Happy Monday readers! Today is super special! I finally get to show off this amazing project I have been working on the past few months. So, without further ado, I introduce to you Handpicked Handmade (check it out in the top right of the nav bar)!

Handpicked Handmade is an all new guide dedicated to bringing you the best of the best in handmade weddings. All the designers in the guide are handmade artisans who create the beautiful, must-have wedding items. One of the biggest complaints I hear from brides is that, especially with sites like Etsy, it is difficult to sort through all of the ‘stuff’ to find the amazing handmade gems. Handpicked Handmade is going to be filled with the best, reliable, and top-quality handmade designers, so you can be sure you will find that perfect something special. From the most beautiful garters made from vintage lace to tasty homemade carmel favors, this new guide is perfect for the bride who wants her wedding filled with meaningful details that her and her guests will be sure to cherish and enjoy. Items that are made with love for your day of love.

In celebration of this new guide, I’ve got a giveaway from an amazing Handpicked Handmade designer, Paloma’s Nest. You may have seen their beautiful designs around the blogosphere. Their beloved Ring Bearer Bowls are just the sweetest, and a must for the modern vintage bride. Not only are these pieces unique, but it is something you can love and use far after the ceremony.

Today I am giving away one of their lovely Original Ring Bearer Bowls, winner’s choice, up to a $50 value. (Open to US readers only)

Want to know how to win? Pop on over to Handpicked Handmade and check out all the awesome designers. (While you’re there be sure and check out their sites and like and follow them on Facebook and Twitter too!) Then come back here and comment on which designer you are most excited to see in the guide!

Get an extra entry if you share Handpicked Handmade on Facebook or Twitter. Just add another comment with a link to the share.

Giveaway is open until next Sunday the 15th at midnight eastern time. The winner will be announced that following Wednesday. Good luck to everyone! I’ve got another great giveaway coming later this week that you won’t want to miss either!

I really hope you all enjoy and get good use out of this new guide to find that perfect something special! This was a real labor of love for me and supporting great handmade designers has become a passion of mine. I know you all will fall in love with these designers as much as I have! Be sure to check back in on Handpicked Handmade regularly, as I hope to add more fabulous designers to share with you! I also have to give a huge shout out and hugs to Carolynn from Two Brunettes for the gorgeous design of the site, and to Otis from Example 7 for making it come to life! They really are the dream team!

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  1. Liz
    July 9, 2012 8:22 am

    I am most excited to see Ruby & Willow's paper designs on your Handpicked Handmade designers!
  2. Liz
    July 9, 2012 8:34 am

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/LizBennettH/status/222307621217107968
  3. Erin S
    July 9, 2012 12:10 pm

    So excited about Handpicked Handmade!! I'm excited to see Mamie + James on the site!
  4. Alicia
    July 9, 2012 12:23 pm

    I LOVE this idea! Congrats- I can't wait to see all your finds!
  5. Amy
    July 9, 2012 1:29 pm

    I am excited to see Elva Fields in the Handpicked Handmade. Their jewelry designs are beautiful! It's nice to have this guide available to help sort through all of the designers that are out there! On a side note: I have been swooning over Paloma’s Nest for months now! I adore their designs and would love to integrate them into my wedding day!
  6. Amy
    July 9, 2012 1:31 pm

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/aprenti3/status/222382446900031490
  7. Connie | Daydream In Color
    July 9, 2012 1:55 pm

    I love Holly Stalder's designs. They are so femenine and pretty!
  8. Margaret
    July 9, 2012 2:50 pm

    This is way too precious for words! Thanks for such an awesome giveaway and such an exciting feature. I am so excited for Elva Fields--been a fan of her work for a long time.
  9. Bev
    July 9, 2012 3:46 pm

    Ruby & Willow's Paper Goods are beautiful...I'm excited to see them featured! What a wonderful addition to your website and a wonderful giveaway!
  10. Allison
    July 9, 2012 6:50 pm

