Saturday, April 28, 2012

Results of #8
77% of the voters were correct again!  Although this cute pair-of-jeans iPod case could be handmade, it's not.  I found it at

The wonderful, watermelon print phone and accessory case is indeed the handmade item. This post is up a week late because I was hoping that the link I had to this item and shop on Etsy would again begin to work.  As of last Saturday, Karen Lain's shop on Etsy no longer exists.  It's as if she simply vanished.  Her shop there, Aunt Karen's Creations, was full of all kinds of colorful and wonderful clutches, cases, totes and hats.  Karen was on Etsy when I first found them over two years ago.  She was an active, helpful, delightful artisan with a wonderful sense of humor.  She gave me lots of help when I was just starting out.

I checked her blog to see if there was some indication of what happened.  Her most recent post (March 12, 2012), contains wonderfully written directions on how to navigate Etsy and find things in your account now that they've changed everything.  This lady was a gung-ho promoter of the site.

This is what I think happened.  Of late, Etsy has been closing shops with no notice for violation of their terms of use with little or no explanation of what terms the victim had violated.  With their cryptic email comes a questionnaire which the recipient must complete to have Etsy consider reinstatement.  There are no guarantees.  I haven't seen one, but from what I hear, the document is lengthy and invasive.  I know four people who've been put through this in the last 4-6 weeks or so, and I don't know that many people!

Etsy is to be given credit for starting small and growing into the huge site they are now.  But in the process, they've certainly lost their focus on 'handmade.'  It's laughable what gets sold on Etsy these days as handmade ...  perhaps it was handmade ...  in Taiwan!  It's obvious that the driving force behind the site is the almighty dollar.  Even that's okay, but not when it's the only focus.  The resellers there are now Etsy's bread and butter, and Etsy admin is going out of their way to protect them at the expense of the handmade artisans who supported them in the beginning.

I've tried to contact Karen and have received no response.  But know this...  Karen, if you're out there somewhere, and have become one of these victims, we would be ecstatic to have you join us at HandmadeArtists.  Your sense of community, your willingness to reach out and help a confused fellow artisan, and your wonderful creations would be a perfect fit within our 'family.'  You'd be free to chat and not have to worry about suddenly having the rug yanked from under you.  I know it would be a whole new learning curve for you, but we would be happy to help you.  In short, we'd love to have you!

Sunday, April 15, 2012


83% of the voters correctly spotted the beautiful touch and unique design of the handmade chainmaille piece.

This lovely bracelet can be found at Andrew Kitchen's site, ChainmailleByMBOI.  I am not sure whether this is Andrew's work or his wife Kim's, but regardless, I can't imagine the time it takes to create something so lovely!  
Many of you know that Andrew and Kim are the owners of, and as such, I thought it was about time that someone promote them.  I think that all this couple does is promote everyone else!

I found the other bracelet at Neiman Marcus' website.

So here we go with week 8 of Which One is Handmade.

Item #1

Dress up your iPhone 4/4S to show off your unique style with Denim Jeans Case for your iPhone 4/4S. Combining luxury with ultimate protection, this fitted Jeans cloth case is covered with an easy-to-grip Denim fabric with your favorite design. Pleasing to the touch, this lightweight and durable custom case allows optimal access to all sensors, ports, and controls, while offering superior comfort in-hand.

Price:  $11.95

Item #2

Holds your cellphone, digital camera, has 2 outside pockets, the back pocket holds a thin cell phone easily but you can stash your ID and credit card in this area too. Red watermelon print on cotton fabric makes this little gem a fun accessory to carry. The watermelon print looks good enough to eat! The lining is a rich green satin like polyester weave.

The closure is a simple tab with a black and silver plastic button. It folds over the front and securely buttons. It is washable just toss it in the wash with your colors, dry in the drier and it's ready to go!

Price:  $15.00

So, which one is handmade?  You can vote in the poll in the right side bar.  See you next week!



