Dec 20, 2011

Creating from the Heart Giveaway

Would you like a $150 Gift Card from Michaels?

How about a Copic Air Brush Start System or a Copic Color Swatch Book?

Or maybe even a 36 Ciao Copic Market Set?

Just hop on over to Melissa's Creating from the Heart Blog to enter  http://keepsakesbymelissa.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-annual-end-of-year-christmas.html


Have a great day.

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Awesome Giveaways
-An almost clean house for holiday company
-Rice Pudding
-Grocery list (think turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, pie)
-A mild winter (of course most winters will be mild compared to last years)

Nov 28, 2011

Cyber Monday at UWIB

The UWIB, Unique Women In Business, Team is having a Cyber Monday Sale.  Use coupon code UWIBTEAM10 for 10% off anything in the featured shops.

UWIB is a very creative group of women.  You will find a great selection of items to purchase.  So join in on the fun!  Here's a treasury of ideas for you.


And that is just the beginning.  Here's another treasury with even more handmade gifts for your friends and family.

Happy Shopping!  And thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance
-A decluttered sewing room
-Lovely ETSY Treasuries
-UWIB Friends
-Sales and Bargains
-Walks with the dog

Nov 26, 2011

Cyber Sale at HandmadeMN!

Many of us at HandmadeMN are having cyber weekend sales!  Give something handmade this year!  Take some time and peruse through all of these shops and you're sure to find something on your list and perhaps something for yourself.

Thanks to Toni for writing this original blog post for the HandmadeMn team.
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by Toni of Wild Dog Studio

Don't miss the HandmadeMN Team Holiday Sale this weekend!

Spend your Black Friday weekend away from the crowds and the malls. Go shopping in the comfort of your own home, and most importantly Buy Handmade!

Many of our team members are participating in this weekend's Holiday Sale, with an incredible array of great gifts just waiting for you!

The sale runs from Friday through Monday. Here's a list of participating shops for your shopping pleasure...


Harvest Moon by Hand
Waldorf-inspired window stars; and hand-embroidered and eco-friendly felted toys
Sale Details: 15% off all items with coupon code MNsale


Wild Dog Studio
Fine Silver, Fused Glass and Recycled Glass Jewelry
Sale Details: 20% off all items with coupon code MNSale!


HandmadeBits4u
Microwave Bowl Potholders, Hand-Chenilled Potholders, Quilts, Bags, Totes, Wallets
Sale details: MNsale for 10% discount


Twistmo Wall Decals
Quick and easy way to decorate with a TWIST!
Sale Details: Up to 30% Off my original designs and wall words! No coupon needed.


Scissor Savvy
Journals, sketchbooks, albums, all made from vintage and recycled books
Sale details: 20%off with coupon code MNsale


Palettepassion
Hand painted silk scarves and accessories
Sale details: Free global shipping with coupon code MNSale


Glass Garden Designs
Handmade fused glass and beaded jewelry
Sale details: 20% off all items with coupon code MNsale, except Clearance items

Beatific Bijoux
Romantic, vintage-inspired jewelry
Sale details: 20% off with the coupon code MNsale


Miss B Accessories
Handcrafted hair accessories and belts for children
Sale details: 20% off all items with coupon code MNsale

Ododo Originals
Beaded flower hair clips and brooches
Sale details: 15% off, no code required

Earth Grown Crayons
Handmade Soy Crayons
Sale details: 15% off all items with coupon code MNsale

Mary Foster Creative
Flower photography prints, note cards, 2012 calendar
Sale details: Free US and reduced international shipping


Shaggy Baggy
Totes, handbags, buckets
Sale details: 30% of with code MNsale, Free shipping (no code needed)


Kept Fresh
Prints and Cards
Sale Details: 20% off all items with coupon code MNsale

Cheri C Meyer
Free Form Bead Weaving & Wire Wrapped Jewelry
Sale details: Free Shipping - no code required


KomfyKozy
Handmade jewelry and accessories
Sale details: Free shipping with coupon code MNsale


Light Reading
lamp shades
Sale details: 10% off with coupon code MNSALELR


A Handmade Princess
Knit goods
Sale details: 15% off all items with coupon code MNSALE20


Shanti Designs
Handmade yoga mat bags and accessories
Sale details: Free shipping and lavender sache with coupon code MNsale


Peas and Carrots Too
Aprons, bags, napkins, capes and more!
Sale details: Free shipping with coupon code MNsale


BathNBeads
Bath & Body Products, Jewelry
Sale details: 15% off use coupon code MNsale


Dragonfly Adornnments
Beaded gemstone jewelry and fused glass pendants
Sale details: 20% off all items with coupon code MNsale

Nov 12, 2011

Easy Peasy BNS (Buy and Stay) Round 3

Definition of Easy-Peasy: adjective meaning very easy

Definition of BNS
-Buy and Stay
-In Etsy Treasuryland, this means the 16 shops that are featured, stay in the treasury during the entire round of buying

Shopping Begins: The 3rd Round of the EasyPeasy BNS will be open for purchases the morning of Sunday November 13 at 8:00 CST.

