Where have I been?

>> Thursday, October 14, 2010

You may be wondering if I've dropped off the face of the earth. If you are not a follower on Facebook or Twitter this may have been a surprise to you.

The reason I've been laying low is because we are expecting our 3rd baby. On top of that we started homeschool this year. It's been some very busy days for the past 4 months. I'm feeling much better and have so much energy now. The shop was on vacation while I was in the icky stage of the pregnancy, but it's now open and I'm accepting orders.

I'm also gearing up for the Street Fair on Nov 6-7 here in Picayune. So if you are near the area don't forget to come by that weekend and say hi.

I'm hoping that life doesn't turn upside down with this new addition, but I'm sure for a while we will be adjusting and enjoying the new baby. I'm due March 9th.


Micro Mops Grand Opening

>> Friday, July 2, 2010

A few months back I started helping my friend Amy from Mama's Little Monkey's fill her Swiffer Wet Jet pad orders. We scheduled a play date shortly after and figured, surely we aren't the only moms who need to save money and want to be kind to the earth at the same time! Thus MicroMops was born!

If you know Amy you may be surprise (HA HA!) that she has opened yet another shop, in her defense, I did have to nudge and twist her arm a little before she agreed.

MicroMops is having our Grand Opening this weekend and we're ready to share some deals with you!! You can find a variety of eco friendly-budget friendly items at MicroMops. Swiffer pads for WetJet and Sweepers; Clothespin/Grocery Bag Holders, Altered clothespins, Clothespin Magnets, Dish Cloths, Dust Mitts, Cleaning Mixes, FREE Recipes and more!!

And to get ready for our Grand Opening, we're having a little contest! Check out our Facebook Page for our "Messiest Mess Contest." Share with us the nastiest, grodiest, messiest mess you've ever had to clean up. A panel of messy judges (men!) will read the entries and declare a winner! The winner will receive a $15.00 gift certificate to MicroMops so they can clean up their mess! :)

Grand Opening Sale:

*Free US Shipping (excludes cleaning mixes)

*Reduced International Shipping (excludes cleaning mixes)

* Two FREE pads with any mop pad order

So we hope you'll come on over, check us out and share with your friends!!



Shame on YOU BP!

>> Friday, June 11, 2010

Ok so I just cannot resist saying something about this oil spill. I am from the New Orleans Area, I was not born there, but I have no recollection of ever living anywhere else. I LOVE Louisiana and there is no other place (that I've been) that is like it. I've lived in Texas, North Louisiana, Korea, Florida, and now in Mississippi, I have also visited several other states. I have never ever experienced the warm welcome as I've had when going to new places than I have when I go somewhere new in Louisiana. Everyone treats you like family in Louisiana and you are instantly accepted as you are, no matter where you are.

For example, when I was a growing up and new friends would come over most of the time you may be treated as a guest the first time you visited (open the door for you, we would offer you a drink, something to eat, get your glass for you maybe even serve you the food). After that you knock once and if the door was open let yourself in, you were then instructed to make yourself and home and help yourself to anything you wanted. This is how it was when I went to friends houses, sometimes you didn't get the initial guest treatment either, it was "welcome, make yourself at home." Now I don't know for sure that this doesn't happen other places, but I've never personally experienced it.

Ok so now that I'm done bragging on my State (I don't claim MS just yet). I am so upset with BP. They have been shady from the get go, not giving accurate information about how much oil was coming out and I'm sure other stuff too. I was listening to the local talk program where officials, residents, and other people in the know are calling in to give updates on what is actually going on down there. I tuned in while they were in the process of talking to one of Jefferson Parish's (that's county to those outside of LA, in case you were wondering) councilmen (not sure his name since they were already talking when I tuned it) and he was reporting some SHOCKING information. Well considering how shady BP has been, I guess I shouldn't have been shocked, but I was caught off guard.

This Councilmen was reporting that BP has hired security personnel walking the beaches early in the morning to pick up dead animals so the reporters can't show you what's really going on. I think he said something about these security personnel not allowing people on the beach also. Now I may have heard that wrong because I wasn't fully listening at that point, but I think that's what I heard. How in the world can a private security company not allow people to go on a private beach? If that is the case, and again I may not have my facts straight, there is something MAJORLY wrong with that!

