Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

The Handmade Tweet for today comes from fellow Ontarian Leather Made Nice on ArtFire.

From Leather Made Nice's Studio Announcement:

"Welcome to our shop!! We specialize in handcrafted leather goods that are for the most part customized and/or personalized. We pride ourselves in quality craftsmanship. If you can think it we can make it. ~~~~> ON SALE NOW <~~~~> Specially marked bags and belts<~~~~ They are display models that need homes. So check us out!!! There might be a bargain there for you!!! Anne & John Our blog -"

What a beautifully intricate design on this wristband. I've always loved Celtic designs, it must be in my genes. My grandmother was from Dublin. Click on the picture for more fabulous leather work from Leather Made Nice. I really love the spats too.

Celtic and Coral Leather Wristband

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes all the way from Istanbul from Denizgunes's Handmade Creations.

From denizgunes's Shop Announcement:


"Hi there,

You will see my entirely own handmade designs in my tiny shop.If you wish I can knit for your color preference and custom design.If you have anything to ask ,Please dont hesitate to convo me, I am a convo friendly person.

Thank you very much for visiting and supporting my handmade,

Have a wonderful time,


These are just so cute and cozy looking, what a great design! She also has some absolutely gorgeous scarf and neckwarmer designs. Click on the picture to check them out. Sadly we'll soon be needing them.


Monday, September 28, 2009

You can't be serious!

Remember that new computer I bought to replace the one that up and died. Well after two days it joined the old one in computer heaven. Two days!! Seriously what am I kryptonite for computers. Now I have another new one and I'm trying to play catchup again with everything I've missed since Friday. Why does everything break down on the weekend when there's no one around to fix it?

I had two Handmade Tweets scheduled but I couldn't tell anyone about them so I'm off to do that. I'll have a new Tweet posted tomorrow, if the computer fairies are willing.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

The Handmade Tweet for today comes from fellow EtsyBloggers team member Glassali.

From glassali's Profile:

"All lampwork beads are made by me in my garage/guest house/studio. Which makes me sound rich, but I'm oh-so-not. I also properly anneal and clean all beads. As a jewelry designer I make sure each bead is something I would use in my own designs. I love making beads and jewelry and being creative. But I don't really like making dinner.

Don't tell my family."

What wonderfully rich colours. I love her bead designs, and her sense of humour. Click on the picture for more whimsical designs by Glassali.

Who's the Fairest of Them All...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from fellow Steam Team member Velvet Mechanism.

From velvetmechanism's Shop Announcement:

" *** I'm having a giant store-wide SALE! Big discounts on nearly every item! ***

Welcome to Velvet Mechanism, a boutique featuring steampunk jewelry and accessories for men and women. Steampunk corsets, harnesses, cufflinks, necklaces, goggles, and more!

Please go to to sign up for the mailing list if you're interested in receiving news, special sales and updates.

The items are hand-crafted from non-working vintage materials. I love giving these beautiful materials the chance to be seen and appreciated again!"

I love this whole outfit! You can never go wrong with leather and gears. For more fabulous steampunk creations just click on the picture.

Steampunk Chest Harness BROWN Faux Leather Underbust Bodice
with Silver Gears, Buckles, Chain, and Antique Keys

by Velvet Mechanism

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from fellow HAFTeam member Beadlady 5 Designs.

From beadlady5's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to my shop.
My jewelry designs are handmade, original, and quite eclectic. Only high quality components are used in each design. I am passionate about my jewelry so if you have any questions about an item please feel free to contact me.
Custom orders are welcome.

I am a proud member of the Handmade Artists Forum Team (HAF Team).
I am also a member of SRAJD."

I just love filigree, could be why I use so much of it myself. The topaz crystals give this piece such a rich classic Victorian look. Click on the picture for more beautiful creations from Beadlady 5 Designs.

Topaz Cracked Ice Cabobon,
Crystal, and Filigree Necklace Set

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

The Handmade Tweet is back, after an unscheduled absence, with fellow Etsy Bloggers Street Team member Spotted Cow Soaps.

