Saturday, February 27, 2010

Featured Crafter: Bliss Street

I first met Bliss Street on Twitter. Just a few days before Christmas and her gift for her god daughter had not arrived. She asked for help on another gift. I jumped in to help. I always answer a cry for help.  I spent some time going through Etsy shops looking for the Urban Outfitter style. I so happened to know someone who wore the same style. I found a bag as a possible option incase the gift did not arrive, but fortunately her perfect gift arrived in the nick of time. 

Straight from Bliss St Shop announcement: Jewelry is portable art.  Here at Bliss St. we feature vintage, estate and antique jewelry. Including Bakelite, 30's, 40s,50's,60's, 70's, 80's, Victorian, art deco, art nouveau, arts and crafts. We have unique jewelry of many different medias including sterling silver, gold, costume, glass, and enamel.
You can get lost in her shop, but in a good way. Many of her vintage pieces can be grabbed up to upcycle great jewelry pieces or crafts for today.  One of the items I like in her shop are these unique handmade blown glass pendants...Don't Eat the Mushrooms.

If you're a charm girl, you'll like her large selection of charm necklaces.

You can find Bliss St anywhere on the web: Fan her on Facebook, Blog and on Flickr.  Be sure to visit her blog to get to know Bliss St and her vintage and indie jewelry collection. You won't regret it.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Charm of the Week: Swarovski Crystal and Black Rose Pendant Necklace

This elegant, dramatic necklace is adorned with black, gray and white Swarovski crystals. The black rose is made of high quality resin and backed with a silver plate. A white crystal sparkles from the center of the flower. Silver plated wire and lobster claw are used on this 23 inch necklace.

Will ship international, please contact me.

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crystal necklace

Monday, February 22, 2010

Design Challenge is Love is (Still) in the Air

Howdy from Texas & Texans around the world!

As part of our team's Spend Your Mondays with ETC program, we would like you to join in our monthly Design Challenge.

The theme of month's Design Challenge is Love is (Still) in the Air, and we've got some very lovely entries for you!

Eighteen members have submitted a total of 25 entries, and we are asking you to take a look and let us know which ONE is your favorite -- that's right, you can only vote for one entry, and only one vote can be cast per IP Address.

You can find all the information on our entries and the link to vote at


YES, that's right.....there will be prizes!!! The top 6 entries, based on YOUR voting, will each receive prizes generously donated by members of our team. Prize donors include the following:


Entry Descriptions, Photos, & Voting Link:

Voting will open at 12:01am Monday Central time (1:01am Etsy time) and will close at midnight Wednesday Central time (1am Thursday, Etsy time).

Remember, only one vote allowed per IP address, but you are more than welcome to let all your friends know about our Challenge and ask them to vote as well! Feel free to tweet, blog, and post about us!

Thanks so much for helping us with this month's Challenge!!!

Happy Monday!
Milly / Thistlecraft
ETC Leadership Team Member, Design Challenge Coordinator

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Giveaway! I Sew Lucky Owl Giveaway

Melanie at Whimsical Creations is going a giveaway.  I Sew Lucky makes very cute owls.  Enter for your chance to win this one!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Featured Crafter: Monika Designs

It just so happens to be a coincidence that Monika would be my featured crafter this week. I happened to win a set of 4 crochet coasters from her shop earlier this week. She ran the giveaway on her Facebook Fan Page. I keep going back and forth on which ones I want. I'm giving myself til the end of the day to make a decision.  I just can't decide, living room, bedroom, guest room...decisions, decisions. 

Monika Designs products have been featured on the Etsy Frontpage numerous times and she is always selling.  Even since last night when I was narrowing my list, I see that coasters have already sold!  I was teasing her about making a fruit basket after she made strawberries for a custom order. You will also find cute little owl coasters, flowers and trees. Not only does she make delicious coasters, her crochet is not limited to just that. She also crochets bath/bathroom and kitchen products as well such as bath puffs, potholders and washcloths.

I also follow Monika Designs on Twitter. She is a great supporter of the handmade and helps all us fellow crafters out.  Please, follow this positive, upbeat lady. 

Friday, February 19, 2010

Black Chain and Clear Beveled Glass Beads Necklace

Black chain and hexagonal links carry the clear beveled glass beads. The necklace is easily put on over the head as it measures 15 inches. This necklace is unique because it can be worn in a variety of ways. The beads can hang low or wear off centered for a modern look.

Will ship international, please contact me.

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black chain necklace

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Charm of the Week: Brown Glass Bead and Gold Accent Eyeglass Leash or Holder

Delicate brown and translucent gold beads are used for this eyeglass leash. Gold holders are used. The leash measures 25 1/2 inches. Very lightweight as it shimmers and shines.

Will ship international, please contact me.

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brown eyeglass

Monday, February 15, 2010

Fabulous Fun Finds

I came across this wonderful blog today. Many of you may be a part of it.  But it's called Fabulous Fun Finds if you aren't aware.  Thanks to Twillypop for the introduction.  Twillypop is giving away another one of her famous ribbon necklaces.  Enter for your chance to win. 

