Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Introducing Tiny Treats

Tiny Treats are small, sample sized versions of our regular products. Each month, we will offer one new item to try in the Tiny Treat size.

For January, the Tiny Treat is Hand Dyed Wool Floss. Oooh...Ahh...100% Merino wool thread is available in over 20 colors. Sorry, there's no choice of colors, but buy up to a quantity of 10, and we'll guarantee no duplicates!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

What We're Working On

Here's what we're working on this week:

New hand-dyed embroidery floss. Oh yes! 6 strand cotton, silk, bamboo, shimmer, and a perle cotton.

A Christmas Modern Crazies Kit

A Cottage Rose Modern Crazies Kit

New Fabric Treasure Bags

New colors of Mixed Media Treasure Tins

New sequins -- Santa, reindeer, Christmas Trees, snowflakes, and more!

New Paper Scrap Packs - themed packs of scrapbook paper in 4x6 or 6x6 inches.

We also have some new projects, new ideas, new contests, and new deals coming down the pipeline. Stay tuned!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Myth of Plastic Bins

We all use them for storage & organization. The question is, do they really work or are they a myth? What am I talking about? Plastic storage bins, of course!

I use them, but I don't really feel organized. In some aspects, I know they help me, but in other aspects, I feel like it's out of sight, out of mind.

This is some of my stash of yarn. It's all sorted by color, and the bins are stacked 5 or 6 tall. I do think that this helps with the organization of the overstock & stash, as I can easily go straight for whatever color I need. In fact, the yarn that's on top is what I had pulled out to cut. And, no, I don't need into the bins every time I make fibers. That's what this is for:

Oh yes -- this is organized! All sorted by color, so I can easily see what I have, what I want, and what I need. And yeah, that's an exercise bike that I use to hang stuff on. I prefer to think of the fibers as handlebar streamers.

However, when it comes to other items, I feel totally disorganized! This is a picture of one of my workrooms. In these bins, it's all fabric.

And it is totally disorganized. I've basically decided that I'm not sure it *can* be organized. I've tried sorting it by color - doesn't work. By type (quilters cotton, knit, silk, rayon, etc) that works better, but doesn't help when trying to put stuff together. By size - well, that was almost pointless. That only helped if I wanted to make something that needed a lot of yardage.

But, I'm told - we're all told - every time I go to the store that just a couple more bins, and it'll all become organized. It's like a siren's song, whispering in your ear "Take me home, I'll help you. Just a couple more, and it'll be organizational bliss."

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It's JUNE!

It's JUNE already. And it's already the 2nd of June. Where did the first half (okay 5/12s) of the year go? School's (mostly) out, it's almost summer, and the farmer's markets are open. Time just keeps slipping away!

Since it's June, I've got a few things to take care of here:

1.) For June, I'm running a special in my beckandcallgirl shop. Spend $20, and get a free Hey Shorty fibers, while supplies last. No need to add it to your cart, I'll add it to your order when I ship.

2.) The winner of the 99 Bottles giveaway is #11, InsanityKim. I'll be in touch shortly! She wins an item of her choice from SparkleCandy!

3.) I've got a bunch of goodies to share, from a ton of great sellers. Included in this will be some more fun giveaways. So stay tuned.

4.) Plus, if you have a blog, you can check out some soap from a new Etsy seller - fo' free! Nothing But Soap wants to get the word out about their goodies, and is sending sample sizes if you'll check out their soap & mention it.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

What Types of Magazines do YOU Read?

As I was at Borders today, looking around, I had a peruse through the magazines. As I was looking at them, I realized so many are so similar anymore, or they're re-running the same projects they've run for the past 5 years, in a different color.

I realize there's only so many ways to make an A-line skirt, a pair of earrings, or the basic principles of a journal, but the overall projects and articles seem so similar.

Sooo...I ask. What magazines do you read? If you'd take the poll, I'd be eternally grateful. Well, grateful for the next couple of weeks. And if you want to name names, leave a comment.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Rachel Rene

Awhile back, I bought a wide assortment of bath & body products from Rachel Rene. Included in this assortment was handmade soap, lip butter, body mousse, bath bombs, a lotion bar, and a brown sugar scrub.

The first thing I tried was the lip butter in Cucumber Melon. Her lip balm is to die for! It has to be one of the smoothest, creamiest lip balms I've ever used. And I'm a lip balm addict - I've tried just about every lip balm out there! And it's so pocketbook friendly.