    I love to see Ruby and Willow - their invitation sets are adorable! (and I love LOVE the ring bearer bowl above, too!)
  11. Allison
    July 9, 2012 6:51 pm

    Tweeted! http://bit.ly/PD1qNc
  12. kristind
    July 9, 2012 8:40 pm

    Just received a ring bearer pillow from Emici Bridal so I'm so thrilled to see them on the list because they are truly the best at what they do - gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
  13. kristind
    July 9, 2012 8:42 pm

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/LOAH12/status/222490737663676417
  14. Kaitlin Boles
    July 9, 2012 9:14 pm

    I'm excited to see personalized family or textile wall plaque! I love the custom bouquet flower text tile as well! Love this giveaway! Thank you for allowing me to enter this giveaway! Good luck to everyone who enters!
  15. Shanda Kendall
    July 9, 2012 9:40 pm

    I am most excited about go against the grain !
  16. Shanda Kendall
    July 9, 2012 9:41 pm

    https://twitter.com/KShanda/status/222505762092625922 Tweeted :)
  17. Kelli
    July 9, 2012 9:54 pm

    After looking at them all like a thousand trillion times I love the section about details and I'm addicted to Dureya Place Design (I love her story posted) and Paloma's Nest!
  18. Kelli
    July 9, 2012 9:56 pm

    I shared your handpicked handmade section on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10138572
    I must say this is the first time I've willingly put something like this on facebook but its so darn original!
  19. Kelli
    July 9, 2012 9:57 pm

    I shared via facebook http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10138572
  20. naomi
    July 9, 2012 11:43 pm

    I am so so very happy for you Meaghan and so excited for you, too. You are so right, going through Etsy is a never ending cycle. As much as I love referring brides to Etsy, there is so much to choose from. I'm so happy to refer them to your Handpicked Handmade! Awesome idea from and awesome business woman! XO
  21. Lindsey
    July 10, 2012 2:04 am

    So excited about all of it - especially excited about petal and thorn!
  22. Caitlin
    July 10, 2012 9:27 am

    I love everything in the "Details" section - But especially these ring bowls from Paloma's Nest - Such a lovely keepsake too!
  23. Deirdre
    July 10, 2012 12:30 pm

    I'm most excited to see Petal & Thorn, because their veils and hair pieces are so beautiful.
  24. Zoe
    July 10, 2012 1:33 pm

    I really like the Paloma's Nest bowls but also A&P Designs, I like the hand drawn maps...
  25. Luz Virginia
    July 10, 2012 5:48 pm

    I twittered it to my brides and I didn't even know there was a contest! lol. Here is the link, which took me FOREVER to find btw :): https://twitter.com/Luz_virginia/status/222739903644053504
  26. Tyler A.
    July 11, 2012 3:03 am

    Elva Fields' necklaces are gorgeous! Can't wait to see more!
  27. Brittany
    July 12, 2012 12:24 pm

    I am so excited about Handpicked Handmade! I'm most excited about Paloma's Nest, all of their porcelain work is gorgeous!
  28. Meghan
    July 13, 2012 12:08 pm

    I too am excited to see Ruby & Willow's paper designs!
  29. Lauren
    July 13, 2012 2:16 pm

    I am so excited to see Duryea Place Designs on Handpicked Handmade! The items are so perfect.
  30. Lauren
    July 13, 2012 2:17 pm

    Shared on twitter! https://twitter.com/LaurenWA/status/223842232036360193
  31. ms t
    July 15, 2012 3:18 pm

    the florrie mitton pieces are so gorgeous!
  32. Sonja Morgan
    July 15, 2012 6:47 pm

    I am in LOVE with the "two branches, one tree." It's romantic and fun <3
  33. Sonja Morgan
    July 15, 2012 6:50 pm

    Just shared it on my facebook site! It's a photography wedding page so hopefully you'll get lots of business from it! https://www.facebook.com/simplysonjaphoto (link to page shared)

    Thanks for the second entry :)
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