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Handmade Favorites July 2014

Handmade Favorites July 2014

It's been several months since I've rummaged through online shops for favorite handmade.  So I thought this would be a good time to check in on a few sellers who truly create their own products. 

Bright yellow hand dyed gauze from The Rainbow Girl

Bright yellow hand dyed gauze from The Rainbow Girl

My most immediate favorite is The Rainbow Girl where Sarah Hopping, in Bishop's Stortford, England hand dyes gauze/scrim.  Often this mesh style fabric is used in crafts.  But you will also find it as a medium used by artists who create fine art sculptures.  (The more sterile form is of course used for bandaging wounds, especially for burns.)  Sarah's hand dyed gauze are exceptionally color rich.  I just adore them and they are high on my wish list for exploring sculpting.  But here, see for yourself. 

Sarah hand dyes other materials such as thread, silk carrier rods and lace.  I've included a few more images of her work below.

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Handmade jewelry is always interesting, often for both its uniqueness in materials used and designs.  A jewelry maker in beautiful Greece caught my eye.  Her shop is called SunSan Jewelry.  She includes rock lava as one of her materials in her jewelry, such as the one in this gorgeous necklace created from lava and golden amber.

Her designs are clean, have beautiful colors and are just plain fun to wear. 

Another one of my favorite hand made products comes from Pueto Rico, a shop called Lala's Party.  Nessa Jay is the owner and maker of the most fun and beautiful pinatas I've seen.  They make one a bit envious of those little people who get to experience the breaking of a pinata.  If I count the things missing in my childhood, this would certainly be on the list.  And if you don't know what is a pinata or how to include it in your party, Nessa will certainly help you out on that.  Here are a few of her lovely creations.

Watermelon Fruit Slice Pinata from Lala's Party
My absolute favorite, until I see the next pinata!:)  This is Happy Robot Pinata from Lala's Party

My absolute favorite, until I see the next pinata!:)  This is Happy Robot Pinata from Lala's Party

Maybe this is my absolute favorite!  Cowgirl Pinata, from Lala's Party.

Maybe this is my absolute favorite!  Cowgirl Pinata, from Lala's Party.

I invite you to visit these shops and check out the shop owner's About page.  Each of them has a beautiful and warm story to tell.  They're dedicated to their art, creating something beautiful--and love they what they do.  You'll find them very personable, more than willing to accommodate your needs through custom orders.  When you want something special, these hand made artisans are a great alternative.

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