Oct 30, 2009

Friday Find........glitter me!

Today I am in the mood to decorate my house for the upcoming holidays. I've spent a good part of the morning pouring over options and ideas from so many talented Etsians, but one item in particular jumped out at me today. That was this wonderfully simple and yet elegant sign by glitter me that sums up the entire holiday focus for my family:

She has several others in her shop that I added to my wish list for my dear husband who casually asked me what I wanted for Christmas the other night. Well, he really opened himself up to this one. I don't think he realized quite how long my wish list has become ;)  Anyway, here are a couple more of my favorites by glitter me:

Check out her sparkly little etsy shop right here for more gorgeous glittery signs!
What's on YOUR wish list this year?

Oct 23, 2009

Friday Find....Celebrating the Harvest

The rain poured down outside today while I browsed through Etsy's seasonal items under the search term "pumpkin". When I look for my Friday Find items, I typically open the possibilities in another tab and keep browsing, then I go back through them and whittle it down to one or two really good ones. After only a few minutes of looking today, I realized I had opened 23 tabs in my browser! Well, this was going to be more difficult than I had thought. Looking back through the items, I could not decide which ones to feature. That is why today's Friday Find is my lovely collage of Harvest-themed beauties. Enjoy!

1 Pumpkin Orange Tutu by bellasbowtique2008
2 Ireland Wool Pumpkin by WillowCreekSparrow

3 Aunt Helen's Pumpkin Bread by jewelofthelion

7 Fabric Pumpkins by vickisheehan

Click on the links above to check out more wonderful work from these fabulous Etsy sellers! I'm going to take a few minutes for myself today.......maybe I'll brew myself a cup of hot tea and curl up on the couch (while the rain continues to pour) and rest while my little monkey takes a nap.

Oct 19, 2009

Due to unforseen production trouble with the supplier of my carving material, I will not be able to accept custom orders for stamps right now. She's having difficulty with the product production so I am in a stall pattern at the moment. I suppose it gives me the opportunity to focus on filling up my Paperie section since I only have one card listed. I just ordered some really cute envies from an online envelope company, so I can't wait until they get here!

As always, I have a million different ideas of things I could make and not enough hours in my day to focus on making them. I promise you I am working on it, though. I checked into places that could produce a rubber stamp image from my own designs to see if it be economical and found an interesting potential option for sometime in the future. I'm keeping that one on the back burner for now as I don't have the steady influx of finances to make it happen right now. Someday I will though! I know it.

October has been a good month for me. I am very pleased. I've been implementing more marketing advice and spending more time optimizing my productivity (which means simply less messing around when I need to be working) and I can see some results.

Thank you again to all who participated in my online survey last month. The results have been food for much thought and were encouraging to me. I am developing a couple new product ideas which are still in the tweaking stage, but hopefully I can implement them before the holidays to help with sales.

Hope you all have a wonderful week. Mine will be a busy one as usual.
Bless you,

Oct 16, 2009

Friday Finds....Of Home and Hearth Treasury

Today I was inspired to do a treasury for Treasury West. With the chill of fall crisply in the air, I am drawn toward all things "home"...from cozy fireplaces and toasty blankets to delicious homemade jams and jellies. Anything that came to mind I used as a search keyword. These are just a few of my wonderful finds today:

You can see the whole treasury HERE until Sunday evening. Now, go curl up next to that crackling fire with a cup of hot cider or cocoa and a cozy blanket and enjoy the crispness of autumn.

Oct 13, 2009

Paperie projects......the order of the day

Ahh...finally. I am working this week on filling up the Paperie section in the shop. It's been very empty since I sold the last journal I had. I will get cracking and make some more of those here in the next month, but for now I am working on the stationery end of things. I made a couple of this card yesterday just for fun.

Today I'll be trying my hand at something new. I found some really cute A10 envies in a shop online the other day which inspired me to try some A10 cards. These are the ones that would fit in a business sized (or #10) envelope, for those of you who might not know what an A10 is. To be honest, I didn't either until I looked it up.

These cards are sometimes called "tall and skinny". I thought I should think up a new cute name to call them in the shop. My son thinks I should call them "longjohns"......I think I really like it. Or I could call them "longjanes".....hmmm. We'll see what I decide when it's time to list.

Oct 9, 2009

Friday Find.....cottagehomedecor

Well, better late than never, huh? I'm a little off my posting schedule, but since today is still Friday I thought I'd post this lovely little shop as my latest fabulous Friday Find.

Cottagehomedecor's etsy shop is just getting started, but Linda is not new to the online retail market being a veteran ebay seller with an outstanding 100% approval rating.

I'm a sucker for anything "shabbychic"-ish and the country cottage style has caught my eye for many, many years now. When I stumbled upon Linda's little shop I was not surprised to find myself clicking away on her darling items. My personal favorite is this:

I think it was the color that grabbed my attention first. I absolutely love that color! (In fact, I love it so much that I painted my entire downstairs bathroom that color... with white stripes on one wall)

Please check out her shop if you love the beauty of country cottage decor. You will not be disappointed. I cannot wait until she fills her etsy shop to the brim. I will be like a kid in the proverbial candy shop!

Have a fabulous Friday!

Oct 1, 2009

And the Winner is.....

Alright, the numbers are in. There were 10 people who finished the survey on my stamps. I want to say thank you to you if you were one of them. I received lots of encouragement and insight from all of your responses. I have several new ideas mulling around in my brain now as a result.

And speaking of results, I suppose you want to know who the lucky winner of the 50% off coupon code is, don't you? Ok, I'll tell. I used the random number generator at http://www.random.org/ to determine the winning name.

Congratulations go to Michelle Isom!

I will send out an email to Michelle today containing the coupon code and instructions on how to use it to save 50% off whatever she orders from the shop...whenever she decides she wants to use it.

Here are a couple screen shots in case you were wondering:

Thank you again for all of your responses. I learned quite a lot and you can look forward to more surveys in the future. Now I'm off to finish up the first issue of my newsletter. If you haven't signed up to be on the mailing list you can do so here.


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