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.

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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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Review: The Balm -By Nieves

Today I am reviewing one of the most amazing bodycare products I have every tried;  “The Balm” By Nieves. This amazing product contains organic sesame and coconut oils, soy wax, and intoxicating essential oils of virginia cedar, lavender, ylang ylang, and orange.

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It can be difficult to find products that do not have a lot of chemical ingredients. I am a huge advocate of organic and pure; I want to know what I am putting on my body and this product does not disappoint.

 As Nieves says in her “About” section on her website :

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“I started By Nieves in Oakland and later moved the whole operation to Northern California’s remote and wild Lost Coast, where I find as much inspiration in the fresh air and open space as I did in the city.

Even though I live on the edge of the world and like to keep things simple, I do admit I kinda like luxury. Each and every By Nieves product is as sensually indulgent as it is natural.”

Nieves has high standards for her products, as well she should for such incredible products. She has this to say about her incredible skin care line :

“I make just a few products, each one multi-functional and great for most skin types. My ingredients are powerful, simple, vegan, and organic when possible.”

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I had the opportunity to pick up “The Balm” at a craft fair in Portland a year or so ago. To be honest the glorious and rich scent affected me the most and that is what made me buy it.  Admittedly, it sat on my shelf for some time before I began to use it on my hands for scent and softness.

I pulled it out a few weeks ago to try on my cracked heels as nothing else was helping. I massaged a dime size amount on each heel (it doesn’t take much), and the overnight results were magical. I woke up to soft, supple heels, no cracks, no pain; there was just a touch of roughness left and that cleared up after 2-3 days of continued use! I was so shocked I could not believe the rate of healing. 

The Balm is absolutely a daily product that can help eczema, athletes foot, cracked heels, after shave balm, massage balm, and the list goes on. It is gentle, healthy, and non-irritating for the skin. I personally love dabbing it on my pulse points as a heady, sexy perfume; the scent is extremely long lasting. I know that part of reviewing is offering the good and bad, but honestly, I do not have one negative thing to say about this product! I want to try more of By Nieves amazing products so I can spread the word about handcrafted, healthy skincare products. Here are a few final bullet points about my favorite parts of this amazing product:

  • Long lasting ingredients
  • Intoxicatingly beautiful scent, but not overwhelming
  • No synthetic ingredients
  • Hand crafted in small batches
  • Fair pricing
  • Vegan and cruelty free

I hope to get the opportunity to try and review all of By Nieves products; if they are as good as The Balm I will be in heaven. As always, with any product it will not always work with every skin type.  If you feel uncertain or concerned about trying a whole bottle or container of any of  By Nieves products, I recommend the “Dabble” bag on their website. It features small trial sizes of their products and is only $20.00.

 

From website: “Customers love my skincare products, and we’re proud of what the press has said. We we’ve been awarded ‘Best Local Skincare’ in the SF Weekly and featured in The New York Times.”

You can find  all of By Nieves stunning products  on their website @ bynieves.com

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*Disclaimer- Information is provided for general informational purposes and should not be considered medical advice. Product information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

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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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Fingerless gloves are back!

Dramatique Designs has TONS of new fingerless gloves in stock. Trust me, you need these adorable, yummy gloves in your life! Made with 100% organic cotton jersey, and 100% handmade, are just a few of the reasons that these amazing gloves deserve to be in your life. Start shopping now! ———> Click here for your yummy gloves 

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*Just a few of our amazing glove choices!*

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So you want to start a handmade web business

So you’re thinking of venturing into the handmade business word; that is amazing! Starting a business online  can feel daunting, and scary, but the gratification of creating handmade items and sharing them with the world is far superior.

-Never be afraidto shoot forthe stars-

I am here to give you some tips to start your venture into your first handmade business.

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1.) Assure you have a quality product.

This step can be a bit more convoluted than it sounds. When you are selling online you only have photos of your product to share with your customers; that is why it is important that you are selling a quality product with quality photos. Don’t just make an item and slap it online. Test your product with your target audience. If you are able, hand out some product,have a small at home launch party where you can have people try out your product. And get feedback! Don’t be afraid to accept some constructive criticism; after all you are offering a product to the world, it needs to be a quality item, and by receiving feedback you can work on any necessary fixes or changes you might need too. 

2.)Get legal with it

Starting a business needs to be done the right way. This means taxes, Possible EIN number or tax ID number. Learn how to start a business, run a business, file taxes, and so so much more. Not sure where to go? Start with the “small business administration” website. Click here to go directly to the website —–>  https://www.sba.gov/

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3.Price your items accordingly

You need to do a lot of research regarding prices. In a handmade business there are many things to consider when pricing. What is the cost of your supplies? Are they they highest quality supplies? How long does it take you to make your handmade item? A good place to start would be to go on a platform like Etsy and research what competitors are pricing at in the same field or similar to you. Try to choose a fair middle-ground between the lowest and highest price. Please consider very carefully when you price your items extremely high. Your items should be made extremely well, with high quality Materials and supplies; after all the goal is to gain repeat customers, and by selling the quality, well priced items, you will gain a lead in your handmade business and the many competitors out there.

