Letter From the Editor: Winsome Easel Calligraphy Workshop

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Last weekend, I attended my first ever calligraphy class at Reclaimed Inspired Goods in downtown Johnson City with Winsome Workshop by Winsome Easel owner Kristin Hornstein. It was so much fun, and I have practiced almost everyday since! Oh–y’all! Kristin has given me the technique + confidence to better my calligraphy while also developing my own unique style. I cannot wait until Winsome Workshop comes back to Johnson City because I will definitely be checking my calendar to attend *wink*

Day 1 of calligraphy. I wrote one of my favorite Hemingway quotes--"Write hard and clear about what hurts."
Day 1 of calligraphy. I wrote one of my favorite Hemingway quotes–“Write hard and clear about what hurts.”
Day 2--I played around with this quote I found on Pinterest. Still a little shaky in technique but practice makes perfect *wink*
Day 2–I played around with this quote I found on Pinterest. Still a little shaky in technique, but practice makes perfect *wink*
Day 3--Playing around with different fonts and decorative ideas.
Day 3–Playing around with different fonts and decorative ideas.
Day 4--I quite like the way this doodle worked out! Such a simple quote with great meaning! Still have a little work to do on my writing though *wink*
Day 4–I quite like the way this doodle worked out! Such a simple quote with great meaning! Still have a little work to do on my writing though *wink*

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Check out all the awesome things Kristin does on Winsome Easel. Y’all, her work is breathtaking! Also, look to see if she has a workshop coming up near you *wink* Click here.

Also over the weekend…

I created and listed some new handmade goodies in my Etsy shop. Check out some of my favorites below!

You won’t have to look beyond this upcycled 1970s necklace for the perfect gift for the VIP in your life *wink*. Click the photo to view the listing photos + learn more about the one-of-a-kind vintage dream.
Hello, color! Think of the looks you’ll get when wearing these eye-catching, handmade beauties! Buy NOW by clicking the image.
Don’t miss out on this OOAK bracelet with vintage fabric fringe. To avoid disappointment, be sure to order NOW! :) Click the image to shop.

Now…the VIP needs YOUR help!

As I am looking to expand and better my Etsy shop, I want to know what YOU want to see! More upcycled/vintage necklaces, specific colors, different stones, etc etc. Please comment on blog post or email here.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: Upcycled Knob Necklace by BluKatDesign

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This week for Three Ways to Wear, I am taking a bit of a different approach–you know, just to mix things up *wink*

Rather than chatting about three ways to wear an apparel separate, I am going to be showing y’all three ways to wear BluKatDesign’s upcycled knob necklaces. BluKat is always creating new and fabulous knob necklaces, and I can never get enough of them! After y’all check out these fun throwback pictures + how to wear, be sure to check out BKD’s other handmade knob necklaces avaliable for purchase! Click here

Photo by BluKatDesign
Photo by BluKatDesign

Way One

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Both necklaces by BluKatDesign!

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Way Two

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Way Three

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Interview: Jewelry Artisan Heather O’Cain of BluKatDesign

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

To help celebrate the two year anniversary of VIP, I decided to follow up with another one of my favorite handmade jewelry artisans. This fabulous jewelry artisan was one of the very first I interviewed, and today is Throwback Thursday…soooo…I re-introduce you to Heather O’Cain of BluKat Design! *holding flashing “applaud” sign* *DJ, cue Lady Gaga’s Applause*
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Heather creates fabulous handmade earrings, necklaces, hair sticks, and cute magnets  that make me “o0o” and “ahh” every time she lists a new item in her Etsy shop or posts a new photo to Facebook. Whether I want to wear a fancy statement necklace or a simple pair of stud earrings, Heather O’Cain always has the perfect jewelry piece to fit my fashionista mood! Speaking of statement necklaces…Heather actually created a custom BKD statement necklace for the VIP made from my grandmother’s buttons (see photo below).  When it arrived in the mail, it was like Christmas all over again! Oh, Heather always amazes me with her magnificent design talent! Okay…okay…okay, I know y’all are not here today to hear my random chit chatting–y’all are here to read about what is new with Heather O’Cain of BluKatDesign! So, come on, fabulouses–let’s go!

Necklace: BluKat Design by Heather O'Cain
Necklace: BluKatDesign by Heather O’Cain

VIP: What’s new with BKD? Are you working on any new projects? If so…spill the beans *wink*

Heather: I’m always looking for new things to do, and right now I am working on recycled and upcycled  plastic bottle jewelry.  I have ideas for fabric beads and jewelry; hopefully, I will get to work on these soon!  I dug out some of my unfinished art jewelry pieces  I did years ago and want to do more of that also.

