Sunday, November 27, 2011

Handmade Flapper Hats a Huge Hit

Once again this year the handmade crochet flapper hats I create are flying out the door.

In addition to Fyberworks in Portland Oregon and Tardif Jewelry in Waterville, Maine I now have an account with Revolution in White River Junction Vermont. In all locations the hats are doing very well. They have also begun to move on Divella Delights, my website.
I love the way these hats frame the face. In this design the classic crochet Flapper Hat meets present day practicality while keeping the timeless feminine appeal from an era long past.
This new fashion forward design is pleasing to the touch, as soft as it is warm. I use a blend of fibers giving you a hat that is soft, warm and so comfortable you will forget you have it on.
One of my customers said this was the softest hat she has ever had. Please check the feedback/guestbook section to see all the wonderful things my customers have said over the past several years.
The matching scarf  you see on some of the designs have a 2-button closure and is hand knit from the same fibers.

I hope you'll stop by my website and take a look! They are going pretty fast but Iam always adding more one of a kind handmade crochet Flapper hats so check back often!

Buy Handmade!

You won’t find me shopping the Black Friday "sales", as I prefer to purchase from an artist or artisan and buy handmade. I am participating in Small Business Saturday however and I’ll be looking for handcrafted goods or service offered locally by small business. While the masses are out pushing, shoving, waiting in line only to be let down when the deals are not really that good, or what they wanted is gone, I am sitting here with my cup of coffee, sweet music playing, talking to you.
Remember to look for gift certificates for services in your community. Not limited to but including car repair, car wash, child care, housekeeping, providing meals, yard work, snow removal, haircuts (at small locally owned beauty shops/barbers) just keep it small, keep it local! If you plan to visit a coffee shop, try out one of the small, independently owned shops rather than one of the large chains.
A lot of folks tend to believe that if you buy handmade you are either paying way too much or not getting good quality while the opposite is actually true.
The sweetest thing about getting something handcrafted is it is almost always unique. For instance, if you buy a piece of jewelry or a hat from me I guarantee you that you will not see another one like it coming down the street towards you unless you purchased it as a gift. The same is true with most handcrafted goods.
Consider these points:
First and foremost you are supporting your economy, a small business, an entrepreneur, or a stay at home mom perhaps.
The quality you get when you buy handmade in most cases far exceeds the "made in China" goods you can buy at big box stores.
It is easier to shop handmade from home and there are a lot of artisans who offer free shipping and gift wrapping, like myself. No gas to waste, parking spaces to hunt for or lines to stand in. Use keywords like "handmade", "handcrafted", "artisan-created" or you can go to Etsy or, Artfire where they have a large community of wonderful creators. You do have to be careful of Etsy. When they first began everything had to be handmade, not so anymore but all you have to do is hit the "handmade button" and it will limit your search to handcrafted items…almost. I do suspect that some of the shops located in the East are mass produced as they will sometimes have a large quantity for sale or when you look in the "sold" section of their shop they have sold 150 of the EXACT same thing. Making 2 handmade identical-in-every-way items is extremely difficult; just keep that in mind.
You can use the "shop local" feature and discover artisans and crafters you never knew existed right in your own back yard!
I hope everyone will support independent artisan, crafters and small business this year and each year forward. Start small if you like. Commit to buying this way for 3 people on your list.
Have some fun, express your individuality and that of your recipient…shop outside the box!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Upcoming Changes

Hi Everyone!

I am certainly enjoying the extended Fall season

we are having here in the Northeast!

There are some upcoming changes to coming to

Divella Delights.

At the end of December I will stop selling the

beading patterns and tutorials.

It has come to my attention that my patterns are being stolen so I will have to make up the bracelet and photograph it made up. This means there will only be a very few that I continue to sell until I get them made into bracelets.

Meanwhile I have

listed them at 50% off so if you have been wanting

to learn how to bead those luscious peyote stitch

bracelets, now is the time! They are delivered via

e-mail so you get them right away. They come in 2

formats: the pattern for those who are familiar

with peyote stitch patterns and also bead by bead,

row by row with all the Delica bead colors listed

for you by number. I also have extra large formats

for those with eyesight like mine! They are so

soft and supple, almost like a fabric when they

are made. Give it a try!

The crochet flapper hats continue to be a success

this year but I am changing the design for next

year. My yarn cost went up 30%, which I think is

outrageous, so I am trying to come up with a

pattern just as beautiful with different materials

so I can keep the price the same. I would also

like to keep that super soft, wonderful feel that

my customers seem to love. I use mostly fibers

made here in the USA, as well as a few from Europe

and am struggling to maintain that.

If you have not checked out my latest hats, stop

by and take a peek! If you are in The White River

Junction area you can stop and see them at

Revolution, the latest shop to add my designs!

I wish you all a very happy holiday season, tasty

turkey dinners and dreams realized!

Warm Regards,


Monday, November 7, 2011

Great gifts for kids under $25.00

While shopping around for great gifts for kids under $25.00 I stumbled across Funny Farm Toy Barn and was instantly taken back to my younger days. The toys were simple then and they lasted forever!
Here are a couple items from their shop which are all handmade and completely natural. Most of them are made from wood and wool they glean from their 50-acre farm right here in the USA so they are made in America.

Buy handmade and support American artisans this year and always!