hi, my name is kate

…and I’m an Etsy addict. It’s gotten to the point where J doesn’t even ask me what’s in the boxes that get delivered anymore, he just leaves them on my desk. Most of the stuff I order is small, so our mailbox often has a bulky envelope or little wrapped box in it. The problem with Etsy is that it caters to all of my shopping weaknesses – crafts, accessories, supporting independent businesses and artists (particularly women), easy online ordering, and customization. Combined with the fact that I’m in the midst of planning a wedding, and thus have a need for lots of cute small crafty things… it’s just a big recipe for trouble.

Take for instance, my wedding day earrings. No, I can’t show them to you, because I don’t know which of the FOUR PAIRS I’ve purchased off of Etsy I’m actually going to wear.

But I CAN show you all four. 🙂

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This pair is the original set that I bought when I bought my necklace. They are beautiful and simple, and I got them because I wanted something that would let the necklace stand out. Unfortunately when I tried them on with everything… you didn’t even notice them.

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These two pairs are vintage clip-on earrings. I love them because my earring holes are really really sensitive, and wearing one of these would eliminate the chance that I’d infect them. I haven’t tried them on with the dress and my hair up yet, though, so I’m not sure if they’ll be too heavy around my face.

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This is a handmade pair with vintage elements (on the bottom). They look really nice with the vintage element on my necklace. The rhinestones on one of the elements are a little askew, but I actually think that gives them some interest. (And, by extention, would give ME some interest!)

Which pair do you think I should wear? Or should I go back to Etsy for some further earring shopping? Have you been indecisive about any wedding day accouterments?

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big day bling

Once the venue was selected and my dress was purchased, I turned my thoughts towards wedding day accessories. I love so many different styles of jewelry and bridal fashion, so I found it a bit difficult at first to pin down exactly how I wanted to fancy up my look. I realized that although my dress is beautiful, the something extra is what will really set my bridal image apart. In thinking over the decisions we’d made and the ideas we have for flowers and decor, I realized that while we don’t technically have a “theme”, we do have a “feel” that we’re going for. The three best words to describe it are classic, vintage, and rustic. So, I decided that I wanted the main feature of my accessories to be ivory pearls.

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Pearls are the ultimate classic bridal accessory, and ivory would complement my dress. But, I didn’t just want a regular strand of pearls. While classically beautiful, for me, too traditional. I wanted something that would really stand out. So I looked at multiple strand necklaces, pearls that were twisted together, different sizes of pearls. But they all seemed to be lacking something that made them pop.

So I did what I always do when I have a vague concept that I can’t quite visualize. I went to Etsy. I typed “bridal vintage pearl” into the search field and moments later… I had almost 40 pages of results! I noticed that I kept being drawn to the same couple of Etsy shops. I loved the variety and vintage style of the work at BelleNouvelleDesigns, especially her vintage combs, like this one:

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The pearl cascade earrings by JMGJewelDesign also made my heart skip a beat:

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But it was all over when I saw the multiple strand pearl necklaces adorned with vintage brooches by seller PenelliBelle. Before I show you the piece I picked, take a look at these beauties that she currently has for sale… (hurry over though, they won’t be there for long!)

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Okay, I’ll give you a moment to stop drooling.

Now, I realize I may be partial, but I think the most gorgeous necklace is the one that I landed. I realized when I could not stop staring at it that I had to have it. And yes, it is even more stunning in person. I present, my bridal necklace (made with not one, but TWO vintage brooches!):

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Your chin is on the floor, right? 🙂 I wanted to ensure that I had accessories to match it before I bought it, so I messaged the seller, Lindy, to see if she could make me some earrings to go. I wanted a pair that wouldn’t compete with the necklace, since it makes such a statement, but that also matched it. She was completely helpful and accommodating, and made me these fantastic rhinestone stud, drop-pearl earrings!

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She was even able to add a few inches of pearls to the necklace for me, for a very minimal charge. Everything showed up quickly, more lovely than in the photos, and I have no doubt that this gorgeous bridal set will become a family heirloom. I warned Lindy that I may very well be back for a bracelet and/or hairpiece! I cannot wait until October when I get to wear it!

etsy pottery inspiration board

Lately I have been absolutely loving the pottery and ceramics on Etsy. Well, I’ve been loving pottery and ceramics in general, but combined with my love for all things Etsy… you get the picture. I think this art form is so fabulous. Pottery spans so many different uses and kinds of art. It can be a cereal bowl or a wall hanging, jewelry, a vase, a serving tray, it can be sturdy or delicate. I just love it all. So I wanted to share some of my favorite inspirations today (yes, they change daily)!

Etsy Pottery Inspiration Board

::Credits:: 1. Eye of the Storm Modern Porcelain Necklace, by roundrabbit; 2. Jungle Bottles, by cyrusthepotter; 3. Fancy Swirly RAKU Plate, by wildcardpottery; 4. Two Espresso Sunrise Bowls, by patspottery; 5. Purple and Lime Green Mug with Speckles, by LynnCardwellPottery; 6. Cream and Sugar Set – Coyote Green Glaze, by Misspottery; 7. Large Blue Pitcher, by AnneMarieL; 8. Serving Bowl, by muddybeautypottery; 9. Chartreuse Cake Stand, by jjceramics

etsy love of the day

If you’re not familiar with Etsy, you need to go familiarize yourself, ASAP. Etsy is a fabulous website that lets artisans from around the world post and sell their gorgeous handmade wares. You’ll find everything from custom wedding dresses to beaded bracelets to book covers to wall art to woodwork. Seriously, you name it, it’s there.

Last night I was browsing around the site for holiday gift ideas when I came across these beauts by seller baileydoesntbark:

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Aren’t they just gorgeous? I love how delicate they are and how intricate the detail in the painting is. You should definitely check out the rest of their work, as well. The designs are all so creative! I love the wall hanging version of the Four Seasons set, as well. Alas, I don’t think it’s in our decorating budget.