Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I know, this is one of those love it or hate it holidays. Personally, I don’t care for the mushiness, stuffed teddybears, Hallmark cards, and heart-shaped everything. I do celebrate the February 14th because it’s my husband and my original anniversary of when we started dating 16 years ago!!

I think it’s a good day to celebrate someone you care about, and I don’t think that someone has to be a significant other per say. Why not a sister, brother, friend, co-worker, Mom or Dad? Remember back in grade school when you gave a Valentine to all your classmates? Let’s bring that back!!

This is one of those holidays when handmade or just really thoughtful gifts go a long way too. This year I decided to make a bunch of cute, valentine’s-inspired items for my Etsy shop. I came up with some really fun wooden spool photo holders. While the concept is not new, I gave them my own special flair by adding extra “bling” to the tops!

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Wooden Spool Photo Holder

 

And of course I had to make my own Valentine’s. As a creative and lover of the environment, I always try to make my own cards from recycled materials. I had so much fun making these first three cards. They are made from the tops of those small, square Kleenex boxes, recycled greeting cards, Starbucks corrugated cup sleeves, scrap fabric, trim and assorted embellishments.

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One thing that drives me crazy about cards is that they typically aren’t something you want to keep out for very long. So, the best part about these Valentine’s is they can be hung as a keepsake!

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Valentine’s Day Card Victorian Romance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For our special day, my husband and I will likely go to dinner somewhere close to home. Not too fancy, but more upscale than usual. I’d most likely be able to wear a cute dress with leggings and boots, which are more my style than a little black dress with heels (I don’t do heels). Perhaps I’ll splurge on a new outfit!

Modcloth has so many cute dresses and more and they’ve made shopping for Valentine’s Day super easy by creating their Sweetheart Shop. I checked it out and here’s three items I’d like to buy for V-Day:

This is the “About the Artist” dress, which I have been obsessed with for quite some time, but have not allowed myself to purchase yet. It is so simple, but still pretty and romantic.

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About the Artist dress – Modcloth

I’d pair it with these adorable little pink ballet flats because they add just a touch more girly without being sickeningly sweet.

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Tasteful Touch flat in blush – Modcloth

Finally, this bag, omg, this bag is the icing on the cake. How amazing is this? It looks like it came right out of an antique store and the colors go with the gray dress perfectly! If I end up buying these I’ll be sure to share a pic of me in the outfit!

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Forget me not bag – Modcloth

See what cute things you might want for 2/14/15 at www.modcloth.com/shop/valentine-clothing-decor!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

… straight into my arms, straight into my arms. ~Laura Marling

The ocean is almost everywhere you look on Cape Ann, so it is no wonder that it provides inspiration for so much creativity.

Here are some photos of Cape Ann from this weekend, along with some crafts that were inspired by it.

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Magnolia shore. Photo by Tara White 2014.
Whale statement necklace by Tara White Studio. Click to purchase on Etsy.
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Wingaersheek Beach. Photo by Tara White 2014.
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Nautilus Earrings by Tara White Studio. Click to purchase on Etsy.
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Horseshoe Crab on Wingaersheek Beach. Photo by Tara White 2014.
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Handpainted shell plates by Tara White Studio.
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Magnolia Shore. Photo by Tara White 2014.

Spring is Coming!

The phrase, Spring is Coming, evokes much different feelings than that which is commonly uttered by those of the House Stark. (If you don’t get the reference, you’re missing out!)

For me it evokes fresh smells like cut grass and salt air ~ feelings of cool breezes coming through newly re-opened windows ~ sights of people walking their dogs, brightly colored flowers and beautiful sunsets.

This truly has been a cold and harsh winter, so I am very eager for Spring to arrive.

In the meantime, we can rely on lovely images to remind us what it is like since we can’t experience it just yet!

I came across this wonderfully vibrant image of garments from the last New York Fashion Week, with one designer’s vision of Spring 2014 fashion:

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Mara Hoffman Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week

 

I love these outfits, not only for the amazingly in-your-face colors, but also because they each have a very handmade feel to them – the first with its tie-dye, the second with the woven shorts and the third with all of the little cut out triangles. I would love to see these accessorized with some of my jewelry!

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Hot pink sand dollar necklace
~A Tara White Studio handmade original~
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Deer antler statement necklace
~A Tara White Studio handmade original~
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Feather antler chain earrings
~A Tara White Studio original handmade creation~

Now that I’ve done my self-promotion, it’s time to share the love! Here is a Spring-inspired treasury of items from my Etsy team from Cape Ann:

https://www.etsy.com/teams/5334/cape-ann-etsy

pastel of Ipswich river - HalloranArt
pastel of Ipswich river

$125
Hand Painted Reclaimed Wood Beach Sign - ShackteauInteriors
Hand Painted Reclaimed …

$35
Daisy. Daisy. - ArtofBrianGerard
Daisy. Daisy.

