Monday, November 30, 2009

Cyber Monday SALE!!!

Happy Cyber Monday!!!
Cyber Monday began in 2005 after online retailers started to see a trend that the Monday after Thanksgiving showed greater sales than any other shopping day of the year. Coined by the National Retail Federation, Cyber Monday has become a day known for great deals and great shopping! This year is no different :)
Today is the last day to save during the EtsyBloggers Holiday *S*A*L*E*! To see a list of shops participating this year, stop on by
I will have my SALE Section open until tomorrow morning, so stop on by to see all the great deals! Everything in the SALE Section is 20% off with an item marked down to 50% off!!!
Here is one of the wonderful items you will find in my SALE Section:

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Fab Miss B

This month's featured EtsyBlogger is Becky Kazana...who also runs The Fab Miss B. With two great Etsy shops you have lots of wonderful options :) Her work is fun and eclectic...check it out:
Also check out her blog at

Saturday, November 28, 2009

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!!!

Yesterday was a special day...I got my Christmas tree put up :) I haven't put one up in two years! So I knew it was extra important to get it up this year!
I decided to only put on the special decorations...the ones with a story behind them. I have about 100 ornaments, but only put up about 20. I wanted it to be simple and special :)
These three ornaments are from my childhood. I need to put a note with each one when I put them away this year to remember exactly where each one came from. (This is where Mom comes in...hint, hint!) I seem to forget each time I put them up! I believe two of them are from friends of my grandparents.
And these are some of the annual ornaments my parents have gotten us. Each year we get a new ornament relating to something that happened in our life that year.
2002-Snowman on a Snowmobile
2003-Our first Pom, Bo :)
2003-Our New Home
2004-Our New Bike
I still need to get pictures of the more recent ones!
Each year starting in 2005 we also get an annual Pomeranian ornament. We've had a Pom each year since 2005, so each one is special :) Some represent Bo and some represent Harley. Here is the one for 2009.
What special ornaments or decorations do you put out each year? I'd love to hear your stories :)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday Features...And A Sale!!!

