Monday, August 24, 2009

Etsy Twitter Team

Today's blog post is all about the Etsy Twitter Team! Please take a moment to read it! It's short :) First, I have been celebrating my One Year Etsy Anniversary! From August 14th through September 14th everything in my shop is 25% off! And, after discovering a fellow Etsy Twitter Team Member has been battling cancer (read more below) I have decided that with every purchase made until September 14th, that 25% savings you are getting I will donate to Joyce in order to help her out! So please take a moment to visit my shop, Dee Jay Photography and help me help out a friend!

A treasured fellow Etsy Twitter Team Member, Joyce Richards, of Wild Orchid's Beads of Glass ,is going through a very difficult battle with cancer right now. This wonderful Etsy Twitter Team has banded together in support of Joyce, trying to get the word out about her shop by doing a Sneak Attack (trying to buy everything in her shop in one day), as well as many other talented Etsy Twitter Team Members donating proceeds to help her. This beautiful Ivory Bridal Pearls Lampwork Necklace Set pictured above is just one of the stunning pieces you will find listed.

To read more about Joyce and how you can help please read this excellent article on Handmade News.

This week's Etsy Twitter Team Shop of the Week is Nikky Lee Designs! Here you can find beautiful photography as well as stunning Handmade jewelry. Pictured here are

Bracelet and Earring Set - Charming - Sterling, Glass and Semi Precious Stones made of genuine Rhodenite, Cherry Quartz, and Miyuki Beads.

And here is a lovely photograph of

Pink English Holly Hocks - FREE SHIPPING -11x14 Fine Art

Take the time to peek in her shop! You'll be happy you did :)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sooo Kids...

The rims before...

(here is a second draft of this post! Worked on
it forever but computer froze & I lost it all-here goes again!)

I was inspired by Macaroni & Glue's Dear Kid Sunday series she has been posting but since there are 3 of you I figured I'd change it up a bit and here is the start of Sooo Kids...

Grinding the rims...

Sooo Kids,

This past week has been full. I finally quit my part time job that I was beginning to resent and am so thankful for that! Hopefully no more naps for me and I can actually drive you to & from friend's houses again :)

I'll start with Nic: You've come a long way baby :) I'm very proud of you! You have been very busy working on your 1987 Jeep YJ! You started last Sunday by grinding down the aluminum rims-wow, that was a lot of work! You got 2 new wheels put on the rims, we just need to get the other two done now!

After all the grinding came the primer, only to find out that Dad picked the wrong primer for aluminum! So, off with the primer and on with the correct one! Then it was sanding, adding Black Gloss, sanding, adding Black Gloss, etc., I think you ended up with 4 coats before they looked great! Then you were on to taping so you could add the red! I must say, even with your shaky hands you did an awesome job, especially filling in the skinny "Jeep" on the rims!


2nd coat of Gloss Black.

First coat of red.

Getting ready for all the concrete!

Then, Dad needed help with the concrete for the pad at the bottom of the deck stairs as he was sore after falling off a ladder this week (he was lucky!). You moved, mixed, and poured twenty three 80lb. bags of cement on one of the hottest most humid days we've had this year! WOW!

The finished pad!

And finally, you finished off the week by putting the wheels back on the Jeep and giving it a bath for the first time since you purchased it in December, I think it looks so much better! A little elbow grease goes a long way :) Keep up the good work! I love to see you motivated about things :)

The rims made it back on the Jeep :)

The dirty Jeep-dirty from being in the garage!

All cleaned up and looking good :)

Next I'm on to Linz: You had a pretty quiet week. Baking cookies and brownies and cookies (oh and breakfast on Saturday!) Then Dad finally brought home the ice cream you'd been asking for and you made ice cream sandwiches with the cookies! Yummy!! You also decided it was time to clean your room, and really clean it! You're doing a great job.....but now I have bags & boxes of stuff to go through :0 Oh, and I put the A.C. in your room even though Dad said no A.C. this year (don't blame him since we are just now getting summer weather!) But, you're Daddy's Princess and he didn't argue with me after I told him we couldn't even put the screen back in your window-so not even a fan would work! You all got The 99 for dinner and had a fire while listening to Big Al :)

And finally, my little Punk: You are a social butterfly! I think you stayed home once this week and that was because I made you (oh the horror!). But the best part of the week was going to the Nickelback, Hinder, Papa Roach, Saving Abel concert with you! I loved it! But then, you just had to go "up" the Cape with your friend's family. I think they have adopted you or something as they see you more than we do! I guess that's sort of OK, just no more sunburns! Oh, and invite her over here more often so it's more "even" as far as welcomes go :)

Two concert tickets: $80
Concert shirt: $35
Italian Sausage, Fries, & Soda: $18
Beer: $24
Going to the Nickelback concert with my Punk: Priceless!
Happy early birthday Buddy!!!

