It’s BlogMas Day 12 peeps and today I have ETSY Christmas Showroom with Bloom & Wild
Way back when in July (okay, so not that far back!) http://thecraftofwriting.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http://thecraftofwriting.org/why-did-my-writing-slow-down/ Etsy joined forces with go Bloom & Wild to share what many amazingly talented independent businesses have on offer for the festive season and beyond. As I have only shopped on Etsy sporadically before this showroom really did open my eyes to what great things are available to me whilst supporting individual sellers and their unique products on offer. From the moment I walked in my Christmas shopping list began to grow and then about half way through I found http://phoenix-dancing.com/galleries/shimmers/content/_1972082241_large.html STATIONERY. Now, you may or may not know that I have quite an unhealthy obsession with stationery, personally I don’t see this as a bad thing but there is only so much space to keep all this stuff.
The same goes for candles, from Basil & Cucumber to Vanilla Bean Noel my candle collection is slightly out of hand but it is one that I am happy to continue growing as the array of different scents out there is truly unbelievable. Hopscotch candles are ones that I had never come across until I got to the Etsy Christmas Showroom. Hopscotch are a brand that focus on the minimalist side of list – simplicity in one word if there ever had to be choice and that is something that really shines through in not only their branding but their product ingredients. The focus on simplicity show that it really is the little things that make things nicer in life. My favourite scents on the day were the Fig & Melon and Spiced Apple – I am a sucker for comfort scents and these two really got me hook, line and sinker! As you can see from the pictures candles aren’t the only thing that they have managed to perfect.
As many of you know Etsy is home to handmade and vintage items with a plethora of craft supplies so it was no surprise to walk into a room filled with delightfully delicate handmade trinkets made from precious stones and list of other materials that I never even knew you could use for such items. Featheroak is one seller that really caught my eye with it’s bright colours, fine materials and just gorgeous jewellery – at first I was petrified to even touch it in fear of breaking it but the lovely lady at the stall was more than happy to go through the variety of materials and techniques used to make such beautiful items and assured me that they wouldn’t break. Out of the pictures above I don’t know whether you can tell but the bright blue rock is my favourite and I kind of wish I’d asked for her to make me a ring with it – imagine the epic beauty and individuality, pure class.
As you can see wherever there is an opportunity to personalise something it has been done – jewellery, make up bags and home-ware are just a small amount of the items that can be made ‘just for you’ – it is quite nice for presents but also if you are celebrating a milestone with your friends or loved ones it really is a special way to make memories that last that are also useful. Fox and Lilly seem to have this down to a tee as everything is not only simply just lovely but also practical.
On our way out myself and Catherine found a set of shelves that were full of mugs in different sections and a sign stating ‘Find Your Mug’ – intrigued we headed over to the puzzle on the wall and started answering some personal questions about the life we have and want. Once at the end you were guided to a certain section on a shelf and told to pick out your favourite from a selection made dependent on your answers. A little secret (not so much of a secret anymore!) we both checked out the shelves before we even saw the wall game and actually picked out the mugs that we ended up with anyway – weird right! As you can see we got our ‘mugshot’ (#etsymugshot) taken and were told to pick up our mugs at the door before we left. Just neat right! I mean who doesn’t love a good coffee/tea mug and one that is based on your choices just made it that more (i’m gonna say that word again!) personal.
I mean YUMMMMM – am I right?!
I couldn’t leave without saying how lovely the displays were around the Bloom & Wild corner of the showroom and the smell was absolutely sensational. The ladies who were holding the fort were more than patient with all of the visitors they had and they kindly gave us all the opportunity to make our own mini bouquets to take home as a little remembrance of the event and such a great brand. Personally I am absolutely useless at flower arranging so to say I got a lot of help was an understatement to say the least BUT I was very happy with the end result.
What do you think? . . .