November 30, 2010

My Shabby Streamside Studio Giveaway


How fabulous is this?  Check it out and enter here.  I did!  Sandy's ideas are such an inspiration ~ French decor ideas abound and her story is phenomenal.  I am absolutely jealous of this generous and talented lady!  Visit her at MY SHABBY  STREAMSIDE STUDIO and bonne chance! XOXO


Free Shipping Ends Tomorrow at Midnight!



Don't forget ~ in honor of Cyber Monday my Etsy shop is offering Free Shipping until Tuesday December 1st at midnight CST.  Just type in "Free Shipping" in the comments to seller at checkout.

Don't miss out!  I'd love to see you there!

November 26, 2010

Etsy Moms and Black Friday Sales!


A fellow Etsy Mom included me in an Etsy Mom Black Friday Sale Treasury on Etsy.  That's my Vintage St. Benedict Medal Charm Necklace, bottom right.  Free shipping through TUESDAY!  Just go to my Etsy shop here and kick back with a cuppa tea (or any other caffeinated beverage of your choice lol) and have a look. I'd love for you to stop by!

And you can see the entire treasury here.  Yay, Etsy Moms!

{{Stop by and visit her shop as well, Lavender Avenue.  She makes custom made nightgowns and sleepwear for boys and girls.}}

Hope you're ALL having a relaxing and pleasant holiday weekend!

KATHLEEN

November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving


Thanks-giv-ing. n. 1.a) the act of giving thanks b) an expression of this; esp., a formal, often public, expression of thanks to God in the form of a prayer, etc. 2. an annual U.S. holiday observed on the fourth Thursday of November as a day of giving thanks and feasting: it commemorates the Pilgrims' celebration of the good harvest of 1621 b) a similar Canadian holiday on the second Monday of October.  In full THANKSGIVING DAY.

To all of you, my dear readers and blog friends, I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.  I'm thankful for so much ~ for you, my sweet family,  friends who live so far away, warm food, ample shelter and a blessed life. 

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR? 

November 23, 2010

Somewhat Simple's Studio Boutique Holiday 2010 ~ Black Friday Bling


Just a reminder that I'm participating in Somewhat Simple's Studio BoutiqueThis Boutique is a group of online shops offering various discounts and incentives to you, dear shopper, from 12:01 am Black Friday morning through the following Tuesday.  That's 5 days of amazing gifts at amazing prices with amazing discounts!  I'm offering free shipping in my Etsy shop!  Just mention "Studio Boutique" in the Message to Seller box at checkout and I'll refund you the cost of shipping.

Participating shop categories include accessories, art & home decor, baby/kids, cards & stationery, jewelry, and more!  So visit my shop first (lol) and then head on over to Somewhat Simple and check out all the participating shops listed at the top of her blog.


I do have to say that shopping in your jammies has its perks.  Like not having to jockey for a parking space, for starters.  And not having to worry about elbowing someone out for those doorbuster prices.  Buh-bye Wal-mart. Hellooo online shopping!  And don't forget to mention Studio Boutique in the Message to Seller box at checkout for free shipping from my Etsy shop!      

Enjoy!



November 21, 2010

Another Chance

Since this week is all about thanks I just wanted to say thank you all, lovely readers, for your generous support, compliments and comments!  They really do make my day.

I also wanted to say that I was flattered by the number of people who entered my recent giveaway.  I was floored by how many of you actually seemed to want something I had made!  Talk about a boost to the ego.....anyway, in light of the unbelievable interest generated by that necklace, I attempted to recreate it.







It's not an exact duplication, but I'd say it's a reasonable facsimile thereof (okay, my law school background is rearing its ugly head here, I'll stop).  Anyway, I love this one as much as the last ~ and this time I've chosen to put it in my Etsy shop for someone to purchase either for themselves or for a friend.  Christmas IS right around the corner! (GASP!)  And if you wait until my Black Friday Studio Boutique Holiday Sale you'll get free shipping!  More on that soon.

Thanks again for all your kind words and support ~ they really do keep me going.  Until next time.






November 16, 2010

Sundance Holidays are Heeere!

I know I'm all about handmade BUT........by now you all know my weakness for Sundance.  Their holiday catalog just arrived and I'm in heaven!  So sit back with a cuppa somethin' and strap in  ~ here goes.  (And yes, my shoe fetish is glaringly obvious, AGAIN!)

 Fleece-lined handwarmers. Yummy.

Snowflake Trapper Hat

Alandra Ankle Boots

Jane Austen Ballet Flats 

Old Gringo Lone Star Gaia Boots

 Pajar Highlander Plaid Boots

Donegal Sweater Coat

Okay, so maybe I wouldn't wear the sock monkey hat, but I'd sure as heck wear that sweater!  Come to think of it, I kind of like the Applique Snowflake Tee she's wearing, too...comes in three colors....ooohhh she's wearing the boots, too......what's that?  Sorry~ back to reality.  Let's just say that the sweater is at the top of my Christmas list. (Hello.....Mr. CBD....is anybody listening?) 

