Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Goofy Little Guy

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Little man is almost 1 1/2 and has started some new things which make me laugh so hard...

The first is he is wanting to share his snacks, which means I am getting half eaten cookies or crackers pushed in my mouth when least expected.   (It's the thought that counts!)

The second thing he has started doing is bending over to look at me laughing with his head between his legs - just too cute.

And the last new thing is this week he realized he can snort like a pig   :)



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Monday, January 30, 2012

Dinosaur Explanation

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* Cherry Walls Giveaway Winner *

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Thank you to everyone who entered Cherry Walls Giveaway!

The giveaway winner for the choice of wall decal is entry #277
Kat

Congrats! Remember to check back for a new giveaway posted each Thursday!!!



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Friday, January 27, 2012

Crazy Things Cats Do

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Apparently Bobby has decided where my hair ties belong...


In his water dish.

Each and every time I leave one out - anywhere - he finds it, and puts it in his water dish, time and time again. Anyone care to explain?   :)

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Giveaway! - Shaterra Clay Studio ( Ended )

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Another Thursday - Another Giveaway!

This weeks giveaway is from Shaterra Clay Studio who is giving away a beautiful Ginko Leaf Pendant! Enter to win this great prize for yourself or someone special in your life!
Read ahead to learn more about this talented artist, and see how to enter for your chance to win!





When did you start getting into crafting, and what did you start with?
My mom used to sew,and I would stand by her machine begging her to teach me. I started when I was 5, making Barbie clothes. I went on to get a BS in Fashion Design in college.
After working in the fashion industry and getting a sour taste for it, in 2003 I switched to clay. I had taken a year of ceramics in high school and loved it. I had been beading and making jewelry for awhile and wanted to make my own beads. Everyone was doing lamp work and I wanted to do something different.




Do you work outside of your Etsy shop? If so, how do you find time for both? 
Yes i work full time in the Physicians Center for a mail order pharmacy. I don't have children or a husband so that makes it easier. Most of my weekends are spent creating new work. Early mornings are spent listing in my store and wrapping and shipping orders.





How did you learn about Etsy?
It was either from my beaded jewelry chat group or my Beads of Clay group.

When did you start your shop?
I joined in 2006 but never started operating a store until May of 2009.




Where does your inspiration for your items come from?
I love nature and take long walks with my dogs in our wonderful parks. I use tree and leaf imagery a lot. I also work intuitively with my texture plates. I sit down and start manipulating them and just let it flow. Sometimes I have early morning dreams or images of designs.




Is there a certain item with a story behind it?
My snow tree pendants. Last year I was on my way to a work holiday pizza party and it was snowing. It was a wet, heavy snow. I was admirng the beauty of the heavy snow coating the tree branches. and I started thinking about how I could replicate the look with glaze.




Do you have advice for any shops just starting?
Take good pictures and promote your store as much as you can off of Etsy. I was published in Stringing magazine in Sept, and Oct was my best month yet. I used to make sure I listed or re-listed at least 4 items a day, but with the new relevancy search I'm not sure if that is as important. I still seem to get more hits if I list something each day.




Do you have a Facebook fan page? Twitter? Blog?





Fun Questions to Get to Know You:


What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
Escargot.

Do you have any hidden talents? 
I can sing and write poetry. I have a photo an poetry blog: www.365thingsthatinspireme.blogspot.com



Which bad habits of other people drive you crazy? 
Driving too agressively and close to my rear on the freeway.


What is one thing you miss about being a kid? 
Care free days spent making mud cookies and riding my bike all over and filling myself with joy.







* What You Can Win *


Ginko Leaf Pendant - $15 Value!

One of my most popular designs. The ginko leaf must be one of the prettiest to be found in nature. The unique shape lends itself wonderfully to a pendant design.
Please note each one hand made and may differ slightly from photo shown.
This one is the large size, and measures 2 3/4" across x 1 3/4" down. Glazed with celadon, nutmeg and moss green on the bottom.

Handmade in the USA

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mini Valentines Tutorial

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Here is a fun little twist to creating your own mini valentines!

Have your kids make their own custom valentines this year - they can choose their own craft paper, stickers, even color and design their own! Personalize by writing To & From as well.  :)








What You Will Need
Little matchboxes
Decorative Paper
Tape
Scissors
Stickers / Other decorations
Small candies  (M&Ms, Hearts)







Start by emptying your match boxes, you can save all these match sticks for later.  :)

Cut your decorative paper in 2" x 4" rectangles.







Using your tape, tape a piece of paper 
to the back of one of your match boxes.





Pull it snug a you wrap it around the rest of the way and tape it in place. I like to slide the inner box up and down adding a small piece of tape on the ends to wrap a little inside to secure the paper well.





Decorate your little boxes with stickers, tie a ribbon, or even add tiny tags with names - let your creative side come out!

Fill them with M&Ms, little valentine heart candies, or other small candies.






Share them with friends and family!



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* KB Paper Creations Giveaway Winner! *

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Thank you to everyone who entered KB Paper Creations Giveaway!

The giveaway winner for the Recipe Card Set is entry #140
Berendina

Congrats! Remember to check back for a new giveaway posted each Thursday!!!


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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My Laptop Is Fixed!

