Wonderful Wonderland of Hats and Bows

Meet Amy Ryan of Amy Wonderland

Amy is a crazy talented lady that I’ve had the privilege of knowing now for over 3 years, and have had the great fortune to have worked with her on several collaborative themed projects.  Her deep love of art has manifested itself in many different forms through the years.  She named several things she’s enjoyed, get a load of all these skills: writing, drawing, painting, sculpting, styling makeup and hair, photography, stitching, knitting, crocheting, singing, trumpeting, and body modification.  She says that for as long as she can remember she’s always adored making things with love and giving to others.  And that she does…

I wanted to show you a small demonstration of one of our collaborative efforts several years ago.  We did an Alice in Wonderland themed collection together.  At the time I was working with perfumery.  Here is a promotional banner which shows the fabulous hat Amy made and she wrote this awesome poem about our collection:

How cool is that?  And look at that hat!  Hey, I can rhyme too!

And speaking of hats, here are a couple that she’s designed recently.  These are Fascinator Hats from her CMTA Collection:

There’s something else you should know about Amy.  Amy is an amazing and giving person, and it goes way beyond her artistic abilities.

Amy bravely lives with a disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth.  She says, “It’s the most common disease you’ve never heard of.  CMT is a hereditary motor and sensory neuromuscular disease which causes pain, loss of sensation, and death to muscles in the body.  It can effect hands, arms, feet, legs, diaphragm (breathing), skeletal structure (scoliosis), memory, brain function and other parts of the body.”

And you know what?  Instead of giving in, Amy works hard.  Not only having the will to continue with her hat and bow making, but also donating at least 10% of her monthly gross income to the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association’s STAR Research Fund.  She says, “This fund works tirelessly; researching treatments and, hopefully one day, a cure.  I smile knowing that every item I make for my Etsy shop is durable, beautiful, enjoyable, and supportive of a worthy cause. I currently sell hair accessories, and will be adding different items to my shop whenever I can. I sell a collection of blue and orange items, which are the official colors of the CMTA.  50% of the proceeds of those items go directly to the CMTA charity.”

Amy works towards raising awareness and money for the CMTA (cmtausa.org), and continues to be a super courageous person who, despite wearing leg braces every day, using a wheelchair to get around, and can only use her hands for short periods of time – does all she does!  Such an inspiration…  She is a loving wife, a superhero aunt, and a very loyal friend who has a giant heart (to be sure) and loves to  smile and laugh.

It’s people like Amy that make this world go around much more beautifully, with her kind and warm spirit and gorgeous items that we can all wear and enjoy.  I myself own beautiful designs made by Amy.  Here is a collage of some of her recent hats and bows:

I truly hope you’ll stop by and see Amy.  She is the most friendly person you’ll ever get a chance to meet.  She also does custom orders, so drop her a line and tell her what you’d like to wear to brighten up your style and day.

You can find her online shop at: www.amywonderland.etsy.com

And her Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/AmyWonderland

It’s been a pleasure sharing Amy’s art with all of you, and I appreciate her sharing her personal story with us all.

To find out more about CMT, visit cmtausa.org 

Till next time, Stay Wonderful!

Jfay, Studio 3B

Originally posted on Yum Factor 10, American Crafted.

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Studio3B – Featured Shop!

Our new featured shop is Studio3B!

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Studio3B is filled with unique, beautiful purses and lip balm holders.  Every item is hand-crafted by Johanna (also known as Jfay), the owner of the shop. Studio3B is located in Houston, Texas.

In the years that I have known Jfay, I’ve found her to be sweet, giving, smart, fun-loving, wildly talented, and funny.  She has such a great way with words and a very unique story to tell.  When I approached her about making this feature, she was ecstatic.  I asked her to tell us about herself, her background, and her hobbies, here’s what she had to say:

“Hello, my name is Johanna Bustamento and I am a nut 😉 Haha! Nope, nope, let’s start over 🙂

I enjoy sewing and crafting of all kinds. I’m always looking forward to new and inspiring projects. I find inspiration everywhere, and have a long family history of artistic creatives, so it seems I may have inherited quite a few loves of different types of creative output. I like to keep it fresh, keep it new and always have fun.

At the present, I’ve been enjoying making lip balm holders. I came across this idea when looking for a project to incorporate using left over fabrics from my purse projects. I found only one “how to” on the subject, and it did not really work for me, so I set about to create my own design. After several experiments I finally got the look down that I wanted and also added a few extra features to make them really cute as well as functional.

