Sunday, September 26, 2010

Giveaway winners

HI everyone and sorry for the delay on the announcement of the winners of the 2 giveaways.

Lots of unexpected things have happened this past week and I got thrown off track for a bit. Hoping things will get back to normal this week and I can get back to work.

So for the 1st giveaway of the $40 Sterling silver choker necklace from Jacqueline Jewelry The winner is Jasmine1485 .

The second giveaway of the Pumpkin pin from Brown's Country Originals winner is

Congratulations to you both, and I will email you to get your mailing address. Thanks to you all for entering and stay tuned for more giveaways and product reviews this week.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Shop Feature and Giveaway #2

Good morning to you all! Looks like today is going to be a beautiful day, and a great one to write my next shop feature and giveaway. This next shop has some truly unique items. Please say hello to Brown's Country Originals

What a great little treasure this shop is. All kinds of unique gift items available in the Brown's shop to choose from and prices start at $10 and up.

I was totally amazed when I learned that these goodies are made with paper mache . I know....can you believe it!!! Wow...some super duper talent in this Etsy shop. I remember playing with paper mache win I was a kid, and my creations looked nothing like these!! They even make these great little paper mache pins, such as the sheep in the photo below.

The Brown's Country Originals is owned and run by Mike and Donna. They are a husband and wife team who have combined their artistic talents to make these one of a kind works of art. I asked Mike and Donna to tell us a little about themselves and their work. This is what they said....

"We are a husband and wife team that create must haves and needfuls for your home and
garden. Our pieces are handmade from paper mache, chalkware or hypertufa.

Since both of us were very young we have always been involved in making crafts and share a passion for art and decided two years ago to start a business to share our talents with all of you!"

I am very Happy to announce that Mike and Donna are offering this one of a kind Pumpkin paper mache pin to 1 lucky giveaway winner. Just in time for the Halloween season. Now for the rules on how to enter...

1. Go to Brown's Country Originals
and heart you favorite item, then leave a comment here.

2. Make a purchase from Brown's Country Originals and receive 4 more entries

3. Follow my Blog

4. "Like" my Facebook page

5. Follow me on Twitter

Take a peek at Brown's Country Originals website for more fantastic creations. They also accept wholesale orders.

You must post a separate comment for each entry to count. This giveaway will end on Thursday Sept 23rd at 11:59 pm. The winner will be chosen via and I will post it here on Friday Sept 24th. Please be sure to leave contact info in comments. Thank you and Good luck!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday Morning is here and only 3 more days....

till the weekend!!!! Woo Hoo!!! Looks like from the weather report it is going to be a nice one in the 70's. Just might be able to squeeze in 1 last weekend on the lake...keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

Today is Tuesday and that means I will be posting the winner of the hopscotch set giveaway. I have installed the Random.Org number generator and I am going to plug in the numbers to see who won....ready..set...go

The winner is #71 My Springfield Mommy Yay!!!! I will email you and get your mailing address. Thank you to everyone who played and be sure to check out the Jacqueline Jewelry giveaway for a chance to win a beautiful Sterling silver choker necklace worth $40.

I have another feature and giveaway to post today, but It will be much later today. I have a sick child who I have to take to the Dr this morning. Have a blessed day everyone!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Gorgous Giveaway

Good Morning to you all, and what better way to start off a fantastic weekend then with a Shop feature and giveaway that you won't want to pass up. I had posted in the Etsy forums that I was looking for some Etsy shops to feature on my blog. I was totally blown away by this 1st shop owner who contacted me. This Artist is new to Etsy and is waiting for her very first sale. I introduce to you..... JacquelineJewelry

Jacqueline makes some of the most beautiful creations I have seen in a long time. She carries a large variety of items in her shop and at different price points. Something for everyone in this great shop! From Necklaces, earrings and bracelets to wine glass charms and wine will be sure to find that one of a kind gift for that special person on your shopping list. Of course you could just splurge on yourself...Why not...your worth it!

