Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sweet swap and newest creations

I hope you are all ready for Christmas---only two days left! My husband went out last night with the kids in tote. What a crazy man---two days from Christmas, shopping with two kids who love to pull things off the shelves, not to mention it's like 10 degrees here. And, he said he's going out again. Yes, I'd say he's a procrastinator. But, who am I to talk?

Are you asking why he was taking the kids with him? I went to a "sweet swap" last night with the ladies from my mommy and me aerobics group---you know the instructor, Christa, from motivating mommies. Anyways, we had to bring about 5 dozen of one kind of sweet (depending on the number of people swapping)---whatever you wanted to bring. You of course have a tasting throughout the night, then, before you go home, you get to make a beautiful tray of assorted cookies, fudge, and candies. Plus, it makes you look like an amazing baker---if you don't want to tell otherwise ;-) It was so much fun with good food, drinks, and fellowship with an amazing group of women. You should try one next year!

Anyways, I wanted to share with you my latest projects. I've been on a beading kick the past few days---and I've made a bunch of new bookmarks. I think they are really colorful and pretty. I have them here on my desk all hanging over a crystal glass and I just love looking at them---a bouquet of bookmarks. Maybe I'll end up keeping one---I've made one for myself several times over and of course, given it away. But, I can always make more, right?

And, here are a few bracelets and necklaces I've come up with for my Etsy shop. Now I just have to take the time to list them. My favorite new project that I made I can't share yet because it's a gift for my Aunt who reads my blog, so I'll have to share that one after Christmas.

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and I hope santa is good to you!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Card

Hi Everyone!! Did anyone miss me? Sorry I've had such a lack of posts over the past week and a half. The time has really just slipped away.....that ALWAYS happens this time of year. Rush, Rush, Rush. I have been so busy wrapping up orders, both the kids had birthdays, and we hosted a large Christmas party. Blogging has definitely taken a back seat....the last thing on the list, and it never got checked off....until Today.

I was able to get up early, real early...before the kids...like 4:30a.m. I love to get up that early. You can just get soooo much done. I made three tooth fairy bracelets for a customer, designed 2 other ones, and made two necklaces. A very productive morning for me! I'll post those pics tomorrow, but for this one, I wanted to share my Christmas card with you.

Every year since the kids have been born, we've done a family photo for our card----and it's always in front of a roaring fire with our stockings hanging over our head. Well, this year, time again slipped away from us and we decided to use one of our pics from St. George Island. I think it turned out really cute.

My friend also asked me to design a Christmas bracelet for her boss...this is what I came up with. More pics to share tomorrow!! Hope you have a great day today!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Custom Striped Hat

Who doesn't love a kid in a cute striped hat? They are so fun and colorful and I don't really make enough of them! I recently had a customer contact me to make her three striped hats. I won't tell you how many times she changed her mind on the striped pattern, but the results are really cute!! I hope she likes them. I only messed up on one of them, so my friend Christa, from Motivating Mommies got a freebie this week.


Friday, December 5, 2008

With much hesitation, I decided to officially close my Ebay and Etsy shops this a.m. I really hated to do that this early, but I'm still backed up from Thanksgiving and I have several of my own personal projects I would like to get done for Christmas gifts. I really do feel guilty about closing this early and without any warning, but I feel as if things are starting to really creep up on me and I don't want to get all stressed out during the holidays ;-) What a thing to get stressed about too----too many orders! I NEVER thought it would be like this when I opened my Ebay store two and a half years ago followed by Etsy a year after that.

I am wanting to finish that pair of socks for my husband---remember the ones from the beach? Well, I've done about an inch more on them and that's it. So, a LONG way to go. Also, I've promised my husband I'd make him this certain sweater he's been wanting for years now and I actually started on it this summer and well, haven't touched it since. So, I'd love to finish that up for him as a Christmas gift.

So, I'd just like to thank everyone again for ALL their support over this past year---it's been a very busy and fun year!!

Gotta go, the kids are calling me---and ALWAYS when I get on the computer (or the phone) Why is that?!?


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

My blog has a whole new look!

Ok....notice anything different about my blog today?? Yes, it received a whole new make-over. Don't you just love it?? I do!! My friend Andrea from And then there were three mentioned that she wanted to start designing blogs. She is just getting started and has redesigned hers several times now. She is completely self-taught and I loved her work that I've seen on her own blog. I eagerly offered to be her first customer. And, I just love the results.

Andrea was a dream to work with. I just picked a package design that I like---it had the colors that I was looking for and let her creativity do the rest. She was so open to any changes that I had---and there were just a few----and the whole experience was wonderful. Not to mention she was so quick!!

So, are you wanting a new look for your blog? Well, you can find here here. I'll let you know when she is "officially" open for business, which I think will be really soon.


Monday, December 1, 2008

A bracelet to remember

About two weeks ago, a friend had told us that she had just lost her baby---she was about 13 weeks along. She was shocked as she had no clue anything was wrong. She contacted me and asked me if I could make a little bracelet with footprints on it as a little remembrance of the pregnancy. I was delighted to do this for her and so happy that she had thought of me to make this special bracelet for her. Her only request was that it had crystals and pearls on it. Since she was only 13 weeks, they couldn't tell if that baby was a boy or girl yet, so I chose clear crystals. And, I absolutely love freshwater coin pearls. I put a butterfly toggle on it and I just love the footprint charm I found on Ebay. I'm going to show it to her today---I hope she likes it. Have a great day today!!