Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!


Hope you all had a great Christmas day filled with family, friends, fun, happiness...and a few less inches of snow than I received here.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Snow is a coming!

I haven't been blogging much lately as I prepare for Christmas....but....if the weather turns out as predicted in I may be snowed in for Christmas and therefore will be spending a lot more time making cards and hanging online. 

Hope you all have a Wonderful Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

What's christmas without some green

It's the first day of December and now time to kick the holiday shopping in to high gear.  Here are some of my latest gift giving ideas...

Lip Balm by FlourishBathBody  This is a terrific gift for anyone in your life especially those who live in the colder climates. 

Gumdrop hoodie by RitchieRags Have that special little niece that you are searching for the perfect gift?  I know this hoodie would match the personality of mine. 

Ipod case by Ykbags For all those who have to have the new technology this is a great handmade item to keep the gadgets safe. 

Small leather notebook on a keychain by Bindme Anyone know somone who is constantly making lists or loves the satisfaction of checking something off when it is done.  This small notebook attached to a keychain allows for a quick and easy to take notes anywhere. 

Monday, November 23, 2009

Gifts in the shade of red

With red being my favorite color I had to do a gift section devoted to this color

This would be a great addition to any holiday table setting.  Fill it with home baked goodies and it adds even more fun. 

Heart Pendant by Charmed Ceramics
Looking for that gift for your wife?  This red heart could remind that special lady just how much she means to you. 

Personalized ornaments by CottageJoy
As I have said before anytime you can personalize a gift it gives it that extra special touch and the receiver knows that you had to plan ahead.  An ornament for their tree will give them a reminder of you year after year. 

Treasure Box by sisterbutterfly
All of the boxes by sisterbutterly are just amazing. You can't help but sit and wonder about all the time and talent put into each one of her creations.  This would make a great gift for the crafter in your life who has all those little trinkets to store away and also wants to surround herself with creative inspirations.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Gift sets

Gift sets pop up everywhere at Christmas time. Some are a really great combination of items you know someone will love and other times there is one item that is just too good to pass up at that price but the items they package along with it really aren't worth much.  (I'm thinking that wonderful bottle of cologne paired with a twinky pocket knife or fake leather wallet.).  Or you buy a wonderful basket that appears to be filled to the top with food items, bath products, etc and then shrink wrapped all ready for you to give.  Then as you watch the receiver open their gift and pull out piles of stuffing you soon discover that you should have opened this before giving it and filled more than a top layer.  Don't get me wrong I love the idea of a gift set and find that making my own can be a fantastic way to buy several inexpensive items and combine them into one reasonably priced gift that is perfectly personalized. 

As I wander through the pages of Etsy I've begun to see the gift sets showing up here as well and they have me really excited.  There are items here so much better than what you find in the stores.  I can't wait to see what else appears as we get closer to Christmas.

A spice pack for kids???  This seemed a little unusual to me as well but as I read the description and throught more about it this is a great idea.  I have found that kids love making things and are much more willing to eat something they created.  Just gift these to your future chef and them sprinkle away and maybe just maybe that veggie they were so sure they wouldn't like becomes super tasty.

Ouch Pouch by PillowSewCute
This ouch pouch really caught my eye.  Organization for purses or bags of any kind are always a girls best friend.  Having someone compile all of those basic first aid type items in a ready to go pack could really save a new mom some time and energy she could use other places. 

Hot/Cold packs by DaySpa
Do you have a friend who is always cold?  This would be a simple gift idea that could provide them with much delight.  Add a book, and a blanket to this set and you have created a warm and cozy get a way. 

Happy Winter Magnet set by fashionfucsia
Are you ready to brighten the desk of your co-worker?  This magnet set is something that can bring out the holiday spirit for a few months and easily fit in a desk drawer and be stored away till next season.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Don't forget the wrapping

It's not just what's inside that counts, how you present your gift is half the fun so here are some ideas to help get you started. 

Quilt by QuiltLover
For those akward to wrap or extra large gifts find a suitable quilt or blanket and make an instant gift sack.  Place your gift in the center, draw up the blanket all around it, and tie it with a decorative piece of ribbon.  Now your gift wrap becomes a warm and cozy gift as well. 

