Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Win This Treasury from PCF

Here is another HUGE giveaway chance for you to win.  Look at the beautiful spring collection treasury by the Promoting Creative Friends team!  You have a chance to win the entire treasury!  That's right...You could win each item featured!  Click the treasury and go check it out!  We're one of the featured items!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Twitter Me Tuesday

For today's Celebration Giveaway extra entry opportunity, all you have to do is follow us on twitter!

Already a twitter follower?  You still get your entry!

Leave a comment letting me know that you're a follower (new or old) and what your twitter username is!  Easy as that.  Click the twitter button below to follow us!

Also, if you're interested in joining a twitter hop (hosted by BlogLoveTherapy), click the link below! 

If you haven't yet entered our giveaway with the mandatory entry, please do so and read the rules by clicking the link below:

Have a great Tuesday, everyone!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Celebration Giveaway Question #4

Today's Giveaway Question is pretty easy.  Have fun with it, and be sure to enter the giveaway and read the rules on our Celebration Giveaway post.  =)

How was your weekend?

Our weekend was a pretty busy one!  We worked on a few custom orders (one shown below), and then we went to a birthday party too.  It was all fun, but a little tiring too, so we pretty much took the day off from Etsy work on Sunday.  

So, how about you?  What did you do over the weekend?

And remember, if you haven't entered our Celebration Giveaway with the mandatory entry, do so by clicking below:

Friday, February 24, 2012

Fab Finds for Friday

Enjoy today's Fabulous Finds, and enjoy your Friday!

Don't forget to enter our CELEBRATION GIVEAWAY with the mandatory entry.  You can enter here:
For today's Celebration Giveaway extra entry opportunity, leave a comment and tell me which Fab Find for this Friday is your favorite!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

NYLF Nomination

So back on an older post, I mentioned that our family is fundraising for our oldest daughter to attend a very prestigious summer program called the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) on Medicine that she was nominated for at the end of 2011.  You can learn more about the program HERE.

In November, she received a letter from Dr. Connie Mariano, the White House Doctor from 1992-2001.  How exciting is that???  The letter explained the program and its benefits.  Following that letter, a formal invitation and information on scholarship opportunities.  The total cost of the program is about $3,000.  My daughter is, of course, applying for the scholarship.  We will not know the scholarship recipients until the end of May.  So...In the meantime, we are fundraising like mad in an attempt to raise the funds needed for her to attend!

In thinking of more and more raise for her to raise money, she came up with the idea to create QR Codes for Etsy shop owners or for blog owners.  We just put up the first listing for a custom code in our Etsy shop.

Her first QR code for another shop can be seen here.  Go ahead, scan it and see where it takes you!   =)

A QR code can be scanned with smart phones.  Once scanned, it will take people to your website!

For today's Celebration Giveaway entry opportunity, all you need to do is leave a comment, letting us know what you think of the QR Code listing.  Would you purchase one for your Etsy shop or blog???  Thanks for your feedback!  We appreciate it.

Remember, you must enter the giveaway with the mandatory entry, located on our original Celebration Giveaway Post. Giveaway ends at midnight PST on March 1st.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Celebration Giveaway Question #3

Monday again...Today's giveaway question is pretty simple.  
What's your favorite day of the week?
My answer: Probably Saturday, because it's the first day of the weekend.  =)
How about you?

If you haven't entered our Celebration Giveaway with the mandatory entry, please do so by clicking the link below!
You can enter on that post, and earn extra entries by leaving comments on every blog post after it!  Easy peasy!  =)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Celebration Giveaway Question #2

Spring will be here soon.  We've actually had a VERY mild winter, and on some days, it even felt like spring had sprung already.  With spring time comes my allergies...YUCK!  I'm not looking forward to that part, but I am looking forward to beautiful flowers.

Here's the giveaway question for today:
What is your favorite season and why?

My answer:
I like them all, really.  Autumn is really pretty as the leaves of all the trees change colors.  =)

If you haven't entered our giveaway with the MANDATORY ENTRY, you can enter here:
Celebration Giveaway 

And remember - you can earn extra entries by leaving comments on all blog posts following our original giveaway post and completing the tasks (for example, becoming a facebook fan, etc.) for each day.  Good luck!

