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Our April Etsy Style Guide Challenge Winner IS...

Emerald Isle Throw Cush...
$59
Long Gold Feather Neckl...
$24
Tribal Wall Hanging Blu...
$44
Vintage Piano Stool Cas...
$145
Nature Photography, Abs...
$25
Embroidered Folk Art Sk...
$65
Native inspired artisan...
$35
Square Bowl - Urban Fus...
$84
EarthenLace by EarthenP...
$79
Natural Woven Basket Pu...
$169
Hand Painted Mason Jar ...
$28
Slave Bracelet Boho Han...
$11.35
Large Bohemian Flower M...
$52
flower painting bohemia...
$18
Faithful Night Listenin...
$325
Bohemian Women Headband
$15                           


We kicked off our monthly Etsy Style Guide Challenge this month with a fun twist to our theme where we combined both Earth Day and Mother's Day!  Since the Earth is often referred to as Mother Earth, we took the opportunity to pair them together to see what sort of creative collections our curators would come up with.  It's always a treat and never an easy task to choose just one winner, but this winning collection by Brooke of Etsy shop Peiffer Studios was a home run hit!  Before I reveal her title, take a moment to appreciate Brooke's feminine collection.  She uses not just color to create a soothing and airy guide, but she's telling a specific story which illustrates the challenge theme most beautifully.  All becomes clear when you read her title, Mother Earth is a True Bohemian.  So lovely and absolutely stunning Brooke - Congratulations!

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We had 100 Style Guide submissions this month and we were blown away with all the amazing titles and styles.  Each month after the challenge is over, Amber and I share our list of favorites with each other before we pick a winner and honorable mentions.  We normally have many which overlap, but this month - we only had one!  And that was Brooke's winning Style Guide!  It's always fun to see which ones we each choose and I'll be sharing below four honorable mentions from both of our selections.   

Although our selections didn't overlap, we both loved the creative styling and modern sensibilities of one of our new curators - Charlotte of Etsy shop The Vintage Vogue Story.  This stunning collection below uses a very limited color palette to gently guide the eye through and creates a soothing mood, like a quiet misty morning.  One can just admire the gorgeous earth centered styling, but then you read the title and it all pulls together.  What a wonderful collection, Charlotte - now I'm singing that John Mayer song!

'girls become lovers who turn into mothers' by charlottebravo


Little prankster- legg...
$30

White Succulent Sculptu...
$25

Taupe Brown Women's...
$84

small charm necklace wi...
$28

The Double Dipped Hat
$55

Geometric square with b...
$24

Vintage 1960s Dress - B...
$85

Landscape Photography, ...
$35

Vintage French Wooden S...
$59

Vintage Mirror Home Dec...
$38

Pillow Cover - Pollywog...
$38

100, 4 3/4 x 6 1/2"...
$24

Flora Study N3 - 8x10. ...
$30

brown teddy bear- vinta...
$22.95

Druzy Crystal Earrings ...
$39

Organic Cotton Weekend ...
$85


Next we're taking a little stroll through a garden that has been lovingly tended and nurtured by mom in this collection by Cinne of By Cinne Worthington.  You can almost smell the sweetness of a big bouquet of flowers and I love floral motifs that punctuate this collection.  Who doesn't like a little petal pizazz to feel the anticipation of summer and the blossoming of all things lovely?  Gardening on Earth Day is ideal and Cinne's shopping guide is filled with items which mom will be sure to enjoy - Earth Day and every day!   Really lovely eye, Cinne!


'A visit to mother's garden...' by cinnew


Still Life- A Wild Bunc...
$38

RED Rose Gold Leather C...
$74

From the Garden . gicle...
$15

Large Boho Bag Fairy Pu...
$78

Curley Parsley on Linen...
$36

Bird Art Botanical Prin...
$20

Vintage Instant Collect...
$65

Forget Me Not Print
$12

Bouquet II - Cross stit...
$6.5

green bridesmaid clutch...
$234

Spring Flower Photograp...
$20

Tote bag, Canvas bag
$69

Blooms on Brilliant Col...
$120

No. 9900
$30

Rusty Rustic Bonsai She...
$17

Landscape Art Print fro...
$25


In her collection below titled Child of the Earth and Sea, Jill of Etsy shop Be Something New takes us back to nature.  Using sand tones as a base, Jill primes her style guide canvas and pulls in items which all share a beachy, earthy quality.  Her collection celebrates the organic spirit of Earth Day and highlights gift ideas for the all natural mom!  Mother's Day is right around the corner, so it's not too early to start planning ahead to find that perfect gift.  Feeling inspired and see many gifts that my mom would surely enjoy - great selections, Jill!