Christmas Bags by Creative Chicks
For the smaller gifts use one of these pre-made gift bags.  Even better these are re-usable.  No more piles of wrapping paper to throw away at the end of the day when these are used. 

Oragami nesting boxes by SleipnirDesigns
For those itty bitty gifts (hmmm...i'm thinking bracelets, necklaces and earings) use these adorable stacking boxes.  Now you have an eye catching gift and adds excitement to the gift opening process when there are several boxes to open.

Card by Paper Petal Creations
Of course no gift is complete without a card or tag.  Sometimes a tag is just to small to share the meaning behind the gift or even to add a funny story to your gift to make someone smile.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gifts for Guys

I have heard it time and time again that it is just to hard to find handmade gifts for guys.  Although you won't find the latest technology in electronics I guarantee there are tons of items the guys in your life will enjoy. 

I picture this gift being given to an avid hunter and becoming the topic of many tall tales and discussions of the best hunting grounds for such an exotic cardboard animal. 

Do you have that guy in your life who grabs the first bar of soap that doesn't smell like flowers and runs back out of the store? 
Why not give him a really quality bath product to show him what he is missing.  You will also save him the trouble of making the trip to the store himself. 

Belt buckles are a standard piece of equipment for the men in my life.
A custom made buckle would be hard to find in a retail store and definately wouldn't be under $25.

Do you have a traveler in your life? 
A piece of art like this one could be the perfect gift to remind your guy of a previous adventure or give him plans for the future. 

More gift ideas coming soon!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Christmas is just around the corner

Ok so, yes there are still 38 days till Christmas arrives but it's never to soon to start searching for the  perfect gift.  When I start this process I give much thought about recipient. What are their favorite things?  Have they hinted about something they want?  What is that one thing that always brings a smile to their face?  With those thoughts in mind I head out in search of the PERFECT gift.  Anything special, unique and meaningful to that particular person will do. 

I have found that the handmade world is often a great place to find gift giving ideas.  For me this used to mean browsing through craft magazines and fabric stores.  After finally finding what I want additional time was then spent creating my gift or finding someone who can make it for me.  Occassionally I would luck out and see just what I needed at a Craft fair, where someone else has poured their blood, sweat and tears into something special. 

This year I have discovered the wonderful world of Etsy where handmade items from A to Z are available with the click of a mouse.  It has been so much fun browsing through the shops and pondering just who this most adorable item would make a great gift for.  There is just so much...where do you do I weave through all the items out here to find something special...  It's enough to make your mind spin. 

For those who may not have as much time to search I am going to spend the next several weeks sharing some of my personal favorties from ETSY. 

Does your sister like variety and art?  Here is a locket with interchangable faces and it features the work of a true artist.  Many more lockets in this shop with other pictures. 

Does your dad need some pampering?
Bath and body products with a fun message stamped right would add that special touch but not look to girly. 

Know your friends favorite colors? 
A scarf in those colors would be just perfect.

Is your Aunt a spectacular party host?
This fun bowl would make a great converstaion piece and would last outside of the holiday season.

An added bonus:  Each of these shops are a part of TeamEPE and donate money to the American Cancer Society!

Stay Tuned more gift ideas coming soon!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Spirit

This is a cake I made to enter into our pumpkin decorating contest at work.  I decided a pumpkin you can eat would be much more fun.  The finished result turned out fairly well. 

Basic Instructions:  Bake a cake in a bundt cake pan and after it cools frost in orange and then break out your creativity on the type of jack-o-lantern face you would like to add.  For the stem just frost an ice cream cone and sit it upside down in the center. 

As an added treat all of my Halloween Cards are now 50% off! 