So now I set about to find specific fabric just for these little cuties instead of them being the afterthought project. They’ve found their way to my heart, and have now taken center stage. I’m enjoying making cute and fun themed designs with these. My favorite right now is the Wonder Woman themed holders.

The fabulous thing about these holders is that I make them using key rings, and you can clip and carry them anywhere. Even if you’re not carrying a bag. Some have large enough clasps to clip them to your belt loops and you can also clip them to any zipper pull. My new motto now is, “Stay kissable on the go!”

My other new passion is blogging. I began blogging a while back and had an idea of where I wanted it to go, but then kind of let it lag. I’m now back with a clearer vision and much eagerness. My blog is named Yum Factor 10, American Crafted. The main focus of Yum Factor 10 is to celebrate the fabulousness of American artists, artisans and crafters. My family and I appreciate the hard work and dedication that these very talented people put into what they do.

I’ll be blogging about all kinds of fun stuffs. From mouth watering goodness – and probably a shared family recipe or two in the mix, to celebrating those who provide us with beautiful things, and make things that make us look gorgeous, to stylish art, very crafty things, and who knows what all I’ll find! And definitely we’ll be trying some craft beers and IPA’s. That’s one of my (and my family’s) newest hobbies.

There is also a showcase on Yum Factor 10 for local stars in our area, and I plan to be adding an International Friends category soon. So all kinds of fun stuffs going on. I hope you’ll stop by and visit. I’m always on the lookout for fresh talent to showcase, so drop me a line if you know of anyone that I should check out. yumfactor10.com

Also, please stop by and visit my Etsy Shop for some fun fashion accessories. www.etsy.com/shop/studio3b

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You can also find Jfay, Studio3B, and YumFactor10 at:
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+WickdJfay
Instagram: http://instagram.com/johannabustamento
Studio3B Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/studio3bcreations/
YumFactor10 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yumfactor10/

Studio3B is always adding wonderful new items to their shop, so be sure to check back often!  Jfay welcomes custom orders, so feel free to message her.  There are also new and exciting things being added to the Yum Factor 10 blog all the time!

Written by: Amy Wonderland

Be My Valentine Gift Ideas

So what are you getting your sweetie this year?

We have a few fun ideas for you!

From the Etsy Afternoon Tea, Chat, and Treasuries Team:

From Studio 3B – Let her know that she’s your Wonder Woman with this cute Wonder Woman themed Lip Balm Holder Key Ring featuring a Red Enameled Lip Charm.  Comes with the Lip Balm! $9.50

From SAjolie – Valentine’s Day I Love You Charm Bracelet featuring a charm that says Love and a Heart charm. $9.95+

From AmyWonderland –  Queen of Hearts Mini Top Hat.   It can be worn with formal, as well as everyday attire. It would make a fantastic gift for a loved one or for yourself. $29.00

From TaylorTwoShop –  A Valentine Gift Set featuring a Glitter Hip Flask and a Tarot Inspired Card, The Lovers. Very cute and original! $14.94

From victoriascharms – Love Heart Statement Ring.  This unique ring consists of a big thick silver button with Love spelled out from top to bottom. $16.00

From Alfamarama –  Be My Valentine Card.  Perfect to send to your special one on Valentine’s Day and set the mood for romance! $3.90

From PrettyByrdDesigns –  I Love You Card.  Exquisite details and vintage romance make this card a wonderful way to express your feelings of love. $4.00

From GreenbriarCreations –  Valentine’s Day Handkerchief Hearts and Kisses.  Perfect for that February 14th Wedding!  $14.00

From FlowerPowerOhio –  Valentine’s Day Wreath.  This vibrant Valentine wreath will welcome your guest to your home with beautiful bright red silk flowers, greens, ferns, berries, a twig heart and romantic burlap and lace bow. $99.00

Please stop by and visit our Team Page to see all the Valentine goodies that our Team Shops have available for you!

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

Jfay, Studio 3B

Christmas Gifts Under 20 Dollars

Ho Ho Ho!!

And Happy Holiday Shopping from the Afternoon Tea, Chat and Treasuries Etsy Team of Shops!

We have some fabulous Christmas Gift Ideas for you that are all under $20.00.

