Thursday, December 31, 2009

Time to Stock Up on Notecards!!

January 1-14th, get a great deal on 3x3 notecards for your shop or on blank notecard sets to stock up for the new year!

--40 3x3 notecards for $4!

--all standard notecard sets w/ envelopes are BOGO 1/2 off!

Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful holiday season and is looking forward to the new year. I have some big plans for T and Little S Designs in 2010 and can't wait to share some new product lines, designs, goals, and more with all of you in the coming days. Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wordless Wednesday--Enjoying the Beautiful Snow

It just looks like a winter wonderland--perfect for this time of year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

One of My New Items--6x6 Quote Trivets!

This new addition to my shop came from a customer's request, and I love how it turned out! It can be an inspirational piece, beautiful home decor, or a functional trivet. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Etsy Team Columbus Giveaway Ends Tomorrow!

I submitted sample magnets again this month for the ETC team variety boxes, and I must say that the boxes look great again this month. December followed a "green" theme, and you can win your very own box for free here:

Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Orders--Almost Caught Up!

I've had a major holiday rush the last week or so, and I'm happy to say that I'm almost caught up! If you still need a last minute gift, please let me know in the next day or so to ensure holiday delivery. So far, coaster sets, custom photo coasters, and post-it note holders have all been really popular!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Last Day For Custom Orders and Holiday Delivery

The last day that I am guaranteeing custom orders for holiday delivery is this Saturday, December 12th. All custom orders placed after this date may not arrive in time for the holidays depending on the size of the order, complexity, etc.

All orders must be placed by December 15th to avoid additional shipping charges and to be guaranteed in time for holiday delivery. I know the post office deadline is a few days after this, but I'd rather not rush until the very end. Thanks!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wordless Wednesday--Quirky Creative

Using felt food, little S came up with new Halloween costumes for her stuffed "friends." (that's what she said at least when I asked her what she was doing)
I love this kid. :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

More Kid-Sized Friday Favorites--GooseHillDesigns

Marianne of GooseHillDesigns has been an online buddy of mine for about a year now, and I love her line of crayons for a few reasons. First, they are recycling at its best. Second, they work so well when little ones don't quite have the grasp to hold a crayon correctly and need to "palm" it. Here are a few of the items from her shop that would be perfect first birthday gifts, stocking stuffers, etc.

Set of 6 Custom Personalized Marble Letter or Number Crayons $6.95
Set of 8 Holiday Crayons $5.95

She even has cupcake crayons!!

Make sure you place your order by December 11th to avoid additional shipping charges around the holidays. :)

Monday, November 30, 2009

My New Scrapbook Room/ Home Office

Finally, my room is almost together and I have some pictures to share! I absolutely love it w/ the bright green walls and white desk/ table/ accents. This is the same desk, table, and shelves as before (dk. brown), only repainted white for this room. It's so much more spacious w/ a large closet for storage. I love it!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Black Friday-Cyber Monday Shop Sale!!!

In the spirit of the holidays, I'm offering free U.S. shipping on almost all items in my shop (sorry, coasters are not included in this deal). Use code "Gobble" at checkout for free shipping and charges will be refunded through Paypal. This is a great way to stock up on holiday gifts and support buying handmade.

Coasters will ship for 1/2 price shipping costs, and those charges will be refunded through Paypal, too.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

I really do have so much to be thankful this year. I have a beautiful new home and a wonderful family. I have a husband who works hard every day so that I can stay home with our little girl. I have a little girl who finds new ways to make me smile every day.

Take time today to really appreciate all of the things in your life that make you thankful to be you. I truly am blessed.

***Not to truly ruin the spirit of this post but my weekend sale starts tomorrow! Did I mention I'm so thankful that I'm able to have my Etsy shop and spend my time creating?

