Wednesday, November 28, 2012

An ETSY Christmas !!! A Shopping Extravaganza (and some give aways too!)

Christmas shopping time is here!! I'm sharing with you some ETSY shops that belong to my readers and followers, as well as some of my own personal favorite places to visit.   Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a wonderful shopping experience -- you don't even have to leave your house! 

These shops belong to some of my devoted readers and followers~~ 

1.  DreamChallenge-- my friend Jan knits lovingly for both children and adults. Some of her work is shown here in her shop. She is available for custom orders by request and is happy to knit something special for you or someone you love.
Coupon Code - JAN10 for 10% discount on all orders.

2. Bead and Needle-- Tanya says that her creations are deeply discounted for your shopping pleasures!

3.  Two Elephants -- Sylvia and Vilma invite you to visit their shop and experience their unique creations. I love everything they make! FREE Worldwide shipping!!

4.  Peace Love and Art shop-- Jackie invites you to view her jewelry creations. 

5.  Southern Ooaks -- Regina makes one of a kind sculptures and jewelry designs. 
 Coupon Code - 2BAGSFULL for 10% discount.

6.  Sun Flower Freckles-- Laura's unique handmade aprons are on display for you. 
    Coupon Code -2Bagsfull for 20% discount.

7. Betty the Wood Fairy -- is sharing her shop on Folksy.UK.  She makes handpainted silk treasures inspired by the Surry woodland where she lives.  

8. Wind and Honey-- Elizabeth invites you to view her whimsical  drawings of animals and children. 

9. Turquoise Owl Fibers -- Holly Marie shares her hand dyed fibers, rovings and yarns with you all.
Coupon Code - 2BAGSFULL2012 for 10% discount

10..  Lucy Jane Pennybright --You have just got to see Jenny's adorable handmade elephants!!!
Free World Wide Shipping - Coupon Code 2BagsFull

11.  Charmedone -- Linda specializes in creating cameo jewelry. All items are discounted 15%. 

12.  Fay Paints -- Fay invites you to see her unique embroidery pattern designs.  

13.  Brenda Sipe --- Brenda's handpainted silk scarves are truly exquisite.  You will see more of Brenda's work when the Breast Cancer Awareness nest is created next October!

14.  Crafting Addition-- Kathy makes lovely crochet embellished items.  She recently made an adorable owl scarf for our little granddaughter as a custom order.  She is available for your custom requests as well!  

15.  Bungalow Bling -- My friend Shell is THE Queen of Glitter.  Her shop is filled with gorgeous vintage Christmas decorations - made even more special by that "glittery" touch that only Shell can do!

16.  Shirley Stitches-- Shirley creates beautiful embroidery stitches on pillowcases, towels, and linens.  Her handwork is done with much love and attention to detail.  Shirley's "stitches" are helping her to get through some rough times right now --- (sending hugs to you girlfriend-xoxo).

17.  Buttermilk Cottage-- My friend Susan is a knitter and a talented designer of yarns and knitted creations. Her shop is filled with unique and creative knitting bags, needle cases and some of her own knitted creations. Her specialty fusion yarns are absolutely stunning -- and I want them all!
Free Shipping on most items -- see shop info for details. 

18.  Suziqu- Suzy invites you to view her exquisite shabby creations.  Suzy is famous for her detailed work and her creative use of lace and beautiful embellishments. 

19. Cottage Wishes -- join Di at her shop where she is offering a collection of vintage "this and that".  All the things that she would love to have in her own country cottage~

20.  Lorraine17--beautiful hand dyed embroidery threads - silks and cotten.  Gorgeous colorways! 

21.  FuzzySlippersDesigns -- Moriah invites you to view her handmade greeting cards, journals, and albums.  Coupon Code 2BAGSFULL for 10% discount. 

22. Cheeky Rose Boutique -- Jan invites you all to see her OOAK art doll creations and her vintage jewelry and clothing finds.  She describes her shop as vintage, upscale, designer and funky!

Here are some of my favorite places to visit~~

1.  Butter Blossoms-- you know I LOVE these cookies!!!!   Coupon Code - Vicki10 for 10% off. 

2.  Marie Dodd --  Mary Jane makes jewelry with spirit.  Her pieces truly speak to me.  She is an incredible artist. You will see Mary Jane's work on next year's Breast Cancer Awareness nest!

