Monday, August 29, 2011

Mulva Monday!

Movie Star Mulva - Take 1

I have a dog.  Her name is Mulva.  I find her fun and full of personality!  So, I've decided to blog about her from time to time on Mondays and make her feel special:)
A little background:  Mulva is an Italian Greyhound (a miniature greyhound).  She's about 15 lbs., full grown, and will be turning 4 on October 1st!  We have conversations, Mulva and I.  She is quite wise and full of aspirations!
Today, I'll share a bit of "Movie Star Mulva" with you.  Although she hasn't been called by Steven Spielberg yet, she is taking some time to build her repertoire.  She has played a few roles in some low-budget films (and by low-budget, I really mean home movies:).  She is hoping one day to be noticed for her talents and abilities and offered her first big break!  Her first work is below for you.  She played a small role, but definitely made the movie.  Some friends "sweded" The Neverending Story a couple of years ago, and they chose Mulva to play the villain.  And, what a villain she was!  Watch for her near the end, and you'll see Movie Star Mulva at the beginning of her journey to stardom!  Be on the lookout for more Mulva Mondays to see what else she's been up to!

P.S. If you don't know what "sweded" means, just watch Be Kind Rewind with Mos Def and Jack Black! 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Adventures in Crafting!

So, I've been trying some new things lately.  I am not a seamstress.  About two years ago, I thought I would try to take up sewing.  My awesome mother-in-law gave me her sewing machine, and I bought my first pattern.  It was a purse - a "beginner" pattern.  It wasn't that great of an experience...  I did complete the purse, and I used it for quite some time.  However, it took me and my husband (yes, he was kind enough to help me) over 8 HOURS to complete!!  Needless to say, I gave the sewing machine back to my mother-in-law:)

Now, here I am, two years later, giving it another go!  I got the sewing machine back and this time started with something a bit smaller - a clutch.  I bought a pattern on etsy, instead of a craft store (which is WAY easier to go through and understand), and I told myself I was going to have a good attitude about this, no matter how long it took.  And guess what - I'm making clutches now!

Tweed Clutch -

First, I want to give props to  Her patterns are SUPER easy to follow, and she doesn't use a bunch of "sewing" jargon.  Also, her nickel-free metal frames are the best, and I'm officially hooked! 

Next, I want to point out that I am not really even a "beginner" sewer (well, I guess I could call myself a beginner now), and the first time making this clutch took me about 3 hours from start to finish.  I've made 4 now, and now it takes me about an hour and 20 minutes, so I'm making progress!

Finally, I want to encourage everyone out there to try new things.  Because I tried something new, I'm adding to my shop and broadening my etsy seller scope.  Plus, it encourages me to not get stuck in a rut.  Next on the agenda - pillows!  My husband and his brother are going to start screen printing (yep, we bought a Yudu)!  I am so looking forward to all the fun:) 

Here are my other fun clutches:

Charcoal Clutch -
Navy Floral Clutch -

Nautical Clutch (not yet listed)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Treasury Time!

Okay, so I normally list a treasury on Tuesday, but this week, it's happening on Friday:)  I've got 2 for you!  The first is one I created for a challenge team I'm on.  Each week, you are given an inspiration item to build a treasury around - it's super fun!  If you're interested in joining the challenge, here's the team site:
Next, we have one I just created for funsies:)  Enjoy!

'The Lady in Armor' by impactjewelry

Join the challenge!

Road Warrior Harnes...

Antique Gold Metall...

Silver and Brass Ri...

WARRIOR Beaded Blac...

Auchenai Sunset: Ea...

Heart of Darkness -...

Z402 - Black Mask -...

Labradorite Faceted...

Training Sword Prac...

handmade vintage co...

Dragon Scale Handfl...

The Countess collar...

Bronze Helmet Greek...

body chain harness,...

MINIATURE Hand-Made...

Greek Bronze Horse ...

'Eat, Drink, and Be Merry' by impactjewelry

I love doing all three:)

Eat, Drink & be Mer...

Liam - The Woodland...

Now, Voyager Knitte...

100 Balloon Embelli...

Giraffe Music Note ...

Eat Sign for Kitche...

Green Teapot Flour ...

Rainbow Magic - Cer...

Matcha Black Curran...

Strawberry vanilla ...

Drink - Printed on ...

Green Velvet Chocol...

Vintage Primary Col...

two green monsters....

Green Peacock Feath...

be merry

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August Etsy Deals!

Today, I wanted to share some great deals!  My Promo Frenzy Team is having a Mega Promo Frenzy Special!  You can save up to 30% - check out these stores for their specials and details:)  My special is 15% off all purchases (  Enjoy the deals!!

