Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Party!!!!!!


Ok so hopefully you Christmas shopping is all done (don't feel bad if it's not, mine isn't either), and it's time to start getting ready for the P-A-R-T-Y!

Okay so what to buy to have an incredible party? Being an ETSY sell myself here are a couple super cute must haves.

First you have a have fantastic place mats. I love anything cute and whimsical, so I find these lovely Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas Reversible Santa Place mats truly fun. In order to create that gorgeous, fantastic, beautiful, centerpiece, you MUST start with an incredible base. I absolutely adore this vase. Being just 6" it would not over-power your table settings.

So many other wonderful items to choice from, but presently I love all the original banner designs that so many shops have developed this season. However I must say I love this one. It is cute with an inspiring theme.

Monday, December 14, 2009

New Embroidered Baby Blanket Line


I have just finished the first two blankets of my new Embroidered baby blanket line. I am very excited about this as it affords me the opportunity to place objects and animals on the blankets that would normally not come off very well in a 3D layout. I have started the line with 2 blankets each inspired by my children. As every summer my son has the best time watching the swallow tail caterpillars in our backyard, I have created this wonderfully warm and soft light green baby blanket, featuring a hungry caterpillar on a leaf and have backed it with wonderful abstract yellow, blue, and green foliage. The other blanket is pure girlie in every way, just like my daughter. A beautiful pink flower is embroidered on the front and gorgeous rose fabric backs the blanket.

Many more will be coming soon, so please keep checking back.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

ETSY meets SNOW


It's Friday, it's cold outside and it's time for some snow inspired items from my favorite online store - ETSY. Check out these elegant dangling earrings. Let your ears drip in ice with feel only HOT!

I cannot talk about SNOW on ETSY without noting this awesome Holiday SNOW Decorative Letters. Put them on your mantel and bring a little seasonal decoration to your home that can stay up all winter! (or longer if you live in the extreme latitudes)

Ok and lastly, just because the theme is snow, I love these snow shoes converted to wall sconces. These would be perfect for that little lodge on Lake Tahoe that I wish I had.

gingerbread and stocking cloth Christmas tree - http://ping.fm/xOGQt

ETSY Shop Merry Christmas - 20% off for a limited time! http://www.etsy.com/shop/BBsForBabies?section_id=6508217

All my BB Blankets now come with machine embroidered faces! http://ping.fm/VjK4Q

perfect for cold winter nights - this is a super fluffy baby quilt - http://ping.fm/WPdQM

Spruce up your center piece with this cute, weighted bottom, snowflake tree! http://ping.fm/p7SxE

Give your tree the look of nature with these snow covered pine cones - http://ping.fm/f8xiX

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Buy Handmade this Christmas -- http://ping.fm/DIt0N

20% off all Christmas items, plus great stocking stuffers! http://www.etsy.com/shop/BBsForBabies

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Merry Christmas 20% off my ETSY shop - http://www.etsy.com/shop/BBsForBabies?section_id=6508217

20% Christmas Items and stocking stuffers! http://www.etsy.com/shop/BBsForBabies

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


20% all Christmas items - http://www.etsy.com/shop/BBsForBabies

Monday, December 7, 2009


20% off all Holiday Items: (this includes custom items too) http://www.etsy.com/shop/BBsForBabies?section_id=6508217

Merry Christmas many items in my shop - 20% off - http://www.etsy.com/shop/BBsForBabies

Ready for the Holidays!


As I am thinking about decorating my house, dreading the trip to the attic to get everything down, I want to help others get their homes ready for the holidays too. I have discounted all my holiday items 20% through out my Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/BBsForBabies). This includes all my non-holiday specific wreaths.

I have also included in my holiday sale all my jewelry, hats, and other items that would make great stocking stuffers, such as my gadget hats (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31033422) which you can custom with your choice of fabric. This incredible style of hat is a staple for me, I wear it everywhere. The hat features a convenient pocket in the back which is comfortable and handy for storing your cell phone, mp3 player, etc.

These savings won't last!

