Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Features - Easter Bunny

Happy Easter Weekend everyone!
I'm pretty excited for this weekend. Not only will my parents be visiting, but I get to see my whole family on Sunday! Oh yeah, and the Easter Bunny is coming to town! One of my favorite things as a kid were Easter egg hunts :)

I created these adorable Bunny Earrings and couldn't help but look for other cute bunny finds.

I actually had one of these when I was a kid! Mine was a piggy bank!

Don't eat too many chocolate bunnies and peeps this weekend :)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Black & White & Cute All Over

We recently got a bottle calf and he's just the cutest thing :) His mommy had twins and the farmer didn't want the mother to get too weak, so we adopted a new baby.

Yesterday morning I got to go feed him...quite an interesting activity! He's a good eater, but boy is he messy! I had slobber all over my pants by the time he was done...yuk! I had to feed him again in the afternoon and we did much better job.

 We've had calves in the past, but none as cute as this little guy. I just love the patch of white on his face :)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Trend Watch - Nautical

I always try to keep up on the latest trends when it comes to my shop. I don't always look for the hottest trends, but the ones that I feel will be around for a while and ones that I personally love. The latest trend I've been loving is the Nautical Trend.

I've been seeing anchors everywhere lately. They're so fun and make me want to board the next available cruise ship! (even despite the recent cruise ship disaster!) I was recently asked to make the card above for an anniversary. I had made a similar one a while back for a birthday card and hadn't even considered turning it into an anniversary card. I love it!

I had also just completed making these cuff links and matching tie tack around the same time the custom request came in...I call that fate :)

You can bet you'll be seeing this anchor design on a wedding invitation soon as well!

What trends have you been loving lately?

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Treasury Thanks

Welcome to another edition of my Treasury Thanks! Each week I like to thank my treasury curators from the past week by featuring their treasuries as well as an item from their shop. Please help me in thanking them by clicking on their treasuries and checking out their shops :)

Trina of trinasclaycreations featured my Custom Name Album in her Happy Blues! Treasury! This Swan Wedding Cake Topper looks happy in that blue water :)

Deb of storybeader featured my Believe Wood Sign in her In honor of St. Patrick's Day Treasury! Deb's Handpainted Bookmarks with their pretty green grass would fit in beautifully in her treasury!

Dmitriy of WoodenWood featured my Easter Bunny Wooden Earrings in his amber elixir Treasury! Dmitriy makes the coolest Wooden Wall Clocks!

Rebecca of FuchsiaBloomStudio featured my Easter Bunny Wooden Earrings in her The Easter Bunny is Coming... Treasury! Rebecca has a beautiful shop and I just love these Aqua Rhinestone Earrings!

Jamie of PoppyHillCreations featured my Easter Bunny Wooden Earrings in her A Bunny For Your Thoughts Treasury! Jamie's shop is ready for Easter and ready for Spring with these Spring Flowers available as an Instant Download!

Marieken of invisiblecrown featured my Wooden Post Earrings in her Wood you? Treasury! These Handdrawn Brooches in Marieken's shop are so fun!

Andrea of ParisianPrarieCharm featured my Grandma's Brag Book in her Grandma Would Have Loved This Treasury! My grandma would love this Vintage Leaf Shaped Glass Dish!

Virna of PerlaVerdeStore featured my Peacock Wedding Invitation in her PAVONI - PEACOCKS Treasury! These Purple Macrame Earrings caught my eye right away when I visited Virna's shop!

Lindsey of onhoperoad featured my Peacock Feather Guest Book in her Proud as a Peacock Treasury! I just love this Hand Embroidered Cuff in Lindsey's shop!

Thank you again to each of my curators! You've made my week!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Features - Spring Pastels

With Spring finally upon us, Easter just around the corner and my challenge post from yesterday, I've got pastels on the mind! I knew I didn't need to look any further than Etsy to find pretty pastels!

 I hope Spring colors are popping up in your neck of the woods :)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Emerging Foggy Spring

This month's BBA Challenge is brought to us by Linda who says "March is the month for spring, but early spring. Let's explore color in terms of tint. In color theory, a tint is the mixture of a color with white, which increases lightness. We often create with color and ignore tints of color. Create a flowery/botanical/plant project with muted tints leaving lots of white space, if you can. This project is to challenge your thought processes about color, using tints. Don't be intimidated by the absence of bright color. Get creative!"

