, watercolor

Do you know an adorable little boy who this bow tie by Sharp Dressed Little Man would look so cute on? I know I do and the cuteness level he projects would go through the roof if he wore this!

green bowtie

I admire hand beading and embroidery because it takes serious devotion and concentration to bring an overall vision together. Not to mention the amount of time attaching each thread or bead takes. Hats off to MillieICARO for this intricate beaded peacock sash.

peacock sash

Heron and Lamb‘s rustic moss necklace is such a uniquely designed accessory! “This beautiful, earthy design features a lead-free soldered glass circle, which encases live preserved reindeer moss. An ode to spring, this necklace is finished with an rustic antique copper patina and and sealed for maximum protection.”

green moss pendant

I am a big fan of stacked rings that’s why these peacock stacked rings by CameraSHY Photography really caught my eye. I like that each ring is different by fits together as a cohesive set very nicely.

peacock, stacking rings

I don’t often find statement bracelets so when I came across this wire wrapped bracelet by Vera Nasfa I knew it had a special place in this collection. I am fond of the craftsmanship and attention to detail.

peacock, statement bracelet

This stylish linen dress by Camellia Tune is custom made for each person! How cool is that?

teal dress, linen dress

Laura Kingrey presents a handmade bracelet with matte light green sea glass as the focal point accented with Czech glass, copper wire and bronze framing. I appreciate when something has such a hands-on & made-with-love look as this bracelet does.

seaglass bracelet

A stunning blue-green turquoise cabochon ring with silver bezel from Bones & Stones finishes up the feature today. The long natural stone is just the right accessory for some henna-ed hands!

green blue ring

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Peacock Henna Art and Design

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in accessories, art, Crafts | 2 comments

For weddings, its very popular to have peacock henna designs on the bride’s hands and arms. I have done many bridal mehndi designs involving peacocks and brides just love it. Peacock artwork has always been very alluring to me so I have compiled some peacock artwork in varying mediums. Enjoy this wide range of talent!

First we have Karen’s Fine Art print of an original oil painting of hers. Look at how vibrant those colors are and how much movement is captured! Her painting is described in this way : “Karen’s oil paintings express her appreciation of nature with a simple intimacy that conveys a quiet emotion and a gentle strength. A versatile impressionist, her forte is plein air landscape. With a subtle play of light, color, and composition, her paintings have a moving sculptural quality.”

peacock, painting, oil, canvas, colorful

We move from literal interpretation of the beautiful peacock to an abstract representation with these gorgeous statement earrings by mint lilly . “Elegance, romance and simplicity. Vintage and nature inspired hand crafted jewelry ” is the description given for these decadent jewels and I think there’s no better way to describe them.

peacock, earrings, swarovski, jewelry

When I stumbled upon this peacock hobo bag by  Erica Maree I was stunned at the elaborate embroidery and design. The colors are so vivid! I would just love to own this bag…

peacock, hobo bag, handmade

This collar with peacock feathers and hand painted Viennese lace with a brooch and copper studs by Haus of Mirth is a total show-stopper! Walk into any event wearing this and you will have the most unique accessory (as well as the most coveted).

peacock, vintage, collar, necklace

Katy Marie Creations has crafted these killer peacock-blue swirled polymer clay gauged earrings that make me seriously reconsider having just regular (boring) ear piercings.. I mean how awesome are these?! I love the curves and design of them. They are two pieces of artwork that mimic a fantastical version of a peacock feather that you can wear as earrings! Yowza!

peacock, blue, gauged earrings, polymer clay

Let’s get serious about having fun here. Take a good look at the amazing details of this Peacock Queene costume by Fairy Nana Land. From the whimsical peacock feather head piece and the velvet choker to the hand-stitched belted bodice and detachable silk train you have a handmade, unique peacock costume that is the best one I have ever seen. Amazing craftsmanship.

peacock, queen, costume

Would you like to rest your pretty head on some lovely artwork? Sure – we all would. This pillow cover from Pictorial Boom is designed with a print reproduced from an original painting of his. Its just adorable and super cute! The colors are perfect and I really like the henna design quality it has.