3.  SeaWashed--  Carrie makes beautiful paintings with a remarkable likeness to the sea.  Her seawashed Christmas creations are so lovely. I especially love her beautiful cards.  

4.   Bumpkin --   Follow the Country Lane to a whimsical, nostalgic world of animal Illustrations, Personalised Prints, Embroidery Patterns, Sew your own Bunny Kits & lots of adorable gifts in between! All created by British Artist, Catherine Young."  Everything she makes is precious. 
 Coupon Code - 2BAGSFULL for 10% discount.

5.  Hello Violeta-- I love her muslin creations. 

6.  Tessa Ann -- Tessa's handmade buttons for children are simply adorable.  If I could -- I would have one of each design. 

7.  Its Random-- Beautiful, drop dead gorgeous crochet necklaces -- I own 2 of Karen's incredible designs. 

8.  Lori's Place--  My "go to" place for beautiful decorated cookies.  Lori is an absolute sweetheart -- and her cookies are to die for!  Lori has a NEW website in addition to her ETSY shop.  You will find all cookie items discounted 10% as a special promotion on her new website. 

9.  TSCookies -- another favorite for decorated cookies!  Check out the adorable owl cookies!! Melissa packages her cookies so beautifully - you almost hate to open them! 

10.  Kylie Parry--Kylie makes gorgeous handmade art beads and earthy jewelry designs.  Honestly -- I'm in awe of everything she makes.  She is an amazing artist. 

11. Fiberluscious-- Jill's handmade pincushions are unlike anything that you have ever seen before -- they are incredible works of art!  Coupon Code FiberJoy10 for 10% discount through December 31.

12. CountyMouse -- Cherie makes the most adorable little baby coats! 
 Coupon Code Nestlingmouse for 10% discount. 

13. Andie's Specialty Sweets-- This shop is incredible! Edible cake embellishments that you are going to love!! I'm crazy about the edible buttons!

14.  Ropes of Pearls-- gorgeous leather wrap bracelets embellished with stones and glass -- seriously -- I love these bracelets Free WorldWide shipping!

15.  Tasha McKelvey-- sweet pottery pieces with little birds -- sigh~

16.  Unique Buttons-- I am in love with buttons.  I am obsessed with buttons.  I want to touch all of these buttons and make them mine!

17.  Guimauve Confections -- This newly opened shop features home made gourmet marshmallows -- heaven help me~~ Use Coupon Code 2BAGSFULL for 20% off your shopping!

18.  Crumbles Cookie Factory-- I'm thinking that my dear friend Bob - needs some of the bananas foster cookie bars that these folks make.  And -- I'm lusting after the key lime cookies!

19. UnderGlass--  unusual earrings made from resin -- I own several pairs and I LOVE them!
Free Worldwide Shipping!

20.  Glass River Jewelry-- Please tell my husband that I would love to have one pair of these beautiful floral earrings~ sigh

21.  Andria's Serendipity -- My friend Andria makes unbelievable jewelry from sea glass treasures.  If you love the beach -- you must look here!!  I own several pieces of her beautiful jewelry and I get compliments every time I wear them~ Coupon Code- HOLIDAY10 for 10% discount

22. RedPrariePress -- I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these cotton jersey scarves.  They are like heaven around your neck.  FREE SHIPPING -- info on shop header. 

23.  YouandMeConfections -- beautifully decorated cookies are made in this newly opened ETSY shop.  Their Winter Wonderland cookies are gorgeous! 
Coupon Code Winter2012 for discounts. (5% on orders of $25, 10% on orders over $40)

24.  LeatherDiva -- OMgosh -- just wait till you see these leather and beaded boho chic bracelets! Please tell my husband that I want one of these also!!  FREE SHIPPING!  Also a buy 2 get the third half price offer. 

25. Mosaic Magpie-- My friend Deb is sharing her vintage clothing, altered clothing and her knitting creations with you in her shop.  CouponCode  2BagsfullLOVE for 10% discount 

26.  Jurga Za -- I am in love with these felted boots.  You don't even need to tell my husband -- these just might have to be MY absolute splurge for myself this holiday season.  I think I might even dream about them.   CouponCode - FREESHIPPING  (all the way from Lithuania!!)