The EtsyBloggers are having their annual Holiday *S*A*L*E* starting today, November 27th and going through Monday, November 30th. Check out all of these amazing deals!!!
Holiday sale - 20% off all product orders over $50.00 before shipping (not includes custom orders)
Hand made polymer clay accessories, beads and buttons.
Wild Goose Chase
15% off all items! Refund will be issued through PayPal after payment is received. Enter "Etsy Bloggers Sale" in the message to seller at checkout to receive cash back.
Low priced stocking stuffers including One-Of-A-Kind awesome mirrors.
Huge sale featuring my watercolor paintings, drawings, ACEOs, altered art book pages, and prints! Check out the SALE SECTION in my shop for great buys - some up to half off!
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Tilt creations
FREE Worldwide Shipping. Mention "Etsybloggers" when checking out and shipping costs will be refunded through Paypal after payment is received.
Handmade handbags and accessories
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Spotted Cow Soaps
20% off all product orders over $50.00 (before shipping & excludes Special Buys Section)
Special Buys throughout the Sale
We offer handcrafted soaps and toiletries all lovingly made with our own hands.
FREE SHIPPING on anything in my shop!
Fine Handcrafted Soaps and Bath Accessories
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any items will be discounted in my SALE section of my shop. All other items (excluding custom orders) will be 10% off. Write "etsybloggers" in the comment box at checkout and I will send your refund via PayPal.
Unique journals and guest books. Great for the holidays -- gifts for teacher, secret santa, hostess gifts, or holiday party guest books!
Joey & Aleethea
20% OFF EVERYTHING in my shop!! :D Super cool custom-made MONSTER SHIRTS, MONSTER JEANS, MONSTER ONESIES, MONSTER CUPCAKE DRESSES, ANKLE BITERS LOUNGE PANTS and more awesome goodness! Just mention "EtsyBloggers" upon checkout, and I'll send your refund via Paypal. Joey & Aleethea™ is a super cutesie boutique for baby boys, baby girls and their peeps!
Splendid Little Stars
30% off short sleeve T shirts (children and adults) in the HOLIDAY SALE section of my shop! This includes custom orders for all "traditional style" tie dye short sleeve T shirts. Some surprises may pop up in this section as well! 10% off all silk scarves! Prices already marked down!
Unique hand dyed and hand painted (with dye) clothing for children--T shirts, dresses, baby outfits, knotted hats. Some adult items as well! beautiful silk scarves!
Beautiful Bridget Designs
FREE Worldwide Shipping PLUS and additional 10% off of orders of $100 or more (10% refund to be given through Paypal at end of transaction).
Indie handmade knit, crochet & fabric scarves, cowls, hats, fingerless gloves, fashion accessories, jewelry, bags & purses.
15% OFF Everything In Stock. Refund given through Paypal after payment is received.Awesomely cute and practical gifts and accessories. Handbags, Hair Accessories, Keyfobs, Laptop/Ipod Sleeves, Spa Items, Mug Cozies, Ornaments..etc!
Dolls and Miniatures
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Simply Digital Designs
10% off EVERYTHING in my shop (refund by paypal)
AthenaWorkmanMiss Millificent's World
15% off all items! Refund will be issued through PayPal after payment is received.
Polymer clay miniature "bakery sweets", discarded dollie charms, 1:12 dollhouse miniatures, photography and associated jewelry.
10% off everything! Just write "etsy bloggers" in comments box at checkout and I will send you a refund back via Paypal for 10% off all handmade goodies!
15% off every shop itemExquisite original design pine needle baskets, each OOAK. Tons of scrubbies perfect for stocking stuffers.
A Keepers Jackpot
*Handmade Pendant Sale: BOGO! Buy one full priced pendant, get another for HALF OFF!
*See "Handmade Pendants" sectionDiscount applied to the lesser priced items, you MAY mix and match, you will receive a complimentary ball chain with each pendant unless specified otherwise. Limit to three half off pendants per customer. Your refund will be sent via PayPal after payment is received.
Charitable Creations Jewelry
15% off everything in my shop!!! Refund given after payment received.
Personalized Hand Stamped and Sterling Silver Hand Made Jewelry - 10% donated to charity of your choice!! Gifts for Everyone!
Fabulous Chic Designs
Up to 30% off select items- see shop Sale section for great deals.Stylish handcrafted jewelry!
Faerie Garden Fancies
10% OFF EVERYTHING! Discount already applied...Magical polymer clay jewelry and figurines, fanciful art, and more!
Jack & Ella Designs
Handcrafted Jewelry and Custom Designs
Linda B's Beaded Jewelry
Free shipping to US & Canada - please put EtsyBlog in Notes to Seller and I'll refund your money via PayPal or Convo me prior to payment.
Made By Melissa
FREE GIFT with every purchaseBeaded jewelry and crochet toys and accessories
Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings all made with Swarovski Crystals - 15% off + free shipping during our Holiday Sale. Please convo me if you are interested in any item, so that I can adjust the price and Reserve it for you!
