news from effie's studio

New Cashmere Added to the Shop! Nov. 15, 2016

Lots of cashmere goodies have just been listed in the shop! Most are one-of-a-kind, so order early to avoid disappointment! Shop Cashmere.

Sending a Gift?

If your loved ones are far away and you're mailing gifts, shipping can add a whole other layer of stress. Skip the lineup at the post office and let me ship your gift directly to them!
I wrap all gift orders & enclose a complimentary gift note with your personal message. Just leave a note at the checkout and I'll write it on a gift card and send the package directly to the recipient!

Coming Up: Pop-Up Market in Wolfville, NS - Saturday Nov. 14, 2015

I'm looking forward to heading to the Valley this Saturday for a 1-day Etsy pop-up market! With such an awesome list of makers, it'll be a great chance to get started on that Christmas list!

2014 Wrap Up & What's New for 2015!

Hello, friends, and a belated Happy New Year!  During these slower (colder!) winter months, I wanted to take a minute to look back on the past year, and then let you know what I'm working on for 2015.
In 2014, I set out to make & list a new item every week throughout the year.  I figured it'd be a great way to keep things fresh & interesting, and hey, I love a challenge. By the end of the year I'd listed well over 60 new items - hurray!
2014 new items by effie handmade
It was a lot of fun to challenge myself like that, but this year I want to do something a little different.  While most of last year's new listings were variations of my best sellers (yoga mat bags, travel jewelry organizers, etc), this year I want to work on some other ideas I've had percolating for a while, so I'm challenging myself to design & create four totally new items in 2015 (roughly one per season/quarter of the year).  I'm excited about taking the time to play around with new ideas/materials/techniques - you know, the fun stuff that normally gets pushed to the back burner! 
Today I wanted to properly introduce the first brand new item for 2015, these deliciously cozy cashmere cowls:
I've talked about my obsession with cashmere before, and this is the latest project borne from that love! These cashmere scarves are seriously the warmest, softest, most snuggly thing you could ever want to wear.  I won't lie, I kind of want to keep them all for myself (or maybe curl up in them for a nap!)
Each one is one-of-a-kind, and they're available here.  Currently available in range of colour combos, so there are lots of options!
In addition to their supreme softness and warmth, they're versatile, too!
Whether as a treat for yourself or to spoil someone you love, cashmere makes a great gift! 

Crazy about Cashmere

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may have already noticed my cashmere obsession.  If not, welcome!  :)

I absolutely LOVE it - nothing feels softer or more indulgent than plush, felted cashmere!  I look for old, past-their-prime sweaters especially, but as long as it's 100% cashmere and I like the colour, I'll usually snap it up.  Once I get them home, I carefully inspect and repair each piece, then felt (basically shrink) them until they’re even thicker and softer than they started out (for supreme coziness!).  

For the past few years, I’ve been making cashmere hot water bottle covers to sell during the holiday season, and this year’s selection is larger than ever!  Most of them are still one-of-a-kind, though, so if you see one you like, don’t wait! Check them out here.

This year I've also been working on designing some new cashmere goodies, because the piles (and shelves, and bins...) of super soft cashmere are just too fabulous to resist. It's not the easiest material to work with, but it's a lot of fun!  Watch for some new items to make an appearance soon - and leave a comment below if there's a cozy item you'd like to see made from cashmere!