Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I've gotten my sanity back...

Sort of. The in-laws are back in MN and I must admit, I miss Eric's mom. She is so sweet and I love having her around.

I didn't get much hair bow making done, but I did learn a new crafty hobby, crocheting! Golly I'm an old lady. I have been wanting to learn for a while now, and Eric's mom Marianne is very talented when it comes to crocheting and knitting, so I had her teach me when she was here! I've been obsessed! I bought a couple of mary-jane patterns off of Etsy, but each time I try them, something get's screwed up. I opened a new shop, but haven't listed anything yet. I named my shop HookHere. I have a granny square hat I may post, and I'm working on another one right now. I hope I can get a few things done before I go back to school. It's a lot of fun, and I can spend time with the family but still create things. =) I will write more later, but I have to get crackin on New Years Eve plans. I hope eveyone has a safe and fun night and I will talk to you all next year!


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Will be away for a bit...

So, the PIL are enroute here...and they are sleeping in my craft room, therefore I have decided to put my store in vacation mode. This also means that I will not be updating my blog much since I will be busy playing gracious host and not being able to make more bows. =)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A couple more mini korkers!

So I made a couple more mini korkers. I think they're really cute, but they're not getting any views on Etsy. :( They are so versatile. You can use them in pigtails and they're small enough to use to hold whispies back.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Some cute new things!

So since I have a few weeks off, I've been working on some bows. I whipped a couple up when the Vikes kicked the Cardinals arses this afternoon. I have been wanting to make more of the loopy flower bows to go with the kufi crochet beanie caps, because the last batch sold so well. So I came up with a black and red one.

And then I wanted to make some more mini korker sets, because the large korkers drive me batty. I can never seem to get them right, but the mini ones always turn out so cute. I had sold a ladybug set back in October and wanted to relist it.

And I really love my sapphire colored korkers, so I made black and sapphire ones.
Thos will probably be listed tomorrow.

I don't know what else to make...I can make some "you choose" listings, but I want list some more creative listings. Any ideas???

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Congratulations to Foxytix!

I just want to congratulate Foxytix on winning my blog giveaway! Way to go!

Finals are finally done. Whoohoo! So far I've gotten an A in Sociology, that's the only grade that's posted. It feels so weird to be at home and not have any homework to do.

I have a few new listings up, you may want to go check those out. I'm very happy I've passed the 50 sales mark! I hope they keep going up. I had a listing that was very popular so I think I'm going to recreate it, but with different bows. I'll be sure to post pictures when I do. I also have a "choose your own" listing where there are 94 different clips you can choose to make a set.

I think I may also do one with pinwheel bows and pigtail bows. I have one up for ladybugs, but no one has taken a bite on that one.

So my question is, what would you guys like to see more of?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Another sale??! WHA?!?!?!?!

In celebration of the semester ending and living through finals, I will be having a BOGO 1/2 sale tomorrow! (The second item being of equal or lesser value). And if you buy $25 or more, I will ship for free!

This semester has been very stressful here at the end, so I want to celebrate! Pass the word on!


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

This would be so great for when Eric deploys! is giving away an HP Photosmart A826 Photo Printer as part of their Three Gs For The Holidays event! Click on over right now to get in on fun giveaways, get shopping ideas from their Gift Guide, and learn how you can help children in need this holiday season!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Shop Giveaway! Now through Dec 13!

I am doing my very FIRST shop giveaway!

I will be giving away the very popular Set of Three Bug Bows! I am ending this giveaway on the 13th so that it hopefully will get to you before Christmas! (No garuntees due to living in AK) =)

To enter:
Go to my Etsy shop:
Leave a comment here about my shop. It can be which item is your favorite, or what I can improve on, or even other items you'd like me to offer.
You may enter between now and December 13. I will draw a winner on Dec 14 and contact that person for their prize. I will ship the item as soon as I get the shipping information from the winner! If you have an Etsy shop I will do a promotion of that shop in my blog. Please spread the word!

Entry Form
Your Name:
Your Etsy Shop Link:
Your Email Address:

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Procrastination is a Disease!

I should so be studying for my history final that's on Monday, but it's so boring I'm losing my mind! So instead I'm updating this. :)

My craft show was a BUST today. I couldn't believe it. I thought it would be great because there seemed to be a lot of advertising and it was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Eagle River. HA! What a joke. I barely made back my booth fee.

So now, I think I'm going to just list some really GREAT deals on Etsy. :) I have a whole box full of the crochet kufi beanies and crochet headbands are coming out of my ears. Look for deals in my shop coming soon! I am also going to be posting these wonderful clippies soon as well.

