Thursday, March 31, 2011

Feature: Beautiful Stained Glass

I love stained glass! Wouldn't it be great to have stained glass windows in the house? Since it's really not feasible or affordable to have stained glass windows, how about a smaller piece to hang in your window or maybe a night light?
Stained Glass Studio has some really beautiful pieces - just take a look :) These are some of my favorites:




Here is a little bit about Maddy, the woman behind these beautiful designs.
I live in Wisconsin and my studio is in my home, great on a day like today when we're in the middle of a 1 ft. + snowstorm. I've been doing Stained Glass Art for almost 30 years and the reason I started is because I've always been so attracted to the beauty of Stained Glass. When people see my work I want them to love the combination of glass colors along with the different glass textures and how they interact. I want them to appreciate the individual pieces as home decor art that enhance and add to their existing decor. My supply addiction is definitely sheets of glass, in a wide variety of colors and design, when I think of starting a piece, the most exciting part is putting the colors together. I don't really have a favorite in my shop-they're all favorites for different applications.
I'm motivated by new ideas constantly, just about anything can be incorporated into a Stained Glass Piece.




Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Logan Spring Cleaning & Give Aways

Logan is our youngest son and is home most of the week, so I put him to work helping me wash walls on Monday. Isn't he a good boy?

We still have the living room, craft room and office left to do. I think I'll do the craft room alone :)

Here are some give aways that I'm hosting right now. Click on the photo to go to the give away post.



ENDS 04/06


ENDS 04/08


ENDS 04/15


$40 G.C. - ENDS 04/15


ENDS 04/22


Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Twitter Tree Tuesday!


My friend Jacki over at Christie Cottage came up with an ingenious idea for promoting items in your shops.
The Twitter Tree will be hosted by a different shop each business day.

Monday: Christie Cottage
Tuesday: Audrey's Country Crafts
Wednesday: Eluna Jewelry
Thursday: I Wish I May, I Wish I Might
Friday: Sweetybird09


Here are the instructions:
You tweet the item(s) for me and all the posts above yours, along with your twitter account so we can follow you, and list 1-3 items (clickable links) from any of your online shops that you would like for all those posting here to tweet for you. ( No "mature" items, please). Be sure the item is twitter ready. (See above) Check back throughout the day and tweet all the new items posted from other online shops. Etsy, ArtFire, Zibbet, Bonanzle, ebay, your own website, etc..

Please add this tag to your tweets. " #BlueBird"
This way we can Retweet later in the day, simply by searching the tag.


Please  add a description of your item, not just the link.
Thanks!

By reaching out thru blogger and blog follower's twitter accounts, we will reach a new audience of viewers and hopefully land some sales. After all, we all have our online shops to make money.


Here are my 3 items for the day:



Cute Purple Owl Coaster
http://www.etsy.com/listing/65992638/ #bluebird



Pink Magnets for Mom
http://www.etsy.com/listing/66258378/ #bluebird



Orange Spring Flowers Coaster
http://www.etsy.com/listing/66258609/ #bluebird

Hope everyone has fun promoting and maybe we'll get some sales!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring Cleaning

We have spring break this week, and since I'm home by myself all day - I thought I'd get the spring cleaning done. Will get the "men" to help move some furniture the night before - in which ever room is next on the list.

I often wonder what is the deal with Spring Cleaning. It's not like the house will stay that way!




How many supplies do I really need?




Ever feel like this?


Oh well - It needs to be done.  The windows are a mess, though they will be again I'm sure. And I know that with both boys home and hubby getting dirty at work, my walls won't stay clean long either.  But at least I can say I tried :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Logan's Favorite Potatoes & Saucy BBQ Chicken

Found a recipe for some spicy potatoes - they have become Logan's favorite.




They are so easy to do - though I don't really have set amounts of ingredients.
Basically:
Peel and cut potatoes into bite size pieces.
In a glass bowl, melt some baking margarine.
Add seasoning salt & chopped garlic.
Stir in potatoes, microwave until done.
Sorry - it's the best I can do :)




Here is a "real" recipe for some easy yummy chicken!! I've done this recipe with chicken breasts or legs/thighs, either works really well. The recipe calls for adding potatoes, which I've also done, but last time we did Logan's potatoes instead.