Now a little about Jacqueline and her shop...

"I am excited to be selling my jewelry on Etsy. I live in New York, NY and work in my teeny tiny apartment on a folding tv table and sitting on my bed. I have jewelry materials all over my apartment, but have made everything ship shape by making my storage and projects part of my decor.

I work in sterling silver, gemstones, Czech glass, as well as copper and fabric. I also design home decor and whimsical, trendy pieces. All of my work is one-of-a-kind, but I do take commissions.

My designs are based on my observations of the inter-relationships of materials and color. I have explored many different concepts over the years, from the ideas of impermanence and transience to the concept of the preciousness and sacredness of the everyday. Still, I want to create pieces that are accessible to a wide audience, and hope the forms and materials I use will appeal to people on many different levels. Treating each piece as an individual work of wearable art, I create timeless jewelry meant for day into evening wear.

I have had careers in production pottery, graphic design and industrial design with a sidetrack into computer programming early on. Ever since I can remember, art and craft in some shape or form has been my passion. I am a graduate of The College of Ceramics at SUNY with a BFA in sculpture and art history, an MFA in Arizona State University in environmental design, and an MID in industrial design from Pratt Institute. A perpetual student, I am self-taught in jewelry. I have also written two books. Graphic Illustration in Black and White and Polymer Clay; Creating Functional and Decorative Objects."

Here is a photo of the Talented Jacqueline hard at work on one of her wonderful creations.

Now for the giveaway! Jacqueline will be offering this stunning sterling silver choker necklace. Isn't it just so beautiful!!

This Sterling silver choker necklace was made using a tiny wire wrapped (27mm long) jade cabochon that hangs sweetly from a 16 inch (40cm) 1mmthick silver cord with a twist clasp. This necklace will go from day to night and from business to dress-up. The choker is valued at $40.00 Wow what a super prize!

Now how to win this beauty!!

1. Go to Jacqueline Jewelry and heart your favorite item then come back and post a comment here.

2. "Like" Jacqueline on Facebook

3. "Follow" Jacqueline's Blog

4. "Follow" Jacqueline on Twitter

5. Purchase a item from Jacqueline Jewelry and receive 4 extra entries

Please leave a separate comment for each entry and 1 winner will be chosen via Random.Org . Only separate comments will be counted. This giveaway will run until Saturday Sept 25th 11:59 PM. Be sure to leave a contact so I can email the winner.

Don't forget to visit Jacqueline at these other links to learn more about her extraordinary talent.

Creativity Website
Jewelry Website

Friday, September 10, 2010

Fabulous Fall finds under $10

I was able to squeeze in 1 last summer day with My youngest son and my Mother-In-law on Wednesday this week. We made a trip down to Hampton Beach and enjoyed a day on the beach building sandcastles and looking for shells.

As much as I hate to say goodbye to summer, I am excited for Fall. Fall is my favorite time of year. The sound of the leaves crunching under your feet and the beautiful colors on the trees is what makes me love the fall so much. I wanted to share with you some Fall Etsy finds that I came across this morning and the best part is they are all under $10.

First we have this ONE - 8 oz CANDY CORN Mason Jar Candle by Candle Lynn Candle Company
Yummy I can just smell the candy corn now! It is only $6.00

Next up we have Nutty Squirrel Fabric Button Magnets Set of 3 by RowanDesigns So cute and only $4.50 for all 3...Wow!

The third item that I found is this Apple Cider Potpourri. Heavily scented with loads of Apple slices and Cinnamon sticks by NHWoodscreations . This is made in my Home state. Yay NH! I bet this smells wonderful! Only $5.00 for 2 cups...what a steal!

The 4th fall item I love is this Set of 3 Fall Metal signs with dried Maple leaves by KraftyChicDesigns I can just see this hanging in my 3 season porch next to the pumpkins...and you will get the set for only $6.00

And last but not least I found these cute little Fall Apple Candles - Red, Green, or Golden by jkcountrycandles These are super super cute and they look so will get your choice of one apple for only $2.50 each and if you want all 3 is still under $10. How cool is that!

