Friday, October 23, 2009

Sewing Block

Vacation has rendered me useless! That is the only excuse I have. I wanted to take my sewing machine with me so I didn't lose my momentum, so maybe I will blame the dear hubby.

What ever has caused it, I have a sewing block. The ideas are in my head, but when I try to create them, they flop. So tell me what to do? Do you keep pushing through until it clicks again or do you take a break and give it a rest? I feel the need to keep pushing forward.

I had purchased some beautiful Alpaca roving, from The Sage Fox on Etsy, a few weeks back and she was wonderful enough to send along a felting needle. After my first wet felting session was a flop, I decided to give the needle felting a shot. I played with it for the first time yesterday and had pretty good results considering I had no clue what I was doing :) I made a cute little blue flower with a pink center. I have poured over hours of google videos on "how to needle felt" and I have been truly inspired. The amazing creations that can be made from a simple pile of wool have me inspired to be more creative. Maybe this is the thing I need to break the block.

I think some leg warmers are in the forcast for my weekend as well. It is getting colder and those sweet little children's legs need something to keep them warm while they are being fashionable.

I am going to go try to create something. If I succeed I will post some pictures.

Happy Crafting everyone.... and Happy Sales if you are working the fall festival booths !


Friday, October 9, 2009

Its Fall Yall Sale is HERE!!!!

It's Finally Here!

The 3rd Annual GA Etsy Street Team's:
It's Fall Y'All Sale

This weekend Oct 9-11th, shop from our great list of participating stores or search "all items" for GAetsyteam or Itsfallyall.Handmade is never mass produced, so each item is special and unique! Give yourself and your friends the gift of handmade!

This link will take you to shops that have items in the sale as well. Not all items in a shop are tagged so make sure to read the announcements to find out all the details.

List of Participating Shops:

Amber's Aromatherapy

Handmade soaps, lotions, lip balm, milk bath and custom blended teas

20% all orders

Amelia's Soap Co.

Soap Products

15% discount on soaps

April's Afghans

Afghans and other crocheted household items

Free U.S. shipping

Artistspirit - A Reflection of Mind

Glass fusion jewelry, plates and coasters

15% off any item

Beautiful Tree Huggers

Homemade all natural soap, lotion, etc.

Everything in the store 20% off

Be Inspired Designs

Scrabble Tile Pendant Jewelry & Accessories

Buy 2, Get 1 FREE plus FREE SHIPPING


(stuffed) animal skin loveys

Free U.S. shipping, $5 off shipping everywhere else!

Bug's Hugs

Unique handmade creations for anyone that could use a hug!

Free shipping (U.S. only) plus 10% off all orders

Cindy’s Too Cute Creations

Boutique Monograms and Personalized Gifts

25% off of all Embroidery Blanks!

Cocoa Dreams

Personalizable baby bibs, blankets, burp cloths and aprons

Free domestic shipping on everything in shop

Crafters Crossing

Handmade Swarovski crystal and wire jewelry

10% off merchandise orders totaling up to $99.99

15% off merchandise orders totaling $100 or over

The Crafty Coop
Handmade resin jewelry with glitter

All necklaces 20% off


embrodiery,dolls,quilted items

20% off section

Deb's Pane In The Glass

Anything Stained Glass from sun catchers, ceiling fan pull chains to business card holders and holiday items

Free USA and International Shipping!

Deuce Goods

Be original this Fall with one of a kind accessories & gifts

15% off All Hats and Scarves

toddler items and women's accessories

FREE shipping to U.S. on all items


Adorable Art for Children, Babies and Fun Grownups!

Free worldwide shipping, plus 10% off storewide -all refunded via paypal

Fluffy Flowers

cute Creatures & pretty Pouches

FREE shipping to ANYWHERE in the world

The Goddess Within You

Artisian Jewelry

Free shipping

Jenjie's Stuff

Beautiful and Fun Handmade Items

Free U.S. Shipping and 10% off all items

JoyAnna - all things beautiful

Purses, pillows, scrapbook covers, tissue holders etc

FREE SHIPPING within the Continental USA on everything in the shop.

Kartu Graphics

Designer of our fabulous sale graphic
15% OFF

K. Berlin Metalsmith

Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry - Precious Metals and gems

Free Shipping on All items

Madame Monogram

Personalized intems for Bridal, Baby, Child and Home

FREE pair of luggage tags with any purchase, a $12.00 value

Maria Luna

Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry and Fine Art Photography

15% OFF excluding items that are already on sale


Accessories for mom and baby

10% off your total order. Use promo code "fallyall" Money refunded via PayPal.

