Next up is Suds N Such: In this shop you will find different kinds of soaps, in fun shapes, and sinful smell. I asked Angie the owner what her inspiration was for her Pucker Up Soap Pops and she said: " I wanted to do something fun and sweet at the same time:) " Now these cute little pops come in a set of 4 for $2.70 (which is a sale price) you know your kids will love them, best of all when they are done playing with them, they can scrub a dub in the tub with them!!
Next is Gush4plush: In this shop you will find many different types of cute plush items! I thought the 2 Organic Catnip Valentine Fishy Cat Toys are adorable, I mean after all your pets are part of your family and they should get a V Day gift too and for $5.50 you will make your cats oh so happy! I asked Shannon the owner what her inspiration was for her Fishy Cat Toys and she said: " I created these Valentine Cat toys because I thought of my own cat and how special he is to us, why not give cats a valentine gift to show you love them too." I also asked Shannon what her best V Day ever was and she said: "My best Valentine's Day was my first one with my boyfriend (now husband), he had given me a simple gold ring with hearts on it. ♥"
The next shop is Anotherbrightidea this shop has the most unique blocks that I have seen! They are called Valentine alphabet blocks - Je'taime - Mon Amour and are adorable and a perfect and unique gift for your loved ones!! I asked the owner of Anotherbrightidea what her inspiration was for her Alphabet blocks and she said: "I posted vintage Christmas blocks in my shop at Christmas and I sold them all very quickly. So I thought - why not create blocks for other holidays? Decorations once used for a specific holiday have now been adapted to other holidays throughout the year (Decorated trees and ornaments, for example)." I also asked her what her very best V Day was, and she said: "Many years ago, I moved to San Francisco and my new boyfriend (who became my husband, then my ex-husband)took me out for a Valentine's Day that was very special. A dozen roses, and a night out for dinner, entertainment, and sightseeing in San Francisco - it was a wonderful day!"
The next shop is FranniesHeart, ok so I am a sucker for hearts..I love them and these were no exception they are adorable. I personally liked the Coffee Break heart, hehehe two things I love in life hearts and coffee. The fabric is just yummy and so is the color!! So give your heart to the one u love with one of FranniesHearts!! I asked Frannie what her inspiration was for the hearts and she said: " I made one for my son-in-law one day. He loves a good cup of coffee and loves to read...so this was a perfect fit. So now I include it in my shop. Ah, the lips aka Kiss Me Heart. I am lucky enough to have 2 wonderful quilt stores near me. They have the most wonderful cotton fabrics. Colors and patterns of all kinds. When I saw the lipstick print.....well, I just had to have it. Red lipstick for Valentine's Day.How alluring is that!? I also asked Frannie what her best V Day was and she said: "It's hard to pick just one "best" Valentine's Day...I love all the hand written notes from my husband the most. I save them all."
The final shop is Eugena777, in this shop you will find adorable pendants!! Once again hearts, and we all know how I fell about those!! I fell in love with the Heart Pendant, Faux Cloisonne, it is very unique. I love the shape of the heart and the colors used. I asked Eugena what her inspiration was for the creation of the pendant and she said: "Well, heart is such a universal and timeless symbol, I make them all year around. The one you mentioned is faux cloisonne, which is my own technique, involving polymer clay, resin, and wire. I developed it in 2005 while making a necklace for a contest organized by an International Jewelry Designers Guild. I wanted to make a piece in Art Nouveau style using polymer clay, because it is my primary material, and eventually came up with this faux cloisonne technique. I liked it so much, that it became my signature style. All my first pieces had flower motifs in Art Nouveau style, and only about a year later, when I started actively teaching this technique, I came up with a heart design, which was easier to demonstrate to my students. " I also asked Eugena what her best V day ever was and she said: " Perhaps one almost ten years ago. We lived in Missouri at that time, and the winter was particularly dreadful that year. In the middle of February, my husband and I took a few days off and drove to Mexico Golf. We spent Valentine's day walking on a beach in Galveston, TX. The day was nice and sunny, and very romantic. "
Well this is just a sample of what you can find in those handmade virtual marketplaces. As you can imagine when I started my search for those that wanted to be featured on this post I had tons of response. Unfortunately I can't show them all, as this is already I think the longest blog post in my blogging career! Hehhe so for all of you that responded and I was unable to feature, thanks for participating and I will keep your convo's for feature post!!
As you can see there is a wide variety of items to choose from in these Handmade Virtual Marketplaces, I just scratched the surface of what is available! So go brew yourself up a nice cup of coffee, get in your comfy recliner and start shopping using that ole laptop. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by what you find, and I also believe that those gifts that you get for your loved ones will be more special because they have been crafted with love!!
As always, be safe and be happy!!