Fabulous Fun Finds Featured Item

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Marketing Tip of the Week - Facebook Vanity URL

I got this tip from A Slice of Delight after I had purchased some cool Lemon Citrus Slice Soap from her Etsy shop. Not only did I get great smelling soap, I also got a technical tip as well. Don't think too many buyers and sellers can say that. As most of us know, Facebook can be a bit cumbersome. So I asked  A Slice of Delight if I could pass this wonderful tip on to my blog readers and she was more than happy to help out any one she can.  I copied her tip from our conversation to insure accuracy.

When you have at least 25 fans you can change your facebook fan page to what they call a "Vanity Url". When you first create your facebook fan page it's a long jumbled up string of letters/numbers and your business name. Some of you may still be using this long name and have 100's of fans at this's what you can do...


Click on this link - - at the bottom of that page you will see this link - Set a username for your Pages - click on that then you will see a drop down and when you click the drop down you should see your ' business fan page'. I actually created two by accident so I picked the one that had already started getting a few fans - at that point you should have a chance to just put in the name (with or without spaces) or any form of upper/lower case you want) and check the availability. At that point you make the big 'commit' and you can't go back. At that point this long url (I've made this up) - /20800345155?ref=ts will get to be (if that's how you want it) - It doesn't change the name of the page title (which may have spaces) but this gets the url down to something nice and manageable

Now the URL is nice and simple and can easily be put on a business card or any other place you want it posted/tweeted/promoted/etsy/blog/website/etc..

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Featured Crafter: One Boy One Girl

I met One Boy One Girl on Twitter. She had just recently opened her Etsy shop back in November, 2009. I fell in love with a little girl outfit in her shop and included it in my very first treasury. 

Eco Friendly Organic Trees in Green Bling Rhinestud Shirt and Lounge Pants

She has a wide variety of darling bling t-shirts, mommy and me aprons, ornaments and now including adult bling wear! All of her items are one of a kind (ooak).  If you have a little girl, One Boy One Girl is a must to follow! 

You can find her on the web:  Twitter, Facebook, and Blogspot. You can find a full line of her bling and things at her website.  There you will find sizing charts and color charts for the rhinestuds. 

I hope you enjoy window shopping!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Nautilus Shell Painting Giveaway by Funky Monkey

You honestly have no idea how beautiful the work of Kathy Morton-Stanion is until you see it right in front of your eyes. I truly cannot express to you how much I am in love with these breathtaking pieces of art she so kindly sent for this review. I find myself staring at them constantly.

This wonderful artist has her own Etsy shop filled with beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces. I am particularly drawn to her nautilus shell paintings. Aren't they lovely? Just look at the gorgeous cool, calm colors and fluidity of the watercolor.  Click here for your chance to enter!  

(copied from Funky Monkey)

I won a basket from Sweet Creek Herbs!

 I won this fabulous Valentine's Day Gift Basket from Sweek Creek Herbs!  Please take a look at my gift basket and all the wonderful product Kathleen makes.  I LOVE her products!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Floating Ruby Red Quartz Bead Necklace and Earrings

Ruby red faceted quartz glass beads float on silver plated wire. Two oval red silk beads are used above the triple strands. The necklace measures 24 inches and held together with a silver plated barrel clasp.

Will ship international, please contact me so I can get you an accurate quote.

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EtsyBlogger of the Month: TiLT Creations

I'm a new EtsyBlogger and one of our responsibilities is to blog of course!  We have Featured Bloggers each month that we are to blog about.  This month is TiLT Creations.  She has 2 shops.  One is for handmade bags and backpacks and the other is for destash fabric and patterns.  I read her blog post for Feb 9th and completely identified with it.  I was in the same situation of getting lost in all that there is to do to sell your craft among several venues online.  I too have started implementing a block of time calendar as she suggests to do.  I've implemented reminders on my Outlook calendar to keep me to task.  I hope she has luck with her new 'Time Blocking'.  

To compliment her two stores, she has two blogs: and

This is my favorite bag in her shop: Janet Handbag in Grey Green


This fabric destash is my favorite. I think it would look lovely in a little girls room.  Pink, Brown, Green and White Striped Home Deco Fabric Destash 

Please go and check out her lovely shops and be sure to follow her blog.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Antique Brass Chain Earrings with Tangerine Beads

Tangerine and burnt orange beads dance among the antique brass/gold chains. Frosted gold beads dangle at the bottom. The earrings are not heavy and dangle 2 1/2 inches to the bottom of the last bead. Earrings are about 1/2 inches wide at the widest point.

Will ship international, please contact me.

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Finding Charm Featured on OurKnickKnacks

I have been featured on OurKnickKnacks Fan Page! Very excited and honored. These folks craft wrought iron and just happen to live back where I'm from, in Kansas City and we met on Twitter. Please check out their fan site (click fan site). 

Win this Cuff!

Waterrose is having a Blog Anniversary giveway.  You can win this cuff in the picture.  Go to her blog for your chance to win.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Popular Bracelet in my Shop!

