Friday, February 26, 2010

Introducing Janice Cyr {play pals}

If you are looking for a delightful handmade creation, one that will bring a smile to your face or a childs, you really need to take a look at Madison's Craft Nook! Janice Cyr creates the most adorable dolls, bears and other animals. These sewn, crocheted, and knitted items make wonderful play pals for little ones to snuggle with throughout the day or for us big kids, to set somewhere and enjoy!

{Chad Doll}

This little guy makes me laugh! He looks like he can't wait for a great big hug. And his belly button!... so darn cute!

To see more of Janice's creations visit her shop. You can also read more about Janice and her path to creating in Touched Creatively's Kid Inspired issue HERE. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Introducing Jennifer Squires {photography}

quality or state of being tranquil; calmness; peacefulness; quiet; serenity.

Tranquility is the first word that enters my mind when looking through Jennifer Squires beautiful photographic fine art prints. Jennifer was so generous and sent me a print of the Elviage Pearl shown above to review and keep! Wow, am I lucky! It is beautiful in so many ways! I highly recommend taking a look through her shop.

{Ipperwash 1}

For more information about Jennifer and her work please visit her website.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Introducing Hailey Rose {hand stitched rosettes}

{Fuscia Pink Rosette Bobby Pin}

You can't help but think of spring and summer when looking at these sweet and fashionable rosettes. The touch of feminine vintage is delightful and would make a perfect addition to any outfit. Creator Hailey Rose said, "I find my inspiration on a daily basis from the farm, people, the mountains, the seasons. Life is beautiful and that is why I chose to name my shop Brydferth. Brydferth is the Welsh word for Beautiful. I am half Welsh and so I decided to bring a bit of the old world roots into my life by choosing a Welsh word." Shop Brydferth for many more handmade designs by the talented Hailey Rose.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Couple Lovely Shops

I thought it was time to get away from gift ideas for the little ones for a bit and share a couple new designers with you who both have such beautiful creations. It's time to spoil your self ladies!

The designer behind Moon Over Maize says, "Natural beauty means a lot to me which is why I tend to only use stones that have not been dyed or heat treated. I like to work with what Mother Earth has so beautifully created. My creations come about from a number of different paths... some are inspired by the incredible mountains just outside my back door while others are created due to my passion for pregnancy, childbirth and children." To see more of her beautiful treasures be sure to visit her shop.

{a peaceful afternoon dress}

A collection focusing on femininity and pure beauty is created by designer, Sarah Seven. Don't you think the flowing fabric is captivating and magical?! I love it! To see more lovely photographs of her work visit her website and etsy shop. And just a note to the brides to be, consider having her make your wedding dress! It would be amazing, elegant and unforgettable! (Good thing I got married before I knew about etsy or I'd probably be broke!)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Rose Barrette You Can Make!

Aren't these rose barrettes just precious?! I had to share them if you haven't already seen them at the purl bee. The best part is we can all make this by following the easy step tutorial HERE. I think it would be fun to use the roses on several projects... not just for a child's barrette. Oh the possibilities!

{images from the purl bee}

Monday, February 15, 2010

And the Giveaway Winner is...

Michelle Crooker! Congratulations!

She said...
Love the Creme and Brown Mini that Tsasa's beautiful baby is wearing.

Michelle, please send me your email address at to claim your prize.

Thank you so much for all your entries and thank you Tsasa for your generosity! Keep checking back for more fun giveaways!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Introducing Grace Hester {visual designs}

Looking for Avoni's Boutique and Giveaway? Please scroll down to next post.

Special customized typography prints are made by the talented Grace Hester. Her modern designs are clean, sleek and eye catching. She offers several different languages as well as a variety of colors to choose from. Her keepsake prints are perfect for remembering special moments in your life such as a birth, adoption, or a union. Grace has a design that would work for any age so be sure to browse through her shop.
{Wedding or Anniversary Date Keepsake Print}

Grace shares how her design business began and what inspires her in Touched Creatively's Kid Inspired issue. You can grab your copy HERE. Enjoy!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Avoni's Boutique and GIVEAWAY!

Look into the shop of Avoni's Boutique for a beautiful collection of hair bows, headbands and tutus for your little princess... or a loved one you would like to spoil! Tsasa, the talented creator behind these adorable creations encourages custom orders so you can get exactly what you want. Here are a few of her handmade items...

Be sure to browse through Tsasa's new creations. She has the most adorable sweet pea cluster headband as well as a support your troops bow! And if that isn't enough she also offers pacifier clips and tutus for dolls! ...and did I mention shipping is FREE?!

I was so excited when Tsasa suggested we do a GIVEAWAY for one of her precious headbands here on Touched Creatively! Here it is...

the Felted Cream Rosette Headband/Bow!

The flower is detachable so it can be worn alone or on the band... and the band can be worn without the flower as well. Any of Tsasa's bows on her website can attach to the band! Tsasa will custom make it to ensure a perfect fit for the winner. Note: The headbands are stretchable which makes them able to be worn a long time as your child grows. Below is a clever idea of putting the headband around a hat! I would have never thought of doing that... so CUTE!

Here is how you can win:

Up to three entries per person are possible. You must enter in a separate comment for each entry.

1. Browse through Avoni's Boutique and come back here and leave a comment telling us which item is your favorite.

2. Blog about this giveaway and leave the link as your comment.

3. Spread the word on twitter or facebook and tell us what you did in your comment.

Giveaway closes Sunday, February 14th . Winner will be announced Monday, February 15th so be sure to check back then to see if you are the lucky one! Okay, start commenting and good luck!

Giveaway CLOSED!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Introducing Cheryl {kids clothing}

{outfit from Just Girls & Boys}

I came across this adorable outfit the beginning of December and had to buy it for my daughter. I hit it on a holiday sale, but looking at her prices they always stay extremely affordable... which I absolutely love! Cheryl of Just Girls & Boys took a measurement of Kaelyn's size and in no time Cheryl created this perfect fit for my daughter. I was so happy with how it turned out I had to share. Her shop mostly consists of outfits for girls but there are a couple for boys in the mix. I encourage you to browse through her shop and find a great deal for a little one you love!

My daughter's birthday is this coming Monday and I used the photos I took of her wearing her new outfit for her invitations. I love designing custom invitations for big events and holidays. Speaking of designing, on my Enduring Arts blog I'm going to start creating a digital (scrapbook) photo book and offer design tips, Photoshop techniques, valuable links, layout ideas and motivation for getting a unique customized photo book created. I will share something new every Wednesday so if you would like to learn something new or just follow along your welcome to join in. You can see what I posted about yesterday HERE.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Introducing Valentina Ramos {illustration designs}

{The Flower Original Drawing Print}

{Cute Flowers Personalized Print}

Venezuelan artist, Valentina Ramos has a style so unique that once you see it you will surely remember her intricate details and organic designs. Many of her pieces include words of inspiration to encourage and inspire us. Valentina says, "Self healing and positive energy are the motivating concepts which ignite my passion to create. Through my work I hope to inspire and help others follow their dreams. I try to bring a fantastical, dreamlike appearance to my artwork, which includes digital drawings, mixed media and pen & ink illustrations."

Valentina offers illustrations suitable for all ages. She has adorable customized name prints filled with whimsical designs for babies and children's rooms. Some of these kid inspired designs can be seen in Touched Creatively's winter issue. To see much more of Valentina's work I encourage you to visit her website and shop. Enjoy the detail!