Friday, September 28, 2012


So I added my first ever poll on the right-hand sidebar yesterday.  Wanna try it out?  Answer the poll question and leave a comment on today's post saying that you did, and I'll add your name for a future feature.  Easy peasey!

It doesn't matter if you own an Etsy shop or not.  If you don't, I'll feature you and your blog!  This is a great chance to get some free exposure for your shop or blog!  And it's a piece of cake!

Happy Friday, everyone!  Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend?

Don't forget our awesome giveaway going on right now! Click HERE to enter to win a pair of hand painted lace earrings from White Bear Accessories.  Or, just click the button on the upper right corner!   Hurry!  It ends on October 6th!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Falling for Autumn

Do you fall for autumn?  I like when the weather changes and the mornings are cool, but the afternoons are just right.  The beautiful, rich colors of autumn leaves changing is always a beauty to see.  Oh, and let's not forget the hot cocoa like the Pin from Pinterest suggests below:

What is your favorite part about the fall season? 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Words for my Wednesday

Enjoy today's Words for my Wednesday, and BE HAPPY!

"Happiness depends upon ourselves." ~Aristotle

Free Retro Clipart Picture of a Smiley Face. Click Here to Get Free Images at Clipart

Make your day a happy one, and don't let anyone bring you down.

Don't forget that we're hosting our first giveaway!  Click the button on the top right corner to enter to win lace earrings, hand painted by White Bear Accessories

And if you want a chance to win a set of dog tags from our shop, go to BlogLoveTherapy and enter!

Happy Wednesday, everyone.  Enjoy your day!  The week is half over.  =0)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Giveaway from just B you

We're hosting a great giveaway here on our blog for White Bear Accessories, and we're also giving something away from our shop over at the blog BlogLoveTherapy!  We hope you'll not only enter the giveaway we're currently hosting, but also visit BlogLoveTherapy and enter to win this from us:

BlogLoveTherapy is a great blog that hosts one of my favorite blog hops each week.  Check it out!  You'll find at least one or two (or more) new blog(s) to follow.


Have a great Monday, everyone!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Happy Fall

Today's the first day of the autumn season!  While I love the season and all (okay, most, because I'm not looking forward to all my neighbors' leaves being blown into our yard) that comes with it, here at my house, we'll be missing the long summer days.  

If you are on Pinterest, we have two great pin boards for the new season.  You can check them out here:
Leave your Pinterest link in a comment, so I can follow your boards!

Are you excited for the fall season's arrival?  What will you miss the most from summer season?

Friday, September 21, 2012

GIVEAWAY: White Bear Accessories

That's right!  You saw today's title!  Along with today's Feature Friday, there's a GIVEAWAY!!!

This is the first giveaway that's not our own, so we hope you'll enter to win the amazing prize that's up for grabs!

White Bear Accessories is an awesome Etsy shop offering hand painted lace & beaded jewelry and accessories.  I took one look at this shop, and WOW!!!  The items are truly unique and beautiful.  Lindsay's work is so amazing!  

Who is Lindsay?  This is what she says:
"I am not only a jewelry designer, but a professional actress, real estate agent, brand ambassador, party planner and all around rock star. I was born and raised in New York City but moved to sunny Miami Beach about three years ago and luckily found the man of my dreams! My shop is called White Bear after my little puppy, Chloe. She is a Bijon/Poodle and looks just like a little white teddy bear!"

What inspires Lindsay to create?  Here's her answer:
"When it comes down to it, I am a girly girl through and through. I love all things sweet, romantic, vintage. I have always been in love with the clothing of royalty in England from long ago; the details, the lace, the glitz. It was so sexy without trying to be. I was inspired to create something soft and whimsical, yet fun, for the every day girl. Hence me hand painting these lace pieces in fun, bright colors. Something old world, with a modern twist."

Isn't her work absolutely amazing?!?  Well, aside from this excellent giveaway, Lindsay is having a sale to top it off.  We all love sales, right?  She's trying to reach 1,000 Etsy sales (she's so close), and  until she does, lucky shoppers will receive FREE SHIPPING with the coupon code 1000SALES.  That's right, FREE shipping!  And, if you make a purchase from White Bear, you can come back here and enter it into the giveaway for an extra 10 entries!!! 

