Saturday Spotlight: Of Fairy Windows and Handmade Treasures

I am starting a new feature here on my blog. Every Saturday, I want to spotlight some of the lovely and creative items that are being made by other artists on Etsy.  There  won’t be any real rhyme or reason to what I choose to share other than the fact that I find those particular items beautiful or interesting or wonderful in some way.

Creating handmade goods is a labor of love but artists always need the help and support of people like you to be able to continue that labor. So, if you like what you see, please check out the shops featured and take a peek at more of their work. Even if you aren’t inclined to make a purchase today, please consider marking an item that catches your eye as a “favorite” on Etsy, or sharing them (and this post) on your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. to help get the word out and make it easier for others to discover these amazing artists and their shops.

And having said that, if you create handmade items or have some favorites that you think I might like, please feel to share! I always love discovering beautiful little handmade treasures and I may even feature them on a future Saturday Spotlight.

Fairy Window in A Little PrincessThis week, I was utterly charmed to discover The Story Stop and Kirstens’ adorable “Fairy Windows” that she mounts on the cover of hardcover books. Although she has several books with these adorable fairy windows and other adorable items, like this “Off to Oz” window that really makes me smile every time I look at it,  I particularly fell in love with the window mounted on a copy of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess

I think the thing that charms me the most about it is that a window features so prominently in the story. After the little princess, Sara loses her father and fortune, she is forced to become a neglected and abused servant girl in the boarding school she used to attend as the star student. But when she climbs the stairs to her cold little room in the attic, there is a window that she can dream at and, without giving too much of the story away, this same window lets in a special kind of Magic which brings joy back into Sara’s life. So it seemed really appropriate for this particular book to be decorated with a fairy window. And the best part is that the pages of the book weren’t damaged when the window embellishments were added so you can still read them and enjoy this classic story!

Kirsten, the artist behind The Story Stop,  was kind enough to offer a 10% discount to my readers, so please check out her shop at: www.etsy.com/shop/TheStoryStop and enter the coupon code: CIARRAI during checkout to save on your order.

Here are a few other Etsy treasures that have caught my eye this week. I hope you enjoy them.  I will see you again on Monday when I announce a new Sale of the Week of the week on my own handmade literary jewelry inspired by books and poetry! Until then, I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

‘Spotlight Saturday 3/1/14’ by CiarraiStudios


Cameo Collection Pastels Wat…

$16

Birdcage Embroidery Art Set …

$92

Half Circle Skirt – English …

$85

Vintage Lilly Darling – Post…

$13.5

Viintage Royal Doulton Cambr…

$22

Personalized lyric scarf str…

$65

Exclusive wooden box and 2 i…

$40

Cute Bunnies in Teacups Cott…

$9.5

Irish Writers Print by Clove…

$10

Jane Austen-sculpted figure/…

$400

Set of two Where the Wild Th…

$70

author portraits – set of 3 …

$30

Boho Guitar Shape Tote – Bur…

$50

Garter Leggings – Burlesque …

$32

The Scarlet Letter Book Purs…

$55

Guitar Lessons with Grandpa …

$10

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About Ciarrai

Hi. My name is Kerry but here online I tend to go by the Gaelic version of my name, Ciarrai. I am a woman in my mid-30's who lives on Long Island, NY, with my husband, Rob, several guitars, a Nikon D40, more yarn, beads and books than I care to admit to and a cat who has a million nicknames and quite a few theme songs. I have a B.A. in Psychology and have recently returned to college to pursue a teaching degree so that I can eventually get a job as a High School English teacher. In addition to my major obsessions (Reading, Beading, Knitting, Music and Photography), I also enjoy playing Board Games, going to Renaissance Faires, Museums and Broadway Musicals.
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