And -- just in case you might have time to visit one more shop--
I've filled my own ETSY shop with a beautiful selection of snuggly vintage sweater cowl designs. This year's collection is especially lovely -- lots of embroidery, button accents, and even some bling!  I've created a coupon code for free US shipping --and for my international customers  -- a code for 20% discount-- you will find the codes in the shop info And~~I'm sharing a special holiday treat with everyone who makes a purchase this next week! Your purchase this next week will include my special gift of one of those beautiful Winter Wonderland cookies from my friends at YouandMeConfections! (**just leave a note in the comments section on your purchase order that you came from the ETSY party and I'll pack the little treat up for you when I send your purchase!) 
(the photo here shows just a sampling of the collection)

And now -- on to some very VERY special folks who are hosting our giveaway!!

1.  Kathy and Gwen's shop is like a virtual flea market. Browsing the pages of this beautiful shop is like spending the day at the flea market of your dreams!!  Filled with amazing vintage treasures, you will feel as though you have rummaged through the best of the flea market treasures -- and still be wearing your flannel pj's!   The vintage part of the shop is directed by Kathy~ (where she finds all this great stuff is beyond me!!)  Her cousin Gwen contributes amazing original artwork.  Gwen's charcoal sketches and oil paintings are  unique and so very beautiful. 

This unbelievable charcoal sketch was a gift to me from Gwen.
(A surprise gift that I truly cherish!)  She created this beautiful sketch by looking at photos on my blog.  The photo shown below was the source for the sketch--

(me and my Maddy girl)


  Kathy and Gwen have generously donated these beautiful sketches created by Gwen as gifts for my giveaway.  They will come to you already beautifully framed!!  

2.  Rosalind makes beautiful jewelry.  She specialises in wedding jewelry and designs that are "glamorous".  By day -- she gives  wonderful manicures-- you can visit her if you are in the Ft. Lauderdale area!  But in her off time -- she creates.  Her passion for beautiful jewelry is evident in her designs.  Rosalind is offering this glamorous rhinestone design as a giveaway prize for one of you.  The necklace will be available with either a black or  white ribbon of your choice.  You can visit Rosalind in her shop and use coupon code GLAM15 for 10% off when you shop.

3.  My friend Joan is a talented artist who creates lovely hand painted clutch bags.  Her one of a kind, signed by the artist designs can be found in her shop. She is sharing one of her beautiful clutch bags as a giveaway prize for one of you.

To win one of these prizes -- simply leave a comment here on this post. (I'd love to here if you had successful shopping!!)
The winners for all of the prizes will be announced right HERE in this location on December 8 -- so be sure to come back here to see if you won! 

*****UPDATE ~~ CONTEST WINNERS 12/8/12*****
1. Carola Bartz - framed Charcoal sketch 
2. Susan (Buttermilk Cottage) - framed Charcoal sketch 
3. Suzie Q - handpainted clutch purse  
4. Rhonda Walker - glam necklace
Ladies - please email me privately with your addresses .  Congrats to all of the winners!!
*This Contest is now CLOSED.* 

So-- let the shopping begin!!  I hope you find some special gifts for everyone on your list!!   

Every week more beautiful scarves arrive for my Pink Scarf Project.  These gorgeous creations (five!!) were donated by an angel who asked that her name not be shared.  She wrote in a note to me that God had blessed her with the talents to knit and crochet and that she just wanted to use those talents to help others. I am so humbled to accept these beautiful gifts -- thank you. 

Sweet Susan has lovingly knitted this beautiful scarf.  The yarn that she used is SO incredibly soft and the fringe is gorgeous!  You can visit Susan at her blog Suztats where she shares her amazing tatting creations, as well as her painting, paper, and fabric designs.  Thank you Susan for your beautiful and generous donation. 

Happy "start of the Holiday season" to you all!

ps -- My Grow Your Blog party now has over 120 participants!  There is still time for YOU to sign up!  The party starts January 19th!!!

and ---- lots more PINK scarves just arrived!! They will be coming up soon for you to see!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Getting Ready~~

The Christmas rush has begun and we are only 4 days away from my ETSY Christmas shopping extravaganza!  I've been working days (and nights) listing all the shops who are participating -- as well as some of my own favorites.  In addition -- I've also been working on the winter opening of my own ETSY shop~~ 

My hand knit cowl
made from 100% supersoft alpaca wool.

Designed to keep you snugly and warm!

This is just one of the new items to be featured in my "winter season" display. 

Don't miss the ETSY shopping extravaganza - there will be over 40 shops to visit -- and something for everyone on your Christmas shopping list!  Several of the shops will be offering incentives like free shipping and discounts.  The party begins on Wednesday, November 28 at 9 am EST.   See you there!!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Calling all ETSY shop owners!!! (and more PINK scarf photos!!)