Sunday, April 8, 2012


There were tons of voters last week, and 88% of you got it right!  I thought this was a tough one...  You are all much more observant and perceptive than I anticipated!

This lovely, lacy shawl was handmade by the wonderful Anne of MadeForMeByOaklie.  Anne is a tireless promoter of handmade in all of its forms.  Her shop is full of a myriad of these lovely and delicate hand-knit items.  Perhaps so many of you got this right simply because you recognized her amazing touch and style.

The other shawl does have a handmade feel to it.  But that's not the case here.  I found this one at Sears website!

Thanks to everyone for participating in this!  I hope you are having as much fun playing as I am writing!  So, Week 7, here we go!!!

Which one is handmade?  You can vote in the poll in the sidebar.


Item # 1

This piece weighs in at approximately 3 ounces and is braided using a European 4 and 1 pattern. It is made using 3 metals; sterling silver, copper, and bronze; creating a very intricate pattern. The bracelet measures 7.5 inches long  and about 1 inch wide. The braids are held securely with a sterling silver slide clasp.

Price:  $175.00

Item #2
Choose this whimsical, glittering bracelet to set yourself apart at the next formal occasion—the fuchsia crystals and 18-karat yellow gold plate speak to the decadent design you love.
  • 18-karat yellow gold-plated brass chain maille bracelet.
  • Round-cut, fuchsia Swarovski® crystals.
  • Approximately 5/8"W.
  • Fold-over clasp.

Price:  $215.00

Which one is handmade?  See you all next week!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

AMAZING!  Artists With a Special Touch!

I love the name of this artist's site...  WildWireArt ... The name alone is enough to picque one's interest!  

Click here to see more views of this piece!
So, off I went for a visit, and look what I found!  Isn't this the epitome of the shop's name?  With all of its swirls and squiggles, its just wonderful!  The jade owl is surrounded with mixed metal wire.  It comes on a 16 inch leather cord with copper accents.  I'm just in awe of the workmanship in this piece and can't imagine the time it took to create!  The description includes a delightful story of a magical forest, too!

Click here to read more about these wonderful earrings!
Nancy lives and creates in Southern Illinois.  She claims in her profile attached to her shop on HandmadeArtists that her job is play to her.  That joy is apparent in her finished products.  Her materials are copper, sterling silver and gemstones.  These wonderful earrings are a great example of Nancy's skill with raw wire.  The hoops are hand hammered copper, and even the ear wires are made by the artist.  The blue lapis bear-like charms are so charming!

Nancy's shop is a joy to visit!  Stop by soon and see what I mean!

Sunday, April 1, 2012


I thought last week's was tougher than it was, apparently...  100% of you got it correct! 

These great looking baby booties are the mass-produced item.  Though the actual item description has a bullet point which reads "imported," I cut that out.  If you would like more information on the booties, I found them on a site entitled Baby & Child.  


These handmade gems were made by Becky of LittleDogLaughs and are in her shop on HandmadeArtists. Click here to go directly to this item.  Priced at $28, these booties will keep a little one warm and toasty and provide lots of entertainment to everyone visiting the new baby!


So, here we go with week #6.  You can cast your vote in the poll to the right in the side bar!



Item #1


Lacey white knit shawl or wrap. Perfect for any occasion or season! Can also be doubled as an extra large scarf or draped over the head wrap too! Knit with an open weave stitch to give it that lacey look and finished with matching fringe this shawl measures appx. 78" long x 20" wide! 


Price:  $50.00






Item #2


An elegant acrylic & mohair medium weight long scarf knitted with sequined flowers with tassels ends. It is soft and super stylish and will keep you warm with fashion. The scarf measures 73 inches with fringe. An excellent fashion accessory good for cold weather when layered or can be use as a light shawl opened up. It can also be a gift for your friends and loved ones.  Machine or hand wash. 

Price:  $62.95  





So, which one is handmade?  The answer will be posted next Sunday!  Have fun!