Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Features - Gone Camping

Jesse and I recently purchased a camper. Nothing fancy, just one that slides into the back of our truck, but we're still pretty excited about it. This way we can pull our boat and camp out when we're done! We're hoping to do just that this weekend...our first time on the river this year! And the best part, Harley (our pooch) gets to come along!
So today's finds are all fun camping features...enjoy :)

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Do you enjoy camping? Or are you more of a hotel person?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Christmas in July BBA Challenge

Getting this in just under the wire! July's BBA Challenge is brought to us by LeAnn of Pasque Flower. Her challenge is Christmas In July and she has this to say "For the past two years, a bigger than expected Etsy holiday rush has caught me off guard and scrambling to keep up. So this year, I challenge myself and my BBA Teammates to start preparing earlier!"
LeAnn is right...the holiday rush will be just around the corner and it's wise to do as much prep work now to help ourselves out during this busy time.

It's so hard to prepare sometimes when so much of my work is custom orders. But here are some of the things I'm doing to prepare:
 *Cutting plenty of extra business cards and thank you cards so I don't run out during the holiday rush
*Stocking up on packing supplies
*I will have a friend helping me pack orders this year. We already discussed some of the logistics, but she won't actually start until probably September.
*Trying to get as many new listings posted so shoppers have plenty to choose from.

One item I've added specifically for the holidays is this new Ornament Stand. I made some ornaments for my mom recently and she asked if I had a way to display them when the tree is not out. These gold and silver stands are the perfect solution!
 
My custom photo ornaments aren't just for the holidays. They are cute decor for all year. And these little stands are great because they are just the right height, and simple so not to take away from the ornament. I got them listed in my shop this week so they'll be ready for the holidays.

Have you started planning for the holiday rush?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday - Friendly Visitor

This beautiful girl is visiting us while her fence gets repaired at her house. So nice having such a friendly visitor stay with us for a while.
Look at her running to greet me :)

Monday, July 28, 2014

New for the Guys

Cuff links continue to be a popular item in my shop. And most often, I sell them for weddings. Last year I introduced a whole line of cuff links for the Groom, Groomsmen, Best Man and Fathers of the Bride and Groom. This year I'm putting a modern twist on the design with a round border outline and a more modern font.


Another trend I'm seeing lots of requests for is Super Heroes. I currently have Superman and Batman available and will be adding several more options to the shop soon!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Features - Kraft/White Wedding

This summer seems to be filled with weddings. We'll be attending our second (out of 5!) weddings this weekend. I love seeing all the different color combinations the couples choose. This weekend's wedding is definitely my favorite as it fits in well with a lot of things I make. The colors are kraft and white. The invitations were a kraft paper with all the details printed in white ink. Very simple, yet very classy. I've put together some great Etsy finds in these colors...enjoy :)

 Clockwise from top left:

 What great wedding color combos have you been seeing lately?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Branson Vacation

As I mentioned in last Friday's post, last weekend we headed to Branson to celebrate my mom's birthday. (Which is actually today...Happy Birthday Mom!)
We headed down on Thursday to enjoy the beautiful scenery, go to a show and get in some great family time.

One of the best things about visiting my parents is the beautiful view from their back deck! I could sit out there for hours!

They have at least 7 humming birds that visit them each year. I finally got one to sit still long enough I got a (semi-decent) photo of it. They also have a couple wood peckers that visit the feeders, but they were too quick for me and my camera.

I think they come just for the pretty pink flowers my mom has on the deck :) (or maybe that's just me...lol!)

The big event for the weekend was celebrating on the Branson Belle. My parents live right across the lake from the Belle and it's kind of become a hobby of my mom's (and a joke to the rest of us) to watch the Belle. She knows what time it goes out each day and if it happens to take a different route, if it's not on schedule, etc. So we decided it was definitely time she actually rode on the Belle!
  
The show was spectacular! There was a comedian/illusionist, a full band, a 5-member singing group and a woman who played the violin, piano, sang and did an aerial act! The food was pretty great too (see yesterday's post for the desserts we got!).

We also spent the afternoon on the lake, but I was too busy relaxing (yes, I actually do that once in a while) to take any pictures. The weekend was so great and I hope my mom has a wonderful birthday today :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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