I am sick of big corporations spending millions of dollars to cover up misdeals. Wouldn't it be more beneficial to the company to throw that money at fixing the problem than wasting it on ad campaigns that we know are just full of lies?

If you have not seen this video you need to. A grown man is begging for help from our congress and is in tears because his hands are tied! So BP I say to you SHAME ON YOU! SHAME ON YOU! I don't expect you to stop the oil leak, I don't expect you to save every bird, fish, turtle, or other sea creature. What I do expect from you is the TRUTH! I expect you to get the tools and equipment necessary for the clean up to the people who are willing to clean up. I expect you to try your hardest to get this leak fixed, and stop wasting money on ad's that aren't solving the problem. Get out of our peoples way and let us get it done!

I am a member of the Handmade Louisiana Team. We have opened an Etsy shop and every penny (minus listing fees) will be sent to a charity helping the cleanup. We are still voting on that charity, but I will let you know as soon as the decision is made.
Please visit us at www.handmadelouisiana.etsy.com or www.handmadelouisiana.com


Feature Friday

Where has this month gone? I can't believe it's almost half-way over. The past two weeks I've noticed on Friday that the week is over. I guess that's what happens when you are busy.

You might recall that H & J Star Creations picks a new charity every month.

Tell me about your June charity:

For the month of June, 20% of all sales of my Faother's Day items will go to Harlem RBI. Harlem RBI provides inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn and Grow.

I choose this because my son suggested it, he is a big sports fan and baseball player, and wanted me to raise money for other kids to play ball...

Gypsy Laptop Sleeve

I learned that Judy is a mother while conversing via e-mail so I wanted to know... What's your favorite thing about being a mother?

the unconditional love - and lots of hugs and kisses...and ice cream, you get to eat ice cream because you are buying it for your kids!

Abacus Toiletry Bag


It has been fun getting to know Judy. She sounds like a fun mom. Please take a moment and check out her Father's Day items and help out an awesome charity. She may change the charity after Father's Day, but I'll keep you in the loop.


Wonderful Wednesday

>> Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Today I am featuring Squishy Bee

Bunny Racer

How did it all start?
I have always been artistic and crafty. I went to college for Fine Art and came home with a BFA in 2005.

Last year a friend told me about Etsy so I checked it out. Now I have my own little shop!

Simply Sophisticated Hand Dyed Burp Cloth

Tell me a little about your charity and why you donate.

My charity is Share of Lancaster. Share of Lancaster exists to bring comfort and understanding to families who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, pregnancy complications, prematurity, stillbirth, SIDS and any other cause. They stand by parents in their journey of grief, offering a helping hand, a listening ear and open arms. They also provide educational programs for health professionals and the community. All of the services are offered free of charge.
In 2003 I had suffered the loss of my second child, his name was Jonathan. Giving birth to my sweet stillborn baby, knowing the pain others had gone through and will go through, made me want to do something to help other families. So my "Angel Babies" were born:) For every angel baby sold $5 goes to this charity!

For my fellow Artisans: Do what you love and don't give up! It may take a while to get your name out there and known--just remember, it's work and not an overnight process


I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I cannot imagine what it would feel like to loose a child. What a wonderful thing to pass along the comfort you were given in your time of need.


New Item - Microfiber

>> Sunday, May 30, 2010

I've been helping a friend make her Swiffer Pads because her full time job has been preventing her from doing as much sewing as she would like. I realized when I was cutting them out that most of the scraps would fit my Starfiber mop that I had lost the pads to years ago.

I've been using some cotton rags that just aren't the same as the microfiber because they are so hard to push around the floor. I whipped up some for me to see how they worked and I LOVE them! I actually like them more than the ones that came with the mop. I had looked at buying replacement pads a while ago, but they were TOO expensive.

Right now I have 2 colors and will be adding more soon. Don't forget that I offer free US shipping on all my products.


The Winner is...

>> Thursday, May 27, 2010

Jodie (picked by random.org)

Thank you everyone for commenting and following me on Facebook, Twitter, and this blog.

Please send me an e-mail stitchesincotton[at]gmail[dot]com to claim your prize.



>> Saturday, May 22, 2010

I just wanted to let y'all know that I've put my shop on vacation mode. I'm taking a stay-cation and will be away from the computer a lot. The B1 Get 1 35% has been postponed until I return to the virtual world.

