Thursday, December 17, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR Inspiration Board

Decoration Inspiration!




Inspiration For Your Drinks!




Everyday Diamonds hopes you are all enjoying the holidays with friends and family! I give you this collection of amazing handmade creations to inspire you to end the year with an amazing celebration!

Enjoy

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Merry "Green" Christmas!!

A few simple tips to reduce waste and save money when packing those presents for shipping this season:


~ Look for the smallest box possible with minimal room on all sides. Try reusing boxes from store bought packages, rather than buying a new one! To get rid of the writing and labels on the outside, open the bottom and slit the side along one corner; turn the box inside out, then tape the open side and bottom. Voila new box!

~ Make your own waste free filler!! Run shopping bags through a strip cut shredder to make long cushioning strips for packing. You can also try calendar pages because chances are you've got the new one going already and heavy stock mail order catalogs or flyers which are littering your paper and mail box this holiday season!

~ If all your presents being shipped are going to the same city to relatives try to ship all your packages to the host of Christmas this year and that way they will all be there when the guests arrive. Bonus... Less chance of peeking!

~ Try to buy a gift wrap made from recycled paper and if you can't find any out there in the store you can check online at www.shopecosaurus.com

~ Check out www.shippingsidekick .com to compare the cost of shipping.

~ Don't forget to save all your packaging from gifts received this year and put them to use through out the year or when the Christmas season makes it's way around again!

~ Go to www.loosefillpackaging.com to check for local stores that you can send unwanted packing material to be reused. I think this really is a great program!


Happy Packing!!!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New to Everyday Diamonds!!!

















New to our shop, gorgeous flower rings! They come in a whole bunch of delicious colors with a filigree band.

Great price for Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers! Come check us out!



Friday, November 20, 2009

Winner of Everyday Diamonds Giveaway!

Drum roll please!............ Announcing the winner of our bracelet giveaway from Everyday Diamonds on Etsy.

Aik from Malaysia! Thanks to our worldwide friends for following our blog.

Enjoy your bracelet as much as we did making it!



Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Everyday Diamonds Christmas List!!!!


Mini Blue Bird is a cute evening bag to bring to your Christmas party! There are many to chose from in our shop and it still isn't to late to have one custom made! Cute gift than no one else will have and a great price of 10$.





Tri Autumn Organza flower hair pin come in lots of different colors, patterns and materials. They can be maid into a brooch or clip by request. These gorgeous flowers dress up your hair or outfit and are sure to get compliments and glares of jealousy!! Fabulous stocking stuffer or if you are getting a little adventurous why not dress up the gift wrap with something they can use!



Bangle Mingles are the best way to mix it up! You can pick your own colors and wear as multiples or singles. Set of 3 for 11$ or set of 5 for 15$!!!!


Come take a look for yourself or to check off a name on the Christmas list!!!
As a special little bonus we will include a cute little gift tag for Christmas!
WWW.EVERYDAYDIAMONDS.ETSY.COM

Friday, November 13, 2009

*Pearl @ Play* Spotlight


In doing my spotlight I am discovering a whole variety of amazing shops across the world that have the same beautiful material and passionate creators that I have found locally. There is still a person behind the scenes loving what they make and putting it out there for the world to enjoy. It makes me feel special to be a part of something so wholesome and so vast.

In saying this I have found a great shop full of classic jewelry that can be worn with everything! Pearl @ Play is based in Singapore and can be found on Etsy. Pearl has been crafting since she was young and has used that experience to make some fabulous treasures in her shop.

If you're like me you don't have a huge range of clothes and jewelry that you can pick from. I personally have a simple collection that I draw upon every time I get dressed. I look for pieces when I shop that will compliment multiple items and finish my look. Her pieces are quintessential and have a noticeable creative design.

I love the textured metal of this necklace and it's uneven form. The crescent moon design is very feminine and flattering. The gold is brilliant and a beautiful metal that can easily compliment whatever look you are going for.



Searching for charming Christmas jewelry to wear? These pretty little snowflakes have delightful details and have my favorite bronzed finish. These are earrings that you can definitely wear to more than one Christmas function! There is also a matching necklace to complete the set.



Copper is such a great metal to wear with its orangey hue and aged patina. The whimsical design of this heart is simple but beautiful making it a stunning necklace.





Come and check out Pearl @ Play, she is offering a 10% discount to all customers from our blog. Just mention everyday diamonds at check out to receive the discount.

Friday, November 6, 2009

*The Golden Plague* Spotlight


This shop has a varied collection of unique designs handmade from metal and recycled materials. The designs are bold and alternative and can speak loud enough to be noticed without having to utter a single word! You can find The Golden Plague on Dawanda.com. An online market place for unique and handmade good of all kinds. In case you haven't been there before and want a little knowledge about Dawanda here are some FAQs!!


