Friday, May 22, 2009

Spring Fashion Show: Handmade Handbags

Here's some selections I found while browsing Etsy for handbags. Some photos have been removed. Below is a sample of my original selections.

Just click on any image to visit Etsy and get a closer look!

Don't forget: The last day to enter my giveaway for a recycled paper bracelet is May 31st. The winner will be announced on June 5th. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post:

Friday, May 15, 2009

Makeup Makeover Series: Part Two

Where to Scrimp and Where to Splurge in Your Makeup Case
Part Two- The Face

Foundation: Having a flawless complexion is definitely one of the most important aspects of looking your best. In a future post, I'll share some great ideas for keeping your skin healthy and glowing. But great foundation can really make all the difference. Be sure to look for one that contains sunscreen and shop around until you find a brand you really love. Indulge in the highest quality foundation that you can afford.

Concealer: Like your foundation, concealer is important to achieve the perfect smooth look we all want. But as long as you're investing in a quality foundation, you can probably buy a cheaper version of concealer. Remember to use sparingly and blend carefully, since concealer tends to go on thick.

Minerals: Mineral makeup can really make your skin look radiant. Here's a few shops on Etsy who have some great selections:

When you're trying to trim some money from your beauty budget, remember that any looking great begins and ends with your face. It's the first thing everyone notices about you! Your skin deserves some indulgence, so take good care of it!

(P.S.-- Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a free recycled paper bracelet. The last day to enter is May 31st and the winner will be announced on June 5th.)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Planning a Beautiful Summer Wedding

With so many brides-to-be currently knee-deep in their summer wedding plans, it seemed like a perfect time to devote a post to some of the fabulous wedding ideas I've seen recently.

Here's a few notable wedding related blogs: for general wedding stuff for unconventional ideas for inspiration for crafty tips

Also, I've put together a collection of some favorite handmade wedding items that I found on Etsy:

(sorry, these photos are no longer available)

On an unrelated note, there are still three weeks left to sign up for my bracelet giveaway. To enter, just leave a comment on the previous post. Don't forget to leave me a way to contact you!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

My husband's Etsy Shop

My husband has finally gotten around to setting up his shop on Etsy. You can visit it at

He has a lot more work to do (and knowing my husband it will take a while!) but this is a good start.

So far he has listed one item: a custom handcarved sign that you can personalize with your name and/or address. He will be offering lots more handcarved items in the future, as well as wall graphics, custom banners and vinyl signs.

Here's a picture of his first listing:

Stay tuned, he'll be listing even more amazing signs. Eventually.

Friday, May 1, 2009


As a special thank you to everyone who follows my little blog, I will be having an exclusive giveaway during the month of May. The prize is the recycled paper bracelet you see here. (See the previous post for a behind the scenes look at how it is made).

Here's how it works:

Leave a comment for this post. Tell me what you think of my blog, my jewelry, whatever. But be sure to leave a way for me to contact you. It can be your email address, blog, Etsy shop-- even your mailing address if you would prefer. I just need a way to contact you if you win!

The winner will be announced on June 5th. You can enter up to three times, but only one comment/entry per day. Be sure to tell your friends and get them to enter too!

This is my first blog giveaway, so I'm pretty excited about it. And I can't wait to read your comments!