November 2013

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Handmade for the Holidays

Although it may seem easier to head to a department store or shop on a big name website this holiday season, supporting handmade businesses has a much bigger impact than giving your money to huge retailers in exchange for mass-produced goods. If you're in doubt, check out these 5 amazing reasons why you should buy handmade for the holidays:

Creating a Positive Mental Attitude

It may seem easier to focus on the negative at times, especially when life seems to keep throwing hurdles your way. However, having a positive mental attitude is one of the best and easiest ways to live more constructively and happily. Use this guide to begin creating a positive mental attitude that will stay with you for the long term or use these tips as a refresher to keep you thinking positively when things seem to be bringing you down.

Focus on the Good Things

Our Giveaway Has Reached 500 Entries!

We're happy to announce that our giveaway to win a $25 gift certificate to our online shop has reached 500 entries in just 4 days! Check out our giveaway to get as many entries as you can, and remember, you can get some entries every day until the giveaway ends!

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A Customer's Unique Story

Yesterday, I received a message in my inbox from a customer who recently purchased one of my Penny Lane necklaces, which you can see here. Once in a while I get notes from customers thanking me for their orders and complimenting the jewelry, but I think this might have been the first time I had the pleasure of hearing the backstory of why this necklace was a perfect choice... Now, not to keep you waiting, here is the message I received:

Interview with Tracy Matthews of very pretty things

Check out our interview with Tracy Matthews, the designer of the beautiful handmade jewelry line very pretty things!

Tell me a bit about yourself and your creations:

My name is Tracy Matthews, and I am a glass artisan who fuses glass into wearable art pieces also known as jewelry. I am lucky enough to be able to take my passion and make it into my full-time job. My passion is combining different textured and colored glass and creating a whole new piece with depth and charm.

Holiday Craft Fair and Holiday Shopping Extravaganza Experience

ideology had tables at two craft shows today! My Aunt Chris and cousin Amanda managed the table at the Holiday Craft Fair at the Suburban North Family YMCA in Catasauqua and my boyfriend Corey managed the table at the Holiday Shopping Extravaganza at Clearview Elementary School in Bethlehem. I was very happy for all the help, as this is the first time ideology was scheduled for two craft shows in the same day!

Here are some photos from the Holiday Shopping Extravaganza:

Emmaus Moravian Church Holiday Craft Show Experience

We had a table at the lovely Holiday Craft Show at Emmaus Moravian Church this past Saturday - November 2nd. This was our third year in a row at this annual craft show, and it was certainly fun for all!

There were at least a few dozen vendors filling tables in several rooms of the building, offering a variety of items from homemade dog treats to boomerangs to teddy bears! I'm sure plenty of people found wonderful gifts for their loved ones at the craft show.