For Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts, Buy Handmade

February is Black History Month and I’m kicking it off with a shout out to the new EAOC (Etsy Artists of Color) street team on  These artists of color work in all art mediums (jewelry, photography, metal, fiber, clay, paper, etc.) and have created some truly unique and amazing handmade items.  A breathtaking cyberspace tour of art from each member of the EAOC group awaits you on their blog.  

Rho’s Stuff (Etsy) – Brandi is the owner of Rho’s Stuff which has a unique selection of art, jewelry, and handmade cards.  Her “Nappy Valentine’s Day” card is too cute and a must have this Valentine’s Day for those of us who love and appreciate natural hair.  This artist  is obviously adept in more than just one art medium as her pencil/fantasy art prints are amazing.  To see more of them, make sure you also visit

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  1. Set of Three 5×7 Winged Heart Fantasy Art Notecards, $6.00
  2. Nappy Valentines Day Funny Afrocentric Handmade Notecard w/Envelope, $4.00.
  3. Hello Love -Valentine Heart Note Card, $4.00

Marcia’s Passion (Etsy) – Marcia Palmer is a very talented polymer clay artist.  For over 30 years, this self-taught artist has explored many mediums; fabric, dyes, clay, and paper just to name a few.  She incorporates captivating colors and designs into her “Art from the Heart” which includes art pins, magnets, pendants, rings, bracelets, etc.  The heart pendants are gorgeous and make perfect Valentine’s Day gifts (hint to hubby).  Marcia is also a proud member of the Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy, so please check out the website at  

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  1. Heart Pendant, $18.00.  The designs in this hand formed heart pendant were made using the Japanese metal working technique, Mokume Gane, adapted to polymer clay.  Gold, copper, silver, and black polymer clay were used.  This pendant measures approximately 2″L x 1″W (5cm x 2.5cm). 
  2. Love Letters Pin, $14.00.  A faux ivory heart pin embossed with words of love, or any words you wish to imagine.  The pin measures approx. 2.5″L x 1.25″W (6cm x 3cm). It is 1/8″ thick (4mm).
  3. Mokume Gane Heart Pendant, $14.00.  This pendant measures approximately 1.5″L x 1.25″W (3.75cm x 3cm) and approximately 1/4″ thick.  Silver metal leaf adds highlights throughout the pendant.
  4. Midnight Love, $10.00.  The pendant was designed by embossing a sheet of black polymer clay with a textured pattern and then applying blue, green, and silver metallic powders.  This pendant measures approximately 1.50″L x 1.5″W (4.8cm x 3.8cm). It is approx. 3/16″ thick (5mm).

Jes Playin (Etsy) – Yetunde Rodriguez is a multitalented artist loves sewing, woodworking, soapmaking, knitting, crocheting, and jewelrymaking.  Her utilization of traditional African symbols in her jewelry is impressive.  I enjoyed looking at the jewelry, as well as reading the names of the African symbols and their meanings.  Stay tuned for Jes Playin’s new line of paper goods all based on traditional African symbols done with a modern contemporary flair.   Stationery, paper lanterns, and other home goods which will be added and available March 1, 2008. 

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  1. Red Bamboo Bracelet, $12.00.  Make a bold statement with this simple cuff.  Funky, chunky, and environmentally friendly bamboo is also lightweight.  It stands approximately 1.75″ tall with a 7.5″ length.
  2. Dwennimmen Bracelet, $15.00.  This bracelet is inspired by the Adinkra symbol “Dwenimmen”.  Dwenimmen” is the symbol for strength of mind, body, and spirit, as well as humility and wisdom. 
  3. a. & b.  Funmi – Lariat WaistLace, $35.00 – Funmi” (Yoruba for ‘give me’) is unique in that it is one size fits most. No sizing issues to worry about, and no clasps to fumble with.  Beaded rope of 100 inches folds over itself to ‘clasp’ lasso-like, snug (or loose) against your waist.  The remainder just hangs loose only to shimmy and shake as you glide.   This piece can also be used as a necklace or bracelet!
  4. Clasp-free Turquoise Bead Necklace with Wooden Pendant, $15.00.  Simply wind the necklace around your neck and slip the pendant through the fold of the necklace, and wahla! it’s on.  It’s that simple to put on.  The pendant is approximately 2″ in diameter.

One response to this post.

  1. Everything looks great! I definitely have to take a closer look at everything. Thanks so much for including my hearts.♥


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