Sometimes I see a shop and it takes every ounce of willpower I have not to click buy on everything. Today’s featured Etsy shop is a prime example. XMittens creates vegan recycled fleece fingerless mittens that make me all warm and fuzzy inside. The shop’s owner, Amber began XMittens when she “realized that I could create an alternative textile and apparel business that emphasizes eco-accountability, thoughtful design and material sourcing, creates well-fitting and durable items, and considers the body an exhibition space for functional art-to-wear.” And, with my love of all things organic and sustainable, this shop is totally my cup of tea!
Red extra long fingerless gloves
I love love love everything about these. The extra long length, the thumb covering, the color, and of course, that they are made fromÂ fleece is made with up to 89% recycled polyester content. Another cool feature? Each package is wrapped with the leftover material made into a skinny scarf. So it’s like two items for the price of one!
Hot Pink Recycled fingerless gloves
These hot pink gloves are a size large, but they also come in small and medium. These gloves are thumbless and have black stitching. I totally dig them.
Purple Fleece Cape Vest Hoodie
I am smitten with this piece. I love the purple/teal combination, as well as the whole concept. I want.Â Be sure to check out all the ways you can wear this item. I love me some versitility!
I hope you all love X Mittens as much as I do! Happy shopping!
I have so much respect and admiration for those who have run a marathon. I totally say each year that I want to, but am extremely lazy and never follow through with this. I do think though that those who have more motivation than me should be honored. Heck, it’s a huge feat! Please allow me to introduce you to 26MileStone. They create “tile coaster sets from your race bibs and motivational endurance sport related magnets and ornaments.” Pretty cool, huh?!
I actually had the pleasure ofÂ purchasing from them recently. I needed an ornamentÂ for a friend that is a runner. I purchased the runner ornament,Â pictured below.
This ornament is no longer available, but here are the details: “1 2×2 square tile ornament and basic black lowercase “run” in metallic shimmer lettering on beige tile.” I loved it. And so did my friend. It was even better than in the photo!
One of the coolest things ever is the fact that they will make coasters out your race number bib. This seriously makes me want to run a marathon. Almost. 🙂
Race number bib coasters
And, if you have run a maraton/triathlon, etc, and are thinking, “eek, I so don’t want to part with my bib” no fear! 26MileStonesÂ states that you mayÂ “specify if you prefer that a color copy of the bib be used, and the original will be shipped back with your order. Or, YOU make the copy, (laser copy preferred, as there is less risk of the ink running) and send that.” This listing is for four coasters and is $22, plus $6.99 US shipping. Not too bad of a deal if I do say so myself!
Commit Square Tile Magnets
These magnets may just be the motivation I need to actually follow through with my commitments. I will have to face them each time I open the fridge. Hopefully seeing them each day will give me the strength to commit to what I say I’m going to do.
Hope you enjoyed 26MileStones as much as I have!
I have, brace yourselves folks, been learning how to cook! However, I still need to follow recipes, unlike my husband who can create a meal out of three ingredients. With that being said, I have a boatload of printed recipes and recipe cards just strewn in my cabinets, with no sort of organization whatsoever. So imagine my excitement when I came across todays Etsy shop, Tartella. The shop’s owners, Amanda and Andrea, create fabulous items for your kitchen.
The one item that initially caught my attention was this recipe card holder.
Wood Flip Recipe Card Holder
I totally need this to keep me organized. This card holder comes with ten inserts, which can hold 20 recipe cards, but feel free to add more inserts, since the rings can be opened very easily. And the wood boards make for easy clean-up. Believe me, I’m super messy. This is a necessity.
Recipe Card Gift Set
These recipe cards are a must in my household. As previously mentioned, I will print recipes out from the internet in my effort to become the next top chef. These cards (which of course can fit in the above holder!) are great to jot those recipes down on and am sure will be way easier to organize. This set includes 25 cards and is packaged in a lovely bookcloth covered card holder.
Winter Tea Towel set
This tea towel set would be a great hostess gift! Tartella has taken the motto, “eat. live. love. repeat” and screen printed it onto a tea towel. These towels are made with 100% cotton flour sacks and are totally washable. Which is good because I make messes…This set comes in two color choices- green (shown) or vintage blue, with the motto towel in blue and the whisks have orange handles.Â It’s too hard to choose! I love them both!
And, from December 5-11, Tartella is offering free shipping on all U.S. and Canadian Etsy orders. For U.S. Orders, use Coupon Code TARTYFREESHIP upon checking out. If you are in Canada, make sure you convoÂ Tartella and they will set up a reserved listing with the adjusted shipping rate.
Andrea was kind enough to answer some questions, enjoy!
1. How did you come up with your shop’s name?
I knew that I wanted to make up a name, so that I didn’t have to worry about getting web addresses, trademarks, etc. and I also knew that I wanted it to have something to do with baking. So, I made lists of words that I liked (both cooking related and non) and just started putting them together to see what worked. Tart was on the list because pies and tarts are my favorite desserts, and Ella was the name of my cat. I sent my favorites to my friends and had them vote…and, Tartella won!