I dare you to check out their catalog and NOT find something you love!  And good luck with that list....




November 12, 2010

The Clock is Ticking (and oh I'm so not ready for the holidays)

I've gotta say that I'm starting to feel the angst some mothers feel right before the holidays.  SO much to do. And, as they say, so little time within which to do it all!  Right now the question is: IS MY ETSY SHOP READY FOR THE BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA? N-o.  And THAT, my friends, is what's causing me the most angst.  I mean, even more than the thought of Christmas shopping.  It's time to get serious.

I've created another vintage medal necklace that I want to share with you.  It should get posted in my Etsy shop over the weekend (along with, say, another 20 pieces of jewelry ~ which we know ain't gonna happen!).  I've been playing with digital imaging effects so bear with me on this. Note: Even though I have Photoshop these were done in Photobucket because I still don't understand Photoshop!  Am I lame or what?  Well here goes.

  This would be the Fresco effect.  I kind of like it.


This is Fresco, too, although I think it looks totally different.

I am so loving this one ~ can you guess?  This effect is called "Old Photo."  How original.


And this effect is "Antique Frame."  I know I have a long way to go from a photography perspective, but I had fun with these.

My EtsyMom Street Team is having a Black Friday sale, and you can also find me in the Somewhat Simple's Studio Boutique on that fateful shopping day.  Free shipping!  So make sure to stop by the shop in the morning on Friday, November 26th while you're relaxing with a cuppa joe.  (Or tea, as the case may be.)  Sounds much nicer than waiting for hours in line at Wal-Mart for that doorbuster whatever.  Shop local: Shop Etsy.

Have a great weekend!









November 7, 2010

Saintly Vintage Charm Necklace

It's been difficult to find the time to create these days, what with Irish dance competitions, Halloween and birthdays (not to mention the slumber party of pre-teen girls here Friday night!)  So I'm really happy that I have something to show for myself.  My-self.  It's an interesting concept when you're a mom.  And a really important one.

Saint Benedict steals the limelight on this one.


I combined a tassel from a vintage costume jewelry necklace with a vintage rhinestone earring-turned-charm and a crucifix from a vintage rosary.  Then I added the flea market St. Benedict medal.



Freshwater pearls, rhinestone balls, faceted black beads and faceted smoky glass crystal rondelles round out the necklace.  It's another one of those that I'll be hard-pressed to list in my Etsy shop. because I want to wear it!  What's that about, anyway?  Am I the only one with this affliction?  Please tell me that I'm not alone ~ how do you part with favored treasures you've created?

I need to restock the shop to get ready for Somewhat Simple's Studio Boutique Holiday 2010, which opens on BLACK FRIDAY and goes through the following Tuesday.  Five days of shopping in your pajamas!  Deals abound ~ I'll be offering free shipping.  Who knows what other great buys are just waiting to be snatched up!  I'll remind you again as the days draw closer.  Thanksgiving is only 18 days away!  Yikes!  Next thing you know Christmas muzak will be playing everywhere you go......I can't even think about it at this point ~ lol.

Have a great week!




November 4, 2010

CSN Giveaway Winner!


First off I have to say that I really wish I was the winner of this giveaway ~ but no go.  (I was thinkin' it would be pretty much bad form to have entered my own giveaway ~ no?)  I mean, there is just SO MUCH stuff to wish for when you peruse the CSN sites.  Oh well, perhaps my time will come another day (and on another blog!)

So drumroll please.................and the winner of the CSN $35.00 gift certificate is #24 Domestic Diva!  Congratulations!  We'll be e-mailing you shortly to get you the code for this great win!  

And to the rest of you ~ thanks for playing ladies!  Hope you're all having a great week!



November 2, 2010

Irish Dancer Charm Bracelet ~ Bonnie Jean

This Thursday is Chickadee Number One's birthday ~ 11! I honestly can't believe it. She's becoming quite the little lady, you know. And she's been asking for an Irish Dancer charm bracelet for about a year now, so I thought it was time. My most recent Irish Dancer charm bracelet was quite elaborate what with my usual array of charms and pearls and lockets. She, however, requested a simpler one, more like one of my first Irish Dancer charm bracelets ~ "Claire." So I've tried to recreate that for her.....sshhhhh, it's a surprise!

"BONNIE JEAN"

Sterling silver Irish dancer charm ~ what detail!

Sterling silver soft shoe or "ghillie" charm

Sterling silver celtic knot charm

I also added a horse shoe and (of course) two different shamrock charms for good luck.  I mean, what Irish dancer couldn't use a bit o'luck? 
I'm very excited to see her face when she opens it.  Hope she likes it!

Now, if you haven't entered my CSN gift certificate giveaway, enter HERETime is running out ~  giveaway ends at noon CST on Thursday, November 4th.  Bonne chance! 






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