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Friday, April 29, 2011

April Craft a Long Winner is...........

CuteLootnFood2Boot!!! Congrats Brenda and happy Spring everyone!!! Stay tuned for our May Craft a Long!!
Her fridge folder magnet won! I have one and its adorable!


~~Amy

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

April Craft a Long--Time to Vote!!!

This month's theme is "Be Green!" Please choose your favorite item in the sidebar voting poll! Thanks to all our lovely entries!
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Lemon-Lime hand dyed shibori shawl from SplendiferousFiber
Cool and refreshing! Lime Green diamonds form the design on this soft rayon shawl. Each diamond was hand-tied, then the entire piece was overdyed with Turquoise to make the final color combination. Shawl measures 27 x 75 including fringe. Hand wash in cool water with mild soap. Do not soak. Air dry. Cool iron.
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Celery and Sage Green Cotton Washcloths from CrochetMaggie
100% cotton, crocheted washcloths. They measure 7 inches square and are wonderfully soft, yet thanks to the texture of the crochet, they have superb scrubbing power. Made with love. :)
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Green and Pink Princess Chair from VivysCloset

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Earth Day Magnets from MicroMops
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Rare Fabric Robert Kaufman Snail Reusable Wetbag from Mama's Little Monkeys
Great for cloth diapers, mama cloth, clothes, and more!
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Oyster Plate Wall Clock - Seaburst Green from Art On the Half Shell
Hand-crafted oyster shell wall clock featuring a dozen oyster shells set like the hours around a green patterned plate with accents of green, gold, and white sea glass. The 12 o'clock hour is embellished with a real 7mm pearl.

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Trepadora Adjustable Ring from etco
Gorgeous vintage verdigris patina brass ring, lace style. Adjustable
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Green Jasper & Yellow Jade Necklace Set from naturegirl7s
Earthy Green and Yellow Jade is perfect for spring and good vibrations

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 Go Green - Recycle Symbol from FluenteDesigns
Made completely of polymer clay, this multi-colored recycle pendant hangs from black suede leather cord.
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Funny bunny and Easter basket from HurricanePottery
Poor little bunny fell into the Easter egg paints! Now he's definitely going green, and blue, with some splashes of pink, purple, and yellow in between! Hand built, hollow ceramic rabbit from Hurricane Pottery.

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Refrigerator Folder Magnet from CuteLootNFood2Boot
Green in more ways than one ... bright green in color, but made from recycled remnants of cardstock left from other paper projects. This little pocket of fun is the best magnet yet for your fridge! Gusseted sides with a magnetic backing, and measures 4-1/2" x 6".
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Sea glass bobby pins from Loumiet Jewelry
This pair of bobby pins have two different color pieces of green sea glass. One bobby pin has an olive green piece and the other one has a brighter green piece of sea glass. I collected these pieces of sea glass on Jewel Beach in Kodiak, Ak. Each piece of sea glass is unique. These pieces of sea glass sit on black bobby pins that are 2 inches in length. Perfect unique hair pieces to go with that perfect outfit


Vote for your Fave!!! :)
~~Amy

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Artist of the Week!

Congratulations to Kylie of Livie's Closet as this week's featured artist!


 Introduction- Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Kylie Martin. I'm from the small town of Lockport, LA and now reside in Gray, LA. My "big girl" job is being a 5th grade teacher. I've been educating our future generation for 5 years and on MOST days I love it. I'm married to my high school sweetheart. We've been together for 11 years, married for 4 of them. We have a 2 year old named Alivia and one on the way that will be making his/her appearance in July.

How did you get started making handmade items?
I was always a crafter. I started sewing with my grandmother when I was very young. I remember standing on the back of her sewing chair and styling her hair while she sewed. She would give me lessons as she created different items. When she passed away, my mother took on the task of continuing the lessons. When Alivia was born, my mother and I started making the nursing covers for me and we realized that these would make great gifts for nursing mothers. I also quickly learned how to make dresses for her. I'm obsessed with fabric designs and love mixing and matching patterns and colors. I got into the beach towels last summer when I wanted to personalize a towel for Alivia for a vacation. I got a lot of compliments on her towel so I decided to try my hand at etsy. With the help of Brittany (BabyDeary), I was able to get my shop up and running. I just recently hit 100 sales, which was a goal for me to reach in my first year!


What does a typical day look like for you?
I wake up earlier than I'd like at 5:30am to get ready for school. I get home from work around 3:15pm. I usually fix Alivia and I a snack and then answer any emails or etsy convos. I then get started on any orders and work on those until my husband gets home around 6:00pm. Then it's family time!


If you could tell someone anything about Louisiana, what would you tell them?
It's the most unique place in the world. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. There is so much culture and heritage found on every corner. I couldn't imagine living in a town without Mardi Gras!



