Thursday, March 22, 2012

the handmade olympics {event 4}



update! april 17th, 2012
thanks so much to everyone who has entered!
what an amazing & talented bunch you are!

nominations are now CLOSED. 
and YAY you can go VOTE on the judges' SHORTLISTS here! 

VOTING ENDS friday, april 27th @ 11:59 pm EST!

thanks again,

please see the MAIN handmade olympics post for all of the fun-filled details & rules on the events!

now.. welcome to event 4: please leave comments here nominating:
your favourite handmade item that inspires
loveliness & wellness!
one you love by another maker & one you've made yourself!

for this event
think of beautiful handmade items for our homes, our selves, or our little worlds.
think of inspiring goodies that make us feel lovely & well & good.
think of a goodie that inspires you.

 thanks so much to our fabulous judge for this event, the wonderful Paul Lowe. he's a very crafty dude who loves anything handmade, and he's the mastermind & superstar behind the beautiful online food & craft magazine: Sweet Paul.


remember, you can nominate yourself + another in EACH event! PLUS get bonus ballots for twittering, blogging, facebooking & more about the #handmadeolympics! yay!


the amazing PRIZES
the handmade olympics prize packs are just gosh-darn fantastical!
this EVENT will award the following prizes!

including $150 worth of handmade goodness:
a $50 gift certificate to freshie & zero
a $50 gift certificate to oh my ampersand
a $50 gift certificate to herban lifestyle

+ an *i WON GOLD*  handmade olympics badge to use on your site/blog/shop 

+ an artist/crafter feature on the rikrak studio blog!

with $60 worth of handmade goodness:
2 months of advertising {may & june} on the rikrak studio blog : value $60

+ an *i WON SILVER*  handmade olympics badge to use on your site/blog/shop 


one FREE month of may 2012 advertising on the rikrak studio blog! yay!

+ an *i WON bronze*  handmade olympics badge to use on your site/blog/shop 

PLUS, there will be ONE overall random nomination selected from all handmade olympics entries ( & extra ballots!) to WIN the FAN PRIZE PACK (a $50.00 shopping spree in the rikrak shop!)


now check out the other events + nominate more fun folks!


happy handmaking, nicies!
** PLEASE NOTE: please make each nomination its own comment! thanks! **

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  1. While I don't have an etsy shop, I have a strong love for all things etsy and would like to nominate...

    :: the name of the item - in this house wall decals

    :: who made it - danielle hardy from 'urbanwalls'

    :: why you're nominating it for this specific event - I love this message for all ages and homes

    :: and a LINK to an image of the item/blog/shop/etc. -

  2. I closed my Etsy shop, but remain addicted to browsing/buying! I'd like to nominate:

    -name: Simply Skinny Spinnerette Rustic Organic Sterling Silver and Copper Stacking Ring

    -made by: the lovely Cylene at The Lovely Smith

    -why: Cylene designed this as "jewelry for anxious people," and whenever I fidget with the spinner on mine, it always calms me down and reminds me to focus on the here and now


  3. I nominate these live plant Earrings by ToHold -

    What can inspire wellness more than wearing a beautiful, living plant?!

    avideater2202 at gmail dot com

  4. love reading all of your nominations, nicies. so many fabulous folks here! thanks for playing!

  5. i nominate jenny bartoy handmade's blue bird burlap art

    this beautiful handmade item for the home just makes me smile. i love the organic feel of its construction and i think that having this hanging on your wall would certainly inspire happiness and wellness

  6. I am nominating the Spring Cleaning Checklist at A Bowl Full of Lemons.

    This blog is fantastic for home cleanliness and organization. Toni offers up tips for a clean home and organizing, and this checklist helped me get down to business with my spring cleaning.

  7. I make wood kitchen wares and one my most popular items are my beautiful rolling pins. handturned from the most stunning wood they are a pleasure to use and to look at when just hanging around the kitchen. I believe that time spent cooking and baking from scratch is the best way to be with loved ones and promote a healthy lifestyle. i hope my pins will be handed down throughout generations and bring a smile to the user when they remember the wonderful food prepared together as a family with the help of a rolling pin..the studio favorite is this 'french pin'

  8. I would like to nominate my {Floral Bliss Bracelet}

    Name: Floral Bliss Bracelet ~ Vintage Love

    This piece is so gorgeously sweet & pretty, & I find it inspiring & just looking at it has me dreaming of warm sunny days, fields of over-grown grass scattered with flowers & butterflies dancing about in the sunlight ;-)

  9. I would like to nominate my Floral Bliss Bracelet

    ~ Floral Bliss Bracelet - Vintage Love

    ~ I find this piece is so pretty & charming & inspiring ~ it has me dreaming of warm sunny days, fields of over-grown grass, scattered with flowers & butterflies dancing about just looking at it ;-)

  10. Huge thanks to Sara of Saige Wisdom.. She is the sweetest for nominating our In this house decal. Honored to be here :)

  11. I nominate and vote for Danielle Hardy of Urban Walls.

    I love her Chalk Board wall Decals! They are amazing!!

    Every home needs one!

    Plus everything in her Etsy shop is so fresh, creative and completely on trend! Danielle is pretty amazing too!

    Fingers crossed that she wins!! :)

    Monika |

  12. I love all the prints at Artsyville on Etsy. Lovely, colorful, and inspiring - especially this one.

  13. I'd like to nominate this Art Print from the Languid Lion on Etsy.

    Simply inspiring!