I received my SplatMat from Jenn today (JazzyJemz). It is so wonderful! My husband thinks it's even greater than I do. :) This will save us from constantly having to rearrange the rug and have our dinner table slowely creep it's way out of place. It's so easy to clean and has so many different uses. Jenn's are priced very reasonably and she does WONDERFUL workmanship. She has some other wonderful creations in her store such as crayon rolls, nursing covers, diaper stackers, blankets, iSpy games, onsies, booties, holiday decor, and mama's helper clips.
Here is the mat underneath Brooke's booster chair.

Ok, I should be getting back to studying. Anyone want to come take this final for me? I'll give you a free bow! Haha

Friday, December 5, 2008

I LOVE Etsy!

Can I just tell you how much I love Etsy? My sales have been picking up and that makes me so happy!

A couple posts ago I wrote about a WONDERFUL Etsian SweetGracies. I had put an Alchemy up looking for Christmas stockings, and SweetGracies had replied that she wanted to send me a gift for my daughter as thanks for my husband serving. Her kindness and thoughtfulness touched my heart. I picked out a cute little cupcake apron set and I received it in the mail today! Along with the apron, she sent me some gourmet hot cocoa! We need more kind souls and hearts like Kathryn (SweetGracies) in the world. I want to post pictures of Brooke in her apron because she looks so sweet! Now she can help Grandma bake over the holidays in style!
Doesn't she look ADORABLE? You guys need to go check out her shop, she has a lot of WONDERFUL items for sale. She is VERY talented!

I have been working on getting ready for my craft show tomorrow. I have listing some new things, and the trio of bug bows have been selling like hotcakes! Everytime I relist them, they sell within a day or two. I also got a whole bunch of saddle stitch ribbon and plan on listing those tomorrow or so. I love the Christmas set of green and red clips.

Alright kids. Eric wants to watch a movie I bought him. We've been putting it off the past few nights because I've been studying, but he's getting cranky so I have to indulge him. I'll be gluing some clips while I watch it, multi-tasking seems to be constant in my life these days. =)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New Shop/ Banner Design

I blogged about it yesterday, but I wanted to show off the finished product! I put in a custom request for a shop package and chose a wonderful Etsian to do the job! I gave 5StarDesign certain colors to work from, and she turned them into something amazing! I guess my request inspired her to list a similar package in her shop, so you should go check her out and utilize her services! She is very attentive, listens to what you envision, sends over proofs and then tweaks whatever needs tweaking! I am kind of a detail oriented person, so I had her tweak and retweak, but in the end chose her original designs. She just knows what looks best! She has a lot more than just shop packages, so check out her shop and you won't be dissapointed! Also, if you would like to see more of her work, just check out her blog where you can browse many different projects shes completed!


Monday, December 1, 2008

Added a couple of new listings

I added a few new listings. I went simplier because it seems like people like the simple clips, so I'm trying to conform to the demand. I hope they sell well, because I could really use the ego boost. But I know there are a lot of people selling hair bows on Etsy, so there is a lot of competition, I just wish I could find my niche.

Here is a set of a simple clip and ladybug bow. I think they compliment each other nicely.
Listing in my shop.

Here is a set of three bold colored simple clips. I like the "wow" factor of the colors and I think they set each other off very nicely. Listing in my shop.

And finally, an adorable set of bug bows. There is a traditional ladybug, a bumblebee, and a brown with pink dots ladybug. This has a good color variety and make little girl's hair look so cute. Listing in my shop.

I will have some wonderful Etsy shops to blog about later. I had 5StarDesign make me a new Etsy shop banner, avatar and business card set. She has done a wonderful job and I can't wait to put them up! You can see some other graphics she's done by going to her blog.

I have also ordered custom Christmas stockings from DCMalecha and found her through Alchemy. I will post pictures as soon as they get to me!

While looking for someone to make my family stockings, a wonderful lady, SweetGracies, offered to send me something from her shop for my daughter. I took a look at all of her wonderful things and found this for Brooke. She will look so stinking cute helping Grandma bake when she comes to visit us over the holidays. When I get it, I will post pictures. You really should go check her shop out, she has some wonderful items!!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Added Some Links

I added some links on the left side that I think you should check out.

