Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Oh Crap! Forgot to feed the dog!

Yay!!! I snagged a treasury!!!
Click here to see the whole thing. Please feel free to click and comment!!
This doggy treasury is in honor of our dog Mac, who spent his third Christmas with us this year.
I was never much of a dog person until we got Mac. But he has won me over :)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Our handmade present from Ben!

Here is the adorable bobble headed snowman picture holder that my DS made in class to give to his parents for Christmas. So sweet! I will treasure him always (my son and the snowman)!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas everyone! I just got an email from Country Ladies Rescue which is the no kill animal rescue where we got our wonderful dog, Mac (the best dog ever!). I always like to scroll through the pets they have up for adoption. You can find a whole list of pets at petfinder.com or click here.

When we were at the shelter, picking out our Mac, there was another dog there that I wanted sooooo bad. Her name was Precious. She was so sweet and excited to see us. I couldn't talk my son into picking her though, because she was a little hyper and he wanted a calm dog. I so wanted Precious to come live with us, but we could only handle one dog.

I'm sad to say that Precious is still at the shelter. I can't believe no one has picked her for a forever home yet. She is adorable and so loving.

So I thought I'd post her pick here and maybe someone out there in cyber world is looking for an extra special dog and will fall in love with her. Click
here for the link to her page.

There are so many pets looking for a good home. They just want someone to love them. Please think about giving Precious or some other homeless pet a home. You'll be glad you did.

Merry Christmas and have a Blessed New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Only one more day!!!!

Only one more day until you-know-who visits!! AND Chrismtas vacation has officially started at our house since today was the last day of school for the whole year!! No more school until next year - woohoo!!!
Tomorrow (Christmas Eve) will be full of house cleaning and food preparing for your's truly. Alot to do in a short amount of time but hopefully, I'll be able to get my little elves to help me :).
Merry Christmas everyone!! May you be blessed with zero coal in your stockings and I hope Santa brings you what you want!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Super quick cookie recipe for the Holidays!!!

Need a super quick cookie recipe for the Holidays? Here is one my DH clipped from a "Hints from Heloise" column a couple of years ago. It has become our favorite cookie recipe.

All you need is:
1 box of cake mix (any flavor)
2 eggs
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix only the ingredients listed above in a large bowl. Do not follow the actual cake mix recipe! Drop spoonsful of batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool and eat them up!

I alter this recipe just a bit. I use egg substitute instead of real eggs and I use extra light Olive Oil instead of regular vegetable oil.

We have tried this recipe with almost every flavor of cake mix made - even angel cake. Our favorite is definitely the chocolate fudge cake mixes. And then we add m & m's to the batter, or sometimes chocolate morsels, peanut butter morsels, marshmallows - anything we can find really.

It's even better when you can get the cake mix on sale for super cheap - or even use a coupon.
The cookies taste completely homemade, so it's easy to fool your guests ;)

I wish I had a picture to show but we ate them all :) LOL
Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Free Shipping at Pink Pear Designs!

Do to such a positive response this Christmas season, I've decided to make the Free Shipping Promo a permanent fixture at Pink Pear Designs. I will do free shipping to the U.S and Canada. I will also continue to provide custom gift wrapping on all purchases.

Look for new designs in the coming days to be listed in my Pink Pear shop. Just as soon as we get a spot of sunshine, I can take some pictures :(.

It's been nothing but cold and yucky for the past few days.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Another Four Letter Word!

Simplysuzula, a vintage seller on etsy, has included my "O" circle Pendant from Handmade Whimzy in her treasury entitled "Another Four Letter Word". This treasury is soooo clever. It took me a couple of seconds to figure it out. Check it out here.

Thanks so much simplysuzula! Your treasury is clever and beautiful. Thanks for including Handmade Whimzy!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sweet Dreams!

My Butterfly necklace is in this lovely treasury from tamilyn.

Click here to view the treasury and post a comment!

Thank you so much tamilyn!!! Your treasury is beautiful!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

And the stockings were hung...

...by the chimney with care, In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon will be there.Yes, I know it's not a real fireplace. It's just an antique mantle - but we pretend that it's a fireplace. And Santa can still come in through it because he's magic.

I'm still having Free Shipping and Free Gift Wrapping at two of my online shops - Handmade Whimzy and Pink Pear Designs. Need a last minute holiday present? Order today!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree,

How lovely are thy branches!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Free Shipping and Free Gift Wrapping!

