Over the weekend, I went to a really beautiful crystal store and fell in love with just about everything in sight. The beauty of naturally formed crystals from the womb of the Earth resonate such a soothing energy that it's hard to resist not walking out with a bag full of wonderful finds. I'm not sure where I would put a collection of crystals the size of an entire store, so my collection today highlights alternative ways to enjoy these magical creations of Mother Nature! I've hand picked 6 items to jump start your crystal collection - from the real thing to some really cool crystal shaped hand soap! Enjoy!
I'm getting pretty tired of single digit weather and my heart is solidly aimed upon the arrival of spring. I would venture to say that it's my most favorite season of all - every year, I can always smell the beauty of the Earth coming out of hibernation and my spirits are lifted. Our theme this month is IN LOVE and I am super in love with anything botanical that gets my mind fired up for spring! Our team of ETSY STYLISTS have been curating amazing gift guides exploring this very theme - making navigating Etsy easy and FUN! Our guest stylist today is Leslie of CHOISETTE and she brings forth some happy floral beauty from her LA studio in this gorgeous SPRING COLLECTION! I instantly fell in love with her modern styling and her fun title The Flower of Persuasion! Leslie, send some of that warm CA weather out this way - the Northeast could sure use it!
Choc-co-late = Chocolate! What more is there to say, really? Chocolate. I love it. It's my secret love affair. I could eat a whole bar if I don't institute strict rationing guidelines in advance. Last week, I received a beautifully wrapped Valentine's Day gift from the big city of Dallas - a sweet treat from the very urban chic Madame Amber of Red Tile Studio! She sent a box FULL of locally made, artisan chocolate and nearly put me into a coma. (just kidding, Amber - I didn't eat it all in one sitting!!) Handmade chocolate is simply put - AH~may~zing. The chocolate shop Dude, Sweet Chocolate in Dallas doesn't sell on Etsy, but there are so many talented chocolate makers who make the most decadent sounding creations. If you're looking for a Valentine's Day gift that is sure to please, take my advice and go for the chocolate! Who's with me on this one?
It's no secret that here at Elite16.com, we're pretty passionate about celebrating a handmade life. As creative artists and designers ourselves, we know from first hand experience what it means to build a business around creating something tangible from the seed of an idea. That's why we LOVE Etsy and have our shops here where we get to connect and meet other creatives from around the world! Elite16.com is where we get to share all the beautiful handmade and vintage items that we LOVE in a central spot - and bonus! It makes it super easy for those of you out there who LOVE Etsy to find items which have been collected and curated with style and a modern eye. We offer multiple ways to explore Etsy and one way is through our TRENDS page - seen up on our navigation bar (scroooool up, please!). Each month we add a new "trend" and this month - our theme is IN LOVE! So, go on - click on that tab and go fall IN LOVE with handmade!
A customer recently helped me realize that Valentine's Day was just around the corner when she ordered an organizer for her husband - she made me laugh when she said she was sick of helping him find his keys and wallet all the time! Getting your man organized is one theme to explore when buying gifts FOR HIM and there are many other cool ways to show your man how much you LOVE him. Does your man LOVE beer? In need of some home decor TLC? Or just needs a new favorite t-shirt because you're sick of seeing him in the same one...everyday? We're about to hit the 2 weeks mark until Valentine's Day and helping people find some cool handmade gifts is our specialty here at Elite16! We put out an entire Elite16 Etsy Valentine's Day Gift Guide filled with over 150 handmade items for you to browse - and BONUS! You can find awesome gifts FOR HIM and then casually pass it on to your man as a subtle "hint, hint" as well!
I used to feel like gift cards were an impersonal way to share in the holiday gift giving spirit, but after the experience of putting together our 82 page Holiday Gift Guide - I see the absolute beauty in them. There are just SO many amazing sellers on Etsy selling such a range of unique and fantastic items that a gift card is almost a MUST! Did you put it on your list? Let's hope so because that means you're going to be sitting on some awesome potential for purchasing gifts for YOU! Yes - it's okay to splurge on yourself and buy those items you've always wanted, but could never quite justify. Let me give you 9 justifications right here! All items are $50 and under - the perfect place to start using your Etsy Gift Card!