The rules: Minimum buy is $4 (after any discounts and before shipping). You can buy anything in these 16 shops to qualify. The 1st 15 buyers will be featured in the EasyPeasy BNS Round 4 that starts Sunday November 20. When you make a purchase, leave a comment IN CAPS (so it catches my attention), with your Shop Name, the shop you bought from, what you bought, and the ETSY transaction id. (Leave the comment in the treasury comments, not here.) That's it! Simply Easy Peasy!

You will find the EasyPeasy BNS Round  4 here !


Thanks for stopping by

Rita

Today's Abundance
-An awesome day at the craft show
-Today's mild weather
-A terrific sister
-Rice pudding
-A quiet evening

Nov 5, 2011

Snowmen Stocking Stuffers

Now that it is November, craft show season is in full swing.  If there are any elves out there who haven't made the trek to the North Pole to help Santa, please let me know!  Shoppers are buying handmade goods like crazy so I will be spending the week restocking the inventory once again.

These delightfully cute Snowmen Stocking Stuffers have been super popular.   Beside being cute and being good sellers at craft shows, there are two other really good things about these Snowmen.  First, each has a minature Hershey's Chocolate Candy Bar in the middle.  Second, you can make these even when there is no snow on the ground!



Thanks to Splitcoaststampers for the inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by...

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Hershey's Chocolate - in any size or form
-Today's shoppers
-An extra hour tomorrow
-A warm, cozy kitchen
-Technology

Oct 29, 2011

I've Been Busy!!

This stack of Microwave Bowl Potholders says everything!  This was the "before" pile - that is before I went to today's craft show.  The stack is significantly smaller now.  So it is back to the sewing room to replenish the supply for next week's show.


Here is the description I use for my ETSY listings:

Warming up some soup? Making oatmeal? Having some leftovers for lunch or dinner? Are you tired of wrestling those hot bowls/containers from the microwave? Here's a new kind of microwave potholder - a Microwave Bowl Holder that will make this task much easier on the hands!.

This Microwave Bowl Potholder has two layers of of a special Microwave 100% cotton batting on the inside and 100% cotton coordinating fabric on the outside.  Just nestle your bowl/container inside the potholder, put both in the microwave, and easily remove when your food is done without getting your fingers hot.

Like ice cream but would prefer not to get cold hands while eating? Just put the bowl of ice cream (or perhaps the ice cream container itself) in the bowl and enjoy your ice cream without get chilly fingers!


These make great gifts for everyone on your list!

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Microwave Bowl Potholders
-Another good craft show
-A nice fall day (unlike the snowy northeast)
-Fabric, thread, and sewing machine
-A sleeping puppy cuddled up beside me

Oct 28, 2011

EasyPeasy BNS (Buy and Stay) Preview

Definition of Easy-Peasy:  adjective meaning very easy

Definition of BNS
   -Buy and Stay
   -In Etsy Treasuryland, this means the 16 shops that are featured, stay in the treasury during the entire round of buying

Shopping Begins:  The 1st Round of the EasyPeasy BNS will be open for purchases the morning of Sunday October 30 at 8:00 CST.  

The rules:  Minimum buy is $4 (after any discounts and before shipping).  You can buy anything in these 16 shops to qualify.  The 1st 15 buyers will be featured in the EasyPeasy BNS Round 2 that starts Sunday November 6.   When you make a purchase, leave a comment IN CAPS (so it catches my attention), with your Shop Name, the shop you bought from, what you bought, and the ETSY transaction id.  (Leave the comment in the treasury comments, not here.)  That's it!  Simply Easy Peasy!

And here is a preview of EasyPeasy BNS Round 1!

Oct 30 Update:  The Easy Peasy BNS - Round 1 Treasury is now open!


A big thanks to all of the UWIB, Unique Women in Business, members who volunteered for the 1st round!