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I am so happy! I have been without my laptop for a little while as it was getting repairs. It wasn't charging and I could only do so much with a few hours of battery  :)

The first thing I did was load pictures and list stuffed animals I made - 8 to be exact! Without a laptop I was able to focus more on sewing without the distractions of the internet and Etsy browsing  :)



I also have 7 Cuddle Buddys in progress at my machines. I am trying to stock up my shop knowing I have a couple of surgeries coming along. Once I have enough animals and blankets my shop is in need of more pet toys... right now there are none! So that's my goal  :)

I hope everyone has had a great start to their week!

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Monday, January 23, 2012

The Life Of A Cat

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* Hoops and Hooks Giveaway Winner *

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Thank you to everyone who entered Hoops and Hooks Giveaway!


The giveaway winner for the "Keep Calm and Carry On"  is entry #445
Michelle

Congrats! Remember to check back for a new giveaway posted each Thursday!!!



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Friday, January 20, 2012

Cheering Up The Hubby

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At the moment my laptop is in for repairs, the charger isn't registering. I was stumped what to share for the 'Picture This' post since all my photos are stored on my computer and I can't take and load any at the moment - then I remembered this video...

It was my first time putting together a video - I wanted to do something special for Steven who was deployed at the time and feeling down as his wife was home alone pregnant.



It worked and cheered him up  :)
(The song is from our first dance, and the photo of the gazebo is where he proposed.)


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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Giveaway! - Cherry Walls ( Ended )

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Another Thursday - Another Giveaway!

This weeks giveaway is from Cherry Walls who is giving away your choice of wall decal! Enter to win this great prize for yourself or someone special in your life!
Read ahead to learn more about this crafty RN, and see how to enter for your chance to win!













When did you start getting into crafting, and what did you start with?

My childhood was infused with creative ideas and inspirations. Ever since I was little, I had a creative eye and loved to surprise my family with small gifts made on my own. I liked to dry flowers and use them for decorating greeting cards, pictures, and family albums.




Do you work outside of your Etsy shop? If so, how do you find time for both?

I do work outside my Etsy shop as an RN (Nurse) and sometimes it is very hard to combine both of them. However, I am blessed to have a supportive husband who inspires me and helps when I am overloaded with orders.


How did you learn about Etsy?

I had ideas, my husband had experience and we were creating beautiful wall decals and selling them locally. A good friend of mine introduced me to Etsy and I was impressed by great selection of handmade items available there. At some moment I realized that I can be a seller on Etsy too and can share my work with millions of people.




When did you start your shop?

I opened Cherry Walls Etsy shop one year ago and enjoy a lot to be part of Etsy community. It's been a fantastic year and a lot of great customers and awesome memories!




Where does your inspiration for your items come from?

My inspiration comes from everywhere: reading a favorite magazine or while walking in the park and enjoying the nature. There are many things that inspire me, but mostly I am also inspired by so many customers that I love as they are so appreciative of the work we do and are happy to see their sweet homes being transformed with a little help from Cherry Walls!




Is there a certain item with a story behind it?

Every decal changes and gets better as our shop matures, we do create every decal trying to make it perfect but with time and our customers' feedback we make changes. So every design has a long story and there are many creative minds that shape every decal into something beautiful.

Do you have advice for any shops just starting?

Very important to realize early that 90% of your success will depend on whether you have very good, high quality photos of your product! This is how you get noticed and that's why people will want to talk about your product on their blogs and Facebook walls. Everybody loves great customer service! Get in touch with relevant blogs and see if they will promote you that will give your shop a great boost.




Do you have a Facebook fan page? Twitter?


We are soo excited to finally have our own shop online www.cherrywalls.com !


Fun Questions to Get to Know You:

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
I am a foodie. Love to go to a different restaurant every time I go out for dinner. Whenever I travel I prefer to go to a local place as opposed to big food places in the city. Soo, nothing is really weird to me anymore :)




Do you have any hidden talents?

I love spending time with kids, playing with them and teaching them something new and they love it. I think I could be a good teacher, but I am not :)



Which bad habits of other people drive you crazy?

Don't even get me started! I get really irritated with people, but always keep it inside. I never even realized that some people actually do drive me crazy a lot until you asked me this question... I don't like when people are being loud and obnoxious. Slow drivers (20 MPH in 45MPH zone) drive me crazy.. is that even a habit? I think it is.






What is one thing you miss about being a kid?

I miss those afternoon naps ... miss them so much.



What was the funniest prank played on you -or- played BY you?

I will disappoint you here :)
My husband always tries to play pranks on me, but the day he succeeds is yet to come...








* What You Can Win *


Cherry Walls is offering a choice of these 3 decals. Winner can pick one decal they like and choose decal color!  -  $22 Value!


ABOUT OUR WALL DECALS:
Cherry walls decals are an inexpensive and innovative way to transform any room.
Most of our decals are exclusive and can’t be found anywhere else in the world!
We have around 30 color options for you to choose from! 


Cherry Wall designs come in a matte finish and they will look as if they were painted on the wall.
We use ONLY high quality removable wall vinyl (made in USA) that is interior safe.
Some very large designs can come in several pieces.
We love doing custom work! You need this graphic customized, resized or reflected? Simply ask us!


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