What is your favorite item to make?
My favorite item to make is the beach towels. I love designing new color combos!

What is your favorite food from Louisiana?
Hands down, Beignets!! I like mine made from freshly risen dough, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and dipped in maple syrup! Yum!

Any other information you'd like us to know?
You can find Livie's Closet on facebook. Request to be our friend and watch for special coupon codes!



Saturday, April 2, 2011

Handmade Louisiana is TWO Years Old!!!

Handmade Louisiana is two years old this month! What started as an idea between three local artisans has grown to a strong, vibrant, talented team of artisans, musicians and business owners. I am so proud of my members and how talented they are. Louisiana really is full of talent, fun, beauty, and a uniqueness found nowhere else.

To help celebrate our birthday, our members are sharing some sales with you, dear readers and fans!!

The Little Pearl:
http://www.littlepearlquilts.etsy.com

Any customer who spends $20 (before shipping) gets one of my little bitty bunnies free. No coupon code, just mention "Handmade Louisiana" in the note to seller, along with a color choice. Now through the end of April!
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wandersketch
http://www.etsy.com/shop/wandersketch

enter coupon code HANDMADELA at checkout to receive 15% off of your purchase! sale is good for the month of april!
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LetterKay
http://www.etsy.com/shop/LetterKay

enter coupon code HANDMADELA11 to receive 15% off all items (including custom stamps, etc) for the entire month of April
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Badge Reels
http://www.badgereels.etsy.com
Coupon Code "handmadelouisiana" for 15% off.
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Design Studio 504
www.designstudio504.etsy.com

Sale or Discount, Please include any coupon codes: 25% off with coupon code
HANDMADELOUISIANA

End Date of Sale: April 30, 2011
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NOLA NUKS Pacifier Holders www.nolanuks.com,
www.facebook.com/nolanuks
$5 off any burpcloth and
pacifier holder gift set

End Date of Sale: May 1
MUST email nola@nolanuks.com your order to
receive the $5 discount.
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Embellished Bayou, http://www.embellishedbayou.etsy.com
Use code HANDMADELOUISIANA
for 20% off your purchase
End Date of Sale: April 30
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Sale or Discount, Please include any coupon codes:
HMLBDAY

End Date of Sale:
April 1st-April 10th (30% off entire purchase)
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Hurricane Pottery
http://HurricanePottery.etsy.com

Anniversary Celebration Promo offer - 15% off entire purchase with coupon code "handmadelouisiana"  Offer good April 1 through April 30, 2011
Only one coupon offer redeemable per purchase (ie, coupons cannot be combined)
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Scrivener's Retreat   http://etsy.com/shop/scrivenerferret
10% off code: handmadelouisiana
End Date of Sale: April 30
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Chloe Boutique
http://etsy.com/shop/wildlifer78
15% off code: handmadelouisiana
End Date of Sale: April 30
Free shipping for Louisiana residents!
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JaspersPlasticSpoons    http://JaspersPlasticSpoons.etsy.com
10% off all items in shop   code:10OFF
End Date of Sale: April 18
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etco, http://www.etco.etsy.com
Sale or Discount: 10% off
Coupon code: handmadelouisiana
End Date of Sale: April 30
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www.etsy.com/shop/rainbeauxart (paintings)
www.etsy.com/shop/rainbeauxcraft (craft and paintings)
Sale or Discount: 15% off
Coupon code: handmadelouisiana
End Date of Sale: April 30
This is a sale on a sale in both of my Etsy shops! Many items in both shops have already been marked with a further discount and/or free shipping within the U.S. (First class mail.) Price in listing is previous sale price, before additional 15% off which is applied when the coupon code is typed in. Check individual item listings for those which also have free shipping to save 3 times! New items are being added to both shops this week.
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Fluente Designs
http://www.fluentedesigns.artfire.com/
10% entire store
code: HML2YRBDAY
Sale runs April 1 - April 30 2011
...Also good on custom orders!
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CuteLootnFood2Boot 
Free gift with any purchase, 
Sale dates April 1 - April 30, 2011
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Green Boot Creations
mygreenboot.etsy.com
15% off using HAPPYTWOYEARSHML
Sale ends April 30th
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10% off with coupon code 2bdayhml ends April 30
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Cat's Corner
www.catstraight.etsy.com
Free Shipping coupon code: Happy2HML
ends April 30th.
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10% off entire store 
Code: HML210 
Sale ends April 30th  
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SplendiferousFiber on Etsy: 
free domestic shipping through April 30 with code HML411 
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  Mama's Little Monkeys
Use Code "Handmadelouisiana" for 15% off
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MicroMops
 Use Code "Handmadelouisiana" for 15% off

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