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Christmas in July: Giveaway-Shopping Spree in Italy
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 23:56
As part of my Christmas in July celebration, I am taking you to Italy! To do a little sight-seeing (with the help of my friend Avital Pinnick) and to do a little shopping at EtsyItalia! The winner of my "Christmas in July giveaway - Italian shopping spree" will get to spend $30.00 in any of the EtsyItalia shops listed below and in addition, I am picking up the cost of shipping.
All the shops included here feature beautiful items "hand made in Italy", and were chosen because each one of the owners was kind enough to take the time and make the effort to share stories and images of their own personal hand made nativities (Precepi) for me to share with my readers on Gingerbreadsnowflakes last December.
Find the post here. (If you missed it, you might want to pop over!)
And extra special thanks to Avital Pinnick who has kindly allowed me to illustrate this post with her images. The image above: "Gondola Jam" by Avital Pinnick
Image: "Colored houses of Burano" by Avital Pinnick
To enter to win the "giveaway-shoppng spree", simply leave a comment on this post and answer this question: if you were to actually visit Italy, what would be most important to you to visit - place, region, museum, city, statue, building…. Dream a little! Why not? it's Christmas in July!!
All entries must be posted by midnight PST on July 20th. The shopping spree is open to everyone - including internationals!
Image: Ponto Vecchio, Florence by Avital Pinnick
Please! Enter! And in so doing help me support and appreciate friends who have been so willing to share a part of their own personal Christmas celebrations on Gingerbreadsnowflakes.
Image: "Florence Duomo" by Avital Pinnick
But before we go shopping, won't you join me on a splendid virtual tour of Italy - through the eyes of Avital Pennick. Her images are spectacular! The next best thing to visiting in person!
I am so grateful to Avital for allowing me to share a few samples of her images from Italy in this post. But don't stop here!!! There is so much more to see!!! View her slide show here! And I highly recommend you take the time to visit the entire collection here.
Every time I visit Avital's collection of images I truly feel as if I am right there next to her at the moment she pressed the shutter release. Using the word spectacular to describe her images is seriously insufficient!"
And FYI - she is in the process of curating her images from a recent trip to Dublin and Manchester. You can see the newest additions to the gallery on her blog "This and That" right here, or at Flickr - Dublin here and Manchester here.
Image: "San Gimigamo, Torre Grossa" by Avital Pinnick
And now sip a glass of wine and treat yourself to a little shopping! Visit all the shops below! You will be glad you did!
Frederica's shop "fredrica creations" is a wonderland of adorable felt creations! You will find the cutest tic tac toe game ever, precious owl bags for little girls, sweet, sweet, sweet felt baby shoes, crochet earrings and even original art!
Paola can be found at her shop "atelierpompadour" - also known as plush stuffed animal heaven"! Right now bunches of clever, whimsical stuffed felt mice seem to have taken over the shop! And each one is wearing a stylish little hand made outfit!
Roberta creates lampwork and hollow glass bead and aluminum jewelry. Every simgle piece is a work of art! No two alike and each one more beautiful than the last. Visit her shop "amabito" - like me, you will probably find at least ten items you don't want to live without!!!
Marta is a macreme magician!!! And in her shop "Utilart Macrame", you will find macrame like you might never have seen it before!!! I do not remember seeing anything this creative and beautiful during the Macrame Era!! Her errings are tiny works of art and the tropical fish - OMG!
In Margherita's shop "little daisy and company" you will find patterns to knit and crochet and lovely hand made items including tunisian crochet belts, crocheted orgami cranes and sweet little hand bags. Be sure to check out her patterns for wonderfully unique three dimensional crochet flowers.
Christina specializes in making stunning, brightly colorful Geometric Wood Jewelry and unique little ACEO Floral Illustrations ( ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals - a tiny card art that you can collect, gift or trade with others collectors.) Your eyes will be happy you ventured into her shop, "Lettera Sy"
Enter Silvia's shop, "Madame Renard" to find an eclectic collection of unique and beautiful items created from fabric - often recycled! Silvia loves to embroider and many items are embellished with embroidery including sweet little wallets and tiny star ornaments. And if you are into one of a kind clutches and bags - this is the place to shop!!!
If you are enchanted by miniatures - especially those of you with dollhouses in the family - you will want to visit Roberta in her shop "Mairi Tales". Her miniatures are unlike any you have seen before - each tiny, precious and hand made. Think: 'shabby chic butterfly wreath', 'Tillandsia air plant', 'Lavender beauty basket', 'Crystal ball' and 'Custard pie'!!
Diana is into felting! And when visiting her shop "Diacraft" it is obvious that she is a very skilled felt maker, and she has a delightful sense of humor! My particular favorites - her amusing little owls and clever little kitty cats with big bobble eyes! Be sure to check out her gorgeous white felt planters - they are on sale!!
Thank you for for taking the time to enter the shopping spree! And for visiting the EtsyItalia Shops and enjoying Avital's brilliant photography.
One of the things I enjoy the MOST about blogging is sharing the work and talent of others I meet in the blogisphere.
Happy Christmas in July!