I'm offering Free (domestic) Shipping and Free Christmas Gift wrapping on all products in my Pink Pear Designs shop and on all items (except handpainted wooden items) in my Handmade Whimzy shop until December 15th!!!

The Gift Wrapping will be with one of my handmade pillow boxes, tied with a ribbon and with a handpunched tag attached.

Check my stores out for great holiday gifts for all the ladies in your life. My ribbon bookmarks make great gifts for coworkers, teachers, Sunday school classes, friends and anyone else who likes to read.

Monday, December 1, 2008

25% off SALE and Free Gift Wrapping!!

★★ It's time again for Etsy Texas Crafters First Monday SALE! All items in Handmade Whimzy and Pink Pear Designs are 25% off plus free gift wrapping!! I will combine shipping for items purchased in any of my shops including Whimzy Supplies. Shop today for Christmas - it's only 24 days away!!

To see the list of all participating shops in Etsy Texas Crafters, click here: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5934515

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Free Shipping and Free Gift Wrapping!

Last day to get Free Shipping and Free Gift Wrapping from my Handmade Whimzy and Pink Pear Designs store!

Shop both stores today, Saturday, November 29th and get free shipping with any purchase plus I will wrap the items in Christmas wrap complete with ribbon and tags. Small items will be wrapped in one of my handmade pillow boxes.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tips for Turkey Day

17 Ways To Cook A Turkey

1. Go buy a turkey
2. Take a drink of whisky
3. Put turkey in the oven
4. Take another 2 drinks of whisky
5. Set the degree at 375 ovens
6. Take 3 more whiskys of drink
7. Turk the bastey
8. Whisky another bottle of get
9. Ponder the meat thermometer
10. Glass yourself a pour of whisky
11. Bake the whisky for 4 hours
12. Take the oven out of the turkey
13. Floor the turkey up off of the pick
14. Turk the carvey
15. Get yourself another scottle of botch
16. Tet the sable and pour yourself a glass of turkey
17. Bless the dinner and pass out

Happy Turkey Day!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Operation Christmas Box

Every year, my family tries to do something to "give back" during the holidays. We've participated in the local Fireman's Toy Drive for several years now. Most years we also pick an angel off of the Salvation Army Angel tree to buy gifts for - usually a boy who is my son's age at the time, so that it will be more meaningful for him. Sometimes we make donations to certain non-profits that we really like such as Country Ladies Rescue, which is where we got our precious dog, Mac (the best dog EVER) or to the local Humane Society of East Texas.

This year we chose to pack a shoe box with gifts for "Operation Christmas Child" through Samaritan's Purse. I saw a news story on a local channel about a girl who grew up in Russia. She was adopted by an American family when she was 11, but she still remembers the Christmas box that she received while she lived in the orphanage in Russia. She spoke about what a blessing it was for her and all the other children to get something that someone packed just for them and how it made her feel like someone was thinking about her and loved her. The story just made me cry.

So I said to my son and husband, "let's do Operation Christmas child this year". You could choose to pack a box for a girl or boy and of course, my son picked a boy. So we packed 2 shoe boxes. One for a boy aged 5-9 years and one for a boy aged 10-14 years.
We basically followed the guidelines given when buying items to fill the boxes. We bought socks, gum, school supplies, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hair combs, and toys. For the toys, we bought metal race cars and a small football for the older boy. For the younger boy, we bought small plastic animals, a stuffed animal, and a small football.

We took our boxes to the drop off location on Friday and we were given two sweet, metal, Christmas tree ornaments as a thank you. They had a big semi trailer in the parking lot and it was almost full to the brim with packed boxes.

I don't know when our boxes will be delivered but our thoughts and prayers are with the children who receive them.
Feel free to click any of the above links and donate to these very worthy causes or get yourself a new pet for Christmas!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

It's Christmas Time in Texas

GrandmaMarilyn currently has a treasury featuring Christmas items from our Etsy Texas Crafters team.
It's a beautiful treasury full of great Christmas items.

You can check it out here:

Thanks Marilyn!! for featuring Handmade Whimzy's nativity set in your great treasury!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Whimzy Supplies!

Whimzy Supplies is up and running! I've listed several Christmas pillow boxes in two different sizes. Perfect for a quick package wrap - all you need to do is add ribbon. My boxes come with matching tags. Here are some of the Christmas boxes listed:

This is the small size.
This is the medium size.

