Winter and late autumn can be miserably cold and rainy seasons, which is probably why so many ‘comfort days’ happen in November to February. (The days when you say, ‘Actually, never mind my plans. I’m going to stay in bed, read a book, and have cookies with tea.’) A fine addition to any comfort day, or any winter day you wish was a comfort day, are fuzzy felt slippers. You can make them yourself, or find any number of lovely pairs on Etsy. For ideas, check out the shops of these thirteen talented shoemakers:
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Thanks to the Phantom of the Opera and Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Red Masque of Death‘, masquerade balls are just creepy enough to be appropriate for Halloween. Even if you don’t throw an out-and-out masquerade, though, a Venetian-style mask is a great costume option, with or without a matching outfit.
1. Filigree metal mask – Bollywood-style
via Masque Boutique
Whether you’re looking for an engagement/wedding ring, or just a special gift for someone you love, looking for the perfect ring can be an overwhelming task. For a good start, check out the beautiful work of these sixteen jewelry artists on Etsy:
1. Peaces of Indigo – artisan rings made from recycled silver and gold
Necklaces are great projects for crochet beginners. They’re small, so you can correct mistakes quickly, and stylish for all seasons. You can also hone your crochet skills faster, trying out new designs and creating your own patterns. Best of all, they make excellent gifts.
1. Heart and arrow
via Hô! Kiou
Lace used to bring to mind pictures of curtains, tablecloths and fancy dresses. Victorian gloves and doll’s clothing, but never necklaces…
1. Beautiful cobalt blue
via White Owl
You’d expect a popular young adult series like The Hunger Games to made into movies, but weddings? It’s happened: at least one real wedding and a couple of mock-wedding photo shoots – #1 and #2 – had a Hunger Games theme. Weapons and poisonous berries are just so romantic.
Then again, Hunger Games-inspired apparel is pretty cool, even if you haven’t read the books.
1. Arrow headband.
via Bella Mantra
The problem with buying a gorgeous large painting for your home is that only guests will see it. With hand-painted jewelry, you can show off your favorite art to everyone.
Vintage slips and modern summer dresses don’t differ much. In fact, with a few alterations, vintage slips can become remarkably classy dresses, suitable even for a wedding.
1. Layered with a matching belt
via Whimsy Time
February is on the brink, which means shops should be (already) displaying excessively feminine decorations and reminding friends & partners to buy stuffed animals & chocolate assortments, etc.
Here’s a better idea. Write this quote on a piece of paper: “A hundred hearts would be too few / to carry all my love for you.”
– Then, for ‘tangible evidence of sincerity’, pin it onto a heart-formed gift. Cookies and origami are cool, but a necklace is a notch higher. Here are some great options:
1. Attached to a love letter.
If you really want a unique wedding gown, choose a dress made from recycled materials. It’s one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly, and simply brilliant.
1. Silk & organic cotton
via Leanne Marshall