Store your phone, Ipod, credit cards, in this great hat - 20% off http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31033422

All holiday items marked 20% off! http://www.etsy.com/shop/BBsForBabies

Saturday, December 5, 2009


last days for Cyberweek deals!!! http://ping.fm/xKq7K

just mere hours left of FREE shipping/gift for all orders - http://ping.fm/5AqpC

Join me on Facebook - http://ping.fm/irRPA

Last day only - free Shipping and free Candle with ALL purchase!!!! http://ping.fm/rnyId

last day for free shipping http://ping.fm/yrqVE

Last day of FREE SHIPPING and FREE CANDLE - http://ping.fm/8jX2P

Friday, December 4, 2009


Saturday last day for FREE SHIPPING and FREE GIFT http://ping.fm/OUiDZ

Find me on Facebook - http://ping.fm/LvAfv

Free shipping ends Saturday - http://ping.fm/ViOW5

Thursday, December 3, 2009


How Cute - mini Christmas tree - http://ping.fm/X7kYq

7 Beautiful hand painted ornaments, just $20.00! http://ping.fm/cv39j

Join me on my new facebook page - http://ping.fm/WExT3

Delicious Gingerbread ornaments for your tree - http://ping.fm/dPs6d

Christmas shop free shipping on ETSY - http://ping.fm/KNL8R

Just a couple days left - free shipping and free gift - http://ping.fm/MQ6Q0

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Just a couple days left for FREE SHIPPING - http://ping.fm/4Dlep

Join me on my Facebook! http://ping.fm/NWGoT?v=wall

.....also great for the slopes, keep you mp3 or phone safe as you ski! http://ping.fm/8LWIf

The perfect Christmas gift for those of us who LOVE gadgets. http://ping.fm/PAnx1

FREE Christmas CANDLE with any purchase from my shop! http://ping.fm/f3Jji

free shipping ends soon http://ping.fm/blxDh

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

New BBS!!!!!


Now that Christmas is essentially done for my crafts, ie all the designs and big projects I wanted to do are done, I can start focusing on my BB collection. Although I truly love ALL the projects I do, I absolute LOVE doing the BB Blankets. Each one is made with special love knowing that it will find it's way to a little child's arms to love it just as much as my children love theirs.

Braining storming new BB ideas, this December you will see: moose, horse, rabbit, tiger, puppy, koala, elephant, and many more. Additionally I have some truly beautiful designer fabric that will be backing some soft minky fabric for those who want headless BBs ;)

Organically grown rosemary wreaths are going quick - get them on ETSY just $15.00 http://ping.fm/QDPtD

Make a cute center piece with this unique 12" cloth tree - just $17.00 http://ping.fm/9Igrl

Acorn Christmas Tree $25.00 and free shipping - http://ping.fm/ALLU9

16" cloth Christmas Wreath - http://ping.fm/RQR85

Handpainted Wooden Ornaments (set of 7) $20.00 http://ping.fm/UO17f

Deals all week http://ping.fm/w1YZx

do you love gingerbread? http://ping.fm/SQWSF

Merry Christmas! 4 sided cloth trees, in numerous fabrics - http://ping.fm/DKKzt

Free shipping from my Christmas shop all week - http://ping.fm/PbSsW

Christmas is here - check out these great items to decorate your home - http://ping.fm/IwLvg

Monday, November 30, 2009


These little baby blankets are super cute and ready to gift - free shipping!!! http://ping.fm/2Xih2

Free shipping and free Gift will ALL ESTY purchases from my shop this week - http://ping.fm/hSgpY

Check out my 12" Cloth Christmas trees - http://ping.fm/DfLWp

get a FREE candle when you buy from my Shop this week - http://ping.fm/w7HK2

free shipping on all items!!!!!!! http://ping.fm/esLIv

Cyber Monday - get a FREE Candle with any purchase from my shop Plus FREE SHIPPING - http://ping.fm/CSDuD

Cyber WEEK Promtion



I am pulling out all stops for Cyber Monday and turning it into Cyber Week for my ETSY shop. I am super excited about this.

My first promotion is FREE SHIPPING on all items.

My second promotion is giving away these lovely created Holiday candles with any purchase from my shop. The present on the front is a box of matches!