Friday Favorites A Little Early--Stocking Stuffers for Kids

I just discovered the Etsy shop, GooseGrease, and they have amazing handcrafted gifts for kids! Don't forget to check out their deal from Black Friday-Cyber Monday!
Here are a few of my favorite stocking stuffers from this shop:
Two Costumed Dolls $18

Handcrafted Yo-Yo $4

and this game, just because it's cool:
Pirates vs. Pirates Checkers Game $150

3 Tip Tops Fit for a Princess $6

Monday, November 23, 2009

New Ecofriendly Shop Item!

I recently went to an event in Columbus that had items that companies were donating to keep them from being thrown into landfills. Artists, teachers, others were invited to come and rummage through the items to take what they could use. I find many ceramic tiles in various colors, as well as smaller ceramic tiles that were of excellent quality and perfect for magnets!

Voila--new magnets for my shop using these tiles saved from the landfill and scrap paper! I love how they turned out and will be listing them in my shop soon. For the December "green" theme in the Etsy Columbus variety boxes, I packaged them in small 3x3 envelopes made from recycled papers in the DCWV Green Stack.

Let me know your thoughts. Want to see more magnet sets in my shop?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday--Happy Toddler Equals Happy Mommy

How could this picture not make me smile? I'm so proud that this beautiful little girl is generally so much to be around.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

It's My Birthday!

I'm taking it easy today and spending time with the family for my birthday. My parents, brother and sister-in-law are all meeting us for lunch later, then we'll drive over to pick up my new dining room buffet I bought. Hoping to get some time at the park or at least playing outside with the little one today, too, and enjoy this nice weather.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Two Craft Shows in Less Than 1 Week

I normally only do a few craft shows each year, and yet, I'm now doing 2 craft shows in less than 7 days. Yikes! I feel like my custom orders are falling behind, nothing new listed on Etsy or Artfire, less blog posts, etc. I truly don't know how people keep up the routine of shows every weekend. I'm frazzled!

Wish me luck. I will admit that the extra cash is nice. :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank you!

I just wanted to thank all of the veterans out there who have made so many contributions to our country's freedom. We do appreciate it!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Mommy's Helper

Some of you may remember that my daughter stopped taking naps about a month ago. She sleeps much better at night, but there are no uninterrupted breaks for Mommy during the day to work now. Since she's almost 3, she wants to be Mommy's Helper all day every day. Everything I do, she wants to do, which really slows down my progress. Don't get me wrong, I'm so glad that she loves "arts and crafts" time.

As I'm cramming for tomorrow's craft show, she stole my cork for the back of the coasters and set up a "park" of "slides and bridges" for her friends. LOL

Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Rag Wreaths!

I haven't decided yet if I'm going to list these in my Etsy and Artfire shops yet, but I'll definitely take custom orders. Here's a couple of quick shots of one I made for the holiday season. Just need to finish off the top still and get it ready to hang. Little S has already made a request for a pink/ brown one for her bedroom. LOL

Let me know what you think!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Too Many Goals for This Week

Goals for this week:
--finish up the list from last week (premade pages, smartypants tags, etc)
--order of 9 coaster sets-finish and ship
--order of 2 sets of cards, 40 envelopes, and diecuts-finish and ship
--get ready for the craft show on Saturday!!!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Halloween Fairy

Just wanted to post a few of my favorite Halloween photos here. Little S had lots of fun last night, and even though she doesn't get a lot of sugar normally, she's loving the fact that she has a huge basket full of candy that she thinks she's going to get to eat. LOL

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Looking For Me Locally?

Over the next few weeks, I'll be at the Church of the Redeemer Christmas Market on November 7th in Reynoldsburg, OH and the Mettler-Toledo United Way Holiday Shopping Event on November 13th near Polaris. My work is consigned at the Circa Circus shop at the Pink Moon Cupcake Bakery in Powell, Ohio.

I'm hoping to get in a show in Granville, Ohio in early December, so I'll keep you posted.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Goals for this Week

I'd like to start making Sunday posts my "Goals for the Week" post for a few reasons:
1. to motivate me to get more done
2. to keep customers up-to-date on their orders
3. I need a written list to stay organized

So this week, here's what I'm planning to get accomplished:
1. Finish premade boy scrapbook pages for Alainedesigns, photograph all for her, and ship by Wed.
2. Tags for ITH Creations--finish and ship
3. Tags for The Painted House and More--finish and ship
4. Samples, then actual stickers, earring and pendant cards, mini cards, etc. for smartypantsdesign--finish and ship
5. Trick-or-Treat--must buy candy at some point before Thurs., charge camera batteries
6. Work on craft show items for show on Nov. 7th

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Favorites--Fairy Wings

How do you keep a toddler busy for hours? Buy her fairy wings and a tutu, of course! My daughter and I met with local Etsyian, CurlyGirlBowTique, today, and were thrilled with her customer service. She brought several sets of wings and tutus that my daughter could try on and pick from for her Halloween costume, and having a daughter of her own, she was extremely patient. Did I mention that the wings and tutus are absolutely adorable AND reasonably-priced?

When we got home, all Little S wanted to do was wear her tutu and wings and "fly" around the house. Seriously. She's going to sleep great tonight. :)

the tutu skirt ($10)

the fairy wings ($8, small)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

This Weekend's SALE!!!

As a blog reader, you may recall that I keep mentioning an Etsy-versary sale that would be coming mid-month. I'm a little late on that, but it's here! Starting Friday and going through Sunday at midnight, every item in my shop is BOGO 1/2 OFF!!!! You must use the code "2 YEAR BOGO" to qualify. Prices will be promptly adjusted and refunds issued through Paypal. This is a great time to stock up for holiday gifts and is my best sale of the year!

Looking for something a little different? Custom orders are included, just convo me for details, and we'll get your reserved listing set up.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Can we say blog neglect?

I finally found my laptop cord while unpacking, so I should be able to blog more faithfully starting this week.

My new scrapbook room is almost finished--pictures coming soon!
We're able to get both cars in the garage--yay!
We're down to the last few boxes to unpack and put away!
I'm finally back to working on orders!!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Moving, Moving, Moving--Finally!

After a week and a half delay, we finally closed on our new home yesterday and started moving boxes. Today was spent cleaning, unpacking kitchen and other items, etc., and we're exhausted! Hopefully, we'll get more done tomorrow, and then the movers come on Monday to get all of the big items for the new house. I hope to have my office/ scrap room set up enough to start working on Tues. or Wed. Thanks so much for your patience!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

399 Sales!

My next sale, #400, will get some great freebies w/ their order. Will it be you?

Back Open For Business!

While I haven't added any new items beyond relisting, I'm happy to say that both my Etsy and Artfire shops are back open as of this afternoon. Since it looks like this house moving/ closing is going to keep dragging out a bit, I need to keep busy to keep my mind off of things.

New items, holiday cards and items, and more coming soon, along with my big 2 year Etsy-versary sale!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

It's World CardMaking Day!

Today is world cardmaking day! Take a few minutes to create a handmade card or two, or even start on your holiday greeting cards to celebrate the day.

Looking for inspiration? Here are some great new card sketches courtesy of


Thursday, October 1, 2009

My Two Year Etsy-Versary!

October 1st is officially my two year etsy-versary! I can't believe that I started T and Little S Designs and decided to take the step to opening an online shop two years ago. Thank you so much for your continued ideas, support, patience, friendship, etc. I truly have the best customers and friends!

Look for an upcoming Etsy-versary sale around October 15th to celebrate! More details to come once we get settled in the new house!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It's the Start of the Great Move....

Today we close on the new house and start the moving process. We have painters coming in the afternoon, and we'll take a few loads to the new house ourselves. The actual movers will come tomorrow and finish with everything else. Pictures coming soon once we get settled!

Monday, September 28, 2009

EtsyTeamColumbus Does It Again!

I'm so proud and excited to be a part of the new Etsy Team Columbus samper/ variety boxes that are now for sale on Etsy! Each month only a handful of themed boxes will be available for sale with all proceeds benefitting a local charity. The October box benefits the Columbus Children's Theatre and features the following 10 ETC members:

To buy your box for only $10, go to:

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Favorites--The New Line from AWindowIntoWhimsy!

