Monthly Handmade Style Guide

This month we are going to rave about embroidery! Whether on shirts, coats, pants, purses, shoes, and more; hand embroidery is a unique and decorative way to showcase your handmade fashions.

Examples of embroidery have been dated as far back as the 3rd century BC in China;and was also very important in Islamic culture as it was a sign of high social status in Muslim societies. it is a beautiful process that has been around for years, and the way we have integrated into our everyday wear is unique, beautiful, and will never be a trend that will fail as it is an unstoppable art.

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Remember, supporting handmade artisans means so much more than you may know; a handmade item is valued far more than an item that was made for mass consumption. There is a sense of authenticity and originality where handmade is concerned. There are so many other reasons; but lets start by rejecting the mass market of mediocrity.

Let’s take a look at some amazing hand embroidered fashions!

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I really adore this embroidered feminist tee! Find this cutie @ Bitty Brooklyn on Etsy.

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OMG I cannot even handle how ADORABLE this felted and embroidered purse is! Find it @ Life and Wool on Etsy.

Crossbody Handbag Small Felted Bags and Purse Needle Felted Make Up Purse Gift for Her

How can you NOT feel cute in these charming embroidery hoop necklaces? Find them @ Mary’s Dream Studio on Etsy.

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This embroidered hoop art TOTALLY speaks to me as it mentions a line from one of my favorite musicals(Sound of Music!). Find this amazing piece of artistry @  Garland and Pendant on Etsy.

Climb Every Mountain Hand Embroidered Hoop | Sound of Music, embroidery hoop art, Rustic, Mountains, Woodland, Adventure, hand embroidery

This stunning cotton dress was hand embroidered; this is the real deal my friends! This is artistry at it’s finest; one of a kind and so gorgeous. Find this dress @ Solomiya ON Etsy.

Ukrainian Traditional Boho Lacy Wedding, Prom, Engagement Dress. Floral Design: Red Poppy Flowers, Chamomile, Cornflowers. Hand Embroidered.

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Monthly Handmade Style Guide

Spring is almost here and that means the warm weather is on it’s way! That is why I am excited to talk  about… WORKOUT WEAR! 

“Wait, what? Erin….. workout wear? ugh!” 

Yes,  I am going to show you some fun and fashionable workout gear.

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I know most of us feel like working out is a chore; that is because  we do not do it as often as we should. Movement every day is essential to the well being of our health and livelihood! And one of the best parts of working out, besides getting healthier is getting to dress in fun, fresh new workout threads! As always, I promote handmade in US only, so let’s take a look at some of the best handmade designs!

Love this mermaid workout headband; I mean MERMAIDS! Find this and more @ Hippie Runner Headband .

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This tank is so cute, how can you resist? Find this and more @ Sweet Bee Studios.

Running Late is my Cardio // Mom tank // Sassy Tank // Workout Gear // Fitness Clothing // Gym Wear

Coffee is part of a healthy morning breakfast(SRSLY!), so this adorable hat is a must! Find this and more @ Sun Chaser Market.

Coffee + Cardio, Womens Trucker Hat, Summer Baseball Cap, Gym Hat, Coffee Love, Fitness Fashion, Workout Gear, Activewear, Exercise, Runner

You can still have tacos and workout, and this adorable water bottle proves it! Find this and more @ The Redheaded Scrapper.

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These are just a few of the adorable pieces of workout gear you can find that are handmade. Working out does NOT have to be boring when you are in style and having a blast! Keep up the good work, I believe in you!

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Monthly Handmade Fashion Guide

Welcome to our monthly handmade style guide, where we feature all handmade all the time 🙂

I am really noticing a trend in the last month, and feel it is going to ROCK 2017; velvet! Soft and flowly velvet dresses, Embellished jackets, velvet hats, vintage velvet, Victorian style velvet, and so much more!

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Soft romanticism has never gone out of style, it now only seems to be really coming back. Velvet’s soft glow seems to flatter all bodies, and brings a lovely glow to all that wear. 

Velvet was once( and can still be) very expensive and was reserved for only the very wealthy. There are many different types of velvet, including: Chiffon velvet, Cisele,crushed, burnout,embossed, hammered, velveteen, silk….the list goes on! My personal favorite is silk velvet, it is shiny and the softest and most luxurious.

Let’s take a look at some amazing handmade products that feature velvet!

This stunning vintage velvet maxi dress can be found at Apple Branches Vintage

Vintage 70s Wine Red Velvet Dress Baroque Gypsy Maxi

A classic example of burnout velvet, this silk kimono duster is stunning with it’s art deco print. Find this beauty at:Sunheart Clothing on Etsy

This is a fabulous example of upcycling; this velvet jacket has been embellished with beauty! Find this jacket at Unigunde on Etsy

Emerald Green Velvet Coat, Embroidered, Applique, Art, Gypsy, Boho clothes, Hippie, Upcycled, Recycled, Eco Friendly, Reused,Size XS -S

I am in love with this patchwork velvet purse! Love the hippie vibe it gives, and would be perfect for any summer festival! You can find this bag at Loop the Loop on Etsy.