I apologize for postponing it. I will still do the drawing for the giveaway on the 27th so please let everyone know about it.

Have a great week!


Celebrating 350+ Fans on Facbook

>> Thursday, May 20, 2010

First I just want to thank my fans who have been fans from the start. I have been successful because of you and your support. Many of my products have come from the ideas of friends and family.

Last night when I looked at my Fan Page I was just 2 shy of my goal of 350 fans. I updated my status to say as much and had to go do a few things. I returned 30 minutes later to find 15 more fans joined my page. I was blown away!

So to celebrate I have the give away that I promised and a little something extra I'll tell you about at the end.

What You Will Win

A pair of Leg Warmers

Here's how you can enter to win.

Earn 1 Entry

1. Subscribe the the RSS Feed: click the link at the top right and let me know you have done so in the comments section. You can also become a follower. If you already subscribe or are a follower just let me know in the comment section!

2. Leave a comment with your favorite product from my shop!

3. Follow or Fan me on Twitter or Facebook and then let me know you have done so in the comments area. If you are already a follower or fan, just let me know.

4. Share This: on Twitter or Facebook, there is a link on the right. Include the link/username and let me know in the comments area.

Earn 2 extra entries

Blog about it and leave a link to the post in the comment section.

Please leave a way to contact you with your comments. Thanks!

Contest ends Thursday May 27th!

Now for the BONUS

Since there can only be one winner I want to share my happiness with everyone. Now until May 27th I will be running a sale.

Buy 1 get 1 35% off. Anything in the shop including custom orders. Include B135OFF in the message to seller and wait for an adjusted invoice.

Good luck and happy shopping!


Wonderful Wednesday

>> Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Today's feature is a little late. Monday and Tuesday were CRAZY around here. I was dealing with a 5 year old and his reaction to soy ingestion.

I really like this little shop. I'm a Coke addict (yes the drink). I could go really broke if I spent too much time shopping around some of my favorite shops.

Anyway here is KatieAnn Creations

Coca Cola Necklace

How Long have you Been Creating?

I have been making things since I was a little girl playing with macaroni noodles. Over the years I have done everything from painting to soap making and am really into using anything recycled. My favorite craft that I have discovered is making jewelry from recycled cans and used gift cards. I am a soda addict and everyone who is around me knows it! So, this craft is perfect for me.

My funniest experience with this craft is asking people for their cans. People look at me strangely sometimes but I explain to them what I do with the cans and they at least pretend to be okay with it :) I have to ask my rowdy male neighbors for their beer cans since I myself don't drink and they think it is awesome!

Dr. Pepper Can Puzzle

Tell me about your cause and why you donate.

My Mother-in-law lives in Haiti with her four children where she runs an orphanage. Their houses are destroyed and they are forced to live on the streets. One of the babies is dying of severe burns and a broken arm. The relief funds are only being sent to the main city and it is hard for others in more rural areas to receive help. So, we are taking action. We are pooling funds together to try to get my partner's siblings out of Haiti and here to stay with us in San Diego as well as donate to the orphanage. 100% of my sales will go toward them until further notice. Thank you in advance.


That is so sad that her Mother-in-law has gone through this experience and even sadder that baby is suffering. My prayers are with your family and those she is caring for.

I have to say that I think she does a wonderful job of re-purposing cans. My favorite is the Dr. Pepper puzzle. I have a friend who collects Coke stuff and I know I'll be buying something for her soon.

I've also included her in this Treasury West I was able to snag last night.


How to add Etsy Mini to your Blog or Website

This took me a while to figure out and with the help of some friends walking me through the steps I was able to do it.
First you will need to go to "Your Etsy" page and scroll down to this section on the left tool bar. Click "Etsy Mini"

Decide what type of Etsy Mini you would like. I chose Items from my shop, Gallery, 2 columns, and 3 rows for this tutorial.

Scroll down after you make your choices and see how it looks. You can change them itmes that show up on Etsy Mini by rearranging your featured items in your shop.

Copy the appropriate HTML code, for Blogger and paste it into a HTML Blogger gadget. I honestly don't know how to add it to Myspace, any other social networking sties or a website. Please feel free to e-mail me stitchesincotton[at]gmail[dot]com with those instructions and I will be happy to add them and give you credit for sharing the info.