2. What is your favorite item in your shop?
I think I’d have to say the Bread Print is my current favorite. Bread is my absolute favorite thing to bake and eat, and I love how those illustrations came out. But, Whisk Tea Towels are a perennial favorite.
3. I see you work with your sister. Who’s the better cook between the two of you? (I frankly, can’t cook to save my life!)
My sister is just starting to cook and lives in a different city, so I haven’t tasted a lot of what she has prepared. But, her pumpkin pie outshone my apple pie this Thanksgiving (at least, according to my husband, who is supposed to have clear allegiance to my cooking!), so I think I have some mighty competition in the future. We both draw on experiences of our grandmother’s farm cooking and our mother’s Norwegian heritage, so our food preferences and what we choose to cook and bake is often similar. I add in quite a bit of French-based and comfort food (read: rich & creamy), while my sister experiments more with Asian dishes.
4. What was the first item you created?
The first items I designed for Tartella were letterpress recipe cards and cookbook marks (available at http://www.tartella.com). I originally thought that I would produce mainly paper and stationary products, since that was my background. But, then I took silkscreen classes and started printing on textiles like tea towels. Customers at shows responded really well to them, and I started spending more time and energy on textile products. I still design and produce new recipe cards and cookbook marks every year, though, since there is always a core customer base that still uses and appreciates these products (like me!).
I couldn’t agree with the name of this shop more. I do love chocolate. So of course my mouth watered when I came across today’s featured Etsy shop, Love Sweet Chocolate. The shop’s owner, Stephanie, or Steffie, as she tends to go by, is a stay at home mom who makes delicious treats that will make you drool. Don’t believe me? Feast your eyes on the goodies below. Nom nom nom.
Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Rods
Don’t these just look divine?! Peanut butter and chocolate are my all-time favorite flavor combination. You can have these bad boys wrapped in threes or individually. Personally, I’d go for individual, as I’d eat three in one sitting with no problem. You get a dozen per order, so feel free to share!
Holiday Drizzled Oreo’s
These look amazing. Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?! What I love about goodies like these are they are great for gift giving. Sometimes we have gift exchanges at work and I never know what to get. These treats make great gifts. Also, they can be wonderful hostess gifts if you are going to a holiday party. That is, of course, if you are willing to share. 🙂
Snow Ball Cake Lollipop
Cake pops are all the rage right now! I see them everywhere and want about 18. With this order you get your choice of chocolate or yellow cake and are dipped and rolled in white chocolate and white sugars. They also come tied with curly ribbon in a color (or two!) of your choice. Yum.
Steffie was kind enough to answer some questions, enjoy!
1. What is your favorite sweet in your shop?
My favorite sweet is my Chocolate Dipped Pretzels, they are a ton of fun to make!
2. What is your favorite flavor combination? (example, salt and chocolate, peanut butter and chocolate, etc.)
Favorite Flavor combo? IÂ have a few, lol. I love the salty sweet taste of my pretzel rods. Then again I love my milk chocolate dipped yellow cake pops with peanut butter swirls. WOW. Yum.
3. What made you want to start an Etsy shop?
Starting an Etsy shop was ideal becauseÂ Etsy had the greatest feedback and easy setup for me to start out with. I started making sweets as a hobby and nowÂ I won’t leave this site because it’s fun and I have met alot of really sweet people!
4. What was the first sweet treat you ever created?
The first sweet I have ever created in my shop would be, well there are a couple actually, the Pretzel Rods and all my painted chocolates. I love holiday molds.
5. Do you take custom orders?
Â I WELCOME ALL CUSTOM orders!Â
Thanks so much Steffie!
As much as I adore accessories, I have one heck of time learning how to accessorize. I have so many necklaces and earrings just hanging on my jewelry holder, with no direction on how to piece them together. What I am a pro at though is scarves. IÂ couldÂ wear a scarf everyday! So of course I was head over heels in love with today’s featured Etsy shop, the Impulsery Emporium. I actually had the pleasure of being introduced to this shop back in October when HeartsyÂ featured this shop. Since I have proclaimed my love of scarves, I totally bought the deal.
This scarf is fab! I have received so many compliments on it, plus it was super comfortable. You can wear it long or short. Sometimes when I wear thingsÂ too close toÂ my neck I tend to feel like I’m choking (I’m weird, I know). However, this scarf didn’t make me uncomfortable at all. Score! Another super cool thing? The scarf isn’t sewn together, so if it’s too thick you can easily remove some of the pieces. Awesomeness.
Now, the Impulsery Emporium doesn’t just feature scarves, the shop’s owner, Stephanie, makes jewelry too! Check out some of my favorite pieces. Enjoy!
In Fine Feather
This necklace is 20 inches long and incorporates a silver, black and bronze chain. I love the mix of metals! I think it’s super fierce.
Sea Shell earrings
I love the pop of color with these earrings. And I totally am smitten with the beach. These earrings need to find a place in my collection!
Hemp Cuff bracelet
I can’t say enough about this bracelet except that I want it. Now. Swoon.
And fyi, The Impulsery Emporium is having a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale from November 24 to November 30. Plus many items will be availableÂ with free shipping!Â Woohoo! I do love a good sale. 🙂 Happy shopping!