Thursday, May 31, 2012

Figs & Ginger

Before we get started here, take a look at my new blog layout! Click here if you're in Google Reader or something so you can see how adorable it is. I've been working on customizing it all day from PuglyPixel.com's Rum Raisin blogger template and I'm very happy with it. Since there's no longer a sidebar, you'll be able to find links to my current Etsy lineup, contact information, and social networks at the way bottom of this blog.

This is the first installment of a new type of post I've been meaning to try on this blog, a yet-to-be-named segment (leave your name ideas in the comments!) in which I feature a seller of handmade products that I particularly enjoy. I spend a lot of time shopping on Etsy and on other similar websites that sell handmade goods, and many of these items keep me inspired and excited about designing my own things to make. Tonight, I'm going to start out with an indie business that I've been a huge supporter of for years: Figs and Ginger.


When I was in college, one of my roommates sent me a link to FigsandGinger.com because she thought their jewelry would be up my alley. I checked them out, bought a beautiful Elliot Bird Necklace, and since then have acquired a kind of ridiculous amount of pieces from their gorgeous collection. They're also big Harry Potter fans, which gets them major points with me.

Everything this husband and wife team creates is inspired by nature and has this elegant simplicity to it that I really just can't resist. I had never found a jewelry store that fit so well within my style as Figs and Ginger has. Their pieces are the perfect size for me, as I'm a bit of a tomboy and I prefer tiny, adorable jewelry if I wear any at all. Also, because most of their pieces are made of sterling silver with a blackened patina, it's easy to mix and match the various items I've bought from them over the years. I bought my mom the necklace in the top right corner of the above photo for Mother's Day one year and she loved it so much that she cried.

When it came time to shop for wedding bands with my husband, I knew exactly who to ask. After a few Facebook messages and emails back and forth, a package with Figs and Ginger his-and-hers wedding bands made its way to Rhode Island. The bands have this really subtle and beautiful tree bark-like texture, and we absolutely love them.

Photo by La Moda Studio

Another thing that's really great about this awesome little company is that they are a "Green Business"! They even run a holiday promotion where you can get a free piece of jewelry if you plant a tree. For more information and details on the ways they're looking out for the environment, click here.

Figs and Ginger started out just making jewelry and have recently started branching out to paper products and gorgeous wood decorations for weddings. Personally, I'm really excited to see what they create next! To see what they have for sale, visit FigsandGinger.com. They're also on Etsy!

I've got a lot more awesome home businesses in mind to feature in posts like this in the future, but if you know of any great ones that I might not have heard of, leave them in the comments! I'm leaving for summer tour next week, so while I'll be kind of limited in things I've made myself that I can post about, I think it's possible that I'll be able to keep posting about things that other people make. Don't worry though... when I get back home, I'll be making plenty of things so I can fill up my Etsy shop again.

And don't forget... starting my birthday, June 1st, you'll be able to buy tiny owl plushies for 48 hours on laurenfairweather.storenvy.com!

5 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh. That necklace with the whale on it is so cute! Their jewelry kind of reminds me of Modcloth.

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    1. That's one of my absolute favorites. That would explain why I like Modcloth so much too! :)

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  2. Super cute jewelry!! Oh my goodness.

    Your new blog look is so freaking adorable. I love it and just had to comment about it. You put so much hard work into your projects, and the end results are always a joy to experience. :) There's nothing more awesome than someone doing something they absolutely love.

    Not so good with naming things but here is some of my brain vomit haha~ FFFave (the first 2 FF's being Fairweather Friends, of course), spotlight, highlight, promo, plug, likes, limelight, on cloud 9, silver lining, some other cloud/weather related idiom haha.

    Happy birthday and take the US by storm on your tour!! xD!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! One of the great things about getting to spend so much time doing what I love is that I can get enough practice to really improve. I've been really happy with the results of that lately. I'm so glad you like it!

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  3. Thanks for sharing this great content, I really enjoyed the insign you bring to the topic, awesome stuff!

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