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More of the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas

More of the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas

I am a little embarrassed to admit it but the holiday rush is a little bit more rushed than I had anticipated and I keep falling behind on my blogging. My days have  been filled with filling orders, working on a top-secret project (more on that in a later post), introducing new pieces to the shop, finishing my read of A Christmas Carol for the book club, and trying to fit in my own Christmas gifts before the holiday arrives in less than three weeks. (ACK!) I’ve been making a lot of progress everyday but I think daily posts are not going to work out for the foreseeable future, so from here on in, I am going to do the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas in slightly bigger post with more than one reason at a time. With that said, here are this week’s reasons why you should have a handmade Christmas this year:

Day 7 – Convenience
Shopping for handmade gifts in online marketplaces like Etsy is quick, easy, and convenient. Instead of braving cold weather and crowded malls, you can browse in the comfort of your own home, on your lunch break at work, or while waiting for your son to get out of his piano lesson.



Day 8 – Customer Service
Small creative businesses give great customer service with lots of personal attention and often offer samples, free gift wrap and other little tokens of their appreciation to thank you for your business. (That reminds me. Have I mentioned that I am offering free holiday gift wrap in my Etsy shop this month?)

Day 9 – Community
Many handmade artists maintain active blogs, websites, and social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest where you can get to know the artist, their process, their inspirations, and other behind the scenes information that makes the gifts you buy from them even more interesting and special. By following your favorite artists, craftsmen, and Etsy sellers on social media, you will not only be in the know about new and upcoming products, sales, and special events, but it can be a lot of fun to make friends with others who love some of the same things you do! For example, the C. S. Literary Jewelry Facebook page has a great community of book lovers who are always up for talking about books, new and old.  On Wednesday night, my Twitter feed is filled with great handmade items from a wide range of artists and craftsmen for #HandmadeHourUSA.

(If you haven’t already, I would love it if you would join in all the fun by following me on Facebook and on Twitter)

Day 10 – Collaboration
Another great reason to be part of a handmade community is the chance to collaborate with the artist. Creative business owners like me often post sneak previews of in-progress products or ask for opinions and by giving them feedback, you become a part of the process and help that crafts-person offer the best products possible.

A little while ago, I posted about some new fairytale jewelry that I was designing on Facebook and not only got some great feedback on how to make these great bangle bracelets better but even got suggestions of what stories people wanted me to add to the series next.

Fairytale Bangle Bracelets
Shown Top to Bottom: Cinderella Bangle Bracelet, Prince Charming Bangle Bracelet, and Frog Prince Bangle Bracelet


And with that, I have to get back to my workspace and get a few more orders made up and sent out. There is still time for you to add your Christmas gifts to my list but you may not want to wait much longer. My shipping cutoffs are: Dec. 8th (International) and Dec. 15th (U.S.) with regular shipping and Dec. 15th (International) and Dec. 20th (U.S.) with upgraded shipping. Visit my shop today at

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30 Days of Handmade Christmas:  Days 4 – 6

With the holiday and the rush of getting ready for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday,  I have fallen behind in my posting for the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas but I am back now, ready to catch and give you 3 more reasons why you should buy handmade gifts this year.

Day 4: Buying Handmade Supports Artists
Originally, Day 4 of the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas was set to be posted on Thanksgiving, a day when we give thanks for all the blessings in our lives, including the blessings of a roof over our heads, food on the table, and the health and well-being of our families. For many craftspeople and artists, your support is what helps us play the rent, buy the groceries, and take care of the people we love. And for that, I am truly grateful.

 Day 5: Buying Handmade Supports Small Business
Yesterday was Small Business Saturday, a day where we support the entrepreneurs who serve our community and contribute to our economy. While many folks associate this with local “Mom and Pop shops,” many of the benefits to supporting small businesses on Main Street also apply to artists and craftspeople who sell their work in craft fairs, festivals, and in online marketplaces like Etsy. Believe me, there is nothing smaller than a business, like mine, where the manufacturing, marketing, sales, shipping, and more are all done by 1 or 2 people. And the money we make from our sales goes directly back into our community in a cycle that benefits everyone.