peacock pillow

 We all love TOMS shoes and the great cause that each purchase goes towards- but what if you could have  a pair of TOMS and the donation to needy children PLUS a custom piece of artwork designed JUST FOR YOU? Well…. you can thanks to B Street Shoes . Each shoe pattern is custom designed for YOU, in your size, color and specification. This is a pair with glitter and hand painted peacock feathers.. could you get any better than that?

peacock, toms, shoes, painted

This peacock-blue Rivoli Swarovski Crystal bracelet by Ts Studio Jewelry would be a stunning addition to your jewelry collection. Look at the depth of color in the stones and the juxtaposition against the pure silver color of the setting. eep! so lovely..

peacock, bracelet

Sofisticata offers a great way to jazz up ANY shoe with these “pearl and peacock” shoe clips. Add them to heels in the front, back, strap or the side to get a completely customized look. Great accessory for a glam Indian wedding, too!

peacock feather, shoe clips

Handmade from brass stamping and plated with silver, we have this beautifully designed pendant necklace of two peacocks in perfect symmetry by rossana. There’s something about the delicate balance of this piece that gives me a peaceful sense of calm. Wonderfully done..

double peacock, necklace

From literal to whimsical and everywhere in between! I hope you enjoyed this selection of peacock art – I know I have.

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Red: The Color of Love – Henna Color

Posted by on May 13, 2012 in accessories, art, Crafts, Henna, mehndi traditional | 0 comments

When you get a rich, red henna color stain, it’s supposed to symbolize love in your life. When brides get their bridal mehndi done, its best to sleep with the henna paste on the skin to ensure that deep red henna color. That red color is a traditional way to show the world how much her husband-to-be and in-laws love her. In life, I like to think of red always representing love because I try to only focus on the positive in life! <3 To spread positive vibes, here are some handmade items for you to enjoy that are just lovely

When I had my son, he loved to be held snuggly and close. This deep garnet red ring sling from BabyEtte is superwide for extra close snuggles (and security). I always preferred this sling design and I would suggest this one to any mom-to-be.. plus, how cute is this picture?!?

baby carrier, ring sling, red

When we try to be more eco-friendly and walk to the farmer’s market, the store, post office etc. its always best to have the perfect backpack to put all your goodies in. That’s where ottobags come in! A sea foam-green waxed canvas bag with a perfect red strap accent is light enough to carry around everywhere but study enough to tote your special things.

green, canvas backpack

Handmade red flower statement earrings by Sysimust are ideal to add a FABULOUS flair to your day! I just love the different mediums used : fabric, bronze and beads! What’s not to adore?

flower earrings, red, statement jewelry

Glasshouse Designs brings us these cute beaded bobby pins that can take your simple, everyday hairstyle up a notch with incredible ease! Place this pins in your hair and you’ve amped up your look without taking a lot of time. .. because we can use all the extra time we can get.

santa fe, bobby pins, beaded hair pins

Another great way to jazz up your everyday look is this rockabilly hair bow by Oh Honey Hush. The red and white striped design is just one of the dozens of designs available. I think I love them all.

red, white, striped, rockabilly, retro, bow, hair

This necklace by Dawning Light  has a Moroccan henna design that is ornate and terrific. The design is really inspiring to me as a henna artist! Makes me want to get out a cone and do a detailed Moroccan pattern. She also added a “black diamond” bead to give it more drama.(and awesomeness)

Moroccan design, necklace

A medium I have never been able to become skilled with is clay. I think we all have considered a clay hobby after that certain scene in Dirty Dancing *sigh*……… anyways….

I cannot form clay into anything other than a big squishy ball which makes me have a real admiration for very talented sculptors like Clay Lick Creek Pottery . This hand thrown bowl is made with red earthenware clay and dipped into a homemade majolica glaze. Its hand painted, glazed and fired in a kiln over and over until something like this perfect red poppy is created. wow..

red poppy, clay bowl

Hope these red and lovely items fueled some creativity in your life today as they have in mine!