SAUCY BARBECUE CHICKEN

4 potatoes
baby carrots
4 chicken legs or breasts
1 cup ketchup
1 tbsp. each Worcestershire sauce & prepared mustard
2 tbsp.l vinegar
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Peel potatoes. Arrange chicken, carrots and potatoes in a dish large enough to hold them in a single layer. Blend remaining ingredients and pour over top. Cover and bake about 2 hours at 375F basting occasionally.

I usually just throw the carrots over everything. They will still get done.

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Twitter Tree Today:
Sweetybird09

BNE - Buy N Enter Thread and Team:
http://www.etsy.com/teams/7498/bne-buy-n-enter

Feature - Andi's Magical Needles

I'm not sure how I met Andi - but I purchased one of her Towel Toppers a while back - it was coffee themed :) Since then I've purchased another one in beige, so that it goes with all my towels I like to have in the kitchen. Also have some amazing red/white coffee coasters from Andi's shop, and a red/white bath puff. LOVE them all!! There is nothing like hand made items!



*Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
I'm from Connecticut (CT). I lived here most of my life. I'm a wife of (31 years) a mother 3 and a grandmother of 4. I have been crocheting since I was about 13 years old. My grandmother taught me..

*How did you decide on your shop name? Why did you start your business?
I got my name from a consignment craft shop I was in. I started my business to make a little extra money and people said I should sell things..

*What are 5 things you want people to think when they see your product?
  • Useful
  • eco-friendly
  • great quality
  • reasonably prices
  • nice shop

*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?
Yarn is my weakness. It doesn't have to be any special kind. I like working with most of them.

*What do you do when you’re not being an artist? What activities do you enjoy?
I love being a grandma. I like camping, fishing and traveling.

*Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?
I love making bath puffs and washcloths. They work up nicely and people seem to like them.


*If you could give a piece of advice to a new shop - what would it be?
My advise to new shops is promote as much as possible. Don't give up to soon.



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Twitter Tree Today:
a Needle in a Haystack

BNE - Buy N Enter Team on Etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/teams/7498/bne-buy-n-enter

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Twitter Tree Tuesday!


My friend Jacki over at Christie Cottage came up with an ingenious idea for promoting items in your shops.
The Twitter Tree will be hosted by a different shop each business day.

Monday: Christie Cottage
Tuesday: Audrey's Country Crafts
Wednesday: Eluna Jewelry
Thursday: I Wish I May, I Wish I Might
Friday: Sweetybird09


Here are the instructions:
You tweet the item(s) for me and all the posts above yours, along with your twitter account so we can follow you, and list 1-3 items (clickable links) from any of your online shops that you would like for all those posting here to tweet for you. ( No "mature" items, please). Be sure the item is twitter ready. (See above) Check back throughout the day and tweet all the new items posted from other online shops. Etsy, ArtFire, Zibbet, Bonanzle, ebay, your own website, etc..

Please add this tag to your tweets. " #BlueBird"
This way we can Retweet later in the day, simply by searching the tag.


Please  add a description of your item, not just the link.
Thanks!

By reaching out thru blogger and blog follower's twitter accounts, we will reach a new audience of viewers and hopefully land some sales. After all, we all have our online shops to make money.


Here are my 3 items for the day:


Angel Thank You Gift Tags
http://www.etsy.com/listing/70077256/ #bluebird


Summer Flower/Pocket tags
http://www.etsy.com/listing/70147874/ #bluebird


Spring Flower/Dragonfly Magnet Set
http://www.etsy.com/listing/70216598/ #bluebird

Hope everyone has fun promoting and maybe we'll get some sales!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

It's Back :(

I was doing so good this winter - then Luke came home with a cold and was nice enough to share it.  So I'm running very late in everything.  Energy is gone, keeping Kleenex close at hand (need to get more!!), and taking Tylenol cold night time so I can maybe get some sleep.  I think I'll pick up some Neocitron too.


Hope everyone is feeling much better than I am!! I will try to get to everyone's blogs this week :)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Broccoli/Cauliflower Salad

The boys don't care for salads too much, but this is always one of our favorites.  I think it's the bacon that makes it sooooo good!  Can never have too much bacon :)



BROCCOLI/CAULIFLOWER SALAD 

1 small head cauliflower
1 small broccoli
8 slices bacon 

Optional:
1/2 c. raisens
onion
1 tin water chestnuts 

Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces and fry till done. Add cut up cauliflower, broccoli, bacon, raisens, onion and water chestnuts to large bowl and stir. 

