Handmade Gold Dome Earrings

Handmade gold & silver dome earrings

March brought our handmade gift subscription participants some absolutely wonderful, delicate earrings—made by Virginia Wynne Jewelry!  These handmade gold dome earrings were created at a size just for our subscribers, and were definitely a big fan favorite.

Cute gift wrapping for handmade gift

Cute gift wrapping for handmade gift

Artists card for Fair Ivy

Artists card for Fair Ivy

As always, we loved the handmade gift wrapping, as well as learning about the artist in her info card!  The text reads:
“These collections of elegant jewelry are hand made by Virginia Wynne in a small studio in Baltimore, Maryland.  Virginia Wynne is a Louisiana native and graduate of the distinguished Savannah College of Art and Design. 

Using traditional metalsmithing techniques, each piece is individually handcrafted.  The studs are hand cut out of sheet metal, shaped, and then a thin layer of 23K gold used inside the dome with a technique called Keum-Boo.

You can find more of Virginia Wynne jewelry on Etsy!  Coupon code for 10% off: Surprise10″

Virginia Wynne handmade jewelry

Virginia Wynne handmade jewelry

Handmade gold and silver dome earrings

Handmade gold dome earrings

Handmade gold dome earrings

Handmade gold dome earrings  Handmade gold dome earrings

Handmade gold and silver dome earrings

Virginia Wynne handmade jewelry

We had absolutely wonderful feedback on this monthly surprise gift and will surely feature Virginia Wynne again in the future!

Interested in picking up a pair of these wonderful handmade gold dome earrings?  Head on over to Virginia Wynne’s Etsy shop!

Partly Sunny Tea Towel (March handmade surprise gift)

Unique handmade tea towel


March brought our Duet subscribers a fantastic unique handmade tea towel from Wit and Whistle, dubbed the “Partly Sunny Tea Towel”.

This flour sack tea towel is silk-screened with a hand drawn design, and the wonderful material gets softer and more absorbent with every use.  We love it!

Unique cute gift packaging from Fair Ivy

Unique cute gift packaging from Fair Ivy

We really enjoyed the unwrapping experience for this unique handmade tea towel—it felt very organic and packaged with a lot of love!  We got a little photo-happy with the unwrapping process…












Fair Ivy Artist's Info card

In case it’s hard to read, the Artist’s info card says:

“I’m Amanda Wright, the girl behind Wit & Whistle!  Wit & Whistle offers witty greeting cards and whistle worthy paper and home goods—all designed and illustrated by me.  

Inside this package you’ll find one of my screen printed tea towels.  These are my favorite kitchen towels ever.  They’re huge, and they get softer and more absorbent with every use. I hope you love yours as much as I love mine!

Please come visit me at witandwhistle.com to shop or to browse my blog, where I share glimpses behind the scenes at Wit & Whistle and lots of creative inspiration.” 

Design Handmade tea towel

Design Handmade tea towel

Organic handmade packaging

Cute hello tag in succulent planter

This was one of our most well-received handmade surprise gifts yet!  Definitely head on over to Wit & Whistle’s shop, as well as take a look at her crafty blog for some wonderful inspiration!


Subscription hiatus

Rather big news for us—for the first time in 4 years, starting at the end of June we are going to take a brief hiatus from sending out handmade surprises. This move will be occurring in order for us to focus-in on our concept and connect with new wonderful handmade artists and explore exciting new handmade gifts to delight our customers with come 2015.

I’m a current subscriber—how will this affect me?

If you have an ongoing subscription, once your account charge has gone through for your June surprises (the charge will occur sometime in May), we will be placing the subscription on hold on our end.  You do not need to do anything, but should alert your recipient of this change.  The last surprises you will receive will be in June 2014.

If you paid upfront for a certain number of months that extends beyond June, we will be issuing refunds at the end of June for any of those outstanding months.  The last surprises you will receive will be in June 2014.

I want to start a subscription—how will this affect me?

The only difference is that we are not currently offering recurring subscriptions—you can only purchase 1 or 2 months upfront.  The bonus detail is, previously there was a $5 sign-up fee for single-month orders, but we’ve gotten rid of that during this time.

