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Etsy Holiday Gift Guide :: $50 and Under

Holiday marketing seems to begin sooner and sooner each year and even mentioning the word "Christmas" when we have yet to celebrate Halloween is quite honestly - really cheesy!  As hard as it may be accept, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and then after that...well forget it!  Time officially enters the twilight zone where one day you're eating turkey and the next minute you're trying to stay awake until midnight to ring in the New Year!  Yup.  That means we've passed the "cheesy-to-even-mention-it" phase and it's now time to begin thinking about those holiday gifts!  But don't fret, dear friends!  We've put together an awesome Etsy Holiday Gift Guide of items $50 and Under to get you in the mood and inspired to cross things off your list!

We have a whole collection of fun finds for you to shop, so be sure to check out our Etsy Elite16 page for more great gifts!

 

Etsy Holiday Gift Guide :: $50 and Under

1. custom made logo stamp :: creatiate

2. vintage mackinaw bridge pillow :: laugh love photo

3. chunky geometric knit hat :: little moscow and co

4. screen printed eco-friendly wristlet :: cloth and ink

5. geometric cactus pink planter :: sea and asters

6. stars tooth fairy cottage pillow :: apple white

7. oh hey 5" embroidery hoop :: sarah k benning

8. entryway coat wall hook :: loop design studio

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Studio Tour

Studio Tour :: Trees 4 the Wood

a view from the studio- located in southeastern Tasmania in Australia

a view from the studio- located in southeastern Tasmania in Australia

Shop:: Trees 4 the Wood

Owner + Designer :: Grace

Where is your studio located?

My studio is in the centre of our house - it used to be the dining room but was converted to a studio a few years ago. It's temporary and I'm happy to have it in the centre of the house while I still have young children. Our property in south eastern Tasmania is called Swallows Nest Farm. Tasmania is the southern-most state of Australia and is known for its natural beauty and clean environment. We grow proteas and native cut flowers on our farm. Our local town is called Nubeena, which means "crayfish" in aboriginal. It is a sleepy sea-side town with a history of fishing and apple growing. We also have an amazing amount of convict history in our area, and because of that and the natural beauty, it is a tourist destination. My studio windows face west across the bay and I am spoilt for views!

Grace at work in her studio in Tasmania.

Grace at work in her studio in Tasmania.

details of some linocuts

details of some linocuts

How did you get started in your craft + what inspires you?

I have always made things. I have done 4 years of art college and have had exhibitions of painting, sculpture, collage and ceramics. I wouldn't have said linocuts were one of my talents, but I have always enjoyed doing them. My brother did a lot of linocuts when I was a little girl, and it just seemed right. When my baby was young, I needed a creative outlet that wasn't too challenging so I did a few small linocuts of birds and made them into cards for friends and family. They really were the beginning of my etsy store. Linocuts then got under my skin! I love instagram, and was inspired to do some linocuts of some of my instagram photos, depicting local scenes. I have really enjoyed these and am always really thrilled when people across the world want to buy a little piece of my world. I am inspired by the natural environment - its everywhere I look. I love the light and how it changes the look of the landscape. I love the colours that change throughout the year. I love the textures, shapes, and colours of the landscape and the weathered quality of the outdoors. All the subjects of my work are directly inspired by what I see - I think the authenticity of that is important to me.

tools of the trade

tools of the trade

works in progress

works in progress

What are the top 3 tools that are most important in your craft?

Currently, my linocarving tool, my printing baren and my watercolour paintbrushes. I mainly use the one lino carving tool - my trusty "v" tool. I enjoy carving the lino - the blocks are quite beautiful. I use traditional silk-cut lino, not the new plastic kind. I love the smell, and I just find it gives a better print. My printmaking baren is a traditional japanese tool and I use the "old style" made from a disc covered with a leaf. I have worn out two and am currently on my third. The baren is used to transfer ink from the lino block onto the paper. I do all my printing by hand and don't use a press. The "low-tech" approach appeals to me. I hand colour all my linocuts with watercolour so my watercolour brushes are really important to me. I have favourites that are soft and put the paint on just the way I like it. They are always on my desk in a jar. 

studio supplies

studio supplies

studio life at trees 4 the wood

studio life at trees 4 the wood

What's a typical day in the studio like? 

I wish I had a typical day in my studio, but at this point in my life, nothing ever manages to be "typical". I dream of having hours of uninterrupted time where I am able to begin and complete a task in one go! But the nature of life with 5 children and a farm to work on, as well as taking care of my youngest daughter who has significant health problems means that I snatch time here and there. I always have a number of projects on the go so that when I find myself with time to spare, I am able to pick it up and keep working. Linocuts are great with this way of working because there are lots of stages in the process and I can do a little here and there. I love to have music playing when I'm alone, but I also love the quiet. And cups of tea at regular intervals is a must. In the corner of the studio is a little desk for my daughter. She keeps herself busy cutting, pasting and making "cwaft" while I am busy too. 

a sampling of items from trees 4 the wood :: driftwood  pencils , linocut  prints ,  brooches ,  cards

a sampling of items from trees 4 the wood :: driftwood pencils, linocut prints, brooches, cards

What are the greatest rewards of creating something that is handmade?

Making things for me is just part of life. I find great satisfaction in having an idea and seeing it through to completion. And of course, its such a thrill to find that people want to buy what I make! There have been times when I have been unable to make things with my hands, but I am always happier when I can get in and express myself visually in some way. It creates mess, takes time, and household chores don't always get done, but its what I do - its who I am.

 a sampling of images from instagram (@gladdish) of Tasmania

 a sampling of images from instagram (@gladdish) of Tasmania

flowers from Swallow's Nest Farm via instagram @gladdish

flowers from Swallow's Nest Farm via instagram @gladdish

Further afield::

Instagram

Swallow's Nest Farm

Facebook

Thanks so much Grace for sharing your studio!

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Style Guides

It's our 3rd Birthday, let's Celebrate! || A Style Guide Challenge

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Woo hoo! It's our 3rd anniversary so we are having a party.  Every month we gather together for our Style Guide Challenge so our theme this month is all about celebrations. 

What is a Style Guide?

We realize that Etsy is a crowded place, full of unbelievable finds, but sometimes it's just a bit hard to sort through all of them.  That's where we come in!  We create mini shopping guides to help you shop more easily.  

Let's Shop and Party:

1. happy birthday garland  hello plum studio

2. party girl  elle moss

3. chevron cake toppers  toddles noodles

4. party like it's my birthday stamp  creatiate

5. party memories painting  pretty little thieves

6. cake art print  inameliart

Join in on the fun and start shopping!


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DIY

DIY | Create your holiday packaging with Creatiate

It's that time of year again. Where you gather up all your purchases and start wrapping them up.  One way to really make them your own is to create your own custom wrapping paper and gift tags. Sarah Kathryn of Creatiate shares how she designed her own packaging with plain paper and stamps from her shop.

the tools you will need to design your own wrapping paper and gift tags

the tools you will need to design your own wrapping paper and gift tags

What you will need:

1. brown or white craft paper- I found some from knot and bow

2.baker's twine- from the stationery room

3.parcel gift tags- from Inkkit

4.washi tape- from paper and present

5. stamps, ink and acrylic backing can all be found in Sarah Kathryn's store- Creatiate She has a variety of stamps for any occasion and also does custom designs!

6. craft scissors- hopefully you have some at home

There are lots of stores on Etsy where you can shop for supplies, but this should get you started in the right direction.

 

a bow and merry christmas stamps with red ink creates a festive design

a bow and merry christmas stamps with red ink creates a festive design

The finished product. Hand stamped paper and gift tags. Add some baker's twine and you have beautifully packaged gifts.

The finished product. Hand stamped paper and gift tags. Add some baker's twine and you have beautifully packaged gifts.

Now that you have all the items you need to create your personalized paper and gift tags. Here are the steps to get your there.

1. Roll out a sheet of paper and make sure you have it completely flat.

2. Choose your ink color and stamps.

3. Go with a simple repeating pattern or mix it up!

4. Get out your tags and stamp them in coordinating colors.

5. Tape your gifts with a fun washi tape to add a splash of color and 

then use colorful baker's twine to tie the gift tag to the package.

6. Admire your hard work!

Now step back and admire your handiwork. 

Now step back and admire your handiwork. 

Handmade gifts are wonderful, but handmade packaging makes them even more special. They were made with love and care by you!  
A big thanks to Sarah Kathryn for sharing her beautiful packaging ideas.

Remember you can make your own packaging with the tools above and don't forget to check out Creatiate for some awesome stamps to get you started on creating your own gift wrap!

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