$50
Three Sisters organic cotton/recycled polyester hoodie- Women's/Unisex - littleowlarts
Three Sisters organic c…

$52
Silver Small Vase - Decorative object. - SeashellysFiberArts
Silver Small Vase – Dec…

$20
Distance Reiki Session 30 Minutes - DownToEarthReiki
Distance Reiki Session …

$30
Painting, painting, fantasy, original, art, colors, wall decor - Ecosostenibilita
Painting, painting, fan…

$650
Small Danish Modern MidCentury Enamel Plate - LoblollyCove
Small Danish Modern Mid…

$7
Christmas Cat Ornament: "Klimt's Kat" - AuntClaresShop
Christmas Cat Ornament:…

$6
Wedding Mother and Father of the Groom gift- Blossoms - BrushStrokePlates
Wedding Mother and Fath…

$38
Upcycled Recycled Repurposed Felted Ivory Wool and Angora Yoga Bag With Graceful Green Spring Fiddlehead Ferns - DancingPurls
Upcycled Recycled Repur…

$89
Pink sunset clouds purple sky scenic New England landscape print 8.5x11 sky wall decor Home & Living America color, digital print, gift idea - amostroutstudio
Pink sunset clouds purp…

$28
Garden Scenes - BottlesByMissy
Garden Scenes

$15
Vintage Silver Flatware Cabinet - bridimattio
Vintage Silver Flatware…

$35
Magic is everywhere - Fairy sleeping in a flower - card or print. - LgalacarDesigns
Magic is everywhere – F…

$4
Prayerful Ferret Angel Stone Sculpture - SchoonerStoneworks
Prayerful Ferret Angel …

$40

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to share your thoughts, feedback and anything else below!

Hello Summer!

I can’t believe this is my first post in nearly two months! Since the weather is so beautiful here in New England right now, the theme of this post is nature. I’ll be sharing some woodland animal-inspired jewelry, photos of my first kayaking trip of the season and some random photos taken on walks with my dog.

I’ve mentioned my Etsy shop and team participation a few times. I recently joined some new teams, one called Animal Totems (check us out here: Animal Totems Team). Inspired by the other amazing shops run by members of this team, I created a series of animal spirit jewelry. A while back I had made some bear paw prints out of clay and wasn’t sure what to do with them at the time. So I made some more paw/claw prints as well as some clay claws, teeth, antlers and a feather:

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Initially I planned to use an animal track and a claw or tooth together as part of a more eclectic necklace, like this one for the cat:

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While I do love how this one turned out, it seemed it may be too much for some people to handle, plus if I separated them out, I could make way more necklaces!

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Each of the necklaces shown above and more are available for purchase in my Etsy shop: Animal Spirit Jewelry

Since today was too hot to not be near the water, I took old Nemo (yeah, that’s my kayak) out for the first paddle this summer. Our street is on a river, Little River, which feeds into the Annisquam River in Gloucester, MA. Here’s a map showing my route with the red line:

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I paddled down Little River and passed under the Andrew Piatt Bridge…

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I paddled further and in the middle of where marshes are at low tide I saw a tiny little island, with rocks and small trees on it…

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I had to pull up here and check it out. This was a pretty cool spot that I came across and definitely beat the beach since I was the only person there!

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This certainly was a great weekend and I am looking forward to many more kayaking adventures. Here are some cool pics I’ve taken around the yard and neighborhood to keep with the nature theme!

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Social Media Compilation

I feel really guilty about not being able to focus on my blog lately ~ I have a big work trip next weekend that I’ve been preparing for, it’s in D.C. though so I am sure I’ll have plenty to share when I get back. My next post may not be for a couple of weeks, so I felt the need to post something, anything, today!

I thought a fun way to share would be to do a social media update with the goings on of Etsy, FB, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. So here goes…

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Faved items…

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Recent treasury I made…

‘Fresh fashion for Spring’ by Claytastic77

Inspired by Project Runway!