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Norah Downey – Jewelry Designer

Posted by on May 12, 2012 in accessories, art, Crafts | 0 comments

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I came across Norah Downey – a jewelry designer – on etsy and I liked so many of her pieces, I couldn’t choose just one to feature here so I decided to just feature a bunch!

She has two shops on etsy: Your Daily Jewels and Rustic Rock Jewelry  .

white, czech, glass, necklace

Here’s a little about Norah from her profile:

pyrite, druzy, ring“I love designing jewelry in my mind, creating it with my hands, and knowing someone is wearing my work and it is making them happy. Since childhood I have collected shiny and sparkling things: beads, stones, and baubles. As a new Physical Therapist, I needed ways to motivate my young patients with multiple disabilities. So, I dug into my lifelong collection of goodies that had been untouched for years and made some simple jewelry for them. I told them the funny little stories behind each bead or stone in their jewelry and they loved it! My pieces were a hit, my patients progressed, and I discovered a new creative outlet. lotus pendant, necklace

Now, everyday I am excited to get home to my workbench, to study and learn more about the art of jewelry design, and to create modern, glamorous and affordable jewelry that women will feel great wearing everyday.

I proudly use 100% reclaimed 99.9% pure silver combined with gemstones from ethical vendors in many of my pieces. As I grow, this number grows. The options for custom design in reclaimed or recycled metals are endless. When using recycled or reclaimed metals, the negative impact on the environment during mining, and the potential for human rights abuse and poor/dangerous working conditions is eliminated. As much as possible, I purchase gemstones from Fair Trade businesses that commit to fair wages, cooperative workplaces, consumer education, environmental sustainability, respect for cultural identity, and public accountability.”

purple, geode, necklace

That’s the kind of business owner we should all strive to be and to support. I’m very happy I found a business woman like Norah who is a great inspiration of creativity and environmental responsibility. 

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Mehndi Party Accessories

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in accessories, art, Henna Party designs, mehndi traditional | 0 comments

Henna really lends itself to the warm spectrum of colors – red, orange, brown and yellow. I’ll be featuring some great red, yellow and orange accessories to have for a Mehdni Party in different mediums today.

This handmade necklace by Chocolate Angel is such a yummy, warm honey yellow with such intricate detail in the tiny seed beads. It has a Moroccan feel which would go great with symmetrical Moroccan henna designs.

yellow seed bead, necklace, honey color

Amber browns, oranges and reds melding perfectly in this nice necklace by Beca’s Beaded Jewelry. I also really like the added beauty with the copper clasp at the ends.

autumn brown, red, orange, bead necklace

Michele Buttons  brings us a beautiful piece of art.. that can also be a reusable grocery tote bag! Seriously, can you think of a more lovely way to support your “green spirit” other than this? Made from  100% cotton canvas, this unique tote is great! You can have these for party favors at your mehndi party!

cotton tote bag, orange floral print, reusable grocery bag

Whimsical and adorable, this handmade polymer clay pendant by Flowertown Originals is hung on a hand-braided cord as well. Super cute!

polymer clay, pendant, floral necklace

I was shocked (in a great way) to find out that these beautiful red floral beads were made by hand! Here’s how Blue Morning Expressions explains the creating process “My handmade polymer clay beads were created on a lemon yellow base, with yummy blue berry flowers, pink cherry and orange flowers and lime green wire wrapping woven in between the beads…Every polymer clay bead has been completely handcrafted and hand rolled and all the flowers have been added individually before baking.”   bravo!!

blue, yellow, clay beads, necklace

If you are looking for something orange & fabulous for an upcoming mehndi party or Indian wedding, this pendant necklace by TartanHearts, inspired by The Hunger Games, is a great accent to add to any outfit.

hunger games necklace, orange, color, copper

And who doesn’t love bright red and orange poppies? They make me so happy when I see them … but pair them with a turquoise background and an antiqued chain you can see me do a happy dance! This necklace by Wear It Out!  is one I would cherish in my collection. ( I’m sure you would, too)

orange flower, necklace

That wraps it up for red and orange accessories (today, at least..) Hope you found some pieces that you adore.. I know I have!