Fashionista Fox Wool Felt Figurine

Look at Fashionista Fox ready to go holiday shopping!  So cute and only $19.00 from Felt4Soul.

This Fox Fashionista is an eye catching figurine. She is modern, fashionable and has a right attitude. She is wearing a beautiful green necklace and posh designer handbag.
It will make a very special gift for a special lady.  This figurine  is crafted using the art of needle felting.

Red Faux Leather Bow from Amy Wonderland

And speaking of Fashionistas – Wow! What a gorgeous bow from AmyWonderland!  And $5.00! You can stop by and pick from many different colors.

Glossy candy apple red faux leather fabric, stitched into a beautiful bow. Sewn by hand with loving care. The edges of the faux leather are resistant to fraying. Cruelty-free products were used to put your mind at ease. This bow has a lovely, glossy sheen finish.

Gray Cup Cozy

How about a cup cozy?  This will make a fabulous gift for everyone on your list.  $9.99 from socksandmittens.

This cute hand knit gray cup cozy is great to protect your fingers from the heat of a hot cup of tea or coffee. It is designed to fit a 9 oz mug or cup, about 3″ in diameter. It is stretchy and has a loop and a chocolate brown button to fit around your mug and through the handle.

Chapstick Holder Keychain with Jingle Bell

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells….  And Lip Balm!  Fun and practical gift for the lady on the go.  A Chapstick Holder Keychain – $9.00 from Studio 3B.

This lip balm holder was made using white denim fabric and a red print cotton fabric, and has a key ring so that you can easily carry your keys on this, and features a Jingle Bell (that Jingles!) and a large lobster claw clasp so that you can also clip it and carry.  P.S. Lip Balm is included!

Route 66 Bangle Bracelet

Get your kicks on Route 66!  What a unique gift idea!  $16.95, from SAjolie.

This is such a beautiful charm bracelet which you can personalize by choosing the color of your Swarovski Birthstone charm.  Comes beautifully boxed.

Funny notebook

This is just too fun!  A notebook for you to write your list of things that you were right about!  Only $6.46 from Alfamarama.

Great stocking stuffer idea.  Original MOLESKINE® notebook upcycled with a hand screen printed sentence on the cover.
Individually hand printed with the sentence “my list of things I was right about”!

Multi-Colored Floral Cocktail Ring

Bring on the Bling!!  Very stunning multi- color floral cocktail ring.  $15.00 from victoriascharms.

You may need to gift yourself with this beauty.  This ring consists of a big silver flower button with 2 layers of rich colorful stones.
It measures approximately 1 3/4 inches.
It will fit any finger as it is attached to an adjustable silver plate ring base.

Children's personalized spoons

These are too precious.  Personalized spoons for children.  From RadArtaDesign – $15.00+

You can choose your favorite colors, and it can be personalized with your child’s name, nickname, favorite sports team, or school name.  The spoons are coated with polymer clay and baked at the appropriate temperature for hardness and lacquered with acrylic base for protection. It is safe for use and hand washable.

Bulldog in glasses zipper pouch

I hope you’re not having a sugar overload from all this sweet cuteness.  How about these zipper pouches from handjstarcreations? $12.50

This is such a cool zipper pouch with a cute bulldog in glasses, on a handsome piece of cotton canvas fabric, bright blue, teal blue, red or gold, your choice. So incredible for a piece of fabric!! So much fun! This sweet fabric pouch is so perfect for the dog lover in your life! What a great and unique gift this would make! Or keep for yourself.

This list was so fun to put together, but that’s not all we have to show you – Not by a long shot.

Here is a link to follow to our Team Page where I have requested that my team mate’s list their gift giving ideas that they have in their shops that are under $20.00

VISIT AFTERNOON TEA CHRISTMAS SHOPPING GUIDE LIST

I hope you enjoy looking through all the wonderful items that are listed and enjoy shopping in our Team Shops.

A Very Merry to you all!

Jfay, Studio 3B

Seasonal Sparkle!

Need something sparkly to decorate your house or business?  Looking for something special to buy for a loved one?  Wishing for something glitzy to add to your wishlist?

Here is a list of gorgeous and glamorous items for your eyes to feast on!  Something for every budget!  Enjoy!

