Handmade Holidays 2009 - Day #1 - RoundAbout Designs

>> Monday, November 9, 2009

Welcome to F&F's First Annual Handmade Holidays (HH)! We have taken the pledge to support local businesses and handmade artisans this holiday season, and we want to encourage our readers to do the same!

In honor of our pledge, we have teamed up with 12...yes
12...Etsy shops for GIVEAWAYS and gift guides over the next two weeks. We are THRILLED!!!!! Each day there will be a new post featuring a new shop with a giveaway or shopping promotion/discount! So make sure you check in every day for your chance to win!!!

First up.... Sarah of Roundabout Designs!
Sarah is an amazing jewelry designer that I, Emily, purchased ALL of my bridesmaid gifts from.
Her pieces are timeless, clean, simple, elegant, and the perfect mix of every day & special occasion wear!
Sarah's shop is the perfect place to go to shop for your girl friends and family this season!
Needless to say, I'm obsessed and think you will be too....

Getting to know Sarah....

1. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
On Christmas Eve, we light a Swedish candle chime. I love to see my daughter's faces as they watch the magical spinning angels and listen to the soft chiming of the bells. It's a very calming and centering experience. You can see similar chimes here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQq6CGTK6jI&feature=related

2. Why is it important to you to support handmade?
It's really incredible to purchase items directly from an artist or craftsperson. You're able to ask questions, request custom work, and know that what you're receiving was made with thought, pride, and skill, and probably some love too. Buying handmade is great for communities, for families, for the earth.

3. What's your favorite shop item, and why would it be the perfect holiday gift?
I'm really partial to the lockets in my shop. My sterling silver Heirloom Locket would be a very special gift with a little photo or memento placed inside. It's the sort of piece that will be handed down to the next generation.

4. Three words that describe you/your shop & goods.
Simple, chic, everyday! [that one was easy - it's my shop's tagline!]

RoundAbout is Giving Away:
1 Silver Heirloom Locket!!

1. Visit today's feature shop & tell us what your favorite item is!
You must leave a comment TODAY + be a follower to win!
Winner will be drawn
TONIGHT at 6pm PST and announced this evening!
we won't be bummed if you wanted to twitter/facebook/or blog this shop though ;)


Martha November 9, 2009 at 4:09 AM  

Oh....my! There is so much I love so I will just pick a couple...the silver sparrow necklace...the silver filagree butterfly necklace...and of course that silver heirloom {locket} necklace! How neat is this to introduce us to other shops {and for them too}!

Nina November 9, 2009 at 4:33 AM  

I am totally smitten by the Silver Oak Leaf Necklace!

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Sara November 9, 2009 at 5:04 AM  

hard to choose but...i'll have to go with the yellow rose and swarovski pearl necklace!

Cassie November 9, 2009 at 5:22 AM  

Very, very very hard to choose. They are all just so beautiful, but my eye was drawn immediately to the gold leaf earrings. Wow - what a first giveaway
cassandranesling at yahoo.com

Obee Designs November 9, 2009 at 5:25 AM  

I'm partial to the lockets like Sarah is! I especially love the large brass locket she has featured in her shop. I also like the gold leaf earrings. I actually had a pair when I was in college...back in the day :)

Nicole-Lynn November 9, 2009 at 5:36 AM  

My favorite item in the shop is the silver sparrow necklace! I'm also already a follower!


Anonymous,  November 9, 2009 at 6:02 AM  

Those Silver Filigree Earrings have to be ONE of my ten faves from their shop. amazing. So excited about meeting these new artists!

Alison November 9, 2009 at 6:08 AM  

Such unique pieces! I liked all of the ones in this series:
Yellow Rose and Light Gray Swarovski Crystal Pearl Necklace

myflsun November 9, 2009 at 6:21 AM  

I love all of the lockets. They are just beautiful, but I really adore the sparrow with the circle. Too pretty!


