Jun 26, 2009

Friday Finds....spoonfullofchocolate

Alrighty, here it is another gorgeous Friday and have I got a fabulous Friday Find for you! I stumbled across this particular Etsy seller's shop through a post in the forums. When I checked out a mini of her shop (which is one option available with the Etsyhacks add on from Greasemonkey) I was enchanted right away!

Spoonfullofchocolate sells book bags. No really! Purses made from the covers of your favorite books. No pages are harmed during the purse making process. She takes gently used books and carefully removes the covers to form the outer foundation of her purses. She then creates a sleeve and wraps it back on to the fully in-tact book and donates that to a Refugee Center called the IRC in Arizona, where she lives.

Born out of a desire to help her father save the house he built with his own hands, the business is a blessing to him by donating 100% of the profits to save the house. I wish her much success as well. Please check out her profile to learn more about it and consider buying one of her masterpieces for yourself or that bibliophile on your gift list. Remember, Christmas is not that far away :)

Here is my favorite example of her lovely products:
The Jane Austin Pride and Prejudice book






Jun 24, 2009

Ooohhh...after listing a few new stamps last week, I found a fun little note from TwirledTreasures in my inbox today with a link to her BNR treasury. Gotta love that!
Here's a peek at my new listings and a link to her treasury:

Beautiful Bride stamp:


Shower the Bride stamp:


Mixing Bowl and Electric Mixer stamps:


So you can check out the treasury right here!

Jun 18, 2009

Friday Finds....Monsterpromos

Whew! It was a busy week around here. June is turning out to be a good month for me :)

Ok- it's Friday again and time for my fabulous featured Friday Find this week!
While browsing Etsy for some creative inspiration in the area of marketing, I came across this wonderful product from monsterpromos :



This is a wonderful way to spread the word about your Etsy shop! You can have your shop banner right across the top of the frame (or another image if you prefer) and your etsy shop name across the bottom.

Monsterpromos has a whole shop full of goodies to help get your name out there. Check out her shop today and start spreading the word about yours with some of her marketing helpers!

Jun 12, 2009

Friday Finds....ShopRedLeaf

Another fabulous Friday Find:

While perusing the multitudes of products from the many talented bath and body artisans on Etsy, I came across something that caught my eye right away.



ShopRedLeaf's
fabulous shaving soap. These would be a great gift for my husband for Father's Day. I love the simplicity of the labels. Everything about the product reminded me of my husband's style. Intrigued, I clicked to see more pictures. That's when I found these:



Bubble Bath Dough! What an interesting product. Being a bath enthusiast, I was enchanted by the idea of a bubble bath dough. That got an immediate heart from me and is now at the top of my Christmas Wish List! *Wonder what other lovely treats ShopRedLeaf has to offer?*

Now I'm totally hooked. I spent a good hour checking out each product he offers trying to decide which one to feature today and I just couldn't decide. Everything in the shop is a product I would proudly give as a gift and gladly use myself everyday. What a wonderful shop! Please check it out and add a few things to YOUR Christmas lists.

If you are like me and couldn't make up your mind, you could always do what I did and buy some of these samples:



So, here's my shout out to ShopRedLeaf on Etsy! Great job, and blessings on your business. You've got a fan right here.

Enjoy your Friday,

Jun 10, 2009

Revised Yart Sale...

*after re-evaluating my YART sale choices I've decided to up the ante a bit with a deeper discount*



IT'S HERE! The Etsy YART sale. What the heck is a "YART" sale, you ask? Just think...Yard + art = one fabulous sale. (Read the Etsy Storque article to learn more)

This is my first YART sale and I'm excited to see how it goes!
I'm offering:

30% off all jewelry and handmade scarves

from June 10th-14th

I'm also offering FREE SHIPPING FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF JUNE

Come on by and check out my YART sale section to enjoy these savings! Order now!

Jun 5, 2009

Friday Finds

Today begins a new adventure, friends. My fabulous Friday Finds feature. There are sooo many wonderfully creative people in the world and I am amazed every time I browse through Etsy and 1000markets, so I decided to feature one special find each week to share my wonder.

Today's featured Friday Find is something I stumbled upon (and by the way, I marked it in my stumble acct. as soon as I found it!) simply by watching the ticker at the bottom of Etsy's front page.



This piece of creative genius was made by dragonpuzzle1. (Click the link and check out their shop) What a wonderful way to baffle your guests. Imagine what your friends would say when they saw this beautiful piece of wood "magically" holding a fabulous merlot or cabernet sauvignon. Wouldn't this make a lovely, unique gift for a host/hostess paired with a luscious pinot grigio?

I know it's only June, but I'm already thinking about my Christmas list and there are a few people on my list who would love one of these!

Enjoy your friday!

Jun 1, 2009

One of those days.....

Ever have one of those days where it seems the world is on the wrong side of your universe? Where everything that needs to go right goes so wrong too quickly? Well, that's what kind of day I'm having today.

Waking up this morning, I was not prepared for the irritation the events of the day would bring. As I walked downstairs to begin the Monday morning ritual of breakfast and school lunch preparation, I could not see the impending cloud that would soon settle over me. Getting 4 children (all a bit grouchy) fed and prepared for their day and out the door on time is always a major feat. Saying goodbye to my husband as he heads off to work, I put on my taxi hat and deliver 3 kids to their respective learning institutions. Upon arriving back at headquarters, I situate my 5 year old in front of his favorite cartoon for a few minutes and begin my Monday routine with a cup of tea at the computer to check on business things online.

On the to-do list today was filling an order for 5 custom stamps, updating the blog and the usual twitter and facebook posting. Knowing how I am so easily distracted by the computer, I began with carving, telling myself that I would use the "carrot" of computer time as a reward for completing each stamp. That is when the cloud descended. About halfway through the first stamp, the exacto blade slipped and I stabbed my pinky finger. OUCH! Bleeding, I hunt for the firstaid kit (which is, of course, not where it is supposed to be) to get a bandaid. Sighing, I decide to take a break and check on my blog. Everything is going well until......I decide to try a new look. I had come across a new template that I loved and since things were slow and it's easy enough to switch, I thought I'd go ahead and try it out.

Being a little computer saavy, I knew to download a copy of my current template just in case the new one didn't work out or I ended up not liking it. I downloaded it right to my desktop. So far so good. Then I installed the new one. It didn't like some of the extras I had added to the old one, so it asked to delete them. I thought to myself, "that's fine 'cuz I have the copy of how it looked before saved on the desktop." Delete? sure. click. On with the show. I love the layout so I decide to keep it and add the things it deleted from the other template back to the new one by hand. I open the saved template from my desktop and ........that's right- it's not there. Well, technically, it is there but there's some problem (which I don't know how to fix) that prevents it from being opened. *...sigh......*

One thing lead to another today and here I am at the end of the day shaking my head in amazement. Really? Ok, God. I'm gonna chalk this one up to character building and move on. Hopefully tomorrow my little world will be on the right side of the universe again.

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