I'm going to list large and maybe extra large but I have to work up a pattern for them first.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thankful for our Blessings

I snagged a treasury today on etsy from my Pink Pear Designs shop. Here is a link to the treasury: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=22021 I think it's only good for about 2 days, so click it while you can.
If you click the "somewhere special" link at the top of the page, it will take you to a Carrie Underwood video of the song "So Small", which I love!
Because sometimes, the mountain that we're climbing really is just a grain of sand. But it's hard to see that when you're half way up the mountain.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Catching up!

Oh, where does the time go?

First let me say that the ETC Monday promo for today is "ETC has Secrets". I have 2 secrets in Handmade Whimzy and 2 in Pink Pear Designs. Find the secret, buy the secret and get a free pair of Christmas earrings like the ones listed in my Pink Pear shop! Search on etsy for "teametsytx etc secrets" and see what other participating shops have secrets. You have until midnight tonight! Go - Look!

Also, I have started making my own Pillow boxes. I wanted to offer year round gift wrapping for Pink Pear Designs and I thought pillow boxes would be sweet and still fit into a bubble mailer nicely. So, what to do with all the extra pillow boxes I've been making? Why open up a supply store on etsy, of course.

So today I opened Whimzy Supplies, to sell my handmade pillow boxes and destash supplies.

Wish me luck and check out my new shops!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

1st SALE!

Pink Pear Designs made it's first sale this past weekend. (First 2 sales, actually!) YAY! I'm so excited. Here is the gift packaging that I sent my first order in:

I'm working on making my own boxes, but I haven't quite perfected them.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Red, White, and Blue Festival in Bullard, Texas

Thanks Bullard, Texas and Darlene for organizing such a great festival! I'm from a small town and this really brought back memories of the yearly parade and festival that I grew up with.

Bullard is such an adorable little town. The festival was in celebration of Veteran's day and it was awesome. They had a parade, Miss Armed Forces contest, art contests for the kiddos, an arts and crafts fair, some yummy food and lots of performances by local folks.

My booth did fairly well considering it was a pretty small festival and it was my first time. I met a couple of etsy sellers that I didn't know and saw a couple of sellers that I did know. Betty over at Glassyboop who does awesome fused glass, sold me a really sweet Christmas tree ornament and is making me a custom piece that I will be giving as a gift. Can't say what it is because the giftee might peak and not be surprised.

I also saw AlexiaJean, who is one of my fellow Etsy Texas Crafters. She makes things for wee ones like little bows, dresses, things like that. I know she had a great weekend at the festival and seemed really happy at the end.

One last thing to mention, they had the most wonderful portable potties there that I had ever seen. They had heat and A/C, running water, soap, paper towels and a little bowl of mints. Everyone who used them was soooooo excited. Thanks Darlene for getting us those great toilets!!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sweet Pea!!!

AH! The sweetest pea!

Pink Pear Designs Sweet Pea necklace is currently being featured in a treasury by volleyballgirl.
Click here to view the treasury!

Thank you volleyballgirl!!! I love your warm, fuzzy scarves!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pink Pear Designs in a Treasury!

Pink Pear Designs Amazon Flowers necklace is currently being featured in a treasury by AMIdesigns.

AMI makes gorgeous jewelry! I love this bracelet in her etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16303745 So pretty!!

Thank you so much for featuring my necklace, AMIdesigns!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

First Monday SALE!

It's time for ETC's monthly First Monday Sale!!

Both of my shops Handmade Whimzy and Pink Pear Designs are having 20% off sales!! I will combine shipping if you want to buy something for both stores!

Check out our Etsy forum thread http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5889005 for the list of all participating shops!! There are over 95 stores participating. Now is the time to buy for Christmas!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Pink Pear Designs in 2 Treasuries!!

Pink Pear Designs was in two more treasuries this weekend!!

The Flutterby Treasury from Earmark is a gorgeous use of plum and sweet butterflies!
Thanks Earmark!!

The Dragonflies treasury from mandreacarreiro is fun and makes me want to sit outside and listen to the birds in my backyard.
Thanks mandreacarreiro!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

An Addiction to Earrings!

Thank you theearringjunkie for featuring my Sodalite Drop earrings in your treasury "My name is addiction..."!
I love the colors she used. They are just gorgeous!!