From spottedcowsoaps's Profile:

"Nestled deep in the heart of Vermont amongst the mountain views and dairy farms you will find Spotted Cow Soaps. I have been formulating and selling homemade natural soaps for over 8 years.

What started out as a necessity to cure skin issues of my own has grown into an obsession and love for handcrafting great smelling soaps that leave your skin saying..."THANK YOU!"

Mmmm, apples and cinnamon. This reminds me of bread pudding. Should I wash with it or eat it? Maybe both? All of her soaps and lotions look good enough to eat, but she doesn't advise it. Click on the picture for more yummy creations from Spotted Cow Soaps.

Autumn in Vermont Soap

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I'm Back!!!

I'm finally back online after a fatal computer crash last Friday. Apparently my hard drive just up and died so here I am with a new and improved computer, minus some files and a lot of bookmarks that will take me forever to find again. Just what I needed right now, another major expense and more work. Oh well shit happens, but mainly to me so don't worry. Check back tomorrow when I should have the Handmade Tweet updated again, if I can find all the people I wanted to feature.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from fellow HAFTeam member Inverness Studios.

From invernessstudios's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to Inverness Studios! I love old books and vintage style, if you find yourself here, you must too. Using well-loved books, vintage notions, fabric and clothing I design handbound books and accessories. The journals are filled with quality papers waiting for your art, dreams, musings, and anything you fancy. Reading pillows will make your relaxing time more comfortable. The tote bags are for looking great while carrying your books, and the bookmarks are handy for when you just have to put your book down. Thank you for browsing, I know you will find something for you or any bibliophile in your life."

What a great idea! A way to hold your book open on your lap. Also has pockets for pens and glasses and things. Click on the picture to see how it works.

Reading Lap Pillow Red and Black Plaid

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

The Handmade Tweet for today comes from Monjio Creations all the way from Italy.

From MonjioCreations's Shop Announcement:

"Each Monjio Creation from the design, to the pattern drafting, to the last stitch are constructed by me.

If you see an item and would like it customized for you in a different style, color, or fabric, I will be happy to work with you."

Now these would look fabulous as part of a steampunk costume but I could also see wearing them just to dress up a pair of boots. I love the classic look of spats. Click on the picture for fabulous spats and more from Monjio Creations.

Plaid Lace-up Spats

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet is a little late, I forgot to write it last night. I blame it on the strep throat. Anyway, better late than never. Here it is from Thyme2dream on etsy.

From Thyme2dream's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to my secret garden of jewelry and fanciful things for magical spaces~thanks for stopping by...I make jewelry for discerning fae and elven folk, and have recently discovered that humans fancy it as well."

I've always loved ear cuffs but I haven't seen many lately. I hope they are making a come back because these are so gorgeous everyone should be wearing them. I love the way this one wraps around your entire ear. I haven't seen any like this before. Click on the picture to more fabulous wire wrapped creations from Thyme2dream.

Fairy Bower Moonlight Blue Ear Cuff Vine Wrap

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

The Handmade Tweet for today comes all the way from Australia from Nifty Notions on etsy.

From niftynotions0au's Shop Announcement:

"Joy and Al have over 35 years of leather crafting experience and all items are handcrafted by us. We design our products and select the right leather for the design, so that the product is both durable and comfortable to use. We do not make our pouches from the cardboard like cheap leathers used by many mass producers. We do not mass produce, so that the range is constantly changing. To help build up an order to take advantage of the satchel, we can always transfer items from to Etsy for you. We can custom make some items, however we always make 3 incase one does not work out and sell the remainder."

This pouch is perfect for costuming but could also be worn anytime you don't want to carry a purse, or even man purse, and I love Celtic knots. It's in my blood ;) Click on the picture for more fine leather products from Nifty Notions.

Small brown leather belt pouch /purse

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from fellow Ontarian Thats Pretty on etsy.

From thatspretty's Shop Announcement:

"(¸.·´ (¸.·´ ♥♥♥THATSPRETTY♥♥♥¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
FUN and UNIQUE Jewellery Designs!
All pieces are handmade and in limited quantity, so scoup 'em as you seem 'em!!! (I get bored quickly & have to keep it fresh)
☼ I am inspired by nature & things I see from day to day.
♪♫♪♫ My ♥ would sing if I could make a custom piece for you♪♫♪"

This pendant is truly on fire! It almost looks to hot to touch. What a fabulous colour, just perfect for the coming of fall. Click on the picture to see more hot creations from That's Pretty, but be careful you don't burn yourself.

