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il_430xN.67819933Welcome to Friday Features!  Every Friday, I will feature a handmade artist or product that I delight in.

This week, allow me to introduce you to Egg Sprouts by Revisions.  These precious porcelain egg shells come with a packet of wheat grass seeds and growing instructions.

I am just thrilled with the crisp and clean feel, and I love this clever new way to bring life and growth into your home.  As someone who has a hard time keeping houseplants alive, I think even I can manage these quick and easy-to-grow sprouts.

Use these Egg Sprouts to bring a fresh look to your home decor  or as place card holder for your next dinner party.  Have another idea of how to use them?  Share in the comments below

Michele from Revisions has more unique, “think outside the box” items in her Etsy shop and on the Revisions website.

Enjoy!

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One of my lovely and loyal customers recently asked me to make a very special necklace.  One of her family members recently had a baby, and she wanted to help the new mom celebrate and remember the birth of her beautiful baby girl. My customer and I worked together to design the perfect gift for this brand new mom – and here is the result!

The necklace incorporates the swarovski crystal birth stones of mom and baby along with a hand-formed sterling silver heart symbolizing the eternal bond between the two.

Enjoy!

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il_430xN.72104065Today’s great find: A giveaway from the Ruby Red Rose.  I love Ruby Red Rose’s clutch purses!  Rowena has a great variety of artful designs available!

Read the Lillella’s fabulous interview to get to know the Ruby Red Rose designer a little better, and enter to win this necklace while you’re there!

Rowena is giving away a $75 voucher toward the clutch of their choice (and free shipping)! This will cover the full cost of most of her pieces, but you could use the voucher towards a higher priced clutch and pay the difference if you desire!

The Contest ends Sunday, May 31st at 10:00 pm EST, and the winner will  be announced Monday, June 1st.

P.S. – Keep your eyes open for a KaraAnnisJewelry Giveaway!  I will be holding a giveaway of my own soon – look for details within the next week!

Enjoy!

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DSCF1503_2_2I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and you laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.
~Clarissa Pinkola Estes

This quote is just perfect for this time of year – graduation season!

About the Photo:
While traveling through Japan, I snapped a shot of this beautiful bloom at a street shop  along the lively, bustling Komachi-dori shopping street.

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Happy Memorial Day

We took a lovely camping trip this weekend!  We packed up all our camping gear (which we havn’t had the chance to use in awhile) and the dog and headed out to Uwharrie National Forrest.  My husband was in heaven, and I have to admit I enjoyed my weekend unwired and away from ordinary life.  Great friends, enchanting campfire, beautiful and scerene lakefront site – perfect!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend as well, and Happy Memorial Day!

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caralara4I am just thrilled to begin my interview series to allow you (and myself) to get to know people behind some fabulous creations!

Today, let me introduce you to Cara of Crafty Caralara!  True to her shop name, Cara (with a “C”) is quite crafty – she dabbles in quite a few areas, but her paintings are what caught my eye.  I just adore her “Being a Kid” series of watercolors!  Cara was kind enough to share a little about herself and her creative process.  Here’s what she shared:

How did you get started with painting?
I think I was born with a pencil in my hand! For me, I guess art was an outlet for a very shy child. I dabbled in most things and completed college courses. I suppose I am self taught with regard to painting therefore processes and techniques are quite alien to me. I tend to paint what I like, how I like, sometimes i’m surprised with the results, mostly I bin them :). All trial and error….so summing it up…I don’t think I really started painting….it was more something that grew with me :)

get_convo_imageWhere do you find your inspiration?
From other artists. I have no definite style to my work and I think that probably stems from being influenced by others. I’m not sure if thats a good or bad thing. I tend to draw what’s in my head mainly, nothing is really planned. My themes have always been people, figures, faces, features and throughout the years my style has changed drastically. I am sometimes inspired by little sketches I have drawn or dreams I have had. An example of that is the Magmeow bird I painted…..I dreamed him, sketched him, painted him in acrylic and loved him so much he lives in my kitchen :)

What do you find most challenging about your craft?
Finding time. When I eventually get free time I get a creative block which is no good when time isn’t on your side. Getting something right first time is a challenge for me also, being a perfectionist, I get increasingly frustrated if I cannot do something!

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What do you find most rewarding about it?
The way that I can shut out the world when I am in my ‘zone’! It is probably one of the only times that I can shut my brain down and spontaneously create. Being new to Etsy and blogging and even flickr….I also feel very rewarded being part of this community with like minded individuals.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
No favorite thing really, just love to embrace a day without work where I can do as I please, paint if I like, make jewellery, cook and all those little things that make me happy.

Do you have a day job?

I certainly do. I work in an office. And thats all I want to say about that :) Needless to say its not what I would choose to do, but it pays the bills :)

What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
A dreamer, creative and thoughtful. A very difficult one to answer

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What is your most prized possession?

No one thing, boring that may be, but i’m grateful for all that I have

If money and time were not an issue, where would you travel and what would you do while you’re there?
I would travel europe, in a campervan :) A yellow one with daisies! With my camera, some paper, paints and a pen oh and my laptop!!! I would take in all the beautiful views, buildings and cultures and embrace the freeness of it all. Oh how I love to dream!!


Name a guilty pleasure… what do you do to treat yourself?

Wine! Makes the thought process flow (thats my excuse anyway)

How would you like to be remembered by future generations?
As someone who tried, failed, never gave up and sometimes won the battle

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Thank you Cara for being in the spotlight!  It’s been a joy learning more about you!

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bline-1Today’s great find: A giveaway for this beautiful necklace made by Amy from the B-Line.  Isn’t the Margaret Necklace gorgeous?

Read the Sunshine Studio’s fabulous interview to get to know the b-line designer a little better, and enter to win this necklace while you’re there!

The Contest ends Sunday, May 24th at 11:59 pm EST, and the winner, chosen by traditional drawing, will  be announced Monday, May 25th.

P.S. – I will be holding a Giveaway of my own very soon!  Keep your eye on my blog for your chance to win a piece from KaraAnnisJewelry!

Enjoy!

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