The first one is for a site called Own the Hour. It's an Etsy shop promotion tool. You can buy an advertising spot for only $.50 and it's up for one hour. We really need to get the word out about this because I think this is a great way to not only promote our shops, but Etsy in general. And it's cheap! Go to to check it out! is giving away a Clickfree Portable Backup 160GB External Hard Drive as part of their Three Gs For The Holidays event! Click on over right now to get in on fun giveaways, get shopping ideas from their Gift Guide, and learn how you can help children in need this holiday season!

And the third is for a new PayPal like site. It's called Revolution Money Exchange. It's a lot like paypal, but you don't pay any fees to send or receive money! Unlike PayPal, they don't take out fees for receiving money, which is nice. If you have a website and sell things off of there, it also has buttons you can put near your merchandise so they can just buy it from there! Isn't that neato?

I've been working on some new stuff. Well, not really working on...But I ordered some crochet headbands for my craft show and got them in the mail today! I posted a couple on Etsy, but I just wanted to show you guys how cute they are with a bow! The back of my daughter's head is shaped like mine, so we don't wear headbands very well, but they stayed in place long enough for me to get a couple of example pictures.

That's all I have for now!!! Remember, I'm extending my Etsy Sale until Monday night. So go check out my shop and receive 15% off of everything and FREE shipping on orders over $25!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday

So...My sale didn't go so well today. I didn't sell a DANG thing. Because of this, I have extended my sale until Monday night. Apparently, Monday is known as "Cyber Monday" so that's why I'm prolonging the sale.

I did buy a new splat mat from JazzyJemz. These are GREAT for babies and toddler. They wipe off easily, keep you from vacuuming after every meal and keep stains off of the carpet! You should go check her store out, she has some REALLY amazing products!

This next week I'm really going to work on building my inventory for the craft show next weekend. However, I have been finding a lot of craft shows going on next weekend, so hopefully there will be a good turn out at the one I'll be at. Wish me luck! We need spending money for Christmas! Haha.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! My husband came home yesterday from NTC, so we get to spend Thanksgiving as a family.

I've been working on a lot of new stuff. I have a craft show on December 6th, so I have had to restock my inventory. This one is going to be at a mall, so there will be a lot of foot traffic. I'm hoping to make enough money for Christmas. I am doing this craft show with my regular partner in crime Jen (JazzyJemz: We bought two booths so we have a lot of room.

Here are some pictures of new things I've been making. The pink beanie with brown and pink flower sold out fast. I only had it listed for a couple of days and it sold. Then I got a message from a buy asking if I could duplicate it because she had wanted to buy it, but it sold before she bought it. So I remade the bow and she snatched it right up!


I was also able to braid Brooke's hair into pigtails, and then I added some bow, and the result was absolutely adorable!




Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I haven't been doing a lot of crafting lately. It' hard to get things done with you don't have a lot of free time. I've been so busy with school and Brooke, it leaves little time to get any bows done.

But now I have a reason to! My friend Jenn and I are going to do another craft show together. We're doing one in Eagle River and I think it will be pretty big. I have some inventory left over from the Rich one, but I have to make up some more small pinwheel bows, ladybugs, dragonflies, butterflies and Christmas Trees! I have all of Thanksgiving break to work on them, I think I may work on some this weekend as well. I ordered a whole bunch of new 7/8 inch ribbon so I hope they send that soon. I know it's getting close to the holidays so shipping my be a little delayed. I think I'm going to work up some pacifier clips as well, so I will have bows, beanie caps, and pacifier clips. I hope I can make a killing because then Christmas shopping will be a lot easier. :)

I really don't have much to say, sorry about the lack of updating. :)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cafemom Etsy Black Friday Sale!!!

Please check out my fellow CafeMom's who have sales in their Etsy stores on Black Friday! I am in there as well. 15% off everything plus free shipping for orders over $25!


20% off of one item and Free Shipping off of orders over $40!

15% off of all items

Free shipping on all: Sensory blankets, Twisty Towels,
Baby Bibs, and Cloth Wipes. Black Friday Only.
Shipping will already be adjusted.

Free shipping on all single flower pens. 20% off pen bouquets.
Black Friday only. Prices will already be adjusted.

15% off entire store

20% off entire shop. Free shipping on orders over $50. Value packs
will be offered this day only on my Boobie Brigade Collection: Buy a
nursing cover, get a FREE pair of bamboo lined nursing pads milk minders
with paid order.

Black Friday Sale. 20% off all items in store and
free shipping on orders over $50.

Free Shipping!

15% off my entire store and free shipping for orders over $25

Free shipping!

Free shipping on all orders!

For Black Friday Only: 20% off of all items. Free shipping on all purchases over $40.

