It was on a sunny June afternoon in 2007 when Marichelle Burdman (aka wunderlust and marichelle), realized that spending 30 years working in a gray cube wasn’t for her. So she waved goodbye to the corporate world and embarked on a journey to discover her true passion in life. At first, she set her sights on opening a shop, but this quickly evolved into wanting to make things and then wanting to share her experiences with other people in the crafting and design community. As a result, Heart Handmade was born.
How did it start? I was peddling some pouches that I’d made, and after weeks and weeks of dead-ends, I decided to turn my frustration into something positive. I figured there was room for one more blog to help independent designers get noticed, and a couple of months later Heart Handmade was up and running. I really had no idea that I’d end up becoming a full-time blogger!
BEHIND MARICHELLE‘S ETSY PICKS…
It must be because I was born in the tropics, but I am such a wuss when it comes to cold weather. I’m actually surprised that I’ve been able to live in the Northeast for this long! The end of February is always a reassuring time for me — the birds start to sing again and the daylight seems to stick around a bit longer. I start dreaming about packing away my winter coats and my favorite ugly-but-warm Uggs in exchange for flip-flops and sandals. I love it when the seasons change — it brings about a sense of hope, re-invention and the notion that we all have a clean-slate to work from. So I’ve chosen a collection of goodies that signify the welcoming of a new season to come! And don’t forget to spring your clocks forward one hour on March 8 (US/Canada).
Spring evokes thoughts of healing and rejuvenation and this boldandnoble print really inspires me to stride forward with a resilience and hope. It’s also especially relevant given the current global economic climate. By boldandnoble, $49.
I’ve been cooped up in flannels and wool all winter long — I can’t wait until I can put on a super comfy cotton lived-in shirt like this perfect top. By lamixx, $58.
I cannot wait to replace my heavy winter coat with a bright and cheerful scarf like this one for those cool and refreshing spring nights. By adventuresofjr, $170.
If I could wear dresses all year round I would — I love this dress, love the color and it would look great as a transitional outfit with winter/fall boots. By Parsimony, $54.
Nothing says spring better than this beautiful handcrafted ceramic planter filled with an assortment of succulents. These are perfect for those of us without green thumbs. By greenwaredesign, $40.
6. Produce Bag
I can’t wait for the farmer’s markets to start sprouting back up again. These produce bags are perfect for replacing all the tiny plastic bags that start to add up! By ordinarythinks, $5.
I love this postcard — a definite picker-upper! By dazeychic, $3.50.
Have you been hibernating for the past couple of months? Missing a loved one? Why not send them a handwritten note just to say hello? By satsumalynn, $15.
I don’t know about you, but the scent of anything coconut and lime instantly takes me somewhere a little less chilly and a little less gray. These soaps look so luscious, they’re something my winter-weary skin is just screaming for! By onono, $6.
OK, so you didn’t get engaged on New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day. No worries! Take care of it yourself with this amazing ring. By thebeside, $210.
As much as I’d love to redecorate every season, it’s just not possible — so throwing in a couple of new pillowcases always makes me feel like I’ve done something new in the bedroom. I love these hand printed cases. By maramiki, $50.
New season, new projects (old projects that you haven’t gotten to)… I need all the motivation I can get. By orangebeautiful, $12.
Spring cleaning — I hate the idea, but once I get started I can’t stop. These burlap buckets are perfect for organizing just about any clutter! By designsmayamade, $22.
For more of Marichelle’s picks, check out her blog at www.hearthandmadeblog.com. She also recently launched two sister sites at www.hearthomecooked.com and www.hearthitech.com. She has an Etsy shop, wunderlust which carries a new limited series of whimsical treats every month!
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