Black Bead and White Shell Charm Bracelet

Black bicones dance between the pearl white hexagonal shell beads. A sharp accent for any black and white outfit. Handmade bracelet measures 7 1/2", spring ring clasp is used. Silver plated silver used.

Will ship international, please contact me.

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

New in my shop! Amber Jade Nugget Semi Precious Stone Bracelet

Simple brown stretch bracelet. The stones are dyed semi precious stone beads, light amber dyed jade nuggets. The nuggets are approximately 1/4 inches tall. Earthy and natural to go with just about any outfit.

Will ship international, please contact me.

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Featured Crafter: Sally Lee Home Accents

I first found Sally Lee Candles on Twitter.  I even featured her mulberry candle in my first treasury on Etsy.  She has expanded a lot more recently promoting her Home Accents, Sally Lee Home Accents.  Currently her promotion is on the famous Tiffany lamps.  She has a beautiful collection. I particularly love this unique 3 Butterfly Tiffany Style accent lamp. She has other related sister sites and blogs too.  Be sure to check them out.

I have become a part of her Ning site, Earth Friendly Marketplace.  I love being a part of that network.  It's very helpful and I've met some great people.  There is a good variety of handmade crafters and eco-friendly shops to talk to.  We welcome you to join us.
Not only is Sally Lee your one stop shop for everything home, she also completes that agenda with providing recipes and tips with That Girl Can Cook. She has a ton of great recipes, tips and links to other great cooking resources.

Be sure to follow these sites on Twitter, Facebook and Blogspot.  Everyone should have a one stop shop for all their home needs. 

EtsyBloggers: February 12th Carnival

February 14th is Valentine's Day. What is your best childhood memory of Valentine's Day or What childhood tradition do you now carry out with your children?

My best childhood memory of Valentine's Day is when my mom would set out a Valentine treat after we were asleep so we could wake up to the surprise. She placed it at our seats at the kitchen table. A cute little note with our Sweethearts or small Russell Stover Chocolate box. It was a different treat every year. She did this until we no longer lived at home. Each morning that one time of year was always a surprise and made your day.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Another fun Giveaway!

Just entered to win a fun bow by the Funky Monkey.  The bow is courtesy of Fruits of the Bloom!  You can enter too!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Kim Smith Charm Bracelet Giveaway!!!

Kim does amazing work.  She is sponsoring, Whimsical Creations blog giveaway.  Find out how you can win one of her amazing charm bracelets.  Amazing doesn't even say enough.

Necklace Chosen for Tivoli DesignsTreasury!

Please go and see the treasury that Tivoli Designs created.  My gold beaded necklace that can be worn two ways was choosen.  What a great honor.  A great way to start the day.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Charm of the Week: Fun Rainbow Dangle Anklet

I love bright, lively colored jewelry pieces. Especially when the outfit allows it to pop! This anklet is to make sure to make your pedicure do the same.  A mixture of frosted glass beads and bright rainbow e beads are used. And I love the starburst spacers I found.  I think they really add a lot of sparkle to the anklet. The rings dance around your ankle.  I hope you enjoy!

Fun Red Pyramid Shaped Dangle Earrings

These bright clear, red pyramid shaped acrylic beads dangle 2 1/2 inches off silver plated earrings. The red bead measures 1/2 inch at longest point and 1/2 inch at widest point. These are fun earrings to wear and complete a youthful look.
These earrings also match the Red Orange Multistand Charm Necklace listed under Necklaces.

Will ship international, please contact me.

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The Handmade Gift Guide Giveaway!

The Handmade Gift Guide is doing a giveaway.  Twillypop has donated one of her beautiful ribbon necklaces.  It reminds me of Tiffany's.  Take a look and enter your chance to win. 

Wicked Soaps Giveaway!

Wicked Soaps Scrub Cube Giveaway the Monday Blahs! 

Winner will receive a 6 ounce jar of the most fabulous scrub cubes EVER, in their choice of the following scents: Love Spell, Mojito, Midnight Pomegranate, Tuscan Melon & Apricot, Vanilla Noir, Enchanted Apple, French Lavender, Iced Lemon Biscotti, Coconut Lime, Blackberry Sage, Pomegranate & Sweet Orange, Dark Raspberry, Mocha Java, Pink Sugar, Buttercream Frosting, Rosemary Mint, Brown Sugar & Fig, Ginger Pumpkin, Orange Vanilla Latte, White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle

Valentine Bunny Giveaway!

I just entered this adorable valentine bunny giveaway by Sugarberry Sensations.  Check it out here!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Antique Gold Brass Charm Necklace with Ribbon

Antique gold/brass chain is adorned with sage green stained wooden pendant with shell flower, red and black round glass beads, white turquoise semi-precious stones, and an acorn and pelican charm. A muted gold ribbon with black squares are used to tie the necklace together. This makes the necklace adjustable to any length you want. Chain measures shy of 10 inches end to end. Ribbon strand is 13 1/2 inches.

Will ship international, please contact me.

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