Brand New Blog Hop by a fellow Blogging Buddy!  Come check it out.  =)


Friday, February 17, 2012

Are you a fan yet?

Are you a facebook fan of ours yet?  
Here are TWO ways you can earn extra entries for our Celebration Giveaway today:

1. LIKE our SHOP facebook fan page!

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2. LIKE our BLOG facebook fan page!

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And it gets better.  If you do BOTH, you'll get DOUBLE entries for today (so you'll get FOUR total entries).  You must leave a comment here saying that you've completed both tasks, and you need to also leave the your fb username.  If you're already a fan, leave a comment and let me know that too (so you can be sure to get your entries)!  =)

If you haven't already, make sure you enter our giveaway with the MANDATORY ENTRY on our Celebration Giveaway post.  You can earn extra giveaways by leaving comments on each post after our original giveaway post.  Good luck!

Have a great Friday!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Video Commercials

Did you see the YouTube video we posted for Valentine's Day?  If you haven't, please go take a look!  My daughter worked really hard making that for our shop.  We are trying to think of ways that she can earn extra money for a summer program she was nominated for this year, and she thought maybe she could offer her video-making skills to the Etsy community.  

What do you think?  Are you an Etsy or ArtFire shop owner?  If she offered to make a short video commercial, would you be interested in buying?

Thanks for your feedback!  It's very appreciated.  =)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

 My daughter worked hard on making a Valentine's Day video for our Etsy shop.  I hope you are able to see it.  The first attempt at uploading failed, so I'm hoping the second time works.

What do you think of the video?  We chose Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" because it's one of her most well-known songs, and one that she will definitely be remembered for.  Do you have a favorite Whitney song?  Leave a comment and tell me which one it is!
Leaving a comment and answering will also count as an extra entry for our Celebration Giveaway.  If you haven't completed the mandatory entry, click HERE to do so.  Leaving a comment on every blog post following our Celebration Giveaway post counts as an extra entry! 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Now you can follow with Bloglovin too!

Just signed up for Bloglovin, and I'm looking for some blogs to follow. Are you on Bloglovin? Leave a comment for me, and I'll follow your blog!

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Celebration Giveaway, Question #1

What is your favorite color and why?
My answer: I love all shades of blue. Always have since I was little. I especially like the blue-greens and aquas - so pretty!

If you haven't already entered our Celebration Giveaway with the mandatory entry, go here:

So, how about you? What is your favorite color and why?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Celebration Giveaway

For those of you just joining us, we're celebrating our 200th Etsy sale made last week! What better way to celebrate than with a Blog Giveaway? We haven't done one of our usual giveaways in quite awhile, so we're excited to do one in celebration of such an exciting milestone!

This is going to be the prize to a lucky winner:Yes, it is an item from our Etsy shop section HANDMADE by the KIDS!
A dog tag necklace, personalized just for you!

Now, our blog giveaways are not the typical. Here's how it works:

1. You MUST be a blog follower via GFC (google friend connect) and leave your profile name.
2. You MUST ENTER the giveaway by leaving a comment and your email address on THIS giveaway post.

For extra entries:
Each day during our Blog Giveaway, we will post a question for you to answer, or some sort of opportunity for another entry (for example, following us on twitter). You answer the question (or tell us what you did for an entry) by leaving a comment on that day's blog post (no need to leave your email address, because it will be in today's MANDATORY entry on THIS post). All future entries are optional and extra entries.

At the end of the giveaway, we will gather all entries and put all names in a hat. I will then have one of my kids draw the winner!

Winner will be contacted via email, posted here on the blog, and will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner doesn't respond, a new name will be drawn from the hat.

Celebration Giveaway ends March 1st at midnight, Pacific Time.

How does that sound? Are you all ready to enter? Entering is easy peasy, especially for the mandatory entry - all you have to do is be a follower and leave a comment with your email address, so go for it!!! Good luck!!! =)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

We Made It!

