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If you’re skipping the lines and crowds today, you can still shop!  Just think “small”.  I’d say “local” but with this being a cyber community, we’re all over.  So I’ll use the word “small” instead.  Like small business.  I urge you to remember that great gifts can be found at  your local businesses, and online by wonderful artisans and curators.  Let’s support each other, instead of just spending our dollars at big businesses (I’m certainly not preaching — I know I’ve ordered my fair share from Amazon last week!).  The best part is, usually the lines are shorter at your local small businesses, and there are NO lines online!  (And you don’t have to change out of your comfy pants.  I do best online shopping that way!)

Etsy is a great place to look for unique gifts.  Don’t forget about the Etsy shops I’ve featured, all of which offer amazing products: Kerry Steele Fine Art, Denmark West, PopcelonaLucite Leg Creations, and Mapleton Drive.  And, of course, Pursuing Vintage has a lot of great items in the shop – lots of decor right now!

We’ll do a Thanksgiving recap next week – but for now, enjoy the holiday weekend!

~Kristen

 

I have had two amazing days!  Yesterday I opened my mail to find this adorable and glam acrylic box from Kelly at Mapleton Drive!

Mapleton Drive Box

Here’s a close up – isn’t it terrific?!

Mapleton Drive Acrylic Box

Be sure to check out Mapleton Drive for some great holiday gift ideas!

Today, I opened my door to find another package.  Inside was this beautiful painting by Kerry at Design du Monde.  Last week she had a giveaway, and I won!  I never win anything!  I’m so glad that the first time I won something it was a Kerry Steele original!  I couldn’t be a happier girl!

Kerry Steele Floral

Thank you so much Kelly and Kerry!  My house just got ten times prettier this week!

~Kristen

I am so excited about featuring Mapleton Drive today, that I can’t even wait to show you these creative and beautiful pieces!  Go ahead!  Take a look and get excited, too!

Orange Lacquered Box – Mapleton Drive

 

Black Lacquer Box – Mapleton Drive

 

Office Supply Container – Mapleton Drive

 

White Lacquer Round Box – Mapleton Drive

 

Crystal Druzy Lucite Napkin Rings – Mapleton Drive

 

Set of 2 White Lacquer Stacking Boxes – Mapleton Drive

 

Lucite Box with Crystal Cluster – Mapleton Drive

 

Pink Lacquer Box — Mapleton Drive

 

Lucite Jewelry Box — Mapleton Drive

 

Kelly Wheat is the woman with the vision behind Mapleton Drive.  With a background in the talent business and penchant for devouring fashion magazines, Kelly started creating her own jewelry pieces.  That’s right – jewelry!  Kelly’s decorative boxes are what brought me to Mapleton Drive, but then I realized that her awesome sense of style extends into beautiful necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and even hair accessories!

Black Tassel Necklace – Mapleton Drive

 

Crystal Quartz Cluster – Mapleton Drive

 

Long Green Malachite Earrings – Mapleton Drive

 

Huge Blue Geode Slice Necklace – Mapleton Drive

 

Mala Inspired Bracelet – Mapleton Drive

 

Green Adventurine Tear Drop Pendant – Mapleton Drive

 

Black Onyx Horn Earrings – Mapleton Drive

 

Turquoise Rock Necklace – Mapleton Drive

 

Big Pearl Hair Accessory – Mapleton Drive

 

Faceted Jade Rectangle Necklace – Mapleton Drive

 

Long Hot Pink Feather Earrings – Mapleton Drive

 

Isn’t everything amazing?  I love Kelly’s use of natural elements juxtaposed with bright colors.  So feminine, yet edgy.

I asked Kelly a few questions, and here’s what she had to say:

Pursuing Vintage: How did you get started creating such beautiful things?

Kelly Wheat: I started a year ago with my Etsy site, selling jewelry. Pushed by family and friends…. almost a dare really.

Pursuing Vintage: How did you bridge that into decor?

Kelly Wheat: I am addicted to fashion mags and have spent thousands of hours (and probably dollars) to reach the following conclusion: fashion, jewelry and home decor are all interconnected. Home decor trends start on the runway. It shares or even steals ideas, textures and fabrics from the fashion world. Here is an example. One day I just followed my creative fashion sense with a goal of creating something functional and cool to hide those ugly remote controls piled upon my coffee table. My solution: a decorative lacquer box with a natural flair. Bye Bye clickers!

Pursuing Vintage:  What a great solution!  So, I have to ask – why geodes?

Kelly Wheat: I love all elements of nature. Rocks and shells fascinate me by their beauty… I love them!

Here is Kelly’s remote box.  Stunning!

The Remote Box – Mapleton Drive

 

Are you smitten with Kelly and Mapleton Drive?  I know I am!  I think I’ll be hinting to my husband that he can start Christmas shopping for me here (Honey, that’s your hint– just click on any photo above and order it for me!).

Be sure to follow Kelly on Pinterest (obviously she has great taste! I can’t wait to see her pins!).  You can also follow Mapleton Drive on Facebook.

Now run on over to Mapleton Drive on Etsy and see all of the great jewelry and decor!

~Kristen