BKD's Radiant Orchid necklace made from recycled Coke bottles. I think I am in love...*wink*
BKD’s Radiant Orchid necklace made from recycled Coke bottles. I think I am in love…*wink*

VIP: What is your 2014 inspiration?

Heather:  A lot of my inspiration comes from fashion or social media; just meeting new peeps and seeing all the cool stuff on Pinterest and Etsy.

Earrings: BluKat Design by Heather O'Cain
Earrings: BluKatDesign

VIP: Do you have a 2014 motto? If so, tell us what it is!

Heather: I’m still trying to come up with a motto for 2014; I’ve never done resolutions or had a motto!

Necklace: BluKat Design
Necklace: BluKatDesign

VIP: What color best describes you?

Heather: Bright and multicolored describes me…or at least my jewelry LOL!

Earrings: BluKat Design
Earrings: BluKatDesign

VIP: What is your favorite song of 2014 thus far?

Heather: Music? I hardly listen to music anymore, not a whole lot of talent or original ideas going on now! My  craft studio is right next to the office where my husband listens to a lot of the old British Invasion music which is fun. I’m a big Led Zeppelin fan, but I don’t want to disturb my husband or neighbors, you just can’t listen to that quietly!

Earrings: BluKat Design
Earrings: BluKatDesign

Check out the VIP’s first interview with the jewelry artisan here.

In love with BluKatDesign? Shop online here.

Connect with Heather O’Cain:

Facebook here.

Twitter here.

WordPress here.

Pinterest here.

Tumblr here.

Hair sticks: BluKatDesign
Hair sticks: BluKatDesign
Flower stud earrings: BluKat Design
Flower stud earrings: BluKatDesign

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

12 Shops of Etsy Christmas: Shop Handmade

Photographer: JC Bravo
Photographer: JC Bravo

Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to 12 Shops of Etsy Christmas! Just like baking homemade gingerbread cookies, shopping for handmade gifts always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Today on the blog, I am going to take y’all on a tour of my favorite Etsy shops and list a few of my favorite things–Santa Baby, pay attention *wink*

1. Art Made By Tammy:

“At Art Made by Tammy, you’ll find Affordable, Unique and One of a Kind (ooak) pieces, all handmade by me. From Wearable Art Jewelry,  Vintage Jewelry,  Modern Earrings and Necklaces, Beaded Bookmarks and more.” (cited here)

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Oval Engraved Floral Locket Necklace in  Antique Brass, Sale, Victorian Style. Click here to view.

Hand stamped "brave" necklace by Lisa Hamilton of Beadsoul.
Hand stamped “brave” necklace by Lisa Hamilton of Beadsoul.

2. Beadsoul

“Wanting to make a personal Christmas gift many, many years ago has evolved into my favorite pastime; creating unique, handcrafted, wearable art. I adore crafting jewelry that is fun, unique and that will become a “conversation piece” for the wearer! I believe that everyone can use a little sparkle in their day.” (cited here)

To learn more about Beadsoul, check out the VIP interview with the designer here.

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: ONE Midi Stacking ring handmade from fine silver knuckle ring skinny stacker ring. Click here to view.

Fabulous earrings by BluKat Design!
Fabulous earrings by BluKat Design!

3. BluKat Design

“Handmade artisan jewelry,  vintage inspired, upcycled jewelry, repurposed jewelry, unique earrings, original necklaces.  I specialize in original, one-of-kind statement necklaces  and unique every day necklaces and earrings that will surely be noticed!” (cited here)

To learn more about BluKat Design, check out the VIP interview with the designer here .

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Mint Green Stud Earrings. Click here to view.

4.  Crystal Heart Factory

“All of my items are handmade by me and 100% lifetime guaranteed. I am set up to ship from home. I usually ship out purchases same/next day and all items come in a beautiful mesh bag that can be presented as is if it a gift for somebody.” (cited here)

To learn more about Crystal Heart Factory, check out the VIP Interview with the designer here.

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Turquoise and Gold bracelet. Click here to view.

Beautiful necklace by Ethereal Energy!
Beautiful necklace by Ethereal Energy!

5. Ethereal Energy

“Inspirational Handcrafted Energy Jewelry, made just for You.  Every piece of jewelry is designed and personally made by yours truly from my small home studio in the Nation’s Capital.” (cited here)

To learn more about Ethereal Energy, check out the VIP Interview with the designer here.