All Fired Up Pendant

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from Tootles Boutique on etsy.

From tootlesboutique's Shop Announcement: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"TOOTLES are high quality and made with only the best designer farics.

ALL TOOTLES are ready to ship. No wait.

Quality, Design & Price far superior!"

This purse is just too much fun! There are so many fabulous bags here I had a hard time deciding which one to feature. Be sure to click on the picture and visit Tootles Boutique to see what I mean.

NEW DESIGN - JULIA Messenger Bag with Loralie Harris SHOP AROUND - LARGE - Boutique Bag Handbag Purse - TOOTLES

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

Today's Handmade Tweet comes from fellow SteamTeam member GrenadineBijoux.

From GrenadineBijoux's Shop Announcement: ****************************************************************
"Welcome to my shop!
Thank you for supporting the arts!!!
This is the new site of TheGypsyTinker's handmade jewelry collection.
Proud member of Etsy Steam / Put SteamTeam in your search bar"

I was completely fascinated by Amelia Earhart when I was young so this necklace is especially nostalgic for me. It would be a great accessory for any airship pilot costume or any modern pilot. Click on the picture for more beautiful designs from GrenadineBijoux on etsy.

The Amelia Steampunk Aviation choker

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

After a crazy week, and a bit of a rest, the Handmade Tweet is back. Featured today is Outstanding Knobs by Emma Mackintosh.

From Outstandingknobs's Shop Announcement:

"Unique, one of a kind borosilicate glass knobs, formed in the flame and kiln-annealed for strength and stability.
I work from my studio in the heart of the English Lake District, taking inspiration from the stunning scenery around me. I also make glass beads - check out my other Etsy shop,"

I was lucky enough to win one of Emma's beautiful drawer pulls from a FHFteam treasury contest. I found it waiting for me on my return home and it is absolutely stunning! I'm now looking for the perfect place to use it so I can show it off.

Click on the picture to see more of her fabulous glasswork.

Peacock red and white - unique lampwork borosilicate
glass drawer pull or cabinet knob - Outstanding Knobs

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I'm Featured!

I'm featured on AJ's Designs today. Please have a look, I'm very excited about it.

I'm still extremely sleep deprived from DragonCon (took me about 15 minutes to remember how to log into my blog). I didn't sleep much there, who sleeps at a con after all, and I had a 22 hour drive home. I hope to have the Handmade Tweet up and running again tomorrow, provided my brain begins to function again soon. Check back here or follow me on twitter, TheGrandDesign

Everyone have a great day, whatever day it is.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Off to DragonCon

I'm going to have to put the Handmade Tweet on hold while I'm at DragonCon. I'm leaving today and will return sometime next week. The Handmade Tweet will resume when I return. Have a good week everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Handmade Tweet

The Handmade Tweet for today comes from Rachel's Fairy Houses on etsy.

From Centaur1201's Shop Announcement:

"Welcome to my store, Rachel's Fairy Houses!

I believe in creating high quality, one of a kind, original and magical fairy houses. The quality, time and attention to detail that are put into my houses result in beautiful one of a kind lighted homes for the Fae. There is nothing that can compare to the way they look in person and especially when they are lit up at night. The effect is simply magical, and you will find yourself lost in wonder and opening the doors of your imagination as you peek inside...
My fairy houses are intended as indoor decorations to grace your home with their magical presence. Please read my feedback to see what others have thought of their houses. :)
Thank you for visiting and I hope that you find a house that will enchant you! Come back often as I am always adding new items."

I love Rachel's fairy houses but the item that first caught my attention was this lovely hand bound book. I makes me want to learn calligraphy so I can keep a pretty journal instead of scrawled chicken scratchings. You really should check out her fairy houses too, they are very beautiful. Click on the picture to visit her shop.

Pentagram Medallion Leatherbound
Book of Shadows, Sketch Book, Journal