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Thursday, March 15, 2007

handmade gifts (part one)

Today we'll take a look at gift options. Making a gift, either for the members of your bridal party or to give to a couple getting married, is an incredibly personal gesture. But let's face it...this is not always an option for all people. If you can't or would rather not make a gift, there are many ways to support independent artists instead.

It would take weeks worth of posts to begin listing all the great artisans out there, so I thought I'd stick to some fabulous independent tablewear designers today. If you'd like to recommend any handmade gift you've given or received (or made!), submit it here!

Before we begin gathering readers' favorites together, here are some places to check out:

Clio Home

Inv/Alt Design


Papa Stour


Check back later today for crafty DIY ideas!


Blogger Notamermaid said...

One of the easiest DIY gifts I can think of is napkins. Buy beautiful fabric, cut, and hem. You could really make some lovely mix and match napkin and tablecloth sets with Amy Butler Fabric. I've never given these as a wedding present, but I've done it at christmas, and the recipient loved it.

6:44 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

love those magnet cups!! Yes, the idea of napkins is interesting! never thought of that!!
bye, manela

6:56 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

I have loved the DIY wedding feature - even though I am not yet planning a wedding : )

on that note, do you have plans to feature diy-spirit engagement rings? rings are so symbolic, but i feel like i have hit a dry spell in finding any new handmade less expensive beauties...

thanks for your great ideas!

7:38 AM  
Blogger rebecca / moontree letterpress said...

What a great idea with the napkins, notamermaid. Would love to post some examples if anyone has any jpegs to submit!

7:46 AM  
Blogger sally said...

i've been looking for ways to register with local shopa and independent retailers. i stumbled accross a couple of online gift registeries- including myregistry.com, which i've decided to try. the verdict is still out. anyone else had any experience with this or other alternative registries?

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used MyRegistry.com to add gifts from unique shops as well. Since most of the stores I like dont provide their own registry set ups, my friends/family have been able to buy gifts through my gift list. Its really a great registry concept to allow you to add gifts from any store in the world.

I highly recommend using them. http://myregistry.com/

1:04 PM  

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