Sunday, October 10, 2010

All You Need is.....

Wine charms and a bottle of wine!! Hey everyone....I would like you to meet Heather of AllYouNeedDesigns I was offered a chance to review Heather's handmade wine charms and I must say that this was a fun filled review to do...Tee hee!!!

I made a baked Haddock dinner for my husband, and we locked ourselves out on the sun porch while our children ate pizza and watched a movie. The review went very well, so well in fact I ended up drinking the entire bottle of wine by myself since my husband doesn't drink. Oops...then I realized I forgot to take the pictures of the charms with my photo prop which happened to be the wine that I just finished. That's ok cause I sent my Husband out to get another bottle, and took the pictures. Tee Hee!! So back to the review. These charms are the cutest little things and they compliment the wineglasses so well. The colors are bright and some of them have cute little encouraging words engraved on them like....Love, Laugh and Live. The wineglass charms are made very well and are easy to put on and take off the wineglass stems.

If you are looking for some unique gift ideas for that next birthday coming up, head on over to AllYouNeedDesigns, and take a look around. A few of my favorites are these great items...

This is the coolest thing ever. BEST FRIENDS beaded bookmarks - set of two - Customized just for you. Heather lets you pick your bead colors and you can give one to your Best Friend. You can get your set for only $13.99.

Next is this Turquoise and Silver beaded lanyard/necklace. The colors are gorgeous on this piece and would be great for your work or school ID badge or you can remove the silver clasp and wear it as a necklace. How sweet is that??? What a steal at $14.99.

The last item I want to point out is the Merry Merry Christmas 5x7 Photo Card also with other sizes available. All cards are completely customized for you, and are sent to you in a digital card file so you can print your own. What a great idea! Get this item for only $12.99.

I asked Heather to tell me a little bit about herself and her shop. This is what she said

"I've been married to my husband for 8 years, and we have 2 beautiful children - a 5 year old son and 2 year old daughter. I've always been a creative being - art was always my passion throughout school. But sometimes life doesn't go the way you plan, and my day job does not involve much art or creativity. In my spare time, I taught myself how to use Photo shop and that's when I started graphic designing. When I first started planning my Etsy shop, it was going to be strictly for graphic design products, like invitations and cards. But then I started playing with beads, and it turned into a passion for me. I began with beaded bookmarks and then it exploded from there into wine charms, key chains, jewelry...I love thinking up new ways to use beads! When I finally opened my shop in late June 2010, I decided to offer both in my shop - handmade items and graphic designs. The great thing is that I've had some success with both. It's nice for me to have a variety of creative outlets because it allows me to change things up and stay busy. If I'm going through a dry spell with jewelry design ideas, I can turn on the computer and play with graphic designs instead.

I've had a lot of fun with my shop over the last few months and I'm looking forward to the holiday season and rolling out even more product ideas soon. So stay tuned!"

Heather is offering a giveaway prize to one lucky reader. You can enter for a chance to win this Fall Dreams Sunflower bookmark - made with beads in shades of gold, amber, green and brown with a charming sunflower charm at one end. Measuring 14.5" from one end to the other with 10" of black linen cord between the beads. Will fit well in paperback and hardcover books.
Here are the rules to enter...

1. Go to All You Need Designs and heart your favorite item, and then post a comment here.

2. Follow Heather's Blog

3. "Like" Heather's Facebook Fanpage

4. Make a purchase at All You Need Designs and receive 4 extra entries.

5. Like my Facebook Fanpage

6. Follow my Blog

You will have 9 possible chances to win if you complete all 6 steps. Please make a separate comment for each entry. Be sure to leave your contact info so I can contact the winner. I will choose the winner via Random.Org on Sunday October 17, 2010 at 11:59 PM. Good luck to everyone and thanks for following. Now if you excuse me...I have some more wine to drink!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Helena Puck is the next shop feature

I would like you all to meet a very good friend of mine who I met on Etsy. Please meet Robin Hartman from "Helena Puck" I am so excited to be able to do this shop feature for Robin. She has a great little shop with so many items to choose from. I am the proud owner of many "Helena Puck" products.

Robin sent me a pair of really neat earrings for review. These things are sooo cool and will be a great choice for the Halloween season. I showed them to a few friends and they all want a pair of their own.

The earrings are made with black and orange cool is that and creative I must add! The marble used is a regular size glass marble. The glass marble has been secured in between two spiral silver wire spirals. I have been wearing these for the last few days and I love them. They are the perfect weight...not to heavy or light....they are just right. These are going to be part of my Halloween costume for sure!

The other really cool thing about Robin's shop is she sends all her Jewelry out in origami gift boxes, made from recycled greeting cards that she makes herself. Another A+ for you Robin!

