I have so many artistic friends. I have friends who make accessories and friends who make scrapbooks and friends (more than one) who are photographers. Most of them have etsy sites. Are you familiar with etsy? It's a great place where creative people can have their own little online shops and sell stuff. Looking for unique Hello Kitty themed accessories for girls? Try etsy. How about custom-made Chinese-theme handbags (as I always am!)? Go to etsy. It's a fun place to find one-of-a-kind items and throw a little support to independent designers out there. Sometimes I feel a little inadequate because I am practically the only person I know without an etsy site, but then I reassure myself that my ministry is consumerism.
All that to say, my friend Kathy is just opening her new etsy site: One Elegant Lady. Kathy makes gorgeous cards and collages and killer handbags (have I lost any men readers I have at this point?) My friend Peg has a robin egg blue and black damask handbag by Kathy, and it does cause me to stumble, readers.
And I've been to as many of those card-making parties as you have, and while they're fun and you can make some cute stuff, Kathy's cards are works of art. My particular (current) favorite is her Ooh-La-La Paris line. She also told me she's got a London line coming right up. She uses quality cardstock and designer papers, which she hand picks.
I don't know if you've bought cards at Hallmark or Target lately, but just buying a few for your family can cost over twenty dollars. Kathy's little gems are reasonably priced, and honestly, I would frame hers and put them up around my house.
She's still adding items and pictures (she doesn't have any handbags shown yet), and she's planning to start a One Elegant Lady blog, too. I'll keep you posted, and in the meantime, check out her cool new shop!
And while you're at etsy looking at One Elegant Lady, remember to visit Becky at Bowture and Betsy at Yellow Elm. You too can join my consumerism ministry!