Nicolita Love

Handmade and Vintage Jewelry and Accessories

Free Shipping on orders over $20 & Free Nola Brooch with purchase


Unique Handmade Jewelry

Buy one get second one half off (BoGo)Sale

Princess Ciarra Raye’s Designs

Jewelry for the little girl inside you

Free Shipping

The Print Duchess Studio

Custom Stationery & Personal and Promo Designs

20% off Rectangular Address Labels


Original Mixed Media Art

15% off everything!


Handmade Silk Scarves and Gifts

Sale Items 15% off with Free Shipping


Kids wear and more

Free shipping

Smelly Rhino Studio

Art with a little Humor!

Original paintings and Prints10% off and free shipping!

Sweet Pea Boutique

Colorful hairbows and clips for girls of all ages!

Buy any hairbow or clip set and get one HALF PRICE, with FREE SHIPPING for orders $10 and up

Worthy Soy Candles & Crochet

Soy Candles & Unique Crochet Creations

10% Off Everything!


Tuesday, October 6, 2009


If you are in the mood for some early holiday shopping this weekend (Oct 9-11, 2009) would be a great time to stop by Etsy and take a look at some of the wonderful hand crafted items in the GA ETSY TEAM's "Its Fall Y'all" Sale!
To find shops participating in the sale you can just search "all items" (gaetsyteam, or itsfallyall). I will also have a complete list of shops participating posted at the end of the week.
There are over one million artisans who own Etsy shops and over 300 of them are from Georgia. Products range from clothing, handbags, Mommy products, kids stuff, home decor, bath and body, beauty, candles, custom blended tea, pet products, Georgia team sports items, accessories, jewelry, fused glass and stained glass, fiber goods and textiles, fine art and folk art and lots of other great products! You are sure to find something for everyone on your list.
Buying handcrafted items is a true economic stimulus, you are supporting items made in Georgia by artist who are passionate about their craft and about providing you a quality product, their business is built on your patronage and return visits. A great number of these items are one of a kind and most of these artist are open to custom request for their work!
All the great sale prices and tons of shops offering free shipping, makes this the perfect time to explore buying handmade.
This is the official list of participating shops you can click on the links from here, or just visit Etsy and search " all items" , gaetsyteam or itsfallyall.
P.s. This ad backdrop with the falling leaves was lovingly painted by Rebecca Salcedo (smellyrhinostudio) and the wicked graphics were layered by Maria Allen (Kartu Graphics)
Look forward to seeing you this weekend Oct 9-11 !

Friday, October 2, 2009

Crafting on Vacation???

So as you have read on previous blogs my family and I are currently on vacation at the beach. This trip is always a lot of fun and it is wonderful for us to spend time as a family away from home. As crazy as it seems we are all so busy at home that we don't do as many things together. This is crazy because we home school and I work from home.

This is my confession....... I wanted to bring my sewing machine! I know it is crazy but I truly did want to bring it. I actually contemplated bringing some wool I purchased to work on learning felting, then there was the blanket I was crocheting for my husband... that definitely should have come along because I never work on it at home. But alas Brian made me leave it all behind. All I was allowed to bring was my laptop...............SOOOOOOO here I am blogging and Etsy chatting and twittering to try and keep my shop alive.

I also have a new obsession for the next two weeks. I entered a contest at Take this Craft and Sew it, the contest is being judged now and I have checked my shirt every time I get a chance to see how it is doing. The contest was to re purpose as t shirt using at least one sewing technique. I did this by taking a long sleeve black t shirt and creating a window grid on the front using pink fabric sewing to the inside of the shirt and then cutting away windows so that the pink fabric shows through. On the back of the shirt in the shoulder area I embroidered the word HOPE in hot pink thread with a silver dove right above it. I named this shirt Windows of Hope.

With this contest being judged in October I really wanted to do something near and dear to my heart which is something related to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My Mom is a breast cancer survivor and I support Breast Cancer Awareness in every way that I can.

If you want to take a look and possibly vote. I would appreciate it.

I also made another version of this same shirt and listed on my Etsy shop. I have also made a new HOPE pillow that is also listed on the site. I will be listing more items with this theme through the month of October. I offer free US Shipping on all items and I will be donating 15% of the sales on anything bought from this line to a local Breast Cancer Awareness charity.

Happy Crafting, for those of you who can this week!