'child of the earth and sea' by BeSomethingNew


Page 47 Liquid and Soli...
$17.5

Nature photograph - fin...
$35

Sage Green Rustic Tunic...
$59

Black and Espresso Gold...
$9

Today is the Day Origin...
$15

Joy - An earthy porcela...
$29

Blue Green Dragonfly Vi...
$3

modern engagement ring ...
$595

Garden Melodies Limited...
$20

Faux Bois Porcelain Bas...
$65

You and Me watercolor p...
$90

Miniature Mushrooms Set...
$12

Pale Mint Blue Home Dec...
$28

Spring wedding decorati...
$12

LILY of THE VALLEY larg...
$12

Ceramic Mug, Black Bird...
$26


In this collection here, Alexandra of Etsy shop Terra Dei Farm  gives us a peek into her world of living and working on a farm.  This is a gal who understands what Earth Day is all about because she lives it each and every day!  Close to nature and the bounty that the Earth has to share, Alexandra has curated a style guide which illustrates exactly what her title spells out All Good Things.   What more is there to want?  A wonderful assembly of items set on a background which is filled with some warm sunshine!  Simply gorgeous, Alexandra!


'All Good Things' by TerraDeiFarm


Organic Bloomsdale Long...
$2.35

Vintage Collection Wood...
$39

Earth Tone Women's ...
$64

The Good Green Stuff / ...
$9

Citrus and Avocado line...
$60

Food Art Photo set, col...
$105

Wooden Walnut Bowl Wood...
$78

Vintage practical glass...
$15.99

Pair of Enamelled Conta...
$42

Rosemary Mint Hair Soap
$12.5

Paris Pastries, Still L...
$28

Mozzarella & Ricotta DI...
$25

Late night coffee - TI...
$10

Baguette Board with Oli...
$94

Gardener Photography Pr...
$25

25 Types Survival Start...
$11.95


Keeping in line with our tradition, we're finishing off our Style Guide Challenge with a collection by Jenn of Etsy shop Palimpsestic.  We always look for the beat from Jenn as she has a natural talent for telling some very entertaining stories through her style guides.  She's always coming up with something new and fresh as she adds her own unique spin to the challenge theme.  What's up this month?  Well, Jenn has captured a picture of mom back in the day when she was a flower-power kind of gal!  Are you smiling yet?  How clever, right?  This is why Jenn is our official resident stylist and we always love ending our challenge post with a peek into her world.  Thank you for always playing along, Jenn - you're the best!


'When Mom Was a Flower Child' by palimpsestic


White Boho Blouse Upcyc...
$59

Art Print Car Painting ...
$14

Glass Locket Necklace -...
$50

Vintage 1960s Lime Gree...
$62

Vintage 60's Natura...
$20

70s signed studio potte...
$68

Chaparral natural solid...
$60.9

flower photography mint...
$30

Citronella Oat Goat Mil...
$6

Long Gold Feather Neckl...
$24

daisy comb in green and...
$18

2 sheets DAISIES wrappi...
$5

Vintage Kaftan . Embroi...
$65

moleskine journal. bota...
$16.5

Summer of '69 Hippi...
$26

Faceted terracotta gems...
$140


We'll see you back here in another month as we jump into May (whoa, it's almost May???).  Thank you to all the very, very talented Style Guide curators for their amazing collections.  Don't miss the whole list of 100 shopping guides and know you can always count on us to help you connect with some of the best shops on Etsy! 






















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Guest Stylist || Broken Ghost Clothing




Each month we hold a Style Guide Challenge and our winner gets to be our Guest Stylist on Pinterest for the following month.  Jana of Broken Ghost Clothing was our March winner, so she has been pinning away all this month to share with us her fabulous sense of style. 

The first thing I noticed about her overall style is that is is very earthy and natural. Almost every pin is green and very woodsy as if you were in the middle of a forest. Some of my favorites were her European- inspired pins. It had me dreaming of a long vacation near Lake Como or Bavaria. 

European inspiration:
1. image via lovehomeswap.com || vacation rental near Como
2. image via hahoy.com || European style garden
3. image via google.com || Glottertal, Germany





Jana's Etsy favorites have an earthy, boho style, which makes sense when you check out Jana's amazing clothing shop. It's very boho + earthy as well. 



firewood drawer by Mark Moskovitz
French county and Tuscan decor  via dohow.com
antique candle polders || image via chicfindsinfashion.com


We can't thank Jana enough for sharing with us her woodsy + earthy style with us.  Don't forget you can pin her finds and also follow her other boards. I can't wait to see what next month's stylist will share with us!

Pinterest || @brokengc
Guest Stylist Board || Broken Ghost Clothing


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Freshen Up & Get Ready for Spring!