Roberta November 9, 2009 at 7:20 AM  

Love Sara's earrings these "Silver Shade Swarovski" drops were my favorite: Listing # 33913728. Great giveaway and really like the badge for "Handmade" so I'm going to post this on my blog sidebar if that's okay with you guys...thanks, Roberta

The Schaper Scene November 9, 2009 at 7:23 AM  

I had a hard time deciding between the tiny leaf or the branch necklaces in silver. Beautiful!

Anonymous,  November 9, 2009 at 7:37 AM  

Oh my goodness, I am in love with those lockets...gorgeous, simple yet elegant!! Her stuff is so amazing! This is so much fun!

Cathi November 9, 2009 at 7:38 AM  

Wow, she has some fabulous things! The heirloom silver locket is my fave with the lotus flower necklaces....beautiful!

Moni Rose November 9, 2009 at 7:48 AM  

Absolutely beautiful jewelry! I love every piece of it (and I'm usually VERY picky) but her items totally match her tagline: chic, simple, and everyday!

I am in love with her gold leaf earrings.


The Loughran's November 9, 2009 at 7:54 AM  

The heirloom locket is amazing!

Aimee November 9, 2009 at 8:16 AM  

Love the Yellow Rose and Swarovski Crystal Pearl Necklace.

I'm so glad you spotlighted her shop. I have some great ideas for my bridesmaids.

Whitney November 9, 2009 at 8:19 AM  

i love that locket - wow. so cute!!

Miranda November 9, 2009 at 8:42 AM  

Silver circle wins as my fave, but it was soooo hard to choose! Loving a bunch of the necklace options for my BMs. What a fabulous little shop.

taLaNe November 9, 2009 at 9:01 AM  

I know everyone is saying this but it really is hard to choose. I LOVE the large brass locket and the silver shade swarovski briolette and silver vine earrings. Can't wait for more handmade features!

craftygal86 November 9, 2009 at 9:13 AM  

LOVE her necklaces! It's definitely hard to pick one. I really like the silver, large leaf necklace. Also the sparrow and blue circle. Oh, and also both the square and circle heirloom lockets. Her jewelery is just beautiful and the pricing is really reasonable. I will definitely be bookmarking her store - Thanks for sharing!

jennifer little November 9, 2009 at 9:27 AM  

I adore the gold brass sparrow and vintage aqua glass bead necklace. This is a great shop, and I was on the hunt for great jewerly last night for Christmas gifts!

Bria November 9, 2009 at 9:39 AM  

WHat an awesome feature! I LOVE the big gold leaf earrings... Perfect and simple!

Thanks for the chance to win!

mimi charmante November 9, 2009 at 9:44 AM  

I absolutely adore that locket!!!

Monica November 9, 2009 at 10:19 AM  

I LOVE your cause....what a great idea! I will most def. take the 'buy handmade' pledge! My favs are the Silver Filigree Earrings....touch of elegance to any 'out in the town' outfit.

Robin November 9, 2009 at 10:20 AM  

she really does amazing work! while i am drawn to things with birds, and while there isn't a piece in her shop i wouldn't LOVE to sport, i really adore the Gold Hoop and Vintage Calcedon Blue Glass Earrings. beautiful work Sarah :O)

Jessica November 9, 2009 at 10:38 AM  

It's impossible to pick just one. It's all so beautiful!! I love birds though, so all the sparrow necklaces are my favorite.

LuLu November 9, 2009 at 10:41 AM  

This is the best idea!! You both are brilliant!! so glad you are on my project!! :)
Her designs are all beautiful, my the Yellow Rose and Swarovski Crystal Pearl Necklaceick!! so me!

Becky November 9, 2009 at 10:47 AM  

yea, im now a follower! my favorite item actually is the Silver Heirloom Locket. imagine my surprise when i realized that was THE item being won. crossing my fingers!

mandiegirl November 9, 2009 at 10:55 AM  

I love the linked circles necklace! SO pretty!

The Fancy Lady November 9, 2009 at 11:11 AM  

my favorite is the blooming lotus necklace so pretty!

