Saturday, September 24, 2011

Blog Love: The Artful Chatterbox

Meet Renaissance Austin, the creative force that is Raghouse International!  Follow her blog, The Artful Chatterbox, to learn about her passions for crafting, fashion, photography and more!

So what does Renaissance have to say about herself? 
Creativity, I cannot live without. I love all things beautiful and the visual and performing arts. And most of all I love love...
I was taught crochet at the age of eight by my grandma who is my creative foundation. I love her! By eleven, I was sketching and designing women's clothing and hand sewing by twelve. I continued with my fashion studies all the way through school and into college where I double majored in fashion design and fashion marketing.
I officially opened the doors of my shop to the online community in 2007 and I have not looked back!
Since that time I've learned knitting,jewelry assembly and design and am continuing to learn and grow from amazing artisans from all over the world!

Raghouse International's mission is to finally put the rest the bad reputation that crochet has had from its birth. In the early years of this art form, crochet was know as a poor man's craft, bulky, ugly to wear, not comparable to knitting, but the past ten years have changed this and revolutionized the craft. Crochet and even knitwear in general have pushed their way to the forefront of the fashion industry and because I am so passionate about texture, I create every piece with texture in mind. I don't see crochet or knit, but feel, mood, and style. I hope you see it too!

What can you expect to find on Renaissance's blog?

...and video clips showcasing her work, like this one - Cat in a Hat.

Be sure to check out Renaissance's $31 Pre Fall sale while it lasts!

To learn more about Renaissance and her work, visit her blog and the Raghouse International Etsy shop!

If you're interested in having your blog featured, list your blog 
url on our Etsy team discussion here.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Blog Love: Nikki Makes Scents

Especially for those who love the smell-goods.... Meet Nikki of Nikki Makes Scents.

What does Nikki have to say about herself?

I started dabbling in candle-making in 1998 for my love of candles but frustration for not finding quality candles I wanted to accent my new apartment. To this day my mom still has the first candle I made out of a sour cream cup. Hopefully you feel my candles have progressed since then :-)

None of our candles are mass produced like department store candles that could be on the shelves for months. Almost all are made fresh to order. Therefore, no two candles look exactly alike.

All of our candles are lead-free!! We currently have over 650 candle scents to choose from with new scents coming in regularly. Our small American company has the big candle factory feel with the ability of creating thousands of candle styles, scents and colors variations, yet still maintaining our personal touch with our customers by making one candle at a time. For sensitive noses, we can make unscented candles, and bath & body products so all can enjoy. For the green, vegan or environmentally conscious, we have a line of natural wax candles as well as many natural ingredients in several of our bath & body items.
What kinds of scents can you expect to find on Nikki's blog?

To learn more about Nikki Makes Scents, visit the blog and the Etsy shop!

If you're interested in having your blog featured, list your blog 
url on our Etsy team discussion here.


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