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Interpretation of a sketch: The Man Card

It feels good to be stretching my imagination again and creating cards.  Today I was thinking of all the men in my life and realized it was time to make a card suited for any one of them.  Grabbed a few of my most masculine embellishments and sketch 38 from Card Patterns website and I got started.   I think the finished card would work well for a graduation, birthday or just to provide some support.  If you would like to give this card to someone in your life stop by my Etsy shop by clicking here.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Interpretation of a Sketch: Wedding Card

Today I have started working on a line of Wedding Cards to add to my Etsy store so when I saw the sketch on Card Patterns for this week I thought that just might work.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Busy Past few weeks

I've been playing a bit of hide and seek with not much time to post here.  The past few weeks I have:
  • Taken a super fun vacation to Minnesota.  Who would have thought I could spend 3 days in a mall but one trip to the Mall of America and an active boyfriend ready to see it all and I managed to keep up.  The attached picture is a cute fish who watched us enjoy a meal at the  Rainforest Cafe. 
  • Started a low iodine diet in prep for an upcoming RAI procedure.  Having to exclude dairy, eggs, fish and many pre-made foods has made for a new use of my creativy. 
  • Fought through a stomache bug.  This has certainly made it easier to stick to my new diet for the past few days.
  • Added a couple of new Christmas themed cards to my Etsy site. 

Hope all of you have had a good few weeks as well. 

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I'm back with a new creation

It has been awhile since I last posted.  After a scary car accident I have been off supporting my family as we deal with the loss of my aunt and praying for strength to be given to my two young cousins who were also hurt.  Additional prayers would be greatly appreciated. 

In much need of some stress relief I was thankful to try my hand at Card Patterns latest challenge interpreting sketch #34.  Being creative and crafty is always a way for me to stop worry for a few minutes.  This sketch definately had me thinking and trying to incorporate all of the elements.  Hope you enjoy!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Interpretation of a Sketch

My mind is on Christmas cards already which is always good when you are making handmade cards, since they are definately not a last minute task.  When I viewed the Card Patterns sketch I knew this was an opportunity to try out the snowman heads I made a week ago.  Didn't turn out exactly has I planned but I'll keep tweeking it and I'm sure it will be just right by Christmas. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Interpretation of Card Patterns Sketch #31

Today's creation is based off of Card Patterns sketch 31.  This card is also available for sale on my Etsy website. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A flash of Ruby Red

As we come off of a long weekend and start the new week I took some time to view some inspiring photos full of energy and the vibrant color of red, my favorite of course.  I'm now sharing these pictures to provide each of you that extra motivation to carry on this week.  ENJOY!


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Interpretation of a Sketch: Card Pattern & 2 Red Bananas

Today I made one card that fits to different challenges, Card Patterns sketch #30 and 2 Red Bananas request to include a rub on.  Once again this card also incorporates the use of a photograph I took last year.  Can you tell how much this little one enjoys the pumpkin from Grandma's garden? 

Friday, August 28, 2009

Peeping at an Artist

I just watched this attached video on Etsy and found it just amazing!  How fun it is to see into another artists world.  Watching how they express their crafty side and turn it into beautiful creations.  I love how Mimi said she felt she was totally distracted for 20 years when she first started with clay.   Definately shows that finding a nitche can be a time consuming process and it's ok to explore. 

Thanks Mimi for sharing your world with us!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Oh Happy Day!

Today was a typical Monday, busy day at work and about half way through the day I was dreaming of the weekend that was still so many days away. When I finally arrived home I sat down to work on my Etsy shop and brainstorm a few new promotional ideas...then all of the email arrives stating I have made a sale (a small smile forms on my face). But wait, next came a second email and then a third. I am now grinning from ear to ear and curious where all these sales are coming from. After much thought and investigation and sales still popping in I still can't figure it out. Thankfully all the questions are soon answered as a Convo arrives from a fellow Etsy seller Es Things informing me my shop was selected for a sneak attack. New smiles come to my face...someone picked me and it resulted in some great sales. Of course next came a new investigation. What exactly was this "sneak attack" anyway? I followed the forum thread provided in my convo and also checked out this website and soon had my answer. It was just another sign that Etsy community is very supportative.
Thanks to all of those who made purchases from me today and I plan to pay it forward so someone else can be as delighted as I was.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Interpretation of a Sketch

My creation for today drew inspiration from several different places:

  • Halloween. Although it may be a few months away as a handmade card maker I start thinking ahead so that the cards are ready by the holiday season.
  • Old photos. I took some time to look back at photos from last year when the my mom was harvesting pumpkins from her own garden.
  • Card Patterns sketch #29. With pumpkins and Halloween on my mind the hearts and flowers on this sketch took a very different twist.

