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>> Monday, March 1, 2010

A few weeks ago, I bought a gift on Etsy for my dear friend Diana. There is a group on Etsy called Hearts for Haiti, where different sellers can donate their handmade items and profits go toward earthquake relief. I figured my purchases from Hearts for Haiti would be the perfect gift for Diana since 1.) she is always very thoughtful and puts so much of her time and effort toward helping others and 2.) she enjoy handmade things. I love how she always shares in my excitement when I discover a new artist or crafter, and she also supports and encourages me with my own artwork.

The first item I picked out was a hand-knitted coffee/tea cup cozy, made by VeryCarey, that can be used at coffee shops instead of the cardboard variety on take-out cups. Diana and I made quite a few outings to local coffee shops during college, and since her mission trip to South Africa she's become a tea drinker as well. I wish we still lived in the same town; it would be so much fun to go to Jittery Joe's together with some matching kitted cozies.

The second gift was a handmade flower necklace made from fabric and beads. It was created by EverydayDiamonds, a pair of Canadian sisters who make fabric flowers in a rainbow of colors, as well as beautiful jewelry and accessories. I've been enamored with fabric flowers lately. I have several shirts and sweaters adorned with flowers, I sewed my own flowers to use in place of bows on my bridesmaid gifts in July, and I have been coveting the flower necklace my friend Elena received from her fashion-designing sister.

If you have a chance, I recommend visiting the Hearts for Haiti shop on Etsy. And thank you, VeryCarey and EverydayDiamonds, for participating in this helpful cause.


Robin Roy March 1, 2010 at 10:52 PM  

We love Hearts for Haiti as this shop proves just how powerful the handmade movement can be. To date the collective shop has raised $31,184.63!

Thank you for giving Everyday Diamonds a shout out, and we are so pleased that you are enjoying your organza flower necklace!

Thanks so much.

Anonymous March 1, 2010 at 11:07 PM  

Love the items you chose! A friend gave me a coffee cozy from etsy for Christmas---good stuff. I have been browsing the shop, but really need to sit down and order already!

Love the shout-out to Anna's necklace. :)

Diana March 2, 2010 at 11:13 AM  

I love both of them so much! And I completely agree; I wish that we lived in the same town too!

Katie March 6, 2010 at 10:34 PM  

Robin- Wow, that's amazing that Hearts for Haiti has raised so much! Diana posted a picture of her wearing the necklace on her blog. I thought you might be interested in seeing it:

Elena- I could browse all day on Etsy! There are so many great things for sale. And I love Anna's necklace! Does she sell her work anywhere?

Diana- I'm so glad that you like them. :) And Tony and I were talking more about a possible Athens/Atlanta trip in August. I'll keep you posted.

Anna Hart March 8, 2010 at 6:25 PM  

ooh thank you im glad you liked the necklace so much! i have an etsy account but have not had a chance to make anything to sell yet... i will let you know as soon as i have stuff up!

Katie March 8, 2010 at 9:39 PM  

Yes, please do, Anna. I love your work! And I've been enjoying the things you've posted on your blog. That dress you made from the two vintage garments is fantastic.

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