Tempting Tuesday Treasury

Time to resurrect a good tradition – a blog about an Etsy Treasury on Tuesdays.

Today I was inspired by the flying snowflakes. Maybe you will be inspired too!

Snow White Treasury

Click the picture to see these beautiful items up close. Happy Tuesday!
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Shop Handmade!

Remember to shop locally this holiday season! Follow the link to join a group of folks who are dedicated to handmade vs box store gifts.

Here is a fun collection of items to get you started – a baby boy treasury in honor of our good friends from Michigan who welcomed a healthy baby boy into their lives yesterday!


You can also find a great group of artists at www.artisansofwmass.com – for all of your holiday gifting needs. Shopping handmade! Woot!

Buy Local, Buy Handmade!

Time to make a case for supporting your local artists, artisans, and economy. No matter where you live in the country there are very talented people who shop at your grocery store, send their kids to your school, and support your town! Wouldn’t it be great if we could all support each other instead of sending money to big, faceless corporations?

Right now is a perfect time of year to get to know your local artists since it is Winter Art & Craft Show season! Check your local listings, newspapers, and coffee shops for flyers, then get out there and find the perfect holiday present.

In this theme, I’ve proudly started using the new stickers for our group- Artisans of WMASS
Here are a few links to local shows for MY area… Click on the picture for more details. If you have any for here, there, or anywhere leave a comment. I’ll put it up!

In other news, go HERE for a treasury I am honored to be part of…. and I have a shipping sale on right now in my etsy shop – $1 shipping on every item plus a free gift tag!

A Tasty Treasury

Happened to catch the treasury timing exactly right and grabbed another. Click HERE to go to the treasury. Here are a few examples:

And my contribution are a pair of adorable toddler mittens I whipped up in the past week… partly in the car on our way to see a crazy sport called “cyclo-cross” played out by some friends.Cyclo-cross is like a combination of cross country running, mountain biking, road biking, and steeple chasing. Quite entertaining to watch! Our friend did great, and we all survived the gusty wind.

To Pom or not to Pom…

This is not really a question. I finished my chunky cable stocking cap and was informed that a pom pom topping would be “awesome”. So after a quick google look what appeared: A wonderful tutorial from Bella Dia. You can link to the tutorial by clicking on the picture… I realized that my ability to make tutorials as lovely as this one may be hampered by the surgical shortness of my fingernails. Anyhow, since I did not need to be a hand model to MAKE the pom pom I finished my hat and VOILA! I then wrote my second ever pattern for the hat and grabbed an Etsy treasury to show off more WMASS objets d’art. And we went running. And ate Chinese food. Good day.

Finally, for all you George R.R. Martin fans out there, visit http://winter-is-coming.blogspot.com/ for the latest in news about the upcoming HBO series. Because Winter is Coming.

Local Goodness and Victorians

Item the first: The WMASS Team has a treasury on Etsy which is gorgeous. Buy local! Buy handmade! But don’t take my word for it (thanks Reading Rainbow). Go to http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=95482

Item the second: If you like early victorian england, steampunk, deadpan, punny, geeky humor, and sublimely simple drawings, 2DGoggles is for you. Sydney Padua is an artist and amateur (but very determined!) historian… her footnotes alone are worth the price of admission. As if that isn’t enough, she has a tribute to Wallace and Gromit which I will copy here with the greatest admiration and humility. Her site is www.sydneypadua.com/2dgoggles/
Item the Third: I’ll stay on the topic of the 1800’s. I am currently reading Wilkie Collin’s book The Moonstone (because the library didn’t have Woman in White) and I love how a book from over 100 years ago can be just as engaging and funny today as it was then. We just met the Sherlock Holmes character… though Arthur Conan Doyle wouldn’t publish his first detective story until about 20 years later…

Coming soon- a free scarf pattern!