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Druzy Jewelry

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in accessories, art | 0 comments

Annnnd my love of druzy jewelry will be illuminated here seeing as I am dedicating an entire post to it. Druzy “is a coating of fine crystals on a rock fracture surface, vein or within a vug or geode” according to Wikipedia. According to me, druzy is gaga gorgeous in every shape, color and variety. I especially love flowing, floral henna when its paired with something so course and tactile as druzy.

Without further adieu, let’s check it out some of the best druzy jewelry on Etsy.

First off is this stunning natural druzy necklace that is brown quartz from Little Metal Merchant. Raw and lovely.. the brown in this would be amplified against the brown henna stain.

raw brown druzy, druzy jewelry, etsy, necklace

This Citrine cluster of druzy really has a special sparkle. Its large and makes a statement naturally, but 443Jewelry paired it perfectly with a delicate gold colored feminine chain that would go great with a dress for a mehndi party.

orange, citrine, druzy, pendant, mehndi party, gold chain

Druzy can be both bold and quietly understated as we can see in these next two examples of rings:

This white druzy agate ring by Vivid Design is classic and delicate. A perfect accessory to add just a touch of glitter to an elaborate bridal henna design.

white druzy, agate ring

Sharply contrasted to the white druzy ring is this luscious, rainbow show-stopping ring by NaturalGlam . Wowza!  Look at the differences nature can produce…

rainbow, druzy ring, etsy

Need sparkly mint-colored druzy? Who doesn’t. Find what you are looking for in these lovely earrings by The Wooden Nest with antiqued brass.

druzy earrings

This next piece I would wear everyday – a bracelet of pure white druzy centered between lilac-blue angelite beads from Julianne Blumbo.

white druzy bracelet, beads

Another great rainbow druzy piece is this wire-wrapped pendant by Bead Bargains  . I really dig the variety of colors.

druzy pendant, rainbow

A great example of the beauty of pure amethyst druzy is this pendant by Magic Loot . Its also set in gold- how awesome is that? (very!)

amethyst, druzy, necklace

And that wraps up my overall obsession with druzy.. hope I spread it to some of you.

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Turquoise Accents for Henna

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in accessories, art, clothing, Crafts, Henna | 0 comments

The brown/red/orange color of henna goes so well with the vibrant color of turquoise. I just love it. Here is some great turquoise jewelry and accessories that accent henna perfectly.

This vintage 1950’s art deco necklace from Kettle of Fish has pretty turquoise-colored floral accents.

turquoise, art deco, necklace

When you get your ankle & foot henna-ed, you can accent it with a pretty bracelet like this brass and turquoise anklet from Xtra Virgin.

turquoise, ankle bracelet, brass

Ah! Gorgeous turquoise cuff! from Startup Sterling!  I love the bezel and how it has a henna quality, but in metal . Picture a full arm covering in lovely red henna and with this turquoise wrist cuff.. *sigh* so nice!

turquoise, silver bracelet, cuff

If you’re going to get all henna-ed up, you’re going to need a beautiful mirror to gaze upon the loveliness right? Well that’s where this gorgeous, vintage turquoise hand mirror from EightySix56 comes in “handy” .. heh

turquoise, hand mirror

The combination of turquoise pieces and freshwater pearls here with the statement necklace by AudreyJewelry is chunky yet feminine – in a perfect balance.

turquoise, bead, pearl necklace

I know I always have a purpose for a cute clutch.. and this one would be no exception! This unique, Russian floral print clutch made by JordaniSarreal is a cozy home for any items that can be easily misplaced.

turquoise and red, hand bag, floral print

Delicate, paisley, turquoise bead, silver… what’s not to adore here? Nothing?… exactly. This handcrafted necklace by Noria Elements would be a great gift for someone special in your life (even yourself) .

