Monday, September 28, 2009

Tuesday Feature Artist and Giveaway - Ozark Scents Candles

Today's feature Etsy artist is Amy from Ozark Scents Candles. She is also generously providing items from her shop for a giveaway. So read on, and make sure you enter the giveaway at the end of his posting!

A little background on Amy..
FRESH LINENS- SOY- 8 oz candle jar
My name is Amy and I am a wife and mother to 4 daughters. I am a SAHM/WAHM. My Business is Ozark Scents Candles. I am also involved in many school & extra curricular activities with my girls such as PTA. I am a member of 2 great Etsy teams Busy Moms of Etsy and WAH Moms & Dads of Etsy.

Sampler pack-- SOY BLEND-- 6-4oz jars-- You Choose Scents
Why you love what you do
I LOVE Scents... I have always been a HUGE candle junkie and along with being a "crafty" person, it just fits. I just love filling my home with whatever fragrance I am in the "mood" for! I also love having something that is mine and mine doesn't involve my kiddos or anything else, just me and my creativity. Another big factor in loving this is working with people...I have met so many wonderful, interesting people on Etsy.

What inspires you
Everything inspires me, life inspires me, especially all the little things in life that you will miss if you don't stop and pay attention to, like what the scent is in the air after it rains.

Black Raspberry Vanilla Shea Butter Soap
What items are you promoting for the holidays?
I will have some speciality items such as Holiday candles in cute holders and other than that I will have different specials throughout the next couple of months
1-Lavender and Chamomile Hand-milled Goat's Milk Soap bar
Any specials deals customers should know about?
8oz candle packs are always discounted in my shop and occasionally I run discounts on soap like 3 for $10

Twitter?: Cream Bar Soap

And now for the giveaway!

Pumpkin Spice Goats Milk Soap- HandmilledPassion Fruit Soap- Goat's Milk- GlycerinRaven's Chocolate-covered Strawberries- handmilled soap1- Mint refresher bar-  hand-milled

Name of item: 2 Soap bars (winners choice of available soaps from my shop)
Value: $7.50
Eligible to win: US & Canada

To enter:
1 entry - visit Ozarks Scents Candles and tell us what your favorite item is
1 entry - visit Jacaranda Designs and tell us your favorite item of jewelry
1 entry - follow Amy's blog
1 entry - follow this blog
1 entry - tweet about this giveaway
1 entry - blog about this giveaway

Don't forget to leave your email so you can be contacted should you win!

Contest ends Monday October October 5th at 5pm. Winner will be selected using

Vintage Jewel Earrings

I just added a few new pairs of earrings to my Etsy shop. Made from vintage glass jewels, they encompass the Hollywood glamour of days gone by!

Vintage Glass Jewel Earrings - Peridot Green

Vintage Glass Jewel Earrings - Clear

Vintage Glass Jewel Earrings - Amethyst Two Tone

Vintage Aqua Pear Shaped Jeweled Earrings

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Color Picks of The Day - Crimson

Today's color is vibrant CRIMSON. I found some lovely handmade items on Etsy. Take a peek!

Crimson Fall Blossom Red Satin and Organza Rose Brooch by vividcolors

Crimson Capelet by Subrosa123

Crimson Red Retro Dress by Cottonfields

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday Feature Artist - TheArtOfJoy

Starting today, each Tuesday I am going to be featuring a fellow Etsy artist. The feature will include products they're promoting for the holidays as well as special deals.

Original Batik Painting - Abstract Floral, Red

The first artist in this series is Joy from the aptly named shop, TheArtOfJoy.

A Bunch of Smiles, Set of 6 mini cards

Joy is fairly new to Etsy. She opened up her shop not long ago and plans to fill it up with even more paper goodies. When she's not taking care of her little rolly polly newborn, she can be found desk doodling on paper.

She loves the satisfaction of creating something new and sharing it with others. Joy is very willing to customize an order for you! There's some great ideas for hostess gifts.

