Handmade Spotlight: Artist Valri Peyser

Glassware art by Valri Peyser

If Valri Peyser’s amazing glassware doesn’t inspire you to upcycle your wine, soda and beer bottles, then nothing will.

By Valri Peyser

In fact, Valri has an ongoing relationship commissioning bottle art for a local winery – Hillcrest Vineyards in the Santa Cruz mountains of sunny Cali. (Hmm, anyone noticing a trend forming with our spotlighted artisans?)

But, wine bottles are not Valri’s only specialty- she also creates amazing wall art paintings in varying styles. She creates bold abstract art as well as stunning, vibrant portraits.

Make sure you stop by her website and check out the rest of her work.

What’s your favorite?

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Handmade Spotlight: Stefan Fromme at Bohemian Hollow

One of the first, amazing crafters I encountered a month ago when I started networking on Etsy was the creative soul behind these amazing pieces.

His name is Stefan Fromme- and he’s that handsome fellow above wearing the sunny, yellow, slouchy beanie. Stefan is a man of many talents, dabbling both in photography as well as his gorgeous macramé bracelets, barefoot sandals, beanies and scarves. You can see what else he’s up to by visiting his shop – Bohemian Hollow – or his Facebook page.

You can also click on any of the photos above to be linked directly to that item in his shop.

And it looks like he’s offering 20% OFF through the month of February to celebrate his Etsy-versary. To get that discount, you’ll just need to enter the coupon code: BUBBLES at checkout.

I think his bracelets would make a great addition to a boho summer wardrobe, what do you think?

Handmade Spotlight: Meet a Breast Cancer Survivor Crafting for a Cure

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Brown and Cream Braided Yarn Scarf by Fritzie Froodles on Etsy

Hope your Monday is going well. We intend to spend the day in the work shop – what better way to start the week, right?

Today, with this post, we are also beginning our “Handmade Spotlight” series – to bring you some of our favorite creations, artisans and crafters in the handmade world while showing our fellow handmade artists a little link love.

We’re very excited to start this series by introducing you to our new friend, Bridget Swinney-Kajzer, of Fritzie Froodles on Etsy.

Bridget is a mother, elementary art teacher and breast cancer survivor from Indianapolis, Indiana.

Faced with her unfortunate diagnosis, Bridget decided it was time “to grab life by the horns” and dared herself to do some of the things she was previously afraid to do- one of those things was opening her Etsy shop. Not only did making the hand-crafted accessories in her Etsy shop give her company during her treatments, it also allowed her to put her heart into something (other than her family) that gave her joy, despite her situation.

Bridget creates many beautiful, bohemian chic scarves, necklaces, bracelets and hair clips from yarn, fabric and found materials. We found her shop earlier this week and included her Brown and Cream Braided Yarn Scarf in our Etsy Treasury: Bundle Up. (Check that treasury out for a collection of handmade accessories we recommend to help you stay warm out there this winter.)

Stop by her shop and have a look around. Better yet, make a purchase and Bridget will donate $1 for each item you buy to breast cancer or multiple myeloma cancer research at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center.

What do you think about Bridget’s accessories? Leave us a comment!