I love you all...

Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday Finds!

So today I've found a few cute things on Etsy! First, these firestarters from DECAcandle are super! I've used some in the past, but I think it's time I bought some more after all the rain we've had! I like this better than the kid lighting the fire with gasoline! Talk about SCARY!

You can see a lot of other wonderful items in DECAcandle's shop by clicking here: so check it out!

Then, there were all sorts of "Geeky" things in this great shop Geek Details! You really need to see all the cool items she's come up with! I was cracking up, loving it all ~ OK, so maybe I am a Geek :) The Vampire's Suck pin was one of my favorites! Then the Alice In Wonderland inspired decanter set, Pour Me, Drink Me! So many great wonderful geeky items can be found be vising Geek Details Shop Here:

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Today is the start of the Etsy Twitter Team's Go Green event! For complete details about this event please visit our blog at:

But in the mean time, I just wanted to share a few tidbits! Search Twitter for #GGETT to find out about some of the sales, tips, and products our team is offering! There are some great recycled, upcycled, green items in handmade! Some shops are offering a sale, some are offering free shipping, etc.

We are offering a special Scavenger Hunt with prizes! Please click the link above to our blog to see how you can win prizes as you GO GREEN WITH THE ETSY TWITTER TEAM!

For me, I've always recycled as much as possible, all of our returnable bottles I've always returned~usually when I have about $50.00 worth~that's a lot of cans & bottles! We also have recycling bins on the deck for plastic, metal, & glass, the paper & cardboard stays in the house! The paer & cardboard are usually used to start fires~our family has fires indoors & out all year round. There's nothing like chilling out by a campfire roasting marshmallows & chatting with the teens~yes, they still hang out with us :) Or sitting by the fireplace on a frigid winter night to warm your toes! A lot of the cardboard is also used for shipping packages, making templates, etc.

I have a compost pile where shredded paper, grass clippings, leaves, kitchen waste (fruit & vegetable peels, leftover or over-ripe fruits & veggies, coffee grinds, etc.) go into and eventually gives me wonderful compost for my veggie garden! Our family of 5 usually has 1 bag of "trash" per week because we recycle so much!

I also try to give away as many items as possible that our family has outgrown (everything from clothes & toys to books or kitchenwares) Freecycle is a wonderful way to keep items out of the landfills! Search for a local Freecycle in your area! You can give away items you no longer need or want as well as get items from others that they no longer want! Recently I received literally thousands of dollars of darkroom equipment from Freecycle! I got everything from enlargers (yes plural) to tanks, timers, books, vintage cameras as well as vintage lenses! I'm very excited to get to build a darkroom & start developing my own black & white film! That was how I first found my passion for Photography, when I saw my Grandpa's own developed works as a child. I've been hooked ever since :)

Also, my son goes to our local recycling center with his uncle and they have found everything from bikes, tablesaws, tools & lawnmowers to computers! All of these items were "being recycled" but they only needed a little work to make them "new" again! I can't tell you how much they have "rescued" but it has been a LOT!

These are a just a few ways my family tries to be "Green". How about you?

For my part during the Go Green With The Etsy Twitter Team, I have added a new "EARTH Friendly" line in my shop! A few of my "Green" items are also listed in my Christmas in July section, with more items being added soon (I'm working as fast as I can!) And I'm offering FREE shipping for the rest of July!

So go click on our team blog link above to see the wonderful shops participating and see how you can win cool prizes from the Scavenger Hunt!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday Sampler

Here are a few samples of what the Etsy Twitter Team has to offer for our Go Green event! Check them out! Search "EtsyTwitter Team" on Etsy with the words recycled, upcycled, green, etc. to see so many more wonderful "Green" items! We are having the Go Green With The Etsy Twitter Team Event starting July 21st!

From top to bottom, these items can be found by searching these handmade sellers on Etsy:

Sorry I don't have clickable links, but I need to get up at 3AM and am really needing my pillow :)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Today is Frantic Friday!

Yes, I'm frantic trying to get caught up on everything! Going away for a weekend has really thrown me off!

So to start off, I'm going to share this week's Etsy Twitter Team member's Shop of the week. It is Beadwork By Amanda and she has some absolutely gorgeous items in her shop! "Aztec Summer" shown above is the most stunning piece in her shop, I love the colors and could not imagine putting that together! Amazing!