15% off everything in my store (even deeper discount on SALE items) and get a free
surprise tuxedo bow with every order! Must put CEM in the message to seller upon
checkout and wait for a revised invoice.

Free shipping on everything and then 10% off of $50 order

10% off of everything in my store and free shipping on orders over $25. Use code
BLKFRI in the message to seller at checkout and wait for a new invoice.

Free shipping on all orders over $20. 10% off entire shop. Black Friday - Sunday only.

Black Friday only: 40% off everything in both of my shops. No minimum purchase required.
S & H not included. Must enter promo: Black Friday in notes to seller at checkout for discount.

All earrings are only $4. Plus bracelets are on sale too, and everything comes gift-wrapped.

15% off of everything. Shipping not included, must put CEM in message to seller and wait
for revised invoice.

Free shipping as always. 10% off of everything on Black Friday. Please mention when
ordering to get discount.

10% off total order not including shipping (wait for revised invoice). Plus free bow with
every order.

20% off all items in store. Prices will already be adjusted.

Free Shipping! 10% off total order on Black Friday.

Black Friday Only. All sock monkeys, sock plushies, and more will be ON SALE!

15% off entire store. Black Friday only!

Black Friday sale. 20% off all items, not including shipping.

15% off all in-stock items. Free shipping on ANY order over $29.

Buy 2, get the 3rd half off.

Free shipping

Buy two, get one free

Hair pretties, children's jewelry, & key fobs. Black Friday sale. Take 20% off total purchase
(excluding shipping) and FREE shipping on orders over $10. Order between midnight the 27th until noon the 28th to receive the discount. Amount will be refunded after payment is made.

Black Friday Only! 10% off my entire store, and FREE shipping on all orders $40 or more (before shipping)

25% off listed prices AND free shipping on all orders over $50

15% off all items and free shipping on orders $25 or more.

10% off all items and free shipping (within the US) for orders $25 and over. CEMBF in
in notes to seller.

Black Friday Only. 10% off my entire store, and FREE shipping on all orders $25 or more (before shipping).

20% off and free shipping. Prices and shipping will be adjusted to reflect sale price
and free shipping.

50% off all full size Puzzle Ball Christmas Ornaments (sale does not apply to mini-puzzle ball
ornaments) 50% off all pocket mirrors and keychains.

Black Friday 11/28- Receive free shipping (US ORDERS ONLY) and half off international shipping. Please wait for an updated invoice before paying! *Bonus* Receive a free clip set with minimum $10 purchase in addition to shipping discounts.
Saturday & Sunday 11/28-11/29 - Free clip set with any purchase of $10 and higher.

Spa sets are back! Just in time for the holidays! For Black Friday only, these sets will be listed for $15! (Will be $25 after that)

10% off (excluding shipping)

15% on all orders! Free shipping on all orders over $50, before shipping. Free matching barrette with any tutu order.

Free shipping on orders over $20.

Free shipping on orders over $50 (before shipping. Free shipping to Silicon Valley everyday)
Buy three, get one mystery bath bomb free.

25% off and free shipping on orders over $50.

20% off entire order (excluding shipping) Black Friday thru Cyber Monday

Black Friday only-Free shipping in US. Half off shipping International shipping.

Friday 28th & Sat 29th - Buy one, get one 1/2 off all items, including custom orders. Excludes gift certificates.

10% off all items, excluding shipping. Please wait for a revised invoice.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I started making pacifier clips. It took me a while to get the hang of the snaps, but I figured out a method that works. They are turning out really cute. I have some listed on Etsy, but I think I may send a bunch down to the boutique in Louisiana.


I also make an adorable Turkey clip now! Brooke will be wearing this on Thanksgiving. They sold out at my craft show so they were very popular. I have him listed on Etsy as well.


I found some adorable ribbon at JoAnn for a dollar a piece, so I had to pick a few spools up and make some simple clips with them. They turned out SUPER cute. They too are listed on Etsy.

And then I just made another stacked pinwheel bow for the heck of it. I like pink so I thought this turned out really cute. This one is listed on Etsy as well.


And now for the good stuff! On Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) I will be having a sale along with the rest of my fellow Cafemom Team! All orders receive 15% off and FREE SHIPPING with orders over $25!!! It's a can't miss sale!!!! Make sure you check out the other Cafemom Etsy sales. Just click the link and it will take you to all the shops that are participating in the Black Friday Sale.

That's about it! Make sure you check out my personal blog if you want. A Little Bit of Me...Uncensored.