When will you be starting up surprise subscriptions again?  What will have changed?

We’re looking at early or mid-2015.  We aren’t quite sure yet of what the exact changes will be, but we will most likely only take an exclusive number of subscribers—around 100 total.  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter by clicking here to stay updated.  Our previous loyal customers and newsletter subscribers will be given a 2 week early-bird notice once we do re-open, prior to the general public.

Other details

Our email support will be reduced, so instead of receiving responses within a few minutes or hours as you are used to, it will probably be closer to 4-5 business days.

Sign up for the final two months

Click here

Giveaway: Handmade gold heart dangle earrings!

Handmade gold heart dangle earrings

We’ve been lucky enough to pair up with handmade artist VenaDiAmore, who is offering these wonderful handmade gold heart dangle earrings as a prize to one lucky winner!

To enter, simply share this blog post on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest using the buttons below, and then comment letting us know you did!

Winner announced Friday April 11th via this blog—so be sure to sign up for updates in the sidebar —>

Fair Ivy teaches succulent arrangements at Whole Foods!

Cute succulent arrangements in cups

This past Sunday (March 30, 2014!), Whole Foods invited Fair Ivy owner Lucy (that’s me) to teach eager crafters about a fun way to personalize your dinner place settings.  The DIY Dinner event was connected with Whole Foods’ new online publication called Dark Rye.

I decided to combine three of my favorite things to create this DIY class:

  1. Crafting
  2. Upcycling (definition: The process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful.)
  3. Succulents!

So I headed to the art store, the thrift store, and my own garden to gather the materials.  Check out the photos from the successful event!

Succulent planters

Twigs for succulent name tags

Succulent collection - how to plant succulents

Washi Tape collection

Dark Rye Whole Foods Presentation by Fair Ivy - Succulent Arrangements

The main materials were:

  • Pots and cups that were upcycled with spray paint
  • Succulents snipped from my own garden as well as from generous friends (you can just put a clipping into the dirt and 90% of the time it will just grow its own roots!)
  • Paper scraps and twigs to create the name cards

Below are a few simple samples I brought to give participants an idea of how these succulent arrangements could be used as DIY dinner table settings—plus, as party favors that guests can take home at the end of the night!

Thrift store dishes upcycled into cute succulent planters!

Dark Rye Whole Foods Presentation by Fair Ivy - Succulent Arrangements

Dark Rye Whole Foods Presentation by Fair Ivy - Succulent Arrangements

Dark Rye Whole Foods Presentation by Fair Ivy - Succulent Arrangements

Whole Foods presentation - Lucy from Fair Ivy

Above: Me in action, teaching the steps.  Below: Whole Foods was generous and provided us with delicious snacks and drinks that were perfect for the warm yet breezy afternoon outdoor event!

Whole Foods snacks

Whole Foods Dark Rye Recipes

Whole foods presentation from Fair Ivy

Succulents in cups

Make a succulent mini planter

Make a succulent mini planter

There were so many wonderful cute succulent arrangements created by all the participants!  Check out some of my favorites below:

Thrift store dishes upcycled into cute succulent planters!

Thrift store dishes upcycled into cute succulent planters!

Thrift store dishes upcycled into cute succulent planters!

DIY succulent planter

DIY succulent planter

Succulents in dishes

Thrift store dishes upcycled into cute succulent planters!

Cute Succulent Arrangements

Succulent how to

It was a ton of fun—a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  A big thanks to Whole Foods for inviting me to teach, and to all the wonderful participants who were so enthusiastic and creative!

Artisan Chocolates and Caramels

Not to sound dramatic or anything, but I have just experienced what heaven tastes like.

It was in the form of artisan chocolates from Pavonia Patisserie.  Not only are these delicious treats a delight to eat, but they come packaged in an adorable way that really lets you know you’re eating something that someone made with great care.






Not a chocolate fan?  Not a problem!  This amazing handmaker makes other delicious treats, too!  How about her



These are treats that would make a perfect birthday present for someone special, or even as a little pick-me-up for a long-distance friend.  Head on over to Pavonia Patisserie for all the details!