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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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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