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Maker’s Monday: Gam Gamz Handcrafted

It’s Monday! The day of the week I usually hate, but not now, with the start of House Fenway’s Maker’s Monday. I have something to look forward to at the start of every week. Each Monday is “Maker’s Monday”. I feature a small business and/or artist, their wares and a little bit about them.

Since starting House Fenway 2 years ago, it has always been a fun experience meeting other makers and enjoying their creations. The time and talent that goes into each products made by a small business or artist far out ways anything you could purchase from a big box retailer. This week’s maker is no exception.

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This Week’s Feature:

Hettie is the owner of Gam Gamz Handcrafted and is a master seamstress. Decorative pillow covers to infinity scarves, this girl definitely knows how to sew! Gam Gamz Handcrafted carries a wide range of fabric styles to match just about any decor and is always sourcing new prints to keep up with current trends. Hettie’s speciality, pillow covers, are the perfect inexpensive way to transform a room within minutes. And who doesn’t love that?

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I have several of Gam Gamz Handcrafted pillow covers throughout my house, but my new buffalo-check cover is by far my favorite. It’s neutral without just being boring “Plain Jane” and can easily be incorporated with seasonal decor from Halloween to Christmas.

From now until Sunday September 30, 2018 use exclusive promo code MAKER18 and receive 15% off your purchase at Gam Gamz Handcrafted.

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Love shopping small? Check out another one of my Maker’s Monday shops;
The Vintage Nest

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Vintage-Inspired Fern Necklace from The Vintage Nest

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Maker’s Monday: The Vintage Nest

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I have decided to start a new little series on my blog to celebrate something that is near and dear to my heart — small creative businesses! Each Monday, I’ll be featuring a small business and/or artist, their wares and a little bit about them. Since starting House Fenway 2 years ago, it has always been a fun experience meeting other makers and enjoying their creations. The thought and heart that goes into products made by small businesses and artists far out ways anything you could purchase from a big box retailer. So stay tuned every Monday for House Fenway’s Maker’s Monday series and make sure to check out all of the amazing talent out there!

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My necklace from The Vintage Nest featuring a fern leaf which is symbolic of sincerity.

This week’s Maker’s Monday feature is a jewelry artist from Virginia, The Vintage Nest. Whitney, The Vintage Nest owner, crafts handmade botanical and faith inspired jewelry to inspire and encourage. These one-of-a-kind pieces feature hand-pressed flowers, leaves and even mustard seeds and are the perfect accent to finish off any wardrobe. The Vintage Nest offers an array of necklace styles, earrings and pendants in this unique vintage style.

If you are looking for a unique piece of jewelry with heartfelt meaning and vintage charm or a gift with special sentiment, look no further than The Vintage Nest.

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Photo Source: The Vintage Nest

Love shopping local and supporting small business?
Check out another great maker, MNK Candle

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Want to be featured in an upcoming Maker’s Monday? I’d love to have you! Fill out the form to submit your small business for your chance to be featured.
Maker’s Monday Submission Form

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Friday Favorite: ForEveritts Home

Happy Friday guys! We’ve made it through another week. *happy dance* I swear, I don’t live for the weekends, but when the week is long and the weather is gloomy – the weekend is so welcomed by this girl! For those of you that have been around for a while now you probably know on Friday’s I like to share my favorite makers, artist and crafters. Supporting small businesses, hard working mamas (and daddies) and the creative spirit is so very near and dear to my heart. This week is no exception!

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Since starting House Fenway a little over a year ago, I’ve made lots of new friends. Mostly other artists, that own their own businesses, Etsy shops and websites. Sami from ForEveritts Home is one of them. This girl is one of the handiest woman I know! Saws, drills, splinters and all – this girl gets right in there! Her reclaimed artwork showcases not only her power tool skills but the true beauty in repurposed materials. Each piece unique, Sami mixes a vast array of natural elements including reclaimed wood, moss, and florals to achieve these beautiful pieces of art. Each season she launches a new collection highlighting the colors and textures shown currently evolving in nature.

IMG_5509I feel honored to own one of ForEveritts Home’s pieces and I think it adds the perfect touch of Fall to my home. The juxtaposition of textures – the harness of the reclaimed wood against the softness of the moss and florals is so artfully displayed.

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Sami has just launched her own website this month which includes a shop, blog and a beautiful inspirational board full of her creations. She is definitely worth checking out, following and why I chose her as my Friday favorite! Shop ForEveritts Home now >

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Here is a gallery of some of ForEveritts Home’s other stunning creations:

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House Fenway’s Favorite Autumn Pillows

One of my favorite décor addictions? Throw pillows. And why wouldn’t they be? Throw pillows are the easiest and most affordable way of changing the look of a room. Pillows can add a pop of needed color, combine interesting textures, develop layering, interest and even tie a complete room together. This fall, I’ve picked some of my favorite trending pillows. These aren’t pillows you’d generally expect for fall, but with this year’s autumnal color palate swaying toward cool blues and neutral grays, there are some surprising favorites. These picks will add a nice twist to your normal fall décor and help carry you right into Winter.

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  1. Cinderella Pumpkin Pillow
  2. Gray Cable Sweater Knit Pillow
  3. “The Snuggle is Real” Pillow
  4. Gray Floral Pillow
  5. White Goat Fur Pillow
  6. Light Gray Burlap Textured Pillow

How do you style throw pillows?

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Here are a couple tips for styling a sofa:

  1. Always start from the outside of the sofa and work your way inward.
  2. Stack smaller pillows in front of larger ones to add layering
  3. Limit the amount of patterns to prevent your arrangement from looking too busy
  4. Mix and match textures, colors and patterns staying within a color palette to create a cohesive and pleasant grouping
  5. An odd number of pillows is usually more visual appealing.
  6. To add even more interest add an odd shaped pillow (i.e. a round or bolster pillow) in the center of the grouping.

 

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Friday Favorite: Sparrows Peak Design

I’ve stumbled upon another small business maker I’ve been dying to share with you! Even though home décor is my usual comfort zone, handmade jewelry from local artists has a special place in my heart. There is something so special about jewelry pieces made from the heart and soul of a maker.

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“A little piece of everything I love around my neck”, my charm necklace from Sparrows Peak Design is just that! Jen Rhoads, owner and designer of Sparrows Peak Design, made a custom necklace for me that I hold dear. A special gift I will cherish, my necklace is adorn with my boy’s names and special charms that have great sentiment.

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Sparrows Peak specializes in one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that can be customized just for you. Jen mixes and matches charms to create a piece that has special meaning for their receipent. A perfect bridesmaid gift, a special sentiment for your mother, a birthday gift for you best friend –  I can think of dozens of ways to give these special pieces as gifts. If you’re in need of a special and thoughtful gift or just want a special piece for yourself, Jen at Sparrows Peak is your girl! You can contact Jen directly to place an order.

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Contact Jen at Sparrows Peak Design >

Sparrows Peak Design this week’s HF Friday Favorite. 🙂