Halloween 2008!

Trick or Treat!

Mac's shirt says "Bad to the Bone".

My little (not so little) Clone Trooper!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pink Pear Designs in its first Treasury!!

My new shop, Pink Pear Designs, is in its first Treasury! My Butterfly necklace was chosen by Kate at OrganicOdysseys to be in her "No Rhyme or Reason" Treasury. Thanks so much Kate!!!

Here is the screen shot I took:

Click the link to view the whole treasury and read all the nice comments!
Kate incorporates nature into her art and has some wonderful things in her shop. This is my favorite piece - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15375253. It's called Dragonfly Stopover.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pink Pear Designs is now open!!!

My new store, Pink Pear Designs, is now open on etsy!! I'm very excited. I have a new line of jewelry that I am listing as quickly as I can and I really hope it will be well received. Pink Pear carries jewelry that is inspired by romance. Some pieces are one of a kind, some have a vintage look, some use vintage pieces, some are Victorian inspired. All are beautiful, sweet, romantic and girly.

My Banner is not up yet, as it is still being perfected. But you can still come on in and shop.
All of my pieces come to you boxed and tied with a pretty ribbon, ready for gift giving.

Friday, October 24, 2008

My clean dog.

Monday, I took my dog, Mac, to get a bath at Petsmart. The groomer just went on and on about how sweet he was. She even gave him this sweet Halloween bandana with spiders on it. Here he is all clean. What do you think?
We've had Mac about 2 1/2 years now. We got him from an animal rescue called Country Ladies Rescue. I highly recommend their organization. Mac is the best dog ever and I'm so glad they took him in so we could find him.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Arts and Crafts Show Booth set up!

My booth setup for the 2008 Rose Festival Arts and Crafts show. This was the first time I had used white table covers. Usually I use black. My husband liked it better this way - he said it made the jewelry stand out better. I'm not sure. It felt like an aweful lot of white.
I'm in the process of finding better displays for my necklaces and I came up with a better packaging method for my bookmarks just this morning.

My sign hanging up in back is handmade by me and it matches my business cards.
Check me out on flicker for more booth pics!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tyler Rose Garden is gorgeous!

Well, the big Arts and Crafts show this past weekend was pretty much a big dud. The city changed the venue from Bergfeld Park to the Tyler Rose Garden so that it would be closer to the other Rose Festival Festivities. However, whenever you change a venue, it takes several years for the customers to figure out where it moved to, and to follow. So, therefore, no customers. It was so sad.

The venue WAS gorgeous and it was so nice having indoor potties.
Here are some beautiful pics of some of the roses courtesy of The Tyler Rose Garden.

Oh well, the next show will be better and at least the weather was perfect!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Craft Show Tomorrow!

This weekend I will have a booth at the Rose Festival Arts and Crafts in Tyler, Texas. The Arts and Craft show has been moved this year from Bergfeld Park to the Rose Garden. Keep your fingers crossed that we will have a good turnout. Anytime there is a change in venue, I get nervous. Mostly because it usually takes 2-3 years for people to figure out where you've moved to.

We went tonight and set up our tent and carried all the heavy stuff in. We have a good location, right by the entrance and our neighbors that we met seem really friendly.

The Rose Parade starts at 9 a.m. and I'm thinking that we will be really busy once ends as there will be so many people already in the area from the parade. Let's just hope the traffic continues.

I have tons on new stuff for the show - unfortunately, no pics :(
I even have some special lampwork glass rose earrings in red and yellow.

If you're in the area, stop on by and visit!

Monday, October 13, 2008

You've been BOO'D!

I've been thinking about Booing some of my neighbors this Halloween. I've heard and read about doing this and I think it's a really cool idea. We have two neighbors with little bitty kiddos and a retired couple across the street. I think I'll even include a big old doggy bone for the neighbors dog. He needs to be boo'd too, don't ya think?

Have you ever heard of the Boo game? It's where you make up a bag of treats and leave it on your neighbor's doorstep with a little picture of a ghost and a poem. The poem basically says that the person has been boo'd and that they should now boo someone else. However, I don't like the part about making the person feel like they have to boo someone else. I just want to leave treats for some of the neighbors. So I started looking on the internet and found several people who had the same idea as me.

