Thursday, January 28, 2010

* Val Vanias Art * Spotlight

I have great things to say about this shop in Etsy. The shop's name is Val Vanias Art and the pieces in shop really are works of art. I love the colors and use of vintage looking metal. This artisan loves to make unique and individual jewelry and leaves every piece with its own impression. Her jewelry to me speaks with passion of love and life! You'll have to see for yourself.

Her butterflies are very beautiful! They have a delicate feminine style but the colors make them stand out. They are all exquisitely hand painted and come with dainty antique brass chains with Czech fire polished faceted rondelles. The great thing is I could see how they can be very versatile jewelry, they can be casual or formal and look amazing!

I would have to say that this is my favorite piece in her shop. To me it seems like a piece that has a story, it speaks of spring , life , love and devotion. This pendant has striking pink eye glass beads and is hand twisted with silver plated wire. As a bonus a matching wire wrap bracelet comes with the pendant. This would be great for an up and coming gift for Valentine's. Come to think of it I may send hints to my husband!

I remember as a girl having a locket from my grandparents and really treasuring it. I love the way this one is done with a colorful mosaic design and is a beautiful to look at. This is hand painted with Czech fire polished beads and when you view it closely you'll see the intricate painted work that goes into it. I think this could be a piece to pass down with pictures of loved ones and what better way to remember them really!

I really like the simplicity of these earrings. With spring around the corner I think a flower is very appropriate and the colors are bright and cheerful. These are a match for the butterflies and together would make a fabulous complimentary set.

Come and check out Val Vanias Art on Etsy. She is graciously giving any blogger friends 10% on your purchase. Just let her know at checkout that you came across it at A Handmade Revolution. Her shop is amazing and I dare you not to love something!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New In Everyday Diamonds!

I wanted to let you know that we have some new items in shop! Gorgeous organza flowers as brooches, hairpins and now necklaces. Handmade colorful hemp and cotton bracelets and the newest addition of eye catching filigree rings.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

*Help For Haiti * Inspiration Board

As the owner of a blog I feel I have a power and responsibility to communicate important news that might pass on good information or help someone along the way. This is why I don't even have to think twice about doing a post related to the tragic events in Haiti. My heart goes out to all those with unthinkable misfortunes and the very least I can do is let you know of some incredible people on Etsy who are doing what they can to help. This Inspiration board is a collection of pieces with a portion of their profit going to help people in Haiti.

Leather Hope Bookmarks ~ The Domestic's Nest
Zodiac Charm Pendant Necklace ~ Turquoising
Aqua Drops Earrings ~ Elizabethspace
Tidy - Sterling Silver Earrings ~ Elizabethspace
Single Violet Sterling Silver Ring ~ Thirty Six Ten
Six Card Pack Of Hand Drawn Cards ~ Reqbat
Twitter Green Buckle Collar ~ The Mod Dog
Rhodonite & Pearl Earrings ~ Cozy & Comfy Jewelry
Tropical Sea Eco Friendly Recycled Fiber Necklace ~ Pamplemousse & Parapluie
Metal & Glass Bead Pendant ~ In An Ocean Fashion
Abby Organza Flower Necklace ~ Everyday Diamonds

I have also come across an Etsy shop with collaborative listings of items from different shops all over Etsy dedicated to helping in Haiti ..... Hearts for Haiti ! Have a look a the amazing collection of beautiful creations!

*If YOUR own Etsy shop is donating some items to the Haiti cause please leave your shop's name the link to your shop's item in the comment section of this post so that others can see it!

Friday, January 8, 2010

*Demure Artistic Designs* Spotlight & Giveaway

Demure Artistic Designs is an Etsy shop that offers a bit of everything for every one. It is owned by an artisan who enjoys exploring in the many different mediums to create items for her shop. She creates with passion and loves all the pieces she has created. I have selected a few items that caught my eye but you'll have to go browse to take in all it has to offer!

I love this bracelet and the work that goes into creating it is quite amazing. It is made from sterling silver rings hand cut, coiled and linked together. Very original and sure to catch some curious admiration.

I think the idea for these intricate little pendants is really brilliant! These are called message in a bottle and come in many variations with a personal little message inside to give to someone special. Her inspiration actually came from one she recieved from her sister and personally felt touched by it! I think that speaks highly of how well they work. I have so many ideas that these could be for, it's inspiring. A proposal, a wedding favor, encouragement or even just an all important I love you to name a few! Have a look and see if you can find your own ideas on how they could work for you!

This Buddha necklace evokes a calm serenity. Demure Artistic Design is offering it as a giveaway to one lucky follower! Join in for a chance to win this beautiful piece.

1) First Entry: Visit
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 ( 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 Demure Artistic Design 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.

Contest ends January 17th, 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.

Enjoy my find and have fun with your entries!!!