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Etsy Love: Whimsy Whimsical

Sometimes you just need something sweet. A chocolate, a little cupcake or maybe a darling note card. Yes, these handmade cards are seriously sweet, like make you cheeks-tingle-sweet. I love them!

Malaysian Artist, Yee Von creates these precious illustrations using pen and ink and then digitally colors them. She has this shop on Etsy but also features her lovely figurative work at this shop. Make sure you stop by both, they are a real treat! Her blog is also very beautiful!

Happy Wednesday!

xo,

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My first show…

My feet were very mad at me today. Wearing 3-inch heels for 7 hours straight is not on my list of skills anymore…however all the aches and pains of today were worth it! The trunk show was so lovely and so rewarding! This was my first big event for Grace & Ivy and having it at my home made me all the more nervous. Thank goodness for my wonderful new friends, who encouraged me and supported me all the way through!

The day was very chilly, with some rain but inside it was nice and cozy. We had a fire burning, mulled cider on the stove, elegant holiday music playing and plenty of decadent sweets to share with our guests! Our little shop was open for business and it wasn’t long before we got quite busy. At first, I felt quite hesitant but the butterflies left my stomach as I began to chat with our shoppers. I found a wonderful feeling of connection with them. I got to answer questions, share my story and assist my customers with their selections. It was quite a high! The best compliment was to observe our guests making themselves at home by the fire and chatting with new people. Everyone felt comfortable – they wanted to hang out! I loved it!

So you know me…I had to take several pics…some are blurry…forgive me…but I had to share with you.

Don’t you love the snowflakes? We all made a bunch and then incorporated them into the decorations. Great idea Amy!

Jen brought these beautiful turquoise, vintage bottles for the mantel. Love them!

Setting up… Up front you can see Barbara’s gorgeous t-shirts and baby wear!

My little table! I had samples out of my brown sugar scrub and the body butters. My new vanilla-ginger body butter was a sure favorite and sold out fast!

(It’s so new that it’s not even on my Etsy site yet. So if you want one just shoot me an email!)

I got a little obsessed dressing the table. My husband cut me off after I hand drew the tiny stars on the paper trees…

I tried to make the best of my poor old brass chandelier by adorning it with a wreath of greens and our delicate little snowflakes.

All in all, it was a fantastic day. Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported us. We so appreciate it!!

Have a lovely Monday. I’m hoping for a snow day!

xo,

p.s. Also sending out a big thank you to Matt, Jen’s husband, who provided us with lovely jazz music into the evening hours!


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Handmade Trunk Show: La Fete de Noel

Hello Friends,

I’m sorry I haven’t posted today but I am super busy ramping up for the trunk show I’m having at my place on Nov. 20th! I’m so excited for it but wow…my studio is becoming a little nutty! My floor is lined with Grace and Ivy products, the kitchen smells like vanilla and ginger from cooking up sugar scrubs and my cat has deemed the empty boxes from my ingredient shipments her new hang out. She keeps popping her head out every time I enter the room. Too cute.

The mess means I’m busy…right?…so I really can’t complain.

If you are a local Portlander, please do join us for some champagne, yummy holiday treats and of course, beautiful, handmade goods!

I’m thrilled to be co-hosting this show with my amazing friends and fellow artists, Amy, Barbara & Jen.¬† Amy creates stunning jewelry with a vintage touch, Barbara screen prints her amazing artwork onto sinfully soft clothing and Jen delivers stunning handcrafted collage greeting cards! Add my organic skin and body care and you’ve got a plethora of fabulous gift options for all the special people in your life! Giving handmade not only supports the artists in your community but makes you an incredibly generous and creative gift giver! It’s a win – win!

Hope to see you there! Ok…back to work.

xo,


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Anahata Katkin – Postcard Tins

Rummaging through the antiques yesterday, I found myself drawn to tins. Tin boxes, tea tins, chocolate tins, candy tins…you get the idea. So when I found these stunning tins by Anahata Katkin, I had to have them. No they are not old, or vintage but they are covered with her beautiful artwork and filled with gorgeous postcards. What great gifts!

Aren’t they yummy!? Go here to order your own! For an extra treat, go visit Anahata’s inspiring and quirky blog.

xo,

All images via Papayaart.com

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Adorned Apothecary bottles

Found these on Etsy via the most beautiful EAB store. Immediately fell in love. Ordered this one (above).

Can’t wait to put it in my new office!

Aren’t they so lovely?

Image via EAB Designs

Yes, I know…I have spent far too much time on Etsy today…oh well.

Sweet dreams.

xo,

Ivy

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Etsy – Portland style

I love to buy local. It feels good and it supports the people in your community. So this morning, with a lovely steaming cup of coffee, I perused Etsy’s Portland artists.

Have a look at some these talented locals…

Kenton Beadworks

Little Pumpkin Papers

Michele Maule

appetite

Make a cup of tea and get lost in the wonderful world of Etsy.

Have a relaxing Sunday.

xo,

Ivy

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