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I am participating in my very first blog hop – and I hope it is as much fun for my readers as it is for me! The theme of this blog is Mother’s Day and my offering is a sweet mother & daughter Betty Bracelet set, Aloha Hearts.

This duo is crafted with hand-woven distressed honey brown leather and gorgeous petal pink Indonesian recycled glass beads – look at how they capture the sunlight in the photo below! It is completed with a lovely hibiscus button toggle to give it a little Aloha!

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Mom’s bracelet is super chunky with 12-14mm beads, 3/4 inch toggle, and 7 3/4 inch length to accommodate the big beads.

Daughter’s bracelet has more delicate 8mm beads, 1/2 inch toggle, and 6 3/4 inch length. This is good length for girls 6 to 10 years old.

Beautiful bohemian accents for Mom and her Little Surfer Girl!

The bracelets are sold only as a set for $42.00 and are available at my Etsy shop, Serendipity Blu:

Aloha Hearts Bracelet Set

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For more great Mother’s Day gift ideas, please “hop” on over to these blogs:

Jewelry by Jaime
RoofTop Creations
Heavy Metal Glam
ScrapSecrets

Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

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Searching for unique Valentine’s Day gifts? Trying to go green? Want to shop locally in the South Jersey area? Here are some amazing hand-crafted finds for your sweetie!

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This lovely pendant begins with a broken piece of vintage china, which is then shaped to fit an oval sterling silver bezel. A black satin cord completes the look. Very shabby chic! It was created by Kim for her Etsy shop, Kimagine and is available here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/63150750/red-and-white-broken-china-and-sterling?ref=usr_faveitems

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This beautiful wall hanging began with reclaimed wood, and was hand-painted in a delicate cherry blossom pattern. It has also been treated so it can be hung indoors or out. It is just a perfect rustic accent! It was crafted by Monique for her Etsy shop, DuTill and Daughters and is available here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/104012502/cherry-blossom-reclaimed-wood-hanging?ref=usr_faveitems

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Think pink with this whimsical recycled paper bead bracelet! The handmade beads began as a special edition pink newspaper to raise breast cancer awareness. It would make such a loving and thoughtful gift for any breast cancer survivor! It was created by the mom and daughter owned Etsy shop, rbcreation and is available here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/112195946/pink-breast-cancer-awareness-newsprint?ref=usr_faveitems

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Want to heat things up for you and your sweetie? This incredibly unique red hot cinnamon scented fire starter is sure to get things started! It can also be used as yummy “potpourri.” It was created by Kim and Mark for their Etsy shop, three1seven and is available here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/118723969/define-flame-fire-starters-pinecone-red?ref=usr_faveitems

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My Playa Rosada Betty Bracelet also makes a wonderful Valentine’s gift! The soft blush pink hue of the recycled glass are accented by an artisan pewter heart button. Delicately bohemian! It is available from my Etsy shop, Serendipity Blu here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/119571452/playa-rosada-blush-pink-heart-recycledq

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Are you smitten? Perhaps love struck? These rustic wood coasters are a perfect gift! They are created from discarded tree branches by Lisa for her Etsy shop, Rooftop Creations. They are available here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/91051605/love-wood-coasters-from-tree-slices?ref=usr_faveitems

Thanks for supporting your local crafters!

Shanti,
Erin

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The stores are starting to fill their seasonal aisles with all sorts of Valentine’s Day gift items. Why not break away from the crowd this year and surprise your special someone with a beautiful handmade gift! All items featured are crafted locally in South Jersey and are available on Etsy.

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What could be a more personal, loving gift than a lovely album filled with special photos! This gorgeous LOVE mini album was created by Lara for her Etsy store, Artful M Designs. You can view the full listing here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/91886539/lovely-premade-5-x-7-mini-album-wedding?ref=usr_faveitems

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Instead of the usual jewelry gifts, why not give this stunning handmade heart necklace! The rich jewel tones are the perfect accent for the lovely hand-forged wire heart. This beautiful piece was created by Rose for her Etsy shop, Rose’s Wire Art Jewelry. For more details, click on the following link:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/105417286/modernjewelry-love-heart-necklace-great?ref=usr_faveitems

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This adorable “Hello Love Bug” handcrafted lady bug card is perfect for your little sweetie! It was created by Michele for her Etsy shop, Scrap Secrets. You can view the full listing here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/99107426/handmade-hello-love-bug-card?ref=usr_faveitems

Michele also has a fantastic blog with great tutorials and scrap booking info. You can check it out here:

http://scrapsecrets.wordpress.com/

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Another great idea for your little one is this precious Valentine’s Day hair bow! Such a fun accent! It was made by Caroline for her Etsy shop, Bow Sweet Bow, and can be purchased here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/119235743/valentines-day-bottle-cap-hair-bow?ref=usr_faveitems

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Who doesn’t love Oreo’s? And when they are covered with white chocolate with pink accents, they make a perfectly delicious Valentine’s gift! These yummy edibles were created by Julia for her Etsy shop, The Charming Cookie. You can feed your sweet tooth here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/114154603/pink-chocolate-covered-oreos?ref=usr_faveitems

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And speaking of yummy, how about a sweet cherry scented handmade candle? This pink beauty was made by Tony for his Etsy shop, Candle Kraze and would make a truly lovely Valentine’s gift. The full listing can be viewed here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/101079327/cherry-mason-jar-candle?ref=usr_faveitems

I hope that you enjoyed this sampling of locally crafted gift ideas. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more suggestions featuring South Jersey artisans.

Shanti,
Erin

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