Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking (or Small Gift Box) Stuffers

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The holiday season is officially upon us. And while I intend to do tons of my own crafting to fill stockings carefully hung by chimneys, I’ll admit that I’m not going to have time make everything myself. Here are some little gifts that pack a big old punch, all reasonably priced and ready to ship. They’ll make lovely gifts for anyone on your long and jolly lists.

I love these sweet but practical handmade coffee sleeves from The Doe and The Mouse. They are the perfect thing to give your favorite eco-loving caffeine fiends:

coffee sleeves

Any compatriot with a vivacious fashion sense will love the sparkling pieces of wearable fruit from Glitterlimes:


You can never have too many bags, especially when they’re as cool as these gorgeous totes. Each one is hand printed using wood blocks from Ramshackle Press:

crab tote

Your hotblooded sidekicks will love a pattern tank top from Mike Perry:

pattern tank

And your favorite person of letters will love to write notes of  thanks on these vintage wallpaper notecards from Sydney Designs:

vintage wallpaper cards

With so much to do over the holidays, it’s nice to know you can take care of some of your gift-giving needs by supporting other crafty artisans.

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Craftacular Glitterlimes

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Sunday I trotted on over to the Bust Craftacular at the Warsaw in Williamsburg.

I hopped the bus from Greenpoint and got there in ten minutes flat. Yet another reason why I love Greenpoint is its proximity to Williamsburg, the haven of hip. And nothing is hipper than a craft fair hosted by Bust magazine, featuring beer, DJs, and loads of tattoo-clad craft consumers.

It was a packed house. The $2 entry fee included a free copy of Bust magazine. That’s a pretty great deal, if you ask me, and apparently tons of other people agreed. The fair was chock full of all sorts of cute merchants and their cute merch, but I had to make a beeline straight to my supercute friend Debbie and her amazing Glitterlimes.

I have been a mega-fan of Glitterlimes since sometime around 2001, when I first laid eyes upon them. Take a look for yourself. How can you not fall in love with these sparkly sweeties?

They are all made with real fruit, and then glitter-fied and coated in resin using a top secret process invented by Debbie. And they are magical.

Those signature slices above are just some of the sophisticated citruses she had on display. She also had these nutmeg lovelies, which are relatively new to the line, and the cuteness like the bazooka ring in the center.

She makes pins, earrings, hair clips, belt buckles, you name it. And when you wear a glitterlime, you are guaranteed compliments and smiles.

I hung out with Debbie behind her table, chatting with her and her other friends that stopped by. My friend Cat and I even manned the table for a little bit while Debbie ran an errand. And the whole time I was there, the DJs were spinning some sweet soul grooves. I was quite the happy camper.

And if you had passed by the booth, you may have seen me shaking my tail feathers. I’m not sure what came over me. Maybe it was the glitterlimes, maybe it was the friends, but whatever it was, I was feeling the crafty groove. And being at the Bust Craftacular, I felt I had to bust a move.

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