8x8 Thread Canvas. 2 Prints. - BlueGiraffeImages
Mini chevron pattern stud earrings bright bubblegum pink acrylic plastic wood - HelloPlasticSun
PETIT JARDIN - SAGE Mint green dress with white lace neckline // retro // vintage inspired // pleated skirt // bridesmaid dress // garden - FleetCollection
5 yards measuring tape cotton ribbon - trim - party favor - scrapbooking - gift wrap - cardmaking - emmyandsoph
Cottage Decor, Sewing Machine Art Print, Shabby French Country, Teal and Grey, 12 x 12 inch print - loriamckee
Plastic Canvas Clear "Tribal Triangle" Necklace - OmareBanksInc
Vintage J.R. Bauman Mannequin Dress Form Collaps-A-Form 1965 - size 10 - US Shipping - PlumandSage
20% OFF The Sewing Box - Sewing room decor, craft room art, gift for her, pastel colours, neutral decor, 8x8 still life print - LolasRoom
Shoes Ballet Flats Spectator Deadstock Leather Taupe and White Skimmer 80s Vintage Size 9 Euro 40 - thriftage
Tim Gunn Makes It Work  - Cheeky Hand Embroidery Kit - laceandsparrow
Double Triangle Earrings Statement rustic tribal aztec Gold with antiqued dark brass chain and earwire - wildandarrow
Vintage Sewing Machine Ear Studs in Peach Green , Small Ear Posts Earrings, Retro - Jugosa
Adult Headband - Sage Green Double Flower Headband for Women and Girls - RufflesAndFringe
Very cute and tiny button and scissor stud earrings for arts and craft lovers and sewing - AprilLilies
Pan Am (high fashion haute couture photography 12x18 art print color fashion photography fashion magazine editorial - StarForeman

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

Recent Treasury I was featured in…

‘Weekend In The Country’ by sarahwilsonking

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cappuccino cup latte mugs in grape purple and mint - set of two - claylicious Romantic floral print- lavender, purple, mint, shabby chic, valentines day, carnations, for her, fine art photo, 8x10 print - dullbluelight Flowered Artisan Lampwork Bracelet - vee41dmb Knitted Bikini Top - Purple Sparkle Mint, Size Medium - WendysKiss
Green and Pink Succulent - Nature Photography -  San Francisco - Fine Art Photography - WorldPhotosByPaola round ear studs . berry geometric earring jewellery . dipped . rustic cottage chic . mini small . magenta fuchsia purple red maroon - FreshfromtheKiln Breathable, Understated Nursing Canopy in Violet Purple & Mint Green. Private, Comfortable, Unique Breastfeeding Cover - MamaWraps Vintage Purple Grapes - TheGlassLily
Black Kitty Rolling Over: Original Pastel Painting - ArtByJulene Handmade ceramic soup mugs Set of 2 stoneware pottery Over-sized Coffee Mugs Mint Green Brown Purple - Rustic Earthy Pottery - CropCircleClay Feather necklace - lavender purple and mint green - handmade clay - tribal unique - TaraWhiteStudio Delicate Handcrafted Dangle Earrings - Amazonite, Glass, Brass, & Wood - Purple Mint - NataDulce
Adjustable antiqued ring with natural pressed real deep purple and mint pink flowers over beige leather - MissMayoShop Bridesmaid Earrings Set of 2 in Purple and Mint Enamel - marmarModern luella / pink, purple and mint antlers earrings - krislington still life photography, mother's day, flower photography, purple, mint green, vintage bottle, office art - 8x8 photograph - SeptemberWren

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

~*FaCeBooK*~

My sister posted this awesome DIY project from Repurposed Recycled Reused Reclaimed Restored  on their wall. It’s a bunch of wood pallets put together to form a bench, stained and covered with outdoor cushions. An awesome, environmentally-friendly and inexpensive alternative to high end patio furniture.

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I just thought this was all to true to how I feel most of the time. Normal is so overrated.

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<<–Twitter–>>

I’ll admit I was a little behind on the Twitter front this week. One thing I discovered was the beautiful patchwork chairs by Kelly Swallow @patchworkchairs.

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I came across a wonderful, home remedy hand treatment on A Thrifty Mrs., which consists of only sugar, lemon juice and some water. I made up a bunch nearly a week ago and put it in a jar and it still works!

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In an effort to stay healthy, I’ve been trying to make smoothies more often and I recently found a recipe for a banana-avocado smoothie on Martha’s site.

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Hope you found some inspiration from some of these posts, I know I did! See you when I get back from D.C.!

~Tara 🙂

Happy Thursday everyone!

I know I’ve only been posting once a week, but today I experienced something pretty cool on Etsy, so I really wanted to share!

