July 16, 2010
Friday is once again upon us, and it is a good one! The weekend ahead will bring a visit with family whom we have not seen in a while. It has certainly been the month to see family, which is wonderful!
I have a job interview on Monday morning, so prayers on that topic would be greatly appreciated.
Also, my husband received an exciting request this morning, but I’m going to have to wait to share the specifics with you until is becomes “official.” Rest assured that it is some pretty cool news, which you will appreciate even more if you are a video-gamer.
That’s pretty much the wrap-up of my week, so let’s move on to something much more interesting: this week’s Featured Fridays seller!
Store Name: Beppiebags
Tag Line: HOORAY! You found me. Welcome to Beppiebags.
First Name: Beth
Physical Location: Central Wisconsin
Inventory: “…FUN VINTAGE and, as time permits, a handmade handbag or two.”
My (still fairly) new obsession with all things mid-century modern has led me to do a ton of very enjoyable Etsy window shopping over the past few weeks. But, as you know, window shopping can only go on for so long before the real shopping begins. I mean, you can’t take me into a bakery and not expect me to walk out with a pastry or two. The temptation is just too great. So, after “hearting” a few choice listing, and saving me pennies, I finally made my first Etsy MCM purchase of four coffee cups in Salem’s North Star pattern, from beppiebags.
Ahhh, the bliss! My only other North Star purchase (so far…) was of the salt and pepper shaker from Ebay, which I was very pleased with. But buying from Ebay often lacks that sense of personal touch and community that comes with an Etsy purchase.
Enter Beth at Beppie Bags!
This is such a fun shop. First of all, your eyes are met with a screen of vibrantly colored and well-lit photographs of a plethora of vintage goodies, which most definitely encourages you wander past the front page into the rest of the shop. Amid the array of dinner and kitchen ware, you’ll stumble across a surprise or two, like this listing which made me laugh:
The inside cover of this book contains a German quote which translates, “Without sausage, without bacon, purpose in life is forsaken.” I absolutely agree.
While you’re browsing all of the goodies that Beppie Bags has to offer, don’t forget to notice her shop announcement. Unlike some other shops I have visited (which shall remain nameless), it is clear, up-to-date, and contains relevant and current links. Not a small feat for a married mother of two who manages two flower shops and runs her own Etsy shop!
My purchase from Beppie Bags was a pleasant, smooth experience. My coffee cups arrived carefully packaged and ready to become new additions to my collection.
Now, for your viewing pleasure, here are a few more listings to tempt you to click on over to Beppie Bags and do a little shopping of your own!
June 11, 2010
Friday is yet again upon us. I am looking forward to the weekend, as always, and looking back at another week down as I get closer and closer to vacation time. This year family vacation is taking us to Disney World! I love it. We have been once as a family before, but that was before Adam became a part of the family. This is going to be his first trip ever to the Magic Kingdom! I can hardly wait. 🙂
But, I digress. It is time, once again, for another installment of Featured Fridays!
Store Name: cjscraftcorner
Tag Line: Fabric Creations to Brighten Your Life
First Name: Carolyn
Physical Location: Northcentral Ohio
Inventory: “Tea wallets, runners, & gifts for teachers and showers!”
Last week, I finally purchased one of the tea wallets by CJ’s Craft Corner (also a TeamCAC member) that I have been eyeballing for quite a while. They are the most handy idea I have seen to hold and carry your favorite tea bags with you wherever you go. Just fill up the wallet, stick it in your purse, and go. I went back and forth between the wallet that I purchased,
and this too-cute retro one.
It took me a week to decide. I’m not kidding! So many good choices make it even harder on me to pick one. And, like icing on the cake, each tea wallet comes pre-filled with four tea bags. This mother/daughter team really does a great job in their work.
Now, CJ’s Craft Corner isn’t just about tea wallets. They have many other wonderful fabric crafts at awesome prices as well. Check out some of my personal favorites, and then head on over to their shop and find some of your own! (Oh, and while you’re there, wish Carolyn a happy birthday today!)
May 28, 2010
TGIF! Whew, what an emotional roller coaster I have been on this week. I let my employers know that I am officially looking for full-time work, and that was so hard because they are such a sweet family. I had a very promising interview at the bank, but I have not heard anything back from them, and they have already removed the job posting, so now it’s not feeling so promising. And on top of that, over the past year, I have begun to become quite emotional about *once a month*, and this week I almost bought a plane ticket to go to SC this weekend, until I realized that it was Memorial Day weekend. One thing I have learned – never make big decisions when I’m feeling like that. Yay for the weekend!