Mama's Magic Studio
Free shipping, free gift wrap for jewelry items (on request), and for orders over $50 buyer chooses a free gift! Mention "Etsybloggers" when checking out and shipping costs will be refunded to Paypal. See shop announcement for more details.
Unique jewelry, handcrafted knitting needles (as seen in Interweave Knits!), baubles, and bird's nest pendants customized for the Mama in your life.
Mystic Wynd
Up to 50% off selected items - see shop sale section for great buys! Pricing will be marked down, so no waiting for a Refund!
Great Jewelry and accessories - something for everyone!
Free standard shipping World wide too!
Punky Jane Jewelry
FREE WORLDWIDE STANDARD SHIPPING on everything in my shop! Use 'EtsyBlogger' in the message to seller box and shipping will be refunded via PayPal.
Handcrafted and personalized jewelry perfect for everyone on your list!
Sparkly Park
20% off all jewelry! Free shipping in USA for all shop orders over $50 (after discount)! Refund given after payment received.
Lovely hand crafted sterling silver and beaded jewelry makes great gifts and stocking stuffers! Paper products, too--cards, tags, die cuts.
15% off all necklaces and sets in the shop, refund sent after payment received.
Ethnic jewelry with a personal haiku!
FREE SHIPPING WORLWIDE on all items in my shop, Shipping has been adjusted to zero already!
Handmade Jewelry and Accessories !!
Buy one get one of equal or lesser value 50% off! Your savings will be refunded via PayPal, or contact me before checking out for a revised invoice.
One of a kind hand crafted jewelry for men and women, with a California touch. Plus vintage and supplies. Store wide holiday sale!
Sykin's One Stop Twilight Shop
2 FREE 4x6 photos from La Push or Forks, Washington with every purchase!
Twilight inspired jewelry & fanfare
The Grand Design
10% off all regular price items plus check out the Sale section for 20% off a variety of items.
Steampunk, Healing Stones and other unique handcrafted jewelry by CJGrand.
Tokyo Vogue Designs
15% Off ALL ITEMS (refund by paypal)
Pretty Handmade Resin Items & Genuine Gemstone Jewelry
Tulips Treasure Box
$100 off everything over $300, fast refund through paypal after payment received. No prices have been raised to make this "sale".
Beautiful artisan designed and created jewelry, most one-of-a-kind.
Hand Dyed Yarns
Free shipping! Refund will be sent via PayPal after payment is received.
10% off all items in shop (excluding shipping) including those items that are currently on sale. Refund will be sent via PayPal after payment is received.
Hand knit scarves, shawls and wraps for today's women
Free Shipping to anywhere in the World!
Felted bags, bowls, garlands and goodies!
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Everything in my shop is 10% off. Just write "etsy blogger" in comments box at checkout and I will send you a refund back via Paypal for 10% off all handmade goodies. PLUS : Order two of any card set and get FREE matching return address labels, Just send me the address you want on them in the convo.
20% off!Journals, Rings, Magnets, Things!
Memories for Life Scrapbooks
20% off everything in my S*A*L*E* section...prices will already be marked need to wait for a revised invoice
Memories for Life Scrapbooks...Scrapbooks and More
20% off All Paper Piecings-Singles or Sets!
Paper Piecings, Mini Albums, Premade Pages & Cards
A Vision to Remember
bogo sale on all patterns Buy 1 Get 1 Free nov 25-30
10% off all items in shop excluding shipping. Mention Etsy Bloggers Sale in the Notes to Seller and the refund will be sent after payment is received.
Polymer Clay Dog Collectibles including ornaments, sculpture, beads and more.
Indulge Your Shelf
25% OFF EVERYTHING EXCEPT BUTTONS! Write "ETSY BLOGGERS SALE" in the Notes to Seller and discount refund will be refunded to your PayPal account.
Fabulous and Funky Vintage and Antique Finds -- Decor, Linens, Artwork
Patch First Shop
Please mark "EtsyBloggers Holiday Sale" with order comment, discount refund will be turned to your PayPal account.
Bridal Custom Jewelry and Handmade Swarovski Jewelry I will have an entire section in my shop all marked down 20%!!! No need to wait for a revised invoice...I've gone ahead and marked everything down for you :) Here is a sampling of what you'll find in my *S*A*L*E* Section:
LOVE Word Album
Star Shaped Scrapbook Photo Album
Summer Vacation Scrapbook Photo Album-Beach Theme
Graduation Flip Flop Scrapbook Album
And this item will be marked down 50%!!!
Stop by and see all the great *S*A*L*E*S out there!!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!
I don't need a day like Thanksgiving to remind me of all I have to be thankful for, but I thought I'd take today to share a few of the things I am thankful for everyday :)
  1. Family
  2. Jesse
  3. Harley
  4. Scrapbooking
  5. Etsy
  6. Friends-Both local and online
  7. Internet
  8. Bubble Baths
  9. A Warm House...Newly Updated
  10. My Health
  11. My Job
  12. Technology

