Etsy Monday: Good Babu

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My husband and I have totally different decorating styles. He loves clean, classic looks, while I have more of an eclectic taste. Today’s featured Etsy shop, Good Babu, specializes in ornaments for the home. Just my cup o f tea! The shop’s owner, Babette, creates “Venetian stone tile coasters, deliciously scented soy candles, whimsical note cards & handmade jewelry.” LOVE.

This Seahorse Under Palm Tree Coaster is too cute for words.

Good Babu Venetian stone tile coasters are long lasting and made for everyday use. They are completely waterproof, do not fade, change color or run. Images are literally fused into the stone by a specially formulated ink and heat process.

Coasters measure 3.75 in x 3.75 in (9.5 cm) and have round cork or felt ‘feet’ on the underside to protect surfaces.

Babette also makes awesome candles. I love this Peppermint Scented Soy Candle. Is it too soon to wish it was Christmas?!

Lastly, and completely unrelated to home decor, but still on my I WANT list, is this Pink Enamel Indian Necklace.

Pink enamel, rhinestones, faux pearls and pink beads make up this gorgeous, intricate necklace.

It has a corded back with a tassel end so it can be adjusted for length – either choker length or lower down on the neck, approximately 12″ – 18″.

WANT.

Babette was kind enough to answer some questions. Enjoy!

1. What is the meaning behind your shop’s name?

The name Good Babu is a combination of good juju and Babu. The word juju originates from West Africa and France and is associated with the power attributed to a charm or fetish invoking supernatural powers, similar to a good luck charm. Babu is a term of endearment, a nickname given to me years ago. So the general idea is, beautiful objects created for the home infused with good karma, good luck, good energy with a twist of Babu flavor (my design & happy energy). Aesthetically pleasing ‘ornaments’ for the home that fill the space with good luck and good energy.

2. Out of all your candles, which is your favorite scent?

My favorite scent is Lily of the Valley, which is also the scent used for the ‘Lily Fund’ candle. Proceeds from the sale of the Lily Fund candle are donated to the Lily Fund (www.thelilyfund.org) which brings hope and happiness to children with brain tumors, and awareness to childhood cancer. The Lily Fund is personal to me as Lily, now 8, the daughter of dear friends, was diagnosed just before her 3rd birthday with an incurable brain tumor. The Lily Fund is created in her name.

3. What was the first item you ever created?

The first item I ever created for Good Babu was a lavender scented soy candle, which friends always said they loved when they came into my home and the candle was lit, filling the rooms with the fresh and yummy scent. :)

Before Good Babu I designed jewelry which ultimately morphed into home accessories as my desire for broader creative horizons emerged.

4. What is your favorite material to work with? Soy? Metal? Etc.

My favorite material to work with is hard to pinpoint as I’m frequently driven to distraction with all the creative options. Design in all its forms, and the creative process is really exciting. I sometimes feel guilty about my chosen ‘profession’. It never feels like work to create. It’s always fun – like getting paid to have fun…as if attending perpetual art class and every day I get to experiment with a new medium. :)

Thanks, Babette!

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