1.   To Market Shopper Bag by Cloth and INK
2.  Colombian Emerald Ring by Erin Jane Designs
3.  Red Petal Watercolor by Louise Art Studio
4.  White Porcelain Bird House by M & L Studio 


I went outside on the back porch yesterday with my bare feet and even though it was quite chilly, I felt the coming of spring.  To help welcome in that energy, I've selected 4 items from some of my favorite Etsy shops.  Helen of Cloth & INK recently listed her new shopper tote bag in her swallow fabric.  I love that it was designed with shopping at local farmer's markets in mind and it's made me feel so anxious for the outdoor markets to start up again!  Next, I just want to live inside the gorgeous milky minty color of the Colombian emerald ring by Erin of Erin Jan Designs.  I have a pair of Erin's morganite stud earrings (which by the way Erin, I love!) and know that Erin's designs embrace such a simple and elegant feminine quality.  I would probably wear her ring, like my earrings, all the time too!    Keeping in line with the modern lines that I love, I chose this watercolor painting by Louise of Louise Art Studio.  Her use of a limited color palette really unifies this lovely piece and is perfect for welcoming back spring!  Finally, one of the things that really lifts my heart in the spring is the return of all the birds.  Who would object to this beautiful porcelain bird house by Meg and Luce of M & L Studio?   Actually, forget the birds - I want to move in!

Happy "it's almost spring" Everyone!

  
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Etsy Birthday Gifts for Mom!



1. Lavender Purple Czech Glass Beaded Earrings by Lunarbelle
2. Silk Travel Scarf by By Cinne Worthington
3. Laminated Cotton Zipper Pouch by oktak
4. Raspberry Vanilla Handmade Soap by Blushie


Today is my mom's birthday and so I thought I'd put together a list of items inspired by what my mom would enjoy.  Earrings are always a hit and since purple is my mom's favorite color, I picked out these lavender purple czech glass bead earrings by Regina of Lunarbelle - just the right shade of purple!  Since my mom likes to travel a lot, giving a light and easy to pack gift will insure that it gets used and enjoyed often.  That's why I love the silk scarf by Cinne of By Cinne Worthington - not only is it travel friendly, but it's simply gorgeous!  Now, zipper pouches would make anybody smile as they're so great for organizing a variety of items.  My mom and I both have a collection of pouches for almost every occasion.  Aki of oktak has such a shop full of colorful and cute purses and pouches - I selected this zipper pouch for the retro style fabric and bold colors.  And finally, my mom always loves to have a selection of handmade soap on hand - some for the guest bathroom, some for herself.  I know she'd love the scent combo of raspberry and vanilla in this vegan friendly soap by Megan of Blushie.  Sounds delicious!

What would your mom enjoy for her birthday?

  
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Get into Gear - Valentine's Day Gifts!

top Vintage Letterpress Be Mine by Monki Vintage
bottom left Valentine Heart Art Bowl by Romy and Clare
bottom middle Valentine's Triangle Silk Scarf by By Cinne Worthington
bottom right Rose & Chamomile Sachet by The Living Earth Botanicals

The first day of February is officially here and that means 13 more days until Valentine's Day!  I think it's time to get those gift giving partners in gear with a little inspiration from the handmade and vintage world of Etsy!  Planning something special doesn't have to involve a strategic outline that's pages long—you can keep it simple and still achieve something very memorable.  The thing that I love about buying from Etsy is the personalized attention to detail and the connection with the artisans who run the shop.  So here are some ideas to pass along!

Vintage wooden letterpress type have such a beautiful patina and they are cool decor pieces on their own, but Kiki of Monki Vintage combines them here to spell out "Be Mine" - a neat gift idea that is sure to leave an impression (no pun intended!).  Cute!  Small bowls are something I use all the time and if you're looking for a functional gift, I thought this heart art bowl by Romy & Clare was perfect!  Functional, artful, colorful and in the shape of a heart - the symbol of love.  Red is the color of Valentine's Day, so why not wrap your sweetie in a gorgeous silk scarf by Cinne of By Cinne Worthington - luxurious!  Finally, what spells romance more than the scent of a rose?  Amanda & Ginger of The Living Earth Botanicals offer 3 rose & chamomile sachets infused with Bulgarian Rose essential oil for a gift that is filled with a "dreamy, romantic aroma".

Four memorable gifts - which one will you choose?  Need more ideas?  See my whole collection here!


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3 Weeks Until Valentine's Day - Need Help?

1. Mini Ceramic Hearts Bowl by Ross Lab
2. Ceramic Heart Earrings by Karo Art
3. 100% Natural Herbal Bath Bombs by Growing Up Herbal
4. Ombre Hearts Art Block by Red Tile Studio
5. Organic Red Heart Love Ring by La Chica de los Anillos


I sometimes wonder where the graphic for a heart came from.  It's certainly not based on the organ in our bodies; no, that would not be as attractive as this beautifully symmetrical, fluid shape.  Hearts are the universal symbol of love and a perfect way to show someone how much you care anytime of year, but especially during Valentine's Day.  This romantic celebration of love is just 3 weeks away—the sweet spot for getting your Etsy orders placed!  Don't wait until the last minute as some items are made to order and some will ship from overseas, so plan ahead this year and surprise even yourself at how organized you are!  (That was on your new year's resolution list, right?)  I've highlighted 5 handmade heart shaped Etsy gifts and you can see my whole collection of 16 right here.  Nothing says "I Love You" like a heart!











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