I could go on and on! I am so thankful to live the happy life that I love! Any time I get down, I just need to take a quick look at this list :)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with many blessings!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Double Treasuries...And A Sale!!!

A big thanks to VickiDianeDesigns and RoseWorksJewlry for the awesome treasuries they featured me in!!!
Vicki does awesome "Exposed" treasuries where she gets artists to show their faces...Love It! I always like seeing the artist behind the work :) Vicki thought a picture of me and my new finger accessory would be eye-catching! What do you think? Stop by and leave a comment :)
Ruthie has done three of these BNR treasuries and featured me in every one!!! Thanks Ruthie :) I was so excited to see that my featured item...a super cute notebook...had sold!!! Now TulipsTreasures will take my place in the treasury. Happy sales to all!!!

Wordless Wednesday-True Beauty

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Special Thank You!!!

I want to send out a special Thank You to JudyCootie!!! You've seen Judy's work featured on my blog before here and here and now I must feature her again :) I purchased one of Judy's Custom Painted Wooden Keepsake Boxes for my parents and I couldn't be happier!!! My parents' older dog (and my little sister) passed away recently and I knew this would be the perfect gift for them! I went ahead and put both dogs on the box so they can always remain together :) Judy's work is absolutely stunning! I emailed her a couple photos of the dogs and she did a wonderful job of replicating them on the box! My mom said it looks like Lucky (the one on the right) is looking right at us! So cool! If you're looking for a special gift...or a gift for yourself...definitely check out Judy's shop! You'll find lots of wonderful treasures :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

New Jewels

I'm sure you know by now that I've become addicted to jewelry from Etsy! There are just so many great designs out there I can't help myself! I get to searching around and find so many wonderful items I have to give in now and then :)
These two gorgeous bracelets I was lucky enough to win from RoseWorksJewelry!!! Each month Ruthie has a top commentors contest at her blog. The top three commentors get a gift certificate to her shops and a write up on her blog! Thanks so much Ruthie for these beauties!!!
I also recently bought this gorgeous ring from MysticWynd! It's title is Love's Glow Pink Moonglow Ring in Silver...and it really does GLOW!!! I've been wanting a pink ring for quite some time and just couldn't pass this one up!
Wanna know what's on my Christmas list this year...more Etsy jewelry of course!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

First ER Visit

Well, last night I got to add ER visit to my list of firsts!!! I was changing the blade on my exacto knife and tried to chop the end of my finger off! Not a good idea btw! Luckily it wasn't too bad. They wanted to do stitches, but I convinced them to glue it :) The thought of a shot into my open wound just wasn't sitting well with me. I've never had stitches and didn't want to add that to my list of firsts as well! Luckily it was my left hand so I can still get some things done!
It's in a really bad spot though! I cut it right at the first bend on my left index finger. I sure hope the glue holds! They put a splint on it to help keep it from moving. I guess time will tell!
Here's a shot of my new accessory! I can't take a pic of the cut because I can't take the splint off for a few days...but I don't figure you want to see that anyway!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Phone Call

Yesterday I received one of the nicest phone calls :) It was from a customer who ordered a Custom Name Album at a craft show last year. She happened to be in town and stopped by to check out the items. She lived in Illinois (I'm in Iowa) and just loved my albums! It was fun to sell to someone out of state at a local event :) Well...yesterday she called to order another album. I've had repeat buyers before (and love every one of them!) but this one was different. She was so sweet and just went on and on about my albums :) She told me she had been giving my name and web address to people all year! How many times to do you buy an item and not think twice about it. I love the fact that my albums had such an impression on her that she saved my card and info all year to order more albums as Christmas gifts. And not only that...she was spreading the word about my shop :) It was such a nice surprise :) Now...I better get to work...I already have 19 Custom Albums to get ready before Christmas!!! So get your orders in early if you are wanting albums shipped by Christmas!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Features-Back in Business!

Sandra, our super cool EtsyBloggers leader has reopened her Etsy Shop this week!!! You have no idea how cute her clothes and accessories are! But you will when I get done showing you a few of my favorites :)
Sandra's shop, JoeyandAleethea, has the cutest slogan too: "We're all about family and fabric, love and laughter, and handmade super coolness. That's how we rock." Is that awesome or what!!! are my faves
Can you tell I'm in love with her dresses the most...LOL :) Stop by her shop and find your favorite today!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thanksgiving Celebrations