Mix:
1 cup miracle whip (or salad dressing)
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. vinegar 
Add to vegetables etc., and let sit over night. I didn't add onion or water chestnuts.

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Twitter Tree Today:
Sweetybird09

BNE - Buy N Enter Thread and Team:
http://www.etsy.com/teams/7498/bne-buy-n-enter

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Feature: Beautiful Handmade Cards

I LOVE cards!! Used to buy them at the local bookstore, but then was introduced to handmade cards when I opened my shop on Etsy. Now I only purchase handmade! I found All Things Eclectic while browsing a couple of BNR treasuries on Etsy. These cards are just Beautiful!!


*Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
Im from Pennsylvania. Right now I'm in Pittsburgh studying at Duquesne University School of Law. I love crafting so much sometimes think it's my calling. Other times however, I remember how much I love working with families and that I want to balance crafts with a life of law devoted to helping families. 

I try several different crafts and my mom says that I will get my hand into anything and everything... she's right. I etch eggs, knit, make jewelry, make cards, crochet, cross stitch, and more. One day I hope to learn glass blowing.


*How did you decide on your shop name? Why did you start your business?
My boyfriend and I sat down thinking about shop names. I knew I wanted to keep this shop for only paper crafts. The more we thought about it the more we decided my cards were eclectic. I started playing around with names that had eclectic in it. This one ended up being my favorite!

I started this card shop after starting my other two shops www.teener1416.etsy.com (etched eggs) and www.subtleandchic.etsy.com (jewelry) I wanted all my crafts separate. The reason I started this third shop is because my sister Mary (www.piecesofhome.blogspot.com) is a HUGE scrapbooker! Her items are insanely wonderful and I got more and more intrigued with the paper craft. She showed me techniques as well as materials, and soon I just had to start making some items myself. Cards became my favorite of the paper crafts. I then decided to share them with the world on Etsy.

*What are 5 things you want people to think when they see your product?
  • "Oh my god, is that a card???"
  • "I will never buy from Hallmark again!"
  • "That card would be perfect for _______"
  • "This is so worth it."
  • "Yeah, I'm worth it..."
:P :P :P I just want people to know cool stuff is not expensive and that it is easy to support handmade.

*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?
Oh lord... where do I start. Well I am a pastel fan more and more. But in terms of my true weakness... it would have to be embellishments, stamps, dollar items from Michaels, and paper flowers... well ANY kind of flowers.

You see I want my cards to be 3D in a way. That way the card turns into a piece of art. Because of this, flowers always to me achieve that effect.

I used to never think I would want stamps, but now... now I have enough mounted stamps and clear stamps to bury myself. The more I see adorable stamps, the more I feel I need some more stamps for my collection.

Even worse, I am a bargain hunter. The second I see something is on clearance that I wanted in the past, it is not in the shopping cart for me to create something new and wonderful with.

*What do you do when you’re not being an artist? What activities do you enjoy?
I play violin and clarinet, but my boyfriend will complain to you that I hardly play them anymore. Regardless I love music of all kinds and love to relax to some Gregorian chant (no joke). Also I love to read and tend to buy books more often than I have a chance to read them. Crafting takes up so much time that it truly is my main activity.

*Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?
I enjoy the everyday cards. I find that sometimes people just need a card. My mom sends me a card with any care package she sends me while in school. I never throw out those cards, and love whatever little note she puts in them. I realized that cards from loved ones on any occasion have this wonderful ability to cheer someone up. I make everyday cards in the hope one that people will start sending more cards to their loved ones for whatever little reason they can think of as well as a way to let people use their own imagination and put whatever occasion on a card without me branding it for them.



*If you could give a piece of advice to a new shop - what would it be?
I think the hardest think for a seller to understand is that crafting is for yourself. You need to love what you are doing regardless of sales. I find myself sometimes depressed I didn't make any sales in some time. I understand how it sometimes hurts to go a week or two with not store activity. However, it is imperative to remember you craft first for yourself THEN for the sales. You need o be happy making your items. Sales need to be a secondary boost. The focus should be on making yourself happy through crafting.


The more you remind yourself that the work you do in itself should make you happy, the easier it will be to stay positive while selling online.

*Are there other places on the net we can find you?



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Twitter Tree Today:
a Needle in a Haystack

BNE - Buy N Enter Team on Etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/teams/7498/bne-buy-n-enter
 

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