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Tiger Skin Jasper  Turquoise Howlite Energy Bracelet. Click here to view.

6. Everybody’s Buying Vintage (EBV)

“Exceptional vintage clothing from the 1960s-90s for the ladies, guys, and the kiddos too! We carry ALL SIZES from XXS to PLUS. We love fashion and we strive to provide our customers with high quality vintage clothing that is in keeping with current styles & trends.” (cited here)

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Vintage 70s Metallic Gold Halter Maxi Dress. Click here to view.

7. Go Hey Judy

“Hey, Judy!®  “Little Charmers”  along with an ever expanding line of handmade dolls because I simply can’t stop at one.  You may read more about the Hey, Judy! story and how she came to be on my “About Page” which you may find here:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/GoHeyJudy/about” (cited here)

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Fabric Wrist Wrap Beaded Ocean Blue. Click here to view.

Beautiful handmade earrings from Hearts of Stone Jewelry!
Beautiful handmade earrings from Hearts of Stone Jewelry!

8. Hearts of Stone Jewelry

“Stones with souls, maybe; stones with heart, definitely!  Hearts of Stone Jewelry pieces are all handmade using agate, jasper, geode and other natural stones, becoming earrings, necklaces, sets and chokers. Each piece showcases the natural beauty of carefully chosen and meaningful stones. How do you wear your heart?” (cited here)

To learn more about Hearts of Stone Jewelry, check out the VIP Interview with the designer here.

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Geode Druzy Gemstone Heart Necklace. Click here to view.

VIP sporting the Crochet Granny Squares Tan and Blue Bag, purse, handbag with organza flower available in the LaBelle Madeleine store here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/98121469/crochet-granny-squares-tan-and-blue-bag?ref=shop_home_active
VIP sporting the Crochet Granny Squares Tan and Blue Bag, purse, handbag with organza flower available in the LaBelle Madeleine store here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/98121469/crochet-granny-squares-tan-and-blue-bag?ref=shop_home_active

9. La Belle Madeleine

“I love to create things, I have always been busy with something crafty in my hands or ideas in my head. One of my greatest teacher has been my Nonna Isabella, she could make anything and she touched the lives of so many people. Now that I lost her I feel the urge to fill that void and keep creating to make this world a little more beautiful.” (cited here)

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Crochet key-chain/pouch lime green with a ladybug. Click here to view.

10. Lisa Graham Art

“My art is all original and I work in a variety of mediums.  I offer paintings and drawings for those on a budget and also some larger works for the serious art collector. I add new work regularly, so if you don’t see a painting you like today,  you may find one tomorrow.” (cited here)

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Original Mixed Media Painting – Miss Doo Doo Would Rather Wear Plaid – 11×14 inch on canvas panel. Click here to view.

The VIP loves this matching necklace and earrings set from Sparkle Cat Studio!
The VIP loves this matching necklace and earrings set from Sparkle Cat Studio!

11. Sparkle Cat Studio

“Jim and I design and make all the jewelry with natural minerals, Swarovski crystal, Czech glass, and other elements that catch our eye.  We both volunteer with several animal rescue groups in our community: The Biscuit Foundation (of which we donate 25% of our proceeds to) and the Humane Society of Alamance County. We are strong advocates for animal rescue.” (cited here)

To learn more about Sparkle Cat Studio, check out the VIP Interview with the designer here.

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Double Strand Red, Gray, Black, Light Pink, Quartz Crystal, Pink Quartz, Obsidian, and Hambabalud Wood Beaded necklace. Click here to view.

Fabulous upcycled earrings from Wearwolf!
Fabulous upcycled earrings from Wearwolf!

12. Wearwolf

“Saving the Earth One Recycled Can At A Time! Short and sweet… I am a rabid recycler/ artist/ hoarder (ha!) that loves making beautiful objects out of other people’s refuse!  All items are hand made by myself in my little workshop in my treasured early 1950’s ranch style home.” (cited here)

VIP’s Favorite Item At the Moment: Recycled Jewelry Soda Can Charm Bracelet. Click here to view.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

Little GREEN Dress Meets Leather

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Hello, fabulouses! Let’s turn up the heat of yesterday’s LGD by tossing on a sexy leather jacket and wedges. Add a touch of spice to this hot ensemble with a long pendulum pendant necklace from BluKat Design, and you are ready for a super stylish night out on the town!

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Dress: Three07

Leather Jacket: American Eagle, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Necklace: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

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Abby Hathorn