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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day and mothers are special. And the cards that remind them of that should be special too!

Here are some great Mother’s Day ideas to help you celebrate this special day! 🙂

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Need some help…

….making your mother, mother-in-law or grandmother feel special on this year’s Mother’s Day?

{Mother’s Day is around the corner!!}

Giving or decorating with flowers are a wonderful way to celebrate.

Or….perhaps…creating a special meal for her is something she’d appreciate.

Maybe she enjoys receiving something handmade and special from you!

“Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My mother.”

— Ann Taylor, “My Mother”

“Guided by my heritage of a love of beauty and a respect for strength — in search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.”

— Alice Walker, “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens

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Welcome to My Studio!

If I could handpick items from Etsy to customize my crafty studio… it would look something like this….. Bright, bold, colorful, unique, happy!

Check out this link to see the entire treasury! 🙂


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Blog Feature: Kolibri Boutique

Tell us a bit about you and what led you to selling jewelry.

I am a work at home mom that loves being crafty. I have been married for almost   and have 2 children: a 4 year old girl and an almost 2 year old boy. My favorite thing to do is create! I started crafting in high school by making scrapbooks, sewing or repurposing clothes, and painting. About a year ago I took to jewelry making after reading through a scrapbooking magazine. I thought it was a craft that could not only be for me but I could share it with family. After a few months of creating jewelry, I decided that I would share it with everyone else and open an Etsy shop. Not long after that I got the chance to set up a booth at a local farmer’s market.  I try to continuously improve my craft and I am always looking for new techniques to learn.

How would you describe Kolibri Boutique’s jewelry?
I like to think the jewelry that I make is whimsical, unique and eclectic because I do a little bit of everything. I try not to make things you’d see just anywhere. There just isn’tany fun in wearing the same thing everyone else does.

Spring 2011

Spring 2011

Tell us about your beautiful Etsy shop.
I opened my shop so that I could share a hobby that I love with everyone. Some of my favorite materials to use are semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, fresh waterpearls, wood, and copper, stainless, or brass wires. I offer free shipping on all orders no matter the size. I like to keep my pricing budget friendly and occasionally I run some pretty awesome sales!

What is your favorite piece of jewelry that you’ve created? What made it so special?

It’s hard to pin down one item that I love that I have created. I love them all. If I have to choose one I’d say that I love the Turquoise pendant that I designed for my Aunt. This necklace was one of my first custom orders.

tear drop necklace

tear drop necklace

tear drop necklace

tear drop necklace

Where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration a lot in music. I love listening to Indie Folk singers/bands. Some of the music I listen to the most while creating is Ray Lamontagne, Ben Harper, or Wakey Wakey. I also find inspiration in the past. Growing up my Mom and Dad would tell me I was born 30 years too late. I have grown up loving the 50-60’s eras and still do love them.
The name is so unique. Is there a story behind this pretty name?
Unfortunately there is no exciting or inspiring story to go with the name, although it did end up being whimsical and unique. Both my husband and I picked out the name for my shop. I made a small list of my favorite things: butterflies, hummingbirds, different flowers, etc. After finding out the Greek, and French spelling of each thing I had listed we went with “Kolibri”, which in French means “hummingbird.”

Visit her fabulous Etsy shop!: www.galeamanda.etsy.com

“Like” her beautiful jewelry on Facebook!: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kolibri-Boutique/102358423143455

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Need a Gift?

Etsy has this very spiffy gift finding tool. {Even more spiffy since Valentine’s Day is around the corner!}

First, go here.

Then, select a Facebook friend from the link provided or click “Preview Gift Ideas” and they will bring up a list of “personalities” that your friend or family member may have.

Note from Etsy: "What happens when you connect to Facebook?"

Don’t worry, we’ll be cool.

  • Your personal Etsy data will never be shared with Facebook.
  • We will not post to your Facebook Wall unless you ask us to.
  • We will not attempt to contact your friends on Facebook.
  • You can disconnect from Facebook any time.

After you select a facebook friend or “personality,” Etsy will pull up gift ideas based on their facebook profile.

Tada! Super easy! 🙂 Have fun gift shopping!