The next thing I went for was the body mousse. It is delightful, as well. It looks like it's going to be heavy, but it's not! It's light as air, yet incredibly rich & moisturizing. I think it's perfect for summer.

For those rough spots that need a little more attention, check out the lotion bars. In all my years of buying fancy-schmancy beauty products (more than I care to admit), I'd never seen one of these! It's like lip balm for your body. I love it for my elbows & my feet in sandal weather when I'm between pedicures.

I've used scrubs my whole life - even when I was a kid. I don't know what it is, but there's just something about the texture & scooping it out of the jar that I love. However, I'd never used a brown sugar scrub. The texture is so fine that it gives a soft scrubbing, if that makes any sense. It makes me feel like I could use it every day, although I will not.

For those times when you need an extra bit of indulgence, try one of the bath bombs. It's at least as pampering as the giant bombs you get from some of the big companies.

If you're in the market for some high end b&b products that tread easily on the budget, check out Rachel Rene. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Monday, May 25, 2009

99 Bottles

What do you do with an abundance of liquor bottles? They're too good to toss into the recycling bin, and I just know they'd be great repurposed into ...something. What that something is, I don't know.

Maybe I should backtrack and explain a little. We have a bar. It's a small, little bar, but a bar nonetheless. And what do people do at a bar? They drink. Alcohol, generally. And what does booze come in? Really nifty, spiffy bottles!

And when crafty, creative people see nifty bottles, what do they do? They drag them home!

The pictures show about a week's worth of empties. Well, the more interesting ones, at least. The plain ones, they can go in the recycle bin.

Share your best tips & ideas in the comments.

One person will win a prize from Sparkle Candy on Etsy! A winner will be chosen randomly on June 1st, and be notified by the 3rd. So, be sure to leave some way for me to contact you!

You can earn extra entries by tweeting about this giveaway, blogging about this giveaway, and by following my blog. So, you can have up to 4 entries!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

New Image Gallery

Jayne has collected images & ephemera for years and years for use in our kits and sheets, as well as her own projects. Just ask about her fruit crate label collection - no, wait. Better not. There's thousands (literally) of them.

We (Jayne & I) decided to make available a small portion of the collection available on the Scrapscrap website. The only request is that you give a shoutout to the site if you enjoy the images.

Some images are hi-resolution, some are standard. Some have been cleaned up, some have not. All are great images!

New images are added randomly, and old ones are deleted randomly, as well. Check back often, and tell a friend.

You can click on the Scrapscrap link, & the link to the image gallery is under the information header.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

How Do YOU Shop?

As I was planning my Autumn/Winter marketing campaign (yes, it's actually that time of year!), I had a thought - why do you choose to shop the way you do? Specifically, why do you choose to shop from Etsy rather than websites?

Do you shop on Etsy because you're already there?

What would it take for you to buy from a website, rather than Etsy? Is it free shipping? A free gift? Something else?

Let me know in comments or email me using the link in the sidebar.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Revamped Mailing List

Since spring is a time of rebirth, I've been freshening everything up. The new & improved mailing list is ready. This is the best way to keep up to date on news, goings-on, specials, new products, and more.

Unfortunately, I cannot seem to embed the signup form here. I'm sure it has more to do with my ineptness, rather than any real issue with blogger.

Click either of these links to sign up:

In the next day or so, I'll get a link in the sidebar to sign up. Clicking the title of the post will take you there, as well.

EDIT: I finally got the widget to work. can sign up for the mailing list from here, too!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

First New Fiber - Scandia

It's that time of year -- we say goodbye to old friends and are introduced to new ones.

The first of the new fibers has been unveiled! Say hello to Scandia.

I've had this set made for some time, but never could find a name that fit. I was going through family photos, and found some from my Swedish grandmother's house. It was an epiphany!

Cherry reds, crisp whites, and shades of aqua are combined with just a touch of silver. These are more aqua/turquoise and much less royal blue than the pictures appear.

You can get them on Etsy or on my website

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

How Not to Kill Your Husband

I was watching the local news (ha!) last week, and they had the craziest story on. A woman was arrested for trying to kill her husband. With Visine. In his tea.

It's only funny, as the husband wasn't seriously injured, but you have to wonder about people sometimes.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sexy Steel

On Saturday, I found out I was featured on the Front Page of Etsy on Friday. Of course, this happened around lunchtime, and I missed it! These lucite beads, from VintageCallgirl, were featured.

Every other time I've been featured on the front page, I skipped over it. I always know the items look familiar, but rarely recognize them as my own. D'oh!