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Monthly Handmade Style Guide

Welcome to the monthly handmade style guide! December in my neck of the woods is certainly shaping up to be blistery. Portland, OR does not receive much in the way of snow but the last few days have been snowy and icy! That makes it perfect weather to bundle up in.

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This month I am OBSESSED with cozy hats of all kinds! Chunky, long, short, pom pom’s, ear-flaps; I just want one in every style, and I probably already have that(for shame!) 🙂 And what is the first thing you reach for when it gets cold? I know for me it is a hat!

So, the question is: what style hat are YOU?  There are SO many to choose from, and it is not always about just keeping warm, sometimes we want to be fashionable, right? Duh! So let’s hop aboard the hat train and get warm!

First up is from our shop @ Dramatique Designs. Stay cozy in our up-cycled sweater hats with funky patches! you can find them by clicking  here .

I am totally digging this messy bun crochet hat; stay warm and in style! You can purchase the hat or if you prefer to make it yourself, the pattern is available as well here @ Made with a twist on Etsy.

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I LOVE me a good man’s winter hat, there needs to be more! This is simply the best hat I have ever seen. Stay warm with a beard and hat in one, and have a stylish man bun as well! Find this stylish hat and more here @ Man Buns shop on Etsy.

Crochet Hat with Beard and Man Bun, The Boston, Gift for Him, Ginger Hair

I love this cozy looking hunky crochet hat; so perfect for this cold weather!You can find this hat here @ Forever Andrea Etsy shop.

Womens Slouchy Beanie Winter Hat for Women Ivory Hat Teenager Clothing Chunky Slouch Hat Cream Hat Teenage Girl Gifts Girls Trendy Hat

Stay warm, and support handmade please!

 

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Monthly Handmade Style Guide- Small Business Saturday

This months style guide is in honor of the upcoming small business Saturday on November 26th, and all of the amazing reasons you should support handmade and small shops.

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Consider all the small business that surround you now, how they have thrived with customers just like you.The time, commitment, and effort that these small business have put into staying alive is worth your support. The personal commitment that folks put into their  small businesses show in the hands on customer service they give, the packaging in their products,  and the effort they have gone to to make unique handmade products for you to give to your loved ones.

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Local businesses are also more likely to give back to the community.Small businesses bring economic advantages; when you buy local more money stays within the community. One Chicago study found that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 remained in the city while only $43 of each $100 spent at a chain retailer. Also, when local residents shop at small businesses within their communities, their tax dollars stay within the local economy, helping to improve their community as a result.

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Also , I have preached wholly on why buying handmade benefits you, the economy, the earth, and so many other ways, but here are a few reasons why you should consider handmade:

  • No 2 handmade items are exactly the same, each is unique and special, and you own the honor of having the only one like it.
  • Handmade products are usually made in a more environmentally sustainable way than mass produced ones.
  • Handmade items are not made by children in sweatshops in Third World countries making 10 cents a day. Experienced and trained crafts-folk are making your items; and while you may pay a bit more, this reason alone should inspire you to support handmade.
  • When you take your money and hand it to a handmade artisan, you are saying ” I support what  you do” and you are supporting quality over the quantity of huge conglomerates.

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Without further ado I would like to offer a list of my favorite handmade businesses online that you can shop from, in the comfort of your home. Please be sure to support local business this small business Saturday. You will be offering more change to this earth than you know:

1.) www.dramatiquedesigns.com – Upcycled clothing and accessories

2.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/laranoelledesigns – Crochet accessories and Clothing items

3.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/BoogaBug– Custom  clothing and accessories for youngsters

4.) https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoyfulArtExpressions – Hand-painted Quote Art

5.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/TinyOwlKnitsPatterns – Adorable knitting patterns

6.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/LunaPines – Natural Raw Crystal Jewelry

7.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoreTree – Handmade Clothing & Bridal Gowns

8.) http://www.mountaingirlclothing.com/ – Upcycled clothing

9.) https://www.etsy.com/shop/LeaflingBags – Handmade waterproof leaf bags and backpacks

10.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadameHall – Exotic Indian clothing for women

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Monthly Handmade Style Guide

This month is all about poppin fall colors. Fall is a favorite month of mine; hot tea, roasty toasty coffee, finger-less gloves, and snuggies. 

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Fall in my neck of the woods can get a bit dreary, dark , and a lot rainy( I live in Portland, OR), so I really enjoy having some bright POPS of color to bring some cheer to an  otherwise dark day. Color has always been know to affect our moods, and bright, cheery, and happy colors are uplifting to the mind, body and spirit. You deserve to rock those colors, and feel joyful.

