Thursday, August 11, 2011

Eye See You

Back in February, my 9 year old son said to me "Mom, you should make a coffee cup cozy that looks like an eyeball."  So I did and I listed it on Etsy but it never sold.  It has been viewed 300 times, has 6 admirers and is featured in 3 Treasuries.  Every time I look at it I smile and I think if it ever does sell, I'll be kinda sad.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

We have a Winner!

Hollywood has won her choice of a chalkboard pencil case!  Congratulations, Hollywood!  Thanks for following me!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

15sixteen on Etsy!

Ok.  Yesterday, I told you about my friend Dianne's new Etsy Shop Adorable Xpressions.

Today, I want to share my friend, Anne-Marie's brand new shop with you.  Her shop is called 15sixteen and she is a genius with beads and jewels and has introduced some really unique and creative items to Etsy.  Stop by and show her some love!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

YOU Choose the Next Giveaway Prize!

Hey!  Answer the poll in the right margin as to what you would like to see for my next giveaway prize.   Pics of the prizes below:

The item with the most votes will be the prize for the giveaway starting on August 7, 2011.

Adorable New Shop!!!

My BFF Dianne just opened her Etsy shop.  Stop by and Give her some love and buy something while you are at it. 
Adorable Xpressions

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Chalkboard Bracelets are COOL!

Last month I went through a spurt where my shop sold a lot of Chalk Cloth Bracelets so I checked the stats to see where the traffic was coming from and it was coming from here:
Rusty Rooster Vintage   
It is a delightful blog where Vicki featured my Chalk Cloth Bracelets after buying them for her girls from my Etsy shop and nothing tickles me like being featured on a really cool blog.  So take a few minutes to check out her blog by clicking the link above and then click the link below to check out my chalk cloth bracelets.

 By the way, these were designed by my 9 year old son.  He's pretty clever, huh? 
Chalk Cloth Bracelets 

Three Little Candles

Normally, I'm not a huge scented candle fan.  They give me and two of my kids migraines.  BUT when Wendy from Country Crafts n Candie approached me to trade, I couldn't resist her adorable shop and delicious candles.  I got three candles from her and planned to use one with fingers crossed there would be no migraines and save the other two for gifts.  Well, I couldn't resist the Iced Cinnamon Roll candle which looked like this when I got it:

I lit it and it burned all day and the smell was heavenly but not sickeningly overpowering like some candles.  I burned it the next day too and NO migraines for anyone!  It doesn't look like a cinnamon roll anymore but it still has alot of life and scent left.

So I caved today and lit this one:
It is heavenly.  I think it will burn forever.  Anyway, there's one left and I'm trying to hold out and give it to my mom when she comes out later this month to take care of me after surgery. 

Anyhow, here's how the candles look now. You can see I have burned the cinnamon roll down to a lovely caramel squuare and the little wax gingerbread man finally took the final plunge into the hot wax.   I plan to burn them till there is nothing left.

Click the link above to visit her shop.  You wont be dissapointed. 

Mountain Standard Timers on Etsy Unite!

Help support Mountain Standard Time Sellers on Etsy by taking a look at this great Treasury!

Monday, August 1, 2011

WHAT? Another Giveaway???

Yep!  This one is a facebook giveaway.  Here's the rules:

1. If you have already "Liked" my facebook page you are    entered.
2. If you become a fan by liking my facebook page, you are entered. 
Click here to go to my facebook page!

3. If you leave me a comment on my Facebook page telling me your favorite thing to do in summer you get an extra entry.

4.  Contest ends August 5, 2011 at midnight. 

The prize? A pair of Shabby Chic Roses on Yellow Flour and Sugar Bags with Chalk Cloth Tags.

New Giveaway!

I had so much fun doing the Shark Week Giveaway that I want to do another Giveaway!  This one is for Back To School.
Here's how it's going to go down:
1.  If you are following my blog, you are automatically entered.  You don't need a blog to follow me, just a Twitter, Google, or Yahoo account.
2.  If you join as a new follower you will be entered.
3.  If you leave a comment on this post about why you love or hate back to school, you will get an extra entry.
4.  If you get someone else to follow my blog, you will get an extra entry.  Just make sure I know you sent them.
The prize?
Your choice of a Chalkboard Pencil Pouch.  I have them in a few designs right now and hope to add more before the contest ends on August 5th at midnight.