This is what you could WIN!!!

And you can customize your colors with this beautiful pair of earrings if you don't want the pretty fall colors shown above.  How's that for an amazing giveaway prize?  You could be the winner...AND you could make it your own!  Enter below!!!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Tomorrow there will be a...

So be sure to stop by and read all about it! 

This will be our FIRST EVER giveaway that is not our own, so we're excited about it, and we hope you will be too.  The great news is: There are even more giveaways coming soon!  Hope you like giveaways!!!  I know I do! 

What has been your favorite giveaway (that you've either seen or participated in?)  I'm interested to know.

Have a great Thursday.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Words for my Wednesday

Enjoy today's words!

Do you have a favorite quote or saying to share?  Please do with a comment!  I try to do Words for my Wednesday posts each week, and I love seeing all every one that you share!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Popular Pins

Are you on Pinterest?  Are you addicted?  If you're not following our boards yet, I invite you to do so!  Pinning is fun, and - yes, a little addicting.  BUT - there are so many great things you can find on Pinterest!

With that, I wanted to share some popular re-pins from our boards last week.  Both are from Etsy shops!

 from our board Quotes & Words

from our board Accessorize

I don't know why it doesn't show all the re-pins for the iPhone cover, because it's gotten way more than only 5 re-pins.  But oh well.

What have you pinned lately?  Share it with a comment!  Do you have a pin that's been getting re-pinned by others like crazy?  Please leave the link! =0)


Sunday, September 16, 2012

End of Summer Giveaway WINNER

And the winner is...

MPaula W.!!!

See the winner results here: RESULTS
Congratulations!  An email has been sent, and you have 48 hours to respond and claim your prize.

This was the answer for the giveaway question (what is your favorite part of the summer season?):

"My favourite part of the summer season is right now! CANNING!! I have about 30 pounds of roma tomatoes to make salsa, spaghetti/pasta sauce and jam if there is enough for jam. What I wouldn't give for a summer kitchen!"

Congrats again to the winner, and everyone be on the lookout for more giveaways coming up REAL soon!

Friday, September 14, 2012


Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to enter our END OF SUMMER GIVEAWAY.  You could win this from our shop:

Enter right now by clicking HERE!!!  We'll be having more giveaways real soon from other fabulous Etsy shops, so stay tuned and don't miss out!  =)

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Re-Stocking the Shop

I've been a little bit busy these past few days taking some photos of items that have been waiting for me to do so for a REALLY long time.  I am not near being close to finished, but we're slowly re-stocking our Etsy shop!  Take a peek...

Here are a couple of items just added:

Do you think it's better to re-stock all at once, or little by little?
And don't forget about our GIVEAWAY going on right now.  You can win a Swarovski Crystal SunCatcher from our shop!  It ends tomorrow night at midnight.  Good luck!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering 9/11/01

Being in the U.S., each year when the date rolls around, so many of us are reminded about the horrible event that took place that we now all know and recognize as simply 9/11.  

There is an 11th Anniversary Webcast set for 8:30 am EST at the 9/11 Memorial.  Find out more about it by visiting  The website has more great information about the memorial and museum, teaching & learning about the events of that day, and ways to contribute.  

I also found some great blog posts from last year, the tenth anniversary...Just click on the photos to visit the blogs and check out the graphics and posts.  =)

And my post from last year was all about Etsy Friends Remembering 9/11...Just click the image below to visit my blog post from last year.

And here's something I found on Etsy, in honor of today: 

I still remember waking up here on the West Coast to see all the images on the news and hearing about what was happening, but not believing it entirely.  I remember going to school and hearing everyone talking about it...Teachers and students worried about family and/or friends that lived in New York or worked at the Trade Center.  You hear the stories of people that were there, see it happening (even if it was just on TV), and you realize...It IS real.  All the people, the families, all the heroes, all those that were lost...It was ALL real.  And it continues to be real.  We remember every year, because we can't forget.  We can't forget those that were lost.  We can't forget those heroes.  We can't forget the terrible tragedy.  And we shouldn't forget.  We should always remember 9/11.  

What do you remember from that day?

Please don't forget about our End of Summer GIVEAWAY, ending on Friday. =)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Must it be Vintage?

Looking for our End of Summer GIVEAWAYCLICK HERE to enter!  You've got until this Friday at midnight!  Good luck!
While going through some of my mom's old boxes, we found some items from her old candy/gift shop.  She gave me the box, and told me to do whatever I like with its contents.  I'll show you a couple of the items, and you give me your opinion.  I was thinking of offering them for sale exclusively on our facebook fan page.  What do you think? 

Small Dream Catcher
Double Dream Catcher

"Must it be vintage?" I asked myself.  No matter how much I try to deny the fact, these are indeed considered vintage and are over a decade old in age (could be over two decades, but that's all I'm sayin').  They've been sitting in this box for quite some time, and although they've never been used - Yes, they are vintage.    

Incense Burner

So now that you've seen the goods, what do you think?  Should we list them on Etsy as vintage?  Sell them on our facebook storefront (that's pretty much empty right now)?  Maybe on eBay?  Your comments, advice, and opinions are much appreciated!  

Friday, September 7, 2012

What's New with the Rock Stars

Looking for our End of Summer GivewayCLICK HERE TO ENTER!  One more week until we reveal the winner!
Etsy Rock Stars
For today's Friday Finds, I bring you some newer items from teammates of the Etsy Rock Star team.  Are you an Etsy shop owner that wants be a Rock Star?  Come check out the team that focuses on item/shop promotion and rockin' out while doing so! Click on the image above to learn more about the Etsy Rock Stars.
With that said, here are the Friday Finds for today:

If you're an Etsy shop owner, do you have anything new you'd like to share?  Please do with a comment!  I'll head over there and take a peek.

If you're not a shop owner, have you seen anything new anywhere on the web that you really like?  You can share it here with a comment, and I'll go check it out.  =)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Facebook vs. Twitter

Are you on facebook 

Do you use Twitter?  

Which one is your favorite?

We use both of these social media outlets, but I like using Twitter more.  I find it easier and less time consuming.  I use hootsuite to schedule tweets, and that's super helpful as well (you don't have to use hootsuite just for twitter either.  I highly encourage you to try hootsuite, no matter what social media you use).  I often go through and look at everyone else's tweets, because all it takes is a quick glance.  I even retweet now and then.  =) 

With facebook, I find it more difficult.  It could be because when I set up the facebook page for our Etsy shop, I completely messed up, making it a little different than most fan pages (oh well).  I just find it hard to be interactive on facebook too.  Do you face the same problem?  Have any suggestions? 
However, I do use my facebook account for other social media sites, such as Pinterest.  Sometimes Etsy friends nudge me into signing in to facebook too, so I can't say that I never use it, because I do.
In an effort to become more involved with our shop's facebook page, in the very near future, we'll be offering items not found in our Etsy shop exclusively on facebook...Stay tuned for more on that later!

What are your thoughts on facebook and twitter?  Which one do you use more, and what do you like and/or dislike about either one?  Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts!

If you don't already follow, or you're not yet a fan of ours, please consider!
And don't forget about our End of Summer GIVEAWAY!  Facebook Fans and twitter followers get extra entries.  Enter now by clicking HERE.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Words for my Wednesday

Some of you may know that I was locked out of my Google account for the past couple of days.  All I could do was check email (at least I could do that, though).  I couldn't blog, because I couldn't even get into my dashboard!  I couldn't G+ any pages or make any posts.  I couldn't edit my profile like I was instructed to do...It was an awful couple of days trying to get it figured out.

But here I am right now...I'm logged in, and I can blog again!  So, here are today's Words for my Wednesday!  Enjoy.

"For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do you have a favorite quote or saying you'd like to share?  Please do with a comment!   

Don't forget to enter our End of Summer GIVEAWAY