Thanks for stopping by

Rita

Today's Abundance
-BNS - Buy and Stay treasuries
-UWIB - a great Etsy Team
-The Color Red
-The fun of finding the right gift for each and every person on your list
-A laid back, easy peasy day

Oct 16, 2011

Joyful Expressions

Starting Thursday an exciting new shop is opening in Hudson, WI - it is just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  It is stocked with all kinds of handmade Fall gifts, art, and home decor when it opens to the public this Thursday.  You'll find moszics, photography, paper art, soap, blown glass, scarves, jewelry, home decor, cards, journals, stained glass, and much, much more! 



Photo by Vickie Armstrong

Find some time to stop by.... you won't be disappointed!  And watch for their Christmas show towards the end of November!

Rita

Today's Abundance
-A productive day in the sewing room
-Fall weather - breezes, a slight chill, and leaves crunching under foot
-Puffed Apple Pancakes
-A working internet (it's the pits when it gets flaky)
-Sweatshirts and fleece jackets

Oct 5, 2011

Breast Cancer Blog Hop

Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are having a Breast Cancer Blog Hop over these next few days. Here are a couple of my cards that have been made with The Angel Company stamps and paper (sigh, they have closed their doors, but I still love this particular stamp set).  You may have seen these in an earlier post.  I intended to create some new cards, but life just got in the way......



Thanks for stopping by...

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Fall colors
-Beautiful deep red and rust mums
-Blue skies, a few wispy clouds, and light breezes
-Temperatures nearing 90 (normal temps for October are in the 60s)
-Milling about with good friends

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Sep 23, 2011

It's Fall

Welcome to fall! This is the season of brightly colored leaves, pumpkins, corn stalks, scarecrows, apples, apple cider, Halloween, and Thanksgiving! So a few of us are celebrating the day with a fall card blog hop!

I turned to my Cricut and Cuttlebug folders to make this cute little pumpkin card. I used the pumpkin on the Create a Critter cartridge, copied a second one, flipped it, and then welded the two pumpkins together. I embossed both the pumpkin and the leaf. The next step was to stamp the sentiment and punch it out with an oval punch. And finally I used brown ink to add a bit of distressing around the edges.

Please join me in hopping around to view these wonderful fall creations!


Thanks for stopping by...

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Pumpkins
-Fall
-Brightly Colored Leaves
-Mums
-Apples

Handmade Soaps

I'm no expert by any means when it comes to handmade soaps. I buy them because they smell good, they look fabulous, they make for great gifts, and they are made from natural ingredients. And I also buy handmade soaps because I do enjoy supporting fellow Etsians! And since it is getting close to holiday gift giving time, I thought I would start spreading the word!

One of my favorite soap makers is Andrea from Sacred Suds. She is a fellow HandmadeMN team member and an awesome soap maker.  On her ETSY profile, Andrea articulates her Sacred Suds mission.  It is "to provide soulful soaps that help channel positive energies into your life. The soaps are inspired by goddesses, gods, yoga, the natural elements, and earth-based spiritual paths."  How insightful!  Andrea's Pumpkin Spice soap is now available - I can't wait for my mine to arrive!  Doesn't this photo just ooze cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and everything else that comes with Pumpkin Pie?


Cory of AquarianBath has a nice selection of handmade soaps including unscsented sea salt soaps for acne skin types and fabulous shampoo bars.  Cory is an herbalist, organic gardener, and a soap maker.  And I must say, it is so much fun to wash one's hair with a shampoo bar rather than the same old liquid from a plastic container!  Here is Cory's Aloe Shampoo Bar with Rosemary, Lavender and Mint.



And my latest handmade soap find is from Kim of dirtydivasoaps.  The Dirty Diva Soap Company is a small family business in western Maryland.  The soaps are mixed by hand and are made with natural oils and butter.  This photo caught my eye and the first paragraph of the product description sealed the deal: "This is for one cold processed bar of Boston Lager Sam Adams Beer Soap Made with 2 bottles of Sam Adams beer , minus a sip or two as the soapmaker was......eh... sampling the product, ahem...just a little."  Beer in any form is good!!


Have a favorite handmade soap product? 

Thanks for stopping by...

Rita

Today's Abundance
-All of the Etsians who make Handmade Soap, it's becoming one of my newest vices!
-Beer
-Fall
-Pumpkin pie, cinnamon sticks, and the anticipation of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy
-The end of another week and the beginning of another weekend

Sep 22, 2011

HandmadeMN Fall Market


Toni, Suz, Renae and myself of HandmadeMN are shepherding the HandmadeMn Fall Market scheduled for October 22.  We have consumed coffee, lemonade, bagels, cookies, salads, and sandwiches at Panera as we planned, budgeted, scheduled, laughed, and laughed some more.  Highlights of our activities include:

  VFW Contract signed 
  Applications received, juried, fees and ST-19s collected from the 45 team members that will be part of the market
✔  Sponsors and Grants Secured
✔  Logos, Postcards, Posters, Programs, Passports designed, approved, and have been/being printed
✔  Team donations for Giveaways and Swag Bags received 
✔  Advertising planned - print, online, radio, press kits
     
We have a few more volunteers to pin down; along with the last minute planning and attention to the little details that will make for a successful show.  Oh yeah...  we are also madly designing and creating product for the show!  Hope to see you there....


