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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

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Featured Shop: January 12, 2015

This week’s featured shop is Sursy Shop!

Written by Amy Wonderland

 

This shop has a huge assortment of carefully crafted items at affordable prices. It is full of lovely handmade pieces designed to brighten someone’s day.

SursyShop is family-owned and operated by; Robin (maker/designer), Carl (design consultant), and Alaina (color consultant). Robin has always loved crafting and has dabbled in a multitude of mediums. She says, “I love the challenge of trying to bridge the gap between my mind’s eye and my hand’s capabilities. The thrill of getting it right is like none other.” Her experience and love of her craft can be seen in every piece she creates.

“Sursy” is a Southern term for an unexpected gift or token of affection; which relates perfectly to the nature of the items provided in this shop. You can find a very large assortment of hand-embroidered doilies, candle mats, organizers, headbands, pins, decorations, ornaments, and even some gift sets. They use a myriad of colors and fabrics, so you can find something for everyone.

Stop by SursyShop today, browse their huge selection, and stock up on gifts to share with your loved ones year-round! http://www.sursyshop.etsy.com

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Looking for unique stocking stuffers? These items from the Afternoon Tea group would all make fabulous little gifts for your loved ones!

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1. From PrettyByrdDesignsChristmas Mini Journals. Keep organized this holiday season with this delightful mini journal! The small size makes it easy to carry in your bag or purse. $3.25 each

2. From FrostedSoSweetPink and Red Striped Bead Earrings. Cute striped pink bead dangle earrings that would make a great gift for a girl with a love of cute and colorful jewelry! $6.50

3. From EarthChildArtRed Flower Ring. This red flower ring is so cute and funky! It is a repurposed piece of jewelry that would make a very fun gift. $20.00

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4. From Studio3BOwl Pendant Necklace. This cute little Owl Necklace is made using a gorgeous antiqued silver tone owl pendant that has black and purple rhinestone inlays. The owl is hanging from a gorgeous antique silver loop which hangs on a pretty silver plated Figaro chain finished with an antiqued silver silver loop toggle clasp. $15.00

5. From FairybyFoxieDelicate Butterfly Black Lace Choker. This romantic lace choker is simple yet sophisticated, which combines the elegance of French lace with a beautiful butterfly crystal pendant, adorned with three faceted beads and chain. $9.50

6. From SAjolieBlack and Silver Cameo Bookmark. This is such a beautiful, detailed bookmark. I just love the soft romantic color and the feminine beauty of this design, which has a Victorian feel! $15.00

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7. From AmyWonderlandBlack and Blue Rhinestone Hair Bows. One pair of lovely leopard print hair bows in alligator clips. These beauties make great gifts! They are the perfect addition to a cute hairstyle. $9.00

8. From Fawa1Peacock Brooch. This hand-painted peacock brooch is so lovely and unique. It comes in its own handmade envelope, making it perfect for gift giving. $11.28

9. From CalicoJunoJewelryHammered Double Hoops With Turquoise. Available in 14k gold and sterling silver, these beautiful earrings can be worn with just about anything! $114.00

This post was written by Amy Wonderland