Sunday, June 29, 2014

Giveaway from Bugaboo Bear Designs: 8x10 Chalkboard Art Design

Win a 8x10 Custom Chalkboard Art Design from Bugaboo Bear Designs.

Learn more about Amanda, the artist behind this great shop, here on yesterday's Saturday Artisan post.  
 

Here is an example:



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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest starts now and ends on July 16, 2014. Contest opens to to US and CANADA. Open to Legal Residents (18years of age or older). Don't forget to leave me a way to contact you. Entries without contact information will be disqualified. Entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified. Contest winner will be drawn on July 19th. Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by e-mail. Adorebynat is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prizes and in a timely manner. Winner must respond within 48 hours after being contacted otherwise another winner will be randomly selected. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Saturday Artisan: Bugaboo Bear Designs



Meet Amanda of  Bugaboo Bear Designs, our Saturday Artisan! 

I adore all Amanda's creations. who wouldn't? Her handwriting is simply beautiful and you truly get one-of-a-kind piece of art. Her chalkboard signs are amazing! She also recently makes cute hoop arts adorned with washi tapes and her beautiful letters. So pretty!

Let's get to know her a bit more, shall we?

 

Tell us a bit about yourself and what arts/ crafts that you make?

I'm a wife and Mom of two living in beautiful sunny Florida. I create custom art and decor for the whole home and special occasions. All hand drawn, hand painted and hand made. Nothing digital, copied or printed.

 



What is the story behind your shop name?  

My shop is named after my son. His nickname is Bugaboo Bear.

 



Who is your target market?

Women and Moms.

 



Which part of creation process that you enjoy the most?

I enjoy the sketching and writing done ideas part the most. My sketchbook goes with me everywhere. Sketching is a great creative outlet for me.



 

For us who love to travel, could you share a bit about your beautiful town/ city?

I live just outside of Tampa Florida. The Tampa Bay Area is beautiful with it's beaches, palm trees and amazing sunshine.
 

Could you share on how your organize your products, we all can use a little tips here and there in this department?

Each supply I use has it's own place. I store all my paper in scrapbooking boxes. My paint is stored in color order in an organizational caddy. I have a shelf in my garage where I store wood pieces. All my canvases are in a storage cabinet. My desk stores extra paper, sketchbooks, and my ink and pencils.
 

What is your best seller?

My various Chalkboard Designs.





How does your day go in general?

Being a Mom of two young ones, 5 and 2, they come first. I enjoy some activities with my kids in the morning as well as catch up on some business stuff online and go to the Post Office. During nap time and evenings once the kids are in bed is when I get my work done. And somewhere in there I find time to do laundry, clean and cook. Finding a balance between kids, my shop and household chores can be tough. 

How do you balance your personal and work life?

I'm thankful for an amazing husband who helps out with the kids if I need some extra time to work on orders. Some days it is overwhelming balancing everything. A break helps. Taking a day off really helps.
 

What inspires you?

Definitely my kids. I love modern inspirational design.





What is the key to success?

Hard work and dedication
 



Any advice for others running their on-line shop?

Time. Everything takes time. You cannot expect to have steady business at the beginning. Learn how to take fantastic photos of your products. And network. Get to know other small business owners and make connections.
 



What does handmade mean to you?

To me, handmade means love and passion. When something is made from someone's hands it means that they are passionate about what they do. They do what they love. Time and effort have been put into that product.
 



What is your favorite quote, song, or movie?

After all this time? ~Always (Harry Potter)


 



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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

MID-YEAR SALE

Sale is on just for a few days, so hurry!  :-)

Enjoy 30% off any order!



Below are just a few of what you can find at my shop.

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

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



http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/adorebynat/8637701/sock_monkey_welcome_door_sign_personalized_for_kids_party_celebration/handmade/seasonal/birthdays/decoration

Sock Monkey Welcome Door Sign Personalized for Kids Party Celebration



http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/adorebynat/9080661/eiffel_tower_paris_themed_party_invitations_in_pink_and_gray/handmade/paper_books/stationery/card

Paris Themed Eiffel Tower Party Invitations in Pink and Gray


http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/adorebynat/3099408/vintage_mother_goose_fairy_tales_children_story_book_handmade_tags_embellishment_-_set_of_9/handmade/paper_books/tags/gift

Vintage Mother Goose Fairy Tales Children Story Book Handmade Tags

Visit my Artfire shop and do not hesitate to contact me if you don't see what you are looking for. I love custom orders!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Spotted Tuesday: Puppy Inspired

Happy Tuesday!


Dog Gift Tags with Chevron Motif


I recently made these cute dapper dog tags and I maybe biased but I find them too darn cute. The chevron background added a modern touch to it. These doggie gift tags are available on my Artfire shop. Click on the image and it'll bring you to the listing. Furthermore, enjoy 30% off when you purchase these tags or anything in my shop. Simply use the coupon code MIDYEARSALE when you check out. Sale starts today to July 1, 2014.

Inspired by these cute puppy tags, I found some cute and pretty products on Artfire and Storenvy. They are perfect for dogs and their owners. Click on the images to go to the individual shop.



http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/ShadowDogDesigns/9561513/turquoise_flower_handmade_earrings_czech_glass_red_southwest_jewelry/handmade/jewelry/earrings/glass

Turquoise Flower Handmade Earrings Czech Glass Red Southwest Jewelry by ShadowDogDesigns



http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/jazzitupwithdesignsbynancy/7463225/ocean_teal_jasper_gemstone_aqua_glass_pearl_handbeaded_bangle_bracelet/handmade/jewelry/bracelets/beadwork

HandBeaded bangle bracelet Ocean Teal Jasper Gemstone Aqua Glass Pearl by jazzitupwithdesignsbynancy



http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/hollyknittercreations/8396509/embroidered_yorkie_hanging_dish_towel_with_hand_knit_button_topper_/handmade/housewares/kitchen/dish_towels

Embroidered Yorkie Hanging Dish Towel With Hand Knit Button Topper by hollyknittercreations



Polymer Clay Puppy Dog Animal Shaped Fake Gauge Stud Earring in Brown by DOTOLY - Unique Animal Jewelry



http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/artbysunfire/7292166/puppy_love_dog_print_index_card_memories_of_life_binder_364/handmade/paper_books/journals/mini

Puppy love dog print index card memories of life binder by 




Dog Bed by Garden and Pet




  http://www.storenvy.com/products/1995499-acu-kp-bow-tie

ACU KP Bow Tie by The Knotty Boutique Company



 
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Spotted Tuesday: Pretty and Hot


Happy Tuesday!
The weather lately has been a bit crazy over here. It's supposed to be hot and dry but the rain comes to visit recently, which I don't mind actually. I would rather be cold than hot. 

Outside is wet and cloudy and I thought choosing pretty and hot colors will brighten up my day and hopefully yours too. 

Here are some beautiful products found on Artfire and Storenvy, handmade and non-handmade. I love handmade products. I also support small businesses regardless they are handmade or not. I myself have a handmade shop and a non-handmade shop. Those keep me busy!

Check out these amazing shops! If you are looking for accessories for yourself or your little ones, these shops are worth checking out!

Hot Stuff kanzashi collage hair clip by Violetsbuds


 




  
Ruffled Hot Pink Polka Dot Panty Underwear with Black Lace by Flirt and Flair 




Quilted Black Chevron Duffle with Hot Pink by Lila Janes






Cute Funny Onesie by Celebrity Cotton

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Giveaway from HCM Creations: A Custom Letter

Win a custom letter of your choice from HCM Creations!
 
Heather is giving away one of her popular name letters!  She can do them in any color and designed in any theme, character, team or design you want. They stand 9 inches tall. 

Learn more about HCM Creations, the artists behind this great shop, here on yesterday's Saturday Artisan post.  




a Rafflecopter giveaway

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest starts now and ends on July 2, 2014. Contest opens to to US only with $3 Shipping). Open to Legal Residents (18years of age or older). Don't forget to leave me a way to contact you. Entries without contact information will be disqualified. Entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified. Contest winner will be drawn on July 3rd. Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by e-mail. Adorebynat is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prizes and in a timely manner. Winner must respond within 48 hours after being contacted otherwise another winner will be randomly selected. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

Don't forget to check out other current giveaway here.

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Here is how to apply.



Saturday, June 14, 2014

Saturday Artisan: HCM Creations



Meet Heather, our Saturday Artisan! Heather is the artist behind HCM Creations. I haven't gotten an opportunity to meet her personally but her answers to my interview questions has left me with an impression about how wonderful person she is. I can just tell that she is a super nice person and who would not want to get to know someone so nice, right? Plus, her creations are so beautiful! 

Get to know her more shall we? Those smiley face icons are all hers.


Tell us a bit about yourself and what arts/ crafts that you make?

I love to craft and create! I create hand painted (mostly custom) home decor that are a perfect addition for any room and unique gifts that your friends and family will love. I create painted wooden Letters, Signs, Glass frames, wine/pint glasses, and MORE! 


What is the story behind your shop name?  

I wanted my name to be something simple that could encompass many types of items and something that was easy to remember. HCM Creations was born from my initials and at first only covered painted signs, now it ranges from wood creations to glass and everything in between. If it can be painted, I can create it ;)



Who is your target market?

My target market is anyone who has a place to display wall or home decor as well as anyone in need of a custom or unique gift for any event :)  



Which part of creation process that you enjoy the most?

Painting, since it's almost 100% of my process, is what I enjoy most, making a photo or idea come to live for someone to hang in their home is an amazing feeling. I love seeing the finished product compared to the sketch :)



For us who love to travel, could you share a bit about your beautiful town/ city? 

I live in the Mountains of North Carolina and the weather is BEAUTIFUL! Sometimes it can be a little all over the place and some days you may find that it will be pouring one minute, then snowing the next, then sunny the next. You never know what you're going to get here :) If you want to experience every season to the fullest, then you need to live in the mountains of NC!

 



Could you share on how your organize your products, we all can use a little tips here and there in this department?

Unfortunately as much as I like to organize when I get going, I am a very messy person. I usually keep my paint in one area, brushes in another and products somewhere else so I know how much I have of everything, things have been a little chaotic lately. When I am on track I use small storage bins for everything, they keep things neatly stored without being all over the place.

 



What is your best seller?

My best seller are my custom name letters and name signs (both for children's rooms and Nursery's) I find that a lot of mom's LOVE custom stuff for baby and children's rooms and seem to sell these better than anything!



How does your day go in general?

Well, I work a 40+ hour day job on top of HCM Creations as well as a design business I started called Krafty Panda Designs so things stay busy in my life. When I am not at my full time job I spend my spare time working on any projects for HCM Creations and KPD when I am able.


 

How do you balance your personal and work life?

It gets stressful sometimes but then I remember how much I love everything I do and since HCM Creations started as a hobby, it really relaxes me and makes me happy to be making something special for someone.



What inspires you?

Everything! I can just be doing spreadsheets at work and an idea will just pop into my head! It's great :) I try to keep an eye on Pinterest and other businesses to get sparks of unique things I can try ( I NEVER copy anyone's work, I just use them as an idea to go off of and create something brand new!)
 



What is the key to success?

Patience and staying Positive:)


 


What does handmade mean to you?

Handmade to me means simply, anything you can make with your hands, glass can be molded with your hands and blown into wonderful creations, clothes can be sewn, knitted, crocheted and made all by hand, signs and home decor can be painted by hand or decorated with vinyl or modge-podge all of which can be done by hand. In my opinion, pretty much everything can be handmade and are usually in better condition than items that are made by machines.  



What is your favorite quote, song, or movie?

It would probably be impossible for me to choose just one, I love so many :D