When I was pregnant with Ava, I wanted to make something for her nursery … something that I could look at and say with pride, “I made that”. I dusted off the box my [never before used] sewing machine was in, figured out how to thread it, and one week later I had made a tiny pillow. It is a very cute pillow, but to this day the opening where I inserted the stuffing has never been stitched closed. I never quite figured out how to do that, and so it has become a “one day I will finish that” project – like so many projects I have started or thought about starting. I see certain handmade goods and think, “It would be so easy to make that myself”, and maybe it would be, but I lack the patience and dedication of true craftsmanship. So, I will stick to admiring and buying the items other people make. Handmade things have a certain special quality to them that mass produced goods lack … maybe it’s knowing that someone put their heart into it. Big thanks to all the crafty artists out there and your truly inventive goods! Speaking of inventive ….
Cork. I have seen bulletin boards made out of it and photo frames from wine bottle corks, but never purses! The cute wristlets by aptly named, Cork and Cotton, are so cool!
Forks. Artists have a way of looking at something ordinary and seeing something unexpected. These fork easels by Dinner TIme Chimes are an excellent example of that. Great for holding recipe cards or photos.
Paper. These works by Julene Harrison are amazing … and done BY HAND. You can order custom paper cuts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and just because at MadeByJulene. Beautiful, intricate works of art made out of paper. Bravo.
Paperclips. Now even your paperclips can have style – what a great idea! These cute paper keepers by Jack and Jane are perfect for organizational freaks and come in sets of three with lots of patterns and colors to choose from.