Cherry wood and wool…

  
Making an entire winter line by hand is a really special experience in itself, but I love it when I’m able to use the beautiful work of other makers. By incorporating the talents of other people into my work, I feel like it allows each piece to tell a deeper story. These beautiful cherry wood brand tags have a story all of their own.
  
Ana and her husband over from allthiswood.com  in Washington dtate are creating beautiful custom pieces for their customers. I was really impressed by all of the customizable options that they had to offer. I went with a cherry wood but they also offer walnut, mahogany, and maple. I went with the cherry wood because I wanted something light enough to stand out against the bright colors of the wool, but still had a little more color than Maple.
  

I asked them to send me a couple of in progress shots and they graciously sent me these photos of the tags being cut. I was always that kid that enjoyed seeing the little video clips on shows like ‘Reading Rainbow’ and ‘Mr. Rogers Neighborhood’ that showed how different things were made. These pictures really took me back to that childhood joy. 
  

While a lot of the tags on the site are offered in a two whole format, they were able to make a few adjustments for my order. Due to the really bulky nature of my knits, I wanted a tag that would not ‘wobble’ on the yarn. After sewing a couple on and testing it I couldn’t be happier with the results! You can tell that they take a lot of pride in their work by the smallest details that were incorporated. Everything from their desire to have the exactness of the artwork to the heavy duty packaging to ensure that everything got to me safely, it was definitely a work of love. ☺️

  
As we get closer to launch day on September 10th I hope to share more of stories behind the beautiful work that helps to make my pieces complete. 
** This was not a sponsored post, just my appreciation for beautiful work.

Some of my small shop favorites…

One of my personal goals for 2015 is to buy more handmade and local items, especially if they are made in America. Not only do I want to support my fellow small shop owner, but I feel like the entire shopping process makes me rethink the way I buy. It’s so easy to walk into a store and buy things that I don’t need, just because they are on sale or cheap. When you buy handmade, while the prices may be slightly higher (not always the case), you really start to rethink about wether or not you need it, and appreciate the gorgeous work that went into it.

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1. CraftyLia heart pouch
My friend, Amelia, makes these adorable pouches. I have a bag for all of my knitting tools, but I had been looking for one to use on the go. Now I can just take the tools I need for my current project. I’m super excited about using it during a trip this weekend!!!! You can find the zipper pouch and lots of other adorable pieces she has made in her shop.

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2. Wemak body scrub
I purchased the ‘Woods’ scented body scrub at the craft fair I was a part of last Saturday. Veronica’s table was right next to mine, and I really got to learn about their process and how their business came about. I went home that night and used the scrub to give myself a pedicure, and I seriously felt like a new person… The scent that I got has cedar wood and lemongrass oil in it. You can check out their shop here.

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3. Me & Ris jewelry
Some jewelry, you can just pick up and feel the quality. The bracelet I got from Me & Ris is one of those pieces. Harlee and Marisa do such a beautiful job creating necklaces and bracelets out of various stone beads.

There are so many amazing local and small shops out there. It takes some effort to find them, but I promise that it’s worth it. I hope to share more products/shops as I discover them throughout the year. 🙂

*I was not compensated in any way for this post. These are all products that I bought and genuinely love.

Recent creations…

When I was a kid, I always loved the books with lots of pictures. It wasn’t that I didn’t like reading, in fact I actually LOVED reading. There’s just something about flipping through pages of colorful pictures… Even now as an adult, I often find myself flipping through a travel magazine, full of pictures of far away places, or a new cook book that shows off the deep colors of exotic vegetables and fruit.

So today, I am just going to post a gallery of my recent creations. Comment and let me know which one is your favorite!! 🙂

XOXO,
Julie

P.S. I made each photo ‘clickable’ so that you can see more info on each project. ❤️

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