Let’s take a look at some fabulous handmade fall fashion in bright, cheerful  pops of color!

*Check out this fabulous nomadic patchwork sweater coat from dramatiquedesigns.com*

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Look at this gorgeous handknit cape in yummy candy apple greens and other fall colors from www.coupcoup.etsy.com*

CANDY APPLE CAPE - Hand knitted cape in delicious fall colors - one size fits many

I have been in love with mountain girl clothing, for like EVER. Clothing is up-cycled and handmade, and the vibrant colors make me DROOL. Check out this  Mexican embroidered denim fringe bell sleeved crop jacket. To die for!

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*This  felted witch hat from http://www.handicraftkate.etsy.com hat is amazing on so many levels. It is perfect for the upcoming spooky holiday, but, um Hello, I would wear it all year round; the colors are STUNNING!*

Halloween Wide Brim Rainbow Witch Hat. Wizard Costume Hat. Fantasy Hat. Cosplay Hat. LARP.

Whatever your color choice, be sure to add a bit of color to bring some cheer to you and the people around you; trust me the world deserves it ❤

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Monthly handmade style guide

This month is all about accessorizing with…. CRYSTALS! Crystals are very “in”; they have a hippie, boho, meditative vibe, and really can go with anything from dressed down to dressed up!

Crystal jewelry can be very healing as well. Each crystal  combines crystal energy and intention to create whatever outcome it is that you desire. From birthstones, wealth, health, to relationships; you can focus your energy towards what you want in life by wearing the crystal that is right for you.

Layering has always been very “in” , and it has become more prevalent as of lately with jewelry. weather you are pairing earrings with necklace, layering bracelets over sleeves, or rocking a gorgeous crystal headpiece; you will be benefiting yourself both internally AND fashionably!

Now let’s look at some amazing handmade crystal jewelry! Remember, buying handmade is not just supporting the artist who painstakingly made your piece, by hand, but you are also  helping to  contribute to establishing a new economic model. 

*Visit Foxlark  for these stunning handmade rose quartz necklaces*

Rose Quartz Necklace / Rose Quartz Pendant / Electroformed Crystal Necklace / Pink Crystal Necklace/ Healing Crystal Jewelry Gypsy Necklace

*Stunning  abolone shell and pyrite rings can be found @ Rocks with sass*

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This stunning raw crystal necklace can be found @ Luna Pines, and features natural citrine and raw aquamarine*

Raw Crystal Necklace. Natural Citrine Necklace. Raw Aquamarine Necklace. Summer Jewelry. Modern Crystal Necklace Jewelry under 50 Luna Pines

This gorgeous raw crystal crown features titanium quartz and can be found @ Organic Alchemist*

Raw crystal crown / wire wrapped tiara / titanium quartz

These are just a few of the amazing pieces I found; but happen to be some of my favorite. Go support these amazing handmade artists, and get some well made crystal jewelry in the process!

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Monthly Handmade Style Guide

I am dedicating this month to up-cycled items! I cannot stress how important it is that we support eco-conscious and green designers. It is not just because  up-cycled and re-purposed items are so unique, and amazing; because they are! This is more about reducing what we put in the landfill and reusing as much as possible.

According to the EPA almost 13.1 million tons of textiles are thrown away every year. Only 15% of which (roughly 2 million tons) are recovered for reuse or recycling. It’s gotten so bad that it’s estimated that the average American throws away 65 pounds of textiles every year and that nearly 48% of this is perfectly reusable. Did you know that textiles are the 5th largest contributor to CO2 emissions in the United States? Just one pound of textiles can produce as much as 7 pounds of CO2 emissions into our atmosphere; that gives us a lot to think about.  Let’s share some awesome up-cycled articles of clothing. Start getting excited, because anther amazing reason to support up-cycled designers is the uniqueness of the item you are getting! One of a kind, nothing else like it in the world!

*Find these adorable handmade, up-cycled bustle tees @ http://www.dramatiquedesigns.com

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Love, Love , Love up-cycled tees! So many think “Hey, I have this old tee I do not want, I will just toss it(don’t!) or donate it. Remember, donation centers do not take EVERYTHING , so how about offering it a seamstress you may know, or washing it and posting it(with other shirts) on a public sell site like craigslist? If all else fails just donate it, but please do not throw it out!

Summer is a GREAT season to rock your up-cycled looks and there are so many variations on clothing when it comes to re-purposed and refashioned wear. 

*Find this fabulous up-cycled hippie jacket @www.mountaingirlclothing.etsy.com

Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead Upcycled Womens Clothing Hippie Boho Blues Native Woven Fabric Applique Button Up Sweatshirt Size Medium

Next time you shop, consider up-cycled. You are helping to reduce the amount of garbage that goes into our landfills, supporting handmade, choosing to be one of a kind and unique, and so much more!

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