What:  HandmadeMN Fall Market
When:  October 22   10am - 5pm
Where:  Ballentine VFW - 2916 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis

Thanks for stopping by

Rita

Today's Abundance
-The generosity of HandmadeMN Team Members - their time and their talents
-The opportuity to work with Toni, Suz, and Renae - it's been a blast
-Bonding time with the sewing machine this afternoon
-Warm jackets for windy fall days
-Kindle eBooks in public library - yeah

Sep 16, 2011

Our Furry Friends

I never tire of making treasuries that have an animal theme!   I have a cat and a dog that bring me endless hours of joy.  I really love all of our 4 legged furry creatures whether they are large or small or in between.  Ooops, we do need to exclude all of those rodents from that love though - unless they are Mickey and Minne!  Mickey and Minnie are good rodents!  And we have a number of animal lovers in the UWIB Etsy Team.  You will find dogs and cats and moose and horses and more!

Check them all out here...


Please show us your favorite furry friend!



Thanks for stopping by...

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Cats
-Dogs
-Purring
-Barking
-The joy of having a special 4 legged friend in your life

Sep 15, 2011

Birthday Boy

Here's a quick card I made for a Birthday Boy!  The image is colored with Copics and framed with one of my many Nestabilities.  I finished it with a few black brads and a Happy Birthday greeting.


So I have the card.  Now what about the gift?  What suggestions do you have? 



Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Fall like weather (better than heat and humidity)
-A good day with a good friend
-Puffed Apple Pancakes
-An afternoon nap
-Life long learning

Sep 5, 2011

Reindeer Kisses

It's Labor Day 2011!  The weather outside has a hint of fall in it.  The temps are only in the 60's.  It is a day for long sleeves; the short ones just won't do!  The last couple of evenings have been chilly enough to require a light jacket.  And in the last 2 days I've seen and heard a flock of geese overhead - the are getting ready for the flights to warmer weather.  The transition from summer into fall, and then fall itself, is my favorite time of the year!

And after fall, comes winter, snow, holidays, celebrations, gift giving, and the annual ritual of sending out cards.  And I do  believe this cooler weather has nudged the creative juices to think that way too!  I pulled out my Cricut, loooked through my cartridges and stamps, and this is the result!

 I used the Winter Wonderland Cricut Cartridge, Christmas Memories and Background Soup stamp sets (The Angel Company), Tim Holtz's Kraft Resist Paper, kraft and brown card stock, red scrappers floss, and a red pearl.

And not only did I make 1 card, but I made a total of 10!


And may the end of your summer bring you good memories and the upcoming fall season bring you abundant blessings!

Thanks for stopping by...

Rita


Today's Abundance
-The sight of geese flying through the air
-Cool air, perfect for trimming those bushes outside
-The Cricut
-A decluttered craft room - oh the stuff that went in the garbage, that has sold, and that is waiting to be sold
-Open windows and neighborhood noises

Aug 28, 2011

So Long, Goodbye, Farewell...

For the last year and a half Shirley Hotop and I have been co-hosting blog hops for PaperWings, an online forum for demonstrators from The Angel Company that is run by the demonstrators themselves.

Sadly, The Angel Company announced last week that they were going out of business. Since then the days have been filled with disbelief, tears, denial, disorientation, acceptance, and all of those other feelings triggered with a  major loss.

The Angel Company, along with owners Mischelle and Kevin Smith, have been like an extended family to many of us. We've laughed together, cried together, celebrated together, and I suppose, even at times we've been mad at each other.   But overall we've been a group of creative beings that were drawn to The Angel Company because of the heart and soul that Mischelle poured into it year after year. As many have said, her dreams became our dreams.

Rather than dwelling on our shattered dreams today, Shirley and I decided that we really needed to celebrate The Angel Company and Mischelle by hosting one last Paperwings Blog Hop. We have a tremendous turnout; so grab a few (well, maybe a lot of)  Kleenexes, get comfortable, and be prepared to take a celebratory trip down memory lane! 

Cuddly Pug was (and still is) one of my favorite stamps. It also has a special place in my heart because it was my first card that was published in a magazine (Simply Sentiments, June/July 2006).