Well that is it for my Under $10 Fall Etsy finds. Now I must go and make plans for Apple picking this weekend with my family. Then it will be off to the kitchen to make Apple pies. Oh YUMMY!!! Have a blessed day everyone!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A hoppy little giveaway

Good Tuesday morning to all my friends!! In my last post I told you about the giveaways and product reviews I will be offering now and to start of the giveaway event, I am going to offer one of my items in my shop Kid-N-Around Creations

The item that I would like to offer is this great Hopscotch set. This would make the perfect gift for your next birthday party or for Christmas. I will even personalize it for you too. The set comes with the bag, 2 sticks of chalk, 3 butterfly markers, hopscotch directions and a chart. I can even make it in boy colors if you prefer. Now how can you win this sweet prize??

1. Go to my shop Kid-N-Around Creations and heart your favorite item in my shop leave a comment here.
2. Follow my blog
3. Follow me on Twitter
4. "Like" my Facebook fan page
5. Make a purchase and receive another 4 entries.
6. Sign up for a giveaway, product review or both and receive another 4 entries.

You must have a separate entry for each one in order for it to count. Total possible entries is 12. This giveaway will end next Monday the 13th at 11:59 PM and I will email the winner on Tuesday the 14th. Be sure to leave a way to contact you. Thanks so much for playing and Good luck to you all.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Beautiful Monday

Happy Monday to you all! Ok so first thing is first...Today the "Back to School sale" over at Kid-N-Around Creations ends today. Buy any 1 item and get your 2nd item of equal or lesser value 30% off. Just go ahead and check out as normal, and I will refund your 30% off with Paypal. Sale will end at 11:59 tonight.

The 2nd thing on my list for today is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. 3 Cocker Spaniel rescues need our help bad. You can read about the emergancy situation here From now until Sept 24th Kid-N-Around Creations will donate $1 from every sale made to the GA Cockers. If you want to make a direct donation you may do so by clicking on the link and following the page to the bottom. Lets help these 3 amazing rescues get these dogs the help, saftey and love the so much deserve.

The 3rd item on my list is about the Giveaways and product reviews I will be offering. I started to tell you about it in my last post yesterday. Givaways and reviews are a great way to get sales and traffic to your site and can be much cheaper then paying for advartising. If you would be interested in a giveaway and or a product review, please email me at or leave a comment at the end of my blog post. I will email you the details. All giveaways and reviews will be promoted with many differnt websites and my fb fanpage which just hit 500 followers. YAY!

Now I am off to have some breakfast and head out for a day on the lake with the family. Have a blessed day everyone!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Good bye Summer ...Hello Fall

Yes, it's true the kids are back at school and summer is coming to an end. I must say that I am sad to see it go. My family had one of our best summers yet, and we didn't even go on any vacations this year. My husband and I both put major projects on hold and we spent most of our free time with our 4 children just hanging out at the lake and enjoying life together as a family.

Now that 3 of my babies are in school full time, I am going to have much more time to blog and focus more on my shop. Some of my goals for the next few months are.. hosting at least 2 giveaways a week and I also am going to be offering product reviews with or without giveaways. I would like to be able to review at least 1 product a week. I have many new items that I will be working on in the next few months for my shop. I now am going to have some help from my dear mother who just retired. My mom worked for Annalee Dolls for 26 years and she taught me how to sew when I was little, so having her to help me is going to make a huge difference . She also is going to help me with my time management skills, which I so desperately need right now.

So, I will post more about the giveaways and product reviews later....time to go grocery shopping now. I also have to tell you about a fundraiser for a Cocker Spaniel rescue, and my wholesale line sheet I just created, my sale that's ending tomorrow, my group discount I am offering, the new place where I am consigning....see TIME MANAGEMENT!!! I need it...bad!