  14. I nominate this Mother and Baby Clutch Purse.

    It is made by me (Jennifer Ladd).

    As a new mom, I realize there is nothing lovelier than loving my little girls and having them love me back. I see that relationship in this purse, and it just makes me smile!


  15. I also nominate this Dragonfly Handmade Organic Hair Stick by Quecraft.

    So simple, yet so lovely! Perfect!

  16. I nominate these custom maps by hndswrkshp -

    I know I'd love one!

    Thanks for hosting,

  17. I would like to nominate my rain mobile:
    I love the simplicity and loveliness of this mobile. I also like that it reminds me of Monsoon back in India.

  18. I'd like to nominate key chain for Mom by Lena Baymut

  19. I nominate Knock-Knocking's beautiful Home Yarn Wreath :)

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  21. I would like to nominate one of my favorite items I have purchased from etsy.
    It is a cloth tote, I use mine for organizing my desk. It holds my bills and reading glasses with such charm. organizer-basket-with-leather by tagodesign

  22. I would like to nominate a card from my etsy shop: gardenblooms

    Everyone enjoys recieving that special handwritten note of friendship, sympathy, love, cheer, and praise. Hand written and hand painted all make for that special special message.

  23. Marcia Dresner04 April, 2012 14:05

    I would like to nominate our Natural Edge Dogwood Flower Arranger. Add a few flowers and it brings the beauty of nature indoors.

    I would also nominate this lovely wood trivet from hooknsaw:
    A piece of art, that just happens to be a trivet.


  24. I would love to nominate my hand stitched Felt Family Portrait.

    I (Laura Clempson of Cupcakes for Clara) made it myself, and I absolutely love it! Every time I see it hanging on our wall I can't help but smile. It was stitched with complete love and I hope that shines through for others to see.

  25. My aim is to get every-one creating, one fingerprint at a time!

    I would like to nominate my Alternative FingerTips Family Portraits. In my FingerTips style I created I draw your family expressing your hobbies, interests, work...and your pets. I use 'real material' to 'colour-in' your family. For the pets I use images you send me to clone their fur onto your FingerTips Purfect Pets.

    The Artwork is then framed and sent to you with colour ink pads ready for you to bring your FingerTips Avatars to life with your fingerprint.

    Your masterpiece will bring a smile to your face. You may not be aware but smiles are infectious so not only will you feel good others around you will too.

    The Concept Behind FingerTips:

    From an early age I have always enjoyed Art and my relationship with Art has always been a healthy one. I realised early on in my life, while trying to cope with my dyslexia, that Art was a language in its' own right and a way I could be heard while trying to figure out the baffling English language! A creative mind is not a linear one.

    Let’s go back to basics....with our I have not gone mad you can really create refined Art with your fingerprint. In fact it is what our company FingerTips concept is based on!

    I have created many designs and products where the recipient’s fingerprint brings the Artwork to life.

    FingerTips is a tool for people to reconnect, in a positive way, with Art and have fun in the process. Once you have seen the amazing Art you can create with your fingerprint in a simple but effective way hopefully you will have gained some faith and confidence in your ability too create!

    FingerTips Designs are suitable for all ages and abilities.

  26. Hi, I would like to nominate myself for my paintings - original work with watercolor and acrylics inspired by the things I see in everyday life. Here is the link to my blog and facebook page:

    Blog :


    Thank you!

  27. I would like to nominate myself for my paintings - original artwork in watercolor and acrylics - inspired by the things of everyday life. Here are the links to my blog and facebook page:




  28. I would like to nominate this party kit as something to inspire loveliness in the home.
    It was designed and sewn by me (Lauren Perkin).
    I made party kits as a way to turn small celebrations into big ones. Every event feels like a party with a cute fabric banner criss-crossing the room!
    You can see the kit here in my shop:

  29. Aww, yay! My handmade business is all about little goodies that make us feel lovely & well & good! I would like to nominate my little hand painted notebook featuring a waddling penguin with his words of comfort -

    "Taking steps, no matter how small, is better than standing still."

    I've always been big into journaling and love making these inspiring little notebooks for others who like to write, or draw, or make lists, whatever the case may be!


  30. I would like to nominate my assemblage "Reach", depicting a tiny angel reaching for a star; a subtle and sweet reminder that while the ladder to success may be precarious at times, our wings are there to not only keep stable and balanced, but help us fly.

    Peace and good,


  31. I'd like to nominate this Elephant Pitcher by pinkkiss

    Her beautiful & whimsical style makes me happy! I have a small dish in my bathroom to hold my jewelry.

  32. I nominate the "You are Awesome" drawn card or poster by LittleBrightStudio -

    It's on the front page of Etsy and I love it!


  33. I would like to nominate my "Ahava" Hebrew "Love" pendant--a classic yet unique way to wear a little l-o-v-e.

  34. I nominate Jenna of Sparkle Jenna, her Milagros paintings are beautiful and remind us all of the tiny miracles that await us.

    To see her paintings visit her Etsy shop

  35. I nominate my Pleated Ruffles Baby Quilt
    By: Courtney Archibald

    I'm nominating it because I love a good ole' homemade quilt and I made this one in anticipation for my twin daughters. The colors are fresh and vibrant but still say "baby"

    You can find pictures of it on Photobucket here:


thanks so much for your comments, nicies!
it's a joy to read what everyone writes here.
thank you!