Monday, June 23, 2014

Gifts by Gaby Review & Giveaway

I'm always on the look out for unique handmade gifts and Gifts by Gaby on Etsy has quickly become one of my favorite shops! 

From Xuan....

" I've always enjoyed painting and have experimented with different materials and techniques. What I love best is acrylic on canvas. I began painting murals in 2004 for children's rooms and playrooms but the time involved with these large pieces was cutting into my time with my kids. In 2011, with the birth of my fourth child, money became tight and I decided I needed to try something else. That's when I opened up shop on Etsy. I can now create my art - with my kids helping out - and use them often as hand and foot models. I use this shop to show my kids how a small business works, to teach them work ethic and the value of hard work. I even get a little math lesson in there from time to time.
Many of the pieces in my shop match each other and can be combined as a set for any holiday or occasion. I love matchy and themed decor and figure I'm not the only one. Much of my inspiration comes from my kids' themed birthday parties and keepsakes that we create together for the grandparents such as the handprint and footprint art.
Moving forward, I'm hopeful this will become my full time job. Until then, however, I will continue working full time as a high school English teacher and working on my Etsy shop nights and weekend. I love working with my students and sharing my love of literature and the English language. I have a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Florida International University in Miami and a Master's degree in Education from Graceland University in Iowa."

Xuan was so sweet to send some wooden pencils from her collection with the girls' teachers names on them for a last day of school gift.  Alexa and Lillian thought they turned out great and couldn't wait to give them to their teachersHopefully their teachers will see them as fun little memento's of their wonderful year and will display them on their desks from year to year.

Xuan's collection of gifts is pretty much endless...she offers such an array of fun and unique pieces.  From cake stands and children's hand and foot art to wood decor and burlap banners.

It's clear that Xuan has an incredible artistic talent and has a passion for her work!

Gifts by Gaby :: Etsy :: Facebook

Xuan would like to offer one of my lucky readers her burlap "write" banner, which is her most popular item.


  1. LOVE this sweet monkey and giraffe :)


  3.! Absolutely love this we are starting homeschooling this upcoming school year so this would be perfect!