One of the stores our shopping script buys packages from is Style Charming. Our script has found it to have some durable silicone molds, suitable for every occasion. Perfect for baking, ice making or soap creation!
One of the stores our shopping script buys packages from is Pegasus22, run out of California. Our script has found it to have some unique craft goods for our subscriber’s needs.
They write, “We are a team of artisans who specialize in creating unique craft goods with traditional materials.
When I first started, I never thought about selling supplies. I designed hair pieces, created costumes and tore things apart in order to recreate them. Feather pad appliques were a design mainstay in our store for a year or more of the early going. The simplest designs were the favorites but requests started to come in for the same simplicity in a variety of different mediums, namely in feathers and veiling. I wasn’t sure if I was ready to venture into such a broad spectrum of designs. More than that, I was more excited about creating then spending a lot of money and time finding a good source of supplies for crafting.
A veil to embellish a wedding, a feather earring, a bow for a headband, a boa for a party. It is almost a standard across America that there will be a some kind of embellishment for hair, costumes and earrings. You name it, someone is probably a designer for it. As a shop owner, customer feedback is really important because it often leads to a recipe for success. You could sum it up in a text message:
Customers request it.
At the onset, the idea is simple. But it’s not easy, because making an accessory for someone’s wedding takes guts. Making an accessory for someone’s graduation also takes guts. If you mess up, you messed up someone’s special event on a piece that cost a lot of time and money. A piece that somebody took care to find and plan to incorporate into their life. That makes you a jerk, especially in my shop. Yet when you get it right, it’s magic. Magic to make and magic to wear. Yet there is a lot of stress involved, especially in sourcing a reliable craft shop that has already done the legwork with sorting and ensuring a consistent quality in supplies.
Around 2001, I began to create costumes and wedding dresses. These lavish and intricate clothing required a wide variety of materials and crafts not available at the local JoAnns or Michaels. The more costumes I created, the more materials I ended up having to buy. This initial frustration with sourcing led my husband and I to set up our own supply shop. We understand how important supplies are and the frustration of spending good money on bad supplies.
The aim of this shop flowed from the motivation to create a simple, quality specific shop that allows the artisan or crafter to have control over.”
One of the stores our shopping script buys packages from is Trend Jewelry Findings, run by Roselyn out of North Carolina. Our script has found it to have some quality handmade jewelry for our subscribers.
She writes, “Handmade Items Lover! Welcome! My name is Roselyn, I am staying home mom. I have 2 wonderful kids and the best husband ever 🙂 We are originally from the Caribbean but relocated to Florida in 2010. Here you will find lovely items at reasonable prices and great service.”
One of the stores our shopping script buys packages from is Board Game Modder, run by Eric Olsen. Our script has found it to have some great extra game pieces for Catan, Carcassonne and more.
One of the stores our shopping script buys packages from is Mudsplash Studios, run by Kacey Schwartz out of North Carolina. Our script has found it to have some lovely and colorful greeting cards.
She writes, “I love creating playful greeting cards featuring vivid colors, cute characters, and a humorous twist! We have recently moved our family and greeting card operation to Raleigh, North Carolina and are loving all of the beautiful trees, exploring the city, and trying all the bbq sauces.”
One of the stores our shopping script buys packages from is MiscMarion, run by Marion out of Winnipeg. Our script has found it to have some colorful notebooks and buttons for our subscribers needs.
One of the stores our shopping script buys packages from is EarthlyAdornments ( http://www.earthlyadornments.com ), run out of California. Our script has found it to have some fine vintage and contemporary beads for our subscribers needs.
About their shop, live since 2014, they write “Playing “dress-up” may be pretty common for a couple of sisters, but our mother had an uncommonly good stash. As the beautiful wife of an attorney in 1960′s Los Angeles — whose Depression-era childhood and artistic sensibilities had given her a passion for beautiful things — our mom loved jewelry.
She was addicted to treasure-hunting at the thrift stores where glamorous Hollywood stars cast off their outdated fashions, in the days when nobody paid any attention to thrift stores. Nobody except, it seemed, our mom. We spent countless afternoons tagging along as she sifted through fifty-cent boxes of “junk” jewelry that was already decades old, and we threw tantrums as she insisted she’d be “just another minute.”
Not that she could actually wear all the jewelry she owned. It’s true that she was fashionable, and she designed and made her own snappy wardrobe, but given the sheer volume of the collection, it was clear to our family that she was simply hoarding her treasures.
Her eccentricity was surely a factor in our parents’ divorce, which forced Mom to transform her treasure-hunting into a means of supporting herself. So she became an antique dealer, specializing in jewelry and Asian collectibles, initiating a more than 30-year career as a fixture in West Coast antique shows and a frequent traveler to China and Japan.
Although we’d long since outgrown our dress-up days, at times even detesting those gaudy old baubles, something rubbed off on us. Maybe it was because we excelled at history, or because so many of our relatives were also antique dealers. We began to develop our own tastes in antique and vintage jewelry, such as the sentimental mourning wear inspired by Queen Victoria’s fashion after the untimely death of Prince Albert. And the beautiful — if kitschy — Egyptian revival jewelry inspired by the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1920.
So as our mother gradually faded out of this world, leaving several of her bedrooms filled to the ceilings with her jewelry, beads and collectibles, we couldn’t bear to turn them over to a dealer. Instead, we formed Earthly Adornments as a way of passing on our mother’s treasures to those who share her eye for the beautiful and unique.
And — though we never imagined it in all the time at those thrift stores — we’ve been treasure-hunting on our own.
Now, our mother’s legacy is far more to us than the objects she left behind — it’s the magic of holding a bracelet that may have once graced the wrist of a movie star. It’s the feel of an exquisitely carved bead that is so rare that it can only be found on a necklace with one or two beads missing. It’s a glimmer of insight into the details that defined strange and wonderful cultures and individual lives — including our mother’s, and our own.”
One of the stores our shopping script buys packages from is Handcrafted360 (https://handcraftedthreesixty.com), run by the Smolik family out of Ohio. Our script has found it to have some distressed yet energetic wallpaper and tiles, for those subscribers using the bot for home decor inspiration.
The Smoliks write that they are, “obsessed with color, patterns, texture….all things beautiful…and the circle!”
One of the stores our shopping script buys packages from is CanningCrafts, run by Alison Kay out of Ohio. Our script has found it to have some of the best twine and labels for canning enthusiasts.
They write, “Hi, I’m Alison! I’m a graphic designer, illustrator, crafter, gardener, & salsa maker! Combining all of my skills & hobbies has lead me to start CanningCrafts! I started to design my own canning labels because I couldn’t find anything unique enough to dress up my salsa that I was giving away for gifts.
My husband told me to just write on the lids with a Sharpie, but I couldn’t do it! I just had too many people to impress with my salsa & art skills 😀 I think my husband had ulterior motives too – he loves my salsa & just wants to keep it all for himself instead of me giving jars away for gifts!”
One of the stores our shopping script buys packages from is MadHatterPartyBox, run by Sarah and Melissa out of California. Our script has found it to have fun and festive party supplies.
They write, “We are a small business run by 2 British Moms living in Pleasanton, CA and Austin, TX with 5 young children between us, including 2 sets of twins. We are passionate about parties & theme celebrations & would love to share our products with you.”