My shop is - http://ping.fm/XZddS


I have a great many Christmas decorations on my site now as this will continue to grow throughout the week - http://ping.fm/iuYVn?section_id=6508217 



 And as always my loveable animal security blankets: http://ping.fm/00MYA?section_id=6345276

Cyber Monday - get a FREE Candle with any purchase from my shop Plus FREE SHIPPING: http://ping.fm/7p7gf

Friday, November 13, 2009


super cute security blankets - http://ping.fm/ZBxDS

Natural Pine Cone Wreath - $60.00 - http://ping.fm/QNzOt

Organically grown Rosemary Wreath - $15.00 - http://ping.fm/FXPFm

Adjustable Cotton Bib (6mos to 3 yrs) Thanksgiving Pilgrim $12.00 - http://ping.fm/dPBWZ

Organically grown Rosemary Wreath - $15.00 http://ping.fm/aFDvF

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Flannel Pocket Elephant - Travel and Security Blanket Lovey - http://ping.fm/FoQI4

Security Blanket Lovey Silky Tiger - http://ping.fm/vTWNC

Security Blanket Lovey Fluffy Pink Flower Bear - http://ping.fm/iyLGw

Security Blanket Lovey Fluffy Pink Love Bug - http://ping.fm/4yt2O

Security Blanket Lovey Silky Giraffe - http://ping.fm/DBo6o

Security Blanket Lovey Zebra Satin Loop Mane - http://ping.fm/dcKvk

Monday, November 9, 2009


Affordable handmade earrings - http://ping.fm/wVWmu

Pumpkin Spice Potpourri Wreath - $30 - http://ping.fm/gBLlo

cheetah security blanket - http://ping.fm/RlD0w

It's almost Christmas time - http://ping.fm/5m36o

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Gingerbread ornaments - http://ping.fm/Jf5oE

It's Christmas time! - http://ping.fm/KSFUM

Friday, November 6, 2009


Natural Pine Cone Wreath $60.00 - http://ping.fm/kTOqr

Pumpkin Spice Potpourri Wreath $30.00 - http://ping.fm/ZgjDn

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Pink flower lovey - $24.00 http://ping.fm/7dBhp

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Christmas Ornaments - Cute Gingerbread!-- http://ping.fm/jRBC6

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Cute yellow zebra tote - http://ping.fm/3cNgj

because all kids need a mealtime buddy! - http://ping.fm/XpY0J

Friday, October 23, 2009

Great Friday Finds - Glam it up!!!



Ok it's Friday, it's late (never head out until after 1030) and you need some inspiration about what to wear. Check out these awesome finds that I just love.
First you need a dress. This is an incredible ruby red dress that would look good at a trendy restaurant or a hot club. Couple that dress with these fantastic earrings, these 80's vintage, bright red pumps, and beautiful hand printed clutch and you're ready to leave only victims wherever you go! 


The best of handmade and vintage!

To pay for Advertising on ETSY or not too?


So recently I've been pondering the idea of potentially advertising my ETSY site on secondary web pages to increase traffic to my shop. This is really hard considering I have never done the likes of this before, and I have to wonder what percentage of ETSY shop owners actually participate in this type of marketing. This is just another hurled in my dream of creating a viable, self sustaining, shop.

If anyone has any great ideas on marketing, secondary web sites, etc. please comment below.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Blog title...


I just entered this great contest, Handmade Success Consultation, in order to hopefully win, and promote my website! Checking out the blog - it's is to live by! http://ping.fm/SAPkk

Just updated my favorite ETSY Fridays picks on my blog - http://ping.fm/vJVF4

Friday Etsy Picks



Friday always brings some fantastic finds. Since we are edging closer the the end of October, I've decided to focus on some really cute and different Halloween items. 

Check out these Huge pumpkin orange fire polished Czech glass beads earrings which are a divergence from your silly plastic Halloween pumpkin earrings - http://ping.fm/swNHw



Or how about this cute little Tshift - http://ping.fm/mDwkd An adorable spider hanging on a thread.


 This is another way to bring a little Halloween to your day without being too obvious. http://ping.fm/7SQzX It's a checkbook wallet made from black vinyl with a inset purple vinyl bat.

Love them all!

