Friday, 12 December 2008

Hottest Trend this Holiday Season: Take the Handmade Pledge

All of you out there who know (and love) understand the importance and value of the handmade crafted goods - be it clothing, jewelry, furniture, art, or even baked goods. The Handmade Pledge is a pledge that you sign on-line at . Basically you pledge to buy and give all handmade gifts. Not only does this open up the door for artists of all kinds, but especially with times so tight for many people, giving a unique gift of high quality will have a much longer lasting effect than quantity.

Here at the FDL team, I think it's to assume that most of us will be giving or creating gifts ourselves for our loved ones.

We are such a talented group (to toot our own horn) that has a large variety of items to choose from. Many of us are offering holiday specials...wink wink.

So I hope that some of our readers consider signing this pledge if you haven't done so already. I can tell you honestly that everytime I buy a gift the first place I come is to etsy. I know that if I am not giving a friend a piece of my jewelry, that I can find them something awesome here. :)

I Took The Handmade Pledge!

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Blog Revamp.

Just in case you're wondering if you're on the wrong site, you're not! The Fashion, Design and Lifestyle blog has recently been refurbished and we are all very happy with the new look! Here is a screen capture of how it used to look before the revamp, and what a difference!We would also like to give big thanks to hollyillustration, an FDL Team member, for letting us use one of her beautiful fashion illustrations.

Enjoy the new look!

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Paper Dolls (Edition 4): The Big Reveal

FDL Paper Dolls: Fourth Edition
(The Big Reveal!)

The suggestions for the Fourth Edition of the Paper Dolls are in...and here's our fourth virtual fashion outfit a la FDL's Paper Dolls.

It started out with a vintage Inspiration Piece from Rebecca's Art Closet:


Burlap British Bunchie from
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Autumn Cream Wrap from
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Sleeveless Gathered Front Top by
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(suggested by rebecca)
(suggested by rebecca)

About Paper Dolls
Paper Dolls is a new virtual fashion game being hosted by the FDL Street Team blog. In each edition of Paper Dolls, an FDL Team member picks a fashionable inspiration piece and writes a blog post seeking coordinating item suggestions by readers. Reader suggestions can be from ANY seller's shop on Etsy, and are left in the Comments area of the blog post along with links to matching items. Then, when the author has a completed outfit (based on the inspiration piece and the author's picks from the comments), the author writes a follow-up blog post to reveal whole outfit.

Come join the FDL Team again, the Fifth Edition of Paper Dolls is coming soon!