North Carolina Artisans Directory

This is a directory of Artisans from North Carolina that participated in this year's North Carolina Artisans Event on Kaeli's Kiwis. This directory is a great resource for exploring the online retail shops of local artists and finding unique handcrafted gifts for loved ones!

Butter Beads Design Studio
features beautiful handmade jewelry created by owner, designer, and stay at home mom, Ellie. Her bead work is exquisite, and she loves making jewelry for her repeat customers. Her most popular piece is her Akimbo necklace that can be worn in three different ways. She also makes chokers, earrings, bracelets and more. Live in the Raleigh, NC area? Ellie also does home shows. You may also see her around at local craft fairs.
 Her current product prices range from $36 to $46.

Darlin Details is an Etsy shop specializing in custom T-shirts for kids and more. They sent  me a 2T blue T-shirt with a polka dot dinosaur decal for review.

The fabric dino decal appears to be backed and attached in an iron-on style and then given a stitched border as a design element.  This is a popular style right now for handmade onesies and toddler tees and I prefer the fabric appliques to some of the plastic iron-on styles I have seen that can crack and fade. I also like that the decal is backed with an adhesive so the edges won't fray around the stitched border. I also really like the modern print selected for this shirt and the blue polka dots color pallet matches perfectly with the base T-shirt color selected. The shape of the dino is childlike and sweet, a contrast to the typical sharp clawed, toothy T-Rex found on other retail options for dinosaur toddler tees. I can appreciate my baby's clothes staying sweet and childlike sometimes (as cool as he does look in that motorcycle emblazoned button-up with a guitar applique across the back), I'm not ready for him to grow up so fast!

Darlin Details does more than just kids clothes, they also do monogramming, bags and totes, jerseys, and sports/college collections in infant through adult sizes. A really cute idea is Darlin' Details' "house divided" tees with two sports teams. In our house that would be Dallas Cowboys for my husband and Denver Broncos for my side. My dad would love to see Logan sport that shirt for our next football party. Prices range from $10 - $50.

Holly&Sage is an jewelry boutique. You can find great gifts in the beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and earrings at this store. Among the more traditional beaded items and a wide variety of stylish pendant necklaces you can find unique pieces including Earth Mama Organic "mommy" necklaces, popular new wrap bracelets, bracelets made of buttons or old coins, hand-painted porcelain pendants, and on occasion, non-jewelry items such as money holders or fingerless gloves. While visiting the shop, sign up to receive Holly&Sage's newsletter. Prices range from $6.50 to $46.00

Bohemian Earth

A beautiful nature-inspired jewelry boutique on, Bohemian Earth artist Jameela uses a wide color palette of mostly semi-precious stones including blue turquoise, amethyst, and multicolored varieties of jasper. You may also occasionally find vintage Lucite and contemporary cinnabar, wooden pieces, or pieces with oriental coin accents. There are selections for those who like big, chunky jewelry and pieces for those who like minimal, lightweight designs. Most pieces are limited editions, great for a bridal party, or one-of-a-kind treasures such as a semi-precious stone necklace with vermeil and 22k gold-over-brass accents. My personal favorite are her pieces that instantly take you away to another country such as Morocco, Nepal, or Greece. Price range from $10.00 to $120.00.

Snuggly Monkey Co. 

An boutique featuring the creations of working mom and entrepreneur Claudia, who gets her inspiration from her daughters and her love of bold, bright colors. Visitors to Snuggly Money Co. will find a variety of great items for the whole family including retractable ID badge holders, gift tags, coil baskets, and creative playtime toys. Snuggly Monkey Co. also creates Ouchie Pouches: flaxseed filled cold/hot packs perfect for soothing a little one's boo-boos. Claudia uses a variety of fabrics and you will find cute animals, modern prints, and prints that evoke a homey feeling. She delights in the smiles her creations bring to children. Prices range from $0.50 to $40.00

Affordable Wonders

 Affordable Wonders is an boutique and more; the company website offers knitting and crocheting tutorials, owner/creator Cristina's blog, additional products for crafting, and more. Visitors to the website can also find customer tutorials, and you can join the site to keep up with the latest from this company. Cristina's most popular item in her Etsy boutique is an adorable Mickey and Minnie Mouse-Inspired Diaper Cover and Hat set. She sells the crochet pattern for the set as well. Her shop consists mostly of knit items such as hammocks and outfits great for photo props, blankets, and clothing. You can find ready-to-ship items, patterns, or request a custom made item. In addition to knits you will find intricately beaded flowers and butterfly ornaments made to worn as hair accessories for special occasions or corsages for prom and other formals. Prices range from $2.99 to $43.50.

Comfy Home Creations 

Open for business since 2008, Raleigh-based Comfy Home Creations is a baby and girl's clothing boutique on Erika, a full-time mom, full-time medical assistant, and part-time clothing designer, begin sewing in 2009 when her husband bought her a sewing machine for her birthday. Sewing came naturally and she enjoyed making clothes for her own girls and friends so much that she decided to open her own Etsy boutique. Her favorite fabrics to work with are cotton or corduroy, so just like her shop name suggests, the outfits she makes are sure to be comfy. You will find adorable dresses and outfits in colorful prints when you shop this boutique. Planning a trip to Disney? Erika's most popular item is a Minnie Mouse-inspired outfit. While you will mostly find girl's clothing, you can pick up a cute necktie onesie while shopping for baby boy as well. Custom orders are welcome. Prices range from $10.00 to $29.00.

