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  1. Staycation
  2. Try This Sweet Escape On For Size
  3. A Nonstop New York Connection
  4. A Polkadot Perfect Gift
  5. We’ll Vouch for These Pouches
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Staycation

Dear Reader,

Thanks and apologies are in order: Thanks to you and the whole Wishing Willow community for your friendship and faithful patronage of our blog, and apologies from us for rather abruptly ceasing our posts recently without a proper explanation.

Beginning this summer Nate has gone back to school. While he works to complete a graduate degree, we have had to put Wishing Willow on hold. In the meantime, however, we hope that all of you, with your wonderful ideas and crazy/creative personalities, will stay in touch with us. You are special friends, and we value each and every one of you.

Our Thanks,

Tara & Nate

P.S. We'll be back :)
    

Try This Sweet Escape On For Size

Just when you thought hand-crafted jewelry could only take so many forms, Yvonne Hoyer of JustAGirl27 slipped from the shadows like a metallurgic rock goddess seizing a smoke-filled stage, and rattled the ceiling again. Well, that might be a bit dramatic, but it was certainly a nice surprise the first time we laid eyes on Hoyer’s work. With a deft touch and an electric sense of contemporary tastes, the Frankfurt-based artisan has rendered a range of hand-wrought objects that sweeps together the quirky, as in the Octo-Bizarre Deluxe necklace; the classy, as in the sensual, softly curved Maryse necklace; and the current, as in her Raindrops of Water earrings.

Even her categories give off a non sequitur sort of charm: Victorian, Gothic, Seaside, Hip Elegance. In each, the evocative names of the items offered, whether as sweetly simple as Chunky Drops of Honey and Gold or as exotic as Sparkling Padparascha Mango (a truly lovely choice of earrings, by the way), leave an impression of uniqueness and originality that is rivaled only by that of the items themselves. And in case the positive impression is lost on any of us here in Wishing Willow world, here’s a little extra something to drive it in even deeper: The lucky winner of today’s giveaway will win a pair of delicate and graceful Golden Leaf Earrings, courtesy of JustAGirl27. To enter, visit Justagirl27.etsy.com, then come back here and tell us about your favorite item in Yvonne's shop. Tell us in an additional post if you subscribe to Wishing Willow, or follow us on Twitter, and "tweet" about the giveaway. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. Contest ends 4/10/09.

Be sure to also enter our giveaways here.
    

A Nonstop New York Connection

It’s practically a crime to keep secrets like this one: Laila Rowe, trusted fashion accessory stop-off for savvy East Coast shoppers since 2003, is a bona fide presence on the internet. Thanks to the brand’s recent focus on the online market, patrons of the New York shop that started the chain will now be rubbing shoulders with style-aware customers from all over cyberspace, browsing with enhanced ease everything from the one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that put Laila Rowe on the map to the devilishly alluring rainboots and footwear that continue to set the company apart. Hats and scarves, gloves and mittens, loungewear, and even umbrellas: Laila Rowe is a kind of paradise for those who live to accessorize, offering unique designs and quality materials at prices far under what one might expect.

And then, of course, there are those trendy, durable handbags that seem so appropriate for the lifestyle of the modern woman. With gorgeous favorites like the eye-catching Genuine Leather Ruched Handbag, the versatile Leather Bag with Pockets or the tastefully bold Large Genuine Leather Handbag waiting to be stuffed full of the odds’n’ends of your days, there’s no shortage of practical accessories to fit your needs. Whatever it takes to round out that outfit you’ve been dying to wear, you’ll probably find it here. And while you enjoy the worry-free shopping experience, here’s something else to enjoy: Laila Rowe is giving a lovely Crocodile Print Faux Leather Clutch to the lucky winner of today’s giveaway (pictured above.) To enter, visit LailaRowe.com, then come back here and tell us about your favorite Day Bag style. Tell us in an additional post if you subscribe to Wishing Willow, or follow us on Twitter, and "tweet" about the giveaway. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. Contest ends 4/08/09.

Be sure to also enter our giveaways here.
    

A Polkadot Perfect Gift

As surely as March tumbles into April in a flurry of raindrops and suddenly-sweet breezes, baby showers will begin filling up our Saturdays (if they haven’t done so already). Need a truly special gift idea? Polkadot Papoose has just released its line of new handcrafted baby slings for the spring, featuring bright, organic patterns and bold, vibrant color combinations. These beautiful and completely reversible slings include the audacious Artemesia, the elegant Juliet, the poetic Maya and the earthy Charlotte, as well as the lovely Frida that features all the uniqueness and depth of its namesake.







Coinciding with the release of these new baby sling styles, Polkadot Papoose is also featuring a 20% off sale on any sling in its collection for Wishing Willow readers, provided that you use the promo code: willow when checking out. Whether you are a customer who is expecting, or simply want to surprise and delight a friend who is, you can expect to find a darling sling that fits your need at Polkadot Papoose. And here's some even better news. Polkadot Papoose is giving away a baby sling of choice to the winner of today's giveaway. To enter, visit PolkadotPapoose.com, then come back here and tell us your top 2 favorite slings in the new Spring line, and also the sling you would like to win. All Spring slings are marked "New!" Tell us in an additional post if you subscribe to Wishing Willow, or follow us on Twitter, and "tweet" about the giveaway. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. Contest ends 4/07/09.

Be sure to also enter our giveaways here.
    

We’ll Vouch for These Pouches

Freshening up one’s accessories for the spring doesn’t have to mean mortgaging that already-twice-mortgaged house for a ridiculously expensive, oversized Italian purse. It could, rather, be as simple as accenting with a small but classy, fashionably cute, and sensibly priced handcrafted handbag freshly acquired online. Now, what if we told you such a thing could be found in Missouri? Take that, Milan. Thanks to Kansas City-based Nicole of Ni-Chern Designs, being spring-ready has never been easier.

With a full line of pouches sized from extra small to medium and featuring zesty, off-the-easel motifs such as geometric orange, brown motifs, and circles and dots, Ni-Chern has made it possible to blister the boardwalks and plaza sidewalks of your hometown this season with an aura of originality, free thinking, and yes, fashion sense—all at a fraction of the price at which noticeability is usually bought. And as long as you’re browsing, it’s well worth the time it takes to check out Ni-Chern Design's wristlets, coin pouches, key fobs, and other carrying accessories, not to mention the earrings that round out the site. Sagging economies are a fact of life, but sagging self-confidence doesn’t have to be. Give yourself something special this spring from Ni-Chern’s adorable collection. It might be just the stimulus you need to get life going again.

Visit NiChernDesigns.etsy.com
    

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