Wednesday, May 28, 2014

My Newest Brand, Hired Help & my Etsy Sale!

  Do you struggle with "clutter" at your house as much as I do?  I get so overwhelmed sometimes with all my clutter, and don't know what to do with it all.  I also get overwhelmed with all that there is to do to take care of my home, and unfortunately there is no one to help. It's been almost 5 years since my husband's accident, and death, and we didn't have children so there's just me.  I am responsible for everything, including making sure grass is mowed, gardening, house is clean and everything else that comes with owning a home.   I have had "several" handy men in the last 5 years, doing lots of odd jobs, and none of them worked out for one reason or another. Finally, for the summer,  I have hired a " handy woman". My best friend's daughter is home from college, and needed a job, so I have hired her to work 8-10 hours a week. She has done a lot in  in just 3 short days, she has cleaned and organized half of my basement - a HUGE job, did spring cleaning in the kitchen, weeded my flower garden, planted some herbs, edited & taken pictures for my business, and more. She will be helping me with other various jobs as they come along this summer. My goal was to clean the basement this past winter, but it was just too COLD down there.  Anyway, I am excited about getting some things done around here, she is also good at organizing, and good with a hammer & nail, so she will be very such a blessing to have around.

You might notice the picture at the top, this is my new line of drawstring  "backpacks."  Although, this one has lightweight webbing, not cord, and it has a heavyweight orange lining.  I'm going to be making more of these and also more messenger bags of different fabrics.  There are a few new items pictured also, the denim tote with the German boy & girl on the side,
and butterfly handbag.
 Planning to make some beach bags, so if you need one and have a special request let me know.  I will be doing tote style, and drawstring style like the tropical fish bag pictured.  Note : this one is small but would be great for a kid's bag.  All these items will be on Etsy or my web site soon!
 I am having a SALE on Etsy.  Get $3 off any $15 purchase!  Use coupon code:  LATESPRINGSALE3  at checkout to get discount.  If you have any questions, please do no hesitate to send me a message through Etsy or to my e-mail address or "Contact Me on my web site!

I almost forgot!  I had a giveaway to celebrate 200 Facebook likes.  The winner was Gina Painter -she will receive a $20 gift card!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

$20 Gift Card Giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
To celebrate my 200 likes on Facebook, I am giving away a $20 gift certificate for Becky's Pillow Shop.  This will run for a week through next Sunday.  You need to answer the question to enter, then you can enter up to 4 more times for more entries!   Click on the the link to enter.  Rafflecopter will pick a random winner!

To see a lot of my items :  There are several other items not listed on Etsy, as well, but will be adding more as the week goes on!   

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

My Un-happy Birthday, & A Very Cool Vendor Event

Last week was my birthday.  A friend took me out a couple days early to eat and I had a wonderful meal, but it was a type of fish I had never eaten before.  I'm still not sure if it was the fish  or the chocolate lava cake,  but something  made me violently sick and I was up all night Monday night.  My birthday was on Wednesday & I had planned to go to Berkeley Springs, one of my favorite places, and have lunch with a friend who just moved there.   Unfortunately, I was stuck on the couch all week, and couldn't eat much of anything much less birthday cake!   I felt like horrible and  by the end of the week my legs felt like jello I was so weak. I didn't want to do " anything."  I couldn't read, sew, design  and  I had to force myself to get on my computer to see all my Facebook birthday wishes.   Thank you if you wished me a Happy Birthday!  I finally settled for watching TV  and fortunately, I just upgraded my cable, and I found some great Hallmark movies! I finally went to the doctor on Friday, and he said to treat like food poisoning with Pepto Bismol.  Yum Yum!  Ugh!
   On Saturday, I finally felt half way human again and started preparing for my vendor event for May 10.  I am really excited about this event and am honored that I was asked and "approved" by the Board.  I will be a visiting craft vendor at the "Purcellville Town Market" on Saturday, May 10.  I've been working very hard this week making lots of Mother's Day gifts, including shopping bags, handbags, pillows, aprons, and more. I have lots of new items that haven't been listed in my Etsy store yet.  The Purcellville Town Market is a farmer's market with lots of unique vendors, which not only includes produce, but also has bakeries, florists, organic meat, and more. For more information you can go to :
There is even a short video showing the vendors and what they make.   The Market is from 9am -1pm and the address is 130 E. Main St., Purcellville, VA.  Hope to see you there! 

 Pictured above  is a display of my shop, and below are some of my new items for this event.  

 Also this week I am having a 10% off  $10 or more Sale in my Etsy shop, but it only lasts until midnight tomorrow. May 9.  Use coupon code: MOMSDAYSPECIAL10