Wednesday, August 20, 2008

And the August winner is...

Sorry it has taken me a few days to get this posted! I have been busy, busy! But, finally, I have the winner of my very first giveaway for the Go Green cell phone/ipod lanyard - Layla! Congrats to her, and I will be sending out an email to let her know.

Thanks to everyone who participated! It was a great turnout, and I appreciate each and every one of the views and compliments. Since I sold out of the other 2 lanyards I had in stock, I would say this was a success! I am still taking custom orders for them and have a couple I just finished that will soon be posted to my Etsy store.

I will be holding giveaways monthly, but am not sure how September is going to go. I have a couple of features coming up on other blogs that will involve giveaways, and those may be it for the next month. But I will be sure to post the links here, so check back!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Summer Survival Sale!

I am having a sale! I decided I should help all those parents and grandparents celebrate their survival of a busy, fun, and looong summer vacation - and the beginning of school - with a sale! So go ahead, treat yourself, or even begin your holiday shopping! Good through noon EST on Thursday, I am offering a 15% discount on your total purchase, PLUS free shipping. This is a fantastic deal, so come do some shopping! Enter the code RELIEF 2 in the message area when you order to get your discount!

Mark your calendars, locals!

Would you like to see my items in person? Let me tell you, photos just cannot do some of my jewelry justice. You need to see and feel these lovelies to get the full effect.

If you live in the central IL area, you are in luck! I will be setting up shop at the Flea Market/Craft Show at Progress City in Decatur, IL on Sept 7 (located just north of Richland Community College). I will also be at the Third Sunday Market at the Interstate Center in Bloomington, IL on Sept 21. Hope to see you there!

Can't make it this time? I will be doing more shows over the next few months, and I will be sure to add the dates here, so keep checking back!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Treasury: Metallica

Finally!! I got my very first Treasury on Etsy! I am super excited, and I am very happy with how it turned out.

If you don't know what an Etsy Treasury is, you need to check it out! This is an area where Etsy members can spotlight a selection of their favorite items on the site, and they are usually arranged in themes. Really great treasuries are used on the front page of the site, and bring big traffic to the members featured.

My treasury is titled "Metallica" and it features jewelry pieces made of, you guessed it, metal! I tried to choose items that were completely devoid of any other materials. The result? An edgy, stripped-down kind of treasury. There are some really great items in there, so go have a look!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

My first giveaway!

I have decided it is time to do my first giveaway here on my new blog! I will be holding a drawing for the cell phone lanyard pictured here. If you would like to read more about why this lanyard is really great, you can visit my thread here: .

To enter, all you have to do is visit my Etsy shop at and choose an item you love. Come back here and leave a comment on this post telling me what you chose and why! Each comment left will earn you an entry into the drawing, feel free to enter more than once!

The lanyard being given away is a pretty small size, so if you win and would like a larger one or a different color, I will be happy to accomodate you!
Drawing will be held on Friday, Aug 15

Getting and Giving

I was setting up my seller account on ebay one evening, and as I worked on posting my first item for sale, saw that I had the option to donate part of my proceeds. I was stunned to see, at the top of the list, Gift of Life Transplant House. It seemed fated - I didn't know that this organization, which had been so important to my family, was so well-known. I immediately chose it as my charity, and boy, does that make me smile!

I am a giver by nature. I give love, I give a shoulder to lean on, I give anything I have and you might need. But I have never yet been in a position to do much in the way of monetary giving. Now I see, I can easily begin making some contributions.

Not only do I want to give, I need to give. Because through the course of my life, I have received so much. The Transplant House is very special to me, as my family was one of the first to live there. And we lived there many times. We stayed in the very first transplant house, before they purchased the large building they occupy now. When the house was full, we even stayed in the convent!

My father was a four time kidney transplant recipient. I was 8 years old when he had his first transplant, and I have a lot of memories of the way friends, family, and strangers alike supported my family and gave from their hearts and their pockets.

I remember the fundraiser at a local high school basketball game. I remember the farmers helping to bring in the harvest the year my dad had his first transplant. I remember all the wonderful families we met at the Transplant House, and the friendships that emerged.

The Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, MN, provides housing at a very reasonable rate for transplant recipients. A transplant recipient at Mayo Clinic has to spend a lot of time at the hospital before transplant, and has to stay within a few miles of the hospital for at least a month following surgery. The Transplant House was founded to help the families of transplant patients bear the financial burden that this brings, and to give them a supportive, home-like environment to live in - instead of a hotel room. Families cook together, eat together, play games and watch tv together. Individual rooms don't even have televisions, to encourage the residents to interact.

So, although I am still not able to do much in the way of making monetary donations, I realized that I can do this - as I sell my work on Etsy, and Ebay, I can donate part of what I make. From every sale, I take what I think I can spare, and I put it in the donation account. And it makes me so happy to do so, because finally, I can show my support and gratitude for all the giving I have seen from others in my life. Granted, volunteering and other acts are as important as donating money - but from this distance, the best I can really do for this particular organization is send my donations.

My craft fulfills me in many ways, but perhaps this is the one that is the most important.

To learn more about the Gift of Life Transplant House, visit

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Stay tuned!

I have decided that I will regularly feature different Etsy shops here. I am getting together a list of people wanting to be featured, and I am going to try to put the spotlight on someone about once a week or so. We will have to see how often I can keep up : ) But keep your eyes peeled for some great Etsy shops!

Friday, August 1, 2008

My very first Etsy purchase!

I just received my very first Etsy product! I received three handmade soaps from today. Sadly, this wonderful lady is no longer selling her soaps, but she does have a neat sister shop still going.

Anyway, I am thrilled! I love homemade soap, it is perfect for my sensitive skin. And these smell FABULOUS! I ordered Pink Sugar, Blackberry Sage, and Vanilla Mint Oatmeal. I absolutely cannot wait to jump in the shower with these.

They are all nicely packaged and labeled, came with a nice thank you note, and arrived super fast! I am just so sad I wasn't on Etsy earlier so I could have stocked up before she closed shop.

My verdict? Etsy is a fabulous place, and I am going to have trouble not spending all my profits!!