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1) A hand-dyed Devore satin silk scarf from RosyDaysScarves!  $37.83

2) A multipurpose altered tin box from PrettyByrdDesigns!  $6.50

3) A dichroic glass and leather bracelet from 3GearsGlassAndGifts!  $39.95

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4) An ivory lace rhinestone and pearl sash belt from DelltonCouture!  $58.86

5) A faux fur and sequin collar/neck warmer from MickeyAndChicken!  $37.00

6) An antique silver engagement ring box from BronzeOnSaffron!  $289.00

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7) A sparkly orange rhinestone ball ring from VictoriasCharms!  $15.00

8) A personalized baby’s first Hanukkah ornament from FromAtoZbyTami!  $15.95

9) A set of nine santa’s reindeer name vinyl decals from Crafterpillar!  $10.80

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10) A gold sequin wrist cuff fingerless glove from Mammamiaeme!  $18.50

11) A vintage rhinestone mini bib necklace from PurpleDaisyJewelry!  $35.00

12) A glitter heart (multicolor or silver) hair clip from TaylorTwoShop!  $3.84

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13) A red queen of hearts fascinator hat from AmyWonderland!  $23.00

14) A large vintage rhinestone and pearl brooch from PureJoyVintage!  $18.00

15) A holiday etsy shop instant download banner from PearlsDigitalDesigns!  $5.00

 

There are many, many more beautiful glitzy and glamorous items listed on Etsy.  Take a look at all of this SEASONAL SPARKLE and stock up today! 😀

Written by: AmyWonderland

3 Gears Glass and Gifts – Featured Shop!

The holiday shopping season is here, and this week’s featured shop is 3GearsGlassAndGifts!

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3GearsGlassAndGifts is filled with functional art glass for everyday life.

3GearsGlassAndGifts is owned and operated in Colorado by Reba. She has been a glass artist for over 20 years. She loves to teach and create. Her home based studio specializes in ready made glass art for every day use and enjoyment. Having a background that started with stained glass, Reba likes to incorporate many different types of techniques into her creations.

3GearsGlassAndGifts has a wide variety of useful housewares, along with one of a kind pieces. A lot of Reba’s ideas come from nature, and stunning sunsets and sunrises that she sees. Her best sellers are her mosaic soap dispensers. Her shop also offers lotion dispensers, stained glass, jewelry, fused glass soap dishes, fused glass bowls, fused spoon rests, fused glass art, mosaic wall art, mosaic tissue box covers, and fused candle screens. Reba adds new pieces all the time and welcomes custom orders!

Stop by 3GearsGlassAndGifts, stock up on gorgeous fused and mosaic glassware, and keep your eyes open for gifts for your loved ones! For promotions and updates, follow 3GearsGlassAndGifts at:
www.facebook.com/RebaAt3Gears
www.twitter.com/ThreeGearsGlass
www.pinterest.com/RebaAt3Gears/
www.instagram.com/ Reba3GearsGlass/

 

Written by: Amy Wonderland

Mickey and Chicken – Featured Shop

The holiday shopping season is here, and this week’s featured shop is MickeyAndChicken!

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MickeyAndChicken has a huge variety of versatile, affordable, accessible styles for busy women.

MickeyAndChicken is owned and operated in Denver by Janet. She is inspired by beautiful fabrics that feel amazing, gorgeous gemstones, and pearls that catch her eye. Her designs are simple and created to let the beauty of each piece of fabric or gemstone take center stage. The shop name “MickeyAndChicken” comes from Janet’s younger daughter; her two favorite accessories are her Mickey Mouse blanket and her “Chicks Rule” blanket. “These two blankets – which she affectionately refers to as ‘Mickey and Chicken’ make her feel happy, confident, cozy,” Janet says, “I hope my designs make you feel the same way.”

Janet’s shop is full of scarves, cardigans, ponchos, kimono shrugs, bags, totes, purses, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Each piece Janet creates for MickeyAndChicken is designed to be versatile and affordable so that every woman – no matter how busy she is – has easy access to a stylish, polished look. She works hard making every item unique, beautiful, durable, and fashionable.

Stop by MickeyAndChicken today, browse all the fabulous fashions, and stock up on affordable gifts for your loved ones, and while you’re at it, treat yourself too! For promotions, updates, and other fun stuff, follow MickeyAndChicken at
www.mickeyandchicken.etsy.com
www.twitter.com/JanetLondon
www.facebook.com/MickeyandChicken

Written by: Amy Wonderland