Her favorite item in her shop is "A Bunch of Happy, Set of 6 Mini Cards"

A Bunch of Happy, Set of 6 mini cards

Some great holiday gift ideas from shop include gift tags and mini cards.

Fun Tags - Set of 6

Any specials customers should know about?

Weekend deals 10/23-10/25 - 20% off any purchase
Weekend deals 10/30-11/1: Buy one get an extra set for free on mini cards and tags

Your Name or Message on Cards - Set of 6, Blank

Here's where you can find Joy:

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Jacaranda Designs September Giveaway - Dancing Flower Silver Earrings

Hello everyone!

Time for my giveaway of the month for September. This month's piece of jewelry for one lucky person is a pair of Dancing Flower Silver Earrings, valued at $18.50.

These lovely floral earrings are made from antique silver plated lead and nickel free metal. They are very light weight domed drops and are etched with an enchanting flower pattern.

Antique Silver; this quality finish uses real silver, and is expertly plated by one of the best platers in the industry. It is then antiqued to enhance the rich detail of the piece, and then finished with a protective lacquer to protect it from tarnishing. This color has a beautiful shine finish.

The earring wires are pure silver.

To enter....

Please leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite item is from Jacaranda Designs

You can enter once per day and you must include your first name -and- etsy username or email address with every entry. If you are worried about email spam, you can spell out the 'at' and 'dot' rather than using the standard email format.

Receive additional entries:
- comment on my shop in the I Heart Handmade Fall show. There's some great deals for my shop and others! Weekly prize draws also for those who comment on the shops.
- if you follow or subscribe to my blog
- twitter about the giveaway and/or blog about the giveaway
- become a my facebook page
- feature any of my items on your blog
- purchase any item from Jacaranda Designs (5 additional entries!)

Just leave a comment/link letting me know!

To go ahead, have fun and maybe you'll be the lucky winner.

As usual, I'll be using to select the winner.

Giveaway ends Sept 30th at 5pm.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Freaky Friday

When we were in New York recently, we came upon this little shop in Soho called Evolution. It was full of weird and not-so-weird things that boys especially love to look at....skeleton, insects, shells to name just a few

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hair Posies - Great Stocking Stuffer

I've just added more hair posy designs to my Etsy shop. They're still $6.50 each which makes a great gift, especially stocking stuffer!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Harvest Time

I've been digging through my vegetable garden, harvesting the remains of the summer as I think the frost will get to everything soon.

The basil has been wonderful for making pesto and the fresh tomatoes lovely with some course salt and olive sprinkled over.

But then there's these weird gourds that we certainly didn't plant, that turned into a jungle and smothered our cucumbers!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Some Fresh New Designs For The Holidays

I've been busy last week designing some fresh new pieces of jewelry for my shop. I bought some really cool beads and findings in New York and couldn't wait to start creating.


I love the lucite leaves and the little cherry red beads that look like they've been covered in sugar. Yummy!

Pink Blossom Earrings - a lovely, fun color!

Green Hydrangea Necklace - Vintage Gamour!

Luxe Silver and Pearl Earrings - Wedding anyone?

Etched Floral Earrings

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Corning Glass Museum - Well Worth The Visit!

On the way back from NYC to Toronto, we stopped overnight in Corning. My mother had mentioned that they had a wonderful glass museum there so we thought the following day we'd take a quick look around and then get back on the road.

Well, a quick look around turned into 5 hours! It was full of incredible glass creations, dating back 35 centuries. They also had glass vase making and glass breaking demonstrations which the boys really enjoyed.

My favourite section was the contemporary glass exhibit. I was able to take some photos, which you'll see below. The very last two photos are not as clear as I would have liked but I included them anyway as it was such a neat piece of art - a chess board and all the pieces all made out of glass.

To those amoung us, who are able to make these wonderful creations, I am in awe!