We have a Winner!

Nicole Salmon has won the Shark Week Giveaway!  Congrats Nicole!  New giveaway coming later today!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Shark Week Giveaway...

 This giveaway has ended.  BUT I am always adding new giveaways so stay tuned......

Ok, we all know that we are only a couple of days away from one of the greatest events of the year.  So in honor of Shark Week I'm doing an impromptu little giveaway of a Shark Reuseable Snack Bag.  Hurry to Enter Contest only lasts till 12:00am August 1st and will be done by random drawing.
Ways to enter:
1. Follow my blog (mandatory entry.)  You don't have to have a blog to follow me, just a google account.
2. Post a comment about why you love or hate Shark Week on my blog.
3. Get a friend to follow my blog (make sure I know you sent them. )
Good Luck!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Back to School Giveaway!

 This giveaway has ended BUT I will be doing many more giveaways so stay tuned!

So, it's been awhile since I have graced the blog world with my presence.  But I'm back and want to let you know that i'm doing a little giveaway.
Here's the details:

My facebook page

Back to School Giveaway! Win your choice of a maching Reuseable Sandwich and Snack Bag Combo! Ways to Enter: 1. Click the link above to like my Facebook Page. 2. Get someone else to like my facebook page (make sure I know you sent them!) 3. Tell me what your favorite item in my shop is by posting iton my Facebook Page. Winner will be randomly drawn on August 1, 2011. Good Luck!
Many more to choose from!  Get your entries in!

Monday, April 18, 2011

I love these little pots!

I love it when I find something super cute, unique, and creative on Etsy.  Check out these little concrete pots by roughfusion.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Adorable Treasury

If you're not familiar with Etsy, then you are missing out on alot.  One of the neatest things about Etsy is the member currated galleries called "Treasuries."  Anyone can make a treasury, usually based on a theme, of cool items for sale in Etsy shops.  Here is a link for one of these treasuries in which my Happy Flowers Flour and Sugar Bags are featured along with some other fabulous finds.  The title is Kitchen Couture and it was currated by designing life.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Quick and Easy Chalk Cloth Tags

How about we start the work week with a little tutorial?  If you haven't checked out Chalk Cloth (aka Chalkboard Fabric, Blackboard Fabric) let me just tell you that it is pretty cool stuff.  You can get it at JoAnn's for about $5.00 a yard.  It's an oilcloth and you can do all kinds of fun projects with it.

Here's one fun project that you can whip up in a jiffy.

What you'll need:  Chalk Cloth (how much depends on how many tags you're making and how big they'll be)
                                 A decently heavyweight canvas (again how much depends on how many and how big.)
                                 Pinking Shears (aka Alligator scissors)
                                 Black Thread

If you bought a big piece of chalk cloth, you might want to cut it down into more manageable squares, like 12x12 or so.  If it's a little wrinkled or creased, you can quickly glide a warm (not cotton hot) iron across the back.  Be careful, it WILL melt!

Cut your chalk cloth into 2x3 rectangles, or whatever size you want them to be.  I have found 2x3 to be a perfect size for tags.  I also use a rotary cutter because it gives straighter edges, but it's not necessary.

Now take your canvas and iron it if you need to.  Then cut it into rectangles that are slightly (like a 1/2 inch on all sides) larger.  Don't worry about even edges, we'll finish trimming later.

Set your machine to a zig zag stitch.  I set my width at 4 and my length at 2.  Zig Zag around all 4 sides.  The chalk cloth may slip slightly, that's why we do the final trimming at the end.

Now all that's left is to trim the edges with your pinking shears!  Pinking shears help to prevent fraying and it looks cute, too.

You will need to prime your chalk cloth before you use it.  This is simple.  Lay the chalk on it's side and rub it all over the surface until it's completely covered.  Wipe clean with a dry cloth.  It's ready!

How you attach your tag is completely up to you.  I just use a little safety pin when attaching it to fabric.  You can turn it into a magnet by using a spray adhesive to attach a thin magnet to the back of the whole tag.  You could also attach a ribbon loop if your planning on hanging it from a drawer knob.  Use your imagination!

I've Been Picked!

A lovely little blog (you should follow them if you are at all interested in the world of handmade goodies) featured my Hugs and Kisses Chalk Cloth Bracelet today.  Thank you Daily Handmade Picks!