I just bought a bunch of stuff for Christmas. One of my favorite things is a mug made by someone on the etsy mud
It is so well made and my aunt will love it!
Reclaimed Tennis Balls
my new passion is finding ways to re-use or up-cycle discarded
and often forgotten about items. lately i've been focused on tennis balls. our local tennis club just throws
these little darlings away by the hundreds in the summer... in the winter, thankfully, they donate them to local
schools and after school programs for crafts and chair stoppers.
after having a child of my own, going
through 2 days of back labor before even being admitted to Labor/Delivery and then going thru 16 hours of hospital
labor, tennis balls were my major source of comfort. throw a couple in a sock and you have a back massager from
heaven! even after delivery i found fun new ways to use my little invention.
after being asked about my
little sock wonder from many friends and a few family members, i thought there had to be a better way than to buy
new socks and stuff them with used tennis balls. and "peanuts" were born!
i only use previously abused
tennis balls from the local indoor tennis club. re-claimed 100% wool yarn and remnant fabric that was destined for
the trash (never used) in all of the products. No two are alike and all are hand sewn and crocheted.
1337 Art's handmade inspiration
I started making jewelry for myself after never being able
to find something of quality and value at department stores. I found out about
target="_blank">Etsy, and I was amazed at how many people have such an interest in all things handmade.
In the forums I have met a bunch of great people, and I have learned a lot of stories of the people behind the
shop. I fell in love with handmade items, and it is wonderful that I can support someone when purchasing a unique
I have also started doing Artist features on
My blog .
That feature handmade artists. It is important for the world to learn the charms and joys of
I much rather buy something that was made with someone's own two hands.
Hand-Sewn items are One-of-a-Kind items which is very special
that was hand-sewn is really a great treasure.
It is a one-of-a-kind thing that no one else in the entire
world can have.
I have many aprons, clothes... that were made by my Grandmother, my Mom and myself that
will be passed down.
I love getting handmade items and I love making and giving them to family and friends
even more : )
Why I buy handmade
I take great pride in my work and
it is so gratifying when someone else really appreciates my work.
I like doing the same for others too when
I see their hard work.
I make most of what I use, cook from scratch-grow my own organic
herbs/veggies/fruits/nuts/flowers-make homespa products-aromatherapy products-and almost everything my family and
BUT, for those things I don't make or grow myself - I like to support other
craftsman/organic gardeners/organic beekeepers... and so I will buy their items rather than going to a store if at