And on to today’s Featured Fridays’ seller:
Store Name: GreenTrunkClothing
Tag Line: Handmade Reproduction Vintage & Upcycled Clothing
First Name: Jaya
Physical Location: Westchester County, NY/Fairfield County, CT
Inventory: “…OOAK, handmade, clothing and accessories, all inspired by the styles of the past, and all made from upcycled, repurposed, and thrifted materials.”
As you know, I am all about vintage patterns and upcycling. So, of course, fellow TeamCAC member Green Trunk Clothing caught my eye right off the bat. Here are some clothes that would be great on a holiday weekend, such as the one we are quickly approaching. Going on a pic-nic? Grab one of her too-cute sun visors to keep you protected. Staying home and doing some spring cleaning? There is a plethora of aprons to choose from. Going out on the town? How about an upcycled slip dress. And, all of Green Trunk Clothing’s listings have a wonderful vintage feel.
Now, not only does Jaya upcycle and repurpose, so you know you’re doing the environment some good when you purchase from her, but:
“10% of all sales go to suport the WAMAMA Sewing Project of Lake Kivu Christian Center in Goma, DR Congo, E. Africa for more information go to http://www.lkccgoma.com/default.html”
How cool is that? Good for the planet and the people on it!
Be sure to check out Green Trunk Clothing, and while you’re at it, go on over to Green Trunk Designs as well for more cute hats, tote bags, and yoga mat bags. In the mean time, here are a few of my faves.
April 30, 2010
Ahhhhh, Friday is finally here. This week has been pretty busy, and the weekend ahead is packed! Wednesday morning, I had two fillings replaced and a new cavity filled, then spent most of the afternoon with my playdoh-like face on a heating pad trying to recoup. Ida Straightshooter made another appearance Wednesday night. (For clarification, see the post I Petted An Armadillo) Tonight and tomorrow night provide another opportunity to tickle people’s funny bones while I do a little improv comedy at the After Hours Improv Theater.
And guess what else…. I picked up that tea pot cross stitch that I wrote about last week in my post Works in Progress, when I discussed projects that were started only to be set aside and never completed. It looks like getting that confession out there and reading your similar experiences helped reignite my interest!
Oh, and I would be remiss if I failed to mention the Handmade Bash that is going on tomorrow at 1409 S. Lamar in Dallas, TX. It’s sponsored by the Etsy Dallas team, and my friend and previous Featured Fridays store owner Rachel, from 3BearsStudio, is going to have a table set up. She’s dipping her big toe into the craft show scene for the first time, so if you’re in town, come by and show her some love!
Store Name: Jamfiescreations1
Tag Line: Always made with love
First Name: Mary
Physical Location: Moses Lake, Washington
Inventory: “Paper Crafts and More”
Jamfiescreations1, what can I say? I discovered (and immediately hearted!) her store back at the beginning of February, and have been drooling over her goodies for quite some time. It doesn’t hurt that I’m already a nut for stationary anyway. Finally, last week, I made my first purchase: two Mother’s Day cards.
I love, love, love them! When I took them out of the bubble mailer, they were exactly what I expected. They are made from high-quality, sturdy card stock, and the embellishments are carefully attached. Her designs and color choices always keep me coming back to see what new items she has in her shop.
One of the things that I particularly like about Jamfiescreations1, that sets her apart from some other Etsy sellers, is that you also get an envelope that is designed to match your card, not just some plain old everyday envelope. So, I know my mom and mother-in-law are going to know there is something special in store for them as soon as they open their mailboxes.
Jamfiescreations1 not only sells cards, but also things like personalized store tags, signs, and decorative mailing and packing supplies. Be sure to check out Mary’s store. I’ll bet you’ll heart it as fast as I did!
Now, for your viewing pleasure, here are a few of my current favorites:
April 2, 2010
Matthew 27:32-56 (NIV)
32As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). 34There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 36And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. 37Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads 40and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” 41In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42“He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ” 44In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
The Death of Jesus
45From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. 46About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” 48Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.” 50And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. 52The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people. 54When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” 55Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. 56Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
After reading the story of Good Friday, it almost seems wrong to wish you a happy Good Friday, but I will anyway. When faced with Christ’s ultimate sacrificial love, how could one not feel joyfully thankful. So, “Happy Good Friday!” But, I’m not going to just leave you with that…
1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 8So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
The Guards’ Report
11While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
The Great Commission
16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The fulfillment of the prophecies, the victory over the grave! Happy Easter to you all!
In honor of Easter weekend, this “Featured Fridays” will consist, not of one single store, but a few stores who share at least two things in common. One – each store owner is a professing Christian. Two – each store owner is a member of TeamCAC. Also, each item featured here is consistent with this post’s Easter theme.
Here we go!