turquoise, silver necklace, paisley

A turquoise shirt with a henna print? The loveliness of this speaks for itself. NaturalHennaArt’s  line of henna print shirts are just fantastic!

natural henna art, turquoise shirt, screenprint

And to round out the turquoise post, let’s remember that henna-ed feet are happy feet – anyone will tell ya that! But what makes them even happier is having a CUTE turquoise and copper toe ring like this one from The Whimsy Wire . Oh.. I can barely get over the cuteness..

turquoise, copper, toe ring

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Henna Art – Off the Body

Posted by on Apr 28, 2012 in accessories, art, clothing, Crafts, Henna | 0 comments

Here is a beautiful array of henna art in many forms off the body! Showcasing artists who have taken the allure of henna designs and used them on other mediums.

A great example of henna design off the body, but still lovely traditional design, is Carry The News’  mehndi-inspired wedding invite. And what’s better? You don’t have to wait for these to be shipped to you because they are PRINTABLE! When you send your info, Carry The News emails a file for you to print and email to your guests. How awesome (and green-friendly!)

henna art, wedding invites, mehndi hands

I really like this henna-inspired peacock by  Sometimes I Swirl  because of the bold colors and the fluidity of the motion.

hand drawn, henna peacock, painting

But the embroidery by Sometimes I Swirl is equally as impressive.. I don’t know which one I like more.. !

embroidered mandala, henna inspired, purple

Lime and Purple! Such a hot combination. <3 Then add a high heel and henna design into the mix and you have one radical shoe! These yummy heels from Kezbirdie make me drool a little on the keyboard….

hand painted, henna, heels, green, purple

Like elephants? Like vividly colorful elephant paintings? Me too! That’s why this next painting by Masala Memories is a favorite.

colorful indian elephant painting

From fellow Michigan Henna Artist Be*Henna*ed  we get this great “Iceberg Blue Canvas Henna Mandala” – Perfect title for such a saturated, deep blue and stark white design.

Oh! Did someone say hand-painted pendant glass necklace with a henna design?!? Because that’s right up my alley. Awesome design by Mehndi Glass with a antiqued copper frame.. yes!

henna, hand painted, glass pendant, necklace

And last, but certainly not least, we have an adorable painted  tea cup and saucer by Heather with my favorite : flowers and paisleys . I love her description here, too : “Spot of tea? Oh, live a little – impress your grandmother with this hand painted porcelaine tea cup and serve in style.”

hand painted, henna, tea cup, saucer

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Henna Accessories

Posted by on Apr 28, 2012 in accessories, art, Crafts | 0 comments

I get so thrilled when I see amazingly creative people making such cute things! How about these henna accessories? Its great to wear one thing like this everyday just as a little “pop” of color to brighten up your day or to add some flair to your step.

Having a sturdy cuff around your wrist adds a bit of confidence to your day. This hot, handmade leather artisan cuff from STRAP by Alexander is just the one you want.

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Rainnua Art Pendants showcases this lovely silver OM Pendant with a mehndi design. Gotta love that!

om pendant necklace, henna pendant

The day I discovered Tagu seed jewelry I fell in love! They are seeds from a palm tree found along the Amazon river. Look at these “henna red” tagua seed earrings from Dennise and Jon. I see them and think “spicy” !

red tagua nut, earrings, henna red

Hand drawn henna shoes by Stealth Fox! These are so popular and I just adore them. Such a great feeling putting on a clean pair of white shoes but then add custom artwork and you have a unique pair of kicks that give you a boost all day!

henna shoes, custom design

Speaking of giving you a boost, bright red lip stain says to the world “Yes, I’m ready for you.” This water-proof lip stain by  Henna King is special because its organic, chemical free made with only Henna, JoJoba Seed Oil, Mica, Rose Petals, Burberry Root, Bees Wax and Water. Can you say “sexy”? .. I can.

organic, red lip stain, no chemicals

 

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