Today, some of my items were featured in fifteen different treasuries!!! Fifteen!?! That’s crazy! I was at work all day and saw a couple of messages about some of them but did not realize the extent of it until I got home! After favoriting, commenting, following and tweeting about each one all night, I wanted to find an easier way to share them. What I discovered was a pretty sweet tool called the Etsy Treasury Posting Tool on a website called Stylish Home, which I will have to explore more of soon. The tool lets you create an HTML code of the treasury, either with prices and descriptions, or without them. In the style I use below, you can hover over an item to see the details or click on it to go to its webpage, pretty cool, huh? I thought so!

Using the Etsy Treasury Posting Tool, I’ll share my favorite five treasuries from the day below! I am having so much fun with this new tool, I think Treasury Thursday may have to become a regular post! Enjoy!

‘Lovely items:) ‘ by rasyte – featuring my clay birch bark ornament

Leaps of Fire - Tribal Ladder Necklace, Red Coral & Brass Beads - peisyting
Avocado Vegetable Magnet, Food, Refridgerator, cute - Seriouslysillygirls
Neon Rainbow Hand Painted Rhinestone Necklace, Rainbow Necklace, Tom Binns Necklace, Rainbow Jewelry, FREE earrings - susansbeadhappy
copper leaf necklace woodland jewelry long chain - EclecticBead
Vintage Parrot . Wall Hanging .Cast iron - CabArtVintage
Our Journey Starts Now... DIY Printable Wedding Invitation - HowieandIce
Large Green Spider Buster B - SpiderwoodHollow
One RED Bear With Berries - PolaLab
Feather Love / Blue / Azul / Teal / Aqua / Pink / Magenta / Yellow / Watercolor Print - kellybermudez
Birch Bark nature lover ornament - hand sculpted - TaraWhiteStudio
Beaded Bracelet Tutorial/Pattern Pearly - CrownofStones
White Synthetic Turquoise Bracelet - AmaritaProject
Green Earrings.  Vintage Beads. - TheBeadedCottage
Coloring pencil brooch, whimsical geometric colorful brooch, upcycled, reporposed - ArtiKats
Deep Red Garnet Glass Lariat With Gold Wirework - Leeladoo
Honeycomb Orange Necklace - tsubasafan

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘day o the day:) ‘ by rasyte – featuring my red & silver clay feather necklace

Mandarin Headband - PolaLab
Onyx Druzy Geode Agate Pendant, Lilac Pendant, Valentine Day, Gift For Her Under 25 - kskalozubova
Frosted Dragonfly - Unique felted pin - PolaLab
Feather necklace - bright red turquoise silver - handmade clay - tribal unique - TaraWhiteStudio
Earrings red blue clay. - LindaVJewelry
Custom Boutique Halloween RAGGEDY ANDY Boys Size Costume Set - magicalattic
Peacock Hand Painted Rhinestone Earrings - Long Earrings, Dangle Earrings, Tom Binns, Teal, Blue, Green, Purple, Peacock - susansbeadhappy
Print of Watercolour Fashion Illustration 18" x 12" .  Titled - Blondie - silverridgestudio
PINK FLOWER French Coffee Press Coffee Cozy - DenizasDecor
Blue and gold glass beads 8mm 8 pieces - LoveJunkies
Fuchsia Octopus Puppet Kit - Full Color DIY Paper Bag Wonder - Teal Illustrated Toy - MariahScee
Ceiling light. Pastel color bubbles. - Flowersinlight
Ready to ship - PURPLE JELLYFISH' HAT - Burlesque fantasy purple ribbon violet mermaid mini top hat victorian steampunk renaissance seaside - ChimericalDragonfly
Vintage Pink Tuscan Teacup Bone China Footed Floral Design Made in England Gold Trim - LeVintageGalleria
Throw Pillow Retro 1970s Floral Decorative Pillow. Vintage Fabric. Pink Purple Cushion - Retro68
Girls jewelry, necklace and bracelet, set of 2, crochet childrens jewelry, wooden beads, kids photo prop jewelry, Ready for shipping - NatkaLV

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘Enjoy some ORANGE juice’ by leeliadesigns – featuring my mixed media book cover collage