Thursday, October 15, 2009


create a keepsake that your baby can actually use - http://ping.fm/CSR6j

Silky Hot Pink Black Bear - Security Blanket Lovey - http://ping.fm/FxApy

Monday, October 12, 2009


Yellow Zebra Canvas Carry all TOTE - love it! http://ping.fm/O7kA9

comes in many different styles and colors - email me if your interested - http://ping.fm/qydoa

Need a place to store your phone, ipod, mp3, or other, check out my gadget hat - http://ping.fm/NJIUU

Just marked my Halloween items down 20% - check it out! http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7811956

Friday, October 9, 2009


FREE SHIPPING on my ETSY Shop ends TMRW - http://ping.fm/qt8vl

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


FREE SHIPPING - Orange Tiger and Flower Purse - Limited Design - http://ping.fm/2j7K0

Free Shipping on all of my Handmade items on my ETSY pages. This will not last for long, check it out - http://ping.fm/VqHje

Free Shipping on all of my Handmade items on my ETSY pages. This will not last for long, check it out - http://ping.fm/dSKvV

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Getting Ready for my FIRST ever Craft Fair!


So just a couple weeks away from my first ever craft fair and already I'm feeling the crunch. Long lists of what I still have to make (in bulk). But presently I am planning my booth layout. What works best. I haven't really put forth much effort in researching it, and potentially that will be my downfall. But really we live in a commercial world and are bombarded by displays, layouts, signage, etc on a daily basis. I do my research every day I go shopping. Place items at eye level, have the purpose of an item clearly identified, have prices clearly labeled, have a professional setup - clean and neat, and make sure you display does not over power your crafts to be sold.

I’m pretty excited about getting some actual feedback from people face to face on my wares while showing off my abilities.
The biggest issue that faces me presently is how to gauge how much time it will take to do packaging and signage.  Like always, I am sure I will underestimate the time needed to preparing this step.
Any seasoned craft show people out there that can offer me a word or two of advice, it would be appreciated.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Helpful ETSY ideas for New Sellers


So being a new ETSY seller myself and after spending many, many, many hours pouring through the forums and resources on the ETSY website, I decided to go straight to some successful sellers and ask them what there best advice if for new members.
Jack-pot – What a gold mine of great information – all of which I happy share with you!  This forum can be read at http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6288809 or you can just read below and continue to check back under the “ETSY help and Support” Category.
skybluedesigns2 gave some fantastic information about having GREAT photos, to really capture the viewer.   The viewer assumes if you have great photos you MUST have great stuff.  Make sure you use all 5 slots, front, back, inside, outside, bottom, top.  I know with me I always have way more photos then slots for.  skybluedesigns2 also indicated that you must give your location, as people like to know where they are buying from.  I know that when I look for items to purchase, I always go through the items in my home region first, as I like to support the local community.    skybluedesigns2 also suggests to use all 14 tags.  I know this can sometimes be hard.  If I cannot think of more tags for my items I’ll usually search for something similar on ETSY to see what tags they used.
Athenianaire says to get business cards.  I personally just ordered some from VistaPrint, as they are always running promotions for free cards.  All you have to pay is shipping and handling, assuming you do not want to upload your own logo or get too fancy.  But they have a great selection.  And carry them on you at all times.  The other day I was at the fabric store and the lady next to me started chatting with me about making blankets.  Little did she know just how many I make!  I offered my advice as best I could and helped her with fabric selection but kicked myself that I did not have a business card on me to give to her.  That’s the last time I’ve been without them.
AnnaArtiste gives the advice to re-list a few items daily, a couple in the morning and a couple in the evening.  I had no idea about re-listing until just recently and now I see that everyone does it.  How can anyone get along with out it.
More to come…
But if you have ideas about helping new sellers on ETSY, please comments below or hit the thread at the above given link.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

My Favorite ETSY shop for the week



I love pottery and sculpture, and although I love to create art, those mediums have never been my strong point, which leave me even more in awe of those who can create master it.  


As I go through the ETSY shops this week, I am blown away by this beautiful frog - http://ping.fm/r4lQp sell for $60. This little guy would look awesome hiding by a water feature in your backyard. Truly gorgeous work. Or check out this beautiful pitcher - http://ping.fm/XJUeT for just $30! I love the glaze on it.