 Day 6 – Buying Handmade Is An Investment In The Future
Supporting creative businesses and the makers of handmade items lets artists continue doing what they love and that means that the next time you go looking for something special, either for yourself or as a gift, that there will still be wonderful, creative items from you to choose from.

(Click here to see more reasons to to have a “Handmade Christmas ) and I will see you all tomorrow for Cyber Monday! Don’t forget that there’s still time to get great Cyber Monday savings in my Etsy shop, today and tomorrow. Use the coupon code: SANTA14 to save 25% on handmade jewelry inspired by your favorite books, poems, and classic literature.

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30 Days of Handmade Christmas – Day 3: Tradition

Tomorrow, families across the country will be gathering together and observing wonderful family traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. Whether it’s making mom’s pumpkin pie recipe, setting the table with your great-grandmother’s china, or playing a game of touch football with the kids while the turkey finishes cooking, the holidays are a great time for honoring special memories and traditions.

This is why an appreciation for tradition is today’s reason to buy handmade gifts. (Click here to see more reasons to to have a “Handmade Christmas”).  Not only is making an item by hand a time-honored practice, but many indie artists and craftsmen keep traditional skills and crafts alive when they would otherwise have died out.  And even among those who use more modern techniques, you can find wonderful artists who incorporate traditional materials, styles, and motifs into their work or who are inspired by the great artist and craftsmen from past generations.

Little Women Novel Tea Necklace

You can also find meaningful, handmade gifts that tap into your own personal history and family traditions. For example, a few weeks ago I wrote about my family’s tradition of passing Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women from generation to generation and how the memory of a tea party spent chatting about our favorite Little Women characters with my grandmother inspired my Little Women Novel Tea Necklace. In a few weeks, it will be Christmas and I will be honoring my family’s tradition but giving my goddaughter her own tea set, a copy of Little Women, and one of my new child-sized Little Women necklaces. I know that we will have a lot of fun, drinking tea and reading together and I am sure I will tell her all about my grandmother, (her great-grandmother), and how she loved this book too.  Someday, Katrina may do the same with her daughter so that this wonderful book and the history of the generations of women in my family who have loved it will live on.

I hope you will consider starting a tradition of putting handmade gift beneath your Christmas tree.  Speaking of handmade gifts, I wanted to mention that we will be having a Black Friday Sale this weekend with free gift wrap and a store-wide 25% discount on my handmade literary jewelry and gifts for book lovers Visit our Etsy shop, C.S. Literary Jewelry at and use the coupon code: SANTA14 to receive your discount!

I will be back tomorrow with Day 4 of the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas but since many of you will be spending the day with family and not on the internet,  I wanted to take this moment to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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30 Days of Handmade Christmas – Day 2

It’s Day 2 of the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas and my second reason for buying handmade gifts this Christmas is: Quality. While it seems that many holiday gifts these days are meant to be disposable or last only until the next upgrade, handmade gifts are made with love and care and meant to last.

I will be back tomorrow for Day 3, but in the meanwhile, I would like to invite you to visit my Etsy shop, C. S. Literary Jewelry, for great handmade gifts for book lovers, tea drinkers, theatre fans, and more. I will be having a store-wide sale for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday with free holiday gift wrap and a 25% discount with the coupon code: SANTA14. Click here for more information about my holiday sales, shipping, and everything you need to know for quick and easy holiday shopping!

You can also see the rest of the 30 Days of  Handmade Christmas series here or check out two of my latest treasury showcases of high quality, handmade items that would make wonderful Christmas gifts for your friends and family.

