Thoughtfully handmade

14 Apr

This morning when I talked to my mom, she was surprised I had taken the day off.

“Don’t you want to spend your birthday with people?” she asked. She just didn’t want me alone.

I understand the thought, but not having to work means I slept in and met two friends for lunch. Then, when they went back to work, I went to Borders and took advantage of the store closing sale. There, Lindsay called me, and we realized that I was born exactly nine months after her. Clearly the day she was born, my parents were like “Something amazing has happened. Let’s do that, too.”

We were also amazed to realized that it was seven years ago today that she gave me that lap dance at the 18-and-over bar at Kent for my 21st birthday. Ahhhh, memories. (And I totally just found a few pics from that night. Holy cow. Here’s one of the less embarrassing ones.)

Yes, I said "less embarrassing." I have ZERO recollection of being one of those girls who did the midriff shirt thing, but clearly, I partook in the regular shenanigans of the 21-year-old. I THINK were singing, "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights."

In any case, I’ve had some loverly mail lately — not all birthday-related — that I had to share with you. Because creative people deserve to be recognized!

Last last year, I signed up for the Love & Envelopes club through Aisle to Aloha. Blogger Lindsay (not the same one from the 21st birthday party!) put a call out to people who like sending and receiving cards. I have a bit of a problem with stationary. I suppose I collect it, but it’s not like it sits there — I actually send snail mail letters to people!

In any case, I had to sign up. Every month, I receive a birthday girl and a mini bio. I send her a card and, if I like (which I always do), a little gift. The lovely Claire, of spinning threads, sent me what would turn into my first birthday gift. I was immediately touched by how sweet and thoughtful the gift was. In the mini bio, I mentioned that I’m in a purple phase — hence, the purple socks. I also mentioned how I WILL go to Italy before I turn 30; that black case is a passport cover. I look forward to using it!

I’ve been in the market for a vintage mirror to keep with my craft supplies to serve as a “See how pretty you look?!” for when I go to craft fairs. This vintage piece of fabulosity has been painted hot pink by the wonderful One Ripe Peach. For you vintage buyers, I recommend One Ripe Peach hugely. She was so easy to work with: When I convo’d her to ask about the size of the actual mirror, she was prompt in her response. Once I purchased the mirror, it came in record time. AND the packaging was just adorable. It came wrapped in this:

(And back up to the pic of the mirror, yes, that’s Donald dressed as an Easter bunny.  He’s the centerpiece on my kitchen table right now. He’s at Hallmark, and I insist you go buy one. When you press his foot, he sings “Polly wolly doodle all the day.” But it gets better: When you pick him up by the ear, he yells, “Put me down!!!!”)

A few weeks ago, I had mentioned on my blog about the fabulous Donald spoon ring I found on Etsy. I didn’t purchase it because, frankly, I couldn’t decide if I’d actually wear it. Well, the bestie saw the blog post, and lookie what I’m wearing!

It’s a million times cooler than I ever could have thought! From a distance, it looks like an amazing, big, wide chunky silver ring. But no — it’s a Donald spoon! Find more goodies from Bent Spoon Jewelry here.

Now, last but not least would be the results of my first foray into Heartsy. If you’re unfamiliar, Heartsy is like Groupon for Etsy. If you’re still unfamiliar: Shops sign up for deals. If enough users vote on the deal, shops can offer coupons for purchase. In this case, I spent $13 on $38 to tweakjewels, which is currently in vacation mode to restock her shop due to the huge response to her Heartsy coupon.

I still have a bit of my Heartsy coupon to use, but yesterday, I received the first order — some incredible loose beads that are a milky turquoise and bronze color, which I’ve dangled on a vintage gold chain (they’ll be in my shop this week); a very pale pink feather necklace, and this:

This is the ring that tipped me from “maybe” to “YES I’M BUYING THIS HEARTSY COUPON.” It’s a piece of beach pottery from Italy. Just typing that out makes me swoon. I can’t stop playing with it; the top is so, so smooth, and the sides are perfectly rough. I think I’ll use the rest of the Heartsy coupon for a beach pottery pendant once tweakjewels reopens.

What’s the best thing you’ve gotten in the mail lately?

Don’t forget: You get a gift for my birthday, too. Use the coupon code “itsmybirthday” all day today at Jaclyn1423 to receive 14 percent off your entire purchase.


6 Responses to “Thoughtfully handmade”

  1. Joyce April 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    I just fell in love with Bent Spoon Jewelry. I blame you!

  2. Jayme April 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    Happy Birthday to you!!!!!

  3. Claire April 15, 2011 at 3:10 am #

    yay!!! Happy Birthday! I’m so glad you received and like my gift. You have the same birthday as my mom! Thanks for linking to my blog. That was sweet of you!


  4. graveyardsandgrasslands April 15, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    Hope you had a great birthday! Those socks are MASSIVE! I can’t believe all the beautiful things people have sent you! Wow! The Donald ring is A-MA-AING… and I may just have to check out this place of bent spoons… it sounds weird and wonderful!

    • Jaclyn April 15, 2011 at 11:26 am #

      HA! My big ol’ size 10s do stretch a sock out, but I promise, they’re completely normal-sized. You’re right though — the perspective makes them look HUGE.

  5. ellen April 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Happy birthday…and thank you so much for the link in your post. SO happy the vintage mirror will be cherished and seen by many. Thanks again!

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