Here in Norman, OK we have a incredible gallery of bronze work at The Crucible (Foundary and Gallery). A long dream of an artist that showcases some truly incredible work for the city. Artistry such as this is made to inspire, to push us creative souls beyond our comfort level, to demand and challenge us.  I have been inspired today, and I hope you have too!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

My New Clutch


I hate to toot my own horn, but I am so in love with this new clutch: http://ping.fm/kEeb0

This bag is created with lovely elegant red and gold fabric with a luscious red lining.

Bag is handmade but is created with the simple stylistic elegance of a vintage clutch.

This clutch features a traditional metal clasp frame and flat bottom triangular design. This clutch is the perfect size to tote all essentials for an evening out.

This was so much fun to create and pick fabric for, I cannot wait to do another one.

Great Etsy Tips for Increasing your Traffic


I am absolutely obsessed with promoting my shop. I have pages on facebook, twitter, blogger... I'm using twitterfeed, google base, youtube.... style, fashion, handmade, networks... and this is just tip of the iceberg. I am being patience and praying that some of my handwork will pay off. As you can see - http://ping.fm/hVuib - I haven't really been successful. But this is just the beginning.

Anyway I found some great resources along the way that I wanted to share to to other who may be looking to promote their site too:

http://ping.fm/5m9Cu -- this resource is AWESOME! This give the shop hopeful some unconventional tips and sites that will allow you to build your online community.

http://ping.fm/nu7dR - This is actually the blog of person who sells an online marketing package for Etsy. However their blog is wealth of information and it is now a daily stop on my road to increasing my view/hearts/sales.

http://ping.fm/ICrsq - Indiepublic is an independent art and design community. This is a fantastic resource to get feedback, tips, ideas, etc. on your site and/or your products. I have just been a member for a couple days now, but I already love it.

I will continue to post good resources on this blog as I find them. comment or email me if you have any other great ideas on how to promote your Etsy site!

Yeah - now using Ping.fm!!!!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Why is it so Hard to find Oganic Fabrics??


That’s a mighty fine question.  What’s more, when I decided that I would open a new Etsy shop  ( http://www.x2useittwice.etsy.com) which is devoted to reducing waste, using organic materials, and upcylcing, I started calling the local fabric stores to ask them about their organic fabric supply.  I was shock to hear their response, “What do you mean.”  What do you mean??  Wow!  The local Quilting shop was very helpful.  She explained to me that the Organic supply of fabrics is presently very low and are created on a very small scale.  Because of this many of the prints do not have a clarity of the larger printing shops.  This is something that I have not noticed but I am not a fabric supplier and do not look at several hundred fabric swatches a week.

To get a good selection, I’ve had to hit the online shops.  Here a couple good ones that I have found:

http://www.organiccottonplus.com/ <- large selection, reasonable priced, good reputation.
http://www.pmorganics.com/index.htm <- great selection of bright prints, limited selection
http://www.nearseanaturals.com/index.php <- great selection, more expensive, premium fabrics

To Rip or Cut?


During the process of making blankets, which are generally square, the repetitive action of cutting little squares over and over becomes tedious.  There’s got to be a better way.  Consider the rip!  Although many talented quilters would probably cringe at the idea of ripping fabrics, as they love the careful precision of neat little triangles and squares.  I think my life better parallels the quick and dirt rip method.  Grab that piece of satin and rip to your heart content.  I work with satins quite a lot and they tear wonderfully!  Good cottons will keep their line too.   So embrace the rip!

The rebirth


In 7th grade Mrs. April called me super woman for threading my sewing machine needle backwards at my first ever attempt. There was nothing super about it, just a 12 year old over thinking the process. I loved that home economics class. I don’t even know if present day Jr. High and High schools still have the same sort of classes. Always geared toward girls, sewing (certainly my favorite aspect of the class) should be a pre requisite for all boys and girls alike (that’ll be another post).

Mrs. April gave us the creative license to generate whatever sewing projects we wanted. Some girls took on clothes, pillows, quilts… But I was very fond of designing my own patterns and producing adorable stuff animals.

Years later schooling, a professional career, usurped any creative energy that I had years previous. Desperate to regain that bug, I started sewing again, but what to sew? I came back to my creative roots and started generating homemade patterns of adorable animals. Having young children of my own, I catered those projects to my little ones.
The purpose of this blog is to showcase those items while creating a resource/inspiration for other to again go through their own rebirth, or try something new.
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