‘Black (And White) Friday’ by C. S. Literary Jewelry

Ivory Wedding Fascinator, Br…


Crochet collar, Handmade Cot…


Pearl Earrings,Bridal Earrin…


Pearls in Black and White Ph…


Lace Jewelry Necklace Gift S…


Vintage Black and White Came…


Handwoven infinity scarf, Bl…


The two black cups. Pair of …


A Remarkable Book Silhouette…


Jane Eyre Book Purse – Jane …


Jane Eyre Book Spine Bracele…


Jane Austen Pride and Prejud…


Dandelion Friends Handmade …


Dark Grey Beaded Stretch Bra…


Mated Sparrows 5 x 7 Graphit…


Rustic fine silver hammered …


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‘White Christmas’ by C. S. Literary Jewelry

Snowflakes mobile – Christma…


Silent Night Burlap Pillow C…


Fabric Christmas Ornament, H…


Winter White Christmas Ornam…


White Christmas/ Snowflake /…


Victorian Lace Necklace, Whi…


White Teacup Photography – …


Christmas Wreath, Winter Twi…


Silver and white Christmas O…


White Christmas Tree Ornamen…


Large White Amish Barn Star …


Shabby Chic White Collection…


Dreaming of a white Christma…


Chunky Knit Cowl Scarf Infin…


SALE, Clearance, Ivory, Croc…


White Cable Knit Handmade Ch…


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30 Days of Handmade Christmas

As you go about looking for the perfect holiday gifts for your family, friends, and loved ones, I would like to urge you to consider putting some handmade gifts under your Christmas tree. Obviously, as someone who designs, makes, and sells handmade jewelry, I am more than a little biased towards the idea of a handmade Christmas but there are so many reasons why handmade gifts are amazing and I would like a chance to tell you about them. So starting tomorrow and continuing every day until Christmas Eve, I am going to be sharing all of the many reasons to buy handmade gifts this year and sharing some of my favorite handmade gift ideas that I have discovered in my travels around Etsy.

Tune in tomorrow for Day #1.

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Thanksgiving Sale and Giveaway

It’s the time of year to count our blessings and give thanks for all the wonderful things in our lives. One of the things that I am most grateful for is all of you and the wonderful support and encouragement you give me and my business. So I want to take this time to say “thank you” to my amazing friends and customers with a very special Thanksgiving Sale and Giveaway.

Mark your calendar for C. S. Literary Jewelry’s biggest sale of the year. On Friday, November 21st, my newsletter subscribers will receive an exclusive, one-day 40% discount on my handmade literary jewelry. Get great Christmas gifts for book lovers at an unbeatable low prices or pick up a little holiday treat for yourself. If you haven’t already, you can become eligible for the sale by signing up for my newsletter here.

I am also having a Thanksgiving Giveaway. To enter, write a poem, snap a photo, or create a craft or piece of artwork that expresses something that you are grateful for and share it on my Facebook page. Entries are due on Tuesday, November 18th and a winner will randomly be chosen on Thursday, November 20th.

Good luck and happy Thanksgiving!

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Literary Halloween Costumes – Alice in Wonderland and The White Rabbit

For the final installment in this year’s blog series of great literary Halloween costumes, I decided to take a trip down the rabbit hole to Wonderland with some costumes inspired the classic book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. There are so many wonderful Alice in Wonderland characters to dress up as and a lot of gorgeous handmade costumes and accessories available to help you do it. As someone who has a thing for cool hats, the sheer number of Mad  Hatter hats on Etsy is enough to make me giddy.  There are also a ton of great resources available for anyone looking for a Halloween costume or cosplay costume of  Alice, herself. My favorite combination is this Alice in Wonderland dress by Miss Em’s Costumes:


Alice in Wonderland Dress by Miss Em Costumes


Paired with this Alice in Wonderland Book Purse by Novel Creations:


Alice in Wonderland Book Purse by Novel Creations


And my Mad Hatter Tea Party Alice in Wonderland Necklace:


