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Some ideas for Black Friday shopping

 what could be better than a VINTAGE gift?! it will surely be unique and have value to it. Here are some items from FELICESERENO, one of my favorite ETSY shops


I'm architect in profession, specialized in acoustics&noise control. I fulfill my profession currently in my own office, in Istanbul Turkey (

As a matter of my profession design is always with  me professionally; but apart from profession I'm always designing small household goods, women apparels such as jewelries, accessories etc. as a hobby. I enjoy handcrafting very much; as soon as i found a small gap of time, or in case of having a pending problem in my mind, i set out crafting. It's like a therapy...
 it’s also a kind of “solution resolver” for me; it works, thereby i have inspirations for creative solutions. Some architectural way of solutions even crosses my mind during handcrafting.
I like always creating. My works concerning women accessories, I can say  I create upon my mood, i.e. not high fashion stuffs, but unique ones for those who wants themselves private. When I got a positive feedback about my stuff I feel my self very happy!


My favorite leisure activities are making covered buttons for all kinds of creations (of course), mosaics, reading, antique and thrift shopping, and playing in the garden.

Cover Button City features a large variety of cover buttons, jewelry findings, bobby pins and related craft supplies.

Here is a link to my store CoverButtonCIty
Free Shipping: Friday through Monday (cyber Monday)


We are a mother & daughter team, who love creating original jewelry designs. Daughter began creating beaded jewelry in 2004. In 2009, daughter enrolled in classes with a professional metalsmith. Mother joined the world of jewelry design in 2007, with daughter's instruction. Together they launched A List Designs in 2010.  A List Designs offers handcrafted earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings using sterling silver, 14k gold fill, precious/semi-precious  gemstones and pearls. Custom made sterling silver metal work is also available.

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alistdesigns said…
Love your blog!! Thank you again for including A List Designs on it! :)
Carolyn said…
Beautiful ideas here. Can't wait to go shopping! I look forward to visiting your blog often. Thanks again for featuring my Cover Button City Sale!

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