We made it to sale #205, and, in fact, we surpassed our goal! So...A blog giveaway is coming!!! We will post our giveaway tomorrow, and I hope you will all enter!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Your Favorite Valentine?

My daughter is super busy fundraising for a summer program she was recently nominated for called the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. I will be doing a separate post soon to further explain the forum and what it's all about. For now, I wanted to show you some of what we're doing to raise funds for her to attend this prestigious program.

Yes, we are selling our chocolates to her high school teachers and
friends, neighbors, and anyone else who is wanting to buy some yummy homemade chocolate-y goodness (and for a good cause)! We had no time to list the item pictured above in Etsy, but our local orders have been zooming.

Lots of people give jewelry and/or chocolate for Valentine's Day. So I ask you...What was your favorite Valentine received? For me, it's the little handmade cards and picture frames I got from my kids a couple of years ago. =)

Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Almost Valentine's Day

It's almost Valentine's Day!

We finished making the Valentines for my youngest son, but we'll be working on my older son's this weekend. It's been a long time since we've done any paper crafting. My daughter and I worked on some paper beads a few months ago, and we still have to finish sealing them! And lately we've been buying our tags from Etsy friends, so we had forgotten how much fun it is to do paper crafts!

Here are the creations for the Kindergarten class (he just has to sign the backs now):

What do you think? We really had fun doing this on Monday! He picked all the colors, chose the designs and helped with the die-cuts. He can't wait to pass them out next week! =)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Our 200th Sale on Etsy

We just made our 200th Etsy sale yesterday! It's so exciting! If we make it to 205 sales by the end of the week, we will have a GIVEAWAY here on the blog! =) So stay tuned...

Here are some of our items the kids chose to showcase today for you:

Fleur de Lis Mood Key Chain

Glow-in-the-Dark Peace Sign Necklace

Silver Heart Cell Charm in Purple

We had a really busy Monday. How about you? Our afternoon was spent making my son's Valentines for his Kindergarten class (we'll post more on that soon). It was fun. We also attended an Academic Awards Night at my daughter's high school. Making our 200th Etsy sale really made our Monday even more great. The week is off to a great start! Hope your week is going well too. =)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday Feature & Review 4 U

This week's Friday Feature is truly a great one, and I hope you'll take a moment to check out this wonderful Etsy shop. Not only is this a feature, it's a review for you...One of my "Buy and Try" posts as well. Double dose of greatness today! =)

I've visited this shop time after time, admiring her work. The sh
op carries beautiful home decor, with just a touch of bling! I love the light steel switch covers, but my house has a different kind of light switch, so I never bought one.

Well, boys will be boys, and the plastic light switch cover in my boys' room broke!
I know it's a REALLY bad picture, but you get the idea, right? Did I go to the store and buy another plastic switch cover? NO! Instead, I contacted Moana's Unique Designs and asked if she could do a custom order, for my kind of light switch, with a pirate theme. She was willing to give it a try. This is what she came up with:

When it was finished, she told me that she was not happy with how it came out. "Are you kidding?" I thought to myself, "It's perfect!" Why? Take a look at my boy's bed:

Yes, my 9-year-old son has been a die-hard pirate fan ever since the first of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean came out. The entire room is decked out in everything pirate. So, the light switch cover that Moana's Unique Designs made for us is PERFECT!!!

Below are some of Moana's Unique Designs' beautiful items. It's home decor with a lovely handmade flare, and the care and detail is absolutely astounding! I am a big fan of the bud vases in her shop (go check them out - so pretty!). Just click the item title or the picture to go to the item's description.

Check out Moana's Unique Designs and connect with her here:
Etsy shop:


Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Groundhog Says...

The Groundhog says we'll be seeing six more weeks of winter! This is probably a good thing, since we really haven't seen much winter-like weather out here in California. The snow pack is so scarce this year that it has them worried about water again...

So, do you believe the groundhog? I saw on Good Morning America that it's only been right 39% of the time since they started the tradition. Hhhmmm...Are you hoping for six more weeks of winter?