February 22, 2014

A Look Back at 2013

Today, I'm taking a look back at 2013. It was my first full year buying and selling on Etsy.com, and I found TONS of cool items. As many of you know, Etsy specializes in handmade and vintage items. I saw lots of beauty supplies, vintage clothing, hand sewn accessories, and beautiful artwork among them. I want to share some of the coolest items I've received in 2013. Take a look:

I use this sugar scrub from Rustic Ridge Creations every week. It is handmade from large sugar crystals, safflower oil, and a beautiful scent of almond essential oil. It makes my skin so soft after I scrub my face with it. It makes my skin so soft and helps to relieve blemishes. Read more about the shop.

I got this cute kitty print makeup bag from Little Gray Boutique. I gave it as a holiday gift for my sister because she has three lovely cats! I put a few bath and beauty products for her in the bag as well. The quality of the makeup bag was spectacular. I was really impressed with the make of it, and there is even a sewn label inside. I plan on getting one for myself later this year! If you are a cat lover, the shop also makes cute crinkle cat mats and toys.

Beazer's Garden makes great bath and beauty products. There is always something new to try! Last year, I tried their natural lip balm in the coconut flavor. I love coconut, and the lip balm did its job moisturizing my lips! Mine came in a small tin and was the perfect size for carrying in my purse. Use coupon code SALE20 for 20% off! Read more about the shop.

This lovely little ceramic bowl was made by Fire N Flux. It's size is perfect for holding little trinkets. I keep matches, lip balm, and safety pins in mine! The shop makes an assortment of bowls, jars, vases, and even jewelry too. This particular dish is about the size of my hand, but there are other, bigger styles too. The shop also has similar flowy-geometric patterns.

This is another one of my favorites. The talented Sam from Handmade Health (also Sam's Crochet) makes these spectacular yoga mat bags! They are truely sturdy enough to lug my yoga mat around in, and come with a carrying strap to make it even easier. I got the green colored bag, but there are TONS of colors you can choose from for your own! Use coupon YOGA20 for 20% off! Read more about the shop.

This is probably one of the best handmade soaps I've encountered on Etsy. Tiki Bar Soap makes an assortment of funky flavored soaps, like chili pepper, green tea, and fluffly pink candy! I was lucky to try their Almond Milk Palm Oil soap. The soap lathers well, has a great scent, and doesn't dissolve or flake like other soaps do. Use coupon FREESHIP for orders over $10.00! Read more about the shop.

I saw this beautiful sequenced purse in a cute little vintage shop, Krafts Keep Me Sane. I use this purse a bunch -mostly for trips where I don't need to carry a lot of items. It's great for a night on the town, but also a colorful accessory to spice up a day outfit. The shop has a bunch of cute vintage knick-knacks. Check out the shop's Facebook page for occasional coupons.

Okay, don't skip over this one just because it says 'Star Trek' on it, lol. I use this cute little change purse, handmade from Spacefem, to keep my credit cards and business cards in. It is sewn together extremely well. It has a zipper and a key clasp attached to it. There are lots of funky prints at the shop, such as, hearts, mix tapes, pencils, geometric designs, sushi, and ocean creatures.

This is one of my favorites. Mama Bear Baby Wear sells eco-friendly washable sanitary pads. I have been using mine for over a year, and they are still in great condition. They are really made to last; the creator really knows what she is doing. Using these has greatly improved the earth's trash buildup! Yay for going green!

Martina from Blossom Stamps collaborated with me to create this amazing floral stamp! I sent her one of my custom designs for her to make into a stamp. She was easy to communicate with and made exactly what I needed. The shop's stamps are made from high quality photopolymer that recreates all the intricate, fine details of the design.


  1. You do a great job. It's always nice to look back and see that you did some pretty interesting things. Great reviews. Keep up the good work.;) The world need creativity.

  2. Beautiful post!!! great works!!!
    Have a nice sunday!!! and my g+ for you!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  3. Great products. I love the sequined purse. :)
    BTW: Lovely new desing. :)
    Fashion Happenss

  4. Hello from Spain: you are very creative. I like your work. . Great. Keep in touch

  5. Great products here! Thanks for sharing with us.

  6. Great post, Julia. I will definitely check out these shops. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Lia - I'm glad you like the design! I'm happy to have a new blog layout!

  8. Thanks Lisa! Please do, the shops are great!

  9. What great finds! Your shop is so beautiful on Etsy. I am sure some of your creations have been featured in blog posts as favorites from 2013 as well.

  10. aww that's so sweet! thank you Martina!

  11. Great shops! Thanks for sharing ;o) Love the way your blog looks ;o)

  12. I really love vintage pieces. thanks for the share.



  13. What beautiful things you write about and photograph! Your blog is just gorgeous.

  14. Lovely works! Your blog looks lovely too :)

  15. Great post dear!!!

  16. These are all such wonderful items. Happy Monday Darling, hope its an enlightening one.

  17. The natural lipbalm and hand made soaps sound fabulous!!!
    I love that sequinned clutch too! :)
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  18. Great posts and products, dear! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog-I'm really loving your blog, perhaps you would enjoy keeping in touch?

    i can’t afford my lifestyle

  19. Really great inspiration! Love this collection! Tell me if you would like to follow each other?! Come and check out my new Posts about Paris! Would love to hear from you! Lots of Love Kyra♡

  20. Great items, I love Etsy! Handmade things have so much more soul :)


  21. So many great things!! I really love to buy handmade things!
    XOXO from Shanghai!

  22. I'm glad you do! Handmade is really great!