Happy creating!


Magnificent Monday

>> Monday, May 10, 2010

Last week was a bit rough on me so I wasn't able to get to my feature. It's amazing how some weeks you can find yourself wondering what you should do next because you just don't have much to do. Then other weeks you can't find the time to do what you need to do. I always have 9 million things to do, I just put some off for the more fun stuff. :)

Okay now on to our feature.

Blooming Vintage

How long have you been creating?

I've been making vintage style hair clips off and on since 2003, and seriously since 2008. Prior to that, I was making real flower hair accessories for dance performances and competitions.

How did you get start selling?

I had been asked by several people to make them some hair clips, and then by word of mouth, it started spreading.

Tell me a little about your charity and why you started donating to it.

Doctors Without Borders is a fantastic organization that goes in to various countries in need of assistance that would otherwise not be able to afford/have access to the medical treatment they so desperately need. I've been without medical insurance before, and know how scary it is to not be able to afford certain services (and those were non-life threatening!), and I can't imagine what the Haitians are going through now. Even though the earthquake happened a few months ago, the relief efforts continue.

Any advice for fellow Artisans?

Never give up on your dreams! You may have to keep your day job for now, but if it helps to pay for doing what you love, it is worth it. I only make things that I myself would wear, and I only sell things that I myself would buy. Having high standards of quality is a good thing, and keeps your customers happy.

Mine Green Anemone 1940's Vintage Flower clip


I love how in her description of the Mint Green Anemone it says: " Samples of all of our flower hair clips are tested on swing dancers (Lindy-hoppers to those of you in the know) for performance and durability."

She just sounds so fun. I love her clips so much that it pains me not to have a girl to buy it for. It's probably a good thing I don't have a girl because I wold go broke shopping on Etsy for a girl.

Her advice is great. If you don't love what you do it will show in your work. Selling on Etsy is very competitive and there are so many other people out there selling what you are selling that it can get discouraging. I try to stick close to the sellers that are kind and generous with their advice and will do what they can to help you be a better Artisan and seller, like Kennly from Blooming Vintage.


Kreativ Blogger Award

>> Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The wonderful Heather from The Pine Cone Tea Cup has given me the Kreativ Blogger award. If you haven't check her out you should. She is my #1 Fan, she helps me promote my shop, passes on status updates and is a very sweet online friend. She's not only my #1 Fan, I think she is everyone's #1 fan, she helps so many of her Facebook Page fans, AND she makes great and adorable things.

The rules of the award are that I have to list 7 things you probably don't know about me, and pass this on to 7 kreativ bloggers.

So here are my 7 things

1. I couldn't pass up this opportunity to tell you that I'm a saved, born again, KJV Bible believing Christian. Don't let this scare you off, I don't beat people with the Bible. I do accept that others believe differently than I do and that's what makes life interesting. I believe 100% that my acceptance of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross will lead me to Heaven for an eternity of joy.

Okay if that first thing didn't scare you off and make you exit this blog, we'll continue. LOL

2. I served in the Air Force for 4 years. I was stationed in Texas for basic training and Tech school, North Louisiana in Shreveport, then it was off to South Korea and finally to sunny Florida. While I enjoyed the experience the Air Force gave me, I decided that eventually I wanted a family and I knew I couldn't bear leaving my children if I were to be deployed. That didn't happen for a few more years, but I was happy with my choice when it did.

3. I am very unorganized in my personal life, but I can come and organize your home in a few short hours.

4. I cook a lot, but I hate cooking. My boys have food allergies that limit the amount of processed food to almost none. I've streamlined a lot of my cooking though and I cook in bulk and freeze. I'm open to helping anyone that find themselves in a similar situation.

5. I LOVE the beach. I miss being able to drive 20 minutes to the beach and feel the sand in between my toes and hear the waves crashing into the shore.

6. I CANNOT stand hearing people smack their food or grind their teeth.

7. I used to hand quilt before I had kids. It's too time consuming to do now, I love how quickly most of my items come together makes it worth the time I spend on them. I do have a quilt that I started 8 1/2 years ago as a baby quilt for my niece that just turned 8 yesterday. I should go pull it out so I can work on it a little. I'm pretty sure it's almost done.

Well I hope you enjoyed getting to know me more, and now for my 7 Kretiv Blogger picks.

1. Mama's Little Monkey's
2. Scrivener's Retreat
3. Trapped In Time
4. Lemon Jitters
5. Miss Malaprop
6. Embellished Bayou
7. Quibby's Bows

Ok so I'm choosing 8 because I have a friend I forgot, but don't want to bump anyone.
8. Erin Rachel Photography

Don't forget to grab the button and post it on your blog.


Magnificent Monday

>> Monday, May 3, 2010

Today I am featuring H & J Star Creations again.

Each month this artisan picks a different cause to support. This month H & J is donating 20% of her beach bags sales to skin cancer prevention. She has personally had a few bouts of skin cancer herself. You can find out more here.

My question this month is What is your favorite thing to create?

My favorite thing to create keeps on changing, but right now, I am loving making these little pouch sets. I can an buy a fat quarter set, and make a lot... more will be coming on my site soon.


This month her cause is near and dear to my heart. My Grandfather (who passed away last year) battled cancer 4 different times, two of which were two different types of skin cancer. Get informed and save yourself from getting skin cancer.


Wonderful Wednesday

>> Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Today I am featuring a wonderful shop owned by Tara, The Foto Fairy.

How long have you been creating?

I have been photographing with the intention of creating and selling art since 2007.

How did you get started?

I have always enjoyed the camera and collecting images. Shortly before I turned 29, I had a bit of an identity crisis. I felt that I had only ONE YEAR left to figure out who I really was and what I wanted out of life because once you're 30....you're GROWN, you're an adult. I decided to become a portrait and wedding photographer and did that for a bit but really fell in love with art photography when I traveled up north to Long Point, Ontario on a job to shoot post cards. It was then that I knew that I didn't care to photograph people that I did not know...I wanted to be free to listen to my inner artist and be one with the camera!

Tell me a little about your charity and why you started donating to it.

Another artist turned me on to Partners In Health and all of the work that they are doing in Haiti. When I saw the devastation on TV, I wanted to hop on a plane and go help but I don't have any life saving skills...
So, I am donating all proceeds from the sale of my photo note cards to Partners In Health and specifically their effort in Haiti.
In addition to Partners In Health, I also send photo note cards to our soldiers overseas at every opportunity so that they don't have to purchase stationery in order to send letters home.

Do you have any advice for fellow Artisans?

I am not a money-making artist. I don't break even so I don't know that I should be giving advice ;)
I can relay advice that was given to me and that I have held onto: Don't give up!
Sometimes I think about Van Gogh and similar artists and remind myself that although he is quite famous now, he was unknown in his day.

PS...I am now over 30 and have come to love and accept myself for who I am...grown-up or not;)
What a wonderful thought to end with. I too have learned to accept myself for who I am, but I do still strive to become better each day. I have also learned to accept others as well. That is some great advice.

I think her work is amazing. I cant decide if I like the Boardwalk or Vessel the most. I'm also very impressed that she sends photo note cards to our Troops. Being a Air Force vet myself I know that they truly appreciate her gifts and so do their families. Tara contacted me shortly after the Haiti earthquake, but I know that the work there is no where near done and they can still use all the help they can get. Thanks Tara for submitting your shop for the feature.


Bella's Bowtique Fundraiser for Abbygail Marie

>> Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bella Bowtique is doing a fundraiser for Abbygail Marie. If you have never seen Abbygail around Facbook or Twitter you should go check out their pages. She is on an amazing journey. For the details of the fundraiser visit Bella's blog.

I think what Bella's Bowtique is doing is wonderful. I've been following Abby for a few months and on top of all that is going on with Abby, her dad has been overseas (I think in Iraq). He is finally home now. I am amazed at this mom's strength and positive attitude that comes through her posts. She has helped be more thankful for my healthy active boys, and not to complain when my husband isn't very helpful around the house. If she can go through all this without her husband home there is no reason I can't take care of my home without the help of my husband (which he does help from time to time). We take for granted what we have until we see what others are going through and we realize that our life is so much easier and we have no business complaining.

My boys see Abby's picture from time to time while I'm on Facebook and they ask me who she is. I tell them that her name is Abby and she has a beau-beau on her head and we need to pray for her and we do pray for her. I love that my boys are concerned for others and want to pray for them when they see a need.

If you can't help by purchasing something from Bella's Bowtique please help by passing the word around.


Really... I won!

>> Friday, April 23, 2010

I entered a giveaway with no expectations at all. I've entered several giveaways recently to no avail. I can honestly remember the last time I've ever won anything. I was 15 years old and I was getting a Smoothie from Smoothie King with my mom. They had a number of the day contest, that if you picked the number your Smoothie was free. I guessed it right. From then on my favorite number was 14.

So I guess I can try all I want to win, but going off history it won't be for another 15 years. I'm so excited and I can't wait to get it.


Civil War Homefront Jelly Roll & Honey Bun Winners!


Feature Friday

Today's Feature is H & J Star Creations

We will be getting to know this artisan a little each month because H & J Creations chooses a different charity each month to donate to. So for our first installment of getting to know H & J we will find out how she got started and why she chose her particular charity.

Tell me how you got started.

I always loved to sew, but actually started again when I did the costumes for my son's fifth grade play,. Then I discovered etsy, and realized I could do this and not overwhelm my family with bags and pouches. So it has been a great time, buying all the fabric I love, and making things.

She sounds like a great candidate to join Supply-A-Holics (another blog I contribute to)

Tell me a little about your charity and why it's you charity this month.

I do choose a different charity every month to donate to and this month since it is Autism Awareness month, and I have friends with Autistic children, my choice was Cure Autism Now. It is a research organization dedicated to finding a cure. My son, who is reading a book in school on Autism, will also be chipping in $10 of his allowance money.

I have several friends that have children who have Autism or are on the Spectrum. This cause is very near and dear to me. I love to hear stories of families doing charity together. I know it brings tears to my eyes when my boys (5 and 3 1/2) tell me they want to give money to the missionary.

If you would like to find out more about Cure Autism Now click here.
Note: Cure Autism Now and Autism Speaks have merged and operate under the name Autism Speaks.


What is an Etsy Treasury and how do you make one?

>> Wednesday, April 21, 2010

All you need to know (or at least all I know) about Etsy Treasuries.

An Etsy Treasury is a place where you can feature items you love and promote one of your items. The first thing you want to do is decide on a theme and a title for your treasury. This is especially important if you are doing Treasury Main or Treasury West. I will go into more detail about the specific treasuries later. If  I am trying to promote one of my items I will try to come up with a theme based off that item.

There are currently 3 different Treasuries

1. Treasury Main

2. Treasury West

3. Treasury East
Each Treasury has its own "rules". Treasury Main and Treasury East have a limit that you cannot add a Treasury to unless it drop below a specific number. For Treasury Main there have to be less than 333 Treasuries to be able to add. In Treasury West there has to be less than 222. How will you know when it drops below that number? Glad you asked. There is a site called Craftopolis that has Treasury clocks that tell you when the number is supposed to drop below the required 222, or 333.

Just be careful, when it gets close to the time it's not always 100% accurate. I usually sit on the Treasury page when it gets close to the 2 - 3 hour mark.

Now if you are not an adrenaline junkie you now have the option to create a Treasury with no pressure in Treasury East. I like this option at the moment because it seem every time I want to create a Treasury it will be available at dinner time, or 4 am. Not the best times for me to go running to the computer.

For those of you who thrive on adrenaline....

Before you get wrapped up in snagging a Treasury you will need to be prepared for when that happens.

There are a few things you can do to be ready for that glorious moment when you actually get a Treasury.
Remember earlier I said you needed a theme and title for your Treasury, well now I'm going to tell you what to do with that. After you decide what your title is going to be (either write it down or remember it for later) go poking around Etsy for the items you would like to feature and heart them so you can easily find them later.

Then you will want to go to Poster Sketch - http://www.etsy.com/poster_sketch.php

The you will start plugging in the item numbers. It will make it really easy for you to do this if you open two browser windows and place them side by side on your desktop like this

 My hearted items ^^^                                                            Poster Sketch ^^^

Where are the item numbers? When you find your first item click on the link to view the item and look at the link, the item number will be there for you to double click on, copy and paste. If you are not sure how to copy and paste send me a message and I'll walk you through that. Repeat these steps till your poster sketch is full. Just make sure you can see the item number in the link at the top of the page. I had to resize the Etsy window to allow for clicking and copying the item numbers.