Crazedparent.org has a post about Booing and there was a great poem left in the comments for people who don't want to make the recipient feel as though they have to continue the Booing.
Here's the poem:

The air is cool, the season fall,
soon Halloween will come to all
With Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore
trick-or-treaters at your door
The spooks are after things to do,

in fact, a spook brought this "Boo" to you
The treats that come with this short note
are yours to keep, enjoy them both!
You don't have to spread this cheer

but if you do,
do it to someone you hold dear

Here is how to make a Boo:
Place a goody bag beside the door

include this poem and one thing more
A special treat or something fun,
now your Boo is almost done
Don't sign your name, don't leave a clue

cause that's the magic of a Boo!
Happy Halloween!

This website - organizedchristmas.com has some really great Booing signs and more info about it.

So go out there and BOO someone. This would be a great way to raise the spirits of an elderly person in your neighborhood or anyone else that needs a little fall cheer!

Friday, October 10, 2008

My awesome gift!

As promised, I am posting some pics of the awesome gift I received from Connie of Refabulous for Etsy Texas Crafters 1st ever gift swap. It is a black tote bag with red felted poppies. The inside fabric is black with red poppies and there is even a little pocket and a little ring to hold keys. The sewing is top notch - really beautiful and professional. Connie - you ROCK!

I'm almost afraid to use it because it's so pretty! Ok, all my fellow team members, you can be jealous now!
Ok, funny story, when I received the package and opened it, my little dog Mac, came and started sniffing it and looking at it. Then he ran off and came back with his little stuffed red dog toy in his mouth as if to say, "I like red too, see my red!" I've learned not to leave anything red where he can reach it or he will grab it and claim it for himself. He's such a scamp.

P.S. Connie has several cool totes in her store right now and they are almost as beautiful as mine. LOL

Monday, October 6, 2008

Etsy Texas Crafters 1st Monday SALE!!!

It's the 1st Monday of October and time for Etsy Texas Crafters 1st Monday sale!!!

Everything in my shop is 10% off all day today until 12 midnight (1am etsy time).

There are over 80 shops participating this month. Check out our forum thread for all participating shops.
Now is a great time to get great prices for Christmas!

My new pendants make great stocking stuffers for the girls/tweens in your life!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

New Store Coming SOON!

I've been working for awhile now on opening a second etsy shop. I have a whole new line of jewelry that I've made and I just don't feel like it fits into Handmade Whimzy. My new line is very romantic. So I wanted to create a place just for it. I'm in the process now of opening the shop and I'll post all the info just as soon as I can.

Etsy Texas Crafters has been accepted to MakerFaire!

Our group, Etsy Texas Crafters, has been accepted to Maker Faire which is taking place in Austin, Texas on October 18 and 19. Our booth will be a make booth, meaning you can stop by and learn how to make something. We will also be passing out "goody bags" with team members business cards and coupons. Signing up to receive our team newsletter will get you a bag with team samples and other goodies. I wish I could be there to help that weekend because it really sounds like fun.

Check out our
Maker Faire Page here.

And as always, you can search "teametsytx" on etsy.com to find all the great listings for members of our talented group!

Sunday, September 28, 2008


★★It's the 5th Monday of the month again! Time for ETC has Secrets! Follow this link to the etsy promotion thread: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5830433

Armadillo Tex is hiding in all the participating shops. Find him, buy the item he's hiding in and get a free gift!

I have two secrets in my shop. Can you find them?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

My new tween line has come to etsy!

I've finally started listing my new tween line of jewelry. I've listed several heart shaped wooden pendants and just today, started listing my new dangly earrings (but not tooooo dangly - just perfect for girls, tweens and young teens). The pendants are not the scrabble tile pendants that have become so popular on etsy. I'm trying to do something alittle different and have different shapes. Right now I have circles and hearts but I'm hoping to add stars and squares.

Here are the just listed today pics!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I got a TREASURY on etsy!

I can't believe it. They are so hard to get now because there are always so many. Click here to check it out!

I based it on the devastation left by Hurricane Ike and other past hurricanes. Please click the pics and leave comments. I'd love to hear what you have to say!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Etsy Texas Crafters Design Challenge for this month is Halloween/Autumn. Tomorrow is Design Challenge Monday and we will be promoting our own and other members items that match this challenge. To find the design challenge items, just search "teametsytx" and "designchallenge" on etsy.com or click here!

Here are some of my challenge items!

