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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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At the age of twelve, I went through a phase where I only wanted to wear jewelry I designed myself. I spent hours at the bead store, plucking little treasures into slotted trays, creating dangly earrings to match every single piece of clothing I own. I never really ventured out of simple earrings, but I remember feeling so incredibly in tune with my creativity and so proud of myself that the adornments on my body were truly mine. Nowadays, I find myself drawn to the same type of handcrafted beauty (albeit on a much more professional scale!) and it is such an honor to share some of the artists we find with you.

Ngan Vuong grew up creating jewelry herself and her passion turned into a fine art. eNVe Designs is a line of jewelry created with one thing in mind: beauty. Vuong marries form and function with such a precise hand, you will find yourself reaching for these pieces day in and day out, mo matter your schedule.  The Signature Wrap and Thread pieces are a favorite because I love any piece that can transform to fit the style you’re going for. eNVe Designs is the real deal, friends. Pure beauty.

eNVe Designs is giving away one $50 gift certificate (to be used from either shop!) to one lucky winner. To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, October 23rd. Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit eNVe Designs and tell us: What was your favorite thing to craft when you were a child? (Was it an actual hand craft or were you a writer or builder?)
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, October 28th, to see if you’ve won!
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    Jennifer says:

    I would spend HOURS making Christmas ornaments with stencils and construction paper – bells, doves, trees, anything that even had a hint of the holiday season could be made into an ornament by me.

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    Kate B says:

    My mom taught me to cross-stitch to make my pew banner for my First Communion in the second grade. I thought she was going to lose her mind, because I took forever to finish the design she helped me choose for the banner, but by the end of it, I was totally hooked. I tackled many more cross-stitch projects throughout my childhood, which branched out to other kinds of sewing as well (made my own puppets once!), something I continue today. As a graphic designer, I’m now supremely picky about typefaces and the standard cross-stitch lettering doesn’t do it for me anymore. Now I create intricate gifts for my friends and family with stitch patterns I base on modern fonts that I love. I’m so grateful to my mother for passing on her love of hand-crafting, something that’s been with me my whole life.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i used to have a pen pal and would write long letters to her every month. i am a writer now, so i guess it makes sense!

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    Tiffany says:

    I remember being obsessed with friendship bracelets (yes, the same ones made from embroidery thread that are popular recently) and lanyards. My friends and I would spend hours making them throughout the school year and summer.

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    heather f says:

    I liked to make little animals out of Fimo clay. I still do!

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I remember making endless Sunday school projects, clay figures and construction paper crafts in school but nothing rivaled the mud pies my sister and I made when we were small. Decorated with pine cones, leaves and ladybugs (!!) in beautiful mandala like patterns. In our minds they were beautiful wedding cakes and elaborately crusted pies.

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    Marilyn says:

    When I was a kid I loved those cross stitch loop kits. The ones with precut colored yarn and the tool to loop them to the canvas? I’d do that for hours! It was fun but maybe it was really a way for my parents to keep me busy? Haha!

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    Elizabeth says:

    This is a great question and I love reading people’s responses!  I too spent a lot of time cross-stitching and making figures out of clay.  Ah, youth.  Still, as the daughter of a school teacher (and a future English teacher myself) the things that mattered the most to me that I made were BOOKS.  It started with the gift of a typewriter when I was in Kindergarten from the Goodwill.  (Yes, I was apparently that nerdy). Then, for Christmas, I was given watercolors so I could illustrate my stories.  And then!  In fourth grade I heard about a young writers and illustrators contest and the whole works came out.  I wrote, illustrated, bound and laminated a book.  It was this AMAZING project for me and teachers throughout the school asked me to come and show their classes.  I loved the physical-ness of it all – I was both making the story, but also making the OBJECT that carried the story and trying to make it as beautiful as possible.

    The thing is, I STILL carry this dream, in many ways.  I’m a letter writer.  I make my own paper and I still bind books.  It’s for me a really beautiful thing because it helps me connect with books as deeply personal objects – it helps me connect mind and body.  (And I get to use my talents from others crafts like painting and sewing!  Yip!)

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    Nikki says:

    I LOVED making paper dolls, I spent hours and hours drawing and coloring and cutting out figures and clothes and looking at illustrations of historical costumes in big books checked out from the library. I did this all the way until High School, when I decided I was too old for “playing” and moved on to embroidering flowers and sewing beads on my own clothes (this was the late 80s/early 90s and “hippie” & ethnic  clothes were just getting popular again–the precursor to the boho chic look!).  It is so good for kids to make and create crafts–the skills they develop and the ability to dream and create follows them their whole life!

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    Jenn says:

    i used to bead friendship bracelets and i would sell them on the elementary school playground at recess.

    my pitch: you could buy a 35 cent piece of beef jerky that will last a minute or a friendship bracelet that will last a lifetime. (my hometown had a famous jerky business…)

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    Heidi says:

    I loved drawing as a child. I still have all my sketchbooks- it’s so fun to look back at my progress!

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    Rachel S says:

    It’s not exactly “crafting,” but I *loved* to work in the garden when I was a kid. I had my own little area to plant whatever I wanted and I could spend hours out there.