Other Items you will find in "Helena Puck" are products like these....

The Quilter Necklace is one that I have, and I can tell you that it's a fabulous piece. Made with a cross stitch design, and silver plated 24" steel ball chain. You can purchase this for only $17.00.

The next item on the list is another item of Robin's that I own and love! The Glass Pearl Wire
wrapped Ring is one of my favorites. I have this one in a blue color, and I get compliments on it all the time. This ring is only $10.00 Wow!

Last but not least we have these Awesome Mermaid Peacock Shell Dangle Earrings. I do not own these beauties yet, but they are on my list! The disc are beautiful shades of blue reminiscent of peacock feather, mermaid fin, or dragon scales. Own these for only $8.oo

Now for the Awesome giveaway.....Robin is offering the Black and Orange Marble Earrings for one lucky winner. Just like the ones she sent me. Yay!! Now for the rules on how to win this great prize...

1. Find your favorite item in "Helena Puck" heart it and come back here and post your favorite in comments.

2. Follow Robin's Blog

3. "Like" Robin on Facebook Fanpage

4. Follow Robin on Twitter

5. Make a Purchase at "Helena Puck" and receive 4 extra entries.

6. Follow My Blog

7. "Like" me on Facebook Fanpage

You have 10 possible chances to win if you do all 7 steps. Also be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry, and I will choose a winner via Random.Org on Friday October 15, 2010 at 11:59 PM. Make sure to leave your contact info in your comments so I can email the winner. Good luck to you all and Thank you for following.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Yes Please......

Happy Tuesday Morning to you all. I would like to start the day off with a product review and a great giveaway today. I was sent a lovely pair of earrings from Jennifer Broyl of "Yes, Please. Studio"

These great little earrings have got to be my new favorite addition to my jewelry collection. They are just the right size...not to big or small. I love the antique feel of these and they will match a number of outfits, making it easy for these to go from day to night. The earrings are made with Czech glass flowers in a peach/pink and white mixed color design. Hanging from the antique brass plated ovals is three flowers, and Jennifer also added in a antiqued little bow at the top of each earring. Very cute indeed!! I received a number of compliments on these earrings too!

I asked Jennifer to tell me a little bit about herself and her shop, and this is what she said...
"I've enjoyed creating for as long as I can remember, and have tried many different crafts including sewing, ceramics, painting, interior design, and obviously, jewelry making! As I got older I spent less and less time crafting, until I started feeling like something was missing from my life, so realizing a needed a creative outlet I decided to open "yes, please. studio" in 2008. I never had any type of formal training, putting jewelry together just kind of came naturally to me. My goal with "yes, please. studio" is to create fashionable and affordable jewelry. I make the kind of jewelry that I would be happy to wear myself, so if a piece doesn't sell after a while, I'm more than happy to give it a home in my own jewelry box! I believe that if you make what you love then others will love it too."
Jennifer also told me that she will soon be expanding her shop to include home decor and Holiday items. Very excited to see what she comes up with.

Jennifer has so many pretty items in her shop such as these Colorful Crocheted Flower Bobby Pins Now how cute are these? You can choose 2 of them for only $5.00.

Next she has these gorgeous Bright Red Cinnabar And Colorful Glass Chips Necklace. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this piece!! It features five 17mm (about 3/4 of an inch) carved flat round Cinnabar beads in bright red with a floral pattern. What a steal at only $25.00. That one is on my "Must Have" list for sure!

And last but not least Jennifer has created these beautiful Bright Gold Plated Filigree Earrings With Aqua Drops. Another addition to my list. These beauties are only $14.00.

Now for the giveaway details. Jennifer has so graciously offered a giveaway prize to one lucky winner. Yippee!!! Up for grabs in "Yes, Please. Studio" is a $20.00 Credit to the shop. What a great prize to be able to pick your own item. You could also use this as a gift for an upcoming Birthday party or Christmas gift. So if you want to get in on the action and enter for a chance to win this Awesome prize just follow these simple rules.

1. Go to "Yes, Please. Studio" and pick your favorite item in her shop and heart it. Come back here and post in comments your favorite item.

2. "Like" Her Facebook Fanpage

3. Make a purchase at "Yes, Please. Studio" and get 4 extra entries.

4. Follow my blog ""

5. "Like" my Facebook Fanpage

You will have a total of 8 possible entries if you do all 5 steps. Please make a separate post for each entry and I will choose a winner via This giveaway will run for 1 week ending on Next Tuesday October 12th at 11:59 PM. Please be sure to leave your contact information so I can reach the winner. As always....have fun and Good luck!