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Saturday, March 20, 2010

February Craft A Long Winner Is........

The French Quarter Earrings by etco!



Congratulations etco! Be sure to check out etco's Shop for more of her awesome items!! Thanks to all our entries! We'll vote again in April for the theme "Happy Spring/Be Green!"

~~Amy

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Cards for Cancer


The first annual Cards for Cancer will take place on April 10, 2010 and Handmade Louisiana is among the groups participating in the event. What is Cards for Cancer? Cards for Cancer is a worldwide event focusing on letting people with cancer know others are out there thinking of them. Having cancer can often be lonely. Sometimes something as simple as receiving a card provides an uplifting of ones spirit. Cards for Cancer sponsored by Spirit Jump and Bloggers Unite.

Groups participating in Cards for Cancer have the opportunity to honor someone who has been touched by cancer. Handmade Louisiana had chosen this year to honor the memory of Jonathan DiLeo. Jonathan was an amazing person and a friend to everyone he met. He was the best friend of one of our member's daughter and he is greatly missed every day.

Each group chooses a cancer center to deliver the cards to on or before April 10th. We will deliver our cards to the Mary Perkins Cancer Center in Covington, LA. In addition to the cards, some of our members have offered to donate items as small gifts for the patients who received treatment at the center. We hope that these offerings of comfort and hope help cheer and lift up the recipients' spirits.

To learn more about Cards for Cancer please go to http://cards4cancer.org. More information about Spirit Jump can be found at http://spiritjump.blogspot.com.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

February Craft A Long Voting Time!

It's time to vote again! Our theme for the team for February was New Orleans/Mardi Gras/Love (any or all of that!) Please choose your favorite among these awesome contenders!

1. Saints Inspired King Cake Handmade Soap from Amelia Amos Soaps
My soap shows my love for the Saints, king cake and how can you get more New Orleans than Black and Gold King Cake SOAP!? WHODAT!



















2. Mardi Gras Applique Shirt from BayouMoon
Green shirt appliqued with purple and gold felt mask--complete with jingle bells! 




















3. French Quarter Earrings by Etco
Gorgeous vintage Fleur De Lis, hand aged with a beautiful Verdigris patina. The finish has an uneven distressed look. Hang from antique brass earwires


















4. King Cake Necklace by Flambeaux Design Company
This king cake is created using polymer clay, drizzled with polymer clay icing, then sprinkled with real cinnamon and a crafty version of colored sugar. The pendant is securely attached to a 16-inch chain and closes with a copper hook & eye clasp



















5. Mardi Gras Oyster Shell Wall Clock by Art on the Half Shell
Hand-crafted Oyster Shell Wall Clock featuring a dozen Oyster Shells set like the hours around a pearly white dinner plate with accents of purple, green and gold sea glass. The 12 o'clock hour is embellished with a real 7mm pearl.


















6. Fleur De Lis Soap on a Bead Rope by Embellished Bayou
Fleur De Lis Soap on a Bead Rope from Embellished Bayou perfect for Mardi Gras!















7. Mardi Gras Hand Dyed Silk Scarf by Splendiferous Fiber
by SplendiferousFiber.etsy.com 100% habotai silk 10.5 x 65 inches, hand dyed























8. Illusion Knitting Fleur De Lis Dishcloth by GarSticksandStrings
This deceiving dishrag looks like a plain beige and black striped cloth but, when viewed from an angle it is revealed that there is a hidden fleur de lis!





















9. Fleur De Lis Luminary by Hurricane Pottery
We lit candles, we prayed, we crossed our fingers, we made bets, we wore our lucky whatevers, we partied with friends and held on tight....all this for the love of our Saints!

















That's all folks! Vote for your favorite on the left sidebar and share this with your friends! Remember, Handmade Louisiana supports all artisans in and from Louisiana and surrounding areas--buy local--buy handmade!

~~Amy


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