Handmade Holidays

Well, as you can imagine from my lack of posts lately, things around here have been crazy!  So, instead of just leaving my blog blank, I have decided to feature some of my favorite shops on Etsy.  I love the handmade goodness on these sites.  Today, I’m featuring Inspired Memories by M on Etsy.  Inspired Memories offers up beautiful, one-of-a-kind scrapbooks/memory books for those who want to save their photo memories in style.  Another great element of Inspired Memories by M is that you can custom order a book to fit your specific needs if you don’t find what you need on the site.

I have personally purchased a book from Inspired Memories by M to showcase the pictures of my now grown up Quality Control Manager Merlin. I LOVE IT!!  Here are some of the gorgeous, inspired books that are listed now.  Make sure to check out the site for more books and pictures, and remember to shop small this season…small businesses that is!

Looking for a gift for a friend or family member with a new baby girl?  Look no further.  How fabulous is this?  I love the handmade paper on the cover and the sparkly embellishments, and seriously, could you find any cuter paper than the pink birds?  Ah-dor-ah-ble!

Here’s a peek at another scrapbook.  This one is for anyone with a young one in elementary school.  It’s a perfect gift for parents or even grandparents who want to chronicle their little one’s year in school.  I absolutely love the robot and the super cute multicolored apple paper.

Recipe Book Anyone?

Anyone looking for a fabulous book to keep those special, heirloom recipes in?  Well look no further.  You can buy this gorgeous, handmade, recipe book here from Inspired Memories by M.  You should check it out.  Here are some pictures from the inside.  Oh yeah, and I made the book this was made from.  I guess I can count that as a finished project, because I used my Zutter machine to make 6 spiral bound books like this for Inspired Memories to create her amazing scrapbooks from.




Fun Stuff!

Hey everyone, 

Well, I can’t believe it but as I speak there is a huge blue jay in the tree outside my window having a stare down with my cat, Odin.  The sun is shining, hallelujah! and our temperatures this week have been in the 40’s and 50’s!  Please let spring be near.  I am so glad for the beautiful Colorado blue sky this morning.  I haven’t finished any projects since my last post, and I’m still waiting on those last beads for Tigerlily, so I thought that I would share a few fun finds with you all.  My homepage when I open up my internet browser is set to go straight to the ETSY main page.  I love it.  Everyday I am greeted by the fabulous, creative genius of my fellow crafters from all over the world.  Just this morning I saw the cutest handmade, felt quail (from – Sea Pinks).  Soooooo adorable.  

Decorative Plush Orange and Yellow Retro Flowers Quail
I also have to share some of the new crocheted ornaments and dish cloths made by my Uncle at HorseFeathersCraft on ETSY.  I have two of these dish cloths (they were Christmas presents, which I am remiss to say I have yet to mail the thank you card for – sorry Uncle Bill).  They are fabulous!  They really do scrub my dishes spotless, and they are so easy to care for, just follow the instructions included.  I also have several of these ornaments and gave several away as Christmas gifts.  I have one hanging from a cabinet door knob in my kitchen and the other one is in my fabulous office hanging from  my shelving organizer.  The new “Primavera” line is so beautiful.  He also will make custom ordered ornaments to match any color scheme!!  Notice how I have chosen to display the PINK ones…no reason really.
The Bubble Dishcloth in Cherry Swirl with White Stripe - 100 Percent Cotton
Primavera Pink No. 3 - Crocheted Floral Ornament in Antique White, Orchid Pink and Rose Pink
And then, there are the new albums on my Mom’s site, Inspired Memories by M, like the “Mom” one below.  How perfect of a mother’s day gift would that be?  You could fill it with fabulous pictures of your Mom with you, your kids, what have you, and then use the journaling areas to write your favorite memories.  I know it would bring on a gusher of tears and be a very memorable, heartfelt gift.  Just my humble opinion (btw – I want to wallpaper my office in the flower paper on the second page of the sample image below). 
MOM  Scrapbook/ Album

Mom Scrapbook - Sample Page


 Ok, well, until next time, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Enjoy the sunshine, if you have it.  I know I will.  Happy Crafting! – E