Thursday, January 20, 2011

Inspire Your Inner Crafty Cupid




I once saw a greeting card that was a connect-the-dots cupcake...hand stitched right on the card. OMGz - adorbs.
It had a hand-stitched line + numbers on the front of the card and in the shape of a cupcake. I was so inspired, that I started to sew designs on greeting cards and made a whole slew of collaged valentine’s day cards that ended up being pretty darn special.

Taking that inspiration, this week’s Inspired by Handmade article comes from handmade SF Etsy Valentine’s Day gifts! Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and if you’re like me, you like to give a handmade gift to your special someone or your best friends on this day. Giving a gift that is handmade is a serious treat! Admit it, you’re never disappointed by a gift that was made with love.

I figure, there’s at least a few of us that either need some good inspiration to get our handmade gift ideas brewing...or maybe you just don’t have time to make your special someone a gift this year. What could be better – than having a community of people to turn to when you’re in a Valentine’s Day bind?

Here’s some ways to get inspired for awesome Valentine’s Day gifts this year.

• Have a Card making Party! Invite some friends over and put out lots of scraps, paper, glitter, string and every nick-nack you might have tucked away in your supply closet – you’d be surprised how many people reach for that collection of old buttons you’ve been hoarding.

• Commission something from your favorite SF Etsy Team member! Collaborate with another artist to make your dream Valentine! Or treat yourself this year to a special something by your favorite local artist. What better way to say you heart someone than to ask them to help you create something for you this Valentine’s Day?

• Encourage your honey or your best friend to only shop local or through SF Etsy... Showing some love towards your local community is probably the best gift of all.

Don’t disappoint your special someone... Get inspired! Make something or buy something local and handmade!

This week, I made THREE treasuries to inspire my Valentine's Day cards this year.
Here are a items made by our team members (and a couple of their friends) that would make great gifts and could inspire you to make special handmade presents this year instead of picking up that combo-pack of Hallmark cards at your local corner store. (but, really...who here would ever do such a thing?)









For those who have already started your Heart-Day Gifts...Where did you find your Valentine’s Day inspiration this year?

-Katy

If you're an Etsy seller in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact Jen from Mama's Magic Studio about joining SFEtsy!

12 comments:

Bella said...

Great Valentine gift ideas from some talented artists!

Violets new Vintage said...

Great gift ideas, and I'm loving all these treasuries for the guys!!

this humble abode said...

I always love making Valentine cards by hand, and I've been teaching the kids I work with to do the same. Thanks for all the inspiration this week.

Julie-Ann said...

Great article! Thanks so much for including my Sweet Bluebird Necklace in your finds for Valentine's Day! I am new to the SFetsyTeam & also new to the art world. This is a great honor!! There is something so special about someone loving something that you loved creating!

MaeBee Jewelry said...

Awesome treasuries! Way to go SF Team!

ChunkyPineapple said...

Great treasuries and display of some lovely SFEtsy items!

Jen (Mama's Magic Studio) said...

I'm loving this! Still working on this year's Valentine's ideas. Definitely inspiring things here!

Carrie said...

Love your treasuries! As the days tick by, it's so helpful to think about new and different options for gifts.

Lisa Wu said...

Great article! Love your selections! :)

Jen Jen said...

Thank you for including my Love Cats card!! :)

asliceofdelight said...

Thanks for including my soaps. That was a nice surprise. And a wonderful article to boot!

ScienceKitty said...

Love the unusual valentines day gifts. Awesome Post!

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