Shopping on ETSY is one of my favorite things to do!  ETSY artists are some of the most talented and creative designers in the world.  Christmas shopping time is almost here and I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite ETSY shops with all of you~~~ 

This Christmas, I would like to do something special for my devoted Followers who are also ETSY shop owners~~ I'd like to share links to YOUR ETSY shops with all of my  blog readers.  (perhaps this might help to jump start your Christmas season of sales!)

Here are some guidelines~~

 1. Your shop needs to be ready for Christmas shopping visitors.  Make it look beautiful for your guests!

2. Please leave a comment with a LIVE link to your ETSY shop. (meaning -- when I click on the link it takes me directly to your shop).

3. You might want to consider offering some shopping incentives for your visiting guests. (perhaps a discount code or free shipping). If you plan to do so -- please let me know in your comment. Also please include a one sentence description of your ETSY shop. I will provide the links to your shops -- let folks know if there are any shopping incentives - and write your shop description along with the link.

4. All links need to be left here in my comments NO later than November 25.  I will publish the post on November 28.
 ***(If this little ETSY party is successful -- maybe we can make it an annual event. I love ETSY!)***

Some of my friends who are ETSY shop owners have offered items as gifts for you all.  SO -- when I publish the post on the 28th -- there will also be some WONDERFUL giveaway surprises for you at that time! 

I hope you all will try to be here on the 28th to visit some of the shops that will be listed and to start your own Christmas shopping!  If you are not a frequent visitor to the ETSY website -- you will be amazed by the talents of the folks who create and design there.  If you want to give a special gift this Christmas --this is your opportunity to find it among the artists who are participating!!  So get ready for some great shopping!!!!

Some updates--

The response to my Grow Your Blog Party has been absolutely amazing!  In just a few short weeks we have over 80 participants and that number grows every day!! Thank you to everyone who is helping to spread the word!  If you are new to this idea -- you can click the link above for all the info.  The more blogs that participate - the greater the chance of increasing your readers and followers.  If you have not done so -- please consider sharing this info with your blog readers by doing a special post, placing the event Badge on your sidebar -- and tell all of your blogging friends!!!  

The Pink Scarf donations are starting to arrive and I am overwhelmed by the generosity of my readers.  The latest scarfs to arrive are here--

Created by Sylvia and Vilma -- this beautiful scarf is both unique and beautiful. 
Please visit their incredible blog Two Elephants
to see the creative artistry of these generous ladies!
You will be amazed at their creations!!

Sweet Jenny has donated this incredible soft and iridescent scarf.
You can visit Jenny at her blog - The Modest Peacock. 
Jenny is a creative designer who makes precious stuffed elephants.  
She is currently hosting a contest to give away one of these adorable creations on her 
alternate blog -- Lucy Jane's Writing Desk.   

  Two beautiful scarfs were donated by my friend Tanya.
This variegated yarn is so SOFT!!
I love that she made two different patterns from the same yarn~
You can visit Tanya at her blog Bead and Needle.

Donated by Jill from the blog, Untie the Ribbons 
 this purchased scarf is sensational!
With colors so vibrant and bright - this beautiful gift is sure to
bring a smile to the face of someone special!! 

Paisley makes my heart beat faster!!!
This gorgeous purchased scarf was donated by
Jackie from the blog One Creative Cat.
Long enough to wrap around your neck and shoulders --
this scarf is truly exquisite!
Visit Jackie at her blog and ETSY shop to see her unique jewelry creations!

Beautifully crochet with sequined yarn-
Karen's scarf is simply to die for!
You can visit sweet Karen at her blog Todolwen. 
A nest lover like ME, Karen shares her beautiful creations
on her beautiful blog.
Thank you all (from the bottom of my heart) for your generous donations to my Pink Scarf Project. 
For those of you who are not familiar with the project -- you can click the above link.
There is a link on my sidebar as well.  
The Project will run for a year and all of the scarfs will
be donated to women who are fighting their own battles against Breast Cancer.
Everyone who donates a purchased or handmade scarf will
be entered into a contest to win 
this wrap made by me-- 

So-- there is a lot going on here right now!! Lots of opportunities for you all to get involved~~ Grow Your Blogs, donate a scarf, perhaps even  make some Christmas sales from your ETSY shop!!