Store Name(s): krispybanana; LavonTees; NewCreatioNZ; Buttonwilloe
Tag Line(s): boutique baby burpcloths, bibs & more – now tea towels!; bold and beautiful wearable art; Fine art, fabric art, photos, cards, ACEO and more!; Polymer Clay Keepsakes
First Name(s): Kristiana; Lavon; Jocelyn; Linda
Physical Location(s): Waco, Texas; Black Canyon City, Arizona; Auckland, New Zealand; Brea, California
Inventory: *Check out these stores to find out!*
These sellers are a small representation of many more wonderful Team CAC sellers! If you’re tempted by some of the great things you see here, just search teamcac on Etsy to find more goodies.
March 26, 2010
An email from my pastor this morning reminded me that this Sunday is Palm Sunday. Wait a minute, where did that come from? That means that next Sunday is Easter Sunday, and it just seems a little too soon for Easter to be here already. Palm Sunday really sneaked up on me this year.
As I was thinking about Holy Week, I was reminded of Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade:
In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,
You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade…
Now, of course, the point of the Easter season is the celebration of the loving sacrifice that Christ made for us. However, it also brings back childhood memories of bright sunny Easter mornings, waking up to see what the Easter Bunny had left during the night, and getting all dressed up in our new Easter dresses before heading out to church, and then to a big lunch with family. Sometimes the Easter dresses were accompanied by special accessories like…dare I say it…hats!
I love hats. I don’t have terribly many, but I love to have an occasion to wear one. I watch British films with envy when they include wedding scenes, because hats at such functions appear to be the standard over there, and not so much over here. A few weeks ago, this week’s Featured Friday seller was featured in Etsy’s Handmade Portraits, and I greatly enjoyed the segment. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s Featured Fridays seller, Topsy Turvy Design!
Store Name: Topsy Turvy Design
Tag Line: I Make Hatties!
First Name: Kim
Physical Location: Oakland, California
Inventory: “Costume Accessories for Stage, Film & Play”…hats, hats, hats!
These hats are something else. No, I really mean that. You won’t be able to swing by your nearest department store and pick up a hat that rivals anything you will find at Topsy Turvy Design. They are vibrant, whimsical, colorful, and full of life. Kim’s toppers come in a wide range of sizes, from the Mini Rhinestone Top Hat and small peacock feather hair clips, to the Seafaring Pirate Hat. Her shop is full of wonderful photography featuring gorgeous models showing off her beautiful creations. Be sure to check it out! And just to whet your appetite, here are a few of my favorites.
While I’m not suggesting you grab one to wear to church on Easter Sunday (who would be able to focus on the sermon with one of these awesome hats in the room?), I definitely think you can find find an occasion for at least one. 🙂
March 19, 2010
It’s hard to believe that the end of the week has already arrived again. Every time I sit down to write a Featured Friday post, I feel like I just wrote one the day before. Is it a good thing that the weekend comes so quickly, or a bad thing that the weeks are flying by? Hmmm…
Anyway, let’s get to this week’s Featured Fridays shop!
Store Name: Butterfly Blue Designs
First Name(s): Kristin, Liz and Heidi
Physical Location: Silverton, Oregon
Inventory: “Butterfly Blue specializes in high quality unique hand-crafted designs.”…which means a variety of super cute handmade items, from shirts and hats, to items for your baby or favorite four-legged friend.
As I promised in Monday’s post, “How To – Coffee Cup Sleeve”, today I am going to give you the rest of the story of my coffee cup sleeve adventure. Like I said, I had been thinking that I would like to have one for about two weeks before I finally sat down last Friday and put together the sleeve that I featured in that tutorial. Just about the time I got to Step #4, where you sew the fabric and batting together, I got a call from my husband. He had been pretty active on Ebay last week and wanted me to check the mail to see if any of his packages had arrived. He had, in fact, three packages that day, and he asked me to immediately open up one in particular.
Upon opening the package in question, the first thing I noticed was that it did not come from an Ebay seller, but from an Etsy seller. As I turned the package upside down, out slipped, you guessed it, the prettiest little coffee cup sleeve. All I could do was laugh! He had no idea that I was in the middle of making one at that very minute, and I was just so touched that he had secretly created his own Etsy account and made his very first purchase of a gift for me. And where did that sleeve come from? Butterfly Blue Designs!
What a cute shop this is! Along with the variety of coffee cup sleeves they have, they also have a neat collection of tooth fairy pillows – with hangers – which I imagine might come in very handy for a less-than-stealthy tooth fairy. There are also a number of must-haves for the true OSU fan. Being from Texas, I probably shouldn’t mention that, but in this case I’ll make an exception. 🙂 One of the things that led my husband to purchase from Butterfly Blue Designs is their wonderful photography. Yet another confirmation that great photos are essential to Etsy success (something I’m still working on).