My daughter and I have been looking online for a few new pieces to go in the new house after we move next week, and we found the perfect pieces for her new playroom! They're these adorable mixed media pieces from my Etsy buddy Karin's shop, A Window into Whimsy! Sophia and I are both so excited to get them, add them to some white frames, and hang them in her new playroom. Yay!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Vacation Mode--Here I Come!

I've put this off for as long as I can, but both of my shops are now in vacation mode while I finish current orders and prepare to move into our new home. I'm hoping to reopen the beginning of October w/ new items, gifts, and home decor for the holidays and more! Thanks for your patience while we make this transition in our lives.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I had my first two Artfire sales today!

I must say I was a little disgruntled w/ Artfire after having a shop there for over 8 months w/ out one sale and not many views. However, I had sale #1 and #2 this afternoon. I may just give Artfire another shot and list some more items after we move.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Labor Day Weekend Sale!!!

I'm having a Labor Day weekend sale on several in-stock items. These are ready to ship on Tuesday and are 20% off! Check it out in my shop:

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wordless Wednesday--Mommy's Little Monster

My daughter has definitely started to cross into the terrible twos/ almost-trying threes with some of her tantrums lately. Here she is looking so sweet and innocent (and tired) with her new Monster pin on from fellow ETC artist and Etsy seller, Artsi Bitsi.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Wedding Coaster Order

I've had so many people asking me what the wedding coasters look like for the 400 coaster order. This is a custom design that Sugarelli created for the bride-to-be, and I love how it's such a simple statement of love for their wedding day. The detail that she created digitally in the tree is amazing! Enjoy!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A few new items...

from last night's trunk show! Here are some quick photos of my new business card holders, checkbook covers, blank notecards, and more. I'm planning to add these to my Etsy shop in the next day or so. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Trunk Show Tomorrow!

If you're in Central Ohio, tomorrow is our first big Etsy Team Columbus trunk show held at the Market at Serendip in Powell, Ohio. It's a girls' night out theme from 7-9pm. More details are a few posts back. I'd love to see some of you there!

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Next Month +

We are finally in contract with our house! Now, we have to find another house and prepare to move in the next month or so. I am currently finishing and shipping all current orders and trying to get ahead a little for the holiday season. I'm only anticipating my Etsy shop being closed for a week or two while we get moved or settled.

If you need any custom orders for upcoming birthdays or gifts, please get them in quickly. :)

Thanks so much for all of your patience and understanding!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Etsy Team Columbus Fall Trunk Show!

You Are Invited
Etsy Team Columbus Designer's Fall Night Out
Hosted by Market At Serendip
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

And raffle to benefit Oakstone Academy (a non-profit school for children with autism in Columbus, Ohio)

Be the first to see Fall Handmade Creations Featuring
HevVin Designs (handmade designer fabric bags)
Adornments by Karla (exquistie hand made glass jewelry)
SmartyPants Designs (artisan hand rolled beads and custom jewelry)
T and Little S Designs (custom paper gifts and decor)
Crazy Craftn Ladies (hand knitted and felted bags and fashions)
Painted House (hand painted glassware and gifts)

Wednesday, August 26, 20097-9 PM
36 N Liberty St, Powell, OH 43065

Enter The Raffle For A Chance To Win A beautiful necklace and earring set will be donated by Adornments by Karla. All proceeds will benefit Oakstone Academy School for Autism. Also, there will be a runner up prize for the second raffle drawing donated by German Village Art and Antiques

Extra Bonuses:Purchase that night and recieve an extra 10%! Refreshments will be provided by Market At Serendip

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Character Card Sets for Kids!

As a former language arts teacher, I always wanted my students to write in real life, not just for assignments. Hence, my latest items for craft shows and local markets! Each character card set features 2 pockets on the inside, 6 blank character cards and 6 envelopes. It's the perfect way for your Sponge Bob, Dora, Diego, Tinkerbell, etc. fan to send notes to their teachers, friends, grandparents, and more.