Simply Stated ~ Rebecca November 9, 2009 at 11:15 AM  

I was immediately drawn in by her large brass locket! And imagine my delight when I realized she's practically a neighbor!!!! Thank you for sharing ~ Rebecca

merium November 9, 2009 at 11:29 AM  

Oh how I love all things aqua! The Vintage Aqua Blue Crystal and Sterling Silver Drop Earrings are my fave!

Mary (Mary's Monday Musicology) November 9, 2009 at 12:04 PM  

Ummm I'm in love with all her stuff now! But the Yellow Rose and Swarovski Crystal Pearl Necklace was the first thing that stood out to me. She has several in that design with different colored roses but the yellow is my favorite!

Alisa D November 9, 2009 at 12:15 PM  

Great stuff... wow! I do love all the lockets, but the wire wrapped green teardrop earrings caught my eye as well.

Vanessa November 9, 2009 at 12:51 PM  

I love the leaf earrings! I think the locket would be the perfect gift for my mom though. Beautiful!

Annie November 9, 2009 at 12:58 PM  

I MUST have the square locket...please.

Laurie November 9, 2009 at 1:05 PM  

My favorite has to be the silver heirloom locket! Although all the lockets are beautiful..hard to choose!!

The Wife of an Artist November 9, 2009 at 1:06 PM  

I think the filigree earrings are my favorite hands down.

Nice work you gals are doing over here ;)

Camille November 9, 2009 at 1:07 PM  

I love the rose and pearl necklace! I'm a Google reader follower. Does that count?

melissa deakin November 9, 2009 at 1:22 PM  

oh my...what a fabulous shop.
i know i will be making some fun holiday purchases there.
i would have to say that i love the silver locket. i have always loved lockets and since i am a photographer, it is nice to think a locket combines my love of jewelry and photos.
beautiful work!

the seaman November 9, 2009 at 2:09 PM  

It's so hard to pick just one favorite, but i'd have to go with the big antique copper leaf earrings (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33642652) - I just keep coming back to them!

seaman (dot) allison (at) gmail (dot) com

C H R I S T I November 9, 2009 at 2:14 PM  

Oh i love love love this locket! I have been looking for a necklace for my mother for xmas and i think i just found it! how beautiful!

ChristanP November 9, 2009 at 2:44 PM  

I have someone in mind to give this to, but I can't ruin the surprise.

Lori November 9, 2009 at 3:39 PM  

I adore the key necklaces ~ they are all so pretty!

Sa-Sea Boutique November 9, 2009 at 3:52 PM  

I am in love with the locket....the leaf earrings....the long skeleton key......absolutely everything. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!

Angie November 9, 2009 at 4:26 PM  

If I had to pick ONE (and one is tough, all of these pieces are fabulous), I'd have to say the linked circles necklace. I love love love it!

Cherry November 9, 2009 at 4:47 PM  

I have to say I absolutely LOVE that pendant! Classic and easy to wear with anything! LOVE IT! WANT IT!!!

Patti November 9, 2009 at 4:47 PM  

I love the gold leaf earrings and the locket...pick me, pick me!! :)

melissa November 9, 2009 at 5:02 PM  

I love the silver sparrow necklace and the lockets...the lockets remind me of my mom's locket necklace that used to have a tiny picture in it. i love lockets...it's like there's a surprise waiting to see in every one. and i LOVE surprises. ;)

Susie November 9, 2009 at 5:10 PM  

Ooh did I make it??? I am Mountain time..You guys are Pacific..Yay...it's only 5:09 your time. Ok, so I love the Bubbles Necklace. I think because It just posted about how my kids love bubbles and why can't I be happy looking at something as simple as bubbles...ok that bubble necklace would make me happy.

Anonymous,  November 9, 2009 at 5:17 PM  

The LOCKET is my favorite!!!! Perfect for pictures of my two little men. :) That way I can wear them around my neck all the time. Pick Me!!!

LeAnna November 9, 2009 at 5:45 PM  

I love the silver tree necklace, it's so unique!
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Allison November 9, 2009 at 5:54 PM  

The leaf bracelet is so delicate yet beautiful. I will definitely check out this shop while making the holiday rounds on etsy!

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