For more ideas of some of the things you can find in their shop, take a look at a few of my favorites. The first one is my new coffee cup sleeve!
*In case you are wondering about the fate of the sleeve that was featured in my tutorial, I embroidered it with pink initials and gifted it to a friend.
March 12, 2010
My BFF (oh yes, I totally just said BFF) and I met in college and have been friends ever since. She has a beautifully original name, of which she is a bit protective, so I shall refer to her from here on out as “The Marvelous Maven,” because she is my go-to girl anytime I am puzzling through scripture, life, or anything really. She’s got the smarts and always knows just what to say.
The Marvelous Maven has quite a unique heritage. Her father’s family journeyed to the US from the Ukraine, and she has always been curious about the land from whence they came. I know that she would love to make a trip over there to see it one day, but for now there is just daydreaming. So in honor of The Marvelous Maven and Easter, I bring you this installment of Featured Fridays!
Store Name: Ukrainian Easter Eggs
First Name: K.T.
Physical Location: Toronto, Canada
Inventory: Ukrainian Easter Eggs
Ukrainian Easter Eggs is a new shop on Etsy, though a quick profile perusal will tell you that K.T. is definitely not new to the craft. For those who are unfamiliar with the way that Ukrainian Easter eggs, or pysanky, are made, they go through a process where they are alternately written on in wax and then dipped in a dye. For a more detailed description of how this process works, click here.
There are other Etsy sellers who sell pysanky, but I like the Ukrainian Easter Eggs shop because these eggs really cover the whole spectrum of colors and designs. The photography of the eggs is wonderful as well, with good clear pictures that really let you see the items up close. I have no doubt that you will find eggs here to suit just about anyone’s taste.
Here are a few of my particular favorites. Check out Ukrainian Easter Eggs Etsy shop and show some love to a new Etsy seller!
March 5, 2010
Happy Friday to you all! I hope you are as excited about the weekend as I am. I’ll be performing in an improv show tonight AND tomorrow night, and my hubby and I are headed out to see the new Alice In Wonderland in 3D tomorrow. And to top it all off, this will be our first Sunday as official members at our new church. Yay!
Many thanks to those of you who have participated in my poll from Tuesday’s post. It you haven’t already, I’d really appreciate your input. It’s one question, and it’s super easy. 🙂
But enough about me, it’s time for another Featured Friday!
Store Name: BambuEarth
First Name: Amber
Tag Line: Natural Body Beauty Products
Physical Location: Foothill Ranch, CA
Inventory: “natural handmade bath, body and beauty products”
A few weeks ago, I curated a treasury called “A Day By The Sea” (here’s the post about it), in my dreams of warmer weather. All of the items included in this treasury were varying shades of blue, green, and turquoise. It really was a lovely treasury, and one item in particular kept coming back to mind, the Juicey Lime Coconut Body Polish. I LOVE the lime/coconut smell combination, and as I said, I was wishing for warmer weather. I had also recently run out of my supply of sugar scrub, and the backs of my hands were beginning to feel like sandpaper. What’s a girl to do?
Buy the Body Polish.
I was so glad to receive my Body Polish (and lip balm) in the mail! The lime/coconut scent is nice and light, and the sugar is very fine, which I really like. It’s not as harsh on my hands as some other sugar scrubs that I have tried in the past, but it still works very well. And her packaging is so nice, too.
Here are some of the awesome products she has in her store. Check it out and let me know what you think!
February 26, 2010
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed or not, but some of my posts appear to have been written either late at night or in the wee hours of the morning. I noticed that my post from yesterday came up dated with today’s date. It seems that my time zone was not set for Central time. The problem has been fixed, so everything from here on out should be carrying a correct time stamp.
Now, on to more important things. It’s time for another installment of Featured Fridays!
Store Name: 3BearsStudio
First Name: Rachel
Tag Line: Welcome to 3 Bears Studio!
Physical Location: DFW Metroplex, Texas
Inventory: art work (paintings, chalk, mixed media)
If you read my post last week entitled, “If We’re Not Funny, It’s Your Fault,” then you learned a little bit about the improv comedy troupe that I’m involved in, After Hour’s Improv. Last week, a handful of us were out of town doing a corporate gig, when I discovered that one of my fellow cast mates, Rachel, has her very own Etsy shop as well! How did I not know this until now?
I hurried home that evening to check out her store, and I was so excited by my new discovery. She has the most adorable collection of art work! Her work is full of vibrant colors and animal characters. Some are reminders of love and friendship, while others communicate stern messages, such as “Be nice or leave,” and “Mind your own beeswax,” in a soft and playful way. You’ll find crocodiles, singing birds, spider princesses, and don’t forget the elephants. “Elephants are lovely guys. They are good & true & tell no lies.”
Here are a few of my favorites: