Thursday, December 26, 2013

Bringing Back Saturday Artisan Posts



In the beginning of 2010, I started featuring handmade artisans on a weekly basis. In mid 2012, as my life was a bit more chaotic than the usual and blogging had become low priority, I had decided to take an indefinite break of Saturday Artisan post.

With the new year is just around the corner, I am planning to bring back our weekly Saturday Artisan series in 2014. I think it's time to resume. Saturday Artisan posts feature handmade artists, one Saturday at a time. It's about getting to know the person who makes and run the shop and what products she offers. It's about supporting small businesses.

Would you like to be featured? Or do you know an awesome artist that worth mentioning?
I welcome handmade artisans to nominate yourself and others, whether you have shop at Artfire, Storenvy, Zibbet, or your own website.

Here are some important criteria to be featured in my blog:
  • Must have great customer service, first and foremost. Friendliness and going above and beyond are keys to successful business. If I don't see that in you then I don't think I can refer my readers to your shop. I want my friends to really enjoy their buying experience and I need to have the confidence that they will get that from your shop.
  • Have at least 30 listed items in your shop in order to provide a good variety of products to choose from.
  • Have great pictures: clear and crisp.
  • Sponsoring a giveaway is optional but highly recommended.
Giveaway is held on a following day, Sunday, for a 2-weeks duration. Being featured on Saturday as well as on Sunday means double exposure to your shop and a great way to market your products. I will use my social media to spread the words and will require your active participation to do the same as well. Giveaway items can be products or gift certificates, and it's yours to decide.  

I'm not asking for any compensation to do this. Should you decide to do a giveaway, you are responsible to mail the product to the winner directly.

How to apply:

Leave a comment here or message me on Facebook. But hurry, the New Year is only days away!

Looking forward to promoting you and your awesome handmade shop!

Friday, December 20, 2013

BOGO Sale Stickers

My little man loves stickers. Any kinds of stickers. Getting a sticker as a reward is awesome according to him. It's quite often he comes home from school with a big smile, telling me that he gets stickers from being able to answer teachers' questions correctly or for being able to complete certain tasks. He gets stickers from our family Doctor on each visit either for being a good patient and for his patience waiting for us while we are being consulted. He gets stickers when we saw our Chiropractor who we miss dearly. 

I'd bet a lot of kids (and adults!) love stickers too. I do! Stickers are so versatile in use. You can use sticker as as envelope seal. I use cute thank you stickers on my packaging. I also have label addresses which really save my time for writing my address (and it's more legible I must say). I also like to include stickers in my orders as freebies as well. Stickers are also perfect for birthday or baby shower decoration. You can attach a personalized sticker on a favor. You can also give them away to kids at a party. They will love it, I promise!

So, here I am offering a BOGO sale on all Sticker products. Any stickers including customized stickers are on sale.

This weekend only, December 21 - 22, 2013: BUY a set of STICKERS and get a set of stickers FREE



Cute Owl Label Stickers

http://adorebynat.storenvy.com/collections/240008-stickers/products/4244276-cute-owl-label-stickers


Cute Fairy Stickers Labels

http://adorebynat.storenvy.com/collections/240008-stickers/products/1479734-36-cute-fairy-stickers-labels



Personalized Owl with Mustache Wearing Tie Stickers for Boys 

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/adorebynat/6468736/owl_with_mustache_stickers_-_personalized_set_of_48/handmade/paper_books/stickers/decorational
 

Cute Pirate Stickers 

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/adorebynat/6984396/cute_pirate_stickers_for_birthday_or_baby_shower_party_label_/handmade/paper_books/stickers/decorational



Love Birds Sticker Personalized Thank You Labels Pink and Blue

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/adorebynat/6469069/love_birds_sticker_personalized_thank_you_labels_pink_and_blue/handmade/wedding/favors/paper_goods


More stickers are available on both of my Artfire and Storenvy shops. 

Spread the joy! It's time to buy stickers.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Spotted Tuesday

Spotted Tuesday is back!

When DH has a day off and Ethan is at school, we usually go out for a breakfast date. We recently went to Isola Cafe, located at Spazio, not too far away from where we live. This cafe becomes our favorite place to go. It has great customer service which is very important to us. Our principal is that no matter how good the food is and how famous the restaurant is, if they have poor customer service, we unlikely will be back. Another reason we like this cafe is that they do serve great coffee and western foods, reminding us the breakfast we usually if we were in Canada. The also serve foods fushioned 

We love to order these mouthwatering Eggs Benedict, served with crispy hash brown and delicious coleslaw. It comes with a cup of handcrafted illy coffee. Can you guess how much we spent for 2 sets of these?







With the above picture in mind, I looked for great handmade products at Artfire. I included some Christmas themed items as well since we are in the middle of Holiday Season and that Cafe was nicely decorated. I really like how they decorate it: simple and nothing over the top. Take a look at that piece of polka dot fabric and fir on the table for example. It's a red and green and they represent Christmas!


Row 1 from the left: 

 

Handmade Knit Cream and Gold Teddy Bear Stuffed Animal by

Sunset Swarovski Chandelier Earrings Handmade Copper Crystal Jewelry by

Row 2 from the left:

Rudolf the Christmas Reindeer DIY by

Celtic Knot Tree of Life Engineer Messenger Bag Brown Cotton Canvas by

 

Row 3 from the left: 


Gingerbread Christmas Ladies Watch with a Snowman and Candy Canes by

Fossil Coral Agate, Carnelian, Topaz Swarovski Crystal Beaded Bracelet by

 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Movie Themed Party

http://foodalator.com/cinema-cake/

Movie themed party is such a fun theme to have for any ages and both genders.  Whether you are celebrating a First Birthday, a Ninth birthday, a Sweet Sixteen, or a Girls Night Out, it is definitely a party theme to consider. If you are planning for a surprise party for a Movie Fanatic, then this is it!

Party Decoration 

These movie theater favor tags were originally created as a custom order. The phrase "Thank You For Starring In...." is cute, followed by a customized text such as "Lily's 9th Birthday".  The colors I chose in here is black, red and white. Just like my other creations, I like to use high-quality materials including textured cards and that extra little detail makes these tags pop out. You will also get many movie-related images, not just one (unless you want to of course!).

http://adorebynat.storenvy.com/collections/240007-favor-tags/products/3787885-movie-theater-party-favor-tags-for-birthday-and-baby-shower

Other party decorations such as cupcake toppers, banner, napkin rings, stickers, and invitations can be customized and available upon request.


Foods to Serve 

How about some cute decorated popcorn cupcake to serve at the party? This recipe seems easy and yet delicious! Mmm...yummy marshmellow!

http://www.food.com/recipe/popcorn-cupcakes-so-cute-308253


If you are hosting an Oscars party, then these Golden Oscar Cookies are a must to serve!

http://www.notmartha.org/archives/2010/02/10/academy-award-cookies/



Entertainment

A movie themed party will not be a fun party if there is no entertainment planned.  Watching a movie I think is a must, but how about setting up a photo corner and catch your guests in action? This decal will be a perfect photo prop to have.

Movie Camera, Movies, Filming, Decal, Vinyl, Sticker, Wall, Home Decor by


http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/VinylWallAccents/4690098/movie_camera_-_lights_camera_action_-_vinyl_wall_decal/housewares/wall_decor/vinyl





Gift Ideas

Here are some thoughtful handmade gift ideas in movie theme found at Artfire.

Neon movie theatre red marquee Route 66 Oklahoma 5x7 art photo by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/LibertyImages/4536655/neon_movie_theatre_red_marquee_Route_66_Oklahoma_5x7_fine_art_photo/Photography/Documentary

Vintage Disney Books Tiny Movie Stories by


http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/SweetSouthernVintage/4976996/vintage_1950_walt_disney_s_tiny_movie_stories_books_with_box/vintage/collectibles/other


Life motivational quote saying vintage movie camera glass necklace by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/LittleApples/7361575/life_motivational_quote_saying_vintage_movie_camera_glass_necklace/handmade/jewelry/necklaces/glass

Now, what is your favorite movie?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Countdown to Christmas - Week 12

Here we are in the last week of Countdown to Christmas hosted by Julie and Blu. The Countdown to Christmas - Week 12  has been completed with 113 linked items! I kind of sad that we are wrapping up this weekly countdown. But as it's said, all good things must come to an end.

Participants must promote each item. It is all about working together as a handmade community and support each other. After all, it's only fair to promote others while others work so hard in promoting our products. 
There is a 3 item limit for each shop or studio. Multiple shops may post three for each.

Check out my Countdown to Christmas Pinterest Board for more wonderful artworks.

This week I'm sharing 3 party decorations from my Artfire shop:

Robot Cupcake Toppers, Personalized for Birthday or Baby Shower

 
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/adorebynat/8140793/robot_cupcake_toppers_personalized_for_birthday_or_baby_shower/handmade/seasonal/birthdays/decoration


Little Peanut Pink Elephant Favor Tag in Chevron for Baby Shower Party

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/adorebynat/8166528/little_peanut_pink_elephant_favor_tag_in_chevron_for_baby_shower_party/handmade/paper_books/tags/gift

 

Zebra Stripe Print Crown Tiara Favor Tags for Girls Birthday Party

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/adorebynat/8171639/zebra_stripe_print_crown_favor_tags_for_girls_birthday_party/handmade/paper_books/tags/gift

 

 And 3 more adorable party supplies from my Storenvy shop:

Owl Napkin Rings

http://adorebynat.storenvy.com/collections/243140-napkin-rings/products/4182620-owl-napkin-rings

It's a Boy Monkey Banner for Party or Nursery Decoration

http://adorebynat.storenvy.com/collections/243139-banner/products/4203764-its-a-boy-monkey-banner-for-party-or-nursery-decoration

Pink Owl with Turquoise Wing Stickers, Personalized

http://adorebynat.storenvy.com/collections/240008-stickers/products/4242080-pink-owl-with-turquoise-wing-stickers-personalized

 

What is so great about this Weekly Countdown, you asked? It's definitely fun! Not only I get to brag about share mine, I also get to admire fellow handmade artisans' works: different kinds of jewelries such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, detailed quilts, fancy beaded chopsticks, antique candle holder, beads, catnip toys, accessories such as watch band, stickers, ornaments, knitted scarf and hand knit dish cloth, and miniature doll. You can find gifts for any ages, male and female, a treasure hunter or a golfer, even for your pet.

Beaded Chopsticks, Copper Wire, Rows of Metallic Glass Silver and Gold by 



http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/TheTwistedRedhead/7350293/beaded_chopsticks_and_holder_rows_of_metallic_glass_silver_and_gold/handmade/housewares/dining_room/other



Holiday Gift Set - Two Catnip Toys in Holiday Fabric with Gift Bag by 


http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/8179174



Dark Gray Lampwork Beads Opaque Handmade Glass Etched Silver 252efs by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/8147643

 

Chunky Interchangeable Pink and Black Watch Band by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/6039495 


Tiger Stripe Beaded Necklace with Tigereye Gems and Swarovksi Crystals by 

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/bluemorningexpressions/1874286/necklace_earrings_tiger_beads_stripe_polymer_clay_tigereye_swarovski/handmade/jewelry/necklaces/polymer_clay

Earthy Southwest Tribal Necklace Lampwork Bead African Glass Handmade by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/PrettyGonzo/6905464/earthy_southwest_tribal_necklace_lampwork_bead_african_glass_handmade_/handmade/jewelry/necklaces/glass

 

Red Crackle Fire Agate Handmade Necklace Pearls Gemstone OOAK Jewelry by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/8153822

 

Fuchsia Swarovski Faceted Bicone Crystals Sterling Chandelier Earrings by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/dianesdangles/8174203/fuchsia_swarovski_faceted_bicone_crystals_sterling_chandelier_earrings/handmade/jewelry/earrings/crystal

 

Organic 2mm Greek Leather Cord and Silk Wrapped Bracelet For Men by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/Wyverndesigns/8173281/organic_2mm_greek_leather_cord_and_silk_wrapped_bracelet_for_men/handmade/jewelry/bracelets/leather

 

Dazzling Sunshine Smooth Dichroic Glass Handmade Cabochon Pendant by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/8179744

 

Swarovski Tahitian Pearl Crystal Moonlight Chandelier 925 Earrings by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/KatsAllThat/4040481/Swarovski_Tahitian_Pearl_Crystal_Moonlight_Chandelier_925_Earrings/Jewelry/Earrings/Crystal

 

Extra long necklace you can double brownish red tiger eye 14k gold by

 
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/4522368

Be Merry Vinyl Decal with Snowflakes Christmas Sticker Decoration by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/8085725

Santa Softie Ornament in Red, Green or Blue Winter Snowflakes by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/SewAmazin/8108167/santa_softie_ornament_in_red_green_or_blue_winter_snowflakes/handmade/seasonal/christmas/decorations


Knitted Blue and White Super Bulky Scarf by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/craftingmemories/5815221/knitted_blue_and_white_tph_thunder_scarf/handmade/knitting/accessories/scarf

Handy Hand Knit Dark Gorgeous Green Golf Picture Cloth by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/hollyknittercreations/3890766/hand_knit_dark_green_golf_cloth/handmade/knitting/housewares/dish_cloth

Miniature Doll Bed For Hitty With Handmade Bedding And Quilt by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/8186228

Handmade Quilted Santas in Center Panel with Multiple Borders by

 
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/PutmanLakeDesigns/7420936/handmade_quilted_santas_in_center_panel_with_multiple_borders/handmade/quilts/wall_hangings

 

Antique Persian Bronze Kohl Vessel for Cosmetics Used as Candle Holder by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/craftsofthepast/4313079/


I hope you enjoy this selection.
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Countdown to Christmas - Week 11

Here we are in December already. Time flies and soon we will say good bye to the year 2013. While we are at it, let's enjoy and celebrate every moment of it. 
Julie and Blu host weekly Countdown to Christmas promotion. I have so much fun with it and am kind of sad that it will end soon. The Countdown to Christmas - Week 11  has been completed with 123 linked items! I can tell that we are all in a full swing getting ready for the Holiday Season. 

There is only ONE more week to participate in this Oh-So-Much-Fun promo and I encourage all handmade shops owners to join.  

There is a 3 item limit for each shop or studio. Multiple shops may post three for each. Keep in mind that it's G-rated. Posting starts from Friday to midnight Sunday, which should provide a lot of time to add items.

Check out my Countdown to Christmas Pinterest Board for more wonderful artworks.

This week I'm sharing 3 items from my Artfire shop:

Race Car Thank You Cards for Boys Birthday Party

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/adorebynat/8099505/race_car_thank_you_cards_for_boys_birthday_party/handmade/cards/thank_you

 

Noah's Ark Cupcake Toppers for Baby Shower or Birthday Party

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/adorebynat/8116991/noah_s_ark_cupcake_toppers_for_baby_shower_or_birthday_party/handmade/seasonal/birthdays/decoration


Personalized Special Delivery Airplane Gift Favor Tags for Party

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/adorebynat/8089162/personalized_special_delivery_airplane_gift_favor_tags_for_party/handmade/paper_books/tags/gift



And 3 items from my Storenvy shop:

Teddy Bear Thank You Tags, Personalized


 Airplane Pilot Favor Tags for Boys Birthday Party

 http://adorebynat.storenvy.com/collections/240007-favor-tags/products/4178681-airplane-pilot-favor-tags-for-boys-birthday-party


Robot Food Tent Cards or Place Cards, Personalized

http://adorebynat.storenvy.com/collections/243141-food-tent-cards/products/4180616-robot-food-tent-cards-or-place-cards-personalized


My fellow artisans always impress me with their beautiful handmade items, from jewelries to home wares, hand knit hats and dish clothes to hand crocheted basket, bookmarks to lampwork beads and from ornaments to vintage stocking.

Incredible Lampwork Copper Metal Cranberry Swarovski Crystal Bracelet by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/8029036


Sterling Silver Turquoise and Pink Rhodonite Pendant by  

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/dianesdangles/2630538/sterling_silver_turquoise_and_pink_rhodonite_pendant/handmade/jewelry/pendants/gemstone

 

Recycled Wine Bottle Trivet with Embossed Butterfly Pattern by

 
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/ResetarGlassArt/7995702/recycled_wine_bottle_trivet_with_embossed_butterfly_pattern_handmade/handmade/housewares/kitchen/trivets

 

Fossil Coral Agate, Carnelian, Topaz Swarovski Crystal Beaded Bracelet by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/craftsofthepast/6735866/



Horse Petroglyph Handmade Necklace Turquoise Shell Southwest Jewelry by

 
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/8102707

 

Cobalt Nugget Large Hole Lampwork Glass Slider Bracelet Charm Bead Set by

 
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/covergirlbeads/191390/pandora_troll_biagi_style_lampwork_slider_bead_set_cobalt_aurae/handmade/jewelry/handmade_jewelry_supplies/beads

 

Flower Heart Bezel & Swarovski 5301 RoseCrystal .925 Sterling Earrings by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/3386834

Vulcan's Forge Red and Silver Dichroic Fused Glass Handcrafted Pendant by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/6551965

Vintage Knit Stocking Nutcracker Image Hand Knit Wool Yarn by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/8079138

Handcrafted Artisan Gold Bookmark with Green Beads and Gold Flowers by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/TheTwistedRedhead/8071837/handcrafted_artisan_gold_bookmark_with_green_beads_and_gold_flowers/handmade/paper_books/bookmarks/beaded

Mykonos blue dried baby breath flower glass tear drop bottle necklace by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/LittleApples/7375406/mykonos_blue_dried_baby_breath_flower_glass_tear_drop_bottle_necklace/handmade/jewelry/necklaces/glass

Hand Crocheted Dark Rose Heather Hat by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/craftingmemories/8142400/hand_crocheted_dark_rose_heather_hat/handmade/crochet/hats/cloche

Burgundy Yellow Fringe Lampwork Bead Necklace with Swarovski Crystals by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/bluemorningexpressions/1861650/necklace_fringe_lampwork_burgandy_rust_swarovski_seed_czech_beaded/handmade/jewelry/necklaces/lampwork

Royal Blue 100% Silk Tassel Fancy Antiqued Brass Handmade Earrings by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/specialtivity/8117004/royal_blue_100_silk_tassel_fancy_antiqued_brass_handmade_earrings/handmade/jewelry/earrings/fiber

Hand Knit Black and White Playful Plaid Dishcloth or Washcloth by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/hollyknittercreations/5360818/hand_knit_black_and_white_playful_plaid_dishcloth_or_washcloth/handmade/knitting/housewares/dish_cloth

Santa Softie Ornament, Gift Card Money Holder in Green or Red w/Gold by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/SewAmazin/8107292/santa_softie_ornament_gift_card_money_holder_in_green_or_red_w_gold/handmade/seasonal/christmas/decorations

Basket in Red and Green Geometric Stitch - Winter Color Decor OOAK by

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/rssdesignsinfiber/3512505/

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