Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Need A Last Minute Costume Idea???

If you are like me you wait until the last minute to ANYTHING for yourself, so here is a great little tutorial on a last minute halloween costume, no sewing, or cutting required. Check it out!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

This Weeks Featured Seller Inki Handmade

"I grew up in Switzerland , then moved to America where I spent most of the latter half of my life. This past year, I moved back to Switzerland with my husband and our three cats. We’ve been settling in, enjoying the scenery and of course, crafting!

Besides crafting, I also enjoy hiking (it’s Switzerland ’s national sport, lol), biking, reading a good book, and hanging out with friends.

I’ve always had an affinity for the arts+crafts, starting from when I was little. I would doodle horses on paper, the wall, anywhere I could. My mother would crochet fancy dresses for my Barbie dolls, I loved them! When I eventually re-discovered crocheting in Los Angeles , I found many more crafts that I liked, including sewing and paper crafting. Starting an online business provided a way for me to share what I’ve made and help with the costs of obtaining supplies to continue to craft."
You can check out here amazing shop by clicking here Or you can visit her at her blog
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I Made My Kids Costumes For Halloween Here's How

This year for the first time I really wanted to make my halloween costumes for my girls. They were all over the idea, and had a great time in the fabric shop. We decided on witch costumes. I made a skirts, capes, and brooms for them.

1) Skirts: we decided on 2 different tulles for the skirts, and I took 2 yards of each. I used this method to make them but instead of using a normal measurment for the width I made them like 3 times wider than that to create a more poofy skirt. I did the same measurements for each layer of tulle, and sewed them together at the top. Then I fooled the rest of the steps in the tut mentioned above. If you would like a tut for a no sew tutu this is a good one

2) Capes: The girls chose their fabric and I took 1 meter for each (almost a yard) They cut by Meters in Europe :) First I made straps by cutting 2 strips folding right sides together and turned right sideout by sticking a safety pin and feeding it through. Then I measured the across the back with arms extended. and I hemmed the top, then I sewed the straps around the neck area. My girls asked for a kind of winged cape to "fly" better :) so I put a small loop of elastic at each end for them to feed their hands through, and then I cut the bottom on kind of a half circle.

3) Brooms I think we had the most fun with this one. We went to the forest gatherd up small twigs and sticks for the bottom, and a big stick for the handle. We then put all the small sticks together and wrapped them with wire, and twine.

The rest of their costumes were just items we already had here. I have to say my days of purchasing costumes are over. It was so much more fun for my girls to be invloved the process of making thier costumes rather than just choosing them off the rack.

If you have any handmade costume ideas feel free to post them here. Happy Haunting!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

This Weeks Featured Shop Emarie Creations

Emariecreations is run by two sisters and started earlier this year.
Emily enjoys making projects with fabric, while Samantha enjoys crafting
with polymer clay. In our shop you will find a unique variety of earrings, pendants,
Christmas ornaments and more!
We would love to have you visit!

You can visit Their Shop By Clicking Here

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

It's Almost Pumkin Carving Time...

Here is a cheesy little how to on pumpkin carving, I am really horrible at it, so it's always good for me to have a few extra tips. :) Enjoy!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

This Weeks Featured Seller Dig The Earth

My name is Kev and I'm one of the minority, the elusive Etsy male! I live in Yorkshire, UK with my wife and two young boys. My shop is called Dig The Earth, and I produce a range of eco-friendly greetings cards. All my cards are made from 100% recycled stock and come with fully biodegradable protective corn-starch 'cello wraps' – no harmful plastic involved at all! I also produce a range of hand drawn mirror frames. These are all shop bought frames that are made unique and hopefully a lot more desirable with my illustrations! I seem to spend a fair chunk of my time taking product photographs of my wife's fantastic handmade jewellery (you can check out some of my work in her Etsy shop: RubySpiritDesigns), but my 'proper job' is running the artwork studio for a design agency. I write a weekly blog for a UK based handmade site: and also post daily on my own handmade inspirational products blog: – which aims to promote beautiful handmade products from around the world!