This Tiger Card was one of my first Angel Company Contest Winners.  The reward -  free stamps, lots of free stamps!!


And imagine my surprise when another of my contest entries ended up on The Angel Company's Home Page in August 2009!  What a thrill!  I had so much fun making this Back-to-School paper backpack and little Mini Albums  for Writing, Reading, and Arithmetic that used the Lilly Anna paper collection.


And since Halloween is coming up, here's Delightfully Spooky!


And last but not least is One of A Kind.  And I think the name of this stamp set sums it all up!  The Angel Company was One of A Kind; it had heart and soul.  It was like a family, with all of the goodness and all of the warts that come with a family.  I am and I will continue to miss it.  I will also miss my fellow demonstrators.  While we are trying to find ways of staying in touch, it is going to be an adjustment as we each decide what path to take next.  It has been an honor, and a privilege, to know each and everyone of you!


Best wishes to everyone.  May all of you find new dreams, new paths, new journeys.  Safe travels everyone.  It's been an awesome adventure!

For more tributes and more memories, please visit all of the links below my "Today's Abundance" list.  Thanks for stopping by once again!

Rita

Today's Abundance
-The Angel Company, Mischelle and Kevin Smith, Kevin Jr. (a.k.a. Boy), Sophie, Kathy, and Mary
-The Angel Company Customer Service personnel (past and present), they were awesome, they were the best
-Debbie Rivers, a TAC employee, who inspired my Today's Abundance List that I have include at the end of my blog posts since mid-2007
-All of The Angel Company Demonstrators
-Tributes, Memories, and Celebrations


More Tributes and Memories for Mischelle and The Angel Company
Julie:     http://juliesstamppad.blogspot.com/
Seleise:     http://www.amethystcat.blogspot.com/
Rita W.     http://handmadebits4u.blogspot.com/
Donna:     http://lakesidestamper.blogspot.com/
Chan:     http://purpledfly.blogspot.com/
Mary:     http://www.marysangelinspirations.blogspot.com/
Angela K.     http://www.angelakelley.blogspot.com/
Laura:     http://www.thecraftysister.com/
Barbara:     http://www.stampingwiththekamperstampr.blogspot.com/
Trudy:      http://www.trudystreasures.blogspot.com/
Shirley:          http://glitteredpaws.blogspot.com
Wendy: http://wendyswhimsyandwit.blogspot.com/
Carol:      http://stampincarol.blogspot.com/
Rita K.      http://ritasangels.blogspot.com/
Chelsea:      http://inkystamps.blogspot.com/
Kim:      http://angelatmydoor.blogspot.com/
PaulaKay      http://www.angelstampingwithpk.blogspot.com/
Ginger:      http://rubberstamped.blogspot.com/
Teresa:      http://mamapickle.blogspot.com/
Maria:      http://www.meastamper.blogspot.com/
Angie:     http://www.creativeinkspirations.com/
Deb Miller:      http://www.creamcityangels.blogspot.com/
Diana:     http://memorycrafter.blogspot.com/
Betty G.:     http://www.stampinteacher.com/
Christine:     http://christines-creativetherapy.blogspot.com/
Sandy A.     http://inkingofyou.blogspot.com/
Char:      http://pawsn2stamp.blogspot.com/
Diane H.     http://www.thesmilinstamper.blogspot.com/
Chris F.     http://allamericanstampers.blogspot.com/
Stacy     http://www.stacysangelcreations.blogspot.com/
Rita H.     http://www.ritaholmes.blogspot.com/

So Long, Goodbye, Farewell...

Aug 20, 2011

Rusty and Midnight - My Favorite Animals of All Time

It is time for our UWIB, Unique Women In Business, monthly blog hop once again!  The theme this month is one near and dear to my heart - it's all about the animals!

Rusty my dog and Midnight my cat are my favorite animals of all time!  Rusty is the outgoing one.  Midnight is less so; although, he can make his presence known with his somewhat shrill, irritating meow.  Rusty demands more attention.  Both scheme day in and day out how to get outside when the weather is nice.  Midnight settles for the window sills when they are open.  Rusty gets his daily walks, although he would love to go on them without the leash!

The two of them nap together, spat together, ignore each other, and can (if they want) play nicely together! It's hard to catch them both in the same camera shot, but I did manage to snap these photos awhile ago.  I think they are so adorable!





Thanks for stopping by....

Rita

Today's Abundance
1.  Friends
2.  Dogs and Cats
3.  Fresh potatoes and beets from the Farmers Market
4.  Scrapbooking - making an album for a very special person
5.  Lunch - think I better go make something!

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