1) (Beaded Jewelry - Gemstone jewelry) - 15% off all items over $20

2) (Handcrafted Button, Pearl and Crystal Jewelry) - 30% off all items over $20

3) (Soap, Cream Soap, Bath Salts, Custom Soap Favors, Scrub) - 25% off orders over $10 (some exclusions apply)

4) - 20% off everything in the shop


6) (Crystal Tumblestones, Jewelry & 3D Decoupage Cards) - 'Summer Special Offer' section - items already reduced plus buy 2 or more of my 3D Decoupage Cards and receive 10% Discount (refunds via paypal)

7) (Handmade Crocheted Afghans, Accessories, and More) - 20% off all orders

8) (Fine art, photography, pendants, coasters, magnets) - 20% off everything Plus free gift Plus entry in to a draw for a voucher to my shop

9) (magnetic spice kits, cocktails, BBQ dry rubs & popcorn) - 5% off everything in the shop

10) (Handmade Bead Dangle Drop Charms, Trinity Brass, Beads) - 20% to 25% off Lampwork Beads, Sterling Silver and Polymer Clay Beads (no coupon coded needed, I am using etsyonsale)

11) (Fine Art Note Cards and Prints) - 15% off these sections - BLANK CARD SETS, MATTED CARDS and FRAMED CARDS (also using etsyonsale, no coupon)

12) - Use coupon code frenzyspecial for 10% off any purchase $8 & UP PLEASE

13) (Sterling silver jewelry with swarovski crystals & more) - 15% off entire purchase, NOT INCLUDING destash which is already super cheap

14) - 15% off everything in my shop, does not include custom orders

15) (CUSTOM party/shower favors are our specialty!) - 15% off any order over $10, before shipping with team code.

16) - 15% off everything in shop

17) (MONA'S HANDCRAFTED GIFTS & QUILTS) - 15% off everything in my shop

18) - 10% discount on orders $20 and under, 15% discount on orders over $20

19) (Linda B's Beaded Jewelry Judaica & Accessories) - 10% off of all combined purchases over $15 dollars (except destash and paper items)

20) (Crocheted accessories for you and your home!) - 20% off everything in my shop

21) - 20% off everything over $30.

22) (Drawings on Paint Samples) - 20% off everything in shop before shipping

23) (Vintage Dictionary Art Prints On Repurposed Book Pages) - 20% off everything in shop before shipping

24) (Bloom & Bling Accessories) - 15% off everything in shop before shipping

25) (Handmade Modern Bracelets, Necklaces, Earrings, Rings) – 15% off any order $20 and up (excluding shipping)

26) (Crochet and Knit Baby Hats and Accessories) – 20% off any order $20 and up (excluding shipping)

27) (Artisan handmade Jewelry) - 15% off any order.

28) (Fun, Simple & Stylish Clothing and Jewelry Designs) - 20% off on any item in shop (sale price already applied! no need for a coupon code!)

29) (Jewelry Supplies & Parts, Zippers, Fabric Flowers) - 15% off on any item in shop.

30) (Crochet Hats, Scarves, Photo Props & More) - 25% off your purchase.

31) (Hand Crafted Jewelry with Vintage Soul) - 15% off purchase of $20 or more (excluding shipping)

32) - 15% off purchase before shipping

33) - 10% off photography prop orders (before shipping). Buy three patterns get one free.

34) (Crystal Gayle Photography ~ Fine Art Photography) - In stock section is 30% off. (Prices already reduced via etsyonsale).

35) (SALE ~ Unique Custom Jewelry Designs by Cindy Did It!) - use FRENZYSPECIAL to enjoy 20% off

36) (Romantic Thoughts & Treasures) - 15% OFF everything in shop, before shipping

37) (Handmade jewelry and accessories) - 15% off all purchases (before shipping)

38) (Kater's Acres: Polymer Clay Trinkets & Treasures) - 10% off store prices before shipping

39) (A variety of handmade creations for self expression) - 10% off everything in our shop

40) (Wirework and Wire Wrapped Jewelry) - 15% off everything in our shop before shipping

41) - 20% off everything in our shop OR Free shipping on orders $20 or more (order must still be $20 or more once coupon is applied)

42) (Trinkets N Whatnots Beading Supplies, Gemstones, Pearls) - 15% off of all orders over $25 dollars!

43) (Artisan Lampwork Beads and Jewelry by Lori Bergmann) - up to 20% off all my in-stock jewelry designs (no coupon needed, prices already reduced)

44) - 15% off of all orders

45) - 10% off all orders

46) -25% off any item (before shipping and DOES NOT include clearance items).

47) ~Kelly Designs~ 20% off all PreMade Logo Designs! Prices already
reduced, no coupon needed :)

48) - 25% off any order $10 or more!

49) - 25% off any order $10 or more!

50) - 25% off anything in "ready to ship" section plus free gift

51) - 15% off everything!

52) - 5% off everything over $25. All orders receive FREE my eBook, "Vintage Ice Creams".

53) - 20% off all orders of $15 or more (before shipping)

54) - 20% off selected items in "MegaPromoFrenzySpecials" section.--- use coupon code "Frenzyspecial"

55.) - 15% off all orders over $20 (excluding shipping). Use coupon code "Frenzyspecial"

56) - free shipping for the month of aug plus a free gift! Just enter coupon code "frenzyspecial"