Minimal orange square ring- adjustable- organic form- Polymer clay - zdrop
Orange wall clock large tangerine tango mosaic mixed media - SirliMosaic
Book cover art - mixed media collage - Writer - Poet - Librarian - TaraWhiteStudio
No. 1 Fruit of the Spirit / Grapefruit / Red / Pink / Yellow / orange / Watercolor - kellybermudez
Coloring pencil brooch, whimsical geometric colorful brooch, upcycled, reporposed - ArtiKats
Sleep Mask - Cherry Blossom - Dantell
Retro Cocktail Ring - Bullseye, Mulitcolored, Chunky, Red, Yellow, Orange - PurpleSmoothie
Bead earrings, Golden wire wrapped earrings, seed bead earrings, ceramic golden earrings, spring earrings, circle earrings, summer earrings, - RasaVilJewelry
Gift packing tags 6 gold flowers - OksanaPiven
Woven Glass Bead Tube 6mm/o 2mm/i (S) - BeadsWovenToOrder
Elfica - 4x6" - 1st Edition - EliteWorldCreations
Red Coral Earrings Brass Wire - AmaritaProject
Basketball Earrings Orange and Black Enamel Silver - sherrollsdesigns
Hand  knitting gloves, orange fingerless gloves with bow cream, women accessories. 2013 trends, handmade gifts, Valentines day gifts. - BloomedFlower
Cheerful Buttons Necklace// Upcycled Geometric in Spring Colors - Karakoncolos
Decorative watering can with flower, fluffy, brown, decor, Flower Arrangement - JoyfulLadyBug

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘Shades I love!’ by Saturnmoon – featuring my purple clay feather necklace

Handmade Necklace with Colorful Agates Pastel Style - AmaritaProject
Tug Me Bright Pink Panties - M/L - Dantell
Bright Pink Mum Pendant Necklace Jewelry Fuschia Flower - sherrollsdesigns
Felt bracelet,  fuchsia felted bangles, warm cuff, modern fiber bracelet, Set of two - ArtiKats
Violet wire wrapped earrings in handmade, purple seed bead wire earrings, jewelry earrings with cabochon, bead earrings seed, cabochon - RasaVilJewelry
Feather necklace - neon purple plum - handmade clay - tribal fantasy unique - TaraWhiteStudio
women accsesories, women scarf, beaded lace, pink and purple triangle scarf,stylish accessory,thin scarf, women fashion - BloomedFlower
Framed Counted Cross Stitch Picture, Cat with green eyes, fluffy,  rose, pink, large, big, flower, girl present, gift - JoyfulLadyBug
Pastel Bullseye Rings  - Pink, Blue, Green, Spiral, Statement, Paper Beads - PurpleSmoothie
Orange square adjustable ring- everyday jewelry- shabby chic- organic- abstract- under 25 - zdrop
Woven Glass Bead Ring 20mm/o 17mm/i (A) - BeadsWovenToOrder
Red black fruit bowl mosaic inside and outside with pieces of mirror salmon pink - SirliMosaic
Aquila - 1st Edition - 4x6" - EliteWorldCreations
Tropical Waters// Neon Colored Fish Necklace - Karakoncolos
Orchid violet necklace - Botanical necklace - Flowers jewelry - OksanaPiven
Air Plant / Coral Sea Urchin / watercolor print / sea / ocean life/ Archival Print - kellybermudez

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘In the house of sun’ by karakoncolos – featuring my Frida Kahlo statement necklace

Coloring pencil brooch, whimsical geometric colorful brooch, upcycled, reporposed - ArtiKats
ON SALE-50% off-Red-Yellow Pulp Necklace- Ready to ship - zdrop
Yellow Birch Tree Love No. 3 / Love Birds / Romance / watercolor print / grey / black and white and yellow / Archival - kellybermudez
Retro Cocktail Ring - Bullseye, Mulitcolored, Chunky, Red, Yellow, Orange - PurpleSmoothie
Yellow mosaic wall clock sunny golden honey sun large home decor mirror pieces - SirliMosaic
Red and yellow soutache brooch and earrings, soutache set, mothers day set,, embroidered brooch, red embroidery set, - RasaVilJewelry
Sleep Mask - Cherry Blossom - Dantell
Heart Shape Studs Earring - red with gold ornament heart - OksanaPiven
Woven Glass Dread Bead Tube 12mm/o 9mm/i (E) - BeadsWovenToOrder
beach shoes, bridal sandals, crochet sandals, wedding bridal, barefoot sandles, crochet barefoot sandals, wedding shoes, summer wear. - BloomedFlower
Frida Kahlo Victorian gothic polymer clay necklace - TaraWhiteStudio
Handmade Bangle Cuff Bracelet with Off White Turquoise and Red Corals - AmaritaProject
Portrait - 4x6" - 1st Edition - EliteWorldCreations
Yellow Rose of Texas Pendant Necklace Pendant - sherrollsdesigns
black wrinkled jersey ribbon with faux pearls necklace - Mikasian
Embellished frame, trinket - jewelry box, pencil holder, decorated cup, mug, ladybug, red and black polka dots, present - JoyfulLadyBug

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

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