At this point, these will only be available locally and by custom order. If you're interested, please let me know.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Local to Central Ohio?

I'll be at the New Albany Market this Friday from 9-1. It's at the corner of 62 and Market St., across from CVS. I'll have several new sets of coasters never posted online before, fridge clothespin clips, post-it note holders, and more! I'm also working on some hair bows and character card sets/ sketch pads for kids. Great gift ideas for the first day of school!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday Favorites--Printable Papers!

I confess--I'm addicted to scrapbook paper and use it for everything from the obvious cards and scrapbooking to decoupage and packing envelopes. I love it and can't get enough. Over the last few months, I've discovered printable scrapbooking papers on Etsy, and I love them ,too! The damask patterns in my shop are actually a printable paper that I purchased from Etsy seller cupcakecutiees, and they've been really popular items. Here are a few from my favorites:
Cupcakecutiees has great shop specials and sells everything from scrabble tile size to 8 1/2x11.

Damask--2 colors for $3.50 then print it as many times as you'd like!

Greenka sells everything from printable party supplies and business supplies to paper packs and more!
Printable Kiwi and Avocado Paper Pack--8 papers for $8

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Featured Blog Post and Giveaway!

Want to learn more about me? Want to win a set of my favorite ceramic coasters? Head on over to this blog and comment to win!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Big Goals for the Rest of the Year!

In addition to planning for fall and winter craft shows, upcoming farmer's market days, a big trunk show in August, etc., I really want to continue to grow my Etsy shop. Here are my goals for August and the rest of the year:

--Reach 400 sales by the end of summer (need 24 more at this point)
--Reach 500 sales by the end of the year (very ambitious, but I think I can do it!)

Anyone else have any big goals for the rest of the year? I'm planning a big sale for my Etsy anniversary date (Oct. 1st) as well as a few holiday sales.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Fun Giveaway Coming Soon!

It's been a little while since I've had a giveaway on my blog, so I've decided to kick off August with a fun one. Details coming soon!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Recent Party Samples--Madeline and Superman!

These samples were created for recent alchemy requests, and I had to share them. I'm also working on a Cookie Monster right now. Enjoy! Custom requests are always welcome!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Recent Press--the Zrust Wedding!

If you haven't had the chance to check out the Etsy shop, RockerByeBaby, you're really missing out. She has such unique rocker items for little kids including bedding, clothing, and more. When she recently contacted me about items for her handmade wedding gifts, I immediately wanted to be a part of it and work with her!

Here's the blog post about her handmade wedding bridesmaid gifts, all in a black and white damask color scheme:

In the photo of the items for her bridesmaid bags, those are my thank you cards and damask matchbook albums in the upper right corner. :) AND she mentioned in her blog post that her favorite items were the little black and white damask clothespin clips from my shop. Yay!
I absolutely love working with fellow Etsy sellers and helping others make their special day an unforgettable one.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Custom Packaging

I've been working on custom packaging ideas lately, especially bag toppers and clippie cards for some of my craft show/ trunk show items. I really think that it dresses up the items and gives it a more professional/ polished look. Let me know what you think. I'm debating listing custom hair clippie/ jewelry cards and bag toppers in my Etsy shop as Mompreneur items, too.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Long Time, No See?

So after spending a few days at my parents house, 4 showings in the last week, etc., I realized that I hadn't blogged at all this week. Oops! I decided to take the rest of the week off to catch up on a few custom orders and a few odds and ends around the house. I promise that I'll be back to my normal blogging this next week again. :) AND.....I promise to update my Etsy shop again soon, too. I really do have lots of new items, just need to find the time to take pictures and upload them.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wordless Wednesday--My Dream Closet

Yep, you read that right-my dream closet. I saw this email Tuesday evening, and I want this closet. I could keep everything at hand, then shut the door instead of cleaning up before company. I think my husband even liked it! More photos and details are posted on the Everything Etsy website at