I have a huge admiration of anyone who can use metal in its rawest form and make absolutely beautiful creations such as this. Not only do I love the way the flower looks as if it is blooming but there is a red felted middle and shimmering jewel that makes me think of softness when its surrounded by cold hard metal. I really think this is and art piece and would be lovely in giant form as a sculpture in my home too!



There is a amazing woman behind these artistic jewelry named Aurea Praga from Porto, Potugal. She has a beuatiful mind and can bring to life the jewelry she creates so that you can enjoy their captivating charm.




This brooch has a special long stem design that I love. I personally haven't seen a design like it before and think that it is beautiful.



This little cat like ring is not only an original style but in it's shape too. There is a little underside carved out beneath the ring for the special little papers it comes with to hide secrets in! I can see this as a gift for my niece at Christmas and I know she would love this cute little feature.


This shop is generously offering 15% OFF all items and ships worldwide! Just mention golden15 at check out to get your discount. Come and check out The Golden Plague on Dawanda.com for a little personal shopping and to take a look for christmas gifts!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Everyday Diamonds Giveaway!

Welcome! Everyday Diamonds is hosting an eco-friendly GIVEAWAY! It is easy to enter just check out the instructions below.


All of the beads on this eco-friendly Fairie Kiss bracelet are made from recycled newspaper. The newspaper is broken down, shaped into beads, drilled, sanded, painted, glittered, and polished!

This piece is made from 13 beads—7 purple-blue beads, and 6 teal colored beads. All of the beads are covered in a fine glitter before they are polished.

The beads are strung on two sparkly white ribbons to be tied in a small bow or a knot. The ends of the ribbons are heat treated to prevent fraying.


Fairie Kiss measures about 7 inches with the beads, and 20 inches including the ribbon so it can easily be adjusted based on how you want to wear it!



1) First Entry: Visit our shop www.everydaydiamonds.etsy.com

Return to A Handmade Revolution and post a comment to tell us what you liked about the shop. Be sure to have contact info. so I can let you know if you've won!

2) Extra Entry: Follow us on twitter (www.twitter.com/etsyeveryday) and tweet a comment about the shop. Post a comment on the blog to let us know you tweeted for an extra entry.

3) Extra Entry: Blog about our shop and post a comment on this blog with the url to let us know.

4) Extra Entry: Follow our blog! (right hand side). Post a comment here letting us know you are a new follower.

4) For 3 Extra Entries: Purchase something from our shop! For every item you buy you get entered in 3 more times!

Contest ends November 13th, 2009 at Midnight. The winner will be contacted shortly after contest closes. Winners must respond within 24 hours after being contacted otherwise another winner will be randomly selected.

Contest open to: Worldwide.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

*Red Poppy Accesories*Spotlight


I would like to introduce you to Red Poppy Accessories, an eye catching shop on Etsy with stunningly beautiful jewelry creations. I instantly fell in love with this shop. Her jewelry has a very modern flair and her colors are very immediately appealing for any fashionable wardrobe. Actually I think her jewelry can make a wardrobe fashionable for that matter!


This stylish artisan is a women named Eva living in Melbourne, Australia. She is a wife and mother, artist and animal lover. She has a great eye and knack for making funky jewelry which she has discovered and is pursuing passionately.

Some of my absolutely favorite pieces are her fabric pendants. I have a big weak spot for fabric patterns and I love the colors and design found on the simple button form. An understated design that speaks boldly that it needs to be noticed! The nice thing about these is that you can wear them on many different occasions and the fact that they can even be everyday pieces make them a huge bonus.













You can also find fabric buttons hair clips to match the pendant making a fabulous matching set. Her earrings seem so delicate and have an elegant manor but their colors seem to dazzle. I love that some of the pieces seem to have a little romance: the He Loves Me , He Loves Me Not and the Bird In The Cage necklace. There is a diversity of different metal patinas used in the jewelry, that really complements each piece. Red Poppy Accessories has very classy jewelry which just leads me to believe there must be a very classy women behind it all!

Red Poppy Accessories has an amazing offer along with this spotlight! She is offering FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE to all customers from Oct.23 to Oct.25.
Come and check out Red Poppy Accessories and fall in love!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

*Gigglebug Baby* Spotlight


I have recently had the pleasure of being able to purchase from Gigglebug Baby. I dealt with the shop owner Karen and I can tell you she is as great to deal with as it is to receive her wonderful creations in the mail. Gigglebug brings to you specialty gifts for babies, toddlers & moms. This Mom has developed a great shop and has the experience with four kids of her own to know what counts when buying something for your baby or one that you care about!


Sweet treats baby is a special line found at Gigglebug. I love how these look and I was really impressed with the quality of material like the onesies, blankets and washcloths used to make the cakes and cupcakes. It is so cute that it is packaged up in a box as if delivered by the bakery!


There are gorgeous colors for boys or girls and she can do custom orders. I think if I was hosting a baby shower I would love to coordinate the colors with gifts (I have a party planning addiction! My poor kids!). Not only a great thing for "mommy to be" to take home but quite the accents at the party!