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4.) Find a platform to sell on

There are many things to consider when searching for a platform to sell on. Selling on 3rd party sites like : Etsy, Hatch, Amazon, certainly have an air of simplicity to them. The structure of your site is nearly set up; add a banner, items, descriptions, shop description and you are nearly set up. Plus , sites like Etsy are extremely well known so marketing your site will prove to be fairly simple. The negatives? You are competing with ALL of the other sellers on Etsy. Imagine someone parusing your shop and nearly deciding to purchase  one of your items, when they notice at the bottom of the screen that Etsy has suggested similar items they could buy instead. And POOF they are gone, and most likely will not return. As a smart alternative, consider your own website. As long as your chosen business name is available, purchasing a domain and finding a host to put your website on is fairly simple. It can get costly to have a site designed for you, so if you are on a budget consider using :weebly, wix, wordpress. They are perfectly acceptable alternatives.

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This is just a small window into the world of starting  a business, but if you are just getting started I do not want to overwhelm you with to much information. One last thing to remember: Your items are a direct reflection of your beautiful creativety. ALWAYS shine positive energy into all aspects of your business. Remember; it takes time to grow a business, and if you are in it to just make a few fast bucks then you should reconsider. You want to GROW your business, and much like a beautiful plant or flower, it takes time, attention, and generous care.

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Upcycle Oregon-Support Local Artistry

Come see my “dragon girl” entry on the runway! I will be modeling it on the runway. It took me nearly 2 months to make, hand sewn recycled plastic guitar picks(nearly 2000), dragon horns made of foil and newspaper, a purse made of recycled starbucks cards, and so much more!

Fashion show starts at 3pm at the Oregon Convention Center in Salem, in the Santiam ballroom;but you can arrive as early as 10am to see people selling there up-cycled wares! Hope to see you there; it means a lot when people support local artists!

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Monthly Handmade Style Guide

It is almost summer and the weather has been beautiful. Out comes the shorts, t-shirts and flip flops; but we want cuter than just shorts and T-shirts; right?!

We want cute

Crochet is REALLY hot right now. I know what you’re thinking: my grandmother crochets! Well, this is not your grammy’s crochet. The designs out there are cute, hippie, bohemian and cooling in this hot weather. Plus, handmade crocheted clothing is unique and one of a kind.

*Pretty crochet collar, perfect addition to any summer shirt.Find this and more @ www.nastiin.etsy.com. Photo property of nastiin shop*

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The modem art of true crochet as we know it today was developed during the 16th century. It became known as ‘crochet lace’ in France and ‘chain lace’ in England. It truly has come a long way in terms of style; who would ever have thought we would be wearing it, and rocking it on places like the runway, the beach, and more?

*Find this gorgeous upcycled dress with beautiful crochet, and more amazing designs @ www.bykatdesigns.etsy.com Photo property of Bykatdesigns*

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Crochet has even become prominent in the wedding world with intricate designs walking down the aisle.  This gorgeous, breathtaking dress was handmade while this beautiful bride to be was on the bus! It took 5 months to make and only cost $30 in supplies. Photo found on www.thegloss.com

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Consider the intricacy of crochet this summer, and most of all consider handmade. Support the artists that work so hard to bring you this amazing work.

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Monthly Handmade Style Guide

Soft, flowing cotton;  a natural fiber, and you can make nearly any piece of clothing with it. Layering allows you to wear this breathable fabric all year round . I have been noticing a lot of cotton gauze, fine cotton lawn; both very lightweight fabrics that seem to dance and flow. This is the perfect fabric to be be introducing itself to  summer.

 

*Photo property of ANKOAAU;Find this gorgeous bohemian cotton blouse in their shop @ www.ankoauu.etsy.com *

BOHEMIAN PINTUCK BLOUSE in orange Autumn paisley, boho style in cotton gauze handblock

What is cotton you might ask? I know you may be thinking ” I know what cotton is”!!  Well let’s have a little lesson on : How it’s made! Cotton grows  in the warmer climates of the US  like: Texas, Florida, South Carolina ,as well as countries like India, Brazil, Turkey, and more. After cotton has been harvested, the cotton stalks are cut down and chopped.Since hand labor is no longer used in the U.S., the crops are harvested by machine.Textile mills use machines to open bales or modules of cotton. The mixed cotton goes into a carding machine, who’s job it is too straighten the fibers.Then large loom machines weave the fibers into fabric. Whew! That was the short version of how cotton is made:)

*This photo is property of FRACTALWINGS  and this gorgeous handmade cotton gauze top can be found @ www.fractalwings.etsy.com*

Summer bliss hippie boho cotton gauze top, festival clothing mori girl romantic vintage inspired lace

Lightweight cotton is going to be HOT this summer; well, actually it is going to be COOL, but look hot. You get the point:) Whether you choose gauzy tops, flowing cotton kaftan’s or breezy harem pants, cotton is definitely the way to go to stay calm, cool, collected and as always: fashionable.

*Photo property of AIDACORONADO Find this whimsical flowing top @ www.aidacoronado.etsy.com *

Angel bohemian tunic cotton gauze crochet unique style v neck 2 layers

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Spring sale with tons of goodies!

We are offering a nice little treat to our readers; a yummy spring sale @ www.dramatiquedesigns.com 

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Enjoy this treat, and be sure to check back often for new product!

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