But as iconic and cool as both Alice and  the Mad Hatter are, my favorite Alice in Wonderland character is the gentleman whose appearance started Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the White Rabbit. Maybe I feel a kinship with the Rabbit because of all the times I have been late for  very important dates but I have always had a soft spot for him and I just love his little waistcoat and pocket watch. So I really wanted to put together a great White Rabbit costume that expresses my fondness for the character.  While poking around on Etsy, I came across some amazing Steampunk Alice in Wonderland and Mad Hatter costumes and accessories but, while there are some adorable White Rabbit costumes for kids on Etsy,  I haven’t been able to find an adult costume that had the same sort of cool Steampunk style so I decided to put one together myself.

To start off with, you are going to need some Rabbit ears and I found just the thing with this amazingly cool White Rabbit Top Hat by The Wee Hatter


White Rabbit Top Hat by The Wee Hatter

Truth be told, I simply love top hats because they can go from flirty and sassy to dressy and classy depending on how you wear them and the attitude you have while you are wearing them. But what I love about this particular hat is all the great Steampunk details of the clock and clock hands and the fact that the ears are bendable, giving you the option to shape them however you like.

Now you need a waistcoat. For a regular White Rabbit costume, you could probably get away with wearing a  regular vest, particularly if it was in a fairly traditional pattern like a pinstripe or tweed. But for a Steampunk costume, you can really indulge in something scrumptious, like this Sexy School Marm Cravat and Waistcoat by Revive Gifts.


Sexy School Marm Waistcoat by Revive Gifts


The lace cravat detailing really adds a touch of drama to the outfit. I love the brooch that you can use to fasten the lace together, giving you options about how daring you want to be with your neckline. However, for a White Rabbit costume, I like the idea of using as many Alice in Wonderland inspired accessories as possible, so I would swap out the brooch that comes with the waistcoat for my new  White Rabbit Alice in Wonderland Book Brooch.

White Rabbit Alice in Wonderland Book Brooch


If lace isn’t your thing, there is always this gorgeous burgundy and gold waistcoat (or any of the many other amazing vests and  waistcoats) from the Dashandbag Etsy Shop


Burgundy and Gold Gentleman's Vest by Dash and Bag


Once you have your waistcoat, pair it with a white shirt, a matching pair of slacks or skirt, (possibly worn with these), and  a pocket watch and you are  all set to hop off to Wonderland. You can go with a traditional pocket watch on a chain that would fasten to your waistcoat buttons and tuck into a pocket, like this one, but personally, I think that a pocket watch necklace on an extra long chain (so that it hangs below the cravat) has more impact. I looked at some gorgeous options on Etsy but my absolute favorite was this brass pocket watch necklace by Rag Trader that is both elegant and has a touch of classic literature style that works beautifully with a White Rabbit costume.

Brass Pocket Watch Necklace by Rag Trader


And this brings us to the end of this year’s Literary Halloween Costume series. I hope you have enjoyed it. If you were inspired to dress up as any of the characters we discussed, I would love to see your costumes. (Actually, I would love to see any book or poetry inspired costumes so feel free to leave a comment with a photo). I am already thinking of which famous fictional characters from books and literature that  I am going to feature next year so if you have anyone you would like to see, you can let me know that too.

Have a happy Halloween!!

P.S.  Visit my Etsy shop this week to save 20% on my wonderful Alice in Wonderland Jewelry!

Alice in Wonderland Jewelry by C. S. Literary Jewelry Left: Tea with the Mad Hatter Necklace, Top White Rabbit Brooch, Bottom: Drink Me Brooch
Alice in Wonderland Jewelry by C. S. Literary Jewelry
Left: Mad Hatter Tea Party Necklace, Top White Rabbit Brooch, Bottom: Drink Me Brooch


And don’t forget that entries for our Pumpkin Decorating Contest are due on Wednesday! I am giving away a $25 gift card to my Etsy shop, C. S. Literary Jewelry,  for the best bookish pumpkin or jack o lantern. See details here.

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