OOOH! Spooky spiders and pumpkins - oh my! Perfect for Halloween!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Handmade Whimzy on the Homepage!

My shop, Handmade Whimzy, was on the homepage of etsy on Monday of this week and I was so excited about it that I forgot to write a blog about it! LOL

My Red Jasper Drop Earrings were the ones featured in the treasury that made the front page.

Here they are:
The fearless leader (Milly of Thistlecraft) of our group, Etsy Texas Crafters, was the one who saw them on the front page and took a screen shot for me. Without her, I would have missed it. Thanks Milly! You ROCK!
I was sooooo excited. As far as I know, that is the first time I have been on the front page. My shop got 15 hearts and the item got 5. Not bad, huh?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

New Tween Pendants!

Here is a pic of my new tween pendants that I have been working on for a couple of months now. So far I have made heart shaped and round but I plan to do stars and maybe some other shapes. My purpose was to make something fun, colorful and inexpensive that girls and "tweens" would want to wear. I can customize them for birthday party favors and also do bulk orders.

They were going to debut at the Festival that I had scheduled for yesterday but since it was canceled, I am debuting them here. I will be listing them in my etsy shop in the coming days, so keep your fingers crossed that they will be a hit.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Namaste yoga

Recently, I have taken up Namaste yoga. I did so on doctor's orders and have been at it about 3 weeks now. And suprise, suprise, I'm really enjoying it, although I do still call it pain class sometimes. It's much harder than I ever thought it would be, or maybe I'm just old and stiff. LOL

So to enhance the relaxation part of my yoga class, I bought an eye pillow from Cathie over at Sweetwolf. It is made with flax seed and comes scented with lavender or unscented. Cathie says you can heat the eye pillow up in the microwave and the flax seed retain the heat really well which is great for when you have a migraine. I haven't tried heating it or freezing it yet, but the pillow itself was very soothing to me this morning when I was practicing my yoga.
My new eye pillow is so cute with little sleeping owls on it and it's very well made. Thanks Cathie!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Goody Bags!

I had these cute goody bags all made up in preparation for the Festival, so I thought I'd show you all how cute they came out. I used all the promo, sample and business cards that I had received from my team members of Etsy Texas Crafters. I was able to make 28 bags in all.

I'll have an art show coming up in October, so I'll give them out then. But they really came out great!

Hurricane Ike

Old Hurricane Ike is blowing in this weekend! We have many evacuees in our area from south Texas and I'm sure more are still on the way. Let's all keep our thoughts and prayers with those who are in the path of the Hurricane.

Festival on the Square was canceled this weekend as a result of the proposed bad weather and the need for efforts to be concentrated on helping the evacuees.

I think we'll all be glad when Hurricane season is over!

Friday, September 5, 2008

New Lampwork Beads!

I bought these cool handmade, lampwork beads recently and finally made something with them. They are so modern/retro/cool that I just love them. Unfortunately, I could only get about 10 from the glass artist so I'm going to have to choose carefully how I use them.

This is just one of my many new pieces that I've made to get ready for the Festival on the Square Art show that is now only 1 week away. EGAD!!
All silver used, including beads and wire, is sterling silver. I made the earwires myself. They are listed in my etsy store for $18.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Labor Day!! Boo to end of summer.

Well, as we all know, Labor Day signals an end to summer. BOOOO! I love summer! But then at least we have the fall weather and Christmas to look forward to.

Labor Day is also the first Monday of the month which means ---- Etsy Texas Crafters 1st Monday Sales Event! YAY! My shop is having a 15% off everthing sale. Click here to see all the great stuff!

Or click here to see the etsy forum thread that has a list of all participating shops. There are some really great shops participating, some having sales up to 50% off! You can't beat that.

I just bought a flaxseed eye pillow from sweetwolf.etsy.com for 20% off! That will come in handy in yoga class! Click here to see!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Back to school!

Well, I'm busy working like a little bee on my inventory for the upcoming Festival on the Square Art Show. I've just listed this adorable bookmark yesterday in my etsy shop, for the princess in your life. Every girl should get to feel like a princess once in a while - even grown up girls! Click here to go to my etsy shop.

School started back for us yesterday. I always get really sad, because it means my son is growing up and one day he'll leave me. :( My friend says she thinks of the start of school as a new adventure. I guess I need to start looking at it that way - that's very positive.