handmade haven

I’ve been a wee bit heart obsessed lately. Blame it on the onslaught of Valentine’s Day stuff, my inherent girliness, the fact that I have two daughters or some combination of the three. Whatever the reason, my inner six-year old has been ooooohing and ahhhhhhing at just about anything with hearts on it.

So what better way to celebrate hearts and get them out of my overly sentimental system than to rummage around Etsy for some handmade goodness? Here are a few of my favorite finds:

handmade haven

Sea & Asters handmade air plant containerSea & Asters air plant container

Heart Reflection handmade fingerless glovesHeart Reflection fingerless gloves

Polly McGeary handmade shoe clipsPolly McGeary shoe clips

Dariami's handmade earringsDariami’s handmade earrings

Sugar Lane Bake Shop cookiesSugar Lane Bake Shop cookies

Golden Plume hand handmade hammered heart necklace

 Golden Plume hand hammered heart necklace

MF Jewels handmade sweatshirtMF Jewels sweatshirt

It’s been awhile since I did a handmade roundup and I’ve totally missed it. I’m a big fan of handmade. And sometimes, I think it gets a bad rap.

Some people hear handmade and they cringe. They think of that sweater grandma knit with one sleeve that was way longer than the other. Or they think of school arts and crafts projects that involve lots of white glue and macaroni.

While those things are certainly handmade, they don’t speak for the whole handmade community. There are so many incredible artists out there that put their heart and soul into pieces of art that are absolutely amazing.

Like anything, there are also plenty of people that put their heart and soul into things that are… less amazing. But you can’t let those pieces turn you off to the whole thing.

That’s why I like doing this little series. It lets me shine a big spotlight on talented, hard-working small business owners. I like it and I’m going to do more of it. In fact, aside from Handmade Haven, I’m thinking of starting a series that focuses specifically on ladies who have started their own businesses (with a soft spot for moms). If you’re interested in being considered, send me an email with a link to your business at jen@cuddlesandchaos.com.

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Written by Jennifer Garry

Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she’s not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.