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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Themed Thursday – New Year

Hi all!  I’m not feeling the greatest so I’m just going to quickly share with you some fun New Year’s Finds.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe night tonight!

il_430xN_112943299 Live IN Color from StudioHaus

il_430xN_112917767Hot pink 20 Bulbs real rubber tree leaves from pdkcandles 


New Year's Resolution Unisex Copper Dogtag Bracelet from tinahdee


New Year’s Ear Parade from VickiDianeDesigns


Small Leather Notebook Journals - Set of 7 - Circular Embelishments (Gold, Copper, Silver) - New Year's Resolutions from mooshchen


Happy HAPPY New Year everybody – may 2010 be joyous and prosperous for all!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Keeping my Hands Busy During the Holidays


I get asked the question, “How did you do all that you do?” quite often. I think there’s two answers to that:

1. I don’t think about things too long. I just go with my gut and 90% of the time it looks great.

2. My hands are always moving. You will rarely find me just watching TV or sitting at the table with nothing else going on.

So, I had to plan ahead for all the holiday traveling and visiting there would be going on. Since I would not have easy Internet access or all of my own personal creating supplies at hand I knew I should get some extra earring kits from Blue Hill by Hand to work on.

They came through and sent me four all new (to me) earring kits to create!001I like the look of these #i427 Layered Metal Earrings. As I’ve previously posted, Blue Hill by Hand is the company that purchases and creates my candy drop rings. I have been in the process of trying to come up with some earrings to “go with” the rings. I had a few of the brass discs left so I decided to see how a cluster of candy drop beads would look…here’s what I came up with:042

Brass Cluster – Candy Drop Earrings

I would love to hear your opinion on these!004 The blue and mint green earrings shown above and below are #i423 Diamond Beaded Earrings.005 006I had a lot of fun creating #i440 Dark Copper Hoops. I had to pound the curve into them with a hammer and a wood form. It was a great way to get some energy out and the end result is just gorgeous! 009

The fourth pair of earrings I created was from the Eclectic Earth Collection . These are called Star Jasmine.

This was definitely the perfect solution to keep busy during the ‘down’ holiday times of visiting and traveling.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Yeah for Front Page!

Yeah! Just opened up etsy and saw my Vintage Typewriter Rings on the Front Page!


Thanks LeapingGazelle for including me in this gorgeous treasury!

Keywords for Etsy’s Front Page: December 9th – December 15th

KEYWORD/Search Term

  • recycled


  • Retro-Inspired Holiday
  • Nautical-Inspired Gifts
  • Animal-Inspired Gifts
  • winter accessories x 3
  • Geekery
  • Holiday Fashions
  • Candy Canes
  • Honey-Inspired Gifts
  • a Winter Wonderland


  • Holiday Gift Ideas
  • Linen Gift Ideas
  • Rustic Holiday Gifts
  • Items from the bluegrass etsy street team
  • Sunny Gift Ideas
  • Fun Gift Ideas
  • Earth Friendly Gifts
Saturday, December 26, 2009

Handmade Gifts for the Holidays – That I Gave…

I can do a little bit more extensive blogging at this point about the handmade gifts that I made for the holidays since they have all been given away. 036 Cedi’s Owl037Capri’s Owl039An Owl for my Friend’s Baby, Ayla 022For my dad’s side of the family, the Van Grunsven’s we had to bring a $20 exchange gift…I decided to make mine this year – the Mocha Meringue Tote Bag. My cousin Mandy ended up with it….I think she was happy (hope so). If you really like it – no worries…I have enough to make a custom order bag!058 These two pictures are of a crazy quilted bag I made for a friend of mine…she really likes orange and textures. The strap is adjustable so you could throw it over your shoulder or across your chest. 055 And lastly…this is the quilt I made for my mom and dad. They wanted a wall hanging for one of their walls in their “new” house (well…they moved in over a year ago).032I managed to piece it together but I still have to send it to Barb to be quilted and I need to add the binding.