Shopping on Etsy

Shopping on Etsy

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Need Some Gift Wrap Ideas?

Wrapping gifts is one of my favorite things about Christmas. I enjoy mixing different kinds of ribbons and paper to make each gift’s wrapping truly one of a kind. Last year I wrapped a gift with gold and cream vintage wall paper, then tied a vintage brown velvet ribbon and a string of small plastic pearls around the gift. Truly elegant!  Here are some gift wrapping ideas for you:

Vintage scarves (e.g.like what the ladies wore in the 1960s to cover their hair) come in many different patterns. This is not only a unique choice of gift wrapping, but also an eco-friendly way to wrap gifts. You can find personality-filled scarves at garage sales, flea markets, and I’m sure there are some floating around in the “Vintage” section at www.etsy.com.

I mentioned this before, but it’s worth stressing: wall paper. Many furniture stores practically give away their wall paper samples to make room for new styles and patterns. Check out your basement or that dark corner in the garage and see if there’s a roll of wall paper lurking there – a free or inexpensive way to wrap gifts is always a plus!

Paper bags. Yes, it may sound boring, but wrapping a gift with the blank side of paper bags can be the perfect addition to a vintage or country Christmas theme. If you’re embracing a vintage Christmas, creamy ribbon or a wide band of lace with a delicate bell would be a sweet accent. If country is more of your style, a red and green checked ribbon,  twine, or Christmas tree stamps on your wrapping would be the perfect relaxed touch for a country Christmas. The grandparents would truly enjoy some pictures drawn by their grandkids – give your kiddos some crayons to draw on the brown paper.  How much does this wrapping cost? Only two words during your next grocery shopping trip: “Paper, please.”

A colorfully eclectic Christmas is always fun and gift wrap can be just as much fun if not more! Stock up on the comic section from the Sunday paper {after unwrapping the gifts there will be fun comics to read while dunking Santa’s leftover cookies in milk!}. Because these gifts’ wrapping will be soooooo colorful, ribbon and fancy tags may not be needed. However, to add an extra dash of fun and texture to the gift, add a loud colored ribbon – that would be eye catching from under the tree!

Decoupage! I was given a set of florally cardboard gift boxes. Not really my style, but I’ve allowed them to keep me company until I decided what to do with them.  Just today I have decided to give them new life by decoupaging pages from a vintage book (from  a novel or dictionary…I haven’t decided…Oh! Or from that 60 year old TLH hymnal I have lying around that I used with a previous decoupage project….). To decoupage, all you need is some Mod Podge or {slightly} watered down Elmer’s Glue. With a paint brush, paint the surface you’re decoupaging {in my case, a box}. Smooth your paper onto the surface – get out all of the bubbles! Give corners and edges extra care and once the surface is completely covered with paper and fully dry give the box an extra coat of decoupage goop {my goop of choice is mod podge.

If you have any creative gift wrapping ideas, I’d love to hear from you!

I’m still trying to decide what theme all of my gift wrapping will have this year {yes, yes, I know….I may be a bit…OCD…but I LOVE gift wrapping!} . This year’s theme may be a tan neutral wrapping {e.g. brown paper, decoupaged vintage pages on a gift box} accented by a deep red ribbon or leftover red and white polka dot ribbon from my Christmas wreath. I am working on some Christmas tags for my gifts, fashioned from vintage flash cards and paper punched with one of Martha Stewart’s fabulous paper punches.

{Will you also be using Christmas gift tags this year? Perhaps a tag from piecefuljoy.etsy.com will fit into your gift wrapping theme (or inspire a theme} for this year! http://www.etsy.com/shop/PiecefulJoy?section_id=7537658}

Snowflake Tag

Snowflake Tag

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Spiffy Gifts for Him

Is there a man in your life who is a bit tough to shop for? {Join the club!} Especially with Christmas around the corner, a list of spiffy items for him is a handy resource. Take a peek at these items and see if one or more should be on that certain someone’s Christmas list:


What do people have to say about this treasury??:

“…I love manly treasuries. Fabulous!”

“Great great treasury for men!! ;)”

“I think my orange simple iPad case feels herself / himself very good in this fantastic company…”

” Awesome!!”


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