Combine all these and here is what I came up with:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Photographic Moment: True Love

A dozen red roses given to me by someone truly special.
Hope you enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed them all.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Interpretation of a Sketch: CP #28 and Banana Split Sunday

This week I found 2 sketches which inspired me to create cards.

#1 Card Patterns sketch #28

#2 A sketch from 2 Red Bananas -Banana Split Sunday

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The end of a crafty weekend

Seems like just a few short hours ago that this weekend started and I began a whirlwind crafting session. It is now Sunday evening and I am cleaning up the bits and pieces that always arrive after hard work crafting. Thought I would take a quick break to share with you some of the results. In all I completed 20 cards, 18 bookmarks and brainstormed many new ideas for future crafting moments.

And now a question or two for you.
  • What type of cards would you be interested in seeing?
  • What is the next occassion you will be purchasing a card for?

Friday, August 14, 2009

It's gonna be a crafty weekend

I have had a crafting bug all week so this weekend I plan to lock myself in my home and have a whirlwind session of card making. Lets see just how many cards I can create? So far themes I will try to work into this batch of cards are fall, christmas, masculine, back to school. Do you have any other suggestions?

Who knows where this weekend could end up, but I guarantee it will result in lots of scraps of paper, glitter on my face, and a stack of fresh creations.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Interpretation of a Sketch: Card Patterns 27

This weeks Card Patterns sketch gave me another opportunity to use one of my personal photographs. Summertime provides an abundance of opportunities for me to take in the beauty of the outdoors and I carry my camera with me every where so that I never miss a moment. In turn card making allows me to take those snapshots and share the moment with others. I hope you enjoy my latest creation.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Interpretation of a sketch: Card Patterns sketch 26

Time again to expand my creativity by interpreting this sketch 26 from Card Patterns. Here is what I have come up with:

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Bring recycling to your handmade cards

If you enjoy making your own handmade cards keep in mind that there are many items around you everyday that you can incorporate into your creative pieces. Below is a list of items you can use to get you started:

When the Party is over
-gift wrap
-fancy or colorful napkins
-tissue paper (click for an example)

Around the house
-magazine pages
-Candy wrappers- hidden shiny insides
-old unused spare buttons
-flowers & leaves: pressed and dried
-old greeting cards & envelopes
-make serendipity paper out of old scraps

After a shopping trip
-gumball trinkets
-paper bags (the pink background paper in the pictured card is a recycled bag received from a craft store)
-tissue paper
-merchandise tags

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Photographic Moment: Relaxation

In anticipation of the weekend I dug out a picture taken during my summer vacation. The blue colors and the smooth water make for a calming moment. What do you think?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Interpretation of a sketch

This week I am participating in Card Patterns design contest to create a card based on my own interpretation of their sketch. In the attached pictures you can see their sketch and my creation. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Gift Idea: Quilt Journal

So my mom's birthday is coming up soon and it was time to brainstorm a great gift that I could make for her. Over the years she has made many special quilts for herself but also as gifts. I decided that keeping track of all these quilt memories would be the perfect idea. Pictured is the quilt journal I plan to present to my mom so she can jot down the details regarding why a quilt is made, when, fabrics used and most importantly a picture of the precious quilt.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Share the Love with Pieces of me Pendants

Great news! I was recently featured on the Indie Craft Corner blog. Click here to see the article. This blog provides bits and pieces of information about many talented crafters.

The editor of the Indie Craft Corner blog is of course a crafter herself, specializing in Scrabble tile pendants and most recently pocket mirrors. Her etsy shop, Pieces of Me Pendants, has a wide variety of designs from classy to cute and adorable.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Photographic moment

Discovered this beautiful flower, called Queen Anne's Lace while visiting Iowa this weekend. My boyfriend then took me out to pick a few of these and a handful of other wild flowers.