Gigglebug carries fabulous Snugglies and I am delighted to see the very funky cuddly fabric they are made with. I would have to say my favorite is Olivia and what a classy little blanket for your little one to carry around.

I have had personal experience as my daughter has had a Snugglie since she was three months old. She latched on to it as I passed it to her and hasn't let it out of her sight yet, she is two. My only tip is to buy two and save one as a replacement because if it is ever lost the world will end and nothing can replace it! We have had some close calls!


There are Candied Onesies, Lollipops and la piece de resistance are the Deluxe Diaper Cakes. They look like they are a lot of work and have a lot to offer. These can be done custom and I think a big wow factor as a gift! The great thing is how useful they really are. Made from toys, diapers, pacifiers, spoons and washcloths just to name a few.


I feel like a kid in a candy store a little with all that she has to offer but also because of the excitement in the delicious finds. Come and check out Gigglebug Baby and enjoy giving the gift that will surely be astonishing and appreciated!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

* Paper Acorn * Spotlight & Giveaway!


When I enter this shop I am thrilled to see all the innovative items that paper acorn has available. If you are an Etsy shop owner, a mom or even just a little like me then to see all the fabulous items that make decorating or packaging so gorgeous and appealing your heart skips a beat. There are some of the cutest boxes, impressive place cards and ingenious paper notions.


Halloween is fast approaching! A little pre Halloween decorating is always a great way to have fun with your kids. Next to Christmas Halloween is my kids favorite holiday. I love to get those "Oh my goodness look at those!" responses from my kids with the things I make for them and when I saw these great boxes I knew they would be a big hit for all those cute little trick or treaters at the door.



So this is where the shop's name is derived and I have to say to you couldn't have a cuter item to be your mascot. Not only can I think of a million things I could use this at home for but also packaging for my Etsy shop is important to me and these would so be appreciated by all my customers. The details that go into these acorns actually make me forget that it's paper and they come in different patterns and colors making them custom for anything special.




Paper Acorn is owned by Jessica Wolf in Cincinnati, USA. Jessica loves what she makes and thinks it's important to be using a material that has a natural and earthy element as well as being sustainable. Well I know by visiting this shop that it is special. Everything that I can see has attention to detail and is quality made. She has left 6 years of experience in the package design industry to follow her Etsy future and I think she has come out on top!












Paper Acorn is giving away this lovely Maple Leaf Garland to a lucky follower! the garland runs about 8 feet long and features four different fall colors. Perfect for the thanksgiving fall ambiance in your home!


Please read contest instructions below for your chance to win this beautiful handmade prize.


How to enter this contest:

1) First Entry: Visit the sponsor’s shop www.paperacorn.etsy.com

2) Return to A Handmade Revolution and post a comment to tell us what you liked about the shop. Be sure to have contact info. so I can let you know if you've won!

3) BONUS Entry: Follow us on twitter (www.twitter.com/etsyeveryday)and tweet a comment about the shop. Post a comment on the blog to let us know you tweeted for an extra entry.

Contest ends October 18th, 2009 at Midnight. The winner will be contacted shortly after contest closes. Winners must respond within 24 hours after being contacted otherwise another winner will be randomly selected.

Contest open to: Worldwide.


Come and check out Paper Acorn! Ask about bulk discounts and custom orders which she is happy to help you with. Follow on www.paperacornboxes.blogspot.com or http://twitter.com/paperacorn.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

*Starless Spotlight*


This talented artisan uses polymer clay to fabricate some very colorful, extraordinary creations. Her distinguished "filigree" style is not easily duplicated or found anywhere else. She has been working with clay since she was very young and has fun bringing to life pieces people can enjoy. All her designs have a funky flair and are catching eye pieces where ever they may be found.


Japanese Koi fish have been around since the 18th century and often a feature in an elaborate garden landscape as also found in Starless designs. Koi have been known to bring good luck to its proprietor, something I am always happy to have with me. I love the swirls of the water garden and the fish seem to be swimming in their elegant poses.





Both these pendants have my favorite color of Koi and I love the addition of the little pink lily flowers. In Japan Koi are symbols of love and friendship. I think this jewelry is not only original but symbolizes all things that I want to surround myself with.




I have two young girls who would go gaga over this cutest little piggy bank! My experience with piggy bank is that you can only find plain traditional designs well not in this case. It is just popping with color and the "filigree" pattern makes it a funky little money collector.


Buying handmade means that when created all pieces have a little of their creators dedication. Starless is owned by Amber Elledge and based in Arizona making this shop is an oasis in the dessert! Starless is offering 20% off her Mini Koi Pendants just let her know you saw her spotlight at a Handmade Revolution.

Come and check out Starless on Etsy! Let me know what you think and a lucky comment will be chosen randomly to receive 10% of in my Everyday Diamonds Etsy shop!