She has a lot of cool items in her shop, like pendants made from old circuit boards! You really need to take a moment to check out the shop here:

I have also been trying to prepare for the Etsy Twitter Team's GO GREEN WITH THE ETSY TWITTER TEAM event that is coming up from July 21st through July 27th. Take a moment to visit our blog and find a lot of "green" items from our shops, as well as a scavenger hunt and more! More to come on this event soon...right now I'm being a taxi driver to the 3 kids, 2 of which are leaving for the weekend! It just never ends :)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Twitter Tuesday!

After a very tiring, but fun, and sunny, 4th of July weekend I'm trying to get back into the swing of things :) So here we have it! The Etsy Twitter Team's Shop of The Week!

This week's shop is LMcreation! The shop features all sorts of lovely items like business card holders, purses, wristlets, wallets, ipod/phone cases, eyeglass cases and more! You can see a few samples of the wonderful work here on my blog, but you really need to visit LMcreation's shop here: to see all the beautiful pieces available! Check it out :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

3 for Thursday!

With the 4th of July just days away, I thought I'd share 3 web sites, 1 gives you tips on photographing fireworks and 2 that have spectacular fireworks photos!

The first site, (I love this site!) offers 11 Tips for Taking Sparkling Fireworks photos!

This next site,, has pages of Fireworks Photos! Very inspiring!

And this last one,, has 35 Spectacular Fireworks Photos. Spectacular indeed!

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Twitter Tuesday!

Today's blog is to feature the Etsy Twitter Team's Shop of the Week! Sumiko Shop

The shop features a lot of great jewelry and hair pins! This owl and tree necklace is one of my favorite pieces from the shop, but there's much more to choose from :) Like this awesome Red Tree Pouch that is fully lined inside! So take a moment and browse through Sumiko Shop, I'm sure you'll find something you'll love!

Click Here: to visit this adorable Shop!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Monday Musings

So, it's raining yet again here in Massachusetts! I believe we had 3 total days in June that had "more sun than clouds". Seriously, enough already, please! And all of those rainy days aren't including April or May (when we usually have rain here!)

So, because it's raining again, I have begun working on some new items for my Etsy Shop! I will be introducing a new eco-friendly line of cards that I'm very excited about! The cards and envelopes are 100% recycled material, and the company that makes them uses wind power as well (more about that later). Also, I will be offering checkbook covers as well as some other items.

I really just want the rain to stop so I can get out of the house and play with my camera, work in the yard, get more of my veggies planted, etc.... but for now, I'm stuck inside so I may as well be productive. I look forward to sharing my new goodies with everyone soon :)

Sunday Sampler

My Sunday Sampler for today is this adorable tote bag by BuggaLove from Etsy! "Promote With a Tote". A lovely tote bag personalized with your shop information! What a great idea to help advertise your shop as you are out shopping! I need to get me one very soon as I get Nicolas to come up with a design for me :) I don't have enough totes for shopping yet, so these will be perfect!

Here is the item description :
This listing is for a lightweight, 15"x16", natural colored tote bag. This tote will personalized on ONE side with your logo, shop name, website, banner, tagline or any other promotional feature!

Any colors can be used! Logo, banner, etc. must be provided in jpeg format. I have many fonts to choose from. We will communicate frequently as you share your vision for your promotional tote and I fulfill that vision for you!

These totes can be used around town to promote your website or Etsy shop or as giveaways at craft fairs and festivals. They are a great way to get your brand out into the world.

The design shown has been "washed out" intentionally on the bag. Bright colors will come out bright! Please feel free to browse my tote bag section for color examples!

Please take a moment and check out BuggaLove's Etsy Shop!

(Ooops! I never hit the Publish Post button before crawling off to bed last night!)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Starting over!

OK, so I'm a very bad blogger I'll admit it! I hadn't touched my blog in months, until today that is! I spent the morning deleting almost every old post so I could start from scratch. My goal is to keep up with it this time...we shall see... I have high hopes :)

I'm hoping to do daily themes, that way, I will have something to shoot for each week! My thoughts at the moment for themes are:

Sunday Sampler-Showcasing samples from shops I adore from Etsy & Artfire

Monday Musings- Just random :)

Twitter Tuesday- Posts about the Etsy Twitter Team's Shop of the Week!

Wordless Wednesday- A favorite photo from the week (not necessarily mine!)

3 For Thursday- 3 of my favorite articles, photos, blogs, quotes, etc. from the week

Friday's Find- This could be anything from a great article to a great deal!

Silent Saturday- I'm usually too exhausted from work & want to spend time with the family so I'm thinking my Saturdays will be silent here on the blog :)

OK, so there you have it! I've posted for all to see, now you all need to keep me on my toes so I stay on top of it. (Pretty please? With sugar on top?)

One other request...if you would like to be featured in the Sunday Sampler please let me know! Now I'm off to start my first Sunday Sampler, hope you enjoy it :)
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