I would love for you to share with me any handmade gifts either you made or received!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas today! I hope you all enjoy this beautiful and joyous day. 12 days of Christmas - Charm Bracelet from CREATEHAPPINESS
The 12 Days of Christmas from JustQuillin

Thursday, December 24, 2009

On The 12th Day of Christmas

my true love gave to me...

Twelve drummers Drumming
Eleven Pipers Piping
Eight maids a milking

Six Geese A-Laying
Limited Series 6 Goose and Cattails Line Drawing Mega Mug (microwave safe) from JimandGina
FIVE Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three french hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

On The Eleventh Day of Christmas

(realized I had the end of the song mixed up so it will be fixed in the final two posts…)

my true love sent to me
Eleven pipers piping


Piper Mighty Ruffle Pants Sewing Pattern Instructions Girls Sizes 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 from RomeoandMae

Ten lords a leaping


Trust in the Lord - Vinyl Text Wall Words Decals Stickers Art Graphics from singlestonestudios

Nine ladies dancing

il_430xN_97629749 Dancing Ladies Teapot Purse from UniquelyNancy

Eight maids milking

il_430xN_100712848 Milk Maid by freshsnappedphotos

Seven swans swimming

il_430xN_64654454Blue Swan Fascinator from RockingRetro 

Six geese laying

il_430xN_87046421 Across the Shoulder Bag from PonderosaQuilter

Five gold rings

il_430xN_111845227 CLASSIC white pearl 14K gold filled wire wrap wrapped ring from muyinmolly

Four calling birds

il_430xN_95194677 Paper Mache - Art Sculpture - Hugo - A Big Eyed Bird from fishstikks

Three french hens

il_430xN_111000604 CHICA - The Robot Chicken Jewelry Box  from Reclaim2Fame

Two turtle doves


Mauve love from Twelvewalls


A partridge in a pear tree.

il_430xN_91771429 Partridge in a Pear Tree from loomtree

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Etsy Front Page Keywords and Inspired by’s from December 1st – December 9th




Plaid Gifts

Rustic Holiday Gifts

Romantic Gifts







winter holidays x 2

mustard-inspired gifts x 2

pumpkin spice

Lumberjack-inspired gifts


a vintage holiday x 2

candy canes

a retro holiday

Nautical-Inspired Gifts

Rustic Holiday

owls and cowls




Holiday Gift Ideas

Items Featured in the Media

Members’ Choice Gift Ideas

Toys for Everyone x 2

Thoughtful Gifts Under $100

Great Gifts Under $50 USD x 2

Items from OOAK Show Sellers

Personalized Gift ideas

Recycled Gift Ideas

Recently Listed Gift Ideas x 2

Cute Holiday Gift Ideas

Nifty gift Ideas x 2

Shades of Summer in the Southern Hemisphere

On the Tenth Day of Christmas

my true love gave to me:

Ten pipers piping


Pete the Piper Gnome from theGnomeShack

Nine drummers drumming

il_430xN_111636270 Gourd Drum from iletambor

Eight maids milking

il_430xN_111652510 Milk Maid’s Bouquet Earrings from SweetSoul

Seven swans swimming

il_430xN_93730998 Swan Flower Tile Pendant SRA from Avramicopendants

Six geese laying

il_430xN_67709555 North South Migration from TerryAskeArtQuilts

Five gold rings


Steampunk Vintage SPRING BARREL Pocket Watch Part - Victorian ANTIQUE GOLD ROSE Filigree Ring...FEMININE and STEAMY - GORGEOUS GIFT IDEA - Exclusively Offered by edmdesigns

Four calling birds


Bird on a Wire Earrings from theApple

Three french hens

il_430xN_89536693 caged hen by sadieolive

Two turtle doves and


Turtle Dove birch bark bird from bettula

A partridge in a pear tree.

il_430xN_98176442Partridge in a Pear Tree from lkQuiltArt

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