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

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Show Me Some Color!

I love decorating with color, and my new coasters are now made with various colors of tile! I have an Etsy Team Columbus teammate that happens to work at a tile store, and all of these tiles were discontinued and saved from the dumpster. I absolutely love the look of the color with the patterns, especially the dark chocolate brown colored tile. So what do you think? Do you like the colored tiles better or the white? Let me know your thoughts please. :)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday Favorites to Fix What Ails You

After the EEG test yesterday, my shoulder/ neck/ arm are so sore, and I didn't sleep very well last night. So, today's Friday Favorites will focus on the many wonderful items from ComfyCreations on Etsy. I love this shop! She sells neck wraps, eye pillows, back relief sets, desk supports for your wrist, and even pillows all in beautiful Amy Butler and other designer fabrics! She is a licensed massage therapist who designed her items to use w/ her clients. I could go crazy in this shop--enjoy!

neck wrap and eye pillow set $18.95

keyboard support set $12.95

deluxe back relief pack $14.95

I definitely see some Christmas shopping in my future at this shop!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Good News and Not-So-Good News

A quick update on my carpal tunnel--

I had my EEG test on my wrist/ hand today to check for nerve damage due to the numbness and tingling in my right hand. The good news is that the test came back normal w/ no nerve damage. Yay! The not-so-good news is that they're positive that I have carpal tunnel syndrome since I'm responding well to the brace, had decreased something or other in my right index finger today, and other symptoms. :(

I go back in a few weeks, so keep me in your thoughts that things continue to feel ok.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Wordless Wednesday--Recent Vacation Photos!

I just realized that I hadn't shared any vacation photos yet from our recent trip to Philadelphia, the New Jersey shore, Sesame Place, etc. We had a great time and really got some great family photos this time. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Another Idea--Sorority/ Fraternity Coasters!

I just searched Etsy and only found 1 listing for sorority/ fraternity ceramic coasters. I think these would be great gifts for friends, alumni, bigs/ littles, secret sis gifts, etc. Any thoughts?

Summer is Half Over Already?

Where did June go? As I realized this weekend that summer is now half over, I've started to think about holiday items, fall/ winter craft shows, etc. I'll keep working on these ideas as I get time and post them in August. I just can't post winter items now. I'd like to enjoy summer a little longer. :)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Friday Favorites--BeeYourselfDesigns!

I just recently discovered fellow EtsySecrets member, beeyourselfdesigns on Etsy, and I love her work! I've been looking online for a laptop bag for awhile now, and I may break down and get one of these beauties. She has them in 13" and 15", as well as mini and custom options. She also has Ipod and cell phone cases and more in Amy Butler and other popular patterns!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Separating From The Pack

There are so many sellers on Etsy now that are selling coasters that I'm really trying to come up with new ideas to separate myself a bit from other sellers. I always try to get great papers that I love and that are different from what others are using, but I think it needs to be more than just that. I really want to be one of those shops that sells a set or two each day, so there will be more options and more relisting to come. I'm also planning more strip/ collage coasters, more coasters that use colored tiles vs. just white tiles, and that's where I get stuck. Does anyone have any great ideas that you'd love to see in ceramic tiles?

Basically anything I could print, I could use on a coaster, so I can do anything personalized. I'd love to hear your ideas! My blog readers always come through for me. :)