This week's EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival is hosted by MysticWynd. And our two selections are: 1) Most countries around the world have a day set aside to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Here in the US, it's Thanksgiving. What do you celebrate wherever you live and how do you celebrate? 2) The holiday season will soon be here - what's your favorite holiday movie or special? Why? Every Thanksgiving my family gathers at my grandparents house for a wonderful feast and family time :) I love seeing the whole family together to give thanks! I get to see my younger cousins and some of the family that live further away. I am fortunate to have most of my family near by :) The only thing that could make it better is if my parents could be there! But I'll get to see them for a wonderful visit at Christmas!!! I'm counting down the days!!! We also get together with Jesse's family. We usually have to go separate ways on Thanksgiving Day as everything seems to be scheduled at the same time! But we are able to get together with his other side of the family over the weekend. Once again there is a wonderful feast and family time. Someone usually brings a fun game to play and we hang out all night :) To me the holidays are all about Family! And family is the thing I am most thankful for!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Have you heard about Etsy's new Facebook Application? The My Etsy Tab? I think it may be the best thing to happen to Facebook yet :)
Check out my My Etsy Tab on Facebook:
The My Etsy Application allows your friends to browse your Etsy Shop, click around, and go visit your store :) It also has a blog feed too!!! I love that it takes your banner, avatar, items for sale and everything else from your Etsy and uploads it directly to your Facebook Profile! With just a few clicks of your mouse, you can have your own My Etsy Tab too...just click here!
Thank you Etsy!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

House Update-DONE!!!

That's's finally done!!! You have no idea how great it is to say that! New roof, new windows and new siding...all done!!! And it looks SO good!
Here's the before picture:
And here's the after:
Of course with any house project, you're never really done. Once you start, you see more and more things that need done! Now that we took off the awning in the front...that door looks terrible! We will definitely be getting new front doors soon! The storm door must have been put on when the house was built and the main door is a hideous color (that the whole inside of the house used to be painted)!
And now that we've worked on the outside...I want to work on the inside! House work never ends...LOL!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

New Diplay and Craft Show Overview

I had my second fall craft show yesterday. The results were about like my first fall craft show...good...but could have been better. I would still call the show a success because I made money and handed out tons of business cards :)
The best part of the show was the fact that I got my new display done!!! I made a sign to put up behind my display and I made some longer shelves that I think really made the display come together! I love how it turned out!!! I made the sign to match my business cards and avatar and banner.
And here is a before and after photo of how my display used to look and how it looks now. I would still like to make lots of changes to my display, but for now...I'm pretty happy with how it looks :)
I found several things interesting at yesterday's craft show:
*I sold three pet themed albums
*I didn't sell ANY Family Word Albums
*The Friends Word Albums are selling better than the Family Word Albums this year
*I didn't sell a single baby themed item
I guess it just goes to show that you can never guess what is going to sell! That's why I offer a wide variety of themes and styles of albums...that way there is something for everyone :)
I hope everyone participating in craft shows is having much success :) And if you're in the area...I'll be doing my third fall craft show in Atlantic, IA on Dec. 4 and 5. Hope to see you there :)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

BNR Treasury!!!

My friend Ruthie at Rosework's Jewelry has started a really fun BNR treasury! BNR stands for Buy-n-Replace. So if you buy something from one of the featured shops, you get your item featured in their cool is that! I was so honored that Ruthie chose to add me to her treasury :)
This is actually round two for the BNR Treasury (sorry I didn't get round one posted!) Ruthie is going to keep this treasury going until Christmas!!! That means lots of time for great exposure :) Click on the image to stop by and check it out. And remember...if you buy're in the treasury next! We had 2 sales last time...let's go for more this time :)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Features-Honoring our Veterans

With Veteran's Day being this past Wednesday, I wanted to find some great Etsy items that represented the great day! Veteran's Day is a very special day and there are some very special items on Etsy that help to celebrate all of our soldiers...past and present :)
I hope you took/take time to thank all the vets in your life :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Dream Room

I came across this advertisement in a scrapbook magazine and completely fell in love! Does this room not scream Edi!!!
Okay, it might not be very practical...table is too small, not even close to enough paper racks, etc. But it just looks like it needs me sitting in it :)
I would love to repaint and decorate my scrapbook room...and this ad might just be the inspiration behind it!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Almost Wordless Wednesday-Happy Veteran's Day

My Grandfather-A WWII Veteran

Monday, November 9, 2009

Aqua and Orange

A couple of weeks ago I told you about a great new color combo I'd come up with...aqua and orange! I was so excited when I saw these colors sitting together on my scrap table and just had to make an album using them! Here's what I came up with:
This one will be going to my craft show with me this weekend, but if it doesn't'll see it in my Etsy Shop soon! And if it sells...I'll definitely be making more :)
I'd love to hear what other color combos you think would look great for my Family and Friend Word Albums. I'm always looking for new combinations to meet every one's style!
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