Please feel free to visit his shop by clicking here

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Easy Fun & Yummy Fall Recipes to do with your Kids

I love cooking with my girls and they love it too. So I have compiled a few of our favorite fall time recipies for you to try with your kids.

Easy Caramel Corn

3 quarts popping corn
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 stick of butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Put popcorn in a heavy paper bag. Melt butter in a saucepan and mix together sugar, syrup, and salt. Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and stir well. Pour into paper bag and stir with a wooden spoon.

Put bag in microwave and cook on high for 1 1/2 minutes. Take out and shake well. Cook for another 1 1/2 minutes. Shake bag again and pour into a large container. Serve in paper baggies that kids can decorate.

Pumpkin Bread

3 cups sugar
1 cup oil
3 eggs
2 cups pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon allspice
1 cup pecans, chopped

Mix together sugar, oil, eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla in a large bowl. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl, add to pumpkin mixture, and stir well. Then add nuts. Bake in 2 loaf pans or coffee cans in a 350F degree oven for 1 hour 10 minutes.

Caramel Apples

12 apples (plus 12 popsicle sticks)
4 14-ounce packages of caramels
8 tablespoons heavy cream
crushed nuts

Rinse apples, pat dry, and remove apple stems and insert a popsicle stick into stem of each apple. Combine the cream and caramels in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until caramel is melted and smooth. Dip the apples into the caramel until completely covered. Let the extra caramel drip back into the saucepan. Roll in crushed nuts.

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Place apples upside down on waxed paper and refrigerate.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

This Weeks Featured Seller The Fearie Glen

I have two shops on Etsy. In "THE FAERIE GLEN" you will find hand-sculpted OOAK faeries, of course. But, I also have a lot of needlefelted animals and other needlecrafts. There is a vintage section, and a pattern section for crochet and knit items. I am stocked for Christmas with 180 items at the moment.In 'RT TINY TREASURES" you will find lots of ORIGINAL "TINY TREASURES" paintings in several mediums. These "TINY TREASURES" alway measure 12 inches or less. This is a great way to add original art to a collection, or to start your collection without breaking your budget. I just added ACEO art for collectors. These measure 2.5 x 3.5 inches like trading cards only with art work. And yes, I am stocked for shoppers for Christmas, birthdays, or just because, with 151 items at the moment.All are warmly welcomed to my shops. Stop by anytime. Ruth

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Give Away Month Of Oct. Set of 5 Customizable Web Ads

This months Giveaway is for a set of 5 custimomized web Advertisments for your shop.
To enter, the Rules are easy, you can enter up to 4 times.

1) Visit pick your favorite item and post it with your comment (required)

2) Additional enteries incude following my blog and posting that in another comment

3) Retweeting, post that in another comment

4) Posting the link to this giveawy on your blog, post in another comment that you did

This giveaway runs from today through the 31st of October Winner is chosen on Nov. 1st and posted here on my blog. PLEASE CHECK BACK NOV: 1st!!!!

Sellers description of item

For your consideration, I am offering a custom web ad package. You will get 2 button or 125x125 ads, 2 rectangle 100x150 ads (craft cult, craftopolis), and one halfbanner ad. All of these will work for project wonderful as well. You can make these into text with photos, just photos,just text with design, and they can all be different or the same. You can even advertise 2 different shops. All I need from you is a few ideas to start, and I will come back with some ideas, and from there we create the perfect ads for your shop.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

And The Winners Are???????

Septembers contest is now closed, thank you so much to everyone who participated I know the sellers apprciate the support!!

This months winner of the Bangle Earings by Fashioably Chic is...... comment # 19 Findikfaresi!!!! YAY!!! Congrats!

The winner of the Vintage Stamped Tickets is comment # 12 Soy Pea YAY!!!! Congrats!!!!!

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Please come back tommorrow when I will start a new giveaway from my newest shop Simply Banners & Ads.
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