Thursday, November 25, 2010

Simple Favor

I had a local customer put in a big order and wanted to add a little something to say "thank you" while I was packaging it up.

The problems with this are many...
you have to keep costs down so you don't have to raise prices
you want it to be something fun or useful so it doesn't end up in the trash
you want your little parcel to still be able to fit through "The Slot of Doom" at the post office

Stroke of Genius! Hand stamped napkins. So simple, thoughtful and fun. Everyone uses napkins and they pack down flat.

Here are my adorable green matryoshka napkins. I think I want some for me! I think they would make great hostess gifts, add-ons for a foodie or fun to stamp in your theme for a party. Just make sure that you use waterproof/archival ink, or your guests may end up with mustaches!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Giveaway Winner and Craft Sale Recap!

Drumroll anyone???
The winner of the mini wooden matching game is:


I don't have your info, so please contact me this week to claim your prize!

I feel like I'm finally back to normal life. This weekend was busy at the Edgemont Craft Sale and a last minute table at the AP Village Craft and Bake sale. Both were great successes! I had a ton of friends and some family stop by, and I was so overwhelmed with all the love. Awww...sappy moment :)

I learned a lot about what people like most and what sells fast. I also learned that I hate making some things in big quantities! I am considering a booth at Mommylicious, Naturally, and the Lilac Festival...big fees and big attendance! It's a tough leap to take!

A few tips on the table:

I got these awesome boxes at Jysk for $50 or so. They helped me to create levels which is so important with small items!

Tablecloths can be crazy expensive ($70 at Home Outfitters!!) but I found some great deals on nice ones at Homesense and Superstore.

My easel was only $20 at Ikea (well...Daniel's easel) and was great for posting my specials. I also found those great frames which I used as signs for .99 cents! Woot!

Since I sell kid's stuff, I had a couple of wooden toys on a small carpet. That way, kids were happy and mom could take her time looking!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Front Page of Etsy

I just made the front page of Etsy for the first time! So exciting. Here's the proof:

Thanks Jill!

A Few Great Treasuries!

Something funny happened to me this week. I made a little gift guide for my hubby with a few ideas for Christmas, and it ended up on the front page of Etsy! I didn't tag it properly, or worry about where I was putting each item. I just filled it with things I like. So here here are that and a few others for your inspiration!

Gift Guide for My Hubby

For a Mail Carrier

Young Artist

First Dance

Share your favorite treasuries and gift guides...I'd love some more ideas!
And remember to enter my giveaway! It closes on  Nov 20.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

3 Cups of Coffee and No Kitchen Table...

My first craft sale is upon me.
Freaking out.
Sewing frenzy.
Sore Back.
Three cups of coffee and kitchen table piled high.

Thank goodness my table at the craft sale is bigger than my kitchen table!!! Come find me on Saturday November 20 at the Edgemont Community Center from 10-3. I promise my table will look prettier!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cowls for my Craft Sale

Here are a few photos of some cowls I've made for the 20th. I'm really happy with how they have turned out and how different they all are!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sock Monster Tutorial


Last night I made my very first sock monster, and this is how I did it! Please excuse the photos. It was late, and dark!

I used the heel of my sock as a bum for my little monster, because I wanted her to be able to sit.

Then I cut a small V at the toe of the sock (for ears/eyes). And a slit at the bottom for legs. Make sure not to cut too high on the should be just a bit below the heel of the sock (the 'bum'). Turn inside out and sew, right sides together, the V for the ears, and the all round the legs. Your monster will be sewn shut with no way to turn right side out, but don't worry!

Next, cut VERY small holes for the arms. They will stretch out a lot, so keep them small. SMALL. Then, flip the monster right side out through the arm holes.

And stuff...

Now for the arms. One the other sock, cut in half lengthwise from the opening to the heel, and across to make 2 arms. I wanted my little monster to have 2 fingers, so I cut a small V in the top of each arm.

Turn inside out and sew, right sides together, leaving the base open. Turn, stuff and sew onto the monster, right where that little hole is. Then, make sure your monster is full enough with stuffing and attach the other arm.

Sew on eyes, and add a felt mouth. I glued the felt on because I was getting tired! I also added a sweet little felt heart by her bum.

If you leave an opening when sewing your monsters legs to turn it inside out and stuff it, you can sew the arms completely shut (after turning and stuffing) and sew them onto the sock without cutting openings. I chose to do it my way because it was faster and I wanted my monster to be a bit funny looking. The other way would look a bit more polished I think.

I am about to start selling DIY Sock monster kits in my Etsy shop, and I think they'll make great gifts for older kids learning to sew.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

$5 Christmas!

I am SO excited about some of my latest finds on Etsy. ALL for $5!

Check it out...amazing, handmade goodies for your loved ones!

$5 Finds For Kids
$5 Finds For Everyone on Your List
$5 Finds for Friends and CoWorkers

And one more thing. Even better thank $5 gifts is FREE gifts!
Remember to enter my Mini-Matching Game GIVEAWAY!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Giveaway Time!

 With Christmas approaching, I think it's time for another giveaway! is your chance to win a mini-matching game for your little one. Your choice of my "Laundry Day" or "Animal Tracks" set if you win!

These mini-matching games make great stocking stuffers or gifts for your childrens' friends and include six pairs hand stamped on lovely wooden tiles in a cotton drawstring bag.

To Enter:
Comment on my last post with an idea- mandatory first entry
Follow my blog-  1 extra entry
Visit my Etsy shop and tell me what you like best- 1 extra entry
Buy something from my shop- 2 extra entries
Become a fan on my Facebook Page- 1 extra entry

That easy, just pick and choose. The giveaway will close at 12pm MST on November 20th 2010, and you will receive your gift on time for Christmas if you are in Canada or the US.

Good luck!

Thursday, November 4, 2010


I love making DIY kits. I think, because I have learned how to do so many crafty things the hard way! Now that I know, I want to make it easier for other people.  That way maybe they won't freak out when thet dye their counter along with the silk, or end up covered in glue because they used too much. Not that that ever happened to me...

So...this week, I'm brainstorming new DIY kits for my shop. If you have any ideas, I want to hear them!

I should mention that if you comment on this post by Nov 20, 2010 I will enter you in my latest Giveaway!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Craft Sale Sneak Peek

Here are some of the items I have been working on exclusively for my craft sale on the 20th! Exciting!

Mushroom Stacker

Rainbow Stacker

Mountain Cave Stacker

Ladybug Mini Bowling

Bumblebee Mini Bowling

Under the Sea Mini Bowling

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