Here is a screen shot of what you Poster Sketch will look like after you added a few items.

Ok then after you have your Poster Sketch filled (or at least 12 of the spots) you can go snag your Treasury. Oh yeah you need to know how to do that too. When it's getting close to the 222 or 333 number go to the page either Treasure Main or Treasury West (links given above) and scroll down past the list of Treasuries. At the bottom it will tell you that the Treasury is full. Don't refresh your page, you might miss your chance. When the number drops below 222 or 333 there you can... I honestly am drawing a blank here so if I get this wrong someone please tell me so I can correct it. There will either be a spot for you to enter a title or a button to click on to add a Treasury. Then you enter your Title and a description if you like and have your Poster sketch ready.

Now this might not be the fastest or only way to get your numbers, but this is how I do it. I click edit under each item and copy the item number and paste it into the Treasury. After you are done you will click save (oh wow once again it's been a while so I'm not totally sure this is correct) and wallah you have your Treasury.

Now for Treasury East

This is a new one on the scene and we don't know how long this one will be with us.

Click the link to the Treasury East above and click on

Then you can put in your item numbers or the full links to the items.

Then your Treasury will look something like this...

Happy Treasury making.


New Business Cards

>> Tuesday, April 20, 2010

We moved in Oct and I haven't had the opportunity (funds) to get some new business cards. With the help of my wonderful Hubby we played on Vista Print for a couple hours and come up with a design for both our cards.
Tell me what you think.

I love the picture on Kris' card. Kris the boys our dog and I have been on jobs before... although you may not see our kitty.


Terrific Tuesday

I think it's time to get back to my features. A few months ago I started making coffee sleeves and 80% of the sales are donated to my friend's Relay for Life team. I wanted to help others spread the word about their causes that they support with some or all of their sales. 

Today I'm featuring Tamisha Design

Let's get to know Tamisha and what she does.

How long have you been creating?
Well I've been crafting since I was very little. Both my mom and my grandma were crafty and started teaching me to sew at a very young age. I loved making clothes for my dolls and embroidering tea towels, pillowcases and anything else I could get my hands on. I started making crafts to sell as early as grade school and have made and sold crafts off and on since then. I started my Etsy shop about a year ago but most of my sales have still been offline because I've been very busy working full time and going to school.

How did you get started?

I started my Etsy shop after requests for jewelry from friends, some of which lived out of town. Once I returned to work full time I took a little bit of a break from selling my crafts online to focus on school and work. I recently started creating new pieces to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society because I started participating in their Team in Training program.

Tell me a little about your charity and why you started donating to it.

The charity I'm currently donating to is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. My mother lost her battle with cancer in 2004 and she has always been an inspiration to me. Even when she was sick she was selfless and gave what she could to others. She was a cook at the local Head Start and loved children and loved caring for them, so when I saw the opportunity to help raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma society through their Team in Training program (Leukemia is the most common form of childhood cancer) I literally ran with it. Team in Training is a program that trains people for endurance sports such as triathlons, marathons, and in my case half marathons in exchange for fund raising for LLS. I've never been a runner or really even athletic so it's been tough for me but totally worth it. You can read more about my journey and learn more about the program at www.teamtamisha.com I can't become a doctor or a scientist and help find a cure but I can run to raise funds and awareness.

Any advice for fellow Artisans?

Make sure that the first reason you create is because you love it. It sounds simple but I've found myself become stagnant from time to time and I've come to realize that it's because my focus was to much on creating just to re-stock my shop. When you create things because you love to it makes it a lot easier to stock up your shop, and empty it again with sales!

That's some great advice. I certainly do not create just for the money, I love what I do and I hope to pass on the joy to other through my stuff. 


Welcome to Blogger

>> Monday, April 19, 2010

Well I had started working on converting my blog into Blogger a few months ago, but hit a snag with the layout and abandoned it. Since then I've become active on two different Blogger blogs (say that 10x's fast) and thought I would save time if I had them all here.

So welcome to Blogger my faithful blog followers and I hope I will be able to keep you more updated now.