In the Mood for A Simple Fall Treat?

We recently had the pleasure of contributing one of our original recipes to Hand and Seek, a brand new handmade and lifestyle blog. Hand and Seek is a great source of inspiration with DIY project, recipes and more from over 40 creative small business owners. For our Nutty Brandy Infused Baked Apple Recipe click here!

Summer 2013 Swap

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For those of you that don’t know, our shop has been a member of an amazing etsy team – Project Treasury – for almost a year now. The members are an incredibly talented group of savvy and supportive artists and curators from around the world and it has been an honor to be included amongst them. A few times a year we participate in a gift swap, as a way of getting to know each other and have some fun. We are assigned a team mate at random and based on their favorites, likes and dislikes we send them a surprise gift. This week my Summer Swap gift arrived and I was so excited that I just had to share it! I received two exquisitely hand beaded miniature bottles from the amazingly talented Rachel of Balanced. Originally from California, Rachel makes beautiful hand made Jewelry and Accessories at her home studio in Dublin, Ireland. She beads, forms, enamels, patinas, weaves, assembles, cold connects, and textures to produce unique items that are unlike any other hand made pieces on the market. The bottles she sent to me arrived beautifully wrapped, as all of her pieces do, in coordinating simple but elegant packaging: satin ribbon, a hand stamped craft paper note, and an organza pouch customized with a sweet craft colored leaf punch out. To check out Rachel’s shop on etsy go to:

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Past Swap Gifts

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For my first swap, Fall 2012, I got these amazingly fun embroidered hoops featuring quotes from the TV shows 30 Rock and Buffy The Vampire Slayer from Devin at Stitch Culture. Find more Pop-Culture Hoops by Devin at

For the Holiday Swap 2012, I was lucky enough to receive this adorable Cat Canoe for my 3 four-legged friends from Jennifer at The Cat Ball. The photo shows my little Rag Doll Fritz enjoying a cuddle, but I have to tell you that all three of my boys including my Dachshund Obi have enjoyed countless hours lounging in this comfy little canoe. Find more Cat Canoes, and Cat Balls at

Amethyst Flowers: An Unusual Specimen, New To The Shop

Have you ever heard of an Amethyst Quartz flower? It’s just as beautiful and unusual as it sounds… A cluster of soft, pale lavender crystals growing in a shape similar to a Chrysanthemum flower. Unlike any other Amethyst cluster you’ve ever seen! Other unusual specimens have been posted today as well including Rhodonite and DioptaseStop by and see what else is new!

Amethyst Quartz Flower

New Blue Tourmaline (Indicolite)

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We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Blue Tourmaline (Indicolite)! These gorgeous jewelry grade crystals come from The Santa Rosa Mine in Brazil and boast a gorgeous deep blue color. Blue Tourmaline is used for communication, calming, peace, and restful sleep. It has been used to treat disorders of the thyroid, thymus, esophagus, throat, larynx, and lungs. Chakras: throat, and third eye. To shop Blue Tourmaline click here! To shop all Tourmaline click here!

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New Aquamarines!

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New listings of beautiful rough Aquamarines just waiting to be crafted into gorgeous jewelry! Aquamarine is a pale blue-green colored stone that is used for psychism, communication, tranquility, courage, and purification. It quiets the mind, calms the nerves, clarifies perception and reduces stress. It helps banish phobias and fears. It is said to align muscles and vertebrae of the neck, relieve the pain of toothaches and cure illness of the stomach, throat and jaw. Chakras: Throat and Heart. To shop Aquamarines click here!

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New This Week: Herkimer Diamonds

Many of our customers have been asking for Herkimer Diamonds in larger sizes, so here they are! Gorgeous A and B grade authentic Herkimer Diamonds from upstate NY. Herkimer Diamonds are A form of quartz that stimulates clairvoyance and enhances dream states. It is a powerful cleanser renowned for its ability to enhance subtle perceptions. This crystal encourages stabilization, a dynamic exchange of energy and is able to store and radiate energy broadcasts. It also helps to release stress and tension throughout the physical body, particularly in the muscle tissues. To shop Herkimer Diamonds click here!