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    ren says:

    it sounds  little odd, but i used to paint balloons with oil paints when i was a kid. i discovered by mistake that they took the paint very well and would, for some reason, stay inflated longer. i used them as thank you and birthday gifts. i was just thinking about doing this again the other day!

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    Susan F says:

    me and my 2 sisters  loved making things with Popsicle sticks – I remember a box I made and stole some of my moms buttons from her sewing box to decorate it for her for mother’s day.  They were expensive buttons but she couldn’t get mad at me

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    Courtney J says:

    When I was in high school, I got into those latch hook kits because I could watch TV while completing them. I always followed the pattern but I never used the completed work for anything. I just liked the process. When I was younger, I made my own paper dolls (yea, an 80’s baby) where I used the regular paper doll without clothes, but traced the other clothes and then colored and cut out my own pieces so they would still fit.

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    brenda says:

    those weaved potholders.. made with nylon loops on a metal frame…even the men in my family got one for Christmas..

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I really enjoyed cross stitching – it made me feel so grown up

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    Samantha S says:

    As a child, I loved to make food and to design recipes. Not being allowed near the stove for obvious reasons, my culinary creativity all took place in my play kitchen, with Velcro-sided pizza, rubber food, plastic silverware, and water and dried beans if I was lucky. At one point, I was determined to open a restaurant from my kitchen, and went around taking orders from family and various stuffed animals. I still remember: it was called Cafe Le Yum. 
    Should I ever have disposable income, it’s still a dream of mine to open a cafe. 

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    Lilly says:

    I used to do origami when I was a kid. It’s so fun!
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

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    Trisha says:

    I loved to write. Still do, although I don’t do it nearly as often as I’d like anymore.

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    megan says:

    When I was 12, I spent the entire summer writing a diary-style book of historical fiction. It was AWFUL but I had such dreams of getting it published!

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    Sparrow says:

    My best friends and I had a club, dubbed RDM (for our first initials, obviously), and we spent hours making friendship bracelets out of embroidery thread. Obviously while pumping the Ace of Base and Whitney Houston jams. We also spent a lot of time with puffy paint, decorating our embroidery thread boxes. One summer, we met a pop star from London who was this gorgeous girl with bald hair, except a few fimo beads on top of her head, and we were instantly into making Fimo beads by the dozen. I still find a friendship bracelet here or a Fimo bead there and I can still remember the Ace of Base dance routines we crafted out of our pure 10 year old genius.

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    nicole says:

    yay! So hoping I win!! I was big into drawing when I was a kid, started with crayons, quickly moved to colored pencils, but I was always big into hands on crafts too – and always jewlery! Thanks Ngan!!!

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    Tiffany says:

    I was HUGE into crafting. I spent most holiday breaks crafting. But what makes me smile when thinking back are the crafts that involved the glue gun! I felt so responsible and grown up using that glue gun. And it helped me create some pretty rad gifts (with moms help of course).

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    cindy says:

    The truth of it is that I was really into making up stories. It is amazing the things my little mind could come up with 🙂

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    Emily says:

    I love to write and made up lots of short stories complete with illustrations.

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    Heather says:

    My best friend and I used to go crazy with writing little short stories and then we would act them out, pretending our dolls were our children.

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    sam says:

    I remember summer day camps where we always did a craft and I wanted to make it over and over again.  Everything from painting rocks for pets to woven potholders to making pictures with whatever was collected from the ground. 

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    Jasanna says:

    I was a picture drawer, although I did make animal masks out of paper mache.

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    jane says:

    i used to make up ballet dances to an audience of stuffed toys. we don’t wear shoes in the house here in singapore, so to not dirty the marble floor, i danced barefoot and hummed my own music. i’d put on my ballet skirt with whatever pyjamas i had on that day and dance away until i was too sweaty and tired haha!

    i stopped dancing after 12 years when my bunions got too bad; pointework was making them really painful and i didn’t want to continue messing my feet up when i was only 16 years old. i’ve since shifted houses; now i still do little solos in my room to the music in my head; we have lovely parquet flooring now, just like a dance studio. i also do some barre exercises at my own “barre”: the staircase bannister. i’ve since picked up other artistic pursuits like crocheting and origami, but ballet will always be my first love,

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    Jenni says:

    I don’t know if it was really one thing I liked to craft, but more the entire idea of crafting. Getting to pull out my water colors and watch the color become more saturated with each drop, squeezing a fresh bottle of elmers glue and playing with it on the paper, and my hands. The first cut into a piece of construction paper. Drawing with sidewalk chalk and creating games to play. Sitting quietly with my grandmother and using colorful yarn and plastic sheets to weave beautiful colorful pictures. I just loved creating something new and loved to see things change and become beautiful!

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I did cross stitch and still do if time allows.  I have given them as gifts throughout the years and I have several around my house.  I just love seeing how they turn out.

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    Kristen H. says:

    I was an intense reader when I was small, which led to a wild imagination and out of control daydreaming. So I suppose my “craft” was creating stories in my head about all the things I dreamed of doing. I have fulfilled some of those dreams, and some I still strive for. 🙂

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    When I was little, I used to make paper mache bowls and paint them with all different types of designs. I also loved painting rocks with little animals like butterflies and frogs.