CPCrochetBasket: Necie's Unique Works of Art 

Necie's shop is an eclectic shop featuring the creations, paintings, and photography of Denise Pittman. Denise (Necie) is a retired teacher, mother, and an artist to the very depths of her soul. By looking at the works in her shop you can tell she was committed fully to creating each piece, capturing the full spectrum of color through the knit of her hands, the stroke of colored pencil in her fingers, or the camera in her hands. Art and creativity have always been her passion and it shows.
If you are a crafter your self you may find supplies and books you need while browsing Necie's shop.  Ready to order items in the shop include photography, color pencil art pieces, knit scarf and hat sets, knit baby cocoons for keeping your little one warm or using for a photo prop, felted purses, and my personal favorite: a crafters measuring tape covered in a knitted holder with a colorful flower. Prices range from $1.00 to $50.00.


  Jewelry by Jennifer Pride is an studio featuring jewelry supplies and one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry. When she was between jobs, Jennifer returned to an old hobby while looking for something to keep herself and her hands busy. A North Carolina native with a background in geology, Jennifer has always had an an eye for jewelry design and her imagination drives her creations. She says, "I'll be strolling along in the bead shop and I'll see something that I have to have because I immediately see it for what it can become. My Peruvian Pink Opal earrings are a prime example. What I saw was not a bowl of pink beads. I saw a beautiful pair of earrings: soft pink paired with pale blue-green." In her shop you will mostly find pieces made from semi-precious stones, glass, crystal, silver, and copper. Jennifer likes to think her items appeal to those who like simple and understated as well as those who like their jewelry bold and funky. Prices range from $1.50 to $50.00.

Phenomenal Creations  

Owner and artist Amber is a "jill of all trades", and a crafter with 20 years experience. Spending her childhood watching her grandmother crochet and her mother sew, Amber followed in their footsteps and over the years has dabbled in all sorts of craft niches from jewelry making to candle making, hair bows, felt appliques, soaps, and more. With over 150 items, her store on is so much fun to browse with all its different and unique creations; it is a candy land of color with something for everyone. The majority of her sales come from custom orders, so if you see something similar in her shop to what you looking for, feel free to message her and she will make you something perfect. If you are a crafter yourself you can find supplies such as fabric yo-yos and other embellishments useful in creating all sorts of projects. My favorite items in her shop are glass tile and bottle cap pendants. Prices range from $0.35 to $20.00.

Gifting Girls 

A Celtic-inspired store, Gifting Girls on features the creations of first generation Irish-American Shannon. Shannon was influenced creatively by her mother whom she watched sew and draw while growing up. Inspired by childhood summers in Ireland and England, Shannon shares a piece of her heritage with each piece she sells; many of her pieces are made from coins she brought back from those summers. Visitors to Gifting Girls will find will find a great selection of cuff-links, jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, and rings, and pieces for the home including drinking glasses and door-hangers. Best sellers include 3 Pence cuff links that have the Irish Hare and 6 Pence cuff links with the Irish Hound. This a great place to find gifts for groomsmen, father's day, graduation, and St. Patrick's day celebrations. Custom orders are welcome and  Gifting Girls ships its products worldwide. Prices range from $12.99 to $29.99.

Macrame and More by MelanieR at 

An shop named for owner and artist Melanie, visitors to this Etsy shop will find the Knotted Art-N-Wear creations of one very crafty elementary school art teacher and the custom penciled portrait art by her husband Claudiu. This shop is fun, funky, quirky, and retro all the way. Among the 100-plus items for sale you will find hemp macrame and beaded bracelets, earrings, hair clips, necklaces, and more. Many feature glass pendants and different colored or natural hemp, floss or cords woven together to create a natural and earthy accessory. You can even find the occasional macrame wall hanging. Melanie takes custom orders for school or team color fan bracelets in a flossed zigzag woven design. Another great jewelry find is Melanie's Egyptian coil spiraled jewelry in sterling silver, copper, or colored wire. Prices range from $4.00 to $40.00. Claudiu's artwork is individually priced, contact the shop for custom artwork pricing.

The Gretchen Collection

 A whimsical shop operated by Gretchen Krueger. Gretchen creates decorative artwork pieces on canvas using the art of decoupage to add a touch of whimsy to familiar woodland creatures, abstract objects, and depictions of nature. Most of her pieces are ideal for nurseries and children's rooms. Among the artwork you will also find custom letter wall hangings and hair bow holders. She offers a few pieces that would complement any space in the home as well. Her pieces are simplistic and modern. She also offers designs in North Carolina State University patterns, perfect for decorating the dorm room. These would make a great gift for a student headed to college this fall. Order custom designs in other school colors as well! Gretchen also offers some jewelry and accessories such as adjustable chrysanthemum flower filigree cocktail rings and bobby pins. Prices range from $5.00 to $126.00 for a package set of multiple custom pieces for completing a nursery.

Sees The Day is an boutique named for owner and artist Jo Seese who aptly lives by the phrase Carpe Diem. A grandmother who teaches middle school, Jo spends her free time combining her love for both knitting and jewelry to make unique woven beaded bracelets, scarves, hair accessories, and more. Jo loves the personal experience of selling her items to friends, students, even strangers on trains, and she hopes her new Etsy business will help supplement her retirement in 2012. In her shop you can also find a great selection of knit scarves perfect for the change of season, customizable stack-able stretch rings, and flower headbands for babies and girls. Jo happily accepts custom orders. She is also working on adding some bead embroidery pieces to her shop as well so be on the look out for new items to come. Prices range from $9.95 to $45.00.

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