I decided to get creative by tinting some paint. Above are all the materials I used for this challenge.

I started by mixing the yellow and blue paints with white to get my pastel tint.

I then taped off half of the wooden discs with painters tape. By folding the tape around the back, it creates a little tail which is nice to hold onto while you're painting.

I just eyeballed the tape and started painting.
I love how these turned out! The blue looks great, but if I use the yellow again, I'll definitely do a couple more coats. I think I'll make these into post earrings after I add a clear coat. But I can definitely see these as magnets as well!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Is It Fate?

Last month I blogged about how I had put a lot of thought into reintroducing my Name Albums back into my shop and that a price increase was inevitable. I didn't know if these would still sell after raising my prices, but I was willing to give it a try.

Well, my first album sold shortly after relisting them! It was to a repeat customer and she didn't question the prices at all. Is if fate that she chose to have her book made in my favorite colors :)

She chose light pink, raspberry and teal for a one-year old little girl's birthday book.

I had so much fun creating this book that I'm glad I relisted these and got to make one in such pretty colors :)

Monday, March 18, 2013

More for the Men

I've been really surprised at how well my cuff link line has done. In fact, I didn't realize that men wore cuff links other than to weddings. (Can you tell we don't dress up But I'm so happy they've done so well because I love coming up with new designs for them :)

I've branched out yet again and started making matching tie tacks for my cuff links. I just started with a few designs to see how they'll go over before I make too many.

I know men can be hard to buy for, so hopefully these will make great gifts for the guys. But really, they can be used as so much more than tie tacks. I thought they'd be fun on a purse or bag and could be used as a brooch or lapel pin as well.

This bicycle design is one of my latest and I love the matching tie tack and cuff link set :)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Treasury Thanks

Welcome to another edition of my Treasury Thanks! Each week I like to thank my treasury curators from the past week by featuring their treasuries as well as an item from their shop. Please help me in thanking them by clicking on their treasuries and checking out their shops :)

 Katie of TweetandHootPaper featured my Wooden Tree Post Earrings in her Lovely Little Earrings Treasury! Katie's shop is full of cute greeting cards and this Tri Fold Owl Birthday Card is by far my favorite!

Katie of PassengerSeatArt featured my Carved Tree Guest Book in her Connections Treasury! Katie's shop is full of OOAK painting and my favorite is this View from the top of the City!

Lisa of ThePinkToolBox featured my Personalized Wood Wine Bottler Stopper in her Wine Drinkers Must Haves Treasury! I love this Shabby Chic Mason Jar Shelf in Lisa's great for crafty supplies!

Paige of OhNostalgiaDesigns featured my Wooden Owl Magnets in her Rustic Treasury! This Infinity Necklace is my favorite from Paige's shop!

Rose of randomcreative featured my Pink Chevron Ring in her Soft Spring in Pink and Green Treasury! Rose's shop is all ready for Spring with lots of pretty green items like this Button Charm Bracelet!

Vitalijs of MatchHouse featured my Wooden Recipe Book in her I was hooked on wood today Treasury! Vitalijs makes the most creative little houses...all out of match sticks! I just love This House!

Katy of PawcassoBoutique featured my Paw Print Magnets in her Paw-tastic! Treasury! Katy's Pink and Green Ladybug Dog Collar is pretty paw-tastic too!

Romio of VintageFashionGall featured my Personalized Shot Glasses in her wedding party Treasury! This Elegant Purple Dress from Romio's shop would be perfect for a wedding!

Adam and Kelly of ColourscapePrints featured my Wooden Owl Ring in their Cute Hooters Treasury! I just love this Home Is Where The Heart Is Print in their shop...I couldn't agree more :)

Thank you again to each of my curators! You've made my week!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Friday Features - Irish for a Day

St. Patty's Day weekend is upon us! And whether you're Irish all year or just Irish for the day, I found some great Etsy finds for you today. I thought it would be fun to (mostly) break away from the traditional green items and show some unique Irish finds! (The banner was too cool to pass up!)

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